Sunday, January 26, 2020

Daniel Radcliffe is a Medieval Prince in Miracle Workers: Dark Ages, Premieres 29 January 2020 on Warner TV Asia!

For those whose head canon consists of Daniel Radcliffe being a prince, your wish has been granted!

In “MIRACLE WORKERS: DARK AGES”, Daniel Radcliffe returns to the anthology series created by humourist Simon Rich, together with cast mates Steve Buscemi, Geraldine Viswanathan, Karan Soni, Jon Bass, and Lolly Adefope. The series premieres on 29 January 2020 at 10:40 PM, and will air weekly, on every Wednesday, via Warner TV (Star Hub TV CH. 515 and Singtel TV CH. 306).

It is the medieval times, and a group of peasants are trying to cope with the "extreme income inequality, poor healthcare, and widespread ignorance", not to mention the danger of being publicly killed in the village square for any small reason. Meanwhile, the insipid Prince tries to live up to his ancestors' badassery and bloodlust, except that all he is really interested in are his ducks. Yep, you read it right. Ducks.


Check out the “MIRACLE WORKERS: DARK AGES” trailer here:




Judging from the teaser, "DARK AGES" is chockful of absurd, meta moments, especially when one compares these to how political events are unfolding in the current times. Absurdity is already becoming a norm. Daniel Radcliffe continues to prove how adept he is with goofy, quirky characters. And as for Steve Buscemi, the actor is always a scene stealer. This season also includes Peter Serafinowicz as the bloodthirsty King.


If you are new to “MIRACLE WORKERS”, see if you can catch the first season based on Simon Rich's book “What in God's Name”, about an inefficiently run Heaven Inc, which would remind most of us about our own workplace.

The same primary cast took on different roles in this season, with Steve Buscemi as an illiterate slacker God who is weary about humanity and decides to destroy Earth to start a fusion restaurant. Daniel Radcliffe shows off his comedic timing playing a timid yet diligent low-level angel named Craig Bog who works in the Department of Answered Prayers. The team of heavenly beings include Karan Soni as ambitious but effective arch angel-executive Sanjay Prince, and Geraldine Viswanathan is Eliza Hunter, a newly transferred angel who is determined to stop God from destroying the Earth by making a couple fall in love.



Red Dot Diva felt that the humour did not quite land in Season 1, but the talented cast is what you should be looking out for. Hopefully, the writers have tightened up their story-telling, so that "DARK AGES" will have even funnier and more astute observations to offer. There are some hilarious scenes shown in the trailer, especially the one about education in the Dark Ages, so Red Dot Diva thinks the series is still worth a watch!





Sunday, January 19, 2020

Concept Trailer Launched for Singapore Superhero Series, Sacred Guardian Singa!

Soon, Red Dot Island will have another superhero to call our own! And, he is even more awesome than VR Man. His name is Sacred Guardian Singa, and he possesses great power from an ancient source of local and South-East Asian origins.

Sacred Guardian Singa is a passion project by Basil Yeo, Gan Meng Yeow and Aydeel Djoeharie, the founders of tokuAsia. tokuAsia first started out as a community built to foster the appreciation tokusatsu entertainment, which includes the likes of Godzilla and Kamen Rider. Their love for tokusatsu movies has inspired them to do a fan movie for many years, and finally, they worked together with other equally dedicated team members and partners, to bring a Red Dot Island version of a tokusatsu superhero to life via a recently formed company tokuAsia Pictures LLP.

A comic book called SACRED GUARDIANS about the origin of Sacred Guardian Singa and his past lives will be launched this year through Asiapac Books. It will be written by Aydeel Djoeharie with illustrations by Alan Bay. And of course, a Sacred Guardian Singa live action series is expected to be developed by end-2020.

For now, the co-founders of tokuAsia are excited to share the Sacred Guardian Singa concept trailer to fans out there:
 
We are thrilled to finally be able to present the concept trailer for Sacred Guardian Singa to the entire world. It was always our vision to develop a superhero story that resonates with who we are and our place in this world, yet contains enough universal themes that will appeal to someone living on the other side of the globe,” said Basil Yeo, CEO of tokuAsia Pte. Ltd.

