Monday, April 30, 2007

[Ta Kung Pao & The Sun 01/05/07]

Michael Tse, Sheren Tang & Kiki Sheung at 'Family Link' Promotion

TVB's new series "The Family Link" held a promotion yesterday in Tseung Kwan O, attended by Sheren Tang, Kiki Sheung, Michael Tse and Kenneth Ma. The stars wore army themed outfits as they went shopping in the marketplace with just $30 and caused a little chaos as the stallholders complained about them getting in the way of business during the peak trading hours. Although the fruitstall owner complained about them affecting his business, he was still eager to get their autographs as he said: "I will lose at least $2000 in business at this rate, I'd better get myself an autograph though." In the end, Kiki's team won the competition and as Sheren and Michael's team lost, they had to undergo a forfeit, with Michael and Kenneth being forced to put on some boxer shorts in public, which was very funny.

Michael and Sheren play a married couple in the series and they have a son and daughter aged 6 and 7 respectively. Sheren indicated that the children were very close to him, Michael smiled: "When we were off set, Sheren would push everything onto me, so I had to look after the children and I had to combine the soft and the hard approach with them." As for the rumours that his wife is pregnant, Michael smiles avoidingly: "I didn't know that! (How would you not know?) I didn't ask! She did not say either. (Are you afraid of it being too early to say?) Are you talking about Hacken? He is [having a baby]. (Are you mentally prepared to be a father?) I am mentally prepared to shave my head for a new series. (How will you look after your wife when you are filming?) When I am filming, my wife will look after me." When the reporters found they weren't getting anywhere with him, they changed tack and asked him if his wife fell pregnant, would he announce it? He says continuing his jokes: "If Sheren has one, then I will definitely tell everyone."

As for Kiki, she does usually go to the markets to buy ingredients for her soup and as for the complaints about them getting in the way, she syas: "So when we left, I did apologise to them for inconveniencing them. We filmed in this market before, somtimes until about 5pm and there were a lot of housewives who complained, but some were very good and stopped to chat with us. One chicken stall holder even asked me to introduce his son into acting."

After filming this series, Sheren feels that it is a hard life being a housewife, but this has not put her off getting married and has made her realise what marriage is actually about, giving all your time and money to yuor children. When you don't need to worry about romance any more, then life becomes more stable and you no longer have as many fantasies. She smiles: "Love in marriage changes into a different kind of love and that is one of acceptance. (It will be okay if you don't have children?) My chances are slim, I don't even have a husband yet." Sheren hopes that this series can give comfort and encouragement to the hardworking housewives.

As for going shopping in the markets, Sheren says that when she lived in Clearwater Bay, she would often go out and buy groceries, but now she is in a new home and her mother cooks for her, then she rarely goes to the market any more. However, she had started shopping in the market from a young age and it gives her a very homely feeling because no matter how you look, the stallholders will always call you 'pretty sister', then naturally say something flattering about you, so it is a good place to check on your popularity levels. Has she been scolded at by the housewives? She smiles: "No, even when I was playing Yu Fei, they would not scold me. Maybe they would say: 'You are so evil!', but they did not mean it maliciously because the viewers understand it is just acting."


[Ta Kung Pao 01/05/07]

Myolie Keeps Watches Refusing to Give to Bosco

Myolie Wu, Christine Ng, Michael Tse, Sherming Yiu and Joel Chan were the latest guests on Nat Chan's Olympic Quiz show earlier and Myolie was full of confidence because she had taken part in the coverage of the last Olympic Games. She did not disappoint and was selected twice to shoot the net, which she succeeded in, winning each of the guests an additional $10,000 prize money. Afterwards, they all thanked her gratefully.

Although she was very self assured, she was warned about the jokes from Nat, especially when it came to talking about her rumours with Bosco. However, she said knowingly: "I am expecting it. I just turn it back on him and talk about his wife." When Bosco appeared on the show last time, he was presented with a pair of his and hers watches and Nat had suggested he gave one to Myolie. Asked about this, she says she did not receive anything from him and says that if she wins some watches from the show, she plans to give them to her parents. When it came to the real filming, Nat did give her a men's watch and then he instructed his assistant to give her two more ladies' watches, saying: "I will give you three because I don't know if Bosco will choose you or Fala, so you can split them between yourselves." Asked later what she will do with the three watches, she says: "Originally I had planned to give them to my parents and I will give the other one to my sister. (So you are not giving it to Fala?) She has her own."

