December 28, 2010

Introducing "The Avengers"

In Comic-Con in July this year, Marvel Studios announced the line-up of their movie "The Avengers" which will be coming in May 4, 2012. Let's look at the cast for the movie.

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man
Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye
Chris Evans as Captain America
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Chris Hemsworth as Thor
Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury

December 24, 2010

My 10 favourite Christmas movies

Here's a list of my 10 favorite Christmas movies:

1) It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
I bet this movie is on everybody's Top 10 list. A charming little movie with a happy ending...who can resist watching this on Christmas. the story is about an angel who helps a compassionate but despairingly frustrated businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed.

2) Gremlins (1984)
Not a typical holiday movie but still fun to watch. A boy gets a furry, cuddly gift for Christmas and it turns out to be a nightmare for the whole town.

3) Home Alone (1990)
Another fun movie to watch in Christmas. Chris Columbus' comedy classic is about an eight year-old who is accidentally left behind when his whole family goes on holiday. Alone for Christmas, the boy has to defend his home against some bumbling burglars.

4) Die Hard (1988)
A rare action movie during Christmas...Bruce Willis plays a New York cop has to save everybody held hostage by terrorists in a building including his wife.

5) A Christmas Story (1983)
Nice little movie.....Ralphie has to convince his parents, teachers, and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940's.

6) A Christmas Visitor (2002)
This is a TV movie but stands out over the rest of the crappy holidays movies shown on Hallmark channel every year. A couple decides not to celebrate Christmas for 11 years after their son dies in the war. However one year a stranger visits and teaches them the meaning of forgiveness, redemption and letting go.

7) Scrooged (1988)
A comedy version of The Christmas Carol. With the help of the ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, Frank Cross (Bill Murray) learns to change his selfish, cynical ways.

8) The Polar Express (2004)
Great animated movie. Watch it on 3D if possible. On Christmas Eve, a doubting boy boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus's home.

9) Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Another holiday classic. Young Natalie Wood plays Susan, a girl who believes that the Santa in Macy's Departmental Store could be the real thing.

10) White Christmas (1954)
The movie which introduces the whole world to the famous song. Nobody sings White Christmas like Bing Crosby. A successful song-and-dance team become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont Inn.


December 23, 2010

The Top 10 Most Pirated Movies in 2010

TorrentFreak has reported that Avatar is the most pirated film of the year, with 16,580,000 downloads on BitTorrent alone. According to the website, "Never before have we seen this many downloads of a movie in a single year. This honor previously belonged to last year’s winner Star Trek with 10,960,000 downloads, but Avatar quashed this previous record."

The top ten most downloaded movies on BitTorrent in 2010 is as follows:

1. Avatar - 16,580,000
2. Kick-Ass - 11,400,000
3. Inception - 9,720,000
4. Shutter Island - 9,490,000
5. Iron Man 2 - 8,810,000
6. Clash Of The Titans - 8,040,000
7. Green Zone - 7,730,000
8. Sherlock Holmes - 7,160,000
9. The Hurt Locker - 6,850,000
10. Salt - 6,700,000

December 22, 2010

The Origin of TRON

For those of you old enough to remember, the first Tron movie was release in 1982. The movie was praised for its visual effects which combined live-action and animation, and is one of the first movie of its time which utilizes the green-screen technique.

The movie was a box office success, grossing $33 million in the United States. and developed into a cult classic, eventually spawning a franchise, consisting of video games, comic books and an animated TV series.

And finally 28 years later, the sequel "Tron: Legacy" is finally out.

Before you watch it, you might want a recap of the first movie.

Young Jeff Bridges as Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) is a software engineer who works for ENCOM. He has developed several video games. However, his colleague, Ed Dillinger (David Warner) has stolen Flynn's program and presented it as his own. Dillinger was eventually promoted to senior executive while Flynn was reduced to running a video arcade.

Bruce Boxleitner with his geeky gigantic frames

Flynn hacks into the ENCOM mainframe which is protected by the Master Control Program (MCP). Somehow the MCP takes control of a laser which digitizes Flynn and sends him into the ENCOM mainframe.

Cheezy effects and costumes
Flynn finds that the digital world is being ruled by the MCP and his evil chief henchman Sark. Fkynn is captured by "Programs" and forced to participate in the gladiatorial games. With help from Tron, a security program, Flynn sets out to destroy the MCP.

