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8 Returning TV Shows To Get Ready For And Where They Left Off

21 Sep 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Fluff your pillows and ready the popcorn – your favourite TV shows are back! Let us catch you up to speed with where today’s much-beloved series left off last season, and what more we can expect among the murder mysteries, heartbreaking drama and spooktacular plot twists. *WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!*

Gotham (Season 4)

When it’s returning: September 21

Where we left off: Last season’s finale was a whirlwind of twists and turns that ultimately led to Bruce taking on his fated role as a vigilante of the night. We also saw Nygma turn into an ice statue at the mercy of Freeze and Penguin, while Catwoman finally learnt the true prowess of her whip. 

What to expect: Early released images show Bruce suited up in his masked outfit, which indicates we’ll likely see the rise of Batman and his early beginnings of becoming the caped crusader. We’ll also witness the aftermath of the fallout between once-partners-in-crime The Riddler and Penguin, to see if they rekindle their evil ways together or become sworn enemies. Oh, and the Scarecrow’s returning!

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Season 5)

When it’s returning: September 26

Where we left off: As a result of being backstabbed and framed for bank robbery by Hawkins, Jake and Rosa were found guilty and sentenced to imprisonment at the end of Season 4, with the rest of New York’s favourite crime-busters attempting to clear their name. 

What to expect: The new season picks up where we last left off, where we’ll see if the innocent duo gets thrown into jail or escape incarceration. The show’s co-creator Dan Goor has also teased the “best Halloween episode” yet, plenty more flashbacks of Hitchcock and Scully’s early days, as well as their celebratory 100th episode.

This Is Us (Season 2)

When it’s returning: September 26

Where we left off: Television’s resident tearjerker’s debut season introduced us to the trial and tribulations of a very extended family that we grew to love, but the show’s forefront coupling of Milo Ventimiglia’s Jack and Mandy Moore’s Rebecca were on the verge of a split at the end of the last season. The ‘Big Three’ kids weren’t alright either – Kevin bade his longtime love farewell, Kate decided to follow her mom’s footsteps of pursuing a music career, and Randall made a decision to adopt another child.

What to expect: Fresh off an Emmy win for Sterling K. Brown’s portrayal of adopted son Randall, the show returns with more time-jumps that delve deeper into the family’s backstory. The reason behind Jack’s death will also be revealed, and the season will explore the relationship ups and downs of the Pearson children. We advise to keep your tissue box on standby!

How To Get Away With Murder (Season 4)

When it’s returning: September 28

Where we left off: Is anyone still in shock that they killed off the first two season’s protagonist, Wes?! Season 3’s climax revealed that it was Laurel’s dad who hired a goon to kill off our beloved hero, and Annalise Keating conveniently pins the Rebecca and Sam’s on Wes to clear herself from all charges. 

What to expect: The season looks like it’s starting off on a peaceful note – but we know it’s just the calm before the storm of murder and deceit. Michaela and Asher will be living together while working out their relationship, and Laurel seeks out the truth behind Wes’ murder. Fans can also look forward to find out who else will be axed this season, and the motives behind them. 

Fresh Off The Boat (Season 4)

When it’s returning: October 3

Where we left off: We last saw the Huangs get a taste of the lavish lifestyle when they moved to their expansive new house, although it didn’t feel quite like home for TV’s favourite family. Tiger mom Jessica Huang eventually convinced the family to return back to their old house, only to realise that another family has already moved in.

What to expect: The lighthearted bite-sized comedy returns for more laughs and life lessons, which sees the Huangs attempting to seize back their property. Look forward to more famous guest stars along the way too! 

Riverdale (Season 2)

When it’s returning: October 11

Where we left off: So. Much. Drama! The debut season of the iconic Archie Comics was a far cry from their feel-good pages, instead wrapping itself in a murder mystery surrounding a Jason Blossom whodunnit, with the culprit turning out to be Jason’s own father (gasp!). More scandalous circumstances unraveled too: Betty’s great-grandfather turned out to be a Blossom; making her relatives with Jason and his sister Cheryl, Archie and Veronica’s romance heated up, and Archie’s dad gets shot at Pop’s Diner by a gunman, leaving the season on a cliffhanger. 

