There are so many reasons you shouldn't try to diagnose yourself with the help of Google because you will probably end up scaring yourself with the worst-case scenarios.
And Vivian Hsu can totally attest to that. After returning to Taiwan, she’s dived headfirst into work — not only is she promoting her new album, I’m V, she’s also been doing promo for two movies, The Confidence Man JP: Princess and Little Big Women.
Her hectic schedule means she only gets about five hours of sleep a day, which has caused her tinnitus (ringing in your ears) to worsen. It’s gotten so bad that she sometimes get dizzy while at work.
Concerned about her health, the 45-year-old checked out her symptoms online and was horrified to find out that they could point to an ear stroke (also known as sudden sensorineural hearing loss), vertigo or even nasopharyngeal cancer aka nose cancer.
Fearing for the worst, Vivian visited four doctors and was relieved to find out that her symptoms were caused by fatigue. She was advised to get more rest, and has since changed her schedule so that she is able to turn in at an earlier time every night.
Another piece of good news that Vivian had to share is that her Singapore-based husband, businessman Sean Lee, has come to visit her in Taiwan and is currently serving his mandatory 14-day quarantine. He made the trip in hopes that he would be able to attend the premiere of Little Big Women.
Although he was ultimately unable to make it to the gala, she’s glad that she will be able to spend some time with him. The actress shared, “He missed us, which is why he came to Taiwan. I flew over to Singapore [earlier this year], and he offered to make the trip this time around. This is how we give and take as a couple.”
Maggie Cheung, Who Hasn’t Made A Movie In 16 Years, Said She No Longer Deserves To Be Called An Actress
It’s been 16 years since Hongkong screen goddess Maggie Cheung last took on a major film role, but it looks like those hoping for a comeback could be left waiting even longer… if not forever.
Recently, an old interview of hers resurfaced on the internet, in which Maggie admitted that she “no longer deserves to be called an actress”. Not exactly something we expected to hear from someone with numerous acting accolades and achievements under her belt, including being the first Chinese performer to win Best Actress at both the Berlin International Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival.
The report’s title translates to A Dialogue with Maggie Cheung, Asia’s Greatest Movie Star and the interview was conducted four years ago. In it, Maggie was asked how she responds to questions about her occupation — does she say “I am an actress” or “I used to be an actress”?
Her response was: “I used to be an actress. After being away from film sets for 12 years, I no longer deserve to be called an actress!”
Not that she minds saying that, though. The 56-year-old went on to reveal that she enjoys her current life very much, and that if no one reminded her, she would “easily forget” that she was once an actress. Guess that means she doesn’t watch her own movies every once in a while to reminisce? Or that her many trophies are hidden away in some storage closet?
Since her departure from the silver screen, Maggie has moved on to other ventures, such as devoting more time and effort into her production company, learning how to edit films, attending the occasional fashion event, and, of course, chasing her dream of becoming a singer.
Her musical ambitions infamously got off to a rocky start, with her maiden gig at Shanghai’s Strawberry Music Festival in 2014 getting branded a “car crash” by the media. Her singing voice was also likened to “a duck quacking from hell” (ouch), but she eventually managed to pick herself up after a year of hiding in shame.
Sadly, an acting comeback does not appear to be in the pipeline as Maggie said that there are many reasons she stopped making films. After being crowned Best Actress at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival for her role in Clean, she “felt like something was about to come to an end” (uh, like an ‘Oscar curse’ or something?).
“And since I’ve decided to leave, I might as well try to go even further after experiencing success,” hence her willingness to risk it all to explore unknown areas. Her only roles since then were a small cameo in 2010 rom-com Hot Summer Days and in several art installation videos.
That said, she clarified that that doesn’t mean she wants to say goodbye to acting permanently. There just haven’t been any new and interesting filmmakers who have managed to catch her eye, nor have there been any movies she felt like she could connect with.
Then again, this interview was done in 2016. Perhaps she has changed her mind since then? One can certainly hope.
It’s not every day you get to randomly run into movie royalty out on the streets (well, unless you’re an avid hiker in Hongkong), but one fan got to enjoy this rare piece of good luck recently, which he shared about on his socials. Naturally.
