HKMDB Daily News

February 1, 2012

February 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CNN: Hong Kong newspaper ad rails against Chinese ‘invasion’

The advertisement in the Apple Daily asks if Hong Kongers approve of spending HK$1,000,000 (US$128,925) every 18 minutes to take care of children borne by mainland parents and declares that “Hong Kong people have had enough!”

“Repeat, I Love You” poster features Angela Chang

Cecilia Cheung, Kwon Sang-Woo in a romantic dance

Jing Tian, Jing Boran, Ng Man-Tat and Tien Niu are also in the cast (Sina)2

CF: ”Dragon Inn” to Return to the Silver Screen

Wu [Ng See-Yuen] revealed that the original story line will remain unaltered but the picture and sound quality will be upgraded with the help of the latest technology. The movie has been dubbed with mandarin dialogue and will only be screened on the Chinese Mainland for the time being.

Brigitte Lin

Maggie Cheung

Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Sina)

CF: Box Office in Third Week 2012

The two local blockbusters of 2011″The Flowers of War” and “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”are both set to meet their endings. These two earned $0.58 million and $0.76 million respectively in this week and expected to suck in $600 million and $550 million respectively as final scores.

Connie Chan will give 10 performances Apr.18-27 at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Connie Chan Po-Chu (r) and Jiang Wen-duan will perform “Dream of the Red Mansions” in April to promote the development of Cantonese opera. (Sina)2

(Jan. 31) Josephine Siao confirmed that Benny Chan has made a contribution to the End Child Sex Abuse Foundation. Out of respect, she said she would not reveal the amount.

A scary scarf

Proof that the foundation needs contributions! (Sina)23

Anthony Wong returned home to Hong Kong from the mainland to visit his 80 year-old mother in the hospital.  She recently suffered a stroke.

(Sina)2

Karen Mok on cover of Prestige (Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Enno Cheng CD review (for Dave!)

As an artist, Cheng impresses not for her pristine, immaculate delivery, but rather for how natural and effortless she is able to make these songs sound.

MSN: Michael Hui’s celebrity dream

God is a woman, according to Anita Mui

CNA: Fala Chen returns to work after month-long hiatus

Fala Chen, who had been on hiatus since late November to recover from partial facial paralysis caused by problems with her nerves, revealed that her condition has improved and that she has gone back to work, reported Hong Kong media.

September 13, 2011

September 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Actress Zhou Xun to Join Hands with Tom Hanks in ‘Cloud Atlas’

Zhou Xun in Germany

Bae Doo-Na will also join the cast (Sina)2

FBA: My Kingdom review

Weak male leads and an unsuitable director sap the juice from a potentially interesting action drama.

Michelle Yeoh (THR)

THR: The Lady review

Luc Besson trades his usual muscular action and pumped-up visual style for a stately inspirational epic.

A1: Myanmar democracy leader’s struggle debuts on film(AFP)

Myanmar’s revered pro-democracy leader and Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now also a movie protagonist after Luc Besson’s “The Lady” premiered on Monday at the Toronto film festival.

THR: Bond Girl Michelle Yeoh on Being Deported From Burma

Chow Yun-Fat will play the famous warlord Cao Cao in a film (Tong Que Tai) set to begin shooting in Beijing next month. Chow has already begun growing a beard for the role. Official launch will be Oct. 5. Directed by first-time director, Zhao Lin-Shan, he was inspired by the recent (2009) discovery of  Cao Cao’s tomb and his burial with his empress and a young servant girl. The film will focus on the later years of Cao Cao’s life. In addition to Chow, Alec Su, Yan Ni, Ni Dahong, Roy Cheung(!) and many others have been confirmed as cast. An October 2012 release is planned.(Sina)23

HKStandard: Simple boost for movies hailed

Deanie Ip Tak-han’s best actress award at the 68th Venice International Film Festival will boost the SAR movie industry, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen said.

Deanie Ip

Deanie Ip’s return to Hong Kong

(Sina)2

WSJ: Jet Li Ashamed of China’s Soft Power

“China is an economic powerhouse,” Mr. Li said at Alibaba Group’s annual summit for small to medium-sized business owners in Hangzhou. But the world’s most populous country has little cultural influence compared to the U.S., South Korea and Japan, he said.

CF: Jet Li Talks about Charities

Anita Mui’s bling on sale

Sotheby’s auction house announced on Friday that there will be 43 lots, including memorabilia items, valued at more than HK $2.6 million during the Hong Kong Autumn Sale.

