FOX Networks Group Asia today announced the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which also marks the show’s 100th episode, on 23 October. The first episode willOn October 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
FOX Networks Group Asia today announced the Season 8 premiere of The Walking Dead, which also marks the show’s 100th episode, on 23 October. The first episode will debut at 11.30am in Singapore on video-streaming service FOX+, after it is aired in the U.S.
The new season of the post-apocalyptic horror television series, consisting of 16 episodes, will take off from the show’s season 7 clincher which gave viewers a taste of the inevitable showdown between survivors of the Alexandria Safe-Zone, the Hilltop Colony, and the Kingdom – led by Rick and Ezekiel – against Negan and the Saviors.
Prakash Ramchandani, Senior Vice President, SVOD Digital said, “The Walking Dead has long been a favourite for our viewers, and we are looking forward to finally bringing an end to the cliff hanging anticipation with the launch of Season 8 next week, which also marks the 100th episode. We’ve come a long way since the start of The Walking Dead and continue to dedicate ourselves to bringing the best for our consumers, first on FOX+. Entertainment lovers will be able to watch new episodes of the The Walking Dead anytime and anyplace, together with other great content.
In line with the occasion – which coincides with the upcoming Halloween season, FOX+ will be releasing an exclusive video showcasing the make-up process behind the show’s Deer-Eating Walker from season 1. The video features the work of Chris Ruth, a special effects makeup artist.
This Halloween, Bugis Junction and Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with a larger-than-life immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience. This is the first time thatOn October 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
This Halloween, Bugis Junction and Bugis+ are daring shoppers to face their fears with a larger-than-life immersive virtual reality (VR) gaming experience. This is the first time that malls in Singapore are hosting a VR experience of this scale. Three thrilling games are available for shoppers to test their courage, namely Time Zombies, Walk the Plank and Arizona Sunshine Zombie.
The Time Zombies competition that uses the latest Arctic Fox wireless technology, which allows a fully immersive gaming experience without the the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement. The VR gaming showcase at Bugis Junction and Bugis+ this Halloween will mark Arctic Fox’s debut in Southeast Asia, to the delight of VR gaming enthusiasts in the region.
The thrilling Time Zombies VR competition will take place at Bugis+ Atrium, Level 2, from now to 29 October. To take part in the Time Zombies VR Competition, shoppers can either present a receipt with a minimum spend of SGD20 in a single receipt at either Bugis Junction or Bugis+, or redeem one game play with 100 STAR$® via the CapitaStar app.
Shoppers are invited to step into the shoes of detectives travelling through time hot on the heels of Dr Virago, a time-travelling mad scientist, and stop him in his bid to spark off a zombie apocalypse. Faced with a frenzied gang of flesh-eating zombies coming at them from all angles determined to tear them to bits, shoppers are challenged to stay calm and aim for consecutive headshots that will exponentially increase their scores. They can also look out for floating power ups to help in their fight against the flesh-eating living dead.
Qualifying rounds will take place between now to 26 October from 11am to 9pm daily. Thereafter, scores will be tabulated and the top 10 individual players will be selected on 26 October at 9pm. The competition will culminate in a final showdown among the top 10 players on 29 October from 2pm to 6pm.
More about Arctic Fox VR technology
Marking its debut in Southeast Asia, the Arctic Fox VR technology is a fully wireless and untethered system. Players don only a wireless headset that features a high definition screen and gaming headphones for an immersive surround sound experience.
Without the burden of cumbersome cables or backpack computers that hinder physical movement, the system allows the player free movement within a 5 metre x 5 metre (25 square metres) physical space, thereby enhancing the immersive factor of the virtual reality experience.
Eight infrared cameras mounted on a truss keep track of the headsets and gameplay pistol positions in 3D where the player’s entire body becomes the controller for the game. Players can move around in game as freely as they would like – walk, jump, duck, dodge, and even leopard crawl.
Equipped with a software that maps the movements onto the players’ positions within the game, the corresponding virtual visuals are then fed wirelessly to the headsets worn by players with no discernible lag time between the players’ physical movements and corresponding visuals within the game.
Ready to be ushered into unparalleled thrills? Horror fans will relish the adrenaline rush as Bugis Junction and Bugis+ bring them on a brand-new experience where their worst nightmares come to life with the latest in VR technology.
With 12 days away from the launch, experience the second and final trailer for the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things 2. There are a few notable occurrences inOn October 14, 2017 / By Nookmag
With 12 days away from the launch, experience the second and final trailer for the Netflix Original Series Stranger Things 2.
There are a few notable occurrences in the trailer – Eleven is back and living with Terry Ives, her biological mother. The residents of Hawkins, Indiana are preparing for the fight of their lives, but this time they’re better equipped with knowledge of the horrors that transpired before. The younger kids are teaming up with older teens and the once naive adults are believing what they turned a blind eye to before.
The follow up of the most hyped series of the year is set one year after the first season, in the fall of 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.
Visit Stranger Things on Netflix. All secrets will be revealed when Stranger Things 2 debuts on October 27.
