Kuala Lumpur: “Cabaran paling susah buat konten video ini apabila saya perlu pastikan kedudukan dan gerakan sentiasa sama daripada baju pertama hingga terakhir untuk menghasilkan video lebih kemas,” demikian kata Noor Suhaili Mohamed Amin.
Noor Suhaili, 43, menghasilkan video trend tukar-tukar pakaian sekelip mata hingga meraih lebih setengah juta tontonan di aplikasi TikTok.
Menariknya, pencahayaan dinding yang menjadi latar belakang video terbabit turut bertukar seiring dengan warna tema pakaian dipakai wanita itu.
Ibu kepada tiga cahaya mata itu berkata, dia menggunakan sembilan pasang busana kurung moden dan kebaya songket dalam pelbagai warna.
“Saya mula membuat persiapan sejak empat hari lalu termasuk memilih dan menggosok baju serta tudung.
“Dalam video itu, saya menggayakan sembilan pasang baju kurung moden, kebaya songket dalam warna merah, biru, kuning, ungu, hijau, merah jambu, hitam dan putih.
“Pada minit-minit terakhir, saya sempat selitkan momen meniup lilin kek sempena hari jadi saya ke-43 tahun semalam untuk dijadikan kenangan,” katanya ketika dihubungi Harian Metro.
Menurutnya, dia mengambil masa empat jam bagi menyiapkan rakaman serta menyunting video sebelum memuat naik di platform TikTok, malam tadi.
“Rakaman itu saya buat petang semalam dengan dibantu anak sulung sebagai pengarah sebelum saya sunting sendiri menggunakan aplikasi CapCut.
“Lampu latar bertukar mengikut tema warna baju itu pula saya gunakan ‘spotlight’ pelamin,” katanya yang mengusahakan butik pengantin Sanggar DF Astarina milik keluarganya di Gombak.
Noor Suhaili berkata, dia tidak menyangka idea kreatifnya itu diterima dan menceriakan 82,000 pengikutnya di TikTok.
Menurutnya, dia digelar pengikutnya sebagai auntie tukar-tukar baju kerana sejak Mei lalu, dia rajin membuat konten trend tukar-tukar baju.
“Saya menggunakan cara itu untuk menghiburkan hati sendiri dan menghilangkan tekanan kerana tidak dapat membuka operasi perniagaan akibat Covid-19.
“Tidak sangka, usaha kecil saya itu membuatkan orang lain pun terhibur,” katanya.
SPENCER Elden, bayi yang menghiasi gambar kulit album ‘Nevermind’ kumpulan terkenal Nirvana membuat tuntutan berjumlah RM630,000 daripada band rock tersebut.Ini kerana menurut laporan BBC, dia mendakwa bahawa gambar yang digunakan oleh Nirvana pada tahun 1991 itu menyalahi undang-undang dan tanpa mendapat persetujuan.Kata Elden, tuntutan tersebut dibuat atas kesalahan eksploitasi kanak-kanak kerana memperlihatkan gambarnya dalam keadaan berbogel.
Dia yang kini berusia 30 tahun turut mendedahkan, ibu bapanya juga tidak pernah menandatangani sebarang perjanjian bagi membenarkan gambarnya itu digunakan pada album.Bagaimanapun, gambar bayi yang tidak diseksualkan secara amnya tidak dikategorikan sebagai pornografi kanak-kanak di bawah undang-undang Amerika Syarikat (AS).Namun, peguam Elden, Robert Y. Lewis, berpendapat, kepingan dolar AS yang turut ditampilkan dalam gambar itu menampakkan bayi itu kelihatan “seperti buruh seks”.Kes undang-undang juga menuduh bahawa Nirvana telah berjanji untuk menutup kemaluan Elden dengan pelekat, tetapi perjanjian itu tidak disahkan.Elden mendakwa identiti sebenarnya dan namanya sering terkait dengan eksploitasi seksual komersial yang dilaluinya sebagai anak di bawah umur.Dia mendakwa melalui penderitaan dan akan terus mengalami tekanan seumur hidup susulan daripada hasil karya album itu termasuk tekanan emosi yang melampau dan kekal serta gangguan kepada pembesarannya dan kemajuan pendidikannya serta memerlukan rawatan perubatan dan psikologi.Untuk itu, dia menuntut ganti rugi sekurang-kurangnya AS$150,000 (RM630,000) daripada setiap seorang 15 defendan yang turut melibatkan anggota band yang masih hidup Dave Grohl dan Krist Novoselic; pengurus ladang Kurt Cobain; Bekas isteri Cobain Courtney Love; dan jurugambar Kirk Weddle.
