HKMDB Daily News

March 30, 2012

March 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Most Anticipated Chinese Movies of 2012

CF: Dayyan Eng’s “Inseparable” Due to Hit the Big Screen

FBA: Youku kickstarts more micro movies

PR: New HK Film Archive exhibition highlights the cinematic legend of Wong Fei-hung

The HKFA’s new publication “Mastering Virtue: The Cinematic Legend of a Martial Artist”, with an English edition on CD-ROM, examines the cinema of Wong Fei-hung from a historical background and considers its various artistic characteristics and film genres.

Fourth generation student, Pang Chi-ming; Mok Kwai-lan, godson of Wong Fei-Hong’s wife; fifth generation student, Lau Ka-yung (info.gov.hk)

CF: Talented Actress Jiang Yiyan

In 2012, Derek Yee’s “Ghost Bullets” and Gordon Chan’s “The Four” will bring Jiang to the big screen again, and Jiang Yiyan recently finished her part in director Peng Shun’s “Conspirators”, which is expected to be released in October.

(Sina)

CF: Huang Yi: The Beauty in Hoh Xil

Huang Yi

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Actress Hsu Chi Undaunted by Online Attacks

CF: Bullied actress’ Cold Shoulder to Weibo Prompts Reflection

“Frustration in life boosts aggression. So people’s discontent has been funneled into cyberspace, where they can act with little restraint,”

MSN: Netizens regret supporting Vincent Zhao after learning daughter has US passport

March 14, 2012

March 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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PR: HK Film Archive’s “The Strange Case of Hong Kong Amoy Cinema” (HKFA)

To tie in with the programme, the HKFA will publish a research monograph entitled “The Amoy-dialect Films of Hong Kong” in late March.

FBA: I Do review

A terrific trio of leads, plus an atypical script, keep the China rom-com bar high.


TimeOutHK: Chow Yun-Fat interview

The film was directed by Chinese director Huo Jianqi, the director of “Postmen in the Mountains”, a smash hit in Japan. A China/Japan/Hong Kong/Taiwan co-production, “Snow Fall in Taipei” is a romantic film starring popular Taiwan actor Berlin Chen along with the mainland actress Tong Yao

Wong Jing’s upcoming film “Marrying Mr. Perfect” is set to hit cinemas nationwide on March 16. Prior to its release, a series of still photos featuring gorgeous Liu Yan have been released.

A series of stills featuring Ruby Lin in “Blood Stained Shoes”. Lin plays a virtuous mother who transforms into a demon/ghost.

Ruby Lin

In a recent newspaper interview, Vincent Zhao claimed that script changes on “Special Identity” lead to an argument between director Clarence Fok and cinematographer Peter Pau. Also, Zhao said that the changes reduced his role to that of a supporting cast member.

Vincent Zhao (Sina)

SGYahoo: Aaron Kwok & Nick Cheung in Malaysia

Following the high-profile filming of “The Viral Factor” in Kuala Lumpur last year, it seems that more Hong Kong filmmakers are looking to Malaysia for filming locations for their movies and this year, award-winning actors Aaron Kwok and Nick Cheung are that batch of Hong Kong stars, having arrived here recently to shoot Oxide Pang’s detective thriller titled “Conspirator”.

SGYahoo: Han Geng collaborates with Vicky Zhao

A program about two-time NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury, who has adjusted well to life in China after moving here in 2010, will be the first of 14 nonfiction documentaries from the Vibrant China series.

November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TVB hands over treasured films to Hong Kong Film Archive

To show its ardent support for the preservation of film heritage, TVB has handed over about 1,000 film titles from the 1930s to the 1990s to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation. About 60 per cent of these archival films are new to the HKFA and will consequently greatly enrich its collection.

