HKMDB Daily News

September 17, 2010

September 17, 2010

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Screen Daily: Aftershock2

Variety: Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame2

Variety: All About Love, 2

THR: Tsai Ming-liang turns to art films

Boxoffice success elusive for 1994 Golden Lion winner

CRI: Jiang Wen Confident about “Let the Bullet Fly”

CRI: Zhang Yimou and Cast at “Hawthorn” Screening in Beijing

FBA: Trademark dispute over “Seediq Bale”

Maggie Q (Sina-slide show)

THR: Maggie Q cast in ‘Priest’

Maggie Q is joining Paul Bettany and Cam Gigandet in “Priest,” a post-apocalyptic horror project that Scott Stewart is directing for Screen Gems.

The Warring States poster

Warring States directed by Jin Chen and starring Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-Sun and Francis Ng has finished shooting as is now in post-production. (ChinaDaily)

Jin Chen will be also begin shooting a sci-fi suspense film starring Bruce Leung, Tze Miu and Chen Shi in October in Shenzhen.

Bruce Leung

Tze Miu

Tze Miu in My Father is a Hero

Chen Shi (Sina)2

Hong Kong media is reporting that the reason for the failure of a Cecilia Cheung - Derek Yee reunion film agreement was due to a ‘price hike’ by Cecilia for her services. Last year, Cecilia has to pay large settlement costs as a fallout of from ‘photo-gate’ for loss of revenue by advertisers and brands. Elsewhere, Stephen Chow is still trying to get both Lucas and Cecilia to appear in King of Comedy 2 and has offered 10M yuan for the pair. (Xinhua)

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing visted Tibetan children being treated in Beijing for congenital heart diseases on her 29th birthday. (Xinhua-gallery)

CRI: Cheer Chen to Give Solo Concert in Beijing

SG: Cecilia Cheung’s rumoured to have done two boob jobs

[I think the only real new news is the second one for reduction.]

SG: Chow Yun Fat to give away 99% of wealth after death

Michelle Reis to respond to speculations on pregnancy

September 9, 2010

September 9, 2010

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FBA: A Better Tomorrow (무적자) (South Korea) (5/10)

Okay but over-long South Korean remake of John Woo’s 1986 crime classic is darker and more emotionally intense.

CRI: ’Hawthorn Tree’ Lovebirds Pose for Photo Shoot

Zhou Dongyu, Dou Xiao (Xinhua)

CRI: “Under the Hawthorn Tree” Previewed in Shanghai

And let’s pause a moment to remember Zhang Ruijia,, the original girl picked to play Quiet Autumn but then lost the role for talking to the press. [4.21.2010]

THR: Tsui Hark returns with ‘Detective Dee’

Simon Yam sporting new soul patch, with wife Qi Qi

Karen Mok’s new Hong Kong version of CD will feature two MVs including her ‘bathing’ performance, a signature of her concert shows.

(Sina) (Sina-slide show)

Anthony Wong

Anthony Wong was spotted out and about with a new young woman recently. Wong who is married with two sons has frequently been linked romantically to many women (Jessey Meng, Fan Bingbing, model Jessie Cheung) leading to divorce rumors over the years. In fact, this particular woman is Wong’s new assistant. Psych! So, really, this is a non-story, but just an excuse to dish on Anthony Wong’s wandering ways. (Sina)


Mug shot (msnbc)

Supermodel, actress Rosemary (Rosemary Vandenbroucke) was reportedly arrested in Nevada for drug possession and hit-and-run after attending the Burning Man Festival. She was released on $15,000 bail and scheduled to appear in court Oct.19. (Sina)(USAToday)

No luck with Jo Luck

Zhao Wei’s investment in a Beijing restaurant has soured and found to be recently shuttered. Opened in November, Zhao Wei and celebrities like Faye Wong often seen dining there. (Xinhua-slide show)

October Marie Claire cover featuring Michelle Reis (Xinhua)

