HKMDB Daily News

April 23, 2012

April 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: New Posters of the Fantastic “Painted Skin 2″ (Sina)

A1: Fei Xiang plays evil sorcerer

CF: Movie Posters for “Design of Death” Released

CF: Feng Xiaogang and Tsui Hark to Direct Huayi Bros’ New Projects

Feng Xiaogang will return to the silver screen with a comedy named “Si Ren Ding Zhi (Private Reservation).”

The announced release schedule for 2012 includes: Wuershan’s “Painted Skin 2/Painted Skin: The Resurrection”, June 28; Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0″, September 28; Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang”, October 26; Jackie Chan’s “Chinese Zodiac/CZ12″, December 20; Feng Xiaogang’s “1942″ was not revealed yet. (Sina)23

CF: Lu Chuan and Ning Hao on How to Defend Chinese Commercial Films

Posters for Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang (Sina)

CF: Trailer of “Floating City” Released

In the film, Aaron Kwok portrays a business mogul who develops from a nobody into an influential person over the course of 40 years.

THR: Hong Kong Film Piracy on YouTube Amounts to $308 Million Loss

A few pictures from the red carpet at this evening’s Opening Ceremony of the 2nd Beijing International Film Festival. Among the guests: James Cameron, Wendi Deng, Fan Bingbing, Huang Yi, Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aarif Lee, Yao Chen, Wang Xueqi, Feng Xiaogang, Mo Xiaoqi, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip, Ann Hui, Yan Ni, Angelababy, Wang Lee-Hom, Jaycee Chan, Simon Yam, Patrick Tse, Huang Xiaoming, Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun, et al.

Gordon Chan, Liu Yifei, Deng Chao representing “The Four”

Nicky Wu, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Nicholas Tse plans to list his company on the stock exchange

MSN: Cecilia Cheung to prioritize family over work

Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung’s return to showbiz had been lacklustre. The actress is speculated to take time off making movies because her recent movies have been box office flops.

MSN: Eason Chan hopes for a Dragon son

Yahoo: Hong Kong pop star Eason Chan sells out in London

Hong Kong superstar Eason Chan’s world tour has an unofficial catch-phrase: “Who the hell is Eason Chan?”

May 27, 2011

May 27, 2011

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THR: China Studio Huayi Brothers to Build Theme Park Near Shanghai

The announcement comes on the heels of Huayi’s February announcement that it would build East Asia’s largest indoor film and TV studio in Shanghai as a part of a one billion yuan ($152 million) cultural tourism complex, and follows The Walt Disney Company’s April groundbreaking on a $4.4 billion theme park, also in Shanghai.

FBA: Huayi unveils $460m theme park plans

Meanwhile Chinese films stars including Jet Li and Maggie Cheung are expected to turn out for the official opening of the Universal Studios park in Singapore.

Tang Wei

With Best TV Actress winner, Han Hyo Joo (Sina)234

Wang Quan’an and actress Zhang Jingchu will join American director Barry Levinson in the main competition jury for next month’s Shanghai International Film Festival, the organizer has announced.

Set in 1920s, the film featuring Wu Chun and Han Geng as two Peking opera-singing brothers who are searching for fame, love and revenge.

Mysterious Island poster

Jordan Chan, Yang Mi and other pop idols are cast in the thriller which opens July 8. (Sina)

Cherie Chung, Chingmy Yau and Simon Yam were among the celebrity visitors to the Hong Kong International Art Exhibition yesterday.

Cherie Chung wearing a cool t-shirt

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi (Xinhua)

According to a Hong Kong magazine, 90’s-era actress, Jacqueline Law, is recovering from 6 months of chemotherapy. Diagnosed with stage 3 cancer last year, the actress suffered from depression and contemplated suicide. A former girlfriend of Stephen Chow, Law married Singapore businessman Liu Chee Ming in 2008. Law is deaf in one ear due to a diving accident. Law’s father died of lung cancer in 1998 and Liu’s ex-wife also died of cancer, so the word ‘cancer’ is taboo between the couple. Law is thought to have NPC, Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.

