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| Thursday, June 26, 2008

There is always risks when buying shares as you have the possibility of losing money. Andy Lau whom always watched his finance well was being picked by netizens as one whom bought shares and got his fingers burnt, worst still is that the hard earned money of the whole villagers was also lost, he let everybody down!

Andy's fans, don't be alarmed as this is just a joke from a netizen. A particular video was found in the Internet which changed the dialogue of The Warlords, in addition added some scenes from Kungfu Hustle, Infernal Affairs, God of Cookery and Matrix, everything is being repackage to a video to poke fun at the current buy shares craze titled Investment Writ (literally translated), it's a funny video used as a precaution for people.

The story narrates in Lau village, Andy and Jet suggested to the villagers to buy shares in order to get out of poverty. Andy, Jet and Takeshi Kaneshiro then vow to earn their first bucket of gold, it used the brotherhood bonding ceremony in The Warlords. As the story goes, the shares that Andy bought bombed and everyone in the village are depressed.

However, the story has a happy ending with Andy decided to turn over a new leaf and earned back all the money as he drove back to the village in a BMW.

news from: Apple Daily News

| Wednesday, June 25, 2008

IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (Hong Kong Group) Limited) announced the Top 10 Selling Albums from January to May 2008. Andy Lau's Wonderful World Hong Kong Concert 2007 is the number 2 album.

news from: Ming Pao

| Saturday, June 21, 2008

Earlier Andy Lau was busy gathering people for the fund raising activities for the Sichuan earthquake victims, however allegations got tangled with him as netizens quoted that the $100,000 he donated is peanuts, then he's alleged to stop Eason Chan from joining the site visit, next is he got involved too much in the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign as quoted to snatch the limelight.

After all the fund raising activities, Andy is back to work for his new film. After two consecutive period films projects in The Warlords and Three Kingdom - Resurrection of The Dragon, it made him very tired as he exclaimed that he hope to be in a modern film. According to an insider, boss Peter Lam upon hearing to Andy's remarks, he specially tailored a modern film with Shu Qi whom last collaborated with Andy in The Wesley's Mysterious File as the female lead. The film initially schedule to start shooting in end May but due to the earthquake in Sichuan, with Andy busy with the fund raising activities, the shooting was delayed till June. Last week, Andy was location shooting in Macau.

For the cast of the film, Andy invited Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu whom had collaborated with Feng Xiaogang in The Assembly. Other than the script and casting, it seems that Andy is fully involved in the film.

Less than a week of shooting, news from the script department that Andy wanted a part in everything, a crew member revealed: "Props, costume included, where the camera should be placed, how the other actors acted, he (Andy) would also wanted to control, I don't understand why director Andrew Lau could tolerate him."

On 12 June, the film has its location shooting at MGM Grand Macau's swimming pool. It can be seen that Andy treated himself as the director as he wanted to in-charge of everything, he even wanted to guide experienced Dominic Lam how to act, whereas director Andrew Lau just stand by the side smiling and looking allowing Andy to call the shots.

When reporter tried to contact Dominic to asked him his feeling being guided by a less experienced Andy, his mobile phone was directed to voice mail.

news from: Sudden Weekly

| Friday, June 20, 2008

Andy Lau had always adored his fans, it is the 20th anniversary of his Andy World Club, close to 2,000 fans around the world gathered at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre to celebrate this happy occasion with him. Andy also show his support towards the fans from Sichuan.

Andy's international fan club - Andy World Club had been formed for 20 years, a celebration was held at Hong Kong International Trade & Exhibition Centre where it allowed close to 2,000 fans from all over the world to gather and celebrate the occasion.

It's as though as a concert as a T-shaped stage was erected. At the opening, a video clip of footage of previous year's celebration before a marching band leading more than 100 members onto the stage with Andy dressed in Western suit behind them, the audience cheered loudly with the entrance of Andy. Andy then join his parents among the audience to enjoy the programs which includes Taekwondo performance, using hand signals to "sing" 'Ai Bu Wan' and performances by clowns.

The organizer also arranged Latin dance instructors Kent Chau and Shirley Ng to perform a hot Latin dance number with the fans.

