Win Mother's Day movie tickets

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US actresses Jennifer Aniston (L) and Kate Hudson (R) in Mother's Day.

Jennifer Aniston, Kate Hudson, Julia Roberts, Jason Sudeikis and Britt Robertson star in interwoven stories about a group of women with one important thing in common -- mothers.

Expectant moms, single mums, stepmums, gay mums, estranged mums, long-lost mums and mothers of all kinds get their due in an emotional tribute to the tie that can't be broken.

In the week before the one day of the year when Mum comes first, the lives of a group of strong, loving and wildly imperfect women, from a divorced mother dealing with her kids’ new stepmum to a young mum trying find her own birth mother, provide an emotional and humorous reminder that every mum is her own kind of hero.

As Mother's Day approaches, each of them is about to prove the power of the maternal bond in sweet, smart, sassy and sexy celebration of mothers everywhere.

Opening here May 5, Mother's Day is rated M18, and also stars Timothy Olyphant and Shay Mitchell.

We have 10 pairs of in-season passes to Mother's Day to be won, courtesy of Shaw Organisation. 

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

Contest closes May 9, 11.59pm.

 

 

How the Foxes did it

1 KEEP PACE AT THE START

Three wins and three draws in their first six games help Leicester keep up with early pace-setters Manchester City, who win their first five games.

Spurs start slowly, managing to win their first game only on Matchday Five.

The Foxes suffer their first loss of the season on Sept 26 - a 5-2 defeat by Arsenal. Surely this is the start of their decline?

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri, however, has other ideas.

EPL LEADERS ON SEPT 28:
1) Man City - 15 pts
2) Man United - 13 pts
3) West Ham - 12 pts
4) Leicester - 12 pts

2 REWARD MILESTONES WITH BEER AND PIZZA

After their first clean sheet of the season, a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace on Oct 24, Ranieri takes his Foxes on a pizza outing.

On Nov 21, they top the league for the first time after defeating Newcastle 3-0 away. Ranieri’s reward this time? Beer all round.

A week later, Jamie Vardy (above) breaks Ruud van Nistelrooy’s 2003 record by scoring in his 11th straight game - a 1-1 draw with Man United.

NOV 21:
1) Leicester - 28 pts
2) Man United - 27 pts
3) Man CIty - 26 pts

3 DELIVER ON YOUR PROMISE

A defeat by Liverpool on Boxing Day and draws with Man City and Bournemouth peg the Foxes back, as Arsenal top the league in January. But the Foxes return to the top on Jan 23, after a 3-0 win over Stoke City.

Ranieri promises the players a one-week break if they win their three back-to-back games against the big guns. They beat Liverpool 2-0, Man City 3-1, and lose 2-1 to Arsenal, but Ranieri gives them the week off anyway.

FEB 14:
1) Leicester - 53 pts
2) Tottenham - 51 pts
3) Arsenal - 51 pts

4 WIN 1-0, REPEAT

The one-week break seems to do wonders - Leicester are unbeaten since their holiday.

The Foxes also show mental stamina to grind out results, relying on a late goal by substitute Leonardo Ulloa (above) to beat Norwich City 1-0 on Feb 27, sparking a run of five 1-0 wins in six games, building up a seven-point cushion.

APRIL 3:
1) Leicester - 69 pts
2) Tottenham - 62 pts
3) Arsenal - 58 pts

5 SEND IN THE SUPERSUBS

With Jamie Vardy’s sending-off against West Ham on April 17, the stage is set for the Foxes’ reserves to make their mark.

Ulloa scores a late penalty equaliser to force a 2-2 draw with the Hammers. In the next match, Ulloa and another reserve, Jeff Schlupp, shine in a 4-0 win over Swansea.

Although they fail to claim the title with Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Man United, Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Chelsea hands them the crown.

TODAY:
1) Leicester - 77 pts
2) Tottenham - 70 pts
3) Arsenal - 67 pts

ISD detains eight more radicalised Bangladeshi nationals

The Internal Security Department has detained eight radicalised Bangladeshi workers who were planning to attack targets in their homeland and set up an Islamic State there.
The Internal Security Department has detained eight radicalised Bangladeshi workers who were planning to attack targets in their homeland and set up an Islamic State there.

