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Mark Lee opens another Old Town outlet at Cineleisure

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

At the official opening of his fifth Old Town coffeeshop outlet at Cineleisure, local actor-comedian Mark Lee revealed that he hopes to open at least one to two shops each year – until he attains his dream of owning 12 to 15 outlets islandwide. Mark’s mentor and co-shareholder, Jack Neo, was present at the shop’s opening with local celebrities such as Vivian Lai, Pornsak, Jeremy, Pan Lingling, Hong Huifang, Yvonne Lim, Michelle Tay and many more.

With an expanding business, Mark straightforwardly remarked, “The business is definitely earning, which is why it is expanding.” Apart from that the 41-year-old is currently in the talks of bringing a famous themed restaurant to Singapore.

When he was quizzed on his growing fortune, Mark laughed and said, “How am I supposed to answer this?”

Is he a millionaire now?

“I have a lot of fixed assets. I do not have that…

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Vic Zhou is the sole breadwinner of his family

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After recently inking a deal with a convenience store to be the newest face for ‘Oden’ (a Japanese winter dish), Taiwanese artiste Vic Zhou revealed at a press event held a few days ago that he is the sole breadwinner of his family. The 28-year-old gave a wry smile and said that his elder brother “is like the young master” of the family who rides on his brother’s wealth to do investments.

Apart from that, Vic also revealed that his sister-in-law handles his finances. He raised an example and shared that he is unsure of the endorsement fees and that the contract for this ongoing endorsement deal with the convenience store was scrutinized and checked by her.

The magnanimous one feels that it is not necessary for a family to be so calculative over money. With a larger income, Vic feels that he should “provide more financial help”….

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Leon Lai shows his might against TVB

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Heavenly King Leon Lai has become a face for the coalition against TVB in the currently ongoing royalties dispute in Hong Kong.

Leon, also the boss of record label Amusic, prevented the station from an interview with his label artistes Janice Vidal and Aarif Lee on Monday, apparently in a show of protest.

TVB is in a heated feud with the four major labels – Universal Music, Warner Music, EMI Music and Sony Music – over royalties issues. To antagonize things further, expected winners at their recent Jade Solid Gold awards like Eason Chan, Kay Tse and Hins Cheung all went home empty-handed. The dispute has escalated as the days pass, with both sides choosing not to relent, but miring more and more companies and artistes.

Leon is the first of the Four Heavenly Kings to throw his weight into the matter.

When contacted, Amusic responded that Janice…

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Gary Cao feels that he "should quit being drunk, and not quit drinking"

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After his drunken brawl incident with fellow friend cum Hong Kong singer-composer Justin Lo last year, Gary Cao has been lying low and staying off the media radar.

Two days ago, he arrived at Taiwan and was cordial with his replies to the media. He gave his two-cents on the court’s ruling to place him under probation for one year, “I do not think that it is unfair and I respect the judge’s ruling. I will try my very best to not only keep my behaviour in-check for the next 12 months, but for the rest of my lifetime.”

When reporters pressed on and questioned Gary if that incident has affected his relationship with his wife, his assistant stepped in and answered, “No thank you,” on his behalf instead.

A smiling Gary further revealed that he plans to spend more time with his family during his free time….

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No reunion between Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After they were recently spotted bowling together, it sparked off speculations on a possible of a “double J” reunion between Taiwanese artists Jay Chou and Jolin Tsai. These rumours were shot down by the pop princess when she attended the KKBOX award ceremony a few days ago and clarified that they “are only friends”, negating all possibilities of a reunion.

Both Jay and Jolin were awarded for being the top 10 performers that night, however, only Jolin attended the award ceremony. It was reported that Jay decided to skip the event to avoid the media buzz on his rumours with Jolin.

At the event, the 29-year-old singer appeared visibly embarrassed at the media’s constant questions and explained that the bowling game was a last minute decision. She commented on her previous statement where she said, “He is most welcome to join in our gathering,” and explained that it…

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Old-timers proved a hit at Ren Ci charity TV show

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

This is back-to-basics for you.

For a night made famous by daredevil stunts in previous years, it was ironic yet apt that the show-stealer was the most relaxed and laid-back performance of the night.

