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December 31, 2010

December 31, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , — dleedlee @ 4:08 pm

FBA: Disney High School Musical China (3/10)

Phoney cross-cultural concoction stripped of any plot and saddled with mostly lame musical numbers.

Variety: If You Are the One 2

“Let the Bullets Fly” scores big at box office

A new film from one of the bad boys of Chinese cinema, Jiang Wen — a scathing satire on power, greed and corruption — has critics cheering and movie-goers queuing up to make it a box office hit.

The leading Southern Daily newspaper praised Jiang and said the film’s message would not be lost in a society increasingly divided by a gaping rich-poor income gap.

Jiang had “exposed and satirised the weaknesses and shortcomings of Chinese society and its people”… “Dressed up in commercial wrappings, he has packaged a work greatly steeped in political meaning.” (AFP)

China Daily: Top 10 movies of 2010 in China - It’s the season of lists!

WSJ: The top five films in Asia this year

SG: Top 8 entertainment stories of 2010

CRI: Lu Chuan’s WWII Film to Head for N. America

CRI: ’The Green Hornet’ Releases New Posters

CRI: All-Star Film Brings New Year Laughs

Donnie Yen, Carina Lau - All’s Well Ends Well 2011

Louis Koo, Cecilia Cheung (Sina)

CRI: ’Mr. and Mrs. Incredible’ Releases New Year Trailer

THR: Salon Films Launches Filmmaker Training Program

Stills of the lead actors of Warring States, from the trailer

Sun Honglei

Kim Hee-Sun

Jing Tian

Francis Ng (Sina)

Poster for Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s Lovers Discourse (Sina)

Eric and Derek Tsang

The Kidnap poster - Rooftop version (Sina)

Carina Lau interviewed by popular TV host Chen Lu Yu on “Date With Lu Yu”

Carina Lau

Lu Yu is the anorexic Chinese Oprah (Sina)

CRI: Faye Wong Adds 4 More Cities to Her Comeback Tour

CRI: Jacky Cheung Kicks off Concert Tour in Shanghai

Jacky Cheung kicked off his world concert tour on Thursday, December 30, 2010 in Shanghai with a short musical drama film starring himself and actress Shu Qi as a couple.

MSN: Carol Chu turns up at every Andy Lau concert

MSN: Gillian Chung hints she no longer hates Edison Chen

MSN: Edison Chen talks about photo scandal on talk show

Jordan Chan: “Why did us Chens produce such a shameless person?”

Dee Hsu, Edison Chen, Kevin Tsai

(Sina)

MSN: Barbie Hsu to marry Wang Xiaofei on March 20 next year

Joey Yung menaced by mysterious hotel room intruder

MSN: Joey Yung’s hotel room broken into

August 13, 2010

August 13, 2010

CRI: Cut Clips of “Aftershock” Unveiled

The cut clips of the hit film “Aftershock” have been released to the public, revealing the twisted fate of the main characters.

Some cast members, including Zhang Jingchu and Chen Daoming, also expressed regret for the editing of the film, which they said severely shortened their performances.

CRI: Kwai Lun-Mei’s Image Shake-Up in New Movie

Kwai’s squeaky clean, girl-next-door image goes out the door in this action film, in which she plays the member of a gang and girlfriend of the gang’s leader caught up in a love triangle.

CRI: Barbie Hsu, Richie Ren Promote New Comedy in Guangzhou

Parodies of such popular films as “The Message” (”Feng Sheng”), “God of Gamblers” (”Du Shen”) and “The Eagle Shooting Heroes” (”Dong Cheng Xi Jiu”) have been publicized as the selling points of the film.

FBA: Dream Home takes up dual residence in UK

The film will premiere on 28 August at FrightFest in London’s Empire Leicester Square.

Poster for Love in Disguise meet-and-greet with cast in Beijing (Sina)

Charlie Young and Xia Yu play lovers on the run in Wind Blast

(Sina)

Leon Dai featured in new stills released for Reign of Assassins

The world premiere will be in Venice on September 3 (Sina)

Gu Xuan in High School Musical

(Sina)

Karen Mok appeard on a Hong Kong radio station to promote her new single.