Films to be handed over include the earliest Chinese film in TVB’s library, “Little Heroine” (1939), starring Hu Rongrong and Kung Chiu-hsia; and the earliest Hong Kong film in the library, “Female Spy 76″ (1947) starring Wu Lai-chu and Wang Hao. The eight films on the list of HKFA’s recommended “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies” are: “Wong Fei-hung’s Whip that Smacks the Candle” (1949), “Wong Fei-hung Burns the Tyrants’ Lair” (1949), “Blood-stained Azaleas” (1951), “Mysterious Murderer” (1951) parts one and two, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” (1959), “Father is Back” (1961) and “The Pregnant Maiden” (1968).

Mainland China’s first AIDS-related pic, “Love for Life” is an anemic mess, notwithstanding stars

CRI: Profitable Short Films

As short films are gaining popularity in China, many companies are starting to reap the benefit.

CF: Mou Girl to Cry More in New Movie - “The Allure of Tears”

A message adorns the bottom of the picture[poster], which states: “Love while we are still alive; Say farewell when we have no more time.” The movie revolves around three tragic but romantic love stories

CF: Final Trailer of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: Brainstorming in “White Vengeance”

Award-winning actors Zhang Hanyu and Anthony Wong appear in the still photos of the movie “White Vengeance.” The megastars portray Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng, two famous strategists in ancient China who served different masters. 

CF: Sexy Liu Yan Joins “Laughing and Crying Forbidden”

The mere mention of Liu Yan immediately conjures up images of the sexy host-turned-actress in her latest fantasy romance “The Mural” and upcoming project “Marry a Perfect Man.”

Now Liu is planning to take on an entirely different role in the comedy romance “Laughing and Crying Forbidden” in which she plays a realistic and candid young woman,

CF: Teng’s Pic Stays Strong in Box Office Performance

The cast and crew of the romance “Love Is Not Blind” held a “victory” celebration Tuesday in Beijing, after the film raked in 200 million yuan (US$31.5 million) in box office revenue,

CF: Mainland Box-office Chart in Week 46

Legendary East is a joint venture established by Legendary Pictures and its partner the Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in June this year, which aims to produce and distribute English-language movies that have the potential to be worldwide hits.

“Magic to Win” Beijing press conference yesterday

Edmond Wong, Wu Chun, Karena Ng, Wilson Yip, Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan

Karena Ng, Wilson Yip

Stop, in the name of love - Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing

Karena Ng likened to Emma Watson

“Magic to Win” MV - theme song “Love Spell”

(Sina)23

A series of posters for David Wu’s “Cold Steel” featuring Song Jia.

The film will be heading to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012.

Mickey He plays a sniper

(Sina)2

A peek at Milla Jovovich and Li Bingbing in Resident Evil 5 (Sina)

Li Bingbing demonstrates how she copes with the time difference between Toronto and Beijing.

CF: Andy Lau to Attend Golden Horse Awards

Kelly shared that she is currently filming All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, but had rejected 20 to 30 other jobs because of her pregnancy. The singer also declined job offers, which required her to take a plane

Kelly Chen

(Sina)

Huo Siyan shoots a batch of photos with a fresh new style for the cover of a fashion magazine.

CNA:  Kelvin Tong’s new film “Dance Dance Dragon” more than just a comedy

MSN: Lee Hom invites Shu Qi to his concert

It was rumoured that the Taiwanese singer invited the actress despite his mother’s disapproval

MSN: Chinese actor Ham Yu’s fans chide Selina Jen online

After the accident, it was widely rumoured that Ham had helped Selina escape the fire. Other versions said that the actor had rushed into the burning set to save Selina. Thus, Ham’s fans had since blamed Selina for their idol’s injuries and some had even called her ungrateful.

CNA: Jay Chou to develop social gaming site with tech company?

Apart from being a shareholder of Ucan Technology, a company which is developing a 3D interactive social networking cum gaming website, Chou will be the website’s cultural ambassador for the next two years.

September 21, 2011

September 21, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: 11 Flowers review

An absorbing coming-of-age drama set during the waning stage of China’s Cultural Revolution, “11 Flowers” takes its place among Wang Xiaoshuai’s finest films.

FBA: Overheard 2 review

A slicker, but also more conventional, follow-up to the 2009 bugging thriller.

