Monday, June 29th, 2009
Coming to you today from the south garden of my mother’s palatial estate rather than the ol’ home office …
First Bites: LITTLE BIG SOLDIER … JACKIE GOES BACK IN TIME
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
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.
Review of WRITTEN BY: Wai Ka-Fai’s latest starring Lau Ching-Wan and Kelly Lin
SEXY PHOTOS GATE:
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
A 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.
Taipei Times Pop Stop: Shu Qi on marriage and motherhood, A-mei and more
New Straits Times entertainment round-up: Nic Tse; Frankie Lam and Kenix Kwok
GOLDEN MELODY AWARDS:
Stefanie Sun: Her thigh steals the thunder
Crowd Lu: Crowd winner
Awards Preview: Only the best
Zhong Yong-feng: The poet behind the music
Taipei Film Festival:
- Taipei film festival opens with Yang Yang
- Taipei opens new fest, new era
- Taipei Film Festival shines the spotlight on Berlin
- Changes to Taipei Awards stir controversy
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?’
STALKIN’ THE STARS:
- 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.
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.”
- Photos from the event courtesy Sina.com
- Cherie Chung to grace the cover of the July edition of Elle magazine. In the related article, she will share her anti-aging secrets. They will, no doubt, involve Reenex skin care products.
RELATED: Bossini press release
芝麻綠豆 (SESAME SEEDS AND MUNG BEANS):
Unique tribute to Michael Jackson by Columbian artist Anubis Vrussh (WARNING: Not safe for work)
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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.
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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.