HKMDB Daily News

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Chow Yun-Fat to star again in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

CF: Micro Film “Soul Station” Officially Online

CRI: Zhang Yimou to Stage Opera for London Olympics

Hong Kong poster for “The Second Woman”, opening March 22

(Sina-slideshow)

Nick Cheung and Kay Tse in an action scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)2

Francis Ng signs posters in Beijing to promote “Crazy Stupid Thief”

(Sina)

Wong Jing and cast of “Marry a Perfect Man” attend the premiere press conference in Beijing yesterday

Wong Jing, Gigi Leung

Chapman To, Ronald Cheng

Lin Miaoke (r)

Xie Na

Gong Xinliang (Sina)2

MSN: Lynn Hung refuses to comment on recent breakup rumours

MSN: Male fan professes love for Edison Chen

MSN: Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan heads to Thailand together

ay’s music video director, stylist and make-up artist also accompanied the singer on this trip, fuelling speculations that the group is heading to Thailand to check out locations for Jay’s upcoming movie Secret 2, which is scheduled to begin shooting in April.

February 13, 2012

February 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: New Stills of “White Deer Plain” Out

CF: Love Triangle in “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue

Chen Shu (Sina)2

CF: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip Promote “A Simple Life” on the Mainland

CRI: Actor Zhang Mo Released

Zhang was caught using drugs on January 30. According to related regulations, Zhang’s detention period should last for 13 days. Rumors on the Internet claiming that Zhang Mo had been released early were inaccurate.

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” (Chinese title). The film was reportedly well received by the audience at its premiere at the Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival on the 12th. The general release is scheduled for March 1.

Peng Bo, Francis Ng, Ying Er

Francis Ng, Lam Suet

Peng Bo, Francis Ng

Francis Ng

Insane Clown Posse? (Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Bo and Lin Chi-Ling will have the leads in a new Leste Chen film (Chinese title, “101 Proposals”) targeted for a 2013 Valentine’s Day release. The story is an adaptation of a Japanese TV drama.

Huang Bo, Lin Chi-Ling

MSN: Vicki Zhao and Shu Qi reunite after 10 years

MSN: Nicholas Tse stayed over at Cecilia Cheung’s home

Just under a year after they split, Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are showing signs of a possible reconciliation.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan undergo plastic surgery?

Young Hannah with mother and father

Hannah (left) at a recent ski trip in South Korea (Sina)

February 9, 2012

February 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Bullets still flying at HK Film Awards

Bullets’ 13 nominations is only just ahead of Flying Swords, which boasts 12 nominations. In third place, with 11 nominations, is Peter Chan’s Wu Xia

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in the 5th Week

Wong Jing’s workplace romantic comedy “Marry a Perfect Man” opens in Hong Kong, China and Southeast Asia simultaneously on March 16.

Ronald Cheng, Gigi Leung

Xie Na, Chapman To

Gong Xinliang, Chapman To, Meng Yao

(Sina)23

More Crazy: Francis Ng directed the promotional MV for the upcoming “Crazy Stupid Thief” (Chinese title). The film opens March 1. Lam Suet, Francis Ng, Teddy Lin Wai-Kin and mainland comedians costar. The film comes from the creative team behind “Crazy Stone” and “Crazy Racer” but little details have been revealed about the film. The MV has been pulled from YouTube (why?) but it can be seen here (Video), or below.

Ying Er

Ying Er

From film’s weibo site

Poster markets film as 3rd in the “Crazy” series

Peng Bo, Francis Ng (Sina)23

CF: Huang Xiaoming Portrays Men’s Style on Elle Men Magazine

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Nicholas Tse, Jay Chou, Edison Chen, Jackie Chan

MSN: Are Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy married?

A photo of what seemed like the celebrity couple’s marriage certificate was leaked yesterday

MSN: Officer punished because of Ethan Ruan

A1: Taiwan’s military punishes two trainers for taking pictures with celebrity recruit

MSN: Vivian Chow’s childhood photos unveiled

Netizens complimented the Hong Kong actress, calling her the “goddess who doesn’t age”

Vivian Chow

October 12, 2011

October 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

THR: Inseparable review [and barely a word about anyone except Kevin Spacey]

A black comedy with conflicting urges toward satire on one hand and fantasy on the other.

CF: Posters of “What’s under the Bed” Released

CF: Official Website of “Love is not Blind” Launched

The film is set to be screened nationwide on November 8, hitting cinemas just in time for Single’s Day, which falls every year on November 11.

CF: Ariel Lin is “Love Sick”

The film is about a girl who decides not to fall in love again due to her past troubles.