FBA: Starry cast assembled for Liaisons

Chinese adaptation set to shoot next month

Too Much Heaven, Part Two: City of Life and Death and Detective Dee reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

CF: New Horror Sequel Hits Cinemas in Oct.

Horror film ‘Lost In Panic Cruise’, a sequel to last year’s ‘Lost In Panic Room’, announced its premiere date to be October 27.

Battle of Wits with Father-in-law” is expected to be screened on Valentines Day 2012.

Liu Ye posted on his Weibo that Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper was delayed, and cannot be released in December. Scenes in Inner Mongolia and Yunnan have yet to be shot. This, on the recent, since deleted, post by Stellar Media boss Qin Wang about pulling investment on the film. (Sina)2

Update on on yesterday’s press conference in Hangzhou for The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. Today’s news reports that the film was premiered and Qiu Jin’s relatives were moved to tears after watching it.

Director Herman Yau, Huang Yi (Sina)23

HK Film Archive to screen marvellous works by Union Film affiliates

The Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA)’s previous programme “All for One and One for All: Union Film”, which featured the full catalogue of Union Film, received an enthusiastic response. To showcase the creativity of Union Film’s many affiliates, the HKFA’s new programme “Marvelous Spinoffs: The Work of Union Film Affiliates” will screen from September 24 to October 16, featuring 10 films produced by the loose-knit collection of companies usually referred to as the “Union Group”.

New poster for I Phone You starring Jiang Yiyan

The film opened in Europe in May. (Sina)

Poster for What’s Under the Bed, a domestic horror thriller that’s not a ghost story. :D (Sina)

Motivated netizens found this still of the deleted love scene between Jackie Chan and Li Bingbing in “1911″

Li Bingbing said that she drank half a bottle of red wine to steel her nerves before shooting the scene. (Sina)

CNA: Chow Yun Fatt’s love affair with the camera

A1: Chow’s calm behind the lens

MSN: Vivian Hsu splits with boyfriend

MSN: Hebe Tian and Ella Chen lash out at Selina Jen’s fiance

A few days ago, Hebe posted an update on her Facebook which reads: “You. Are. Not. A. Man. [And] not even a human.”

The status prompted a reply from Ella, who wrote, “[You are] Not even comparable to the plaque between my teeth!”

March 7, 2011

March 7, 2011

THR: Bona Posts 2010 Revenue Gain But Net Loss

The completion of one of those projects, Wong Kar Wai’s The Grandmasters, starring actress Zhang Ziyi (Memoirs of a Geisha), has been delayed until the fourth quarter.

Addressing queries about another delayed pictureMulan, Bona’s planned English-language international co-production of the story of China’s most famous woman warrior, Bona CFOMason Xu told The Hollywood Reporter: “Yu Dong our CEO is now talking with potential investors both from China and overseas.”…the project’s finance fell apart just before Mulan was due to go into production outside Shanghai last fall, members of the production team told The Hollywood Reporter on condition of anonymity. One described how they had been asked to gather at Hengdian Studios then all been sent home.

Life is a Miracle posters - Zhang Ziyi

Aaron Kwok

People’sDaily: Chinese director Zhang Yimou appeals for sterner action against film piracy

Zhang Yimou, submitted a proposal to the ongoing annual session of the National Committee of CPPCC, together with other five members, including Zhang Huijun, president of Beijing Film Academy, and other famed directors Feng Xiaogang, Yin Li, Feng Xiaoning and Chen Guoxing.

FBA: SARFT considers new product placement rules

FBA: My Own Swordsman review (8/10)

Even more notably, the movie has some of the liveliest and best-staged action-comedy seen so far in a Mainland movie without any offshore help: the finale in the booby-trapped inn is the equal of anything in a similar Hong Kong movie.

Donnie Yen: Bruce Lee is still my idol

HKTopTen: Connie Chan’s Digitally Restored Youth

Alas, the 1966 film is incomplete.

