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| Thursday, July 31, 2008

Organized by Metro Broadcast, 2008 Metro Guo Yu Li Music Awards was successfully held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 30 July 2008, this is the only music award presentation ceremony that musicians from Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China battled against each other.

When compared to the previous four presentation ceremonies where heavenly king Andy Lau dominates, it's a difference situation as he did not attend this year's ceremony. Eason Chan was the most outstanding with 5 awards, most of the singers won 2 awards each which includes S.H.E, Show Luo, Josie Ho, Ivana Wong, Soda Green, Anthony Wong, Gary Chaw, Guang Liang, Elva Hsiao and Irene-A. This does not avoid people refer it as distributing of the awards.

As the award ceremony is held in Hong Kong, most of the winners are Hong Kong singers. Those of higher popularity like Eason Chan, Joey Yung, Anthony Wong, Andy Lau and Twins were well taken care of.

Andy had won 2 awards which includes World's Top Stage Performer and Top Singer awards.

news from: Sina.com

| Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Andy Lau whom will be holding his concert in Taipei Arena this coming 21 and 22 November, even though he was location shooting with Shu Qi in Mainland China, he's already preparing himself and maintained his body, because he's a perfectionist. For every night after 1900 hours, he would not eat anything related to flour and eat only meat. He's also jogging and working out in the gym in hope to perform in his best shape. The organizer revealed that Andy would also be rehearse dancing in the later stage, Taiwanese would be able to see Andy's 6 abs muscles!

Andy had invested NT$2.5 billion on the stage which allows him to "drop from the sky", exciting magic performances will also be included, his beloved Andox and Blackie will also have special performance. Andy will be presenting a different kind of concert with several different elements included. Patty Hou who is a huge fan of Andy for many years also expressed that she will go watch her idol personally.

Fans kept calling the hotline ( (02) 23419898) to make enquiries, the organizer expressed that tickets for the Taiwan concert will start selling on 4 August 1200 hours, fans can buy the tickets from ERA Tickets (http://www.ticket.com.tw/).

news from: Apple Daily News Taiwan, udn news

| Saturday, July 26, 2008

For the upcoming Olympic Games, Andy Lau, Emil Zhou, Jay Chou and many musicians had created music for the games. With the opening ceremony near the corner, people started to make guesses of the game's theme song, when one are listening to the past games' theme songs, all efforts by singers touches everyone ....

On the opening ceremony on 8 August, the theme song for the Olympic Games will be announced. Currently everyone had their "favorite choice". Gathering from major websites, forums, discussion boards, it was found that Andy Lau's Everyone is No. 1 had the most support, the music video of the song is also cannot be compared.

During the shooting of the video, Andy also transform himself into a person with disability as he also wore an artificial limbs with his leg bandaged. By looking at the images, the fans will realized that it's a tough process. Professional Andy exclaimed that it's not tough during shooting, but when he went back to the hotel, he will feel pain throughout his whole body.

"I'm a healthy person, after wearing the artificial limb then I know how tough it is because one has to get used to many things, but they would require it for the rest of their life, it would be more tougher for them when compared to us." Andy think that it's unforgettable to wear the artificial limb and go onto the Great Wall of China, he said: "It's really very tough when going up, it's like a few steps then will require NG, this is not good, it will give away as it's not attached properly then the artificial limb will fall out." When Andy completed that scene, everyone applause him. "That time I feel that I'm really a sportsman, really falling down and picking oneself up many times, upgrade to a higher level.

In the music video, Andy also need to use a wheelchair which he used with ease, this is also an unforgettable experience for him. He's lucky to have shoot scenes on a wheelchair in his past movies, thus he learn how to move on a wheelchair.

Up till now, Andy does not know if he would be singing this song during the 2008 Olympic Games opening ceremony, however no matter if he's performing, he do hope to be present at the opening ceremony as it was known that he had already bought the tickets.

When asked of the past Olympic Games theme song, Andy said 1988's Hand In Hand gave him the deepest impression. "I feel that the song is a common feel, I hope that this year's Olympic Games song can also have a common feel as it can be accepted by everybody. Not to a very high extent, but it must be a great song that will directly moved everyone." According to Andy, the song that has the expression of everyone united is very important to be a good Olympic Games theme song.

news from: http://www.cnwnews.com, sina.com

| Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Recently, Carina Lau whom recently recount her sorrow of being kidnapped many years ago. Manfred Wong whom was once the chairman of several Hong Kong Films Awards wrote in his blog about the incident of Hong Kong actors being forced to shoot movie by triads, he wrote: "Other than Carina Lau, those being forced for location shooting in Holland includes Andy Lau and Alex Man, this is the movie that Andy had a gun pointed to his head."