What to expect: It seems likely we’ll find out if Fred Andrews dies from his gunshot wound right from the start of Season 2. Elsewhere, we’ll also get introduced to Veronica’s estranged father and her bad-boy ex-boyfriend that shakes things up for the Riverdale squad, in addition to the appearance of Betty’s long-lost brother. Be prepared to see how the love-fest among Archie, Veronica, Jughead and Betty plays out too – phew, you keeping up?

The Walking Dead (Season 8)

When it’s returning: October 22

Where we left off: While our hearts are still reeling from the demise of fan-favourite Glenn and Sasha from last season, we also saw how Rick and Co. were gradually gaining momentum to fight back against the ruthless Negan all season long.

What to expect: The stage is set for a full-blown war between Rick’s group and The Kingdom up against Negan and The Saviors, and we’re undoubtedly rooting for the zombie-slaying heroes to pull through victorious. Season 8 will also see a return to form for Carol, and new characters Abbud and Dillon. 

Stranger Things (Season 2)

When it’s returning: October 27

Where we left off: Before you rejoice that Will Byers was finally found, don’t forget that Eleven seemingly sacrificed herself to take down the Demogorgon before vanishing without a trace. Not everything’s quite right with Will either – he coughs up a slug before having a premonition of the ‘Upside Down’ world at the end of the season, marking their short-lived happily ever after.

What to expect: Just in time for Halloween, the second season starts a year later from the events of last season’s finale, and returns with more evil lurking. The teenage love triangle revolving around Steve, Nancy and Jonathan is also further explored, but more pressing questions beckon. Will Eleven be found? And what other horrors will the lovable kid-heroes face? We can’t wait to find out! 

Which show are you most excited to watch? Tell us in the comments below! 

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8 Celebrity Couples Who Should Never Break Up

20 Sep 2017 by Lynette Goh

It seems to be breakup season in celebrity land, with announcements of power couples calling it quits springing up every other week. Here are six famous OTPs whom we hope will stay together (forever). 

#1 MILEY CYRUS AND LIAM HEMSWORTH 

 

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Meeting on-set for The Last Song back in 2009, Miley and Liam had a whirlwind romance that saw them getting engaged and splitting up shortly after Miley’s twerkalicious image change back in 2013 – everyone saw it coming but nobody was prepared for that split. Fast-forward to 2016 (and present time), it seems like Miley and Liam just couldn’t stay away from each other because the lovebirds are thankfully back together and even better than ever. Miley even wrote a sweet track titled ‘Malibu’ about Liam and their relationship! “People that break up and get back together — I think that’s awesome because you know it’s true, but also you get time to be yourself, you get time to grow up,” Miley said, “If you’re growing up attached to another person, you never really get solid as your own being. So I’m really solid and he gets to be really solid and together, we get to be two really grounded people — it’s not a half and a half making a whole.” 

#2 HALSEY AND G-EASY

 

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She may have waxed lyrical about being ‘Alone’ but it seems like being with her new beau, G-Easy outweighs anything else. Recently collaborating for hit track ‘Him and I’ for the rapper’s third album, The Beautiful & The Damned, the duo could just be the hottest rising couple of 2017. And they’ve already scored tons of Halsey/G-Easy shippers online despite their fairly new relationship, thanks to their penchant for sharing loved-up snaps on Instagram. Could they be the real deal? Only time will tell.

#3 SONG JOONG KI AND SONG HYE KYO

Ah the famous Song-Song couple – our list wouldn’t be complete without them! The lead actors on the viral hit K-drama, Descendants of the Sun, held their audience captive with their crackling chemistry, leading for millions to ship the Song-Song couple way before news broke that Big Boss and Beauty were dating IRL, throughout the entire filming of the drama! With the power couple due to tie the knot this October, it’s needless to say that our Song-Song ship will continue sailing on forever.

#4 SELENA GOMEZ AND THE WEEKND

 

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One of the most-watched celebrity couples of the year, Selena Gomez and Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd are total #relationshipgoals. Despite starting of on a controversial note (Abel reportedly got together with Selena shortly after breaking up with Bella Hadid), the couple has gone full steam ahead. He was with Selena throughout her recent kidney transplant operation and even put off his tour to stay by her side as she recupurated – talk about being committed! 

