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January 7, 2011

January 7, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 6:37 pm

Bourree Lam: Hong Kong culture is not exportable (CNNGo)

From “Love in a Puff” to “Donald Tsang, Please Die,” only Hong Kongers really understand Hong Kong culture

FBA: If You Are the One II (7/10)

Sequel is more melancholy, but gets by with film technique and on-screen chemistry.

Du Yiheng, frequent double for Andy Lau, plays himself in Let the Bullets Fly (Sina)

Cheng Pei-Pei’s birthday

With director Frankie Chan

Cheng Pei-Pei celebrated her birthday in Nanjing with the cast of Lady Generals of the Yang Family. The crew has just returned from Inner Mongolia where they filmed in minus-20 degree weather.

(Sina)

CRI: ‘Eternal Moment’ Minimal Poster
CRI: China’s Film Watchdog Warns of Quality Issue
As China’s 2010 box office topped an unprecedented 10 billion yuan, the country’s filmmakers are urged to be on guard regarding various problems in the industry, including a lack of humanity and increasing vulgarity.

Photos from 3 computers stolen from Cecilia Cheung’s agent’s office began appearing on the internet recently. (Xinhua)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow has gone into the studio to shoot photos for the poster for her upcoming March concerts. (Xinhua)

CRI: Fan Bingbing on Cover of ‘ELLE’

MSN:  Andy Lau will not intervene in his niece’s scams again

MSN: Barbie Hsu denies she’s holding wedding this Chinese New Year

Andre Agassi and Lin Chi-ling at charity luncheon in Taipei (Jan.6)

(Xinhua-gallery)

MSN: Lin Chi-ling’s brother denies his sister is getting married

Lin Chiling denies claims that she will marry this year

September 29, 2010

September 29, 2010

HK Film Archive shows Mandarin and Cantonese classics to celebrate Cathay’s 75th anniversary

Hong Kong media reports that Cecilia Cheung will join Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year film costarring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo and Carina Lau. New Year films are always fun, popular and an easy role for a mother like Cecilia. That, and the stellar cast were given as reasons for Wong’s ability to lure Ceci back. Besides the Hong Kong and Beijing premieres, Cecilia will not be required to participate in the normal publicity tour of cities. (Sina)(Xinhua)

New Westward Journey will begin filming in October. The Stephen Chow produced and written prequel to his earlier Monkey King films will be directed by Derek Kwok Chi-Kin. Casting was not announced but Chow has been recruiting new actors recently. (Sina)

Posters for Distant Thunder

Zhang Jiarui’s (Red River) new film is described as a mainland ‘Rouge’ (Sina)

CRI: Tang Wei to Drive Racing Car in New Movie

Tang Wei has signed up to join Hong Kong director Jingle Ma’s new film, “Race Car” .

CRI: ’Just Call Me Nobody’ Wraps up Shooting

Just Call Me Nobody” features Taiwan actress Kelly Lin and well-known Chinese mainland comedians Zhao Benshan and Xiao Shen Yang.

(Sina)

FBA: Hot Summer has its Day in US theatres

Hot Summer Days gets limited release in New York, LA

FBA: Pinoy Sunday (台北星期天) (7/10)

Vignettish “road movie” about two Filipino workers on their day off in Taipei is slim but likable.

Interesting note: As well as many filmmakers and delegations, foreign industry guests at the 12th Pyongyang Festival included Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun (with a new print of Tsui Hark’s classic 1984 comedy Shanghai Blues)(FBA)

The cast of Legend of the Fist held an event in Beijing to celebrate its box office success during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday period.

Shu Qi

Anthony Wong on harmonica

Andrew Lau, Ryu Kohata

Andrew Lau, Shu Qi, Huo Siyan, Chen Jiajia, Anthony Wong, Ryu Kohata

Director Lau  revealed that in the first cut the original ending was eight minutes longer and that he hoped the scene would be used to open the sequel. (Sina-gallery)(Xinhua-gallery) With her string of successful films on the mainland since Confession of Pain, her films Blood Brothers, If You Are the One, Looking For a Star, and City on Alert have been big box office earners, Shu Qi’s being dubbed Queen of the Mainland. Elsewhere, it’s been reported that Shu Qi recently bought a 14M yuan villa in Beijing.  (Xinhua)

Zhou Dongyu

Shawn Dou Xiao

Yu Xinbo

Zhang Yimou returned to visit his alma mater, Beijing Film Academy, with the young stars of Under the Hawthorn Tree. (Sina-gallery)

Jennifer Tse promoting Breast Cancer Awareness (Sept.29)

(Sina)(Sina-slide show)

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow, Kay Tse and Gong Xinliang attend a Piaget event. (Sept.28)

(Xinhua-gallery)

Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying took retro photos for their upcoming November wedding banquet invitations.

