Friday, July 25, 2014

[2014.07.26] CHRISSIE CHAU "RECOVERS" WITH EKIN CHENG ROMANCE

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Dior Cheng Yi Kin and Chrissie Chau Sau Na appeared on Cable's Film Montage program and talked about the joy and pain of their new film BREAK UP 100 (FUN SAU 100 CHI). Playing a couple already in their first collaboration, they agreed that they were very nervous before. They even said that before the shoot they already admired each other very much. Ekin called Sister Na "sexy goddess" while Sister Na praised Ekin was her "god". She even pointed out that Ekin radiated a heroic aura from the back. "Ekin in A MAN CALLED HERO (JUNG WA YING HUNG) and YOUNG AND DANGEROUS (GOO WAT JAI) truly was too memorable. Every time I only had to look at his back and my mind would be filled with pictures of him fighting bad guys."

This time their new pairing was very fresh. Ekin said that it was completely due to director Lawrence Cheng Tan Shui's daring attempt. Sister Na also admitted that Brother Tan during negotiation talked her into the film. "Brother Tan said that this time he didn't want me to be sexy but to act, so as soon as I heard I was already very tempted. Coincidentally at the time I was already single, he said that he wanted to find a handsome guy to be with me. I happily nodded. He asked me if Cheng Yi Kin would work. I immediately said, 'Yes! Yes! Yes!'" In the film Ekin and Sister Na played a couple that maintained their relationship by breaking up. The story made them think about love. Ekin said, "In a romantic relationship, how deeply the two love is truly very important. At the start love overwhelms everyone, when they run into any problem or difficulty they are willing to accommodate and tolerate. When they feel that they don't love each other, everything feels like a bother." Sister Na felt that no one should feel the other party should give, actually only because the other party still deeply loves you that he or she is willing to yield and tolerate.

[2014.07.26] CHOW YUN FAT INJURES HIMSELF ON A DURIAN SPIKE

Chow Yun Fat's injury does not dampen his spirit
Dangers abound on the durian vehicle
Fat Soh is concerned about Fat Gor's injury
Both Best Actors do not mind taking a seat on the ground
Ka Fai and Fat Gor are held at knife point
Chow Yun Fat takes a selfie with Poyd
Poyd jumps at the chance to work with two Best Actors
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Next year's Lunar New Year blockbuster FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 (DOH SING FUNG WON 2) is heating up in production. Lately the firepower has been focused in Thailand as many major scenes were shot. When two Best Actors Chow Yun Fat and Nick Cheung Ka Fai crossed paths, sparks flew as their performance was professional. Earlier during the chase scene shoot, Fat Gor was too focused to notice that his hand was injured.

In the story Fat Gor had to chase down Cheung Ka Fai, who hid a criminal organization's accounting books. Ka Fai escaped to Thailand with his daughter Angela Wang Shiling. In an underground gambling parlor, Ka Fai and the parlor host Poyd had a dispute and was held at knife point with Fat Gor by a dozen or so thugs. Ka Fai's daughter was taken away. In order to save her, Ka Fai and Fat Gor jumped on a durian filled vehicle. Because in the story they had to shoo away bees on the moving vehicle, Fat Gor during the performance hit a durian spike. His left thumb and index finger bled, but the wounds after treatment were fine! Fat Gor also did not pay any attention to the injury, as he chatted and laughed with the team and the visiting Bona film company boss Yu Dong.

Although Ka Fai did not hit any spike, he still had "a date" with durian. Producer Andrew Lau Wai Keung wanted to put a durian under Ka Fai's hip. Seeing the durian was right under "Little Ka Fai", Ka Fai could not help but joke with Lau Wai Keung, "Be careful, if you break it and it leaks, can you afford the compensation!"

Although the shoot has been filled with danger, it was finally completed smoothly and the progress was ideal. The team was able to take two days off. Thus when the team finished the final shoot of the day, they happily posed for a group photo. Best Actors Fat Gor and Ka Fai did not want to steal the spotlight from each other and declined to sit in the middle. After some struggling Fat Gor decided to sit on the ground and Ka Fai sat right by his side. Ka Fai said that working with Fat Gor has been very stressful. He had difficulty sleeping almost every night. Thus after the shoot he must properly sleep. The team next week will continue to shoot in Phattaya.

