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Netflix’s New Releases Coming in September 2023 – Hollywood Reporter

Sex Education, Spy Kids: Armageddon and The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar are among the high-profile new projects debuting on Netflix in September.

Sex Education‘s fourth and final season will start streaming on Sept. 21, with action shifting from the closed Moordale Secondary to the progressive Cavendish College and Emma Mackey’s Maeve in America. Creator Laurie Nunn said that as the writers were working on season four “it became clear that this was the right time to graduate.” The final season sees the return of stars Asa Butterfield, Ncuti Gatwa, Aimee Lou Wood, Dua Saleh, Mimi Keene, Kedar Williams-Stirling and Chinenye Ezeudu. Gillian Anderson will also return as Otis’ (Butterfield) sex therapist mom. But the new settings bring fresh faces in Anthony Lexa, Felix Mufti and Alexandra James, who make up the popular group, The Coven; a rival sex therapist for Otis, named O (Thaddea Graham); and Schitt’s Creek star Dan Levy, who joins Maeve’s world in the U.S.

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The fifth installment of the Spy Kids franchise introduces a new generation of secret agents as two kids, played by Everly Carganilla and Connor Esterson, have to become spies like their parents, played by Gina Rodriguez and Zachary Levi, in order to save the world from a game developer’s powerful computer virus. Director Robert Rodriguez teamed up with son Racer Max to co-write the latest film, saying in part “It’s been very exciting for me and my kids to work on this film together as a family, for other families to enjoy.”

And Netflix jumps into the world of Roald Dahl, after acquiring the author’s catalog in a blockbuster deal in 2021, with four shorts dropping at the end of this month. The series of films, all directed by Wes Anderson, begins with Benedict Cumberbatch starrer The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar on Sept. 27, followed by The Swan (Sept. 28), The Rat Catcher (Sept. 29) and Poison (Sept. 30). The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, based on Dahl’s 1977 story of the same name, sees Cumberbatch play a wealthy man who tries to learn how to see without using his eyes as a gambling technique. The short — also starring Ralph Fiennes, Dev Patel, Ben Kingsley, Rupert Friend and Richard Ayoade — had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where The Hollywood Reporter‘s Leslie Felperin called the film “small but perfectly crafted.”

Additionally, after Alex Murdaugh was found guilty of two murders, Netflix returns to the powerful family’s South Carolina community for a second season of the Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal docuseries. The new batch of three episodes of what’s been called “Southern Succession will feature firsthand accounts from key figures, including Curtis Edward Smith (aka Cousin Eddie), former houskeeper Blanca Turrubiate-Simpson and Libby Murdaugh’s caregiver Mushelle “Shelly” Smith.

The fifth and final season of NBC medical drama New Amsterdam hits Netflix on Wednesday, with the last 13 episodes of the Ryan Eggold-led series that wrapped earlier this year, joining previous seasons on the streamer.

Later this month, the streamer will add four-part docuseries Encounters. The show, produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television in partnership with Boardwalk Pictures and Vice Studios, tells firsthand stories of experiences with otherworldly phenomena, with each episode devoted to a different sighting across the globe, including strange lights over the sky in Texas and an alien encounter in Zimbabwe.

At the end of the month, music video director Grant Singer makes his feature debut with the crime thriller Reptile, starring Justin Timberlake, Benicio del Toro and Alicia Silverstone, the latter two reuniting after 1997’s Excess Baggage. In Reptile, del Toro’s Tom tries to uncover the truth behind the brutal murder of a young real estate agent, with her boyfriend Will (Timberlake) quickly becoming the prime suspect. In her review of the murder mystery, which had its world premiere at the 2023 Toronto Film Festival, THR‘s arts and culture critic Lovia Gyarkye, says Singer “crowds Reptile with gripping sequences, suspenseful moments, dramatic pauses and surprising levity — elements that, despite their overuse, keep the audience on edge and strategically blur the lines between dreams and reality.”

And Netflix returns to the tent with the start of a new season of The Great British Baking Show on Sept. 29. This year, new host Alison Hammond joins Paul Hollywood, Prue Leith and Noel Fielding.

Other projects coming to Netflix this September include Love Is Blind season five and Power Rangers: Cosmic Fury, which will feature the return of Blue Ranger Billy (played by David Yost after he returned in the Once and Always anniversary special.)

Earlier this month, Netflix added movies Don’t Worry Darling, Love at First Sight, El Conde, Fences, Field of Dreams, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Arrival, Baby Mama, Hacksaw Ridge, Love Again, Matilda, Miss Congeniality, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Stand by Me, Superbad, Up in the Air, Vice, The Wolf of Wall Street, both Anchorman movies and the Jaws franchise.

