Zhang ZiyiFan BingbingFan Bingbing and Huang Xiaoming promote WHITE HAIRED WITCH OF THE LUNAR KINGDOMJean Reno gets the most cheer from the crowdZhang Yimou's COMING HOME gains attentionSong Hye-KyoVanness Wu, Ivy Chen, CLOSE FRIEND director Barbara Wong, Fiona Sit
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The Beijing International Film Festival last night held its opening ceremony. This year master directors all have big production releases. The Zhang Yimou directed, Gong Li starred COMING HOME became a film in focus. This year the film will also participate in the Cannes International Film Festival.

John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) and the cast of THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN) Zhang Ziyi, Huang Xiaoming, Masami Nagasawa, Song Hye-Kyo and others wrapped up the red carpet ceremony. How did the Beijing International Film Festival differ from other film festivals? Zhang Ziyi joked, "It's in my backyard, I can come back after dinner."

Fan Bingbing first walked the red carpet with Wu Chun, Zhang Yimou and the YANG GUIFEI team took to the red carpet. Then she changed and appeared with Huang Xiaoming ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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courtesy of on.ccHuang Xiaoming, Song Hye-Kyo and Zhang Ziyi overcome language barrier and become friendsZhang Ziyi and Song Hye-Kyo meet again after THE GRANDMASTERZhang Ziyi's character comes from the lower class and later becomes a mother, another challenge to her actingHuang Xiaoming's military officer look is very handsomeSong Hye-Kyo plays a rich girl, John Woo says her aura makes her the only choiceMasami Nagasawa has a memorable romance with Takeshi KaneshiroJohn Woo spent 4 years on THE CROSSING,which wrapped up production yesterdayMasami Nagasawa thanks John Woo for providing warmth like the sun.
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The John Woo (Ng Yu Sum) directed, over 400 million RMB war disaster romance THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN) with top Chinese, Japanese and Korean stars Zhang Ziyi, Masami Nagasawa, Song Hye-Kyo, Huang Xiaoming and Takeshi Kaneshiro (Gum Sing Mo) yesterday held a production end ceremony. Only Gum Sing Mo did not appear. The film spent 1 year in production. Currently in Beijing the 9 time Best Actress Zhang Ziyi was in a greaet mood and even joked that this film production was much faster than the one before. He even described the character in the film had more charm than Gong Er. Was she confident that she will win ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Film industry rising star Jacky Cai Jie in her first film ABERDEEN (HEUNG GONG JAI) had an affair with Best Actor Eric Tsang Chi Wai and even performed a conceptually daring bed scene. They were not only making out topless, Chi Wai even put his face on her chest. Cai Jie explained that she has taken the full protection and the shoot was not awkward. She felt very relaxed. "Chi Wai is a quite a gentleman. Normally he takes great care of people and is very polite. He makes everyone feel very relaxed. Perhaps because the director already told me about it several months ago, I was mentally prepared. At the time I agreed right away."

However, because director Pang Ho Cheung wanted a drunk feeling, she before the shoot drank an entire bottle of red wine. Cai Jie who rarely drank "blacked out" midway and had to shoot again the next day. She said, "I heard after 45 minutes I was unconscious. Originally everyone thought to wait for me to awake up, but Chi Wai said, 'Don't wake, she definitely won't be able to wake up!' After waking up, I immediately called to apologize because I added to everyone's burden."


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"The Strongest in the Universe" Donnie Yen Chi Tan last night around 6:30PM seemed to be lost at Central, finally he found a bookstore and chose a card. When he saw reporters, he seemed to have found a savior and asked for directions to a hotel then rushed off.

In addition, with both rises and falls in his career, in 2003 when he made the Emperor Motion Picture THE TWINS EFFECT (CHIN GEIBIN) he established the Donnie Yen Stuntman Association. Yet when he did not have a movie, its members would have other jobs. Chi Tan admitted, "I wouldn't follow the martial art school rules exactly, should I have the brothers sit at home and starve?"

Association members from Japan, Yuji Shimomura and Kenji Tanigaki, and later additions Yun Kang and Yan Hua have followed Chi Tan for over a decade. Most recently he even promoted Yu Kang to play an important role in his new film THE ICEMAN 3D (3D BING FUNG HUP: CHUNG SUN ji MOON). He was also very concerned with his brothers' safety during the production.


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Stephen Chow's suspicious "Mermaid" open auditions in a hotel
Wedesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/stephen-chows-suspicious-mermaid-open-auditions-hotel-

An audition announcement for Stephen Chow's new movie, "Mermaid" has sparked questions from many when it was stated that it will be held in a hotel room.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, a man named Wang Soulian who claimed to be the production assistant director of the upcoming movie, posted the ad online, which read, "The Stephen Chow-directed film, "Mermaid" Beijing audition address: Hutu Hotel, Room 805."

It continued, "Production starts in Shenzhen in August, no roles has been cast. Actress audition requirement: no make-up during team meeting."

The note also stated that the production wants newcomers for an "innocent and cute" role and a "wealthy elegant heiress" character.

Not a few moments later, a man named Chen Zhenyu who claimed himself a business director of a Stephen Chow company, raised suspicions about the hotel room audition, but later posted again saying that the audition is real and urged people to come over.

