Archive | May, 2010

Reza Hasbi Berteater

27 May

Ditulis oleh Rosli Manah
  
  

Pemenang tempat kedua program realiti Pilih Kasih, Reza Hasbi sekarang sudah mula mendapat perhatian dalam bidang seni. Sekarang Reza sedang berlatih untuk sebuah teater berjudul Jalan.G Belakang Bukit Bintang.

Teater itu akan dipentaskan di Dewan Bahasa Dan Pustaka pada 9 hingga 13 Jun depan. Setelah menjalani latihan Reza mula rasa seronok berteater.

“Melalui penglibatan saya dalam teater ini, banyak yang saya belajar. Yalah dulu semasa dalam program Pilih Kasih kita diajar juga aspek teater. Tapi apabila benar-benar bekerja ini suasananya tidak sama.

“Saya ni masih baru dan pengalaman selama menjalani latihan banyak mengajar saya. Tunggulah apabila teater ini dipentaskan nanti. Ia bukanlah teater besar sebagaimana yang dipentaskan di tempat yang lebih besar, tapi rasa puas juga apabila dapat peluang berlakon teater ini,” kata Reza.

Teater arahan Eddy Rusdi itu dipersembahkan oleh ER Production. Ia mengisahkan Alif yang tertipu dengan janji kosong kawan-kawannya dan sampai Bukit Bintang. Di sana dia melalui pelbagai masalah. Bukan masalah dia sahaja, malah masalah orang lain turut tempias.

Dia juga berjumpa dengan watak lain seperti orang baik, orang jahat, orang yang baik macam jahat, orang baik tapi jahat dan orang yang tak tahu dia jahat atau baik. Isu yang diangkat adalah kasih sayang dan cinta. Bukan cinta jiwang, tapi cinta kepada Ilahi dan kekeluargaan.

Turut diselitkan isu dadah, pelacuran, masalah remaja, isu terkini yang ramai orang tak perasan tapi sebenarnya berbahaya jika kita tidak pantau.

Selaian Reza yang membawakan watak Norman, teater ini menampilkan Sofian Bujang Pilih Kasih (Alif), Aman Sharoni Pilih Kasih (Danial Wong), Mai Anak Wayang (Tina) dan ramai lagi.

Sambung belajar di Aswara

Reza juga masih minat meyambung pelajaran. Minggu lalu dia menjalani temuduga untuk memasuki pengajian dalam bidang lakonan di ASWARA. Sememangnya ASWARA membuka peluang kepada pemenang Pilih Kasih untuk menyambung pengajian dalam bidang lakonan.

“Saya harap dapat mendalami ilmu lakonan secara langsung kerana saya memang sangat meminati bidang seni ini dan ingin menjadi seorang pelakon yang disegani suatu hari nanti,” jelas pelakon yang berasal dari Kuala Kangsar, Perak itu.

 

 

 

Mangga Online

Lagenda Budak Setan Karya Pencinta Agung

25 May

Ditulis oleh Nonie
  
  

Penantian 25 tahun Ahadiat Akashah berakhir apabila novel terhangat sepanjang zaman, Lagenda Budak Setan (LBS) diadaptasi ke dalam filem. Bermula tahun 80-an, novel ini mula meniti dibibir peminat novel tempatan dan terus mendapat sambutan hangat sehingga ke hari ini.

Tidak seperti kisah cinta melayu yang biasa, LBS dipersembahkan dengan begitu indah sekali. Terbuai dengan sinematografi yang mengasyikkan, menjadikan perjalanan cinta Kasyah dan Ayu bagai kisah dongeng. Filem arahan Sharad Sharan ini mampu membuatkan penonton terbuai mengenang kembali cinta monyet yang pernah mencuri hati remaja kita dulu.

