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26th RTHK Top 10 Chinese Gold Songs music awards will be held tonight at the Exhibition Hall. This is the first music award to be held in the territory after ICAC anti-graft sweep in the middle of this year.
Though not able to attend, Andy, Jay & Eason will still be given awards. It was said Andy, Jay & Haken will get the Gold, Silver & Bronze of the Most Popular Male Singer awards.
The World Hit Gold song is said to be the fight between Andy's if One Day & My pride by Joey.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/WEN WEI PO
TITLE: IA3 HELD CELEBRATION AGAIN
IA3 4 days after screening has raked in 18 million. In celebration of good box office & big haul at the GHA, boss Peter Lam held another celebration last night. Andy was absent as he is now in America for the concert tour.
Director Andrew announced that the movie was also conferred Best Movie of The Year & Best Team Work by a maz in Shanghai.
There is a longer version being on the net in the Mainland, Andrew admitted box office will be affected but not too great, as 3 days after opening, box office in Mainland stands at 20 mil rmb.
LL at the interview said he did not console Andy as there is no need to. Andy is already so successful & not a girl. There is win & loss in the circle.
Magic Kitchen starring Jerry, Sammi, Andy, Maggie Q, Michael Wong etc will be screened in the middle of next mth. Media Asia together with now.com.hk launch an exclusive The Making Of M K & side-kicks on the set online. The fave dishes of the actors , their face restaurants, connection between food & love etc were also disclosed in the trailers.
The movie narrates how love blossomed in the kitchen. Though blessed with high culinary skill, Sammi believed she was cursed in love & would be spurned. Her love affair with Andy came to an end for no apparent reason. Meanwhile, her asst Jerry was in love with her secretly all the time.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: CHANG YIMOU SAID ANDY & ANITA TALKING TO THEMSELVES
It was rumored that Anita because of health may resigned from acting in the movie All Round Ambush. But Anita said she is waiting for Chang for the date. Andy said Anita is waiting for him to have free slot as they have to act together.
Yesterday Chang in Beijing said 4/5 of the movie has been shot. The other 1/5 involve Anita has not been filmed. The news he got was she has no time, not because she is ill or the fee is low. They wont change their plan. They do not have a reserve at this moment. Filming will wrap up beginning of next yr & out in the first 1/2 of the yr. He claimed that movies made by him can enter all movie fest & enter world market.
SOURCE: MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY LEADS AHEAD OF TONY
Taipei HitFM together with online web held a poll on The Most Charismatic Male & Female Artistes last month. The survey included members from age 25 to 45 online & 30,000 audiences. The results were announced yesterday. In order of merit male artistes are Wu Bai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Tony, David Tao. Female artistes are Faye, Maggie, Xu Rou Xuan, Carina & Xiao Qiang.
Picture of Andy @ the airport, sent by Arlene from Vancouver. Thank you, Arlene!
In the radio prg of Cha Xiao Xuan yesterday, the dj disclosed that Andy who is now in the America for the concert tour , declined to be interviewed as he is busy with the rehearsal.
The reporter contacted Andy's asst who confirmed that Andy schedulw is v tight this time. Within 10 days he has to go to 5 places, Vancouver, Toronto, SF, LA, Las Vegas. [...wrong!]. The concert was supposed to be in March this year but was postponed due to Sars. Andy does not wish his fans to see an old show, so he has re arranged new dance segments & new costumes, to give them a surprise. His manager apologized to the media which was turned down.
Every year Andy sends out Xmas cards to the media, his partners & his fans. This year despite his busy schedule, he squeezed out time to sign & write words on each of the cards & first time ever uses his new co name Focus Group to send out. The main design is his pic with the blond look, v attractive indeed.
Yahoo! Search Popularity awards ceremony was held yesterday. There are 4 categories, 3 of which are from entertainment, namely Search Popularity in Movies, Search Popular Actor, Search Popular Singer. 5 movies win awards, out of which 2 are ROK & IA3.
Winners of Popular Actors include Andy, Lin Jia Xuan, Daniel Wu, Chapman To, Tony, Francis Ng, Louis Ko, etc.
Popular Singers include Andy, Mirium, Haken, Kelly, Gigi, Joey, Jay, Sammi, Boyz & Twins.
On the list of honors, Andy appears the most frequent, he leads with 4 honors, & he is also the only one form the 4 heavenly kings to be included.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: CHAPMAN TO COMMENTED ANDY WASTED EFFORT
In anopen activity, Chapman To commented the role played by Andy was tough to act as he had to be both good & bad. He felt that he should have won & expressed not worth the effort.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: LONG VERSION OF IA3 BEING CIRCULATED ON THE NET
A new Mandarin version of IA3 is currently being circulated on the net, & is 10 min longer than the one being screened. The added part included if Kelly was killed, how severe was Andy's split personality, how his boss searched his office to find lots of photos of LL & Chen Daoming.
