Sep 16 2014
Raymond Lam denies dodging TVB's layoffs
Monday September 15, 2014 Hong Kong
While rumours are rife that TVB has been laying off artistes and freezing their salaries, former TVB top star Raymond Lam denied that he had dodged a bullet as he left the company before the cuts were made.
According to Mingpao News, the actor, who appeared at a promotional event for his new series "Line Walker" recently, stated, "I will not get that kind of treatment after more than a decade of relationship with TVB. The company was good to me and it would never do that."
In response to the cuts made by TVB, Raymond said that every company has its own policy.
"As an actor, I have always put my job as an actor first and won't worry about company matters," said Raymond.
However, the actor also admitted that unlike in the past where he knew everybody, it seemed that there are now too many new faces in the company.
"But I won't worry about my old colleagues. They won't be retrenched because of their seniority. An actor's decades of experience cannot be replaced easily," he said.
Andy Lau: I never said Stephen Chow isn't a friend!
Monday September 15, 2014 Hong Kong
Hong Kong movie star Andy Lau recently clarified reports of his supposed soured relationship with his "Tricky Brains" co-star, Stephen Chow.
According to a report on HK Top Ten, previously, Charles Heung's wife and producer Tiffany Chen, who declared war against Stephen for a previously published article that reportedly tainted her husband's reputation, revealed to the media that Andy had long denounced his friendship with the actor-turned-filmmaker due to creative differences.
Speaking to the media at the press conference of "My Voice My Life" in Causeway Bay recently, Andy stated that he is not familiar with Stephen in the first place, as they never had the opportunity to get to know each other very well while working together.
"I never said that he is not a friend. I only said that Mr. [Charles] Heung was, is, and will forever be a good friend and a good employer. Perhaps I didn't express myself clearly and Mrs. Heung misunderstood me," Andy clarified.
In response to reports saying that Stephen only offered him HKD 1.2 million for a movie, Andy said that it was nothing but a rumour.
"I was approached to make a movie with him, but I turned down the offer when we could not reach an agreement," he said, though declined to explain what part of the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 16 2014
Monday September 15, 2014 Hong Kong
TVB actor-turned-singer Fred Cheng recently expressed his apology to Lesley Chiang for the cheating rumours that have been plaguing them since his victory at the "Voice of Stars" competition last year.
According to Mingpao News, the singer, who appeared at CRHK for a radio interview recently, talked about the rumours of romance with Lesley Chiang, as well as his alleged affairs with Grace Wong, Sophia Wong, and Sisley Choi.
Fred admitted that though the rumours have no major negative impact on him, he felt sorry for the four girls, especially Lesley.
"The girls are my good friends, and none of them are dating me. Furthermore, Lesley is my best friend who has always supported me," he said.
"I have to apologise to each and every one of them if they are affected by the rumours," he added. "I am a traditional man and I believe it is my duty to protect them from being hurt."
Veronica Shiu, Reigning Miss Hong Kong is Vitasoy heiress
Monday September 115, 2014 Hong Kong
The recently crowned Miss Hong Kong, Veronica Shiu, dismissed speculations that she won the competition due to her grandfather's influence.
As reported on Singtao Daily, the beauty queen, who beat other contestants with 150,000 votes, was recently revealed to be the granddaughter of Shiu Wai Ming – one of the founders of the popular beverage brand, Vitasoy.
Reportedly, the beverage giant has been involved in an advertising partnership with TVB for a long while, and thus sparked speculations as to how Veronica was able to beat online favourite, Sofiee Ng. The relationship between the company and Vitasoy was also confirmed by TVB Deputy Director of External Affairs, Tsang Sing Ming.
However, Veronica stressed that her grandfather's wealth has nothing to do with her winning the crown.
"My grandfather didn't do anything to help me. Everybody saw how I performed that night, and I won based on my own ability. The pageant staff and other contestants didn't even know who my grandfather is," said Veronica.
She also revealed to have not known about Vitasoy's partnership with TVB, and said that her grandfather only gave her his spiritual support.
Sep 15 2014
The superstar is said to be trying every means available to fight for an acquittal
Kai Ko and Jaycee Chan continue to hog headlines even after a month after being two-week stint but Jaycee remains in detention even after 31 days.
After getting arrested on August 14, marijuana was uncovered at Jaycee's home and he admitted to providing a location for others to smoke it. He has also admitted to smoking marijuana for the past eight years.
Although no official word has been given on Jaycee's situation, insiders say that he is likely to be sentenced mid-September and will likely face a jail term.
His parents, superstar Jackie Chan and Lin Feng Jiao are reportedly trying all means to get their son acquitted. Jaycee faces a maximum imprisonment of three years if convicted of his crimes.
The worried parents have only been able to speak to their son through their lawyer, the latter whom has met Jaycee thrice. He shared that Jaycee is facing the consequences with a calm heart and has asked after both his parents and Kai.
The parents have explained that they will respect the final decision made by the courts but are unable to give up on their son. They are said to have been anxiously holding meetings with lawyers in Beijing to build a case for Jaycee.
An insider revealed that despite their best efforts, the two may be facing an uphill task as China has announced war against corruption and drug-related offences this year. Jackie has since returned to his busy schedule but has avoided all questions pertaining to his son.
Sep 15 2014
Close to nine months after her split from Taiwanese actor Kai Ko, songbird Elva Hsiao finally revealed the actual reason behind that decision. She said Kai had hoped for her to let go of her idol-status and be free of all burdens when spending time with him.
