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Pop Stop

Compiled by Ho Yi  /  STAFF REPORTER

Chinese hotshot Li Yuchun (李宇春) landed in Taiwan last week, bringing with her a political storm that gave the star five-consecutive days of front-page exposure.

The incident was triggered by Mainland Affairs Council (陸委會) regulations which prevented the 21-year-old entertainer from giving interviews to local press.

Winner of the biggest talent contest held in China so far, Li has become the country's favored public figure and has devoted followers in Taiwan.

Li and several other Chinese entertainers were invited to attend a concert held at Taipei Arena (台北巨蛋) last Sunday to promote cultural exchanges.

Ironically, the stars were not allowed to exchange anything and were only permitted to smile and wave at the crowds of fans.

Chinese officials had warned the stars to keep their lips sealed or risk ruining their careers.

Things often turn ugly when politics mixes with entertainment.

For Li, the only good thing to come out of the mess was the chance to avoid questions about her sexual orientation, which she pretended not to hear.

Boy band F4 made quite a stir on the Hong Kong leg of a tour to promote their Forever Four concert slated to take place next month.

After Hong Kong, F4 will continue their Asian tour concerts in Japan, Korea, Taiwan and southern Asian countries. The gigs may be the last chance fans get to see the fab four perform together on stage.

Little S (小S) seems to be the happiest woman on earth. After recovering from childbirth at a luxurious hospital-cum-resort equipped with a swimming pool, saunas and Jacuzzis, the young mom was seen in public for the first time with her loving husband and family dining at a trendy French restaurant last week.

Even though six companies are already lining up to pay the star a total of NT$12 million to endorse their products, Little S has said she is no hurry to return to showbusiness.

That may come as no surprise as she has a full-time nanny to help her care for her baby and will soon move into a new mansion at the exclusive Di-Bao (帝寶) complex in Taipei which her mother-in-law bought.

Jay Chou's (周杰倫) dream has also come true. His Majesty confirmed this week he will star in Zhang Yimou's (張藝謀) new period-drama film as a taciturn martial arts master.

Chou said the pressure is already on since his co-stars include Asian heavy-weight actors Chow Yun-fat (周潤發) and Gong Li (鞏俐).

Chou's significant other Patty Hou (侯佩岑) has followed in the king's footsteps and is attempting to try her hand at acting. The star has agreed to give her debut performance on a TV drama series adapted from a Japanese comic book. So prepare yourself to see Hou performing in a romantic comedy with a bunch of pretty-faced, unnameable teenage idols on TV.

In litigation related news, Huo Yuan-jia's life story which featured in the film Fearless (霍元甲) has enraged the descendants of the real martial arts legend. The film suggests the Huo family all died out at the end of the movie. However, surviving relatives plan to file a lawsuit against the film's production company, which is said to be making every effort to persuade the family into dropping the case.

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