We know, we know. Taiwanese singer-actress Annie Yi has been in the news a lot lately. And for not very good reasons.
Just last week, the 52-year-old star angered netizens when she made insensitive remarks about late Cantopop diva Anita Mui during an interview. Annie, who is now competing in Chinese reality talent show Sisters Who Make Waves, was also accused of throwing shade at a fellow contestant and getting blacklisted by the producers as a result.
Now, the former Mrs Harlem Yu has come under fire for yet another controversy... and it's a pretty gross one this time.
Recently, netizens discovered that Annie had listed an old and visibly worn-out pair of heels on a used goods marketplace app. The shoes, which were stained and dirty, had an asking price of 230 yuan (S$45).
Oddly enough, she managed to close the deal (with whom, we wonder) and has deleted the listing.
But as the saying goes, nothing on the Internet really gets deleted. Netizens had already taken a screenshot of Annie's listing and started to circulate it online. Understandably, many people were turned off by what the mother-of-two did, and bluntly told her that her "disgusting" shoes looked like “garbage”. Some even wondered how they even got sold.
In addition to her shoes, Annie also sold the clothes her husband Chinese actor Qin Hao had worn in his dramas. Despite the higher price point, the items were all snapped up too.
This is not the first time Annie has sold her preloved stuff online. She once said that selling used items is a way of “creating a sustainable economy” and went on to assure fans that the money she gets from selling stuff online goes to charity.
True enough, Annie recently received a certificate from the China Children and Teenagers Fund thanking her for her support. So we guess those disgusting old shoes did do some good after all?
Korean star Son Ye Jin will be making, not a crash landing, but a splash in Tinseltown if everything goes well.
Korean media platform Star News reported the Crash Landing On You actress is slated to make her Hollywood debut in upcoming futuristic film Cross.
The movie, which will be helmed by In Time director Andrew Niccol, tells the story of a country divided by a border. On one side lives the wealthy and on the other, the impoverished.
Ye Jin is said to play Vera, a single mother who lives near the border in the poor side after her husband dies while attempting to flee the country. The 38-year-old actress will be starring opposite Australian actor Sam Worthington (you might recognise him from Avatar and Clash of the Titans).
While the movie’s concept has been in development since 2009, plans were only put in motion after the director was inspired by the divide between North and South Korea during his trip to Seoul last year. Production is expected to begin in Korea in March 2021.
Ye Jin’s management, MS Team Entertainment, has said that the actress will very likely be starring in the movie.
“Son Ye Jin is in talks for the movie Cross, and the outlook is favourable. Unless there are any huge changes, she’ll be going through with it,” read the statement, adding that Ye Jin is expected to speck English throughout the movie.
Meanwhile, Parasite star Lee Sun Gyun (he's the father of the wealthy Park family) has been offered the role of Gideon, the intimidating and powerful leader of the border protection team.
The 45-year-old’s agency, HODU&U Entertainment, said: “Lee Sun Gyun has received a casting offer for Cross and is currently reviewing the offer. He has not yet come to a decision.”
He will also be making his Hollywood debut should he choose to take on the role though it sure isn't his first Hollywood experience given Parasite's success at this year's Oscars.
Chris Evans and Lily James are sparking romance rumors after they were snapped together over the weekend in London at Mark's Club, an A-list private members' club in Mayfair.
In the pictures published by reporters, 31-year-old James -- clad in a red midi dress, heels and a black trench coat -- walked ahead of 39-year-old Evans, who looked dapper in a black suit, as they exited the club. According to the British newspaper, the two headed back to Evans' hotel together in the same taxi at around 1 a.m., though she entered separately through a door in the back while he entered through the main entrance.
Reporters has reached out to both James' and Evans' reps for comment.
James was last linked to The Crown star Matt Smith. She and the 37-year-old actor were spotted together in March, though they were rumored to have ended their five-year relationship in December. As for Evans, he was last linked to actress Jenny Slate, whom he met while filming 2017's The Gifted. The two broke up in 2018.
