January 29th, 2014


Andy Lau offered $6m to join The Voice of China

Rumour has it that Hong Kong superstar Andy Lau has been offered RMB$30 million (approximately S$6.34 million) to replace Taiwanese singer Harlem Yu on the judging panel of popular reality singing contest The Voice of China.

The past two seasons of The Voice of China broke viewership records and raked in huge profits from commercials. To ensure the show's continued success in its third season, the production team is believed to have been in talks with Andy since last year.

Sources claimed that Andy had initially asked for S$10 million in appearance fees. After numerous negotiations, both parties reached an agreement to reduce the amount to S$6 million.

In addition, Taiwanese diva A-Mei, Chinese songstress Na Ying and singer Wang Feng, will reportedly remain on the judging panel in The Voice of China 3.

When contacted by reporters yesterday, the producer clarified that the confirmed list of judges will only be announced after Chinese New Year.


Stellar cast led by Tang Wei stars in Ann Hui's latest work The Golden Era

Ann Hui's star-studded biographical drama The Golden Era has revealed its poster. It shows a plainly dressed Tang Wei looking away while standing on a white piece of paper stained by black ink. Written by Li Qiang, the biopic chronicles the life of famed Chinese writer Xiao Hong and is one of Hui's most ambitious projects yet.

Backed by a huge ensemble of talents, the film features a cast that includes Tang Wei, William Feng, Zhu Yawen, Hao Lei, Tian Yuan and Wang Qianyuan. Instead of focusing on Xiao Hong's legendary love life, Hui aims to shed light on the pursuit of freedom, dreams and stability in the unsettling era of 1930s China, with references to notable literary figures such as Lu Xun, Mao Dun and Ding Ling.

Shot in more than five cities in China including Harbin, the movie, budgeted at 70 million yuan, fulfills a four-decade dream of Hui, who has long wished to do a feature film on the storied author. Hui has said that The Golden Era sums up her beliefs and knowledge about life and the art of filmmaking. The film is set for release later this year.

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Source: YumCha!

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Rainie Yang and Prince are dating

Rainie Yang is dating JPM’s Prince

Popular Taiwanese actress-singer Rainie Yang finally confirms rumours that she is dating boyband JPM’s Prince (Qiu Shengyi).

Although Rainie has been embroiled in several scandals and rumours over the years, the 29-year-old has always been honest about her relationships, and once admitted that popular TV host and singer Xiao Gui used to be her first love.

During an interview, when Rainie was asked for her opinion on Prince, she turned red and giggled nervously, saying: “This is so awkward! I don’t really know how to tell lies,” later admitting that Prince is her boyfriend.

“He has an old soul!” she exclaimed. She also added that Prince is very humorous, mature, and “Most importantly,” she said, “He has got guts.”

“Very often, there are very few people who really have guts. I don’t like it when some guys are so ambiguous and passive when it comes to chasing a girl,” she explained.

Rainie, who previously said that she does not want to get married, has now changed her mind. Happily in love, she said that she hopes to give birth before she turns 35, but stressed that she will not give up her showbiz career after marriage.

She also declared that she will not tie the knot in secret. “I have many reporter friends who have watched me grow up,” she said. “So if I really do get married, I will announce it publicly.”

Unlike many celebrities who have tied the knot recently, Rainie said she does not like a beach or garden wedding, as there are too many considerations, and would want to hold the ceremony indoors.