HKMDB Daily News

November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Ricky Hui passed away tonight

Sam, Ricky Hui in concert

Hong Kong media is reporting that Ricky Hui died of a heart attack Tuesday night. He was found by an assistant at home lying in bed and not breathing. Ricky Hui was 65 years old. He joined the Shaw Brothers actors training course in 1971 along with his brothers. (Sina), 2

TimeOutHK: Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale I review

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s ‘Flowers of War’ to Open in US

CF:  Final Posters of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: ”Dear Enemy” to Compete with “The Flowers of War”

Set against the backdrop of a business environment, “Dear Enemies” tells the story of a separated couple who become bitter enemies as they enter into war over the issue of company acquisition. A promotional trailer for the movie was released at the press conference.

Xu Jinglei at the press conference (Sina)2

Director David Wu’s latest sniper-themed film “Cold Steel” has had its new still photos released recently. The stills feature actor Peter Ho and actress Song Jia. In the film, they portray a couple of love birds.

Directed by Zhang Yang and starring Xu Huanshan, Wu Tianming and Li Bin, the film “One Flew over the Retirement Home” (”Fei Yue Lao Ren Yuan”) is currently being filmed in Tianjin. On Saturday, the film’s production team released a collection of still shots featuring mainland actor Chen Kun who makes a guest appearance as a doctor in the film.

CRI: Gao Xiaosong Released after 6 Months in Jail

Whilst serving time in the jail, Gao also wrote the theme song “Like a Dream” for his film “My Kingdom” which was released in September.

“Painted Skin 2″ poster released at the AFM features Zhou Xun (Sina)

Sun Zhou’s “Yes, I Do” held a film wrap press conference with cast members Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong. The film is due for a Lunar New Year release.

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, director Sun Zhou, Duan Yihong

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong, Mi Qi (Sina-gallery)

THR: Michelle Yeoh Garners Praise at AFI Fest for ‘The Lady’ (Video)

The actress talks to THR about her life, career and dream opportunity to play and meet Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese winner of the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize.

CF: A Lack of 3D Technology in China’s Film Industry

The fever for 3D movies spread quickly throughout the worlds’ film industries. Production companies were keen to cash in on high returns, and China’s growing film market was no different.

China’s ’soft power’ push stumbles at the movies

Mainstream Chinese films all need government approval for release, and there is a marked absence of movies that tell revealing, gritty tales set in the present day.

Bai Baihe, the star of the latest romance movie “Love is Not Blind”, poses for a new photo shoot in black and white to promote the film.

Fan Bingbing dons Versace for H&M collection at a fashion event in Beijing on Monday

Vicki Zhao to make directorial debut

Edison’s ex-girlfriend speaks

Edison’s rumored ex-girlfriend, Gloria Wong, scolded him bluntly for his fetish obsessions and revealed that Edison had asked her to wear a pink lingerie set to pose for some photographs while they were dating.

She was discovered when she was just 14 years old.

“TVB was considering that she has many good friends, such as Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau. These former sex goddess have left showbiz and it would have been a talking point to have them on the show but…”

MSN: Selina Jen has yet to register her marriage

MSN: Eason Chan collaborates with daughter on new album

William Hung has joined the Los Angeles Police Dept as a technical crime analyst after graduating from college. He became a sensation after appearing on American Idol and later appeared with Nancy Sit in “Where is Mama’s Boy?”

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)

August 12, 2011

August 12, 2011

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ChinaPost: Jump Ashin! review

A story about loss, redemption and coming-of-age, “Jump Ashin!” split its soul into so many pieces for maximum commercial appeal that it eventually reminds us of Harry Potter’s Voldemort, whose soul degenerated because he split it into seven pieces to bid for power and immortality.

FBA: A Beautiful Life review

San Francisco’s chance at seeing 3D porn goes flat

Keep your hands at your sides, San Franciscans; unfortunately the film’s debut in our city will only be offered in standard 2D. (Thanks, Dave!)

First Person: Juno Mak

CRI: Actress Shu Qi Attends Environmental Protection Event in Taipei

Carina Lau was in Chengdu yesterday promoting Haagen Dazs mooncakes. [Mmmm, mooncakes]

(Sina-gallery)2(Xinhua)

MSN: Elaine Ng calls Jackie Chan the “third party”

Recently, it was reported that Jackie’s wife Joan Lin left Hong Kong after knowing that Elaine returned.

