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October 4, 2012

Almost Perfect (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Almost Perfect
9/21/2012
by Justin Lowe

Kelly Hu and Edison Chen co-star in a New York-set rom-com about a woman struggling to reconcile a budding romance with the expectations of her demanding family.

A decade after her 2002 debut Face, which starred Bai Ling, filmmaker Bertha Bay-Sa Pan returns with her sophomore release, a mildly amusing you-go-girl dramedy featuring Kelly Hu. Niche markets may respond to Hu’s name recognition and nostalgia for Pan’s first feature, while a supporting role for Hong Kong heartthrob and scandal-magnet Edison Chen suggests the film has some export potential in Asia, although domestic theatrical returns will likely be sparse.

Vanessa Lee (Hu) lavishes attention on her career as the nonprofit administrator of a music-education organization established by her reluctantly retiring dad (Roger Rees). Most of her free time appears to be devoted to placating her quarrelsome family, including her workaholic mom (Tina Chen), high-strung fashion-designer sister Charlene (Christina Chang) and irresponsible newlywed brother Andy (Edison Chen), who’s hiding out at her New York-borough loft after bailing on his recent marriage.

Mid-30s and still unmarried, Vanessa’s single state hardly spares her from her family members’ romantic disasters, which she’s constantly called upon to assuage, as her parents’ constant bickering runs their marriage aground, her sister’s commitment issues send men running, and her brother’s immaturity leaves him searching for any excuse to avoid returning to his jilted wife.

Despite the drama and dysfunctionality surrounding her, Vanessa gets the chance for a nearly normal relationship after she runs into Dwayne (Ivan Shaw), an old friend of her brother’s who’s still crushing on her years later. In no time they’re deep into coupledom, notwithstanding the aggravating distractions of Vanessa’s family, but when Dwayne starts talking about taking their relationship to a new level, it’s her chance to overcomplicate romance.

Pan showed a deft touch for character and tone with her drama Face, skills that are less evident here. While the broad outlines of a romantic comedy are identifiable, the schematic script has the feel of a TV sitcom that’s been shoehorned into a feature format with the requisite family conflict, boyfriend angst and career challenges. Pan gains points for her hesitancy to dwell on issues surrounding the characters’ ethnicity, but the lack of specificity and backstory also renders the narrative essentially generic.

Fortunately the filmmaking proves less distracting and although hardly distinguished it’s serviceable enough, although budget limitations begin to show around the edges with unremarkable production design and limited locations.

The performances are the film’s primary strength, particularly the casting of Hu in a nominally more serious dramatic role than her typical appearances, which she fills out nicely within the limitations of the script. Even with considerably less feature exposure, Shaw’s well-collected demeanor agreeably grounds his nice-guy character. Non-fans may barely register Edison Chen’s role, which goes from perfunctory to played-out with too few beats in between.

Editor Sheri Bylander neatly stitches together the conventionally shot footage, although an appealing indie-pop soundtrack could have been tasked to greater advantage.

Opens: Sept. 21 (Eleven Arts)
Production company: Slew Pictures
Cast: Kelly Hu, Ivan Shaw, Christina Chang, Tina Chen, Edison Chen, Roger Rees, Kristy Wu, Alice Callahan, Allison Mackie, Natalie Gold
Director/screenwriter: Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
Producers: Derrick Tseng, Riva Marker, Bertha Bay-Sa Pan
Executive producers: Jim Chu, Balazs Nyari, Eric Nyari
Director of photography: Sam Chase
Production designer: Wing Lee
Costume designer: Jenny Gering
Editor: Sheri Bylander
Music: Jeff Martin
Not Rated, 106 minutes
THR

June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Jackie Chan Lining Up English-Language Action Comedy

Based on an original idea of Chan’s, the story is a two-hander action comedy featuring a detective (Chan) who must track down an American gambler that has skipped out on his debt owed to a Macau casino syndicate. The settings include Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.

THR: ’Matrix’ Fight Choreographer Talks Working With Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan

Yuen Woo-Ping is being honored at the Paris Cinema Film Festival and is currently working on Reeves’ directorial debut.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Grosses 6 Million at First Round of Screening

“Painted Skin: The Resurrection” is screened only in 3D currently.