In actual fact, triad members forcing actors was a minor incident in Hong Kong showbiz during those years. In the article, Manfred express that during those times, triad members challenged the law, force actors to shoot films, news of managers being held at gun point kept reported, other than the popular actors at a lost, they also could not sleep for several days, sometimes they also are not paid.

However he sighed: "Those time Hong Kong movie industry was doing very well, even triads wanted to earn this money, it shows that this business can make money, be it movie investors or cinemas were all making money. When money can be earned, the triads will be interested, thus it's really the golden generation of Hong Kong movie industry."

Manfred revealed the more popular the actor during that period, the actor will be "hand-picked" by the triad boss. He said: "During that time, some Taiwanese film companies were manipulated, when someone offered a price that for whichever movie with Andy Lau, they will offer HK$8000,000 to purchase it, during those times, Andy's asking fee was just HK$1000,000 - $2000,000, the production fee for a film total up to HK$3000,000 - $4000,000, in other words, to be able to engage the services of Andy Lau, one can earn HK$3000,000 - $4000,000 even before shooting starts, it's easy money." However how to engage the services of Andy Lau would need some effort. According the understanding of reporters, Andy was one of the actors that being forced by triads the most time, there was a period that he was involved in several "lousy films", he could not make a choice.

In Deadly Sin, Andy whom went location shooting with Carina in Holland was the movie that Andy filmed with a gun pointed to his head.

When contacted by reporters, Manfred admitted that he wrote the blog entry, he said: "The content is reliable, I'll be responsible for what I wrote." However he does not wish to accept further questions from reporters, Manfred said: "It's rainstorm everywhere during that period, luckily the movie industry still get to develop, with the current downturn of the Hong Kong movie industry, the fees paid are lower, triads are no longer interested."

news from: Ming Pao, Sina.com

| Friday, July 18, 2008

Heart warming music, beautiful images, touching dialogue had affirms the status of 100 Years hair care. The phrase "tone your hair, Centaine 100 Years" commercial gave people a refreshing and joyful feel, it's unforgettable for many. With heavenly king megastar Andy to endorse C Nice Group's 100 Years Hair Care was announced around the country, it received good feedback and attention of many.

No matter on the silver screen or in real life, Andy has a healthy, mature, fashion image among Chinese all over the world. Despite his age, his smile still gave confidence and warmth. His handsome looks, healthy lifestyle, professionalism, active in charity works and responsible to the society, his upright character to become the ideal lover of many Oriental females.

With all the above mentioned characteristics, it matches the characteristics of 100 Years Hair Care, thus the collaboration is forged.

Being picked as the spokesman for the newly packaged 100 Years Hair Care, evergreen Andy talked about his special and traditional view on health and love, he said: "Beauty within oneself is true beauty, beauty is not rated on health." With regards to the woman in his heart, Andy's requirement is rather traditional and oriental, he said: "A woman whom know how to love is surely an intelligent woman, no matter its lifestyle and career need to maintain a balance, love also needs efforts to manage. I believe love and hair are the same, they can be everlasting. Love and hair is the same, with a balance maintenance, you'll see true love one day. Use your heart to take care of it, Centaine 100 Years." This is the classic philosophy brought to you with his collaboration with 100 Years Hair Care.

news from: http://www.cnnice.com, bbs.163.com

| Thursday, July 17, 2008

Financial magazine Forbes recently pointed out in its article the competitive market of mobile phones, finding a good spokesman is very important, thus they have an article titled 10 Celebs And Their Cells to select the 10 most influential mobile phones spokesmen list. This time round, the list of names are listed without any order, among the 10 celebs, there are two familiar Asian faces towards the end of the list, they are Andy Lau and Rain. Although Jay Chou is not listed, but his name is mentioned in the article.

The article explained that Andy was selected because he wrote a calligraphy specially for LG Shine special edition last year, he wrote "Kindness bring you to Heaven" which leaves a good impression. When asking questions to reporters, he revealed that he is not the spokesman for the mobile phone as it was a promotional collaboration for his new album but he's delighted being selected and quipped: "I'm not sure if I can ask for a higher fee next time?"

