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November 7, 2013

Finding Mr. Right (Variety review)

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Finding Mr. Right

November 7, 2013
Justin Chang

Unwieldy and exasperating, but not without a certain pushy, ingratiating charm, Xue Xiaolu’s smash hit “Finding Mr. Right” turns out to have a bit more on its mind than its generic romantic-comedy title would suggest. Over the course of its leisurely 122-minute running time, this slick, saucy tale of a spoiled mainland princess who travels to Seattle to give birth manages to address the pressures of pregnancy and parenthood, the challenges of life in a foreign country, the temptations of material wealth, and the wan but enduring charms of “Sleepless in Seattle.” The whole thing might collapse were it not for Tang Wei’s irrepressible lead performance, redeeming an initially unbearable character through the sheer, unbridled force of her personality.

Having grossed a massive $85 million on home turf since March, the film will be much more of a niche offering Stateside when it bows Nov. 8. Nevertheless, as one of the year’s big Chinese B.O. success stories, it plants Xue firmly on the map as a mainland filmmaking talent to be reckoned with (she made a prominent 2010 debut with the Jet Li starrer “Ocean Heaven”). For all the clumsy moves and openly derivative story elements she trades in here, the story has a cultural specificity that gives it a unique feel and a small measure of dramatic heft, and its jumbled parts are stitched together with a brazen confidence that feels of a piece with the winning spirit of its protagonist.

That would be Wen Jiajia (Tang), the mistress of a wealthy Beijing tycoon; he’s sent her on an all-expenses-paid trip to Seattle, where she plans to give birth to their love-child away from prying eyes back at home. The very picture of bratty self-entitlement, Jiajia is an intensely dislikable piece of work. Upon her arrival in the chilly Washington suburbs, she immediately begins heaping abuse on her patient driver, Frank (Wu Xiubo), who takes her to a home maternity center run by the kindly Mrs. Huang (Elaine Jin). There, Jiajia wastes no time in making a nuisance of herself, barking outrageously inconsiderate orders and throwing wads of cash around to ensure that they’re enforced.

As you’d expect, Jiajia’s comeuppance arrives right on schedule, just in time for the holidays. When her lover stands her up at Christmas and later cuts off her cash flow, she must learn the hard way that money isn’t everything while facing the prospect of raising her child alone. On hand to facilitate these lessons is Frank, a divorced dad who gave up a successful medical career in China to come to the U.S. With his quiet, tolerant demeanor and sad-sack goatee, he couldn’t seem a less likely match for the proud, vivacious Jiajia, which of course makes their eventual union even more of a foregone conclusion. (Naturally, she hits it off with Frank’s daughter, Julia, played at different ages by sisters Song Meihui and Song Meiman.)

As predictable as the outcome may be, Xue’s patchwork script is in no hurry to get to its “Sleepless in Seattle”-inspired romantic climax, the inevitable culmination of its endless visual and verbal references to that Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan perennial. But first, there are babies to be born, relationships to be reconciled, Western-pop-scored montages to be edited. There is no shortage of topical touches, acknowledging the rise of “birth tourism” among wealthy foreigners and critiquing the rampant consumerism of modern China. The film’s heart seems to be in the right place even at its most confused, as when it presents a warm, affirming portrait of a lesbian couple, then trots out a swishy gay stereotype a few beats later.

Against considerable odds, it’s Tang’s initially grating, ultimately winning performance that sustains this messy but endearing enterprise from start to finish. Sentenced to a five-year ban from Chinese productions in 2007 after her participation in Ang Lee’s racy “Lust, Caution,” the actress looks fully rejuvenated here, seizing into this material with such vigor and ferocity that you can almost see her delighting in her newfound freedom. She may not be a natural-born comedienne (the script gives her precious little to work with in that department), but her dramatic chops are considerable: Tang shrewdly treats Jiajia’s redemption as an extension rather than a reversal of her fighting spirit, her loneliness giving way as she thaws and thrives in her makeshift American community.

As Jiajia’s love interest and foil, Wu (best known for the Chinese TV series “Before the Dawn”) goes arguably too far in the opposite direction, coming across as stoic and recessive to a fault. Nevertheless, Frank’s fundamental decency more than shines through, and as the sole male character with any significant screen time, he doesn’t exactly face stiff competition for the titular honors.

