Joel Chan to Lead in New TVB Drama by “The Exorcist’s Meter” Creators

Joel Chan to Lead in New TVB Drama by “The Exorcist’s Meter” Creators



The creators behind TVB’s The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的>, led by producer Yip Chun-fai (葉鎮輝) and scriptwriter Ruby Law (羅佩清), are teaming up again to write a new sci-fi drama for TVB.

The show, titled The Golden Night Building <金宵大廈> will star Joel Chan (陳山聰) in his first role as male lead. Co-starring is Selena Lee (李施嬅), with guest appearances by Samantha Ko (高海寧), Kelly Cheung (張曦雯), Zoie Tam (譚凱琪), Stefan Wong (黃長興), and more. It is locked in for a Sunday night premiere, airing once a week.

Scriptwriter Ruby Law introduced, “Every episode centers on a separate story that links into a major arc,” she shared. “It’s like a sci-fi fantasy version of The House of 72 Tenants <七十二家房客>. The main story arc is about reincarnation, and each smaller story will cover themes like dreams, fables, the Mandela Effect, and UFOs. Some of it is inspired by I, Robot.”

Ruby added that The Golden Night Building will be completely different from The Exorcist’s Meter (TEM), explaining, “TEM was all about ghosts and devils, but this one is more fantasy, kind of like the fantasy you’ll see in Wisely <衛斯理> stories. It’s going to be about local Hong Kong characters. This is an entirely new thing [for us].”

She emphasized that The Golden Night Building will be very experimental, but in the end, every writer on the show has a goal of writing a story that can resonate with the Hong Kong viewers. Ruby said, “For example, Samantha Ko’s story arc will be about depression in children. Another story touches upon the societal pressure on women to look beautiful, such as plastic surgery. “

Ruby said the show’s sporadic style of storytelling will be similar to the British TV series Black Mirror. “But unlike Black Mirror, this show won’t put an emphasis on technology. That’s genre that many Hong Kongers aren’t quite into yet. We want to write stories with more local flavor.”

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Raymond Lam Drowns Himself with Work After Karena Ng Split

Raymond Lam Drowns Himself with Work After Karena Ng Split



In February 2013, Raymond Lam (林峯) confirmed his long-speculated relationship with his “BB”, Karena Ng (吳千語). Their relationship lasted for four solid years until December, when rumors of a split started spreading. Due to individual work commitments, Raymond and Karena found it hard to find time together. In her last interview, the 24-year-old actress told the press that she hasn’t seen Raymond in over two months. There is speculation that Karena has already found a new boyfriend—Brian Shi (施伯雄), grandson of real estate entrepreneur Shi Ziqing (施子清).

Back to the bachelor life, Raymond has been drowning himself with work. After ending his EEG contract and establishing his own personal studio, Raymond returned to Hong Kong to film EEG’s new web drama Police Tactical Unit <PTU機動部隊>. The actor has been spotted filming the show recently—despite the breakup rumors, the 38-year-old was in a good mood. When EEG’s chairman Albert Yeung (楊受成) stopped by to visit the set, Raymond took the time to greet him and talk to him.

Karena, on the other hand, is in Mainland China filming Chinese period drama Love on the Battlefield <戰地迷情>.

With an even busier schedule ahead, is Raymond using work to get over his breakup?

Source: Eastweek

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Mandy Wong Takes On Split Personalities for New TVB Drama

Mandy Wong Takes On Split Personalities for New TVB Drama



TVB’s new romantic comedy Threesome <三個女人一個「因」> is a change in style. Starring Mandy Wong (黃智賢), Benjamin Yuen (袁偉豪), Jason Chan (陳智燊), and Arnold Kwok (郭子豪), the drama tells the story of Evie, played by Mandy Wong, a lawyer who suffers from dissociative identity disorder, also known as multiple personality disorder. Evie splits into three distinctly different personalities that take her on a journey of self-discovery.

