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No Time To Die, Fast & Furious 9 delayed prompting major cinema closures

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While I would like to wish everybody a happy James Bond Day, I have some bad news as the 2020 cinema release schedule is getting shaken and stirred once again. No Time To Die was the movie that kickstarted the wave of major films being pushed back in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic after the latest James Bond title was delayed to November this year. But with the cinema industry still on very shaky legs, MGM and Universal have decided to push back No Time to Die once more to 2 April 2021, almost exactly one year after it was originally supposed to debut.

Just a day after debuting the official music video for Billie Ellish’s theme song for No Time To Die, the studios made the official announcement over the weekend via social media. In the statement MGM, Universal and the franchise producers cited that the delay would allow No Time To Do “to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience.”

MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing NO TIME TO DIE next year.

While cinemas in several countries, such as the major market of China, are open again, they’re operating under audience restrictions. More importantly though, in the US, the world’s biggest movie market, cinemas in the key states of New York and Los Angeles are still mostly shut down as the virus keeps raging. And in the UK, James Bond’s home country and key market, lockdowns are being reimplemented as a second wave of the Coronavirus hits those shores.

With Disney already delaying Marvel’s Black Widow to next year, the only other major releases left in 2020 are Warner Bros.’s December double feature of Dune and Wonder Woman 1984. WB appears to be adamant in trying to revive the cinema industry singlehandedly, but with the studio’s plan of Christoper Nolan’s Tenet leading the charge being met with a lukewarm reception, it puts the potential success of any film released this year in major jeopardy. And Cineworld is not willing to take that risk.

In the wake of No Time To Die’s delay, the world’s second-largest cinema chain will be closing down 128 of its UK and Ireland theatres according to Deadline. In the US, all 543 of Cinemaworld’s Regal Cinemas, are being shuttered again as well. Many of these had opened specifically to accommodate the release of Tenet only to find a lack of willing audience members, resulting in these cinemas actually being worse off than if they had just stayed closed. According to Variety‘s sources, there’s currently no scheduled date for when these cinemas will re-open, but it will probably only be well into 2021 due to the lack of early blockbusters. Unfortunately, this will massively affect the livelihoods of thousands of cinema workers (5 500 staff in the UK alone) who shockingly were not informed of the closure until the news broke online. Gasp.

There’s one more casualty of No Time To Die’s delay. While MGM is the official distributor of the James Bond franchise in the US, that duty falls to Universal Pictures internationally. And Universal already had a film allocated to the 2 April 2021 slot that James Bond would now be taking up with Fast & Furious 9. With the studio not wanting to go head to head with itself, F9 is now being pushed back eight weeks to 28 May 2021.

That puts it almost exactly a year after its originally scheduled release of May 2020. It’s also just one week after Legendary and WB’s release of Godzilla vs Kong. Somehow I think that Vin Diesel may be able to wrestle a giant radioactive lizard and overgrown gorilla into submission. That’s if these films actually come out on those dates, of course.

Last Updated: October 5, 2020

105 Comments

  1. Gavin Mannion

    October 5, 2020 at 08:42

    My local cinema is a Cinemaworld , I’m sad it’s being shut as it was really nice and clean and well run but we had over 20 000 cases reported yesterday and 1 in 3 British people are currently in strict lockdown .So the idea that people would flock to an indoor enclosed space to watch a movie is insane.

    The bigger fallout though is that the cinema is one of the anchor tenants at the entertainment complex so I’m expecting the arcade, bowling, trampoline park etc to all also go bankrupt in the next few months.

    You all in South Africa should be thankful you are being run by the ANC and not bozo the clown right now

    [Enjoying watching the snowflakes downvote and panic in the comments]

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    • Banana Jim

      October 5, 2020 at 11:18

      I’m downvoting you for being ridiculous about the reality of ANC governance and contrasting them favourably to Boris.

      As for a beloved cinema complex closing, that’s always sad. The UK is going into their third wave of covid, and all indications are we’re heading into our second wave soon. Does that mean our stage 1 status will change? Who knows but our numbers are climbing again and that’s definitely due to people being idiotic sheep, taking chances and not wearing their masks.

