Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sorry... gonna have to shut down the website for a while

Dear all,
You might have noticed that there hasn't been any updates for a very LONG time...
Unfortunately, due to work and the staffing situation at work, I'll be really busy after work hours catching up on it.
Perhaps things might improve from late April/ May onwards, but I really can't tell right now.
The worst case scenario is that I will be able to update the site from August onwards.
Rather than let you come back daily to guess whether there's any fresh news, I'd rather officially shut down the site for now.
If you'd like, you can leave me with your email addresses; I'll contact you once the website is up.
Till then, thanks for your support..
For frequent updates on news, check out Jaynestars.com or the Asian Entertainment News Forum.
Bye for now.
Ellie, March 2006

Sorry... gonna have to shut down the website for a while

Dear all,
You might have noticed that there hasn't been any updates for a very LONG time...
Unfortunately, due to work and the staffing situation at work, I'll be really busy after work hours catching up on it.
Perhaps things might improve from late April/ May onwards, but I really can't tell right now.
The worst case scenario is that I will be able to update the site from August onwards.
Rather than let you come back daily to guess whether there's any fresh news, I'd rather officially shut down the site for now.
If you'd like, you can leave me with your email addresses; I'll contact you once the website is up.
Till then, thanks for your support..
For frequent updates on news, check out Jaynestars.com or the Asian Entertainment News Forum.
Bye for now.
Ellie, March 2006

Saturday, March 11, 2006

My close encounter with my favourite Kenix!!


















Kenix, Frankie, Kevin and Elaine were in Singapore just this afternoon. They were first at Junction 8 around 3pm and then at Tampines Mall around 6pm. I went down to Tampines to catch them in action, and here's the best photos I had from the experience!

I had initially thought it was going to be at 5pm, so I had my afternoon all planned out. First, I made a stop at Hougang this morning to borrow a digital camera from my friend (so that the images would be published online much faster - thank god for technology!). Then, next stop was Tampines at around 1.30pm for a spot of leisurely lunch. Then browsed around the shops for a bit, and feeling quite bored already, I made my way up to the 4th floor to investigate the situation at around 4.15pm.

The place was empty, save for one solitary (probably die-hard fan too) sitting at the prime spot in front of the barricase (which was not far from the stage). Smelling a BIG rat, I double checked the backdrop and realised that it was going to start at 6 instead!!

I was pissing mad at not having noticed this earlier - hence wasting so much time - I went back into the mall and called a few people to bitch! Of course, my friends thought it was all very funny; these same friends were also the ones that thought I was very "no life" to do something like this as well. As u can guess, my friends are not big TVB fans...

What to do with the extra time on hand? Wondered around, considered buying a new Nokia handphone and investing in a digi cam of my own, wandered around somemore, and plonked myself into a cafe nearby to have a drink.

Around 5pm, I started to see more and more people moving into the open space where the event was gonna be, and being the kiasu Singaporean that I was, I also decided that I had better go in to stake out a spot.

It was none too late - there was a HUGE crowd already at the front near the barricades. Worried, I quickly went up and plonked myself somewhere in the middle, with no tall people in front of me so that I could get a good shot.

The weather till then had been pretty good... it was cloudy and windy, but at 5.15pm, it started to darken ominously. Then flashes of lightning accompanied by huge crashes of thunder started. And mind you, the crashes of thunder were those that made you instinctively cringe, cover your ears, and hope to God that you didn't get struck by lightning.

But the fans, being very hardy and persistent (*ahem* like myself), stood their ground. Come brinestone, rain or even the possibility of being electrocuted, nothing was gonna make them leave their spot. Same here for me. (Also, it was because if I left then, I would probably lose my vantage spot. No way man!)

Everything ready, I decided to do a camera check of the area. You know, make sure that I could get a good shot, etc. To my horror, the stupid camera displayed a low battery and went dead. Bloody hell! And I had actually gone to buy a battery (ok, this was one of those battery operated types) beforehand. Ok, that was a cheapskate $2 Energiser battery, so I should have not tried to save money on that. Morale of the story - never buy Energiser batteries for something as important as this.