A1: Elaine Ng wants to hear no more of Jackie Chan

December 17, 2010

December 17, 2010

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APA: Interview with Freddie Wong (The Drunkard)

Critic-turned-programmer-turned-director Freddie Wong reflects on the road to directing The Drunkard, which had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Beijing premiere press conference for If You Are the One 2

Feng Xiaogang, Shu Qi, Ge You, Yao Chen

Ady An Yixuan, Shu Qi, Yao Chen with Ge You

Feng Xiaogang, Shu Qi, Ge You (Sina-gallery)

Yang Yuyu - Midnight Beating

Yang Yuyu, Francis Ng

Yang Yuyu (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung - Lady Generals of the Yang Family

Zhao Qianyu plays Cecilia’s daughter (Sina)

MSN: Chow Yun-Fat trapped on expressway due to snowstorm

The Chinese actor was left cold and starving for 20 hours

(Sina)2

Elaine Ng and daughter, Etta at the opening of her solo painting exhibition in Shanghai

Etta is said to bear a remarkable resemblance to Jaycee Chan

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Elaine Ng brings daughter to Shanghai for art exhibition

MSN: Show Luo is cleared of having STD

Show Luo releases medical report to quash STD rumours

MSN: Selina Jen asks for S$6 million in compensation

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Stella Huang, Jay Chou

[I thought I'd posted this one earlier but it turns out it was left in a draft post!]

GlobalTimes: Demystifying the diva: Faye Wong caught on film, Li still stands strong

Of course most of you know that Wong successfully held comeback concerts in Beijing and Shanghai last month, two of which I attended and enjoyed. What you surely do not know is that after one concert in Beijing, the diva continued on to share a passionate night with her drummer and was caught by the paparazzi. Her husband, local actor Li Yapeng, had to spend a few million yuan (half a million dollars) keeping the cheating couple’s photos out of the press.

December 14, 2010

December 14, 2010

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CRI: ‘Shaolin’ Releases First Trailer

The new film was set in the 1920s, during which time the warlords in China were fighting with each other. Besides showcasing the Shaolin kung-fu style, the film will show many modern war scenes as well. Director Benny Chan explained that “The usage of modern weapons is in a conflict with traditional kung fu. It’s a terrible thing to many kung-fu masters.”

CRI: ’The Founding of a Party’ to Film at Kremlin

CRI: Final Trailer of ‘If You Are the One 2′ Unveiled

Many long-anticipated scenes were included, such as the married life of Ge You and Shu Qi since they decide to start a trial marriage, and a “divorce ceremony” for Yao Chen and Sun Honglei.

Shu Qi, Ge You

Sun Honglei, Ge You, Yao Chen (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Three new posters for The Kidnap

Chapman To stars in the black comedy about the ‘hidden rules’ of show business industry.

Red Shoes version

A mysterious maimed hand on the right

Conference edition with more hands (Sina)

Stills from Midnight Beating, opens Dec. 24.

Yao Di, Francis Ng

(Sina)2

The Cantopop singer has plans to split the wedding into two days, Dec 20 and Dec 24. Family members and relatives will attend the function on Dec 20 and friends from the entertainment industry will attend the 24th event.

MSN: Elaine Ng talks about former relationship with Jackie Chan

Jackie’s daughter: “Where’s my father?”

(Xinhua)

Bloomberg: China’s `City Jade Men’ Indulge in Dead-Sea Mud Masks, L’Oreal Skin Creams

Men who use cosmetics are called “Du Shi Yu Nan” or City Jade Men, the local language term that translates to “metrosexuals.”

Liang Guang, a 29-year-old architect for a property company in Beijing, began buying cosmetics after seeing a television commercial for L’Oreal men’s products featuring Hong Kong action star Daniel Wu.

October 2, 2010

October 2, 2010

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FBA: Beach Spike puts on a wrap

Detective Dee: Big-budget ‘wuxia’ meets Agatha Christie

FBA: Golden Horse looks inward

Golden Horse nominations major categories. Full list.

Tang Wei up for Golden Horse

Nominated Best Supporting Actor, Actress

Best Supporting Actress, Zhang Jingchu (Aftershock) and Best Supporting Actor, Nicholas Tse (Bodyguards and Assassins) (Sina)2

Cecilia Cheung is reported to be joining Tang Wei in Jingle Ma’s film Dynamic Angel (reported as Race Car by CRI). Rene Liu and Han Jae-Seok are also cast in the South Korean coproduction. Cecilia will start after wrapping Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film (lit. Wedding is the Strongest Thing). Jingle Ma directed Cecilia in Fly Me to Polaris to help launch her career. Tang Wei will be attending the upcoming Pusan International Film Festival this week to support Late Autumn. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Spoooky poster for The Island (Sina)