Marina Bay Sands is expanding its on-going collaboration with the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), taking its engagement with the non-profit organization beyond SGIFF’s landmark annual film eventOn September 23, 2017 / By Nookmag
Marina Bay Sands is expanding its on-going collaboration with the Singapore International Film Festival (SGIFF), taking its engagement with the non-profit organization beyond SGIFF’s landmark annual film event – the leading platform in Southeast Asia that champions the discovery of independent cinema.
The integrated resort has officially named SGIFF as one of its designated charities and is planning to host a series of year-round activities that aim to grow the film and art audience in Asia and beyond.
10th anniversary screening of local film Gone Shopping at ArtScience Museum
For a start, Marina Bay Sands’ ArtScience Museum will be hosting the 10th anniversary screening of Wee Li Lin’s whimsical tale about the malls of Singapore, Gone Shopping, from October 1 to 8. Released to critical acclaim in 2007, Gone Shopping is the first-full length directorial debut of female director Wee Li Lin.
The screening of the movie is part of ArtScience on Screen, which showcases the work of groundbreaking filmmakers and artists. ArtScience on Screen forms the backbone of the museum’s dedicated film programming, with the aim to inspire audiences to discover art and science through film and moving image. From October 1 to 8, the film will be screened twice daily to the public, at 2.30pm and 5pm respectively. Admission is free.
Beyond the screening, the integrated resort will also be hosting an In Conversations With dialogue session with the filmmaker and cast Sonya Nair of Gone Shopping and Professor Chua Beng Huat from the National University of Singapore on October 7 at ArtScience Museum. This dialogue session is part of an on-going series of talks with celebrities and prominent individuals from creative fields, who give insights into the world of film, television and art to young students interested in pursuing a career in a related discipline.
Inspiring young filmmakers with the launch of MBS x SGIFF Youth Film Project
Marina Bay Sands has been a Presenting Sponsor of the Singapore International Film Festival since 2014 and continues to look for new ways to inspire aspiring filmmakers and grow the art audience in Singapore. As a strong champion of youth and arts education, the integrated resort has also launched the MBS x SGIFF: Youth Film Project.
Open to current tertiary students, this new initiative will give young filmmakers a chance to experience and participate in a filmmaking project taking place across the integrated resort during its annual Sands for Singapore Festival.
The youth mentorship programme aims to encourage innovative and personal ways of storytelling that broadens the scope of corporate-driven film projects, and to offer budding filmmakers a chance to be exposed and mentored by industry practitioners as they gain hands- on work experience within a corporate environment.
Under the guidance of Marina Bay Sands’ in-house visual media team and SGIFF, participants will co-produce and co-direct a 5 to 10 minute documentary film shot at the integrated resort. The completed film will then be showcased on Marina Bay Sands’ website and across its social media platforms.
Co-shortlisted by the teams at SGIFF and Marina Bay Sands, the two participants this year are Nanyang Technological University students Lee Yi Jia and Martin Loh. Their documentary will capture the relationship between two people from seemingly different worlds and aims to challenge stereotypes against the Deaf Community and illustrate the strength and vibrancy of Deaf Culture.
Mr George Tanasijevich, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marina Bay Sands said, “After four successful years of working with the Singapore International Film Festival, we’re privileged to extend our support to the next level. As a designated charity, SGIFF will work collaboratively with Marina Bay Sands on a range of creative projects throughout the year. It marks a new chapter, and one that is aimed at providing more opportunities for established and aspiring filmmakers to present their works on an international platform.”
For the first time, The Shilla Duty Free and Changi Airport Group will present a one-night exclusive Shilla Beauty Concert featuring Korean pop sensations, SHINee and Red Velvet.On September 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
For the first time, The Shilla Duty Free and Changi Airport Group will present a one-night exclusive Shilla Beauty Concert featuring Korean pop sensations, SHINee and Red Velvet. To be held in the evening of 24 November at Suntec Convention Centre, this event will commemorate the upcoming launch of The Shilla Duty Free’s new store at Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 4 (T4). Sponsored by Samsung, Global Tax Free, Korea Tourism Organization and The Embassy of the Republic of Korea; concert tickets are available to the public only through The Shilla Duty Free stores located at Changi Airport Terminals 1, 2 & 3 or online at iShopChangi.com.
From now, customers who shop at any of The Shilla Duty Free stores at Changi Airport or online at iShopChangi.com will be able to redeem a pair of tickets to the Shilla Beauty Concert when they either:
“In appreciation of all our loyal customers who have shopped with us at Changi Airport, the concert will be an absolute treat and experience not to be missed. As we continue to expand our travel retail offerings with the upcoming opening of our newest outlet at the new Changi Airport Terminal 4, we hope that travellers flying through here will be wowed by the diversity of range and exclusive product experiences that our T4 store has to offer,” says Ms Raelene Johnson, Vice President of Global Merchandise Division, The Shilla Duty Free.
