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Christopher Lee, Fann Wong Gear Up For Two Weddings

12 Nov

SINGAPORE: The highly anticipated wedding between Singapore’s celebrity couple Christopher Lee and Fann Wong is still in the works, but their upcoming on-screen wedding already promises to be a grand affair.

The MediaCorp sweethearts will be donning not just one, but several wedding costumes of different ethnic flair in the upcoming romantic comedy “Wedding of the Year”.

Fann said: “(We will be wearing) a few multi-racial costumes. It’s going to be very local. There will be Chinese… Indian… for sure all the Singapore bride looks will be in the movie.”

Slated to open early next year, the movie stars Christopher and Fann as two celebrated artistes who cook up a big media storm with their very publicized wedding, much to the delight of fans and the paparazzi. But underneath all the hype, it is really just a publicity stunt to boost their careers.

Without revealing names, Fann admitted she has heard of such scandals in the entertainment circle, but said the celebrities probably did not know what they really wanted.

Despite playing a pair of scoundrels on screen, Christopher and Fann are very much a real couple and all eyes are on their actual wedding, scheduled sometime late next year.

But will it be as grand an affair as their on-screen union?

“It will be very, very grand,” said Fann jokingly. She added: “We don’t know, but we’re trying to make it a fun party.”

“It’s a romantic wedding,” said Christopher solemnly.

“Oh yay! I’m so lucky,” quipped Fann.

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Oriental Whirl: Catwoman Myolie

24 Aug

Myolie Wu piles on the kilogrammes for her 'Bridget Jones' role, co-starring Andy Hui.
Myolie Wu piles on the kilogrammes for her ‘Bridget Jones’ role, co-starring Andy Hui.

GUESS who has nine cats at home? Hong Kong actress Myolie Wu apparently loves the presence of felines around her after work, calling them “relaxing”.

Will Fann Wong's (left) wedding with Christopher Lee be as lavish as a certain Hong Kong celebrity couple?
Will Fann Wong’s (left) wedding with Christopher Lee be as lavish as a certain Hong Kong celebrity couple?

According to one online story, the shy actress lives a quiet life and likes her cats to roam freely around her house. She says she loves cats because they are very independent, “much like her” in real life.

Myolie, who entered the entertainment industry after being placed second runner-up at the 1999 Miss Hong Kong beauty pageant, has been in the TVB fold all this while, achieving spurts of success after having acted in more than 30 television series.

She first caught the public eye when she played Gallen Lo’s mentally challenged sister in Golden Faith at the turn of the millennium. The role won her the Most Improved Female Artist Award at the 2002 TVB Anniversary Awards.

She was back in the media spotlight when she opted to put on a whole lot of weight a’la Bridget Jones for her 2006 role in To Grow With Love,
starring opposite Andy Hui.

While the series bombed, her role has won her some acclaim, resulting in a steady stream of plum parts in series such as The Drive of Life, Wars of In-Laws, When a Dog Loves a Cat and the coming Burning Flame III.

Like her cats and their fabled nine lives, it looks like Myolie will be around for some time yet.

῕ SINGAPOREAN actress Fann Wong prefers a “big party”, rather than a “dream wedding”, when she gets hitched next year to fellow actor Christopher Lee who, incidentally, hails from Malacca.

Their wedding planner is apparently hairstylist extraordinaire David Gan and top on the list of his must-dos, for now at least, is a guest list which, according to the grapevine, will be a very long one.

Anyway, there’s also talk that the glamour couple is considering a lavish overseas wedding at some exotic locale a la Tony Leung and Carina Lau’s Bhutan bash.

Well, Fann, who plays the lead in new drama serial The Defining Moment, has indicated that she wants to make it a “big party”.

Hmmm… wonder where her dream wedding will be held? What is certain is that it won’t be at the beach as the svelte actress is not a sun-lover.

For those who are waiting with bated breath for the wedding date, mark Sept 9 next year on the calendar as the most likely day!

῕ KOREAN actress Lee Ji Ah was rushed to hospital recently after collapsing during the filming of a scene for Beethoven Virus.

The scene apparently involved the actress staying submerged in water for hours on end and this might have led to her complaining of breathing difficulties.

῕ LANKY Hong Kong actress Gigi Leung and Berlin Chen have some steamy scenes in I Can Love, director Joe Ma’s new film.

In it, she and newcomer Bing Shao will play husband and wife, with Gigi’s character succumbing to an affair with his uncle, played by Chen.

Judging from her public image in recent memory – she gave a very sexy dance performance at a concert late last year, Gigi is certainly moving away from her sweet and demure persona. For better or for worse, I wonder?

