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Here Are All The Movies You Need to Watch Before 2017 Ends

1 Dec 2017 by Isabel Pang

From action packed thrillers and gory horror flicks to light-hearted animated films and slapstick comedies, December’s list of movies will keep you and your friends entertained this holiday season.

The Snowman (7 Dec)

The first of Winter just fell and the elusive serial killer is ready to play again – creating snowmen out of severed body parts from different victims, he’s carved out a reputation as the “Snowman Killer”. Will the elite team of detectives be able to connect decades-old cold cases with new clues and uncover the man behind this heinous crime or will they have to live in fear of every white winter?

Paddington (7 Dec)

Our favourite marmalade loving fuzz ball is back! Now happily settled in with the Brown family, Paddington has taken on a series of odd jobs to buy a London Pop Up book for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. But when the book gets stolen, Paddington and his friends rally to find this thief! This sweet-natured film is a predictable plot that will warm you up in time for the festive season with endearing characters and slapstick humour.

Madame (7 Dec)

It’s a special occasion and Anne insists that her loyal maid Maria evens out the numbers under the guise of a Spanish noble woman because 13 at a table is simply not auspicious. The supposedly uneventful dinner took a spicy turn when Maria accidentally endeared herself to the British art broker scoring a date. Their budding romance will have Anne and Bob stalking their every meeting, plotting to destroy this unbecoming relationship.

Wonder (14 Dec)

27 surgeries have helped Auggie to breath, see and hear without machines but none could fix his facial deformities. Now the time has come for his first day of elementary school and his parents can only hope that he will be treated kindly. While the school struggles to find compassion and acceptance, Auggie manages to rise above the bullying to become the unlikely hero who unites the community. Get ready the tissue box because this movie is going to break your heart and put it all back together again!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (14 Dec)

After meeting her estranged father and defeating the death star with her own team of rebels, the Star Wars saga continues with Rey getting reacquainted with her past and awakening her deepest powers. Joining forces with Luke Skywalker, Leia, Finn and Poe, Rey sets foot into the world of Jedi to unlock the age-old mysteries of The Force.

Bleeding Steel (21 Dec)

Bleeding Steel was supposed to be just another fiction novel but it turns out that the book is written based on real secrets that’s desperately sought after by a dangerous gang. Jackie Chan stars in yet another action packed movie as a special forces agent tasked to protect a young girl from the same snaky criminals.

Pitch Perfect 3 (21 Dec)

Get ready to have a Merry Pitch-mas! Struggling with their post-grad jobs and desperate for another shot at their aca-awesome days of singing, the Barden Bellas reunite for a competition in Europe and make some hilariously questionable decisions. Are our acapella divas capable of beating the bands with original lyrics, or will it just be another fiasco waiting to happen?

Jumanji (21 Dec)

Brought together by detention, four teenagers stumble upon Jumanji – an old video game that is out of this world, literally. Suddenly, all four of them are lost in the virtual jungle as avatars with special abilities, taken on the adventure of a lifetime. To escape, the ragtag team has to complete the game by jumping off waterfall cliff, defeating an army of bad guys and surviving herds of stampeding wild life. Can our rebel youths find their way back to reality or are they about to become the disappearing mystery of the school? 

Ferdinand The Bull (21 Dec)

In spite of his ferocious looks and strong built, Ferdinand is a gentle, flower loving soul – but that didn’t stop the town from fearing him. When he accidentally sits on a bee sting, his howl of pain was mistaken for a mad rampage that had him shipped off to be a fighting bull. Desperate to reunite with his loving owner Nina, Ferdinand will stop at nothing to escape the coming bull fight ­– proving to everyone that a fierce looking bull can be as gentle as he pleases.

Father Figures (21 Dec)

Operation Who’s Your Daddy is in action! 40-year-old fraternal twins Kyle and Peter is on a man hunt to find their biological father, starting with their mother’s list of ex boyfriends. From a hot headed man covered in tattoos to a practicing veterinarian, the duo meets all sorts of people who could potentially be their dad. With Owen Wilson and Ed Helm (Hang Over) as the two main stars, you can almost guarantee a hilariously good time.