Jang Dong-gun met Zhang Ziyi at a hotel?

It was speculated the two met to discuss Zhang Ziyi’s role alongside Jang Dong-gun in director Heo Jin-ho’s new film, “Dangerous Liaisons”.

CNA: Anita Yuen admits she was once a kept woman

Yuen had previously revealed that she had been someone’s mistress during an interview with TVB General Manager Stephen Chan in 2007, but this was the first time she went into detail about the matter.

MSN: A grand birthday celebration for Andy Lau

While the banquet yesterday was to be an early birthday celebration, there were rumours that suggested it was actually a belated wedding banquet instead.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heung

Fans

(Sina-slideshow)

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

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Hey, isn’t that Wendi Deng Murdoch seated behind James and Rupert Murdoch testifying before a parlimentary committee? She, literally, leapt to her husband’s defense when a demonstrator attempted to hit Murdoch with a foam pie. Wendi jumped out of her seat and swung her arms to protect her man.

Wendi Deng, left (Yahoo)

Who is Wendi Deng?

And a very informative profile, here.

FBA: Love For Life review

China’s first AIDS drama jumps the rails when it becomes a star-driven tragic romance.

CRI: Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters’

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Lucas Tse and Ekin Cheng in Treasure Hunt

Lucas’ cameo appearance in Wong Jing has drawn lots of attention and is featured in the trailer (Sina)

Beijing press conference for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love)

Huang Shengyi

Jet Li, Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Yang Zi (producer), Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Sarah Choi (producer), Jet Li (Sina)2

Beijing press conference for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

Qin Jing

Song Guangcheng, Daniel Lee, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

(Sina)

Fortune Buddies, which opens Aug. 11, features veteran actors like Pauline Wong who has been retired since the 1990’s.

Pauline Wong Siu-Fung

Eric Tsang, Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong, Siu Yam-Yam, Richard Ng (Sina)

Anita Mui’s mother took to the streets to protest the court judgement against her in battle to claim Anita Mui’s estate

Takes her case to reporters

Her son arrived later to take her away (Xinhua)(Sina)2

May 31, 2011

May 31, 2011

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Variety: A Beautiful Life review

Despite an excess of melodrama, helmer Andrew Lau reteams with scripter Tang Kit-ming (”Look for a Star”) to deliver a lush tearjerker that aims to do for Beijing what Woody Allen once did for Manhattan.

CF: Li Bingbing in “The Secret Fan”

A batch of still photos was released for the imminent drama, “Snow Flowers and the Secret Fan.

CF: Tang Wei: Despaired Housewife in “Wu Xia”

The production company of the Peter Chan’s “Wu Xia” released new still photos featuring Tang Wei as a village woman.

(Sina)

Concept poster of Zhang Zilin as the Sky Goddess in The Monkey King (Sina)

Zhang Hanyu

Lam Suet, Fu Yong

Lam Suet will be starring in a comedy, working title Island Paradise, produced under China Film Group’s new talent development program. The film will be directed by newcomer Fu Yong. (Sina)

3D version of The Fruit is Swelling from Cash Chin Man-Kei who hopes to land Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang

Gong Li was one of the many celebrities attending a Louis Vuitton event in Beijing at the National Museum of China.

Gong Li

Wang Xueqi

Chen Kun

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s parents-in-law to help save her marriage?

This article includes the prospect of Cecilia going to visit Nicholas on set in Malaysia with their two sons and publicly apologizing. (Xinhua)

CNA: Late Anita Mui’s mother vows to “seek justice on television”

Anita Mui’s mother, Tam Mei-Kam, held a press conference in her hospital ward on Monday, to voice her unhappiness over not getting control of her late daughter’s estate

Anita’s brother and mother (Xinhua)

Baby bump? (Xinhua)

The queen of Cantopop claims that she does not like the idea and thinks that it is “old-fashioned and gross”.

May 10, 2011

May 10, 2011

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CRI: Gianna Jun’s Portrayal in “The Secret Fan” Revealed

CRI: Musician Gao Xiaosong Detained for Drunk Driving

Gao had attended a press conference in Beijing yesterday morning to release the trailer of his directorial film “My Kingdom” which stars Wu Chun, Han Geng and Barbie Hsu.

CF: ”Banquet at Hongmen” Releases Seating Plan Plot

The film [aka White Vengeance] features actors Leon Lai Ming, Zhang Hanyu, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng, Anthony Wong, Jordan Chan and Andy On.

