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    Jackie Chan named world's second highest-paid actor

    Posted By:  R.E.D @ Yesterday, 04:19 AM
    Source: shanghaiist

    Actor, composer and possibly undead Jackie Chan landed 38th on Forbes' latest celebrity rich list, making him the second highest-paid actor in the world.

    While Chan hasn't starred in an American live action film in five years, he's pocketed an estimated 50 million USD over the past 12 months, second only to American actor Robert Downey Jr., who came in 8th place on the list with 80 million USD in earnings. His latest film Dragonblade, which hasn't seen a US release yet despite starring big Hollywood names including Adrien Brody and John Cusack, grossed 120 million USD in China, and it's estimated that Chan took at least a 10 million USD cut.

    Chan-branded merchandise has also, as you can expect, contributed massively to his fortune. The actor owns a Segway dealership and a chain of cinemas named for him. And as you may recall, the Jackie Chan Film and Television Academy opened its doors in Wuhan just a couple of months ago, as well. “Jackie Chan is basically the Mickey Mouse of Chinese culture, a celebrity who is so omnipresent that his name has become shorthand,” Grady Hendrix, cofounder of the New York Asian Film Festival, told Forbes.
    Of course, endless ass-kissing of the world's biggest political party hasn't hurt.

    Forbes' Zack O'Malley explains: Since business success in China ultimately revolves around navigating or benefiting from the government, Chan has a secret weapon in all this earning: membership in the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, a hugely influential government board. Beijing green-lights all films released in China.

    It’s an increasingly powerful position. Chinese cinemas have grown at a nearly 33% rate over the past five years, generating just shy of $5 billion in 2014; in February China’s monthly box office receipts actually surpassed those in the U.S. And while an American blockbuster can gross a quarter-billion dollars in China, the country’s powers-that-be often institute weeks-long blackouts of foreign films or slot them against one another on opening weekends. As a result Hollywood is turning to coproductions with Chinese companies, with Tranformers: Age Of Extinction and Iron Man 3 among the most successful examples. Forbes has estimated Chan's net worth to be around 350 million USD, although the star's publicity team has declined to confirm this. Boxers Floyd Mayweather (300 million USD) and Manny Pacquiano (160 million USD) topped this year's Forbes list, followed by Katy Perry (135 million USD) and radio host Howard Stern (95 million USD).
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    TVB Ratings Report (06/22/2015 - 06/28/2015)

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Jun 30 2015, 07:54 PM
    Source: Wacow @ Blog163
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net

    TVB Ratings Report (06/22/2015 - 06/28/2015)

    The Empress of China - 武則天 (EPS 56-60) - 27 PTS (Peaking at 32 PTS) *MONDAY TO FRIDAY EPISODES

    Master of Destiny - 風雲天地 (EPS 1-5) - 24 PTS (Peaking at 29 PTS)

    Come Home Love - 愛.回家 (EPS 795-799) - 22 PTS

    Weekend Episodes
    The Empress of China - 武則天 (EP 61) - 27 PTS *AIRED ON SUNDAY

    *No Saturday Episode due to charity show

    Variety Shows
    Sunday Songbird - SUNDAY靚聲王 - 22 PTS

    Hungry for Health - 食得健康嗎? - 22 PTS

    Neighbourhood Gourmet 3 - 街坊廚神舌戰新台韓 - 21 PTS

    Scoop - 東張西望 - 18 PTS

    Sze You Tonight - 今晚睇李 - 17 PTS

    World's Great Parties: Thailand - 過節 濱松祭 - 15 PTS

    Caritas Charity Show - 明愛暖萬心 - 15 PTS

    Fun Relax Carnival - 大愛共融齊分享 - 9 PTS

    (Nielsen TAM: 1 point represents 64,920 viewers)
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    "The Empress of China" records high ratings; Mall offers high price to organize a finale night

    Posted By:  Chloe.C @ Jun 28 2015, 05:57 PM
    Source: Oriental Daily
    Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums

    "The Empress of China" records high ratings; Mall offers high price to organize a finale night

    TVB's currently airing outsourced drama, "The Empress of China", starring Mainland actress Fan Bing Bing has peaked in ratings. The ratings for the drama on Tuesday night reached 32 PTS. Yesterday, TVB announced that the finale for the drama next month will be two hours long, and they have already sent a proposal to Fan Bing Bing and Aarif Lee, hoping to invite them to Hong Kong to support the finale event. One of the malls has expressed their willingness to be the venue for the finale broadcast event at a high price; however their only request is that the three leads, Fan Bing Bing, Jerry Li (both having recently announced their relationship) and Aarif Lee appear together. TVB believes the chance isn't very high, but they will try their best to schedule with the actors.

