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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)

March 9, 2010

March 9, 2010

Gigi Leung and Ronald Cheng - Just Another Pandora’s Box (aka Once Upon A Chinese Classic)

Ronald Cheng had to endure heat and discomfort to film the scene. (Sina)

Huang Bo

CRI: “Once Open A Chinese Classic”: A Different Story of Ancient China

The upcoming film to be released on March 18 has attracted many pop stars from both Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland. It centers on an idiot who embarks on an adventurous journey with the help of a magic box during the period of the Three Kingdoms in ancient China.

Gillian Chung

Eric Tsang

Just Another Pandora’s Box opens Mar.18 (HunanTV)

Zhang Jingchu - The Double Life (A Side, B Side)

Zhang Jingchu’s first attempt at comedy, she plays a glamorous model suffering from depression. The crew jokingly dubbed her ‘NG Queen’ due to her numerous NGs, i.e., bad takes. (Sina)

THR: Cheng meets Tsang in ‘Girl Meets Boy’

Hong Kong acting veterans Cheng Pei-pei and Kenneth Tsang joined the cast of New Zealand romantic comedy “Girl Meets Boy,” the feature debut of director Roseanne Liang for South Pacific Pictures.

First-time director Roseanne Liang’s coming-of-age story is about a New Zealand-born Chinese overachiever who defies her parents’ wishes and falls for a European New Zealander.

Martial arts legend [Cheng] Pei Pei plays the girl’s mother and Tsang her strict father, whose traditional values make it hard for him to accept that his youngest daughter would choose film school over medical school and want to marry a European.

A young cast of New Zealand actors includes Michelle Ang as the headstrong protagonist, Matthew Whelan as her love interest, and Katlyn Wong and Celeste Wong.

CRI: Go Lala Go! (formerly Du Lala’s Promotion)

The film stars director Xu Jinglei herself as Du Lala, as well as Stanley Huang, Karen Mok, Li Ai, and Pace Wu.

Dante Lam - Beijing

Richie Jen, Leon Lai in Beijing promoting Fire of Conscience (Sina)

Eason Chan cover shoot for new album (Sina)

Fan Bingbing - Paris

Fan Bingbing attending the Jean Paul Gaultier Paris fashion show (Mar.6)

(Xinhua) (Zimbio)

Louisa So Yuk-Wa and Wu Fung at a recent promotion activity (Sina)

January 20, 2010

January 20, 2010

Confucius poster for Taiwan (Sina)

Flirting Scholar - Zhou Libo has a bloody nose

(Sina)

CRI: Zhou Libo Passes as a Silver Screen Comedian in Debut Film

Anthony Wong with Janice Man, Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi attend the opening ceremony for Vincent Lo’s Bou Ying/Retribution

Maggie Cheung

Richie Ren

(Xinhua)

Inseparable opening ceremony in Guangzhou: Gong Beibi, Dayyan Eng, Daniel Wu (Sina)

CRI: Dayyan Eng Enlists Daniel Wu, Kevin Spacey for Inseparable

Anita Yuen, Jacky Cheung - House of 72 Tenants (7)(Sina)

Ada Choi - Princess Iron Fan

Athena Chu (cri.cn) Once Upon A Chinese Classic (3)(Sina)

Gong Mi

Gong Mi’s debut film (5)(Sina)

The film is about the dangers of online gaming addiction.

Little Big Soldier

New stills released (31)(HunanTV)

Huang Bo: A plain actor with overrated skill

Berlin film festival to open with Chinese movie (CRI)

CRI: “Tuan Yuan” Likely to Open 60th Berlinale

Eat Drink Man Woman sequel script approved by SARFT. Cast and director has not been disclosed yet, though, rumors have Barbie Hsu attached to the film. (Sina)

Anita Yuen to take time off for baby No.2

China Says Not Forcing “Avatar” Off The Screens

Faye Wong’s gradual return to the entertainment industry

According to other reports, Faye’s first comeback appearance will be at a jewel fair held in Shanghai this coming Saturday

Father: Tang Wei is obedient, sensible, well-behaved and hard-working

Tang Yuming has been a noted painter since the ’70s

Photos: Tang Wei and father

Some have commented that Tang Wei’s father resembles Felix Wong.

Gigi Leung

Gigi Leung was one of the many celebrities who helped to kick off Hong Kong Fashion Week (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu

Kelly Chen

Fan Bingbing

Zhang Jingchu, Kelly Chen, Fan Bingbing and other celebrities appeared for a clothing brand in Guangzhou. (Xinhua)

Twins taped a congratulations greeting to Hot Summer Days director Wing Shya.

Charlene has a brief cameo in the film.

(Xinhua)

CRI: Twins Reunite for “Hot Summer Days” Video

January 13, 2010

January 13, 2010

Jeff Lau’s Once Upon a Chinese Classic will be pushed back to a March release due to the huge competition during the Spring Festival season. (Sina)


Variety: Jackie Chan’s ‘Incident’ heads for U.S.

Film to open on 20 screens in 10 U.S. markets

BEIJING — Jackie Chan crimer “Shinjuku Incident” has secured theatrical distribution in the U.S. and will open Feb. 5, followed by a Sony Home Entertainment DVD release on May 25.

Pic’s producers have partnered with Barking Cow Distribution to release the film in Chinese with English subtitles on 20 screens in 10 U.S. markets with large Chinese communities.

The DVD will offer a choice of either Chinese or English-language and subtitles.

In the pic, which was exec produced by Chan and helmed by Derek Yee, Chan plays an illegal Chinese immigrant trying to survive on the gangster-run streets of Tokyo in the 1990s. Pic also features Daniel Wu, Xu Jinglei and Fan Bingbing.