The Light Cycles

To complete the whole story, you might also want to check out:

Tron: Betrayal

Tron: Betrayal
This is a 2-part comic book which servers as a sequel to the first Tron movie.

The story is set in 1983 where Kevin Flynn has become the CEO of Encom. Flynn is secretly building The Grid. The story also serves as an introduction of the isomorphic programs or ISOs.

Kevin creates Clu2, an updated version of Clu which was introduced in the first movie. Clu2 becomes more prejudiced against the ISOs, and feels that they are a threat to his "perfect system". As things get complicated, Flynn is going to need the help of his old friend, a security program named Tron.

Tron: Evolution

Tron: Evolution
This is a video-game which serves as a prequel to the movie Tron: Legacy and sequel to the graphic novel Tron: Betrayal.

The game gives you the backstory behind Clu2's fall from grace and introduces Quorra. In the game, you will attempt to unravel the source behind the latest viral attacks on the ISOs by the mysterious program, Abraxas.

If you are still confused, let's take a look at the Chronology of Events (thanks to Tron's official website):

Early 1970's
  • Dr. Walter Gibbs leaves academia to found a garage start-up company he calls ENCOM.
  • ENCOM creates its first mainframe.
  • The Grid forms within the mainframe as a place where programs can freely interact and games are played by programs.
  • Dr. Walter Gibbs creates the Master Control Program (MCP) to regulate the mainframe at ENCOM.
  • Kevin Flynn earns his doctorate from Cal Tech. He is immediately hired by ENCOM where he quickly climbs the corporate ladder to become a lead software developer.
  • Using ENCOM's facilities, and without the knowledge of his superiors, Flynn designs several games, developing Space Paranoids, Matrix Blaster, Vice Squad, Light Cycles, and numerous other titles.
  • Ed Dillinger fires Kevin Flynn, his rival at ENCOM, and takes credit for the games Flynn created under the radar.
  • Money comes rolling in to ENCOM as a result of the games Kevin Flynn designed.
  • Flynn and Dr. Lora Baines begin to date. It ends after a few months.
  • Ed Dillinger quickly climbs the corporate ladder at ENCOM based on the success of the games he "stole" from Kevin Flynn and he becomes Senior Executive Vice President of ENCOM.
  • Dillinger demotes Dr. Walter Gibbs, founder of ENCOM. Gibbs uses his free time to begin research on practical applications of quantum mechanics and lasers.
  • The Master Control Program evolves and gains control in the Grid. It begins consuming programs beyond its network in the real world and sends unneeded ones into the Game Grid to ultimately be destroyed.
  • Flynn buys an old arcade, calling it Flynn's Arcade, uses his own games as the focal point of his business.
  • Kevin Flynn hacks the ENCOM mainframe with his search program Clu to find evidence of Ed Dillinger's wrongdoing.
  • The Master Control Program, the overlord of the system at ENCOM, finds and derezzes Clu before he could access the data he was looking for.
  • Alan Bradley, a high-level programmer at ENCOM, has suspicions and creates a program named Tron to monitor the Master Control Program to ensure it stays in line.
  • Alan Bradley complains to his co-worker and girlfriend, Dr. Lora Baines, about Ed Dillinger and losing network access at work due to a hacker. Suspecting Kevin Flynn is the hacker, Lora convinces Alan to help warn him. Together, they break into ENCOM so Kevin Flynn can gain access to the mainframe.
  • Kevin Flynn is detected in the Grid by the Master Control Program while at a terminal in the Laser Bay.
  • After being digitized by a laser into the Grid by the Master Control Program, Kevin Flynn teams up with Alan Bradley's and Lora Baines' program avatars in the system — Tron and Yori. Together, they overcome the MCP and stop the corruption of the digital realm.
  • When Kevin Flynn is digitized back to the real world, Kevin Flynn has the evidence that he, not Ed Dillinger, wrote the games the company was famous for.
  • Kevin Flynn becomes the Chief Executive Officer of ENCOM and begins work on a new digital realm - the TRON system. He recreates many programs based on familiar ones in the ENCOM system but with his own flare and ingenuity.
  • Flynn hires Alan Bradley as Chief Operating Officer of ENCOM.
  • The first program Kevin Flynn creates is a simple resource distribution platform called Shaddox.
  • Flynn recreates CLU, now as a control program, to watch over the TRON System when he is not inside.
  • Sam Flynn is born to Kevin Flynn and Jordan Canas.
  • ENCOM has gone public and become the largest video game company in the world.
  • Flynn retires from game design to pursue digital research exclusively and focuses his energies on the TRON system — easily traveling in and out of the system by laser technology.
  • ENCOM becomes an established powerhouse in computing and game culture.
  • Flynn writes and publishes a book "Digital Frontier."
  • Flynn claims to have stumbled upon an incredible discovery that could change the world and promises to reveal details "soon."
  • In the real world, Flynn disappears completely, leaving his son and company adrift.
  • Guardianship of Sam goes to his paternal grandparents.
  • With Kevin Flynn gone, the ENCOM board votes Alan Bradley as interim Chief Executive Officer.
  • Many sightings of Kevin Flynn are reported, but none are confirmed.
  • The Flynn Lives! movement begins in earnest.
  • First Flynn Lives! meeting is held in Dayton, Ohio. The group organizes efforts to find the truth behind Kevin Flynn's mysterious disappearance.
  • Sam's grandfather dies.
  • A letter from Kevin Flynn to a founding member of the Flynn Lives! Movement gains media attention, but is subsequently proven a hoax.
  • Sam's grandmother dies.
  • A $5,000 reward is offered by the Flynn Lives! group to anyone who can provide proof that Kevin Flynn is alive.
  • Conflict is brewing in the TRON system.
  • Alan Bradley is stripped of his power as Chief Executive Officer of ENCOM, but is allowed to remain in the company as a figurehead, the Chairman Emeritus.
  • The "Albino Cow" sighting of Kevin Flynn sparks renewed interest in the Flynn Lives! group.
  • Uninterested in the family business, Sam Flynn chooses a path of extreme sports and daring stunts.
  • Sam Flynn's preferred vehicle is his father's old Ducati motorcycle.
  • ENCOM is the largest multinational computer technology company in the world.
  • Flynn Lives! Organization reveals new information about Kevin Flynn and follows traces of evidence of his mysterious disappearance.
  • A mysterious message is sent to Alan Bradley's old pager — the phone number it came from is the now-abandoned Flynn's Arcade.