However, Elva insisted she has her own way of thinking and refused to be someone under his control. Also, the 35-year-old emphasised her age gap between herself and 23-year-old Kai, and the way they handled matters were greatly influenced by friends of the same age, causing them to drift apart.
Her family and friends were also worried over the May-December romance, indirectly putting pressure on her. But she has never regretted being in a two-year relationship with Kai and firmly believes in 'having the courage to love if the feeling is right'.
encouraging him on social media after his drug abuse case.
Sep 15 2014
Taiwanese singer Valen Hsu, who registered her marriage with Korean boyfriend Choi Jae Sung (nicknamed 'Mr. Big') last November, finally held her wedding banquet in Korea last Friday.
The venue was at Aston House, the location of popular Korean drama Hotelier and also a hot favourite for couples to hold weddings.
Although it poured halfway through the wedding rehearsal and the ceremony got delayed, it was still a heartwarming occasion. Valen was led down the aisle by her father and they exchanged vows in front of family members and close friends.
The couple dedicated songs to each other with the accompaniment of live musicians ' Mr. Big sang 'She' and Valen crooned a Korean song 'I Am In Love'.
40-year-old Mr. Big, a senior manager at S.M. Entertainment, was shy when it came to singing but found courage when the guests gave him a round of applause. The happy bride revealed she had secretly practiced the song two months ago to surprise her husband.
After a tear-jerking speech by Valen's father, her celebrity friends Charlie Young, Angelica Lee, Tanya Chua, Angela Chang, Waa Wei and Fish Leong sang a Chinese classic 'The Moon Represents My Heart' for the newly-weds.
Charlie Young (second from left), Angelica Lee (second from right)Â and family
Following his faced pull-outs from as many as 19 endorsers. He is reportedly requested to compensate them NT$50 million (approximately S$2.1 million) in damages.
The 19 companies are split into three groups ' those who had to remove his advertisements and are seeking for compensation, others who are still monitoring the situation, and those like Adidas and KFC whose contracts with Kai have already or are about to expire and thus do not need compensation.
There are news that NIVEA Men and chewing gum company Stride have demanded compensation as well. It is estimated that he has to pay up to twice the amount sought after currently, if another third of the endorsers were to demand compensation.
The manager of the 23-year-old, Angie Chai, said in response, 'The company and Kai will bear the costs. We will go through the hard times together. His mood is still pretty bad so we have not discussed (whether he will bear the entire bill).'
As to previous rumours of the Chinese media industry banning Kai, it will not happen as movies A Choo and Tiny Times 4 will be released as planned. Authorities commended his bravery in admitting his mistake and called him a 'good role model'.
courtesy of singtao.comVivian Chow reveals that her husband Joe Ngai is a lot of fun
courtesy of mingpao.com
Vivian Chow Wai Man yesterday along with the film CAFE. WAITING. LOVE. leads Bruce, Vivian Sung Yu-Hua and Marcus Chang attended an audience appreciation event and surprised viewers. They announced that the film after 4 weeks in release in Hong Kong has already reached 20 million. Its Taiwan box office even reached NT$ 50 million. When they appeared they were welcomed with enthusiastic applause. Bruce even reprised a hot dog magic trick from the film. Vivian said that she felt very happy to have such an ideal box office performance. Because her role was very minor, it was like a magical journey. Only each time when she went to different places to promote she did not have time to stay and dine with other actors. Thus this time she already agreed to have dinner with them.
Did her acting bug act up from the production? She said, "This isn't my regular job, I will leave it up to fate in the future. This performance was run into but could not be asked for." She continued to say that her husband Joe Ngai Chun has watched it twice, but he did not give her any special review. He only said that the entire film was a pleasant surprise. Would her husband cheer her up with magic normally? She joked, "He is always playing pranks on me, but since this is personal I won't talk about it. He may look like scholarly but he actually is very mischievous. I look very nice but I am mischievous as well, haha." ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 15 2014
Donnie Yen has put in quite an effort with both acting and action designCharlie Yeung, Deep Ng
courtesy of on.cccourtesy of singtao.com
The Teddy Chan Tak Sum directed martial art 3D film KUNG FU JUNGLE (YUT GOR YUN DIK MO LUM) starred Donnie Yen Chi Tan, Charlie Yeung Choi Nei, Wang Baoqiang and Bai Bing. After the classic IP MAN scene was 1 against 10, Chi Tan this time in the film fought 1 against 17. In the story a series of mysterious murders took place in Hong Kong. Chief Inspector of Police Lok Won Sum is out of ideas. Prisoner Ha Hau Mo volunteers to assist the police in capturing the culprit.
Charlie said that when the film started, Chi Tan by chance saw the news on television in prison and learned about the recent series of murders. He immediately demanded to see her but was denied. He then started with a prisoner he never got along with and ended up in a 1 against 17 fight. For this fight, Chi Tan performed personally and even directed the action. He said that before the shoot he already discussed the action designs with director Chan Tak Sum. In the end they decided that he would direct three to four action scenes in the entire film. The other fight scenes would be left to the Stuntmen Association's Stephen Tung Wai, Yuen Bun and Yim Wa.
Chi Tan said, "I took a very actual fight approach, very demanding on martial art theories. When you do this, I do that, whether it is reasonable, can it be blocked, can it be ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)