DATE: 8 SEPT 2014
NEWS DATED SEPT 2
SOURCE: MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY & HAKEN BOTH WANT TO BE JUNIOURS
A two-day concert to commemorate the "Father of the concert," Cheung Yiu Wing was held in HK Coliseum last two nights.
On the 2nd night closing show, Haken Li & Alan Tam performing Click Me together with Andy, they gave the concert a finale climax. The high atmosphere replaced the sad mood, bidding a joyous final farewell to Cheung Yiu Wing.
Songs they sang including Red Sun, Love Trap, I Hate Myself For Loving You.
The appearance of Andy led to chaotic show of hands, which impeded his passing through, after some effort was he then released from the grasp.
After performing, Andy & Haken teasingly knelt to Alan wanting to be his disciple. Both of them fight to be called junior not admitting they are old.
Said Andy, "When Headmaster sang he did not look at me in the eyes, there was not enough of connection." Haken disclosed that Alan was busy looking at song sheet, no time for eye contact.
Added Andy," Mr Cheung was a righteous person, many years ago, there was no black market ticket selling, but tugs came to me. When Mr Cheung saw it he blocked them from getting near me." Haken tried to be busybody & asked who they were. Andy stopped him immediately, then he jokingly asked Ekin Cheng to Click him.
Andy ended the concert by singing the song Days Together as final bidding to Mr Cheung Yiu Wing.
Older artistes often warned the new & young who are dreaming to be singers, actors or models not to just look at the exterior of stars, thinking that they only wear beautiful clothes to attend events, it is so easy, they just twirl on the stage & are photographed. In actual fact, behind all this glamour much effort has been put in, unknown & unseen by outsiders, those who stay on till today have all endured years of hardship, & most of them experienced down time in their careers.
Big Sister knows that in the early 80s, Andy was 'brutally' frozen for 400 days after he refused to sign a 5 year contract with TV station. During this period of time he had no work, no income, but he enriched himself daily by learning horse riding, keeping fit, swimming & as advised by George Lam, he learnt singing, getting ready to flex arms & legs for his future career . An evergreen superstar was thus made in the Chinese entertainment circle .
'ALS Ice Bucket Challenge' charity campaign originated in United States has now extended to China, HK & TW.
Of late more & more artistes are involved in this charity & opted to be drenched with buckets of ice water on the head for charity, including superstars Andy Lau, Jay Chou, Wang **-hom, Eason Chan, & others.
The short film production work has become more meticulous, of which the short film by Andy Lau, Eric Kot Man Fai & Chi Wai were the most acclaimed.
Chapman To, Haken ,& Guang Liang however feel that one must take care of oneslef, & chose to donate cash instead.
Andy had the challenge from China IT entrepreneur Lei Jun who is also millet technology Founder. The event was filmed at the rooftop , filming was seriously done, taken from many angles & edited, Andy though was drenched does not lose his charm. When asked on the feeling, said Andy, "Frozen, cold, must take care of the ice. "
Andy later went to show support by joining the relay of others such as Jay Chou & pianist Lang Lang & HK paralympic athlete So Wa Wai.
An avid fan of Andy, Christine Au Yang posted in her blog recently revealing that she participated in AWC 26th anniversary. She had also attended AWC anniversary party last year.
Said, ¤veryone knows Andy is very filial, every year on June 21 he will hold AWC anniversary party, it was also his father£r birthday that day, everyone celebrated for him, whenever I have time I like to attend, as it is a happy event, no matter how busy Andy always have photo taken with us!"
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY HAD FUN HAVING WORLD CUP PARTY WITH FANS
Andy has always doted on his fans, holding fan club gatherings frequently, it was AWC 26th anniversary 2 says ago, it is also a time when World Cup is on going, with Andy World Cup as theme he had a celebration with fans.
Other than lead Andy himself, Gigi Leung, Oscar Leung, Jacquelin Chong, Christine Au Yang, Carlo Ng Ka Lok & others were his guests, while DJ Donald was the emcee.
The deco for the venue was just like a football field, Most guests came dressed in football uniform, though Andy was in a casual wear, it was said he personally had a friendly football match with guests, trust fans after watching his football skill would go home happy!
Yesterday periodical East Weekly reported that Carol Chu now at the age of 48, though considered to be elderly primi continues to seek treatment to give Andy a son, she has sought help from Chinese & western doctors, had treatment done by renowned HK gynaecologist & special herbal concoction from famous Chinese physician.
East weekly on the 15th this month filmed Carol in a white simple attire, under protectin of two bodyguards, went to a temple in Shau Kei Wan to pray. This temple has the same name as the one in TW, when the abbot came once to give talk, Carol paid for expenses of the entourage including ticket & lodging, & went personally to listen, also with her VIP status met the abbot in p rivate. After giving birth to Hanna, she has become even more sincere, she knelt & prayed to thank him.
Carol arrived at the temple at around 4pm, & left at around 9. When she left, the bodyguards were seen with bags of vitamins & tonics. Carol was seen with a stomach bulge, as if pregnant, is it she is now pregnant & come to give back blessings?
Through assistant, Andy gave a reply, ¤o such thing, thanks for the concern.�
Andy is currently filming in China.
Four reporters from Chingqing media visited shooting location at 5 am this morning. But they were stopped by the crew, they then hid in civilian houses to take photo secretly. After filming for some time, the crew found out, they broke through the door & scolded , "How dare you all, if you dare to film we dare to take away your camera!" Both sides refused to give way, a quarrel broke out finally, a female reporter fell & injured her right knee, the wound was deep & bone was exposed.
Other than media being abused by the crew, fans of Andy were equally badly treated, the crew threatened that they will take away cameras & delete the photos, fanas complained, "Too much! "
Luckily, fans who waited were rewarded, some complimented that Andy was always nice & smiling, they are very touched by his friendliness.
A DISPUTE BROKE OUT AT FILMING LOCATION IN MAINLAND
Andy is currently filming in mainland China. There was a news report yesterday that a quarrel broke out at the filming location between reporters & crew. A female reporter was injured & was carried to the hospital for treatment.
She had changed the camera midway during visit to the filming location, & thus the first half of pictures taken were retained.
