The 38th Hong Kong Film Awards was held at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.
Project Gutenberg, which had been nominated in 17 categories, was the biggest winner of the night, taking home a total of seven gongs including those for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Screenplay. However, the movie's star Chow Yun Fat lost the Best Actor award to Anthony Wong, who triumphed for his role in Still Human.
Kara Wai added a fifth Hong Kong Film Awards trophy to her collection with her Best Supporting Actress win for Tracey, while Ben Yuen was crowned Best Supporting Actor for his part in the same film. The Best Actress prize went to Chinese actress Chloe Maayan for her role in Three Husbands.
Also honoured at the prestigious ceremony was veteran actor Patrick Tse, who was accorded the Lifetime Achievement Award. "It's been a long time since I came here. I am thinking of retiring since I am getting old, but I am very happy to be able to see everyone again."
Singapore - Japanese actor Shirakawa Yuhei is not unfamiliar with Shabu-Shabu. But City Hot Pot gave him another perspective of this Japanese cuisine.
Yuhei finds the soup bases interesting as their collection of soup bases have up to 15 different flavours. He chose Spicy Mala and Milky Fish bases and according to the Boss, their Milky Fish soup base is their store's favourite choice.
"Their Milky Fish soup base is really rich and tasty." Yuhei finds it extraordinary and even said that he would like to bring back to his home country as it will definitely be a hit there.
Friends of City Hot Pot Lawrence Hiew and Danielle Gan were happy that their guest was satisfied with the recommendation.
Yuhei also find their overall ambience cozy and family-friendly as he can see many groups of friends having gathering at City Hot Pot.
He gave the thumbs up for the fresh ingredients that were used. Good quality meat were used for their waygu beef slices and pork collar slices.
"I sincerely recommend all my friends to City Hot Pot and enjoy a great time here."
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After reports first alleged that Chinese actor Andy Zhang is cheating on his wife, Hong Kong actress Catherine Hung, with his manager, Chinese media have come forward with a video of Andy’s manager, Bi Ying, spending the night in the actor’s hotel room.
The video, which was published on Wednesday (April 10), showed Andy, Bi Ying, and a female assistant returning to the hotel at 10pm. After putting down some items, the female assistant left the room, leaving Andy and Bi Ying alone.
Soon after, Bi Ying returned to her own room, only to run hurriedly back to Andy’s 10 minutes later. Then, she stayed in his room for three hours, only emerging at 1am. However, what got the attention of netizens and the media alike was that Bi Ying had changed clothes within the three hours. Though she had entered his room wearing a pair of tight jeans, she left wearing loose pajama pants.
A little later, the media outlet released a series of photos, showing Andy and the female assistant leaving the hotel to head to the filming site for work. Meanwhile, Bi Ying, who was dressed in a nightgown, stayed behind in Andy’s room.
Andy and the assistant returned from work later that night. After the assistant left, Bi Ying and Andy stayed on in the room for seven hours together, with Bi Ying only leaving in the wee hours of the morning.
To date, neither Andy nor Catherine has responded to the reports. When contacted for a comment, Andy replied through his work studio, “(Everything) is as per normal, (these are all) groundless accusations”. However, Catherine has since deleted all pictures of Andy on her Weibo, save for a number of group shots. A Weibo account suspected to belong to Bi Ying has also been unearthed, with a number of posts describing Catherine as “old and ugly”.
Chinese actress Wu Jinyan and Chinese actor Hong Yao first got to know each other on the set of the hit period drama, Story of Yanxi Palace. Soon after filming wrapped for the drama, the duo found themselves working alongside each other once again for the drama Standardized Queen.
In late February, reports claiming that the duo had gotten closer to each other while filming Standardized Queen, and were in a relationship emerged. Jinyan and Hong Yao were also spotted together in Bali, Indonesia.
Though Jinyan had indirectly denied the reports by reposting a meme with the words, “I am not, I did not,” Hong Yao’s latest Weibo post had netizens guessing that the duo are indeed in a relationship after all.
On Wednesday (April 10), Hong Yao posted three selfies in the morning. However, the selfies were accompanied by a fourth photo, which featured a very special guest, Jinyan.
The picture, which appeared to be taken in the backseat of a car, has Jinyan gazing up to Hong Yao with a smile on her face, her head resting on his shoulder. Hong Yao, who was taking the picture, can be seen turning to look at Jinyan.
After 23 minutes, Hong Yao appeared to have realised that he had accidentally uploaded a fourth photo, and swiftly deleted his post.
Chinese screenwriter Yu Zheng, who produced and created Story of Yanxi Palace, and founded the management agency that both Hong Yao and Wu Jinyan are under, later uploaded a post to explain the selfie.
In his post, he shared that the selfie was taken to promote Standardized Queen, and Hong Yao had saved it in his drafts on Weibo. However, he did not expect the draft to be “automatically posted”.
