He's not afraid to be the 'weird one'

Jaden Smith, son of US actor Will Smith, reveals what it's like playing an oddball graffiti artist in new Netflix musical drama The Get Down

FATHERLY ADVICE: Jaden Smith says his dad, actor Will Smith (above), gave him tips for his role as fledgling graffiti artist Dizzee (right) in The Get Down.
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Win Bridget Jones's Baby movie hampers

Renee Zellweger as Bridget Jones

Renée Zellweger returns as the beloved Bridget Jones with two men in her life again. 

After breaking up with Mark Darcy (Firth), Bridget Jones’s (Zellweger) “happily ever after” hasn’t quite gone according to plan. Forty-something and single again, she decides to focus on her job as top news producer and surround herself with old friends and new.

For once, Bridget has everything completely under control. What could possibly go wrong?

Then her love life takes a turn and Bridget meets a dashing American named Jack (Dempsey), the suitor who is everything Mr. Darcy is not. 

In an unlikely twist she finds herself pregnant, but with one hitch… she can only be fifty percent sure of the identity of her baby’s father.

Bridget Jones's Baby opens here Sept 15.

We have five sets of Bridget Jones's Baby movie hampers to give away, courtesy of UIP Singapore.

Each set includes a tote bag and a notebook.

© 2016 Universal Studios.

Simply watch the trailer and answer the question below.

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Win Marauders movie passes

Actors Christopher Meloni (left) and Bruce Willis (right) in the movie Marauders.

When a bank is hit by a brutal heist, all evidence points to the owner (Bruce Willis) and his high-powered clients.

But as a group of FBI agents (Christopher Meloni, Dave Bautista and Adrian Grenier) dig deeper into the case - and the deadly heists continue - it becomes clear that a larger conspiracy is at play.

We have 10 pairs of in-season passes to Marauders to give away, courtesy of Shaw Organisation.

Marauders is rated NC16 and opens here Sept 15.

To win, answer the question below. 

Contest closes Sep 19, 11.59pm.

‘S’pore show was probably my favourite'

Aussie pop duo The Veronicas on their love for Asia and being comfortable with their bodies

Performing at the Music Matters festival 2016.

Australian pop duo and identical twins The Veronicas love Asia so much, they are convinced they have a spiritual connection to it.

“We are kind of like hippies and we think we used to be Asian in our past lives because we feel so comfortable here,” younger sister Lisa Origliasso, wearing a white floral cheongsam, told The New Paper backstage at the Music Matters indie music festival yesterday.

“We went to Chinatown (the day before) and visited the Hindu and Buddhist temples, and later we sat in a shop and had mooncakes and Chinese tea.

“I really love that Mid-Autumn Festival story about the star-crossed lovers (Hou Yi and Chang’e), it’s so romantic. And I also bought this dress at the Chinatown markets.”

The Veronicas, both 31, were in town for their inaugural Singapore gig at Millian club at St James Power Station for Music Matters’ opening night on Monday.

“Our Singapore show was probably my favourite one in the last five years,” said Jessica Origliasso.

“The energy was fantastic and I felt so pumped up when I was coming off stage.”

The sisters said the gig was extra exciting as they had been wanting to come to Singapore for 10 years and finally got to visit for the first time.

Lisa said: “With social media, we can always chat with our fans, so we feel like we already know them. Still, it was great to meet them backstage finally.”


The Veronicas released their debut studio album The Secret Life of... in 2005, and have since come out with three albums with hit singles like Hook Me Up and Untouched.

They made a splash in June with their new electro pop single In My Blood, from their upcoming fourth album, by posing for its cover wearing only purple body glitter.

BODY GLITTER: (Above) The Veronicas on the cover of their latest single, In My Blood, shot by acclaimed Ukrainian fashion photographer Sasha Samsonova.  PHOTO: SONY MUSIC

It was a shot by acclaimed Ukrainian fashion photographer Sasha Samsonova and it showed the twins looking like the shape-shifting X-Men character Mystique.

“We didn’t really feel exposed taking the pictures, as we trusted Sasha to give them a high fashion look,” said Jessica. “She’s worked with a lot of celebrities like (US reality TV star) Kylie Jenner.”

Added Lisa: “Besides, we didn’t feel naked because wearing the body paint was like putting on a second skin. We felt like sea creatures or aliens. (The body paint) made us move and walk differently, and we felt very long and lean.”

While The Veronicas are proud to bare their bodies, they have also been targets of body shamers because of their slim figures.