The concept trailer gives our audience an idea of the flavour of the Sacred Guardians brand, and the quality that they can expect as we continue to develop the pilot episode, with a view of making a full series by year end. With the incredible level of talent we have on-board the project, and the amazing support that we have received from our partners and the community, we are very confident that we can take the brand to the next level,” said Aydeel Djoeharie, COO of tokuAsia Pte. Ltd.

Red Dot Diva watched the Sacred Guardian Singa trailer when it premiered at Singapore Comic Con last December. She appreciated how the trailer managed to show a Red Dot Island heart at its core, with relatable South-East Asian faces, recognisable accents, well choreographed fight scenes, and an appealing superhero costume (love the white and gold aesthetic and that lion headgear design!).

**For the non-locals, Singa means lion in Sanskrit. It is where the name Singapore comes from, which means Lion City.

CHECK OUT THE SACRED GUARDIAN SINGA TRAILER HERE:




In the upcoming live action series, the mantle of Sacred Guardian Singa has fallen on a young man called Ryan Leong (played by the super charming, uber cute Singaporean actor/ stuntman Kasimir Poh Cieslak). Ryan has to battle his own desires and his destiny, in order to defend humanity against an evil cult. The leader of this cult has been imprisoned within the legendary Crown of Nila Utama, and if they are able to free him ... dun dun dun... Save us, Sacred Guardian Singa!

Kasimir Poh Cieslak as Ryan Leong


The other cast members include actors Dorothy Leong as Inspector Yvonne Chan, Sherly Devonne Ng as Ling, and Kris Mavericko as Dr. Sam Patel/ Dr. Grulin. (Red Dot Diva has to say, somehow Kris Mavericko's performance in the trailer reminds her of Sendhil Ramamurthy's Bloodwork in CW's The Flash.)


Dorothy Leong as Inspector Yvonne Chan


Kris Maverico as Dr. Sam Patel

It has been awhile since there was a character that felt culturally “like home”, so Red Dot Diva will be actively following the progress of this exciting project.

To get on board the fanship early for superhero Sacred Guardian Singa, here are his social media links. He interacts with this fans often, so go and give the superhero some love!

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/sacredguardianstv
Twitter - https://twitter.com/GuardianSinga
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sacredguardians.tv
Youtube - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMhKdij6-L32AnuG1OyGHjg



Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Adam Driver Thanks Star Wars Fans Who Raised Over USD 54,000 for Arts in the Armed Forces



Actor Adam Driver, the talented man behind Kylo Ren/ Ben Solo in the latest Star Wars trilogy, has thanked his fans for the GoFundMe fundraiser for Arts in the Armed Forces (AITAF). AITAF is a non-profit organisation founded by Adam Driver and his wife Joanne Tucker. The organisation aims to bring the experience of the arts to those who are serving or who have served in the military as well as to their family members.

Here's Adam Driver sending his thanks to fans.
Awwwwww....  He is just too precious.





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Sunday, December 29, 2019

Legends of Tomorrow Season 5 and Crisis of Infinite Earth Part 4 & 5 Premiere in January 2020 on Warner TV


DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, the motliest rag tag crew of the DC Universe will be back with a 5th season on Warner TV, the same day as the U.S. on Wednesday, 22 January at 9.50 PM.

In this season, consulting producer Marc Guggenheim tweeted that things are going to get even more hilarious with the crew. This brings much joy to Red Dot Diva, because LEGENDS OF TOMORROW has the zaniest storylines and wierdest creatures (evil human heart-devouring unicorn, hello!!) in the entire Arrowverse.

It is just too bad that in the middle of the season, fans will have to say goodbye to Brandon Routh and Courtney Ford, who have both left the series. Luckily, there is snarky sorcerer Constantine (Matt Ryan) still around to create more havoc and heartbreak in several timelines.

For a peek of what is to come in the new season, here's a trailer from The CW channel, where the series is being aired in the U.S.:



Sunday, December 22, 2019

RDD Westeros Holiday Contest - Win A Pack of Game of Thrones Goodies!



The HBO series Game of Thrones may have ended, but there is no lack of gifts from Westeros!

