Charlene Choi and her co-stars from The Lady Improper, Cecilia Yip and Deep Ng, held a sharing session in Hong Kong.
Cecilia praised Charlene for her outstanding and authentic performance in the film, and for willing to let go for her "idol" image for the role. When asked if she is confident that Charlene will take home Best Actress at the Hong Kong Film Awards, Cecilia said that it could go either way because the judges have different tastes.
Charlene revealed that she is still in the process of selecting an outfit for the awards ceremony. "The less fabric a dress has, the more expensive it is, and sometimes it's so revealing that you can even see the underwear," she said, adding that she will definitely not pick an outfit like that.
Many celebrities including Aaron Kwok, Karena Lam, Isabella Leong, and Bae Doona attended a designer brand's furniture exhibition in Hong Kong on March 20.
Aaron said that if possible, he would love to collaborate with the brand to design a crib for his second child. "Safety and sturdiness are the most important factors when it comes to a good crib," he shared.
Isabella showed up to the event wearing a pair of sunglasses, and explained that she was suffering from an eye infection. "I will undergo a minor operation later, but it's no big deal," she said.
The actress then shared that she will travel to Shanghai in May to film a new TV series for two months. "My mother will take care of my sons while I'm away," she said. "I will definitely miss them, but thanks to technology, I can always have video calls with them."
Doona shared that she has visited Hong Kong before, but this will be the longest she gets to stay in the city. "I ate dim sum for lunch today, which was delicious, and tonight I will go out to experience other local attractions," she said.
Taiwanese singer-actor Wang Leehom’s wife, Li Jinglei, uploaded a picture of their oldest daughter’s drawing on Weibo recently, sharing that it contained a “mysterious password”.
The drawing, which was done on pale green paper, contained a series of numbers, scrawled on in marker. In her caption, Jinglei recounted a conversation that she had with their four-year-old daughter, Jiali.
According to Jinglei, Jiali had wanted to prepare a present for Jinglei, for her upcoming birthday. When Jinglei reminded her that there was still “a long way to go” till her big day, Jiali replied, “If I start preparing earlier, I wouldn’t need to rush later”. She then went on to ask Jinglei how many days there was to go.
Upon knowing that there was still 24 days to Jinglei’s birthday, Jiali ran off, only to return shortly after with her drawing.
“There’s still 24 days left, so I will cancel a number everyday, to count down to your birthday,” Jiali declared, to Jinglei’s surprise.
After reading Jinglei’s post, many fans left comments praising Jiali for her thoughtfulness. “It’s so cute, how she’s looking forward to her mother’s birthday,” one wrote.
A third season of police drama Tiger Cubs was officially confirmed at a Shaw Brothers Pictures press conference in Hong Kong on March 20.
Michael Miu admitted that he never expected that there would be a new season of the series. "I felt like it was a pity when filming for Tiger Cubs II ended, so I'm very happy to hear that there will be a Tiger Cubs III," he said. "I hope that all the original cast members will be able to reunite again."
Ron Ng joked, "Whatever you say will come to pass. The next season can be called Tiger Cubs: Sam Gor [Ed's note: Sam Gor, which means Third Brother in Cantonese, is Michael's nickname]." Michael then quipped in response, "Then we might not need you anymore!"
Bosco Wong, who fractured his left foot a few months ago while filming web drama Flying Tiger II, assured everyone that his injury has healed well. "But I've gotten so used to walking with crutches that I'm afraid I'll feel weird without them!" he said.
With news of Raymond Lam's recent return to TVB, the actors were asked if they will ask him to join the cast of Tiger Cubs III, to which Ron and Bosco said that he will probably be too busy for that.
Ron then jokingly complained that he only found out about Raymond's return from the papers. "I guess we're not so close after all," he lamented, as Bosco added, "He keeps saying he will invite us out for a meal, but we still haven't heard from him!"
After his relationship with Taiwanese singer Amber Kuo ended in 2015, Taiwanese actor Tony Yang has not gone public with any of his relationships. Two years ago, when the actor was filming the reality show, Divas Hit the Road, fellow actor Jing Boran revealed that Tony currently had a girlfriend. Upon hearing the news, however, Tony neither denied nor confirmed Boran’s words.
Recently, a media outlet shared that Tony is currently dating Taiwanese singer Eric Chou’s ex-girlfriend, a non-celebrity by the name of Melinda. Melinda is said to be running her own fashion and makeup store, and often doubles up as a model for the products she sells. It was also reported that she had dated Eric, who’s six years her junior, before the singer’s debut.
