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December 14, 2011

December 14, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Magic to Win review

Raymond Wong’s little inside joke

CF: Film “My Way” Promoted in Seoul

Fan Bingbing and South Korean actor Jang Dong-gun attend a press conference to promote the film “My Way” in Seoul, capital of South Korea, Dec. 13, 2011.

Fan Bingbing

In October, Huo Siyan wore the same dress to the Beijing Sleepwalker 3D premiere

Fan Bingbing, Jang Dong-gun at the premiere (cri-gallery)234

CF: Still Shots of “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Released

The makers of the upcoming martial arts blockbuster, “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D”, recently released a collection of still shots featuring the leading roles in the film.


And in-the-news Viann Zhang Xinyu attended the Beijing premiere of “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate 3D”. She plays a concubine in the film.

Li Yuchun, Chen Kun, Viann Zhang Xinyu

(Sina)

On to Guangzhou, Dec. 13

Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei

Sweet smile says the capion. Who’s to disagree? (Sina-gallery)

Close up look at a masked Louis Fan Siu-Wong

Li Yuchun

Zhou Xun

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Ni Ni in black and white at the Beijing premiere of “The Flowers of War” (Sina)

CF: ”City of Life and Death”: Best Foreign Language Film in LA

CRI: Book Marks the Making of ‘Flowers of War’

A press conference has been held in Beijing to promote the publishing of a book entitled “The Days We Have Together”, which consists of articles written by 91 members of the production team behind Zhang Yimou’s film “The Flowers of War”. [In English, I've read elsewhere.]

CRI: China Offers Its Own Digital IMAX System, DMAX

Twins will party down Christmas Eve at Harbour City for the Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation

Twins

They’ll be singing and dancing to countdown to Christmas (Sina)

NPR: And You Thought The Tiger Mother Was Tough

Wolf Dad, as he’s been nicknamed, wrote a book that was originally titled Beat Them Into Peking University. It was later changed to the not-quite-as-catchy So, Brothers and Sisters of Peking University.

SGYahoo: Gigi Lai is worth HK$4mil, for comeback

MSN: Aarif Lee’s driving license suspended

Aarif appeared calm during the trial, although he fumbled through his answers when he was questioned in court.

MSN: Ron Ng’s after-party lies exposed

Viann Zhang Xinyu (Source)

MSN: Xiao Bin Bin ties the knot in a lavish banquet

His two adorable sons, Xiao Xiao Bin and Mini Bin, doubled up as page boys and the family of four made their grand appearance on the red carpet together.

Faye Wong in Chengdu (Dec.9)

(Sina-slideshow)

See ewaffle’s: Faye Wong concert in Chengdu

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:

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