HKMDB Daily News

June 5, 2012

June 5, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Guns and Roses review

Busy but uneven heist movie by Ning Hao, set in ’30s Manchuria under the Japanese.

Variety: China pic’s Square root

Directors, writers, venture capitalists and sundry celebs gathered in an Imax theater in a Wanda cineplex in downtown Beijing recently for the launch of a 3D pic about Cui Jian, China’s most popular and controversial rock star.

CF: Zhou Dongyu Shoot Elle Magazine’s Short Film

“Mou Girl” Zhou Dongyu recently shot a short film produced by Elle Magazine. Alexi Tan directed produced the film [Stéphane Sednaoui directed]. It will be screened on June 16.

Zhou Dongyu

(Sina)23

CRI: Jiang Wen Seeks U.S. Partner for ‘Bullets’ Sequel

CF: ”Million-Dollar Crocodile” Premieres in Beijing

The film tells the story of an eight-meter-long crocodile on the rampage in Beijing.

(Sina)

Poster for Herman Yau’s “Nightmare”, opening July 6 in the mainland

Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan with director Herman Yan in Beijing

Herman Yau rocking his Van Halen t-shirt (Sina)23

Taiwan version of “Painted Skin 2″ poster

Zhou Xun transforms into a fox spirit

Simon Yam attended  the Taiwan premiere of  ”Design of Death” which opened the 4th Taiwan-China Cross-Strait Film Festival.

Simon shows off his shoes (Sina)

Miriam Yeung has delivered a 7 pound baby according to Hong Kong media. Husband Real Ting announced the news via his microblog. No news on the whether the baby is a boy or girl. (Sina)

Chapman To has just about fully recovered from Miller-Fisher Syndrome and is expected to return to work in July on a new movie. Kristal Tin thanked Sandra Ng for referring them to a doctor and, today, the couple is planning on leaving for the US to celebrate their 7 year wedding anniversary. (Sina)

The songstress’s daughter took to her microblog to complain about the tight reins her mother have over her life

MSN: Aaron Kwok pays Lynn Hung’s father’s medical bills

MSN: No baby shower for Andy Lau’s firstborn

The low-profile superstar holds a strict control over the list of family and friends who are keen to visit his newborn

MSN: The mastermind behind Zhang Ziyi’s scandal is Fan Bingbing?

On May 31, renowned movie critic, Bi Cheng-gong revealed on his microblog that Bingbing was the one behind the 33-year-old’s scandal. He claimed that the actress “is addicted to throwing her weight around and is infamous in the scene for this.”

How I Landed In The Middle Of China’s Crazy New Rumor

SGYahoo: Nicholas Tse’s new girlfriend?

CNA: Maggie Cheung “currently single”, German beau now “good friend”(A1)

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA:  East Meets West review

Parodistic, pop-culture romp finds director Jeff Lau on good but not consistent form.

CF: Guns N’ Roses” Premieres in Beijing

The theme song of the movie, “The Lost Season”, composed by Chinese rock star Cui Jian was also unveiled during the event.

CF: Wu Ershan Creates New Language for “Painted Skin 2″

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Premieres

Waise Lee in cameo appearance (Sina)

CF: First Poster of “Design of Death” Released

Simon Yam, Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi Promotes Her New Film

Zhang Ziyi plays a student

(Sina)2

CF: Jiang Wen’s New Project to Begin Filming Later This Year

The movie is not a sequel to “Let the Bullets Fly”, as previous rumors had suggested. It has been said that Jiang’s latest project will have more female roles compared to his action comedy hit of 2010.

However, there will be obvious similarities in style, as Ma confirmed that, “The first draft has been written by Guo Junli, one of the main screenwriters for ‘Let the Bullets Fly.”

