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    Daniel Wu leads American series "Badlands", an adaptation to "Journey to the West"

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Yesterday, 11:37 PM
    Source: Chinatimes / Deadline
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums

    Daniel Wu leads American series "Badlands", an adaptation to "Journey to the West"

    American cable channel AMC recently announced that they will be producing a martial arts drama, based on Chinese tale "Journey to the West", named "Badlands" (tentative title). The male lead of this short series will be Daniel Wu, a character named "Sunny". He will also be serving as an executive producer along with Stephen Fung.

    According to sources, the drama will be loosely based on the Chinese ancient myth, "Journey to the West". However, the adaptation will be quite different from the original story that it may be hard to see shadows of the original story. The plot describes Daniel Wu's character, Sunny as a warrior with high martial art skills, and will create a team with a little boy. They will find enlightenment through a journey filled with obstacles. There are rumours that as the executive producers, Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung will be bringing in their martial arts team to the series.

    Other cast of the series include Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger and Oliver Stark. The director will be David Dobkin. "Badlands" is created by writers-showrunners Al Gough and Miles Millar (Shanghai Noon, Smallville). They will also be on the executive producer team with Stephen, Daniel, David Dobkin, Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher.

    "Badlands" will be a 6 episode series.
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    Leo Ku to represent Hong Kong in China's "I Am a Singer 3"

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Yesterday, 11:17 PM
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums

    Leo Ku to represent Hong Kong in China's "I Am a Singer 3"

    Mainland music reality show, "I Am a Singer" Season 3 finally revealed its singer participant list yesterday, which includes Sun Nan, Han Hong, Leo Ku, Jane Zhang, Kit Chan, A-Lin and Anson Hu. The singers come from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore. Leo Ku is the only singer representing Hong Kong. Last season's Hong Kong artiste, G.E.M. shot to popularity through this show. Leo, who is a talented, skillful singer, will be the one representing Hong Kong this time and hopefully help Hong Kong win glory in the show.

    Previously, there were rumours that the show invite Yang Mi to be the host of the show as something "new" for the show; however her manager clarified that because they cannot fit it in her schedule, she will not be hosting the show. The first episode of "I Am a Singer 3" will be recorded today in ChangSha, Hunan.

    The new season is set to premiere on January 2, 2015 on Hunan TV.
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    Cinematographer Killed on Set of Jackie Chan’s ‘Skiptrace’

    Posted By:  R.E.D @ Dec 18 2014, 05:31 AM
    Source: International Business Times/Variety
    Image: On.cc
    Edited by: R.E.D @ http://asianuniverse.net/

    A cinematographer was killed on Wednesday in Hong Kong during the filming of Jackie Chan-starring film “Skiptrace.” Chan Kwok-hung is understood to have drowned in an accident that occurred when a boat he was on capsized off Lantau Island. According to the South China Morning Post, it is understood to have happened around 3am local time. Seven other film crew were on board, but they managed to swim the 30 meters to shore. Neither Jackie Chan nor co-star Fan Bingbing are believed to have been on board at the time.

    51-year-old Chan Kwok-hung, who was working on the upcoming film “Skiptrace,” which features Jackie Chan, “Jackass” star Jonny Knoxville, and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing. Hong Kong police told the South China Morning Post that a 50-foot vessel carrying eight crew members capsized 100 feet from the island's shore. Seven other crew members were able to swim to safety, but Chan was later discovered unconscious. The paper reported that Jackie Chan was not believed to have been on board at the time of the accident. Chan Kwok-hung had worked in Hong Kong's film industry for 20 years, and had previously worked with prominent local directors Stephen Chow, Jingle Ma and Chan Chi-ying, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

    “Skiptrace,” is a joint production between U.S., Hong Kong, and mainland Chinese companies, and tells the story of a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who teams up with an American gambler (Knoxville) to save his niece (Bingbing) and take down a local crime boss, according to Deadline.com. At the time of writing, Chan's official website carries no comment on the death. Jackie Chan is mainland China's most-recognizable screen actor, and is famed for his outlandish stunts and frenetic fight choreography.

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    TVB Ratings Report (12/08/2014 - 12/14/2014)

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Dec 17 2014, 09:45 PM
    Source: Wacow @ Blog163
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Ratings Report (12/08/2014 - 12/14/2014)

    Overachievers - 名門暗戰 (EPS 25-29 END) - 25 PTS (Peaking at 31 PTS)

    Overachievers SPECIAL - 名門暗戰終極對決 - 22 PTS before finale / 24 PTS after finale

    Sour Lady - 醋娘子 (EP 06-09) - 22 PTS (Peaking at 24 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 愛.回家 (EPS 658-662) - 21 PTS

    Tiger Cubs II - 飛虎 II (EP 08) - 20 PTS

    Variety Shows
    Scoop - 東張西望 - 18 PTS

    Queen Feast - 女皇的盛宴 - 17 PTS

    Mysteries at the Museum - 尋覓博物館 - 15 PTS

    The Voice 4 - 超級巨聲 4 - 14 PTS

    Sidewalk Scientist - 學是學非 - 12 PTS

    Miriam Yeung Special 2014 - 遇上千嬅 ·遇見愛 - 11 PTS

    (Nielsen TAM: 1 point represents 64,920 viewers)
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    Charmaine Sheh becomes double-win TV Queen; Roger Kwok wins TV King for the third time

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Dec 15 2014, 09:11 PM
    Source: The Sun / on.cc
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums

    Charmaine Sheh becomes double-win TV Queen; Roger Kwok wins TV King for the third time

    Last night, TVB's TV King and Queen were born! Hot favourite Roger Kwok stood out with his performance in "Black Heart, White Soul", tying the record of three time TV King with Gallen Lo and Wayne Lai. As for Ding Jeh, Charmaine Sheh, she took home the TV Queen award once again after 2006, becoming the first ever Fa Dan to a be a two time "double-win" TV Queen! "Line Walker", which attracted a lot of of attention during its broadcast, won "Best Drama" along with 4 other awards to become the big winner of the night!