῕ WANG Leehom’s Music-Man World Tour Concert will kick off on Sept 19 and 20 in Taipei, with the Taiwanese singer playing superhero for the night.

Expect macho black leather, metallic sheen and futuristic sets, with the Taiwan American singer-songwriter dyeing his hair metallic blue and silver.

Of course, every superhero has his special weapon and Wang’s is a “clef dragon” electric guitar specially designed by Irish guitar design master U2 at the cost of 20,000 euros (RM102,000).

῕ SAMMI Cheng and Eason Chan will next be seen in a movie reminiscent of Infernal Affairs but with the more playful title of Lady Cop & Papa Crook.

The film marks Sammi’s return to acting in two years and is expected to be released next month.

A short trailer released early this month suggests a lot of suspense, tension and strong performances from the leads.

Meanwhile, Sammi’s former boyfriend Andy Hui has hinted that she is still “someone very important in his life”.

Speaking at a variety show in China recently, he revealed that whenever he sings karaoke, he will pick her songs.

Incidentally, the couple broke up about four years ago. Sadly, when Sammi was asked by a reporter at another function which five men were the most important in her life, she only picked two – her father and her brother.

Poor Andy…

New Straits Times

Girls Just Cannot Have Fun

1 Aug

SINGAPORE : Gosh, it must really suck to be a girl. You people just can’t do anything, can you?

Last weekend, Transformers star Shia LaBeouf got into an early morning car crash, after reportedly doing whiskey shots at a bar and, as Us magazine quoted a source, “dancing around and acting really crazy”.

At about 3am, his pickup truck collided with another vehicle, flipping the actor’s truck. He was arrested because, according to a statement from the police, it was immediately apparent to officers at the scene that LaBeouf was intoxicated. He was then released for misdemeanour DUI (driving under the influence).

The 22-year-old is now recovering from hand surgery and is expected to miss a whole month of work on the “Transformers” sequel. And the only shocking thing about this? The fact that no one batted an eye.

When Paris Hilton was arrested on her DUI charge, there was plenty of public outrage. When Lindsay Lohan was arrested (twice) on DUI charges, bloggers called for her to be shipped off to rehab. She even almost missed out on shooting her latest film “Labor Pains” because insurance companies refused to cover the party-prone starlet. And she didn’t even hit anyone.

Even relative (this is Hollywood we’re talking about) good-girl Mischa Barton was shamed into admitting to Nylon magazine that her DUI arrest was “a low point”, and that she was “disappointed because it associated me with a group of girls that I would rather not be associated with.”

Yup, a group of girls.

LaBeouf, in the meantime, can be seen on the cover of the upcoming September issue of Details openly talking about how he’s a big fan of booze: “I don’t know how to have one drink,” he reportedly told the magazine. “I don’t know how to do it like a gentleman.” He then added that he and his dad would smoke and drink together.

It seems the general sentiment is one of, “Oh, well. Boys will be boys.” It’s a blatant double-standard that makes a boy like me happy to own a pair.

Colin Farrell hit Hollywood as anotorious, boozing womaniser, rarely seen on a red carpet without a cigarette and a plastic cup of beer in hand. “Oh, he’s just Irish,” people would say, swooning just a tad. “You know these Europeans.”

Right. Eva Green is European and she can hardly get away with wearing too much eye-liner.

Even old Hollywood legends aren’t exempted from the sexist curb on female fun. Peter O’Toole, a hell-raiser in his day with fellow boozers Richard Burton, Richard Harris and Oliver Reed, has “amusing anecdotes of debauchery”.

“Booze is the most outrageous of drugs, which is why I chose it,” he famously said.

Elizabeth Taylor, however, is just “plagued by problems with alcohol”.

The double-standard doesn’t just apply to Hollywood. Christopher Lee served some time in jail for his DUI hit-and-run, and the incident has blown over with considerably little drama. Can you imagine if it had been Fann Wong instead? This is not a case of popularity being a factor. Benedict Goh and Terence Cao – now that’s running the gamut from C-list to A-list – were also caught drink-driving, and while there was a certain amount of scandal involved, it was nothing compared to the apocalypse the four tabloid horsemen would bring if it had been Felicia Chin or Zoe Tay.

Neither is that double-standard restricted to just misadventures in inebriation. Good golly, no – it applies to just about everything.

Let’s talk celebrity sex tapes. Pamela Anderson made Tommy Lee a legend, Paris Hilton made Rick Salomon an instant celebrity and Kim Kardashian gave Ray J a boost from “Brandy’s little brother” to “hip-hop star”. The girls, however, were called a variety of very unkind names.