And the streamer has added new seasons of Love Is Blind: After the Alter, S.W.A.T., Top Boy, Virgin River, Selling the OC and the docuseries Wrestlers as well as past HBO miniseries Band of Brothers and The Pacific.

Missed what came to Netflix last month? Check out the August 2023 additions here.

Read on for the complete list of titles hitting Netflix this September.

Sept. 1
Baby Mama
Couples Retreat
A Day and a Half
: Part 5
Don’t Worry Darling
8 Mile
Fast Times at Ridgemont High
Field of Dreams
Friday Night Plan
Hacksaw Ridge
Happy Ending

Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge

Kung Fu Panda 2
Land of the Lost
Love is Blind: After the Altar
: Season 4
Miss Congeniality
National Security
One Piece Adventure of Nebulandia
One Piece Episode of East blue – Luffy and His Four Crewmates’ Great Adventure
One Piece Episode of Skypiea
One Piece Film: Gold
One Piece Heart of Gold
One Piece: 3D2Y – Overcome Ace’s Death! Luffy’s Vow to His Friends

Public Enemies
Season 6
Stand by Me
Up in the Air
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Woody Woodpecker

Sept. 2
Love Again

Sept. 3
Crank 2: High Voltage
Is She the Wolf?

Sept. 5
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
Shane Gillis: Beautiful Dogs

Sept. 6
Reporting For Duty
Scout’s Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America
6ixtynin9 The Series
Tahir’s House

Sept. 7
Dear Child
GAMERA -Rebirth-
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight:
Season 3
Top Boy:
Season 3
Virgin River:
Season 5
What If

Sept. 8
A Time Called You
Burning Body
Pokémon: To be a Pokémon Master: Ultimate Journeys: The Series:
Part 1
Rosa Peral’s Tapes
Selling The OC:
Season 2
Spy Ops

Sept. 12
Glow Up: Season 5
Michelle Wolf: It’s Great to Be Here
The Wolf of Wall Street

Sept. 13
Class Act

Sept. 14
Barbie – A Touch of Magic: Season 1
Ehrengard: The Art of Seduction
Once Upon a Crime
Thursday’s Widows

Sept. 15
Ancient Aliens: Seasons 6-7
Band of Brothers
The Club
: Part 2
El Conde
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons
: Season 7
Intervention: Season 22
Love at First Sight
The Pacific
Surviving Summer: Season 2
Wipeout Part 1

Sept. 16
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Sept. 18
My Little Pony: Make Your Mark: Chapter 5

Sept. 19
Kountry Wayne: A Woman’s Prayer
The Saint of Second Chances

Sept. 20
Hard Broken
Murdaugh Murders: A Southern Scandal
: Season 2
New Amsterdam: Season 5

Sept. 21
Scissor Seven: Season 4
Sex Education: Season 4

Sept. 22
The Black Book
How To Deal With a Heartbreak
Love Is Blind
: Season 5
Spy Kids: Armageddon

Sept. 25
Little Baby Bum: Music Time

Sept. 26
Who Killed Jill Dando?

Sept. 27
Street Flow 2

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Sept. 28
Castlevania: Nocturne
The Darkness within La Luz del Mundo
Love is in the Air

The Swan

Sept. 29
Do Not Disturb

Great British Baking Show
Power Rangers Cosmic Fury

The Rat Catcher

Sept. 30

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When The ‘Death Of Democracy’ Overshadowed Cricket At 2003 World Cup – Barron’s

Henry Olonga, by his own admission, was never the greatest cricketer to play the game but the Zimbabwean fast bowler left an indelible mark on the Cricket World Cup of 2003.

That was the year that he and teammate Andy Flower hit the front pages with their simple “Death of Democracy” protest against the authoritarian government of Robert Mugabe, spelling the end of both of their international playing careers.

At the previous edition in 1999, Olonga wrote himself a different chapter on the field when he took three Indian wickets in one over to secure a wholly unexpected three-run win in Leicester.

The protest, however, was a different fox altogether.

“I had nothing to gain,” Olonga told AFP in a Zoom interview from his home in Adelaide.

“I had a decent lifestyle, I was paid well, I had some money stashed away, I had bought a house in Zimbabwe, a plot of land, I had a fiancee. Life was good.

“But I felt a deep urge to do what we did because I believed in the cause. I still do.”

On the morning of Zimbabwe’s opening match against Namibia, February 10, 2003, at the Harare Sports Club, Olonga and his white teammate Flower released a statement to the press saying they would be wearing a black armband for the duration of the World Cup.

“In doing so, we are mourning the death of democracy in our beloved Zimbabwe,” it read. “We are making a silent plea to those responsible to stop the abuse of human rights in Zimbabwe. We pray our small action may help to restore sanity and dignity to our nation.”

