February 9th, 2013


Stephen Chow and Shu Qi’s public display of affection

Hong Kong's "king of comedy" Stephen Chow openly expressed his admiration for Taiwanese screen siren Shu Qi once again when they went to Guangzhou, China to promote their new movi Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons arlier this week.

The audience encouraged them to get together after the movie and the actor-director hinted to reporters, "I like simple and candid woman who dare to love and hate, just like Miss Duan (Shu Qi's character in the movie)."

Stephen then presented the actress with a ring onstage, kissing gently on her right hand and giving her a peck on the cheek.

Shu Qi appeared nonchalant about his act initially and even graciously planted a kiss on the 50-year-old's cheek. However, the 36-year-old got embarrassed when both of them almost touched lips after Stephen suddenly tilted his head towards her.

She indirectly rejected the actor-director, commenting, "We're not suited for each other. We're of different statuses."

"I don't give up so easily!" Stephen responded jokingly.

On the other hand, Shu Qi became frustrated when the media queried about her secret marriage with Hong Kong artiste Stephen Fung. She replied sarcastically, "Actually, I've also given birth to two kids in the US too. Send someone over to investigate when you're free!"



32nd Hong Kong Film Awards nominations announced

The awards season hits up with the fresh release of the nomination list for the 32nd Hong Kong Film Awards. With the award ceremony set to be held on April 13, Emperor Motion Pictures won 29 nominations with six of its films in the running for the top honours, earning the title of the “Champion of Movie Companies”.

Hot favourite Aaron Kwok failed to make the list despite winning accolades for his performance i Cold War, while his co-star Tony Leung Ka-Fai (Cold War) will be competing against Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (The Silent War), Lau Ching-Wan (The Bullet Vanishes), Chapman To (Vulgaria) and Nick Cheung (Nightfall) for the Best Actor award.

Though Director Law Chi-leung is delighted about his self-directed fil The Bullet Vanishes arning 12 nominations, he expressed that Nicholas Tse’s exclusion from the list is a “pity”

With two of her works The Great Magician n The Silent War, nominated for the Best Actress award, Chinese actress Zhou Xun commented that she will be “fighting against herself” and thanked the judging panel for the recognition.

TVB actress Elanne Kwong’s nomination for the Best Actress award became a talking point as the actress will be vying for the prestigious prize for the very first time. Th Love Lifting tar, who is up against veterans Zhou Xun, Miriam Yeung and Sammi Cheng, could not hide her excitement after learning about the good news.

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Stills of Godfrey Gao in Upcoming Movie "Say Yes"

A remake of the classic Japanese television series of the same name in 1991, Say Yes has Huang Bo as a labor contractor who is always ready to propose, and Lin Chiling plays a jilted cellist never short on admirers. It is scheduled for release in China on February 14, 2013.

They've released a bunch of stills over the past few weeks, but the only ones that caught my eye were these, so... :3

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Chinese give Year of the Snake a raucous, colorful welcome

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese welcomed the arrival of the Year of the Snake with raucous celebrations on Saturday, setting off a cacophony of firecrackers in the streets and sendin fireworksblazing into the sky to bring good fortune.

Celebrations will carry on into the early hours of Sunday, officially the first day of the Lunar New Year.

Residents o Beijing raved freezing temperatures to let off brightly colored fireworks, with clouds of smoke in the air, red wrappings fro firecrackers overing streets and explosions rattling windows.

A plea by the government to set off fewer fireworks to help deal with Beijing's notoriou air pollution eemed to fall on deaf ears.

"Every year we set off fireworks and this year will be no different," said Lao Guo, 45, a convenience store worker.

"People won't not set them off because of pollution. It's the custom."

Firecrackers are believed to scare off evil spirits and entice the god of wealth to people's doorsteps once New Year's Day arrives.

China's cosmopolitan business hub, Shanghai, saw similar scenes, though not everyone had reason for cheer.

"Business now is very weak. It's related to the financial crisis," saidChen Yongliang, who used to run a street stall. "The U.S. and other major countries have seen their economies slide and we've gone with them."

Maintaining a tradition of leaders visiting ordinary folk at this time of year Communist Party chief Xi Jinping, who takes over as president in March from Hu Jintao, met subway construction workers in Beijing ahead of the week-long holiday.

"Migrant workers have been the labor force behind China's reform and opening up ... so we must look after you properly," Xi said in comments carried on state television.

"I hope the construction firm has organized some new year entertainment for you so you can have a happy holiday," added Xi, who has tried to cultivate an easy-going, man-of-the-people image since becoming party boss in November.

People born in the year of the snake, including Xi, are believed to be thoughtful and stylish yet complex characters.

Practitioners of the ancient art of feng shui say the year ahead will see financial markets slither higher as optimism grows, though the risk of disasters and territorial disputes in Asia also looms.

The lunar new year is marked by the largest annual mass migration on earth, as hundreds of millions of migrant workers pack trains, buses, aircraft and boats to spend the festival with their families.

For many Chinese people, this is their only holiday of the year.

Almost half of Beijing's population of 20 million have left the city for the holiday, according to state media.

Taboos abound over this period. Crying on New Year's Day means you will cry for the rest of the year, and washing your hair signifies washing away good luck.

Woe betide those who clean on new year's day, for you will be sweeping away good fortune in the year ahead.


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