17 Jan 2021

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BAGI memastikan pelanggan kekal berinformasi dengan perkembangan semasa dan terhibur di fasa Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) dan PKPB, Astro menawarkan akses tontonan komplimentari kepada rangkaian saluran beritadan saluran kanak-kanak, mulai hari ini hingga 26 Januari di platform televisyen dan Astro GO. 

Istimewa untuk generasi muda belia, mereka bakal disajikan dengan program-program dan kandungan hiburan kanak-kanak terhebat tanpa waktu batasan di saluran Cartoon Network (CH615 HD/CH 635), Nickelodeon (CH 616 HD/CH 636), Nick Jr. (CH 617) dan Boomerang (CH 619).

Program di saluran kanak-kanak termasuk Ben 10, The Powerpuff Girls, Adventure Time, We Bare Bears, SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, My Little Pony: Pony Life, Scooby-doo! Guess Who?, The Tom & Jerry Show, The Looney Tunes Show, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures, Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, Top Wings, Shimmer and Shine, Blue's Clues & You dan banyak lagi. 

Tambah menarik, pelanggan Astro juga akan terus kekal maklum dengan liputan berita-berita terkini dan hal ehwal semasa yang berlaku di dalam dan luar negara di rangkaian Berita Astro, kecuali saluran berita SKY News, sehingga 26 Januari. 

Akses komplimentari saluran Berita termasuklah CNN (CH511 HD/CH531), BBC World News (CH 512 HD/CH532), Al Jazeera English (CH513 HD/CH533), Channel News Asia (CNA) (CH515), Bloomberg TV (CH 517), CNBC Asia (CH516), ABC Australia (CH 518) dan Astro Awani (CH 501). 

Untuk mendapatkan maklumat lanjut mengenai akses tontonan komplimentari ini, sila layari www.astro.com.my.

Senarai saluran yang terlibat dengan tawaran tontonan komplimentari buat pelanggan Astro dalam tempoh ini adalah seperti berikut: 


Saluran Kanak-Kanak

Cartoon Network (Ch 615 HD/Ch635)
Boomerang (Ch 619)
Nickelodeon (Ch 616 HD/Ch636)
Nick Jr. (Ch617)

Saluran Berita

Astro Awani (Ch 501)
Bernama News Channel (Ch502)
CGTN (Ch503)
CNN (Ch 511 HD/Ch531)
BBC World News (Ch512 HD/Ch532)
Al Jazeera English (Ch513 HD/Ch533)
Channel News Asia (CNA) (Ch515)
CNBC Asia (Ch516)
Bloomberg TV (Ch517)
ABC Australia (Ch518)


[KREDIT: Astro]

16 Jan 2021

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ROALD Dahl’s The Witches, lovingly reimagined for the screen, brings us the kind-hearted Hero Boy in his quest to overcome diabolical witches, with help and support from Grandma and some friendly mice!

The movie will debut in Malaysia exclusively on HBO GO and On Demand on Astro on Friday, 29 January for fans to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to create this visual movie masterpiece!


#1. Vintage Charm

The movie takes viewers back to the simpler times of 1960s, long before the intrusive presence of handphones and other digital gadgets. While the location was moved from its original European setting to Alabama in the US, the nostalgic tone of the book was achieved with the beautiful floral prints on Grandma’s dresses, kitchenware sourced almost entirely from the Southern United States and the corner store with its comprehensive inventory of authentic foods and household items, including 300 period torches from a private collector. They were so successful that Octavia Spencer aka Grandma said it reminded her of her own grandma’s home!


#2. Old World Architecture

The antebellum style with its bold Southern grandeur was heavily featured in the Grand Orleans Imperial Island Hotel where most of the story unfolds, with huge pillars, large balconies, dormers and gables. For the Grand High Witch’s bedroom suite, the lavish spread of pink damask, gilded mirrors and oversized wall lights evoked the rich feel of European royalty.


#3. Iconic Fashion Style

Well-dressed and glamorous, the witches are a sight to behold, with not a single wart in sight. Naturally, Anne Hathaway in the role of the Grand High Witch leads the pack with her beehive hair, heavy eye makeup and bold red lips. Her look pays tribute to the fashion icons of the 1960s, from Jackie O to Marilyn Monroe and Swedish-German supermodel Nena von Schlebrügge.

