HKMDB Daily News

April 25, 2012

April 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Chapman To ill

Hong Kong media reports that Chapman To has been diagnosed with Miller Fisher Syndrome and has stopped all work to recuperate from home. In a telephone interview, Chapman said that doctors have sent his blood sample to a US laboratory to diagnose the severity. A recovery period of two weeks to six months is estimated. Although potentially fatal, Chapman was optimistic and expects to recover. (Sina)

FBA: US regulator probes China film relations

US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission has made preliminary enquiries into whether Hollywood studios have been involved in bribery in China.

Variety: SEC eyes majors’ activity in China

Three character posters for Hur Jin-ho’s “Dangerous Liasions”. The film will be going to the Cannes Film Festival next month. (FBA)

Cecilia Cheung

Jang Dong-gun

Zhang Ziyi (Sina)2

CF: Wuxia Drama “The Four” Slated for Release in July

CF: First Trailer for “Double Trouble” Released

Jacyee Chan portrays a Taiwan security guard while Xia Yu plays a security guard visiting Taiwan from the mainland. The two men, along with a tour guide portrayed by Chen Handian, get into trouble following a burglary at the Imperial Palace.

Chen Han-Dian, Deng Jiajia, Xia Yu, Jaycee Chan, director Chang Hsun-Wei

(Sina-gallery)

“Double Trouble” trailer

Poster for “Shadows of Love” (aka “Repeat I Love You”)

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-woo are flanked by Jing Tian, Sphinx Ting, Jing Boran and Angela Chang (Sina)

“Shadows of Love” trailer

Opens May 11

CRI: Aaron Kwok Promotes “Cold War” in Beijing

“Cold War” is a crime-thriller which tells an interlinked story involving the police, undercover cops and mindless thugs. The storyline is incredibly broad but also very elaborate, covering the entire Hong Kong Police force.

Aarif Lee, Aaron Kwok, and Tony Leung Ka-Fai promote “Cold War” in Beijing. The cast also includes Charlie Young, Ethan Ruan, Chin Ka-Lok Terence Yin and others.

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Aaron Kwok

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Aaron Kwok (Sina)

The cast of “An Inaccurate Memoir” in Shanghai

Director Leon Yang Shu-Peng

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi - We can be heroes, just for one day

Zhang Xinyi, Zhang Yi

Wang Lie (Sina)

Trailer for “An Inaccurate Memoir”

Angelababy promotes “The First Time” in Beijing. American-born singer Cindy Yen and Angelababy sing a duet in the film. Angelababy plays a young girl with a congenital disease who is in a romance with Mark Chao. A June 8 release is scheduled.

Angelababy

Angelababy, Cindy Yen

Korean director Han Yan

Cindy Yen plays Mark Chao’s ex-girlfriend

Angelababy

(Sina)2

‘Mou girl’ Ni Ni and Liu Ye will co-star in “Sha Jie” (literally “Forbidden Killing”). The pair will play lovers and enemies at the same time. The film hopes to balance art and commerce, a la “Lust, Caution”.

Ni Ni, Liu Ye

Ni Ni

Director Zhang Jiarui, Liu Ye, Ni Ni

Liu Ye presents Ni Ni with a dagger (Sina-gallery)

MSN: Andy Lau to join the line-up for Iron Man 3?

MSN: Sean Lau Ching Wan is trying hard for a baby

MSN: Maggie Shiu suspected to be pregnant

March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Studio complex puts China in the picture

Huairou Film Base hopes to lure Westerners

In a recent coup for Huairou, Keanu Reeves signed on to shoot “Man of Tai Chi,” a $32 million contemporary chopsocky and tai chi actioner that will film here. The cast includes Tiger Chen and Karen Mok, with Reeves as a bad guy — and martial arts choreography by Yuen Woo-ping (”The Matrix”).

Variety: Film is art to Chinese helmer Lu Chuan

Local auds didn’t flock to “City of Life and Death” in expected numbers, partially because Lu made the Japanese general in the war movie a real character.

Now the director wants his vision to appeal to auds in the booming China market as he gets ready to unveil “The Last Supper,” a costume drama about two warring generals, toplining mainland-friendly stars Liu Ye, Daniel Wu and Taiwanese thesp Chang Chen.

