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


31 May

Fly on the Wall
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.


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

Carrie-Ing On At The Merc-Benz Center

31 May

Fly on the Wall

Sex & The City 2 post-screening party
Carrie-ing on at the Merc-Benz Center
By Sylvia Toh Paik Choo
May 31, 2010

THE Bombshell, the Fashionista, the Player, the Socialite. Well, you have to have had cable.

To have been impressed by four girls living and loving – and occasionally working – in New York City.

The television series of Sex And The City was ground-breaking for about half a season, so naturally, it had to have its movie franchise.

Except that on a far wider screen, you close in on how the girls have aged. And to begin with, they aren’t really that attractive. In fact, SJP is quite ugly.

Ohwhoamikidding. Isoenvythatlifestyle.

A taste of which coupla hundred moviegoers got to experience at the SATC2 film screening and post-event party.

From Sex etc in VivoCity, ticketholders were bussed (I know) to the Mercedes-Benz Center in Alexandra Road for a Moet & Chandon night of bubbly.

The champagne company designed four cocktails for the occasion, hence those four names, after Charlotte, Miranda, Samantha and Carrie. The mixes are enough to make that Benedictine monk Dom Perignon weep. (FYI Moet & Chandon owns DP.)

Never be the first to show up at a party, never be the last to turn on your heels and leave.

You arrive first and no camera flashes pop, uh-oh. Last to go means you have no other life.

Don’t make an entrance, unless your Mr Big is a real-life Mr Big. Instead, blend in with those who arrive in a bunch.

Tips from Carrie?

No, more like tips from Scarrie.

General consensus for SATC2: You must go with low expectations, you must not care about story, you must just love fashion and clothes, and Liza Minelli was the best thing in the movie.

Party animal

‘Er, I didn’t see it, I’m here for the party.’

Among the sexy city folk we toasted, MsMarion Caunter, host of E! News Asia. The Penangite beat off 500 who auditioned, ‘not counting those who sent in DVDs of themselves’ and says she so loves what she’s doing she can hardly call it ‘a job’.

There was Irene Ang and Rebecca Tan, David Gan and Ashley Isham, Francis Cheong and Dawns Yeoh and Yang, Jade Seah, and Andrea De Cruz and Pierre Png, and Dominic Lau, Marion’s co-host who is from Hong Kong and is hot and hunky.

David said he could style all four girls’ hair, but if he had to choose one, it would be Carrie’s.

Oh, here’s another tip: Use the elevator in the Mercedes-Benz Center, please. Walking up the see-through spiral stairs in your SATC baju is a definite no-no.


The NewPaper

S.H.E's Selina Jen Goes Public About Her Boyfriend

31 May

TAIPEI: Mando-pop trio S.H.E’s Selina Jen got the surprise of her life on Saturday when her beau, lawyer Richard Chang, called her his “wife” during the group’s concert in Taipei, reported China Times.

“I hope S.H.E. won’t stop singing because of me,” Chang said after grabbing a microphone.

“I love you my wife!”

Jen was flabbergasted.

“What did you just call me? My god.” said Jen.

Her knees buckled and she started sobbing soon after.

“I can finally publicise our relationship, everyone got their ticket’s worth,” Jen told the cheering crowd.

Chang, who had attended the concert with Jen’s parents, quickly went backstage after expressing his love.

“This really showed us what love is. Selina had been in love and had gotten hurt before, we are very moved that she can overcome her past,” said Jen’s band mates Hebe Tien and Ella Chen.

They were also moved by Chang’s romantic gesture but were not surprised at all.

It turned out that Chang had been very worried that his proclamation of love would negatively affect the pop group and had consulted everyone involved, including Jen’s parents, band mates and even her boss before carrying out his plan.

“He was so anxious that I was afraid he would chicken out, but he turned up anyway. He had to take a drink for courage, but he managed to do it in the end… I am really happy for Selina,” said Tien during an after party for the concert.

Channel News Asia

HK Actress Linda Chung Recounts Lowest Point In Career

31 May

SINGAPORE: Hong Kong actress Linda Chung described the period she was shooting the drama serial “The Legend of Pu Song Ling” as the lowest point in her career during a press event in Singapore on Thursday.

The 26-year-old actress grimaced as she recounted how she suffered from severe insomnia during the two months she was working on the drama last year.

Chung’s character was embroiled in a love triangle in the show and ended up being the one who had to make sacrifices in the relationship.

“I was really unwell during the shooting of ‘The Legend of Pu Song Lin’ because I had insomnia. My health deteriorated and I couldn’t focus during filming,” said Chung. “I almost went crazy.”

“I really don’t know why, maybe my hormones were out of whack, and the show was so tragic.”

The former Miss Chinese International added that her doctor had prescribed her sleeping pills but she refused to take them despite contracting the flu and suffering from fever as well as headaches due to sleep deprivation.

Fortunately, her co-workers were very supportive and all wanted to help her overcome her insomnia, though they were a little overenthusiastic.

“They were recommending this doctor and that doctor, and various medicines,” she said with a laugh. “I told myself I shouldn’t listen to all of it or I would get really confused!”

Eventually, it was rest and Chinese herbal remedies that snapped her out of it.

Chung managed to recover after taking a week-long break from her work before playing a carefree model in the dramedy “Twilight Investigation” opposite Hong Kong actor Wong He.

Although it has been months since the incident, Chung still remembered how frightened she was at the time.

“Everyday, you have this fear. When I laid down on my bed, I was afraid that I won’t be able to sleep.

“Maybe it was the stress. I just couldn’t stop thinking about work and even rehearsed my lines in my mind as I laid in bed,” said Chung gloomily.

“That was the lowest point in my career so far. I couldn’t sleep at all.”

Channel News Asia

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

Simmons + Sophie = Odd Couple

29 May

Simmons + Sophie = odd couple
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: Russell Simmons, 53, and Sophie Monk, 31

WHERE: Los Angeles

WHAT: This could be the oddest celebrity coupling of the year.

US hip-hop mogul Simmons and Aussie actress-singer Sophie Monk – who were rumoured to be dating since last August – went public with their relationship by attending Maxim’s Hot 100 party together, reported In Touch magazine.

Simmons was previously married to model-reality TV star Kimora Lee Simmons while Monk was engaged to rocker Benji Madden.


The NewPaper

Javier's 'Biutiful' Cruz

29 May

Javier’s ‘Biutiful’ Cruz
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: Javier Bardem, 41, and Penelope Cruz, 36

WHERE: Cannes

WHAT: The Spanish actor had a big night at the Cannes Film Festival.

Not only did he win best actor for his role in Biutiful, he also confessed, for the first time in public, his love for Cruz. They started dating in 2007.

Hello! magazine reported that Bardem said in his speech: ‘I share this joy with my friend, my companion, my love. Penelope, I owe you a lot and I love you so much.’

The actress looked surprised but managed a tender smile as her eyes filled up with tears.

He ended by blowing her a kiss, a gesture which she returned.


The NewPaper

Kate's Slip-Up Show

29 May

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


28 May

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.


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 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