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April 9, 2012

April 9, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: The Second Woman review

Poorly written psychodrama about twins in love with the same man generates no tension.

FBA: Love in the Buff review

Fluffy rom-com following the pair from Love in a Puff is a big improvement.

CF: Sequel to “Ip Man” Confirmed

The sequel will see the original cast and crew reunited, with Donnie Yen once again portraying Ip Man, as he did in the previous two films.

CNA: Donnie Yen to return as Ip Man in 3D “Ip Man 3″

CF: ’Repeat I Love You’ Set to Release in May

CF: White Deer Plain” to Meet Audiences

Even before its release, the movie caused something of a stir due to its screening time, which was 220 minutes at its first screening. Regarding this, Wang said audiences will see a 156-minute cut version in cinemas.

CF: Lu Chuan Appears at Launch of First International Micro Film Festival

During the event, Lu was unable to dodge media questions about his upcoming epic “The Last Supper.” When asked about the film’s release date, he said the post-production stages had been completed, and the movie had been sent to the government film department for review. The film would be released after he made revisions based on the bureau’s advice, Lu added.

CF: Feng Xiaogang Speaks at Seminar at Boao Forum

In the past 20 years, I worked for a living,” Feng said. “During the process, accidentally, I achieved something. I think my mother brought me into the world to enjoy a happy life rather than a hard one. So in the next 20 years, my main work is to enjoy my life, but not to make movies.”

Feng also talked about Chinese movies being screened in international film markets and told the media there was no need for Chinese filmmakers to cater to the appetites of foreign audiences.

Jiang Wen

Jiang Wen took home the Director of the Year award for “Let the Bullets Fly” at the Chinese Film Directors’ Guild awards ceremony in Beijing this weekend. Bullets also won Picture of the Year and Actor of the Year (Ge You) awards. Zhang Ziyi received the nod for Actress of the Year for “Love For Life”.

Zhang Ziyi

Two generations of “Mou girls” - Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok on the red carpet

(Sina)2, (Sina-gallery)

CF: Meet the Winners of China Film Directors’ Guild Awards

Posters for Zhang Yang’s senior comedy “Full Circle”

(Sina)

CF: New Still Photos out for “Full Circle”

In the movie, a group of elderly housemates escape from a nursing house and have fun by themselves.

Latest promotional posters and stills for “An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming

(Sina)

March 29, 2012

March 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

ScreenDaily: Zombie 108 review

FBA: All’s Well Ends Well 2012 revivew

Latest instalment of the Hong Kong New Year comedy franchise is less brash and more charming.

CF: ”Guns N’ Roses” Portrays Ning’s Style

CF: ”Design of Death” to Hit Cinemas in April

Huang Bo, Simon Yam

Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Stars in Black and White

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Zhang Yi (Sina-gallery)

CF: 7 Blockbusters from Huayi Bro. to be Released in 2012

CF: Cast and Crew Talk about “Full Circle”

CF: Youku Plans to Shoot 12 Microfilms

Stills of Mo Xiaoqi (Monica Mok) and Jing Gangshan in a passionate scene from “Blood Stained Shoes”

Jing Gangshan plays a carpenter in the film (Sina)2

Photos from launch conference in Taiwan for “Westgate Tango”

Anthony Wong

Dylan Kuo

Amber An Xin-Ya

She’s a popular Taiwan fan boy “sex goddess” appearing in her first film

(Sina-slideshow)

TimeOutHK: Shu Qi interview (The Second Woman)

Titled “Returning to the basics”, the actress thanked those who have hurt her and expressed that the incident has allowed her to learn and improve.

“The past is not a scar but something to be proud of,” she wrote.

CNA: HK artistes applaud Privacy Commissioner’s report on tabloid misconduct

MSN: Jay Chou to scout for fresh face for his new movie

The Taiwanese singer’s move implied that rumoured girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan will not star in his upcoming film

MSN: Cecilia Cheung spotted with younger son Quintus

A1: Wang Lee-hom to carry torch for 2012 Olympics

CF: Wax Figure of Actress Sandra Ng Unveiled in HK

Sandra Ng (left)

With Peter Chan’s father and Sandra Ng’s parents (Sina)

March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Conceptual Poster of “A Crazy Single Mom” Released

Character posters for the cast of  ”An Inaccurate Memoir” starring Huang Xiaoming as the leader of a gang of kidnappers

Huang Xiaoming

Zhang Xinyi

Sun Lei

Tino Bao

Ni Jingyang

Wang Lie

Zhang Yi

Zhang Yue (Sina)23

From the Hong Kong premiere of “The Second Woman” (Mar.12)

