Friday, January 24, 2014

Yao Chen gets sporty for Chinese Elle

According to Sina, the gang at Chinese Elle thought that Yao Chen would look fashionable, strong and sexy in modified sports gear. Hard to argue with them although this isn't the classic throw from behind your ear American football pass:

A few others:


Xia Zi Tong in Nine Tail Fox stills from Monkey King

Xia Zi Tong looks pensive, distracted and apprehensive in these still released at a press conference for Journey of the Monkey King:

She manages to get wet for one shot:

Nine Tail Fox character poster:

Sina Slide

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Gao Yuan-Yuan stops traffic in Shanghai

Gao Yuan-Yuan put on her red dress, skinny gold belt and gold pumps to appear at what was helpfully described in the Mainland entrainment press as "an event". She ran through a quick manual of arms for handling a microphone:

A few minutes earlier the scene was more hectic outside the auditorium. The traffic control sign painted on the pavement (looks temporary) probably says either "park here" or "don't park here". Nice ride.

Gao Yuan-Yuan is the calm center of the storm, looking unruffled in the midst of the usual bunch at a celebrity appearance. Paparazzi, interested onlookers and people just trying to get across the street, all kept in check by uniformed policemen. She was trailed by the usual thuggish security men in nondescript suits and buzz cuts:

Another successful arrival, having shed her (or someone's) coat:

Ifeng; Sina slide

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Vivian Chow to star in new Giddens Ko film

Vivian Chow has decided to make the world a better place by starring in a new film by Taiwanese novelist/director Giddens Ko, the translated working title of which is "Waiting for Someone's Coffee". She was at a press conference touting the movie and looking as Vivian-Chow-ish as ever:

A reporter to her left may have asked something stupid/impertinent:

Anyone responsible for marketing ungainly dresses that could only look good (or in this case barely acceptable) when worn by a strikingly beautiful woman should move heaven and earth to have her photographed in one of them. Like this one, for example:

The face that launched a thousand ships:

Vivian Chow seems to have reached the point in her career and her life where she can chose projects based on factors other than the need to work, the quality of the script or who else is involved in the movie. One of the main reasons she is on this picture is that it is a quick commute from Hong Kong to Taiwan--another is that Giddens Ko used every connection he had and pulled every string he could find to convince her that she was essential to success.

While we are on the subject of Vivian Chow, here are couple of unlikely images of her from the delightful but sadly no longer updated "Girls with Guns" section from Alex Smits' site.

Xiahua; Yahoo Singapore; XinMSN

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Zhang Ziyi in Hollywood (again) for "The Grandmasters"

Zhang Ziyi has been touring for the past year in support of "The Grandmasters" for which she won her first Golden Horse award last month. From snowy Berlin in February, Busan in June and New York City in August, she was part of the traveling circus that is necessary for international film promotion for a movie that isn't based on comic book characters.

Most recently she touched down in Hollywood to appear with cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd at a Weinstein Company screening followed by a Q & A with Justin Chang, chief film critic for Variety:

While not exactly the Long March, it has been quite a tour with plenty of other stops not listed here--this is her third appearance in Tinseltown for example to generate some Oscar buzz. One of the ways that film actors earn their money is by treating a question asked the 100th time (How did you train for the martial arts scenes? How do you like working with Wong Kar Wai) as if she is hearing for the first time and is delighted to to have the chance to answer such a trenchant inquiry.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cherie Chung for Bulgari

Bulgari threw a party highlighting some of their goods that only the wealthiest of the wealthy can afford. They invited Cherie Chung Cho-Hung to be photographed wearing some of their creations, a good idea since she is, after all, Cherie Chung. She stood under a sign:

held out her handbag:

sipped some Champagne:

and wandered into a corner with a few zillion RMB worth of diamonds and other gemstones:

Anytime Cherie Chung gets her picture taken is worth noting, especially so when she is in full movie star diva regalia--the cape made from black feathers might look over the top on some but is perfect for her.