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February 12, 2013

Linsanity (Hollywood Reporter review)

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Linsanity: Sundance Review

1/21/2013 by Justin Lowe

The Bottom Line
A sports doc with abundant heart persuasively chronicles the emergence of a global phenomenon.

Evan Jackson Leong’s film adds significant new perspective to point guard Jeremy Lin’s breakout NBA season.

PARK CITY – When pro basketball player Jeremy Lin burst into the national consciousness in a flurry of record-setting games with the New York Knicks last winter, most fans — and even many sports professionals — had little clue about who he even was. While a surge of global enthusiasm, quickly dubbed “Linsanity,” pushed him to international celebrity, in reality Lin was struggling for the opportunity to sign a multiyear NBA contract.

Chinese-American filmmaker Evan Jackson Leong already was shooting a documentary about Lin’s career well before the stardom stage, which allows him to bring an insider’s perspective to one of the NBA’s most memorable career starts. With Lin’s worldwide following already firmly in place, broadcast play for Linsanity is practically a lock, while basketball’s already notable popularity throughout much of Asia could assure the delivery of multiple territories for a variety of formats.

The middle son of Taiwanese immigrant parents who settled in Palo Alto, Calif., Lin started playing basketball from an early age, modeling his moves on Michael Jordan and encouraged by his NBA-fanatic father and tirelessly supportive mom, who observes in an interview that “Jeremy will do anything he can to get what he wants.” Local media began tracking Lin when he played point guard for the Palo Alto Vikings high school team, leading them to a state championship.

Coaches, players and sports correspondents considered him a likely candidate for a major university scholarship, but when none materialized, he entered Harvard, playing on the varsity team that went on to the Crimson’s first NCAA tournament since 1946. Although Lin accumulated impressive stats at Harvard, he got passed over again in the 2010 NBA draft.

Accepting an offer to play in the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league, Lin subsequently signed with his hometown Golden State Warriors for the 2010-11 season. Although he’d finally accomplished his lifelong dream of playing in the NBA, he rarely saw game action. As the first American-born NBA player of Taiwanese or Chinese descent, there were whispers that the team had picked him up primarily to capitalize on ticket sales and marketing opportunities with Northern California’s substantial Asian-American population.

When Lin was dropped by the Warriors, the Houston Rockets picked him up, then quickly cut him again. Lin was facing the expiration of his contract when the New York Knicks came calling, putting him into a memorable series of games in February 2012 as a substitute for injured-list point guards.

In his first five career games, Lin scored a record-setting 136 points, including 38 in a single game against Kobe Bryant’s L.A. Lakers. Fans both old and new instantly responded to the point guard’s historic run, flooding social media platforms with praise and showing up at games with hand-lettered signs or wearing slogan-emblazoned T-shirts. Perhaps the strongest wave of support came from Asian-American fans nationwide who finally had a hero to cheer for and helped launch the Linsanity craze, as well as basketball fanatics all over Asia who responded to both his professional talent and his family heritage.

From promotional spots, endorsements and Facebook tributes to the covers of Sports Illustrated and Time, Lin had the sports world’s undivided attention. And as Leong continued to shoot his documentary, the story suddenly blew up to global proportions.

With a mix of personal interviews — including extensive on-camera discussions with Lin, combined with more informal scenes – home-video footage from Lin’s childhood and clips from his high school and college careers, as well as game-play commentary from ESPN and other broadcasters, Leong has assembled a film that’s not just a stirring sports drama but also a classic immigrant-family success story, presented in an entirely new context.

With Leong skillfully orchestrating the interview segments and actor Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O, Lost) narrating a voice-over that occasionally tends toward an overly dramatic tone, the film is attractively packaged and superlatively edited by Greg Louie, who impressively distills the disparate formats and source materials. Since the film’s title emphasizes public reaction to Lin’s rise to stardom, some additional footage featuring fan reactions and social media trends would have been welcome, however.

Ironically, Lin attributes both the adversity and success he’s experienced to his ethnic heritage, crediting his Chinese-American upbringing for cultivating his discipline and perseverance and frankly discussing the taunts and racial slurs directed at him in both collegiate and pro ball, as well as the racial stereotypes perpetuated by the media. As a devout Christian, he says he’s been gradually able to deal with that adversity, as well as the many other challenges of his career. Leong’s film recognizes that Lin’s religion plays the pre-eminent role in his personal hierarchy of “God, family, basketball,” but it doesn’t dwell unduly on either his faith or his ethnicity, instead integrating these themes into the narrative, which is foremost a sporting tribute.