Anthony Wong

Shawn Yue, Shu Qi

Shu Qi

(Sina)

Samsung Makes the New iPad’s Screen Because No One Else Could

March 2, 2012

March 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Chow Yun-Fat to star again in Once Upon a Time in Shanghai

CF: Micro Film “Soul Station” Officially Online

CRI: Zhang Yimou to Stage Opera for London Olympics

Hong Kong poster for “The Second Woman”, opening March 22

(Sina-slideshow)

Nick Cheung and Kay Tse in an action scene from “Nightfall”

(Sina)2

Francis Ng signs posters in Beijing to promote “Crazy Stupid Thief”

(Sina)

Wong Jing and cast of “Marry a Perfect Man” attend the premiere press conference in Beijing yesterday

Wong Jing, Gigi Leung

Chapman To, Ronald Cheng

Lin Miaoke (r)

Xie Na

Gong Xinliang (Sina)2

MSN: Lynn Hung refuses to comment on recent breakup rumours

MSN: Male fan professes love for Edison Chen

MSN: Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan heads to Thailand together

ay’s music video director, stylist and make-up artist also accompanied the singer on this trip, fuelling speculations that the group is heading to Thailand to check out locations for Jay’s upcoming movie Secret 2, which is scheduled to begin shooting in April.

March 1, 2012

March 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Hong Kong Film Directors Guild Awards Handed out

Jackie Chan

Jiang Wen, Ann Hui, Felix Chong

Stephen Fung

Tsui Hark, Shi Nansun

Stephen Fung and Andrew Lau performing for the guests

Teddy Robin

Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan, Derek Yee, Andrew Lau

(Sina)23

TaipeiTimes: The Flowers of War review

Even with Christian Bale leading the cast, Zhang Yimou’s Nanjing Massacre epic misses the mark by veering off into gross sentimentality

CF: ‘Kung Fu Wing Chun’ Star [Bai Jin] Killed in Alleged Murder-Suicide

Rumors circulated that Zhou was a billionaire who made his fortunes from the stock market and owned many real estate properties. He was said to have divorced his first wife, with whom he had a son, for Bai and invested huge amounts of money in Bai’s acting career. They eventually married in October 2010.

However, earlier this year, some insiders claimed Bai conspired with her boyfriend in the mafia to steal 20 million yuan from Zhou and hire a prostitute to seduce Zhou in order to get a divorce, from which she would get more money. The widespread rumors alleged that Zhou’s mother “died of anger” earlier this year after discovering this.

CF: Actress Yang Mi Enjoying the Best of Times

She will also star in Hong Kong director Derek Yee’s new period drama, The Disappearing Bullet.

CF: Mainland Box Office Chart in the Eighth Week 2012

Shu Qi and Shawn Yue in Beijing for the premiere of  Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi

Playing games - Shawn Yue, Shu Qi (Sina)

Mainland version of “Turning Point Extreme” poster (Sina)

Cecilia Cheung sang the movie theme song while promoting “The Lion Roars 2″ in Hunan”. The cast, including Zhang Xinyu, Xiao Shenyang, was taping an episode of Happy Camp for Hunan Satellite TV.

Victor Huang

SGYahoo: Vincent no feud with Donnie

[Update: According to the latest report, Vincent Zhao and Donnie Yen have failed to reconcile and Zhao will need to be replaced. (Sina)2 ]

SGYahoo: Chrissie to ride

Chrissie Chow’s new film “Bauhinia Heroine 3D” will require her to perform on amotorcycle, but as she has no licence to do so yet, Chow has announced that she would be taking a motorcycle test and passMSN: Are things over for Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung?

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s family vacation without ex-wife and kids

Fans who are hoping for Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung reconciliation are going to be disappointed.

Nicholas Tse

Nicholas, Jennifer, Patrick Tse

Family and staff (!) (Sina-slideshow)

“Age does not matter when it comes to love,” Hong Kong actress Candice Yu recently said.

February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: ’LOVE’ Performs well in North America

Doze NIU’s Love has turned out to be a strong performer off a narrow platform release in North America.

New posters and stills from Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shawn Yue

Shu Qi

(Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei, producer Stanley Kwan, writer Li Qiang and author of the original story, novelist Xin Yiwu, met with the Bejing press to announce the casting of Mark Chao in the lead for Zhao Wei’s directorial debut film “Farewell To Our Past Youth”. Without revealing the name, Zhao Wei said another important role would be played by a pop idol leaving the audience in suspense.

