Win Sungha Jung concert tickets

South Korean acoustic guitar maestro and YouTube sensation Sungha Jung is returning to Singapore for a solo concert, his sixth on our sunny shores.

Singapore has always held a special place in Jung's heart, as he has arranged and performed hits by local artists JJ Lin, Tanya Chua, Kit Chan and Stefanie Sun over the past four years.

Expect an electrifying set-list of originals and fan favourite covers by this talented 19-year-old.

He will play at the Kallang Theatre on May 28 (Saturday), 7.30pm. 

We have two pairs of tickets (each ticket worth $66) to give away, courtesy of Sprout Entertainment.

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Win The Jungle Book movie premiums worth

Rudyard Kipling's beloved story gets a facelift under Jon Favreau's direction. 

The Jungle Book is an all-new live-action epic adventure about Mowgli (newcomer Neel Sethi), a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, who embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when he’s forced to abandon the only home he’s ever known.

Black panther Bagheera (Ben Kingsley) and bear Baloo (BIll Murray) become Mowgli's mentors and protector when tiger Shere Khan (Idris Elba) goes after Mowgli.

The Jungle Book opens April 14, and also features the voice talents of Lupita Nyong'o and Scarlett Johansson. 

We have 10 sets of The Jungle Book movie hampers to give away, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures.

Each set includes an adult T-shirt, a kid's T-shirt, a beach towel and a backpack.

To win, answer the question below. Indicate too if you are a TNP SuperKaki for extra chances to win.

Contest closes April 12, 11.59pm.

Win Eye In The Sky movie tickets

London-based military intelligence officer Colonel Katherine Powell (Helen Mirren) is remotely commanding a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya.

The mission suddenly escalates from a “capture” to a “kill” operation as Powell realises that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission.

From his base in Nevada, American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) is poised to destroy the safe-house when a nine year old girl enters the kill zone just outside the walls of the house.

With unforeseen collateral damage now entering the equation, the impossible decision of when to strike gets passed up the “kill chain” of politicians and lawyers as the seconds tick down.

Opening on April 14, Eye In The Sky is a contemporary international thriller set in the shadowy world of remotely piloted drone warfare.

We have 10 pairs of movie passes to give away, courtesy of Shaw Organisation.

To win, answer the question below. Indicate too if you are a TNP SuperKaki for extra chances to win.

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Movie Review: Eye In The Sky (PG13)


Armchair war games are explored in this taut political thriller.

Helen Mirren is UK-based Colonel Katherine Powell, who is spearheading a mission to capture a group of terrorists in Nairobi, Kenya.

However, it goes from "capture" to "kill" when drones pick up intelligence that the terrorists are planning a suicide mission.

As her Las Vegas-based military counterpart - Aaron Paul'sdrone pilot bomber - prepares to pull the trigger, a little girl gets into the line of fire and complicates the mission.

Director Gavin Hood keeps the action tense throughout the film, which shows modern-day global warfare, where everything can be remotely controlled.

Alan Rickman, in his last live-action feature, adds much gravitas as a resolute general who has to balance the urgency of the mission with political repercussions.

Rating: 4/5


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TRS founder wanted money from website to buy car and house

A witness said Yang Kaiheng (right) wanted to use the money he made from The Real Singapore for a bungalow and car.
A witness said Yang Kaiheng (right) wanted to use the money he made from The Real Singapore for a bungalow and car.

The man who started socio-political website, The Real Singapore (TRS), admitted to a friend that he was involved in the running of the site, a district court heard on Tuesday (April 5).

Yang Kaiheng, 27, is claiming trial to seven counts of sedition involving six articles posted on the website and one Facebook post. He claims his involvement with TRS only lasted a month in 2012.

On Tuesday (April 5), the prosecution called to the stand Mr K. Suresh Durai, who is in his 20s and had known Yang since their days at Yishun Junior College in 2006.

Mr Suresh (below) testified via a conditioned statement that he and Yang had entered an entrepreneurial competition in January 2013.


And in Yang's competition registration form, which was also tendered to the court as evidence, he had written that he started TRS with his wife, Ai Takagi, and continued to run it.

Yang also wrote that he was responsible for marketing and was focused on growing the market and audience numbers of TRS.

Mr Suresh also handed over a series of Facebook messaging chats he had with Yang.

In one chat in October 2012, Yang was seen telling Mr Suresh he earned about $4,000 to $5,000 a month from TRS through advertisement revenue.

Yang, however, said he wanted more.

"I want to buy car, bungalow," he had said.

The prosecution's case is that Yang had a continued, sustained and intimate role in running every aspect of TRS.

The trial continues.

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Jessica Chastain has a nose for durians

The two-time Oscar nominee is daring when it comes to fruit & films

PLEASED: US actress Jessica Chastain enjoying durian while in Singapore to promote latest film The Huntsman: Winter's War. 