Speaking of Bai Ling,

Milwaukee: International actress Bai Ling joins local film production, Petty Cash

“My hot hot shooting in Milwaukee, what a wonderful time I am having here, what wonderful production and sweet people I am working with, what a joy and gift, so much love I am receiving……

I call Milwaukee milk town cause so many cows in the distance…”

http://ling-bai.blogspot.com/

Carrie Ng on set of Calvin Poon’s Derailed Women

Edison Chen, grateful for support of girlfriend Vincy Yeung (Sina)

Karen Mok performed in a Macau concert for the Asian Games (Xinhua)

Gigi Leung sang in a Hong Kong concert celebrating China’s National Day. Other artists included Alan Tam, Hacken Lee, Priscilla Chan. (Xinhua)

More photos of Carina Lau getting the VIP treatment at the Ferragamo-owned Lungarno Hotel. (Xinhua)

Elaine Ng’s daughter

Rumors have been circulating that Jackie Chan has not been paying child support and that is the reason Elaine Ng returned to Hong Kong to do promotional work. (Sina)

Carol Zhu

Hong Kong tabloids report that Andy Lau’s wife, now 44 years old, is 3 months pregnant. Two newly hired bodyguards have been seen accompanying Carol according to reports. (Sina)

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010

To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day and changes of role of woman in modern society, 10 Mainland films made by women filmmakers over the past three decades will be shown in the “Chinese Film Panorama 2010: A Feminine Perspective” from October 14 to November 7.

FBA: Mei Ah takes Grand Master rights

The Grand Master, which takes another look at Ip Man, the martial arts ace credited with teaching the wing chun style of kung fu to Bruce Lee, is tentatively set for release at 2011 Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb).

CRI: ’Aftershock’ to Grab Oscar Entry

The blockbuster film, “Aftershock,” which is the most successful film ever made in China, has been chosen to compete for the nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards next February.

Entertaining but throwaway whodunit set in Ancient China.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing and Winston Chao celebrate as the movie “The 1911 Revolution” started filming in Fuxin City of northeast China’s Liaoning Province on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao

(Sina-gallery)

More on Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. Chow has personally invited Maggie Cheung to appear in his film. In addition, Will and Jaden Smith may be guest stars. Taking advantage of the Monkey King’s legendary 72 transformation, Chow will use this as a premise to cast many celebrities and guest stars. (Xinhua)2 [I can see Maggie now as Princess Iron Fan!]

Josie Ho, Jude Law

Josie Ho was tight-lipped about working with Jude Law in Contagion but met at an event in Hong Kong. (Sina)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan Publish Uniform Wedding Photos

Liu Ye in a fall/winter fashion shoot for GQ

(Sina-slide show)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu at a recent magazine promotion event (Sina-slide show)

Jet Li attending the unveiling of his wax (un)likeness at Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds

(Sina-slide show)

Elaine Ng

Elaine Ng was in Hong Kong for a skin care brand yesterday. She resides in Shanghai and is a former actress most well known as the mother of Jackie Chan’s “Dragon Seed” daughter who is now 11 years old. Still unmarried, Ng says her daughter knows who her father is but they rarely discuss it. (Xinhua)

Fuzzy Photos Dept: Faye Wong recently celebrated husband Li Yapeng’s birthday in Beijing. At one point, Faye coaxed friend Zhao Wei on stage to join her for a karaoke rendition of a Karen Mok song, ‘He Doesn’t Love Me’.

Faye Wong, Zhao Wei (Xinhua)2

Carina Lau

Carina Lau recently posted a collection of photos from her 7-day ‘Roman Holiday’ on her micro-blog. (Xinhua-gallery)

George Lam, Sally Yeh

Despite regular rumors of divorce, Sally Yeh appeared at George Lam’s recent Hong Kong concert. The concert was recorded and will be released later as a DVD. (Sina)

Patrick Tse showing off his ‘guns’

“The Chinese Jack Palance”

74 year-old Patrick Tse was seen with girlfriend Coco (47 years her junior) at Shanghai Airport. (Sina)

Rosemary

Rosemary was officially charged with 3 misdemeanor counts for her auto accident involving the Reno arch: hit-and-run, illegal right turn and not having insurance. The trial date for these charges will be on Dec. 8. The court hearing date for the more serious felony drug possession arrest is on Oct. 19. (Sina)

Hong Kong model’s Reno trial set for Dec. 8 for crash into landmark arch

Stephen Chow’s mother

Young Stephen and family

Resigned to a bachelor son, declares Stephen Chow’s mum (Sina)2

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

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