HKMDB Daily News

February 29, 2012

February 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Keanu Reeves’ Tai Chi Movie Starts Shooting(CF)

Keanu Reeves

Tiger Chen, Keanu Reeves

Yuen Woo-ping (Sina)

CF: Flower of China on Oscar Carpet–Li Bingbing

Before her dazzling appearance at the event, Bingbing accepted an exclusive interview with CCTV News.

Latest posters for Raymond Yip’s “Blood Stained Shoes”

Kara Hui

Monica Mok (Mo Xiaoqi)

Ruby Lin

Mabel Ye Xiqi (Anna Kay)

(Sina)

Cartoon posters for Herman Yau’s “Love Lifting” starring Chapman To and Elanne Kong. Release is set for Mar. 8, International Women’s Day.

(Sina)

SGYahoo: Lynn Hung and Aaron Kwok argue

MSN: Kelly Chen is pregnant with underweight foetus

MSN: Gaile Lok to quit modelling

MSN: A-Mei said to be holidaying with new beau

February 28, 2012

February 28, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Joyful Reunion review

Patchy but lightly enjoyable foodie film, boosted by veteran Rose Kuei’s full-on performance.

FBA: The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven review

Radical refurbishment of the ’60s cartoon classic looks like a newly minted coin.


TimeOutHK: Barbara Wong interview

TimeOutHK - Aarif Lee interview

CRI: Vicky Zhao Officially Announces Her Directorial Debut Work

CRI: Biopic “Hsui-shen Tsien” to Hit National Screens

CRI: Zhang Yimou Promotes “Flowers” in Taiwan

CF: Promotional Poster of Guan Hu’s “Design of Death” Unveiled

The film stars Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Yu Nan and Alec Su. Like his previous film, “Cow”, “Design” is described as a black comedy set during wartime.

Guan Hu

Simon Yam, Huang Bo, Yu Nan, Alec Su, Liang Jing

Simon Yam, Yu Nan

(Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Bruce Lee’s Kung Fu skills and his masterful ability with Nunchucks are world-renowned. In memory of the legendary figure of Chinese Kung Fu cinema, the action flick “Nunchaku” is set to be released on March 2.

CRI: Actress Bai Jing Killed by Husband: Police

Chinese mainland actress Bai Jing was killed by her husband on Tuesday at their home in eastern Beijing’s Chaoyang district during a quarrel, police in the Chinese capital city confirmed.

WSJ: Actress Li Bingbing on the Oscars You Didn’t Get to See

Li Bingbing describes her “Oscar Tour”

Li Bingbing at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party

With Michelle Rodriguez

Milla Jovovich

Natalie Portman

Wendi Deng Murdoch

From the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

Lana Marks (HunanTV) (Sina-slideshow)

A1: Hollywood beckons Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing would be working with Fast and Furious star Paul Walker in the upcoming science- fiction film Six.

MSN: Miriam Yeung suffers from pre-natal depression

MSN: Christy Chung spotted with new man

Eight months after her divorce from second husband Jon Yen, Christy was spotted with a new man. The man named Andy, is, reportedly, a wealthy real estate billionaire from Beijing, China and is about 40 years old.

MSN: Michelle Reis and son celebrate husband’s birthday

January 31, 2012

January 31, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Bona to introduce movie ratings to China

Jin Bo, marketing director of Bona Cineplex, stated that the in-house system — which could launch in late February — will only give guidance and will not enforce any age restrictions.

Film Review: All’s Well Ends Well 2012

This entry has a bit more narrative cohesion, but at the expense of that “anything goes” humor that made the series so watchable.

SG: Dance Dance Dragon review

FBA: Dear Enemy review

The China rom-com goes global, with great chemistry between leads Xu Jinglei and Stanley Huang.

The story is set one hundred years ago, after the Xinhai Revolution. During the period of social upheaval, two important families in White Deer Village in Shaanxi province war over land ownership, with a woman caught between them.

A sweeping Chinese epic, “White Deer Plain”, will round out the list of 18 films vying for gold at the 62nd Berlin film festival, organisers said on Tuesday.

