HKMDB Daily News

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

December 13, 2011

December 13, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: The Flowers of War review

The Bottom Line: An unconvincing yarn of hookers, convent girls and a phony priest during the Nanjing massacre.

ScreenDaily: The Flowers of War review(HKMDB)

Bale is a tad hammy as the self-interested American who finds his heroic streak, but the supporting actors are all luminous.

Variety: The Flowers of War review

Zhang Yimou’s great gift for stories of resilient women serves him well in this uniquely harrowing account of the rape of Nanjing.

THR: ’Flowers of War’ Director Zhang Yimou Reveals Steven Spielberg’s Role in Casting Christian Bale

“I asked Steven Spielberg, who is a friend, to read the English script and recommend actors,” Zhang said at a press conference following the premiere.

Flowers’ female lead, newcomer Ni Ni, put herself out on a limb when asked if she felt a steamy scene between her character and Bale’s was necessary, as in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution — which had its sex scenes removed and earned a two-year industry ban for actress Tang Wei.

CRI: ’The Flowers of War’ Debuts in Beijing

Ni Ni at Beijing premiere (Sina)

The comedy is broad and physical and the sometime confusing narrative takes a long time to gel.

Movie Review: ‘White Vengeance’ (CRI)

We Chinese are weird, weird people. We always expect something extra out of what we do. And that extra is a big deal. For example, when ancient historians wrote history, they were not content with just recording exactly what had happened, so they embellished it to show off their literary talent. The result is that we now read these historical records as literature - good literature though - without knowing for sure what exactly happened.

Another example: When we watch a movie, we not only expect it to be entertaining, but also want it to be educational. If it’s a historical film, we want it to reflect history as it was, although there is no way of ascertaining which version is the true one, because the historical records are more literary than realistic.

CRI:  Tsui Hark Premieres His 3-D ‘Dragon Gate’

Director Tsui Hark led the star-studded cast of his new 3-D martial-arts film “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” in promoting the movie’s premiere Monday in Beijing.

Mavis Fan, Zhou Xun - Still (Sina)

Li Yuchun, Tsui Hark, Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Shanghai premiere (Dec.13)

(Sina-gallery)

FBA: The battle after Seediq Bale

How do the various versions of the film differ?

CF: ’Love’ to Highlight Next Year’s Valentine’s Day

MSN: Ethan Ruan and Vicki Zhao talk ‘Love’

Featuring a star-studded cast that comprises of Vicki Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Eddie Peng, Mark Chao, Shu Qi, Ivy Chen and Amber Kuo, Love tells of four different love stories based on different themes

CF: ”Chinese Zodiac” Eyes IMAX

The first promotional trailer revealing the concept behind the upcoming movie “Chinese Zodiac”, co-produced by JCE Entertainment Ltd., Huayi Brothers and Emperor Mothion Pictures, was released on December 12.

Accompanied by a rapid and fierce rhythm, and presented in a chilling style, the trailer provides glimpses of thrilling gun battles, parachute dives, car races and ferocious dogfight combat scenes; declaring that the authentic Jackie Chan kung fu movie is back.

FBA: Chinese group (Bona Film Group) raises stakes in English-lang film

Yu confirmed that Wong Kar-wai’s long awaited The Grandmasters, once scheduled to be part of this year’s Christmas crush, is still some months away from being ready. “It will be released some time between next summer and Christmas 2012.”

CF: Bai Baihe in Pure and Fresh Look

Bai Baihe, lead actress of the hit romance film, ’Love is not Blind’, recently poses for a photo shoot to cover a Japanese style magazine in pure and fresh look

Viann Zhang Xinyu

Boyfriend actor Ron Ng declined to comment on [Viann] Zhang Xinyu’s photos with her ex-boyfriend.

A number of intimate photos of Chinese model-actress was leaked and circulated online since yesterday.

HK actor Ron Ng has stepped forward to explain why a photo of model-actress Viann Zhang [No Liar, No Cry] lounging in a bed was published on his micro-blog.

Ng also side-stepped queries on whether Zhang had deliberately posted the photo on his blog, saying that he “never bothered about that”.

Reports have been speculating on whether Zhang’s motivation could have been to promote herself as a newcomer.

