Korean TV channels are canceling entertainment shows to show their condolences to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster that happened Wednesday morning.

Public broadcaster MBC yesterday decided to cancel all of its weekend entertainment shows, including live music program “Music Core” and reality shows “We Got Married” and “Infinite Challenge.” They were originally scheduled for today.

MBC will instead screen the documentary film “Hello?! Orchestra” at 5 p.m. The rest of the agenda will be used to deliver the latest breaking news.

Sunday reality shows “Dad, Where Are You Going?” and “Real Men” on MBC are also being postponed, but the weekend drama “Jang Bori Has Come!” and “Hotel King” will air as usual.

Music programs of other public broadcasters such as KBS’s “Music Bank” and SBS’s “Inkigayo” will not be aired, and cable channels Mnet and tvN are halting shows such as “M Countdown,” “Grandpas over Flower,” “SNL Korea” and “Comedy Big League.”

“It is an unwritten rule in the business to not broadcast entertaining shows when such a big tragedy happens,” said one industry insider. “It was a similar situation in 2010 with the Cheonan case.”

JoongAng Daily

read full article...

courtesy of on.cccourtesy of singtao.comcourtesy of mingpao.com
Simon Yam Tat Wa accepted a Cable television interview to promote his new film THE ICEMAN 3D (3D BING FUNG HUP: CHUNG SUN JI MOON). He had few fight scenes in the film as he carried a gun for most of it. He joked, '(Donnie) Yen Chi Tan is afraid that I fight better than him!"

Yam Tat Wa admired how demanding Yen Chi Tan was about action scene. One scene that was shot on the Changbai Mountain was completed under the danger of the cold and an avalanche. "I can't take the cold because I have less body fat. On the twenty degrees Celsius below zero Changbai mountain it was even worse." Yam Tat Wa after making THE ICEMAN became very afraid of the cold. He even chose hot beverages. He joked, "I hope there won't be THE ICEMAN 3!"

Speaking of the Ching Ma Bridge gun fight, because the government did not approve an actual location shoot the team in the end had to construct a set to complete it. Brother Wa lamented that making a movie in Hong Kong had many restrictions, in turn increasing the production cost.

Source

read full article...

First Stop: Funeral




Jacky Cheung helped manager Chan Suk Fun out of the hall




Second stop: Hong Kong ColiseumThird Stop: cremation (Diamond Hill Crematorium)
Fourth stop: cleansing banquet (Whampoa). Daugher Cheung Lai Fong arrived with family and declined any interview.courtesy of singtao.comCheung Yiu Wing's eldest son Cheung Wing Hong did a lap inside the Hong Kong Coliseum with his father's photo to honor his contribution to the Hong Kong music scenePallbearers like Aaron Kwok, George Lam and Jacky Cheung personally sent Uncle Yiu Wing on his final journeyFamily bowed at the Hong Kong Coliseum. At the altar were Cheung Yiu Wing's favorite: mango and colaCheung Yiu Wing's original wife Law Kwai Chu and second wife Chan Yuet Kwai need assistance ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

read full article...

courtesy of on.cccourtesy of mingpao.com
Steven Ma Chun Wai and Fala Chen yesterday afternoon worked on their music video FEI LUEN JI CHING (LOVE OF NON ROMANCE). They played with a baby and a puppy. They also invited friend Brian Wong Chak Fung to help. Ma Jai said that singing a duet with Fala has been both of their dreams for many years. When he was planning his new record he made it come true. The song expressed "sibling love". Although they were not actual siblings, they might not have romance. He told his producer about his idea and this song was written. He and Fala have worked together on many series, in two of which she played his younger sister so they were as close as siblings.

They hoped to have other collaboration in the future. Fala revealed that Ma Jai had many scripts on his hand. Ma Jai said that he had to find a boss to invest as he had no money. He jokingly asked Fala to invest, Fala laughed and replied, "I don't have any more! Mine is hard earned money!" Ma Jai quickly said, "Mine is skin and flesh money, no, I mean blood and sweat money." Ma Jai said that Fala was very busy. He wanted to ask her to perform with him on tour but she did not have time. Fala revealed that she could not do anything about the schedule clash because she took the Dayo Wong Tsz Wa and Ronald Cheng Chung Kei starred film CHEUNG PO JAI.

Source

read full article...

Chicken Cutlet GirlBarbie Liu
courtesy of on.cc
Director Wilson Chin Kwok Wai two nights ago in Taipei led "Inch Mouth Barbie" Ha Wai Yu, Chicken Cutlet Girl, Ya Tou and other actors to attend their new film ONE NIGHT IN TAIPEI (TOI BUT YEH PO TUEN TUEN SUEN)'s wrap banquet. Chicken Cutlet Girl and Ha Wai Yu both appeared with pushed up busts. Their Taiwan co-stars and rivals Sophia Wang and Sharon Hui were both absent.

After earlier hinting that Sophia Wang's chest might be added on on facebook, Chicken Cutlet Girl said, "I never said who, it was online speculation. I am seeking benefits for women. I hope she can answer, how to develop for a second time at age 30."

Source

read full article...

Mingpao Interview – Angie Cheong learns the meaning of true love from adopted son: “No more regrets in life”

Source: Mingpao Weekly, Issue 2370

Article originally published 4/11/2014

Translation: [email="llwy12@asianfanatics.net"]llwy12 @asianfanatics.net[/email]
(Original interview written by MP veteran reporter Wang Man Ling 汪曼玲)




When she started her acting career back in 1993, Angie Cheong (張慧儀) portrayed a lot of ‘sex symbol’ roles, both in television as well as film. In 2003, she was involved in a relationship dispute with her (now ex) boyfriend, which caused her to leave Hong Kong and settle in Beijing instead. After 10 years of working abroad, Angie returned to HK once again in 2013 to film new TVB series Never Dance Alone (女人俱樂部).