CF: ”The Devil Inside Me” Eyeing a Late June Release

CF: Poster Released for “The Pretending Lovers”

The movie revolves around a couple who travel around the world for true love.

The movie “72 Hours” will hit national screens on the third anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake,

3D The Monkey King posters designed for Cannes

Designed by William Chang, the posters contains hidden secrets to the film. One interpretation is that Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat will battle to the death. The film is scheduled for a  summer of 2012 release. (Sina)

Cannes posters for Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s The Sorcerer and the White Snake. The star-heavy cast includes Jet Li, Charlene Choi, Miriam Yeung, Huang Shengyi, Vivian Hsu and Raymond Lam. The posters reflect the theme that love is a disaster, sometimes very violent.

(Sina)

Ning Hao, still waiting for the release of his film, No Man’s Land, announced a new film (tentatively, Case of Golden Puzzle) in Shanghai today. A black comedy, Ning Hao plans on completing it by mid-August. Huang Bo and other former cast members are participating. Set in 1941 Shanghai, Huang Bo plays a beggar that eventually organizes an anti-Japanese campaign. (Sina)

Poster for the upcoming Shanghai International Film Festival (Sina)

Jiang Wen’s cameo as a railroad engineer in Love For Life.  (Sina)

June Elle with Cecilia Cheung on cover

(Xinhua)

Oriental Sunday reports that Cecilia Cheung has ‘four rules’ for the shooting of her current film, Love Again: 1) Use of double/stand-in, 2) daily lunch break, 3) limit shooting to 6 hours a day, 4) return to Hong Kong daily [currently filming in Shenzhen]. (Xinhua)

Alan Mak

Alan Mak clarified rumours that he was seriously ill. Due to problems with his vision six months ago, Mak underwent a brain scan. To correct a little problme he was given medication to control a hormonal imbalance that had side effects and made him fat. Mak is fine now and his condition is under control and he is back to work in Beijing. (Sina)

Twins, Carol Dodo Cheng, Julian Cheung and Jim Chim appearing on the taping of TV game show All-Star Glam Exam. Lots of nice pics of Twins.

With host, one of the Grasshoppers, Calvin Choy

CF: Crystal Liu Graces Chinese May Issue of Harper’s Bazaar

Years after Cantopop diva Anita Mui passed away in 2003 from cervical cancer, the legal tussle over her estate finally came to a close on Monday.

Tam expressed she had no plans to contest her daughter’s will again but Mui’s elder brother Peter Mui said he will look for another opportunity to overturn the court’s decision.

CNA: Anita Mui’s millions to stay in trust fund after mother loses court appeal

(Xinhua)

The pregnant Hong Kong actress, who has gone past her due date, is apparently opting for induced labour

July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010

CNNGo: Carl Ng to play Brother Sharp in world’s first internet meme-inspired movie

CRI: “The Fourth Portrait” Nominated at Locarno Film Festival

[11 year-old Bi Xiao-Hai won the Best Actor award at the recent Taipei Film Awards.]

City Under Siege poster and trailer unveiling event

Collin Chou, clown, Benny Chan, Aaron Kwok

In an interview, Aaron denied that the film copied from Batman and Love on a Diet. (Sina - gallery)

Ming Dow

After a successful performance in the film “Monga”, Taiwan pop star, Ming Dow took on a similar character in this upcoming flick, which has lots of fight scenes for him.

CRI: Free “I Wish I Knew” Available in EXPO Garden

Jia Zhangke’s documentary-fiction “I Wish I Knew” now opens to Shanghai EXPO garden visitors for free.

The script for Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 has been approved by the SARFT. The film has a new new Chinese title, Don’t Worry(Xinhua)

Producer-actress Qin Hailu’s Steel Guitar/Steel Piano is undergoing post-production in South Korea in preparation for screening at the Venice Film Festival. The film won Most Creative and Most Popular awards at the Shanghai Film Festival. Director-writer Kwak Jae-Yang is most famous for the hit film My Sassy Girl. (Sina)

Midnight Heartbeat hopes to test audience tolerance for ‘domestic terror’ (Sina)

Posters for Death and Glory in Chengde

An Yi-Xuan

Ray Lui

Yuan Wenkang

Ray Lui - Death and Glory in Chengde

The film is about an epic 1943 battle where a division of 8000 KMT soldiers fought against 30,000 Japanese troops. After fighting for 16 days only 200 had survived.

