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March 2, 2011

March 2, 2011

FBA: Lau and Ip reunite for Sister Peach

AP: HK star Andy Lau channels China earnings to local films

Lau said he was barely spending any time in Hong Kong these days, instead busy belting out his hits for mainland fans and capitalizing on his stardom among entertainment-hungry Chinese audiences that accounted for a total box office of $1.55 billion last year. Lau has been the front man for most Chinese blockbusters in recent years, most recently a remake of the kung fu classic “Shaolin” and the fantasy-mystery “Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame.”

Ann Hui is one of the local directors who has sort of fallen by the wayside amid the rise of big-budget Chinese productions. She excels in Hong Kong-set family and domestic dramas that win critical acclaim, but struggles to find viewers on the mainland.

Latest poster for the J-10 film, now called Sky Fighters

As Lock Destination, last month

Whatever it’s called, it’s Huang Yi in a flight suit! Take that, Kelly McGillis. (Sina)2

Sky Fighters costar Li Guangjie and Huang Yi attend the Beijing premiere of Johnnie To/Wai Ka-Fai’s Don’t Go Breaking My Heart.

(Mar.2)

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Tony Ching Siu-Tung, Tsui Hark with Johnnie To, Wai Ka-Fai

Guests Huang Xiaolei, Zhang Guoli (center) (Sina)2

The Warring States starring Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-Sun and Francis Ng opens April 15, the official web site launch is today. (Sina)

Zhang Ziyi, Aaron Kwok

Appearing in Beijing with a “marriage certificate” Life is a Miracle announced a new Chinese title (lit. Favorites) for the Gu Changwei film openinng May 10.

(Sina)

New poster for diaster film Together starring Ni Dahong, Daniel Chan (Chen Xiaodong) and Li Feier

Ni Dahong, Yan Ran, Li Feier

Director Yan Ran has another film Sweet Journey being released at the same time

Zhang Hanyu and Yu Na star

(Sina)2

Chen Hong, wife of Chen Kaige, has a guest role in The Lost Bladesman.

She plays the wife of Alex Fong Chung-Sun’s character. (Sina)

Gao Yuanyuan poses for Darizi (Big Wedding Day) magazine (Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei in Dubai photo shoot for Voyage magazine

(Sina-slide show)

MSN: Lin Chi-ling: We’re more than friends

The Taiwanese model was talking about her relationship with businessman Qiu Shi Kai

Aiiya, check out the underarm stains! (Sina-slide show)

MSN: Dee Hsu tickles fans with bathroom photo

CNA: Isabella Leong’s former lover tycoon Richard Li breaks silence on split

November 30, 2010

November 30, 2010

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Poster for China Film Archives restrospective

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Ruan Lingyu, one of China’s most famous movie actresses, the China Film Archive and MOMA Broadway Cinema present a retrospective of her works. (Beijing) (Sina)

CRI: ’Sophie’s Revenge’ Director Gets Hollywood Deal

Jin Yimeng has signed with the Montecito Picture Company to make a film about a romance spanning the geographic distance between China and the United States…

FBA: Lao Wai (老外) (7/10)

Slight but charming cross-cultural romance that avoids all the usual pitfalls and cliches.

CRI: Still Photos of ‘Lover’s Discourse’ Released

Film producer Pang Ho-Cheung and his long-time colleagues, Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan, penned four love stories depicting how different people act when they are in love.

Showroom dummies

Karena Lam, Jacky Heung (March)

Kay Tse, Karena Lam, Jacky Cheung, William Chan Wai-Ting

Kay Tse On-Kei

Four cast members of the Jackie Chan-Frankie Chan Lady Generals of the Yang Family appearing at an event in Shanghai.

Cheng Pei-Pei

Liu Xiaoqing

Jin Qiao-Qiao

Yang Zitong, Cheng Pei-Pei, Liu Xiaoqing, Jin Qiao-Qiao

(Sina-slide show)

(Nov.29) Chow Yun-Fat answered questions at a Hong Kong press conference for Let the Bullets Fly. Longtime TV series costar Carol ‘Dodo’ Cheng MC’d the event attended by over 100 media members.

Chow Yun-Fat

Carol Cheng

Carol Cheng, Chow Yun-Fat and wife, Albert Yeung

(Sina-gallery)

Michelle Reis and the cast of Mr. and Mrs. Incredible attended a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Hong Kong.

