Fri, Aug 22, 2003 - Page 18 News List

Pop stop

Compiled by Max Woodworth

When the cat's away, the mice will play. This truism was confirmed once again by the tireless folks at Next Magazine this week when they caught Zhou Xingchi (周星馳), director of Shaolin Soccer (少林足球) and former boyfriend of Chinese actress Zhao Wei (趙薇), in what looked like a case of blatant relationship transgression this week with a Shanghai hair stylist.

The magazine's photo chronology showed that after Zhou's current girlfriend Yu Wenfeng (于文鳳), who is from one of Hong Kong's rich and famous clans, had gone home after a weekend visit to Shanghai, the unnamed stylist showed up at his hotel room at 3:15am and didn't emerge until 11:30am. It seemed like an odd time for a haircut and the opened condom package in the room's trash can seemed to say it all. Well, at least Zhou is practicing safe sex.

Zhou is also the former boyfriend of Karen Mok (莫文蔚), who is hoping to capitalize on her recent winning of a Golden Melody Award with the release next Friday of a new album titled X. The singer-cum-actress created a stir with promotional photos released this week that have her lying in highly suggestive positions on a grand piano and showing as much leg as she can, which on Karen is a lot. The shots are reminiscent of the one from 1996 of her draped nude and sweating on a pleather couch. That one was worthy of a couple more X's.

Lee Chien-rong (李蒨蓉), one of the stars of a new TV series that began this week on ETTV called Big Girls -- Journal of Desire (熟女慾望日記) -- a rip-off of the Sex and the City concept -- made a spectacle this week at the press conference announcing the launch of the show. The public schism between her and the show's producer was made wider when Lee walked out of the conference under the pretext of having to use the bathroom and never returned. In fact, she didn't want to be on the same stage as the producer, who had previously admonished her for skipping out on promotional events. Now the producer has one more skipped promo event to complain about.

Lee wasn't the only one being an ass this week, though. Nicholas Tse (謝霆鋒), who is especially adept in this field, stepped onto the basketball court with Chinese mega-baller Yao Ming (姚明) at a friendly match-up between the Chinese and Australian squads and became the laughing stock of the arena. At 174cm, Nicholas is of average height, but standing next to Yao it was impossible for the crowd not to notice that his face was about level with Yao's buttocks.

A better sign for Nicholas this week was the news that he is the preferred star of a planned Jackie Chan (成龍) remake of Police Story that will place him opposite his two most recent lovers Wong Faye (王菲) and Cecilia Cheung (張柏芝). The chances are, however, that one or both of the women will decline the offer to avoid having to see each other, according to the Taiwan Daily (台灣日報).

In other cinema news this week it became known that polyglot superstud Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武) has been enlisted by Zhang Yimou (張藝謀) to act in the sequel to the bloated martial arts story Hero(英雄). The new movie will finally pair up Takeshi and Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) after much ink has been spilled in prognostications about the two being destined lovers.

Last week Pop Stop reported on the possibility that Mayday (五月天) would break the record for the largest crowd at a concert in Taipei last Saturday. Well, the magic number of 40,000 was broken, surpassing Michael Jackson's old record.

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