#5 HYERI AND RYU JUN YEOL

 

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Falling in love while filming seems to be a recurring theme for celebrity couples, and the Hyeri/Ryu Jun Yeol pair ain’t any different. Of course, being the co-stars of popular K-drama Reply 1988, fans had already been shipping them thanks to speculations that they were “too close to be considered colleagues” – they showed off their closeness off screen, received an award holding hands, and made it a point to attend each other’s events despite their own busy schedules. Can anyone say “OTP”?

#6 GIGI HADID AND ZAYN MALIK

 

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The ultimate #relationshipgoals – from cute nicknames “Gee” and “Zee”, to living together in Zayn’s home in California and appearing on magazine covers together – there is no way we can overlook this star couple. Especially since the both of them are extremely supportive of each other’s endeavours, often displaying their mutual love and admiration via gushy Instagram posts with captions like “Love of my life” and a sweet “Happy Birthday to my everything”. 

#7 LILI REINHART AND COLE SPROUSE

 

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Fans of the original Archie Comics might have been initially appalled at the thought of a #Bughead pairing, but who could resist the Cole Sprouse/Lili Reinhart pairing? The co-stars of Netflix teen series, Riverdale, had fans going crazy over this unexpected ship thanks to the numerous lovey-dovey social media postings and sightings of the pair cosying up at several events. Although their relationship status still remains ambiguous, we remain convinced that there’s something going on between them. With Riverdale Season 2 starting in less than a month, guess we’ll find out then! 

#8 Lee Minho And Suzy

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Lee Min Ho and Suzy’s romance is one straight out of a K-drama – Boy has a crush on a girl he has never met IRL, boy tries different ways and means to meet girl (who respectfully rejected his attempts at reaching out), boy doesn’t give up and eventually meets girl through mutual friends, after numerous romantic gestures, they fall in love. To make it even more sweet, it’s been reported that Lee Minho’s sweet and persistent ways only applied to where Suzy is concerned. Can anyone saw “Awww”? 

Which celebrity couple is your favourite? Share your top picks with us in the comment section

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The 2017 Singapore Grand Prix saw three nights of electrifying music performances amidst breakneck speed race car action. From hit covers to EDM-filled live DJ sets, we bring you the highlights from the weekend!

With a stellar lineup of chart-topping performers spread across the 2017 Singapore Grand Prix weekend, it was important not to miss out on any of the acts that entertained the surroundings of the track pit. It was the 10th year anniversary of the race celebrated on our shores after all – and with the onslaught of talented local and international names brought in this year, they certainly pulled out all the stops.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15:  Sam Rui performs during the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 15, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hyde/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Rising R&B star Sam Rui proved that very point – a strong contender among the weekend lineup of homegrown acts, Sam mesmerised all the same with her breathy vocals and effortless stage swagger. Fresh off the release of her debut album Season 2, it was her addictive, spot on delivery of ‘Better’ that drove the crowd into a tizzy.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 15:  OneRepublic perform during practice for the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 15, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

(Photo by Brendon Thorne/Singapore GP via Getty Images)

Friday night was capped off with an emotionally-charged set by alt-rockers OneRepublic, who previously graced our shores back in 2013 on their own headlining tour. Sporting a fedora and a denim jacket, frontman Ryan Tedder set the mood right from the get-go, launching into early hit singles ‘Stop And Stare’ and ‘Secrets’, before pumping up the 50,000-strong crowd with ‘Kids’. Ryan might most famously be the face of OneRepublic, but he didn’t let anyone forget he’s also a bonafide hitmaker for fellow stars, and surprised with piano-driven covers of songs he’s had a hand in writing – including Beyoncé’s ‘Halo’ and Ed Sheeran’s ‘Happier’ – as he stripped off his jacket due to the intense humidity. 

 

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Ariana Grande put on hands-down the best vocal performance of the weekend, albeit having to whittle down her full Dangerous Woman Tour setlist to a jam-packed 60 minutes. Still, the petite beauty brought her A game, belting out whistle-high notes with ease, transitioning through four outfit changes, and even re-enacting her stationary bike-riding scene from the ‘Side To Side’ video onstage. The hour-long set was also the most the public saw of the elusive star in Singapore, despite our September cover girl arriving four days prior to her gig, as she remained largely impossible to be spotted in public by fans during her stay here. It’s not like it mattered to her throngs of Arianators, with many wearing their Ari pride with bunny ears in the crowd as they sang in unison to hits like ‘One Last Time’, ‘Focus’ and ‘Into You’. 

