HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, will be doubling down on local Asian stories, making a bold move into original content across theOn May 1, 2017 / By Nookmag
HOOQ – the largest Video on Demand service in South-East Asia, will be doubling down on local Asian stories, making a bold move into original content across the region. HOOQ will be announcing five all- new Asian originals, adding to its already comprehensive Asian catalogue. These five new projects, which will be announced at APOS this week, from across the region and take the form of 3 movies, a multi-episode series along with 5 pilots. The projects also transcend genre with romance, comedy and drama.
“There is a huge thirst for high quality, unique Asian stories, told from an Asian perspective. We aim to satisfy this with HOOQ Originals on our platform. These four new HOOQ Originals are going to whet your binge-watching appetite for drama, romance and comedies. This is just the beginning of a lot more exciting Asian originals to keep you HOOQ’d. We will continue to push boundaries, to evolve and stay committed to delivering unique, compelling and edgy Asian stories to our millions of HOOQ customers,” said Chief Executive Officer of HOOQ, Mr Peter Bithos.
These four new original productions come on the back of HOOQ and Globe Studios’ first highly anticipated original production On The Job – the pilot of which will now be released as a full-length movie followed by a 5-episode series forming Season 1. Directed by Erik Matti and co-produced with Reality Entertainment, this thrilling drama of crime, deceit and struggles touch scarily close to the hearts of the current underbelly deep in Filipino societal issues. The full-length feature film is slated for release in August 2017 followed six weeks later by the rest of season 1.
‘THE T PARTY’ [Project codename]
The second Filipino original production from HOOQ, code named ‘The T Party’, centres around today’s modern story of finding love on an online dating app aims to delight and entertain with its sexy, steamy yet funny romances. The development of an eight-episode series is now underway with top directors in the romcom genre including Joyce Bernal, as well as Marvin Agustin in his directorial debut. Each episode will revolve around intertwining stories based on finding love (or otherwise) through a popular dating app. It will be, in most ways, an unofficial guide, and a scandalous expose on the merry world of online dating, as navigated by an insider. This series is scheduled to debut exclusively on HOOQ in the late 2017.
MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS: A DIRECTORS’ FORTNIGHT CANNES SELECTION
HOOQ’s first Indonesian original, “Marlina The Murderer in Four Acts” has been selected at the Director’s Fortnight session at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. Marlina is HOOQ’s first venture into Indonesian production. HOOQ has chosen to co-produce this film with award-winning Indonesian film- maker Mouly Surya and producers Rama Adi and Fauzan Zidni. The film is a co-production between Cinesurya and Kaninga Pictures, Sasha and Co Production, Astro Shaw, HOOQ and Purin Pictures. Marlina tells a story of a young widow of the Indonesian hills of the Island of Sumba. Attacked and robbed by a gang of local men, Marlina exacts revenge on the entire gang. The next day, she commences a journey for justice, empowerment and redemption. But her road is long, especially when the ghost of her headless victim decides to haunt her. This is the first Indonesian film to have been selected at Directors’ Fortnight session and the fourth ever selected in Cannes. Marlina is targeted to hit the big screens towards the end of 2017.
In partnership with Starvision and CJ Entertainment, directed by Ody C. Harahap, Sweet 20 is an adaptation from a best-selling Korean movie called Miss Granny. This remake of the Korean comedy tells the story of a 70-year old grandmother, Fatmawati who was transported back to her youth as a 20-year old and becomes a star. However, an event occurs where she has to make the difficult decision to remain in her new life or return to being a 70-year old in order to save the life of her grandson. Sweet 20 is slated to hit the big screens in Indonesia this June.
The fourth and fifth HOOQ Original will be announced later this week during APOS.
HOW TO GET HOOQ
It’s easy to get HOOQ’d. Customers can simply download the HOOQ app from Apple Store or Google Play, sign up or log in, to access HOOQ’s extensive library of Hollywood and Asian hits. Find out more and sign up today for a 7-day free trial and pay for the subscription through credit card.
CIMB Group today announced it is the presenting sponsor of The Color Run™ in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta. Dubbed the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, the untimedOn April 30, 2017 / By Nookmag
CIMB Group today announced it is the presenting sponsor of The Color Run™ in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Jakarta. Dubbed the “Happiest 5k on the Planet”, the untimed event organised by IMG is a five-kilometre fun run that has runners showered in coloured powder in a celebration of health and happiness. Each city will feature a unique theme and is expected to attract in excess of 35,000 runners.
First launched in 2011, The Color Run™ is a unique paint race that has been experienced by more than six million runners worldwide in over 40 countries. The race has no winners or official times but instead celebrates health, joy and individuality, whilst bringing the community together.
“The Color Run™ brings with it a strong following and I am excited to see the return of this event to not just one, but three of our key markets this year. The vibrancy of this colourful event aptly reflects ASEAN’s diversity, the exact quality that CIMB embraces and promotes in its vision to become the region’s leading universal bank. I look forward to the festivities and having a great time at all three runs, which provide a fun platform for CIMB to engage with its customers and local communities, to demonstrate how we continue to support their different lifestyles and goals through our new brand promise “Forward”. I’m confident that participants are in for an exciting and memorable experience,” said Tengku Dato’ Sri Zafrul Aziz, Group Chief Executive, CIMB Group.
To be held on 23 September, this year’s edition will boast the inaugural ‘The Color Run Night’ event, a first in South-east Asia. Through the 5-kilometre course, “Color Runners” will experience a spectacular glow fest featuring an array of Glowtastic colour zones, illuminating bubbles and colour shows, while being doused from head to toe in different neon hues.
“2017 marks CIMB Bank Singapore’s third sponsorship of The Color Run™ in Singapore since staging the first two editions of the event here. We are back with a bang this year with The Color Run™’s first-ever night event in South-east Asia. Being the presenter of The Color Run™ Night provides a novel platform to engage our customers and the community by fulfilling their dreams of being a part of The Color Run™ phenomenon. It is also a means where we underscore our brand promise to further their bigger ideals,” said Mak Lye Mun, CEO of CIMB Bank Singapore and Country Head of CIMB Group Singapore.
Robbie Henchman, Senior Vice President, Head of IMG Asia Pacific said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to see The Color Run™ return to three amazing cities in the region this year. The growth of the event has been phenomenal and the people have embraced it with much enthusiasm over the years. We would like to extend our gratitude to CIMB Group for their renewed support for this wonderful event platform.”
Registration opens on 1 May online. The registration fee starts from SGD70 per participant, with the addition of a new Family package (for 2 adults and 2 kids) and single tickets for kids aged 4 to 12 being available for purchase this year. CIMB Bank Singapore will be extending to its retail customers the exclusive privilege of a 20% discount off all ticket categories while non-CIMB Bank customers will enjoy a 10% discount for the Regular category as part of the early bird purchase. All ticket purchases are subject to terms and conditions and while stocks last. For more information, visit The Color Run Singapore.
