HKMDB Daily News

July 18, 2012

July 18, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Golden Harvest flies back to Polaris

Orange Sky Golden Harvest Entertainment Co Ltd (OSGH) is to remake 1999 Hong Kong romance Fly Me to Polaris (1999) as part of a programme to revive its library of contemporary films.

CF: Zhang Ziyi Finally Finishes her Part in “The Grandmasters”

Zhang missed many promotional events for her Sino-South Korean coproduction “Dangerous Liaisons” for the movie.

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “The Bullet Vanishes” in Beijing

CF: Fan Bingbing Promotes “Double Xposure” in Beijing

CF: Second Episode of “The Four” is on the Way

“The Four” will be filmed as a trilogy. The third episode will start shooting right after they finish the second movie.

Poster for suspense film “Insistence”

Cast includes Yang Zi, Lin Miaoke, Lam Suet (Sina)

Lam Suet and Christy Chung get married in “Good-for-Nothing Heros”

Christy Chung

Lam Suet, Christy Chung

The many sides of Zhou Xun in “The Silent War” are seen in these stills

(Sina)

Kelly Chen promotes Maxim’s brand of mooncakes for the 6th consecutive year.

(Sina)2

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Brigitte Lin’s husband Michael Ying reported to have illegitimate son

MSN: Are Stephen Fung and Shu Qi engaged?

Shu Qi and Stephen Fung was seen going to and returning from Tokyo together - and recent reports have suggested that the actor popped the big question while in the land of the rising sun.

November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TVB hands over treasured films to Hong Kong Film Archive

To show its ardent support for the preservation of film heritage, TVB has handed over about 1,000 film titles from the 1930s to the 1990s to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation. About 60 per cent of these archival films are new to the HKFA and will consequently greatly enrich its collection.

Films to be handed over include the earliest Chinese film in TVB’s library, “Little Heroine” (1939), starring Hu Rongrong and Kung Chiu-hsia; and the earliest Hong Kong film in the library, “Female Spy 76″ (1947) starring Wu Lai-chu and Wang Hao. The eight films on the list of HKFA’s recommended “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies” are: “Wong Fei-hung’s Whip that Smacks the Candle” (1949), “Wong Fei-hung Burns the Tyrants’ Lair” (1949), “Blood-stained Azaleas” (1951), “Mysterious Murderer” (1951) parts one and two, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” (1959), “Father is Back” (1961) and “The Pregnant Maiden” (1968).

Mainland China’s first AIDS-related pic, “Love for Life” is an anemic mess, notwithstanding stars

CRI: Profitable Short Films

As short films are gaining popularity in China, many companies are starting to reap the benefit.

CF: Mou Girl to Cry More in New Movie - “The Allure of Tears”

A message adorns the bottom of the picture[poster], which states: “Love while we are still alive; Say farewell when we have no more time.” The movie revolves around three tragic but romantic love stories

CF: Final Trailer of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: Brainstorming in “White Vengeance”

Award-winning actors Zhang Hanyu and Anthony Wong appear in the still photos of the movie “White Vengeance.” The megastars portray Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng, two famous strategists in ancient China who served different masters. 

CF: Sexy Liu Yan Joins “Laughing and Crying Forbidden”

The mere mention of Liu Yan immediately conjures up images of the sexy host-turned-actress in her latest fantasy romance “The Mural” and upcoming project “Marry a Perfect Man.”

Now Liu is planning to take on an entirely different role in the comedy romance “Laughing and Crying Forbidden” in which she plays a realistic and candid young woman,

CF: Teng’s Pic Stays Strong in Box Office Performance

The cast and crew of the romance “Love Is Not Blind” held a “victory” celebration Tuesday in Beijing, after the film raked in 200 million yuan (US$31.5 million) in box office revenue,

CF: Mainland Box-office Chart in Week 46

Legendary East is a joint venture established by Legendary Pictures and its partner the Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in June this year, which aims to produce and distribute English-language movies that have the potential to be worldwide hits.

“Magic to Win” Beijing press conference yesterday

Edmond Wong, Wu Chun, Karena Ng, Wilson Yip, Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan

Karena Ng, Wilson Yip

Stop, in the name of love - Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing

Karena Ng likened to Emma Watson

“Magic to Win” MV - theme song “Love Spell”

(Sina)23

A series of posters for David Wu’s “Cold Steel” featuring Song Jia.

The film will be heading to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012.

Mickey He plays a sniper

(Sina)2

A peek at Milla Jovovich and Li Bingbing in Resident Evil 5 (Sina)

Li Bingbing demonstrates how she copes with the time difference between Toronto and Beijing.

