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May 24, 2011

May 24, 2011

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China Lion pursues America: AMC Entertainment courts Chinese moviegoers with monthly imports

Looking ahead a few months, China Lion will deliver to AMC its first 3D concert film, which features world-music star Cui Jian, also considered the father of rock ’n’ roll in China. Says Barlow, “He’s like the Springsteen of China and the film catches him in concerts in Beijing. The film is in post now and will come out sometime between late July and September. We’re hoping it may even be a crossover.”

CF: June Debut for ‘The Devil Inside Me’

CRI: Jet Li Promotes 3-D ‘Flying Swords’

CRI: ’Rest on Your Shoulder’ Trailer Released

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing portrays the Empress Dowager in Founding of a Party

Myolie Wu’s role was reduced to just one second and only due to an intervention by Chow Yun-Fat. (Xinhua)2

CF: Michele Reis Covers “Elle” Magazine

CNNGo: Pop ‘Twins’ to market Queensland to Chinese

Avoiding stereotypical campaigns, North Queensland Tourism picks Canto-pop stars to promote the region’s beauty to Australia’s fastest-growing tourist market

CNA: Cherie Chung doesn’t need romance to be happy

CNA: Zhang Ziyi named ScreenSingapore 2011 event ambassador

MSN: Michelle Reis’ never-ending family feud

MSN: Fan Bingbing to wed 65-year-old actor?

Fan also responded to the rumour in public, and said, “Brainless while making up stories…If there’s anything, take it out on me directly, and stop involving [my] seniors

Gillian Chung vs. Shao Xiaoshan

Gillian Chung had recently engaged in an online battle with mainland actress Shao Xiaoshan on the Twitter-like networking site Weibo

Annie Yi Nengjing: ”Not me in the video!”CNA: Annie Yi lashes out at tabloid over explicit article

May 11, 2011

May 11, 2011

FBA: Under the Hawthorn Tree review (8/10)

A striking change of pace for director Zhang Yimou, with a sensitive love story during the Cultural Revolution.

THR: Why Hong Kong Favors Historical Fare for Chinese Audiences

Based on a 16th century fantasy novel, the $60 million “Monkey King” plays at the Cannes Film Festival this year. For the Hong Kong film sector, creating a future with the lucrative Chinese film industry lies in the past.

Liu Xuan - Chinese Former Gymnast Tries Her Hand at Acting (THR)

Sydney gold medalist Liu Xuan moves to Hong Kong for a shot at the big time in acting and singing.

TimeOutHK: Let the Wind Carry Me (Interview)

Let the Wind Carry Me is Kwan Pun-leung’s moving portrait on the preeminent cinematographer Mark Lee Ping-bing

Wuxia Knight centers on a pair of high-flying detectives in a battle against a super-villain on a quest to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown.

Shi Nansun, Cannes Jury Photocall

Johnnie To

Jury press conference photos

(Zimbio)234

Johnnie To at the red carpet Grand Opening (Sina)

When “City of Life and Death” makes its New York debut Wednesday, it will mark the culmination of a long journey for the sweeping wartime drama that centers on the Nanjing Massacre of 1937.

THR: The Weinsteins Ride ‘Wu Xia’ For World Outside Asia, France (Cannes)

The Weinstein Company has landed one of the first big deals in Cannes this year, taking worldwide rights outside of Asia and French-speaking Europe for Dragon (Wu Xia). [How creative, Harvey!]

Variety: Weinstein Co. nabs most ‘Dragon’ rights

TWC has also acquired first option to remake rights for the film. CRI: Trailer Released for ‘Wu Xia’

Cannes Special: Chinese Film ‘Wu Xia’ (CRI)

CRI: Chinese Quake Film Expected to Compete in Montreal

A product of the Changchun Film Studio, “The Sun” (”Da Tai Yang”) was inspired by stories of the survivors’ psychological struggles after the magnitude-8.0 earthquake in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on May 12, 2008.

CF: Ning Hao’s New Film to Begin Shooting(Sina)

Zhang Yibai to executive produce. Ning Hao is likely to cast students from his recent training program as well as regulars such as Guo Tao, Huang Bo and Liu Hua.

Director He Ping (Wheat, Heaven and Earth, Swordsman in Double Flag Town) seemed to confirm that Tang Wei’s scenes were deleted from Founding of a Party in posts he made on his weibo. He said that her performance was very good and it was pity it was deleted. Not naming her directly, He said that a “little girl” was deleted leading netizens to guess he was referring to Tang Wei. Manfred Wong doubted it though because such instructions could only from the highest levels. If true, the pressure from on high was great or simply she was edited for length as John Woo’s scenes were cut in the previous film. (Sina)

Latest poster for Love For Live patterned after The Last Supper.

Zhang Ziyi and directro Gu Changwei in Nanjing to promote Love For Life.