For today’s interview, Angie brought along her adopted son Hanson, who sat next to her as she chatted with me [veteran reporter Wang Man Ling]. Despite sacrificing so much for Hanson, Angie expressed that she has absolutely no regrets -- in fact, she actually finds great joy in taking care of her son and finds the entire experience very rewarding. For Angie, Hanson is definitely a gift from God.

Hanson’s impact on Angie’s life has been tremendous, to the point that she plans on opening up a special needs facility -- Angie’s Home – in the near future, with the goal of helping even more children who may need special care and attention. Through her son as well as other special needs children, Angie made an important discovery: ‘true love’ – a love that is unconditional and doesn’t ask for anything in return -- really does exist in this world! Because ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

read full article...



Source: SCMP



Two "heavenly kings" of Canto-pop were among the pallbearers as the music industry brought down the final curtain on the life of "father of concerts" Cheung Yiu-wing.

Instead of the traditional Taoist cymbals and trumpets, the strains of a lone bagpipe played as Cheung's coffin was placed in a hearse at the Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom, before mourners headed to the nearby Hong Kong Coliseum for the funeral rites.

The city's most famous music venue was a fitting scene for the tributes, as Cheung's Yiu Wing Entertainment financed and promoted more than 1,500 concerts there, helping put the stars of Canto-pop on the road to international fame during the industry's 1980s and 1990s heyday.

Among the stars he promoted were the late Anita Mui Yim-fong and Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing, as well as the genre's "four heavenly kings" - Jacky Cheung Hok-yau, Aaron Kwok Fu-shing, Andy Lau Tak-wah and Leon Lai Ming.

"He invested money in every one of my shows," said Kwok, who returned from a working trip abroad to act as a pallbearer along with Jacky Cheung and lawmaker Tommy Cheung Yu-yan, an old mahjong-playing friend of the promoter. "I had to come back, to show that we all care about him deeply."

Kwok said he owed Cheung a lot, and that his influence and contribution to Hong Kong's music industry had been huge. "I will accompany Uncle Yiu-wing all the way to the crematorium."

Cheung fled to the city from the mainland as a child and worked his way up. He starting out working in factories and in construction before becoming a major financier in the booming music industry.

Special permission ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

read full article...


Saturday April 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/halina-tam-opens-second-branch-snack-shops-220100867.html





Former beauty queen Halina Tam, who has turned to a small business after leaving TVB, will now be opening a second branch of her snack shop.

As reported on HK Channel, the 1994 Miss Hong Kong who left TVB back in 2011 after a series of unsuccessful attempts in showbiz, opened a craft supplies store and a small snack shop in Causeway Bay last year.

Unlike her glamorous self when she was once a TVB artiste, the 41-year-old former TV personality has now opted for a simpler style to enable her to do her work at ease.

While talking about her new business, Harlina attributed her small success to her mother, saying, "My mum used to be a street hawker selling pyjamas, so she really knows what the customer wants."

She added that her mother also helps her season the sauces and ask the customers for feedback so that they can make changes.

"Snack shops really have to rely on quality and service. We're very strict with our food quality," the former "Trimming Success" actress stated.

She also admitted that her little snack shop has been making quite a profit, that she is able to open her second snack shop.

"We have taste-tested all the products for a whole month before we opened so that we would sell only the best," she enthused.

read full article...


Saturday April 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: The Sun
Translated by: R.E.D@http://asianuniverse.net/forums/





Superstar Faye Wong and Le Ya Peng have been divorced for quite some time now, but they still keep in touch with each other. Yesterday Faye attended a live art exhibition in Beijing in which Le Ya Peng has a part in it. She dressed casually for the occasion, mingling among the guests and took pictures with them. She even put her signature on the signature board. Faye listened to the detail explanation about the art work and showed her support whole heartedly to her ex husband!

read full article...


Saturday April 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Source: The Sun
Translated by : R.E.D @http://asianuniverse.net/forums/





"Hot leg Goddess" Sharon Chan, Elena Kong and "Sam Gor" Michael Mui were filming "Line Walker" in the studio city yesterday. They were shooting the scene where Sharon got thrown into the car boot by Micheal Mui. Sharon revealed in the series, both her and Elena Kong will have water scenes. Earlier there was report that Elena Kong had problem with her lungs, however, Elena stressed that she had flu and her cough damaged some of her muscles and ribs, causing her pain. She is having Chinese medicine to help her to recover, but she cannot do strenuous work. Therefore, her role in the water scene has to be done by a stunt person. "I am actually living a normal life, but just not able to run or shout out loud. The doctor is hoping I will get better in 2 to 3 month's time. I am OK at the moment, and the shooting will be finished at the end of the month. I will have 80 days off afterwards. I have already planned my holidays to go to Southeast Asia.

Sharon disclosed that she has been working almost non stop for a while, she hardly sees her boyfriend. The reporter commented that once when they get married, they can see each other day and night. Sharon said although she desperately wanting to get married, there is no plan for the wedding bell yet. She said "We are very casual, we might get married just like that when the time is right because we are both workaholics. (Having kids early too?) I want to make sure my health is good first, and ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

read full article...