Archive | February, 2010


26 Feb

February 26, 2010

Jonathan Rhys Meyers has come a long way from getting bit parts as assassins and gangsters to playing The King in the award-winning TV mini-series Elvis, as well as Henry VIII in The Tudors.

Now, the 33-year-old Irish actor explores the action genre in From Paris With Love, directed by Pierre Morel of District 13 and Taken fame, and produced by Luc Besson.

The action thriller, which opens here today, sees Meyers playing James Reese, a personal aide to the US ambassador in France who moonlights as a low-level CIA operative. Desperate for some real spy action, he readily agrees to be partner John Travolta’s special agent Charlie Wax. That’s when Reese learns the hard truth that a real-life spy is no James Bond.

What attracted you to From Paris With Love?

I wanted to work with Pierre Morel because I enjoyed Taken. I also wanted to work with John Travolta and Luc Besson.

I get to play a guy who has something kind of childish about him, though he’s very grown-up and a very responsible guy. But he has this idea of what being a spy is all about and it’s mainly stuff out of comic books.

That element makes him like a child in a sense, but then slowly he starts to realise that it’s not all James Bond cars, nice suits and covert operations. It’s very dirty, bloody, messy and disgusting. He is sort of living out his fantasy and the fantasy turns into a nightmare in front of him.

Were you excited to be making this action movie?

Yes, but it’s hard. When you’re making an action movie, the more enjoyable things are when you’re just doing acting scenes. And the reason is, action scenes look cool but are complicated, they are technically complicated to shoot. And there’s no flow, it’s all little bits, little vignettes and then you cut it together to make it look cool. But it’s not cool to shoot, it just takes time.

What’s your approach to a character like Reese?

I have a backstory for him in my head, what this kid could have been like, growing up, high school, night school, all these things. He’s not somebody who went to Harvard. He is someone who has to wear a facade a lot. But he’s not a character who’s burdened by complexities. Reese has a heart, he is a hopeful guy. He wants to think the best of people.

Reese is mesmerised by Wax. Was it the same for you working with John Travolta?

I wouldn’t say I was mesmerised but I’m so fond of him. We’ve had the greatest time together because he is a really genuine guy, generous and warm.

He has been in movies a long time, so he’s got a lot of great stories and a lot of experience. He is an icon of his time.

When Reese sees Wax, he’s mesmerised because it’s not what he expected. What he expected was somebody who’s neat and proper, and dressed in suits. What he gets is somebody who looks like he’s from a biker club in Florida. Wax wears loud jewellery and has a very intense, very big American personality. So Reese is shocked by meeting the opposite of what he thought he was going to be, he had a preconception in his head.

I had no preconception about John, but I just had a great time with him.

Would you say they develop a buddy relationship?

It’s a certain type of buddy relationship because it’s like a mentor-student buddy relationship.

I have to go through a lot of really dorky stuff, ethical issues, and Reese is far more ethical than Wax.

So it’s a buddy movie where there are people who have different ideals and you’re allowed to have different ideals, yet have the same goal that you’re going towards.

Could you tell us more about your female partner Kasia Smutniak, who plays Caroline?

Kasia is just great, a wonderful girl. She is Polish, which I like because I’m Irish and there’s a weird similarity there.

She’s an exceptional actress. You very rarely get an ex-model who really knows how to act. I don’t know why, maybe because for years they have to focus on the appearance, but she actually has chops as an actor.

I just thought the world of her. She was a lot of fun to work with. I think people are really going to like her in the movie.

How would you describe Pierre Morel?

I love Pierre. I think he’s nuts in all the right ways. He is a great technician, a great operator. He’s an easy-going guy, he works very, very hard, and he’s got a lot of energy, he’s very high energy. He’s smart too. I find myself very at ease with Pierre. He’s a cool guy and he’s a really good director.

The NewPaper


26 Feb

By Kwok Kar Peng
February 26, 2010

Onscreen, it was supposed to be the hottest summer in Hong Kong, Beijing and Shenzhen.

