The Government is banning all mentions of “MERDEKA” from ads barely a few days away from National day


As this year’s national day draws closer, the nation has been a troubled one. In the latest bit of weirdness to come about this week, is an email sent from the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Comission (MCMC) forbidding the use of the word “MERDEKA” and the number 58 on national day materials. This includes further omitting the word and the number from campaigns and ads; as the email is addressed to brands and media.

The actual email can be read below:


As far fetched as it appears, the email is definitely legit, as investigated by CILISOS. We don’t quite know what has prompted this very sudden move from the government but it sure is an unsettling one. There is a possibility the move is in regards to be more sensitive towards Sabah and Sarawak, as they have a different independence day than the rest of the nation.

But we still feel something is amiss considering this is still very sudden, but we can only cross our fingers that the reason isn’t particularly bad one.


Star Trek the Cruise with the host William Shatner is set to sail in 2017


A new Star Trek cruise was announced by Entertainment Cruise Productions, a company specializing in themed ocean liner cruises. Soon to embark on 9 January 2017 from Miami, the six-day, six-night voyage will allow fans to experience Star Trek while touring the Gulf of Mexico and Bahamian islands. This is held in celebration of 50 years anniversary of the franchise next year.

The cruise line is now taking reservations for its 2200 passenger journey from Florida to Cozumel to the Bahamas. Guests will be able to enjoy a wide variety of Star Trek-themed activities and in addition of rubbing elbows with some of the biggest names in the Star Trek franchise such as William Shatner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Robert Picardo, Denise Crosby, and John de Lancie.


The ship’s interior will be redecorated with the Star Trek theme and the crew will be sporting the uniforms of Starfleet in order to make this as immersive an experience as possible for fans. Fans will able to hang out in Ten Forward, Club 602, and Quark’s Bar while on board. Not only that, fans will be treated to various performances from the cast including “An Evening With William Shatner,” the Frakes and Sirtis collaboration “Love Letters,” a tap dancing exhibition by Crosby, Q’s Masquerade Ball (hosted by John de Lancie), and a concert that will be held by Deep Space Nine’s own Vic Fontaine, James Darren.

Tickets for Star Trek: The Cruise can be purchased here starting from $995 (RM$4170) per person.

Source: Entertainment Cruise Production

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We review/rant about the new Attack on Titan live action movie

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As most of you might know, the Shingeki no Kyojin/Attack on Titan live action movie has hit cinemas and we were fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to attend the premier. Our intrepid writer Cheryl was on-hand to witness what is a hugely awaited adaptation to very successful manga and anime. So what did she think about it? Well you’ll have to check out her (really long) video review/rant and find out. Be warned though, this is no spoiler free review and it does take a bit of time to watch so only click on it if you’re prepared. Till then enjoy!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 synopsis is out


ABC has recently unveiled the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3 synopsis.

From the synopsis, it sounds like Agent Coulson and the Secret Warriors will have to take on the Inhumans. Not only that, other threats like Constance Zimmer’s unnamed character is also looming in the background. Matthew Willig (Dexter) will be portraying the Inhuman Lash who formed a shaky alliance with Constance Zimmer’s character to fight Agent Coulson in the upcoming season.


The synopsis in verbatim:

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for an action-packed third season, with Director Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and Agent Daisy Johnson (Chloe Bennet) leading the charge as S.H.I.E.L.D. searches the world for more powered people in the aftermath of their epic battle with Jiaying and her army of Inhumans. However, Coulson and the team soon find out that they are not the only group looking for these new Inhumans.

Many months after their war with a rogue group of Inhumans, the team is still reeling. Coulson is again trying to put the pieces of his once revered organization back together while also dealing with the loss of his hand. His confidante and second in command, Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), has yet to return from an impromptu vacation with ex-husband Andrew (Blair Underwood); deadly superspy Agent Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) is recovering from her traumatic torture at the hands of Grant Ward (Brett Dalton); Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) is obsessed with discovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge); and all are on high-alert for the next move from Ward and Hydra. Ever since the existence of Super Heroes and aliens became public knowledge after the Battle of New York, the world has been trying to come to grips with this new reality.

