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Joe Chen (陈乔恩), 37, China
Actress Joe Chen seems to possess a secret power that guarantees high ratings. Her latest romantic series, Stay With Me (《放弃我，抓紧我》), is no exception to this rule. However, while enjoying the status of queen of the “idol drama”, Chen also faces the criticism of being typecast and not daring to try new things. In an interview with online news site Jiemian, Chen expressed her aggrieved feelings and said she believes “idol drama” actors and actresses face an even more arduous task than stars of other TV series. “It’s really a tall order to ingratiate the audience with the characters following the ridiculous scripts of idol dramas,” she explained. But perhaps there’s neither lowliness nor nobleness in TV genres, only the distinction of how actors, actresses and writers treat their job.
马上学：Arduous意为“费力的，艰巨的”，a tall order指“苛求，困难的任务”。
George Michael, 53, UK
This Christmas became his last Christmas. On Dec 25, British pop icon George Michael passed away peacefully, his family told the BBC. According to Billboard, Michael’s death was caused by heart failure. The timing of his death was a heartrending coincidence as one of Michael’s most popular hits was Last Christmas. The singer first saw fame during the 1980s with pop duo Wham! before going on to have a successful solo stint. During his career, he won two Grammys and three Brit Awards.
Faye Wong, 47, China
Tickets to a concert in China normally cost 180 to 1,980 yuan, but Faye Wong’s pricing for her upcoming show in Shanghai on Dec 30 astounded many. Ticket prices range from 1,800 to 7,800 yuan. Even more shocking is that her company claimed that all the tickets sold out in 32 seconds, while a front row ticket is going for as much as 1 million yuan from ticket scalpers. According to Sina Entertainment, Zhuang Ming, a person in charge of the show’s sponsorship, admitted that only 800 tickets were available for general sale － the rest have gone to sponsors and re-sellers. Many fans expressed their disappointment toward this mercenary form of marketing.
Vin Diesel, 49, US
Complimenting females is gentlemanly behavior, but The Fast and the Furious series actor Vin Diesel seemed to take things too far. While promoting xXx: Return of Xander Cage in Brazil, he couldn’t help but keep throwing out outrageous compliments to YouTube star Carol Moreira during an interview. He interrupted himself while answering questions several times. “Am I right or wrong? I mean look at her. How am I supposed to do this interview? Look at this woman. She’s so beautiful. Talk to me, baby. Tell me your story. Let’s get out of here. Let’s go have lunch.” Moreira later claimed herself a “victim” of “machismo” on Twitter.
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