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
Singapore Alternative pop band, The Facade, released their long-awaited debut EP <Vanity> yesterday under the local record label Cross Ratio Entertainment. The album explores the concept of growingOn June 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
Singapore Alternative pop band, The Facade, released their long-awaited debut EP <Vanity> yesterday under the local record label Cross Ratio Entertainment. The album explores the concept of growing up and the drama that follows the young hot-blooded rebellious youth, and the pains and wonders of transitioning into adulthood. The band establishes their signature melodic tropes and groovy beats throughout the album, along with the recurring underlying theme of relatable adolescent misadventures across all tracks.
<Vanity> is mastered by Max Hons who has racked up the recording and mixing credits for numerous top 40 artists including Bastille, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Years and Years, and Rizzle Kicks.
On the album are three of The Facade’s widely popular singles that were released earlier – ‘Better Than This, ‘Victim’ and the most recently released, ‘White’. Their first single hit ‘Better Than This’ reached #2 on the overall iTunes chart on its day of release, with their following hit single ‘Victim charted at #4 alongside Coldplay within its day of release.
<Vanity> EP Album Launch
This coming Sunday, 25 June, The Facade will be having their album launch party at Esplanade Annexe Studio which starts at 730pm. Local electronic act Jasmine Sokko is slated to be the opening act.
Standard tickets are available for purchase here.
The Façade’s <Vanity> EP album is available on iTunes, Spotify and all digital platforms from today.
A beast and a human form an unlikely friendship in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Bunsen is a Beast. Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents),On June 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
A beast and a human form an unlikely friendship in Nickelodeon’s newest animated series Bunsen is a Beast. Created and executive produced by Butch Hartman (The Fairly OddParents), the 20-episode series follows the adventures of Bunsen, the first beast to attend a human grade school, and his best friend Mikey.
The series will debut on 19 June, 12.30pm (WIB) and 1.30pm (MY/PH/SG), and thereafter, will air on weekdays from 26 June onwards at 5.30pm (WIB), 6pm (PH), and 6.30pm (MY/SG). In Singapore, catch a first and exclusive full episode currently available on the Nickelodeon Play app, which can also be accessed through the Variety Plus Pack on Singtel’s Cast app.
Bunsen is a Beast tells the story of Bunsen and Mikey, two new friends who embark on endless fun and adventures in their town of Muckledunk. As the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids, Bunsen feels the pressure to succeed and prove to the world that monsters can live among humans… and they won’t eat everyone for lunch. With help from Mikey, Bunsen will learn how to accomplish human world tasks, like doing homework, eating ice cream and riding the bus. In turn, Mikey will learn to navigate the Beast World and meet all the weird and wonderful beasts that reside there.
In the series premiere, “Bearly Acceptable Behavior,” Bunsen’s arch-enemy Amanda tries to get Bunsen kicked out of school when he brings a dangerous bear to class. During “Beast Busters”, Bunsen and Mikey have to save Amanda from mischievous Sneeze Beasts that escape from Bunsen’s nose.
The Bunsen is a Beast voice cast includes: Jeremy Rowley (iCarly) as Bunsen, the first beast ever to attend a middle school for human kids; Ben Giroux (Henry Danger) as Mikey, a sweet and quirky kid and Bunsen’s best friend; Cristina Milizia (Monster High) as Darcy, Bunsen and Mikey’s homeschooled friend; Kari Wahlgren (The Fairly OddParents) as Amanda Killman, the rigid and rule bound beast hater; comedy legend Cheri Oteri (Saturday Night Live) as Miss Flap, Mikey and Bunsen’s eccentric teacher; Jeff Bennett (Jake and the Neverland Pirates) as Bunsen’s Dad; and Jennifer Hale (The Powerpuff Girls) as Bunsen’s Mom. Additionally, Wahlgren and Rowley also voice Mikey’s Mom and Dad.
Hartman began his animation career as an assistant animator on An American Tail. He created his own shorts for What a Cartoon!, and also wrote and directed episodes of Dexter’s Laboratory, Cow & Chicken and Johnny Bravo. Bunsen is a Beast marks Hartman’s fourth animated series for Nickelodeon. Hartman joined Nickelodeon in 1998 where he created and produced several cartoon shorts for the Oh Yeah! Cartoons series, including The Fairly OddParents. Commemorating the 10th anniversary of the animated series, Hartman brought the series to life in the 2010 live-action/CG animated hit TV movie, A Fairly OddMovie: Grow Up, Timmy Turner! The series came to life once again in the original TV movie, A Fairly Odd Christmas in 2012 and A Fairly OddSummer in 2014. Hartman is also the creator of Nickelodeon’s animated series Danny Phantom and T.U.F.F. Puppy.
Has Pops already got everything he needs and wants? We’ve got your back. Father’s day gifts can be tricky business, but if there’s one thing nobody can sayOn June 16, 2017 / By Nookmag
Has Pops already got everything he needs and wants? We’ve got your back. Father’s day gifts can be tricky business, but if there’s one thing nobody can say “no” to, it’s a holiday!
They say that boys never really grow up, and Daddy dearest is no exception. This Father’s Day, treat the #1 man in your life to a vacation where he can indulge in all the sports he loves. Here are some travel ideas in Asia for some good ol’ quality time with Dad.
#1: A Golf Getaway
When it comes to golfing, it is as much about the scenery as it is about the sport!
