Archive | August, 2010

Upbeat Just Before Suicide Bid

29 Aug

Net Noise

We round up the Internet sites or videos that people are talking about
Upbeat just before suicide bid
August 29, 2010
 
 

What’s the noise:

A clip of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino at an AOL live sessions performance shows Barrino just days before she was hospitalised after an apparent suicide attempt on Aug 9.

In the clip, the 26-year-old singer looks upbeat and happy. She is shown laughing and joking backstage before a photoshoot, mingling with staff at the AOL offices and blowing the camera a kiss backstage in the studio.

The taped segment was to promote Barrino’s third album, Back To Me.

What we say:

Barrino’s story was a true underdog’s one – raped in high school and a single mother at 16.

But it’s her powerhouse vocals and stage presence that have made Idol judge Simon Cowell once call her ‘the best performer’ in the history of the talent contest.

Looking at how down-to-earth she comes across in this video, you realise this is the Fantasia that fans love and voted in as their Idol champ in 2004.

Seto Nu-Wen

What people say:

‘Too bad she is so distracted and unable to handle the fame.’
Jane

 

The NewPaper

Beyonce's Biker Chic

29 Aug

Net Noise

We round up the Internet sites or videos that people are talking about
Beyonce’s biker chic
August 29, 2010
 
 

What’s the noise:

What better way to sell your clothing than posing in them yourself.

Beyonce’s Dereon fashion line has just unveiled its fall-holiday 2010 ad series.

And the 28-year-old stepped up to model for the brand in a series of photographs which are described as ‘1960s pin-up girl meets futuristic biker chick’.

The ad campaign was shot by celebrity photographer Tony Duran and the styling was done by Beyonce herself and her Dereon partner and mother, stylist Tina Knowles.

What we say:

Talk about two in one.

Hire Beyonce and get Sasha Fierce (Beyonce’s flamboyant onstage alter ego).

We love this garang (Malay for fierce) look on Beyonce. It’s certainly a welcome change from her usual get-up of mermaid dresses and bodysuits.

Here’s looking to Dereon to suit up Beyonce for her next album.

Seto Nu-Wen

What they say:

‘She looks like Jesse James’ mistress.’
Jade, referring to actress Sandra Bullock’s tattooed ex-husband

 

The NewPaper

It's So GOOD To Be BAD

29 Aug

It’s so GOOD to be BAD
Jeanette Aw vamps it up in latest drama but says she has done sexier scenes
By Kwok Kar Peng
August 29, 2010
 
 

JEANETTE Aw pole-dancing seductively in a skimpy black skirt.

KAP-AW! Jeanette gives the pole a twirl as extras look on.
TNP DESIGN: PRADIP KUMAR SIKDAR
TNP PICTURES: YAP NING

That is so not The Little Nyonya, you say.

The actress famously remembered for her stoically righteous roles like that in the above-mentioned drama has tapped into her darker side for the new Channel 8 drama Breakout.

In one scene, she gyrates sensuously on stage and in another, she fondles actor Darren Lim in a car.

Yet, as saucy these scenes sound, they are actually not the worst that she’s filmed, a cool Aw told The New Paper.

‘For one scene in my very first drama, Touched (for MediaWorks’ Channel U), in 2001, I straddled actor Wang Yuqing and sat on his lap in a car,’ the 31-year-old recalled.

‘I also kissed him on the lips. I was so new, shy and embarrassed then, although Yuqing was very nice and made sure that I was relaxed.’

In Breakout, which debuts on Dec 6, Aw is part of a family of misfits. Her character, Nianqing, suffers from multiple personality disorder, one of which, Aw said, is that of a ‘cold-blooded killer’.

The drama also stars Christopher Lee, Elvin Ng, Guo Liang, Dai Yangtian and Zhou Ying.

Aw was speaking to The New Paper on Wednesday at a club in Orchard Towers in between takes for the pole-dancing scene.

In the scene, Nianqing drops by the club for a drink and on impulse, decides to get up on stage. The actress was dressed in a white shirt, a tight black skirt, stockings and black heels.