The Music Run™ by AIA 2017 hailed in other countries as the Ultimate 5k Running and Music Festival, is returning to Sentosa Island on 6th May 2017 –On April 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
The Music Run™ by AIA 2017 hailed in other countries as the Ultimate 5k Running and Music Festival, is returning to Sentosa Island on 6th May 2017 – bigger and bolder this year in its third year running.
A phenomenal and futuristic run, The Music Run™ is an award-winning event that offers a unique total music immersion experience and has been making waves all over the world, including multiple sold-out events in Asia in 2016 and new tour dates announced in India, Europe and South Africa this year.
This year’s edition of The Music Run™ by AIA is set to be an upgrade from 2016 – with a variety of fun activations and photo opportunities to ensure Music RunnersTM have a rocking good time.
The Music Village
Gates open at 3.30PM – and Music Runners™ will be treated to endless music and fitness- inspired entertainment in the Music Village.
Getting the party started will be home-grown singer-songwriter Nathan Hartono who will perform energetic pop jazz tunes on the main stage of The Music Run™ by AIA for the first time this year.
Runners can also treat themselves to a slew of fun and exciting activities including bubble football, giant slide and an inflatable climbing wall.
Presenting Sponsor AIA Singapore will host fun and challenging activities such as Plank Challenge, Blender Bikes and a Trampoline photo booth with cool prizes to be won at the AIA Vitality Get Active zone at the Music Village. Music Runners™ can also try their hands at being a 1-min DJ or get a hydro-tattoo for free! In addition, AIA is adding a future- focused touch this year with the introduction of an Augmented Reality (AR) APP which allows Music Runners™ to trigger AR filters by scanning special markers or signs in the [email protected] Village, AIA Rock Highway and AIA Electric Avenue.
More surprises and rewards await runners from event partners – Music Runs can take part in music-themed competitions at the AirAsia booth, enjoy attractive discounts at the PUMA pop-up store and quench their thirst with Gong Cha bubble tea. Lucky Music Runners™ can also stand a chance to win prizes sponsored by CREATIVE and PUMA!
Music Runners™ will have a chance to stretch their muscles before the run with a mass Warm-Up session before proceeding onto the 5KM Soundtrack.
The 5KM Sound Track
The Sound TrackTM is a five km running course lined with over 120 speakers that pump out the songs Music Runners™ voted for across five different music zones.
Each zone will feature cool activations and great photo opportunities for Music Runners™. The first KM begins with the AIA Rock Highway which will feature a gigantic rock band display where everyone can be a rock star for the day. .
In the Pop Street, Music Runners™ will be treated to a “red carpet experience” along to the latest pop tunes. In the third KM, runners will be invited to take selfies with old school doppelgangers along Memory Lane, which plays old-school music that often draw cheers from everyone.
AirAsia will provide surprises along the AirAsia Hip Hop Alley where only the smoothest R&B and hip hop beats reside. In the final KM, participants will be dancing along to electronic dance hits in the AIA Electric Avenue featuring a pop up disco tunnel and a live DJ in the air.
All the songs that will be pumped out across the 5KM route will be selected by the Music Runners™ themselves through a bespoke voting app developed by Spotify on the official Singapore website. Music Runners can continue running to Spotify after the race. Official sponsor, Singtel, is offering Spotify Premium to Music Runners at an exclusive rate of just SGD1 for the first 3 months without any data charges on Singtel Music when they sign up for the run.
The After Party
Participants returning from their run will join the After Party featuring returning radio house DJ Sam Withers (Aus) who was a big hit in last year’s after-run event, who will be performing the hottest tunes of 2017 at the Ultimate Music Festival.
The Music Run™ has been bringing the beat since 2014, winning fans the world over from Texas to Bangkok. Since then, it has drawn more than 100,000 runners across 12 events and nine countries. Tickets start from SGD60 and includes a T-shirt, Bag, Sticker, and Tattoos. Event pack collection is from 28-30 April between 10.30am-10.30pm at Capitol Piazza B2.
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Never get bored of gymming as Pure Fitness’s new outlet at Ngee Ann City keeps things interesting with the use of virtual reality technology. They are set toOn April 21, 2017 / By Nookmag
Never get bored of gymming as Pure Fitness’s new outlet at Ngee Ann City keeps things interesting with the use of virtual reality technology. They are set to be Singapore’s most progressive and purpose-built fitness facility, offering gym goers a “fitness playground” in the heart of Orchard Road.
Opening in December, the 28,000 square-foot facility will be the third Pure Fitness gym in Singapore and the 12th in Asia. The Pure Group currently has 30 fitness centres and yoga studios across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei and New York.
Pure Fitness Ngee Ann City will be introducing Singapore to the Innovation Lab, the hub of all techie, functional and fun stuff, where members get first access to the latest fitness innovations and provide feedback that will determine if that equipment stays in the gym.
Available exclusively at the Ngee Ann City location, Innovation Lab already debuted in Hong Kong this past June and will launch in Singapore with Life Fitness bikes featuring VirZOOM technology. The technology provides a virtual reality cycling experience whilst capturing data such as pedal speed, resistance buttons and heart rate to enable VirZOOM gameplay.
Using pedal stroke to operate cars, tanks, Pegasus and more, the controls and visuals will fuel motivation and allow riders to move like never before. Innovation Lab will continue to trial cutting-edge fitness experiences and gather live feedback allowing members to have a say in the future of the gym.
This newest expansive space caters to all types of training at various fitness levels and also includes the pioneering 270° Immersive FitnessTM studio, first introduced in 2015 at the group’s Lan Kwai Fong gym in Central, Hong Kong.
“The Immersive FitnessTM experience has been hugely popular in Hong Kong and we wanted to bring this thrilling, almost surreal fitness ride to our fans in Singapore,” says Vikram Natarajan, Singapore Country Director at Pure Group.
“These classes involve more than the physical aspects of fitness – they provide a spectacular sensory experience. Members can introduce this immersion into their regular gym routine, helping to break up any workout monotony and continuously challenge themselves to burn serious calories.”
Pure Group CEO and Co-Founder Colin Grant says that the opening of Pure Fitness Ngee Ann City aligns with an increasing demand for quality workout and wellness experiences.
“As more busy Singaporeans focus on leading healthier lives, we are dedicated to providing new and innovative ways to help them maintain an active lifestyle – we always have. From Pure Fitness to Pure Yoga, and through on-site offerings such as Pure Apparel and nood food, we want to ensure our members are getting the best possible experience at a fair price,” says Grant.
