HKMDB Daily News

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Johnnie To Brings New Film for Valentine’s Day

Poster and stills of Johnnie To’s film “Romancing in Thin Air”, featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng

CF: Deleted Segment of “Love is not Blind” Exposed

FBA: Love stronger than Steel

In China, Love is Not Blind has achieved the biggest opening box office for a local film this year. By Sunday night, the comedy had taken RMB188.0 million ($29.6 million) in six days.

The story tells of wedding planner Huang Xiaoxian’s 33 days of heartbreak after discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Her maybe-gay colleague Wang Xiaojian helps her back on her feet.

Actress Bai Baihe

Director Teng Huatao yesterday at an event to celebrate the box office success

Teng Huatao, Bai Baihe, Wen Zhang (Sina-gallery)

CF: Final Trailer of ‘White Vengeance’ Released

The costume heroine-themed war epic, “Legendary Amazons” recently released film clips exposing the lead actress Jin Qiaoqiao, who portrays a “Marksman” in the film.

Insiders report that Yang Zitong’s scenes have been deleted from “The Legendary Amazons”, unfortunately, due to the scale of violence in the film. Hopefully, her scenes will be restored in an unabridged Hong Kong version (?). She plays one of the Yangs and engaged in violent, bloody fights.

Yang Zitong, “You did what to my scenes!”

Yang Zitong

The romantic comedy “Love is Not Blind” has swept the mainland China’s box office charts, while in Hong Kong, director Giddens Ko’s romance “You are the Apple of My Eye” is making a history to by entering Hong Kong’s Top 10 Box-Office Records.

A Chengdu media preview screening of Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” left viewers satisfied but many described the film as more of a comedy, particularly the Joe Chen-Dou Xiao story. Director Wong said that she wanted to make a film for audiences to cry at but she did not achieve her purpose.

Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee - the “first tear” (Sina)23

A final trailer was also unveiled at the event in the run up to its release on November 24.

Shanghai press conference

Karen Mok

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Huang Yi walked the red carpet in Shanghai twice, once for an ELLE event and again for the premiere of “East Meets West 2011″.

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Chinese actress LI Bingbing is to be honoured as Female Star of the Year at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong next month.

A few of the happy recipients of the 2011 China’s Most Beautiful Award held this evening.

Huang Shengyi

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Ziyi

Wang Luodan (Sina)23

Gao Yuanyuan poses for animal protection in a photo spread featured in the magazine “ELLE”

Kelly Chen is reportedly four three months pregnant

Attending a fashion event today, she told reporters that she was pregnant and acknowledged that it was achieved through artificial insemination. Kelly has not suspended work and that doctors told her to relax and not be stressed. She said doctors feared that if she stayed at home she would be cranky. (Sina)

Grateful for Carol’s pregnancy, Andy was said to have secretly arranged Taiwan’s Reverend Di Bo and 20 nuns for a three days trip to Hong Kong to help conduct a ritual for a smooth delivery.

The 31-year-old model, who is also actor Aaron Kwok’s rumoured girlfriend, finally hit the big time after appearing in a racy advertisement for breast augmentation services, and was inundated with modelling assignments.

CNA: Sunny Chan opens up about autistic son, seeks help for child

November 15, 2011

November 15, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Wen Zhang to Star in 3D Film ‘On the Road’

Actor Wen Zhang will star in an urban romantic film that is said to be the first of its genre to be shot in 3-D.

Wen Zhang (Sina)

A South Korean director will be in charge of this Sino-Korean co-production. A star-studded cast, including Huang Shengyi from China and Ji Jin-hee and Cha Su-yeon from South Korea, will join Wen in the film.

CF: Behind-the-scenes Clip of “Legendary Amazons” Released

CF: Character Photos of the Film “I Do” Released

The film is slated for release on February 14, in time for the Valentine’s Day slot.

Li Bingbing (Sina-gallery)

CF: Leon Lai Ming in “White Vengeance”

Director Daniel Lee’s latest historical epic movie “White Vengeance” released a batch of still photos featuring Leon Lai Ming in the run up of its release in November 29.

