We just can’t get enough of #Covinsky, can we? Barely four months after the initial release of romantic comedy To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix has just confirmed that a sequel is in the works – and yes, our favourite onscreen lovebirds Lana Condor and Noah Centineo are onboard for the next instalment!
In an official announcement posted on Lana Condor’s Instagram, the actress is seen pondering over what Christmas gift to get for her TATB costar, Noah Centineo, when she receives a FaceTime from the latter (also, is it just us or is Noah extra cute here?).
Channeling her inner Lara Jean Covey, she says excitedly, “I was literally just thinking about what to get you for Christmas. By the way, if we’re going to do this thing, we’re going to need a new contract.” She adds on, “I am so excited. It’s officially official. We are making the To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before sequel!”
And as if news of a sequel isn’t enough to get us all hyped up, Lana then takes a mysterious call and exclaims, “What? You’re going to make the perfect John Ambrose!” For the uninitiated, John Ambrose McClaren plays a major role in the upcoming sequel as Lara Jean’s childhood friend and possible love interest. In the previous film, the character is portrayed by Jordan Burtchett and Lana’s comment seems to be implying that they’ve recasted the role. Any guesses who the new John Ambrose might be?
There’s no word on the release date as of now, but we’ll be sure to keep you guys posted. Meanwhile, excuse us while we binge-watch TATB for the nth time…
After dropping a major hint during his appearance for HeadRock VR in November, news is finally out that BIGBANG’s almighty maknae Seungri will be holding his very own solo concert in Singapore as part of The Great Seungri Tour.
Set to be held at The Star Theatre on 23 February 2019, VIPs can look forward to a variety of thrilling performances including solo hits off his latest record as well as a couple of BIGBANG fan-favourites. As a lil’ spoiler, the 28-year-old even included Jennie’s ‘SOLO’, G-Dragon’s ‘Good Boy’ and Taeyang’s ‘Eyes, Nose, Lips’ into his setlist for his recent Osaka concert. We can’t wait to see what other surprises he has up his sleeves!
When it comes to putting on a show, this man certainly knows how to entertain a crowd so you’re sure to be in for a fantastic (baby!) time. And just in case you needed more convincing to attend his concert, this is likely to be his final tour before he enlists for mandatory military service next year – don’t miss your chance to catch Seungri upclose and personal!
The Great Seungri Tour 2019 Live in Singapore Date: 23 February 2019 (Saturday) Venue: The Star Theatre Time: 8pm Tickets: $288, $248, $208, $168, $148
Tickets will go on sale 26 December 2018, 10am via APACTix.
Meanwhile, watch Seungri’s latest music video of ‘WHERE R U FROM’ featuring Winner’s Mino:
If there’s a concert that you absolutely need to see in this lifetime, it’s IU’s. In Singapore for her long-awaited 10th Anniversary Tour Concert <이지금dlwlrma>, the K-pop starlet wasn’t here to just play a show – she knows how to make it one to remember.
Kicking off with a magnificent opening that looked like a scene straight out of an ’80s movie, the 25-year-old pulled out all the stops to deliver a theatric experience like no other, complete with a live band and a solid ensemble of backup dancers decked out in their retro best. But beyond the production value, it’s her voice that really holds it all together. Her emotive vocals shone through power ballads such as the fan-favourite ‘Good Day’, where she effortlessly belted out the legendary three-octave high note – alongside definitive hits from her decade-spanning discography including ‘Marshmallow’, ‘You and I’ and ‘Twenty Three’.
There were also rare moments when she opened up about her innermost thoughts, allowing fans to see the vulnerable side of her that most people don’t get to witness beneath her happy-go-lucky demeanour. And perhaps it’s this sense of honesty that makes the show seem a lot more intimate, despite all three floors of the concert venue being filled to the brim with local UAENAs (whom she affectionately dubbed as Singaenas).
“I didn’t know I have so many fans here,” the songstress exclaimed upon seeing the 5000-strong crowd. “I’m sorry it took me so long to come. I’ll make tonight’s show a very special one!” True to her words, she certainly didn’t disappoint. Read on for some of the most memorable moments during the almost three-hour set.
When she professed her love for Singapore
If you follow IU on Instagram, you’d have known that she was in town two days prior to her concert to do some sightseeing around the city – so it’s of no surprise that a huge portion of the show was really just her gushing over how she “fell in love with Singapore” (UGH, how adorable is that?). She even went on to reveal that she’s planning on returning with her family for a holiday next year, “I told my dad and he was really happy about it. I hope I can see all of you again.” We’re crossing our fingers that we get to at least bump into her on the streets!
Most K-pop acts usually have an interpreter onsite to help translate every word, but not for IU. The talented singer took us by surprise when she communicated with fans in fluent English throughout the show, to the point where the staff had to nudge her to speak in Korean otherwise according to them, “it won’t be interesting” (although we beg to differ – anything’s interesting with IU!).
