HKMDB Daily News

September 12, 2012

September 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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LATimes: Chinese pay for product placement in Hollywood movies

TimeOutHK: Karen Mok interview

My next big project is my first English album and it’s jazz. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Our take on this jazz album is to also retain our Chinese identity. So we have some Chinese elements in the album. I play the guzheng and we put that in as well. It’s a completely new sound we’re trying to create.

(Xinmin)

Karen Mok’s micro film/advert for Cadillac shot on Route 66

Daniel Wu gets Tom Cruise-y for Cadillac

Posters for the recently opened (in August) Mainland horror film “Horrible Hotel”(?). The B-list cast includes Cecilia Cheung look-a-like, Gong Mi, and the pulchritudinous Zhao Ming, Anya, comic actors Li Jing and Dong Lifan. Hong Kong singer-actor and Wang Lee Hom clone, as well as Kelly Chen’s brother, Victor Chen is the nominal hero.

Gong Mi, Victor Chen

Nightgown scene

Wet tee-shirt scene

Chinese Klansman?

(Sina)

November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

CRI: ’When Love Comes’ Wins Golden Horse for Best Film

“When Love Comes”, a drama about a teenage girl dealing with an unexpected pregnancy and her chaotic family life, claimed the best film trophy at the 47th Taiwan Golden Horse Awards on Saturday, November 20, 2010.

FBA: Taiwan films divide prizes at Golden Horse

Among the biggest surprises of the evening was a best actor win for Ethan Ruan for “making the translation from idol to actor in a performance with depth” in Monga…The most competitive award of the evening was in the best actress category, with the jury vote split nine-to-eight in favour of China’s Lü Liping forCity Monkey. Taiwan’s Sylvia Chang lost the vote because of her less-central role in Buddha Mountain.

MSN: Ethan Ruan wins Best Actor award at Golden Horse Awards

Taiwan’s arthouse films win top honours at Golden Horse Awards

FBA: Chen orbits Atom

Director and producer Chen Kuo-fu [The Message] has reportedly bought a personal 35% stake in Taiwan distribution, production and sales company Atom Cinema…Chen is currently head of production at China’s Huayi Brothers, where he produced recent blockbusters Aftershock and Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.

CRI: More Still Photos of ‘If You Are the One 2′ Released

Shu Qi - If You Are the One 2

(Sina)23

Andy Lau and Wu Jing sparring in New Shaolin Temple

(Sina)

Gong Mi version of My Brother Bruce Lee poster

Gong Mi

(Sina)

Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Lee (Sina)

John Woo returned to Hong Kong from the US to receive the Silver Bauhinia Star Award. The awards replaced the old British honours system, e.g., Order of the British Empire, after 1997.

Stanley Ho

Stanley Ho received Hong Kong’s highest award, the Grand Bauhinia Medal. (Xinhua)(Sina-slide show) (Sina)

Faye Wong - Shanghai concert

Faye Wong closed the show with the Heart Sutra dedicated to the victims of the recent Shanghai apartment building fire. Speaking to her fans, Faye only said ‘thank you’ four times during her concert. This was two more words than she spoke in Beijing.

Besides their three wedding receptions in Beijing, Hainan Island and Taipei, Xiaofei would be bringing his bride to France for a fourth wedding.

Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi’s manager has denied rumours that the star had reunited with old flame Huo Qi Shan [Eric Kok Fai-Shan], and revealed that she is currently not dating anyone,

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 1, 2010

September 1, 2010

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Legend of the Fist - action version of the poster (21cn)

Charlene Choi

Nicholas Tse

CRI: ’Romance of Swords’ between Tse and Choi

The video game-inspired TV drama “Romance of Swords” features Charlene Choi and Nicholas Tse. (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-slide show)

CRI: New Stills from ‘Orphan of Zhao’

First China-shot mutant action movie has OK effects but is kneecapped by a ridiculous script.

Tsai was born in Malaysia, but has worked extensively in Taiwan and is one of the most eminent figures among the ‘Second New Wave’ of Taiwanese directors.

