Michelle Yeoh Web Theatre
News January - June, 2008

Current News

Jun. 30th, 2008
- The Mummy 3: new behind-scenes video, posters and other updates.

Jun. 29th
- On the 29th, the second press conference for Stellar Entertainment was held in Hong Kong, announcing South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has joined the company. Song Hye-kyo, Terence Chang and David Tang attended the event and a recorded video of Michelle was shown during the press conference.
    Video from the press conference .
Michelle's welcome message is at 00:23 - 00:36, in Cantonese and English. She said she could not come to the event since she's in Africa.

Michelle had been in South Africa for a week for the Make Roads Safe global campaign. South African news reported that she was in Johannesburg on Thursday attending an Automobile Association event and also did some filming in Cape Town.

"I must thank the FIA foundation for having this Make Roads Safe campaign and for making me a global ambassador because it has opened my eyes to the reality of the problems we face. I have come to understand how complacent we have all been, particularly myself," said Michelle, "I have seen the most horrendous sites where children, pedestrians are facing death sentences practically every day. I hope that, together with the FIA, we will be able to wave a big enough flag in the face of authorities to do more in terms of road planning and implementation of laws."   (report)

- [AN UPDATE TO NOTICE from June 3] First, I'd like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who has been concerned about my friend Wen in China, regardless of whether you have written to me... After a month of being detained at the Haidian Detention Station, Wen has been transferred to the Haidian Detention Center and she was given a sentence for two years in a forced labor camp (aka. Re-education Through Labor, which is a way for the government to lock people up without the need for charges or a trial). Her family members have not received any legal documentation for the arrest/detention and they were denied the right to visit her. Wen has 60 days to appeal but still, it is extremely difficult to find a lawyer in China who dares to defend Falun Gong due to their own safety concerns. If anyone happens to have information and can help with getting a lawyer (doesn't have to speak Chinese) who is willing to help with the case, please contact me.

Initially I had trouble collecting information from China due to the safety concerns for the people I contacted - there in China, phones are bugged, letters are opened, internet/e-mails are censored, and plain clothes police are everywhere. After a few weeks we have managed to build a safe way to communicate and I have collected materials I need in order to present the case to related officials, groups, and organizations. Old classmates and friends of Wen and I in China or overseas have been notified and many of them have been trying to help.

Some friends here have showed concern for my own safety (thanks!!). Just to let everyone know I will be all right. I'm not going back to China in the near future.

A person who came out from the police station brought a message from Wen. This time when at the detention station she had a relatively "easy" time. Back in 2001, police and their collaborators tortured and assaulted her intensively in order to force her to sign a "guarantee" to never again practice Falun Gong. Now after nearly nine years of the persecution, although there are still many ongoing cases of torture and even death documented, more and more Chinese have realized Falun Gong practitioners are good people and the persecution is wrong. This time police and other prisoners were actually nice toward her. From this change, I see the hope for China!

Again, please help support the Millions of Signature Global Campaign, and help stop the brutal persecution. The deadline for signing is July 20th, which is the 9th anniversary of the beginning of the CCP's persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which, should not have been allowed to have started in the first place.

Jun. 27th
- The Mummy 3: new French and Taiwanese posters.

Jun. 26th
- Babylon A.D.: French pressbook and English translation.

- Links:
    * Total Recall: The 25 Best Action Heroines of All Time -- Here is Michelle! (Rotten Tomatoes)
    * Article: Action queen turns dramatic (The age)

Jun. 25th
- Babylon A.D.: official French trailer.

- The Mummy 3 updates: Pictorial moviebook. Release information in Asia. Posters from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Japan.

Jun. 23rd
- New in Photos -> Magazines: photos and article scans from "The Bund" (Chinese magazine), June 12 issue. Many thanks to Bin (aka "A Bird")!

- Babylon A.D.: Novel re-release information and the cover pic.

- The Mummy 3: photos of a M3 display and a new poster.

- New title image for the front page.

Jun. 22nd
News links:
    - Variety: Asian trio in Stellar pact
    - Hollywood Reporter: Yeoh, Chang shoot for stars with new agency

Jun. 21st
- A press conference about Michelle's recently established talent management company, Stellar Entertainment Ltd. (Chinese name: Xing Cheng Yu Le), was held in Hong Kong on the afternoon of June 21st. Michelle, along with her business partners producer Terence Chang and David Tang (Tang Zaiyang), who is a well-known Taiwanese media personality, as well as some of the artists who have signed on with the company, attended the event. Stellar Entertainment now has offices in Taipei and Hong Kong and plans to extend to Shanghai, Beijing, other Asian regions, Hollywood and Europe. The first group of eight actors were announced, including Kelly Lin (Taiwan), Zhang Fengyi (mainland), Pace Wu (Taiwan), Mark Cheng (Hong Kong), and Brandon Chang. The company has also signed up with some behind-the-scenes talents including screenplay writer Wang Hui-Ling (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and several directors. More artists will be announced later of the month.

In an interview after the news conference, David Tang Zaiyang said that he will be the main person in charge of the administrative management of the company. Producer Terence Chang focuses on the creation part. The company can bring the talents for the productions Chang produces. "Michelle has good ties and resources in the industry." Tang said, "She is a very warm person and she is the cohesive force to get everyone together as a family."

"We aim to nurture new talents and offer guidance to established talents to take them to the next level," said Michelle. During the Cannes film festival last month, reporters asked her if by running her own company it means she is switching her focus away from acting. Michelle said no. She does not have to sit in an office and there are other people in the company who will manage the daily business. "I have two very good partners," smiled Michelle, "what I need to do is just saying 'Hi' 'Hi'."

- Another company Michelle is involved in is Jelly Bean Film & Distribution, partnered with Sabrina Chen, who previously worked for Michelle at Mythical/Han. Their current projects are listed at their website.

Michelle is leaving Hong Kong today for Africa.