At the same, fans reported that the crew had very attitude, in comparison, Andy of heavenly status is always smiling towards fans & reporters. He always obliged even when fans asked for a handshake.
It was Andy£r daughter Hanna two year-old birthday yesterday. 2 days ago Andy made a special trip back home to HK from Chongqing to celebrate birthday for her.
2 nights ago, fans from Chingqing posted pictures @ their blogs showing them sending Andy off at the airport, Andy was seen in face mask, face still full of moustach, the screen look of his new movie, trust that he will be back for more shooting after the trip.
Fans too sent best wishes to Hanna for her birthday, at age of two already have so many well wishers!
Some fans said that days of shooting in Chongqing city was quite a stir, wherever Andy was there would be onlookers. Every time when work was done for the day it was like a VIP patrol, Andy waved to fans who were on the street, across the street or on the trees. Fans all praised that he is friendly & warm.
Fans seem to know Andy£r schedule at finger tips, they listed that in this one over month of shooting, he had gone back to HK several times, including at the end of March he went back for fan club gathering, his wife Carol£r birthday & when Hanna was sick. Last year when Hanna was one year-old, he too cut cake & shared the picture with fans.
International renowned economic journal Forbes Chinese version announced 2014 Chinese Top Celebrity chart yesterday. The chart is based on earnings, rate of exposure & popularity.
China actress Fan Bingbing tops the chart, she filmed 5 movies last year, has a lot of news & lots of commercials & collected NT 590 million, is the first female to win the honor consecutively in the last decade.
HK star Andy Lau & Taiwanese singer Jay Chou are in second & third position. Huang Xiao Ming at No 4, he has been on the chart last 10 years.
Since March Andy has been in Quanzhou filming his new movie, acting as farmer he sets off a series of wide search for his lost son, in a span of 10 over years. After Quanzhou, he was in Nanchang , Wuhan for scenes.
He arrived Chingqing for more shooting last few days. After one over month of cross-country search, his look from the initial grey-haired earthen face to now dark & thin, he was being shoved away at the Nanchang street.
In Chongqing. Andy got more immersed into the role, his look gets more haggard & old, the older ladies who gathered to see doubted if that person was really Andy, But fans were excited & delighted to see him, claiming that this film will bring him Best Actor honor.
Andy was filming in a small community in Chongqing, in a worker£r grey jacket, his beard has turned grey too, among the workers he appeared comfortable & relaxed. Onlookers gossiped, " He is so different from TV, is he ready Andy Lau? "
In another scene, Andy sat behind someone on a bike, carrying a small flag 'searching for son' two words.
When he was confirmed to be Andy, onlookers quipped, "Actually the stars too can look not nice, so dark & thin!" some commented he has no star appeal.
Andy was very immersed with filming, could not careless what the onlookers commented, but he too took note of the surroundings, he rendered a hand in helping the passer-byes, & won the praise from onlookers.
The street was closed for filming, while waiting for camera to roll, some one wanted to pass the street with a bike, the workers stopped him immediately, Andy however held back the workers & told him to let the motorbike driver passed. Netizens posted the footage & sang praises for Andy, added that minor details makes success of an individual, Andy is not only a super star, he is one who is role model, someone who is really big will not put on airs.
Andy£r look as farmer won praises from fans, it is so realistic , truly a real actor, but someone noted his hands, commented they look too delicate for a farmer, Even then, fans left words they look forward to seeing this movie & support him as Best actor!
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY TW
ANDY's 3-SECOND SHOW OF DAUGHTER'S PICTURE
COULDN'T SEE A HAIR
Andy£r daughter Hanna will be 2 year-old on the ninth of this month He is still not going to show her to all. He only says she is a beauty, looks like her mother. But Andy who taks fans like family members, promised them in December last year that he will let themsee his daughter next fans gathering. He kept to his promise in March fan-club gathering.
At the gathering, the surrounding were covered with black drapes, handphones were not allowed,
Andy was in a very good mood, during the chat, he showed his daughter's lovely picture on his cellphone, everyone had a chance, but limit to only 3 seconds.
[Note by the writer:] I am so envious, I too a fan, also take Andy like family member, hope he can show me the next time when he comes to TW!
Lately Andy was busy filming in Wuhan. 2 days ago, he was shooting at a harbor.
Some fans heard the news & gathered at the harbor. A hundred over of them waited patiently for three hours. Finally Andy appeared, but he boarded the ferry to shoot. Filming ended few hours later due to poor weather. Shooting has been going starting fom Fujian, Jiangxi, all the way to Wuhan. As there were too many street scenes, many were attracted to the location, this has hampered the progress, also because of this, some netizens chanced upon filming process, one of them claimed that Andy used a double at times.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY FILMING IN WUHAN
GREETED FANS FRIENDLILY
Shooting has shifted to Wuhan in the last one week or so. Many fans gathered at the harbor as early as six in the morning. The set recruited some temporary actors, a few lucky fans were selected, & could board the ferry to take part in shooting.
At around 10 am Andy boarded a ferry for shooting. It ended at around 3 pm when it rained. Andy joined the set for lunch on land, before he changed to go back to the hotel.
On seeing fans waited for him, he waved to them from far, before the left the harbor, he opened the window & shook hands with some fans , he chatted for a few minutes with them before he left.
Father of Concert, Cheung Yiu Wing, had memorial alter set up for him at the Hung Hom funeral home.
On the memorial booklet, there were photos of Mr Cheung Yiu Wing & his family, & pictures of him taken with many artistes including the 4 Heavenly Kings, Roman Tan, Eason Chan, late Lydia Sum, late Anita Mui & others. Many wrote obituary.
I Believe, lifetime achievement
Not in if one can fulfill one¡¯s own dream
But in helping others to fulfil their dreams
How many people, how many dreams, because of you materialize
I Believe Uncle Cheung
As in my heart, in my songs,
In my dreams , existed because of you
Forever remembering teacher Cheung Yin Wing
SOURCE: MING PAO
People failed to recognize Andy
Someone looking at the poster put up by Andy
Three vehicles secretly filmed a scene at the railway station
The reporter (center0 was barred from the scene by shooting staff (left)
On April 14 at around 11 in the morning, at the corner of Nanchang railway station square, a man wearing an old khaki jacket was seen pasting posters around the platform, searching of a lost person. The farmer fled in panic when uniformed officers came to chase him away.
