Recently, famous Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi posed for a series of photos for Italian fashion magazine Muse. Muse used the striking phrase "China Girl" to describe the actress, symbolizing that Zhang is still the Chinese face most recognized by overseas media. (People's Daily)
To mark the 100th anniversary of the International Women's Day and changes of role of woman in modern society, 10 Mainland films made by women filmmakers over the past three decades will be shown in the "Chinese Film Panorama 2010: A Feminine Perspective" from October 14 to November 7. FBA: Mei Ah takes Grand Master rights
The Grand Master, which takes another look at Ip Man, the martial arts ace credited with teaching the wing chun style of kung fu to Bruce Lee, is tentatively set for release at 2011 Chinese New Year (Jan-Feb).
More on Stephen Chow's New Journey to the West. Chow has personally invited Maggie Cheung to appear in his film. In addition, Will and Jaden Smith may be guest stars. Taking advantage of the Monkey King's legendary 72 transformation, Chow will use this as a premise to cast many celebrities and guest stars. (Xinhua), 2 [I can see Maggie now as Princess Iron Fan!]
Josie Ho, Jude Law in 2006 photo
Josie Ho was tight-lipped about working with Jude Law in Contagion but leaked that she had dined with the actor.
Elaine Ng was in Hong Kong for a skin care brand yesterday. She resides in Shanghai and is a former actress most well known as the mother of Jackie Chan's "Dragon Seed" daughter who is now 11 years old. Still unmarried, Ng says her daughter knows who her father is but they rarely discuss it. (Xinhua)
Fuzzy Photos Dept: Faye Wong recently celebrated husband Li Yapeng's birthday in Beijing. At one point, Faye coaxed friend Zhao Wei on stage to join her for a karaoke rendition of a Karen Mok song, 'He Doesn't Love Me'.
Rosemary was officially charged with 3 misdemeanor counts for her auto accident involving the Reno arch: hit-and-run, illegal right turn and not having insurance. The trial date for these charges will be on Dec. 8. The court hearing date for the more serious felony drug possession arrest is on Oct. 19. (Sina)
Hong Kong media reports that Cecilia Cheung will join Raymond Wong's Lunar New Year film costarring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo and Carina Lau. New Year films are always fun, popular and an easy role for a mother like Cecilia. That, and the stellar cast were given as reasons for Wong's ability to lure Ceci back. Besides the Hong Kong and Beijing premieres, Cecilia will not be required to participate in the normal publicity tour of cities. (Sina), (Xinhua)
New Westward Journey will begin filming in February. The Stephen Chow produced and written prequel to his earlier Monkey King films will be directed by Derek Kwok Chi-Kin. Casting was not announced but Chow has been recruiting new actors recently. (Sina)
Posters for Distant Thunder
Zhang Jiarui's (Red River) new film is described as a mainland 'Rouge' (Sina)
Vignettish "road movie" about two Filipino workers on their day off in Taipei is slim but likable.
Interesting note: As well as many filmmakers and delegations, foreign industry guests at the 12th Pyongyang Festival included Hong Kong producer Shi Nansun (with a new print of Tsui Hark's classic 1984 comedy Shanghai Blues). (FBA)
The cast of Legend of the Fist held an event in Beijing to celebrate its box office success during the Mid-Autumn Festival holiday period.
Anthony Wong on harmonica
Andrew Lau, Ryu Kohata
Andrew Lau, Shu Qi, Huo Siyan, Chen Jiajia, Anthony Wong, Ryu Kohata
Director Lau revealed that in the first cut the original ending was eight minutes longer and that he hoped the scene would be used to open the sequel. (Sina-gallery), (Xinhua-gallery) With her string of successful films on the mainland since Confession of Pain, her films Blood Brothers, If You Are the One, Looking For a Star, and City on Alert have been big box office earners, Shu Qi's being dubbed Queen of the Mainland. Elsewhere, it's been reported that Shu Qi recently bought a 14M yuan villa in Beijing. (Xinhua)
Shawn Dou Xiao
Zhang Yimou returned to his alma mater, Beijing Film Academy, with the young stars of Under the Hawthorn Tree. (Sina-gallery)
Jennifer Tse promoting Breast Cancer Awareness (Sept.29)
Rosemary and boyfriend Jason return to Hong Kong from France where she's been hiding out since mid-September after her Labor Day arrest in Reno, NV. Her demeanor was reportedly better now that her legal situation has somewhat eased. (Sina)