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A DOTS Sequel? Here's What Song Joong Ki Has To Say

11 Aug 2017 by Chew Hui Ling

Sorry Descendants of the Sun fans: while Song Joong Ki and Song Hye Kyo’s love have blossomed on the set, it seems like our favourite onscreen couple turned real-life lovers have no plans of having a Song-Song reunion on screen anytime soon.

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With the wedding bells ringing, it comes as no surprise that Song Joong Ki would inevitably be met with a barrage of questions about his wife-to-be. All smiles during the press conference for The Battleship Island star tour in Singapore, he revealed: “Working with [Song Hye Kyo] in the future is something I have to give more thought to. I think it would be challenging because work is work, so it might be a little tough to work on the same production.” Oh well, Descendants of the Sun marathon anybody?

On a happier note, the Korean heartthrob also mentioned that he would be inviting The Battleship Island director Ryoo Seung Wan along with his co-stars Hwang Jung Min and So Ji Sub to his wedding, which will be taking place at The Shilla Seoul on 31 October. Ahead of the nuptials, Song Joong Ki was in town to promote his new blockbuster wartime flick, which sees him reprising the role of a heroic soldier after charming the socks of everyone – even Song Hye Kyo – in Big Boss fashion back in Descendants of the Sun.

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In The Battleship Island, the 31-year-old portrays a special forces agent who is dispatched by the Korean Liberation Army to a labour camp on Japan’s Hashima Island (known as Battleship Island) during World War II. “If you count the number of years I’ve served national service in Korea as well as playing the role of a soldier in Descendants of the Sun and The Battleship Island, I’ve been living the life of a soldier for about five years now,” he quips, drawing laughter from the media crowd. “So it has become something natural to me. Besides, I’ve been sporting short hair after serving the army so I could comfortably immerse myself into the role.”

Even so, he admitted taking on this film does come with its challenges, particularly having to lose weight in order to depict the role of malnourished captive labourers. One can’t help but ask: who is the most likely to possess the best survival skills among the three actors?

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It was a clear win for Song Joong Ki, who “recently served his national service so the skills from the training are fresh in his memory” according to So Ji Sub – to which the actor cheekily agreed “because I’m the youngest”.

We can’t wait to see Captain Yoo back in action!

Catch The Battleship Island, staring Song Joong Ki, So Ji Sub and Hwang Jung Min in theatres on 17 August.

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All The Celebrity Emojis You'll Need To Express Any Emotion

7 Aug 2017 by Fabian Loo

Keeping up with your favourite stars – from Kim Kardashian to Justin Bieber and even Ansel Elgort – just got a lot easier with their official emojis. 

We’ve all been there at some point – trying to find that one emoji to convey the most abstract of thought, only to be disappointed after scrolling through the whole library. If you’re anything like me, then you would have days when you’re feeling as agonised as Kim Kardashian’s meme-worthy breakdown; or moments when you need to dish out Justin Bieber’s motivational quote of ‘never say never’. So instead of actually having to type your thoughts out painstakingly, won’t it be easier to just send a celebrity emoji straight to your friend? Yep, you heard it right. Kim Kardashian is not the only celebrity with an official emoji collection, and here’s a list that we’ve rounded up to help you keep up with these stars.

KIMOJI

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For a personality as colourful and diverse as Kim Kardashian herself, having her own library of emoji seemed like the a natural thing to do. Immortalised in caricature are some of her iconic expressions and scandals, which will undoubtedly make any chat much livelier and animated. With over 500 emojis, stickers and GIFs, you’ll be surprised at how often a crying Kim can actually be considered a valid response.

KIMOJI, developed by Whalerock Digital Media, $2.98, available on the App Store or Google Play.

JUSTMOJI

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It seems like Justin Bieber might be indulging in his pre-pubescent boy-next-door charm back when he first started with his this line of emojis, which is more adorable than grungy. And interestingly, many of his cartoon stickers and icons draw on his past experiences – such as that one time he was charged for egging his neighbour’s house, or that other time when he announced that he would stop taking pictures with fans – and pokes fun at it (he also pokes at his abs in a shirtless icon – yes, you’re welcome).

Justmoji, developed by Kapps Media, $2.99, available on the App Store and Google Play.

