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February 18, 2011

February 18, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , — dleedlee @ 1:24 pm

GlobalTimes: Something old, nothing new (Review)

Li Yapeng and Xu Jinglei relive old love in Eternal Moment

GlobalTimes: A new direction

Ning Hao is experimenting with discovering acting talent through a talent-seeking and training program.

“I knew how precious opportunities are for new talents. There are superstars in China [but] no one seems to care about potential ones. We can’t always pick apples from the tree, but someone has to plant the seeds,” Ning said.

Merry Go Round in Richmond Hill (Toronto, CA) (Thanks, Brian)

Nora Miao to attend

THR: Huayi Brothers Plans East Asia’s Largest Indoor Studio Complex for Shanghai

The studio plan will follow the Universal Studios model, incorporating studio tours and rides in a later phase of its development.

CRI: Trailer Released for New Wartime Love Film

Set in the 1940s during World War Two, Once Upon a Time in Tibet revolves around a struggling romance between a troubled American Air Force pilot and a Chinese woman.

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

Berlin - An early version of poster for Peter Chan’s Wu Xia (Xinhua)

Simon Yam is The Man Behind the Courtyard House (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung’s days as famous actress numbered

Cecilia Cheung is facing a boycott threat from a Chinese production company if she does not finish filming The Lady General of the Yang Family.

Major Chinese newspapers reported that Shanghai Film Studio, the second largest film production house in China, had threatened to withdraw its investment of the film if it was not wrapped up by the end of the month.

Cheung was scheduled to shoot 47 sets but discontinued after completing only 31.

This agitated the production house, which threatened to boycott all films by the Hong Kong actress.

“The boycott is expected to affect Cheung’s reputation as an actress,” one newspaper reported.

Michael Hui

Michael Hui and wife

Michael Hui performed at Hong Kong Coliseum Feb.16

The show, entitled “Stand Up Comedy II : Last Warning!”, is Michael’s follow up to his own sell-out shows in 2005 and 2009. (Sina)MichaelHui.com

CRI: Andy Lau to Bring ‘Unforgettable’ Concert to Beijing

Maggie Cheung attending New York Fashion Week show

Unfashionably early, she killed time playing with her iPad and reading the newspaper. She was seated next to Kirsten Dunst but did not speak with her according to the report. (Xinhua)

MSN: Vivian Hsu’s tough road to true love

The singer-actress and her businessman boyfriend supposedly face opposition from the latter’s family

(Xinhua)2

January 28, 2011

January 28, 2011

CRI: Fan Bingbing Likely to Land Role in Co-Production (First Love)

Set in 1950 near the China-Vietnam border, the story centers on the romance between a French soldier and a Chinese girl that ends up in tragedy.

HK Film Archive’s newly restored treasure “Colourful Youth” to be screened at HK Cultural Centre

“Colourful Youth” (1966), the only “contemporary” film starring Connie Chan Po-chu and Josephine Siao Fong-fong, was a huge hit on its first release and re-releases in the 1960s. As part of its 10th anniversary celebration activities, the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) will screen the restored song-and-dance classic at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre next month.

CRI: Gong Li and Andy Lau Promote New Movie in Beijing

“What Women Want” is a remake of the Hollywood box office hit of the same title. The story is about an advertising agency manager who suddenly finds he can read women’s minds.

CRI: Eric Tsang Presents New Year Film ‘I Love Hong Kong’ on Jan. 31

The story centers on a family of three members, starring Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Sandra Ng and Aarif Lee. Due to financial difficulties, they must move back to public housing, where the city’s lower-income people inhabit. They have some unhappy experiences with neighbors at the beginning; however they are gradually moved by them after living in there for some time.

Aarif Lee, Fala Chen - I Love Hong Kong

Bosco Wong, Wong Cho-Lam

(Sina)

Chapman To and Lynn Hung (Lynn Xiong) settle differences in All’s Well Ends Well 2011

(Sina)

Ning invited people like Hong Kong’s Jim Chim - a veteran theater and film actor and stand-up comedian - to be one of the trainers. His teaching involves a lot of games that call for much imagination and improvisation.

The students may join the cast of Ning’s next film, a period comedy, which filming will begin in March. [Meanwhile, his film No Man's Land is still in limbo with state censors for over a year now.]

The Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival has announced the results of its survey of the “100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films”.

Mr. and Mrs. Incredible Guangzhou premiere

(Sina-gallery)

Qin Lan plays a surrogate mother

To Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s baby’s daddy in Mu Yu (lit. Mother Tongue)

Wu Ma plays Alex’s father

Mu Yu is directed by Yu Zhong (Roots and Branches, Far From Home) (Sina)

Separately, Yao and her husband Ling Xiaosu issued a statement on sina.com.cn Friday to announce the end of their seven-year marriage.

Happier times (Xinhua)

China White Rabbit sweets hop into Lunar New Year

Zhao Wei

One pill makes you larger / And one pill makes you small / And the ones that mother gives you / Don’t do anything at all.

MSN: Eric Tsang’s father cremated in Taiwan

MSN: Barbie Hsu rumoured to hold wedding dinner tomorrow

MSN: Selina Jen has five endorsement invitations

The singer is expected to make her comeback with either a fruit juice or a slimming programme commercial in June, while other endorsements would be subjected to the state of her physical health.

THR: ‘Joy Luck Club’ Producers See Movie Promise in Tiger Mom Controversy

Amy Chua’s memoir on parenting has captured the nation’s attention, but can ‘Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother’ recreate the movie success of the 1989 film?

October 15, 2010

October 15, 2010

Variety: Addicted to Love (China) review

A Chinese senior citizen rediscovers the power of the heart in the beautifully observed and played “Addicted to Love.”

Reign of Assassins - Michelle Yeoh’s swordplay gem

CRI: ’If You Are the One’ Sequel in Theaters Dec. 22

CRI: ’The Butcher, The Chef and The Swordsman’ Releases Final Trailer

CRI: Latest Stills of ‘Wind Blast’

THR: Pang Brothers’ 3D horror films bows in HK

Pang went to the cinemas to observe the opening day crowd for “The Child’s Eye” on Thursday in Hong Kong, and saw firsthand the three main advantages that 3D brings to the film industry as a whole.

Also: Filming for “The Sleep Walker” is scheduled to start at the end of this month in Hong Kong and Thailand for a 2011 release.

Indomina Releasing has acquired domestic rights to Hong Kong martial arts thriller “Bodyguards and Assassins” from We Distribution.

Indomina also recently acquired “Griff the Invisible,” “Wasted on the Young,” “True Legend” and “Fire of Conscience.”

Midnight Heartbeat/Midnight Pulse new poster

The Simon Yam, Francis Ng hospital horror film has finally received an official release date after passing a final cut and review following another round of edits. The release date is set for December 24th. Ho, Ho, Ho! (Sina)

Ning Hao’s film No Man’s Land has finally been freed from limbo. Originally scheduled for a December 8, 2009 release, the film had been held up by authorities and now finally granted a December 18, 2010 release. Reportedly too dark for censors, the film has been reedited many times. Though Ning Hao had previously said the changes were minor, netizens were expressing doubts. (Sina)

Zhou Dongyu, Shawn Dou Xiao

Zhang Yimou brought Under the Hawthorn Tree to the Hawaii International Film Festival. As Dou Xiao is fluent in English, he acted as Zhou Dongyu’s translator.

(Sina)23

Alec Su, Pace Wu

Pace Wu

Hidden Chamber of Secrets unveiled the film’s poster and officially launched its website yesterday. The film opens October 29. (Sina)2


The cast of Jingle Ma’s Dynamic Angel (Race Car) celebrate Jimmy Lin’s 36th birthday.

Cecilia Cheung, Jimmy Lin, Tang Wei, Chie Tanaka, Han Jae-Seok

Jimmy Lin, Rene Liu, Jingle Ma (Sina)

On the set of Love Island

Simon Yam, Francis Ng

Francis Ng

The cast also includes Song Jia, Janice Man, Chang Chen and Joan Chen

(Sina) (Thanks, to Valerie)

Stanley Fung

Stanley Fung appeared on a Beijing TV program recently (Sina)

October 6, 2010

October 6, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 4:50 pm

According to this report, Stephen Chow has invited Ethan Ruan to play the Monkey King and Aarif Lee Chi-Ting (Aarif Rahman) to portray the Tang Monk in his upcoming New Journey to the West (Journey to the West Enchantment of Tripitaka). Filming is planned to begin in February. (21cn)

FBA: Baihe (百合) (6/10)

Modest but solid migrant-worker drama, with a striking performance by Chinese newcomer Wang Zitong.

