• @llwy12 honestly of the recent young actors (like actually guys still in their 20's) matthew's shown decent potential; like you said he just need a little more time though. but after seeing guys like jason chan lead series after series, matthew's a breath of fresh air
  • @jjwong Yea, I enjoyed the award show more back then as well (before they separated it out back in 2005) – though truth be told, the best anniversary galas were the ones prior to TVB even starting the awards thing. I miss the old galas – the ones from pre-1997 era when the anniversary celebration was truly a grand affair and all the big stars would attend – it used to be THE television event of the year! Nowadays, the awards show is a chore to sit through – still debating whether I will actually watch the show this year, especially if TVB is not going to “properly” celebrate their 50th anniversary the way they’ve done other milestones in the past (maybe I’ll have my mom – who watches everything TVB, lol – just recap the highlights for me so I don’t have to sit through the torture…) In terms of the article, I still think it’s too early to push Matthew into lead status. I’ve seen his performances in the series mentioned in the article and while I agree that his acting is better than most of the other newbies, it’s still not where it needs to be…plus the fact that he doesn’t have much charisma on screen doesn’t help things. Honestly, TVB will be doing him a disservice by rushing him into lead status when he’s nowhere near that level – but then again, that’s TVB’s usual tactic so not really surprised, I guess…good luck to Matthew though…
  • @linvin8 Yup…personally, I think they should give out at least double the number of professional artist awards (or whatever they choose to name that award) this year and make sure they all go to veterans who’ve dedicated their lives and careers to TVB (last year was a joke – only 3 professional artist awards when they were giving out 5 or 6 in previous years?). In terms of Lifetime Achievement Award – to be honest, I don’t really care whether they give out more than one out this year or not…I just hope that they choose the right person to receive the award – someone truly deserving, and without taking internal politics or any of that crap into consideration (sorry, but that one year when they gave the award to Nat Chan pretty much tarnished the award forever in my book). And please TVB, don’t cut the damn acceptance speeches, especially for the Lifetime Achievement Award – I felt so sad for Chow Chung last year when his speech got cut and he didn’t get to say what he wanted to say to his beloved wife, who was at home watching (especially when I found out afterwards that his wife was gravely ill and he was essentially “retiring” from acting in order to take care of her – the last part of his speech was supposed to be a dedication to her, something that he had planned to surprise her with knowing that might be his only chance to do it in that type of setting).
  • @llwy12 Actually, Law Lok Lam was given the Professional Actor's award in 2014. I do agree with you, perhaps with this year being a milestone year hopefully they could award more Lifetime Achievement awards to (more than one) deserving veterans.
  • @jjwong @linvin8 They need to give Law Lok Lam one of those professional artist awards (you know, the award they’ve been giving to mostly veterans as consolation prize because they can’t give them any of the other awards)…sure, it’s a “pork” award and like all TVB awards nowadays, it means pretty much nothing, but hey, at least it gives those artists a chance to be heard for a few minutes while they give an acceptance speech (not to mention it gives us TVB old-timers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to root for them!). To be honest, I’m still kind of ticked off at how TVB has been treating many of the ‘kam cho’ (senior) supporting actors in recent years, especially the ones who’ve been around since the 70s/80s and in a way, helped make TVB into the powerhouse it is today. True, no amount of awards is sufficient to thank them for their years of dedication and contribution to the industry, but a little bit of recognition, even if it’s a mere few minutes in the spotlight, does go a long way. Hopefully TVB does the right thing this year and gives more recognition to those veterans come award time or even during the anniversary gala (which has been a joke of a program not worth watching the past decade and a half) – after all, this IS their big 50th year anniversary, so what better time to recognize veteran / senior artists’ contributions (especially when there’s a chance some of them might not even be around anymore in a couple years…).
  • @llwy12 Actually rewatched the eps with 4 Heavenly Kings recently
  • @llwy12 I think a bigger part of the problem is that the public perpetuates it by consuming their stuff. I've witnessed first hand in Hong Kong how someone was showing an Apple Daily video to one of his friends while saying how stupid it is. Why don't they just stop giving these scum 'news' channels views? Don't they realise they can only exist because there is a market for it? It's not like they don't have other news options either. I think this girl put it best: "香港人睇人仆街最開心" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crOqWD9O2EI Sigh. By the way, for people that might be interested: ViuTv had a reality program called ‘Tagger’ (對不起 標籤你, you can find all 10 episodes on YouTube) that kind of deals with social issues, stereotyping and discrimination. There are episodes that specifically dealt with gay, lesbian and transgender people. The show itself is alright, still a bit ignorant sometimes in how they present the issues or people involved but honestly I’ve expected worse, it’s still entertaining but manages to make some good social commentary about the HK culture.