Chan Chi-ying’s high-definition widescreen images have a sharpness of detail that makes up for the somewhat televisual framing and camera movement. The largely Vancouver-shot production has a fine feel for Pacific Northwest suburbia, contrasting with the shimmering urban panoramas of Beijing glimpsed in a few brief scenes. (The original Chinese title translates as “Beijing Meets Seattle.”) The score, however, never stops elbowing the viewer in the ribs, often swooping in to signal a dramatic shift before the plot point in question has fully registered.

Film Review: ‘Finding Mr. Right’
Reviewed at DGA Theater, West Hollywood, Nov. 6, 2013. Running time: 122 MIN. Original title: “Beijing yu shang xiyatu”

Production
(China-Hong Kong) A China Lion Film Distribution (in U.S.) release of an Edko Films, Edko Beijing Films, BDI Films, Beijing Harmony & Harvest, Communication Media, China Movie Channel presentation. (International sales: Edko Films, Hong Kong.) Produced by Bill Kong, Mathew Tang, Lu Hongshi. Executive producers, Bill Kong, Hao Lei, Susan Ma, Yan Xiaoming. Co-producers, Shan Tam, Sara Zhang, Yue Yang, Wu Yakang.

Crew
Directed, written by Xue Xiaolu. Camera (color, HD, widescreen), Chan Chi-ying; editor, Cheung Ka-fai; music, Peter Kam; production designer, Yee Chung-man; art director, Simon So; set decorator, Athena Wong; costume designer, Dora Ng; sound (Dolby Digital), Dennis Chan; re-recording mixer, Yiu Chun-hin; special effects coordinator, Rob Paller; visual effects supervisor, Tang Bingbing; visual effects, Base FX; line producer, Michael Parker; associate producers, Wayne Jiang, Yang Guojun, Jessica Chen; line producer, Michael Parker; casting, Judy Lee.

With
Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo, Haiqing, Mai Hongmei, Elaine Jin, Song Meihui, Song Meiman. (Mandarin, English dialogue)
Variety

February 25, 2013

Finding Mr. Right (Screen Daily review)

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Finding Mr. Right
25 February, 2013
By Edmund Lee

Just as Meg Ryan juggled serendipity and sentimentality with the spiritual aid of the Leo McCarey weepie An Affair to Remember, Tang Wei (Lust, Caution, Late Autumn) draws inspiration from Sleepless In Seattle in the creatively titled Finding Mr. Right, finding Mr. Right while making her way via Seattle to the top of New York’s Empire State Building.

A spirited sophomore effort after her heavy-handed directorial debut (the Jet Li tearjerker Ocean Heaven), writer-director Xue Xiaolu’s Seattle- and New York-set romantic comedy is nothing you haven’t seen before – although it’s also pleasant enough to disarm you with its sweetness. The movie is scheduled for a late-March release in Hong Kong and mainland China.

In it, Tang plays Jiajia, a materialistic prima donna who is temporarily staying in Seattle – presumably because she’s a huge fan of the Nora Ephron movie – to give birth to the child of her rich, married lover in Beijing. When her plan to check into a maternity centre goes awry, however, she’s instead taken by her hired driver Frank (veteran TV actor Wu Xiubo, dutifully wooden) to a small home run by a friend of his, the Taiwanese caretaker Mrs Huang (Elaine Jin).

As her (off-screen) boyfriend continually fails to shrug off either his wife or the criminal investigations into his possibly shady business, the lonely Jiajia soon discovers the loving side of Frank, who was once a famous doctor in Beijing before moving to the US and being divorced by his more financially competent wife, an inconvenient truth that he’s been keeping from his young daughter and grieving silently ever since.

Directing from her own script, Xue has come up with a conventional yet surprisingly delightful rom-com, at once filled with authentically written supporting characters and some gently humorous sequences, including several that mischievously toy with Jiajia’s limited knowledge in English.

Amid the predictable story trajectory which sees the budding couple respectively recover from their unfortunate romantic past, readjust their focuses in life and finally meet up again for their purely coincidental romantic resolution at you-know-where, it’s Tang’s immense likeability in her alternately sassy and vulnerable role that holds it all together. Finding Mr. Right thrives on the effortless charisma of its lead actress.