CRI:  Edison Chen Apologizes for Recent Photo Scandal

The young model had been left red-faced at the event after falling on her butt during the show.

Decked in a long red dress with plunging neckline, Hannah was reportedly worried about wearing a pair of 15-inch heels for the show.

MSN: Vivian Chow spotted at the gynaecologist

The Hong Kong actress is said to be making preparations for a ‘Dragon baby’

Shiu, who appeared smiling radiantly at a promotional event yesterday in Hong Kong, promised that she will explain the matter next time, which is taken to mean that she is silently admitting her marriage.

Chan explained that he had already planned to resign for some time, in order to embark on an overseas study tour and gain new experiences.

MSN: Netizens blast Vanness Wu for lack of respect towards God

After a tree-lighting ceremony, the singer uploaded a picture of himself at the toilet urinal on to his microblog, and was condemned by netizens for his blasphemous deed

Responding to the outburst, the singer’s manager Katie explained that Vanness thought that the plants in the toilet were special, so he asked a staff member to help him take the picture.

Sun Fei Fei walked away from a photo session on the red carpet without realising that TV host Fang Ling was stepping on her dress. Some netizens said her look of suprise looked too fake. This has led to speculation that this was all a publicity stunt. A1: More photos, and a gallery of wardrobe malfunctions:

November 29, 2011

November 29, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

Variety: Shattered review

A microcosm of China past and present flows through Xu Tong’s intimate docu “Shattered,” in which the maverick indie filmmaker continues to refine his techniques and concerns shown in his previous “Wheat Harvest” and “Fortune Teller.”

CRI: Actress Zhao Wei to Make Directorial Debut

The film, provisionally entitled “To Our Youth That Is Fading Away”, will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name. It will tell the tale of a woman’s emotional struggle with two men whom she meets again many years after their on-campus love triangle.

CF: Vicky Zhao’s First Movie Project

Stanley Kwan will produce the movie. The film’s screenplay will be written by Li Qiang, whose 2005 film “Peacock” picked up a Silver Berlin Bear Award.

Based on the popular novel “To Our Youth that will Fade Away,” the story revolves around a girl named Zheng Wei, who becomes torn between two men; she is forced to make a decision to find her Mr. Right.

Cherrie Ying and actor Dong Dawei (Tong Dawei) are seen on the poster of the comedic road movie “Great Wall, My Love.”

(Sina)

Aarif Lee plays the role of a finance blog owner who places too many irons in the fire in return for first-hand financial information.

THR: Hong Kong Comedian Stephen Chow Voices Support in Chief Executive Election

‘Shaolin Soccer’ star sticks up for friend Henry Tang Ying-yen, one of two candidates for Hong Kong’s highest office.

The comic mastermind also had his own words of wisdom on the possible negative impact on public support for Tang after Tang was discovered to have engaged in extramarital liaisons.

Chow deadpanned, “We’re trying to elect a chief executive here, not to choose a boyfriend.” [Herman Cain might want to borrow this line.]

Chow’s unopposed election to one of 15 seats for the performing arts subsector on the next Hong Kong chief executive election committee came at the last minute on the day before the application closed, after original candidate, 1990s “Heavenly King” of the Hong Kong pop music scene and actor Leon Lai (Forever Enthralled), was found to be ineligible.

Lai’s disqualification to run as the representative of the election committee for the performing arts subsector had made a mockery of the whole election process of the next chief executive, which will be selected by a 1200-member committee – the singer-actor was not eligible as he was not even a registered voter.

After a slump of over a decade, Taiwan’s home- grown films are not only sweeping box offices at home but also winning awards and hit status overseas, thanks to a new cohort of filmmakers.

Director Chen Kaige is shooting his realistic Micro film “Search” in Ningbo of Zhejiang Province. Its scheduled release is in May of 2012. Chen will make three micro films before promoting them on the Internet.

Yao Di attending a launch ceremony in Sichuan for an 80’s-generation micro film (”Lost and Found”?)

Yao Di

Daniel Lee’s “White Vengeance” opens today in Hong Kong

Feng Shaofeng

Feng Shaofeng (Sina-slideshow)

Publicity stills for “Cold Steel’ featuring Tony Leung Ka-Fai

Opening Dec. 2

Peter Ho Yun-Tung (Sina)

The 32-year-old, who rose to fame as part of Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit, quit the group in June and is now channelling his time into acting, having starred in best selling flicks like 14 Blades and My Kingdom.

