HKMDB Daily News

June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

Lau Ching-Wan
Lau Ching-Wan - Written By directed by Wai Ka-Fai

Misses premiere in New York due to fear of H1N1 flu

Aaron Kwok
Aaron Kwok - Murderer

Janine Chang, Aaron Kwok


Murderer


Overheard with Lau Ching-Wan, Daniel Wu and Louis Koo on summer schedule


MacDull’s latest McDull Wudang (aka McDull Kung Fu Kindergarten) opens July 24

Sandra Ng and Anthony Wong will voice for the Cantonese version

Taipei Times: The odd couple
‘If You are the One’ raked in roughly US$50 million at the end of last year in China, making it the country’s biggest box-office hit ever

Don’t Bank on It: a Film about Old China’s ‘Wall Street’
Taiwan tycoon Terry Guo has a special affinity for Shanxi Province as his parents lived there before they went to Taiwan in 1949. His roots inspired his first invested film, “Empire of Silver.”


In Theater: ‘The Magic Aster’ (”Ma Lan Hua”)

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing - Media conference for East Wind Rain



Danny Boyle chides China on restrictions
‘Slumdog’ director calls limits ‘regrettable’


Hong Kong director takes swipe at film censors

Fruit Chan said he still wanted to make horror films, but the authorities would never approve the topic. Moreover, “investors no longer like a film that can only be screened in Hong Kong,” he said.

Young-seok Noh’s “Daytime Drinking” is a droll minimalist comedy with major insights that has been understandably heralded as a breakthrough in independent filmmaking in Korea. A great-looking film made for a mere $20,000…

Shu Qi
Shu Qi


Shu Qi appears on TV program

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Leon Lai

Leon Lai windsurfs to stay fit for upcoming concert

Miriam Yeung
Miriam Yeung at opening ceremony for watch store

Gillian Chung
Gillian Chung leaves Malaysia ahead of Edison’s arrival

Finishing a three day ad shoot, Gillian departs before Edison opens a new branch of his clothing store. Earlier, it was reported that Gillian had blocked SMS from Edison who was trying to arrange a make up dinner.


Vivian Hsu in her newest ad

Cherie ChungBrigitte Lin
Vivian ChowJoey Wang now living in Vancouver, Canada
Seven beauties highly anticipaged film comebacks

A-Mei’s Music “Transformation”
A-mei: Charity work rejuvenates me

May 21, 2009

May 21, 2009


Poster for Tracing Shadow



Posters for new Jiang Wen film Let the Bullets Fly released at Cannes

Jiang Wen Will “Let the Bullets Fly”


D is for Detective and Dee

Zhou XunWang BanChow Yun-Fat
Ren QuanDirector Hu Mei
Confucius photo gallery

Decipher Confucius’ Alleged Romance
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-05/21/content_11410367.htm

 


Fan Bingbing

East Wind and Rain photo gallery

Anthony Wong
Director To poses with cast members at film “Vengeance” at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival

Michelle Ye, Anthony WongSimon Yam, Johnny Hallyday
Michelle YeohShu Qi
Vengeance premiere

Tony Leung Chiu-WeiAnthony Wong
Vengeance red carpet photo gallery

Donnie Yen Longs for Romance in New Film
Donnie Yen says his new film “14 Blades” will compensate for his unrequited love for Zhao Wei in a previous film.

Screen Daily: Like You Know It All (South Korea)
Screen Daily: Air Doll (Japan)
Variety: Air Doll
Screen Daily: A Brand New Life (Une Vie Toute Neuve)(France-South Korea)
Korea Times: Bong’s ‘Mother’ Highlights Maternal Love
Confucius Chow

Director given French honour

Johnnie To, whose latest movie ‘Vengeance’ is competing for the Cannes festival’s Palme d’Or, on Monday was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters.

