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May 4, 2012

May 4, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:29 pm

ChinaPost: They love and they bluff

“Love in the Buff” is a revelation on the sophistication of romantic relationships in urban Hong Kong and mainland China today.

CF: ”Motorway” Due to Release in Summer

Produced by Johnny To and directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, “Motorway” features talent from the mainland, HK and Taiwan, including Anthony Wong, Shawn Yue, Michelle Ye, Ka Tung Lam, Barbie Hsu and Guo Xiaodong.

CF: Exorcist Falls in Love with a Demon in “Painted Skin 2″

Feng Shaofeng portrays a little-known exorcist who accidentally comes across a demon played by Yang Mi, and he falls in love with her.

Wang Baoqiang, who made a name for himself for his honest and simple performance, portrays a psychopath killer in the movie.

Stills of Angelababy and Mark Chao from the shooting of the MV for “The First Time” theme song.

Maggie Cheung, Gigi Leung and other celebrities helped open a new LV boutique in the Taipei 101 skyscraper last night.

(Sina-slideshow)

MSN: Mark Chao’s parents do not approve of his marriage plans

It looks like Mark Chao might have to delay his marriage plans with Gao Yuan Yuan. The actor’s father, Allen Chao, apparently does not approve of his future daughter-in-law.

May 2, 2012

May 2, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF: Theme Song of “Shadows of Love” Released

Kwon Sang-Woo, Cecilia Cheung

(Sina)(Sina-slideshow)

CF: ”Du Zhan” [Drug War] Wraps up in Beijing

Jointly-produced by the Hong Kong film production company Milkway Image and mainland company HaiRun Movies & TV, the movie marked Johnny To’s first attempt at filming a gangster film on the mainland, touring cities like Tianjin, Guangzhou and Zhuhai.

Andy Ng’s suspense-thriller “Death Zone” opens this month. The cast includes Leon Jay Williams, Chen Zihan, Niu Meng-Meng, Lee Siu-Kei, Patrick Tam and Liu Hai-Long. The film was shot in the mountainous jungles of Yunnan and Thailand.

Lee Siu-Kei

Chen Zihan, Leon Jay Williams

Patrick Tam, Niu Meng-Meng

Wei Lu, Liu Hai-Long (”He Man 2″, “Choy Lee Fut”)

(Sina)23

Wang Baoqiang plays a serial killer in Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer”. Lau Ching-Wan finds clues in his son’s fairy tale book. Opens May 11.

Wang Baoqiang

Lady Gaga

So, Lady Gaga performs in concert in Hong Kong. Who would you expect to attend?

Edison Chen and Lady Gaga’s mama

Carina Lau

Brigitte Lin

Simon Yam, Qi Qi, Brigitte Lin

Simon, wife and daughter

Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting (Sina)

MSN: Jay Chou to accept Christianity for Hannah Quinlivan

November 18, 2011

November 18, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: TVB contributes to HK film history

Rival broadcaster ATV handed over approximately 400 prints at its own ceremony in July 2010 with a promise to donate an additional 300 prints once censent had been obtainted from rights holders.

FBA: A Chinese Ghost Story review

Simply bigger and better, on most levels, than the famous 1987 version.

CF: Behind-the-scenes clip for “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” Released

Produced by the Bona Film Group and directed by Tsui Hark, the makers of wuxia drama “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D” have released the first behind-the-scenes footage of the film. It exposes the production process of the special effects and some of the more important sets.

(Sina)2

Ma Liwen’s “A Big Deal” opens Dec. 2

Han Chae-Young, Chapman To and Blue Lan star in the fantasy-comedy (Sina)

Gillian Chung cancelled all upcoming promotional activities for “Nightmare”, opening Nov.25. Her agent said that Gillian was only a guest and not the leading actor so it is not really that important. “Nightmare” was originally scheduled for a Halloween release but then later postponed. Gillian was said to have been displeased with publicity photos featuring another actor that were released earlier during the Golden Roster Hundred Flowers Film Festival (GRHFF).

“Nightmare” cast at GRHFF (Sina)2

CF: Gonna Make him a Star

Wang Baoqiang stars as a fortuneteller in “Hello! Mr Tree” with Tan Zhuo.

After starring in “Blind Shaft”, Wang was chosen by Feng Xiaogang, one of China’s biggest directors, to play a role in “A World Without Thieves” (2003). His character was a teenage migrant worker with below-average intelligence but who has a kind heart. “I will never forget the moment I received the call from Feng,” said Wang. “It was so exciting knowing that I was going to star in a film of his.”

Having played so many similar roles - lovelorn, rural background, not too bright - Wang has been criticized for being a one-trick pony. “That’s why I consider “Hello! Mr Tree” as my ‘masterpiece’ right now,” said Wang. “I play a middle-aged bachelor who falls in love with a deaf girl. I am a ‘grown-up’ now, so I’m so glad the role has been acknowledged internationally.”