The Internal Security Department (ISD) has detained eight radicalised Bangladeshi nationals who had identified targets in their homeland as part of a plan to overthrow the government.

The eight were detained in April and are still being held for investigation, according to a statement released on Tuesday (May 3) by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA).

This is the second batch of foreign workers from Bangladesh detained by the ISD in the last six months. In January, MHA said that 27 radicalised workers had been arrested in November and December last year.

The men, who were workers in the construction and marine industries here, were part of a group called the Islamic State in Bangladesh (ISB) which was set up in March 2016 by leader Rahman Miznaur, 31 (pictured below).


PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

When the group realised the difficulties of travelling to Syria to link up with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the men focused their attention on overthrowing the Bangladeshi government to establish their own Islamic State there under the command of ISIS.

They were using Singapore as a base to recruit other Bangladeshi nationals to their cause as well as to raise money to fund the attacks they were planning.

The funds that were raised have since been seized.

Documents seized from Rahman, which included weapons manuals and bomb-making instructions, contained a list of potential government and military targets that the group had planned to attack in Bangladesh.


Documents seized from ISB leader Rahman Miznaur included a list of government and military targets, a sniper rifle manual and bomb-making instructions in Bengali. PHOTO: MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS

While police found no evidence that the group were planning an attack on Singapore soil, the group posed a security threat due to their willingness to commit violence overseas while Rahman had previously indicated that he was willing to conduct an attack anywhere as commanded by ISIS.

In the same statement, MHA said that its investigations led to the arrest and repatriation of five other radicalised workers who were not part of ISB.

"The Singapore Government takes a very serious view of any form of support for terrorism," it read.

"Any person, foreigner or otherwise, who engages in any activity that is inimical to Singapore's national security and racial and religious harmony will be firmly dealt with under the law.

"In this connection, foreigners should not import their own domestic political agenda into Singapore and carry out activities here in pursuit of such an agenda."

MHA said that anyone who knows or suspects that a person has been radicalised, or is engaging in terrorist activities or propagating extremist teachings, should promptly inform the Internal Security Department (1800-2626-473) or the Police (999).

The stars come out at Met Gala

Our Writer Wee Teck crowned Lady Gaga (centre) as the best dressed during the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala). She is seen here posing with designer Donatella Versace (right) as they are arrive at the Met Gala to celebrate the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology"

Those starved of a good old fashion red carpet were fed by the brightest and the shiniest at this year's Met Gala.

This year's theme was "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology", so most came to theme with shiny and futuristic outfits.

So who wore what well?

Shine bright like a disco ball

All hail the queen. Lady Gaga was best dressed of the night.


Lady Gaga posing in her outfit during the Met Gala. PHOTO: REUTERS
 

She was bold, sexy, and pantless in her Atelier Versace outfit - all the hallmarks of a great red carpet moment.

Kim Kardashian turned up in Balmain. Imagine how blinding it would be should a spotlight be focused on her derriere.

Not to be outshone, singer Rita Ora was a silver bird in this Vera Wang gown. I wonder if it itches.

Rita Ora (left) posing with the designer of her dress, Vera Wang (right). PHOTO: AFP

Sister Act

Beyonce looked like she's the one with the good hair, dressed in a regal shimmery Givenchy gown.


Beyonce wearing a Givenchy gown. PHOTO: AFP
 

Her sister Solange Knowles is probably showing her support - again - by turning up looking like lemonade in an outfit from David Laport.


Solange Knowles in a very yellow dress. PHOTO: AFP

Maybe these thought they were headed to Coachella instead of the Met Gala?

"A" for keeping it real and comfortable.


Dakota Johnson in Gucci. PHOTO: AFP

Jennifer Connelly in Louis Vuitton. PHOTO: AFP

Dakota Fanning in Nina Ricci.PHOTO: REUTERS
 

 

Irina Shayk (girlfriend of Bradley Cooper) in Givenchy. PHOTO: REUTERS

 


Grimes in Louis Vuitton. PHOTO: AFP

 


Oscar 2016 Best Supporting actress Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton. PHOTO: AFP

 

Can one ever go wrong in black?

Nicki Minaj is more flesh than fabric but at least she's buckled up in this Moschino dress.


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She may have left her eyebrows at home but Katy Perry (wearing Prada) gave towering hair.

