HKMDB Daily News

February 1, 2010

February 1, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 12:15 pm

Korea Times: Avatar vs. Confucius in China

It now says that cinemas without 3D screens can continue to show the 2D version of “Avatar.”

NYT: China’s Zeal for ‘Avatar’ Crowds Out ‘Confucius’

In Shanghai, an official with the biggest local cinema chain told fans not to worry that they would miss “Avatar” because of state-imposed restrictions. Wu Hehu, a senior manager for the chain, Shanghai United Circuit, told a Shanghai daily newspaper that its theaters would continue to show “Avatar” on both 3-D and 2-D screens.

Master Q

CRI: Huayi Bros. Maps out 2010 Movies, Releases Stills

Feng Xiaogang confirmed that he will make a sequel to If You Are the One, with Ge You and Shu Qi returning. (Xinhua)

Zhou Xun

CRI: Kung Fu Movie “True Legend” Premieres in Beijing

Francis Ng

Duan Yihong

Fierce West(erly) Winds production stills - filming in the Gobi Desert (14) (HunanTV)

Sweeping Away Terrible Cinema

The opening ceremony for the Golden Broom Awards, which aims to annually honor the worst of in Chinese cinmea, was held on a shabby stage in the middle of an underground shopping center Saturday.

Jacky Cheung - Channeling Bryan Ferry?

Jacky’s new album features a song dedicated to the late Lydia Shum (Sina)

Angelica Lee and Oxide Pang have set Feb. 6 to be their wedding date. The 34 year-old actress and 44 year-old director will be wed in a small ceremony in her native Malaysia. (Xinhua)

Canto-pop duo Twins to stage comeback concert in April

Former actress Gigi Lai two months pregnant

Zhang Ziyi keeping a stiff upper lip in her first public appearance as a Spring Festival amabassador since latest controversy. (Sina)

Add ‘hoax donation-gate’ to ‘ink splash-gate’ to her list of woes.

A bad week for Zhang Ziyi. Besides pulling out as investor/producer/star of Snow Flower and The Secret Fan, Zhang Ziyi has been under fire the past week for another controversy. The charitable foundation that she formed in the aftermath of the May 12 2008 Sichuan earthquake has fallen under the scrutiny of the internet denizens. As you may recall, Zhang  very publicly berated some festival goers who were unaware of the tragedy and made a plea for contributions at the 2008 Cannes Festival and herself pledged to donate a large sum for the victims. Netizens looking at the public records of the foundation and the Chinese Red Cross, registered in the US under her manager’s name, discovered that the foundation’s income and assets was zero. This raises the questions of whether a) Zhang Ziyi misdirected contributions, b) actually collected any funds, or c) donated any promised funds herself. Netizens in one popular forum called for a boycott of Zhang Ziyi endorsed products. Zhang Ziyi issued a statement stating that most of the pledges were from foreign contributors and reminded them to honor their pledges. She said that she would disclose account details and  welcomed the monitoring. (Sina) (2) (Xinhua)

Cannes 2008 - Ziyi Zhang & Chopard Raise Awareness For Chinese Earthquake Victims (Zimbio)

Meanwhile, the casting for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan is still up in the air. After Shu Qi rejected the role, Li Bingbing is the prime candidate for the Zhang Ziyi role, Lili, and Gao Yuanyuan and Fan Bingbing mentioned for Jun Ji-Hyun’s Snow role. In addition, the script has now been changed to include two more female roles. Lili and Snow’s tale is now told in memory, their story is remembered by Lili’s two granddaughters in a modern setting. (Xinhua) [Project sounds doomed to me.]

Lin Chi-ling

Appearing at a watch brand event in Taiwan, Lin Chi-ling was asked about Treasure Hunters being voted worst film of the year by netizens. She graciously repsonded that not everyone had thought so. (Sina)

Gigi Leung attending a Baidu award event in Beijing

Sandra Ng, Louis Koo


Remember the traditional telephone receiver? (2006)

Now, it’s the television’s turn.


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