Similarly, the rest of the witches are styled with elegant gloves, perfectly matched outfits and smart shoes with perfectly coifed hair. It’s only thanks to one little boy and his loving grandma that we now know what those glamourous wardrobes hide!


#4. Prosthetic Power

Claws for fingers, toeless feet, hair of unrealistic proportions… to achieve all these dramatic looks, movie-makers had to call in the experts! A prosthetics team was responsible for creating and curating a range of looks and outfits to suit the escalation of the Grand High Witch’s evil plan. A total of six different looks were created just for Hathaway’s character, which included 17 bald caps, 22 pairs of “back of hands,” 198 finger extensions and eight pairs of feet. And that’s just for her! To complete the look for all 50 witches, the final count came up to 62 bald caps, 20 pairs of feet, 80 back of hand prosthetics and 350 finger extensions!

Fun Fact: The finger extensions kept sliding off the actors’ fingers during production, with some of them appearing in the most unusual places!


#5. Inner & Outer Beauty

In his books, Roald Dahl often draws parallels between a person’s inner and outer beauty, and it’s no surprise that this is also true in the portrayal of witches. While they all look strikingly beautiful, they hide darkness within and to reflect the darkness and evil of the Grand High Witch, her initially glamourous look gradually gets darker and darker. Even her wig, thanks to some extreme back-combing, gives the appearance of horns when viewed from the side! As Grandma says, “Evil. There’s no other way to describe them. Pure, unvarnished evil. That’s what witches are.”

Fun Fact: Anne Hathaway, who plays the Grand High Witch, grew up reading Roald Dahl books and loves how he respects the way children feel. Well, she’s played her role so well that children are sure to feel absolutely terrified!


#6. Pandemic Pains

Kristin Chenoweth, who played the mouse Daisy, was locked down in New York City while shooting was in progress. Since she couldn’t be on set, her boyfriend took matters into his own hands and transformed her closet into a studio, with her computer, tablet and handphone connecting her to the director, producers and animators so they could discuss her character and how she would bring Daisy to life, so that the animators could draw it in.


#7. “Dos theez sound rhight?”

Originally, the Grand High Witch was supposed to have a Scandinavian accent but Hathaway found it really difficult to create an intimidating presence with its light, musical quality. Instead, she went further back and discovered Old Norse, which hit the right notes when it came to sounding big, scary and dramatic. Even her fellow actors enjoyed it, with Stanley Tucci finding it extremely entertaining.


#8. Best Buddies, On-Screen and Off

Unlike what witches think – that all kids deserve to be turned into mice and exterminated – Jahzir Bruno and Codie Lei Eastick demonstrated the best of childhood qualities by becoming fast friends! Apart from attending lessons together, they also hung out in the evenings after each day’s shoot concluded.


Download the HBO GO app from App Store or Play Store on your device or access HBO GO via Astro or at https://www.hbogoasia.my/. HBO GO is available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV, Samsung Smart TV - and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.

Astro On Demand is available to all customers via the Ultra box or the Astro GO app. Additionally, Astro Movie Pack customers can enjoy HBO Go access at no additional charge.


[CREDIT: HBO]















15 Jan 2021

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MALAYSIAN fans of Roald Dahl can breathe a sigh of relief as the highly-anticipated film, Roald Dahl’s The Witches, will finally be making its way to Malaysia premiering exclusively on streaming service HBO GO and On Demand on Astro on Friday, 29 January.

The release straight to HBO GO for this theatrical film will enable Malaysian viewers to enjoy the classic tale from the comfort of their own homes especially during these challenging pandemic times.

Reimagining author Dahl’s beloved story for a modern audience, Robert Zemeckis, the Oscar-winning director and master storyteller who gave us Forrest Gump, the Christmas classic The Polar Express, and the Back to the Future trilogy, the film tells the darkly humorous and heart-warming tale of a young orphaned boy who, in late 1967, goes to live with his loving Grandma in the rural Alabama town of Demopolis. 

As the boy and his grandmother encounter some deceptively glamorous but thoroughly diabolical witches, she wisely whisks our young hero away to an opulent seaside resort. 

