Monday, August 5, 2019

Singapore Comic Con 2019 - Livio Ramondelli, Joey Spiotto, Creees, Prema-Ja and Cosplayer Jin Join the Guest List


More guests have been announced for major local pop-culture event Singapore Comic Con (SGCC), which is scheduled for 7 & 8 December at Marina Bay Sands' Convention Centre.

Adding to the list of well-known comic book guests announced in the first round, like artists Greg Capullo and Jock, a few more interesting personalities will be joining the convention for a whirlwind weekend of meet and greets, and panels held live on stage.

Here are the latest guest announcements:

LIVIO RAMONDELLI

Livio Ramondelli is best known for his work on IDW's Transformers comics series, where he has done both covers and interior artwork. He is also a long time fan of the Transformers, so will be able to talk shop with fellow fans about the popular Autobots and Decepticons.

His other comic book work include Dark Horse's Star Wars series and Dynamite's Battlestar Galactica comics, as well as Pacific Rim for Legendary comics.

Livio Ramondelli's art style is detailed as well as cinematic, especially in terms of the lighting. So, Red Dot Diva is not surprised to learn that he has also worked on concept art for Victory Hill Productions’ upcoming Transformers Experience in Shanghai, DC Universe Online for Sony/DC Comics.




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Singapore Comic Con 2019 Announces Greg Capullo, Jock and Tara McPherson as Guests, But No More VIP Tickets!


New name, new branding, new dates. ReedPOP Singapore has decided to shake things up in the local pop culture scene this year, having shifted the rebranded Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) to 7 & 8 December, instead of its usual spot in September. The pop-culture convention has also moved back up to the first level of Marina Bay Sands' Convention Centre.

Those are not the only things that ReedPop has decided to change for this year's show  - there will not be any VIP tickets available for sale for Singapore Comic Con. Fans who were looking forward to the VIP package, which included fast passes and exclusive loot, were rather disappointed. As in most of life's decisions, there are pros and cons to deciding on any option, and in Red Dot Diva's opinion, for most attendees, the VIP package has not offered a far better experience than a normal ticket anyway. However, there are early entry add-ons for those who want to head into the show hall 30 minutes earlier than the official opening time.

Here is SGCC's response regarding the VIP tickets:


Eager to ramp up excitement for the comic convention, the first batch of guests was announced a few days ago, and Wow!! -- they all meet the local geeks' stamp of approval! The list includes Greg Capullo, Mark Simpson aka Jock, and Tara McPherson.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Pop & Watch with The Cartoon Network and Singtel TV, and meet the Powerpuff Girls on June 22 & 23

It's the school holidays, and here is a way to get the kids entertained and yet, give the family a chance to win a cool prize.

From now till 21 June, there is a pop-up TV channel on Singtel TV called Pop & Watch, by the Cartoon Network (StarHub TV Channel 316 and Singtel TV Channel 226), where you can watch weekly marathons of fan-favourite shows for free!

The shows that you will be able to binge on include re-runs, and never before seen episodes of shows like “We Bare Bears”, “The Powerpuff Girls”, “Ben 10” and more! Pop & Watch is also available on Singtel TV Go, and Singtel Cast mobile apps.


Pop Up and Watch The Powerpuff Girls and We Bare Bears this June Holidays with Singtel from TurnerPRAsiaPac on Vimeo.

And wait, there is more. Red Dot Diva is eager to let Powerpuff Girls' fans know that you can meet the trio at Singtel Comcentre  on June 22 and 23! The Powerpuff Girls will be all ready to snap those memorable selfies with their fans at 10.45 AM, 11.45 AM and 12.45 PM.

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Blessed Be the Fight! Season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale Premieres 6 June, on HBO Go


The Handmaid's Tale” is an Emmy award-winning series that depicts a disturbing dystopian scenario during the rule of Gilead, a totalitarian state that has taken over what was once the United States of America.

In this era, when the environment is heavily polluted and birthrate is falling, women are treated as state property. Men make all the rules, and hold most of the power. The women have almost no rights. It is even considered heresy for them to read. Inevitably, following this imbalance, where competition is intense and there is little room to breathe, women tend to do cruel things to each other. In an effort to repopulate the earth again, the few women who are found to be fertile are forced into sexual servitude under a banner of religion, and are called Handmaids. 




