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Ethan Juan (Yuen King Tin) due to a leg injury resigned from the Dante Lam Chiu Yin directed TO THE FORE (POR FUNG) and the cast needed to be adjusted. After Eddie Peng Yu-Yen, Shawn Dou Xiao, Wang Luodan and Carlos Chan Ka Lok, Korean boy band Super Junior's Choi Si-Won has officially joined TO THE FORE. Choi Si-Won yesterday dropped the hint online and said that he will soon head to Kaohsiung to join the production and begin physical and bicycle riding training. Choi Si-Won will appear as the crew's "impact king". He not only was Peng Yu-Yen and Dou Xiao's teammate but also the rider that they wanted to defeat.
Producer Leung Fung Ying pointed out that this character was a famous cyclist. During casting she once considered if she needed a real professional cyclist for the role, but Lam Chiu Yin in the end decided on a young actor. Choi Si-Won was beyond excited about working on another Chinese film and said that he also had many friends who were enthusiastic about cycling. He too has watched documentary films about races on different terrains. This time he had a chance to personally try cycling, he hoped to be able to surpass himself with other actors.
Jul 04 2014
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The Hong Kong Box Office Co. Ltd. yesterday announced that as of June 30th, the first half of 2014's total box office reached HK$856,311,754, an increase of 11.8% from $765,853,255 during the same period last year.
On top of the top ten Hong Kong film box office was the Sandra Ng Kwan Yu starred GOLDEN CHICKENSSS (GUM GAISSS), which accumulated over 41.27 million. In second and third place were FROM VEGAS TO MACAU (DOH SING FUNG WON) with 33.56 million and THE MONKEY KING (SAI YAU GEI ji DAI LAU TIN GUNG) with 25.63 million.
The top non Hong Kong film was CAPTAIN AMERICAN: WINTER SOLDIER with 56.55 million. In second place was THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 with 54.69 million; in third and fourth place are the still in release X-MEN DAYS OF FUTURE PAST and TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION. As of June 30 their cumulative box office were 50.52 million and 43.84 million.
Shi Nansun and Tsui Hark continue to work together despite divorce
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Director Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun wed in Beverly Hills in 1996. After 18 years of marriage, in recent years they have been frequently rumored as already divorced. Tsui Hark who moved her career base to the Mainland was accused of hooking up with Le Le, who he called his assistant. Although Tsui Hark and Le Le have been caught together in the Mainland many times, Tsui Hark never explained. He and Shi Nansun also made no mention of their divorce rumors.
Earlier the media caught Tsui Hark and Le Le at the movies in Taipei. This time they did not keep their distance in the photo. She was lightly touching Tsui Hark's face while he had his arm around her shoulder. Reportedly Tsui Hak and Le Le met in 2011 while working on FLYING SWORDS OF DRAGON GATE (LUNG MOON FEI GAP). Tsui Hark and Shi Nansun actually have already separated in 2008.
Shi Nansun said that she has not read the report. As for the report claiming that this woman was Tsui Hark's girlfriend, she calmly responded, "She's been for a long time already!" As for if she and Tsui Hark were divorced in 2008 as rumored, Shi Nansun remained low key but raised her voice a little. "Not 2008, it happened recently." However she was not willing to talk more about it, politely said that she was busy and hung up. This time was the first time that Shi Nansun admitting her divorce.
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Jul 04 2014
Congratulations! Another goddess announces her pending marriage! The 34 year old Mainland star Tang Wei yesterday through her management company announced that she and the 44 year old LATE AUTUMN Korean director Kim Tae-Yong are engaged and plan to wed in Autumn. LATE LATE AUTUMN enabled this China Korea romance to sprout. They became friends and after working together again last October they took their relationship further. In their statement they said that they learned another language for the other, to them it was the happiest moment. They even said that film was an important witness to their marriage.