George Clooney matured into a “silver fox” regularly voted one of the sexiest men around. The “Sex and the City” girls are the new Golden Girls.

David Bowie’s a genius. Bjork is crazy. Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones are legends. Madonna’s a grandma. RuPaul’s an entertainer. Cher is a drag queen.

What’s that, ladies? It’s not fair? You bet it isn’t. Gosh, it sucks to be you. –

Channel News Asia

He’s The Dominator

9 Jun

SINGAPORE: Dominic Lau is smitten by a MediaCorp hottie. Only, it’s not Fann Wong, Fiona Xie or any other lithesome beauty.

In fact, his crush doesn’t even own a set of ovaries.

“I actually got to meet Gurmit Singh and I was so blown away!” said the Eurasian good-looker (his mum’s English). “He’s a big star in the region you know!”

While Gurmit is indeed a bright, shining star on our sunny isle, it was surprising to hear the Hong Kong-based Dominic go on and on about him (“He’s such a funny, warm, great person!”) – especially when the highlight of his career was hosting a programme on the red carpet at last year’s Academy Awards.

“It must have been the biggest thing I’ve done,” said MediaCorp TV Channel 5’s latest hunk and Channel V VJ. “It was my first live telecast ever and I was so nervous. But it was amazing to get to interview big Hollywood A-listers, like Helen Mirren, Eddie Murphy, Greg Kinnear, Clint Eastwood, Steve Carell and Al Gore.”

As he went on about his Oscar adventure, thanks to his additional role as the host of Star Movies’ VIP Access – he has a manner of prattling on as if you were his newfound best friend – one couldn’t help but wonder: Isn’t going from Tinseltown to Caldecott Hill a bit of an anti-climax?

“Of course not. I got to interview some big stars of America. Now, I get to mingle with the big names of this region,” the 26-year-old former model said.

Dominic was in town to promote his newly-minted job as host of The Showdown, the Channel 5 game show that pits local celebrities against each other. The commercial music graduate told TODAY that all it took was one phone call from MediaCorp to get him on a plane to Singapore.

That and our pretty women.

“The girls here … Woah! So pretty and always in shorts and flip-flops!” he said, grinning mischievously.

But isn’t there a special someone in his life to keep him in Hong Kong? For the first time during the interview, Dominic’s cocksure but likable demeanour turned almost wistful.

“When I first started out with Channel V back in 2005, I met a very beautiful girl called Sarah (Tan),” he said. “I was very smitten and I am not usually like that with girls or people.”

Former Channel V VJ Sarah Tan and ESPN Star Sports presenter Soo Kui Jien got married in Bali on Dec 21 last year and are expecting a baby due anytime soon.

“I sincerely hope from the bottom of my heart that she’s doing well. Kui Jien is a really lucky man,” he said.

And that was when the articulate host blessed with pretty-boy looks and who’s on the way to becoming a household name in Singapore fell uncharacteristically quiet.

“Sarah Tan is the one that got away.”

The happily-married couple politely declined to comment.

The Showdown airs every Thursday at 8pm on MediaCorp TV Channel 5. –

Channel News Asia

Look Beyond The Bikini

14 May

SINGAPORE : Talk about being sporting.

High-jumping into the spirit of the Olympics, MediaCorp TV Channel 8 will roll out a new sports-themed drama, Beach.Ball.Babes, on July 7, just before the Beijing Games kick off on August 8.

The 20-episode drama about volleyball boasts a “royal” cast that includes former beauty queens Joanne Peh and Jade Seah, two of MediaCorp’s “princesses” Jesseca Liu and Dawn Yeoh, as well as Fann Wong’s groom-to-be, Christopher Lee.

Another volleyball show, you ask?

Well, it has been years since Chen Liping was seen in The Winning Team. Besides, this latest take serves up a lot more eye candy as a lot of the action takes place at the beach which means beach babes Joanne, Jade and Jesseca will be steaming up your TV screens in their bikinis.

But sports has always had a firm place in local Chinese dramas, from 1980’s Flying Fish which starred one-time TV poster boy Wang Yuqing to the more recent The Champions (2004), featuring hot young stars like Fiona Xie and Felicia Chin.

“We try to do one or two sports dramas every year,” Kok Len Shoong, MediaCorp’s Senior Vice-President for Chinese Drama Productions, told Today. “This year, it’s especially significant because of the Olympics.”

So, why volleyball, or beach volleyball, to be precise?

“Beach volleyball is a new item at the Olympics. We think it’ll be of great interest to our viewers,” Kok explained.