In such a fan gathering, how would Andy not perform as he sang many songs on the stage as he mixed around with the fans. He sang the Olympic Games song Everyone is No. 1 with fans whom are on wheelchairs. Among those present are fans from Sichuan, when other fans see them, they would shout 'Sichuan Jia You!'. Andy also sang 'Chen Nuo'.

For every year's Andy World Club's celebration, Andy would seize the chance to celebrate his father's birthday and Father's Day with him, this time Andy sang the birthday song with the fans for his father. Meanwhile, Andy's son Andox and Blackie also appeared to cut the cake as a whole family.

Andy also gave away three jeans jacket from his personal collection during the lucky draw, the lucky winners had Andy helping them to wear the jackets. Andy World Club was formed on 18 June 1988, Andy personally presented awards to those 20-years members of the club, they also got to express their feeling of being a member for 20 years. There are also new members joining the club at the night as "mother" Andy presented the membership cards to Andox and Blackie.

news from: Apple Daily News, Ming Pao, SingTao News, Wei Wen Po, Ta Kung Po

| Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Zhang Hanyu whom got his big break in Feng Xiaogang's Assembly was invited by Andy Lau to join the cast of Andrew Lau new film, the content of the film is still kept under wrapped, Andy and Zhang would have many scenes opposite one another.

It is known that the content was once revealed during the Media Asia company dinner by boss Peter Lam. The film will be directed by Andrew Lau, Andy Lau and Shu Qi as the leads, it would be a love comedy. Andrew also revealed: "The script had been completed, it would be a romantic love comedy." Zhang Hanyu's character will be a man who is faithful in love. From the understanding of the reporter, Zhang Hanyu had touched down in Hong Kong to start shooting and makeup for the film.

Meanwhile, the fund (¥2.4 million) raised from the charity auction of the Olympic torches in Hainan Island will be used to rebuilt Beichuan Dong Jia Primary School which was destroyed during the Sichuan earthquake.

news from: Sina.com, yule.sohu.com

| Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Many discussions were held yesterday at the Shanghai Film Festival, among them Jackie Chan was voted to be the artiste with the highest healthy index, followed by Yao Ming, Jet Li, Andy Lau and Liu Xiang, the top 5 spots were occupied by male celebrities. Andy was ranked the highest among the 4 Heavenly Kings. With regards to female celebrities, Zhang Ziyi was at number 83 and Lin Zhiling at number 92, Zhao Wei and Fan Bingbing occupied the last 2 spots, it seems that they're not so popular.

Healthy index is a survey of the celebrities' image among people, 600 people of age between 18 - 25 years old from Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou were interviewed. The healthy image was graded from 7 points which is society responsibility, working attitude, responsibility in marriage and love, kind of lifestyle, human relations, images being reported in the media and image in commercial. In the end, Jackie came in first for 5 of the points, but came in ninth for the responsibility in marriage and love. Andy is ranked the highest among the 4 Heavenly Kings as he made into the top 5, Leon Lai is the lowest ranked at number 38, in human relations, he was ranked number 66.

news from: Ming Pao

| Thursday, June 12, 2008

Earlier it was reported in a magazine that initially Eason Chan has the chance to go to the Sichuan site visit however he was being discarded by Andy Lau. When asked about the matter, Eason quipped that it was an honor to be on the cover of the magazine with Andy and actually he does not want to comment on this matter.

Eason said that he did thought of going for the on-site visit, however he had not complete his work commitment, he himself not a professional rescuer, he's worried that he would hinder the rescuers' work, if he was to drink a bottle of water, the victims would have less a bottle of water to drink, thus he only donate money and perform in the charity show.

The magazine used Eason's drink water phrase to attack Andy, Eason sighed: "Never mind, forget about it, everybody look things differently, actually when a person want to do something, nobody can stop the person, if you have the heart to help the victims will do."

news from: Ming Pao

| Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Director Feng Xiaogang had been actively involved in showbiz fund raising ever since the Sichuan earthquake. Now he's planning to shoot a film based on touching stories of both the Tangshan and Sichuan earthquakes, the male leads had been decided to be Stephen Chow, Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Ge You, Chen Daoming and Zhang Guoli with many other actors.