  • @anon Part of it too is the HK media has a propensity to emphasize the negative and focus on "scandalous" stuff when reporting on celebrities because they think that's what audiences want. In their minds, no one wants to hear that a celebrity is living an ordinary, boring life, paying rent, eating and sleeping and going about their work like the rest of us. Sure, other media do similar things too, but HK media is known for being particularly harsh on its own celebs. The late Leslie Cheung said it best when he commented in a speech many years ago how shameful it is that the HK media, unlike media in other countries/territories, chooses to deliberately hurt and destroy their own artists through their constant negative reporting. Jacky Cheung also talked about this too back in the 90s when he famously united with the other 3 Heavenly Kings at an award ceremony to condemn the hostility and negativity being played up by the media at the time. Unfortunately, this is one thing about the HK entertainment industry that has never changed over the years and probably never will....
  • @llwy12 True, since TVB is all crap now. I hope he makes it in mainland. It'll be hard, especially for him. He has no fan base like others who went and made it. At least, hopefully he'll make much more than TVB cheapazz.
  • @rucofan1100 Exactly! I honestly feel like TVB management have had their heads up their butts this past year (pardon the vulgarity, lol) because very few of their scheduling decisions recently have made even an iota of sense. And the "lack of explanation" each time they are called out on this stuff definitely doesn't help their case (even their own artists -- the ones starring in the various series in question -- are completely clueless as to what is going on). Not sure if this has anything to do with all the changes in TVB's management ranks in recent years...quite honestly, TVB's shift away from HK and toward Mainland as well as overseas (the recent news about TVB investing in Hollywood movie and TV productions) makes me think all these decisions have to do with TVB's "new but not so new" Mainland investor Li Ruigang. In any case, regardless of how it all pans out in the end, i don't have a good feeling about any of it, especially as it relates to the HK entertainment industry....
  • @rucofan1100 Probably the latter, since it's not like TVB cares much about continuity throughout their productions. Seeing that this is TVB, they will probably go the Laughing Gor route and milk the franchise dry with a multitude of sequels/prequels/spinoffs in both TV series and movie formats, but not give a crap whether any of it makes sense plot or story wise. Isn't there also a Line Walker sequel (prequel? spinoff?) TV series out there filmed by a Mainland production company where pretty much no one from the original cast returns except for like Uncle Benz (Hui Siu Hung)? I thought I read about that somewhere, but then again that was awhile back ago so the info could have changed by now. In any case, just like with the Laughing Gor thing, I have no interest whatsoever in watching whatever additional content they come up with for the Line Walker franchise (didn't even like the original series to be honest)...kind of feel sorry for the fans though having to witness TVB drag the series through the mud (but then again, everyone should be used to it by now....).
  • @llwy12 word, if they cared so much, they should've broadcast this show during primetime. i'm legitimately surprised how enjoyable this show has been (though i do go into every tvb show thinking they're gonna suck). bet hur probably cost them a pretty penny to produce so i get broadcasting that, but legal mavericks should've at least gotten phoenix rising's slot
  • LOL…so much for the cast and crew’s previous comments about the series airing in Mainland China before HK not being an issue! Seriously, who is going to listen to the artists’ pleas to not watch the series if all the episodes are already available (and can be easily accessed via legal means)? Obviously TVB doesn’t give a hoot about HK audiences, since it looks like several of TVB’s upcoming series will be following the same trend (airing in Mainland first before airing in HK). On the other hand, perhaps this isn’t a bad thing given the garbage that TVB has been churning out lately (yes Wong Jing, I am referring to that sorry excuse for a series that you call “Bet Hur” which is nothing but a glorified rehash of old HK series/movies – and a poorly executed one at that!). The only TVB programs I watch nowadays are “Cantopop at 50” (for the old Cantopop classics they sing and the 70/80s/90s artists they invite on the show, several of whom got brought out of retirement) and also the handful of cooking shows that still manage to be somewhat entertaining….the rest of their programming (their series especially) aren’t worth my time….