- News link: Michelle Yeoh's Management Company Formally Launched
Video: Michelle at the press conference (02:45, in Mandarin)
Video: Michelle interview (02:53, in Mandarin)
Video: press conference (35 minutes, in Cantonese and Mandarin)

First photo: front (L to R) Mark Cheng, Michelle, Brandon Chang. Back (L to R) Terence Chang, Yang Shanshan,
Kelly Lin, Pace Wu, Jennifer Hong, David Tang, and Yuan Xinyu

(1) Michelle with Terence Chang (left) and David Tang
(2) toasting. L to R: Kelly Lin, Michelle, Pace Wu, Jennifer Hong
(3-5) Michelle speak at the news conference

(click to enlarge. photos from "AP", "Sina", "QQ", "Mingpao", "Tom", "Sun", "UDN" and "Apple Daily")

Jun. 20th
- Photo: Michelle at the press conference for her new talent agency, Xing Cheng Yu Le (Stellar), June 21st, Hong Kong.

- The Mummy 3: New images. New full trailer with download links.

Jun. 19th
- June 18, Paris: Michelle attending the foundation laying ceremony for ICM (Institute for Cerebral and Medullary Disorders), a non-profit organization which supports the development of research on the brain and spinal cord.

Left photo: Michelle took part in the event as a sponsor of the ICM foundation. The person at right is
Jean-Paul Huchon, president of the regional council for Ile-de-France
Middle photo: Michelle shakes hands with Bertrand Delanoe, Mayor of Paris

Michelle with Mr. Jean Todt and director Luc Besson, both founding members of the ICM
(click to enlarge. photos from "Pure People", "QQ", and "Sohu")

Jun. 17th
- Babylon A.D.: new/HQ images - with Michelle!!

- The Mummy 3 updates. Novel information. Book cover and game covers.

Jun. 16th
- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is one of the films in Academy's Great To Be Nominated series. It will be screened on June 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. Visual effects supervisor Rob Hodgson will take part in a discussion about the film following the screening. (more details   tickets)

Jun. 15th
- Babylon A.D.: Italian release date.

- The Mummy 3 updates.

Jun. 14th
- News photos: Michelle and Mr. Jean Todt attending the wedding ceremony of Flavio Briatore, Italian businessman and managing director of the Renault Formula One team, held at the church of Santo Spirito di Sassia on June 14 in Rome, Italy.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty", "Gala" and "WireImage")

Jun. 12th
- Far North: U.S. DVD release information and DVD cover (putting Krusiec's name over our Michelle's head?...)

- The Mummy 3 updates.

Jun. 10th
- Babylon A.D. U.S. trailer.

- Videos: Michelle at the opening ceremony of the Audemars Piguet store in Taipei
    Sina [02:25, in Mandarin and English],   Sohu [00:55, in Mandarin]

Michelle arrived in Taipei, Taiwan on the evening of June 8th. On the 9th and 10th, she went to Joshua Lin's studio for photoshoots for "BAZAARA" magazine and attended two Audemars Piguet events. She will leave Taiwan on the 11th.

Talking about her plans for the summer, Michelle said she will be very busy with the promotion tours for The Mummy 3 and Babylon A.D.. In the beginning of July she will be in South Africa continuing filming the "Make Roads Safe" documentary. After that she will be in Paris for the promotion of Babylon A.D.. She will then travel to Los Angeles, Moscow, Berlin, San Francisco, Mexico, New York, etc.. She laughed at the rumor about her "wedding" in July and said she won't have time.

Michelle promised Taiwanese media that she will attend the Golden Horse Awards this year. A press conference for Michelle's new talent agency is scheduled for June 21st in Hong Kong.

June 10: Michelle at the opening ceremony of an AP store in Taipei

(1) w/President of AP Georges-Henri Meylan. (2) w/Taiwan AP representative
(3)(4) Michelle attending the AP VIP party, June 10
(5) going to Joshua Lin's studio for photoshoots, June 9
(6) arriving at Taipei airport, June 8
(click to enlarge. photos from "Apple Daily", "UDN", "Mingpao", "Tom", "People", "Yahoo" and "Sina")

Jun. 9th
- Watch the CNN show:
Part I: A female action hero [08:26]
Part II: Being a Bond Girl [08:16]
Part III: Both sides of the camera [06:08]

- Babylon A.D.: new images! Kassovitz talks about the book adaptation and casting.

- The Children of Huang Shi: French release date and poster.

Jun. 6th
- Michelle is to appear on CNN this weekend.
CNN Talk Asia
CNN: Michelle Yeoh: Balance, beauty and butt-kicking
CNN Asia Pacific: International actress & former Bond girl Michelle Yeoh on CNN's Talk Asia

CNN's Anjali Rao talks to Michelle
(click to enlarge. photos from "The Star" and "Sohu")

Jun. 3rd
- [NOTICE] I'm sorry to announce that I may not have time to update this site for several days, or even longer.

I just learned terrible news from China. Wen, my best friend in China who is a Falun Dafa (aka Falun Gong) practitioner, was arrested in Beijing on May 14 as a part of the communist government's persecution of Falun Gong. Her family could not find a lawyer for her since most lawyers in China do not dare to defend Falun Gong due to the fear of losing their job or even ending up in jail themselves.

Falun Gong is a Buddha School Qigong which teaches people to cultivate themselves according to the principles of Truthfulness, Compassion and Tolerance. The brutal persecution started in 1999 when the estimated number of Falun Gong practitioners in China was 70 - 100 million, overtaking the number of the Chinese Communist Party members. The government tried everything to crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners, including arresting and torturing them. Thousands of Falun Gong practitioners have been tortured to death, and some became the victims of the bloody organ harvesting. The persecution has been going on for almost nine years now. Since the end of last year, the government has stepped up the persecution because they wanted to silence all dissenting voices before the upcoming Olympics so that the country will appear to be homogeneous. Between the end of 2007 and March 2008, more than 1,800 arrests that have been documented.

Back in 2000, my friend Wen, together with many practitioners, went to appeal to the high officials in Beijing and asked for the right to continue their practice. She was detained and sent to a "brainwashing center". She ran away in early 2001 and became destitute in order to avoid being recognized and persecuted again. In November 2001, she was discovered by police and was arrested again. She was on hunger strikes during the one month detention she had to endure at the Xicheng Detention Center in Beijing. She was later taken to the Fangshan Brainwashing Center, where police used all means to torment her mentally and physically - including physical torture and assault. Since January 2002 she was on run again and did not return home for six years.

