HKMDB Daily News

August 22, 2011

August 22, 2011

WSJ: Kara Hui, Fighting the Kung-Fu Stereotype

FBA: Law of Attraction review

The best comes at the start in this uneven collection of vignettes on various stages of love.

Poster for Ann Hui’s A Simple Life competing at Venice Film Festival

Qin Hailu - A Simple Life

Qin Hailu and Ann Hui (Sina)

First poster for Frankie Chan’s Legendary Amazons

(vide. Lady Generals, Yang Family Generals)

Cecilia Cheung checking her script

Getting makeup

Frankie Chan, Cecilia Cheung

More Amazons

Cheng Pei-Pei

Yu Na

Jin Qiaoqiao

Chen Zihan

Liu Xiaoqing

Kathy Cho Hoi-Mei

Yukari Oshima

Liu Dong (Sina)

Tony Chan , Eason Chan, Angelababy, Wing Shya (Aug.21)

Eason Chan and Angelababy attended the Beijing press conference for the release of the final trailer for Love in Space (Sina-gallery) (Video-trailer)

Mark Chao and Gao Yuanyuan will begin work on Chen Kaige’s new modern day film, tentatively named “Search”, in October. Four other major actors are to be announced shortly.

Mark Chao You-Ting, Gao Yuanyuan

With director Chen Kaige (Sina)2

Miriam Yeung and Xu Zheng in Beijing filming Pang Ho-Cheung’s sequel to Love in a Puff (Sina-gallery)

Cecilia Cheung

Cecilia Cheung appeared as a guest on the catwalk in a fall and winter fashion show in Wan Chai, Hong Kong this weekend. And, according to an Oriental Daily report, she and husband Nicholas Tse have reached a final divorce agreement and settlement after a 16 hour negotiation with lawyers. Child custody and property distributions issues have been reached and the agreement has been sealed. Elsewhere, Cecilia is under fire by mainland publicity director for not fulfilling her contractual to promote Treasure Inn on the mainland. So far, she has skipped the MV rollout and premieres in Beijing, Chengdu, Hangzhou and Guangzhou. Her company reps defend her and say Cecilia has met her obligations with a March press conference appearance.

(21cn)234(Sina)(Slideshow)

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung goes school-hunting for son

Nicholas Tse & Cecilia agree on divorce terms

CNA: Theresa Fu claims ‘four-timing’ ex-lover Him Law hit her

Donnie Yen and family relaxing in the US recently

According to Hong Kong media reports, Donnie is weighing an offer to appear in producer Avi Lerner’s The Expendables 2. (HunanTV)

Carina Lau, Edison Chen

Carina Lau posted a photo of herself with Edison over the weekend, with the following, “You are a great person. Life is always tough. You got to have faith in yourself.” Netizens figured out that the locale was in Shanghai where Edison attended a club opening and sang three songs before departing. (Sina),

(Sina-slideshow)

June 27, 2011

June 27, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:49 pm

Variety: Communist Party pic finds time to sell

Product placement is irritating Chinese auds in the most unlikely of places. Communist purists are up in arms over a scene in the newly released propaganda pic “Beginning of the Great Revival,” in which Chairman Mao is given a gold Omega watch by his girlfriend.

Variety: Yulu review

In a generic package of contempo Chinese success stories has flickers of interest, but their repetitive message of hard work and perseverance becomes a didactic drone.

Revenge: A Love Story (Variety)

A tricky crime tale on the cusp of horror, balances the grisly and the sentimental without wallowing excessively in either.

FBA: Return Ticket review

Modest but involving drama of migrant workers in Shanghai intiguingly blends Taiwan and Mainland talent.

Following The Piano in a Factory, on which she took an executive producer credit, the film marks another strong recent role for the distinctive-looking Qin Hailu

Q&A: Gordon Chan Talks About ‘The Mural’ (THR)

The Hong Kong film veteran talks about the arrival of effects-heavy films in China, and how far Chinese filmmakers still have to go.

Watch the music video of “Lost in Jianghu”, the theme song of Peter Chan’s film “Wu Xia”.

Wu Xia poster (Sina)

3D The Monkey King poster featuring Peter Ho, with Joe Chen Qiao-En and Xia Zitong

(Sina)

The film is directed by “Roots and Branches” director Yu Zhong. The cast also includes Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Wang Pei.

CF: Actress Tang Wei to Attend Taipei Film Festival

Sylvia Chang receives Honorary Fellow of Performing Arts from the Hong Kong Academy of Peforming Arts

Disciples Rene Liu and Angelica Lee attended as well as Richie Ren, Sammi Cheng. Media Asia boss, Peter Lam, received an honorary doctorate from the academy as well as music composer Joseph Koo.

