THR: China Bars Crime, Spies from TV Ahead of Party Birthday [and Tang Wei, it seems]
China has banned TV shows about crime, espionage and romance in the run up to the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party on July 1, local media reported on Friday.
Founding of a Party director Huang Jianxin denied the rumours that Tang Wei’s scenes have been deleted. On the official website, Tang Wei is still on one of the trailers, plus the NG trailer. Also, Tang Wei is still listed sixth on the cast list. It is reported that the family of Tang Wei’s character, Tao Yi, Mao’s first love, objected to having Tang Wei portray her. (Sina)
Aaron Kwok returns as the bumbling private dick Chan Tam in Oxide Pang’s follow-up to his engrossing solo effort The Detective, which intriguingly spirals off the track of the detective tradition with an offbeat sense of humour and a supernatural twist that feverishly throws reason out of the window.
How do you make a movie that can be a big hit both in China and abroad? No one has come up with the answer yet, but co-productions just might be the future.
CRI: Joe Hisaishi’s Music to Promote Chinese Fantasy Film (Rest on Your Shoulder)
The story, dubbed a “live action fairytale for adults,” follows a young woman (Jiang Yiyan) who becomes a butterfly in exchange for the recovery of her sick fiancé, a biologist played by Chen Kun, who later gets involved in a love triangle.
CRI: Zhang Ziyi Talks About Naked Scene in New Film (Love For Life)
At the end of the film, Zhang soaked herself in cold water, while she was naked to bring down the fever of her husband. She said she felt no hesitation being naked, saying, “I will do the same thing for my husband too. It’s not about sex. I can do anything for the movie.”
Li Xiaoran’s portrayal of a well-bred lady from a rich family in Peter Chan’s upcoming martial arts film, “Wu Xia” was made public by the production team to mark Li’s birthday on Sunday, May 8. (Xinhua-gallery)
Cannes poster for Wu Xia
Directed by Feng Xiaoning, a slew of stars including Xia Yu, Lv Liping and Sun Haiying will feature in the film.
Stills of Jeon Ji-Hyun from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The film will premiere at Cannes.
Production is now underway on Snowblade, a sexy period martial arts actioner set for delivery at the end of the year.The English-language film about a swordswoman must kill seven foes before the full moon is the directorial debut of Bey Logan.
The first trailer for Gao Xiaosong’s My Kingdom was released at a Beijing event today.
Director Gao Xiaosong
Wu Chun, Han Geng
Han Geng, Gao Xiaosong, Wu Chun (Sina)
Feng Xiaogang’s melodrama Aftershock won the top prize last night at Udine’s Festival of Far East Film.
Last week, Chen returned to Chinese mainland for his first concert in three years, at Chengdu’s Zebra Festival, to promote new hip-hop album Confusion. The concert saw 100,000 fans screaming and waving posters, and extra security had to be called to maintain order. It seemed to set the seal on his post-scandal comeback.
“I was confused and lost over the past few years but there’s no more confusion now.”
Edison Chen at a CD signing in Guangzhou yesterday. Surrounded by four burly bodyguards, he was asked if he was still fearful for his life. Edison said that they were…assistants. He was also questioned about the similarity of his new album cover to Shawn Yue’s new cover. (Xinhua), 2
Jay Chou and Edison Chen at a recent store opening event. Edison will be recording a song by Jay, I Can Fly.
Shu Qi spent Mother’s Day in Beijing at the premiere press conference of A Beautiful Life with Liu Ye and Andrew Lau. She did not deny a rumoured romantice relationship with Shawn Yue when questioned. Tian Liang, Feng Danying and Ivana Wong (who composed and sang the theme song) also attended the event.
Karen Mok spent Mother’s Day in the hospital after recovering from surgery for appendicitis.
Karen and mother (Sina)
Vivian Chow, Angelababy, Bernice Liu, Mandy Lieu, Ana R., Amanda S. and others attended a charity event on Mother’s Day.
Li Bingbing will be heading to London on May 18th for the UEFA Champions League final on May 29th as the Asian Pacific Champions League Amabassador. She will also be CCTV-5’s guest host. Li Bingbing has been in studio filming commericals for the final.
Vivian Hsu, Cecilia Yip, Vivian Wu, Dong Xuan and others attended a pink carnation-themed women’s health care event in Beijing. (Sina-slideshow)
Jay Chou caught on set in the city (Against War)
The day also saw a small fight scene between Nicholas Tse’s character and Jay Chou, with the latter ending up with some “injuries” on his face.
Shuang Shuang will reportedly host a string of activities for her new book which includes a modeling competition to pick the best hunk to model with her. Rumour has it that she is also considering distributing Raymond’s concert ticket for every book purchased.
Another casualty of an overloaded work schedule
Recent photos of Suzanne Siu (Hsiao Shu-Shen) at Taipei City Women’s Detention Center
Sporting an ankle tattoo