The superhero hype has never truly gone down since the advent of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it seems that one older saga is simmering down to its last flicker (for now). Eight years before Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark even dreamt of donning the Ironman suit for the silver screen, Marvel already had one big player in the movie game – and that was the X-Men series under 20th Century Fox.

Six movies and five spin-offs later, the X-Men cast we’ve grown to love will be hanging up their suits for good. As we’re still unsure of 2020’s New Mutant’s future, the upcoming Dark Phoenix is set to be the franchise’s curtain call after Disney merged with Fox. Here’s what you need to know about this film and why it’s so important to the future of X-Men.

#1 It’s the first X-Men movie under the Disney umbrella

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The huge merger of Disney and Fox made waves across the entertainment industry, and many had wondered: with two conflicting Marvel-related franchises, how were the films already in the pipeline going to cope? Although there was much uncertainty clouding its production, the contracts of most of the main cast including James McAvoy (Charles Xavier/Professor X) and Nicholas Hoult (Hank McCoy/Beast) had ended before Dark Phoenix started filming. The movie before, X-Men: Apocalypse, had also underperformed. Thus it seemed that those at the top decided to go ahead, officially releasing it under Disney’s umbrella.

#2 It could help establish the multiverse within the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Following up from that, fans began wondering where the X-Men franchise sat in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – is it to be entirely unlinked, or could there be something more? As the idea of multiverses come into play as seen in the trailer of the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home, both universes could possibly be set in the same continuity, but in parallel universes. While we know there’s a general belief that these two parallels should never cross, the outrageous setting of superhero storylines is an indication that anything is possible.

#3 It’s the second time the ‘Dark Phoenix saga’ has been adapted for the silver screen

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Fans both new and old are sure to remember the final film of the original X-Men trilogy, X-Men: The Last Stand – and notice the similarities between its proceedings and the trailer of Dark Phoenix. After all, both films are based off the highly popular comic book storyline of the Dark Phoenix Saga, which explores Jean Grey’s (Famke Janssen in the original trilogy, Sophie Turner in Dark Phoenix) descent to the dark side after a cosmic power unleashes her latent psychic powers and transforms her into Dark Phoenix.

While The Last Stand wasn’t exactly well received, there’s hope that the showrunners finally got it right with the upcoming movie and we would finally have the arc properly translated onto the big screen.

#4 It’s set to be the most epic conclusion to the decades-spanning film series

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Sure, it isn’t going to be as grand as the charge into the final battle of Avengers: Endgame, but the X-Men series has never been about aliens, spaceships and universe-altering mechanics. A series more grounded on Earth (with a smattering of time-travel during the X-Men: Days of Future Past film), Dark Phoenix will be the first times the team actually heads into space and comes into contact with extra-terrestrial forces. Through that and the emotional struggle the team faces as one of their own turns against them, the stage is all but set for the best finale possible for the long-running series.

#5 It will likely be the last movie in this incarnation of the X-Men franchise

Dark Phoenix will be the last in this incarnation of the beloved superhero squad, with a huge nostalgia factor being brought into play for its marketing and storyline – this is even with the supposed New Mutants film on the horizon. As a whole, this series had been the one to propel a number of its actors into stardom, as well as establish itself as the first full comic book superhero universe for almost two decades. As such, we can safely say that there will be much to be missed when this version of X-Men takes its final bow – so don’t miss it for the world.

Dark Phoenix will be out in theatres on 5 June 2019. Watch the trailer here:

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There’s a lot to love about N.Flying’s leader Lee Seunghyub – not only does the 27-year-old possess superb vocal chops and rap skills, he is also known to have a heart of gold.

In a recent incident that occurred on 29 May, Seunghyub has been receiving much attention for his thoughtful actions towards a frightened fan, who commented that she was being followed by a drunk man during the former’s live broadcast on Instagram.

Upon seeing the comment, the quick-witted idol told the fan to put him on speaker mode and increase the volume so people around her could hear him. “Let’s act like you’re on the phone with me,” Seunghyub whispered, before pretending to be in a conversation with her.

“Where are you? What’s taking you so long? Do you know what time it is? It’s almost 4! Hurry up and go home,” he said loudly, making it sound like he was going to meet her. “Should I come out to meet you? Come out to the front of the convenience store and wait for me there, alright?”

