Amanda Lee at Lancôme's Absolue launch the LINE app.

Normally, tea is for two, but for Lancôme, tea is for 30. That's how many local celebrities the luxury beauty brand invited to tea at Sevva restaurant in Prince's Building in Central to celebrate the launch of its Absolue line of products. Among the guests were models Balia Chan and Janel Ma, singers Candy Lo and Amanda Lee, and girls-about-town Jacqueline Chong Si-man and Ankie Beilke, who pulled out a tube of Lancôme lip gloss before posing for a photo.

Friday, 26 April, 2013, 10:59am

Society with James Whittle

From left: Nigel Gray, Bill Nader, Michelle Reis, David von Gunten and Marco Cheng.

Auction stations

19 Apr 2013 - 10:55am

Silver dining has a crowd

Carol Tsang

The University of Hong Kong Museum Society's silver anniversary gala dinner a fortnight ago proved to be a splendid affair. Titled "Sparkling at 25", the evening drew a distinguished crowd including Kenneth Fung Hing-cheung and Nelly Fung, former judge Filan Chua, and designer-collector Kai-yin Lo.

12 Apr 2013 - 10:00am

Fans commemorate 10th anniversary of Leslie Cheung's death

A statue of Leslie Cheung at Times Square, with a red paper crane signifying his fans' well wishes are well received. Photo: David Wong

Affectionately known as Gor Gor, which means older brother in Cantonese, Leslie Cheung Kwok-wing shocked Chinese communities around the world with his suicide on April 1, 2003. He was only 46.

31 Mar 2013 - 6:56am

Royal Dragon celebrates with spirit

Royal Dragon celebrates with spirit

Most one-year-olds get a birthday cake and a clown for their birthday party, but Royal Dragon Vodka's first anniversary party featured sexy female models in sharp men's suits cradling large bottles of RDV with not a cake in sight. But there was definitely an abundance of vodka at the party, held at local hotspot Dragon-i on Wyndham Street.

29 Mar 2013 - 10:32am

South Korean singer Rain faces military discipline over love life

South Korean pop singer Rain entertains army conscripts during a cultural festival at a boot camp in the city of Euijeongbu. Photo: EPA

South Korean pop icon Rain is to be disciplined after it emerged he may have flouted military service rules while dating a top actress, the defence ministry said on Thursday.

Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok told reporters that the 30-year-old singer would appear before a military disciplinary committee next week.

“However, he is not expected to land in jail,” Kim said.

3 Jan 2013 - 3:37pm

Conscripted pop star Rain's romance angers fans

South Korean pop singer Rain gives a military salute to his fans before he enters the army to serve compulsory military service. Photo: AFP

South Korean pop icon Rain has come under fire after news media reported that his relationship with a TV actress suggested he might be flouting the terms of his compulsory military service.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:46am

Ex-James Bond actor Roger Moore claims his first two wives attacked him

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore

Former James Bond actor Roger Moore has claimed he was a victim of domestic violence during his first two marriages.

The 84-year-old British star, who first played agent 007 in 1973's Live and Let Die, said his former wives Doorn Van Steyn and Dorothy Squires subjected him to a string of attacks in both of their doomed marriages.

14 Sep 2012 - 4:11am

Fixing celebrity photos is dangerous

Have you ever wondered why models and celebrities always look perfect in fashion magazines? It's because most pictures in the media are digitally enhanced, in a bid to make the subject look as good as possible.

The egos of these so-called celebrities seem to have no limit - they are keen to be altered in the media and so have become just computer-generated characters.

12 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Should celebrities have greater protection from the media?

Charmain Li, 17, Sha Tin College

Aspiring celebrities choose their career knowing full well they will be in the media spotlight. In their quest for fame, they often visit public places where they know they will be recognised. Usually their presence will spark some controversy, generating media attention.

16 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Just gloss

A two-part film aimed at polishing China's global image is now due for international release. Production of the film, a project by China's State Council Information Office, was entrusted to the advertising company Shanghai Lowe & Partners, which has in the past worked with international commercial brands in China.

11 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle

Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle by Chris Hedges Nation Books HK$200

If you or I sat down to write a book about what's most deeply wrong with modern society, we would probably not begin with the World Wrestling Federation. But that is the subject of the first and most powerful chapter of Chris Hedges' Empire of Illusion.

13 Jun 2010 - 12:00am

liberal studies

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 How did journalists uncover Andy Lau's marriage?

a. Surveillance

b. Hong Kong marriage records

c. US marriage records

d. Lau's marriage record

2 What was Lau's excuse for hiding the marriage?

a. To protect himself

29 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Celebrity stories are not real news

I believe local media pays too much attention to celebrities' personal lives. Shops are full of colourful, glossy magazines. Some focus on clothes, travel, food and lifestyle, but so many carry articles about celebrities. People are obsessed with celebrities.

13 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

The perfect TV fix for viewers hooked on real-life dramas

Another new television station, Biography Channel, is on the box and you can find it by pressing 222 on your Now TV remote. Although the programming focus is fairly self-explanatory, the station organised an official launch on Monday at Azure and invited star Charlie Yeung Choi-nei along to appease the press.

6 Aug 2008 - 12:00am