- 'S.W.A.T.' actor Steve Forrest dead at age 87
- Till death do us part
- Fernandes does his first firing in Apprentice Asia
Posted: 23 May 2013 08:55 PM PDT
LOS ANGELES: U.S. actor Steve Forrest, who was best known for a leading role on the short-lived 1970s television drama "S.W.A.T.," has died at the age of 87 in Thousand Oaks, California, near Los Angeles, his wife Christine said on Thursday.
Forrest appeared in 1954's "Prisoner of War," which also featured Ronald Reagan, who was later elected U.S. president. In 1960's "Flaming Star," he played alongside Elvis Presley and Barbara Eden.
Forrest's older brother, Dana Andrews, was the star of 1940s films "Laura" and "The Best Years of Our Lives." Forrest died peacefully on May 18, his family said in a statement.
No cause of death was given. He gained a following as Lt. Hondo Harrelson on the ABC crime drama series "S.W.A.T.," which ran for 37 episodes from 1975 to 1976 and was produced by Hollywood titans Leonard Goldberg and Aaron Spelling.
Forrest made a guest appearances in the 2003 film adaptation of the series. The actor, who fought in the U.S. Army at the Battle of the Bulge in World War Two, got his big break when actor Gregory Peck saw him in a theater production in 1950, which led to a contract with film studio MGM.
Forrest also starred in the 1965 British TV spy thriller series "The Baron," which was one of the country's first color television programs.
He was born William Forrest Andrews on Sept. 25, 1925, in Huntsville, Texas. He was the youngest of 13 children. Forrest is survived by his wife, three sons and four grandchildren. -Reuters
Posted: 24 May 2013 01:34 AM PDT
Two celebrities are put together to see if they can survive as a 'married couple' in the hit reality show We Got Married.
We Got Married (Uri Gyeolhon Haesseoyo in Korean) is a South Korean idol romance reality show that pairs up young Korean celebrities, notably from K-pop boybands and girl groups, to show how their lives would be like as married couples.
In the latest season, the producers of We Got Married decide to expand the series to include foreign celebrities. The We Got Married (Global Edition) features 2PM's Ok Taecyeon, 24, paired with Taiwanese artiste Emma Wu Ying Jie (nicknamed Gui Gui, formerly of girl group Hey Girl), 23, while FT Island's leader Lee Hongki, 23, is paired with Japanese actress and film critic Fujii Mina (The King Of Dramas), 24.
Each week, the two couples have to complete various missions, then reveal their thoughts and feelings about living together in a series of candid interviews. The couples try their best to communicate by conversing in a mix of English, Mandarin, Korean and Japanese.
Well known for his playful nature, Hongki got to showcase his romantic side when paired with the gentle and elegant Mina. "I think my personality has been changing, and I'm becoming a better guy because I have been influenced by Mina's good heart," the frontman of rock band FT Island said in an e-mail interview. Hongki recently made his big screen debut in Passionate Goodbye as a rowdy pop idol who does community service at hospices.
Fans find the natural chemistry between Mina and Hongki endearing. Mina said she loves that Hongki has qualities she does not. "I tend to think a lot before I act whereas Hongki is free-spirited and spontaneous. Hence, there is a lot to learn from him. Getting to know him better on the show, I also saw his considerate, honest and warm side. And, he always looks so handsome when he sings," shared Mina, who recently surprised Hongki by showing up with a bouquet of flowers at the press conference to launch his debut film, Passionate Goodbye, which is set to be released in Korea on May 30.
Meanwhile Gui Gui tries to win over her partner Taecyeon with her mischievous antics. "We often played the rock-paper-scissors game! I tried to bully him all the time, but I always ended up being bullied. There were occasions when we used body language to communicate with each other, and it was a really interesting experience," shared the singer-actress.
Ever the gentleman, Taecyeon tried to tackle the communication and cultural gap by impressing Gui Gui with a variety of thoughtful gestures. "Emma is very cute and fun. I think we are very different, that's why it is fun to watch how we interact with each other on the show," said the dashing rapper who even introduced his "wife" to his friends to liven up the show.
How will Taecgui and Hongkimina (abbreviated couple names given by fans) fare as "married couples" on the show? Only time will tell. n We Got Married (Global Edition) airs on ONE HD (Astro B.yond Ch 393) every Friday at 8.40pm.
Posted: 23 May 2013 04:24 PM PDT
PETALING JAYA: Reality TV show The Apprentice Asia has taken off with one contestant being "fired" by AirAsia boss Tan Sri Tony Fernandes after a premiere that saw two teams competing to sell fish in their first challenge.
The show, which made its debut Wednesday on AXN, saw the 12 contestants being split into two groups of men and women in the first challenge to sell fish at a local market here.
Both teams made losses in their sales but the men's group, Team Mavericks incurred a bigger loss.
Hence, one of its members had to face being eliminated from the show or "fired" by Fernandes.
F&B company founder Hendy Setiono, from Indonesia, was sent packing last night, after his team was defeated by the women's team, Team Apex.
The show takes on an elimination competition format whereby the 12 contestants, made up of Asia-based business executives, will go against each other for the opportunity to work for one of Fernandes' businesses.
Nine years after The Apprentice first aired in the United States, the Asian version has finally hit small screens here.
The Apprentice in the United States was a hit as winners were given the golden opportunity of working for flamboyant mogul Donald Trump.
However, over the years, its audience steadily declined from more than 20 million viewers for season one (2004) to less than five million for season 10 (2010).
Nevertheless, Fernandes declared that what had happened in the United States was "irrelevant" as Asians were more interested in seeing an Asian candidate and local competition.
Fernandes is known for turning the ailing AirAsia outfit around and trailblazing the rise of the budget airline industry in Asia.
He also founded the no-frills Tune Hotels chain in 2007 and is the majority shareholder in English football club Queens Park Rangers.
These business interests fall under the entrepreneur's leisure and entertainment corporation Tune Group, which was established in 2007.
The Apprentice Asia can be viewed on AXN every Wednesday.
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