With Stephen Chow

Wearing wig

On right

Wedding photo (Xinhua)

Appearing at a store opening event for Juicy Couture, Gaile Lok was asked once again whether she’d had plastic surgery.

(Xinhua)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Joey Wong’s father denies pregnancy rumour

MSN: Nicholas Tse giving Cecilia Cheung the silent treatment?

CNA: Donnie Yen to groom son as successor

Selina Jen plans October comeback

March 17, 2011

March 17, 2011

Honestly, the situation in Japan seems dire. Circumstances are worsening, official reports appear sugar-coated and the response so far does not appear effective. The citizens, surely, feel frustrated and abandoned. But let’s, at least, recognize the bravery of the Fukushima 50.

Charity for Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (NHK)

Donate to the American Red Cross - select the International Relief Fund option.

THR: What Hollywood Is Doing to Help Japan (List)

MSN: Taiwanese celebs come together for Japanese disaster relief

(more…)

March 9, 2011

March 9, 2011

CRI: Chen Kun Takes Lead in Qian Xuesen Biopic

CRI: Huayi Bros Announces 10 Bln Ambition

Wang branded 2011 as a year of brewing while 2012 is expected to be a year of blooming when most of Huayi Bros productions hit the big screens.

The 2nd Golden Horse Fantastic Film Festival will include Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan’s internet movie Devil Nail Clippers. The 50-minute film stars Zhou Xun as a woman with unusual appetites.

Fan Bingbing in stills from Buddha Mountain

Initial box office returns have been good since opening on March 3, reportedly bring in 26M yuan the first week. (Sina)

Promotional stills of Karen Mok and Leon Dai for Law of Attraction. A 30-second trailer was also released.

Law of Attraction opens April 8. (Sina-gallery)2

Lu Chuan, San Hanping officially open the filming of King’s Feast

Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Chang Chen are confirmed cast members. Chow Yun-Fat was originally reported to be cast in the role thought to now be Daniel Wu’s. In addition, Yan Ni and Qin Lan have been identified as cast with undetermined roles yet. Offiicial role assignments have not been announced yet. (Sina)

Poster for the 18th Beijing Student Film Festival which begins March 26. The festival is a key barometer of films and television programs popularity with audiences and closes April 27 with an award ceremony. (Sina)

“Mou girl”

Christian Bale and family in Beijing

Bale in Nanjing

Reporters followed Christian Bale’s arrival in Beijing on March 6 to begin working on Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes.. To their surprise, Bale was spotted in Nanjing the following day. In the process, the reporters also nabbed a few shots of the latest “Mou girl” during a training class. (Xinhua)

Lee Heung Kam denied reports that she has Parkinson’s Disease. The 79 year-old actress was flooded with calls from friends with concern. Brushing it off as misunderstanding due to a joke, she said that she was heading to Australia to raise funds for a senior citizen home. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung returned to Inner Mongolia to complete 30 hours of filming for the Lady Generals of the Yang Family. She was said to have only slept two hours to finish her part in the film. (Sina)

Yao Chen

For some reason, the Grace Jones song Warm Leatherette comes to mind.

CRI: Yao Chen Attends Chanel Fashion Show (Sina-slide show)

Miriam Yeung in Beijing for the release of her 3rd Mandarin album Ready or Not (Xinhua-gallery)

Michelle Reis and baby JM posted on her weibo (Xinhua)

At an event yesterday, reporters dubbed Andy as “Spring Andy” because he wore a smile on his face throughout the entire interview.

“He’s 50% anarchist and the other half poet. For Chinese, he’s not that easy to understand.”

March 1, 2011

March 1, 2011

Variety: Mr. and Mrs. Incredible review

Even spliced superheroes have to deal with everyday problems in the lighter-than-air Hong Kong romantic comedy “Mr. & Mrs. Incredible.”

Costume tale of two retired super-heroes lacks enough bounce and wit to succeed as a New Year action comedy.

Andy Lau and Gong Li shine in an improved remake of the US rom-com.