Reminded me of this one with Fan Wei and Zhang Jingchu from The Road. (Sina)

Rosemary

Rosemary and boyfriend Jason return to Hong Kong from France where she’s been hiding out since mid-September after her Labor Day arrest in Reno, NV. Her demeanor was reportedly better now that her legal situation has somewhat eased. (Sina)

Hong Kong model’s Reno trial set for Dec. 8(HKStandard)(msnbc)

SG: Battle of the Queens: Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao, Zhou Xun

Edison Chen makes pop-art debut

September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010

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Late Autumn poster - Hyun Bin, Tang Wei (Xinhua)

The film has also broken new ground with its moon cakes tie in. After a limited edition of 3,000 boxes of hawthorn fruit moon cakes sold out, more were produced and are expected to create significant income for the Zhangs’ Beijing New Picture Film company.

“The Founding of a Republic” tops the best film nominees list for the 30th Hundred Flowers Awards.

Winners will be announced after a final round of voting during the 19th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival scheduled from October 12 to 16 in Jiangyin, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

The Island (formerly Adventure Island) opens Oct. 12 and stars Lam Suet, Huo Siyan and Liu Hua.

(Sina)2

Miriam Yeung helps launch new Nokia phone

Miriam has been exercising three hours a day preparing for her concerts and has lost 10 pounds in three months. (Sina-slide show)

Gong Mi is ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival

(Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei performing in rehearsal for tonight’s CCTV Mid-Autumn Festival broadcast

(Sina-slide show)

SG: Gong Li’s “busty” seduction

HK actress Vivian Chow says no to kids

August 24, 2010

August 24, 2010

THR: Korean ‘Tomorrow’ gets Venice screening

Remake of John Woo classic invited to honor director

CRI: Latest Stills of Chinese Horror Film ‘The Island

Chinese horror film “The Island” (”Jue Ming Dao”), in which a billionaire sets up a deadly game on a Southeast Asian island in attempt to save his son who needs a heart transplant, has released several stills.

FBA: Colette Koo has passed away

From My Name Ain’t Suzie, 1985

(Aug.21) Tang Wei’s appearance at Tengchong airport drew screams of recognition whereby the actress had to hastily don  her sunglasses.

Tang Wei will reportedly play Donnie Yen’s wife in Peter Chan’s adaptation of the One-Armed Swordsman film, Wu Xia. The leads arrived early in Tengchong County to acclimate themselves to highlands high altitude atmosphere which is 3000m above sea level. Peter Chan selected Tengchong as a location because of the beautiful scenery; there are terraces, ancient villages, waterfalls consistent with the ‘retreat’ concept of the film.  Despite the rainy season not quite at an end, filming is to begin in September because Donnie Yen’s schedule is full with Monkey King scheduled to begin shooting in December. During an interview at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Peter Chan said Wu Xia is about a sword master, played by Donnie Yen, in seclusion for years. Detective Takeshi Kaneshiro is curious and his scepticism leads to trouble. Chan said Wu Xia will combine action, science, medicine and special effects. Tang Wei reportedly beat out Gong Li, Zhao Wei, Li Xiaoran for her role. (Xinhua)2

Stills of Barbie Hsu and Wang Xueqi in a passionate scene from Reign of Assassins

(Sina-slide show)

Stephen Chow has been confirmed as among the cast of The Founding of a Party. Besides Hong Kong artists John Woo, Chow Yun-Fat, Daniel Wu, and Andy Lau, mainland artists Liu Ye, Chen Kun, Zhou Xun, Zhang Hangyu, Zhang Guoli and Dong Jie are among the reported cast members confirmed so far. Zhao Benshan is also said to have agreed to join. (Sina)

Vivian Chow and Sandra Ng wear Max Mara in an upcoming Jessica Code magazine feature

(Xinhua)

Sending this one out to loyal reader, Glenn

Cecilia Cheung flacking Stool Pigeon featuring hubby Nicholas Tse and Nick Cheung.

