Monday, 21 July 2008

We don't do celeb buy-ins, the Chinese do.

I was struck by the somewhat sniffy tone of the following article about the Chinese media's interest in a celeb wedding, on the very day on the International Herald Tribune is promoting and running a story about the baby photos of Mr and Mrs Pitt/Jolie.

The IHT is slowly being drawn into the celeb culture obsession and it's a sad thing. A more interesting story to me would be about the decision of the IHT to run the baby picture story.

Actors' wedding leads to Hong Kong media frenzy
By Alexandra A. Seno
Published: July 20, 2008

HONG KONG: The bride said she hoped for a quiet wedding, but the Chinese entertainment news media had other ideas for an A-list Hong Kong actress, Carina Lau Kar-ling.
Her wedding, to be held on Monday in Bhutan to Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Chinese cinema's biggest dramatic star and winner of the 2000 Cannes award for best actor, has generated a frenzy among a news industry that spares little expense and goes to great lengths to chase big celebrity stories.
Since the Chinese entertainment news media discovered the wedding locale, the industry has deployed, in typical fashion, considerable human and financial resources to cover the marriage.

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