A simple scene as it was happened at the midst of a crowd. Though it attracted some curious eyes, no one knew that this simple looking person is actually HK superstar Andy Lau. The scene was shot secretly for the movie Orphan, Andy hid in a corner & appeared for only about half a minute.
Accordingly, after arriving in Jiangxi on 11 of April, Andy had some scenes taken in Jiujiang, he detoured to Nanchang after that.
Recently there was news saying that Andy will be paid 30 million rmb to be in Voice of China III as the mentor. There was no follow up news after that.
At his official website on April 5, Andy announced that he will not take part in this season of Voice of China. He had liaised with the organizer of Voice of China regarding broadcast time, & he is unable to suit their time. He advised fans be careful and not be cheated.
Andy flew back to HK from Fuzhou yesterday. It was rumored that he might be one of the pallbearers of Cheung Yiu Wing But said Andy," No one contacted me, but maybe I have to go shooting, unable to make it on time. "
SOURCE: www. dnkb.com.cn
DATED April 1
ANDY HAD SHOOTING AT LIANJIANG
WAS TRULY BEATEN BY THE PEOPLE
On the 30th of March, the fishing village in Lianjian ( a suburban county of Fuzhou on the eastern coast of Fujian province) which is famous for abalone, saw a sudden surge in activity, the fishermen saw a big star, Andy, in their village.
The reporter paid a special visit to the village shooting location, which was on a float. Security was tight, even it was at the sea, entry was forbidden & no photography was allowed.
Even then, fans were not deterred, most were forced to stay outside. The locals lent out rain coats, boots, hats, & fishing utensils to some fans who successfully mingled into the filming site. They were overexcited & narrated the charisma of Andy & atmosphere at filming location.
The reporter was lucky to witness shooting, the scene was about Andy in the search for his lost 2 year-old son, heard that there was a child abductor in the fishing village. Details to be seen when the movie is out.
The reporter also noted that Andy is very approachable & humble, during shooting when a quarrel broke out, not only he truly had a fall, he told the people to truly beat him up when camera rolled.
Indeed a very professional actor.
SOURCE: GB.CRI.CN DATED MARCH 28
FILMING IN FUZHOU
ANDY BEING COMMENTED AS NOT SO HANDSOME
Andy was shooting in Fujian province Fuzhou, in a bathing house on March 28. Under coverage of the crew, he walked out of the bathing house after shooting. He looked tired. Some locals who had seen him called out his name, Andy waved friendlily & went up the Merc, leaving location swiftly.
Many onlookers commented Andy is not as handsome as on the screen, ¡®He is thin & dark.¡¯
Playing a farmer who lost his son, his look at the moment is only normal.
Being called Father of Concerts, Cheung Yiu Wing, passed away yesterday morning of acute heart attack, at the age of 82. The sudden demise of this active & spirited person gave much shocked & saddness to the entertainment circle. Originated form construction industry, Mr Cheung had special passion for entertainment industry, he had in these 30 over years committed himself actively in staging concerts, sponsoring singers & as stepping stone for many singers to have a chance to go into the Coliseum.
The bad news brought group of heavenly singers to mourn the loss, including Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok, Jacky Cheung, Leon Lai, Joey Yuen, Kelly Chen, Sammi Chen. Mirium, Sandy Lam & others, all had received unlimited benefits from Mr Cheung.
Andy who was viewed as loyal & righteous by Mr Cheung, felt sorry for the loss, said, "It is definitely a great loss to the circle, uncle Cheung was just like a teacher, thought me how to deal with a concert, & how to respect a concert, he brought concert activity in HK to new height, his never-give-up spirit is respectable. Walk well. "
NEWS DATED MARCH 24
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
ANDY RUNNING WITH A TIGER
JUMPED ON TRAMPOLINE
Andy has special connection for animals, other than the earlier movie with Maggie Cheung, The Mon Warriors, when he acted with a whale Willy, he had filmed commercials with monkey, penguin, zebra, giraffe, leopard cubs, lion cubs & others.
Lately he filmed the latest commercial for a green tea, again is with animals. This time it is a big tiger & an eagle, the tiger is from central Thailand, named Tony, while the eagle is named Jia Jia. For safety reasons, Andy did not have scene opposite both animals. It was made with computer generated effect.
The part Andy acted was indoor, to create similar effect, the studio was covered with green canvas, Andy had to imagine himself, doing actions such as throwing, running madly, jumping, & snatching.
To get Andy into the mood, the director placed several models of Jai Jia & Tony in the studio. Though no one was acting opposite him, Andy took things seriously, it took 2 days to complete.
Scenes for Tony & Jia Jia were taken in Thailand, staff put up huge green canvas, the two animals played different actions, it took a few days to complete.
fans took picture of Andy when he arrived at Chuan Zhou
In Huayi Brothers' new movie, Orphan, Andy plays a farmer, to make sure he looks convincingly enough, he has actively lost some weight.
Shooting began in Chuan Zhou recently, his farmer look was exposed, netizens find it hard to believe that he was Andy. The story is about a famer whose son was abducted & sold, a 10-year long search for son begins from there. The female lead in the movie is Tang Wei.
Andy will have 5 days of shooting in Chuan Zhou, it attracted many onlookers when a scene was taken at the busy downtown, many fans who heard the news also came, it resulted a bad traffic jam. But with chaos & heavy rain , many went home disappointed. Andy did not appear in front of the fans, there was a double who resembles Andy by the back.
There were some who saw his true self @ Da Ping Shan tunnel , he was seen to have grey hair & earthen-color face, using a motorbike to ferry customers. Netizens praised that he is the most handsome farmer.
The storyline is hitting on those who abduct & sell children, a countryside farmer whose son was abducted at age of 2, over a span of 10 years, he searched across borders for the lsot son, Andy was very touched by the stpry & agree to act in it. Filming will take place in few provinces, including S-W agricultural villages.