CF: Stars Promote “Naked Soldier” in Beijing

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “The Zodiac Mystery” in Beijing

ChinaDaily: Chinese films stuck in the past

No wonder, the world’s impression of China still focuses on the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), men’s long braids typical of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and foot binding. Those indeed are representative of China’s past, but other parts are often neglected, and the true stories of China and its people have long been misread. The varnished and sometimes demonized images simply hold the real China back from the rest of the world.

Micro News

Zhou Xun

Stills from a media set visit in Beijing for the latest celebrity micro film, “I Know You”, starring Zhou Xun and Jing Bo-Ran. Produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, Wing Shya directs from a script by Jody Luk (”Love in the Buff”). In the fantasy romance, Zhou Xun plays three roles, as a teacher, a beautician and a doctor, as well as an alien who like to eat Earth’s food. Jing Bo-Ran plays a chef. The film was shown to the media in Beijing. Wing Shya explained that the film explores the love and trust of city people and expresses the yearning for the simple life.

Latest character posters for “Wu Dang”

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Xu Jiao

Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)

Poster for “Very Kidnappers”, a black comedy that reunites Jiang Wu and Zhang Mo from “Let the Bullets Fly”

Wu Zhenlin, Zhang Mo

(Sina)

Tang Wei and director Kim Tae-Yong attend the Hong Kong premiere of “Late Autumn”. Hyun Bin was absent due to work commitments. Asked for a reaction to Edison Chen’s recent declaration of love for her, Tang Wei was unwilling to give a positive response. She gave thanks to all friends and fans who like her. An staff member came to her aid and dragged her off.

In more Edison weirdness: Perhaps to try and distract attention from Tang Wei fans urging him to let go of their idol, he posted a black and white image of the back of Chow Yun-Fat from “God of Gamblers” with the words, ”I am also in love with him, someone can help me to tell him?” The two posts received over 40,000 comments. Many of Tang’s fans have already responded, asking the notorious lothario to give Tang a break and leave her alone, and suggesting that he has been watching Lust/Caution and wants to make a sequel with himself as the star. (TaipeiTimes)

You gotta check yourself, before you wreck yourself (Sina-gallery)2

Angelababy formally joined Huayi Brothers where her rumoured boyfriend Huang Xiaoming is already signed.

Jing Bo-Ran, Angelababy

Angelababy, Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhonglei (r) (Sina)

MSN: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday with close friends

CNA: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday in a star-studded party

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Michelle Reis wants a daughter soon?

MSN: Is Barbie Hsu finally pregnant?

SGYahoo: Zhang Ziyi in love with young Chinese idol?

CNA:  Yumiko Cheng regains consciousness from fall, says “not dead yet!”

MSN: Yumiko Cheng slips into two-day coma after falling off hill

Yumkio Cheng (2nd), Cherrie Ying (3rd), Jordan Chan (rear)

Google shows Apple: We made ours in the U.S.A.

NYTimes: Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.

THR: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Bottom line: Spectacular if blemished Chinese fantasy aiming for high lyricism should pull in female viewers and fans of the 2008 original.

FBA: My Elder Brother in Taiwan review

Slim but likeable second feature by the director of Pinoy Sunday.

FBA: Shanghai Calling review

Light, cross-cultural rom-com has few of the usual cliches and awkwardnesses.

ScreenDaily: Double Trouble review

Double Trouble seems less about honestly dissimilar and abrasive characters, and more about contrived friction.

TimeOutHK: First Time review

Once a cult favourite known for his nihilistic vision, Soi Cheang has since mellowed into one of our cinema’s leading helmers. He talks to Edmund Lee about his latest outing, Motorway.

THR: Feng Xiaogang Unveils Epic ‘Remembering 1942′ at the Shanghai Film Festival

FBA: Feng portrays drama of 1942

The film’s story chronicles the human drama as a devastating famine struck Henan Province in 1942, a time when China was already at war with and partially occupied by Japan.

CF: Chow Yun-fat Brings his “Last Tycoon” to Shanghai Film Fest

CF: Tony Leung Unveils Release Date of “The Silent War” at SIFF

A news conference to promote the August 10 release of Tony Leung’s newest spy movie, “The Silent War” was held on June 17 during the 15th Shanghai Film Festival,

CF: First Trailer out for “The Silent War”

CF:Stars Introduce Suspense Film “The Four” at SIFF

CF:”The Four” Brings You a New Trailer

A different two minute trailer

CF: Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun Promote “Dangerous Liaisons” at SIFF

CF: Jang Dong-gun’s Character Trailer of “Dangerous Liaisons”

Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo (”The Four”) were introduced to the press yesterday in a Shanghai press conference. They will co-star in Xue Xiaolu’s (”Ocean Paradise”) new romantic comedy, “Finding Mr. Right” (Chinese title, “Beautiful Destiny”).

