Photoshoot Friday: September 26, 2014

Kris Wu Yifan looks so petulant in his photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar (woulld you prefer that he substitute for Kai Ko in Tiny Times 4, or that Guo Jingming just edits out Gu Yuan?) Other than that, there’s also Qiao Zhenyu of the recently finished Ancient Sword series, and Jiang Jinfu, of the upcoming but-who-knows-when-it’ll-come-out sword series QIn’s Moon also gets a shoot this week. Gao Yuanyuan is fairly stunning, as usual.

Trendshealth also asked several stars to shoot for thier breast cancer awareness shoot. There’s Lin Chi-ling, Zhang Xinyi, and Wu Modi – though, warning, there’s concealed nudity in some of those pictures.  (more…)

Photoshoot Background: White Backgrounds ahoy

There’s nothing wrong, maybe even everything right with a nice background – but this round up should show you that the absence of a background can be lovely too. Liu Shishi wears white against white (mourning for that role in Bu Bu Jing Xin 2?), while Lin Chi-ling goes for bright pops of color. Angelababy follows suit, but by the time Lin Chi-ling appears in her second photoshoot (this one for Marie Claire), she’s switched to Liu Shishi’s style. Faye Wang breaks a rules a little with a backdrop of furniture, but the walls are still white, so let it pass…

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Fan Bingbing is still China’s biggest star

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Fan Bingbing tops the Forbes China Celebrity List for the second year in a row, which means I get to reuse the same photo as last year.

Riding on her foray into Hollywood, actress Fan Bingbing has retained her top-ranking position on the Forbes China Celebrity List. The list, which ranks the top 100 Chinese celebrities based on media exposure and income, sees more Mainland stars this year than ever before, with 60 (or so) of the listees basing their careers in Mainland China. Aside from a handful of actors, however, the biggest A-listers were overwhelming from Hong Kong or Taiwan, with 14 of the top 20 hailing from either of the two islands.

According to Forbes, Fan raked in nearly $20 million last year, putting her on par with Jennifer Aniston and Kanye West. The celebrity with the deepest pockets, Jay Chou, banked $25 million, around the same as Ben Affleck or Buffy creator and Avengers director Joss Whedon.
Despite the success of China’s biggest stars (this year’s top 10 took home $20 million more than last year’s), the overall earnings of the Celebrity 100 decreased for a second consecutive year, accumulating $65 million less wealth than the year before. However, the celebrities still managed to bring home more than half a billion dollars between them.

Actors and actresses made up the bulk of the list, accounting for 72 of the celebrities. It is common for celebrities to both sing and act in the Chinese entertainment industry, however, and several were identified as both.
Of the 29 singers and musical groups on the list, only six were from Mainland China. Of those six, five were involved in reality television singing competitions, with the exception of Hong Kong-launched Faye Wong.
Mainland Pianists Lang Lang and Li Yundi maintained their presence on the list, with Li (ranked 56) overtaking Lang Lang (57) for the first time.

New entrants to the list include Tiny Times author Guo Jingming who debuted at 27, model Zhang Liang of Where Are We Going, Dad? fame, and I Am A Singer runner-up G.E.M and Taiwanese actor Kai Ko just sneaking onto the list at 91 and 97 respectively.

Meanwhile, notable dropouts include Taiwanese film director Ang Lee (previously ranked 29), Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chow (24), Jet Li (41), Nobel laureate Mo Yan (16), Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang (31), former Super Junior member Han Geng (87), and Super Girls Chris Li (15) and Jane Zhang (45).

Rank Name   Income (million RMB) Income (million USD) Income rank
1 Fan Bingbing 范冰冰 122 19.5 4
2 Andy Lau 刘德华 89 14.2 5
3 Jay Chou 周杰伦 156.5 25.0 1
4 Huang Xiaoming 黄晓明 66.5 10.6 10
5 Zhang Ziyi 章子怡 56 9.0 14
6 Yang Mi 杨幂 52 8.3 18
7 Lin Chi-ling 林志玲 60 9.6 13
8 Li Na 李娜 141.5 22.6 2
9 Nicky Wu 吴奇隆 67 10.7 9
10 Jackie Chan 成龙 54 8.6 17

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Theme song released for upcoming movie The Switch

There is a room of glowing blue fetuses in this film. We can safely argue that it will be somewhat interesting.

(jjss08: Credit for the following belongs to idarklight. This was from a post she did on the movie on the dramaddicts site, and was too well-written for me to ignore). One of the Ten Famous Chinese Paintings,  Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains also has symbolic value, although the advertising seems to avoid the political significance of the film.  It was burnt into two pieces in 1650. In the 1950′s, one of the pieces was taken to Taiwan, where it remains in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. The other piece is currently in Hangzhou.  In 2010, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao used the painting as a part of a response to a question on cross-strait trade relations by a Taiwanese reporter.

“In the Yuan Dynasty, there was a painter called Huang Gongwang. He painted a famous painting, Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountains . Hundreds of years later, the painting passed down many hands, but now I know that half is in the Hangzhou museum and part is in Taipei’s National Palace Museum. I hope that one day, the paintings could reunite to become one again. When even paintings are like this, what about people?” Wen said.

In 2011, with the help of Liu Changle, CEO of Hong Kong-based Phoenix TV, the two museums collaborated to unite the two pieces in Taipei for a special exhibit. Since then, Wen Jiabao has commented painting in both 2011 and 2012 in response to questions about Taiwan, each time with his signature poetic eloquence.

Look below the cut for gorgeousness from Lin Chiling, Tong Dawei, Zhang Jingchu, and Andy Lau. 

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