8 Moments Our Hearts Were Broken By Professor Snape

15 Jan 2016 by Arissa Ha

While Alan Rickman stood out for his numerous works in both film and theatre, one of his most notable role was as Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series. We pay tribute to the actor who turned our hearts around – from the most hated professor at Hogwarts, to the most loved. We raise our wands, potions and butterbeer to you sir, RIP. 

#1 When the love of his life died


#2 When he chose to protect Harry without anyone’s knowledge


#3 When he protected the trio from being mauled


#4 When he showed everyone that he never stopped loving Lily


#5 When he had to kill Dumblebore even though he didn’t want to


#6 When he revealed that he’s the Half-Blood Prince


#7 When he instructs Harry to take his tears to the Pensieve


#8 The words he uttered before dying

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And then everything started making sense to Harry. 

Here’s Alan Rickman’s goodbye letter to Harry Potter

I have just returned from the dubbing studio where I spoke into a microphone as Severus Snape for the last time. On the screen were some flashback shots of Daniel [Radcliffe], Emma [Watson], and Rupert [Grint] from ten years ago. They were 12. I have also recently returned from New York, and while I was there, I saw Daniel singing and dancing (brilliantly) on Broadway. A lifetime seems to have passed in minutes.

These children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

It is an ancient need to be told stories. But the story needs a great storyteller. Thanks for all of it, Jo.

– Alan Rickman

Now if you would excuse us, let us continue grieving.

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Which are your favourite Snape moments? Share them with us. 


Our Thoughts On AMEi's AMIT UTOPIA World Tour In SG

12 Jan 2016 by Johanna Teo

It’s tough deciding what to mention first about aMEI’s first concert here in 17 years (1999 for those who can’t count). But one thing’s for sure – aMEI’s Amit Utopia World Tour will definitely be a difficult act to follow.

We’ve been familiar with a MEI’s powerful voice ever since we were teenagers, thanks to mums who’d never fail to include the Mandopop diva’s tunes in their karaoke repertoire. So it was pretty surreal to catch aMEI live in concert, watching as she performed her ass off. Yes, she’s gotten a little curvier than we remembered, but that didn’t stop the singer from killing it all the same. Here are some of our thoughts during her 10/10 show:

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#1 “Wah, her stage is so pretty!”

At risk of sounding a tad bimbotic, aMEI’s stage set-up was one of the prettiest we’ve ever seen. The way she descended while regally sitting on that plum-bob (similar to that green mood-meter you’ll see atop a Sim) thingamajig, left no doubt in our minds that her spending 5 million bucks on that stage was totally worth it. Of course, there were other grand effects, like the blindingly stunning laser lights, that definitely impressed. 

#2 “We’ve officially become her minions…”

It was as if a spell had taken over the stadium-full of people: whatever aMEI commanded, we did. This resulted in our witnessing a senior reporter (whom we’ve never ever seen display any enthusiasm for other acts) jumping and waving her light stick in tandem with the music. And she wasn’t the only one. Whether it was for louder whoops, for more jumping, for everyone to get off their seats, for random singalong sessions and more, the 20,000-strong audience (and us) delivered. aMEI was the first to let us witness seasoned media professionals lose their minds over her performance, and that delightful visual will forever be seared into our mind.

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#3 “Sasha Fierce who?”

Queen Bey ain’t the only one with an alter-persona! aMEI morphed into the powerful rockstar, Amit, who took the stage belting out high-octane numbers from her latest album, Amit 2. It was an ear-gasmic experience as everyone present witnessed aMEI resplendent on her multi-million dollar stage. That day, Amit stole our hearts from Sasha Fierce, and it was a worthy battle indeed.

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#4 “Can she sing or what?!”

We’ve always known that aMEI can sing, but the singer still managed to surprise us with her vocal versatility as she went from new hits to older classics. Switching it up effortlessly between the rougher timbres required for belting out rock songs, to the huskier lilts accompanying her more emotion-heavy tunes, it remains without a doubt that aMEI possesses one of the best voices we’ve ever heard. And yes, we’ve heard G.E.M Tang live too.

#5 “So.Much.Feels!”

Honestly, aMEI is Mandopop’s answer to Adele way before the ‘Hello’ songstress was even conceptualised. Regardless of age, there’s a huge possibility that songs like ‘Remember’, ‘I Want Happiness’ and ‘Hostage’ would be a part of your ‘breakup song’ playlist. And listening to aMEI perform these hits live brought on a tidal wave of emotions that reminded of the last time we heard those songs – all in all and extremely cathartic experience, which left us feeling a mixture of exhilaration and inexplicable sadness. Judging from the crowd of fans who lurked around even after the arena lights were turned on, we weren’t the only ones.