CF: “Legendary Amazons” to Set Release Date

Reportedly, actress Cecilia Cheung is said to be very cooperative this time round, and is expected to make her appearance at the premier ceremony of the film. :D

MSN: Zhou Xun and Zhang Ziyi vie for role in Keanu Reeves’ movie

Previously [12.13.2010], Tiger Chen w/Andrew Zimmern  [4.4.2011]

Michelle Yeoh at today’s press conference in Busan for Luc Besson’s “The Lady”

Michelle Yeoh, Luc Besson (Sina-gallery)2

Lin Chi-Ling experiences many “firsts” in “Love on Credit”: first one-night stand, first “understanding” of sex, first time as mistress, etc.

Francis Ng in A Nian’s “Love Never Dies” (aka Blocked/Traffic Jam). This is the first time he has dubbed his own voice in Mandarin. Opens Oct. 14.

Francis Ng

A few days ago, Liu Yifei was announced as joining the cast of “Bronze Sparrow Terrace” opposite of Chow Yun-Fat. She also revealed that she recently turned down a role in Resident Evil.

Milla Jovovich revealed in a Tweet that Li Bingbing has joined the cast in Resident Evil 5. (Thanks to SpyMonkey)

(Sina)2(cri)

Li Bingbing Cast as Ada Wong in Resident Evil: Retribution

Mystery-thriller Lost in Panic Cruise, the sequel to Lost in Panic Room, opens Oct.27

Wu Chun celebrates his 32nd birthday yesterday with cast members, including Ekin Cheng, on the set of Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang”.

Wu Chun

(Sina-slideshow)

Spend Thanksgiving Day with Ekin Cheng - Atlantic City concert poster

Jessica C. leaving police station (Sina-slideshow)

Jessica C. at the airport (Sina)

Jessica C. modelling lingerie earlier this month

(Sina)

Feng Xiaogang, Yao Ming and Andy Lau in Ningbo for an awards event last night

(Sina-slideshow)

January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

ScreenDaily: What Women Want

This Chinese production features palpable chemistry between stars Andy Lau and Gong Li, but director Chen Daming’s film, like the original, is a great commercial hook in search of an equally clever story. (hkmdbnews)

“Ip Man 2″: China’s anti-Western kung fu phenomenon (Salon)

Ip Man 2: Legend of the Grandmaster” is now playing in New York and Los Angeles, with wider North American release to follow.

FBA: Fantôme, où es-tu? (2/10)

Lame ghost-cum-gender mish-mash that squanders its potential.

Check out Valerie’s My Ever-Changing Moods: Francis Ng 2010 In Review on beyondasiaphilia

2010 was a busy year for Francis Ng…

Much influenced by American sitcom-classic Friends, which had a huge fan base in China, My Own Swordsman centers on six characters whose relationships intertwine through friendship, family and romance, and is set in a hostel being managed in ancient China. With the same cast, director and screenwriter, the film version continues the initial’s stories, while injecting today’s social including house purchase and relocation, family finances and the “marriage crisis.”

GlobalTimes: First trailer of Buddha Mountain lives up to advance hype

With winter vacation meaning there’s a nation of children who need entertaining, three Chinese animation films are filling in this traditionally peak-time for box-office family fun: Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf (January 21), Old Master Q and Little Ocean Tiger (January 27) and Little Big Panda (February 3) are all scheduled for cinemas over the next four weeks.

(Sina)2

Poster for Mr. and Mrs. Incredible

Opening Feb. 3

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng (Sina)

I Love Hong Kong poster

Opening Jan. 31

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng

Eric Tsang, Aarif Lee (Sina)2 3 4

Eva Jin Yimeng (Sophie’s Revenge) is preparing for multiple Hollywood projects. (Sina)

Charlene Choi at the Harbour City chocolate exhibition

(Sina-slideshow)

Chrissie Chau taped a song for ATV’s Spring Festival broadcast. Other guests include George Lam, Kay Tse and Hins Cheung. (Sina)

GlobalTimes: Publishing tycoon books divorce in New Year season

Yao Chen’s divorce a case of Julia Roberts-Benjamin Bratt?

Yao Chen, Ling Xiaosu (Sina)

CNA: Cecilia Cheung saves woman from committing suicide

All’s well ends well, indeed

CNA: Charlene Choi on her divorce: “This is not something to celebrate.”

“I may not make enough to eat delicacies ever day, but I can earn enough for three square meals every day”.

MSN: Mark Chao dropped from ‘Black and White’ promotional trail in Japan

Recently, the director’s cut of Black & White DVD was released in Hong Kong. Every single copy was snapped up in a mere four minutes.

