It’s not something to take pleasure in but every so often movies bomb so hard that they inevitably make headlines.
Idris Elba’s ‘100 Streets’ is one such film. Set in London, the title’s is based upon a hundred streets of the UK’s capital that intertwines three people and their stories.
And it’s not even like the movie has a bad cast either. Elba, famed for his role in ‘The Wire’, has appeared in a host of features like the ‘Thor’ franchise, ‘Prometheus’, ‘Pacific Rim’, and this year’s ‘Zootropolis’. Joining him in ‘100 Strets’ are Gemma Arterton, Tom Cullen, and Franz Drameh, yet the British flick could only muster £245 in its opening weekend, according to HuffPost.
With cinema prices anything from £10-15 a ticket, it doesn’t take a genius to work out that no more than a few dozen people went to see the film.
Not even Idris’s first big-screen sex scene (with Gemma Arterton no less) could entice interest. In fact, Arterton later said it was the “most unsexy thing ever”, which doesn’t really sell it to any potential viewers.
It just goes to show that, despite an actor’s popularity, films can still perform terribly when they’re released – especially when its stars don’t do much promo for it.
Above: Elba in the more successful ‘Zootropolis’ earlier this year.
It’s not the first of his movies to have underperformed at the box office though. 2015′s ‘Beasts of No Nation’ (which was only released in US cinemas before going to Netflix) took just shy of $91,000 and ‘Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom’ made just $27 million during its run. While the aforementioned aren’t great figures to dwell over, ‘100 Streets’ marks an obvious all time low for the star.
Despite this latest setback, Elba’s has a pretty strong 18 months; appearing in ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, ‘Zootropolis’, ‘The Jungle Book’, ‘Finding Dory’, and ‘Star Trek Beyond’.
Singer and actress Mmatema Moremi joins ‘Rhythm City’
Award-winning TV host, singer and actress Mmatema has joined the cast of “Rhythm City “as Valentine, a daughter of a domestic worker from The Vaal. Valentine is a seductress with ambition and nothing solid to offer. She sees herself at the top with no qualifications.
“I have always loved Rhythm City, my brother and I would always make sure that we watch it at 6pm before it moved to 7pm. For me to be on it is so amazing, a dream come true” commented the actress.
Although Valentine doesn’t sing, Mmatema is hoping that one day the producers make her one of the singers. “it would be even more amazing if Valentine would sing on the show”, concluded Mmatema.
Mmatema is a celebrated singer, songwriter who rose to fame from South African Idols Season 11th. She has acted on a number of shows including SABC 2’s “Bones of My Bones”. She is also the current host of SABC 1’s Gospel music show “Gospel Unplugged”. This talented beauty from Zebediela, Limpopo studied Applied Linguistics from the Tshwane University of Technology before pursuing her musical dream.
As a musician, she has performed with a number of great acts the likes of Benjamin Dube and she has released her debut album with lead single Ke Lerato.
Mmatema appears on Rhythm City on e.tv Monday to Friday at 7pm.
BREAKING NEWS: Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died
Legendary Zimbabwean musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died at the age of 66.
His record label Gallo Record confirmed to HypeAvenue.com on Wednesday afternoon.
Head of Marketing Carol Marabe from Gallo Records company confirmed the passing of legendary Mtukudzi.
“We are not ready to give an official statement as we would like to give the family the go ahead before us. We just want to sure respect to the family until a family spokesperson has been selected.”
Mtukudzi was hospitalised in December after falling ill.
Natasha Thahane joins ‘IMBEWU: The Seed’ as Liyana Luthuli
Natasha Thahane has recently bagged a role on IMBEWU: The Seed as Liyana Luthuli who is set to bring comfort to the Bhengu family. She will make her debut on Tuesday, January 25.
Liyana enters the world of IMBEWU: The Seed after the death of Nganono to offer her condolences to Zithulele. Zithulele learns that instead of Liyana wanting to rekindle their relationship, she actually is seeking employment at Emsamo.
Thahane describes her character as: “A beauty is poised and humble, she has the “girl-next-door” look. She is kind-hearted, well-spoken and a pleasure to be around. She holds a Degree in Law but like many young South African’s, there have not been employment opportunities for her. Hers is a story of perusing a better future at any cost,” she said.
“I’m so excited about being part of IMBEWU and have loved every minute spent with the warm and welcoming IMBEWU team”, said Natasha.
Imbewu: The Seed airs weekdays at 9:30pm on e.tv.