CF: Andy Lau to Attend Golden Horse Awards

Kelly shared that she is currently filming All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, but had rejected 20 to 30 other jobs because of her pregnancy. The singer also declined job offers, which required her to take a plane

Kelly Chen

(Sina)

Huo Siyan shoots a batch of photos with a fresh new style for the cover of a fashion magazine.

CNA:  Kelvin Tong’s new film “Dance Dance Dragon” more than just a comedy

MSN: Lee Hom invites Shu Qi to his concert

It was rumoured that the Taiwanese singer invited the actress despite his mother’s disapproval

MSN: Chinese actor Ham Yu’s fans chide Selina Jen online

After the accident, it was widely rumoured that Ham had helped Selina escape the fire. Other versions said that the actor had rushed into the burning set to save Selina. Thus, Ham’s fans had since blamed Selina for their idol’s injuries and some had even called her ungrateful.

CNA: Jay Chou to develop social gaming site with tech company?

Apart from being a shareholder of Ucan Technology, a company which is developing a 3D interactive social networking cum gaming website, Chou will be the website’s cultural ambassador for the next two years.

October 29, 2010

October 29, 2010

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FBA: Break Up Club review (4/10)

FBA: Bad Blood review (6/10)

Mainland martial artist Jiang Luxia shines in a low-budget action movie.

FBA: When Love Comes (6/10)

Over-long but finally rewarding drama centred on a teenage daughter in a dysfunctional family.

FBA: The Red Eagle (3/10)

Messy Thai super-hero movie sledge-hammers the viewer into submission.

CRI: Faye Wong Stages Comeback Show in Beijing

Andy Lau’s younger brother, Lau Tak-Sing

Riding the minibus

Andy’s low profile brother is involved in post-production for Andy’s film. In addition, his real estate partnerships with Andy has reaped handsome returns. Andy also has a younger sister.

(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

Plans to work on the Andrew Lau-produced Jay Chou-directed Initial D 2 next year. Edison is also considering a Mainland and Taiwan concert tour. Edison was in Beijing for a fashion event.

(Sina)(Xinhua-gallery)

Kelly Chen performing at a recent sailing event (Xinhua)

CRI: Barbie Hsu Engaged to Wealthy Restaurateur

Wang, who is five years younger than Hsu, is executive director of South Beauty (Qiao Jiangnan), a high-end restaurant chain in China. He is the only son of the company’s founder and president, Zhang Lan. Wang had just ended a relationship with actress Zhang Yuqi.

MSN: Barbie Hsu engaged to Taiwanese millionaireTaiwan actress Barbie Hsu engaged

GlobalTimes: Confirmed! Barbie Hsu snatches wealthy and handsome fiancé

While attending a test screening of a film starring Zhang Yuqi, I heard her confess that she couldn’t pay a penalty for breaking her agent’s contract, which was hard to believe considering Wang’s wealth. I now know that their relationship ended as long as six months ago, shortly after they were spotted canoodling at the airport and that’s why Wang wouldn’t pay for Zhang.

MSN: HIM International: S.H.E is not breaking up

MSN: Nicholas Tse and family celebrates his mother’s birthday

MSN: Carina Lau will not consider surrogate births

September 8, 2010

September 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:52 pm

New Wind Blast poster released (Sina)

Stool Pigeon review - 4/5 by Winnie Yeung

Reign of Assassins - Barbie Hsu, Wang Xueqi, Michelle Yeoh

Kelly Lin

Barbie Hsu

Reign of Assassins was previewed for critics in Beijing today. John Woo’s daughter, Angeles, plays a female killer and even gets a few close-ups. (Sina)

Promotional stills for Adventure Island

A ruthless female killer recalls Kill Bill (Sina)

Vivian Hsu, Wang Bo-Chieh

Juliet starring Vivian Hsu will be the opening film of the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival in November. Vivian plays a physically handicapped woman in the film. (HunanTV)

Who wore what on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet including a nice comparison of the runway version to the red carpet version.

Andy Lau celebrates birthday early in Venice (Sina-slide show)

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen appearing for a children’s shoe brand (Sina-slide show)

Zhang Ziyi - Got Milk?

Dropped by international brands like Armani in the wake of ‘donation-gate’, Zhang Ziyi recently appeared in a  TV advert for a national milk brand. (Xinhua)

F4’s Jerry Yan is said to be interested in being cast in Zhang Ziyi’s upcoming Mulan. He’s brushing up his English in hopes of landing a role.

