• @jayne Wow, that is a lot! It is not a good decision at all. @jimmyszeto Maybe it is the styling. Her hair and make up are too much "girl next door". Since the dress is non-conforming, her styling should have been more edgy. Actually, that dress is very confused. It has the see through elements but the dainty red flowers don't match. I tried to find more pictures, to get a better sense, but from the one above, her posing does not look comfortable.
  • @jayne Wait for the award show. I am sure the fashion and bling will be in that one.
  • @potatochip Agree that Crystal didn't wear her dress well, although it allegedly cost $200,000 HKD to custom order and fly in. That's a hefty price tag for a newcomer artiste to afford, and if it was sponsored, there were bigger stars at the show. TVB needs to make better fashion arrangements by working with designer sponsorships for major artistes for these big shows. The many bridal-style gowns every year are getting embarrassing. If the content of the show isn't impressive, as least style their stars to make them shine.
  • @funnlim "And Jayne, maybe you can consider doing a live tweet on a live event?" I can do live tweets based on breaking news... but most of the time can't watch these awards events as they are broadcast on TV.
  • @jayne FYI, he replied the interviews for his after wed party that he INVITED TVB ARTISTS TO HIS WEDDING. Additionally, he opened the party in Myolie’s bar for the TVB artists to attend it easily after the Lighting Show. As a result, I came to a conclusion that he didn’t just invite the ATV artists but only few ATV artists came. Virgina Lok was invited to all parties, she is still a TVB manager. In another note, never any TVB or Hong Kong artistes have a wed on yatch, a normal wed then an after wed party. How many wed he wanted to sell? And, he said himself that he sold the wed to Big Big Channel.
  • @jayne Thank you for expressing my thoughts. He is in a no win situation. Their wedding was so lovely and touching but those with preconceived negativity will see what they want to see.
  • @jayne agreed! personally if ruco did do this for money, good on him! Hello he has a baby on the way, he needs the dough now more than ever. I'm not a fan of Ruco's but I don't see the harm in publicizing his wedding.
  • Don't think Ruco needs all this backlash on his wedding. He was just happy to get married and wanted to give Phoebe a memorable wedding. Yes, he did forward some wedding photos to the HK media and accepted some interviews on his wedding day. Those who don't like him to begin with will just see it in a negative light as "selling his wedding for publicity", but I find that it's a welcome gesture to share happiness on his big day with everyone, including his fans. If Ruco had clammed up and refused all interviews, those who don't like him will just say he was sour-faced even on his wedding day. Suffice to say that it's his wedding and he's allowed to celebrate in big or small way to his taste. No need to judge him based on his wedding preference, when his character can be observed from the treatment of fans who have supported him for 20+ years, his respect towards veterans, and his value towards friends. He could have "opened up" his wedding even more as a vehicle for his TVB career by inviting a lot more TVB management, but he chose to invite old ATV friends instead. It is also understandable that at the start of his relationship, when he had only been dating Phoebe for a few months, to not admit to the romance. And some netizens were cruel to criticize how "pork chop" Phoebe had looked at the time, since the photo was taken in an unflattering angle and made her look chubby. Through his interviews later, it is clear that Ruco felt guilty in having Phoebe face all this pressure. Thus he wanted to give her a memorable wedding, took lots of pretty photos, and shared them with the world. Phoebe is also energetic, youthful, and possesses a light sense of humor. I think she's a refreshing compliment to Ruco, who tends to take things too seriously. What others may see as "obedience", I see it as respect she has for Ruco. And he has the same for her, allowing her to continue with her acting career after marriage if that's what makes her happy. The pregnancy just accelerated their wedding sooner.
  • @jayne Well-said and so true! :-) To be honest, most artists who work for TVB actually have some type of side venture, whether it’s investing in a business, investing in property, opening up a production studio, etc. With the exception of the newbies who are just starting off, most of the other artists rely on income from other sources to live their lives. When we peel back the layers, TVB’s role is essentially to help artists get exposure and build enough of a name for themselves to get sponsorship deals, work opportunities outside the station, investment opportunities, etc – basically ways to supplement the low salary that TVB gives. One of the things that TVB has always been good at (and this hasn’t changed in the 50 years that the station has been in existence) is “24/7 in-your-face promotion” of artists it favors (regardless of whether those artists have talent or not)….of course, there is nothing wrong with that in and of itself, but when, as a company, that becomes your modus operandi and the main focus that you build everything else around, then it becomes a problem obviously (I think most people will agree that a system built on favoritism is unhealthy and problematic). This is one reason why, as much as everyone has been complaining about TVB’s low wages for decades, no one pushes TVB to make changes….everyone is already resigned to the fact that TVB salary is going to be low -- that’s just the way it is (and will always be)….knowing this, artists still work for TVB because 1) they either have no choice or 2) they simply bite the bullet for long enough time to build up either their name or better connections, then rely on that name (or the connections) for their “true” income (and in most cases, eventually disengage themselves from TVB). I liken it to a game that some artists are better at playing than others – the artists who take acting seriously and actually want to build a career with TVB are the ones who lose out the most, while those who understand the rules of the game and view TVB as merely a stepping stone to other opportunities (which is technically how TVB views itself) are the ones who end up as winners.
  • Although Gregory's adult acting career didn't exactly take off, he is doing reasonably well. He is also a Thai boxing and racing car instructor. This July, he opened a Japanese BBQ restaurant called Akune Wagyu Tachikui Yakinikumise (https://www.facebook.com/pg/AkuneWagyu/posts/) in Mongkok. The business is bustling, so Greg plans to open more locations in the near future. Some actors may have small roles in TVB dramas, but they may run successful side businesses which provide the bulk of their income. Working at TVB satisfies their acting interest, but also a great way to build networks, promote themselves and their businesses. As an artiste, it's invaluable to build up their name, which can be a brand for any future ventures they want to go into. Stefan Wong, Evergreen Mak, and Oscar Leung are also supporting actors who also have restaurants/ cafes. I'm happy for Greg that although he didn't find success as an actor in recent years, he is versatile and found success in other areas.
  • @potatochip If the rumors are true that Ruco Chan won't be attending the TVB Anniversary Awards, I suspect his contract may be nearing its end and he is planning his exit from the station. TVB has a habit of not promoting an artiste if they are currently renegotiating contract terms and his future loyalty is unclear. Seeing Ruco being underutilized in 2018 and perhaps 2019 may be signs that he may not be interested in renewing his contract if it is nearing its end. Vincent looks to have a higher chance at Best Actor. Not sure if TVB will give it to Joe Ma since he is only filming on a per contract basis.
  • This sounds like a very extravagant vacation! $50,000 USD per night! Myolie and Philip must be doing very well financially.... or is their trip sponsored?
  • @jcc10 Thanks for pointing this out. Just made the correction.
  • Congratulations to Ruco and Phoebe! Their baby will be beautiful.
  • @m0m0 Hope your mother-in-law comes to terms with you and your husband's decision. Does your husband have other siblings to take the baby pressure away from you? I know the older generation place a lot of emphasis on not only have kids, but also having a boy to carry on the family name. The most important thing is that you and your husband are in agreement, so you can manage your MIL's behavior together.
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