In addition to Innovation Lab and Immersive FitnessTM, Pure Fitness Ngee Ann City will offer some of the most diverse equipment from around the world and exciting features that include:
The gym will also offer new group fitness programmes including Reformer Pilates, Les Mills VirtualTM, Barre, cycling classes and other Small Group Training programmes. Post-workout, members can enjoy a steam or sauna in the luxurious changing rooms as well as complimentary Wi-Fi at the airy chill-out lounge — a perfect space for relaxing and socialising whilst enjoying healthy bites, raw snacks and superfood smoothies from nood food. If you want to learn more about superfoods and the benefits it can have on your body then visit Patriot Greens for more info.
Ahoy-Amoy, again! The highly anticipated Amoy St. Bloc Party returns this month, bringing its unique brand of revelry back to the streets of Amoy. A festival curated byOn April 20, 2017 / By Nookmag
Ahoy-Amoy, again! The highly anticipated Amoy St. Bloc Party returns this month, bringing its unique brand of revelry back to the streets of Amoy. A festival curated by home-grown brand Spa Esprit Group (SEG), feast and celebrate together in style with well-loved establishments on the block, including Ding Dong, boCHINChe, Employees Only, Le Binchotan, Burger Joint and Birds of a Feather, whilst taking in the rich heritage of Amoy Street. Local music and lifestyle collective Sunshine Nation, together with Singapore music talents Chris D and Zig Zach have your merrymaking needs covered, with headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State making their highly anticipated Singapore debut. Little tots from Citikids Academy will also join in the celebration with traditional Singaporean performance acts.
“Last year, we took a chance and organised a small party to welcome and celebrate the wonderful mix of prominent and award-winning F&B brands that recently moved into the area,” says Cynthia Chua, Founder & Managing Director, Spa Esprit Group. “The response was overwhelming, which led us in our decision to bring back the Amoy Street Bloc Party this year. We have created something extraordinary, and this event is a continuation of our efforts to celebrate and rejuvenate the unique heritage associated with this special part of town,” she adds.
Singing to a similar tune is 8M Real Estate, one of the festival’s key partners. “The Amoy Street Bloc Party is an initiative that is close to our hearts. It is centred around our first property along Amoy Street which is curated with the best F&B establishments in the city and showcases 8MRE’s vision in creating lifestyle destinations,” affirms Ashish Manchharam, Managing Director, 8M Real Estate.
The inaugural edition last year – New Kids on the Bloc – saw the streets of Amoy transformed in a celebration of food, drinks, play and music, with an attendance of over 3,000 guests. This year, from 3.00pm to 10.00pm on Sunday, 23 April 2017, the popular Amoy Street within the cultural epicentre of Singapore’s Chinatown and on the edge of the Central Business District, will be keeping it good in the hood, and once again be transformed into an invigorating car-free party zone filled with fun, food, drinks and activities for the entire community. The Amoy St. Bloc Party is a project under the Urban Redevelopment Authority’s Streets For People programme, which provides support for community-initiated projects that transform Singapore’s streets into meaningful public spaces for everyone.
In line with the theme of keeping it good in the hood, the event this year features various activities suited for the whole community – from keeping the ‘kampung’ spirit alive through well-loved Singapore heritage games, to encouraging fit and healthy living through community multi-levelled yoga sessions by Yoga Movement and F45 athletic circuit sessions. For the musically inclined, don’t miss out the opportunity to Salsa down Amoy Street with Dee Gerodias, SEA Games medallist and professional dance athlete, who will be on-site giving pointers to perfect those dance moves.
Expect signature dishes and cocktails offered at discounted rates to satisfy the culinary and libation expectations of all festival-goers. Offerings range from playful modern Southeast Asian bites to hearty Argentine fare and local favourite wanton noodles, to stiff New York-style cocktails and frisky wines. Quench your thirst with Nakd Water, a super-soft artesian water drawn from one of the world’s deepest, oldest and purest water sources.
Adding to the festivities, 8M Real Estate will be giving away two weekend staycations to lucky festival-goers at their latest project, BASE Residences, a new city-living concept in one of their lovingly converted shophouses at 31 Hongkong Street.
Music, heritage games and exercises for all
In collaboration with Sunshine Nation, live performances and music acts, such as local selectors Chris D and Zig Zach, and headline performer UK electronic duo Maribou State, will take place throughout the day at the main stage outdoors. Well known for their unique style of compelling and deeply soulful sounds, Maribou State will perform a DJ set – a magical musical journey bound to be etched in the memories of all for time to come. Expect to also witness special performances by local hip-hop sensation ShiGGa Shay’s break-dancers, who’ll be strutting their stuff to traditional music.
Paying homage to the colloquial name of the street, Free School Street, indulge in a spot of nostalgic school games – traditional childhood games such as chapteh and five stones. Partygoers of all ages can take a breather with life-sized garden games, such as giant twister, giant jenga and connect four. For those looking to work up a sweat, partake in an athletic circuit by F45, one of the Singapore’s fastest growing fitness studios. Proponents of green living can learn to plant an edible garden of your own under the guidance of Singapore’s very own urban farming collective, Edible Garden City.
For the culture vultures, sign up for specially curated heritage trails by Geraldene’s Tours in the afternoon, or hop onto Singapore’s iconic rickshaw rides for sightseeing through the streets of Chinatown, and soak up the culture the city has to offer. Indulge in art and create your very own Amoy Street buntings to be put up along Amoy Street, with special colouring kits for both children and adults alike as part of the organiser’s efforts to encourage appreciation of the unique architecture along Amoy Street.
Amoy St. Bloc Party
23 April, Sunday
3.oopm to 10.oopm
Although his scientific achievements still inspire awe, few know the full story of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon Albert Einstein. National Geographic’s new 10-part series GENIUS –On April 17, 2017 / By Nookmag
Although his scientific achievements still inspire awe, few know the full story of the 20th century’s most brilliant icon Albert Einstein. National Geographic’s new 10-part series GENIUS – the channel’s first fully scripted series – explores Einstein’s extraordinary professional achievements along with his passionate and complex personal relationships. The mini-series arrives in Asia first, premiering on National Geographic on Sunday, 23 April, at 1900hrs – a full two days before the series’ global premiere.
With GENIUS, National Geographic is taking a revolutionary step to becoming an original content creator, ready for battle on the scripted TV landscape. GENIUS follows Einstein’s journey from an imaginative thinker of humble origins, to fleeing the Nazis during World War II, to attaining global celebrity status for his scientific endeavours. National Geographic’s first-ever fully scripted series reveals the untold story of the man behind the mind, delving into Einstein’s happiness and heartbreak as he struggles to be a husband, a father, and a man of principle. Entertaining as well as educational, GENIUS will help viewers learn more about how Einstein unlocked the mysteries of the cosmos in a significant historical era spanning two World Wars.
