February 26th, 2012

Laure Shang Wenjie

All Eyes Turn to Li Bingbing

By  Brooks Barnes @ New York Times

LOS ANGELES – Months and months (and months) of lead-up to the Oscars create a fairly boring party scene in the days before the big event. You see the same 100 people at everything.

Vaseline smiles and champagne toasts abound, but inner monologues involve a lot of “please, oh please, not her again.” Before you know it you’re stuck chit-chatting with somebody from “The Help” for the 500th time.

So when a fresh face pops up on the circuit it creates a stir, if not a complete feeding frenzy. That helps explain why Li Bingbing has been cutting a swath through Hollywood’s fancier fetes this week.

Ms. Li is a megastar in China, where she has 12.4 million followers on Weibo.com, that country’s version of Twitter. Movie audiences in the United States will get a chance to see her in September in “Resident Evil: Retribution.” She had a supporting role in “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) and was front and center in last summer’s “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan.”

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“I’m happy to see the United States and China cooperating more and more with movies,” Ms. Li said, perhaps referring to last week’s agreement by China to allow Hollywood to show more films there. “The entertainment industry in China is developing very fast. I hope there can be a bridge for actors to work in both places.”

Who was Ms. Li most looking forward to meeting on the circuit this week? “The brilliant woman Meryl Streep,” she said. “Who else?”


Top Tunes for the week ending February 21

Blank Xu 
(许飞), China’s 2006 Super Girl contestant, and Sodagreen (蘇 打綠), an independent folk-rock-pop band from Taiwan, lead the charts in the week from February 14 to 21. See the featured video of Blank Xu.

The top five songs on the Chinese mainland are:

1.  Rookies’ Diary (新兵日记) by Blank Xu

2. What Love Tells Me (爱情告诉我) by Eva Huang (黄圣依)

3. No Valentine’s Day (不过情人节 ) by Jing Boran (井柏然)

4. Father (父亲) by Chopsticks Brothers (筷子兄弟)

5. Bright Moon In My Heart (心升明月) by Li Jian (李健)

During the same week, the top five songs in Taiwan and Hong Kong are:

1. When We Experience It Together (當我們一起走過) by Sodagreen

2. A Ha by Landy Wen (溫嵐)

3. Baby Song by Eason Chan (陈奕迅)

4. Seem To Have Met Before (似曾相识) by Hacken Lee (李克勤)

5. Being Chased by Happiness (被幸福追著跑) by Nicholas Teo (張棟樑)