After a few hours, Yu Zheng posted again, writing, “Actors are often like a family, as close as siblings. Actors under me also act like that whenever they work together, there’s really no need to make a mountain out of a molehill”, attaching a number of pictures to confirm that the selfie was indeed just to promote Standardized Queen.
Julian Cheung and Ali Lee attended a press conference announcing the runners for the FWD Champions Day horse race in Hong Kong.
Julian said that although he has never taken any proper riding lessons, he has ridden horses while filming period shows. "I've even ridden a horse in the snow before, which was crazy!" he laughed.
Ali, on the other hand, shared that she has loved horses since she was a little girl, so she took riding lessons in her 20s. "I thought that I would have the chance to ride a horse for a role, but it hasn't happened yet," she said. "I hope to have the opportunity to ride a horse for a TV show or commercial."
Julian's wife Anita Yuen recently went on a Chinese reality show, where she spoke about pursuing him in the past. However, Julian laughed and said that he is very forgetful, so he has no memory of a lot of details, but he is grateful that the programme allowed them to reminisce about the past.
When asked about his wife praising him as handsome and cultured, Julian modestly stated, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There are many other male celebrities who are much better-looking and more cultured than I am!"
Singapore - Renowned Korean cosmetic brand Eclado Singapore recently invited Japanese actor Shirakawa Yuhei to experience their professional services at their flagship store at The Centrepoint.
Yuhei was greeted by a team of beauticians at Eclado Singapore. After listening to the manager’s introduction on the history and products of Eclado, Yuhei did a skin analysis which was followed by a full set of facial treatment. The trip to Eclado Singapore was part of the promotional events Yuhei was running while his first time in Singapore.
From the skin analysis, Yuhei was able to understand more about his skin conditions and type and also the things to take note of in his daily skincare routine. Based on his skin conditions, he was recommended Eclado’s Signature therapy- Shining Tinker Bell which is a whitening therapy that helps to brighten the skin tone and restore dull skin. It uses vitamin, elastin and collagen to restore elasticity and lock in the moisture for a more radiant and healthy-looking skin.
“I was totally impressed with Eclado’s product. Their Shining Tinker Bell therapy managed to sooth my skin condition and the result are visible. My skin also looked radiant. As I have very sensitive skin, it was difficult to look for a product that really targets the problem of my skin. I am glad Eclado is able to help me,” Yuhei spoke after his therapy.
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In October last year, Taiwanese band F.I.R announced the addition of their newest member, 22-year-old lead singer Lydia, who would be their lead singer after Faye left the group.
However, the announcement was not well-received by fans of F.I.R, especially due to the fact that Faye’s departure from the group was less than cordial. While Faye is now on good terms with her former F.I.R band members, leader and keyboardist Ian Chen and guitarist Real Huang, the messy split caused fans to adopt a less-than-welcoming attitude towards Lydia.
Earlier this week, F.I.R released the music video for their latest title track, ‘In The Name Of You’, from their first album in six years. The music video describes how the main character manages to gather up her courage to overcome bullies.
In an interview, Lydia shared that just like the main character in the music video, she has been a victim of cyber bullying. Although she has taken a break from social media, she still hears accounts of the nasty comments about her online through her friends from time to time. She admitted that one of her friends was attacked by netizens after congratulating her for joining F.I.R and realising her dream as a singer.
At one point, Lydia even broke down in the recording studio, but she eventually picked herself up and told herself to do her very best in order to not let those who have supported her down.
Additionally, Ian and Real also addressed the comments describing them as “nothing more than the backing instruments (to the lead singer)" in the interview. As the duo has always been responsible for producing and writing most of F.I.R’s songs, they were understandably hurt by the comments.
“We're really hurt that they think this way. In the music industry, it’s not only the lead singers who should be deemed ‘worthy’. The band members that share the stage, those who write and produce the songs, and everyone else are equally important,” Ian shared.
“I’ve given my best works to F.I.R. All of F.I.R’s achievements are because of everyone’s collective efforts,” Real added.
Hong Kong singer Yumiko Cheng’s 4-year-old daughter, Avery Liang is the apple of many netizens' eyes, with nicknames such as the “cutest second-generation celebrity” tagged to the little girl. For her recent birthday party, Yumiko pulled out the stops to throw Avery a rainbow themed party fit for a queen.
The venue was filled with colourful balloons, and also featured a customised cake in the shape of a rainbow. Avery herself was dressed in a purple dress and wore a flower crown to complete the look.
However, what caught the attention of netizens were the many celebrity guests who had turned up to attend Avery’s party. Spotted in attendance were Avery’s three godmothers, Hong Kong singer-actresses Joey Yung, Charlene Choi and Gillian Chung, as well as Hong Kong actor Oscar Leung, Hong Kong singer Kenny Kwan, Hong Kong singer-actress Emme Wong, Hong Kong actress Cherrie Ying and their respective families.