Stanley Kwan

Zhao Wei

Li Qiang, Zhao Wei

Xin Yiwu (c) (Sina-gallery)

Zhang Ziyi, wearing Elie Saab, attended the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

(Sina)

MSN: Cherrie Ying angry at Chinese actress for being third party

In a post published yesterday afternoon, Cherie wrote, “If any women still dare to send Mr Chan any weird text messages or photos, I will post your name and telephone number on my microblog! Did I make myself clear?”

The model’s microblog entry sparked speculations on her relationship problems with Aaron Kwok

February 13, 2012

February 14, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: New Stills of “White Deer Plain” Out

CF: Love Triangle in “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue

Chen Shu (Sina)2

CF: Andy Lau, Deannie Yip Promote “A Simple Life” on the Mainland

CRI: Actor Zhang Mo Released

Zhang was caught using drugs on January 30. According to related regulations, Zhang’s detention period should last for 13 days. Rumors on the Internet claiming that Zhang Mo had been released early were inaccurate.

Stills from “Crazy Stupid Thief” (Chinese title). The film was reportedly well received by the audience at its premiere at the Harbin Ice and Snow Film Festival on the 12th. The general release is scheduled for March 1.

Peng Bo, Francis Ng, Ying Er

Francis Ng, Lam Suet

Peng Bo, Francis Ng

Francis Ng

Insane Clown Posse? (Sina) (Sina-slideshow)

Huang Bo and Lin Chi-Ling will have the leads in a new Leste Chen film (Chinese title, “101 Proposals”) targeted for a 2013 Valentine’s Day release. The story is an adaptation of a Japanese TV drama.

Huang Bo, Lin Chi-Ling

MSN: Vicki Zhao and Shu Qi reunite after 10 years

MSN: Nicholas Tse stayed over at Cecilia Cheung’s home

Just under a year after they split, Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are showing signs of a possible reconciliation.

MSN: Did Hannah Quinlivan undergo plastic surgery?

Young Hannah with mother and father

Hannah (left) at a recent ski trip in South Korea (Sina)

February 8, 2012

February 8, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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Variety: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate review

The 3D is terrific in “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate,” but helmer Tsui Hark’s costume actioner — the first Chinese-lingo movie shown in the stereoscopic Imax format — is let down by two-dimensional characters.

CF: Video Clip of Remastered “New Dragon Inn” Released

CF: ”Let the Bullets Fly” Gets North America Release

Shu Qi, Shawn Yue star in Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi plays duo roles as twin sisters in the romance-horror.

(Sina)2

Final poster for “Romancing in Thin Air”  (Sina)

Lau Ching-Wan and Nicholas Tse attended the announcement of the HKFA nominations

(Sina)

‘Let the Bullets Fly’ and ‘Dragon Gate’ top HKFA’s shortlist

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s eldest son Lucas hospitalised for high fever

MSN: Choi Min-Sik afraid of Cecilia Cheung

The actress made news in South Korea recently when veteran actor Choi Min-Sik revealed an unhappy working experience with the former 11 years ago on the movie Falian.

Cecilia’s father, Zhang Ren Yong, was said to have powerful connections to the triads and stirred much fear within the production team of movie Falian.

Ceclia Cheung and father (Sina)

A1: Lollipop F’s Owodog avoids tweeting Gillian Chung

Rumours started flying last September when the two were seen tweeting each other on Weibo frequently.

Gillian was also seen attending a gathering at Owodog’s home, and catching You Are The Apple of My Eye with him in Taipei.

CNet: Ethical iPhone 5 petitions to be delivered to Apple stores

In a statement today, watchdog group SumOfUs said that it plans to deliver its own petition, along with one from Change.org, to a number of Apple’s retail stores around the world. That includes New York, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, London, Sydney, and Bangalore.

Mike Daisey was a self-described “worshipper in the cult of Mac.” Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out.

December 31, 2011

December 31, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: White Vengeance review

Impressive costume drama about two warring leaders loses the plot halfway.

THR: Flying Swords of Dragon Gate review

The Bottom Line

An effects-infatuated swordplay extravaganza with no down time.

CRI: ’Flying Swords of Dragon Gate’ audio review

Director Tsui Hark has succeeded in creating a lasting impression on viewers with many of his wuxia films, including “New Dragon Gate Inn”. But will his new film “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” be as successful as its prequel?

Flying Swords of Dragon Gate: A new wu xia classic (CNA)

In sharp contrast to Peter Chan’s cerebral martial arts film “Wu Xia”, Tsui’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” is a much more traditional wu xia film that is more boisterous and less melodramatic.

