Thursday, May 31, 2012

5.31.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

CF: "37" Premieres in Beijing
CF: Taiwan and Hong Kong Films Sweep Chinese Film Media Awards
Ann Hui
Deanie Ip
Lau Ching-Wan
Johnnie To

Ni Ni

Zhang Ziyi
Aarif Lee, Ni Ni
(Sina), 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

CF: Shawn Yue's Image in "Motorway" Unveiled
Starring Shawn Yue and Anthony Wong, the gangster film "Motorway" is set to hit mainland cinemas on June 21. Prior to its release, a series of photos have been released which gives audiences a glimpse of the leading roles' images in the film.
CF: Gong Li on China-US Film Ties
CF: More than A Dress
Chinese actress Gong Li, who was an award present guest at this year's Cannes, once said that she wouldn't grace the red carpet if her films were not nominated for film festivals.
But it seemed that most of the Chinese mainland actresses who appeared on the Cannes red carpet this year were only there to show off their glorious dresses.
A running joke this year is that when reporting on the Paris Fashion Week, many foreign publications accidentally labelled actress Li Xiaolu's photo under Fan's name, suggesting that though Chinese stars attend these events, they are still largely unrecognized.
As actress Zhang Ziyi said last year, without films, Cannes is colorless. The best way to look good on the red carpet is to wear a beautiful dress, while promoting an actual film.

TaipeiTimes: Pop Stop
CNA:  Zhang Ziyi vows to seek justice over false reports "whatever the cost"

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

5.30.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

CF/THR: Dangerous Liaisons: Cannes Review
An interesting twist on a classic plot, Dangerous Liaisons is essentially a deluxe soap opera. But with its beautiful cast and gorgeous production design, it is still a highly enjoyable way to waste two hours.
CF: China Lion Eyes U.S. Market With Cannes Pickups
... it has a deal with AMC Entertainment to screen up to 15 titles a year, include the raunchy Hong Kong comedy Vulgaria, Taiwanese romantic comedies Girlfriend Boyfriend and When A Wolf Falls In Love With A Sheep, warlord actioner The Bullet Vanishes and Thai martial arts pic Rebirth.

The production company for the upcoming thriller "Nightmare", which is directed by Herman Yau and starring Fiona Sit, Huang Xuan and Zhou Chuchu, announced its July 6th mainland release date yesterday.

Chen Kaige, known for his top award-winning film at Cannes "Farewell to My Concubine," has turned his focus to ordinary people and hot topics in modern times in his latest film.
The film revolves around the problems caused by internet violence and "flesh searches" in modern society.

A few of the character posters for "Caught in the Web"
Yao Chen

Gao Yuanyuan

Wang Xueqi

Wang Luodan (Sina)

Director Lu Chuan's first micro film "The Way of the Heart" releases its poster.

In more micro film news, actress Huang Yi is directing her first micro film, "Exchange", based on a true incident in which a female university student inspired by the 'paperclip for a villa' (see links below) exchanged two rings and in four months after three more exchanges built a classroom building. Huang Yi developed an interest in micro films when she was invited to act in another micro film earlier. This time, she was invited by the Shanghai International Film Festival's director of micro film projects to direct and Huang readily accepted. 
Huang Yi

Huang Yi and young actors (Sina)
Student barters rings to build school in Guizhou
From paper-clip to house, in 14 trades

Vicki Zhao's directorial debut "To Our Past Youth" finished shooting in Nanjing and Shanghai, and the cast and crew are in the midst of their shoot at the Huangguoshu Waterfall, a famous scenic spot in Guizhou Province.

Another June edition of L'Officiel, with Huang Yi on the cover this time.

The Hong Kong actor is said to have become more caring and cheerful after officially ending his marriage recently

Zhang Ziyi, as ambassador of the event, was all smiles at the 12th Chinese Film Media Awards last night

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5.29.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

FBA: New Perfect Two review
Vehicle for Taiwan singer Vic Chou is thin but okay, and very well packaged.

