• @coralie Michelle has produced Chinese dramas "Athena" and "The Purple Hairpin" which she also starred in. These were two of her more popular recent dramas. Her success is not on the level of Fan Bingbing or Yang Mi, but with the diverse Chinese market, there's a place for Michelle. As for always making the tabloids for personal reasons, that's largely due to her personality and tendency to not back away from controversial situations.
  • @jayne She has achieved a lot, but I don't know if I can call her successful? I mean she's in the news frequently but they're mostly for personal reasons, and not for her work. I haven't seen anything from her post-TVB that's considered a classic or got rave reviews. But I'm also not her follower, so maybe I missed her prime productions.
  • @coralie Michelle came from a divorced family and by the time she was 13, she was living by herself in Brooklyn, New York with a monthly allowance from her father. No doubt this affected her view on marriage and family, and taught her to only rely on herself in life. Also, I think she is too ambitious in her career to slow down for now. One day, she may have want to have her old child, as she has chosen to freeze her eggs. But she may not need a husband to do so.
  • @m0m0 Michelle is indeed a very smart businesswoman. She cultivated the right relationships to help push her career further. She still stays in touch with TVB producer Poon Ka Tak, and is very close with HK director Johnnie To. Their friendship and mentorship no doubt offered her guidance on the issues involved in drama and film production, which Michelle has been able to apply in her own projects. After leaving TVB, Michelle first filmed for ATV then starred in many of Johnnie's films. With her Mandarin background, China is her greatest market and she realizes that. Capitalizing on her initial acting success, Michelle has become increasingly involved in screenwriting and producing her own work to have greater control over her own career path. She has collaborated with good friend, Wang Baoqiang, to produce her own web series. Unlike other artistes who may concentrate only on their onscreen careers, Michelle has learned new skills and partnered with the right people to make her influence deeper in the television industry. In a fast-changing market, Michelle has adapted herself very quickly and able to capitalize on new opportunities. She has indeed come very far and achieved a lot more beyond her peers.
  • Lau Kong's departure marks the passing of an era, as there are few artistes from his time who are still seen frequently on television. Performances from senior actors such as Lau Kong were what made TVB's classic dramas so enjoyable. Their faces are instantly recognizable across multi-generations. One of my favorite was the 1980s version of "Legend of the Condor Heroes" where Lau Kong played Michael Miu's stepfather. This role and many others that he played, Lau Kong was able to portray the inner conflicts and character flaws so well. He has always been believable in every role and able to make the characters richer and multidimensional. In his video interviews, it's still obvious that Lau Kong is thoroughly passionate about acting. He had always prioritized acting over his own health, and worked himself into having a stroke in his 30s. He even postponed his angioplasty surgery because of filming requirements. It's not an overstatement that he gave his life to television.... Lau Kong comes from a generation where actors are used to working hard, but at least they received respect for their work back then. Although he did the honorable thing and didn't want to speak poorly of his employer after giving in his resignation, it's obvious he only decided to leave the station because he's no longer happy working there. There was no big retirement party on his last day...it's sad that management seemed to just treat it as another day at work and didn't acknowledge his contributions in a more generous gesture. It's really a shame that he had to leave in this manner, where he was likely fed up with management tactics in which commercial gains drive every decision from who the station promotes to how they treat their artistes.
  • @anon Earlier, it was rumored that Kristal, along with Nancy Wu, would sign with Louis Koo's agency. I think Kristal would be very fitting for the HK film industry. She can also film for ViuTV, do stage plays, or host for radio station.
  • @coralie Lau Kong sounds jaded by TVB's management. While he didn't directly state the reason, but he implied that it was natural for actors his age to leave and that many things have already changed at the station. We'll be posting Lau Kong's interview about his resignation later today. Please stay tuned.
  • @m0m0 I think gambling addictions, like other addictions to drinking and drugs, form because of a person's compulsive behavior and lack of ability to deal with problems and stress in reality. There's a certain physical high from the adrenaline rush although there are risks involved which can destroy one's life. When a destructive habit is so deeply embedded in someone's life for years, it's really hard to quit as it requires a change in lifelong habits and how to deal with compulsion. It's very tragic what had happened to Ming Dao's brother. His gambling debt of $68,000 USD wasn't worth taking his own life and his family. It's an amount that can be paid off if broken into smaller payments. I feel very saddened by the news and hope Ming Dao and his parents aren't guilt ridden for the rest of their lives.
  • @jayne "But Kate’s feminine image seemed to be very popular with advertisers, and this was the time she did a lot of event promotions." Maybe that's why she did it for 15 years before finally giving it up. Since it gave good results, maybe she thought this is the right way to go. Maybe she truly thought it's an improvement for herself, but, after 15 years of trying, found out that this really does not work for her. This brings me to the conflict of 'being true to oneself' vs 'improving oneself'. There are many books teaching people to be successful, to emulate the practice of other successful people (e.g. the 10 practices of successful people list, the 7 attitude/mindset of successful people list etc) . Where can you draw line between self improvement and changing yourself to be another person not you? Is there really a true self inside us or just a constantly evolving self?
  • @jjwong The house is designed with lots of entertaining in mind. Godfrey sounds like a very friendly and generous person and likes to surround himself with friends. So he probably wanted his home with lots of comfortable lounging spaces when people visit.
  • @kidd "Then, later, she learn to be ‘feminine’ and ‘sexy’ and it all goes downhill." This was probably the image that TVB chose for Kate at the time...which she didn't think was the real her either. But Kate's feminine image seemed to be very popular with advertisers, and this was the time she did a lot of event promotions. I think a lot of former TVB artistes signed with Wong Cho Lam because of their personal friendships with them. He likely understood what they wanted lifestyle wise, but he hasn't been able to secure prominent projects for artistes he managed.
  • I always felt that Kate was a loner while she was at TVB. It was clear that she wasn't happy during the days when she was micromanaged by Virginia Lok at TVB. It's a bold step for Kate to start all over. Pursuing a PhD will be a lengthy process, but a rewarding one if that is what she truly wants.
  • @jayne i think the best actress fight is between miriam, kara, and selena. Between kara & miriam, kara has been in more TVB dramas, so maybe that will make her more preferable to voters. if the best actor award is between kenneth, vincent, and philip, I do think Kenneth has the best shot because vincent already won TVB King before. Kenneth is also favored by voters (both HKers & TVB)
  • I think the Best Actress fight is mainly between Miriam Yeung and Kara Wai. If the ratings for "Wonder Women" rise higher, this will favor Miriam more. I think Kenneth will have a good chance at Best Actor to the favorable response for "Big White Duel". Plus he's in high profile dramas such as "Line Walker 3" and "The Exorcist's Meter 2.0" next year, so the award will boost his profile further.
  • @wm2017 I saw this article as a crazy antic Nancy pulled with friends while on vacation. A little bit of "Girls Gone Wild". Maybe the reaction would be bigger had her photo been more revealing. Social media conversations often revolve around celebrities' latest looks and glam photos. It's great that "The Nonsense Club" is so close and the friends have been there for each other through many ups and downs, breakups, and marriages.
  • @anon Yes, Raymond is now managed by Louis Koo's company. I'm sure we'll see him in more of Louis' movies, but Raymond can also film with TVB or Shaw Brothers. It's based on per-series contract. Although many TVB artistes may not renew their contracts, they are still active in Hong Kong and sooner and later may end up working with the station again on a per series contract.
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