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April 14, 2011

April 14, 2011

THR: Bieber Entertainment Enterprises Purchases Screen Rights to ‘Chinese General’

Two competing Two-Gun Cohen films in the works.

Last month, director Doug Liman and producers Rob Reiner and Alan Greisman joined forces with Beijing Galloping Horse Film & TV Production to produce a competing drama about Two-Gun Cohen

FBA: Second project shoots at Two Gun Cohen

“The Chinese General tells the dramatic and exciting story of how Morris Cohen’s career became interwoven in the lives of the most important players in the formation of modern-day China,” said Bieber and Duband. Cohen was also a close, trusted friend and protector of Sun’s wife Soong Ching Ling.

Variety: The Dragon Pearl review

An admirable attempt to blend Western blockbuster tropes with Chinese motifs, “The Dragon Pearl” lacks fire but is respectful enough not to camp it up despite its broad tone.

Let us begin with Vonnie Lui’s breasts: they are impressively huge, in 3D, and honoured with the kind of extreme close-up shot that was never offered the face of the semi-famous model/actress.

As hard as this might be to believe, sex is often best experienced in person. That, however, isn’t exactly stopping any Hongkonger from downloading Japanese porn, at will.

Hayama was shocked when he checked out 1991’s Sex and Zen as part of his professional due diligence.

After I watched the DVD, I thought to myself: I must say no [to the offer]!” he says, alternating between a boyish grin and embarrassed chuckle. “This is not a love story at all!” He exclaims. “This is totally a porno!”

CNNGo: Hiro Hayama: ‘I should have asked for more money’

You have to shave first, but the hair grows back within two days and it still hurts when you pull the tape off. In the end I just pulled the hairs out. It was so painful.

THR: No ‘Sex’ for Imax, but ‘3D Zen’ Film Eyes Sequel

The producers were eager to launch the 3D romp in Imax theatres when the film began production, but after a long negotiation, they found that it was not meant to be. “Imax has rejected our film because of the subject matter and content,” Shiu Jr. said, “but for our premiere in Taiwan, we will show the film in an Imax 3D theatre using their 3D screening equipment.”

Leni Lan Yan

Suo Yukiko

Vonnie Lui Hoi-Yan, Taiwan premiere (Apr.13) (Sina)2

FBA: Ecstasy enjoys explosive launch in HK, Taiwan

SG: “3D Sex” finally opens

AFP: ’World’s first 3D porn film’ opens in Hong Kong

College student Yan Shek, 21, was also among the first to see the movie in a morning screening. The 113-minute film has been rated Category III in Hong Kong, which bars anyone under 18 from watching it.

“We are very curious,” she said. “It is the first time to see an X-rated film in the cinema. It should be very interesting.”

Excited fan, Hong Kong

Leni Lan Yan, Jason Yiu Luk-Ming (Sina)

CF: ”Rest On Your Shoulder” Promotes in Beijing

CF: 13 Female Leads’ Images of “Nanjing Heroes”

CF: Kwon Sang Woo Ready for Chinese Romantic Film

South Korean actor Kwon Sang Woo will join hands with Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung for a Chinese romantic film, “All About Love”(”Zai Shuo Yi Ci Wo Ai Ni”), according to Yonhap News Agency. Cecilia is reportedly being paid 10 million yuan for her role. (Xinhua)

CF: ”Bladesman” Releases New Poster

Zhang Yuan has been quietly shooting a sequel to his Beijing Bastards, tentatively called “Youth”. The cast includes hot young actors, Duan Bowen (Law of Attraction), Lin Xinyun (Little Red Flowers, Dada’s Dance) and Lu Yu-Lai (Peacock).

Zhang Yuan (Sina)

The Warring States is no longer The Warring States (Sina)

The article from Chengdu notes: 1. Director Jin Chen, on the subversion of the classic Sun Bin (Sun Honglei), he says that there are only 180 words in the history book about Sun Bin, the rest is only speculation. Sun Bin was not a perfect person. Jin Chen decided that Sun Bin in real life was a silly character. 2. Sun Honglei’s portrayal has been accused of imitation Ge You in Let the Bullets Fly. Thus, his previous remarks about admitting to his poor performance. Sun Honglei has been suffering from kidney stones during the publicity tour for the film. 3. Francis Ng was asked why all his ‘northern’ i.e., mainland, films are lousy. Ng countered, did you think Wind Blast was bad? Maybe the choice of directors and cast did not meet the audience expectations. He only admits a horror movie was really bad. He dares not make anymore horror films. 4. 22 year-old Jing Tian’s prominence has viewers saying the film should be called “Jing Tian and The Story of Three Men”. It is suggested that her boyfriend, the son of a wealthy coal mine owner in Shanxi, has pressured the producers to highlight the actress. Jing Tian admitted as much saying she was unaware of it and apologized to the three male leads. However, she cleverly noted that actor Yu Shaoqun was an unknown among stars in Mei Lanfang/Forever Enthralled.

In addition, yesterday, rumours said that Sun Honglei and Francis Ng were given a 12 and 6 million yuan acting fee, respectively, by the boyfriend. (Sina)

New interpretations of a classic story

Sun Honglei (Sina)

Francis Ng, Sun Honglei and Jing Tian taped an appearance on the popular Hunan TV program Happy Camp earlier this month.

Happy Camp

Francis Ng, Jing Tian, Sun Honglei

(Sina)

Peter Chan is rushing to complete post-production in time for the Cannes Film Festival. Presenting it at Cannes leaves him two months less to work on the final cut. The rough cut has been finished but special effects, sound, etc is still incomplete.

