Idy Chan Appears in Public Again for Charity

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Idy Chan never say anything about retirement...

Idy Chan shown up in a charity walk today and she spoke about the tango dance she had partnered with Nat Chan for fund raising many years ago. Actually she didn't like that kind of "closeness" and would rather perform other things instead. When asked if she wanted to return to the entertainment field since she had made several appearance in public lately, Idy emphasized that she'd never said any word as retirement. She also disclosed that TVB had contacted her for filming but nothing was confirmed yet at this moment.
additional details translated by Sakura
Susanna Kwan, Hacken Lee, Bosco Wong, Carol Cheng, Nat Chan, Fala Chen, Vincy Chan and Vinci Wong took part in the press conference to annouce the details of the forthcoming Community Chest Fundraising Show this Saturday [May 26] by TVB. The show's producer Ho Siu Wai indicates that they have invited Idy Chan, who lives reclusively, is back for this event to help raise money and she will be partnering Nat Chan to maybe re-enact their Tango performance to raise money. When Nat found out that he will be working with Idy, he laughed: "I'm not Yeung Gor. Did she not work with Andy Lau and Chow Yun Fat only? But I can dance with pretty Lin Mui, it is just dancing I don't mind, I'm very happy. We worked together in EYT [Enjoy Yourself Tonight] a long time ago and I played her elder brother."

News sources are courtesy of: / MingPao OL - Weekly - US East NY - US West SF - CA East Toronto - CA West Vancouver / The Sun / Oriental Daily
thanks to Kit for the English translation. news taken from Idy English Forum and Chan Yuk Lin Online
Idy really looks fresh and pretty in those pictures. i hope that TVB will offer her a meaty role to welcome her back. all the best to you, dearest Idy!

A Random Article on Idy Chan

Thursday, May 17, 2007
A regret

Going through the course of searching new faces for movies, Ann Hui do has a regret. She once met an actress who was good in acting and also charming in her own way. But before she could collaborate with her in a movie, the girl chose to live a carefree life and stay away from the spotlight of the stage.
"It was in the 70's when Tam Ka Ming still working in TVB as a scrip writer/director. One day a sound man told me there was a new actress Idy Chan, who acted very well in a TV series about young people; it seemed she could act from head to toes. I watched her in TV; a very pretty girl. She was about 5'2-3" but looked tall and in good proportion on screen.
Before filming movie "The story of Woo Viet", Ann Hui already decided to take Chow Yun Fat and Idy Chan as the leading roles. "The two carried sort of blue feeling. When they were together, their faces and elements just gave people an impression of frustration."
When she told Chow she wanted Idy Chan, Chow looked reluctant and he told Hui speak to Idy directly.

"I met Idy Chan in a cafe when she'd just returned to HK for holiday from Canada. She said she was not suitable to the role since she had gotten some 10 pounds of fat. I stared at her. She did look a bit chubby in her worker trousers. But I told her I could wait until she silmed down. However, she insisted on her decision. I doubted she just didn't want to co-star with Fat Chai on screen and show their romance publicly."
When Yim Ho (movie director) planned filming "The Extras", Ann Hui recomended Idy to him as the female leading role but unfortunately it didn't hit the box office. Then when Ann Hui directed a RTHK TV series "The path", she took Idy, Dodo Cheng and Wong Suk Yee as the casts. After it, Idy Chan filmed severl movies but she didn't get famous.

"Perhaps she didn't know how to take initiative to get a role that fits her and it was not the trend for a newbie actor to get an agency manager back then," said Ann Hui.
Eventually, Cherie Chung played the leading role in "The story of Woo Viet" and got famous. "Of course she was stunning beautiful. She was pretty than Idy Chan. But Cherie's beauty was worldly and men would easily attract to her. But as a movie director, I'd rather prefer the one who was the best leading actress in my heart."
"To this date, I still think it was a regret that Idy Chan didn't play the female leading role in this film......nevertheless, I appreciate very much of her persistence. She was a good actor."

thanks to Sakura for finding the article and Kit for translating it into English.
Source: Mingpao Weekly

Harry Potter book 8?

Wednesday, May 16, 2007
London - British Author JK Rowling has revealed plans to write another ‘Harry Potter’ book.

The seventh novel – ‘The Deathly Hollows’, due out in the summer – will bring the young wizard’s adventures to an end, but Rowling has said she might write an eighth for charity.

The 41-year-old writer wrote on her website: “I might do an eighth book for charity – a kind of encyclopedia of the world, so that I could use all the extra material that’s not in the books.”

The book would allow fans a further insight into the world of Harry Potter and his friends, including details that were not included in the best-selling novels.

Rowling has already penned two Harry Potter reference books – ‘Quidditch Through The Ages’ and ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’. The books raised more than £15 million for British charity Comic Relief.

The magical tales of Harry and his Hogwarts pals have made Rowling one of the highest earning writers ever, and one of the richest women in the world with an estimated fortune of £576 million according to Forbes magazine’s annual rich list.
As well as Comic Relief, the children’s author supports numerous charities including medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières.