Production company: Edko Films

International sales: Edko Films Limited, info@edkofilm.com.hk

Producers: Bill Kong, Mathew Tang, Lu Hongshi

Executive producers: Bill Kong, Hao Lee, Susan Ma, Yan Xiaoming

Cinematography: Chan Chi-ying

Editor: Cheung Ka-fai

Production designer: Yee Chung-man

Music: Peter Kam

Main cast: Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo, Hai Qing, Mai Hongmei, Elaine Jin
ScreenDaily

July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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FBA: Flying with You review

Fluffy Chinese vehicle for South Korean actress-singer Jang Na-ra is for addicts only.

CF: Final Poster of “The Silent War” Released

A final poster for the spy-themed film “The Silent War” was released today before the movie hits mainland screens on August 10

After setting a new box office record with a total of 685 million yuan (US$ 107.1 million), the production side of the movie “Painted Skin 2″ held a celebration party yesterday in Shanghai [on a luxury cruise ship].

Zhao Wei

Celebrating RMB$700M take at the box office

(Sina-gallery) (Sina-slideshow)

CF: ”Switch” Set for Release on November 2

With an investment of over 160 million yuan (about US$26 million), the movie was originally set to be released during the National Day Holiday slot. According to Zhang, in order to set aside enough time for the 3D effect team, they had postponed the movie’s release to November.

Stephen Fung’s “Tai Chi 0″ will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival August 31. Angelababy and Eddie Peng will help to promote in Venice according to reports.

Angelababy (Sina)2

Martial arts flick “The Four” kicked out “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” to sit in the top spot with a surprisingly $11.13 million in its second week of release for a two-week total of $24.16 million. “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” ended its fourth week of release to number two of the boxoffice chart, adding $9.13 million for a total of $109.15 million. Those figures put “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” officially to become the highest grossing domestic movie at all time, taking the boxoffice record from “Let the Bullet Fly” (2010), which grossed a total of $101.37 million in mainland China.

The 135-minute film features a gang of South Korean thieves who team up with a Hong Kong crew to steal a diamond necklace from a heavily-guarded casino safe in Macau. As the cops close in, old betrayals — and misunderstandings — resurface.

“The Thieves” poster (Sina)

Yahoo: Suit filed over ‘Expendables 2′ stuntman’s death

Kun Liu was killed during a stunt in Bulgaria in October 2011 while performing in a rubber boat on Ognyanovo dam, just outside the capital, Sofia. He died after suffering wounds from a nearby explosion.

Original posts: 10.28.201110.31.2011

Cecilia Cheung in a series of stills modeling costume and on set for Joe Ma’s “Lion Roars 2″. Opening Aug. 17.

Cecilia Cheung

“Meet the In-Laws” stars Xu Zheng, Lin Peng and Hui Siu-Hung and opens Aug. 7

Lin Peng, Hui Siu-Hung, Xu Zheng

Hui Siu-Hung, Lin Peng, Xu Zheng

Hui Siu-Hung, Xu Zheng

Trailer, frankly a little uninspiring

(Sina)23

“Good-for-Nothing Heros”

Still with Kimi Qiao Renliang, Lam Suet reflects the original title, “Island Paradise” (Sina)2

“Good-for-Nothing Heros” teaser and trailer

Tang Wei receiving an award for Most Popular Actress at the 2012 First Youth Film Festival

(Sina)2(CF)

Johnnie To, Keanu Reeves, Lisa S and Rosemary were among the stars on hand to help launch a new international movie channel in Hong Kong.

Lisa S.

Rosemary (Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung: “I’m calmly dealing with my divorce”

Asked what she thought of being dubbed ‘Box Office Poison’ after her recent films bombed at the box office, the actress said, “As an actress, as long as I do my part and work hard to showcase myself, ticket sales are not the most important.”

MSN: Liu Yan denies causing Myolie Wu and Bosco Wong’s breakup

June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Jackie Chan Lining Up English-Language Action Comedy

Based on an original idea of Chan’s, the story is a two-hander action comedy featuring a detective (Chan) who must track down an American gambler that has skipped out on his debt owed to a Macau casino syndicate. The settings include Hong Kong, Macau, Eastern Europe and mainland China.

THR: ’Matrix’ Fight Choreographer Talks Working With Keanu Reeves, Jackie Chan

Yuen Woo-Ping is being honored at the Paris Cinema Film Festival and is currently working on Reeves’ directorial debut.

CF: ”Painted Skin 2″ Grosses 6 Million at First Round of Screening

“Painted Skin: The Resurrection” is screened only in 3D currently.

