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September 20, 2013

My Lucky Star (Hollywood Reporter review)

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My Lucky Star

9/20/2013 by Frank Scheck

The Bottom Line
The luminous Zhang Ziyi is the saving grace of this overly silly and frenetic spy movie parody.

Recalling everything from the ‘60s-era Matt Helm and Flint spy spoofs to such modern-day variations as the Austin Powers series, the Chinese import My Lucky Star at least provides one element of originality by giving a female spin to the genre. This tale of a mild-mannered young woman who becomes involved in an international conspiracy by teaming up with a master spy has an engagingly frothy quality that makes it go down easy. But its overall familiarity should make it a hard sell for American audiences despite the luminous presence of Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) in the starring role.

The film, being released in North America day-and-date with China, is the first Chinese feature to be directed by an American woman, Dennie Gordon, whose previous credits include many TV series and the feature Joe Dirt.

Reprising the character she played in 2009’s successful Sophie Revenge, Zhang plays an unsuccessful comic book writer and illustrator who makes her living as a travel agent. Much of her day is spent drawing and daydreaming, her elaborate scenarios depicted onscreen via graphic panels and animated segments.

When she wins a trip to Singapore, her fantasies come to life as she meets the dashing secret agent David Yan (Leehom Wang, of Lust, Caution) who’s in pursuit of the “Lucky Star,” a diamond so large that it can apparently be used for destructive purposes. The villainous Charlize Wong (Terri Kwan) plans to use it to blow up Bermuda — the reasons for which, at least for this viewer, were lost in translation.

Sophie soon finds herself embroiled in a series of life-or-death situations, with her helpless bumbling often requiring her to be saved by the ever-resourceful David. Along the way, she attempts to help him in various ways that often exploit her considerable physical charms, most notably when she poses as a stripper to seduce a ruthless arms dealer.

Director Gordon stages the proceedings in glossily slick fashion, with the film benefiting from the visual allure of the two leads as well as such exotic locations as Hong Kong, Singapore and Macao’s Venetian Resort Hotel.

But with a running time of nearly two hours, the overall silliness wears thin rather quickly, and the reductive nature of Zhang’s lovestruck Sophie, who seems mostly interested in whether David is romantically interested in the female villain, doesn’t exactly make her a feminist ideal.

Opens Sept. 20 (China Lion)

Production: Bona International Film Group

Cast: Zhang Yiyi, Leehom Wang, Terri Kwan, Jack Kao, Zheng Kai, Yao Chen, Ruby Lin, Ada Choi

Director: Dennie Gordon

Screenwriters: Amy Snow, Chris Chow, Hai Huang, Yao Meng

Producers: Zhang Ziyi, Lucas Ling, Beaver Kwei, Second Chan, William Cheng

Executive producers: Yu Dong, Zhang Ziyi, Jeffrey Chan

Director of photography: Armando Salas

Editors: Zack Arnold, Ka-Fai Cheung

Production designer: Second Chan

Costume designer: Yi Tang

Composer: Nathan Wang

Not rated, 114 min.
THR

Related article: My Lucky Star: Slapstick rom-com fizzles (CNA)

September 18, 2013

My Lucky Star (Variety review)

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My Lucky Star
September 17, 2013

Zhang Ziyi and Wang Leehom co-star in an entertaining caper that doesn’t take one’s breath away in the romance department.

Maggie Lee

Touted as the first mainland Chinese film from an American female director, Dennie Gordon, and toplined by Zhang Ziyi as an accidental agent chasing after a rare diamond, “My Lucky Star” is wholesome, effortless entertainment that runs smoothly enough but seldom takes one’s breath away in the romance department. Slickly lining up a series of jet-setting hijinks, the film ladles out zany, self-mocking fun, but a hectic itinerary doesn’t give Zhang and co-star Wang Leehom much room to breathe, let alone fall passionately in love. Still, the pic’s perky spirit should generate healthy local biz; it bows Sept. 20 in the U.S.

