DATE: 20 JULY 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/ SING PAO/SING TAO/TA KUNG PAO/WEN WEI PO/THE SUN
TITLE: SETTING CALLEGRAPHY & SWORD DISPLAY WORLD RECORD
Yesterday Andy attended an open-air charity cum record-setting Nokia 6108 Calligraphy & Sword Display activity @ Olympia City. 500-strong set 2 Guinness records of having the most nos of people writing calligraphy & the most nos of people displaying Tai-ji sword at the same time. World wu-shu gold medallist Taiji sword teacher Li Hui took the lead in swordplay while Andy led in calligraphy writing.
It was scorching hot yesterday. The reporters were all wet with perspiration. 200 over fans took to stand to support Andy for a few hours.
Andy famous for being serious with work, came in a black cheong-sum outfit, epitomized the look of Cheong Hua Hero. He posed to have photos taken with Li Hui. His attitude makes one has but to respect him.
Writing under the heat for 2 hrs, he never complained. After having shaved, he came with a winter cap. Later he explained it is a 'thread cap' not for winter. When asked if he felt hot, he said he was hotter with Bug Guy suit. Would he keep the suit as souvenir ? He said there is only one, & belongs to the co, previously in LOAD there were he could keep one for himself.
To write on a 20 ft long wooden board is not easy, gazinging at it & thinking for a while, he wrote 4 big words as he was lifted up , 'Beautiful pen Speaks Volumes'. He said he had never tried writing so big before, it is difficulty as he was worried abt out of balance. The ink prepared for him was not quite enough, he had some difficulties, every stroke from him was powerful. Maybe he used too much force, when he held up the giant brush, a drop of ink splashed on his handsome face. The dj Qiu Kai Min wiped away for him.
Andy has completed filming of Big guy Monk. He will begin shooting of IA3 from Aug 20. Thus there are 4 more weeks, he believes by then he will have some hair. The script will begin as a comeback Andy in the army with a new crop.
TITLE: ANDY BELIEVES GOOD SONGS WILL GET DUE REWARD
On the recent arrest by ICAC, his asst told the media that Andy would not comment on the matter. On the arrest of Clement Mak, he flatly declined to comment. Jacky Cheung during interview mentioned too many music awards make it complicating & lose credibility. Andy agreed what Jacky once said 'good song will get good rewards' , a singer duty is to sing well, thinking too much is burdensome.
He agrees to have only one joint music awards, but the 4 stns have to come to a common agreement. It will save time & energy, better if ATV can be included.
SOURCE: CHINA TIMES
Andy will go to Taiwan today to film a commercial for vintage wine & promote his Cantonese album . The only prg he will appear is Happy Sunday
After filming com for toilet boil 5 yrs ago, this is the 2nd time he endorses TW product. A 8-digit fee was rumored.
While the designation of 2 key cabinet ministers hogged the headlines in HK yesterday, the real news of the day was the arrest of entertainment tycoon Albert Yeung by the ICCA.
Also detained were senior officials from leading TV stn TVB, Universal Music HK, singer Juno Mak & his father, Mr.Clement Mak, the chairman of CCT Telecom. The shockwaves from the arrests are rippling thro¡¦ the entertainment industry which has come under heavy scrutiny for improper practices.
It is believed that the probes were launched after murmurings that TV execs, music company bosses & a singer & his father were involved in backroom dealings that gave music awards not according to merit but on personal connections.
Juno, 19, had dreams of being a singer. But unlike most wannabes, Juno had the means to make his dreams come true. In January, just 6 months after his debut, Juno picked up the "Best Interpretation" award in TVB JSG Awards. He was booed when he accepted the award.
A young man's singing dram aside, the whole episode may be a turning point for HK¡¦s entertainment industry, long ruled by a few influential tycoons.
A few HK reporters told TODAY that it is no secret that record co often give money or favors in exchange for more airplay of their artistes' songs. But she said, "The large-scale & high-profile arrest which involved so many industry big guns & well-known co was so sudden & came as a shock to many."
Professor Joseph Cheng of Political Sc , City U of HK said the arrests are a warning to the entertainment industry.
Officially, the ICAC is saying that Mr.Yeung is assisting an investigation into an alleged bribes-for-awards scam. It said the anti-corruption operation is looking into preferential given to certain singers, including the promotion of these singers & their songs in music prgs, billboards & awards.
Also interviewed were singers Nic Tse, Eason ,new-crooner Yumiko & Dave Wang Chieh.