Kisah bermula apabila seorang pelajar nakal dan anti-perempuan, Kasyah (Farid Kamil), terjerat dan jatuh cinta pandang pertama dengan seorang pelajar baru iaitu Ayu (Lisa Surihani). Segalanya begitu indah sehinggalah Kasyah terpaksa meninggalkan Ayu untuk membuat kajian bagi menamatkan pengajiannya. Sepeninggalan Kasyah, Ayu dipaksa berkahwin dengan bekas kekasihnya Azmi (Que Haidar), seorang lelaki yang tidak bertanggungjawab.

Kesengsaraan Ayu bertambah parah apabila terlibat dengan kemalangan yang telah menghancurkan wajahnya. Ayu muncul dengan identiti baru. Muncul pula Emilia (Shikin Kamal) yang banyak membantu kerjaya Kasyah dan menaikkan kembali semangat yang telah pudar akibat ditinggalkan Ayu. Muncul pula Katerina (Fazura) yang turut sama mengharap cinta Kasyah.

Setulus manakah cinta lelaki yang dilabelkan sebagai budak setan? Sama-sama saksikan filem yang akan ditayangkan di seluruh pawagam bermula 3 Jun ini.

Tidak dapat dinafikan, ramai yang mengalirkan air mata tika menonton LBS, malah penulisnya sendiri mengakui hasil yang diterjemahkan berjaya meruntun jiwa lelakinya. Malah tidak salah sekiranya Mangga Online menggelarkan LBS ini sebagai Twilight versi tempatan.

Pastinya selepas menonton LBS, peminat akan berpusu-pusu mencari novel tersebut untuk mengetahui sendiri apa yang berlaku kepada Katerina dan kesudahan kisah cinta agung ini.

 

Mangga Online

WORST SEASON EVER

23 May

AMERICAN IDOL 9
WORST SEASON EVER
We look at why this season’s ratings are falling slowly but surely
By Jeanmarie Tan
May 23, 2010
 
 

INDEED, 2010 will forever be remembered as the year Idol became idle.

IN THE LEAD:
Lee DeWyze (far left) and Crystal Bowersox on American Idol 9. — TNP DESIGN: PRADIP KUMAR SIKDAR — PICTURE: FOX

The hopelessly lacklustre ninth edition of reality TV series American Idol is sputtering towards the finish line next week, and the consensus among US viewers is that they can’t wait for it to be over.

The finale will be shown live on May 27 over Star World (StarHub Ch 501) and Channel 5 at 8am.

To borrow one of host Ryan Seacrest’s signature lines, the lights have indeed dimmed on one of the world’s most popular shows.

It hit a record low of 17.5 million viewers two weeks ago, making it the least-watched episode since 2002 – the year American Idol premiered and no one knew what it was.

Four years ago, at the show’s peak, it averaged about 30 million viewers per episode.

Declining ratings also corresponded with voter fatigue, with only 37 million votes cast last week. At this same stage of the singing competition last year, 64 million votes poured in.

The show’s producers have already gone into panic mode and have posted a survey on its official website to get public feedback on how their cash cow can be improved.

Yes, things are that bad.

I’m a die-hard American Idol fan, but this just isn’t the same show I rushed home to watch every week and anticipated every season.

And don’t think I’ve stopped caring because of boredom or burnout, because it started out so right before turning out so wrong.

No, something much deeper is wrong with American Idol that has caused such audience disconnection, from the repetitive theme weeks to the terminally dull and over-padded hour-long results shows.

Top Idol bummers this season

This batch of wannabes has also shown itself to be the worst at song selection, choosing tunes which range from downright questionable to uninspiringly obscure.

Here are our top five bum notes of Season Nine:

1. Lee DeWyze v Crystal Bowersox

These two are your finalists.

Really?

Perhaps we’ve been spoilt by the outrageous showmanship last season’s flashy runner-up Adam Lambert displayed, because these two are like oatmeal in comparison.

And how did we end up with three clones in the Top Three?

There’s the singer-songwriter guy with the guitar, the singer-songwriter girl with the guitar, and the singer-songwriter guy with the long hair with the guitar (second runner-up Casey James).

Each peddled a similar indie, coffee-house busker vibe. The result? Zero variety.