A start-studded cast and behind-the-camera team join GENIUS. The fully scripted series stars world-famous Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush (The King’s Speech, Pirates of the Caribbean) as Einstein, while prestigious English actress Emily Watson (War Horse, The Theory of Everything) plays Einstein’s second wife. The GENIUS executive production team includes the multi Oscar-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer; and Howard also makes his scripted television directorial debut with the first episode of GENIUS. Other GENIUS stars include familiar faces from Game of Thrones, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men and more.
The series begins in Einstein’s teenage years, when he argues with his father and drops out of school in Germany to go to University in Switzerland. Einstein encounters romance, political drama and unexpected personal struggles, but he manages to make a name for himself as a rising scientific mind. As relief at the end of World War I turns to fear at Europe’s rising tide of anti-Semitism, Einstein seeks sanctuary in the United States. Here, he struggles to balance his identity as a lifelong pacifist and a remarkably talented scientist who is the only one in the world potentially capable of stopping the rise of Hitler.
Lucien Harrington, SVP of Marketing & Communications for FOX Networks Group in Asia, says, “GENIUS is an evolution of National Geographic programing. Already the global leader in premium science, adventure and exploration programing, National Geographic is now firmly establishing itself as an original content creator bringing the best in education and entertainment to audiences in Asia and around the globe. We are delivering on the National Geographic renewed vision to take people one step to the edge of impossible and then, further. GENIUS is not only a global mini-series entertainment event – it is also a brand new way for National Geographic audiences to explore the past and learn the truth behind the legend of famous historical figures like Albert Einstein.”
The “Everyday Genius” Contest
“I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.” – Albert Einstein
Are geniuses born or made? Was Einstein destined from birth to become a brilliant scientist, or was his genius all down to hard work? National Geographic is challenging viewers across Asia to harness the power of their minds and accelerate their genius.
Join the “Everyday Genius” contest by submitting your brilliant ideas – the ones that could solve an everyday problem, and the ones that could change the world – for your chance to win exclusive access to the National Geographic Explorers Festival in Washington D.C across 15-18 June 2017. This exciting annual event brings together the world’s most fascinating and innovative scientists, conservationists, explorers, and storytellers together in one place to share their latest discoveries and ideas.
Find inspiration for your entry in the long history of innovation in Asia; from silk cloth, to the umbrella, to the magnetic compass, to gunpowder and more. Visit www.everydaygenius.asia for more information and to submit your ideas from now till 7 May. Vote on who you think should be named Asia’s “Everyday Genius” from 12 May.
GENIUS is a National Geographic original scripted series produced by Fox 21 Television Studios, Imagine Television and OddLot Entertainment. National Geographic is also partnering with the SNOW app, where users can use the face filter to look like Einstein.
In Singapore, the series will premiere at 1900hrs on Sunday, 23 April.
Doctor Who Series 10 will see Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction of brand new companion PearlOn April 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
Doctor Who Series 10 will see Peter Capaldi embark on his thrilling final chapter as the Twelfth Doctor as well as the introduction of brand new companion Pearl Mackie as Bill Potts and the return of Matt Lucas as Nardole. Fantastic adventures and terrifying monsters await the team of heroes as they journey through space and time in this latest instalment of the globally-renowned drama. Expect laughter, danger and exhilarating escapades in this final series under the helm of lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat.
Broadcast details: Premieres immediately after the UK telecast (on Saturday April 15th 7.20pm – 8.10pm GMT +1) – exclusively on BBC Player. Subsequently available on the BBC First set top box (Starhub channel 552) on Sunday at 1pm Singapore time.
Written by Steven Moffat
Two worlds collide when the Doctor meets Bill. A chance encounter with a girl with a star in her eye leads to a terrifying chase across time and space. Bill’s mind is opened to a Universe that is bigger and more exciting than she could possibly have imagined. But who is the Doctor, and what is his secret mission on Earth?
Written by Frank Cottrell-Boyce
The language of the future is emoji! The Doctor takes Bill to a spectacular city on a distant planet -but where are the colonists? A band of ‘cute’ droids hold the deadly answer.
After a taking a short hiatus, Vivienne’s verdict released their newest music video, Hurricane. Established in 2009, the local hard rock band has 10,500 over likes on FacebookOn April 8, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
After a taking a short hiatus, Vivienne’s verdict released their newest music video, Hurricane. Established in 2009, the local hard rock band has 10,500 over likes on Facebook currently. The band’s standout point is the focus on originals. With the addition of Kurenai on vocals, the band is back stronger and better.
Today, we speak to Vivienne’s verdict to find out their direction and new line-up for the year.
What is the inspiration behind hurricane? And the idea behind framing the music video in this way?
We debuted Monster with a music video, and it was very well received. We figured in order for us to top that, we have to come up with something stronger. This time, we added in a chasing murder scene. The idea was to create a storyline with suspense, creepy visuals, and scenes that would give you an adrenaline rush.
Is this song different from the others that the band has released? If so, what is the difference and how so?
Definitely! It is the first time we infused electronic soundscapes into a song, something which we actually wanted to do for some time but didn’t due to lack of experience. However, Jay’s expertise in electronic music allowed us to do that this time. On top of that, with Hurricane, we recorded 2 versions, English and Japanese. We love Japan in many ways and it’s one of our favourite countries, so it made sense to us to go in that direction.
How has the band’s journey been thus far since its first debut?
The debut kick started an amazing journey for us, and even though we had to take a short hiatus to restructure the band line-up, we’re happy to say that we are ready to continue making music that defines us. We’re back, and we’re here to stay!
If there’s any theme the band would want to explore in their choice of songs, what would it be and why?
With Depiction, we wanted to express ourselves in lyrical form, through heartfelt words carefully written to convey the struggles we faced. In the next EP, we are going to do this in a more musical way, combining our various influences to create a story-driven, darker sounding signature voice that is uniquely Vivienne’s Verdict. With Kurenai on board, this also means that the writing style and message behind the songs would be significantly different from before.
After the huge success of French Krautrock punk band, La Femme, Figure8 will now be presenting one of France’s top pop idols, Julien Doré, alongside Electropop band YelleOn April 4, 2017 / By Nookmag
After the huge success of French Krautrock punk band, La Femme, Figure8 will now be presenting one of France’s top pop idols, Julien Doré, alongside Electropop band Yelle this May. This is the brand’s second phase in unveiling a new realm of music exploration on this side of the world. Announced earlier this year that it would be bringing in a stellar lineup of the latest and most intriguing artists out of France, Figure8 adds some Electropop and French Pop music, to the mix.
