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Van Ness Wu injured during commercial shoot

TAIPEI : Taiwan singer-actor Van Ness Wu was hit in the head by a rock while filming an eyewear commercial on Monday.

Wu was hitting a metal drum in one scene and a rock, which was wrapped in cloth, reportedly bounced off the barrel and hit the back of his head.

The 32-year-old started bleeding and was whisked off to a nearby clinic.

"All I felt was a BUNK! Then I rubbed my ouchie. When I saw my hand afterwards there was blood," Wu wrote on his blog.

Doctors had wanted to shave off part of Wu's hair to get to the wound but were stopped by his manager. Instead, a hairstylist was called in to cut the his hair, revealing a three-centimetre-long cut.

Wu returned to work after doctors treated the wound and stopped the bleeding temporarily.

To be safe, Wu went to get an X-ray on his head after filming wrapped and fortunately, no stitches were required but the star was advised to avoid engaging in any vigorous activities.

- CNA/il

Vic Zhou sells oden*, meets hyperactive kids who makes him weak in the legs

Vic Zhou sells oden*, meets hyperactive kids who makes him weak in the legs
Saturday November 20, 2010 Taiwan

Translated by sytwo at VIC/ AF

Vic Zhou (Zaizai) returned to Taiwan the other day to film an ad for a convenience store, traveling to Taichung and Ilan sceneries. He met with 3 hyperactive child stars who made his weak in the legs.

Vic (Zaizai) was overseas filming Virginia Liu's drama "Return Home" in Shanghai, but specially took leave to return to taiwan to shoot a new ad. First day was in Taichung's rainbow village which took him down memory lane as this was the same place for his movie "Love you ten thousand years" last year. The 2nd day was in Ilan his hometown, but he did not have time to go home.

Vic Zhou (Zaizai) has a 4 year old nephew and he loves playing with kids. But this time for the ad, he met with 3 child stars who are super energetic, making him speechless.

While playing with them, Vic was thinking "By night time 7.00pm, you should be out of battery." But who would have thought that even by late night past 11pm, the 3 of them were still bouncing around and glued to him, making him unable to escape.

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* Oden is a food made from fish and vegetable and boiled in a soup, and is sold widely in Taiwan convenience stores, in this case it is Family Mart

Vic Chou refuses stunt double for explosion scenes

Sources: UDN, 163 for photo
Written by: Zahra @

After the disastrous accident for Selina during filming, many actors are becoming more cautious and using more stunt doubles. However, this is not the case with Vic Chou. For his newest drama "回家 (Returning Home)", Vic insisted on not using a stuntman even during a scene with explosives going off right under his feet. The crew were all impressed by his dedication, however, they admitted to breaking out in cold sweat over worrying for him.

With the Sino-Japanese War as the background for "Returning Home", there has already been five straight days of filming with explosives. As the filming location is fairly large, there were more than a hundred explosion points setup. One wrong step could set off the explosives and cause great damage. Despite this, whenever there was down time, Vic and Li Li-Ren (Vic's older brother in the series) chatted and laughed away.

According to Vic's manager, it's not that Vic doesn't understand the dangers as he was required to attend a class demonstrating the power of the explosives. It was because he wanted to be professional about it. Due to Selina's tragic accident, not only was Vic insured for up to NT$100million, an explosives expert was brought in to demonstrate the powers of the explosives to all the actors and every actors was tested multiple times about where the explosives were placed before actually turning the explosives on.

To create a realistic Chinese version of the "Normandy, France airdrop", the production went all out and bought multiple kinds of explosives. In one scene, Vic had loose soil at his feet that would be scattered as the explosives went off. But not to worry, it didn't hurt, it was just dirty.

Vic even joked that there was no need to act during the explosion scenes since there was a natural reaction of panic and desire to run away as soon as the sound of the explosion went off. It was completely instinct. Even the crew complimented him as they had originally pegged him as a "flower boy idol," and didn't expect him to personally "go into battle" or feel that the makeup artist didn't make him dirty enough. Before filming, Vic would take the dirt on the floor and smear it onto his face and neck, letting the dirt fill up even his fingernails for the sake of a realistic effect.

Van Ness Wu's 'clean' living

Members of hit boybands who go solo either spin off a successful individual career or find out that they cannot step out of the group's long shadow.

F4 (now called JVKV) member Van Ness Wu has certainly done the former.

He and the other three members of the group - Vic Chou, Jerry Yen and Ken Chu - shot to fame in 2001, thanks to hit Taiwanese idol drama Meteor Garden which is based on Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango.

The group were renamed in 2007 to avoid confusion because Japan had filmed its own TV series in 2005 based on the same manga, and had its own F4.

The F4 name comes from the manga.

Wu's bandmates are also active in the TV drama scene in Taiwan, with Chu in Momo Love (2009), Chou in Black & White (2009) and Yen in Down With Love (2010).

But of the four, it is Wu - better known for his dancing - who scored the biggest ratings with his 2009 drama, Autumn's Concerto. It was one of the top-rated dramas in Taiwan, hitting 8.2 per cent ratings at its peak.

