HKMDB Daily News

May 28, 2012

May 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ChinaDaily: A Hong Kong odyssey

Hong Kong cinema is merging into the larger Chinese cinema, gaining strength and at the same time losing its own identity.

CF: An Extras’ Life in Hengdian

CF: Gong Li Unveils New Projects at Cannes

MSN: Gong Li denies pregnancy rumours(CNA)

In other related news, the actress will be starring in the Hollywood movie, Marco Polo, later in the year where she will be portraying a Mongolian queen.

CF: Actress Qin Lan’s New Film “Be A Mother” to Release in June

CF: Angelababy Dancing in “The First Time”(Sina)

The romance film “The First Time”, starring Angelababy and Mark Chao, is set to hit cinemas on June 8. A collection of still shots featuring Angelababy dancing have been released prior to the film’s release.

“Double Trouble” will be opening in North American AMC Theatres on June 8. It will play in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Seattle. In Canada, the film will be released in Vancouver and Toronto.

(Sina)

“Double Trouble” trailer

(May 27) Beijing premiere for producer Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Lacuna” gets an assist from local Hooter’s girls.

Co-director Derek Tsang

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung, Derek Tsang

Mia Yam, Lawrence Chou, Shawn Yue  (Sina)

Three of a set of character posters for the mainland release of cop drama “Black & White”

Angelababy

Mark Chao

Huang Bo

Mark Chao, Huang Bo

(Sina)(21cn)

Back from Cannes, Yang Mi is busy in the studio recording a song for the OST of “Wu Dang”.

(Sina)

New photos showing Zhou Xun transformed into an ice spirit for Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2″

(Sina)

Brigitte Lin (2nd right) attending a recent A-Mei concert at Hung Hom Coliseum

A-Mei

A-Mei and guest Kenny B (Sina-slideshow)

Another look at Zhang Xinyi’s tattoo (first seen here), from a recent OK! Magazine event.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: John Woo may have throat cancer

Sina: Terence Chang issued a statement denying recent rumors that John Woo had throat or pancreatic cancer or a heart ailment. According to him, Woo had the beginnings of a throat tumor removed at the beginning of the year in Taipei and went to the US to rest but he was not hospitalized there as reported. John Woo also called the media and reassured them that he was in good health and only had a small tumor on the neck that had spread to his tonsils removed. 23

SGYahoo: Fan Bingbing for “Iron Man 3″?

CF: Feng Shaofeng and Mou Girl Ni Ni: New Pair in Chinese Film Circle

MSN: Female fan falls off bridge while watching Lee Hom’s concert

SGYahoo: TVB implements proper conduct guidelines

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture

Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners

In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot “Man of Tai Chi,” a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy — and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping (”The Matrix”).

Variety: Film is art to Chinese helmer Lu Chuan

Local auds didn’t flock to “City of Life and Death” in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.

Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil “The Last Supper,” a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.

FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper

Qin Lan as Empress Lu in “The Last Supper”, opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)

Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for “The Last Supper”

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in “Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map”

Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

Gong Li

(Sina)23

First stills from Guan Hu’s black comedy “Design of Death”

A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.

Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China’s First Banned Film Released after 60 Years

After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong’s criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.

(Sina)

MSN: Showbiz boss Albert Yeung dishes the dirt on celebrity scandals

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina)2

WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest

After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.

SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race

“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”

“We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?”

January 27, 2011

January 27, 2011

FBA: Shaw to sell stake in TVB

FBA: Seven Days in Heaven (6/10)

Original, low-key black comedy set during the week-long Taoist mourning process for an average small-town father.

‘Mr. & Mrs. Incredible’ and Sandra Ng (WSJ)

All’s Well Ends Well 2011: A Lunar New Year Laugh-in (WSJ)

Fiona Law, who teaches a class on Hong Kong cinema at the University of Hong Kong and has done extensive research on the phenomenon of the Chinese New Year movie, says the first known example was “Bloom and Prosper,” a 1937 comedy from mainland director Tang Xiaodan. No copy is believed to survive, but Dr. Law says it involves a familiar theme for the genre: winning the lottery and easy fortune.