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 16:  The Chainsmokers perform on the Padang Stage at the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 16, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

(Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

Amongst veterans like Duran Duran and Seal taking the stage at multiple locations, it was EDM fans who were rewarded the most. Saturday signalled the first of two post-race dance parties, with The Chainsmokers helming the decks with their signature brand of fast-tempo crowd pleasers like ‘Roses’ and ‘Paris’. Both members hyped up the Padang stage with air jumps, fist pumps and timely pyrotechnics, but it was admittedly a slight letdown whenever Drew took over to sing – he used a heavy backing track that drowned out any live vocals. They undeniably fared better at the consoles, and got everyone into a singalong rap frenzy with a surprise remix of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Humble’. World-class performers they’re yet to be, but trust The Chainsmokers to know how to truly throw a #lit party.

SINGAPORE - SEPTEMBER 17:  Calvin Harris performs during the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix at  on September 17, 2017 in Singapore.  (Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

(Photo by Robertus Pudyanto/Singapore GP via Getty Images )

Consider The Chainsmokers simply a teaser for the the main event of Calvin Harris on closing night. The Scottish DJ arrived in style behind a levitating triangular deck, although fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the suave DJ had to stretch their necks as his face was mostly hidden by the shadows. Perhaps he wanted to focus attention to the music instead. His set saw old classics like ‘Bounce’ and ‘Sweet Nothing’ scattered between newer jam ‘Slide’ and hip-hop favourite, J-Kwon’s ‘Tipsy’. An odd exclusion? Calvin’s massive current hit ‘Feels’, that many were fervently waiting to singalong to. 

We’re all for the inclusion of EDM acts in future F1 lineups, but nothing comes close to the exhilarating feeling of watching a legendary finale live act such as Rihanna or Bon Jovi (headliners from past years). Perhaps with the annual affair recently announced to be renewed for another four years, subsequent lineups will find the right balance of genres to solidify the Singapore Grand Prix not only as our leading sports event, but also as the quintessential music extravaganza. Bring on 2018 and beyond!

Who was your favourite act at the 2017 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix? Tell us in the comments below! For more about this year’s lineup, pick up a copy of our September issue out on news stands now! 

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When the Foo Fighters set out to create music that’s “sonically bigger than anything we’d ever done”, you can imagine the daunting task that was ahead of the legendary rock band. Not only did they have early highlights like The Colour And The Shape and the Grammy-winning There Is Nothing Left To Lose to contend with; the Foo Fighters constantly seek out a creative myriad of album concepts as can be seen in 2014’s Sonic Highway. So did the band deliver on their ninth and latest record, Concrete And Gold? We vote yes. Here are five reasons why. 

They Went Back To Their Roots

With over 22 years of industry experience under their belt, it seems like the Foo Fighters have already made their mark on anything and everything under the musical umbrella. So where does one venture when trying to make the biggest album of their career to date? Back to the studio, it seems. And with Grammy-winning record producer Greg Kurstin (who has worked with the likes of Adele and Ellie Goulding) no less. Unlike their previous two albums, 2014’s Sonic Highways; recorded in eight iconic studios across the United States over the span of a year, and 2011’s Wasting Light; recorded in a garage, the band leader said that it was “almost experimental to just go back into a studio” – and we gotta say the result (especially on tracks like ‘Run’ and ‘The Sky Is A Neighbourhood’) was phenomenal. 

‘Retirement’ Ain’t Got Nothin’ On These Rowdy Rockin’ Grandpas

The first official release from Concrete And Gold was accompanied by a Dave Grohl-directed music video, and boy did we have fun watching them rock it out (literally). Having prematurely aged themselves with the help of prosthetic makeup, we see the band performing for other residents in an oppressive nursing home, only to end up having their sheer rock ‘n’ roll magic spark an uprising between retirees and staff. But perhaps the best part about the entire video was the ending choreography, reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ – the late King of Pop would be proud.

