Art and Entertainment

Golden Melody: Veterans, newcomers split top awards

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/06/25
By: Christie Chen

Taipei, June 25 (CNA) Music veterans and newcomers on Saturday split the top awards at the 28th

Taiwan band No Party For Cao Dong

Golden Melody Awards, Taiwan’s biggest music awards event.

Taiwanese singer Sangpuy Katatepan (桑布伊), known for performing the ancient tunes of his indigenous Puyuma tribe, grabbed the night’s biggest award, Album of the Year, with his “Yaangad.”

He also won the awards for Best Vocalist–Aboriginal Language and Best Vocal Recording Album.

Veteran rock band Mayday (五月天), meanwhile, picked up the Best Album in Mandarin and Best Lyricist with its “History of Tomorrow.”    [FULL  STORY]

Film ‘The Receptionist’ to premier across Taiwan June 23Film ‘The Receptionist’ to premier across Taiwan June 23

Joint Taiwan-UK film ‘The Receptionist’ about dark underworld of illegal massage parlors in London premiers June 23  Taiwan News

Date: 2017/06/22
By: Keoni Everington, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — London-based Taiwanese director Jenny Lu’s (盧謹明) debut feature film “The

Scene from the film “The Receptionist.”

Receptionist” will officially premier Friday, June 23 in 11 theaters in six cities across Taiwan.

“The Receptionist” is a film based on a true story and portrays the dark underworld of illegal massage parlors in London. The movie tells the story through the eyes of a Taiwanese college graduate who has had to resort to working as receptionist at a massage parlor after failing to find a respectable job during the 2008 economic crisis.

A joint venture between Taiwanese and British movie production companies, the film shows the lives of Asian migrant women who had come to London to seek opportunities, but find themselves being forced to work in the illegal sex trade to survive and face its harsh realities.     [FULL  STORY]

Ed Sheeran to start Asian tour in Taipei in October

Venue and ticket prices likely to be announced on June 8

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/05/10
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese fans of British pop star Ed Sheeran, who is at

Ed Sheeran to perform in Taipei Oct.22. (By Associated Press)

the moment scoring a huge hit worldwide with the song “Shape Of You,” will only have to wait until October 22 to see their idol perform live in Taipei, reports said Wednesday.

The 26-year-old redhead who names his albums for mathematical symbols will apparently perform at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, according to an unconfirmed report by the Chinese-language Apple Daily. More details will be revealed on June 8, the tour organizer AEG announced on its Facebook page Wednesday.

Sheeran’s Asia Tour will take him to another 11 destinations, from Osaka, Tokyo and Hong Kong over Bangkok and Mumbai to end in Dubai on November 23.
[FULL  STORY]

Director and screenwriter spar over Taiwanese thriller

Argument centers on payment for use of original story idea

Taiwan News
Date: 017/04/01
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The director and the screenwriter of just-released Taiwanese

(Photo from Facebook)

crime thriller “Who Killed Cock Robin?” (目擊者) sparred over a payment dispute Saturday.

The movie tells the story of a journalist who finds out that his car was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident he once witnessed and took pictures of which were too blurred to use as evidence.

The present-day dispute between director Cheng Wei-hao (程偉豪) and screenwriter Dorothy Chen (陳玉珊) almost echoes the who-said-what intrigue of the movie itself.

The author claimed that while the movie was released on March 31, she still had not seen the NT$150,000 (US$4,900) she had been promised for her writing.
[FULL  STORY]

Taiwan rock band Mayday draws in tens of thousands at free concert

Kicking off their set with some of their most popular singles, the band thanked the fans for returning to the Daan Park.

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/30
By: Wendy Lee , Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Tens of thousands of fans flocked to Taipei’s Daan Forest Park

(By Central News Agency)

Wednesday as iconic rock band Mayday put on a free concert, marking the group’s 20th anniversary.

Dubbed the “Chinese Beatles,” Mayday is one of the Chinese-speaking world’s biggest bands.

The popular rock group made a surprise announcement last week that they will celebrate the anniversary with a free concert at the same venue where they held their first major concert 20 years ago.

