China Entertainment & Arts
Blackface at 2018 Lunar year TV show: How Chinese and African cultural differences can affect business
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China takes aim at hip-hop, saying 'low-taste content' must stop
Kim Jong-un meets Chinese official, fetes Chinese art troupe
2018-04-16 00:14:44 North Korean leader Kim Jong Un met Chinese senior diplomat Song Tao, and feted a Chinese art troupe led by Song, North Korean state media said on Sunday, indicating closer ties with China following Kim's surprise visit to Beijing last month. The North Korean leader on Saturday "warmly" greeted Song Tao and the Chinese delegation visiting Pyongyang to perform and also expressed his greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping after Song conveyed Xi's greetings to Kim, the North's official Korea Central News Agency said   Read More ...
Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits
2018-03-13 15:00:55 SYDNEY China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said yesterday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers. Mr Ai, one of China's most high-profile artists and political activists, has become a vocal campaigner on migration as the number of people forced from their homes - largely by violence and war - has reached a record 65 million   Read More ...
Shanghai to get own base for films, television series making
2018-03-13 03:30:30 Shanghai will get its first high-quality film and television series making base, authorities said Monday. The project, to be located near the northern bank of the Suzhou Creek in the downtown area of the Chinese financial hub, will be jointly developed by the government of Jing'an District and Shanghai Media Group. The project will cover an area of 300,000 square meters and will have film and television-making studios, production centers, workshops for industry experts, as well as apartments and hotels   Read More ...
China has always been an imperial state, removal of presidential term makes no difference: Artist Ai Weiwei
2018-03-12 11:44:43 China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on the its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers. Ai, one of China's most high-profile artists and political activists, has become a vocal campaigner on migration as the number of people forced from their homes - largely by violence and war - has reached a record 65 million   Read More ...
Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits
2018-03-12 08:46:42 SYDNEY (Reuters) - China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on the its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers. Ai, one of China’s most high-profile artists and political activists, has become a vocal campaigner on migration as the number of people forced from their homes - largely by violence and war - has reached a record 65 million   Read More ...
Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits
2018-03-12 08:07:55 SYDNEY (Reuters) - China’s removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers. Ai, one of China’s most high-profile artists and political activists, has become a vocal campaigner on migration as the number of people forced from their homes - largely by violence and war - has reached a record 65 million   Read More ...
Artist Ai Weiwei unfazed by China ending presidential term limits
2018-03-12 08:01:07 SYDNEY: China's removal of presidential term limits, effectively letting President Xi Jinping hold office for life, will have no impact on the its culture, artist Ai Weiwei said on Monday, as he unveiled a giant artwork in Sydney depicting asylum seekers. Ai, one of China’s most high-profile artists and political activists, has become a vocal campaigner on migration as the number of people forced from their homes - largely by violence and war - has reached a record 65 million   Read More ...
Turning the Rubble of China’s Mass Evictions into Protest Art
2018-03-10 11:51:09 BEIJING — When the authorities demolished tens of thousands of homes occupied by migrant workers in Beijing last year, turning entire city blocks into flattened wasteland, the artist Yang Qian went to work. Mr. Yang scavenged through piles of rubble, recovering hundreds of objects, including stuffed animals, broken glasses and scarlet-red children’s shoes. He sealed the objects in crystal columns to display at a Beijing art gallery, hoping to convey the idea that wealthier people treat the migrants, who come from poor rural areas in search of work, like garbage   Read More ...
Tay Ping Hui sets sights on China, to star in China reboot of The Awakening
2018-03-09 08:45:17 SINGAPORE - After more than three decades, iconic Channel 8 television drama The Awakening is getting a reboot with home-grown actor Tay Ping Hui in a starring role. The new show, slated for release next year (2019), will be produced by Perfect World Pictures (Singapore), the Singapore arm of the Beijing-based entertainment company that produces television programmes and films. The Straits Times understands that the reboot will likely be shot in Malaysia and Singapore, but will employ a mix of local and China actors   Read More ...
Alibaba, NetEase sign deal
2018-03-07 12:37:20 Alibaba Music Group and NetEase Music announced a deal under which they will swap music copyrights to enhance their users' experience, domestic news site 163.com reported on Tuesday. NetEast Music has access to music producers such as Avex Group and HIM International Music Inc while Alibaba Music has catalogs from Rock Records, S.M. Entertainment and BMG. The move follows an initiative launched by Chinese copyright authorities to encourage cooperation to support the online music industry   Read More ...