Francis Ng

Koni Lui, Francis Ng

Appearing at a shoe brand event in Sha Tin, Francis Ng revealed that he has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”/”The Last Tycoon” starring Chow Yun-Fat. TVB has accommodated him by delaying the start of filming the series Triumph in the Skies 2. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Ni Ni, Yang Mi are Stepping Up

Ni Ni in Jingle Ma’s “Best Actor”, Yang Mi to play Mulan  to be directed by Barbara Wong. (Sina)

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” opens May 11, starring Lau Ching-Wan and Wang Baoqiang

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)2

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City” features Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young plays Aaron’s wife (Sina)2

FBA: Huayi boards Showbox’s Mr Go

The Showbox-backed Mr Go is the story of a Chinese girl and her baseball playing gorilla, who is recruited to play in the professional leagues in Korea. It features young Chinese actress Josie XU (Xu Jiao), who started her career in CJ7 (2008) and recently headlined in Starry Starry Night.

A courtroom drama, Christmas Rose stars Aaron Kwok and Xia Yu as lawyers fighting over the fate of a victim portrayed by Gwei Lun-mei.

It was also accidentally leaked that Andy Lau will make an appearance in the film.  (Sina)

Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young

Aaron Kwok, Guei Lun-Mei

Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok, Xia Yu

Aaron Kwok, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)23

FBA: Anticipated films lock China dates

Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters will open on 18 Dec.

Jackie Chan, along with other cast members, will attend the Cannes International Film Festival this May.

He attributed this to film investors’ aversion to risk and the lack of perseverance among younger filmmakers and artistes.

“This gap in the Hong Kong film industry is very obvious both in front of [the camera] and behind the scenes.”

Miriam Yeung, said, “I am about to give birth, and this will be my last movie before I do so. Of course it’s better to go to the movies than staring at the monitor at home. Watching a movie with friends and popcorn is much better. I have many single friends who immediately have dates after watching this movie, you have to believe it.”

She added smilingly, “If you go a few more times I guarantee you will be a parent!”

Fan Bingbing attended the press conference as a guest. But do not be surprised if she is also cast in Iron Man 3.

MSN: Is Jaycee Chan romancing a 17-year-old?

Jaycee Chan, 29, was recently spotted leaving a club with a new beau called Nesha, who is believed to be a 17-year-old model of Paraguay descent.

A1: Actress Jun Ji-hyun ties the knot (CNA)

Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom is believed to have invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, to his concert at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing last Saturday night

SGYahoo: Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

SGYahoo: Who is the real Howard Shaw?

April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 10:27 am

Latest poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns N’ Roses”/”Guns and Roses”

(Sina)

A double nominee at the upcoming 31st Hong Kong Film Awards, veteran actor Sean Lau Ching Wan is glad that he has double the odds of winning the Best Actor trophy in the face of strong rivals like Andy Lau.

Some of the promotional photos of the nominees for the upcoming Hong Kong Film Awards released yesterday

Deanie Ip - Best Actress (A Simple Life)

Andy Lau - Best Actor (A Simple Life)

Lau Ching-Wan - Best Actor (Overheard 2, Life Without Principle)

Shu Qi - Best Actress (A Beautiful Life)

Tang Wei - Best Actress (Wu Xia)

Gao Yuanyuan - Best Actress (Don’t Go Breaking My Heart)

Zhou Xun - Best Actress (Flying Swords of Dragon Gate)

Ni Kuang - Lifetime Achievement Award

Deanie Ip, Karena Ng, Shiga Lin, Kenneth Tsang were among the guests for the press conference and photo releases

Deanie Ip (Sina)2

Shu Qi in Lan Kwai Fong

(Sina)2

MSN: Shu Qi’s late night date with Stephen Fung

MSN: Did Jay Chou take advantage of his female assistant?

CNA: Jay Chou says he is no buttock pincher

Yahoo: Knicks star Jeremy Lin recovering after knee surgery

Jeremy Lin tweets photo of himself recovering in hospital bed

Also during the Q&A, Lin admitted to being “deathly afraid of needles,” joked that he wouldn’t commit any turnovers the next six weeks, said he was going to start rehab on Tuesday and broke the hearts of many young fans by informing them: “im sorry i cant go to any proms, i will still be rehabbing, practicing and at knicks games lol.”