MuvaMoji by Amber Rose

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Just like her shocking revelation about the time she dated Kanye West, the collection of emojis by Amber Rose is both bold and unapologetic. You’ll find yourself getting acquainted with situations you never knew was possible, like leaping out of a cake in a bikini, or twerking on the edge of a pink vehicle. Perfect for unpredictable situations and everything else under the sun.

MuvaMoji by Amber Rose, developed by AppMoji, $2.98, available on the App Store and Google Play.

ANSELFIE – emojis by Ansel

 

 

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You don’t know it yet, but Ansel is slowly creeping into your life, one mobile screen at a time. You’re probably already re-watching The Fault in Our Stars, or hitting the replay button to his steamy music video ‘Thief’. And now, you can send (spam) his animated expressions to all your friends. “I constantly send stupid selfies to my friends making funny emoji-like expressions, so then I came up with this crazy idea … ANSELFIE! ANSELFIES are emojis! Made by yours truly!” said the heartthrob. Well, thank you Ansel, thank you. 

ANSELFIE – emojis by Ansel, developed by Jonah Kaner, $2.99, available on the App Store.

GAGAmoji

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Mother Monster’s gag-worthy emoji collection ranges from designs that’ll steal budding musicians’ hearts, to homage-esque hashtags and cut-outs to honour the Grammy-winning songstress. To quote the meme: “YAAAAAAAAAAAAAS GAGA YOU LOOK SO GOOD”.

GAGAmoji, developed by House of Gaga Publishing, $1.99, available on the App Store

What are your favourite emojis to use? Express yo’ self in the comments section!

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The Sundown Festival, which celebrates the best of Asian music, returns for its eighth outing with local acts taking over the spotlight!

Happening on 5 August 2017 at the City Beach Resort, there’s no better way to get into the festive National Day cheer than immersing yourself with the very best of Singapore’s music scene. In anticipation of the concert, the Teenage team caught up with three of the acts –  Derrick Hoh, FARRAGO, and Jack & Rai. 

Derrick Hoh

 

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How does it feel to be headlining the first all-Singaporean lineup of Sundown Festival?

I feel incredibly excited! I’ve been pushing local music to everyone I’ve worked with throughout my music career and to be able to be part of this year’s line-up is extremely exciting for me.

Any homegrown acts that have caught your eye recently?

Ling Kai! We touched base recently, and I’ve been a secret admirer of her work. Her music is very different from what I do but I love that untamed nature of her music – it’s very refreshing. Hopefully we can work together in the future!

What can we expect from your upcoming live showcase at the Esplanade?

It’s going to be extremely intimate. Besides debuting my new singles, I am going to have many close interactions with my fans. Since my last showcase, my life was nothing short of a rollercoaster ride and I can’t wait to share these experiences with my fans on stage.

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

I’ll be busy filming a drama in Singapore and working on brand new singles for myself. I’ll also have multiple releases in the coming months as a songwriter, with songs I penned for some great artists. Unfortunately, I can’t disclose them now but stay tuned to my social media channels to get the latest updates.

FARRAGO

 

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This isn’t your first time performing on the Sundown stage. As a headlining act, how does it make you feel this time round?

The organisers of Sundown Festival have been good to us over the years. It’s great to be asked back and we are looking forward to playing to people who may not have heard our music yet.

What are three songs off your discography you think a first-time listener should definitely check out.

‘Hissy Fit’, ‘Traffic Lights’ and ‘Trilby Hats and Sunflowers’.

Who are your biggest musical influences?

That is extremely hard to answer as a group. We all have very different tastes in music, hence the name of the band. Some examples – Toto, Slayer, Dream Theater, Beck, Brian Wilson, No Doubt, Courtney Love and Stevie Wonder. Confusing, right?

What’s next in the pipeline for you?

It’s time to get recording again. Some new material is ready to be worked on and hopefully we can step up to another level. Unfortunately, the studio we recorded our album at has closed its doors so we are still trying to figure the logistics out. That is the plan in the next few months. Pete, are you reading this?

JACK & RAI

 

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What are your thoughts on the current music scene and how has the landscape changed from when you first started out?

