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Two days ago would have been the late superstar Roman Tam (Law Man)'s 70th birthday. TO remember this superstar, two nights ago a memorial concert took place. Performers included Joey Yung Cho Yi, Dior Cheng Yi Kin, Jenny Tseng, Hacken Lee Hak Kun, William So Wing Hong, Jerry Lamb Hiu Fung, Louis Yuen Siu Cheung, Louis Cheung Kai Chung and Jordan Chan Siu Chun. The evening was a big party to remember Law Gei, with the proceeds going to a Hepatitis Free organization to those in need. Law Man's friends Eddie Lau Pui Kei, Pak Suet Sin, Connie Chan Bo Chu and others attended in support.

Law Man's first disciple Ekin two nights ago led Law Gei's dancers Chan Siu Chun, Lam Hiu Fung, Kam Chi Fai and the Grasshoppers. They joked that two nights ago they were "Suddenly", a merger of the Grasshoppers, YOUNG AND DANGEROUS and Panther Kids and an one night only performance. Speaking of his mentor Law Man, Ekin ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The Fresh Wave 2014 International Short Film exhibition closing ceremony and award presentation took place two nights ago in Chai Wan's Youth Square. Famous action director Yuen Woo Ping, "Fresh Wave" founder and consultant Johnnie To Kei Fung and Chin Siu Ho attended the event.

Cinematographer Chan Kwok Hung (Tall Guy) passed away in an accident during Jackie Chan's new film production SKIPTRACE. The incident caught the industry's attention, including To Kei Fung's. Yet he and Chan Kwok Hung have never worked together. To Kei Fung said, "How can eight people be on a sampan, I would never even imagine that an accident like this would happen. Everyone should pay attention to safety. Sometimes we would miss something, but film productions should not gamble with lives. Film productions now aren't as dangerous as they used to be. Nothing like this should happen." To Kei Fung said that his previous films at most would only have broken arms and legs, nothing fatal. He said, "Hong Kong film productions gamble with lives, which is Hong Kong's film spirit. Yet Hong Kong stunt people now shouldn't have to suffer like that, because there is (computer) special effects."

Yuen Woo Ping expressed regret over the drowning accident. He said, "How sad! How can how people fit on a sampan, safety comes first no matter what. At work all safety precautions have to be taken. In our era previously we also paid attention to safety, nothing like this ever happened." Chin Siu Ho attended with his 12 year old son. Speaking of the accident, he ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau) and Pakho Chau appeared on Cable's Film Montage program and talked about their new film S FOR SEX S FOR SECRETS (SIU JEH YAU SUM). The film was mainly about the relationship between the sexes. They both said after the shoot they had deeper experience with the male and female relationship.

In the film they had many daringly sexy performance but during the shoot they did not feel embarrassed. Sum Yau said, "We were pretty compatible in the bed scenes, the process wasn't awkward at all. Because the room was very small and had many workers, everyone was very focused on the production. I instead felt that it was like making an action film." In the film Sum Yau played Pakho's wife. They in order to maintain their relationship tried anything and everything. Sum Yau stated, "My personality and the character share some similarities. I am considered a pretty sensitive girl, I can easily sense if he is lying to me. Yet I usually wouldn't immediately expose him, I would give him some mercy. I also don't like to check boyfriend's phone because it has a lot of private stuff. I would give him some space, in the same way I don't want other people seeing my phone." Would Pakho Chau accept even more daring sex scenes? He pointed out that he would not give himself any bottom line, as long as it coordinated with the story he would even accept an all nude performance.


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Saturday December 20, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/elanne-kong-hopes-legal-trouble-ends-soon-173600617.html






There is nothing else that Elanne Kong wants more, than for her legal trouble to end as soon as possible.


And according to Singpao Daily, that is the Elanne's biggest wish for Christmas and her New Year's goal.


"2014 has been quite a sorrowful year for me," said the actress, at the Kao Charity Fund's Christmas event recently.


"But I am fortunate that these setbacks happened when I am still young, so I still have strength to climb back up," she added.


In the meantime, Elanne said that she has been participating in various fundraising and charity events.

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Leo Ku to represent Hong Kong in China's "I Am a Singer 3"

Saturday December 20, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums





Mainland music reality show, "I Am a Singer" Season 3 finally revealed its singer participant list yesterday, which includes Sun Nan, Han Hong, Leo Ku, Jane Zhang, Kit Chan, A-Lin and Anson Hu. The singers come from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Leo Ku is the only singer representing Hong Kong. Last season's Hong Kong artiste, G.E.M. shot to popularity through this show. Leo, who is a talented, skillful singer, will be the one representing Hong Kong this time and hopefully help Hong Kong win glory in the show. 

Previously, there were rumours that the show invite Yang Mi to be the host of the show as something "new" for the show; however her manager clarified that because they cannot fit it in her schedule, she will not be hosting the show. The first episode of "I Am a Singer 3" will be recorded today in ChangSha, Hunan.

The new season is set to premiere on January 2, 2015 on Hunan TV.

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Daniel Wu leads American series "Badlands", an adaptation to "Journey to the West"

Saturday December 20, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: Chinatimes / Deadline
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums






American cable channel AMC recently announced that they will be producing a martial arts drama, based on Chinese tale "Journey to the West", named "Badlands" (tentative title). The male lead of this short series will be Daniel Wu, a character named "Sunny". He will also be serving as an executive producer along with Stephen Fung. 

