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Jolin Tsai acts young and drives cheap rental on her date

By on October 12th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Jolin Tsai puts in much effort on her date with model boyfriend Vivian Dawson, dressing younger to bridge the age gap between them and driving a rental car to avoid the shutterbugs!

The Taiwanese pop princess was seen busy practicing her new MV ‘Black-Haired Beautiful Girl’ the night before while her assistant was taking care of her dog WhooHoo and bringing her meals from time to time.

Jolin was spotted leaving at around 10 at night with her assistant and WhooHoo following closely behind.

Decked in a white top with jeans, she also wore a cute ribbon accessory on her head. It was believed that the 30-year-old was trying to bridge the four-year age gap with her 26-year-old beau Vivian.

Instead of cruising around in her own Lexus, Jolin took reporters by surprise when she drove off in a white Mitsubishi rental that was parked outside her door.

Although her management has addressed that the rental vehicle belongs her assistant’s, it is speculated that Jolin decided to drive said vehicle instead to avoid the paparazzi during her meet-up with Vivian.



President’s Star Charity 2010 will be an international talent show

By on October 12th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Gravity defying parkour performances (better known as the art of movement), acrobatics contortion, Shaolin kung-fu, powerhouse medley of timeless tunes, heart-stomping percussion number. This year’s charity extravaganza looks set to be a spectacular affair with a stellar cast of local and international performers.

Local celebrities from Channel 5, 8, Suria and Vasantham, winner and runner-up of Singapore Idol 3, Sezairi Sezali and Sylvia Ratonel, Project Superstar 2 Daren Tan, together with international star Karen Mok will join forces with various performers such as well-known comedian Norleena Salim, percussion group Bloco Singapura, the Shaolin Monks from Samsara – The Shaolin Legacy Musical as well as Alexey Goloborodko from Voyage De La Vie will do their bid in a bevy of performances to raise funds from viewers for 37 beneficiary organizations.

Hosted by Soo Kui Jien and Michelle Chia, this year’s President Star Charity will be a night of talent showcase featuring a combination of music, dance and acrobatic display, in high definition glory for the first time.

At the press meet yesterday, the media was given a preview of a couple of performances from percussionists Bloco Singapura, beatboxer [and Idol 3 contestant] Charles “Stitch” Wong and 9-year-old drumming sensation Zidann.

Not to be missed will be the opera singing Tay Ping Hui who will, for the first time, perform ‘Italian opera’ as part of a medley in “Andrea Bocelli style”. The actor who’s always up for new challenges told xinmsn: “When the company asked me what I’d like to do [for PSC 2010], opera just popped to my mind.”

“I didn’t know they’ll take me seriously but they did!” Having attended three lessons thus far, the self-professed perfectionist who doesn’t speak Italian humbly rated five and a half out of 10 for his apprenticeship, citing “it’s always good to pit ourselves amongst the best”.

When asked about his missus’ reaction to his new challenge, Ping Hui replied: “She’s used to me doing weird things and practicing extra-ordinary stuff in my backyard in the middle of the night.”

Local funnyman Gurmit Singh who’s another regular face on charity shows will ditch his [Michael Jackson] dancing shoes for acrobatic stunts this time. The 45-year-old will join professional traceurs to perform a special parkour item to “scale heights and obstacles”.

At 45 years old, is Gurmit pushing his limits with such gravity defying stunts?

“Yes I am! But if I were to go onstage and do something easy how boring is that for viewers? Let alone to part their money and donate.”

“This is one of those stunts that I find I’m really pushing myself because it’s totally new to me. It’s challenging but totally worth it for the beneficiaries.”

Amongst the artistes who will be lending their vocal talents through a medley of English tunes from timeless classics is Channel 8 actress Patricia Mok.

The funny woman who was last year’s “performer of the night” when she did a Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” was noticeably disappointed about her “not challenging” singing segment.

“Singing…I cannot sing you know! I want to be a dancer like last year!” Pat exclaimed and added, “But honestly that’s a challenge for me lah because I don’t like to sing.”

“But since it’s group and it’s for charity, I can try lah.”

Catch the President Star Charity “LIVE” on 17 Oct, Sunday at 7.30pm on Ch 5.

Donation lines are open now till 24 October 2010: 1900-112-8821 For $5 donation 1900-112-8822 For $20 donation 1900-112-8823 For $100 donation



Chris sends Fann flowers through her fans in Suzhou

By on October 12th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

It was Chris and Fann’s first wedding anniversary on the 29th of September, but the pair was unable to spend it together with Fann filming in Suzhou, China and Christopher needed on set in Singapore.

During an exclusive interview with xinmsn at a press conference for China Singapore IN-Concert last Thursday , Chris revealed that he had plans to fly over to visit his wife but was unable to do so as he was tied down with the filming of Breakout.