FBA: Audience invited to all or nothing Supper

Qin Lan as Empress Lu in “The Last Supper”, opening July 5th

Qin Lan

Liu Ye, Qin Lan, Daniel Wu, Chang Chen at recent Beijing press conference (Sina)

Daniel Wu

Liu Ye

Chang Chen (Sina-gallery)

Trailer for “The Last Supper”

Gong Li will play Empress Wu in “Tang Dynasty Mystic/Mystery Map”

Two versions of the film are in the pipeline, with Jacob Cheung Chi-Leung directing and Tony Ching Siu-Tung producing and filming to begin in July. An international US-China version hopes to get Danny Boyle to direct with an unnamed actress in the lead.

Gong Li

(Sina)23

First stills from Guan Hu’s black comedy “Design of Death”

A quack doctor (Simon Yam) performs an autopsy to determine whether the cause of a death is a murder or an accident. The setting is an ancient village in the mountains.

Simon Yam

Yu Nan atop a coffin

Huang Bo

Alec Su (Sina)

CF: China’s First Banned Film Released after 60 Years

After its premier in 1951, the film was soon caught up in ideological disputes, which saw it pilloried as being pro-capitalist, a severe accusation in an era characterized by its black-and-white politics. However, Mao Zedong’s criticism of the film, in which he labeled it as carrying a message detrimental to the principles of socialism, was perhaps the main reason behind the banning of the film.

(Sina)

MSN: Showbiz boss Albert Yeung dishes the dirt on celebrity scandals

Jackie Chan, Elaine Ng (Sina)2

WaPo: Hong Kong selects new leader after tumultuous contest

After a boisterous but highly undemocratic contest featuring feuding tycoons, dark rumors of closet communism and a host of scandals over sex, gangsters and an illegal wine cellar, Hong Kong elites on Sunday selected a wealthy, China-backed populist as the new leader of this former British colony.

SCMP: Leung wins chief executive race

“We, Hong Kong people, have no rights to cast our votes, We come here just to voice our anger,”

“We already have no right to vote in the real election. Why should we be deprived of our rights even in a fake one?”

April 20, 2011

April 20, 2011

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THR: Bona Bumps Up ‘Magician’ to Christmas to Battle ‘13 Flowers

Tony Leung and Christian Bale will go head to head Dec. 22.

CRI: Shi Nansun and Johnny To Join Cannes JuryFBA: Hong Kong duo join Cannes jury

Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun and producer-director Johnny To were announced Monday, April 18 as members of the jury that will judge the main competition entries at the Cannes festival this year.

Official poster released for the restored reissue of the original A Chinese Ghost Story

Ghost Story - Leslie Cheung Commemorative Version (87 Edition) (Xinhua)(Sina)

The fundamental reason to screen the film again is to commemorate Cheung, according to the production company of the film. It is reported they have spent a lot of money on the film’s renovations, mainly on visual and sound effects.

A sex scene between Chinese beauty Crystal Liu Yi Fei and Louis Koo in “A Chinese Ghost Story” has apparently been lost to the cutting room floor for its 18-rated theatrical release in Malaysia.

“The Founding of A Party” released new photos featuring actress Dong Jie as Soong Chingling

The final poster for A Beautiful Life is released

Liu Ye

(Sina)2

According to Pang, over 100 stars will be present at the red carpet on April 23. Image ambassadors to the BJIFF, Jackie Chan and Zhang Ziyi, will arrive together with Zhang Guoli, Tang Wei, Leon Lai, Korean movie stars: Cha Tae Hyen and Park Chae Rim at the red carpet.

The first Beijing International Film Festival (23-28 April) gets an early start tonight with the world premiere of The Lost Bladesman starring Donnie Yen and Jiang Wen.

The local marketing campaign has proved controversial for highlighting the role of relative newcomer Jing Tian, who headlined last year’s romantic comedy My Belle Boss.

Moviegoers in Hong Kong are furious that busty soft porn actress Vonnie Lui Hoi Yan did not really expose her nipples as advertised in the erotic film “3D Sex And Zen: Extreme Ecstasy”, reported Headline Daily. She said: “I really did expose my two nipples, which was what was required in the contract.”[An "all points" bulletin alert was called for immediately!]

Cecilia needed to ask her assistant what her husband said on stage and was “peeved” when she knew that Nicholas did not thank her on stage.

Kelly Lin, April cover

(Xinhua-gallery)

Here comes another remarkably quick marriage. Rising actress Zhang Yuqi and award-winning director Wang Quan’an are a couple for real.