Up till now, neither have even come close to recreating jaw-dropping ‘moments’ akin to Lambert’s Mad World, Bo Bice’s In A Dream or Fantasia Barrino’s Summertime.

Dreadlocked single mum Bowersox continues to offer nothing new save for decent hippie chick renditions of songs we’ve never heard before.

As for dead-eyed DeWyze, he’s the poor man’s David Cook and Chris Daughtry. I don’t think anyone so completely devoid of charisma has ever made it this far.

Listening to him ‘articulate’ is like watching paint dry.

Oh wait, he was a paint store clerk – and constantly reminds us he has the personality of one.

As for post-Idol success, it’s unlikely Bowersox or DeWyze will become top-selling pop stars. In fact, they may rival Taylor Hicks as the show’s least qualified winner.

2. Judgment time

It’s Simon Cowell’s last year on American Idol and it shows.

The Brit music mogul has been disengaged and disinterested and his critiques have lost their wit, spark and originality.

Meanwhile, Kara DioGuardi has become more obnoxious, Randy Jackson irrelevant, and the only thing newbie Ellen DeGeneres has contributed is all of three good jokes.

But what makes the panel even more insufferable is its blatant favouritism towards the over-rated DeWyze.

Perhaps it’s time to fire everyone and hire new replacements. Paula Abdul is optional.

3. Save it for later

Perhaps the most dunder-headed move the judges have made this season was wasting the Judges’ Save on Michael ‘Big Mike’ Lynch when it should’ve been reserved for early front runner Siobhan Magnus, who fell victim to a shocking sixth-place exit.

It was introduced last season as a veto power they could exercise on one voted-off contestant up until the Top Five and spare the person from elimination.

But then Cowell and gang prematurely used the save on Lynch, a lame cheeseball R&B crooner who was never going to get to the end anyway – only because a bigger version of Big Mike already won American Idol back in Season Two.

Instead of going home in ninth position like America wanted him to, Lynch survived all the way to fourth.

As a result, someone as original as Magnus – a female Lambert who injected screaming, crazy outfits and entertainment value to a gigantic snoozefest – was undeservingly booted before her time.

4. Ryan reeks

Who are you and what have you done to Ryan Seacrest?

The normally genial, unbiased and compassionate moderator-emcee raised eyebrows mid-season with his bizarre behaviour.

His on-air exchanges with a visibly uncomfortable Cowell have been more tense and aggressive than usual.

Seacrest also came under fire for awkward statements made to guest mentor Lambert and distracting us by slow-dancing with a male studio audience member during Tim Urban’s performance of I Can’t Help Falling In Love.

Worst of all, the contestants’ hitherto Big Brother began badgering them in such an intrusive, pushy manner as to trigger their tears for sympathy votes, whether it’s Katie Stevens and her Alzheimer’s grandma or Didi Benami and her dead best friend.

Was Seacrest acting crazy just to attract eyeballs to the show – or merely over-caffeinated?

5. Teflon Tim

Does anyone realise the damage Tim Urban has done to the credibility of American Idol and how many better singers he has steamrolled over for his unexpectedly respectable No. 7 placing?

He was a joke. He sang (badly) with either a glazed expression or a plastered-on smile.

He laughed hysterically when the judges slammed him.

Yet, nobody could get rid of him, thanks to anti-American Idol website Vote For The Worst, which fervently campaigned for him as it did for no-hoper Sanjaya Malakar back in Season Six.

Urban ended up being its longest-running mascot, his reign of terror lasting a good nine weeks.

In a twisted way almost, he wasn’t even supposed to be in the Top 24, but the judges gave him a second chance when one of the original semi-finalists was disqualified.

Yet another embarrassing mess-up by those four. Now you see why they have to go?

 

The NewPaper

DYING FOR HER DEBUT

21 May

FIRST INTERVIEW
DYING FOR HER DEBUT
IT IS only her first film role, but it may also be the toughest one she’ll ever play.
By Juliana June Rasul
May 21, 2010
 
 

IT IS only her first film role, but it may also be the toughest one she’ll ever play.

