Sis Mommy received an email. A friend send her a video clip of Andy who had helped an apparel (Baleno) to film a commercial before but was never released.
Spending so much to get Andy to shoot the ad, why wasn't it release at all? Actually the ad shows Andy pushed a wardrobe onto the street from a balcony. Wah! He who has thousands of fans, if his fans were to follow suit starting throwing things from a height, it will be disastrous.
The commercial was shot some years ago, the concerned party realized the seriousness & immediately retracted the broadcast, thus no one had seen it !
Andy loves his image always, luckily the ad was withdrawn in time, his image was thus preserved.
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO/WEN WEI PO
TITLE: ANDY LOVES LOVE ON A DIET THE MOST
Andy went to SF for the International FF & promoted his movie All About Love recently. The mainstream local newspaper Mercury News published the interview on Andy today ( Apr 28). Andy revealed that in his close to 130 movies he loves Love On A Diet filmed in 2001 the most.
In a Q & A format, he was asked among all the actors in America, which one's position he wishes to be compared with, he answered, "Goerge Clooney". He loves LOAD the most as in all his previous movies, no matter what role he played, he was labeled traditionally an idol, in this movie he was transformed to a fatso, he could display his acting skill, the audience began to accept that he is an actor & not just an idol.
His interest is bowling & calligraphy, his highest record in bowling is 279 points. His latest album will be out this summer, it is about the lifestyle, love, friendship of city males & females.
Last year Andy found out that a cosmetics company in Guangzhou had intruded his image copyright. It was selling shampoos, bathing products & others bearing his name & pictures . The items were named as Hua Zai brand. Andy had twice sent out legal letters to the company to stop using his name, but to no avail. He then appeal to the mainland court for the company to stop selling & destroy all the products, & asked for a compensation of 2 mil rmb.
Guangzhou court ruled in Dec last year that the co has indeed infringed the copyright & is responsible to immediately stop the production of goods, flyers & gifts bearing the pic of Andy, apologized on the paper & return the profits.
The court feels that Hua Zai is a registered trade mark of the company used by the cosmetics company, so there is no infringement on Andy Lau, 2 mil compensation is thus not accepted.
On the verdict, Andy is not willing to accept, he had recently appeal to the intermediate court. According to the local newspaper yesterday, the case was heard again 2 days ago, lawyer representing Andy mentioned that all these years Hua Zai is the nick name fondly given to Andy by his fans , this should be protected legally the same as his name, using his nickname without prior consent is also infringement. 2 mil compensation is a loss estimated from his reputation known internationally. The case is to be heard again.
Thro his asst Miss Tam, Andy said yesterday, "The case is still on, it is handled by the lawyers, I just wish to say my company will not rest, we will pursue till the end." In 99 Andy had sued credit card co for using his picture .
The Film Festival turned into something like a pop concert this past Sunday, as Hong Kong actor, singer and pop star Andy Lau appeared to introduce his film All About Love. Cameras flashed, girls screamed and throngs of people rushed the stage before Andy had even reached the podium. But what else would you expect for a chart-topping Hong Kong pop singer and an admired and influential actor—not to mention a bona fide heartthrob? At times the post-show discussion took on a carnival quality with young audience members rushing the stage and making contributions like, "Boxers or briefs?" (he, in fact, implied that he wears neither), "What hotel are you staying at?" and a request from a 20-year-old man for "advice with the ladies." Getting into the spirit, Lau got in a few cheeky jabs as well; in response to the question, "What role that you haven't yet done would you like to play the most?" Lau barely skipped a beat before answering, "a female role."
TITLE: ANDY KNOWS HIS COFFEE
While the film played, Andy and Daniel Yu, the film's director, walked up Fillmore Street to Peet's Coffee, where they both drank lattes (neither added sugar, and Daniel's was a double). "This is better than Starbucks," Andy said. He then told a story about how Peter Chan, the director of our Opening Night film Perhaps Love (also from Hong Kong) had approached Andy after seeing him in concert for a part in the film (the role eventually played by Jacky Cheung). Unfortunately, the scheduling didn't quite work out.
"Magic can make something disappear, and suddenly make something appear again," Lau said as he reshuffled and showed me another trick. "It's like in life. Once you lose something, you miss something, if you get it back later, you are soooo happy. Magic can bring lots of hope to the audience."
