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Ada Choi welcomes new baby girl

By spcnet.tv on March 28th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Ada Choi and husband Max Zhang recently welcomed their second new-born, another baby girl, to the world.
According to Asianpopnews, on 26 March, the actor updated his Weibo with the news of Ada’s delivery, stating, “The Zhang family has a new member! My wife, Ada gave birth to a beautiful and healthy baby girl on 25 March 2013.”
“The Grandmaster” actor added, “It’s not easy for a woman to deal with 10 months pregnancy. Life is such a miracle. Thank God!”

Max also uploaded a photo together with the post, showing his two adorable daughters and lovely wife.
“The Legend Of Zhen Huan” actress later responded jokingly, “A family of three beauties. Max Zhang is the happiest man!”
Ada married Max in 2008 and had their first daughter in May 2011.

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“Bu Bu Jing Qing” filming has started

By spcnet.tv on March 4th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

The sequel to 2011′s top drama, “Bu Bu Jing Xin”, entitled “Bu Bu Jing Qing” has begun filming in Tianjin since 2 March.
According to Jayne Stars website, its production company, Tangren recently confirmed the news after the release of “Bu Bu Jing Xin” alternate ending recently.

In a recent interview, Tangren producer Karen Tsai revealed, “Although the modern-day “Bu Bu Jing Qing” will integrate elements of business competition, the main plot will still revolve around love.”

Earlier, Nicky Wu, Cecilia Liu, Ye Zuxin, and Damian Lau were confirmed to appear in “Bu Bu Jing Qing”. However, actor Kevin Cheng has announced that he will not be returning for the drama due to conflicting schedules.

Meanwhile, no official news has been announced regarding Lin Gengxin’s participation in the sequel, as the actor is currently mired in a dispute with his management company, Tangren.

It was also rumoured that mainland Chinese actor Sun Yizhou – known for his role in the “iPartment” series, may be joining the team as well.

“Bu Bu Jing Xin” recently released an alternate ending, in which the modern version of “Fourth Prince” (Nicky Wu) is revealed to be the driver of the car that crashed into Zhang Xiao (Cecilia Liu) and sent her back to the Qing Dynasty as “Ruoxi”.

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Grace Wong: “We slept in separate bedrooms!”

By spcnet.tv on February 19th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

“Friendly Fire” actress Grace Wong recently denied claims of her supposedly ‘losing her virginity’ to her boyfriend during a vacation in Taiwan.

According to Jayne Stars website, the actress, who attended a wedding exhibition on 17 February, explained that she and her boyfriend had stayed in separate rooms during their trip, and denied reports of them sleeping together.

Grace also dismissed claims that she had reunited with her ex-boyfriend, stating that the man in question is someone she had known for quite a while.

The actress stated, “We just started dating, and we both share the same religion. God has helped us a lot.”
Speaking about her new found love, Grace revealed, “We’ve known each other ever since we were in the United States. We kept in contact through emails and telephone calls to ask about each other’s well-being. Ever since he became religious like me, we were able to further connect. He understands me a lot more.”

Asked if they were in Taiwan to meet his parents, Grace replied, “We went to meet his relatives and his priest. We slept in separate rooms, since both of us are against premarital sex. We take this very seriously.”
However, the 26-year-old revealed that she has no plans for marriage anytime soon, stating, “That is still far away. Right now, my priority is my career.”

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“The Grandmaster” to release in US

By spcnet.tv on February 11th, 2013 | Hollywood Movies, Hong Kong Entertainment

Director Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” has been picked up by The Weinstein Company and will soon be seen across cinemas in the Western side of the hemisphere.

Deadline.com broke the news that TWC acquired all the rights in the US and English-speaking Canadian territories from Annapurna as well as the rights to Australia, New Zealand and the UK from Wild Bunch.

“I am pleased to continue our long-time and multi-picture collaboration with TWC on “The Grandmaster”. With Harvey’s (Weinstein) expertise and his passion for this genre, I am confident that he and his team will reach new heights with “The Grandmaster” by cultivating hard-core action fans as well as exciting and pleasing those long-time fans of my films,” said Wong.

Weinstein returned the compliments, praising Wong as an extraordinary filmmaker.

“The Grandmaster” tells the tale of Bruce Lee’s legendary mentor, Ip Man, who crosses path with various Kung Fu masters during the Japanese invasion in the 1930s. The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as the grandmaster as well as Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Chen and Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo.

The epic premiered in the Berlin Film Festival as the opening film on 7 February.

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Edison wishes his exes happiness

By spcnet.tv on February 11th, 2013 | Hong Kong Entertainment, Taiwanese Entertainment

Blissful with his current state of relationship, controversial actor Edison Chen has decided to spread the love and well-wishes all around, and hopes that his former lovers, Cecilia Cheung and Gillian Chung will have the same.
As reported on Jayne Stars website, speaking to the media at a promotional event recently, Edison Chen was asked about Cecilia and Gillian’s blooming relationships. The actor, who is currently dating his former JUICE employee, Ann Hong, clarified that he didn’t know about the news, saying, “I rarely read the news. I hope that each person, and not only the two of them, can happily find a person to love.”