Cultural relics restoration at Shaanxi museum(1/6)
2018-03-07 12:33:54 A specialist restores cultural relics at Shaanxi Provincial History Museum in Xi'an City, the capital of Northwest China's Shaanxi Province, March 6, 2018. The museum has many studios where repairs to bronzeware, paintings, porcelains and other relics are carried out, making it look like a big hospital. (Photo: China News Service/Zhang Yun)   Read More ...
Drawn to each other(1/7)
2018-03-06 08:30:16 An ongoing exhibition showcases paintings, calligraphic pieces and seal impressions by Qi Baishi. (Photo Provided to China Daily) An exhibition at the Beijing Fine Art Academy showcases the friendship between Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi, two leading artists in 20th-century China. The friendship between Xu Beihong (1895-1953) and Qi Baishi (1864-1957), two eminent artists of 20th-century China, demonstrates how despite different perspectives about art, they trusted and supported each other   Read More ...
China weighs in on the 90th Academy Awards
2018-03-06 03:00:43 Although the 90th Academy Awards were not broadcast live in the Chinese mainland this year, that didn't stop movie fans in the country from following the event online and falling into heated debates on social media platforms about every bit of news that hit the Internet. Opinions ranged far and wide concerning the major awards such as best actor, with the most controversy arising around Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water taking home the award for best picture   Read More ...
Francis McDormand wins Best Actress Award of 90th Oscars
2018-03-05 08:00:47 Francis McDormand Sunday won the Best Actress at the 90th Academy Awards for her role in dark comedy drama film "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." McDormand has been embraced by critics for the embittered, in-your-face, avenging mother she played in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri." McDormand, 60, was nominated alongside Sally Hawkins ("The Shape of Water"), Margot Robbie ("I, Tonya"), Saoirse Ronan ("Lady Bird"), and Meryl Streep ("The Post")   Read More ...
Mexican filmmaker Toro wins Best Director Award of 90th Oscar
2018-03-05 07:01:19 Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro won the Best Director at the 90th Academy Awards here Sunday with his fantasy film "The Shape of Water." The film, which follows the story of a mute falling in love with an amphibian creature, has been a box-office hit after its release in December. Produced with only 19 million dollars, it has grossed 126 million dollars worldwide to date   Read More ...
Gary Oldman wins Best Actor Award of 90th Oscars
2018-03-05 07:00:54 Gary Oldman won the Best Actor at the 90th Academy Awards here on Sunday for "Darkest Hour." Oldman's phenomenal performance as Winston Churchill made a strong impression on the audience. The English actor and filmmaker beat other contenders, including Timothee Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name), Daniel Day-Lewis (Phantom Thread), Denzel Washington (Roman J. Israel, Esq.) and Daniel Kaluuya (Get Out)   Read More ...
Tencent to introduce new feature to restrict video game playtimes
2018-03-05 05:02:00 BEIJING Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings is looking to introduce a new feature to its video games - one that could solve an increasingly common problem faced by parents: What is a reasonable amount of time children should spend playing video games? That question could be settled once and for all when the gaming giant introduces digital contracts to its video games - a feature that would allow both parents and their children to agree on reasonable play times, according to the Wall Street Journal   Read More ...
Trinity Western University Chamber Choir ~ 2018 China Goodwill Tour – Day 7
2018-03-04 00:15:44 Art means different things to different people. But art has even more meanings across the world’s hemispheres. Today on the tour the choir was invited to the art museum of one of the art professors of Tianjin University. In this art exhibitions we came closer to understanding the ideas behind what separates western art from eastern art. If there was a few million dollar words during this demonstration they would be “general revelation” and “divine revelation” I automatically assume that some things can be lost in translation, but what was describes to us in english was that western art is western art because of christian influences   Read More ...
Oscar-nominated 'Abacus: Small Enough to Jail' tells true story about Chinese immigrants
2018-03-02 16:01:11 When the U.S. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its nominees for its 90th Oscar awards to be given on March 4, their line-up for Best Documentary Feature included, "Abacus: Small Enough to Jail." It's a film about a tiny Chinese-American community bank indicted for fraud during the 2008 U.S. mortgage crisis that triggered a financial crisis worldwide. The Academy Award-winning director, Steve James, best known for "Hoop Dreams," told Xinhua in a recent exclusive interview, "I gravitated toward documentaries because I wanted to tell stories, but I wanted to tell true stories about people in pivotal situations, at a crossroads in their lives   Read More ...
Chinese film market breaks national and world records
2018-03-02 10:01:03 China's box offices pulled in more than 10 billion yuan in February, reaching a new high for the Chinese film industry as well as setting a new world record. According to data from the Film Bureau under the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of China (SAPPRFT), earnings from all films screened across China grossed 10.13 billion yuan (US$1   Read More ...