Chow Yun-Fat - The Founding of a Party

Chow Yun-Fat has begun shooting his part as China’s first President, Yuan Shikai

Hou Yong (front)

Zhao Benshan, Feng Gong

Feng Gong (Xinhua)(Xinhua-gallery)(Sina)

Director Ning Hao is recruiting new actors online for a free training course for a future film. (Sina)

Josie Ho leaving the set of Contagion for the day. (Sina)

Nick Cheung’s wife, Esther Kwan, is thought to be pregnant. Besides shopping for clothes for her daughter, Esther was spotted looking at newborn clothing. Hong Kong media reports that she recently underwent artificial insemination procedures but Nick has denied this. (Sina)

More photos from Kiki Seung Tin-Ngo’s wedding banquet

Margie Tsang, Tony Leung’s long-time girlfriend during his TVB years, Carina Lau

Acting course classmates: Lawrence Ng, Lau Ching-Wan, Michael Tao Dai-Yue, Sandra Ng, Margie Tsang, Carina Lau (Sina)

Speaking at a Milan fashion show on Sunday, the actress hinted at the reason behind her delayed pregnancy - she preferred to live a life of enjoyment.

The home boasts a magnificent sea view and a 37,000 square meters outdoor garden. It was also constructed out of premium raw materials only.

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

October 20, 2009

October 20, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 11:06 am

Producer Manfred Wong promotes Stubborn Radish aka Radish Warrior which opens later this month. (Sina.com)

The Message premiere in Taipei, Taiwan

(Sina.com)

Abu Dhabi - Maggie Q, Tian Zhuangzhuang, Joe Odagiri (The Warrior and The Wolf)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow was photographed in a gay bar preparing for her role in Ann Hui’s ‘Up and Down’ 《上上下下》. Ann Hui arranged for Vivian to visit an lesbian bar establishment in Lan Kwai Fong and meet some gay women. Vivian is earning a reported seven figure fee for her role in the film costarring Sandra Ng. (Xinhua)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu has been cast in the lead of the new film from Cape No. 7 director Wei Te-Sheng, to be produced by John Woo. Vivian will be putting her multi-lingual skills to use as she will be speaking in Japanese. (Sina.com)

Anthony Wong

CRI: Vivid Tang Dynasty Shown in TV Drama

Ning Hao

Ning Hao’s latest film ‘No Man’s Land’ is in post-production. It will feature a new side of Huang Bo, who is having a busy year with Cow, Radish Warrior and Crazy Racer. (Sina.com)

Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns is also in post-production and expected to be completed next month. The original story has changed and now is said to be three connected stories about paired couples and their quarrels. Staff have had to sign confidentiality agreements with $1M fines. Zhang Yimou has spent a great attention to the colors of the costumes discarding the originals and having them redone. Zhang is also busy working on his Turandot production at the Bird’s Nest. (Sina.com)

CRI: ‘True Legend’ to Open during Chinese New Year

Yuen Woo-Ping’s new film about 19th-century hero Su Qi-Er (Beggar So) will open in Chinese cinemas around mid-February in time for the Chinese Lunar New Year, the movie’s producers announced on Monday.

Moviegoers will also be able to see a few scenes featuring the late Hollywood actor David Carradine, who was known for his role in the “Kill Bill” series. Director Yuen invited Carradine to work on his film after a pleasant collaboration in “Kill Bill” for which Yuen was the stunt advisor.