Channel News Asia

Caldecott Royalty Does The Fann-Cy Talk

6 Feb

SINGAPORE: Oh yes, Fann Wong is definitely in the mood for love. “I want that rose! It’s beautiful!” she gushed with excitement.

Then, she added coyly: “Valentine’s Day is coming … ”

Take a hint, Chris. And get your cheque book out.

The rose that has captured the heart of the Princess of MediaCorp is no ordinary flower – it’s really a painting titled Life Like Flower No 1 by renown Chinese artist Feng Zhen Jie, and it costs a whopping S$400,000.

“I’d like to receive that on Valentine’s Day. If not, then never mind,” said the actress, mock sniffing, before breaking into faux evil laughter.

It was 9.45 on a Monday morning when Fann met TODAY for this interview, and she was early. She had, in fact, been up since 5am to prep for her interview on Channel News-Asia’s Prime Time Morning, and it was to be a busy, busy day ahead – more promotional work for her latest movie, Jack Neo’s Ah Long Pte Ltd, followed by rehearsals for MediaCorp TV Channel 8’s Chinese New Year countdown show.

Yet, the actress, who just turned 37 two weekends ago, looked fresh as dew, and not a year older than 30. She looked a million bucks – even with minimal make-up – in a flirty white bareback Loewe dress under a matching white leather jacket.

Clearly in high spirits, Fann was uncharacteristically – for a superstar – candid and open, yakking and joking away without reservation.

“As long as the questions are not too personal, I’m okay with it,” she said, flashing her charming megawatt smile.

We took the opportunity to venture into personal waters and asked her why she seems much more open about her relationship with her actor beau Christopher Lee these days, and she teased: “I’ll kiss him back this year (at the Star Awards)!”

We pushed our luck a little further and asked her what her boyfriend thought of her “fanny-baring” scene in Ah Long Pte Ltd (for which she didn’t think it was “necessary to use my body”, so what you’ll be seeing is her butt double).

She volunteered impishly: “I wanted to pull his leg and tell him that it is going to be my butt just to test his reaction … and to see if he’d recognise that it’s not really my butt.”

My oh my. This is not the kind of talk we were expecting from the notoriously private Caldecott royalty who has starred in Hollywood movies alongside international celebrities like Jackie Chan, Owen Wilson and Maggie Q. But who’s complaining?

Behind that glamorous facade, Fann proved to be a goodie-bag full of surprises. We even found out that she sneaks into local cinemas to watch the occasional movie.

“I do! I just go. I don’t care,” she said.

You just celebrated your 37th birthday two weekends ago. Are you feeling the pressure of growing old in an industry that’s constantly thirsty for youthful beauty?

Is it my 37th? I’ve lost count! Age hasn’t bothered me since I turned 21, when I was really happy. I enjoy being where I am now.

I mean, you don’t want be in your 20s forever. I’d be very afraid if I had to keep doing the same things I did in my 20s. You grow older, you get to know yourself better and you become more confident. And I think it’s wonderful to have young people coming onboard the entertainment scene. New blood is a good boost for a small industry like ours.

So you don’t feel threatened by the so-called “Seven Princesses” of MediaCorp (Fiona Xie, Felicia Chin, Joanne Peh, Jeanette Aw, Rui En, Jesseca Liu and Dawn Yeoh) nipping at your Christian Louboutins?

I look at it very positively. You need a new face to represent every era. Yeah, I think every one of (the princesses) stands a very good chance.

I’m just very lucky as I happened to be in right place at the right time, meeting the right people. So, just three words of advice: ‘Hard work’ and ‘luck’.

Do you see yourself “stepping down” and retiring soon?

Being the free spirit I am, I think I’ll quit as and when there are no more fun and challenging roles left for me to play. Or, when I feel that there is something else that needs me to focus on, I’ll move on. It could happen tomorrow. Much as I love what I do, you never know ῅ passion can go out in a split second giving way to another.

Like family and motherhood, perhaps?

Maybe! I don’t know! Of course I’d like to have children. Ideally, if I can afford it, I would like to have enough children to form a football team!

But at the moment, time just doesn’t allow it. So, I’ll let nature take its course. I think I have ample time before I should start worrying.

As someone who can probably have anything you want, what is one thing you can’t have right now?

That’s not true! I can’t have that beautiful painting by Feng Zhen Jie (Life Like Flower No 1). It costs S$400,000! There’s nothing else I want.

Okay, seriously, I believe in being contented with what you have and being grateful … But I still want that art piece! I am going to steal it! –

Channel News Asia