S.F. International Asian-American Film Fest caps

Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words

Almost Perfect with Kelly Hu and Edison Chen

Edison Chen, a fine young talent, has been effectively banned from Hong Kong films because of a nude photo scandal; their loss is our gain, at least for this feel-good indie film.

HK Film Archive’s “Morning Matinee” to feature Cantonese and Mandarin films in April

In April the Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” will screen four Cantonese and one Mandarin film starring renowned Cantonese opera stars Yam Kim-fai, Fong Yim-fun, Sun Ma Si-tsang, Lam Kar-sing and film idols Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong, Patsy Kar Ling and Helen Ma.

Kiwi-Asian marriage in film-making

My Wedding and Other Secrets is a romantic comedy telling a classic tale of forbidden love between a Chinese girl and a Kiwi boy.

The film is based on Liang’s own romance, which was also the subject of a 2005 documentary called Banana in a Nutshell. The storyline attracted acclaimed Chinese actors, Cheng Pei Pei and Kenneth Tsang to take key roles in the production

According to this report of Faye Wong’s first Hong Kong concert, Faye sang mainly in Cantonese, but also in Mandarin and English. As is typical, Faye spoke very little to the audience, not until 35 minutes into the first night’s concert, she uttered only a brief ‘Hello’ and ‘Thank you’. Later, when singing a cover of an Eason Chan song, Faye said a few more ‘Thank yous’ in both Cantonese and Mandarin. (Xinhua-gallery)

Director Yan Ran held a joint press conference as he has two film releases to promote, Together and Sweet Journey. Both films are scheduled to be released on the 8th of this month.

Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong), Yan Ran

Li Feier - Together

Zhang Hanyu - Sweet Journey (lit. Under the Clouds) opens March 8.

Zhang Hanyu plays a tragic thief (Sina)23

Xu Jiao attending junior high school

Xu Jiao is being sent to school in Taipei to prepare for her unconfirmed upcoming role in Tom Lin Shuyu’s Star. Among the goals are to not delay her studies, to experience life in Taiwan, and to change her Mainland accent. Shooting for Star is set to begin in early April. (Sina)

Huang Yi - Sky Fighters

Huang Yi

Li Guangjie

Sky Fighters held a grand premiere ceremony at the Tianjin Air Force Base on the 5th. Coproduced by the August 1st Film Company (the PLA-backed film studio) the event included a flight demonstration by Air Force fighter jets. (Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

FBA: Polyface launched in Taipei

Shu Qi and Carina Lau were among the celebrities in Taiwan to help launch a new entertainment company. The article notes that Shu Qi dressed in a  sexy dresss] while Carina looked like an ordinary white-collar office worker. Lee Hsing, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Andrew Lau, Doze Niu also attended. (Xinhua-gallery) (Sina-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi and Andrew Lau

Karen Mok promoting Canon cameras

In her favorite color, gold (Xinhua-gallery)

Gao Yuanyuan visits Los Angeles and the Avenue of Stars

(Sina-slide show)

Yao Chen attending Jean-Paul Gaultier show in Paris

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng rumoured to wed in August

CNA: Sammi Cheng reunites with Andy Hui

CNA: Charmaine Sheh says money’s not the issue in TVB departure

CNA: HK’s Sonija Kwok moves wedding date to prove a point

Trailer for The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman, opening day and date around the world, Mar.18

February 25, 2011

February 25, 2011

Movie Review: Eternal Moment (GlobalTimes)

Tangled web we weave (GlobalTimes)

Liu Yonghong’s Tangled - indie film rejected by censors

Xinhua: Cast members promote movie “Buddha Mountain” in Beijing

Chen Bo-Lin, Fan Bingbing, director Li Yu

Guests New Seven Little Fortunes (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Tsui Hark Plans ‘Detective Dee’ Prequel

Peter Chan, Ethan Ruan

Speaking in Taiwan, Peter Chan said that the first cut of Wu Xia has been completed and runs 137 minutes. In April, Flying Guillotines will begin shooting, action director Yuen Bun will begin training the actors in March behind closed doors in Beijing. Besides their muscles, Chan said they have to be trained in the use of the flying guillotines because the props are dangerous to use, so the preparation must be good. (Sina)

WSJ: In China, Gaga Has Nothing on Gigi

Lady Gaga may rule the Twittersphere with 8,398,412 fans world-wide. But in China, where Twitter is banned, it is Gigi who is the established star in Chinese cyberspace.

