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News Links: June 29th, 2009

South Garden

Coming to you today from the south garden of my mother’s palatial estate rather than the ol’ home office …

PRODUCTION NEWS:

Dante Lam to direct ‘Dragon Tiger Gate’ sequel

Focus Films launches Fight with ‘Fists’

Vincent Zhao Wenzhou to play Beggar Su in new Yuen Wo-Ping film

Zhang Yimou starts shooting Coen brothers remake

Photos: Production and set design for THE MESSAGE

First Bites: LITTLE BIG SOLDIER … JACKIE GOES BACK IN TIME

‘Biggest Loser’ comes to Asia

COMING SOON:

MULAN: Ancient heroine hits Shanghai Film Festival

FEATURES:

Charlene Choi:  THIS HALF IS GETTING HOTTER

MORE AH SA: Choi misses Twins’ Chung 

bc Magazine feature on writer/director James Yuen Sai-Sung:  A Sort Of Love

A New Calling: bc Magazine feature on Tats Lau Yee-Tat

Lights, camera… film school: Article on Hong Kong Baptist University’s Academy of Film

HK Standard on David Carradine and Shek Kin: Kung fu icons kicked

Asian Movies All Over the Map: New York Times on the New York Asian Film Festival

Best wishes for a hugely successful event.  One of these years, I’ve got to get myself out to New York City for the event.

MOVIE REVIEWS:

Review of WRITTEN BY: Wai Ka-Fai’s latest starring Lau Ching-Wan and Kelly Lin

bc Magazine reviews PLASTIC CITY

The Holllywood Reporter reviews the Mainland film PARK SHANGHAI

SEXY PHOTOS GATE:

Edison Chen not ready to return to showbiz

Edison Chen not ready for lead roles after scandal

For Edison, fans queue overnight

Gillian Chung avoids bumping into Edison while in KL

Gillian Chung’s secret to slimmer legs: Botox

I thought botox was used to make things look fuller not slimmer.  Anyway, there’s plenty of evidence out there to show that you shouldn’t be messing with the stuff.

Leon Jay Williams: His big Jump forward

Taiwanese actor replaced Edison Chen in JUMP

GENERAL NEWS:

China Film Association Names Best Chinese Films of 2008

Shek Kin Death PortraitA funeral was held for veteran HK actor Shek Kin on the evening of June 25th at the Hung Hom district’s Universal Funeral Parlour.  Among those in attendance were Connie Chan Bo-Chu, Nancy Sit Ka-Yin, Gordon Liu (Lau Ka-Fai), Ken Lo Wai-Kwong, Alan Tang Kwong-Wing, Wu Fung, Kenneth Tsang Kong and Ng Man-Tat.

The next morning, Shek was cremated.  His ashes were then buried next to those of his deceased wife at the Pok Fu Lam Christian Cemetery on Hong Kong Island.

Shek died of kidney failure on June 3rd.  He was 96 years old.

RELATED LINKS:

Taipei Times Pop Stop: Shu Qi on marriage and motherhood, A-mei and more

Carina Lau once rejected Tony Leung’s proposal

Nnadia Chan sued for failing to pay manager

New Straits Times entertainment round-up: Nic Tse; Frankie Lam and Kenix Kwok

Zhou Xun Breaks up with Stylist Boyfriend

RELATED: Flashback of Zhou Xun and Li Daqi’s Five Years in Love

Karen Mok back with Digital Album

RELATED LINKS:

Jackie Chan Promoted Patriotic Song in LA 

Grasshopper on being Cool Dad: Be the child’s idol!

