Jumat, 30 November 2012


 One of the most talked about pieces of movie info in last few days is the start of the casting process for GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the movie adaptation of Marvel's comic book about a team of superheroes. A whole slate of young actors are currently doing tests for the lead role of Guardians' leader Peter Quill. According to latest updates in the run for the role are Lee Pace, who is currently playing Elven king Thranduil in THE HOBBIT, James Marsden, who already has superhero experience from playing Cyclops in XMEN, Eddie Redmayne, whom you will soon watch in LES MISERABLES, Sullivan Stapleton, Australian hunk who is playing the lead role in 300 prequel RISE OF AN EMPIRE, young Jim Sturgess, and two people who are, for some strange reason, always mentioned in most of the Hollywood
castings even though they never seem to get any big role (either for the lack of talent or charisma) - Garret Hedlund (ERAGON) and Joel Edgerton (WARRIOR). The role in question - of Peter Quill - is of a
former NASA astronaut who comes to learn that his father is an alien, which leads him into outer space. Armed with a sentient ship and a suit that enhances his strength, Quill eventually transforms himself into the Star-Lord.The film is scheduled for August 2014!

Here's an interesting sci fi project coming up in the future: 20th Century Fox will do a movie adaptation of WOOL, a five part novel saga from
Hugh Howey who published the books himself. The film, to be directed by J. Blakeson (THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ALICE CREED), will be set in subterranean silos that house the remnants of humanity on a post apocalyptic Earth. "MovieWeb" brings the synopsis: "Thousands of them have lived underground. They've lived there so long, there are only legends about people living anywhere else. Such a life requires rules. Strict rules. There are things that must not be discussed. Like going outside. Never mention you might like going outside. Or you'll get what you wish for".

And I have an update for you on Disney's 53rd animated feature film FROZEN which will hit cinemas in winter 2013. Jennifer Lee, who
worked on WRECK IT RALPH has joined Chris Buck (TARZAN, THE LITTLE MERMAID) in directing this winterish movie adaptation of the famous SNOW QUEEN fairy tail from Hans Christian Andersen
with a little twist in the story. Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, FROZEN is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter,
Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering 
mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.
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Kamis, 29 November 2012


I think we are close to getting all possible fairy tales adapted into movies. We've seen ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SNOW WHITE, while
MALEFICENT, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, HANSEL AND GRETHEL and LITTLE MERMAID are getting their movie versions too, so we didn't even doubt that everybody's favourite CINDERELLA will hit the big screens too in a live action version. I did inform you a year or so ago that Disney is planning CINDERELLA movie and the latest update is that the studio wants Cate Blanchett to play the evil stepmother! What, what, what?!? Blanchett evil? It seems they see her that way :( This means she might walk the steps of Angelina Jolie and Charlize Theron who played or will play evil fairy tale icons in SNOW WHITE and MALEFICENT. The film is being directed by Mark Romanek who is most famous for
brilliant ONE HOUR PHOTO and for directing some famous music videos. As you know, Blanchett is no stranger to fairy tales since this December she is again playing elven queen Galadriel in THE HOBBIT!

In television news today, "The Hollywood Reporter" writes about Julian Fellowes, the creator of deeply monotonous DOWNTON ABBEY and GOSFORD PARK (colour me bored), is preparing another period series but for US television. He will write and produce series about the millionaires of 1880s New York titled THE GILDED AGE for NBC.  The new show will be set in a vivid time with dizzying, brilliant ascents and calamitous falls, of record breaking ostentation and savage rivalry - a time when money was king. Wait, wait! It isn't any more???  The same site also reports about Charlize Theron taking the lead role in American version of South Korean film SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE, about a woman who spends 13 years in prison for a crime she did not commit and then sets about exacting the revenge she has plotted during her time behind bars. Theron is no stranger to tough stories, since you probably know that her own mother shot her husband and Charlize's father when he had tried to attack them drunk when Charlize was a little girl.