The TV series created by Bruce Miller, is based on the best-selling book written by Margaret Atwood. Even though the book was published 34 years ago, it now more relevant than ever, with what is currently happening in a fractured USA. As the the recent ruling against abortion in Alabama, Ohio and Missouri shows, “The Handmaid's Tale” is no longer a metaphor - it is fast becoming a reality.

Season 3 of “The Handmaid's Tale” ups the ante as the resistance grows against the regime of Gilead. Offred (Elisabeth Moss), who has sacrificed her chance to escape, returns to fight back, with all the allies that she can garner, and with whatever means that she can muster. It is time for each and everyone to take a stand.

Cast members Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer, Amanda Brugel, Ann Dowd, O-T Fagbenie, Max Minghella, Samira Wiley and Bradley Whitford reprise their roles in Season 3 together with Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred with such astonishing defiance and ferocity.

Red Dot Diva admits that it can be difficult to watch the ugly scenes that unfold during some of the episodes in “The Handmaid's Tale”. However, these are very same scenes that speak to her regarding her existence as a woman, and reminds her not to take the rights that she now have for granted. It is also a cry to continually make a stand for more freedom to be accorded to women, and for more barriers to be broken.



On 6 June, 3 episodes of “The Handmaid's Tale” will premiere in Asia, exclusively on HBO GO. A new episode of the 13-episode third season will premiere every subsequent Thursday. Red Dot Diva highly recommends that you watch the past two seasons before beginning with Season 3. All the episodes of Season 1 and 2 are available on the streaming platform for your binging needs.

For those who prefer a non-streaming platform, the series is also available on HBO On Demand.

 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Black Mirror Teases Return of Season 5 on Netflix , 5 June 2019


Emmy Award-winning science fiction anthology “Black Mirror” has released a teaser for its 5th season, which will premiere 5 June, exclusively on Netflix.

The inventive show, created by Charlie Brooker, consists of dark tales that unfold in a familiar, yet dystopian, technology-driven world set in the near future. It is this familiarity, the reflection of our basic human flaws, and the plausible scenarios depicted that provide viewers with an uncomfortable sense of paranoia.

Killer robotic dogs? With Boston Dynamics showing off the technological advances with their  animal-like bots... Yep! Totally possible. Dating apps that dictating your life, including how long you need to live with someone? Not too far away from reality. Same for people who are crazy... literally, off rocker insane, about raking Likes and approval on social media. With each episode, “Black Mirror” episode, the series takes you on a mostly satirical journey together with androids, augmented consciousness programs, neural implants and more.

In the upcoming season, there will be 3 new, mind-bending stories that star Anthony Mackie, Miley Cyrus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Topher Grace, Damson Idris, Andrew Scott, Nicole Beharie, Pom Klementieff, Angourie Rice, Madison Davenport and Ludi Lin.

Check out the new trailer:



If this is the first time you have heard of “Black Mirror”, there are already four season out in the wild, plus an interactive instalment called “Bandersnatch”. There is still some time to catch up all of them before the series take us all around the bend again!

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Official website: netflix.com/blackmirror






Thursday, May 9, 2019

It's X-Men Day on May 13th!

Gather your team - it's X-Men Day on May 13th!

This special international event marks the end of the X-Men film franchise by 20th Century Fox. The last movie of this franchise run will be “X-Men: Dark Phoenix”, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain and more. “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” opens locally at theatres on 5 June 2019.

To celebrate this occasion and the enduring support of the X-Men fanbase for the movies released in the last 10 years, there will be events happening all over the world, including various online activities. This include the debut of exclusive X-Men content, special events, and unexpected surprises for the loyal fans. This is going to be fun!

In addition, look out for hourly giveaways of “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” movie packs on TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX SG Facebook Page!

Advance tickets sales for “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” will also begin on X-Men Day. If you want to be the first bunch of X-Men fans to catch the movie, keep your eyes peeled on X-Men Movies (@XMenMovies) on social media!


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Watch the exciting latest trailer released for X-Men: Dark Phoenix



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Follow these Social Media accounts:

X-Men: Dark Phoenix
Official website: www.DarkPhoenix.com 
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/XMenMovies 
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/XMenMovies
Instagram: www.Instagram.com/XMenMovies 
Hashtag: #DarkPhoenixSG and #XMenDay

20th Century Fox SG 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twentiethcenturyfoxsingapore 
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/fox_singapore


Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The RDD Star Wars May the 4th and FCBD Contest Giveaway

Has it already been 9 years since Red Dot Diva first started blogging about pop-culture and her passion for geeky events? Time flies when you are having fun!