Lau, 44, does a few sleight of hand tricks in "All About Love," practices every day and he frequently does magic during his stage show, including levitating a lovely assistant. But he has something bigger in mind. His company has been working with magician David Copperfield in a technical and venue support capacity, and although Lau insists Copperfield has not shown him any tricks of the trade ("He's a friend of mine ... but he didn't even let me go backstage!"), clearly something is going on: Copperfield is on the agenda when Lau leaves for Los Angeles today, although Lau's company is not involved in a creative or conceptual capacity.
I don't know much about Lau as a pop singer (he does about 25 concerts a year and has released 116 albums), but I do know about his quarter of a century of film work (Lau's personal favorite, of his 130 features: "Love on a Diet." My top five: "Infernal Affairs," "Love on a Diet," "Days of Being Wild," "A Moment of Romance" and "House of Flying Daggers"), and some I've interviewed who know Lau say he knows more about film than most directors he works with. Now, I'm assuming Zhang Yimou (Lau's director for "Daggers") and Wong Kar-Wai ("As Tears Go By," "Days of Being Wild") are among those exempt from that list.
He is known to throw himself into roles, and constantly asks questions in order to learn. He'll ask a cinematographer, say, why a certain lighting concept or a certain lens is chosen. He has a reputation as being one of the hardest working stars in Hong Kong. Yet he feels he is not ready to direct yet ("When I'm 50!" he laughs), instead pouring his energies into developing projects through his production company, Focus Films, which often fosters up-and-coming producing and directing talent.
"I'm not so good, not as talented as other artists," Lau said. "So I'm willing to spend all my time to make it better. I spent a whole year learning how to ballroom dance for just one picture ("Dance of a Dream"). ... People say 'all you do is work -- work work work work. But I enjoy it." Later, when asked what his philosophy is, he said without hesitation, "Work harder to get closer to perfection."
SOURCE: SF GATE NEWS
Thank you, Kelen, for the news info!
.....Speaking about Diaz, her current squeeze, Justin Timberlake, could learn a lesson about combining careers in pop music and movies from Andy Lau. The Hong Kong superstar introduced his romantic film "All About Love" at the festival Sunday. Young fans squealed at the sight of him in a crisp white shirt, black suit and sneakers, and rushed the stage of the Kabuki. There were more squeals when he said that if they had any questions about love, "just ask me because I know all about love."
After the movie, in which Lau gives a melodramatic performance as a doctor in mourning the loss of his wife, who becomes enamored with the woman who received his wife's heart, the heartthrob reappeared onstage. He'd changed into a white jacket and jeans and looked ready to rock 'n' roll.
Nobody asked him about love, but people were curious if he'd seen "The Departed," Martin Scorsese's remake of "Infernal Affairs," Lau's biggest hit in Asia.
He said he had yet to watch it but wondered who played his role. "Matt Damon," somebody called out. "What you think?" Lau inquired, laughing. "I'm better or he?" The audience's judgment was obvious from their applause.
Asked when he'd be returning to San Francisco, Lau said he would probably be back next year for a concert. "It is not so strange in Hong Kong for performers to sing and act. I like having two ways to communicate with an audience." Make that three -- Lau communicated a lot by just standing there......
The 28th Hundred Flower Public Movie Awards online voting is going on actively at the moment. HK & TW actors appear to be voters' favorite. In the Best Actor category AWWT Andy Lau leads by a wide margin with 16.381 votes, Jet Li is 2nd with 9120 votes for his movie Hua Yuan Jia. As Jacky Chan has 2 movies nominated his votes are divided, at No 4 & 6 position. Stephen Chow KFH has 2219 votes is No 5.
The Best Actress goes to Rinnie Liu with 24,545 votes.
AWWT is a hot favorite in all the categories, even Best Director leads at Best Director category.....
Invested & acted by Andy himself, All About Love was invited to participate @ the 49th SFIFF. Andy disclosed if Hollywood is interested in a remake, he would like to suggest his role be played by Academy Best Supporting Actor George Clooney, while Charlies Young's character be played by Renee Zellweger & Keora Knightley to play Charlene Choi's.
Andy had been to SF before to shoot movies & to have concerts, he is extra happy to promote his movie this time, esp so when 800 over seats in the cinema were taken up long ago. The audience was interested with his chemistry with the 2 female leads. Andy said he had known Cherrie long ago, the chemistry is beyond words, it was the first time he acted opposite Ah Sa, their age gap is 20. During shooting he took her like a small girl at first, not as wife, but after getting more involved in the set, he felt Ah Sa is v lady-like.
Andy & director Daniel Yu were in SF on Apr 23. He had a close get together with the fans. Andy indicated with the current Korean waves in Asian & even the World, he hopes movie makers in TW, HK & China can work harder, to upkeep prosperity of the industry.
