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Mandopop superstar Wang Leehom to perform in Malaysia this March

Multi-talented Mandopop star Wang Leehom will finally be returning for a concert in Malaysia this year, four years after his last concert here.

Part of his ongoing “Descendants of the Dragon 2060” World Tour, the upcoming show is slated for 8pm, March 16 at Stadium Merdeka, and is

The tour, which began last year, has already hit major cities such as Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, and Singapore, among others. Featuring the production team from the Grammys. The centrepiece of the show is the unique sci-fi-themed stage, which takes the form of a huge spaceship.

Music-wise, fans can expect the dynamic fusion of jazz, rock, Chinese opera and blending of Western and Chinese instruments Wang is renowned for.

Music-wise, fans can expect the dynamic fusion of jazz, rock, Chinese opera and blending of Western and Chinese instruments Wang is renowned for since his debut in the music industry 24 years ago, as well as hits such as Forever Love, Falling Leaves Returning To Roots, You’re Not Here, The Only One, and of course, Descendants Of The Dragon.

Tickets are priced at RM898, RM798, RM598, RM498, RM388, RM288 and RM198, and go on sale on January 19, 11am on www.ticketcharge.com.my or by calling 03-9222 8811. Each transaction is limited to eight tickets only. For more information, visit www.unusual.com.sg.


Also read: Wang Leehom, superstar and doting father

The centrepiece of the show is the unique sci-fi-themed stage, which takes the form of a huge spaceship. Photo: Filepic

The centrepiece of the show is the unique sci-fi-themed stage, which takes the form of a huge spaceship. Photo: Filepic

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‘Glass’: Half full, which also makes it half empty

Consider the figures of legend and myth: do their shared traits include a strong sense of self-belief and a complete rejection of the naysayers around them?

Is such self-belief enough to inspire deeds that became, well, legendary and mythical?

Are comic books a modern extension of such lore?

Do they – like those ancient tales – serve as chronicles of such people whose astounding deeds were somehow witnessed and then documented, albeit in a stylised manner?

Scoffers may thumb their noses at such talk, but the setting in which these notions are put forward is the slightly askew universe of writer-director M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable and Split, after all.

Back in 2000 when Unbreakable came out, Shyamalan was reportedly discouraged from fully embracing the comic-book roots of his creation. (Ironically enough, by the company that is now the world’s biggest producer of superhero-themed fare.)

In today’s pop culture-saturated context, and given free rein to indulge his exploration of superheroes and their place in contemporary mythology, Shyamalan has turned in a highly ambitious piece of work.

Crafting a mere finale to the stories of Unbreakable’s superhuman vigilante David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Split’s superhuman serial killer Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy) would not suffice for him – no, nothing as straightforward as that.

As orchestrated by the scheming, manipulative and super-intelligent Elijah “Mr Glass” Price (Samuel L. Jackson), their confrontation in this film – anticipated ever since David’s totally unexpected cameo at the end of Split – has to mean something to the whole human race.

And in the course of executing the grand plan of one of his most intriguing creations, Shyamalan makes a number of missteps among the bold strides that he takes.

M. Night Shyamalan's Glass

Realising he could trust Elijah, Kevin decided it was time to finally introduce him to personality 25, Astaire. Photo: Walt Disney Studios

A few of those, we learn later on, are wickedly intentional and exploit our own smugness at spotting apparent plot holes and miscalculations.

Some others, alas, live down to our second nature of picking things apart and harping on their flaws.

Though, given the nature of the somewhat “meta” late-game swerve that the filmmaker pulls on us (only to be expected, since it’s M. Night – the Chubby Checker of motion pictures), one has to wonder if he isn’t taking a dig at his own detractors.

So here’s the thing. In the course of hunting Kevin, David finds himself locked up with his quarry in the same mental institution that is currently holding good old Mr Glass.

The shrink in charge of all three, Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), happens to specialise in treating a particular disorder: those whose delusions of grandeur lead them to think that they are super-beings.

‘I’d like to make one thing clear: I have not failed this city.’

If all this sounds a little too highly specialised, an explanation does emerge … eventually.

I was fine with Shyamalan’s action of taking the story beyond just the interaction of Glass’s three primary “enhanced individuals”.

The elevation of comic-book mythology and fandom to the level he takes them here may also be seen as metaphorical to his own struggles as a filmmaker, and to the efforts of genre fans (OK, we geeks and nerds) to have our particular obsessions understood by those around us.

What I wasn’t fine with is the way the entire middle section of the film is bogged down by Dr Staple’s futile efforts to convince people who are (to us) clearly gifted that they are delusional but ordinary.

Yes, it does seem justified in the context of those late reveals, but Shyamalan takes way too much of his own sweet time with it.

Also, David’s story arc here is supremely unsatisfying, with Willis largely reduced to squirming uncomfortably in his chair during that dad-blasted middle section. And don’t even get me started on that climactic scene.

‘Darn it, Elijah – have you been sticking your finger in the electric sockets again?’