Sylvia Chang

Angelica Lee, Rene Liu

Sammi Cheng (Sina-slideshow)(hkapa)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai celebrates his 49th birthday today with a strawberry cake from his company

(Xinhua)

Cecilia Cheung working in Europe (Xinhua)

According to reports, Ceci wanted to bring her two sons with her but reconsidered due to the long 10 hour flight involved. It is thought that her sister is looking after her sons. Ceci’s intinerary included a flight to Germany before landing in Milan for a photo and video shoot. (Sina)

CNA: 3D porn film “3D Sex and Zen” to screen in Singapore with no cuts

The international version of the film clocks in at 102 minutes, 27 minutes shorter than the 129-minute version shown in Hong Kong, which was again six minutes shorter than the 135-minute version its director Christopher Sun had originally put together.

HKStandard:  TVB caught up in drama over cover of extras

A trade union organization has slammed free-to-air station Television Broadcasts for failing to provide insurance cover and Mandatory Provident Fund contributions for extras.

November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 5:46 pm

Poster for China Film Archives restrospective

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ruan Lingyu, one of China’s most famous movie actresses, the China Film Archive and MOMA Broadway Cinema present a retrospective of her works. (Beijing) (Sina)

CRI: ’Sophie’s Revenge’ Director Gets Hollywood Deal

Jin Yimeng has signed with the Montecito Picture Company to make a film about a romance spanning the geographic distance between China and the United States…

FBA: Lao Wai (老外) (7/10)

Slight but charming cross-cultural romance that avoids all the usual pitfalls and cliches.

CRI: Still Photos of ‘Lover’s Discourse’ Released

Film producer Pang Ho-Cheung and his long-time colleagues, Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, penned four love stories depicting how different people act when they are in love.

Showroom dummies

Karena Lam, Jacky Heung (March)

Kay Tse, Karena Lam, Jacky Cheung, William Chan Wai-Ting

Kay Tse On-Kei

Four cast members of the Jackie Chan-Frankie Chan Lady Generals of the Yang Family appearing at an event in Shanghai.

Cheng Pei-Pei

Liu Xiaoqing

Jin Qiao-Qiao

Yang Zitong, Cheng Pei-Pei, Liu Xiaoqing, Jin Qiao-Qiao

(Sina-slide show)

(Nov.29) Chow Yun-Fat answered questions at a Hong Kong press conference for Let the Bullets Fly. Longtime TV series costar Carol ‘Dodo’ Cheng MC’d the event attended by over 100 media members.

Chow Yun-Fat

Carol Cheng

Carol Cheng, Chow Yun-Fat and wife, Albert Yeung

(Sina-gallery)

Michelle Reis and the cast of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Hong Kong.

Michelle Reis

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Michelle Reis, Peter Chan

(Sina-gallery)

Preview of January Harper’s Bazaar featuring Zhao Wei

(Xinhua)

Gillian Chung, Lucas Tse

Posted by Gillian on her weibo but later deleted since she didn’t have Cecilia’s permission and to protect Lucas’ exposure. Gillian was returning to Hong Kong and ran into Lucas at the airport.

(Xinhua)

Jo Koo (Jo Kuk) is getting married at the end of the year to her boyfriend of 12 months. (Sina)

Qin Hailu (The Piano in a Factory) is the latest Mainland actor to obtain a Hong Kong identity card reflecting her growing popularity.

(Sina)

MSN: Wakin Chau falls off stage, Karen Mok reveals bra at concert

July 24, 2010

July 24, 2010

FBA: Chen Zhen set for Venice heroics

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen has been set as the second film on the opening night of the Venice film festival (1-11 Sept, 2010).

Huang Shengyi will begin work on Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s 3D Legend of White Snake next month. Previously, Jet Li has been reported to also cast. Huang, a Stephen Chow protege, had no comment on the report of Chow’s recent break up news. (Xinhua)

Elanne Kwong plays a woman with autism in Perfect Fairy Tale

(Xinhua)

Zhang Yimou’s mysterious Quiet Autumn (Jing Qiu)

Zhou Dongyu

The high school student playing Jing Qiu in Under the Hawthorne Tree has been kept under tight wraps.