"Because of film we meet and get to know each other, then we go from friends to lovers. In the future we will even call each other hubby and wifey. Although we both went to study a foreign language, this to us is the happiest moment. We believe that this made us understand, respect and admire each other more. Film is the most important witness to our marriage, we thank every friend who support us! We also wish that when your destiny arrives, you would not miss it." This China Korea romance started with LATE AUTUMN, now they choose to wed in Autumn and it is truly very romantic.
Tang Wei's sudden wedding announcement inevitably attracted pregnancy rumors, but her manager stressed that the bride to be was not pregnant yet. The engagement was because they love each other, they want to give each other an identity and begin a new chapter in life. As for whether Tang Wei will retire or reduce production after marriage, her manager said that Tang Wei still has not considered her work arrangement, right now she is enjoying her happiness first. In their eyes, Kim Tae-Yong ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Jul 04 2014
Carrie Ng, Annie Liu, Nick Cheung
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Actor turned director Nick Cheung Ka Fai made his directing debut with the horror film HUNGRY GHOST RITUALS (YU LAN SUN GUNG) and invited "two generations of goddesses" Carrie Ng Ka Lai and Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau) to star. With heavy Chinese opera make up in the sizzling summer, Ng Ka Lai had water in her hand during the entire shoot. Accidentally scratching her palm during the shoot, she had to tolerate the pain and continue to perform. Luckily Director Cheung praised her professionalism! Sum Yau who was dressed casually messed around on the set to cheer up everyone!
Ka Fai's directing debut would b a horror film. Because the film would have a traditional Chinese opera troupe for its background, opera costumes were of major importance. Thus earlier in the heat, Ka Lai still had to wear the heavy opera costume for work. To alleviate the heat, she could only have water on hand the whole time.
As the director, Ka Fai directed Ka Lai throughout. During the shoot she accidentally scratched her palm but at the time she still had to continue to perform. After the director yelled cut, she asked the crew to treat the wound as Ka Fai praised Ka Lai's professionalism. Co-star Lam Wai also had to appear in Chinese opera make up. Only Sum Yau was "spared" as she appeared in a casual look. Without the weight on her shoulder, she kept making faces in the audience and made poses for photos. She brought a joyous atmosphere to the team!
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The other man involved in the ex-manager of Lollipop, Andy Zhang's rape scandal finally steps up
The third party involved in Taiwanese producer Andy Zhang's threesome rape scandal has spoken up to defend him.
Recently, a man named 'Xiao Ze' claimed that Andy and another man had raped him. Andy had allegedly requested for the three men to have a threesome, which Xiao Ze agreed to under the condition that they wore condoms.
He accused the two men of ignoring his wishes and removing their condoms during intercourse, and raping him when he resisted.
Yesterday, the other man involved in the scandal, 'Ah De', finally made his statement at the police station, claiming that he was the one who had had sex with Xiao Ze.
According to him, the condom fell off by accident during the intercourse, which was when Xiao Ze started to berate him furiously.
Andy only stepped up to mediate when he realised that the situation was getting worse, and the three men parted ways after cleaning up.
As Xiao Ze and Ah De are both sticking to their sides of the story, the police are sending Xiao Ze's pants and underwear ' which he had been wearing at the time of the alleged rape ' for tests, and arrested Andy for offense against sexual autonomy.
Jul 04 2014
Rumour has it that Hsiao Shu Shen attempted to kill herself by jumping out of a window
Rumour has it that Taiwanese singer-actress Hsiao Shu Shen (also known as Liliy Hsiao) tried to kill herself by jumping out of the window of her 7th-storey home.
Shu Shen, 37, has had a turbulent career in the entertainment industry. 15 years ago, she shot to fame after wowing the audience in Malaysian singer Fish Leong's music video for 'Courage', and signed a contract with Rock Records.
Although it seemed as if her future was brighter than any other, her career hit rock bottom when she was found to be abusing drugs, and she has not been in the limelight for more than seven years.
Last month, the artiste released her first EP, Queen. During the promotion period, she shockingly revealed that she had once suffered from schizophrenia, and was diagnosed with '550 personalities'. Thankfully, her condition was stabilised with medication.