Kitty Zhang Yuqi, Wang Quan’an

MSN: Jay Chou plans to open restaurant in China

Jay Chou is not only a singer, an actor and a director, he is also a boss. The man owns Mr. J, a chain of restaurants, in Taiwan.

March 14, 2011

March 14, 2011

Variety: H.K.’s Filmart gets Beijing accent

The 15 years of Hong Kong Filmart have been a busy and transformative decade and a half in the territory, a period during which Cantonese movies developed a pronounced Mandarin accent, reflecting deepening cross-border relations with mainland China.

Co-production is always a big theme at this key event at the Hong Kong Intl. Film Festival, especially co-productions with the booming Chinese mainland.”

In the early days, co-production meant working with China to get a mainland release. But now the emergence of the China market has changed that frame of mind. The emergence of the China market has been a godsend, as we watched Hong Kong’s market share in Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia and other regional markets diminish. In the past two to three years, co-productions have gradually evolved into co-productions in a real sense,” says Albert Lee, chief executive of Emperor Motion Pictures.

FBA: Lover’s Discourse awarded in Osaka

International edition of poster for Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and The Secret Fan. Release is set for July 15. (tom.com) (Xinhua)

CRI: Foreign Poster for “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”

Don’t Go Breaking My Heart poster released on White Day (30 days after Valentine’s Day, when men receive chocolates and gifts from women) (Sina)

Beautiful Life poster

Beautiful Life - Shu Qi

Andrew Lau’s Beautiful Life opens the summer film season on May 20. Shu Qi plays a Hong Kong woman who comes to Beijing and in the process disrupts the lives of Liu Ye and Tian Liang who plays his brother. Anthony Wong also costars. (Sina)2

CRI: Shu Qi’s new film to open during summer season

Yu Shaoqun - A Chinese Fairy Tale

Yu Shaoqun hopes to pay tribute to Leslie Cheung in his portrayal in the update to A Chinese Ghost Story (Sina)

Simon Yam

Huang Shengyi

(Mar.13) Simon Yam and the cast of The Man Behind the Courtyard House promoted the film and anti-piracy in Guangzhou. Simon said he dared not let his daughter watch this movie. The film opens March 25. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Simon Yam’s view of Shanghai (Mar.10)

March 13 - Andy Lau is in Beijing doing post-production dubbing for The Founding of The Party (Sina)

Josie Ho starring in The Liaisons

Liaisons is a stage drama by Frederic Mao that reworks the classic Cantonese opera The Purple Hairpin. Alan Mak and Felix Chong wrote the script. The Liaisons: The next frontier for Cantonese opera

Weibo

Faye Wong finished her series of concerts in Hong Kong. She dedicated her song Heart Sutra to the victims of the earthquakes in Japan and Yunnan. Guests in the audience included Eason Chan, Sandy Lam, Mona Fong, and Virginia Lok. Faye considered cancelling the post-concert celebration party but after discussions decided to carry on as planned in order to cherish and celebrate the company of friends and family.

Faye Wong

Sandy Lam

Carina Lau, Zing (Mar.12)

Zing, Faye (Mar.11)

(Sina-slide show)2(Xinhua)

CNA: Faye Wong to perform in Singapore in October

Kelly Chen’s home in Kadoorie Hill was staked out by the media but there were no signs of Kelly and her family. Besides her age, the additional complications of having twins, Kelly’s work scheduled were speculated by the media as possible factors in her having the miscarriage. (Sina)

Kelly Chen miscarries twin girls at five months

According to media reports, Kelly Chen had known early in March there were problems with her pregnancy. Due to her unstable condition, her doctor had ordered her to five days bed rest. Thus, she was in the hospital when the miscarriage of her twins occured. (Sina)

Johnnie To, Sammi Cheng, Louis Koo(?) dining in Shangi-La

Friday, Yunnan Province experienced a 5.8 earthquake near where Johnnie To and cast are filming High Altitude Romance. More than twenty people died when buildings collapsed. Sammi assured fans that she was safe via her microblog. (Sina)

The spa featured in Feng Xiaogang’s If You Are the One in Hokodate, Hokkaido was reported flooded by the tsunami this weekend. The location became a popular site with Chinese site after the movie’s release. 2009: Hit China movie aids Hokkaido’s tourism Feng’s After Shock was set for release in Japan on March 26 but is likely to be postponed now. Pang Ho-Cheung and Peggy Chiao were in Tokyo and Osaka during the earthquake and microblogged their experience of it. (Sina)

