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Pop Stop

Compiled by Ho Yi  /  STAFF REPORTER

The 2005 Top Ten Albums and Songs awards ceremony organized by the little known Chinese-speaking Musician Association (中華音樂人交流協會) received a surprising amount of media coverage last Friday as one of its awardees, Mando-pop king Jay Chou (周杰倫) dropped a bombshell by claiming that he and Patty Hou (侯佩岑) "have never been together."

His Majesty first enraged fans of China's hotshot Li Yuchun (李宇春) when he responded to rumors of a romance between him and Li, saying, "It is the most ridiculous story about me since I've been in the showbiz … I'd rather go out with my assistant really."

Then, when reporters asked the routine question regarding him and his alleged sweetheart Hou, Chou shocked everyone by coldly commenting, "I've never said we were together, so there is no need for me to clarify anything. You can just write whatever you like."

The poor former news anchorwoman so far hasn't publicly commented on Chou's frosty remark. The star's ex, Jolin Tsai (蔡依林), offered an insider's interpretation of Chou's comment, saying that the "we were never together" remark was probably Chou's pet phrase. Nobody knows better than Tsia since she too was a victim of Chou's icy treatment.

On a happier note, following the engagement party of the now three-month pregnant supermodel Huang Hsiao-lei (洪曉蕾) earlier this month, senior, hearing-impaired model Wang Xiao-shu (王曉書), who is now four-months pregnant, tied the knot with her sweetheart last Sunday at the Far Eastern Hotel (遠東飯店), crowded with barbie-doll-figured models.

Also present was Lin Chih-ling (林志玲), who was misty-eyed virtually the entire weekend over her girlfriends' happiness, a sight the local media interpreted as a personal longing for a steady relationship.

Or it could be a lament for the loss of a potential husband. At Huang's hen party last Saturday, Lin bumped into one of her rumored boyfriends Tsai Bo-han (蔡伯翰), son of hotel tycoon Tsai Chen-yang (蔡辰洋). A happy reunion turned into a diplomatic staging as Tsia's "real" girlfriend didn't let Tsia get out of earshot.

A word to the Pop Stop wise: if you happen to come across the Chinese blog of Asian heartthrob Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), don't be fooled, it's a fraud. The agent said the Japan-born star can barely read Chinese, much less write it. And the only chance his fans bumping into him in cyberspace is in online computer games, which the star is allegedly addicted to.

As for the international cinema news, Chinese director Lou Ye's (婁燁) latest film (頤和園) could be banned in his home country. As the only Chinese-language film selected in the competition category at this year's Cannes Film Festival, the film immediately grabbed critics' and juries' attention for its explicit sex scenes and for dealing with sensitive issues related to the Tiananmen Square Incident (天安門事件) in 1989.

Rumor has it that Chinese reporters have been slapped with an official, full-scale ban on reporting any news related to the film since Lou screened the movie in Cannes without government approval.

As for Lou himself, he seemed reluctant to wage war against the government. "As a director, I am responsible to the crew… And I am willing to make any compromise to let the film get screened in China," Lou said to the local press last weekend in Cannes.

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