Before the movie was screened, SF Economy & Trade office specially held a press meet for Daniel & Andy at the cinema, where hordes of fans had occupied seats on the upper & lower tiers.
Daniel introduced himself first, after a few words he knowingly stepped aside, jested, "I know u do not come for me, u come for Andy."
Amidst piercing screams & cheers, Andy came onto the stage. All of a sudden, the fans dashed forward to the front, trying to shake his hands. Cameras, cellphones.. clicked away frantically. Every move he made generated more screams, it was not unlike his own concert.
He praised Daniel, & said they had been friends since they were 10 over years old, he hopes more people get to know Daniel with the movie.
When Daniel was asked why he picked Andy to act, he gave a simple answer, "Andy is a v good actor, he can act well."
Before the movie, Andy told the audience, "Get ready your tissue paper, after the show if u have any problem on love, u may ask me!"
Some fans told Andy they have been his fans since he entered the show bizz, on the close encounter, they were v excited. After the movie was screened, they asked questions of all sorts. Some volunteered to take him sightseeing, a pity Andy said he needed to rest in the room & turned them down.
(From left) Andy Lau, leading actor in "All About Love"; Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco, Ms Doris Cheung; Daniel Yu, director of "All About Love"; and Executive Director of the San Francisco Film Society, Mr Graham Leggat, attending the reception in San Francisco on April 23 celebrating the screening of "All About Love" in the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival.
The award-winning Hong Kong film "Perhaps Love" launched the 49th SFIFF on April 20 (San Francisco time).
Another Hong Kong film "All About Love" is also featured in the festival. Starring Andy Lau, the melodrama is the latest work of film director Daniel Yu and will be screened on April 23 and 26.
Delighted to see Hong Kong films receiving high commendations in the SFIFF, Director of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in San Francisco Ms Doris Cheung said this was not just a recognition of the outstanding work of Director Chan and Director Yu, but was also an honor for the Hong Kong film industry as a whole.
Celebrating the recognition of Hong Kong films in the SFIFF, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in SF hosted receptions before the screening of both Hong Kong films, with the participation of directors Peter Chan and Daniel Yu as well as actor Andy Lau.
The 49th SFIFF runs from April 20 to May 4. Bringing together some 95,000 film-makers, industry representatives, journalists and film lovers, the festival features some 200 films representing 50 countries.
HK celebrity football team flew to Xian for a friendly match. Yesterday Yu Zhi Jiang, Sing Hui On ( Big Silly) in sports gear were at a press meet. The 'Big Silly' teased Felix all the time, saying Felix was not as handsome, so Aaron was among the 4 Heavenly Kings, being the ugliest among the 5 Tigers, Felix had to get marry fast.
He continued, "Unlike Andy & Tony, though they do not marry, they are just cohabiting, this is like being married!" After what he said he realized he had leaked out a secret, Tony & Carina cohabiting is an open secret, but not Andy, who has never admitted to have gf. He changed topic. At the end of the interview, however, he was asked again on Andy's cohabiting, he answered cautiously, "She is a lady, cannot say anymore."
The movie directed by Lam Tze Chung, Ill Call You, movie acted by Cecilia Cheung , The Shopaholics, & Superkids acted by Cho Jeongeun have been selected to take part at the Wudiannisi Film Festival.
Lam's debut movie enters the FF in contest for Most Popular Film & other categories. He had flown with the female lead Vivian Leung to attend the premiere. Male lead Alex Fong was not free to attend.
The most surprising thing for Lam was the good response at the premiere. It was extraordinary, the audience clapped continuously for a long 5 minutes. For the first time he experienced being surrounded by fans asking for autograph. Accordingly, the only movie with a full house was I'll Call You. The verdict of the result is picked by the audience.
Lam who is a non drinker, happily gulped down 3 cups at a celebration in HK recently. Boss Andy Lau said 10 over years ago he had movies entered, but did not win any prize, he teased that Lam being heavyweight, may be able to bring an award home, but Vivian is happy to enter she dares not dream of winning.
HK movie All About Love , directed by HK movie director Yu Wei Gao, starring Andy Lau, was screened at the 49th SFIFF. Andy & Yu arrived on Apr 23 @ SF to meet the media. After the press meet he went to Japan City Kabuki 8 cinema to get up close with the fans. Many of his fans turned up to greet him, they tried hard to catch a glimpse of him, & screamed at the top of their voice, while cameras flash blinked incessantly.
