China’s rock scene has grown quickly over the past few years, and one of the events that most showcases the rising talent is Beijing’s Modern Sky Music Festival, which took play Sept 30, to October 2, 2008 for the second year in a row. This time it drew thousands of domestic and foreign fans alike during a week-long holiday, which marks the country’s National Day. Meanwhile I’m stuck on the opposite side of the globe.
Guo Jingjing auctioned the swimsuit she wore at the Olympics for charity, with the help of Liu Xuan former Sydney 2000 gold-medal gymnast (not under suspicion by IOC, unlike her teammate Yang Yun). The suit sold for 300,000 yuan, which you can divide by something like 7 to get the US amount. In the good old days, before the US economy started failing dismally it was something like 8.
Liu Xuan, who looks remarkably like Guo at times, has been ubiquitous during these Olympics, seen almost more than the actual Olympians. A telecommunications major at university, she was on site as a reporter for TVB, interviewing all the Chinese gymnasts after their routines, interviewed Korean star Rain for his surprise closing ceremony appearance, and was one of the special guests for Eason Chan’s concert in China a few days ago, singing with the 2008 gymnasts. One of the male gymnasts from China’s 2000 team, Xing Aowei also was at the concert as a special guest singer, and was busy this year promoting the olympics not only in Movies but also music videos. Whoever said the fame of athletes fades quickly after their time doesn’t know Chinese athletes. Here’s hoping in 2016 we can still see the stars from 2008 out and about.
Cantopop Diva Kelly Chen, 36, has gotten married! After more than ten years of starring in movies with many hot Chinese actors, a hot half-Chinese half-Japanese actor (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and a hot full Japanese actor (Takenouchi Yutaka) she finally gets tied to “Alex” Liu JianHao, 34, her long-time boyfriend, whom she met before all those men. I wish her all the happiness in the world, but at this point, celeb weddings just aren’t that fascinating anymore.
Also there to support Kelly were the other men in her life, her brother and her father (L and R respectively as if you couldn’t tell). Her brother, formerly majoring in construction is now signed with EMI.
For more pictures of their wedding, guests, and guesses at who else will be married in 2008, click here.
Joe Cheng and Ariel Lin of It Started With A Kiss fame have teamed up again for a new drama, My Millionare, where no one is actually a millionare it seems. The plot details are still a little fuzzy for me. They showed how hard actors need to work to reach deadlines by filming recently in the middle of Typhoon Jang Mi, which has already cost hundreds of millions of property damage for Taiwan. Maybe that’s why no one is a real millionare in the series.
I thought I should have a BOBO post since they are the current header for the site, which was simply because they were the only ones of whom I had a large enough pic to make the header with. They are a singing duo whose name comes from the similar-sounding words in their names, Fu Xinbo and Jing Boran.
Despite that unfortunate moniker I like them, because they can actually sing well and are fun to watch. This is their newest MV, for a remake of an old song, Big China. It’s not on any of their albums and think it’s just a promotional video. Usually I find them pretty cute but when Lin Hao, 9-year old Earthquake survivor and Olympic mini-flag bearer, is in the MV, there’s really no competition. He’s there in the beginning and end, bald patch and all.
They also sang their song “Guang Rong” at the end (or should I say after?) of the Paralympics opening ceremony, though that was not televised live. You can hear it being sung however, at the video found at universalsports.com
Another happy couple update.
Yang Yun, former Chinese gymnast and currently under International Olympic Committee invesitgation for being underage wayyyy back in 2000 in Sydney has updated her blog with pics of her and her fiance, All-Around gold-medalist Yang Wei, busy preparing for their wedding in San Ya, a beach place in China that I had not previously heard of but am now definitely putting it on my list of places to visit. The IOC better watch out. Yang Wei is not going to like anyone messing with his future wife, although here they simply look like they don’t care.
What? Another marriage? I just posted about a celeb wedding and the new Three Kingdoms series. Put them together and what do you get? A recipe for another wedding and me a little spooked at how quickly all the good actors are getting taken.
Nie Yuan, who plays Zhao Yun in the new Three Kingdoms has just gotten hitched today to his girlfriend/fiancee of two years, Yang Guang, also an actress. So far there are no official wedding pics, just candids. I will certainly post them when I get the goods.
Also in attendance to congratulate the happy couple was fellow 3K cast member and cutie Lu Yi , Mr. Zhu Geliang himself, also a married man. They don’t stay single for long in China ladies, those actors. Get them while you can. Meanwhile, I’m going to add a tag for weddings. If this keep up, I may have to make it into a entire category.
Yesterday, the actors in costume were revealed for their respective roles. The cast list boasts impressive names, that is if you like young hotties. While nobody is quite a teeny-bopper idol (most being in their early thirties), the list still certainly screams “idol series”. Poor sage and master strategist Zhuge liang has been getting younger and younger, having first been played by Takeshi Kaneshiro in the movie Red Cliff and now by baby-faced Lu Yi who’s yet to crack a smile in any of the press photos. Why so glum Lu Yi? This actually marks an improvement from the most recent roles you’ve done.
This marks the second series in production of one of China’s Four Great Novels, the other being Dream of the Red Chamber, who’s reception has been more of a mixed bag, mixed referring to the mix of insults towards not only the horrific outfits but also the young, unknown and unexperienced cast.
From L to R, Lu Yi as Zhu Geliang, Victor Huang as Zhou Yu, Nie Yuan as Zhao Yun, Chen Hao as Diao Chan and Peter Ho with a ‘stache and glare juxtaposed to give quite a ridiculous/endearing look. Take Your pick. Ruby Lin although not pictured, is playing Sun Shangxiang.
The newest big-name movie, featuring a cast of mainland A-listers including hottie Chen Kun, Zhao Wei, Zhou Xun, and Sun Li as well as Hong Kong favorite, Donnie Yen. The movie is one of many adaptations of “The Strange Tales of Liao Zhai” which features many supernatural stories, but is probably the highest budgeted one to-date. This, along with last week’s thriller, The Deserted Inn, marks two supernatural thrillers in a row for China, which may be unprecedented.
This film is also the first time former classmates, Chen Kun and Zhao Wei have acted together as an on-screen couple, hyped by some of the first movie stills released from the film. Vicky Zhao Wei has already been heavily praised for her acting in this film, giving an emotionally charged performance that just may be one of her best and a large step away from the tomboyish ‘Swallow” character that brought her international fame in Huang Zhu Ge Ge.