Archive | May, 2010

Tragedi Zaiton Sameon Diangkat Ke Filem

31 May

Ditulis oleh Nonie
  
  

Tragedi ngeri yang berlaku ke atas Zaiton Sameon masih terpahat walaupun memori pahit itu telah hampir 20 tahun berlalu. Kemalangan berlaku tika hidupnya dilimpahi kemasyuran di puncak populariti. Dan tak pernah disangka wanita ini kehilangan segala-galanya dalam sekelip mata, wang, anak tunggal kesayangannya dan keluarga. Sejak itu, kehidupannya terumbang ambing menanti dan mengharap pada yang sudi menghulur bantuan.

Bukannya tidak pernah kembali ke arena yang pernah memberi rezeki padanya, namun penyanyi lagu Menaruh Harapan itu tidak lagi mempunyai kudrat melakukannya. Rata-rata hilang kepercayaan dengan keupayaannya. Semuanya bagai tidak kena dan hidupnya dimanipulasi individu yang cuba mengambil kesempatan.

Arah hidup bagai hilang selepas tragedi 21 Februari 1990 di Batang Kali, Selangor yang meragut segala-galanya dari hidup wanita malang ini. Namun dugaan Allah tidak mampu dielak oleh kita sebagai hambanya. Kegemilangan itu  tersimpan rapi dalam kotak ingatan Zaiton walaupun luka parah di jiwa masih berdarah.

Hanya Sekadar Peringatan

Tidak semua mengerti keperitan hidup yang dialami dan berpegang kepada niat meringankan beban wanita terbabit, produksi filem Animasi Upin dan Ipin dengan syarikat Beruang Sdn. Bhd. menerbitkan sebuah filem biografi mengisahkan liku-liku perjalanan hidup Zaiton Sameon.

Bagi Fauziah Nawi, pengarah Zaiton-Ceritaku, filem ini bukan bertujuan mengaib atau membuka pekung di dada, apatah lagi banyak persepsi negatif melingkari perjalanan hidup wanita itu.

“Tak ramai yang buat biografi ketika artis itu masih hidup dan kami cuba ambil peluang itu sebagai tanda penghargaan kepada mereka. Bukan tidak mahu memilih subjek lain, namun Zaiton ada kisah yang dapat dikongsi bersama bagaimana seorang itu boleh hilang segala-galanya sekelip mata semasa berada di puncak.

“Banyak peristiwa yang tidak pernah diketahui akan dipaparkan dalam filem ini dan semuanya mengikut apa yang telah diceritakan Zaiton kepada kami. Namun sama ada tepat atau tidak, hanya Zaiton dan Allah yang mengetahuinya.

“Zaiton semakin dilupakan walaupun pernah memberi pengaruh yang sangat besar dalam industri suatu ketika dulu. Memang kami akan menampilkan sisi gelap seorang Zaiton, namun tidak sekali-kali akan mengaibkan. Segalanya hanya bertujuan mendekatkan kembali Zaiton dengan peminat dan secara tak langsung menjadi sumber rezeki meneruskan hidupnya,” ujar Fauziah yang telahpun memilih Mislina  Mustapha sebagai watak utama dalam filem Zaiton-Ceritaku.

Mangga Online

GOLD RUSH

31 May

Fly on the Wall
GOLD RUSH
Magnum Gold?! is launched in S’pore – but where’s Benicio del Toro?!
By Sylvia Toh Paik Choo
May 31, 2010
 
 

THE world’s first handheld ice-cream was accidentally concocted in 1905 by an 11-year-old American boy.

(He’d left a stir stick in flavoured soda out on the porch overnight and record low temperatures that San Francisco night froze it good enough to eat.)

Unilever the food people bought the rights to the humble popsicle (an iced drink on a stick) and since then has roped in older girls (like Eva Longoria), royalty and now Benicio del Toro to sell its confection.

Magnum Gold?! is the first gold-coloured ice-cream in the world and Singapore, never content to settle for second, is the first in the region to launch it. Why the ‘?!’ punctuation marks? Ask Wall’s!

Cops and robbers gave invited guests to Magnum’s annual party a chance to taste the sensation.

