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February 7, 2012

February 7, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Viral Factor review

Splashy but routine action thriller, with nothing between the shootouts and explosions.

CF: ”The Viral Factor” Celebrates it BO Success

CRI: ”I Do” Premieres in Beijing

Sun Honglei, Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong - Beijing (Sina)

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing answers question at the Shanghai premiere (Sina)2

A batch of new still photos featuring the famous actress Shu Qi in the romance “Love” was released. The movie was slated for release on February 14th. Receiving enthusiastic responses during previous screening events, the movie’s producer Wang Zhonglei decided to bring forward its date to February 13th.

(Feb.6) Taipei premiere of “Love”

Doze Niu, Shu Qi, Mark Chao

Shu Qi

Amber Kuo (Sina)

Wong Jing’s “Mr. and Mrs. Gambler” opens Feb. 16

Stars Fiona Sit and Chapman To

It is said that the movie star has been receiving numerous high paying film offers ever since her return to Hong Kong, one of which is Taiwanese director Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s period film,The Assassin.

A blockbuster film which boast of a US$10,000,000 (approximately S$12,480,000) production cost, the star studded lineup includes Shu Qi, Chang Chen and Tetsuya Komuro. Maggie Cheung is said to be portraying the role of a heroine, Nie Yin Niang.

MSN: Maggie Cheung calls comedies she acted in “rubbish”

Maggie also revealed that her initial image was “the girl with the bunny tooth”. To be taken more seriously, she decided to correct her teeth with braces, and that paved the way for more serious roles and acting projects.

CF: A Brand New Gao Yuanyuan on Esquire Magazine

Different from her former pure image, she portrays a sexy tango dancer in the pictures.

Liu Ye recently poses for two magazines “Comfort” and “His Life”, showcasing his different sides.

CF: Bai Baihe: Magazine Favorite

In 2011, a small-budget romantic film “Love is Not Blind” made a little-known actress Bai Baihe rise to fame almost overnight.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son wants his parents to reconcile

CNA: Edison Chen feels victimised by Hong Kong tabloids over charity marathon

“I only want to do charity work; do I need to clean up my past?” said Chen.

MSN: Edison Chen runs for charity

Yesterday morning, the singer wore a long-sleeved t-shirt and a pair of shorts, arriving at the Standard Chartered Marathon in Hong Kong, 45 minutes before it began, to warm up. Edison let on that during his pre-marathon runs, he could not complete the entire 42km run, and added that he was nervous and had difficulty sleeping the previous night.

Choi remained vague when she was told that fortune tellers in Hong Kong predicted that she will get married for the second time in the year of the Dragon. Asked whether she will secretly marry her lover in the future, she replied: “I’ve already done it before.”

CNN: Apple manufacturing plant workers complain of long hours, militant culture

Miss Chen stares curiously at the iPad. Even though she works overtime in a factory in southwestern China that manufactures them, she’s never seen the finished product.

CNN: Inside story of Foxconn shrouded in secrecy

On the day we filmed there, we were followed by a mysterious white car. Wherever we went, it went. Then it was joined by another. We approached to ask why, but the driver refused to acknowledge us.

August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

WSJ: Kara Hui, Fighting the Kung-Fu Stereotype

FBA: Law of Attraction review

The best comes at the start in this uneven collection of vignettes on various stages of love.

Poster for Ann Hui’s A Simple Life competing at Venice Film Festival

Qin Hailu - A Simple Life

Qin Hailu and Ann Hui (Sina)

First poster for Frankie Chan’s Legendary Amazons

(vide. Lady Generals, Yang Family Generals)

Cecilia Cheung checking her script

Getting makeup

Frankie Chan, Cecilia Cheung

More Amazons

Cheng Pei-Pei

Yu Na

Jin Qiaoqiao

Chen Zihan

Liu Xiaoqing

Kathy Cho Hoi-Mei

Yukari Oshima

Liu Dong (Sina)

Tony Chan , Eason Chan, Angelababy, Wing Shya (Aug.21)

Eason Chan and Angelababy attended the Beijing press conference for the release of the final trailer for Love in Space (Sina-gallery) (Video-trailer)

Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan will begin work on Chen Kaige’s new modern day film, tentatively named “Search”, in October. Four other major actors are to be announced shortly.

Mark Chao You-Ting, Gao Yuanyuan

With director Chen Kaige (Sina)2

Miriam Yeung and Xu Zheng in Beijing filming Pang Ho-Cheung’s sequel to Love in a Puff (Sina-gallery)

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung appeared as a guest on the catwalk in a fall and winter fashion show in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this weekend. And, according to an Oriental Daily report, she and husband Nicholas Tse have reached a final divorce agreement and settlement after a 16 hour negotiation with lawyers. Child custody and property distributions issues have been reached and the agreement has been sealed. Elsewhere, Cecilia is under fire by mainland publicity director for not fulfilling her contractual to promote Treasure Inn on the mainland. So far, she has skipped the MV rollout and premieres in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. Her company reps defend her and say Cecilia has met her obligations with a March press conference appearance.