Another Yang Family Saga. A bit of a muddle, but it seems Ronny Yu is continuing on plans to make his version of the 14 Amazons tale but with a male cast including, possibly, Louis Koo, Huang Xiaoming, Wu Chun, Raymond Lam and Ethan Ruan. Producer Raymond Wong hopes to also invite Lynn Xiong, Angelababy, Fan Bingbing and Betty Sun Li. Originally hired to work on the Jackie Chan produced version, Ronny Yu was canned after a disagreement with investors and Frankie Chan stepped in. Fan Bingbing has been mentioned as in contention for roles in both versions. (21cn)

Gong Mi

Gong Mi has finished shooting Bruce Lee, My Brother and will move on to working on Gordon Chan’s Wall Painting. (Xinhua)

Faye Wong may be adding a Taiwan stop to her comeback tour January 21-23 at Taipei Arena according to the latest reports. (Xinhua)

SG: Cecilia Cheung’s comeback plans on hold

Cecilia Chung’s ailment might be a result of her speedy childbirths. The strain of being pregnant with sons Lucas and Quintus in a span of three short years might have put stress on the actress’s back, claimed reports.

June 21, 2010

June 21, 2010

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THR: Jiang Wenli wins SIFF new talent award

Chinese actress-turned-director Jiang Wenli and her debut film “Lan” won the Best Asian New Talent Film award at the 13th Shanghai International Film Festival on Friday.

Director Jung Ki-Hoon was named best director for the mother-daughter movie “Goodbye Mom.” The Jury prize went to the Korean film “The Executioner,” and “The Pawnshop,” from the Philippines, won the Students’ Choice award.

FBA: Bruce Lee biopic set to start

Jennifer Tse to play Bruce Lee’s girlfriend, Gong Mi, the Cecilia Cheung look-alike, is also cast.

FBA: Lan (我們天上見) (6/10)

Assured directing debut is an affecting, semi-autobiographical tale of a lonely teenager.

FBA: Vegetate (我是植物人) (7/10)

Whistle-blower drama, centred on a woman in the pharmaceuticals industry, is sustained by two fine central performances.

FBA: The Double Life (A面B面) (6/10)

This madcap comedy on modern-day “lunacy” marks a partial return to form by director Ning Ying.

FBA: Ocean Heaven tops Shanghai Media Award (June 19)

CCTV Movie Channel Media Awards 2010
Best Film: Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best Director: ZHANG Jiarui (章家瑞) for Distant Thunder (迷城)
Best Actor: Wen Zhang (文章) for Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best Actress: Lu Liping (呂麗萍) for City Monkey (玩酷青春)
Best Supporting Actor: Yip Chun (葉准) for The Legend is Born: Ip Man (葉問前傳)
Best Supporting Actress: Li Bin (李濱) for City Monkey (玩酷青春)
Best New Director: XUE Xiaolu (薛曉路) for Ocean Heaven (海洋天堂)
Best New Actor: Guo Xiaoran (郭曉然) for Distant Thunder (迷城)
Best New Actress: Na Zhiye (娜芝葉) for Deep in the Clouds (碧羅雪山)
Jury Prizes: Good Earth (大地), My Beloved China (可愛的中國), A Joyous Story Along the Yellow River (黃河喜事)
Media Award: Heaven Eternal, Earth Everlasting (80′后)


THR: Italy, China take top awards at SIFF (June 20)

Golden Goblet/Jin Jue Award winners:

Best Feature Film

“Kiss Me Again,” directed by Gabriele Muccino, Italy;

Jury Grand Prix

“Deep in the Clouds,” directed by Liu Jie, China;

Best Director

Liu Jie for “Deep in the Clouds,” China;

Best Actor

Christian Ulmen in “Wedding Fever in Campobello,” directed by Neele Leana Vollmar, Germany, Italy;

Best Actress

Vittoria Puccini in “Kiss Me Again,” directed by Gabriele Muccino, Italy;

Best Screenplay

Gabriele Muccino for “Kiss Me Again,” Italy;

Best Cinematography

Christopher Doyle for “Ondine,” Ireland;

Best Music

Giong Lim for “Deep in the Clouds,” China.

FBA: Italy and China share SIFF goblets

Christopher Doyle said that his trophy for best photography was the only award that he’d ever received in China. Doyle stated that he couldn’t have made Neil Jordan’s Ondine without the experience of having made so many Chinese films. On receiving the best director prize, Liu Jie said that it was the first time that he’d come on stage to receive an award in his homeland.