Even though co-star Lim, who plays lawyer Lianzhou, and around 10 extras were present, Aw appeared relaxed and at ease throughout the two-hour filming.

She said she had only about two hours of pole-dancing lessons a few days before the shoot.

‘The director didn’t want the choreography to look professional because he wanted it to appear like a customer just got up and danced impromptu,’ she said.

Aw, who learnt gymnastics as a child and took up ballet at 13, also didn’t bat an eyelid at her costume for the scene.

‘I’ve worn even more revealing costumes in my university dance events, like bikini tops,’ said the actress.

The sexiest, she said, was a mesh top worn over a nude-coloured top and shorts, which made it appear like she wasn’t wearing anything underneath.

She continued: ‘To me, it’s just a performance and the outfits bring out the character.

‘It doesn’t matter if it’s too revealing, as long as I know that I’m fully clothed, and that I won’t reveal anything.’

But she said she wished she could have done more for the scene.

‘It’s a pity that I couldn’t do the more difficult moves like twirl around the pole because of space constraints.’

She had learnt how to wrap her legs around the pole and twirl down the pole.

As for the scene where she fondles Lim in a car, Aw said she felt comfortable as she is familiar with him.

Aw and Lim have co-starred in dramas like The Defining Moment and The Little Nyonya.

Nothing risque happens in the scene though; it ends with a drunken Nianqing vomiting on Lianzhou.

‘Darren’s a very funny guy and we joked a lot, especially about the part where I threw up on him in the car,’ she said.

‘He also made a lot of noises during the scene and the director had to tell him not to breath so hard.’

Lim, 38, also gave Aw the thumbs-up for her pole dancing.

He added: ‘She’s a natural dancer and I don’t think it was a challenge for her. And yes, it was sexy enough for the scene.’

He added that it was just work for him, not enjoyment.

‘I was away having a drink for most parts of her dance,’ he said.

The actor also played down their raunchy scene in the car.

‘She touched only my chest and my shoulders. Of course, it was all above the waist. This is Singapore, where did you think we can go?’ he joked.

Still, such risque scenes are not what viewers normally associate with Aw, who has played mostly feisty and kind-hearted women.

This is the first time in her 10-year career, she said, that she gets to play a baddie.

Nevertheless, she is cool about having to play naughty characters as she has done saucy scenes before .

In 2008 drama The Defining Moment, her character strips down to nothing during a dance performance.

Aw said: ‘I had to bare my entire back to give the impression that I had stripped off all my clothes.

‘So I wore a pair of boxer shorts and covered my front with a tube top (stuck to my body) with lots of masking tape.’

That, she said, was more daunting than the pole-dancing scene, because ‘it was filmed in a small studio with 80 to 100 extras sitting less than a metre away from me’.

‘I felt very, very stressed.’

Not easy

For the pole dancing, she said: ‘I had my personal space and the audience was further away.’

Yet, her role in Breakout is no walk in the park.

Aw admitted to breaking down and crying at home after the first day of filming as she couldn’t handle Nianqing’s emotional ups and downs.

‘Nianqing can go from being cool to scared to crying in a matter of seconds,’ she said. ‘It’s very extreme and quite intense, and I feel very tired afterwards.’

Some of the challenging scenes include two suicide attempts – one where she slashes her wrists and one where she attempts to jump off a building.

Aw is also preparing to film a scene where she goes berserk, and tortures and almost kills Pan Lingling’s character.

‘Even though it’s tiring, I’m enjoying the whole process because I’ve never tried being a baddie before,’ she said.
 

The NewPaper

SEX SCENES TOO DISTRACTING?

28 Aug

SEX SCENES TOO DISTRACTING?
S’pore’s ‘most erotic movie’ premieres to mixed reception
By Tan Kee Yun
August 28, 2010
 
 

AFTER two months of hype and fuss, selected members of the public finally got to watch Hush in its entirety.
PREMIERE: Director Jeremiah Oh (with cap) with guests at the gala premier of his short film Hush on Tuesday night. A still from the movie.
PICTURE: TIER PRODUCTIONS

Touted by its film-makers as “the most erotic movie ever made in Singapore”, the 20-minute local short film was screened for the first time on Tuesday night at Filmgarde Bugis Illuma.

