Acting? The ‘Crazy Rich Asians’ movie has an open casting call

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Malaysian-born Australian model/musician Josh Kua seems like a shoo-in for the role of billionaire heir Nick Young.

Crazy Rich Asians, the best-selling Kevin Kwan novel, is getting a big screen adaption and director Jon M. Chu (Step Up 3D, Now You See Me 2) is on the lookout for acting talent.

The romantic-dramedy follows the story of Nick Young, a handsome, young, British-educated, Singaporean billionaire, and his Chinese-American girlfriend, Rachel, who only discovers his wealth during a trip together to Singapore.

This may sound like an Asian Fifty Shades of Grey, but I promise I’ve never seen Fifty Shades of Grey before, so I can’t tell you for sure. (Though, I’ve been assured that Crazy Rich Asians is substantially different to the Valentine’s-Day-release-date film trilogy.)

The casting directors are looking for English-speaking actors and actresses who can play Chinese-Singaporean or Asian characters, and are turning to social media in search of the best amateur or professional talent. The Warner Brothers production will be the “first all-Asian cast for an American Hollywood studio in a long, long time,” says Chu.

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Celebrating with Jiangsu TV’s New Year Concert

It seems like a while since we have done a music-related post so here’s to Jiangsu TV’s New Year Concert, featuring some of the biggest artists in the greater China region and Asia including but not limited to A-meiStefanie SunJolin Tsai, Fenghuang ChuanqiLi JianHu YanbingSNH48The OneZheng ChunyuanLi YuchunJ.J. LinChi ChangxuLi RonghaoS.H.E.Fish LeongTan Weiwei, Piao ShuSha BaoliangTao JingyingEkin ChengLin XiaofengXie TianhuaQian JialeDeng LixinWu YufeiFu YingYang AijinT-araWu MochouWei ChenDong ChengpengLi Xiang, and singers from Yizhan Daodi.  All those people in that poster above.  Heck the freakin’ show comes in like FOUR OVER-ONE-HOUR SEGMENTS!!

More video links below the cut.

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JJ Lin Writes Song ‘I Pray For You’ For Water Park Explosion Victims

This isn’t the first time JJ Lin has gone out of his way to send his condolences to a grievous disaster by writing a song dedicated to the victims. In 2008, upon hearing about the devastating earthquake that shook Sichuan, he took 2 days without sleeping to compose a beautiful ballad ‘Love And Hope’ in his studio, which he performed with the children of Sichuan.

Last weekend at a water park in Taiwan, a mysterious substance caused a massive fireball to ignite and consume the stage, resulting in the death of one person and the injuries of 500. While many celebrities took to Weibo to send their messages of hope, JJ teamed up with Taiwanese singer and guitarist Wing to compose a beautiful three minute ballad called ‘I Pray For You’ to give encouragement and strength to those affected in the explosion. With both men being Christian, the song ends with a prayer from JJ who asks God to help give strength and ease the suffering of the people. Even to those who aren’t Christian, it’s truly an emotional and touching song, and reminds us all that in times of desperation and injury, we can always turn to music to ease our sufferings.

JJ Lin Rocks Beijing On His ‘Timeline’ World Tour

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If you don’t count being assaulted by a crazy fan to start off the new year, it’s a great year so far for JJ Lin. On his ‘Timeline’ world tour to promote his latest album ‘Genesis,’ JJ rocked Beijing last Saturday in a 3 hour concert. With a revisit to all his old songs, talking to the audience, and surprises planned by his official fan club, the surprise guest of the concert turned out to be Jung Yong-hwa, the Korean artist JJ paired up with to deliver the song ‘Checkmate.’ The two sang songs including JJ’s top hits ‘Practice Love,’ ‘The Gardens,’ and of course, ‘Checkmate.’ Continue reading

JJ Lin Releases ‘Lamando’ MV. . .Or Is It A Car Commercial?

JJ Lin just released the MV for ‘Lamando’, a song he wrote for Volkswagen to endorse their newest car.That’s pretty nifty seeing as regular celebrities just do photoshoots- JJ Lin goes ahead and composes an upbeat dance track.

