HKMDB Daily News

November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: TVB contributes to HK film history

Rival broadcaster ATV handed over approximately 400 prints at its own ceremony in July 2010 with a promise to donate an additional 300 prints once censent had been obtainted from rights holders.

FBA: A Chinese Ghost Story review

Simply bigger and better, on most levels, than the famous 1987 version.

CF: Behind-the-scenes clip for “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” Released

Produced by the Bona Film Group and directed by Tsui Hark, the makers of wuxia drama “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” have released the first behind-the-scenes footage of the film. It exposes the production process of the special effects and some of the more important sets.

(Sina)2

Ma Liwen’s “A Big Deal” opens Dec. 2

Han Chae-Young, Chapman To and Blue Lan star in the fantasy-comedy (Sina)

Gillian Chung cancelled all upcoming promotional activities for “Nightmare”, opening Nov.25. Her agent said that Gillian was only a guest and not the leading actor so it is not really that important. “Nightmare” was originally scheduled for a Halloween release but then later postponed. Gillian was said to have been displeased with publicity photos featuring another actor that were released earlier during the Golden Roster Hundred Flowers Film Festival (GRHFF).

“Nightmare” cast at GRHFF (Sina)2

CF: Gonna Make him a Star

Wang Baoqiang stars as a fortuneteller in “Hello! Mr Tree” with Tan Zhuo.

After starring in “Blind Shaft”, Wang was chosen by Feng Xiaogang, one of China’s biggest directors, to play a role in “A World Without Thieves” (2003). His character was a teenage migrant worker with below-average intelligence but who has a kind heart. “I will never forget the moment I received the call from Feng,” said Wang. “It was so exciting knowing that I was going to star in a film of his.”

Having played so many similar roles - lovelorn, rural background, not too bright - Wang has been criticized for being a one-trick pony. “That’s why I consider “Hello! Mr Tree” as my ‘masterpiece’ right now,” said Wang. “I play a middle-aged bachelor who falls in love with a deaf girl. I am a ‘grown-up’ now, so I’m so glad the role has been acknowledged internationally.”

CF: ”Cold Steel” Holds Press Conference

Director David Wu was joined at the event by the writer of the original work, Li Xiaomin, a retired sniper, mtime.com reports. Adapted from the popular internet novel of the same name written by Li Xiaomin, the film tells the tale of how a young huntsman grows up to become a champion sniper. The film stars Peter Ho, Song Jia, Tony Leung, Mickey Ho and Guo Mingxiang.

CF: ‘Cold Steel’ to Compete at Palm Springs

Newly released poster for Miao Shu’s “Game of Assassins” (vide ”Assassin“) featuring Leung Kar-Yan

Wu Ma, Chen Kuan-Tai and Jiang Chao are also cast in this Ricky Lau-produced story of intrigue between rival kings.

Previously released poster (Sina)

CF: Li Bingbing to Be Awarded Female Star of the Year at CineAsia 2011

Apart from acting, Li is committed to environmental protection and charity issues. She serves as a goodwill ambassador for both the United Nations Environment Program and the World Wildlife Fund. She founded a charity called L.O.V.E in 2009, which is dedicated to various public welfare activities. Because of her charity work, the Chinese media has dubbed Li the “charity queen.”


CRI: Zhang Ziyi Graces ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Tabloids suspect that 45 year-old actress Loletta Lee Lai-Chun is pregnant. Seen above with boyfriend and ex-husband director Calvin Poon.(Sina)


MSN: Nicholas Tse impersonated to drum publicity for Chinese company

The imposter attended a public event under the name of the Hong Kong actor

Despite announcing her pregnancy, Kelly did not mention the gender of the baby. However, a source close to the singer divulged that Kelly’s wish for a baby girl had come true.

MSN: Jay Chou claims he is not suitable for marriage

The Taiwanese singer feels that he has the mental age of a 20-year-old

Hannah Quinlivan to retire early

CNA: Jay Chou admits he likes strutting around naked at home

“Because it feels like I’m flying like an eagle, it’s really not bad,” said Chou with a laugh.

The actor toured Europe with his young wife for their anniversary, but did not pay his ex-wife and son a visit when he returned to Hong Kong

June 2, 2011

June 2, 2011

Variety: A Chinese Ghost Story review

A mediocre remake of the famous, same-named 1987 Hong Kong action-fantasy, “A Chinese Ghost Story” sports snazzy effects and some decent fight sequences, but that’s about it.