One of the FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 "guest stars" was Thai transvestite Poyd. Her addition was completely due to her THE WHITE STORM (SO DUK)'s co-star Cheung Ka Fai. Ka Fai said, "Director Wong Jing originally wanted Miss Thailand for this character, but I felt Poyd would be even more suitable. So I made the suggestion to Wong Jing." Poyd did not disappoint Ka Fai as her performance pleased the team. Fat Gor also chatted and laughed with Poyd. When Poyd finished her scenes and was about to leave, Fat Gor who has always taken care of the younger folks asked Poyd to come over and chat with the press. Poyd praised Fat Gor, "You are handsome guy!" Fat Gor humorously replied, "I don't live in Sun Gai (the New Territories)!" The nonsense answer cracked up everyone! Fat Gor's humor also affected Ka Fai. When Ka Fai was asked about the reason that he recommended Poyd, he joked, "I tried her out for the entire film, since I felt she was good of course I had to benefit the elder!" Fat Gor joked, "Then next time we can ask Mrs. Chow to give it a try!"

With such a strong cast, Poyd stated that she really wanted to take the role. For this chance she turned down jobs to accommodate the shoot. After the shoot she rushed back to Hong Kong to continue her other jobs.

Although Cheung Ka Fai was working in Thailand, he would still pay attention to his directing debut HUNGRY GHOST RITUALS (YU LAN SUN GUNG)'s box office even if he was busier. He said about the film passing the HK$10 million mark at the box office, "Lau Sum Yau (Annie Liu) did very well, of course I am happy to have such a good response." Despite the good box office performance, the always demanding of himself Ka Fai still felt that something was lacking and would have "take two"! He said, "I thought about what else was lacking and felt that I had room for improvement, so I have decided to make another horror film."

Ka Fai stated that because HUNGRY could not be released in the Mainland, he did not take a director salary. Luckily the cast helped and was willing to take a discount on their salaries, the film was shot successfully. Thus he hoped "take two" would be even better and felt that the new film will have even more room for development.

The film FROM VEGAS TO MACAU 2 shot many location scenes in Thailand. Coincidentally the Louis Koo Tin Lok starred SPL II (SAT POR LONG II) was also heating up in production in Thailand. Since "compatriots" were in Thailand, earlier the teams met for dinner so Cheung Ka Fai who has worked with Koo Tin Lok did not have to go back and forth. That night Koo Tin Lok, Chow Yun Fat and his wife, Cheung Ka Fai, Wong Jing, Lau Wai Keung and FROM 2 investor Bona chief Yu Dong attended!

[2014.07.26] FORMER BOSS LEON LAI GIVES JANICE MAN A GOLDEN QUOTE

Janice Man with rumored boyfriend Harris Chan
Leon Lai's smiling advice shatters any dispute rumor
Melvin Wong and son Wesley Wong
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Janice Man
Rumored boyfriend Nicholas Tse tells JM to make more good movies
Former boss Leon Lai gives JM a golden quote and tells her to keep working hard
Candy Yu and Janice Man's mother give kisses
Paco Wong presents a pearl necklace to Janice Man
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Janice Man Wing Shan yesterday officially joined Sun Entertainment and held a contract signing ceremony at the Peninsula Hotel. She was dressed in red like a soon to be bride. Aside from her real and fake Mommy Shirley and Candy Yu On On who were in attendance, the company also presented her with the "Best of the Best" pearl necklace. Her former boss Leon Lai Ming also sent a video to cheer her on, as well Best Actors Anthony Wong Chau Sun, Francis Ng Chun Yu, Nick Cheung Ka Fai, Aaron Kwok Fu Sing, her rumored boyfriend Nicholas Tse Ting Fung, Julian Cheung Chi Lam and Louis Koo Tin Lok. She was so moved that she choked up.

Janice Man and new company executive Paco Wong placed their hands on an electronic screen to represent their signatures. Later several Best Actors and elders' videos of congratulation were shown. Former boss Leon's video was saved for the end. He said, "Everyone has a new page, JM work hard, let's go! I am going to work!" After watching Leon's video, JM got choked. "I never thought that Leon would make a video, I thank him very much for cultivating me for so long. What a great quote 'everyone has a new page'. I thank Paco for his support, joining Sun Entertainment is my life's turning point. I will work hard, I hope that in the future my career will have even greater development, particularly in film." JM's on screen mother Yu On ON, elder Melvin Wong Kam Sun and son Wesley Wong Hoi Kit, Kam Kwok Leung and another JM's rumored boyfriend Harris Chan Pak Hei attended and congratulated her. Friends who were unable to attend sent floral arrangements.

Determined to develop in film, she revealed that she has been talking to directors about characters to see which ones would be suitable for her. She has already confirmed one film that will start production next year because this year she still has one more release with HELIOS (CHET DOH). Has the new company promised her a number of films? She only said that she had confidence in the company. Because the company has invested in many films, she should have a part. She said, "Starting today, I want to learn about and work in anything and everything. I expect that it won't be comfortable. (Will you sing?) I am not confident about singing, first I want to act well because I feel that I still have a lot of space for development in film. (Who would you like to work with?) Anyone, earlier I mostly worked with elders, I want to work with new comers too." Has the company promised to make her a lead actress and Best Actress? She did not directly reply, only saying that with the right script she will work. With her successful career, would having a boyfriend be even more perfect? She said that would happen naturally, she could not force anything with that. However she felt that as long as she was positive and had positive energy, the peach blossom would follow.