December 21, 2010

How do cinemas make money

Have you wondered how cinema operators make their money?

Cinemas have 3 major sources of revenue: the movie tickets, the concessions, and the onscreen advertisements.

When you pay $10 for your ticket, who gets that money? Basically most of the money goes back to the movie studio. The movie studio leases the movie to a cinema for a set period of time. In the first couple of weeks of the movie opening, the cinema only gets to keep about 20–25% of the collection. The percentage decreases on each week that a movie is in the cinema. If the screening was arranged by an independent distrbutor, he also takes a slice.

Everybody buys snacks at the concession stand. Without the concession stands, cinemas could not stay in business. For a $5 popcorn that they sell, the cost is only 50 cents. A $3 Coke costs only 10 cents to the cinema. Imagine the amount of money they make from the other snacks.

Onscreen Advertisements
Sometimes studios also pay cinemas to show trailers. Advertisements that play before the main movie also make money for the cinemas. Advertisers will pay the cinemas to screen their ads. If the movie is a blockbuster, the cinema might charge higher.

The costs of running a cinema include the price of leasing the building (or floor space), equipment and maintenance, the cost of leasing the actual films, and the cost of paying their employees.

For more info, here's an interesting article on The Cost of Going To The Movies.

December 17, 2010

The Season of the Witch is Here

Season of the witch

The new movie "Season of the Witch" will open in cinemas on 6th Jan 2011.

Nicholas Cages plays a 14th-century knight who has been assigned to transport a suspected witch to a monastery, where monks suspect her powers could be the source of the Black Plague.

Hollywood has always had a fascination with witches whether they are scary or funny or sexy. The following are the 10 things that scares me the most about movie witches.

1) Witches who disguises themselves as a friend. 
The witch and her poison apple
In "Snow White", the evil stepmother disguises herself as an old woman and offers Snow White an apple which has been poisoned. When Snow White eats the apple, she immediately falls into a deep sleep.