CRI: Rest on Your Shoulder’ Joins Golden Goblet Competition

CF: Top Kung Fu Masters Join “The Royal Tramp”

The new adaptation will overturn some stories of original novel. In the film, the lead roles will travel back in time to the Qing Dynasty, and there will be a love triangle between Emperor Kangxi, Wei Xiaobao and a Russian princess. The movie will be screened across China in 3-D.

CF: Jiang Wu in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

CF: Thrilling Trailer of “Mysterious Island” Out

CF: Louis Liu Plays Villain in His Film Debut

As a magician, Liu Qian is a household name in China because of his mind-blowing performances on two consecutive China Central Television “Spring Festival Galas,” one of the nation’s highest-rated TV shows.

Johnnie To Wraps Romance Film at Home in Hong Kong

The veteran Hong Kong director was wrapping up his new romance “Romancing in Thin Air” in the southern Chinese financial centre Thursday afternoon after what he and his producer describe as a grueling filming in the high-altitude forests of southwestern Yunnan province.

Posters for Wong Jing’s martial arts comedy Treasure Inn which opens June 28. The cast includes Nicholas Tse, Nick Cheung, Huang Yi and Charlene Choi. Liu Yang is featured in the stills below.

Stills from Treasure Inn

Nicholas Tse, Liu Yang

Nicholas Tse, Charlene Choi, Liu Yang

(Sina)2

Wong Jing and Liu Yang at a press event today in Tianjin (Sina)

Beach Spike starring Chrissie Chau and Jessica C opens in mainland theaters this summer. The release is seen as testing the waters for Chrissie’s entry into the mainland market.

(Sina)

Huang Bo plays an E.T. in The Pretending Lovers which opens June 24.

(Sina)2

Fan Bingbing celebrated Children’s Day by wearing a sailor’s outfit and Young Pioneers’ red scarf in a visit to Henan Province, a former revolutionary stronghold. She brought gifts and school supplies to a children’s school for orphans and the underprivileged. Fan Bingbing also gave out the latest white iPhones to her staff as “big kids” gifts for Children’s Day to thank them for their efforts for her during her recent trip to Cannes. “.

(Sina)2

UNICEF Maggie Cheung launches Child Welfare Week

Our presence was the present: Maggie Cheung

UNICEF Ambassador Maggie Cheung, along with China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs and Beijing Normal University, launched the second annual China Children Welfare Week at China’s UNICEF headquarters in Beijing

Maggie chats online about her experience in Sichuan (Sina)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung talked about divorce in April

The Hong Kong media exposed that the couple consulted a divorce lawyer prior to the Hong Kong Film Awards

MSN: Patrick Tse flares up at son’s marriage rumours

Rumour has it that Nicholas Tse’s mother Deborah Li had given the green light for Cha Xiao Xin’s exposé.

A1: HK paparazzi ‘ambush’ Nicholas Tse in KL

HKStandard: Divorce rumors dog star couple

Lucas, Quintus

A rumoured pre-nuptial agreement grants Cecilia custody rights of all children. Ceci and Lucas are inseparable and she has always doted on him. Quintus, however, has been often left in the care of his grandmother, Deborah Lee, and Nicholas is said to be unwilling to give up Quintus. (Sina)

CNA: Sammi Cheng changes willful ways for Andy Hui

HKStandard: June 4 rally aims to attract 150,000

April 29, 2011

April 29, 2011

First, “Yam bui” to Wills and Kate!

Charismatic Donnie Yen is a ‘legend’ in his own right

The American theatrical distributor, Variance Films, proudly points out that “Legend of the Fist” is presented as the original Hong Kong version, with no missing footage, no Western-music soundtrack substitutions, and with subtitles instead of dubbed dialogue.

“Legend of the Fist” takes its story and setting from history, but it embellishes facts with magnificent action sequences.

CRI: Beijing International Film Festival Ends in Success

Chinese film authorities called the inaugural Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) a great success at a press conference ahead of the closing ceremony on Thursday night.

CF: Stars at the Closing Ceremony of BJIFF

CF: Latest Stills of “The Secret Fan”

A love story that spans time and space

Li Bingbing

(Sina-gallery)

CF: ”Love On Credit” to Explore Female Happiness

High-profile new romance flick Xingfu E’du (Love On Credit), directed by upcoming young Taiwanese director Leste Chen and starring an A-list cast including Taiwanese model-turned-actress Lin Chiling, Chen Kun and Liao Fan, held a kick-off press conference Wednesday in Beijing.