Zhao Wei at the SIFF closing ceremony red carpet

John Woo leads the jury onto the red carpet

Compared to the star-studded opening ceremony, the closing ceremony red carpet stars seem dim. Zhao Wei  was undoubtedly the star of the evening. (Sina)2

Ruby Lin - Driverless

Wang Luodan

Zhang Yang’s press conference for Driverless was peppered with questions about actress Li Xiaoran even though she was absent. Zhang parried the reporters and tried to steer the focus back to the film but ultimately he was unsuccessful. In the end, the photographers settled for an upskirt photo of Wang Luodan. (Xinhua)

In the wake of Li Xiaoran’s blog posting that director Yan Po’s true attackers had not been arrested, she now writes that director Lu Chuan has received threatening telephone calls. (Xinhua)

I Wish I Knew poster (21cn)

Jia Zhangke - I Wish I Knew

Jia Zhangke held a press conference in Shanghai for his oft-delayed documentary I Wish I Knew to announce a July 2 release. A June 14th conference and screening was planned during the SIFF but abruptly cancelled. He denied that the film had been banned because of controversial remarks by Han Han, a writer and rally car driver, rather a technical issue translating the Shanghai dialect into Chinese and English subtitles caused the delay and misunderstanding. The film will be 10 minutes shorter than the version screened at Cannes. Jia said he hoped to re-edit a TV version later. The film is based on historical recollections of Shanghai from 18 interviews out of an original 80 personal interviews. (Sina)234

Karen Mok turns 40 ahead of next week’s Golden Melody Awards

(Sina)(Xinhua)

Huang Xiaoming

Yu Dan, Song Zuying, Huang Xiaoming receiving International Charitable Celebrity Awards. (Sina)

Tang Wei was lauded for being thrifty by taking home leftovers after late night dining.

Tang Wei (June 19)(Xinhua)

February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

CRI: Tang Wei Returns to Mainland Screens

Ang Lee Protege to Return to Chinese Screens

Hot Summer Days: A hunka-hunka burnin’ love

Forget “Valentine’s Day” and head East instead. From directors Tony Chan and Wing Shya comes the Hong Kong take on the star-studded rom-com, “Hot Summer Days”.

Like its American counterpart, “Hot Summer Days” follows the intertwined stories of various couples as they embark on the arduous journey to find true love - giggles, tears and “Aww …”

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010: Happy endings

All’s Well Ends Well Too 2010″ may not be the most profound movie but you can’t deny its entertainment value (what, were you expecting Shakespeare?). Starring some of the biggest names in the Hong Kong film industry, it knows not to take itself too seriously and go straight for the funny. It’s a fine blend of mischief and mayhem that is guaranteed to generate more than its fair share of guffaws.

72 Tenants of Prosperity: Prosperity you can do without

Loosely based on an older version of the film, “72 Tenants” has a plot that is scattered, disjointed and, at times, completely haphazard.

New characters and developments spring up randomly, and the jokes often go beyond slapstick into the realm of the ridiculous.

At first glance, it’s easy to dismiss “Little Big Soldier” as yet another war epic set in ancient China. Any movie produced by Jackie Chan, however, is bound to generate a few giggles.

Vincent Kok will direct Sandra Ng and Louis Koo in a martial arts comedy produced by Peter Chan. Tentatively titled ‘Heroine’, Chan described the story as similar to The Incredibles and, hopefully, reminiscent of A Touch of Zen. Filming will begin soon at Hengdian. (Sina)

New Shaolin Temple - Nic Tse, Benny Chan

Nic Tse training to face against Andy Lau

(Xinhua)

Corey Yuen, Benny Chan (HunanTV)

Miriam Yeung, Alan Tam

Here Comes Fortune Hong Kong premiere last night

Ella Koon

(Xinhua)

Jay Chou’s image from True Legend was used without authorization for marketing beer. In the film, Jay plays Drunken Master Beggar So’s mentor.

(Sina)

Gillian Chung’s 2008 film Fantastic Water Babes, after a two year delay, is slated for a summer release. In addition, Gillian will possibly work on a mainland drama ‘Ling Zhu’. Albert Yeung reported paved the way for Gillian’s return by donating RMB$40M to various charities. For her part, Gillian resigned with Emperor through the year 2020. (HunanTV)

Variety: China Film Group set to float in 2010

China’s state-run film colossus China Film Group will seek a stock market listing this year, with revenue likely to grow at 40% annually, according to its vice-prexy Shi Dongming.