BEKAS vokalis kumpulan Exists, Mamat yang bakal mengadakan konsert reunion bersama anggota asal kumpulan itu 28 September ini ditahan polis selepas didapati positif mengambil dadah syabu.
Penyanyi lelaki berusia 41 tahun terbabit sebelum ini pernah diberkas polis sebanyak dua kali berhubung isu sama pada tahun 2009 dan 2011.
Dalam kes terbaru jam 11.30 malam kelmarin, Mamat atau nama penuhnya Mohd Ali Kamarudin ditahan selepas disyaki memiliki dadah jenis syabu di luar kawasan rumah kedai di Taman Perling di sini.
Penyanyi terbabit yang pernah menyertai program realiti Gegar Vaganza sebelum ini ditahan bersama seorang lagi rakan lelakinya.
Penyanyi terbabit sebelum itu dilihat dalam keadaan mencurigakan ketika menunggang sebuah motosikal Yamaha LC 135 di kawasan berkenaan.
Hasil pemeriksaan dilakukan, polis menemui peket berisi serbuk putih disyaki dadah itu di dalam dompet milik penyanyi terbabit.
Ujian saringan awal air kencing mendapati kedua-dua lelaki ditahan itu positif dadah.
Sementara itu Ketua Polis Daerah Johor Bahru Utara, Asisten Komisioner Mohd Taib Ahmad ketika dihubungi mengesahkan penahanan artis terbabit namun enggan mengulas lanjut.
Pada Mei 2017, Mamat pernar didenda RM1,000 oleh Mahkamah Majistret Johor Bahru selepas mengaku bersalah memasukkan methamphetamine ke dalam badannya pada 21 Mac 2011.
Dia diperintah menjalani pengawasan polis dan Agensi Antidadah Kebangsaan (AADK) selama dua tahun, manakala sekiranya gagal membayar denda, dia boleh dipenjara lima bulan.
Manakala pada 9 November 2010, Mamat ditahan sepasukan anggota polis dari Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Nusajaya memiliki barang curi iaitu sebuah motosikal jenis Yamaha LC 135 yang dilaporkan hilang di Tampoi, Johor Bahru.
Ketika ditahan, dia turut didapati positif dadah jenis methamphetamine.
Difahamkan Mamat dan rakanya ditahan reman tiga hari mulai semalam bagi membantu siasatan kerana memiliki dadah.
Kedua-dua mereka disiasat mengikut Sesyen 12 (2) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 dan Sesyen 15 (1)(a) Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952.
“Saya harap Safiey terus istiqamah dan bangkit kembali buat kali kedua serta buat keputusan nekad untuk berubah demi Allah SWT, Rasul dan ibu bapa.
Demikian kata-kata semangat pendakwah bebas, Wan Hilmy Wan Mohamed atau lebih dikenali sebagai Maulana Helmy, individu bertanggungjawab membawa penghijrahan usahawan kosmetik, Mohd Saifuddin Ilias, 25, kembali kepada fitrah sebagai lelaki sebelum ini.
Wan Hilmy berkata, bagaimanapun penghijrahan kali kedua adalah atas faktor keinginan Safiey sendiri yang mahu berubah ke arah kebaikan.
“Masyarakat kena sama mendoakan yang baik-baik terutama netizen dalam media sosial perlu komen perkara positif kerana untuk berubah bukan mudah.
“Safiey ini public figure yang kerap menjadi perhatian masyarakat, apa saja mengenai dirinya akan dimuat naik dalam media sosial, masyarakat kita pula tiada minda dakwah dan kurang bagi sokongan serta semangat,” katanya kepada Harian Metro.