Angelababy was called back home to Hong Kong by her manager after she was evacuated from her hotel into the middle of the street in Tokyo during the earthquake (Sina-slide show)

January 25, 2011

January 25, 2011

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CRI: Gong Li Promotes ‘Shanghai’ in South Korea (Sina-slide show)

Gong Li says all cultures connected

CRI: Tsui Hark Offers Service for 3-D Filmmaking

FBA: Don Quixote review (5/10)

Chinese comic version of Cervantes’ fool-hero lacks pathos and drama below its 3-D surface.

HK: If You Are the One 2 review

It’s billed as a romantic comedy, but both romance and comedy make mere cameos here.

GlobalTimes: Creativity weak link in China’s film industry

China’s Rise: The Kung Fu Film Version

Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng will team up again with Johnnie To and Wai Ka-Fai in March after the release of Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (Single Men and Women). The production will head to the high altitudes of Yunnan Province. Sammi plays an mainland truck driver and Louis, as in The Road Less Traveled, a van driver, in this touching romance. (Sina)

Poster for Underdog Knight 2

Liu Ye

The sequel, as in the original, is directed by Ding Sheng.

Underdog Knight is scheduled for a April 1 release. (Sina)

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible premiere press conference in Beijing (Jan. 24)

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Wen Zhang, Li Qin, Vincent Kok, Peter Chan

He Yunwei, Vincent Kok, Li Jing

(Xinhua)(Sina)

CNA: Andy Lau’s art immitates life in “Shaolin”

Hong Kong’s ‘Heavenly King’ talks Zen, his cautious relationship with Fan Bingbing and warns about the age of the Internet as he promotes his latest film, ‘Shaolin Temple’

He may have missed out on making out with Cameron Diaz in his Hollywood debut, The Green Hornet, but Jay Chou doesn’t mind.

Still self-centered? No way!

CNNGo: Stanley Ho loses control of his empire

Family feud erupts over Macau casino king’s billions

Macau gambling king Stanley Ho has accused members of his family of robbing him of most of his multi-billion dollar fortune in a domestic feud that could complicate succession of the ailing tycoon’s vast empire.


CNNGo: China to create world’s largest city
A city twice the size of Wales and 26 times the size of London. In China it’s not just possible, it’s being planned

September 30, 2010

September 30, 2010

To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Women’s Day and changes of role of woman in modern society, 10 Mainland films made by women filmmakers over the past three decades will be shown in the “Chinese Film Panorama 2010: A Feminine Perspective” from October 14 to November 7.

FBA: Mei Ah takes Grand Master rights

The Grand Master, which takes another look at Ip Man, the martial arts ace credited with teaching the wing chun style of kung fu to Bruce Lee, is tentatively set for release at 2011 Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb).

CRI: ’Aftershock’ to Grab Oscar Entry

The blockbuster film, “Aftershock,” which is the most successful film ever made in China, has been chosen to compete for the nomination at the 83rd Academy Awards next February.

Entertaining but throwaway whodunit set in Ancient China.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing and Winston Chao celebrate as the movie “The 1911 Revolution” started filming in Fuxin City of northeast China’s Liaoning Province on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

Jackie Chan, Li Bingbing, Winston Chao

(Sina-gallery)

More on Stephen Chow’s New Journey to the West. Chow has personally invited Maggie Cheung to appear in his film. In addition, Will and Jaden Smith may be guest stars. Taking advantage of the Monkey King’s legendary 72 transformation, Chow will use this as a premise to cast many celebrities and guest stars. (Xinhua)2 [I can see Maggie now as Princess Iron Fan!]

Josie Ho, Jude Law

Josie Ho was tight-lipped about working with Jude Law in Contagion but met at an event in Hong Kong. (Sina)

CRI: Cherrie Ying, Jordan Chan Publish Uniform Wedding Photos

Liu Ye in a fall/winter fashion shoot for GQ

(Sina-slide show)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu at a recent magazine promotion event (Sina-slide show)

Jet Li attending the unveiling of his wax (un)likeness at Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds

(Sina-slide show)

Elaine Ng

Elaine Ng was in Hong Kong for a skin care brand yesterday. She resides in Shanghai and is a former actress most well known as the mother of Jackie Chan’s “Dragon Seed” daughter who is now 11 years old. Still unmarried, Ng says her daughter knows who her father is but they rarely discuss it. (Xinhua)

Fuzzy Photos Dept: Faye Wong recently celebrated husband Li Yapeng’s birthday in Beijing. At one point, Faye coaxed friend Zhao Wei on stage to join her for a karaoke rendition of a Karen Mok song, ‘He Doesn’t Love Me’.