CF: Theme Song out for “A Big Deal”

Theme song of the fantasy comedy “A Big Deal” was released today. The music video “Oh My Angel,” performed by Qiao Renliang, featured all lead characters of the movie, including Lan Ching Lung, Chapman To and the singer himself.

CF: ”Love is Not Blind” Tops Box Offices in First Week Screening

The film’s high earnings during its first-week run put director Teng Huatao on the shortlist of the “100 million club,” following in the footsteps of small- and medium-size productions such as “Mysterious Island,” “Buddha Mountain,” “Eternal Moment” and “My Own Swordsman.”

CF: Mythological Films and TV Dramas Lack Sustenance

“Painted Skin”, “The Sorceror and the White Snake”, “A Chinese Ghost Story” cited.

During a seminar entitled “Trends of Chinese Mythology Study in contemporary times”, held at the Central China Normal University on November 12, a number of research scholars in the field of Chinese mythology pointed out that the current trend of domestically produced mythical movies and TV dramas lack “nutrition”, suggesting that screenwriters take professional courses on Chinese Mythology.

Concept poster for Johnnie To’s “Romance in Thin Air” scheduled for a Valentine’s Day release.

Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng

(Sina-gallery)

Stills from Barbara Wong’s “Allure of Tears” theme song MV, opening Dec. 22

Aarif Lee, Zhou Dongyu

Zhou Dongyu

Joe Chen (Chen Chiao-en)

Shawn Dou Xiao, Joe Chen

Shawn Dou Xiao, Joe Chen

Joe Chen

Gigi Leung, Richie Jen (Sina)

Keanu Reeves was spotting in a Beijing hotel talking to actress Huang Shengyi for about an hour. The speculation is that he is interviewing her for the lead role in his upcoming film “Man of Tai Chi”. Earlier in September, Keanu was seen attending the screening of her film “The Sorceror and the White Snake”.

(Sina)

Cecilia Cheung

(Sina)

A1: Cecilia Cheung’s fierce comeback

Her new film, Legendary Amazons - a period movie produced by Jackie Chan under his production company, Jackie & JJ Productions, and directed by Frankie Chan - is being heralded as her comeback movie….Legendary has the makings of a blockbuster.

MSN: Barbie Hsu takes over Dee Hsu’s hosting gig

MSN: Aaron Kwok on his favourite things in life, love and career

MSN: Samuel Hui is still mourning over the loss of his brother Ricky

While the entire Hui family was devastated, younger brother Samuel was the one who was the most affected by his brother’s death. Ricky and Samuel had been through thick and thin in the 70s and 80s, on their roads to fame.

Cammi Tse used Edison for publicity

November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Emperor backs Lo mystery starring Nicholas Tse

Emperor Motion Pictures from Hong Kong and China’s Le Vision Pictures are to co-produce the next film by acclaimed Hong Kong director Lo Chi-leung.

The $12 million film is an untitled murder-mystery produced by veteran producer-director Derek Yee.

THR:Hong Kong Star Nicholas Tse Boards Period Pic

FBA: 11 Flowers review

Involving snapshot of childhood set near the end of the Cultural Revolution.

FBA: Well Go acquires Seediq Bale

CRI: ’Flying Guillotines’ Team Meets the Media

Besides the previously announced actors Huang Xiaoming and Ethan Ruan, the director also presented Shawn Yue, Jing Boran, Zhou Yiwei, Pu Bajia and Li Yuchun.

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CF: ”The Sword Identity” Premieres on the Mainland

The film “The Sword Identity” tells the legendary story of a sabre coming out from a military camp, wanders from place to place, making ripples on the world of martial arts, before finally being recognized by orthodox denomination of martial arts .

The Patrick Leung-Corey Yuen martial arts-action film “Great Wudang” held a press conference in Hubei yesterday. The cast includes Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk), Louis Fan, Yang Mi and Dennis To (To Yuhang) and Xu Jiao. A summer 2012 release is planned.

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Dennis To

Louis Fan

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi

(Sina-gallery)

Korean editon of poster for “West Wind” - from Charlie Young’s weibo

Gigi Leung in Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”

Producer Raymond Wong sees Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu) as a younger version of Charlie Young and hopes that she will develop into the next AngelaBaby.