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      • Banana Jim

        October 5, 2020 at 12:00

        I’ll just add, I know your comment was made in jest, and I’ll admit it made me chuckle, but this is also an issue of optics. For those of us, living in South Africa, we’re well aware that our democracy is a farce, and it’ll continue to be one as long as individuals vote out of obligation, racial spite, ignorance etc. rather than for actual change. Boris may not be ideal, he might even be a knuckle-dragging troglodyte, but even his own party would recall him if he overstepped his mark. And, if he runs afoul of the voting public a change in government is virtually-assured in the next election. The same can be said for Trump, or any leader in the western world.

        The reason, I downvoted your comment is because in South Africa, we’ll see an ANC government for another few decades, unless the very fabric of South African society collapses under the multitude of issues that affect it. Cyril will just make way for another cadre, and the decades of looting and corruption will continue. There will be no justice. Jacob Zuma will never see the inside of a jail cell, and the billions that was stolen by the Guptas will never return to our shores.

        Also, (and don’t take this the wrong way) you’re no longer in South Africa. You left, you sold your property and moved with your family to the UK.

        If the ANC government is such a beacon, why did you leave?

        https://media4.giphy.com/media/2bYewTk7K2No1NvcuK/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

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        • Gavin Mannion

          October 5, 2020 at 12:01

          we have the highest death rate in Europe, the worst recession out of the G7, it is impossible for my family to be tested for this killer disease and we have literally no plan for Brexit in 90 days.

          My comment was not made in jest, South Africa has done WAY WAY better than the UK in managing the pandemic and that’s a fact not an opinion

          I’m sorry your right wing libertarian leaders are so awful but they are.

          Despicable populist despots. Trump, Boris and Malema are all the same type of politician

          I never said the ANC was a beacon, learn to read troll

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          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:18

            And, the British people will be the instrument of change in the next election, either the Torries will come out on top again or Labour will sneak in a victory. I don’t know anything about Starmer, but at least he doesn’t ooze defeat, rejection and years of shame as Corbyn did.

            Our initial attempt at managing the pandemic was admirable. It even took me by surprise (especially since I’ve grown accustomed to a lifetime of living under a regime that oozes failure), HOWEVER they dropped the ball soon thereafter, as it became clear that the ANC’s government’s policies were schizophrenic and not based on any science. The second mini-bus taxis were allowed to operate, I knew the writing was on the wall.

            South Africa is still in the top 10 in terms of Covid numbers, and we have higher case numbers than the UK, although our death numbers are much lower (probably a function of demographics – our population is younger after all).

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:22

            You still think I’m a lolbertarian or in support of right-wing lolbertarians? Oh Gavin… just keep on throwing stuff at the wall, maybe one day you’ll hit the right one.

    • RinceThis

      October 5, 2020 at 12:18

      Well the arcades are still open, which is mental

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      • Ant Visagie

        October 5, 2020 at 12:18

        How do you do social distancing in an arcade?

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        • Gavin Mannion

          October 5, 2020 at 12:18

          the rules here make no sense at all.
          My daughter must go to school with 2000 other people and 35 in her class and isn’t allowed to wear a mask in class
          But she’s not allowed to see 6 friends, from the same class, in the park.

          But the rich are allowed to go hunting in groups of 30. It’s a joke and no one is paying attention anymore which is why we are suffering

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          • RinceThis

            October 5, 2020 at 12:18

            It is. Borris is utterly useless

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            Give that man a Bells. It looks like he’s showing them how the beautiful game is meant to be played – like men…

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            That’s what happens when rules are tacked on at the last minute. I’ve mentioned the minibus taxi issue on our side. Even during stage 4, you could cram it full of people, keep the windows closed, but you weren’t allowed to drive to a family member, and spend the day with them.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            Also cigarettes, I think I got more damage from smoking knock-off cigarettes damn Covid could’ve done. But da saliva!

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            I can imagine that, who knows what was in those Pakistani cigarettes or the actual method they were smuggled into South Africa….