CF: Feng Xiaogang the Most Popular Director among College Students

CF: “Welcome to Shama Town” to Open Far East Int’l Film Festival

(Sina)

Chapman To’s review of 3D Sex and Zen (Thanks, to Dave for passing me this.)

Most of us who went to see 3D Sex and Zen are horny little bastards, not necrophillic sadist freaks! If you find any dude still pitching a tent after watching these scenes in the theater, I suggest you get up and leave. He may be dangerous.


Wong Jing is planning a comedic version of The Founding of a Republic for the Lunar New Year. Called, literally,  ”Married to a 100 Men”, the film will gather dozens of well-known comedians and first line stars. (Sina)

Andrew Lau - Guangzhou

A Beautiful Life played to a preview audience and the sad film left many audience members in tears. Already, Shu Qi’s performance has been anticipated for a Best Actress award next year according to Shu Qi’s former manager Manfred Wong. Lau said that because of her life experiences, Shu Qi was able to reveal the emotional truth in the film and depict the wandering and loneliness of her character. One scene in the alley required her to cry for 6 minutes. It has to be shot 3 times, so Shu Qi had to cry for 18 minutes. Lau revealed that Sun Honglei was originally planned for Liu Ye’s role but he was unavailable due to working on The Warring States. Liu Ye was selected because his personality was the closest to matching. Hu Jun was tender enough but too tall, Huang Xiaoming was deemed too small and like a brother. Anthony Wong was responsible for maintaining comedy in the film. The viewing press thought the ending too abrupt. (Sina)2

Wilson Yip

Liu Yifei

Lin Peng, Liu Yifei, Kara Hui, Li Jing

A Chinese Ghost Story/A Chinese Fairy Tale held a press conference to celebrate reaching 100 million yuan box office in Beijing yesterday. (Xinhua) (Sina-gallery)

Latest photos of Gaile Lok dispels pregnancy rumours.

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-slideshow)

Rosamund Kwan in Chengdu

50 year-old Rosamund Kwan answered all questions while appearing for an optical brand. Only 16 years-old when she entered into a “flash marriage”, she was asked whether she would again. Earlier, Rosamund was spotted in Paris with longtime boyfriend, a Taiwan businessman. Rosamund said that she hoped to marry, flash is okay. But marriage is a serious matter and must consider many things.  She said she often secretly came to Chengdu to stroll, eat and play. Asked whether she would make another film, Rosamund said she had no impulse at the moment so she’s taken a short break but had not quit. But if old boyfriend Andy Lau invited her, she would certainly consider it. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Patrick Tse was spotted shopping for his beloved silver jewelry in Central. Rarely seen without sunglasses, he took off his sunglasses to inspect closer before he was snapped by photogs. Coming out of the shop later, Patrick mischievously threatened to beat the reporters. (Xinhua)

TaipeiTimes: Pop stop

Weddings past and future

“The lotus root breaks but its fibers remain joined together.”

MSN: Kelly Lin admits pregnancy2

The Taiwanese actress however, denied it was a shotgun marriage

(Sina-slideshow)

Cecilia Cheung spends S$24 million on new property

The Hong Kong actress makes her money work hard for her

Just a photo of Ceci by Chapman To

Raymond Lam Fung’s impossibly busty ex-girlfriend Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, looks set to complement the July release of her pictorial book with a TV role in a Mainland Chinese series, reported Apple Daily.

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:12 pm

THR: Bona Bumps Up ‘Magician’ to Christmas to Battle ‘13 Flowers

Tony Leung and Christian Bale will go head to head Dec. 22.

CRI: Shi Nansun and Johnny To Join Cannes JuryFBA: Hong Kong duo join Cannes jury

Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun and producer-director Johnny To were announced Monday, April 18 as members of the jury that will judge the main competition entries at the Cannes festival this year.

Official poster released for the restored reissue of the original A Chinese Ghost Story

Ghost Story - Leslie Cheung Commemorative Version (87 Edition) (Xinhua)(Sina)

The fundamental reason to screen the film again is to commemorate Cheung, according to the production company of the film. It is reported they have spent a lot of money on the film’s renovations, mainly on visual and sound effects.

A sex scene between Chinese beauty Crystal Liu Yi Fei and Louis Koo in “A Chinese Ghost Story” has apparently been lost to the cutting room floor for its 18-rated theatrical release in Malaysia.