(Sina)

SG: Cecilia Cheung’s Facebook shout-out

Charlene Choi in an Adidas shoot

(Xinhua)

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu posted this funny picture of herself on her Weibo. Her caption said that she ate too much in Japan and now had to diet. No explanation on how she created the effect. (Xinhua)

Sammi Cheng’s Guangzhou concert

(Sina-slide show)

CRI: Fan Bingbing Helps Children Fight Heart Defects

SG: Aaron Kwok and Lynn Hung cohabiting?

SG: Andy Hui and Sammi Cheng can hide no more

SG: Michelle Reis expecting baby boy

SG: Sandra Ng expecting her second child

When reporters asked Sandra about the rumours of her late pregnancy, Sandra stuttered and mumbled her way out of the situation, neither confirming nor denying the rumours.

August 12, 2010

August 12, 2010

NYTimes: Filmmaking in a Climate of Caution (Aftershock)

CRI: ”I Phone You” Promoted at the Brandenburg Gate

The film is a love story between a Chinese girl and a German guy. Their relationship is mainly over the phone at the beginning. Then the girl travels to Germany with the money she saved from working in a flower shop.

Part of the film was shot in Chongqing, the southwestern Chinese city on the bank of the Yangtze River, where the love story starts.

Jiang Yiyan was known by the German media as “The Most Beautiful and Real Oriental Girl” for her great appearance and acting in her previous films.

Jiang Yiyan (Sina-gallery)

Lead actors show up one by one in the 75-second trailer which follows the assassination plot targeting a retired murderess.

“The theme of the film is not about assassins and revenge but about love, which is the core message of my films. People should search for a way to get along with each other instead of hate and grudge,” John Woo was quoted by Sina.com.cn as saying.

Chief villain - Wang Xueqi (Sina)2

Haunted-fetus horror movie has some squirmy moments but is shackled by a confused script.

FBA: HK Summer opens with Love

Vivian Chow’s comeback film premieres in HK

Vivian Chow, Sandra Ng attend the HKSIFF screening of All About Love

Jo Koo, Joey Man, Vivian Chow, William Chan Wai-Ting, Ann Hui

Joey Man Yee-Man, Simon Yam (Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting endorsing lip gloss for Estee Lauder (Sina)

Ekin Cheng and Lynn Xiong attend a Body Shop event

Lynn Xiong

Ekin Cheng - no marriage plans

He denied reports that he and Yoyo Mung registered for marriage in Japan during a recent holiday with his parents in Hokkaido.

Yoyo Mung

Yoyo, for her part, was reportedly very unhappy in Hokkaido as she had no alone time with Ekin and was constantly stalked by paparazzi.

(Sina)2(Xinhua-slide show)

Shu Qi

Shu Qi is the new regional face for Emporio Armani replacing Zhang Ziyi for Fall/Winter 2010. She will be appearing in new billboard ads that were recently shot in New York City. Shu Qi was lauded for her professionalism during the photo shoot in 100+ degree heat. (Xinhua)

SG: Miriam Yeung chooses concert over wedding

According to reports, the star appears to be more concerned about her concert and was said to have set a three-month abstinence from ‘bedroom activities’ with Real as she concentrates on concert preparations.

To make things worse, Real was seen hanging out with an unnamed hot babe when Miriam was out in Japan filming a music special.

March 28, 2010

March 27, 2010

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It’s true!

Marriage certificate.

What’s real cannot be fake, what’s fake cannot be real.

After Apple Daily exposed Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi’s marriage certificate, the pair held a press conference at 6:30 p.m.

Ronald and Charlene were both emotional and teary while speaking to the media.

Mr. and Mrs. - Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi admit 2006 LA marriage (Mar.27)

(Sina)2 YouTube video of press conference

Later, Ronald Cheng’s company, Gold Typhoon, issued a statement/transcript of Ronald’s remarks:

1. Thank you for attending the Ronald Cheng and Charlene Choi press conference.

2. Marriage is a fact, in 2006 we are very happy to make this decision. Also the support of both parents in LA. Register a marriage, two people have emotions and attitude toward marriage, unnecessary open because the two sides agreed to approach.

