Friday September 12, 2014 Hong Kong






Despite movie producer Tiffany Chen's legal threat, actor-turned-filmmaker Stephen Chow seemed unfazed with the recent issue that stemmed from an article written about his personal life and career, and continued his focus on the casting progress of his upcoming film "Mermaid".


According to a report on HK Top Ten, the director, who was given ten days to clarify the infamous article that made allegations about Charles Heung's ties with the mob, clearly has not been affected at all by the threats or even the backlash from other celebrities.


Concentrating his full attention on the pre-production of his upcoming film, Stephen will also be attending the next elimination round to find the perfect girl to play his mermaid.


Meanwhile, 13 actresses who have been selected for the next stage of the audition have begun the special mermaid training at a Shenzhen hotel.


Actress Barbie Liu, one of the actresses selected for the next stage of audition, said that the training was quite difficult, as they had to learn to swim using only their hips and legs like a mermaid. However, she is confident with her talent to get through to the next round.


Four will be chosen from the elimination round and only one will finally get the coveted role in the end.

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Taiwanese singer Cyndi Wang sparked plastic surgery rumours when she posted a selfie on her microblog. Netizens commented that her jawline looks significantly sharper and smaller as compared to her past photos.

Her boyfriend, Yao Yuan Hao, declared at a sports brand's press conference, '(she) really hasn't gone under any plastic surgery!' sharing that he also looks significantly different from five years ago. 'I've seen my female friends go under the knife and they always have wounds on their face. Plastic surgery requires a recovery period and her schedule is so full that she definitely has no time for it.'

Cyndi previously admitted that plastic surgery rumours affect her, with Yuan Hao admitting that she has been feeling rather low as of late. As a dutiful boyfriend, he has been consoling with her with his words, 'They're jealous that you're too pretty and take too good care of yourself.'

He shared that he does not oppose girls going under the knife, as long as it gives them more confidence and does not affect their health. The two admitted to rekindling their romance in 2013 but Yuan Hao stressed that the two are putting the focus on their respective careers and that marriage is not yet on the cards.



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The jury is still out on the fate of Kai Ko's entertainment career, with the spotlight being put on his upcoming movie, Tiny Times 4. The actor starred in three prequels in the wildly popular franchise, which also stars actresses Yang Mi and Amber Kuo.

Director Guo Jingming attended the press conference of an upcoming Guangdong Television reality show, Road to Star, on which he will be one of the three judges. In response to queries on whether Kai's scenes will be retained in the final version, he expressed that no decision has been made yet but that there is a possibility that his scenes may be partially or even fully cut from the film. He stressed that they will do their best to allow viewers to watch the full movie.

He also revealed that he has spoken to Kai recently, but it was on a wholly personal context. He declined to comment if he had found a replacement for the 23-year-old actor.

Taiwanese singer Annie Yi, who divorced Harlem Yu in 2009, was also revealed to be one of the judges. In her first public appearance after her high-profile proposal from fiancé Qin Hao, she was grilled on whether she got pregnant deliberately in order to force the marriage on him.

She rejected all rumours and declared that she will not give birth to any children outside of marriage. When probed further on her wedding day, she coyly quipped, 'I won't tell you.'



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The heartthrob, who recently registered his marriage, met his ex, Janine Chang, at a movie press conference


We bet Taiwanese-Canadian actor Mark Chao wished he could avoid attending the press conference for upcoming movie Black & White: The Dawn of Justice, in which his ex-girlfriend Janine Chang also has a role in.

The two, who were present at Wednesday's press conference in Taipei, appeared awkward throughout the session and did not speak to each other at all.

It is the first time former couple, who had dated for a year, are meeting since Mark registered his marriage with Chinese actress Gao Yuanyuan in June.

When speaking with the media, Mark, who has been playing the role of 'Hero' since the first Black & White drama in 2009, revealed that his secret to maintaining his looks is to 'remove make-up well and completely'.

Speaking of his 'weight gain', the 30-year-old explained it was due to 'swelling from the lack of sleep' but he feels happy despite his busy schedule lately.

The actor also revealed he has been seeing less of Yuanyuan due to work but they call and text each other and meet up whenever possible.

The couple has yet to hold a banquet but Mark shared that it won't be anytime soon as he is still busy.

He added, 'We will find time and let you guys know,' then joked that he is open to inviting everyone present to the banquet.

While Janine gave her well-wishes to her ex-beau on his marriage, she is not keen on getting married yet.

She said, 'It's too early for me but I'm happy for him. If time permits, I will (attend his banquet) but if I have work then I can't.'




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Korean boy band BIGBANG's youngest member Seungri was reported to be involved in a car accident at 3.34am this morning (Sept 12). According to Korean media KBS, the 23-year-old singer-actor was driving his Porsche along the North Riverside Expressway in Dongbuichon-dong, Seoul, when he collided with a Mercedes Benz. The impact caused Seungri's car to hit a guardrail and overturn.

Seungri, along with three passengers in the Mercedes Benz who sustained light injuries, were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment.

After news of the accident broke, BIGBANG's agency YG Entertainment quickly released a press statement: 'It is a relief that Seungri was unhurt in the accident. But just to be sure, he will be admitted to the hospital to receive a full check-up.'

The YG representative also emphasised that the accident was not caused by drink driving.

Prior to the accident, BIGBANG attended the launch party of 'NONA9ON', a new apparel brand collaboration between YG Entertainment and Samsung Everland.

The popular quintet is slated to perform with their labelmates, including PSY, 2NE1, EPIK HIGH and WINNER, at YG Family 2014 Galaxy Tour: Power in Singapore concert this weekend.