Justin Timberlake Makes It Right

Back when doing album promos for Concrete And Gold, the band said that one of the guests on the album was “probably the biggest pop star in the world”, and while they kept up the ruse for a long time, it was eventually revealed to be Justin Timberlake. According to Dave, the pair met in the studio and Justin asked if he could be on the record, saying “you don’t even have to tell anybody I’m on the record, I just want to be able to tell my friends that I’m on it” –  true to his wishes, JT makes his appearance on the track ‘Make It Right’.

Paul McCartney Is A Badass On The Drums

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You heard it here first, guys. The ninth track on the album, ‘Sunday Rain, is an absolute banger – not just for one, but two reasons. First, we see Taylor Hawkins take on lead vocal duties, and boy can the drummer sing. It’s not the first time Taylor has had this particular honour, having had lead vocal credits on ‘Cold Day In The Sun’ from In Your Honour. So what do you do when you need someone to fill in for your drummer? Well, in Foo’s case, you seek the help of the Sir Paul McCartney. And while is usually known for this bassist skills, The Beatles’ legend showed off his knack for the drums, nailing his part in two takes. He apparently hadn’t even heard the song before recording it! As if we needed another reason to admire Sir Paul more than we already do…

Daddy Dave Was Director Grohl For A Day

The second video that the lead singer directed was ‘The Sky Is A Universe’, which featured his daughters Violet and Harper reading through a storybook with the song’s lyrics. And it seemed like Director Grohl got more respect from his co-stars than Daddy Dave! The proud father recently revealed that his little girls “were so good” in taking directions and acting their part during the video, but it was a stark contrast to their behaviour at home when he tries to get them to clean their room before bed or get their homework done, referencing it to “pulling teeth and twisting wrists”. Aww girls, maybe you should consider giving your old man a break every now and then?

Get your first listen of Concrete And Gold here!

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What are some of your thoughts and favourite tracks off Foo Fighters’ latest album, Concrete and Gold? Sound off in the comments below!

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Newsflash: Selena Gomez secretly underwent a kidney transplant operation earlier this year due to complications from Lupus. And the kidney donor was her best friend!  

It’s common knowledge that Selena Gomez suffers from Lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease that results when the immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. But that fact seems to be constantly overshadowed by the ‘Good For You’ songstress’ other headlines, like when she started dating Abel Tesfaye aka The Weeknd, or when she headed to therapy after a 90-day rehab stint following her Revival Tour cancellation. The latter news led to wildfire speculation that the singer was battling with addiction issues. And Selena had been keeping quiet on the publicity front – unusual behaviour for a singer who recently released two hit singles, ‘Bad Liar’ and ‘Fetish’. 

Turns out, Selena had undergone a kidney transplant operation back in June due to complications from Lupus, and her donor was none other than best friend and ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ actress, Francia Raisa.  

 

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Revealing the news via an Instagram post which showed Selena and Francia lying side-by-side on hospital beds with their hands intertwined, Selena wrote, “I’m very aware some of my fans had noticed I was laying low for part of the summer and questioning why I wasn’t promoting my new music, which I was extremely proud of.” She went on, “So I found out I needed to get a kidney transplant due to my Lupus and was recovering. It was what I needed to do for my overall health.” Dropping hints about possible future works, Selena added, “I honestly look forward to sharing with you, soon my journey through these past several months as I have always wanted to do with you. Until then I want to publicly thank my family and incredible team of doctors for everything they have done for me prior to and post-surgery.”

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Photo: Francia Raisa

Selena was reportedly rushed to the hospital for kidney failure back in May. At that point, Selena was already on the waiting list for a transplant and Selena’s family wasn’t a match despite extensive tests. “And finally, there aren’t words to describe how I can possibly thank my beautiful friend Francia Raisa. She gave me the ultimate gift and sacrifice by donating her kidney to me. I am incredibly blessed. I love you so much sis,” Selena professed her gratitude for the actress who selflessly stepped up in her time of need. 

Evidently, it’s been a few months since her operation. And judging from how healthy and radiant she looks in recent appearances at New York Fashion Week and on set for an upcoming movie, we’re glad Selena took all the time and privacy measures she needed to recuperate from the invasive surgery. You can find out more about Lupus, from the Lupus Research Alliance website. 

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