Infatuated with his current love life, Edison added, “Finding someone to love mean more than money. I am not working in this industry caring about how much money I make. When I go home and there is someone there to accompany me, that is already a great joy.”

He expressed, “Money is only a figure. Happiness cannot be purchased with money.”

Having said that, the actor however, denied rumours of an upcoming wedding with his 22-year-old girlfriend. Asked if he considers Ann as a potential wife, the actor said, “I am not sure. It’s too early to tell and it’s unfair to ask me that.”
It has been five years since nude photos of Edison, Gillian and Cecilia rocked the entertainment world. Within the time span, Cecilia Cheung separated from husband, Nicholas Tse and currently has a new pursuer while Gillian Chung was able to make her comeback into the industry and is currently dating Korean movie producer, Kwon.

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Lin Gengxin not in “Bu Bu Jing Qin”

By spcnet.tv on February 7th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

After Kevin Cheng turned down the drama due to his busy schedule, it was reported that another “Bu Bu Jing Xin” actor, Lin Gengxin will not be returning to the sequel as well.

As reported on Jayne Stars website, the drama’s big breakout star was rumoured to have been involved in a conflict with his management company, Chinese Entertainment Shanghai, which coincidentally, is also the production company for the drama.

However, while attending a press conference for GUESS in Nanjing recently, the actor dismissed the rumour, stating, “I’ve heard of the rumour, but aren’t I working now?”

The 24-year-old actor revealed the reason for his absence from the sequel, “Bu Bu Jing Qin”, saying that he has not received a script of the drama.

Lin stated, “I never read the storyboards, nor did I receive the script. I really don’t know if I will be filming it. If I was offered a role, I would very happy to be able to work with my old friends again.”

However, the actor seemed unfazed about the lack of offer. Even without the drama, Lin Gengxin is currently busy, starring as the second male lead in Ruby Lin’s latest drama, “Drama Go Go Go”, and will be playing a significant role in Tsui Hark’s upcoming action film, “Detective Dee the Prequel”

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Raymond Lam’s father not happy with Raymond’s girlfriend, Karena Ng

By spcnet.tv on February 4th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Rumour has it that Raymond Lam’s wealthy old man, Lam Kwok Wah, is not happy with his son’s continuous spending for his rumoured girlfriend, Karena Ng.

As reported on Popular Asians, rumours are rife that the real-estate developer is doubtful about his son’s new relationship with the 19 year-old Karena, as he suspects that she is out for his money.

Raymond’s father was wary of Karena Ng’s romantic past, as the actress has reportedly cohabitated with Ellen Wong’s son, Derek Lim, and was also romantically linked to textile entrepreneur Lam Kin Ming’s son, among other wealthy elite men.
An insider revealed, “Raymond’s father realized that Karena has had many negative rumours despite her young age. She comes from a modest family and her academic achievements were also average. When Raymond’s father saw that his son was taking care of Karena’s entire family not long after dating, Mr. Lam was certain on what was truly happening.”
The source added, “Since Raymond realised his father had complaints, he has not yet arranged to have his girlfriend meet him.”

Last month, the paparazzi reported that Karena Ng has been living in a luxury apartment at the mid-level sections in Hong Kong. Speculating that the actress may not be able to afford the HKD 80,000 rent, rumours started to spread that Raymond has been living with her to pay half the cost.

Although Raymond has since denied the allegations, tabloids discovered that not only has Karena upgraded to luxurious living conditions, her father, Mr. Ng, who works at a roast pork stall, has moved from his previous Shatin residence to take up a 2,000 square feet apartment one block away, with a monthly rent of HKD 90,000 – a monthly cost that seemed irrational for the actress to bear.

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Cecilia sells property to pay dad’s debt

By spcnet.tv on January 28th, 2013 | Hong Kong Entertainment

Rumour has it that Cecilia Cheung has decided to sell her HKD 8 million property to pay for her father’s debt.

Asianpopnews reported that the actress reportedly sold her property to help her father, Cheung Yan Yung, pay off his massive debt after the latter was reported to have been involved in a fraud case in China.

Earlier, it was revealed that posters of Cheung Yan Yung were hung around the streets in Hong Kong reading, “Cecilia’s father: Bearded Yung cheated RMB 2 million and went missing”.

Meanwhile, despite being plagued with debt, senior Cheung was spotted meeting friends at a tea house last week. However, he quickly left the place after realising that he was seen by reporters.

This not the first time that Cecilia paid off her father’s debt. In 1999, a triad threatened to rape her if Cheung Yan Yung, who escaped to Malaysia at the time, failed to pay his debt.