CF: ”Cold Steel” Holds Press Conference

Director David Wu was joined at the event by the writer of the original work, Li Xiaomin, a retired sniper, mtime.com reports. Adapted from the popular internet novel of the same name written by Li Xiaomin, the film tells the tale of how a young huntsman grows up to become a champion sniper. The film stars Peter Ho, Song Jia, Tony Leung, Mickey Ho and Guo Mingxiang.

CF: ‘Cold Steel’ to Compete at Palm Springs

Newly released poster for Miao Shu’s “Game of Assassins” (vide ”Assassin“) featuring Leung Kar-Yan

Wu Ma, Chen Kuan-Tai and Jiang Chao are also cast in this Ricky Lau-produced story of intrigue between rival kings.

Previously released poster (Sina)

CF: Li Bingbing to Be Awarded Female Star of the Year at CineAsia 2011

Apart from acting, Li is committed to environmental protection and charity issues. She serves as a goodwill ambassador for both the United Nations Environment Program and the World Wildlife Fund. She founded a charity called L.O.V.E in 2009, which is dedicated to various public welfare activities. Because of her charity work, the Chinese media has dubbed Li the “charity queen.”


CRI: Zhang Ziyi Graces ‘Harper’s Bazaar’

Tabloids suspect that 45 year-old actress Loletta Lee Lai-Chun is pregnant. Seen above with boyfriend and ex-husband director Calvin Poon.(Sina)


MSN: Nicholas Tse impersonated to drum publicity for Chinese company

The imposter attended a public event under the name of the Hong Kong actor

Despite announcing her pregnancy, Kelly did not mention the gender of the baby. However, a source close to the singer divulged that Kelly’s wish for a baby girl had come true.

MSN: Jay Chou claims he is not suitable for marriage

The Taiwanese singer feels that he has the mental age of a 20-year-old

Hannah Quinlivan to retire early

CNA: Jay Chou admits he likes strutting around naked at home

“Because it feels like I’m flying like an eagle, it’s really not bad,” said Chou with a laugh.

The actor toured Europe with his young wife for their anniversary, but did not pay his ex-wife and son a visit when he returned to Hong Kong

July 7, 2010

WPost: Letter from Shanghai: Class and capitalism mix with comedy

Profile of Zhou Libo (Flirting Scholar 2)

Derek Yee’s film Great Magician featuring Cecilia Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai will be based on Qin Hao’s (real name, Qin Shou’ou) novel Begonia. Cecilia play a young woman forced by her family to marry a warlord, while Tony, originally a opera performer in the novel, tries to rescue her. The story set in the 1920’s has been successfully made as a radio drama and television series previously. (21cn)

CRI: Tsui Hark Postpones Shooting His New Action Film (New Dragon Inn)

CRI: Stephen Chow, Cecilia Cheung Promote ‘CJ7: The Cartoon’ in Beijing

CRI: [Film Review] “80’s Generation”

The film “80’s Generation” is screening nationwide and has received numerous different opinions among the young people.

Chow Yun-Fat

Chen Kun, Jiang Wen

CRI: ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ in Soccer Field

Wang Baoqiang training for Cai Lifo Quan 2010 (Choy Lay Fut Kuen 2010)

Training with Norman Chu Siu-Keung

Michelle Ye, Wang Baoqiang

Ng Man-Tat, Michelle Ye

Michelle Ye, Kara Hui (qq)2

Wang Baoqiang is also beginning work in Thailand on the Pang Brothers Perfect Fairy Tale.

Costars include Lau Ching-Wan and Elanne Kwong.

Wang Baoqing, Lau Ching-Wan

Lau Ching-Wan, Wang Baoqiang

Elanne Kwong (Elanne Kong) (Sina) 23

Ma Jian faces off six of the seven Arhats - Seven Arhat (Xinhua)

Brother Sharp still a nervous wreck

Brother Sharp reportedly hid in the toilet for two hours prior to the production launch of the movie ‘Legend of Brother Sharp’ in Nanchang. Dressed in a white shirt and bow tie, he was accompanied by family members but was struck by stage fright and had to be helped to a seat. The SARFT has not yet approved the movie and Brother Sharp is not expected to participate in the filming itself. (Xinhua)

Zhang Ziyi reached a court settlement in the case with the publication that alleged she was having an affair with a wealthy, married business man. This is the case that led to the ‘ink splash-gate’ incident where her advert poster in front of a hotel in Beijing was defaced by mystery men. The incident was caught on film when reporters staked out the Park Hyatt waiting for Maggie Cheung. The publication and Ziyi settled upon a court issued mediation agreement. Ziyi did not attend the proceedings. (Xinhua)

Korean Better Tomorrow

As Screen Daily reported back in December, a Korean remake of A Better Tomorrow, Invincible, is completing production for a Mid Autumn Festival release (Sina)

More on Book Fair Brouhaha

Michael Hui declares Chrisise Chow cute, album not porn

Anthony Wong backs off, says calling Chrissie Chau a prostitute/sex worker a metaphor

In the war of words, Chrisse rebutted Anthony. (Sina)2

Angelababy: Photo albums healthy, not too sexy (Xinhua)

Dennis To (To Yue-Hang): The new Bruce Lee?