Wen is a very close friend of mine and she has been almost like a sister to me. Because of the persecution, I have not seen her since 2000. I lost contact with her between 2000 and 2004 and only learned these horrifying things afterwards. Right now she is being detained at the Haidian Detention Station in Beijing. I will try my best to rescue her. I'm looking for ways to do it in both China and U.S..

If you would like to help - yes you can help - please join the Millions of Signature Global Campaign on the Global Effort to Stop the Beijing's Persecution of Falun Gong. The petition will be sent to various governments, parliaments, national Olympic Committees, and international organizations such as the UN and the International Olympic Committee, before the opening of the Olympics.
    Download the petition form: individual or multiple
    And send your signed copy back to
    Mailing address: P. O. Box 55-1698, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O. C.
    Email: millionsignatures@stopccpspersecution.net
At the moment I'm writing this message, there have been 621,554 signatures from 104 countries and areas since January. For more information on the petition or forms in other languages, please visit Millions of Signature Global Campaign. Please give your voice too - help Stop the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Persecution of Falun Gong!

Jun. 2nd
- New in Photos: "2008 Cannes Film Festival" with some new photos which haven't been published on this site. New photos (including HQ ones) in "2007 Moscow Film Festival". And a new page for "1996 U.S. Supercop Premiere". Look for "new" signs.

- The Children of Huang Shi updates: box office, scene deletion, and interview.

- The Mummy 3 updates: Asian release. Special preview in NJ.

- In Taiwan, Michelle's Far North is scheduled to release on October 31 and Babylon A.D. on September 26.

May 27th
- Babylon A.D.: new French release date and film length.

- The Children of Huang Shi: North American release schedule.

May 26th
- Babylon A.D.: another teaser trailer.

- Some HQ photos of Michelle at Cannes - click to get LARGE version.

- Michelle is featured as one of "Festival des Ambassadrices" at L'Oreal Paris's 61 Festival de Cannes special. (click on images to enlarge)

May 25th
- The Mummy 3 updates including a report on the LA press interview.

- News photos: Michelle attending the Monaco F1 Grand Prix, Monte Carlo, Monaco, May 25.

(click to enlarge. photos from "MotorSport" and "Formula 1")

May 24th
- News photos from Monte Carlo, Monaco, May 23 - 24:
May 24: Michelle at practice and qualifying sessions for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

left two: w/ Mr. Jean Todt.   right two: w/ former Ferrari F1 German driver Michael Schumacher
(click to enlarge. photos from "Reuters", "MotorSport" and "Formula 1")

May 23: Michelle and Mr. Jean Todt attending the Amber Fashion Show and Auction held at the Meridien Beach Plaza, Monte Carlo. The charity fashion show is part of Monaco Grand Prix weekend and raises money for the Elton John Aids Foundation.

(6) Michelle and Caroline Chopard, CEO of Chopard and creator of the Palme d'Or
(7) (L to R) Mr. Todt, Michelle, and Flavio Briatore, managing director of the Renault Formula One team

(click to enlarge. photos from "Getty Images", "QQ", "MCT" and "WireImage")

May 22nd
- Hong Kong reporters interviewed Michelle at Cannes on May 21 and 22. Michelle was deeply saddened by the losses caused by the deadly earthquake in Sichuan, China. She even considered not going to Cannes at first, but decided to come as scheduled and use this opportunity to raise awareness to China's situation and to help with donations to the quake victims. Several times tears were in her eyes when talking about it. She gave her best regards and wishes to the people who are in the affected areas. She hopes other people will continue to provide help to survivors even four or five months later. Talking about frequent disasters, Michelle sighed: "Our mankind has done too many wrong things," reported "Singtao Daily."

Michelle's new talent agency will be announced in Hong Kong next month. In addition to her acting career, she will also be involved in film producing and talent management. Michelle has been working on the documentary for road safety. She said road deaths are one of the top ten killers in the world but the problem hasn't gotten enough attention. (photo at left: Michelle at interview, May 21. click to enlarge. "Oriental Daily")

- May 22, Cannes: amfAR Cinema Against AIDS 2008 benefit, Le Moulin de Mougins. On Thursday the benefit on the sidelines of the Cannes Film Festival raised more than $10 million - a record for the annual event - for amfAR (the American Foundation for AIDS Research).

Michelle as an event chair onstage during amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS 2008 benefit

right: Michelle with Mr. Jean Todt attending the amfAR benefit

(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage" and "Corbis")

- May 21, Cannes: Michelle and Mr. Jean Todt attending a party organized by Italian designer Roberto Cavalli at Cannes.

(click to enlarge. "WireImage" photos)

- Video: Redcarpet of "Changeling" premiere , May 20. (Michelle appears at 00:28 - 00:39)

May 21st
- The Children of Huang Shi: Release information. 7 film clips. And an interview with director Roger Spottiswoode. He mentioned Michelle did the (small) role for him as a favor, and a story of casting Michelle in his Bond film.

- May 21, Cannes: Michelle on the red carpet of the premiere of Che by director Steven Soderbergh.

(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage", "Getty Images", "Corbis", "Mtime" and "Reuters")

- May 21: L'Oreal photocall held at the Majestic Hotel, Cannes, France, during the 61st Cannes Film Festival.

(click to enlarge. "WireImage" photos)

May 20th
- Photos from Cannes, May 20: Michelle attending the premiere of Clint Eastwood's Changeling with Mr. Jean Todt.
   Video: Michelle on the red carpet [00:12]

last photo: Michelle is greeted by Gilles Jacob, President of the Cannes Film Festival

(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage", "Getty Images", "Reuters" and "Mtime")

- Photos from Cannes, May 19: at dinner party for John Woo's upcoming Red Cliff. The 3rd and 4th photos are Michelle with Jackie Chan (was he trying to choke Michelle?).

(click to enlarge. photos from "Mtime" and "WireImage")

May 18th
- Babylon A.D. updates.

- There are some photos from the New York premiere in The Children of Huang Shi news. Michelle did not attended the event. She has already left the U.S..

