Not so fast! Chris Evans took to Twitter on Thursday to seemingly respond to a report claiming he'll be reprising his role as Captain America.
A report published by Deadline on Thursday morning claimed that Evans was in talks to return as Steve Rogers in at least one Marvel project. According to the outlet, Evans would return similarly to how Robert Downey Jr. did after Iron Man 3, as Downey appeared in movies like Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming. ET has reached out to Marvel and Evans' rep for comment.
But if Evans was eyeing a Captain America return, he was playing coy on social media. "News to me," Evans tweeted on Thursday afternoon.
"Some of the gif responses are priceless," he followed up, adding laughing crying emojis. "Good work, everyone."
Evans' character's storyline came to an emotional close at the end of Avengers: Endgame, when he passed his iconic shield on to Mackie's Sam Wilson to take up the mantle of Captain America.
The 39-year-old actor has been open about his time as Captain America coming to an end after Endgame. And in a November 2019 interview with reporters, he said there was "probably not" any possibility he would reprise his role on Disney+'s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
"To stick the landing so well, it would be a shame to revisit," he reasoned.
"Unless there was something very unique that we felt the need to reveal," Evans added, seemingly leaving the door cracked just a bit. Although he quickly tempered hopes, adding, "For now, it feels like, let's just be content with how well it ended."
Cardi B has landed her first starring role in a feature film. The 28-year-old rapper is set to star in a new comedy called Assisted Living, reporters confirms.
Cardi -- who had a role in 2019's Hustlers and appears in the upcoming Fast and Furious movieF9 -- will take center stage in the movie, which Paramount bought in a competitive bidding war last spring.
Reporters has learned that Assisted Living will follow Cardi's Amber, a small-time crook, who finds herself in over her head when a heist goes wrong. On the run from both the cops and her former crew, she struggles to find anyone to take her in. Running out of options, Amber disguises herself as an elderly woman and hides out in the one place no one will look -- her estranged grandmother’s nursing home.
Cardi fans will remember her show-stopping role as an exotic dancer in Hustlers, but she told ET that she didn't really get to "shine" because of her recent surgeries.
"You know what? I was really mad because let me tell you something -- when I did the movie, I just got my t**ties done and I got lipo, right? So I was like, 'This is my moment to shine, and I can't shine because I can't climb!'" Cardi recalled in an August 2019 interview. "So I was mad. I was like, 'Goddamn it!'"
We’ve seen celebrity living rooms with an F1 race car, giant cat cage, full-fledged gym, and fancy art installations, but this is the first time we’ve seen someone riding a real pony around in it.
Last week, ageless Hongkong actress Irene Wan, 54, posted three photos and a video of herself with two horses inside an opulent European-style mansion. It’s a posh place, to say the least, with marble floors and walls, crystal chandeliers, and even a fancy spiral staircase.
Netizens were certainly amazed by this rather unusual and over-the-top display, leaving comments such as: “Poverty limits my imagination”, “I’ve seen people walking dogs, but not walking horses”, “How big is the house that you can even raise a horse inside?”, “When you’re rich, you can do whatever you want”, and “[This is] a whole new level of showing off one’s wealth”.
According to reports, Irene lives in a HK$20mil (S$3.4mil) luxury abode in Hongkong’s idyllic Clearwater Bay neighbourhood with her husband, businessman Kenneth Ho, and their adopted son Xavier.
It’s said that the star deliberately chose a sea-facing location as she loves tropical island vacations, and she even had the outdoor area decorated to resemble a Bali-style holiday villa.
While some media reports claimed that Irene’s horse-riding shots were taken “in her living room at home”, others have also pointed out that she has been working in China for the past six months, so the pics could actually have been taken in the place she is renting or even bought as a second home (‘cos she can, obviously).
What’s more, in Irene’s #stayhome workout photos that she posted back in April (see below), it’s clear that her living room there looks drastically different from the one in her latest pics, proving that they’re not actually the same place.
If you ask us, however, we’re having a bit of trouble believing that Irene’s photos with her equine friends were taken in a private residence at all. For starters, we see a “No Smoking” sign by the door at the back, which is something you would only really find at a public venue.
There’s also the fact that Irene is wearing boots indoors and stepping all over that plush carpet in them, although we guess that when you’re rich, you really can do whatever you want.
Netizens Say Angie Chiu, 66, Looks More Like 41-Year-Old Zhang Ziyi’s Grandmother Instead of Her Mum In New Drama
Veteran Hongkong actress Angie Chiu, who is best known for her role as the immortal Bai Suzhen in classic 1992 TV series New Legend of Madame White Snake, is often lauded for her ageless beauty.