However, no response has been made by Stephen himself regarding the true nature of the ad.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/sandra-ng-happy-compete-far-east-film-festival-

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng recently expressed her delight at the selection of her movie, "Golden Chickensss" as one of the Hong Kong movies to be screened at the Far East Film Festival in Italy.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, the actress whose Lunar New Year comedy made over HKD 40 million at the box office back in February, revealed, "I have been invited many times before, but I was unable to come due to my busy schedule."

"But this time, I will go with director Matthew Chow to meet fans who support Hong Kong films," she said.

When asked what delighted her the most, Sandra said that she is happy to be able to participate with many other Hong Kong films, including Pang Ho-Cheung's "Aberdeen", Fruit Chan's "The Midnight After", and Wong Jing's "From Vegas to Macau".

The Far East Film Festival, to be held in Udine, Italy will commence on 25 April and end on 3 May 2014.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/ron-ng-raymond-lam-deny-being-bullies-tvb-

Former TVB production assistant Ngai Man Ho, who recently sparked controversy by writing a tell-all book about the nature of work in TVB entitled, "TVB's Blood, Tears and Dirt", also wrote about two stars whom he nicknamed "Chok Fung" and "Chow Har Gor".

In the book, he said that the two stars were rude to other employees of lower ranks, with the former constantly using profanity while the latter once kicked a stunt actor out of their van as he was "too smelly". And though Ngai did not mention their actual names, a Next Media publication alleged that the two actors are Raymond Lam and Ron Ng.

However, as reported on Oriental Daily, both actors recently dismissed the allegation about their behaviour. Ron, who was contacted via telephone, joked, "If there are smelly people in the van, it would be Raymond and I. But we would always be the ones to exit the van first!"

Ron also said that they are very close with the action choreographers and stunt doubles as they grew up together, which made it absurd for him to do such a thing to a stunt actor. He then added that while he befriends all the TVB production assistants, he doesn't remember working with one named Ngai Man Ho.

Meanwhile, in regards of his supposedly profanity preference, Raymond said, "There is only one thing for me to say. I have been in this industry for ten years. Don't ask me about these things, but ask the other staff if I am the person that the writer alleged. I don't want to be a part of someone else's publicity."

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/wong-cho-lam-even-kiss-old-man-comedy-

Comedy actor Wong Cho Lam will do anything to get a laugh, even if it means kissing an old man in the name of comedy.

As reported on On CC, the actor who stars in the movie, "Black Comedy" alongside Chapman To, Kimmy Tong and Jim Chim, stated that his co-star Chapman suggested the scene to him.

"It was added at the eleventh hour. I really did kiss him and I have to thank Chapman To for that!" said Wong.

In the movie, Wong plays the role of a bitter policeman who hopes to improve his life and find a better girlfriend. Thus, he decides to sell his soul to the devil who is played by Chapman To, and thus comedy ensues.

When asked if he felt that his role is special this time around, Wong said, "This time the acting is a bit exaggerated and most of the scenes are funny. People love it when I do comedy, so I will continue to do just that."

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/tvb-stars-host-special-world-cup-programmes-053100829.html;_ylt=AiFa8Xwbvq9vrOA7YzpaFSUC9.Z_;_ylu=X3oDMTI1OWt2YWYwBG1pdANBc2lhIFRvcCBTdG9yaWVzIGVkaXQgTWl4ZWRMaXN0BHBvcwMxBHNlYwNNZWRpYUJMaXN0TWl4ZWRMUENBVGVtcA--;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYXJ2OGFxBGxhbmcDZW4tTVk-;_ylv=3

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on its way, TVB is using the opportunity to attract more people to turn to the station by creating a new show that will feature a lot of TVB stars promoting the highly anticipated sports competition.

As reported on On CC, TVB, which has won exclusive Hong Kong broadcasting rights for the 20th FIFA World Cup that will take place in Brazil on June 2014, reportedly has invested an extra budget of HKD 40 million (approx. USD 5.2 million) to produce a special World Cup programme.

The show will feature over 50 TVB artistes and guest stars including Ruco Chan, Tracy Chu, Sire Ma, Whitney Hui, Christine Kuo, Det Dik, Tracy Ip, Grace Chan, Samantha Ko, and Toby Chan including 32 others whom will be focusing on the programme and will postpone any drama projects they have.

Some of these stars will also be sent to Brazil to cover the World Cup, including Christine Kuo, who recently revealed that she will be staying in Brazil for 50 days.

When asked if she's afraid for her safety in the South American country, Christine said that she is not worried at all, seeing that her TVB crew will all travel together.

"I have also learned Portuguese," said Christine. "But it's quite difficult. If all else fails, I'll just communicate with my body language!"

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/kara-hui-did-not-expect-win-award-032100472.html

Hong Kong actress Kara Hui expressed her delight to the public for winning Best Supporting Actress at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, which was held last weekend.

According to Mingpao, the actress who competed against other stars such as Carina Lau ("Young Detective Dee"), Crystal Lee ("Unbeatable"), Du Juan ("American Dreams in China") and Helena Law ("The White Storm"), stated that she thought she would lose to Carina Lau or Crystal Lee, thus did not prepare any speech beforehand.

Thanking the cast and crew of "Rigor Mortis", Kara said, "After winning the award for "At The End of Daybreak", I rarely made any Hong Kong films until "Rigor Mortis". Therefore, I am proud to win it with this movie."

Praising the new director, Juno Mak, Kara also expressed her hopes to make more Hong Kong films and work with more up and coming directors.

Kara also thanked her late brother Austin Wai, as well as her family for all their support and love for her.

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