MSN: Cecilia Cheng and Lucas Tse hides from the paparazzi (Nov.26)

In other related news, the media speculated that Cecilia had allowed Lucas to skip school again, because the pair was spotted in Shanghai for the past few days. (Sina)

Lucas at the play center

(Xinhua)

American-Taiwanese singer-actor Peter Ho was recently detained by the customs at an airport in China because the customs officers found that he was carrying more than 100 boxes of condoms in his carry-on luggage

Happy 37th Birthday to Lin Chi-Ling today!

(Sina)

Last night, with Huang Xiaoming in Beijing attending a charity dinner (Sina)

Lin Chi-Ling earlier this month

(Sina)2

November 17, 2011

November 17, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

TVB hands over treasured films to Hong Kong Film Archive

To show its ardent support for the preservation of film heritage, TVB has handed over about 1,000 film titles from the 1930s to the 1990s to the Hong Kong Film Archive (HKFA) for permanent preservation. About 60 per cent of these archival films are new to the HKFA and will consequently greatly enrich its collection.

Films to be handed over include the earliest Chinese film in TVB’s library, “Little Heroine” (1939), starring Hu Rongrong and Kung Chiu-hsia; and the earliest Hong Kong film in the library, “Female Spy 76″ (1947) starring Wu Lai-chu and Wang Hao. The eight films on the list of HKFA’s recommended “100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies” are: “Wong Fei-hung’s Whip that Smacks the Candle” (1949), “Wong Fei-hung Burns the Tyrants’ Lair” (1949), “Blood-stained Azaleas” (1951), “Mysterious Murderer” (1951) parts one and two, “Butterfly and Red Pear Blossom” (1959), “Father is Back” (1961) and “The Pregnant Maiden” (1968).

Mainland China’s first AIDS-related pic, “Love for Life” is an anemic mess, notwithstanding stars

CRI: Profitable Short Films

As short films are gaining popularity in China, many companies are starting to reap the benefit.

CF: Mou Girl to Cry More in New Movie - “The Allure of Tears”

A message adorns the bottom of the picture[poster], which states: “Love while we are still alive; Say farewell when we have no more time.” The movie revolves around three tragic but romantic love stories

CF: Final Trailer of “East Meets West 2011″

CF: Brainstorming in “White Vengeance”

Award-winning actors Zhang Hanyu and Anthony Wong appear in the still photos of the movie “White Vengeance.” The megastars portray Zhang Liang and Fan Zeng, two famous strategists in ancient China who served different masters. 

CF: Sexy Liu Yan Joins “Laughing and Crying Forbidden”

The mere mention of Liu Yan immediately conjures up images of the sexy host-turned-actress in her latest fantasy romance “The Mural” and upcoming project “Marry a Perfect Man.”

Now Liu is planning to take on an entirely different role in the comedy romance “Laughing and Crying Forbidden” in which she plays a realistic and candid young woman,

CF: Teng’s Pic Stays Strong in Box Office Performance

The cast and crew of the romance “Love Is Not Blind” held a “victory” celebration Tuesday in Beijing, after the film raked in 200 million yuan (US$31.5 million) in box office revenue,

CF: Mainland Box-office Chart in Week 46

Legendary East is a joint venture established by Legendary Pictures and its partner the Huayi Brothers Media Corp. in June this year, which aims to produce and distribute English-language movies that have the potential to be worldwide hits.

“Magic to Win” Beijing press conference yesterday

Edmond Wong, Wu Chun, Karena Ng, Wilson Yip, Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing, Tonny Jan

Karena Ng, Wilson Yip

Stop, in the name of love - Raymond Wong, Yan Ni, Wu Jing

Karena Ng likened to Emma Watson

“Magic to Win” MV - theme song “Love Spell”

(Sina)23

A series of posters for David Wu’s “Cold Steel” featuring Song Jia.

The film will be heading to the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January 2012.

Mickey He plays a sniper

(Sina)2

A peek at Milla Jovovich and Li Bingbing in Resident Evil 5 (Sina)

Li Bingbing demonstrates how she copes with the time difference between Toronto and Beijing.