May 16th
- The Mummy 3: teaser trailer, new poster, production images, and photos from yesterday's M3 press interview.

- The Children of Huang Shi: more photos of Michelle at the premeire and premiere videos.

- Yesterday Michelle was in L.A. (Santa Monica) meeting with the press from 11:00am to 4:00pm for The Mummy 3 publicity. And in the evening she attended the premiere of The Children of Huang Shi in West L.A. with director Roger Spottiswoode. Premiere photos:

(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage" and "Epoch Times")

Same as for the past two years, Michelle will attend the Cannes Film Festival (May 14 - 25) as an ambassador of L'Oreal Paris, an official sponsor of the festival. Other activities she's scheduled to attend at Cannes include the amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on May 22, and the dinner party for John Woo's upcoming Red Cliff on May 19.

May 15th
- The Children of Huang Shi: U.S. premiere - today in LA. Also information on the Australian premiere/release of the film.

May 14th
- The Mummy 3: teaser trailer will come out this Friday.

May 13th
- The Children of Huang Shi: New York premiere information.

- Update on yesterday's report: Bin is safe. She's in Chengdu City and now has to live in a vehicle. Another Michelle fan, Xiao Yi, from Mianyang County, is safe too - her school was badly damaged but luckily for her, she was outside on the playground when the quake hit (Monday afternoon). Xiao Yi and her family have left Mianyang and are headed for another region. In Mianyang, there are 4,100 people dead, 12,500 injured, and 18,700 under the rubble. The situation in the worst hit area is still unknown.

May 12th
- Scans from the Chinese version of the magazine Cosmopolitan. It turns out the previously posted photos are different from the actual photos shown on the magazine, although they were taken at the same time.

The images were scanned by Bin, aka "A Bird", a Michelle fan from Sichuan Province of China. She sent me the photos the night before the 7.9-magnitude earthquake hit the region on May 12th. I'm still waiting to hear that she's ok...

It is the worst earthquake in China in three decades. The current official death toll is near 10,000, which doesn't include the thousands which are still under the rubble (one collapsed school alone buried about 900 children), as well as Wenchuan County, the epicenter of the devastating quake. All roads to Wenchuan are destroyed and communications are cut off. The situation is unknown for the county which has a population of more than 105,000 people.

May 10th
- Michelle is currently in Europe and she will be in the U.S. for the M3 publicity next week. See The Mummy 3 news for details.

- Two Michelle films are listed among the 19 Great Martial Arts Flicks on "Entertainment Weekly": Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Twin Warriors (Tai Chi Master).

May 9th
- Far North: an interesting interview - some behind the scenes stories - with Asif Kapadia.

May 8th
- The Mummy 3: Video game release information and images. You won't be able to play as Michelle's role but her real voice will be featured in the game.

May 7th
- Far North: Full transcript and video download of Michelle's "Blatt Lerret" session at TIFF in January. Very interesting interview. (thanks Dean for the transcript!)

- The Children of Huang Shi: U.S. official website. More images (including Michelle's). Information on the U.S. press and release.

- The Mummy 3: director Rob Cohen talks about Rachel Weisz/script.

May 5th
- The Children of Huang Shi: U.S. poster.

May 1st
- Babylon A.D.: official French teaser trailer (HQ).

- The Mummy 3: official site is up. Some new images and a title picture.

Apr. 30th
- Babylon A.D.: French poster, teaser trailer, and video scans of Michelle.

- The Mummy 3: new production photos and concept art drawings.

- The Children of Huang Shi updates: Spottiswoode talks about the filming. Australian title.

Apr. 29th
- News videos:
* Michelle at Audemars Piguet QE II Cup, April 27, Hong Kong. [TVB. first half of the video. 01:17, in Cantonese]   (thanks Sheryn)
* Michelle at the opening ceremony of the Audemars Piguet Beijing flagship store, April 28 (videos in Mandarin):
   Video 1 [01:11],  Video 2 [00:33. commenting actress Li Bingbing]

- The Mummy 3: updates with official teaser poster.

- Far North: MPAA rating.

- Babylon A.D.: two new film images of Vin Diesel.

Apr. 28th
- On Monday April 28, Michelle attended the opening ceremony of an Audemars Piguet flagship store in Beijing. During the press interview reporters asked again about the recent rumors of her "wedding" and "honeymoon" in July/August, to which Michelle laughed and said she has no idea about those "plans" and she will be busy with two film promotions in July and August, and she may also be filming in Africa during August.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Sohu", "Xinhua" and "iFeng")

Apr. 27th
- Michelle attended the 2008 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup as an Audemars Piguet ambassador on Sunday April 27, at Sha Tin Racecourse, Hong Kong. At the press interviews, reporters asked her about the recent round of her wedding rumors. Michelle thanked reporters' concerns and said she's not planning a wedding soon and she's now very happy. Asked about her new talent agency, Michelle confirmed Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin has already signed on. The company intends to discover more talents, including directors, scriptwriters and other crew members, from Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and other Southeast Asian regions. Michelle said a lawyer is coming with her to this trip and they are observing the Southeast Asian market. A tip Michelle is giving to the newcomers who're interested in getting into the Western market is to learn English which is an "essential tool" for the crossover. "Screen Daily" reported earlier that Michelle's yet-to-be-named company has also signed with Taiwanese model/actress Jennifer Hong and actor Brandon Chang (The Touch) and according to the report, the company is based in Hong Kong and Taipei, and it is scheduled to begin operations in June.

toasting at the AP QE II Cup celebration ceremony Michelle, Macau tycoon Stanley Ho (center) and Ho's wife watching the race
Michelle presenting the prize to South African
jockey Kevin Shea
at the presentation ceremony

Michelle at press interviews
(click to enlarge. photos from "HKJC", "DailyVC", "Reuters", "Kwongwah", "Mingpao", "Wenwei", "Sun" and "Tungstar")

Apr. 25th
- Photos: Michelle at the 2008 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup Gala Party at Cyberport, Hong Kong on April 25. The annual Audemars Piguet QE II Cup is one of the most prestigious racing events in Hong Kong, which will take place on Sunday April 27 this year.

