Monday, February 26, 2007

[Ta Kung Pao & The Sun 27/02/07]

Jessica and Joe are the Latest Attraction

After a few days rest over the Chinese New Year, Jessica Hsuan and Joe Ma were filming at the carnival for "The Drive of Life" yesterday in a scene where Joe declares his love on the big wheel. However, when they arrived, they were quickly surrounded by the tourists and visitors who asked for photos with them, turning them into the latest attraction at the fair!

Joe took his son to the carnival earlier with some friends and their children, but when Joe arrived, he was quickly surrounded by fans and in order for his friends and son to have a good time, he stayed outside the park to deal with the fans and waited for the others. When he was in France earlier, he took his wife and son to a theme park there and won lots of toys for his son, because playing the shooting games is his strength [Joe used to be a police officer]. As for declaring his love on the big wheel, Joe says that this is a popular place for lovers because it is very romantic.

Jessica laughs: "Although I am grown up now, but I can still withstand the excitement [of the rides]. I have just eaten, so I asked the director to film the big wheel scenes first and only go on the more exciting rides when I have digested the food, so I don't make myself sick."

Jessica spent the new year playing Mah Jong with her parents and although she lost money to them, she still had a great time. However, the happiest thing was that her fourteen year old dog could be with her, because she loves her pet the most, but he is suffering from illness and may have to be put down soon. Although she will miss him, there is nothing she can do and she hopes that he can pass away peacefully in his sleep, without any pain.


[Ta Kung Pao 27/02/07]

No Gambling, Just Delicious Food for Michael Tse in Macau

TVB New Year series "Best Bet" stars Michael Tse and his 'wife' Linda Chung took part in a promotional interview at Metro radio yesterday. Talking of the ratings being below expectations, Michael smiles that to reach 26 points at the new year is already very good, because people go away around this time and the ratings usually see a drop. Then he went on to talk about the show's storyline and says: "This week, the drama steps up to a climax and I will be pawning my screen-wife Linda. (Are you confident of ratings?) After the show has been aired, I have asked for reactions from the audience and they are all positive, so I am not worried."

In the show, Michael's character is a compulsive gambler, but how about in real life? In response to this, he says that he does not like gambling and even when he goes to Macau, he will not gamble and just go in search of delicacies. He only plays cards with his friends at the new year and he plays just for fun, not to win money.


[The Sun 27/02/07]

Charmaine Sheh Banned from Driving for Six Months

After having her licence suspended for three months in 2003 for unlawful driving, Charmaine Sheh found herself with the maximum 16 penalty points again and had her licence suspended again as she was banned from driving for six months. Wearing a red top and jeans, Charmaine was accompanied by two girlfriends at the Kwun Tong law courts, where she was noted to have amassed 16 penalty points between 15th May 2005 and 4th May 2006, so the department of transport have suspended her licence. Also, the judge noted that she did not notify the department of transport within 72 hours of moving house and warned her that she would be receiving another subpoena shortly.

With her hands in her pockets as she answered the court, Charmaine indicated that her new home was in North Point and she will provide the department with her new address details as soon as possible. After the hearing, Charmaine says: "During my ban, I will be taking public transport to work and may consider hiring a driver, but I will be working outside of Hong Kong in Beijing filming for 'The Drive of Life' soon, so it should not make too much difference."

Case ref: KTD945/2006


(File photos)

[Oriental Daily 26/02/07]

Steven Ma Finds Treasure Picking up 'Gentle Crackdown 2'

Moses Chan and Niki Chow's "The Gentle Crackdown" found great success and good reviews when it aired a few years ago and TVB have confirmed that a sequel will begin filming at the end of next month. Originally it was planned that Moses would reprise his character, but as he is currently tied up filming for the 80-episode spectacular "Jewels Splendor", TVB have decided to replace his leading role with Stephen Ma. With the comment that he has 'run into a treasure without trying', Steven admits that is a great opportunity and he is not afraid of being compared to Moses.

When asked if he felt he was onto a good thing, Steven says: "It is a good token, but the storyline is brand new and I am confident with this series. The script editor is the same person who did 'Safe Guards' and the original 'Gentle Crackdown' and I rarely have the chance to film ancient comedies, so this will be a change of direction for me in a new role." Are you afraid of being compared to Moses? Steven smiles: "No, this is a completely new storyline and with some good drama, the viewers will accept it. I am good friends with Moses, so we will see this as a challenge. (The ratings were very good last time, will you find this puts pressure on you?) Most artistes don't feel pressure from ratings as long as we do our best in our roles."

Talking of Yumiko Cheng taking her debut TV role in this series, Steven says: "This is the first time we have worked together in a series and I hope she will enjoy it and not put too much pressure on herself. We worked together before in a show and I find her quite outgoing, so I hope there will be some chemistry between us."

Moses was asked about losing out on the sequel because of his tight schedules and he smiles: "I would like to film the sequel, because there will be some chemical reactions between the original cast, but the production process is beyond my control." Do you find it a shame? Moses does not mind and says: "The story is completely different and it is just from the same genre. I hope that I can reprise 'Shui Dung Lau' again in the future."


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