Kung Fu star Jackie Chan has announced he will co-star with a Hollywood A-lister in the historical epic "Dragon Blade" (TIAN JIANG XIONG SHI). But he remained discreet about the name of his opposite. Chinese media have locked on Mel Gibson to be the one.

The film will be directed by Daniel Lee, who also directed "Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon". The film tells a story about Roman soldiers lost in ancient China.

A lot of action scenes can be expected. Chan said he has been preparing the film for more than seven years. He was inspired by the documented evidence of Roman descendants and Roman ruins in Liqian village in northwest China's Gansu province during the Han Dynasty. Chan said the film will have a record-breaking budget for China.

The investment reaches two-billion-yuan, about 320 million US dollars. Investors include Beijing Cultural Assets Chinese Film & Television Fund, Huayi Brothers and Shanghai Film Group.

Dragon Blade is scheduled for global release in 3D IMAX in China and international markets on Chinese Lunar New Year's Day next year.

CRI.CN

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When one is asked to define Cha Seung-won as an actor, the first thing that comes to mind is the 2011 megahit romantic-comedy “Greatest Love.” Cha’s character Jin Dok-go helped shape his reputation as the “King of rom-com,” but at the same time, Cha seemed thirsty for change.

Yesterday, a 30-second teaser video clip of Cha’s new film “High Heel” was revealed on YouTube. Dressed in a classic black suit, the 43-year-old hinted that his new work will be an action film.

In the film, Cha teamed up with celebrity filmmaker Jang Jin, who he worked with in the 2007 film “My Son.” Jang also wrote the recent play “December: Unfinished Song,” which follows Korea’s legendary folk singer Kim Kwang-seok’s story. He also produced Saturday Night Live Korea from 2011-12.

In the film Cha will play a detective who encounters a mysterious situation.

In addition, he will also be back on the small screen in SBS’s new drama series “You are Surrendered.” By no coincidence, he plays a veteran police officer at Gangnam Police Precinct in southern Seoul, where he will guide the fledgling detectives Lee Seung-gi and Go A-ra.

While “High Heel” will be released in the latter part of the year, he will first return to the television by the end of April.

JoongAng Daily

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Super Junior-M, the Chinese-language subunit of veteran K-pop idol group Super Junior, won three major awards at the 2nd Yin Yue Tai V Chart Awards held in Beijing on Tuesday.

The awards are organized by Yin Yue Tai, an online video-sharing website, considered to be the Chinese equivalent of YouTube.

Super Junior won the awards for best Korean performer and best Korean group, while Super Junior-M won Chinese album of the year.

“Thank you for your support,” said the group in a statement. “We hope to show you our best in our coming albums as well.”

Super Junior-M is comprised of Super Junior members Sung-min, Eun-hyuk, Si-won, Dong-hae and Kyu-hyun, along with ethnically Chinese members Zhou Mi and Henry. It is focused on the Chinese market.

They celebrated their awards by singing their latest songs “Break Down” and “Swing” at the award show.

In addition to Super Junior-M, another K-pop group to win on Tuesday was Exo, which took home the award for Korean album of the year, for “XOXO: Kiss & Hug.”

JoongAng Daily

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With the nation reeling from Wednesday’s ferry disaster off the southwest coast that has nearly 300 people feared dead, the Korean entertainment industry canceled major events yesterday to offer condolences over the accident.

R&B singer Lena Park, also known as Park Jung-hyun, had been readying a large press conference for her new album “Syncro Fusion” for weeks. But because of the tragedy, Park decided to cancel both the press conference and the release of her album.

“It is a national disaster we’re talking about,” said an official at her agency, Blueprint Music. “We are still discussing how to reschedule the album’s release date.”

Many other high-profile K-pop artists also canceled events. Rapper Junggigo, famous for the recent hit love song “Some,” said that he also plans to hold off releasing his new digital single “I Want You.” The song, a collaboration with the hip-hop artist Beenzino, was supposed to hit music stores yesterday.

Similarly, singer G.Na dropped plans to launch another teaser yesterday for her new song “Pretty Lingerie.”

Some industry analysts said that the entertainers’ response was in part due to the criticism they have encountered during past tragedies. When a national disaster happens, the public gets extremely sensitive about celebrity behavior.

For example, the rookie fashion model Hur Jae-hyuk posted a photo on his Facebook page yesterday of himself submerged in a bathtub full of water, and many Internet users were outraged, calling the image “thoughtless.”

“I had no intention to upset anyone,” apologized the model, “I wasn’t aware of the accident because I don’t have a TV at home.”

He deactivated his Facebook account afterward.

But the most striking event happened on Wednesday night around 8 p.m., when the most-searched term on the popular search engine Naver turned ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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It's been pretty quiet on the 2AM front, especially regarding the leader Jokwon. Once a fixed face on a majority of the TV variety shows, Jokwon has been pretty hard to catch. Well, fans can now see him in an upcoming musical.

According to reports, Jokwon will star in "Priscilla", a musical adaptation of the movie "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert". The singer's appearances will start from July 3rd at the LG Arts Center in Seoul.