As if we’re not already impressed by her impeccable flair for languages, she caught us off-guard with a surprise rendition of Chinese pop singer Karen Mok’s 1998 classic ‘Love’ – in perfect Mandarin pronunciation, no less. If you close your eyes and listen, you’d think that a native speaker was singing. Karen Mok would be proud!
When she paid tribute to SHINee’s Jonghyun
Just a few days after IU’s concert is the one-year anniversary of Jonghyun’s passing, which would understandably be a tough time for all Shawols. But fans sought solace in IU, as she dedicated ‘Gloomy Clock’ – a song from her third album Modern Times that was written by the late SHINee member – to “the person I really miss”. Switching her mic to a pearl aqua green one (which represents SHINee’s official fanclub colour), the songbird explained that even though it wasn’t intended to be in her setlist, she prepared it as “the song has been a great comfort to me since I made it”.
181215 || IU’s ment before her tribute for Jonghyun 🌙 Thank you for doing this, it really means the world to me.
From her bubblegum pop roots to the mature singer-songwriter we know and love today, the ‘Palette’ singer has certainly come a long way – but her quest in finding her own voice hasn’t been all that easy. She confessed, “When I was young, even though I received so much love, I used to pay more attention to people who dislike me and write lyrics that are dark. But now, I’ve become a person who can focus more on love.”
She added, “You guys make me a better person, and I’ll continue to write songs that convey more than simple words.” It takes a lot of courage for anybody, let alone an artiste who spends every waking hour under the public scrutiny, to speak up about their inner demons. And for that alone, she deserves major respect.
When she surprised fans with not one, but two encores
Just when we thought the show was over after the credits rolled, IU emerged back on stage for a second encore, causing fans to scramble back to their seats. Dressed in a simple black T-shirt, she gamely took in song requests and apologised for not being able to perform longer as she had a flight to catch. But all was forgiven when she delighted fans with two additional songs (‘The Shower’ and ‘Heart’) and even lifted the ban on videography and photography so that we could capture the last moments. How could you not love IU when she’s such a sweetheart?
Ending the night on a heartwarming note, she expressed: “Parting is really sad, but it’s not the end. I will never forget what we shared tonight.” Neither will we, IU.
Photo credits: ONE Production
What was your favourite moment of the night? Tell us in the comments below!
Fellow film buffs are in for a cinematic treat in 2019! From action-packed thrillers to live adaptations of our favourite Disney movies, here are 12 highly-anticipated movies that should be on top of your must-watch list in the new year.
Glass (17 Jan)
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, James McAvoy
M.Night Shyamalan reunites familiar characters from his cult classic Unbreakable and Split to bring us an explosive sequel that picks up from where the 2016 film left off. Following a series of escalating encounters, incarcerated mass murderer Mr. Glass discovers that security guard David Dunn is on a pursuit to locate Kevin Wendell Crumb’s superhuman alter-ego, The Beast. Unbeknownst to them is the shadowy presence of Mr Glass’ other identity, Elijah Price, who seemingly holds secrets that answer critical questions about both of them.
How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (31 Jan)
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera
Five long years after the 2014 sequel, we finally get to see Hiccup and Berk take to the skies in 2019. Since becoming the chief of Berk and realising his dream in creating a peaceful dragon utopia, Toothless gets distracted when he discovers a mate in an untamed, elusive Night Fury. Things take a turn for the worse when danger threatens the village, tasking both dragon and rider to make impossible decisions in order to save their kind.
Happy Death Day 2U (14 Feb)
Starring: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Suraj Sharma, Ruby Modine
For fans of the slasher film who’ve been wanting a sequel, you can now rejoice as Happy Death Day 2U takes you back into Tree’s life, where she unexpectedly re-enters the time loop. Realising that her friends are now experiencing the same loop as her, she is resolved to escape the time loop once and for all. Unfortunately, with her original killer murdered, Tree has to uncover the identity of the new killer before she runs out of time.
Captain Marvel (7 Mar)
Starring: Brie Larson, Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn
Move aside boys, it’s time for our heroine to save the day. Since the official announcement and introduction of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, the wait is now over for MCU fans! This origin movie will see how Carol Danvers protects Earth during a galactic war between two alien races, and how she eventually becomes one of the Universe’s mightiest heroes.
Dumbo (28 Mar)
Starring: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green
In this live adaption of the 1941 Disney animated film, meet a young elephant with oversized ears named Dumbo. Despite being the laughing stock in an already struggling circus, the discovery of Dumbo’s incredible hidden talent gives the circus an opportunity to make a comeback, attracting a conniving entrepreneur in the process. When the circus plans to go ahead with the new partnership, Dumbo and his friends discover that underneath its shiny veneer sits a treasure trove of dark secrets waiting to be uncovered.