    TVB's prime time dramas this week have recorded good results. On Monday night, sitcom "Come Home Love" recorded 26 PTS, peaking at 27 PTS, while new drama "Master of Destiny" had a good opening episode, recording 26 PTS and peaking at 29 PTS. As for "The Empress of China", the story is heading to its climax now, and the ratings are also rising with it. Both on Monday and Tuesday, the drama has broken its records. On Monday night, the drama recorded 29 PTS and peaked at 31 PTS. The day after, Tuesday's broadcast of Episode 57 recorded a new ratings record (for the drama), peaking at 32 PTS, with more than 2,040,000 viewers tuned in. It has become the episode with the highest rating so far since the broadcast of the drama. Yesterday, TVB Communications Deputy Director, Tsang Sing Ming led other TVB artistes such as Erin Wong, Katherine Ho, Lee Yee Man, etc. to promote the drama. At the event, he announced that the finale on the 12th of next month will be 2 hours.

    At netizens' requests, TVB has already sent a proposal to leads, Fan Bing Bing and Aarif Lee to come to Hong Kong for the finale night. One of the malls would like to take advantage of the drama's success, and has approached TVB to organize a event for citizens to watch the finale together; even offering a good fee. However, the only condition is the request for Fan Bing Bing, Jerry Li and Aarif Lee to appear together. Tsang Sing Ming expressed that the chance is not very high: "They are so popular, and there are only two weeks until the finale. The time is very short, so it's not quite possible. Can only leave it to fate, but the mall's proposal is quite a good gimmick."
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    JJ Lin’s LINE chat with mystery woman exposed

    Posted By:  wendy @ Jun 27 2015, 10:43 PM
    Credit: Toggle

    JJ Lin’s LINE chat with mystery woman exposed

    After Singapore singer JJ Lin was spotted with a mystery woman rumoured to be his girlfriend last week, someone who claimed to be friends with the woman in question exposed a screenshot of their conversation yesterday, stirring up speculations about an ambiguous relationship between JJ and the 21-year-old university student.

    From the chat log, there was a line that read: “My wrist watch is in your bathroom,” revealing that the woman had stayed at his house before, including other parts of the conversation which showed that she even celebrated her 21st birthday there.

    After this, the mystery woman responded by saying that the screenshot was posted up by her friend without her permission. When asked about whether or not she is angry with her friend for doing this, she replied, “I’m just worried about whether JJ will be affected or hurt, but I also feel that this needs to be clarified.”

    She continued to say that she is still friends with him even after this incident. On the other hand, JJ’s agency said that they will not respond to this matter.

    JJ and his rumoured girlfriend were spotted at a beef noodle restaurant last Monday. When JJ realised that they were being photographed, he left the restaurant after paying the bill. However, the both of them emphasised that they are just friends.
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    Could Show Luo be proposing at the end of the year?

    Posted By:  wendy @ Jun 27 2015, 10:33 PM
    Credit: Toggle

    Could Show Luo be proposing at the end of the year?

    Rumour has it that Taiwanese actor-singer Show Luo will be going down on one knee at the end of the year.

    Hong Kong Apple Daily reported on Sunday that it all began when Show was questioned at the airport in Taoyuan last Saturday about whether he could be preparing for a marriage soon, to which he gave an “okay” hand sign and replied, “30 years old”. After he was teased about being way past that age (he is 35 this year), he laughed a little and made his exit.

    According to reports, Chinese blogger girlfriend Grace is obedient, sensible, comes from an affluent family and has studied abroad before. The 26-year-old even has the approval of Show’s mother who dotes on her only son and might have unintentionally pressured him into wanting to propose to Grace soon.

    Also, it is said that Grace is not a possessive girlfriend who gets jealous easily and if a group of close friends wanted to go out with him for a karaoke session at night, she’d say, “It’s fine, tonight will be a boys night out for you!”

    Even before the announcement of his relationship with Grace, Show has been toying with the idea of settling down, much to the surprise of friends who thought he’d remain a bachelor. It was reported that he even asked his friends, “If I were to get married, would you come?”

    Additionally, a few more rumours claimed that Show and Grace have been dating each other for as long as three years and that they even broke up and got back together a few times due to conflicts, which is the reason why they cherish each other so much now.

    Another rumour even claimed that Show chose to reveal his affair because he was inspired by Jay Chou’s recent wedding, and judging from his past relationships of girls who all ended up leaving him, he finally decided to treasure his current girlfriend.

    His representative responded to the rumours, saying that Show will be concentrating on his work for now and that he would keep his fans updated on this matter.
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