Initially developed as a prequel to Eva Jin’s “Sophie’s Revenge” (2009), which Zhang produced and starred in, “My Lucky Star” retains little of that film’s spirit or backstory, aside from the heroine’s namesake and her two chatterbox friends Lily (Yao Chen) and Lucy (Ruby Lin). While Jin’s kooky, character-driven romantic comedy was a classic chick pic, “Star” is an adventure-driven caper that will appeal to a family audience, with its unabashedly fantastical plotting and character motivations. But without a strong supporting actress like Fan Bingbing, who gave a scene-stealing turn in “Sophie’s Revenge,” Zhang dominates the film, at times belaboring her role’s less convincing traits.

In a move to bring the glamorous Zhang down to the audience’s level, the film’s four screenwriters have reworked the role of Sophie, previously a feisty manga artist, into a humble telesales travel agent in Beijing. She’s routinely dressed down by her boss for daydreaming and dabbles in drawing cartoons as a hobby. In her doodles, she imagines herself as a hotshot spy rescued from an evil siren with a spider neck tattoo by a James Bond-like fellow agent.

When she wins a free vacation to Singapore, her travel companions Lily and Lucy stand her up at the last minute, giving her a chance to bump into David (Wang) outside the hotel and gate-crash his rooftop party. Not only is David the spitting image of Sophie’s cartoon hero, he is (gasp) an American secret agent on a mission to snag a diamond named “Lucky Star” by sabotaging a transaction between underworld dealer Li Wan (Morris Rong, grotesque) and arms dealer Mr. Gao (Jack Kao, manic).

Clueless and lovestruck, Sophie botches David’s operations at every turn, yet each blunder gives her an excuse to canoodle with the hunk. They team up with cyber-geek Bo (Ryan Zheng) to Hong Kong and Macau in pursuit of the diamond, and eventually the trio come face-to-face with Sophie’s nemesis Charlize (Terry Kwan, gleefully vampish), who has a black widow tattooed on her neck and a desire for world domination.

Whether flubbing a naughty-nurse floor show or slinking panther-like across a bar counter, Zhang displays sufficient comic verve to make the silly gags hit the sweet spot. But no matter how much she sweats at being klutzy-cute, her character’s naivete and romantic longing feel fabricated to win audience sympathy. It’s only when she bitchslaps Charlize or lashes out at her acid-tongued g.f. Xixi (Ada Choi) that she reverts to her more forceful persona, exuding the can-do spirit that Sophie is supposed to embody. (The high camp of Choi’s imperious, crazed Xixi adds some extra bite to the tame romance.)

A certified heartthrob in China, Taiwanese-American actor Wang throws himself into his stunts with manly gusto, but doesn’t let himself go in scenes meant to send up the genre. Hardly out of each other’s sight onscreen, he and Zhang click readily as comrades, but the action-oriented screenplay doesn’t encourage them to open up to each other or connect on an emotional level. There’s nary a sexual spark, even when they’re drifting across the Singapore night sky via parachute, or cuddling together in a getaway van filled with stuffed animals.

Longtime TV helmer Gordon skillfully sets a snappy yet even pace, effectively balancing verbal jokes and campy drama with purely physical stunts as the protags gallivant from one metropolis to another. While the Asian cities are fortunately lensed without kitschy exoticism, however, the locations and sets have no particularly striking visual style; the action sequences (choreographed by Wu Gang) are flashy but not showstopping. As with ”Sophie’s Revenge,” the narration is peppered with animated sequences, but these prove less magical than Jin’s own cartoon illustrations. Zhang’s colorful wardrobe reinforces her endearing eccentricity; other tech credits are pro.

The Chinese title translates as “Extraordinary Luck,” echoing the original moniker of “Sophie’s Revenge,” which means “Extraordinary Perfection.”