Madonna looked like she was auditioning for a part of a porn version of Games of Thrones in this Givenchy ensemble. I don't think she'll get a call back.


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Hot Men

Idris Elba in a Tom Ford tux. That's all one needs, really.


PHOTO: AFP

It doesn't have to be a high end brand for Nick Jonas to work the red carpet, He's just as effective in a Topman suit.


PHOTO: AFP

Maybe Zayn Malik wants to be next in line to play the Winter Soldier. Even girlfriend Gigi Hadid cannot steal the attention away from the robotic sleeve on his Versace jacket.


Zayn Malik (right) posing with girlfriend Gigi Hadid at the Met Gala.  PHOTO: REUTERS

Worst Dressed.


Actress Michele Williams posing at the Met Gala. PHOTO: REUTERS

Did Michelle Williams even made an effort?

Or was she on her way to the supermarket before she remembered she had a gala to attend and just rushed over?

The fairy tale comes true as Leicester win EPL

Fans celebrate in pub in Leicester as the Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur game ends in a draw

Leicester City can now be crowned Premier League champions, completing one of the most remarkable sporting miracles of all time.

Tottenham's failure to beat defending champions Chelsea in a dramatic 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge on Monday night means the unlikeliest of leaders have an unassailable seven-point lead over their nearest challengers with just two games of this fairytale season to go.

WATCH: The Leicester players react to the final whistle of the Chelsea - Tottenham match

 

 

First-half goals from Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son looked like extending the title battle into next weekend but Gary Cahill and Eden Hazard were on target for Chelsea to finally down second-placed Spurs' charge.

Spurs striker Harry Kane applauds fans after the match against Chelsea ends in a draw, giving Leceister the EPL title PHOTO: REUTERS

The Foxes were 5,000/1 outsiders at the start of the season and among the favourites for relegation but in nine unforgettable months they have turned their 'Impossible Dream' into reality by claiming a first top-flight title in their 132-year history.

They could have sealed the trophy themselves with a win against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday but a 1-1 draw kept the door slightly ajar for Spurs, who then needed to win all their remaining three games and hope  Leicester took no more than one point from their matches with Everton at home and Chelsea away on the final day.

For Leicester to win the title is one thing, doing it with two games to spare makes this achievement even more impressive, especially considering they had long since blazed clear of the usual big-spending title contenders from Manchester and London. 

DOUBTED

Claudio Ranieri, who many doubted was the right man to replace Nigel Pearson last summer, is also celebrating a major league title for the first time in his 30-year managerial career although he may be one of the last to learn about this astonishing moment in football history having revealed he would be flying back from lunch with his 96-year-old mother in Italy during Monday night's Stamford Bridge clash.

Here, we'll have all the reaction, quotes and tributes as they come in along with plenty of features and statistics about this unprecedented fairytale story in football history.

 Leicester City fans celebrate their team becoming the English Premier League champions in central Leicester PHOTO: AFP

Leicester City Reaction

Captain Wes Morgan:

"It's the best feeling of my career and I couldn't be prouder that it's as part of this team.

"Everyone's worked so hard for this, nobody believed we could do it, but here we are, Premier League champions and deservedly so. I've never known a spirit like the one between these boys, we're like brothers."

"People saw it last season when everyone expected us to be relegated, but we fought back to prove people wrong. This season's been a continuation of that. We've built on the momentum, but I don't think anyone believed it would come to this. Saturday can't come quickly enough. I can't wait to get my hands on the trophy."

 

 

Striker Jamie Vardy:

"It's an unbelievable feeling. I've never known anything like it.

"We were scrapping to stay in the league last season and on Saturday we'll be lifting the trophy. That gives you an idea of how much hard work has gone into this season from every single player and member of staff. It's the biggest achievement in the history of a great club and we all feel privileged to be part of it.

"It's even more special to have done it with these lads. Every minute of hard work we've put in on the training pitch has been worth it for this moment."

Midfielder Andy King:

"I thought I'd seen everything with this club, but I never thought I'd see this. It's difficult to put into words. The players deserve it, the gaffer and the staff deserve it, and the fans deserve it. It's been an unbelievable season.

The story of where this team has come from to get to this point has been all over the world recently and I think the lads deserve great credit for the way they've taken it in their stride, stayed focused and kept delivering results - especially with a great side like Spurs chasing us so hard. We've been so consistent and just determined not to let the opportunity pass us by.