Andy warmly greeted the media in English, Mandarin & Cantonese. He hopes all those present can support HK movies. When the reporter asked him re working with the 2 female leads, Charlene Choi & Cherrie Young, he said after shooting the movie they become good friends. During shooting he taught them some magic tricks. On the spot he demonstrated some tricks, the audience was awed, esp the females.
He indicated the movie makes him understand that in every corner of the world, everyone needs love & care. On Chinese movies, he feels that China is coming strong in movie production, HK movie has to work hard. On being nominated at the Hundred Flower awards, he said he had acted in 2 movies produced in China, both enter in the Leading & Supporting actor categories, this helps to boost his confidence a lot, he hopes the audience can recognized his acting.
Director Yu appeared embarrassed, he said that was the 2nd time he attended a FF, & his first time coming to SF. He is v satisfied with Andy's acting. In the process Andy gave him ideas in directing. He hopes to have more chance to work with Andy again.
HK Economic & Trade office chief Chang Mei Chu was v happy, as this is the first time a HK move is being selected at the Opening Night in the 49 years of history. She hopes to hold more activity so that people get to know HK movies.
At the cinema, Andy interacted with the fans actively, he answered all sorts of questions, every question has a answer! The female fans asked him out to tour SF together, asked what under garments he wears, it can be seen the degree his fans love him.
TITLE: San Francisco International Film Festival '06 //// Lau, wow
Just how magic was Andy Lau at his Saturday SFIFF Kabuki screening ("All About Love")? Um, very. Lau seemed to cast a spell on the audience; one member even asked SF International Film Festival Executive Director Graham Leggat to find out whether Lau prefers boxers or briefs. The answer was a coy "neither." (Photo by Pamela Gentile)
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Top 10 TV Commercial awards ceremony was held 2 nights ago. Several awards were given out. Cathy Pacific's chatty small girl clinched the grand Honorary award, HK Broadband endorsed by the China hurdle Olympic gold medalist Liu Xiang was named the most popular commercial. The most popular commercial song was Mc Donald's 'Listen' sung by Eason Chan. The most popular female star was Janice Wei Lan who was was cast in Mc Donald commercial.
The most outstanding commercial actor was Eric Kot Man Fai who acted for broadband TV. At his acceptance speech, he quipped, "I shoot the commercial myself & I won, I have finally beaten Andy Lau!"
SOURCE: MING PAO
Peter Chan who has just become a father ( Sandra Ng had given birth to a BB girl few days ago) was also in SF for the 49th International FF. His movie Perhaps Love was the Opening Night film, screened at Castro Theatre which has 100 yr history & can accommodate 1,000 audience. SF mayor Nelson, & Paris mayor Mr Bertrand Delanoe & local officals attended. Nelson & Bertrand praised the movie. Peter is proud & feels satisfied with the recognition....
Pic taken on 17 Apr 06
Long-sleeve Tee: Abercrombie & Fitch $1,000
Vest: NW vest (Japanese design)
Jeans: Tommy Hilfiger $1,200
Shoes: Adidas $800
Said, "On cloth's material, I prefer cotton the most. It is comfortable to wear. Such as the vest I am wearing now, it is all cotton, when the weather is cool I like to wear it. This design imparts a casual natural effect. To prevent the vest from going out of shape, the designer has specially sewn extra strip of material at the collar, sleeves, this makes the vest more erect on the body."
Arriving today are actor Andy Lau (All About Love), Producer Woo Jung Cho (Twelve Disciples of Nelson Mandela), arts critic David D'Arcy (who will interview Jean-Claude Carrière after the April 29 screening of Belle de Jour at the Kabuki, and Alloy Orchestra members Terry Donahue, Roger Miller and Ken Winokur (Not So Quiet Silents and The Eagle).
[Andy had set off to America to attend the FF yesterday. The FF takes place from 20th Apr to 4th May. All About Love is one of the movies participating.]
AAL will be screened on Apr 23 & Apr 26.