The RDD Facebook Page reached over 600 Likes last week! Yes, it took awhile to arrive at this number, as Red Dot Diva generally prefers a more subtle approach to self-promotion. The number of FB Likes may be small compared to all the influenzas influencers out there, but this achievement means a lot to her.

She would like to thank everyone for their interaction and support all these years. Hello, to the newbies who have recently discovered her blog and social media presence as well. Without a core audience, Red Dot Diva might as well be talking to a brick wall. So, A Very Big Thank You!

To commemorate these 600+ Likes, Red Dot Diva has an online contest to giveaway a combination of Star Wars related and Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) goodies! After all, this coming Saturday marks both May the 4th (Star Wars Day) and FCBD.

Join the contest by completing the following steps:

1. Follow Red Dot Diva on Twitter and/ or Facebook2. Share the contest post on your Twitter and/ or Facebook timeline. Please ensure that the post is public.
3. Answer the contest question below by posting in the Facebook post's comment box, or a tweet with a mention to @reddotdiva:

QUESTION -- What is the title for Star Wars Episode IX, and when is Free Comic Book Day?


Saturday, April 27, 2019

GnB Comics Announces Guest Artist Shane Davis at FCBD 2019

Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is held annually on the first Saturday in May. This year, the event falls on the same day as May the 4th, or Star Wars Day, which means, that the day is going to be jam-packed with geeky events held in various locations.

However, if you are not a mega Star Wars fan, and have not pre-ordered a FCBD pack from Kinokuniya, then Red Dot Diva says there is one place you have to go to collect your free comic books - local comic book store, GnB Comics. The day is also one of the best opportunities to get a friend or family member interested in reading comics.

GnB Comics hosts FCBD in the most festive and fun way. The lines may be long, but there are usually poster or pin giveaways for early birds, and photo booths for your Instagram snaps. Cosplayers also make their rounds to keep things lively, and there is a wide range of free comics for you to select.

Some of the comics are already listed on the event page, like “Earth's Mightiest Heroes: Avengers”, “Spawn”, “Riverdale”, “Stranger Things”, “Vampirella” and more.



For this year's FCBD, GnB Comics has announced artist Shane Davis as a special guest. Shane Davis is well-known as the co-creator and artist of DC Comics' “Superman: Earth One”. He was also involved with Justice League of America, “Green Lantern: Brightest Day”, and Marvel's “Deadpool vs X-Force”.

Shane Davis will be meeting comic book fans at the GnB store from 12 PM to 3 PM. This will be a great time to get your sketches or comic books signed!

Something to note about these special FCBD comics - they are not free for the retailers, who end up bearing the costs for promoting comics as a medium. When you are at the store on that day, do support the local business by purchasing an item or two. That would go a long way to in helping to keep the comic book store running for everyone's benefit!

There will definitely be more details about GnB's FCBD event rolling out this week. Just keep tabs on GnB's Facebook Event Page for more news as to how many comics are available for each person, what are the goodies given away, as well as any other side activities. And, remember to be there early on May the 4th to choose your desired comics!

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FREE COMIC BOOK DAY
Where: GnB Comics, Blk 809 French Road Kitchener Complex #02-38
When: 4th May 2019
Time:
starting from 12 PM





Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Michelle Yeoh Joins the Avatar Sequel Movies

Michelle Yeoh has joined the cast of Avatar in the sequel movies! Her role will be of a scientist named Dr. Karina Mogue.

Avatar 2, the first of the sequel movies, is set to premiere in December 2020, with actors Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, CCH Pounder, Giovanni Ribisi and Joel David Moore from the first movie, as well as child actor Filip Geljo, Kate Winslet and David Thewlis.

Throughout her career, Michelle has always created unique and memorable characters. I look forward to working with Michelle to do the same thing on the Avatar sequels,” said James Cameron.

Michelle Yeoh is such a fan favorite, especially in this region, where she has flown the Malaysian flag high and shown how a talented actor is able to gain international recognition even with a Malaysian accent (very similar to the Singaporean one). Through her memorable roles in Hollywood, fans here feel represented to the world at large.