Recently, it was learned by netizens that the actress is Zhou Dongyu a 19 year-old senior and dance student from Shijiahuang, Hebei Province. Graduating in June, Zhou went to Beijing to take the arts examination where she was spotted by a deputy of Zhang Yimou. He recommended her to Zhang and thus became a ‘Mou girl’. Due to the filming schedule, Zhou missed the annual college entrance examinations. According to reporters, her father died in an auto accident and her mother remarried, then gave birth to a daughter. The press has taken to calling her ‘octopus mouth’ or ‘octopus lips’ but friends and classmates say that Zhou is actually quite cuter than the photos show. (Xinhua)234

Truth or Dare press conference in Suzhou

Qin Hailu

Cast

Wen Zhang, Sun Xing (Sina)

Petrina Fung

Petrina Fung Bo-Bo was in Taiwan to promote the opening of Derek Chiu’s 2007 Road to Dawn, an account of Dr Sun Yat-Sen’s trip to Malaysia. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Yao Ming

Zhang Ziyi

Charity dinner

Steve Nash

(Xinhua-slide show)

Xinhua: Yao Ming to lead charity game in Beijing

Yao Ming also launched his brand of products

(Sina)

Gaile Lok and Moses Chan appeared for water brand

Moses Chan

(Xinhua-slide show)(Sina)

Gigi Lai’s husband, Ma Ting-Keung announced the birth of twins daughters

(Sina)

The Shockingly Rapid Deterioration of the Three Gorges Dam (gallows humor)

China floods put pressure on Three Gorges Dam

July 12, 2010

July 12, 2010

Global Times: Jia Hongsheng’s death a modern day tragedy as thousands mourn the screen idol

Jia helped Zhou [Xun] get her first important role in TV series Palace of Desire by introducing her to director Li Shaohong, but their relationship ended with Zhou cheating with singer Pu Shu.

FBA: Hear Me (聽說) (7/10)

Taiwan’s little-known box-office champ of last year is an engaging romance that’s kept light and unsaccharine.

FBA: Documentary takes top prize at TFF’s Taipei Awards

CRI: World’s Largest Screen for ‘Aftershock’ Premiere

The largest silver screen in the world will be used for the premiere of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang’s IMAX disaster film “Aftershock” Monday evening (July 12) in Tangshan.

In order to make their 500 million yuan box office goal, Huayi Brothers has increased the minimum allowed ticket price for Aftershock up 5 yuan.  For A-tier cities such as Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, this means the minimum price is now 35 yuan, for B-tier cities like Chengdu the minimum will be 30 yuan and for C-tier cities, 25 yuan. Feng Xiaogang’s Cell Phone was the first to a require a minimum ticket price but back then the minimum was only 5 yuan. Theater owners have already complained about minimum ticket prices in the past, with half-priced Tuesdays and discounts for group sales, they are already subsidizing ticket sales out of already low profits. (Xinhua)

CRI: Light Shed on ‘Orphan of Zhao’

Bankable actor Ge You plays the lead character Cheng Ying, a doctor living in the countryside in 6th century BC who sacrifices his own son to save an orphan, and then raises him and helps him get his revenge.

Chow Yun-Fat, warlord Yuan Shi-Kai, Emperor of China?

Yuan Shikai

Cast members for The Founding of the Republic’s follow-up, The Founding of a Party is beginning to shape up. Feng Xiaogang, Jiang Wen, Zhang Ziyi, Chen Tao-ming, and Ge You are said to be confirmed. Liu Ye was previously reported to play the young Mao Zedong. Andy Lau and Chow Yun-Fat have not wanted to respond whether they will participate or not, Chow is said to be cast as warlord Yuan Shi-Kai. According to sources, Tang Guoqiang will again play the older Mao Zedong. Chen Kun (Zhou Enlai), Zhang Hanyu (Sun Yat-Sen), Zhang Guoli (older Chiang Kai-Shek), Andy Lau (Cai E), Vivian Wu, (Soong Meiling, Chiang Kai-Shek’s wife), Jiang Wenli (Soong Weiling, Sun Yat-Sen’s wife) and Zhou Xun are also reportedly cast. Director Huang Jianxin promiised that, this time, he would not cut out John Woo’s role. Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen, Stephen Chow, Jet Li and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai have also been invited to perform. Jet Li and Donnie Yen are said to be ready when needed. (Sina)

Aarok Kwok, Zhang Jingchu

While promoting City Under Siege in Beijing Sunday, Zhang Jingchu shocked everyone by singing an excellent acappella rendition of Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina while Aaron imitated various Cristiano Ronaldo gestures that sent the audience laughing. Aaron opined that the German octopus Paul successfully predicted the winners of the matches because he liked bright colors and the winners flags all had bright colors.

Wu Jing, Zhang Jingchu

Zhang Jingchu was touched and grateful for Wu Jing’s care. Because she had a torn ligament injury, Wu Jing showed her how to massage it to relieve the pain and also gave her a small hammer to massage her leg with. (Sina)23

Qin Hailu

First photos of Qin Hailu in Shaoxing Opera costume for TV drama Jinling Confidential

(Xinhua)(ynet)

Zhang Ziyi

Trying the vuvuzela

Zhang Ziyi appeared on a sports talk show on World Cup Sunday (Xinhua)(Sina)

Shanghai - Edison Chen

Edison Chen was in Shanghai to celebrate the 6 year anniversary of his CLOT brand and autograph a commemrative book. Besides working on a new album, Edison plans to produce a film next year.