CF: Stars Promote “Naked Soldier” in Beijing

CF: Cast and Crew Promote “The Zodiac Mystery” in Beijing

ChinaDaily: Chinese films stuck in the past

No wonder, the world’s impression of China still focuses on the “cultural revolution” (1966-76), men’s long braids typical of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and foot binding. Those indeed are representative of China’s past, but other parts are often neglected, and the true stories of China and its people have long been misread. The varnished and sometimes demonized images simply hold the real China back from the rest of the world.

Micro News

Zhou Xun

Stills from a media set visit in Beijing for the latest celebrity micro film, “I Know You”, starring Zhou Xun and Jing Bo-Ran. Produced by Pang Ho-Cheung, Wing Shya directs from a script by Jody Luk (”Love in the Buff”). In the fantasy romance, Zhou Xun plays three roles, as a teacher, a beautician and a doctor, as well as an alien who like to eat Earth’s food. Jing Bo-Ran plays a chef. The film was shown to the media in Beijing. Wing Shya explained that the film explores the love and trust of city people and expresses the yearning for the simple life.

Latest character posters for “Wu Dang”

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Xu Jiao

Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)

Poster for “Very Kidnappers”, a black comedy that reunites Jiang Wu and Zhang Mo from “Let the Bullets Fly”

Wu Zhenlin, Zhang Mo

(Sina)

Tang Wei and director Kim Tae-Yong attend the Hong Kong premiere of “Late Autumn”. Hyun Bin was absent due to work commitments. Asked for a reaction to Edison Chen’s recent declaration of love for her, Tang Wei was unwilling to give a positive response. She gave thanks to all friends and fans who like her. An staff member came to her aid and dragged her off.

In more Edison weirdness: Perhaps to try and distract attention from Tang Wei fans urging him to let go of their idol, he posted a black and white image of the back of Chow Yun-Fat from “God of Gamblers” with the words, ”I am also in love with him, someone can help me to tell him?” The two posts received over 40,000 comments. Many of Tang’s fans have already responded, asking the notorious lothario to give Tang a break and leave her alone, and suggesting that he has been watching Lust/Caution and wants to make a sequel with himself as the star. (TaipeiTimes)

You gotta check yourself, before you wreck yourself (Sina-gallery)2

Angelababy formally joined Huayi Brothers where her rumoured boyfriend Huang Xiaoming is already signed.

Jing Bo-Ran, Angelababy

Angelababy, Huayi Brothers CEO Wang Zhonglei (r) (Sina)

MSN: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday with close friends

CNA: Tony Leung celebrates 50th birthday in a star-studded party

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

MSN: Michelle Reis wants a daughter soon?

MSN: Is Barbie Hsu finally pregnant?

SGYahoo: Zhang Ziyi in love with young Chinese idol?

CNA:  Yumiko Cheng regains consciousness from fall, says “not dead yet!”

MSN: Yumiko Cheng slips into two-day coma after falling off hill

Yumkio Cheng (2nd), Cherrie Ying (3rd), Jordan Chan (rear)

Google shows Apple: We made ours in the U.S.A.

NYTimes: Google Tries Something Retro: Made in the U.S.A.

June 19, 2012

June 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Slick fantasy vehicle for three Mainland stars is in a different league to the 2008 film.

THR: Painted Skin: The Resurrection review

Bottom line: Spectacular if blemished Chinese fantasy aiming for high lyricism should pull in female viewers and fans of the 2008 original.

FBA: My Elder Brother in Taiwan review

Slim but likeable second feature by the director of Pinoy Sunday.

FBA: Shanghai Calling review

Light, cross-cultural rom-com has few of the usual cliches and awkwardnesses.

ScreenDaily: Double Trouble review

Double Trouble seems less about honestly dissimilar and abrasive characters, and more about contrived friction.

TimeOutHK: First Time review

Once a cult favourite known for his nihilistic vision, Soi Cheang has since mellowed into one of our cinema’s leading helmers. He talks to Edmund Lee about his latest outing, Motorway.

THR: Feng Xiaogang Unveils Epic ‘Remembering 1942′ at the Shanghai Film Festival

FBA: Feng portrays drama of 1942

The film’s story chronicles the human drama as a devastating famine struck Henan Province in 1942, a time when China was already at war with and partially occupied by Japan.