‘Taking Woodstock’ to Screen in Woodstock

Chinese censors tinker with ‘Transformers’

China Web boycott called to mark filter debut

GOLDEN MELODY AWARDS:

Jay Chou, Eason Chan sweep Melody Awards

RELATED:  A list of winners at the 20th Golden Melody Awards

Eason Chan, Jay Chou win Mandarin pop music awards

Taitung aboriginal settlement boasts eight Golden Melody Awards

Jay Chow, Sandee Chen crowned at music awards

Stefanie Sun: Her thigh steals the thunder

Crowd Lu: Crowd winner

Jay Chou challenges the fairness of Golden Melody Awards

Awards Preview: Only the best

Zhong Yong-feng: The poet behind the music

BEYOND HK:

Taipei Film Festival:

Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai just friends

Fish Leong accepts marriage proposal

Stage collapses at Jerry Yan’s autograph session

Jacky Wu: I’m not retiring

Claire Kuo a former slave to debts

Taiwanese actor Ethan Ruan: My KISSES speak volumes

Maysian Lim (aka Masia One): I don’t want my kids asking: ‘Why is Mummy naked on a car?’ 

Xiang Yun finds warmth in family ties

STALKIN’ THE STARS:

Kelly Chen out on the town

  • Reportedly, Chen — whose child is due in August — is opting for natural childbirth because she does not want the scars that a C-section entails.
  • Yankees cap … I wonder if she can even name three players on the Yankees.  Oh well, at least it isn’t one of those pink hats. 

AROUND TOWN:

Maggie Siu Mei-Kei shows off her shoulders while at an event for Easy Pha-Max health care products

Lynn Xiong at an event for Rimodesio

Michelle Yeoh at an event for luxury moblie phone maker Vertu

Ruby Lin promotes Estee Lauder nail colour

Charlie Yeung Choi-Lei attends the opening of a Causeway Bay area restaurant

AD WATCH:

A press event formally unveiling Cherie Chung Chor-Hung’s ad campaign for Reenex skin care products was held on June 25th. Inevitably, Chung was asked if the campaign was the “first step in a comeback to the entertainment circle”.  Her response:

“I never said that I had left so how can there be a comeback?  All along, if a good brand had asked me to be their spokesperson, I would have done it.  Right now, I have no plans to get back into movies.  Although many directors have contacted me about it, at this moment, I want to be a part of the audience more than I want to be a part of the movie.  Right now, I’ve found happiness in my life.  I don’t need to be involved with life on the silver screen to get it.  Although it’s just a normal person’s lifestyle, it’s more than enough.”

RELATED LINKS:

Lin Chi-Ling and Lin Chi-Ling’s legs sell some shoes

Zhang Ziyi goes to New Zealand to shoot a jewelry ad

RELATED:  Zhang Ziyi Interprets ‘Precious Woman’ 

Bossini joins forces with Smiley World and Charlene Choi to promote the Bossini “Be Happy” clothing line

RELATED: Bossini press release

Landy Wen sells some lingerie

Vivian Hsu in her newest ad 

PHOTO GALLERYS:

Fan Bingbing Covers COSMO July Issue

Fan Bingbing Cherishes Memories of the Past

CULTURAL NEWS:

Hong Kong Disneyland to expand

TV staff rapped for June 4 footage

芝麻綠豆 (SESAME SEEDS AND MUNG BEANS): 

Jackson, Fawcett, McMahon: The “Celebrity Death Rule of Three”

Unique tribute to Michael Jackson by Columbian artist Anubis Vrussh (WARNING: Not safe for work)

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Miss Hong Kong Pageant 2009 Contestant #4 Sandy Lau Sin-Ting

Is it just me or does anyone else feel uninspired by this year’s 10 Miss Hong Kong finalists?  Are these really the ten best “jade babes” that the Hong Kong nation has to offer?  Makes me wonder if the Pageant is losing its lustre or if TVB just doesn’t have the pull that it once had.

If I were a rich tycoon’s heir, I’d have my sights set on #4 Sandy Lau Sin-Ting.  Did I say that out loud?  Uh, I mean if I had more than just a passing interest, I’d be cheering for Miss Lau.  There’s a little Jo Koo-quality to her looks that I find compelling.

Miss Hong Kong 2009 will be crowned on August 22nd, 2009.

RELATED LINKS:

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A quick thought on the Shek Kin item above.  I can’t remember how we got onto the subject but, one time, I had a long discussion with one of my pals about “death portraits”.  We couldn’t decide if the death portrait should be a photo of you in your prime or a recent photo.  Take, for instance, Shek Kin’s death portrait.  Being confronted with the picture of an old man may be disconcerting to those who remember him in their mind’s eye as the villain in ENTER THE DRAGON.  On the other hand, it may be disconcerting to family members to see a photo of a young man when they’re used to seeing the old man.

