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Ming Dao leaves J-Star

By on January 19th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

Top Taiwanese idol drama leading man Ming Dao has followed his screen lover Joe Chen’s footsteps and left the illustrious J-Star.

The management company is headed by its infamously fearsome boss, industry veteran Sun De-rong, who has scouted and groomed a whole host of Taiwanese celebrities, including Show Luo, 5566, Cyndi Wang and Matilda Tao. Both Ming Dao and Joe, who have played romantic partners thrice, learnt their ropes under Mr Sun.

Speaking through his agent, Ming Dao said he considered and also struggled for a long time to reach this decision. He added that he will never forget everything Mr Sun has given him.

On the news, his ex-boss responded, “This is the sad fate of an artiste manager. When he’s not famous yet, we have to find opportunities for him. When he is, we need him to give us opportunities.”

Following Joe’s earlier exit from J-Star,…

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Goo Hye-sun thinks Fahrenheit are “more handsome than the Korean F4″

By on January 18th, 2010 | Korean Entertainment, newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

In their renewed role as tourism ambassadors for Taiwan, popular boyband Fahrenheit shot a S$150,000 music video (MV) titled “Touch Your Heart” in which they specially invited Korean actress Goo Hye-sun, 25, from the hit drama series, Boys Over Flowers, to guest star.

In the video, Goo dreams of traveling to Taiwan where she visits the various sights and sounds of the country with the four members of Fahrenheit as her guides.

Both sides met for the first time a few days ago to shoot the video at the Butterfly Pavilion, attracting large groups of fans to the area.

Goo felt surprised and flattered at the overwhelming attention she received from the four idols as they personally fed her with Korean-inspired spring rolls with kimchi fillings, and praised the friendly four for having their unique characteristics.

She shared that they were more humourous and funny than the Korean F4…

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Ella gets complaints for spitting at Jerry Yan

By on January 14th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Dramas, Taiwanese Entertainment

An act of thespian improvisation has unwittingly landed a TV show in trouble.

Down With Love, a idol drama production by CTV and GTV, will air on 24 January in Taiwan. In its recently released trailer, lead actress and S.H.E. member Ella Chen is seen spitting at her co-star Jerry Yan. This act has led to a warning from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission (NCC).

At around the 1-minute mark in the clip, the two lead characters run into an argument, and after Jerry shouts at Ella, she takes a good spit at him.

When interviewed, Ella said the spit was not scripted, but her own improvisation. She felt that it suited the character and the scene, while the whole production crew also liked it.

But some members of the public complained her action isn’t kids-friendly. NCC contacted CTV and requested the scene to be cut, or a fine…

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Joe Chen is not sick of working with Ming Dao for the third time

By on January 14th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Dramas, Taiwanese Entertainment

The upcoming idol drama Let’s Dance may be their third time pairing up as a screen couple, but leading Taiwanese actress Joe Chen hasn’t grown weary of fellow actor Ming Dao.

In Let’s Dance, Joe is one half of two sisters who both fall in love with a rich man’s son (Ming Dao). For the show, she had to take intensive dance lessons in Korea (her character is a talented dancer), and also face the challenge of portraying a character who gradually becomes blind.

The two played lovers in 2005′s The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog and 2007′s My Best Pals, leading fans to dub them “Most Compatible Couple”, but both parties have repeatedly denied that they are an item.

While the 30-year-old said in a phone interview that she’s not sick of her co-star, she was quick to add that nothing was going on between them….

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Vic Zhou takes over Show Luo to be new shampoo ambassador

By on January 11th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

Taiwanese artist Vic Zhou is slated to take over Show Luo’s previous endorsement to become the new shampoo ambassador.

Vic’s manager shared that the 28-year-old recently went to Thailand in August last year to shoot a brand new shampoo commercial. He had to portray an adorable and affectionate persona for the 90-second commercial.

As popular figures amongst advertisers, both Vic and Show have not collaborated together on any advertisements. Show’s manager nonchalantly gave his two cents on Vic taking over Show’s previous shampoo endrosement, “For this endorsement, we have shot four commercials over the past three years. Show got to know Alice Kai from the commercial where they fell in love and got married.

“If he were to continue with his ambassadorship, are they going to film the arrival of a little baby? It is time for them to change people for a brand new refreshing take.”


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Ethan Ruan proclaims his love publicly

By on January 11th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

In a move seen as staking his claim to his girlfriend, Ethan Ruan openly talked about his low-profile relationship with fellow model Tiffany Hsu at a photoshoot.

