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SPOTLIGHT | Thor, Emma Thompson light up screens; top series returns to Showmax

Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder finds romance and danger, a plum role for English star of 'Good Luck to You, Leo Grande', while 'Barry' season 3 kicks off on streaming service

Spotlight is our entertainment bite-sized snapshot featuring new entertainment releases in SA, exclusive film trailers and much more. New episodes are out every Thursday on Sunday Times Lifestyle, Sowetan Entertainment and on YouTube, plus you can follow Spotlight on Facebook.

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There is something for everyone’s taste this week in Spotlight’s coverage of all things new in the entertainment world. We head back to New Asgard with the release of Thor: Love and Thunder, look at Showmax’s award-winning series Barry, and showcase what critics are hailing as Emma Thompson’s career-best performance in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

 The new Marvel Cinematic Universe release sees Thor (Chris Hemsworth) being thwarted in his plans for retirement by Gorr, the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods. Thor and his extraordinary crew must find a way to stop him. Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok, Jo Jo Rabbit) directs and also stars as Korg, and is joined by Natalie Portman (as Jane Foster), Tessa Thompson (Brunhilde) and Russell Crowe (Zeus), among others. Spotlight covered the special event screening this week, ahead of its cinema release, also on IMAX and 4DX.

For quality binge-worthy entertainment at home, try season 3 of the Emmy award-winning dark comedy series Barry, starring Bill Hader, on Showmax. Rotten Tomatoes heralds this as the best series of 2022. Barry is a likable hitman in pursuit of a newfound passion, acting. He discovers leaving the contract killing business is not as simple as he imagined. All three seasons are available on Showmax.

The unconventional sex comedy-drama, Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, is a refreshing cinema release this week. Retired widow Nancy Stokes (Emma Thompson) hires a young sex worker, Leo Grande (talented newcomer Daryl McCormack), hoping to find the pleasures and self-discovery not provided by her unfulfilling marriage of 30 years. The sharp script deals with themes of compassion, outdated sexual norms, emotional baggage and vulnerabilities.

For full interviews, breaking news, trailers, clips and competition details, visit our Spotlight Facebook page. See you at the movies!

Presenter Collette Prince is styled and dressed by We Are Egg. Shop online.

We Are Egg is a beautifully curated, experiential department store of local and international fashion, beauty, home, jewellery and food. More details on Instagram about Collette's look of the week here.


Win Thor movie merchandise

This week Spotlight is giving away some Thor: Love and Thunder movie merchandise hampers.

To enter, visit the Spotlight South Africa Facebook page.

Terms and conditions apply.

Winners will be drawn randomly and notified by SMS after the competition has closed.  Entrants’ personal details will not be retained for marketing purposes. Winners have to provide proof of age (ID/driver’s licence) and cover their own travel and accommodation expenses. By entering participants agree to have their names published on TimesLIVE, SowetanLIVE and Spotlight South Africa on Facebook. Employees of Arena Holdings and their family members are not eligible to enter.


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