Reviewed at Saga Cinema, Solana Lifestyle Shopping Park, Beijing, Sept. 10, 2013. Running time: 113 MIN. Original title: “Feichang xingyun”

Production
(China) A China Lion Film Distribution (in U.S.)/Tianjin Bona Cultural Media Co., Huaxia Film Distribution Co. (in China) release of a Bona Film Group, Beijing Cheers! Cultural Investment Co. presentation of a My Lucky Star Prods. production in association with Wuxi Jinyuan Industry Investment & Development Group Co., Bona Entertainment Co. (International sales: Distribution Workshop, Hong Kong.) Produced by Zhang Ziyi, Ling Lucas, William Cheng, Second Chan, Ming Beaver Kwei. Executive producers, Yu Dong, Zhang Ziyi. Co-producer, Ryan Wong. Co-executive producers, Wang Lifeng, Jeffrey Chan, Lu Guoqiang.

Crew
Directed by Dennie Gordon. Screenplay, Amy Snow, Meng Yao, Sean Huang, Chris Chow, based on a the story by Ming Beaver Kwei, Gordon, Amy Snow. Camera (color, widescreen, HD), Armando Salas; editor, Zack Arnold; music, Nathan Wang; production designer, Second Chan; costume designer, Tang Yi; sound (Dolby Digital) Joe Huang; supervising sound editors/re-recording mixers, Joe Huang, Terry Tu; visual effects supervisor, Cui Weichuan; visual effects, Crystal CGI; action choreographer, Wu Gang; line producer, Eric Guan, Jonathan Lim; associate producers, Zhang Hao, Mi Zi; second unit camera, Nathan Wang.

With
Zhang Ziyi, Wang Leehom, Terri Kwan, Jack Kao, Ryan Zheng, Morris Rong, Ada Choi, Ruby Lin, Yao Chen, Max Zhang, Liu Hua. (Mandarin, English, Cantonese dialogue)
Variety

May 30, 2012

May 30, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review

An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.

CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups

… it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

CF: Release Date for “Nightmare” Announced

The production company for the upcoming thriller “Nightmare”, which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

CF: Character Posters of “Caught in the Web” Released

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes “Farewell to My Concubine,” has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.

The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and “flesh searches” in modern society.

A few of the character posters for “Caught in the Web”

Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

CF: Lu Chuan’s First Micro Film Releases Poster

Director Lu Chuan’s first micro film “The Way of the Heart” releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, “Exchange”, based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the ‘paperclip for a villa’ (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival’s director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted.

Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)

Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou

From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao’s directorial debut “To Our Past Youth” finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L’Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

April 19, 2012

April 19, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA:  East Meets West review

Parodistic, pop-culture romp finds director Jeff Lau on good but not consistent form.

CF: Guns N’ Roses” Premieres in Beijing

The theme song of the movie, “The Lost Season”, composed by Chinese rock star Cui Jian was also unveiled during the event.

CF: Wu Ershan Creates New Language for “Painted Skin 2″

CF: ”An Inaccurate Memoir” Premieres

Waise Lee in cameo appearance (Sina)

CF: First Poster of “Design of Death” Released

Simon Yam, Huang Bo (Sina)

CF: Zhang Ziyi Promotes Her New Film

Zhang Ziyi plays a student

(Sina)2

CF: Jiang Wen’s New Project to Begin Filming Later This Year

The movie is not a sequel to “Let the Bullets Fly”, as previous rumors had suggested. It has been said that Jiang’s latest project will have more female roles compared to his action comedy hit of 2010.

However, there will be obvious similarities in style, as Ma confirmed that, “The first draft has been written by Guo Junli, one of the main screenwriters for ‘Let the Bullets Fly.”

