HKMDB Daily News

May 9, 2011

May 9, 2011

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.

Chinese TV: a history of bans and censorship

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)

TimeOutHK: The Detective 2 review

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.

GlobalTimes: Lost in translation

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.”

(Xinhua-gallery)

(Sina)

CF: New Still Photos of Li Xiaoran in “Wu Xia”

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

Tang Wei

Donnie Yen

Takeshi Kaneshiro (Sina)2

Directed by Feng Xiaoning, a slew of stars including Xia Yu, Lv Liping and Sun Haiying will feature in the film.

CF:  “Eat Drink Man Woman II” Reveals Shooting Location

“Eat Drink, Man Woman II” is about vegetarianism, a true love that lasts for 50 years and Chinese food as a medicinal diet.

Stills of Jeon Ji-Hyun from Snow Flower and the Secret Fan. The film will premiere at Cannes.

(Sina)

FBA: Snowblade production underway

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.

(Sina-slideshow)

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.

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

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.

Vivian Chow

Angelababy (Sina-slideshow)

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.

Li Bingbing

(Xinhua)

Vivian Hsu

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.

MSN: Andy Hui will not bring forward his wedding

The singer denied that he is rushing Sammi into marriage

CNA: Super Junior’s Lee Teuk hospitalised

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

(Xinhua)

A1: China to build Hello Kitty theme park

The project, jointly designed by Sanrio and US-based amusement park designer Hettema, will cost $215 million, with construction expected to start in the second half of this year and completed in 2014

July 30, 2010

July 30, 2010

Poster for HK Summer International Film Festival AnD

City Under Siege poster

A grand premiere in Beijing is scheduled for Aug.1. Benny Chan’s pal Jackie Chan is reportedly going to appear to help support the film. Then, it will be on to Shanghai and Guangzhou to launch the film before a national release. (Sina)

WSJ: Critics Say ‘Aftershock’ Whitewashes China’s Past

CRI: The Stool Pigeon’ Unveils New Posters

CRI: Chinese Film ‘Detective Dee’ among Golden Lion Candidates

Tsui Hark’s martial-arts thriller “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame” will be the only Chinese-language film to compete for the top honor at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, organizers have announced.

Zhang Ziyi to produce and star in 3D Mulan film

Zhang was said to have been planning this film since last year, but the project got shelved due to funding problems after she became embroiled in a string of high-profile scandals.

Jo Hisaishi

Producer Ma Ke, Joe Hisaishi and Jiang Wen

Jo Hisaishi will be producing the soundtrack for Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. Jiang Wen has just returned from discussions in Tokyo to go over the film score. The two have previously collaborated on The Sun Also Rises. (Sina)

The Monkey King poster

Donnie Yen celebrates birthday and gets plastered

Donnie Yen works with SFX team from ‘300′ to prepare for the official October start of the 3D Monkey King tale of wreaking Havoc in Heaven

(Sina)23

CRI: Coming up: Monkey King’ in IMAX 3-D

Jess Shum

Macy Chan Mei-Si, Christine Kuo, Jess Shum Cheuk-Ying, Cilla Kung

JJ Jia Xiao-chen, Macy Chan Mei-Si, Christine Kuo, Jess Shum Cheuk-Ying, Cilla Kung, Sherry Chen Shuang

The Jade and The Pearl press conference (July 28)

(Sina-slide show)

Chrissie Chau and Jessica C with the Xbox 360 Kinect

(Sina)

In related news, Google reported that in the first six months of the year, Chrissie Chau and Angelababy came in 5th and 9th most searched for of the pseudo-models. Jessica C. (actually, a real model) came in 10th. No1. and No.2 were Carol and Dada (Chen Jing). Probably, their popularity is proportionate to their bust sizes. (Sina)

Hong Kong media reports that a grateful husband gave Gigi Lai a French yacht valued 15 million yuan in appreciation for risking birth at her advanced age (39). The luxury yacht is named Bon-heur, or Happiness. (Xinhua)

Gigi Lai (Sina)234(Xinhua)

Gigi Lai discharged from hospital

SG: New mom Gigi Lai doing well

Dodo Cheng

Dodo Cheng was among those who attended an event and received free limited edition iPhone 4s. Dodo, who rarely goes out in the evenings, was willing to suffer to get her hands on the iPhone 4 as she is a fan of the product since the first generation was introduced.

Rosemary, Mandy Lieu

Cherrie Ying

(Xinhua)(Sina)

Gigi Leung and host Tony Hung in Mexico for HK travel TV program

Gigi Leung in Mexico (Xinhua)

SG: Daniel Wu sings to Lisa S. every day

Daniel Wu to take break from showbiz, plans for children

In order to accommodate the couple’s numerous friends and associates in Hong Kong who were left out of their first wedding celebration, and avoid disturbing other restaurant guests, Wu decided to hire two event halls for the ‘make up’ wedding.

The couple donated all the gifts they received at the wedding to charity and gave a nod to conservation by dropping shark fin soup from the menu in favour of chicken soup.

Quintus

(Sina)

SG: Quintus Tse’s grand day out

HKStandard: Hong Kong police work’s no so glamourous side,

Pt. 2 - Operation Longhair

Pt 3 - Operation BaskavillePt 4 (To be continued?)

JS Lam served with Hong Kong police - `Asia’s Finest’ - for 32 years, reaching the rank of senior superintendent before retiring in 1996.

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