You see, it’s quite the mind-bending conundrum.

Yeah, it’s not all Patriots versus Steelers, Ronaldo versus Messi, STAR WARS versus STAR TREK, Peking Duck versus General Tso’s Chicken, Jo Koo versus Karena Lam talk at the ol’ home office.

By the way, the correct answers are: Patriots, Messi, STAR TREK, Peking Duck and, of course, Jo Koo.  Always, Jo Koo.  :-)

News Links: June 18th, 2009

Apologies for the recent lack of activity here on the ol’ blog.  My geomancer warned me not to post from June 11th to June 17th because of disturbances in the actuarial flow.  She said, ominously, that fire was the dominant force during that time so it wasn’t favourable to metal pigs born under the tiger hour.  Better just to lay low and not get burned …

OK, OK.  I’m a lazy, lazy man who decided to enjoy some warm summer evenings beneath the balcony of stars rather than in front of a computer screen.

There’s a backlog of production news that I hope to get at over the next few days.  In the meantime, here are some links:

PRODUCTION NEWS:

‘Bodyguards and Assassins’ Opens Shooting Base

RELATED: The media was invited to visit the set earlier this week

Stanley Kwan to shoot Chinese musical in Shanghai

Confucius Descendant Likes Chow Yun-Fat’s Portrayal

Stephen Chow:

Feng Xiaogang’s AFTERSHOCK:

Enlight ramps up production slate with Gordon Chan

Enlight spends $30 mil on 40 pics

SFG, Media Asia, Guoli form production partnership

Zhang Yimou’s ‘Guns’ in Line with ‘Blood Simple’

Popular Comedian Shows up in Zhang Yimou’s Filming Set

‘Bullets Fly’ with Ge You

Ciwen, Asian Union unveil German, Italian co-productions

US TV Looks to China for Value, Inspiration

COMING SOON:

STORM WARRIORS stills and videos

“Sophie’s Revenge” to be Released in August

Aaron Kwok, Hao Lei Promote ‘Silver Empire’

RELATED: Trailer courtesy CRI English

200 million Yuan Box Office Predicted for “Cyborg”

FEATURES:

Electric New Paper on TVB stars Nancy Wu and Kevin Cheng

Vic Chou’s DARK SIDE

Time Out London interviews John Woo

John Woo on a new mission: boosting Chinese films

Fistful of challenges: Malaysian filmmaker Michael Chuah Ghiap Hun will direct and star in Fist Of Dragon

Chinese Stories: Liz Shackleton on director Lou Ye

SEXY PHOTOS GATE:

Edison Chen complains about his manager

Edison Chen expands fashion business to Malaysia

Hollywood Reporter on Edison Chen’s CNN Interview

Gillian Chung: Edison’s apology came too late

BUSINESS/INDUSTRY NEWS:

Co-productions the way to go, China says

Six Asian film cos form Alliance

Golden Harvest buys Wu’s Chengtian

CreateHK launches for industry aid

HK Film Development Council to promote in three markets

Vanguard launches content fund

CAA signs director Lu Chuan (CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH/NANKING! NANKING! director)

SHANGHAI FILM FESTIVAL:

The Hollywood Reporter’s coverage of the Shanghai Film Festival

Shanghai shines as China film market continues to grow

Photos and video of female celebrities:

Male celebrities:

GENERAL NEWS:

Chinese star Jet Li ‘takes Singapore citizenship’

Kung Fu Star Jet Li Takes up Singapore Citizenship

Jet Li buys $20m bungalow

Jackie Chan to son: Don’t wish me “Happy Father’s Day!”

Isabella Leong:

Michael Hui Kwoon-Man to perform in Malaysia

Lin Chi-ling in financial difficulties?

Myolie Wu breaks up with Bosco Wong?

