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August 10, 2009

August 10, 2009

Overheard review

‘Green Hornet’ casts Kato role
Taiwan’s Jay Chou goes to Hollywood
Jay Chou to Play Kato in ‘Green Hornet’

Rain In the Dragon
Enter the Dragon remade as Awaken the Dragon

‘Mother’ to represent Korea for Oscars
Maternal thriller beats out vampire flick and farmer documentary

Cast Promotes “Sophie’s Revenge”
Yao ChenRuby Lin

Gillian Chung scenes cut from ‘Red Cliff’ parody

Zhang Yimou’s Daughter Edits His New Film

Questions raised over whether Murderer is plagiarized from DiCaprio produced Orphan

TGIO raps Jettone over ‘Miao’
Hong Kong-Taiwan co-production “Miao Miao” is under investigation by Taiwan’s Government Information Office over its entry and subsequent withdrawal from the Melbourne International Film Festival.

Fan Bingbing
Fan Bingbing and Guo Degang will both be 'general directors'
Fan Bingbing press conference announcing New Year’s film, retelling Flirting Scholar story

Fan will both produce and act in film

Hu Jun, Stanley Kwan

Stanley Kwan’s Dancing With the Heart/Energy Behind the Heart

Deng Chao
Deng Chao - Detective Dee

SCMP: Anthony Wong on ‘Vengeance’

SCMP: Michael Tse laughs his way to the big screen in Laughing Gor - Turning Point
After 20 years playing mostly two-bit soap characters, actor Michael Tse Tin-wah finally found his breakthrough role in the form of “Laughing Gor”, an undercover police officer in the TVB series ‘Emergency Unit’.

Zhang Ziyi & fiance still together, says manager

Suki Chui, Sarah Song
A big pair of Crocs

SCMP: Portrait of a master face-changer

April 7, 2009

April 7, 2009

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Jet LiJet Li
Jet Li - only three lines in Founding of The Nation

But took a full day to shoot due to 67 NGs because of interruptions

Hu Jun - Founding of The Nation
Photo gallery

TVB revives dead cop Laughing Gor
A minor character captures the hearts of TV viewers and gets a Shaw spin-off movie to be directed by Herman Yau

Michael Tse, the character called Laughing [Gor] was a nobody whose life had been swallowed by his job as a mole inside a triad.

Charlene Choi releases a special edition CD

Charlene’s First Solo Album released

Gillian Chung makes a fresh start; no longer disguises herself when going out
Call me “Naïve Gil”!

Edison Chen
Edison Chen raises voice at reporter
Edison’s PR: Hand over that tape!
Was it the intense media glare?

Or was it the tension from threats on his life?

Whatever the reason, Edison Chen finally lost his cool in Singapore last evening.

The Hong Kong actor of the infamous nude photo scandal was in town over the weekend to promote his new movie The Sniper, along with director Dante Lam and co-star Richie Jen.

He was drilled relentlessly by reporters during the roundtable interview and coped relatively well, considering what he had been through this past year.

However, when MediaCorp Chinese News probed him further on his father’s bankruptcy during their one-to-one interview, he suddenly turned emotional. His publicist even stepped in and demanded that the recorded footage be erased.

MediaCorp Chinese News reporter Liang Kaixin recounted that the interview was progressing smoothly, and Edison did not oppose to answering sensitive questions. Even when asked if he would act with former lovers Cecilia Cheung and Gillian Chung in the future, he simply answered that if there is a need, he would not avoid it. His managers also did not stop CNA immediately from asking questions beyond those submitted previously.

During the roundtable, Edison had commented that in the wake of his father’s impending bankruptcy, he hopes that his family can get together and take care of each other. Instead of throwing a bag of cash to his father (like his character in The Sniper), he will write him a cheque.

Kaixin decided to follow up on that question and asked Edison how much help he would give to his father.

Suddenly, Edison turned emotional, and answered in English, “I don’t know why people won’t think that I will help my family. What makes you think that I am not helping my family?”

The journalist thought Edison just felt more comfortable answering in English, and treated his answer as a rhetorical question. When she prepared to ask her next question, Edison asked her agitatedly, “I am asking you. What makes you think that I am not helping my family?”

Shocked, the journalist replied, “Because the amount is quite big, so you might not be able to help.”

The journalist then continued her interview with Richie Jen and Dante Lam.

When the interview ended, Edison left to talk to his managers. When the journalist requested to obtain some additional footage of the trio, Edison returned as well, silent but looking as if he was angry.

Suddenly, around four of the staff and PR managers approached the journalist, and demanded that she hands over the tape and re-records using a new tape. Their reason? She did not follow her list of submitted questions.

The journalist rejected, and said the interview was completed.

The staff continued to pressure the interview crew, only satisfied when the recording timer was reset to zero.

Channel NewsAsia’s newsroom intern Vivi, who was present as a Cantonese-Mandarin translator, described, “The atmosphere was very awkward; it was like deleting the footage seemed to be the only option”.

Journalist Kaixin said that Richie Jen consoled her and said, “I’m sorry that we have to redo this.”

In the re-interview, the questions were all from the submitted list, and Edison did not answer any questions directly.

After the interview, Richie apologized to the journalist again. Vivi, a fan of Edison, requested for a photograph with Edison. At that point, Edison seemed to have calmed down and posed for the photograph. He even gave Kaixin a pat on her shoulder, saying, “I understand it’s your job.”

