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?


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