Michelle Reis

Louis Koo, Sandra Ng, Michelle Reis, Peter Chan

(Sina-gallery)

Preview of January Harper’s Bazaar featuring Zhao Wei

(Xinhua)

Gillian Chung, Lucas Tse

Posted by Gillian on her weibo but later deleted since she didn’t have Cecilia’s permission and to protect Lucas’ exposure. Gillian was returning to Hong Kong and ran into Lucas at the airport.

(Xinhua)

Jo Koo (Jo Kuk) is getting married at the end of the year to her boyfriend of 12 months. (Sina)

Qin Hailu (The Piano in a Factory) is the latest Mainland actor to obtain a Hong Kong identity card reflecting her growing popularity.

(Sina)

MSN: Wakin Chau falls off stage, Karen Mok reveals bra at concert

September 22, 2010

September 22, 2010

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Late Autumn poster - Hyun Bin, Tang Wei (Xinhua)

The film has also broken new ground with its moon cakes tie in. After a limited edition of 3,000 boxes of hawthorn fruit moon cakes sold out, more were produced and are expected to create significant income for the Zhangs’ Beijing New Picture Film company.

“The Founding of a Republic” tops the best film nominees list for the 30th Hundred Flowers Awards.

Winners will be announced after a final round of voting during the 19th Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival scheduled from October 12 to 16 in Jiangyin, in eastern China’s Jiangsu Province.

The Island (formerly Adventure Island) opens Oct. 12 and stars Lam Suet, Huo Siyan and Liu Hua.

(Sina)2

Miriam Yeung helps launch new Nokia phone

Miriam has been exercising three hours a day preparing for her concerts and has lost 10 pounds in three months. (Sina-slide show)

Gong Mi is ready for the Mid-Autumn Festival

(Sina-slide show)

Zhao Wei performing in rehearsal for tonight’s CCTV Mid-Autumn Festival broadcast

(Sina-slide show)

SG: Gong Li’s “busty” seduction

HK actress Vivian Chow says no to kids

January 11, 2010

January 11, 2010

Zhou Xun’s elaborate headdress in Confucius (Sina)

CRI: The Spy Next Door Premieres in Los Angeles

Screen Daily: The Spy Next Door

Yunnan clay and Taishan residents don’t mix (Sina)

Filming of Jiang Wei’s ‘Let the Bullets Fly’ raises ire of residents

Raymond Wong, Sandra Ng

Louis Koo

Lynn Xiong

Cast of All’s Well Ends Well 2010 attended a promotion event yesterday (Xinhua)

CRI: Is Vicky Zhao Wei Pregnant?

Another boy for HK actress Cecilia Cheung

Acid attacker still out there

The supposed attacker turned out to be simply an illegal immigrant with a fake identity card.

Red-faced officers had to admit yesterday that the culprit behind the latest attack, which injured more than two dozen people, is still at large.

December 29, 2009

December 29, 2009

Karena Lam braves the cold for Don Quixote, which will be released in 3D (Sina)

AngelaBaby plays a country maid with a stutter in All’s Well Ends Well 2010

(Sina)

CRI: Zhao Wei’s ‘Blades’ Wedding

The latest still-shots from the upcoming Chinese movie “14 Blades” show beautifully dressed Qiao Hua, played by Zhao Wei, waiting for her groom Qinglong, played by Donnie Yen.

HK Film Archive looks at Eileen Chang and film

China finds likely tomb of 3rd century general Cao Cao

Simon Yam spotted having a tryst with an unknown girl

Simon, who is currently overseas, refuted the rumours and explained, “That girl is just someone who was supposed to pick me up. There were others as well, and the flowers they were holding were for me. The next time if someone picks me up, I will tell them not to bring flowers but fruits instead. These rumours are ridiculous!”

Former HK actress Cherie Chung to marry a Singaporean businessman

“Single life is great, but having someone to share your joy and sorrow with is a very blissful thing,” Chung said.

Who’s behind the Zhang Ziyi ‘black paint incident’?

Hong said in her blog update that people who think Murdoch orchestrated the whole thing are completely mistaken.

“As far as I know, the mastermind behind this incident does not have a husband. She is someone’s second mistress. But for a second mistress to be so brazen, she must be somebody. I suggest that entertainment reporters focus on finding out who she is,” Hong said in her update.

Charmaine Sheh is TVB’s top earner!

Garnering a total of 15 million viewers for her shows, Charmaine has officially become TVB’s highest earner for the year, triumphing Raymond Lam, who is in 2nd place and Michael Tse (otherwise known as “Laughing Gor”), who is in 3rd. Bernice Liu, who was in 3rd place last year, is no where to be found near the top.