Although Evans is usually private about his personal life, in 2017, he did open up to Esquire about why he tended to date actresses. Aside from Slate, Evans has been linked to Jessica Biel, Minka Kelly, Lily Collins and more.
"There's a certain shared life experience that is tough for someone else who's not in this industry to kind of wrap their head around," Evans explained. "Letting someone go to work with someone for three months and they won't see them. It really, it certainly puts the relationship to the test."
In 2019, Evans hinted to reporters that he was ready to be a father when talking about his beloved dog, Dodger.
"Dogs are just so good and so pure," he said. "A weird, little door unlocks inside of you, this new level of empathy … in a weird way, that type of empathy permeates so many aspects of your life… You know, I think it actually unlocks a little bit, as I imagine having children will, I really want kids too."
Tom Hanks is sharing even more details about what it was like surviving the coronavirus.
In a new interview, the 63-year-old actor opens up about having COVID-19 at the same time as his wife, Rita Wilson. The two were the first A-list celebrities to publicly announce their diagnoses back in March, while they were in Australia. They have since recovered and are back in Los Angeles.
"Our discomfort because of the virus was pretty much done in two weeks. We had very different reactions, and that was odd," Hanks explains to The Guardian. "My wife lost her sense of taste and smell, she had severe nausea, she had a much higher fever than I did. I just had crippling body aches, I was very fatigued all the time and I couldn't concentrate on anything for more than about 12 minutes. That last bit is kinda like my natural state anyway."
"When we were in the hospital, I said, 'I'm 63, I have type 2 diabetes, I had a stent in my heart – am I a red flag case?' But as long as our temperatures did not spike, and our lungs did not fill up with something that looked like pneumonia, they were not worried," he continues. "I'm not one who wakes up in the morning wondering if I'm going to see the end of the day or not. I’m pretty calm about that."
As coronavirus cases continue to spike in multiple states across the country, Hanks believes there's "really only three things" everyone should do: "Wear a mask, social distance, wash your hands."
"I know societally it's been politicised, but I don't get it, man," he says. "I don't understand how anyone can put their foot down and say, 'I don’t have to do my part.'"
As for Wilson, reporters recently spoke with her about what it's been like spending so much time at home amid the pandemic.
"In some ways it's been a very creative time, and in some it's been a very reflective time," she shared. "I read this really good Socrates quote the other day, which read, 'Beware of the barrenness of busy life,' and I think that we are absolutely able to reflect on that right now when we are in quarantine and thinking about what's important."
What do the tai tais do in their free time?
We may not be experts on this topic, but by the looks of what Aaron Kwok’s wife Moka Fang and former actress Pace Wu, whose boyfriend and baby daddy is Hongkong billionaire Ji Xiaobo, have been up to, it's basically parties, parties and more parties.
Photos of the pair attending a mutual friend’s birthday bash surfaced earlier this week with Pace and Moka snapped standing next to each other in a group photo. Netizens then took it upon themselves to decide who looked better: 42-year-old Pace, who gave birth to her fourth kid in January, or 33-year-old mother-of-two Moka.
One argued that Pace looked better because her jawline “is sharp enough to cut through haters” (um, sure) while others said Moka, who is nine years younger than Pace, is more stunning and has "youth on her side".
There was also a netizen who wrote: “Pace is standing in the background, yet she attracts more attention than Moka, who’s standing in front of her. They’re completely on different levels." Yup, really juvenile-sounding arguments.
Moka also got slammed for being a rube, with netizens saying that her barrage of social media posts of herself at the event was “unclassy” and that she should have conducted herself “better than a preschooler on her first excursion”.
Of course, there were others who were much more civil, saying that Moka and Pace looked “almost like sisters”, and that they would love to see them and their kids on play dates.
