Jul 23 2014
The Hong Kong actress reportedly does not intend to marry her boyfriend due to her mum's objection
Three years into their relationship, Hong Kong celebrity couple Tavia Yeung and Him Law was recently rumoured to be tying the knot soon. However, Tavia emphasised during an interview last week that she is prioritising work at the moment and will not be walking down the aisle anytime soon.
After Tavia and Him started dating in 2011, the latter's ex-girlfriend, Cantopop singer Theresa Fu, publicly accused the actor of his abusive and philandering behaviour. At that time, Tavia actively spoke up in defense of her new beau, shedding light on their budding May-December romance.
Since then, the lovebirds have been in a stable relationship and are said to be cohabiting currently. Him, whose parents divorced when he was young, had always wanted to settle down early. In a recent interview, the 29-year-old hinted that wedding bells are ringing soon as 'preparations are underway'.
Following Tavia's denial of their wedding plans, many believe it to be Him's one-sided wish. Sources further revealed that the TVB actress lacks a sense of security due to her boyfriend's mediocre career and his reputation for being flirtatious. But the biggest objection is said to have come from her mother, who has yet to accept Him as a future son-in-law.
Jolin Tsai's name was craftily inserted into Vivian Dawson's new endorsement by the advertisers
Taiwanese diva Jolin Tsai recently made a free 'appearance' in her boyfriend, model-actor Vivian Dawson's property advertisement.
The couple has been dating for four years, since Vivian, 30, was still an unknown male model. This year, he finally had his first big break through the popular Chinese movie Tiny Times 3, which garnered favourable response in Mainland China.
His new-found popularity helped bag two endorsements in China, which are estimated to bring him TW$29 million (approximately S$1.22 million) in earnings.
As the pronounciation of his Chinese name, 'Jin Rong', is similar to the name of a housing estate in Kaohsiung, he was offered a million-dollar endorsement deal for the property.
The ad was printed on newspapers recently. In order to attract attention, the advertisers sneakily inserted Jolin's name into the body copy through a clever pun ' thus getting the singer to 'endorse' their product without forking out the TW$8 million (approximately S$330,220) that Jolin, 34, usually gets for an endorsement.
When Vivian found out about this on Monday, he declared that he was not told of the advertiser's crafty move. His manager also claimed that they have already contacted the other party; the advertiser has agreed to pull the advertisement and change the body copy.
Jolin is currently busy preparing for her new album, and her manager declined comment on the issue.
Barely four months after Taiwanese sweetheart Rainie Yang and boy group JPM member Prince (Qiu Shengyi) ended their relationship in March, it seems the two lovebirds have found their way back to each other.
An insider revealed that although Rainie, 30, initiated the breakup as they have been spending most of their time apart, Prince did not give up on her. In fact, he became even more persistent in wooing her than before, paying extra attention to her news and inviting her to his birthday party in April. Rainie eventually appeared at the special event, sparking rumours of their reconciliation.
On July 9, reporters spotted the 25-year-old heartthrob bringing supper to Rainie's house late at night, only leaving at 2p.m. the next day.
That's not the only time he was spotted there. After Rainie attended a party with her friends on July 10, Prince personally drove her home, and once again stayed until 2p.m. the next afternoon. A day later, he returned to Rainie's home, where they stayed together for the next three days.
When asked to comment on the matter, Rainie's manager responded that the singer is currently single. She claimed that Prince's presence at Rainie's home was due to a housewarming party that she was holding after moving house recently, while Prince's manager declined to comment on the artiste's private life, claiming that he is not clear about Rainie and Prince's current relationship status.
Jul 23 2014
He dabbles in magic tricks and occasionally performs them for fans at his concerts or on TV programmes, like CCTV's Spring Festival Gala in 2011.
Jay Chou is reportedly so fond of the craft that he intends to throw a magic-themed wedding in January next year. A move which was said to be inspired by his judging stint on Chinese reality show, The Great Magician, which is set to air this weekend.
The show will see nine magicians pairing up with nine celebrities, and participants will learn magic tricks and perform it with their mentors. Jay, the magic enthusiast, was said to have met with six magicians in private to discuss the details of a performance too.
When Jay's manager was asked to verify rumours of his plans to throw a 'magical' wedding, the latter confirmed that the superstar is currently preparing for a magic segment in the CCTV show, but did not comment if he'd be showcasing his talents during his wedding.
Jul 23 2014
SEOUL: Actor Kwon Sang-woo and his wife of six years, actress Son Tae–young, are expecting their second child, reported Korean media.
Son’s management agency confirmed that the actress is 11 weeks pregnant and will give birth sometime in February next year.
The baby is the couple’s second child - Kwon and Son already have a 5-year-old son.
Son had just completed work on a drama and will reportedly take a break to prepare for the arrival of her child.
Kwon is currently in the midst of shooting the drama Temptation alongside actress Choi Ji-woo.
