Fri, Jan 21, 2005 - Page 14 News List

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By Yu Sen-lun  /  STAFF REPORTER

Rene Liu and Andy Lau raise their glasses.

PHOTO: TAIPEI TIMES

Hair today, gone tomorrow: Hong Kong star Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) is growing a beard for his new Hollywood project, the sequel to Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pear.

Chow is supposed to keep this new look a secret and so has been keeping a low profile, even declining invitations to attend fundraising events in Hong Kong. Despite his efforts, he and his facial hair were shot by paparazzi of Suddenly At Next (忽然一周).

In the movie, Chow will play the role of Chang Bo-tsai (張保仔), a Robin Hood type of Chinese pirate in the Ching dynasty. He will take the role for Pirates of the Carribean 2 and 3 and will also be working on three other Hollywood projects, which include John Woo's (吳宇森) Battle of Red Cliff (赤壁之戰) and two action movies.

Two stars from China are getting married. According to The Great Daily News (大成報), Faye Wong (王菲) will get hitched to actor Lee Ya-peng (李亞鵬) in April. The next month, actress Zhou Xun (周迅) will walk down the red carpet with her boyfriend and stylist Lee Da-chi (李大齊).

Chinese media confirmed the Lee-Wong wedding date with Lee, who -- according to rumors of Chinese media -- dumped his former girlfriend Zhou to pursue Wong.

But Zhou is happily announcing her wedding day, too, and talked about her nuptial plans last Saturday during the launch of her record album. The woman in love said her new album is like her state of mind: very warm. The name of her fiance is even one of the songs in the album. "For me now the name represents happiness and hope. I hope every girl can find her own Lee Da-chi," Zhou said.

Zhou Xun's Taiwanese best friend Rene Liu (劉若英) is now all alone. She came back to Taipei promoting the hit action movie A World Without Thieves (天下無賊) and ended up speaking solo at the press conference.

Lead actor Andy Lau (劉德華) was said to be booked for other projects and could not make it to Taipei. But the hush-hush reason was that Lau tried to avoid the press, who would be asking about a book by his former girlfriend Yu Ke-shing (喻可欣). In the book Yu has detailed their love and sex life.

"For me he is such a perfectionist. I don't think there will be chemistry between us because I will be under a lot of pressure being with him," Rene Liu said on Tuesday.

There have been too many music awards praising the popular Mando-pop songs of last year. But is there a chart for bad songs? A radio show on National Radio Network (全國廣播網) held an audience vote last week for "The song you want to throw up the most." And the winner? Alex To's (杜德偉) Take Off (脫掉) was voted number one. According to a local paper (蘋果日報), voters think the song has been overplayed from summer to winter. Yet the record company has just released a Christmas special remix. Voters also wished that Alex To would stop taking his clothes off. Listed second is Kang Kang's (康康) Happy Bird Days (快樂鳥日子), which voters said made them unhappy. Richie Ren's (任賢齊) Going Again (再出發), the theme song for Taiwan's baseball team in Athens, was voted third.

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