CF: Andy Lau to Attend Golden Horse Awards

Kelly shared that she is currently filming All’s Well, Ends Well 2012, but had rejected 20 to 30 other jobs because of her pregnancy. The singer also declined job offers, which required her to take a plane

Kelly Chen

(Sina)

Huo Siyan shoots a batch of photos with a fresh new style for the cover of a fashion magazine.

CNA:  Kelvin Tong’s new film “Dance Dance Dragon” more than just a comedy

MSN: Lee Hom invites Shu Qi to his concert

It was rumoured that the Taiwanese singer invited the actress despite his mother’s disapproval

MSN: Chinese actor Ham Yu’s fans chide Selina Jen online

After the accident, it was widely rumoured that Ham had helped Selina escape the fire. Other versions said that the actor had rushed into the burning set to save Selina. Thus, Ham’s fans had since blamed Selina for their idol’s injuries and some had even called her ungrateful.

CNA: Jay Chou to develop social gaming site with tech company?

Apart from being a shareholder of Ucan Technology, a company which is developing a 3D interactive social networking cum gaming website, Chou will be the website’s cultural ambassador for the next two years.

November 16, 2011

November 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

CRI: Johnnie To Brings New Film for Valentine’s Day

Poster and stills of Johnnie To’s film “Romancing in Thin Air”, featuring Louis Koo and Sammi Cheng

CF: Deleted Segment of “Love is not Blind” Exposed

FBA: Love stronger than Steel

In China, Love is Not Blind has achieved the biggest opening box office for a local film this year. By Sunday night, the comedy had taken RMB188.0 million ($29.6 million) in six days.

The story tells of wedding planner Huang Xiaoxian’s 33 days of heartbreak after discovering that her boyfriend has been cheating on her with her best friend. Her maybe-gay colleague Wang Xiaojian helps her back on her feet.

Actress Bai Baihe

Director Teng Huatao yesterday at an event to celebrate the box office success

Teng Huatao, Bai Baihe, Wen Zhang (Sina-gallery)

CF: Final Trailer of ‘White Vengeance’ Released

The costume heroine-themed war epic, “Legendary Amazons” recently released film clips exposing the lead actress Jin Qiaoqiao, who portrays a “Marksman” in the film.

Insiders report that Yang Zitong’s scenes have been deleted from “The Legendary Amazons”, unfortunately, due to the scale of violence in the film. Hopefully, her scenes will be restored in an unabridged Hong Kong version (?). She plays one of the Yangs and engaged in violent, bloody fights.

Yang Zitong, “You did what to my scenes!”

Yang Zitong

The romantic comedy “Love is Not Blind” has swept the mainland China’s box office charts, while in Hong Kong, director Giddens Ko’s romance “You are the Apple of My Eye” is making a history to by entering Hong Kong’s Top 10 Box-Office Records.

A Chengdu media preview screening of Barbara Wong’s “The Allure of Tears” left viewers satisfied but many described the film as more of a comedy, particularly the Joe Chen-Dou Xiao story. Director Wong said that she wanted to make a film for audiences to cry at but she did not achieve her purpose.

Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee - the “first tear” (Sina)23

A final trailer was also unveiled at the event in the run up to its release on November 24.

Shanghai press conference

Karen Mok

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Huang Yi walked the red carpet in Shanghai twice, once for an ELLE event and again for the premiere of “East Meets West 2011″.

Huang Yi

Karen Mok, Jaycee Chan, Huang Yi

Chinese actress LI Bingbing is to be honoured as Female Star of the Year at the CineAsia convention in Hong Kong next month.

A few of the happy recipients of the 2011 China’s Most Beautiful Award held this evening.

Huang Shengyi

Lin Chi-Ling

Zhang Ziyi

Wang Luodan (Sina)23

Gao Yuanyuan poses for animal protection in a photo spread featured in the magazine “ELLE”

Kelly Chen is reportedly four three months pregnant

Attending a fashion event today, she told reporters that she was pregnant and acknowledged that it was achieved through artificial insemination. Kelly has not suspended work and that doctors told her to relax and not be stressed. She said doctors feared that if she stayed at home she would be cranky. (Sina)

Grateful for Carol’s pregnancy, Andy was said to have secretly arranged Taiwan’s Reverend Di Bo and 20 nuns for a three days trip to Hong Kong to help conduct a ritual for a smooth delivery.

