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November 26, 2011

Week Ending: November 26, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: Taiwan Tribe Epic Leads Golden Horse Nominations

A 4-1/2-hour drama recounting the armed rebellion by Taiwan’s indigenous Seediq tribes in 1930 against Japanese colonial rule leads nominations at this Saturday’s 48th Golden Horse Awards, that honors the year’s best Chinese-language cinema.

CRI:  Stars Stud Red Carpet of 48th Golden Horse Awards

The 48th Golden Horse Awards Kicked off in Hsin-chu, southeast China’s Taiwan on Saturday, Nov. 26.

CF: Carina Lau and Qin Hailu on Board to Present Golden Horse Awards

‘A Simple Life’ big winner at Taiwan film festival

Hong Kong’s Ann Hui has won the best director award for her movie “A Simple Life” at Taiwan’s Golden Horse Film Festival.

“A Simple Life” also won Andy Lau the best actor award and Deanie Ip the best actress honor. Ip plays a domestic helper who copes with her own aging while serving her master, played by Lau.

Hong Kong’s ‘A Simple Life’ sweeps ‘China Oscars’

Yu Dong, producer of “The Dragon Gate” and CEO of the Bona Film Group announced yesterday at the movie’s premiere ceremony that they will not raise prices and will partake in any form of smear campaign. Dong’s made these comments following the actions of Zhang Weiping, CEO of the production company responsible for “The Flowers of War” who was able to force eight large cinemas to increase the price of their cheapest tickets.

CF: Leading Actors Promote “Flying Swords”

Five of the leading roles including Jet Li, Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, Guey Lun-mei and Mavis Fan made an appearance at the event. However, director Tsui Hark and another lead actress Zhou Xun were absent. Tsui is said to be busy with the post-production stages of the film.

Australian filmmaker burned by Dragon

No box office from Chinese blockbuster [The Dragon Pearl] for SA filmmaker

An Emmy award-winning film producer is fighting to recoup millions of box office dollars in returns from China.

“We’ve tried to contract for that but that’s all being ignored because that’s not how you do it in China.”

Fascinating genre-bender that morphs from C-Horror into something quite different.

Quirky but original sequel to action-comedy The Underdog Knight, flawed by a weak finale.

Ambitious but failed attempt at a live-action version of a cult animated short.

Entertaining action drama on Qiu Jin, commandingly played by Crystal Huang.

Variety: Honey Pupu review

A deliriously wild mix of Web-based youth culture, fantasia and memory, Chen Hung-I’s dreamy “Honey Pupu” is the work of a strong voice uninterested in conventional narrative rules.

TimeOutHK: Tsui Hark

Whether as producer or director, Tsui Hark has delivered many of our cinema’s greatest hits over the past 30 years
TimeOutHK: Wei Te-sheng

How could Wei Te-sheng better himself after directing the highest grossing Taiwanese movie ever?

CF: Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai to Shoot Gangster Film on Mainland

Johnny To and Wai Ka-Fai are teaming up again for a new project based on the mainland, titled “Drug War”

Josie Ho, daughter of the gambling mogul Stanley Ho, was recently spotted having a meeting with Reeves. Other big names, including Zhou Dongyu and Liu Yifei are also on Reeves’ shortlist.

CRI: Ads Axed during Popular TV Shows

Commercial breaks during television dramas are to be banned from next year, China’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television announced on Friday.

“The order is a double-edged sword,” Ren Jianwei, an official of Shanghai’s Drama Channel, told Shanghai Daily. “It will certainly affect our ad revenue, but it will also attract more people to watch TV.”

Low-budget local movie “Love is Not Blind” slayed its competitors of four Hollywood blockbusters at this week’s box office, taking the top spot repeatedly. The constant boom of this romance has a positive significance to guide the production of domestic films and set a good example for low/ medium scale movie. This film’s success indicates that the mode of “good story+ capable director+ talented actors+ suitable market promoting+ marketable distribution schedule” is the very effective approach to earn impressive ticket sales.

A Chinese state-owned film studio strives to survive

Founded in 1945, the Changchun Film Studio, later known as the CFGC after transitioning to a corporate structure, is widely regarded as the cradle of modern Chinese film. The studio influenced generations of audiences with the country’s first feature-length film “Qiao (Bridge)” (1949) and many other acclaimed works.

“Dou Niu (Cow)” (2009) was one of the company’s post-reform masterpieces. The film, depicting a peasant who is tasked with protecting his village’s dairy cow during a harsh winter prior to the founding of the “New China,” received 7 nominations at the Golden Horse Film Festival in Taiwan and premiered in the “Orizzonti” category at the 66th Venice Film Festival.

As the first racing car film dedicated to female drivers, the cast of “Speed Angels” have been revelling in the presence of three award winning actresses - Cecilia Cheung, Rene Liu and Tang Wei since they started filming.