Chinese Blockbuster ‘Flowers of War’ Leaves U.S. Audiences Cold

Flaying ‘Flowers’: An Example of Western Media’s Bias Against China (WSJ)

ChinaDaily: Yao Ming eying film business

Foreign media report that Jay Cohen, an American film producer, is setting up a film finance fund with Yao Ming, which has caught the attention of China’s media and public.

Newly released poster for “Nightfall” starring Simon Yam and Nick Cheung. Film is now in post-production.

Earlier poster featuring a “wanted” Nick Cheung (Sina)

Latest poster for “Crazy Dinner” starring Huang Bo, Liu Hua and Fan Wei which opened January 23.

(Sina)

“I Do” starring Li Bingbing, Duan Yihong and Sun Honglei opens February 10.

Newly released photos of Li Bingbing

With Duan Yihong

Pregnant Li Bingbing

(Sina)

“Nightclub Suspense Tales” opens Feb. 10

Chrissie Chau

Deng Jia Jia

Jill Hsu Jie-er (Sina)

Anthony Wong filming in Henan

Joey Wang turned 45 on January 30 and posted a recent picture for her fans in a surprise to her fan club.

Richard Mille celebrates the year of the dragon with a watch that not only pays tribute to the legendary creature, but also his personal friend, international kungfu superstar Jackie Chan. On the front of the RM 057, a dragon grips the tourbillon bridge in one of its claws, while on the back on the black onyx base plate, a round engraved Jackie Chan signature rotates once every 60 seconds in time with the tourbillon’s rotation. Limited edition of 36 pieces in 18K red gold or white gold with a red gold dragon. (A1)

CNA: Ethan Ruan begins serving national service

(Sina)

Daniel Wu: I’m totally not a romantic person (A1)

Dumped in the middle of the highway on way to airport

The singer declares that she wants to arrange for her soon-to-be-born son to marry Andy’s daughter MSN: Andy Lau and wife expecting a baby girl

Hong Kong singer Andy Lau was previously speculated to be expecting a baby boy with his wife. This may not be true anymore with the singer’s recent announcement.

MSN: Carina Lau claims Margie Tsang was “lucky” to have dumped Tony Leung

SGYahoo: Fans protecting Ron Ng

Actress Viann Zhang has become the target of numerous allegations with rumours of skin grafting and providing escort services. Recently, explicit photos of Viann were found circulating widely online tarnishing the name of actor Ron Ng.

With rumors that Hong Kong actress, Maggie Cheungunderwent plastic surgery to still be viable in the Chinese movie industry, the 47-year-old made a comeback with saying she is undeterred by ageing.

Don’t look now, but TVs may again be made in U.S.

Believe It Or Not: TV Manufacturing Returning To The US

Of course, they first looked at Mexico, but eventually realized that it was actually a better deal to manufacture in the US, saying it’s still cheaper on shipping both parts and final products and would allow the company to react faster to market changes. The company also believes they’ll save money in training and retaining workers in the US. Who knows if there’s more going on behind the scenes here, but considering how big a story it was when all TV manufacturing left the US, it’s certainly noteworthy that (at least at one plant) it’s come back from Asia.

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: White Vengeance review

Impressive costume drama about two warring leaders loses the plot halfway.

THR: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate review

The Bottom Line

An effects-infatuated swordplay extravaganza with no down time.

CRI: ’Flying Swords of Dragon Gate’ audio review

Director Tsui Hark has succeeded in creating a lasting impression on viewers with many of his wuxia films, including “New Dragon Gate Inn”. But will his new film “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” be as successful as its prequel?

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate: A new wu xia classic (CNA)

In sharp contrast to Peter Chan’s cerebral martial arts film “Wu Xia”, Tsui’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is a much more traditional wu xia film that is more boisterous and less melodramatic.

CRI: Tibetan Antelope Poacher Arrested 17 Years after Murder of Official(Variety)

Victim was subject of Lu Chuan’s “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol”

Orange Sky-Golden Harvest announced a series of classic film remakes for 2012. The first film will be the Cecilia Cheung-Richie Jen “Fly Me to Polaris”. No casting has been made yet. Also on the list of planned remakes: Stephen Chow’s “Fight Back to School”, “Tokyo Raiders” and “Marry a Rich Man”. (Sina)

CF: Shu Qi to Challenge Morality in “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi, best actress of the Golden Horse Awards, plays twin sisters who fall in love with a stage actor portrayed by Shawn Yue. The two sisters struggle with the discovery that they’ve slept with the same man.