The future of duty-free shopping at The Shilla Duty Free
For the first time at Changi Airport, The Shilla Duty Free store at T4 will feature a seamless walkthrough duty-free shopping experience for travellers. Once they have passed the centralised area for departure immigration, travellers will be greeted with their favourite brands of cosmetics and fragrances as well as wines and spirits, which they would be able to purchase in a single transaction in the integrated duty-free zone operated by Changi Airport’s two core duty-free categories – Cosmetics and Perfumes and Liquor and Tobacco.
“The strong collaboration and shared vision between Changi Airport and The Shilla Duty Free has resulted in another innovative retail breakthrough – Changi’s first integrated duty-free zone at Terminal 4. We look forward to wowing our first shoppers when the new terminal officially opens, and welcoming the Korean pop sensations to Changi Airport,” says Ms Teo Chew Hoon, Group Senior Vice President of Airside Concessions, Changi Airport Group.
In line with its dedication to expand the travel retail assortment for travellers, The Shilla Duty Free will bring in new brands not currently offered at other terminals, such as Hera, Diptyque, Alexander McQueen, Bentley and Bath & Body Works.
Experience the future of duty-free shopping, coming soon at The Shilla Duty Free at Changi Airport T4.
Meet Bliss, the long-lost older sister to Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup! Bliss has returned to Townsville to learn the true strength of her incredible powers – which includeOn September 19, 2017 / By Nookmag
Meet Bliss, the long-lost older sister to Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup! Bliss has returned to Townsville to learn the true strength of her incredible powers – which include flight, teleportation, telekinesis and super strength! This follows the Asia reveal via Facebook Live yesterday, fans have now been introduced to Bliss – Cartoon Network’s 4th Powerpuff Girl!
Bliss makes her on-screen debut on Cartoon Network in the five-part special event, The Powerpuff Girls: Power of Four over one weekend. The first three episodes premiere at 11:30am on Saturday, 23 September and the final two episodes at 11:30am on Sunday 24 September.
Long before he created Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup, Professor Utonium created a little girl named Bliss who embodied all of the same traits: she was smart, sweet and incredibly powerful. After a mysterious disappearance, she hasn’t been seen by anyone for years. Now, as a teenager, Bliss has returned to discover she has three incredible superhero sisters! Stronger together and reunited as a family at last, the four Powerpuff Girls work together and use their powers to save the day – before bedtime.
Created by Craig McCracken in 1998, The Powerpuff Girls follows the three sisters who have dedicated their lives to fighting crime and forces of evil that threaten the city of Townsville. To date, the show has earned two Emmy® Awards, five nominations and countless animation honors including the Kids’ Choice Awards – Favourite Cartoon category, the Annie Awards – Character Design in an Animated Television Production, and the Primetime Emmys – Outstanding Animated Program.
Cartoon Network is available in Singapore on StarHub TV Channel 316 and Singtel TV Channel 226.
Sugar, spice, everything nice, and the enigmatic Chemical X – these are the ingredients needed to make the perfect little girl…or so Professor Utonium led us to believe.On September 15, 2017 / By Nookmag
Sugar, spice, everything nice, and the enigmatic Chemical X – these are the ingredients needed to make the perfect little girl…or so Professor Utonium led us to believe. 20 years after the launch of Cartoon Network’s most popular original series, there’s a new Powerpuff Girl in town, and she’s got the POWER.
Premiering over one weekend, the 5-part special will transform all that we know about the origin story of The Powerpuff Girls. Seen only in a form of a silhouette, her identity remains a secret until Cartoon Network’s global reveal. On Monday, 18 September, at 5PM (Singapore Time), Cartoon Network Asia will reveal her live on its Facebook page, in an interactive experience that will give fans the opportunity to learn more about what makes her awesome.
The first three episodes of the 5-part special will premiere on Saturday, 23 September and the final two episodes on Sunday, 24 September during that time slot.
Cartoon Network is available in Singapore on StarHub TV Channel 316 and Singtel TV Channel 226.
Today, 23-year old independent singer/songwriter/producer Lauv, announces he will be supporting Ed Sheeran through his tour of Asia, a huge 14-date run commencing in Osaka, Japan onOn September 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
Netflix superpower? Knowing what viewers should watch next, especially if it’s something they’d never expect. Case in point, one in eight Marvel Television viewers were new to comicOn August 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
Netflix superpower? Knowing what viewers should watch next, especially if it’s something they’d never expect. Case in point, one in eight Marvel Television viewers were new to comic book based content before discovering their first heroic binge on Netflix.
Viewers are finding their way to the adventures of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist through shows as diverse as the Defenders crew. And it’s not by chance, it’s by design – more than 80% of all shows are discovered through Netflix recommendations.
“At Netflix we know genres are just wrappers, which is why we work hard to create algorithms that help members break these pre-conceived notions and make it easier for them to find stories they’ll love, even in seemingly unlikely place,” said Todd Yellin Vice President of Product.
Getting over a genre bias isn’t limited to the Marvel Universe. One in five Stranger Things fans were new to horror before entering the Upside Down. Similarly, one in seven Black Mirror watchers were new to science fiction before exploring the dark side of technology.
