[C-Drama] Faye Wong to make a comeback as Goddess of Mercy in Journey to the West?

Channel News Asia

CHINA : After two years of negotiations and preparations, filming will finally commence on Chinese producer Zhang Jizhong’s TV adaptation of the Chinese classic “Journey to the West”.

Spanning 50-episodes, the mega TV series is estimated to cost $100 million to produce, and filming is scheduled to begin at the end of this month.

During a recent interview, Zhang indicated that the four main characters – Monkey King, Tripitaka, Pigsy and Sandy – would not be played by big name celebrities but by experienced and established actors.

The interview also further fuelled rumours that Chinese singer Faye Wong was in talks to star as the Goddess of Mercy. When asked if Wong was going to be in his adaptation, Zhang seemed surprised and repeatedly asked, “Who said that?”

Zhang did not deny nor confirm the rumours, saying he has not made a decision although he is definitely considering her for the role.

Zhang also revealed that his adaptation of “Journey to the West” will see several actors playing the many different incarnations of the Goddess of Mercy which includes a bearded male version.

According to sources, the final decision lies with Wong. The 40-year-old singer apparently feels that she personally does not resemble the Goddess of Mercy and is hesitant to accept the role although Zhang feels otherwise.

Considering Wong’s strong Buddhism beliefs and a deep, personal friendship that she shares with Zhang, chances are high that she will agree to play the coveted role.

– CNA/nc

[C-Pop] Faye Wong Sings at Buddhist Event

Faye Wong Sings at Buddhist Event

Mando-pop diva Faye Wong sang a buddhist song “Heart Sutra” during a low-key rehearsal for a buddhist ceremony in the Famen Temple in Shaanxi province of northwest China on Friday.

The pop singer, who halted her successful singing career a couple of years ago, will be the only soloist to perform at the buddhist event in the Famen Temple – one of the top buddhist temples in China. The schedule for the concert is not known yet.

Reportedly, Faye Wong took initiative in a application to sing “Heart Sutra” for the event. She arrived at the Famen Temple a few days ago with her routing being a well kept secret.

During her stay at the temple, the singer met with some of the top monks there to share her learning experience of the sutra, according to a report on the local media hsw.cn.

[Cantopop] Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time

Computer technician who leaked Edison Chen sex photos found guilty, faces jail time
Channel News Asia

HONG KONG : In Hong Kong, a computer technician who leaked sex pictures of disgraced pop idol Edison Chen with female stars has been found guilty, and faces a maximum of five years in jail.

Sentencing will take place on May 13.

The celebrity sex photo case was the biggest scandal to hit Hong Kong’s entertainment scene last year.

24-year-old Sze Ho Chun appeared in Kowloon City’s magistracy Wednesday, and was found guilty of stealing, copying and distributing about 1,300 photos showing actor Chen having sex with at least half a dozen women, including several Hong Kong starlets.

In his defence, Sze’s lawyer said that his client was being made a scapegoat by those hiding their involvement in the case. In particular, fellow co-worker Chris Tse and shop owner Terry Ip were both accused of being untruthful witnesses.

But Chief Magistrate Tong Man was satisfied with the evidence put forward by prosecutors, adding that jail time was inevitable, in view of the serious breach of trust.

The lewd images that Sze stole became widely circulated on the Web in late January last year, and he was arrested by police in February.

Chen was forced to quit showbiz and fled the country, going into self-exile in Canada.

Female celebrities including Canto-pop star Gillian Chung, actress Cecilia Cheung and singer Bobo Chan have also been keeping a low profile. – CNA /ls

[C-Pop] Twins will celebrate their 10 year anniversary with fans next year!

Submitted by: ToBeOrNotToBe
Translated by: ChuChu @ asianfanatics
Source: CCT Twins Mainland Fanclub

Twins will celebrate their 10 year anniversary with fans next year!

Charlene Choi, today attended the “Greater China music surges” activitiy, they stepped on Black ” microphone mouth” cards to express lipsynching. Other artist there include G.E.M, William Chan, Yumkio Cheung, FAMA, Kay Tse, etc. Although, Charlene agree with some television stations recommending singers to mouth just to facilitate the control of air-time program, she said: “Sometimes I am forced to mouth even if I want to sing live, the organizers just tell me to lip synch, follow the sound.” When asked about Twins, Ah Sa said that next year will be Twins’ 10th anniversary, she hope that Twins fans gathering will be held.

