Zhao Wei is reportedly returning to Gordon Chan’s follow up to Painted Skin but Chen Kun is said to have declined to participate. (21cn)
Hong Kong media reports that Jet Li will begin shooting Tony Ching Siu-Tung’s White Snake in August and then in September he will join in Tsui Hark’s New Dragon Inn cast. Polybona is said to be willing to pay Jet who earned no salary for Ocean Paradise a hefty US$12M fee. Zhou Xun, Chen Kun and Guei Lun-Mei have already been attached to the $300M yuan project. Donnie Yen is said to have turned down a role as he was busy and did not want to reprise his role. [And maybe a feud with Jet Li?] (21cn)
The film, entitled “Da Moshu Shi” (”Great Magician”), is a story about two childhood sweethearts set during the early part of the twentieth century. Yee had intended to keep the film a secret until it was discovered by the Guangzhou Daily. Information about the film was found on the Web site of the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT).
Tony Leung is set to play the role of the intelligent illusionist, while Cheung will play a concubine to a warlord.
Earlier Cecilia had attended actor-director Stephen Chow’s CJ7 2 press conference and the two was reportedly discussing plans for a sequel to King of Comedy.
Zhang Jiabei’s latest film, Midnight Hearbeat or Midnight Pulse, is inspired by classmateTakashi Miike’s horror stylings. The film stars Simon Yam and Francis Ng. Currently in post-production in Japan after completion in February, the supporting cast also includes four rising female stars: Yao Di, Li Nian, Liu Yuxin and Yang Yuyu. A synopsis says the film is about bizarre murders in a hospital ICU. A September release is planned. (Sina), 2, 3 [Thanks, to V]
Simon Yam plays a surgeon (Sina)
Midnight Pulse’s Liu Yuxin
Feng also informed the press that pop diva Faye Wong sings the closing music for the film.
The success of the debut film by Li Weiran confirms the marketability of actor Sun Honglei. Peter Lee’s romantic comedy My Fair Gentleman (aka Dirt Rich in Shanghai), also starring Sun, was a moderate hit last year grossing $3 million. Shamatown also stars Taiwan supermodel Lin Chi-ling.
Gillian Chung, Alex Fong Lik-Sun promote Fantastic Water Babes (Sina)
Andy Lau heads to studio to begin shooting What Women Want
(lit. I Know A Women’s Heart)
Andy Lau and Hu Jing play husband and wife
Chen Daming directs
Charlene Choi featured in an advert for urban tree planting
Charlene denied reports her contract with Emperor had expired. She said that she is signed until she is 32 years old (2014) (Xinhua)
Angelababy performs facial massage for Biotherm
Angelababy says she feels Japan, Europe, Mainland China and Taiwan (so, anywhere but Hong Kong?) are safe places when quizzed about Fiona Sit’s paparazzi underwear photos. (Sina)
Angelababy meet with fans and showed photos from her new photo album to prove that they are not vulgar.
She will be at Harbour City July 24 to promote the new book. (Sina)
Theresa Fu will take to the shopping malls to promote her photo album since hers is among the books banned from the Book Fair by the TDC. (Sina)
Lynn Xiong/Hung Doi Lam’s manager denied rumors by Ming Pao that hint that she is involved in the Chongqing hotel ‘immoral transactions’ scandal brewing. (Sina)
After the [Golden Melody] awards show, the disgruntled Eason was spotted having supper with fellow Hong Kong singer, Karen Mok, who also lost out to A-Mei on the Best Female Singer award.
While Karen tried covering up her disappointment when interviewed, Eason could hardly keep his discontentment to himself.