Tsang and Leung lead CNY movie pack in I Love Hong Kong

I Love Hong Kong poster

The film features over 100 HK stars (Sina)

Posters for The Lost Bladesman

Various aspects of General Guan Yu depicted

Alan Mak and Felix Chong direct Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen in the costume epic.(Sina)2

PETA ad targets Gong Li (Xinhua)

MSN: Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi given probationary divorce

January 12, 2011

January 12, 2011

CRI: Different Looks of Gong Li in ‘What Women Want’

CRI: Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’: the Actual Trailer

(21cn)

CRI: Chinese Animated Film Competes for Oscar

“The Dreams of Jinsha”, a Chinese animated film, is in the running for an Oscar.

FBA: Production underway on Zhang’s Flowers

Production is now underway on 13 Flowers of Nanjing the new Christian Bale-starring movie by leading Chinese director Zhang Yimou.

Poster for Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale (aka A Chinese Ghost Story)

The film stars Liu Yifei and is currently in post-production in South Korea for special effects. (Sina)

Four new posters for Shaolin featuring the lead actors

Nicholas Tse edition

Andy Lau edition

Jackie Chan edition

Fan Bingbing edition

(Sina)2

CRI: Jet Li’s One Foundation Goes Public

CRI: Jay Chou Attends ‘Hornet’ Premiere with Rumored Girlfriend

(Xinhua)

MSN: Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung rumoured to be engaged

MSN: Faye Wong sang theme song for husband’s movie

September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010

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Late Autumn poster - Hyun Bin, Tang Wei (Xinhua)

The film has also broken new ground with its moon cakes tie in. After a limited edition of 3,000 boxes of hawthorn fruit moon cakes sold out, more were produced and are expected to create significant income for the Zhangs’ Beijing New Picture Film company.

“The Founding of a Republic” tops the best film nominees list for the 30th Hundred Flowers Awards.

Winners will be announced after a final round of voting during the 19th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival scheduled from October 12 to 16 in Jiangyin, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

The Island (formerly Adventure Island) opens Oct. 12 and stars Lam Suet, Huo Siyan and Liu Hua.

(Sina)2

Miriam Yeung helps launch new Nokia phone

Miriam has been exercising three hours a day preparing for her concerts and has lost 10 pounds in three months. (Sina-slide show)

Gong Mi is ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival

(Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei performing in rehearsal for tonight’s CCTV Mid-Autumn Festival broadcast

(Sina-slide show)

SG: Gong Li’s “busty” seduction

HK actress Vivian Chow says no to kids

September 15, 2010

September 15, 2010

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Zhou Xun

Stephen Fung, Zhou Xun

Zinedine Zidane, Stephen Fung

Guests at charity auction dinner in Shanghai. Zhou Xun’s contract with Huayi Brothers has expired, while Huang Xiaoming’s and Li Bingbing’s contract renewals are pending negotiations.

(Xinhua)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Zhang Ziyi

Gymnast Nadia Comaneci

Zhang Ziyi in Seoul, South Korea selected as host city of the 2013 Winter Special Olympics (Xinhua)2

Mabel Cheung, Alex Law received Honorary Fellowships from Hong Kong University for their contribution to the university and the community as a whole. Their film Echoes of the Rainbow is credited with setting off a wave of conservation efforts. (Sina)

Li Bingbing - Hong Kong cover of September issue of Harper’s Bazaar (Xinhua-gallery)

Fan Bingbing was measured in Beijing for the Shanghai Madame Tussauds

She will be depicted in wax wearing her Cannes dragon gown

I have eyes for you!

