August 23rd, 2012


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Welcome to the weekly free forum post.  Here you'll find the week's Top 5 News Stories, any comm announcements and a list of celeb birthdays for the week.  This is also an anything-goes post.  Comment on the news, wish your fave a happy birthday or go completely off-topic, as long is it isn't against general comm rules.  Post will be made every Thursday.


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Gu Kailai Gets Suspended Death Sentence

Anti-Japan Protests Erupt in China

Painted Skin 2 to be released in North America

Taichi 0 Releases Final Trailer

Viet Films Come to TIFF


Hong Kong singer and actress Sammi Cheng turning 40 on August 19

Hong Kong musician Yip Sai Wing turning 49 on August 19

Taiwan singer Hsiao Hung Jen turning 27 on August 21

Singaporean actress Chen Liping turning 47 on August 22

Mainland actress Zheng Shuang turning 21 on August 22

Mainland actor Yuan Hong turning 30 on August 23

Taiwan actor and singer Jiro Wang turning 31 on August 24

Taiwan singer Elva Hsiao who turned 33 on August 24

Mainland actress Crystal Liu Yifei turning 25 on August 25

If there are any birthdays not mentioned here between August 19th and August 25th, please let us know in the comments.

Film producer Charoen Iam-Phungphorn dies

Legendary film producer Charoen Iam-Phungphorn, whose Five Star Studio has been one of Thailand's leading movie studios for 40 years, died yesterday morning from complications of a lung infection. He was 62.

The funeral rite takes place at Wat Thatthong.

Charoen was a respected figure in the Thai film community known for his frank, instinctive decision-making style that resulted in a lot of commercial hits and, in the past 15 years, arthouse titles that were screened internationally.

Besides film-making, which he ran from his office in Rama IX, he also owned a top-end massage parlour called Plaza in Makkasan.

Charoen's brother, Kiat, founded Five Star Entertainment in 1973. When Kiat unexpectedly died in 1981, Charoen was left in charge of the operation. In the 1970s and '80s, the logo of five golden stars spinning around a blue globe was seen as often in Thai theatres as the rotating earth of Universal Pictures or the circling stars on snow-capped peak of Paramount. Five Star was then known for a mix of flicks with mass appeal and its willingness to work with up-and-coming directors.

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Weibo Valentine's: Zhang Han, Zheng Shuang, Li Chen, Zhang Xinyu

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Couples show-off their love on weibo

Weibo continues to be the preferred method of announcing relationships in China, especially on Qixi, which celebrates the reunion of famous mythological couple NiuLang and ZhiNv.

Although never really admitting it, actor Zhang Han's not to shy about his love for his rumored girlfriend Zheng Shuang, who celebrated her 21st birthday the day before.  The two were seen in Shanghai together and friends had put pictures of the birthday party up.   On weibo today, he wrote "You're so beautiful today,Happy Birthday." 

Actor Li Chen, too, took to confessing on weibo.   "You fight alone in this city, rent a small home, and frequently doesn't take taxi's; You like the life and work here, and persists and works for it.  You are real, you love and hate clearly, straight-forward like a kid.  You make me believe the phrase --- "Where, what, it's all important.  What's important is with whom."  So, on this special day, I want to tell you: "From today on, until the edge of the sky and end of the world, you have me to accompany you.  @Zhang Xinyu."

source: Weibo's of Li Chen新浪个人认证 and Zhang Han

Typhoon Tembin sweeps across Taiwan as 5,000 evacuate


Typhoon Tembin swept across southern Taiwan Friday, toppling trees and ripping off rooftops after thousands of people were evacuated to avoid a repeat of a deadly storm three years ago.

Tembin, characterised as a "severe" typhoon by the Hong Kong Observatory, hit before dawn and ground its way across Taiwan's southern tip before moving out to sea again, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.

Fallen tree trunks covered roads in the south, rocks loosened by torrential rain fell from mountainsides, and in the coastal village of Tawu a number of rooftops were reportedly blown off by strong winds.

In towns along the rugged east coast, some 6,500 people were evacuated and schools and businesses shut down as communities braced for the typhoon to hit, but Tembin made landfall further south than expected.

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