If he’s bored of the driving range and local courses, let your old man practice his putt at the scenic golf courses all over Asia! A new course means not just new challenges, but new sights to enjoy as well. Many of the golfing resorts in Indonesia, Vietnam, and the likes have won numerous awards, and are popular with the professional golfers too. If you think your dad won’t want to wake up extra early to travel out of the city to the resort, consider those that are either near the city center, or are “stay and play”—meaning they offer accommodation. They may cost more, but the premium you are paying will buy you a few more winks of sleep and relieve the stress that comes with arranging for transport.
Address: An Son, Hoa Ninh Ward, Hoa Vang District, Da Nang City, Vietnam
Contact: +84 236 3924 888 / [email protected]
Address: Jln Teluk Datai, 07000 Langkawi, Kedah, Malaysia
Contact: +60 (4) 959 2700 / [email protected]
#2: A Fish Fight
Also called the Giant Barb, the Siamese carp is the large fish in its family (cyprinid) and are only found in the Mae Klong, Mekong, and Chao Phraya River basins!
Give Daddy a chance to flex those muscles and pit his strength against the most ferocious fish in Asia! If you’re an angler, you probably already know that Thailand is home to some of the world’s best game fish. In the waters surrounding Phuket, you have a chance of hooking up Marlin, giant trevally, tuna, swordfish, barracuda, sailfish and more. Their freshwater pond fish are not bad too: These include Chao Phraya giant catfish, giant Snakehead Toman fish, and the prehistoric Arapaima.
Lakes and ponds (freshwater)
Renowned for its giant fish—the giant Mekong catfish can grow up to over 100kg! We don’t know how your pops is going to reel that in, but we know he’ll definitely enjoy trying! Another popular catch is the elusive Siamese carp.
IT Lake Monster
You can experience fishing Amazonian species at this spacious pond, which has Amazon Redtail Catfish, Asian Redtail Catfish, Barramundi, Pacu, Arapaima, Alligator Gar, Chao phraya Catfish, and more.
Address: Ban Pong District, Ratchaburi 70110, Thailand
Contact: +66 85 999 9646
Sea fishing (saltwater)
#3: Other Adventures
Not really into golfing or fishing? No problem. Here are some other outdoor adventure ideas:
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Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It's The Ship 2016. If you don't know what's that,it'sOn June 8, 2017 / By Simcik
Put an electronic music festival , David Hasselhoff , luxury cruise liner together and you end up with It’s The Ship 2016. If you don’t know what’s that,it’s only Asia’s largest Music Festival at Sea. Coming to it’s 4th edition.. an array of globally renowned EDM, house and dance music DJs keep the party going for the duration of the three day cruise, with pool parties on the open-air deck as well as indoor raving On board the MS Mariner of the Seas,
On top of the music, the impressive ship is also home to relaxing spas, sports facilities, rock climbing and even ice-skating, so there’s no shortage of on-board activities to fill the hours. Don’t take my word for it. Check out Its The Ship 2016 Aftermovie. One of the standout highlights from 2016 was the appointment of none other than Baywatch star, David Hasselhoff, as the ship’s captain. A true icon and the ultimate party starter!
With cabins now on sale, excitement is already building for this year’s epic four-day voyage, due to set sail from Singapore to Phuket from November 17-20, 2017.
With less than a month to go until it all kicks off, ULTRA Singapore announces the full lineup for its second, full-scale edition, taking place this June 10-11.On May 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
With less than a month to go until it all kicks off, ULTRA Singapore announces the full lineup for its second, full-scale edition, taking place this June 10-11.
Having dropped a Phase One billing to rival just about any festival on the Asian continent in March, the final lineup is once again full of surprises – with perhaps none bigger than Rich Chigga, the 17-year old Indonesian sensation, confirmed to make his debut in Singapore on ULTRA’s esteemed Live Stage.
Miami-born GTA have been confirmed to perform on the Main Stage, with their forever genre-defying sets guaranteed to be one of the standout moments of the weekend.
RESISTANCE, having recently announced an eight-week Ibiza residency at Privilege this summer, will take on a larger role than ever before at ULTRA Singapore, with ANNA, Carlo Lio and Henry Saiz joining Phase One headliners Dubfire, Nic Fanciulli and Sasha & John Digweed at one of ULTRA Worldwide’s most loved stages.
Support on the Main, RESISTANCE and Live Stages will come from Bassett, Carta, Damian Saint, Dan Buri, Firebeatz, Jasmine Sokko, JonnyVicious, Junior and Royal, DJ L, ManOne, Myrne, Oliver Osborne, PKCZ, Rave Republic, Sam Rui, Sidney Samson pres. Deadly Zoo, Will Sparks, DJ Yaksa and DJ Yamoto.
Situated directly across from the Marina Bay Sands Hotel at ULTRA Park, ULTRA Singapore’s first outing was a runaway success story, as the festival welcomed over 45,000 music enthusiasts from 67 countries worldwide.
With Early Bird tickets having already sold out, fans will have to act quickly to snatch up the remaining few tickets priced at USD178, exclusively at ultrasingapore.com/tickets. For those looking to travel with friends, ULTRA Passport Packs are also on sale exclusively to ULTRA Passport holders. Once five tickets are purchased, a sixth ticket is unlocked.
Elsewhere, ULTRA Beach Bali will be returning to the Potato Head Beach Club in the coastal town of Seminyak this September 14-15. Having SOLD OUT two years in a row, demand is once again expected to be high for what will be the third edition of the beachfront festival. Lineup and ticket information for ULTRA Beach Bali will be released soon.