When Christine came to writing her answers on the cards, it was found that there are a lot of words that she wrote incorrectly. For example, 'nei-lung' (nylon) was written as 'mei-lung' and she did not know the proper word for 'fibres' having to ask Joel for help. It looks like she will have to catch up on her Chinese. She reveals that after finishing filming for "Love Comes from Chance", she has been sleeping for two weeks to catch up on her sleep. She is very happy because she has not had to put on her make-up and in July, she will be going on vacation to Europe with her husband for three months. They had already booked a table in a Spanish restaurant a year ago and although it costs $4-5000 a head there, it is a once in a lifetime experience and it will be worth it.


[Ta Kung Pao 01/05/07]

Claire Yiu Afraid of Turning Ugly After Marriage

Claire Yiu modelled for a bridal company show yesterday and she syas that she was very surprised to still be invited to do these shows after her own marriage, so she was very happy.

Claire was asked whether she will have some new wedding photos taken with her husband after a while and she says she is afraid of turning ugly, so she will not. However, if they have children, then she will have some family portraits taken instead. However, she has lots of travel plans for this year and she would like to continue training for her badminton. Moreover, she would like to work in front of the camera for at least another year or two, so when she feels more settled then she will consider having children. Her husband shares her views, so he has not put any pressure on her. She is currently hosting a series about health and many of her friends ask her for advice on healthcare, treating her like she is a doctor. She says she will have to work harder on this to avoid being unable to answer their questions.


[Ta Kung Pao 01/05/07]

Francois Huynh Internet Shopping for Mothers Day

Francois Huynh has been invited to be the star of the May model for an internet fashion company Yesstyle, showing off the classiness of a Mr Hong Kong winner. He says excitedly: "When I was living in France, I used to like shopping at their sister site for the latest in Asian entertainment products and it kept me in touch with the showbiz trends in Hong Kong. Now I have the chance to be the star of this site and as I have not been around for long, this is a great honour for me and it give me a very homely feeling."

Internet shopping is the way of things to come and for Francois who has returned to Hong Kong to live now, this is particularly convenient. He says: "After entering the industry, I have to take part in many different promotions, so I like to do the research for them on the internet. As well as men's and women's fashions, I will also look at women's bags, accessories and beauty products. As Mothers Day is approaching, I can take my time to select my favourite items and then within 24 hours, then will be sent over to my mother in France to give her a surprise gift."


[The Sun 01/05/07]

Alvina Kong Extends Slimming Company Contract

Alvina Kong has recently signed for a third year as spokesperson for her slimming company sponsors and appearing in a swimsuit, sportswear and evening dress images, she has shot a new set of ads for the company, showing off her alluring body. Alvina has really pushed herself to the limits with this set of sexy ads and smiles: "Last time, my husband was already very nervous and I was worried that I had to use stick-on bras, but fortunately they were happy with a healthy image and as long as the lines came out beautiful, then it was fine."

Alvina says that her fee has increased again this time, but as she has been busy filming for "Best Selling Secrets" lately, she has not had time to keep up with her slimming regime. She says: "I can still keep it and it proves that my regeneration is still very good."


[The Sun 01/05/07]

Toby Leung is a Village Girl looking for Husband

Bobby Au Yeung and Toby Leung were working on the first day of filming of their new series "Cold Encounters of the Third Kind" in a scene where Toby plays a girl from Xinjiang who has been brought down to Hong Kong by dating agency boss Bobby, who is collecting her from the station. As Bobby has to speak some stunted Mandarin to her, they could not hold back the giggles, leading to plenty of NG's (outtakes). With her hair in bunches, Toby looked very much like a village girl and she says: "I daren't even look at it myself! However the story tells of me becoming very sexy and pretty later. (Will you be flaunting your figure?) I don't really flaunt it much, but I will wear tight tops and short skirts."


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