Coincidentally, Fann’s fans visited the starlet’s film location in Suzhou and presented Chris, who bought a bouquet of 99 roses here, with the perfect opportunity to have it delivered to his wife.

The 39-year-old coordinated with the fans to make sure he wished her at the perfect timing when she received the flowers. “At least there’s a memory we can both keep even if we are worlds apart,” he said with a smile.

So what was Fann’s reaction? “She was probably embarrassed with so many people around but I’m sure she’s happy lah ,” he added.

Proper celebration will only take place after he filming in Singapore is wrapped up at the end of October, if not, he would have to wait till Fann comes back from her set in November.

To mark the 20th anniversary of China-Singapore diplomatic relations, China-Singapore IN-Concert was presented to feature performances of well-loved songs and music pieces from movies and television series dating 20 years back or further.

During the press conference, Christopher recalls being on about 10 drama serials that were filmed in China, with the toughest set Moon Fairy with Fann in Hebei, China in 2003. It was below 20 degrees and Fann fell ill whilst he was lucky to have survived without even catching a cold.

Talking about fan favourite serial, The Condor Heroes, he admits that despite the hardship, the memories were definitely bittersweet.

After Breakout wraps up, Chris will be filming a light-hearted drama by Wawa Pictures in November.



Xiao Xiao Bin: I cried for half a year and still no award

By on October 11th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

A disgruntled Xiao Xiao Bin cried jokingly on the set of variety show Zhu Ge’s return days earlier: “I’ve acted and cried for half a year, but still, there’s no award.”

The young child sensation, who shot to fame in hit Taiwanese idol drama, Autumn’s Concerto, last year, lamented at not being nominated for any categories in the upcoming “Taiwan Golden Bell Awards”.

His innocent blabber tickled everyone on set and prompted veteran host, Zhu Geliang, to ask Xiao Xiao Bin: “Who acts better, Xiao Bin Bin or you?”

Xiao Bin Bin, a former child star, is Xiao Xiao Bin’s father.

The child replied matter-of-factly, “My dad is better; he’s won a Golden Bell award. I didn’t! I don’t even have a nomination!”



Zhang Yaodong will strip if ratings "score"

By on October 11th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Zhang Yaodong’s promise to viewers: If ratings for The Score exceed millions in viewership, he’s going to strip down to his swimming trunks.

The agreement was made when main leads of The Score, Zhang Yaodong and Paige Chua attended Y.E.S. 93.3FM afternoon programme, Suntan Da Bai Sha, for promotions on Tuesday.

Hosted by impish duo Dennis Chew and Ivy Chen, Yaodong promptly relented when the two deejays incited the actor to attend their radio show in swimming trunks – on the condition that The Score breaks record ratings held by household hit Taiwanese drama, Love.

If it does happen, the act will be broadcasted “live” via webcam.

“We will broadcast the radio show through webcam for everybody to watch!” 93.3 DJ Dennis quipped.

Not to be outdone, co-star Paige has also agreed to giveaway shower foam and lozenges – products she endorses – as prizes for listeners.

When xinmsn contacted the handsome Malaysian actor in a phone interview days earlier, he expressed jitters about his possible impending “flesh-parade”.

“There’s truly a lot of pressure!” Yaodong laughed.

“I haven’t had the chance to watch the edited version of the show. Paige and I are anticipating for the drama to air,” he added.

Albeit aware of the unpredictability of viewership ratings, Yaodong was confident about the quality of the production.

“The Score is a melodramatic thriller, and will bear a striking difference to other family-oriented dramas produced, “he explained.

The Score will be aired on Ch 8, weekdays at 9pm starting October 4.



Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying go old school for wedding photos

By on October 11th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying are full of chemistry as they pose for a vintage wedding shoot in Cultural Revolution outfits.

The couple tied the knot on Valentine’s Day earlier this year at Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas. They will throw a wedding banquet in Hong Kong during November this year and have decided to release these teaser wedding photos to the public.

Although Jordan had always loved the traditional Chinese wedding culture, he didn’t want to be called conventional and typical. The 43-year-old then came up with the idea of having a set of vintage wedding shots taken.

In this photo, you can see the couple wearing Cultural Revolution uniforms and Cherrie, 27, donning the signature ponytail of that era. One shot even featured the Taiwanese-born actress squatting down to tidy her husband’s pants, aptly displaying their great chemistry.

Family and friends can expect to receive these series of wedding shots alongside their wedding invitation to share the couple’s marital bliss.



Barbie Hsu caught holding hands with Shone An

By on October 11th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After a failed romance with Vic Zhou , are things finally looking up for Barbie Hsu in the romance department?

Taiwanese artiste Barbie Hsu (also better known as Da S) has been single for more than two years following her separation from Vic Zhou in Jan 2008. The 33-year-old actress was recently spotted in the company of Shone An, a member from the now-defunct pop group, Comic Boys.

The pair was seen chatting and holding hands as they made their way to Shone’s birthday celebration.