US actress Jessica Chastain loves her durian.

While many consider the fruit smelly and repulsive, it is her favourite.

The 39-year-old wasted no time indulging herself upon arriving in Singapore for The Huntsman: Winter's War publicity tour.

The redhead's love affair with the fruit started over a decade ago when she was in Thailand filming the miniseries Blackbeard.



Found my favorite fruit! #durian

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"I was in Thailand for four months and discovered the fruit there, and immediately fell in love with it," she said at the film's press conference yesterday.

"I had it when I was in Singapore a few years ago. Actually, every time I come to Asia, I'll make sure I'd eat it.

"We don't get it in the US, so for us, it's very exotic."

Chastain is also adventurous when it comes to film projects. She is known for dramatic roles in films such as Zero Dark Thirty (2012), Interstellar (2014) and last year's The Martian.

She also starred in gothic romance Crimson Peak last year. Now, she tackles her first action role in The Huntsman: Winter's War.

"I approach it as how I'd approach any film," said the two-time Oscar nominee, adding that she spent about five weeks doing stunt training in New York and London.

Co-star Chris Hemsworth, 32, was impressed by her ability to take on all the fight sequences.


"Jessica was fantastic, and making it more impressive was that she did all of her fight scenes in high heels," said the Australian, best known for playing Thor in the Marvel films.

"I remember being blown away after watching the first big fight sequence we had. She made it look so easy," he added, laughing.

Hemsworth and Chastain also share some romantic moments.

He said: "We are lucky we got the chemistry right. Jessica and I have a lot in common, so we just hit it off."

Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as Eric; Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Sara, PHOTO: UIP

Chastain chipped in: "You got to be open with your co-workers.

"You can't expect to have chemistry if you go back to your trailer or leave the set after every take.

"We all hung out on set and so we got to talk a lot and were able to get to know each other better."

As to whether fighting Hemsworth or kissing him was more difficult, Chastain laughed and said: "Fight scenes burn more calories."

We all hung out on set and so we got to talk a lot and were able to get to know each other better.

- US actress Jessica Chastain on being open with co-workers.

Theron: Women are worth more than their looks

Oscar winner Charlize Theron talks about new film The Huntsman: Winter's War and its message for women

Charlize Theron.

South African-born actress Charlize Theron is not one to be concerned about maintaining her good looks.

Which is completely different from her beauty-obsessed character Queen Ravenna in 2012's Snow White And The Huntsman and its sequel, The Huntsman: Winter's War.

But the 40-year-old does not need to worry about her looks as she is one of the most beautiful actresses in Hollywood.

Theron is ravishing in person, with minimal make-up and dressed in a chiffon tunic paired with three-inch rocker booties.

"I think there is a lot of misplaced value in how women feel about themselves," said the former model at a press conference yesterday at the Equarius Hotel in Resorts World Sentosa.

"Snow White may be a fairy tale, but there is a very strong story in there for women."

REGAL: Oscar winner Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna.

The Oscar winner explained that Queen Ravenna's obsession is a reflection on how "the society has made youth a very strong currency among women".

Theron was in Singapore with her The Huntsman: Winter's War co-stars Chris Hemsworth and Jessica Chastain for the Asian leg of the publicity tour, as was director Cedric Nicolas-Troyan.

The Huntsman: Winter's War opens here on April 14 and is based on characters from the Snow White and The Snow Queen fairy tales. It explores Queen Ravenna's backstory, including her obsession with beauty and youth, and the relationship with her younger sister, Queen Freya (Emily Blunt).

Hemsworth and Chastain play Eric and Sara, two huntsmen caught between the two sisters.

Theron felt the story is "powerful as it showed how lonely and desperate Ravenna is despite having good looks".

"I constantly worry for my little girl and for other girls. I want (them) to know that they are worth so much more than how they look."

But does the mother of two adopted children - four-year-old boy Jackson and eight-month-old girl August - see herself as a role model for the fairer sex?

"I think there is a sense of responsibility to myself as a woman. I want to do something authentic and truthful, something that will resonate with other women.


"Women have to take ownership and start changing the concept that we wilt like flowers, while men age like fine wine."

Theron said one factor that made her agree to star in the sequel was to be in the same film as English actress Blunt.

"If Emily isn't married, I'd marry her instantly... I love her so much," Theron proclaimed with a laugh.

"We had instant chemistry from the first moment we got together. We just couldn't stop chattering."

Theron said having Chastain in the movie made filming even more fun.

"Jessica and Emily are two actresses whom I really admire... they are my peers, but they are also the people who raise the bar for me as an actor.

"Their work are so inspiring. To get to work with not one but two really strong powerhouses together is an opportunity of a lifetime."

Women have to take ownership and start changing the concept that we wilt like flowers, while men age like fine wine.

- South African-born actress Charlize Theron