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A new column with interviews by cultural provocateurs on theatre, art and everything in between.

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POPBITE: 6 Questions with Contemporary Dancer, Matthew Koon

Contemporary dancer Matthew Koon was in Singapore recently to perform during Women’s Fashion Week. Matthew first broke into the dance scene for being the first Chinese boy to play the leading role Billy Elliot in the West End production of Billy Elliot: The Musical at the age of 12. Having won the Young Ballet Dancer…

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Footloose (2011): It’s Time to Cut Loose

After Fright Night’s success at the box office, we are now less hesitant in watching remakes. Add another new movie to your ‘remakes’ list, guys. Here comes Craig Brewer’s version of Footloose. Footloose is the remake of Herbert Ross’s 1984 iconic classic starring Kevin Bacon and Lori Singer. But no, it’s not a bad remake.…

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The Thing (2011): Sleep Inducing

If people have been asking you “What thing is this The Thing?” (we are in Singapore after all, so let’s forgive the english), then your reply should be: “It’s Nothing.” Let’s face it, remakes are hard to do. The trick is to follow the original film as closely as you can and interpret it in…

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Movie Review | Real Steel

I gotta admit that upon seeing the trailer, I wasn’t entirely sold. Certainly NOT a Transformers rip-off, Real Steel is much more than just brawling robots. It’s a film with heart and loads of soul. After plenty of rom-coms and family satires under his belt, Shawn Levy impresses us with this sci-fi gem which just might…

Band To Watch Out For: Graffiti6

I enjoy discovering new music from time to time and this band that i’m going to unveil is so good (in my point of view) that it will be such a waste if i don’t share it with my Popspoken readers! Introducing Graffiti6, a duo from London who began collaborating since 2008. Graffiti6 is made…

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Fright Night (2011) – Vampires are Scary again

Remakes are hard to do. Story focus, character alignment and even special effects have to be thought out extra carefully. It’s impossible to avoid comparisons and the hordes of die-hard original fans that come with them. Thankfully, there isn’t much to complain about Craig Gillespie’s take on Tom Holland’s 1985 vamp flick cum cult classic  Fright…

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Audi Fashion Festival 2011: What We Didn’t Tell You About The Other Womenswear Fashion Week

Since Women’s Fashion Week is coming this October, we thought what better time to recap the ready-to-wear womenswear fashion week in Singapore! Audi Fashion Festival was held in May and featured stunning collections, from Singapore stalwart alldressedup to regional label Greyhound and international ready-to-wear from Emanuel Ungaro. As we were doing our coverage, there was…