• 500 more tickets for fan meet with Kim Soo Hyun in Singapore

    Kim Soo Hyun at a recent fan autograph-signing event. (BNT News)Kim Soo Hyun at a recent fan autograph-signing event. (BNT News)

    By now, fans of Korean heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun should have marked their calendars for his fan meet in Singapore later this month.

    The star of hit K-drama My Love from the Star will be singing and playing games with fans at the event set for Sunday, 27 April, 7:30pm at Singapore Expo Hall 1.

    Those who haven’t already secured one of the 2,500 tickets released last month, though, could still try getting their hands on another batch of 500 tickets, released on Wednesday in response to demand.

    As an additional show of gratitude for the support of fans in the city-state, My Love from the Star promoter New Empire Media will conduct a draw from the ticket holders to choose 50 lucky fans who will get to exchange high-fives with Soo Hyun and also each receive a signed poster from him ahead of the event.

    The names of the fans will be unveiled two days before the big day on the websites for UnUsUaL Entertainment as well as Sistic.

    Tickets for Kim Soo Hyun's Asia Tour 1st Memories In Singapore fan

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  • Ho Jia Jian (left) and Derek Tan's Viddsee has hit 5 million viewers in just over a year (Photo: Viddsee)Ho Jia Jian (left) and Derek Tan's Viddsee has hit 5 million viewers in just over a year (Photo: Viddsee)

    In just a little over a year, the online short film portal Viddsee launched by two former National University of Singapore undergraduates has crossed 5 million unique viewers.

    Launch in Feb 2013, the site now has over 10 dedicated channels showcasing the work of film-making talents from Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand.

    Just last month, Viddsee signed a partnership with Yahoo to have a branded, dedicated channel within its entertainment portal to showcase the best content.

    “I have learnt that a well-told story can resonate very widely and very loudly,” says Singaporean filmmaker Daniel Yam of his breakout short film, "Gift", which was showcased on Yahoo's platform and has since travelled far and wide.

    “I did not expect the film to travel so widely on Viddsee, and certainly did not expect viewers from countries like Greece, Romania, Brazil, or Russia,” he adds.

    Viddsee’s co-founder Derek Tan, who met fellow film enthusiast and

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  • MAYDAY will rock the Padang at this year's Singapore Grand Prix (Photo: Yahoo Taiwan)MAYDAY will rock the Padang at this year's Singapore Grand Prix (Photo: Yahoo Taiwan)

    Asia’s biggest rock quintet MAYDAY (五月天) is the first headline act to be unveiled for this year's Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

    The award-winning band will perform on Friday, 19 September at the Padang stage during the F1 weekend.

    “Singapore holds a special place in our hearts and we are ecstatic to be performing for the very first time at the Singapore GP. We are looking forward to performing our celebrated hits and meeting everyone in Singapore. It will definitely be a spectacular night full of high energy performances and we hope to see you at the Padang Stage!” said the band in a statement.

    Widely dubbed as "The Chinese Beatles", the band has released eight studio albums and sold over eight million records in total since their debut 15 years ago.

    Over the years, they have received over 150 music awards, including Best Band for the Golden Melody Awards – Taiwan’s version of the Grammy Awards – in 2001, 2004, 2009 and 2012, the Global Chinese Music Awards and the CCTV MTV Music Awards.

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  • Local jazz singer Dawn Ho (centre) at the Mosaic Music Festival with her guitarist Munir Alsagoff (left) and percussionist Riduan Zalani (right), a former Yahoo Singapore 9 nominee. (Photo from Dawn Ho's Facebook page)Local jazz singer Dawn Ho (centre) at the Mosaic Music Festival with her guitarist Munir Alsagoff (left) and percussionist Riduan Zalani (right), a former Yahoo Singapore 9 nominee. (Photo from Dawn Ho's Facebook page)

    [UPDATE on Tuesday, 11 March at 6:20pm: Adding detail about alleged attacker resigning from company]

    A man who has been named by local jazz singer Dawn Ho for allegedly punching her at Sentosa on Sunday night has resigned from his company, said his former employer.

    In a statement posted as a comment on its Facebook page, Tadcaster Hospitality, the parent company of restaurant and bar The Exchange, announced that one of its marketing executives, Aaron Jeremiejczk, had resigned within the day, after news had emerged of his alleged attack on her.

    An initial statement from the company showed that Tadcaster was opening an investigation into the incident and putting him on suspension pending its outcome, as well as that of the police. Hours later, however, it posted the announcement in a follow-up comment on the same post.

    On Monday night, Ho wrote an account of the alleged attack on her Facebook page, saying she came away from it with a swollen face and a bleeding nose. In her status,

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  • Former Singapore Idol competition winner Sezairi Sezali will now be a judge of a local talent competition.


    Former Singapore Idol competition winner Sezairi Sezali will now be a judge of a local talent competition.
     
    Cornetto is organising a nation-wide talent competition, called the Ride to Fame, where the winner will get to be the opening act for American singer Taylor Swift’s concert in Singapore on 12 June.
     
    Sezairi will take a seat on the judging panel for the competition, and is also the ambassador for the competition.
     
    Interestingly, he was Taylor Swift’s opening act when she performed here in 2011. He recalled, “I stepped on stage and people thought I was Taylor Swift, and I got the biggest screams until they realised it was a guy on stage. But I relished that moment.”
     