China red-faced after footage of new fighter ‘was from Top Gun’

The footage showcasing the J-10 fighter, which showed an air-to-air missile destroying another jet, was aired last week during the main evening broadcast of the state-sponsored channel China Central Television.

Oldham said Ho had been coerced into reconciling with family members on live television on Wednesday, with the wheelchair-bound Ho struggling to read a giant cue card.

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.

December 13, 2010

December 13, 2010

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CRI: Keanu Reeves Invests in Chinese Action Film

Previously [10.21.2009][10.14.2009]

FBA: Seediq Bale sets Sep 2011 campaign

FBA: Beijing launches major new film event

Beijing International Film Festival to debut in April 2011

CRI: ‘If You Are the One 2′ Gets Poetic Ending

Huayi Brothers, the film’s production company, released the movie’s closing song “Zui Hao Bu Xiang Jian” (”Best Not to Meet”), saying its lyrics were taken from Tsangyang Gyatso’s poem “Shi Jie Shi” (”Ten Nots Poem”).

The work is split into two obvious parts, the styles and plots of which are in complete contrast, as if coming from two different writers. Later as I found out, they actually did.

Shortly after the film’s premiere last week, scriptwriter Gao Xuan complained on her weibo (local version of twitter) that despite the fact that she, Chen and another writer had worked on the script for the first half of the film, she was only credited for “early-stage script composition” instead of “scriptwriter.”

Sha Yi, Yao Chen, Yan Ni

Cast members Xiao Jian, Ni Hongjie

Yao Chen sports new shorter hair at press conference for My Own Swordsman opening January 26.

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Francis Ng attending a charity activity for autistic children organized by the One Foundation.

Francis donated a private collection of calligraphy and paintings. (Sina)

Maggie Cheung at the closing ceremony of the Marrakech International Film Festival (Xinhua)

Faye Wong will hold 3 concerts in Hong Kong on March 4 -6. Half of the songs will be in Cantonese. (Sina)

The 50-year-old stuntman-turned-director also denied rumours that his school is a scam to take money from those who hope to break into the industry.

HK singer Gigi Leung dating US consulate spokesman?

November 19, 2010

November 19, 2010

CRI: Andy Lau to Show ‘What Women Want’ in Feb.

Zhang Yishan, Aarif Lee

Jennifer Tse and Zhang Yishan - from My Brother Bruce Lee (HunanTV)

Cecilia Cheung in costume for Lady Generals of the Yang Family. It appears to be an ethnic minority style instead of a military uniform. Posted on Weibo by an assistant of Ceci’s.

(Sina)

False alarm:  Francis Ng was injured on the set of Warring States while shooting a fire scene. The action called for Francis to set fire to a supply cart and act distraught.  Somehow the fire got out of control in a gale of wind and while still deep in the role trying to utter his lines Francis was soon surrounded by a wall of fire and smoke. Wearing heavy armor costume weighing 30kg he could not move. Until he was located by shouting and searching Francis was finally rescued. He was temporarily suffocated and he suffered red and swollen eyes. His throat/vocal chords was damaged and had some burns on his skin but did not suffer more serious injury because he was rescued in time. (Sina)(Xinhua) [It turns out, this actually happened back in July. Warring States completed filming in September and Francis Ng has fully recovered since. So this story is just coattailing on the Selina Jen fire incident.] (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan tries new gangster image in new film co-starring Leon Lai (Sina)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen opened the Christmas season at Hong Kong’s World Trade Centre in Causeway Bay. (Sina)

And nothing says ‘Christmas’ like Hello Kitty, with Annie Liu, at Langham Plaza. (Sina)

Today is Sir Run Run Shaw’s 103rd birthday.

Last night, he celebrated  at the Hong Kong Peninsula Hotel with wife Mona Fong under heavy hotel security. (Sina)(Xinhua)

MSN: Was it a shotgun marriage for Barbie Hsu?

MSN: Lin Chi-ling and mother insulted on Facebook

Lin Chi-Ling for Longines, in English.

http://www.razor.tv/site/servlet/segment/main/entertainment/56578.html

MSN: Selina Jen breaks down during counseling

CNN: Hong Kong diagnoses first human bird flu case in 7 years

US Embassy: Beijing air quality is ‘crazy bad’

Experts say Beijing’s frequently bad air has been even dirtier recently because a growing number of factories and villages on the outskirts of the city are burning coal for the winter, and more than 1,200 new cars hit the roads each day.

