HKMDB Daily News

July 25, 2012

July 25, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]


Brigitte Jolie (Southcn)

CF: Brigitte Lin Comes Out of Retirement for Zhang Yimou’s New Film

With the budget of 100 million yuan, the film features a host of strong cast members including singer Hu Ling, pianist Lang Lang and comedian Guo Degang. But more surprisingly, Lin will play alongside the Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie.

Other reports still call it a false rumour. Wanda Pictures also denies it.  It is noted that Brigitte Lin, Angelina Jolie and Lang Lang’s paychecks combined alone would blow the the budget. (Sina)2

CF: Joan Chen Plays Plastic Surgeon in “Double Xposure”

CF: New Posters of Joan Chen’s Absurd Comedy “Let It Be”

CF: Lau Ching-wan Overcomes Mandarin Barriers for “The Bullet Vanishes”(Sina)

CF:  Nicholas Tse and Sean Lau Refuse Stand-ins in “The Bullet Vanishes”

CF: ”The Silent War” Releases New Posters

CF: Good-for-Nothing” Releases New Posters

The production company for “Good-for-Nothing Heroes” released three posters to promote their upcoming film

Lam Suet, Leni Lan (Lan Yan)

Christy Chung plays a buck-toothed single mother in “Good-for-Nothing Heroes”

(Sina)23

Veteran actor Sun Honglei leads a Chinese version of “Leon: The Professional,” starring opposite actress Wang Luodan.

The suspense romantic film “Sha Jie” is intensely shooting in Beijing. A new series of still shots have been released to drum up the interest of the audience.

Ni Ni (Sina)

The 12 Star Signs [Zodiac?] Micro Films Project is co-filmed by Lu Chuan, Wang Xiaoshuai, Teng Huatao ["Love is Not Blind"] and Hao Lei. Each will shoot three films.

Co-sponsored by Buick, but not your father’s Buick

Wang Xiaoshuai’s “Far Away” (on poster)/”So Far So Free”(on video)

Sagittarius and the need for passion (!)

Lu Chuan’s “Heart Direction”/”The Way to Heart” (on video) based on Libra - freedom to choose?

CF: Zhao Wei Joins Stanley Kwan’s “Fang Lang Ji”(Sina)

Chinese movies to feature Toronto Int’l Film Festival

Stephen Fung’s Tai Chi 0, a period martial arts film, will also be a premiere in North America.

Peng Bo in comedy “BMW Rhapsody” starring Jordan Chan (below)

(Sina)

“One LV bag is the equivalent of a full house of 150-200 seats”

CF: Jackie Chan, Feng Xiaogang Gathered at Li Bingbing’s Family Event

The wedding was held by Huayi Bros’ top actress Li Bingbing. The bride is Li’s younger sister and a manager at Huayi. The couple registered as a couple in Las Vegas, Nevada two years ago.

Fashion magazine editor, Su Mang, Li Bingbing and sister, Li Xue

Li Bingbing and nephew, the “Little Prince”

Jackie and the wedding couple

CF: Jackie Chan Sings “Best Wishes from Beijing” Along with Another 176 Celebrities

CF: Aaron Kwok Presents Award to Prince Harry

MSN: Zhang Ziyi’s new romance revealed

The Chinese actress was said to be dating a Chinese host for the past year (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Are wedding bells set to ring for Shu Qi and Stephen Fung?

“Do they really want me to get married so desperately?” Shu Qi questioned helplessly.

MSN: Gigi Lai celebrates twin daughters’ birthdays

The heavily pregnant actress made a rare appearance in public for the special occasion

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung discuss business over a meal

MSN: Chinese star claims Deric Wan cheated her of money and love

A Chinese actress by the name of Wan Jiarong has shockingly claimed that Hong Kong actor Deric Wan is her ex-flame and cheated her of her money and love.

MSN: Is Eason Chan’s wife a party animal?

WaPo: Intense typhoon Vicente slamming Hong Kong (Jul 23)

The government of Hong Kong has issued its highest level typhoon warning for the city - known as the number 10 signal. Such a designation is reserved for storms expected to produce hurricane-force winds.

