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30 Mar 2015 13:43
South African comedian Trevor Noah is to be the new host of "The Daily Show" after host Jon Stewart announced his departure, later this year. (Twitter)
South African comedian Trevor Noah is replacing comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart as the host of late-night talk and news satire television program
The Daily Show, according to the New York Times. Noah debuted on show as a senior international correspondent in December 4, but was seen as a worthy replacement over big names such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Jason Jones.
Stewart announced in February 2015 that he will be stepping down from the show later this year.
Noah has some experience in late night TV. He hosted his own late-night talk show and has appeared on
The Tonight Show and The Late Show with David Letterman.
Stewart is expected to step down from the hosting the show sometime between July and the end of the year, according to
inspiration and a beacon of hope” is what the newly crowned Miss South Africa,
Liesl Laurie, will strive for during her 2015 reign, she said in her acceptance
23-year-old University of Johannesburg B.Com graduate has some big shoes to
fill, following the success of the previous Miss SA, Rolene Strauss, who is the current Miss World (2014).
crowned Miss SA on March 29 at the Sun City Superbowl. And her title comes with
prizes such as a Mercedes Benz A200, use of a fully furnished and serviced
apartment for the year of her reign, a Sun International cash prize, as well as
R200 000 to spend on “random acts of kindness” courtesy of Cell C.
judges included former Miss World Anneline Kriel, actress Sophie Ndaba,
designer Casper Bosman and writer Kojo Baffoe.
“As a little
girl I would watch the Miss South Africa pageant and tell myself that one day I
would be taking part,” said Laurie in a press statement. “Being Miss South
Africa will allow me to reach out to more young people than I am currently able
to do. I want to motivate them to rise to the challenge of building a better
and brighter future as South Africans.”
Park-born beauty was raised by her mother and grandmother and she is the
eldest of two children. She has a couple of sashes under her belt which include
winning titles at Miss Soweto 2010 (Second Princess), Miss Personality and Miss Mamelodi
Sundowns 2014 (Second Princess). This time around she bagged the main prize.
Her runners-up are Refilwe Mthimunye from Bronkhorstspruit (First Princess) and
Ntsiki Mkhize from Kliprivier, Midvaal (Second Princess).
some of the 16
Generations actors who were fired from the local soapie are
doing just fine without with their former jobs. Actress Sophie Ndaba, who played
Queen Moroka on
Generations, was recently a judge on the Miss South Africa panel, Anga Makubalo aka Naak MusiQ’s music career has finally taken
off and he is being featured in hit songs and now Zikhona Sodlaka bagged a gig as the host of a brand new reality show called
Top Actor SA. Top Actor, which premieres on BET (DStv channel 129) on Thursday 2
April at 19:55, features 12 aspiring actors.
The 12 have been selected to battle
it out for the inaugural title of Top Actor SA and a cash prize of R100 000 and
a role in a local TV/movie production. The viewers will get to see the on- and
off-screen drama of the contestants who’ll be living under one roof throughout
the show. Contestants will be eliminated from the show every week.
TV presenters Lunga Shabalala and Janez Vermeiren seem to have found their
place in the spotlight as a team. The pair is back with a new TV show on SABC 3
She’s The One, with Shabalala as the host and Vermeiren as the producer
with Yusuf Stevens, in partnership with Edgars. The reality show features
twelve women who get the opportunity to “prove their
skills, receive expert mentoring and growth, all while building their personal
brand and becoming recognisable and celebrated women on local TV”. The
contestants will take part in weekly tasks and based on their execution of them, they’ll
either progress to the next stage or get eliminated from the show.
She’s The One will run
for 12 weeks and the grand finale is to air on 11 June 2015. The resident
judges include comedian Tumi Morake and writer Kojo Baffoe.
*Catch She Is The One on SABC 3 on Thursdays at 19:30
Masasa Mbgangeni must be doing something right in the entertainment industry.
She walked away with another award for her portrayal of the character Thembeka
Shezi on the eTV soapie
Scandal! over the weekend. This time around Mbgangeni
was awarded the Outstanding Lead Actor award at the Royalty Soapie awards on
March 28. The award ceremony was held at the Durban ICC.
Isidingo actor Motlatsi Mafatshe was also awarded with the Outstanding Lead Actor award, for the
character of Sechaba Moloi in the local soapie. The big winner of the night was the
Isibaya crew. They won awards for:
Other winners of the night were:
The Parlotones will be back on the road with a countrywide tour of their latest album,
Antiques & Artefacts. The tour is from April 22 to May 31 2015. The band has made headlines for different reasons since the release of their previous album, Stand like Giants, in 2013. Parlotones lead singer Kahn Morbee launched his solo career and released
his debut album
SALT in 2014. In the same year the band was reportedly in a
battle with their former manager Raphael Domalik over contracts and royalties.
Weekend Argus reported that the “relationship between the Parlotones and Domalik
ended in July when the four-man band discovered their manager, along with
record label Sovereign Entertainment, owned all their music, their name, and
their money.” Now the band is going on a new journey with
Antiques & Artefacts, their first release “on their own without assistance from a record
The Hangover star Bradley Cooper is now trying his hand at film directing. The
Hollywood actor is set to make his directorial debut on the remake of the 1937
A Star Is Born. The original film featured actors Janet Gaynor and
Fredric March and tells the story of a professional actor who takes an upcoming
actress under his wing to help her realise her acting dream.
A Star Is Born has
been remade twice, in 1954 with Judy Garland and James Mason and again in 1976
with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson. According to reports, Warner
Bros. initially had plans to get Clint Eastwood to direct the film and to cast Beyoncé
Knowles as the female lead. But Cooper got the directing job instead and Knowles
withdrew from consideration in 2012.
It’s been a crazy month for the One Direction camp, with group member Zayn
Malik quitting One Direction and the disturbing #cut4zayn trending on Twitter.
The band released an official statement about Malik’s departure on March 25, where he explained that he wants to be “a normal 22-year-old”.
left the group after five years of being a part of the multi-platinum selling UK boy band. But how does one go back to a
life unnoticed when you’ve accumulated millions of the fans all over the world
with your talent and good looks? What direction will the band take without its fifth member?
Well, the show still goes on, despite fans and mothers
of young fans voicing out how upset they are about purchasing One Direction concert
tickets only to have an incomplete group on stage. According to
Forbes, Malik’s announcement
has not reflected negatively
on the secondary ticket market. “Nine of One Direction’s upcoming 24 shows
in North America still see an average price above $300 on the secondary market,”
Forbes reported. The remaining four group members – Harry Styles, Liam Payne,
Louis Tomlinson and Niall Horan – have plans to record their fifth studio album
later this year as a quartet.
Supermodel and talkshow host Tyra Banks is back with a new daytime talkshow on ABC called The F.A.B. (fun and beautiful), according to BET. Banks will host the show
alongside model Chrissy Teigen, fashion critic Joe Zee, interior designer
Lauren Makk and YouTube star, Leah Ashley. The show will cover topics such as career,
food, fashion and beauty; content aimed at female audiences. We don’t know just how many more talkshows viewers can handle, but we hope this one will live beyond the first season, as the
competition on daytime TV is fierce.
The F.A.B. will air in September 2015 in the United States of America.
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