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Song Hye Kyo Shoots “The Grandmaster” for 1 Year, 6 Minutes Screen time in Return

By on January 11th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Movies, Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

The 10 year production The Grandmaster finally released in Mainland. Lead actor Tony Leung and lead actress Zhang Ziyi were willing to sacrifice their time and lose several jobs to shoot this film from beginning to end. In 2010, it was rumored Korean actress Song Hye Kyo “fussed” and was unwilling to take up extra time to re-shoot some scenes. After spending a year shooting, she only had 6 minutes of screen time in the 130 minute film, lead actress Zhang Ziyi occupied 100 minutes!

Although Song Hye Kyo had little screen time and declined to participate in the promotions, lead actor Tony Leung still praised her professionalism despite having a language barrier with the crew and basically gave a lot of ‘face’. Tony said: “I totally understand her situation. In the past, I went to Taiwan to shoot Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s film not knowing any Mandarin. At the time, I felt as if I was mute and couldn’t speak. But, Song Hye Kyo was very professional, she was able to portray the elegant woman, she’s a very rare actress.” Wong Kar Wai’s production style is ‘patient work makes a good product’, and may not necessarily understand every artist. Tony works very closely with the director, asked if he tutored Song Hye Kyo? Tony laughed: “She’s very professional, not necessary.”

Tony Leung also praised Zhang Ziyi, he said: “I admire her. I don’t need to say much about her acting, but she trained her Kung Fu well. It’s amazing. I had a few action scenes with her, because we had to accommodate several things, I couldn’t hit her lightly. That night we were shooting the scene 50 times, so absolutely there was accidental hitting and stepping involved, I know she was in real pain due to her old injuries, but she held it all in. I really admire her, very rare!”



Fan Bing Bing joins the cast of Iron Man 3

By on January 7th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment

It has been reported that actress Fan Bingbing will also be joining the cast of “Iron Man 3″.

According to Popular Asians, the 31-year-old Chinese actress once hinted that she will be joining the Hollywood production, but was never officially confirmed.

However, the actress has recently negotiated her filming contract and has finally been added to the cast, reportedly playing the boss of Wang Xueqi’s Dr Wu.

Meanwhile, rumour has it that there is still one additional role in “Iron Man 3″ to be cast, and speculations emerged that Daniel Wu, Huang Xiaoming, Eddie Peng, Ethan Ruan, and Yu Shaoqun are among the actors that are likely to fit the producer’s requirements.

Directed by Shane Black, “Iron Man 3″ also stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, and Guy Pearce. The film will see release on 3 May 2013 in the United States.



Is Raymond Lam Retiring?

By on December 31st, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Yesterday Raymond Lam, girl group Girls Kingdom and Super Girls attended a New Year Eve countdown event. It was rumored Raymond is planning to retire from the industry? Raymond frankly expressed he did mention in an exclusive interview that one day he will have to go back to help his father with the family business because he’s the eldest son in the family and have to take up this responsibility. However, he said: “I still have a lot of jobs on hand, so this won’t happen in the near future.”

He believes the media is trying to tie the two matters together because he lost the TV King award, he said: “Of course it would be great to get the award, but I won’t feel discouraged because of that. (It was rumored you wanted to take JSG’s male singer award?) The reports are quite original, I have never really had aspirations for awards.” Earlier he was spotted at a nightclub and had a girl with her hair dyed blond approach him? He expressed that night he was just having a meeting about his concert with his colleagues and music team. As for the blond-hair girl? Raymond said: “Perhaps she’s a friend of a friend, I don’t know her at all. I didn’t even greet her. Often writing stories like this, makes me unhappy because it makes everyone worry about me.”