Hongkong Actor, Best Known For Playing Ru Hua In Stephen Chow Films, Partially Paralysed After Suffering A Stroke
Hongkong actor Lee Kin Yan, best known for his cross-dressing roles in Stephen Chow’s comedies, has been left partially paralysed after suffering a stroke last year.
According to Hongkong media reports, the 59-year-old was at a sauna in Shenzhen when he suddenly had a severe headache and collapsed. Kin Yan’s assistant rushed him to the hospital where doctors said he had suffered a stroke.
Thankfully, they managed to save him but the stroke left Kin Yan paralysed on the right side of his body. Kin Yan, who also lost his ability to talk, is now recovering in Hongkong.
When contacted by the media, Kin Yan’s wife confirmed that the actor, who is the family’s sole breadwinner, had a stroke but did not wish to discuss his illness.
“I hope that everyone will give him time and space to recover,” she told a reporter, adding that the family-of-five is getting by financially.
Before Kin Yan made his name playing nose-digging bearded lady Ru Hua in Stephen Chow’s films such as Hail the Judge and The God of Cookery, he used to work behind the scenes and was also once the iconic Hongkong star's assistant. In fact, he and Stephen go way back and were classmates in high school.
Though Kin Yan yearned for a chance to be in front of the camera, he didn't have much luck clinching acting jobs so Stephen created the role of Ru Hua just for him. He went on to make frequent cameo appearances in Stephen’s movies and has been focusing on his career in China in recent years.
Happy 21st wedding anniversary to David and Victoria Beckham! The gorgeous couple celebrated another year of wedded bliss on Saturday, and couldn't help but share sweet messages for one another. Both posted a video collage filled with photos of themselves and their family, with the former soccer star's set to "Say You'll Be There" by the Spice Girls.
"Well about 23 years ago I was sat in a room with Gary Neville and the spice girls were on the TV and I turned around to him and said 'ohhhh I like that one in the little black catsuit' 😄" David wrote. "Who would have thought that all these years later we are celebrating 21 years of marriage and have 4 of the most beautiful and perfect kids.. Thank you & Happy Anniversary I Love You ♥️ @victoriabeckham."
Victoria's video was set to Elton John's "Something About the Way You Look Tonight."
"I can’t believe it has been 21 years since we said 'I do,'" the fashion designer wrote in part. "Four children, four dogs, so much laughter and I love you more each day."
Their three sons -- Brooklyn, 21, Romeo, 17, Cruz, 15 -- also celebrated their parents' wedding day, posting heartwarming notes on their Instagrams.
Just a couple days before their anniversary, Victoria looked posh in an all-white ensemble, asking her followers what she should wear for her "date night."
"It’s me and @davidbeckham’s 21st wedding anniversary this weekend so I’m getting ready for date night! What do you think I should wear? x vb," she captioned the mirror pic.
Reporters spoke with the former Spice Girl back in 2019, where she gushed about her husband.
"David is such a great husband, such a great dad and the most incredible business partner that anybody could ever want," she expressed. "He really supports me in what I do."
In February, the retired athlete sat down with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show and opened up about the sweet keepsake he's held on to from the first time he and his wife ever chatted.
"She came to watch me at a game in London with her manager at the time, and one of the other Spice Girls," David said, recalling the first time he laid eyes on her in person. While they weren't able to connect that first time, she came back a week later to watch another game, this time in Manchester, and David recalled, "We talked for about an hour in the players' lounge."
"She'd had a couple of drinks, so I decided to try and get her number," David remembered. "She had actually gotten the train up that day, so she wrote her number down on her train ticket. Which I still have!"
Julia Roberts and her husband, Daniel Moder, are celebrating 18 years of marriage. The Pretty Woman star shared a rare photo of herself and the cinematographer on her Instagram on Saturday to commemorate their wedding anniversary.
In the pic, the actress gives her shaggy-haired hubby a kiss on the cheek.