To further illustrate, a recent HK TV program featuring Gigi, even after enlisting Valen Hsu and Charlie Young as guests, had received terrible ratings.

Valen Hsu, Gigi Leung, Charlie Young

But in a mainland English textbook, Gigi is the model incarnation of elegance. (Xinhua)

FBA: HKIFF has Heart for popularity, hub role

Mainland Chinese cinema is represented Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice, indie animation Piercing I and Wang Bing’s  The Ditch and Man With No Name.

The Union Film Enterprise Ltd (Union Film) is one of the most important companies in Hong Kong’s filmmaking history

HKFA’s new publication “One for All: The Union Film Spirit” with an English edition in CD-ROM will be released in late March, featuring essays contributed by renowned writers and scholars looking at Union Film and its works from various perspectives, by turns historical, aesthetic, and cultural.

Chinese movie fans have grown accustomed to seeing films of similar style that present different versions of the same story—and that will be intensified in 2011.

February 23, 2011

February 23, 2011

THR: Fox, Huayi Brothers, Sundream Team for ‘Love in Space’

Lost in Space is a model of Huayi Brothers’s three-pronged strategy in developing its production slate, including expanding into different genres. “At the beginning, everyone was making historical epics and action films, but female audiences support romantic comedies, which are less costly to make. This genre can become part of the mainstream films,” Huayi Brothers Media Corp. president James Wang told The Hollywood Reporter.

THR: Top-Earning Chinese Director Cites Martin Scorsese as His Only Influence

Jiang Wen met ‘The Departed’ director in New York in 1980, according to English-language newspaper China Daily.

HK Film Archive’s March “Morning Matinee” to feature city comedies starring Ting Ying

Hong Kong Film Archive’s (HKFA) “Morning Matinee” next month will screen four “city comedies” by renowned comedy director Mok Hong-si, starring popular 1960s actress Ting Ying.

FBA: Overheard receives welcome echo

Production is underway on Overheard 2 , a sequel to the cop thriller Overheard

Variety: Together review

“Together” demonstrates how badly China needs a documentary to help address discrimination toward its growing HIV-positive population.

CRI: Mainland Box Office Top 10 (Feb. 14-20, 2011)

Eternal Moment #1

Qin Lan - Mr. and Mrs. Single

Qin Lan costars in Patrick Kong’s Mr. and Mrs. Single, a comedy about urban couples keeping their marriages secret to get better jobs and higher income. Eason Chan, Rene Liu, Harlem Yu and Bai Bing are among the cast members. [Sounds strikingly similar to the 1962 Happy Couples in the Ting Ying article above.] The film opens in April.

Eason Chan (Sina)2

Beijing - Kara Hui, Liu Yifei, Wilson Yip hold press conference for A Chinese Fairy Tale (Feb.23)

Wang Danyi Li, Kara Hui, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei, Gong Xinliang, Wang Danyi Li

Kara Hui, Lin Peng

(Sina)23

Deanie Ip and Andy Lau have begun work on Ann Hui’s latest film (Miss Peach/Peach Sister).

Deanie plays a servant to Andy’s master (Sina)(Sohu)

Cambodia - Michelle Yeoh continues to promote road safety as UN Make Roads Safe Global Ambassador (Xinhua)

MSN: Jackie Chan kissed Jane Xu Jinglei in drunken stupor (Xinhua-gallery)

CNA: Faye Wong garners praise for posting au naturel photo (Xinhua)

CNA: Selina Jen’s wedding “delayed indefinitely” says fiance

CRI: Kobe Bryant Works with Jay Chou in New Song

MSN: Jay Chou films commercial with Kobe Bryant

All-Star debut for Chinese shoe company

January 10, 2011

January 10, 2011

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Glamorous exhibition and archival films to celebrate Hong Kong Film Archive 10th Anniversary