The scene is really vibrant now, as compared to when we first started in 2002! Digital music production has allowed more musicians to record their own material and put it out there, so we’ve actually seen quite a surge of young musicians being heard online, plus NAC’s Noise Programme has also provided a pretty consistent platform to showcase some of these acts live.

Any homegrown acts that caught your eye recently?

Plenty! More recently, we’ve seen acts like LEW, Shak, Stopgap and Take Two (now known as M1LDL1FE) and we totally enjoy the music they are creating.

If you could turn back in time and have a conversation with Jack & Rai circa 2005, what would you say to them and how would they respond?

Present: Guys, you really need to start writing and releasing more of your own material, make music videos, get on Youtube and do more of your own stuff!

2005: Got it, bros! We’re working on it progressively!

Present: *roll eyes*

You guys are known to have great teamwork, but when was the last time you guys disagreed on something?

The last time? Probably on which song to play next in our set, which usually results in a blank stare and then one of us quickly reacts to jump into the intro of the song he wants to play!

Catch the Sundown Festival 2017 on 5 August at the City Beach Resort, Labrador Park. Tickets from $15, Sistic

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A week after cancelling his Purpose World Tour, Justin Bieber takes to Instagram to share a very important message.

Justin Bieber has constantly been in the news since the cancellation of his Purpose World Tour. In those seven days alone, he hit the headlines multiple times – accidentally running into a paparazzo with his pickup truck, unleashing backlash from fans for wearing Purpose merch, and drawing flak from fellow musicians for cancelling said tour. And there’s been tons of gossip and speculation about Justin’s true reason for backing out of the tour.

Turns out, it’s pretty simple. Taking to Instagram to share a heartfelt post (in a snapshot of a word document), Justin addresses fans directly, telling them how grateful he has been for this journey with them, that “learning and growing hasn’t always been easy but knowing I’m not alone has kept me growing”.

 

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He continues by ‘fessing up how he has “let his broken relationships dictate the way I acted toward people and the way I treated them”, and that he has let “bitterness, jealousy and fear run my life”. JB adds, that he’s aware that “I’m never gonna be perfect, and I’m gonna keep making mistakes but what I’m not gonna do is let my past dictate my future…” and that he “wants to be a man that learns from them and grows from them”.

Offering more insight on why he cancelled his tour, JB continues, “Me taking this time right now is me saying I want to be sustainable. I want my career to be sustainable but I also want my mind, heart and soul to be sustainable.”

The fact that he admits outright the need to take time off his intense and very hectic schedule (years of back-to-back touring for 150 shows across 6 continents!) is very important. While it seems like a no brainer that everyone would need to take breaks from time to time to focus on themselves and their wellbeing, the fact is that many fail to acknowledge this, much less practice it. 

And even though most people aren’t multimillionaires with legions of fans, JB’s situation is highly relatable. Living in a fast-paced society with endless deadlines to meet and commitments to juggle, burn out seems inevitable if we don’t learn how to slow down. Learn to be okay with setting time aside to take care of yourself both physically and mentally. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, be like JB – take all the time you need to relax and recharge. 

Like he puts it: “THIS MESSAGE IS IS VERY GRAMMATICALLY INCORRECT BUT ITS FROM THE HEART. BUT I THINK THERES SOMETHING SPECIAL ABOUT IMPERFECTIONS!!” (sic) 

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 What do you think about Justin’s IG apology? Share your thoughts with us! 

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8 Cancelled TV Shows To Binge-watch

2 Aug 2017 by Bryan Yeong

Truly serious TV buffs would have at least one prematurely cancelled series that they’re still mourning over. And be it due to legit reasons like budget issues or even low ratings, we absolutely loathe it when a good show (that we’re emotionally invested in!) gets booted off our screens. But that’s no reason to forget about them altogether. Ahead, we recap 8 TV shows that were canned before their time, to have on your must-watch list!  

Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 (2012 – 2013)

With a name that boldly includes an expletive, this short-lived sitcom was bursting with personality. Where Apartment 23 largely succeeded was in its appealing cast – New York party girl Chloe (played by Krysten Ritter before she stepped into Jessica Jones’ shoes), small town, wide-eyed roommate June (Dreama Walker) and heartthrob James Van Der Beek in an exaggerated, fictionalised role of himself – and madcap episodes worth their weight in comedic gold. Bogged down by an out-of-place TV scheduling, parent network company ABC decided to axe the series – even its well-received albeit modest ratings weren’t enough to save this fan favourite and its colourful characters.

