By AARON DE SILVA
CNA Luxury: A bevy of stars descended upon Robertson Quay and the STPI on Thursday evening (Nov 14) for the opening of Cartier’s Clash de Cartier Studio pop-up. South Korean actor-singer Ji Chang-wook headlined the evening, while Mediacorp Artistes Rebecca Lim, Rui En, Sheila Sim lent further stardust.
It’s a feeling that Rui En can empathise with. “I tend to be kind of chor lor [rough around the edges], unglam, awkward and clumsy in private. When I’m at an event like this, I’ve got to rein that in!” she shared. “I find that I have infinite sides to my personality. I can be a rather complicated person, and the Clash de Cartier collection reflects that.”
Citing Avril Lavigne as a major influence on her teenage sensibilities, Rui En shared about going through a punk phase in her teens. “I fancied myself an emo punk rocker. I [had] all the studs and chains. This jewellery is a grown-up, more expensive version of that!”
Source: CNA Luxury
By May Seah
RBKD: CNA Lifestyle has reported that Flapper, the canine actor from “Sudden (2013)”, has passed away at the age of 12, succumbing to lymphoma.
Source: CNA Lifestyle
By AARON DE SILVA
RBKD: Rui En & Fann Wong each gets a mention with one paragraph each. Only Rain & the Mediacorp artistes were interviewed.
In CNA’s own words: “Despite Rain’s megawatt presence, the biggest cheers of the night were reserved for Rui En, whose fans had set up camp on both sides of the red carpet. Known as the RBKD, they held banners and chanted loudly upon catching sight of their idol.”
Mediacorp publications 8 DAYS and i-Weekly will move to become digital-only, and will have their last print editions at the end of September this year.
Singapore Press Holdings plans to divest its 20 per cent stake in Mediacorp TV (which owns Channels 5, 8 and U and Mediacorp Studios) and 40 per cent stake in Mediacorp Press, the publisher of the Today newspaper, for $18 million, the firm said on Friday (Aug 25).
SPH expects to record a writedown of about $31 million in its books. The deal is likely to be completed at the end of September.
The deal comes 12 years after SPH purchased the stakes as part of a media industry asset consolidation in 2005. During the consolidation, SPH transferred a TV channel to Mediacorp and took a 20 per cent stake in Mediacorp TV.
SPH also merged its free newspaper Streats with Today, and invested in a 40 per cent stake in Mediacorp Press.
As part of the deal announced on Friday, Mediacorp will also stop publishing any soft copy or computer-readable format of Today that has the look and feel of a hardcopy version of the newspaper, for a period of five years.
RBKD: In IMDA’s report released on Thursday (Aug 24), it said the PACs (Programme Advisory Committees) noted greater diversity in drama themes, with some featuring subject matters that were topical, educational and even taboo. For example, The Strength Within by Vasantham covered mental health issues – a topic rarely explored in Tamil dramas, IMDA said.
It also noted that previous concerns on the “over-reliance on dark themes” such as vengeance and revenge in Tamil storylines have been addressed “with an injection of greater thematic diversity”.
Peace and Prosperity (Channel 8) was also highlighted for its inclusion of multi-racial characters which “resulted in a more balanced portrayal of Singapore society”, IMDA said.