SG: Maggie Cheung wants to adopt

SG:  HK model Angelababy proves she is no ‘artificial beauty’

The new and improved Maggie Q

August 20, 2010

August 20, 2010

THR: ’Chan’ looks to reshape view of Asian character (Charlie Chan)

Iconic film detective, cop he was based on covered in dual bio

THR: Youku debuts original online film series

“The Boxer’s Secret,” an original Chinese online movie, on Friday kicked off a new Chevrolet- and China Film Group-sponsored series on Youku, one of the leading online video sites in the country with more web surfers than any other, now numbering 420 million.

Called Youku Originals’ “11 Degrees” New Media Film Project, the series has sponsored 10 “young” directors in their creation of 10 short narrative features showcasing Chevrolet’s four-door Cruze sedan, a model the U.S. car maker hopes will appeal to China’s fast-growing car market.

Jung Woo-Sung

CRI: New Posters from John Woo’s “Reign of Assassins”

CRI: Publicity Launches for John Woo’s Latest Film, “Reign of Assassins”

Li Bingbing

CRI: Latest Stills of ‘Detective Dee’

CRI: Dwight Howard Has ‘Amazing’ Acting in Shanghai

Chinese acting stars, including Huang Xiaoming and Huang Yi, take the lead roles in the film about a group of basketball fanatics challenging themselves with the sport.

CRI: The Eyes Have It for New Thriller ‘The Man’

A poster showing the mystic theme of the suspense film “The Man Behind the Courtyard House”.

The film tells of a man who, after spending ten years behind bars, begins a new life before returning to his criminal ways.

Director John Woo’s latest film “Flying Tigers,” set to start shooting this fall, will be released in IMAX format.

First stills of Gu Changwei’s Life is a Miracle featuring Aaron Kwok

Aaron Kwok


First stills from Alan Mak and Felix Chong’s The Lost Bladesman now in post-production.


Posters for Korean version of A Better Tomorrow

Flocks of tourists gathered around 110 red Chinese Kung Fu sculptures of Bruce Lee on display at the World Expo on Aug. 17.

CRI: Actress Shu Qi Featured in Fashion Photos

Nick Cheung shoots his first ever beauty, uh - skin care, advert (Xinhua)

Chingmy Yau - 6 months pregnant

Veronica Yip and Chingmy Yau caught up with old time before Veronica left Hong Kong.

Veronica Yip


Andy Hui and Cecilia Cheung secret romance during shooting of Sex and the Beauties in 2004? (Xinhua)

Maggie Q - Maggie Q’s Racy Nikita Billboards Upset Mall Bosses(Xinhua)

Variety: CW’s ‘Nikita’ ads too sexy?

SG: Gong Li speaks up (on rumours)

SG: Sandra Ng expecting her second child

Richard Ng: Grumpy old man

July 23, 2010

July 23, 2010

The Jade and The Pearl posters

(formerly The Emerald and The Pearl)

Film opens July 30. (21cn)

Maggie Q is Nikita, on the CW (Xinhua)

THR: China, Singapore sign co-pro agreement (SARFT)

Joins New Zealand, France and Australia. The deal covers theatrical feature films and telemovies, across live-action, animation and documentaries. Qualifying films made under the agreement will be eligible for funding and incentives as do productions in their home country, and will similarly qualify as domestic films under censorship regimes in each nation.

FBA: Love to open HK Summer festival

Ann Hui’s All About Love has been set as the opening film of the month long Summer International Film Festival (11 Aug-13 Sept), organised by the Hong Kong Internationals Film Festival Society.

Aftershock - review (

Gigi Leung - interview (

Wind Blast (aka Fierce West Wind), Good New/Bad News Dept: Very positive internal studio screening has Huayi Brothers projecting over 200 million yuan box office has led to the decision to delay the scheduled September release and hold off for a Lunar New Year slot. Huayi CEO Wang Zhonglei called it an unprecedented genre of Chinese film. Calling it Mainland China’s first gangster-action film with aspects of Hong Kong gangster thriller, he expects it to kick off a new wave of cops and robbers action films.