Regrettably, they arrive at precisely the same time that the world’s Grand High Witch has gathered her fellow cronies from around the globe—undercover—to carry out her evil plans to turn the world’s children into mice.

The film stars Oscar winners Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer, Oscar nominee Stanley Tucci , with Kristin Chenoweth and award-winning comedy legend Chris Rock.  Newcomer Jahzir Kadeem Bruno also stars as the brave young hero, alongside Codie-Lei Eastick.

To fully bring Roald Dahl’s The Witches to life, Zemeckis is joined by a world-class team of filmmakers, including Alfonso Cuarón, Guillermo del Toro and Kenya Barris who bring a fresh sense of humour along with warmth and the unexpected to the film which is sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.

Download the HBO GO app from App Store or Play Store on your device or access HBO GO via Astro or at https://www.hbogoasia.my/. HBO GO is available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV, Samsung Smart TV - and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.

Astro On Demand is available to all customers via the Ultra box or the Astro GO app. Additionally, Astro Movie Pack customers can enjoy HBO GO access at no additional charge.

[CREDIT: HBO]


































14 Jan 2021

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PELAKON Emma Maembong mengesahkan dirinya positif Covid-19 biarpun tidak mengalami sebarang gejala virus tersebut.

Perkongsian tersebut dilakukan Emma atau nama sebenarnya, Fatimah Rohani Ismail, 29, di laman Instagramnya pada Khamis.

Menerusi sebuah video berdurasi 41 saat yang dimuat naik, pelakon drama Cemburu Seorang Perempuan itu berkongsi detik ketika membuat ujian calitan Covid-19 yang dikendalikan sebuah klinik di kediamannya.

“Buat ujian calitan di rumah bersama kumpulan Megaklinik Zahran. Sangat bagus dan profesional. Mereka boleh datang ke rumah dan lakukan ujian.

"Saya tiada apa-apa simptom tapi keputusan ujian calitan positif. Jadi, walaupun rasa sihat, buat sahaja ujian calitan sebab kita tidak tahu ada atau tidak virus tersebut dalam diri kita,” tulisnya pada kapsyen.

Emma juga sempat menitipkan pesan kepada orang ramai agar sentiasa menjaga diri dan mematuhi prosedur operasi standard (SOP) yang ditetapkan pihak berwajib.

Tidak hanya Emma, suaminya, Shazli Azhar, turut disahkan positif virus tersebut. Bagaimanapun, Emma meluahkan rasa syukur apabila cahaya mata sulungnya, Shariq Gabriel yang berusia tiga bulan tidak dijangkiti apabila mendapat keputusan dalam ujian calitan yang dibuat.

Semoga Emma cepat sembuh dan mendapat rawatan sebaiknya. Kita jaga Kita! Sama-samalah kita mematuhi SOP yang ditetapkan kerajaan agar dapat segera memutuskan penularan Covid-19 dalam komuniti dan negara.


[KREDIT: Instagram Emma Maembong]

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BERIKUT merupakan kenyataan rasmi daripada Datin Noor Kartini berhubung kontroversi Menu Daging Harimau Menangis yang dijelaskan dalam sidang media pada hari ini, Khamis, 14 Januari 2021.


"Asalamualaikum semua, saya ingin berterima kasih kepada sahabat media yang sudi meluangkan sedikit masa hari ini berkenaan isu daging harimau menagis yang sedang tular di media sosial.

"Saya ingin memohon maaf dan sedar akan kekhilafan yang telah terjadi dan saya berharap keputusan yang saya buat hari ini dapat menjelaskan dan meredakaan keadaan.

"Untuk maklumat semua, saya membuat keputusan untuk membatalkan permohonan trademark nama Harimau Menangis dengan secepat yang mungkin.

"Tujuan asal saya memohon trademark ini adalah hanya untuk melindugi jenama perniagaan dan juga untuk melindugi ejen-ejen jualan kami dari masalah produk tiruan.

"Sesunguhnya, tiada niat saya untuk menutup pintu rezeki sesiapa dan saya percaya rezeki kita masing-masing datangnya dari Allah SWT.