“The Founding of A Party” released new photos featuring actress Dong Jie as Soong Chingling

The final poster for A Beautiful Life is released

Liu Ye

(Sina)2

According to Pang, over 100 stars will be present at the red carpet on April 23. Image ambassadors to the BJIFF, Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi, will arrive together with Zhang Guoli, Tang Wei, Leon Lai, Korean movie stars: Cha Tae Hyen and Park Chae Rim at the red carpet.

The first Beijing International Film Festival (23-28 April) gets an early start tonight with the world premiere of The Lost Bladesman starring Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.

The local marketing campaign has proved controversial for highlighting the role of relative newcomer Jing Tian, who headlined last year’s romantic comedy My Belle Boss.

Moviegoers in Hong Kong are furious that busty soft porn actress Vonnie Lui Hoi Yan did not really expose her nipples as advertised in the erotic film “3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, reported Headline Daily. She said: “I really did expose my two nipples, which was what was required in the contract.”[An "all points" bulletin alert was called for immediately!]

Cecilia needed to ask her assistant what her husband said on stage and was “peeved” when she knew that Nicholas did not thank her on stage.

Kelly Lin, April cover

(Xinhua-gallery)

Here comes another remarkably quick marriage. Rising actress Zhang Yuqi and award-winning director Wang Quan’an are a couple for real.

Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Wang Quan’an

MSN: Jay Chou plans to open restaurant in China

Jay Chou is not only a singer, an actor and a director, he is also a boss. The man owns Mr. J, a chain of restaurants, in Taiwan.

April 11, 2011

April 11, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:49 pm

Variety: Punished review

Hong Kong-action fans will find a measure of reward if insufficient excitement in the Buddhist-flavored thriller “Punished.”

CF: Jet Li Pays Tribute to Tai Chi Master

It is said that Jet Li, who has once studied the Yang style Tai Chi, will play the role of Yang Luchan in the movie of “Tai Chi” produced by Huayi Bros. Media Group.

CF: Young Quake Hero Stars in Film

Lin plays a young survivor in “The Sun”, which tells the story of a couple seeking hope after losing their daughter during the Sichuan earthquake.

The boy’s story made headlines, and brought him nationwide attention. He was chosen to lead the Chinese team with Yao Ming at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics.

CF: Versatile Actor Feng Yuanzheng Plays Psycho Again

He also played a transvestite in Director Feng Xiaogang’s blockbuster “If You Are the One,” which impressed many moviegoers.

As a Sino-American co-production, the film is directed by American director Gil Kofman and also stars Ady Ang, Yao Lu, Gao Xin and Chun-tsan An.

CF: Manfred Wong Supports Young Talents

The Weinstein Company has picked up North American rights to The Lost Bladesman. (Sina)

Felix Chong, Jiang Wen, Alan Mak considering collaborating on a sequel to Let the Bullets Fly

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen, Felix Chong, Donnie Yen (Sina-slideshow)

Lau also took the unusual step of letting Shu [Qi] make an early edit of the movie so he could structure the story from a woman’s perspective. The veteran Taiwanese actress is now eyeing a directorial debut, so Lau thought the editing task was a good learning experience for her and was pleased with her effort.

“She is not just an actress any more. She knows how to analyze camera angles, the score. She knows how to analyze cinema,” Lau said.

Lau said: “My visuals are typically very powerful. The rhythm is fast. The cuts are fast. This time I took a completely different approach. There are many lengthy shots.”

AP: Olympic champ diver Tian shines in romantic film

Chinese champion diver Tian Liang has won glowing reviews from a prominent Hong Kong director as the two-time Olympic gold medalist transitions from elite athlete to entertainer.

Tian, the men’s 10-meter platform champion at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and synchronized platform champion four years later in Athens, plays an autistic young man who marries a mute woman in Andrew Lau’s upcoming Chinese-language romance “A Beautiful Life.”

Tian Liang (Sina)

A Beautiful Life’s Andrew Lau, Shu Qi and Liu Ye appeared at a charity event at Grand Century Plaza along with Charles K Kao, “godfather of fiber optics” and Nobel Prize winner. Shu Qi displayed her calligraphy with the new Chinese title for A Beautiful Life, “Won’t Leave You Alone”. It took her an hour to write. A Beautiful Life opens May 20.