Hong Kong Book Fair Attracts 900,000 Visitors Despite Storm

Stanley Ho’s relatives in the local news

WaPo: Hong Kong tycoon Eric Hotung ordered to pay son Michael Hotung $1.2 million by Fairfax County jury

Son is illegitimate offspring of love affair with cousin Winnie Ho.

WaPo: Alleged crime ties may affect casino’s chances of coming to Prince George’s County

MGM Resorts is trying to open casino while reputation of Macau partner, Pansy Ho, is scrutinized.

When confronted with a similar question a couple of years ago, New Jersey, a state that is no stranger to organized crime, balked — leading to MGM’s expected exit from Atlantic City.

April 29, 2012

April 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Tsui Hark to Shoot 3-D “Tracks in the Snow Forest”

Based on the novel of the same name, the film will tell the legendary story about a hero named Yang Zirong who outwits a group of gangsters in northeastern China in 1946. Yu said he expected famous actor/director Jiang Wen to play the lead role.

CF: Character Posters of “The Expendables 2″ Released

Jet Li (Sina)

Jet Li  recently celebrated his 49th birthday on the 26th

Jet Li with wife Nina Li and two daughters (Sina)

CF: Shooting begins for “Sha Jie”

“Ni Ni is an elegant actress,” Liu Ye said regarding his opinion on Ni Ni. “Our collaboration is worthy of the anticipation.”

CF: Shooting Begins on Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film (Sina)

Lu told the media the movie was inspirited by the classic American film “The Graduate” starring Dustin Hoffman. It revolves around a young woman who must decide between two men before marrying one of them.

CF: The 19th Beijing College Student Film Festival Wraps up

The Most Popular Actor and Actress awards went to Wen Zhang and Yan Ni. Gu Changwei clinched the award for Best Director for feature film, “Love For Life”. The coveted Best Film award was bagged by low-budget film, “Mr. Tree”.

CF: ”11 Flowers” Postpones Release Date

CF:  Chinese Actress Ju Ju Leads Peter Fudakowski’s “Secret Sharer”

CF: LeTV Pictures Announces 10 Film Projects for 2012

LeTV Pictures’ other big-budget films include director Gordon Chan’s war suspense epic “The Dark Meteors” and director Law Chi-Leung’s “The Ghost Bullets.” 

Directed by Guan Hu, the movie features renowned actors Huang Bo and Simon Yam as leading characters. It will hit the national screens on April 28.

Director Guan Hu, Liang Jing, Huang Bo, Simon Yam, Alec Su (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Yi attended the press conference in Beijing for the wrap of Johnnie To’s “Drug War”

Huang Yi

Sun Honglei, Huang Yi, Johnnie To, Louis Koo (Sina) (Sina-gallery)

Aaron Kwok and Charlie Young play husband and wife in Yim Ho’s biopic “Floating City”

(Sina)

CF: Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” Releases First Poster

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Show Luo’s foot fetish, Edison Chen at Coachella

CNA: Chapman To stops work to recuperate from rare nerve disease

A1: Shu Qi: My lips are sealed

A1: Karen Mok joins Mandarin Oriental’s celebrity fan campaign

The campaign, “He’s a Fan/She’s a Fan”, is designed to raise the hotel group’s brand awareness by globally connecting ‘the fan’ with international celebrities who regularly stay at its hotels.

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

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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?”

July 1, 2010

July 1, 2010

CRI: China’s First Mutated-Creature Film Due out Aug. 6 (City Under Siege)

In the film, Aaron Kwok plays a careless man who makes a living performing at a vaudeville theater. While he is performing in Malaysia, he and some of his associates travel into the remote mountains in search of treasure. During their trek they absorb a biochemical gas left behind by the Japanese army during WWII.

Donnie Yen, Felix Chong, Alan Mak (r) receive bronze statue of General Kwan (Sina)

CRI: Donnie Yen Promotes “The Lost Bladesman” in Beijing

In the film Yen plays Guan Yunchang, a legendary general of the Shu Kingdom in the novel “The Romance of Three Kingdoms,” one of the Four Classical Chinese Novels.

CRI: Peter Chan to Shoot a Remake of “One Armed Swordsman”

Chan got the idea from the film “One Armed Swordsman,” but he decided to create a new story which is more bloody and cruel. Takashi Kaneshiro will costar.

