Source:  SCMP

 

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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

 

 

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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

 

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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

 

 

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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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Thursday December 18, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/vivian-chow-denies-conflict-leo-ku-060600346.html

 

 

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Hong Kong star Vivian Chow recently clarified rumours saying that she and singer Leo Ku had a falling out while working on her debut gospel album, "HIM".

 

As reported on Mingpao News, the actress, who attended the press conference announcing her new album, addressed rumours saying that they had an argument during a recording process, and clarified, "Leo and I worked on several songs back to back. After finishing all the songs, we were so tired that we went our separate ways without saying any word."

 

Vivian stated that Leo looked pale as he left the studio, which sparked rumours that the two of them had a row during the recording session.

 

This is also the first time for Vivian to work with Leo, aside from Ivana Wong, who composed one of her songs in the album.

 

"He is demanding, but most music producers are like that. We have a strict policy about the album and spent four nights to complete the recording," she said.

 

Vivian also revealed that she was asked about releasing a gospel album ever since her conversion to Christianity in 2009.

 

"I hope that the album resonates well with fans, and they will buy it as a Christmas gift to loved ones," she said.

 

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Him Law, Xiao Shenyang join "The Monkey King 2"

Thursday December 18, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/him-law-xiao-shenyang-join-monkey-king-2-092500591.html

 

 

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 After revealing that Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, and Feng Shaofeng will be playing the role of The Monkey King, White Bone Demon, and Monk Xuanzang respectively, "The Monkey King 2" production recently announced two more additions to the cast.

 

According to Mingpao News, mainland comedy star Xiao Shenyang will be playing the role of Zhu Baojie (also known as Pigsy), while Hong Kong actor Him Law, who starred as Muzha in the first film, will be playing Sha Wujing (Sand Monk) this time around.

 

Xiao, who was deemed too tall and thin to play the character, admitted that the new film will have its own set of challenges, and that he will gain the appropriate weight to play the character.

 

Meanwhile, Him, who is already experienced in working with the production, having played a different role in the first one, stated that he has been making a lot of preparation for the movie.

 

The actor revealed that he has been on a strict diet for months and will make sure that the character will be memorable.

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Source: Wacow @ Blog163 
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net 



Dramas 
Overachievers - 名門暗戰 (EPS 25-29 END) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 31 PTS) 

Overachievers SPECIAL - 名門暗戰終極對決 - 22 PTS before finale / 24 PTS after finale

Sour Lady - 醋娘子 (EP 06-09) - 22 PTS (Peaking at 24 PTS) 

Come Home Love - 愛.回家 (EPS 658-662) - 21 PTS 

Tiger Cubs II - 飛虎 II (EP 08) - 20 PTS 

Variety Shows 
Scoop - 東張西望 - 18 PTS 

Queen Feast - 女皇的盛宴 - 17 PTS

Mysteries at the Museum - 尋覓博物館 - 15 PTS

The Voice 4 - 超級巨聲 4 - 14 PTS

Sidewalk Scientist - 學是學非 - 12 PTS

Miriam Yeung Special 2014 - 遇上千嬅 ·遇見愛 - 11 PTS

(Nielsen TAM: 1 point represents 64,920 viewers)

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Cinematographer Killed on Set of Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

Thursday December 18, 2014 Hong Kong

Source: International Business Times/Variety
Image: On.cc
Edited by: R.E.D @ http://asianuniverse.net/

 

 

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A cinematographer was killed on Wednesday in Hong Kong during the filming of Jackie Chan-starring film “Skiptrace.” Chan Kwok-hung is understood to have drowned in an accident that occurred when a boat he was on capsized off Lantau Island. According to the South China Morning Post, it is understood to have happened around 3am local time. Seven other film crew were on board, but they managed to swim the 30 meters to shore. Neither Jackie Chan nor co-star Fan Bingbing are believed to have been on board at the time.

51-year-old Chan Kwok-hung, who was working on the upcoming film “Skiptrace,” which features Jackie Chan, “Jackass” star Jonny Knoxville, and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Hong Kong police told the South China Morning Post that a 50-foot vessel carrying eight crew members capsized 100 feet from the island's shore. Seven other crew members were able to swim to safety, but Chan was later discovered unconscious. The paper reported that Jackie Chan was not believed to have been on board at the time of the accident. Chan Kwok-hung had worked in Hong Kong's film industry for 20 years, and had previously worked with prominent local directors Stephen Chow, Jingle Ma and Chan Chi-ying, according to the Hollywood Reporter. 

“Skiptrace,” is a joint production between U.S., Hong Kong, and mainland Chinese companies, and tells the story of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) to save his niece (Bingbing) and take down a local crime boss, according to Deadline.com. At the time of writing, Chan's official website carries no comment on the death. Jackie Chan is ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Gillian Chung Yun Tung, Chrissie Chau Sau Na, Janet Chow Ka Wai and Gregory Wong Chung Hiu attended a beauty award ceremony in Tsim Sha Tsui.

Ah Gil said that she was working on a new film in the Mainland with famous actors Ge You and Zhang Ziyi. Speaking of two days ago cinematographer Chan Kwok Hung (Tall Guy) fell into the sea and died during Jackie Chan's new film production, she was not worried about the dangers of a film production. She said, "This was an individual accident, I know Tall Guy too. I wish him a safe journey." She said that in the new film she played Ge You's fifth wife. Would she have intimate scenes with Ge You? She said, "Not yet. I don't know, I can't reveal anything." She pointed out that the cast had to speak the Shanghai dialect, but no one came from Shanghai. Luckily they had an instructor to teach them on the spot. "The instructor praised me for being the closest, because I am from the South. The Shanghai dialect is very hard to Pinyin, only Cantonese can be transliterated."

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The Derek Yee Tung Sing produced, new director Lee Kuan Yew also written film INSANITY (BO FUNG YU) starred Sean Lau Ching Wan, Huang Xiaoming and Fiona Sit Hoi Kei. The subject was mental illness. In the film Ching Wan had schizophrenia, after killing his wife he accepted treatment from the Huang Xiaoming played doctor then returned to society. After that a series of murders took place and began a sequence of thrilling and intense stories.

Lee Kuan Yew this time chose mental illness as the subject because he was very curious about it. In the past ten years this type of events frequently happened. This film also spent three to four years on research because many mental illnesses had no conclusion in the medical world. He especially liked mysteries.

When Yee Tung Sing directed THE LUNATICS (DIN LO JING JUEN) he had a very hard time finding investors. This time Lee Kuan Yew ran into script inspection issues in the same manner. Yee Tung Sing offered a helping hand. Yee Tung Sing said that if this film could not go into production, he definitely would want to die. After reading the script, he believed that finding a investor would not be too hard. Now the Mainland started to open up for the subject, if the mental patient promoted violence it ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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