Catch the multi-faceted Wang Lee Hom

Wang Lee Hom makes his directorial debut in Love In Disguise, which he also starred in - and he’s determined to show how multi-faceted he can be.

Sammi Cheng looking scary skinny in these Taipei concert photos (Xinhua)

CRI: Singer Sammi Cheng Clears Wedding Dress Rumors

SG: Jet Li opens up about his family

Angelababy (Sina-more)

SG: AngelaBaby seeks to prove her innocence

Angela Yang (also known as AngelaBaby) has been under attack from scathing reports alleging that she had gone under the knife for cosmetic enhancements.

Working on Secret sequel first

‘Star Wars’ creator says laser too much like lightsaber - follow up to 6.19 article

“Star Wars” creator George Lucas wants to force a laser company to stop making a new, high-powered product he says looks too much like the famous lightsaber from his classic sci-fi series.

December 3, 2009

December 3, 2009

All’s Well Ends Well 2010 Hong Kong Banquet

Raymond Wong

Sandra Ng

Ronald Cheng

Louis Koo

AngelaBaby

Lynn Xiong

Lee Heung Kam, Louis Koo

AngelaBaby, Lynn Xiong

Lynn Xiong, Louis Koo

Ronald Cheng, AngelaBaby

(Sina)

Time: China vs. Disney: The Battle for Mulan

China is moving to take back one of its own — even if it is legend. Mulan is the Middle Kingdom’s gender-bending heroine, its Joan of Arc. The character from folktale is a daughter who disguises herself as a male soldier to take her father’s place in the conscription army. The problem for the Chinese is that, since 1998, the definitive version of the story has been Disney’s.

Wang Baoqiang has a cameo role in Jackie Chan’s Big Soldier (Sina)

CRI: Li Bingbing: Acting Is Everything

Screen Daily: At The End of Daybreak

In case you were wondering about the film Kara Hui won the Golden Horse for Best Supporting Actress

B+ Detective cast and crew

Oxide Pang and Gong Beibi

Gong Beibi and Aaron Kwok

B+ Detective is now in post-production and Oxide Pang promises an unexpected ending (Sina)

Karen Mok (Sina)

Karen Mok, Jackie Chan

(Sina)

Gillian Chung

Jane Zhang

Stephen Fung dressed to the nines, or as the article relates, looking homeless

(Xinhua)

CRI: MTV Names the Most Stylish Chinese Entertainers of the Year

Vicki Zhao sparks pregnancy rumours

4-months pregnant Cecilia Cheung spotted shopping with her son and in-laws

Deborah Kerr?

Jay Chou is the 2009 top-earner [Taiwan] with S$27 million (2)

China’s Zhang Ziyi most “Googled” person in Taiwan

November 9, 2009

November 9, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , , , — dleedlee @ 3:57 pm

New Midnight Taxi poster released

(HunanTV)

Mulan’s world premiere has been announced in Beijing for Nov.16. at the Worker’s Stadium.

Zhejiang Satellite TV has acquired the hotly contested live broadcast rights to the event. Beginning on the 7th Zhejiang will begin a massive publicity campaign. (Xinhua) (HunanTV)

CRI: Mulan’s Release Date Set for November 27 (Sina)

Huang Yi, To Yuhang - Ip Man Prequel

Cast for Herman Yau’s Ip Man Prequel at Hong Kong press conference. The prequel covers Ip Man’s adolescence and studies in Hong Kong, his return to Foshan and how he met his wife played by Huang Yi. It’s scheduled for a May release ahead of Wilson Yip’s Ip Man 2.

Xu Jiao will play Ip Man’s younger sister (ifeng)

(Sina)

CRI: First Look at Sun Honglei in Treasure Hunt Movie

Another treasure hunt comedy starring popular actors Sun Honglei and Lin Chi-ling is now filming in the vast desert of northwestern China’s Gansu province. (HD version - Sina)

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Sleeper?