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Veronica Yip, visiting her mother in Hong Kong, supported models Chrissie Chau and Angelababy and said Anthony Wong was a bit extreme. Veronica and family have been flying on her husband’s private jet are heading next to Vietnam. (Xinhua)

August 10, 2010

August 10, 2010

Ouyang Sha-Fei (1923-2010)

Veteran actress Ouyang Sha-fei passed away last week at the age of 86 in Salt Lake City, UT. She had made over 200 films in her career. In 1940, Ouyang Sha-Fei was admitted to the Shanghai Venus Pictures Actors’ Training. Her 1946 film, Spy Number One, directed by her husband Tu Guang-Qi, was the top grosser that year. According to her husband, Ouyang Sha-Fei was already pregnant at the time and hid her stomach under a mink shawl. In 1949, she and her husband left Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong. For her role in MP&GI’s (Cathay) Devotion (1960), Ouyang Sha-Fei won the Best Supporting Actress at the 7th Asian Film Festival. In 1963, she joined Shaw Brothers and played Ivy Ling’s mother in Love Eterne. The actress won the Best Supporting Actress Award at the Golden Horse in 1968 for Too Late For Love. Ouyang Sha-Fei will be cremated and buried in Los Angeles next to her husband. The two divorced in the late 1970’s but reunited under the auspices of one of their daughters. (Chinapress)(ChinaDailyNews)(NextMedia)(Xinhua) [Thanks to Glenn!]

Making a song and dance for China - Disney’s High School Musical

CRI: 3D ”Don Quixote” Unveils Magical Scenes(Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen to Star in “Wu Xia”

Takeshi Kaneshiro, better known to Chinese audiences as Jincheng Wu, has been confirmed as Yen’s co-star.

Variety: Storm Warriorshttp://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5775

Kenny Bee

Gan Wei

Kenny Bee and Gan Wei (Welcome to Shama Town) lead the cast in Land Without Boundaries. The star-studded supporting cast includes Rain Li, Patrick Tam, Francis Ng, Lam Suet, Roy Cheung, Mark Cheng, and Xiong Naijin (another ‘Little Fan Bingbing’). (Sina)

Veronica Yip and family visiting Taiwan

Veronica Yip is retired and currently living in the US

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

Jackie Chan breaks silence on ‘cancer shampoo’

CRI:: Miriam Yeung Shows High Heels Collection in MV

SG: Zhang Ziyi had suicidal thoughts

[In the Chinese reports, Zhang said watching Maggie Cheung's suicide scene in Centre Stage on TV spurred the thought.]

SG: Andy Hui resorted to abuse to get rid of girlfriend

SG: Aaron Kwok dumped girlfriend Lynn Hung?

SG: Ethan Ruan denies movie deal with Stephen Chow

August 5, 2010

August 5, 2010

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CRI: China’s ‘High School Musical’ Premieres in Beijing

The Chinese version of “High School Musical” co-produced by Walt Disney, Shanghai Media Group (SMG) and Huayi Brothers, had its premiere in Beijing on Wednesday (August 4). (Sina)

Jane Zhang singing the theme song

Director Chen Shizheng and Jane Zhang

US Amabassador to China, Jon Huntsman, and his daughter

Index and summary of August releases

Often atmospheric study of a boy’s lonely emotional life is diluted by a lack of dramatic focus.

After his precision-crafted urban black comedy Parking, director Chung Mong-hong moves to the countryside with this somewhat different second feature, an interior drama of a boy’s lonely emotional life that exists on a plane somewhere between dream and reality.

Well Go USA, the US distributor, has confirmed its pick up of North American Rights to Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen.

Shooting has begun on Mei Mei, a film by Pauline Chan about a 16 year old Chinese orphan who travels to Australia, only to find that her sponsor is in prison convicted of manslaughter…The film is only the second to made as an official co-production using the bilateral Australia-China co-production treaty.

