Happy Halloween! Featuring the One Million Star Runner Ups

One Million Star Singers Judy Chou, Peter Pan Yiwei, and Stanly Hsu (Three out of the four princes of HIM’s Superstar Avenue) have managed to wrangle up some fans to celebrate Halloween with them. Judy Chou and Peter Pan Yiwei have already released EPs in succession, and Stanly Hsu will be as well next week. I guess this is their idea of promotion. Either that or they just really love their fans. Except Stanly who seems to be stabbing his with a toothpick in one of the pictures.

Again, pics under the cut if you think they’re too small in the gallery.

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Jane Zhang Promotional Photos for Concert Revealed

She looks almost scarily like Mariah Carey in these pics.

Mainland’s pop diva Jane Zhang Liangying will be holding concerts in December, on the 6th in Beijing and the 12th in Shanghai. Her previous concerts sold at the highest ticket prices anyone ever had in China. She will be singing new songs, including those she sang for television and movies themes. I think by now she has enough of those to make an entire album out of them. The pics are also underneath a cut because I’ve realized if I have a gallery, none of the pics show up in full size. Can someone tell me how to fix that?

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Golden Horse Nominees

Interesting. In a year when cinematic China-Hong Kong-Taiwan collabs have been rampant, seen from the leads of the idol version of Liang Zhu (Butterfly Lovers), to the excellent thriller Connected, and the upcoming Women are not Bad, the most nominated films at this year’s Golden Horse (arguably the equivalent of the Oscars for Chinese-language cinema) are from Hong Kong, Taiwan and mainland China. Hong Kong’s Peter Chan’sThe Warlords leads the pack with 12 nods, Taiwan’s Wei Te-sheng’s blockbuster Cape No 7 trails with 9 and China’s Feng Xiaogang’s war film The Assembly picked up 6. These three big-name films are all up for Best Picture. The Warlords also in a way stars three actors from all three regions – HK’s Andy Lau, China’s Jet Li, and the 3/4 (you can round up I guess) Taiwanese Takeshi Kaneshiro.

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Chinese News Batch #2 Music Themed

1. Actress Li Xiaolu has begun promotions for her new EP, Oriental Beauty. I don’t really think she should be singing, but she is promoting woman power and Asian beauty, so I guess that’s a good thing. It certainly makes for pretty pictures. I just love that Qi Pao she’s wearing even if it does seem kind of slutty at the same time. Listen to her song at Youtube or better yet, watch the About Love movie she was in because she was so great in that. Please act more and sing less!

More on Shin’s new MV’s leading lady, Kimi Qiao Renliang’s photoshoot, Chinese Backstreet Boys, an A Lan and Wei Chen duet, and Rainie Yang’s first single below.

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Gao Yuanyuan Looking ahead


Wonder of all wonders, Gao Yuanyuan’s feature on Sina about her life and career choices was posted in English at CRIEnglish. I was going to translate it myself, since I like her so much but this works too. I like people who do their own thing, regardless of what people think of them, and in the entertainment business that seems rare, but she pretty much does that. She’s very low profile and seems almost adverse to the life of a star. She was first cast in Beijing Bicycle at age 17, and since then, she’s skipped the conventional route that her looks might have brought her and made interesting choices such as doing plays and continuing to work with 6th generation director Wang Xiaoshuai.

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Hou Xian’s 2nd Album “Invincible Eastern” Released!!!

Yes, that title does merit three exclamation marks. You have no idea how happy I am right now. Pardon me if I sound too fangirly but if I could have only one artist ever release a new album ever again, it would be Hou Xian aka Hoho (but let’s not use that name too much), and I don’t think I ever anticipated a new release as much as this one (his last album was from 2005).

Hou Xian with his CD
Hou Xian with his CD

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Why the heck is there so much Chinese Entertainment news?

I gave up trying to translate all of the articles one by one and instead decided to stock compile. This way you get a lot of news but maybe not all the detail. Comment if you’d rather me take more time or one or two articles rather than doing something like this. I think I have enough news to do one or two more of these posts actually right now.

1. Idol singer Li Yifeng is still alive and kicking (I thought he wasn’t, the active part I mean, not the alive or dead part). As part of his promotion for his first release, his EP Ferris Wheel, he sang and met with fans in Chengdu, played games in Fu Zhou with them and now supposedly in Beijing according to Baidu.

More below on JJ Lin in Chengdu, Super Typhoon’s box office, Mei Lan Fang, and gymnasts superstars Yang Yun and Yang Wei pre-wedding pics.
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Liu Ye plans to marry in France and China

Yes, another Chinese actor is going to be taken off the market, although it’s not sure when. I usually don’t care about marriages until they actually happen, but I thought his story about how she found out he was an actor was cute, so I translated everything about that. He also talked about other stuff that I didn’t translate because I’m not a machine, like about his acting, working in Hollywood, and how he got his pecs for “The Underdog Knight”. The reporter asked if his muscles were computer-generated and he said no. Well that’s one mystery solved.

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Jackie Chan and Wang Leehom may team up for Period movie

I’m wondering if Jackie Chan is overextending himself. He’s got three young potential action stars from reality show “The Disciple” waiting for their big break, and least two other movies lined up, and now this, “Big Soldier, Small General.” (*I have no idea what this means). This is a movie twenty years in the making, from when Jackie first started work on the script. Now it is basically complete, and one of Jackie’s biggest wishes may come true. The story is described by Jackie as an “Ancient Costume Road Movie”. (more…)