I was caught in a huge dilemma. To go off and buy fresh batts and lose my good spot or not? In the end, I decided I couldn't not take these photos and dashed off to the basement to buy the batts from a photo store. I dashed back up, and of course, I had lost my space. Now I was stuck behind this old man who was very tall and was blocking my view. Sigh!

At 5.30pm, the emcees started playing pre-performance games. There were 6 questions, and the winners got to get 2 tixs for lunch with the artistes tomorrow morning. They were really simple questions, like What's the colours of TVB's logo? Who's the official magazine for the event? etc. Then came the 3rd question - Name two sponsors of the event. I knew the answer, so I prepared to put my hand up. But all the while, I never thought I would win. Hey, you're speaking to someone who has never won a prize in my life - not lucky draw or D&D prizes, not 4D or Toto or anything.

To my shock, the DJ called upon me (I was merely one of the many that raised hands to answer), and thank goodness I got the answer correct. I was so stunned. My hands were shaking so badly that I couldn't shoot any photos. (It's also the reason why there are so few Kenix photos that turned out well... sigh)

The stars only appeared around 6.30pm, due to the heavy taffic because of the rain. They chatted for a while, and then they retreated backstage. One by one, they emerged in front again to chat for a while and then sing a song.

First up was Kenix. She looks just as she does on TV. In fact, she doesn't look as thin, which is great! Here, she was glowing with health. She sang a Canto song (don't remember all the song names), and her singing's improved a little from Love Bond actually.

Next up was Frankie. (BTW, Kenix calls Frankie Ah Long.....) The DJs asked him what he thought of Kenix's singing, and being quite clever, he sidestepped the issue and asked the audience what they thought of Kenix's singing. There was a huge roar of approval. However, Kenix reminded Frankie that he had not answered the question.... quite funny really.

Frankie sang a David Tao song. His singing is actually pretty good. If you ask me, he sings better than Kevin (who is a singer turn actor). In shows, Frankie always looks rather small in build, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that he was quite well built in person. Like Kenix, he looks just as he does on screen. Kenix was more professional on stage - you can tell that she's used to dealing with crowds, and knows how to joke and cajole the crowd. Frankie came across to be a little more real. He smiled a lot, waved a lot, and just seemed .... a little more real somehow....

Next was Elaine. For the record, and in danger of offending her fans, I don't really like Elaine. Her turn as Chloe in Revolving Doors of Vengeance turned me off her completely - so irritating she was in the show. But to qualify, that was the first show I caught her in, so I figured that it was probably that her acting was just so good (as the evil cousin in the show) that she succeeded in turning me off. But in real life, she is actually quite sweet. She speak Mandarin really well as well, quite surprising. She also sang a Mandarin song.

Last was Kevin Cheng. Horror of horrors, my camera now decides to tell me that hey, you've used up all your space on your 128MB SD card. So I had to delete unwanted photos, cursing and swearing and worried that I would miss some great Kevin shot, and also cussing the camera for being soooo slow in reviewing the past photos.

The next big irritating thing was that the two guys in front of me (the old man mentioned before plus this young guy with a really besar, i.e. big, camera) started to really block my view. They had been doing that all evening, but now, it was really bad. Ok, I'm quite realistic that with events such as these, you're gonna have such situations. But it was really bad. The young guy kept shifting, raising his arm or head at all the wrong moments, so that instead of a Kevin shot, I get a hand or head shot.... GRRRR.... Remember, as I had no space in the card, I had to go back and delete them, very slooooowly, and then try to catch Kevin as he walked to the left of the stage (which was also very infrequent)... Can die!

What was really surprising for me was the next to Kenix, Kevin was the most popular artist here. You should have heard the screams when his name was called. Somehow, the DJs' questions turned to his love life, and poor Kevin had to say that no, he does not currently have a girlfriend, but he's looking for one (doubtlessly playing to the crowd...) He sang the same song as the one he did for the All About Men CD.... quite nice too....

The entire event ended around 7+ pm, and it was a very tired, sweaty albeit happy me that made my way home, planning what to wear for lunch at the Esplanade tomorrow!!! More pixes hopefully tomorrow. Till then, over and out...