Two Johnnies bid for Cannes glory

Variety: China central to Hong Kong’s film future
Mainland’s size, potential lure island producers

Tony Leung Ka-Fai in Hong Kong crime thriller
Award-winning actor Tony Leung Ka Fai has the distinction of being picked to play Hong Kong’s notorious Chief Inspector Lee Rock in the 1960s.

Basketball-Playing ‘Bodyguard’

Zhang’s Turandot Fervor a Riddle for Critics

‘Red Cliff’ to Hit North America

Screen Daily: Fortissimo Films has picked up international rights outside China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan to Prince Of Tears from acclaimed filmmaker Yonfan and has already sold it to Ocean Films for France.

Hollywood Reporter: Art house pic ‘Prince of Tears’ finds home

Variety: Hong Kong cinema timeline
Hong Kong Cinema at 100
Variety: Spotlight: Hong Kong talent

Hollywood Reporter: Cannes’ red carpet is blood-soaked
Gore quotient giving even festival veterans pause

Josie Ho slashes conventions in new film, Dream Home

Sun Li, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Iron Road (Gold Mountain) with Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sun Li, Peter O’Toole - Shanghai International Film Festival

Johnny Hallyday, Michelle YeJohnnie To
Vengeance - Cannes Photo Call


Johnnie To Receives Award - photo gallery

Vengeance Premiere - 2009 Cannes Film Festival

‘Spring Fever’ Photocall At Cannes Film Festival

Spring Fever Premiere

Ang Lee
Shu QiZhang Ziyi
Shu Qi attending Inglourious Basterds screening

Maggie Cheung is a no-show at Cannes this year (and reportedly cut from film)
Zhang Ziyi
Zhang Ziyi on short film judging panel at Cannes

Karen Mok
Karen Mok for a shampoo brand

http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/p/2009-05-21/09472530779.shtml


Zhang Ziyi Shows Care for Children

Oops! Be Careful with Your Lipstick, Ziyi!


Faye Wong from shampoo commercial, looking like Gong Li in Curse of the Golden Flower

Michelle Reis (right) and sister
I spy: Michelle Reis with older sister, without her wedding ring


Cops look for angle on acid attacks

April 17, 2009

April 17, 2009

City of Life and Death - Beijing Premiere
Qin Lan (Photos: ent.sina.com)Gao Yuanyuan

Jiang Yiyan
City of Life and Death Beijing Premiere
Nanjing! City of Life or Death?


Detective Dee Poster


Carina Lau pips Brigitte Lin and Cheri Chung!
Carina Lau to play Empress Wu in Tsui Harks’s Detective Dee

Her manager denies pregnancy rumors
Carina Lau to Play Emperor Wu Zetian


Tang Wei, Andy On
Crossing Hennessy - Tang Wei and Andy On shooting scene in street

East Wind, Rain - Wang Baoqiang Is a ‘Xiao Kai’ in Shanghai

Taipei Times: Invitation Only review
‘Invitation Only’ is Taiwan’s answer to torture porn films like ‘Saw’ and ‘Hostel’

Variety: Sarkissian on ‘Mad’ mission
Producer to remake two Johnnie To films, The Mad Detective and The Mission

Movie preview: “Inglorious Basterds”

Bai Ling goes where the action is
Bai Ling, Crazy Cool
Bai Ling Wants To Know If You’re Naked
Bai Ling Explains “Nipple” Book

Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Gillian Chung
Almost forgotten Fantastic Water Babes being reviewed by Mainland censors. Albert Yeung hopes for a release this year and new film work for Gillian.

‘Lurking’ with Sun Honglei - TV series

Shing Fui-On amd Maria Cordero
Shing Fui-On has recovered from throat(?) cancer but lost his sense of taste

Diagnosed in 2004, he was successfully treated with chemotherapy. Now he has to use his imagination when he eats.