Shu Qi

Liu Ye

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi

(Xinhua)2(Sina-slideshow)

Poster for new Chinese Ghost Story.

The reissue of the original Chinese Ghost Story which earlier was slated to open on the 10th has reportedly extended its run from 20 to 30 days. It will run head to head against the new Wilson Yip version which will open on the 22nd. (Sina)

Wilson Yip, Kara Hui and Louis Fan Siu-Wong promote the 2011 version of A Chinese Ghost Story in Taiwan. (Apr.6)

Louis Fan, Kara Hui, Wilson Yip

Kara Hui

Wilson Yip (Sina-slideshow)

Mr. and Mrs. Single opens April 14.

Eason Chan

Eason Chan, Harlem Yu

Bai Bing, Eason Chan (Sina-slideshow)

Qin Lan was caught practicing her fencing for Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper, based on the Banquet at Hongmen. Her role in the film has not been announced. Earlier it had been leaked that Qin Lan played the Empress but this has been denied.

(Sina-gallery)

A1: Jay Chou, Nicholas Tse movie set for KL shoot

CF: Sun Li Graces “Vogue” China

CRI: Jackie Chan and Liu Yuanyuan Pump ‘Livelihood’

Jackie Chan joined hands with singer Liu Yuanyuan to sing “Livelihood”, a tribute song for the 90th anniversary of the founding of CPC.

3D Sex and Zen: Boom or bust?

April 7, 2011

April 7, 2011

CRI: ’Warring States’ Actor Rates Performance ‘Poor’

Lead actor Sun Honglei says he is dissatisfied with his performance in the film “The Warring States”, but still hopes audiences will like the movie, which is due out in Chinese and North American cinemas on April 12.

CRI: Romance Movie “Mr and Mrs Single” Premieres in Beijing

CRI: “As Tears Go By” Gets on Cannes

The still featured by Andy Lau and Maggie Cheung in the movie “As Tears Go By,” was posted as the special poster of Cannes Critics Week

KoreaTimes: Cannes to host press junket for ‘My Way’

The main cast members ― heartthrob Jang Dong-gun, Japanese superstar Jo Odagiri and Chinese pop icon Fan Bingbing ― are slated to appear in the May event. It is expected to help pitch international sales for the movie.

Poster for A Chinese Fairy Tale/A Chinese Ghost Story

Liu Yifei

Wilson Yip

Wilson Yip, Wang Danyi Li (Sina-slideshow)

The Devil Inside Me - Tony Leung Ka-Fai

A June release is planned (Sina)

Sammy Hung - Choy Lee Fut opened April 2

Lau Wing-Kin (Sina)

Eat Drink, Man Woman 2 cast

front: Huo Siyan, Kenneth Tsang, Gua Ah-Lei; rear: Huang Xuan, Jiang Mengjie

back: Huang Xuan, Gua Ah-Lei, Kenneth Tsang, Jiang Mengjie

front: Huo Siyan, producer Hsu Li-Kong, director Tsao Jui-Yuan (Sina)

Lawrence Ng, attending a hospital charity event in Guangzhou, said he regrets making the original Sex and Zen film and had no plans to watch the new 3-D version. (Sina)

Leni Lan Yan surfaces

The missing Lan Yan has sent an email to Stephen Shiu apologizing for her absence that sparked rumours of her suicide. She said that since March 18 until April 6,  she has been at a Buddhist temple in Chongqing. Lan Yan plans to return home to Shanghai and then head to Hong Kong on the 7th to promote 3-D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy. Lan Yan apologized for the trouble she caused her agent. (Sina)

MSN: Andy Lau rumoured to have bought mansion in Malaysia

MSN: Pan Shuang Shuang on Raymond Lam: We have not broken up The Chinese model speaks up

Mavis Pan’s appearance at Fashion Walk, Causeway Bay is greeted with a swarm of press . She was questioned about whether she had had breast augmentation surgery performed on her. (Apr.6)

MSN: Kenny Bee’s daughter has not seen mum in 7 years

Last week, it was reported that Hong Kong singer Kenny Bee and his long-time girlfriend Fan Jiang Su Zhen were embroiled in a quarrel with his ex-wife Teresa Cheung’s younger sister Cheung Xiaowan.