On Instagram, Yumiko posted up a number of photos of the party, along with a caption dedicated to Avery.
“Avery, happy birthday! I hope that in the future, you will be able to weather through all kinds of storms, to see the rainbow that will appear afterwards,” she wrote, before adding on later, “I think it’s really admirable to (agree to) attend a child’s birthday party, even when you don’t have any of your own! Really thankful to her godmothers, as well as uncles and aunties!”.
Charlene also commented, “You're one year older now. I hope you grow up well!”, while Gillian wrote, “Your godmother loves you”.
Former Hong Kong actress Elaine Ng and her daughter, Etta Ng, have always had a tumultuous relationship. A month ago, Elaine aired her grievances against her daughter online, which resulted in the 20-year-old responding to the post to voice her dissatisfaction with her mother’s actions.
Later in the same month, Elaine allegedly called the police after she was unable to contact her daughter. Etta later admitted that she did not contact her mother for half a month before this incident, declaring that she did so as she “needed personal space”.
Following the hullabaloo, during which firefighters reportedly knocked on neighbours’ doors trying to look for Etta, the younger Ng shared that she will respond to her mother’s calls and texts in future to avoid similar incidents from happening again.
At the same time, she also said, “I think my mother needs to see a doctor”.
Following Etta’s scathing statement, Elaine has maintained radio silence as she refused to comment on the matter.
Elaine made her first public appearance after the latest incident when she walked the red carpet at the premiere of the movie Breakthrough, where she was probed about her thoughts on the incident.
She first declined to talk about her daughter, but responded when the media asked if Etta attends church with her. Elaine said, “This is a personal decision. If you want to go, you’ll go on your own accord. I usually (attend church) alone.”
The former actress was then asked about Etta’s comments about her needing to see a doctor, to which Elaine would only say that she rarely reads the news and has no idea what her daughter said at the time. She refused to comment, and the only words that the media got out of her when probed for her relationship with her daughter were, “You can think whatever you want to think”.
Asia’s definitive music and arts festival, Skechers Sundown Festival, is back in Singapore for its 10th edition — and the event’s biggest to date.
Organised by Red Spade Entertainment and presented by Skechers, the festival brings to our island an exhilarating line-up of music performances and art installations. Evolved into a larger-than-life 3D2N party, Skechers Sundown Festival has musically united 11 countries from around the region since 2014 to generate hype amongst festivalgoers, and bridge the diversity of Asian countries. This year’s lineup is a full-blown participation from the countries across music, arts, culture and food. Catch award winning design architects, films and musicians representing China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Vincent Leung, President of Skechers Southeast Asia says “It brings us great pleasure to be the title sponsor of Sundown Festival this year. Skechers has always been supportive of the music industry and we’re excited to showcase Asia music and culture to the world through this one-of-a-kind mega festival.”
A WONDERLAND LIKE NO OTHER
Skechers Sundown Festival’s tagline, “Asia Music Wonderland”, aims to unite people with curious and imaginative spirits. Designed for anyone with a love for Asian music and its diverse entertainment scene, the festival is programmed to celebrate all things Asian, and promote its values and spirit during the 3D2N event — through music, food, art, and culture.
Kelvin Goh and Samantha Chan, co-founders of Skechers Sundown Festival shared that the festival celebrates Asian talent and diversity with a stellar lineup of international music acts representing Asian roots. The time for Asia is now and together with Skechers, they are committed to transforming local dreams to global footprints — something that they see as an important value-add for the performers.
With more than 50 Asian artists at the NC-16 festival, and fronted by veteran music artists, the stages are set to be lit. Look forward to the heavy metal prowess of Crossfaith (Japan) and DJ Laidback Luke (Philippines), hip-hop tunes from MFBTY (South Korea) and Higher Brothers (China), and the melodic crooning from Charlie Lim (Singapore). Other performers include DJ KoFlow (Singapore), DJ Shogun (Taiwan), Henry Fong (China), and many more artists listed on www.sundownfestival.sg. (Third wave of line-up will be announced soon with a mega Kpop group.)
To cap off the festival vibes, there will be 50 spaces allocated to Freedom Camp, where enthusiasts can pitch their own tent for the duration of the festival. Alternatively, enjoy a lap of luxury at Campville, a dedicated 3D2N full-board glamping experience. The plush bell tents will be furnished with four single beds, fresh linen and towels, and accommodate up to four people per tent. Each tent will also come with a carton of beer and two bottles of champagne for the perfect evening unwind. Limited to 50 luxury tents only.
Sundown Festival will run from Friday, 19 April 2019 to Sunday, 21 April 2019 at Siloso Beach Sentosa.
Ticketing charges are as follows:
For more information, visit www.sundownfestival.sg and follow their Instagram (@sundownfestival) and Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/OfficialSundownFestivalSingapore/) for frequent updates.