Larter and Jovovich reunite

It's reunion time for Ali Larter (left) and Milla Jovovich (right).

The lovely ladies will be back to fight more zombies and monsters in Resident Evil: The Final Chapter.

Jovovich is back as the heroine Alice, while Larter will reprise her role as Claire Redfield for the franchise's final instalment.

Filming begins next month in South Africa with Paul W.S. Anderson back as writer and director.

Resident Evil is one of the most successful game-to-movie adaptations, having grossed over US$915 million (S$1.26 billion) worldwide.

 

 

 

 

Excited to get back to my day job...killing zombies with @millajovovich! #claireredfield #residentevil

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Jaycee Chan freaked out in prison seeing inmate collect dandruff for ants

Jackie Chan's son Jaycee talked about his mentally harrowing experience when he was in prison for six months.

Being locked behind bars almost drove him mad.

Hong Kong actor Jaycee Chan, son of action star Jackie Chan, was recently released from prison after serving his six-month sentence.

He and Taiwanese actor-singer Kai Ko were arrested last August for drug possession in Beijing. 

Chan, 32, talked about his harrowing experience in jail in an exclusive interview to Apple Daily Taiwan recently. 

Asian Pop News reported via Apple Daily Taiwan that Chan's mental turmoil first started when he was let out of his cell and onto a small balcony for time to interact with the other inmates.

He saw an old man squatting in one corner of the balcony, shaking off his dandruff and peeling the skin from his feet.

Chan described the scene like one from a haunted film. 

According to The Straits Times, Chan said: "I was afraid I would be mentally ill."

But he decided to confront his fear by talking to the old man.

Surprisingly, he found out that it was not what he had imagined — the old man was just collecting his dead skin so that he could feed it to the ants on the balcony.

Chan's initial worries that he would become like the old man were a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Chan said he himself started developing weird habits in prison as time went by, like killing mosquitoes because he wanted to feed them to the spiders.

He would also stick the dead mosquitoes to the wall to gauge the wind direction.

Once, when another inmate caused one of the mosquitoes to drop off the wall after Chan killed it, Chan went ballistic and started yelling: "How am I going to tell the wind direction now?".

When he was not raging at the other inmates, he read books by billionaire investor Warren Buffett and Buddhist monk Hsing Yun.

He also wrote brief diary entries every day, till he had enough content to send it as a letter to his mother.

He even wrote some rap songs describing prison life. 

Food-wise, it was a simple diet that consisted of eggs, buns and cabbage.

When Chan wanted a change of food, he would pay to have a bowl of instant noodles.

And no, he wasn't given special treatment because he was Jackie Chan's son.

China.org.cn reported that Chan ate the same food, slept in the same wooden cell, and went through the same process of passing through the X-ray detector naked before changing into prison clothes, just like all the other inmates.

The most difficult thing for him?

Having to sleep with the light on for 24 hours due to security reasons. 

Having been released from prison recently, he is now afraid of the public's judgement.

Although his dad welcomed him home with a big hug — Chan is currently staying with his mum in Taiwan — he has to wear a mask whenever he goes out because Chan is frightened that strangers will look at him like he's a bad person. 

Said Chan: "We (him and Ko) both paid a price for our mistake and we will work hard to get back on our feet again."

When he goes out with Ko, he forces his friend to wear a mask too and tells him: "If I wear one and you don't, isn't it strange?"

Source: Asian Pop News, Apple Daily Taiwan, The Straits Times, China.org.cn

Will Smith dismisses divorce rumours

Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale might have filed for divorce but Hollywood power couple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith are still going strong.

The US actor yesterday cleared the airabout the status of his (happy) marriage on Facebook.

Calling her his "queen", Smith stated they are not getting a divorce and swore to break the news himself if there would ever be a separation.

Shortly after he posted, his wife chimed in on Twitter: "My king has spoken."

 

 

Under normal circumstances, I don't usually respond to foolishness. (Because it's contagious) But, so many people have...

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Amy Schumer calls for tighter gun controls

Amy Schumer has teamed with New York senator (and cousin) Chuck Schumer in a plea for tighter gun laws.