Temperatures soared to a sweltering 45 deg Celsius.

Off-screen, the cast for the movie Hot Summer Days had to look even hotter.

Babes like Vivian Hsu, Rene Liu and Barbie Hsu didn’t just have water sprayed on them to make them look like they were perspiring, they also had olive massage oil rubbed on their bodies.

The result: Glistening skin dripping with beads of perspiration.

5 love stories

The movie is, after all, co-directed by Wing Shya, one of Hong Kong’s top fashion, film and art photographers.

Hot Summer Days, made up of five different love stories, is co-directed by Tony Chan.

Vivian’s story takes place mostly in a sushi bar. Daniel Wu, who plays an uptight sushi chef, spurns Vivian’s character Wasabi as he feels he’s not good enough for her.

Rene and Jacky Cheung provide the laughs, playing a pair of blue-collared strangers who become acquainted serendipitously after he accidentally sends an SMS to her.

Angelababy and Jing Boran star in a heartwarming story of a village boy who braves 100 days under the heat to win the hand of the village belle.

Adding a sombre note to the movie is Barbie Hsu and Nicholas Tse’s relationship, which ends prematurely due to an illness.

The last story has Chinese actor Duan Yihong starring as a famous photographer who loses his eyesight suddenly. His assistant, played by Fu Xinbo, stays by his side as they try to find the model who has cursed him.

The movie opens here today.

While art mimics life, life isn’t always as pretty or glamorous as art.

Angelababy, a rising Hong Kong model-actress, told FiRST that she felt like an ‘oily chicken wing getting fried under the hot summer sun’ every day during filming.

‘It was also very dusty and I felt like a chicken wing sprinkled with pepper,’ the 20-year-old, said laughing.

She also had pimples breaking out on her face and body.

Taiwanese actress-host Barbie, 33, told us she felt like a suckling pig being roasted.

‘The crew would take a brush to smear me with oil and I’d spin around for them. It was very uncomfortable,’ she said.

The directors had ordered every inch of the cast members’ skins to be oiled.

Barbie said: ‘I felt hot, itchy and oily. Everywhere I sat, I left oil stains.

‘I could also hear groans of discomfort from the cast. The guys had it worse. They were perspiring and it was really disgusting to mix sweat with oil.’

Taiwanese actress-singer Rene, 40, said she perspired so much that she didn’t need to have a lot of oil smeared on her.

‘I wore a wig for the movie and we filmed during summer. It was like wearing a hairy hat. I perspired so much that the directors even asked me to wipe my sweat away,’ she said.

Vivian, 34, said the oil used was very expensive and of a very high grade.

She said: ‘Actresses usually have to use a lot of powder on our faces to reduce sheen but all of us went almost without make-up in this movie. So our skin was very moisturised with the oil.

‘But because we were so nourished and moisturised, my skin broke out in pimples after filming. I haven’t had pimples for a long time.’

Vivian also had to take care not to smear her branded sponsored clothes with oil during filming.

Her character Wasabi is decked out in Christian Dior and Ports International outfits, while Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin sponsored her stilettos.

Louis Vuitton also allowed the movie’s costume designer to pick limited edition handbags launched over the past decade so that Wasabi could have matching accessories.

Vivian naturally felt pressured not to dirty the items.

‘Once the director yelled ‘cut’, I spread my legs and arms out rigidly so the oil wouldn’t smear onto the outfits. It was terrible,’ she said.

But there were scenes which the Taiwanese actress-singer enjoyed thoroughly, such as her kissing scene with Daniel Wu, she said.

Vivian had told the media earlier that the hunky American-born Chinese actor was a great kisser.

She said she didn’t feel uncomfortable kissing him, nor did she want to push him away.

The couple did 20 takes for their smooching scene in a sushi bar owned by Daniel’s character Mr Soya Sauce.

The directors wanted a perfect scene.

