China’s Millennials Turn Anti-Graft TV Show Into Gay Fan Fiction

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The unlikely object of fan affection is Li Dakang, the fictional middle-aged Party secretary who stands out in early episodes because of his obsession with provincial economic growth. Read More

The Tax Man Cometh for China’s Wealthy Net Celebs

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The tax bureau of Beijing’s Chaoyang District has urged one unidentified live-streaming platform to pay back taxes of RMB 60 million (US$8.7 million), Beijing Youth Daily reported Monday. Read More

Web Celeb Detained for Redirecting Fans’ Calls to Police Hotline

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A Chinese internet celebrity recently found out that fame has its price — especially when your phone number is leaked to millions of idolatrous fans. Read More

Foreigners Barred from Live-Streaming on Chinese Apps

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Multiple foreign users have received suspension notices from major live-streaming apps, including Blued, China’s most popular gay social networking app, and Yizhibo, which is backed by microblog platform Weibo. Read More

No More Emoji Acting Please, Angelababy

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The Communist Party of China’s newspaper once again criticizes the performances of young actors. Read More

Virtual Reality Porn Peddlers Arrested in Shenzhen

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Pornography is illegal in China, where a 1997 law bans the production and dissemination of obscene content. Read More

Commentator Tells Online Critics to Go Easy on Homegrown Cinema

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An article published on the mobile platform of People’s Daily on Wednesday attracted ridicule for claiming that “irresponsible” low online ratings and negative comments were damaging trust in the domestic film industry. Read More

Documentaries Fight for Attention Amid Box Office Boom

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Even as the Chinese movie market flourishes, documentaries are always a hard sell. But 2016 saw a glimmer of hope for the underappreciated genre, with Chinese documentaries securing higher ticket sales and some serious accolades on the world stage. Read More

‘Great Wall’ Production Company Angry Over Critic’s Comments

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With a budget of $150 million, The Great Wall is the most expensive Chinese production ever. American actor Matt Damon plays the lead role, alongside several Chinese A-listers and up-and-coming stars. Read More

Novelist Behind Hit Chinese TV Show Accused of Plagiarizing 200 Works

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An alliance of authors, playwrights, and anti-plagiarism crusaders is preparing a lawsuit against an acclaimed online novelist, accusing her of copying over 200 works, online news outlet Jiemian reported Monday. Read More

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