The star he met was none other than Hongkong actor Tony Leung (Chiu-Wai, not Ka-Fai), who happily obliged the fan’s photo request. The post unsurprisingly generated lots of buzz on the internet… but not exactly for the reason we were expecting.
Both netizens and the media kept pointing out how “old” Tony, 58, looks in the shot. The reports we came across mercilessly zeroed in on things like his “sallow complexion”, “wrinkles all over his face”, and “receding hairline”.
Netizens also left comments like “A former nan shen (‘male god’, literally) has unexpectedly become so old”, “He looks like my dad, does everybody look like this when they age?” and the Chinese saying “Time is a butcher’s knife”, which is commonly used to describe how someone’s good looks can fade over time. Ouch.
Honestly, we have no idea if we’re missing something ‘cos we think he still looks fine, just not as well-styled as he would be at a public event. Plus, are people seriously expecting him to look exactly the same as he did in his 30s and 40s!?
Fortunately, there are those who agree with us and reminded everybody else that for someone who is pushing 60 and usually does not bother dressing up, Tony’s appearance is actually completely normal for his age. Some also gushed about how he still looks really handsome, and that the older he gets, the more he exudes a “mature charm”.
In any case, we reckon we’ll all get to see him clean up nicely again when his debut Hollywood flick, Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, opens in theatres.
Joyce Cheng, the daughter of late Hongkong comedienne Lydia Sum, has been open about her insecurities for years. A lot of it stems from the constant comparisons to her famous parents — her dad is actor Adam Cheng — as well as the public and media's constant scrutiny of her looks.
The 33-year-old, who has since found peace with herself, opened up about her inner demons on YouTube talk show Stephen Talk, which is helmed by former TVB exec Stephen Chan. There, she talked about her negative view on romantic relationships, which was only made worse by her ex-fiancé, who called off their engagement in 2015.
She has only briefly mentioned this relationship in the past, but now admits that it left her with emotional scars. “He planned the proposal without my knowledge and had help from my family members,” Joyce let on. “I thought that I was going to get married.”
Little did she know that a simple misunderstanding would derail all plans. For reasons not explained, her then-fiancé thought she was cheating on him. And even after she maintained her innocence, he still insisted she was guilty.
“After a day at work, I went home. He was still suspicious and decided to break off our engagement. That really hurt my feelings because there was no way we could fix our relationship,” Joyce admitted. “It was a very difficult period for me.”
Joyce said she is still healing from that failed relationship. “I started seeing a therapist this year and I’m working on [my insecurities]," she revealed. "There’s a stigma in Asian communities that caring for your mental health means that you’re crazy, but that’s not true. People spend time exercising for the sake of their physical health, so what’s wrong with putting a little effort into taking care of your mental health too?”
Though Joyce didn't say who her ex-fiance was, she dated photographer Silas Lee for two years before breaking up in 2015.
Drew Barrymore is back in Casey Becker's shoes. The actress reprised herScreamrole on Thursday's episode of The Drew Barrymore Show, revealing what her character would be up to had she survived the 1996 film.
Barrymore will be hosting a special Halloween edition of “Drew’s Movie Nite” for CBS Sunday Night Movies on Oct. 25, with several members of the Scream cast making appearances.
But before all that, the actress put on her blonde bob, hitting the street as her Scream character.
Barrymore isn't the only start to reprise her Scream role lately. Scream 5 is officially in the works, with Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courteney Cox returning for the upcoming installment as their respective characters Sidney Prescott, Dewey Riley and Gale Weathers. Jack Quaid, Melissa Barrera and Jenna Ortega have also been confirmed to join the cast.
Campbell recently opened up about heading back to the franchise.
“I am leaving soon [and] I am looking forward to getting back to work,” she told reporters. “It will be the first time since March and I am sure we are all dealing with getting back to work, so I am excited about that.”
“I am excited [about] stepping back in Sidney's shoes and seeing Courteney and David,” she continued. “Those movies mean so much to me for my life and career and they are always a blast to do, so it should be fun!”
Scream 5 is not set to hit theaters until Jan. 14, 2022.
Emma Roberts owes her mom an apology -- at least, according to her mom. After Robert's mother, Kelly Cunningham, accidentally spilled the beans on her pregnancy news, the two had a bit of a row, and the actress joked that there's still some on-going bickering.