Just Getting Started (28 Dec)

Duke Diver is the resident manager of Villa Capri resort community, he is a hit with the ladies and champion of every activity the resort has to offer, until Leo moves in. The two are immediately at logger heads, fighting for the alpha position within the community. But when Duke’s past catches up to him in the form of poisonous snakes and deadly explosives, the two set aside their differences to keep their beloved Villa Capri safe.

The Greatest Showman (28 Dec)

Freshly unemployed with a family to feed, P.T. Barnum taps on his greatest asset for a living: his imagination. Recruiting outcasts from around the world – including a bearded lady, little people and other talented performers – he creates the world’s first circus that celebrates being different because “nobody has ever made a difference by being like everyone else”. Starring showbiz’s biggest names Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron and Zendaya, get ready for a star-studded musical extravaganza!

November Criminals (28 Dec)

When 17-year-old Kevin is found dead at the cafe he works at, the police declare it an act of a gang crime but his friends are not buying it. College-bound friends Addison (Ansel Elgort) and Phoebe (Chloe Grace Moretz) decide to take it upon themselves to solve the mysterious death of their classmate. But with corruption and cover-ups starting to surface, their search for justice isn’t as smooth-sailing as they would have hoped. And it doesn’t help that the both of them find themselves falling for each other…

What are the must watch shows on your list? Share with us in the comments below! 

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Beyoncé And Selena Gomez Are The Official Queens Of Instagram

30 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

To no one’s surprise, the most famous celebrities are also the most popular on Instagram. 

As if it weren’t enough that Selena Gomez aka the most followed person on Instagram and Billboard’s Woman of the Year, broke records of becoming the first IG account to reach 100 million followers earlier this September – she also swept the competition for ‘Most Liked Posts on Instagram’ and ‘Most Followers Gained in 2017’. 

Based on the results which were revealed in Instagram’s 2017 Year In Review, close seconds were Ariana Grande, Queen Bey and celebrity footballer Cristiano Ronaldo. The latter is also the most improved, with his account gaining a whopping 30 million over followers this year. Overall, the list of most-followed celebrities remain unchanged, with the exception of Tay Tay dropping down several ranks while Justin Bieber has scored himself a place on the chart, above Kendall Jenner’s #10 spot. 

Here are the top 10 most liked posts on Instagram in 2017.  

#10 SelGo’s 25th birthday post 

#9 This sultry over-the-shoulder, casually sitting on a bike situation

 

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#8 A super candid Ronaldo family portrait

 

Family mood ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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#7 This bittersweet photo of #Ablena loving it up at the 2017 Met Gala

 

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Following their split, The Weeknd has since unfollowed Selena and deleted all traces of her from his Instagram. This led to the fans leaving a flood of comments on their couple shots on Selena’s account, urging her to do the same.

#6 So. awkward.

 

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#5 More Ronaldo fam time

 

So happy to be able to hold the two new loves of my life 🙏❤

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#4 Queen Bey looking fierce while cradling her newborn twins, Sir and Rumi!

 

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#3 That photo that truly shook us

 

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. 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. 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. 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. Lupus continues to be very misunderstood but progress is being made. For more information regarding Lupus please go to the Lupus Research Alliance website: www.lupusresearch.org/ -by grace through faith

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We’re glad that Selena’s way better right now since her kidney transplant operation back in the summer!

#2 The world obviously can’t get enough of Cristiano Ronaldo’s gorgeous family

 

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And the top spot goes to… *drumrolls* Beyoncé!

#1 Bey’s iconic pregnancy announcement, where she flaunted her bod in an floral-themed maternity shoot nearly broke the Internet!

This post spawned countless of memes and parodies – even Ellen DeGeneres joined in!

What are some of your favourite Instagram posts of 2017? Share ’em in the comment section! 

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9 Times Liu Yifei Proved To Be The Perfect Mulan

30 Nov 2017 by Johanna Teo

The year-long search for an actress to play the legendary warrior Hua Mulan is over. And she’s absolutely perfect for the role.