Shanghai Daily: Cantopop king Alan Tam delves into jade

New Gillian Chung advert for TOUGH Jeansmith (Sina)

(on.cc)

Fan Bingbing wedding studio advert

(Xinhua)

Karen Mok

I spy: Karen Mok with a new boyfriend? Spotted shopping in Shanghai. (Xinhua)

Dec. 30 is the 6th anniversary of Anita Mui’s passing.(Sina)

December 4, 2009

December 4, 2009

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Jacky Cheung, Director Eric Tsang

House of 72 Tenants completed shooting and held a closing press conference at Shaw Studios (HunanTV)

Anita Yuen

Bernice Liu

Charmaine Sheh

Stephy Tang, Linda Chung

Wong Cho Lam

Raymond Lam

Fama

(Sina)

True Legend (Beggar So) First Stills Released slide show (26) (Sina)

Zhao Wei

(HunanTV)

Zhao Wei celebrates 6 day, 50M box office for Mulan, slide show (Sina)

Photos of Zhao Wei drinking wine seem to disprove pregnancy rumors.

Storm Warriors promotion tour: BeijingChengdu

Taipei Times; Pop Stop

While on the set of the film Hot Summer Days (全城熱戀), which is set to hit theaters in February, [Vivian] Hsu found a way to rid herself of the copious amounts of sushi she was forced to eat for her role as a love-struck heiress, reported Sina.com.

“I didn’t want to gain weight. So when the director stopped filming, I’d throw up the sushi,” she said.

AngelaBaby

AngelaBaby helps open a new store in Hong Kong mall (Sina)

Miriam Yeung promotes eyewear (Sina)

Jennifer Tse Tingting promotes jewelry in Hong Kong

(Sina)

Kelly Chen wears D+G in a dress rehearsal for Uni-Power (Universal Music) show (Sina)

Is Vicky Zhao Wei pregnant?

ESWN: Tiger Woods Meets Apple Daily

November 19, 2009

November 19, 2009

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New stills of Zhao Wei in Mulan released. A Nov.27 release is scheduled (HunanTV)

HD (Sina)

Kitty Zhang Yuqi - Jump

Zhang Yuqi stars in Stephen Fung’s story about a simple rural girl in the big city who loves to dance. The original story comes from Stephen Chow. (HunanTV) (Sina)

Nick Cheung is hoping to win a Golden Horse for Best Actor (Beast Stalker) (Sina)

Variety: Overheard

Quality casting down the line and a script that manages some characterization between its twists and turns make for an entertaining package that’s flawed only by a lack of sustained tension in the direction.

Variety: The Robbers

A pair of amoral thieves end up defending a tiny village they initially came to pilfer in “The Robbers,” a rambunctious black comedy in period duds that plays like a Chinese riff on “Seven Samurai.”

CRI: China Expects Most Crowded Spring Festival Film Season

“We will have a headache in February because the Valentine’s Day coincides with the Spring Festival (lunar new year) holiday,” He said. “There are too many films to manage.”

Cecilia Cheung previously suffered two miscarriages

Taiwan’s sexiest woman

Model-turned-actress Lin Chi-ling says reputation takes “a lot of maintenance”.

Fan Bingbing

(cri.cn)

Fan Bingbing magazine spread in HD (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu Beijing jewelry brand appearance in HD (Sina)

Zhang Jingchu GQ

(ChinaDaily)

Zhang Jingchu GQ launch in HD (Sina)

CRI: Michelle Yeoh’s New Role

“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” actress Michelle Yeoh raises awareness on road safety.

Andy Lau lookalike is a porn star

More than 400 Taiwanese artistes on tax man’s ‘wanted list’

November 13, 2009

November 13, 2009a

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Donnie Yen

Zhao Wei

Wu Zun

Qi Yuwu

Kate Tsui

New posters released at a recent Hong Kong press conference.

(cri.cn)

October 27, 2009

October 27, 2009

Francis Ng, a bounty killer?

Yu Nan, his partner

Four Marshals ( 四大名捕): two directors, one title, made famous by a martial arts novel written by Wen Rui’an .

Gordon Chan and Gao Qun Shu (co-director of The Message)  are contending for the use of the title 四大名捕. Gordon Chan has acquired adaptation rights to the wuxia novel and wants to make a costume martial arts (film?) series based on the novel. Gao Qun Shu has already been filming a modern tale in Gansu under the same title but the story is unrelated to the novel.