Donnie Yen - Hidden

Tang Wei - Warm

Takeshi Kaneshiro - Secretive

Jimmy Wang Yu - Kill (Sina)

Liu Yifei

Louis Koo

The release of A Chinese Fairy Tale has been moved up 4 days to April 19. This announcement was made after the April 13 premiere in Beijing. Louis Koo’s rendition of the song “Dao” was recorded but ultimately deleted. (Sina)2

CF:”A Chinese Fairy Tale” to Hit Screen on Apr 22

Stills from The Detective 2 featuring Patrick Tam Yiu-Ming

Patrick Tam, Liu Kai-Chi

Shu Qi with Liu Ye’s son

Shu Qi went out to celebrate in Beijing after the premiere press conference for A Beautiful Life. Shu Qi’s birthday is April 16th so it was thought to be an early birthday party, too. Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and his wife, Ding Sheng, Tian Liang, Shawn Yue and others also attended.

Andrew Lau, Liu Ye and wife Anais Martane, Qin Hong (Stellar Media Group CEO) (Sina)(Sina-gallery)

Yoyo Mung and Ekin Cheng in Europe.

The article notes Yoyo’s double chin but Ekin’s not looking too sharp himself. Media speculation has Yoyo and Ekin getting secretly married.

Earlier this month, they celebrated Andrew Lau’s 51st birthday (Xinhua-gallery)2

CNNGo: Edison Chen: ‘I want to succeed’

MSN: Raymond Lam pleads for Pan Shuang Shuang to stop

“Mavis Pan should back off!”

Tavia Yeung Yi has joined the Mavis Pan Shuang Shuang-bashing, as the ugly drama of her photo sex scandal with Raymond escalates.

Online buzz indicate that the Raymond-Mavis saga has overshadowed Isabella Leong and Richard Li’s split under intense public scrutiny, not to mention the 30th Hong Kong Film Awards(HKFA) which will take place this Sunday, 17 April 2011.MSN: Charmaine Sheh rumoured to sign contract with Huayi Brothers

CNA: Taiwan b-list actress blows whistle on prostitution ring

According to a police officer, the authorities had discovered detailed records of the website’s transactions during their raid.

The records showed that ‘Zhang’ had a clientèle of over 30,000 men and women, including some prominent figures in business, politics and the entertainment industry. (Sina)

Newlywed Kelly Lin is reportedly 3 months pregnant according to Taiwan media reports. The couple reportedly bought a love nest recently in Taiwan.

Chinese food comes to China?

Panda Express eyes the mainland Chinese market, but are local palates ready for American Chinese food

CNNGo: Why do Chinese hate kung pao chicken (and foreigners love it)?

A plate of cultural difference lies behind one of China’s most popular dishes

December 8, 2010

December 8, 2010

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Michelle Yeoh to portray Aung San Suu Kyi on filmCNNGo

According to the Bangkok Post, the movie is titled “Dans la Lumiere” and will be directed by Luc Besson. A French production team is already wrapping up location shooting in Thailand, which will stand for Myanmar in the movie. (Thanks, Dave!)

Michelle Yeoh

Aung San Suu Kyi, Michelle Yeoh (Sina)2

THR: Abacus and Sword — Film Review (Japan)

In Asia, where accountants are often considered hotter dates than rock stars, many will find Yoshimitsu Morishita’s portrait of a book-keeping samurai who is lousy at kendo but brilliant at computation and penny-pinching is funny and endearing.

CRI: Barbie Hsu Joins ‘My Kingdom

In “My Kingdom”, Hsu joins Wu Chun (”14 Blades”) and Han Geng for a 1920s tale of two brothers’ quest for fame, love and revenge.

CRI: Xu Jinglei’s Look in ‘Eternal Moment

Twelve years ago, Xu Jinglei and Li Yapeng, who just graduated from university, starred in the trendy TV drama “Cherish Our Love Forever”, which won them fame and popularity. Zhang Yibai, director of the TV drama, assembled the original cast to make the movie sequel.

FBA: Nobody is early winner at China BO

Kevin Chu’s costume comedy Just Call Me Nobody made RMB60.9 million ($9.1 million) over the three-day weekend in China, keeping Chen Kaige’s Sacrifice off the top of the charts…Nobody stars Xiao as a cobbler who learns martial arts from Jacky Wu’s hermit. Zhao, also the major financier of the film, stars as a bandit who is also skilled in martial arts.

Kara Hui

Kara Hui Ying-Hung in costume as vilainous demon for Wilson Yip’s Chinese Ghost Story (HunanTV)

Carina Lau arriving for Let the Bullets Fly press conference in Beijing. (Dec.6)

A scar on her chin revealed

With Ge You

(HunanTV)(21cn)

MSN: Ekin Cheng plans to wed Yoyo Mung

MSN: Selina Jen rejoices as she sits on a wheelchair

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.

May 29, 2009

May 29, 2009


Ekin Cheng
Ekin Cheng is ready for the Dragon Boat Festival at Sai Kung

Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung
TVB artists Roger Kwok, Yoyo Mung (Ekin’s girlfriend) attend Shatin Dragon Boat Festival

‘If You Are the One’, the Most Bankable One
Top Chinese earner beats out Red Cliff


There are no losers at film festivals, says Thirst’s Park Chan-wook

Judge Shu Qi jaded to sex and violence

Edison
Sister, Tricia
Edison Chen back in Hong Kong

Screen idol Alan Tang linked to June 4 escape plot
John Shum and Anita Mui also named in “Operation Yellow Bird.”

Taipei Times: Pop Stop


I spy: Sylvia Chang shopping in Central with husband and son

Son Oscar was kidnapped in 2000 at age 9 by gangsters

Chinatown Shoplifting showdown caught on CCTV (Thanks, Brian!)

Shanghaiist: A lesson on subway etiquette: Pole-iteness counts!

China’s Susan Boyle

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