The 248-seat theatre was packed. The premiere was an invitation- only event and the audience was made up mainly of film industry types, celebrities as well as journalists.

Hush, directed by Singaporean Jeremiah Oh, created waves in June when a Facebook page was set up to publicise the film.

Oh had highlighted that the movie features several scenes of sexual activity, including a brief full-frontal shot of one of its actresses.

It also appeared to break new ground by being promoted as the first local film to depict group sex.

Hush, which passed uncut with a R21 rating in July, is about a dysfunctional family whose members hide dark secrets from one another.

It stars local actresses Evelyn Maria Ng, Natalie Faye and Canadian-Chinese actor Darren E Scott.

Trailer

After the gala premiere, Hush will be screened in September at Sinema Old School.

Before that, a minute-long trailer was available on YouTube, although it had been edited such that all the nude scenes were cut.

So did Hush live up to its hype? The overall reception seemed to be mixed.

Some, like Mr Richard Ho, a music production manager in his 40s, did not bother to hide his disappointment.

“It certainly lived up to its marketing tagline (“the most erotic local film”), but aside from that, I feel that it lacks substance,” he said.

“The storyline wasn’t very clear, I don’t get the message the director was trying to convey with the nudity and bed scenes.

“Personally, I feel the film’s just trying to be provocative.

Well, it did succeed in provoking our senses.”

Echoing Mr Ho’s sentiments was Mr Zac Koh, 23, a movie buff who had recently completed his national service.

He found “some of the sex scenes too distracting”.

“I think the director tried to say too much in 20 minutes. As a result, the sex scenes failed to add much (value) to the film,” said Mr Koh.

Local TV actor Paul Foster, 29, one of a handful of entertainers spotted at the gala premiere, disagreed.

He said he felt it “conveyed a good story” and “took the level of local film-making up a notch”.

“It’s extremely raunchy, more so than anything we’ve seen so far in Singapore,” he said.

“I must say that the cast did a great job with the bed scenes.

“It must have been difficult to shoot those at first, what with the camera crew around. They were really convincing.

“Given the chance, I might consider doing a film like that, as it’s challenging and pushes you as an actor.”

Cinematography

Freelance artiste Mr Jae Leung, 25, felt the cinematography deserved praise.

Former Singapore Idol finalist-turned-actress Maia Lee, 27, felt that while Hush was “definitely something new for the local film industry”, the risque factor fell a little short of her expectations.

At the premiere, director Oh also revealed the trailer of his debut feature film, the horror-themed Mea Culpa (latin for “My Mistake”), which is currently in the midst of production and slated to go on screens in 2012.

He told The New Paper that he plans to package Hush together with Mea Culpa for commercial release then.
 

The NewPaper

TEENAGE TANTRUMS

28 Aug

Once- modest teen sensation Justin Bieber is now labelled teen brat
TEENAGE TANTRUMS
By Tan Kee Yun
August 28, 2010
 
 

IS CANADIAN music sensation Justin Bieber getting too big for his boots?

The 16-year-old artiste, who first caught public attention as an aspiring singer posting videos of himself on YouTube, has legions of devoted fan girls fanning the global wave of Biebermania.

His debut single, My World, released in November, as well as his first studio album, My World 2.0, out since March, have sold more than a million copies worldwide.

But has success gone to the head of the once-amiable, down-to-earth, small-town boy from Stratford, Ontario?

Over the past few months, Justin has been reportedly behaving arrogantly.

US daily Detriot Free Press reported last Monday that after Michigan teen Kevin Kristopik hacked into the star’s Twitter account over the weekend, Justin took revenge by tweeting Kevin’s phone number, asking his 4.5 million followers to either “call or text” him.

Kevin ended up being inundated with thousands of calls and messages from Justin’s rabid fans.

As some of the calls came from abroad, Kevin’s phone bill could be as high as US$10,000 (S$13,600), estimated Detroit Free Press.

Kevin eventually changed his phone number and shut down his Twitter account.

In May, Justin reportedly misbehaved on the set of Australian morning show Sunrise.