Looking into the shows those new to the genre watched most before its four Marvel series, Netflix uncovered interesting patterns that act as bingeing gateway to the Marvel Universe.
Anti-heroes and moral ambiguity lead viewers to Marvel’s daredevil
Stories that dabble in life’s grey area heighten viewers’ senses for Daredevil, like the political turmoil of House of Cards and the thin lines of family loyalty in Bloodline. As do characters who blur the lines between vigilante and villain, like Walter White’s entrepreneurial antics in Breaking Bad and Dexter Morgan’s homicidal heroics in Dexter.
Sharp humor, strong females and dark crime draw watchers to Marvel’s Jessica Jones
It’s Jessica Jones’ sharp wit that makes her bingeworthy. Series with smart humor, like Master of None and John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid draw viewers to Jones as do stories with strong female leads, like Orange is the New Black. A nod to her detective roots, series immersed in dark criminal worlds also do the trick, like the psychological thrill of Making A Murderer.
Dangerous worlds and complex consequences direct viewers to Marvel’s Luke Cage
Shows that expose the dark side of society draw viewers to Luke Cage, like the question of guilt in Amanda Knox and the examination of technology in Black Mirror. Similarly, series immersed in dangerous realms, like a cartel-ridden Medellin in Narcos and a dystopian world in ARQ lead watchers to Cage’s world.
Edgy coming-of-age tales steer watchers to Marvel’s Iron Fist
Grit isn’t the only path to a comic binge. Edgy coming-of-age series, like Love and 13 Reasons Why, bring viewers to Danny Rand and his transitional tale from orphan to crime fighter. The passage from warrior to winner also struck a chord with viewers courtesy of Ultimate Beastmaster.
MTV today announced that the 2017 VMAs will bestow P!nk with its highest honor, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award”, for her trailblazing impact on music, pop culture,On August 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
MTV today announced that the 2017 VMAs will bestow P!nk with its highest honor, the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award”, for her trailblazing impact on music, pop culture, fashion and philanthropy. P!nk will perform live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
In addition, platinum-selling, Grammy-award winning, Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist, Kendrick Lamar, will take the “VMA” stage for the first time as a solo headline performer. Lamar joins an extensive line-up of A-list performers for the show, including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Ed Sheeran, The Weeknd and more, promising more music and unpredictable moments than ever before.
The VMAs will premiere live on MTV Asia on Monday, 28 August: Pre-Show (6am WIB, 7am MY/SG/PH) and Main Show (7am WIB, 8am MY/SG/PH). The repeat telecast airs on the same day: Pre-Show (6pm WIB, 7pm MY/SG/PH) and Main Show (7pm WIB, 8pm MY/SG/PH).
Known for her boundary-breaking and rebellious nature, P!nk’s legacy spawns a 17-year long career as a powerhouse vocalist and performer. The prolific singer/songwriter has created some of the most memorable pop songs and music videos of our time from “Don’t Let me Get Me” and “Try,” to “F**kin’ Perfect” and “Trouble.” With this honor, P!nk joins the prestigious list of past Vanguard recipients including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel, Guns N’ Roses, Beastie Boys, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, BEYONCÉ, Kanye West and Rihanna.
P!nk’s signature vocals have transformed her into a fearless pop artist with an eclectic range allowing her to produce everything from a pop-rock song one day, to a soulful R&B song the next. She is also known for lighting up the stage with her unparalleled acrobats and evocative live shows, dazzling audiences with her memorable performances. Her latest single, “What About Us” was released last week and hit #1 on iTunes in 26 markets, Top 5 in 36 markets and Top 10 in 48 markets on the day of release (Click Here To Listen). The track was also the second greatest gainer at Top 40 and Hot AC Radio. Rolling Stone called the single, “an emotional dance floor anthem”, while Billboard said it’s “an anthem for our times”.
Since her debut in 2000, P!NK has released six studio albums, 1 greatest hits album, sold over 42 million albums, over 75 million singles, over 2.4 million DVDs worldwide and has had 15 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (four at #1). In addition, she is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, one Daytime Emmy Award, three Billboard Music Awards, six MTV Video Music Awards, two MTV Europe Awards, two People’s Choice Awards and was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2013. She has sold out arenas all over the world, made her acting debut in Lionsgate’s Thanks for Sharing and released a side project with singer/songwriter Dallas Green entitled You+Me. Last year, P!NK released “Just Like Fire” from Walt Disney Studios’ feature film Alice Through The Looking Glass. The track was #1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart for six consecutive weeks and has over 155 million views of the music video. P!NK was featured on Kenny Chesney’s “Setting The World on Fire,” marking her first #1 on the Country Airplay Chart and Hot Country Songs Chart. The track also received a 2017 Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group performance earning P!NK her 18th Grammy nomination.
P!NK is a huge supporter of various charities, including: Make a Wish Foundation, Autism Speaks, Human Rights Campaign and No Kid Hungry. She was formerly a spokesperson for COVERGIRL and remains on the UNICEF team as an Ambassador.