 Our favourite redhaired hunk Damian Lewis has got himself a new gig: the HOMELAND star, whom we shall watch next year in ROMEO AND JULIET, will star in Jaguar's short promo film DESIRE! Promoting the famous cars the film tells the story of Clark (Damian Lewis), who delivers cars for a living, running into trouble after a chance encounter with a mysterious, young woman (Shannyn Sossamon) in the middle of a lawless desert. Directed by Adam Smith, this is a story of betrayal, retribution, passion and greed. The whole thing will be shot in Chile's Atacama Desert. I wonder if he'll get paid in money or in a jaguar? Which payment would you prefer?
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Rabu, 28 November 2012


You've seen him recently in that horrid saga we won't mention here (spits over his shoulder), before that he was a powerful good in historical epic IMMORTALS, and you will also watch him as motion captured
 TARZAN in German epic adventure, but it seems that blond hunk Kellan Lutz has another interesting project too, one with rather unusual plot: as "Deadline" reports, Kellan will take the lead role in indie film TATUA. To be shot next year in Canada, the story of the movie will revolve around an assassin that has a rare blood type that allows him to be tattooed with a ink that can be used as a weapon! And after yesterday's news on BBC's MERLIN show ending this Christmas forever, here's a piece of hope: there are rumours that the producers are in early stages of developing potential Merlin spin-offs based around the world created in the current show. As I've mentioned before there were also rumours that SPARTACUS could also get spin-offs (possibly on Caesar) when WAR OF THE DAMNED season ends the whole show next year.

A special treat for us today is the official synopsis for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS which has just been revealed by the studio. Hitting theatres next May (and we haven't seen any pics nor a trailer so far) J.J. Abrams' sci fi movie will again star Karl Urban, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, Zoe Saldana, John Cho and Anton Yelchin with Benedict Cumberbatch as the new villain. Here's the plot: When the crew of the Enterprise is called back home, they find an unstoppable
force of terror from within their own organization has detonated the fleet and everything it stands for, leaving our world in a state of crisis. With a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one man weapon of mass destruction. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew.

Today you can also check out the second trailer for this December's most awaited musical LES MISERABLES. Differently from the first clip, this one offers more of the amazing songs, more love and epic
scenes and introduces a bigger part of the cast. The first deeply positive reviews of the film have started arriving around the net from the people who've seen early screenings. It seems it will be a huge Oscar contender next year!  The musical movie focuses on ex-prisoner Jean Valjean (Hugh Jackman), hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine's (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette (Amanda Seyfried), their lives change forever. The cast also includes Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter. In December 2012, the world's longest running musical brings its power to the big screen in Tom Hooper's sweeping and spectacular interpretation of Victor Hugo's epic tale.
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Selasa, 27 November 2012


It is official: although it is currently breaking its own records in UK and although it is the show viewed in the biggest number of countries around the
world, BBC's epic series MERLIN will finish with the current fifth season! The hit fantasy drama will draw to a close this Christmas in Britain with a two-part finale. The producers think that the story has reached its apex and the fifth and the least run of the show will lead to a spectacular finale that draws on the best known elements of this much-loved story and brings to a conclusion the battle for Camelot. The final episodes will be coloured with impending doom since Merlin (Colin Morgan) knows that king Arthur (Bradley James) will die at Mordred's hand which will make
him more ruthless and focused in the show's finale. BBC's bosses said that they have ambitious plans for new drama in the Saturday evening slot in 2013. But do not despair Merlin fans, it was also announced that the plans of making movies out of the show are still on: MERLIN's 
co-creator Julian Murphy said to "Digital Spy" that the films would inevitably be done in the form of a reboot and that, if the films happen, it is not yet known if they would be done with the same actors. MERLIN's final season will be aired in USA on SyFy from Friday January 4th.