DATE: 18 JULY 03
SOURCE: APPLE DAILY/THE SUN
TITLE: TVB SENIOR OFFICERS GO ON LONg LEAVE
ICCA launched a big-scaled anti-graft probe yesterday whereby Emperor Entertainment Group boss Albert Yang, its senior officer Li Chin, Globe senior officers Chen Shao Bao, singers Juno Mak & his father Clement Mak , together with 3 senior officers of TVB, He Li Jun, exec producer Chen Jia Lun & Chen Guo Chiang were arrested.
The arrest has not only affected image & reputation of TVB seriously, it shook the entertainment circle. The nabbed officers of TVB are told to take long leave & their positions temporarily filled by others.
The graft probe involved bribery in JSG music awards. JSG music awards decisive votes come 1/3 from TVB music section, 1/3 from its senior staff, & 1/3 from music professionals & public. TVB has decided to change the format to win back reputation when the case is over.
SOURCE: THE SUN
CR dj Chan Xiao Xuan in her prg yesterday disclosed some secrets of music circle. She said one version was someone wants to terminate contract early & gave bribe, the other was giving of bribe to extent contract ! ICAC has disclosed to the media that a record co chief exec received graft to alter a singer¡¦s contract. The case is still under investigation.
SOURCE: THE SUN
TITLE: RTHK STRESSES ITS MUSIC AWARDS HAS HIGH TRANSPARENCY
The annual music awards given by the 3 radio stations in HK are regarded as a report of the singers. Each has its own method in computing. RTHK exec producer disclosed yesterday that their method comprises of professional computing, internet voting, market survey by a university, there is little influence from the insiders. Individual dj has no influence in results. They have no intention of changing their format.
SOURCE: THE SUN
TITLE: NEWCOMERS OF GLOBE RECORDS ARE FROM THE RICH
The newcomers of Globe Records are showered with big-scaled publicity blitz once they entered the circle.
Juno Mak is well known to have a billion-dollar father. When he joined Globe, he was sent by the co to Japan to hone skill, within a short time of a month over after joining, his debut EP was launched. The co used a 7-digit sum to launch an all-out promotion. It was rumored his father had funded all the activities, the record co just fit in without forking a cent. But Clement Mak had denied the rumor. Actually newcomer has no guarantee of album sale , a few folds of money is needed in the promotion . If the family can give financial support it will lessen the investment on the singer by the co.
2 am in the morning today, Andy was already at the mountain top outskirt of the city, he needed 7 hrs for a full-body make-up. Shooting began at 9 am. He had already shaved. I am lucky to be the first to receive him at the foot of the mountain after he had shaved. He filmed under the hot sun for a long 7hrs, & came downhill to take off the make-up at 5 pm. At that time he was still in the full Big Guy Monk suit, a big towel covering his head, not easy to see if he had shaved. As he came downhill his look was heavy , concentrated & weary. I stood still by the side of the mountain road, quietly watching him coming nearer towards me. I dared only to wave gently to him, dared not say a word. On seeing me he waved back lightly. I signaled by touching my head, meaning to ask if he had really shaved. He nodded lightly. My friend form HK asked him if it was v hot. He nodded, & gave a bitter smile. The distance from coming down the mountain to going up the car, fans lining the road dared only to look at him & greeted him with small hand signals. No one dared to open mouth, no one rushed forward. He was really tired, even in walking he staggered. It is heart-aching to see.
He has abt an hr of removing make-up, we kept him company by the side of the van quietly. Everyone had a complex feeling, no one was talking. At 6pm +, he had changed to a different costume, at that split moment in the van, we had finally saw his bald head. Actually he had to change to wearing monk robe & rushed to another shooting location. When he saw us, he smiled & waved us goodbye. After another hr of shooting, he finished work & was back to hotel, He worked a total of abt 17 hrs today.
Met Joe at the restaurant that night, he said after shaving Andy was somewhat perturbed & uneasy, but is feeling OK still, as filming is finishing soon & he is going back to HK , he can finally have a relax self.
[Thank you for the report, easy.]
Now is night time 3+ am on the 6th of July. Cannot say it is night time, should be early dawn 3 am , I am going to Beijing tomorrow morning for filming. Today I am v happy because If One Day won an award at JSG Seasonal Selection. Many thanks to u all for the love & support given to me during this period. Tomorrow I am going to Beijing, I know the weather is much hotter there, filming will be tougher. Maybe I should think that when the movie is screened everyone will like it, this will lesson my difficult feelings.