Fan Bingbing received a cake as it was the day before her 29th birthday. (Xinhua)(Sina-gallery)

Gong Li - Paris (Sept.13)

Gong Li with the president of LV, Yves Carcelle (Sina)

SG: Gigi Lai reunites with baby daughter

Jet Li’s charity faces persistent problems

Xu Jinglei: The Chinese director who wants it all

August 4, 2010

August 4, 2010

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THR: Celebrities film ads to boost China’s global image

Ads due on BBC, CNN in September

Basketball star Yao Ming, movie director John Woo and piano prodigy Lang Lang are among dozens of celebrities who will appear in television commercials later this year in a bid by China to boost its image abroad.

CRI: Ah Niu Promotes Directorial Debut in Taipei

The cast of “Ice Kacang Puppy Love” including Angelica Lee, Fish Leong, Victor Wong and Gary Cao attended the press conference. They are all well-known entertainers among the Chinese-speaking community.

AP: Donnie Yen emerges from shadow of Chan, Li

For years, Donnie Yen worked in the shadow of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. Having fought both on-screen, the 47-year-old actor was considered a worthy opponent but not necessarily a leading man in his own right.

Stills from What Women Want shooting in Beijing

Andy Lau

Andy Lau, Gong Li

At the movies

CRI: Chinese Film ‘What Women Want’ in Production

CRI: Movie Guide: ‘City under Siege’

A circus clown named Sunny (Aaron Kwok) goes on a hiking trip with a few colleagues to explore the mountains of Malaysia. The group finds a cave where they accidentally inhale a type of gas which turns out to be a biological weapon leftover by the Japanese from World War II.

The new actress selected for Jay Chou’s sequel to The Secret is Man Qi. Man Qi is an actress-model previously known as ‘little Lin Chi-Ling’. The film will employ 3D to create a Hollywood-style musical love story. The Chinese title is Beyond Time and Space.

(Sina)2

Hong Kong Arts Development Council’s “Fresh Wave International Short Film Festival 2010″

Johnnie To, Gao Yuanyuan

Lau Ching-Wan

Gao Yuanyuan

Alan Mak, Felix Chong, Herman Yau, Dante Lam, Soi Cheong Pou-Soi also attended. (Aug.3) (Xinhua)

More photos of Fan Bingbing bedding advert.

(Sina-slide show)

Miriam Yeung announced a series of Hong Kong concerts to be held in October at the Coliseum, also her official wedding banquet will be held December 20.

Miriam Yeung

(Sina)

Gigi Leung attended an event promoting ceramics making for the mentally disabled.

Gigi Leung

Zhou Xun in Shanghai to endorse orange juice brand Tropicana

Zhou Xun

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung, in 20 years?

A US website, http://in20years.com/, allows users to upload their photo and see what they look like in 20, 30 years. Recently, fans uploaded pictures of popular Chinese stars. You can see the results for Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhao Wei, Jay Chou and Liu Yifei. The site also offers a drug addict parameter, but mostly it Westernizes the Chinese faces. (Xinhua)

Cherie Chung in France

Hong Kong’s East Week found Cherie Chung in France recently living a leisurely life in a series of spy photos. (Xinhua)

CRI: Wang Luodan Poses for Photo Shoot

The actress received a career boost playing the popular Du Lala in a TV adaptation of the hit novel “Du Lala’s Promotion”

She and her on-screen lover in “Du Lala”, Li Guangjie, have been approached to continue their romance in the upcoming TV adaptation of Zhang Yimou’s film, “The Love of the Hawthorn Tree”.

Wang also appeared as a lovesick mute girl in Zhang Yang’s urban drama film “Driverless”.

SG: Andy Hui splits from girlfriend of three years

SG: Gigi Lai: I am now an ordinary mother

Faye turns on the charm(China Daily)

HKStandard: Avid toy buff grabs more than his fair share

The 12th Animation Comic-Game Hong Kong fair ended last night much to the disappointment of toy buff Lee Chi-wah, who was present every single day and spent HK$60,000 snapping up models and games.