Actor Liu Ye Sets Wedding Date

CoCo Lee becomes first Chinese to sing at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Feng Xiaogang’s ’If You Are the One’ in Taiwan

Locarno Film Festival selects a dozen films from China 

HK Customs raids pirate computer cove

Taiwan:

Zoe Tay and Fann Wong faceoff after 14 years

MOVIE REVIEWS:

Taipei Times reviews:

Malaysia Star reviews BLOOD: THE LAST VAMPIRE

AD WATCH:

After being away from the entertainment circle for 18 years, 49 year-old Cherie Chung Chor-Hung is stepping back in with an ad for reenex skin care products.  Photos for the ad were released earlier this week.  A press event formally announcing the ad campaign will be held on June 25th.  Speculation abounds that Chung is raising money to complete a Bali resort project started by her late husband Mike Chu Ka-Ding and that a film comeback is still in the works.  Related Links:

Nick Cheung Ka-Fai and his wife Esther Kwan Wing-Ho shoot an ad for a bedding company

Despite being 8 months pregnant, Kelly Chen Wai-Lam shoots a mooncake ad

Li Bingbing Shoots Commercial in Rome

AROUND TOWN:

Lynn Xiong and Donnie Yen promote the Nokia N97

Gillian Chung promotes Veva cellphones in the Mainland

Miriam Yeung at an event for Seiko watches

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Karena Lam Ka-Yan and model Vanessa Yeung attend the opening of a Starbucks

Richie Ren and model Ana R. at event for Kiehl’s

Gaile Lok, Jennifer Tse Ting-Ting and beauty queen/actress Loretta Chow Mei-Yan promote Huggies diapers

RELATED: Gaile Lok and Jennifer Tse

STALKIN’ THE STARS:

In Shanghai, Zhang Ziyi goes clubbing ’til dawn

Cecilia Cheung pays Nic Tse a visit in Shanghai where Tse is working on BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS

Julian Cheung Chi-Lam and Anita Yuen Wing-Yi do some shopping

Kristy Yang and Coco — the girlfriend of Patrick Tse Yin — do some shopping at the IFC mall

SINA.COM SLIDESHOWS:

Faye Wong’s ads for Royal Wind hair care products

Kathy Chow Hoi-Mei does a photo spread for the June edition of “Chinese Art & Culture”

Li Bing-Bing and Carina Lau at an event for Gucci

“Naive and Stupid” Gillian Chung

Coco Lee

CULTURAL NEWS:

China hits Google over ‘pornographic’ content 

FOOD FOR PROCRASTINATION:

Yan Kay Kay: The Chick Versus Dick Babe

Cherie Chung Follow-up

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, East Weekly reported that a comeback was in the cards for retired actress Cherie Chung Chor-Hung because of some “financial difficulty”.  Here are some more details:

In 2004, Chung’s late husband Mike Chu Ka-Ding made an investment in a resort project located on Bali’s Lebih Beach.   Construction started that year but is still not complete because of various issues like bureaucratic delays (allegedly “payoffs”).   According to East Weekly, Chung and her husband sold their home on Shouson Hill Road in 2005 to get an extra HK$30 million to invest in the project.  Apparently, Chung is in danger of losing the entire investment if the project is not completed soon.  An East Weekly reporter dispatched to Bali noted that the resort was partly-finished and that no construction activity has taken place since 2008.

Reportedly, Chung is working to find additional investors for the project.   One other potential source of revenue is the entertainment circle.   East Weekly reports that Willie Chan Chi-Keung, Chung’s old manager, has repeatedly encouraged her to make a comeback.  According to friends close to Chung, she has not ruled out the idea and is strongly considering it now that she is in need of funds for her Bali investment.

Xinhua News Link

News Links: April Fool’s Day 2009

Happy April Fool’s Day!  Alas, there won’t be an April Fool’s Day joke from me today.  I was thinking of doing a fake story on EEG and Sexy Photos Gate.  Something like this …

EEG announces co-operation with Japanese porn studio.  First releases to be:

EEG-001: Former Teen Idol’s Scandalous AV Debut starring Gillian Chung

EEG-002: Sexy Accidental Public Exposure Tsimshatsui Edition starring Yumiko Cheng

… but you’re probably all tired of Sexy Photos Gate so I figured that I should devote my time and energy elsewhere.

