Assorted English news

  1. The world seems to be concerned that Hollywood films are no longer beating the domestic films in China, read about it from the New York Times and the Guardian. Is this a temporary phenomenon or a lasting trend?
    How quickly do cultural works depreciate in value?  The Slate does an economic analysis here.
  2. China’s new first lady quickly becomes style icon for a nation.   This article on singer Peng Liyuan suggests that only those with “imperfect bodies,” such as Zhou Xun or Fan Bingbing (what flaws?) , will become fashion icons.
  3. Tennis player Li Na chosen for one of the seven covers of Times 100.
  4. Dreamworks Oriental, the Shanghai-based offshoot of the animation company that’s partly owned by the Shanghai Media Group, has announced Tibet Code as one of its first projects. More from Variety here(more…)

“Iron Man 3” releases Chinese trailer, glimpses of Wang Xueqi,Fan Bingbing

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Fan Bingbing wondering why she’s even in this trailer.

A Chinese trailer for “Iron Man” was released with a few shots of Wang Xueqi,Fan Bingbing. Watch it here.

On the one hand, I’m always happy to see more Chinese actors in mainstream media, but it’s frustrating to see a trailer where the Chinese characters are randomly inserted and obviously do not belong.   In recent year, it seems like it’s become quite popular for movie to include Chinese actresses as minor roles in Hollywood films so as to use that person for extensive marketing in China. It would be nice if the degree to which those actresses are used as advertisement are actually proportionate to their relevance in the film.