Neon-Streaked and Gleefully Mad with Stylish Dance Pop Goddess, Yelle (12 & 13 May)
“Sunny French electro pop with clean lines and ice cream hooks”
– New York Times
Kicking off May’s performances is French Electropop group Yelle. Leading crooner Julie Budet leads the pack with impeccable style, oozing the vibrant electro spirit reminiscent of trendy early 2000s.
The French synth-pop band including producer Grand Marnier deliver a colourful myriad of keyboard sounds, addictive synth beats punctuation by Budet’s youthful, silky voice. Get ready for a rainbow display of playful, flirtatious and addictive tunes that will leave you thumping on the dancefloor.
Yelle came to prominence when they posted an early version of the song “Je veux te voir” on Myspace in September 2005. The song’s original title refers to Cuizinier of French alternative hip hop band TTC and charted at No. 4 in France. Yelle then began working on recording their debut album, Pop Up, in 2006. Arriving amid a flurry of 80’s inspired pop, with the likes of CSS and New Young Pony Club all revered for their take on brightly colored electro. Yelle’s first album stood out from the crowd with its wry, frothy and unashamedly fun outlook. This infectious appeal not only led to work with Robyn and Katy Perry, but gained them fans in fellow musicians such as M.I.A. and Mika.
Their second song “A Cause Des Garcons” was released by music tastemaker and fashion label Kitsune, and inspired the great Tecktonik dance movement which went viral in Europe and eventually, across the world. Since then, Yelle have produced three highly successful chart-topping albums and have enjoyed a significant following overseas. They toured internationally in support of each of their album releases and remain one of the very rare French acts to have performed three times at Coachella. On tour with their latest sweet and soothing 2016 track “Ici & Maintenant (Here & Now)”, the band embrace their new state of mind of being simply and fully in the moment.
Yelle will be performing for the very first time in Singapore on 12 & 13 May at the Gallery Theatre, National Museum of Singapore (NMS). NMS will also present a free talk and Q&A session on 13 May with the French band on how their brand of French electropop has resonated across cultures. More details to come.
Connect with France’s Biggest Pop Artist, Julien Doré (21 MAY)
Julien Doré is one of France’s biggest pop stars. A recipient of the coveted Victoire de la Musique award for Artist of the Year (2015), he has won fans and critical acclaim for his four-time platinum album, LØVE. Julien rose to fame as the winner of the fifth season of Nouvelle Star (France’s answer to American Idol). Charming audiences with his genuine talent and trusty ukelele, he has never looked back since. The French Idol exudes a relaxed, beach boy vibe and returns recharged, after taking a hiatus from the scene to reconnect with nature. His new album “&” springs from this recent time off, where he crafted a new sound somewhere between electronica and chanson française. Confirming his talent as a songsmith, the album rose to the top of the French iTunes charts on its release in late 2016.
Performing at Kallang Theatre, Julien Doré will mark his debut in Singapore as part of his Asian tour to promote his new album “&”, as part of Voilah! French Festival Singapore.
“Voilah! French Festival Singapore aims to promote French culture. We are proud to welcome Julien Doré in this frame, as a symbol of a new generation of artists who cross the borders and styles to share universal values“ Laurence Lochu, Counsellor for Culture, Science and Education.
From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SINGOn March 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
From 31 March to 2 April, music lovers can look forward to an unparalleled 30 hours of world class music at the fourth Singapore International Jazz Festival (SING JAZZ) at Asia’s leading entertainment destination, Marina Bay Sands. Already billing a star-studded line-up of multiple award-winning artists, SING JAZZ is set to add the likes of Esperanza Spalding, Chaka Khan, Gilles Peterson and Ray Parker Jr., as well as local favourites Aaron James Lee and Ernesto Enriquez.
Aaron James Lee, who has established a glowing reputation drumming with The Steve McQueens, and his trio will kick-off Friday’s festivities (31 March), to be followed by pioneering UK-based jazz DJ Gilles Peterson with the Zara McFarlane Band featuring Nubya Garcia and MC Earl Zinger. Multiple Grammy Award winner Corinne Bailey Rae rounds off the evening’s musical fiesta under the stars on the stunning outdoor Main Stage at the Event Plaza at Marina Bay Sands.
The action then switches to SING JAZZ’S new indoor VIP party venue, the perfect setting for its ‘Late Show’, combining scintillating live performances played out in an intimate club atmosphere. Ernesto Enriquez and his jazz-infused Afro-Cuban sounds get the party going, ahead of Al McKay’s iconic Earth, Wind & Fire Experience, followed by an all-star jam session led by Incognito’s Jean-Paul ‘Bluey’ Maunick and Citrus Sun. Another UK favourite, electronic duo Basement Jaxx, will complete a whole 12 hours of amazing music.
Saturday opens with Raw Earth presenting a tribute to blues icon BB King, setting the stage for R&B legend Ray Parker Jr. ahead of fellow new addition, virtuoso singer-songwriter and bassist Esperanza Spalding, making a welcome return to Singapore following previous sold-out concerts here. This four-time Grammy Award- winner, who famously eclipsed Justin Bieber in the “Best New Artist” category in 2011, brings her reinvented, fusion-influenced hybrid of rock, funk and jazz to the SING JAZZ stage.
World music icon Youssou N’dour will round off Saturday’s Main Stage programme, before another segue into The Late Show, featuring for the first time in Singapore multiple platinum and chart-topping Brit Award winners Rudimental (“Feel the Love” and “Waiting all Night”) with their dazzling DJ set. Setting the party vibe are SING JAZZ favourites Incognito, who will also head up another jam session of Festival artists and instrumentalists in one-off impromptu collaborations that are sure to live long in the memory.
Sunday’s Main Stage programme promises a fitting climax to one of the biggest weekends of live music that Singapore will have seen in a while. The exciting billing leads off with Adam Hall and The Velvet Playboys from Perth featuring local songstress Alemay Fernandez, with their fusion of up-tempo jump jive and rock and roll. The Sunday evening party continues with funky US bassist Nik West followed by singer songwriter Raúl Midón. HITMAN David Foster & Friends – a line-up of international stars including the multifaceted Brian McKnight, returning superstar Chaka Khan, YouTube sensation Thirdstory, Indonesia’s soul sweetheart Dira Sugandi and, from Singapore, Nick Zavior – will then bring the curtain down on this fourth, and largest ever, edition of the Singapore International Jazz Festival, SING JAZZ 2017.
Gilles Peterson is looking forward to introducing his all-star line-up of UK jazz artists to Singapore, ”This is such an unbelievably good time for British jazz! Not since my early years listening to the jazz funk of groups like Incognito and Level 42 have I felt such a sense of community around a music scene. We’re fortunate to have a very solid buzzing base for jazz and improvised music in the UK – both Nubya and Zara are two of the newer stars of recent times… I’m so excited to share this unique collaboration at SING JAZZ 2017.”
