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March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

Great Star theater preparing to rise again

SFIAAFF 2010 Review: Talentime

TVB General Manager and Show Host Arrested For Graft

Stephen Chan, 51, allegedly controlled the shell company which accepted production contracts from TVB and then outsourced the work to other production houses, according to a source.

This allegedly allowed the shell company to accumulate as much as HK$10 million over the years. Some of TVB’s top artists such as Bernice Liu, Moses Chan Ho, Raymond Lam Fung, Bosco Wong Chung-Chak, Tavia Yeung Yi and Charmaine Sheh Sze-man had been forced to perform in major shows and other functions, and even ribbon-cutting ceremonies, for free or at very low pay. [Chan was the host of Be My Guest that interviewed the teary Gillian Chung last year, you may recall.]

HK Magazine: There Goes the Neighborhood

The filmmakers of “Echoes of the Rainbow,” which is set in 1960s Hong Kong, found themselves in trouble when they initially couldn’t find the right location for their film. Alex Law Kai-yui and Mabel Cheung originally went to Sham Shui Po to scout for locations, only to find that most of the streets in even this old neighborhood have changed quite a bit, with no street having all the tong laus intact. In the end, they found Wing Lee Street. “If this street is torn down too, Hong Kong will lose yet another street full of characters,” producer Mabel Cheung says after returning to Hong Kong from Berlin. “This is the only street retaining the 1960’s Hong Kong.”

Cheung also mentions that, before finding Wing Lee Street, they considered shooting the film in Malaysia or Guangzhou instead. “It’d be preposterous to shoot a film about Hong Kong in another city,” Cheung says.

HK Magazine: Aarif Lee Interview

CRI: Du Lala’s Bikini Scene

Lead actress Xu Jinlei dons a bikini for a scene in her directorial production “Go Lala Go!”, formerly called “Du Lala’s Promotion”, an urban romance film co-starring Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai and Pace Wu.

South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun will star in Warring States (tentative title), a war epic set in China more than 2,000 years ago. It will also have mainland actor Sun Honglei.

Just Another Pandora’s Box (Once Upon a Chinese Classic)

The movie boasts 58 stars and premieres in Beijing Mar.15 with a staggered roll out across the Mainland, 16th in Shanghai. 17th in Chengdu, 18th in Guangzhou, 19th in Shenyang. (Sina)

Vivian Hsu - The Musician

Vivian Hsu has created her own season this spring with four movies: Hot Summer Love, Fire of Conscience, The Musician (April release),  Seediq Bale (in production) and a new album. (Sina)

Crossing Hennessy - Jacky Cheung has a one-night stand with Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi

(Sina)

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan’s Feast at Hongmen is being delayed due to need for additional financing. In addition, potential cast members Ge You and Feng Xiaogang are still working on Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. To fill his time, Lu Chuan will shoot a short film about the “hidden rules” of the business based on Tang Wei’s banning incident. (Sina)

Takeshi Kaneshiro rumoured to be trying for baby in Japan

Widely speculated for hiding his marriage - a la a certain Andy Lau - after a blog claimed that the Asian superstar secretly got hitched, another blogger has quoted reliable sources saying Takeshi, who is currently based in Japan, is trying for a baby.

A celebrity blogger exposed the actor for marrying a Japanese woman last December, a piece of news which was denied by his management. On Tuesday, another blogger alleged that the Japanese-Taiwanese actor and his wife are currently located in Japan as part of their plans to have kids.

Ti Lung

Li Yapeng (Faye Wong’s husband)

Ti Lung, Li Yapeng and other cast members help launch an upcoming CCTV series. (Xinhua)

Donnie Yen will soon be enshrined in wax at the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds

(Sina)

(Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Jay Chou’s Batmobile, Ethan Ruan’s ‘long-haired hottie’ and more

The next time you think you have a tough commute: (China Hush)

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Gigi Leung and Ronald Cheng - Just Another Pandora’s Box (aka Once Upon A Chinese Classic)

Ronald Cheng had to endure heat and discomfort to film the scene. (Sina)

Huang Bo

CRI: “Once Open A Chinese Classic”: A Different Story of Ancient China

The upcoming film to be released on March 18 has attracted many pop stars from both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. It centers on an idiot who embarks on an adventurous journey with the help of a magic box during the period of the Three Kingdoms in ancient China.

Gillian Chung

Eric Tsang

Just Another Pandora’s Box opens Mar.18 (HunanTV)

Zhang Jingchu - The Double Life (A Side, B Side)

Zhang Jingchu’s first attempt at comedy, she plays a glamorous model suffering from depression. The crew jokingly dubbed her ‘NG Queen’ due to her numerous NGs, i.e., bad takes. (Sina)

THR: Cheng meets Tsang in ‘Girl Meets Boy’

Hong Kong acting veterans Cheng Pei-pei and Kenneth Tsang joined the cast of New Zealand romantic comedy “Girl Meets Boy,” the feature debut of director Roseanne Liang for South Pacific Pictures.

First-time director Roseanne Liang’s coming-of-age story is about a New Zealand-born Chinese overachiever who defies her parents’ wishes and falls for a European New Zealander.

Martial arts legend [Cheng] Pei Pei plays the girl’s mother and Tsang her strict father, whose traditional values make it hard for him to accept that his youngest daughter would choose film school over medical school and want to marry a European.

A young cast of New Zealand actors includes Michelle Ang as the headstrong protagonist, Matthew Whelan as her love interest, and Katlyn Wong and Celeste Wong.

CRI: Go Lala Go! (formerly Du Lala’s Promotion)

The film stars director Xu Jinglei herself as Du Lala, as well as Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai, and Pace Wu.

Dante Lam - Beijing

Richie Jen, Leon Lai in Beijing promoting Fire of Conscience (Sina)

Eason Chan cover shoot for new album (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Paris

Fan Bingbing attending the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris fashion show (Mar.6)

(Xinhua) (Zimbio)

Louisa So Yuk-Wa and Wu Fung at a recent promotion activity (Sina)

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