Last Thursday, Melinda was spotted having sushi with Tony’s mum at a Japanese restaurant where they stayed till 12 midnight, past the shop’s opening hours. When they left, the shop owner escorted the duo to the door, making it evident that they were regular customers.
After leaving the restaurant, the pair they chatted for a bit before Tony’s mother got on the cab to head home.
Melinda herself got onto another cab, heading to an apartment block nearby. Twenty minutes later, Tony arrived in a cab, and went inside as well, giving rise to speculations that the duo are living together.
Romeo Tan has been a very busy person.
When we first saw the list of attendees for the Fresh Takes! press conference, the actor wasn’t in it, as we knew that he was in Taiwan working on the upcoming Taiwan-Singapore co-production drama All Is Well.
But ultimately, he asked the Taiwanese team to rearrange his filming schedule and grant him a 24-hour window to jet back to Singapore to attend the event.
“As one of the directors, I think it’s my responsibility to do everything that I can to attend, and I’m glad that they managed to make it work,” Romeo quipped, looking visibly exhausted.
He, along with fellow actors Bryan Wong, Shane Pow, Priscelia Chan, Joanne Peh and Ian Fang, embarked on their maiden directorial journey with Fresh Takes!. The Mediacorp initiative promotes new talent in the local entertainment industry - be it in acting, directing, or scriptwriting.
“I wanted to reject this opportunity, but I decided to give it a try after some thought,” Romeo admitted in an interview with Toggle.
“After all, if you wanted to do this in film school as a final year project, you’d have to fork out your own money, find your own location and handle all the logistics on your own. [With Fresh Takes!], I had the company helping me with location researchers, scriptwriters and so on, and my main task would be to direct the telemovie. That’s why I said yes and took up the challenge.”
Being the first on the list to start work came with its own pressure, as the 33-year-old mused, “When I first said yes, my mind was a blank. I didn’t know if I wanted to go with a horror story or a thriller.”
“In the end, I simplified things. There’s one thing that you can’t avoid in all stories: love. I went for the easy way out by going with puppy love.”
He continued, “I like stories with twists in the end, so I told myself that I’d write a love story with a twist, and that the entire story had to have an important message. And that is to live in the present and treasure who you have in your life. Fate is a tricky thing. Sometimes, once you miss your chance, you’ll never be able to go back to how things used to be even if you try your best.”
Romeo thought that it would be smooth-sailing after finalising his concept and storyline, only to realise it wasn’t so.
When we asked him about how the entire process was, he declared without skipping a beat, “I really enjoyed the production and the post-production phases, but I hated pre-production.”
He explained, “The main location I ended up using was my fourth choice, which was our office. If you asked me which scenes I’d want to shoot again, I’d say that every single one of the main scenes have to be redone.”
In short, it was a nightmare.
“I originally wanted to use The Promontory, but for some reason, it was a no. We then wanted to move over to a location near the Singapore Flyer, but because of the Chingay parade, that didn’t work out either,” he sighed.
“We also thought of going to HortPark, but the location would be way above budget so I couldn’t use it either. I was left with the field on the Mediacorp campus. It’s not terrible, but it’s a totally different feel from what it would have been if we were filming at my first, second or third choices,” he concluded.
Romeo also had problems finding a sponsor for the drone that he needed for the film, and was unable to find a big house that he could film in.
“Mei Xin’s character is supposed to be from a wealthy family, so I needed her to have a nice house and a sports car. I ended up owing a lot of favours to people after this film,” he chuckled. “I said to my former client, ‘Your house in Sentosa Cove is very beautiful, and your Ferrari is very nice too! I’m doing a short film for the first time, I need a big house and I think your place is very suitable.’ They immediately agreed, which made me very happy.”
However, his happiness was short-lived.
Filming at Sentosa Cove is no walk in the park, as you need to adhere strictly to the time limit stated on the permit. Romeo ended up overrunning and the last scene, which was shot after the sun set, didn’t look good in post-production.
So, he did what any director in his situation would have done: call the client (again) and tell them he needed to go back again to shoot for another day.
Cue another big, cumbersome ‘however’.
“We didn’t have another permit, so we had to wait outside the gates for an hour-and-a-half, and by the time they cleared us, the sun was about to set today so we had to rush every take,” Romeo said, as we wondered if his long list of sufferings was coming to an end yet.
“In the end, we managed to save the entire scene because we were very clear about what we needed to do, and I’m happy with the end result.”
Given the roller-coaster of unfortunate incidents, we asked him if he would ever direct again.