The 31-year-old model, who is also actor Aaron Kwok’s rumoured girlfriend, finally hit the big time after appearing in a racy advertisement for breast augmentation services, and was inundated with modelling assignments.

CNA: Sunny Chan opens up about autistic son, seeks help for child

November 11, 2011

November 11, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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THR: Michelle Yeoh Calls Aung San Suu Kyi an ‘Iconic Female Asian Figure’

FBA: No Liar, No Cry review

Mildly funny gold-fever comedy set on the edge of the Gobi desert.

CRI: ’White Vengeance’ Set for Release on Nov. 29

(Sina)

CF: New Stills for “The Allure of Tears” Released

The photos feature Gigi Leung and Richie Ren as lovers studying in a music conservatory. The film also stars Zhou Dongyu, Aarif Lee, Shawn Dou and Joe Chan. It will hit cinemas globally on December 22.

CF: In the Making of “The Eight Happiness”

Donnie Yen told media that thanks to his experience in the comedy movie “All’s Well Ends Well” last year, his comedy performance this time will be up to par, as he performs all kinds of dance in the movie including break dancing, Bhangra dancing and pole dancing. And elsewhere, Kelly Chen revealed that the always ultra-cool actor Louis Koo was naked for a couple of days on the set. “I’m not used to seeing him wearing clothes now,” she joked.

Sandra Ng, Donnie Yen

(Sina)2

CF: Lengthy Behind-the-scenes Clip Released for “Great Magician”

At present, the film is in intense post-production stages. It is expected to hit cinemas in December or early 2012 at the latest.

Part 1

Video: Magic to Win ‘making of” (Sina) - looks fun!

Aaron Kwok rehearses for upcoming concert. Rain’s dance teacher was invited from South Korea to choreograph.

(Sina-slideshow)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Edison, Cammi, Jolin, Dawson

Aarif Lee (Sina)

MSN: Aarif Lee arrested for drink-driving

When pressed on his thoughts on the incident, Simon Yam, who played Aarif’s father in Echoes of the Rainbow, said, “Drink driving is wrong and very dangerous, especially to the driver and people on the roads. If Aarif did commit a mistake, he should apologise publicly and admit to his mistake. Only then will the public forgive him.”

MSN: Michael Hui recounts Ricky Hui’s life

“When Sam (Ricky’s brother) held his concert in Guangzhou, it was Ricky’s birthday. Together with thousands of the audience, we sang him a birthday song. That was the first and last time [we did that]. I had never sung him any birthday songs before,” Michael added.

MSN: Jay Chou keeps relationship a secret to protect Hannah Quinlivan

CNA: Jay Chou seeks low-key girlfriend

CNA: Sammi Cheng likens her figure to “A4 paper”

“I will never do it, unless my figure is really good!” joked Cheng, in response to questions about whether she had ever taken intimate photos with Hui, like 16-year-old model Cammi Tse did with actor Edison Chen.

Seetoh Says: Sar Kay Mah, the vanishing snack

Proustian moment: The best were always sent fresh from NYC during holidays from relatives and family friends. The treats came in pale blue boxes wrapped in wax paper. And yes, the pre-packaged stuff, made nowadays, cannot compare!

Memories of Little Horse 馬仔

September 16, 2011

September 16, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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WSJ: Ann Hui on Aging and ‘A Simple Life’

WSJ: Will China Fall in Love With Rom-Coms?

Maggie Cheung promoting Hong Kong cinema in London

Maggie Cheung said, “Either they are ones that love Wong Kar-wai and are just in that world or the ones go for Jackie Chan, you know. And I think they’re both as strong as each other actually, coming from, I’ve done both and I think it’s part of it. I just can’t think of Hong Kong cinema without one or the other, the action and the more mellow dramas or the more personal films.”