Francis Ng

Koni Lui, Francis Ng

Appearing at a shoe brand event in Sha Tin, Francis Ng revealed that he has joined the cast of “Once Upon a Time in Shanghai”/”The Last Tycoon” starring Chow Yun-Fat. TVB has accommodated him by delaying the start of filming the series Triumph in the Skies 2. (Sina-gallery)

CF: Ni Ni, Yang Mi are Stepping Up

Ni Ni in Jingle Ma’s “Best Actor”, Yang Mi to play Mulan  to be directed by Barbara Wong. (Sina)

Danny Pang’s “Fairy Tale Killer” opens May 11, starring Lau Ching-Wan and Wang Baoqiang

Lau Ching-Wan

Wang Baoqiang, Lau Ching-Wan (Sina)2

Poster for Yim Ho’s “Floating City” features Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young plays Aaron’s wife (Sina)2

FBA: Huayi boards Showbox’s Mr Go

The Showbox-backed Mr Go is the story of a Chinese girl and her baseball playing gorilla, who is recruited to play in the professional leagues in Korea. It features young Chinese actress Josie XU (Xu Jiao), who started her career in CJ7 (2008) and recently headlined in Starry Starry Night.

A courtroom drama, Christmas Rose stars Aaron Kwok and Xia Yu as lawyers fighting over the fate of a victim portrayed by Gwei Lun-mei.

It was also accidentally leaked that Andy Lau will make an appearance in the film.  (Sina)

Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok

Charlie Young

Aaron Kwok, Guei Lun-Mei

Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Wan Qian

Liu Kai-Chi, Qin Hailu, Guei Lun-Mei, Tsui Hark, Charlie Young, Aaron Kwok, Xia Yu

Aaron Kwok, Charlie Young (Sina-gallery)23

FBA: Anticipated films lock China dates

Wong Kar-Wai’s martial arts drama The Grandmasters will open on 18 Dec.

Jackie Chan, along with other cast members, will attend the Cannes International Film Festival this May.

He attributed this to film investors’ aversion to risk and the lack of perseverance among younger filmmakers and artistes.

“This gap in the Hong Kong film industry is very obvious both in front of [the camera] and behind the scenes.”

Miriam Yeung, said, “I am about to give birth, and this will be my last movie before I do so. Of course it’s better to go to the movies than staring at the monitor at home. Watching a movie with friends and popcorn is much better. I have many single friends who immediately have dates after watching this movie, you have to believe it.”

She added smilingly, “If you go a few more times I guarantee you will be a parent!”

Fan Bingbing attended the press conference as a guest. But do not be surprised if she is also cast in Iron Man 3.

MSN: Is Jaycee Chan romancing a 17-year-old?

Jaycee Chan, 29, was recently spotted leaving a club with a new beau called Nesha, who is believed to be a 17-year-old model of Paraguay descent.

A1: Actress Jun Ji-hyun ties the knot (CNA)

Taiwanese singer Wang Lee-hom is believed to have invited Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Chinese American girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, to his concert at the Bird’s Nest in Beijing last Saturday night

SGYahoo: Grandson of Shaw cinema mogul charged for sex with underaged callgirl

Howard is the grandson of Runme Shaw, co-founder of cinema operator Shaw Organisation.

SGYahoo: Who is the real Howard Shaw?

February 27, 2012

February 27, 2012 [HKMDB Daily News]

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CF: ’LOVE’ Performs well in North America

Doze NIU’s Love has turned out to be a strong performer off a narrow platform release in North America.

New posters and stills from Carol Lai’s “The Second Woman”

Shawn Yue

Shu Qi

(Sina-gallery)

Zhao Wei, producer Stanley Kwan, writer Li Qiang and author of the original story, novelist Xin Yiwu, met with the Bejing press to announce the casting of Mark Chao in the lead for Zhao Wei’s directorial debut film “Farewell To Our Past Youth”. Without revealing the name, Zhao Wei said another important role would be played by a pop idol leaving the audience in suspense.

Stanley Kwan

Zhao Wei

Li Qiang, Zhao Wei

Xin Yiwu (c) (Sina-gallery)

Zhang Ziyi, wearing Elie Saab, attended the Elton John Aids Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party

(Sina)

MSN: Cherrie Ying angry at Chinese actress for being third party

In a post published yesterday afternoon, Cherie wrote, “If any women still dare to send Mr Chan any weird text messages or photos, I will post your name and telephone number on my microblog! Did I make myself clear?”