Pic was nixed by censors in mainland China for its violence and depiction of malcontent mainlanders fleeing to Japan.

Du Yuhang, Yip Chun, Huang Yi

Huang Yi

Yuen Biao

Fan Siu-Wang, Yuen Biao, Du Yuhang

Ip Man prequel begins shooting in Foshan The Legend is Born - Ip Man features Du Yuhang, Hins Cheung,  and Huang Yi. Costars include Yuen Biao and Fan Siu-Wong. HD slide show (12)(Sina) (Sina) (Xinhua)

Year of the thriller for Korean movies

Film insiders excited over new works by three star directors

Edison Chen

Host Jon Niermann

In a television interview on a Star World Satellite program based in Shanghai, Edison described last year’s photo scandal as an ‘invisible gift’. He said he didn’t know if he was the criminal or the villain, but many friends supported him through much distress and unnecessary attention. Edison is relieved to say: “This never-ending nightmare has ended.” As for the future, he is contemplating developing a film and play a pervert or homosexual killer.(Sina)

Cheeky Edison’s back on the scene

Chow’s wife, Anita Yuen, Chow Yun-Fat, Coco Lee

Coco Lee

Anita Yuen (Xinhua)

Qin Hailu

(Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat, Coco Lee, Anita Yuen, Qin Hailu and many other celebrities opened a luxury brand flagship store in Beijing. HD slide show (30)(Sina)

December 31, 2009

December 31, 2009


THR: Storm Warriors review

Bottom Line: A martial arts fantasy with advanced 3D effects and two-dimensional characters.

Betty Sun Li in Jeff Lau’s Once Upon A Chinese Classic

Ronald Cheng (right) (Sina)

The Treasure Hunter

This Chinese so-called blockbuster easily wears the crown as the worst film of the year, with its cheap sets and amateurish action sequences and visual effects that rip off Western treasure-hunt flicks.

Taipei Times: FILM REVIEW: Treasure hunting is a dreary affair


We cannot help but be cautious that China’s film industry is repeating what destroyed Hong Kong’s film industry in the late 1990s: blind investment, neglect of film quality and the quest for cash and competition. Hong Kong director and producer Tung-Shing Yee sighed at the premiere of Overheard, stating that the Hong Kong film industry was officially dead. Chinese filmmakers need to be on guard so that we too are not mourning the death of the Chinese film industry in a few years time.

Worst 10 Chinese films of 2009

1. Wind Warriors (feng yun 2)

2. Gasp (qi chuan xu xu)

3. Looking for Jackie (xun zhao cheng long)

4. On His Majesty’s Secret Service (da nei mi tan ling ling gou)

5. My Fair Gentleman (yao tiao shen shi)

6. Radish Warrior (jue jiang de luo bo)

7. Copycat (dao ban mao)

8. Mulan (hua mu lan)

9. The Warrior and the Wolf (lang zai ji)

10. Wheat (mai tian)

49-year old Cherie Chong was said to have walked out of her sadness of losing of her husband and is planning to marry a Singaporean businessman next year. However, Cherie personally denies to this issue with her best friend Sylvia Chang exclaiming that it’s all a misunderstanding.

With the appearance of Mr L, her friends noted that her gloomy days are over. She has a smile across her face more regularly. However, being in love did not make her conscious of her weight and reporters claimed that she seemed at least 60kg.


Pop star Eva Huang Shengyi promotes new album in Shanghai

Sammi Cheng and guest Gigi Leung share a kiss on stage

Sammi, Gigi

Sammi, Jacky Cheung

(Xinhua)

Edison Chen accepted an interview with “GQ” magazine and mentioned about the sex scandal again.

Zhou Xun

Zhou Xun is on featured on the cover of France’s Le Point (Viewpoint) which focuses 80 pages on China’s rise as the new Asian power. Le Point is similar to the US Newsweek. (Sina)

CRI: Michelle Reis Looks Ravishing in Red

CRI: Ode to Cheongsam

Take a look at China’s notable stars dressed in gorgeously vying Cheongsams and see who looks the best.

Anita Mui’s brother mourned his sister’s passing yesterday on the 6th anniversary of the singer’s death. (Sina)

(Elsewhere James Cameron has been accused of plagiarizing from Miyazaki’s Castle in the Sky and Totoro.)

December 1, 2009

December 1, 2009

CRI: ‘Once Upon a Chinese Classic’ Launches Official Website

Jeff Lau updates A Chinese Odyssey with Athena Chu, Ronald Cheng

Michelle Ye and her new movie

Variety: Kitano plots gangster pic ‘Outrage’

Japanese director also writes and stars in pic

(HunanTV)

Kung Fu Kid slide show (Sina)

Jaden Smith, Jackie Chan

CRI: Actress Xu Qing Signs up with Huayi Bros.

THR: HBO, Mei Ah to launch Asian movie channel

Singer Faye Wong to stage comeback concert tour

Faye may return with tour

Also, Wong may perform at state-run broadcaster Central China Television’s annual Spring Festival gala show in February.

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Carina Lau

Tony and Carina lent their childhood photos to be used for UNICEF fund raising (Sina)

Nick Cheung returns to Hong Kong with his Best Actor Golden Horse

Kara Hui Best Supporting Actress for At The End of Daybreak

(Sina)

Big Soldiers Launches Official Website

Jackie Chan

Director Ding Sheng

Lin Peng

Xu Dongmei

Wang Lee Hom was absent but taped a greeting. Big Soldiers is scheduled for a Feb. 14 release. (Sina)

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