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Thank you for the telly


With no turkey or pumpkin pie around, the Spudniks observe the American Thanksgiving holiday by taking stock of what they're most grateful for on television.

ONE of our favourite Thanksgiving TV specials was an episode of Will & Grace called Homo For The Holidays. Will, Grace and Karen are shocked to learn that Jack's mother has no clue that he is homosexual. Grace even says to to Jack, "On some level, your mother has to know you're gay. I mean, she has met you right?"

With the encouragement of his friends, Jack decides to come out of the closet to his mother at Thanksgiving dinner, but as it turns out, his mother had a bigger surprise for him – she doesn't quite know who his real father is!

We don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Malaysia, but in solidarity with all of our American (TV) friends, we've decided to commemorate the day by listing down five things we're most thankful for where TV is concerned.

1. Man's best friend

Indra: Firstly, I am thankful for TV itself. I don't know what my life would be without it. Ok, I probably would get out of the house more and interact with actual people instead of characters on a show. And I'd probably end up spending more money on things I don't need. Oh my God, TV really is my saviour!

Ann Marie: For as long as I can remember television has been a dear, dear friend. Thank you John Logie Baird. When there's nothing else to do, there's always TV. And today, with my media player, I can watch what I want, when I want. I feel so grateful. And to think that one of the leading researchers into television in the 1930s, Issac Shoenberg, told his research team (who had invented the world's first practical TV camera) that they "had invented the world's biggest time-waster of all time"!

2. Partners in crime

Indra: Let's face it, some days (like the past weekend, for example) there is simply nothing worth watching on TV. But even in these dark times, we can be comforted in knowing that on at least one channel, an episode of Law & Order (be it Special Victims Unit, Criminal Intent, or Los Angeles) is airing. And for this, I thank Dick Wolf. Despite running for years (the original Law & Order series holds the record for longest running dramatic show on TV) the show still has great stories to tell and compelling investigations and court drama.

Ann Marie: Indra is right, of course. Many times I've switched from channel to channel only to finally settle for Law & Order. Thanks to Dick Wolf, in the past I had Miami Vice and Hill Street Blues to keep me glued to the TV. But let's not stop there. Any crime series really can whet my appetite – CSI sort of opened the floodgates for me at one point because I even got to choose which city (Las Vegas, Miami, New York) and ensemble I preferred.

Even back in the day, there was so much to choose from – Police Woman, Charlie's Angels, CHiPS, Hunter. There's something about crime dramas, and the fact that they wrap up in an hour, that is strangely soothing. Maybe it is a way of acknowledging that crime exists, but we're doing something about it. That there are there are a few good men and women out there working their butts off to keep us safe and sane.

3. Bang up job

Indra: Sheldon Cooper, Amy Farrah Fowler, Howard Wolowitz, Rajesh Koothrappali, Penny and Bernadette Rostenkowski. Oh, okay maybe even Leonard Hofstadter. I am so thankful for knowing this bunch. Not since Friends has an ensemble endeared themselves to me as much and I can always count on one or all of them to crack me up.

Ann Marie: Yeah, so, does anyone know Penny's surname? What's with that? I love watching Big Bang Theory but I am so behind. Which is a good thing and I am thankful for it because there will be so much happy catching up to do. I am also grateful because it is one of those series that brings people together. You can be a geek, a hipster, an Indian, Jew, intellectual or not, and you'll love it nonetheless. Somehow it has a universal appeal, and what's more, it caters to the discerning laugh-hunter (okay, I stole that phrase from thetvreviewguy.blogspot.com). Thank you, thetvreviewguy, I am thankful for you too.

4. Pease pudding and        saveloys

Indra: Thank goodness for modern-day cooking shows (that includes reality cooking competitions) that are not only entertaining but make cooking and baking look exciting, fun and most of all, possible to do.

Ann Marie: I hate cooking. But since cooking has become so accessible and informative and entertaining, I have been so enthusiastic about being in my kitchen. I remember my son and I trying out a chicken schnitzel recipe after watching MasterChef Junior participants try it out on TV. And the likes of Anna Olson and Michael Smith just make everything seem so darn effortless. Really, I am exceedingly grateful for cooking shows. They have changed my life. I'm no chef, but I no longer have a fear of trying something out and working at it to get it right. They have also, I think, made me a little more adventurous when it comes to tasting food. Thank you Anthony Bourdain for taking me around the world and introducing me to fresh and exciting cuisines.

5. Candy

Indra: Eye candy that is. Where do I even begin? Stephen Amell (Arrow), Gabriel Macht (Suits), Idris Elba (Luther), Jensen Ackles (Supernatural), Simon Baker (The Mentalist), Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood), Matt Bomer (White Collar), Sam Palladio (Nashville), Jim Caviezel (Person Of Interest) ... the list goes on and on and on.

Ann Marie: Oooohhh you had me at Idris Elba. Once you go black ... you understand why you need to be thankful. I'll have that hot chocolate now, thanks.

'Kil' wins four top awards at Anugerah Skrin 2013


A 'Kil'-ler night for young filmmaker Nik Amir Mustapha.

IT was definitely the night for Kil, a film about a depressed man who hires a quirky assassination agency to help kill himself, which bagged home the Best Film award at Anugerah Skrin 2013 held at Stadium Malawati in Shah Alam, Selangor, last Friday.

Nik Amir Mustapha won Best Film Director and Best Screenplay for his movie 'Kil' at the recent Anugerah Skrin 2013.

Nik Amir Mustapha won Best Film Director and Best Screenplay for his movie Kil.

The movie also won Best Film Director (for Nik Amir Mustapha) and Best Screenplay and Best Film Actress (for Cristina Suzanne Stockstill).