For local TV actress Suhaillah Salam, it couldn’t have got much lower than, well, being lowered into a grave.

In the new Malaysian horror film 2 Alam (Two Worlds), which has no definite release date yet, she plays not only a transgendered character but also a corpse.

Indeed, she spent over eight days on one scene which involved her being cleansed, wrapped and buried the Muslim way.

If that wasn’t enough, the 32-year-old was groped – or at least looked like she was being groped – in two sexually-charged scenes.

In the film, Suhaillah plays Amy, born as Adam, whose life ends tragically.

When his body is taken back to his village for burial, strange things begin to happen.

The movie also stars Suhaillah’s former Cinta Bollywood co-star, Aaron Aziz.

A lesser actress may have baulked at the role, but after getting over the initial shock, Suhaillah said she buckled down to prepare for it.

Her first task? Reading the script over and over again to make sure she understood the character.

But she discovered she had little difficulty identifying with the character: She has known people like Amy all her life, she said.

Challenge

The challenge of playing a corpse was also something she handled with ease.

‘Of course, initially, there was some worry about actually having to go into a grave,’ she told FiRST at 2 Alam’s press conference recently.

‘But I didn’t fear it at all. Why are people scared? You’ll be there one day. You’ll have to experience it anyway.’

The film’s directors, Ed Zarith and Hairie Othman, ‘did not skip any of the parts’ involved in burying the corpse.

‘We went through the whole thing. It was a bit creepy, but I just had to be patient,’ she said.

The experience of playing dead left her feeling sombre and thoughtful, wondering about her late grandparents.

‘I also started to think about friends of the same age who have passed (on),’ she said.

There were also other controversial scenes Suhaillah had to deal with, like appearing as if she was getting touchy-feely with her male co-stars.

Sex scene

One sex scene in a car made her nervous because of the intimacy required between her and actor Faizal Hussein.

Faizal, though, told her ‘not to worry’, and she said he made sure he didn’t touch her at all.

Although she appears nude in the scene, Suhaillah said she was wearing a full bodysuit and jeans.

‘As much as I like to push the envelope, I also have my limits.

‘But it’s great that you can’t see it. It means we’ve successfully tricked everyone!’ she said with a laugh.

Another scene, where she had to bodysurf through a crowd in a club, was managed ‘very professionally’ by the cast and crew on set: The extras were allowed to touch her only in specific places.

Though she doesn’t purport to be liberal, Suhaillah said she forged ahead with the role despite its tough requirements because she had already committed to it and went into the shoot with eyes wide open.

Filming was done in 22 days in Kedah.

Although she was a well-known local personality almost a decade ago, Suhaillah is named in the 2 Alam’s publicity materials as a newcomer.

This could be because the former MTV VJ left the entertainment scene in 2006 to live in London with her Scandinavian husband and their two children.

She returned to Singapore last year, and eased herself into the public gaze.

Said Suhaillah: ‘I go away, I come back, do a few dramas and then I get to do a movie. My name is there, and next to me is Aaron. It feels so surreal.’

 

The NewPaper

Kalau Nak Kahwin Saya Beritahu… Zamani

20 May

Ditulis oleh Rosli Manah
  
  

Selama Zamani menyepi banyak gosip pasal dirinya. Antaranya kisah kononnya Zamani berkahwn dengan seorang gadis Kelantan. Zamani menafikan gosip tersebut.

Malah kata bekas penyanyi utama kumpulan Slam itu, dia tidak akan menyorok pasal perkahwinannya apabila masanya tiba nanti. Tapi sekarang Zamani belum ada perancangan ke arah itu.

 

“Saya tidak kisah apabila ada gosip macam itu. Saya tak ada jawab kepada semua sebab kalau kita panjangkan pun tak ada guna sebab benda kosong kan.