2) Sexy witches who preys on men.
The sexy witches from The Craft
 In "The Craft", a group of teenage girls practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses to get what they want, especially men!

3) Witches who cannot be seen. 
A scene from The Blair Witch Project
 In "The Blair Witch Project", three film students set out to make a documentary about a local urban legend - The Blair Witch. Lost in the woods, they soon discover that the infamous witch might not be a legend after all. The true horror in the movie is in the darkness and unknown, where you know something is lurking but cannot be seen.

4) Old, ugly witches.
One of the 3 Stygian witches in the 1981 version of Clash of The Titans
In "Clash of the Titans", Perseus has to find the Stygian witches, three old and wise blind women who share one eye. When I saw the original in 1981, the witches gave me nightmares with their ugly looks and crackling voices.

5) Witches who hates children.
Angelica Houston before and after make-up
In the movie version of Roald Dahl's "The Witches", Angelica Houston hates children and starts turning them into mice.

6) Finding out your wife is a witch.
Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell in Bewitched
 Although she may be as hot as Nicole Kidman, trust me it's no fun to be married to a witch. Darrin finds out the hard way when he discovered his wife is a witch in the movie "Bewitched".

7) Witches who keeps weird flying monkeys as pets.
The Witch and one of her Flying Monkeys
Possibly one of the best movies about witches of all time, "The Wizard of Oz" features the Wicked Witch of the West send a pack of flying monkeys after Dorothy.

8) Witches who perform gruesome murders.
A gruesome scene from Suspiria
I first watched "Suspiria" when I was a young boy and I was terrified by the amount of blood in the movie. Dario Argento's masterpiece follows the story of a young ballerina who arrives at a prestigious dance school in Germany only to discover it is run by a coven of witches. The murder scenes are gruesome and definitely not for the faint of heart.

9) Witches with bad hair.
Helena Bonham Carter
The infamous witch in the "Harry Potter" series is definitely Bellatrix Lestrange, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Ballatrix is aArguably Lord Voldemort's most loyal and pure evil Death Eater. The most distinguishable feature of Bellatrix is her untamed mane of hair with white streaks at the side.

10) Witches who talks and cackles too much.
The witches from Hocus Pocus
In Disney's "Hocus Pocus", Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy plays the Sanderson sisters, who, comes back to life after three hundred years to steal the lives of young children before the black flame candle is out or perish forever. In the movie, the sisters talks and cackles too much, and even sings at one point.

December 16, 2010

Nominations for the 68th Golden Globe Awards

Best Motion Picture - Drama

Black Swan (2010)
The Fighter (2010)
Inception (2010)
The King's Speech (2010)
The Social Network (2010)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Burlesque (2010/I)
The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Red (2010/I)
The Tourist (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama

Jesse Eisenberg for The Social Network (2010)
Colin Firth for The King's Speech (2010)
James Franco for 127 Hours (2010)
Ryan Gosling for Blue Valentine (2010)
Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Halle Berry for Frankie and Alice (2010)
Nicole Kidman for Rabbit Hole (2010)
Jennifer Lawrence for Winter's Bone (2010)
Natalie Portman for Black Swan (2010)
Michelle Williams for Blue Valentine (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Johnny Depp for The Tourist (2010)
Johnny Depp for Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Paul Giamatti for Barney's Version (2010)
Jake Gyllenhaal for Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Kevin Spacey for Casino Jack (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Anne Hathaway for Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Angelina Jolie for The Tourist (2010)
Julianne Moore for The Kids Are All Right (2010)
Emma Stone for Easy A (2010)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Christian Bale for The Fighter (2010)
Michael Douglas for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
Andrew Garfield for The Social Network (2010)
Jeremy Renner for The Town (2010)
Geoffrey Rush for The King's Speech (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

Amy Adams for The Fighter (2010)
Helena Bonham Carter for The King's Speech (2010)
Mila Kunis for Black Swan (2010)
Melissa Leo for The Fighter (2010)
Jacki Weaver for Animal Kingdom (2010)

Best Director - Motion Picture

Darren Aronofsky for Black Swan (2010)
David Fincher for The Social Network (2010)
Tom Hooper for The King's Speech (2010)
Christopher Nolan for Inception (2010)
David O. Russell for The Fighter (2010)