As a year end holiday giveaway,  Red Dot Diva has a set of swag for Game of Thrones fans to enjoy. All they need to do is join this online contest by completing the following steps:

1. Follow Red Dot Diva on Twitter and/ or Facebook
2. In your answer, tag someone you know who is a Game of Thrones fan.
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 Jon Snow's real name?

Good luck! And if you were not the chosen winner, there will be another round of giveaway this before December ends!

Friday, December 6, 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 - Artist Alley Booth Highlight on Versatile Illustrator Soefara Jafney

Freelance illustrator Soefara Jafney may be based in Amsterdam, but there is no denying that there are very recognisable South-east Asian touch points in many of her drawings. More importantly, Soefara has a special skill - she is able to depict various women characters in history as well as in pop-culture as interesting personalities in their own right.

Having worked in the commercial world as an art director, her versatility is evident as she her work is seen in various forms, including children's books illustrations, designs for headscarves and leggings, and also high-end collectible toy statues.

It was wonderful to know that Soefara will be having a booth at Singapore Comic Con's Artist Alley this year. Red Dot Diva recommends that the geek ladies (and of course, men too) should head there, get to know her and her art, and show what woman power can be and do!

Here's a Q&A with Soefara, where Red Dot Diva chats with her about the art scene, representation for women, and her dream project.

Red Dot Diva: How is it like being a Malaysian artist living in Amsterdam, and now, in Singapore? Do you think there's hope for Singapore's local arts scene?
Soefara: Hmm.. what can I say about the art scene here? It is glorious! The level of artistry is eminent. From their Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Gogh to other forms of art such as ivory carving, cheesemaking and Taxidermy, The Dutch seem to have mastered their craft beautifully. Take for example Taxidermy, there are courses available here for those who are interested to learn but the wait list is 2 years and the course is pretty hefty. That itself shows how much commitment they’re willing to atone to advance in a skill. Having said that, the Netherlands have had the economic and art boom since the 16th century. That gives them one big head start compared to Singapore. And time is a precious commodity when it comes to mastery in any field. Singapore is one melting pot, reminds me of London on a smaller scale ( But Singapore has better train system heh..) The buzz and the speed of the city is inspiring. Singapore has always welcomed talents from around the world, hence there is a lot of transfer of technology and ideas to inspire the local art scene. But like I've mentioned earlier, the path has been made, perhaps what we need is just time to see it bloom.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 - Artist Alley Booth Highlight on Seth Adams of "GOTH" Comics Series

Red Dot Diva first met Seth Adams at Singapore Comic Con (previously know as STGCC) a few years ago. They had bonded as ardent fans of mixed-media and award-winning artist, David Mack.

Seth has been a regular participant of Artist Alley for a number of years, and from what Red Dot Diva noticed, requests for art commissions has always kept him busy during the convention. He has also been constantly practising and improving on this artistic skills. Recently, his pencil work shines with bold confidence, and a very personal art style is emerging more clearly. 

It is no wonder then, that Seth was asked to illustrate for a new comic book series called GOTH, published by Comics Experience and South Point Press. The first one-short comic was released just over a week ago on 27 November 2019.

Red Dot Diva managed to catch Seth Adams to find out more about his experience with his first published comic book!

Red Dot Diva: How exciting is it to have your first published book GOTH: YOUNG LOVERS AT WAR being released? Tell us more about it!
Seth Adams: It’s nice to get something into the world! As described by Previews, Goth is "the first in an exciting, genre-bending series of Goth one-shots from critically-acclaimed writer Paul Allor and exciting newcomer Seth Adams! When a young Visigoth warrior named Dolphus finds himself spurned by his lover, Gerda, he throws himself into battle, seeking an honorable death that never seems to come. As desperation takes hold, Gerda works to save him... preferably in the most painful way possible. It's the third-century CE, and love... love will tear them apart." That sums it up pretty well. :) 

Red Dot Diva: How did you get to collaborate with Paul Allor? How has the experience been like?
Seth: I had just finished an online workshop class with Robert Atkins over at Comics Experience and I was on the forums posting my work. I’m not sure if Paul already had the idea brewing, but he contacted me there on Comics Experience and asked if I would be interested in collaborating. He was immensely patient and kind guiding me through the process while still giving me alot of room to explore.

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