However, speculation that she had reverted to her old ways arose when she did not turn up for her fan sign in Taipei on June 29. Recent rumours claim that the day before, she had sat on the window sill of her 7th-storey home, contemplating suicide.
It is said that the dismal reaction to her comeback was the reason why she wanted to end her life. She was purportedly displeased with her company, which made her pursue a musical career even though her talents lie with acting. She was also stressed out by netizens' discussion and critique of her performances.
In response to her suicide attempt, Shu Shen's agency, Asia Entertainment Group Limited (AEG), has cancelled a variety show recording which she was supposed to attend yesterday afternoon. A total of 20 jobs have been cancelled, including television shows, fan meets and interviews.
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Jul 04 2014
By2 refuted claims of them going under the knife and admit to over-editing their photos
The Singaporean sisters who were recently accused of fixing their nose bridges and jawlines have stepped out to clarify that it was all 'the good work of younger sister Yumi.'
The damage done from the saga, which resulted in them being criticised by netizens for 'looking like transvestites,' was slightly rectified when the duo appeared before the media looking a tad different from the photos, at the 2014 MILK AWARDS.
Older sister Miko commented frustratingly, when asked about their alleged plastic surgery attempts: 'It was all Yumi's fault that our ugly photo came up in the news.'
Yumi professed her love for beautifying pictures with the large array of photo-editing apps on her mobile, but promised to exercise self-control to prevent a similar incident from happening.
At the 2014 MILK AWARDS presentation ceremony in Taipei last night organised by Hong Kong-originated magazine Milk, several high-profile celebrities ' Wilber Pan, Alien Huang, Da Mouth and others ' graced the ceremony alongside By2.
In other related news, Lollipop's ex-manager Andy Zhang who has been tangled in a rape scandal received a word of encouragement from good friend Wilber who hopes Andy would 'face this bravely.'
Jul 04 2014
The actress is said to wed her beau in Bali two years after her split from Leon Lai
Two years after her highly publicised split from Heavenly King Leon Lai, Gaile Lok is reportedly about to give it her second shot at marriage. After her divorce, the actress has been living in Bali with her beau Cuz, a water-skiing coach who hails from New Zealand.
Leon and Gaile's 14-year age gap allegedly led to a communication problem between the two; on top of that, he preferred a quiet lifestyle growing up in Beijing whereas she enjoyed the nightlife and making new friends as she hailed from the US. Her fashion-forward dressing and love for tattoos was shut down by Leon's preference for demure girls, eventually leading Gaile to remove her tattoos via laser treatments.
Turning her back on the entertainment industry, the 33-year-old is said to have slowed things down in her life and has been focusing on jewelry design instead. To commemorate her budding relationship, Gaile is said to have found a tattoo artist she is familiar with to ink a flying fish on a part of her body that only her boyfriend can lay eyes on.
Having moved away from media scrutiny, Gaile is said to have lost her milky-white skin and is also packing on the pounds. She commented, '(My) body type is originally sporty with some muscle; I wear XS in the US.'
Gaile is said to have recently acquired a private beach and vacation home in Bali and will settle down once her business stablises.
Thursday July 3, 2014 Hong Kong
Hong Kong actor Ekin Cheng revealed that he does resemble his character in the upcoming film, "Breakup 100".
As reported on Mingpao News, the actor, who attended the movie's press conference in Beijing alongside director Lawrence Cheng and co-star Chrissie Chau, stated that he shares some similarities with his character in the movie, which was depicted as a yes-man to Chrissie's more dominant character.
He said, "For example, I am very much like a child in real life, and need others to take care of me."
"But then again, two people in love should rely on each other," he continued. "A woman should complete his shortcomings and a man should satisfy her needs. Love should come first before reason, as a lot of relationship matters can't be explained with reason."
In regards to the 'strong woman versus weak man' theme of the movie, Ekin said it is now a common phenomenon for women to be stronger than men.
"Women in society now become stronger as they are more capable and have more control. Thus, men become weaker in comparison. But in a relationship, a stronger person is not always right and the weak is not always wrong. It's hard to tell," he said.