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

127 Hours (2010): Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy
Inception (2010): Christopher Nolan
The Kids Are All Right (2010): Stuart Blumberg, Lisa Cholodenko
The King's Speech (2010): David Seidler
The Social Network (2010): Aaron Sorkin

Best Original Song - Motion Picture

Burlesque (2010/I): Samuel Dixon, Christina Aguilera, Sia Furler("Bound to You")
Burlesque (2010/I): Diane Warren("You Haven't Seen The Last of Me")
Country Strong (2010): Bob DiPiero, Tom Douglas, Hillary Lindsey, Troy Verges("Coming Home")
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010): Carrie Underwood, David Hodges, Hillary Lindsey("There's A Place For Us")
Tangled (2010): Alan Menken, Glenn Slater("I See the Light")

Best Original Score - Motion Picture

127 Hours (2010): A.R. Rahman
Alice in Wonderland (2010): Danny Elfman
Inception (2010): Hans Zimmer
The King's Speech (2010): Alexandre Desplat
The Social Network (2010): Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

Best Animated Film

Despicable Me (2010)
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
L'illusionniste (2010)
Tangled (2010)
Toy Story 3 (2010)

Best Foreign Language Film

Biutiful (2010)(Mexico/Spain)
Le concert (2009)(France)
Kray (2010)(Russia)
Io sono l'amore (2009)(Italy)
Hævnen (2010)(Denmark)

Best Television Series - Drama

"Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
"Dexter" (2006)
"The Good Wife" (2009)
"Mad Men" (2007)
"The Walking Dead" (2010)

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy

"The Big Bang Theory" (2007)
"The Big C" (2010)
"Glee" (2009)
"Modern Family" (2009)
"Nurse Jackie" (2009)
"30 Rock" (2006)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

"Carlos" (2010)
"The Pacific" (2010)
"The Pillars of the Earth" (2010)
Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Idris Elba for "Luther" (2010)
Ian McShane for "The Pillars of the Earth" (2010)
Al Pacino for You Don't Know Jack (2010) (TV)
Dennis Quaid for The Special Relationship (2010) (TV)
Édgar Ramírez for "Carlos" (2010)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Hayley Atwell for "The Pillars of the Earth" (2010)
Claire Danes for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)
Judi Dench for "Cranford" (2007)
Romola Garai for "Emma" (2009)
Jennifer Love Hewitt for The Client List (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Alec Baldwin for "30 Rock" (2006)
Steve Carell for "The Office" (2005)
Thomas Jane for "Hung" (2009)
Matthew Morrison for "Glee" (2009)
Jim Parsons for "The Big Bang Theory" (2007)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy

Toni Collette for "United States of Tara" (2009)
Edie Falco for "Nurse Jackie" (2009)
Tina Fey for "30 Rock" (2006)
Laura Linney for "The Big C" (2010)
Lea Michele for "Glee" (2009)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama

Steve Buscemi for "Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
Bryan Cranston for "Breaking Bad" (2008)
Michael C. Hall for "Dexter" (2006)
Jon Hamm for "Mad Men" (2007)
Hugh Laurie for "House M.D." (2004)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama

Julianna Margulies for "The Good Wife" (2009)
Elisabeth Moss for "Mad Men" (2007)
Piper Perabo for "Covert Affairs" (2010)
Katey Sagal for "Sons of Anarchy" (2008)
Kyra Sedgwick for "The Closer" (2005)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Scott Caan for "Hawaii Five-0" (2010)
Chris Colfer for "Glee" (2009)
Chris Noth for "The Good Wife" (2009)
Eric Stonestreet for "Modern Family" (2009)
David Strathairn for Temple Grandin (2010) (TV)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television

Hope Davis for The Special Relationship (2010) (TV)
Jane Lynch for "Glee" (2009)
Kelly Macdonald for "Boardwalk Empire" (2009)
Julia Stiles for "Dexter" (2006)
Sofía Vergara for "Modern Family" (2009)

November 29, 2010

The typical Malaysian audience

I attended the Gala Premiere of Peter Pan musical at the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre last Friday (26 November 2010).

While the performance was great, I just had to blog about the negative experience I had.

Firstly, the seats were not numbered. So in the typical Malaysian attitude, people started booking seats for their friends, who turned up half an hour late. There were many people who came early but could not find seats because some fucking inconsiderate people put their bags on the seats to book for their friends. I think the Sunway usherers should stop people from doing that.