Director Xue Xiaolu

Tang Wei

Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo

Huang Yi’s first directorial effort, a micro film called “Exchange”, will screen at the SIFF on June 21. She plays a country girl and a surprise guest star is promised.

Huang Yi

Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi” has officially begun filming yesterday. Shooting started in Wan Chai last night. Despite blocking off the road, it attracted a large number of passersby and onlookers.

Karen Mok (Sina)2

Trailer for “Holding Love” (aka “Hold on to Love”) starring Yang Mi real-life BF Hawick Lau and Chrissie Chau.

Shanghai trailer release conference

Hawick Lau, Yang Mi

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)

The cast of “The Bounty” promote the film while Chapman To recuperates in the US

Fiona Sit

Director Fung Chi-Keung, Fiona Sit, Stephanie Cheng, Charmaine Fong

CF: Huayi · ELLE’s Starry Night at SIFF

Li Bingbing, director Feng Xiaofang and his wife Xu Fan, cast members of Jackie Chan’s “CZ12″ and 3D “Sex and Zen” star Lan Yan were spotted at the red carpet ceremony.

MSN: Gigi Leung takes up the director’s seat for the first time

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are back together

MSN: Tony Leung is unaffected by rumors about Carina Lau

MSN: Andy Lau celebrates first Father’s Day

MSN: Andy Lau names his daughter

SGYahoo: Andy Lau and wife to move to Malaysia

Edison Chen makes a guest appearance in American rapper Sammy Adam’s MV for the song “Only One”.

SGYahoo: Get a “Kitty-cure” at world’s first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

June 14, 2012

June 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: First Time review

Chinese re-working of a South Korean romance is far richer than the original.

FBA: Racer Legend review

Rote drama of motor-racing rivalries, with performances way above the script. 

CF: ”The Last Supper” Release Date Postponed

Director Lu Chuan immediately responded to the news by joking that his “baby is waiting for a hukou” (household registration), meaning that State Administration of Radio, Film and Television had not yet approved the film..

Liu Yifei plays a wheelchair-bound detective in Gordon Chan and Janet Chun’s “The Four”.

In addition, she is ruthless, a friend of birds and has an iron hand

Liu Yifei

Anthony Wong

Deng Chao

Jiang Yiyan

The cast also includes Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou and Wu Xiubo (Sina)23

Adapted from Wen Ruian’s novel. The novel tells the story of four young constables: Heartless, Iron Fist, Chaser, and Cold Blood, who work together to solve mysterious cases and discovers the plan to overthrow the capital by flooding it with an army of undead.

“Windseeker”/”The Silent War” directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong will be released Aug. 10 in Asia, China and the US. Besides Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Zhou Xun, the cast also includes Mavis Fan, Wang Xuebing and Carrie Ng.

On Sunday night, Ekin and Charlene Choi met with the media to promote their new movie, My Sassy Hubby. It is the pair’s first collaboration since My Wife is 18 in 2002 but they showed good rapport.

The album, which contains Buddhist teachings in Cantonese recited by Andy, was released in August 1998 under the singer’s monastic title “Hui Guo”.

May 24, 2012

May 24, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: An Inaccurate Memoir review

Actor Huang Xiaoming shines in a quirky, blackly comic tale of bandit heroes during WW2.

Part western, part martial arts homage, part Sino-Japanese resistance drama riff, An Inaccurate Memoir is a bustling mixture of genre references and colourful characters that ultimately celebrates the heroism of unnamed “ordinary people” (its Chinese title).

John Woo Has Cancer?

According to authoritative sources, the reason John Woo has postponed the filming of “Love and Let Love” (formerly “Pacific Steamer”), starring Chang Chen, Zhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo, is that while preparing for production in April the director was hospitalized for laryngeal cancer in the US. According to previous rumours, Woo had surgery for a heart ailment or pancreatic cancer. Producer Terence Chang did not return calls from reporters but according to a friend Woo did not have heart problems. Woo is currently recuperating in the US and he is optimistic that Woo will begin working again by the end of the year. Speaking of the remake of “The Killer”, to be directed by Lee Jae-Han (John H. Lee), Chang said that Nicolas Cage and James Franco are being considered but not yet confirmed.(Sina)

FBA: Yeoh stirred by CJ Cooktales

Production is now underway in Thailand on Cooktales, an English-language drama about food and family set in Singapore.