Benjamin Yuen plays trainee lawyer Kai, Evie’s pupil, who witnesses the manifestations of Evie’s different personalities. Evie’s first alternate personality state is the confident, feisty, and “crazy” Pina Colada, who is based on a manhua hero Evie idolized when she was a child. Pina Colada is a party animal, and she eventually gets into a one night stand with Dominic, played by Arnold Kwok. To help keep Evie’s personality disorder a secret, Kai pretends to have a crush on Dominic. Evie’s second alternate personality is an introverted, worrisome girl who has a crush on Kai.

On playing the complicated role of Evie, Mandy compared the drama to taking a licensing exam. “I did a lot of research on this disorder, and I spent a lot of my time on the role. I added little things to each personality to differentiate them from each other, such as not wearing a bra when I play the crazy role. I got pretty violent too.”

Which personality was her favorite? Mandy immediately said, “I rarely play a role [like Pina Colada] and she’s very different from myself. For these kind of roles, I get to do a lot of freestyle. It takes me back to the days when I danced. It gave me courage and power, so I love her the most.”

Asking if playing such a complicated role had gotten Mandy to feel a little dissociative herself, she said, “There is one scene where all three personalities start talking to each other, and it was just me continuously talking to a mirror. That scene definitely got me feeling a little crazy.”

Threesome will air every Sunday starting February 16, 2018.

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Flora Chan Returns in “Watch Out, Boss”

Flora Chan Returns in “Watch Out, Boss”



Filmed in 2015, Watch Out, Boss <波士早晨> will be airing on February 12. The TVB drama stars Ben Wong (黃智賢), Flora Chan (陳慧珊), Tony Hung (洪永城), Ali Lee (李佳芯), Waise Lee (李子雄), Candace Chiu (趙希洛), and Steven Cheung (張致恒).

Though originally slated to air in 2016, the drama was shelved due to the alleged politics between TVB upper management. The drama will finally see the light of day, as it is scheduled to take over The Forgotten Valley’s (平安谷之詭谷傳說) timeslot. The comedic modern office drama will explore office politics and relationships, which many white collar workers can relate to.

Flora and Ben portray a divorced couple. When Ben gets a new job as one of the bosses at the company Flora works for, Flora makes a pact with Ben to keep their past romantic history under wraps. As a boss, Ben is outwardly smiling, but is actually calculative and conniving on the inside. This is quite a big change from his usual straightforward and righteous characters. On his character, Ben ssaid, “I say a lot of nasty things and exasperate the usually professional and very cool Flora. When I first enter the office as the boss, I fire a lot of people, so everyone feels that I am a jerk.”

Since Flora is known to be someone rather difficult to work with due to her serious demeanor and high expectations, did Ben have a hard time during filming? He said, “Flora really does have high expectations about performing her role well. Before we film a scene, we would clearly talk through how the scene will play out before filming. All that hard work is just for the benefit of the series.”

In the drama, Flora portrays a super secretary who is extremely loyal, professional, and proficient at her job. This causes a rift between her and another secretary, Candice, who is lazy and incompetent. The two of them originally both worked under Waise, but Candice was transferred to work under the demanding Ben. Due to her poor work ethic, Candace is often scolded by Ben and has many crying scenes. Candice said, “When I see Ben now, I still call him boss! All of my tears in the drama were real. I didn’t use any eye drops!”

Ali also portrays a secretary, but gets away with many things due to her attractiveness. She attracts the attention of many male colleagues in the office, who often helps her complete her work. Though she uses her looks to charm many male coworkers, all she really wants is find true love. She falls in love with the handsome playboy boss in the office, Tony, only to find out later that Tony is married and she is a third party. Ali said, “Portraying my character was a lot of fun. There were many scenes about secretaries gossiping. It was very entertaining.”