CF: Chow Yun-fat Brings his “Last Tycoon” to Shanghai Film Fest

CF: Tony Leung Unveils Release Date of “The Silent War” at SIFF

A news conference to promote the August 10 release of Tony Leung’s newest spy movie, “The Silent War” was held on June 17 during the 15th Shanghai Film Festival,

CF: First Trailer out for “The Silent War”

CF:Stars Introduce Suspense Film “The Four” at SIFF

CF:”The Four” Brings You a New Trailer

A different two minute trailer

CF: Cecilia Cheung and Jang Dong-gun Promote “Dangerous Liaisons” at SIFF

CF: Jang Dong-gun’s Character Trailer of “Dangerous Liaisons”

Tang Wei and Wu Xiubo (”The Four”) were introduced to the press yesterday in a Shanghai press conference. They will co-star in Xue Xiaolu’s (”Ocean Paradise”) new romantic comedy, “Finding Mr. Right” (Chinese title, “Beautiful Destiny”).

Director Xue Xiaolu

Tang Wei

Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo

Huang Yi’s first directorial effort, a micro film called “Exchange”, will screen at the SIFF on June 21. She plays a country girl and a surprise guest star is promised.

Huang Yi

Keanu Reeves’ “Man of Tai Chi” has officially begun filming yesterday. Shooting started in Wan Chai last night. Despite blocking off the road, it attracted a large number of passersby and onlookers.

Karen Mok (Sina)2

Trailer for “Holding Love” (aka “Hold on to Love”) starring Yang Mi real-life BF Hawick Lau and Chrissie Chau.

Shanghai trailer release conference

Hawick Lau, Yang Mi

Chrissie Chau

(Sina)

The cast of “The Bounty” promote the film while Chapman To recuperates in the US

Fiona Sit

Director Fung Chi-Keung, Fiona Sit, Stephanie Cheng, Charmaine Fong

CF: Huayi · ELLE’s Starry Night at SIFF

Li Bingbing, director Feng Xiaofang and his wife Xu Fan, cast members of Jackie Chan’s “CZ12″ and 3D “Sex and Zen” star Lan Yan were spotted at the red carpet ceremony.

MSN: Gigi Leung takes up the director’s seat for the first time

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung are back together

MSN: Tony Leung is unaffected by rumors about Carina Lau

MSN: Andy Lau celebrates first Father’s Day

MSN: Andy Lau names his daughter

SGYahoo: Andy Lau and wife to move to Malaysia

Edison Chen makes a guest appearance in American rapper Sammy Adam’s MV for the song “Only One”.

SGYahoo: Get a “Kitty-cure” at world’s first Hello Kitty Beauty Spa

March 22, 2012

March 22, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

TaipeiTimes: Joyful Reunion review

Billed as a sequel to Ang Lee’s ‘Eat Drink Man Woman,’ director Tsao Jui-yuan’s foodie film leaves a bad taste in the mouth

PR: HKIFF to Premiere Youku Original “Micro Movie” Titles from Major Directors

Youku Original and the HKIFF invited leading Asian directors Gu Changwei, Tsai Ming-liang, Ann Hui, and Kim Tae-yong to direct “micro movies” (”wei dianying” in Mandarin) for “Beautiful 2012,” a year-long Youku Original campaign highlighting selected original content.

“A Spring River Flows East” is one of a series of films from the 1930s and 40s to be restored for the Shanghai International Film Festival. 

The ongoing feud between Hong Kong action star Donnie Yen and Chinese martial arts actor Vincent Chiu has escalated recently, with Yen suing Chiu for making false claims about his conduct on the set of Yen’s new action film “Special Identity”.

A1: Action stars in war of words

Family edition poster for “Blood Stained Shoes”

“Wanted” poster edition

And something else

Tang Wei attends the Mainland premiere press conference for “Late Autumn” in Beijing.

(Sina)

It turns out Tse feels that there has been a rash of child kidnapping and human trafficking cases in Hong Kong recently, and thought his children would actually be safer with the media tailing them all the time and getting the public interested in how his sons are.

March 16, 2012

March 16, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CRI: Tang Wei Sings “Late Autumn” Theme

Tang Wei will sing the theme song for the film “Late Autumn” (Wan Qiu), her latest collaboration with South Korean actor Hyun Bin. This marks Tang’s first foray into a singing career.

CRI: ”A Simple Life” a Hit at the Mainland Box Office

New cast posters for Ning Hao’s “Guns and Roses” released yesterday at a press conference in Beijing. Huang Bo revealed that he only had a small role in the film and did not charge the director a fee.