CF:Cast and crew Promote "Passion Island" in Beijing, (Sina)
CF: "Under the Temptation" Released Teaser Poster
On June 8, the film will open in mainland theatres. The cast includes Liu Hua, Feng Lei, Bian Yuan, and Dong Lifan, and deals with a group of Average Joes – a taxi driver, a salesman, a doctor – who fight amongst each other over 5 million yuan

Greed kills (Sina)

Poster for Derek Tsang and Jimmy Wan's "Lacuna"

Joan Chen is back working behind the camera as director and screenwriter for "SARS Sweetheart" set in Shanghai during the SARS epidemic. The short film, produced by Alexi Tan, is one of a series of female-directed shorts in the "ELLE 5.20 I Love You" series. Jiang Yiyan and South Korean actor Teo Yoo are the leads in Chen's film.

Two days ago, comic actor Peng Bo ("Crazy Stone", "Crazy GPS", "Crazy Stupid Thieves") was seriously injured in an auto accident in Shanghai and is in the intensive care unit in the hospital. His assistant was driving the car when he tried to overtake an oncoming truck to catch up with a crew vehicle before it hit a tree on the roadside. Peng was resting in the back seat when the accident happened. An updated report says that his condition has stabilized today.

A1: Zhang Ziyi in paid sex scandal with Bo Xilai: Reports
Zhang Ziyi's legal team issued an open letter to Apple Daily on Weibo demanding a retraction and an apology. (Sina)

MSN: Faye Wong and Li Yapeng are not having more children
Faye's 15-year-old daughter, Dou Jing Tong, whose father is Faye's ex-husband Dou Wei, also attended the opening ceremony, where her mature style attracted media attention.
Dou Jingtong

Bobby Yip, Rainbow Woo and (ex-Edison Chen girlfriend) Cammi Tse recently shot a series of photos in Tokyo to promote an online game.
Rainbow Woo, Bobby Yip, Cammi Tse

Monday, May 28, 2012

5.28.2012 - News [Roast Pork Sliced From A Rusty Cleaver] (飲水思源)

ChinaDaily: A Hong Kong odyssey
Hong Kong cinema is merging into the larger Chinese cinema, gaining strength and at the same time losing its own identity.

CF: An Extras' Life in Hengdian
CF: Gong Li Unveils New Projects at Cannes
MSN: Gong Li denies pregnancy rumours, (CNA)
In other related news, the actress will be starring in the Hollywood movie, Marco Polo, later in the year where she will be portraying a Mongolian queen.

CF: Actress Qin Lan's New Film "Be A Mother" to Release in June
CF: Angelababy Dancing in "The First Time", (Sina)
The romance film "The First Time", starring Angelababy and Mark Chao, is set to hit cinemas on June 8. A collection of still shots featuring Angelababy dancing have been released prior to the film's release.

"Double Trouble" will be opening in North American AMC Theatres on June 8. It will play in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, New York and Seattle. In Canada, the film will be released in Vancouver and Toronto.

"Double Trouble" trailer

(May 27) Beijing premiere for producer Pang Ho-Cheung's "Lacuna" gets an assist from local Hooter's girls.
Co-director Derek Tsang

Shawn Yue, Pang Ho-Cheung, Derek Tsang
Mia Yam, Lawrence Chou, Shawn Yue  (Sina)

Three of a set of character posters for the mainland release of cop drama "Black & White"

Mark Chao

Huang Bo 
Mark Chao, Huang Bo

Back from Cannes, Yang Mi is busy in the studio recording a song for the OST of "Wu Dang".

New photos showing Zhou Xun transformed into an ice spirit for Wuershan's "Painted Skin 2"

Brigitte Lin (2nd right) attending a recent A-Mei concert at Hung Hom Coliseum


A-Mei and guest Kenny B (Sina-slideshow)

Another look at Zhang Xinyi's tattoo (first seen here), from a recent OK! Magazine event.

Sina: Terence Chang issued a statement denying recent rumors that John Woo had throat or pancreatic cancer or a heart ailment. According to him, Woo had the beginnings of a throat tumor removed at the beginning of the year in Taipei and went to the US to rest but he was not hospitalized there as reported. John Woo also called the media and reassured them that he was in good health and only had a small tumor on the neck that had spread to his tonsils removed. 2, 3