“Insya-Allah, saya tak berani nak kata bila, kalau sudah jodoh saya sampai saya akan beritahulah, walaupun saya tak buat majlis sekalipun saya akan jemput. Benda ini  akan keluar dari mulut saya sendirilah,” kata Zamani kepada Mangga Online.

Zamani sekarang kembali menemui peminatnya setelah lagu single barunya,. Terima Kasih mula diputarkan di radio dan mendapat sambutan menggakkan. Dia juga mula mengadakan persembahan pentas dan show di TV.

“Saya akan mengeluarkan album baru dalam masa terdekat ini. Sebenarnya saya dah rakam enam buah lagu. Pada awalnya mahu keluarkan album mini sahaja, tapi apabila pihak syarikat nampak sambutan sangat menggalakkan, saya diminta menambah rakaman lagu lagi untuk terbitkan album penuh, sebab itulah album tidak dapad dipasarkan lagi.

“Saya masih menyanyi dan tak hilang, saya tak ada lagu baru dan tak ada cerita yang nak diberitahu, jadi saya senyaplah,” katanya apabila ditanya pasal penyepiannya selama ini.

Zamani juga salah seorang artis yang akan memeriahkan Karnival Suara Malaysia anjuran akhbar Mingguan Malaysia di Plaza Angsana, Johor Bahru, Johor pada 29 dan 30 Mei depan. Mangga Online bertndak selaku portal rasmi.

Mahu bawa album ke Jakarta

Zamani dsan Slam pernah popular di Indonesia malah sehingga sekarang namanya masih diingati oleh peminat di sana. Zamani juga berhasrat untuk memperkenalkan album barunya ke sana kerana nampak peluang untuk kembali menghiburkan peminat seberang.

“Ada peminat di sana yang dah tahu saya akan muncul dengan album baru. Kalau ada peluang saya akan cuba bawa album baru ini ke sana,” ujar Zamani.

 

 

 

 

 

Mangga Online

Treasures That Transcend Time

17 May

Fly on the Wall

SK-II Timeless Miracles Exhibition
Treasures that transcend time
By Sylvia Toh Paik Choo Just Paik Choo
May 17, 2010
 
 

WHAT, after all, is timeless for you?

Definitely not time itself, fleet and swift it is with every passing year.

But if you had to, pick and choose something that transcends time and space for you, what would it be?

Thirty brand ambassadors, loyal users, and passionate advocates, were invited by beauty brand SK-II to share their timeless possessions in an exhibition.

The Timeless Miracles Exhibition is to commemorate SK-II’s 30 years in the skincare business. And can be viewed by the public in VivoCity next month.

We got an advance peek. From porcelain sculpture to abandoned flowers, the ocarina to Rubik’s Cube, stars like Hong Kong actor Simon Yam and his model wife Qi Qi had a rummage in the proverbial attic for a personal timeless item.

In our own backyard, watercolours, a copy of Thomas Hardy’s Tess, art deco handbags, wooden chest, eternity rings, leatherbound notebooks, a dress, all evoke a treasure trove of timeless memories.

Corporate lawyer Tan Min-Li’s teddy bear Rufus is ‘a symbol of a happy childhood growing up in peaceful Singapore.’

Keith Png of Hide & Seek boutique chose organza silk ‘for its history, dating back 3,500 BC.’

Fashion show director/producer Daniel Boey lent a trio of silver cups, sporting trophies from his father’s swim wins collection. ‘Forty years on I am still shaped by what they stand for – be the absolute best in everything you do.’

Sulian Tan-Wijaya of Savills offered her painting of New York city. ‘I painted it in 1979, hard to imagine the skyline of the city that never sleeps has hardly changed since.’

A minute’s silence here for the twin towers of the World Trade Centre.

Celebrity make-up artist Andy Lee is a big fan of the timeless actress Audrey Hepburn, ‘She is the epitome of timelessness, not just for her films, but her humanitarian work.’

Fashion designer Wykidd Song picked his favourite pair of jeans riddled with wear and tear. ‘It remains my go-to for just about any occasion.’