Shu Qi

THR: Christian Bale’s ‘Flowers of War’ Already Top-Grossing Chinese Film of 2011

“Laughing Gor: Turning Point 2″ sees Laughing Gor go undercover as a prison inmate, to investigate the death of a police officer. 

And last week (51)

“The Flowers of War” bested “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” at the mainland box office over first four-day run, by both admissions and box office income. Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” opened to the No.1 place of mainland box office with $24.07 million over four days, while Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, which opened 4-hour earlier on the same day last Thursday, seconded the ranking with $22.42 million by Sunday night.

APA: Best of 2011: Chinese Films

Let the Bullets Fly, The Flowers of War, Love is Not Blind, and Piano in a Factory are amongst the best Chinese films of 2011.

“Love in the Buff” officially wrapped up shooting in Hong Kong on Christmas.

The movie is co-produced by Thailand and Hong Kong, China. Yue performs as a villain in the movie who going after a journalist and trying to kill her in order to keep his crime a secret.

Newly released stills from Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng.

Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng

Doomsday romantic comedy, “Love Shock” (lit. 2012 Is Coming), opens today. The film’s stars are from the Mainland, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan: Tanaka Chie, Wong You-Nam, Cheung Tat-Ming, Huang Xiaolei, Jung Hsiang, Li Jing, and Lee Seong-hyun.

(Sina)

“The Great Magician” opens January 12. (Sina)

Vivian Hsu promotes “Puss in Boots” for which she dubbed her voice.

Zhang Jingchu poses for a photo spread featured in the December issue of the lifestyle magazine “Femina”.

Director Sun Zhou’s latest romance “I Do” released a batch of new still photos featuring four leading actresses of the movie recently. Up and coming actress Li Bingbing performs as the leading character in the movie — a left-over business woman who insists to find her true love disregarding her growing age and the pressure from her parents

Li Bingbing and Sun Honglei, lead actors of the soon-to-be-released urban fashion romance “I Do”, posed for a photo shoot for a renowned fashion magazine in promoting their new movie.

Is Viann Zhang Xinyu an absentminded person, or a crafty starlet staking out her territory so as to boost her career in the entertainment business? 

Jackie Chan has 3 new TV commericals for V8 juice. Caught one the other day but can’t remember which one. Here they are on YouTube.com

MSN: Miriam Yeung may be having a baby boy

While Miriam is elated with her pregnancy, she is also fraught with worries.

In an earlier test, the singer was told that her baby faces a high risk of Down Syndrome. The singer has been advised to take a further test. However the test comes with an average risk of 1% of having a miscarriage.

Bolin and Lun-mei met on the set of Blue Gate Crossing 10 years ago. In the movie, they played a pair of lovers, who did not end up together in the end.

[Sweet! Finally, just watched Blue Gate Crossing last week!]

The Taiwanese singer jokingly grumbled that filming movie ‘The Viral Factor’ was like toying with his life.

It was rumoured that despite having her own manager, Hannah needs to get the green light from Jay before accepting a job. She is also not allowed to wear revealing clothes, or be intimate with other male celebrities on set.

China says man dies of bird flu

The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms on December 21 and was admitted to a hospital on December 25 because of severe pneumonia, the official Xinhua news agency said.

He died in the early afternoon of multiple organ failure, having tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the report added.

China says its most wanted man admits crimes (Canada Lai)

Beijing had sought the deportation of Lai Changxing for years, accusing him of running a multi-billion dollar smuggling ring in the southeastern city of Xiamen in the 1990s in one of China’s biggest political scandals in decades.

2009: China’s most-wanted man hopes to sell real estate here

December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Sleepless Fashion review

Strained light comedy set in Beijing’s fashion/media world. FBA: Mr. & Mrs. Single review

Gentle office rom-com of sexual misunderstandings does the business.

As a whole, the movie never reaches very far down, and is at pains to stay within the genre’s conventions, but as a gentle rather than aggressively modern rom-com it’s an above-average ride for 100 minutes.