Karena Ng - Magic to Win

Vincent Kok and Paw Hee-Ching guest in Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Paw Hee-Ching

Vincent Kok - volleyball coach

“Magic to Win” cast includes Loletta Lee and Yip Sai-Wing

Loretta Lee (Lee Lai-Chun ) and Yip Sai-Wing appear as husband and wife

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As 2011 draws to a close, celebrities have made this the year of the showbiz wedding.

In terms of sumptuousness, [Coco] Lee and Rockowitz’s nuptials lead the field, with two days of celebrations that reportedly cost NT$600 million [US$19M]. The wedding was rated by the press as the most expensive to be held in Hong Kong.

Entertainment was provided by Grammy-winning musicians Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo, while the Shaw Brothers Film Studio, which, according to the Liberty Times, is normally not allowed to be rented out for private use, was turned into a playground for the rich and powerful.

MSN: Cammi Xie speaks up on romance with Edison Chen

The model’s relationship with singer Edison Chen was exposed after photos of the pair were leaked online

“I didn’t have sex with him! I’m only 16,” Cammi shouted.

CNA: Edison Chen admits to dating 16-year-old schoolgirl amidst new scandal

Even if the pair did have relations, Chen is in the clear as the legal age of sexual consent in Hong Kong is 16.

The 31-year-old actor said he only started seeing Tse after he broke up with girlfriend Vincy Yeung, whom he had dated since Yeung was 17.

In response to questions about whether there were even more salacious photos in her phone, Tse said, “No, the sexiest ones have already surfaced.”

October 28, 2011

October 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Posters out for “The Guillotines”

CF: New Promotional Posters for “The Tears” Unveiled

Shawn Dou Xiao

Joe Chen Qiao-En (Chen Chiao-en) (Sina)

CF: Chinese Movie set to Emulate “Indiana Jones” and “007″

Set in 2010, the movie tells the story of intrepid treasure hunters, vying with one another in an effort to locate the famous Chinese painting, “Fuchun Mountains”, created by Huang Gongwang during the Yuan Dynasty.

Andy Lau

Lin Chi-Ling, Andy Lau

Zhang Jingchu (Sina-gallery)

A Chinese stunt man was killed and a Chinese-American stunt man was injured after a boat explosion being filmed went awry. The accident occurred in a reservoir near Sofia, Bulgaria where “The Expendables 2″ is being shot. The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria confirmed the death of a 26 year-old from Shaanxi. (Sina)

Reuters: A tragic accident on the set of the star-packed action sequel “The Expendables 2″ killed one stuntman and left another seriously injured Thursday night

CF: Peter Ho Shows his Macho in “Cold Steel”

CF: Han Chae-young in “A Big Deal”

In the film, Han is set to portray a girl called Zhou Yun, who comes to China alone and becomes entangled in a series of complicated relationships with three Chinese men.

CF: Stars Gathered for Doze Niu’s “Love”

Filling his cast with A-list stars, including Shu Qi, Vicky Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, Doze Niu is determined to create a blockbuster romance movie.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai attending Chinese International Fashion Week in Beijing

(Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Maggie Cheung attended a fashion event this evening

She is described as looking haggard and thin, a little drunk

With Wyman Wong

With Huang Xiaoming

Maggie Cheung

Miriam Yeung

Huang Xiaoming

Lynn Xiong   (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Gordon Liu suffers from a stroke

The TVB martial artiste was paralyzed on his right side due to the stroke

October 21, 2011

October 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: The Butcher’s Wife review

“The Butcher’s Wife” is a respectable but dramatically unrewarding debut for writer-director Gao Xiongjie, a veteran teacher of film and television arts at China’s Central Academy of Drama. This story of a simple country man chasing his ambitious runaway wife to the city goes for low-key realism but is little more than a cautionary melodrama. Mixture makes for a dreary small-scale tragedy with one-note characters whose mismatched marriage is hard to root for.

TimeOutHK: Life Without Principle review

With three major story threads and nary a ‘plot’ in sight, Life Without Principle witnesses a veteran filmmaking team brilliantly capturing the zeitgeist and seriously failing their screenwriting exam.