Ray Lui appears in the film directed by Shen Dong which opens Aug.19. (Sina)23

High Schoo Musical - Zhang Jun-Ning (c)

Zhang Jun-Ning

Yuan Cheng-Jie, Zhang Jun-Ning, Liu Yan-Chan (Sina)

Karen Mok appeared in Beijing during a media set visit with bruised forehead from an auto accident while filming ‘Gravity’ with Leon Dai.

Karen Mok, Leon Dai

Gravity is directed by Zhao Tianyu (Lost, Indulgence, Delicacies…Poison) and will also feature Zhang Jingchu, Guo Tao, Wen Zhang, Bai Bai He with a 2011 release planned. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Betty Sun Li (Just Another Pandora’s Box, Lost Bladesman) appearing for luggage brand Samsonite. She’s expected to star in Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin 2. (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi (file photo)

Choi’s manager, Mani Fok, explained that Choi had been travelling a lot lately and simply over-exerted herself, adding that she has since received treatment at a hospital and has returned home Thusday morning.

“Charlene fainted after over-exerting herself, so she could not attend the Shanghai event. However, she is not taking sick leave and will return to work today (Friday) to shoot a commercial.

“I have been ill lately and have been constantly taking medicine. However, I couldn’t handle the large quantity of medication. Today, I was supposed to turn up for the ‘Angels on the Road’ publicity event in Shanghai. But before I left, my stomach felt very uncomfortable.” (Xinhua)(Sina)

Connie Chan brings her Hong Kong opera show to The Venetian in Macau

Nam Fung, Connie Chan Po-Chu, Chan Wing-Yee

Nam Fung and Chan Wing-Yee will be performing for 14 months at the hotel. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok and Nissan GTR spotted in Happy Valley

Caption: Fashionably dressed Aaron Kwok with sports car, branded coffee captures hearts of foreign babes (Xinhua)

Anita Mui’s brother Mui Kei-Ming and mother Tam Mei Mui

Mui’s mother filed another appeal in court concerning Anita Mui’s estate. She said she would continue to appeal regardless of the court’s rulings against her. (Xinhua)

Isabella Leong

Early pictures of Isabella Leong accompany story of her recent birth of twin boys. (Xinhua)

(July 9) Rosamund Kwan and Taiwan electronics chairman Chen Taiming spotted in Paris

No more news on TB Chris (Xinhua)

Angelababy appearing for Adidas’ NeoLabel (Sina)

January 5, 2010

January 5, 2009

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Screen Daily: Woochi (South Korea)

Director Choi Dong-hoon, responsible for previous hitsTazza: The High Rollers (2006)and The Big Swindle(2004), is famous locally for his narrative inventiveness, linguistic wit and skill in handling ensemble casts. However despite its distinctive characters and generally strong acting performances (particularly by Yoo and villain Kim Yoo-suk), Woochi lacks the smarts and drive of his previous work. It is also much too long at 136 minutes.

CRI: Jiang Wenli Hangs Directing Hat after Debut

Writer/cartoonist Tony Wong will adapt a popular comic to make Dragon Tiger Gate 2 in 3D. The film will feature Wu Zun but Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse will not return as he cannot afford their fees. (Sina)

CRI: TV Version of ‘The Myth’ Aired

Huang Yi is filming Billy Chung’s comedy ‘Martial Arts Comedy Biography’ which also costars Cherrie Ying.

(HunanTV)

Apple Daily Action News animated news report on Francis Ng’s bakery brawl (ESWN)

These animations are the latest brainstorm of Jimmy Lai, the founder of Next Media, which launched what are now the most popular Chinese-language newspapers in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Reflecting on how newspaper stories have more background about events than television news reports have, as he told me last week, “I thought, hey, why not make those missing images of the background into animated images?” He hired 160 software developers and engineers in Taiwan, who spent more than two years perfecting the technique. Reporters describe their interpretation of what happened to engineers and actors who serve as the models for the animation. Mr. Lai says that his team can create an animated video in 90 minutes, producing about 20 a day.

Mr. Lai says there’s no confusing the animation with real video. “The avatars are still quite wooden looking,” he said, though he plans to make them more realistic as the technology improves. Still, viewers need to be discriminating, keeping in mind the difference between enactments and real footage. (ESWN/WSJ)

Kelly Chan went to Jilin earlier to shoot a MV with Mickey to promote a new single which was released yesterday.