Recapturing the joy Lin experiences while excelling on the court in that incomparable season — as fans at first discovered, then promoted and finally celebrated his accomplishments — Linsanity reaffirms that the best sports stories originate with dimensional, relatable subjects who earn respect and admiration through their personal struggles and triumphs. Lin’s three-year $25 million contract with the Rockets, signed following his season with the Knicks, confirms that he’ll continue to be a player to follow.

Venue: Sundance Film Festival, Documentary Premieres
Production companies: 408 Films, Arowana Films
Director: Evan Jackson Leong
Producers: Christopher C. Chen, Allen Lu, Brian Yang
Executive Producers: Sam Kwok. Patricia Sun, James D. Stern
Music: The Newton Brothers
Editor: Greg Louie
Sales: CAA
No rating, 88 minutes

Berlin 2013: Fortissimo Catches ‘Linsanity’
The Hong Kong-Amsterdam company lands world rights, excluding North America and China, for the well-received documentary about the rise of Taiwanese-American NBA star Jeremy Lin.

February 4, 2013

Linsanity (Variety review)

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Linsanity

February 4, 2013
Justin Chang

An example of long-term documentary filmmaking paying off in ways few could have anticipated, “Linsanity” energetically recounts Jeremy Lin’s astonishing rise to NBA stardom. Capturing the excitement that erupted when the 23-year-old point guard galvanized the New York Knicks and became a global icon of Asian-American progress, Evan Jackson Leong’s film makes the most of its superior access and exciting basketball footage, overcoming repetitive stretches by sheer dint of a tremendous underdog story. Docu’s strong but wholly appropriate Christian overtones may alienate some fans, but this is rousing fare destined for theatrical bookings and robust sports-cabler play.

The first athlete of Chinese/Taiwanese descent to play in the NBA, Lin became an international sports and media sensation when he led the hapless Knicks to a seven-game winning streak in February 2012 that helped propel them into the playoffs. Leong, who had already been filming Lin and his Palo Alto, Calif.-based family for some time, provides an exhaustive sense of the young man’s years of practice and dedication, as well as the various challenges he faced playing for Harvard U., the Golden State Warriors and the Houston Rockets before he was picked up by the Knicks. (Lin returned to the Rockets last summer on a three-year contract.)

The list of disappointments includes an ankle injury that nearly sidelined him in high school, erratic performance on the court, and numerous stints in the NBA’s development league, from which few stars typically emerge. But the phenomenon known as “Linsanity” swiftly demonstrated Lin’s impressive mental resilience and his quicksilver ability to turn setbacks into opportunities, to surprise scouts, coaches and teammates with athletic abilities that didn’t always announce themselves right away.

Whatever his awareness of these talents, the 6-foot-3 star is presented here as a likably grounded, unpretentious guy who speaks in a low drone, claims to hate the spotlight, and remains closely involved with church and family. Much is made of his well-known habit of sleeping on his brother’s and teammates’ couches, a habit he fell into at a time when it seemed inevitable the Knicks were going to cut him.

Like his close friends and relatives, Lin is quick to attribute his success to his Christian beliefs, and if this strikes more cynical viewers as naive, the sincerity of his professions of faith (“God gives and takes away”) serve only to make his ups and downs that much more compelling. Leong, who previously helmed the missionary-focused docu “1040: Christianity in the New Asia,” more or less embraces his subject’s views without coming off as too pushy or proselytizing. Still, there are enough oncamera testimonials here to render unnecessary the voiceover narration by Daniel Dae Kim (“Lost,” “Hawaii Five-0″), which adds yet more levels of inspirational earnestness to an already uplifting narrative.

As Lin’s stellar performances piled up one after another, inspiring general awe and widespread pride among Asian-Americans, there followed a backlash from players and other observers who claimed Lin’s success and attention were due entirely to his ethnicity. This section yields the docu’s juiciest material; covered at length here is an episode in which Kobe Bryant verbally slighted the player prior to a Knicks-Lakers game, initiating a social-media frenzy and a classy response from Lin on and off the court.

The explosion of puns, quips and headlines in the media (“Amasian!” screamed the New York Post) took an unfortunate turn when ESPN anchor Max Bretos at one point dropped the phrase “chink in the armor,” kicking off a painfully necessary conversation about racial slurs, deliberate or unintentional, targeting the Asian-American community. As Lin makes clear at one point, he’s no stranger to such insults, having endured many even from fellow Harvard students watching in the bleachers.