Taipei Times Pop Stop

Elaine Ng plans for daughter to meet “father”
Former Miss Asia Elaine Ng was said to have illegitimately bore Jackie Chan a baby girl nine years ago though neither party confirmed this allegation by the Hong Kong media. To compensate her daughter, who has grown up without a father, Ng sought the help of her friends to sound Chan out for a meeting with the nine-year-old Etta Ng.

Since the mother and daughter moved to Shanghai in 2001, they have been residing in a villa and Etta has also been attending a prestigious school where annual fees are close to S$20,000.

An insider said, “Elaine has arranged for Etta to study in an international school to prevent her daughter’s status from affecting her relationships with friends. However, due to Jackie Chan’s worldwide fame, even foreign students know who Etta’s father is and have purposely used the name “Jackie” to crack jokes with her, annoying the little girl and hurting her mother.”

Though the girl has avoided asking about her father in fear of displeasuring her mother, a pediologist has certified that Etta is now capable of managing a meeting her father. Ng has thus secretly sought help from her old friends, Sandra Ng and Margie Tseng, to relay a message to Chan, hoping that he would meet with his “daughter”.

Edison Chen receives threat mail again! (via Apple Daily)
Hong Kong’s Apple Daily received an anonymous package containing a lighter, some silvery powder and a Sniper movie poster that was torn out of Apple Daily’s own pages dated April 9. With Chen’s portrait on the poster, Apple Daily speculated that the mail is targeted at him once again.

Last month, Hong Kong media received two packages, each containing a bullet, with notes that advised Chen to refrain from attending any promotional events from April 4 onwards, regardless of countries, to avoid bringing danger to his life. Despite the death threats, Chen still “risked his life” to promote the movie Sniper in Singapore early this month. He was also in Shanghai and Beijing thereafter for business meetings, disregarding the bullet threats.

Apple Daily reported the new threat to police on Tuesday afternoon at 2.40p.m. The bomb disposal team and HAZMAT (hazardous materials) tender truck were deployed for at Apple Daily’s office.

At press time, the case had been handed over to the Regional Crime Unit for further investigation. The police have not confirmed if the mail is directly related to Chen.

Chen’s godfather, Anthony Wong, expressed his concern about the matter at a China event. “First, let’s not talk about Edison Chen making a comeback; the most important thing now is to locate the loony. We are very worried for Edison,” he said.

Wong said his godson had not spoken about his “misfortune” but hoped that the public can give the latter another chance.

Jeon Ji-Hyun (Photo: Korean Herald)
Jeon Ji Hyun’s phone duplicators get punished
Jeon Ji-hyun is Chinese?

April 16, 2009

April 16, 2009

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Invitation Only
Jerry Huang - Invitation Only
Maria Ozawa
Press conference for
Invitation Only - photo gallery


Wang Baoqiang - East Wind, Rain

They're off!
Wang Baoqiang in East Wind, Rain

Complete dog track recreated as dog racing is featured

‘Insadong Scandal’ Can Go That Extra Mile (South Korea)

Filming Struggling Kids Who Wanna Be Star Gymnasts
“The Red Race” tells a powerful documentary tale about kindergarten-age children taking rigorous training in hopes of becoming star gymnasts.

Variety: Cannes taps heavy hitters

“Vengeance,” starring Johnny Hallyday as a hitman-turned-chef who heads to Hong Kong to avenge his daughter’s death

South Korea and China will be heavily represented this year. From the former come “The Host” director Bong’s “Mother,” a thriller about a woman’s attempt to determine who framed her antisocial son for a ghastly murder, and “Oldboy” helmer Park Chan-wook’s “Thirst,” a vampire tale about a small-town priest transformed into a neck-biter by a medical experiment gone wrong.

Flying the Chinese flag will be “Summer Palace” director Lou Ye’s “Spring Fever,” about a young threesome overcome with erotic longings, and possibly Lu Chuan’s “City of Life and Death” (aka “Nanking! Nanking!”), a large-scale telling of the 1937 massacre of Nanking by the Japanese army.