It was an immensely brave thing to do in a country that was ruled by the iron fist of Mugabe who had been in power since 1980 and would retain it until he was removed and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

As the soldiers took up post around the boundary with their AK47s, the foreign press lapped it up with many proclaiming Flower and Olonga as heroes.

Locally, however, it was met with mixed reactions, especially by other black Zimbabweans, something that still rankles with Olonga.

“There’s a sense of disappointment that our message wasn’t really something that was possibly attainable,” says Olonga.

“We didn’t change anything. We didn’t transform the nation into this democratic fair country that we envisaged.

“I look back on the black armband and the very people that we were trying to help, the subjugated, oppressed and downtrodden, these were the very people who turned against me. I felt vilified by my own people.

“There’s much talk of Stockholm syndrome, loving the abuser. That has made no sense to me.”

Partly because of England’s refusal to play in Harare, Zimbabwe qualified for the Super 8 part of the 2003 World Cup.

Olonga’s final act on an international cricket field was having Kennedy Otieno leg before as Kenya romped to a seven-wicket win in Bloemfontein.

By then, Olonga was effectively on the run. His fiancee called it off and Olonga was charged with treason. He and Flower both left for England.

Unlike Flower, who played for Essex before going on to coach England to Ashes success in Australia, it was the end of Olonga’s cricket career, aged 27.

He had taken 68 wickets in 30 Tests at an average of just under 40 and played 50 one-day internationals.

“I was quite a mediocre player but I was amazing on a couple of occasions,” he says remembering that spell against India in 1999.

“And I was injury-prone so I had maybe three or four years left, no more.

“So I don’t feel there was a tremendous loss in leaving the game. I don’t look back with any form of regret on leaving when I did.

“At least I left the game with a bit of dignity.”

Olonga struggled in England, not able to get a professional contract and bouncing bits of commentary, but he met physical education teacher Tara Read. They married, had children and then moved to Australia.

In the 20 years since the armband protest Olonga has yet to return to Zimbabwe where the sport has often struggled.

Zimbabwe failed to qualify for the 2023 World Cup which gets underway in India next week.

“The simple answer is I haven’t felt safe,” he says when asked why.

“Twenty years on I don’t know if safety is a concern. It may not be. Many people have returned, Andy Flower has returned… It hasn’t appealed to me.”

Olonga is now a proud Australian citizen, to the point where he supported them during the recent Ashes series against England, and works as a singer – he appeared on the local version of ‘The Voice’ – and public speaker.

The 2003 protest is largely forgotten now by a world that has other, more pressing issues against which to rail. For Olonga, though, no matter how distant, that chapter will always be there.

“It’s something I can’t get away from. I don’t try to get away from it,” he says ruefully.

“But when I first started public speaking I’d spend about 20 minutes on it, now I just hint at it.

“For me it’s been in the blink of an eye but it’s a long time ago. Two decades. Life moves on, the sport has moved on.”


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‘Badly drafted’ PVO Amendment Bill has lapsed says legal think tank, urges govt to scrap it

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By Anna Chibamu

THE Private Voluntary Organizations (PVO) Amendment Bill has lapsed and will need to be reconsidered, Veritas has said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa referred the bill back to Parliament during the 9th Parliament for reconsideration.

According to Veritas, the Bill lapsed long before the President had referred it back to Parliament and those Bills that had passed through the National Assembly and the Senate, but had not been signed by the President and published in the Gazette, lapsed when Parliament was dissolved just before polling day in the general election.

“Our reasoning was that, in terms of section 147 of the constitution, ‘On the dissolution of Parliament, all proceedings pending at the time are terminated, and every Bill, motion, petition and other business lapses’.

“A Bill that has passed through the National Assembly and the Senate, but has not been assented to by the President, is still a Bill and seems to be covered by the clear wording of section 147,’’ Veritas said in its publication last week.

It added that there was a general rule or convention applicable in countries with a parliamentary system such as Zimbabwe which stipulates that no Parliament should bind its successor, and hence all Bills, including those that are awaiting assent by the Head of State lapse when Parliament is dissolved.

“The PVO Amendment Bill lapsed when Parliament was dissolved on the 22nd August, immediately before polling day in the general election.  As a result, there was no longer a Bill for the President to refer back to Parliament.

“The only course for the government to take, if it wants to proceed with the Bill, is for the Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare to start all over again. The Bill cannot be revived,” said Veritas.

The think tank explained further that although Standing Order 171 of the National Assembly and Standing Order 162 of the Senate allow Bills lapsed at the end of a session to be revived in a subsequent session if the National Assembly or the Senate passes resolutions to that effect but those Standing Orders do not apply to Bills which have lapsed as a result of a dissolution of Parliament.