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Myolie scales 17m wall with Bosco at her side



Bosco Wong and Myolie Wu did a spot of rock climbing yesterday as part of the opening ceremony for a charity event. The normally steady Myolie was pretty nervous, but with rumoured boyfriend Bosco by her side, she was still all sweet smiles. The 17m high wall posed no problems for Bosco who scaled it easily. However, Myolie was much clumsier, but she made it in the end.

After reaching the top, Myolie then had to rappel down. “This was my first time trying out rock-climbing and rappelling. Although I don’t have a fear of heights, when I reached the highest point of the wall, I realized that my legs had gone rather soft. But it’s ok! I like new challenges, and I’m the first female artiste to do something like this. Plus this is a charity event, so it’s quite meaningful. I think Bosco is very good at this.”

When asked to comment on recent rumours of sparks between herself and the Japanese model, she denied it. “I was not even in HK, so I don’t know what happened. (Do you think that there is a possibility of further development between you guys?) No lah, I don’t have time for relationships now.”


Photo and story sources: The Sun

Ron and Ella would rather not earn money than appear together



The rumoured couples in HK’s entertainment circle have been very popular recently, with advertisers willing to fork out big bucks to invite the “couple” to their events as their guaranteed publicity. However, not all rumoured couples were willing to take up such offers. Ron Ng and Ella Koon was one of those. They both rejected an offer to film an ad, even though there was lots of money to be earned.



Having filmed Revolving Doors of Vengeance together, both Ron and Ella had to subsequently endure over a year’s worth of rumours, and they are sick and tired of it! Initially, they did not really care about the rumours, but they got more and more ridiculous. Now, both Ron and Ella are on each other’s blacklist. There were stories that Ron, upon hearing Ella’s name mentioned among the crew, had asked them to shut up. Ella too had asked people never to mention Ron’s name to her.

Responding to the news that Ron and Ella refused to do commercials together, Ron’s manager denied this saying, “Whether or not a job is accepted depends on its nature and whether there would be any scheduling problems.” However, Ella’s manager admitted that advertisers had approached them to do an ad together, but fearing problems, he had turned them down.



Because of Ron, Ella has lost out on many opportunities to earn money. Recently she won $5K in a TV programme, and she said that she was finally able to fulfil her dreams of getting her teeth straightened out. She said, “I have buck teeth, but my fans don’t mind. But I hope to get the fixed.” As she would have to wear braces for a year, Ella was teased that she would not be able to kiss her boyfriend. However, what she hopes to get fixed the most are her ears – she has far too many ear piercings. Would she wear a nipple ring, she was asked? “No, after all, no one would see it!”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Kevin's dinner with a relative blown out of proportion



Kevin Cheng attended a promo event at a shopping mall yesterday, and he talked about rumours that he and Sheren Tang were a couple. They had been photographed having a candlelight dinner together. In response to that query, Kevin laughed till he teared. It turned out that the person in the photo was his relative and not Sheren.

However, he praised the tabloid for their fertile imagination and creativity, and he hoped that the tabloid would leave him in peace. If he was ever in a relationship, would he announce it to the world? Kevin said, “I think that being in a relationship is a private affair amongst two people, and there’s no need to advertise that fact. However, if I ever get married, I will let everyone know.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

What's Moses unhappy about?

Moses Chan was photographed at 11pm last night at a Causeway Bay convenience stores. Although there are speculations that he may have planned to meet alleged girlfriend Bernice Liu there, he was seen to be very troubled. Pacing up and down the street, he stopped at a newsstand and browsed through copy after copy of tabloids, his frown deepening after each copy. Moses’ War and Beauty did very well in Hunan recently, and by right, he should have nothing to be unhappy about.

Photo and story sources: Oriental Daily

Sonja's mom clingy ways unhealthy?


Sonja Kwok and Amy Chan were the special guests at a jewellery shop’s opening of a branch yesterday. Amy was wearing a jewellery set worth $800K, while Sonja showed up with jewels worth $500K. The two also turned up in low-necked dresses, and were unafraid of snatching each other’s limelight as they had their own unique beauty.