Feng Xiaogang hope that this film will urge all people around the world to show love to the earthquake victims, as the rebuilding would take a long time, thus he hoped that the love would continues. As there are many touching true stories in the Tangshan and Sichuan earthquakes, he decided to round them up into a touching film, it's scheduled to start shooting in March 2009, the production fees is estimated to be around HK$5.6 million, it will be invested by Huayi Brothers and Tangshan government.

When interviewed through telephone, Feng said: "I'm preparing for this movie, but I had to finish up with the current films that I'm working on, it should be next year! We're still contacting the actors, as we had not inked any contract, thus I can not reveal more."

news from: Apple Daily News

| Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Earlier Andy Lau went shooting for a new commerical for Taoti oolong and green tea as he had a battle with children at the beach, however he failed to win against 2 children from Germany thus he surrender. At the location shooting at the beach, Andy played with children from different countries, it's like a multi-national "army".

The director wanted Andy to play with the children, they raced against each other on the beach, after several rounds due to NGs, Andy is already catching for his breathe but the children just refused to stop as they wanted to continue playing with Andy. Before the play start, Andy had already admitted defeat as he said he's no match for them. Initially it's just playing group games but it transform into throwing sand at each other. Andy feel that it rekindle his memories when he was 10-years-old. He said: "I really cannot outplay them, just playing games can transformed into throwing sands at each other, it's been many years I played this way, suddenly I feel like I'm 10 years old again, ha ha ha!"

As the children got excited, 2 German boys lost control as they wrestle with Andy, climb onto of Andy and start punching, pulling Andy's trouser and gave flying kicks, Andy does not know how to handle them as he surrender after 5 minutes.

It's been years since Andy enjoyed the sun at the beach because in order to avoid paparazzi as he loved asking friends to go to the beach before he entered showbiz, he could only swim and go out the sea only during his overseas holidays. Recently he went out to the sea on a friend's yacht, thus got the chance to swim and enjoy the sun. Normally he depended on indoor tanning to maintain his skin color, this time round, he got to enjoy while working thus he brought sun tanning lotion, he seize the chance to sun tan himself while the crew members hide under the shade.

news from: Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Sing Tao News

| Saturday, June 07, 2008

| Friday, June 06, 2008

Earlier Andy Lau was in Hainan Island Sanya attending an activity named "Water from Wenchuan poured into the sea" (literally translated) with 80 children from Wenchuan country, Sichuan. The main motive of the activity was to gather water from Wenchuan and bring to Hainan Island and poured them into the sea, this is to represent the passing of life and hope, it also represent the victims falling into the love of fellow countrymen, thus giving them blessing, hope this will make the victims know that they are not alone as these love will accompany them to go forward.

Before the ceremony, the organizer arrange the children aged between 5 - 12 years old to have a 500 meters relay on the beach, more than 10 torch bearers were at the finishing point to release pigeons. Andy and 4 children complete the 200 meters relay.

At the end Andy carried a child as he poured the Wenchuan water which symbolize love and blessing into the sea.

Upon seeing the conditions of the children, Andy was sad as he said although the fear cannot be seen from their eyes but he's worried of seeing them in a lost. Andy expressed that this activity will last for 15 days, he will bring the children around Hainan Island as entertainment programs and mental consolation were arranged for them, hoping that they will walked out of the shadow in a different environment to smile again, it also hope that they would have a new homeland.

After the activity in Hainan Island, Andy will be rushing to Beijing for other work commitments, he also didn't forget to ask his friends of the current situation in Sichuan, he urged all to continue to show concern to the victims and rescuers, giving them the most support and encouragement because it's a long procedure for the rescuers, Andy is worried of the huge pressure of the rescuers, he feel that the rescuers also need the same love and concern given to the victims.

news from: Wei Wen Po, Sing Pao, Sing Tao News, Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Ta Kung Po, HK Headlines

| Thursday, June 05, 2008

For the past half month, Andy Lau was the initiator of the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign, compose the lyrics for the campaign theme song Promise, performed and prepared in the fund raising gala show on 1 June, brought Sammi Cheng and Joey Yung to the site visit in Sichuan, however all his contributions exchanged for allegations. After being pointed out of donating $100,000 as too little and need to do more charity works to make up for it. Yesterday, a magazine alleged that Andy wanted to be the mainstay thus he strike off Eason Chan and Jacky Cheung names from the site visit list and thus missed the chance of performing in the Chengdu fund raising event, therefore he's at loggerheads with Andy. Meanwhile, during the Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign actual event, Andy was like the male lead as he bow to the performing artistes at the end of the event, thus he was bombarded by netizens.