CNA: Kenny Bee’s family feud heats up, daughter defends Fan Jiang

A1:Gan Lulu’s mother attacks her on TV show

“My mother hits me because she loves me.” Her mother immediately rushes forward, shoves her and starts yelling vulgarities again. (Xinhua-video) [Gan Lulu is a model/actress whose mother created a sensasian when she uploaded a video of her daughter getting out of the shower in hopes of finding a suitor for her.] (ChinaSmack)

Bob Dylan made headlines of Chinese newspapers the second day after the Beijing show with two follow-ups in Shanghai and Hong Kong. Here is a brief round-up of newspaper digests and reviews by some Chinese music commentators.

March 18, 2011

March 18, 2011

(AP)

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10

USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10

Other organizations23

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

Another large-scale gala in Taiwan called “Fight & Smile” will begin Friday evening to raise additional funds for Japan earthquake relief efforts.

January 12, 2011

January 12, 2011

CRI: Different Looks of Gong Li in ‘What Women Want’

CRI: Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’: the Actual Trailer

(21cn)

CRI: Chinese Animated Film Competes for Oscar

“The Dreams of Jinsha”, a Chinese animated film, is in the running for an Oscar.

Production is now underway on 13 Flowers of Nanjing the new Christian Bale-starring movie by leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

Poster for Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale (aka A Chinese Ghost Story)

The film stars Liu Yifei and is currently in post-production in South Korea for special effects. (Sina)

Four new posters for Shaolin featuring the lead actors

Nicholas Tse edition

Andy Lau edition

Jackie Chan edition

Fan Bingbing edition

(Sina)2

CRI: Jet Li’s One Foundation Goes Public

CRI: Jay Chou Attends ‘Hornet’ Premiere with Rumored Girlfriend

(Xinhua)

MSN: Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung rumoured to be engaged

MSN: Faye Wong sang theme song for husband’s movie

August 30, 2010

August 30, 2010

LATimes: Zhang Yimou remakes the Coen brothers’ ‘Blood Simple’

The result is the lush, slapstick ‘A Women, a Gun and a Noodle Shop.’ The film highlights the rise of Chinese cinema.

FBA: Woo to wage war in wide screen

John Woo will prepare his long in-development WWII epic Flying Tigers to be screened in the IMAX wide screen format.

Variety: Woo lives to make movies

Now if only someone would let him make a musical

Wang Lee Hom’s first attempt at writing and directing a feature film, Love In Disguise, drew mixed reviews from critics but raves from fans.

CRI: Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing to Play Couple in New Film

Jackie Chan and Li Bingbing will play a couple in the upcoming historical film “The 1911 Revolution” (aka Xinhai Revolution).

New stills released of Detective Dee and The Mystery of the Phantom Flame

Carina Lau

Andy Lau

Li Bingbing

Deng Chao (Sina)(Xinhua-gallery)

(m1905.com)

Reporters learned that Zhang Yimou invited a group of friends into a small television editing room to watch a preview of Romance Under the Hawthorn Tree. Though the original novel brought numerous tears to readers, the film was described as touching but not overly sentimental. In addtion, much has been made of the young actress playing Quiet Autumn, Zhou Dongyu, but praise was lavished on the young boy played by Dou Xiao. According to one viewer, ‘His performace was fine, pure, natural and simple. After the movie release, he will become a hit with young schoolgirls and thousands will fall in love with him.’ (Sina)

Cast of A Chinese Ghost Story press conference at Changchun Film Festival

Liu Yifei, Yu Shaoqun

Kara Hui

Louis Fan Siu-Wong, Wang Danyi Li

Following Ip Man 2’s May release this year, Wilson Yip is planning on a May 2011 release for A Chinese Ghost Story. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Anthony Wong has no opinion on Jackie’s remarks

(Xinhua)

(Aug.28) Alan Tam, Hacken Lee, Raymond Lam, Wang Leehom and Twins performed in a concert to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Macau Venetian.

Twins

Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi

Wang Leehom (Xinhua-slide show)

Faye Wong, daughter Dou Jing Tong

Dou Jing Tong, Li Yapeng

Faye Wong’s 13 year-old daughter is said to have inherited her mother’s genes after she sang in public for the first time. Dou Jing Tong sang a song, I Need You, in English beginning a little tentatively at first but gaining strength as she continued. The occasion  was part of the ‘Angel Fund Tour’.  Stepfather Li Yapeng and Dou Jing Tong and volunteers of the medical team of the Angel Fund to benefit children with free surgery to correct cleft lips were visiting a school in the town of Chifeng. After a day’s activity and a few glasses of wine, the students performed singing and dancing around a bonfire party to welcome the distinguished guests. Then, Li Yapeng introduced Dou Jing Tong, ‘Now I introduce to you a guest, she is my eldest daughter, Tong Tong. She will sing a song on stage for everyone, please give her a little applause.’  Afterwards, volunteers said her voice was crisp and sounded very much like her mother’s. Li Yapeng said that three years ago Tong Tong asked for a set of electronic drums and he approved. Tong Tong is active in the orchestra and choir at school. (Xinhua)2