Tony Leung Ka-Fai - The Devil Inside Me

(Sina)

Pretending Lovers with Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan opens June 24. Director Liu Fendou has writing credits that include Shower, Subway, Spicy Love Soup, Ocean Flame and others.

Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan

(Sina)

Cannes arrivals: Fan Bingbing, Gong Li

Fan Bingbing

Gong Li

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Fan Bingbing and Tintin (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung rumoured to use body double for non-action scenes

Most of the time, the Love Again male lead, Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo was forced to act with the double. While he is not thrilled by the arrangement, Sang Woo obliged.

Ceci’s double, lower left (Xinhua)

Seeing their sweet exchanges, fans have urged them to just get hitched. One wrote, “Don’t waste time on the weibo (microblog). Just go get married!”

He urged Wong, whom he called “an eternal friend” to settle down as well as “have children soon” because she was getting old…The 51-year-old singer revealed that it was Wong’s father who objected to their relationship as he was worried that Chyi, a rock singer, would become a drifter in the future and would not make a good husband for Wong. Chyi Chin shows off newborn baby girl on micro blog(CRI)

ChinaHush: Leftover women in Hong Kong to look for Mr. Right in mainland China

Leftover women are not only single, but are usually “three-high” too highly-educated, highly-paid and highly independent. Thus they usually have a relatively high standard for their material life. In Hong Kong, there’s the same phenomenon. Men in Hong Kong complain about Hong Kong women being too materialistic and first thing these women ask are their education background, job and salary. It’s like these women are doing target-based sales.

May 5, 2011

May 5, 2011

THR: Feng Xiaogang’s Next Film Tackles China Famine During Japanese Invasion

Remembering 1942 will be the first time Feng addresses on the big screen Japan’s WWII era atrocities, a fraught subject for Chinese filmmakers, but one that in recent years has proven commercially popular in the marketplace.

CRI: ”Nanjing Heroes” Reveals Battle Scenes

CRI: ”Wu Xia” to Premiere in Cannes Film Festival

Peter Chan Ho-sun’s martial art flick, “Wu Xia,” originally known as Swordsman, will have a global premiere on May 13 at the 64th annual Cannes Film Festival this year.

Reportedly, the director has employed a very different approach to demonstrate the physicality of martial arts by magnifying some medical and scientific elements in the action choreography.

CRI: First Peek of Love Birds Deng and Sun in “Painted Skin 2″

Deng Chao opened up on his marriage with years-long girlfriend and fellow actress Sun Li in a recent on location interview of his new film “Four Famous Detectives.”

Deng Chao in The Founding of a Party

Pan Yueming, Deng Chao (Sina)

CF: Theme Song of “Till Death Do Us Part” Releases

CF: Poster Released for “My Kingdom”

“My Kingdom” is based on an epic story about two orphans adopted in an opera troupe in the 1920s in Shanghai.

THR: Chinese Director Chen Kaige Named Jury President of Sydney Film Festival(FBA)

A1: Bladesman of Glory

The Lost Bladesman - Granted that the feature-film format provides only a limited canvas to properly explain the entire history and myriad of characters of that era, it’s clear that at the core of the film is the treachery of politics that even heroes can’t get untangled from.

The Lost Bladesman made a robust RMB100.4 million ($15.5 million) in its first six days in cinemas last week.

Stills of Kelly Lin from newly-released trailer of The Devil Inside Me

Additional stills (Sina)

Choy Lee Fut Kung Fu press conference in Guangzhou, the film opens May 10 (May 5)

Wang Baoqiang, Michelle Ye

Wang Baoqiang, Ng Man-Tat (Sina)

Gillian Chung and Kevin Kwan have been filming in the mainland. The Chinese title is literally Midnight Angel and Gillian plays an OL (office lady).

(Sina)

Beijing premiere press conference for Gu Changwei’s Love For Life/Till Death Do Us Part (May 5)

Zhang Ziyi , Aaron Kwok , and Pu Cunxin , Jiang Wenli , Tao Zeru , Sun Haiying , Cai Guoqing , and others attended the press conference for the premiere of Till Death Do Us Part.

Zhang Ziyi and Aaron Kwok arriving

Gu Changwei

Zhang Ziyi

Tao Zeru, Li Danying

(Sina)2(Sina-gallery)

Edison Chen, Andrew Lau

Edison Chen helped Andrew Lau promote A Beautiful Life by recording the theme song with him. According to the report, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai is also helping out. (Sina)

Poster for The Pretending Lovers

Huang Bo

The Pretending Lovers (lit.Pretend Couple) is an urban romance-comedy shot in Norway(!) and stars Huang Bo and Jiang Yiyan. The film is set to be released June 24. (Sina)

Tse and Chou in action as filming gets under way(A1)

KUALA LUMPUR: Hong Kong superstar Nicholas Tse and Taiwanese heart-throb Jay Chou have started shooting for the action movie Against War at two locations right in the heart of the city.

