Oct 31: Excerpt from a Q&A with actor Scott Patterson ("Saw IV", "Gilmore Girls") that was posted on the Variety website earlier this week: Favorite Drink: "Bushmills on the rocks, '85 Krug vintage Cabernet (if you can find one), mojito (I toast Gong Li's parents every time I have one)." Favorite Vice: "I'm addicted to Michael Mann films which led to Gong Li obsession (second coolest woman on the planet) and boxing."
Oct 29: Are there still plans to make "Ripley's Believe it or Not?" There is a mention of the project in the Orlando Sentinel article, "Ripley Plans To Extend Brand Around The Globe": "Although no new [television] shows are in production now, the [Ripley Entertainment] company says actor Jim Carrey will star in a feature film based on Robert Ripley's life that is tentatively scheduled for release in 2009." The Hollywood Reporter included the info one week ago that RBION is still one of Carrey's upcoming projects. There has been no confirmation lately that Gong Li and Tim Burton are still attached to the project.
Oct 27: Namrata Joshi reviews "Hannibal Rising" for Outlook India and wonders, "what was the need to solve the Hannibal puzzle?" She is intrigued by the relationship between Hannibal and his aunt-by-marriage, however: "Hannibal Rising takes us back to a young Lecter… He loses his parents in World War II and goes over to Paris to live with a sexy Japanese aunt (the ever mysterious and intensely sexy Gong Li). She herself has faced the trauma of war and is quick to form a deep bond with the nephew… Soon enough, things start tingling between the two. In one of the scenes where she stitches his wounds, the frisson and sparks are all too tangible. And he cares deep enough to readily slay a fisherman who has acted funny with her. Unfortunately, the filmmaker doesn't dwell very long on the relationship and its many possibilities."
Oct 23: A blogger who is with the company that worked on Gong Li's costumes for "Curse of the Golden Flower" posted an item, "Saw Gong Li Again". He saw her earlier this year just after the CPPCC meetings in March. He wrote on his blog today that he took a client to his company's store in Beijing yesterday and saw Gong Li there with some friends. He writes that she is intellectual, low-key, and even more beautiful in person than on screen. His Hong Kong client praised Gong Li a lot, especially for her low-key manner with the sales staff. (Thanks to NewPath for help with the translation)
Oct 19: From the New York Post column, "Hot Picks": "It's been 10 years since the British turned Hong Kong over to China, and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is marking the milestone with a festival of 13 recent films from the region. None is more beautiful to watch than '2046,' by Hong Kong's leading director, Wong Kar-Wai, and featuring an all-star Asian cast: Tony Leung, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung, Faye Wong, Carina Lau and Zhang Ziyi. The fest unreels through Thursday at the Walter Reade Theater." ->Program line-up
Oct 15: An interview with "Curse of the Golden Flower" co-star Jay Chou is featured in the October issue of Elle magazine. He said: "I got the chance to work and interact with 'Fa Ge' (Chow Yun-Fat) and Gong Li. After meeting them, I realized just how a big star should be. Their humbleness left a deep, long-lasting impression with me. Perhaps if you are a little more restrained and humble, people will understand you better." (Translation by stitchphil of Jay-Chou.net)
Oct 10: Posted on Jayne's "Lychee Juice" blog today: "To celebrate the DVD release of 'Curse of the Golden Flower', the flagship store of HMV in London (Oxford Street branch) has some costumes from the film on display! My friend told me so I waddled off to see; they're amazingly beautiful and intricate." ->Photos
Oct 4: Thanks to "Himalayan People" for the find of these photos taken in June of Gong Li touring a Sleemon furniture facility. She signed on in 2006 as a spokesperson for one of their lines of products.