Also, it was said Raymond turned down new costume series Food for Slave? Raymond clarified: “TVB hasn’t completely confirmed the series yet, nor have they made arrangements for me to be part of it. I haven’t received any notice yet, but won’t know until the final moment. (Unwilling to shave your head?) I have do to promotions and must have an explanation for the clients.” When asked if he’s worried TVB might switch over and start promoting Kenneth Ma more? He said: “TVB promotes everyone, there are so many series in a year, there is no reason to use the same few people for every series.”

Moses Chan attended another event and when asked about Raymond’s rumored retirement? He laughed: “Huh! Retiring? He said it before, but then what about his fans? (Take on his fans?) I cannot handle it. (Rumored he turned down a series?) Actually he is very active in this industry, hope he doesn’t have the intention to retire so quickly. He still has many opportunities, must cherish them. (Because he lost TV King?) Actually, its not that big of a deal. Didn’t get it this year, then try again next year, got to be more open.” Nancy Sit told Raymond not to retire, she praised he’s handsome, can sing and dance. He’ll get TV King later too.


Yao Xintong wears revealing dress

By on December 18th, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

No stranger for dressing daringly, Chinese actress Yao Xintong pulls it off once again during her recent visit to Malaysia.

The 29-year-old starlet was in Pavilion Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur with co-stars Jackie Chan and Zhang Lanxin for a bunch of “CZ12″ promotional events, but managed to get the most attention with her low dipped sleeveless dress which ended up baring plenty of cleavage.

Recently the actress also took to the fashion limelight for her choice of grab during the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Also there to promote “CZ12″ with Jackie Chan and Zhang Lanxin, the actress had dressed in a see-through white dress that resorted to being noticeably sheer thanks to the constant flashing camera lights on the red carpet.

Some Netizens claim that the actress is merely seizing up attention; however some defend her choices to be attributed to her bold sense of fashion.


Sean Lau nominated for Best Actor

By on December 3rd, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Sean Lau Ching Wan has been nominated for Best Leading Actor again, this time for the 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival.
As reported on the Asianpopnews website, the actor – who recently won Best Actor at the 45th Golden Horse Awards, will be competing against other big names, including Tony Leung (Ka Fai), who delivered a brilliant performance in “Cold War” and Korea’s Lee Byung-hun, for his dual portrayal in “Gwang-hae: The Man Who Became King”.

During a media conference for the said event held on 28 November, Executive Chairman of the committee, Eric Tsang and Judging Committee member, Carina Lau announced that three Hong Kong films are nominated for eight categories, “The Silent War”, “Cold War” and “Life Without Principle”.

Meanwhile, Golden Horse Award’s Best Actress, Kwei Lun-Mei is also nominated for a similar category, and will be going up against strong competitors such as Mainland actress Song Jia and Korean actress Im Soo-jung.

The 55th Asia Pacific Film Festival will be held from 13 to 16 December at the Venetian Macao-Resort Hotel, Macau.



Edison Chen rumored to be engaged

By on November 27th, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Edison Chen began dating his new love interest, 22-year-old Taiwanese-Korean Angela Meng, in July this year. Angela has just completed her studies abroad and is working in Edison’s apparel store, JUICE, in Taipei.

The pair allegedly went on a holiday to the US and were spotted acting intimately on the streets of Hong Kong in September. Edison had previously expressed that Angela was “his true love” and he “was serious this time”.

Recently, rumour has it that the singer has already proposed to his girlfriend of five months. Edison reportedly divulged the secret while drunk during a friend’s gathering.

Edison’s friend revealed that the 32-year-old would “prepare for his wedding soon after he has cleared his current workload”.

An insider also revealed that Edison has not confirmed on any wedding details yet, but that the wedding will be held in Hong Kong.
Edison’s manager dismissed the wedding rumours and commented that it was “fabricated news”. He also refused to comment further on the matter.