Speaking of time and energy …

From the comments on News Links: March 27th, 2009

Sara Lee writes: You said that you didn’t have the time or inclination to chase down other sources for confirmation about the Gigi Leung story. I’m curious, what would you have done if you had the time and the inclination? Do you have connections of some sort?

First, I would have asked to speak to the fired flight attendant directly to ascertain the facts (date, names, flight number, etc.).  I would also ask for a copy of the photo.  Then, I would have put together a story then contacted Cathay Pacific and Gigi Leung’s management for a reaction.  After that, I would write a final version of the story and publish it.

MANI SPEAKS:

Xinhua ran an interview today with EEG’s Mani Fok Man-Hei. Known as the “Mother of Emperor”, she has managed the likes of Nic Tse, Joey Yung, Isabella Leong, Twins and Yumiko Cheng over the course of her 16 years with EEG. Excerpts from the interview:

On the inspiration for Twins:

“I have a twin sister. Our company signed Ah Gil first then we signed Ah Sa. I thought to myself: ‘why don’t we pair the two young girls together?’

In the beginning, we dressed them the same then we slowly began to dress them differently. The only thing that didn’t quite work was that their personalities were completely different. Ah Sa is a lively extrovert while Ah Gil in an introvert.”

On Gillian Chung:

“I treat my artistes like they were my own family. When they have problems, I treat them like my own. At the beginning, I told her that ‘he (Edison Chen) is not a person you should be involved with’. However, when a young person is in love, they don’t listen to anyone.”

“Ah Gil’s mistake was that she didn’t think of her bottom line. She should have remembered that she was a public figure. In the end, though, the person who made the biggest mistake was Edison Chen.”

On Gillian Chung’s comeback:

“In the past year, I’ve had Ah Gil study dancing, acting and gymnastics to prepare her for her comeback. The only thing we didn’t plan on was that Cecilia Cheung Pak-Chi would do her interview first. But, it doesn’t matter who was first and who was second.”

“Work is very hard for Ah Gil now because she’s been out for so long. She didn’t sleep much in the days before her comeback. I’ve been with her the whole time. It was very gratifying to see all the support she received at her events in the Mainland. Her attitude is to come back slowly. Besides, restoring her confidence she’s winning back her respect.”

On Isabella Leong:

“I’ve worked with more than 30 artistes and the only who’s walked away is Isabella Leong. Although she left, I feel that I’ve done right by her. When I was working as her manager, I feel that I did the job to the best of my ability.”

RETIRED ACTRESSES NEWS:

The latest edition of East Weekly suggests that retired actress Cherie Chung Chor-Hung is experiencing some financial difficulty and that a comeback to the entertainment circle is imminent.

Yammie Nam seen panhandling

Former TVB leading lady Yammie Nam Kit-Ying was spotted outside of a Shau Kei Wan Circle K convenience store on Monday morning. She was smoking and asking passersby for money. Nam, a popular actress for TVB in the 1980s and early-1990s, has a history of mental illness. 

SHINJUKU INCIDENT:

Derek Yee Tung-Sing: In the yakuza’s grip

Saving the world is still on Jackie Chan’s agenda

Not just any Hollywood role for Daniel Wu & Jackie Chan

Jackie Chan pitches his ‘different’ side in new movie

REPRINT: The Mirror’s (UK) review of SHINJUKU INCIDENT

IN PRODUCTION:

Hong Kong-Mainland producers announce “5510 Big Movie Plan”

Related Photo Gallery: Lee Lik-Chi, Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun among those who attended event

Photos from the IP MAN 2 press conference in Shanghai

A press conference was held yesterday in Shanghai formally announcing the production of IP MAN 2. Wilson Yip Wai-Shun returns as director while Sammo Hung Kam-Bo will, once again, handle the action. Donnie Yen, Xiong Dai-Lin, Fan Siu-Wong and Gordon Lam Ka-Tong will all reprise their characters. The sequel is set in late-1940s Hong Kong so the Bruce Lee character will not be appearing. 