MSN: Andy Hui meets his in-laws to discuss wedding plans

MSN: A-Mei has a fear for crowds

During the shoot of her album cover, she had an attack and was spotted to be trembling and sweating profusely. The sudden attack brought on by her fear for crowds caused her manager, Chen, to suffer a relapse in depression.

MSN: Wu Chun donates $5.2mil to Japan relief efforts

Suzanne Siu (Xinhua)

Suzanne: “How come I’m such a bitch?”

Taiwan actress Suzanne Siu went behind bars yesterday for the second time and is paying the price again for her drug-related offences, according to Apple Daily.

The jail term is one year and seven months but with good behaviour she might be released on probation in March 2012 the earliest.

The 34-year-old Siu (other aliases Suzanne Siu Suk-San, Lily Siu, Suzanne Xiao Shu-Shen, Hsiao Shu-Shen, Cecelia Hsiao, Siu Sou-San and Suzanne Hsiao) was viewed as a shining star when she first entered showbiz at the age of 21

.”Other people who take drugs never get caught. Why does it have to be me? So I just abandoned myself to vice,” she said in a recent interview.

(Nov.6.2009)(Oct.10 2009)(Nov. 2008)(Nov.2007)2

Speaking at an anti-drug rally in Taiwan recently (Xinhua)

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.

April 1, 2011

April 1, 2011

According to Joseph Chan, the curator of the Days of Being Wild Anniversary Exhibition, Leslie Cheung’s simple closeup for the “one minute-friend” scene had 47 NGs. (Xinhua)

Variety: Buddha Mountain review

From Wong Kar Wai’s “Days of Being Wild” to Jia Zhangke’s “Unknown Pleasures” and beyond, more than 20 years of aimless Asian youth running amok has lapsed into cinematic cliche. But “Buddha Mountain” finds a narrative drive that still keeps faith with the youthful alienation it’s exploring.

FBA: Lost Bladesman finds London home

FBA: New Video scores Lion’s share

China Lion Film Distribution has struck an exclusive deal with New Video, a North American entertainment distributor and digital content aggregator.

Aiming to handle some 15 Chinese-language films per year, with many of them day-and-date releases with mainland China, China Lion will next distribute the Jin Chen-directed The Warring States on 22 April.

Sun Honglei

Sun Honglei described Warring States as costumed version of Lurk, his hit TV series about spies costarring Yao Chen. (Sina)

Director Hou Liang previewed a 20-minute trailer of Deadly Will yesterday in Beijing.

Hou Liang

Han Xue

Guo Tao (Sina-gallery)

Two Lost Bladesman posters featuring Jiang Wen

(Sina)

Three production design images for Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes

(Sina)2

Tony Leung Ka-Fai plays a doctor in The Devil Inside Me

The suspense thriller is to be released in June (Sina)

The Frightening Night opens just in time for Ching Ming Festival (Apr.5)

Tang Yifei

Tang Yifei - Beijing premiere (Apr.1)

Director Xu Bin, Tang Yifei and castmates (Sina-gallery)2

Stills from The Frightening Night

(Sina-slideshow)

Michelle Yeoh with Dee Poon (Pan Chuying), daughter of ex-husband Dickson Poon, appeared together at a handbag brand’s charity dinner.

(Sina-slide show)

Du Yiheng, frequent double for Andy Lau, has a new CD out

(Sina-slideshow)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Barbie Hsu and Kelly Lin’s weddings

A1: Teresa Teng’s old-flame died from exhaustion

Close friends and relatives of Alan Tang, who was known to be physically fit, have expressed shock that he passed away in his sleep.They speculated that it could be due to over-exhaustion.

A1: Even gongfu stars need stunt doubles

In 1999, To [Yuhang] became the youngest person in Hong Kong to win the World Wushu Championships at age 18…Find out more about Dennis To’s life after Ip Man, and meet Hong Kong’s latest gongfu babe… former Olympic champion Liu Xuan, Hong Kong’s latest addition to its slew of gongfu babes, about her transition from gymnastics to acting. She plays the wife of martial arts hero Wong Fei Hong in TVB drama Grace Under Fire (2011). (RazorTV)

Zhang Ziyi with Wendi Deng Murdoch (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Chow’s husband cheating on her again?

MSN:  Richard Chang admonishes drama director again

Selina Jen’s fiancé fights back for his beloved

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s boyfriend living with her

The Taiwanese singer-actress added that she would not jump into marriage suddenly

MSN: J-girl supports Jay Chou at basketball match

Not hit-and-run for Cecilia Cheung

The most infamous example was in March 2002 when Nicholas crashed his Ferrari 360 Modena in Hong Kong Central. No one was injured but he fled the scene and later had his chauffeur take responsibility.

CNA: Cecilia Cheung crashes car into elderly man, manager denies it was hit-and-run

HKStandard: Curtain comes down on Shaw control of TVB

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