Although, this year is already ah Sa’s tenth year in the showbiz, she said that she is still young. She said time flies when you are in the industry, it just seem like the other day when she debut. Now when she attend function there are many new faces in the industry, and they respect her sometimes calling her senior, which she said it takes some getting used to, since she is still young. She hopes that next year when Twins have their 10th anniversary, fans that follow them through the decade could all celebrate together. Regarding Twins numerous disbanding rumor, Charlene said that even though no time is set for their comeback at the present do to inidividual comittments, Twins are not disbanding.

In a weekly magazine, reports are saying ah Sa is about to burst from pressure, and she needs to seek medical treatment, she said: “Reading the report is like comedy, I don’t know why they said I have pressure so I must visit a psychological doctor, I am very healthy. My way of getting rid of pressure is by eatting and sleeping,” and she hope that these reports don’t show up again.

[Mandopop] Jay Chou breaks Asian celebrity endorsement fee record

Jay Chou breaks Asian celebrity endorsement fee record
Yahoo News

The economy is dipping by the day, but artistes’endorsement fees are still soaring. Recently, Faye Wong was reported to have received about S$4million for her endorsement of a shampoo, breaking the Asian celebrity endorsement fee record. Less than a month after Wong set the record, Jay Chou broke it with $6million received for endorsing a motorbike.

The motor vehicle company said they have been discussing the endorsement deal for more than a year, but started working on it only recently.

“Jay Chou is very cautious about what he endorses and will only agree to it after fully understanding the brand,” the company’s spokesperson said.

Within the contracted period of endorsement, the company will invite Chou to design a series of motorbikes in conjunction with the conceptual elements of his songs.

The commercial will be shot in Beijing in mid-May. The company will also be sponsoring Chou’s China concerts.

[C-Movie] Jackie Chan and Wang Lee Hom in new movie! ^_^

Jackie Chan veers back to comedy in China

BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) – Jackie Chan , whose latest movie is too violent for Chinese censors, should have fewer problems with his current project, shooting now in southwest China .

“Big Soldier,” a period action-comedy, stars Chan as an old fighter who abducts a young general (Wang Lee-hom) of an enemy state and takes him on a long journey to collect the reward.

It is being directed by Ding Sheng, whose first film “The Underdog Knight” was released in China in 2008.

Chan’s latest release, the gangster thriller ” The Shinjuku Incident ,” opened in Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia on Thursday. It will open in Japan on May 1, but won’t get distribution in China because of its violent content.

[J-Pop/K-Pop/C-Pop/Mandopop] Battle of the Pop: Asia vs Asia!

Battle of the Pop: Asia vs Asia

It’s the Battle of the Pop: Asia vs Asia!

Prepare yourselves for the ultimate musical showdown. In this second edition of Battle of the Pop we’re putting the very best of Asia up against each other for the Channel [V] Pop Star Throne. We know just how much you love the fresh Asian pop sound and so we’re giving you the chance to decide who the ultimate Asian sensation is! Big Bang vs Tohoshinki, Lollipop vs Farenheit, News vs Super Junior, S.H.E. vs Wonder GirlsCan you choose sides between the best of the best?

As Asia’s top music acts square off, viewers can vote for who rocks their world by logging on to http://www.channelv.com/. Join the battle by selecting your favorite artists from each country and telling us why they are the best in the pop world.  We’ll tally up the votes and show you who reigns superior in the Battle of the Pop Asian Edition with special back-to-back music videos only on Channel [V].

RAIN was crowned the King of Pop in the first Channel [V] Battle of the Pop: Asia vs America. You can view the results by clicking here.

Vote for your favorite artists and YOU might be one of 5 lucky winners of fabulous and trendy PRIZES courtesy of [V]!

Round 1 ends on April 6th so be sure to get your votes in now.

**Don’t forget to tune in to Channel [V] at 4.45pm & 8.45pm HK/SIN from Monday to Friday to catch the music videos of these hot Asian superstars on air, and watch out for the results on SUNDAY, 26th April 7am HK/SIN, 8am MAL!

Vote for your favorite artists now!

Source: http://www.channelv.com/rde/v/2163.htm

** There’s really good competition here ^_^  As much as I love Jolin Tsai, I’m glad that BoA’s taking a huge lead. Hehe.