John Woo’s Titanic runs aground

Production Stills: TREASURE HUNTER

Taiwanese stars Jay Chou and Lin Chi-Ling began work last week on their new film TREASURE HUNTER.  The time travel romantic/action/comedy is being directed by Chu Yen-Peng (KUNG FU DUNK) and co-stars Eric Tsang Chi-Wai.  Producers hope to have the film ready for the Christmas 2009 holiday movie season.

Confirmed: Chow Yun-fat plays Confucius

Related Photos: Chow Yun-Fat, Zhou Xun attend opening lens ceremony for their Confucius biopic at a Confucian temple in Beijing

Stranglehold Movie Apparently Won’t Star Chow Yun-Fat

‘Karate Kid’ redo retitled ‘Kung Fu Kid’

GENERAL NEWS:

Fans Pay Tribute to Leslie Cheung on Sixth Death Anniversary

Jackie Chan, Stephen Chow named Asia’s best selling actors & directors

Jackie Chan to sing in bird nest

Jet Li, Zhang Yimou Named “Chinese of World Influence”

Daniel Wu willing to sacrifice privacy for movies

Miriam Yeung: Miriam’s girl-next-door charm

Tang Wei: “Lust Caution” is history

ASHES OF TIME REDUX: Lovers and Fighters

HK pop star Kelvin Kwan released from police custody

Stefanie Sun’s new boyfriend exposed!

Rain confident of winning appeal 

SEXY PHOTOS GATE:

Eason Chan: Edison Chen missing Hong Kong badly

HKIFF: Edison Chen sex scandal sure to make Sniper a hit

Edison Chen ‘tests water’ with role as sex pervert

MOVIE REVIEWS:

Variety reviews Ann Hui’s latest NIGHT AND FOG (Simon Yam, Zhang Jingchu)

Variety review of Feng Xiaogang’s IF YOU ARE THE ONE (Ge You, Shu Qi)

California Chronicle reviews Oxide Pang’s BASIC LOVE

FEATURES:

Chow Yun-Fat Talks Dragonball Evolution

Chow Yun-Fat: DRAGONBALL’s Dirty Old Sifu

Jolin Tsai: Jolin talks about scandal and Mr Right

Super Band: ‘It’s really not about money’

PHOTO GALLERYS:

ASHES OF TIME REDUX event in Hong Kong

Director Alan Mak Siu-Fai marries

This past weekend, director Alan Mak Siu-Fai (INFERNAL AFFAIRS, LADY COP AND PAPA CROOK) married his longtime girlfriend Chung Wai-Tak. Reportedly, Mak met Chung, eleven years his junior, at an event five years ago. To celebrate the nuptials, a 20-table banquet was held at the Aberdeen Marina Club. Among the attendees were Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Shawn Yue Man-Lok, Michelle Ye and Jade Kwan Sum-Yin. 

Wong Jing and his latest “Jing Girl” Natalie Yao Meng

Following in a line that includes Chingmy Yau Suk-Ching and Kelly Lin, Natalie Yao Meng is Wong Jing’s latest “Jing Girl”.  Wong spotted Yao in Mainland director Huang Jianzhong’s SILVER ORNAMENTS and imported her to Hong Kong where she can now be admired in such films as THE VAMPIRE WHO ADMIRES ME and BEAUTY AND THE 7 BEASTS.  Yao can next be seen alongside Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, my other cousin Tony, Eason Chan, Alex Fong Lik-Sun, Kate Tsui and Wong Jing himself in I CORRUPT COPS.  The film opens in Hong Kong on April 23rd.

Shu Qi, Aloys Chen and Sylvia Chang shoot ad for Cartier

Related: Shu Qi, Syliva Chan promote Cartier

Cecilia Cheung shoots ad for a bedding company in Guangzhou

Michelle Reis Poses for Marie Claire

Tang Wei poses for Chinese edition of Vogue

Ada Choi Siu-Fan and hubby attend event promoting Moiselle

Promotional stills from the upcoming Mainland film WHEAT (Fan Bingbing, Wang Xueqi)

Jane Zhang debuts in Japan

A-Mei Chang performs in Taipei

 
 
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