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November 2, 2010

November 2, 2010

CRI: Feng Xiaogang Promotes Landscape Drama

The celebrated director is dabbling in the area of landscape drama, a new genre of entertainment rising out of many Chinese scenic spots.

Oxide Pang has begun production of Sleepwalker in 3D, a thriller that marks the director’s second venture in stereoscopic film-making.

Multi-layered Hong Kong family drama spanning half a century has plenty of dusty nostalgia but a poor script.

Zhou Xun working on Tsui Hark’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

(Sina-slide show)(Xinhua)

CRI: Zhou Xun Appears in ‘Dragon Gate’ Photos

Zhou dons a blue gown with her hair hidden in a black hairnet. Her character, Ling Yanqiu, is a woman who dresses as a man to live in the male-dominated “jianghu” - the martial-arts world.

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia’s scorecard of paydays: Monkey King -15 days, 8 million yuan; Lady Generals of the Yang Family - 30 days, 12.9M yuan; Dynamic Angel - 8 days, 8.6M yuan; All’s Well Ends Well 2011 - 10 days, 8.6M yuan. (Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong’s ex husband attends her sold-out concert

MSN: Carina Lau’s name not in Tony Leung’s latest property

The veteran actress and her mother-in-law are rumoured to be on bad terms

MSN: Wang Xiaofei: Barbie Hsu is not the third partyBarbie Hsu not the third party: fiance

Three charges against TVB boss dropped

The prosecution has withdrawn three of the corruption charges against TVB General Manager, Stephen Chan, and his former assistant, Tseng Tei-kun. The charges relate to the accepting of advantages. The prosecution said the decision was taken after reviewing the evidence. The remaining five counts — involving fraud and bribery — were transferred to the District Court for plea on November 23. A senior TVB executive, Wilson Chan, is the third defendant in the case. Bail was extended.

December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 Hong Kong Banquet

Raymond Wong

Sandra Ng

Ronald Cheng

Louis Koo

AngelaBaby

Lynn Xiong

Lee Heung Kam, Louis Koo

AngelaBaby, Lynn Xiong

Lynn Xiong, Louis Koo

Ronald Cheng, AngelaBaby

(Sina)

Time: China vs. Disney: The Battle for Mulan

China is moving to take back one of its own — even if it is legend. Mulan is the Middle Kingdom’s gender-bending heroine, its Joan of Arc. The character from folktale is a daughter who disguises herself as a male soldier to take her father’s place in the conscription army. The problem for the Chinese is that, since 1998, the definitive version of the story has been Disney’s.

Wang Baoqiang has a cameo role in Jackie Chan’s Big Soldier (Sina)

CRI: Li Bingbing: Acting Is Everything

Screen Daily: At The End of Daybreak

In case you were wondering about the film Kara Hui won the Golden Horse for Best Supporting Actress

B+ Detective cast and crew

Oxide Pang and Gong Beibi

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

B+ Detective is now in post-production and Oxide Pang promises an unexpected ending (Sina)

Karen Mok (Sina)

Karen Mok, Jackie Chan

(Sina)

Gillian Chung

Jane Zhang

Stephen Fung dressed to the nines, or as the article relates, looking homeless

(Xinhua)

CRI: MTV Names the Most Stylish Chinese Entertainers of the Year

Vicki Zhao sparks pregnancy rumours

4-months pregnant Cecilia Cheung spotted shopping with her son and in-laws

Deborah Kerr?

Jay Chou is the 2009 top-earner [Taiwan] with S$27 million (2)

China’s Zhang Ziyi most “Googled” person in Taiwan

November 25, 2009

November 25, 2009

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New Stills for Bodyguards and Assassins Released

Leon Lai

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

Michelle Reis

Leon Lai

Simon Yam

Fan Bingbing

Zhou Yun

Nic Tse

Wang Xueqi

Eric Tsang

Bateer

Tony Leung Kar-Fai

Dec.18 release More stills (HunanTV)

Hong Kong director takes on Mulan with real actors

It’s a drag

Legendary heroine

14 Blades is scheduled to be released February 4 (Sina)

Nic Tse, Dante Lam

Nic Tse shaves his head for Stool Pigeon (Sina)

(cri.cn)

Aaron Kwok, Gong Beibi

(Sina)

Oxide Pang is filming B+ Detective, the sequel to The Detective (lit.C+ Detective) in Thailand.

Eddie Cheung and Sandra Ng

Vivian Chow relaxing on set of Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’ (Sina)

CRI: Lin Chiling 2010 Photo Calendar

Edison Chen’s 5th Shanghai store gets $4m investment from lady tycoon

Twins’ Charlene Choi admits to dating Ronald Cheng

Kay Tse furious at online photo featuring a lookalike with another man

(cri.cn)

Veteran Hong Kong actor Chan Hung Lit dies

November 6, 2009

November 6, 2009

Divaasia: Vivian returns to her roots

Actress Vivian Hsu will soon start work on the new Taiwanese movie Seediq Bale, directed by Wei Te Sheng, who also directed last year’s Cape No 7.

Vivian plays the lead role in the movie that portrays the Wushe Incident, a 1930 Seediq uprising led by Mona Rudao against the Japanese when Taiwan was colonised.

The Seediq are Taiwanese aboriginal people who, along with the Truku people, were previously classified as the Atayal tribe.

She said: “I won’t be speaking any Mandarin in the movie at all. Instead, I would have to speak Japanese and Seediq.”