After ensuring that the fan was safe, Seunghyub then reminded her to always have friends send her home or leave in a taxi when it’s late at night. He also explained that he’s no stranger to dealing with such instances as he, too, has an older sister who has experienced similar situations before. He told fans, “Whenever that happens, make sure to call someone and turn on your speakerphone.”

Fans have been swooning over his sweet gesture and he has gone viral ever since – for all the right reasons, may we add.



While it’s fortunate that nothing bad happened to the fan, we’re glad that Seunghyub noticed her comment and managed to save her from imminent danger. Bravo to the dude!

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Following their performance at HallyuPopFest last weekend, K-pop boy band PENTAGON announced that they will be coming back to Singapore with their first full concert in November as part of their PRISM World Tour!

Since skyrocketing to fame with their viral smash hit ‘Shine’, the Cube Entertainment nonet has quickly solidified their status as one of the rising K-pop acts to watch – spawning a string of equally infectious follow-up earworms such as ‘SHA LA LA’ and ‘Naughty Boy’. While fans who attended HallyuPopFest had the chance to watch them perform live renditions of these crowd-pleasing tracks, we can’t wait for them to showcase their discography in its full glory at their very own solo concert.

After wrapping up two successful shows in Seoul back in April, the group is set to bring their tour all the way to North and South America before returning to Asia to meet regional fans. The final stop of their tour is slated to be held in Singapore on 2 November at The Star Theatre.

PENTAGON WORLD TOUR <PRISM> Live in Singapore

PENTAGON WORLD TOUR <PRISM> Live in Singapore
Date: 2 November 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 6pm
Venue: The Star Theatre
Tickets: $228, $188, $148, $98

Tickets will go on sale 11 June 2019 (Tuesday), 10am on www.apactix.com.

Meanwhile, check out PENTAGON’s latest music video for ‘SHA LA LA’ below:

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There are plenty of reasons to rave about this year’s installment of HallyuPopFest 2019 – just its sheer roster of acts alone is enough to make you ditch all your plans to attend this blockbuster fest. From power players like Super Junior and Winner, to up-and-comers like (G)I-DLE, KARD and N.Flying, we were treated to two days of wholesome K-pop goodness on 25 and 26 May 2019 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Missed out on the action? Fret not – here’s the lowdown of what went on during the adrenaline-fuelled weekend.

DAY 1

N.FLYING

First up to hit the stage was N.Flying, who kicked off the evening concert with energetic rock anthems such as ‘How R U Today’, ‘Say Goodbye’ and their sleeper hit ‘Rooftop’, before winding it down with a special rendition of ‘Spring Memories’. Despite this being their first time performing in Singapore, the four-piece showed no signs of nervousness as they drew in the crowd with their infectious energy.

OH MY GIRL

Known for their delicate tunes and girl-next-door charms, the girls of Oh My Girl dazzled with their melodious performances of ‘The Fifth Season’, ‘Liar Liar’ and ‘Secret Garden’. But what really stood out to us was that almost all of the members were using handheld mics, wowing the audience with their live vocal chops while flawlessly busting out the dance moves. No lip-syncing at all!

NUEST

The loudest screams of the night were evidently reserved for NU’EST, who took over the stage with the throwback hit ‘Hello’ – officially marking their long-awaited return to Singapore as a quintet. With Minhyun back in the team after his temporary stint in Wanna One, the five-member group showed off their never-changing chemistry as they revived some of their older jams such as ‘Love Paint’ and ‘Look’. We can’t wait for their full concert in August!

HYOLYN

Formerly a member of popular girl group SISTAR, Hyolyn proved that she was more than capable of holding her own as a one-woman band. After bringing the house down with a couple of her solo tracks, the powerhouse vocalist also delighted longtime SISTAR fans with a medley of familiar tunes including ‘Ma Boy’ and ‘Shake It’.

WINNER

If there’s one thing that could be said about Winner, it’s that they certainly knew a thing or two about putting on a show – the party was just getting started at this point! Although there were some slight technical mishaps here and there, it didn’t stop the quartet from slaying their set which consisted of all their biggest hits like ‘Everyday’, ‘Really Really’ and ‘Ah Yeah’.