Sense8 (2015-2017)

Netflix’s runaway hit drama Sense8 defied barriers with relation to themes such as sexuality, religion and politics, but one thing it could not overcome was a sudden cancellation by the streaming network channel. Citing high production costs that was still not justified by the series’ strong viewership, Netflix abruptly pulled the plug on the show, which in turn incited a barrage of outcries from fans, who even created online petitions in protest. The campaign kinda worked – while they aren’t bringing back the show, there’s a two-hour Sense8 special finale is currently being planned for 2018.

The O.C. (2003 – 2007)

If you weren’t a fan of long-running teen drama One Tree Hill, chances are you were a devotee to The O.C. instead – the primetime soap that introduced us to a fresh-faced Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton and Adam Brody. Documenting the scandalous lives of Orange County’s wealthiest, it spawned into a pop cultural phenomenon that ultimately paved the way for future teen hit shows like Gossip Girl and MTV’s Laguna Beach despite its short four season run. Even though it’s been a decade since the series finale aired, we still can’t help but to scream along to the unmistakable chorus of Phantom Planet’s ‘California’, that served as the show’s theme song. California, here we coooooooomeee!

Harper’s Island (2009)

Horror-mystery slashers are hard to come by in the television department, and when they do, they largely fail to leave a major impact. Harper’s Island hoped to buck that trend, with a whodunit Survivor-meets-The Walking Dead concept surrounding an island wedding, and at least one character killed off by the end of each episode. Presented almost like a gameshow to viewers at home where we enjoyed guessing who would bite the dust and who was the serial killer, the 13-episode set was an exciting and intense series that left us hungry for more. Unfortunately, the show itself fell victim to its own theme, eventually being canned after merely one season.

Girlboss (2017)

There were high hopes for Netflix’s 2017 comedy series Girlboss. After all, it was based off popular online fashion chain Nasty Gal and its owner Sophia Amoruso, with feminism taking the central theme of the series. But subpar acting, unlikable characters and messy plot lines plagued the series into oblivion after just one season. Which is a bummer considering the show’s promise early on in the series that partially called to mind the brilliance of Ugly Betty.

The Simple Life (2003 – 2007)

Before Keeping Up With The Kardashians invaded pop culture, reality television was at its peak with 2003’s The Simple Life, which followed the hijinks and shenanigans of then-notorious partying socialites Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. We laughed at them, and with them, as they milked cows on a farm, wormed their way out of traffic tickets and teased customers at fast-food joints. The world caught itself by surprise thinking we’d resent their brattiness even more, instead realising that the teen icons did indeed have hearts of gold and an over the top sense of humour. The series ultimately waned off after a lackluster fifth season – which followed their infamous feud – but we’ll always have Paris’ famous phrase “That’s Hot” emblazoned firmly in our minds. 

My Name Is Earl (2005 – 2009)

Brimming with heart and a positive message, My Name Is Earl followed the titular character trying to make amends for all his past wrongdoings after winning the lottery. The show gained a following bolstered by strong characters particularly in Jaime Pressly as sassy ex-wife Joy and Ethan Suplee as Earl’s dimwitted brother Randy. NBC drew flak for cancelling the beloved sitcom on a cliffhanger that was Season 4. And while there were plans to extend its run on another network or tying up loose ends with an online movie, neither came into fruition.

Veronica Mars (2004 – 2007)

Nobody kicked butt on TV as well as Buffy The Vampire Slayer did, but if anyone came close, it would have to be Veronica Mars. Playing a take-no-prisoners student detective, Kristen Bell truly shines as the titular character, perfecting her unique blend of wit, grit and willpower all while solving murder mysteries. The greatest mystery however, was why network The CW canned the series after only three seasons – resulting in the show’s creator Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell initiating a Kickstarter campaign to give the series closure through a film. The project was a resounding success, achieving its goal within 10 hours upon launch and culminating with the critically acclaimed feature film, that marked a happy ending for this television gem.

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Which show do you wish would make a return to television? Let us know in the comments below!

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