Kashy Keegan can't seem to avoid his fate intertwining with Hong Kong Television Network.
After everything the aspiring singer and the TV station have been through, their dreams will finally come true in the same week.
"[My journey] is somewhat parallel to the HKTV story," said the 31-year-old journalist-turned-singer.
After having its free-TV licence application rejected a year ago, followed by another blow to its mobile TV plan because of technical issues, HKTV will finally launch its internet entertainment and shopping services on November 19.
Keegan will release This Is My Dream the following day, an album produced under local record label Evosound - a goal that he has finally reached after trying to get his music out there for more than a decade.
"If I hadn't come to Hong Kong, there wouldn't have been such opportunities," Keegan said. "I've had more opportunities here than in my 30 years of existence in the UK."
Keegan, who has been playing the piano since the age of seven, said he had made music in a studio converted from a bathroom in his hometown of Worthing, England.
His efforts were never a success, however, and he was on the verge of ending 15 years as a self-financed musician when he got a call out of the blue from Hong Kong last year.
His song This Is My Dream - originally a 2012 London Olympics motivational song - was hand-picked by HKTV chairman Ricky Wong Wai-kay as the theme song for the launch of the network in 2012.
But last October, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his Executive Council denied HKTV's application after a three-year application process and HK$900 million investment in the project.
Although licences were granted in principle to i-Cable's Fantastic TV and PCCW's Hong Kong Television Entertainment, tens of thousands of TV viewers fed up with ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sammy Leung is unfazed about mainland's blacklist
Monday November 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Hong Kong TV personality Sammy Leung is not worried about being banned from mainland China as he believes that the Occupy Central protesters' mission is bigger than his own bread and butter.
According to Mingpao News, Sammy, who recently attended a press conference for an upcoming music awards held at the Cultural Centre Piazza in Tsim Sha Tsui, was asked to address rumours that he has been blacklisted from appearing in mainland media.
He replied, "The weather is very cold nowadays and it rains all the time. The loss of money to me is too trivial in comparison to the protesters who are sleeping in the rain."
"Hong Kong will continue to enjoy her freedom of speech," said the music DJ.
However, Sammy still believes that the recent postponement of his work in the mainland has nothing to do with being blacklisted, as his comments about the issue have been moderate.
Nov 17 2014
Friday November 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Cantopop singer Ella Koon has recently dismissed rumours of her pregnancy.
As reported on Mingpao News, the singer, who sparked speculations of a bun in the oven when she attended an event wearing a pair of flat shoes and lose skirt recently, laughed off the notion, saying, "Don't scare me like that!"
"I have always counted my menstrual cycle, so there is no confusion," she said.
Ella added that she only wore her flat shoes and loose skirt for the event and it has nothing to do with being pregnant or not.
On the other hand, Ella revealed that she is currently busy preparing for her wedding and hopes to make more money so that she and her fiancé, Juan-Domingo will be able to purchase their first home together.
Sunday November 16, 2014 Hong Kong
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Louis Koo and Kelly Chen have reunited in an acting project after three years, filming a mini movie for the Regal Airport Hotel.
The storyline is about the two acting as a married couple, so there would be kissing and hugging, but Kelly expressed having not filmed it yet. A scene was just filmed where [they] almost had to kiss but were interrupted by a phone call. After hearing this, Louis immediately said, "Should [we] tell the director to arrange for the call to ring a bit later?"
Kelly was discovered with marks on her right arm. She frankly said that it was shingles. At this time, Louis, who was sitting beside her, immediately moved away. Kelly told Louis not to worry, saying that bandage spray was already applied and that she would be recovering soon. She also revealed that there was also no need to be quarantined from her two sons at home because her eldest son got a vaccination; although her youngest son has not gotten [a vaccination], there should be no problem. At the onset of the illness, it hurt like getting an electric shock. Louis immediately said, "I did not move away. Was surprised [because] Kelly has shingles but is this pretty".
Before long, Louis teased Kelly again, saying that he and Kelly portrayed a couple the last time, and are being a married couple this time...should open a restaurant the next time because Kelly likes to sell dim sum, such as the shrimp dumpling and the xiaolongbao--one cup of tea and two pieces of dim sum. Kelly fired back, laughingly asking Louis, "Had a son when collaborating with you the last time, and have shingles this time...when is it your turn?" Louis immediately ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
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Yuen King Tan appeared on a Cable program to discuss her start in the business and share her experience with Stephen Chow Sing Chi and Kent Cheng Juk Si. She praised Chow Sing Chi as exceptionally talented but gave her a lot of stress. Every time at work she would be at the edge of her seat. She also mentioned her relationship with Lam Ching Ying and dissected how she faced his passing.
With almost 30 years in the business, Yuen Jai learned a lot from Sing Yeh but at the same time deeply felt the pressure. "He really knew how to grasp the comedic pace, in front of him I was only an elementary school student. Once I couldn't understand how matter how much he explained, he then just performed once for me. However I still wasn't able to achieve his result. Although I always say that I wasn't afraid of him, but inside I was very afraid of working with him. I am still very afraid." She said that in front of Sing Yeh she has already run out of talent. Thus she guessed why in recent years he has not asked her to work on his films. Yuen Jai also thanked Cheng Juk Si for being both like a friend and a teacher to her, for his support and advice.