An emotionally wrenching portrait of migrant workers in China, Last Train Homehas already become one of the most acclaimed Canadian documentaries in recent years.

(Sina)

Cherie Chung

At the Taipei National Palace Museum buying souvenirs (Xinhua)

Charity premiere of Nine - Lau Ching-Wan, Amy Kwok

(HunanTV) (Sina)

Also Marsha Yuen, Pau Hee-Ching, Monica Chan (Sina) (CRI)

19 year-old Gong Mi signed with music label Amusic,

the same label as Leon Lai, Miriam Yeung and Janice Man. (Gong Mi first became famous for her resemblance to Cecilia Cheung when she competed in the Super Girl contest.)

(Sina)

Grieving Hong Kong actress Michelle Yim may finally fulfill her late boyfriend Wan Chi Keung’s longtime wish to marry her.

The actress is considering arranging minghun, or a ghost marriage according to Chinese traditions, to formalize their relationship, said reports. (Xinhua)

Her suspicious were aroused after she discovered that her jewellery worth an estimated NT$1 million, diamond watch, and other valuables were left intact, except for a missing laptop kept in her Louis Vuitton handbag. She also revealed that the intruder also left traces and went through her personal documents.

January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

Confucius poster for Taiwan (Sina)

Flirting Scholar - Zhou Libo has a bloody nose

(Sina)

CRI: Zhou Libo Passes as a Silver Screen Comedian in Debut Film

Anthony Wong with Janice Man, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi attend the opening ceremony for Vincent Lo’s Bou Ying/Retribution

Maggie Cheung

Richie Ren

(Xinhua)

Inseparable opening ceremony in Guangzhou: Gong Beibi, Dayyan Eng, Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Dayyan Eng Enlists Daniel Wu, Kevin Spacey for Inseparable

Anita Yuen, Jacky Cheung - House of 72 Tenants (7)(Sina)

Ada Choi - Princess Iron Fan

Athena Chu (cri.cn) Once Upon A Chinese Classic (3)(Sina)

Gong Mi

Gong Mi’s debut film (5)(Sina)

The film is about the dangers of online gaming addiction.

Little Big Soldier

New stills released (31)(HunanTV)

Huang Bo: A plain actor with overrated skill

Berlin film festival to open with Chinese movie (CRI)

CRI: “Tuan Yuan” Likely to Open 60th Berlinale

Eat Drink Man Woman sequel script approved by SARFT. Cast and director has not been disclosed yet, though, rumors have Barbie Hsu attached to the film. (Sina)

Anita Yuen to take time off for baby No.2

China Says Not Forcing “Avatar” Off The Screens

Faye Wong’s gradual return to the entertainment industry

According to other reports, Faye’s first comeback appearance will be at a jewel fair held in Shanghai this coming Saturday

Father: Tang Wei is obedient, sensible, well-behaved and hard-working

Tang Yuming has been a noted painter since the ’70s

Photos: Tang Wei and father

Some have commented that Tang Wei’s father resembles Felix Wong.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung was one of the many celebrities who helped to kick off Hong Kong Fashion Week (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu

Kelly Chen

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu, Kelly Chen, Fan Bingbing and other celebrities appeared for a clothing brand in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)

Twins taped a congratulations greeting to Hot Summer Days director Wing Shya.

Charlene has a brief cameo in the film.

(Xinhua)

CRI: Twins Reunite for “Hot Summer Days” Video

December 8, 2009

December 8, 2009


True Legend poster (HunanTV)

Vivian Hsu - Hot Summer Days

Duan Yihong plays a fashion photographer (HunanTV)

Sina slide show

Confucius is scheduled to be released Jan. 28

Chow Yun-Fat

Zhou Xun (Sina)

Simon Yam

Charlene Choi

Gong Mi

Charlene Choi, Ekin Cheng, Aaron Kwok, Tang Yan

(HunanTV)

Storm Warriors tour ends in returns to Hong Kong, slide show (48)(Sina)

‘Little Cecilia’ Gong Mi among guests

Screen Daily: Song boards Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow

Profile: Vivian Chow, making a surprising comeback

CRI: Chen Kun Takes on Gangster Style

CRI: Vitas’ Mulan

Russian pop star Vitas has performed an emotional song for the new Chinese movie “Mulan”, which is currently being screened across China.

