Asia Entertainment & Arts
AIMST varsity students win best stage play award - Nation
JYP Entertainment boy band Stray Kids to debut this month
BTS wins Best Boy Band at 2018 iHeartRadio awards in U.S.
Perlis JPJ succumbs to 'Panama' dance craze; netizens slayed by viral video
#Showbiz: 'I'm strong... I must move on' - singer Ziana Zain
Theatre has lost its Joy
TV actor found hanging at her flat in Kolkata
Science, art blend together
2018-04-19 05:20:35 Lee Kie-jin, 58, wears many hats: he's a professor of physics at Sogang University, a collector, an illustrator and an artist. He is also a prolific writer who has published 18 books on various topics.The multi-talented scientist, however, is better known to the public as the dad of K-pop singer CL, the former lead rapper of now disbanded girl group 2NE1   Read More ...
Taking cinema to the next level - Tech News
2018-04-16 03:47:46 High quality visuals and a superb sound system are the two top things on every moviegoer’s list. Hoping to provide that for a more exciting movie-going experience, Golden Screen Cinemas has partnered with Samsung Malaysia Electronics to use its Cinema LED Screen. Measuring 10.3m, it has a peak brightness that’s nearly 10 times greater than those of conventional theatre projectors, allowing the display to illuminate details that would go unnoticed on typical screens, Samsung claimed   Read More ...
How a trip to Africa inspired this painter to pick up her brush again
2018-04-12 13:07:42 PETALING JAYA: Five years after putting down her paintbrush, Suwen Low travelled to Africa in what would later be a life-changing experience. The 30-year-old Kuala Lumpur-born painter had picked up art at the very young age of five, inspired by her architect father, and encouraged by her ever-supportive mother. In 2012, she went on a hiatus from painting when she started a tech startup company called Culture Run with her sister Su-Zen, and spent another two years from 2015 working with international food artist Samantha Lee   Read More ...
Artwork by artists with autism find a gallery on MRT train and stations
2018-04-12 12:49:01 SINGAPORE - Seventeen-year-old Choo Jian Wei is not only a first-year bioengineering student at Singapore Polytechnic, but also an accomplished member of Pathlight School's Artist Development Programme (ADP). His "Sketch of An Eye" is one of the 10 artworks on display onboard Singapore's first autism-themed MRT train and at four interchange stations. "The eye is a window into the soul," he said when discussing the inspiration for his pencil sketch   Read More ...
Pam Oei writes song about late friend Emma Yong for band's new album
2018-04-09 10:01:19 Six years have passed since local theatre actress Emma Yong died from stomach cancer at the age of 36. Yet she remains very much alive in local actress-singer's Pam Oei's memory. This is evident in home-grown funk-rock quintet Ugly In The Morning's third and latest album, 3 Or More If You Can Afford It, which will be launched with a gig at the Esplanade Annexe Studio on April 14   Read More ...
AIMST varsity students win best stage play award - Nation
2018-04-06 03:01:58 Compiled by RASHVINJEET S.BEDI, ASHLEY TANG, OH ING YEEN and R.ARAVINTHAN STUDENTS from AIMST University in Kedah beat four other universities to take home the best stage play award at the sixth Nadagachudar festival at Sultan Idris Education University (UPSI), Tamil Nesan reported. The annual Tamil literature-based sketch competition was organised by the Valartamil Mandram society of UPSI. The team from AIMST took home RM2,000 for its win   Read More ...
Women fast adding colour to local art scene - Nation
2018-04-06 02:49:12 KUALA LUMPUR: Artist Sarah Joan Mokhtar sees the good in everyone, believing that “inside every person there is a sun that makes them glow”. Sarah was describing the painting of a hidden sleeping sun at RRRawwRRR!! Maybank’s Emerging Women Artists Show 2018 at Balai Seni Maybank. She was among 31 women artists who showcased their artworks at the exhibition held in conjunction with International Women’s Day on March 8   Read More ...
Everyday object becomes art
2018-04-06 00:22:33 How Song Joong-ki's old skates make way into museum By Kwon Mee-yoo In the past, art was strictly limited to painting or sculpture. However, revolutionary artists shook up that idea in the 20th century by bringing in existing objects to the world of art. Marcel Duchamp submitted a urinal under the title of "Fountain" for the Society of Independent Artists exhibit in 1917   Read More ...
Archaeologists digging up the past at Singapore Art Museum
2018-04-06 00:03:39 Not many may know that the Bras Basah area opposite the Singapore Art Museum (SAM) was the largest convict prison settlement in the British Empire in the early 19th century. Now, five archaeologists are looking to shed more light on the area's history through a three-week archaeology investigation at SAM . The team has started digging six 2m by 1m excavation pits - three in the front lawn and three more in SAM's courtyards   Read More ...