CRI: Jia Zhangke’s Shanghai Documentary Premieres

FBA: East Wind Rain (東風雨) (7/10)

Densely plotted, Shanghai-set spy tale, set around the time of Pearl Harbor, is loaded with meaty production design and performances.

If the characters in East Wind Rain and Shanghai had been real people, they couldn’t help but bump into each other. Set at the same time, in the same city (where it conveniently rains at moments of high drama), the two films are the flip-side of the same coin: Shanghai through western eyes, East Wind Rain through Chinese ones.

FBA: Echoes of the Rainbow (歲月神偷) (8/10)

Echoes of the Rainbow is one of a growing series of films (from Mr.Cinema to the recent (Gallants) in which Hong Kong filmmakers have begun to assert their separate Cantonese identity by looking back at “rosier” times as China gradually hijacks the territory’s film industry and future.

Jun Ji-Hyun (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) at a recent Shanghai brand appearance. (Xinhua-gallery)

Lu Chuan was formally announced as the director of Banquet at Hongmen after rumors had him being possibly being replaced by Daniel Lee. The film now as a new Chinese title King’s Feast. The film will be a joint venture with Taiwan’s Central Motion Picture and a US company besides Mainland participation and is expected to start filming in October. In fact, there are potentially two films to come out of the project, one on the greater epic story and one focusing on just the banquet incident. (Sina)2 Previously reported on here: (12.12.2009)(3.27.2010)

Gillian’s appearance on TV censored

After reigning over the Mandopop scene for a decade there are signs that Jay Chou is coming to the end of his powers.

SG: Cecilia Cheung confirms her return to the silver screen

Gong Li and husband divorce

Rene Liu opens up about scandal

A Taiwanese daily reported that the Taiwan-born beauty was to blame for her singer friend Tarcy Su’s break-up with her long-time film director boyfriend Chen Kuo-Fu years ago.

March 12, 2010

March 12, 2010

Great Star theater preparing to rise again

SFIAAFF 2010 Review: Talentime

TVB General Manager and Show Host Arrested For Graft

Stephen Chan, 51, allegedly controlled the shell company which accepted production contracts from TVB and then outsourced the work to other production houses, according to a source.

This allegedly allowed the shell company to accumulate as much as HK$10 million over the years. Some of TVB’s top artists such as Bernice Liu, Moses Chan Ho, Raymond Lam Fung, Bosco Wong Chung-Chak, Tavia Yeung Yi and Charmaine Sheh Sze-man had been forced to perform in major shows and other functions, and even ribbon-cutting ceremonies, for free or at very low pay. [Chan was the host of Be My Guest that interviewed the teary Gillian Chung last year, you may recall.]

HK Magazine: There Goes the Neighborhood

The filmmakers of “Echoes of the Rainbow,” which is set in 1960s Hong Kong, found themselves in trouble when they initially couldn’t find the right location for their film. Alex Law Kai-yui and Mabel Cheung originally went to Sham Shui Po to scout for locations, only to find that most of the streets in even this old neighborhood have changed quite a bit, with no street having all the tong laus intact. In the end, they found Wing Lee Street. “If this street is torn down too, Hong Kong will lose yet another street full of characters,” producer Mabel Cheung says after returning to Hong Kong from Berlin. “This is the only street retaining the 1960’s Hong Kong.”

Cheung also mentions that, before finding Wing Lee Street, they considered shooting the film in Malaysia or Guangzhou instead. “It’d be preposterous to shoot a film about Hong Kong in another city,” Cheung says.

HK Magazine: Aarif Lee Interview

CRI: Du Lala’s Bikini Scene

Lead actress Xu Jinlei dons a bikini for a scene in her directorial production “Go Lala Go!”, formerly called “Du Lala’s Promotion”, an urban romance film co-starring Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai and Pace Wu.

South Korean actress Kim Hee-sun will star in Warring States (tentative title), a war epic set in China more than 2,000 years ago. It will also have mainland actor Sun Honglei.

