Thursday, June 19, 2014

Li Bingbing on red carpet in Hong Kong for "Transformers: Age of Extinction"

Li Bingbing accompanied by director Micheal Bay and co-stars hit the red carpet for the world premier of the most recent Autobots vs. Decepticons classic, "Transformers: Age of Extinction" while a 20 foot Optimus Prime robot stood guard over the city. One look at her outfit made on realize that she must suffer from NGF (No Gay Friends). It was a hodgepodge of sheer panels and odd looking craft-store inspired foliage, accessorized with platform ankle strap pumps that would go with exactly nothing. That she could wear this strange creation without embarrassment or a hint of self-consciousness and actually sell the look shows just elegant and confident she is.

There was at least on angle which looked fine:

Although it took a lot of stoop labor by fashion assistants to get it there:

Looks like the same two aides were responsible for getting her up and down stairs:
One of Li Bingbing's co-stars at the press conference, ignored by the diva-starved masses:

In an interview with Yahoo Singapore, Li Bingbing said that the only really daunting part of the roll was after she had memorized her dialog in English so that she could authoritatively deliver her lines in a language not her own telling the reporter that, "I am not a native speaker, but I had to perform as if I am fluent in the language." This was made even more challenging when the script was changed on the fly by the director or someone else who thought he had a good idea. It brings to mind the difficulties that Gong Li had on the "Miami Vice" set where pages of the script would be rewritten during the shoot followed by Michael Mann telling the cast, "OK let's do a take in Spanish this time." "Transformers: Age of Extinction" assembles itself worldwide on June 26.

Yahoo Singapore; CRI English; Sina

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Hong Kong, June 4, 2014. Remembering 1989

There are dates that resonate with meaning; in North America there is September 16, 1810 and July 4, 1776. In France it's July 14, 1789.

June 4, 1989 isn't celebrated in the People's Republic of China but the citizens of Hong Kong do quite a job in making sure it won't be forgotten by the Chinese people. As usual on this day we direct you to Webs of Significance for the right in the middle of things observations of the exemplary Hong Kong blogger YTSL.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Gong Li to head Shanghai Fest jury

The 17th Shanghai International Film Festival will run from June 14 to June 22. Gong Li is the first actor as well as the first female to serve as the jury's president. She knows her way around film festival politics, having served on juries at Cannes, Tokyo, Berlin and Venice.

Film Business Asia

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi are all smiles in Cannes

It may have been Monaco; I recognize neither the Beaux-Arts pile, complete with a battery of cannons, in the background nor the guy in the blue suit that both Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi seem to be happy to see. The absence of a crowd of photographers following them around also indicates the setting isn't the film festival.

No matter what part of the Riviera they graced, both of them looked exquisite wearing outfits that could be called casual only in a place where evening dresses and dinner jackets are worn at 11:00 AM. Together, looking as if they are about to do a grip and grin:


Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Isabella Leong back in Hong Kong for short run play

Isabella Leong is returning to the Hong Kong entertainment world and is currently in rehearsal with Jim Chim for his play "Sign of Happiness". She plays a deaf-mute woman while Chim portrays a speech therapist who tries to bring laughter into her life. Leong has been rehearsing for 12 hours per day, working especially hard since she has to interpret the character using movement, body language and facial expression with no dialog. Based on some of the images from rehearsals she and Chim could be a mixed gender Vladimir and Estragon:

One hopes that Robin Williams doesn't get his hands on the rights to "Sign of Happiness":

For those interested, Jim Chim seems very politically knowledgeable and willing to discuss it at length. Here is an interview from a couple of years ago. He discusses how Hong Kong residents view Mainlanders, the (at the time) upcoming election, internet censorship and much else.

Opening night is May 30 at the Hong Kong Culture Centre, scheduled for only three performances.

Sina; Jaynestars; Time Out; xin.msn

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Fan Bingbing shares Blink make-up snapshots while storming through Australia on X-Men tour

Fan Bingbing while flying around the land down under publicizing "X-Men: Days of Future Past" took time to post some photographic self-portraits to her eight million or so followers so that they would know she hadn't forgotten them:

Leaving Singapore for Melbourne, she didn't try to go incognito but went with the lovably goofy look--huge sunglasses, oversize jacket, baseball cap with crossed pistols (?)

And a cloth doll stuffed in her back pocket:

Hitting a movie star pose and then working the rope line, giving adoring fans a chance to take selfies.

FBB Weibo; Forbes; SMH