The hunt for Hua Mulan has not been easy. When Disney announced their plans for a live-action remake of the iconic Mulan, fans were both thrilled yet worried about whether its titular character and cast members would be accurately represented – over 90,000 signatures were collected in a petition, in a bid to communicate to the media giant about the necessity of casting an actual Chinese actress as the iconic heroine.

Last December, Disney assuaged fears by announcing that all the main characters (including Mulan of course!), would be Chinese. Since then, the search was on for the elusive heroine – fan favourites included Jamie Chung, Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing and more. It took a year-long search and over 1,000 candidates, but Disney finally found the perfect actress: Chinese actress, Crystal Liu Yifei! Known in the entertainment industry as ‘Fairy Sister’ thanks to her elfin good looks, Liu Yifei is no stranger to period dramas and martial arts flicks, with illustrious roles in The Return of the Condor Heroes, The Forbidden Kingdom (alongside Jackie Chan and Jet Li), Once Upon A Time, The Assassins and tons more. Needless to say, praise poured in for the casting decision. 

Honestly, looking at Liu Yifei, it’s surprising how the casting process took a WHOLE YEAR.

First of all, she’s already familiar with the ‘dress up as a boy’ situation. 

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Not to mention she’s darn good with weapons! 


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She won’t have any trouble with fighting scenes, that’s for sure. Shan Yu, bring it on! 

And she looks pretty good with the wind in her hair. 


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With her awesome balancing skills, the ‘I’ll Make A Man Out Of You’ scene where Mulan retrieved the arrow from the high post will be a piece of cake. 

Directed by Niki Caro, the Mulan live-action remake is expected to be released in 2019. We’re expecting more announcements to come, so watch this space for more updates. 

What are your thoughts on Liu Yifei being the new Mulan? Tell us in the comment section!

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2017 MAMA in Japan kicked off on a high note, with hoobaes Wanna One, SEVENTEEN and TWICE performing BoA’s hits! 

With 2017 marking her 17th year in music, it only seems fitting that MAMA, one of the biggest Korean music award shows, honoured the true Queen of K-pop. And her tribute was done in style; with the current bigwigs of K-pop – Wanna One, SEVENTEEN and TWICE – performing a medley off BoA’s extensive discography. 

BoA set the stage with an explosive intro, followed by her mega hit, ‘Girls on Top’! Then SEVENTEEN followed up with a soaring cover of ‘No. 1’ while TWICE pulled off the sultry ‘My Name’ looking like visions in white. 

Moments into BoA’s rendition of ‘Only One’, Wanna One’s Hwang Min Hyun took the stage alongside the K-pop titan, as her dance partner. Needless to say, Wannables worldwide went nuts! 

Finally, BoA rocked the stage with a performance of her latest single, ‘Camo’! And it was flawless; we’d expect nothing less from this legend!

What do you think of BoA’s collaboration stages with these very special hoobaes? Spazz with us in the comment section!

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Alt-pop sensation MØ was in town recently for a killer show in support of her new music releases. We spoke to the unconventional star, where she shared what it’s like returning to Singapore after 20 years, who she counts as “music family”, and when you’ll be able to hear her next album.

Expect nothing short of 100% from Danish singer MØ. Whether it’s levitating in her music videos, topping charts across the globe with Major Lazer, or electrifying the stage with her live show, MØ is an undeniable force to be reckoned with. She brought that bundle of energy to her maiden Singapore concert last Sunday, packing the venue’s dance floor with a buzzing crowd that comprised mostly of eager-eyed hipsters and fervent expat fans. 

While an early minor technical glitch briefly made for some confusion, trust MØ to continuously scale up the attitude as her setlist progressed – and it was clear that her energy bounced off the audience. While the songbird’s catalogue made up mostly of dancey electro-pop numbers, she pranced around with the dynamism of a full-blown punk rocker through hits like ‘Nights With You’ and ‘Drum’ – jumping relentlessly, flicking her hair to every beat, and even attempting a crowd surf towards the end of the night. 

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But it was the epic closer of her chart-topping ‘Lean On’ with Major Lazer that drew the loudest sing-alongs and biggest smiles before MØ wrapped up the 70-minute set with a final bow alongside her band, but not without one last ecstatic “Singapore!!!” exclamation of gratitude from her. And judging by the warm reception that night, we wouldn’t put it past her flourishing success for a return on our shores on a festival stage, or to a larger crowd in the future.