Her appeal comes after a gunman opened fire at a movie screening of Schumer's Trainwreck in Lafayette, Louisiana, last month.

"I'm not sure why this man chose my movie to end those two lives and injure nine others, but it was very personal for me," the comedienne said at a press conference on Monday.

She added, "These shootings have got to stop. I don't know how else to say it."

 

 

Proud to stand with Senator Chuck Schumer today.

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Watch these kids build their ideal Singapore at SG100

Children were invited to imagine Singapore in 50 years.

Kids are the future of tomorrow so it only makes sense that they have a vision of what Singapore would look like in the next 50 years when the nation celebrates SG100.

Lego invited some children to do just that - imagine what Singapore would look like in 50 years.

And the result was surprisingly heartwarming.

 

 

Firstly, Lego built their own version of what the city would look like in the future.

In it, the city was filled with many grey skyscrapers.

While these structures were unique, they made Singapore, known for its reputation as a garden city, look soulless.

Thankfully, these kids came to the rescue.

So what did they change?

Adding some much needed greenery and nature

This boy built a park so he can give flowers to his mother... and his girlfriend.

He definitely has his priorities right.

Having dinner at home with your family every night

This girl says: "Grandma loves it when everybody eats together at home."

It's good that family values are still important in the future. 

Caring for animals and wildlife

"I want animals and people... to make friends. Dogs without friends are very poor things."

Spend more time with parents

In perhaps the most touching segment, this girl placed her home next to her father's office so that he can "come back home faster".

Why? When she asks to play with him, this girl's father replies: "Not now. Later okay?"

After MH370 confirmation, some relatives remain skeptical

One of the relatives onboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, kneels down in front of media before she and other family members express their demands to Malaysia Airlines outside its Beijing office on August 6, 2015.
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak confirming the debris found on Reunion Island is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 6, 2015.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak confirmed on Thursday (Aug 6) that the wing part found on the remote French island of La Reunion is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

The confirmation may help to start the process of finding out what happened to the flight, but some relatives have reacted to the news with skepticism. 


The then unidentified piece of debris from an unidentified aircraft found in the coastal area of Saint-Andre de la Reunion on July 29. PHOTO: REUTERS

“Today, 515 days since the plane disappeared, it is with a very heavy heart that I must tell you that an international team of experts has conclusively confirmed that the aircraft debris found on Reunion Island is indeed from MH370,” Najib Razak told reporters at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur. 

After the announcement, emotions ran high outside the Beijing offices of Malaysia Airlines. 

A group of relatives said they remain unconvinced, despite Najib's statement. 

“I don’t believe this latest information about the plane, they have been lying to us from the beginning,” said Mr Zhang Yongli, whose daughter was on the plane.

“I know my daughter is out there, but they won’t tell us the truth,” he added, waving Chinese and Communist Party flags.

 

Ms Bao Lanfang, whose grandson was on board MH370, told reporters “Everyone has been lying to us”, before collapsing on the floor and crying.

“I will do anything to see him again,” the 63-year-old added through her tears.

“Just tell me what I need to do, I’ll do it.”

 

 

Madam Dai Shuqin, 62, whose sister Ms Dai Shuling was on board, told The Straits Times that they had turned up at the office to demand that MAS helps arrange a trip to Reunion Island.

Back in Malaysia, Ms Maira Elizabeth Nari, the daughter of MH370's chief steward, was heartbroken after the announcement was made, reported The Star Online.

"For now, there is nothing I can say about what had happened to my father. 

"I do not know what I am supposed to do after this," she said between sobs. 

Sara Weeks, the sister of MH370 passenger Paul Weeks of New Zealand, said the confirmation ended “a week of turmoil”.

“We’ve had 17 months of nothing... so actually finding something is the first step towards pinpointing where it is,”  Weeks told the Fairfax New Zealand media group.

For others though, Najib's announcement was not nearly enough to heal the wounds of grief.

“I’m still not satisfied. There are still so many questions left unanswered, so many holes in the puzzle,” Mr Lee Khim Fatt, whose wife Foong Wai Yueng was a stewardess on the flight, said to AFP.

“Until today we have no answers. Don’t just show me a flaperon."