Some time ago HOLLYWOOD SPY has informed you about the plans for new period drama SUITE FRANCAISE with Oscar winning
 Michelle Williams in the lead role and now she's got herself the main partner in the film. Belgian actor Matthias Schoenaerts (you've seen him full naked in RUST AND BONE with equally naked Marion Cotillard on top of him) is apparently in negotiations to take the lead male role. According to "Daily Mail", based on a section of Irene Nemirovsky's novel of the same title, the World War II drama tells the love story between a French woman (Michelle Williams) and a German officer placed at her home she shares with her mother-in-law (Kristin Scott Thomas) in Nazi-occupied France. Saul Dibb, who already has experience in filming period pieces since he helmed THE DUCHESS, will direct the film. It is interesting that
Nemirovsky intended to write the novel in five parts, but managed to write only the first two parts before she died in Auschwitz. You already know that you will be watching Michelle next year as good witch Glinda in OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL.
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Senin, 26 November 2012


Are you excited, gladiator lovers? The premiere of the third, and the final, season of SPARTACUS: WAR OF THE DAMNED is getting close - the concluding run of the worldwide popular epic series will start on January 25th next year at Starz! The epic conclusion of a legendary journey will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before on televison. Are you ready for glorious action and stunning story? To get yourself prepared for the upcoming season, check out HOLLYWOOD SPY's mega extensive spotlight on the show with everything you need to know - from the story and tidbits and characters old and characters new, to amazing new promo pictures!
Gaius Claudius Glaber is dead. Many months have passed since his defeat, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus and his generals Crixus, Gannicus and Agron, continue to amass victories over Rome. With
 the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, it has become a force that has started to challenge even the mighty armies of Rome. Spartacus is more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman
Republic. Following the death of Ashur, Naevia and Crixus fight as one with newfound strength and determination. And Gannicus, always seeking to embrace life to the fullest, shares his bed with the beautiful 
and dangerous Saxa. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war with Rome. The Roman Senate turns to its wealthiest citizen, Marcus Crassus, for
aid. A powerful, strategic politician, he respects his opponent and refuses to make the same mistakes Glaber and his predecessors have. With a young and fiercely competitive Julius Caesar as an ally, Crassus
is determined to crush Spartacus and his rebellion. The epic conclusion of a legendary journey, SPARTACUS WAR OF THE DAMNED will unleash a battle unlike anything ever seen before.
Spartacus (trustworthy Liam McIntyre) has amassed an army in the thousands. He knows he is not only responsible for the lives of every man, woman, and child in his rebellion but also for continuing to inspire them to fight for freedom from oppression and to stand up against the mighty Roman Republic! He is joined by Crixus, Agron and Gannicus. Crixus (handsome Manu Bennet) has had tough times rescuing his beloved Naevia from the Roman mines, but now he has a mind focused on war, and the defeat of the Roman Republic. He’ll do it all with Naevia by his side, and he’ll see hell before being separated from her again. Gannicus (dashing Dustin Clare) is still highly respected as
former Gladiator champion and great warrior but he shuns authority in favor of wine and women, sharing his bed with the beautiful Saxa. Despite his boyish lust for life, he is a key asset that Spartacus depends upon. Brave and hot tempered Agron (irresistible Dan Feuerriegel)
has become Spartacus’ right hand man responsible for his leader’s safety while fighting for the cause. Gorgeous young slave Nasir (delightful Pana Hema Taylor) has become a fearsome warrior thanks to the
 training by Spartacus and Agron. He is still involved in a tender and passionate sexual relationship with brave Agron who develops deep feelings for the young fighter.

