Genting Highlands, 16 September 2019 – One of the dance music scene’s meteoric names is coming to Zouk Genting, ready to unleash his signature mix of criss-crossing genres to soundtrack an unforgettable night at Resorts World Genting. So, save the date – 28 September 2019 – and get ready to party all night long with Ben Nicky.

“With over 1,000 LEDs, and brand new lasers built in to the most impressive audio, visual and lighting system in Malaysia, trance fans should be incredibly excited for the sensory experience that will accompany Ben Nicky’s music!” said Joseph Ryan, Director of Special Projects & General Manager – Zouk Genting.

Active on the British dance scene since 2006 and gaining a devoted fanbase following through his high energy, open format sets. Nicky’s profile is in ascendance. Best known for his singles ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Hectic’, as well as his remixes of tracks by Paul van Dyk, Armin van Burren and Jauz, Nicky’s ability to switch genres – bouncing between trance, techno and hardstyle with ease – is known and loved by many.

In particular, his unique Headf**k mashups – which fuse well-known classic dance tunes with the latest beats and sounds – has seen Nicky become a fan-favourite attraction at music festivals including Tomorrowland, Creamfields, Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra. Also known for his savvy use of social media to create viral moments and intimate interaction, Nicky is no stranger to Malaysia, having played at Zouk Kuala Lumpur before, alongside other headlining stints at marquee venues like SSE Arena Belfast and the O2 Academy Glasgow.

Ready to get Hectic? Don’t go just anywhere, go to Zouk Genting on 28 September 2019 for a night with the inimitable Ben Nicky. Tickets can be pre-purchased for RM65 at www.zoukgenting.com and for RM75 at the door. For more information, visit www.zoukgenting.com or call +603-2718 1118.

 

SAN FRANCISCO,. Disney chief Bob Iger resigned from Apple’s board of directors as the companies are poised to launch rival online streaming services, according to a filing yesterday with US regulators.

Iger’s departure came the same day that the iPhone maker announced that its Apple TV+ subscription service with a budding library of original content will go live internationally on November 1, according to paperwork filed by Apple with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Apple unveiled iPhone 11 models this week with a price cut for the most basic models while also laying out plans for streaming and gaming services, as it bids to weather the slump in the global smartphone market.

Apple’s announcements appeared to be aimed at emphasizing value as the company looks to reduce its dependence on smartphones and tie digital content and other services to its devices.

Apple TV+ service will launch November 1 in more than 100 countries at US$4.99 per month to compete against streaming giants like Netflix and Amazon. It promises a “powerful and inspiring lineup of original shows, movies and documentaries.”

Apple said customers who purchase an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iPod touch or Mac will get the first year of the service for free.

As for Disney, its Disney+ online streaming service will launch November 12 in the US, Canada and the Netherlands, before rolling out worldwide.

Its vast lineup of films and television shows will include three live-action Star Wars series, including Ewan McGregor’s return as Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Iger told investors on a recent earnings call that “nothing is more important to us” than the platform, which will compete in a crowded marketplace against Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV+, HBO Max and more.

As well as offering Disney’s enormous back catalog, including all animated films and Pixar movies within its first year, it will feature a cornucopia of newly commissioned shows. It will cost US$6.99 a month in the US. — AFP

KUALA LUMPUR,. Education Minister Maszlee Malik describes the Tamil film Raatchasi as having portrayed the policies and changes that were being made for implementation in the country’s education.

He said the film had interpreted his aspirations which included the Free Breakfast Programme initiative which also wanted to see the teachers being able to sit down and have meals with the students.

Maszlee said the film had an extraordinary storyline and admirable character played by the main actor, Jyothika.

“Unlike watching the film as the education minister. I reflected every chapter to the situation in our country.

“Geetha Rani plays the character of a great superhero. He proves to us that major changes are not something impossible,” he said in his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram entries today after watching the film with his officers on Saturday.

The film Raatchasi, directed by S. Gowthamraj portrays Jyothika playing the main role in going through the challenges of being a headmaster with a strong discipline who wanted to improve the situation at the dilapidated school run by his government.

Maszlee said the film touched on student failures where the character Geetha had succeeded to get everyone involved in resolving the issue on student failures including the police.

“This is what we are trying to do. We want to ensure that enforcement is being carried out at all angles so that there will no longer be any more student failures,” he said.

He also shared the character of Geetha meeting all the parents and forming like the Parents and Community Association to ensure that parents were actively involved in their children’s education.

