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The Stephen Chow Sing Chi directed and produced Luanr New Year film MERMAID (MEI YUN YU) since its Lunar New Year's Day release has been on top of the Mainland and Hong Kong Lunar New Year Chinese film charts. At the same time it also broke the Chinese film opening day box office record. As of two days ago (on the 11th) its Hong Kong cumulative box office was HK$ 16,639,720. In the Mainland it even broke 1 billion RMB in 92 hours. Sing Yeh not only thanked the audience but he was also the most touched that he was able to through this love story make everyone understand the importance of environmental protection.

Sing Yeh admitted that a comedy that truly makes the audience laugh was not easy to make. When he made each film he cared the most about whether the audience would like it or not. The audience had to like it for it to perform well at the box office. He said, "You don't have to think about the box office. As long as the audience likes it it is good. The audience is the most important. (Which is the most beautiful love story and your favorite fairy tale?) Hahaha, didn't I just make it? For now MERMAID's love and fairy tale performance are already very appropriate."

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After the Lunar New Year, Leon Lai Ming, Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Michelle Yeoh (Yeung Chi King)'s new film will open next week. However the film companies plan to go against tradition and have zero promotion. The Lai Ming, Wang Luodan and Sandrine Pinna (Cheung Yung Yung) starred THE SECRET (SIU SUT DIK OI YUN) has already held its Mainland press conference and promotions in October. At the time it was planned for a year end release, but due to scheduling it was postponed until after Valentine's Day with advanced screenings the day of. Lai Ming earlier frequently attended promotions and interacted on social media. However he said that he would be so busy with work that he was unable to promote in Hong Kong again. For now he will only attend the film's February 18th premiere. CROUCHING TIGER HIDDEN DRAGON: SWORD OF DESTINY will also open next week, but both leads will be busy. Yeung Chi King said that she would only attend the Beijing promotions, while Yen Chi Tan will be busy with STAR WARS in England.

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0213-00282-020b1.jpg?t=1455315772385Gong Li reveals to Matt Chung that she has fallen for being on wires
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International Best Actress Gong Li earlier appeared on Cable's Film Montage to talk about her character the White Bone Spirit in this year's Lunar New Year film THE MONKEY KING 2 (SAI YAU GEI ji SUEN NG HUNG SAM DA BAK GWUT JING). She not only had many fight scenes with Aaron Kwok Fu Sing but also tried wire work. Gong Li admitted, "Flying back and forth really is a lot of fun, when I have time I want to try it again."

Gong Li said that after making COMING HOME she has been waiting for a character that was completely different. Finally the "White Bone Spirit" arrived. Even when she had to spend 5 to 6 hours to have her face spray painted, she thought it was well worth the effort. "Just director (Soi) Cheang Po Shui and action director (Sammo) Hung Kam Bo were already very attractive. Kwok Fu Sing grew up very quickly in the past ten years and won many awards. I was very happy to work with him, I really was reluctant to part!" Gong Li even revealed that when she heard Sing Sing was interested in directing, she immediately offered to perform.

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6323cd90cff084683d635a13b97306ad.jpgTRIVISA is about three of Hong Kong's most wanted
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This year over 20 international films were selected for the Berlin International Film Festival competition. Only CROSS CURRENT represented Chinese film in competition. Hong Kong film TRIVISA (SHU DA JIU FUNG) was also invited to participate in the forum. Johnnie To Kei Fung and Yau Nai Hoi produced the film with new directors Frank Hui Hok Man, Jevons Au Man Kit and Vicky Wong Wai Kit. The film is based on real people and events. Jordan Chan Siu Chun, Richie Jen (Yam Yin Chai) and Gordon Lam Ka Tung play three of Hong Kong's most wanted.

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Action movie star Jackie Chan (成龍) and Pierce Brosnan are filming new movie, The Foreigner in London but the bus explosion scene caused fear to the nearby residents and received complaints as well.

Caused false alarm to the public

The location scene was filmed in Lambeth Bridge which was close to the parliament. At that point, the bus was blew up which caused panic to the residents and tourists who assumed it was terrorist attack. The witness described there was fire and heavy black smokes when the bus exploded but realised it was a false alarm upon knowing it was for filming movie purpose.

Received complaints from the residents

The producer for The Foreigner movie explained they had issued notification to the nearby residents and made sufficient warnings such as distributing flyers. However, the residents remained unsatisfied and complained to the relevant authority. They expressed the notifications was inadequate and it reminded them of the terrorist attack during year 2005. But Port of London disclosed the firefighters were prepared before the filming in case of any accidents.