Currently, Michelle Yeoh has all the best snarky lines on CBS' scifi series “Star Trek Discovery” as the ousted Emperor Giorgiou, now an agent of a black ops called Section 31. There will a spin-off based on her character which expects to be released in 2020.

As for the big screen, Michelle Yeoh in her next movie Paul Feig's “Last Christmas”, together with Emilia Clarke and her "Crazy Rich Asians" on screen son, Henry Golding.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Star Wars Celebration Chicago - Spot Highlight on Digital Artist Darren Tan

Whatever you may think about the latest trilogy, Star Wars has the innate ability to bring people from all over the world together.

At this year's Star Wars Celebration held from 11 April to 15 April 2019 in Chicago's McCormick Place, several well-known as well as up-and-coming artists will be showcasing and selling their Star Wars inspired art at the exhibition floor.

One of them is freelance Singapore-based digital artist Darren Tan, who has built up a sizeable fan base locally and abroad with his beautifully rendered Star Wars themed artwork that spans from the three movie trilogies we all love to the expanded universe.

Darren's artwork is also featured on RPG and card games by Fantasy Flight Games, like Star Wars: X-Wing and Star Wars: Outer Rim.

It is only a week till the start of Star Wars Celebration Chicago, Red Dot Diva asked Darren some nosy questions, so that you will get to know him better.

Red Dot Diva: How did you get started in the career of illustration?
Darren: I actually started in animation but through it, I discovered digital illustration and Photoshop. I bought myself a wacom tablet and thought myself how to paint by imitating other famous artists on the internet. Eventually, I got good enough that I left the animation field, and got hired at Imaginary Friends Studios (IFS), a local illustration studio led by Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau.



Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Star Wars May the 4th SG Celebrations Are Back On!


The Force is Strong in Red Dot Island.

After the dramatic announcement that there will not be a large-scale event for May the 4th (Star Wars Day) in Singapore this year, the festival is back on! *FIST PUMP*

(Did any #TeamRichGuys from Canto Bight throw some sponsorship money into this?)

The May the 4th SG affair will be backed by the five local costumed groups - 501st Legion Singapore Garrison, Cathar Base Singapura - Rebel Legion, Fightsaber SG, Kranak Clan - Mandalorian Mercs Singapore, and Galactic Academy - Hosian Prime Campus Singapore!!

Red Dot Diva heard that it will be an event held at a public space, and it is set to be as fun and as celebratory as previous years. She has no other further details right now, but will post as soon as she has more.

KEEP THE DATE FREE!


 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

No Big Scale May the 4th Star Wars Event in Singapore This Year

BOO HOO.

There will not be a large-scale May the 4th (Star Wars Day) festival held in Red Dot Island this year. Due to the lack of sponsorship funds as well as interest by venue owners, the organisers were unable to pull together an event like what they did in the past 3 years.

Last year, despite the scorching weather, thousands of Star Wars fans came together at F1 Pit Building to meet founder of 501st Legion Albin Johnson and pink astromech droid R2-KT, scream during a Star Wars rock band performance, take photos with costumed groups like 501st Legion and Rebel Legion, and watch a scintillating lightsaber duel by Fightsaber.

So, it is heartbreaking to know that local fans will not be gathering at a common location for Star Wars Day. However, that does not stop anyone or any group of fans organising their own private Star Wars parties to honour the fandom.

After all, May the 4th began as a grassroot celebration of all things Star Wars, that is, it is by the fans for the fans. Here are some ideas on how to to mark the occasion:

* Organise a screening of Star Wars movies with the family and friends. Better still, invite someone who has not watched any Star Wars movies before.

* Start the day right with indulging in Star Wars-inspired cookies, toast and of course, blue milk. Or, if you are feeling adventurous, extra galaxy points for green milk.

* Carry out a Star Wars scavenger hunt in your neighbourhood. Everyone who participates has to dress up as a character.

* Get crafty! Make Star Wars pins, cards or bookmarks, and give them away to colleagues, family and friends.

* Bake or order a Star Wars cake, and share it with family, friends and/ or colleagues.

* Produce and film your own Star Wars Day fan tribute video, and post it on social media. 