Netizens by chance snapped a pic of Andy (in cap)
SOURCE: HEADLINE NEWS HK
IN MOTORBIKE IN SEARCH OF SON IN FUJIAN
ANDY WAS SPOTTED BY FANS
I AM SO BLISSFUL NOW!
Paula Tsui ended eight-night of concerts officially 2 nights ago. Other than having the support of two CE of HK, Tung Chee Hwa, Leung Chun Ying, 2 night ago she again had the heavyweight artiste Andy Lau as guest performer.
Paula Tsui called Andy ¡®Edward the First¡¯ , (Edward is translated as 'Love-Tak Wah' , 'the First or I' 'a whole life'. Andy praised that Paula is as beautiful as ever!
Andy indicated that he ahs changed from being a boy to a man & now a father, the audience gave him loud applause. When Paula reminded him to be nice to his wife, Andy yelled to the audience that he will be good not only to the two beside him, he will be good to all too! & added he is very blissful now!
When Andy knelt with both knees, Paula quipped she was unable to take it!
When Andy wanted to give her a hug, but worried that he would stepped on her skirt, he gave a horse-riding pose, Paula teased that he was like going to the loo.
Andy told Paula that he has to loss some weight to act as a farmer, Paula teased Andy on his tattered there-quarter length jeans, "No wonder you become like that!" As if financially strapped.
Andy & Paula sang a duet, As Time Goes By , she changed the lyric of 'Theree is life, there is death, there is righteousness,' to 'There is mountain, there is water, there is tree..." To the delight of the audience who laughed & applauded her!
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
SUPPORTED PAULA TSUI"S LAST SHOW
PEOPLE'S CHIEF EXECUTIVE ANDY WON APPLAUSE
Huayi Brothers announced on the 24 this month that a new film, Lost Orphan, will start filming in March, the film is written & directed by Peng San Yuan, famous screenwriter & producer. Andy will play a rural farmer.
According to Jing Hua News, the film is the first long film for Peng after he changed his line of work. It is adapted from a real life story, about a day in 1998, a 2 year old boy Radar was lost, father Andy took a long 15 years to search for him. This is the first time Andy play a rural farmer after 30 over years, the character of which is painful & calm, stubborn yet kind.
The report added that Andy£r good look to play a daddy- farmer's image is far apart, but the director said that this character is specially tailored for Andy, "It was decided the moment screenplay was still in outline for Andy to play the role. "
According to sources, Andy was deeply moved by the story, he is also one who cares about social welfare, he willingly accepted to act in this child-kidnap theme movie.
HAPPY YEAR OF HORSE!!
Andy has squeezed out Harlem Yu as mentor in 'China Has Talent' third season, Andy£r fee of 30 million rmb (about NT 150 million ) a season was a record ! It was said he asked for a fee of 50 million rmb initially, the organizer felt that it wa stoo high, after some negotiation, it was settled at 15 million. The original panel of judges, Ah Mei, Na Ying, & Wang Feng remain the same!
The production cost for a season is high at 360 million NT, it has an average of 300 million viewers. Just commercial alone takes in NT 680 million. It is estimated that this 3rd running can take in as much as NT 750 million, or more, being the most attractive singing contest!
At the secnd season when Ah Mei was called in, with a fee of 15 million rmb, the programme was brough to live, setting record viewership rating in all the 12 episodes.
Now that Andy has joined the panel, the organizer planned to hold a press con after lunar new year, both parties remain low keyed for the time being. Andy does not give a reply till now. The organizer when contacted revealed that it will be announced after cny. Harlem£r manager indicated Harlem has a concert during summer holidays, it clashes with his time.
HK CNY movie, Golden Chickensss, brings out its ultimate secret weapon, Andy Lau, who again played C E of HK. Sandra gave a foot massage, so much so that Andy was in much pain.
Sandra Ng for the first time acts & produces a movie, other than Nick Cheung, Tony Leung, Donnie yen, Eason Chan playing cameo roles, the most powerful leg finally surfaces, as in the previous 2 episodes of G C, Andy again played the C E of HK.
In it, due to extreme work pressure, Andy had mamasan Sandra to give him a massage, from the pictures, Andy was seen on the floor with her, & in pain, as to what the reason was, it will be revealed in cinema.
Sandra had wanted to get Andy form the start, Andy agreed readily, as his role was too classic in the previosu episodes, Sandra & the directer thought hard as to which role suits him, none was satisfactory, filming was dragged till the later part of shooting, as C E of HK.
TAIPEI-A Taiwan court on Tuesday ordered Hong Kong Cantopop star Andy Lau to pay Tw$2.67 million ($85,000) to a Taiwanese airline for damaging its helicopter during a film stunt in 1997.
Lau was shooting the action flick ¤he Island of Greed� on location in Taiwan in the Daily Air Corp-loaned chopper when an accident occurred in mid-air. As Lau jumped out of the helicopter, he brushed against the pitch stick, unsteadying the aircraft and causing its rotor blade to hit lighting equipment. A district court held the popular star responsible and ordered him to pay Tw$5.1 million. The amount was raised to Tw$6.9 million after he lost an appeal at a higher court.
Following another appeal, the compensation was lowered to Tw$2.67 million at a verdict of the higher court. Judges said that while Lau was partly responsible the pilot should have barred entry into the cockpit by any passengers according to the law. The ruling was retained by the supreme court and became final. Daily Air filed the suit in 1998 but a Taipei district court only handed down the verdict in 2008. Court officials had said the case dragged on because the defendants were in Hong Kong.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY DATED JAN 23
WAR OF CNY MOVIES
RAYMONG WONG CALLS FOR HELP
SANDRA NG BRINGS CEO WAH TO COUNTER DONNIE YEN
There are several HK films slated for CNY this year. Sandra Ng invited many big names that acted in Golden Chicken for her sequel of Golden Chickensss. Donnie Yen & Aaron Kwok acted in THe Monkey King, while Raymond Wong gathers many helpers in Hello Babies. The three movies countering one another.
Sandra indicated when Andy got to know she is filing G C again, he said that he must have a role in it, He played that after being elected as the HK CE, he was too tired, Sandra played Ah Kum who gave him massage.
