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It’s tough being the lead: Zzen Zhang

By spcnet.tv on February 24th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Insomnia, weight loss, immeasurable stress, and the not-too-flattering honour of lying in a coffin. Malaysian actor Zzen Zhang endured the above to play a leading role for the first time.

Before this, the Star Search 2001 played supporting characters. He received a Best Supporting Actor nom at last year’s Star Awards for his role as the really evil Robert Zhang, the man who raped Joanne Peh in the 2008 blockbuster drama The Little Nyona..

Currently starring in Priceless Wonder, he says that the glitz and fame that come with helming the Channel 8 drama is earned through hard work

“There are more scenes, more lines, but also more chances for viewers to see me. There’s pressure everywhere. I will always heave a huge sigh of relief when I get home after a day of filming.”

The 20-episoder had a tight film schedule of just seven weeks, with more…

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Michelle Yim may marry her late boyfriend

By spcnet.tv on February 24th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Grieving Hong Kong actress Michelle Yim may finally fulfill her late boyfriend Wan Chi Keung’s longtime wish to marry her.

The actress is considering arranging minghun, or a ghost marriage according to Chinese traditions, to formalize their relationship, said reports.

During their 26-year-long relationship, Wan had often expressed his desire to marry Michelle, and even proposed to her on a few occasions. The actress once said that they felt more in love without being legally married.

In the eyes of friends and the public, the couple was already deemed inseparable.

Wan, 53, passed away on the third day of Chinese New Year due to organ failure, ending his battle with nasopharyngeal cancer for 18 years. It is believed the former footballer endured immense suffering during his final days, weighing barely 40kg and was unable to speak or see.

Michelle and Wan’s nephew, singer Edmond Leung, have so far…

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Annie Yi’s burglarised home suspected to be by industry insider

By spcnet.tv on February 24th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Taiwanese TV personality Annie Yi, whose house in Taipei was broken into on February 11, says she suspects it to be the work of an industry insider.

Her suspicious were aroused after she discovered that her jewellery worth an estimated NT$1 million, diamond watch, and other valuables were left intact, except for a missing laptop kept in her Louis Vuitton handbag. She also revealed that the intruder also left traces and went through her personal documents.

“I am very worried that the contents in my computer would be misused by people with a personal agenda in mind.”

A police representative expressed that the burglar “did not even touch the cash” and that “it is obvious he was not here for the money.” They find it “highly unusual” and suspect that the paparazzi may play a part as they “might have committed the crime to gain access to information…

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Best Actor won’t be Yangtian or Elvin: Jeanette Aw

By spcnet.tv on February 23rd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

So much for Together-ness.

It will be one’s folly to assume that the star of Channel 8′s megadrama Together Jeanette Aw is rooting for either of her co-stars for the Star Awards’ Best Actor category.

Playing her star-crossed lovers in the serial, Dai Yangtian and Elvin Ng are both nominated this year for the accolade, alongside usual suspects Chen Hanwei, Tay Ping Hui and underdog Brandon Wong. But the actress has her money not on rumoured boyfriend Yangtian, but the evergreen Hanwei.

On her good-looking co-stars, she explained, “They worked very hard for the show and they deserve the nominations.”

“Tarzan (Elvin’s role) is a very likeable character, so I’m sure many viewers can connect with him. For a new actor like Yangtian, the lead role was a big challenge and he managed it very well,” she added, when asked to assess them individually.

“But I would go…

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Mark Lee and Quan Yifong have the worst fashion sense

By spcnet.tv on February 23rd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Local comedian Mark Lee was the unanimous name that celebrity coiffeur Addy Lee and actress-host Vivian Lai threw up as the worst-dressed local star.

Addy and Vivian serve as judge and host respectively of Channel U’s talent contest U Are The Man, where contestants compete in various challenges including fashion sense.

While Mark was their first pick, Addy picked Quan Yifong for second place after playfully nominating Vivian as the worst of the fairer sex.

On the newly minted ambassador for Resorts World Sentosa, Addy was unforgiving in his verdict. He called the funnyman’s dress sense “a confusing mess.”

“His face is like that (referring to the pock-marks) already, yet he still likes wearing floral prints. Face hua hua (rough), clothes also hua hua (flowery). Very mismatching!”

