Stars descend on Bazaar Charity Night 2019

Angelababy in a pink fantasy

GQ is pretty hard to beat on the creativity front, but at least Harper’s Bazaar had its own lineup of pretty stars. Select list of guests attending include Angelababy, Liu Shishi, Song Qian, Nazha, Zhao Liying, Liu Tao, Song Zu’er, Guan Xiaotong, Yang Zi, Lin Yun, Zhou Dongyu, Zhong Chuxi, Yuan Shanshan, Qin Lan, Ni Ni, Jing Tian, Xin Zhilei, Qi Wei, Yi Yangqianxi, Xiao Zhan and Chen Feiyu.

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Make-up brands bank on Chinese-style and celeb collaborations for this Double 11

Madame White Snake actress Ju Jingyi promotes a gift box consisting of make-up inspired by scenes of the West Lake.

As the world’s biggest online shopping event comes around this year, local make-up brands are getting more innovative with their attempts to capture the market. 

A look at some cool make-up collaborations between traditional Chinese culture and the entertainment world, including with  Dilraba X Dunhuang Museum,  Ju Jingyi X West Lake,  Grandmaster of Demonic Cultivation.  National Chinese Geographic, and of course The Forbidden Palace.

Dilraba promotes a make-up collab with the Dunhuang Museum:

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How Chinese TV is making its way to Sub-Saharan Africa

Liu Tao and Qiao Xin at an audience meeting of Ode to Joy in Tanzania

As Tencent is making its way to Thailand and iQiyi partners with Malaysia, another group of Chinese media firms have already settled in Africa. Since 2007, Beijing-based media company Star Times  has established itself in over 30 African countries with 26 million users. The company is also working with Chinese and African governments to provide tv access to underserved rural communities in twenty-five African countries.   The company offers two channels featuring Chinese dramas – SinoDrama and Star Times Kung Fu.  Star Times have has also held competitions to bring African acting talents to its Beijing Campus to translate and dub everything from Latin American telenovelas to Thai dramas into English, French, Portuguese, Swahili, Hausa, Zulu, Yoruba and Luganda.

Over the past month, the heads of Daylight Entertainment (Nirvana in Fire, Ode to Joy) and Linmon Entertainment (A Little Separation, Hunting) and the cast of Ode to Joy attended events in Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania as a part of the Chinese-African audio-video exchange to discuss further collaboration between Chinese and African media companies.

Their visit follows the filming of the first Chinese drama made in collaboration with the Kenyan government last month, Wang Kai and Wang Ou’s upcoming crime thriller Hunting.

Hunting ‘s Kenyan special. The series is the first drama collaboration with the Kenyan government.
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Tao Hong talks gender equality and the absence of meaty roles for mature actresses

Some of you may recognise talented actress Tao Hong as the dragon maiden from rom-com Sunny Piggy 春光灿烂猪八戒 (2000), which also propelled her husband and actor-director Xu Zheng to fame, or as Ji Xiaofu in Heaven Sword Dragon Sabre 2003. The actress recently returned to mainstream television as a controlling single mother in A Little Reunion, a critically and commercially successful slice-of-life drama that focuses on the stressful relationship between parents and teenagers on the cusp of high school graduation.

I’ve translated some excerpts from the actress’ recent interview, in which she shares her views on the entertainment industry and the situation faced by many older actresses in the industry.

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