Yuen Wah has fallen on hard times as his monthly income is rumoured to be only $323

Hong Kong action star Yuen Wah's salary is said to be a mere HK$2000 (approximately S$323), putting him among the ranks of many other Hong Kong celebrities who live in poverty.

The 62-year-old has been trying to build his career in China for the past two years, but to no avail. Nowadays, he mostly participates in low-budget projects and cameos.

Although he undergoes rigorous 12-hour filming schedules whenever he accepts a project, his salary remains low, draining him both physically and mentally.

Netizens were appalled when they found that his endorsement fee for an online game was even lower than what a Weibo personality gets for writing a simple post.

Yuen Wah was part of the popular Peking opera troupe 'Qi Xiao Fu (Seven Little Fortunes), along with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, and made a career for himself with his exceptional martial arts skills. He was once the body double for renowned martial artist Bruce Lee, and the antagonistic characters that he played enjoyed popularity amongst the audience.

The actor clinched the 'Best Supporting Actor' award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005 after a successful turn in Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, but unfortunately, his income and paychecks did not increase significantly.

He once spoke of his sorrows in an interview, revealing the hardship that many lesser celebrities go through: 'Increase the price? Who's going to hire you if you increase the price, I'll take any project, it's fine as long as I can get by.'

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Many praised the Hong Kong actress' husband Max Zhang for his moving declaration at the Hong Kong Film Awards

Veteran Hong Kong actress Ada Choi's husband, Max Zhang, won the Best Supporting Male Actor at the recent Hong Kong Film Awards, and made a touching speech on stage which earned him praise from many.

Although the couple have been together for 11 years and are married with two children, Max has always been outshone by his wife, whose stellar performance in the Hong Kong TV industry often stirred talk that he is dependent on her to rise to fame.

Having started out in showbiz as a martial artist and stuntman, Max was often only known as 'Ada's husband', instead of being known in his own right.

On Sunday night, when he received his award and gave his thank-you speech, he declared: 'Some people say I have to depend on her (Ada) my whole life, but let me tell everyone, that's right. I'm dependent on her for a lifetime of happiness.'

Ada, who was sitting in the audience, was so moved by this speech that she started tearing up.

During an interview with the media later, Max told reporters: 'Many people don't know who I am, and they may say why Ada's husband is dependent on her? But now I don't really worry about such talk, because I believe that hard work can earn people's respect.'

When he was told that netizens were very pleased with his touching declaration on stage, he revealed that he had done many of these things for her. For instance, a year after they got married, on Ada's birthday, he actually secretly recorded a Cantonese rap and requested for the flight ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Stephen Chow's suspicious "Mermaid" open auditions in a hotel
Wedesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/stephen-chows-suspicious-mermaid-open-auditions-hotel-

An audition announcement for Stephen Chow's new movie, "Mermaid" has sparked questions from many when it was stated that it will be held in a hotel room.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, a man named Wang Soulian who claimed to be the production assistant director of the upcoming movie, posted the ad online, which read, "The Stephen Chow-directed film, "Mermaid" Beijing audition address: Hutu Hotel, Room 805."

It continued, "Production starts in Shenzhen in August, no roles has been cast. Actress audition requirement: no make-up during team meeting."

The note also stated that the production wants newcomers for an "innocent and cute" role and a "wealthy elegant heiress" character.

Not a few moments later, a man named Chen Zhenyu who claimed himself a business director of a Stephen Chow company, raised suspicions about the hotel room audition, but later posted again saying that the audition is real and urged people to come over.

However, no response has been made by Stephen himself regarding the true nature of the ad.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/sandra-ng-happy-compete-far-east-film-festival-

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng recently expressed her delight at the selection of her movie, "Golden Chickensss" as one of the Hong Kong movies to be screened at the Far East Film Festival in Italy.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, the actress whose Lunar New Year comedy made over HKD 40 million at the box office back in February, revealed, "I have been invited many times before, but I was unable to come due to my busy schedule."