Malaysian actress lands 'Gotham' role
2018-03-30 10:49:03 PETALING JAYA: A Malaysian actress has landed a role on the popular American television series, 'Gotham'. Kuala Lumpur-born Shiva Kalaiselvan (pic), who is now based in New York, has been cast as Lelia, a recurring character in the show. She made her debut on March 29 in the episode 'A Dark Knight: One of my Three Soups'. "I'm the leader of the female contingent of the League of Shadows   Read More ...
Finding your kind of street photography
2018-03-30 05:18:51 If you ask serious photographers just what is "street photography," you are likely to find many definitions. At times, street photography can resemble travel photography. But travel photography tends to be less artistic and more about personal documentation of one's experiences when in unfamiliar locations. Often travel photography tends to look "National Geographic-y," focusing on the exotic. But just what is exotic is pretty subjective   Read More ...
First commercial VR film to hit local theaters
2018-03-27 00:18:56 CJ CGV will release the first 4DX VR film "Meet the Memories," which will hit the local theaters on March 31. The 38-minute romantic comedy combines the 4DX technology, which utilizes motion chairs that move in perfect synchronicity with the movie being shown onscreen, and virtual reality technology, which has been fast making inroads into the movie theater business. By wearing head mounted displays, audiences can see the 360-degree views of the film, while experiencing the wind, water, light, fog, scents of the film, as if they are literally "in" the fictional story   Read More ...
Art and Seoul: International artist offers group workshops
2018-03-27 00:14:46 And while art is often perceived by many as a non-interactive form of expression, one studio space in Seoul offers the chance for people to be active in many processes in art through a series of workshops, film screenings and exhibitions aimed at local talent.New Jersey native Samantha Blumenfeld and her illustrator, graphic designer and printmaker husband Albert Che, through a government program, opened Miniprint in Seoul last year   Read More ...
[Movie] Sakura, or sardines?
2018-03-16 20:48:52 The Yomiuri ShimbunAbout 70,000 sardines take the form of a cherry tree in full bloom in the “Super Sardine Illusion” show at Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama. In the show, the sardines swim around a replica of a tree as if moving in time to music as the tank is illuminated in faint pink light. The effect gives the impression thousands of blossoms raining down   Read More ...
[INTERVIEW] So Ji-sub has full year ahead with film, TV drama
2018-03-16 20:17:21 Heartthrob actor So Ji-sub, 39, has worked consistently throughout his career, but he often needs a "refresh period" between filming movies or dramas, which has kept his fans wondering what this top actor has been up to these days. So returns with "Be With You," a romance film co-starring the heroine Son Ye-jin. Directed by Lee Jang-hoon, the movie's opening on March 14 was timely as it coincided with "White Day" which in Korea is considered a day for men to gift women candy as a token of their affection   Read More ...
Asian Pop-Up Cinema festival runs through May 16
2018-03-13 19:00:57 Sixteen award-winning movies will be hitting the big screen in Chicago during the Asian Pop-Up Cinema film festival, which starts Tuesday and runs through May 16.   Read More ...
Documentary on the works on Ramkinkar Baij
2018-03-13 09:12:38 There is a scene in New Delhi-based Tamil filmmaker, RV Ramani’s new documentary, Santhal Family to Mill Re-call, which demands your undivided attention. A woman screams at the top of her voice. “God of death calls us all in the same way. Today, they are taking me across the river alive. Neither was I destined to be married nor will I have a wedding song   Read More ...
Sonam Kapoor and Dulquer Salmaan to star in 'The Zoya Factor'
2018-03-13 08:16:11 In between giving us teasers for his next film Kannum Kannum Kollai Adithal, actor Dulquer Salmaan has revealed that his next outing in Bollywood will be in the big-screen adaptation of Anuja Chauhan's novel 'The Zoya Factor.' Dulquer will be acting alongside Sonam Kapoor. The film will be directed by Abhishek Sharma and written by Neha Rakesh Sharma and Pradhuman Singh   Read More ...
Czech film festival returns
2018-03-13 08:00:55 THE CZECH Film Festival returns after last year's successful debut with five specially-selected films by the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Malaysia. The films will be screened at selected Golden Screen Cinemas (GSC) from March 22 to 25.   Read More ...
JYP Entertainment boy band Stray Kids to debut this month
2018-03-13 04:05:07 SEOUL, March 13 (Yonhap) -- Stray Kids, JYP Entertainment's first new boy band in four years, will release its debut album this month, the company said Tuesday. The nine-member act will drop its first record, "I am NOT," on March 26, according to JYP. Comprised of eight songs, the album will be fronted by the lead track "District 9." Stray Kids is the first new boy band by JYP, South Korea's No   Read More ...