We talked to Zhang Weiping, producer of Zhang Yimou’s new film “Nanjing Heroes” on Feb. 28, 2011, after the news of Christian Bale, male lead of Zhang’s film, won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

13 Women in Jinling renamed Nanjing Heroes (Sina)

Felix Chong and Alan Mak introduced the cast for Overheard 2 at at press conference

Louis Koo, Michelle Ye

Michelle Ye

Lau Ching-Wan, Louis Koo, Daniel Wu

Huang Yi and Lau Ching-Wan will play husband and wife

(Sina)23 Overheard 2 press conference photos (Xinhua)

Stills of Jordan Chan in Chinese-Australian production Dragon Pearl

(Sina)

More photos from media set visit to Ann Hui’s Miss Peach

Andy Lau, Deanie Ip - Miss Peach

Real life Lee Yam-Lam portrayed by Andy

Wang Fuli, Ann Hui, Yu Man-Si (Sina)

Huang Yi - Lock Destination (J-10 Sortie) (Sina)

No room for the Golden Broom?

Feng Xiangong responded scathingly in his micro blog that the judges were “shrewd bastards” who should get a “golden abacus award” - implying they were opportunists taking advantage of others’ celebrity status.

Sammi Cheng was Gigi Leung’s surprise guest performer at her Hong Kong concert. Chapman To and Charlie Young lent their support with their attendance, too. (Xinhua)

Lin Chi-Ling in Hong Kong for Longines

Pakho Chau (Sina-slide show)

Chloe Fall-Winter Fashion Show in Shanghai

Qi Qi, “Prince” Simon Yam,  Chen Ran

Simon Yam and actress Chen Ran (Sina-slide show)

CRI: Zhang Ziyi at Milan Fashion Week (Sina) (Xinhua)

Did Li Ka-Shing reject Isabella as daughter-in-law or did Isabella reject marriage? Also in play, a $5M breakup fee. (Sina)

Mandy Lieu denies being Richard Li’s new Cinderella (Sina)

MSN; Isabella Leong’s shocking split from Richard Li

CNA: Isabella Leong announces split from tycoon Richard Li

MSN: Isabelle Leong to make showbiz comeback?

A1: The many women in Richard Li’s life

A1: Hong Kong billionaire’s break-up to cost $4.9 million

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and son’s first movie gig together

CNA: Richie Ren narrowly escapes being blinded

MSN: Wu Chun to leave HIM International

MSN: Selina Jen receives S$2 mil compensation for filming accident

In an interview last month, Selina’s fiancé Richard Chang let on that he was not satisfied with the compensation amount.

China uses whistles, water, police on protests

Near Shanghai’s People’s Square, uniformed police blew whistles nonstop and shouted at people to keep moving, though about 200 people — a combination of onlookers and quiet sympathizers who formed a larger crowd than a week ago — braved the shrill noise. In Beijing, trucks normally used to water the streets drove repeatedly up the busy commercial shopping district spraying water and keeping crowds pressed to the edges.  China’s jasmine revolution: police but no protesters line streets of Beijing (GuardianUK)

February 24, 2011

February 24, 2011

A truth that’s stranger than fiction - Jiang Wen

“Let The Bullet Fly” boosts tourism in S China watchtowers

35th Hong Kong Int’l Film Festival to open in March

AP: Johnnie To romance, short films to open HK fest

Poster for March 1 Beijing University screening of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Wai Ka-Fai and Johnnie To will meet students and answer questions. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

(Sina-gallery)

SF International Asian American Film Festival Takes Place March 10-20

Li Yapeng: ‘Love is not something you can preserve’ (CNNGo)

First-time producer Li Yapeng talks about the challenges of product placement in his new movie, “Eternal Moment,” Faye Wong and their “Six One” clique

GlobalTimes: Onward, Christian actors

Lu Liping and Sun Haiying are a rare mainland couple

Underdog Knight 2 - Liu Ye, Liu Hailong

Vincent Chiao

Steve Yoo Seung-Jun

Underdog Knight 2 opens April 1 (Sina)

Seediq Bale poster

Director Wei Te-Sheng (dayoo)

Seediq Bale director Wei Te-Sheng has secured additional funding from investors to complete his epic film. Part 1 is scheduled to be released on September 9 with part 2 to be released on September 30.. (Sina)

The first part, scheduled to be shown on Sept. 9, will center on the portrayal of the major characters and the atmosphere of the distinctive era. The second part, to be released on Sept. 30, would revolve around the uprising of the Seediq tribe and its suppression by the Japanese army. (Taipei Times)

Posters for The Law of Attraction (lit. Gravity or Gravitation)

Starring Karen Mok, Leon Dai, Zhang Jingchu and Guo Tao, the film is a series of interlocking love stories.