            I don’t smoke, but they did have a weird aroma though.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:44

            That aroma was NDZ pocketing half the profit from every packet sold.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            The cigarette and alcohol bans were absolutely idiotic…

            I was very vocal against them but they are talking about an alcohol ban on this side now so maybe they were onto something

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            The alcohol ban didn’t work. Everyone still bought brandy and beer but at inflated prices. And if you couldn’t afford it there was pineapple beer or other homemade booze that actually killed a few people.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            I think your view of “everyone” may be a little limited.. If the alcohol ban didn’t work then why did emergency rooms report an increase in attendances after the ban was relaxed?

          • HvR

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            Because at the same time we were actually allowed to come out of our houses and drive again.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            I always remember that morning when the hard lockdown was lifted and you saw all those broken, defeated and tired faces walking along the promenade at Sea Point….

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:02

            Again that’s not true, you were allowed out to drive weeks before the ban was lifted.

          • HvR

            October 5, 2020 at 20:45

            Nope lifted at the same, alcohol ban reinstated after a few weeks and no equivalent drop in emergency room visits.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            Because zamalek was suddenly available everywhere at affordable prices and people were thirsty. Think of those cartoons where they pinch the hose. And it swells till it blows and water is everywhere. Of course there were gonna be a couple of drunk idiots the first weekend. But eventually it would normalize again. The real root of the problem though is the culture of alcohol consumption in this country. That needs to change along with a myriad of other issues.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            SA doesn’t drink more than England or Eastern Europe really though. Blaming alcohol is a poor excuse.

            It’s ineffective policing and a failing judicial system that I think is the bigger issue for SA

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 13:11

            But you just said, If the alcohol ban didn’t work then why did emergency rooms report an increase in attendances after the ban was relaxed. Alcohol in this country makes people do horrible things, well, even more so than usual.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 13:11

            I didn’t say it didn’t work? I said I don’t agree with it. It actually appeared to have helped.

            I don’t agree with removing people’s freedoms in general.

            The problem I have with people at the moment is that they appear to think everything is binary. Me saying the ANC handled covid better than the Conservatives here is not the same as me saying I support the ANC and they are better than the Conservatives in total.

            It’s not a complicated thing to grasp. The current regime here has screwed up the handling of the pandemic on a massive scale and we’re suffering for it. The ANC did not screw up the handling of the pandemic.
            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bcea0798e513161bc6179cb7b419899f4e5d85e7c96954062602e496c9a56813.png

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 13:22

            Basically, the middle east, North Africa and parts of South East asia need to up their game. Those are pitiful numbers.

            (PS: that graph is from 2005, in 2010 SOuth Africa is ranked number 30, just below Belgium…. interestingly the kiwis were just below us at 31). There should be a 2019 graph somewhere, but what should be more interesting is to see the change in alcohol consumption from the 90s)

            https://media4.giphy.com/media/dWImIKrza8N99oyvuD/giphy.gif

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 13:22

            And I said, that you said, that the emergency rooms reported an increase. That’s all. Relax.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 13:22

            Basically, the middle east, North Africa and parts of South East asia need to up their game. Those are pitiful numbers.

            (PS: that graph is from 2005, in 2010 SOuth Africa is ranked number 30, just below Belgium…. interestingly the kiwis were just below us at 31). There should be a 2019 graph somewhere, but what should be more interesting is to see the change in alcohol consumption from the 90s)

            https://media4.giphy.com/media/dWImIKrza8N99oyvuD/giphy.gif

          • RinceThis

            October 5, 2020 at 12:53

            This is 100% true. It did work. It stopped many hospitals from being crammed with alcohol related injuries. My boet works in a hospital in Durban and said during the ban it was 50-75% emptier.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:43

            I can understand the reasoning behind the alcohol ban because as soon as the ban was lifted you saw all sorts of craziness at the emergency room. It did lend itself to the claim that South Africans can’t handle their drink. I’m not in favour of these sort of bans, but I can understand it.

            Having said that, I’m still adding to my collection, because I have a feeling with the second wave hitting us soon (probably later in October), they’ll ban alcohol again.

        • Insomnia is fun

          October 5, 2020 at 12:18

          With pepper spray

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        • RinceThis

          October 5, 2020 at 12:22

          You don’t. I walked past the pier the other day, there was steam coming out from everyone indoors while it pissed down outside. Couldn’t believe it.

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        • Banana Jim

          October 5, 2020 at 12:42

          The same way you do it in a local minibus taxi…. :/

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          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            So much fun when the rules apply for some and not for others.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            Which country you talking about now because you do know that’s the biggest complaint on this side right?