Jesse Ignjatovic returns as Executive Producer for the 2017 “MTV Video Music Awards.” Bruce Gillmer, Garrett English and Lee Lodge are Executive Producers. Melanie Block serves as Executive in Charge of Production. Amani Duncan is Music Executive in Charge. Wendy Plaut is Celebrity Talent Executive in Charge.
Singapore’s hottest pop band, The Sam Willows have collaborated with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and TLC for the new season of “A Taste of Hong Kong”. PremieredOn August 17, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore’s hottest pop band, The Sam Willows have collaborated with Hong Kong Tourism Board (HKTB) and TLC for the new season of “A Taste of Hong Kong”. Premiered on 4 August, the programme focused on showcasing refreshing perspectives of Hong Kong. Throughout the season, key opinion leaders from Southeast Asia are invited to spend a day with co-host and Hong Kong singer-actress Josie Ho, where they spend ‘a-day-in-her-life’ on an adrenalised insider tour of the city.
Episode three – “Hong Kong After Dark” – is co-hosted by The Sam Willows where Josie Ho takes them around the bustling city ‘after dark’. In only 48 hours, the band gets to experience the enchanting city’s night hotspots like a true local. From the go-to places for true partygoers to the night-foodies, the quartet explore all dimensions of what makes up the Hong Kong nightlife.
The Sam Willows had an unforgettable experience on their very first trip to Hong Kong as a band, “Hong Kong charmed us with its rush of culture, food and people. It felt like home away from home; we can’t wait to go back for round two!”
Over the two nights of after dark explorations, the band skipped many of the normal tourist attractions, and experienced the true Hong Kong nightlife with Josie Ho. The pop quartet even met with the organisers of The Gig Week Hong Kong, which focuses on celebrating Hong Kong’s local music scene. They were invited to perform and appear at the event as special guests, which was the perfect conclusion to their two nights visit.
The episode with The Sam Willows (E3 “Hong Kong After Dark”), will be broadcast on TLC on 28 August, Monday, 9.55pm.
Gateway Theatre, the new 9-storey creative arts space in Bukit Merah, has announced the debut of a special rendition of The Nutcracker, which will be staged at Gateway’sOn August 12, 2017 / By Nookmag
This magical, theatrical production, directed by Fan Dong Kai, will incorporate world- class illusions performed by award-winning illusionists and father-daughter duo Lawrence and Priscilla Khong. This is the first time the magic duo is staging a performance that has no narration or dialogue, and will rely solely on the art of magic, dance and state-of-the-art technology to tell the story. It will also combine classical music arranged in a modern style by renowned music director Kenn C. The retelling of the old Christmas classic will be the largest scale performance to be held at Gateway Theatre to date with an international dance troupe of 14 dancers and over 50 backstage production crew. The Nutcracker promises to take you on a magical adventure, that will dazzle your senses and touch your heart along the way.
Creative Director for the production, Fan Dong Kai explained, “As there have been many versions of The Nutcracker to have been adapted to various performances, we have selected a version of the story that most audiences would be familiar with. What differentiates our production is that it is a magic show. In fact, it is a magic show that no one has ever seen or done before! We have adapted this timeless piece and given it a modern magical twist. Instead of ballet, we are using illusions, special effects, dance, video animation and costumes to tell the classic Nutcracker story. This will be a must see for anyone, young or old.”
Gateway Entertainment is constantly in search of new ways to combine magic and theatre, consistently pushing the envelope to find creative and innovative ideas to capture the hearts and minds of their audience. For The Nutcracker, they have partnered with industry giant, P’Art 1 Design Pte Ltd, to conceptualise new ideas in presenting the illusions, to capture the essence of the timeless classic. Add this to the fact that the production will be staged for the first time in Gateway Entertainment’s own theatre space, and you have a winning combination that is bound to stand out among the rest.
“We are definitely very excited to stage this new production at our very own Gateway Theatre as this gives us the flexibility to do a lot more, and make full use of the theatre’s auditorium acoustics, lighting and staging capabilities. As our productions can be technically challenging, this also gives us an opportunity to test our theatre to its maximum capacity. More importantly, it helps us establish ourselves as theatre owners and we hope this production will be a start for future collaborations with industry partners to bring in world class productions into Singapore,” said Nina Khong, CEO of Gateway Entertainment.
Gateway Theatre officially opened its doors in July this year with an Opening Festival, showcasing multiple local acts and performances. The Theatre intends to be a creative work space that will attract and inspire local talent, as well as new and seasoned audiences, encourage artists to explore their creativity, and allow the public to explore their imagination.
A popular and critical hit at the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, Grandmother Tongue will be returning for a strictly limited season in September 2017. Grandmother Tongue was easilyOn July 30, 2017 / By Nookmag
Grandmother Tongue was easily the hottest ticket at last year’s Singapore Theatre Festival. Even after an additional performance was added to the run, all available tickets were snapped up weeks before the show opened.
This tough, tender play about family, language and identity was also a hit with critics. Grandmother Tongue was nominated in four categories at the 2017 Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards – Production of the Year, Best Original Script, Best Actress (Jalyn Han) and Best Supporting Actor (Rei Poh).