So they filmed it from many different angles: A close-up, a half-body shot, from the top, from a wide angle zooming to a close-up, and even a 360-degree circular shot.

There were also technical NGs (no good takes) when the lighting wasn’t right.

Co-director Tony Chan said the scene took a full day to film.

‘We had time that day. Plus, it was quite fun watching them kiss,’ he said.

Another scene to look out for in the sushi bar is a cameo by veteran actress Maggie Cheung. This is her first Chinese movie in six years.

Other stars making guest appearances include Twins’ Charlene Choi, Grasshoppers’ Calvin Choy, Conroy Chan and Shawn Yue.

Maggie plays a woman who breaks down in the sushi bar after a tiff with her lover on the phone. She then shares her own experiences with Mr Soya Sauce.

While the role was created beforehand, the dialogue was changed after Maggie had a round of discussions with the directors.

Tony said Maggie got involved in Hot Summer Days as a favour to the movie’s other director, Wing, who is her good friend.

She wasn’t paid for the role.

All she got was sushi and a chance to catch up with friends and former colleagues.

Tony said: ‘We respect her so we didn’t want to appear to be using her to promote the movie or make money, so we didn’t mention that she was in it while doing publicity earlier on.’

This is also why they didn’t invite her to the movie’s gala premiere in Hong Kong in early February, and possibly why she was credited only as ‘Miss Cheung’ at the end of the movie.

‘I felt hot, itchy and oily. Everywhere I sat, I left oil stains.’

Barbie Hsu


HONG Kong’s God of Songs Jacky Cheung is a hard customer to please when it comes to massages.

But he has finally found the masseuse with the Midas touch – his Hot Summer Days co-star, Taiwanese singer-actress Rene Liu.

Jacky, 48, plays blue-collar worker Ah Wah who works hard to support his young daughter after his wife abandons them.

Nothing is beneath this man, even walking around simmering Hong Kong dressed as a giant blue ice cube, inviting thirsty pedestrians to sip cool drinks from his costume.

He was instantly endearing when FiRST met him in Hong Kong recently at the movie’s gala premiere.

Jacky chatted and laughed easily and even made Rene blush when he told reporters from China and Singapore what a talented and pretty artiste she is.

Foot reflexology

‘I most enjoyed the scene where she massaged my feet. She isn’t just an actress, she’s really superb at foot reflexology,’ he said.

Rene plays Li Yan, a down-and-out pianist who ends up as a foot reflexologist to earn her keep.

The two strangers ‘meet’ when Hong Konger Ah Wah accidentally sends an SMS to Li Yan, who lives in Shenzhen.

So good is Rene at foot reflexology that she was able to tell the ailments Jacky was suffering from just by massaging his feet.

Said Jacky: ‘Something bad always happens after I get a massage, except for the time with Rene. I wasn’t able to move my body once after a massage following a concert.’

Rene also had nothing but praise for her co-star, saying: ‘I only need three minutes to know if someone is truly a good man or trained to be one. He’s the former.’

Before Jacky was hurried away by his publicist, a reporter asked him to critique Maggie Cheung’s cameo in Hot Summer Days.

Taken aback, he replied good-

humouredly: ‘I’m an amateur actor, she’s a best actress winner many times over. It’s hard to critique her.

‘Get her to sing and I’ll comment on her performance okay?’

The NewPaper

HK Singer Gigi Leung's Family Disapprove Of Her Beau

26 Feb

HONG KONG : Hong Kong singer-actress Gigi Leung has been dating her French boyfriend for over three years but he still has not met her family as they do not approve of him.

“My family is conservative, they could not accept my relationship with my foreign boyfriend right from the beginning, though they all respect my decision,” Leung told reporters at a store-opening of a fashion label on Wednesday.

Leung admitted that her boyfriend was perturbed by her family’s refusal to accept him.

However, the 34-year-old singer said that she would “let nature take its course” and “not rush things”. She also pointed out that they are “not considering marriage yet”.