    Sezairi, who is a recording artiste with Sony Music, will be one of the three judges for the talent competition, together with Julius Ng, managing director of Sony Music Singapore, and Hayden Bell, a Sony senior consultant.
     
    “I will know how Ken Lim feels now,” he quipped. However, he would not be taking any judging tips

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    Celebrity dog psychologist Cesar Millan does not believe that dogs are inherently aggressive.

    “Dogs don’t act like terrorists. ‘Okay let’s go and kill those people,’ that’s not how dogs work. It’s very easy to say a dog is aggressive, but what it is, the dog is territorial,” Millan told Yahoo Singapore on Friday over the phone.

    Millan, 44, was referring to the recent case of stray dogs assaulting service personnel at a military camp in Pasir Ris, where the Singapore Armed Forces subsequently suspended a personnel who had reported that a stray dog had been tied up because of his “aggressive” tendencies.

    Millan, also known as the “Dog Whisperer” after his hit TV show on National Geographic, said the dogs were probably being territorial, and suggested to remove the pack leader of the stray dogs.

    “Most of the time, dogs in the streets… there’s a pack. You need to identify the pack leader and remove that dog, and that’s it. They don’t have pack leaders, then they move.”

    “If I live in the

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  • “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and film director Mark Webb will be in Singapore to kick off this year’s Earth Hour next month. (Getty Images)“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and film director Mark Webb will be in Singapore to kick off this year’s Earth Hour next month. (Getty Images)

    Heads up, movie fans: “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and film director Mark Webb will be in Singapore to kick off this year’s Earth Hour next month.

    Hot on the heels of the announcement of Spider-Man's global ambassadorship for Earth Hour comes this initiative, as part of a partnership between Sony Pictures and Earth Hour organisers, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

    The action is slated to centre around Singapore’s hotshot Marina Bay area, which will be plunged into darkness from 8:30pm for an hour on Saturday, 29 March. Spiderman will make an "appearance" before the Hollywood stars countdown to the hour-long blackout at The Float @ Marina Bay.

    Why here? Earth Hour takes Singapore as its global headquarters, and since its first lights-off event in Sydney in 2007, now involves global landmarks across 7,000 cities and towns, as well as 154 countries and territories.

    “We’re so excited that our first Super Hero ambassador for Earth Hour will

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  • Dato Siti Nurhaliza will be back in Singapore for her first solo concert. (Hype Records)Dato Siti Nurhaliza will be back in Singapore for her first solo concert. (Hype Records)

    The long wait is over.

    Malay music’s most popular songstress Dato’ Siti Nurhaliza will stage her first solo concert in Singapore after six long years on 12 April.

    The princess of the Malay music scene last staged her solo concert in Singapore in 2008 and is adored by fans around the region. Siti shot to fame as a multiple-platinum selling artist after winning Malaysia's reality show Bintang HMI 1995 when she was only 16.

    Since her debut, the talented singer, songwriter, record producer, television presenter and businesswoman has garnered an unprecedented number of more than 200
    awards locally as well as internationally.

    Siti, 34, who married businessman Datuk Seri Khalid Mohammad Jiwa in 2006, is  Malaysia's most-influential and best selling artist, selling over 4 million albums to date.

    Tickets for her one-night concert at The Star Theatre at Buena Vista are priced between S$88 to S$198 and will go on sale at all SISTIC counters and via hotline 63485555 on Saturday 22 February 2014.

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  • Singapore deejays make 18-minute film for $150

    Singapore deejays Divian Nair and Dee Kosh have produced an 18-minute film for only $150.

    Singapore deejays Divian Nair and Dee Kosh (real name Darryl Koshy) have produced an 18-minute film for only $150.

    The film, “Candle”, was shot in two and a half weeks using a Canon 5D Mark III DSLR camera, and a cast and crew of 10 people. The $150 budget went to paying for props like bedsheets and flowers.

    The film also used lighting and microphones from 987FM, where the two deejays work. They also got the help of friends to help with additional photography, editing and sound design. One of the locations used in the film, Chillax Café, is owned by a friend.

    Described as “Singapore radio’s first short film”, the video was first posted on YouTube two days ago. It has since garnered over 67,000 views and gone viral on social media, .

    Speaking to Yahoo Singapore, Divian said, “We wanted to release it before Valentine’s Day but … we wanted to be more timeless and not just timed to Valentine’s Day. If you notice through the whole film, there is no strong mention of Valentine’s Day [except

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  • Selena Li believes she will find someone special soon. (Photo courtesy of Channel 5)Selena Li believes she will find someone special soon. (Photo courtesy of Channel 5)

    Hong Kong actress Selena Li doesn’t have a date this Valentine’s Day, but she’s confident that she’ll find someone special this year.

    The “To Grow With Love” actress told Yahoo Singapore in an email interview that she plans to just hang out with friends and go for a Mandarin class on Valentine’s Day this year.

    Even though she’s still single, Li said that she has a “good feeling” that she’ll find someone this year.

    But that doesn’t mean the former beauty pageant contestant is in a rush to find her Mr. Right.

    “Good things require patience,” said Li, adding that she believes that there is someone out there for her.

    On her impression of Singaporean guys, Li said that they are known to be honest.

    But she won’t look specifically for a boyfriend from the city-state, although Hong Kong and Taiwan stars such as Vivian Hsu and Charlie Young have recently tied the knot with Singapore men.

    “I believe in destiny,” said Li, adding that the nationality of her future boyfriend doesn’t matter.

    What

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