Akuinya, penghijrahan pertama Safiey sebelum ini yang tidak kekal turut berpunca akibat dia tidak tahan menerima kecaman netizen.
“Semua perkembangan diri dikongsi dalam media sosial, malah ada orang kata dia gunakan penghijrahan berkenaan untuk lariskan perniagaan dan tunggang agama.
“Kami tidak pernah menghakimi dia sebegitu dan tidak akan menjauhkan diri sama sekali namun kali ini saya harap dia betul-betul istiqamah,” katanya.
Katanya, Safiey diberi Allah banyak kelebihan terutama kecantikan dan kekayaan, jadi dia kena terus istiqamah.
“Dua minggu lalu dia ada mesej saya untuk kembali berubah dan kelmarin (Sabtu), kami berjumpa di Lata Iskandar, Cameron Highlands.
“Saya mengetahui mengenai penghijrahan kali kedua ini daripada rakan yang memberitahu Safiey mula berubah, rambut sudah pendek dan tidak pakai pakaian wanita lagi,” katanya.
Ditanya adakah Safiey perlu menjauhi media sosial buat masa ini, Wan Hilmy berkata, Safiey tidak perlu berbuat demikian namun hanya perlu menjaga solat dan Allah akan membantunya.
Last month, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said those protesting against the staging of live concerts and events in Malaysia were only a small group of people.
“The people who protest are a minority. I think we should cater to the majority,” the prime minister told journalists during the launch of the Visit Truly Asia Malaysia 2020 campaign.
“But the majority must make their voices heard so that it doesn’t look like we are rejecting the people’s voices. It is not the people’s voices at all. It is just a group of activists who try to show that they are the majority in Malaysia. They are not.”
In response, an online petition on change.org (titled, Voice of Malaysian Arts, Live Festival and Events Community) has seen some 15,000 signatures collected so far, standing in solidarity with Dr Mahathir’s views on the issue.
Over the years, a number of live concerts featuring international acts were called into question by some quarters.
For instance, American pop star Selena Gomez’s maiden performance in Malaysia in 2016 faced opposition due to her sexy appearance initially. But the show went on smoothly eventually.
In 2013, American singer Kesha made headlines internationally when her Malaysian show was banned, saying it would hurt cultural and religious sensitivities.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said those protesting against the staging of live events are in the minority. Photo: Bernama
R Para, the president of Arts, Live, International Festivals and Events Association (Alife) – a non-profit organisation representing companies managing, presenting and promoting live events in Malaysia – also shares Dr Mahathir’s sentiments.
He tells StarLifestyle that music events, for instance, have the ability to draw tourists to the country.
“Besides visiting tourist spots, the new generation of travellers want to be immersed in once-in-a-lifetime experiences like seeing Ed Sheeran live in concert, for example. We see more countries in our region using music to boost tourism.
“The power of music is more effective than ever.”
Para adds live events contribute an estimated RM400mil to the local economy annually.
“When there is a live event happening in Malaysia, it doesn’t only benefit the artistes and the promoters. It benefits various industries like security companies, sound and light vendors, people selling merchandise, F&B operators, hotels and so forth.”
Despite some quarters calling for Gomez’s 2016 Malaysian concert to be cancelled, the show went on smoothly. Photo: Universal Music
Apart from bringing in revenue to the country, Para says holding live events have also helped groomed local talents in the process.
“There has been a lot of transfer of knowledge happening between our local production crew and the international team they’ve worked with over the years.”
Para hopes to see more live events in Malaysia. And for content that may not be suitable for younger audiences, instead of imposing a blanket ban, Para suggests authorities can introduce an age-based rating system.
“There may be material more suited for mature audiences featured in some events. Instead of a blanket disapproval on the foreign act, perhaps the event could be limited to audiences above the age of 18 or 21, for example.”
Our interview with the cast of Wizards Of Warna Walk has just ended and as lead actress Emma Sofea turns to her TV mother Carmen Soo to bid her farewell, she exclaims, “Bye mummy!”