3. Has been speculation on bilateral relations and the constant false reports, so we feel the need to explain.

4. We are very happy the past few years of marriage, after a period of time to grow and deepen our mutual understanding, felt they were breaking up, the future will be better on both sides. Therefore, to announce that we have recently split is a very rational decision, but also a fact. However, there is no third party.

5. Divorce must be the question everyone will ask. We will follow all the legal procedures that we will need to make.

6. Although we make not a husband and wife, but we had a very happy time, even more desire to be eternal friend, hope everyone will give us some space, thank you. (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and Lu Chuan collaboration?

Spotted at The Peninsual Hotel coffee shop, spending two hours together discussing a script, likely Banquet at Hongmen [See 3/12, 12/15,12/16 posts]. When Chow’s wife spotted reporters outside, she called him and Chow ducked out the back door. (Xinhua)

Tang Wei

Tang Wei joined cast of Crossing Hennessy for press conference in Shenzhen (Xinhua)

Eddie Peng Yu-Yan, Shu Qi

Shu Qi helped Taiwan idol Eddie Peng shoot his first MV without rumuneration.

(Sina),2

Vivian Chow raising funds to combat AIDS in China

(Sina)

Chrissie Chau passes her driving test with eight (!) minor infractions. This was her second attempt after first failing last year.

Celebrating with boyfriend afterwards (Sina)2

March 17, 2010

March 17, 2010

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CRI: ‘Lust, Caution’ Star Tang Wei Returns on April 2

The Taiwan romantic film “Au Revoir Taipei,” directed by Arvin Chen, won the Jury Award at the Deauville Asian Film Festival in France on March 14, ent.sina.com reports.

The film had just been awarded “Best Asian Film” at the 60th Berlin Film Festival, and the filmmakers never expected another surprise win.

Famous TV host Li Xiang will invest in Han Sanping’s upcoming new project, a prequel to the 2009 blockbuster film “The Founding of a Republic,” Hunan-based rednet.cn reports.

Fairy-tale ending

It’s a happy ending good enough to grace any award-winning movie. Wing Lee Street in Central has been saved from the wrecker’s ball and film director Alex Law Kai-yui’s heart-warming tale of Hong Kong in the 1960s, Echoes of the Rainbow, likely played a big part in it.

Vivian Chow’s recent appearance in a hole-y dress.

(Xinhua)

Vicki Zhao breaks her silence after pregnancy photos exposed

Previously, a Hong Kong publication reported that her husband cheated on her with another Chinese actress, Zhang Ziyi.

“Maybe I have been too low-profiled and got involved in unnecessary rumours, suspicions and conjectures. I would like for the people concerned of me to stop worrying. My life is now very peaceful, ordinary, and happy! After working for so many years, I have not given myself sufficient time to rest and recuperate.

“To be honest, I am in the midst of picking from a few good movie scripts. I have also completed talks for a few advertorials earlier in the year and I plan to carry out these work plans soon. I hope to prep myself with a positive attitude to eagerly live my life and face the future. Thank you for your concern and love.”

January 18, 2010

January 18, 2010

Jackie Chan

Lin Peng

New Seven Little Fortunes

Little Big Soldier kicks off multi-city publicity tour in Shenzhen (Sina) (2)

Legend of Chen Zhen

Andrew Lau’s Legend of Chen Zhen has been quietly shooting in Shanghai. Recently, producers discovered a suspicious man in the studio. When detained and asked if he was an extra, the mysterious man was found to have a sophisticated pinhole pen camera on his possession. Producers found numerous scenes of high quality had been recorded. When questioned, the man did not reveal his motive and said he was a graduate and only fooling around. The pen and identity card were confiscated before allowing him the leave. The man later returned with police to retrieve his ID card and pen. But because of fear of leaks, security is high and all cast had signed confidentiality agreements, the producers were reluctant to release the pen camera. (Sina)

Zhou Xun, Chow Yun-Fat

Confucius - Shanghai publicity stop (13) (cri.cn)

AngelaBaby

AngelaBaby made a quick trip to Japan for a fashion shoot before beginning promotional activities for All’sWell Ends Well 2010. Young Japanese men and women sought her photograph and autograph and declared AngelaBaby ‘kawaii’. (Sina)

