The short clip, which was posted onto Camila Mendes’ Instagram Stories starts out as any other beauty tutorial would. “So today I’m going to be showing you how to put on some blush,” Lili Reinhart (his co-star and alleged beau) smoothly narrates as Cole mimics a sweeping action. “So here’s my product, and I’m going to first start with my lip,” Cole points to his pouted up lips before deciding to apply his imaginary blusher under his eyes and then onto his lips , which led to Lili exclaiming, “Oh! Under my eyes apparently. What am I doing? I’m crazy, oh my God!”
At the risk of overanalysing this hilariously haywire tutorial, we think Cole might’ve been ‘using’ a multi-tasking beauty product that could be used on both the eyes, cheeks and lips for a trendy monochromatic makeup look. One that he could’ve seen being used in hair and makeup – which we’re betting he’s spent his fair share in, what with being an actor and all. Perhaps there’s a future for him in the YouTube beauty scene after all?
Whatever it is, we can’t wait to see him and the rest of the crew when Riverdale’s second season airs on 11 October!
Would you love to see Cole attempt an actual makeup tutorial? Tell us in the comment section below!
“Army, remember what we say: love myself, love yourself” – was part of the acceptance speech Rap Monster delivered for BTS’ Billboard Music Awards win back in May, but who knew it would be a major spoiler that leads up to their Love Yourself: Her series? Upon release, the album has already sold over 750,000 copies in its first week and chalked up a whopping 60 million views for the music video of ‘DNA’. If that’s not impressive enough, these K-pop trailblazers have also achieved their goal of cracking into the Billboard Hot 100! Guess we can safely say it’s in their DNA to break records.
Their massive success lies in the fact that they let their music speak for itself. “[‘DNA’] is very different from our previous music, technically and musically,” says Rap Monster in an interview with Billboard. “I believe it’s going to be the starting point of a second chapter of our career.” Marking a new era with Love Yourself: Her, the concept draws upon their earlier hip-hop influences and builds up to a fuller, more mature sound served with a dollop of R&B and EDM. What also sets them apart from their K-pop counterparts is that they don’t shy away from taking risks with their lyrics – from an upbeat earworm that playfully disses fans, to a Barack Obama-inspired proverbial bird-flip to the band’s naysayers – and they ain’t sorry about it either.
Ahead, we dissect what each track is all about and how it fares in our books.
1. ‘Intro: Serendipity’
When you called me, I become your flower As if we were waiting, we bloom until we ache
Similarly to how the ‘Boys Meet Evil’ comeback trailer for Wings featured J-Hope, Jimin gets his two-and-a-half minutes turn in the spotlight in this melodic album opener. Our resident little prince sounds ever so emotive over the stripped-back instrumentation, all atmospheric whispers and smooth falsettos while allowing listeners to really immerse themselves in his vocals.
Jimin’s angelic voice aside, what further piqued our interest is the gender-neutral lyrics – a refreshing twist from the typical heterosexual love songs out there. “The lyrics were based on rare and special things in life, so I thought those feelings transcend genders, cultures and barriers between people,” Rap Monster explains.
From the day the universe was formed, past infinite worlds Probably in our past live and in our next lives, we’ll be together forever
You know ‘DNA’ is gonna be an instant earworm when it opens with the grooviest whistle hook ever (fun fact: the whistling was done by Rap Monster and Jungkook!), before letting V’s breathy vocals lead us into an all-out dancefloor assault of club-ready beats and throbbing bass. The mainstream appeal is undeniable, what with its radio-friendly production and universal theme of love, but we gotta give kudos to the band for experimenting with their sound. If anything, Love Yourself: Her is arguably BTS’ most sonically-diverse offering to date.
3. ‘Best Of Me’
You just give me the confidence to myself, that’s all I wanted There may not be rules between us, but the way to love exists
It’s finally here: the much-hyped surefire smash in collaboration with Andrew Taggart of EDM outfit The Chainsmokers. ‘Best Of Me’ doesn’t strike us as a definite The Chainsmokers tune however – think a watered-down version of ‘Closer’ meets ‘Paris’ – but instead incorporates the boys’ distinct flavour to make this electronic-tinged banger their own. In contrast to its heavy instrumental delivery, BTS serves up their signature dose of positive vibes through the uplifting lyrics, which makes it easy on the ears.
