Wednesday, July 8th, 2009
READERS, I CANNOT TELL A LIE …:
I’ve had to retire the “Because I’m Not On Twitter” sections of this blog because I’m actually now on Twitter. Don’t expect too much over there, I only joined to follow the Twitter feeds of the guys at PTI and The Sports Guy Bill Simmons. I didn’t realize until after I joined that I could actually follow them WITHOUT joining. Then, I started getting notices that people were following me on Twitter so I started feeling compelled to tweet. I think this is how people get sucked into quagmires. They all start off with simple aspirations that get increasingly complicated. You know, you start off just wanting to get your Dad’s approval, then that leads you to ignore the findings of the CIA, which leads you to invent an excuse to invade Iraq, which leads to …
It’s like the old woman who swallowed a fly, she had to swallow a spider to catch the fly, then she had to swallow a bird to catch the spider, then she swallowed a cat to catch the bird … what happened to her in the end? Oh that’s right, she died …
Here’s a picture of Jo Koo in a tank top to distract you from today’s grim blog post.
Sorry to start off this post on such a grim note but it seems we’ve been surrounded by death of late. From Shih Kien to David Carradine to Michael Jackson to Alexis Arguello to that Nanjing drunk driving accident last week to Steve McNair killed in a murder-suicide on the weekend to the riots in Xinjiang.
Speaking of the riots, I wonder if the Kozo Entertainment Group’s health plan covers treatment for post traumatic stress disorder because I think I may be getting PTSD from looking at the Chinese media coverage of the Nanjing drunk driving accident and the Xinjiang riots. Unlike the Western media, the Chinese media and news blogs have no compunction about showing graphic images with nary a warning. As a result, I saw some things in the past few days that I won’t be able to scrub from my mind any time soon.
When I had my own site a few years back, I caught a lot of heat for posting a link to a picture of Leslie Cheung’s body covered by a sheet next to a pool of blood. It was, admittedly, a mistake. I think this was karma’s way of getting back at me for it. The pictures of the Nanjing accident were especially grisly — the twisted, mangled corpses, the disemboweled pregnant lady … I initially thought some of those pictures were of the remnants of the smashed watermelon stand … if only … I’m normally not a proponent of capital punishment but, in this case, not only should this scumbag be shot, his next three incarnations should be summarily executed as well.
Ah well, that’s the price you have to pay when you’re scouring the Internet for news links. Sometimes curiosity gets the better of you and you click on a link you probably shouldn’t click on.
If only I was involved with a hot starlet who allowed me opportunities to hang around and eat roast pork with the likes of Dante Lam, Michelle Ye, Richie Ren and Leon Lai …
Uh, oh. Manny Kok — my Kozo Entertainment Group handler, uh, manager — is giving me the evil eye. I better shut up. Don’t want to get “frozen”.
Anyway, my point is that because I’m now on Twitter, I can no longer use “Because I’m Not On Twitter”. I’m changing it to “Sesame Seeds and Mung Beans” after the Chinese phrase “芝麻綠豆小事” or “small, inconsequential matters/things like sesame seeds and mung beans”.
The latest edition of “Sesame Seeds and Mung Beans” appears after the news links update which begins with …
Aaron Kwok: New role boosts acting credentials
Crime and Complexity: bc Magazine feature on MURDERER director Roy Chow Hin-Yeung
Others in the photos: co-star Janine Chang, the lovely Maggie Cheung Ho-Yi, Ekin Cheng with members of Grasshopper
In addition to stars Aaron Kwok, Janine Chang and Eddie Cheung, Ekin Cheng, Grasshopper, Wong Yau-Nam, Josie Ho, William So Wing-Hong and Leo Koo Gui-Gei attended
Date With Eason: The Sun Daily (Malaysia) on Eason Chan
Being Edison Chen: Bangkok Post feature on ol’ EDC
Mirror, Mirror …: bc Magazine feature on Wai Ka-Fai
A Filmmaker Finds Her Play Is the Thing: New York Times on Sylvia Chang
Dead Factory Blues: bc Magazine feature on Mainland director Jia Zhangke (24 CITY)
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Pop duo BY2 grateful for fans’ support, including leering older men who pester them
John Woo to make film about Flying Tigers:
- Associated Press: John Woo plans Flying Tigers movie
- Hollywood Reporter: John Woo, CFG uncage Tiger film
- Screen Daily: Woo set to direct Flying Tigers project in China
- CRI English: Woo to Direct China’s Biggest Budget Film
Behind the scenes: Bodyguards and Assassins
RELATED: Xinhua article
Opening lens ceremony held in Huangzhou for Feng Xiaogang’s new film AFTERSHOCK
RELATED: Sina.com Photo Gallery
TRACING SHADOW: Mental makes a big move
MOTHERLAND (Director: Doris Yeung; Cast: Francoise Yip Fong-Wah, Kenneth Tsang Kong):
New Film Release: MCDULL KUNG FU DING DONG
RELATED: Photos courtesy Sohu.com
New poster for SOPHIE’S REVENGE (Zhang Ziyi, Fan Bingbing)
FOUNDING OF A NATION: All star blockbuster “Jian Guo Da Ye” opens official web site
Rumours: Cecilia Cheung expecting again!
- Island of Greed bill rises as Andy Lau loses appeal
- Andy Lau to compensate $300k for damaging helicopter
OPINION: How the West can win in Asia
Review of MAGAZINE GAP ROAD (Jessey Meng, Elvis Tsui)
South Korea: 19% of Actresses Forced to Provide Sex for Career
Harlem Yu: Perfect romance only happens on reel
The ladies were among those who attended a charity event at a MTM skin care products store earlier this week.
Gillian Chung did an interview for HK Commercial Radio on July 7th in which she was coy about her relationship with Juno Mak. She does, however, plan on inviting him to see her upcoming play. Also, she did not hear the news about Cecilia Cheung’s supposed pregnancy but plans to contact her and wish her well.
Vivian Hsu was in Hong Kong last week to promote laser hair removal for Dermes
Kwan was a celebrity guest at a charity event for an education fund. HK$1.7 million was raised.
Jolin Tsai and a cyber version of Jolin Tsai shoot an ad
Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau: Celebrity Cheer for Launch of ‘Lan’ Jewelry
STALKIN’ THE STARS:
My cousin Tony met up with some friends on the night of July 4th. He, reportedly, celebrated his 47th birthday recently by having a quiet dinner at home with his wife Carina Lau Ka-Ling.
Michelle Ye (FIRE DRAGON, VENGEANCE)
芝麻綠豆 (SESAME SEEDS AND MUNG BEANS):
Image credit: Wong Jing’s Workshop Ltd. (Still from THE VAMPIRE WHO ADMIRES ME)