Heatwave

In the Waterboat House across the bridge from Fullerton, cool people swooned from the heatwave and were immediately arrested by the photo stop.

Against a police line-up backdrop, you were snapped and when you collected your picture after – say what, isn’t that what’s-his-face, the actor from, well, it’s Benicio del Toro. Together with Caroline de Souza Correa from Katong (actually an actress from Brazil).

The couple star in a specially commissioned heist-themed film scene directed by no less than Bryan Singer for Unilever’s Magnum ‘good as gold’ ice-cream campaign.

Campaign, schampaign. It’s a great taste treat – Madagascar chocolate, salted caramel, creamy smooth.

But first, there was the heist.

A stealth man and woman in tights snuck up on two men in black shades guarding a booth, dropped them and opened the dry-iced vault inside.

Waiters then served up the ingots, guests licked up the entertainment.

A band played, lids off the buffet, guests swooped.

The pair of ‘security guards’ of the gold vault, when asked why they were so readily overpowered by the thieves said: ‘We weren’t paid enough to fight back.’

Only in Singapore.

Don’t you just miss the bellring of your friendly neighbourhood ice-cream seller?

 

The NewPaper

US Actor Dennis Hopper Dead At 74

30 May

LOS ANGELES: US actor and director Dennis Hopper, a counter-culture icon who worked with Hollywood legends including James Dean and Marlon Brando, died Saturday at age 74, his manager said.

The actor, who shot to fame following his screen debut in the 1955 classic “Rebel Without a Cause” and later spent years mired in alcohol- and drug-abuse, had been suffering from terminal prostate cancer and died at his home in California.

“Dennis Hopper died this morning at 8:15 am (1515 GMT) from complications of metastasized prostate cancer. He died at home in Venice surrounded by family and friends,” manager Sam Maydew said in a statement sent to AFP.

Hopper appeared in more than 100 movies, but was perhaps best known for his turn as both actor and director in the 1969 road movie classic “Easy Rider,”

which also starred Peter Fonda and a young Jack Nicholson.

The film was wildly successful, going on to become a cult classic, and earned Hopper and co-writers Fonda and Terry Southern an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay in 1970.

Its anti-establishment credo and attractive low budget meant it went far toward prodding often risk-averse Hollywood toward producing a raft of low-budget copycat flicks.

“Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and ‘lost’ films,” Fonda, who remained a close friend, told celebrity website TMZ upon Hopper’s death.

“We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.”

Hopper’s work was heavily overshadowed by drug and alcohol issues in the 1970s. By 1979, he appeared as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Brando in Francis Ford Coppola’s landmark Vietnam War film “Apocalypse Now.”

If there was a professional comeback to speak of after his time on the dark side, Hopper owed it to director David Lynch.

Lynch cast Hopper as Frank Booth, the psychopathic killer in the eery 1986 film “Blue Velvet.” That same year, he was cast as an alcoholic in “Hoosiers” alongside Gene Hackman, and earned a second Oscar nomination, for best supporting actor.

He also had roles in “Giant” alongside Dean and Elizabeth Taylor, “Coolhand Luke,” “Rumble Fish,” “True Romance,” and “Speed,” and directed 1971’s “The Last Movie” and 1988’s “Colors.”

But in recent years, Hopper was more likely to be making headlines with news of his health and his troubled marriage than with his work.

In October 2009, his manager revealed the actor was undergoing treatment for prostate cancer and just three months later, court records showed Hopper had filed for divorce from his wife of nearly 14 years.

The divorce became a public and bitter battle that ended with Hopper agreeing to pay his wife and daughter some 12,000 dollars in monthly spousal and child support.

Hopper did not attend the April court session where the support amount was announced, with his lawyer saying the actor weighed less than 100 pounds (45 kilograms).

In late March, he did attend the ceremony unveiling his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, flanked by some of the many screen legends he worked with over a career spanning over half a century.

“Everyone here today that I’ve invited and obviously some that I haven’t invited have enriched my life tremendously,” Hopper said.