For the umpteenth time in your life, give it up for our beloved Xinyao darlings.

Felicia Chin and Elvin Ng got strung up high. Patricia Mok almost had to stay suspended in the air until the $4 million mark was reached. The Queen Zoe Tay had ‘sixes’ to deal with – complete a painting on a six-foot spinning canvas in six minutes.

But another sneaky six eventually pickpocketed the thunder.

Xinyao (literally meaning Singapore songs) represents an era when local music bloomed, and gave birth to a generation of musicians like Liang Wern Fook, Billy Koh and Eric Moo. It began in the mid-1980s and saw a revival in popularity after the recent S-Pop…

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Patricia Mok goes from A to G-cup for charity

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Before your mind starts running wild, it was a non-invasive procedure that did not require any needles, knifes or silicon, and relied on a whole lot of “pushing” instead. At last night’s Ren Ci Charity Show 2010, local MediaCorp actress Patricia Mok transcended before viewers as the busty pop princess, Jolin Tsai, infamously known for her G-cups.

Dressed in all white, topped with a feather hat, sequined costume and perfectly manicured nails, Patricia’s appearance drew gasps and maniac laughter from the crowd for all the wrong reasons. One can’t help but stare at her self-enhanced cleavage line in wide-eye amazement.

With a haughty smile on her face, Patricia looked every bit like a diva in the making. She broke into a fit of giggles when reporters quizzed her about her newly-enhanced bust and revealed that this illusion was “created with the help of three bras”. And that was…

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Chow Yun-Fat paying for surrogate mother

By spcnet.tv on January 26th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Chow Yun-Fat’s mother has longed for a grandchild for years, and the Hong Kong superstar may be ready to do whatever it takes for his 90-year-old mum.

Mdm Chan Lai-Fong, in her urgency, has proposed to the actor to try surrogacy. Rumour has it that an unnamed person has offered to comb Mainland China for the perfect fit – believed to be young and of university education – for a fee of a million dollars (S$180,000).

The extremely filial Chow has been married to Singaporean Jasmine Tan, who is 51 this year, for 23 years. They are seen by the public as the model celebrity couple. Since 1991, when Jasmine had a miscarriage, the two have not tried for another child.

A source close to Chow said that the actor, who starred in A Better Tomorrow, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, God of Gamblers and a slew of Hollywood…

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Felicia Chin performed despite family tragedy

By spcnet.tv on January 25th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

An emotional Felicia Chin revealed to the media yesterday after the Ren Ci Charity Show that her beloved grandfather had passed away earlier in the day.

The actress was one of the highlights for the returning charity fundraiser, starring in an elaborate musical production of the classical Chinese love story Butterfly Lovers, opposite MediaCorp hunk Elvin Ng. The performance involved a large cast, the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, and even guest-starred popular Hong Kong actress Nancy Sit and Member of Parliament Baey Yam Keng.

However, except for a few scene-stealers like Nancy’s participation, general reception towards the supposed highlight of the evening was poor, owing to the average ‘live’ acting and lip-synched songs. The 19-minute segment, which some felt were too long, saw donation figures increase by about $204,000.

When Felicia spoke to the media after the show, she tried to put on her best smile in-between sniffles. After a…

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Shengzhe often makes his Katncandix2 vocalist cry

By spcnet.tv on January 25th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Don’t be fooled by his clean, reserved image. Shengzhe of indie band Katncandix2 is so bipolar, he makes his partner Xiaoqiu cry sometimes.

The duo was in town as guest performers for the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival 2010. When we spoke to them last week, vocalist Xiaoqiu let us in on her “master”, Shengzhe. She said that he always scolds her until she cries.

The two came together in 2007 after Shengzhe spotted her in a campus singing competition, where he was a judge. The cute girl’s rendition of David Wong’s smash hit ‘You Make Me Drunk’ caught his attention, and he invited her for a demo.

The indie pair went mainstream in 2009 with their debut album Small Flight, which they hope its fresh musical style can encourage listeners to pursue their individual dreams.

Although their age difference is only three years, Shengzhe’s wealth of experience in the…

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