The much-delayed film is directed by South Korea’s Gina Kim and stars Asian superstar Michelle Yeoh.

CF: Jiang Wen to Shoot “Gone With The Bullets”

Leading Chinese filmmaker Jiang Wen is likely to reunite with Gong Li in his latest directorial project, Gone With The Bullets

CF: Jiang Wen’s “Gone With The Bullets” Releases Posters at Cannes

Jiang Wen’s latest project, sequel to the 2010 blockbuster “Let the Bullets Fly,” released two posters at Cannes International Film Festival. The movie, titiled “Gone with the Bullets,” is expected to start shooting between September and October this year and the release date is set for late 2013.

(Sina)

CF: Latest Pics Unveil the Holy Land of Wu Dang at Cannes

Partial cast of “Wu Dang”

Yang Mi

Fan Siu-Wong

Dennis To Yu-Hang

Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk)

Xu Jiao

Father and daughter, Vincent Zhao and Xu Jiao (Sina-gallery)

CF: Cannes Planning Surprise Screening Of Non-Fest Films

Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmasters” may be included

A Wong Kar-Wai microfilm “Deja Vu”, sponsored by Chivas Regal, had its world premiere at Cannes May 18 and stars Chang Chen and supermodel Du Juan.  It will premiere in China June 15. (Sina)

CF: Cecilia Cheung Promotes “Dangerous Liaisons” at Cannes

Today is Cecilia Cheung’s 32nd birthday (Sina)2

The film, featuring Fiona Sit and Chapman To and directed by Fung Chi Keung, is slated to screen in the summer on the mainland. 

CF: Babara Wong Set her Foot in Mainland wih”9090″

CF: New Trailer of Chen Kaige’s “Caught in the Web”

A1/AFP: ’Monkey’ to go West again as cinema power shifts East

CNA: Anthony Wong blasts “unprofessional” Chinese production teams

(Sina)

Zhang Jingchu starting on “I Trust You”

Zhang Jingchu is in Rome to begin shooting “I Trust You” an Italian film about global food safety. Filming will also take place in China and Hong Kong. (Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Edison Chen, Leni Lan, et al

The big news this week is Lau Ding-sing’s private photo collection. The Apple Daily reported that the wealthy Hong Kong businessman claims to have 100,000 photos of partially dressed and fully nude male celebrities.

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok not changing plans for marriage

A1: Michelle Yeoh delighted with ‘Datuk Seri’ title

MSN: Edison Chen invited Joyce Wu to his hotelSGYahoo

There seems to be no end to Edison Chen’s philandering ways as his provocative text messages to Chinese actress Joyce Wu came to light recently.

Joyce Wu Sifan

(21cn)

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Theme Song of “Shadows of Love” Released

Kwon Sang-Woo, Cecilia Cheung

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

CF: ”Du Zhan” [Drug War] Wraps up in Beijing

Jointly-produced by the Hong Kong film production company Milkway Image and mainland company HaiRun Movies & TV, the movie marked Johnny To’s first attempt at filming a gangster film on the mainland, touring cities like Tianjin, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Andy Ng’s suspense-thriller “Death Zone” opens this month. The cast includes Leon Jay Williams, Chen Zihan, Niu Meng-Meng, Lee Siu-Kei, Patrick Tam and Liu Hai-Long. The film was shot in the mountainous jungles of Yunnan and Thailand.

Lee Siu-Kei

Chen Zihan, Leon Jay Williams

Patrick Tam, Niu Meng-Meng

Wei Lu, Liu Hai-Long (”He Man 2″, “Choy Lee Fut”)

(Sina)23

Wang Baoqiang plays a serial killer in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”. Lau Ching-Wan finds clues in his son’s fairy tale book. Opens May 11.

Wang Baoqiang

Lady Gaga

So, Lady Gaga performs in concert in Hong Kong. Who would you expect to attend?

