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Top Ten Movies with... Angelique Pretorius

Angelique Pretorius is an international actress with experience in theatre, television, film, radio and modeling. Born in London and raised in South Africa, Angelique discovered her love for the performing arts in high school. Her natural beauty, acting talent and lust for life made it nearly impossible for her not to pursue a career in drama, and after a year of cross-continental travel she completed an Honours degree in theatre and performance at UCT.

Ophelia in Geoffrey Highland's Hamlet and several theatre awards later she moved to television appearing in TV series such as Snitch II, House of Love, Kruispad and Rough (UK) with soap roles in Villa Rosa, Egoli and sitcoms, Madam & Eve and Rasdien.

Her feature film debut came in 2009 with Tornado and the Kalahari Horse Whisperer, a film by Regardt van den Berg. She followed this up with a starring role as Petro in Willie Esterhuizen's comedy Stoute Boudjies and then as Marcia in international biopic Winnie, directed by Darrel Roodt. Angelique has already worked with some of South Africa's best known directors, demonstrating her versatility by bridging comedy and drama.

Several film roles, expansive TV, commercial and voice artist experience and featured in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World in 2010 and in 2011... Angelique Pretorius is an international star on the rise. SPL!NG managed to catch up with her to find out about her personal taste when it comes to movies.

INTERVIEW: Shia LaBeouf on Transformers: Dark of the Moon


Transformers star Shia LaBeouf (pictured right) has revealed that the third instalment of the hugely popular franchise will be the most spectacular yet.

Directed by Michael Bay, Dark of the Moon will complete the trilogy with some ‘insane action,’ all in state of the art 3D, says the star, who returns to play Sam Witwicky and is joined by newcomer, Victoria’s Secrets model Rosie Huntington-Whitely and a stellar cast.

“The last 30 minutes of the movie is the craziest action sequence he has ever filmed in all of Michael Bay’s entire career and he would attest to that. It’s unbelievable,” says LaBeouf.

“Think about it, if you are going to make a Transformers trilogy you know that the last 30 minutes of that trilogy you have to deliver the most insane action sequence that anybody has ever seen. It has to be that way and it is that way. It really is outrageous and incredible.”

Bay has pushed the 3D technology developed for James Cameron’s film Avatar even further, he says. “A film like this defines what summer fun is, it does what a summer blockbuster is meant to do which is essentially provide a fun movie experience.

“The third film is darker and it has the action that you have in the first two films but this time it’s even better. We basically took the cameras that were used in the Avatar 3D room and put them on the head of a skydiver so the cinematography is outrageous and Michael is pushing the limits in that way. “

Huntington-Whitely makes her acting debut in Dark of the Moon, playing Sam’s new girlfriend, Carly, and her leading man paid tribute to her total commitment to the cause and says that the beautiful supermodel definitely has a future as an actress.

“It was a baptism of fire for Rosie,” he says. “But Rosie is incredible. For a start, she’s a great person to be around and has fantastic energy, which is always nice because if you are going to spend six, seven months with someone it’s great if it’s someone you enjoy spending time with.

Rosie is very diplomatic and sociable, she’s cool and she knows how to deal with life and she is very comfortable and she knows how to deal with Mike. She owns her sexuality, which is very important for a woman in Mike’s movies, she’s very comfortable with it, which is the A plus in terms of her being a Victoria’s Secret model.

“She doesn’t have any shame in being able to help the director explore her body in cinema - she doesn’t mind it because she comes from that world of modelling.”


Rosie Huntington-Whiteley plays Carly in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.


LaBeouf says that the Transformers team went into the third movie well prepared and were all determined to make Dark of the Moon the best Transformers experience yet.

“The difference here was that we had more direction with our game plan when we took our first steps,” he explains. “We had a really solid script so there was no second guessing, which we had to do a little on the second film where we were sort of making it on the fly.

“On this one we had a firmer foundation at the outset and as crazy as the Transformer movies get - and we do have injuries here and there and some really tough ones to deal with - I think in the end the movie is the best movie we have made and also was the greatest journey in terms of my enjoyment of it actually on the set.

“I had more fun on this movie just in general, just being around. I think Michael has also calmed down. My relationship with him has really changed and we have such a strong friendship now and it’s nice to have that with your director. So it was a very positive experience for me.”

LaBeouf also gave a taste of what the fans can expect in terms of storyline. “Sam has found a woman, Carly, who nurtures him and wants to build him up. And that’s where they are when you meet them. And the whole thing kicks off when the Decepticons start looking for this secret artefact that the Autobots have.”

Transformers: Dark of the Moon will have strong characters – Patrick Dempsey, John Malkovich and Frances McDormand joined the cast – a gripping story and those highly anticipated, hi-octane action sequences that Bay is famous for.

“It’s the best movie we’ve made so far out of the three,” says LaBeouf.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon opens nationally on 29 June, 2011.

Photo Credit: Jaimie Trueblood | 2011 PARAMOUNT PICTURES. All Rights Reserved. HASBRO, TRANSFORMERS and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro. ©2011 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved

SNEAK PEEK: Super 8 (2011)

Mystery science-fiction thriller, Super 8, directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Steven Spielberg is currently #1 at the box office. Here's a sneak peek at some of the stills from the movie.

Left to right: Kyle Chandler plays Jackson Lamb, Joel Courtney plays Joe Lamb, Elle Fanning plays Alice Dainard, and Ron Eldard plays Louis Dainard in Super 8, from Paramount Pictures.

Photo credit: Francois Duhamel. © 2011 Paramount Pictures. All Rights Reserved.
MOVIE TRAILER: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)


David Fincher's The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo is scheduled to be released over Christmas in the United States. The remake stars Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig and judging from the earliest movie posters and this movie trailer, promises to be edgier than the original Swedish trilogy.
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