CF: “The Flowers of War” Screened in LA

The latest “Mou girl” was finally revealed to the public, in Los Angeles, at a press conference. Her name is Ni Ni. She is 23 years old and has the auspicious birthday of 8.8.1988. Contacted by reporters, Ni Ni was described by a university teacher as easy, outgoing and a good Latin dancer. She is a 2007 graduate of CUCN (Communication University of China Nanjing) in Gansu Province. Previous reports revealed that Ni Ni’s character has a sex scene with Christian Bale, probably edited down for the domestic release. Zhang’s daughter, Zhang Mo, a former student at Columbia University and NYU Film School, served as a translator for Christian Bale.

Ni Ni

Ni Ni, Zhang Yimou (Sina)2

CF: Standoff in Box Office War Over Top Spot in Peak Season

CF: Two-faced Louis Koo in “Romancing in Thin Air”

Louis Koo plays the role of a celebrity actor who by virtue of his romantic films, had won five Best Actor awards. But in his real life, his own relationships had been less successful. After one particularly bad blow, he hides out in Shangri-La to get back on his feet.

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Trio

Still photos featuring actor Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan Li Yuchun, cast members in director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” were released.

Li Yuchun, Guei Lun-Mei

Louis Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)2

According to a interview with Terence Chang, Zhang Ziyi has signed on for John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” (lit. “Fatal Love”) Screenwriter is reported to be Wang Hui-Ling (”Lust, Caution”) and filming should begin in February. Louis Koo is said to be cast as her lover. Zhang Hanyu, Song Hye-Kyo and Chang Chen have been previously announced as cast.(Sina)(cn21)

Concept poster for “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D”

First look at the Monkey King

Seven fairies (Sina)

Stills of Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong in “I Do” (also, vide “Yes, I Do”) now in post-production. The young couple, after a seven year relationship that began in college, breaks up over money issues. Sun Honglei also stars in the film directed by Sun Zhou.

(Sina)

Jordan Chan and Li Fei-er began shooting “Ghost Marriage” in Beijing today. Co-directed by Bosco Lam Chi-Ho, the thriller will be filmed in 3D. (Sina)

Jordan Chan recently guested at “White Vengeance” costar, Leon Lai’s, Hong Kong concert. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng and Connie Chan appeared at Hong Kong’s Harbour City to launch a Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation charity event. Connie has been a foundation ambassador for the past ten years.

(Sina)

Bona Film Group celebrated its first anniversary of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market. Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones and CEO Yu Dong were on hand for the ceremony. Zeta-Jones also praised “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” after seeing a preview screening of the trailer on the Times Square LED screen.

Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yu Dong

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

“Screw you. You [the Hong Kong press] are full of crap,” he snapped.

In film-related news, a pirated copy of You Are the Apple of My Eye went viral online and received some 140,000 hits on YouTube within a couple of days before it was blocked on Sunday.

MSN: Kelly Chan confirms her second child is a boy

Kelly revealed that she is having a baby boy. The singer joked that she would call her son “xiao long bao (soup dumpling)”, because the baby would be born in the Year of the Dragon.

One of the highlights of the night included a tribute to Cheung’s godmother, the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum.

Ron Ng’s girlfriend Zhang Xinyu was recently suspected of uploading a photo of herself on the actor’s microblog at around 1am on Dec 7.

TVB senior executive Virginia Lok expressed that she understood that Ron’s microblog had been hacked.

July 14, 2011

July 14, 2011

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Andy Lau Rescues Hit Kung Fu Film

Equal parts bone-cracking, sidesplitting and heartbreaking, Gallants is the sort of Hong Kong kung fu comedy you wish got made more often.

Best-selling novel-turned-movie to be released in cinemas

The Killer Who Never Kills

The movie follows the life of a contract killer who does not have the heart to kill anyone but uses deceit and trickery to give the appearance that he has killed his targets.

Produced by prolific Hong Kong actor Eric Tsang and directed by Taiwanese director Apple Lee, the movie stars Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao in the title role, while Taiwanese starlet Lin Chen-shi plays the female protagonist and love interest Hsiao Li.