November 3, 2010

November 3, 2010

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman poster

Kitty Zhang Yuqi edition

Ando Masanobu edition

(Xinhua)(Sina)

FBA: Wong’s Grandmasters joins Wild Bunch

It has been tentatively positioned for release at Chinese New Year in late-Jan or early-Feb 2011. However, other recent press reports suggest that shooting will continue in early 2011.

Adjusting to pace of Wong Kar-Wai

Tony Leung goes jogging

Song Hye-Kyo plays badmington

Song Hye-Kyo, Zhang Ziyi

Lunar New Year release deemed optimistic (Xinhua)(Sina)

Alexi Tan’s Color Me Love features work of contemporary artist

Song Jia and Francis Ng play a couple in Love Island

(Xinhua)(Sina-slide show)

Jaycee Chan

Jaycee Chan in The 1911 Revolution (Xinhai Revolution) (Xinhua)

Angelababy fashion shoot for an Italian brand

(Xinhua)

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi

(Sina)

FBA: Three charges against Stephen Chan are dropped

MSN: Rumours rife on Wang Xiaofei’s past

The Chinese millionaire who is engaged to Taiwanese actress, Barbie Hsu, is alleged of being a wife-beater who deserted his wife and kids

Viewers complained that Chou did very little hosting in the first episode of show, with most of the work being done by his guest, fellow Taiwan singer and experienced television host Show Luo.

October 18, 2010

October 18, 2010

THR: ‘Aftershock’ to shake U.S., Canada Oct. 29

CRI: “The Founding of a Republic” Wins Biennial Chinese Audience Film Award

FBA: Asian films score at Sitges

Dream Home: Best Actress prize for Josie Ho; Andrew Lin gets Best Make Up FX.

Variety: The Red Eagle review

Vivian Wu

Vivian Wu plays a guard in the prison drama Let Love Come Back(?). The film will be released next year on International Women’s Day, March 8, with a cast that includes Cecilia Yip and Siqin Gaowa. Previously announced cast members included Cheng Pei, Pei, Pace Wu, and Jessey Meng Guangmei. The drama will focus on the lives of both the women guards and the women prisoners.

Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu

Cheng Pei Pei (Sina)234

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Leste Chen Cheng-Tao, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen, Zhang Jingchu

Zhu Yuchen (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Zhu Yuchen have begun filming the fourth part of Pang Ho-Cheung’s omnibus film ‘4 + 1 Project’ (4 shorts, 1 movie’. The project is Pang’s first mainland production. The first part featured Zhou Xun in the Nail Clipper Monster, Shawn Yue starred in part 2; and Stanley Huang in part 3. In part 4, as a tribute to Gabriel Marquez’ Love in the Time of Cholera, the film is called Love in the Time of Weibo. Director Chen Cheng-Tao (Leste Chen) says the film documents a couple’s relationship via weibo bit by bit and is filled with magic realism. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng in signature red leather hoodie from Wind Blast

(Sina-gallery)

(Oct.16) Rehearsal photos of Zhang Ziyi for Saturday evening’s Hundred Flowers Film Awards.

Zhang Ziyi will also be singing a Teresa Teng song.

(Xinhua-slide show)

Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Ziyi celebrating after the awards Saturday night. (Xinhua)

Zhao Wei’s first film since giving birth will be a collaboration with Huang Xiaoming according to her agent. Filming will begin in December. (Sina)

Karen Mok met with fans in Singapore to promote her new CD. Despite feeling ill, Karen carried on singing four songs and playing games with fans. (Sina)

(Oct.17) Louis Koo celebrated his 40th birthday with over 400 fans from Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. A noted Star Wars fan, Louis dressed as a Jedi Knight and guests included Sandra Ng and the Grasshoppers. (Sina)

WSJ: Edison Chen and His ‘Mr. Sandman

With “Mr. Sandman” — the first single from his forthcoming album “Confusion” — Mr. Chan resumes his singing career, which started in 2004 when he released his first record, “Please Steal This Album,” with Emperor Entertainment Group. (Also, free download of his single.)

Peter Lam, Edison Chen (file photo) (Xinhua)

GlobalTimes: It’s complicated! China’s own Casanova and seven of his great loves

Six degrees of Zhang Yadong

CRI: Faye Wong Concerts Tickets Price Soaring

Veteran HK actress Kathy Chow lashes out at industry ‘pimps’

Kathy Chow plagued by Lupus rumours

Lin Chi-ling botches live singing attempt at Taipei concert (Xinhua)

(Sina-slide show)

Wu Bai, SHE, Jay Chou, et al

A few more Stalking Cherie Chung photos

(Xinhua)

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