Lee Chung-Han, unrequited love for Michelle Yeoh in Reign of Assassins (Sina)

Nicholas Tse in Stool Pigeon

(Sina)

Zhang Ziyi back on the cover

After a series of ‘-gates’ Zhang returns to Harper’s Bazaar cover (Xinhua)

Joyce Cheng and Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting jeans ad

Joyce Cheng’s dramatic weight loss credited to fruit and eliminating unhealthy diet

Jennifer Tse (Xinhua)

Joyce Cheng admitted to self-induced vomiting but will no longer do so. (Sina)

Global Times: Publicists play public for fools and the desperation of Zhang Jingchu

SG: Miriam Yeung preps for two major events

SG: Jordan Chan hits out at mystery offender

The star attended Daniel Wu and Lisa S.’ wedding dinner late last month and according to reports, Jordan had gotten into a tussle of sorts with someone.

His first feature film, Au Revoir Taipei, currently in cinemas, stars theatre actor Jack Yao and singer-actress Amber Kuo. The two share a bizarre night together on the streets of Taipei.

Sammi Cheng revealed in her blog Wednesday that she had considered reuniting with old flame Andy Hui.

Sammi’s blog post (Sina)

July 29, 2010

July 29, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:38 pm

Variety: Aftershock

Stunning special effects are wedded to potent family drama in “After Shock,” Feng Xiaogang’s heartrending depiction of the impact of the massive 1976 earthquake that killed more than 240,000 in Tangshan, China. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5737

CRI: Film Review of “Aftershock”

Aftershock has brought on renewed calls for a film classification system in China. A mother recently left the theater with her 3 year-old. The child did not understand the movie but because the mother was in tears and others around her were crying, so scared the child to cry also. My parents have brought primary school children but during the earthquake scenes, they hide their eyes. In the aftermath, there are many bodies, some mutilated, naked bodies, causing them to cry. After the Beijing premiere, actress Xu Fan said she would not bring her daughter to see the film saying she is too young, it is not suitable.

Parents have brought children to the film as it is educational and historical but the earthquake scenes are too cruel and disturbing and cause younger children anxiety. Theater staff have warned parents with children under eight to be careful. Some viewers also think the film is not suitable for children: The tragic disaster scene is not good for the child’s mental development. After all, some adults cannot even accept it. Also, there are intimate love scenes in the film. In Hong Kong, Aftershock is classified IIA, unsuitable for children.  (Xinhua)

FBA: Kidnapper (綁匪) (Singapore) (6/10) From the director of Rule #1

Kidnapper is that rare thing in Singaporean cinema - a crime thriller that actually works as a genre movie.

CRI: Action Thriller ‘Chen Zhen’ Unveils Grand Shooting Scenes

“Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” has released a group of photos of its main shooting scenes.

(Sina)

Detective Dee

CRI: Extended Trailer for ‘Detective Dee’ Reveals Intricate Story

FBA: Asian trio line up for Venice competition

AP: Woo joins cast of Chinese propaganda blockbuster

Singer Sun Nan plays a dance teacher in High School Musical

(Sina)

Another look at the Donnie Yen action figure

On sale tomorrow for HK$980

(Xinhua)

Zhang Ziyi - Shanghai

Kobe Bryant

Zhang Ziyi was honored as a World Expo volunteer ambassador at a charity show for volunteers. The Expo cosponsored the Kobe Bryant Charity Walk. Kobe also donated autographhed copies of his new book.

Kobe’s flight was delayed due to weather and Zhang Ziyi and Tan Jin performed a song, ‘The Price of Love’, to the audience’s delight.

