HKMDB Daily News

May 8, 2009

May 8, 2009

 


Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun
Li Bingbing comforts Zhou Xun in The Message


Li Bingbing - The Message
Li Bingbing will be balancing The Message and Detective Dee

Jay Chou, Lin Chi-ling, Miao Pu
Treasure Hunter - Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling, Miao Pu


Donnie Yen
Bodyguards and Assassins - Donnie Yen’s three hours of makeup

Law Kar-Ying
Law Kar-Ying - Kungfu Cyborg

Detective Dee/Di Ren Jie started shooting in Hengdian

‘24 City’ falters when fiction appears
‘24 City’ explores relic of Cold War China


‘Cyborg She’ : My Sassy Girl-Turned-Robot
(spoiler alert)

Taipei Times: Money Not Enough 2
Money isn’t everything

Hong Kong hunts its star heritage Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan

China postpones black-out period to September

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Maggie Cheung catches flu cold in New York

Eastweek’s former chief editor jailed for publishing captive Carina Lau’s half nude photos

Karen Mok with parents and elder brother
Karen Mok and family at premiere of Trail of the Panda

Vivian Chow slide show - Armani promo


Albert YeungWinnie Shum Ying-Ting
65 year-old EEG boss Albert Yeung’s newest protege is 23 year-old Winnie Shum Ying-Ting and daughter of actress Violet Lee Ying.

The former 2004 Miss Hong Kong contestant recently signed a ten year contract with EEG after leaving ATV.

Korea University Courts Renewed Controversy Over Kim Yu-na

Give ‘Em Hell, Malone (unrated) trailer for Cannes -with brief snippets of Chris Yen (Donnie’s sister) (Thanks, to Brian!)

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

Gao YuanyuanQin LanLu Chuan, Gao Yuanyuan
Beijing press conference - The City of Life and Death/Nanking! Nanking!

1200 copies of the film to be distributed.

Details behind Big Soldier, Little General
Wang Lee Hom, third choice, picked by Joan Lin (Jackie’s wife). Lin Peng chosen after being spotted at Olympics opening.

Actress Kim Ok-bin Speaks Out About Starring in ‘Thirst’

Zhang Jingchu, Nick Cheung, Rachel Lee
Red River cast holds first press conference in Kunming, Yunnan

Zhang Jiarui reveals Zhangs Jingchu nude scene doubled.

Daniel Wu, the outsider

Industry abuzz about possible Cannes lineup
Asian filmmakers will be well represented. Bong Joon Ho, the auteur behind Korean monster pic “The Host,” will unveil “Mother,” about a woman who searches for a murderer who framed her son. Genre specialist Johnnie To will probably bring his latest, the Hong Kong revenge pic “Vengeance,” though the movie is in French. And Chinese helmer Lu Chuan may debut his “City of Life and Death,” his Nanking massacre pic, which has been generating strong international buzz.

Super Girl Chris Li Yichun secretly spent four days in Shanghai to screen test for Bodyguards and Assassins

Hong Kong Hustle: tours the Film Workshop exhibition

One dream rush in 42 seconds

Dante Lam plays decoy
Dante Lam’s arrival in Singapore decoys Edison seekers

Director Dante Lam lures the enemies away, Edison Chen escaped to Singapore
Edison Chen braves death threat to promote movie in Singapore
Drill and grill for Edison
Edison Chen, Dante Lam, Richie JenEdison
The Sniper press conference - photo gallery

Court hears of Edison Chen sex photos
Computer technician pleads not guilty at beginning of 10-day trial

Michael Tse- TVB Stars Laughing Gor in New Movie
Herman Yau to direct prequel movie to popular TVB series, Shaw Brothers to produce it


Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng apologizes for harassment.

A phone number shown in his movie Claustrophia belongs to a teacher at Bejing Foregin Studies University. Since the movie was shown on the mainland, the lecturer has received phone calls every two minutes asking if it is a movie star or connected to the film company.


Maggie Cheung
Maggie Cheung joins UNICEF visit to visit children affected by last year’s 5.12 earthquake

Chinese activist seeks earthquake truth
Famed artist Ai Wei Wei wants to identify all [students] who died in 2008 quake.
(Thanks, Brian)
“Ai calls his team of young volunteers “a movement.” Every day they go out and gather research, post names on Ai’s website to commemorate the dead and conduct interviews with parents for a documentary film.”

