Yearender: Big events in showbiz, a clean breast

Editor:Sharon Lee
Updated:2015-12-23 09:31:31

  The year 2015 is almost coming to an end. With less than two weeks remaining, let us recap some of the major events that occurred in China's showbiz in the year of the Sheep.

  Making a clean breast of it

Yearender: Big events in showbiz

  Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who plays empress Wu Zetian. [Photo provided to China Daily]

  The buzz over the cuts of the actresses' corseted cleavages in the TV drama The Saga of Wu Zetianattracted attention at home and abroad.

  Numerous international media outlets, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journaland The Daily Mail, reported on the heated chatter in the Chinese media and blogosphere about how the top-rated domestic TV drama The Empress of China, also known as The Saga of Wu Zetian, was halted after its first week of release for "technical reasons", then released again five days later.

  When the 80-episode TV serial returned to the screen on the first day of 2015 after the abrupt suspension, scenes featuring actresses' low-cut dresses and corseted cleavages had been cut and replaced by close-up shots of just their pretty faces.

  A series of "before and after" screen captures of the drama shows that even the Chinese emperor Li Shimin's face had been cut in an "after" scene, when he was leaning his head against the empress' ample breasts.

  It has been widely speculated that the nation's highest broadcasting regulator had asked for the cuts because the women's costumes were too revealing.

  When the series aired in Hong Kong, actresses' cleavages were not cut, but covered up with tube-top like attire, added through editing techniques.

  Sina Weibo, China's equivalent of Twitter, found that nearly 95 percent of viewers disapproved of the cuts, calling them "unnecessary".

    Traindual: Florals vs. omelet

Yearender: Big events in showbiz

  Actress Zhang Xinyu and singer Rihanna. [Photo/Agencies]

  Since superstar Rihannawore a canary yellow dress at the 2015 Met gala on May 4 in New York, the dress has been widely ridiculed online, with many Photoshopped pictures of its long and wide trail into a pizza and an omelet on a frying pan.

Yearender: Big events in showbiz

  Actress Fan Bingbing at 65th Cannes Film Festival. [Photo/Agencies]

  Coincidentally, when Chinese actress Zhang Xinyu appeared at 68th Cannes Film Festivalwith a traditional Chinese floral printed dress, it lit up the Chinese social media once more. Zhang was mocked for her poor taste in fashion, and her "efforts" to look like Fan Bingbing, who wore a Tang-dynasty inspired dress and a similar hairstyleat the 65th Cannes FilmFestival.

  Zhang revoked negative comments on her red gown. "Red and green floral prints are memories," Zhang wrote on a post in her Sina Weibo account.

Yearender: Big events in showbiz

  Hurdler Liu Xiang(right) and his then-wife Ge Tian. [Photo/Agencies]

  Divorce of the year

  Retired star hurdler Liu Xiangcaused a stir on the Internet on June 25 by announcing on his micro blog that he had divorced his wife actress Ge Tian.

  Liu, who won gold in the 110 hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the couple had divorced just nine months after their wedding.

  "Me and Ge fell in love with each other in May 2014 and got married in September," Liu said on his Weibo account. "Due to incompatibility in our personalities, we decided to end the marriage today, hoping we shall each have (a) more beautiful life in the future. We wish each other the best in the future."

  Within two hours, more than 100,000 comments were posted by some of Liu's one million-plus followers, while the news became one of the hottest topics with more than 27 million views in just one day.

  Ge confirmed the divorce in an interview on, saying "Everything is subject to what he said."

  Speculation that Liu's marriage was in trouble has been widespread in the Chinese media for some time, with commentators pointing to signs that they had grown distant from each other. After Ge starred in a controversial scene in a historical TV drama, where she pulled a grenade out from between her legs to bomb the prison cell of where her lover was kept at, her relationship with the hurdler was rumored to have worsened.


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