Coulson assembled a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement and Logistics Division). S.H.I.E.L.D.’s mission: to protect those who cannot protect themselves from threats they cannot conceive. But bigger threats loom ahead, setting the stakes even higher for the Agents, including the spread of Terrigen, an alien substance that unlocks superhuman abilities in select individuals; the emergence of new Inhumans who cannot yet control nor understand their powers; the rise of a new government organization that will go toe-to-toe with S.H.I.E.L.D.; the unknown properties of the massive alien Kree monolith, which has taken one of their own; and the constant threat of a rebuilt Hydra terrorist organization under S.H.I.E.L.D. traitor Grant Ward, who is making it his personal mission to take down Coulson and S.H.I.E.L.D.

New faces, both friend and foe, will join the series, including the no-nonsense, highly-skilled and somewhat mysterious leader (Constance Zimmer) of the ATCU (Advanced Threat Containment Unit), her intimidating partner, Banks (Andrew Howard), Lash (Matthew Willig), a monstrous Inhuman whose loyalties remain ambiguous, and new Inhuman Joey (Juan Pablo Raba), who is struggling to harness his newfound abilities, among other surprising characters. Coulson, with the help of Daisy and Mack (Henry Simmons), will work to slowly assemble a team that is stronger than ever before, combining the highly skilled Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. with powered individuals in the hopes of protecting the innocent in a world where the balance of power is ever-shifting, and new dangers are constantly emerging.

The series will return air on 29 September this year.

Source: SpoilerTV

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Vinland Saga set to make an important announcement soon

The announcement page

The popular seinen manga series Vinland Saga/ヴィンランド・サガ will have a new announcement coming October this year.

Vinland Saga is written by mangaka Makoto Yukimura (Planetes) since April 2005 in Weekly Shonen Magazine before it moves to Monthly Afternoon magazine. So far, 16 tankubon volumes of the historical fiction manga are already out and it is vastly popular with Japanese and foreign manga fans alike. Commercially, it has sold about 1.2 million copies for its first five volumes as of June 2008 and has appeared a few times on the Taiyosha top ten best selling manga list.

The series was nominated for the 2008 Manga Taisho award, winning the Grand Prize for manga section in Japan Media Arts. It also clinched the top Best Manga in 36th Kodansha Manga Award too. Highly praised for fluid action and its historical setting, fans have been waiting for the day an anime adaptation of the series will happen. Now, with this announcement, the hopes are high but fans cautious too, since such last announcement was just a story teaser.

Now we can only hope this brutal and intense manga series will be adapted by Production I.G. or ufotable with high production values. We can dream about it, right?

Source: Animeland mag & Yara On

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Here’s some updates on War of the Planet of the Apes casting

DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - 2014 FILM STILL - Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader of the ape nation in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES.Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication. -- film still
DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES - 2014 FILM STILL - Caesar (Andy Serkis) is the leader of the ape nation in DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Not for sale or duplication. -- film still

Photo credit: WETA TM and © 2014 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.

The filming of War of the Planet of the Apes will begin this October after human casting has been finalized by 20th Century Fox.

Gabriel Chavarria
Gabriel Chavarria

For now, it is confirmed that Gabriel Chavarra will be playing a key role in the third movie. The actor debuted in 2007 with Freedom Writers and had appeared in shows like East Los High and Aquarius. Another notable project that he is involved with is called Low Riders under Universal Studios. War of the Planet of the Apes will be directed by Mark Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Cloverfield) based on Mark Bomback’s (The Wolverine, Insurgent) script. The director hints on what is coming to Caesar (Andy Serkis) in this movie:

The first one is sort of how [Caesar] goes from humble beginnings to becoming a revolutionary. In ‘Dawn,’ he really rose to occasion of becoming a leader in really challenging and difficult times. The notion of what we’re after with the third is to sort of continue that trajectory and see how he becomes a seminal figure in ape history. He almost becomes sort of like an ape Moses. A mythic status… We’re trying to play out those themes and continue to sort of explore it in this universe. Exploring human nature under the guise of apes.

Serkis said the franchise could have more than three movies but he declines to elaborate further. The movie will set to monkey around in the cinemas on 14 July 2017.