“They’ve shown me a world that I would never have seen being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas, and learning things I would never have learned.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said flowers were to be placed in tribute on Hopper’s star on Hollywood Boulevard. – AFP/fa

Channel News Asia

Kate’s Slip-Up Show

29 May

Spotted
Kate’s slip-up show
Who was where, and doing what? Here’s a round-up of the latest celebrity sightings in the region and Hollywood
May 29, 2010
 
 

WHO: Kate Beckinsale, 37

WHERE: Cannes

WHAT: The British actress was forced to go fishing in her cleavage while posing on the red carpet for the amfAR Cinema Against Aids benefit held during the Cannes Film Festival in the south of France.

Her right diamond earring slipped off her lobe and disappeared down the front of her strapless gown.

According to the Daily Mail, a giggly Beckinsale played up the moment for photographers, as she quickly retrieved the missing bauble and put it back in its rightful place.

 

The NewPaper

RIDING THE RAINBOW TO SUCCESS

28 May

FIRST INTERVIEW
RIDING THE RAINBOW TO SUCCESS
Hong Kong’s hottest newcomer, Aarif Lee, sings, plays the guitar, writes music and acts. Oh, and he’s a physicist by training
May 28, 2010
 
 

You may do a double take the first time singer-actor Aarif Lee appears on screen in the new Hong Kong tearjerker Echoes Of The Rainbow.

Many have mistaken the dashing and earnest-looking 23-year-old for Taiwanese R&B crooner Wang Lee Hom.

Being called the spitting image of the renowned singer is hardly an insult to Lee, who boasts a colourful, mixed heritage.

His mum is Chinese and his dad has Chinese, Malay and Middle Eastern blood.

‘Actually, I feel rather flattered to be compared to Lee Hom,’ he told FiRST in an e-mail interview.

Praising Wang as a ‘true genius’, he said that he has ‘always admired his talent and passion for music’.

Lee, whose unique name Aarif is Arabic for ‘knowledgeable’, burst onto the Hong Kong entertainment scene last year as record label A Music’s freshest signing.

Armed with deft guitar-playing skills and a knack for songwriting, his debut Cantonese album, Starting Today, was released last November to critical acclaim and is selling well.

Awards

He won a slew of year-end Canto-pop awards, including Metro Broadcast and Chik Chak Music’s Best New Rising Male Star.

With his much-lauded maiden acting effort in Echoes Of The Rainbow, plus his Best Newcomer and Best Song victories – yes, he also composed the movie’s theme song – at the Hong Kong Film Awards (HKFA) in April, Lee has officially become Hong Kong’s new It Guy.

Echoes Of The Rainbow, a heartwarming family drama set in 1960s Hong Kong and which co-stars veterans Sandra Ng and Simon Yam as Lee’s doting parents, opens here today.

Lee, who graduated from London’s Imperial College in 2008 with a degree in physics, remained humble about the accolades he has garnered at a seemingly supersonic rate.

‘I didn’t expect to win (Best Newcomer at HKFA) and I am extremely grateful for my good fortune so far,’ he said.

‘It still feels rather surreal. I never imagined my efforts to be so well-received among the Hong Kong film-goers, let alone the judges at the awards.

‘To me, the popularity (of Echoes Of The Rainbow) proves that family values and genuine, heartfelt storytelling are always welcomed!’

He was jubilant too when his on-screen dad Yam, 55, deservedly bagged his first Best Actor award after nearly 40 years in showbusiness and nine previous HKFA nominations – five for Best Actor, four for Best Supporting Actor.

Bruce Lee

‘It was amazing watching him act and even more amazing to finally see him win,’ said Lee, who is preparing to play Bruce Lee in an upcoming biopic about the legendary martial arts actor.

According to reports in Hong Kong, he has been training hard in the wushu style of Wing Chun for two months, with more gym and dance sessions in the pipeline to whip him into shape for the role.

Movies and music are two things Lee hopes he’ll always be able to balance masterfully.

‘I love music and I really enjoy acting; from young, I’ve loved impersonating characters and acting out scenes from movies I watched.

‘I don’t think I will ever fall out of love with either music or film,’ he said.

‘It’s all about opportunities that come my way. Hopefully, the two can remain equally important in the future.’