Wealthy Crassus (Simon Merrells)  is the last hope the Roman Senate has to defeat the rebellion. Although rich, the honor of military success has always eluded him, so now he has opportunity to gain that recognition using all means at his disposal to defeat Spartacus. Since bringing death to Spartacus will require more than just money, he will call upon a young and battle experienced Julius Caesar to help, much to the envy of his oldest son Tiberius, who wants only to prove himself to his father. Tiberius (Christian Antidormi) is living in the shadow of Julius Caesar; an ambitious and self-important young man who is, in many ways, the son Crassus wishes he had. It’s a fact that
Tiberius is very aware of, and one that causes much friction between himself and Caesar. Julius Caesar (naughty Tod Lassance) is arrogant and intelligent but despite his heritage, and his formidable skills
 as both warrior, tactician, and commander of legions, he lacks the wealth to see his ambitions play out, which is why he sees the hunt on Spartacus as his great opportunity!

Laeta (stunning Anna Hutchinson), Intelligent, beautiful, and as independent as any Roman woman can be, was married off to her husband when she was just 12 years old. She has only known life as a
privileged Roman elite but will soon have to rise above that and shed her selfishness when her people look to her for leadership. Kore (lovely Jenna Lind) is a house slave to the Crassus family, proficient in several languages as well as managing the household and well-versed in the
classics. Kore has been serving Marcus Crassus since Tiberius’ birth who, in many ways, looks to her as a mother figure. Sibyl (enchanting Gwendoline Taylor), a shy, sweet and innocent young slave, is given 
her freedom when Gannicus ends her master’s life. From that point on she becomes enamored with him, in his shadow at every turn, hoping to find her affections reciprocated by the brash swordsman. Saxa (sexy Ellen Hollman) is as physically striking as she is rude and brash and
just as violent as any man in the rebellion. When not skilfully playing with twin daggers  she embraces life with the same vigor and passion as Gannicus and has taken to sharing his bed. She finds excitement and kinship with a man who’s every bit her equal.
UPDATE: click for new character pics and new trailer!
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Dolly Wink x Tsubasa Masuwaka


 This post is about one of my favourite brands ever - DOLLY WINK!!!

 I'm sure a lot of you recognise Dolly Wink's products even if you have never tried them before...


Their most famous product is their false eyelashes, and perhaps you remember seeing them, CUTEST packaging ever with a big ribbon on top and a kawaii girl's face with different looks on every pack?

I remember when Dolly Wink was launched, their famous false lashes instantly became crazy popular, flying off the shelves in Japan. During one of my trips with Cheesie, I asked her what brand her pretty lashes are and she said Dolly Wink.

At that point I've never tried Dolly Wink products before and I asked her if they are good. She replied that they are the best lashes and her favourite.

Later on, when I got my hands on some Dolly Wink lashes, I could finally understand why people were so fanatic about them.

In one statement... They revolutionized falsies! 

 Their falsies were suited for gyaru makeup, created extra long (horizontal length wise, although vertical also) so that the lashes can extend beyond your eyes, creating an illusion of longer, twinkling doe eyes.

Why do we want longer eyes and not just bigger? Simple, because proportionally it makes your nose look narrower and face smaller, and I bet that is something many girls want!

The lashes were made of the softest fibres imaginable, creating a soft fluttery look. And best of all, they are very natural-looking and not plasticky + shiny like some of the brands out there.

But mostly, Dolly Wink lashes got famous because they finally gave the market something we have been craving for... BOTTOM FALSE LASHES!!

The gyaru style is to stick the bottom lashes slightly lower than where your eyes naturally end, creating a doll-like, doe-eyed effect. This is something mascara alone cannot achieve, and I'm sure girls with short/sparse bottom lashes are all rejoicing!

I know I'm gushing too much but Dolly Wink played a crucial part in my discovery and love for gyaru makeup, which changed my life forever!!!!!! I'm super passionate about gyaru makeup, but unfortunately over the years it seemed like it hasn't caught on yet in Singapore, except for a small group of people.

Never mind, perhaps this post will change your mind!

Let's talk about the girl on all the packaging... If you didn't already know, her name is Tsubasa Masuwaka, and she is the producer of the Dolly Wink brand.


She is my ultimate gyaru inspiration!!

Just like me, she is really short. She is also really tiny and if I didn't remember wrongly, someone told me she weighs just 37kg or something (please feel free to correct me).