No matter how this movie is a big challenge for me, everyone is aware how difficult it is for me during filming process. Now it has abt 2 weeks left. When I am back to HK shooting of this movie will be over, can bid farewell to difficulties for a while. I think I will be able to endure it , I think all of u will also support me. Hope to chat with all when I am back, or if I meet with some interesting events in Beijing or difficulties I will tell u.
ICAC yesterday went all out to investigate case of bribery in the entertainment circle. A record co was suspected to bribe the higher officials of a TV station , so as to have many of its singers' pop songs at the top positions & win awards. The attack was carried out multi-prong early in the morning.
They went first to the residence of Yang Shou Cheng, then to the TV station, Emperor group of companies & Globe records.
ICAC disclosed those caught includes 2 high rank officers & a staff of a TV stn, chairman of an entertainment co, its 2 high rank officers & a staff, chairman of a reord co , asst executive & a singer, 5 co directors & 7 others.
It is known that boss of Emperor Yang Shou Cheng, Globe record personnel i/c, its singer Juno Mak, TVB chief executive He Li Jun & Jade Solid Gold executive producer Chen Jia Lun, Clement Mak & others were nabbed. A total of 22 were caught, 26 were called to help in the investigation.
Edison yesterday commented he supports Emperor record, Juno is his friend , he hopes nothing will happen to Juno.
Jordan Chan when asked if he knows C Mak, he quipped rich persons wont know a person like him.
SOURCE: OD /SING TAO/MING PAO
TITLE: ANDY : NO MEANING IN BUYING AWARDS
Andy was in Beijing yesterday filming. When contacted , through his asst, he said he had got the news but he wont comment as he is not clear abt the matter.
When asked if he thinks the HK music circle awards ceremonies are fair ? He said in every competition there are winner & losers, even in world class football. The winner will say it is fair, the loser will think otherwise. It is hard to comment. He feels the awards are to give singers encouragement, he is supportive to all awards ceremonies.
As to buying of awards, he stresses every artiste wishes to win the award with his own ability, no one wishes to buy it with money. There is no meaning even if u get it.
Today is the earliest day we finished our work, as have to prepare for the full suit of the Big Guy ( 12 hours) , the notice came at 0000hrs, really must say good night fast.
Getting ready to shoot the remaining 3 days. Count down starting, hope smooth-going in completing.
Because of a night street show, have the chance to witness a busy Datong night.
Andy bought a unit measuring 2,880 sq ft @ Da Tang Red Hill peninsular [ literal translation] in '95 with a sum of 21.5 million. Sources from the property market revealed yesterday that Andy had sold that unit with 16.8 mil recently, a negative of 4.7 mil. Earlier it was rumored he had bought a unit in Lee Don Hill.
The luxurious residence at the peninsular of HK island was completed in 91 with 250 over units of bungalows & 10 terrace apts. All have good sea view, an ideal home for the rich. Faye Wong sold a unit earlier on, is it because like Faye Andy has cash flow problem?
SOURCE: SINg TAO
TITLE: ANDY WILL MEET TAIWAN FANS BALD-HEADED
Andy will shave within these few days in Beijing for the movie. He will visit TW next week...
The movie Big Guy Monk showing Andy as a macho guy after the special effect by make-up artistes from Hollywood is one that catches the most attention lately, both in HK & Mainland. Though filming is still on in Beijing, many websites in Mainland are already showing many unexposed pictures with synopsis of the movie.
After filming LOAD, Andy said he would not act in movie with heavy muscular costume as it is too tough. But this script must have attracted him a great deal for him to accept the role again.
China Star has arranged a press con in Beijing for the stars to meet the media. The reporters found out yesterday that many websites have published unexposed pictures of the movie, including Andy's big guy look, boxing, smoking, hugging Cecilia, etc. It can be predicted that both of them have some romance developing.
The story starts with Cecilia acting as a policewoman chasing Andy who is running naked on the street. In the process they meet a wanted murderer. Andy is implicated in the murder case, but Cecilia trusts he is innocent & goes all the way to clear his name to nab the criminal together.
From his background Cecilia gets to know he was once a monk in Mainland & is highly skilled. The case is solved after knowing the relationship of the victim & murderer who is finally nabbed. Cecilia develops love for Andy in the process.
