Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12.13.2011 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

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THR: The Flowers of War review
The Bottom Line: An unconvincing yarn of hookers, convent girls and a phony priest during the Nanjing massacre.
ScreenDaily: The Flowers of War review, (HKMDB)
Bale is a tad hammy as the self-interested American who finds his heroic streak, but the supporting actors are all luminous.
Zhang Yimou's great gift for stories of resilient women serves him well in this uniquely harrowing account of the rape of Nanjing.
"I asked Steven Spielberg, who is a friend, to read the English script and recommend actors," Zhang said at a press conference following the premiere.
Flowers' female lead, newcomer Ni Ni, put herself out on a limb when asked if she felt a steamy scene between her character and Bale's was necessary, as in Ang Lee's Lust, Caution -- which had its sex scenes removed and earned a two-year industry ban for actress Tang Wei. 
CRI: 'The Flowers of War' Debuts in Beijing

Ni Ni at Beijing premiere (Sina)

The comedy is broad and physical and the sometime confusing narrative takes a long time to gel.

Movie Review: 'White Vengeance' (CRI)
We Chinese are weird, weird people. We always expect something extra out of what we do. And that extra is a big deal. For example, when ancient historians wrote history, they were not content with just recording exactly what had happened, so they embellished it to show off their literary talent. The result is that we now read these historical records as literature - good literature though - without knowing for sure what exactly happened.
Another example: When we watch a movie, we not only expect it to be entertaining, but also want it to be educational. If it's a historical film, we want it to reflect history as it was, although there is no way of ascertaining which version is the true one, because the historical records are more literary than realistic.

CRI:  Tsui Hark Premieres His 3-D 'Dragon Gate'
Director Tsui Hark led the star-studded cast of his new 3-D martial-arts film "Flying Swords of Dragon Gate" in promoting the movie's premiere Monday in Beijing.

Mavis Fan, Zhou Xun - Still (Sina)
Li Yuchun, Tsui Hark, Chen Kun, Guei Lun-Mei
Shanghai premiere (Dec.13)

How do the various versions of the film differ?

CF: 'Love' to Highlight Next Year's Valentine's Day
MSN: Ethan Ruan and Vicki Zhao talk ‘Love’
Featuring a star-studded cast that comprises of Vicki Zhao, Ethan Ruan, Eddie Peng, Mark Chao, Shu Qi, Ivy Chen and Amber Kuo, Love tells of four different love stories based on different themes

The first promotional trailer revealing the concept behind the upcoming movie "Chinese Zodiac", co-produced by JCE Entertainment Ltd., Huayi Brothers and Emperor Mothion Pictures, was released on December 12. 
Accompanied by a rapid and fierce rhythm, and presented in a chilling style, the trailer provides glimpses of thrilling gun battles, parachute dives, car races and ferocious dogfight combat scenes; declaring that the authentic Jackie Chan kung fu movie is back.
FBA: Chinese group (Bona Film Group) raises stakes in English-lang film 
Yu confirmed that Wong Kar-wai's long awaited The Grandmasters, once scheduled to be part of this year's Christmas crush, is still some months away from being ready. "It will be released some time between next summer and Christmas 2012."

CF: Bai Baihe in Pure and Fresh Look
Bai Baihe, lead actress of the hit romance film, 'Love is not Blind', recently poses for a photo shoot to cover a Japanese style magazine in pure and fresh look

Viann Zhang Xinyu

Boyfriend actor Ron Ng declined to comment on [Viann] Zhang Xinyu’s photos with her ex-boyfriend.
A number of intimate photos of Chinese model-actress was leaked and circulated online since yesterday.
HK actor Ron Ng has stepped forward to explain why a photo of model-actress Viann Zhang [No Liar, No Cry] lounging in a bed was published on his micro-blog.
Ng also side-stepped queries on whether Zhang had deliberately posted the photo on his blog, saying that he "never bothered about that".
Reports have been speculating on whether Zhang's motivation could have been to promote herself as a newcomer.
CRI:  Edison Chen Apologizes for Recent Photo Scandal
The young model had been left red-faced at the event after falling on her butt during the show.
Decked in a long red dress with plunging neckline, Hannah was reportedly worried about wearing a pair of 15-inch heels for the show.
MSN: Vivian Chow spotted at the gynaecologist
The Hong Kong actress is said to be making preparations for a ‘Dragon baby’
Shiu, who appeared smiling radiantly at a promotional event yesterday in Hong Kong, promised that she will explain the matter next time, which is taken to mean that she is silently admitting her marriage.
Chan explained that he had already planned to resign for some time, in order to embark on an overseas study tour and gain new experiences.
MSN: Netizens blast Vanness Wu for lack of respect towards God
After a tree-lighting ceremony, the singer uploaded a picture of himself at the toilet urinal on to his microblog, and was condemned by netizens for his blasphemous deed
Responding to the outburst, the singer's manager Katie explained that Vanness thought that the plants in the toilet were special, so he asked a staff member to help him take the picture.

Sun Fei Fei walked away from a photo session on the red carpet without realising that TV host Fang Ling was stepping on her dress. Some netizens said her look of suprise looked too fake. This has led to speculation that this was all a publicity stunt. A1: More photos, and a gallery of wardrobe malfunctions:


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