Roberts recently spoke to reporters, and she opened up about how her mom accidentally revealed in an Instagram post that she and boyfriend Garrett Hedlund are expecting their first child.
Apparently, Cunningham is reveling in the attention, and despite Roberts blocking her on mom (briefly) on social media, she's got no intention of stepping back from the Instagram spotlight.
"She cannot be stopped!" Roberts joked. "She's like, 'I'm getting more followers, I'm getting so many texts!'"
Roberts revealed the story about her mom inadvertently confirming swirling pregnancy rumors when the actress -- who is currently promoting her upcoming romantic comedy Holidate -- spoke with Jimmy Kimmel on Monday.
"We kind of laughed. We kind of got into a fight. I blocked her at one point," Roberts said during her Jimmy Kimmel Live! appearance, adding that it's a "good story to tell the baby."
The story has proven to really connect with fans and will likely be a fun family story for years -- which is why Roberts' mom wants a little bit of credit for inadvertently creating a relatable, adorable anecdote for her daughter to share with her own kids one day.
"She also said, 'You owe me an apology, because this ended up being a great story!' Roberts recalled to reporters with a laugh.
While speaking with Kimmel earlier this week, Roberts talked about picking how she and Hedlund went about picking a name for their baby boy.
"I was convinced I was having a girl to a point where I said to my boyfriend, 'If it's boy you can name it,'" she said, laughing. "Meanwhile being like, it's a girl, who cares? Now I get to name it. Then when we found out, he was like, 'Oh yeah, so you said I get to name it!' And I was like, 'I did say that, didn't I? So funny that I said that.'"
The Dirt Music actor, 36, eventually picked the name for the couple's baby boy.
"My boyfriend was playing very hard to get with me about the names. I was like, 'We're having a baby. You can tell me what you want to name the baby,'" Roberts said of Hedlund. "And he was just very tight-lipped and then he did finally, he came up with a winner that was really good. All of mine got vetoed for various reasons, which I'm very upset about."
Check out the video below for more on Roberts' exciting pregnancy news.
Meanwhile, Roberts' new romcom Holidate premieres Wednesday, Oct. 28 on Netflix.
Hongkong actor Francis Ng is one of the most respected actors in showbiz, but his son, Feynman Ng, has proved that having a famous dad doesn’t mean that you’re immune to getting star-struck.
The 12-year-old made headlines earlier this year after graduating from the Singapore International School in Hongkong with the media speculating that he would be furthering his studies in Singapore. This time around, he’s made the news for a whole different reason — posting his failed attempt to slide into Jay Chou’s Instagram DMs.
You see, Feynman, like so many people out there, really loves the Mandopop King and thought that he would try to contact Jay to tell him how much he enjoys his music. He uploaded the whole process on his personal Weibo account on October 20, and soon became one of Weibo's trending topics.
“Will I succeed?” Feynman captioned the post, which also included a screenshot of his IG DM to Jay. “I’d be really happy if you replied this Secondary Two student," he wrote.
His next post was a screenshot of the error message he got in response. “@jaychou is unable to receive your message. He has disallowed strangers from sending him private messages.” A heartbroken Feynman then wrote, “I’m crying", much to the delight of netizens who found the entire incident hilarious.
One netizen then suggested: “Your dad is famous too! Ask your dad to contact him!” which really isn't that bad an idea. It was the common consensus among other netizens, with one saying that they would "get him to the top of Weibo's trending topics and let Jay notice you!”
While Jay hasn’t responded to the poor boy at press time, we’re sure he’ll catch wind of the news soon and have an epic response.
Looks like Hongkong star Eric Tsang just made a huge killing on the property market.
Property prices in land-starved Hongkong have always been super high, but according to this report, 67-year-old Eric just made an enormous profit — we’re talking millions here — from the sale of this mansion he bought in 1988.
According to an insider, Eric had bought a mansion in a landed property development named Rainbow Villas in 1988, two years after it was completed in 1986. At that time, the mansion was valued at HKD$4.03mil (S$705,000), which was the price Eric had paid for the 1789 sq ft house.
After 32 years, it appears that the value has increased astronomically, with Eric selling his mansion to a buyer for a whopping HKD$100mil (S$17.5mil). Yup, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. Eric just earned S$16.8mil from that sale.
The insider then went on to share that the buyer apparently owns another mansion in the same development.