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Kevin Cheng backs out of Bu Bu Jing Xin 2

By spcnet.tv on January 24th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

Kevin Cheng‘s popularity rose immensely with his portrayal of the Eighth Prince in the China drama Scarlet Heart (Bu Bu Jing Xin). His fellow cast members also gained widespread recognition for their roles and allowed all of them a steep increase in pay. Kevin’s earnings went from 100K per episode to 350K per episode. While everyone is anticipating the sequel to the successful BBXJ, Kevin confirmed yesterday that he would not be taking part in the drama as it would conflict with his filming schedule. Kevin expresses his regrets for not being able to film with the original cast and will not be able to reap in the earnings for the 40-episode drama.

Lately Kevin has been busy attending events in Mainland China and it seems like his rise in popularity has no end in sight. With his portrayal of the Eighth Prince, he also created a huge fan base in China. Kevin returned to Hong Kong yesterday to film an advertisement. He revealed that he will be taking part in a new series that will start filming in February, but it won’t be for BBJX2. “Originally BBJX2 was suppose to start in December, but because there were still revisions to the script, it was pushed back until March. I already accepted another project which will start filming in February, so I won’t be able to participate in the sequel. It’s a bit of a regret. But as far as I know, Nicky Wu and Cecilia Liu have already been confirmed for the project. With them leading the drama, I’m sure both the ratings and the reception will be great. If there is an interesting character, perhaps I will make a guest appearance.” As Kevin’s per episode earning is estimated at 350K and with BBJX2 being 40 episodes long, Kevin will likely lose out on a $14 million paycheck. Aside from that, there’s bound to be disappointment from his fans.

Although Lee Lik Chi has been accusing Kevin of speaking horrendous Mandarin and frequently making changes to scripts, Kevin says he hasn’t been paying too much attention to the news and has continued filming dramas. His new project will be another ancient series. After completing ‘Ip Man’, the drama has been slated for release in March. There are rumours that he’ll return to film the sequel with a fee of 500K per episode. Kevin says, “Actually the sequel hasn’t been confirmed yet. We’ll wait to see what the response is like when it is released in March. Even if we do film it will probably be in the summer, but nothing has been set in stone.” There have been reports comparing Kevin, Anthony Wong and Tony Leung’s portrayal of Yip Man. Many have said that Kevin’s portrayal is one that ‘looks good but can’t fight’. Kevin says, “The drama hasn’t even aired, so I hope everyone will watch it first before they make their judgement. I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t even had time to watch ‘The Grandmaster’. I hope I will have to time to watch a production of that calibre.”

Kevin will be traveling to Korea at the end of the month to attend a joint event between TVB and a Korean television station. What does he think of the Korean wave with artists like SS501 and Sistar? Kevin laughs and says he won’t be comparing himself to them and will only be singing. Will he dance PSY’s Gangnam Style? “I won’t be dancing, I’ll stick to singing!”

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Caucasian “Inbound Troubles” Actress Corinna Chamberlain Can Act & Sing

By spcnet.tv on January 21st, 2013 | Hong Kong Entertainment

Though TVB series Inbound Troubles premiered not long ago, it has already become a hot topic for discussion at the dinner table and online, such as the HK-China controversial issues seen in the series. Actually isn’t it great that the series is a light-hearted comedy and not too heavy? Isn’t it great the series has refreshing cast and pairings?

Aside from the leads Wong Cho Lam, Roger Kwok, Joey Meng, Ivana Wong and Louis Cheung creating exceptional amount of sparks, a lot of people are talking about the Inbound Troubles supporting characters. Wong Cho Lam’s best buddy, “Sai Sai Lap”, played by Siu Bo suddenly rose to popularity. She might just be another fat girl, but she stands out because she’s cute and funny.

In the series, Ivana Wong has a Caucasian best friend “Nip Siu Yin” played by Corinna Chamberlain. She was born to a New Zealand father and an Australian mother, but she was born and grew up in Hong Kong. Her character caught a lot of attention because she frequently starts crying out of the blue.

Corinna may be a Caucasian girl, but she is very fluent in Cantonese, even better than a lot of local HK artists. She can compare to former TVB Caucasian actor Gregory Rivers. Actually Corinna graduated from the HK Academy for Performing Arts (HKAPA) in 2006 and this isn’t her first TVB series. She has appeared in several series before, namely You’re Hired!, Every Move You Make, and Silver Spoon, Sterling Shackles. She can consider to have rich acting experiences.

Aside from acting, Corinna can sing too! When she was studying in HKAPA, she majored in musical theater. She has a good music foundation and singing skills. Corinna sang Jacky Cheung’s Love Is Eternity (愛是永恆) before and in 2007 she participated in the chorus at pop queen Sandy Lam’s concert. In addition, she sang a duet with William So 來夜方長. She clearly has the singing skills and has listened to many HK singers’ music before.

Here are some videos of her singing

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