Naresh Agrawal leaves BJP red-faced on Day 1: Lost out to ‘dance karnewali’
2018-03-13 02:11:06 Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2018 5:52 am Minutes after he joined the BJP, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal Monday was at the centre of a storm after saying he joined the party because he was bypassed for “somebody who danced and worked in films”, referring to actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan. Agrawal drew sharp criticism from the BJP, including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his remarks were “improper and unacceptable”   Read More ...
The Saturday Group: 50 years of camaraderie for art
2018-03-13 00:14:54 Groups or clubs that were informally organized on the basis of friendship and common careers seldom last up to 50 years. And less rarely do they develop into a large and influential institution that bestows a certain prestige for any person who gets to be a member. The Saturday Group, an organization of esteemed Filipino artists, is one of the rare gems that get to observe its golden anniversary   Read More ...
Fans associations cause for downfall of Malayalam cinema: filmmaker
2018-03-12 20:40:05 “The fans associations of popular actors are a major reason for the downfall of Malayalam cinema. They should not been encouraged or recognised by any means,” said filmmaker Dr. Biju. Speaking at the open forum of the Regional International Film Festival of Kerala (RIFFK) in Kozhikode on Monday on the topic ‘Stardom and fans associations’, Dr. Biju pointed out that charity activities undertaken by the fans associations were no excuse for their criminal activities   Read More ...
Anti-woman attitude a reality in Malayalam cinema, says Kamal
2018-03-12 20:40:00 “Anti-woman attitude has been a reality in Malayalam cinema over the last few decades in content, though not on the set,” Chalachitra Academy Chairman Kamal has said. Speaking to reporters in Kozhikode on Monday, the filmmaker expressed his dissent on a director’s recent comment that anti-woman attitude in his movies was natural. In Kozhikode as part of the Regional International Film Festival of Kerala (RIFFK), Kamal said that the incidents following the attack on a female actor in February 2017 had been instrumental in changing the outlook of people in Malayalam cinema to a great extent   Read More ...
Yeng Constantino’s tips to aspiring singer-songwriters
2018-03-12 20:20:26 “You have to know yourself well. You have to figure out what inspires or triggers you, which differs from one songwriter to another. You also have to try different types of songwriting methods until you find something that works for you and helps you find your core,” said music artist Yeng Constantino when asked for her advice to young aspiring singer-songwriters   Read More ...
Joining BJP, Naresh Agrawal uses ‘dance karne wali’ jibe at Jaya Bachchan; Sushma hits out
2018-03-12 17:39:14 Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Published: March 12, 2018 9:56 pm Minutes after he joined the BJP, Rajya Sabha MP Naresh Agrawal Monday was at the centre of a storm after saying he joined the party because he was bypassed for “somebody who danced and worked in films” referring to actor-turned-politician Jaya Bachchan. Agrawal drew sharp criticism from the BJP including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who said his remarks were “improper and unacceptable”   Read More ...
Stage stomping forever
2018-03-12 16:29:36 To say that the dynamic Joy Michael was an institution in her own right is no tired epithet. The doyenne of theatre, who passed away on Friday evening at the age of 92, had tirelessly devoted an entire lifetime to the stage as actor, producer, director, and indeed an all-hands person. As is often the case with those we consider pioneers, her art was driven by both cause and passion, and quietly provided the shoulders to stand on for generations of practitioners who came afterwards, quite unmindful of their antecedents since so little of the ephemeral experience of theatre survives into posterity   Read More ...
Wan Saiful suggests live TV ‘battle’ with Bung Moktar
2018-03-12 15:48:21 PETALING JAYA: Wan Saiful Wan Jan has suggested a live television programme to “battle” with Kinabatangan MP Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin. “May I suggest he (Bung Moktar) asks RTM1 to host both of us on a live programme? Don’t just squirm back to where he feels safe,” tweeted Wan Saiful, who is Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia policy and strategy bureau deputy chairman, on Monday   Read More ...
Naresh Agarwal’s ‘Bollywood dance girl’ jibe at Jaya Bachchan upsets BJP: But it’s nothing new for him
2018-03-12 14:24:27 Denied Rajya Sabha ticket by the Samajwadi Party, senior leader Naresh Agarwal joined the Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday. Upset at SP favoring Jaya Bachchan over him for the Rajya Sabha nomination, Agarwal took a jibe at the actor-turned politician saying his old party had equated him with the somebody “who used to dance in films”. While addressing the media at the BJP headquarters, in New Delhi, the seven-time MLA from Hardoi constituency said, “I have been compared with those who dance and work in films,” in an apparent attack at the Bollywood actor   Read More ...