“Watch Out, Boss” Trailer

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

The Inspiration Behind “The Forgotten Valley”

The Inspiration Behind “The Forgotten Valley”



The Forgotten Valley <平安谷之詭谷傳說> has concluded its broadcast to positive reviews. Because the first episode showed Jeannie Chan (陳瀅) being buried alive, many thought this would be a supernatural and horror themed drama. It turns out that the drama actually focuses on female equality. The genre and interesting plot drew in many female viewers.

During an interview, the drama’s script editor, Tong Kin Ping (湯健萍) shared her inspiration on the storyline. “A lot of people say that Hong Kong women are keen towards feminism. They are in charge of everything and have a lot of power. This resulted in the term ‘Hong Kong Girl’ being coined. This social impact is what gave me the idea to write a series focusing on women.”

Since TVB has very few dramas that focus on female power, Tong Kin Ping decided to write a story about the topic. “The freedom and rights that women have today are thanks to the women of the past. This is especially true during the early Republican era, because that is when the traditional mindset encountered the new age literacy. It was during this time that women began to feel they should have rights too, and that men are not the only ones who should have freedom and privileges.”

There are short stories and glimpses into past tradition, such as the live burial of a widow with her deceased husband and the “Women’s Commandment”. These unethical practices did actually exist in the past. To ensure accuracy in writing the script, Tong Kin Pin expressed that she and the scriptwriter had to do a lot of research on cultural practices. “Because the story is set during the early Republican era, we had to spend a bit more time researching the information. Actually, in Lu Xun’s (魯迅) book, The New Year’s Sacrifice (祝福), it talks about the feudal city’s treatment of women and how lowly their status were.”

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.

Hubert Wu Sets Goal for HK Coliseum

Hubert Wu Sets Goal for HK Coliseum



It’s been seven years since The Exorcist’s Meter <降魔的> star Hubert Wu (胡鴻鈞) debuted his first performance on television. The 27-year-old, who made his debut through the singing competition The Voice 2 <超級巨聲2> in 2010, took the backseat after stars like Alfred Hui (許廷鏗) and James Ng (吳業坤) shot to popularity.

Reaching a bottleneck in his singing career, Hubert decided to try out acting—he made his first major supporting appearance in 2016’s Blue Veins <>, followed by a second male lead performance in last year’s hit drama The Exorcist’s Meter. The theme song “I Was Here” <到此一遊> successfully put Hubert back in the market. “I Was Here” became a city hit, earning a Gold Song Award at the JSG Awards last year.

It’s been over a year since Hubert last attended a prominent music awards ceremony, and he was grateful for the chance to rejoin his peers in music ceremonies again. “It was definitely a huge booster,” said Hubert. “I’ve always wanted the chance to attend all music awards shows. I keep a normal mindset for all of them—the most important thing, for me, about making music is that they are well-liked by fans. Winning would be great of course, but my point of getting into music was not for the awards, but for the ability to communicate through my music, and send the message I want to send. My initial heart and ambition never changed. I still want to be an impactful singer.”

Asking if Alfred’s departure from The Voice Entertainment had given him more promotion opportunities, Hubert said, “I am always questioning myself, but it’s true that I’ve gotten more ambitious. I cannot control these circumstances—all I can do is do my part and do my best. I’m giving myself credit this year for being able to break out of the box.”

Hubert has been providing his voice to TVB theme songs since 2010, but The Voice winner said he wants the opportunity to perform his own original songs. “Honestly, most people know me through [TVB] theme songs, but I really want my music to become part of me. I am definitely grateful for the opportunity to sing theme songs—after all, not all of us have that opportunity, but I would love to achieve more balance so the audience can know more about the kind of music I can do.”

The 27-year-old said he dreams of performing at the Hong Kong Coliseum, and makes it a goal for himself to perform on the HK Coliseum stage before he turns 30 years old. As for his own concert dreams, he said, “I don’t want to hold my own concert before I’m ready.”

Hubert is thankful for his slow burn to fame. “I know I won’t be ready for [fame]. I don’t think I’m still ready, because we all need time to learn and improve. I’m now much more mature than I was before, and I’m enjoying this slow improvement.”