(Xinhua)2

Yao Ming

Jay Chou and Yao Ming in Taiwan for Yao Ming Foundation Charity Tour 2010

Jay Chou

Show Luo

Celebrity teammates included Jam Hsiao and Show Luo who played against the Shanghai Sharks

(Sina)2(Xinhua)

Jing Tian

CRI: Introducing the ‘Belle Boss’ Jing Tian

SG: Jolin Tsai hit by another wave of criticism

SG: Vicki Zhao: It will be a pity if I don’t perform

“I do not wish to waste my talent; it will be a pity if I don’t perform. And I think that women should earn their own keep to prove their worth.”

When asked about her daughter, Vicki said that she is in Singapore and like herself, her daughter has big eyes. She added that she still hasn’t got used to being called ‘mom’.

SG: Carina Lau cheating on Tony Leung?

SG: Jay Chou has no qualms about retiring

HKStandard: Tour guide accused of crying crocodile tears by callers

From Danwei:

July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010

CNNGo: Carl Ng to play Brother Sharp in world’s first internet meme-inspired movie

CRI: “The Fourth Portrait” Nominated at Locarno Film Festival

[11 year-old Bi Xiao-Hai won the Best Actor award at the recent Taipei Film Awards.]

City Under Siege poster and trailer unveiling event

Collin Chou, clown, Benny Chan, Aaron Kwok

In an interview, Aaron denied that the film copied from Batman and Love on a Diet. (Sina - gallery)

Ming Dow

After a successful performance in the film “Monga”, Taiwan pop star, Ming Dow took on a similar character in this upcoming flick, which has lots of fight scenes for him.

CRI: Free “I Wish I Knew” Available in EXPO Garden

Jia Zhangke’s documentary-fiction “I Wish I Knew” now opens to Shanghai EXPO garden visitors for free.

The script for Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One 2 has been approved by the SARFT. The film has a new new Chinese title, Don’t Worry(Xinhua)

Producer-actress Qin Hailu’s Steel Guitar/Steel Piano is undergoing post-production in South Korea in preparation for screening at the Venice Film Festival. The film won Most Creative and Most Popular awards at the Shanghai Film Festival. Director-writer Kwak Jae-Yang is most famous for the hit film My Sassy Girl. (Sina)

Midnight Heartbeat hopes to test audience tolerance for ‘domestic terror’ (Sina)

Posters for Death and Glory in Chengde

An Yi-Xuan

Ray Lui

Yuan Wenkang

Ray Lui - Death and Glory in Chengde

The film is about an epic 1943 battle where a division of 8000 KMT soldiers fought against 30,000 Japanese troops. After fighting for 16 days only 200 had survived.

Ray Lui appears in the film directed by Shen Dong which opens Aug.19. (Sina)23

High Schoo Musical - Zhang Jun-Ning (c)

Zhang Jun-Ning

Yuan Cheng-Jie, Zhang Jun-Ning, Liu Yan-Chan (Sina)

Karen Mok appeared in Beijing during a media set visit with bruised forehead from an auto accident while filming ‘Gravity’ with Leon Dai.

Karen Mok, Leon Dai

Gravity is directed by Zhao Tianyu (Lost, Indulgence, Delicacies…Poison) and will also feature Zhang Jingchu, Guo Tao, Wen Zhang, Bai Bai He with a 2011 release planned. (Xinhua)(Sina)

Betty Sun Li (Just Another Pandora’s Box, Lost Bladesman) appearing for luggage brand Samsonite. She’s expected to star in Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin 2. (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi (file photo)

Choi’s manager, Mani Fok, explained that Choi had been travelling a lot lately and simply over-exerted herself, adding that she has since received treatment at a hospital and has returned home Thusday morning.

“Charlene fainted after over-exerting herself, so she could not attend the Shanghai event. However, she is not taking sick leave and will return to work today (Friday) to shoot a commercial.