According to sources, the drama will be loosely based on the Chinese ancient myth, "Journey to the West". However, the adaptation will be quite different from the original story that it may be hard to see shadows of the original story. The plot describes Daniel Wu's character, Sunny as a warrior with high martial art skills, and will create a team with a little boy. They will find enlightenment through a journey filled with obstacles. There are rumours that as the executive producers, Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung will be bringing in their martial arts team to the series.

Other cast of the series include Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark. The director will be David Dobkin. "Badlands" is created by writers-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville). They will also be on the executive producer team with Stephen, Daniel, David Dobkin, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.

"Badlands" will be a 6 episode series.

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Source:  SCMP




The Labour Department is seeking legal advice on ATV's overdue salary payments and "is not ruling out" prosecution of the cash-strapped broadcaster, according to Secretary for Labour and Welfare Matthew Cheung Kin-chung.


The free-to-air television station owes its 800 employees their November pay cheques, totalling about HK$15 million. The broadcaster's management has urged its shareholders to invest or loan money to resolve the crisis and has said it is looking for prospective new investors.


"With regard to the overdue wage payment of ATV, the government is highly concerned. We are seeking advice from the Department of Justice and are not ruling out prosecution," Cheung said. "In response to some staff members' requests, officers from the Labour Department will visit ATV and brief them on their labour rights and explain to them the procedures through which they can claim back their wages, including the possibility of seeking help from the Protection of Wages on Insolvency Fund."


It is the second time in three months that ATV has failed to pay its employees on time. It failed to issue September pay cheques until late October, prompting the government to issue it with a warning.


Under the Employment Ordinance, an employer must pay its employees within seven days of the expiry of the wage period.


The High Court ruled two weeks ago that two independent supervisors should be appointed to the broadcaster's board. They would be tasked with finding an independent company to buy 10.75 per cent of ATV's shares from Panfair Holdings, a business controlled by ATV's majority shareholder Wong Ben-koon.


There are also concerns about whether the government will renew ATV's licence, which expires in November next year.

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Friday December 19, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/gillian-chung-speaks-shanghai-dialect-movie-172400648.html






Hong Kong actress Gillian Chung recently revealed that she is currently busy filming a new movie alongside Chinese actors Ge You and Zhang Ziyi.


As reported on Mingpao News, the singer-actress, who attended a fashion event recently, stated, "I can't talk much about the film right now, but all of us play Shanghainese and have to communicate in Shanghai dialect."


Gillian continued saying that since none of them, the mainland actors included, are from Shanghai, they all needed to learn the dialect with some teachers before starting the production.


When talking about her Twins partner Charlene Choi's headline-grabbing poster for her upcoming film, "Sara", which features a nude Charlene as the titular character in a tub filled with blood, Gillian said that Charlene was worried at first about the movie, but decided to do it due to the amazing script.


Asked if she would not mind doing nudity for a great script herself, Gillian smiled and said that she has yet to find a script good enough for her to warrant such a thing.

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Source:  SCMP




Deal-maker Charles Chan Kwok-keung has been appointed as the new chairman of TVB, the city's dominant free-to-air television broadcaster.


The announcement was made yesterday with Norman Leung Nai-pang, 74, current executive chairman of the station's board and the chairman of the executive committee, set to retire on January 1.


The news came as TVB's beleaguered rival ATV was still struggling to pay November salaries while awaiting the government's verdict on the renewal of its licence to broadcast. Both ATV's and TVB's licences expire in November next year.


ATV's news staff plan to release a statement on Monday, vowing to stop work on December 30 or 31 if they are still unpaid.


Chan, 59, will assume both of Leung's positions at TVB. He was appointed a non-executive director of TVB in April 2011 after leading a group of investors to buy Shaw Brothers' stake in the broadcaster for HK$6.26 billion.


The investors also included Taiwanese entrepreneur Cher Wang Hsiueh-hong, co-founder of smartphone maker HTC, and Providence Equity Partners, a US private equity company that manages US$22 billion in capital and investments worldwide.


Wang and Jonathan Nelson, the chief executive of Providence, were named as non-executive directors of TVB in April 2011. Chan was appointed to the executive committee in March 2012.


Leung, who had been with TVB for 11 years, succeeded the late Run Run Shaw as executive chairman of the board on January 1, 2012, after the film and television mogul's retirement.


In a statement, Leung thanked TVB colleagues and praised Shaw's achievement in co-founding TVB. "When I took over from Sir Run Run in 2012, I knew his achievement would be a hard act to follow," he said.


Meanwhile, general manager Cheong Shin Keong will become an executive director and sit on the executive committee. Group general manager Mark Lee Po-on will become ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Lawrence Ng's hearing problem healed in Germany

Thursday December 18, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/lawrence-ngs-hearing-problem-healed-germany-055900591.html






Lawrence Ng recently revealed a long-kept secret; that his left ear was largely impaired and only had 10 percent hearing ability, On CC News reported.


The information was only revealed to his fans and Weibo followers recently, in order to tell them that it was finally healed after his trip to a German doctor.


Lawrence, who went on a short vacation to Germany after his divorce with wife, Shi Yangzi, recently went online to reveal the news.


He stated that over a decade ago, a doctor in Hong Kong told him that there was only ten percent hearing ability left in his left ear.


"But when I went to a clinic at the University of Munich and underwent their blood purification process, my left ear was able to hear again. I still can't believe it!" he enthused.


The process, Lawrence explained, is about removing the toxic metal build-up in the blood.


"My allergies and rhinitis are gone and my left ear can hear again. I feel like I have been reborn," said Lawrence, who vows to get the procedure done every year from now on.

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