Foxconn Group Installs Anti-Jump Nets at Hebei Facility, Xinhua Reports

Foxconn, which makes Apple Inc. iPads and Sony Corp. games machines, began putting up nets after at least 10 workers committed suicide this year…Foxconn Group employs more than 400,000 workers in Shenzhen, southern China, and has around 800,000 employees in the country.

August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

CRI: ’If You Are the One 2′ Starts Filming

The sequel features the same cast as the original, and has new additions Sun Honglei and Yao Chen, who have collaborated on the hit TV series “Lurk” (”Qian Fu”).

Sun Honglei, Yao Chen in Lurk (Sina)

CRI: New ‘Romance on Lushan Mountain’ Photo Stills

Starring Qin Lan, Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Li Chen, the sequel depicts a love triangle involving the children of the characters from the original film.

CRI: ’City Under Siege’ Premieres in Beijing

CRI: Liu Ye Stars in ‘The Underdog Knight 2′

FBA: Ex (前度) (7/10)

Gillian Chung shines in a charming relationships movie directed with a light touch by writer Heiward Mak.

HKStandard: ATV shareholder mystery deepens

John Woo’s favorite weapon

John Woo discussed the various weapons in the film Reign of Assassins

(Sina)

Reign of Assassins weaponry

(Sina-slide show)

Tang Wei has been invited by director Wang Quan’an to join the cast for White Deer Plain. As there are passionate scenes, Tang Wei may require a stand-in.

So far, the cast includes Zhang Fengyi, Wu Gang and Liu Wei. Sun Honglei is thought to be cast in an important lead role but it’s not been fully confirmed.

Liu Wei, Zhang Fengyi

(Xinhua)23

Danwei:Actress Tang Wei to appear in White Deer Plain?

Huang Yi in Shanghai to receive an award from Jessica magazine

(Sina-slide show)

Rose Chan visited the ACGHK (comic-con)

She said it was her first time at the fair. Rose also said that there was a possibility that she would go to Taiwan and film an idol series. Asked whom she would most like to co-star with, Rose said, Ethan Ruan. (Sina)

CRI: Lin Chi-Ling on Life as a Graceful Woman

. “The graceful woman is a life attitude, distributing charm out from the inside,” she said.

Ming Na: I’ve never strived to be super famous

Now on Syfy’s Stargate Universe

[I've recently seen her co-hosting Sunday infomercials for Wen Hair Care products by Chaz Dean.]

SG: Gong Li tried to salvage her marriage

Andy Hui splits from model girlfriend Michelle Yu

Sparks rumours of reconciliation with Sammi Cheng

SG: Gigi Lai shed tears of joy

At a tender age of 14, she was already trying to earn a living in showbiz.

Gigi Lai does not want kids to enter showbiz

Garbage islands threaten China’s Three Gorges Dam

June 25, 2010

June 25, 2010

Flirting Scholar 2 poster

The poster features Zhang Jingchu in a play on Painted Skin, Huang Xiaoming mimics ‘Wolverine’, Fan Siu-Wong as Captain Jack in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, Richie Jen from ‘Transformers’. The film opens July 9. (Sina)

Director of “Welcome to Shama Town” talks about latest production

With a long list of TV and film commercials for some of the world’s leading brands under his belt and the only Chinese director to win a prestigious One Show Gold award for excellence in advertising, Li Weiran is considered by many as the best in the business. He sat down with the Global Times to reflect over his 10-year career and talk about the future.

Sun Honglei at Guangzhou promotion for Welcome To Shamatown (Sina)

Danwei: A Beijing sex shop makes a revolution

Interview with Sam Voutas, director of the new film Red Light Revolution

CNN: Sex, toys, action! Comedy spotlights China’s adult shops

Now that he has finished filming his latest movie, director Sam Voutas doesn’t know what to do with the boxes and boxes of sex toys he has accumulated during the course of filming.