Duan Yihong

Francis Ng

Ni Dahong

Four marshals, each with a different talent (Sina)

More Bruce Lee, My Brother publicity stills

Aarif Lee, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Christy Chung


Irene Wan Pik-Ha

Irene Wan Pik-Ha is recovering from conjunctivitis after completing a fragrance ad. She hasbeen working on two films recently, The Drunkard with Chang Chen’s father, Chang Kuo-Chu, and Struggle (Loan Sharks) shot in Malaysia with Sam Lee and Eddie Peng. The Drunkard is based on a novel by Liu Yichang who also wrote the novella behind Wong Kar-Wai’s In The Mood For Love. (Xinhua)

Qiao Zhenyu - Love in Disguise

Qiao Zhenyu plays Wang Leehom’s love rival


Kelly Chen’s selling mooncakes!

Mid-Autumn Festival is coming!

This is the fourth year that Kelly has endorsed the Maxim brand.


Huang Xiaoming - plastic surgery or not?

From 1998 TV series




SG: Carina Lau gives up on having a child

SG: Michelle Yeoh happily in love

February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010

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Maggie Q to star as CW’s “Nikita” remake

The pending hire of Maggie Q would mark the highest-profile series role for an Asian actress on a broadcast drama series and the highest-profile CW minority casting in the network’s four-year history.

THR: Jackie Chan says new film 20 years in making

Shoot for 100th movie to last until late 2011

Chinese movies go 3D

Uproar in Heaven, Aftershocks (Tangshan Earthquake) among upcoming titles.

Love in a Puff John Chong, Miriam Yeung, Shawn Yu and Pang Ho-Cheung celebrate New Year together.


Elton Loo (Law Kwan-Chor) performing as Lydia Shum.

Yesterday was the 2nd anniversary of Lydia’s passing. (Sina)

Karen Mok denied rumors of affair with Zhang Yadong (Sina)

Lisa S.

Lisa S. formally announced that she was withdrawing from the modeling industry but she will continue hosting and television work.

Lisa S. is the longtime girlfriend of Daniel Wu. (Xinhua)

Connie Chan (Sina)

Nam Fung and Connie Chan pray for blessings for upcoming series of Cantonese opera concerts at Hong Kong Coliseum. (Sina)

October 16, 2009

October 16, 2009

CRI: ‘The Message’ Trilogy on Agenda

“The Message” closes nine-day-run Pusan film festival

“The Message” joins Pusan Int’l Film Festival

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun had to endure rope burns for these torture scenes. Her thighs suffered and were injured in the process since the costume was very thin for realism. (

Peter Chan

Tony Leung Ka-Fai


Bodyguards and Assassins: 8 minute show reel previewed in Beijing

No fear of competing against Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

CRI: Jiang Wenli’s Debut Film Wins Award at Pusan Film Fest

Actress/director Jiang Wenli’s “Lan” won the Audience Award at the Pusan International Film Festival on Friday.

LATimes: New York, I Love You

Maggie Q enjoys her ‘New York’ minute

Maggie Q New York premiere - slide show

Screen Daily: At The End of Daybreak (Malaysia/HK/South Korea)

Screen Daily: Taiwan’s Zeus set to produce triptych love story Juliet

Taiwanese producer Khan Lee is lining up a portmanteau love story, Juliet, as the second installment in its Pushing Hands initiative, designed to support new talent.