“I have been ill lately and have been constantly taking medicine. However, I couldn’t handle the large quantity of medication. Today, I was supposed to turn up for the ‘Angels on the Road’ publicity event in Shanghai. But before I left, my stomach felt very uncomfortable.” (Xinhua)(Sina)

Connie Chan brings her Hong Kong opera show to The Venetian in Macau

Nam Fung, Connie Chan Po-Chu, Chan Wing-Yee

Nam Fung and Chan Wing-Yee will be performing for 14 months at the hotel. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok and Nissan GTR spotted in Happy Valley

Caption: Fashionably dressed Aaron Kwok with sports car, branded coffee captures hearts of foreign babes (Xinhua)

Anita Mui’s brother Mui Kei-Ming and mother Tam Mei Mui

Mui’s mother filed another appeal in court concerning Anita Mui’s estate. She said she would continue to appeal regardless of the court’s rulings against her. (Xinhua)

Isabella Leong

Early pictures of Isabella Leong accompany story of her recent birth of twin boys. (Xinhua)

(July 9) Rosamund Kwan and Taiwan electronics chairman Chen Taiming spotted in Paris

No more news on TB Chris (Xinhua)

Angelababy appearing for Adidas’ NeoLabel (Sina)

July 14, 2010

July 14, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:16 pm

(Sina)

CRI:: Aaron Kwok’s Clown Feature in “City under Siege” Revealed

(Sina)

CRI: Chinese Version of “High School Musical” to Hit Screens in August

CRI: “Aftershock” Director Defends at Beijing Premiere

Audiences laughed at the film whenever they realized an advertisement appeared.

Beijing Aftershock Premiere Ceremony [Yesterday's post title corrected]

Feng Xiaogang

Feng Xiaogang, Xu Fan

Feng Xiaogang apologized to Chen Daoming for cutting out his scenes. (Xinhua-slide show)

Takeshi Kaneshiro, Nicholas Tse and Yao Chen joins cast of Gordon Chan’s Painted Skin 2. Filming begins July 22. (Xinhua)

Faye Wong concert promo photoshoot

(Sina)

HK actor Alex Man and ex-wife to remarry

Tien Niu refuted reports (Xinhua)

CRI:: Isabella Leong Gives Birth to Twin Sons

SG:  Leon Lai: “Don’t ask me trash questions”

The star has been dishing out pearls of wisdom in interviews and the media dubbed him the King of Golden Quotes for his ability to come up with quotable quotes

February 10, 2010

February 10, 2010

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High School Musical poster

Scheduled for a summer 2010 release (Sina) (6 HD(Sina)

Kung fu thriller leads Hong Kong award nominations

Besides “Bodyguards and Assassins,” the other top contenders among nominees announced Tuesday are John Woo’s historical epic “Red Cliff II” _ with 13 nominations _ and the police thriller “Overheard,” which has six.

CRI: ‘Bodyguards’ Leads HK Film Awards Nominations

New Year in Hong Kong means time for films with local flavor

CRI: ‘14 Blades’, Valentine’s Day Version (MV)

CRI: Tang Wei to Star in Korean-American Film

Jacky Cheung

Vivian Hsu

Rene Liu, Jacky Cheung

Barbie Hsu, Nic Tse

Barbie Hsu

AngelaBaby

Hong Kong premiere of Hot Summer Days. Daniel Wu was absent as he was filming Inseparable. (Xinhua)

(21)(CRI)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu releases a new single in Japan Mar. 3(4 HD)(Sina)

Zhang Ziyi delivers on donation promise

Zhang’s donation debacle, dubbed “Fraudulent Donation Gate” by Chinese media, had also affected Chinese actresses Zhou Xun and Vicki Zhao as well as Chinese singer Na Ying. Some have questioned if they donated as much as they claimed to have. However, all three have since stepped forward to disprove these allegations.

CRI: Donation Details Released to End Debate Dogging Zhang Ziyi

Charity groups release donation details to end debate dogging Zhang Ziyi

More “Ziyi-gates”: This article reports that on Lu Chuan’s blog an unnamed actress, suspected to be Zhang Ziyi,  privately lobbyed behind the scenes against Tang Wei. (Xinhua)

Sammi Cheng denies reunion with ex-flame

Cecelia Yip’s husband cheating on her?

Takuya Kimura takes pay cut to fund ‘Space Battleship Yamato’ revisions

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