The two’s romance is not a secret, but the actor-model has consistently chosen not to talk about it.

But there have been recent rumours that F4 member Vanness Wu is in hot pursuit of Tiffany, his Autumn’s Concerto co-star. And as if to mark his territory, Ethan publicly praised his girlfriend as they made a rare appearance together.

Artists from Catwalk modeling agency gathered for a special Lunar New Year photo spread with boss and fashion guru Ivan Hong. Ethan and Tiffany became the centre of the media’s attention.

But on a rare occasion, Ethan didn’t seem to mind. He remarked that “she has soul,” and revealed that he would be giving her a NT$1,688 (S$84) red packet for Valentine’s Day.

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Patty Hou confirms relationship with rumoured fiancé

By on January 8th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

Taiwanese TV host Patty Hou, 31, has indirectly admitted to her relationship with millionaire fiancé, Ken Huang, 34, at a Kaohsiung event. Ken is the vice-president of the securities department at Citigroup and, like Patty, was educated in the United States.

“I feel that it’s not easy for public figures to make friends, because he isn’t a public figure like me.”

The couple have also met Patty’s boss, media heavyweight Ge Fuhong, for a meal where she formally introduced Ken to him and told him of their wedding plans.

The couple are reportedly planning to marry on Jan 16 or 17. It was rumoured that they became engaged during Christmas last year.

Apparently, Ge was initially unaware about Patty’s secret romance. Reports said that after news broke, he visited her at the recording of her show Azio Superstar and had a 30-minute closed-door discussion with her. They were seen…

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Jerry Yan will not appear on Show Luo’s variety programme

By on January 8th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Dramas, Taiwanese Entertainment

To promote his latest TV drama Down With Love, a GTV production also starring Ella Chen of S.H.E., Taiwanese hunk Jerry Yan has been busy making rounds of guest appearances on popular talkshows including Variety Big Brother and Kang Xi Lai Le – only his second time – except 100% Entertainment, which fellow singer-actor Show Luo hosts. It raises eyebrows because the daily entertainment variety show, which is also broadcast by GTV, would typically prioritize shows from its own station.

Show previously acted with Jerry in the 2008 basketball-themed idol drama Hot Shot, which first sparked the rumours of their mutual hostility. And with Jerry’s non-appearance on Show’s programme, the gossip mill is on overdrive. It also doesn’t help that Jerry’s past promotional work for Hot Shot was far less active – he appeared for only 15 minutes at the drama’s premiere two years ago.

A GTV spokesperson denied…

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Dee Hsu stands by her husband despite recent photos of his alleged infidelity

By on January 8th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Entertainment

The price of marrying a star. That is how Dee Hsu views the situation that her husband of four years Mike Hsu is now facing, soon after photographs of him with his arm around a hot babe at a nightspot surfaced online.

“I’ve been a celebrity for so long, I know how the media and readers work, but he’s not used to it. This news won’t affect the love and trust I have for him,” reiterated the popular Taiwanese host who helms the popular Kang Xi Lai Le.

“He’s really a gentleman, and if it’s just a slight hug, it’s definitely nothing compared to me jumping onto Godfrey Tsao (a Taiwanese actor-model).”

Mike, who was photographed on 30 December at Taiwan’s Barcode club accompanied by a sexy woman, has denied straying.

Dee added that she won’t restrict her husband’s lifestyle.

“He has always liked visiting the clubs to meet…

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Vanness Wu’s drama ratings are top amongst his F4 peers

By on January 6th, 2010 | newsfeed, Taiwanese Dramas, Taiwanese Entertainment

Vanness Wu has trumped the rest of his F4 peers… in the TV drama ratings. The F4 group, made of Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhu and Vanness, first rose to fame in 2001 when all four singer-actors starred together in the Taiwanese idol drama Meteor Garden.

The ratings of Vanness’s current drama Next Stop Happiness recently escalated to a new high average of 7.76, with portions of its latest episode raking in as much as 8.86 (that’s approximately 3.2 million viewers turning in).

In last Sunday’s episode, Vanness Wu’s character regained his lost memory only to suffer an emotional meltdown as he uncovered the lies and betrayal by his own mother and girlfriend.

As the drama reaches its gripping climax, Vanness has not only won the ratings battle against Vic Zhou’s Black & White (4.8), Jerry Yan’s Hot Shot (4.2) and Ken Zhu’s Momo Love (3.38), but…

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