Swearing

The TV show’s host, David Koch, told Sydney-based radio station Mix FM that Justin swore at a floor manager.

“Our floor manager wasdirecting him (Justin) to where he was about to perform and he turned around to (floor manager) Nick and said, ‘Don’t ever ”””’ touch me again,’ ” said Koch.

He said he was disappointed with Justin’s behaviour, adding that the teenager needed to be “dragged aside” and “given a bit of a slap”.

That same month, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton described how the star had “stormed out” of an interview at Radio 1’s Big Weekend showin Bangor, Wales.

Justin was apparently upset that the host had quizzed him about his tattoo

OH DEER!

28 Aug

Star Treks
OH DEER!
Radio DJ and Old Cow Vs Tender Grass actress Siau Jiahui takes the Japanese city of Nara by the antlers
By Tan Kee Yun
August 28, 2010
 
 

NOT all deer look as huggable as Bambi in real life, but cosying up to them proved to be a unique experience nonetheless.
PICTURE: COURTESY OF SIAU JIAHUI

For YES933 radio DJ Siau Jiahui, who recently starred in local film Old Cow Vs Tender Grass, the sight of hundreds of deer roaming freely in the sprawling Nara Park was the highlight of her trip to Japan’s ancient city Nara.

“It’s something you’d never get to witness at Singapore’s Mandai Zoo,” said the 29-year-old, who visited Nara as part of a guided tour in May.

Travelling with a gal pal, she also went sightseeing in other areas of Central Japan, including Nagoya, Kyoto and Tokyo.

Nara has about 1,200 deer, designated national treasures by the Japanese.

“All of them (the deer) were just strolling around. There were no barricades or fences that separated them from people,” said Siau.

“It was quite an exciting feeling to be so near them. I spotted a cute boy who appeared to be chasing a deer, but the deer was very friendly and tame…It looked as if they were running together.”

Historically rich

Another must-see in Nara is the famous Todaiji Temple (otherwise known as the Great Eastern Temple), in the northern side of Nara Park.

One of Japan’s historically rich Buddhist shrines, Todaiji Temple not only houses the nation’s largest bronze Buddha statue, it is also the world’s largest wooden building.

“When I was there, there were many Japanese primary and secondary school students on a field trip. So it isn’t simply a tourist destination, but a place of much educational value,” said Siau.

A self-confessed fan of all things Japanese since her teenage years, she also went to an onsen (Japanese hot spring) during her trip.

“It was an indoor bathing facility and the water was extremely hot,” she recalled.

“Like most hot springs, you have to take off all your clothes before entering.

“My girlfriend was very shy. But as I had already tried a similar onsen in Taiwan, I didn’t feel too conscious (of my nudity).”

Fermented soya beans

Equally memorable was her “horrifying” experience with food.

Having heard a lot about natto, the Japanese traditional dish made from fermented soya beans, she tried some at breakfast one day.

“It was so bitter and sticky. I really hated it,” she said with a laugh.

Siau, who understands a smattering of Japanese as she once took a basic conversational course, was impressed by how warm the Japanese were.

For instance, while sightseeing in Kyoto, she spotted three girls in authentic-looking kimonos.

On the spur of the moment, she asked them if they could pose for pictures with her.

“They agreed without hesitation!”

DID YOU KNOW?

ONE of the most convenient ways of travelling in Japan is by the Shinkansen, a network of high-speed trains that connect Japan’s capital Tokyo to other major cities.

Operated by Japan Railways, which owns a large proportion of the country’s inter-city rail and commuter rail services, the trains are able to reach speeds of 300kmh.

The Tokaido Shinkansen

SETBACKS PAR FOR THE COURSE

27 Aug

FIRST START

Get schooled in Singapore’s new generation of film-making
SETBACKS PAR FOR THE COURSE
If anything can go wrong, it will
By Syahirah Anwar
August 27, 2010
 
 

If anything can go wrong, it will.

For Miss Vanessa Heng and Miss Jacqueline Cheah, graduates of Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s diploma in film, sound and video that bit of Murphy’s Law certainly proved true in the production of their short comedy film, Hiding Under Covers.

It revolves around two undercover cops who are trying to blow each other’s cover.