What started as an indie film project two years ago has turned out to be a blessing for 28-year-old Nik, who initially got together with his buddies to make a different kind of movie.

In total disbelief after he won, Nik said that he owed it all to his production team, friends and family and most of all to those who have watched the movie in the cinemas.

For newcomer Cristina, the award for Best Film Actress was a total surprise.

A former cyber café worker and a waitress at a restaurant, Cristina said that the award is God's blessing and she attributed her win to her mother.

Organised by TV3, Anugerah Skrin which has been an annual event since 1995 aimed at giving due recognition to television programmes and films made in Malaysia, as well as the actors and television personalities.

Actor Shaheizy Sam won Best Film Actor award at the Anugerah Skrin 2013 held at Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam last Friday.

Actor Shaheizy Sam with his Best Film Actor award.

The 17th instalment of Anugerah Skrin also saw popular and talented actor Shaheizy Sam bagging the Best Actor award for his role in Sam, while Khir Rahman won Best Supporting Film Actor for Rock Oo and Miera Liyana walked away with Best Supporting Film Actress for Pecah.

In television, Mawar Putih Tanda Perpisahan by Suhan Movies won Best Drama and Best Screenplay.

Prolific director Erma Fatima won Best Drama Director for Aku Bukan Malaikat while her younger sister Datin Paduka Umie Aida took home the Best Drama Actress for the same drama. Veteran actor Wan Hanafi Su bagged Best Drama Actor for Hari-hari Terakhir Seorang Seniman.

Anugerah Skrin was hosted by Awal Ashaari, Faizal Ismail and Nad Zainal.

Anugerah Skrin 2013 winners

Film Category

Best Film – Kil

Best Film Director – Nik Amir Mustapha (Kil)

Best Film Actor – Shaheizy Sam (Sam)

Best Film Actress – Cristina Suzanne Stockstill (Kil)

Best Film Screenplay – Nik Amir Mustapha (Kil)

Best Film Supporting Actor – Khir Rahman (Rock Oo)

Best Film Supporting Actress – Miera Liyana (Pecah)

Drama Category

Best Drama – Mawar Putih Tanda Perpisahan (Suhan Movies & Trading Sdn Bhd)

Best Drama Director – Erma Fatima (Aku Bukan Malaikat)

Best Drajma Actor – Wan Hanafi Su (Hari-hari Terakhir Seorang Seniman)

Best Drama Actress – Datin Paduka Umie Aida (Aku Bukan Malaikat)

Best Drama Supporting Actress – Izreen Azminda (Perempuan Itu Ibuku)

Best Drama Supporting Actor – Hasnol Rahmat (Tunggu Sekejap)

Pantene Promising Artiste – Shasha Al Khred (Kawan)

Best TV Screenplay – Mazlan Manan (Mawar Putih Tanda Perpisahan)

Best Drama Series – Surat Dari Langit Biru (Rashbir Media Sdn Bhd)

Best Comedy Drama – Mentua vs Mentua (Primeworks Studios Sdn Bhd)

Best Drama Videography - Mohd Faizal Mohd Ali (Mawar Putih Tanda Perpisahan)

Production Category

Best Entertainment Show – Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2012 (TV3)

Best Reality Show – Maharaja Lawak Mega (Astro Warna)

Best Musical Show – Anugerah Juara Lagu 27 (TV3)

Best News / Special Report – Kanta K-Pop (Buletin Utama, TV3)

Best Documentary/Magazine Show – Salam Muslim (Astro Oasis)

Best Talk Show – Bella (Ntv7)

Low-key affair


There were really no surprises at the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2013 on Sunday night, so, one can pretty much guess who were the biggest winners at the ceremony, which was held at the KWC Fashion Mall in Kuala Lumpur.

TVB summer hit Triumph In The Skies II won the most with 11 trophies, in categories like favourite drama series, favourite lead actor and favourite supporting actress. All six of the show's main stars who were nominated in the "favourite top 15 TVB drama characters" category also won.

As expected, Chilam Cheung who is popular among TVB fans in Malaysia for his flighty portrayal of a playboy pilot in Triumph In The Skies II, nabbed the top award for favourite TVB actor just a day after his headlining act at the "Chi Lam & Friends Live In Genting" show at the Arena Of Stars.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Ma (who won recognition from his TVB peers during Hong Kong's TVB Anniversary Gala in November) and Tavia Yeung (who won My Favourite TVB Actress at Singapore's Starhub TVB Awards in September) took the favourite on-screen couple award for their pairing in The Hippocratic Crush II.

Apart from Cheung, Ma and Yeung, other TVB stars who graced the show were Eric Tsang, Myolie Wu, Linda Chung, Ruco Chan, Ron Ng, Wong Cho Lam, Kristal Tin, Edwin Siu, Nancy Wu, Mandy Wong, Him Law, Eliza Sam, Elvina Kong and Benjamin Yuen.

With many unknown faces taking to the stage to perform, the awards show became a somewhat draggy affair. Fortunately, TVB funnyman Wong Cho Lam had the audience in stitches as the emcee, along with Maria Luisa and Jarvis Chow. Armed with rib-tickling impersonations and side-splitting jokes, Wong poked fun at the nominees in the main award categories.

Formerly known as My Astro On Demand Awards, the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2013 was organised for the first time by TVB Entertainment News. The awards presentation ceremony was broadcast live to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia and Europe, while the United States enjoyed a delayed broadcast.

Widely regarded as the prelude to the TVB Anniversary Awards (set to take place in Hong Kong on Dec 16), the TVB Star Awards Malaysia 2013 gave out a total of 27 awards in 13 different categories. The result was derived from almost 100,000 Malaysian voters during a voting campaign held in November; the polling site racked up 500,000 hits after three weeks of voting activity.

*Log on to thestar.com.my for the list of winners.

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