Rain whom had just completed shooting Hollywood film Ninja Assassin, the Korean media also has large scale reports of him being in the list. Forbes introduce Rain as Korean version of Justin Timberlake, thus he was picked to become the spokesman for Samsung mobile phones and its Beijing Olympic Games promotional ambassador.

Those listed on the list includes Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova, soccer player David Beckham, America's R&B heavenly king Usher, Black Eyed Peas member Fergie, female racer Danica Patrick and Shah Rukh Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Aamir Khan from Bollywood.

Forbes Top 10 Most Influential Mobile Phone Spokesmen

Maria Sharapova - Sony Ericsson

David Backham - Motorola RAZR2

Danica Patrick - Motorola

Shah Rukh Khan - Nokia

Abhishek Bachchan - Motorola

Aamir Khan - Samsung

Usher - Sony Ericsson

Fergie - Motorola ROKR

Rain - Samsung

Andy Lau - LG Shine

news from: Apple Daily News, Wei Wen Po, Sing Tao News

| Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Earlier Andy Lau was awarded Justices of the Peace Ordinance by the Hong Kong SAR Government, he made his first public appearance as a JP as he attended adidas Specially Made for Beijing (literally translated) exhibition opening ceremony and Beijing Olympic Games one month countdown at Causeway Bay. Among those attended includes table tennis aces Li Jing and Ko Lai Chak, fencing sportswoman Chow Tsz Ki whom had a fencing match with Andy where adidas donated $500,000 to Andy Lau Charity Fund to aid the Sichuan earthquake victims.

Andy expressed that he didn't celebrate being awarded JP as he revealed that several people addressed him as a JP which he could not get used to it. When asked if being a JP is a burden to him, Andy said: "With or without it is the same for me, it's an enouragement to me." Andy is also not worried that it will affect his work, as there will not be a problem to be a villain in films or appearing in films with violent scenes, he said: "It's just acting, it's not related, these are 2 different things." When asked if he will be going prison visits, he revealed that there will be related work within this year, thus he had hired a secretary to help him in such matters, however he had not received any job notice. Andy exclaimed if any detainee complaint to him, he will handle it seriously before considering whether need to follow up, he added: "If the citizens have any complaint, can tell me."

With regards to a Apple Daily reporter refused entry to Beijing to report on the Olympics Games, Andy also heard of the matter, he said: "I read anout it from the papers, if the reporter wanted to complain, can look for me, but I'm not very sure of the whole matter, thus I'm in no position to talk about this matter."

When asked if he thought of getting married after becoming a JP, Andy quipped that JP can get married too, but he would only answer such questions in a later period. With regards to good friend Felix Wong urging him to get married soon, Andy laughed it off as he said: "What he said does not concern me, we talk about this at a later date, I'll call him when I'm getting married." When asked about the wedding of Tony Leung and Carina Lau, Andy expressed that he's unsure of the actual date as he quipped: "I read in the newspaper that it isn't this month, I'll call him, I'm busybody."

With regards to whether he will be attending the Olympic Games opening ceremony, Andy said: "I'll attended if invited, currently I'm not invited, but I bought tickets, if me going will cause a commotion and affect the flow of the ceremony, I would rather stay at home to watch."

In addition, the alleged love nest with alleged girlfriend Carol Zhu in Malaysia had become a tourist spot as someone whom visit Malaysia expressed online that when the tour bus drove past a street along the beach, the tour guide introduce a bungalow with white tower as the love nest of Andy and Carol. The person also expressed that Malaysian addressed Carol as Mrs. Lau, their relationship is already an open secret.

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

| Friday, July 04, 2008

It was once alleged that Andy Lau will be cast in Red Cliff as Zhu Ge Liang but John Woo deny the allegation and exclaimed that they had already working on a new film.

Director John Woo was interviewed by Commercial Radio yesterday as he expressed that he always wanted to collaborate with Andy Lau due to his performance in Infernal Affairs and A World Without Thieves as his acting had entered another level. He also revealed that he hope to collaborate with Andy in a new film, they had plannings already.