  • @llwy12 It's is so sad to die from cancer at aged 63 which is considered relative young age these days. I remember reading the news that Susanna is a smoker. It’s unfortunate that many cancers usually aren’t diagnosed until the disease is well-advanced and too late to cure. If she is detected at an early stage, she would have a better chance of survival. By the way, have you seen the video clip of Damian Lau wearing a felix the cat t shirt to attend Susanna's funeral service? There were netizens commenting on his inappropriate outfit. https://lihkg.com/thread/341610/page/1
  • @anon Yea, I don’t see why this is news either. At the rate that Greg has been changing girlfriends, the media would be really busy if they had to cover each one, lol! But then again, the past week has been kind of “slow” in terms of news-worthy stuff in the HK entertainment world, so not surprised that these kinds of articles are being used to fill the time…
  • @happybi Definitely agree! I saw some parts of the funeral last week and couldn’t help getting teary-eyed seeing how heartbroken Samuel was. I actually nearly lost it myself when I saw him sitting in the funeral van, crying his eyes out while holding his wife’s funeral picture. The only comforting thing was that Samuel was surrounded by family and friends at the funeral, with many artists and former artists who attended to pay their respects to Susanna. Definitely hope that the media leaves Samuel alone and allow him the time he needs to grieve.
  • @jjwong Yea, definitely a pity -- Eric is a way better actor than many of the "newer generation" currently leading TVB's series, but of course, TVB management once again fell asleep at the wheel and let another potential opportunity slip by. I can't say I'm surprised that Eric left given how TVB operates, but I still feel bad for how much time he wasted with a company that didn't value him and essentially having to "start over" again elsewhere. Luckily though, there are alot more opportunities out there nowadays than there were several years ago and with Eric's talent, I'm not worried that he won't be able to find work. If he doesn't want to go to Mainland, he could follow in the footsteps of his former colleagues such as Deon Cheung, Alan Luk, Leung Kin Ping, etc. (all actors with acting talent who were with TVB for decades but always played minor roles ) and work for one (or all) of the other TV stations and/or carve out a career in movies. IMO, he's better off not being tied down to TVB.
  • @anon Yup, so true! Such a waste of acting talent (mostly referring to the veterans). Thankfully the series will be over soon! Oh, by the way, did you guys hear the news about TVB investing $100 million into Ron Howard’s production company Imagine Entertainment? Details aren’t out yet but there will supposedly be some joint ventures in both movies and TV series that they will be collaborating on (not to mention TVB also has exclusive distribution rights for all of Imagine’s content across Asia). So it looks like we will start to see TVB-fused movies and TV shows in Hollywood soon...argh. Given TVB’s lousy quality these days, definitely not looking forward to their “imprint” on Imagine Entertainment, which has produced a lot of great movies and TV series over the years. I guess this also means that TVB will be investing even less time and money into the HK market, since dividing their time between Mainland China and Hollywood is enough to keep them busy I’m assuming….
  • @happybi Yea, I know right? It still baffles me how overly conservative HK audiences/netizens are. I honestly don’t see a problem with parents kissing their children on the lips, but then again, I grew up in the U.S., where this happens all the time, so I guess that’s the difference. In a way though, it’s kind of embarrassing that fellow Hong Kongers react the way they do to this kind of stuff (obviously this is not the first time) – I mean, it’s gotten to the point where something as natural as a hug, if it occurs between a male and a female in HK, it’s automatically construed as “too intimate” and if the 2 aren’t lovers, then it’s “disgusting”. So stupid!
  • @llwy12 Vincent has got the talent, especially in the last couple of years he has proven that he's lead actor material, much like Ruco Chan had done. The only difference is Vincent's timing isn't right. He's had two pretty good roles so far this year but you're right in that he'll most probably be outshone by the anniversary dramas, regardless of whether they do well or not. The only upside is Legal Mavericks is only showing on the weekends (in HK anyway), which makes Vincent still quite relevant come the second half of the year. He's also in Heart of Greed 3, though not in a lead role. Not that I'm trying to jinx this but if Dicky Cheung's drama gets aired and he's in contention for the awards, I hardly think he has competition with anyone who is not already a veteran actor.
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