Last year, Hong Kong media reported that the songbird was seeing a media-shy 40-year-old Frenchman, a furniture designer known only as Sly. Prior to that, Leung dated Hong Kong actor-singer Ekin Cheng for six years before splitting in 2006.

Leung’s boyfriend was not the only thing on her mind. She is working hard and saving up as she hopes to be able to buy a house as a gift to her family this year.

“I live in Central while my family lives in Sai Kung. I want them to move to somewhere near my home so we can see each other more often,” said Leung, adding that she had no specific budget and wanted to find a place her family likes.

Leung added that she is currently in the midst of preparing for her next Cantonese album but would still visit her family whenever she has time.

“I don’t know when I will need to fly off. When I travel, I might be gone for a whole month and will really miss my family,” she said.

– CNA/ha

Channel News Asia

Bintang Idola Kecil TV9 Dalam Misteri Rumah Tua

25 Feb

SELEPAS selesai mengikuti program realiti hiburan kanak-kanak Idola Kecil 2, kini mereka memanjangkan lagi bakat nyanyian mereka kepada lakonan menerusi drama bersiri Idola Kecil Misteri Rumah Tua.

Drama bersiri ini akan dibintangi peserta Idola Kecil 2 seperti Dayana (Siti Amirah Dayana Mohd Amerullah), Azzam (Muhammad Azzammuddin Lop Hisham), Arill (Muhamad Fhazrill Fesol), Maulud (Mohd Farid Mohd Azmi), Ain (Zur’Ain Abd Rahim), Fienaz (Syafienaz Shari), Tasha (Nurul Natasha Jaffri), Nurul (Nurul Ain Sollehah), Jiha (Noranajihah Yunus) dan Sam (Khor Sam).

Misteri Rumah Tua sudah memulakan penggambarannya di sekitar Hulu Pangsun, Hulu Selangor sepanjang cuti sekolah sempena sambutan Hari Raya Cina lalu.

Drama bersiri yang merangkumi tiga episod ini akan disiarkan di TV9 pada cuti sekolah iaitu 15, 16 dan 17 Mac ini jam 7 malam.

Peserta Idola Kecil 2 ini juga akan bergandingan dengan pelakon berpengalaman seperti Illya (Senario) yang melakonkan watak sebagai bapa tiri Dayana dan Arill serta Fizz Fairuz sebagai bapa kepada Azzam. Kisah ini bermula apabila Azzam yang baru kematian ibu sentiasa mengalami mimpi ngeri yang penuh misteri di mana di dalam mimpi itu Azzam sering bertemu dengan seorang kanak-kanak perempuan berpakaian gaun putih.

Kanak-kanak itu yang dilakonkan oleh Dayana seolah-olah mengajak Azzam ke suatu tempat seperti ingin menunjukkan sesuatu. Azzam menceritakan mimpi ngerinya kepada bapanya tetapi atas nasihat doktor, bapanya membawa Azzam pulang berehat di kampung kerana menyangka Azzam berada di dalam keadaan trauma kerana kematian ibu kesayangan.

Azzam ingin membuktikan bahawa itu semua tidak benar. Ketika pulang ke kampung, dia melihat sebuah rumah usang yang sering muncul di dalam mimpinya. Azzam dengan bantuan sepupu dan rakan-rakan, nekad untuk menyiasat rumah misteri yang sentiasa muncul di dalam mimpinya. Apabila tiba di rumah itu mereka dapati rumah itu didiami oleh seorang lelaki yang tidak pernah bercampur dengan jiran tetangganya.

Sikap ingin tahu Azzam berlipat ganda apabila dia melihat kelibat seorang budak perempuan di hadapan rumah itu yang seakan-akan budak di dalam mimpinya. Misteri mimpinya bertambah apabila budak perempuan di dalam mimpinya itu menangis dan meminta Azzam menyelamatkannya. Dengan ditemani sepupunya, Azzam berjaya memasuki rumah itu dan bertemu dengan Arill, seorang budak lelaki yang kurus yang diikat dan dikurung.