Although Barbie instinctively pushed her cap down to shield her face when the both of them discovered the presence of paparazzi, she did not shrink away from Shone’s side and continued holding onto hand.

When the photos surfaced on the internet, Barbie commented on the Chinese micro-blogging platform, Wei Bo, and wrote, “Shone, we were followed! Our photos were snapped and there are even rumours! I really look like your aunty…”

In response to Barbie’s statement, Shone replied a few minutes later saying, “You don’t look like an aunty. You are a hot babe.”

Barbie’s manager, Dou Dou, refuted allegations of a blossoming romance between the pair and expressed, “There shouldn’t be [any romance]! The both of them are just really good friends who have known each other for many years. It was Shone’s birthday and the both of them happened to be in Beijing and met at the party.

“His relationship to Barbie is similar to his relationship with Ady Ang. They are like siblings!”

Commenting on the part of Barbie and Shone holding hands, Dou Dou explained that Shone was merely being a gentleman “taking care of Barbie who injured her hand during filming”.

“Barbie was in Beijing to treat her hand. She will continue filming in Hangzhou today,” the manager added.

As for the pair’s constant exchanges on Wei Bo, Dou Dou chuckled, “It’s [Barbie and Shone's exchange on Wei Bo] not very frequent and only happened over the past few days. As they are both in Beijing and have met up with each other, there would naturally be more exchanges!”

Negating on the possibilities of a romantic relationship between Barbie and Shone, she revealed that the company is also waiting to hear good news from the actress on her love life.

“But there is really none now!” Dou Dou replied.

At a press conference for Reign of Assassins held a few days ago, Barbie expressed that she has “Yet to meet the right person”. When asked about her ideal boyfriend qualities, the Summer Scent actress said, “I do not care about status, nationality, or age. As long as he is right, things will work out.”



Cecilia Cheung to go against Rebecca Tang in Jingle Ma’s new film

By on October 11th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

After confirmations of her participation in Raymond Wong’s Lunar New Year flick All’s Well ,Ends Well, Cecilia Cheung is set to join the likes of Rebecca Tang, Rene Liu and Korean Superstar Han Jae Suk in Jingle Ma’s latest film, Dynamic Angel.

Cecilia’s agent Emily has confirmed the news with reporters.

According to sources, the 30-year-old agreed to take up this role to thank Ma for helping to pave her career in the early days. She was invited to star in Night of the Shooting Stars back then and the movie gained remarkable feedback, which in turn kickstarted her acting career.

In an earlier interview, Han jokingly mentioned that he would ask pointers from his good friend Hyun Bin, who acted with Rebecca Tang in the movie, Late Autumn.

On the other hand, Raymond revealed on his blog that we can expect to see an extensive cast such as Donnie Yen, Carina Lau, Louis Koo, Cecilia, Angelababy, Irene Wong and many more in All’s Well, Ends Well, due to release during Lunar New Year 2011.

Dynamic Angel is set to start production in China and Japan.



Shu Qi prepares for retirement?

By on October 8th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Shu Qi’s advice for girls: When romance fails, look for a house – because properties are more reliable than men.

While all’s smooth sailing for the film star in her career, things are not looking perky in the love department.

Reportedly single since her rumoured split with lover Leon Lai in 2004, and rejected by Taiwanese actor Chang Chen, the disillusioned Shu Qi has turned her attention to houses.

During a promotional trip to Beijing for her movie Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, the actress was spotted secretly shopping for a luxury villa at a upper class district in Beijing.

Properties in that district are reportedly worth at least RMB 14 million (SGD 2.8 million).

Currently busy with the filming of acclaimed film director Feng Xiaogang’s new movie, If You Are the One 2, the prolific starlet was named one of the highest earner in the industry, reaping in an estimated HKD 20 million (SGD 4 million) last year.



Andy Lau hands over billions to wife

By on October 8th, 2010 | Chinese Entertainment, newsfeed

Andy Lau has finally handed over his assets to Carol Choo after their clandestine marriage in July 2009. With her status being recognized, Mrs Lau’s 25 years’ wait has definitely paid off!

Filming in China for the past year, Andy, who has just turned 49, has been consistently tight-lipped about his marriage. As Carol continues to reside in Hong Kong, Andy takes extra precaution to make sure she is shielded from unnecessary media attention.

According to sources, Andy bought a Kadoorie Hill apartment located in Kowloon earlier this year under the name of Choo’s relative as a gift for his wife. He even went to the extent of purchasing two more 7-seater SUVs to ferry Mrs Lau around to shun the media eye.

Andy has also secretly transferred another two Kadoorie Hill estates, previously under his father’s company, to Carol’s overseas company where she is a shareholder.

It is also said that two other Kadoorie Hill properties that were sold in 2008 were also later transferred to her Malaysian relatives. With all his assets in the hands of his ex-beauty queen wife, Carol’s status has without a doubt been inaugurated.



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