Earlier, Sonja had accompanied her mother on a holiday to Thailand, and were snapped by the paparazzi while swimming. Resigned to her fate, Sonja said, “It can’t be helped. It was a public place anyway, and I am a public personality, so everywhere I go, I get snapped by photographers. (Will you not wear a bikini because of this should you go swimming?) No. I feel healthy, and that’s the most important thing.” Regarding allegations that she had flirted with male swimmers at a swimming pool, Sonja replied matter-of-factly. “Tabloids are forever writing stuff like this. Actually, these rumours aren’t that bad.” However, Sonja’s mom was quite upset about being snapped in her swimsuit at her age.

Sonja’s mom has not left her side since Sonja’s break-up with Derick Wan. When asked if her mom’s presence would deter future suitors from wooing her, Sonja replied that she quite enjoyed her mom’s company, and was not in a hurry to start another relationship.

Amy had to rush back to Shenzhen for her filming, in which she is acting as Anita Mui. For her role, she had specially gone on a diet to lose weight.


Photo and story sources: Takungpao

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Angela used to show off her love letters from others to her boyfriend


Angela Tong and others took to the catwalk yesterday to publicise OC, an English drama that the TV station Pearl will be showing. Angela revealed that when she was 5 to 6 years old, she was a child model in Canada. “That was my first time, and it was to help my uncle. I didn’t get any money, but I got some new clothes. Later on, I also did a catwalk during high school. I was the only Chinese in my entire class. I was very popular. I used to receive boxes of love letters, and I would show them to my boyfriend so that he would know how popular his girlfriend was.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Bosco jealous of Myolie's new man?

Bosco Wong, Niki Chow and Kevin Cheng accepted a Capital Radio interview yesterday to publicise their new serial Under the Canopy of Love 《天幕下的戀人》. Bosco, who has been rumoured be wooing Myolie Wu via MSM , was asked to comment on the rumoured developments between her and a Japanese Daniel Wu look-alike model that she was filming a wedding gown commercial with. Myolie is currently filming Tai Chi 《太極》in China, and Bosco has not seen her for some time now. However, they would be attending an event later together, and he jokingly said that he would be forcing her to have dinner to force a confession from her.

With regards to the Japanese Daniel Wu look-alike, he said, “As long as he’s handsome, it’s ok. (Do you think you’re handsome?) No, I don’t think so. I hope to be remembered for my talents rather than my looks. (Does Myolie prefer talents or looks?) I think she would want both in a man. As long as he looks pleasing, it’s ok. (So do you think she finds you pleasing to look at?) When we’re filming, she often finds me irritating because of my antics. (Then, doesn’t me you won’t have a chance with her?) My career is taking off now. I will be focusing on singing and acting, and saving enough to buy a house. (When are you getting married?) When I have enough money and find someone to spend my life with. However, that will be very much later.”

Photo and story sources: Takungpao

Ron's pissed off with his Italian shopping experience


The extremely popular Ron Ng has been flying around thanks to work the last year, and has been shopping at many branded stores. However, while he was shopping in Italy earlier, he was looked down by the store’s assistants, and because of that, he is hopping mad. “At first the female assistant treated me warmly because she thought I was a Japanese. When she realized I was a Chinese, her attitude underwent a 180 degree change, and refused to serve or even look at me.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Monday, February 27, 2006

TVB's recruitment exercise draws a huge crowd


Seeing Hong Kong Cable Television’s entertainment news channel do so well, TVB struck back by creating its own entertainment news channel. They managed to lure back veteran news host Xu Yong Shan (余詠珊) and also held a massive recruitment exercise for more programme hosts at Causeway Bay yesterday.

Besides Xu Yong Shan, they had also invited Nancy Wu and Kevin Cheng to form the judging panel. As of 4pm yesterday, several thousand people had joined the auditions, with some people starting to queue as early as 7am that morning. With the queues stretching from the hotel which was the venue for the auditions to a nearby school, both the organizers and the hotel had to dispatch some 30 security guards to help with the crowd control.

Most of the interviewees’ performances were unique and one of the judges said, “Quite a lot of the interviewees have returned to HK from overseas, with those from Canada forming the largest number. There are also more guys than girls." Apparently, one of the criteria was that the interviewees had to be a HK citizen. However, there were many Mainland Chinese and foreigners trying their luck at the auditions as well. Although they did not qualify, they refused to take no for an answer, and refused to leave.