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review

FBA: All’s Well Ends Well 2012 revivew

Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: ”Guns N’ Roses” Portrays Ning’s Style

CF: ”Design of Death” to Hit Cinemas in April

Huang Bo, Simon Yam

Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Stars in Black and White

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012

CF: Cast and Crew Talk about “Full Circle”

CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from “Blood Stained Shoes”

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film (Sina)2

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for “Westgate Tango”

Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya

She’s a popular Taiwan fan boy “sex goddess” appearing in her first film

(Sina-slideshow)

TimeOutHK: Shu Qi interview (The Second Woman)

Titled “Returning to the basics”, the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.

“The past is not a scar but something to be proud of,” she wrote.

CNA: HK artistes applaud Privacy Commissioner’s report on tabloid misconduct

MSN: Jay Chou to scout for fresh face for his new movie

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

MSN: Cecilia Cheung spotted with younger son Quintus

A1: Wang Lee-hom to carry torch for 2012 Olympics

CF: Wax Figure of Actress Sandra Ng Unveiled in HK

Sandra Ng (left)

With Peter Chan’s father and Sandra Ng’s parents (Sina)

March 28, 2012

March 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Vulgaria review

This film-biz satire displays a reckless abandon in mentioning genitals – of humans and other species – as frequently as it possibly can.

“Vulgaria” Hong Kong premiere photos

Chapman To, Kristal Tin

DaDa Chan

Pang Ho-Cheung, Chapman To, Kristal Tin, Matt Chow

Ronald Cheng

Fiona Sit (Sina)

CF: Stars of “The Four” and “The Assassins” Set to Shine at BJIFF

PR: Youku, Buick Debut “Micro Movie” Series from Major Directors

China’s leading Internet television company (”Youku”), joined by Buick today, announced the kickoff of “Infinite Drive,” a series of 12 web-based “micro movies” from internationally renowned directors Wang Xiaoshuai (”Beijing Bicycle”, “Chongqing Blues”), Lu Chuan (”City of Life and Death”, “Hoh Xil”), and Teng Huatao (”Dwelling Narrowness”, “Love is Not Blind”), and actress and director Hao Lei (”Summer Palace”, “Empire of Silver”).

Each of the four directors will produce three ten-minute micro movies to tell the stories about young urban professionals balancing their personal pursuits against the desire for stability. The 12 micro movies will correspond to the 12 signs of the Western zodiac, and will reflect the personality traits typical of each sign.

Stills of Tao Hong from Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

CRI:  Selina Ren Comes Back into the Limelight

MSN: Selina Jen refuses to forgive director Chen Ming Zhang

CNA: Selina Jen: S.H.E. to reunite in 2012

MSN: Is Miriam Yeung’s husband in financial trouble?

MSN: Shu Qi forced to shut down her microblog

A1: Shu Qi cries in park after nude photos circulated

CNA: Shu Qi becomes a casualty of Donnie Yen, Vincent Chiu feud

In a long article on her official fan site on Tuesday, the actress said she was actually “grateful” to the people who have hurt her, because their actions allowed her to continue “to learn and to grow”.

Shu Qi went on to say that she “just needed a little bit of time” and assured her fans that she would soon bounce back.

March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:55 pm

THR: Nightall review

Cop pits wits with con in an improbably plotted but visually resonant Hong Kong thriller starring Nick Cheung and Simon Yam.

THR: Love in the Buff review

Modern love shifts from Hong Kong to Beijing in the successful sequel to Love in a Puff, a natural, light and convincing rom com very similar to the original Hong Kong hit.

THR: Vulgaria review

Director Pang Ho-cheung appeals to international audiences in this laugh-out-loud, aptly titled comedy.

K-film ‘Late Autumn’ breaks box office record in China

FBA: Late Autumn has Indian summer

CRI: Zhang Yimou Takes a Break from Making Movies

CF: Posters of ‘The Last Supper’ Released

CF: First Trailer of “The Last Supper” Unveiled

Latest concept poster for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses”

Josephine Siao Fong Fong’s eldest daughter recently married in Phuket, Thailand

The groom, an American of British-Irish descent, is learning to speak Mandarin. (Sina)

