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April 13, 2009

April 13, 2009

Brigitte Lin

Empress Wu?

Andy Lau joins Tsui Hark to pursue Brigitte Lin for Detective Dee
Shooting begins next month at Hengdian Studio for Detective Dee with a new Chinese title.

The Sniper: Not by a long shot

Director Yang Shares Life Story in ‘Breathless’ (South Korea)

No jackpot yet for Hollywood in Korean film remakes

‘Dragonball Evolution’ Flops
Manga adaptation finds no love on big screen

Variety: Huairou hosts booming local business

New facility competes with Hengdian Studios


Lifting the Veil on a North Korean Obsession


Rachel Lee
Rachel Lee - Red River

78 NGs in scene hitting Zhang Jingchu

Wang Xueqi, Wang Baijie
Wang BaijieWang Baijie
Wang Baijie and Wang Xueqi shave heads for Bodyguards and Assassins

Impression - Hainan Island


Images from Zhang Yimou’s production Impression - Hainan Island

Cherie Chung

Cherie Chung baptized as Catholic like her late husband


Denies rumors of return to film

Nancy Sit Returns to Work


Nic Tse
Nic Tse sports new look with short hair during mainland music tour

Shu Qi
I spy: Shu Qi at Hong Kong airport

Avoids questions about Feng Xiaogang’s remarks that Hong Kong people don’t understand Mainland films

Vivian Chow and Joe Nieh

With father-in-law Ni Kuang

Joe Nieh, Vivian Chow, Deborah Li/Dik Bo Lai
Vivian Chow and husband Joe Nieh open new billiards parlor
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-04/11/content_11167584.htm


Rosamund Kwan
I spy: Rosamund Kwan

Edison Chen
Edison Chen reportedly in debt 50M RMB to his management company after 20M advance on his contract in 2004, legal expenses for Sexy Photo Gate and compensation to advertising agents.
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-04/13/content_11175743.htm

Cheer Chen (Source:UDN)
Cheer Chen: Embrace yourself and you have the world
Cheer Chen not used to performing in a pub

Chosun Ilbo Sues Lawmakers Over Actress Jang Ja-Yun
Alleges libel in naming senior executive

Texas rep apologies for remarks on Asian names

6 Comments

  1. A few notes/questions:

    I should know this but what/who are the “NGs” in the story “78 NGs in scene hitting Zhang Jingchu”

    Why is Vivian Chow opening a billiards hall while the diva-starved masses yearn for her return to the screen? If she is retired she should refrain from these tantalizing glimpses of her Vivian-ness.

    The article on the Texan who wants thinks that Asian would be make things easier for people like herself if they just changed their names to something easy like “Betty Brown” is typical of how anti-Asian outrages get covered. She was initially quoted as saying

    “Rather than everyone here having to learn Chinese — I understand it’s a rather difficult language — do you think that it would behoove you and your citizens to adopt a name that we could deal with more readily here?”

    You and your citizens only makes sense as a pointer to “you people”, a widely used shorthand phrase to exclude whomever it refers to. And it is doubly insulting to the Asians in question because they are citizens of the USA, since the hearing was about voter identification.

    No wonder newspapers are going out of business.

    Comment by ewaffle — April 13, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

  2. >>Wang Baijie and Wang Xueqi shave heads for Bodyguards and Assassins

    Gotta love a man with a shaved head–will Simon Yam & Nic Tse also go au natural for the movie? Another reason why Francis Ng should’ve been cast, dammit! But I understand that he’s busy elsewhere ;)

    ewaffle wrote:

    >>You and your citizens only makes sense as a pointer to “you people”, a widely used shorthand phrase to exclude whomever it refers to. And it is doubly insulting to the Asians in question because they are citizens of the USA, since the hearing was about voter identification.

    ITA–Betty Brown is flaunting her ignorance & xenophobia. Thank god this got some press so she didn’t get away with this. Hopefully she’ll be voted out next time around. But I digress—

    Comment by valeriesoe — April 13, 2009 @ 12:25 pm

  3. re: Vivian Chow
    I think she bought this for hubby, Joe, maybe to keep him away from Lan Kwai Fong and other Mifftys. Note, the name is Joe’s Billiards and Bar!) Elsewhere, I read that Miffty was resurfacing and trying to reconnect with Joe, but I’m not clear on this.

    re: NGs
    NGs = No Goods, i.e., bad takes. The article speculates (as all these articles do) that Rachel/Loletta Lee was taking advantage of Zhang Jingchu because she was Zhang’s senior. On the director’s encouragement for reality, they took numerous takes and she ended up clapping Zhang hard on the ear and head. Zhang was not too happy, it says. It builds on previous reports that the two did not get along during the shoot. The article is basically an interview/recap of Rachel’s career and talks about her ‘comeback’, personal life, hightlights her award for Ordinary Heroes (1999), she says she didn’t leave, etc. Anwyway, a lot more than I can accurately translate with confidence.

    re: Nic Tse shaving his head
    The article, in fact, quotes one the actor’s jokingly asking if Nic was going to shave, too. Nic did get a short cut as can be seen in another article in the post. We’ve seen Hu Jun shaved previously, too. When Wang Baiqi was being shaved, the crew noticed the scar on his head and asked how they would hide it. Wang said, no need, just explain that his father gave it to him when he was a kid. In fact, he got it when he was playing (as a kid?).

    Comment by dleedlee — April 13, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

  4. Yeah, Nic just needs to lose that little bit of fluff on the top of his head to be pretty close. I say he should do it. He looks a bit PeeWee Hermanesque as it is–maybe not an association he wants to make.

    I love the scar on Wang Baiqi’s head—adds authenticity and character! Such a nice looking boy—

    Comment by valeriesoe — April 14, 2009 @ 12:03 am

  5. Yeah, Nic just needs to lose that little bit of fluff on the top of his head to be pretty close. I say he should do it. He looks a bit PeeWee Hermanesque as it is–maybe not an association he wants to make.

    He looks like Bob’s Big Boy to me!

    Comment by dleedlee — April 14, 2009 @ 10:06 am

  6. [...] dleedlee created an interesting post today on April 13, 2009 « HKMDB Daily NewsHere’s a short outlineAnd it is doubly insulting to the Asians in question because they are citizens of the USA, since the hearing was about voter identification. No wonder newspapers are going out of business. Comment by ewaffle — April 13, 2009 @ 12:20 pm … We’ve seen Hu Jun shaved previously, too. When Wang Baiqi was being shaved, the crew noticed the scar on his head and asked how they would hide it. Wang said, no need, just explain that his father gave it to him when he was a kid. … [...]

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