Together with fellow coursemates Michael Burchell-Davies and Lyonn Suthesan, both 20, the team ran into various mishaps prior to the film’s screening at Ngee Ann Polytechnic’s film festival Kino 2010 last month at VivoCity.

The setbacks just kept coming.

For instance, their film reels were accidentally exposed to sunlight because of a miscommunication between the director of photography and a camera assistant.

Once, they were caught in a downpour – their equipment, too.

Miss Heng, the film’s 21-year-old producer, told FiRST: ‘We were all in a frenzy…We lost the bulk of our footage, about 10 minutes out of the 13 minutes. We had to reshoot the scenes again.’

It cost the team an additional $1,000, bringing the total to $4,000. The production cost was subsidised by the polytechnic and Singapore Film Commission.

The quartet also faced problems with location shoots.

Miss Cheah, 20, the project’s editor, lamented: ‘We were promised by certain places that we could film on their premises, but a week before filming was due to start, we were informed that we could not film at the agreed locations.

‘That became a huge problem for us as we had arranged the set-ups according to the location.’

That last-minute scramble happened not once but thrice. Thankfully, they managed to find a new location – Hard Rock Cafe.

Even then, things were not all peachy. There was the loud music blaring from the pub downstairs when the band came on in the evenings.

So, they stuffed curtains around the edges of the doors to ‘soundproof’ the filming area.

Their patience was also put to the test when the members were trying to film the simplest scene – an overhead shot of an aeroplane flying in mid-air.

Said Miss Cheah: ‘The first time we went to Changi Beach, we had a hard time determining the direction planes were taking off from and had to keep running back and forth each time a plane took off.’

They had also arrived in the late afternoon, so by the time they figured things out, ‘it was too dark’.

So, they returned the next day and settled themselves nicely on the beach. But when it was all systems go, the rain came down.

Said Miss Heng with a laugh: ‘We were trying to protect the equipment and trying to lug the trolley through the wet sand, which was impossible. So we had to run back and forth to load the equipment back into the van.’

But despite the comedy of errors that befell them, the students completed their project – and showed it.

Said Miss Heng: ‘The mishaps that we encountered actually proved to be blessings in disguise. The final result had better lighting and contrast as compared to our initial filming.’

Added Miss Cheah: ‘The laughter that we got from our audience (at the film festival) made all the obstacles we went through worth it. It was certainly a memorable experience for us.’

Syahirah Anwar

 

The NewPaper

WHITEWASH WARS

27 Aug

FIRST FEATURE
WHITEWASH WARS
There are few things in the movie world that make people more furious than changing the race of a character.
August 27, 2010
 
 

There are few things in the movie world that make people more furious than changing the race of a character.

If you don’t believe us, you should check out some of the letters we got in response to our favourable coverage of The Last Airbender.

Anyway, with the release of The King Of Fighters, which opens here today, you can expect a whole new round of fiery debate.

White guy Sean Faris has taken on the role of Kyo Kusanagi, arguably the most popular character in The King Of Fighters video game universe.

JASON JOHNSON, risking further reader fury, pits beloved Asian characters against their less-Asian Hollywood incarnations.

KING OF FIGHTERS (2010)

KYO KUSANAGI CLASSIC VS TEXAS KYO

It’s hard to imagine a more Japanese dude than Kyo Kusanagi. His family history dates back to Japan’s feudal era and is steeped in ancient myth. He fights on behalf of Japan using the Japanese martial art of kenpo. He speaks Japanese and is voiced by Japanese actor Masahiro Nonoka.

In the new movie version of The King Of Fighters, Kyo is played by actor Sean Faris from Houston, Texas. In order to explain Kyo’s whiteness, the film-makers have changed his character from full Japanese to a half-Japanese American. Unfortunately, he doesn’t even look Eurasian.

THE LAST AIRBENDER (2010)

AANG AND THE ASIANS VS AANG AND THE AMERICANS

Though set in a fictional world, the American animated TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender is clearly evocative of East Asia. The story draws heavily from Asian cultures – most notably Chinese and Japanese. Even the philosophical underpinnings of the show are Asian. For goodness sake, the main character Aang is a bald, vegetarian monk in saffron robes!