(Sina)

Edison Chen steps out as film producer

SG: Gaile Lok and Leon Lai’s marriage on the rocks?

Sammi Cheng back to her best

Sammi Cheng blurred the line between big-budget musical and blockbuster pop event at her recent concerts in Hong Kong and at Taipei Arena.

Alex Fong: Go ahead, ask me about Ah Gill

May 8, 2010

May 8, 2010

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 3:27 pm

First poster for You Deserve To Be Single

Mike He and Ruby Lin star (Sina)

Screen Daily: Ip Man 2

Old-school kung fu and an uncomplicated plot make for largely effective entertainment in Ip Man 2, the latest box office success for martial arts star Donnie Yen. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5428

Qin Hailu in Steel Piano (or Steel Guitar)

(Sina)

THR: Weinstein Co.’s ‘Shanghai’ gets release date

Reports of death premature

Simon Yam and wife, Qi Qi (May 6)

A false rumor spread on the internet that Simon Yam died in a Shanghai hospital after being found on a sofa unconscious due to alcohol intoxication. The rumor is a copy of a December 2003 news report of a famous blues artist’s sudden death. Simon’s name was substituted in the fake message that was posted. In an interview with a reporter from Guangzhou Daily, Simon said that the internet was a great thing but it should not be used for such silly things sometimes. When asked if he would pursue legal means, Simon said it would be difficult to locate the culprit. He would count on the media to help him out. What would he tell the person? Simon: He shouldn’t write about friends. I hope he is healthy. He should think about if his friends wrote about him. According to the Sina report, Simon was on a airplane flight from Beijing to Fuzhou and unreachable causing much anxiety among family and friends who tried to reach him. Qi Qi was very angry at the rumors. (cri) (Xinhua) (Sina)2

Fan Bingbing in series of photos for a sunglass brand

(Sina)

Edison Chen is featured in the current Taiwan edition of Esquire (Sina)

CNNGo: Pen spinning in Hong Kong: Now a competitive sport

July 30, 2009

July 30, 2009


New Sophie’s Revenge poster


Zhang Ziyi

More stills - Sophie’s Revenge


Tracing Shadow poster

Recent posts from Bey Logan’s blog
Bey Logan: Chow on Fire
Fat Gor tries to change a flat tire/tyre

Bey Logan: Coffee with Gong Li
Gong dominated Chinese cinema to such an extent that, when she proved unavailable for the project, Chen Kaige begrudgingly began his film Temptress Moon with another actress, Iron Monkey’s Jean Wang, before summarily dismissing her when Gong Li did become available (and then, rather unkindly, criticizing Wang in the press.)

Bey Logan: The Man With The Deadly Pen
Ngai Hong (AKA Ni Kuang) (and Vivian Chow’s father-in-law)

Guardian: Can Kung Fu Cyborg kick Transformers’ arse?

Shu Qi performing action stunts on City Under Siege - slide show

Fruit Chan
Chengdu, I Love You
Fruit Chan’s Chengdu, I Love You to close Venice Film Festival


Xiao Shenyang
Sun Honglei
Zhang Yimou’s Three Guns

Li Bingbing was admitted to the hospital with heat stroke and hospitalized for two days but has now returned to the set of Detective Dee
on.cc

Chow Yun-Fat possibly joining the cast of Jiang Wen’s Let the Bullets Fly

The woman who changes one man’s destiny - Michelle Reis
“If a woman can change a man’s whole life, that’s an attractive story to me,” the 39-year-old says. “My role encourages a beggar to stand up to hardship and live with dignity and confidence. She makes me believe in love.”

Qin Hailu

Qin Hailu to star in Sun Zhou’s 1949 war drama set in Guangzhou

Kelly Chen

Hong Kong media is reporting that Kelly Chen is not getting along with her mother-in-law

Supposedly clashing over cooking and child care
http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/3/1/301496/1.html


Zhao Wei releasing new album on digital platform via China Mobile (a la Karen Mok) in August

Rumor: Zhao Wei has registered for marriage in Singapore to a businessman
She was spotted with a wealthy merchant outside a marriage registration office in Singapore. To register in Singapore one must be a Singaporean or a permanent resident of Singapore.
If so, can a change in citizenship be far behind? :)
http://www.businesstimes.com.hk/a-20090730-24326/zhaowei12
http://news.sina.com.tw/article/20090730/1976875.html



Liu Ye promoting auto brand

First public appearance since marriage

Pace Wu

Pace Wu in Taipei promoting cosmetics - gallery


Paris Hilton dons a Hello Kitty dress

Group wants to stub out film smoke
Chinese anti-smoking group call for a ban on smoking scenes

Hong Kong gang convicted for piracy
Leader sentenced to 74 months; $1.1 mil in assets seized

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