He expressed that he met Andy during the Golden Horse Film Awards, Andy told him that he just need to called him in order to collaborate, they will soon collaborate. With regards to Zhu Ge Liang character in Red Cliff belongs to Andy, John exclaimed that it initially belongs to Tony Leung Chiu Wai but Tony rejected it as Tony is worried that he could not managed all the Chinese dialogues as he just finish shooting Lust.Caution, however later Tony was cast as Zhou Yu and Takashi Kaneshiro cast as Zhu Ge Liang.

news from: Ming Pao

After waiting for 6 years, fans of Andy Lau will finally see him hold his concert in Taiwan this coming 21 and 22 November, he will be staging 2 nights at Taipei Arena, this will also be Andy's first time performing there since its opening in 2005. He will be bringing his 2 sons Andox and Blackie to perform with him.

For the past 2 years, Andy had been invited to perform at the Taipei Arena but it's alleged that he's unhappy that performer are not allowed to bring their own lighting and sound system for installation, thus the delay of performing there. However for his Wonderful World world tour concert, he will be bringing his equipments from Japan. Being his virgin performance and perfectionist, Andy has high expectation of the stage, for the best visual effects, 30 cargoes are used, stored inside include the huge LED screen which will be appearing in Chinese performance for the first time.

Since September 2007, he had performed in 16 cities, total production fees had reached $2.5 billion.

During the concert, Andy will perform magic and Latin dance. With regards to the highly difficulties "strike by lighting" stunt, the venue must be inspected before deciding if it can be performed.

news from: Apple Daily News Taiwan, udn news

| Wednesday, July 02, 2008

After being presented Medal of Honour by Hong Kong SAR Government in 2004, yesterday he was being awarded Justices of the Peace Ordinance by the Hong Kong SAR Government. During the sworn-in ceremony to become the Justices of the Peace, Andy is able to participate in prison visits; visit any custodial institution or detained person; take and receive declarations and to perform any other functions under the Oath and Declarations Ordinance and to serve as a member of any advisory panel.

Andy who is in showbiz for more than 20 years had been active in charity works, his image leaves deep impression to all, awarded World's Outstanding Young Persons, Hong Kong's Outstanding Young Persons, Honorary Academician by Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and many other titles.

Yesterday, the SAR Government announced this year's list of Justice of Peace Ordinance, Andy is one of the 53 Non-Offical JPs, it's considered a milestone for his status. He said: "I'm very honored to be a Justice of Peace Ordinance, many thanks to the government for appointing me." He had already sworn-in to be a JP a few days ago.

news from: Ming Pao, Apple Daily News, Sing Tao News, Wei Wen Po, Sina.com

Andy Lau was invited by General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China to be the charity ambassador of Products Identification Authentication and Tracking System (PIATS), to promote the Chinese government reinforcing products safety and supervision as it concerns the 13 billion Chinese's lifestyle and 50 billions of products safety.

To be chosen for this task, Andy exclaimed that he is very honored and he will give his full support to the government's reinforcing products safety and supervision. In order to allow consumer to understand what is PIATS, the commercial is expressed in different languages, it also require to have different angles facing the camera, the same phrase had to repeat more than 10 times. Andy quipped: "This can be considered as the commercial that I said the most words."

In order for people to understand and familiarize with PIATS, the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China and other related departments had followed the government's requirement of implementing and promoting, thus the person chosen to endorse this exercise is very important, the first person to come in mind is Andy Lau.

The person-in-charge for General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China expressed: "Andy Lau is very influential in Asia, he's professional, patriot, upright, caring and active in charity works, no matter it's his character or his movies and songs had leave a deep impression to Chinese of all ages. With him as the endorser, it will surely get notice by people and speed up the implementation of PIATS." The person-in-charge also expressed that he wanted to thanks Andy for agree immediately even though he will not be paid.

The director of this commercial is Wang Xiaoshi whom requested Andy to wear a Chinese Samfoo for the shoot, he said: "Because Andy wearing the Chinese Samfoo will have an upright image which fit the requirement of the commercial." For this commercial, Andy specially tailor made 2 Chinese Samfoo, one in gray and another in black.

When the director see Andy wearing the Chinese Samfoo, he said to the person beside him: "Why he could be so handsome, no wonder normal looking people like us can only be those behind the screen."

Andy whom was currently busy shooting his new film said that he fully support this system as he said that one could not prevent nature disaster but one can always control and prevent man-made disaster.

news from: Ta Kung Po, Apple Daily News, Wei Wen Po, Central Daily News, Sina.com, Wei Wen Po, Sing Tao News, Ming Pao