We deserve this."

REACTION VIA TWITTER

Leicester defender Robert Huth (@robert_huth): "What a game... makes me look like an angel! CHAMPIONS!!!"

Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez (@Mahrez22): "CHAMPIONS !!!!! thank u everyone !!!"

Foxes defender Liam Moore (@liammoore93): "Love this club love theses boys! Tough season personally but it's all about the TEAM. what a squad to be apart off #champions"

Foxes Title Tributes

Tributes from personalities in the world of football and wider sport...

Former Leicester striker and Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker told Radio 5Live: 

"It's extraordinary. Sat watching with three of my boys. Couple of Leicester fans they are. It was just so emotional, so incredible. It looked like it was going to go to next Saturday. Then that extraordinary second half. I just can't get my head round it.

"I just think it's generally the biggest sporting shock. I can't think of anything that surpasses it. When it's your own team it's too extraordinary.

Too difficult to put over in words. To be honest I got a bit emotional at the end of the game. I just couldn't hold it back. It was quite hard to breathe the last few minutes to be honest.

"I've followed them since I was a little kid. I was a season-ticket holder until I was seven years old. I saw them in a cup final - lose - that was the closest we ever got to big glory. Won the league cup a couple of times but this is just something else. This is actually impossible.

"There were no odds that I would have taken at the start of the season. No odds. You could have given me 10 million to one and I'd have said 'Nah, it's a waste of a quid'. It's extraordinary.

I'm from there and I went to play for them for a couple of years. I even kind of part owned them for a while when they were in trouble.

To see where they are now and to enjoy this moment especially with my family, it's incredible."

 

 

Former Leicester midfielder Robbie Savage told Radio 5Live:

"It's going to be one unbelievable night for Leicester. Those fans have been with that team through thick and thin.

I was with Muzzy Izzet at the weekend he was scoring goals in League One not all that long ago and now they're Premier League champions. The greatest achievement in sporting history. I don't think anything betters this. It's incredible.

They've proved a lot of people wrong. I was a massive sceptic of Claudio Ranieri. I didn't think they could win it but they've proved me and a lot of people wrong and they thoroughly, thoroughly deserve it. What an amazing night."

Chelsea captain John Terry: 

"Congratulations to Leicester because they have been superb this year.

The rivalry with Tottenham means a lot but that still hurts us tonight losing the league title after the way we won it last year.

It hurts passing the Premier League title to Leicester but credit to them, they've been superb. We've not been good enough but we'll be back next year.

Claudio Ranieri is different class and I'm pleased for him 100 per cent. I spoke to him pre-season and wished him well and to do what they've done this season has been unbelievable and given hope to the smaller sides.

''Credit to Claudio because he's a great manager and a great person.

Congratulations to Leicester and all their players because all season long everyone has been saying they'd lose the next one, they'll lose the next one but they never did and they've kept churning out results.''

Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher added on Sky Sports 1:

''I think there's no doubt that is the greatest achievement in the history of our game, I think it's unprecedented.

I think in the past there's been teams who have come up and won the league but it was more of a level playing field then. Now, what Leicester have done is give inspiration to every football club, every manager, player, supporter all across the land that one day that could be them.

'Football had become a closed shop with the same teams winning year after year and you never believed a story like this could happen, but it has and you just think what that could do for the rest of football now and if it could change and you could see more of this more often.

But it's a fantastic achievement and you can't quite believe it's happened. Statue for Ranieri in the morning I think, isn't it.''

Leicester Supporters' Club chairman Cliff Ginnetta said:

"He (Claudio Ranieri) should be honoured in some way for what he's done.

I know some people will say he's only doing his job and is getting well paid anyway but we should, in some way, even if we only name a street after him, or even a park. We should do something and I hope we do.

I was quite pleased when Claudio was appointed, we needed someone with a bit of nous, more tactically aware.

Nigel Pearson had Plan A but I don't think there was a Plan B. With Claudio there's a Plan B and Plan C.

We needed a foreign manager, they bring so much more to the game than English managers do. I was one of the few and it's great to look at these pundits and think 'what do you really know?'."

"Will we see Leicester carry on being successful? Yes, this is a stepping stone. This is our time and for the next few years Leicester will be one of the clubs up there. I'm not saying we'll win it every year but we'll be up there challenging."