Michelle attending the AP QE II party

(1) Michelle with Trainer Tony Cruz (left) and Jockey Gerald Mosse (right)
(2) Officiating guests toast on stage for the AP QE II Cup
(from left) Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of HKJC, Michelle, John CC Chan, Chairman of HKJC, Georges-Henri
Meylan, President & CEO of Audemars Piguet, and Wolfgang Sickenberg, CEO, Audemars Piguet (Hong Kong) Ltd
(3) Michelle poses with officiating guests
(click to enlarge. photos from "Hong Kong Jockey Club", "QQ", "Kwongwah", "Wenwei" and "Oriental Daily")

- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon will be screened this evening as a program at the 14th annual Spring Arts Festival, Minden, Louisiana. 7pm, Moess Center.

Apr. 24th
- Hong Kong media reported that Michelle will attend the banquet party of the 2008 Audemars Piguet QE II Cup (Queen Elizabeth II) Friday evening in Hong Kong.

- Video on Making of Sunshine.

- The Children of Huang Shi: U.S. release information and the title battle in China.

Apr. 21st
- Videos -> Film trailers & clips section is up. In addition to the download links, I have also added embedded YouTube videos.

- Michelle is in the midst of shooting the documentary film for the Make Roads Safe campaign, directed by Richard Stanley. Malaysia "Kwong Wah" reported that Michelle is filming in India.

- The Children of Huang Shi: interview with Michelle and more film images.

Apr. 18th
- Taiwanese media reported that Michelle may be a narrator for the international version of Remembering History, a documentary series on aspects of Chinese history, arts, and culture. (see the previous report from News March 17). Produced by Taiwanese TV producer Wang Jun and directed by Taiwanese director/producer Fiver Chen, the filming of the documentary took more than 5 years in different locations including Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Tibet. The final product is expected to be in five parts (each about 2 hours): the Tea-Horse Ancient Road, the Tang-Tibet Road, the Origin of Han, National Minorities in Southwest China, and Rebirths of the Dalai Lama.

According to the reports, director Fiver Chen showed segments of the documentary to Michelle in Hong Kong and Michelle liked it very much. Michelle's Jelly Bean Film & Distribution will be responsible for its international sales. Michelle's name is listed as a co-producer of the project on IMDb. The rights to the documentary went on the market last month at the Hong Kong FilMart. Jelly Bean Film & Distribution will bring it to the Cannes market next month. Taiwan PTS has bought the Taiwanese rights and will be broadcasting the series on their HD channel.

- Taiwanese and Hong Kong media reported that Michelle, Terence Chang (who was U.S. agent for Michelle, Chow Yun-Fat and John Woo), and Tang Zaiyang, a well-known Taiwanese media person, are creating a talent agency which will have offices in Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai. With increasing western interests in China, the agency will bridge the talents from the greater China region with the international filmmaking market. The agency will be officially opened in May. Reportedly Taiwanese actress Kelly Lin will be the first person to sign on.

Apr. 17th
- Far North trailer!

Apr. 16th
- The Children of Huang Shi: 4 trailers.

Apr. 14th
- The Mummy 3: memorable quotes (lines from Zi Yuan and the Emperor).

Apr. 13th
- Photos: Michelle and Mr. Jean Todt in Paris. April 12 (click to enlarge. photos from "EastDay"). Video clip [02:04]

Apr. 11th
- Far North: images and director's notes from "Vertigo Magazine".

- Babylon A.D.: production coordinator responding to the rumors on the film length.

Apr. 10th
- Michelle attended the 2008 Salon International de Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), held in Geneva on April 7-12. Michelle is a global spokesperson for Audemars Piguet (AP) and she has attended the leading watch expo each year since 2005.

left photo: Michelle at the Audemars Piguet banquet, April 8
middle and right: Michelle at SIHH expo, April 9
(click to enlarge. photos from "UDN", "Sun" and "Oriental Daily")

Apr. 4th
- Babylon A.D. at Cannes?

- Far North screenings at the 2008 Philadelphia Film Festival (April 3 - 15) and the Britspotting (British and Irish Film Festival) in Berlin (April 10 - 16).

- Video: Michelle at "Cosmo" photoshoot [01:15]
Larger versions of photos have been put on "Cosmo" Magazines.

Apr. 2nd
- Babylon A.D.: UK Rating and some information of the film, including something spoilerish about Michelle's Rebecca character.

- The Mummy 3: "Access Hollywood" behind the scenes video.

Apr. 1st
- The Children of Huang Shi updates with photos (one with Michelle).

- Malaysia's "Nan Yang" reported that Michelle was nominated for the "Outstanding Award" by the Federation of Associations of Hokkien Malaysia, and she will attend the award ceremony on April 27.

- Michelle will be attending amfAR's annual Cinema Against AIDS event, to be held on May 22 during the 61st Cannes International Film Festival. Michelle will serve as a chair of the event.   (amfAR press release)

Mar. 31st
- News photos:

George Robertson (left), chairman of the commission for Global Road Safety and Michelle, an ambassador
of the Make Roads Safe campaign, presenting the Make Roads Safe petition to Ban Ki-moon (center),
the United Nations Secretary General, at the U.N. Headquarters in New York, Monday, March 31.

1. Michelle speaks at the assembly
2. the UN General Assembly approved the first ever global UN Conference on road safety.
(click to enlarge. "Make Roads Safe")

On March 31, the United Nations General Assembly approved the first ever global UN Conference on road safety, in an effort to reduce the rapidly growing death toll on the world's roads. The "Make Roads Safe" campaign petition has gathered more than a million of signatures.

- Make Roads Safe Blog
- First UN Ministerial Summit on Global Road Safety Approved
- U.N. Seeks to Curb World's Traffic Deaths

Mar. 30th
- Photos: Michelle attending the premiere of Shine A Light, Martin Scorsese's new concert documentary about the Rolling Stones, at the Ziegfeld Theater, New York, on March 30.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Wire Image", "AFP", "AP" and "Getty")

- On March 28, Michelle was seen in New York City with Mr. Jean Todt and Isabella Leong, who plays Michelle's daughter in The Mummy 3, going for dinner. ("Sina" photos. click to enlarge)

Mar. 29th
- In "Photos" -> Magazines: photos and an interview with Michelle (in Chinese) from "Cosmo", issue April 2008. Photos and interview were taken in February.