Making education as a collective vision of everyone was Maszlee’s biggest aspiration as he was confident that education was capable of becoming the objective of the local community, in fact, education would improve their living standards.

He also called on everyone including all teachers, parents and students to watch the film.

Lately, the film with a duration of two hours and 14 minutes had gone viral among social media users especially Malay netizens because they were attracted to the storyline. — Bernama

Kris Jenner and Kylie Jenner are fighting to kick one another out of their shared office space? That’s the claim in one of the tabloids. Although there’s a bit of truth to this scenario, Gossip Cop can confirm that much of it is misleading and untrue.

According to the National Enquirer, Kris and Kylie are engaged in an all out war over the office space that they share with one another. The main event in question occurred on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians in which Kris criticized her daughter for moving her into a smaller area of the office.

A supposed source tells the magazine, “Kris has been relegated to paying thousands of dollars to host private conferences at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills. Kris is often holed up at the Waldorf with business associates because she’s not allowed to use Kylie’s office space for large meetings.”

Kris, according to the alleged insider, “marches up and down the hotel corridors” making business deals and talking to associates since she’s effectively been removed from her old office. The situation supposedly escalated over a parking debacle. “Kylie was getting annoyed because Kris was parking in her reserved spot and acting like she owned the place,” adds the tipster, “so she kicked her out of there, too!”

While some of these events played out in a way, a lot of this isn’t accurate and some of it is just made-up. The entire narrative was ripped from the tenth episode of season 16 of KUWTK. There is no “source” for this story — it’s just based on a plot line in which Kylie and Kris feuded over their office space. If the Enquirer wants to talk about the episode, then it should be honest and just publish it as a recap of an old episode from June. Don’t try to sell it as some kind of exclusive scoop from an “insider” that turns out to just be someone who watched half the episode.

The Waldorf Astoria claim doesn’t quite check out, however, as Kris clearly stated on KUWTK that she’s only going to work from home until she and Kylie work out the office issue. The two made up over donuts later in the episode, and at no point did she march over to the Waldorf to work there instead. By the end of the episode, the two agreed to have offices next door to one another rather than sharing one. The whole situation was resolved in the same episode, which the tabloid fails to mention.

This would hardly be the first time a magazine has attempted to create fictional drama between the mother and daughter. Back in 2017, Gossip Cop busted Life & Style, a sister publication of the Enquirer, for an untrue story about Kylie dumping Kris as her manager. Star, another one of the Enquirer‘s sister publications, published a ridiculous claim in March 2018 about Kris paying Travis Scott to stick around for Kylie and their baby. Those stories were completely made-up, while this latest one is just a half-truth based on an episode of KUWTK.

Denise Ho has been pulled from concerts, her records are banned in China and she has been smeared as “poison”, but the Cantopop star says standing with the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement outshines all the damage to her career.
The short-haired 42-year-old is a rare and instantly recognisable face among the masked crowds at this summer’s huge rallies.

She marches with the masses, gives outspoken television interviews calling for democracy and condemning alleged police brutality, drawing attention to the crisis in her city on a Twitter feed with nearly 250,000 followers.

It is a bold stance.

From actor Jackie Chan to billionaire magnate Li Ka-shing, most famous Hong Kongers have chosen silence or made cryptic middle-ground calls for peace, as Beijing scours the landscape for critics.

But Ho, who is now in Australia to spread the word about the protests before travelling to the United States, said she had “no regret” over her strident critiques of the mainland.
She believes artists who stay quiet have made bigger sacrifices. “They have lost total freedom of speech. As a Hong Konger, it’s my responsibility to stand up and stand with (the protesters).
“This is really not the time to think about your own career and personal benefits,” she added.

The movement, which is avowedly leaderless, has few figureheads — diluting the risk of infighting or the impact of arrests and harassment. “Of course, because I am a public figure or celebrity, people recognise me,” said Ho at a recent event. But she explained, “there is really no leader, no particular organisation leading the movement. “And that’s the beauty of it, and that’s why this movement has been able to go on for such a long time.”

– ‘They are not alone’ –

Initially sparked by opposition to a proposed law that would have allowed extradition to mainland China, the protests soon spilled out into a broader anti-government movement calling for democratic reforms. The protests have become increasingly violent and the weekend saw fires, tear gas and police beatings as a minority of hardcore protesters clashed with riot police in the city centre. Yet hundreds of thousands of people have also taken part in peaceful demonstrations across the city — including last Wednesday, when Ho addressed a rally in central Hong Kong against alleged sexual violence by police. “I see myself as one of the participants of this movement. Hopefully I can give some moral support to these young people, to let them know that they are not alone in this fight,” she told AFP.