“SING JAZZ is fast becoming one of the most prominent and favoured music festivals in the region and this is reflected by the amazing and diverse talent that we are able to attract and present. This is very encouraging and we look forward to growing the Festival to even greater heights,” commented David Lyndon Smith, Co- founder and Artistic Director of SING JAZZ.
Sponsors & Partners
In addition to welcoming some of the biggest musical names to Singapore, SING JAZZ is also proud to announce partnerships with some of the most recognised brands in the world.
Returning for the fourth year as Official Venue Partner and strong supporter of the Festival is the iconic is Marina Bay Sands, while logistics giant DHL and Coca-Cola® comes on board for the first time as the Official Logistics Partner and the Official Beverage Partner respectively.
Attendees at this year’s SING JAZZ may also look forward to sipping on a richer range of spirits and liquors to complement the musical atmosphere.
At the inaugural Lanson Champagne Terrace, spectators can pamper themselves with a premium elevated view of the iconic outdoor stage while sipping on flutes of Lanson champagne.
Lanson’s winemaker, PengWine, a boutique wine from the Maipo Valley of Chile, comes on board as Official Wine of SING JAZZ with the launch of its very first vintage bubbly – Chinstrap Sparkling Brut. Made by the Méthode Traditionelle, and named after the famous penguins of South America, this Chilean bubbly is vivacious, festive and yet full of elegance, designed to inspire and celebrate life.
Those who prefer to cool off with lager and cider have a choice to make between Tiger Beer, Erdinger and Strongbow Cider.
Tickets for the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2017: Main Stage and The Late Show start from SGD108 and are available here. Also available is the Full Festival Pass (SGD288) which gives access to 30 hours of music at both The Main Stage & The Late Show on all days. For more information, please visit SING JAZZ.
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in GoldOn March 22, 2017 / By Nookmag
Are you feeling sleepy 99% of the time but can’t find a place for a power nap? Join us at our much anticipated Zen Zone, relaunched in Gold Class®. Happening from now to 31 May, patrons get to recharge in luxurious comfort at only SGD10! For an additional SGD8, patrons can enjoy a main course with free- flow soft drink & juice at the lounge. Your lunch hours now can’t get any better than this!
1) SGD10 Nap Only (in cinema only)
Includes free flow water and eye mask (while stocks last)
2) Add – On Lunch Option @ SGD8 (lounge only)
– 4 choices with free flow soft drink & juice
– Angus Beef Burger
– Creamy Pesto Fettucine
– Thigh Grilled Chicken Thigh
– Smoked Salmon Salad
– Coke, Sprite, Iced Lemon Tea, Coke Zero and Pink Guava
3) Lunch Set Menus available at SGD12 NETT
Terms & Conditions
VivoCity GC 2 & Suntec City GC 3
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Monday to Friday: 2 March – 31 May
Block-out dates apply: All PHs (14 April Good Friday, 1 May Labour Day and 10 May Vesak Day)
Disney partners with Spotify to launch a new, interactive campaign. From today, Spotify users can step inside the magical world of Disney’s Beauty and The Beast Castle andOn March 18, 2017 / By Nookmag
Users of Spotify’s free tier will see video advertising which will direct them to the Beauty and the Beast Castle, but anyone can visit the Castle from today.
Spotify users who visit the castle will first have their Spotify listening profile analysed. Once the musical analysis is complete, you will be directed to the room of the castle which best matches your musical taste. The rooms in the castle include The Rose Room, The Ballroom, Belle’s Bedroom, The Beast’s Bedroom, The Dining Room, The Library and The Dungeon. Each of the rooms has a bespoke, curated Spotify playlist and features beautiful photography from the film.
The Beauty and the Beast microsite also features exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ interviews with the cast and crew of the film, including interviews with vocal artists John Legend and Ariana Grande during the recording of the classic Beauty and the Beast theme song.
Marco Bertozzi, VP of Europe, Sales for Spotify, said: “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is one of the most charming and beautifully-designed campaigns ever launched in partnership with Spotify. It takes music fans on a magical journey through an enchanted castle, linking music with every room and exploring the themes from the film through each of the rooms.
“These kinds of collaborations bring the very best of sound and vision together on the Spotify platform to deliver a beautiful and engaging experience for music and movie fans.”
Beauty and the beast launched in Singapore on 16 March.
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School. From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowdOn March 13, 2017 / By Nookmag
SUMMERDAZE 2017 is back with a Block Party Series, starting with Vol. 1 – Back to the Old School.
From a 2014 debut with a 2,000 strong crowd to 2015 headliners Arrested Development and Fat Joe, this year’s block party series brings Skratch Bastid (3-time Scribble Jam DJ Battle winner) and Shortkut (Beat Junkies, ISP) to the fore. Blaccsmith brings you 2 of the world’s top Scratch DJs.
Having rocked the bar many times, Skratch Bastid is now ready to raise it. In 2012, The Bastid has become one of Canada’s most in-demand DJs and respected producers but don’t think it happened overnight. From his humble beginnings a decade ago as a teenager in Halifax- pumping out mixtapes from his bedroom and earning a loyal following already back then- he slowly spread his skills first at DJ competitions like DMC, ITF, and Scribble Jam and now around Canada and the world as a widely recognised go-to guy for party-rocking. The illest redhead on turntables has since gone viral on Youtube.
A founding member of the Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Triple Threat DJ crews, Shortkut is one of the West Coast’s most respected turntablists. At 18 he helped found the Invisibl Skratch Piklz with Mix Master Mike, Q-Bert, and DJ Disk. The Piklz went on to become one of the most influential DJ crews of the ’90s, leading Shortkut to a membership in highly acclaimed The Beat Junkies. Together with DJs Vinroc and Apollo, the Triple Threat crew won 2014’s Red Bull global event ‘Culture Clash’ in San Francisco, and they’ve graced the main stage at Summerdaze 2015. He also has an obsessive love for reggae music. Discover his sound on Mixcloud.
This block party edition is supported by Singapore’s DJ collective core Matteblacc, Darker Than Wax, Revision Music, Fat Fish, Pushin’ On and the Lionsteppers.
Located at The Great Escape, sitting deep in the Golden Mile Complex level 5 carpark SUMMERDAZE 2017 BLOCK PARTY SERIES VOL.1 – BACK TO THE OLD SCHOOL is on 19 March from 12:00pm to 12 Midnight. Find out more here.
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered toOn March 4, 2017 / By Jochebel Khong
For the month of March, we’ve specially curated five books for those cozy times nestled under the covers with a cup of hot chocolate. From books catered to those filled with wanderlust, to poems centering on our innate desire for connection, these reads are sure to bring you on a journey through worlds too great to explore in a single seating.
