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Sunday, January 26, 2020


(Left: Will Smith)

DStv Compact viewers, get ready for dates with Denzel Washington, Eddie Murphy, Samuel L Jackson and more Afro-American heavyweights.

From this weekend (Friday, January 24) M-Net Movies will take over channel 109 on DStv with another electrifying Pop Up channel. Following the massive success of the M-Net Movies Blackout in 2016, the spotlight will once again fall on popular mainstream Afro-American stars. This time, however, the leading men take centre stage and all the fun and action can also be enjoyed by DStv Compact viewers.

“Over the past couple of years, M-Net Movies has enthralled viewers with a variety of diverse, themed Pop Up channels of which M-Net Movies Blackout was one of the most popular ventures,” says M-Net’s Head of Publicity, Lani Lombard. “M-Net Movies Blackout: Leading Men Edition celebrates the enormous contribution that African American leading men have given to the magic of Hollywood. The channel is bold, sexy, proud and fierce and promises to be another hit. We won’t be surprised if many movie lovers get hooked on the channel – especially on weekend nights – when there are back to back movies with stars who keep on charming us with their box office hits and franchises.”
(Right: Martin Lawrence)

M-Net Movies Leading Men will be on channel 109 from Friday, January 24 until Friday February 16 and has everything from big blockbusters to quaint romance from the 1980s to present day. While there will be a variety of films during the week, weekends are the main attraction. Viewers can look forward to themed weekends with nights dedicated to a specific star. To delight binge-watchers, there will also be stacked franchise films on Friday nights, such as Bad Boys and Bad Boys 2; Think Like A Man and Think Like a Man Too; Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2, Rush Hour 3.

On the first weekend, fans of Martin Lawrence and Will Smith should make themselves comfortable on their couch. Martin Lawrence will make his entrance on Saturday, January 25 at 11h15 with What's The Worst That Could Happen? That will be followed by Black Knight, Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins, Big Momma's House, Big Momma's House 2, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son and ends with Martin Lawrence Live: Runteldat.

The Will Smith movies for Sunday start at 10h10 and include: After Earth, Hancock, I Am Legend, Men In Black, Men In Black II and III, Hitch and is rounded off with Wild Wild West

(Left: Eddie Murphy)
The rest of the weekend line-up on M-Net Movies Blackout: The Leading Men Edition looks like this:

Weekend 2:

Saturdays and Sundays are filled with the legend himself Eddie Murphy. Saturday, February 1 kicks with 48 Hours at 09h35, this is followed by Bowfinger, Meet Dave, Imagine That, Norbit, Dreamgirls, Tower Heist and Trading Places.

Eddie Murphy continues on Sunday, February 2, beginning at 09h25 with The Adventures Of Pluto Nash this is followed up by Harlem Nights, Beverly Hills Cop, Beverly Hills Cop II, Beverly Hills Cop III, Life, Boomerang and Another 48 Hrs.

(Right: Denzel Washington)

Weekend 3:

The third week of M-Net Movies Blackout: Leading Men Edition celebrates one of the greatest actors of all time, two time, Oscar winner Denzel Washington. Saturday, February 8 begins with The Magnificent Seven at 09h25 continuing with Virtuosity, The Manchurian Candidate, Man On Fire, Fallen, The Taking Of Pelham 123, 2 Guns, ending with Out Of Time.

Denzel Washington’s amazing catalogue continues Sunday February 9 with Fallen at 18h30 and is followed by The Bone Collector, American Gangster and then Flight.

(Left: Samuel L Jackson)

Weekend 4:

The last week of the pop up ends with Hollywood heavyweights Samuel L Jackson, Morgan Freeman and Idris Elba.

Saturday February 15 starts with Jumper at 12h15. The channel continues with Changing Lanes, The Negotiator, The Hitman’s Bodyguard, Snakes On A Plane, Shaft and The Long Kiss Goodnight.

(Right: Morgan Freeman)
Sunday, February 16 rounds off the channel with Along Came A Spider at 08h15 and ends with The Sum Of All Fears, Kiss The Girls, Deep Impact, Pacific Rim, Molly’s Game, Bastille Day and Unthinkable.
(Left: Idris Elba)

The themed franchise films on Fridays starts January 24 at 07h50. The line-up is: Men In Black, Men In Black II and Men In Black III, and is followed by Big Momma's House, Big Momma's House 2, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son and ends off with Bad Boys and Bad Boys II.

For the full schedule go to

NB: You can also enjoy these from your TV, laptop, tablet or cellphone on Dstv Now or DStv Catch Up.
The titles will be available on DStv CatchUp Plus via connected decoders for DStv Premium viewers.