Lee, who once told HK-magazine.com that his ‘best songs are those written when I’m most emotionally disturbed’, shows off his mean acoustic guitar techniques in Echoes Of The Rainbow.

‘The guitar is my principal instrument for songwriting,’ he said.

‘It isn’t biased and it doesn’t judge. It simply projects what’s from the heart.’

Tan Kee Yun

 

The NewPaper

THE THINKING HE-MAN

28 May

FIRST FEATURE
THE THINKING HE-MAN
By Jason Johnson
May 28, 2010
 
 

Muscles, muscles and more muscles. Hollywood loves muscles.

Biceps, pecs, abs, delts, quads – these are the tools with which a young thespian must arm himself if he hopes to have a lucrative career on the silver screen.

Forget singing, dancing and acting lessons. Forget Shakespeare and Broadway.

That’s all sissy stuff.

If you want to make it big, you really have to make it big – your body, that is.

When film-makers needed a muscle man in the old days, they’d go and hire a body builder like Arnold Schwarzenegger, or a niche musclehead like Sylvester Stallone.

These days, almost everyone is expected to look like Mr Olympia.

Guys who have been known more for their acting than their abs like Jake Gyllenhaal, star of Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time which opens today, must purge themselves of their innate nerdiness if they want a piece of the big time.  

Hollywood movies have become synonymous with action movies, and men of action obviously need big, ripped, bronzed, hairless bods.

Girlie men need not apply.

We pound down a protein shake, knock off some reps, feel the burn and then finally get around to presenting you with the most amazing muscle makeovers over the past several years.

Graaaahhh!!!

JAKE GYLLENHAAL

When I interviewed Jake Gyllenhaal during a junket for the disaster epic The Day After Tomorrow back in 2002, I remember being surprised at how buff he was.

Having loved his work in Donnie Darko (2001), Bubble Boy (2001) and The Good Girl (2002) where he played shrimpy, dorky teens, I thought he was going to be the next Johnny Depp, a quirky little guy who would build a career doing cultish little movies before finally going mainstream.

 How wrong I was. He didn’t look like a quirky little guy; he looked like a manly man.

With his latest flick Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time, the 29-year-old has travelled as far as it is possible for him to travel from his cool indie roots playing the warrior Prince Dastan.

With his long hair, stubbly chin and ripped body, he looks more Lorenzo Lamas than Johnny Depp.

It’s not like he didn’t try crossing over to beefcake territory earlier.

After Tobey Maguire was momentarily sidelined by an illness, Gyllenhaal was lined up for Spider-Man 2. He was also a finalist for the role in Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins before losing out to Christian Bale.

So how did he finally make the leap from Bubble Boy to Persian Prince?

Six months’ worth of exercise, for starters.

‘He trained every single day, he rode bikes, he lifted weights, he had a very specific diet,’ producer Jerry Bruckheimer said in a recent interview.

‘He couldn’t eat any fats. It was really a lot of protein, and all during filming he was working out, in 120 degree heat. People saw him after a long day, at seven at night, taking a jog. He kept it up through the whole thing, both here and in Morocco. And when we were filming in London, he wanted to make sure he kept his physical characteristics the way he wanted them to be. ‘

In fact, Gyllenhaal’s new look could turn out to be a good career move.

He’s been in talks to play Joe Namath in a biopic – and has reportedly secured the American football legend’s personal stamp of approval.

RYAN REYNOLDS

A prime example of the awesome power of enlarged muscles to lift a career to new heights, Ryan Reynolds went from pizza guy (in the sitcom Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place) to leading man almost overnight thanks to a hot new physique.

Having started off as a gangly, fast-talking Canadian dork, Reynolds bulked up like crazy for his role in Blade: Trinity (2004).

Once audiences got a look at just how nicely this once-skinny guy filled out, they couldn’t get enough, and Reynolds went from strength to strength in flicks like Just Friends (2005), Definitely Maybe (2008), X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) and The Proposal (2009).

All that pumping up will really pay off next year when Reynolds, 33, stars in the highly-anticipated DC superhero flick The Green Lantern.

Girls want him, guys want to be him…and also kinda want him.

But that’s another discussion.