Angie's new drama, historical epic Monarch Industry, premiered in China last week to much fanfare. After all, the series stars Zhang Ziyi in her first-ever small screen role, where she plays Princess Wang Xuan, who is the daughter of Angie's character.
Sounds like brilliant casting, right? Well, not for some netizens who are saying that Angie looks — gasp! — "too old" to play Ziyi's mum.
In fact, they are saying that the 66-year-old could even pass off as 41-year-old Ziyi’s "grandmother".
According to those netizens, while Angie looks good for her age, she also “exudes the aura of someone [who is in her sixties] and is not ‘ageless’ like she looks”.
Whatever that means, right?
And then there were those who took issue with her acting.
Viewers pointed out that she had a habit of “shaking her head” when she delivered her lines.
“Her acting now is exactly the same as when she was in New Legend of Madame White Snake,” wrote one netizen, while another commented that her acting is “very lousy” and that this show will “tarnish her reputation”.
Angie isn’t the only one getting slammed for taking on an "age-inappropriate" role. Viewers too were unimpressed with Ziyi who had to play the character as a 15-year-old at the start of the show.
In fact, the backlash got so heated that the actress took to Weibo to accuse the production team of exploiting her appearance, writing: “There is nothing wrong with looking youthful, but that is not me!”
However, netizens remain unmoved by her outburst.
One netizen commented: “If you were not fit for the role, then why did you accept it? Because you got paid loads and now you won’t let people criticise you." Another asked: “So you think you have the confidence to portray a 15-year-old well? Do you think you did a good job? Why are you blaming the production?”
Expectations for Monarchy Industry were high as it is Ziyi’s first TV drama in her 25-year career. However, the series has drawn mixed reviews for its “old-fashioned plot” and “poor acting”
JJ Lin has denied that he is the owner of a company that has been flagged for "abnormal business operations" by Chinese authorities.
Yesterday (Jan 13), the Chinese media went to town with reports that a company they claim is owned by the Singaporean singer is under investigation. According to the reports, Shanghai Yuzhi Trade Development Co Ltd, a company registered under the name Lin Junjie, which just so happens to be JJ's Chinese name, was included in the Shanghai Administration for Market Regulation (Fengxian District)’s list of abnormal business operations last month.
The company was flagged for having a “registered residence or business place [that] cannot be contacted", basically for not keeping its registration details up-to-date
Established on July 2014 with a registered capital of RMB500,000 (S$103,000), the company is reportedly wholly-owned by someone named Lin Junjie. The company's business scope includes the sale of construction materials, daily necessities, clothing, shoes and hats, knitted textiles and raw materials.
Turns out, it was a case of same name, different person (though its unclear why JJ’s pic showed up on the company’s profile).
JJ’s management company has responded to the reports, saying the “company mentioned in reports is not related to [their] artiste and is not run by [their] artiste."
It added that it “in order to clarify and protect the reputation of [their] artistes, we would like to emphasise that we hope the media can be more discerning, and not trust or spread any information without confirmation”.
JJ isn’t just one of the biggest stars in Mandopop, he is also a wildly successful entrepreneur.
Apart from running his own music production company, fashion label and café, the 39-year-old, who reportedly has a net worth of NT$1bil (S$47.3mil), also owns an e-sports team and dabbles in other investments such as real estate (like this Neihu apartment with an amazing view) in Taiwan and Singapore.
No surprises why they call him a 'Walking Money Printer'.
It looks like it’s Taiwanese host Blackie Chen’s turn to incur the wrath of the internet, which is something that usually happens to his poor wife, singer Christine Fan. Although to be fair, what he did — or rather, didn’t do — is a bit more serious than sharing a few controversial or questionable posts on social media.
Last Saturday (Jan 9), Blackie uploaded a video of his twin sons River and Ryan playing excitedly on a carousel. The purpose of his post was to promote his basketball league’s upcoming match and encourage parents to bring their children since there will be a carousel outside the stadium.
However, the 43-year-old’s clip drew tons of backlash.
For starters, many pointed out that River and Ryan, who turn six this Friday (Jan 15), were not wearing masks despite being out in public in the middle of a pandemic, and that the adults around them, namely their father and the people manning the carousel, were not doing anything about it.
“Just ‘cos children are less likely to get COVID-19, doesn’t mean they can’t spread it to others,” one netizen remarked, while another pointed out that Blackie should be encouraging the public to stay home instead of asking them to go out and watch a game.
Another point of contention was how recklessly River and Ryan were behaving on the carousel. For instance, the brothers were seen climbing from one horse to another while the ride was still running, which could’ve ended really badly if one of them had fallen off.
