Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong

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

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

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

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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Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong

A Sichuan-based newspaper recently reported that action superstar Jackie Chan is worth as much as RMB 2 billion (approx. USD 320 million).

According to Want China Times, the 60-year-old actor has assets including more than 10 real estate properties around the globe, over 30 luxury sports cars, a USD 32 million private jet, several antique houses, two pavilions, priceless paintings by Chinese artist, Xu Beihong, as well as other millions of dollars worth of items.

He also recently launched the Jackie Chan Museum in Shanghai, which was reportedly built at around HKD 50 million (approx. USD 6.45 million) budget, not to mention the number of movies he starred, produced, and distributed throughout his career both in Greater China and Hollywood.

However, when asked to address the wealth report, Jackie only commented that he doesn't have as much money as Jack Ma, the founder of the thriving e-commerce business, Alibaba, who was recently named the 122nd richest man in the world by Forbes.

Jackie also added that he makes more money as a producer and distributor than he did as an actor.

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Chilam Cheung showed off his body muscles stated "My wife would go crazy for me"
Thursday April 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: The Sun
Translated by: R.E.D @

Chilam Cheung held a press conference in preparing for his forth coming concert in The Hong Kong Coliseum in July . He showed off his "fake" abs on stage. He revealed that he would not be stingy showing off more muscles in his concert and said even his wife Anita Yuen would go "crazy for me". "Chilam Crazy hours live 2014" will be held from July 1 for three nights. At the press conference yesterday, he told reporters that he has been training hard trying to get fit for the concert. He wanted to surprise the media and said he would show off his hard work result. Chilam revealed that has personally designed the concert posters and he will give out his "home made" popcorn to his media friends.

Chilam disclosed that so far he has lost 10 lbs since he started his fitness training, he even has 5 packs now. The stage of his concert will be open from four sides, so that he can have a closer encounter with the audience. The stage also has high and low stand, he is hoping he wouldn't be scared of the height. Talking about his last concert when he wanted to keep fit, that his wife Anita suffered a lot. Chilam said "She is smart, she goes out filming while I do my training. (What about your son?) I wouldn't let him suffer, I learned from my last mistakes. When ask if his wife would show her support in ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Yang Hyun-suk, better known as the head of K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment, announced that he has recruited Lee Chae-young, a contestant from SBS’s latest audition program “K-pop Star,” as a trainee.

The news was revealed yesterday, less than a week before the grand finale of this year’s “K-pop Star.”

As a judge on the program, YG can recruit finalists to the company, but as Lee was eliminated in a preliminary round, the news surprised many people.

Lee, who is now in the sixth grade of elementary school, made a splash in the earlier audition rounds when she sang “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. YG and Park Jin-young, who leads JYP Entertainment, were both impressed by her performance, which not only featured singing but also hip-hop dancing.

“YG apparently was paying attention to the 12-year-old girl, as she showed her potential as the next K-pop star,” said an official of the agency to local media yesterday.

Yang Hyun-suk has participated as a judge in “K-pop Star” since it first launched in 2011. In the initial season, he recruited Lee Hi, who finished as a runner-up in the competition. A year later, Akdong Musician, the sibling duo of Lee Chan-hyuk and Lee Soo-hyun, joined the company as the winner of season 2.

YG Entertainment noted that Chae-young will be trained under the YG system for at least three to four years before making her debut as a professional artist.

JoongAng Daily

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After the success of her latest SBS drama series “Thrice-Married Woman,” actress Lee Ji-ah will appear on the late-night talk show “Healing Camp” on Monday to discuss her private life.

Her decision to appear on the talk show is sure to impress fans because she hasn’t been interviewed on a popular talk show since her debut in 2007. The 36-year-old actress managed to keep her private affairs a secret until it was revealed in a 2011 divorce lawsuit that she had been married to iconic rock star Seo Tai-ji for 14 years.

Media insiders speculate that she will be asked about her ex-husband, but SBS has not confirmed any details about the coming interview.

The episode in which she will feature, according to the broadcaster, will be aired by the end of the month.

JoongAng Daily

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Actor Song Seung-heon will return to the big screen to play a Vietnam War hero in “Obsessed.”

In the film set in Vietnam in 1969, Song Seung-heon plays an elite military officer who gets embroiled in a forbidden love affair with a woman married to a subordinate officer. Yesterday, the film studio posted a 30-second video clip to tease the story, conveying a hint of R-rated plot.

Director Kim Dae-woo is known for writing many successful romance films, including “An Affair” (1998), “Untold Scandal” (2003) and “The Servant” (2010).

The film is slated to hit theaters on May 15

JoongAng Daily

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They say that the Korean Wave is sweeping across the world. For many people in Korea, the term is so overused that they rarely pay attention to it anymore. But if one stops to think about the whole phenomenon, it doesn’t take long before the 27-year-old K-pop icon BoA comes to mind.

Having debuted in August 2000 at age 13, BoA has pioneered the path of Korean pop in the overseas market over the years. In 2002 she became the first Korean singer to top the Oricon music chart of Japan - which a lot of K-pop stars now seem to take for granted.

As her Hollywood debut film “Make Your Move” comes out today in Korea and tomorrow in the United States, the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, sat down with BoA.

Q. What is the film about?

A. The film follows a Korean-Japanese girl named Aya who moves to New York City to achieve her dream of being a dancer. Aya then somehow picks up a hint of romance with American tap dancer Donny, played by Derek Hough. People ask me if it was difficult to learn new choreography and dance it all through the film, but for me, acting in English was way harder.

How did you first decide to join the film?

I was asked to play in the film back in 2011, when I still did not have any thoughts about starting an acting career. But as the director came to my concert in Japan and asked me about the project, I thought that I could give it a go. And as it was a dance film, I had ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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