In it, the American-born, Taiwan-based actor- singer played a lawyer who loses his memory and forgets his long-suffering girlfriend.

Wu looks set to repeat the feat with his new drama, Material Queen, helmed by Autumn's producer Chen Yu-shan and director Chen Hui-ling. The cast finished filming in Paris recently and the show is in production in Taiwan.

Lynn Xiong, who is Hong Kong singer Aaron Kwok's girlfriend, stars as his love interest. Even the crew is star-studded as the stylist is Patricia Field from American TV series Sex And The City.

Wu, 32, says: "I play a violinist and it's a love story between the struggling musician and a gold-digging model (Xiong). Because of the styling, the look of the drama is very different from what audiences have seen."

He was in Singapore last weekend to perform at Ion Orchard's first-anniversary outdoor concert. He sang Soldier, his latest Japanese single, and Do It, a song from his new Mandarin album to be released next month.

Speaking to Life! in the presidential suite at Royal Plaza On Scotts hotel the day before, the former bad boy is a picture of zen, punctuating his sentences with words such as "blessed" and "praise".

His pious streak gels with the renewal of his Christian faith in 2008, after which he famously swore off pre-marital sex. Currently single, he wants the world to know that he does not wish to make out with any actress in movies.

He says: "Who do I want to make out with? I want to make out with my wife, that's real."

1 How can you be a party animal and still remain celibate?

I go partying, clubbing, karaoke-ing till the sun comes up. I just don't drink or smoke but I still love to party.

It's about real joy and laughter from the relationships we have, and we tell jokes and stuff like that.

Granted, some people don't think the way I think and feel the way I feel, but they are still my friends - people I care about, love and cherish.

It's not about the alcohol, it's not about getting wasted. So to me, when I laugh, I am truly laughing and that makes it 10 times more wonderful than anything.

2 Would you rather stay permanently in Taiwan or America?

I'm based in Taiwan but I'm moving my way into America as well. I hope to be based in America next year or in 2012 because my family (Wu is the youngest of three children and his parents are divorced) is in America. That's why I'm always moving back and forth.

3 What is the one trait you deplore most in yourself?

Hmm... that I'm a perfectionist? Well, I come down hard on myself a lot. It's my best and worst trait.

4 What is the one thing you hate being asked about by reporters and what would you do if I asked you right now?

That's okay because you haven't asked it yet. If you ask it, then I'm not going to like it.

No, I'm joking.

Relationships. I don't like talking about them because it crosses the boundary of just talking about me. It's not because I want the limelight on me but it's to honour and respect the other person and her privacy.

5 If you saw an attractive girl in public you like, what would you do?

Nothing. I don't know what there is to do. If I see a really pretty girl, I would admire her from a distance and praise God for creating such a beautiful woman.

If I get introduced to her... then that's a different story (laughs).

6 Do you fear that your career is going to be like a meteor and flame out some day?

I believe everybody's career is like that. And that's what makes it exciting and lets you learn, grow, love, appreciate and cherish.

7 Being no stranger to Singapore, what do you love about it?

Food, no doubt. I love the curry in Singapore.

Also, I've been to the Ion mall several times and I love its architecture. I'm very excited to be part of the opening of the rooftop (which has an observation deck called Ion Sky at 218m high).

For me, I love rooftops because the scene and view you get from up there is amazing.

8 Complete this sentence: If you could live your life all over again...

I would live it the way Jesus did, from the very beginning.

3rd Wave Music “I Will Be There” Project

3RD Wave is a music group that promotes the worth of God and rallies worshipers to the Great Commission. KAvenyou is not here to preach about religious believes, but purely supports that charitable act and purpose their projects contributes to.

The 3rd Wave project album, ‘I Will Be There’, featuring Taiwanese urban music icon Van Ness Wu, Korean R&B balladeer Brian Joo, and K-Pop boyband sensation Choi Siwon of Super Junior, has been released worldwide on iTunes music stores on October 10th, 2010.

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It should be noted that the “I Will Be There” digital album is released on the iTunes music store worldwide. Below are some details on the recently released deluxe edition of the album.

3rd Wave I Will Be There (Deluxe Edition)
Release Date: 1st Nov 2010

Album includes:
1) Digital booklet with the lyrics and exclusive photos
2) 2 HD video interviews totalling 12 minutes
This is the FIRST HD video from Asia available on iTunes worldwide.

Highlights on the videos:
Behind-the-scenes stories of
1) “I Will Be There” Project (Interviews by Lenny LeBlanc, Brian, Van Ness, John Lee (3rd Wave Executive producer, and more)
2) “IWIN Campaign” (Beneficiary project)

Album track previews are available on the official Facebook page (Tracks tab) and iTunes.

Do note that actual CDs are available for purchase on the official website. There will be a Christmas Sale starting 15th Nov 2010. Please check back on their official website for more regular updates.

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Credits: 3rd Wave Digital Rep