Image Credits: Unusual Entertainment


Tons Of Eye Candy From The All-Star Cast Of Moon Lovers!

7 Jan 2016 by Johanna Teo

A star-studded lineup has been cast in a bid to make the Korean remake of C-drama Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jing Xin/ Startling By Each Step) even more popular than its original version. Cast members for the upcoming drama Moon Lovers, include leads Lee Jun Ki and IU, as well as Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun, EXO’s Baekhyun, Kang Ha Neul, Hong Jong Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk and Ji Soo! 

Moon Lovers is gearing up to be one of the dramas to watch this 2016! Here’s an introduction of the above-mentioned stars and the characters they’ll be playing. 

Lee Jun Ki (Wang So, 4th Prince) 

Lee Jun Ki

IU (Hae So, modern day girl who travels to the past)

IUPhoto credit: Getty

Kang Ha Neul (Wang Wook, 8th Prince) 

Kang Ha Neul

Hong Jong Hyun (Wang Yo, 3rd Prince)

Hong Jong HyunPhoto credit: Top Star News

Baekhyun (Wang Eun, 10th Prince)


Nam Joo Hyuk (Wang Ook, 13th Prince)

Nam Joo HyukPhoto credit: YG Stage

Ji Soo (Wang Jung, 14th Prince) 

Ji SooPhoto credit: TPC Homepage

Seohyun (Woo Hee, Last princess)

Photo credit: Mixxo

A little background info on this titular period drama: 

  1. It’s an adaptation of a creative story written by online writer Tong Hua, which was published in 2005
  2. Scarlet Heart is a time-travel romance story, where you’ll watch as a hapless 21-century lass gets embroiled in Qing Dynasty drama that took place hundreds of years ago. 
  3. Director Kim Kyu Tae will be at the helm. And with other super popular dramas under his belt (more recently, It’s Okay, That’s Love, and That Winter, The Wind Blows), we’re sure he’s more than capable of directing such a huge production. 
  4. Moon Lovers has an estimated budget of a whopping 15 billion won. 

Are you going to watch Moon Lovers? We’re looking forward to seeing Seohyun and Baekhyun in period wear, that’s for sure! Comment below to let us know what you’re excited to see! 

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Suzy and Baekhyun's 'Dream' Duet Is The Sweetest Collab Yet

7 Jan 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

Guess it’s safe to say that we’re all on-board the BaekZy ship now (sorry Lee Min Ho/Taeyeon)! Miss A’s Suzy and EXO’s Baekhyun just chucked out the dreamiest duet in history, aptly titled ‘Dream’, and the feels are definitely real with this one. Check out the aww-inducing music video below!

Set in an elegant European-style backdrop, Suzy and Baekhyun wax lyrical about a guy and girl who are madly in love, sheepishly smiling and stealing shy glances at each other like a starry-eyed couple throughout – so utterly romantic that we couldn’t help but blush a lil’ when the camera catches them in the act. This is one unlikely duo that we never expected to see paired up, yet they complement each other perfectly with their melodious, saccharine-sweet vocals. And it seems like the entire Internet shares our sentiments: “I can see the hearts of men falling for Suzy”, “You can see honey dripping out of Baekhyun’s eyes when he looks at her”. P/S: Spot their awkward yet adorable interaction at the 3:13 mark!

It’s barely been a day since the MV is released and it has already racked up over 580,000 views and slayed almost every Korean real-time chart in existence. If that’s not enough to sate your newfound BaekZy desire, you’ll be glad to know that ‘Dream’ will also be released as a physical single album on 14 January, which includes the regular version, a live club version as well as still cuts from their MV. 

What are your thoughts on this JYP x SM collaboration? Sound off in the comments section below!


KARA To Part Ways?

6 Jan 2016 by Venetia Sng

Rumour has it that popular girl group KARA is disbanding as the contract renewal for Gyuri, Hara and Seungyeon with DSP Media is at the end of January. Since Youngji signed her contract later than the three original members, she will remain in DSP Media, but no one is sure whether the other three will stay with KARA.

An insider told Korean media ,StarNews, “It’s true that all three people, Gyuri, Seungyeon and Hara have decided to not stay with DSP Media. There is still some time left before their exclusive contracts end, but it seems that they have made up their mind to go towards moving into a new agency.”

KARA hasn’t had promotions since this past fall with their Japan tour and it’s also being said that Hara, Seungyeon and Gyuri have already decided to leave. DSP Media is unable to confirm any reports so as KARA has an ongoing contract with a makeup brand is until this February.

To top it off, KARA’s newest member Youngji has removed ‘KARA’ from her Instagram page as of 5th January. Her Instagram account name used to be @kara_youngji_hur but it is now simply @young_g_hur. KARA’s future does look bleak at the moment.

What do you think will be the outcome of this? Let us know by commenting below!

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