Michelle Reis (HunanTV)

CRI: Michelle Reis Graces Postage Stamps Slide show (14) (Sina)

Sammi Cheng working out to prepare for concert series, slide show (Sina)

HK actor Michael Miu once in celeb love triangle

Salt in her bra for luck

Norika Fujiwara keeps salt in her bra to boost her luck.

TV Programming note: Noticed that ThisTV is regularly airing 30 minute episodes of CCTV’s Journey To The West series. I’m not sure which year/version this is but I’ll set my DVR this week and see what I can find out.

November 16, 2009

November 16, 2009

Stool Pigeon - On location with Nic Tse and Kwai Lun-Mei

Nic Tse

Kwai Lun-Mei

(12) (HunanTV)

To Live and Die in Mongkok - Nick Cheung and Monica Mok

Nick Cheung’s hot scene with Monica Mok. Film opens Thursday in Hong Kong. (HunanTV)

CRI: Jackie Chan Reunites with ‘Little Fortunes’

THR: Chan marks Peking Opera school anniversary

Chan, Hung, Yuen celebrate half-century of institute

CRI: Fan Bingbing Promotes “The Last Night of Madame Chin”

CRI: Jiang Wen Reveals Details about New Film

Actor turned director Jiang Wen’s upcoming film Let the Bullets Fly is still in production, but Jiang and his cast discussed the film recently with reporters in Beijing.

Carina Lau skipping Golden Horse awards because of Maggie Cheung?

Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is reportedly skipping this year’s Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan because of rumoured love rival Maggie Cheung.

Five-time Golden Horse award winning actress Cheung has agreed to be a presenter at the November 28 award show, her first appearance in nine years. The awards is seen as the Chinese-language “Oscars”.

Shortly after the news made headlines, Lau who was invited to represent husband, actor Tony Leung, at the film festival’s executive committee meeting, declined the invitation, citing work commitments as an excuse.

Leung, 47, is unable to attend the prestigious event as he is busy filming martial arts movie “The Grand Master”, which is scheduled to be released next year, while Lau, 43, is involved in Chinese film “Let The Bullets Fly”.

Lau’s manager has played down the matter, saying, “Things are fine between Carina and Maggie. Carina would very much like to attend the meeting but the crew refuse to let her go. She is still trying to fight for it.”

The long-running feud between love rivals Lau and Cheung, 45, over Leung is no secret and a rendezvous between Leung and Cheung in August this year has reignited rumours of the love triangle.

Exposed: The Real deal on Miriam Yeung’s hubby

Lin Chiling faces resistance on her return as a TV host

Memoirs of a travel host - Zhang Ziyi Travel Series

Joey Yung diagnosed with degenerative knee condition

Andy Lau and wife make pact to thwart media

Lau and Choo in ‘theatre of dreams’

Vivian Chow

(Sina)

Gong Mi (Little Cecilia Cheung) endorsing a Shenyang mall (Sina)

October 5, 2009

October 5, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , — dleedlee @ 10:52 am

Gong Mi

Gong Mi, the shan zhai Cecilia Cheung, was hurt badly while filming a TV series at Hengdian Studios. The actress was struck by a camera crane while suspended in the air by wires. Gong Mi was still conscious but taken to the hospital for injuries to her chest and abdomen. (Sina.com)

NY Times: China Looks to Create Its Own Media Empires

CRI: Comedian Zhao Benshan Looks Well after Surgery

CRI: Comedian Zhao in Stable Condition (Oct.1)

Exec: China’s anniversary film set to break record

BBC: Communist China’s founding lauded in film

The cult of Mao may be dead, but celebrity power is helping the Great Helmsman receive a Hollywood-style makeover.

WSJ: Sixty Years of Propaganda

What ‘The Founding of a Republic’ says about China today.

Impressive film of Mao and the Chinese Revolution

The Founding of a Republic is a propaganda film but not one that you would expect. It takes an almost documentary approach to the Chinese Civil War and the formation of the Republic and there is a sense of honesty about it.

THR: China marks 60th anniversary on TV

Variety: China celebrates 60 years of communism

LA Times: With tanks, troops and kitsch, China celebrates 60 years of communist rule and its new power

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