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

October 1, 2009

New York, I Love You (Variety review)

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New York, I Love You
A Vivendi Entertainment release of an Emmanuel Benbihy and Marina Grasic production, in association with Sherezade Films, Benaroya Pictures, Grosvenor Park Media, Ever So Close, Visitor Pictures, Plum Pictures, 2008NY5 and Grand Army Entertainment. (International sales: QED Intl., Los Angeles.) Produced by Benbihy, Grasic. Executive producers, Michael Benaroya, Glenn Stewart, Marianne Maddalena, Taylor Kephart, Bradford W. Smith, Claus Clausen, Jan Korbelin, Steffen Aumueller, Pamela Hirsch, Celine Rattray, Susanne Bohnet. Co-producer, Parker Bennett.

Segment Directed by Jiang Wen
With: Hayden Christensen, Andy Garcia, Rachel Bilson.
Segment Directed by Mira Nair
With: Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan.
Segment Directed by Shunji Iwai
With: Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci.
Segment Directed by Yvan Attal
With: Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, Chris Cooper, Robin Wright Penn.
Segment Directed by Brett Ratner
With: Anton Yelchin, James Caan, Olivia Thirlby, Blake Lively.
Segment Directed by Allen Hughes
With: Drea De Matteo, Bradley Cooper.
Segment Directed by Shekhar Kapur
With: Julie Christie, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf.
Segment Directed by Natalie Portman
With: Taylor Geare, Carlos Acosta, Jacinda Barrett.
Segment Directed by Fatih Akin
With: Ugur Yucel, Shu Qi, Burt Young.
Segment Directed by Joshua Marston
With: Eli Wallach, Cloris Leachman.
Transitions Directed by Randy Balsmeyer
With: Emilie Ohana, Eva Amurri, Justin Bartha.

The “Cities of Love” franchise begun with “Paris, je t’aime” discards originality for uniformity in its disappointing second installment, “New York, I Love You.” Ten helmers were given a formula for shooting a Gotham-based love story: Lensing had to last no more than two days and editing just one week, connected by transitions shot by one more director. The results are, well, formulaic, hobbled by weak dialogue and absent any sense of texture. The city itself comes off characterless and blandly gentrified, making the Oct. 16 Vivendi Entertainment release unlikely to catch on with targeted romantic arthouse sophisticates.

Whether it can appeal to the multiplex set will depend entirely on marketers pulling in crowds who don’t see much difference between Las Vegas’ “New York New York” and the real thing. In particular, Gothamites will wonder what happened to their city, devoid of grit, and where blacks are mere extras and Hispanics apparently nonexistent. Producer Emmanuel Benbihy (who also produced “Paris, je t’aime” and is credited with the feature-film concept here) presumably favored quick turnarounds because they’re cheaper and foster an off-the-cuff urgency, but the talented directors assembled here seem to have felt uninspired or apathetic.

Segments last around eight minutes each, and none are titled, in keeping with Benbihy’s stated goal of avoiding the sense of a collection of shorts. Despite the push for giving it all a feature feel (Scarlett Johansson’s directorial debut, shot in black-and-white, was cut because it didn’t conform to the overall look), there’s no getting around the fact that this is indeed a collection of shorts, which in itself wouldn’t be a bad thing if the components were more incisive.

Some segments do hold up nicely: Mira Nair’s entry stars Natalie Portman as a Chassidic woman in the Diamond District whose strictly business relationship with a Jain gem merchant (Irrfan Khan) takes a surprising turn. While several of the films deal with cross-cultural meetings and clashes, Nair avoids the expected and invests her entry with real emotional tenderness.

Completely different, and working well because of it, is Brett Ratner’s segment about a high schooler (Anton Yelchin) suckered by a pharmacist (James Caan) into taking his wheelchair-bound daughter (Olivia Thirlby) to the prom. Again, expectation is upended, and there’s a piquant sense of humor to the piece, though the voiceover is unnecessary.

Unanticipated relationships similarly inform the episodes directed by Jiang Wen and Yvan Attal, but they lack the tight punchiness needed for such quick work. In Jiang’s piece, thief Hayden Christensen pickpockets Andy Garcia, only to fall for Garcia’s mistress (Rachel Bilson). Attal’s entry consists of two encounters, one involving fast-talker Ethan Hawke trying to pick up a coolly amused Maggie Q (one of the few thesps to make an impression), the other featuring an intense come-on between Chris Cooper and Robin Wright Penn.

