After being inactive for half a year, Fusion will be back with a second album. When asked why the long absence, their company said that they’ve been concentrating on their next album which is reaching the end stages of its production. Now they’ll be starting performances again to warm up for their new release.
This is probably the best music news in this batch, the rest are just sad ones about company matters.
In probably the most upsetting music news I’ve heard since I started with this site, Kiki Hu Ling, who released one album in 2007, has split from Singaporean based Ocean Butterflies, saying how the company asked her to get a boyfriend to “support” her, to which she replied she already had a boyfriend. Then the company got mad said XXX had a boyfriend who donated a lot, what has her boyfriend done for her. Which raises questions about the other female members of her company like BY2, Kym Jin Sha… A Duo. It makes one a bit nauseous thinking about it. Hu Ling’s blog entry about this matter was heartbreaking, and I wish her luck.
Alan cautions aspiring singers in China, not to lightly make the decision to go abroad to develop careers, and must consider it very carefully because all of a sudden they want to make you sign a contract for 10+ years. There are a lot of things that she still doesn’t feel free to do, like go out alone at night in Japan. Well of course! She lived in Chengdu before…the most lovable city on earth. (see Movie section below)
Surprisingly…hotties that never got a break are getting them. Yan Kuan is lead #1 in a historical epic, and Jing Dong (Jing Dong!!!) is the lead in a CCTV produced espionage drama! And Yu Xiaowei is the lead in The New Miss Mermaid, a remake of the Korean series, except it’s cut in size to 120+ episodes with many changes. It’s been about ten years since these guys graduated from their respective drama schools, and is this finally their break? Since it’s mostly idol series that endear actors quickly to fans, even if those become hits, they may still not be that famous.
Now that his company Jungiery is in a state of limbo , Ming Dao seems have found a niche doing idol series in China – he’s finished shooting two for Hunan TV and another for Anhui TV. Annie Chen, Li Yifeng and Niu Mengmeng, also star in the drama, Happiness is Definitely Strong.
Meteor Shower releases another batch of 382459 trailers…and apparently Anhui TV ‘s partnership with GTV, Down with Love, starring Jerry Yan and Ella Chen has the original director of Meteor Shower, the guy who did The Outsiders. What does that mean? Did Anhui TV, who in general sucks, pull a fast one on Hunan?
One of those period pieces with large investment The Diamond Family was invited to a tv festival in France in October. One of its leads, Feng Shaofeng also recently joined the cast of Mei Ren Xin Ji.
Behind the Scenes pictures from the modern day portion of the Myth Series can be seen here. Is this all Ren Quan is going to film?
Jiangsu and SMG (Dragon TV) are joining forces to expand, and go in a more nationwide direction. They both are two of the richest stations in China, but so far, are boring. Particularly Jiangsu. Hopefully this turns out well and they can start using all the money they have to make more interesting productions.
The movie “Tangshan Earthquake” had already begun shooting in Hanzhou, but for beginning the shoot in the actual Tangshan area the actors and crew and producers came out in somber clothing at the memorial site of the devastating earthquake that occurred nearly forty years ago.
Is it just me or are romantic comedies suddenly booming in China?
Yao Chen (Lurk) and Zhu Yuchen (Who Controls My Youth?) will be in a workplace romantic comedy, set to star shooting in September. Yao Chen places the editor-in-chief of a fashion magazine, and Zhu Yuchen is her rival. You know, if you asked me who I would like to be in such a film these two wouldn’t have come to mind at first, but both have great comedic timing, and I’m so, so loving the idea now.
Another famous Chinese art-house film-maker is turning commercial: Jia Zhangke is leaving behind the films about simple life in China for a kung-fu flick. I daresay he’s a bit late with the bandwagon hopping in that regard – most Chinese directors did it in early 2000s. He says he’s still staying true to those indie roots, but I don’t really believe him.
Kung Fu Hiphop 2 began production, with Wilson Chen Bolin as the lead. Wilson, you’re way too good for this…why do you keep getting crappy roles? Wang Zi, one of the Lollipop members that can’t dance has a supporting role, and Zhou Qiqi, a singer is the female lead. She’s been strangely popping up this year in lots of movies, from number two lead in Rules Before Dating to singing the insert song in Sophie’s Revenge. She’s from Sichuan Conservatory of Music, and you know we’re biased towards any alumni of that school (or just anyone from Sichuan) so let’s she what she can do.
Chengdu I Love You, is slated to close the Venice Film Festival, quite the honor. Watch the trailer here, which show very little scenes that seem to capture the city’s essence. *sigh* The film intertwines 1976 Chendu with 2029 Chendu, with only a third dipping into the present, the latter segment being directed by a Korean who probably isn’t the best to show off present Chengdu, Sichuan. This is perhaps my favorite city in the world and I think this film won’t do anything to show its charm, and it desperately could use a tourism boost to help in rebuilding after the Sichuan earthquake.
HK film Assassins and Taiwan’s Prince of Tears will be in competition.
Now that Deng Chao‘s albino transformation is complete for Di Ren Jie, he says he unwillingly scares children running to their mothers with it. I makes me cry a little too. Draco Malfoy was supposed to be albino, and they didn’t go overboard with the makeup.
I used to never really pay attention to this before, but FINA World Championships definitely drew my attention this year with the drama, the insults hurled and the boost of Michael Phelps‘s presence post-Olympics (although Ryan Lochete‘s pictures were still #1 searched).
China was second in the medal count, after the US, much better than two years ago at the last FINA championships where they were fourth. Much of the success was due to the improvement in Chinese swimming.
1.98 (6 ‘6) Sun Yang who, at only age 17, I thought it would be until the next Olympics before he would medal at all, got bronze in the1500 m relay, and got first in the heats. Cute, but he should smile more though…like Zhang Lin.
China’s women relayers did great. Not only did the 4×200 team win, but the 4x100m medley relay team broke the world record at 3 min 52.19 sec. Le Zheshi was the youngest on the team at only age 14. Another girl who I can’t remember won the gold in some individual event.
Fina vice-president Hironoshin Furuhashi sadly died in his sleep while attending. He was 80 and known as the flying fish in his day. And finally Phelps beat Cavic once again, after some exchanges of words, and he even broke the world record while he did it.
The next one will apparently be taking place in Shanghai, China, two years from now. Exciting.