CRI: ‘Winds of September’ Director Takes on New Film

“CJ7″ starlet Xu Jiao will portray the leading character, while Rene Liu and Harlem Yu are set to play her parents who are going through marital problems. (Sina)

A1: Tony Leung to play Lee Kuan Yew in upcoming ‘1965′ movie2

Heavyweights such as Maggie Cheung and Hollywood actress Julianne Moore are also slated to star in the movie, which will be directed by Hong Kong director, Peter Chan. [The Sina report cites Carina Lau's weibo, but I can't find the post.] (Sina)

KwongWah

Shu Qi and mainland TV actress Tong Liya have agreed to appear in the Stephen Chow-Derek Kwok Monkey King/Journey to the West film according to news reports. Shu Qi will play the White-Boned Demon and Tong Liya, the Spider Demon, and Wen Zhang, Tripitaka. The status of Show Luo is up in the air as he was originally cast as the Monkey King. Chow has quietly started filming at Hengdian. The film has a new Chinese title, “Journey to the West Legendary Demon Slayer”.  (Xinhua)(Sina)

The three different city backgrounds in the posters hint at clues to the story: Shenzhen for Daniel Wu, Shanghai for Louis Koo, Hong Kong for Lau Ching-Wan.

Combined edition poster(Sina-gallery)

New York premiere of Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Nicole Kidman and Li Bingbing

“Tiger Mom” Amy Chua (in red) and her two daughters, Lucy Liu, Wendi Deng

With Ben Kingsley

Other guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Ivanka Trump, Keith Urban, Gabourey Sidibe and Harvey Weinstein.

(Sina)234 (Sina-slideshow)

Peter Chan, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Peter Chan and Takeshi Kaneshiro met with People’s University students in Beijing. As a surprise gift, Chan brought previously unseen deleted fight scenes featuring Kaneshiro from Wu Xia. (Sina)

The two Hong Kong celebrities missed each other by 20 minutes

The Tse family had reportedly hired an ex-FBI agent to snoop on Cecilia after her in-flight meeting with Edison. They were rumoured to have acquired enough information to guarantee Nicholas a win during the custody battle.

(Xinhua-gallery)

Nicholas Tse looks set to head for a costly divorce settlement.

(July 14) Cecilia was in Shanghai for an event and looked especially thin.

Sammi Cheng, Zhou Dongyu, Guo Jingjing and other celebrities also attended the event

(Sina-gallery)2

June 13, 2011

June 13, 2011

THR: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy review

FBA: Shanghai has starry opening

FBA: Sharp elbows and acid tongues at Shanghai seminar

CRI: Shanghai Int’l Film Festival Opens with Rainy Glitz

Miscellaneous pics from the red carpet walk at the Shanghai International Film Festival grand opening

Chen Kun and Kitty Zhang Yuqi walked a rainy red carpet Saturday (Sina)

Li Bingbing walked with the crew of Jackie Chan’s “1911″ (Sina)

And then again with Jeon Ji-Hyun for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

Jiang Yiyan wore butterflies on her shoulder, for Jacob Cheung’s Rest on Your Shoulder and later returned in a red dress for Gordon Chan’s The Four Marshals

Rest on Your Shoulders cast Jiang Yiyan, Guei Lun-Mei, Chen Kun, Gigi Leung (Sina)2

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Zilin (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu (Sina)

The Sorceror and the White Snake’s Yang Zi, Huang Shengyi (Sina)

Also, check out more pics at Ed’s Favorite Hong Kong actresses

CRI: Stars Promote Xinhai Revolution Tribute Film

Stars promote the upcoming historical film, “1911,” during the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival on Sunday.

First Person: Bey Logan

Frankly, the Hong Kong film industry doesn’t want white people around. That’s why there are none. If you look at the industry in the 10-15 years I’ve been here, how many other white guys have there been? Maybe a couple, not many.

CF: ”Love on Credit” Promoted in Shanghai

CF: Cast Members Promote “Overheard 2″ in Shanghai

CRI:  “Intimate Enemies” Moves on to Chengdu

“Intimate Enemies” is a bit like the 2005 film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith” but instead of being set in the world of espionage, this film is set against the backdrop of the commercial market. The film will touch on topics such as corporate takeovers.