Test driving Google’s China music search

Kim Yu-na’s Fashion Picks in Vogue

Jang Ja-Yun/Jang Ja-Yeon
Figures in actress sex case to be quietly quizzed
Key figures in Jang case face summons
Police to Seek Extradition in Jang Ja-yeon Scandal
Jang Ja-yeon’s manager gets account info seized

China hi-tech exam cheats jailed

April 3, 2009

Crystal Huang YiLouis Koo
Derek Chiu
Louis Koo and Crystal Huang Yi filming Derek Chiu’s latest film in Guangzhou

Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei


Crossing Hennessy - Jacky Cheung and Tang Wei begin filming in Hong Kong

English version

Hollywood Reporter: Lu Chuan brings history to ‘Life and Death’ (Nanking! Nanking!)


The Rebel
Chinese poster of The Rebel

Examination 1977 poster

Jet Li
Jet Li hopes to return to filmmaking after a year’s layoff since the Sichuan earthquake

Taipei Times: An old tale learns new tricks in Colorful Mind
Talent and perseverance vie with power and privilege in Chen Kun-ho’s return to the cinema

Shinjuku Incident
This time, Jackie Chan isn’t joking

Still Walking
Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda crafts a beautiful story of a family brought together by the memory of a deceased son

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Armed security engaged to protect Edison Chen
Despite the two bullet threat mails sent to Hong Kong media last month, Edison Chen will still be appearing in Singapore this Sunday at the press conference of movie “Sniper”. For enhanced security purposes, Shaw Organization has arranged for two armed security to be present besides 25 security personnel.

Faith from Shaw Organization’s Advertising and Promotions Department told Xin.sg that security at the press conference would be very tight. To ensure the safety of the artistes and press, they have arranged for armed police to be present; however, to avoid creating an overly tensed atmosphere, they only arranged for two of them to be present.

All media will also have to pass through security checks before entering the venue.

This is the second time that Chen is appearing in Singapore since the outbreak of the sex photos scandal. When he was here in end February to grace the new product launch of a fast food chain, hordes of overseas media stalked on his every movement, fans were also fighting to catch a glimpse of the actor. Chen did not seem resistant about the chaos and agreed to be in Singapore again to promote his movie this time round. Faith speculated that Chen was pleased with the previous round of visit, thus agreed to make his appearance again.

Coincidentally, the press conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt again; according to sources, Chen will also be staying in the hotel. Was it pure coincidence or was it trust in the hotel’s security measure? When Xin.sg approached the hotel in trying to understand their plans in receiving Chen, the hotel declined to comment.

Male lead of movie “Sniper”, Ritchie Ren, and director Dante Lam will be attending the press conference together with Chen. Other male lead, Huang Xiaoming, was unable to be here due to other work commitments. Xin.sg will be attending the press conference of “Sniper” on Apr 5. Stay tuned for more reports!

‘We were Edison’s human shields’
What is it like protecting such a high-profile celebrity as Edison Chen?

Vivian Chow - The Valient Maiden
The Eternal Maiden Queen” appeared calm and easy when photos of her boyfriend kissing a university girl, almost 20 years her junior, were splashed on tabloids.

Though Vivian Chow broke up with Joe Nieh briefly, she still chose to stand by him in trying times and married him eventually. The public opined that it was a silly and irrational move; but think twice about it, this decision calls for courage. For a woman who has been “emotionally betrayed” by a man, besides love, she has to have the courage to give this man a chance and even entrusts her lifetime to him.

This exclusive interview with Vivian was done in Singapore, before the Nieh’s kissing scandal broke out. Though the questions were screened beforehand, in the 25 minutes long interview, we still touched on topics outside the screened list and despite that, Vivian answers all questions without any evasion.

She tells us, “I must have gone through a lot of ups and downs to become who I am now. I will remember and cherish every important moment of my past performing career. My fans’ supports are my source of motivation.”

After the kissing scandal and her marriage, when Vivian first showed up in public in Hong Kong, she took on all reporters’ incisive questions with ease and is fully cooperative.

This is probably what she meant by “fruits of her self cultivation”. Vivian was cultured and refined in handling the issue that attracted region wide attention; she lives up to her name as “The Eternal Maiden Queen”.

Yet in her eyes, only Xiaolongn Jin Yong’s classic wuxia novel “The Return of the Condor Heroes” could be termed as a “maiden”.