1. We Were Always Eating Expired Things by Cheryl Julia Lee
Centered on our innate desire for connection, both physical and emotional. The poems deal with the impossibility of such an endeavor and celebrate our persistence in striving anyway.
At its core, the collection is built around a very wise line from a Beatles song: I want to hold your hand. I want to hold your hand with no further expectations. I want to hold your hand instead of telling you I understand when I don’t. I want to hold your hand although we don’t always get along. I want to hold your hand despite the calluses, scratches, and scars that get in the way. I want to hold your hand knowing I’ll have to let it go one day.
2. The Desire For Elsewhere by Agnes Chew
The Desire For Elsewhere takes you on an intimate journey to explore the interiors of the museum of the narrator’s being, where otherwise ordinary artefacts reveal the stories they contain within. Travelling to the past, parallel planets, and the future, it tells a story of stories that explores the universal themes of love and loss, time and transience, and travel and wanderlust.
3. Rain Tree by Mahita Vas
Centering on a spirited young woman, it a story about hopes, dreams and sacrifice. Ani goes through a series of hardships and many crossroads of life. With chronic unemployment, a housing shortage and impending Independence, Ani realises that without an education, life will be unbearable. With an illegitimate baby, life will be impossible. To alter her destiny, sacrifices must be made. But at what price? Rain tree weaves a story of loyalty and hope with lessons on love unlike what Ani has learnt from English novels.
4. Dreaming Cities by Eddie Tay
In this book, poems and street photographs dream of the modern city, laying a poetic geography over the urban landscapes of Hong Kong and Singapore. Born in Singapore, Eddie Tay is a long-time resident of Hong Kong. He is an associate professor at the Department of English at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he teaches courses on street photography, creative writing and poetry. He is also the reviews editor of Cha, an online literary journal based in Hong Kong. This is his fourth collection of poetry.
5. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore On Airports and Air Travel
The city-state of Singapore is small enough to fly over in three minutes, yet is also home to two of the “world’s best”, Changi Airport and Singapore Airlines. In Transit: An Anthology from Singapore on Airports and Air Travel presents poetry, short stories and essays inspired by that distinctly modern experience of coming and going by air, written by some of the most exciting voices in Singapore literature today. This collection takes readers from the depths of Changi Airport up to cruising altitudes half a world away, in the process exploring questions about travel, aspiration, belonging and home.
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Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new musicOn March 2, 2017 / By Nookmag
Adidas Originals collaborates with music visionaries Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO to release remixed tracks of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra in two new music videos on music’s biggest night. As a spinoff to the brand’s recent campaign film “Original Is Never Finished”, adidas Originals continues to push the boundaries of creativity by reimagining their very own work with three musical artists. To launch the two new videos, the brand turned to Twitter for a takeover teasing both the songs and videos, which officially led up to the final reveal on the social platform. Reaffirming the notion original is never finished, adidas Originals continues to turn to its creators, inspiring them to redefine the meaning of originality.
“As a brand we believe in creative freedom and are always challenging ourselves to push the bounds,” says Alegra O’Hare, VP of Global Communications adidas Originals & Core. “Open source lies at the core of Originals’ DNA and is integrated into everything we do; what we create, who we create with and how we communicate. The decision to recreate our very own campaign film, just weeks after it debuted, and launch two new re-imagined videos via social media just felt right.”
First launched back in January, “Original Is Never Finished”, delivers a visual representation bringing to life the idea that recreating in your own way will always be entirely original. The film explores the brand’s philosophy, the past empowers the future, through a montage of scenes exploring the rich creative past of all spheres of creativity, music, art, film and even sport. With the release of the two new “Originals Is Never Finished” music videos, adidas Originals hands over the reins of the iconic song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, to the musical artists Snoop Dogg, Desiigner and MadeinTYO for them to remix it and make it their own.
In one video featuring, Snoop Dogg, the rapper and songwriter is captured recording the track within his studio. “I’ve been doing things my way from day one – A1 to Day 1 – and doing things my way is the only way,” says Snoop Dogg. “You need to be connected to the record and give it a second life, and extend the music from its original form.” The result is an original soundtrack remixed by the artist himself.
In another video, award nominee for Best Rap Performance, Desiigner, depicts a recreation of the famous painting, St. Sebastian by Sandro Botticelli, giving this iconic work of art new meaning for today’s generation. In another scene, adidas Originals’ repurposed their very own NMD product into masks and MadeinTYO joins a company of masked dancers to perform his original remix of “My Way”. This collaborative video featuring the two artists reinforces the notion that if you push something far enough, it becomes original again.
To release the video and song, adidas Originals took to Twitter, with a take over on the social platform during music’s big night. The artists all contributed to the social chatter posting to their personal channels in support of the reveals. Simultaneously as social media was abuzz with the new video and song, adidas Originals broadcast its brand campaign film “Original Is Never Finished” during music’s big night, further strengthening the notion of what it means to be original.
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, theOn February 24, 2017 / By Nookmag
BBC’s adaptation of Leigh Denton’s 1978 bestselling alternate history novel, SS-GB, is airing now exclusively on BBC First. Written by BAFTA-award winners Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, the screenwriters of SPECTRE, Skyfall and Casino Royale, and directed by multi-award winning director Philipp Kadelbach, SS-GB stars acclaimed British actor Sam Riley as Douglas Archer, and actress Kate Bosworth as Barbara Barga, the main characters in SS-GB.
Postulating the Battle of Britain ending in victory for Hitler’s Germany, renowned London detective Douglas Archer (Sam Riley) is caught between his brutal new SS bosses and a ruthless British resistance movement as he investigates what looks like a black market-related murder. Getting closer to the truth about the killing, Archer finds himself drawn into a treacherous plot as SS-GB rapidly merges crime drama with an intriguing spy tale, a compelling love story and a conspiracy thriller with global implications. With the world he once knew crumbling around him, Archer is determined to uphold the law and protect those he loves in the hope of a better future. But as he struggles between two sides prepared to go to any lengths to control the ultimate outcome of the war, which way will this decent man turn?
SS-GB is showing airing now on BBC First (StarHub Channel 522). It will be available for catch-up on BBC Player, available at BBCPlayer and as an authenticated app downloadable from the Apple App and Google Play stores.
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind ofOn February 10, 2017 / By Nookmag
Am I clinically insane or do I have powers unknown to the average human? That is the question at the heart of Legion, a brand new kind of superhero story from FOX. A highly-anticipated drama series featuring a cast of standout stars from award-winning producers, Legion is a more psychological, cerebral take on the superhero genre that asks viewers to question everything they know. The eight-part series premiered on FOX on Thursday, 9 February.
