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December 16, 2011

December 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 11:32 pm

FBA: Battle of the Brides (Vietnam) review

Unoriginal but smoothly mounted rom-com of a serial Romeo and his multiple brides.

THR: Police Stop Christian Bale from Visiting Blind Activist in China

The situation is also awkward for director Zhang, who spent most of his early career seeing his films banned by the government despite international acclaim. However, Zhang is now the Chinese government’s favorite director, having overseen the production of the opening ceremonies for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

CDT: Batman Star’s Visit to Chen Guangcheng Blocked

Christian Bale and wife, Sibi - Best Supporting Actor, The Fighter (THR)

FBA: China BO crosses RMB12b in 2011

Although there are various online rumours, there are no clear signs yet of any impact on Flowers distribution as a direct result of Christian Bale’s CNN-recorded visit to a human rights activist that aired internationally today.

While Bale appears sincere, the news report comes soon after actress Hilary Swank came under attack for her political naivete. Earlier this month, Swank apologised for appearing at the birthrday celebration of reviled Chechen autocrat Ramzan Kadyrov.

CF: China Plans to Trim Cinemas’ Pre-movie Ads with New Law

CF: Box Office Performance in Week 50

“White Vengeance” led the charts with $8.03 million at mainland theaters this week, accumulating to a debut of $20.64 million in its second week run

Angelababy and Mark Chao will play “First Time” lovers in a film to be directed by Han Yan (”Winds of September: Mainland Ediiton”) and produced by Bill Kong. Angelababy plays a girl with a hereditary illness.

Mark Chao, Angelababy

Mark Chao (Sina-gallery)

I Love Hong Kong 2012 held an official launch ceremony yesterday. Producer Eric Tsang shielded Viann Zhang Xinyu from questions from the press about Ron Ng. Denise Ho, Maggie Siu and other cast members were in attendance.

Maggie Siu (Sina-gallery)

Benny also emphasised that he had learnt the severe consequences of getting drunk and hoped that Rose and her family would accept his apology. He added that he will make a donation to the End Child Sexual Abuse Foundation, so as to serve as a reminder not to repeat the same mistake.

According to an insider, both parties had reached a mutual agreement. Rose had decided not to file charges against Benny, and Master Sin was to have made an announcement at 2.30pm yesterday to put an end to the case

CNA: Benny Chan off the hook for drunken groping after newspaper apologies

Interestingly, the letter was published on the last day for Rose Chan and her martial arts instructor Sin Kwok Lam to file a complaint with the Chinese police about Benny Chan’s drunken groping – according to police procedures in China, complaints must be filed no more than 30 days after the incident occurred.

CNA: Edison Chen vows to have no more photo scandals

“When I do something good, nobody says anything,” Chen lamented.

“But when I do something a little, little bit bad, it becomes a very big story. I can’t be that bad right?”

MSN: Edison Chen to quit showbiz?

When the media probed if he would still take intimate photos with his girlfriend again, the singer did not give a direct answer and replied, “I don’t think it’s that simple. I’m not answering (the question), because that’s my private life.”

To show his determination to change, Edison declared, “These things will not happen again. If it does, you will not see Edison Chen again.”

No pause at menopause

Chinese-American novelist Xu Xi’s new book is a collection of 13 short stories, titled Access, in which the distinguished academic, author of nine books and the editor of three anthologies about Hong Kong is largely concerned with middle age.

December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Treasure Hunt review

An okay kid’s adventure comedy, shot in China, from the Wong Jing factory.

FBA: The Pretending Lovers review

Chinese take on My Sassy Girl is wafer-thin but gets by on its two leads’ charm.

FBA: 72 Martyrs review

Initially promising drama of a 1911 China uprising let down by a weaker second half.

FBA: I Phone You review

Given the amount of time the audience is to spend with Jiang [Yiyan]’s stranded Ling, the script wisely spends a good 20 minutes building her character at home with her job (a bubbly flower-girl) and easygoing girl friends. By the time she arrives in Berlin, the viewer already knows she’s a typical young Chongqing woman — practical, determined, life-loving, chance-taking. So, as she tries to survive 48 hours in a foreign city with just a mobile phone but no passport, money or a word of German, there’s at least a semi-believable element to the story.

CF: Gunfight of “Flowers of War” Unveiled

The teaser features the beginning of the movie when about 20 Chinese soldiers fight a large number of Japanese invaders to save a group of schoolgirls.

Dynamic version of international poster

New “Allure of Tears” poster featuring the cast of the second story released

The cast includes Dennis Chan, writer Lawrence Cheng and Jung Hsiang in addition to Gigi Leung and Richie Jen

(Sina)

In a Beijing press conference yesterday, Louis Fan Siu-Wong was introduced as one of the villains of Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate in 3D”.