“For now, I don’t think I’m up to Stephen Fung’s level where I can be the director, scriptwriter and lead actor in the same project, but maybe one day I will be,” he said with a short laugh. “I don’t mind taking up directing again, but I definitely want my next project to be a horror story.”
“I love watching horror films, and after you’ve watched so many good and bad horror films, you’ll have some idea of how to induce goosebumps,” he said.
One thing that he let on he’s learned from Thai and Japanese horror films is how they make use of things that you use in your daily lives to create the real spook factor.
He concluded with a slight smile, “You don’t need something especially menacing to scare people. In fact, I think it’s even scarier when you take everyday items, like an elevator or a mobile phone and make it something that you can and should be afraid of.”
We can’t wait, Romeo.
Donnie Yen, Lynn Hung, Karena Ng, Raymond Wong, and more promoted their new film Ip Man 4 at the Entertainment Expo Hong Kong on March 18.
Ip Man 4 is the final instalment of the highly successful martial arts franchise. "All good things must come to an end," said Donnie. "But the film is very imaginative, so perhaps new stories may come from it in the future." He then thanked his wife Cecilia Wang for all the support she's given him over the years.
Lynn admitted that she considers the real Ip Man an ideal husband. "He's someone who had a deep respect for woman, and I always wanted to marry a man like him," she said. "Thankfully, I did manage to find my own 'Ip Man' in real life!"
Charlene Choi attended an exhibition of her photographs, which were shot by Kaon, in Hong Kong on March 19.
The singer-actress said that she was very happy with the photos because they had a movie-like quality to them, and praised Kaon for being skilled at capturing her prettiest side.
When asked if she would get Kaon to be her wedding photographer, Charlene said that she has not thought about it yet, and will only consider it when the time comes.
Charlene and her boyfriend Anthony Shek recently went to musician Pal Sinn's birthday party together. She revealed that her beau does not like to be photographed, but urged anyone who wants to take pictures of him to turn off the flash before doing so.
Last week, Taiwanese actress Alyssa Chia and her two daughters, Bubu, 4, and Bobo, 2, stepped into the kitchen together to bake a cake for Bobo’s upcoming birthday.
On Friday (March 15), Alyssa shared some pictures of their baking experience together on her Facebook page. The pictures, which show Bobo holding on to a freshly-baked cake, was accompanied by a long caption.
In the caption, Alyssa poured out her heart, writing, “Little Bo, Mama wants to tell you that I cherish every detail about the lives of you and your sister. I’m deeply afraid that the days of your childhood will pass me by in the blink of an eye. To the two of you, this moment where you’re still young is the best period of your lives, with good food, fun things to play with every day, and the ability to sleep soundly every night. Mama prays every day for the two of you to grow up happily and healthily.”
“All Papa and I can do is to give you our endless love and company,” she added. “(Bobo), you so closely resemble the characters in a manga, with a face that might look fierce, but (hides a personality) that is warm and gentle, just like a fish in water. You love your sister dearly, but find her too ‘princess-like’ at times. Your humorous personality makes you the apple of anyone’s eye.”
Continuing, she wrote, “In the days to come, though it may not be apparent now, you’re likely to become your older sister’s protector and defender.” Wishing Bobo a happy birthday once again, Alyssa ended her post with an “I love you”.
Bobo’s father, Taiwanese actor Xiu Jie Kai, also posted on Facebook to wish Bobo a happy birthday, writing, “My dear little Bo, you’re 2 now! Happy birthday! As I watch you use your own unique way to understand this world every day, I often find joy in the many expressions that cross your face. Always remember to cherish this quality of yours. You are forever irreplaceable in the hearts of your mum and I.”
Celebrity couple Aaron Kwok and Moka Fang are expecting their second child, who’s due to enter the world in May this year.
However, the couple, who has a baby daughter together, has yet to reveal the gender of their second child. As a result, netizens have been scouring Moka’s latest updates and posts on social media in the hopes of deducing the gender of her second child.
Recently, the 31-year-old attended the party of one of her friends, who is expecting as well. In the pictures posted online, the two pals posed behind a gorgeous dessert table, which featured two cakes: one white, and the other baby blue.
As there were no pink desserts placed on the table, a couple of netizens surmised that Moka must be expecting a baby boy this time. However, their comments drew a number of replies, with some criticising them for reading too much into the picture. Some also raised the possibility that the cakes on the table were for Moka’s friend, as she might be the one expecting a boy.
Aaron and Moka tied the knot two years ago and welcomed their daughter, Chantelle, soon after.