* Achieve your daily steps requirement with John William's Star Wars score as your motivational pump music.

* Wear something Star Wars-related to work (if that is allowed). If there is a need to be discrete for office wear, perhaps a pair of Star Wars-themed socks, Death Star cufflinks, or BB-8 charm jewellery?

* Head to the book store and buy a Star Wars book or comic, especially if a butt-breaking Star Wars movie marathon is not your thing.  

* Put on a costume, take your favourite Star Wars toys and action figures, and make your way to the Sandcrawler building to celebrate with Master Yoda. Snap many selfies and share them.


Here's what Red Dot Diva think might also be fun to do. This year, May the 4th falls on the same day as Free Comic Book Day (FCBD). So, why not combine the two events with a crossover? Adorn your costumes or geek wear from a galaxy far far away, hop on to your speeder, and celebrate Star Wars Day with comic book fans at local FCBD venues!


Saturday, March 30, 2019

Rebranded Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) Shifts Dates to 7 & 8 Dec 2019!


The signs were already there during last year's Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention (STGCC). Remember the huge signage made out of post-its with the new name, near the food court? It was a hint of what's to come concerning the rebranding of Red Dot Island's main pop-culture show.

Since then, there has been a fair amount of hearsay with bits of information flowing through from exhibitors and those who signed up for booths at this year's Artist Alley. However, for most local fans, things have been kept on the low-down... Until last night. 



At an exclusive fan party held at retro gaming bar NINETEEN80, ReedPOP Singapore made three important official announcements to a group of about 25 specially invited fans. 

#1 - STGCC Has Been Rebranded as Singapore Comic Con (SGCC)
The event's lengthy name - Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention - has always been a tongue twister. Red Dot Diva noticed that guests usually fumble when they need to mention the show's name at a promotional video or during interviews. Many local folks (especially those who are not so hardcore) sometimes call it Singapore Comic Con for short.

Also, the new name is more in line with all the other pop-culture conventions that ReedPOP organises internationally, like New York Comic Con, Oz Comic Con, Seoul Comic Con and Indonesia Comic Con. ReedPOP assures that other segments like toys, will still have their presence at the show even though it is not mentioned specifically in rebranding.

The show's acronym/ hashtag itself though, is rather unfortunate. It is a running joke that SGCC stands for Serangoon Gardens Country Club, so... will there be a pop-culture mini golf competition at the show? Red Dot Diva thinks that will be quite a fun and novel idea. Hahaha.

Apparently, SGCC was chosen over SCC in order not to cause confusion for those who associate the latter's acronym with Singapore Comics Community.


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Tumble into Artscience Museum's Wonderland Exhibition, Opens 13 April 2019

Photo: Phoebe Powell
Look out for the White Rabbit! Then, follow him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland, a new exhibition at Artscience Museum that opens on 13 April 2019. The interactive and whimsical exhibition is based on Lewis Carroll's beloved book series “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There”.

Red Dot Island is the first stop of Wonderland's global tour. Developed by Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Wonderland aims to enchant readers and audiences with immersive environments consisting of theatrical sets, stunning props and audiovisual works.

Alice and her adventures in Wonderland has inspired countless movies, comics, games since 1865, and has also become a pop culture icon through the ages. The Wonderland exhibition shows how she has been interpreted and adapted through the centuries, by pulling together an amazing range of original behind-the-scenes material that includes over 300 artefacts and objects, like original 19th century manuscripts, first edition books, imaginative drawings, fantastical costumes, films and so much more.

In addition, Wonderland will also show the technological advances and progress with animation, puppetry and special effects from the era during the first Alice movie adaptation by Cecil M Hepworth in 1903 to the recent TV shows and films produced and screened in the 21st century.


Wonderland at ArtScience Museum

Here is a brief run down of what visitors can expect in the upcoming Wonderland exhibit.

Starting from Lewis Carroll's drawing room, visitors will be given their own Lost Map of Wonderland to use as a guide in exploring the area. But first of all, you have to choose to be one of the four characters – the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat, the Queen or the Mad Hatter - which will set you on a path consisting of secret doorways, winding corridors, and interactive props that beg to be touched and fiddled with.

Photo: Phoebe Powell

The journey continues through the Hallway of Doors, to the Pool of Tears, the Looking Glass House and then, to the Queen's Croquet Ground, where you can become one of those on screen taking part in a croquet game.