Segala teka-teki terjawab apabila Arill memberitahu ayah tirinya (Illya Senario) yang mengalami sakit jiwa mendera dia dan kakaknya, Dayana, setelah kematian ibu mereka. Situasi menjadi semakin cemas apabila lelaki kurang siuman itu menangkap dan turut mengurung Azzam di dalam rumah itu. Apakah kesudahan drama menarik ini? Sampai bilakah roh Dayana akan terus menghantui Azzam.

Berita Harian

Hot Babes Basted With Oil Like 'Chicken Wings'

25 Feb

Hot babes basted with oil like ‘chicken wings’
February 25, 2010

LOOKING pretty doesn’t come easy, as the babes of Hot Summer Days found out.


It was, in fact, agonising. Beauty does come with a price after all.

Its leading ladies, Vivian Hsu, Rene Liu, Barbie Hsu and Angelababy, were basted with olive massage oil all over their bodies before being sprayed with water to make them look like they were sweating.

Why the trouble?

Simply because directors Wing Shya and Tony Chan wanted perspiration to look sexy in the movie. After all, the movie is about five love stories blossoming in the summer heat.

Rising Hong Kong model-actress Angelababy associated her experience to being ‘an oily chicken wing getting fried under the hot summer sun’.

The 20-year-old told FiRST: ‘It was also very dusty and I felt like a chicken wing sprinkled with pepper.’

Many of the actresses suffered an outbreak of pimples over their faces and bodies.

But it wasn’t all hard work for Vivian.

The Taiwanese actress-singer thoroughly enjoyed kissing her co-star, Daniel Wu, as the hunky American-born Chinese actor was a great kisser.

On the other side of the world, several rising starlets are breaking the stereotype that young Hollywood is populated with party animals like Lindsay Lohan and Mischa Barton.

Amanda Seyfried, the star of Dear John, leads the ‘good girl’ brigade that comprises Emma Watson, Anna Kendrick, Dakota Fanning and Emma Roberts, each determined to show everyone that their heads are screwed on right and that there’s nothing wrong being boring squeaky-clean girls.

As for Jonathan Rhys Meyers, a change in direction may be good for his career.

Known for his dramatic prowess, the Irish actor has embraced the action genre, playing a wannabe spy in From Paris With Love, which also stars John Travolta.

Read more about these hotties and heart-throbs in our FiRST movie section in The New Paper tomorrow.

Also, find out how you can win in-season movie passes to Agora, Dear John, Goemon and From Paris With Love, as well as Hot Summer Days movie premiums.

The NewPaper

Church Sues Hollywood For Using Rio's Christ Statue In Movie

25 Feb

RIO DE JANEIRO : Brazil’s Catholic Church is suing Hollywood for using unauthorised images of Rio’s famous giant Christ statue in its disaster movie blockbuster “2012,” a lawyer involved in the case told AFP Wednesday.

Rio de Janeiro’s archdiocese is demanding unspecified damages and interest from Columbia Pictures for showing the iconic landmark being destroyed in a worldwide apocalypse in a film that came out last year, the archdiocese’s attorney, Claudine Dutra, said.

The archdiocese manages copyright issues related to the 40-metre (130-foot) high statue erected in 1931, which overlooks Rio with its arms outstretched.

Under Brazilian law, copyright resides in the author of a work until his death, and then is passed on to his heirs or estate or successor entity for another 70 years.

The Christ the Redeemer statue was created by Paul Landowski, a French artist of Polish descent, on commission from the Rio archdiocese and erected in 1931.

Landowski died in 1961, meaning the archdiocese holds copyright until 2032, when the sculpture becomes part of the public domain.

In practice, Dutra said, the archdiocese allows use of images of the statue “in 99 per cent of cases.”

But it turned down Columbia Pictures’ request to show the statue being destroyed by a giant wave.