Formerly a drama educator, Thomas Lim made his professional debut as a playwright and director with Grandmother Tongue. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to re-visit the play and bring it to more audiences.
“Grandmother Tongue is a reminder of how difficult it is to reduce our complex linguistic, racial and cultural identities to the monolithic race and ‘mother tongue’ classifications we often use in Singapore,” explains Lim, who is currently an Artist-in-Residence with W!LD RICE. “Such complexity and differences should be celebrated, not regulated.”
As part of W!LD RICE’s mission to make art that is accessible to as diverse a range of audiences as possible, the company will be staging its first sign-language interpreted performance with Grandmother Tongue. This special performance will take place on 14 October 2017 (Saturday) at 8pm.
Working with the interpreters from the Singapore Association for the Deaf has been an enlightening experience for the Grandmother Tongue team.
“One of the most intriguing things I’ve learnt is that the issues of communication in Grandmother Tongue also occur in sign language, where there are differences in the systems used by different generations,” Lim observes.
Anchored on the relationship between an 84-year-old Teochew-speaking grandmother and her grandson, the story of Grandmother Tongue will be familiar to audiences of all ages. However, it’s a story that seldom plays out on stage.
“W!LD RICE’s goal has always been to tell the tales of people from all walks of life in Singapore – including the ones who fall by the wayside as the country barrels ever onward,” says Ivan Heng, Artistic Director of W!LD RICE. “But, while the language at the heart of Grandmother Tongue is Teochew, its message about love and communication across generation gaps is universal.”
Tickets to Grandmother Tongue go on sale via SISTIC today.
Grandmother Tongue, the sold-out smash hit of the 2016 Singapore Theatre Festival, returns for a limited season!
In a Singapore where dialects have been losing relevance for generations, Grandmother Tongue traces a young man’s struggle to connect with his 84-year-old Teochew- speaking grandmother. He teaches her to use a mobile phone. He helps her buy her favourite brand of soya sauce. He visits her in hospital after a fall. Along the way, he begins to understand just what it means to spend decades in linguistic and cultural exile.
Inspired by Kuo Pao Kun’s seminal Mama Looking For Her Cat, Thomas Lim’s funny, insightful play examines the social costs of our mother-tongue language policy and the erasure of dialects in today’s Singapore. In ways both humorous and heartbreaking, Grandmother Tongue explores how our identities are bound up with the languages that we use and the ones that we lose.
Performed in Teochew and English, with English subtitles.
“…the regular sniffles from the audience meant that the play struck a close chord with many… captures many facets of what it means to be a senior citizen in Singapore today – painting a very vivid picture of an 84-year-old woman getting alienated from a rapidly changing Singapore… Actors… are simply excellent… a play which does more showing than telling – but speaks volumes nonetheless.”
– The Business Times
“The sold-out success of the play is based on its content and cast… Rei Poh is brilliant in multiple turns… Tan Shou Chen is strong in his low-key role as the grandson… a foil to Jalyn Han’s superb enactment of the grandmother.”
– The Straits Times
“…an eloquent evocation of the linguistic, cultural and emotional ghetto of an elderly woman who is cut off from a society which regards her native tongue as substandard… Grandmother Tongue captures this ambiguity well, the sense that many of us are stranded in a linguistic no man’s land, able to speak a coloniser’s language well, but unable to communicate in, literally, our grandmothers’ tongues.”
-Ong Sor Fern
-联合早报 Lian He Zao Bao
Rapper-designer Tyler the Creator teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collaboration – Converse One Star. Coming up with a new spin on the classic sneaker, TylerOn July 12, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
Rapper-designer Tyler the Creator teamed up with Converse for a sneaker collaboration – Converse One Star.
Coming up with a new spin on the classic sneaker, Tyler and Converse’s collaboration will release a unique One Star shoes available in a single “light blue, Clearwater” colorway, featuring a graphic created by Tyler on the shoe liner.
Debuting on 11 July, the shoes will be available for sale at Converse for $100 today.
Find out more from the short visual announcement for Tyler, the Creator and Converse’s new One Star sneakers below.
Having performed worldwide in over 152 cities in more than 87 countries, Red Spade Entertainment brings wacky action-packed Korean comedy sensation, JUMP, to Singapore for their 30, 000thOn July 9, 2017 / By Nookmag
Having performed worldwide in over 152 cities in more than 87 countries, Red Spade Entertainment brings wacky action-packed Korean comedy sensation, JUMP, to Singapore for their 30, 000th show. Bold, funny and fascinating, JUMP is set in a typical Korean home, revolving around an average yet dramatically agile family.
Combining comedy, martial arts and acrobatics, eight kick-ass shenanigans showcase an incredible display of gymnastic and combat moves with a generous dosage of slapstick humour sure to tickle your funny bone.
From the dictatorial grandfather, drunken uncle and Tae Kwan Do savvy mother to the daughter’s inappropriate suitor, each member is a martial arts expert possessing championship levels of Taekwando, Taekkyum and butt-kicking moves.