Mistook as terrorist attack

Jackie Chan is in London when accepting a telephone interview from ON.CC (東網) and disclosed the area was closed to the public before the filming started. They also pasted notifications about filming explosion scene but he was shocked upon knowing the residents mistook as terrorist attack. In fact, the production applied permission to film the scene around 6 months ago and it was finally approved. He added there was several scenes which had yet to film with unknown locations and the movie should wrap up in mid March 2016.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Kathy Chow's (周汶錡) precious son, Jacques already has celebrity look even before growing up and she has been uploading photos of Jaques on social networking website at times. This time, Kathy shared another photo of Jacques eating and said he had beautiful face features and an Eurasian baby. In the photo, Jacques keeps smiling when eating and many netizens commented that they wished to feed him as well.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Bobby Au Yeung becomes 'hero' to extinguish the fire near his house

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image.jpg image.jpg     Artiste Bobby Au Yeung (歐陽震華) was filming a fire scene for House of Spirits (一屋老友記) series in Tseung Kwan O TVB City on Day 4 of the Lunar New Year but it turned out he had became the 'hero' in a fire case on Day 1 of the New Year. He said: "Was doing house visiting on Day 1 of the Lunar New Year and saw the maid was pointing everywhere. Hence, I tried to find out and saw there was heavy flames when walking out. The guard then took the fire extinguisher but did not know how to use it and sprayed it on my whole body with flour instead. Thus, I took the fire extinguisher by myself to spray on the fire and did not expect some people did not know how to use it." After Bobby extinguish the fire, he returned to the house to take a shower: "My maid asked me what happened and I told her it was snowing. Fortunately, the neighbour went out to work and I saw it."

When mentioned about filming fire scene for House of Spirits series, Bobby said: "The fire is smaller compared to ones near my house." He added he had 'vacation sickness' after resting for several days.

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
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Aaron Kwok is not celebrating Valentine's Day?

Friday February 12, 2016 Hong Kong

 

 

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Heavenly King Aaron Kwok (郭富城) attended New Year event at racecourse and when mentioned about The Monkey King 2 (西遊記之孫悟空三打白骨精) movie received 300 million at the box office for two days in Mainland China, he said: "Many people praised the movie after watching it and it is worth the ticket price. All the efforts are worth it! (Celebration party?) Let's wait for the movie company to arrange it. We did many promotion campaigns and celebrated New Year with our family after that. (How many times did you watch it?) I watched it thrice but have not watch it with my mother yet. Might book a theatre to watch it with my siblings."

Left leg is injured and needs to undergo surgery

Aaron disclosed many movies will be airing this year and he will be opening his concert in August 2016 but the ligament on his left leg was injured. Hence, he needed to undergo surgery after filming Never Died Radio Waves (新永不消逝的電波) movie in March. Aaron said: "Many sportsmen undergo this surgery and need 6 months for full recovery but holding the concert should not be a problem. (Increase your insurance coverage?) The insurance company does not allow it. (Not attending Hong Kong Film Award?) Depending on the legs condition."

Not celebrating Valentine's Day?

Aaron disclosed he will be filming in Shanghai after several days and when asked about the celebrations for Valentine's Day, he said: "I always place less importance on other occasions and Lunar New Year is most vital. (Did your mother tell you to bring your girlfriend Moka (方媛) home for New Year?) Not talking about it. (When to get married?) Concentrating on my career and let's not talk about ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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image.jpg image.jpg     Twins members, Charlene Choi (蔡卓妍) and Gillian Chung (鍾欣潼) uploaded photo of themselves with Hui Chun (揮春) words on Weibo. Charlene said: "Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜發財)! Happy New Year (新年快樂)! Good Health (身體健康)! Wan Shi Ru Yi (萬事如意)! May all your wishes come true (心想事成)!" Gillian Chung wrote: "Twins and others wish everyone a Happy New Year (新年快樂), Good Health (身體健康), Gong Xi Gong Xi (恭喜恭喜)! Happiness and not gaining weight is most important!"

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
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Long-time ATV staffer blasts broadcasters top investors and useless government over stations troubles

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On the morning of November 24, 1987, Beccon Lau Pui-chun found himself on Broadcast Drive, busily setting up a temporary news library in a slightly charred corridor of ATV headquarters.

Having survived the overnight level-four fire that nearly burnt down the station, Lau and his comrades from the news team pushed themselves to achieve one mission.

We insisted on bringing the newscast back despite the fire, said Lau, 60, chief librarian of ATVs news team.

Lau recalled a large wooden table was set up as a temporary editing desk in a relatively intact room. Even arch-rival TVB offered a helping hand so that ATV could continue broadcasting,

Our equipment wasnt at its best, but we were very united as a team, said Lau, who joined the broadcaster as a messenger when he was just 18. Morale was high.

But nearly 29 years later, everything had fallen apart. Since last Friday, after the station failed to pay the two months of salaries it owed to some of its 300 employees, ATV could no longer continue its newscasts as many in the news team walked out.

The dozen who decided to stay on, including Lau, had no clue what the future held. To an ATV veteran like Lau, affectionately known as Uncle Gun by his colleagues, the present situation was the most heartbreaking moment he had witnessed in his four decades at the station.

Recalling the past, Lau said: Deacon Chiu Te-ken [ATV owner from 1982 to 1988] might have been stingy, but he never owed us wages. Lim Por-yen [ATV owner from 1988 to 1998] lost money, but it was ATVs golden era. We had the best programmes and he treated staff very well.

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