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Foreign talents find a following in China through the Chinese TikTok

When British singer Shaun Gibson finally left China to head home for the holidays it wasn't for Christmas but Chinese New Year. During his first year and a half of playing music in China, Gibson had adapted a couple of popular Chinese songs by sampling the melodies and writing English lyrics for them.
Source: Global Times | 2019/2/17 17:23:40

Leads for Wang Xiaoshuai's 'So Long, My Son' win Silver Bears

Chinese netizens cheered on Sunday morning when news hit that director Wang Xiaoshuai's new film So Long, My Son had grabbed two Silver Bear trophies for its lead actress Yong Mei and actor Wang Jingchun at the 69th Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale.
Source: Global Times - AFP | 2019/2/17 17:08:39

Swinton overlooked daughter at first for starring film role

Tilda Swinton and a childhood friend prepared for months to make a film about a traumatic experience from their youth before realizing that the actress's daughter would be perfect for the starring role.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/13 16:23:40

'Roma' wins Bafta glory in new advance for Netflix

Netflix black-and-white production Roma triumphed at the Bafta film awards on Sunday, boosting Academy Award hopes for the US streaming giant despite concerns that its business model is undermining the film industry.
Source: AFP | 2019/2/11 16:53:39

Arsenal FC celebrates Chinese New Year with China's soccer fans

Can you imagine English Premier League stars such as Mesut Özil and Aaron Ramsey celebrating the Chinese New Year in Chinese? Well there is no need to imagine. In a video released on Monday, viewers got a chance to see a different side of Arsenal players as they traded in their soccer kit for bright red traditional Chinese clothing to celebrate the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/30 20:03:40

Chinese netizens pay tribute to late Taiwan singer Teresa Teng on her 66th birthday

Well-known Taiwan singer Teresa Teng would have been 66 years old if she was still with us today. Regarded as one of the greatest and most prestigious Chinese singers during her prime in the 1970s and 1980s, Teng's is famous for her ballads and love songs such as "I Only Care About You," "The Moon Represents My Heart" and "Sweet As Honey."
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/29 18:48:40

Comic adaptation 'Yanshifan: New Youth' to come to BTV

Starring pop stars Huang Zitao and Yiyang Qianxi, TV series Yanshifan: New Youth will come to Beijing Television (BTV) this year, the show's production company announced at a press conference in Beijing on Tuesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/23 19:38:41

'Tired' Lagerfeld misses couture shows

Karl Lagerfeld pulled out of two Chanel Paris haute couture fashion shows on Tuesday, with the label announcing the veteran designer "was tired this morning."
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 19:33:40

Mexico celebrates as 'Roma' grabs 10 Oscar nominations

Mexicans celebrated on Tuesday as Roma grabbed 10 Oscar nominations - none more exuberantly than the film's breakout star, Yalitza Aparicio, who melted hearts and went viral with her ecstatic reaction to her best actress nomination.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 19:23:45

Russian pop singer linked to Trump cancels US concerts due to 'safety' concerns

A Russian pop singer who helped set up a controversial meeting between US President Donald Trump's team and a Russian lawyer during the 2016 election campaign announced on Tuesday that he has decided to pull out of a planned US tour on legal advice.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 19:03:41

Singer Chris Brown freed

US R&B star Chris Brown was released without charge on Tuesday after being held overnight for questioning over a rape allegation in Paris, the prosecutor's office said Tuesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 18:58:40

Academy Award nominations: All the fun facts and figures

The nominations for the 91st Oscars were announced on Tuesday, with Roma and The Favourite leading the pack.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/23 18:53:40

NBA's choice of idol Cai Xukun as spokesperson sparks controversy

After the NBA official Sina Weibo account posted a 30-second video of NBA stars sending out Chinese New Year greetings on Friday, it quickly went viral, garnering 108 million views and 18,000 reposts. However, these high numbers were not solely because NBA stars including Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard and Giannis Antetokounmpo made appearance, there was another factor - Chinese singer Cai Xukun also walked into the video.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/23 16:18:40

Marcel Azzola, accordionist who played with Brel, dies at 91

French accordionist Marcel Azzola, who played with greats including Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf, has passed away at the age of 91, his partner said.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/22 18:33:40

'Fake smile boy' dedicated to spreading joy captivates millions in China

Gavin Thomas looked bewildered. He was immediately surrounded by dozens of fans as soon as he entered the semi-circular meeting room in Beijing.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/16 18:05:54

NY rapper tops charts with less than 1,000 sales

A Bronx rapper has snagged the top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart after selling just 823 albums and posting 83 million on demand streams.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/15 17:48:39

Stephen King steps in to save Maine paper's book

When Stephen King's local newspaper, under financial pressure, announced it would cut regional book reviews, the horror author swooped in and managed to save the section with just a few tweets.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/15 17:43:40

Blood of the colonized

One of France's most celebrated screenwriters is taking on its biggest taboo, the bloody conflict in Algeria, in a new war film.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 18:18:39