TAYLOR LAUTNER

You know you’ve got it going on body-wise when your naked torso elicits squeals of delight and embarrassed giggles on a mass scale from theatre audiences.

And that’s just the dads.

The 18-year-old Lautner, unlike most of our muscle makeover selections, has been an athlete from young.

He won all kinds of medals in international tournaments for his mad karate skills, skills which he later showed off in Robert Rodriguez’s kiddie flick The Adventures Of Sharkboy And Lavagirl 3-D (2005).

But as fit as Lautner was, he wasn’t fit enough for the abs-crazed producers of The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), who thought he was too scrawny to play a hulking werewolf.

Taylor really showed them, though, packing on 13kg of muscle in just a few months.

‘I was doubling the amount of calorie intake I had before, which was just really tough, eating every two hours,’ he told MTV News.

This is what they call suffering for your art.

CHRIS EVANS

Our question to Chris Evans: Isn’t being perfect good enough?

How attractive do you really need to be before it all just gets sickening?

Evans made his debut as a handsome but quite slender fellow in The Newcomers back in 2000, but by the time he landed a role in Not Another Teen Movie in 2001, he was already showing signs of being a special kind of hottie.

‘When I found out I had to take off my shirt in Not Another Teen Movie, I panicked and hit the gym,’ he said.

‘I was, like, it’s going to be on film, documented, for my kids to see. I need to put on some muscle.’

As it turned out, Evans, 28, didn’t simply put on some muscle, but some awe-inspiring muscle, which he showed off every chance he got in the Fantastic Four films.

This month, his ‘guns’ looked bigger and better than ever in The Losers, and we suspect he will reach even greater heights of man-loveliness when he appears as Captain America next year.

ADRIEN BRODY

Adrien Brody is a skinny guy.

Which begs the question: Why on earth is the 37-year-old starring in the reboot of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Predator?

Opening on July 8, Predators will go back to the formula that made the first film such a success – that is, a rumble in the jungle with a killer alien.

Or, in this case, aliens.

If ever there was a situation that called for a beefy muscle man, this would surely be it.

Brody claims to have put on a ton of weight for his role as the special forces soldier Royce and to judge by the pictures we have seen, he does look somewhat less whippet-like than usual.

‘I give my word that I know what I need to do to deliver a level of truth and authenticity with a role like this,’ he said during a recent press conference.

‘I put on 25 pounds (11kg) for this role, but that wasn’t the point – they didn’t hire me to be a body builder.’

Brody, brother, just one tip: Schwarzenegger never concerned himself with ‘truth’ and ‘authenticity’ and namby-pamby things like that.

Just shut up and cram some more broiled chicken down your pie hole.

 

The NewPaper

THREE’s NOT A CROWD

28 May

FIRST INTERVIEW
THREE’S NOT A CROWD
May 28, 2010
 
 

Sarah Jessica Parker, 45, as the needy romantic Carrie Bradshaw, may hog the limelight as the face of Sex And The City, but the show isn’t complete without the strong support from Kim Cattrall, 53, Kristin Davis, 45, and Cynthia Nixon, 44.

In fact, the three tend to outshine Parker.

Curvaceous Cattrall provides major sex appeal as a man-eating businesswoman while Davis, who had a breakthrough playing a villain in the 90s TV show Melrose Place, is the sweet-natured one. Nixon portrays the workaholic who tries to balance career, marriage and motherhood.

Here, the three actresses talk about reprising their characters for the umpteenth time in the sequel Sex And The City 2, filming on location in Morocco and, of course, the even more fabulous fashion.

What exciting things are you bringing back to Sex And The City 2?

KIM CATTRALL: We’ve been so fortunate as actors to play these characters over such a long period of time.

It’s kind of a dream because the more you play a character, the better you know it, and the better it gets infused with parts of you.

For me, the storylines that happen with the four girls just gets deeper and richer, and much more fun.

In this movie, it’s really nice to have moments of really crazy, all-out physical comedy for my character, and also to have really touching moments of support and love for these four women who truly define a family.

KRISTIN DAVIS: I think my favourite thing about reprising Charlotte would be working together with everyone again.