Reports then went on to share that fellow celeb Liza Wang also owns a mansion there, having bought it for HKD$2.93mil (S$513,000) in 1987. She currently lives there as well.
However, it doesn’t seem like she’s the mystery buyer. When reached for a comment, Liza shared that she has no intentions to sell her home, and that the sky-high price of said property was beyond her expectations.
Thanksgiving -- and a dozen other celebrations -- went down at Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton’s Oklahoma base over the weekend. And, Stefani even baked her first pumpkin pie for the mega-celebration!
The couple celebrated the holiday early this year, as they prepare to return to Los Angeles, California, to resume filming The Voice, which returns to NBC with its 19th season premiere on Monday.
“We actually had our Thanksgiving here last night because we had to switch around the schedules this year,” Stefani, 51, said during an interview with Hoda & Jenna on Monday morning. “So, we had an early Thanksgiving, so it’s just been a lot of fun being out here.”
“We had like 14 different celebrations last night and had to pile them all together so we could fit it all in,” added Stefani, who previously dished on the couple's Thanksgiving traditions to reporters. “It was really good. I made my first pumpkin pie, ever. My mom always does it. I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m graduating onto the next level.’ I actually didn’t panic. It was actually really fun.”
The couple have been staying with Stefani’s sons and her brother’s family at Shelton’s rural Oklahoma property, where baking pies is all part of the pandemic-induced domestication Stefani has experienced. However, she has quickly discovered that not all homely duties are quite as fun as baking.
"I feel like since we were all locked down, I had to do so much laundry and cleaning and cooking and toilet cleaning and it was like ... it was so gross," she said. "It was a lot of work.”
“We had five kids here home-schooling in this old abandoned house that Blake bought on this land,” she added. “It was like a hoarder's house. We found some old school desks. They were disgusting and we cleaned them out and the kids were home-schooling in this cabin. It was very extreme."
Stefani and Shelton made a trip to Los Angeles to film the blind auditions for The Voice, and are expected to return in coming weeks.
As for whether the two plan to tie the knot once the pandemic allows, the No Doubt singer was coy about the idea during another interview, on Today.
“Oh, that’s a really good question," Stefani said when asked what was happening with the wedding. "The good news is that we still like each other a lot. That’s good. I don’t know. We’ll see what happens.”
Stefani was even less forthcoming during her chat with Hoda & Jenna, who also brought up the topic of weddings being postponed by the pandemic.
“All of us our rescheduling our lives. We’re on pause,” Stefani said. “There’s been a lot of blessings in disguise for me. I’ve been working on new music, which I was not expecting to do. When I write music is when I feel the most alive and that whole buzz I get from writing the songs is so fulfilling, so that’s what I’ve been doing.”
Are you ready to feel euphoric? Two new special episodes of the acclaimed drama Euphoria will soon be coming to HBO.
Zendaya -- who stars as the troubled teenage addict Rue Bennett in the dark, psychedelic drama -- took to social media on Monday to announce the news.
The 24-year-old actress posted a snapshot showing a close-up shot of an eye, with Rue reflected in the ocean blue iris.
"We really missed them," Zendaya captioned the pic, referring to Rue and Jules Vaughn (Hunter Schafer) to whom the deep blue eye belongs. "Two special Euphoria episodes coming soon. First one December 6th on @hbo."
According to a press release from HBO, the two special episodes -- which serve as long-form interstitial stories that lead into season 2, which was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic -- pick up right after the events of the season 1 finale.
"In the aftermath of being left by Jules at the train station and relapsing, the first special episode follows Rue as she celebrates Christmas," the press released teased.
Zendaya made history at this year's Emmy Awards when she became the youngest person ever to win in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category for her role in Euphoria.
Reporters spoke with the actress after the ceremony, and she opened up a bit about the special episodes and plans for the second season.
"All I can really say is that season 2 won't happen for a while," she said. "But we do have a couple bridge episodes that we're shooting currently that aren't really part of season 1 or season 2 but kind of give people a little something different with Euphoria to hold us over a little bit until we're able to do a full season 2."
"But I'm very happy with the work that we're doing so far, and I can't wait for everyone to see it, really," she added.
Check out the video below to hear more.
The first new special episode of Euphoria premieres Sunday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on HBO, and will be available to stream on HBO Max.