CF: Still Shots of the Film “Black & White: Part 1″ Released

Recently, the production company behind the Taiwanese film “Black & White: Part 1″, starring Mark Chao, Ivy Chen, Angelababy and mainland actor Huang Bo, released still shots of the film.

CF: Fearsome Embroidered Shoes

Horror suspense film titled “Blood Stained Shoes” is being promoted at the 20th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Awards, with the production team and cast members taking to the red carpet for its first news conference held as part of the award ceremony, hosted in Hefei, Anhui province, south China, on October 20.

Producer Manfred Wong

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi

Mabel Ye (Ye Xiqi)

Cast - Xing Man-shan, Kara Hui, Mo Xiaoqi, Mabel Ye, Michael Tong (Sina)2

Directed by up-and-coming Hong Kong director Francis Lam, the movie brings 3D filming technology and the parkour game together for the very first time. The production company hopes to offer an audio-visual feast to moviegoers when it is screened.

Kongfu megastar Jet Li and renowned Hong Kong director Tsui Hark reunited at Peking University for their upcoming 3D Wuxia blockbuster “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate” yesterday.

“Aftershock” star Xu Fan, and the leading actress of “City Monkey”, Lv Liping have been nominated for the best actress award, each for the third time.

Li Bingbing posed for a new photo shoot for Cosmopolitan magazine before she left to America for her role in the film franchise “Resident Evil: Retribution.” She shared in the magazine that she can only be conquered by talented man. (Sina-slideshow)

China’s film industry, the world’s third largest in terms of production, has been criticized for its over-commercialization and a lack of cultural depth amid expectations that the fast-growing sector will help enhance the nation’s soft power.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Trailer: Christian Bale Protects Girls From Invading Japanese in 1937 China

The faces of the ‘13 hairpins’ remain a secret (Sina)

The second set of posters for Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” was released. They feature Richie Jen and Gigi Leung.

(Sina)

Barbara Wong and Zhou Dongyu helped present a preview screening of the film in Hefei at the Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival.

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(Sina)

Zhao Qianyu sings “Raising eyebrows” in the newly released MV for “The Legendary Amazons”

The singer from Inner Mongolia plays Cecilia Cheung’s daughter in the film.

MSN: Leon Lai and Gaile Lok appear in public hand-in-hand

MSN: Jay Chou smiles and accepts blessings

CNA: Jay Chou’s songs once rejected by Andy Lau, A-mei, says mentor

September 27, 2011

September 27, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:58 pm

FBA: 1911 + 3DNA = RMB31m

Local horror The Purple House opened on RMB6.2 million ($970,000).

CF: Dou Xiao Braces Himself for Car Stunts in New Film

Racer Legend poster (Sina)

CF: The Film “LOVE” Held its First Media Reception in Beijing

CF: ’Dangerous Liaisons’ Kickes off Shooting

CF: Ladies Kick Butt in Upcoming Release ‘The Five’

Our keywords are ‘girls, action and adventure’ – just as there are women’s action movies like Charlie’s Angels and Tomb Raider coming out of Hollywood, so too did we want to have a homegrown Chinese production,” said Lu Tao, the film’s producer.

Aarif Lee

Zhou Dongyu

First posters for Barbara Wong’s Tears in a Fallen City/Allure Tears, opening December 24. (Sina)

The 33D Invader poster features Macy Wu Qing-Qing

The film opens in Hong Kong October 6 with advance midnight screenings on Sept. 30. Mainland tour groups are expected during the National Day Golden Week holidays.

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Elanne Kong and Chapman To celebrate the wrap for Herman Yau’s Holding Love High

(Sina)

CF: Actress Dong Jie Covers Vogue Magazine

Actress Dong Jie poses for a new photo shoot for Vogue magazine.

MSN: Karen Mok to provide live wedding updates on her microblog

The singer let on that the venue will be decorated in pink, gold and “bling bling”, but refused to reveal the exact location of her wedding.

MSN: Zhang Ziyi angry at Cecilia Cheung?

The two actresses were said to be on bad terms after it was rumoured that Ziyi was reduced to being the second female lead (Sina)

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