Fri, Mar 17, 2006 - Page 14 News List

Pop Stop

Compiled by Ho Yi  /  STAFF REPORTER

A BT pop idol Wang Lee-hom (王力宏) took the central stage at the Taipei Arena last weekend to spread his new fusion style of East and West, labeled as "chinked-out" music. To make sure the concerts were culturally blended, Wang sang a long list of covers from bands that included England's Westlife and Taiwan's Mayday (五月天).

It had been two and half years since Wang's last concert here, and the new mixed style was not the only accomplishment Wang has been working on. To his gay and female fans' delight, the maturing star has broken through the cocoon of a gentle polite young man, and changed into a sweating wild stud who gave an excellent view of his muscles and dirty danced with girls on the stage.

Judging from the rapturous reactions from the crowd, Wang has chosen the right path.

Local rapper MC Hot Dog, on the other hand, has not been enjoying much appreciation. Though his new album didn't single-handedly trigger the taimei (台妹) furore among the young and hip, the alternative pop icon was denied access to the TV shows of the TVBS television network because he was deemed physically unattra-ctive by one of the producers.

Furious and insulted, his buddy Chang Chen-yue (張震嶽) struck back with an article containing a series of creative sentences containing numerous expletives on his blog.

The producer in question later explained that the whole incident was just one big misunderstanding.

Continuing on the taike note: Taiwanese director Ang Lee's (李安) success at the Academy Awards has made him a role model at home, and rock act Mayday has recently crowned Lee as the best taike representative who helps to foster a Taiwanese cultural identity.

Chinese director Zhang Yimou (張藝謀), however, seems to disagree with the Ang Lee phenomenon. When asked about what he thought of Lee's success at a press conference for his period drama Autumn Remembrance (滿城盡帶黃金甲) in Beijing last week, Zhang said he hadn't yet seen Brokeback Mountain and added in a bitter tone that "the Academy Awards isn't that big of a deal, but he [Lee] is really popular now," Zhang was quoted as saying in a Chinese-language daily.

Moving on to skeletons in the closets: reports from China indicate that former diva Brigitte Lin (林青霞) is trying to to save her marriage by getting pregnant by her multi-billionaire husband Xing Li-yuan' (邢李源). Lin has two daughters with her husband, and gossips say that now she has to secure her status as the lady of the house by producing a male heir.

It's the same old story: once independent and succes-sful women are reduced to becoming procreating machines to bear children.

After divorcing Mando-pop queen Faye Wang (王菲), Chinese musician Dou Wei (竇唯) has taken an unstoppable downturn in life. Dou divorced his second wife, lost his job as a touring performer at pubs and now spends most of his time hanging out with friends at joints in Beijing, according to a Chinese-language daily.

How about Wei and Wang's daughter Tong Tong (童童)? Well, she has moved in with her mom and stepfather Li Ya-peng (李亞鵬) and has been living the life of a little princess ever after.

The 22-year-old Hebe of the three-piece girl band S.H.E has grown into a young lady oozing with fatal attraction, at least to 39-year-old local actor/director Niu Cheng-ze (鈕承澤). The two were recently spotted by local paparazzi making out in a car.

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