Art troupe from China gives performance in Malaysia(1/5)
2018-03-01 03:30:54 Performers from China National Opera and Dance Drama Theater dance during the "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" performance in Kuching, Malaysia, on Feb. 28, 2018. The "Cultures of China, Festival of Spring" art troupe from China made its performance in Kuching on Wednesday. (Xinhua/Zhu Wei)   Read More ...
Blackface at 2018 Lunar year TV show: How Chinese and African cultural differences can affect business
2018-02-28 19:44:31 NAIROBI, KENYA: Reactions continue to top the social media in China and Africa besides attracting researchers' attention after a comedy sketch aired on China’s February 15 lunar year’s television show. The skit celebrating China Africa relations was aired to more than 900 million viewers of 2018 CCTV New Year’s Gala, an annual popularly watched variety show, whose theme was internationalisation of Chinese firms   Read More ...
Hollywood and China bring giant robots and monsters to Australia
2018-02-28 16:14:34 Five years ago, the Hollywood blockbuster Pacific Rim signalled a tectonic shift in the global movie business when it took more money in China than North America. Directed by Guillermo del Toro, who is favourite to win best director at the Oscars next week for The Shape of Water , it was an unashamed popcorn movie about human-controlled giant robots battling giant monsters to save the world   Read More ...
Bollywood comedy set for Lantern Festival release in China
2018-02-28 09:00:59 Nearly three years after its original release in India, the critically acclaimed "Bajrangi Bhaijaan" will hit Chinese theaters on March 2. Director Kabir Khan and the film's young star Harshaali Malhotra, both wearing traditional Chinese clothing, attended the Chinese premiere held in Beijing yesterday. Malhotra, now 9, smiled throughout the event but spoke very little, just like the character she played in the film   Read More ...
Egypt pop star handed 6-month jail term over 'infectious' Nile River remarks
2018-02-28 07:30:27 An Egyptian court sentenced on Tuesday pop star Sherine Abdel-Wahab, known among her fans as Sherine, to six months in jail over her previous remarks indicating that drinking from the Nile River water causes illness. In a concert in Sharjah of the United Arab Emirates last year, a fan asked Sherine to sing her famous song about Nile River water and she jokingly answered that "it would infect you with bilharzia," a parasitic disease that once outbroke in Egypt   Read More ...
Chinese social media reacts to death of Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor
2018-02-27 08:04:41 Bollywood star Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest figures in Hindi cinema, passed away aged 54 after suffering a heart attack in Dubai, her former manager Punkej Kharbanda said on Sunday. The death of the beloved superstar, reportedly occurring at her nephew's wedding in the emirate on Saturday, triggered waves of condolences and tributes from fans on Chinese social media platforms   Read More ...
Art exam of Beijing Film Academy starts(1/6)
2018-02-27 08:01:57 Students for art exam are seen at Beijing Film Academy in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 27, 2018. The art exam of Beijing Film Academy started Tuesday here in Beijing. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)   Read More ...
Bollywood superstar Sridevi dies aged 54
2018-02-25 20:04:15 Bollywood superstar Sridevi Kapoor, one of the biggest names in Hindi cinema, has died aged 54 after suffering a heart attack in Dubai.The death of Sridevi, reportedly while attending her nephew’s wedding in the emirate late Saturday, prompted an outpouring of grief from fans and fellow actors as well as condolences from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.“I have no words. Condolences to everyone who loved Sridevi   Read More ...
Chinese New Year of Dog has its day, making mark on U.S. art scene
2018-02-24 09:30:11 People visit an exhibition at Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco in San Francisco, the United States, on Feb. 22, 2018. Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco celebrated Chinese New Year of the Dog with a dog-themed artwork exhibition. (Xinhua/Wu Xiaoling) The Chinese New Year of the Dog has left a mark on San Francisco's art scene with a group of artists and designers on the U   Read More ...
Stolen painting by Impressionist painter Degas found in bus
2018-02-24 06:30:11 A lost painting by French Impressionist master Edgar Degas was found in a bus during a random check, the French Culture Ministry said Friday in a statement. According to the statement, French customs agents found a work of art with the signature "Degas" inside a suitcase in the bus' luggage compartment. Experts confirmed it was "Les Choristes" ("The Chorus Singers"), a pastel painting which depicts singers' performance on stage and measures 32 cm by 27 cm   Read More ...