Guo Tao, Zhang Jingchu (Sina)2

Ann Hui, Andy Lau and Deanie Ip - Miss Peach (Peach Sister)

Bona Pictures boss Don Yu Dong flew to Hong Kong to visit the set and lend support (Sina-gallery)

CRI: Andy Lau and Deanie Yip Rejoin in ‘Tao Jie’

CRI: First Stills from ‘Mr. and Mrs. Single’

CRI: Liu Yifei Cites ‘Up’ as Her Influence for New Film

MSN: Kelly Lin rumoured to wed on Mar 20

MSN: Selina Jen’s injuries take a turn for the worse

The helpless singer ended her entry with the sentence, “Can I be a girl who is not brave and cries a lot tonight?” S.H.E’s Selina Jen laments fresh blisters on injured legs

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.

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

“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

February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011

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GlobalTimes: Something old, nothing new (Review)

Li Yapeng and Xu Jinglei relive old love in Eternal Moment

GlobalTimes: A new direction

Ning Hao is experimenting with discovering acting talent through a talent-seeking and training program.

“I knew how precious opportunities are for new talents. There are superstars in China [but] no one seems to care about potential ones. We can’t always pick apples from the tree, but someone has to plant the seeds,” Ning said.

Merry Go Round in Richmond Hill (Toronto, CA) (Thanks, Brian)

Nora Miao to attend

THR: Huayi Brothers Plans East Asia’s Largest Indoor Studio Complex for Shanghai

The studio plan will follow the Universal Studios model, incorporating studio tours and rides in a later phase of its development.

Set in the 1940s during World War Two, Once Upon a Time in Tibet revolves around a struggling romance between a troubled American Air Force pilot and a Chinese woman.

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

Berlin - An early version of poster for Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (Xinhua)

Simon Yam is The Man Behind the Courtyard House (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung’s days as famous actress numbered

Cecilia Cheung is facing a boycott threat from a Chinese production company if she does not finish filming The Lady General of the Yang Family.

Major Chinese newspapers reported that Shanghai Film Studio, the second largest film production house in China, had threatened to withdraw its investment of the film if it was not wrapped up by the end of the month.

Cheung was scheduled to shoot 47 sets but discontinued after completing only 31.

This agitated the production house, which threatened to boycott all films by the Hong Kong actress.

“The boycott is expected to affect Cheung’s reputation as an actress,” one newspaper reported.

Michael Hui

Michael Hui and wife

Michael Hui performed at Hong Kong Coliseum Feb.16

The show, entitled “Stand Up Comedy II : Last Warning!”, is Michael’s follow up to his own sell-out shows in 2005 and 2009. (Sina)MichaelHui.com

CRI: Andy Lau to Bring ‘Unforgettable’ Concert to Beijing

Maggie Cheung attending New York Fashion Week show

Unfashionably early, she killed time playing with her iPad and reading the newspaper. She was seated next to Kirsten Dunst but did not speak with her according to the report. (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s tough road to true love

The singer-actress and her businessman boyfriend supposedly face opposition from the latter’s family

(Xinhua)2

May 5, 2010

May 5, 2010

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Newest Triple Tap poster released

Movie opens June 30 (HunanTV)

Screen Daily: Wild Bunch comes on board for Lou Ye’s Love and Bruises

The love story follows Hua, a young teacher from Beijing recently arrived in Paris who drifts between former lovers and recent French acquaintances until she meets Mathieu, a young worker who falls madly in love with her. But, possessed by an insatiable desire for her body, he treats Hua like a dog. As the intense love affair progresses, Hua decides to leave her lover only to discover the strength of her addiction, and the vital role he has come to play in her life.