Mar. 28th
- The Mummy 3: new video from the official blog.

- The Children of Huang Shi updates.

Mar. 27th
- As you can see this site has got a new layout (the previous design has not been changed since year 2000)   ;-). I'm trying to bring forward those most popular sections based on the site statistics and hopefully it will reduce some clickings. The major sections are done except for the "Videos" section which may need a few more weeks. You may need to reload some of the pages.

Technical notes: same as before, the slide show display on the front page and image enlargement require "JavaScript" to be enabled. The new design uses Cascading Style Sheets instead of the old fashioned table-based layout. It has been tested on the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Mozilla/FireFox, and Safari. If you have an older browser and the pages do not display well, it is suggested that you update the browser. The layout is optimized for a screen resolution with a minimum of 1000 pixels in width. If you have trouble seeing the pages, contact me please. Thank you everyone for all your visits and the support you have given over the years!

Mar. 26th
- The Children of Huang Shi: MPAA rating, promotional videos (one about Michelle), and the Hong Kong premiere.

Mar. 24th
- Our busy Michelle will fly to the U.S. tomorrow for The Mummy 3 sound dubbing, said director Rob Cohen in his blog. Michelle was seen at the Malaysian Grand Prix last weekend. According to Malaysia's "Nanyang", Michelle was scheduled to fly from Hong Kong to Malaysia last Thursday and do some filming for the road safety project. But something delayed her in Hong Kong and she did not make it back to her home country on time.

- A photo gallery of Michelle at the Ha Noi-Amsterdam senior high school in Vietnam. (thanks Rachel)
Guardian: UN says road deaths kill as many as Aids

- The Children of Huang Shi: premiere updates. Hong Kong premeire will be held tomorrow.

Mar. 21st
- Make Roads Safe news: Michelle Yeoh in Vietnam...

And here is another video of Michelle in Vietnam (scroll down), features a part of Michelle's speech at the Tay Son Primary School. - thanks again, Rachel!

- New in "Photos" -> Magazines: scans from L'uomo Vogue, January 2008. Many thanks to Judith for sending in the scans!   (uh... I don't read Italian... can anyone tell me what the article is talking about? ;-)   [Update] thanks for Nico who gave me a description of the article!)

- The Children of Huang Shi updates with photos.

Mar. 20th
- In the survey taken at the 2008 Hong Kong FILMART (Hong Kong International Film & TV Market, March 17 - 20), Michelle was once again voted by buyers and exhibitors as one of Hong Kong's top "Most Desirable Actresses". The other actresses on the list are (no particular order): Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Charlene Choi, Maggie Q, Cecilia Cheung and Malaysia-born Angelica Lee. The top "Most Desirable Actors" are Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Andy Lau, Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Donnie Yen, Alex Fong, and Stephen Chow. This year the list has been expanded from 5 people to 8.

- Interview: Make roads safe: Actress Michelle Yeoh to Vietnam (Thanhniem)
Excerpt: "Traffic safety plays such an important role in protecting people's health and life. Therefore, what I prioritize most is how to improve the awareness of people all around the world about safe traffic.

I came to Vietnam with a film crew aiming to make a documentary about traffic safety before heading for Malaysia, South Africa and India.

Whatever the specific characteristics of each nation are, we believe the documentary will give people helpful lessons as well as influencing the authorities for further rational measures to the traffic problem."
- More photos from Vietnam - thanks Rachel! (click to enlarge):

Michelle helping children to cross the street,
on Doi Can street and around Hoang Dieu primary school

Michelle reminding parents they should put helmets on
their children as they did on themselves when riding on motorbikes

On the banner: "Welcome Ms. Michelle Yeoh To Tay Son Primary School"

- The Children of Huang Shi updates including Hong Kong poster and a Michelle interview video.

Mar. 19th
- Videos: Michelle in Hanoi   March 18March 17

News report: Michelle Yeoh urges kids to wear helmets (Vietnam News)
"The actress said that while she rode a motorbike without a helmet in the movies, she did not encourage people to do the same."

More photos from the press conference in Hanoi, March 18th:

(click to enlarge. photos from "Dantri" and sent by Rachel)

Photos of Michelle in Hanoi, March 15 - 17th:

Michelle touring the Hoan Kiem Lake and other places in Hanoi

Michelle signing autographs

Michelle with Vietnamese students
(click to enlarge. photos from "VietnamNet" and sent by Rachel)

Many thanks to Rachel who sent in the video links and some of the photos from Vietnam!

Mar. 18th
- On March 18th, Michelle attended a press conference in Hanoi held by the Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, the Vietnamese National Traffic Safety Committee and the FIA Foundation. "It is very troubling to see so many children in Hanoi riding on motorcycles without helmets. Parents must act right now to put Government certified helmets on their children," said Michelle.

left photo: Michelle in front of a road safety poster

Michelle wears a helmet while posing for photographers in Hanoi
(click to enlarge. photos from "Reuters" and "Nhan Dan")

Michelle will stay in Vietnam from March 15th until the 19th as the Goodwill Ambassador of traffic safety. During her visit, Michelle has filmed a public service announcement for Helmets for Kids, participated in a Helmets for Kids school ceremony, visited schools, a protect helmet factory, and victims of traffic accidents. She is also making a road safety documentary to be shown internationally. Michelle will be reporting on the great progress made in improving road safety in Vietnam at the United Nations in New York during a key debate on global road safety on March 31.

   - VietNamNet: Michelle Yeoh in Hanoi
   - Nhan Dan: Michelle Yeoh calls on Vietnamese children to wear helmets

Mar. 17th
- News photos: on Tuesday March 18th, Michelle, as a Road Safety Ambassador for the "Make Roads Safe" campaign, attending a Helmets for Kids Handover Ceremony held at Tay Son Primary School in Hanoi,Vietnam.

(click to enlarge. photos from "AP" and "Getty")

- "Variety" report: Yeoh offers China documentaries:
"Memoirs of a Geisha" star Michelle Yeoh's jointly owned shingle, Jelly Bean Film & Distribution, is selling its first productions at Hong Kong's FilMart, which opened Monday.