Focusing primarily on Lin’s meteoric rise, the docu doesn’t get into the details of how Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni was replaced midyear by Mike Woodson, whose offensive scheme didn’t showcase Lin’s talents as well, or the knee injury that ended his season. Yet if “Linsanity” at times comes off as overly admiring and protective of its subject (as well as a bit prone to hammering the same points at 88 minutes), the film’s positioning of Lin as an exceptional figure on two cultural fronts, race and religion, largely justifies its celebratory approach.

So does the ample footage of Lin in action; fluidly edited by Greg Louie and backed by an adrenaline-pumping score by the Newton Brothers, the shots of Lin dunking, passing off to teammates for easy baskets, slipping past opponents and making three-pointers never seem to get old.

Production
A 408 Films and Arowana Films presentation. Produced by Christopher C. Chen, Allen Lu, Brian Yang. Executive producers, Sam Kwok, Patricia Sun, James D. Stern. Co-producers, Josh Fan, Eleanor Nett. Directed by Evan Jackson Leong.

Crew
Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Leong; editor, Greg Louie; music, Newton Brothers; supervising sound editor, Thomas O’Neil Younkman; re-recording mixer, Derek Vanderhorst. Reviewed at Sundance Film Festival (Documentary Premieres), Jan. 22, 2013. Running time: 88 MIN.

With
Jeremy Lin, Gieming Lin, Joseph Lin, Joshua Lin, Shirley Lin, Jim Sutter, Peter Diepenbrock, Stephen Chen, Mitch Stephens, Gary McKnight, Josh Fan, Pablo Torre, Tommy Amaker, Kenny Blakeney, Oliver McNally, Dan Duggan, Phil Yu, Landry Fields, John Wall, Joe Lacob, Roger Montgomery. Narrator: Daniel Dae Kim. (English, Mandarin dialogue)
Variety

April 3, 2012

April 3, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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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.”

April 2, 2012

April 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: In Memory of Leslie Cheung

A large number of fans from across the world come to offer flowers at the Hong Kong Mandarin Hotel; the location where Leslie Cheung, the famous Hong Kong film actor and musician, committed suicide 9 years ago on April 1.

Japanese fans (Sina-slideshow)

FBA: Nightfall review

Routine crime drama squanders good leads on a poor script with only average direction.

CF: Box Office Revenue of “Nightfall” Reaches 40 Million Yuan

Engaging fable on greed and loss of values in HK society is good but not great.


CF: “Blood Stained Shoes” Premieres in Guangzhou

CF: The Absurd Comedy “Design of Death”

Based on the novel of the same name, the movie tells the story of a group of villagers who try to design the death of a well-known local hooligan. 
CF: ”Tokyo Newcomer” Gets Extra Screening Slots

The film tells the story of a Chinese superstar, portrayed by Chung, who abandons her career in China and marries a Japanese man. One of her loyal fans, played by Miao, follows her to Japan where he accidentally becomes involved in a spate of serial murders in a family-owned hotel where the owners are killed one by one.

Based on the life story of entrepreneur and motivational speaker Rocky Liang, the film recreates how Liang became successful. 

Stills from Derek Yee/Law Chi-Leung’s “The Bullet Vanishes” released at a Beijing press conference (Sina-gallery) yesterday

Yang Mi, Lau Ching-Wan

Nicholas Tse

Lau Ching-Wan

Liu Kai-Chi, according to the caption

Yang Mi  (Sina)2

Zhang Jingchu and Li Bingbing are rumoured to be in contention for the femal lead role in the Hollywood production of Edward Zwick’s “The Great Wall”

Li Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu is currently in Las Vegas

(Sina)2

Read the tale and circumstances behind how fellow blogger and ex-pat Glenn got these picture of Cherie Chung, Vivian Chow and Annie Liu, and some swag too, link below.

Cherie Chung

Vivian Chow, Cherie Chung, Annie Liu

A1: Andy Lau changes plans to raise daughter in Malaysia

He has now set his sights on Edmonton, where his sister has migrated to. Lau is also believed to own properties there.

MSN: Was Joey Yung showbiz boss Albert Yeung’s mistress?

MSN: Video of Jay Chou’s scuffle with the paparazzi circulated online

The video clip that documented Jay’s actions had shown him instructing his friends to form a human barricade to block the three reporters present. Jay had whipped out his mobile phone and filmed the reporters. He referred to them as “Number One, ninja dog”, “Number Two, horse face” and “Number three, monkey with glasses”.