Tsui Hark, Louis Fan (Sina),(Sina-gallery)

Chen Kaige’s micro film “Searching” wrapped up shooting in Ningbo.

Yao Chen, Deng Chao (Sina-gallery)

Fans designed their own posters for Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” based on recently released concept poster and publicity stills. The impressive fan posters were themed to represent the four seasons.

Original concept poster

Fan made posters

Spring

Summer

Autumn

Official publicity still (Sina-gallery)(CNYahoo)

(Dec.5) Beijing press conference for Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” opening January 12.

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Wu Gang, Yan Ni, Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

Zhou Xun, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (Sina-gallery)

Posters for “No Liar, No Cry” a comedy about gold fever set in the Gobi Desert.

Cherrie Ying

Wu Gang

Yue Xiuqing

Zhang Xinyu (Sina) (Review)

MSN: Vicki Zhao acquires winery in France

MSN: Miriam Yeung put on one-month bed rest

MSN: Benny Chan’s wife and daughter discharge from hospital

Lately, it was said that Rose’s master Master Sin is currently the target of triads.[!]

A1: Triads get involved in Rose Chan’s sexual harassment scandal(WorldJournal)

Sin Chew Daily reported that the sexual harassment scandal involving Hong Kong actress Rose Chan and two senior actors had escalated…Police, who got wind of the assassination attempt, arrested four people and seized three toy guns.

A1: Bruce Lee’s kung fu style draws new generation

Many credit wing chun’s renewed popularity to a series of films about Yip Man, one of the art’s greatest “sifus”, or teachers, and most famously the man who turned Lee from street fighter to martial arts legend.

November 28, 2011

November 28, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 10:25 pm

FBA: Sweet Journey revew

Modest but interesting road movie centred on two rural kids on the cusp of New China.

Shot in 2009 but only released in spring 2011 — when it ended up being released the same day as director YAN Ran’s second feature, mine disaster movie Together.

CF: Horror Movie ‘Harpoon’ to be Released

The pictures featured lots of nudity and adult content. Some people even questioned whether the movie can survive the strict movie censorship of the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (SARFT).

CF: ’A Big Deal’ Premieres in Beijing

CF: ’A Simple Life’ Sweeps Golden Horses Awards

SGYahoo: Andy Lau snatches Best Actor award

When receiving the trophy, he jokingly said, “I told you. I always pay money to get the Best Leading Actor award.”

Ann Hui, Andy Lau, Deanie Ip

Ann Hui (Sina)23

Deanie Ip returns to Hong Kong

(Sina)

‘My Way’ documents Korean soldier in the Battle of Normandy

The film has drawn attention for both its storyline and record-setting budget

CF: New Stills for “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

CF: Exhibitors Make Peace with Flowers

Minimum ticket prices for blockbusters at issue.

Producers of TSUI Hark’s 3-D action fantasy Flying Swords of Dragon Gate, who have moved its release two days forward to open head-to-head with Flowers, have themselves asked cinemas in China to return a minimum of RMB35 ($5.50) per admission, a precedent set by local blockbuster Aftershock.

Chow Yun-Fat in costume as Cao Cao for “Bronze Temple Terrace” (Sina)

Michelle Yeoh considers herself lucky

I don’t even recognize you anymore!


MSN: Ricky Hui laid to rest

When he was alive, he had made known his desire to have a low-key funeral. Yesterday’s simple and solemn ceremony stayed true to his wishes.

A Side, B Side

DivaAsia: Actress Rose Chan’s molest claim just a publicity stunt?2

Here’s a nice chronology of events leading up to the “Devil Kiss, Wolf Claw” incident” with Rose Chan, Benny Chan and Joe Ma. It includes an interview with Rose Chan.

SGYahoo: Rose Chan didn’t mind getting groped

SGYahoo: Joe Ma is innocent

“Rose had said then that Joe pulled her closer because he wanted to comfort her… but his hand did not touch any sensitive part of her body.”

Master Sin had failed to receive an answer from Rose as to why she went for karaoke with the men.

“Girls should always maintain her distance even if they know the person well.”

“I slapped her and called her stupid but I only did that because I care about her. I still haven’t apologised to her.” he said.

A1:Kiss ‘n’ don’t tell pics catch the smooch seen around the world Also, Selina, Cammi, Edison

Meanwhile, Taiwan celebrity sisters Barbie and Dee Hsu are facing a Sina Weibo micro blog backlash, after pictures of them as young girls were widely retweeted.