Faye Wong, Zhao Wei (Xinhua)2

Carina Lau

Carina Lau recently posted a collection of photos from her 7-day ‘Roman Holiday’ on her micro-blog. (Xinhua-gallery)

George Lam, Sally Yeh

Despite regular rumors of divorce, Sally Yeh appeared at George Lam’s recent Hong Kong concert. The concert was recorded and will be released later as a DVD. (Sina)

Patrick Tse showing off his ‘guns’

“The Chinese Jack Palance”

74 year-old Patrick Tse was seen with girlfriend Coco (47 years her junior) at Shanghai Airport. (Sina)

Rosemary

Rosemary was officially charged with 3 misdemeanor counts for her auto accident involving the Reno arch: hit-and-run, illegal right turn and not having insurance. The trial date for these charges will be on Dec. 8. The court hearing date for the more serious felony drug possession arrest is on Oct. 19. (Sina)

Hong Kong model’s Reno trial set for Dec. 8 for crash into landmark arch

Stephen Chow’s mother

Young Stephen and family

Resigned to a bachelor son, declares Stephen Chow’s mum (Sina)2

August 26, 2010

August 26, 2010

Aroma City: Athena Chu Fantasy Film to Be Released in December (CRI)

The film is about the romance between a fairy who has sweet smell but is an aphasiac and a young man from a wealthy family. The beautiful and innocent fairy saves the young man’s life and eventually falls in love with him.

CRI: Taiwan Film “Monga” to Compete for Oscar

CRI: Jia Zhangke Takes ‘I Wish I Knew’ to Toronto

FBA: Aftershock (唐山大地震) (7/10)

Long-limbed drama is surprisingly moving without being a simple tearjerker.

Contrary to expectations and the pre-release hype, Aftershock is neither a CGI-heavy disaster epic nor a melodramatic wallow.

Jackie’s stepped into it again!

Jackie Chan draws flak for tweets on Manila hostage-taking

He said that the 11-hour standoff, which led to the death of hostage-taker Rolando Mendoza and 8 Hong Kong tourists, was also hard for the Filipino people, particularly the police.

“If they killed the guy sooner, they will say why not negotiate first? If they negotiate first, they ask why not kill the guy sooner? So sad,” Chan tweeted.

Hong Kongers weren’t very pleased with Chan’s comments. Moments after, they set up a Facebook groups to criticize the actor, such as “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent Hong Kong” and “Jackie Chan doesn’t represent me.”

WSJ: In Hong Kong, Tributes and Backlash Follow Hostage Deaths

Johnnie To is said to be ready to begin shooting a new film in November based on the recent real-life Chongqing anti-corruption crackdown. [At least one senior Chongqing official was executed.] A script has been submitted and awaiting final approval by the film review board. Casting possibilities include Sun Honglei and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. (Sina) (Related)

Don Quixote poster featuring Paul Chun

Paul Chun feels lucky to watch process of making 3D movie (Sina)

Passion, tension in Stool Pigeon

Guei Lun-Mei (Kwai Lun-Mei), Nicholast Tse

(Sina)

Duan Yihong - Wind Blast

Wind Blast, Let the Bullets Fly marks the return of manly men films aimed to attract both male and female audiences.

Wind Blast poster - Killers version features Francis Ng, Yu Nan (Sina)2

Yao Chen, Liu Ye

Yao Chen

Yao Chen and Liu Ye shoot a magazine spread ahead of their October release of Color Me Love directed by Alexi Tan (Blood Brothers) and produced by Terence Chang for Lion Rock Productions. (Sina)

SG: Vicki Zhao refuses to talk about marriage

(Xinhua)

Koni Lui - “Center gate wide open” dress draws flak

Gillian Chung: Do daring bed scenes? ‘I haven’t thought about it’

Three years ago, chugging beer and indulging in a passionate on-screen smooch with a co-star would probably stand no chance of making it onto Gillian Chung’s resume…

HKStandard: Blundering siege cops suspended

Fish with tongue caught in Guangdong!