Vivi commented that her heart ached seeing her idol so emotionally unstable.

On Edison’s odd behaviour, Kaixin thought that he probably felt his ability was being questioned, since he was asked the same question twice during the roundtable. He answered once in Mandarin, and another time in Cantonese.

Richie Ren prepared to be neglected
Asia’s “most secured” entertainment event?
Media seated about 6m away from the panel behind barricades
Edison Chen sat nearest to the emergency exit on the panel’s right

No signs of wedding at Carol Chu’s
Since no sources have been able to confirm if the rumoured marriage of Andy Lau is true or false, reporters decided to take a chance by flying to Malaysia on Apr 6 to check out for themselves. They were disappointed to find no trace of a wedding at Carol Chu’s house.

Though two big lanterns were hung on the door of her family’s bungalow, there were no other wedding decorations and the garage was empty. Speculating that the Chu family may be out, reporters headed towards the hotel where the banquet was rumored to be, only to find no banquet rooms with wedding decorations.

Lau’s friend of 30 years, movie investor of “Future Cops”, Cai Songlin said he had not received Lau’s wedding invite but revealed that Lau appeared to be envious of his family life when they met in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year this year. Cai believed that Lau will get married but for someone who feels that true love is far more important than the marriage certificate, Lau will not rush into one. As for the little girl that has been rumored to be Lau’s daughter, Cai clarified that she is a child from the Chu family.

Cai and 47-year-old celebrity has been friends for over 30 years and knows him very well. “Andy is someone with delicate thoughts. He needs to consider things very thoroughly before making a decision. Moreover this is a marriage, not a simple affair,” Cai said.

In February this year, the Hong Kong media witnessed Lau dining with Chu’s family in Kuala Lumpur, it was later rumored that they will be tying the knot on Apr 6, also Chu’s birthday.

When the news broke out, fans displayed bi-polar reactions. Some supported the marriage, while others were heart-broken. It is said that his fans reactions put him in difficult position and thus decided to postpone the wedding.

Korea Times: 6 Quizzed Over Late Actress Jang Ja-yeon

Pop idol Wei Si `had heroin in her belongings’
Police found 10 packages of Heroin in Jill Vidal’s luggage

Toronto investor (the Chinese Warren Buffett) now hit with U.S. fraud charge (Thanks, Brian)

April 6, 2009

April 6, 2009

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

1200 copies of the film to be distributed.

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

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

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

Zhang Jiarui reveals Zhangs Jingchu nude scene doubled.

Daniel Wu, the outsider

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

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

Hong Kong Hustle: tours the Film Workshop exhibition

One dream rush in 42 seconds

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

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

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

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

Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng apologizes for harassment.

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

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

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

Test driving Google’s China music search

Kim Yu-na’s Fashion Picks in Vogue

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

China hi-tech exam cheats jailed

March 16, 2009


K20: Legend of the Mask



`Dragonball’ Premiere Tops Korean Box Office
Everybody loves Chow Yun Fat
Chow Yun-fat to star in Confucius biopic

Korean films to stage counterattack in April

Hong Kong events hit by fiscal woes
Festival scrambles for government money
Buzz titles at Filmart
Variety’s surveys the new crop of films

‘Tokyo!’: three directors’ twisted tales
Three filmmakers’ views of Tokyo
“Tokyo!” offers a triptych portrait of Japan’s most intriguing city as rendered by three profoundly offbeat filmmakers.

Korean Indie Film, “Breathless”, Wins at French Film Fest

China’s Band of Brothers Hits Small Screen
After his successful 2007 hit “Soldiers’ Sortie”, director Kang Honglei has hit the headlines again.

Strugglers Find Love, Fame
“CAPE No. 7″ is perhaps one of the best romances to come from Taiwan, combining box office success and award-winning performances.



‘The Horsemen’, a latest Hollywood horror film starring American actor Dennis Quaid and popular Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi

Sofia’s Life A Huge Hit in Cyberspace
Sofia’s Diary weaves product placement, short attention span and interactivity into web-based series

Karen Mok’s new leading man

Twins again - Gillian and Charlene meet for dinner in Taiwan...more

Gillian Chung in The Myth?
Gillian Chung is reportedly being considered for the leading role in a soap opera version of Jackie Chan’s The Myth. The male lead will be Hu Ge. An announcement is expected March 24 and filming will start in April at Hengdian studio and Gansu.

Pace Wu - Chasing Shadows

Pace Wu - Chasing Shadows

Chao Shun
Cape No. 7 actor Chao Shun now delivering lunches to avoid bankruptcy. Hypertension and diabetes prevents him from filming late at night.

Buried Treasures From Japanese Vaults
DVD Talk: Travels with Hiroshi Shimizu - Eclipse Series 15

Announcement of the case today determines their fate
Kelvin Kwan and Jill Vidal may face charges when they return to Hong Kong
Michael Tse hires a driver after drunk driving conviction
Angela Tong admits drink-driving

‘Late Actress Jang Ja-Yeon Was Forced to Have Sex With Showbiz VIPs’

Edison laughs off death threat
Second letter sent to Apple Daily office
Stamps with ’sinister’ meaning

Zhang Yimou’s Fireworks to Dazzle on Oct 1

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