MediaAsia person i/c said that the vcds are out in Mainland, maybe that is why. But this is illegal, it will affect the box office, they are going to take action.
The most bitterly fought battle for the Best Leading Actor was seen at the 40th GHA held 2 nights ago.
In the selection, the panel of 11 judges, from the 1st round to the 6th, cast equal nos of votes, 5 voted for Andy & Tony each. The only one who voted for Simon was Zeng Jiang from HK. It was a tie in the first 6 rounds.
At the 7th round, the 11 of them each wrote his choice on the paper. Zeng Jiang had changed his choice to Andy. While everyone was happy that a new King would be born, & happy that Andy would win, it turned out that the 2 who voted Andy initially changed boat, Andy was thus lost by one vote at the 7th round.
Andy Town: Must 7th be the deciding round ? Why wouldnt it be stopped at 6th to give to 2 persons? Could the 2 who jumped boat had wanted to end the game fast?What if only one jumped boat at the 8th & the votes again equal....
TITLE: WANG TONG'S GREATEST REGRET: ANDY DID NOT WIN
What is the greatest regret of Wang Tong ,the chairman of the jury of GHA ? He insisted of not saying. But at Tainan airport finally he revealed: It is Andy did not win !
Wang is v impressed by the progress made by Andy these few yrs & his diligence. Lost by only one vote, he felt sorry for Andy.
Andy lost GH by a mere one vote after 7 rounds of voting by the 11 judges from the panel, but he has won the hearts of many. After GH, whoever he met, those in the circle, workers, man on the street, fans, all told him whether win or lose, he is already the Best Actor in their hearts.
He was absent from the post award bash & celebration of IA dinner. Instead he went to meet 300 over fans @ a gathering. At the gathering, fans conferred him King with a crown. They popped champagne & cut cakes. He had lost at GHA, but to his fans, he is the forever the Best Actor in their hearts. A female fan hugged Andy & cried.
Sandra Ng expressed regret that Andy did not win & criticized the way interview was conducted, saying it was humiliating. The male host interviewed Simon, Daniel & Andy. He took turn to ask Simon & Daniel if they could beat Andy & asked Andy if he thought he could win. The floor was cheated in believing Andy was the winner.
When Andy came back at 10+am yesterday, he was asked he felt unhappy at being lost by one vote. He said, "Ha! I wont. There is a next chance. I congratulate Tony. IA from beginning thought up by me to starting of filming had gone thro a tough period. Any award won by the movie is a consolation to me. I don't bother if I get award, as long as I have good movie to film, I am not worry abt not getting award. (Anthony said the interview was humiliating ?) Cannot say like that. He dotes on me. The ceremony is an entertainment prg, I was not embarrassed. I was even joking with host. I told him every yr I thought I win. I wont be defeated." He added the gathering was arranged before hand.
Tony in an open activity claimed that making movie is the effort of team work. On paper it is him who won but everyone has the credit. Without Andy such a good actor, he wont he able to be outstanding. He said he was just luckier this time. He says he does not need to console Andy, everyone knows his hard work.
Alex Man commented he used to lose to Chow Yin Fat too, if Andy continues he will be appreciated.
Andy had received many calls from friends, many felt sorry. One of them, Eric Tsang , used the lines from IA3, "Take up that ash tray & hit him!" He laughed.
At the dinner to celebrate IA big win, Andrew Lau replied to why Andy did not die at the end. He quipped it is possible when shooting is done under the neck.
Andy took the first flight back to HK this morning. He was swarmed by a hundred over fans, who gave him gifts & words of encouragement. Nominated several times yet to win, the fans felt this is injustice to Andy. Andy howver quipped it was within his expectation. When the reporters said his chance was high before the ceremony, he replied, "No lah, I already guess so, I already feel I wont get it."
His smile was somewhat low-spirited. He did not attend the post award party, everyone was guessing he must be feeling bad. He replied," No no no, it is not. I am not so petty." His fans said they had expected him to win. Andy knew they will be sad so he had a a gathering to console them instead.
He did not attend because he had a gathering with his fans. He is forever so caring no wonder his fans are so loyal. He said he has no plan as to use what role to win award. Before he board, he told the fans, "Still have chance, don't tell me no more, right." Looks like Andy is still ambitious, his fans vow to support him till the end.
At the post award bash, Anthony express dissatisfaction that Andy did not win award. He felt that the people had gone overboard in teasing, making Andy believed that he had won. This is not fair to Andy. Anthony voiced his opinion even though he won an award.