Indeed, Emma and Soo, along with the rest of the cast Datuk Afdlin Shauki, Mia Sara and Idan Aedan have become very much like a real family.
After all, the quintet spent around two months on set playing a fictional wizarding family earlier this year in the Malaysian adaptation of the popular American series, Disney’s Wizards Of Waverly Place.
Set in Kuala Lumpur, the 14-episode Wizards Of Warna Walk chronicles the magical adventures of the peranakan D’Cruz family.
Mum and dad Jasmin (Soo) and Norman (Afdlin) are wizards who run a kopitiam, Little NyoNyum. Meanwhile, the kids, Amelia (Emma), Alissa (Mia) and Aiden (Idan), have to navigate between school life, being teenagers and learning to use their magical abilities responsibly.
During an exclusive interview with StarLifestyle, the cast spills the beans on what it took to land their roles, what went on behind the scenes on set and the challenges they faced bringing the show to life.
Talents far and wide
Three hundred and fifty. That’s the number of children who vied for the three spots to play the D’Cruz siblings.
As it was an open casting, kids from all walks of life were considered and mulled over by producers in the span of seven weeks.
Idan, 15, describes the casting process: “For me, besides acting, I was asked to sing and dance as well. There were a number of callbacks and at times, we would be grouped with different sets of ‘families’ and we’d go through a scene together.”
Arriving at a decision was no easy feat, especially for the part of the show’s lead Amelia – the same character in the American version that first catapulted pop phenomenon Selena Gomez to fame. At just 13, Emma, who had no prior showbiz experience, prevailed.
“We tested many girls for the role of Amelia, and as she is the anchor for the series, it was important that we cast someone that audiences across South-East Asia can relate to,” says Christopher Ho, The Walt Disney Company South-East Asia’s director of multi-platform programming services for media networks.
“We found Emma’s acting style to be very natural, and for someone with no formal acting experience, she really impressed us with her abilities and range.”
Seasoned comedian-turned-director Afdlin also sings her praises: “When I heard that this was her first time, I was like, ‘Are you for real?’
“Because she’s so comfortable on set. And as a director, you know if somebody is good or not. She’s really good.”
It’s been a while since Afdlin last appeared in front of the camera, focusing on directing and producing instead. He talks about returning to the spotlight: “Last year, I starred in (comedy-action film) Bikers Kental 2 and I caught the acting bug again.”
The 48-year-old was approached by producers to audition for the role, something he hasn’t done in a while.
“I grew up with Mickey Mouse. So it’s a childhood dream to be a part of Disney, and I thought, ‘Yes, of course, I’ll do the audition’.”
Incidentally, unknown to Afdlin, his real-life daughter Mia, had auditioned to be a part of Wizards Of Warna Walk earlier. “We didn’t realise we were doing the same show until later.”
Mia, who first forayed into showbiz in 2016, was initially nervous about auditioning.
“I would audition for a lot of things before but never get called back. When it happened, it felt like things are finally falling into place and all my hard work paid off,” says the 19-year-old.
Parents in fiction and in life
Soo, who played a hoity-toity socialite in the 2018 Hollywood blockbuster Crazy Rich Asians, inhabits the role of a caring mum this time around.
In real life, the 41-year-old actress just welcomed her first child last year.
After taking a year off to care for her daughter, she talks about getting back to work again.
“I started work again filming a Singaporean drama series and then I got this.
“So I was shooting two projects back to back. It was quite hard juggling my baby and my work,” recalls Soo, whose 18-month-old daughter was with her at Pinewood Studios, Johor, where Wizards Of Warna Walk was filmed.
Despite her busy schedule, the actress says she enjoyed being on the series, adding playing an on-screen mum even taught her a thing or two about being a mum in real life.
“As a new mum, it’s very interesting when I play this role. I look at my three teenage kids and I’m like, ‘OK, this is how it’s going to be.’ So it’s quite a learning experience for me.
“I actually talked to Afdlin on set quite a bit about parenting too like, ‘How do you talk to your daughter about this and that when she turned a certain age?’”