Li Bingbing

Expo ambassador Li Bingbing went to Shanghai for the opening of the China Pavilion

(Xinhua) HD (Sina)

Vivian Chow

Leo Ku

Vivian Chow helped open Leo Ku’s new shop for women in Tsimshatsui. Other celebrity guests included Vincy Chan and Sherman Chung. (Xinhua) (Sina)

CRI: Jordan Chan, Cherrie Ying to Tie the Knot on Valentine’s Day

If you happen to be in Las Vegas, it will take place in The Little White Wedding Chapel. According to this report, the reason for having the ceremony in the US is that all the banquet halls in Hong Kong were booked up for the year and the couple did not want to drag out the engagement. (Xinhua)

Tang Yu Ming, Tang Wei’s father

Tang Wei’s father, a painter, will have an exhibition in Hong Kong later this month. Tang said he didn’t know if his daughter would come to support him. When asked if he has seen Lust, Caution, he said, “I have seen the film, I feel her acting is good, but also nothing to object to, she is fighting for art everywhere.”

December 26, 2009

December 26, 2009

Treasure Hunter

Miao Pu without mask (Sina)


Taipei Times

FILM REVIEW: Bodyguards fail to save the day

CRI: “Bodyguards and Assassins” Going Strong after Debut

CRI: Will The Silver Screen Shine?

The advertisements and trailers of upcoming movies are often more eye-catching and imaginative than the films themselves.

Variety: Walking to School

Produced by Yu Rongguang

China’s Zhang Yimou back with Coen brothers remake

The 57-year-old has also called on television comedians to act in the film, and the dialogue is peppered with funny expressions made popular by the Internet…

It is a film that perfectly suits cinemas in provincial towns.”

The Hunan Daily newspaper wrote: “Apart from the attractive aspect due to the fact it is an adaptation of the Coen brothers’ film, the cultural content seems rather empty.”

And Hung Huang, a Chinese media personality, said the film was “too vulgar.”

THR: Hong Kong fest to laud Zhang Yimou

Chinese director Zhang Yimou will be given a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Asian Film Awards in March next year.

Chi-Ling goes full time into acting

CRI: Xiao Shen Yang’s 101st Night

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Gong Li mum about cup size

Andy Lau appears as Sammi Cheng’s guest

Sammi Cheng Love Mi Concert

Guests Eric Kot, Ekin Cheng

(Sina)

Vivian Chow lends support to non-profit veterinary association

Rosamund Kwun

(HunanTV)

Rumors have been swirling over the holidays that both Rosamund Kwun and Maggie Cheung have become engaged to their boyfriends.(Sina)

December 18, 2009

December 18, 2009

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HK Magazine: Bodyguards and Assassins

Malaysia premiere with Peter Chan, Teddy Chen, Fan Bingbing, and Tony Leung Kar-Fai, slide show (Sina)

Francis Ng

Yu Nan embraces Charlie Yeung

Four Marshals/Fierce West Wind has been shooting under blizzard conditions in the Gobi Desert. Filming has been extended due to delays caused by the weather. After two and half months the cast and crew morale is still high. (Xinhua) (Thanks, to Valerie!)

HD slide show (Sina)

(cri.cn)

Jay Chou promotes Treasure Hunter in Shanghai, slide show (Sina)

Karena Lam in her first costume film Don Quixote (HunanTV)

Andy Lau becomes ‘monk’ for three days

Vivian Chow

Vivian Chow celebrated the close of filming Ann Hui’s ‘Leisurely Fried Rice’ and exchanged Christmas gifts with other cast and crew at a Hong Kong seafood restaurant last night (Sina)

Fan Bingbing praises Fann Wong for “grace and elegance”

Huang Yi

Zhang Jingchu

Angelica Lee

CRI: Elle Fashion Time!

Every public appearance by a celebrity can be subject to fashion critics. Stars usually choose their outfits in a highly cautious manner. So, what are they going to choose for a major fashion event?

Kelly Chen attends a ribbon cutting ceremony in Monkok. (Sina)

Still from latest Faye Wong advert (Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Asian groups outraged over Toby Keith’s ‘racist’ gesture during performance

Add him to the list with Miley Cyrus and the Spanish Olympic Basketball Team

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