Andy indicated that after 10 years, there must be continuity in G C, it grows with years, actually it is the spirit of G C.
SOURCE: UNITED DAILY NEWS
STAR OF TAIWAN ANDY SU
ANDY SINGS PRAISES
Taiwanese high school student Andy Su, 15, beats 5,000 over other contestants from 7 countries in Asia to emerge winner of K-Pop Star Hunt 3, which runs for 5 months.
Even Heavenly King congratulated him at his blog, he screamed that he is the pride of Taiwan.
Andy Su's sister is a fan of Andy, she had brought him to Andy's birthday party before, at the age of 14, he won hearts with his sleek dance moves.
Andy was full of praise, he wrote, "He is Andy, surname Su, Andy....So Marvelous!"
Andy Su will be offered a contract with Korean Entertainment company CJ E & M, & record label FNC Entertainment, & be groomed as K-pop star.
Film mogul Sir Run Run Shaw passed away on the 7th of this month at the age of 107. A memorial was held from 10 am to 6pm yesterday @ Shaw Studios in Tseung Kwan O. Those who turned up comprises people from politics, business, academia & entertainment industry. TVB artistes & employers, employees of the olden days, representatives from charity organizations & civilians, a continuous flow of people paying the last respect. There were seats for 400, without flower deco, light piano music was played, it was solemn & simple. Artistes present included Andy Lau, Cherie Chung, Nich Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Anthony Wong, Lisa Wong, Carol Cheung, Ivy Lin Po & husband, & Dillon couple., & many more TVB artistes.
Andy arrived at about the same time as Cherie. He was in a long gown at first, but took it off when he alighted from the car, he entered the hall in a grey suit. At photo taking he put both his hands together, he did not accept any interview.
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Do not think being the president of the Association of Performing Arts is a welcoming job, after Eric Tsang had resigned, he went round asking for a successor but failed to find one, finally only Anthony Wong thumped his chest & agreed, but he requested to have a change of his team of workers under him. Many in the circle viewed the post as neither good or bad, as the association is divided into gangs, mainly the young & the old, only Eric Tsang with his status in the circle can handle it.
Earlier on Andy had promised Eric to be the successor, but after having several meetings with the committee, he found out that some information taken as private & confidential by the association was leaked to the media, & reported in detail on newspaper. The emergence of 'gangs' & 'sub-leaders 'stopped him from going further.
Andy, originated as one of the TVB Five Tigers, on the demise of Sir Run Run Shaw expressed his remembrance, "Always Remember, Walk well!
Firestorm opened in TW last day of 2013, Dec 31st. In a short span of one week, cumulative box office in TW broke 30 million, Andy's duel identity, neither good nor evil, evoked much forum discussion.
Andy recalled the process of putting his best during filming, as the original cast was courageous & seemingly 'never-die', including a scene when he was bombed with a grenade from far & still standing safe & sound, he felt it was unbelievable & refused to act, but producer Bill Kong told him, "If you film, it shows your heart in movies." Action director Qian Ka Lok too gave him some pressure before he agreed to act, the scene was a one of the focus of the film.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY LEAVING HIS ASSET TO CAROL
Andy£r wife is always low þ_eyed, but it is well-known that Andy treasures her a lot. Carol Chu has car to send her here & there, there are bodyguards to protect her so that she is not disturbed. It was rumored that after their marriage, Andy transferred 100 over million of asset under her name.
Andy puts in much effort to promote Firestorm, during his stay in TW, he recorded a short video clip on quick questions & answers. The movie persons arranged emcee of GH to ask him questions, Andy could not help but make a wish: I hope to hear more of ¡nau Tak Hua� these three words at the GH in future.
Andy displayed his sense of humor, not only he self admitted he is 52 year-old, he self-boosted he had filmed 140 over films, teasingly said he is the most handsome & yet the most rotten person in Firestorm. When asked which he prefers, dog or cat? He answered pointlessly ¡ouse�. He indicated the place he wishes to visit the most for holiday is 'Going Home'.
Heavenly Lau does not flinched when he answered questions, his interesting response showed his comical side.
SOURCE: CHINA TIMES
ANDY CHATTED WITH GH HOST
HOPES 'LIU DE HUA' IS ALWAYS MENTIONED
Last month when Andy was in TW for the promotion of Firestorm, in the 6 hours he recorded a short video clip on quick questions & answers, his answers were brief, but it was impressive. The movie company arranged for GH host De Zai to ask him questions. When Andy got to know his identity, he asked, "You should not be too familiar with my name, right?"
Smiling De Zai replied, "I had just mentioned it @ the 50th GH several times." Andy said unwillingly that he hopes to hear more of his name in future!
Firestorm has achieved box office success since after opening in HK, China, in TW, the movie opened on New Year eve, it too tops in box office takings in Taipei. I n the 2 days, it set a record of NT 15 million, becomes Taipei film box office champion.
It sets a new opening record in TW after Cold War. This gets to show that Andy£r productions do not have location limitations. His personal charisma sweeps the three regions across the straits, & becomes to top grossing actor for HK movies.
The film evoked discussions from the audience, other than the thrilling gun-fight, the innocent little girl in the movie was also topic at forum. There are no blood in the scene screened but the plots were touching, netizens encourage more collaboration between the girl & Andy. The little girl & her father segment was tear jerking, as autistic child, she was only able to use body language & screaming to convey her mood, her acting is way beyond her age, even Andy sang praises for her.
Andy & Chow Yin Fat were at the mainland CCTV 'Speak it' programme recently. They chatted on live event.
For once Andy talked on his family, & also said that Tony Leung is his 1st arch rival in his 30 over years of career.
"Without him, in the next 20 years I will be the Best Actor. "
Andy & Tony has been competing with each other for a long time, esp in the Best Actor contest. Tony had beat Andy in GH Awards, HK F Awards, & Golden Bauhinia awards.
According to media in China, when Andy was asked if Chow & Tony both dropped into the water, who Andy will save first, Replied Andy,
"I will quickly stone him, I wont let him come out, definitely cannot save him when he drops into the water, without him, in the next 20 years I will be the best actor!"