"It all turned for us when we got relegated to League One. I remember that day at Stoke (after a 0-0 draw) in the car park, people in floods of tears and arguments going on between the fans.

Being relegated united the club and it was one of the greatest seasons. We are now fans of the most famous club in the world.

We're more famous than anyone at the moment and we're certainly getting talked about than any other club. It's daunting, everyone feels a bit taken back by it and we still don't believe it.

It's a truly amazing story."

 

Fighting for his movie dream

Actor Luke Lee aims to raise $270,000 to fund film and put Singapore on the action movie map

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AMBITIOUS: Local actor Luke Lee, who is both the main protagonist and the producer on his film Burn, hopes the film will set new standards for action flicks here.
FAST-PACED: Local actor Luke Lee stars as ruthless former hitman Shen in upcoming action-thriller Burn.

He may only be 24, but local actor and budding producer-filmmaker Luke Lee has big dreams.

He has set his sights on making a genre-breaking local action-thriller flick that will raise the bar for Singapore offerings, and give Hollywood counterparts a run for their money.

His life motto is simple - go hard, or go home.

And it is this attitude that fuels his production debut Burn, which is slated for release early next year. It is to be directed by Malaysian James Lee.

Luke Lee, best known for starring in the Jack Neo flicks Ah Boys To Men and Ah Boys To Men 2 as Sergeant Jed Heng, will also take on the lead role of ruthless ex-hitman Shen who, when critically injured, is taken under the wing of mysterious hermit Shi (Fish Chaar).

Shen later attempts to seek revenge on manipulative criminal organisation head Sebastian, for whom he worked as a right-hand man previously.

Lee, who crafted the storyline last year while finishing his final year at the University of Manchester where he studied law, told The New Paper: "I'm a huge fan of action films. I also feel that Singapore hasn't had a defining action film that truly sets the standards on an international stage.

"Our neighbouring countries like Indonesia and Thailand are able to do that and with a lower budget (compared to Hollywood). We are perfectly placed on the map so I thought, 'Why don't we pull in resources from all over the globe to make (a movie like that)?'"

Burn, which has a projected budget of between $1.5 million and $2 million, will begin filming next month not only in Singapore but in Malaysia, Canada and the US.

It also features local actors like Pamelyn Chee, Keagan Kang and Paul Foster, and Lee is still in talks with local actor Adrian Pang to take on the role of lead antagonist Sebastian.

During this time, cast members will undergo a rigorous boot camp and martial arts training under Singapore-born, Hollywood-based producer, action director and fight choreographer Jennifer Phillips, who has worked on big Hollywood action films like Thor, 300, Salt and X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Lee reached out to her last yearafter meeting her at an event nearly four years ago.

"We had a personal connection. She said this project came at a perfect time as she would have wrapped up a project in Canada. It felt like the stars were aligned," he said.

FIGHT SCENES

On going without stunt doubles, Lee - who has practised karate since the age of 10 - said: "I think you can tell when somebody knows how to fight or if they had to learn how to fight in a scene. That's why I put together a cast who has had some background in martial arts. Pamelyn is trained in muay thai, Keagan in basic sword fighting, while Paul used to train in taekwondo. The physicality is going to make it more believable."

Today, Lee launches an Indiegogo crowdfunding effort for Burn on the film site www.burnmovieofficial.com, which aims to raise US$200,000 (S$270,000) within a month.

A one-minute teaser trailer has also been released, providing a sneak preview of a fight scene involving Shen and Julie (Chee).

"I like the idea of this movie being a collaborative process, compared to most commercial movies. When you have sleepless nights thinking about how to realise your dream, and then have other people willing to invest and support it, it becomes a beautiful thing.

"This crowdfunding effort will allow the public behind-the-scenes access in the process of making the movie," said Lee.

Burn may sound like an overly-ambitious undertaking for a newbie, but it is a goal Lee is excited to see through.

He said: "One of my favourite quotes is, 'Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard'. When you love something, you make time for it and put everything you have into it. If I don't do this, I will always regret it. Whatever comes out of it will be a success because (Burn) is unprecedented."


When you love something, you make time for it and put everything you have into it. If I don't do this, I will always regret it.

- Luke Lee on his motivation for turning his idea for action film Burn into a reality

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