Orlando Bloom is a musician on a tight deadline in Shunji Iwai’s segment, an OK entry made pleasant by the enticingly sweet voice of Christina Ricci as the largely unseen woman encouraging him on the phone. Darkest of the shorts is Allen Hughes’ entry, starring Drea De Matteo as a woman trying to understand why she had a one-night stand with a younger guy (Bradley Cooper), and why she wants to see him again. De Matteo rises above the material, though the flashback sex scene feels gratuitous rather than urgent.

Portman directs a wispy short about a little girl (Taylor Geare) whose male nanny (Carlos Acosta) is uncomfortable being seen as merely a child-care provider. More substantial is Fatih Akin’s piece, starring Turkish thesp Ugur Yucel as an artist obsessed with a woman (Shu Qi, so it’s understandable) in Chinatown. Though the segment works, it feels cut out from something bigger, and as with all the other shorts, even Akin’s corner of Gotham has no extratextual role.

Oddest of all is the short helmed by Shekhar Kapur, who took over for the late Anthony Minghella (who scripted the episode, and to whom the entire pic is dedicated). Julie Christie plays an opera singer who checks into an elegant hotel (shot as if it’s somewhere in heaven) to kill herself. She’s intrigued by a handicapped bellboy (Shia LaBeouf, his accent slipping into unknown regions) who magically becomes associated with John Hurt. Meant to convey feelings of wistfulness and yearning, the piece merely feels ill thought-out, despite Christie’s best efforts.

The sole short not set in Manhattan belongs to Joshua Marston, who sets Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman on Coney Island; their standard old-couple shtick is redeemed by the sheer pleasure of watching these two pros radiate more personality than the dialogue provides.

It’s too much to expect the kind of New Yorkese wit spouted by Woody Allen characters in their prime, and Benbihy’s decision to hire non-Gotham helmers could have been a bold move, but the compendium’s greatest flaw is its overall homogeneous feel. Emilie Ohana, cast as a video artist casually shooting the life around her, is meant to be the connecting feature in the transitional scenes (helmed by Randy Balsmeyer), but she’s simply an empty, smiling shell, sweetly observing but never entering into the life of the film.

Perhaps because of the time constraints, tech creds are solid but featureless; lighting is especially uninspired. Music is meant to reflect the Big Apple’s multicultural mix, but none of it feels like New York.

Feature film concept, Emmanuel Benbihy, based on a premise by Tristan Carne. Main editor, Affonso Goncalves; music, Jack Livesey, Peter Nashell; music supervisor, Ed Gerrard; songs, the Budos Band; production designer, Teresa Mastropierro; costume designer, Victoria Farrell; sound, Ken Ishii, Tom Varga; re-recording mixers, Lewis Goldstein, Matthew Gough; associate producers, Pierre Asseo, Laurent Constanty, Warren T. Goz, Stewart McMichael; assistant directors, Tom C. Fatone, Adam J. Escott; casting, Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee. Reviewed at Rio de Janeiro Film Festival (Panorama), Sept. 29, 2009. (Also in Cannes Film Festival — market.) MPAA Rating: R. Running time: 103 MIN. Segment Directed by Jiang Wen Written by Hu Hong, Meng Yao; adaptation, Israel Horovitz.