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            All of them really

        • RinceThis

          October 5, 2020 at 13:10

          You don’t, and can’t. walking past one yesterday was scary. When they opened the doors you could see condensation clouds pour out.

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    • Insomnia is fun

      October 5, 2020 at 12:18

      Oh yes, we in South Africa are very thankful. Except for the crime, corruption, load shedding, failing SOEs, non existent health care, crumbling roads and infrastructure, racism, unemployment and the piss poor Rand. Very,very thankful.

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      • Banana Jim

        October 5, 2020 at 12:22

        πŸ™ It always kills me when I visit friends in the Eastern Cape. The state of their roads is absolutely shameful. We once drove to Queenstown from East London, and you could literally make a car game about the number of holes in the road…

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        • Insomnia is fun

          October 5, 2020 at 12:22

          No,no,no. You’re missing the point. At least the Eastern Cape is better off than England because of Boris.

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        • Insomnia is fun

          October 5, 2020 at 12:22

          No,no,no. You’re missing the point. At least the Eastern Cape is better off than England because of Boris.

          Reply

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:22

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 14:38

            ?????

          • Ant Visagie

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            The eastern cape does have fresher air and women with large behinds

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 12:42

            That’s true for England too – :/ Although, they have some very unfortunate looking ladies. It’s one of the reasons why I’m in favour of large scale immigration to the UK. Eventually, you can breed out the ugly.

    • Gavin Mannion

      October 5, 2020 at 12:19

    • HvR

      October 5, 2020 at 12:43

      When you praise a communist government that suspended majority of rights, deployed the army against the populace that for 6 weeks killed more people than the damn virus, induced an actual famine for the first time decades of which we still have no idea of the actual death toll you know you have reached the ultimate form of libtard.

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      • Gavin Mannion

        October 5, 2020 at 12:52

        Personal insults will get you banned

        1. ANC aren’t communist
        2. I despise any political party or government that uses the army against their own populace. I’m very vocal about this (DA are the worst offenders)
        3. The army didn’t come close to killing more than the virus which conservatively killed over 16000 in South Africa
        4. I have heard if of no such famine, need proof on that

        Before responding remember

        1. UK government has said they will use the Army to “aid” in their lockdown, so same as ANC
        2. UK government suspended a huge amount of our rights and we now get find R20 000 for “mingling” with more than 6 people in a park
        3. UK death rate according to the government is 42 000, according to stats is 70 000+
        4. There is a very real possibility our food will be rationed in January as we don’t grow enough food to feed the population and are leaving the EU without a deal due to incompetence

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        • Insomnia is fun

          October 5, 2020 at 13:10

          But calling Jim a troll isn’t a personal insult?

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          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 13:11

            That’s actually a very good point. Why is it ok to throw personal jabs and attacks at me?

            Do I not bleed too? Did I not have tears in my eyes when Bambi’s mom died?

            https://media3.giphy.com/media/xzMs8O1KQh17i/giphy.gif

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 13:22

            See below, the community here is welcome as long as they play nice and fit with the narrative. We’re snowflakes and trolls but don’t there fire back.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:39

            Jim know’s the rules.. he’s been told them often and is on his final warning πŸ™‚

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 15:39

            You must disagree a lot then.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:39

            he trolls a lot, he finds it humorous I think.

            Which is fine, then he gets upset and starts hurling insults and it becomes a problem. I personally think it’s a medical thing he should get checked for but he’s kind of a grown up so he needs to make that choice for himself

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:46

            See, another personal jab! It’s only ok if he does it, and definitely only when it involves people like me.

            The number of times I’ve hurled insults at people can literally be counted on one hand. You can say a lot about me, but attacking people personally is not something I do. After a decade of being on Lagz, I will mock political views. I will even mock ideology, but I rarely attack someone’s person, unless they’ve done it to me a few times and retaliation is the only option left (especially when moderation is usually one-sided – as what happened with Pariah – who somehow was given immense leeway in how he could interact with others).