– Pop to protest-

Ho is no stranger to activism — she made the leap from pop to politics five years ago during Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement, calling on Beijing to allow fully free elections.
That won her instant opprobrium in China — and her music a blanket ban.

She had been an international Cantopop star, her ballads released under a stagename HOCC, who enjoyed success on the Chinese mainland. In addition to her music career she was a strident advocate for LGBT rights, having come out as gay in 2012, and also turned her hand to acting, appearing in a film by Hong Kong director Johnnie To. She joined the Umbrella Movement when it erupted in September 2014, just one month after her last visit to mainland China.

Soon she joined pro-democracy protesters who occupied a central business district and was arrested when the site was dismantled more than two months later. As her reputation for outspoken campaigning grew, in June 2016 French cosmetics giant Lancome cancelled a promotional concert at which Ho was due to perform. The move sparked an outcry among Hong Kongers who said the decision was due to criticism from China’s state-run media, after the Global Times accused Lancome of cooperating with “Hong Kong poison” and “Tibet poison” — a reference to Ho’s praise for the Dalai Lama.

In July, Ho again infuriated Beijing by urging the UN rights council to put pressure on China over its “tightening grip” on semi-autonomous Hong Kong. The city was returned to China from Britain in 1997 and enjoys far greater liberties than the mainland. The Chinese government hit back, with a foreign ministry spokesman describing the singer as “delusional”. But her activism has won new fans in Hong Kong. Ho is “so cool”, a protester at a recent anti-sexual violence rally said, adding “she sacrificed everything” for her beliefs.

If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’ve probably heard that some new footage of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker was screened at last weekend’s D23 convention. Well, that new footage is now officially out, and it raises some big questions about the upcoming movie, which is due Dec 20.

It starts out with a montage of all the Star Wars films that have come before, from A New Hope to The Last Jedi, before moving on to some awesome new footage of the upcoming film, featuring the late Carrie Fisher’s General Leia, the Resistance meeting a MASSIVE fleet of Star Destroyers, C-3PO with red eyes (is he going Sith too?) and a lightsaber duel between Daisy Ridely’s Rey and Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren.

At the very end, we see Rey, looking all dark and sinister, holding a double-bladed RED lightsaber, that folds out into a twin-bladed Darth Maul-esque one.

What could this mean? IS Rey truly going over to the Dark Side? Or will this just turn out to be just a vision Palpatine gives Rey in order to lure her over to his side?

To be honest, quite a bit of thought seems to have been put into that dual-bladed lightsaber, and it doesn’t seem like the sort of thing that would be wasted in a mere vision. Then again, after the incredible leaps of fancy The Last Jedi made in terms of how powerful and unpredictable the Force can be, we can’t be certain about anything anymore.

What we are sure of is that this is going to be one epic finale to the Skywalker saga!

Source : https://www.star2.com/entertainment/2019/08/27/rey-sith-star-wars-d23-skywalker/#M8ZgGU3zrDsDl413.99

Will the next Disney Princess be Malaysian? When Disney revealed the title and concept art of the upcoming Raya & The Last Dragon at the recent D23, our first thought was that it looked like it is set in South-East Asia.

Well, according to its producers, the movie is inspired by South-East Asia. And while we still don’t know if the titular Raya will be Malaysian, the movie does have a strong Malaysian connection – it is written by our very own Adele Lim!

In October 2018, it was reported that Lim, who co-wrote the smash hit Crazy Rich Asians, was working on a then-untitled Disney film. On Aug 25, Lim took to the stage at D23, together with producer Osnat Shurer (who produced Moana) and the film’s actors Cassandra Steele and Awkwafina, to announce the project.

“We’ve been keeping it under wraps for so long I think my family thought I was lying when I said I was working for a Disney feature animation!” Lim said in an interview with StageRightSecrets at D23.

Raya & The Last Dragon is set in the fictional land of Kumandra, which Shurer says is in “a reimagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilisation that venerated the mythical dragons for their power and their wisdom.”

Steele voices Raya, a warrior who hopes to save her world by finding the last dragon Sisu (voiced by Awkwafina). The film is set to open November 2020.

Source : https://www.star2.com/entertainment/2019/08/27/malaysian-adele-lim-disney-raya-last-dragon/#MbhYLxTXW3C1Dibd.99