CRI: Golden Goblet Nominee ‘Mr. Tree’ Screened

Mr. Tree poster

Alan Tam, Vivian Hsu and Vic Chou promote their film Live With Fashion in Shanghai

Vivian Hsu, Vic Chou

(Sina)2

CF: Here Comes “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

Wayne Wang: ‘Snow Flower’ not a ‘Joy Luck Club’ rehash (AP)

CRI: How a Chinese Story Gets Told in an Int’l Way

Li Bingbing

Promotional poster cookie

My Kingdom cast promotes film while director Gao Xiaosong serves 6 month sentence for drunken driving.

Action director Sammo Hung

Han Geng, Barbie Hsu, Wu Chun

Magician Liu Qian’s first acting role (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

FBA: ScreenSingapore wraps on high note

Tom Hanks, Zhang Ziyi and South Korean Lee Byung-hun brought ScreenSingapore to a successful close Saturday night. Zhang Ziyi wore a purple dress from Chanel and sported a new hairstyle.

Tom Hanks, Zhang Ziyi, Lee Byung-hun

Tom Hanks’ new film “Larry Crowne” closed the week-long festival

A1: West isn’t always best, says Zhang

“It’s good if we can get a chance to go there and experience what filming is like there. But if there’s nothing suitable, we shouldn’t force ourselves to take on any role just so we can be in Hollywood.”

A1: Van Ness Wu insulted by Hollywood

“All the people they are casting are Caucasian. The names of the characters are Tetsuo and Kaneda…but they want Justin Timberlake and Robert Pattison,” scoffed Wu.

Chen Kun and Zhang Yuqi promote Qian Xuesen in Shanghai

The film is a biography of the father of China’s space program, a rocket scientist deported from the US. (Sina)

Bound for Toronto

Zhao Benshan has been approved to immigrate to Canada having passed his medical examination. According to reports Zhao has sought to immigrate and applied to Canadian authorities as early as 2008. (Xinhua)

Shu Qi’s recent posts to Weibo have netizens worried that she is depressed

June 12

How many tears can one woman have? (Xinhua)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung is said to be joining Edison Chen’s company soon

A1: Nicholas’ sister arrives in KL to comfort him

CRI: Carina Lau Denies IVF Attempt

A1: Who’s Nicking the spotlight?

Netizens are speculating that Wong Jing is the mastermind behind the rash of reports on Tse’s crumbling marriage…And Nick Cheung’s buckteeth are his own.

MSN: Dee Hsu revealed that Barbie Hsu was troubled over her marriage

MSN: Selina: Physiotherapy works better than crying

Hong Kong, First Hand

HK Magazine’s memorable interview quotes over the years

  • “Hong Kong is like a hotel to most people, not a home. Everyone fled with their cash before 1997, came back again when Hong Kong looked fine and fled with their cash again when SARS broke out.” - Jackie Chan, martial arts star.
  • “I used to love Hong Kong. I had hopes for it, and that’s why I was constantly critical. Now I just hate it. I look at the younger generation, young couples hugging teddy bears in the street—what hope do we have?” - Anthony Wong, actor.
  • “One day when I was skateboarding, a fat man in short pants asked me if I wanted to be an actor. I refused. It was a time when a lot of ‘model scouts’ were trying to rip off wannabes. This guy looked worst than most. It was Fruit Chan.” - Sam Lee, actor.

May 16, 2011

May 16, 2011

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FBA: Tang leaves Party early

FBA: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy review (6/10)

Okay but over-long costume hijinks that turn rather dark in the second half

FBA: Bullets fires up volley of Cannes deals

The response has been very good so far and we’re very close to announcing our partners for Germany, North America and French-speaking territories very soon,” said EMP CEO Albert Lee.

FBA: Wu Xia puts style over substance

CF: Stars of “Wu Xia” in Cannes

CRI: Two Bingbings Luminous Presence in Cannes

CRI: Fan Bingbing and Jang Dong-gun Promote “My Way” at Cannes

CF:Heroes of Nanking” Fixes Overseas Sales Company

Fan Bingbing doing an interview in leopard print dress

Keep your eyes peeled for the June Marie Claire, featuring Li Bingbing on the cover. Photography by Chen Man. I know I will.

MSN: Zhang Ziyi initiated split from Vivi Nevo

Currently busy promoting her latest movie Love for Life, Zhang Ziyi admitted that she was the one who initiated the split from her former boyfriend, Vivi Nevo, citing cultural differences as the main reason for their split.