Huang Xiaoming’s Wax Figure Unveiled

By on November 21st, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment

Huang Xiaoming Wax Figure

Actor Huang Xiaoming recently unveiled his wax figure that will be displayed at the Madame Tussauds Hong Kong.
As reported on Groove Asia, on 13 November, not only did Huang Xiaoming celebrated his birthday with “The Guillotines” director, Andrew Lau, the actor also received a very valuable birthday present, which was a wax figure of him in his costume in “The Guillotines”, being officially unveiled.
Huang Xiaoming is the first Mainland male actor to be on display in Hong Kong’s Madame Tussauds and the actor was ecstatic about the unveiling of his wax figure, stating, “It truly bares too much resemblance, like a twin brother.”
The actor also shared his measuring experience with the Madame Tussauds high-ranking London sculptor, John Cormican, which took seven hours.
“I didn’t have breakfast as I was afraid to mess up the measurements that day. I was afraid to even take a drink of water.”


Is Kate Tsui the Reason For Leon Lai’s Divorce?

By on October 31st, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Rumors have surfaced among tabloids that Leon Lai and Hong Kong TVB actress Kate Tsui are possibly reconciling after they appeared in Shanghai together last week.

The two initially met in 2005 and were romantically involved after working together on a commercial.

It is said that once Gaile Lok knew about the relationship, she was adamant about a divorce and that’s when the Leon decided to distribute some of his assets to her to keep the relationship secret.

Coincidentally, Kate, a former Miss Hong Kong, also ended her six-month-long relationship with ophthalmologist boyfriend, Marvin Tse. However Kate has dismissed all these rumors and said, “[The reports] are untrue and over-exaggerated. We [Leon and Kate] have not met after the commercial seven years ago. I can only clarify this matter once I return to Hong Kong.”


Kevin Cheng Sustains Eye Injury in Filming of Ip Man

By on October 26th, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Kevin Cheng in Ip Man

Kevin Cheng sustained an injury to the corner of his right eye yesterday during the filming of Ip Man. The injury was severe enough to warrant a stoppage in filming and Kevin was rushed back to Hong Kong for treatment at the hospital. The accident occurred during a martial arts fighting scene.

Initially, it was suggested that Kevin go to Shanghai for treatment. However, Kevin wanted the doctors in HK to treat him instead, so the crew immediately bought an air ticket for his return. When Kevin landed in HK, he was rushed to the hospital immediately for surgery and may need to get stitches.

Ip Man’s producer explained the situation: “Earlier when Kevin Cheng was first invited to take part in this drama, he loved the script, but was hesitant to accept it because he had been working nonstop for 20 months. He was worried he won’t be able to physically handle it. Now, filming of Ip Man is wrapping up, there is only ten days left and the fighting scenes are the main focus within these ten days. I believe he truly is exhausted, that’s why this accident happened.” The producer expressed when Kevin got hurt, it was like a bolt from the blue and the crew stopped filming immediately. The health of each and every one of the actors are important. “Artists rely on their face to make a living and the injury this time is on his face, that is heartbreaking to me. We all feel heartbroken.” Although Kevin was injured, he still insisted to continue and finish the scene first.

TVB executive Virgina Lok was asked how serious Kevin’s injury was? She said: “I still haven’t gotten the details yet, I just know it’s not a minor injury. We have already made arrangements for him to be back in HK for treatment. (Worried Kevin might get a scar?) He’s a little unhappy, but he’s a man, it’s no problem. However, he has a lot of other things to worry about because he has to attend an event tomorrow, but now we will have to see how to resolve it.”



Kenneth Ma Thinks About Sex Daily

By on October 19th, 2012 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Kenneth Ma

Kenneth Ma has been recently quoted as saying “I think about it(sex) everyday. Don’t all men think about it?”

This was a spontaneous remark during an event for his new drama series “Cold Mountain Hidden Dragon”. Kenneth Ma will portray an assassin named Ximen who is a womanizer. When teased by reporters about his long-hair that made him look perverted, Kenneth responded, “I will not have any problems playing this role because I am just playing myself!”, to which actor Kenny Wong stated, “Kenneth becomes very serious once the camera starts rolling.”


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