"But this time, I will go with director Matthew Chow to meet fans who support Hong Kong films," she said.

When asked what delighted her the most, Sandra said that she is happy to be able to participate with many other Hong Kong films, including Pang Ho-Cheung's "Aberdeen", Fruit Chan's "The Midnight After", and Wong Jing's "From Vegas to Macau".

The Far East Film Festival, to be held in Udine, Italy will commence on 25 April and end on 3 May 2014.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/ron-ng-raymond-lam-deny-being-bullies-tvb-

Former TVB production assistant Ngai Man Ho, who recently sparked controversy by writing a tell-all book about the nature of work in TVB entitled, "TVB's Blood, Tears and Dirt", also wrote about two stars whom he nicknamed "Chok Fung" and "Chow Har Gor".

In the book, he said that the two stars were rude to other employees of lower ranks, with the former constantly using profanity while the latter once kicked a stunt actor out of their van as he was "too smelly". And though Ngai did not mention their actual names, a Next Media publication alleged that the two actors are Raymond Lam and Ron Ng.

However, as reported on Oriental Daily, both actors recently dismissed the allegation about their behaviour. Ron, who was contacted via telephone, joked, "If there are smelly people in the van, it would be Raymond and I. But we would always be the ones to exit the van first!"

Ron also said that they are very close with the action choreographers and stunt doubles as they grew up together, which made it absurd for him to do such a thing to a stunt actor. He then added that while he befriends all the TVB production assistants, he doesn't remember working with one named Ngai Man Ho.

Meanwhile, in regards of his supposedly profanity preference, Raymond said, "There is only one thing for me to say. I have been in this industry for ten years. Don't ask me about these things, but ask the other staff if I am the person that the writer alleged. I don't want to be a part of someone else's publicity."

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/wong-cho-lam-even-kiss-old-man-comedy-

Comedy actor Wong Cho Lam will do anything to get a laugh, even if it means kissing an old man in the name of comedy.

As reported on On CC, the actor who stars in the movie, "Black Comedy" alongside Chapman To, Kimmy Tong and Jim Chim, stated that his co-star Chapman suggested the scene to him.

"It was added at the eleventh hour. I really did kiss him and I have to thank Chapman To for that!" said Wong.

In the movie, Wong plays the role of a bitter policeman who hopes to improve his life and find a better girlfriend. Thus, he decides to sell his soul to the devil who is played by Chapman To, and thus comedy ensues.

When asked if he felt that his role is special this time around, Wong said, "This time the acting is a bit exaggerated and most of the scenes are funny. People love it when I do comedy, so I will continue to do just that."

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/tvb-stars-host-special-world-cup-programmes-053100829.html;_ylt=AiFa8Xwbvq9vrOA7YzpaFSUC9.Z_;_ylu=X3oDMTI1OWt2YWYwBG1pdANBc2lhIFRvcCBTdG9yaWVzIGVkaXQgTWl4ZWRMaXN0BHBvcwMxBHNlYwNNZWRpYUJMaXN0TWl4ZWRMUENBVGVtcA--;_ylg=X3oDMTBhYXJ2OGFxBGxhbmcDZW4tTVk-;_ylv=3

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on its way, TVB is using the opportunity to attract more people to turn to the station by creating a new show that will feature a lot of TVB stars promoting the highly anticipated sports competition.

As reported on On CC, TVB, which has won exclusive Hong Kong broadcasting rights for the 20th FIFA World Cup that will take place in Brazil on June 2014, reportedly has invested an extra budget of HKD 40 million (approx. USD 5.2 million) to produce a special World Cup programme.

The show will feature over 50 TVB artistes and guest stars including Ruco Chan, Tracy Chu, Sire Ma, Whitney Hui, Christine Kuo, Det Dik, Tracy Ip, Grace Chan, Samantha Ko, and Toby Chan including 32 others whom will be focusing on the programme and will postpone any drama projects they have.

Some of these stars will also be sent to Brazil to cover the World Cup, including Christine Kuo, who recently revealed that she will be staying in Brazil for 50 days.