(21cn)234(Sina)(Slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung goes school-hunting for son

Nicholas Tse & Cecilia agree on divorce terms

CNA: Theresa Fu claims ‘four-timing’ ex-lover Him Law hit her

Donnie Yen and family relaxing in the US recently

According to Hong Kong media reports, Donnie is weighing an offer to appear in producer Avi Lerner’s The Expendables 2. (HunanTV)

Carina Lau, Edison Chen

Carina Lau posted a photo of herself with Edison over the weekend, with the following, “You are a great person. Life is always tough. You got to have faith in yourself.” Netizens figured out that the locale was in Shanghai where Edison attended a club opening and sang three songs before departing. (Sina),

(Sina-slideshow)

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.

HK Film Archive’s March “Morning Matinee” to feature city comedies starring Ting Ying

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

Variety: Together review

“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 17, 2011

February 17, 2011

CRI: Jackie Chan’s New Movie Gets U.S. Release

The film, with a former title, “The 1911 Revolution”, is a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the monumental Xinhai Revolution that began in 1911 and eventually brought an end to China’s last feudal dynasty.

PeoplesDaily: ‘Bullets’ copyright scores Hollywood bullseye

Last year’s blockbuster comedy Let the Bullets Fly, which became the biggest-grossing Chinese language movie ever, has now set another record - the top price paid in Hollywood for the rights to adapt a Chinese film.

FBA: Fox to release Butcher in Hong Kong

20th Century Fox is to release The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman in Hong Kong on 7 April.

Pulpy psychodrama is made watchable by its two female leads.

‘Late Autumn,’ a modern fairytale for adults

Heart-stopping and transcending sentimentality, Kim Tae-yong’s “Late Autumn” is a remake with a greater purpose than simply pairing superstars in a new setting.

I majored in directing at the Central Academy of Drama (in Beijing) because I wanted to become a director. When you study directing, you also learn how to act.

It was recently reported that the investor was unhappy with Cecilia, as she did not have time to complete the filming of The Lady Generals of Yang Family, due to her busy schedule.

The investor also put down the rule that the movie must be completed by the end of the month, else it would be cancelled.

A Chinese Fairy Tale

Louis Koo, Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

Liu Yifei

The first stills from the secretive shoot of Wilson Yip’s A Chinese Fairy Tale was released yesterday.

A world-wide release is planned for April. (Sina)

In December, the Chinese Fairy Tale cast went into the studio for post-production getting head scans to enhance the 3D effects.

Liu Yifei

Fan Siu-Wong

Kara Hui (Sina)

Kara Hui in costume

(Sina)

Zhang Zilin (Zhang Zhilin)

Zhang Zilin

Stills from Underdog Knight 2 features Liu Ye and Zhang Zilin (Miss World 2007)

The film opens April 1. (Sina)

Daniel Wu - Don’t Go Breaking My Heart

Daniel Wu, Gao Yuanyuan

Daniel Wu plays a depressed but brilliant architect who restores his self-confidence after meeting Gao Yuanyuan (Sina)

It was reported that Leon, who rarely appeared in events, began taking up more work recently. This drove speculations of a pregnant Gaile Lok and that Leon was saving up for the birth of his Rabbit child.

September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010

Variety: The Butcher, the Chef and the Swordsman 2

GlobalTimes: You win some, you lose some, money talks in the film world

What’s behind the Zhang Yuqi-Stephen Chow-Cecilia Cheung-Derek Yee negotiations, money.

CRI: Chang Chen to Play Chiang Kai-Shek

CRI: MV Released for ‘Hawthorn Tree’ Theme Song

Singer Chen Chusheng, who became famous through the popular “Super Boy” competition, sang the song.

White Deer Plain has begun shooting in Inner Mongolia where the mud is plentiful and electricity is in short supply. (Sina)

FBA: Former video pirate strikes Hollywood deals

Chinese online video company Ku6 Media (formerly Hurray Holdings) has struck deals with two Hollywood studios to licence film content. A former pirate site, Ku6 is understood to be the first Chinese video portal to acquire Hollywood films legitimately.

Gordon Lam, Kara Hui

Kara Hui and Gordon Lam helped open the Film Professionals Training Program. (Xinhua)

Press release: Film Development Fund helps nurture talent

The programme provides tailor-made training to cater for students of different capabilities to enable them to join the field soon after graduation.