Review by Steven Jenkins:
Teardrops trickling down divine cheekbones, supermodels flaunting couture on the catwalk, petal-perfect flower arrangements, lemon-yellow sunsets, rainswept walks through cemeteries and decadently high-thread-count sheets . . . that's what love is all about in this deliriously melodramatic Hong Kong hit. Not to mention slow-motion car crashes, artfully shattered champagne flutes, goateed doppelgangers, plush hospital suites and cell phones that ring to the tune of "Greensleeves." Surface is depth in an antiseptic world of computer-generated effects, and whereas love once meant never having to say you're sorry, here it means stalking the transplant recipient of your dead wife's heart. When good doctor Ko's adorable wife Zi-Qing perishes in an auto accident, he becomes obsessed with Sam, now in possession of Zi-Qing's ticker. Complicating matters further, Sam's estranged husband, Derek, is the spitting image of Ko, and apparently women with weak hearts are easily duped by look-alike lotharios—especially when both are played by Andy Lau. Ignore the creepy implications of this bizarre love rectangle—in which women cling more tightly to their laptops than to their lovers, and the deceased live on in flashbacks while exclaiming, "The TV is broken; I've lost my purpose in life!"”—and enjoy an over-the-top romance replete with doomed lovers dancing in a winter wonderland to Pachabel's "Canon." Reminiscent of 21 Grams in plot but spinning off in its own peculiar world of flagrantly unbelievable coincidences, second chances and the whims of fate, All About Love proves that the heart is resilient above all things.
The 28th Hundredth Flower Movie awards in the mainland announced names of nominees 2 days ago in Beijing. Since after Golden Chicks opening its door for the first time to HK & TW last year, many HK movies are among the top 10 this time. Actors from HK & TW come with equal force are contesting with the mainland actors. Among the nominees, the one evoking the most controversy is The Promise, which had topped box office last year in China with 175 million but has zero nominations.
The top 10 movies selected are House of Flying Daggers, Riding Alone for Thousnads of Miles, A World Without Thieves, Kung Fu Hustle, The Myth, New Police Story, Hu Yuan Jia, Ren Chang Xia, Zhang Si De, & Life & Death of Niu Yi Ru. Ren Chang Xia has the most nominations.
Jacky Chan who was the first HK actor to be honored Best Actor at the Golden Chick movie awards last year, garnered 2 nominations with Th Myth & New Police Story. Eyeing the same title are Jet Li, Andy Lau, Stephen Chow & others. For the females, it is a battle among Zhang Ziyi, Cherrie Young, & Rinnie Liu.
Stephen Chow's KFH is the most attention catching among the HK movies, the movie receives several nods, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor & Actress, & Best New Performer. Feng Xiao Ggang's A World Without Thieves gets Best Director, Best Actor (Andy), Best Actress (Rinnie Liu), Best Supporting Male & Female Actor & New Pperformer nominations.
The most hotly contested category can be said to be the Best Supporting Actor category, 12 are nominated, including Leung Ka Fai , Andy Lau, Ge You, Eric Tsang, Yuan Hua, Nicholas Tse etc.
The event will be held in October in Hangzhou, 8 awards will be given out, including Best Film (1), Excellent Drama (2) , Best Director, Best Actor & Actress, Best Supporting Actor & Actress one of each. The Hundredth Flower Award is touted to be a public award, audience from around the country pick from the 10 top movies winners of each categories. There will be 101 audience judges at the panel on the ceremony night.
Andy enters with AWWT for Best Actor, & HOFD for Best Supporting Actor. Andy who is nominated for the 1st time finds it refreshing, he never thought he can enters in 2 categories at the same time. This awards ceremony is held once in 2 years, it is a good opportunity to reminisce the old movies with the audience. As more HK moves enters in the contest, this paves the way for further collaboration between HK & China, & promotes more understanding, he said.
Andy, Ste Wong Ka Keung, Ivana Wong Yuen Chi & others went one after another for the recording of the Opympics song 2 nights ago. Andy went after the recording of Jade Solid Gold. At JSG, he sang old classics with at17. Emil Chou, VC Girl was present too.
On the support of artistes to legislate their privacy rights, Andy feels this is a new beginning, "I am an artiste, how many people can understand the disturbances faced by us. Only those who likes me can feel it, we are at wits end to protect out family & ourselves. In Shaolin Soccer, Stephen Chow told Vicky, 'The Earth is too dangerous, go back to Mars fast!' Sometimes I have to tell my papa not to have only under garments but wear more clothes in the house, I have to get a few more clothes for my mother to wear in the living room & in the kitchen."
Rosamund Kwan feels that the artistes can endure this, Andy feel it is because the artistes are helpless & become indifferent. He thinks the doggie pack should reflect on the damage & benefits. He is unhappy that the media photographed Adam Cheng, who was found to be semi bold all these years. He asked if the artistes have to wear a mask even at home? This is like bank robbery.
Beijing Olympics, the song composed by Wu Guo Jing to promote 2008 Olympics in Beijing, will be recorded in Tsim Sha Tsui these 2 days. Alan Tam, Haken Lee, Andy Hui, Jordan Chan & other singers had started the ball rolling yesterday. Andy Lau & Shirley Kwan will go later. Jacky Chan is going today.