Kevin had nothing but praise for most of the interviewees. “They were fluent and could speak several languages. However, a large number lacked personality, and because of that, lagged behind the competition.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Sharon's and Tavia's hair troubles

Sharon Chan yesterday attended an event that was related to hair yesterday. As she has been filming lots of period dramas recently, her hair has suffered from lots of breakage, and was dropping out. She had to use special shampoo and avoid colouring her hair to take care of it. However, as her popularity has been increasing recently, she said that she would not ask the company to reduce her period drama roles.

With lots of guys balding early, Sharon said she did not mind men who shaved their heads as they were balding. She feels that they look cool! Responding to Rain Li’s comments about Raymond and herself (the playboy comment), she said that Rain did ask her about their relationship, but she had denied that there was one.

Tavia Yeung was also present at the event, and she too has had lots of her hair drop out thanks to filming her current period drama. The problem is actually quite serious, and she had to see a doctor to treat it.

She said that later on, she would be flying to The Philippines together with Bobby Au-Yeung and Bosco Wong for filming, and when asked if she was worried about the political instability, she replied, “not really, as we would mostly be in the tourist area. If the situation does get worse, the company will definitely make other arrangements.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Maggie's serial late-night filming draws complaints from residents

Maggie Siu and Wong Hei were at Causeway Bay yesterday filming for their new serial 《CIB刑事情報科》. Because of the loudness of the filming, coupled by the fact that it was around 1am, they have received lots of complaints from the residents in the area of noise pollution. A policeman was dispatched to the area to investigate the complaints, and it was only when TVB lowered the volume that filming was allowed to continue.

While resting, Maggie accepted an interview with a reporter and revealed that they had filmed till 6am that morning. Although they had to continue work the next day, it was not too tiring, as they would try to rest on the set whenever possible. Today was Maggie’s birthday, and when asked if she would be celebrating it with friends, she said that it was a private affair and would not talk about it. However, she did say she would be spending her birthday at work.

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Sunday, February 26, 2006

Relax .. Takeshi's still available

Recently, there was the news making its rounds around China’s chatrooms that Takeshi Kaneshiro was getting married, breaking the hearts of many girls. According to the news, he tied the knot with his girlfriend (she’s not in the entertainment industry) three months ago in a private wedding ceremony, and Mrs Kaneshiro was now one-month pregnant.Although the rumours sounded real enough, Takeshi’s manager has stepped forward to refute them. “This is such a silly rumour, har har har… There are always lots of rumours, so I won’t even bother to tell him (Takeshi) about this.”
Photo and story sources: Oriental Daily

Rain hints that Ray is a playboy



Raymond Lam and Rain Li attended a Burberry event yesterday. Raymond had been romantically linked to Rain previously, even before current rumours of him and Sharon Chan, Fala Chen. Rain revealed that she had spoken to her good friend Sharon about the supposed relationship. She said that Sharon was looking for a long-term, stable relationship, and not a fling, hinting that Ray is a player!

Rain made her entrance in a low-neck floral dress, and said she had taken necessary precautions to prevent a wardrobe malfunction. She said she knew that Ray would be also attending the show, and when asked if she still kept in contact with him, she said, “I have watched some of his shows. If Sharon Chan is acting in it, I will surely support her and catch it. Recently for my birthday, I sent him an SMS to invite him to my party. However, he said that he was going to be in China and could not attend.”

With regards to the Ray-Sharon romance, Rain said, “I had asked Sharon about it, and she said it (the rumours) was not true. She wants a long-term relationship and not a fling. (Are you saying that Ray is a flirt?) I don’t know. I just told you what I heard from Sharon. (If they are together, do you think Sharon will tell you about it?) Yes, she will. We are very good sisters.” Rain also said that if they had to do a show together, she would not hesitate. Not only would she not be embarrassed, there would even be new sparks arising between the two.

As for Ray, how does he feel being together at the same event as his rumoured ex-girlfriend? “That was a really long time ago. (Do you think that there would be a chance of the two of you doing a show together?) That depends on the company’s arrangement. (What do you think of Rain now?) She has lost quite a lot of weight. Looking good!”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Moses afraid of rumours

As part of his appearance in a shopping event, Moses Chan appeared yesterday at Tsimshatsui to participate, much to the delight of his fans. He laughed and said that although he was “sponsored” from head to toe, but because he has been spending much time in China, in order to catch up with fashion trends, he has to shop a bit.