"Show me more. Answer the questions,” Lee Khim Fatt, husband to flight attendant Foong Wai Yueng.

“Now I want to know where the main body of the plane is so that we can take out the passengers and get the black box so we can know what happened," said Jacquita Gonzales, wife of Patrick Gomes, a steward onboard MH370.

"Only that, for us, will be full closure,” she added.

Source: The Star Online, AFP, Twitter, YouTube

Movie review: Fantastic Four (PG)

Many have panned the earlier Jessica Alba/Chris Evans Fantastic Four movies, calling them kiddy, cheesy, and kitschy.

Those weren't great, but at least there were some fun elements.

The director of this latest big screen adaptation, however, seems to want to make a point about recent superhero movies being too jam-packed with over-the-top action. 

Josh Trank's Fantastic Four doesn't seem to have much action at all. 

He's tried going the dark, gritty route a la Christopher Nolan's Batman - and it would have been a great idea if he could have pulled it off. 

Here, the movie plods along so slowly, setting up for a climax which, when it eventually came, deflated much faster than a popped balloon.

Trank seems to have zapped out all the energy and life of what could potentially have been a good reboot of a failed franchise. 

The film started out promisingly enough, giving us some semblance of a back story of the foursome, particularly Reed Richards (Miles Teller), a science prodigy determined to prove inter-space teleportation can actually be done.

We learn that Ben (Jamie Bell) is Reed's loyal childhood friend, and Sue Storm (Kate Mara) is a science whiz at spotting patterns who becomes the group's fashion designer -- she's in charge of their space travel costumes.

Her adopted brother Johnny (Michael B Jordan) is rebel who has Daddy-issues. Then there's Victor Von Doom (Toby Kebbell), a brilliant scientist who eventually becomes the baddie Dr Doom.

Setting them up one-by-one is a nice way to let us get acquainted, but it also takes too long. Halfway through the movie, we're still learning who they are.

PHOTO: TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX

Trank's debut film Chronicle (2012) was an interesting exposition of what young people could do when they were suddenly gifted with superpowers.

The story here is similar, just devoid of any emotions or driving forces to make a connection to these four accidental superheroes.

Only Bell brings some genuine anguish to the screen, after he's turned into a rock monster, but it lasts for all of 10 seconds. 

Teller tries to bring some remorse to his character, but he's weighed down by groan-inducing lines.

There were some cool scenes, but too few to liven things up.

Perhaps this is merely a long set-up to the sequel -- yes, there's going to be another one even if this bombs at the box-office.

Whoever's taking over should have an easy task ahead to inject some form of life, considering that this is such an unoriginal bore.

Rating: 2/5

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Fandi's LionsXII pay the price for slack defence

Sloppy defending sees Fandi's men slip up

KILLER TOUCHES: Terengganu's Issey Nakajima-Farran twice beat LionsXIl goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud to hand the Singapore side their fifth loss of the season. 


Poor defending let the LionsXII down in their Malaysian Super League (MSL) clash with Terengganu last night, as they went down 4-2 at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Kuala Terengganu.

Despite being shorn of key players - strikers Khairul Amri and Faris Ramli - due to injuries, Fandi Ahmad's men did not let their heads drop after an early goal by Helmi Remeli.

But a lack of concentration saw them conceding goals immediately after they punctured the opposition's backline.

First, after Madhu Mohana had levelled the scores with a 25th-minute header, the team contrived to allow Terengganu's Canadian-Japanese forward Issey Nakajima-Farran the freedom to lash a shot home from close range barely 60 seconds later.

Nakajima-Farran, who starred in the S.League for Albirex Niigata from 2004 to 2006, made it 3-1 seven minutes into the second half with a cool finish under LionsXII goalkeeper Izwan Mahbud.

Some great work by LionsXII winger-turned-fullback Nazrul Ahmad Nazari saw him lay the ball off for Hafiz Abu Sujad to hammer a shot home and pull to within one of the home side in the 55th minute.

Alas, the Singapore side's defensive failings emerged again as some hesitant defending by substitute Faritz Hameed saw Norshahrul Idlan Talaha stab home Terengganu's fourth just two minutes later.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 6.

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