Huang Bo

Fan Wei

Guo Tao

Liu Hua

Sun Chun

Tao Hong

Yue Xiaojun

Cheng Yuanyuan

Lei Jiayin

Guo Tao, Tao Hong, Jue Xiaojun, Ning Hao, Huang Bo, Liu Hua (Sina)

Simon Yam and Sandra Ng are working in southern Taiwan on Zero Chou’s “Hua Yang”, a costume drama. The cast includes Ivy Chen, Jerry Yan, Michelle Chen and Cheng Yuan-Chang. A midsummer release is expected with a premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.

Ivy Chen, Cheng Yuan-Chang, Sandra Ng

Jerry Yan, Simon Yam

Jerry Yan

Simon Yam is a pirate king

An early birthday celebration for Simon Yam who turns 57 on the 19th (Sina)

CNA: Michelle Yeoh receives France’s highest honour

MSN: Gigi Leung is two months pregnant

MSN: Has Kelly Chen given birth?

October 20, 2011

October 20, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: ”East Meets West 2011″ Holds Press Conference

The director of the film revealed that 60 popular Chinese stars, including Karen Mok, Ekin Cheng, Jaycee Chan, William So, Yang Mi, Jonathan Lee and Alan Tam will be involved in the film, as well as those in attendance at the event.

Huang Yi

Stephy Tang, William So, Eason Chan, Jeff Lau, Kenny Bee, Huang Yi, Tan Weiwei (Sina-slideshow)

Topping the domestic box office chart on its third week on the screens, Jet Li’s latest fantasy action movie “The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Its Love)” grossed an estimated 200 million RMB (about $31.4m) and still has a strong hold on the international box office charts, remaining at seventh place.

On the sidelines of the event, an exhibition was also launched to showcase the film’s production process. The exhibition consists of the pictures of the scenes, character modeling, and victims shot by an American journalist with Time magazine in 1942.

Two unnamed Hollywood actors familiar to domestic audiences have also been cast. (Sina)

Movie review: The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (SG)

Publicity stills of Kathy Chow preparing for battle in “The Legendary Amazons”

And Cheng Pei-Pei

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Lin Chi-Ling in Chengdu to promote “Love on Credit”

Lin Chi-Ling, Super Girl Liu Xin, Leste Chen (Sina)

Yesterday, in Shanghai:

Lin Chi-Ling, Chen Kun

Leste Chen, Lin Chi-Ling

(Sina-slideshow)

New poster for “Harpoon”

Zhao Ming is one of the torture victims when a group on a tour of Hainan goes awry

The film will be released in early December. (Sina)

Returning to Hong Kong from Rome, Tang Wei spoke with reporters to compensate them for arriving late.

She acknowledged having spoke with 007 director Sam Mendes but was otherwise cagey about whether starring in an action movie was in her near future.

(Sina)

Gigi Leung and husband, Sergio returned to Hong Kong today to visit her parents

“Did I mention, Hong Kong is crowded?” (Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei sings the festival theme song, “A Dream Comes True”, to close the opening ceremony for the 30th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival last night.

Zhao Wei (Sina)234

Jay Chou, A-Mei, Frankie Kao

The former TVB actress was said to have approached her friends to join her

Free-to-air television owner Ricky Wong has declared war on TVB by poaching its talents for his new TV station.

June 23, 2011

June 23, 2011

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THR: Unemployed actors find work in crowd control for new subway line.

CRI: Zhang’s Nanjing Massacre Film to Get Japan Release

CF: “Heroes of Nanking” Wraps Shooting in Nanjing

CRI: ’Party’ Accounts for Half of China’s Current Box Office

However, the figure is a little lower than that of its twin movie, “The Founding of a Republic”, which was released in 2009 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. That film brought in 125 million yuan in the first five days of its release.

CF: ”Beginning of the Great Revival” Holds Special Show for Media in Toronto

CF: ”The Founding of A Party” Premieres in L.A.

CF: New Communism Film Lights up Box Office and Fans

“I was too busy finding the stars,” giggled 20-year-old college student Yu Lilli. “It was like [entertainment show] Xingyun 52. Me and my friends were in competition to see who could name the most celebrities.”

Asked about the film’s powerful narrative of struggle, Yu admitted she couldn’t remember much of the actual plot.