"✨18 years✨ #heckyes," Roberts captioned her sweet snap. Friends and fans couldn't help but congratulate the couple on their milestone.
Roberts and Moder met while shooting the film The Mexican in 2000. The two wed in 2002 and have three children together -- 15-year-old twins Hazel and Phinnaeus and 13-year-old Henry.
Earlier this year, in January, the love birds stepped out to attend the 2020 CORE Gala at Hollywood's Wiltern Theater.
The couple posed for a pic at the charity event with a grinning Roberts sweetly clutching Moder's arm.
In 2018, Roberts opened up about how her husband completely changed her life.
"I think that first kind of real… 'seismic shift' was meeting Danny," Roberts told Gwyneth Paltrow on the Goop podcast. "Getting married to Danny. That was the first, like, my life will never be the same in the most incredible, indescribable way… He truly, to this day, to this minute, is just my favorite human. I'm more interested in what he has to say or his point of view just more than anybody. Really, we're so lucky in that way. We just really, really like each other and we just enjoy each other’s company."
Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan may seem like the perfect couple but their journey to wedded bliss sure didn’t come easy, particularly when they had to deal with the public's disapproval of their relationship when they first started dating.
Fast forward a couple of years, and the couple, who tied the knot in 2015, are now parents to two kids, five-year-old Hathaway, and three-year-old Romeo. So how do they keep their marriage fresh?
In a recent interview, Hannah revealed that it all boils down to just one word: “Care”.
The 26-year-old shared that no matter how long a couple has been together, they need to work hard to maintain their love for each other, to keep the spark alive.
She then went on to say that she always puts Jay first, even before their children.
“I understand that a lot of mums will want to focus all their attention on their kids after giving birth, but I feel that it’s important to have a sense of self-confidence, and to remember to pay some attention to yourself. You have to carve out some time, occasionally, for date nights,” she said.
Hannah also revealed that Hathaway and Romeo are beginning to develop their own personalities and quirks.
Hathaway, who will be attending primary school soon, is more gentle, loves drawing, and is “afraid to grow up”.
“Once, she told me worriedly: 'Mum, I don’t want to grow up,'” Hannah recalled, adding that her daughter's fear stems from her belief that her growing up means Hannah would pass away.
Meanwhile, Jay and Romeo have been bonding by engaging in rough play and Hannah let on that Jay would “start ‘fighting' with Romeo out of the blue” whenever he's home. The proud mama also added that Romeo has an attentive side to him as well, and that he often rushes to help Hannah prepare the hair dryer whenever he sees her washing her hair.
Dai Xiangyu In The Remake Of The Little Nyonya Looks The Same As He Did In The Original Version 12 Years Ago
Dai Xiangyu — or Dai Yangtian as he was known then — shot to fame back in 2008 when he played dashing Japanese photographer Yamamoto Yousuke in The Little Nyonya. His character married Jeanette Aw's Juxiang and together they had a daughter Yueniang (also played by Jeanette), who is, well, the little Nyonya.
When it was announced in 2018, that China will be remaking the well-loved Mediacorp drama (this time with a S$30mil production budget), it was also revealed that the now China-based DXY would be playing the same role that turned him into a star. But instead of Jeanette, Xiangyu romances 23-year-old Chinese actress Xiao Yan, who was just 11 in 2008, in the remake.
The first episode, which aired on China Central Television on June 28, was met with mixed reviews, with some netizens declaring that the remake will “never be able to surpass the original”.
Interestingly, there was a lot of the buzz on Weibo on Xiangyu, who netizens say doesn’t seem to have aged.
“Wait, you mean his scenes aren’t edited in from 10 years ago? How can he look exactly the same?” marvelled one netizen. True enough, official stills and screen captures from the remake show the now-35-year-old actor looking the same as he did in the original.
In fact, some people even think that DXY looks more youthful now than he did in 2008. Like this netizen who wrote: “Looking at his photos from then and now, I think he actually looks younger now.”