Day 2

(G)I-DLE

One of the hottest rising rookies in the K-pop game right now, (G)I-DLE has since skyrocketed to popularity with their girl crush concept and charismatic stage presence. Their debut performance here was nothing short of spectacular, as the girls went on to charm fans with their definitive tracks ‘Latata’, ‘Hann’ and ‘Senorita’.

KARD

Leave it to KARD to bring the atmosphere to a new high as they bursted onto the stage with their signature dancefloor bangers ‘Oh NaNa’, ‘Don’t Recall’ and ‘Hola Hola’. Ending their set on an explosive note, the foursome wasted no time in getting the crowd up on their feet with a rousing performance of their latest earworm ‘Bomb Bomb’.

PENTAGON

There was just something about watching all nine members of Pentagon dance in perfect synchronisation that made their performance all the more impressive. As they went on to deliver crowd-pleasers ‘Critical Beauty’, ‘Naughty Boy’ and ‘Shine’, it became clear that these guys knew how to have fun on stage – and it’s safe to say we enjoyed it just as much.

MONSTA X

Following Pentagon, the hot-blooded lads of Monsta X made a powerful entrance to rapturous cheers from Monbebes as they performed their monster hits ‘Jealousy’, ‘DRAMARAMA’ and ‘Alligator’. But the highlight of the night was when Wonho took off his jacket midway through their set, revealing a mesh tank top underneath that sent fans into a tizzy.

Super Junior

Make way for the legends! ELFs were out in full force for Super Junior, transforming the stadium into a gorgeous sea of blue that welcomed the group. The K-pop hit machine closed out strong with album classics ‘Sorry Sorry’, ‘Bonamana’ and the fan-favourite ‘Miracle’ alongside solo/unit songs from Yesung, Ryeowook and Super Junior D&E. Even though they were down to six members for this time round, Super Junior proved they still had it as they effortlessly powered through their set while entertaining the crowd with their trademark banter. Leeteuk also revealed that they will be making a comeback as a full group during the later half of the year, as well as plans to embark on their upcoming concert tour. Who’s ready for SS8?

Bonus!

That hilarious wardrobe clash moment when Super Junior’s Donghae pointed out that Shindong was wearing the same top as KARD’s J.Seph.

KARD’s BM being a huge mood when he met up with Monsta X’s Wonho and Shownu at the gym. The reunion of the ‘Big Tiddie Community’!

Did you know that (G)I-DLE’s Yuqi is a major fan of Ryeowook? According to this fansite, Yuqi was too shy to interact with the Super Junior member so she asked the fan to take photos of him for her instead. K-pop stars, they’re just like us after all!

Photo credits: HallyuPopFest

What a weekend! Check out the red carpet highlights if you haven’t or recap last year’s HallyuPopFest here. Till next year!

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A wild Eunhyuk appeared! Much like a rare Pokemon sighting, the Super Junior member was discovered out and about in Singapore for the past two days after concluding his HallyuPopFest set on 26 May.

For those who attended HallyuPopFest over the weekend, you’d have known that Eunhyuk’s solo trip wasn’t a spontaneous one. While the other members had to return to Seoul due to their schedules, the 33-year-old made the decision to stay on for two more days, as exposed by fellow member Leeteuk. He also cheekily asked ELFs to be Eunhyuk’s tour guide, which we’re pretty sure fans wouldn’t mind.

So what exactly did he got up to? On the first day, the K-pop star posted mandatory tourist shots of himself sightseeing around our iconic landmarks – from Padang all the way to Clarke Quay, and even hopping on a duck tour along Singapore River.

 
 
 
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However, what really amazed us was how he got around. Instead of opting for private car service, he chose to take our humble public transport just like any other Singaporean would. Dressed in a simple T-shirt, a bucket hat and a disposable mask, Eunhyuk then uploaded a series of proof shots to document his journey – including a selfie onboard a seemingly empty double-decker bus, and a picture of himself waiting for the MRT at the Promenade station.

 
 
 
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Love you la SingaporeELF💙

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He didn’t go completely unnoticed though; eagle-eyed fans also spotted him hitting the streets of Orchard Road on the same day.

The next day, Eunhyuk uploaded more photos of the breathtaking city skyline at Marina Bay Sands, followed by a picture of him posing at the Sentosa Merlion Tower with the caption “Walao eh”.

 
 
 
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Walao eh~~~~~~~

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Walao eh, can be Singaporean liao!

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