Photo: Phoebe Powell

Most wondrous of all is the immersive centrepiece of the exhibit - the Mad Hatter's Tea Party! Sit down and be one of the kooky guests at a table served with giant tea cups, surrounded by a digitally projected dreamscape.

Photo: Phoebe Powell
Leave the adult world of logic behind when you step into topsy-turvy Wonderland, as things get curiouser and curiouser, and where it is OK if you think you have spotted a glimpse of the Cheshire cat's mysterious grin from the corner of your eye.  


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Tickets are available for purchase from 1 April onwards at all Marina Bay Sands box offices and website. Wonderland opens its trippy doors on 13 April till 22 September 2019

For more information, head to this link - https://www.marinabaysands.com/museum/wonderland.html


Friday, March 15, 2019

Gamestart Asia Is Ready for Another Edition at Suntec Convention Centre, 12 & 13 October 2019


Gamestart Asia has announced their convention dates for 2019!

Back for the 6th year, South-east Asia's premiere gaming convention will be back at Suntec Convention Halls 401 to 403 on 12 & 13 October 2019.

Last year's show had attendees excited for the high-stakes e-sports competitions including the SEA Major (SEAM), game releases as well as meet and greet sessions with special guests Elise Zhang, voice of Mei from Overwatch, as well as wrestler and celebrity gamer Kenny Omega.

The convention is set for even more exciting gaming and pop-culture events and activities in its next edition, so keep your eyes on Gamestart Asia's social media sites, as well as here on Red Dot Diva!

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Gamestart Asia links:
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GameStart.Asia/
Twitter - http://twitter.com/GameStartAsia
Instagram - http://instagram.com/GameStartAsia



Friday, March 8, 2019

Triple Frontier Biceps Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund at Red Carpet Event, Singapore


WOWZA!

Not only was the weather scorching hot yesterday, the area at Marina Bay Sands' Digital Light Canvas rose to a few hundred degrees Celsius in the evening as well.

Why, you ask? Because three-fifths of the Special Ops Boyband aka as Netflix's action thriller-heist-drug cartel war movie called “Triple Frontier” - Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedland plus producer Chuck Roven - were in town for a red carpet event.

Red Dot Diva was there to check out those hunky biceps and here are some of the details of what went down during those couple of hours.

The fan area opened at about 4 PM for those who had tickets for the event. Unlike other red carpet events, this one seemed pretty chill. The layout was neatly designed with clearly marked out areas for fans to stand in. Security and crew also seemed clear with their instructions given, and there was a generous space for the media folks right in front of the stage.

There was only a handful of fans who were very early. Up till 6 PM or so, there was a still lots of space available for more people to get onto the fan pit. Before the Netflix PR folks arrived, Red Dot Diva was still unsure if she wanted to stand with the fans (better chance of selfies and autographs), or get into the media pit. In the end, she decided to sacrifice the chance for possible (sometimes blurry) selfies, for the opportunity to take clearer pics up close for social media and the RDD blog. You can thank her much much by following her blog and social media accounts. ;)


Check out the striking red carpet, all ready for the stars to walk on. While everyone was waiting, Class 95 DJs The Muttons got everyone warmed up, gave out some swag, and introduced the fans to the “Triple Frontier” trailer.



Thursday, March 7, 2019

Celebrate Barbie's 60th Anniversary at the Singapore Flyer!


She may be 60 years old, but Barbie® still kicks ass by inspiring girls all around the world. Whether she's a fashionista, an engineer, an astronaut, teacher, dentist or presidential candidate, Barbie® has shown that a girl can reach for the limitless possibilities ahead of her, and be who she wants to be.

Just a day after International Women's Day (8 Mar), Barbie® 's 60th Anniversary celebration will begin at the Singapore Flyer Observation Wheel. From 9 March to 30 June 2019, visitors and fans of Barbie® can soar the skies, and admire the 360° panoramic view of Red Dot Island in a specially decorated Singapore Flyer capsule called Barbie® Flight.

Barbie Flight
(pic credit: Mattel, Inc)

From 6:30 PM, there will also be a scintillating pink light-up on the Singapore Flyer, as it overlooks the iconic Marina Bay and waterfront area. The illumination lasts till 21 March 2019.