The story line for the comedy musical revolves around three cross-dressing men who embark on a journey together across the Australia outback, that will eventually change their lives forever. Hit songs from the 1980's and 1990's, including those from Madonna and Cyndi Lauper, are used in the show.

Jokwon will play the role of one of the three leading cross-dressers, Adam. Adam is known to be a troublemaker, played by Guy Pearce in the original Australian movie in 1994.

This is Jokwon's return to the musical realm, after playing Herod in the musical "Jesus Christ Superstar" last year.


KBS Global

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The popularity of EXO hasn't slow down. If anything, it's sped up. The group's upcoming concert in May was sold out in less than two seconds.

According to reports, ticket sales opened at 8 PM (KST) on April 16th, and in a mere 1.47 seconds, "From, EXO #1: The Lost Planet In Seoul" show was completely sold out.

Fans had apparently even practiced their speedy clicking sills through an online game called "Ticketing Practice Game", where they sharpen their skills in clicking on the screen. The incredible influx of web traffic on the ticketing site even caused the site to crash.

EXO's now sold-out Seoul concert will take place on May 24th and the 25th at the Seoul Olympic Stadium.

KBS GLobal

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Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/nick-cheung-no-plans-hike-pay-053000358.html





Hong Kong Film Awards' best actor, Nick Cheung said that he has not thought about increasing his salary despite winning the award.

In an interview with Mingpao, the actor whose current salary per movie is alleged to amount to HKD 12 million, revealed that he has already negotiated most of his acting jobs for 2014 and 2015 before the awards ceremony and hasn't thought much about hiking his price.

The actor revealed that he already has five scripts, commercial deals and other offers to review at the moment, as well as four new movies awaiting release.

"I want to break the three-year bad luck streak associated with HKFA's best actors," said Nick. "I won't be pleased or proud that I won the award, but will put more effort into making movies."

When asked if he would give preferential treatment to director Dante Lam now, seeing that he only won HKFA accolades through Dante's movies, "Unbeatable" and "The Beast Stalker", Nick said jokingly, "Dante should make a romance movie so that Sammi Cheng and I can continue our previous relationship. We just finished filming our new movie and I don't think I had enough."

There is only one condition to his acting preference. No more rigorous muscle training!

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Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/kevin-cheng-delaying-action-scenes-due-injury-054500538.html





Returning to TVB for his new series, "Eye in the Sky", it was revealed that Kevin Cheng will have to delay his action scenes due to the nature of his leg injury.

According to Mingpao, the actor who is still nursing his leg after several filming accidents was recently informed that his torn ligament might be more severe than he had expected.

"I did not think it was that bad," said Kevin, who first injured his right leg during the filming of "Under the Canopy of Love" in 2005, and aggravated his condition through several other injuries along the way. "But it turns out that the injury is more serious. My foot would swell like a watermelon whenever I overexert myself. The doctors said that I will have to go on rehab for two months to heal."

Kevin revealed that TVB has decided to delay his action scenes for the new series after being told about his condition, saying, "I will not have a lot of action scenes in the first month."

"I have yet to receive the script, so I don't really know how many action scenes I would have to do. But since it's a crime drama, I expect a lot of gun fights and chase scenes," he added.

"Eye in the Sky" will begin filming in May and also stars Ruco Chan and Tavia Yeung.

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Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/louis-koo-keep-working-hard-despite-jackies-joke-055700293.html





Jackie Chan recently made fun of Louis Koo while presenting for the Best Film category at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards.

While telling the audience that he has never won best actor for the 53 years he has been in the business, Jackie turned to another multi-time nominee, Louis Koo and joked, "Don't be disappointed. You have me to keep you company."

Though it was only a joke and Jackie's own way of cheering "The White Storm" actor up, many of Louis' fans felt that it was unbecoming for him to say it.

However, as reported on Mingpao, Louis recently clarified that he has no bad feelings about Jackie's statement and said that he will consider it an encouragement and continue to work hard.

When asked if he will deliberately choose challenging characters to win an award, Louis replied, "I have always looked into the characters when choosing a script. But at the same time, I don't intentionally do that to win awards."

"For me, the most important thing is for the film industry to make good movies. In regards to a movie's fate and arrangements, I don't really think too much about it," said Louis.

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Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/cecilia-cheung-once-third-party-someones-relationship-061200482.html





Cecilia Cheung recently shared her experiences of being in love and admitted that she was once the third party in someone else's relationship.

As reported on Sina's Daily News, the actress recently appeared in a radio interview to talk about love and revealed that she found out the hard way about being the third wheel in her first ever relationship.

"I didn't know my boyfriend already had a girlfriend. When she came to visit, he shoved me into the closet," said Cecilia.

However, the actress stated that instead of confronting the girl at the time, she chose to hide in the closet for half an hour so as to avoid hurting the other girl.

In regards to her own understanding about love and relationship, Cecilia said, "I believe that a woman's perspective about love will change as she ages and experiences different life stages."

"A woman who has reached her late twenties will want stability, like a place to call home and children for them to nurture," she added.

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