CRI: “Driverless” Premieres in Beijing

The film was shot by many pop, film and TV stars, including Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Li Xiaoran, Chen Jianbin and Wang Luodan. It is composed of three separate stories in modern society. The complicated relationships of the main characters in each story present “not beautiful but real life.”

Shu Qi in crying scene for City Under Siege

(Sina)

Zhang Jingchu bath scene - Flirting Scholar 2

(21cn)

First concept poster for A Chinese Ghost Story released hints at the role of the Tree Demon in the film.

Liu Yifei prepares to fly in Chinese Ghost Story

The official launch press conference will be held in Beijing July 1

Louis Koo has just been announced as joining the cast, not in the scholar role, too old at 40 he admitted, in the Wu Ma swordsman role. Yu Shaoqun (New Shaolin Temple) will play the young scholar.

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

Gong Li and husband, Huang Hexiang (1996)

Rumors that Gong Li and her husband, a Singapore businessman,  have divorced resurfaced again recently. Over the years, besides Zhang Yimou, Gong Li has been romantically linked to Sun Honglei, Sun Zhou (both of Zhou Yu’s Train), Collin Farrell (Miami Vice), a French photographer, and John Cusack (Shanghai).  (Xinhua)

Rumours of Gong Li’s divorce rife

Gong Li says she became Singaporean ‘for her family”

George Lam and Sally Yeh have an open marriage

SG: Sammi Cheng and Andy Hui getting hitched?

According to a Hong Kong magazine, Andy Hui has broken up with girlfriend Michelle and is actively trying to win his ex-lover’s heart back.

It was said that Andy has been visiting Sammi Cheng’s father regularly, even converting to Christianity in a bid to gain favour. Sammi was reportedly so touched by his moves that she agreed to Andy’s proposal.

When quizzed about the report, Sammi denied said allegations and emphasized the point that they are not back together and a patch-up would not be happening anytime soon.

Scandal star finds marital, screen bliss

Cecilia Cheung, Liu Zhu, Sister Lotus, Sister Phoenix and Sora Aoi

June 15, 2010

June 15, 2010

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THR: Asia’s Bona, CJ to co-produce movies

CF: ‘Ocean Heaven’ Actor Wen Zhang: It’s Good to Learn

Wen Zhang, who is better known in China as a TV actor, plays the son. His performance is so natural that many thought the actor was actually autistic.

NPR/AP: Jackie Chan’s Son Prefers Music To Movies

Six years after his movie and album debut, 27-year-old Jaycee Chan said he was starting to shed the baggage of his famous family name and finding his niche in the Chinese-language entertainment industry.

CF: Ip Man’s Son Nominated for Best Newcomer

Ip Chun also told the media that he will not authorize anymore Ip Man films, meaning “The Legend is Born - Ip Man” will be the last film about Ip Man.

Jet Li, Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi made a low key appearance at the Beijing premiere of Ocean Heaven. Although she did not walk the blue carpet, Zhang Ziyi met Jet Li who introduced his daughters inside the theater. Said Zhang of the film afterwards, “Before we say mother love is the greatest, the movie makes us see the power of fatherly love. I was moved by the emotion of father and son.” (Xinhua)

John Cusack, Gong Li at the Shanghai press conference (Sina)

Huang Yi and Yip Chun at a media event for Legend is Born (HunanTV)

Cecilia Cheung returned back to Hong Kong, the airport was chaotic

But Lucas is prepared for the media dogs

(Sina)

Sammi Cheng in Taiwan to promote her gospel album

(Sina)

Andy Lau, Hacken Lee

Tiffany Chen, Charles Heung, Andy Lau and Hacken Lee promote the opening of a new branch of the Michelin-rated restaurant of long-time friend Mr.Lee. Heung’s wife, Tiffany Chen teased the media about a future movie reunion of Andy and Cecilia Cheung. (Xinhua)

Shu Qi appearing in Eddie Peng Yu-Nan’s MV

(HunanTV)

THR: Hong Kong moves to close World Cup loophole

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