According to Alan, the activity is sponsored by Beijing govt with an unlimited fund, said, "The singers do not mind the fee, other than the HK version, there will be China & TW versions. A forth version maybe added to combine singers from across the straits."
Which singer sings the first part? He said, "The people on top said I start the first line, while Jacky covers the closing 4 words. Jacky wishes to sing more, but he is worried he will hog the studio!".
Andy was interviewed by RTHK DJ Chow Kwok Yin yesterday. At the same time he promoted his new song 'Open The Eyes'. There was a news report yesterday that dying of hair may lead to cancer. Andy felss that it is alright to dye the hair, but one must wear gloves & do not let the dye touch the scalp. He had dyed his hair before, he added that those working in the hair salon has to be more careful. Is he a vain person? He laughed, "Do I need to say?" Actually he takes care of his skin more, if the weather is dry he will apply moisturizer. Is he worried being hit by male pattern boldness? He smiled & said he can still accept it, it is another form of beauty.
Which hair style he wishes to try the most? He said he is planning to keep long hair, as there was a period movie inviting him to act, but he did not accept it as he has to wear headgear. Whenever he wears headgear, for sure the glue lining can be seen on the face. He would rather keep long hair to shoot period movie.
On Beijing Olympics song, he said Alan had contacted him, if he has time he is sure to support. He has seen Olympics opening ceremony before, if there is a chance to participate it will be great. He is a fans of sports, when he saw China Woman volleyball was champ the last time, he was moved to tears. He has been playing a lot of bowling lately, is he going to take part in Asian Games selection? He replied, "No, just play when I am free!"
The DJ told him that a girl from Shenzhen wrote in to say she is Andy's gf, & pleaded him to let her meet Andy. She had sent in many letters, Chow asked Andy if she is truly his gf. Said Andy, "How do u know it is not true? Am I so cold to my gf? I meet gf everyday!" He quipped this thing happens often. In his office many have come claiming to be Mrs Lau, whenever his staff sees him they will teased that he is a playboy. There was once a Japanese fan waited for him downstairs. When she saw the guard she behaved like lady of the hoouse & told him to bring in her luggage to Andy's house. He had tried to explain to her, luckily she could understand!
SOURCE: UNITED DAILY NEWS
TITLE: ANDY SENT AH YA A BIG RED PACKET
It was host Ah Ya last show yesterday before she set off to New York for study. The producer specially invited her ex bf Tom to come to the TV prg. One of the presents she received was a red packet from across the straits from her dream-lover Andy, it was a duplicated copy of his credit card, written on the back was 'Ah Ya, just use it, you have me as back up! Andy.' Ah Ya was in disbelief, she kept asking, Is this true?....
2008 Olympics is coming to Beijing. In selecting a song for promotion, the official organizer had earlier on collected 300 over songs from around South East Asia countries. The final song picked was a song composed by Hong Konger Wu Guo Jing, & penned by Xiang Xue Huai, 'Olympics Beijing'. Alan Tam is being appointed to contact singers for the recording.
Said Alan yesterday, "It is v rush, within these few days I have to contact singers for recording on the 19th." He said the first persons he will call are Andy Lau & Haken Lee. Added, "But I have to discuss with the record labels on the copyright matter. Of course we welcome singers form the mainland to take part. Other than singers in HK, singers in TW & mainland will be called. Olympics is a joyful event for everybody. The song will be broadcast often in the next 2 years, esp in the mainland." He praised Wu Guo Jing's work, "He has beaten all other composers in the region, indeed v outstanding." Alan has listened to the song & said it is v nice.
Wu was v happy on being selected, he said, "When I followed the celebrity football team to Philippines recently, Eric Tsang asked me to write a song to promote Olympics for him, it was him who sent in for me. I didn't know there were so many contestants.. I took great pain in writing." It took him a month to compose. Is he worried the singers will vie for positions in singing the song? "Not afraid, Alan Tam is the headmaster, he can handle it. The first part of course will be sung by him. The 2nd & 3rd maybe a headache. But I trust everyone wont mind."
Andy, Jacky Chan & others will perform in Macau on May 27 at the Big Egg Stadium to help raise fund for the International Vaccine Research Centre, lending a helping hand to the 3rd world children. Korean hot dance babe Lee Xiao Li, sweetie pie Jang Na Na , boy band The Myth & others will be present too.
Popular Asian boy band SE7EN had wanted to join but had to cancel due to their tight schedule. In addition, Po En Hui of Jewel in The Palace & Korean hip-hop band Gambler Crew are also performing.