(Sina)

December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

Karena Lam braves the cold for Don Quixote, which will be released in 3D (Sina)

AngelaBaby plays a country maid with a stutter in All’s Well Ends Well 2010

(Sina)

CRI: Zhao Wei’s ‘Blades’ Wedding

The latest still-shots from the upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” show beautifully dressed Qiao Hua, played by Zhao Wei, waiting for her groom Qinglong, played by Donnie Yen.

HK Film Archive looks at Eileen Chang and film

China finds likely tomb of 3rd century general Cao Cao

Simon Yam spotted having a tryst with an unknown girl

Simon, who is currently overseas, refuted the rumours and explained, “That girl is just someone who was supposed to pick me up. There were others as well, and the flowers they were holding were for me. The next time if someone picks me up, I will tell them not to bring flowers but fruits instead. These rumours are ridiculous!”

Former HK actress Cherie Chung to marry a Singaporean businessman

“Single life is great, but having someone to share your joy and sorrow with is a very blissful thing,” Chung said.

Who’s behind the Zhang Ziyi ‘black paint incident’?

Hong said in her blog update that people who think Murdoch orchestrated the whole thing are completely mistaken.

“As far as I know, the mastermind behind this incident does not have a husband. She is someone’s second mistress. But for a second mistress to be so brazen, she must be somebody. I suggest that entertainment reporters focus on finding out who she is,” Hong said in her update.

Charmaine Sheh is TVB’s top earner!

Garnering a total of 15 million viewers for her shows, Charmaine has officially become TVB’s highest earner for the year, triumphing Raymond Lam, who is in 2nd place and Michael Tse (otherwise known as “Laughing Gor”), who is in 3rd. Bernice Liu, who was in 3rd place last year, is no where to be found near the top.

Shanghai Daily: Cantopop king Alan Tam delves into jade

New Gillian Chung advert for TOUGH Jeansmith (Sina)

(on.cc)

Fan Bingbing wedding studio advert

(Xinhua)

Karen Mok

I spy: Karen Mok with a new boyfriend? Spotted shopping in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

Dec. 30 is the 6th anniversary of Anita Mui’s passing.(Sina)

December 16, 2009

December 16, 2009


Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok

Charlene Choi

Tiffany Tang Yan

Storm Warriors Hong Kong press conference banquet gallery (HunanTV) (Sina)

Aaron Kwok may not reprise role in ‘Storm Warriors’ sequel

Shanghai premiere of Bodyguards and Assassins

Fan Bingbing, Li Yuchun (Sina)

Bright Future - Alex Fong Chung-Sun

Liu Hua

Wang Baoqiang

Bright Future is a farcical comedy by first time director Deng Zhiyuan producer of Big Movie. The film opens Dec. 22 (Sina)

CRI: Lu Chuan to Focus on China’s Ancient Past

“Banquet at Hongmen” has become a colloquial Chinese term to refer to treachery or a trap hidden in an act of goodwill.

Screen Daily: The Actresses (South Korea)

A never before released Anita Mui 2001 concert video will be screened at the Hong Kong Exhibition Center Dec.29. Guests appearing in the concert include Kelly Chen and Jacky Cheung. Proceeds will be donated to the charity Oxfam. (Sina)

Jia Zhangke with French Legion of Honor (Sina)

2009 magazine covers Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi, Zhao Wei  (China Daily)

Gong Li: January 2010 Harper’s Bazaar - HD gallery (Sina)

French rocker Hallyday out of coma, talking: spokesman

May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009


Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng is ready for the Dragon Boat Festival at Sai Kung

Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung
TVB artists Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung (Ekin’s girlfriend) attend Shatin Dragon Boat Festival

‘If You Are the One’, the Most Bankable One
Top Chinese earner beats out Red Cliff


There are no losers at film festivals, says Thirst’s Park Chan-wook

Judge Shu Qi jaded to sex and violence

Edison
Sister, Tricia
Edison Chen back in Hong Kong

Screen idol Alan Tang linked to June 4 escape plot
John Shum and Anita Mui also named in “Operation Yellow Bird.”

Taipei Times: Pop Stop


I spy: Sylvia Chang shopping in Central with husband and son

Son Oscar was kidnapped in 2000 at age 9 by gangsters

Chinatown Shoplifting showdown caught on CCTV (Thanks, Brian!)

Shanghaiist: A lesson on subway etiquette: Pole-iteness counts!

China’s Susan Boyle

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