[2014.07.26] EASON CHAN WANTS TO REST IN TWO YEARS

Eason Chan complains on Taiwan radio and states that he will take a break from music in two years
Eason Chan's Cantonese album THE KEY only sold 9 million copies in Taiwan
Manager Chan Ka Ying posts an explanation of Eason's comments
Chan Ka Ying jokes, "I am not retired yet, he is so young why would you retire?"
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Eason Chan wants to travel the world and celebrate his birthday with his wife next year
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Eason Chan Yik Shun in recent years has become one of the top Asian singers, as his concerts continue to sell out; actually he already has plans to take a break from music in two years. Earlier on a Taiwan program he said that on his current record company contract he still had two albums, after that he has decided to rest and not make any more albums. Then he reiterated that he actually did not want to work.

Eason admitted that in recent years he had concert tours and album recordings, movies and commercial shoots, he truly was tired. He hoped to be able to take half a year off. He said, "I need new experience. This world is too big. I have to take a look." Earlier when he promoted his RICE AND SHINE record in Taiwan, he discovered that one of his records THE KEY only sold 900 copies and was drastically impacted. He joked that he only learned about how much trouble he was in now, it was truly too brutal. Actually earlier on another program he revealed that he was tired of singing his classic songs like KING OF K SONGS and NEXT YEAR TODAY, but the audience still liked them. If he did not sing them the box office would perform poorly. Eason's manager Chan Ka Ying said that Eason was just talking. "Maybe he meant that two years later he would think about slowing down a little." He was not retiring. She even pointed out that "the jobs that are taken now will still be done."

[2014.07.26] BREAK UP NOTE: FILM LIFE

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Without my knowledge, the life of film itself quietly sprang. It led me to the road that it wanted to take. It was not the wrong road, it was not the fork in the road, but it was an open road for me and the actors to walk even smoother on. Two actors in order to get into characters started to use the characters' identities, behaviors, personalities to consider how each scene should be played? Thus they have enriched my story; the story development from the start was beyond my expectation but became even more reasonable! This was the life of film! It was very wonderful. (End)

[2014.07.26] JUST FOR FUN: CARINA LAU RECEIVES SUPPORT FROM KENNY BEE AND ROSAMUND KWAN

Kenny Bee, Carina Lau, Rosamund Kwan, Fan Keung
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The Carina Lau Ka Ling, Tony Leung Ka Fai and Tse Kwan Ho starred Emperor play TONNOCHY has had rave reviews and attracted many industry insiders' support. Rosamund Kwan Chi Lam two nights ago appeared backstage to cheer on the leads. Veteran stage artist Lau Siu Ming also showed his support. Kenny Bee (Chung Chun To) even brought Fan Keung. Everyone not only praised Ka Ling's top notch performance but also took photos backstage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

[2014.07.25] TANG WEI AND KIM TAE-YONG WED IN SWEDEN

Swedish aritst Jonas Holmberg performs at the wedding
Kim Tae-Yong and a wheelchair bound Tang Wei at the Sydney airport
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Tang Wei and her Korean director boyfriend Kim Tae-Yong earlier in the month issued a statement to announce their marriage and a wedding ceremony this Autumn. Yesterday afternoon however Mainland media relayed Korean media coverage that claimed Tang Wei and Kim Tae-Yong held a dress wedding on a farm on July 13 in Sweden.

Yesterday Tang Wei's Mainland company responded officially to the wedding news and said that they as filmmakers held a last minute small wedding on a Bergman pilgrimage. The official wedding ceremony will still take place in Autumn. "Friends: about the news that everyone is concerned with today, our response is as followed: 1. The trip of Faro, Sweden could be said as Tang Wei's pilgrimage to film master Ingmar Bergman. Bergman's House has always been a place that she has dreamed about visiting. Director Kim Tae-Yong also respected Bergman. After arriving there, they like all filmmakers were excited and emotional. To commemorate this sacred journey they in the last minute decided to hold a small wedding that belonged to the two of them according to local traditions at Bergman's House. The wedding took place on July 12 and the location was Bergman's House on Faro, Sweden. This was a memory with special meaning that they gave themselves as filmmakers. 2. In Autumn they will have an official wedding that the families will participate in. 3. Today Tang Wei has arrived in Australia to work on a commercial. She is in a wheelchair because her earlier injury still has not healed. Thank you again everyone for your concern."