Fan Bingbing appearing in Shanghai for a luxury brand

Fan Bingbing and mother at Shanghai airport

Chrissie Chau dressed conservatively for the opening of a restaurant. She will be travelling to Australia this month to spin discs as a DJ. (Xinhua)

Live, from New York City, it’s Cecilia Cheung!

(Xinhua)2

Zhou Xun appearance in Ningbo, no talk about leaving Huayi Brothers (Xinhua-gallery)

July 7, 2010

WPost: Letter from Shanghai: Class and capitalism mix with comedy

Profile of Zhou Libo (Flirting Scholar 2)

Derek Yee’s film Great Magician featuring Cecilia Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai will be based on Qin Hao’s (real name, Qin Shou’ou) novel Begonia. Cecilia play a young woman forced by her family to marry a warlord, while Tony, originally a opera performer in the novel, tries to rescue her. The story set in the 1920’s has been successfully made as a radio drama and television series previously. (21cn)

CRI: Tsui Hark Postpones Shooting His New Action Film (New Dragon Inn)

CRI: Stephen Chow, Cecilia Cheung Promote ‘CJ7: The Cartoon’ in Beijing

CRI: [Film Review] “80’s Generation”

The film “80’s Generation” is screening nationwide and has received numerous different opinions among the young people.

Chow Yun-Fat

Chen Kun, Jiang Wen

CRI: ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ in Soccer Field

Wang Baoqiang training for Cai Lifo Quan 2010 (Choy Lay Fut Kuen 2010)

Training with Norman Chu Siu-Keung

Michelle Ye, Wang Baoqiang

Ng Man-Tat, Michelle Ye

Michelle Ye, Kara Hui (qq)2

Wang Baoqiang is also beginning work in Thailand on the Pang Brothers Perfect Fairy Tale.

Costars include Lau Ching-Wan and Elanne Kwong.

Wang Baoqing, Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan, Wang Baoqiang

Elanne Kwong (Elanne Kong) (Sina) 23

Ma Jian faces off six of the seven Arhats - Seven Arhat (Xinhua)

Brother Sharp still a nervous wreck

Brother Sharp reportedly hid in the toilet for two hours prior to the production launch of the movie ‘Legend of Brother Sharp’ in Nanchang. Dressed in a white shirt and bow tie, he was accompanied by family members but was struck by stage fright and had to be helped to a seat. The SARFT has not yet approved the movie and Brother Sharp is not expected to participate in the filming itself. (Xinhua)

Zhang Ziyi reached a court settlement in the case with the publication that alleged she was having an affair with a wealthy, married business man. This is the case that led to the ‘ink splash-gate’ incident where her advert poster in front of a hotel in Beijing was defaced by mystery men. The incident was caught on film when reporters staked out the Park Hyatt waiting for Maggie Cheung. The publication and Ziyi settled upon a court issued mediation agreement. Ziyi did not attend the proceedings. (Xinhua)

Korean Better Tomorrow

As Screen Daily reported back in December, a Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow, Invincible, is completing production for a Mid Autumn Festival release (Sina)

More on Book Fair Brouhaha

Michael Hui declares Chrisise Chow cute, album not porn

Anthony Wong backs off, says calling Chrissie Chau a prostitute/sex worker a metaphor

In the war of words, Chrisse rebutted Anthony. (Sina)2

Angelababy: Photo albums healthy, not too sexy (Xinhua)

Dennis To (To Yue-Hang): The new Bruce Lee?

Catch the multi-faceted Wang Lee Hom

Wang Lee Hom makes his directorial debut in Love In Disguise, which he also starred in - and he’s determined to show how multi-faceted he can be.

Sammi Cheng looking scary skinny in these Taipei concert photos (Xinhua)

CRI: Singer Sammi Cheng Clears Wedding Dress Rumors

SG: Jet Li opens up about his family

Angelababy (Sina-more)

SG: AngelaBaby seeks to prove her innocence

Angela Yang (also known as AngelaBaby) has been under attack from scathing reports alleging that she had gone under the knife for cosmetic enhancements.

Working on Secret sequel first

‘Star Wars’ creator says laser too much like lightsaber - follow up to 6.19 article

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series.

December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 Hong Kong Banquet

Raymond Wong

Sandra Ng

Ronald Cheng

Louis Koo

AngelaBaby

Lynn Xiong

Lee Heung Kam, Louis Koo

AngelaBaby, Lynn Xiong

Lynn Xiong, Louis Koo

Ronald Cheng, AngelaBaby

(Sina)

Time: China vs. Disney: The Battle for Mulan

China is moving to take back one of its own — even if it is legend. Mulan is the Middle Kingdom’s gender-bending heroine, its Joan of Arc. The character from folktale is a daughter who disguises herself as a male soldier to take her father’s place in the conscription army. The problem for the Chinese is that, since 1998, the definitive version of the story has been Disney’s.