    The TVB Anniversary Awards 2014 were held at Tseung Kwan O TVB City last night. There were a total of 16 awards, and like last year, TV King, TV Queen and Best Drama were voted by the audience and the judge panel, while "Most Favourite Male/Female TV Character" awards were voted by the audience. On the red carpet, Roger Kwok and Charmaine Sheh, who matched in white, were the last to enter, like they were rehearsing claiming the big awards! Charmaine wore a 250,000 dollar long dress made in France, with 2,500,000 dollar jewelry on this grand night.

    Mother helps relieves stress

    Roger Kwok, Wayne Lai, Raymond Lam, Ruco Chan and others were all favourites for the TV King award. Roger Kwok's "evil" performance in "Black Heart, White Soul" had the loudest support. In the end, he won the award being the hot favourite, while Ah Sheh was crowned TV Queen with her character, "Ding Jeh" in "Line Walker"! 39 year old Charmaine Sheh returned strongly after leaving TVB for 2 years, and became the TV Queen hot favourite with her undercover cop character. No matter her crying scenes or her comedic scenes, they left a deep impression in viewers' hearts. As expected, with her #1 rank in voting, she fought off Kristal Tin, Linda Chung, Kate Tsui and others to take home "Best Actress" and "Most Favourite Female TV Character" (75,171 votes). Actually, back in 2006, she also had a double win with her performance in "Maiden's Vow". Yesterday, she was also awarded "2014 Mainland Most Popular TVB Female Artiste". In 8 years, she became the first artiste to be a two-time double win TV Queen! When accepting the "Most Favourite Female TV Character" award, she thanked the producer for giving her such a fun character and everyone who casted their vote. In the audience votes, she won 28.6%, while she won the full 50% amongst the judge panel. (Audience Votes and Judge Panel take half and half, both weighted 50%). When she accepted the award from Liza Wang, she was teary eyed, thanked the producer and her mother who has accompanied her all these years: "It's very nervewracking being on this stage, it is not easy at all. Really thankful to have such a great script and character, and I also really thank my mom. I am often really stressed, but when I see my mom's big smile, that's already enough. Nothing is ever the best, I will keep trying my best!"

    As for Roger, who successfully tied the record of Gallen Lo and Wayne Lai of being a three-time TV King, he had taken home the "Best Actor" award twice before in 2003 and 2005 with his characters "Ah Wong". This time, he played an "evil" handicapped lawyer, no question about his acting skills! 9 years later, he was crowned TV King once again. Last night, he wore a white tuxedo, and on both sides, a shiny crystal image of his son and daughter were printed on. Roger Kwok, who seemed close to ears, thanked God, his wife Cindy Au and their two children: "This morning, I told my son I can't play with him tonight, because I have to come to the awards ceremony tonight. My son told me "Take home all the awards!!". But I told him, having you and my daughter, I've won all the awards already! Having the love of my two children, pushed away all the negative personalities I shouldn't have: Jealously, arrogance, pride. When you empty out all of those things, I'm able to face my career so naturally and comfortably." He expressed that today is his wife's birthday and he already ordered a cake. Asked what he will give her? He laughed: "Does the award count? We can hug the award to sleep!" Roger won 16.25% in the audience votes, and claimed the full 50% in the judge panel's votes; first place in both categories.

    "Foon Hei Gor" wins award with 60,000 votes

    Benz Hui won "Most Favourite Male TV Character" with 62,705 votes for his character "Foon Hei Gor". Benz, who said he voted for himself, said: "Thanks to the producer for creating this character, I am just playing this character for him. And thanks to my wife and my kids. Other than this, "Best Drama" was won by "Line Walker", taking 20.3% of audience votes and 41.6% in the judge panel's votes; also first place in both categories. When award presenter, Chung King Fai announced the results, he purposely joked and said "3 words!". At that moment, Kristal Tin and Roger Kwok thought the winner was "Black Heart, White Soul" (忠奸人) and immediately stood up, but then sat down awkwardly when they realized it wasn't them. TVB expressed that they ended the voting earlier by half an hour this year to accommodate the award presenting timing. The total number of people who voted was 185,779, less than last year.

    Ram Tsang and Josie Ho win "Best Supporting Actor/Actress"

    Ram Tsang won the "Best Supporting Actor" award with his character as "Ko Manager" in "Come On, Cousin!". When he accepted the award, the whole audience cheered loudly. "20 years ago, I was on this stage as a singer. 20 years later, I am on this stage again as an actor, playing a singer. I am a professional actor!" He also thanked his "swift horse" (someone he saw his talent and gave him an opportunity), Wong Cho Lam: "With his height, being a "jockey" is absolutely right. He told me: "Let me lead you, I can take you to the finish line!", touching Cho Lam to tears. He also sang a part of Linda Chung's song from "Witness Insecurity", "Most Blissful Thing" on stage, a drama which he was also a part of. As for "Best Supporting Actress", Josie Ho was the black horse who took the award home. She expressed she would bring the award to her father, Ho Hong Sun, who is in the hospital.

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