“The Standing Orders themselves say that the Parliament dissolved before elections was the Ninth Parliament of Zimbabwe.  The one that has just been sworn in is the Tenth Parliament of Zimbabwe.  It is a different Parliament and, by virtue of section 147 of the Constitution, it cannot be bound by the unfinished business of its predecessor.

“It is a fitting end to the Bill.  It was a most unsatisfactory one:  vague, badly drafted, and in many respects unconstitutional.  The President himself had such serious reservations about it that he referred it back to Parliament.  The new Minister should take the opportunity to reconsider it completely, perhaps even to scrap it,” added Veritas.

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Bulawayo colleges open companies as Education 5.0 bears fruit – The Herald

Bulawayo Bureau

BULAWAYO’S Hillside Teachers’ College and the United College of Education have ventured into full-time industrialisation through establishing and registering new companies in line with the Heritage-Based Education 5.0 model.

The development adds impetus to the on-going efforts by the Government to re-industrialise Bulawayo and anchor the country’s economy on increased high-value production with a focus on substituting imports and stimulating export earnings.

UCE, which specialises in primary school teacher training has set up a company called Collinvest (Pvt) Ltd and registered it with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ). 

The new company deals with musical instruments and production of protective clothing as well as uniforms.

UCE principal, Dr Adam Luthuli, has said the college, in line with Education 5.0 philosophy on innovation and industrialisation, is now producing goods and services.

“The college’s company, Collinvest (Pvt) Ltd, which is registered with the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), is overwhelmed with requests for musical instruments, protective clothing and uniforms. Our company has received orders from Gwanda State University, Manicaland State University. Kusile Rural District Council, Hwange Rural District Council, United Bulawayo Hospitals and Harare Central Hospital,” he said on Friday during the institution’s graduation ceremony. 

Dr Luthuli said the company is into production and repair of marimba, mbira and was also running chicken and piggery projects.

He said the company intends to produce assistive devices such as hearing aids, wheelchairs and prostheses or artificial body parts.

Hillside Teachers’ College, which was established in 1956 to train secondary school teachers, has already set up a secondary school as part of efforts to bridge the shortage of schools in the country while pursuing other commercial ventures.

A total of 56 Form One learners are now attending classes from the main campus awaiting the construction of new school premises in Matobo District after the local authority gave the institution a 24-hectare piece of land.

The college is also producing nutritious ‘Madhumbe Crisps’, a product that has been approved by the Government analyst laboratory and is expected to hit the market soon.

One of the female students at the college has also come up with a unique garment design concept to assist breastfeeding mothers and T-shirt, which allows a mother to breastfeed in public without exposing any part of her body.

Hillside Teachers’ College acting principal, Dr Sifelani Jabangwe, said the national agenda of attaining an upper middle-income economy by 2030 was premised on innovation and industrialisation, which puts colleges and universities in the spotlight to lead from the front.

“As we celebrate our ceremony under the theme: ‘Transformative Teacher Education for Accelerated Innovation and Industrialisation’, I would like to underscore the fact that it is imperative for us as a college to have our teacher education bringing innovation and industrialisation into the foreground,” he said. 

“Against this backdrop, we have embraced these two concepts as part of our core mandate in line with  Education 5.0 and have since embarked on a number of projects, which are reflective of this stance.”

Following the Government’s call for colleges to assist former students to form consortiums and establish schools, Dr Jabangwe said 10 former students approached the college expressing an interest in establishing a high school. 

“We were offered 24ha of land in Matobo district about 30 km from Bulawayo. We are ready to start phase one of the construction of the school.”

“I am pleased to inform you that January 2023 saw the college’s commencement of two form-one classes with an enrolment of 56 learners at our newly established practicing school,” he said. 

“We have had to create space for those classes within the infrastructure that we have for now. However, as we look to enrol classes in future, our plan is to build the school at our Hillside Teachers’ College 4ha extension stand. 

“The college is working closely with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education to regularise operations of the school.”

 Dr Jabangwe said three college students and a lecturer have initiated a project to produce Madhumbe crisps.

“The project uses the local resource, madhumbe tuber. The product has been tried and tested and has also undergone assessment by Government analyst laboratory,” he said. 

“I am actually happy to say that the same product is actually available and is on sale right here on our campus and has been packaged as Hill Madhumbe Crisps advertised as ‘Traditional crispy taste just for you!”.

Dr Jabangwe said the college had also established a recording studio that is set to benefit the institution through recording fees to be paid by local artists although lecturers and students are the immediate beneficiaries.

He said the college was hoping to step up production of breastfeeding dress which was designed by one of the students which allows the mother to breastfeed in public without exposing any part of her body. 

The Education 5.0 blue-print prioritises the development of five-main faculties in learners, which include teaching, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation as key pillars driving an innovation-led and knowledge-driven economy.

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