The plot thickens when two burglars daringly break into the house in the middle of the night. When the family discovers the intruders, a mighty battle begins, entertaining audiences with their skilled yet hilarious antics as they try to get rid of their unwanted visitors.
Catch jaw-dropping moves and be prepared to laugh out loud from October 6 to 8. Suitable for the whole family, this non-verbal theatre comedy will be staged live for four shows only at Resorts World Singapore Theatres. Tickets priced from $38 (excluding SISTIC booking fee), are available at all SISTIC outlets.
“Fresh, fun and entertaining! Just Go!” NY Theatre, New York
“Amazing! A great new show! An incredible cast! Dazzling martial arts moves!” – Sunday Today in New York, WNBC TV
“This is one of the most entertaining, hilarious and gravity-defying nights of Tae-Kwon-do kicking slapstick in the world.”- Sunday Mail Adelaide
“JUMP will capture and entertain people of any nationality or culture; there is no hype in the success of this fantastic production.” – Arts London News
There’s no better way to bond and get to know your co-workers better than on an unforgettable trip to Taiwan! Asia Super Team, MEET TAIWAN’s international incentive travelOn July 7, 2017 / By Nookmag
There’s no better way to bond and get to know your co-workers better than on an unforgettable trip to Taiwan!
Asia Super Team, MEET TAIWAN’s international incentive travel business competition, returns this year to invite teams from companies across the region, including Singapore, to take part for a chance to win a trip to Taiwan, and a grand prize valued at US$50,000. The best part – registration is free.
Here’s how it works:
Phase 1: Online Registration
From now until 31 July, simply take a few minutes and register here to participate in the lucky draw. You and your team (a total of 4 persons) could be among the lucky eight finalist teams chosen for a sponsored four night/five day trip to Taiwan, where you will take part in the second phase of the competition from 16 to 20 October. The finalist teams will be announced on 15 September.
Phase 2: Experience the Beauty of Taiwan (16 to 20 October)
The chosen teams will have the opportunity to travel through Taiwan to immerse in the country’s MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions) environment, visiting key attractions, locations, festivals and major events. Overcome challenges together with your team and build team spirit in the process!
Successful leaders in their respective fields – including André Chiang, a top chef in Asia and owner of Michelin 2-star Singapore establishment Restaurant André, and Lin Hwai-min, Taiwan’s father of modern dance – will guide you and your team along the way, sharing their experiences and the secrets of their success.
Share your experience on Asia Super Team on social media, and invite your colleagues to vote for entries on the official website for the chance to win round-trip tickets to Taiwan sponsored by China Airlines.
In its eighth edition, festival producer Red Spade Entertainment is announcing the return of Sundown Festival this year at a brand-new entertainment and events venue at City BeachOn July 6, 2017 / By Nookmag
In its eighth edition, festival producer Red Spade Entertainment is announcing the return of Sundown Festival this year at a brand-new entertainment and events venue at City Beach Resort, and to be held earlier on 5 August, featuring local artistes, Derrick Hoh, FARRAGO, Jack & Rai, Jason Chung, Ling Kai and The Summer State. Supporting the growth of home-grown talents and this year’s festival edition will be UnUsUal Productions Pte Ltd.
“After bringing in over 100 artistes from all over Asia to Singapore, we’re now looking to tap on our network to support the growth of our local artistes and take them out of Singapore instead,” says Samantha Chan, co-founder, Red Spade Entertainment. “We have been meeting a number of local artistes recently and are impressed with the talent that is yet to be recognised. Singapore now has a good number of talents that are ready to showcase to the world.”
In the past eight years, close to 100 artistes from all over Asia has been to Singapore to perform on one stage at the Sundown Festival to celebrate the diversity of Asian culture and music. Artistes who have performed here include Shilah Amzah from Malaysia in 2014, Show Luo from Taiwan in 2011 and they were also the first producer to introduce FT Island from Korea back in 2009 when the founders first organised the festival here.
“Over the years, Singapore has initiated and supported a number of programmes focused on catalysing and supporting the appreciation and development for artistic talent. As festival producers, we are hoping to use our network to provide a wider platform for such artistes to showcase their work which could hopefully spur the next stage of growth, and with the support of UnUsUal Productions we are looking at bringing our local talents with us overseas,” says Kelvin Goh, co-founder, Red Spade Entertainment.
Doors open from 4pm, Sat, 5 Aug General admission tickets priced at $15 (exclude ticketing charge) are on sale now and available from SISTIC. For more information on Sundown Festival, please visit their official website.
The closing moments of the Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that the Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi)On July 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
The closing moments of the Doctor Who series ten finale revealed that the Doctor Who Christmas special will be a multi-Doctor adventure featuring the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and the First Doctor (David Bradley).
The cliff-hanger ending saw the Doctor fatally shot by a Mondasian Cyberman and begin to regenerate. Stepping out of the TARDIS into an arctic landscape, he fought off the glowing regeneration energy and fell to his knees, vowing that this time he would not live on and change into a new Doctor. This was declared ‘ridiculous’ by an approaching figure, who mocked the Doctor as he stepped forward through the snow to reveal himself as the very first incarnation of the Timelord (“The original, you might say”) just before the credits rolled. The story will continue at Christmas.
