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Disney+ Hotstar launches June 1 in Malaysia, taps Astro

Image credit: Screenshot of Disney+ Hotstar site
Image credit: Screenshot of Disney+ Hotstar site

The magic of Disney+ Hotstar will cast its spell on Malaysia starting June 1, with a three-month subscription available for just RM54.90 (US$13.32).

The announcement comes less than two weeks after the season finale of “The Falcon and The Winter Soldier”, one of the Disney+ Originals that Disney+ Hotstar Malaysian subscribers will get to enjoy, as part of the over 800 films and 18,000 episodes of popular series from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic, FX, 20th Century Studios, and more. Apart from this international content, the streaming platform will bring Malaysian hits to subscribers, including popular Malaysian movies, TV series, and exclusive titles. Leading Malaysian content and consumer company Astro Malaysia Holdings Berhad has also been appointed as an official distributor of Disney+ Hotstar in Malaysia.

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Save the Children, save the world

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Save the Children, which is celebrating its 40th year in the Philippines, has named actress Liza Soberano as its newest ambassador.

The world’s leading independent children’s organization, Save the Children aims to give children a good start in life, protect them from violence and any other damage, and help them learn crucial skills. Soberano is known for using her social media platforms to support women and children’s rights, including joining forces with a senator to fight the online sexual exploitation of children.

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Play Something: Let Netflix decide for you

If you love streaming but find it hard to decide what to watch, stop scrolling and just let Netflix Play Something for you. Image credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash
Image credit: Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

If you love streaming but find it hard to decide what to watch, stop scrolling and just let Netflix Play Something for you.

That’s what Netflix Director of Product Innovation Cameron Johnson wants you to do, as he announced the launch of the streaming giant’s new Play Something feature in a blog post. Just hit the button, and Netflix will instantly take you to a series or film it knows you’ll love based on what you’ve previously watched.

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BTS Meal coming soon to a McDonald’s near you

With the BTS Meal, you can have fries with your K-pop. Image credit: McDonald's Philippines
Image credit: McDonald’s Philippines

With the BTS Meal, you can have fries with your K-pop. As part of a global partnership between McDonald’s and BIGHIT MUSIC, the label of BTS, McDonald’s Philippines has announced that the BTS Meal will arrive in the Philippines on June 18.

So what’s a BTS Meal? The hugely popular K-pop boy band’s signature order includes a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets, medium World Famous Fries, medium Coca-Cola, and Sweet Chili and Cajun dipping sauces inspired by popular recipes from McDonald’s South Korea. The BTS Meal, which will launch in the US on May 26, will be available on different dates depending on the country. For instance, South Korea will get it on May 27. Read on to find out when it will arrive in your country.

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Selena Gomez to host Global Citizen’s VAX LIVE concert

To inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, international advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World, hosted by Selena Gomez. Image credit: Global Citizen
Image credit: Global Citizen

To inspire vaccine confidence worldwide and help get COVID-19 vaccines to everyone, international advocacy organization Global Citizen has announced VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World on May 8 hosted by Selena Gomez.

“I’m honored to be hosting VAX LIVE: The Concert to Reunite the World. This is a historic moment to encourage people around the world to take the COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available to them, call on world leaders to share vaccine doses equitably, and to bring people together for a night of music in a way that hasn’t felt possible in the past year. I can’t wait to be a part of it,” said Gomez in a press statement.

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‘Seobok’: Gong Yoo, Park Bo Gum, and future of cloning

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Streaming in the Philippines on the same day as its theatrical release in South Korea, “Seobok” brings together Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum for the first time on screen for a philosophical tale about a dying human and an undying being. Billed as a sci-fi film, “Seobok” is actually a heartbreaking meditation on what it means to be human and what makes life worth living.

“Are you saying he’s a cloned human?” Gong Yoo’s character, a former intelligence agent named Ki Heon, asks one of the scientists. “I don’t know if we can call him human,” the scientist replies. “If potato roots sprout from a tomato plant, what should we call them?” Spoilers ahead.

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‘Godzilla vs. Kong’: Awesome monsters, awful humans

Billed as the long-awaited face-off between two icons, "Godzilla vs. Kong" is an epic clash of titans that you will enjoy. Just ignore the dumb humans and even stupider dialogue. Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures
Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures

Billed as the long-awaited face-off between two icons, “Godzilla vs. Kong” is an epic clash of titans that you will enjoy. Just ignore the dumb humans and even stupider dialogue.

Sure, I know some critics hate “Godzilla vs. Kong”, but what I’ve learned in life is that you should watch a movie and decide for yourself. Different people have different tastes, and some critics seem to insist on looking for depth even in movies that don’t need it. It’s Godzilla. It’s Kong. Two titans trying to beat the crap out of each other. Does it really matter what their motivation is? And as par for the course for the US reboot of Godzilla and the MonsterVerse as a whole, the humans are the weakest links. We just have to accept that this shared universe is populated by dumb, annoying people saying and doing cringe-worthy things, and just focus on the real stars of the show: Godzilla and Kong. God help you if you concentrate on Bernie and Jia.