That dimple is illegal, ille-gal No, it’s dangerous, so I call you ille-girl ille-girl
BTS had us at “ille-girl”, ’nuff said. Whoever came up with the clever wordplay got our tiny ARMY hearts all fuzzy inside (we’re looking at you, Jin). ‘dimple’ slips further into the romance territory, which borderlines dangerously on corny, but heck – we ain’t complaining. It’s a feel-good slice of pop that’s straight-up fan service material, what’s not to love about that?
5. ‘Pied Piper’
You already have plenty of my pictures in your room Not one hour, but a year or two flashes by This song is a reward I give you, good girl
While you’re still swooning over ’em from the last track, these dudes just had to destroy the mood in four minutes flat. But hey, they wouldn’t be BTS if they weren’t trolling, amirite? Easily one of the catchiest songs in the album, ‘Pied Piper’ is a mid-tempo summer jam that would sound right at home in a Calvin Harris record. Don’t be fooled by the funky beat though; the roast is real as the members poke fun at fans who abandon all their responsibilities to chase their idols (“Now stop watching and study for your exams / Your parents and boss hate me)”.
In all seriousness – although it may read as a cheeky dig, it also reflects a deeper issue of the unhealthy fandom culture at hand. And we applaud the boys for speaking up on that.
6. ‘Skit: Billboard Music Awards Speech’
And the Billboard Music Award goes to…BTS!
It felt like just yesterday that BTS was making history on the Billboard stage. Their monumental win was definitely one for the books, and what better way to celebrate the milestone than reliving Rap Monster’s legendary acceptance speech all over again?
7. ‘MIC Drop’
There’s too many trophies in my hands It’s too heavy, my hands aren’t enough
While the first part of the tracklist showcases a softer side of BTS, the latter half sees the band going back to their hip-hop roots. Inspired by former President Obama’s famous mic drop, BTS hits back at their haters with this unapologetic follow-up straight after the skit interlude. “[It] was a big moment, so we put ‘MIC Drop’ next because it’s like a flex,” says Rap Monster. “Like, ‘Okay, we’re done. We don’t need to give a sh*t about anything.'” You tell ’em, Rap Mon!
8. ‘Go Go’
I worked so hard and earned my pay, all of it into my tummy I collect every drop and have fun wasting every drop, I spend it all
We’ve always known BTS for their societal-fuelled lyricism, and it comes in the form of ‘Go Go’ here – a thought-provoking piece that stretches the self-defeating message of YOLO. “It’s about how our young generation are living their lives with low expectations so they are upset with reality,” the leader explains. “We wanted to emphasise to the world that it’s not their choice, but brutal reality that forces people to spend as if there’s no future.”
9. ‘Outro: Her’
I didn’t believe what real love is I used to say habitually that I want to love But I found myself
Among all the songs in this album, it’s the closing track that really tugged at our heartstrings. Reminiscent of old BTS vibes, this hard-hitting number lets the rap line take centre stage as they open up about struggling between loving themselves and love others – hence going back to the subject matter of Love Yourself: Her.
Suga’s verse particularly struck a chord with us (“Because within this mask, I am not the guy that you know / I always try my best to be the best for you, I hope you don’t know this side of me”), which can be interpreted as them putting on a picture-perfect image to please fans. We often forget that idols are humans after all, and the fact that they are unafraid to pour their hearts out makes us love them more.
Love Yourself: Her is now available for streaming and purchase, but you don’t want to miss out on the two hidden tracks in the album so be sure to get a physical copy too!
Apart from the quintessential Jack Neo-directed flicks, there have been a plethora of local movie releases that have been slowly but surely putting our little red dot on the international film landscape. But if you’re unsure about which title to start watching, don’t worry, as we’ve got you covered with our list of must-watch local films from over the years.