Edison Chen and Lady Gaga’s mama

Carina Lau

Brigitte Lin

Simon Yam, Qi Qi, Brigitte Lin

Simon, wife and daughter

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting (Sina)

MSN: Jay Chou to accept Christianity for Hannah Quinlivan

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: In Memory of Leslie Cheung

A large number of fans from across the world come to offer flowers at the Hong Kong Mandarin Hotel; the location where Leslie Cheung, the famous Hong Kong film actor and musician, committed suicide 9 years ago on April 1.

Japanese fans (Sina-slideshow)

FBA: Nightfall review

Routine crime drama squanders good leads on a poor script with only average direction.

CF: Box Office Revenue of “Nightfall” Reaches 40 Million Yuan

Engaging fable on greed and loss of values in HK society is good but not great.


CF: “Blood Stained Shoes” Premieres in Guangzhou

CF: The Absurd Comedy “Design of Death”

Based on the novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of a group of villagers who try to design the death of a well-known local hooligan. 
CF: ”Tokyo Newcomer” Gets Extra Screening Slots

The film tells the story of a Chinese superstar, portrayed by Chung, who abandons her career in China and marries a Japanese man. One of her loyal fans, played by Miao, follows her to Japan where he accidentally becomes involved in a spate of serial murders in a family-owned hotel where the owners are killed one by one.

Based on the life story of entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rocky Liang, the film recreates how Liang became successful. 

Stills from Derek Yee/Law Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” released at a Beijing press conference (Sina-gallery) yesterday

Yang Mi, Lau Ching-Wan

Nicholas Tse

Lau Ching-Wan

Liu Kai-Chi, according to the caption

Yang Mi  (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Li Bingbing are rumoured to be in contention for the femal lead role in the Hollywood production of Edward Zwick’s “The Great Wall”

Li Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu is currently in Las Vegas

(Sina)2

Read the tale and circumstances behind how fellow blogger and ex-pat Glenn got these picture of Cherie Chung, Vivian Chow and Annie Liu, and some swag too, link below.

Cherie Chung

Vivian Chow, Cherie Chung, Annie Liu

A1: Andy Lau changes plans to raise daughter in Malaysia

He has now set his sights on Edmonton, where his sister has migrated to. Lau is also believed to own properties there.

MSN: Was Joey Yung showbiz boss Albert Yeung’s mistress?

MSN: Video of Jay Chou’s scuffle with the paparazzi circulated online

The video clip that documented Jay’s actions had shown him instructing his friends to form a human barricade to block the three reporters present. Jay had whipped out his mobile phone and filmed the reporters. He referred to them as “Number One, ninja dog”, “Number Two, horse face” and “Number three, monkey with glasses”.

Several days after Timmy’s marriage to Janet Chow in Hong Kong, he lashed out at Chester for spilling drinks on the bride’s wedding dress and also used his wedding as means to meet new girls.

February 23, 2012

February 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: ”Blood Stained Shoes” Set to be Released on Mar. 31

(Sina)

CF: New Stills of “A Simple Life” Released

The heart-warming film “A Simple Life” has had released a new batch of still photos prior to its release on the mainland screens.

CF: Mainland Box Office in the 7th Week

Huayi Brothers’”Love” led a raft of romance flicks by pulling in $13.91 million and caught the second spot in weekly B.O. chart. Directed by Doze Niu, “Love” caught the eye at first because of its all-star cast, including young actors, such as Ethan Ruan, Mark Zhao and Eddie Peng, and veterans, such as Shu Qi and Zhao Wei. Set in Beijing and Taipei, “Love” told the story of three couples whose lives are intertwined, but in the end all characters found their own answers to what love is: namely courage and forgiveness.

Mainland director Sun Zhou presented “I Do”, a comedy that concentrated on the lives of 30’s -40’s single ladies. It is the first commercial movie for the artistic type director. Thanks to Valentines’ Day, the first commercial entry of Sun Zhou got a strong record of $6.31 million over its second week run.

CF: Actress Zhang Xinyi Poses for Photo Shoot

Zhang Xinyi recently poses for the photo shoot to showcase her charisma. The film “An Inaccurate Memoir” she leads is set to hit big screens during the Labor Day [May Day?] holiday slot.

Andy Lau has turned his shooting diary on “A Simple Life” into a book

(Sina)2

The star believed that seven was his unlucky number and exchanged his tag for his friend’s, which had the number 5654, but maintained he did not swap out his own electronic chip – which records the time taken for the wearer to complete the marathon.