Sammi's health is always a mystery. At the HKFA, Best Actress guest award presenters Andy & Carol Cheng mentioned that Sammi was as brave as Liu Kai Zi who had just lost his son. On the stage Andy appearing somber, "I am sitting in front of her today, I think everyone here will feel like me, as long as she has come is enough.... Liu Kai Zi & Sammi have both used action to support movie industry." The floor gave loud applause. When the camera zoomed on her, she showed V sign. The reporter asked Andy later why brought up Sammi, replied Andy, "Liu Kai Zi's matter is too heavy, we chose to talk on a male & a female, nothing to do with their health!"
At the interview by Nancy Sit @ the Metro Broadcast yesterday, Andy was asked on the recent news report that he has agreed to act in the HK version of Traffic. He admitted there was such a negotiation, but as the script was not ready there is no definitive answer. What role will he be playing? He indicated there are many roles in the movie, cops, drug trafficker, addicts etc. Which one he like to act the most? Replied," Doesn't matter, my hairstyle is like the policeman now, maybe more suited to be cops."
He has a healthy image always, but he does not mind acting as a drug addict to challnege his acting. The only drawback is to play this role he has to lose weight. Is he not afraid to affect his image? He said, "movie itself has its own image, now everybody thinks Se Jian (one who always acted as evil person) is a good man. (Since everything is not fixed, are you worried you have no time then?) I have not accepted any movie this year, in July or August I will release a new album."
The station also had a poll, 'Open the Eyes to Love Andy', where the listeners were told to pick which part of Andy they like the most. Most of them said they were attracted by his eyes & his handsome look, less chose his body shape. He said self-deprecatingly, "I was once called handsome boy, now I am called Handsome oldie." On his body shape, he said, "Actually when I was doing my concert, my body shape is the fittest. But everyone said I was too thin. Now I am most satisfied with the face cheeks, the 6 packs are losing its color. (Has it become one pack?) I am not sure, if it is one pack then it is not worth a mark." He added nowadays he hear less of being praised as handsome, after Film Awards more praised his acting, after losing he gets more praises!
At a radio interview, when Johnnie To was asked on the years of collaboration with Andy, he said, "At the beginning, I kept asking him, 'Do u have to put both hands in the pocket all the time before u know how to act? Do u have to come your hair neat & proper before you say Ok? When he was acting Running Out of Time, I told him, 'Get use to not posing yourself before u get into acting, this is not Coliseum!' I think he must feel miserable at that time, but I could see that he got more & more into acting! He got to know what movie means, he had really taken a big step forward. Gradually we establish a mutual trust." On movie investment, he teased," Of course I feel that the best is for him not to invest in movie, hahaha!"
SOURCE: TA KUNG PAO
TITLE: ANDY SUPPORTS SAMMI
It was commented that Sammi's condition was not too good at the HK FA, Andy showed his support by saying he saw Sammi was happy & her condition looked good. It was reported that Andy in the slip of the tongue hinted that she has sickness. Andy clarified what he said differs from what the magazine reported, luckily there is video as proof. He was praising Liu Kai Zi brave, not Sammi. When said Sammi skin was v bad, Andy said her skin is good, even better than his.
Two big Film Awards directors Peter Chan & Derek Yu have recently reached a collaboration plan. They plan to film a cost production 30 million movie, the blue print of which is Traffic, which had swept 4 Academy Awards previously. The male leads are to be Film Awards Best Actor Andy Lau & Golden Horse Best Supporting Actor Daniel Wu. They will act as the narcotics buster cops.
Hong Kong movie market stalls daily, but Peter Chan had joined hand with Andrew Morgan, who was the producer of Million Dollar Baby & Perhaps Love to set up a company called Arm. The co specially seeks collaboration partners, & hope to provide funds & help in the distribution aspect to movies of standard. The first shot is a movie , temporarily named Protégé , Chinese title The Successor, produced by Peter Chan, & directed by Derek. The movie master line is police attacking narcotics ring, with Andy & Daniel playing the eradication detectives, a cops & drug lord movie.
According to sources, there will be 5 male leads, it is a man movie. The producer intends to look for 5 males of character to act. The 2 directors have approached Andy & Daniel, both have shown interest, but yet to sign on the dotted line.
The reporter contacted Andy yesterday. Through his asst he replied, "True enough there is such a movie being negotiated, everything is still preliminary, as no contract is signed, we do not wish to elaborate."