BIGBANG (left to right): Seungri, G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, Daesung


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The film TWILIGHT ONLINE (HUNG BO JOI SIN)'s actors Eddie Cheung Siu Fai, Susan Shaw Yam Yam and director Maggie TO Yuk Ching two nights ago attended an audience appreciation event at the cinema. Cheung Siu Fai earlier worked on a series in the Mainland, so he was absent to many audience appreciation events. This time he was finally able to appear.

In order to thank the audience for its support, he took one night off with the production to participate in audience appreciation and then immediately flew back to the Mainland to continue the shoot. Brother Fai joked that TWILIGHT ONLINE was a pure Hong Kong film, without the "gutter oil" impurity. Everyone could relax and support it so Hong Kong film could develop healthily.


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The Patrick Kong (Yip Lim Sum) produced film S FOR SEX S FOR SECRETS (SIU JEH YAU SUM) yesterday shot its posters. Attendees included Annie Liu (Lau Sum Yau), Pakho Chau and Jacqulin Chong Si Man.

Chong Si Man's sister Chong Si Ming were rumored to have broken up with Victor Chen Si Hong, who recently was caught with a new female companion. Chong Si Man confirmed that they were not longer in a relationship but they were still friends. Actually they have already broken up for awhile. Chong Si Man said that her sister has returned to Malaysia to very their mother, she did not appear to be any different. Earlier Si Ming had a proposal scene in the TVB series COME HOME LOVE. She said that her sister's break up did not affect her work. Chong Si Man has met Chen Si Hong but were not too familiar.

Sum Yau and Pakho in S FOR SEX S FOR SECRETS played a couple with an imbalance sex life. Sum Yau said that in the film she really wanted to have a baby so she was very serious about sex. She gave her husband too much pressure and made him lose interest, leading to marital problems. Later a third party even showed up. She continued, in the film she would work on a bed scene in tight and flimsy sleep wear. It was the first time she was so daring. However the scene would not sell ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Yesterday would have been Leslie Cheung Kwok's 58th birthday. Gor Gor's former manager Chan Suk Fun and her son Ka Ho, friend Lin Yim Fai, Gor Gor's former assistant Kenneth and a group of fans went to Po Fook Hill to wish Gor Gor Happy Birthday. Several dozen fans from Hong Kong, the Mainland and overseas (Japan and Vietnam) presented flowers, birthday cake, cards and origami cranes as offerings to Gor Gor.

Last year, "Gor" fans said to Mrs. Chan that they hoped she would organize another event for Cheung Kwok Wing's 60th birthday. For this April 1, Mrs. Chan promised that if 1 million Gor fans would support it she would consider produce a "Leslie Cheung musical" for tha fans. As of the deadline, the amount already exceeded 1.42 million. Yet many fans said that the choice to play Gor Gor would be very important. Mrs. Chan explained that because Cheung Kwok Wing was irreplaceable in her and "Gor" fans' hearts, Mrs. Chan would try other methods like high technology to bring "Gor Gor" back to life. Actually Gor Gor once promised Mrs. Chan to work on a musical for her. Mrs. Chan hoped that this future musical will be able to fulfill this promise with "Gor Gor".


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20140913fp01.jpgcourtesy of singtao.com_13MB007_.jpgAndy Lau jokes that he rarely talks with Deanie Ip on the set and their relationship is not all that great._13mb601.jpgStephen Chow
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The Andy Lau Tak Wa distributed inspirational film MY VOICE MY LIFE (JUNG HEI) yesterday held a press conference in Causeway Bay. Aside from Wa Jai, Deanie Ip Tak Han also attended. Lately because of an online article, Mrs. Charles Heung Wa Keung was upset and scolded Stephen Chow Sing Chi. At the same time, many filmmakers all said that Chow Sing Chi was not a friend. Wa Jai who was close to Mr. and Mrs. Heung and worked with Chow Sing Chi on many films yesterday stated that he did not dare to call Chow Sing Chi a friend. He also aid that when they worked on films they rarely chatted.

Wa Jai said that this time he did not invest in MY VOICE MY LIFE. He was only responsible for its distribution. He hoped the film would be inspirational because when he read some news reports now he hoped that young people would have the strength to start over. He pointed out that when he was little he was like the young people now. He really wanted to work, but after coming out to work he really wanted to go back to school. He wanted a chance to study interior design.

Speaking of the trouble between Chow Sing Chi and Mrs. Heung, Wa Jai said that when they worked together they were very busy. Aside from working on the film they did not get to know each other in depth. Mrs. Heung earlier said that he said ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Lately Stephen Chow Sing Chi could not be bothered with all th gossip as he continued to bury himself in work. His new film MERMAID has chosen its final 13 actors in its casting. 13 new actresses from China, Hong Kong and other locations were training in Shenzhen for the finals in two days. Sing Yeh kept traversing between China and Hong Kong to meet with the actresses and get an understanding of the training. The film has already confirmed its Shenzhen location and will start production within the month. Sing Yeh two nights ago was asked which between Mainland and Hong Kong candidates were better. He lightly said, "They all hold their own!" He also praised the ladies for OK overall quality!

The 13 "Sing Girls to be" yesterday continued to train in the water, dancing and acting. Speaking of Sing Yeh's recent negative news, the girls did not mind and even said that they would support him. Some actresses have been called to meet Sing Yeh in advance. Japanese model Linah Matsuoka who has already met Sing Yeh praised him as a genius. "I am very happy to see him, I hope to learn his charm. (How did you prepare?) I was asked to be without make up. I was OK. I wanted to show the realest me." The 19 year old Beijing girl Sun ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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