Speaking to us at Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore ahead of her gig, MØ kept a contrasting laidback approach for the interview, where we delved deeper behind her artistry and knack for crafting out bona fide hits.

Hi MØ! Is it your first time in Singapore?

It is my first time coming here for a gig but I was here as a kid when I was 8 years old actually. The last time I was here, it was 20 years ago and it was a long time ago. But I remember that I hadn’t been in a country that was so hot and humid [until then] and I remember it was clean, beautiful and had exotic plants. I was just [gasps] and there were temples. When I came in last night, the moment I stepped outside the doors and felt the humidity, it reminded me of being here previously. They say that everything changes quickly here, so I guess there’s a lot that’s different since 20 years ago.

Was there any food that you wanted to try again, or you’ve yet to try?

This morning I had this amazing food that I remembered I had too when I was here as a kid. But I don’t remember what it’s called – it was this bread with some kind of curry. It tastes so good!

Congrats on your recent EP When I Was Young. Why did you release it as a surprise?

I like the whole thing about doing surprises. But it was also ‘cos I’m working on my second album and it’s almost done now, but it’s been taking so long between my first album to my second that I felt like I had to put out something. I’ve been writing so much music within these years and I kinda needed to put out some songs that go way back, mixed with some new songs and put them in just a little EP. I really wanted to do that.

What was it like having so many songs over the course of four years in your back pocket, then choosing which to put on an EP?

My second album’s coming out next year, and I think for the EP, it was not that hard to pick [which songs] actually. I had a pile of songs that I knew were going for the second album and all these “maybe”s that I love as well. Then there’s the whole thing about what fits together better. I also have the title for the album, so it’s that whole thing about creating the concepts. Picking the songs for the EP was not super hard because it made sense for this thing, while the others made sense for a full album.

There’s a lot of the colour red and imagery of a rose for your When I Was Young EP. What do those signify?

The red rose symbolises fertility and maturity. If you see the video for ‘When I Was Young’, I’m was actually really inspired by a painter Edvard Munch from Norway who has these paintings of ‘The Woman in Black, White and Red’. Red obviously is the bloom of life, White is about the pure youth and unspoiled beauty, and Black is about death, the coming of age and getting older. I think the roles are very strong and super symbolic.

You’ve done a ton of killer collaborations with everyone from Iggy Azalea to Major Lazer. Which has been the most fun to record?

Everyone that I’ve collaborated with, I have huge respect for. And many of them are my friends, but I think it’s Major Lazer. I’ve collaborated with those guys so many times and they’ve really become music family to me. They’re my favourites for life.

You clearly have a great relationship with them. Do you guys balance work and play in the studio?

A lot of the time when I’m with them, it’s because we’re doing a show or we’re in the studio or something like that. It just feels very family when we hang out. We always work when we’re hanging out, and we have a lot of fun! It’s one of those things where you’ll know it yourself when you hang out with someone a lot, it becomes normal and there’s chemistry.

A personal favourite is ‘Final Song’. What would be your ultimate song you’d want to hear at the end of a night?

So, at a party or whatever, my favourite closing song – and I’m totally bias here –  but it’s Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’. That song is just, the best song! But my favourite song at the moment is… I really like that one that goes “ooh woo, I’m a rebel just for kicks now!” (Portugal. The Man’s ‘Feel It Still’) 


Credit: Upsurge Productions 

One thing that’s really interesting about yourself is that you’re mainstream, yet still keep an obscure reputation. How do you find the right balance between the two?

I think it’s always hard to find the right balance within those two, because it’s two things that’s contradicting each other. But I really have love for both sides of it. I really love the obscurity but I also really love pop music. And it’s so hard because a lot of people think you have to choose one and I totally get that, and maybe it’s true, maybe I should choose! But I am just kind of stuck between it though. What is a good place where you can marry those two things without it seeming weird? But I’m up to search for the right balance.

Stay tuned for more of MØ coming soon. In the meantime, check out a special message from her below!

Special thanks to Upsurge Productions and Sony Music Singapore.

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