She has a whole chain of co-produced brands from makeup to stockings - and get this... SHE IS MARRIED WITH A SON!!!

Yes, she is a gyaru mama!! Still so pretty and fashionable!! I strive to be just like her one day... :D

Where am I going with this? Well...


Not only will you guys get a chance to meet her, you also stand a chance to win air tickets to TOKYO, JAPAN, my favourite city in the world!!!


You should be because for this contest, there are MANY winners!! The top 15 finalists will also get to participate in a public runway show, not to mention several flight tickets and MANY products to be won!!

How to join?

I hope you are inspired by Tsubasa's pretty makeup already because this is a...


As I mentioned on each of the Dolly Wink lashes is a different look that Tsubasa painstakingly created.

From the older series of lashes

Newer "Otona" (more mature) series

You just have to pick a favourite from any of the Dolly Wink lash series and imitate Tsubasa's look!!

Of course, using Dolly Wink lashes, because really, nothing else quite measures up.

You can find more pictures here. In any case, just to give Xiaxue readers a heads up so you can win the rest, I'm gonna be actually imitating 3 of the looks and will give you tips along the way!


Lashes in 14 Natural Cute

For this look Tsubasa has her trademark orangey blonde hair down in relaxed curls with autumn flowers on the head. 

Remember, if you don't have light hair to give yourself a winning edge get a wig! And your brows have to be light to match the blonde... So try Dolly Wink's eyebrow mascara if your natural brow colour is black.

Tsubasa also has on brown contacts, liquid eyeliner in brown, and very pale nude lips with gloss.

For my eyes I dabbed on Dolly Wink's NEW eyeshadow palette in no. 2 Pink Brown (to be released in 2013 at major Watsons). In gyaru makeup, eyeshadow is often neglected as most girls don't go crazy with colours unlike in the west. Just subtle highlighting will do.

And here is my look!! I didn't have a blonde wig so I had to make do with my pink/purple hair.

And I shortened my long face with photoshop so I can have Tsubasa's small pixie face, haha

Side by side! I have the same M-shaped upper lip as her, although most of the time I hate it and try to fill up the two "holes" (where the teeth shows?) with fillers. Today, I embrace it because she does!


Lashes in 10 Sweet Cat

Tsubasa has on a black top with a pearl necklace and black lacy gloves (not seen in the product packaging) with a military green hat on. Her makeup looks almost the same as the previous look except she has on very pale pink blusher and pale lips.

My submission:

Side by side! Admittedly my look is a bit pinker than hers but I tried to PS the lips brown and they look awful coz it doesn't match the hair, so I guess mine is the pink variation.

Thank you Yutaki for the cute cap :D

Remember in order to have that trademark Tsubasa look bottom lashes are a MUST! Try to stick the bottom lashes a little distance away from your eyes, just as she does.

If you have never tried putting on bottom lashes before, they may prove to be slightly challenging to put on. But practice makes perfect! 

Use tweezers to hold on to the lashes, apply some lash glue, and glue the falsies under your own lashes. When removing use makeup remover to dissolve the glue, because if you just tug you will pull out some of your own lashes! Ouch.

Look 3: Pure Little

Lashes in 8 Pure Little

Tsubasa is wearing a dark brown wig with green contacts and blood red lips. She also has on black eyeliner with some brown eyeshadow under the eyes.

With leopard print nails!

My submission:

Didn't have time to do leopard nails so I compensated by wearing leopard prints... And look, I have the black giant hair bow that is on the box that the lashes come in!! LOL


 That's it! I had a lot of fun creating the different looks and I think you will too!! 

If you want to join, hop on over to  

where you can see more contest details!!

I will see the top 15 finalists on 8th December, 730pm at Scape Warehouse where I will also be a guest judge!! It is an absolutely free event so mark down your calendars!!

Not only that, I will get to see Tsubasa, and I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT WAIT!!!

Best of luck!
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