(Xinhua)

July 13, 2010

July 13, 2010

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Poster for advance ticket sales for Aftershock shows discounted prices prior to opening. (Sina)

FBA: The Perfect Match (終極匹配) (5/10)

Patchy Mainland rom-com largely kept afloat by the performance of Hongkonger Daniel Chan as the playboy.

CRI: Liu Ye to Star in Peter Chan’s New Film

The film project “Waiting”, which director Peter Chan has been trying to get off the ground for 10 years, was sent to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) for approval on Monday (July 12th).

Simon Yam - Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse

Simon Yam, Francis Ng

New Midnight Hearbeat/Pulse trailer released (Sina)2

Liu Ye - Sharpshooter poster,

a TV drama directed by Teng Wen-Ji (Chess King, Yellow River Ballad) (Sina)

Cai Lifo start ceremony

The film stars Sammo Hung, Sammy Hung and Eric Tsang

Wang Jiayin has been added to the cast, Lin Chi-Ling was originally expected to join but was said not to have time to practice martial arts. Elsewhere, Lin Chi-Ling is said to be box-office poison after having flopped in a recent Japanese TV series and Treasure Hunter.

Su Qianwei film debut in Cai Lifo

Su Qianwei and Yuen Wah (Sina)

Angelababy will begin shooting the film version of the Taiwan idol gangster drama Black & White with Mark Chao (Zhao You-Ting) (Sina)

Charlene Choi

(July 11) Charlene reportedly looked gaunt and thinner at a recent autograph session for her new CD. (Sina)

Pepsi-Cola’s 10 million yuan ad campaign features a modern Journey to West with Huang Xiaoming, Jolin Tsai, Louis Koo and Show Luo. The ad unveils July 11 in Beijing.

(Xinhua-slide show)

Fan Bingbing, Chang Chen, Zhang Jingchu, Li Yuchen awarded;

Chang Chen

Jane Zhang Liangying concert press conference photos

(Sina)2

Brew a cuppa with actress Guey Lun-mei (Guei Lun-Mei)

Thanks to Taiwanese film Taipei Exchanges, Guey Lun-mei can now take on barista duties at a cafe without skipping a heartbeat.

Angelababy in tears of scathing reports about her cosmetic surgeries

Stunning Hong Kong model AngelaBaby has been driven to tears by a string of media reports that she has had cosmetic enhancements, including a face lift, teeth correction, nose job, double-fold eyelid surgery, cheekbone reduction, chin surgery and more. If true, AngelaBaby is practically bionic.

Xinhua-Slide show: Lynn Xiong (Hung Doi-Lam), AngelaBaby Harbour City Model Competition. (Sina)

“The most important thing about living is forgiving yourself. The episode with the photos is over. It’s time to start living for today, and stop living in the past.”

After a year of consideration, Joey extended her contract for another five years recently, effectively extending her tenure with EEG for yet another 10 years.

June 16, 2010

June 16, 2010

NYTimes: In China, an Attempt at a Hollywood-Style Movie (Empires of the Deep)

It is an ambitious departure from the formulaic historical or Communist propaganda movies usually churned out by the Chinese film industry. [sigh, that old canard again]

Variety: Crossing Hennessy

Riffing on American indie “Crossing Delancy,” Hong Kong helmer-scribe Ivy Ho’s lackluster romantic comedy “Crossing Hennessy” centers on a fortysomething slacker, still hung up on the childhood sweetheart who dumped him, and a young woman whose family feels she’s involved with an unsuitable man. Ostensibly a vehicle for the two stars, pic forces their relationship to take a backseat to multiple subplots that detour the narrative through sitcom, melodrama and fantasy.

THR: ‘Killers’ to close Shanghai fest Sunday

DMG, a Chinese-American media company, and Lionsgate have managed to get “Killers” slotted as the Shanghai International Film Festival’s closing-night film on Sunday.

“They love American movies,” DMG CEO Dan Mintz said. “However, there’s also a signal coming from China: You need to know how to do business with us and how to handle us. The signal is that you can’t just show up once in a while and expect things to go right. You have to know how to work the market and be committed. People know when you are committed or not.”

THR: China screen reaches out for more foreign actors [for boxing, maybe?]

THR: Christie opens Shenzhen production facility

Digital cinema projector maker ramps up output

Triple Tap stills - Louis Koo, Chapman To

!!!!