The movie is due to film for half a year and will be completed in 2011.

It is budgeted at $21 million.

Treasure Hunter poster featuring Jay Chou

(HunanTV)

Bodyguards and Assassins main poster

The difficulty in fitting all the cast took three months before finalizing the poster.

World premiere will be in Nanjing Nov. 12 where Sun Yat-Sen’s mausoleum is located.

(HunanTV)

THR: Tang Wei returns in ‘Manchu’ remake

‘Lust, Caution’ actress coming off ban, stars in English film

“Full Autumn” in Korean — by Kim Tae-yong (“Family Ties”) will start shooting later this month in Seattle, and will travel to other cities across the United States, the Korean producer said…

THR: Hong Kong movies make a dramatic showing at the boxoffice

Four local films got into the top 10 in the summer: the Shaw Brothers’ comeback “Turning Point” (HK15.7 million), “Overheard” from the “Infernal Affairs” team (HK15.5 million), Edko’s Aaron Kwok thriller “Murderer” (HK11.7 million) and period comedy “On His Majesty’s Secret Service” (HK8.8 million). Only two made the cut last summer…Although the number of local releases rose slightly in 2009, what’s staggering is the upcoming Chinese New Year public holiday slot, which will see 10 Hong Kong/Chinese-language high-profile projects competing in three weeks in February. It’s something the which hasn’t been seen since the 1990s….

THR: AFM Special Report: Hong Kong

Boxoffice may be up, but the outlook is troubled

“If there (were) enough films to make in Hong Kong, I’d rather not go anywhere else,” says [Herman] Yau, the hugely prolific Hong Kong director who works with three crews simultaneously — even while many technicians have followed the helmers to the mainland. “Although a large number of Hong Kong filmmakers are now working in China,” he says, “they can’t bring all the film crews with them, so there’re still a lot of local crew members stranded here, unemployed.”

THR: ‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ sells at AFM

Cinema Popular also is shopping its action-romantic comedy “The Return of the Incredible Wu Xia Couple,” directed by Vincent Kuk, and Dante Lam’s period actioner “Flying Guillotines” at AFM.

Screen Daily

THR: Jung to star in ‘Rain of Swords’

Film co-stars Michelle Yeoh, co-produced by John Woo

Screen Daily: TF1 buys Media Asia’s Chen Zhen for France

Hong Kong’s Media Asia Distribution has sold The Legend Of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau and starring Donnie Yen, to France’s TF1.

Leading Hong Kong action star Yen plays Chen Zhen in the film, a folk hero who fights the Shanghai mafia and occupying Japanese. Shu Qi and Anthony Wong also star…Meanwhile, Dream Movies also took rights for Australia and New Zealand to Pang Ho-chueng’s Love In A Puff, a comedy starring Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, and Johnnie To’s new project, Death Of A Hostage, starring Lau Ching Wan.

Zhang Yimou’s remake of Blood Simple [Amazing Tales: Three Guns] has bought its release forward from December 18 to December 11, while Hong King Universe’s The Storm Warriors has shifted its release to December 10. Jay Chou-starring Treasure Hunter will be released on December 9 instead of mid-month as originally planned, and Ning Hao’s road movie Wu Ren Qu [No Man's Land] will move back its release by three months to March next year…

Variety: CineAsia honors Zhou Xun

Actress to receive star of the year kudo

Variety: The Laughing Policeman (Japan)

Wheat (長平大戰之麥田)

What first might appear to be another tiresome period costumer about one of the millions of battles in China’s history turns out to be something rather different. Two deserters from the Qin army in the Warring States period lucklessly find themselves in an enemy town whose men are away fighting. Their lies and ingratiations with the women gradually wear thin — especially as others arrive with contradictory news. This meticulously photographed drama-comedy is structured around elemental themes, of which wheat, the local crop, is prominent. Directed by He Ping (何平), who made The Swordsman in Double Flag Town

Meat Grinder

(雙旗鎮刀客).

A coming-on-middle-aged street vendor projects her madness and history of abuse onto (mostly) unsuspecting, sleazy men — and cooks up a storm. Surprisingly good reviews greeted this gory Thai drama, which is right up there with Hong Kong’s The Untold Story (八仙飯店之人肉叉燒包) as a boundary-pushing, gag-inducing Asian incarnation of Sweeney Todd; it’s also a perfectly timed essay for people who think US beef is the sign of the Devil. Abstruse political subtexts (it’s set during student riots in the 1970s) and class and gender commentary … or blood, guts and torture for their own sake? Take your pick. Taiwan’s censors have let this one through without cuts, though it isn’t clear if this is the version originally banned in Thailand. Either way, here’s the question: Why doesn’t Taiwan make movies like this?

4 new Three Guns images in HD (Sina)

CRI: Stefanie Sun Sings for Mulan

Let The Bullets Fly

Ge You

Carina Lau plays Ge You’s wife

(Xinhua)

CRI: ‘Bullets’ Go Stylish (HD version Sina)

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

Oxide Pang has started shooting B+Detective, the sequel to C+Detective (aka The Detective) in Thailand. (HunanTV)

Li Xiaolu and Alfred Cheung (actor, director, writer)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love)

(HunanTV)

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 costumes - Angelababy

Lynn Xiong (Sina)

Hot Summer Days - Daniel Wu

Vivian Hsu (Sina)

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