He shared that when he first joined the industry, he never thought about acting. “I was immature. I only wanted to sing, but singing and acting actually do go together. [Acting] teaches you how to work with other people as a team.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Timothy Cheng: The Art of Playing a Villain

Timothy Cheng: The Art of Playing a Villain



When one thinks of the name Timothy Cheng (鄭子誠), one may immediately think of his memorable debut performance in the nineties TV series A Kindred Spirit <真情>, where Timothy played Lee Tsz-ho, the kind-hearted son of Auntie Yung who eventually succumbs to greed and power, abandoning his wife and children.

Timothy Cheng in “A Kindred Spirit” (1996).

“I remember when my story arc in A Kindred Spirit first got to the streets, that impact of playing a villain really hit me,” he said. “As a mother, you wouldn’t want your child to become my character. I remember when I passed by a mother and her child in the streets, the mother glared at me and told her children, behind my back, that I was that evil man from the show. These scenarios were hard to avoid. That role became a household character.”

The 54-year-old actor said his villainous performances were so memorable that viewers started to believe that even his voice sounded calculative. “I remember I recorded a documentary for TVB, and the viewers told me that even my voice sounded like I had something up my sleeve.”

Timothy was a popular radio DJ before he transitioned to acting in 1996. His popularity following A Kindred Spirit led him to a point of no return, as Timothy eventually could not extricate himself from playing villainous roles in TVB dramas.

Even his popular good-guy role in TVB’s current drama The Forgotten Valley <平安谷之詭谷傳說> was not free from doing questionable acts.

But Timothy said he doesn’t mind the villainous image. In fact, he said he wants to keep on going. “There is no peak villain,” he said with a laugh. “There is only worse.”

Timothy, who is also known for his radio and voice-over work, said he once considered going back to being a television or radio host. “I suggested it to [TVB], but they said I should clean up my image first. That obviously didn’t work! I also considered playing more good guy roles. Actually, in A Kindred Spirit, I was supposed to be a good guy. However, the producer said my villainous looks could give the role more potential, so my character eventually became that. It’s hard to be a good guy, especially for actors like me, who didn’t have a very rich background in acting. The circumstances that you go through can change you as a person, and that was what my character went through. It really helped me get in character. When you play a good guy, you tend to be passive at these changes, and that can be hard to bring out in camera. This is why I don’t mind going on like this. There is no peak villain. There is only worse.”

Timothy Learned from Deric Wan

Timothy is continuously striving to learn more more about playing complex characters, pointing out that he especially enjoys learning from watching the performances of Simon Yam (任達華), Deric Wan (溫兆倫), and Gallen Lo (羅嘉良).

“I’m always keeping track of everyone’s performances and their acting styles. We’re all learning from each other,” he said. “My favorite has to be Simon Yam. He gave such memorable villain performances during his time at TVB. I’ve always admired him. Another one is Deric Wan. He’s so good at maintaining the facade of a good guy, but is actually very manipulative in the inside. A lot of my performances were actually based on him, haha! The great thing about Deric is that he doesn’t look evil. He is handsome and polite, yet he hides that villainous air inside of him. I also really enjoy Gallen Lo’s performances as well.”

Regards Joseph Lee and Lee Shing-cheong as His Role Models

When it comes to Timothy’s own role models in the acting industry, The Forgotten Valley star said he looks up to TVB “greenleaf” actors Joseph Lee (李國麟) and Lee Shing-cheong (李成昌). “I grew up watching them, and they’re still going strong. When they play a good guy, you feel for them, and when they play bad guys, you hate their guts. That is what I call successful acting.”

Timothy said being unable to play convincing roles is one of his biggest regrets as an actor. “When you see me playing a good character, you won’t be convinced I’m good. [Joseph Lee and Lee Shing-cheong] are successful because they are convincing in whatever role they play.”

Source: HK01.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.