Louis Koo, Charlene Choi (21cn)

Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue

Miriam and Shawn were in Guangzhou to promote the Mainland Cantonese version of Pang Ho-Cheung’s Love in a Puff. Shawn discounted recent rumors of a relationship with Sammi Cheng. Since they live in the same building, reporters spotted the pair walking their dogs together. Coincidentally, Love in a Puff features a spring-fall relationship. Director Pang declared Love in a Puff the mildest Cat.III film ever. Some of the changes include: the 10 minute opening scene has been shortened to 3-4 minutes, a cigarette joke referring to the male organ, Vincent Kok’s jokes about the paparrazzi, and a key point where Miriam quizzes Shawn about text messages and the implication of getting an abortion(?) is blurred. (Xinhua)(21cn)

Tsui Siu-Ming promised that the 3D Modern Beijing Opera starring Jackie Chan will be action packed. Chan will play national hero Yang Zirong. It is based on the story of Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy which takes place during the Sino-Japanese War. Tsui Siu-Ming is enlisting the help of the PLA backed August 1 Film Studio because of its enormous resources and expertise. (21cn)

(Sina)

Danwei: Liu Ye fights a drunken foreigner over a taxi

Global Voices: Film director beats up foreigner at swimming pool

Director Ning Hao meets a paper tiger

Nicholas Tse’s son, Lucas, receives HK$8m acting offer

Kelly Chan

Kelly Chan unveils the new Airbus 330 for Hong Kong airline (Sina)(Xinhua)

Gigi Leung

Mandy Lieu

Gigi Leung was asked at a design exhibition whether ex-boyfriend Ekin Cheng called to comfort her after her recent break up with her French boyfriend. Gigi told reporters that there was no need. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng - Taiwan

Sammi appeared with Fay, lead singer of FIR, to promote sales of handmade soaps to benefit World Vision. (Xinhua)

Gillian Chung appearing at an event for her film Ex.

Is she rooting for England in the World Cup? (Xinhua)

China’s 3D World Cup dreams put on hold

June 9, 2010

June 9, 2010

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THR: SARFT takes control of IPTV in China

China’s evolving plans for media convergence now appear to grant control of Internet Protocol TV to the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television, official media reported on Wednesday.

The apparent move by the State Council, China’s cabinet, could clarify a previously gray area in a potentially lucrative media arena in the world’s largest Internet market.

ChinaHush: Red Light Revolution

Nominated for Best Unproduced Screenplay at Australia’s 2008 Inside Film Awards, RED LIGHT REVOLUTION is the first feature film centered on China’s multitude of adult stores, and the everyday people who run them. RED LIGHT REVOLUTION follows a luckless Beijinger who risks it all to open a shop, sparking a sexual revolution in his conservative neighborhood.

Karate Kid: Watch this one for kicks

A lot of the film’s charm, like its predecessor, relies on its leads. And though it has to be said that Chan seems uninspired and Smith is annoyingly bratty to begin with, they both come into their own after the obligatory spirit-lifting training montages.

Overall, the film pays just enough homage to the original to appeal to both old-time devotees and new fans. This is the kind of movie where you find yourself cheering even though you know you’re being manipulated into doing so - and you’re okay with that because of its earnest naivete.

The film lurches back and forth between the past and the present, trying to explain too many things at once, and eventually spins out of control with its unnecessary twists and turns.

It is, however, a serious contender for Film With The Stupidest Character Names Ever. [Hey, I resent that!]

Check out the video poster for A Gan’s thriller ‘Video Cassette of 31 Degrees North Latitude’. Film opens June 11. Trailer looks like a Blair Witch Project-type premise. (Sina)

Wei Te-Shang’s (Cape No.7) Seediq Bale has been saddled with financial problems. Previously reported, Vivian Hsu sold her house to invest $5M in the film. Now it’s being reported that Jay Chou has lent the director tens of millions to complete the film. The film is scheduled to finish in July and take up to a year in post-production to be ready for next summer’s release. (Sina)

Liu Ye, a bit over PS’d?

Comfort Magazine (Sina)

Taiwan media reported on Zhou Xun’s close encounter with a fan. Arriving at a brand endorsement appearance, Zhou Xun stepped out of her car and in the middle of a media scrum she was greeted by a fan who was reluctant to let go of her. (Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung’s $1,800 stroller for Quintus

Jay Chou would rather shed blood than tears

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