As the film premiered in Beijing, some media reflected that there were wide discrepancies between the plot and the actually historic events. Echoing that opinion, director Daniel Lee said that “the film represents my attitude and perspective of the history, so it will be meaningless if the both are wholly identical.”

The film will hit national screens on November 29.

Director David Wu, along with leads Peter Ho, Song Jia and Mickey Ho attended the event.

The film will hit cinema screens on December 1.

Sexy actress Monika Mok [Mo Xiaoqi], dressed in a leopard-skin outfit performed a pole dance at the press conference held for “My Own Swordsman” director Shang Jing’s new project “Crazy Banquet” [vide "Crazy Dinner"]yesterday in Beijing.

The first round of still photos for the gangster film “Cold War” have been released, featuring scenes of explosive action. In order to create authentic explosion scenes, the makers not only utilized a number of special effects, but also invited a demolitions expert to create real explosions. The film starts shooting in October and will be screened in the first half of 2012.

The makers of the comedy blockbuster, “Celebrate Spring Festival with Relatives by Marriage”, recently released a batch of still shots. Produced by Manfred Wong, directed by Raymond Yip, and starring Wen Zhang and Liu Yun, the film is expected to be screened during the Spring Festival holiday slot

New Pictures, the production company of Zhang Yimou’s soon-to-be-released epic war blockbuster “The Flowers of War,” is about to publish a special book in memory of the making of the movie

The film boasts an all-star cast including Tom Hanks, Hugo Weaving, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent , Hugh Grant and Korean star Du-na Bae and Chinese actress Zhou Xun.

The movie is slated for release on November 24

Huang Yi, the star of the latest blockbuster comedy “East Meets West 2011″, poses for a photo shoot in a seductive uniform to promote the film.

Huang Yi

MSN: Carl Ng keeps co-stars on their toes

Cammi Tse aborted Vincent Wong’s child

16-year-old model Cammi Tse has been a hot topic ever since the recent scandal with Edison Chen, but it is now reported that she had an abortion earlier this year and the father was actor Vincent Wong, who just got married two weeks ago to actress Yoyo Chen

MSN: Tony Leung and Carina Lau to undergo artificial insemination again?

After his 2008 marriage to actress Carina Lau, the pair has been trying to conceive a child with no success. Upon hearing rumours that Andy’s wife, Carol Chu, managed to successfully conceive through artificial insemination, the couple harbours plans to undergo the procedure too.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan’s father meet Jay Chou?

It is understood that Hannah specially brought her father around to sightsee as he seldom visits Taiwan since his divorce with Hannah’s mother, who is a Taiwanese.

MSN: Selina Jen will not act after making showbiz comeback

MSN: Jackie Chan missing at Elaine Ng’s daughter birthday

The former actress celebrated daughter, Etta Ng’s 12th birthday in Hong Kong

March 24, 2011

March 24, 2011

AP Interview: ‘Farewell My Concubine’ director denies he traded artistic integrity for success

Chen [Kaige] said “Sacrifice” will be released in the U.S. in the second half of the year. Its Japanese release, originally scheduled for May, will likely be delayed by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

FBA: Golden age forecast for China business (Nasdaq: Bona)

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Girl to Lead Stanley Kwan’s Film

Zhou Dongyu, the starlet in Zhang Yimou’s drama “Under the Hawthorn Tree”, has been cast as a lead for Stanley Kwan’s upcoming romantic film, “Ta De Guo” (”His Kingdom”), according to the Guangzhou Daily.

CRI: Liu Ye Promotes ‘He-Man’ Premiere

Chinese actor Liu Ye, who has portrayed a Forrest Gump-like character in the action-crime film “The Underdog Knight” and its sequel, says he’d like to continue the role as long as he can.

Liu Ye, Zhang Zilin

(Sina)

The Man in the Courtyard House

Now a psychological crime drama?

(Sina)2

Law of Attraction poster - Rainbow edition (Sina)

Mo Xiaoqi, Harlem Yu

Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok)

Mo Xiaoqi and Harlem Yu costar with Eason Chan and Rene Liu in Mr. and Mrs. Single (Sina)

The sequel to Ang Lee’s Eat Drink, Man Woman will feature Blue Lan, Huo Siyan and Rose Kuei (Gua Ah-Lei) it was announced this week in Hong Kong. Taiwanese filmmaker Tsao Jui-yuan (Love’s Lone Flower, 2005) will direct the $3m (RMB20m) drama which, like the original, centers on an old master chef and the love stories of his three daughters.This time, the chef is a mainland Chinese chef based in Hangzhou City in East China [played by Kenneth Tsang]. Shooting will start in Hangzhou on April 6 and will shift to Taipei starting in early May. The film should open in Taiwan and the mainland in Nov. (ScreenDaily)