Several days after Timmy’s marriage to Janet Chow in Hong Kong, he lashed out at Chester for spilling drinks on the bride’s wedding dress and also used his wedding as means to meet new girls.

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 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

TaipeiTimes: Joyful Reunion review

Billed as a sequel to Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman,’ director Tsao Jui-yuan’s foodie film leaves a bad taste in the mouth

PR: HKIFF to Premiere Youku Original “Micro Movie” Titles from Major Directors

Youku Original and the HKIFF invited leading Asian directors Gu Changwei, Tsai Ming-liang, Ann Hui, and Kim Tae-yong to direct “micro movies” (”wei dianying” in Mandarin) for “Beautiful 2012,” a year-long Youku Original campaign highlighting selected original content.

“A Spring River Flows East” is one of a series of films from the 1930s and 40s to be restored for the Shanghai International Film Festival. 

The ongoing feud between Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and Chinese martial arts actor Vincent Chiu has escalated recently, with Yen suing Chiu for making false claims about his conduct on the set of Yen’s new action film “Special Identity”.

A1: Action stars in war of words

Family edition poster for “Blood Stained Shoes”

“Wanted” poster edition

And something else

Tang Wei attends the Mainland premiere press conference for “Late Autumn” in Beijing.

(Sina)

It turns out Tse feels that there has been a rash of child kidnapping and human trafficking cases in Hong Kong recently, and thought his children would actually be safer with the media tailing them all the time and getting the public interested in how his sons are.

March 20, 2012

March 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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ScreenDaily: Beautiful 2012 review

Four micro-movies directed by Kim Tae-yong, Tsai Ming-Liang, Gu Changwei, Ann Hui

The film wraps with Ann Hui’s My Way - starring Francis Ng and Jade Leung - about a pre-op transsexual man nervously waiting for his operation. It is a stylishly melancholic film, and defined by the moment when he goes to the hospital for the operation, goes to sleep in the male ward (next to a newspaper reading old man) and wakes as a woman in the female ward…and finally indulging in a smile of relief and happiness.

ScreenDaily: Youku launches year-long Beautiful programme

The short films, or “micro movies” a new term coined in China for short films made for online viewing, will be released exclusively on Youku’s online platform over the course of the next year.

CRI: Donnie Yen to Sue Vincent Zhao for Slander

“I am rather disappointed by Vincent Zhao’s words,” Yen said. “If I had made a mistake, it would have been my insistence in casting him in the movie. I have no energy to entangle myself in this issue. My lawyer has started on the case.”

CRI: Asian Film Awards Presented

Poster for Ronny Yu’s “Saving General Yang” released at a press conference in Hong Kong on the 20th

Adam Cheng

Ekin Cheng (Sina)

Photos from Media Asia press conference in Hong Kong

Andy Lau, Sammi Cheng - “The Blind Detective”

Lau Ching-Wan

Nicholas Tse

Lau Ching-Wan,  Liu Kai-Chi - “The Bullet Vanishes”

Andy Lau, Zhang Jingchu - “Switch” (”Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains”)

Yang Mi

Yang Mi, Feng Shaofeng - “Painted Skin 2″

(Sina)234

CNA: Jordan Chan dishes on ‘third party’ who upset his wife

Volvo signs NBA sensation Lin to promote cars

March 19, 2012

March 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Deanie Ip - Best Actress (”A Simple Life”), again

Asian Film Awards (Sina)2

Best New Artist - Ni Ni (”The Flowers of War”)

Ni Ni (Sina)23

Ann Hui and Lifetime Achievement Award (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu was one of the presenters Monday night

(Sina)2

Hong Kong-mainland production Wu Xia, a martial-arts thriller directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Peter Chan Ho-sun, won the best cinematographer, best production designer and best composer honours. Another martial-arts epic and the world’s first such 3-D flick, The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate by Tsui Hark, won the best visual effects and best costume designer awards.

THR: Song of Silence review

A quietly moving if not cutting-edge family drama a welcome narrative change from China.

ScreenDaily: Love in the Buff review

Love In The Buff is still a relentlessly entertaining romancer that should please more than a few viewers from any culture.

FBA: Harpoon review

A well-directed low-budget slasher that’s light on real thrills.

FBA: The Floating Shadow review

Impressively acted psychodrama centred on two women, a female prisoner and a police officer. 

Above-average biopic of the father of China’s missile programme. 

Hong Kong Filmart: Emperor Readies Firefighter Drama (THR)

Emperor Motion Pictures will back an as-yet-untitled firefighter drama to be directed by award-winning helmer Derek Kwok and starring Nicholas Tse.