(Sina)

Karena Lam is rumored to be due to deliver a baby in November. The father is said to be MV director Yuen Kim-Wai who is married. Her former company Filmko denied the allegations and threatened legal actions. Derek Tsang tried but failed to contact Karena hoping to have her help promote his film Lover’s Discourse at the Pusan Film Festival. The film features Karena and Eason Chan. (Sina)2

Plans for Cecilia Cheung to comeback in a Derek Yee collaboration has dissolved according to reports. She had a choice of two scripts to review from the director. No explanations other than the usual ’schedule confilicts’ and a failure to reach an agreement between the two sides. Cecilia’s manager confirmed the news. (Sina)2

SG: Michelle Reis shows off baby bump

March 11, 2010

March 11, 2010

THR: Children of Invention (USA)

Bottom Line: Heartfelt but dramatically tepid tale of two kids who must fend for themselves after their single mom goes missing.

CRI: Director’s Eye Strain Delays Completion of Expo Film

The documentary that Jia Zhangke is making for the Shanghai World Expo may not be ready in time for the event’s opening in May.

Doctors have suggested that Jia stay away from computers for at least one month, the source said. Previously, Jia had been working in front of computer screens for 14 hours a day.

CRI: Troubled Zhang Ziyi Locks Lead Role in Gu Changwei Film

Scandal-plagued actress Zhang Ziyi will get a chance to salvage her career as art-house film director Gu Changwei (Peacock) has offered her the lead role in his upcoming drama, “The Era of Magic.”

CRI: TVB General Manager Arrested for Corruption Probe


Wang Leehom inspired by Brother Sharp?

Wang Leehom’s directorial debut film cast includes Liu Yifei, Joan Chen in addition to himself in an inspirational youth comedy (Love Notices/Love Announcement). Many guest appearances are expected. Low key filming in Shanghai began in February and is expected to be released this summer. (Sina)

Francis Ng

Producer Sun Jie announced that filming for “Warring States” (tentative) would begin in Beijing this month with a 2011 Lunar New Year release target. Sun Honglei and Francis Ng will portray the historical rivals Sun Bin and Pang Juan, respectively. South Korean actress Kim Hee-Sun (The Myth) and Jiang Wu are are also cast. (HunanTV) (ifeng) The description in Wikipedia sounds like a barn burner! (Thanks to Valerie for the heads up!) Related story.

Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen adds hair extensions and 4-inch heels to promote her new Mandarin album. (Sina)

Jane Zhang Liangying, Kitaro

Jane Zhang guested at a recent Kitaro concert in Singapore. During the Lunar New Year holidays, Jane came to the United States to work with dance choreographer Tucker Barkley (Britney Spears, Janet Jackson) and dance teacher Nick Demoura (Ne-Yo, Pussycat Dolls) to prepare for the launch of her new album.

(Sina) (2)

CRI: Fan Bingbing’s High-Profile Trip to Paris Fashion Week

Leon Lai forgets about his wedding anniversary

January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

Confucius poster for Taiwan (Sina)

Flirting Scholar - Zhou Libo has a bloody nose

(Sina)

CRI: Zhou Libo Passes as a Silver Screen Comedian in Debut Film

Anthony Wong with Janice Man, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi attend the opening ceremony for Vincent Lo’s Bou Ying/Retribution

Maggie Cheung

Richie Ren

(Xinhua)

Inseparable opening ceremony in Guangzhou: Gong Beibi, Dayyan Eng, Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Dayyan Eng Enlists Daniel Wu, Kevin Spacey for Inseparable

Anita Yuen, Jacky Cheung - House of 72 Tenants (7)(Sina)

Ada Choi - Princess Iron Fan

Athena Chu (cri.cn) Once Upon A Chinese Classic (3)(Sina)

Gong Mi

Gong Mi’s debut film (5)(Sina)

The film is about the dangers of online gaming addiction.

Little Big Soldier

New stills released (31)(HunanTV)

Huang Bo: A plain actor with overrated skill

Berlin film festival to open with Chinese movie (CRI)

CRI: “Tuan Yuan” Likely to Open 60th Berlinale

Eat Drink Man Woman sequel script approved by SARFT. Cast and director has not been disclosed yet, though, rumors have Barbie Hsu attached to the film. (Sina)

Anita Yuen to take time off for baby No.2

China Says Not Forcing “Avatar” Off The Screens

Faye Wong’s gradual return to the entertainment industry

According to other reports, Faye’s first comeback appearance will be at a jewel fair held in Shanghai this coming Saturday

Father: Tang Wei is obedient, sensible, well-behaved and hard-working

Tang Yuming has been a noted painter since the ’70s

Photos: Tang Wei and father

Some have commented that Tang Wei’s father resembles Felix Wong.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung was one of the many celebrities who helped to kick off Hong Kong Fashion Week (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu

Kelly Chen

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu, Kelly Chen, Fan Bingbing and other celebrities appeared for a clothing brand in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)

Twins taped a congratulations greeting to Hot Summer Days director Wing Shya.