Joke aside, in his heart, Andy is full of admiration for this person who is both his friend & enemy,
"For 2 over months Tony had accompanied Carina filming with me, after work we played games together, he is one who can work out well, I feel nervous filming with him, but I feel honored too. "
SOURCE: QQ NEWS/APPLE DAILY
ANDY: WILL NOT SAVE TONY
..Both Andy & Tone are in circle 30 over years, though Andy£r acting has been confirmed, Tony has a more outstanding record, he is record holder of Golden Horse Best Actor three times. They crossed swords 4 times in GH, Tony led by a ratio of 3:1 .
They were rumored to be foes, but in actual fact, they are super friends. When Andy was asked on the embarrassing question of if he will save Tony in water, with his high EQ. he managed to resolve the situation beautifully.
Anita Mui£r 10th anniversary Anita. 10. Remember. Musical was held last night. The climax started with Aaron Kwok£r performance, in a simmering dance costume, dark glasses, he sang Dream Partner, a resurgence of Anita£r stage charm.
The one to close the show was Anita£r best friend Andy who sang Home Coming. During singing Andy was moved to tears, but he managed to control it well. After singing, he said, "Many thanks to all, after 10 years, we still have Anita in our hearts. She ever told me, this (next) song was as if specially written for her, the lyrics was her life story, today let£r we shall sing it with Ah Mui & all her other good friends, Song of Sunset."
All the singers who had performed went up the stage again, stood facing the screen that showed Anita, the audience all stood up, with a rose on hand they sang this song that was most loved by Anita in her life.
Jacky Chan was so touched that he dropped tears a few times. After the song, everyone waved goodbye to Anita. The stage was remade as the last stage that Anita had performed, with a red carpet, image of her going up the staircase slowly waving goodbye was vivid.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY REMINISED ANITA MUI£R NAUGHTINESS
Andy at the memorial held for Anita Mui sang gold classic Home Coming.
After the show he said those who like & still have thoughts for Anita Mui can be like him, every year remember her good, her naughtiness, her singing & acting.
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/WEN WEI PO/HEADLINE NEWS
2 days ago it was the 10th anniversary of the late HK diva Anita Mui. Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina, Maggie Cheung, Cherrie Chung, Sami, Andy Hui & many others were present. After the performance the artistes stayed at the back stage, except for Maggie, Andy Hui & Sammi who left early.
Josie Ho Chiu-Yi suggested that she is willing to sponsor the building of a copper statue for Anita, said Andy, "In fact every artiste reserves to have something to remember him or her, but it has to see if the government supports, it is good it possible, but without one does not affect the status of Mui in everybody."
Andy£r two 'Always' Concert @ The Big Egg ended successfully two nights ago.
After encore, fans still refused to leave, with spirit high, he brought champagne to the stage & sprayed, he re sung the song World£r No 1. The concert came to a beautiful close.
Andy continued to deny his wife is pregnant with second baby throughout his two concerts, he mused that from 1st Jan he is taking two months leave to work on it. If his wife is three months pregnant he will tell all then. The media pays lots of attention on his wife tummy, he said lovingly, "I feel that she has a lot of pressure."
Andy had ever promised at fan club gathering that when his daughter is two year old he will be open with photos of his daughter, it is now hakf a year more, teased Andy, I said it at the fan club gathering & not to the you (media)! & I have not even blame you for hiding in my fan club!
Actually Andy is mentally prepared to have his daughter exposed anytime in future, but he insisted it be after she is 2 years old, before school. He pretended by yelling, "Don£s yell like that, I am already very complying!"
He happily revealed that his daughter can now call papa.
Firestorm opens in TW today. He hopes box office can be good, he praised that TW has mature film script , & hopes to have opportunity to invest in Taiwanese movie. Smiling said, "Not sure which day I can accompany Li Ann there (Oscars). This is always my dream."
Andy has acrophobia, he admitted during the fight with Gordon Lam high up in the air, it was all due to his dedication to work he overcame it, as soon as he heard 'Action', he blew punches on Lam continuously .
To attract more to watch Firestorm at the new year eve, the movie distributors are ready tot give out warm packs, to keep the audience warm.
SOURCE: LIBERTY TIMES
Andy£r 18 concert shows came to a close on Dec 29 in Taipei. His taut chocolate 6-pack was a beautiful surprise for all,
"If possible, I hope next time I don£s want to strip anymore."
He has been on a diet for over half a year, after the dieting, what is the thing he wants to eat the most? Is it his wife? After a long thought, he turned to reporter, "I am not answering!"
Firestorm played by Andy tops Christmas box office, in the 3 days of holidays collected 7 over million, cumulative box office has reached 17 over million.
Second & third on the chart are Frozen, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug with box office of 4.7 & 4.4 million, & a cumulative box office of 10 & 25 million respectively.
The White Storm played by Lau Qing Wan, Louis koo & Nick Cheung, 22 days after opening, still collected 1.9 million in the three days, cumulative box office is 28.92 million.
Andy dotes on his daughter & wife, he splurges on them both. His wife was photographed by civilians shopping in HK Harbor City recently, buying clothes for her daughter. The civilian said she bought a floral skirt that is made in France for her daughter, it costs HK$8,000 (About NY 30,000).
Andy as producer too is not stingy. Hu Jun who played the villain said, "He is very generous, & down to earth, he does not try to save every cent. The take-away food we have at filming site was not bad!" Good friend with Andy few years, he always looked forward to working with Andy, & accepted filing Firestorm readily.
Andy & director Alan Yuen
Andy was in TW for the promo of Firestorm.
The team that made the 3D special effect for Firestorm is a newly formed 3 year-old company, The White Rabbit Entertainment Inc. On the result, Andy sang high praises, said that in future he will not look into other company, as he likes this company so much.
Andy was introduced by others to this company, to reach the perfection as required by Andy, the company set up a special team of 10 people to do touch up on Andy£r facial expression, so that in the 3 D effect, he looks just like in a live show to the audience.
The company indicated that during the last stage of production, they went to 10 over cinemas in HK, TW & China to experiment, so as to best suit screens of different places, & to give the best outcome.
In the entertainment circle, Andy is one who still insists on sending Xmas cards every year to f riends & media to convey his wishes.