Being a father of two teens in real life, Afdlin certainly had no problems tapping into his paternal instincts for his character.
At one point in our interview, Afdlin turns to Mia and asks: “Am I different (as a father) in real life compared to on the show?”
Mia responds with a smile: “Yes. This is the first time I’ve worked full time with my dad and I discovered, usually, he’s very quiet but when he’s on set, he keeps telling me jokes and he plays music.”
Afdlin nods in agreement with his daughter’s observations, before adding: “One thing I’ve learned over the years is that you must keep the energy up during the shoot and have a playful mood because it’s long hours.
“I do it because if you alone are going strong but the rest are tired, it still doesn’t work. That’s why I always crack jokes on set.”
Afdlin’s fatherly nature naturally showed on set especially when his younger co-stars needed help.
“When someone forgets their lines and there’s like dead air, Afdlin would lighten up the situation and say something like, ‘If you were on an island, who would you bring with you?’ So then we would improv, which helps us a lot,” says Idan.
For the first time in forever
For its younger cast members, there’s always something new to uncover on the set of Wizards Of Warna Walk, especially for first-time actress Emma.
“I’ve never been on set. I’ve never filmed anything. Period. So when I first stepped on set, I was surprised.
“For example, the temperature on the set is actually quite cold,” she shares.
“I learned that it’s actually to keep the lights on set from heating up and exploding.”
Asked if she felt the pressure of playing the lead and filling Selena Gomez’s shoes, she responds: “The way Selena portrayed her character was obviously outstanding. She did an amazing job. For me, being a first-timer, I didn’t know what to expect but I felt I just had to believe in myself and that I can do it.”
One of the challenges of filming the series for the budding stars is having to act with computer-generated imagery (CGI).
“We’re not familiar with working with CGI. It’s important to listen to the visual effects crew who will tell us exactly where to stand and what to do,” Mia says.
Idaan adds: “At first, it was quite tricky but we eventually got used to it.”
Filming spanned two months. Idan and Emma, who are still in school, made sure their studies were still a priority throughout this time.
Idan is homeschooled and is tutored by his mum when he’s not filming while a teacher comes over and keeps Emma abreast on her studies on her day off.
Wizards Of Warna Walk marks the first time the original American series is getting a localised adaptation.
Disney’s move to churn out more localised content might have been spurred by the success of 2017’s Club Mickey Mouse, the Malaysian adaptation of American variety programme The Mickey Mouse Club.
In fact, Ho says Club Mickey Mouse is the No. 1 show on Disney Channel in South-East Asia.
He talks about choosing to adapt the series over other popular Disney shows like Hannah Montana and The Suite Life Of Zack & Cody.
“Our strategy is focused on what we believe will be the most appealing for individual markets across the region, and which stories will resonate locally.
“We tested several formats and Wizards was the top pick. More importantly, the show was popular with both boys and girls. The fantasy and comedy aspects, together with the family values that are core to the show, have universal appeal,” he explains.
To resonate with Malaysians, a significant amount of Bahasa Malaysia is incorporated into the script – including the use of pantuns! – besides featuring locally-composed music.
More than just the language, the series tries to capture the Malaysian way of life.
“In this show, we place a lot of importance on Asian values. So viewers will be able to see a lot of the common ways Asian parents discipline their children, for example,” Soo offers.
Beyond Malaysia, the series will also air in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines.
“It’s a dream come true. I’ve always wanted to work internationally and this is the first big step to get there,” Mia enthuses.
Well, anything’s possible. Just be sure to work your magic!
Malaysian actress-model Amelia Thripura Henderson was born from a Malaysian Indian mother and Scottish father, but that doesn’t not make her less Malaysian than anyone else in her country.
After representing Malaysia at the prestigious Asia Model Festival Awards (AMFA) in South Korea recently, the 23-year-old model shared the proud moment on her Instagram with the caption, “never forget where you come from”.
While most people in the comment section congratulated the “Cinta Non Grata” actress, a few netizens think that the actress is not worthy enough to represent Malaysia due to her mixed heritage.