Just Another Pandora’s Box (Once Upon a Chinese Classic)

The movie boasts 58 stars and premieres in Beijing Mar.15 with a staggered roll out across the Mainland, 16th in Shanghai. 17th in Chengdu, 18th in Guangzhou, 19th in Shenyang. (Sina)

Vivian Hsu - The Musician

Vivian Hsu has created her own season this spring with four movies: Hot Summer Love, Fire of Conscience, The Musician (April release),  Seediq Bale (in production) and a new album. (Sina)

Crossing Hennessy - Jacky Cheung has a one-night stand with Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi

(Sina)

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan’s Feast at Hongmen is being delayed due to need for additional financing. In addition, potential cast members Ge You and Feng Xiaogang are still working on Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly. To fill his time, Lu Chuan will shoot a short film about the “hidden rules” of the business based on Tang Wei’s banning incident. (Sina)

Takeshi Kaneshiro rumoured to be trying for baby in Japan

Widely speculated for hiding his marriage - a la a certain Andy Lau - after a blog claimed that the Asian superstar secretly got hitched, another blogger has quoted reliable sources saying Takeshi, who is currently based in Japan, is trying for a baby.

A celebrity blogger exposed the actor for marrying a Japanese woman last December, a piece of news which was denied by his management. On Tuesday, another blogger alleged that the Japanese-Taiwanese actor and his wife are currently located in Japan as part of their plans to have kids.

Ti Lung

Li Yapeng (Faye Wong’s husband)

Ti Lung, Li Yapeng and other cast members help launch an upcoming CCTV series. (Xinhua)

Donnie Yen will soon be enshrined in wax at the Hong Kong Madame Tussauds

(Sina)

(Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Jay Chou’s Batmobile, Ethan Ruan’s ‘long-haired hottie’ and more

The next time you think you have a tough commute: (China Hush)

December 15, 2009

December 15, 2009


Fan Bingbing at the Beijing premiere of Bodyguards and Assassins (Dec.14)

Michelle Reis

(HunanTV)

(Sina)

Premiere gallery (HunanTV)

Hu Jun, Tony Leung Kar-Fai

Nic Tse

Leon Lai, Peter Chan - press conference

Li Yuchun galleryFan Bingbing gallery, Nic Tse gallery, Beijing press conference gallery (HunanTV) (Sina)

Bodyguards and Assassins’ helps Chinese cinema enter the big leagues

A Simple Noodle Story

Zhang Yimou just wants to have fun

Mixed reviews fail to deter Zhang Yimu fans at new film box office

Noodling on a cinematic theme

Action resumes after golden summer

Comic Relief - Q and A with Zhang Yimou

AngelaBaby

All’s Well Ends Well 2010

Gallery (HunanTV)

Lu Chuan

Lu Chuan holds launch ceremony to announce his next film Hong Men Yan/’Banquet at Hongmen’ his first costume epic. It takes place during the Warring States period. Cast has not been announced. (Sina)

Director Lu Chuan to focus on China’s ancient past for new movie

Family drama at Chow Yun Fat’s home

Rachel Lee, Faye Wong inject new life into their careers

Shu Qi promoting a mobile phone in Hong Kong

(HunanTV)

Gallery (HunanTV)

Charlene Choi reveals her sexy back in a hot Latin dance

September 27, 2009

September 27, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 12:06 pm

China’s ‘City of Life and Death’ wins San Sebastian film prize

Hollywood Reporter:’Life and Death’ tops San Sebastian fest

The San Sebastian awards were announced just hours after the People’s Republic of China passed over Lu’s film in favor of Chen Kaige’s opera biopic “Forever Enthralled” as its pick for the foreign-language Oscar.

City Of Life And Death pulls off shock Golden Shell win at San Sebastian

Lu Chuan’s City Of Life And Death, which chronicles the Japanese soldiers’ massacre of the Chinese in Nanking, also picked up the best cinematography award.

Variety: ‘City of Life and Death’ scoops up the Golden Shell

Lu Chuan, Qin Lan

Best Film, Best Cinematography

Award ceremony (Sina.com)

August 22, 2009

August 22, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:58 pm

Nanjing massacre film director to direct World Expo China pavilion film


A close call and a vinegary scene!

Hong Kong’s 3 Weekly reports about an incident in July, Carina Lau was tipped of hubby Tony Leung secretly meeting Maggie Cheung for tea in Central. Tony was busy recovering in Hong Kong from his arm wounds, Carina was on break from shooting Detective Dee, and Maggie was in town sans Ole Scheeren. While Carina’s car circled the streets looking for the pair, she angrily called Tony on the phone from the car, Maggie quickly departed.