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‘Gone’ MV: Beautiful song, beautiful BLACKPINK Rosé

The "Gone" MV is out, and it's a stunning showcase of the beautiful vocals and visuals of BLACKPINK main vocalist Rosé. Image credit: Screenshot of 'Gone" MV on YouTube
Image credit: Screenshot of ‘Gone” MV on YouTube

The “Gone” music video (MV) is out, and it’s a stunning showcase of the beautiful vocals and visuals of BLACKPINK main vocalist Rosé.

“Gone”, the second track from Rosé’s solo debut album “R” after “On The Ground“, had won over fans when YG Entertainment posted a “Coming Soon” teaser of the track on YouTube on Jan. 26 without revealing its title. Rosé then performed a sneak preview of “Gone” on Jan. 31 at BLACKPINK’s first livestream concert, BLACKPINK: THE SHOW. At her solo stage, YG Entertainment first showed video footage of what was apparently a “Gone” MV, before switching to Rosé performing an acoustic version of the song on stage and revealing the title of the track.

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AnimeJapan 2021: ‘Yasuke’, ‘Eden’ and more from Netflix

The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda ('The Way of the Househusband'), Marika Kohno ('Eden'), and Toshiyuki Morikawa ('Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness'). Image credit: Netflix
The AnimeJapan 2021 Netflix stage event featured voice actors (l-r) Kenjiro Tsuda (‘The Way of the Househusband’), Marika Kohno (‘Eden’), and Toshiyuki Morikawa (‘Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness’). Image credit: Netflix

“Yasuke”, “Eden”, “Record of Ragnarok”, “The Way of the Househusband”, and “Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness” were among the Netflix Original Anime Series showcased at this year’s all-virtual AnimeJapan 2021. Netflix announced the upcoming worldwide release of “Record of Ragnarok“, which is premiering in June. The streaming giant also revealed a new trailer and the launch date of “Eden” (premiering on May 27), as well as special artwork by Takeshi Koike, the character designer of “Yasuke” (premiering on April 29).

“We’re streaming about 40 new original anime titles on Netflix this year. This is close to double what we premiered last year; if there are 52 weeks in a year, this means we are streaming a new title almost every week,” Taiki Sakurai, Netflix, Chief Producer, Anime, said at the Netflix stage event at AnimeJapan 2021.

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‘The Suicide Squad’: Supervillains dying to save the world

Harley Quinn is back in "The Suicide Squad" -- and this time she's part of a bigger crew with some of the worst supervillains that Belle Reve has to offer. Image credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics
Image credit: Jessica Miglio/™ & © DC Comics

Harley Quinn is back in “The Suicide Squad” — and this time she’s part of a bigger crew with some of the worst supervillains that Belle Reve has to offer. And believe it or not, you can see John Cena in this movie.

Belle Reve is hell, and supervillains will anything to get out. Even join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X. Today’s do-or-die assignment? Assemble a collection of cons, including Bloodsport, Peacemaker, Captain Boomerang, Ratcatcher 2, Savant, King Shark, Blackguard, Javelin, and of course everyone’s favorite psycho, Harley Quinn. Then arm them heavily and drop them (literally) on the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

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Snyder Cut: Did Cyborg save ‘Zack Snyder’s Justice League’?

After finishing the nearly four-hour-long “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, which is streaming on HBO GO in the Philippines, I can say that the Snyder Cut is better than the mishmash that was the original “Justice League” movie that Joss Whedon delivered. Image credit: Screenshot of HBO GO site
Image credit: Screenshot of HBO GO site

After finishing the nearly four-hour-long “Zack Snyder’s Justice League”, which is streaming on HBO GO in the Philippines, I can say that the Snyder Cut is better than the mishmash that was the original “Justice League” movie that Joss Whedon delivered.

It’s still not to my taste, and the running time could definitely have been cut down. But even though I’m not a fan of Snyder, I prefer the Snyder Cut because it’s a singular vision instead of Whedon’s “Josstice League” which was part dark, part Marvel lite. You just have to watch “Zack Snyder’s Justice League” while accepting Snyder’s strengths and weaknesses. Snyder’s strength has always been spectacle instead of storytelling. He thinks in terms of set pieces — of moving from one cool, epic moment to the next. So when it comes to stunning visuals and larger-than-life characters, the Snyder Cut delivers. The story is secondary to him. And I do appreciate how Victor Stone a.k.a. Cyborg, played by Ray Fisher, gets so much more screen time here, because he is the most interesting character who helps humanize this tale of gods at war.

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