Friday, May 04, 2007

[Ta Kung Pao 05/05/07]

Cast of 'Heart of Greed' Celebrates Susanna Kwan's Birthday

TVB's "Heart of Greed" had filmed earlier in an abalone store and the owner invited the cast and crew members out to a special abalone and red wine banquet earlier, also celebrating Susanna Kwan's 49th birthday. Those in attendance included Lee Si Kei, Moses Chan, Tavia Yeung and Bosco Wong. For her birthday wish, Susanna hopes for good health and world peace.

Susanna has had her fair share of gossip recently, firstly with rumours of animoscity between her and Lee Si Kei and then suggestions that she has been living off entertainment tycoon Cheung Yiu Wing for twenty years. In response, she says lightly: "The animoscity is between our characters in the storyline. (Do you know Mr Cheung well?) Of course I do, we have known each other for so many years and he has helped me to release my album and hold my concert." She insists that she will just laugh off the rumours and treat them as the offshoot of the popularity gained through the series that is causing the gossip. She adds: "I hope that they will just let it drop, he is a senior and an older person, so please give him some space. (Will you apologise to Mrs Cheung?) No, you wrote it, so it is nothing to do with me." Asked if she has any courters, she says she does not, but she is still living very happily especially after returning to filming series in Hong Kong, when she has been able to work with two of the senior ladies, Liza Wang and Si Kei. This makes her feel very fortunate and she is very happy working with such a big group of people, so she hopes that "Heart" will have a sequel. Asked how the deceased characters can come back, she says: "We can film another series with the same cast."

As well as the stories about her and Susanna, Si Kei has also had reports that she is living like a pauper and has to buy clothes costing just a few dollars. She says calmly in response to this: "It doesn't matter, maybe they just want to fight for readership. I will not get angry, maybe people will treat me even better!" She also reveals that as the cast of "Jewels Splendor" are away filming in Thailand, she has four days off because she does not have to go. Originally she had planned to go to France for a short vacation, but she does not really have enough time, so maybe she will go to Shanghai with a friend instead. Talking of the good ratings for "Heart", which reached a peak of 34 points and an average of 33 points, Si Kei agrees that the reviews have been very good and as for Susanna's suggestion of a sequel, she says: "My character has died, how can we do it? However, the cast and crew were all very happy, especially Ha Yu and Louis Yuen who really brought out the atmosphere."

Tavia and Moses presented some jewellery and red wine to Susanna as a birthday gift and Moses explained that as he did not have time to go shopping for a gift, he chose a bottle of red wine from his own collection to present to her. As for recent rumours that Linda Chung has been 'sticking' to him and he has been giving her lifts, he smiles: "I have not given her any lifts, even if I did, it was 'dak dak dei' (his character's nickname) who was driving her." Moses admits that he is the rumour kind, so when he sees other women, he will move away to avoid any more gossip.


[Ta Kung Pao 05/05/07]

Kevin Cheng is Role Model for New Talent Contestants

The 2007 New Talent Singing Contest held its New Zealand heats last month at Auckland's Aotea Centre, watched by 2000 people in the audience and joined by guest performers Kevin Cheng, Shirley Yeung and Bernice Liu. Although the three had travelled far to reach the event, they felt the warmth from the local fans and all tiredness qas quickly washed away.

The seven male and seven female contests each had to perform individual singing acts as well as group performances and the winner emerged as Xu Zheng Zheng from Xiamen, China, who will be representing the country at the International Contest in Hong Kong at the end of the year. Runner up went to Yu Yingliang from Liaoning in China, who also won the awards for 'Best Singing Skill' and 'Most Potential'. Third place went to Cheng Wing from Taiwan. Hailing from a singing background, Kevin performed a song on the stage to act as a role model for the contestants and Bernice also performed two of her songs on the stage, captivating the audience and receiving their applause.

On their visit to New Zealand, the guests made the most of the opportunity to meet their fans and the next day, they joined the three winners at Botany Town Centre mall for a special event, attracting 1000 fans, who all waited from the early morning to show their support. Many people had travelled from all over New Zealand and this was very touching for the three artistes, who repaid them with more songs and inviting some lucky fans onto the stage to play games with them, leaving them with some lasting memories.


[Ta Kung Pao 05/05/07]

Linda Chung Denies Sticking to Moses Chan

Linda Chung has had rumours recently suggesting that Moses Chan has been giving her lifts home and that she has been 'stuck' to him. Attending a celebratory party for her movie "Love is Not All Around" earlier, Linda indicates that the stories are all made up and they did not have any real photographic evidence. She says that since filming for "Heart of Greed", Moses has never given her a lift.

Linda says that she has her own driving licence, but she dos not have a car. As her schedule is very different to Moses, then he has never taken her home. Asked whether this is because he has a girlfriend Bernice Liu?Linda says she is not sure, but she feels that if it is on the way, there is nothing wrong with giving friends a ride. The reports suggest that she celebrated Moses's birthday with him and Linda explains that there is just a week between their birthdays and as they were filming together for "Jewel's Splendor", the producer brought out some cakes for them to celebrate their birthdays and the press immediately asked them to hug and cut the cake together. They were afraid of rumours, so they did not hug, but the stories still broke.

Does she feel that Moses is her ideal boyfriend? Linda feels that Moses is a very gallant man and he treats everyone very well, but even if he is good, he may not be suitable for her and they can just be friends. Her ideal man is someone who is down-to-earth, stable, ambitious, sophisticated and has a good heart.


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