“You’re not Malay, the Malaysian people should stand up to foreigners like you. You may be pretty, but you don’t represent Malay people,” read one comment.
The Malaysian actress then gave a long reply to the negative comment, and many people praised her for standing up for herself.
“I’m so sorry to see this comment coming from a fellow Malaysian. It’s 2019, in order to be stronger collectively as a country, we need to understand that we are diverse and multi-ethnic,”she wrote.
“Yes, I am not Malay, but I was born in Klang, Selangor, Malaysia, to a Malaysian mother and despite my father being a foreigner, I was raised in my country, I was educated in my country, I work in my country. Malaysia is my country just as much as it is yours and nothing makes me more proud and honoured than to represent my home.”
However, that’s not the only negative comment she received regarding her citizenship. Another user has accused her of being a Filipino (most probably due to her look).
“Why are you representing Malaysia? You are Filipino. I’m mad at foreign people and Filipino for representing Malaysia. Go represent your own country,” read the comment.
To which she replied, “I’m Malaysian. I was born here, I live here and I have a Malaysian ID and Passport.”
Malaysian actress and model Amelia Thripura Henderson has been honored the Malaysian model of the year at the 14th Asia Model Festival Awards (AMFA) 2019 in South Korea.
The award ceremony was held at the Olympic Hall in Seoul, South Korea, and was attended by many famous Korean celebrities including Han Seung Yeon, Kim Hye Yoon, Eum Joon Suk, (G)I-DLE, Stray Kids and former Wanna One members Park Ji Hoon and Lai Kuan Lin.
The 23-year-old Malaysian model was awarded the Star Model Award 2019 in the Malaysia category during the 3rd day of the Asia Model Festival.
“Thank you so much to the organizers for having me. It’s been such an honour and I’m incredibly privileged to represent my beautiful country Malaysia. So on behalf of everyone at home, I just want to say terima kasih and kamsahamida,” she said during her award acceptance speech.
Hosted by Stephanie, Kim Il Joong, and Song Hae Na, the prestigious festival was also attended by super model Amber Chia who presented the Fashionista Award to Ghanaian TV personality Sam Okyere and Korean actress Oh Na Ra.
According to the owner of a party store, the actress and TV is just that, unprofessional and with bad attitude to spare.
In a lengthy Facebook post uploaded earlier today that has since gone viral, the founder of Glowing Party House, Masviona Muhamad said the incident stemmed from the sponsorship of the chain supply party shop and balloon supplier for the MeleTop TV show which Neelofa co-hosts with Nabil Ahmad.
“Having worked with the production previously five or six times before, it was agreed we were to sponsor the balloon decor for an episode where they were celebrating a million Youtube subscribers on the show’s channel.”
Saying there had never been any negative incidents before, Neelofa’s entry into set this time was a painful experience.
“She entered the studio at 6.40pm, and upon seeing the decor, asked if it was for only the first segment or the entirety of the show.
“When she was told it would stay to the end, she insisted it be used only for the first segment, or a rearrangement of the decor had to be done as she did not want the balloons behind her, or at all in the programme if possible.”
Feeling slighted, Masviona said the hurtful remarks reflected Neelofa’s “bad attitude and no manners at all” since the sponsors were still in the midst of the final set-up.
However she said they complied with production’s request and switched the arrangement of the balloons to appease her, which obviously failed as she alleged Neelofa started pushing aside the balloons and moving the decor around midway through, visibly uneasy with the work of the company’s “master balloon artist”.
“If that wasn’t enough, she also asked the production crew to move the balloons while she was throwing aside the ones near her which made things look chaotic and worse than ever.
“It’s an insult to our art. Does she know out master balloon artist is a certified balloon artist that has spent effort, time and money to learn the art in Singapore, Australia and the United States?”
Complimenting co-host Nabil Ahmad for being the total opposite, she also said Neelofa even failed in her task to mention the sponsor appropriate when she called Glowing Party House — Glowing House Party.
Feeling the heat from Neelofa’s fans after the post went viral, Masviona uploaded another just two hours ago claiming it was within her rights as a sponsor to have expectations.