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February 14, 2011

February 14, 2011

Variety: Stool Pigeon review

Compelling Hong Kong police meller offers a judicious blend of gritty morality and frisky action.

Variety: Sacrfice review

An emotionally fertile exploration of paternal love and revenge, and a welcome return to form for Chen Kaige.

THR: Battle Royale 3D: Berlin Review

3D conversion of a classic teen massacre thriller raises the gore level.

Variety: Taiwan movie biz rides high

Commercial focus has production, grosses on upswing

CRI: Johnnie To’s New Film to Hit Screens on Mar. 31 (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart/Single Men and Women)

The film has passed the review at the film bureau without any changes being made.

Valentine’s Day edition of poster with stills

Johnnie To directs kissing scene

Sparks fly between Gao Yuanyuan and Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Together’ Seeks to Diminish Discrimination against AIDS Sufferers

Film director Zhao Liang and producer Gu Changwei attended a press conference to discuss the film on February 12 in Beijing.

Gu Changwei

Zhao Liang, Gu Changwei (Sina)

THR: TF1 Taking ‘Wu Xia’ to France (Berlin)

TF1 has taken French rights to Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s new action film Wu Xia from We Pictures.

The film, starring Donnie Yen, Takeshi Kaneshiro andTang Wei also features a cameo by One-Armed Swordsman star Jimmy Wang Yu, his first on-screen appearance in 18 years. Wu Xia is currently in post and is set for release this summer.

FBA: Wu Xia adds French sale

Wu Xia is set for delivery by late spring and is slated for wide release in summer 2011.

ScreenDaily: Buyers hopping for hot Chinese animation Rabbit

Tianjin Film Studio off to a roaring start with Legend Of A Rabbit.

To keep a promise to a dying Kung Fu master on the run, a humble farmhouse Rabbit must step out of the kitchen, and take on ancient Beijing’s baddest Panda in order to save the fate of China’s Kung Fu Academy forever.

Stills from The Lost Bladesman

“Film is the realest fantasy world. It is fiction, but it is the most realistic. The me in the film is fictional, but the work of acting makes me realistic. Typically, people do not think deeply about themselves, so they do not really know what they should do or who they are. It is different for an actor. You think about the role, and you develop reality.”

Tang Wei, Hyun Bin attend the premiere of Late Autumn in Seoul (Sina)

First concept drawings of The Sorceror and The White Snake released to coincide with Valentine’s Day.

(Sina-more) (Xinhua)

Aarif Lee, Eric Tsang

Bosco Wong, Koni Lui

Eric Tsang and the cast of I Love Hong Kong promoted the film in Guangzhou and celebrated topping rival film All’s Well Ends Well 2011 at the box office. (Sina)

Li Bingbing: “Shameless narcissism on the beach to celebrate the New Year”

Kitaro and Jane Zhang attending the Grammy Awards

Kitaro was nominated for Best New Age Album but did not win.

Pink Stretch Hummer arrival (Sina)2

GlobalTimes: The missing pieces of the broken mirror of celebrity marriage

On the Yao Chen-Ling Xiaosu divorce, double, double, toil and trouble.

MSN: Andy Lau coaxes wife with mushy gestures

The Hong Kong actor revealed how he shares Valentine’s Day with his wife

MSN: Royston Tan hopes to release a new movie at the end of the year

MSN; Selina Jen sleeps with help of sleeping pills

March 31, 2010

March 31, 2010

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Screen Daily: Hong Kong International Film Festival chooses the High Life

Zhao Dayong’s The High Life picked up both the Silver Digital Award the FIPRESCI prize at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival (HKIFF), while the Golden Digital Award went to Yang Heng’s Sun Spots.

The festival’s Asian Digital Competition encourages young filmmakers in Asia to explore the potential of digital media. Yang previously took the FIPRESCI prize at the 31st HKIFF for Betelnut.

The High Life, which follows a group of lost souls living in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, is Zhao’s feature debut.

Zhao Liang’s Petition took the Humanitarian Award for Documentaries

CRI: Aaron Kwok and Zhang Ziyi to Play AIDS Couple in ‘The Era of Magic’

Chinese director’s film evokes civil war’s cost (Apart Together)

The Chinese director [Wang Quanan] said his next project will be a 100 million yuan ($14.6 million) adaptation of Chen Zhongshi’s 1993 epic novel, “Bailuyuan,” which follows the disputes between rival families in a Chinese village through three generations.

CRI: Tang Wei and Jacky Cheung Shoot Promotional Photos for Crossing Hennessy

Zhang Jingchu gets wired up for Flirting Scholar 2

Dion Lam promises new and innovative ‘drifting’ wire work. (HunanTV)

Lau Ching-Wan and wife, Amy Kwok, promote 3D TV

(Xinhua)

(HunanTV)

Xu Jinglei

Karen Mok

The first press screening of Go Lala Go! in Beijing has received generally positive reviews. Opens Apr.15. (Sina)

CRI: Entertainment Stars Involved in Top Official’s Bribery Case

Zhao Wei and CCTV host Liu Fangfei are allegedly involved in a graft case of a top official of the China Development Bank.

Banker’s bribery trial names two female celebrities

Ronald Cheng believes ex-wife Charlene Choi didn’t stray

ESWN: Apple Daily’s News-In-Motion Travels To America

March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010

THR: Children of Invention (USA)

Bottom Line: Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.

CRI: Director’s Eye Strain Delays Completion of Expo Film

The documentary that Jia Zhangke is making for the Shanghai World Expo may not be ready in time for the event’s opening in May.

Doctors have suggested that Jia stay away from computers for at least one month, the source said. Previously, Jia had been working in front of computer screens for 14 hours a day.

CRI: Troubled Zhang Ziyi Locks Lead Role in Gu Changwei Film

Scandal-plagued actress Zhang Ziyi will get a chance to salvage her career as art-house film director Gu Changwei (Peacock) has offered her the lead role in his upcoming drama, “The Era of Magic.”

CRI: TVB General Manager Arrested for Corruption Probe


Wang Leehom inspired by Brother Sharp?

Wang Leehom’s directorial debut film cast includes Liu Yifei, Joan Chen in addition to himself in an inspirational youth comedy (Love Notices/Love Announcement). Many guest appearances are expected. Low key filming in Shanghai began in February and is expected to be released this summer. (Sina)

Francis Ng

Producer Sun Jie announced that filming for “Warring States” (tentative) would begin in Beijing this month with a 2011 Lunar New Year release target. Sun Honglei and Francis Ng will portray the historical rivals Sun Bin and Pang Juan, respectively. South Korean actress Kim Hee-Sun (The Myth) and Jiang Wu are are also cast. (HunanTV) (ifeng) The description in Wikipedia sounds like a barn burner! (Thanks to Valerie for the heads up!) Related story.

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen adds hair extensions and 4-inch heels to promote her new Mandarin album. (Sina)

Jane Zhang Liangying, Kitaro

Jane Zhang guested at a recent Kitaro concert in Singapore. During the Lunar New Year holidays, Jane came to the United States to work with dance choreographer Tucker Barkley (Britney Spears, Janet Jackson) and dance teacher Nick Demoura (Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls) to prepare for the launch of her new album.

(Sina) (2)

CRI: Fan Bingbing’s High-Profile Trip to Paris Fashion Week

Leon Lai forgets about his wedding anniversary

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