MSN: Lynn Xiong’s mother unhappy with Aaron Kwok’s betrothal amount

According to sources, Lynn Xiong’s mother flew in from Nanjing to meet her future son-in-law in Hong Kong. Lynn’s mother reportedly asked for a huge amount of money from the 45-year-old singer as a betrothal gift.

Aaron Kwok hit with costly dowry

The skinflint Aaron is no doubt being reminded of the huge dowries paid by other Hong Kong celebrities.

Faye Wong’s a redhead

Sheren Tang blasts TVB

A1: HK drama series portrays controversial scenes, draws flak

A Hong Kong TVB drama serial has been raising eyebrows for some controversial scenes that portray rape, sadism and homo-eroticism.

CNA: A-mei dating mystery man, changing ‘manly’ ways

Bob Dylan: “Allow Me to Clarify This So-called China Controversy…” (CDT)

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

May 3, 2011

May 3, 2011

Wing Shya: ‘I see beauty in everything’ (CNNGo)

Celebrated Hong Kong photographer Wing Shya tells us about the most beautiful people he has ever photographed and why it is all in the eyes

Interview: ‘Buddha Mountain’

Controversial Chinese director Li Yu talks to Wang Ge about Buddha Mountain, her tough childhood, and the demons she has tamed.

CRI: Directors Jiang and De Niro Meet in New York

CRI: Shu Qi and Liu Ye:Loving Birds in New Film

Romance film “A Beautiful Life” released new photos featured Shu Qi and Liu Ye. (Sina)

CF: ”Detective Dee” Makes a Record in France

Photos of Liao Fan and Andy Lau on the set of The Founding of a Party

Liao Fan

Liao Fan, Andy Lau

(Sina-gallery)

Wilson Yip, Liu Yifei (May 2)

Liu Yifei and Wilson Yip visited Soochow University in Taipei to promote A Chinese Ghost Story (Xinhua)

Li Bingbing promoted the launch of the official website for Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Li Bingbing will have many lines of dialogue in English in the film though she admitted her proficiency was not that high. She also stressed that the film did not involve homosexuality as reported in the press. When asked, Li Bingbing said that she didn’t know the background as to why Zhang Ziyi was dropped by producer Wendi Deng. The film will be released on July 15 after debuting at Cannes.

(Sina-gallery)

Actor Tong Dawei recently blogged that Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Heroes may be getting another new English title, to “Rescue”, under advice from Hollywood experts. (Sina)

Oxide Pang’s interaction and discussion with fans on his weibo is helping to generate good word of mouth for The Detective 2 since opening on April 29. (Sina)

Gu Changwei’s Till Death Do Us Part opens May 10.

Zhang Ziyi

(Sina)

THR/AP: 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy’ takes $6.7 Million Globally

Sex and Zen is to be released in South Korea on May 12 and in France, India and Italy in June.

Sukie Shek Wing-Lei (of Freeze) sings “Bliss”, the theme song for 3D Sex and Zen: Extreme Ecstasy.

Andrew Lin became a father over the weekend. His wife delivered baby Zachary in Los Angeles. Andrew flew in from Beijing where he has been working on the special effects for Man With the Iron Fist and Qian Xuesen.

(Sina-slideshow)(AnD)

Edison Chen performing at the Chengdu Music Festival last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

A1: Nicholas Tse gives KL fans the slip

Nicholas Tse has arrived ahead of schedule to film the eagerly-awaited Against War movie.Zhang Ziyi: No hurry to marry

MSN: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng to wed in France?

Rumour has it that Andy Hui & Sammi Cheng will be getting hitched this OctoberMSN: Richard Chang labeled insincere and guilt ridden

MSN: Jay Chou laments about agingJay Chou getting too old for showbiz? (CNA)

Jay laments that he’s “getting older and unable to dance due to shortness of breath, which is why all the fast songs are arranged at the end of the concert.”

CNA: Remus Choi of Cantopop band Grasshopper arrested for drunk driving

CNA: Show Luo: Jolin Tsai has bad ‘table manners’

Show Luo revealed that fellow Taiwan singer Jolin Tsai has bad manners at the Mahjong table, during an appearance on a Chinese variety show on Thursday

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