“Perhaps when the modern viewers refer to an artiste as a maiden, they meant that she has high regards for oneself; I think viewers see me as such a lady. Actually there are many sides of me. I can be gentle and naughty at times,” she laughs, “There are times when I am active and prefer being with a crowd; but when I’m drawing, I’ll become another person. I simply immerse in my own world and do not communicate with others.”

“I believe everyone will regret throwing a temper after they did it. Usually I’ll throw my temper at home, over things which I’ve done and feel were not up to my own expectations. I’m always angry with myself and will just keep quiet. I don’t throw things around, not that crazy. I’m very simple,” Vivian adds.

She admitted to be very mindful of how others see her; the years she spent abroad after withdrawing from showbiz in 1999 made her mature and truly drop the burden of being an artiste.

“I do not feel much about the title as Maiden Queen now, and will not do anything to live up to that title; nothing can restrict my feelings or actions. I believe as a woman, when you find self-confidence, you can face everything with an open mind. For example this title as Maiden Queen, it does not bother me anymore. I am confident about myself and am happy with any assignments. I lead a fulfilling life.”

This self-confidence is perhaps the very source of courage that gives her the power to face the unhappiness that had happened; this self-confidence also convinced her that she is living a life “that’s filled with love and hopes”; that she has married the right man for her; and that they will have a wonder future together.

Perhaps, a title like the “Valiant Maiden” would be more apt for the current Vivian Chow.

Karen Mok
Karen Mok visits Prince Edward Island as Hong Kong’s Animal Ambassador

English version

Kelly ChenKathy Chow Man-Kei


I spy: Cecilia Cheung and Nic Tse

Cecilia Cheung considering comeback in remake of Derek Yee’s period film with Louis Koo 三少爷的剑.
(This is the same title as the 1977 Death Duel but not sure if this is a remake or not.)

Kelly Chen
Kelly Chen living dangerously, dodges traffic after dining at Thai restaurant

Rumour hitch to Andy Lau wedding talk


Yammie Nam
Yammie Nam (Lam Kit-Ying)

Kelvin Kwan
Kelvin Kwan announces that he will leave the entertainment industry for a long period
Dope-bust Kwan sorry, but happy to be a free man

Kim Yu-na Syndrome

April 2, 2009


K100Jeff Lau
Beijing: Jeff Lau unveils Kung Fu Cyborg model dubbed ‘K100′

Intends to make as a series

Cherie Chung
She wants to raise funds to complete her late husband’s project of building a resort hotel in Bali. The construction project has stalled and been delayed since starting in 2004.


Cherie Chung very possibly will return to movie making


Newcomer Lin Peng - Big Soldier
Lin Peng - Big Soldier

Screen Daily: Bona Entertainment, JC Group team on Chan’s Big Soldier
Jackie Chan, Wang Lee Hom
Press conference photo gallery

Lion Rock abandons Woo’s historical epic 1949

No bullet-proof vests for Edison’s bodyguards

Daniel Wu
Daniel Wu magazine photos

“Nanking!” Actress Gao Yuanyuan in Fright

Diver-Turned Actor Hopes to Pass for Hero

Sam Lee
Sam Lee, Shawn Yue
Shawn Yue and Sam Lee shoot TV advert - photo gallery

Rivalry between Mou’s girls never more in fashion
Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi

Li BingbingZhang Ziyi and Leon Lai
OMG dept: Li Bingbing and Zhang Ziyi wearing the same dress!

Jackie Chan to hold concert in Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium

Anita Mui's mother
Anita Mui’s mother lost her last appeal in the Supreme Court to get her hands on her daughter’s inheritance

In a new tactic, because of pressure from the lawsuits, she has applied for HK$800,000 travel expense for family and servants. Instead, the court granted HK$70,000 per month for living expenses.

Carol Chu
English translation


Carol Chu, Andy Lau’s bride-to-be, profiled

Televisa in ‘Heaven’ in China
Mexican telenovela Dumb Girls Don’t Go to Heaven adapted for China

Guardian: Storm in South Korea over Jang Ja-yeon’s suicide
SARFT Tightens Grip on Webcast Content

Kelvin Kwan: Cantopop star withdraws from scene amid pot scandal

NBA, Tsingtao team for cheerleading show
CCTV program is part of post-Olympic marketing partnership

Kim Yu-na May Attend University of Toronto
Kim Yu-na is South Korea’s latest sensation after winning the World Championship in figure skating last weekend in Los Angeles

$10M Sex Pact

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