Thursday, February 28, 2013

Kelly Chen has a new album

Kelly Chen had a press conference last month to hype "Reflections", an album that was released earlier this month. She also brought out a couple of music videos. All of that activity somehow slipped through our fine-meshed seine that usually nets  everything concerning  female artists connected to the Hong Kong and PRC movie biz, however tangentially.

Here is some of what we missed...

Anyone that is a movie or recording star (or both), no matter how talented she is and how hard she works, still must present a manufactured image to the public since we identify with performers through their roles and what they produce. When Kelly Chen works a carefully staged publicity event, acting interested in what the press are asking and sincere in her respect for them and does so with a huge image of herself looming over her it makes this even more clear; an image appearing in front of an image.

She seems to enjoy being in front of a crowd, whether a bunch of journos and flacks in a ballroom in Hong Kong or thousands of screaming fans in Taipei or Kuala Lumpur:

Make-up for one of the music videos promoting a single that may be called "Skin Trauma". It probably made a lot more sense before going through the automatic translation word chopper.

And the result:

 An image from the music video for "So Hot":

And the video itself--it goes without saying--although I will say it--that she can really move; an excellent dancer in the context of a music video.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ni Ni, Zhang Meng at the Independent Spirit Awards...

...although Ni Ni was identified as "Ziyi Zhang" (who?) by Zimbio. Xinhua and Yahoo China had their own gaffe, calling the Film Independent Spirit Awards the "small Oscars" which they aren't although the Spirit awards are presented in Los Angeles the evening before the Academy Awards.

Anyway, here's Ziyi Zhang:

Or as she is known in the rest of the world, Ni Ni:

Zhang Meng kept her company on the red carpet:

Zhang Meng's dress made the most of her cleavage, called to the anger of feminists but probably not completely inaccurately, her career line:

 Zimbio moves a lot of data in several languages 24 hours a day from all over the world and they have probably made more egregious errors than this one but that doesn't excuse slapping an incorrect ID on images of an actress and not even using the preferred form of the wrong name.


The Bingbings go to a party

Fan Bingbing and Li Bingbing took their teeny handbags and glam party dresses to the Vanity Fair after-Oscar bash. While realizing that the evening bags are props/ads, there is still very little room for much of anything in them--perhaps a compact for last minute touch-ups, a subway token to make sure one can get home if she has to ditch her date and a poison tipped dagger if trouble arises.

For those interested, FBB's dress was from Joe's Custom Awning while LBB wore a suit from Bat-Wings R Us.

Each shows that she knows how to hit her mark and smile for the camera:


Monday, February 25, 2013

Lin Peng, Fan Bingbing in Hollywood

Fan Bingbing dropped in at a couple of Academy Award events Sunday evening with a bet less fanfare than during her annual conquests of the Cannes Film Festival. First the red carpet in a  very pink ball gown:

Hair and make-up was almost too flawless--even with the skilled and experienced make-up technicians available for the biggest American movie bash, it must have taken some time to assemble all the parts for this look:

A bit later it was off to the after-Oscar party given by The Weinstein Company, on of those gala functions that aren't really important unless you aren't invited. But she was (one assumes--FBB didn't have the air of a gate crasher) having changed into something a bit more practical:

The comments from "netizens", as rendered in Googlespeak by automatic translation seemed more grumpy and grouchy than the not unusual run of mean spirited trashing, complaining that Fan Bingbing doesn't have a movie out so why was she there and that her left arm is fat (odd).

Nothing to whine about with Lin Peng--she has had a busy couple of years with six films released in various parts of the world in 2011 and 2012. Her appearance was described in the running translation as "a big show of hot body wearing a black thoracotomy dress,"a description I couldn't improve on if I tried for a year.

  Sina Xinhua Sina

Monday, February 18, 2013

Brigitte Lin and Gong Li pictures from 1994 movie set

Some pictures that must have been shot by the unit still photographer on the set of The Maidens of Heavenly Mountains. There are typical stills that might be used for publicity, shots of technicians working with--actually around--the two actresses and candid (or at least candid looking) images of them relaxing between takes while remaining in costume and makeup.

A couple of official stills:

This could be blocking changes with techs on hand to make sure the costumes drape properly in the new set up:

Whatever is going on here, the folding chairs weren't part of the final shot:

Just a couple of superstars sitting around talking:

Sharla Cheung Man also starred in The Maidens of Heavenly Mountains (wearing a long white beard) but she unfortunately wasn't included in this sequence.

Xinhua; Chinese Films

NOTE: Blogger seems to have a new image interface (or I have stumbled upon an old one) that creates images of odd sizes and places them randomly in the post. The old way of uploading images included instructions for the size and location (right, left, center) which it now lacks.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Maggie Cheung, 1982. On the beach, hoping to be discovered

Cute as a boxful of puppies and before her career defining position as a sales clerk at Lane Crawford. Maggie Cheung returned to Hong Kong fro the UK to try her luck in the model/actress/beauty contest business. Sina dug up some shots on the sun-kissed beaches of the then Crown Colony.


Thursday, February 7, 2013

Karen Mok wishes everyone a happy new year

Karen Mok celebrates the year of the snake in a red mini dress and a green cheongsam. Her English language album "Somewhere I Belong" was released last month.

AsiaOne; Sina

Zhang Ziyi arrives in Berlin

Zhang Ziyi flew in to Berlin (and were her arms ever tired!) for the big show and Xinhua has the badly focused cell phone pictures to prove it. Some functionary handed her a pot of flowers while being watched by a very Teutonic looking bodyguard/minder.


Zhang Ziyi works the Berlin red carpet in fluorescent green

The red carpet for the Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale) covers a lot of acreage so the stars, models and hangers-on spend a lot of time smiling and freezing in a northern European winter's evening. The faux fur on Zhang Ziyi's gown probably didn't help much but she did make a big entrance wearing bright green, an unusual choice that worked very well. The Wong Kar-Wai film "The Grandmasters" with Zhang and Tony Leung Chiu Wai opened the festival.

With relaxed and confident Tony Leung--mutual arm candy.

No shortage of frenzied autograph seekers, cell phone camera wielders and, from the looks of the equipment, a few professional members of the press--or at least paparazzi with nice cameras.

There are a few maniacal looking types in the scrum.

Wong Kar-Wai, shown here with his wife Esther Wong, is the chairman of the jury for the Berlinale this year as well as having his film open the festival. They seem to like him in Berlin.

Sina; Sina; France24; Chinese Films