Vivian mercilessly added about her good friend, who calls himself ‘Local King’, “Actually it really isn’t about the clothes. It’s just…

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Michelle Yim breaks down at boyfriend’s cremation

By spcnet.tv on February 23rd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After days of holding herself together, Michelle Yim’s strong front finally relented last Saturday during the funeral procession for her longtime boyfriend Wan Chi Keung.

The Hong Kong actress broke down when the coffee-brown coffin was pushed into the furnace at Cape Collinson Crematorium for Wan’s cremation. The coffin was chosen by her and adorned with white roses and lilies.

The couple had been together for 26 years, and recently planned to formalize the union in Las Vegas. But Wan, 53, tragically lost his 18-year-long battle with throat cancer on the third day of Chinese New Year. Since then, Michelle has buried herself with work and appeared in good spirits in public.

However, she was unable to hide the grief at the sombre event at Hung Hom, Kowloon.

The Taoist proceedings were kept simple during the funeral. The media was barred from the crematorium while the original 5pm…

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Super Junior’s concert in Taipei drew a record 11,000

By spcnet.tv on February 23rd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

The absence of three members, Hankyung, Kang-in, and Kibum, from the 13-strong Korean boyband, Super Junior, wasn’t all that obvious, not with the turnout of 11,000 fans at their recent concert in Taipei Arena.

The remaining10 singers created a storm with their hits and the usual niffy footwork at their Super Show 2 Tour concert. Singing a total of 33 songs, there was plenty of opportunity for them to show off their charming, passionate, and goofy sides

Besides their Korean hit, member Kyuhyun belted out ‘Forgive Me’, a Chinese song by Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao while Donghae, Shindong, Lee Teuk, Eun Hyuk and Heechul put on a cute dance, impersonating their label mates and newbie girl group, F(x).

Amongst the audience, Taiwanese actor-singer Vanness Wu was also spotted rallying support at the concert, cheering on his fellow Christian friend, Siwon.

At the finale song ‘Shining Star’, the boys…

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S.H.E eight hours late for TV recording

By spcnet.tv on February 23rd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

S.H.E is the most popular Taiwanese girl group in Mandopop, but neither the crew nor audience at a TV show recording would have anticipated waiting for eight hours before the girls showed up, only to hurriedly leave after filming their whirlwind appearance.

The members Selina Jen, Hebe Tien and Ella Chen were invited by veteran Malaysian-Chinese singer-songwriter Eric Moo to guest star in a segment of the Chinese singing variety programme, Beijing Mi Gu’s Celebrity School.

Flming was originally scheduled to start at 1.30pm but it was pushed back for an hour. Due to the delay in the S.H.E’s schedule, the production team decided to film the show’s other segments with the other celebrities present. But even after all that was completed, Eric said that the girls were only “still on the way.”

The production team then recorded another segment featuring collaborations between celebrities and the students of…

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Yuan Shuai’s no green-eyed monster

By spcnet.tv on February 22nd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

They’re buddies, they’re both from China, and they were also fellow contestants in Channel U’s talent competition U Are The One. But only one of them is riding high on the waves of popularity, and it’s not the champion.

Sichuan-born Zhang Zhen Huan’s star may be steadily on the rise, but Yuan Shuai, who won the contest in 2008, is philosophical about it. Zhen Huan was the competition’s first runner-up.

During his interview, Yuan Shuai, who hails from Harbin and previously went by the name Icaru, painstakingly and repeatedly attempted to dispel rumours of jealousy between the two. He explained that there is a downside to being on an accelerated path to stardom and believes his time will come someday.

The 28-year-old is currently filming the upcoming Channel 8 drama New Beginnings, which is a story about the diametric worlds of wedding and funeral services. The cast includes…

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Ariel Lin is now ready for love

By spcnet.tv on February 22nd, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Ariel Lin is in the mood for love, and there’s more than one guy involved.

The Taiwanese actress shyly admitted in an interview last week that she is actively “on the lookout” now. The 27-year-old was in Singapore for the annual Huayi Festival last weekend, in which she starred as a corporate spy in the Edward Lam play Man and Woman, War and Peace.

The production by the acclaimed Hong Kong director discusses the timeless relationship of power between the sexes, and features a star-studded cast including versatile Taiwanese actor David Wang and famed music producer Denise Ho.

Previously romantically link with It Started with a Kiss co-star Joseph Cheng, the idea of love struck her only when she began work on this play. She was “enlightened” by director Edward while preparing for the role.

“He said that a soulmate is one who knows how to push your…

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