Peter Chan on the other hand admitted yesterday that recently they are busy preparing The Successor, on the details, he said, "As none of the actors has signed the contract, I will not elaborate on who are to act, but the movie will have 5 to 6 heavy-weight actors. The theme of the movie is drugs & cops. The script is very good, that's why my Arm is happy to wotk on this movie. The aim of setting up Arm is to help directors & movies of standard, so that the movie can be released overseas & provide part of the fund. Movies such as Sha Po Lang & I A were not able to reach the mainland market, so we are helping movies to find an alternative, in this way we can bring up production cost, then the quality will be different!"
He added, "Some movies have no market in the mainland, the boss refuses to compromise, the director have to do with meager means, good movies will be murdered , as one in the HK movie circle, I hope to lend a helping hand."
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
TITLE: FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS WILL NOT BE AT THE GOLDEN MELODY AWARDS
The 17th Golden Melody will be held on June 10 in Taiwan. Asia Plus satellite station which is the producer had in march invited Jacky Cheung, LL, Aaron Kwok & Andy Lau, with the hope of putting them on the same stage. But Andy has turned down the offer as he has set his own schedule….
Andrew Lau has 3 sons & a daughter. In a recent radio interview, he revealed actually he likes to have daughter v much, after having 3 sons, then only he got a daughter. His daughter is the apple of the eyes. The girl being so pampered always bullies her 3 brothers.
In the movie circle 25 years, he wishes to thank Andy Lau, Wong Jin & Peter Lam the most. These 3 are his benefactors. He said, "Wong Jin was the first to give me an opportunity, as a cameraman. People always commented he shoots lousy movies, if not for him, HK movie would have long gone into the drain. Andy & I have known each other 20 over years, he is my close buddy. As for Peter, he is willing to invest money to let me shoot movies, many thanks to him for this trust on me."
Andrew had been shooting movies in Japan, America last year, this year he will be back to shoot HK movies, including Double City, wixia movie Ah Pi Sword, Initial D sequel & Killing The Horse (literally translated)
Miu Kiu Wei was shooting outdoor scene yesterday for his new TV serial on casino. Fiona Sit had worked with him before, on her lost at the New Artiste award, he said, "Doesn't matter, she is new, has plenty of chance, at least she is nominated."
On Andy's lost at Best Actor award, he smiled, "He has gotten before, give chance to others! But I dare not tell him this, I told him if he wins treat me to dinner & bowling, wait for next year then!"
SOURCE: WEN WEI PO
TITLE: AARON SAMMI NOT EVEN THE TOP THREE
The 25th HKFA announced names of the top 3 winners yesterday. In the Best Actor category, Tony Leung Ka Fai beat Simon Yam by a very narrow margin with the same movie Election, while the 3rd position was still won by Leung Ka Fai with Everlasting Regret. His vote was obviously divided as he had 2 movies nominated. Aaron Kwok who was named Best Actor with Divulgence in Golden Horse was not even among the top 3.
Zhou Xun who clinched Best Actress with perhaps Love was as hot as Sammi before the ceremony, but Sammi was not even in the top 3, it can be seen even change of role for Sammi did not help. At the 2nd position was Sylvia Chang with Rice Rhapsody, while Karena Lam was 3rd with Homa Sweet Hone as a monster.
In the Best Supporting Actor, Anthony Wong beat Liu Kai Chi of SPL & Wong Tin Lam of Election. Best Supporting Actress went to Teresa Mo who beat Zhang Jing-chu of Seven Swords & Maggi Shiu in Election.
Best New Performer Jay Chou beat Fiona Sit. Liu Xin You in Ah Sou, a movie touted to be rotten, was 3rd. Isabella Leung with the movie Isabella, was not even in the top 3.
In the Best Film, Election was first, followed by Perhaps Love & Initial D. In the best Director category, Johnnie To beat Peter Chan of Perhaps Love & Tsui Hark of Seven swords.
In addition TVB who broadcast the event received 25 viewing rate, a little less than last year, but being a Saturday it was not bad. As the event was telecast an hr late this time, edition of the show was better than last year, the station did not receive any complaint this year. But there were 3 complaints on the R-rated dialogue in some parts.
Li Si pei, Leung Man Yee & Yue Yu were at an open activity yesterday. On her exposed lunch date with Andy, Leung Man Yee explained that actually it was because of her friend who knows Andy. Andy attended her wedding before & she wished to show him her wedding photos. She called Leung as she knows Leung is a fan of Andy. When she is married, will she invite Andy? She quipped how to get marry as she has no bf yet, she admitted she wishes to have more BB, but must find good DNA first.