In June, a fan wrote on their Facebook page that they should eat something and he would personally pay for the food.

Jessica replied to his post with their daily grocery list of organic vegetables and said she hoped the netizen would make good on his offer.

“Yes, Jess is the sassy one,” said Lisa. Jessica, who is a vegan, said: “Usually, we ignore mean comments, but this guy was just pretending to be concerned, so I decided to do something about it.

“As a society, we are too concerned about numbers on a scale. If you’re not too thin, you’re too fat.

“Health is about feeling balanced in your body, soul and mind, and that is how we both feel. People should stop projecting their own insecurities onto others.” Although they heard about the Zika virus in Singapore on their flight over,

The Veronicas are unfazed by the possibility of contracting it here.

“Mosquitoes do tend to find me, admittedly, but life’s too short to worry about stuff like that. We’ll still go out as usual; we’re excited about visiting Gardens By The Bay this afternoon,” said Lisa.

“We have really connected with Singapore and we definitely won’t wait 10 years to come again. In fact, maybe we’ll have another holiday here in 10 days,” she joked.

Sully soars at box office

HERO: Actor Tom Hanks (above, right) posing with the real-life version of his character Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger at the Los Angeles premiere of "Sully".
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4 in India raped, 2 killed over allegations of eating beef

VICTIMS: The two gang rape victims (above) denied being Muslims who ate beef.
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'Get off, you're raping me' Horrific voicemail helps convict rapist

CRUEL: Rapist Kyler Paterson was found guilty after his 15-year-old victim left a voicemail on friend's mobile in which she pleaded: "Get off, you're raping me."
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Former drug addict is now chef, ceramicist and triathlete

He's nicknamed the Iron Man Chef

Chef Heman Tan.
DELICIOUS: (Top) Chef Heman Tan's Black Chicken With Brown Sauce.
DELICIOUS: (Above) He also created the White Rojak, which comes with a dash of balsamic vinegar.

When he was 25, his employer dismissed him on learning that he was a former drug addict.

"It was painful," local chef Heman Tan, who declined to name the company in question, told The New Paper at a media brunch on Friday.

"The company even spread the story around the F&B industry about me being an ex-addict, so people were afraid to hire me."

Now a celebrated culinary artist, ceramicist and triathlete, the 48-year-old has truly overcome the odds.

Nicknamed the Iron Man Chef, Tan was appointed chief culinary officer of the Soup Restaurant Group last month. He was previously executive chef of the JP Pepperdine Group, which operates restaurants such as Jack's Place.

Tan has designed a Gourmet Table menu featuring high-end dishes, such as steamed spinach chawanmushi with chicken bak kut teh soup, to be launched at selected Soup Restaurant outlets next month.

The dishes will be served on ceramic plates and bowls also designed by Tan, who studied ceramics under the late Dr Ng Eng Teng, a Cultural Medallion winner.

"It's my way of pairing my two artistic passions together," said Tan.

His dishes will also be served to nursing home residents as part of Soup Restaurant's ongoing charity programme.

"I want (the elderly) to have decent and down-to-earth meals, and enjoy eating them off beautifully made porcelain ware," he said.

Tan's second book, The Iron Man Chef's Guide To Life, will be released this Friday.

Chef Heman Tan with his festive desserts, which will retail over Christmas and Chinese New Year. TNP PHOTO: CHOO CHWEE HUA 

A follow-up to his first cookbook Tough. Love., his new offering dispenses recipes and nuggets of wisdom as he shares his extraordinary life story.

"This book is about me stripping down to reveal very personal details of my life.

"I hope my story can inspire troubled young people and their parents," he said.


Tan's father was a vegetable seller and his older brother and sister died when he was a child, leaving him and his parents grieving.

When he was in primary school, an infection left him mostly deaf in his left ear, and he struggled in school due to dyslexia.

"I could not study or read properly, so my learning was very slow," said the father of three, who needed to turn his right ear towards this reporter as he spoke.

"I only learnt I was dyslexic when my youngest son, who is now 11, was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was in Primary 1.

"He is doing all right - he has a high IQ and is very good in science," Tan said.

In secondary school, Tan fell into bad company and joined a gang, which led him to experiment with drugs.

His desperate parents sent him to a boys' home, then to London after his national service, hoping he would turn over a new leaf.

After learning about English cooking as a kitchen helper in London's Walker's Inn, he returned to Singapore and spent time at a halfway house. There, he was introduced to his "spiritual father", Dr Ng.