To fly high with Barbie® the Singapore Flyer, here are the ticket details:

Opening Hours: 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM daily (last entry at 10:15 PM)
Adult (13 years and above) - SGD 69
Children (3 to 12 years) - SGD 31
You can get tickets on site, or via the online booking portal: http://www.singaporeflyer.com/unique-experiences/


To find out what the timings are for Barbie® Flight, check out http://www.singaporeflyer.com/promotions.



Sunday, March 3, 2019

How To Get Access Netflix's "Triple Frontier" Red Carpet Event at MBS on 8 March, 5:30 PM

You might have got wind of this piece of news from the grapevine already.

The cast of Netflix's new action thriller movie directed by J.C. Chandor called “Triple Frontier”, will be swinging by Red Dot Island for a red carpet event at Marina Bay Sands!

The stars who will be here are... *drumroll please* ... Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and producer Chuck Roven. Unfortunately, Oscar Isaac and Pedro Pascal will not be able to join the party.

In order to reserve your spot at this awesomely bicepstous red carpet event, do this:

RSVP your attendance via Whatsapp - 9338 4207

with the message - YOUR NAME, CONTACT NUMBER, NO. OF TICKETS

The collection of fan tickets will be at the Triple Frontier Registration Counter @ Digital Light Canvas.

UPDATED on 4 Mar 2019, 10 PM: The collection of reserved tickets is now from MBS info counter, Level B2 (opposite That's CD) from 6 Mar 11 AM onwards. Do note that tickets not collected by 7 Mar 10 AM will be forfeited.

The details of the “Triple Frontier” red carpet event are:

Date: Friday, 08 March 2018
Time: 5:30 PM (Fan registration)
Venue: Digital Light Canvas (B2, Next to the Rasapura Masters Food Court) at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

So keep your date free this Friday!! It's so rare to see Batman, a Pacific Rim Jaeger Pilot and a TRON adventurer all in one place! More so, right here in our little Red Dot Island.

Triple Frontier” is a action-packed heist movie about five former friends from Special Ops, who intends to rob a South American drug lord for their own self interests. However, an unexpected chain of events occur, and the group face consequences testing their skills, friendship, loyalties and morals.


You can catch “Triple Frontier” on Netflix beginning March 13!


EnBlock - Singapore's First Lego Convention to Launch on 19-21 April 2019



Something special for LEGO builders and collectors of Red Dot Island is happening in April. The EnBlock Brick Convention, is set to launch on Easter weekend April 19 to 21, at Funan Showsuite @ Hill Street.

Organized by the LEGO gallery and retail shop My Little Brick Shop, EnBlock is touted as the island's first Lego convention. Various builds by LEGO artists will be on display for fans to ogle at. Red Dot Diva is not much of a LEGO builder, but she is constantly amazed at how creative LEGO artists can be, especially the intricately-designed dioramas.

To gain entry into the brick convention, you would have to purchase a ticket.

Regular ticket for 1-day entry
SGD 4 (early bird price), SGD 6 
Access to the convention, bazaar, 1 lucky draw, and all activities and contests on a first-come, first-served basis
Link: https://shopee.sg/mylittlebrickshop/1930516210

All Access VIP 3-day pass
SGD 18
Access to the convention, bazaar, 3 lucky draws (1 on each day), and all activities and contests on a first-come, first-served basis
Link: https://shopee.sg/mylittlebrickshop/1930613049

Purchase a pass before 8 March, and you will also each receive a unique collectible for FREE - a personalized LEGO Peranakan Microfigure that is worth SGD 7.98.


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Cinemax's Martial Arts Series "Warrior" Based on Bruce Lee's Writings, Premieres on 6 April 2019

Rich Ting as Bolo,  Jason Tobin as Young Jun
Pic credit: HBO/ David Bloomer

Wuxia fans will now have a new martial arts action drama to indulge in. On April 6, CINEMAX will premiere “Warrior”, their first tentpole 10-episode series which is based on the writings of the one and only martial arts legend Bruce Lee.

Back in the 1970's, Bruce Lee tried to get his 8-page pitch called “The Warrior” to be produced, but at that time, the Hollywood studios were not confident that audiences would accept an Asian lead actor as the hero. Things have changed a lot in recent years, with more Asian actors leading Hollywood movies and TV shows, and gaining prominence for their work. With such a pedigree behind it, “Warrior” should prove to be a worthy a fix for those who love to watch martial arts shows.