Segment Directed by Jiang Wen
Written by Hu Hong, Meng Yao; adaptation, Israel Horovitz. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Mark Lee Ping Bing; editor, Affonso Goncalves; music, Tonino Baliardo.
Segment Directed by Mira Nair
Written by Suketu Mehta. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Declan Quinn; editor, Allyson C. Johnson; music, Mychael Danna.
Segment Directed by Shunji Iwai
Written, edited by Shunji Iwai; adaptation, Israel Horovitz. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Michael McDonough; music, Shoji Mitsui.
Segment Directed by Yvan Attal
Written by Olivier Lecot, Yvan Attal. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Benoit Debie; editor, Jennifer Auge.
Segment Directed by Brett Ratner
Written by Jeff Nathanson. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Pawel Edelman; editor, Mark Helfrich; music, Mark Mothersbaugh.
Segment Directed by Allen Hughes
Written by Xan Cassavetes, Stephen Winter. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Michael McDonough; editor, Cindy Mollo; music, Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne.
Segment Directed by Shekhar Kapur
Written by Anthony Minghella. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Benoit Debie; editor, Jacob Craycroft; music, Paul Cantelon.
Segment Directed by Natalie Portman
Written by Natalie Portman. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Jean-Louis Bompoint; editor, Tricia Cooke; music, Nicholas Britell.
Segment Directed by Fatih Akin
Written by Fatih Akin. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Mauricio Rubinstein; editor, Melody London; music, Ilhan Ersahin.
Segment Directed by Joshua Marston
Written by Joshua Marston. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Andrij Parekh; editor, Affonso Goncalves; music, Marcelo Zarvos.
Transitions Directed by Randy Balsmeyer
Written by Hall Powell, Israel Horovitz, James Strouse. Camera (color, HD-to-35mm), Michael McDonough; editor, Affonso Goncalves.

September 23, 2009

September 23, 2009

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Storm Warriors


CRI: “The Storm Warriors” to Hit Cinemas in December

Maggie Q - The Warrior and The Wolf slide show (

Hollywood Reporter: Q gets serious with ‘Warrior’

CRI: “Once Upon a Time in Tibet” Starts Shooting

Xu Jiao as young Mulan (

Subbed Mulan trailer

Back Dorm Boys

Appearing in Panda Express (

Filming begins next month in Shanghai on John Woo production (’Rivers and Lakes Swordswoman’). This is the film that Woo’s daughter, Angeles, will be working on with Barbie Hsu, Michelle Yeoh and Shawn Yue. (

September 15, 2009

September 15, 2009

Copy Cat opens Sept. 25

( (

John Woo

A four hour director’s cut of The Founding of a Republic will be broadcast on TV to include all the scenes deleted in the theatrical version.. Director Huang Jianxin also clarified that the participation of Stephen Chow was only a rumor. Stephen Chow called Han Sanping to offer his services but the film had already finished shooting and he could only say, ‘Thank You”, to his offer. (

Tian Zhuangzhuang, Maggie Q, Joe Odagiri


Maggie Q, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Joe Odagiri

The Warrior and the Wolf (CRI)

The film “The Warrior and the Wolf” by Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009.

Variety: Chengdu, I Love You

The bloody carcass of a planned three-part movie set around Sichuan’s provincial capital (and its earthquake traumas), “Chengdu, I Love You” hobbles onscreen minus one leg in unmarketable condition.

Li Bingbing - The Message

After a 13 minute reel preview of The Message, Li Bingbing was praised for her performance  (

John Woo

Producers Terence Chang, John Woo, Director Lee Gui-Yuen

My Fair Gentleman promotion activity (

Aaron Kwok

Janine Chang Chun-Ning

Aaron Kwok and Janine Chang Chun-Ning open Murderer in Taipei (


Gillian Chung

A 8 minute 34 second video by Jiang Zhi  of Gillian Chung is the highlight of performance video exhibition in Shanghai. In the video, it shows a closeup of Gillian at first with a peaceful smile but as time progresses Gillian becomes sadder, heartbroken and she begins to frown, then her lips tremble and eyes begin to tear, finally, unable to hold it in she starts bawling and weeping. (

AMFF pays tribute to Yasmin Ahmad

This year’s Australian Malaysian Film Festival (AMFF) from Oct 4 to 7, at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Federation Square, here, pays tribute to the memory of Malaysian filmmaking legend Yasmin Ahmad.