The most popular artiste last night was undoubtedly non other than Andy Lau. As soon as he stepped into the red carpet, reporters & thousands of onlookers burst immediately into loud cheers. His fans had the most strength, 100 over of them came armed with banners. Some were from HK. With their orange club tee, their presence was second to none.
SOURCE: MING PAO /APPLE DAILY/ UNITED DAILY NEWS
TITLE: TONY BEAT ANDY BY ONLY ONE VOTE TO WIN THE AWARD
Results of the 40th GH A were finally out last night. IA with 12 nominations was the big winner with 8 awards, namely, Best Film, Best Director, Best Leading Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Sound Effect & Audience Choice Award. Golden Chick won 3 awards: Best Leading Actress, Best Make Up & Costume Design, Best Art.
Best Actor award was hotly contested between Andy & Tony this yr. Though the award went to Tony, the panel of judges after many rounds of discussions was unable to come to a conclusion. After 6 continual round of voting, both receive the same nos of votes. At the 7th round, one of the judges put the vote from Simon to Tony, Andy was thus lost by one vote. He lost gloriously.
Tony was given the final award on the ground that he has the inert ability to act convincingly, the judges said.
Andy the most aspired winner again missed the award by a thin margin. Tony when heard abt the win laughed loudly saying it is the first time he won 3 awards in a movie, in Bauhinia, HKFA & GHA. He did not attend the ceremony. On Andys lost he said Andy acted well too, without the others he wont be able to act well!
Sandra Ng was emotional when she received the award. Tearfully she thanked Andy saying he will know why she thanked him, Andy had suggested to her to act the role, he is the only who knows how long she had waited, actually Andy had invested in the movie G Chick but due to the court case, he was not able to do so last yr.
Before the result of Best Actor was announced, the male host went down to interview the 3 nominees, giving them a wrangling time. He even asked Carol Cheng to console them just in case the winner was Tony. Carol quipped that Daniel Wu is still young & good-looking, it is alright not to get, Simon is still fit at this age, his wife is beautiful, alright to have no award. On Andy she quipped he is harder to console, but he has everything now, after all, Life is not possible to be too perfect.
Video clips of Ko Shou Liang were shown. When the camera trained on Andy, it was seen that his eyes were red.
SOURCE: LIBERTY TIMES
TITLE: ANDY SUPUR STAR APPEAL
Andy took 1245 hrs flight to go from HK to Kaoshiong yesterday. From there he went to Tainan by road to attend the GHA. As soon as he arrived at the small Kaoshiong airport he was warmly received by screams from his fans. They presented him with cards , newspaper cuttings as support. They followed him in cars.
Andy had the highest possibility to win this time, everyone was concerned how his feeling was. He said 'natural'. As it was weekend, Andy was worried his fans would hampered the other passengers, after coming out of the customs, he got off to the bus used to ferry the stars to Tainan for the promo of IA3. As soon as he was seated, a mother carrying a 4 to 5 yr old kid knocked on his window, telling him seriously, "U must win the Best actor award oh !" Andy was moved, he said "ok ok, thank you ! "
But the bus driver lost the way, as the time was near , it was starting at 3pm, the police was called in to direct . Andy reminded the driver to be careful.
At the press con in Tainan, Andy & LL chatted & laughed on the stage.
SOURCE: SING TAO
TITLE: IA3 BROKE RECORDS ON DAY ONE
IA3 has broken 4 records since opening on 12th. Box office on the first day was $321,000 in 100 cinemas. IA collected $250 last year.
The 4 records are, highest box office in a HK movie that opens on non-holiday , highest box office of all local & Western movies in HK on the first day, a total of 100 cinemas screening the movie, a total of 580 shows on a single day.
Though he did not get the award, his name is the most mentioned in the whole ceremony. He was commended repeatedly by the guest presenters & winners. The camera zoomed on him time & again. Surely he is held with love & respect [sans the panel of judges.]
At the red carpet, he dazzled with a smart cheong sum outfit. At the interview, he said, "My fans not only come to see me win the award, they come to share with me the sadness when I don't win the award." V touching
He was attentive & he enjoyed the show, as could be seen when camera zoomed on him. He nodded his head when the boy bands sang on the stage. He put his index finger on the pout lips at the other time.
Qin Pei the guest presenter mentioned his shaved hair in a movie. At acceptance speech, the directors of IA thanked him for the effort put in. Sandra Ng thanked him when she was giving her speech.
When the video clips on Ko Shou Liang was shown, his expression was painful. Since then till the end he appeared not as cheerful.
The male host was down to interview the 3 attending nominees. Asked the host, "Do u think who will win"? He answered, " V hard to tell."
The host," Everyone hopes it is u."