Jelly Bean is repping "Remembering History," five high-definition documentary skeins about aspects of Chinese history.

Directed over five years by TV and sports helmer Fiver Chen, the 86-episode skeins delve into subjects as diverse as sky burials, paper-making and the Lee family roots.

One series examines the ancestry of 14 generations of Tibet's Dalai Lama spiritual leaders and the process of reincarnation.

"Just as our company is looking for films from a fresh, different point of view, Fiver was looking to make films with a meaningful approach to history," said Yeoh's business partner, Jelly Bean prexy Sabrina Chen-Louie. "There appears to be good demand for strong HD content."

Company has world rights including China to the docu skeins, and Chen-Louie reports strong Chinese interest for all the series except the Dalai Lama episodes, which are too politically sensitive after the recent Tibetan unrest.

Yeoh was previously co-owner of Hong Kong-based shingle Han Media ("Silver Hawk") but has recently concentrated on her acting career.
(P.S. Jelly Bean Films & Distribution LLC is a San Francisco based distribution company representing films and TV programs for sale at the TV & Film Market around the world. Also assist with productions in Asia.)

- The Children of Huang Shi updates.

- The Mummy 3: new official production photos (no Michelle). A description of the teaser trailer.

Mar. 14th
- On Friday March 14th, Michelle attended the opening ceremony of the new Louis Vuitton shop in Hong Kong.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Tom", "Sina" and "Ifeng")

- The Children of Huang Shi: Taiwanese release and poster.

Mar. 12th
- News from Vietnam:
"Renowned Chinese Malaysian film star Michelle Yeoh will speak at a press conference in Hanoi on March 18 at the World Bank Vietnam Office, to give her support to a children's road safety initiative.

The event is being held by the Vietnam Helmet Wearing Coalition (VHWC) and the FIA Foundation for road safety campaigning and research.

A panel of VHWC members will be on hand to discuss the upcoming Phase III of the National Helmet Wearing Public Awareness Campaign, focusing on children's helmet use and road safety education.

In addition, Yeoh, a Road Safety Ambassador with the FIA Foundation will discuss the organization's efforts to highlight the importance of children's road safety worldwide, as well as upcoming road safety activities of the United Nations."
- Another The Mummy 3 poster from the ShoWest (with Michelle).

- Video in Far North: Asif Kapadia talks about the film at the Glasgow Film Festival.

- Babylon A.D.: a photo from the Paris Tuning Show.

Mar. 11th
- The Mummy 3 updates. A video clip and several photos from the Hengdian set (no Michelle).

- The Children of Huang Shi updates.

Mar. 9th
- The Mummy 3: teaser poster.

Mar. 6th
- The Children of Huang Shi updates: A poster of Michelle and a "story" behind the Chinese posters with Michelle.

Mar. 3rd
- The Children of Huang Shi updates: Hong Kong media reported that the main reason Michelle is skipping the film premiere is there is a schedule conflict. Also, Michelle's appearance in the film is as a guest star, and modestly, she does not want to attract a lot of attention to herself. Michelle's assistant said she will be in New York attending a charity event on March 31 as a "safety ambassador". Also new in the section are the title pic and a promotional MV.

Mar. 2nd
- Michelle will not attend the Chinese premiere of The Children of Huang Shi.

Feb. 28th
- Far North: video of Michelle's "Blatt Lerret" session at TIFF last month.

Feb. 27th
- Far North videos: film clips and interviews (featuring Michelle).

- The Children of Huang Shi updates: release information and two videos (no Michelle).

Feb. 22nd
- Sunshine updates: Fox "Sunshine" DVD website. Michelle was named Best Supporting Actress by PopMatters for her performance in Sunshine.

Feb. 21st
- The Children of Huang Shi: Chinese official website, wallpapers, and and other updates.

Feb. 20th
- Audio: Fashion interview with Michelle (01:18). It was recorded two years ago at a Roberto Cavalli fashion show.

- News photo: Michelle attending the Roberto Cavalli fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2008/09 on February 20th, Milan, Italy. ("WireImage" photos. click to enlarge)

photo at right (L to R): Michelle, Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli,
French actress Clotilde Coureau, and Eva Cavalli, wife of Roberto Cavalli
Feb. 19th
- Far North: Exclusive from the TIFF last month - director Asif Kapadia's "Far North" presentation and a film clip from it. Many thanks to Karl and BAM!

- The Children of Huang Shi updates: Australian official website is up with a trailer and many photos. A video clip on the film making with Michelle.

- The Mummy 3: Rob Cohen has updated the official blog and a new video is available.

Looks like we are having a video day! ;-)

Feb. 15th
- Far North video.

- The Children of Huang Shi: the U.S. release date - May 23rd - is official.

Feb. 11th
- Far North: Image Entertainment has acquired the North American distribution rights for the film. It would be a big disappointment if it means no theatrical release in North America!

Feb. 7th
- Far North updates.

- The Mummy 3: video interviews with crew members.

Feb. 6th
- The Children of Huang Shi: Chinese movie novel and some images.

- The Mummy 3 Montreal set construction photos.

Feb. 1st
- Babylon A.D.: MPAA rating.

- Michelle is in IMDb Daily poll, go vote! [poll closed 02/02] (thanks Sean)   She was listed no.7 in "Entertainment Weekly" recently selected the TOP TEN BEST BOND BABES.

Jan. 29th
- Far North will be screened during the Berlin International Film Festival (European Film Market) and the Glasgow Film Festival in February.

- The Children of Huang Shi updates. The film will also be screened at the European Film Market in Berlin.

Jan. 27th
- On Sunday January 27, Michelle attended the Prix d'Amerique Marionnaud trotting race at Vincennes horse track outside Paris and the reception dinner at Cite Nationale de l'Histoire de l'Immigration in Paris.

Michelle attending the Prix d'Amerique Marionnaud kissing Pierre Levesque, the French champion of the race speaking with former French Minister of Culture Jacques Toubon
Michelle with Mr. Jean Todt at the race w/Mr. Jean Todt at gala dinner
click on pics w/borders to enlarge
(photos from "AP", "EastDay", "MCT", "ABACA", "Rompres", "Pure People" and "Isifa")
Jan. 25th
- The Children of Huang Shi U.S. release date: May 23. Limited.

