Fans have been seeking out the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda, which the movie, “Black Panther" is set in. According to Hotels.com, searches for places such as Illinois' Makanda and Wauconda (pronounced identically to 'Wakanda'), Wisconsin's Wakanda Park, Fiji's Wakaya and Japan's Wakkanai experienced a surge recently after the movie's release in February. "Black Panther", which has already grossed more than US$1 billion in cinemas worldwide, has garnered positive reviews from critics and the general audience alike. It continues the story of T'Challa, played by Chadwick Boseman, after the events of 2016's Captain America: Civil War as he returns to the kingdom after his father's death. "Black Panther" is also the last film before Marvel Studio's ensemble "Avengers: Infinity War", which opens in cinemas in April. Jessica Chuang, Hotels.com Director, Regional Marketing Greater China, SEA and India said, "The film has touched the hearts and minds of millions of film fans around the world." "It's a brilliant watch and we regularly see that pop culture inspires travel choices. We love that holidaymakers are seeking the 'Black Panther's homeland, from Wisconsin to Japan." For more information on the results, read more here: https://sg.style.yahoo.com/black-panther-effect-travel-searches-092004392.html . Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
The Chinese zodiac for 2018 may be the Dog, but it's the Monkey that's taking our shows by storm. From the modern day Journey to the West-inspired 'A Korea Odyssey' (also known as Hwayugi) to the New Legends of Monkey (a remake of a Japanese production from the 70s and 80s), there are a few variations of the Great Sage Equal to Heaven and his band of friends. For those who enjoy a more classic Monkey King, Heavenly King Aaron Kwok returned as the titular character in The Monkey King 3 over the Lunar New Year. Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
The late legendary singer Teresa Teng will be performing at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on 11 August in the form of a hologram. Teng, who passed away in 1995, is widely considered as one of the most famous singers ever in Asia who had a huge fan base in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan and Southeast Asia. The singer will be brought back to life for her concert in Singapore through the use of lights, laser, projection and video as well as special effects.
Chanel's Fall/Winter 2018/2019 fashion show at the Grand Palais in Paris, France, on 6 March 2018 saw many popular Asian celebrities in attendance. They included Mandopop stars Jay Chou and Jam Hsiao, Korean actress Park Shin-hye, and supermodels Liu Wen, Irene Kim and Soo Joo Park. Other celebrities, such as British actress Keira Knightley, were also in attendance. Here are some of their outfits. Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
Disbandments hardly ever spell the end of music groups, as these 90s pop groups – 911, S Club and 5ive – have proven.
Not even the rain could stop diehard fans of Monsta X from turning up to see their favourite K-pop group. The seven-member boyband from South Korea was in Singapore last week to headline the HSBC Women’s World Championship Music Festival 2018 on Saturday (3 March) at the Resorts World Sentosa. Ahead of their performance, the group met with fans and the media in a press conference held at Plaza Singapura on Friday (2 March), where they answered questions from the media and interacted with their fans, who are known as “Mon Bebes”.
Special effects make-up artist Kazuhiro Tsuji may have been the only Asian winner at the 90th Academy Awards on Sunday (4 March, 5 March morning, Singapore time), but being recognised for his race was never on his mind. Along David Malinowski and Lucy Sibbick, the trio walked away with the Oscar for Best Make-up and Hair for their work on the British historical film “Darkest Hour”, starring actor Gary Oldman as the late UK prime minister Winston Churchill.
Popular Chinese singer-songwriter Joker Xue, known for his hit songs, “Actor”, “Serious Snow” and “Gentleman”, said that he would ‘disappear’ if he could not write any more good songs. The 35-year-old also shared his thoughts about his career and his passion for music with the media ahead of a private event in Singapore last month. Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
“Give 3 chocolates, Get: 50 Baby Darts,” said Netflix’s latest Facebook post on Thursday (1 March), just a day after a “cash vending machine” publicity stunt by local telco Circles.Life took place in Singapore, offering $50 in return for $3. The stunt generated a lot of hype after a round of giveaways were cut short during lunchtime at Raffles Place, attracting hundreds of people as well as police officers, whose presence had led to the giveaway being discontinued after an hour. The telco organised the stunt as part of a marketing campaign, entitled “#3DollarBaller”, to promote a new unlimited data plan.
If you ever wanted to know more about the history of Emerald Hill, or imagined venturing into the homes of the rich and glamorous residents of the area, this year’s edition of OH! Open House is the perfect opportunity to do so. Situated just off Singapore’s renowned Orchard Road shopping belt, Emerald Hill is known for its expensive real estate as well as for being Singapore’s first designated conservation area. Most of Orchard Road were previously nutmeg plantations during Singapore’s colonial era, and the adjacent Emerald Hill was a former enclave to wealthy Peranakan, or Straits-born, Chinese families.
Malaysian rapper Namewee has been arrested by the local police amid controversy over his dog-theme video that was released for the Chinese New Year holiday. A post on Namewee’s Facebook page said that the rapper will continue to cooperate with the police in their investigations. The post did not mention the date of Namewee’s arrest or details of the police investigations.