  • The HKFA now plans to embark on the restoration of the films “Colourful Youth” (1966), starring Connie Chan Po-chu, Josephine Siao Fong-fong and Woo Fung, and “The Arch” (1970), directed by Tong Shu-shuen. These restored archival treasures will then be introduced to local and overseas educational and cultural organisations.
  • In addition, a “star cards gift box” containing some of the finest photos of the featured film stars will be on sale at $88 at the HKFA.
  • Other thematic exhibitions and screenings to be held later this year include a retrospective of the Union Film Company, Movies on Railways, and the films of director and martial arts choreographer Lau Ka-leung.
  • A HKFA 10th Anniversary souvenir booklet is also being published.

(Sina)

THR: ‘Let The Bullets Fly’ Now China’s All-Time No. 3 Film

Shaolin poster, film opens Jan. 19 (21cn)

Michelle Yeoh is secretly filming The Lady in Paris to avoid affecting the safety of Aung San Suu Kyi who could be rearrested by the Burmese government at any time. A fall UK release is planned. (Sina)

Rosamund Kwan joins Andy Lau onstage.

Fellow Five Tigers Felix Wong, Michael Miu and Ken Tong also joined Andy to sing As Time Goes By. (The other, 5th Tiger, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai was not there.)

(Sina)2(21cn)

Carina Lau (Sina)

(1) Liza Wang, (4) Idy Chan (Kwongwah)

Godmother Deanie Ip, according to one report, got embarrassingly drunk at the concert celebration party.

(ifeng) (tom)

MSN: Carina Lau wants Andy Lau to thank Carol Chu for her sacrifices

Andy’s guests for the night included Idy Chan, who acted with him in The Return of the Condor Hero as Little Dragon Maiden. Both of them shared a duet, ‘The Courageous Chinese’.

Desperately seeking publicity?

Carina Lau marks her 45th birthday with a sultry calendar shoot, but critics say it’s a desperate attempt to boost her sagging popularity.

January 3, 2011

January 3, 2011

HK Film Archive celebrates 10th anniversary with “The Best From the Archive Collection”

Twenty-five film classics that are documents of their times as well as timeless works of art will be shown in “The Best From the Archive Collection” to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the HKFA.

Home of China’s “Bigfoot” plans to shoot Avatar-like 3D film on the elusive beast

FBA: Let the Bullets Fly (8/10)

A richly entertaining Oriental Western anchored by a well-honed, ironic script and terrific performances.

After 17 days, Let the Bullets Fly breaks 500 million yuan at the box office.

Liao Fan, Jiang Wen, Shao Bing, Zhang Mo (Xinhua)

Beautifully shot biopic of Lee’s early life in ’50s Hong Kong is more charming than dramatic.

Two Taiwan version posters for Chen Yen-Ping’s (Treasure Hunter) martial arts comedy Just Call Me Nobody

Eric Tsang, Kelly Lin are among the cast that includes spoofs of Wong Kar-Wai’s 2046, Wanted, The Terminator, Star Wars and the novels of Jin Yong (Louis Cha). (Sina)

Aaron Kwok performs at New Year’s Eve countdown at APM Mall — in shorts

(Sina-slide show) (Xinhua)

Charlene Choi counts down to the new year in TST East

Deep Ng, Charlene, Vincy Chan

The following day, New Year’s Day, Charlene collapsed from exhaustion at Shanghai’s airport while enroute to her next activity. Posting on her Weibo, she said airport staff and colleagues came to her assistance so that she didn’t make a fool of herself.

Twins, later New Year’s Day (Sina) (Xinhua)

HK’s Charlene Choi faints in Shanghai airport

(Jan.1) The same evening, Charlene Choi, Yao Chen, Fahrenheit, Wu Chun, Wang Luo Dan and Han Geng performed in concert at the Shanghai World Expo Centre.