In Gao Qun Shu’s film, the story is about four police and a fugitive. Casting includes Duan Yihong, Ni Dahong, Wu Jing (replacing Wang Baoqiang, though rumors persist that he may be filming secretly), Zhang Li, Francis Ng ,Charlie Yeung (Francis’ girlfriend), Yu Nan,  (Xinhua) (2) (ifeng) HD slide show (4) (Sina.com) Francis and Yu Nan play world weary bounty killers who look to retire in Gansu after one last expedition. His favorite song is The Eagles’ Hotel California.


Xia Yu, a fugitive

Filming in Gansu

(Sina.com)

Director Billy Chung, Cherrie Ying (2nd left), Wang Zi (left) promote New Year’s action film Wu Lin Xiao Zhuan (lit.Martial Arts Comedy).

The film is a joint Mainland, Hong Kong, Taiwan venture. (Sina) (Xinhua)

Jaycee Chan

Zhao Wei

Mulan cast and crew become honorary citizens of Mulan’s hometown Shangqiu, Henan Province. The crew also donated movie props to the city. (Sina)

The Robbers (lit.Tang Dynasty Brothers)

A martial arts comedy starring Hu Jun and Jiang Wu opens November 20 kicks off the New Year early. It has been positively received at the Shanghai and Pusan International Film Festivals. (Sina)

Radish Warrior successfully opened the weekend with $8.7M at the box office (Sina)

Love At Seventh Sight (lit.Seven Days To Fall in Love With You)

Alfred Cheung’s romantic comedy opens Nov. 3 and features Mike He and Li Xiaolu (Sina)

CRI: Director Zhang Yimou Tells “Amazing Tales” in Color

The Message has surpassed $220M at that box office and the prequel is set to begin filming next summer. (Sina)

Chinese movie-makers keep faith with martial arts

The Chinese film industry is hoping a little more martial arts magic will woo international audiences over the next 12 months with two productions set to take familiar stories one step further.

First up comes the US$12 million (eight million euro) budgetedThe Storm Warriors, directed by Hong Kong-based twins Oxide and Danny Pang, and set to make its film industry premiere at next month’s American Film Market (http://www.ifta-online.org/) as they try to sell it to the world.

The film is taken from the wildly successful Hong Kong comic series Fung Wan (Wind and Cloud), by Ma Wing-shing, which also inspired the Andrew Lau-directed The Stormriders (1998).

That film starred Asian idols Aaron Kwok and Ekin Cheng, and raked in HK$42 million (3.6 million euros) from the local box office that year. It still ranks as Hong Kong cinema’s 12th all-time top earner.

The Pangs — who built an international reputation thanks to the success of horror film such as The Eye (2002) — say they have tried to reinvent the martial arts genre with their production, reuniting Kwok and Cheng and mixing live action and cutting-edge computer generated imagery.

They also claim the story should stand on its own and not be thought of as a sequel, even thought it features the same characters.

The same line is being taken by the people behind the US$29 million (19 million euro) budgeted Shaolin Temple - which shares the same name as the 1982 film that launched the career of martial arts star Jet Li, and is obviously set around the same legendary martial arts school.

The film is set to star box office draws Jackie Chan, Andy Lau and Nicolas Tse — alongside more than 1,000 monks from the temple.

The film starring Li took in 100 million yuan (9.7 million euros) in China and saw the Shaolin monks start to take their martial arts skills on international tours, a trend which continues today.

But director Benny Chan — who made the award-winning New Police Story (2004) with Chan — told Chinese media that while his production shares a number of things in common with Li’s film, he plans to move the story of the monastery forward from the seventh century to the early 20th century.

Shaolin Temple will have its fight scenes choreographed by Hong Kong’s Corey Yuen (Red Cliff, X-Men) and is set for an end-of-2010 release. (Independent.co.uk)[site flagged for trojan virus]

October 13, 2009

October 13, 2009

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Zhao Wei - 14 Blades (Sina.com)

Donnie Yen (cri.cn)

(Xinhuanet.com)

Tan Weiwei, Anya Wu - Chengdu, I Love You

Fruit Chan

Cui wants to bring hope with “Chengdu”

Hong Kong director Cui Jian hopes he can help bring a brighter future for the people who have been pained by the Sichuan earthquake with film “Chengdu, I Love You.”

Polaroid, the instant camera that transformed the photography market, is to make a comeback.

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