SOURCE: SING PAO
TITLE: ANDY GOOD IN FIGHTING
Andy acting as a big guy in Running On Karma is eye-catching for all. The story narrates Andy was a monk since young, he is intelligent , understands teaching of Buddhism & gongfu well.
Later he meets Cecilia & discovers who the murderer of her father was. The murderer is actually a highly respected swordsman headman. Using his skill & teaching, the murderer is made to repent.
Since Andy is good in fighting, of course he was put on the boxing ring. With only gloves he is v muscular. The fans will get dizzy even before the boxing starts !
Andy will meet the fans in TW next week with a bald head ! These few days he is preparing to shave bald for the movie !
Currently in China for the shooting of movie, which is wrapping up soon, he was invited by Chang Xiao Yan.to appear in Happy Sunday prgs. He will also touch on the upcoming Mandarin album.
Johnnie To will film the scene while his hair is being shaved away in the movie. From the progress, it is estimated shaving will be carried out these few days. When he is here in TW, he will be bald !
Filming is more relaxing today, starting from 11 in the morning , to by the time we reched the hotel is 8 pm, after dinner is 9 +, tomorrow must get up v early¡K.byebye!!
After finishing shooting in Beijing today , immediately set off to Datong for work tomorrow. After abt 5 hrs of car journey, arrived in Datong at night. Rather sleepy, better rest early, good night¡K¡KZZZZZ
Filming advertisement is another main source of income for film stars. The commercial co too tries to get a famous star that matches its product to endorse so as to boost sales. HK artistes in Mainland are v popular & are collecting millions in fees, comparatively higher than those from TW & Mainland. A recent internet survey was done by a website in China to pick Top 10 Advertisement artistes from 100 stars.
More than 80,000 votes were received. The 3 leading the pack are Maggie Cheung , Andy Lay & Tony Leung. It is reasonable that they are paid a fee of abt 10 mil per commercial.
Maggie who was rumored to collect more than 100 mil for Kang Jia electrical products is leading by 4-fold. Andy Lau also has v high votes. He was followed by Tony Leung, Vicki Chow, Chow Yin Fat, Rosumund , Stephen Chow, Carina Lau, a local star & Cecilia. F4 is not on the top 10 list....
Andy had left Beijing for Xi'an to continue with more filming yesterday.
Since the release of Beijing from list of sars affected area, many activities were held to pay tributes to the medical staff. One such activity was held 2 nights ago @ Beijing Olympic Stadium. It was organized by the Ministry of Health, Beijing Health Bureau & CCTV. 15,000 medical staff from 100 over hosps were treated to the show. Singers from China, HK & Taiwan were invited .
Andy was in an all white ensemble to say thanks to the Nightingales. When he took over from Jacko & Cowboy singing The Chinese, the atmosphere was v high, it was the climax of the show.
Actually before the show, he had created a stir.
As he was standing by the side of the backstage waiting to come out, a big gp of female doctors & nurses who were seated near to the stage saw him & began to scream & cheer, an opposite of their sober selves in hosp. They rushed forward asking for autograph & photo-taking. The situation was chaotic, security guards immediately came into action. When the situation was brought under control, Andy happily signed for all those who were successful to get near to him.
Andy & Cecilia arrived in Beijing on the 7th July for the continual shooting of Big Guy Monk. Claiming it is his toughest movie ever, Andy after 30 lb-costume nude run, had to film under summer heat of 38 deg (on 8/7) at a valley, dressing up like a caveman. No wonder after arriving in Beijing, Andy had to buy bags of ‘G'Golden Elephant' rice. Just in case during outdoor shooting there is nothing to eat !
Since after Lone Man Single Lady (Needing You), Andy & Sammi again have another collaboration, now turning to a pair of Hygienic Couple in a govt hygiene promotional clip. At first Andy with an apron on was the maid of the house, later sammi changed to a loving lady of the house, cuddling up to Andy often.
Gentlemanly Andy puts rubbish into the bin always, of course to tell public to do like him.
Today a crew member came to tell me filming location may have 'shi zi' (lions) appearing. Everyone was doubtful if it is true , & kept asking. Later a local told us, there is really 'shi zi' here, but have to wait till harvest time . Everyine had a good laugh, someone had mistaken Mandarin word shi zi ( persimmon) as shi zi ( lion). Hahahaha!
Today filming at 2 locations were like going through 2 seasons. It was unberably hot in the morning, night at the cave was so shivery cold. When I see crew members did not wear not enough clothing, I feel v aching at my heart, appreciate everyone's hard work.