It’s such a rare experience to work with a group of people for this long. Like the characters, we’ve all really grown together over the years.

CYNTHIA NIXON: I think the most exciting thing about returning to Miranda now is how she’s evolving.

Look at who she was in the beginning, always so bitter, suspicious, cynical, defensive and quick to anger.

And when we pick up on her now, she is really a fairly happy wife and mother. Her career is still very important. I won’t give it away but she has some trouble with her career in this film. But I really feel like it’s a mark of how Miranda has evolved.

What was it like shooting in Morocco?

CATTRALL: It was really long (laughs). I’ve always wanted to visit Morocco because it has such mystique about it.

It’s so different from our world, which is about windows and open air, and this is all sequestered and forbidden. You come into the Medina, which is sort of the marketplace, and then behind these hidden doors are these amazing homes, rijads, and they have these tiny little doors.

Also, we don’t live in the desert in New York, so I guess that has something to do with it. But I have found this different than any other experience I’ve ever had. Very foreign and very exotic.

There’s a sort of kindness there that I felt with the people at Marrakesh. I really enjoyed it. I think it has added a lot to the movie. Wherever you go, there is the feeling of other-worldliness that we would not have got on a soundstage.

NIXON: We all flew into Casablanca, and then we took cars to Marrakesh where we were for the majority of filming.

But right after we got to Marrakesh, we immediately got on a plane and we flew to Erfoud, which is this amazing unspoiled desert, with all these dunes, as far as your eyes can see.

Often there were no roads, so we were in cars that would go off road.

Driving to work every morning for 40 minutes, with no highway, just over the sand, was challenging, yet amazing.

It was so beautiful to see this unspoiled land. We have all seen it so many times in films like Lawrence of Arabia.

But when you see it in person, you feel like you’re in a movie, you feel like you’re on a set. Even though it is right in front of you, you almost see it as a postcard.

How does the cast support each other?

DAVIS: We’ve been through a lot together. We can turn to each other and say, ‘Remember that time at five in the morning on Sixth Avenue on a Friday night in 1998 when…’ and we all totally get it.

We’re like a family. We’re completely different people, but I think that is a reason that it works. We have each other’s backs and we rely on each other. Even just walking down the street in our five-inch heels, you have to know that the person to your right or to your left is going to catch you if you fall, which happens sometimes.

NIXON: My daughter turned 13 during the filming of this movie, and she was eight months old when we did the pilot.

I feel like we’ve all been through a lot separately and together. We really love each other, and we really support each other.

We’ve never had an experience like this film. It was so much fun. We had adventures, we went shopping, we ate dinner together and we took trips. For both the actors and the crew, it was such a bonding experience.

What was it like working with costume designer Patricia Field again, and what kinds of fashion can we expect?

DAVIS: Pat thinks outside of the box and that is what we love about her. She always likes to push the envelope and she has some quite creative ideas, especially for our trip in this movie.

Sex And The City has such unbelievable support from designers. The things that are made available to us – it’s jaw-dropping!

There’s an entire wall of bangles, a room of fine jewellery, a room of costume cuffs, two walls of scarves…it’s like playing in the best closet that was ever created!

When we go on our trip, the colours change. They were bolder, brighter and have more patterns. And I have some big hats, which Pat always loves.

CATTRALL: It’s interesting to have worked with Pat for over 12 years now. She has new ideas every single time.

I think we wanted to step back (a little) and make it a (bit) more real. The costumes are just so colourful and outrageous and over the top, but there’s less huge, chunky earrings and rings for Samantha.

We decided instead with my costume and with the hair and make-up, to do fabulous fingernails to make this an accentuation of Samantha.

The fashion is just more detailed, a little more refined, and I really liked that.

NIXON: I think Pat has the idea that Miranda is a very East Side lady, even though she lives in Brooklyn. Miranda has the money, the haircuts, the jewellery, the clothes, the shoes and the bags.

In the part of the movie that takes place in the Middle East, we had to still have our kind of fashion forward sense but make it be realistic.

We couldn’t be dressed so provocatively that it would have been beyond the pale in the Middle East, particularly for my character, who really has done a lot of research and is very up on the social mores.
 

The NewPaper