November 5th, 2009


The plot thickens

Taiwanese newbie actor Mark Chao recently took home the Best Actor award at the Taiwanese Golden Bell awards for his role in the police drama series Black & White, amidst raging controversies.

First, there were the rumours that the results were leaked before the start of the ceremony. That escalated talk that he and his Black & White co-star Vic Zhou, who was also a Best Actor nominee didn't get along off-the-set, which led to speculation that he is refusing to star in the film sequel to the hit serial.

Another wave of rumours was sparked off later regarding his relationship with his father, Chao Shu Hai. When the older Chao was not seen at various events for a coffee brand he endorsed with Mark, tongues started wagging that the father-son pair were estranged and suffered a souring relationship with each other.

At an event two days ago, 25-year-old Mark refuted such rumours. "The reason why I am the only one appearing at events is because I am the brand ambassador, whereas [my father] is only a figurehead."

On Vic's possible non-participation in the movie sequel Black & White, Mark said, "If Vic is not filming it. I won't film it."

28-year-old Vic recently did an interview with GQ magazine and compared the acting capabilities between newbie actors and veterans. "Speaking of acting, young actors try their best to figure things out. But they are unable to reach the level of understanding and experience attained by veterans who can easily ease into their characters anytime"


Lol, sometimes I really can't tell if the media just enjoys creating drama or if it's really there.

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Return of the Golden Age Singers?

After Chen Lin’s death, there was a general sense of loss amongst the mainland community over the “Golden Age” singers, the singers from the 90s. However Na Ying, after a 7-year break suddenly released her new single, called Love’s Journey which she first revealed at the 2009 Mid-Autumn show and will be one of the big draws of her upcoming New Years concert. Na Ying, also Faye Wong’s best friend, is one of China’s most famous artists and perhaps the symbol of the “Golden Age” singers. Her return was a very welcome, comforting thing for many.

This is not from the same era, but Age of Water and Wood have been going strong early 2000s despite some member changes, and used their success to help other singer-songwriters like Wang Zheng emerge. And this new song and beautiful MV are so befitting for this time, post-Chen Lin’s suicide.

Age of Water and Wood - The Meaning of Life MV

There seems to be a lot of music releases converged in the next few months whether they be the younger soloists, newer indie artists, or the boybands. But with how warmly Han Hong’s return was welcomed along with the excitement over Na Ying’s comeback it’s nice to know that the Golden Age singers are welcomed whenever they feel like returning.

Interestingly enough, it's been rumored that a company has offered Faye Wong 90 million RM (180 million RMB, about 30 million USD) for a three- to five-year contract.


I don't know if I'm allowed to post this - but it's just so exciting I couldn't help myself!

Someone has uploaded The Message onto Youtube! So for those like myself who have been dying to watch this - and can't cos you don't live in Asia... Enjoy!

P.S. This is my first time posting an entry, being the idiot I am, I REALLY can't figure out how to do an LJ-cut. Could someone please tell me how to? Thanks a bunch!

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New Release: Landy Wen

Dancing Queen
Singer Name(s): Landy Wen (Singer) 溫嵐
Release Date: 2009-11-06
Language: Mandarin
Country of Origin: Taiwan
Publisher: Seed Music (TW)

Taiwan dancing queen Landy Wen has a brand new album out after her AVCD High Q last year. After a brief stint studying singing in New York, the singer cut her hair short and dyed it red for a new sexy retro look. The new album showcases the "3D" that Landy represents, namely "Doll" (referring to her innocent personality), "Diva", and "Dancing Queen". The 11 tracks on the album include the 80s techno-styled dance number D.I.S.C.O., "Don't Fall in Love with Me" (written by A-yue Chang), "I Believe it All" (written by Kenji Wu), and a cover of Landy's idol, Anita Mui's "Open up Your Mind". The accompanying DVD comes with the music video and dance tutorial video to D.I.S.C.O.


I haven't cared for most of her past stuff, but this album was really super good.  Kinda Koda Kumi or Lady Gaga-esque, especially that DISCO track, which, coincidentally was probably my favorite, lol.  Go check out our affiliate cpop for a peek at this new album.