It pays to play video games - ASEAN/East Asia
2018-02-24 02:47:26 BEIJING: Most teachers would not be impressed to discover a student playing video games in their class. But at a school in eastern China it is mandatory, part of a drive to train eSports champions and tap into the booming industry. “I’m dead,” exclaims one student at the Lanxiang Technical School in eastern Jinan province, as his classmates who are still in the game furiously bash their keyboards   Read More ...
A special Chinese New Year concert in a small U.S. town
2018-02-23 08:30:24 Iowa governor Kim Reynolds (L) wishes audience a Happy Lunar New Year in Muscatine, Iowa of the United States, on Feb. 21, 2018. A Lunar New Year concert featuring rewritten traditional Chinese opera and folk music was held in the small mid-west town of Muscatine, Iowa, on Wednesday night. (Xinhua/Wang Qiang) A Lunar New Year concert featuring rewritten traditional Chinese opera and folk music was held in the small mid-west town of Muscatine, Iowa, on Wednesday night   Read More ...
Paintings move from canvas to the big screen
2018-02-23 08:01:36 A documentary that reveals the story of Chinese artists in Shenzhen who paint perfect copies of great Western works of art will be shown at the British Film Institute in London on Saturday, in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The documentary, called China's Van Goghs, follows Chinese peasant farmer-turned-oil painter, Zhao Xiaoyong. He and his family have produced hundreds of thousands of copies of Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh's works including Sunflowers, The Starry Night and Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear   Read More ...
Thumb theft unlikely to deter future Chinese art exchanges: Experts
2018-02-23 08:01:31 Experts on Chinese art in the U.S. said they don't believe that the theft of a thumb from a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior statue on loan to a Philadelphia museum will deter the exchange of artifacts China. "I believe the cultural exchange activities still will continue," Willow Weilan Hai, senior vice-president and director of the China Institute Gallery in New York, said in an email   Read More ...
Ukrainian band the star draw in once poor village
2018-02-22 20:02:51 It is rare to see foreigners playing Chinese folk music in a remote Chinese village, but a five-member Ukrainian band has become a big draw in north China’s Hebei Province, where Zhouwo Village is located. The five Ukrainians arrived last November, under the invitation of an art school, to teach residents to play musical instruments. They work part-time playing in a village coffee shop   Read More ...
Art exhibit celebrates Lunar New Year
2018-02-22 08:30:06 David Sprouts (fourth from left), president of New York School of Interior Design (NYSID), Qian Zhijian (thrid from left), assistant professor of art history at City University of New York and Li Liyan (fourth from right), cultural counselor at the Chinese Consulate General in New York pose in front of Song Xi's (second from left) work Life in Full Bloom at the NYSID on Monday   Read More ...
Mr Chow: How a Chinese restaurant became an art world mecca
2018-02-22 04:06:49 Ananda Pellerin is editor of The Gourmand, an award-winning, biannual food and culture journal. Warhol, Basquiat and Hockney walk into a restaurant... It sounds like the beginning of a terrible joke, but in their day, these art titans were all regulars at branches of a show-stopping Chinese restaurant called Mr Chow, and friends with its impresario, Michael Chow (aka M), who, in his own right, has had an inestimable influence on the art, culture and culinary scenes   Read More ...
KZ Tandingan ‘Singer 2018’: Filipino Singer’s Chinese Rendition Put Her In Regular Spot With Jessie J
2018-02-22 00:46:24 Many have been inspired by her diligence to learn the song. Filipino Singer KZ Tandingan has been gracing the top trending spot in YouTube Asia for the past couple of weeks now. This year, she joined the massive Chinese singing show together with renowned pop star Jessie J. has different way of judging and ranking its contestants. It’s not a straight-up elimination process where two artists are matched in a sing-off and the other one loses   Read More ...
Chinese spend more on restaurants, movies, travel during new year holiday
2018-02-21 16:30:46 BEIJING: Chinese shoppers stepped up spending during this year's week-long Lunar New Year holiday, splashing out more at restaurants, retailers and cinemas, according to Ministry of Commerce data released on Wednesday. The retail and catering sectors posted sales of 926 billion yuan (US$146 billion) during the holiday period that began on Feb. 15 and ended on Wednesday, an increase of 10   Read More ...
Village painters draw rural life in Chongqing
2018-02-20 04:10:58 In an abandoned house in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality, Zhou Zhihou and his peers carefully cut pictures on wood. The walls in the house are full of woodcut paintings. In the middle, a wood bucket for rice-steaming stands on a long table, and paintbrushes are squeezed in the bucket's holes. Zhou, 72, is busy preparing a special gift for relatives and friends for this year's Spring Festival: a woodcut painting featuring a dog, to coincide the Year of the Dog   Read More ...