He plays a married man who is stuck with a massive debt after his business fails in the drama. His character agrees to submit completely to the will of a wealthy heiress, after she promises to pay off his debt in return.
Lee Joon Gi revealed that he wants his character to face death in the end.
At the press conference for KBS 2TV’s Joseon Shooter on July 22, Lee Joon Gi brought up the ending of the drama.
Lee Joon Gi said, “’Park Yoon Gang’ is a character in the center of a chaotic time in history, reflecting the pain of people during the time period, instead of getting entwined in his personal revenge. I will be portraying the people’s hero as well as a portrait of young people of that time period through ‘Park Yoon Gang.’”
The actor then revealed, “I personally wish that the main character would die in the end. But all of the heroic projects that I’ve done so far had open endings. I even asked the production team to kill my character before it’s over but they told me that they don’t want to leave a depressing feel for the viewers by showing an open ending. I agree with them to a certain degree. But I would like to show a resolute ending for Joseon Shooter. Please anticipate it.”
Meanwhile, Joseon Shooter depicts the story of Joseon’s last swordfighter ‘Park Yoon Gang’ becoming a shooter to become the people’s hero.
Joseon Shooter airs every Wednesday and Thursday at 10 p.m. (KST).
To help the staff of “Fated to Love You” beat the heat in Seoul, Chinese fans of actress Jang Na-ra brought sandwiches and cold drinks to the set of the drama, located near Hangang in Yeouido, western Seoul.
Fans had to wait for about five hours at the shooting location before they could meet Jang.
They came to the site around 2 p.m. bearing snacks and drinks when the filming started. The scenes for that day were being shot on a boat, so the fans had to wait until Jang came back after 7 p.m.
“We are so thankful for fans from China to cheer Jang in this scorching weather,” said the agency. “Such special snacks were some great help.”
Actress Jun Ji-hyun, who recently starred in the hit TV drama "My Love from the Star," has been recognized for promoting Korea and boosting tourism to the country.
Jun received an award from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism at the 2014 Korea Tourism Awards on Tuesday. Her drama is credited with attracting many tourists from China and other countries across Asia.
The awards are given to individuals or businesses promoting tourism in 11 categories in relation to attractions, information, hospitality and special contribution.
Tuesday July 22, 2014 Hong Kong
Credits: to hyn5 @ http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com/
TVB siu sang Kenneth Ma appeared in TVB City in a pre-modern look to work on the new series "Lord of Shanghai": "Already started for over a week. Very excited to have an opportunity to learn from seniors". Apart from having an opportunity to collaborate with 'Best Actor' Anthony Wong, also rare to perform with Wayne Lai, whom he has not collaborated with for ten years: "I have many scenes with Kent Tong. Realized that seniors are very incredible. Once they come out, already have a lot of power. This series is learning from seniors. Although there are no scenes with Anthony, but if time permits, will go on the set to watch him act".
Willing to Change Acting Path at Any Time
Did Anthony give him any tips? Kenneth said, "None for the time being because there are no scenes together, but there are scenes with Wayne. Sometimes see that there are things I can do better...he would also remind me. Very happy to have such seniors leading. A good thing to improve even more because [I am] always doing my own format. The format may set, and every series is nearly the same. If there is someone to give you pointers once in a while, change a bit, or some producers may have seen some special qualities that may not have been discovered yet. I am also willing to change my acting path".
He frankly said that there is no pressure when facing a 'Movie King' and a 'TV King': "Everyone is very good. The more incredible the senior, the more they would not give us any pressure because they know that giving us pressure would also make us not do well in what we originally had. Rather, would ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Raymond Lam's contract with TVB is ending; plans to leave and focus in the Mainland
Tuesday July 22, 2014 Hong Kong
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums
Raymond Lam has been with TVB for 15 years, and has always been seen as TVB's "biological son" and beloved child. Raymond's contract with TVB is actually ending this week, and he has decided to leave the company and will not be renewing his contract. He is preparing to start up his own company and establish his own record label, getting ready to put everything in the control of his own hands. Although Virginia Lok, who has always seen Raymond as her favourite, tried persuading him, he has not budged. His reason for leaving is because of his popularity and attraction in the Mainland, not wanting to miss out on his "golden time". He also expressed his regret for not being able to grab the TV King award in his 15 years in TVB.
Virginia Lok strongly urges him to stay
34 year old Raymond Lam, one of the "Golden egg" artistes, has always been labeled as one of the three "gold-earners", along with Kevin Cheng and Moses Chan. According to the newspaper's sources, Raymond Lam's contract with TVB will be ending in a few days, and has rejected renewing his contract, choosing to become "free". Although Virginia Lok strongly urged him to continue staying, but this time, Raymond has already made plans for his future, and only agreed that if he films HK dramas again, he will consider TVB as priority. But, Miss Lok has not given up, and is still trying her best to persuade him to sign a per-series contract, or sign to the TVBC (TVB in Mainland) management department like Charmaine Sheh did, still hoping to keep Raymond Lam.
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