THR: ‘Founding’ now top Chinese film

CRI: Zhou Xun Celebrates 35th Birthday and Best Actress Award

Black &; White sweeps Golden Bell amid controversy

101-year-old founder to become non-executive chairman

April 29, 2009

April 29, 2009

Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing
Sophie’s Revenge scheduled for August release

Li Yuchun
Bodyguards and Assassins - Li Yuchun

Supergirl sings theme song and plays Simon Yam’s daughter

Zhang Jingchu
Beijing preview of John Rabe -Zhang Jingchu

Yu NanBa Duo, Wang Shuangbo
Ning Hao film currently in production ‘Uninhabited Region’

Zhang Yimou to shoot ‘Amazing Tales — Three Guns’
Pic to be divided into two parts
Sun Honglei, Xiao Shenyang, Wang Xiaohua, Ni Dahong cast

Lu’s ‘City of Life and Death’ draws raves, death threats
Sympathetic portrayal of Japan angers some viewers

Banned Chinese director enters film at Cannes - Spring Fever
Lou Ye endured previous ban with French festival entry
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5iU1DMQqYhHgrxEbZBjwxeKGTlq6w
Le Pacte acquires French rights to Spring Fever

Leon Lai
Leon Lai returns to Hong Kong from Shanghai, avoids questions about Jill Vidal

Daniel Wu - A Vase No More

Russell Wong takes his turn behind the camera

ESWN: What Did Jackie Chan Say? (Roland Soong mix)
The Associated Press transcript gives the impression that Jackie Chan was more cogent and articulate than he actually is. The verbatim transcript makes him much less so. For example, he could not even get the dates of the founding of the People’s Republic of China or the beginning of the reforms right at first. You can also watch the video and you don’t even have to understand Chinese to perceive the clipped nature of his speech. Jackie Chan is not in his milieu when it comes to this kind of subject.


Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time

Jail set for computer technician over Chen sex photos

February 25, 2009

Zhao Wei as Mulan
Zhao Wei - Mulan


http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/25/content_10888899.htm
http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/p/2009-02-25/00322390242.shtml


http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-25/02572390372.shtml

Zhao Wei’s Portrayal as Mulan Unveiled
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/25/1321s457646.htm

Jackie Chan returns to Chinese film with gang thriller Shijuku Incident
http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2009/02/25/arts/AS-MOV-Jackie-Chan-Shinjuku-Incident.php

Photos of actress Tang Wei at Reading University in England were recently uploaded to the internet


http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/25/content_10890709.htm

Hu Jun in sci-fi comedy Kungfu Cyborg

http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-24/10572389059.shtml

Ning Hao to begin shooting new film in March 無人區(Uninhabited Region)
Regular cast members Huang Bo and Xu Zheng will join Wang Shuangbao, Ba Duo
Yu Nan

Director Ning Hao

http://ent.sina.com.cn/m/c/2009-02-24/09502388905.shtml


Hong Kong East Week is reporting that Andy Lau is planning to marry longtime girlfriend in April.
According to reports, Andy bought a HK$7M home in Malaysia as a gift to her parents. The bride is the long rumoured Carol Chu/Zhu Liqian. April 6 is one speculated date as it is Carol Chu’s 43rd birthday. Last year, Andy sang at the wedding of  Carol’s sister. Photos of the couple making plans with her parents in Malaysia were published.

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/1/1/199143/1.html
http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/25/content_10889092.htm
http://andylausounds.blogspot.com/2009/02/east-weekly-287-andy-and-carol-got.html

Andy Lau to Marry Carol Zhu in April?
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/25/1321s457684.htm
http://ent.sina.com.cn/s/h/p/2009-02-25/14342391269.shtml
Andy Lau - Not Married, No Kids, No Plans to Work with Gillian Chung
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/xin/20090225/ten-687-andy-lau-married-kids-plans-gill-3c1b9bc.html

‘Dragonball’ fans fired up over manga movie
http://joongangdaily.joins.com/article/view.asp?aid=2901455


Chinese pop star hopes to move on from nude photo scandal (video)


http://news.xinhuanet.com/ent/2009-02/25/content_10889675.htm
Edison Chen says some sex photos were taken by the girls
http://asianfanatics.net/forum/Edison-Chen-says-some-sex-photos-were-taken-by-the-girls-talk630475.html
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/199185/1.html

Unaffected Gillian Chung Plans Comeback after Edison’s Hearing
http://english.cri.cn/6666/2009/02/25/1321s457829.htm

Hong Kong pop star Karen Mok bound for Canada to protest seal hunt
http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/257007,hong-kong-pop-star-bound-for-canada-to-protest-seal-hunt.html

Vivian Chow Two Months Pregnant?
http://sg.news.yahoo.com/xin/20090225/ten-686-vivian-chow-months-pregnant-3c1b9bc.html

Doctors to man: you’re no Andy Lau

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