The model’s microblog entry sparked speculations on her relationship problems with Aaron Kwok

December 9, 2011

December 9, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Sleepless Fashion review

Strained light comedy set in Beijing’s fashion/media world. FBA: Mr. & Mrs. Single review

Gentle office rom-com of sexual misunderstandings does the business.

As a whole, the movie never reaches very far down, and is at pains to stay within the genre’s conventions, but as a gentle rather than aggressively modern rom-com it’s an above-average ride for 100 minutes.

CF: “The Flowers of War” Screened in LA

The latest “Mou girl” was finally revealed to the public, in Los Angeles, at a press conference. Her name is Ni Ni. She is 23 years old and has the auspicious birthday of 8.8.1988. Contacted by reporters, Ni Ni was described by a university teacher as easy, outgoing and a good Latin dancer. She is a 2007 graduate of CUCN (Communication University of China Nanjing) in Gansu Province. Previous reports revealed that Ni Ni’s character has a sex scene with Christian Bale, probably edited down for the domestic release. Zhang’s daughter, Zhang Mo, a former student at Columbia University and NYU Film School, served as a translator for Christian Bale.

Ni Ni

Ni Ni, Zhang Yimou (Sina)2

CF: Standoff in Box Office War Over Top Spot in Peak Season

CF: Two-faced Louis Koo in “Romancing in Thin Air”

Louis Koo plays the role of a celebrity actor who by virtue of his romantic films, had won five Best Actor awards. But in his real life, his own relationships had been less successful. After one particularly bad blow, he hides out in Shangri-La to get back on his feet.

CF: ”Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate 3D” Trio

Still photos featuring actor Chen Kun, Guey Lunmei and Mavis Fan Li Yuchun, cast members in director Tsui Hark’s soon-to-be-released 3D costume action flick “Flying Swords of the Dragon Gate,” were released.

Li Yuchun, Guei Lun-Mei

Louis Fan Siu-Wong (Sina)2

According to a interview with Terence Chang, Zhang Ziyi has signed on for John Woo’s “Pacific Steamer” (lit. “Fatal Love”) Screenwriter is reported to be Wang Hui-Ling (”Lust, Caution”) and filming should begin in February. Louis Koo is said to be cast as her lover. Zhang Hanyu, Song Hye-Kyo and Chang Chen have been previously announced as cast.(Sina)(cn21)

Concept poster for “The Monkey King: Uproar in Heaven 3D”

First look at the Monkey King

Seven fairies (Sina)

Stills of Li Bingbing and Duan Yihong in “I Do” (also, vide “Yes, I Do”) now in post-production. The young couple, after a seven year relationship that began in college, breaks up over money issues. Sun Honglei also stars in the film directed by Sun Zhou.

(Sina)

Jordan Chan and Li Fei-er began shooting “Ghost Marriage” in Beijing today. Co-directed by Bosco Lam Chi-Ho, the thriller will be filmed in 3D. (Sina)

Jordan Chan recently guested at “White Vengeance” costar, Leon Lai’s, Hong Kong concert. (Sina)

Sammi Cheng and Connie Chan appeared at Hong Kong’s Harbour City to launch a Hong Kong Leukemia Foundation charity event. Connie has been a foundation ambassador for the past ten years.

(Sina)

Bona Film Group celebrated its first anniversary of being listed on the Nasdaq stock market. Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones and CEO Yu Dong were on hand for the ceremony. Zeta-Jones also praised “Flying Swords of Dragon Gate” after seeing a preview screening of the trailer on the Times Square LED screen.

Chen Kun, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Yu Dong

(Sina)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

“Screw you. You [the Hong Kong press] are full of crap,” he snapped.

In film-related news, a pirated copy of You Are the Apple of My Eye went viral online and received some 140,000 hits on YouTube within a couple of days before it was blocked on Sunday.

MSN: Kelly Chan confirms her second child is a boy

Kelly revealed that she is having a baby boy. The singer joked that she would call her son “xiao long bao (soup dumpling)”, because the baby would be born in the Year of the Dragon.

One of the highlights of the night included a tribute to Cheung’s godmother, the late Hong Kong comedienne Lydia Shum.