He puts in thought to his Xmas cards every year, other than meticulously shoots pictures filled with Xmas atmosphere, he personally autograph each card, write the recipient's name, the recipient on receiving will be very gratifying!
Big Sister (the writer) keeps Andy£r card every year, very memorable!
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY
SAMMI & ANDY HUI ARE NOW MARRIED
ANDY WHEN HEARD ABOUT GOOD NEWS OF SAMMI MARRIAGE SAID IT COULD BE A RUMOR
Sammi & Andy Hui were married! Many of their friends have congratulated them! Sammi£r boss Peter Lam exclaimed, "Congratulations to them!"
The most interesting note came from Andy, said, "The concerned have not told me yet, I can only take it as rumor."
In actual fact, the concerned manager had already confirmed! Don£s tell me Andy does not read news?
In 1995, when Andy was with Carol at the airport, 5 bodyguards were already present. The one in glasses has now been dismissed.
Andy to take care of his career & family, other than buying a luxurious apartment for his wife & daughter, employed several round-the-clock bodyguards. It looks like no loopholes, yet his wife had a small accident when she was out. The muddy-headed bodyguard crushed Carol's foot while closing car door.
Accordingly to East Weekly, Andy does not change the bodyguards readily, he likes to use old, loyal person, also, they are more familiar with the family matter. The bodyguards are highly qualified, some had protected high government officers before.
But when such thing happened to his wife, it was like stepping on a landmine, according to sources,
"Once when Carol was out shopping, when the bodyguard saw some suspicious persons, he immediately channeled Carol into the car, in the chaos, her leg was injured. Though Mrs Lau excused him as it is he was doing his duty, when the injury caused her to have some difficulty in walking, Andy immediately dismissed the bodyguard.
Recently Carol went out shopping, when she entered the shop, one bodyguard took charge of the entrance, the other one was beside her all the time, carol was dressed simply, concentrating on buying new clothes for her daughter. The bodyguards were on full alert.
SOURCE:WEN WEI PO/MING PAO
FIRESTORM BREAKS 250 MILLION AT BOX OFFICE IN CHINA
The joint venture of Andy & Bill Kong on Firestorm has garnered a good box office in China. Till dec 21, overall box office breaks 250 million.
A celebration was held in BJ yesterday, Andy, Bill Kong, director Alan Yeun, actors Yao Chen, Gordon lam & others were present, together they smashed digital ice sculpture of 250000000, wishing for a good box office.
Andy expressed his happiness, "This proves that our hard work has reaped returns,!"
The emcee asked why Andy works so desparately hard in all dangerous actions, Replied Andy, "Now there is one aim, to break box office of 300 million for Andy£r movie! "
2 nights ago at around 8 Carol together with her younger sister & husband, in Andy£r 7-seater were seen in Causeway Bay, 2 bodyguards followed them. They bought 10 over bags of stuff. The men helped to carry them. Carol who is used to being pursued did not dodged the camera. The bodyguards also appeared friendly, telling the reporters to be careful.
Andy£r 3D Firestorm opened inn TW on the 31st, though it is a restricted category, it has good reviews
SOURCE: MING PAO
FIRESTORM TOPS AT BOX OFFICE WITH 1.82 MILLION IN HK & MACAU
Firestorm opened in HK 2 days ago, opening box office stands at HK$1,673,409, together with Macau, there is a total of 1,825.254. It is the single day box-office champion.
In mainland it collected 220 million yuen in 8 days.
Andy & Gordon both acted personally in action scenes, they fought from the staircase to rooftop, dropped from between two buildings onto the iron mesh, from a height of 11th floor to the 8th. Then from the third floor to the ground, Andy as boss is so into it, putting in all his best.
SOURCE APPLE DAILY
FIRESTORM HIGH OPENING DAY COLLECTION
Comes Xmas, Western & eastern movies are being released one after another, Firestorm, The Wind Rises, Frozen, opened on the same day last week.
Directed by Alan Yuen, starring Andy & Gordon Lam collected about 424,000 2 days ago, The Wind Rises collected about 317,000, while Frozen has 245,000.
Firestorm starring Andy, Gordon & others was out in HK yesterday. Box office from initial 105 screenings was already at HK$710,000, but in mainland China, 7 days after opening, box office was only 218 million rmb. Firestorm is screened at the same time as Feng Xiao Gang£r Personal Tailor.
Box office stealing in China is frequently seen, a netizen revealed yesterday that when she bought cinema ticket for Firestorm in Xinjiang, the ticket bore the film title Personal Tailor, the initial title was cancelled off with a ball-point pen & was rewritten to Firestorm.
The netizen left a message that there is suspicion of ticket stealing, said, "After watching Firestorm a second time, the stub was that of Personal Tailor, with handwritten Firestorm!"
When the reporter in mainland called up the cinema to enquire, asst manager confirmed that cinema gives out tickets according to the demand of cinema-goers, said, "We give tickets according to what they want to watch, it is impossible to be handwritten with cancellation of the original. "
Andy Global Fan Club asked bluntly, "Personal Tailor , you have just opened & you start stealing Firestorm box office, when are going to stop?" Some fans cried, "Shameful!"
Andy had earlier on promoted Firestorm in China, at age 52 there are people calling him to retire.
But Andy feels that at this moment he is still well-liked, still enjoy the support of fans. He added even if there are people calling him uncle Hua he still feels that he is Hua Zai, of course he has unpleasant things at work, such as not having enough sleep, this gives him a bad shape & thus being ridiculed.
He signed, "Being an idol is like that." Until today he has not thought of retiring.
SOURCE: MING PAO
ANDY INSISTED THAT GORDON LAM MUST BE MAIN LEAD
WORRIED THAT GORDON ALWAYS ASKS FOR LESS IN EVERYTHING
Andy & Gordon Lam were interviewed by ATV recently.
Andy revealed that when he accepted offer to act in Firestorm, he did indicated that Gordon Lam must be one of the 'double heroes' before agreeing to filming. He feels that Gordon lacks opportunity.
Said, "He must be the first lead to understand the feeling, otherwise he will be just trekking here & there aimlessly, & he will demand less & less from himself."