Charlene has a brief cameo in the film.

(Xinhua)

CRI: Twins Reunite for “Hot Summer Days” Video

January 5, 2010

January 5, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:25 pm

Screen Daily: Woochi (South Korea)

Director Choi Dong-hoon, responsible for previous hitsTazza: The High Rollers (2006)and The Big Swindle(2004), is famous locally for his narrative inventiveness, linguistic wit and skill in handling ensemble casts. However despite its distinctive characters and generally strong acting performances (particularly by Yoo and villain Kim Yoo-suk), Woochi lacks the smarts and drive of his previous work. It is also much too long at 136 minutes.

CRI: Jiang Wenli Hangs Directing Hat after Debut

Writer/cartoonist Tony Wong will adapt a popular comic to make Dragon Tiger Gate 2 in 3D. The film will feature Wu Zun but Donnie Yen and Nicholas Tse will not return as he cannot afford their fees. (Sina)

CRI: TV Version of ‘The Myth’ Aired

Huang Yi is filming Billy Chung’s comedy ‘Martial Arts Comedy Biography’ which also costars Cherrie Ying.

(HunanTV)

Apple Daily Action News animated news report on Francis Ng’s bakery brawl (ESWN)

These animations are the latest brainstorm of Jimmy Lai, the founder of Next Media, which launched what are now the most popular Chinese-language newspapers in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Reflecting on how newspaper stories have more background about events than television news reports have, as he told me last week, “I thought, hey, why not make those missing images of the background into animated images?” He hired 160 software developers and engineers in Taiwan, who spent more than two years perfecting the technique. Reporters describe their interpretation of what happened to engineers and actors who serve as the models for the animation. Mr. Lai says that his team can create an animated video in 90 minutes, producing about 20 a day.

Mr. Lai says there’s no confusing the animation with real video. “The avatars are still quite wooden looking,” he said, though he plans to make them more realistic as the technology improves. Still, viewers need to be discriminating, keeping in mind the difference between enactments and real footage. (ESWN/WSJ)

Kelly Chan went to Jilin earlier to shoot a MV with Mickey to promote a new single which was released yesterday.

(Sina)

December 4, 2009

December 4, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:12 pm

Jacky Cheung, Director Eric Tsang

House of 72 Tenants completed shooting and held a closing press conference at Shaw Studios (HunanTV)

Anita Yuen

Bernice Liu

Charmaine Sheh

Stephy Tang, Linda Chung

Wong Cho Lam

Raymond Lam

Fama

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) First Stills Released slide show (26) (Sina)

Zhao Wei

(HunanTV)

Zhao Wei celebrates 6 day, 50M box office for Mulan, slide show (Sina)

Photos of Zhao Wei drinking wine seem to disprove pregnancy rumors.

Storm Warriors promotion tour: BeijingChengdu

Taipei Times; Pop Stop

While on the set of the film Hot Summer Days (全城熱戀), which is set to hit theaters in February, [Vivian] Hsu found a way to rid herself of the copious amounts of sushi she was forced to eat for her role as a love-struck heiress, reported Sina.com.

“I didn’t want to gain weight. So when the director stopped filming, I’d throw up the sushi,” she said.

AngelaBaby

AngelaBaby helps open a new store in Hong Kong mall (Sina)

Miriam Yeung promotes eyewear (Sina)

Jennifer Tse Tingting promotes jewelry in Hong Kong

(Sina)

Kelly Chen wears D+G in a dress rehearsal for Uni-Power (Universal Music) show (Sina)

Is Vicky Zhao Wei pregnant?

ESWN: Tiger Woods Meets Apple Daily

July 31, 2009

July 31, 2009



Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/1/1/302328/1.html
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens


Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers



Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei


New Zhao Wei pictures

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009


New Sophie’s Revenge poster


Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge


Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival


Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee
on.cc

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/301496/1.html


Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)
http://www.businesstimes.com.hk/a-20090730-24326/zhaowei12
http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20090730/1976875.html



Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery


Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

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