Inspired by the Marvel Comics X-Men character, Legion is the story of David Haller (Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey), a troubled young man who may be more than human. Diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child, David has been in and out of psychiatric hospitals for years. Now in his early 30s and institutionalized once again, David loses himself in the rhythm of the structured regimen of life in the hospital: breakfast, lunch, dinner, therapy, medications, sleep. David spends the rest of his time in companionable silence alongside his chatterbox friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation), a fellow patient whose life-long drug and alcohol addiction has done nothing to quell her boundless optimism that her luck is about to change.
However, the pleasant numbness of David’s routine is completely upended with the arrival of a beautiful and troubled new patient named Syd (Rachel Keller, Fargo). Inexplicably drawn to one another, David and Syd share a startling encounter, after which David must confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real. David escapes from the hospital and connects with a team of unconventional mental health specialists who open David’s eyes to an extraordinary new world of possibilities. The audience is left to question – what is my own reality?
Lucien Harrington, SVP of Marketing & Communications for FOX Networks Group in Asia, said, “Legion is a unique take on the superhero genre. The story explores universal human experiences that each of us can relate to, like second-guessing our thoughts and feelings or asking, is it just me? Even though Legion has a clear superhero thematic that Marvel fans will love, it’s a series with a rich, emotionally-charged subject matter that every viewer can connect with. Legion is another example of FOX bringing audiences the best stories, first.”
Produced by Hollywood’s Elite
Legion stars a cast of memorable talent; including Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey, Beauty and the Beast), Rachel Keller (Fargo) and Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation, Dirty Grandpa). Behind the scenes, the Legion team is no less star-studded. Legion’s executive producers include Noah Hawley and John Cameron, the pair responsible for FOX’s Emmy® and Golden Globe®-winning series Fargo on FX. The Legion executive production team also includes the award-winning director, writer and producer Bryan Singer, who has directed big-budget superhero films including X-Men and X-Men: Apocalypse.
Legion is a FOX original series; produced by FX Productions and Marvel Television. In Singapore, the series will premiere at 9pm on Thursday, February 9, on FOX HD (Singtel TV CH 330, and StarHub TV CH 505).
Are you ready to question your reality, explore new possibilities and ask Is It Just Me? In Singapore, FOX invites you to visit “Project Legion” from now to 12 February, 11am to 9pm at Westgate, The Courtyard @ L1 (outside Samsung). There, you can see the world in a whole new way and question your perceptions – just as the character Legion must do in FOX’s newest television series.
To begin, visitors are invited to document their visit at a motion photo booth located outside the maze. Thereafter, they will go through a mirror maze designed to closely match the aesthetics of Legion, and will be challenged to rethink reality as they encounter the unexpected around every corner. Visitors who successfully complete the mirror maze will be presented with pill bottles filled with their ‘prescribed medication’, and those who pre-register their interest online will also receive a personalised wrist tag that that can be picked up at the event.
What exciting truths and unforgettable moments will you discover? Stop by the mirror maze to celebrate the launch of Legion and take part in this remarkable experience.
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenheartedOn February 8, 2017 / By Nookmag
The wildly popular South Korean variety series Running Man has been revived for a continued run! Since news of the show’s impending cancellation broke late last year, brokenhearted fans have petitioned against its end, with many leaving heartfelt messages about how Running Man has been an integral part of their lives over the past seven years. Buoyed by the immense amount of support streaming in from all corners of the world, it was announced on 24 January that the production team has decided to continue the show with its current cast. The current cast consists of six of the original members: Yoo Jae Suk, Kim Jong Kook, HaHa, Lee Kwang Soo, Ji Suk Jin, and Song Ji Hyo.
“In view of the overwhelming response by local and International fans, we have decided to continue the Running Man series with the original cast members,” said Creator of the hit variety show who is also the Chief Producer of Seoul Broadcasting System’s (SBS) Variety Team. “I sincerely thank the Running Man members who made the difficult decision to stay on the show. And in order to repay fans who have continuously showered us with love and support through the past seven years, we will continue to do my best to make Running Man even more enjoyable,” he added.
On ONE, Running Man has long been an anchor programme on the channel; in both Malaysia and Singapore, ONE is the top pay TV channel during Running Man’s premiere telecast slot on Fridays at 11pm. It is also the no.1 variety programme among the 4 Korean entertainment channels in Singapore. In Malaysia, the show has been and continues to be the top-rated programme not just on ONE, but also amongst the four Korean entertainment channels in the country.*
Fans can continue to watch the latest episodes of Running Man on ONE every Friday at 11pm (10pm JKT), within one week of its Korean telecast. ONE also airs classic episodes of Running Man in a throwback slot every Saturday night at 11pm (10pm).
ONE is available in Singapore on Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials. BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407) Enter theOn January 26, 2017 / By Nookmag
This week, usher in the Year of the Rooster with the BBC’s festive line-up of Chinese New Year specials.
BBC Earth (StarHub Channel 407)
Enter the heart of the festivities in Chinese New Year: The Biggest Celebration on Earth (25-27 Jan, 9.45pm), where you can get a front-seat view of Beijing as it celebrates one of its most spectacular events. There, eight million passengers a day squeeze onto trains to take them thousands of miles home, and thousands of families visit the stunning Temple of Earth to pray for happiness and good luck amidst a cacophony of fireworks.
Then, go on a fascinating journey through the landscapes, peoples, stories and cultures of China in The Story of China (28 & 29 Jan, 2.15pm). Written and presented by historian Michael Wood, the series explores the history of the world’s oldest continuous state and new superpower, from its ancient past to the present day.
CBeebies (StarHub Channel 303)
Your child will be kept entertained throughout the festive weekend too, with an array of award- winning and critically-acclaimed CBeebies programming.
Your pre-schooler can learn more about Chinese New Year and the story behind it in Let’s Celebrate (28 Jan, 9am), which follows a girl in Liverpool as she prepares for the festival. Meanwhile, the Go Jetters (28 & 29 Jan, 9.15am) jet off to China and explore and embark on missions at the Great Wall and Forbidden City, offering a fun-filled introduction to geography.
The festivities continue with celebratory episodes of CBeebies favourites like Hey Duggee (28 & 29 Jan, 9.25am), Dinopaws (28 & 29 Jan, 9.35am) and Sarah & Duck (28 & 29 Jan, 9.50am).
BBC Lifestyle (StarHub Channel 432)
If you’re looking beyond whipping up the standard Lunar New Year fare this year, get some inspiration for your dinner menus with back to back episodes of Rachel Khoo’s Kitchen Notebook: Melbourne (27 Jan, from 1.30pm) and The Great British Bake Off (28 & 29 Jan, from 1.30pm).
Meanwhile, Grand Designs Specials (30 Jan, from 1.30pm) adds a touch of prosperity to the weekend, as Peter Maddison reveals the best homes around, proving that design is too ambitious when creating your dream home.