Also very likely for the competition are Malaysian auteur Tsai Ming-liang’s French-financed “Face,” about a Taiwanese director arrived in Paris to make a film about Salome, starring Mathieu Amalric, Jeanne Moreau, Fanny Ardant, Nathalie Baye, Laetitia Casta and Jean-Pierre Leaud; and Japanese fest regular Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Air Doll,” about the love affair between a videostore clerk and an inflatable sex doll.

'Cuz we're cool
Dik Bo La  and Patrick Tse

Jackie and his 'Dragon Seed'
Mother of Jackie Chan’s daughter, now 9 years old, passes word through Sandra Ng that she would like to arrange a reunion with Jackie. Elaine Ng and daughter have been living in Shanghai since 2001.

Michelle Yim

Michelle Yim refused to admit she had pocketed $2 million HKD
Money raised for ailing boyfriend of 26 years Wan Chi-Keung

April 8, 2009

April 8, 2009

Tina Ti Na and daugtherhttp://www.stnn.cc/ent_main/200904/t20090407_1009621.html


Tina Ti Na
64 year-old Tina Ti Na is reportedly seriously ill (with cancer?)

But her assistant and son* has denied this. Ti Na had earlier checked into a cancer ward in a private hospital for two weeks.
[*Note: Her son was actually Ti Na's daughter and had a sex change operation 14 years ago]

Jackie Chan goes big on ‘Soldier’
Actor unveils details of his $25 million pic
Jackie Chan veers back to comedy in China
Period actioner follows gritty gang film ‘Shinjuku Incident’

Variety: Romantic Island (South Korea)
Three separate holiday affairs, tenuously connected by their shared destination, are cruisy and bright, though rarely surprising, in the entertaining South Korean criss-crosser “Romantic Island.”

Doomed to Love You poster

Opens April 10


Hu Jun
Hu Jun shaves his head for Bodyguards and Assassins


Carrie Ng
Maria Chan Chai-Ping, Carrie Ng
Carrie Ng returns to movies in a French film, Red Night, now shooting in Hong Kong

She dropped 15kg in weight down to 50kg to make the film.
The film also costars Law Kar-ying and Stephen Huynh and features Cantonese opera.
Stephen Huynh Plays Opera Star in New French Film
Stephen Huynh, Carrie NgLaw Kar-Ying
More…

Zhang Jingchu
Nick Cheung
Red River Beijing preview


Barbie Hsu
Barbie Hsu in Wong Jing’s Forbidden City Cop: Smart Dog (or 009)


Dante Lam, Edison, Richie Jen
The Sniper - Down time in the hotel, drinking, dining and signing autographs - photos


Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing secretly shooting a film in Shanghai (’East Wind, Rain’)
Trailer, photo gallery

Liu Yun-Long directs and acts the lead.
Cinematography by Arthur Wong, art direction by Yi Zhenzhou
It looks a lot like Lust, Caution. She plays a KMT spy


Tony Leung Kar-Fai, Anthony Wong
I Corrupt All Cops

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing for diamond brand

The article makes a comment about her flabby arms in an otherwise perfect form. :)
Fan BingbingFan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing magazine spread - photo gallery


Francis Ng and wife
I spy: Back in Hong Kong, Francis Ng takes his wife on a shopping spree.

Francis waited in the car while his wife and a friend went shopping in the hard to park Causeway Bay area. He scurried to his wife’s aid when she came out laden with bags. ;)

Trial: Edison driver tells of 3-hour laptop lapse
Defendant

Actor Kal Penn (’Kumar’) joins White House team

Film and TV stars, including Jet Li, Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing, were honored at the 2nd Performance Grand Ceremony of Beijing on April 7.

Controversial Release of Eileen Chang Novel

Fast and Furious? Fuggetaboutit! F1 shanzhai style!
F1 racing car made from scrap

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