He said that when he first entered the business, he blew his first month’s paycheck on new clothes. He only learnt to save much later on. When asked if he would accompany a female on her shopping trip, Moses replied, “No. I’m such a fodder for gossip. The moment I appear together with a female, there will surely be lots of gossip following.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Steven to wear swimming trunks if show does well

Steven Chan and Elaine Yiu were publicising their show Safe Guards yesterday. The show is scheduled to air tomorrow, and Steven has already arranged for a dinner gathering for the entire cast to catch the first episode. In order to make everyone even happier, he has sponsored a 4 digit figure for lucky draw prizes.

Although Safe Guards will be taking over from the highly-rated Pillowcase of Mystery, Steven is full of confidence that the show will do well. Elaine has even said that if the show does well, she will appear in a swimsuit if Steven dons the swimming trunks. Steven has been filming non-stop since July last year, and after this, he will be headed to Taiwan for a tour. He loves to soak in hot springs, and he will be headed to a private place to do so. With camera phones so commonplace, he hopes that this will prevent shots of himself sans clothes from surfacing.

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Saturday, February 18, 2006

Ron and Tobey kiss in the rain

Ron Ng and Tobey Leung have been filming for half a month, and yesterday, they were working on a kissing scene in the rain. This will be Tobey’s first screen kiss so she was very nervous. However, the shot went off without a hitch, and both co-stars were very comfortable with one another during the scene.

The scene in The Pain of Being a Man 《男人之苦》, which took place on a beach, was one in which the lovers had a tiff before running off to the beach. Due to the rain and cold, the two had to huddle together for warmth, and because of the intimacy, something will happen (i.e. they had sex) that night.

This will also be Tobey’s first time acting as a pregnant woman, and she said that Ron was a good acting partner. “Normally, we would act the fools, but this time round, for this shoot, Ron was different. He was very into his character, and very emotional, and he helped to bring me into my character as well. He’s like a big brother, and this scene is actually our most comfortable these past 6 months.”

Ron has kissed quite a few fa dans since acting, including Shirley Yeung, Tavia Yeung and Leila Tong. He says these kissing scenes are not embarrassing, but the time with Shirley was more difficult. ”It was my first time, and there was lots of dialogue as well,” he said. He also said that in the past, he would also go for strolls on the beach with his girlfriends. “It’s not only romantic, but also cheap, as I didn’t have much to spend in the past.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Jessica films ad for Estee Lauder

Jessica Hsuan was filming an advertisement for Estee Lauder recently, taking time off to do it after returning to HK from Yunnan. Jessica, who was wearing a tube top, was extremely professional on the shoot, checking the film each time after the shoot to ensure she looked good. Which part of her body is the smoothest, she was asked. “The smoothest part is the one that no one gets too see,” she said awkwardly.

Talking about her filming in Yunnan, she said that the weather was pretty harsh – hot and sunny one moment, rainy the other. As a result, her skin became pretty dry. “Luckily, I like myself to be tanned! It looks healthier anyway.”

With regards to her love life, Jessica, who has been single for a year, hopes to be able to meet someone soon, and get married before she turns 40. “After so many failures and experiences, I am now more cautious. Communication is very important to a couple, and this is something that I am working on to improve.”

Photo and story sources: The Sun

Winnie to design baby products

Winnie Yeung attended a manufacturing event 「龍發製藥2006年春茗晚宴」yesterday night with her husband. Lau Dan, who is the spokesperson for the brand was also present. Winnie revealed that in this new year, she would be starting some small business with her husband publishing travel magazines and designing baby items. She said, “I’m a little nervous, but luckily, my husband is an experienced businessman, so I should be able to cope.”

What kind of baby items would she be designing? “My friends were very enamored with Chinese-inspired designs for bibs and clothes, and they feel that foreigners would love it as well. My friend in America has also agreed to be the distributing agent there.” Will her daughter be the spokesperson for her brand? “Of course. She is 9 months old, and the money I make will go into buying milk powder for her!”

Photo and story sources: Ming Pao Daily