Blue Lan

Huo Siyan, Blue Lan (Sina)2

Former Olympic diver Tian Liang

Tian Liang plays Liu Ye’s autistic brother in Beautiful Life (Sina)

MSN: Wang Xiaofei: Make a wish for our daughter

The Chinese millionaire’s words at the wedding fuelled yet another round of pregnancy rumours

CNA: Barbie Hsu’s celebrity wedding guests mobbed by reporters at airport

The journalists had been restless since yesterday when they lost the scoop to Hsu’s wedding guests, who gave a virtual ‘live telecast’ of the event with their camera phones and micro-blog posts. (Xinhua)

MSN: Gaile Lok rumoured to be pregnant again

Gaile Lok at a recent spring/summer fashion show in HK

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Raymond Lam rumoured to have proposed to girlfriendCNA: Raymond Lam lied about breakup?

A1: Raymond Lam’s ex Mavis Pan is married

According to a netizen, she wed a Caucasian man known only as John in 2009, and their relationship got started with the help of Malaysian singer-songwriter, Eric Moo. (Related article)

Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang, John and his son (Xinhua)

HKStandard: Mansion comes back to life in name of people

The building has been featured in several films and TV series over the years. In Enter the Dragon, it can be seen both on the black and white composite photo used to represent Han’s Island during Lee’s briefing with Braithewaite, and as a long shot as Lee enters Han’s island. (Wikipedia)

March 8, 2011

March 8, 2011

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Happy International Women’s Day! But don’t be a 3-8 po, okay?

Today is also the 76th anniversary of the suicide death of Ruan Lingyu at the young age of 24.

R.I.P.

THR: Zhang Yimou, Feng Xiaogang Push Beijing for Piracy Crackdown

Tang Wei portrayed Mao’s girlfriend

There are unconfirmed reports that Tang Wei’s scenes in The Founding of a Party have been all deleted. The film has been edited down from 2 hours 50 minutes to 2 hours 20 minutes currently.(Xinhua) (Sina)

Poster for The Detective 2 (B+ Detective) starring Aaron Kwok, directed by Oxide Pang. (Sina)

Ning Hao’s No Man’s Land is reportedly going to be released April 20 according to anonymous sources. Distributor China Film Group could not give a definitive answer. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Jordan Chan demonstrates his Pushing Hands technique (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Beijing premiere press conference for Dragon Pearl costarring Jordan Chan and Wang Ji. (Mar.7) (Xinhua-gallery)

Chen Kun and Zhang Yuqi reproduce a photo of Tsien Hsue-Shen and wife for the upcoming biography Qian Xuesen

Tsien Hsue-Shen (Qian Xuesen) became the father of the Chinese missile program after being deported from the US under suspicion of being a spy. (Sina)

The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman will be without the promotional services of Kitty Zhang Yuqi.

Multiple explanations were cited, it was either due to a work schedule conflict with Qian Xuesen or the issue of her breakup with former boyfriend Barbie Hsu’s fiance, according to sources.

Liu Ye He-Man (Underdog Knight 2)

Liu Ye said that he hoped to emulate the Japanese Tora-san film series and create a long-lived Chinese film series. He-Man opens April 1. (Sina)

Poster for Chase Our Love (lit. Otaku Story)

The film opens April 1 and features a cast that includes Kenny Bee, Stephy Tang, and Alex Fong Lik-Sun. (Sina)

79 year-old Lee Heung Kam is suffering from Parkinson’s Disease according to HK media reports. She does not want to disclose it but was spotted going to the doctor’s with Susanna Kwan. Still working tirelessly on various TV series, Lee suffered a fainting spell on set last year.  (Xinhua)

Poster for upcoming Joey Yung concert in London (Sina)

Additional photos of Yao Chen in Paris

(Xinhua-gallery)

Backstage at the showroom for the Chanel show (Sina-slide show)

A few more of Fan Bingbing in Paris at the Dior fashion show (Sina-slide show)

Nicholas Tse

Jordan Chan, Jan Lamb

Jeff Lau, Andrew Lau

Ekin Cheng, Pakho Chau

(Sina) Backstage celebration (Sina-slide show)

MSN; Michelle Reis shares photo of son on microblog

MSN: Isabella Leong initiated split from Richard Li

Craving for her previous glamourous lifestyle, the actress chose to split with the Hong Kong tycoon

MSN: Andy Hui admits to relationship with Sammi Cheng

CNA: Sammi Cheng wants “a normal relationship” with Andy Hui

“This news fits the will of the people better than any Government policy or budget plan. I was very happy when I heard about it,” said Hui’s Big 4 band mate William So.

Police may reopen probe into suicide of Korean actress

THR: China Roughs up Journalists over ‘Strolling’ Protests

Three Sundays running, online calls for organized “strolls” and a “Jasmine Revolution,” inspired by the recent popular overthrow of Tunisia’s government, were posted to Chinese social networking sites.

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