Wang Baoqiang has a cameo role in Jackie Chan’s Big Soldier (Sina)

CRI: Li Bingbing: Acting Is Everything

Screen Daily: At The End of Daybreak

In case you were wondering about the film Kara Hui won the Golden Horse for Best Supporting Actress

B+ Detective cast and crew

Oxide Pang and Gong Beibi

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

B+ Detective is now in post-production and Oxide Pang promises an unexpected ending (Sina)

Karen Mok (Sina)

Karen Mok, Jackie Chan

(Sina)

Gillian Chung

Jane Zhang

Stephen Fung dressed to the nines, or as the article relates, looking homeless

(Xinhua)

CRI: MTV Names the Most Stylish Chinese Entertainers of the Year

Vicki Zhao sparks pregnancy rumours

4-months pregnant Cecilia Cheung spotted shopping with her son and in-laws

Deborah Kerr?

Jay Chou is the 2009 top-earner [Taiwan] with S$27 million (2)

China’s Zhang Ziyi most “Googled” person in Taiwan

December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

CRI: ‘Once Upon a Chinese Classic’ Launches Official Website

Jeff Lau updates A Chinese Odyssey with Athena Chu, Ronald Cheng

Michelle Ye and her new movie

Variety: Kitano plots gangster pic ‘Outrage’

Japanese director also writes and stars in pic

(HunanTV)

Kung Fu Kid slide show (Sina)

Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

CRI: Actress Xu Qing Signs up with Huayi Bros.

THR: HBO, Mei Ah to launch Asian movie channel

Singer Faye Wong to stage comeback concert tour

Faye may return with tour

Also, Wong may perform at state-run broadcaster Central China Television’s annual Spring Festival gala show in February.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Carina Lau

Tony and Carina lent their childhood photos to be used for UNICEF fund raising (Sina)

Nick Cheung returns to Hong Kong with his Best Actor Golden Horse

Kara Hui Best Supporting Actress for At The End of Daybreak

(Sina)

Big Soldiers Launches Official Website

Jackie Chan

Director Ding Sheng

Lin Peng

Xu Dongmei

Wang Lee Hom was absent but taped a greeting. Big Soldiers is scheduled for a Feb. 14 release. (Sina)

November 2, 2009

November 2, 2009

Mulan opens November 27

Amazing Tales: Three Guns (Dec.10, earlier reported as Dec.11)

Ning Hao’s No Man Land/No Man’s Land (Dec.18)

Other release dates: The Robbers/Tang Dynasty Brothers, Panda Express (Nov.20), Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.18), Still unconfirmed: Treasure Hunter,14 Blades, Little Big Soldier, Confucius. (cri.cn)


Stephen Chow

Spotted outside a Hong Kong Jockey Club event, Stephen Chow said he will begin shooting a film next year. A noted bicycling enthusiast often seen riding about the city, reporters suggested a Shaolin Bicycle film would be appropriate. Asked if he was taking advantage of the real estate market to make big money, Chow was evasive. (Sina)


Ann Hui has not decided whether a kissing scene between Vivian Chow and Chan Wei-Ting will be necessary. (Sina)

Aaron Kwok

Josie Ho

Josie, Aaron, Director Roy Chow, Christine To (writer)

Murderer aka Crime and Punishment promotion in Guangzhou. The ending was changed and the violence toned down in order to play in the Mainland. Josie Ho hoped that her Dream Homes would be accepted for screening with edits from director Pang Ho-Cheung. (Sina) (Xinhua)


CCTV: Remake of the classic “Mulan”

Actress Zhao Wei said, “I have dressed like a man before, but it was all about being funny. This time, I have to actually perform like a man. I’m not sure if the audience will think I’m really manly in this film. Director Ma has been devoted in sculpting my part and Chen Kun’s role. So the movie is going to be very romantic.”

CCTV: Stephen Fung’s Jump

Hong Kong actor, singer, model, writer and film director Stephen Fung’s third directorial effort “Jump” will come out soon to be screened for the year-end season. Fung has recently embarked on an intensive promotional campaign around China in hopes that it will help his movie “Jump” over some fierce box office competition…

THR: ‘Stool Pigeon’ starts filming in HK

‘Beast Stalker’ team returns with police story


[T]he first-ever recipient of the Hong Kong Film Award for Best Actress, is making a comeback with a new indie film called “At the End of Daybreak.”

‘Tuya’s Marriage’ director stands out at four-day market

Film production house now valued over $1.5 bil

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