            But, keep on with the personal jabs, it just highlights the issue so many bring up about Criticalhit. That there is a bias. And that the moderation follows that bias.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:47

            See Gavin, I would never write something like this about you:

            “Which is fine, then he gets upset and starts hurling insults and it becomes a problem. I personally think it’s a medical thing he should get checked for but he’s kind of a grown up so he needs to make that choice for himself”

            I have never made fun of your intellect (even when it would have been hilarious). I would also not bring up your family, your children or even your wife, because that is the way an ingrate argues.

            That is below me.

            I would however mock your views. I would even mock your political stance or even your xbox fanboism or your love of the girlie footie game that involves grown men kicking an inflated ball.

            But an attack against your psychology, that would definitely be a step-too-far. I don’t know whether you have legitimate mental or psychological issues (and I’m not going to even try to gaslight you on it), and nor do I care, and even if I knew that you had, it would be something that I never touch, not even in jest…

            I would never write something like that, because in this day in age, that sort of ableism should be confronted and shamed.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 15:47

            What is Lagz? I only find German sites when I Google it. Wanna see what you’re on about.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:57

            Original site was called Lazygamer.co.za, changed to Lazygamer.net with Lagz as a mascot
            http://web.archive.org/web/20110202150952/http://www.lazygamer.net/

            Changed again to Criticalhit.net when we merged multiple sites into one.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 15:57

            Haha Pacman.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:57

            Yellow disc, not Pacman.. you trying to get us sued

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 19:14

            Critical hit used to be Lagz (lazygamer) and then they changed their name, corporate identity and some would even say their very soul…

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 19:41

            Fuck, seems I missed out ?

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 21:05

            Dude, imagine 200 or more comments on nearly every single article…. A large group of commentators from all walks of life. It really was something.

            and then we had the ION ladies at the end of the week (some were a little frightful looking but we were all young and innocent then.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            But why did they change? Also, speaking of change, the colours here reminds me of feminine hygiene products.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            The sister site (movies.co.za) didn’t get as much foot traffic and was definitely dead in the water. Ironically, they also had the better writers, like Kervyn (who basically kept the movies running on his own). On the lagz side, there were more contributors, but I only really enjoyed Zoe’s writing. She had an incredible way with words.

            But, when they merged the sites, they forgot that the reason Lazygamer was popular was because it was a gaming site. A lot of the old gaming commentators left for other sites, but there was also the issue of politics, Critz have a heavy left wing bias, and that’s caused even more of a schism (as we’ve seen with a dozen of the regulars leaving. Chief left, Kasie left… I even left for a bit)

            It’s been like pushing a cube into a circular hole.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            So stop me if I’m wrong. I’ve looked at Lagz a bit and it seems when you compare the two because you’ve been around long enough apparently.

            The idea was to get rid of problematic community and content by merging two sites into one and revamping it with emasculating pink thereby conforming to wokeness to be ad friendly while also being hostile to the remaining old guard forcing them to leave(calling them names while banning retaliation?)

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            Initially I thought the rebranding was part of that, in that they were hopeful to get a “woker ” and more progressive audience, the kind that follows Noelle and Tracy (in the cosplayshpere), or black twitter that follows Glenn or even the mutants that follow Sandy and Darren on Twitter.

            But that never translated in a new progressive audience. It has just made the old one bitter and more confrontational – because it doesn’t take a genius to know what’s going on.

            It’s sad though, because I miss Raptor, Ausious and others just talking about their games or Kromas trying to convince everyone that PC is the only way forward, or OVG (the legend) telling us all we’re too young to understand the realities of gaming.

          • Banana Jim

            October 6, 2020 at 00:59

            I can probably also add Umar to the list, back when his eagerness to play every single JRPGs was one of the most inspirational things on lagz.

            https://media1.giphy.com/media/peMsofRVIS4WQ/giphy.gif

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            Wow, it’s like the Hindenburg crashing on the Titanic

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 21:42

            The Hindenburg crashing into the Titanic, and then their wrecks sinking the Exon Valdez… which in turns sets the Deepwater Horizon alight…..

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 22:23

            We need Mark Wahlberg in his pink cashmere sweater to save us with Tweets!

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 22:23

            Pink is manly, very masculine.