Ron Ng’s girlfriend Zhang Xinyu was recently suspected of uploading a photo of herself on the actor’s microblog at around 1am on Dec 7.

TVB senior executive Virginia Lok expressed that she understood that Ron’s microblog had been hacked.

November 3, 2011

November 3, 2011 [HKMDB Daily News]

FBA: Emperor backs Lo mystery starring Nicholas Tse

Emperor Motion Pictures from Hong Kong and China’s Le Vision Pictures are to co-produce the next film by acclaimed Hong Kong director Lo Chi-leung.

The $12 million film is an untitled murder-mystery produced by veteran producer-director Derek Yee.

THR:Hong Kong Star Nicholas Tse Boards Period Pic

FBA: 11 Flowers review

Involving snapshot of childhood set near the end of the Cultural Revolution.

FBA: Well Go acquires Seediq Bale

CRI: ’Flying Guillotines’ Team Meets the Media

Besides the previously announced actors Huang Xiaoming and Ethan Ruan, the director also presented Shawn Yue, Jing Boran, Zhou Yiwei, Pu Bajia and Li Yuchun.

(Sina-gallery)2

CF: ”The Sword Identity” Premieres on the Mainland

The film “The Sword Identity” tells the legendary story of a sabre coming out from a military camp, wanders from place to place, making ripples on the world of martial arts, before finally being recognized by orthodox denomination of martial arts .

The Patrick Leung-Corey Yuen martial arts-action film “Great Wudang” held a press conference in Hubei yesterday. The cast includes Vincent Zhao (Chiu Man-Cheuk), Louis Fan, Yang Mi and Dennis To (To Yuhang) and Xu Jiao. A summer 2012 release is planned.

Vincent Zhao

Yang Mi

Dennis To

Louis Fan

Vincent Zhao, Yang Mi

Yang Mi

(Sina-gallery)

Korean editon of poster for “West Wind” - from Charlie Young’s weibo

Gigi Leung in Xu Jinglei’s “Dear Enemy”

Producer Raymond Wong sees Karena Ng (Wu Qianyu) as a younger version of Charlie Young and hopes that she will develop into the next AngelaBaby.

Karena Ng - Magic to Win

Vincent Kok and Paw Hee-Ching guest in Wilson Yip’s “Magic to Win”

Paw Hee-Ching

Vincent Kok - volleyball coach

“Magic to Win” cast includes Loletta Lee and Yip Sai-Wing

Loretta Lee (Lee Lai-Chun ) and Yip Sai-Wing appear as husband and wife

(Sina) 234

As 2011 draws to a close, celebrities have made this the year of the showbiz wedding.

In terms of sumptuousness, [Coco] Lee and Rockowitz’s nuptials lead the field, with two days of celebrations that reportedly cost NT$600 million [US$19M]. The wedding was rated by the press as the most expensive to be held in Hong Kong.

Entertainment was provided by Grammy-winning musicians Bruno Mars, Alicia Keys and Ne-Yo, while the Shaw Brothers Film Studio, which, according to the Liberty Times, is normally not allowed to be rented out for private use, was turned into a playground for the rich and powerful.

MSN: Cammi Xie speaks up on romance with Edison Chen

The model’s relationship with singer Edison Chen was exposed after photos of the pair were leaked online

“I didn’t have sex with him! I’m only 16,” Cammi shouted.

CNA: Edison Chen admits to dating 16-year-old schoolgirl amidst new scandal

Even if the pair did have relations, Chen is in the clear as the legal age of sexual consent in Hong Kong is 16.

The 31-year-old actor said he only started seeing Tse after he broke up with girlfriend Vincy Yeung, whom he had dated since Yeung was 17.

In response to questions about whether there were even more salacious photos in her phone, Tse said, “No, the sexiest ones have already surfaced.”

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”.