The park, which boasts an outdoor concert stage with space capacity for up to 5,000 viewers, was packed with some 35,000 people last night, many of whom had been waiting outside the venue since the early morning to secure a good spot.
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Staff to clear crowds from venue before free Mayday Concert

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/03/27
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Fans will be admitted to the site of the free concert starting the afternoon on March 29. (photo courtesy of the PSLO)

With the free Mayday Concert at Daan Forest Park on March 29 approaching, Taipei City’s Parks and Street Lights Office (PSLO) began to clear the crowds camping out at the venue on Monday morning, to minimize the impact of fans on the surrounding neighborhood.

Fans will be admitted to the site of the free concert starting the afternoon on March 29, according to the city government. City government staff and police officers will be stationed at the site to maintain order.

PSLO Director Huang Li-yuan noted that Daan Forest Park boasts an outdoor concert stage with space capacity for 1,500 viewers (accommodating up to 5,000 if including the surrounding greens). To ensure the least disruption to the neighborhood, the PSLO will work with the police and Bin-Music, the music company responsible for holding the concert, to vacate the site first to ensure fairness of concert seating.   [FULL  STORY]

Daan Park to be sealed off before Mayday show

The China Post
Date: March 24, 2017
By: The China Post news staff

B’in Music (相信音樂), the music agency of rock group Mayday (五月天), said Thursday it would seal off

Mayday fans camp at the Daan Forest Park on Thursday, March 23, attempting to secure seats for the band’s free concert on Wednesday. (CNA)

the performance area at the Daan Forest Park (大安森林公園) two days ahead the band’s free concert there on Wednesday.

No entrance to the performance area will be allowed until the concert, the agency said.

Those camping out at the venue for a good seat during the concert will be asked to leave, it added.

The announcement came after reports that a group of scalpers had set up a stand at the park on Thursday morning, offering to wait in line to reserve spots for Mayday fans in exchange for exorbitant fees.

Mayday, one of the most popular bands in the Chinese-speaking world, announced Wednesday that it would hold the concert to mark their 20th anniversary.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan fans exceed Wolverine’s expectations

The China Post
Date: March 1, 2017
By: Kuan-lin Liu and James Lo

TAIPEI, Taiwan — At a press conference for X-Men spinoff film “Logan” on Tuesday,

Patrick Stewart, left, and Hugh Jackman greet Taiwanese fans at a press conference for the film Logan, Taipei, Tuesday, Feb. 28. Stewart began the press conference on Tuesday with an apology to fans and media outlets for missing Monday’s red carpet event. (Kuan-lin Liu, The China Post)

actors Hugh Jackman and Patrick Stewart thanked Taiwanese fans for showing effusive support for them and for the mutant franchise.

“Last night, the premiere with the fans exceeded every expectation I had had … (Taiwan) is a unique country in the atmosphere that you give to the people who visit. Last night it went to another level like I had never experienced before,” Jackman said, referring to the tens of thousands of fans who showed up to the movie’s premiere.

The Wolverine actor said many fans had dressed up as Professor X and Wolverine for the premiere, joking that there were already people who could replace him and Stewart in the Marvel comic roles.    [FULL  STORY]

Taiwan talk show host in intensive care

Hospital denies rumors of death

Taiwan News
Date: 2017/02/15
By: Matthew Strong,Taiwan News, Staff Writer

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Talk show host Wang Ben-hu was in critical condition at the

Talk show host Wang Ben-hu. (By Central News Agency)

National Cheng Kung University Hospital in Tainan Wednesday, with reports saying a priest had been called in to pray with him.

Earlier in the day, hospital officials rejected media reports that the veteran supporter of Taiwan independence had already passed away.

Last month, reports emerged that Wang, 63, suffered from a rare disease which needed a bone marrow transplantation to cure. He was taken to hospital where his situation apparently deteriorated, but out of respect for his and his family’s privacy, the institution refused to comment on the precise details of his condition.

A news team visited Wang’s church Wednesday morning and was reportedly told the local priest and other members of the congregation had visited him in hospital to pray and sing hymns.    [FULL  STORY]

Wolverine and Professor X coming to Taiwan

The China Post
Date: February 12, 2017
By: CNA

Hugh Jackman pushes a wheelchair carrying Patrick Stewart in this image released by 20th Century Fox. Jackman yesterday confirmed that he and his co-star would be in Taiwan on Feb. 26 to promote “Logan,” their latest film. “Happy Lantern Festival! Looking forward to bringing LOGAN to Taipei this month,” he tweeted. [FULL  STORY]