It seems like such a waste, after Shyamalan has gone to the extent of even recasting Spencer Treat Clark from Unbreakable as David’s son, and setting up a nice little eye-in-the-sky symbiosis between the two of them (like the Punisher and Microchip, or Batman and Oracle, only more fatherly. And son-ly.)

It is left to McAvoy to continue entertaining us with his rapid-fire character shifts that made Split such a remarkable achievement; and Jackson, in a sedated state for more than half his screen time, to dazzle us with Mr Glass’ enthusiastic exposition as his master plan (oh come on, of course he has one) is executed.

Kudos to Paulson, too, for spouting some of Shyamalan’s more credibility-fraying dialogue with only the slightest hint that she is about to have a screaming fit. (Actually, she does. In time.)

So the big question is, does Glass serve as a worthy sequel to the highly underrated Unbreakable and the recently raved-about Split?

If you approach it in a generous mood and with managed expectations, then it could pass muster.

And oddly enough, in spite of The Village, The Happening and The Last Airbender, I am usually in a generous mood when it comes to Shyamalan’s films. Because … dammit, I want to believe too.


Glass
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Sophie Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlayne Woodard

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Winter is almost here: Watch the ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season 8 teaser here

Can’t wait for the final season of Game Of Thrones to be released on April 4? Well, this little teaser HBO just released is likely to raise your expectations even more.

Titled ‘Crypts of Winterfell’, the the teaser puts the spotlight (or rather, torch light) squarely on the remaining three members of House Stark – Jon Snow, Sansa Stark, and Arya Stark, as they walk through the crypts of their family’s ancestral home, passing statues of their late parents Eddard and Catelyn Stark as well as Jon’s birth mother Lyanna Stark-Targaryen, until they meet, and come face to face with statues of themselves. Then Jon and Arya draw their swords (Longclaw and Needle) as a cold mist rolls in….

With the first season of the series focusing very much on the Starks of Winterfell, it is only fitting that the final season should be about them as well, and this teaser is a fine look at just how far the three Stark siblings have come since then.

The teaser was directed by David Nutter, who won an Emmy in 2015 for his work on the season five finale, Mother’s Mercy. It also includes an original score by Ramin Djawadi, who won an Emmy in 2018 for his score on the season seven finale, The Dragon And The Wolf.

The eighth and final season of Game Of Thrones will debut in Asia same time as the US on Monday, 15 April at 9am, exclusively on HBO (Astro Ch 411 / 431 HD). The series will also be available on HBO On Demand (via Astro Go).

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Margot Robbie to play Barbie in live-action movie

Warner Bros and Mattel have partnered to bring Barbie to the big screen. Margot Robbie is set to portray the live-action version of the iconic doll.

“This project is a great start to our partnership with Ynon (Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel) and Mattel Films,” said Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros Pictures Group. “And Margot is the ideal producer and actress to bring Barbie to life on screen in a fresh and relevant way for today’s audiences.”

“Playing with Barbie promotes confidence, curiosity and communication throughout a child’s journey to self-­discovery. Over the brand’s almost 60 years, Barbie has empowered kids to imagine themselves in aspirational roles from a princess to president,” Robbie said.

“I’m so honoured to take on this role and produce a film that I believe will have a tremendously positive impact on children and audiences worldwide. I can’t imagine better partners than Warner Bros and Mattel to bring this film to the big screen.”

Actress Margot Robbie does look like a real-life Barbie, doesn't she?

Actress Margot Robbie does look like a real-life Barbie, doesn’t she? Photo: Reuters

The Barbie adaptation marks the first announced deal to come out of Mattel’s newly-established Mattel Films, led by producer Robbie Brenner, as well as the first collaboration between Mattel Films and Warner Bros Pictures.

“Barbie is one of the most iconic franchises in the world and we are excited to partner with Warner Bros Pictures and Margot Robbie to bring her to life on the big screen,” said Ynon Kreiz, chairman and CEO of Mattel. We look forward to building on this collaboration with Warner Bros Pictures as we tell the stories of our beloved brands.

“Mattel Films is on a path to demonstrate the enormous potential of our brand portfolio, as we continue to execute on our strategy of transforming Mattel into an IP-driven, high performing toy company.”

Robbie is about to start filming Birds Of Prey next month, reprising her role of Harley Quinn. — Reuters

 

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BTS to get a line of dolls based on ‘IDOL’ music video

Toy maker Mattel has announced a deal with BTS to produce a series of dolls in the likeness of the hit Korean boy band.

Each member of the seven-member band – RM, Jin, SUGA, j-hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook – will get his own doll, styled after the looks from BTS’s record-breaking IDOL music video.

That clip became the most-viewed K-pop video on YouTube in the 24 hours after its release, hitting 45 million views upon its release in August.

The dolls will be the first in a series of products Mattel plans to launch in its deal with the band, with collectable figures and games also planned.

The first toys will launch in summer 2019.

BTS – which stands for Bangtan Sonyeondan or ‘Beyond the Scene’ – debuted in 2013 and have gained a huge fan following – known as the BTS Army – around the world. — AFP Relaxnews

Also read: K-pop band BTS worth RM15 billion a year to South Korea

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