Shazam! (4 Apr)
Starring: Asher Angel, Zachary Levi, Mark Strong
Despite the many trials and tribulations of this DC comic character, Shazam is finally getting the recognition he deserves with his very own live-action film. Imagine transforming into a superhero with just one word – that’s what Billy Batson, a 14 year-old foster kid experiences after his strange encounter with a magical being from another realm. Unfortunately for Billy, he is not privy to the abilities his superhero alter-ego possesses, which poses a huge problem when an evil villain emerges. Together with his foster brother, Billy has to learn what his new powers are, and how he can use them in order to stop the villain from threatening mankind.
Avengers: Endgame (24 Apr)
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans
Following the devastating and shocking end of Avengers: Infinity War, the universe is left reeling with the loss of half of its entire population; courtesy of Thanos’ ideology. In an effort to undo the Mad Titan’s deed, the remaining Avengers will have to assemble once more no matter the consequences – and restore order to the universe once and for all.
Pokémon: Detective Pikachu (9 May)
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe
Even with all the negative comments about the appearance of Pikachu in this film, you cannot deny that the little yellow monster grows on you. Coupled with the hilarious voice and facial motion capture of Ryan Reynolds, this is a film that has the potential to be a box office hit. In a world where humans and pocket monsters live alongside harmoniously, a young man comes across an intelligent Pikachu whom only he can understand and communicate with. Seeking the truth behind his father’s disappearance, he forms an unlikely alliance with the small budding detective and uncovers a sinister plot that threatens to destroy the world they live in.
Aladdin (23 May)
Starring: Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari
Get swept away on a magic flying carpet into the enchanting city of Agrabah in this live-action remake of Aladdin. Just like its animated counterpart, the story revolves around Aladdin, a street urchin who falls in love with the beautiful Princess Jasmine, and how he wins her heart with the help of a genie from a magical lamp. Accompanied with songs and scores by the original maestro Alan Menken, it’s nostalgia rebooted!
Dark Phoenix (7 Jun)
Starring: Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence
Nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse, the X-Men are now national heroes sent on increasingly risky missions for the sake of mankind. When Jean Grey begins to develop her incredible powers that threaten to corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix, the team will have to decide if it is worth risking the fate of humanity for the life of their team member. As Dark Phoenix is slated to be the first in a new line of films that focuses on the younger versions of the original X-Men characters, we’re hoping that Disney’s proposed acquisition of 20th Century Fox and the X-Men’s eventual integration into the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t derail those plans!
Toy Story 4 (21 Jun)
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Joan Cusack
Besides seeing our favourite toys reunite on screen nine years after the third instalment, Woody and his gang are back to embark on another adventure with a new addition to their crew – where they will learn just how big the world can be for a toy. As Tim Allen and Tom Hanks have both hinted that it’s going to be an intense tearjerker, it might be a good idea to keep the Kleenex handy for the screening!
The Lion King (19 Jul)
Starring: Beyoncé, Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, James Earl Jones
As one of the most highly-anticipated Disney remakes, The Lion King needs no introduction. But for the uninitiated, it’s about a young lion cub tricked by his traitorous uncle into thinking that he caused his father’s death, and as a result, flees into exile in despair. He eventually learns the truth and the weight of his responsibilities in adulthood, which determines his return to the Pride Lands. Though there’s been no word on how the devastating scene with Mufasa will unfold, we’re pretty sure this live-action masterpiece will hit you right in the feels.
Which movie are you looking forward to the most in 2019? Tell us in the comments below!
This is not a drill: the boys of The 1975 are finally making their long-awaited return to Singapore with their upcoming Asia tour in 2019!
Since their last appearance at the 2016 Laneway Festival, fans of The 1975 have been eagerly waiting for news of their return and it seems like our patience has paid off. On 10 December, the pop-rock quartet announced dates for the Asian legs of their upcoming tour in support of their recent album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Starting next September, the band will be playing shows in Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila and Bangkok before swinging by Singapore for a one-night-only concert on the 16th.
Aside from popular tracks off their discography so far, Singapore fans can also expect to be treated to live versions of The 1975’s new companion record, Notes On A Conditional Form – which frontman Matt Healy previously teased that it would be released sometime in 2019.
The 1975 in Singapore 2019 Date: 16 September 2019 Time: 8pm Venue: The Star Theatre Tickets: $88, $108, $128, $148
Tickets will go on sale 14 December (Friday), 10am via www.apactix.com. Now/Live members can purchase tickets ahead of public sales from 13 December (Thursday), 10am till 11.59pm.
Meanwhile, check out The 1975’s latest music video for ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’: