HKMDB Daily News

August 1, 2012

August 1, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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TimeOutHK: Lacuna

Lacuna, perhaps adhering to the conservative censorship standards in China, feels uncharacteristically tame and gratuitously sweet. Indeed, the nocturnal rom-com’s Category IIA rating in Hong Kong should ring all sorts of alarms for those looking for The Hangover, Beijing.

TimeOutHK: Pang Ho-Cheung

Pang Ho-cheung is returning to his controversial best with his latest showbiz satire, Vulgaria.

TimeOutHK: Sexy Shiga Lin

CF: Jackie Chan Brings “Rush Hour 4″ Back

CF: August One Studio: Shooting from a New Perspective

CF: Character Posters Released for ‘White Deer Plain’

CRI: Zhang Yimou Responds to Ad Scandal

Zhang Yimou to cooperate with railways film probe

(Sina)

GlobalTimes: Rail ministry under fire over 7m yuan film kickback

Shortly after an audit report showed the Ministry of Railways had spent 18.5 million yuan ($2.91 million) on a disappointing publicity short film, the public was shocked again to learn that a huge chunk of the investment might have been pocketed by ministry officials.

CF: Chinese Stars on the Torch Relay of London Olympics

July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Wu Dang review

Light action-adventure works OK as family fare but not much more than that.

FBA: The Four review

Standard, rather old-fashioned, martial arts mystery generates no real drama.

CF: Liu Ye Tames a Horse in his New Movie

“Sha Jie” features Liu Ye and former “Mou Girl” Ni Ni as a couple. They portray a love-hate relationship in the movie. [Directed by Zhang Jiarui ("Red River", "Distant Thunder")]

CF: Release Date Set for “The Bullets Vanished”

CF: Cecilia Cheung Photos Released for “The Lion Roars 2″

(Sina)

CF: ”Holding Love” Released New Stills of Yang Mi

“Holding Love”, the first co-starring of Yang Mi and her boyfriend Hawick Liu, one of the most popular star couples among teen Chinese audiences, will star in the same film for the first time.

CF: A Stockholm Complex in “The Lethal Hostage”

In the movie, a drug dealer portrayed by Sun Honglei, falls in love with his hostage (Wang Luodan) and decides to quit the business, that is, after one final deal.

CF: ”Let It Be” to Premiere on August 10

“Let it Be” is directed, written and stars Song Jinxiao along with Joan Chen and Taiwanese actor Van Fan.

Song plays a female poet can’t handle the pressures of modern life and escapes to an Arcadia-like village, where she meets an artist played by Van Fan. Chen portrays a consummate charmer who tries her best to seduce the artist with the result being an absurd love triangle.

Joan Chen

Song Jinxiao

CF: ”The King of the Streets” Premieres in Beijing

Actor-director Yue Song performed his kung fu skills at the event, winning applause from the audience. In the film, he plays opposite more than 10 top world boxers.

The film is about a boy who seeks revenge for the death of his parents who were killed eight years ago. He fights the local gangsters and finally achieves his goal.

Xu Zheng and Hui Siu-Hung butt heads when Xu Zheng meets his future father-in-law for the first time in ”Gao Ding Yue Fu Da Ren” (lit. Battle of Wits with Father-in-Law). Lin Peng plays the bride-to-be. Xu Zheng also acts as the film producer for the first time.

(Sina)

In “The Silent War,” Zhou will portray a spy, similar to her role in the 2009’s blockbuster “The Message”. The actress was highly praised by other members of the cast on the set, and she now has the reputation for being box office dynamite. In past six months, Zhou has released “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate”, “The Great Magician” and “Painted Skin: The Resurrection.” The upcoming project is exptected to take over the box office success of these three movies.

CF: John Woo: Chinese Films Don’t Have Real Blockbusters

Acclaimed director John Woo has recovered from the cancer and confirms that he has two projects in hand this year and next,

(Sina)

Rumour: Will Brigitte Lin return to film in Zhang Yimou’s next film, “Dragon Kiss”? That’s what insiders are saying about Zhang’s $100RMB budgeted film. Already, the director has said to have invited Angelina Jolie. When questioned at a recent fashion event, Brigitte Lin smiled and said, “Of course.” Yesterday, Brigitte made a low key appearance at the Hong Kong Book Fair sitting in on a lecture before leaving early as fans snapped photos. (Sina), 23

Brigitte Lin

Brigitte Lin with, friend and writer, Zhang Yihe


Mongolian director Wuershan’ s “Painted Skin: The Resurrection” collected an estimated $16.25 million over the past week for a three-week total of over $100.02 million, easily defending the championship of the boxoffice chart for a third straight week. Newly-released martial arts “The Four” debuted at number two at the weekly boxoffice chart in mainland China with an impressive $13.03 million over four days in release. Contemporary drama “Caught in the Web” dropped to third place in its second week of release, with $9.69 million boxoffice receipts.

During a news conference of his kung fu flick “Taichi” on July 17, producer Chen Guofu sent a message to all peers that they will face a tremendous failure for releasing their movies on the same date of his movie, which is September 28. But one person sneered at his bold announcement.

New poster for comedy “BMW Rhapsody” features Jordan Chan, Morris Rong (Rong Xiang) and Peng Bo.

The cast also includes Gong Xinliang and Kong Mei (the male Fan Bingbing).

Jordan Chan leads the film and plays a chauffeur named Liu Zili who dreams of having his own BMW car and accidentally gets involved in a series of crazy incidents. (CF)

Jordan Chan, Xiong Naijin

Morris Rong

Lee Kin-Yan (Sina)(CF)

Poster for Pang Ho-Cheung’s “Vulgaria”

Chapman To, Dada Chan (Chen Jing)

Dada Chan (Sina-gallery)

Hong Kong trailer for “The Silent War”

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

How does one turn around matrimonial money squabbles, jealousy and internal family conflicts? Divorce, if you are Cecilia Cheung and Nicholas Tse…Jay Chou, Stephen Fung, Shu Qi and more…

SGYahoo: Lynn Xiong hits out at abortion rumours

The witty star added: “When I find out who started this, I shall get Fahai (the evil monk in Tale of The White Snake) to deal with him.”

Despite sealing off the streets when filming, the singer’s image for his new movie was revealed in an online video

The singer who gave birth to baby Riley in March claims she has no time for more children

To avoid the paparazzi, the Heavenly King went all the way to make sure no photos of his daughter were taken

June 12, 2012

June 12, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: Guan Hu’s Latest All-Star Movie Releases Promotional Posters

Director Guan Hu’s  latest project “The Chief, The Actor, The Scounder [Scoundrel]” had recently finished its shooting schedule. Three promotional posters were released today. The movie features three of the Best Actors of Golden Horse Awards, Huang Bo, Liu Ye and Zhang Hanyu.

Stills from “Million Dollar Crocodile”

Guo Tao, Barbie Hsu

Guo Tao (Sina)

Trailer for “Million Dollar Crocodile” starring Barbie Hsu, Guo Tao and Lam Suet

Rumour has it that Zhang Yimou’s next film will be backed by Wanda Group, which recently purchased AMC Entertainment. Tentatively titled, “Dragon Kiss” (Chinese title), concert pianist Lang Lang and Angelina Jolie are expected to be invited to join the cast. Crosstalk comedian Guo Degang is also being invited. This is Zhang’s first film since splitting with long time producer Zhang Weiping.(Sina)

Sampling of posters for “Who in the Mirror” opening June 14

Chinese title is, “Don’t Look in the Mirror at Midnight”

(Sina-slideshow)

Jordan Chan, Cherrie Ying and Roy Cheung appearing at a fashion event in Macau recently

Cherrie Ying

Jordan Chan

Roy Cheung (Sina-slideshow)

CNA: Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi sues paper over sex claims

MSN: Miriam Yeung might be suffering from post-natal depression

MSN: Cecilia Cheung receives backlash for being overprotective

MSN: Is Barbie Hsu pregnant?

March 23, 2012

March 23, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Romancing in Thin Air review

Ambitious riff on Asian melodrama is diverting but lacks real emotional oxygen.

SCMP: Cutting it in Beijing - without selling out (Pang Ho-Cheung)

Rather than offering melodramatic high jinks and endless sequences showcasing Beijing’s hypermodern urban landscape - two things which litter mainland romantic comedies of the past few years - Love in the Buff is comparatively restrained, drawing its humour from the way the two Hongkongers consolidate themselves in Beijing through personal and professional relationships they establish there.

CF: Laughter Sounds the Same in Any Tongue (”Love in the Buff”)

CF: Cast and Crew of ‘Nightfall’ Celebrate in HK

CF: Film Masters Unveil Micro Movies at HKIFF

The four installments will be edited into one feature film entitled “Beautiful 2012″ and will be sent to this year’s Cannes International Film Festival.

CF: Scrutinizing Sixth Generation Directors

This year’s springtime will see the works of sixth generation Chinese film directors come to life on the nation’s cinema screens. From late April to May, “Design of Death” “Guns N ‘Roses”, “Full Circle” and “An Inaccurate Memoir”, all directed by sixth or seventh generation directors, are to be released in cinemas and examined by audiences and critics alike.

CF: ”The Zodiac Mystery” Scheduled for Release in Summer Holiday Slot

The suspense thriller “The Zodiac Mystery” finally passed censorship stages after a three-month-long review, which has reignited the interest of moviegoers.

Blood Stained Shoes premieres tonight before a national release on the 31st.

Daniel Chan plays Ruby Lin’s husband

Ruby Lin

“Mandarin ducks”

(Sina)23

Poster for “Witness” released at the HKIFF

Jack Kao plays a noodle shop owner who witnesses a hit-and-run accident one night (Sina)

Zhang Yimou, Zhang Weiping

Rumours are circulating through the weibo-sphere that director Zhang Yimou and long-time business partner producer Zhang Weiping are parting ways. The two either had a falling out due to Yimou’s recent marriage “scandal” or differences over money according to the speculation. During the promotions for “The Flowers of War” it was noted that they rarely appeared together and promoted the film separately. Their relationship has spanned over 23 years. (Sina)23

CNA: Cherrie Ying to set up “Anti-Third Party Club”?

MSN: Timmy Hung ties the knot

Bride and groom arriving!

Happy parents -  Joyce Godenzi, Sammo Hung

Jacky Cheung dropped off a gift before flying off to Shanghai for a concert

Patrick Tse and Deborah Li

Andy Lau

Jackie Chan

Yuen Biao and wife

Angie Chiu, Melvin Wong

Raymond Wong

Richard Ng and wife

Shi Nansun

David Chiang and wife

Law Ka-Ying, Liza Wang

Virginia Lok

Timmy Hung’s mother (right)

Albert Yeung

Bride and groom (and Sammo) (Sina)23

September 12, 2011

September 12, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

WSJ: Deanie Ip on ‘A Simple Life’ and Winning at Venice

HKStandard: Golden girl Deanie Ip takes best actress prize at Venice

Film director and producer Ng See-yuen said: “Her achievement not only gives her center stage at the top-tier film festival, it also raises the world’s awareness of Hong Kong’s film industry, especially for female actresses.”

FBA: People Mountain People Sea

Strikingly mounted, existential tale of revenge that’s let down by being over-elliptical.

Variety: People Mountain People Sea review[HKMDBNews-reprint]

A pitch-black tale of murder, corruption and almost every other conceivable form of human injustice is taken to its bleakest possible conclusions in “People Mountain People Sea.”

Cai Shangjun holds up Silver Lion

THR: 11 Flowers review

Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai evokes memories of provincial life prior to Mao’s death

FBA: The Sword Identity review

Original, lowkey satire of martial-arts codes that’s too academic for its own good

The Sword Identity director Xu Haofeng

The Sword Identity - Zhao Yuanyuan, Song Yang (Sina)

TimeOutHK: Treasure Hunt review

A milk powder TV commercial disguised as a feature-length adventure comedy, Wong Jing’s latest folly is so thoroughly mediocre that anyone other than its sponsors will struggle to sit through it.

Seizing on the ongoing world banking crisis to add spin to an otherwise ho-hum crime story, Hong Kong helmer Johnnie To finds greed to be the root of all evil in his patchy “Life Without Principle.” [HKMDBNews-reprint]

There are some good ideas knocking around in Hong Kong genre auteur Johnnie To’s multi-strand financial crisis dramedy- but they’re swamped by an inept script that keeps getting bogged down in details and forgetting the big dramatic picture. [HKMDBNews-reprint]

AP: Hong Kong director focuses on financial crisis

The movie is shot in a style that is partly serious, partly caper-comic — or, as To put it, “this film is a bit realistic but also fantasy

Toronto 2011: Christian Bale’s China movie previewed for buyers

Zhang Yimou’s Heroes of Nanking now retitled The Flowers of War

THR: Top U.S. Buyers Get First Glimpse of Christian Bale’s ‘The Flowers of War’

WSJ: Zhang Yimou Previews ‘The Flowers of War’ in Toronto

FBA: Buyers get taste of Zhang’s War

Too Much Heaven: Shaolin, My Kingdom, and Love In Space movie reviews (beyondasiaphilia)

Taiwanese epic film draws lukewarm reception from China

As Taiwanese enthusiastically flock to the cinema for “Seediq Bale,” the biggest blockbuster this summer, reactions to the film from China had been far more muted and critical ahead of its release earlier this week.

First poster for Dante Lam’s The Viral Factor, now in post-production

Stills featuring the Midlle East back drop

(Sina)

Deanie Ip and Ann Hui also accepted the Equal Opportunity Award at the close of the Venice Film Festival from Rosalba Veltri, Director General for Equality and Equal Opportunities. The prize goes to the work which best represents the official selection of a complaint or a message of hope with respect to the issue of discrimination, intolerance, inequality, social or gender. (Source) Andy Lau had rushed back to Hong Kong and missed the closing ceremony and awards announcements.

(Sina)

And the SIGNIS Prize, a Catholic humanitarian organization award (Sina)

CNNGo: World’s first Jackie Chan Museum to open in Shanghai

MSN: Cecilia Cheung and Lucas go on a secret holiday

MSN: Edison Chen’s girlfriend breaks up with him

Currently in New York, Edison also tried to build up a lovelorn image of himself by uploading a photo of the city with the words: “Lonely Street’s of NY (sic).”

CNNGo: To hell with tradition, Hong Kong mooncake marketing at a high

Hong Kong food anthropologist unfazed by Angry Birds taking over our Mid-Autumn Festival

December 15, 2010

December 15, 2010

Santa, are you reading?

Singapore-based company has unveiled a video jukebox dubbed ZiiEagle. While the product name provides little hint of its capability, the ZiiEagle is supposed to be a movie box preloaded with 668 Shaw Brothers Chinese films. The collection includes The Kingdom and the Beauty and One-Armed Swordsman, which should appeal to classic movie buffs, as well as retirees. Included in the package are also around 200 titles not released on DVDs and TV. (Cnet - Crave)

THR: China’s Gong Li Supports Film Ratings System

Maybe it should say “Singapore’s Gong Li” :D

James Hong talks acting, “Safe”

“As long as I have the talent and there’s a demand for the old Chinese man - whether he’s a philosopher, or a master, or an old-time restaurant owner, or a villain, or a so-called good guy - I will always be working,” he said.

James Hong

THR: ’Eleven Flowers’ to Bloom under Wang Xiaoshuai

Wang, 44, first caught the world’s eye with Berlin Silver Bear-winning Beijing Bicycle (2001) and most recently competed at Cannes with Chongqing Blues. Eleven tells the autobiographical story of four 10-year-old boys discovering the world of adults — and its violence and sexuality — at the end of China’s decade-long Cultural Revolution.

CRI: ’The Road Less Traveled’ to Hit Cinemas on Dec. 31

The movie tells the story of a van driver (Louis Koo) who kills a restaurant owner (Yin Xiaotian) in a car accident. When he finds out that Yin’s wife (Huang Yi) is pregnant and has to work hard to run her husband’s business, he decides to help her even though it may anger his girlfriend (Karen Mok). (Sina)

Well-cast but thinly scripted portmanteau drama with overlapping characters in separate stories.

Richie Ren in Lady Generals of the Yang Family

(Sina-gallery)

14 year-old Zhou Mengqiao is thought to be the latest of 13 ‘mou girls’ to be cast in Zhang Yimou’s 13 Women of Jinling (aka Nanjing). In recent weeks Zhang has been training and auditioning young girls to play in his latest production. Also, Zhang has been trying to cast a big name Hollywood name in the film. Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks were in the running, Hanks’ fee was reportedly half the film’s budget. The latest rumor is that Leonardo DiCaprio has agreed to appear but an official announcement is pending. (Sina)

Shu Qi isn’t afraid to post a picture of her grey hair, or ‘accumulated wisdom’ as she calls it

hu Qi blogged, ‘Fat’ is a word temporarily disappeared from her dictionary (Xinhua)

MSN: Faye Wong refuses to share stage with Nicholas Tse

The Chinese singer said she would not be attending the New Year’s Gala with her family.

January 15, 2010

January 15, 2010

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CRI: Zhang Yimou Eyes Another Suspense Comedy

Though its name is as yet unknown, it has been revealed that the new comedy will borrow a similar structure to the 2005 Oscar winner “Crash”, thereby telling the story of several unrelated characters, who become entangled in an unlikely event.

CRI: Jackie Chan Targets Kids with Low-Budget “Spy”

Biopic shows Confucius has new status in China

Hong Kong film development council to promote 3D movie making

Taipei Times capsule reviews

20th Century Boys: The Last Chapter - Our Flag

The final installment in this manga-sourced Japanese trilogy of kiddie-induced apocalyptic madness arrives in Taipei to a ready-made audience. Part 3 concentrates on the final stages of the attempt by doomsday cult leader Friend to destroy the world. His long-time opponents — a rock star and his female relative — attempt to frustrate him both within his organization and from the outside. It’s worth noting that this intriguing and sometimes disturbing mixture of cults, children, terrorism, pop music and religion could never have been made in the US.

Crazy Racer (瘋狂的賽車)

Frenetic Chinese action comedy involves a disgraced cyclist whom fate further mistreats by ensnaring him in a mish-mash of drug-running, spouse murder and even more nefarious activities. There’s action to spare and some innovative elements, too. Perfect for getting crazy on a brainless night out on the town. This is a follow-on of sorts from director Ning Hao’s (寧浩) Crazy Stone (瘋狂的石頭) in 2006.

The Warrior and the Wolf (狼災記)

Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang (田壯壯), who made the fine drama The Blue Kite (藍風箏), is a force to be reckoned with. Unfortunately, this strange, messy film may not enhance that reputation. Maggie Q (Die Hard 4.0) is a luckless widow, Japan’s Joe Odagiri (Air Doll, which also opens today) is a warrior and Taiwan’s Tou Chung-hua (庹宗華, from Lust, Caution) is a fallen general in this cosmopolitan action fantasy set thousands of years ago. The film offers two pieces of advice among the battles, rape sequences and pretty vistas: (1) Don’t fornicate with wolf-women and (2) Don’t assume eclectic Asian co-productions will make money.

CRI: Zhang Ziyi Sues Newspaper, Vivi Nevo Issues Statement

Zhang Ziyi strikes back at rumour mongers

Faye Wong’s comeback gets a little help from Botox

Faye’s back after five-year hiatus

Edison’s women slow to bounce back

Gigi Leung appearing at an art event (Xinhua) (15)

Zhang Yuqi at a shoe event (Xinhua) (11)(Sina)

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Jay Chou, Lin Chi-Ling, Monga, Elva Hsiao, et al.

Struggle aka Loan Sharks features Sam Lee, Eddie Cheung, shot in Malaysia

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 11, 2009

December 11, 2009

CRI: Descendant Says No to Commercial ‘Confucius’

“Hero” director targets youth with noodles

Internationally renowned director Zhang Yimou has changed his mode of operation in his latest film a bid to capture a dwindling cinema market – young people.

Check out Aaron’s tie

(Sina)

Storm Warriors - Taiwan premiere slide show (Sina)

Charlene Choi: Ekin finally treats her like a woman

Taipei Times: Pop Stop

Faye Wong

Faye Wong confirmed for CCTV Spring Gala. Hunan Satellite TV and Shenzhen Satellite TV had both invited her to perform for their shows but, finally, Faye accepted CCTV’s invitation. (cri.cn)

Zhou Xun, ‘I’m not pregnant’

Slide show with Miriam Yeung, Zhang Guoli, Daniel Wu, Raymond Wong, Johnnie To and FAMA at closing night of CineAsia 2009 (Sina)

Zhou Xun - Elle Magazine

Miao Pu attends a photo shoot for ‘In Style’ fashion magazine.


Vivian Chow was among the guests at Miramar Hotel for Cosmopolitan Anniversary Party Awards.

The article notes that her outfit’s shape was ‘hard to understand’. I agree, it looks like it was designed by MC Hammer, twenty years ago.(HunanTV) (Sina)

Nick Cheung, Sandra Ng, Joey Yung, Chan Wai-Ting, Jerry Lamb Slide show (Sina)


Miriam Yeung

Crystal frame with photo of  her husband

Miriam Yeung appearing in Hong Kong for Swarovski Crystal (HunanTV) Slide show (Sina)

Irene Wan

Irene Wan Pik-Ha attends opening ceremony for a skin care shop (Sina)

December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009

New Midnight Taxi poster released

The film stars Jordan Chan and Deng Ziyi and opens Dec. 22  (Sina)

Concept poster for the upcoming Alex Fong, Wang Baoqiang comedy Bright Future

(Sina)

Stephen Fung

Vivian Hsu

Vivian Hsu, Stephen Fung’s rumoured girlfriend, joined him at the Taipei premiere of Jump last night

(Xinhua)

CRI: New Release: A Simple Noodle Story

CRI: Zhang Yimou’s Next Hero - Hanks, Cruise or Pitt?

13 Women of Jinling (Nanjing)

CRI: Zhang Yimou Wins Case

Director Zhang will receive 450,000 yuan in compensation from Huang Xiaoyang and the Huaxia Publishing House for writing and publishing a book revealing his personal life without his consent.

CRI: The Casual Side of Song Jia

“Red Cliff” star Song Jia enjoys her beach time. The actress is working on a new romantic movie called “Once upon a Time in Tibet”

Loletta Lee

44 year-old Loletta Lee undergoes a face lift procedure for a 7-digit fee

(HunanTV)

Li Bingbing

Li Bingbing promotes green credit cards, cards that are bio-degradable. 2 billion credit cards were issued last year. (HunanTV)

Gillian Chung in Shanghai promoting Hong Kong brand Photo gallery (Sina)

(Sina)

Baby Lucas eating at Hong Kong Airport with mom is just learning to use chopsticks.

(Sina)

Edison’s backer?

A wealthy mainland mystery woman is reportedly behind Edison Chen’s five new mainland stores. Edison denies the financial backing is other than with his own funds (Xinhua)

Carina Lau turned 44 years young Dec 8.

(Sina)

THR: China closes file-sharing sites in latest crackdown

BTCHINA, VeryCD.com both down in move against piracy

US TV Note: Korean TV Dramas and Film Launch on MHz Worldview in January

The dramas, from YA Entertainment, include: The Grand Chef, I Love You, Someday, Alone In Love, and Freeze. Films include:Lover’s Concerto, My Beautiful Days, My Little Bride, Peppermint Candy, Singles and Turning Gate.

The programs, via MHz Worldview, will be available to nearly 27 million households across the country, in over half of the top-20 TV markets in the U.S. via broadcast and/or cable affiliates in: Chicago, IL- WYCC; Philadelphia, PA- MiND TV (WYBE); San Francisco, CA- KCSM; Stanford, CA- Stanford University Cable; Washington, DC- WNVC/MHz Networks; Tacoma-Seattle, WA- KBTC; Cleveland/Akron/Youngstown, PA- WNEO/WEAO; Minneapolis, MN- MPS Cable; St. Paul, MN- St. Paul Neighborhood Network; Miami, FL- WLRN; Denver, CO- KBDI; Orlando, FL- WCEU; Salt Lake City, UT- UEN statewide; Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, MI- WGVU/WGVK; New Orleans, LA- WLAE; Las Vegas, NV- VegasPBS; Richmond, VA- WCVE; Charleston, IL- WEIU; Moline (Quad Cities), IL- WQPT; Lansing, MI- LCC TV; Topeka, KS- KTWU; Flint, MI- WDCQ; Warrensburg, MO- KMOS; Austin-Rochester, MN- KSMQ and Charlottesville, VA- WHTJ. As well as nationally via DirecTV and WorldTV satellite (G-19).

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