In M Night Shyamalan’s version of The Last Airbender, the Asian flavour has been watered down considerably. For a start, most of the main characters – Aang (Noah Ringer), Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) – are Caucasian. Also, the villains are all played by Indians, which just makes the whole dang thing even harder to figure out.

DRAGONBALL: EVOLUTION (2009)

GOKU ORIGINAL RECIPE VS NEW GOKU

A space alien from the planet Vegeta, the manga/anime character Goku is neither Asian nor Caucasian, but rather a member of the Saiyan race. That said, he is loosely based on the Monkey King character from Journey To The West (who is presumably an Asian monkey). The name ‘Goku’ means ‘sky’ in Japanese.

Hollywood actor Justin Chatwin, who plays Goku in this live action movie adaptation, is from Canada – which means he’s not just white, but downright pasty. Considering there are a number of other Asian characters in the film like Chow Yun Fat and Jamie Chung, they should probably have gone with an Asian lead.

STREET FIGHTER: THE LEGEND OF CHUN-LI (2009)

CHINA CHUN-LI VS SMALLVILLE CHUN-LI

The ‘First Lady Of Fight Games’, Chun-Li, is a Chinese tigress whose name translates as ‘beautiful spring’. Dressed in a sort of crazy qipao and with two little buns in her hair – ‘ox horns’ – she looks distinctively Asian.

Born to a Dutch father and Indonesian-Chinese mother, Canadian actress Kristin Kreuk is a perfect blend of East and West. Of course, there are still those who lament the fact that she’s not an ‘authentic’ Asian. But when a girl is this gorgeous, who gives a darn? She could play Batman for all I care.

21 (2008)

REAL-LIFE ASIAN KIDS VS BEN AND JILL

Unlike our other examples, 21 wasn’t based on an anime or a video game, but rather on a true story about a bunch of MIT students – mostly Asian men – who found a way to beat the odds in Vegas. The producers of the film preferred to go with mainly white guys. Jeff Ma, one of the real-life gamblers, once said in an interview that the casting ‘wasn’t a big deal’.

It’s hard to think of two whiter people out there than the stars of 21, Jim Sturgess and Kate Bosworth. Sturgess looks like a Beatle. As for Bosworth, if she were any whiter, she’d be visible from outer space. As it turns out, there were a couple of Asian actors included (Aaron Yoo and Liza Lapira) who had reasonably big parts and came across well.

 

The NewPaper

SALMA MAMA

27 Aug

FIRST INTERVIEW
SALMA MAMA
Salma Hayek, in person, is tinier than she is on the big screen
By Joanne Soh
August 27, 2010
 
 

Salma Hayek, in person, is tinier than she is on the big screen.

Standing at 1.57m tall, this pint-sized Mexican actress was the rose among the thorns at the Grown Ups press conference in Cancun, Mexico, which FiRST attended in June.

The voluptuous 43-year-old exuded natural sexuality and was the centre of attraction.

Being on home ground also helped.

The life of the party, the smoking-hot Latina even got all the Mexican journalists cheering at one point when she declared then that Mexico would thrash Argentina to advance into the the World Cup quarter-finals.

Unfortunately, her star power wasn’t enough. Mexico eventually lost to Argentina three goals to one.

Hayek – who’s married to French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault, with whom she has a daughter – has certainly come a long way from not knowing how to speak English to being an Oscar-nominated actress, director and television producer.

Grown Ups, which opens here today, tests her comic timing. She stars alongside veteran comedians Adam Sandler, Kevin James, David Spade, Rob Schneider and Chris Rock.

She plays Sandler’s snooty fashion designer wife in this ensemble comedy about ex-schoolmates who reunite after 30 years.

What do you want to do and who do you want to be when you ‘grow up’?

I think when I grow old, I want to be the youthful-looking, fun and energetic old lady. But when I was growing up, I wanted to be taller. (Laughs)

How did it feel making this kind of comedy?

It was amazing to be able to work with these guys. At the beginning, I felt really stupid because you go to the set and you’re working with the best comedians in the US.

