November 17th, 2009

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Stool Pigeon - On location

After initially keeping it a secret, Dante Lam revealed that Nic Tse's female love interest in Stool Pigeon (Informers) is Kwai Lun-Mei, a Taiwanese actress.




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Anyone know who she is? I've never actually heard of her. I'm quite happy about Nic's scruff though, hahah. XD
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F4 reunion rumored to be derailed by Yan/Zhou conflict



While members of legendary Taiwanese boy band F4 (JVKV) have been pursuing solo activities for several years, appeals for the group to reunite still remain prevalent. With news of Jiangsu Satellite TV inviting F4 to perform for their New Year’s Eve Concert spreading like wildfire, discussions are heating up once again.

In addition to the New Year’s Eve festivities, there have been rumors of the group reuniting for next year’s Spring Festival evening festivities. As of now, some members of the group have responded to such an invitation, but some have yet to reply back. Furthermore, since the schedule of the invitation has yet been set, chances appear slim of it occurring. There are currently problems with F4 getting back together to perform, as it appears that such a reunion trip may rest on Jerry Yan’s schedule at the moment. However, informed sources have recently conveyed hidden reasons in the difficulties in an F4 reunion.

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I actually never liked them as a group, lol. So Idc if they don't get back together, heh.
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HK proposes new anti-piracy law

HONG KONG -- The Hong Kong government has proposed a package of new legislation to strengthen copyright protection in the digital environment, but it stopped short of a "three strikes" policy adopted by countries including France and South Korea.

Proposals include criminal sanctions against those who initiate unauthorized communication of copyright works; prescribing in law additional factors to assist courts in considering the award of additional damages, given that it is difficult to prove actual financial loss; and introduction of a media-shifting exception, so a consumer can use non-infringing music copies on multiple personal devices.

Intended to get Internet service providers to co-operate in the fight against online piracy the package also adds clarification of the liabilities of ISPs and definitions of "caching."

"The Government has strived to balance competing interests, including the need to provide an environment conducive to Hong Kong's development as an Internet service hub, as well as the protection of personal data privacy and free flow of information," said Yvonne Choi, Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism).

Choi made it clear that the government did not support introducing an alternative infringer identity disclosure mechanism that would not be subject to scrutiny by courts. Nor does the government support introducing new criminal liability specific to downloading or peer-to-peer file-sharing and feels it unnecessary to introduce statutory damages specific for copyright infringement. 


Legislation is likely to be presented in the second half of next year.

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Piracy is bad, mmmkay?
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Jay Chou's Pandaman estimated to rack in S$50 million

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Singapore -- With a reputation guaranteed to bring in box office ratings, multi-hyphenate Taiwanese performer, Jay Chou, invested a lump sum of S$6.5 million into his first television drama series production, Pandaman. Although the drama has yet to be broadcasted, Jay is already pocketing money from the licensing fees paid for by television stations that are interested in airing his drama series.

Estimated to be racking in S$50 million from his new venture, Jay's monetary returns are comparable to that earned by Disney's cartoon merchandise. The 30-year-old who will be guest-starring in the show as a cop said, "This is not just a drama series. It can be called a movie."

Each episode for Jay's upcoming drama series costs S$200,000 in production value. This series will be making its way to the small screens in China and Taiwan next year in January with its gala premiere held at one of Beijing's stadiums.

According to various reports, the biggest revenue for Jay's latest and newest venture would be the profits reaped in from its merchandises. Starting off a line of Pandaman toys, stationary, clothes, accessories and a comic series is estimated to be worth S$30 million in total.

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Maggie Cheung -- rumors + spread in Harper's Bazaar China

Carina Lau skipping Golden Horse awards because of Maggie Cheung?

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HONG KONG : Hong Kong actress Carina Lau is reportedly skipping this year's Golden Horse Film Awards in Taiwan because of rumoured love rival Maggie Cheung.

Five-time Golden Horse award winning actress Cheung has agreed to be a presenter at the November 28 award show, her first appearance in nine years. The awards is seen as the Chinese-language "Oscars".

Shortly after the news made headlines, Lau who was invited to represent husband, actor Tony Leung, at the film festival's executive committee meeting, declined the invitation, citing work commitments as an excuse.

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Wang Lee Hom and David Tao performed together under the rain; rumored not to be on good terms

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There were rumor saying that Wang Lee Hom and David Tao were not in good terms because no flowers were received during the concert. Coincidently, the both of them performed on the same stage in Nanjing; singing the opening and the finale respectively. They both sang together with the spectators under the rain. Recently, the both of them are heading towards filming movies direction and there are reports saying that the both of them are competing with each other. However, staff revealed that both of them not in good terms does not exist. If see each other, they would still greet like good friends.

Right after Lee Hom finished his performance, he flew to Hong Kong to film an advertistment. At the same time, he have been burning mid night oil preparing for his new album as well as filming movies. The initial planning of releasing an album every year needs to be delayed till next year after the Chinese New Year on the Lunar calender. Fans have been saying that the album would be released in May next year.

Recently, Lee Hom revealed that the album's style would be based on the international route style. However, Lee Hom insisted to keep his mouth shut and refused to disclose his album's music style to give his fans a surprise. At the moment, 20-30 percent of his album have been completed. He was surprised with the statement saying that he would be releasing his album in May next year. He also said that he would be in Taiwan for this year's New Years Eve. He would be performing starting from Taichung to Taoyuan and finally Taipei; 3 shows.

Co-starring with Jackie Chan in movie [Little Big Solider] would be released in January 2010. He plays a bad tempered, not following orders and fierce character in this movie. And in the trailer, his whole body was covered with mud and even his fans could not recognized him.

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Chinese pop: Five hit music videos

It's been a busy season for pop singers. Both newcomers and veterans are releasing albums and promoting their new hits. Up next is a collection of five top Music Videos from the current Chinese pop scene.

NO. 5 Guo Shuyao (aka Yao Yao) "Love's Embrace"
After signing with Seed Music in June, Taiwan singer Guo Shuyao has just released a new album, "Love's Embrace." The 19-year-old Guo is loved by many fans for her pure, adorable image. Her first EP, "Love's Embrace," beat out many big name artists to win the sales crown in Taiwan for two consecutive weeks. "Love's Embrace" features an electronic music style. The singer wears eight sets of costumes in the video, charming the audience with a diversity of glamorous looks.



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Good lord, that Yao Yao video is a shitfest. What are your favorite MVs this year, Aiya?
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“My Air Hostess Roomate” Leads Enjoy Box Office Success and New Photoshoot



The past two weeks saw a few romantic comedies being released in theaters, ableit on the lower-budgeted end. Bumped back to avoid competition from This is It, the film My Air Hostess Roommate, starring Wang Luodan and Wilson Chen Boli-lin, instead went head to head with Love at Seventh Sight, starring Li Xiaolu and Mike He. Two actresses from the hit drama Fen Dou and two Taiwanese hearthrobs pairing off against each other. Who won?

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I love Wang Luodan's photoshoots (only seen about two of them, but I still love them, hehe). There just always seems to be this casual happiness bursting out of them... something about her smile, maybe... :)