Romantically, Yuen Jai pointed out that when she was young and immature, she liked to date different types of men. Was her relationship with the late Lam Ching Ying the most memorable because it was life and death? Yuen Jai solemnly said, "I like serious men, Lam Ying Ching at work was very serious. I believe ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Nov 16 2014
courtesy of on.ccAnita Chui and Coffee Lam promote their new filmGregory Wong cannot help but feel Justin Cheung's belly
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The film IMPRISONED: SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR RICH AND PRODIGAL (YUT YUK YUT SAI GAI: GO DUNG FUT SI MAU GAM YUT GEI) yesterday held its production start ceremony. Attendees included Gregory Wong Chung Hiu, Justin Cheung Kin Sing, Liu Kai Chi, Babyjohn Choi Hong Yik, Coffee Lam Chin Yu and Anita Chui Bik Ka. Coffee said that she would not mind that Chui Bi Ka tried to steal the spotlight, and joked that she would leave the important task to her.
Coffee in the film played Wong Chung Hiu's mistress and had a bathroom love scene. Would Coffee feel that it was a reflection of her "handicapped bathroom incident"? She said that this was not deliberate. If She let her past affect her it would be very tragic. However she could do nothing about what other people say or think, so she would not mind. The most important was she could live with her conscience. She also had a scene in which she had to seduce Wong Chung Hiu, after which her rear was bruised. Did this film's salary equal to working at TVB for several years? Coffee said, "It wasn't that much, but I am very satisfied. I have to thank TVB."
Cheung Kin Sing gained weight for the film from 148 to 203 pounds, but later he had to work on another film and had to lose 25 pounds in a month. Which was bigger, his ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Nov 16 2014
Daniel WuSunny Wangcourtesy of on.ccSong Hye-KyoLiu Shishi says her relationship with Nicky Wu is doing well
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Song Hye-Kyo two nights ago attended a new Jimmy Choo store opening in Beijing with Mainland star Liu Shishi and Daniel Wu (Ng Yin Cho).
Song Hye-Kyo promoted her film THE CROSSING (TAI PING LUN) fully. With the film opening soon, she said that she was very honored to work with the greatest Chinese director John Woo (Ng Yu Sum). To her it was a memorable experience, and she hoped that the audience would enjoy the film. The host praised her as the most beautiful Korean artist in the eyes of Chinese people, she thanked the Chinese audience's love for her. In THE CROSSING she played a traditional Chinese woman and hoped that everyone would like it. She would not disappoint viewers.
Nov 16 2014
courtesy of on.ccColleen Chan has a low key funeral yesterday. Her brother carries her photo and silently bids her farewellAfter his daughter's cremation ceremony, Frankie Chan posts a photo to report that he is fineThe ceremony is very simple. Colleen Chan's brother prepares the final breakfast for his sister while the priest chantsColleen Chan's brother weeps as her coffin is brought out
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Director Frankie Chan Fun Kei's daughter Colleen Chan Hoi Sum (originally named Chan Hung Yin) fell to her death on the 24th at the age of 40. Her funeral took place yesterday morning at the Fu Shan crematorium. The arrangement was very low key and simple, only Chan Ho Sum's younger brother took care of all ceremonies. Perhaps due to the Chinese taboo of parents outliving their children, Chan Fun Kei and his wife were not present. Chan Hoi Sum's brother carried his sister's photo and completed the simple ceremony. In the photo Chan Hoi Sum wore a white wedding gown, unfortunately her life ended so soon.
Nov 16 2014
courtesy of on.cccourtesy of singtao.comDaDa Chan and Ronald Cheng share their work and business experience with young peopleCheung Tat Ming (second right) guest stars in HOUSE OF WOLVES. Ronald Cheng says that he is such good health that he is reluctant to leave the set
DaDa Chan Jing and Ronald Cheng Chung Kei yesterday attended a comic book and animation expo. Cheng Chung Kei joked that he was a bad example for starting a business. He started a production company in Taiwan and lost almost HK$ 3 million in the end. However lately he tried again with Tin Kai Man on a film company. Their first film was with Chapman To Man Chak, who was rumored to be banned in the Mainland. Was he worried about the Mainland market? He said, "The idea from the first is to make pure Hong Kong films, so we will give up the Mainland market. It won't affect us much. In addition my son's due date is in February, I hope to stay more in Hong Kong for films." Speaking of Cheung Tat Ming posting a photo from the set with him on Weibo, Cheng Chung Kei said, "Tat Ming earlier guest starred in HELLO BABIES (LUK FUK HEI SI). This time he also guest stars in HOUSE OF WOLVES (NGOK YUN GUK). He is in great health, even overnight shoots are no problem. He is even unwilling to leave the set."
Alex Fong Lik Sun injures his hand and wrist due to the lack of warm up
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Charmaine Sheh Si Man, Mark Lui Chung Tak, Alex Fong Lik Sun and Michelle Yim (Mai Suet) yesterday attended the ISA flagship store opening in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Time Machine By Mark Lui press conference also took place. Mark save the watches that he designed to Ah Sheh and Siu Fong, even putting them on himself.
Ah Sheh yesterday morning went to work in Guangzhou and rushed back for the opening ceremony. She said that yesterday was a lucky day. Busy with the film RETURN OF THE CUCKOO (SUP YUET CHOR NG), Ah Sheh said that the production has been pleasant; as for claims that lead actor Julian Cheung Chi Lam was upset with the script, she said, "No! However everyone have sat down and discuss ideas. It was very normal. (Has Chi Lam's wife Anita Yuen Wing Yi visited the set?) Not on the day of the production start and not since either. (She supposedly still minds the rumors between you and Cheung Chi Lam?) If she minded then he wouldn't have taken the role. We are just working, it wouldn't be awkward."