The show was supposed to start at 8pm but somehow it was delayed for one whole freaking hour. The announcer first made an announcement that the show will start in 15 mins. Then 15 mins later, he announced that the show will start in 5 mins. 10 mins passed nothing happened. Then the announcer came on again and said the show will start in 5 mins. If you are not going to start the show, then don't announce it so. You think we don't know how to read time?

And guess what, after 45 mins delay, I can still see the audience strolling into the theatre like nobody's business. Hello! the ticket says start at 8pm and you walk in at 8.45pm. You think this is your grandfather's house ah?

It's people like these who gives Malaysians a bad name.

November 26, 2010

My favourite channels in DETV

When I was initially asked to review the DETV IPTV service, I was thinking “shucks I’m not really a fan of Chinese drama series”. However after more than 1 month going through their channels I discovered that DETV has a lot of other interesting programs besides the drama series.

So far my favorite channels are CH 155 and CH 260. I will review each channel below.

Ch 115 – Hunan TV World

Hunan TV World is provided by Hunan Broadcasting System (HBS) which is China's second biggest television network after CCTV. Hunan TV is a comprehensive channel which includes famous variety shows, outstanding reality shows and iconic dramas and is set to be one of the most dynamic Chinese entertainment television brands with distinctive entertainment character.

My sister loves watching Happy Shopping. This program is hosted by Wang Han, Fang Qiong and Barbie Tsu. The program showcases the latest fashion across the world, specifically Asian. There’s also lots of entertainment, games, celebrity interviews.

As for me, I prefer Men’s Style This program is hosted by Tang Xiao and Ma Rui. I believe this is a new program launched by Hunan TV for men. The program highlights the unique charm of men in modern society, discussing the most topical issues of fashion, lifestyle and much more.

Ch 260 – Enlight Media

Enlight Media is one of the largest private entertainment program producers and publishers in China, producing four hours of entertainment news, music, fashion and reality shows daily. As one of the largest movie and television drama companies in China, Enlight invested in and distributed five full length motion pictures and over 200 hours of television drama in 2007. It also maintains an entertainment video library with over 50,000 hours of content and a video website.

The programs that I like to watch are Music Chart which showcases the latest Chinese music videos. This is something which I rarely get to see on Astro since I canceled my subscription to their Chinese Package (too damn expensive!)

The other interesting program which my mum loves watching is call Healthcare Tips which showcases recipes and tips using Chinese herbs as cures to common illnesses.

The other program of interest is call I Love Watching Movies. This is a half-hour program which previews upcoming cinema releases.

There are also a lot of other programs which can be found in these 2 channels which I am still exploring. As you can see the programs cater to everybody in the family, young to old. There are so many other channels which I have yet to explore.

My conclusion is that DETV is definitely giving Astro a run for its money. And I cannot stress enough about the streaming of the programs. You can pause, fast-forward, rewind anytime you want. Who needs to buy a PVR now?

November 25, 2010

Behind The Scenes with Peter Pan

I was fortunate enough to be invited to the backstage of the Peter Pan musical last Saturday. The musical will be held in the Amphitheatre in Sunway Lagoon. This is a collaboration between Sunway Lagoon and the UK producers. This is the first time that the theme park will be showcasing a musical.

During the backstage session, I got to meet the main cast who are all from UK.They performed 2 numbers for us. I realized that the songs are not from the original musical. What the producers have done is to select songs from other musicals and performed it to the context of the story. This would be much better because all the songs are recognizable and the audience can sing along to them.

The Grand Premiere is on Friday 26th November.

The entrance to the Amphitheatre
Inside the Amphitheatre
The stage and props
The cast of Peter Pan
The cast of Peter Pan
Bloggers taking pictures with the cast

The bios of the cast as follows:
(Peter Pan)

Mark trained on the three-year musical theatre course at Arts Ed London, graduating in 2003.