They are such good actors and also brilliant at making up their lines on top of the scripted ones. They write them in their heads as they’re working on a scene.

It was very intimidating. When do you speak? They’re not doing what’s in the script. They’re just saying one joke and then another. You have a line too, but you don’t know when they’re going to shut up so you can sneak in your line.

So just in terms of timing, it wasn’t your regular comedy. You really had to be on your toes. And once you got the hang of their improv, you need to have a lot of courage to add your own joke.

But they were really encouraging, and not only would they laugh at my silly jokes, they also gave me jokes that were great.

If you took away all the comedic elements of this movie, there’s a bittersweet story about parents trying to connect with their children. As a parent, what do you think can be done to help the young generation who are lost to video games?

I think that it’s really, really important to teach children to connect with nature and to respect it, especially in this time that we are in.

What are some of the significant changes for you after becoming a mother?

I think that’s what I am now. If you had trouble defining who you were before, once you become a mother, you won’t have any problem – you’re a mother.

That’s your first job, your No. 1 priority. So my life is completely different now because of that, and it’s the best thing that has ever happened to me.

What kind of a mother are you? Are you strict or permissive

I think I am permissive until there’s a limit, and then I’m really strict.

Did you bring your daughter with you on set?

Yes, my two-year-old came with me every day. You know, I was really jealous of the guys because I would spend time with their wives and their kids on set.

But then I’d have to go to work and I would take my child back to the trailer, and the wives would be doing all these fun things with their kids. I was so envious of them. Here I am working and having to run to the trailer between takes, singing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and getting her to take her nap. Then it’s back to work. But it’s the best. I wouldn’t change it for anything.

Joanne Soh

 

The NewPaper

THE SOFTER SIDE TO TOUGH GUYS

27 Aug

FIRST FASHION

Stars glam it up on the carpet…or not
THE SOFTER SIDE TO TOUGH GUYS
August 27, 2010
 
 

The mission for the leading men at the recent Los Angeles premiere of The Expendables?

To show off the special ladies in their lives.

The testosterone-fuelled action flick – which revolves around an elite team of mercenaries who head to South America to overthrow a dictator and rescue his damsel-in-distress daughter – might star Hollywood’s toughest hardmen from the 80s.

But judging from their arm candy in real life, we’re getting a rare glimpse of their softer sides.

The Expendables cast members Sylvester Stallone, 64, Mickey Rourke, 57, and Bruce Willis, 55, threw on sharp suits to cover up their muscles.

And for once, they didn’t look like meatheads.

PICTURES: AFP, REUTERS

But who cares when it was the wives, girlfriends and daughters who were stealing the thunder instead?

Here’s a look at who was standing by their men…

1 Looks like Demi Moore isn’t the only one drinking from the fountain of youth.

Her ex-husband Willis temporarily reversed the ageing process by sandwiching himself between his 32-year-old model wife Emma Heming and 21-year-old actress daughter Rumer Willis.

See, instant results.

Heming looked adorable in her flirty dark blue floral print shirtdress and matching suede Christian Louboutin pumps, while Rumer took the more sophisticated route with her form-fitting black lace-sleeved dress by French Connection.

The trio are ranked first by virtue of having the least combined amount of (visible) botox in their faces.

2 A loved-up Rourke cleaned up well for his premiere.

The sunglasses help to distract from his scary mug that’s been ravaged by plastic surgery gone wrong, and he needs to be given a fashion makeover medal for finally throwing out those ratty coloured hair extensions he was so fond of.

Rourke was accompanied by his stunning 24-year-old girlfriend, Russian model Anastassija Makarenko.

Her blue, yellow and green patterned frock perfectly complemented his paisley print shirt.

This couple obviously got dressed together for their big night out. Good effort!

3 Speaking of having work done, close-ups of Stallone still frighten me.

So thankfully, he came with backup – in the form of his well-maintained ex-model wife Jennifer Flavin, 42, and their three princessy daughters Sophia, 13, Sistine, 12, and Scarlet, eight.

It’s so obvious from this family portrait that the one who wears the pants, well, doesn’t.

With such a solid support system, who needs fillers?

Jeanmarie Tan
 

The NewPaper