Korean pop groups EXID, JBJ and B1A4 got the crowd screaming during their performances at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night (21 Feb). They were part of Stargram’s 2018 Launch K-Pop show, together with violinist Eugene Park, classical singer Kwak Dong-hyun and dance group Optical Crew. Stargram coin is a cryptocurrency that can be used to purchase selected content, such as certain celebrity-related fan items. Fans can purchase tickets, special albums, items from affiliated shops and enjoy concert and fan-meeting privileges using these coins. For more photos, check out this slideshow: K-pop groups EXID, JBJ and B1A4 rock crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium . Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
Do you have what it takes to become Singapore’s first MasterChef? The popular competitive cooking show is finally coming to Singapore and is calling for aspiring celebrity chefs to submit their online applications by 25 March via the MasterChef Singapore casting call site. “For the very first time MasterChef is coming to Singapore! And we are looking for the best, brightest and tastiest chefs that the ‘Little Red Dot’ can muster – all of whom will battle it out in the MasterChef kitchen to be crowned Singapore’s first ever MasterChef!” said the page.
Elton John will perform in Singapore in late 2019 as the British pop star brings his 50-year glittering career to a close with a 300-date world tour. According to a media release by local concert promoter 19sixtyfive on Friday (9 February), the singer will visit Asia in November and December next year with stops in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul as well. The “Farewell Yellow Brick Road” three-year tour will kick off in the US on 8 September 2018 and take place across five continents – North and South America, Asia, Europe and Australasia. ...
Singaporean singer Stefanie Sun Yanzi held a press conference on Friday (9 Feb) at the Arts House to promote her 13th album, "A Dancing Van Gogh". The 39-year-old singer also shared an anecdote about teaching her son to keep her pregnancy a secret before her official announcement. Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
Visitors can catch more than 60 extravagant lantern displays at the upcoming River Hongbao festival, which will return to The Float@Marina Bay from 14 to 24 February. The largest lantern display – named “Prosperous Nation Flourishing People” – measures 50 metres and 15 metres in length and height respectively, and is inspired by the Singapore skyline. Meanwhile, the tallest display stands at 18 metres in height and depicts the God of Fortune.
Star Awards 2018 will feature holograms. The upcoming Star Awards show is poised to become another memorable celebration for local Mandarin television with the addition of holograms. On Monday (5 Feb), Mediacorp’s Channel 8 gave a sneak peek at local stars Joanne Peh and husband Qi Yuwu, as well as Lin Nanxing and Bryan Wong getting ready for the show’s special segment, which will take place as part of the opening act.
Malaysian singer-songwriter Namewee delivered an exciting performance of viral hits, crude humour and more at his “4896” world tour on Saturday (3 February) at the The Star Performing Arts Centre. For the uninitiated, “4896” in Hokkien means “very powerful”, which is the feeling 34-year-old Namewee – a.k.a. Wee Meng Chee – was hoping to convey to his audience at his first-ever concert in Singapore.
New K-pop group IN2IT recently celebrated the first 100 days of their debut during a showcase in Singapore on Friday (2 Feb). Ahead of the showcase at SOTA, Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore met with the eight lively members for an exclusive interview. IN2IT took turns sharing how they would ask someone out on Valentine's Day and Malaysian member Isaac also shared who was his best language student. Follow Yahoo Lifestyle Singapore on Facebook .
Singapore singer Nathan Hartono will be releasing his first-ever Mandarin song entitled “爱超给电” on 7 February. According to a media release by Warner Music Singapore (WMS) on Monday (5 Feb), the latest song is the Mandarin version of his 2016 English single “Electricity”, and will be released exclusively via China’s Tencent Music Entertainment Group. The upcoming release is also one of five tracks to be featured in the 26-year-old’s full Mandarin EP, which is slated to drop later this year.
American hip-hop artiste Ms. Lauryn Hill will be headlining the Singapore International Jazz Festival 2018. Famously known as the female lead of ’90s hip-hop group The Fugees, American singer-songwriter Ms. Lauryn Hill will be performing in Singapore for the first time this April as part of the headlining act for the annual Singapore International Jazz Festival. The event will return to Marina Bay Sands from 6 to 8 April and will also see other acts such as English jazz-pop artiste Jamie Cullum and American singer Lalah Hathaway, the daughter of music icon Donna Hathaway.
The annual “Oscars” for Singapore’s Mandarin television industry will return on 22 April at the MES Theatre at Mediacorp. This year will see about 60 nominations across at least 10 categories, with stars Desmond Tan and Pierre Png as well as Zoe Tay and Rebecca Lim being nominated for Best Actor and Actress, respectively. Not forgetting the most popular artiste category, the 24th Star Awards will also see the return of the “Top Ten Most Popular Male/Female Artiste” award, which uses a voting system. ...
[UPDATE on Tuesday 6 February 2018, 11:18am: This show has been postponed until further notice. According to organiser LAMC Productions, the sudden change is caused by Schneider’s filming commitments]