12 Storeys – Eric Khoo
The first Singaporean film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival, 12 Storeys is highly regarded as the most important local film ever made, providing an authentic look into the ordinary yet troubled lives of everyday Singaporeans living within the same HDB block. Through four different sets of narratives – “Sister’s Keeper”, “San San”, “China Bride” and “Spirit” – filmmaker Eric Khoo details the extent of urban isolation and alienation all modern Singaporeans face.
15 – Royston Tan
Royston Tan is no stranger to controversy, but perhaps the most controversial of his releases has to be 15. Chronicling the lives of three 15-year-old juvenile gangsters, the film is a hauntingly accurate depiction of gang-life (think drugs, street fights and self-harm) within the Singapore suburbs – especially so when Royston made the conscious decision to base the film closely on the lives of the characters (who are not professional actors) without much prior scripting.
Singapore Dreaming – Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen
Directed by Singaporean husband-and-wife duo Colin Goh and Woo Yen Yen, the film was inspired by an essay submission for the 2000 Singapore International Foundation, which encompassed a series of e-mails Singaporeans sent about their personal experiences with the ‘Singaporean Dream’. Follow the Lohs, an typical Singaporean working-class family who hopes to build a better life for themselves through their aspirations, but who instead gets thrown into a battle where the stakes are the very meaning of life itself.
My Magic – Eric Khoo
Francis is at his wits end. A single parent raising his 10-year-old son, the former magician takes solace in a bottle and barely makes enough at his job in a nightclub to get by. Desperately trying to win back the love of his young son, Francis makes a painful return to magic, only to be pressured into doing dangerous acts…
Fun fact: My Magic was nominated for a Palme d’Or, the highest award of the Cannes Film Festival, and was the first Singaporean film to be qualified for that prestigious honour.
7 Letters – Various Filmmakers
A ‘love letter’ to Singapore for her Golden Jubilee, 7 Letters is an emotive anthology put together by seven of Singapore’s most illustrious filmmakers – Eric Khoo, Jack Neo, K. Rajagopal, Royston Tan, Tan Pin Pin, Boo Junfeng and Kelvin Tong. The seven stories shines a spotlight on the different tales of each director, and how growing up in the place we all call home has each affected their lives and careers.
Ilo Ilo – Anthony Chen
Anthony Chen’s debut feature may just very well be the best local film to date, as he addresses the relationship between a domestic helper and the children of the family they look after. Set in the ’90s, the Lims are a middle-class family who are facing financial stresses due to the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis. With another baby on the way, the family hires Filipino immigrant Teresa as a live-in maid and nanny. Initially struggling with being in a new community, Teresa eventually manages to find her footing and forms a unique bond with the Lim’s young son, Jiale – but jealousy soon threatens to tear the family apart.
Fun fact: Ilo Ilo won the Caméra d’Or award for Best Debut Feature at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, becoming the first Singaporean feature film to win an award at the prestigious event.
Army Daze – Ong Keng Sen
If Ilo Ilo takes the spot for best local movie made, then we dare say that Army Daze comes in a close second. Although it was released two decades ago, it is still plenty relatable to young Singaporean men of today, especially for those who have yet to enlist in the mandatory two-year National Service period. Follow a group of six young men who despite coming from different racial and family backgrounds, forge a strong friendship that helps them get through the difficulties they face throughout Army.
Apprentice – Boo Junfeng
When 28-year-old correctional officer Aiman Yusof gets transferred to the state’s maximum security prison, he takes an immediate interest in 65-year-old Rahim – the prison’s long-serving Chief Executioner, and the pair soon strikes up a friendship. After Rahim’s assistant suddenly quits, he asks Aiman to become his apprentice, to which the latter eagerly accepts, though the news angers Suhaila (Aiman’s older sister) as their father was actually executed by Rahim. Haunted by his past, will Aiman be able to set aside his own moral compass to take over as the next chief executioner?
Feature image credit: The Straits Times
What are some other favourite local movies that you think all Singaporeans should watch? Let us know in the comments below!
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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”?
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”.
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
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!