FilmMart 2012: Pang Brothers to Unleash ‘Inferno’ (THR)

Scheduled to begin filming in mid 2012 for release at the end of 2013, the producers describe Inferno as the first of its kind. “There is yet to be a fire disaster film in 3D made anywhere in the world, we have the courage to try,” said producer and Universe COO Alvin Lam

FilmMart 2012: Powerful Asian Alliance to Fund ‘Micro Movies’ (THR)

Micro movies refers to the small budget of the productions, targeted to average at around $1 million for each film.

The film will feature a who’s who of Korean and Hong Kong stars, including Kim Yun-seok (Punch), Kim Hye-soo (Tazza: The High Rollers), Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid), Gianna Jun (My Sassy Girl), Simon Yam (Ip Man), Derek Tsang (Dream Home) as well as Hong Kong-based Malaysian Angelica Lee (The Eye).

CF:”The Unfortunate Car” Hits Cinemas on April 1

[T]he film documents the hilarious story of four strangers who meet one another when buying a car. The film touches upon a number of hot issues within modern society, including the license plate lottery, car-sharing, the odd/even license plate restriction plan and online shopping.

CF: Famous Photographer Works on “Guns N’ Roses” Poster

Guei Lun-Mei arriving for the Asian Film Awards (Mar.19)

(Sina-gallery)

MSN: Donnie Yen meets Keanu Reeves in Hong Kong

MSN: Andy Lau names soon-to-born daughter

THR: Jeremy Lin Linsanity Prompts Canada’s First All-Mandarin NBA Telecast

Canadian broadcaster Omni Television has hired former Chinese national basketball team player and basketball commentatorWeiping Zhang to call its first-ever NBA game in the Mandarin language whenJeremy Lin and the New York Knicks play the Toronto Raptors on Friday night.

February 10, 2012

February 10, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Love review

Good-looking, multi-character Valentine’s Day movie, stronger in parts than as a whole.

Shu Qi at the Taipei premiere of “Love” last night

Amber Kuo, Shu Qi, Wang Zhonglei

Eddie Peng, Ivy Chen

(Sina)

A superstar and his erstwhile fan develop a high-concept romance when thrown together in an inn two-and-a-half miles above sea level in Johnnie To’s gorgeous-looking escapist meller “Romancing in Thin Air.”

Feng Xiaogang is undergoing some personal crisis and is contemplating quitting filmmaking according to posts on his Weibo. Feng’s film “If You Are the One 2″ accounted for a third of Huayi Brothers revenues last year. The stock price of Huayi Brothers has dropped 11 pct since Feng’s comment five days ago. The post led to over ten thousand comments from netizens. Feng later backtracked and responded with thanks for their concern and he said that he would repsect  his contract with Huayi and complete “Remembering 1942″(Sina)2

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” which premieres Sunday at the opening of the  Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival.

Wang Taili (of Chopstick Brothers), Lin Jian (Lin Wai-kin)

Lam Suet, Ying Er, Francis Ng

Francis Ng, Ying Er

Ying Er, Francis Ng, Peng Bo

(Sina)23

The trio [of films] will be given a splashy launch at next month’s Hong Kong FilMart.

CRI: Berlin Int’l Film Festival Raises Curtain

Chinese director Wang Quan’an will present his latest film “White Deer Plain” in the main competition, vying for the top award for the third time, after his winning a Gold Bear in 2007 and a Sliver Bear in 2010.

Wang’s movie, which is more than three hours long, depicts twists and turns of two major families in a village of Shanxi Province over half a century before 1949, based on a controversial and prize-winning eponymous novel by Chinese outstanding writer Chen Zhongshi.

CF: Film Clip of “White Deer Plain” Out

Musical clip

The Hong Kong singer reportedly changed his number tag used at the Standard Chartered Marathon last weekend

Jeremy Lin planking (Deadspin)

Now we’ll see if Jeremy Lin is for real!

Lakers-Knicks tonight

“I don’t know anything about him,” Kobe Bryant added. “I honestly have no idea what you guys are talking about. I’ve heard about him, but I have never seen him. I will watch some tape though. I can tell you that.”

Jeremy Lin getting overwhelmed

‘On the Court It’s Just Basketball’

Lin and his family have gotten a kick out of all the nicknames people are coming up with for him. There’s the most popular Linsanity, but also Linsane, Linning, Jeremy “My Shot is Fall” Lin, Super Lintendo, among others.

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