“Are the staff not stopping them ‘cos you are a celebrity? How terrible!” scolded one netizen, who also angrily questioned how Blackie could just stand there and let his own kids behave so dangerously (and filming it all to boot).
Taiwanese media reached out to Blackie for a response, and this is what he said: “Thank you for everyone’s continued concern and advice. Next time, I will pay more attention to the rules of using children’s public facilities. The main point was to ask everyone to come and watch the game!”
Um, we don’t think anyone needs “rules” to tell them what a bad idea it is for kids to play musical chairs on a moving carousel. In any case, Blackie has since deleted the offending video.
Weng Hong Reunites With Ex Child Star Hao Shao Wen 25 Years After They Starred In Hit Movie Naughty Boys & Soldiers
One of the biggest movies of 1996 was Taiwanese comedy Naughty Boys & Soldiers, which starred heartthrob and Little Tiger Nicky Wu, motor-mouthed host Jacky Wu, Hongkong sex bomb Weng Hong and precocious Taiwanese child star Hao Shao Wen, who was only six at that time.
25 years later, Weng Hong, 52, and Shao Wen, who is now a 31-year-old adult and still an actor, were reunited on a variety show where they reminisced about their time spent on set.
The still-prolific Weng Hong shared pics of their reunion on her Weibo along with screenshots of some of their scenes in Naughty Boys & Soldiers.
She wrote: “You had your start in showbiz at five which makes you a true veteran actor! That year in Taiwan, we acted in four consecutive movies, which also made us that year’s box office champs! You’ve played my student, my son! This is our first time in ‘n’ number of years that we’re working together again, and we’re recreating one of our classic shows from 20 years ago. That is so hard to come by!”
Weng Hong, who has been in the news a lot because of her age-defying beauty, also didn’t forget to give herself a pat on the back. “I entered showbiz in the ’90s, which was when you were born. Now you are all grown up while I’ve not had the time to age, so sorry about that!” she added.
Netizens also wasted no time in praising the pair, with the bulk of the compliments going to how good Weng Hong looks. “He used to play your son, now you guys can play lovers, you are an ageless goddess,” read one such comment.
Shao Wen was one of Asia’s biggest child stars in the '90s — his bald head and the round-frame sunglasses he wore in his films remain his trademark look. Together with child star Shi Xiao Long, the pair acted in some of the most popular movies of the era.
His greatest hits also include 1994’s Shaolin Popey, which he starred opposite Jimmy Lin and Vivian Hsu, 1995’s Trouble Maker where he starred alongside Takeshi Kaneshiro and Ng Man Tat, and 1996’s Ten Brothers where he played one of the sons of Kenny Bee and Sharla Cheung.
In 2003, he took a break from showbiz to pursue his education and in 2008, he enrolled in Tamkang University where he majored in transport management. In 2011, he acted in mega hit coming-of-age movie You Are The Apple Of My Eye opposite Kai Ko and Michelle Chen and has continued to work steadily in showbiz.
Natalis Chan Suspected To Be Receiving Preferential Treatment From Police After Allegedly Breaking Safe Distancing Rules
On December 31 last year, Hongkong media outlet ran a report accusing Hongkong actor Natalis Chan of breaking safe distancing rules.
According to the story, the 70-year-old and his wife, Cecilia Wong, sailed out to a private island off the coast of Sai Kung, where they indulged in a four-hour-long meal with 12 other friends at a private dining establishment on Christmas Eve last year.
When reached for a comment, however, Natalis explained that he had “gone to a friend’s house for a visit”.
Once the report was published, a large number of netizens immediately took to the comments section to vilify Natalis and his friends for their socially-irresponsible ways. However, it appears that the authorities have yet to take any public action against the actor and his friends.
In contrast, when former Legislative Councillor Tanya Chan was reported to have breached safe distancing rules in April last year, the police promptly sent officers down to the venue to conduct an investigation.
Netizens then began speculating that the police might be unwilling to investigate Natalis for his alleged breach, as the actor is a staunch supporter of the police force. Natalis was also awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star award last year for "his contribution to promoting social harmony and communication”.
To date, some 5,000 netizens have signed a petition demanding a full-fledged investigation into the actor’s alleged offence. The police force have also replied to media queries regarding Natalis’s actions, sharing that they “are aware of these reports”, and that they’ve “forwarded the case to the relevant government departments”.
Moses Chan Was (Again) The Only Star Who Wore A Medical-Grade Surgical Mask At The TVB Anniversary Awards
And the award for most socially responsible star at TVB Anniversary Awards goes to… Moses Chan, of course.