When asked if she's afraid for her safety in the South American country, Christine said that she is not worried at all, seeing that her TVB crew will all travel together.

"I have also learned Portuguese," said Christine. "But it's quite difficult. If all else fails, I'll just communicate with my body language!"

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/kara-hui-did-not-expect-win-award-032100472.html

Hong Kong actress Kara Hui expressed her delight to the public for winning Best Supporting Actress at the 33rd Hong Kong Film Awards, which was held last weekend.

According to Mingpao, the actress who competed against other stars such as Carina Lau ("Young Detective Dee"), Crystal Lee ("Unbeatable"), Du Juan ("American Dreams in China") and Helena Law ("The White Storm"), stated that she thought she would lose to Carina Lau or Crystal Lee, thus did not prepare any speech beforehand.

Thanking the cast and crew of "Rigor Mortis", Kara said, "After winning the award for "At The End of Daybreak", I rarely made any Hong Kong films until "Rigor Mortis". Therefore, I am proud to win it with this movie."

Praising the new director, Juno Mak, Kara also expressed her hopes to make more Hong Kong films and work with more up and coming directors.

Kara also thanked her late brother Austin Wai, as well as her family for all their support and love for her.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/raymond-wong-said-child-actress-did-not-faint-035600269.html

TVB actor Raymond Wong recently dismissed rumours saying that "Swipe Tap Love" child actress, Celine Yeung almost fainted while filming a scene with him, Oriental Daily reported.

The rumour, which has been reported by the Hong Kong tabloids, stated that the five-year-old Celine almost passed out from the heat while filming a shower scene with the actor, who plays her father in the series.

Since Celine was absent at the promotional event for the new series held at the Tsim Sha Tsui Ferry Pier, Raymond addressed the rumours on her behalf and said that it wasn't true at all.

"The scene that was mentioned, was about me helping her take a bath. As the studio was really cold at the time, we decided to heat the water up so that Celine won't catch a cold. I even tested the water temperature before filming and it was fine. But her skin got a little red because she was in the water for twenty minutes," Raymond explained.

Elaine Yiu, who also attended the promotional event, said that they would never harm little Celine and treated her like their own kid.

Meanwhile, in regards to the low viewership ratings of 24 points for the series debut, Raymond said, "I hope it will increase this week. Since it's a love story of young couples, the younger viewers may be able to relate more."

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"The Misadventure of Zoo" Blessing Ceremony
Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Credits: to hyn5 @ http://hyn5-hyn5.blogspot.com

Tracy Chu Finds Kenneth Ma Old: Rejects Reigniting Rumours

Artiste Tracy Chu attended the blessing ceremony for the remake series "The Misadventure of Zoo". She expressed that she is a cameo role, portraying a social worker in the '80s in the series. She will have scenes with the old Kenneth Ma and Niki Chow. She and Kenneth, who were previously rumoured, are collaborating for the first time after being rumoured. She said, "It's this series after 'The Hippocratic Crush II'! (Awkward?) Would not! (Spark again?) Will not! I am facing an old man in his 80s!"

Kenneth Ma Admits Resembling "The Misadventure of Zoo" in Being Loyal Toward Love

Artiste Kenneth Ma wore a wig when attending the blessing ceremony for the remake series "The Misadventure of Zoo" because he is working on his other series, "Noblesse Oblige". He revealed that "Noblesse" still has a few days of outside filming, and said that he is only able to sleep for three hours each day.

When talking about portraying Adam Cheng's role in "Misadventure", he expressed that he would be appearing in old age when it begins, starting the series in reverse order. He also said that he is not afraid of being compared by viewers...thinks that the younger generation has not watched the series from 30 years ago. He said, "The touching and classic scenes will be kept, but there will also be humourous scenes!" He laughingly said that the character resembles himself...has a romantic storyline with female lead Niki Chow, and is also loyal, as well as honest and sincere.

Niki Chow Free from Rumors: Okay to Kiss Kenneth Ma on the Cheek

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