With regards to the allegation concerning Eason, his manager Katie Chan exclaimed: "Rubbish! Why would Andy stop anyone from the site visit, everybody wanted to do their part. Artistes whom are agile are more suitable for the visit, being clumsy Eason is not suitable of going. Andy and Eason has a good relationship with each other, it's a happy thing doing charity together, Andy should not be blamed. The allegation will not affect their friendship, we will take it as a joke."

HK Performing Artistes Guild chairman Alan Tam expressed that there is no reason that Andy would disallow Eason to go to the site visit and perform in the Chengdu event. From what he know, the list of performing artistes were hand-picked by the local TV station, Andy has no say in it. With regards to the several allegations to Andy, Alan revealed: "I've talked about it with Andy, I told him doing how much does not matter, most importantly is not to be pulled around by people. Andy did sighed that he did not need to follow what people told him to! I then told him that he need not be angry as he's a leader and have a long path ahead of him, he need to pull this away in order to continue."

Jackie Chan also supported Andy as he said: "Of course Andy would not stop Eason from going to the site visit! There's no such matters."

news from: Ming Pao, SingTao News, Apple Daily News, Wei Wen Po

| Wednesday, June 04, 2008

After completing Artistes 512 Fund Raising Campaign, Andy Lau immediately jet off to Hainan Island Sanya to attend the press conference of Sunshine Action.

The event was held at the function hall of Kempinski Hotel. He was there to auction off his Olympic torch-bearer relay torch, other than his torch being auctioned, another two torches are from the Hainan Island locals (Zhao Yu Ying and Han Yan).

The fund raised will be used to form Olympic torch Sunshine Charity Fund, which will be used to help in the education needs for the Sichuan earthquake victims.

The main motive of this event is to help the children get out of the bad memories of the earthquake, allow them to go into new schools.

When the first torch was being auctioned, Andy immediately joined in the bidding as he managed to win the bid with ¥750,000. The torch that Andy bid belong's to Miss. Zhao Yu Ying, Hainan TV station newscaster.

With regards to Andy's torch, the organizer arranged it to be the last to be auctioned, the audience got excited as the base price is ¥1000,000. When Andy appeared for the auction, he was welcomed by loud applause and cheers.

After many rounds of bidding, the torch was dealed at ¥1900,000 to International Data Group. With selling and buying, Andy managed to raise ¥2650,000 (around HK$2980,000). The auction of the 3 torches managed to raise ¥3150,000.

When asked if he's satisfied of the price, Andy said: "I can't say whether I'm satisfied, most importantly is the raised amount will reach the Sichuan earthquake children victims, the torch that I decided to auction off is very meaningful to me."

He added: "I treasure it very much, it's the promise of my life, although I can't bare to part with it, but donating the torch to the children, it also represent my promise to them, together with them, there you and there's me."

Andy expressed that there are many other things to do for the victims, most importantly is to stabilize the mental conditions of those children whom lost their family to the earthquake, and rebuilding their homeland.

He said: "Finding a shrink to do some mental consolation for the children is important, they had experience shock and terror, they would cry out of a sudden."

The organizer had arranged 80 children to attend the Sunshine Action, Andy had close contact and played games with them. Andy expressed that he was touched by the strong will of the children during his earlier site visit.

Andy exclaimed that similar disaster happened in Russia a few years ago and the children also has the same issue of crying out of a sudden, the Russian hired shrinks to give mental consolation to the children, thus China should do the same to give the children mental consolation of 2-4 weeks.

news from: Apple Daily News, Ming Pao, SingTao News, Sing Pao, Wei Wen Po, Ta Kung Po, HK Headlines, Sina.com, netease