Further casting and details for the Doctor Who Christmas special will be revealed in due course. As previously announced, the special will serve as Peter Capaldi’s farewell to the series, and will feature the debut of the next Doctor.
Catch-up with the series on BBC First (StarHub channel 522) and on BBC Player.
Multi-award-winning crime drama series Luther will be returning to BBC One. The new four-part series written by Neil Cross and starring Idris Elba, who has received a Golden Globe and Sag Award forOn June 28, 2017 / By Nookmag
Multi-award-winning crime drama series Luther will be returning to BBC One. The new four-part series written by Neil Cross and starring Idris Elba, who has received a Golden Globe and Sag Award for his performance in the role of John Luther, will start filming early next year.
Writer Neil Cross, said: “Now what? It’s a question Idris and I get asked a lot. What happened to John Luther after we last saw him striding unbowed through the streets of his city, his blood red London? It can’t be over, can it? There’s so much we don’t know. So much unfinished business.
The thing is, we’ve been asking ourselves the same question. Because we love John and wonder what he’s up to. And as for me, I’m scared of the monsters. The face at the window. The hand under the bed. The shadow at the end of the street. Who’s going to stop them, if not John Luther?
In the end, we picked up the phone to some old friends and asked if they’d like to find out what happens next. It turns out, they would. So that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to find out what happens next.
Now what? Luther’s coming back. That’s what.”
Idris Elba, says: “Neil, the BBC and I have been talking about a further season and I am thrilled that we have been able to bring it all together. I look forward to putting the coat back on.”
Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said: “Luther is one of BBC One’s most iconic dramas and we’re thrilled that Idris Elba is reprising his role as John Luther. Neil Cross’ plans for his return promise some big surprises and what will turn out to be an utterly heart stopping and unmissable fifth series.”
Hilary Salmon, BBC Studios Executive Producer, adds: “We are tremendously proud to be bringing Neil Cross’s iconic show LUTHER back to BBC1. The return of John Luther always feels like an event but this time we will be pulling out all the stops to make the show bigger, bolder and of course more scary than ever.”
Luther (4×60’) has been commissioned by Piers Wenger and Charlotte Moore, and is produced by BBC Studios, the BBC’s commercial production arm and co-produced with BBC America. Executive producers are Idris Elba and Neil Cross, Marcus Wilson and Hilary Salmon for BBC Studios and Elizabeth Kilgarriff for the BBC.
Luther (series one – four) is available on BBC First in Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. In Singapore and Malaysia, it is also available on BBC Player.
You sink into the sofa and fire up Netflix. You settle in to watch everyone’s favorite swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots. You chuckle as Puss in Boots findsOn June 27, 2017 / By Nookmag
You sink into the sofa and fire up Netflix. You settle in to watch everyone’s favorite swashbuckling feline Puss in Boots. You chuckle as Puss in Boots finds himself in the story of Goldilocks with the Three Bears staring at him.
And then… you’re asked to make a choice:
Should these bears be friends or foes?
It’s actually your choice to make. Your adventure! You decide how the story proceeds and what Puss in Boots does next.
Netflix is excited to announce their first interactive “branching” narrative episodes Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale and Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, where Netflix members are in control of how the stories unfold. The intertwining of the engineers in Silicon Valley and the creative minds in Hollywood has opened up this new world of storytelling possibilities on Netflix.
Content creators have a desire to tell non-linear stories like these, and Netflix provides the freedom to roam, try new things and do their best work. Being an internet-based company enables us to innovate new formats, deliver at scale to millions of members all over the world on multiple device types and, most importantly, learn from it.
Recently, Netflix has been spending a lot of time with these two beloved and adventurous characters, Puss in Boots and Buddy Thunderstruck. They have also spent a lot of time with their equally intrepid creators: DreamWorks Animation Television, American Greetings Entertainment and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios. While the mantra of their collaborations has been “Wouldn’t it be cool if…?”, the objective has been to bring something completely new to Netflix that pushes the boundaries of storytelling and the way you engage with it.
They’ve done extensive research and talked to lots of kids and parents, collecting qualitative data to better understand if this is something viewers will like – Which choices or storylines will be the most popular? Will the mean bears or the friendly bears be more popular? Are members more compelled to rewatch and uncover all of the different storylines?
The children’s programming space was a natural place for Netflix to start since kids are eager to “play” with their favorite characters and already inclined to tap, touch and swipe at screens. They also talk to their screens, as though the characters can hear them. Now, that conversation can be two-way. It’s really about finding the right stories – and storytellers – that can tell these complex narratives and bring them to life in a compelling way.
Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale launches globally today, Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile is coming soon on July 14, and the third branching narrative Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout is in the works, coming to Netflix next year. At launch, these titles will be available on most TV experiences as well as iOS devices. The Adventures of Puss in Boots and Buddy Thunderstruck are children’s series that are currently on Netflix’s service, but these particular interactive adventures we’re announcing today are brand new, standalone episodes