- FIA Foundation press release: Michelle Yeoh wants UN action on road deaths

The Make Roads Safe campaign, led by the FIA Foundation, is calling for UN and G8 action to reduce road deaths and injuries in developing countries. Road crashes already kill on the scale of malaria or tuberculosis and are the number one killer of young people under 25. Road deaths in some developing countries are forecast to double by 2020. The campaign is organising a global petition to the UN urging support for a first ever global governmental conference on road safety. On 31 March 2008 the United Nations General Assembly is debating a resolution on the 'global road safety crisis' calling for a UN Ministerial.

Jan. 23rd
- Far North: information on U.K. distribution.

Jan. 22nd
- Video: A Message from Michelle on the Make Roads Safe campaign.

- Report: Michelle Yeoh joins Make Roads Safe campaign

Jan. 21st
- The Children of Huang Shi: Chinese official trailer.

- "WWD" Report: Michelle Yeoh won't have trouble keeping in touch while traveling around Africa, Vietnam and India for an upcoming documentary. "I'm designing my own phone," the Chinese actress revealed at the Dior couture show Monday, noting her partner is luxury phone brand Vertu. Yeoh will be ringing up roaming charges as she tours Africa and Asia while working on "Make Roads Safe," an international campaign on road safety. "I was horrified to learn about the shocking number of deaths that take place on unsafe roads," she said. "I felt compelled to do something about it."

- In the evening of January 21st, Michelle and Mr. Jean Todt attended the 150th anniversary celebration of Boucheron (a French jewellery house) in Paris.

(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage" and "Getty")
w/Jean Todt Jean Todt, Michelle, Diane Kruger and actor Joshua Jackson Massimo Radaelli, British model Naomi Campbell, Michelle and Jean Todt

- News photos: Michelle attending the Christian Dior Fashion show, during Paris Fashion Week (Haute Couture) Spring-Summer 2008 at Polo de Paris in Paris, France, Monday January 21st.

Michelle w/Diane Kruger, German actress
and former fashion model
Michelle w/fashion designer Azzedine Alaia Diane Kruger, Michelle, and Dita von Teese, American burlesque artist, model and actress Michelle, John Galliano, Spanish-Gibraltarian fashion designer, and Dee-Dee Poon, Michelle's goddaughter

(1-3) Michelle attending the fashion show
(4) (L to R) Diane Kruger, Michelle, Dita von Teese, Alssa Malga and Helene de Fougerolles
(click to enlarge. photos from "Oriental Daily", "WireImage", "Getty" and "AP")

Jan. 20th
- Photos of Michelle from TIFF, Tromso, on January 18th:

(click to enlarge. photos from Norwegian "Vg", "Release", "Kulturo" and Karl)

During the Tromso press interview with Michelle on the 18th, reporters also asked about her other projects. Michelle said she just finished The Mummy 3 and the next film to be released is The Children of Huang Shi. Currently the most serious project she's working on is a documentary about traffic accidents and how to secure the roads, under the UN's umbrella: Make Roads Safe. "As a matter of fact a child is seriously injured or killed every 30 seconds throughout the world, which makes the traffic the worst death factor for children on this globe. And I am very proud to work with the United Nations on this," said Michelle.

Michelle said the vast influence the Arctic had on her personality will follow her for her whole life.

For more photos of Michelle in Tromso please see Far North, exclusive report and photos from TIFF.
(thanks Karl)

Jan. 19th
- Far North: exclusive report from TIFF, by Karl A. Roman. Michelle has left Norway for Paris.

- The Children of Huang Shi: a trailer.

Jan. 18th
- Michelle arrived in Tromso in the afternoon of the 17th. See photos in Far North news.

- The Mummy 3: an interview with Brendan Fraser. Some set photos.

Jan. 16th
- Far North: Michelle will be at TIFF's BLATT LERRET on Friday January 18th, for a special session: "From South - Far North: exclusive meeting with Michelle Yeoh".

Jan. 15th
- Far North - expect it in cinemas.

Jan. 14th
- More photos from Paris: Michelle, Mr. Jean Todt, Corrina and Michael Scumacher at the premiere of Asterix aux Jeux Olympiques, Jan. 13.

- Walking down the Champs Elysees, Jan. 14.

(click to enlarge. photos from "Sina", "Qianlong", "The First" and "Getty")
Jan. 13th
- On Jan. 13th, Michelle attended the premiere of the film Asterix aux Jeux Olympiques in Paris. The film is directed by French directors Frederic Forestier and Thomas Langmann. Mr. Jean Todt, Ferrari CEO and former F1 German driver Michael Scumacher made cameo appearances.

1 - 4: Michelle attending the premiere at the Gaumont Marignan Champs Elysees, Paris
5 (L to R): director Thomas Langmann, ?, Mr. Jean Todt, Michelle, Michael Scumacher's wife, and Michael Scumacher
(click to enlarge. photos from "WireImage", "Canal Stars" and "Le Post")

During the recent two weeks, Michelle has been in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Italy, and France. Soon she will be in Norway for the film festival in Tromso.

- The Mummy 3: more set photos.

Jan. 10th
- Far North: TIFF event, Longyearbyen screening, and new photos (with Michelle).

Jan. 7th
- Far North will have three screenings at the Tromso International Film Festival next week. Michelle is scheduled to attend the festival.

- The Children of Huang Shi: release date in China and a Chinese poster.

- The Mummy 3: new production video from Rob Cohen's blog.

Jan. 4th
- Far North: set photos with Michelle, and some screening information.

- The Mummy 3: I have got a Chinese translation of the M3 script. See the M3 page for more...

- The Children of Huang Shi updates with two images.

Jan. 1st, 2008

- Michelle spent the New Year's Eve in Hong Kong. She attended a New Year countdown party at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, with Mr. Jean Todt and some friends. (click to enlarge. photos from "Tom", "163" and "Shanghai Online")

- The Mummy 3: more set photos.

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