CRI: Tibetan Antelope Poacher Arrested 17 Years after Murder of Official(Variety)

Victim was subject of Lu Chuan’s “Kekexili: Mountain Patrol”

Orange Sky-Golden Harvest announced a series of classic film remakes for 2012. The first film will be the Cecilia Cheung-Richie Jen “Fly Me to Polaris”. No casting has been made yet. Also on the list of planned remakes: Stephen Chow’s “Fight Back to School”, “Tokyo Raiders” and “Marry a Rich Man”. (Sina)

CF: Shu Qi to Challenge Morality in “The Second Woman”

Shu Qi, best actress of the Golden Horse Awards, plays twin sisters who fall in love with a stage actor portrayed by Shawn Yue. The two sisters struggle with the discovery that they’ve slept with the same man.

Shu Qi

THR: Christian Bale’s ‘Flowers of War’ Already Top-Grossing Chinese Film of 2011

“Laughing Gor: Turning Point 2″ sees Laughing Gor go undercover as a prison inmate, to investigate the death of a police officer. 

And last week (51)

“The Flowers of War” bested “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” at the mainland box office over first four-day run, by both admissions and box office income. Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” opened to the No.1 place of mainland box office with $24.07 million over four days, while Tsui Hark’s “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, which opened 4-hour earlier on the same day last Thursday, seconded the ranking with $22.42 million by Sunday night.

APA: Best of 2011: Chinese Films

Let the Bullets Fly, The Flowers of War, Love is Not Blind, and Piano in a Factory are amongst the best Chinese films of 2011.

“Love in the Buff” officially wrapped up shooting in Hong Kong on Christmas.

The movie is co-produced by Thailand and Hong Kong, China. Yue performs as a villain in the movie who going after a journalist and trying to kill her in order to keep his crime a secret.

Newly released stills from Johnnie To’s “Romancing in Thin Air” featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng.

Louis Koo, Sammi Cheng

Doomsday romantic comedy, “Love Shock” (lit. 2012 Is Coming), opens today. The film’s stars are from the Mainland, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan: Tanaka Chie, Wong You-Nam, Cheung Tat-Ming, Huang Xiaolei, Jung Hsiang, Li Jing, and Lee Seong-hyun.

(Sina)

“The Great Magician” opens January 12. (Sina)

Vivian Hsu promotes “Puss in Boots” for which she dubbed her voice.

Zhang Jingchu poses for a photo spread featured in the December issue of the lifestyle magazine “Femina”.

Director Sun Zhou’s latest romance “I Do” released a batch of new still photos featuring four leading actresses of the movie recently. Up and coming actress Li Bingbing performs as the leading character in the movie — a left-over business woman who insists to find her true love disregarding her growing age and the pressure from her parents

Li Bingbing and Sun Honglei, lead actors of the soon-to-be-released urban fashion romance “I Do”, posed for a photo shoot for a renowned fashion magazine in promoting their new movie.

Is Viann Zhang Xinyu an absentminded person, or a crafty starlet staking out her territory so as to boost her career in the entertainment business? 

Jackie Chan has 3 new TV commericals for V8 juice. Caught one the other day but can’t remember which one. Here they are on YouTube.com

MSN: Miriam Yeung may be having a baby boy

While Miriam is elated with her pregnancy, she is also fraught with worries.

In an earlier test, the singer was told that her baby faces a high risk of Down Syndrome. The singer has been advised to take a further test. However the test comes with an average risk of 1% of having a miscarriage.

Bolin and Lun-mei met on the set of Blue Gate Crossing 10 years ago. In the movie, they played a pair of lovers, who did not end up together in the end.

[Sweet! Finally, just watched Blue Gate Crossing last week!]

The Taiwanese singer jokingly grumbled that filming movie ‘The Viral Factor’ was like toying with his life.

It was rumoured that despite having her own manager, Hannah needs to get the green light from Jay before accepting a job. She is also not allowed to wear revealing clothes, or be intimate with other male celebrities on set.

China says man dies of bird flu

The 39-year-old bus driver living in Shenzhen, just across the border from Hong Kong, developed symptoms on December 21 and was admitted to a hospital on December 25 because of severe pneumonia, the official Xinhua news agency said.

He died in the early afternoon of multiple organ failure, having tested positive for the H5N1 virus, the report added.

China says its most wanted man admits crimes (Canada Lai)

Beijing had sought the deportation of Lai Changxing for years, accusing him of running a multi-billion dollar smuggling ring in the southeastern city of Xiamen in the 1990s in one of China’s biggest political scandals in decades.

2009: China’s most-wanted man hopes to sell real estate here

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