Ans, "Every year I also think it is me, but I do not get. This year…"
The female host Carol in consolation before the award was announced, "Hua Zai, not everything can be perfect, just accept as it is," He smiled & nodded. At giving out the Best Film Award with Li An, he asked Li if he will get him to act, Li replied, "Wait till u get the award next year," At the moment he could still pretend to drop & joked. He said what he worried now is to face his fans who are crying louder than him…
Andy is going to Taiwan today to attend GH Awards. Other than contesting with Tony, Wu Yan Zu, Simon Yim etc in the Best Actor category, he will be a guest presenter. After that he will set off to America for the concert tour. In the next one month he wont be in HK.
2 nights ago, he attended 2 previews of IA3 staged by the sponsors. He went to JP cinema in Causeway Bay first before going to the Exhibition Hall. His fans, out-numbered Kelly's, followed him closely, holding banners & wishing him to win the Best Actor Award.
Collection for the 2 shows, 1230pm & 2:30pm yesterday from abt 100 cinemas, stands at $430,000, better than IA. 80% of tickets were booked for the night shows.
Andy said he could finally watch the whole show. He feels it is as good as the first one, as his role is a continuation. On the comment that he had not acted evil enough in the first, he had asked the director if he needed to act more evil in IA3, the director told him he role is an undercover, not an evil person & does not need to do so.
He praised Kelly acting has improved, esp in the scene when they held hands.
Anita has been absent in all open activities this half a month. When asked how she has been ? He replied, "She is OK! The media is just speculating! As a friend, one shd not anyhow speculate, I have regular contacts with her."
It was rumored that she will resigned from acting in Chang's movie. Andy said he respects her decision. When he is away this one mth, she can take more rest. He is familiar with her dr, if the dr said she shd not act, he will just resign on her behalf, without seeking her opinion. (Among her friends, she listens to you the most ) "Is it ? I am not aware !"
Andy is not aware if Anita had wanted to hold concert again next yr, but knew she had cancelled America concert so as to get more rest.
Does she know abt the death of Blacky Ko? Andy said he is not sure if she knows. On Small Black, Andy face turned sorrowful. He said he had contacted Eric Tsang who is helping out with the funeral in Shaghai at the moment. As he has to go to America tomorrow, he will not be able to attend the funeral, will he feel regret? Without a thought, he replied, "Definitely!"
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
TITLE: LL FEELS ANDY WILL GET BEST ACTOR AWARD
IA3 opened in Taipei Xi Men Ting cinema yesterday. Said LL, "The chance of Tony winning is bigger, as he had already gotten Best Actor in HKFA, but I have a feeling Andy would be able to get this time."
Liu Mei Jun was starred in the movie Killer Train opposite Andy when she was only 16 yr-old. The movie was directed by Hou Yao Liang.
She acted as a Vietnamese refugee. In a daring act, she appeared naked at the back in one scene. Andy was just out of the training school. The 2 new faces crated some sparks. They went thro a rebellious love affair. As the topic was sensitive at that time, when the movie was screened, there were talks on the street.
Andy is always made used of by the ex gf Yu Ke Xin for publicity purposes.
On Dec 6 when he was in TW for the promo of IA3, he was at Channel V concert singing the last 30-min segment. After the concert which ended at 10:40pm, he went back to Far East hotel for a light meal of porriage. He then changed to a white tee, topped with a blue singlet. In the relax sporty attire, he set off to San Chong bowling.
After playing for abt an hr, suddenly he received a call . With a sullen face he told his asst that he was not playing any more & left swiftly.
The fans whispered among themselves Yu Ke Xin was down stairs. Just as he stepped out of the building, Yu & her accomplice stepped in. She stopped suddenly, probably due to the din caused. Andy was expressionless. He walked out as if nothing had happened. He left in a matter of 5 sec.
IA3 was premiered 2 nights ago at an open space @ The New Century Plaza @ Causeway Bay. It attracted 1000 over people, including fans of Andy, LL, Edison & Shawn. Andy's fans outnumbered the rest & were the most enthusiastic. The cheering was incessant whenever Andy made an appearance. Andy waved back to them & even got near the stage to toast to them.
When asked if the box office will hit 100 mil, Andy replied such a figure will give a lot of pressure, if the box office hits 80 mil he will be satisfied.
In IA3, LL was had a fatal shot from Andy. When asked if he is worried abt his fans reaction, LL replied that it is only acting.
Andy as Ming did not die when he tried to shoot himself after feeling guilty. Some audience yelled, "Is there anything wrong, like that also cannot die ?" Andy gave the ans that Ming had done too much evil & had to remain in this world to suffer, he quipped this is philosophical.
Anthony had become thinner in IA3. There were impromptu lines during acting, Tony told him, "U have lost a lot of weight!" Anthony replied, "U don't have to bother ! "
The reporters after watching the show, said they don’t understand the story , Andy quipped they can always paid to go in & see again !