(Sina)

Edison Chen promoted shoes at Causeway Bay on the 22nd. Pals Sam Lee, Scottie Hui, Kevin Poon, MC Yan joined in to assist.

Sam Lee (Sina)

The Taiwanese multi-hyphenate was rumoured to be a difficult person to work with on set

It is rumoured that the 38-year-old is trying to increase her cash assets to handle the costs of raising her daughter and financing her mother who has zero income and a gambling addiction.

February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: ”Fushan Mountains” Wraps up Shooting

The movie will enter its post-production stages. And the release date has yet to be confirmed.

Variety: Keanu Reeves to deliver masterclass in Hong Kong

Ning Hao’s big bank robbery caper film has been given an English name, “Guns N’Roses” (previously aka Robbing the Gold/A Big Gold Robbery/Gold Mystery Case). It was revealed in the teaser trailer that was recently released. A summer release is planned.

Ning Hao

Ning Hao guesting as a police officer (Sina)

“Scheme With Me” (aka “Tales of Two Cities”), starring Richie Jen, shares a similar storyline of a big gold robbery and opens February 24.

(qq)

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi) plays a young village woman in Manfred Wong and Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes”. Kara Hui and Ruby Lin costar.

Working in a distillery

(Sina)

CF: Actress Shu Qi on Figaro Magazine

A1: HK’s Liu Kai Chi to star in Singapore production

CNA: Edison Chen’s marathon results voided amidst fraud allegations

MSN: Did Michelle Reis and Kelly Chen abandon their family for money?

These female artistes became the talk of the town recently, after it was reported that one female celebrity, with the initials ‘K’ had left her husband and daughter, in order to marry into a rich family.

February 10, 2012

February 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love review

Good-looking, multi-character Valentine’s Day movie, stronger in parts than as a whole.

Shu Qi at the Taipei premiere of “Love” last night

Amber Kuo, Shu Qi, Wang Zhonglei

Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen

(Sina)

A superstar and his erstwhile fan develop a high-concept romance when thrown together in an inn two-and-a-half miles above sea level in Johnnie To’s gorgeous-looking escapist meller “Romancing in Thin Air.”

Feng Xiaogang is undergoing some personal crisis and is contemplating quitting filmmaking according to posts on his Weibo. Feng’s film “If You Are the One 2″ accounted for a third of Huayi Brothers revenues last year. The stock price of Huayi Brothers has dropped 11 pct since Feng’s comment five days ago. The post led to over ten thousand comments from netizens. Feng later backtracked and responded with thanks for their concern and he said that he would repsect  his contract with Huayi and complete “Remembering 1942″(Sina)2

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” which premieres Sunday at the opening of the  Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival.

Wang Taili (of Chopstick Brothers), Lin Jian (Lin Wai-kin)

Lam Suet, Ying Er, Francis Ng

Francis Ng, Ying Er

Ying Er, Francis Ng, Peng Bo

(Sina)23

The trio [of films] will be given a splashy launch at next month’s Hong Kong FilMart.

CRI: Berlin Int’l Film Festival Raises Curtain

Chinese director Wang Quan’an will present his latest film “White Deer Plain” in the main competition, vying for the top award for the third time, after his winning a Gold Bear in 2007 and a Sliver Bear in 2010.

Wang’s movie, which is more than three hours long, depicts twists and turns of two major families in a village of Shanxi Province over half a century before 1949, based on a controversial and prize-winning eponymous novel by Chinese outstanding writer Chen Zhongshi.

CF: Film Clip of “White Deer Plain” Out

Musical clip

The Hong Kong singer reportedly changed his number tag used at the Standard Chartered Marathon last weekend

Jeremy Lin planking (Deadspin)

Now we’ll see if Jeremy Lin is for real!

Lakers-Knicks tonight

“I don’t know anything about him,” Kobe Bryant added. “I honestly have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ve heard about him, but I have never seen him. I will watch some tape though. I can tell you that.”

Jeremy Lin getting overwhelmed

‘On the Court It’s Just Basketball’

Lin and his family have gotten a kick out of all the nicknames people are coming up with for him. There’s the most popular Linsanity, but also Linsane, Linning, Jeremy “My Shot is Fall” Lin, Super Lintendo, among others.

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