3 Weekly

http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-08/22/content_11924902.htm

Li Bingbing, Tony Blair
Li Bingbing and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair promote environmental protection for Northwest China

Gillian Chung

Gillian Chung takes a break from preparing for her stage play by attending a game promotion in Hong Kong

Li Bingbing slideshow
Vivian Hsu slideshow


Miss Hong Kong 2009 - Sandy Lau Sin-Ting

June 26, 2009

June 26, 2009


Memorial service held for Sek Kin

Mourners in attendance included Connie Chan, Nancy Sit, Alan Tang, Chow Chung, Kenneth Tsang, Wu Fung, Joe Cheung Tung-cho, Lau Kar Leung, Lau Kar Fai, Ng Man Tat, Ng See Yuen, Ken Lo and the Seven Little Fortunes
http://paper.wenweipo.com/2009/06/26/EN0906260002.htm
Connie Chan and Nancy Sit
Wu Fung and Kenneth Tsang
Alan Tang
Fortunes Yuen Bo and Yuen Ting/Ng Ming Choi
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/279390/1.html
English version
Slide show

Liu Kai-Chi, Leon Lai
Richie Ren
Fire Dragon - slide show

Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok
Murderer - Chen Kuan-Tai, Aaron Kwok

Glamorous Youth (明媚時光) director explores home truths

Philip Yung, a former film critic, makes his directorial debut with the Hong Kong-based drama Glamorous Youth.

Glamorous Youth review




Visual design of The Message revealed

Webcasts
Lu Chuan and His Humanity Care Trilogy
Chinese Animation: Where are we?

“Old Fish” Review – 2009 New York Asian Film Festival

Taipei film festival opens with Yang Yang
Taipei Film Festival shines the spotlight on Berlin

Changes to Taipei Awards stir controversy

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Audemars Piguet Antique Pocket Watches Give Historical Flavor To “Bodyguards and Assasins” Movie


Cherie Chung wearing Stella McCartney and Cartier
Cherie and Ferrari
Cherie Chung appearing for a medical center

Still loves movies but would rather watch
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Additional photos
Video

Video: Lin Chi-Ling Longines appearance reacting to news of Michael Jackson’s death

Michelle Yeoh, Frank Nuovo co-creators
Michelle Yeoh opens flagship store for luxury personal communications (cell phones) in Taipei 101

Chinese censors tinker with ‘Transformers’

Police raids nab 2 million pirated DVDs in Manila

June 14, 2009

June 14, 2009


Chow Yun-Fat lost ten pounds for role in Confucius

Also reportedly acting the big star requiring private car and high quality apartment

Fan Bingbing suddenly sobs recalling film shootFan Bingbing, Wang Zhiwen

Wheat premiere in Shanghai
Director He Ping and cast members Huang Jue, Fan Bingbing, Wang Zhiwen and Wang Ji
“Wheat” Grows out of Golf Course

Shanghai Film Festival opens
Zhao Wei
Li Yuchun
Fan Bingbing
Charlene ChoiZhang Ziyi

Zhou XunCharlene Choi, Yumiko Cheng

Tang Yan
Lynn Xiong, Raymond WongManfred Wong, Zhang Guoli

Gan Wei, Kungfu CyborgAnthony Wong

Aaron Kwok
But wait, there’s more…
Yet, more still…
Zhang Hanyu, Zhou XunLi Bingbing

Sun Li and  robot KX

CAA signs director Lu Chuan
“City of Life and Death” helmer moves from William Morris

Shanghai fest opens with “Wheat”

New York Times: Anna May Wong subject of performance and video artist Patty Chang in “The Product Love”

US TV Looks to China for Value, Inspiration
Lower production costs and potential new series ideas will drive the increasing collaboration between the Chinese and American TV industries.


Simon Yam cancels trip to New York film preview due to H1N1


Will spend time at home with daughter and shoot a movie since school is closed

Mong Kok acid drill a washout

China’s Filtering Software Contains Pirated Code
Does ‘Green Dam’ steal code from CyberSitter? And what are PC OEMs to do?
Jing Jing and Cha Cha have a new playmate, Green Dam Girl
greendam-3

Invisible Wings: 2009’s college exam essay questions”
Gaokao: I’m _not_ smarter than a high schooler!

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