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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

Michael Jackson estate slams sex abuse documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

A new documentary that accuses Michael Jackson of sexually abusing two boys has been denounced by the late pop star's estate as an "outrageous and pathetic" attempt to exploit his name.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/13 16:43:40

'Frank and genuine'

"When I first met him in 2003, I noticed that he is a quiet man. He is unlikely to look at you while talking, instead he just looks down at the table," Lin Shaohua, who has translated a number of world-renowned Japanese writer Haruki Murakami's works into Chinese, told the Global Times on Wednesday.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/10 18:43:40

New York City's iconic Chrysler Building goes up for sale

The Chrysler Building, one of the most iconic structures in New York, has been put up for sale by its owners, Emirati investment firm Mubadala and real estate group Tishman Speyer.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/10 16:53:42

Back from sabbatical

Former Disney animation chief John Lasseter, who resigned last year after acknowledging he made staff feel uncomfortable with unwanted hugs, has landed a new job at Skydance Media, the company said on Wednesday.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/10 16:53:41

Chinese version of Tom Hank's 'Uncommon Type' pulled from stores as main translators fight over rights

The Chinese version of Tom Hanks' first book is being given extremely low scores on Chinese review sites and has been pulled from shelves following a dispute in which one of the translators of the book accused the head of the translation team of taking credit for her work.
Source: Global Times | 2019/1/9 18:28:40

Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial set for May

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein will go on trial in Manhattan on May 6 on charges of sexually assaulting two women, his lawyer said on Tuesday.
Source: Reuters | 2019/1/9 18:03:40

Queen of Nice's famed Negresco hotel dies at 95

The flamboyant owner of the seafront Negresco hotel in the French city of Nice has died at the age of 95, her guardian told AFP on Tuesday, plunging the future of the pink-domed Riviera landmark into uncertainty.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/9 17:58:40

Kevin Spacey denies indecent assault in groping case

Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty on Monday to indecently assaulting a teenager who alleged that the Oscar-winning US actor groped him in a bar in Massachusetts in 2016.
Source: AFP | 2019/1/8 17:03:39

2018 big year for the revitalization of competitive idol reality shows

While according to the Chinese calendar 2018 was the Year of the Dog, when it comes to the TV industry in China it might be better to call it the "Year of the Idol" as competitive idol band reality shows were major wins for streaming platforms in the country.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/26 19:03:39

Head of Rothschild in Russia pens fairy tales between flights

Giovanni Salvetti, the head of Rothschild in Russia and CIS, takes five flights a week in his job managing the bank's operations from Kazakhstan to Ukraine.
Source: Reuters | 2018/12/26 17:58:39

Chinese fans clash on social media in wake of star couple Yang Mi, Hawick Lau divorce news

A bombshell dropped on Sina Weibo on Saturday night for fans of Chinese star couple Yang Mi and Hawick Lau. In a post on the social media platform, Jaywalk Studio, the entertainment and media company founded by Yang and which manages Lau, announced that the two had divorced earlier this year after four years of marriage.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/24 17:03:39

Indian actor Aamir Khan meets with fans in Xi'an to promote new film 'Thugs of Hindostan'

Aamir Khan, the iconic Indian movie star, attended a promotional event for his movie Thugs of Hindostan on Tuesday evening at Xidian University in Xi'an, Shaanxi Province, spending nearly two hours answering questions from his fans.
Source: Global Times | 2018/12/19 19:03:40