Andy has always tried to promote Gordon, sometimes he feels the pain not unlike that of unable to turn iron into steel.
Added, "Before Nick Cheung become so beefy, I had told him (Gordon) to train up the muscles, to have the contour of a fish, never thought after so long now, he is still not half of Nick Cheung. "
Cantonese opera master of the generation, Hung Sin-nui, passed away on the 8th this month. A farewell ceremony was held yesterday in Guangzhou funeral home.
Andy unprecedentedly dragged his wife along to the ceremony. In black gown Carol appeared to have a budge at the tummy, ishe was n flat-healed shoes & wore a facial mask. She seems to be pregnant, Andy who loves wife dearly held hand throughout the event, personally held the umbrella to protect wife from sun & rain. There were 2 police guards & husband of younger sister giving her close body protection. 4 men guarding a lady, indeed a grand turnout.
At about 9:30 yesterday morning, Andy & wife attended the event together with Carol£r younger sister & husband. As temperature dropped to below 10 degree, Carol was seen in thick gown. When she went up & down the stairs, she was noted to have a bulge at the tummy, suspected to be pregnant. Andy was extremely cautious throughout, held onto her tightly.
After entering the hall, the 2 couples stood at the 6th row, when it was time to bid farewell, Carol actively lifted up her head & removed the facial mask to show respect, she used a tissue paper to wipe her nose & mouth as cleaning the face, Andy looked at her all the time, very attentive to her every move.
After the minute of silence, classics of the opera master was played, Carol was seen to be red in the eyes & appeared sad, she also used tissue paper to wipe away tears. Andy appeared solemn. The workers allowed Andy & wife to cut q in viewing the body of Hung, Andy held his wife£r hand to bow to the master three times. After that they went to the alter to view the photo of Hung in silence. In big steps, they left the hall, Carol still turned back to look few times. Andy shook hand with the family member of Hung before they went in to rest at the VIP room.
As the VIP room was of glass panels, Andy use his back to face the reporters, Carol continued to use her mask to cover her face. Andy took good care of her throughout, soon he left with Carol locking hands, escorted by Carol£r sister & husband, & 2 police guards. Many workers helped to open up the road, Andy seriously holding onto Carol£r hands & waist, he personally held umbrella for her.
When reporter tried to ask him question, he gestured that he was not ready for interview. Carol too kept mum when the reporter asked her questions. When the reporter tripped accidently Andy told him to be careful. The 4 of them left in a seven-seater.
Andy always avoids topic on his family, especially his wife & daughter, lately when he was guest to a TV programe in mainland, ' Speak It ! ', other tan sharing his setbacks & success in life, he touched on his family life which he rarely does.
He revealed that after his daughter was born, he took care of her personally for three months. A high-spirited Andy self deprecated, "Hi, I am the legendary one who does not need to eat, sleep, just by breathing I can live till 52, one being immortalized by the media, Andy Lau!" The audience laughed.
An audience asked him, "You are so perfect, do you have shortcoming? Do you make mistake like we commoners?� He answered comically, "I have! I forgot to inform you all when I got married!� In protecting his family, he seldom talks on it, this time he broke the rule & talked on his wife & daughter, he generously detailed the happenings before & after delivery of his daughter. He revealed that after Carol had given birth, he turned down all the the work, instead he stayed in the hospital to be with his wife & daughter, step by step he learnt how to take care of the baby, as the confinement lady was not very experienced.
Said, "I took care of the baby all by myself for 3 months after delivery, till my father advised me to let go, before I decided how to get back to work. I still want to tell all, I feel blissful!"
Faced with 300 over young persons, he admitted that he had never been so nervous before, ¤oday I am sharing what is not a god-Andy, I am a human, a true person, so I too can get nervous!"
Recently Andy was in a suave western suit at the premiere of Firestorm in SG , very handsome indeed!
The tuxedo on him is costly, it was made with high quality of cross-ribbed coarse wool, coming from Burberry 2013 Winter collection, it is available at the brand£r official website, costing HK$13,000!
ANDY WALKED THE RED CARPET IN A MILITARY GOWN, INDEED IMPOSING
52 year-old Andy in an open activity in Shangyang recently, due to extreme cold, he grabbed from a staff a green military coat to walk the red carpet! Last night the photo was posted at a blog, a message said,
"Look at him, his imposing demeanor , the army gown on him simply looks like something of 'most in ' from Milan, so, it is said if you have no asset don£s say it is unfair.!"
As soon as the photo was out, netizens flocked to reply, "This demeanor is only on him!" "Too domineering!" "Bursting-ly handsome, immortal male god!
Even Shu Qi exclaimeded that Andy is handsome!
At Firestorm press con in BJ, Andy held child actor Jacqueline Chen Pei Yan£r hand on the stage, the floor was wowed. At the interview, they had good chemistry, & Andy was very caring to the little girl. When the host said that questions will be directed to the youngest as a start, Andy rushed to response, fans were very pleased. Chen was also very alert, she indicated that at the filming location he called Andy ¡ rother�.
Zhang Guoli was also present, he looks forward to collaborate with Andy on the screen, s aid that eh will play Andy£r father.
Firestorm had a press conference in BJ yesterday.
Andy, Ray Lui , Hu Jun, Gordon Lam & others attended. In the movie, Andy plays the image of a never-say-die Xiao Qiang. Director Alan Yuen praised that Andy both on & off screen portray the spirit of never-say-die attitude of Hongkongers.
Child actress Jacqueline was also present, she plays Andy£r god-daughter, first time with god-father Andy in a promo activity, she praised that Andy is handsome, &is a superhero. The first scene she participated was when Andy was knocked down by a car, in her mind she kept telling herself it was impossible for Andy to die, Andy teased that he is the never-die Xiao Qiang.
Andy£r role is just himself, he is not sure if the audience see him as good or bad, when everyone answered he is a good guy, he pointed out that not till the last day of one£r life one can come to a conclusion, perhaps he will become a bad person the next day.
Does his relationship with child actor gets better after he jas become a father? He replied one does not n eed to be a thief to act the role of a thief well.
He supports the TV prg Where Is Daddy, he likes ¡utone� played by Tao Guo£r son.