Both of the stars are Weibo VIPs and have huge followings, but would have been uncomfortable answering the questions that popped up suggesting Barbie used to have single eyelids, a shorter chin and chubby cheeks.

A1: Andy Lau will soon be a dad CNA

Lau, 49, made the announcement in his website on Monday at 1.50am,

During the Golden Horse Film Awards, Lau glared at host Eric Tsang when Tsang asked him if he “even knows how to make babies”, referring to how there has been no happy news yet even though he and Chu have been together for decades.

MSN: Jay Chou to spend Christmas with Hannah Quinlivan?

July 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 4:34 pm

CNNGo: Hong Kong looks great in Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Contagion

Mainland China is the setting for cute kung-fu fighting animals, while we get to be ground zero for a worldwide killer virus

CRI: Jia Zhangke to Chair Orizzonti [Horizons] Jury at Venice

CF: Stars Help Promote “Snow Flower” in NY

Tony Leung not playing LKY in ‘1965,’ says Singapore firm

[In which Little Tony becomes conflated with Big Tony in the accompanying photos]

More on original story from CNNGoCF

StraitTimes: Hong Kong film-maker Peter Chan will play a supervisory role, though ‘the exact extent of his involvement is still being discussed’

Poster for The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake

The film tells the story of the real life Qiu Jin, a feminist and revolutionary, starring Huang Yi in the lead role. Anthony Wong costars in the Herman Yau directed film. The cast includes Rose Chan, Dennis To, Lam Suet and Pat Ha Man-Jik.

Huang Yi

Rose Chan

Huang Yi presented with drawing of Qiu Jin from manga artist Tony Wong Yuk-Long

Anthony Wong with autographed t-shirt

Huang Yi demonstrates martial arts with Dennis To (Du Yuhang)

Real Qiu Jin and Huang Yi

Cast at Qiu Jin’s Tomb at West Lake, Hangzhou

(Sina-gallery)(Sohu)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

The novice filmmaker [Giddens Ko] has reportedly worked hard on the film, so when it ran into trouble with the Government Information Office over a masturbation scene, Jiubadao made a “pledge to God” that if the movie received a PG rating instead of an R, he would “take a dump on producer Argie Chai’s desk,” …

August 2, 2010

August 2, 2010

CRI: ’If You Are the One 2′ Starts Filming

The sequel features the same cast as the original, and has new additions Sun Honglei and Yao Chen, who have collaborated on the hit TV series “Lurk” (”Qian Fu”).

Sun Honglei, Yao Chen in Lurk (Sina)

CRI: New ‘Romance on Lushan Mountain’ Photo Stills

Starring Qin Lan, Alex Fong Chung-Sun and Li Chen, the sequel depicts a love triangle involving the children of the characters from the original film.

CRI: ’City Under Siege’ Premieres in Beijing

CRI: Liu Ye Stars in ‘The Underdog Knight 2′

FBA: Ex (前度) (7/10)

Gillian Chung shines in a charming relationships movie directed with a light touch by writer Heiward Mak.

HKStandard: ATV shareholder mystery deepens

John Woo’s favorite weapon

John Woo discussed the various weapons in the film Reign of Assassins

(Sina)

Reign of Assassins weaponry

(Sina-slide show)

Tang Wei has been invited by director Wang Quan’an to join the cast for White Deer Plain. As there are passionate scenes, Tang Wei may require a stand-in.

So far, the cast includes Zhang Fengyi, Wu Gang and Liu Wei. Sun Honglei is thought to be cast in an important lead role but it’s not been fully confirmed.

Liu Wei, Zhang Fengyi

(Xinhua)23

Danwei:Actress Tang Wei to appear in White Deer Plain?

Huang Yi in Shanghai to receive an award from Jessica magazine

(Sina-slide show)

Rose Chan visited the ACGHK (comic-con)

She said it was her first time at the fair. Rose also said that there was a possibility that she would go to Taiwan and film an idol series. Asked whom she would most like to co-star with, Rose said, Ethan Ruan. (Sina)

CRI: Lin Chi-Ling on Life as a Graceful Woman

. “The graceful woman is a life attitude, distributing charm out from the inside,” she said.

Ming Na: I’ve never strived to be super famous

Now on Syfy’s Stargate Universe

[I've recently seen her co-hosting Sunday infomercials for Wen Hair Care products by Chaz Dean.]

SG: Gong Li tried to salvage her marriage

Andy Hui splits from model girlfriend Michelle Yu

Sparks rumours of reconciliation with Sammi Cheng

SG: Gigi Lai shed tears of joy

At a tender age of 14, she was already trying to earn a living in showbiz.

Gigi Lai does not want kids to enter showbiz

Garbage islands threaten China’s Three Gorges Dam

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