If your name’s Wykidd Song you could wear it most anywhere without causing a ripple.

What’s interesting is, not one of the 30 personalities selected to exhibit a sake bottle.

Because it was in a sake brewery that the miracle of SK-II’s pitera ingredient was born (from the yeast fermentation process).

Kanpai, anyway.

 

The NewPaper

FROM TV TO STAGE

17 May

Will the move boost careers of S’pore Idols?
FROM TV TO STAGE
By Juliana June Rasul
May 17, 2010
 
 

THEY have brought crowds to their feet with vocal swagger. But acting?

TAUFIK BATISAH IN FRIED RICE PARADISE

That’s going to be an interesting challenge for Idol winner Taufik Batisah and second season runner-up Jonathan Leong.

On Aug 20, Taufik, 28, will don a helmet wig and flared trousers to play Johan, the guy-next-door with a heart of gold in an update of Dick Lee’s Fried Rice Paradise musical. It will be the first time he is acting since the Idol drama Shooting Stars in 2005.

And on June 17, Leong will tackle both songs and spandex as the lead for the first big theatrical production at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Voyage de la Vie. It will be a Cirque du Soleil-type show with Leong handling acrobatics, music and acting on stage.

For these Idols, who inspired fan adoration during the show, it is an opportunity to grow their star power, says Hype Records boss and Singapore Idol judge Ken Lim.

Already established in the Malay music industry, Taufik now has a chance to be ‘branded as a local personality’ through his role in Fried Rice, said Lim.

Leong is returning to the public eye after a long post-Idol break, and Lim said the exposure will ‘make him accessible’.

As the person who oversees the careers of both Taufik and Leong, Lim said their involvement in musicals are a natural extension, rather than a distraction.

— PICTURES: SINGAPORE REPERTORY THEATRE, RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA

For Leong, 27, his return to the public eye on such a large scale begs the question: Where has he been all this time?

After Idol, he completed his degree at the National University of Singapore and then for two years took vocal lessons, studied acting and taught himself how to play musical instruments like the guitar. He has also been brushing up on his Mandarin. All of which should serve him well in what would be the role of a lifetime in Voyage.

‘Looking back at Idol, I’m actually not happy with how my voice sounded. It was only later that I realised that if I wanted to take this career seriously and stay in this industry, I need to better myself,’ he said.

He said that after Idol, he was fielding offers to do acting work on TV and in theatre, all of which he rejected. ‘I felt like I wanted to take up projects that I myself would want to see. I was examining options, and seeking out a proper career route.’

Voyage, he said, came at the right time. He was cast in the role last year, and has already been through eight months of acrobatics, acting and vocal training.

To have Leong on the traditional pop star career path of putting out albums would have been ‘ridiculous’, said Lim.

‘That sort of thing is not really viable in Singapore. We don’t have the market for it.’

JONATHAN LEONG IN VOYAGE DE LA VIE

Instead, with Voyage, Leong will be seen every day, for months, by both a local and international audience.

Show director Philip McKinley said there is ‘hope that this made-in-Singapore production will eventually travel far and wide, not just within Asia but to Europe as well’.

Being accessible

Lim said that being accessible is also a key concern in Taufik’s career, despite the numerous trophies and promising album sales under his belt.

‘Taufik’s career, so far, has been focused on the Malay music industry. With the musical, we are trying to build him as someone with local branding,’ he said. ‘Fried Rice is something that everyone can go and see.’

Dick Lee, who is directing the updated version of his own musical, originally staged in 1991, said that he has no qualms about Taufik’s lack of stage experience.

‘This is a chance for people to see how much charisma he has,’ said Lee.

‘Pop singers who migrate to theatre may not be very experienced in acting on stage, but great charisma and talent, of course, go a long way in making them stand out.’

Taufik thinks his new venture is a ‘natural progression’.

‘The challenge will be to not play myself,’ he said.

‘I like to try something new every year, and this will be it. It will definitely prepare me for other parts of the entertainment industry which I’m looking to explore.’

 

The NewPaper