Wild Bunch and Lou most recently worked together on Spring Fever which won the screenplay award at Cannes in 2009. The collaborators also worked on Lou’s previous film, Summer Palace…

”Chinese Odyssey is a supernatural high-seas adventure that pits our hero against an onslaught of deadly foes on the path to fulfilling his destiny,” Minkoff said. “It’s a story involving ancient mysteries, deadly sea-monsters, great characters, and larger-than-life adventures which all make for a fantastic cinematic experience.”

CRI: Comedy ‘The Love of Three Smiles’ Premieres in Beijing

CRI: ‘The Message’ Sequel to Be Shot

CRI: Lu Chuan Makes Film on Asian Games Volunteers

Jay Chou may play martial arts legend Bruce Lee in ‘Ip Man 3′

Also, Manfred Wong announced that, with the approval of Lee’s family, Echoes of the Rainbow Aarif Lee Chi-Ting will play young Bruce Lee in the Bruce Lee Biography. (HunanTV)

CNN: Is Wang Zhongjun China’s Harvey Weinstein?

Cofounder of Huayi Brothers interviewed

Wang Leehom facial cleanser advert photos

(Sina)

Karen Mok in Beijing promoting a mobile brand

(Sina)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting sports a Hello Kitty bag at a mother-daughter fundraising conference.

Jennifer Tse, Cissy Wang (Donnie’s wife) (Sina)

February 11, 2010

February 11, 2010

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Special Lunar New Year’s greeting poster for Let The Bullet’s Fly designed by Jiang Wen

Bandits wear unique mahjong masks to identify each other

The film won’t be released until National Day, Oct.1 (Sina)

‘72 Tenants of Prosperity’: New year, old jokes

In times like these, Lunar New Year movies are a welcome sight at the 4 Star, which is bringing back the tradition after not showing any last year. What’s cool about this double bill - along with “72 Tenants,” there’s “All’s Well, Ends Well Too 2010″ - is that it opens in San Francisco the same week both films open in Hong Kong. [I'm so jealous!]

HONG KONG - HEAVENLY King Jacky Cheung finds himself in two movies this festive season and says he is as stunned as anyone else.

Cheung, who plays a driver in an SMS flirtation with a pianist (Rene Liu) in the star-laden romance Hot Summer Days, is also in the comedy 72 Tenants Of Prosperity.

Speaking from the sidelines of the premiere of Hot Summer Days on Tuesday night, he said: ‘I was doing a Chinese New Year movie and a Valentine’s Day movie. How was I to know they would be released together?’

It just so happens that this year, Valentine’s Day falls on the first day of Chinese New Year.

He said the two films were different and hoped both would do well at the box office.

Hot Summer Days, directed by first-time film-makers Tony Chan and Wing Shya, also stars Nicholas Tse, Barbie Hsu, Daniel Wu and Vivian Hsu.

Johnnie To - Hong Kong’s prolific director is a straight-talking filmmaker

Alan Tam, Miriam Yeung - Here Comes Fortune press conference (Sina)

Huayi’s Earnings Queen - Zhou Xun

In an interview, Huayi Brothers Chairman Wang ZhongJun revealed that Zhou Xun was the company’s top star earner, an estimated $30M yuan from television, film and advertising. Her film fee is approaching $4.5M. CEO Wang ZhongLei discounted recent rumors that Zhou Xun and Li Bingbing would reprise their roles in the upcoming TV version of The Message. (Xinhua)

Emerald Pearl (Jade Pearl) opening lens ceremony

Raymond Lam Fung, Ti Lung, Charlene Choi

Charlene Choi plays a princess

Raymond Lam plays a general

Emerald Pearl is a joint production by Shaw Brothers and Emperor (Xinhua)

Andy On and girlfriend Tse Ting-Ting

Hong Kong premiere of True Legend

Patrick Tse greets possible future son-in-law (HunanTV)

(Sina)

Lynn Xiong breaks down over controversial magazine report

The title “Gong Cheng Ba Shi” ostensibly means “Eight tactics to capture a city” but could also be a play on Kwok’s Mandarin name and mean “Eight tactics used to capture Aaron Kwok” instead.

Unhappy Birthday: CCTV Questions Zhang Ziyi’s Quake Donations

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