"Meeting him was my turnaround point," he said.

"People know me as an impatient person, but I learnt patience from molding clay."

Patience and fortitude also helped him participate in Ironman triathlons, and Tan runs or cycles about 15km daily to start his day.

Although he is best known for his cooking, Tan said the skill he would like to pass on to his children is the art of ceramics.

"I do not force my kids to be like me, but I hope I can teach them how to mold clay because the process is very special to me," he said.

People know me as an impatient person, but I learnt patience from molding clay.

- Local chef Heman Tan, whose mentor was the late Cultural Medallion winner Ng Eng Teng

Tags: Food, charity and chef

ITE students' smell-based horror game is finalist at Tokyo Game show

If you smell bananas, beware, because it means death is just around the corner.

HORROR STORY: Tainted is a 3-D first-person horror adventure game that uses smell-emitting modules and LED lights to enhance the gaming experience.

Your sense of smell could mean life or death in this horror adventure computer game developed by Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students.

Scents released help you progress while playing the game.

And if you smell bananas, beware, because it means death is just around the corner.

Tainted is a computer game based on the Malay folklore of the pontianak ghost designed by 15 final-year students from ITE College Central's Higher National ITE Certificate programme in Games Design and Development for their final-year project.

They collaborated with researchers from the Keio-NUS CUTE (Connective Ubiquitous Technology for Embodiments) Center, who developed the smell-emitting modules.

The game features four scents - banana, jasmine, pineapple and mango - which, paired with colours, serve as indicators of the game's progress.

Gameplay is about three minutes long, and it ends when the player is caught by the pontianak.

The project was supported by the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office, under its International Research Centres in Singapore Funding Initiative.

Current students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)'s Higher Nitec in Games Art and Design test out Tainted, a horror adventure game designed by former students from Higher Nitec in Games Design and Development last year. TNP PHOTO: PHYLLICIA WANG

Tainted will be featured this week at the Indie Game Area of the Tokyo Game Show (TGS), which attracts more than 200,000 visitors each year and showcases exhibitors such as SEGA Games and Konami.

It was selected as one of the eight finalists for the TGS Sense of Wonder Night for its unique use of smell-emitting modules to enhance the gaming experience.


Gaming technology has made leaps and bounds in recent years with virtual reality consoles such as the Oculus Rift providing a realistic and immersive gaming environment.

While there have been earlier attempts at incorporating smells into a game, such as the FeelReal add-on for the Oculus Rift, using a gamer's sense of smell to help progression in a game is still a foreign concept to most developers.

One of the ITE students involved was Mr Benjamin Lim, 21, who graduated in February.

Mr Lim, who is now pursuing a Diploma in Animation from Nanyang Polytechnic, was the one who came up with the idea of using the pontianak folklore for Tainted's story line.

He told The New Paper: "We chose horror as our genre because we thought it was the best way to use the modules, using scents to create suspense."

He said when the character is near an item that is useful to the game's progression, the modules, which are fixed with coloured LED lights, will light up and a specific scent will be released into the air.

For example, red lights and a banana scent means the pontianak is nearby.

Mr Raymond Koh, a lecturer at ITE College Central's School of Electronics and Info-Comm Technology, told TNP: "It was a challenge for the students because it's quite an abstract concept to use smells in a game, and they had nothing to refer to.

"We're always interested in pursuing new avenues to showcase our work and ideas, and the Tokyo Game Show is one of the biggest gatherings for game developers."

Another student, Mr Nikki Danish Putra, 19, added they had to go through countless rounds of trial-and-error before the game was ready.

But the six months of hard work, and staying in school for up to 10 hours daily turned out to be fruitful for the students when they found out Mr Koh had submitted Tainted to be exhibited at TGS and it was accepted.

Mr Lim said: "I was speechless when I heard the news, and I'm really pleased that our hard work is paying off even after we graduated."

Tags: GAMES, ITE and Singapore

Not just a game

Opening weekend of new NFL season sees more players protest during singing of The Star-Spangled Banner

PROTEST: Anti-clockwise from above, Denver Broncos' Brandon Marshall (far left) kneels during the national anthem, Seattle Seahawks show solidarity by interlocking elbows and an Instagram montage of reactions to "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the NFL this season. 

"They have rights and we have to respect that. I support our players speaking out on issues that need to be changed in society. But that’s what the focus should be on, the changes they want to see in the society." — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell (above)
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