“The archdiocese refused the use of the religious symbol during pre-production of the movie, but Columbia Pictures did not respect the prohibition,” she said.

Dutra added that “many faithful have said they are shocked and offended by the images of the destruction of this sanctuary that the archdiocese wanted to preserve.

“We want Columbia Pictures to publicly declare that it did not intend to cause offence.”

Negotiations have been going on since December, a month after the film came out, to settle the lawsuit.

“We are at the start of negotiations and don’t know the amount of damages we are looking at. That will depend on an expert’s evaluation,” Dutra said.

The statue is Brazil’s most visited tourist monument, with 1.8 million visitors a year.

It is one of the best-known modern landmarks in the world, along with Paris’s Eiffel Tower, Washington’s White House and Sydney’s Opera House.

– AFP/il

Channel News Asia

Inch Chua's Texas Dream Gig

25 Feb

SINGAPORE: Best known for her introspective acoustic vibes and electronic stylings, Singapore singer-songwriter Inch Chua is just 21, but she’s definitely willing to go more than a mile for her musical dreams.

She is the first local solo artiste to be selected to perform in the prestigious SXSW (South by South West) music festival in Austin, Texas in the United States. She will be joining almost 2,000 musical acts from over 40 countries in a festival that runs in mid-March this year.

The petite girl will be travelling to Texas with her soundman Leonard Soosay, guitar guy Mark John and her guitar which she affectionately named Ruby Blue.

When Chua hits the US, she will be first head to Los Angeles for a string of radio spots and some performances before heading to Texas for the main event.

“It will be the second time I’d be ever leaving the country [Singapore] for a show and the first time I am ever stepping onto US soil. I am hoping to find a breakthrough somewhere and sort of get into the US market somehow,” said Chua.

And to do that, Chua is currently practising hard for the big gig, but admitted that she should be practising a little more instead of being distracted by songwriting.

“I wish I did [practise more]. I wish I was more obedient. I try to practise as much as I can but I like to write [songs] rather than practise, it’s a very cathartic thing,” said Chua sheepishly before breaking out into laughter.

The main obstacle that stands between this talented young singer and her big trip is the S$20,000 she needs for travel expenses. Chua is determined to find a way and has recently held a concert in the 15 Minutes cafe at the La Salle College of the Arts, to raise money for her trip.

Holding a fundraising concert would seem like a logical thing to do if an artiste needed a little bit of cash, but what boggles the mind is that admission to the concert was free and all the funds raised were donations from the attendees.

“The response was amazing. It is really amazing how people would go to the extent where they are willing to pull out money from their pocket to support this cause,” said Chua.

“The place was packed. I am really impressed by the amount of people who are so supportive of local talent. You always think a lot of Singaporeans would be quite [unsupportive].”

If she needed money, it might be quicker to just record and sell her albums. However, Chua refuses to do so.

She said that it would go against her belief that recorded albums were not end products to be sold, but tools “to get [her] music out there” and encourage people to pay to watch her live performances and experience the music.

“Over the past few years, music has kind of shifted in the direction where the albums are more important than the live shows and you get a lot of people who over-process productions… I want to distance myself from that,” said Chua.

“Live shows should be the way to go. There is nothing more [important] than just experiencing the music,” said Chua

So although she could use the extra income, Chua refuses to charge for her recorded albums and has kept her albums available for download on the Internet, completely free of charge with no strings attached.

“A lot of people don’t understand that,” said Chua. “I really do believe that music is meant to be free.”

– CNA/ha

Channel News Asia

Tony Leung's Surgery Causes Further Delays In 'Grand Master'

25 Feb

HONG KONG: Hong Kong actor Tony Leung is preparing to undergo surgery after doctors found that his old arm injury was not healing properly.

The 47-year-old actor broke a bone in his left arm in an accident during a martial arts practice session for martial arts film “The Grand Master” in July last year.

Leung’s surgery will delay shooting of “The Grand Master” yet again.

