Tuesday, July 28th, 2009
Part two of the news links catch-up but first some reader interaction …
In the comments from News Links: July 27th, 2009,
Gleen Glenn writes:
What are your thoughts on Kelly Chen babygate? Did she fake the pregnancy? It’s someone else’s baby? Just nasty gossip?
When I first read the rumours about Kelly Chen’s pregnancy being an elaborate cover-up for a pregnancy caused by her brother Victor Chen, my initial reaction was: “What? Is this the 1950s? Would someone really bother to concoct such a complex scheme in an age where the term “baby daddy” has become firmly entrenched in the cultural lexicon? Do families still send their pregnant kids away to “distant relatives”? Do “rest homes” that cater to unwed single mothers still exist? Didn’t Richard Li and Isabella Leong just proudly celebrate the birth of an out-of-wedlock child?”
Then, I put aside my Western sensibilities and remembered that we’re talking about the shame-based Chinese culture where “young models” are a source of controversy for the Hong Kong Book Fair so, yeah, maybe someone would go to ridiculous lengths to cover-up a pregnancy. Like the earlier rumours about Ronald Cheng’s extra-curricular activities involving photos of Charlene Choi, these rumours are so absurd, you can’t possibly have formed them just out of your imagination. It’s like the Little Vito shower situation in the “Chasing It” episode of THE SOPRANOS, you don’t just dream up scenarios like that without some sort of real-life kernel inspiring it.
So, do I think the rumours are true? Not really. Some HK girls are alarmingly thin but otherwise healthy, like my 89-pound cousin Agatha, so it’s not like Kelly Chen’s slight weight gain is out of the norm for HK women. However, I wouldn’t be at all surprised if it turned out, years later, that the rumours were true (see one Bobby Darin).
I can’t believe that I just spent time breaking that down …
Onto some links …
BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS:
After 112 days of shooting, principal photography of BODYGUARDS AND ASSASSINS wrapped on the weekend. Among those present was Michelle Reis who has a small part playing a woman who has a “profound effect on Leon Lai’s ‘beggar’ character”.
This film look likes it’ll be dynamite but, with such a star-studded cast, they couldn’t make room for Jean Claude Van Damme? I can understand not wanting Steven Seagal (since he looks like he weighs 300 pounds and has less mobility than Zhang Fei in DYNASTY WARRIORS 4) but no love for The Muscles From Brussels?
One more comment, a project like this is what Jackie Chan should be doing instead of KUNG FU KID.
Lee Byung Hyun (Korean actor who has a role in G.I. JOE: RISE OF THE COBRA): You can’t see his face on the posters
More photos courtesy Xinhua (Gotta love that dress on Pace Wu)
Donnie Yen celebrated his 46th birthday on July 27th with a party at a HK nightclub. Among the attendees were his real-life wife Cissy Wang, his on-screen wife Lynn Xiong, producer Raymond Wong, Andrew Lin Hoi, Vincent Kuk Tak-Chiu, Cheung Tat-Ming and Leon Lai.
Jessica Hsuan, Kate Tsui, Amanda Strang and Ivan Ho Sau-San attended a press conference on Monday for their new TVB documentary series 《活着》 (trans. LIVING). For the series, the artistes will visit Ethiopa, Kenya and Sawarak among other locales.
- Photos courtesy Xinhua
- I wish I was the meat in a Jessica Hsuan, Kate Tsui sandwich — that Ivan Ho is one lucky bastard.
- I almost want to join Facebook just so I could be Jessica Hsuan’s friend.
HK Standard: New Bruce Lee flick to focus on his life and loves
Associated Press: Bruce Lee’s siblings authorize Chinese biopics
Variety: Bruce Lee museum, biopic unveiled
New York Times: Design Competition for Bruce Lee Museum
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Best wishes to Shing Fui-On who, according to reports in HK papers, has suffered a recurrence of the nasopharyngeal cancer that he battled in 2004. Incidentally, this is the same kind of cancer for which I received treatment.