            We changed as we grew up and matured πŸ™‚

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 22:23

            In the way a piece of old bread matures… as it lies under a table for weeks…

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 22:23

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:47

            See Gavin, I would never write something like this about you:

            “Which is fine, then he gets upset and starts hurling insults and it becomes a problem. I personally think it’s a medical thing he should get checked for but he’s kind of a grown up so he needs to make that choice for himself”

            I have never made fun of your intellect (even when it would have been hilarious). I would also not bring up your family, your children or even your wife, because that is the way an ingrate argues.

            That is below me.

            I would however mock your views. I would even mock your political stance or even your xbox fanboism or your love of the girlie footie game that involves grown men kicking an inflated ball.

            But an attack against your psychology, that would definitely be a step-too-far. I don’t know whether you have legitimate mental or psychological issues (and I’m not going to even try to gaslight you on it), and nor do I care, and even if I knew that you had, it would be something that I never touch, not even in jest…

            I would never write something like that, because in this day in age, that sort of ableism should be confronted and shamed.

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:39

            It’s hilarious because politically Gavin and I actually relatively on the same side (he’s just more centrist then me – he leans closer to the right on economic issues, and I’m more left on social issues – unless he changed his mind on personal pronouns and all that junk…)

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 15:47

            Sounds like you’ve known each other for some time?

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:57

            “Known of”, perhaps… friends.. lol no! Not a fucking chance…. https://media2.giphy.com/media/fs0r5olknYHjFB703e/giphy.gif

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 15:32

            I have special permission from the owner because Jim is a troll and needs to be monitored

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 15:32

            Ah, so it’s one of those lockdown scenarios where something applies to some but not others?

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 15:32

            It’s animal farm – some animals are more equal than others….

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 19:14

            This isn’t a lockdown nor a public space.. this is private property with private rules

            Right of admission reserved

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 19:14

            That just means people can get banned if they irk the owner enough. Sounds like a one percenter.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 19:14

            Yeah I’d say that’s 100% accurate.

            Actually not 100% accurate as there are a lot of people who read the site and only 2 owners so it’s closer to the 00000.1% I guess…

        • HvR

          October 5, 2020 at 13:36

          1. Country governed by central party committee instead of democratically elected parliament, in the process of suspending all private property rights as guaranteed by the constitution, in the process of nationalizing pension funds and RAs, making amendments to give minister of police ultimate power and removing all parliamentary oversight …. can go on but where precisely is your line of not being communist?

          2. Then why the f… should we be thankful.

          3. Read … “for 6 weeks” … after that we do not know because there was clear suppression of the media and reporters. Non of the incidents were further reported on. Only the rare cases like the gunning down of 16 year old kid with Down’s Syndrome in the street on his way to the shop for cookies and after the community rioted for 3 days could it no longer be hidden and the media started reporting on it.

          4. Again clear either suppression of or collusion by big media companies, smaller ones like Daily Maverick manage to run a few stories on it. In my personal capacity fed 5 local families with the assistance of my community who at the stage we delivered the first package went 2 to 4 days without any food. Had to continue until NGO were no longer harassed and could get them into food distribution schemes.

          As for the UK could not give a shit, if you trade People’s Republic of South Africa for the United Kingdom of Libtardistan if speaks to your own mental capacity. Just do not sit over there and tell me I should be fucking thankful for government that at this stage destroyed more than 50% of the economy and is killing people to remain in power.

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          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 13:36

            It’s basically snowpiercer. ANC is in the front, the cadre’s on the middle, the rest in the back.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 5, 2020 at 13:36

            Kinda like a dystopian gravy train

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 13:43

            I’m stealing this… for future writing and commentary πŸ˜›

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 13:43

            I’m stealing this… for future writing and commentary πŸ˜›

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 13:43

            1. You may need to go read what communism is as you don’t appear to understand it

            2 onwards… it’s all bollocks, you do you I guess…

          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 18:53

            @disqus_9d4L7lqp4k:disqus isn’t wrong though, although I would go one step further and actually call their approach heavily inspired by the Soviets. And, it’s not that far off because the ANC and many others were funded by the Soviets.

            Almost every single liberation movement in Africa was inspired and funded by the Soviets. Our continent was a battleground during the Cold War, and in many respects, if we never had the 1976 uprising, the west would have continued turning a blind eye to the Apartheid government, and the ANC would have continued being sidelined.