A distraught Shu Qi

Possibly a victim of crossfire in the war of words between Donnie Yen and Vincent Zhao over “Special Identity”, Shu Qi deleted all her posts on her Weibo microblog account after a series of posts attacking and harassing her. Shu Qi has over 10 million followers. She had recently given her support to Donnie Yen, her “Legend of the Fist” costar. So some speculate that the attacks were from Vincent Zhao supporters, or it could have been from other people taking advantage of the dispute to settle old scores. Fellow artists, Wong Jing, Carina Lau, Gordon Chan, Yao Chen, Feng Xiaogang, Annie Yi, Zhang Yuan and Chen Kun expressed solidarity with Shu Qi and condemned the ‘network of violence’ on their own weibo posts. (Sina)23

Shu Qi supported Donnie Yen, Netizens attacks back posting old nude photos

Shu Qi cries in the park

Meanwhile, many people have shown their support for Shu Qi, including film director Wong Jing, who followed her footstep to delete all comments on his weibo as a silent protest.

“I know who’s behind this, but don’t have evidence,” he told a reporter over the phone.

Chinese director Feng Xiaogang also supported Shu Qi. He wrote: “If I scold you of behaving like an animal, I’m humiliating the animals.”

Vincent apologised to Shu Qi for being dragged into the dispute. “I hope this issue will end soon, Shu Qi is innocent.”

Happier days on Weibo

Chateau Lafite

Shu Qi La Feet

MSN: Kelly Chan discharged from hospital after labour

MSN: Faye Wong’s eldest daughter posted intimate photo with a boy

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 7:45 pm

CRI: Tang Wei Sings “Late Autumn” Theme

Tang Wei will sing the theme song for the film “Late Autumn” (Wan Qiu), her latest collaboration with South Korean actor Hyun Bin. This marks Tang’s first foray into a singing career.

CRI: ”A Simple Life” a Hit at the Mainland Box Office

New cast posters for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses” released yesterday at a press conference in Beijing. Huang Bo revealed that he only had a small role in the film and did not charge the director a fee.

Huang Bo

Fan Wei

Guo Tao

Liu Hua

Sun Chun

Tao Hong

Yue Xiaojun

Cheng Yuanyuan

Lei Jiayin

Guo Tao, Tao Hong, Jue Xiaojun, Ning Hao, Huang Bo, Liu Hua (Sina)

Simon Yam and Sandra Ng are working in southern Taiwan on Zero Chou’s “Hua Yang”, a costume drama. The cast includes Ivy Chen, Jerry Yan, Michelle Chen and Cheng Yuan-Chang. A midsummer release is expected with a premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Ivy Chen, Cheng Yuan-Chang, Sandra Ng

Jerry Yan, Simon Yam

Jerry Yan

Simon Yam is a pirate king

An early birthday celebration for Simon Yam who turns 57 on the 19th (Sina)

CNA: Michelle Yeoh receives France’s highest honour

MSN: Gigi Leung is two months pregnant

MSN: Has Kelly Chen given birth?

March 12, 2012

March 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”Marrying Mr Perfect” To Hit Screens On March 16

(aka Marry a Perfect Man)

Ronald Cheng, a “despicable” billionaire who swaps position with his chauffeur To, falls in love with Gigi Leung in the time they spend together. Cheng tries his best to pursue his true love.

CF: ’Sophie’s Revenge 2′ on Actress Zhang Ziyi’s Schedule

Zhang will go for Shenyang, capital of Liaoning province, to shoot some pickups for Wong Kar-wai’s “The Grand Master”. After that, she will devote herself to “Sophie’s Revenge 2″.

Janice Man, Nick Cheung

Nick Cheung, Michael Wong (Sina-gallery)

Youku and Tudou, two of China’s leading online video companies, are to merge. They expect to create the largest video outfit in China

First of a series of posters for Ning Hao’s “Guns N’Roses” (”Guns and Roses”)  to be released. The film’s producer, director Zhang Yibai created the posters. (Sina)

Shu Qi and Shawn Yue promote “The Second Woman” in Hong Kong

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue

(Sina)

Pure coincidence or blatant copying? China is known for its counterfeit products, shops, and now it seems like the counterfeit culture has infiltrated the movie industry.

(Sina)

CNET: Could Samsung beat Apple with ‘Made in the USA’?

Excellent foreign cars are made in the United States. So how would U.S. consumers react if Samsung announced that all of its tablets would be manufactured in the U.S.?

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