Surprises in oft-told tale of Meera
2018-03-12 13:17:43 Meera’s is a story that has been oft-told. So, the question was how will this performance of Main to Prem Deewanee: The Story of Meera, directed by Sohaila Kapur and written by Neena Wagh, and presented as part of the Qadir Ali Baig Theatre Foundation’s Theatre Weekend, measure up? But then, can we compare art? Maybe, maybe not. Two things stood out   Read More ...
(Yonhap Interview) Park Hae-jin portrays Yoo Jung again in 'Cheese In the Trap' movie
2018-03-12 12:06:14 SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- For actors, playing the same role in the film adaptation of a popular TV show in which they also starred can be a double-edged sword for their career. They can easily attract viewers to theaters based on the popularity of the TV drama series but cannot avoid negative reviews whether they deliver the role in the same way or differently   Read More ...
Cheat your way to better Japanese with walkthrough video game guides
2018-03-12 10:09:12 I woke up on the first day of my New Year’s holiday last December feeling a little restless, so I clicked a few buttons online and 24 hours later a new Nintendo Switch showed up at my door. As I loaded it up for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised to see that the operating system could be set to Japanese   Read More ...
Tamil film industry’s model makers move to greener pastures
2018-03-12 09:09:59 The use of scale models to shoot scenes that would otherwise have been difficult or expensive is as old as cinema itself. When combined with high-speed photography, a skilled cinematographer can convince the viewer of effects and images that would have been impossible to replicate in a life-sized setting. But with the advent of sophisticated visual effects technology, the use of miniatures in filmmaking (called the Miniature Effect) has largely been replaced   Read More ...
iKON to launch first reality show since debut next month
2018-03-12 08:04:52 SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- K-pop boy group iKON will run its own reality show for the first time since its debut four years ago, the group's management agency said Monday. The show "iKON TV" will run from next month and present behind-the-scenes stories of the idol group members, YG Entertainment said. The band broke the news during an event here for its local fans Sunday   Read More ...
BTS wins Best Boy Band at 2018 iHeartRadio awards in U.S.
2018-03-12 08:04:21 SEOUL, March 12 (Yonhap) -- K-pop sensation BTS won two awards, including Best Boy Band, at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards in the United States. The seven-member act took home the Best Boy Band and Best Fan Army trophies at this year's annual music awards held by the U.S. radio network iHeartMedia at The Forum in Los Angeles on Monday (local time)   Read More ...
In ‘Love Sings’ at CCP, Philippine Opera Company talents to sing key arias in English
2018-03-12 00:08:53 Operatic soprano Karla Gutierrez, president of Philippine Opera Company (POC), was depressed. The travails of promoting opera in this country were becoming too much, and there was not much coordination among the different opera groups. Unlike in theater, where once hostile drama groups were now cooperating with each other and actors appeared in one English-language production, and then showed up for a Filipino-language play without any hassle   Read More ...
Nandi awards for short films from next year: Ambica Krishna
2018-03-11 21:14:59 The Andhra Pradesh State Film, Television and Theatre Development Corporation is going to add short films category in the Nandi awards from the next year. The corporation has been presenting the prestigious State awards to the best feature films, theatrical performances and television programmes so far. “To begin with, we are conducting Amaravathi Short Film Festival this year and the Nandi awards will be extended to short films from the next year   Read More ...
Heritage programme draws art, music lovers
2018-03-11 21:13:59 The classical heritage series weekend programme being organised by the Union Ministry of Tourism and SPIC MACAY at Fort Kochi attracted aficionados of music and traditional arts. The weekend programme is organised by the Tourism Ministry with the objective of promoting tourism at heritage sites. The programme began on Saturday with performances by sitar exponent Ustad Shujaat and Hindustani vocalist Vidushi Shubha Mudgal at Bastion Bungalow in Fort Kochi   Read More ...
Alvin Erasga Tolentino launches choreography tilt
2018-03-11 20:15:06 It takes bravado and wherewithal to run a sustainable dance company abroad and to give back to one’s motherland. Filipino-Canadian choreographer Alvin Erasga Tolentino is launching a contemporary choreographic competition to keep the local dance alive. “I believe in the power of dance as an art form, how it transforms people and their lives, and also in talents who need to be supported   Read More ...
Joy Michael: ‘Disciplinarian….generous’
2018-03-11 20:13:37 Avijit Dutt. Actor. My 30-odd years in Delhi have had one continuous inspiration — Joy Michael. She was friend, comrade in arms, Director of the group, sounding board and constant gardener of minds. She would be working the phone from early morning, making sure people turned up for rehearsal, or to support a play that was being staged, or maybe just to whisper motivation to calm opening night nerves   Read More ...