“The Grand Master”, Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai’s film about Bruce Lee’s martial arts teacher Ip Man, has been beset by a whole host of complications since its inception in 2002.

In 2004, Leung, who plays Ip Man, was slated to begin martial arts training for his role in the film. However, Leung suffered a ski injury and had to rest for six months, causing filming for “The Grand Master” to be pushed back.

In 2006, Wong became busy with “My Blueberry Nights” while Leung had no time to do “The Grand Master” as he was involved in “Lust, Caution” and “Red Cliff”, leading to further delays.

Over the past few months, Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, who plays the female lead in the film, became embroiled in a number of high-profile scandals. This forced the production team to spend time adjusting Zhang’s involvement in the film.

After finally getting a permit from the provincial government to shoot in Guangdong, China, filming was recently delayed again by exceptionally bad weather.

Plagued by mishaps and delays, Wong was beaten to the punch by Hong Kong producer Raymond Wong, who released the similarly themed film “Ip Man” in 2008. Following the box office success of the first film, the sequel “Ip Man 2” will be released later this year, while Wong continues to struggle to complete “The Grand Master”.

– CNA/ha

Channel News Asia

Triple H Perkenal Mainan Anak Patung

24 Feb

BINTANG World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Triple H, telah menyertai satu majlis di mana anak-anak patung watak-watak dan aksesori WWE yang baru keluaran syarikat Mattel diperkenalkan.

Majlis tersebut berlangsung sempena Pesta Mainan New York.

Dalam ucapan mereka Presiden Mattel Brands, Neil Friedman, dan Ketua Pegawai Operasi (COO) WWE, Donna Goldsmith, menyatakan tentang kerjasama antara kedua- dua syarikat itu, selain rekaan di sebalik watak-watak WWE yang dihasilkan untuk mereka yang gemar mengumpul barangan mainan tersebut.

Di majlis itu, Triple H – juara sedunia sebanyak 13 kali yang terkenal dengan gerakannya yang diberi nama Pedigree – memperkenalkan mainan anak patung wataknya.

‘Mainan anak patung watak-watak dan aksesori WWE merupakan mainan yang lengkap dan realistik yang pernah dihasilkan.

‘Ia merupakan kerjasama rapat antara kedua-dua syarikat gergasi.

‘Kami yakin para pengumpul mainan akan menyukai butir-butir terperinci yang ada pada watak-watak mainan itu, sedang kanak-kanak pula akan tertarik dengan cara mainan itu bergerak serta inovasinya,’ kata Friedman.

Goldsmith pula berkata:

‘Mainan-mainan baru WWE ini merupakan yang pertama yang mampu memaparkan segala ‘drama’ dan aksi yang berlangsung dalam gelanggang dengan penuh terperinci melibatkan para bintang WWE.

‘Watak-watak dan aksesori mainan ini juga mencerminkan kandungan bimbingan ibu bapa (PG) WWE yang mesra keluarga.’

Mattel and WWE bergabung tenaga melancarkan portfolio menyeluruh watak-watak dan aksesori WWE yang mula dijual kepada orang ramai Januari lalu.

Antara yang dijual termasuk watak-watak FlexForce bagi para peminatnya yang masih muda serta watak-watak mainan Elite and Entrance Great bagi para pengumpul mainan yang lebih serius.

Produk-produk lain termasuk rekaan yang direka khas khusus untuk kanak-kanak seperti para bintang gelanggang, tali pinggang kejuaraan, alat megafon dalam gelanggang, dan Tough Talkers yang mampu mengeluarkan bunyi-bunyi ayat yang sering diluahkan para penggusti.

Mattel adalah sebuah syarikat mainan yang terunggul dalam rekaan, pengilangan dan pemasaran mainan serta produk-produk yang mesra keluarga.

Antara mainan lain keluaran Mattel termasuk anak patung Barbie, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, American Girl, Radica dan Tyco.