Francis Ng spotted alone at Beijing airport

(Xinhua-gallery)

Aug.29 - Zhang Ziyi attending a celebrity dinner and auction organizned jointly by the Shanghai Love Foundation and Beijing Foundation for Disabled Persons.

Other guests included Huang Xiaoming, Pau Gasol, Jiang Wenli, Huang Yi, Gong Beibi, Liu Qian, Chen Luyu and many others.

Zhang Ziyi looks to have gained a little healthy weight

Pau Gasol

Huang Yi, Huang Xiaoming

Lin Miaoke (the Olympic girl), Sun Ming Ming

Magician Liu Qian

Liu Yan (the classical dancer who was paralyzed after a fall during a rehearsal for the Olympic Opening Ceremony) (Sina)(Xinhua)

Global Times: Jackie Chan’s twitter arouses haters in Hong Kong

Jackie Chan apologises for ‘disrespectful’ bus hijacking tweets

Some felt there was nothing wrong with his tweets and expressed disappointment that he caved to pressure and apologised while others felt he should have been more careful with his words in the first place.

June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010

Flirting Scholar 2 poster

The poster features Zhang Jingchu in a play on Painted Skin, Huang Xiaoming mimics ‘Wolverine’, Fan Siu-Wong as Captain Jack in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, Richie Jen from ‘Transformers’. The film opens July 9. (Sina)

Director of “Welcome to Shama Town” talks about latest production

With a long list of TV and film commercials for some of the world’s leading brands under his belt and the only Chinese director to win a prestigious One Show Gold award for excellence in advertising, Li Weiran is considered by many as the best in the business. He sat down with the Global Times to reflect over his 10-year career and talk about the future.

Sun Honglei at Guangzhou promotion for Welcome To Shamatown (Sina)

Interview with Sam Voutas, director of the new film Red Light Revolution

Now that he has finished filming his latest movie, director Sam Voutas doesn’t know what to do with the boxes and boxes of sex toys he has accumulated during the course of filming.

CRI: “Driverless” Premieres in Beijing

The film was shot by many pop, film and TV stars, including Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Li Xiaoran, Chen Jianbin and Wang Luodan. It is composed of three separate stories in modern society. The complicated relationships of the main characters in each story present “not beautiful but real life.”

Shu Qi in crying scene for City Under Siege

(Sina)

Zhang Jingchu bath scene - Flirting Scholar 2

(21cn)

First concept poster for A Chinese Ghost Story released hints at the role of the Tree Demon in the film.

Liu Yifei prepares to fly in Chinese Ghost Story

The official launch press conference will be held in Beijing July 1

Louis Koo has just been announced as joining the cast, not in the scholar role, too old at 40 he admitted, in the Wu Ma swordsman role. Yu Shaoqun (New Shaolin Temple) will play the young scholar.

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

Gong Li and husband, Huang Hexiang (1996)

Rumors that Gong Li and her husband, a Singapore businessman,  have divorced resurfaced again recently. Over the years, besides Zhang Yimou, Gong Li has been romantically linked to Sun Honglei, Sun Zhou (both of Zhou Yu’s Train), Collin Farrell (Miami Vice), a French photographer, and John Cusack (Shanghai).  (Xinhua)

Rumours of Gong Li’s divorce rife

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SG: Sammi Cheng and Andy Hui getting hitched?

According to a Hong Kong magazine, Andy Hui has broken up with girlfriend Michelle and is actively trying to win his ex-lover’s heart back.

It was said that Andy has been visiting Sammi Cheng’s father regularly, even converting to Christianity in a bid to gain favour. Sammi was reportedly so touched by his moves that she agreed to Andy’s proposal.

When quizzed about the report, Sammi denied said allegations and emphasized the point that they are not back together and a patch-up would not be happening anytime soon.

Cecilia Cheung, Liu Zhu, Sister Lotus, Sister Phoenix and Sora Aoi

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