December 27, 1993 |
High Fees for Pop Stars to Be Curbed: China's Ministry of Culture will issue new rules to curb concert fees. Some Taiwanese and Hong Kong entertainers have received up to $518,000 per show, charging about $88 a ticket. Chinese stars' fees averaged $264 a show in 1990.
February 11, 2001 |
Tong Xiangling was window-shopping here when a government car pulled up and he was hauled to an audition that would change his life. Two songs later, Mao Tse-tung's wife, Jiang Qing, personally cast him as the People's Liberation Army officer and bandit impersonator in the revolutionary opera "Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy." His suave character played like a Communist James Bond, and the role catapulted Tong to superstardom during the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution.
June 13, 1999 |
Here's the script: A group of foreigners comes to an exotic land seeking fortune and opportunity. A tempestuous relationship develops with their potential partners, driven by hope, greed and mistrust. It turns into a trial of patience and punishment. The directors, cast and the ultimate ending keep changing. This is the story of making and selling movies in China, and film producer Megan Gathercole could write the script.
March 30, 2001 |
Viacom Inc. signed a landmark deal this week to launch Nickelodeon in 40 million Chinese households May 1, marking the second time the entertainment company has been allowed by the Beijing government to take its U.S. brands into Chinese homes. Under a 3-year-old pact, Viacom is already bringing MTV to 54 million households in China, the world's largest television market based on the 300 million homes with TV sets. That is three times as many television households as in the U.S.
October 16, 1996 |
Sitting in a cocktail lounge of a five-star hotel, chain-smoking American cigarettes and drinking coffee, novelist Wang Shuo managed a brave smile, though he hardly looked like one of the tough-guy characters in his popular fiction about China's criminal underground.
November 19, 2003 |
Seeking to compete on its own terms in the lucrative entertainment industry, China announced a government-funded project Tuesday to promote an alternative to DVDs and "attack the market share" of the global video format. The rollout of the long-planned project, known as EVD, or enhanced versatile disk, was timed to coincide with the beginning of what China calls the "golden sales" period -- known elsewhere as the Christmas shopping season.