Mark’s credits include: The Diction Teacher, cover Cosmo and Dexter in Singin’ in the Rain (UK tour): Angel in Rent (English Theatre, Frankfurt): Ensemble, cover Goran in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (West End and UK tour): Jimmy in the new musical The Ghost and Mrs Muir (workshop): Jo in The Selfish Giant (UK tour); Molina in Kiss of the Spider Woman (Emery Theatre, London): Dancer in Stars in Their Eyes Live (UK tour and Her Majesty’s Theatre, London): Ensemble in Oliver! (West End’s London Palladium): Ensemble in Evita (New Theatre, Oxford and Hexagon, Reading): Ensemble, cover Dandini in Cinderella (Mayflower, Southampton): Ensemble, cover Mrs Fridge in Santa Claus and the Return of Jack Frost (Mayflower, Southampton). Mark is thrilled to be performing in Kuala Lumpur and would like to thank his family and friends for their continuing love and support.


LJ trained at the prestigious Italia Conti School for the Performing Arts in London. On leaving LJ worked Internationally playing various roles in 18 productions on board MV Aurora for P & O Cruises.

Even though still at a young age LJ has already made her mark on the West End stage. On leaving the ships LJ embarked on a West End career taking her form west End musicals from We Will Rock You, London’s Dominion Theatre, Grease and Fame at The Piccadilly Theatre London.

LJ has recently married in a wonderful ceremony in South Africa.

(Mr Darling & Captain Hook)

Michael comes from Blackpool in The United Kingdom and is from an old theatrical family. Michael’s Grandmother & Great Aunt appeared in many West End & touring musicals - & it was their great love & Passion for the profession that fuelled his ambition to perform. Michael has appeared in repertory seasons in Leeds & Crewe including: “Chase Me Comrade”, “Loot”, “Black Comedy”, “She Was Only An Admiral’s Daughter”, “Anna of the Five Towns”, “The Boyfriend”, “Sunday in the Theatre With Sondheim” (Birmingham Hippodrome).

Michael has appeared extensively in pantomimes touring productions & the West End including: “Snow White” (Theatre Royal Lincoln & Southsea), “Aladdin” (Cambridge Arts Theatre),”Cinderella” (Horsham & Chipping Norton), “Jack & the Beanstalk” (Horsham), “Sleeping Beauty” , “Dick Whittington” & “Sinbad the Sailor (Theatre Royal Lincoln). “Hans Anderson”, “Pinnochio”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “Salad Days”,”West Side Story” (Krupke) – which took him from New York to Paris, Berlin & Rome. Three years in the national tour of “Me & My Girl”. Two years in “Oliver!” at the London Palladium in London’s West End. A year in the national tour of Ken Hill’s “Phantom of the Opera”. Christmas season in “Me & My Girl” at the Alexandra Theatre Birmingham. A year in the national tour of Gershwin’s “Crazy For You”. Seven national tours of”Annie”.

Television work includes: “The Trip” with Steve Coogan, “It’s Now or Never”, “Forty Something”, “The Darling Buds of May”, “Sherlock Holmes”, “A Touch of Frost”, “Call Up he Stars”, “The 12th Kingdom”, “Brookside” & “Heartbeat”.

Michael appeared in the films “De-Lovely” & “Quills” (with Kate Winslett & Michel Caine). He is delighted to be returning to Malaysia to appear in “Peter Pan,” as he played Mr. Sowerberry in the Malaysian Premier of “Oliver!” at Genting Highlands in 2005.

Michael has two daughters – Natalie who is currently starring in “Flashdance” in the West End & Danielle, who runs a Theatre-School in Cheshire and is the mother of his grandson Jacob.


Peter trained at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s West End. Theatre work includes West End runs in Grease playing the mooning T-bird Roger at the Dominion Theatre London, followed by a two year national tour of the show Crazy for You playing Moose at Wimbledon Theatre London followed by a years national tour. Peter created, played and sang the role of Ratcliffe for Walt Disney’s live version of Pocahontas at Disneyland Resort Paris. Other work includes Eddie in A Slice of Saturday Night (Lincoln Theatre Royal) Woof in the European tour of Hair, Charlie Brown in Snoopy! The musical (Cambridge), Herb in Godspell (London) Judas in Godspell (Ipswhich), Nick and Tom in Rock Hard (Millfield Theatre, London). Mushnick in Little Shop of Horrors (Regents theatre Ipswich), Governor and Knife Grinder in Oliver (Theatre Royal Lincoln) Badger in The Wind in the Willows (National Tour). Peter created the role of Stewie in the horror musical Teen Scream (Edinburgh Festival) Smee in Peter Pan (Genting Highlands Kuala Lumpur). Peter has recently completed a season at Lincoln Castle open air theatre in The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged. Peter has extensive experience in children’s Christmas shows and Pantomimes. Pantomimes include Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Dick Whittington, King Crumble in Jack and the Beanstalk, King Jasper in Sleeping Beauty, Dandini in Cinderella, Gepetto, Fox and Stromboli in Pinocchio, Friar Tuck in Robin Hood, Ugly sister Buttercup Hardup in Cinderella and Marzipan the evil henchman in Snow white and the Seven dwarfs.