FBA: Disney closes local-language film unit

Zhang Ziyi

Cecilia Cheung

Zhang Ziyi has been reportedly confirmed as joining Jang Dong-gun in Heo Jin-ho’s remake of Dangerous Liaisons for a RMB$20 million fee. Unofficial reports have Cecilia Cheung joining for a RMB$16 millon fee. Filming is set to begin in September and the story has been reset in Shanghai. (Sina)23

Lu Chuan’s The Last Supper (aka King’s Feast) may be in serious trouble as major investor, Stellar Media, has reportedly pulled out. The reason is unclear but a number of reasons have been suggested: Stellar is focusing on another project, Peter Chan’s Guillotines, which has incurred additions expenses due to the shuffle of directors (Teddy Chen for Andrew Lau); Stellar was unhappy with the choice of one of the key roles, He Du Jean as the concubine; the film has also been in conflict/competition with a similar film, Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance. Lu Chuan and Stellar chief, Qin Hong, have engaged in a war of words via Weibo. (Sina)2

Still from the set of Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Zhang Hanyu

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Andy On

Leon Lai (r)

Zhang Hanyu (l)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

Nicholas-Cecilia-Edison-Vincy-Gloria-Jay-Hannah-Maggie-Ole et al

CNA: Donnie Yen makes wife weep with self-penned song on her birthday

Donnie Yen made his wife of eight years Cissy Wang weep tears of joy during her 30th birthday party recently, by singing her a song he composed for her while playing the piano

Wolverine on Weibo!

Mainland Chinese actress Li Bingbing, his co-star in “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan”, wrote “Scatter flowers to welcome you”.

August 31, 2011

August 31, 2011

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WSJ: How Asia Stacks Up at the Venice Film Festival

CF: ”Love in Space” Stars on Press Conference

Guei Lun-Mei, Eason Chan

Poster of Leon Lai for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

(Sina)23

CF: Leon Lai Ming in “White Vengeance”

Jordan Chan

Andy On Chi-Kit

Feng Shaofeng

Anthony Wong

Liu Yifei

Zhang Hanyu

CF:  Huang Xiaoming Covers Esquire Magazine

MSN: Carina Lau admits that her marriage has problems

She responds to speculations on her marriage to Tony Leung and talks about her conceiving problems

MSN: Kelly Lin to welcome baby girl next month

Cecilia Cheung on cover of Face magazine (Sina)

MSN: Cecilia Cheung’s “abused” video makes headlines

A1: Cecilia Cheung’s alleged bondage video surfaces (Sina-slideshow)

July 19, 2011

July 19, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 8:14 pm

Hey, isn’t that Wendi Deng Murdoch seated behind James and Rupert Murdoch testifying before a parlimentary committee? She, literally, leapt to her husband’s defense when a demonstrator attempted to hit Murdoch with a foam pie. Wendi jumped out of her seat and swung her arms to protect her man.

Wendi Deng, left (Yahoo)

Who is Wendi Deng?

And a very informative profile, here.

FBA: Love For Life review

China’s first AIDS drama jumps the rails when it becomes a star-driven tragic romance.

CRI: Tony Leung Fights to Win in ‘The Grandmasters’

Check out the first trailer for Wong Kar-wai’s long-awaited film, “The Grandmasters”, starring Tony Leung Chiu-wai as the martial-arts legend Yip Man.

Lucas Tse and Ekin Cheng in Treasure Hunt

Lucas’ cameo appearance in Wong Jing has drawn lots of attention and is featured in the trailer (Sina)

Beijing press conference for The Sorcerer and the White Snake (aka It’s Love)

Huang Shengyi

Jet Li, Huang Shengyi

Director Tony Ching Siu-Tung

Yang Zi (producer), Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Huang Shengyi, Sarah Choi (producer), Jet Li (Sina)2

Beijing press conference for Daniel Lee’s White Vengeance

Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

Qin Jing

Song Guangcheng, Daniel Lee, Liu Yifei, Feng Shaofeng

(Sina)

Fortune Buddies, which opens Aug. 11, features veteran actors like Pauline Wong who has been retired since the 1990’s.

Pauline Wong Siu-Fung

Eric Tsang, Pauline Wong

Pauline Wong, Siu Yam-Yam, Richard Ng (Sina)

Anita Mui’s mother took to the streets to protest the court judgement against her in battle to claim Anita Mui’s estate

Takes her case to reporters

Her son arrived later to take her away (Xinhua)(Sina)2

June 23, 2011

June 23, 2011

Filed under: News — Tags: , , , , — dleedlee @ 2:42 pm

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.

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