Salamiah Hassan Harungi Cabaran Besar Didik Anak

24 Feb

A. Kadir Pandi

SELAMA 40 tahun bergelar ibu tunggal, penyanyi Salamiah Hassan, 58 tahun, banyak menerima cabaran hidup.

Beliau pernah dituduh dan dihalau oleh bekas suaminya dan menjadi isteri kedua kepada seorang kenamaan.

Namun, Salamiah tetap bersabar menerima tohmahan yang tidak berasas itu. Malah, katanya, dugaan hidup yang dialaminya sewaktu membesarkan kededua anaknya dijadikan iktibar untuk terus berjaya dalam hidupnya.

‘Waktu itu, saya terpaksa bekerja di dua tempat. Siang hari saya bekerja di sebuah syarikat iklan dan malam pula saya menyanyi di sebuah kelab di Kuala Lumpur.

‘Semua ini saya lakukan untuk membesarkan kedua-dua anak saya agar mereka berjaya dalam pelajaran.

‘Saya tidak nafikan waktu itu saya begitu tertekan menjalani hidup. Sekarang, usaha saya sudah mendapat ganjarannya.

‘Anak pertama saya, Raja Puteri Atilia, 36 tahun, lulus dalam bidang pengiklanan, dan anak kedua saya, Raja Ahmad Shah, 31 tahun, yang baru tiga tahun berumah tangga, lulus dalam bidang kejuruteraan bunyi,’ kata Salamiah, yang ditemui baru-baru ini.


Katanya lagi, beliau tidak terlintas langsung untuk berkahwin lagi.

‘Bukan saya kecewa dengan perkahwinan saya yang gagal itu. Saya sudah mempunyai anak lelaki dan perempuan. Saya perlu berikan tumpuan kepada mereka,’ jelas beliau.

Menurutnya, tuduhan bahawa hubungannya dengan bekas mentuanya tidak baik juga tidak tepat.

‘Kami masih lagi berhubungan. Bekas emak mentua saya masih baik dengan saya. Begitu juga dengan bekas adik ipar saya. Mereka masih sayangkan saya,’ kata Salamiah.

Baginya, apa yang dilaluinya itu merupakan laluan hidup yang biasa – difitnah kerana manusia memang sedia melakukan apa saja untuk mencari kepuasan.

‘Saya ada prinsip kesabaran. Allah selalu bersama orang yang sabar,’ katanya.

Walaupun usianya hampir 60 tahun, suaranya masih lunak seperti dahulu. Malah, undangan menyanyi datang bertubi-tubi.

‘Saya kini sibuk menyanyi dalam majlis-majlis korporat, selain menyanyi di acara No Black Tie (NBT) di Kuala Lumpur.


‘Saya juga amalkan makan sayur-sayuran. Mungkin itu sebabnya suara saya tidak terjejas walaupun saya sudah berusia 58 tahun,’ kata Salamiah.

‘Waktu menyanyi di Indonesia, Pak Endang salah seorang pemuzik yang mengiringi saya. Beliau pelawa saya merakamkan lagu. Saya tidak perlu keluarkan wang, semua perbelanjaan akan dikeluarkan oleh beliau.

‘Yang menyenangkan, beliau mempunyai studio rakaman sendiri. Saya hanya perlu ke Bogor untuk merakamkan semua lapan buah lagu yang diciptanya.

‘Segala keuntungan hasil daripada penjualan album itu di Indonesia dan Malaysia nanti akan saya dermakan kepada rumah-rumah anak yatim.

‘Saya dah sampaikan hasrat saya ini kepada Pak Endang. Kalau tidak ada halangan, mungkin pada April ini album tersebut akan berada di pasaran,’ cerita Salamiah.

Sebelum ini, beliau pernah menghasilkan album berjudul Tirai Terakhir, namun ia kurang mendapat sambutan kerana tidak banyak publisiti yang dilakukan.

Salamiah pernah popular dengan lagu-lagu seperti Gelombang, Menghitung Hari dan Surat Terakhir.