Tang Wei can't catch a break. Outside a hotel media scrum, Tang Wei stopped to pick up a photograher's flash unit that had fallen to the ground. Her reward for the good deed? The photographers take the opportunity to shoot a picture down her blouse! A case of flash for flash.
Zhao Wei is reportedly returning to Gordon Chan's follow up to Painted Skin but Chen Kun is said to have declined to participate. (21cn)
Hong Kong media reports that Jet Li will begin shooting Tony Ching Siu-Tung's White Snake in August and then in September he will join in Tsui Hark's New Dragon Inn cast. Polybona is said to be willing to pay Jet who earned no salary for Ocean Paradise a hefty US$12M fee. Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Guei Lun-Mei have already been attached to the $300M yuan project. Donnie Yen is said to have turned down a role as he was busy and did not want to reprise his role. [And maybe a feud with Jet Li?] (21cn) CRI: Jet Li Nets $12 Million for New Action Role
CRI: Cecilia Cheung, Tony Leung to Star in Chinese Version of 'The Illusionist'
The film, entitled "Da Moshu Shi" ("Great Magician"), is a story about two childhood sweethearts set during the early part of the twentieth century. Yee had intended to keep the film a secret until it was discovered by the Guangzhou Daily. Information about the film was found on the Web site of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT).
Tony Leung is set to play the role of the intelligent illusionist, while Cheung will play a concubine to a warlord.
Earlier Cecilia had attended actor-director Stephen Chow's CJ7 2 press conference and the two was reportedly discussing plans for a sequel to King of Comedy.
Zhang Jiabei's latest film, Midnight Hearbeat or Midnight Pulse, is inspired by classmateTakashi Miike's horror stylings. The film stars Simon Yam and Francis Ng. Currently in post-production in Japan after completion in February, the supporting cast also includes four rising female stars: Yao Di, Li Nian, Liu Yuxin and Yang Yuyu. A synopsis says the film is about bizarre murders in a hospital ICU. A September release is planned. (Sina), 2, 3 [Thanks, to V]
Local comedy Welcome to Shamatown made RMB22 million ($3.2 million) at the box office in China over six days after opening on 22 June.
The success of the debut film by Li Weiran confirms the marketability of actor Sun Honglei. Peter Lee's romantic comedy My Fair Gentleman (aka Dirt Rich in Shanghai), also starring Sun, was a moderate hit last year grossing $3 million. Shamatown also stars Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling.
Gillian Chung, Alex Fong Lik-Sun promote Fantastic Water Babes
Theresa Fu will take to the shopping malls to promote her photo album since hers is among the books banned from the Book Fair by the TDC. (Sina)
Lynn Xiong/Hung Doi Lam's manager denied rumors by Ming Pao that hint that she is involved in the Chongqing hotel 'immoral transactions' scandal brewing. (Sina)
SG: Eason Chan: David Tao's album is not good enough
After the [Golden Melody] awards show, the disgruntled Eason was spotted having supper with fellow Hong Kong singer, Karen Mok, who also lost out to A-Mei on the Best Female Singer award.
While Karen tried covering up her disappointment when interviewed, Eason could hardly keep his discontentment to himself.
Chile and Slovakia were both eliminated today yesterday. Brazil looked dominating in beating Chile and, likewise, Netherlands had little difficulty in disposing of Slovakia earlier this morning. Things are beginning to shape up for an exciting final if the remaining favorites come through. I'm hoping for Brazil vs Argentina/Spain/Portugal.
This morning, Japan was eliminated by Paraguay after 120 minutes and the draw forced the teams into the penalty kick phase. Scrappy Japan and Paraguay battled evenly through two regular periods and the two overtime periods. Paraguay led 3-2 in penalty kicks when Japan's next attempt struck the crossbar and failed to go in. Paraguay and Japan each scored in the fourth frame but when Paraguay added the fifth and final goal Japan was done for the day. Team Japan and its fans were visibly in tears in the aftermath.
Spain vs Portugal was everything fans expected the match to be. Spain played with well mounted attacks while Portugal showed flashes of offense. Spain's passes were crisp and sustained pressure on Portugal.Their play impressive. Portugal's keeper was compelled to make numerous saves and Spain missed opportunity after opportunity by only small margins. Finally Spain scored early in the second half. Late in the half Portugal played shorthanded when one of its player was tossed with a red card in a seeming non-event. Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo seemed of little note in this match. Final score, 1-0, Spain.
Dreams is time travelling animated film that aims for Miyazaki style visuals. A boy enters a time tunnel and travels to the ancient city of Jingsha, Chengdu.5 years in the making, the film is directed by Chen Deming from a script by Su Xiaohong and opens July 10.
THR: Daniel Wu hopes to export HK success to Hollywood
"I find that Americans still have a very big stereotype toward what Asians are, and I don't feel a need to perpetuate that stereotype. So when a good character comes along, I'm all for it. I'm ready. I'd be very open to it," Wu said. Variety: Love in a Puff
A lighter-than-air yarn about two cheerful nicotine enthusiasts, Hong Kong romancer "Love in a Puff" is an unfiltered delight. Pang Ho-cheung gets the balance exactly right with this well-realized vehicle for Miriam Yeung and Shawn Yue, which also plays like a poem to that most cinematic of vices, smoking. http://hkmdb.com/news/?p=5642
Hollywood producer Mike Medavoy said that a good film should touch people emotionally. It was proved in his latest work "Shanghai".
A press conference for the action thriller "Triple Tap" was held in Beijing on June 28th. (Sina)
In the film, Li portrays a manager at a financial company. When Yee was asked to describe Li in real life, he said Li was strong, but inside she was a tender woman. As soon as the voice faded, a tear came out of Li's eyes. "It's very touching that the director understands me," explained Li.
Unfortunately, "Triple Tap" could not capitalise on this intriguing premise. Yee made his big reveal somewhere in the middle of the film, completely shutting down the suspense of finding out what actually transpired during the robbery and who was behind it.
Cecilia Cheung - Shanghai
Cecilia will begin work on Derek Yee's film with Tony Leung Chiu-Wai in February.
Alec Su (left), director Zhang Fanfan during a media visit to the set
Alec Su, Pace Wu
Pace Wu in character
The Hidden Chamber of Secrets, a mystery film about serial murders, stars Alec Su and Pace Wu is currently filming in Beijing. He plays a novelist, she plays his wife. The story of horror takes place within 24 hours in a locked house with 8 people. One by one they die. Zhang Fanfan directs the film scheduled to open Oct. 29. (Sina)