Yao Chen

(Sina-slide show)

Carina Lau and Tony Leung send New Year’s greeting on Weibo (Xinhua)

Faye Wong’s five Hong Kong concerts in March are 93 percent sold out after half a day ticket sales. In addition, Faye has been leaving hints on her Weibo that she is pregnant again. (Sina)

Sandra Ng and George Lam were Andy Lau’s guests at his New Year’s evening concert

Sandra Ng

George Lam (Sina-slide show)

The next evening, January 2, Karen Mok, Connie Chan Po-Chu and her son joined Andy on stage

(Sina-slide show)

Top 10 cover female stars

…the shiniest female cover stars of 2010 according to their cover appearances on the Chinese editions of Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and Harper’s Bazaar.

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010

To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day and changes of role of woman in modern society, 10 Mainland films made by women filmmakers over the past three decades will be shown in the “Chinese Film Panorama 2010: A Feminine Perspective” from October 14 to November 7.

FBA: Mei Ah takes Grand Master rights

The Grand Master, which takes another look at Ip Man, the martial arts ace credited with teaching the wing chun style of kung fu to Bruce Lee, is tentatively set for release at 2011 Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb).

CRI: ’Aftershock’ to Grab Oscar Entry

The blockbuster film, “Aftershock,” which is the most successful film ever made in China, has been chosen to compete for the nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards next February.

Entertaining but throwaway whodunit set in Ancient China.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing and Winston Chao celebrate as the movie “The 1911 Revolution” started filming in Fuxin City of northeast China’s Liaoning Province on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao

(Sina-gallery)

More on Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. Chow has personally invited Maggie Cheung to appear in his film. In addition, Will and Jaden Smith may be guest stars. Taking advantage of the Monkey King’s legendary 72 transformation, Chow will use this as a premise to cast many celebrities and guest stars. (Xinhua)2 [I can see Maggie now as Princess Iron Fan!]

Josie Ho, Jude Law

Josie Ho was tight-lipped about working with Jude Law in Contagion but met at an event in Hong Kong. (Sina)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan Publish Uniform Wedding Photos

Liu Ye in a fall/winter fashion shoot for GQ

(Sina-slide show)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu at a recent magazine promotion event (Sina-slide show)

Jet Li attending the unveiling of his wax (un)likeness at Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds

(Sina-slide show)

Elaine Ng

Elaine Ng was in Hong Kong for a skin care brand yesterday. She resides in Shanghai and is a former actress most well known as the mother of Jackie Chan’s “Dragon Seed” daughter who is now 11 years old. Still unmarried, Ng says her daughter knows who her father is but they rarely discuss it. (Xinhua)

Fuzzy Photos Dept: Faye Wong recently celebrated husband Li Yapeng’s birthday in Beijing. At one point, Faye coaxed friend Zhao Wei on stage to join her for a karaoke rendition of a Karen Mok song, ‘He Doesn’t Love Me’.

Faye Wong, Zhao Wei (Xinhua)2

Carina Lau

Carina Lau recently posted a collection of photos from her 7-day ‘Roman Holiday’ on her micro-blog. (Xinhua-gallery)

George Lam, Sally Yeh

Despite regular rumors of divorce, Sally Yeh appeared at George Lam’s recent Hong Kong concert. The concert was recorded and will be released later as a DVD. (Sina)

Patrick Tse showing off his ‘guns’

“The Chinese Jack Palance”

74 year-old Patrick Tse was seen with girlfriend Coco (47 years her junior) at Shanghai Airport. (Sina)

Rosemary

Rosemary was officially charged with 3 misdemeanor counts for her auto accident involving the Reno arch: hit-and-run, illegal right turn and not having insurance. The trial date for these charges will be on Dec. 8. The court hearing date for the more serious felony drug possession arrest is on Oct. 19. (Sina)

Hong Kong model’s Reno trial set for Dec. 8 for crash into landmark arch

Stephen Chow’s mother

Young Stephen and family

Resigned to a bachelor son, declares Stephen Chow’s mum (Sina)2

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