Peter's T.V credits include David in Grange Hill, 1st Witness in Crimewatch, Gino in Holby City, Fame School and various Corporate/Training films. Recording work includes Ratcliffe in Pocahontas-Walt Disney Productions, Boyblue, Jack and Tom in the new musical The Magic Horse and various jingles for Docklands radio. Peter is so happy to be returning to this beautiful country once again to be working with two of his very dear friends.

November 12, 2010

Peter Pan is coming to KL

You have not seen Peter Pan until you see the live musical in stage. Finally this West End musical is coming to KL. Hope I get a chance to see this here.....

Peter Pan the Musical is the very first theatrical production organised by Sunway Lagoon. Produced and choreographed by talents hailing from London’s famous West End theatre district, this musical tells the well-known and affectionate story of a boy who would just never grow up. The iridescent display of song and dance will take place twice daily and three times on Fridays and Saturdays.

Peter Pan the Musical is directed by Chris Colby and it aims to appeal to a wide variety of audiences. Colby will be directing an international cast line up who are no strangers to the famous London West End theatre scene. In conjunction with the Grand Premiere on November 26, Sunway Lagoon will once again open its doors to the Nite Park, which is aptly set with the festive and whimsical, yuletide theme.

“The story of Peter Pan resonates well with people from all walks of life because it is not just about staying young forever, it is about staying true to yourself and having fun while making the best out of any situation. Sunway Lagoon is the perfect venue for Peter Pan – The Greatest Adventure because it is a place where the young and old come to release their inhibitions, have fun and be themselves,” said Colby.

October 24, 2010

Altitude sucks

I admit I only watched this movie because of the cool poster.

How disappointed I was after spending 10 bucks on the movie. This movie sucks big time. The first half of the movie just shows the 5 people arguing and bitching about each other on the plane. In the end the monster shows up looking like some paper-mache that a 5year-old kid did at school. I wish the monster would quickly eat everybody up and end our misery.

The ending of the movie was also ridiculous.

OK I'm not even going to waste my time writing a long review for this movie. See this movie at your own risk!

October 14, 2010

Introducing Malaysia’s latest IPTV Service

If you have read my last post, you will probably know why IPTV is a much reliable TV service than satellite.

So today I’m going to tell you about Malaysia’s latest IPTV-based service, DETV. I received the decoder this morning for testing. The decoder connects to the internet either using WiFi or wired. It offers component video, composite video and S-video output as well as two channel stereo sound output.

Here is a picture of the decoder.

And here’s the remote.

After I connected my router to the decoder, it detected my IP address straight away. Then the Main Menu is automatically displayed.

As you can see from the screen-shot, there’s several options to choose from.

TV Channels has a whole bunch of channels with programs running based on a schedule. The good thing is that it stores the programs up to about 72 hrs. So you don’t have to worry about missing the beginning of the program.

DVD Buffet is based on video-on-demand. Here you can find dozens of Taiwan and China drama series. Tv buffs will have a hard time tearing themselves from the screen. And the good thing is that you can pause, rewind, fast forward all the programs.

TV Channels has a whole bunch of channels with programs running based on a schedule. The good thing is that it stores the programs up to about 72 hrs. So you don’t have to worry about missing the beginning of the program.

List of dramas in the Drama Paradise section.

There is a screen for you to select the episode that you want to see. The good thing is that the episdoes that you have watched is highlighted so you will not forget....sort of like a bookmark.

I have yet to explore all the programs that DETV has to offer. But looking at the useability and functionality of the service, I believe it’s going to pose a big threat to Astro.

Now, only if they have some English channels…..

For more info on DETV services, you can go to their website or join their Facebook page.