Saturday, November 18, 2006

[Ta Kung Pao & The Sun 19/11/06]

Blessing Ceremony for TVB Anniversary Extravaganza

TVB's 39th Anniversary Extravaganza show will be taking place this evening and some of the artistes, including Liza Wang, Carol Cheng and Nat Chan joined together for the show's blessing ceremony to pray for everything to run smoothly.

Carol will be joining forces with Liza Wang and Nancy Sit to perform a 'Beautiful Big Sis Cooking Birthday Banquet Special' in the show and they have invited Nat, Michael Hui and Alan Tam to be their judges for the show. Bosco Wong, Ron Ng, Roger Kwok and Kevin Cheng will be playing the roles of the 'assistants', taking on character names of Abalone, Ginseng, Sharks Fin and Fish Stomach to build the atmosphere. Carol admits she is quite nervous about cooking, so she has been asking all her friends to teach her how to cook and she has received many cookbooks as gifts. She says: "I don't usually cook and even burn fried eggs. I will be cooking sea cucumber in the show and I am scared that all of its innards and urine will spray all over me." Carol understands that Liza is also not a great cook, so this will be a breakthrough performance for them both. She thinks that Nancy will win hands down because she says her cooking skills are not bad. As for the choice of the four male leads to be assistants, Carol hopes that they will help to wipe their sweat and look after their valuables.

Nat will be joining Eric Tsang for a 'waxworks' act and a group of younger artistes will be playing waxwork figures, whilst Eric and Nat joke about their gossip. Talking of him and Alan being judges for the 'Beautiful Big Sis Cooking', Nat says: "Alan has called me five or six times and asked me what they will be doing. If this is the first event, then he does not know what to do afterwards. For me, I feel that if we are fine after eating the food, then we should invite Sir Run Run to come and join us."

Gregory Lee was asked for his response to his girlfriend Shirley Yeung being kissed and hugged by a foreigner in an earlier event and he said with resignation: "She is a pretty girl and there is nothing we can do. Of course I was worried about her, but I cannot be with her all the time, so I can't help. (Do you mind your girlfriend dressing so sexily?) To be honest, as her boyfriend, then I do hope she does not do this, but if this is the arrangement by the organisers, then it will depend on the needs of her work and whether or not she is comfortable with this."

At another event, Joe Ma indicated he will not be attending tonight's show because he has to film. However, he is not worried that people will think he is evading the show because he did not win an award. He says: "I am still filming for the company and I couldn't fit it into my schedule." Asked if he is worried about being photographed when he is in Beijing, he says: "The media is hard to control, I can't worry about it too much. (Will you employ a female assistant?) I am only going for a week, so there is no need yet. Even if I do, I will look at the person's experience rather than whether they are male or female."


[Ta Kung Pao 19/11/06]

Niki Chow is First Celebrity to be Presented with PS3

Niki Chow was presented with the highly sought after Sony PS3 Games Console yesterday and she says that she is very excited to be selected as the first celebrity in Hong Kong to be presented with this console and laughs that she will need to be escorted out by security, because she understands that all the stocks had been sold out within 20 minutes when it was first released and the price has now been escalated from the $5000 selling price to nearly $9000 a piece. She also read in reports yesterday that when the console whent on sale in America, someone was shot and this is a bad state of affairs, but she does see the attraction of the games system. She says that she is a huge gaming fan, especially with racing games and she often beats the men.

Asked if she will invite good friend Kevin Cheng to join her to play on the PS3, she says: "I don't think he likes playing video games." With recent reports that Kevin has had cosmetic surgery, has Niki been watching these reports? She says: "I have not seen them. (Do you feel that his nose is particularly straight now?) Don't be like that, he has just won an award and you talk about him in that way. (Is his popularity causing him to draw attention to himself?) It is not just him, whenever an artiste does well, then there will be these reports that make them out to be terrible people. I believe that he will not mind though and should get through it. (The reports say that he used to be quite hairy, but he has shaved a lot recently?) They write about everything, don't make personal attacks. It is very bad."


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