August 13, 2009

August 13, 2009

Li Bingbing
Li Bingbing helps launch The Message’s official website

Huayi Brothers hope for RMB$200M box office

Sun Li
Eric Tsang, Hu Jun

Kungfu Cyborg Beijing premiere press conference

SCMP: Johnnie To has high hopes for HK film industry

Anthony Wong left out in the cold
He raged that the organizers did not arrange a seat for him and criticized, “Don’t arrange such things if you don’t know how to do it!”
Video of Anthony Wong leaving Laughing Gor premiere in a huff and the post-exit spin

Hollywood Reporter:Audience loud and clear for ‘Overheard’
Now that financial crime thriller “Overheard” has become the top Chinese-language film in China so far this summer, writer-director Alan Mak and Felix Chong are planning a follow-up that revolves around eavesdropping.

Hollywood Reporter: Weinsteins want autumn ‘Shanghai’ release
Film completed in 2008 but no release date yet set

Hollywood Reporter: Maggie Q cast in ‘Priest’
Joins adaptation starring Paul Bettany, Cam Gigandet
Screen Daily: Maggie Q set to star with Bettany in Priest

Screen Daily: The Search film review

Ip Man 2 - Sequel to hit biopic about Bruce Lee’s kung fu master begins filming in China

Yang Qing: Young voice finds cinema success - One Night in Supermarket
One Night in Supermarket draws from Korean director Kim Sang-Jin’s Attack the Gas Station and Cashback by British director Sean Ellis. There are also hints of Ning Hao’s work whose Crazy Stone was the highest grossing Chinese film in the country in 2006, raking in more than 6 million yuan ($877,000) in less than two weeks.

Stephen Chow’s Spokesman Resigns

Korea Times: Gluttony for Beauty Takes Toll in ‘Yoga’
The intention of the horror movie-wannabe “Yoga” seems sound enough. Misled desire for eternal beauty and youth leads a group of already perfectly gorgeous women to a sinister place where they all end up screaming and running for their lives.

Brigitte Lin
Brigitte Lin recalls 3 triad encounters in latest column for Southern Weekend [apologies for the poor translation]

1. In 1981, she returned to Taiwan for three years where she shot 14 films many for triad bosses. Even if Brigitte did not want to, what could she say? One night a gangster delivered a bag full of cash to her worth NT$2.5M. After he left, Brigitte put the money in a small safe and deposited it the next day. At the time her family was living in America [for safety?] and she was alone in Taiwan.
2. Blackmail: On a film shoot, during a break in a dressing room a low level gangster asked her to lend him some money. She pretended not to understand him and cleverly turned to Derek Yee for help. The gangster then gave up.
3. Because of gang harassment, many film shoots employ ‘bodyguards’. The production crew was always ready for self-defense. The atmosphere was tense but fun recalls Brigitte. On one film her bodyguard had a knife scar. Brigitte’s nickname was Little Rose, so her bodyguard was called Little Knife Scar Rose. Filming a gun scene in front of a restaurant, Knife Scar Rose jumped out pointing his gun thinking that it was real.
Other related stories:
Jackie Chan’s Rush Hour 2, Jackie had to pay HK$500K ‘venue fee’ as protection money
Because Leslie Cheung refused to join [the gangs?] prints of Raymond Wong’s Alls Well End’s Well were stolen when gunmen stormed the production office.

Hong Kong magazine reports that 57 year old Sammo Hung had emergency heart surgery last week

According to this report, Sammo was diagnosed with blocked arteries and secretly admitted to the hopsital. He acknowledged the surgery when contacted by the media by phone. Sammo is home now and rapidly recovering and hopes to return to Mainland to continue working on Detective Dee.

Zhao Wei
Zhao Wei models new ‘owl’ look

Song Hye-kyo Teams up with Chinese stars for New Ad

Song Hye-kyo was the Korean actress/model slated to star John Woo’s cancellled ‘1949′

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