June 6, 2011

June 6, 2011

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THR:  ScreenSingapore Rolls Out The Red Carpet With ‘The Devil Inside Me’

A1: Zhang Ziyi adds glitz to ScreenSingapore opening

Zhang Ziyi

Poster for My Kingdom

(Sina)

Two mirror-image concept posters for Gordon Chan’s Mural

Deng Chao, Betty Sun Li, Yan Ni and Collin Chou lead the cast (Sina)

Andrew Lau’s A Beautiful Life opens in Taiwan June 17.

Shu Qi, Liu Ye

Liu Ye, Shu Qi, Andrew Lau (Sina)

Chow Yun-Fat and wife arrived in Beijing to promote the upcoming Founding of a Party/Beginning of the Great Revival

(Sina)

Gillian Chung shows off her new short haircut in series of photos posted on Weibo

(Xinhua)

Cheer Chen is off to Africa for hunger and drought charity work

(Sina-slideshow)

Wong Jing: Nicholas Tse is a devoted lover (MSN)

Close friend and director Wong Jing speaks up on Nicholas Tse’s behalf and clarifies the rumours of a “third party” in Nicholas’s marriage

Cecilia death threatA1: Cecilia’s threatens to kill sons and herself

With the current divorce debacle surrounding Hong Kong celebrity couple; Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung, various sources claim that the actress had threatened to kill her two children and commit suicide

Nicholas & Cecilia KL show-off

It is reported that Cecilia would bring their two sons Lucas and Quintus to celebrate Father’s Day with Nicholas while they try to resolve their differences.

The Hong Kong Heavenly King avoided the topic on his betrothal amount to Lynn Xiong’s mother

Sina Weibo aims to take down Twitter with US version

June 3, 2011

June 3, 2011

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Variety: Juliets review

Three short films by three Taiwanese directors take the character of Shakespeare’s most famous heroine in different, equally post-feminist directions in “Juliets.”

Cecilia Cheung and Kwon Sang-Woo

Posted by Ceci’s manager from set of Repeat, I Love You (Xinhua)

Hiro Hayama in the upcoming thriller Mysterious Island

(Sina)

Takeshi Kaneshiro is part Sherlock Holmes, part House M.D. in Wu Xia. The actor reportedly suffered nightmares after filming the autopsy scenes.

(Sina)2

Poster for Coming Back (vide. Backstroke) starring Simon Yam

Produced by Gordon Chan and directed by 7th generation director Li Yuan, the picture opens this summer (Sina)

“The Piano in A Factory” starring Qin Hailu and Wang Qianyuan will dominate the tail end of this June with a thunderous nationwide release on June 30

Starring Wang Baoqiang, Tan Zhuo and He Jie, the film is about a man named Mr. Tree who lives in a village and can predict the future.

Zhang Ziyi attends a fashion show in Seoul, South Korea

Fendi CEO, Michael Burke

(Sina-gallery)

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop

CRI: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung to Divorce on June 6?

MSN: Nicholas Tse’s rumored divorce due to extramarital affair

MSN: Nicholas Tse and Cecilia Cheung discuss separation through text messages

Rumour has it that the pair has begun discussing the terms of their separation…through text messages. Nicholas’s rep EEG Groups is also reportedly preparing to announce the couple’s divorce soon.

“Stay together for the kids”

Nic’s EEG manager, Mani Fok was quoted as saying: “He is currently filming and many action scenes require his participation rather than using a stunt double. Earlier, Nic filmed a scene where he had to jump from an eight storey building. He did not tell EEG in advance about this stunt. I want him to focus his concentration first and not think any troubling thoughts.”

Mani indicated that after completing “The Viral Factor”, Nic will quickly film a mainland series.

Mani was confident that there was no third party in Nic and Cecilia’s relationship. “For a man who stays home aside from work, it’s very hard for him to keep a mistress.”

The model tells why she does not believe in pre-nuptial agreements

Sammi: “I will change for him!”

CF: Chen Kun and Guey Lun Mei Bite Each Other on “Elle Men”

Anthony Wong visits Montmartre. Anyone recognize the woman?

Studying French cuisine with chef

A young Louis Fan Siu-Wong with Chow Yun-Fat

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