© 2007 BANG International
The poster above is Movie 5 International poster. the movie is due to hit theaters on July 13.

Johnny Depp open to making 4th Pirates film

If all goes right, Pirates of the Caribbean actor Johnny Depp might soon be singing "Yo ho ho, give me a fourth bottle of rum."
The star of the upcoming film, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, told Entertainment Weekly magazine that he is open to making a fourth film in the blockbuster series, which has earned more than $1.7 billion at worldwide box offices.
"As long as you're doing it for the right reasons, why not?" Depp said. "If we came up with a story where we could explore something absurd or funny or totally insane."
In the movies, Depp plays buccaneer Captain Jack Sparrow, distinguished as much for his swishy hips and love of adventure as his pirating skills. At World's End debuts on May 24.

lol, this is going wild! a fourth Pirates? i think they better stop before things go too far. i mean, parts 1 & 2 were wonderful; no word about part 3 yet. even if there's a part 4, i'll watch for Depp's sake but they better have a good storyline.

there are some different sources regarding Pirates 3's debut. the piece of news above says May 24; Disney homepage says the same thing, but Disney trailer says May 25. there is also another piece of news which reports that they've decided to air it earlier, so i guess it's May 24 afterall. i'm so exciting!!! ^__^

Tony Leung: Villain With the Sad Eyes

May 16, 2007

His eyes give him away. On the surface he may be smiling but his eyes speak of loneliness and desperation. Like a red light in a misty city, his dreaming face enchants moviegoers. He's Tony Leung Chiu Wai. In hit movies like "Infernal Affairs," "In The Mood For Love," and "Happy Together," he has played a gangster, a playboy, a homosexual and a detective. "I read the scripts thoroughly until I feel like I'm becoming my character," he once said. While he can utterly transform himself into any role, his eyes always remain lonely and uneasy.

So it can be said that his new movie "Confession of Pain" is a description of Tony Leung Chiu Wai himself. He's playing his first villain in 25 years but it's a sympathetic role. In the movie Tony is a cold-blooded detective who tries to cover up the truth about a murder case. Takeshi Kaneshiro stars opposite as a private investigator. Directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, who made "Infernal Affairs," -- the original version of the Academy-award winner "The Departed" -- also directed "Confession of Pain." Hollywood wants to remake this movie, too.

The Chosun Ilbo interviewed Tony at the premiere of the film in the Hong Kong Ritz Carlton Hotel on Sunday. A pink cardigan made his face appear pale. And while he smiled at me and the photographer, in person his eyes looked even sadder than on screen.

"I lived the life of Detective Lau Ching Hei while we were shooting the film. If I were a Korean, I could brainwash myself to feel the experiences of military service. By brainwashing myself, I can change my voice, the way I walk, even the sound of my breathing."

It seems as if he was in love with the role, and indeed, he confessed that after shooting a movie he becomes depressed, like breaking up with a girlfriend. "If it takes a year to build your muscles, then losing your muscles also takes a similar length of time. It takes a lot of time for me to erase the feelings and emotions of the character I played. This time, it was harder than ever." But relief is in sight, he said, with the shooting of John Woo's new Chinese epic, "Red Cliff."

For "Confession," Tony was originally offered the part of the private investigator that Takeshi Kaneshiro ended up playing. "I created the character of the private detective with Tony Leung Chiu Wai in mind, but I couldn't find an actor to play the villain," director Andrew Lau said. "I asked Tony to play him and he rejected it flat out. Two months later he called me and said he would do the part."

For Tony, immersing himself in another role was a very challenging task, but he knew exactly how it should be done. And how did it feel to play a villain? "I enjoyed it," he said briefly. Then he added, "But someday I'd like to play a cheerful role -- like sunshine." He ended the interview with a broad smile.

Kenix - Michelle Ye rumors

Kenix Kwok Turns Down i-Cable Series After Finding co-star is Michelle Ye
[The Sun 17/05/07]

i-Cable have been busy preparing to film their own 100 episode series that will be based around the story of a private tutor school king. They have spent a small fortune in attracting big names to the show including Eric Kot, Yu On On and Leung Si Ho. The female lead was always planned to belong to Kenix Kwok, who had verbally accepted the role, but there have been reports that she has suddenly withdrawn her agreement, supposedly after finding out that Michelle Ye has joined the cast and afraid that there is too much negative press around any project that she is involved in.
Kenix was interviewed on the phone regarding this yesterday and she says: "They did give me a script to look at and I had never agreed to do it. Frankie has also turned it down. I refused it for personal reasons. I have worked together with Michelle before in 'Reaching Out' and I made my decision based on the script and not on who my co-stars are." As for Michelle's manager, she made a statement saying: "i-Cable will have a press conference at the end of the month, let them talk about it! (Kenix left because of Michelle?) I don't know about that."
thanks to Em for the translation;