            Even post-1976 Thatcher and Reagan wanted nothing to do with the ANC, because they were seen as an extension to the USSR. Of course, years later we realise that alliances were formed out of necessity and that for the most part the ANC was also built on healthy opportunism.

            The kind of opportunism that’s easily corrupted and eventually embraced the corruption that was already happening under the Nats (i.e. the Stellenbosch cabal – good ol’ Malan’s dealings with the Israelis and the money he funneled out makes for great bedtime reading), and just ran with it… Now we have a growing class of oligarchs, who grow fat through a form of state-sponsored parasitism.

            However the very structure of the ANC and the mindset of many (even the oligarchs) are still very much influenced by Soviet-era policies, party structure and lingo (why else do you think, everyone in the ANC is a comrade). As long as that culture is maintained in the ANC, the more they’ll start creeping towards authoritarianism.

          • Insomnia is fun

            October 6, 2020 at 08:45

            Hvr is wrong but Gavin says so ?‍♂️

    • Skyblue

      October 6, 2020 at 00:22

      I can’t agree with this Gavin. I think you may be out of touch with what we’re dealing with.

      https://dailyfriend.co.za/2020/10/05/time-for-us-all-to-pull-together-really/?ml_subscriber=1525111466020050126&ml_subscriber_hash=v6t2&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=time_for_us_all_to_pull_together_really&utm_term=2020-10-05

      Respectable journalist with very valid points. I would urge you to read it.

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  2. Iskape

    October 5, 2020 at 12:42

    These delays don’t really worry me.

    1. I haven’t been to a cinema in ages
    2. There are plenty of great series to entertain oneself with
    3. I have time to catch up with older blockbuster movies I’ve had on the back burner for a while

    So it’s all good for me!

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    • Gavin Mannion

      October 5, 2020 at 12:42

      I’m actually running out of things to watch, this pandemic really is getting in the way of my light entertainment

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      • gam3jaxx

        October 5, 2020 at 17:41

        Yeah and Netflix is mostly punting dry dramas and other agendas to make sure they please everyone

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        • Banana Jim

          October 5, 2020 at 18:08

          That’s usually when the decline happens, when they no longer take risks and try to make content for what they think the majority of their subscribers want.

          (I know the irony given that they just released Cuties, which is probably the most controversial movie to come out on Netflix… ever. And we still haven’t seen the extent of the fallout)

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        • gam3jaxx

          October 5, 2020 at 18:07

          Also if you look at value, a 90mins movie and the popcorn that is sprinkled with gold dust and fairy tears you pay around 500 to take the wife and spawn to the movies, for that price you can add a couple of bucks and buy a game for R900 – R1100 that gives you months of interactive entertainment.

          On the other side of the coin to watch all the streaming that is available is starting to become rediculous.

          Disney+
          Netflix
          Hulu
          HBO
          Crapple TV
          Amazon Prime
          Showmax
          Dstv

          It is almost as expensive as 3x dstv subscriptions

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          • Banana Jim

            October 5, 2020 at 18:08

            There is some flexibility though because you don’t have to subscribe to all the streaming services and that’s also why we’re probably going to see a great Cull soon. Many of those services are not going to exist 10 years from now. The market is saturated, and we’re on the brink of another extinction event.

          • Gavin Mannion

            October 5, 2020 at 18:08

            The nice thing abotu streaming though is you aren’t stuck in contracts, so we’re cancelling Netflix now to sign up for Disney+ and once we’ve finished that we can resign up for Hulu or another option

    • Banana Jim

      October 5, 2020 at 12:43

      And… you don’t have to spend a dime. You don’t even need to stand in a queue where the guy in front of you smells like he hasn’t showered in years, or hear the open-mouth smacking of fellow primates eating popcorn.

      What’s the real benefit of going to a cinema? I can only think of the feeling you get when you enter a cinema, and the lights are turned off, or that initial boom under your body when the sound comes on, but apart from that… it’s much better at home.

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      • justlikemo

        October 5, 2020 at 14:47

        Is the boom under your body a fart or the bass from the speakers

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        • Banana Jim

          October 5, 2020 at 14:47

          A gentleman never tells…

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