Source: Deadline

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We might see Grand Moff Tarkin again in Rogue One

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Tch…Rebel scum

Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, dubbed as “one of the most formidable villains in Star Wars history” might make an appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. He was played by the late Peter Cushing and the actor passed away in 1994, aged 81 years old. But his character is still strutting his stuff on The Clone Wars and Rebel animated TV series, voiced by Stephen Stanton.

According to the Daily Mail’s rumour, the character will be recreated digitally to give a sense of continuity since he made an appearance in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977) and Rogue One‘s timeline takes place right before A New Hope. The source as quoted by the Daily Mail: “This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out.

Does it imply that we get to see Darth Vader in Rogue One too? Will the CGI re-creation pass the uncanny valley test?

We shall find the answers to the questions soon enough when the movie opens on 16 December 2016 in cinemas.

Source: Daily Mirror via Collider

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Live action movie of Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso on the way?


Japanese fans are buzzing excitedly about a possible live-action movie adaptation of Naoshi Arakawa’s Your Lie in April/四月は君の嘘 aka Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso or KimiUso for short. This is caused by a discovery of the registered  KIMIUSO-MOVIE.JP domain early this week by Toho, one of Japan’s major theatrical/distribution companies.

The manga ran from 2011 to 2015, being quite successful and winning the award for Best Shonen Manga at the 37th Kodansha Manga Awards plus a nomination for 5th Manga Taisho. Late last year, A-1 Pictures adapted it into a 22 episode anime series under the Noitamina slot by FujiTV. The sales of the anime Blurays and DVDs have been quite successful.

Anyway, this is the detailed information of the domain registration:

Domain Information:
[Registrant] TOHO CO., LTD.
[Name Server]
[Name Server]
[Signing Key]
[Created on] 2015/08/24
[Expires on] 2016/08/31
[Status] Active
[Last Updated] 2015/08/24 14:58:08 (JST)
Contact Information:
[Name] TOHO CO., LTD.
[Web Page]
[Postal code] 100-8415
[Postal Address] 1-2-1, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
[Phone] 03-3591-3511

Source: Yaraon

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Female lead for Gambit confirmed

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A few weeks ago we learned that the folks behind the Gambit movie were considering three well known actresses as the main female lead to star alongside Channing Tatum.

Deadline has recently confirmed that Lea Seydoux, who gained fame from being a Bond girl in Specter and starring in Blue is the Warmest Color, has been offered the lead female role. Seydoux was running against Mad Max: Fury Road‘s Abbey Lee and Rebecca Ferguson from Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation. However before testing could begin, Ferguson dropped out of the shortlist to pursue a lead role in DreamWorks’ adaptation of The Girl On The Train.

Lea Seydoux will be staring as Belladonna Boudreaux, Gambit’s lover and wife from the comics. The character eventually recieves powers of her own and takes over as the head of the Assassins Guild.

Gambit will be shown in cinemas on October 7, 2016.

via GeekTyrant

source Deadline

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Rickon Stark and Orsha returning for Season Six?


Rickon Stark (Art Parkinson) and Osha (Natalie Tena) the Wilding woman were spotted at the Ireland shooting set of Game of Thrones Season Six according to the Watchers on the Wall.

Here is the Instagram entry:

The last time these two appeared was in Season Three so HBO’s writers might want to do something with these two. In the novels, their fate is a mystery after they went to the island of Skagos and Davos Seaworth was tasked by Stannis Baratheon to retrieve them. However, the story might be different this time in Season Six.

So far, we know that Max von Sydow will play the role of Three-Eyed Raven, a Yoda-like mentor to Bran Stark and Ian McShane from Deadwood is cast in a limited, unknown role. Meanwhile, the directors confirmed for upcoming season are Jeremy Podeswa (Game of Thrones Season 5 “Kill the Boy” & “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”), Daniel Sackheim (The Americans), Jack Bender (LOST), Mark Mylod (Game of Thrones Season 5 “Sons of Harpy” & “High Sparrow”) and Miguel Sapochnik ( Game of Thrones Season 5 “Hardhome” & “The Gift”)

HBO plans to have 2 more seasons after Season Six and yes, the debate is still on if Jon Snow (Kit Harrington) will be alive or not. The latest rumour is the actor was spotted at Belfast airport so there is still a hope that Jon Snow will be alive.

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