The MV (or should I say car commercial) has quite a lot of stuff going on in it. With a sort of futuristic theme, it involves flashing lights, floating cubes, and a DJ who everyone thinks looks like Pewdiepie from YouTube. JJ shows off his pretty cool dance moves in the first few seconds of the song, but then transforms into a race car driver and proceeds to run into stuff. A zoom-away shot shows us that he’s actually playing a video game, and then when things couldn’t get more confusing, the plot changes to become a love story with a woman’s image flashing through the game console. JJ then bellows “Lamaaaaaandoooo” multiple times, which would make sense if this was a love song, but then we remember that he wrote this song for a car.

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I Am A Singer returns with the best voices in China

This year, I Am A Singer is brought to us by 立白 Liby Liquid Soap. This promises squeaky clean, bubbly fun.

This year, I Am A Singer is brought to us by 立白 Liby Liquid Soap. This promises squeaky clean, bubbly fun.

Imagine you have a time machine. Now imagine, using your time machine, you went back to 2008, kidnapped the four best singers in China under the age of 40, brought them back to the future, and then pit them in a 14-week-long singing competition against each other. Tada! You have the third season of I Am A Singer. (You’d also have a time machine, which—not gonna lie—is also pretty impressive.)

If you’re just here for the videos, feel free to skip ahead. If you want insightful commentary so you can make informed bets on who’s going to win and profit from your friends with gambling problems, you’re probably a bad person, but continue reading anyway.


This is the first episode of the season. First episodes usually aren’t the best for various reasons. For most of the singers, it’s their first time on the I Am A Singer stage, so nerves and inexperience kick in. Most of all, the first episode is the only episode where the singers are allowed to perform their own songs. So they do. And it’s boring because we’ve heard them all before, except now they come with a slight pause before belting out the big note. The structure of the show, at least, often allows the singers to give the best performances of their careers.

The four-person Mainland contingent of this year’s I Am A Singer represents some of the best voices in the country. And I don’t mean that in a Dancing with the “Stars” kind of way. Han Hong, Jane Zhang, Sun Nan and Anson Hu really are among China’s top vocalists. That being said, I don’t necessarily find Sun Nan’s voice is very pleasant…

This is the first year that Hunan TV’s official YouTube channel is posting video titles and descriptions for the show in English. The English is not great, but at least they’re starting to appreciate their international fans [waves].

Okay, that wasn’t very insightful. On with the show!


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Love and Honesty 爱与诚

Is he wearing a tie? Isn’t he wearing a tie? Leo Ku is emceeing this year’s I Am A Singer, as Yu Quan and Phil Chang did in previous seasons. I don’t know why they get contestants to also host, but I guess it saves us from someone Seacresting the show.

Leo Ku is famous for his falsetto, which still glimpses through, despite his voice sounding heavier in the decade since he first recorded this song. The arrangement diverges from the original, slowing and stripping it down to a ballad. It works, but it doesn’t sound as good. Of course, this is a singing competition, and ballads are the easiest way to show of one’s vocals, but there aren’t really any big notes here that justify the change. He sings it well, but it’s nothing spectacular. Continue reading

Project WAO – We Are One

Women As One - Against Abuse

Women As One – Against Abuse

Four of the biggest female singers in cpop, hailed from four different regions of cpop, came together for Project WAO theme song. The song titled We Are One or Women as One features A-Mei (张惠妹), Na Ying (那英), Sandy Lam (林忆莲), and Tanya Chua (蔡健雅). The charity concert for Project WAO was held this last weekend in support of abused women and young girls.


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B&W Fann Wong Stills From “The Last Night of Madame Chin”

I haven’t been paying attention to dramas entirely but these stills from The Last Night of Madame Chin caught my attention – Fann Wong, top Singaporean actress, looks so beautiful. Almost like Shirley McLaine circa the Apartment, but more regal. Past stills from the series here.

Has anyone seen The Last Night of Madame Chin? How is it? It seems to be doing well in China in ratings.   Either way it seems markedly improved in production quality from the last Studio Fan Bingbing series, and upward trends are always nice.

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