CF: Kungfu Films Seek New Sensations

‘Snow Flower and the Secret Fan’: A Chinese Tale with Universal Appeal (CF)

Fox Searchlight Pictures, a subsidiary of News Corporation, will release the film in the US on July 15.

Vivian Wu: at Home in Two Worlds (CF)

Vivian Wu: The Shanghainese beauty takes to the silver screen once more (CNNGo) (Thanks, Walter!)

Jackie Chan: Philanthropy’s Hardest Working Man (Forbes)

Mainland poster for Beach Spike

(Sina)

Poster for thriller Mysterious Island starring Jordan Chan and Yang Mi

Besides Yang Mi, the film cast includes Janel Tsui, Jessica Xu and Maggie Li

Yang Mi

Janel Tsui

Jessica Xu

Maggie Li (Sina)2345

Huang Yi

Huang Yi, Nick Cheung

Both Nicholas Tse and Charlene Choi were absent from the HK premiere of Treasure Inn last night

(Xinhua)(Sina-gallery)

CRI: Four Heroes of ‘White Vengeance’ Unveiled

First look at Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance based on the historical Banquet at Hongmen. Lu Chuan is making The Last Supper based on the same incident.

Zhang Hanyu

Anthony Wong

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Andy On

Jordan Chan (Sina)234

Anthony Wong and real life son in  Law Wing-Cheong’s Punished

The film opens with a new Chinese title on the mainland July 12. (Sina)

Tang Wei launches a skin care brand SK-II campaign

She has been appointed spokesperson for the Greater China region

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Gigi Lai could be three months pregnant

MSN: Cathy Chui gives birth to baby boy

Cathy’s father-in-law, tycoon Lee Shau-kee, was said to have been so overjoyed with the arrival of his grandson, that he decided to hand out red packets, worth HKD$10,000 (S$1,600) each, to his 1,500 employees at the end of the month.

CNA: Taiwan celeb make-up artist outs ‘artificial beauties’

Baby (Angelababy) is the most unbelievable. She had gotten work done on everything which could be operated on,” Chen claimed.

June 21, 2011

June 21, 2011

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CF: Communist Party Movie Brings Red Storm

FBA: Revival has strong but disappointing opening

CF: ”The Founding of a Party” Premieres in HK

Chow Yun-Fat and his wife

Nick Cheung

Chow Yun-Fat

Angelababy

Michelle Ye (Xinhua-gallery)(Sina-gallery)

Francis Ng and Alex Fong Chung-San are among the confirmed cast for another upcoming commemorative film about Father of the Republic, Dr. Sun Yat-sen. Tian Liang, Han Geng, Fan Wei and others are also cast. The film is scheduled for an October release. Earlier, both Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Song Hye-kyo denied playing the leads roles: Sun Yat-sen and Soong Ching-ling.(21cn)

CF: Tang Wei Fishing in “Wu Xia”

“Wu Xia” released a batch of new still photos featuring Tang Wei.

Olive Oyl?

Supposedly, a love scene between Tang Wei and Donnie Yen was cut from the film. The scene was in the film’s opening 20 minutes and is marked by an abrupt edit. When questioned by reporters, Peter Chan confirmed it but said it was due to storytelling needs. The fishing scene with Tang Wei was not originally in the script but added to increase Tang Wei’s screen time. Peter Chan also noted that Tang Wei reminded him of Popeye’s girlfriend Olive Oyl (!). Years ago, he named Maggie Cheung’s character in his first film, Alan and Eric: Between Hello and Goodbye, Olive. (Xinhua)(Sina)(21cn)

Gordon Liu

Gordon Liu just completed his role in Painted Skin 2 where he plays Chen Kun’s father. He is next heading to  Chengdu to film a comedy with Wilson Tong. (Sina)

Rong Xiang and Koji Yano play brothers in Crazy GPS

Now filming in Guangzhou

(Sina)

Jiang Wu

Jiang Wu plays a butcher in Wayne Wang’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

(Sina)

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MSN: Ray Chen’s exposé on Chinese celebs who went under the knife

Ray added, “Everyone used the same excuse to claim that it was due to a car accident. But, why would wounds from such accidents leave only a small scar on the chin? The scar appeared when Xiaoming got into an accident, and likewise for Lee Hom!”

Fan Bingbing

Angelababy

(Xinhua)2(Sina)

CNA: TVB GM in court for fraud, corruption charges

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