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Li Bing Bing on Zhou Xun comparisons: 'We are only being ourselves'

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In town to grace the official opening of Burberry in ION Orchard with Korean actor, Won Bin, Chinese actress Li Bing Bing was the focal point of attention when she made her grand entrance with a huge smile.

Dressed in a chic white cocktail dress, the gracious actress obliged and answered every single question posed by the media.

On her Best Actress nomination for The Message at the inaugural Taiwanese Golden Horse Awards, she said, "To be honest, I am really happy. This nomination is a kind of reaffirmation.

"I hope that everyone will enjoy the movie because I believe everyone knows about the historic story that is told in the movie."

Frequently compared to her compatriot and fellow co-star in movie, Zhou Xun, Li gave her two-cents worth. "For every movie, the media will often create a talking point. When two actresses are together, they will talk about disputes and disharmony. When a male and female actress is paired together, they will come up with rumours. I feel that we are only being ourselves no matter what kind of news there is."

The 33-year-old revealed that she currently has no plans to expand her career to the Hollywood market. "I feel that the current movie industry in China is really good. Local Chinese people really enjoy watching their local productions onscreen. Fate plays a part in whether or not I will further develop my career in Hollywood. If there is [fate], I'll go. If there is none, I am really comfortable remaining in China."

Displaying the amiable side of her, actress continued to gamely pose for pictures upon entering the store. Local celebrities such as Zoe Tay, Christopher Lee, Huang Shi Nan, Irene Ang, Kit Chan, and Jacelyn Tay were also present.

The Message is currently screening in all local theatres.

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Zhang Ziyi to Produce Second Film

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The domestic success of her first film as producer has pushed Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi to target a wider audience with her next project.

Zhang is working with her friends Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan to produce the English-language film "Snow Flower and the Secret Fan", according to

The actress will also star in the film, which will be directed by Chinese-American filmmaker Wayne Wang, who also did "Maid in Manhattan".

Set in 19th-century China, the film is based on Lisa See's novel of the same name about a lifelong friendship between two women.

Shooting is slated to begin early next year in China.

Zhang Ziyi made her production debut with the urban romantic comedy "Sophie's Revenge", in which she played the lead character. The film opened in China in mid-August and soon turned new director Jin Yimeng into the most bankable female director on the mainland.

Since the Oscar-winning 2000 film "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon", Zhang Ziyi has become perhaps the best-known Chinese face in Hollywood. Her most recent English-language feature, "Horsemen", was released earlier this year.

Previous reports suggest Zhang had teamed up with Wendi Murdoch and Florence Sloan to run a film studio. China-born Wendi Murdoch is the wife of News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. Florence Sloan, a Malaysian-Chinese, is married to MGM chairman Harry Sloan. describes Zhang Ziyi as "following the practice of big Hollywood talent: establishing her own production company to pull in projects for herself and control a greater share of revenue."

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Dee Hsu's new lingerie endorsement

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Dee Hsu, the Taiwanese host of popular variety programme, Here Comes Kang Xi, made headlines a few months ago with her openness of becoming the ambassador of lingerie.

At a press conference held on Tuesday, the 31-year-old jokingly revealed that her father-in-law was unable to concentrate on his stocks when he watched her new lingerie advertisement and would blush whenever she greets him now, "My father-in-law has fallen in love with his daughter-in-law all over again!"

The cheeky mother-of-two went on to share the innerwear's positive firming effects experienced by her mother-in-law and her mother. Unfazed by her own candid comments, Dee revealed that her in-laws are not bothered by her jokes and really dote on her.

Known for her mischievous antics with fellow male guests on her variety show, Dee was labeled by the media to be 'Taiwan's Number One Lecherous Woman'. Her open-minded and brash actions have left many in wide-eyed amazement and worried many others who are afraid that she might offend people in the process.

The bubbly host shared that her endorsed products is currently doing well in the market. On her plans to have a third baby, Dee humourously quipped, "Recently, I got carried away by fame and fortune. I only have one programme left now and I do not plan to have a third child."

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LMAO, "Taiwan's #1 Lecherous Woman"