Over a hundred stars had attended the ceremony and while most of them wore transparent mouth shields (how else would photographers be able to capture their megawatt smiles all night, right?), the super cautious, not to mention, super sensible Moses was the only one who had on a medical grade surgical mask, which he kept on the whole night save for when he had to go on stage and when he had his photo taken.
We know it’s crazy to even have to mention this given that we’re living in a pandemic, but it’s said that the reason for him being so careful is so he can be safe and healthy for his wife, actress Aimee Chan, and their three kids, Aiden, seven, Nathan, five, and Camilla, four.
It’s definitely not the first time Moses has eschewed looking good on camera for the sake of being socially responsible.
At the TVB Anniversay Gala on November 19 last year, he was also the only one out of 205 stars who wore a mask. At that time, Moses was asked if he wore one ’cos he was scared of contracting the virus (duh), to which he said: “Just ‘cos the numbers are low doesn’t mean you can relax.”
It was a reply that proved just how wise Moses is.
As it turned out, fellow TVB actor Edwin Siu, who didn’t wear a mask at the gala, had come into close contact with a confirmed case at an earlier event. Edwin only found out about that after the gala, where he had interacted freely with many of his unmasked colleagues. Thus all 205 artistes who were present that night had to be swabbed for the virus. Thankfully, their results all came back negative.
Moses’ socially responsible ways during this pandemic have been well-documented by the media. When he was at a photoshoot for a brand of healthcare products he endorses, he removed his mask only when he had to take the photos and promptly put it back on when he was off camera and had to speak to a reporter.
At the press conference of his drama The Impossible 3 last month, Moses also insisted on wearing a medical-grade mask. He then went on to admit to reporters that he was feeling “nervous” about the city’s fourth wave of infections.
Moses has said that him wearing a mask is not enough and that everyone should be wearing one so they can fight this pandemic together.
Now, isn’t that not just good sense but common sense as well?
Vincent Wong was the big winner at the 2020 TVB Anniversary Awards scooping up three awards including Best Actor for his role as a righteous blind lawyer in Legal Mavericks 2020. Sisley Choi was crowned Best Actress for the same show.
Vincent, who was up against Kenneth Ma, Raymond Lam, Moses Chan, and Wayne Lai, had been the hot favourite to win the award, which he also snagged in 2017 for the same role. The 37-year-old also won awards for Best Partnership with his Al Cappuccino co-stars Owen Cheung and Brian Chu, as well as Malaysia’s Favourite TVB Actor.
However, what got netizens talking wasn’t Vincent’s triple wins, but his 39-year-old wife, TVB actress Yoyo Chen’s reaction, or lack thereof, when he thanked her on stage.
In his acceptance speech, Vincent thanked Yoyo for taking good care of their eight-year-old daughter, but when the camera cut to the actress, she simply looked at him blankly, her expressionless reaction fueling rumours of trouble in their marriage again.
And netizens took delight in the unscripted moment.
"Sisley Choi should give her Best Actress award to [Yoyo]," said one sarcastic netizen, while another wrote: "This is the best thing I’ve seen all night!"
Later, when all the actors gathered on stage before the award for Best Drama was presented, Yoyo was snapped congratulating Vincent and giving him a hug, which only further triggered netizens as they believe she was doing it just for show.
But there were also netizens who praised Yoyo for being a “role model” and “gracious” for congratulating Vincent.
When asked about her reaction, Yoyo admitted she was stunned when Vincent thanked her: "Maybe I... was distracted. He suddenly said it, [and that’s how] I responded.”
She added that she was distracted because she was too happy, but brushed off what many are calling a grand gesture, saying that Vincent has publicly thanked her in the past.
When quizzed by reporters after his win, Vincent also echoed his wife's words, saying he always thanks Yoyo in his acceptance speeches: "It is only right to thank her on stage."
He attributed Yoyo’s lack of reaction to the "cold weather" and that she was probably "very tired" from the long day.
He added that there are no plans to celebrate and that they would be going straight home to bed. "I rarely celebrate [such occasions] in the past, and that includes my own birthdays," he said.
Interestingly, Yoyo got a lift home from Edwin Siu and his wife Priscilla Wong right after the awards, leaving Vincent alone in TVB where he faced the media scrum.
Vincent and Yoyo’s nine-year marriage has been rumoured to be on the rocks for quite some time, with sources saying that it's his philandering ways that's creating trouble in their relationship.
Vincent has been linked to several women in the past, including disgraced actress Jacqueline Wong. Last year, Yoyo further fuelled divorce rumours when she shared a cryptic Instagram post about a homewrecker on Vincent’s birthday.