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Hit show 'Queen's Gambit' sparks chess frenzy

Hit miniseries The Queen's Gambit has led to a surge of interest in chess, with one popular website registering millions of new players and academies reporting unprecedented demand.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/26 18:28:40

Fans in China take pride in International Emmy nomination for Chinese costume drama 'Love and Destiny'

The 48th International Emmy Awards were held on Monday as a virtual ceremony streamed from New York. Fans of the Chinese fantasy costume drama Love and Destiny awaited the results with bated breath as it had been nominated for Best Telenovela. While the coveted award ended up going to Brazilian series Órfãos da Terra (Orphans of a Nation), Chinese netizens still expressed their pride that the show had been nominated for one of the world's most prestigious awards for international television production.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/26 6:08:11

Chinese screenwriters awarded at Screenwriters' Night event

A total of 23 screenwriters and 13 productions such as movies, animations and TV series were awarded at Screenwriters' Night on Saturday. The event, hosted by the China Federation of Radio and Television Associations and Chinese streaming giant iQIYI, aims to encourage and fund more young screen talents as well as discover promising new content.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/23 17:33:42

Chinese hit drama and film to be adapted into animated series in 2021

Chinese historical suspense drama The Longest Day In Chang'an began trending on social media after Bilibili, a popular Chinese video-sharing website, announced on Saturday that it will be producing an animated adaptation that is expected to be released in 2021.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/22 17:43:40

Chinese netizens respond to allegations that Chinese TV drama has 'copied' Korean culture

A scene in the recent highly popular Chinese TV drama The Blooms at Ruyi Pavilion has become a point of contention between netizens in China and South Korea after South Korean viewers accused the show of copying Korean culture, particularly, a traditional Korean lantern festival.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/22 13:08:38

Chinese web drama adapted from Japanese manga 'Hikaru no Go' hailed by Chinese netizens

A Chinese web drama adapted from Japanese manga Hikaru no Go (lit: Hikaru's Go) is getting positive reviews from Chinese netizens, many of whom are calling it a successful adaptation.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 23:30:10

New Chinese drama inspired by BBC's work draws attention to problems facing women

A new Chinese drama named Hear Her was launched on video platforms on Tuesday, focusing on contemporary female dilemmas and featuring issues such as domestic violence and concerns about appearance.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/19 10:18:40

Spy thriller tops China's TV popularity charts

Fearless Whispers, a spy thriller starring popular young actor Li Yifeng, is currently the most popular Chinese-language TV series, according to review platform Douban.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/16 18:33:40

Young migrant factory workers form distinct Shamate subculture

A new documentary, We Were Smart directed by Li Yifan, focuses on what's left of the Chinese subculture known as Shamate, which is still attracting young migrant workers who are eager to express themselves.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/15 17:03:42

Thai stars on the rise in China, while South Korean celebrities get cold shoulder

Thai stars and entertainment have been making big headway in China lately. New Thai Boys' Love drama I Told Sunset About You has received high marks on Chinese media review platforms, surpassing the scores of several Chinese works and capturing the hearts of Chinese audiences. Meanwhile, Thai stars in popular dramas introduced to China have been gaining more fans in the country, even edging out some K-pop idols.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/12 18:18:40

Iconic quiz show host passes away at 80

Alex Trebek, whose decades as host of the quiz show Jeopardy! made him one of the most popular fixtures on US television, died on Sunday at age 80.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/9 17:38:40

Second season of 4K micro documentary 'Chang'an meets Rome' shines light on friendly China-Italy relations

The second season of 4K micro-documentary Chang'an Meets Roma premiered in China and Italy on Friday to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic ties between China and Italy.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/8 16:33:40

Depp loses UK libel case on 'wife beater' claims

Hollywood star Johnny Depp on Monday lost a libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun for branding him a "wife beater" in a case that laid bare his chaotic battle with drink and drugs and shattered his global reputation.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/3 17:38:41

Popular variety show seeks to bring young people closer to China's intangible cultural heritage

A musical spin off of the hit reality show Sisters Who Make Waves aired its first episode on Friday. The new show aims to use star power to get young people in China more involved with China's intangible cultural heritage.
Source: Global Times | 2020/11/3 10:18:40

Lancang-Mekong TV week held in Kunming

The "2020 Lancang-Mekong TV Week with Myanmar Theme Day" has opened in Kunming, capital of Southwest China's Yunnan Province.
Source: Xinhua | 2020/11/2 17:48:41

Actress Lori Loughlin begins prison term for US college admissions scam

US actress Lori Loughlin began her two-month prison term in California Friday after admitting to conspiracy to commit fraud as part of her role in a sprawling college admissions scandal.
Source: AFP | 2020/11/1 16:13:42

Gala to mark the 70th anniversary of the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea airs on CCTV

A gala marking the 70th anniversary of the Chinese People's Volunteers (CPV) participation in the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea (1950-53), also known as the Korean War, aired on China's Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday. Many Chinese entertainers, including Wu Jing, the lead actor of the Wolf Warrior film franchise, took part in the gala.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/25 22:46:30

E-commerce platform turns to stand-up to promote upcoming Singles' Day sales

With China's Singles' Day, or Double 11, coming right around the corner on November 11, various e-commerce platforms such as Taobao and JD.com have begun launching a variety of events to promote the event, which in recent years has become a major online shopping festival akin to Black Friday or Cyber Monday in the US.
Source: Global Times | 2020/10/20 17:33:41