Sun Honglei (Sina)

Lurk/Sleeper (Sina)

Yao Chen

Yao Chen, Shen Aojun

Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Shu Qi are reportedly interested and in the running for the movie remake of a recent popular TV series ‘Sleeper’. Sun Honglei and Yao Chen played the originals in the story of a Communist sleeper agent in the KMT’s top intelligence agency after Japan surrendered in 1945. While his wife joins the Communist Party, he takes on a temporary wife. Sun Honglei is also open to the possibility to return to reprise his role. (HunanTV)

Wang Baoqiang

Jia Zhangke

Wang Baoqiang will star in a Jia Zhangke produced film, ‘Hello, Mr Tree’ to be directed by Han Jie. (Sina)

October 24, 2009

October 24, 2009

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , — dleedlee @ 7:39 pm

Variety: Shaolin’s mastering showbiz

Variety: ‘Founding’ breaks Chinese record

The state-run China Film Group hopes to build on the pic’s success with a sequel, “The Founding of a Party.”

THR: Peter Lam Named Producer of the Year

Hawaii: Empire Of Silver, Petition take top awards at Hawaii fest

The 29th Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) has awarded its Halekulani Golden Orchid for Narrative Feature to Yao Shuhua’s Empire Of Silver and its Golden Orchid for Documentary Feature to Zhao Liang’s Petition.

Maggie Q will also be awarded HIFF’s Maverick Award, given in honour of a cinema artist who “defies the rules, forging a unique film career, and transcending labels and thresholds to vacillate between Hollywood and global cinema.”

South Carolina: Film gift gives USC a passport to China

My Air Hostess Roommate

Wang Luo Dan

Rescheduled for Nov. 3 release to avoid contending against Michael Jackson’s This Is It, My Air Hostess Roommate is a romantic comedy based on a popular internet novel that received over a billion hits. It features Chen Bo-Lin(Berlin Chen) and Wang Luo Dan. (Sina.com) (2)

Wang Baoqiang

Wang Baoqiang [World Without Thieves, Assembly, Soldiers Sortie] hopes to break out of his stereotypical innocent and naive bumpkin roles with his new film (lit.Very Promising). He’ll play a trickster a la Stephen Chow. As the village chief he  tries to raise funds during an economic downturn. The film is directed by Deng Zhiyuan (Big Movie) and the cast includes Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Liu Hua and Cheung Tat-Ming . (ifengsi.com) (Xinhua)

Monga

Ethan Ruan

Monga is 1980’s set in Taiwan gang movie. Shu Qi said on her blog that seeing  the film made her feel like a wild 14 year-old again wearing big hair, Japanese stye slippers, thick gold chains and hanging out with gangs speaking vulgar words! Shu Qi also said that she was glad to support Taiwan filmmaking. (cri.cn) (nextmedia.com)

July 31, 2009

July 31, 2009



Storm Warriors limited editon posters released at Anime Festival

Ekin Chen, Ma Wing-Shing (original manga illustrator, writer), Aaron Kwok

Variety: Coweb review

Variety: Chaw review

Yu Shaoqun, Liu Yifei Tapped for another ‘Chinese Ghost Story’

bc Magazine: Overheard reviewed

Taipei Times Film Review: ‘Empire of Silver’ short changes audiencesThe world of finance is barren ground for a good story in ‘Empire of Silver,’ a big-budget period drama about the Wall Street of imperial China

Taipei Times Film Review: Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale in How Are You, Dad
Best known for directing Hoklo and Hakka films, Chang Tso-chi shot a movie in Mandarin as a response to his late father’s wishes

Two Chinese Films to Vie for Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival unveils lineup
Hong Kong helmer Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” set in Taiwan during the 1950s anti-Communist period known there as “White Terror.
Cheang Pou-Soi’s thriller “Accident,” [previously Assassins] produced by Johnnie To

http://ent.sina.com.hk/cgi-bin/nw/show.cgi/2/1/1/302328/1.html
Yonfan’s Prince of Tears to compete at Venice Film Festival
[see May 19 entry for additional background]

‘Taking Woodstock’ Premieres in New York

Premiere photos

From farmer to A-lister: Wang Baoqiang’s unchanged smile
Blind Shaft earned him 1,000 yuan ($146), and a Best New Performer award at the Golden Horse Awards.

Star-studded film to open for 60th anniversary of PRC

Children Of Workers: 24 City

Life in China through a foggy lens


Meng Yao, Nick Cheung and Monica Mok attend launch ceremoney for To Live and Die in Mongkok

Korean stars take their shot at Hollywood
Supporting roles seen as opening door to larger parts

Li Bingbing Denies Rumors of Foreign Boyfriend

Taipei Times: Pop Stop
Eason Chan, A-Mei and so much more

Zhao Wei reported to be marrying Singaporean businessman

Kelly Chen ruffles mother-in-law’s feathers



Shu Qi ambassador and Hou Hsiao-Hsien executive director attend press conference for 2009 Golden Horse awards

Zhou Xun shampoo advertising photos

Zhao Wei


New Zhao Wei pictures

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