How did the back story of how Bruce Lee's script finally came to fruition? This amazing journey from idea to TV series is now chronicled in Cinemax's 8-part docu-series, “Becoming Warrior”, and all 8 episodes are now currently available on Cinemax's Youtube Channel!


Sunday, February 24, 2019

NEWSFLASH: We Bare Bears are coming to Singapore!



We did it! We made our votes count!

It's time to get your Bear Squad ready. Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears are visiting our Red Dot Island, their very first stop of their pan-Asian "We'll Be There" Tour!

From March 5, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, the uber-cool bears of pawsitivity, will be making stops at Red Dot Island's iconic hotspots, and doing typical touristy things together with internet personality Preetipls as their personal tour guide. (Does this mean they will be adventurous enough to try tasting durians too?) If you can make a good guess as to where the Bears will be hanging out, there might be a good chance you will get to bump into them.

Over at Tampines 1 and Century Square malls, fans can take part in fun We Bare Bears themed activities from March 20 to March 26. Take and share your photos at Panda-approved locations using the hashtags #Tampines1xWBB #CenturySqxWBB and you could stand a chance to win exclusive We Bare Bears kitchenware premiums.


Thursday, February 14, 2019

Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears Will Be Visiting Asia - Cast Your Votes for Singapore Now!



Been needing some hugs lately? Better still, We Bare Bears Hugs?

Then, it's time to leap with joy. We Bare Bears, Cartoon Network's coolest bears, will be making their way to Asia. However, there is a catch! For Grizzly, Ice Bear and Panda to make a trip to Red Dot Island, you will have to vote for them to come here and hang out with the local bear squad! Click this link from now till February 24 to vote! - https://webarebears.cartoonnetworkasia.com/hugstour

"We Bare Bears" is a charming animated series about three bear brothers who help each other deal with living in human society through easy to follow plot lines. The series is light-hearted, funny and appropriate for kids. Yet, in some episodes, the series can get rather deep and emotional when it chooses to deal with subjects, like how friendship works, jealousy, internet addiction and diversity.

It will awesome to have these bears spread some of their paw-sitivity as they visit the island's iconic spots, snapping selfies, making more friends, and dishing out loads of bear hugs!

In the meantime, get your bear squad ready for their Hug Tour, and follow their "We'll Be There" journey on Cartoon Network's Facebook page. You can also keep the excitement going by interacting with We Bare Bears fans at join Cartoon Network Asia’s Community Page (http://bit.ly/WBBFBGroup).

Red Dot Diva has already voted for We Bare Bears to visit our 'hood. Hurry, and click to vote too!


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Catch "We Bare Bears" on Cartoon Network (StarHub TV Ch. 316 and Singtel TV Ch. 226)


Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Diva's Movie Review: I Want To Eat Your Pancreas - Overly Melodramatic But Will Still Make You Tear Up

Before the anime version of Yoru Sumino's novel I Want To Eat Your Pancreas, there was a live action adaptation with a slightly different title. It was called Let Me Eat Your Pancreas, starring Minami Hamabe and Takumi Kitamura in the lead roles. Red Dot Diva caught the tearjerker during a long haul flight, and thought it was engaging even though typically sentimental in that Japanese way. What is it about teens dying from terminal illness in several Japanese tragedies anyway?

The animated film I Want To Eat Your Pancreas directed by Shinichiro Ushijima is no less sentimental. In fact, Red Dot Diva found it overly dramatic, and repetitive in many instances (it seems that the novel was like that too), making the movie longer than necessary. Still, it had its moments, and the odd couple's sentiments about mortality, love and friendship were sincere and heartbreaking.

As you can probably guess by now, the bloodthirsty title, I Want To Eat Your Pancreas is not a horror movie or a film about the zombie apocalypse. Nope, it is actually a romance story about two people of opposite personalities. Sakura, a bubbly girl suffering from a life-threatening illness, decides to make use of her limited time on earth completing her crazy bucket list of things to do. Not wanting to become a shadow of her sickness, she strives to it a secret, and during her journey through life, she decides to befriend a seemingly boring, moody, anti-social guy from the same school that no one seems to like, and whose name remains a mystery till the last few minutes.

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