"Dengan penjelasan ini saya harap isu ini telah selesai dan tidak perlu lagi dipanjangkan. Saya juga ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk mendoakan kesejahteraan dan keselamatan semua sepanjang tempoh PKP ini. Stay safe dan terima kasih."


Dengan penjelasan ini, maka selesailah kontroversi Daging Harimau Menangis yaa.. Semoga isu ini tidak dipanjangkan lagi.

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PENYANYI tersohor yang sudah meraih pelbagai anugerah, Dayang Nurfaizah akan melancarkan album studionya yang kesembilan dan dijudulkan sebagai Belagu

Dipetik dari perkataan dalam dialek Melayu Sarawak, Belagu membawa maksud menyanyi dan album itu dibarisi lagu Melayu klasik malar segar.

Album yang hadir dengan lapan buah lagu ini mengetengahkan intrepretasi segar Dayang Nurfaizah dan disempurnakan dengan susunan dan gubahan muzik oleh penerbit tersohor, Aubrey Suwito.

Lagu Tudung Periuk bakal menjadi trak pertama daripada album itu yang akan dilancarkan kepada umum.

Menurut Dayang, pemilihan Tudung Periuk sebagai lagu pertama adalah kerana kemahsyuran lagu itu di kalangan orang Melayu sejak dahulu lagi.


“Liriknya yang begitu puitis disempurnakan lagi dengan melodi yang mengasyikan, Tudung Periuk cukup jelas mempamerkan esen muzik tradisional Melayu. 

"Kami melancarkan lagu ini terlebih dahulu sebagai pembuka kepada semua peminat supaya mereka tahu apa yang bakal kami sajikan kepada mereka sepenuhnya apabila album ini dilancarkan sepenuhnya kelak. 

"Jika mereka sukakan Tudung Periuk pastinya mereka akan sukakan suntikan segar pada lagu-lagu di dalam Belagu," katanya.


Akui Dayang, keistimewaan yang mahu diketengahkan oleh Belagu tidak hanya pada susunan muziknya namun juga pada proses rakamannya sendiri.


"Dayang mahu mengalami sendiri bagaimana merakamkan lagu dengan iringan muzik secara langsung lantas mencetus idea untuk dia ‘membawa’ studio rakaman ke ruang yang lebih besar," jelas Dayang. 


Proses rakaman yang disempurnakan dalam masa dua hari, diiringi pemuzik-pemuzik hebat di bawah pimpinan Aubrey Suwito. Belagu meletakkan harapan agar lagu-lagu Melayu klasik akan terus segar.


"Menerusi Belagu, Dayang mahu memperkenalkan semula lagu Melayu klasik kepada generasi muda dalam bentuk yang lebih ringan dan segar. 


"Lagu Melayu klasik sudah punya ritmanya sendiri, bait lirik yang cukup indah dan begitu juga cara penyampaiannya. 

"Kami ada menyuntik kelainan pada persembahan lagu-lagu ini tetapi keaslian melodinya masih dikekalkan," katanya. 


Belagu
 diterbitkan oleh syarikat milik Dayang Nurfaizah sendiri DN & AD Entertainment  dengan kerjasama Kementerian Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia dan diedarkan oleh Universal Music Malaysia.

Tudung Periuk boleh didengari sekarang di semua platform digital seperti Spotify, iTunes, KKBox, Deezer, Joox dan juga Apple Music bermula 15 Januari ini.


Manakala album Belagu edisi digital akan dilancarkan pada 12 Febuari. ‘Pre-order, pre-add, pre-save’ di semua platform digital sekarang!


Belagu disempurnakan dengan lapan trak:

1.         Tudung Periuk

2.         Jikalau Abang Merindu

3.         Tak Seindah Wajah

4.         Malam Ku Bermimpi

5.         Gurindam Jiwa (Duet Bersama Hael Husaini)

6.         Tari Tualang Tiga

7.         Di Kirim Jangan Dipesan Jangan

8.         Kenang Daku Dalam Doa Mu


Untuk maklumat terkini berkaitan Dayang Nurfaizah, sila layari:
https://instagram.com/dayangsayangkamu
https://www.facebook.com/DayangNurfaizah2007/
https://twitter.com/DayangNurfaizah


[Kredit: Universal Music Malaysia]