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The trailer for Disney's upcoming live-action remake of the 1998 classic Mulan has been released during the Women's World Cup final, showing a sweeping adventure movie set in China's Han dynasty.

Chinese actress Liu Yifei beat thousands of contenders to score the title role of the film, which is directed by Niki Caro (Whale Rider) and is scheduled for a March 27, 2020 release.

Yifei plays Hua Mulan, daughter of strict war veteran Hua Zhou (Tzi Ma). When her father is conscripted to join the military against the Hun invasion, Mulan disguises herself as a man to take his place.

Starring Donnie Yen as Commander Tung, Yoson An as Cheng Honghui, Gong Li as new character Xianniang and Jet Li as the Imperial Emperor, the trailer teases massive battle sequences but no Mushu.

Her animated dragon companion does not appear to be present in the movie, breaking fans hearts all over the world. The original soundtrack will also not be featured, another blow to fan-favourite aspects of Mulan.

Cri-Kee, her lucky cricket, is set to be voiced by Jun Yu. Her trusted friends don't appear in the trailer for the movie, which is based on the 1998 effort directed by Barry Cook and Tony Bancroft.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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A string of Disney live-action adaptations have been made in recent years, such as Dumbo, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and now The Lion King (due out this month).

Lady and the Tramp, The Sword and the Stone and The Little Mermaid are all set to be recreated in live-action format over the next year or so.

This new adaptation of Mulan will hit cinemas on March 27, 2020. Time will tell whether it will become as successful as the original, without Mushu's legendary sass or the iconic soundtrack.

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It has come to our attention that women on Instagram are giving themselves nose jobs from wax alone, and we simply have to find out the suss.

We ended up discovering a whole new category of beauty videos online, and the before versus after images of these ladies will BLOW YOUR MIND.

Needless to say, these gals are stunning before and after, but the entire process of changing the whole face with wax is just too damn fascinating to look away.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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They literally change their eye colour, their bone structure, their noses and eyes with lashes, it's mind-boggling.

We are witnessing a total deconstruction of the face before our very eyes, people. This is science, don't even try to deny it.

"HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE?", we hear you gasp. Well, it's actually special effects face wax, not clay or synthetics at all. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The newest trend has gone totally viral on social media, unsurprisingly. 

The amazing wax method originates from Asia, specifically in Chinese territories, where women have been using make-up to sculpt their faces with wax as part of their beauty regimen.

Ben Nye, an LA-based makeup manufacturer is one such company who make the DIY wax.

“You can change the shape of anything on your face, like the nose, brow bone, chin, etc., using a wax like Ben Nye Nose & Scar Wax,” professional makeup artist Lottie told Cosmopolitan.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Now, sculpting your face with chunks of wax every morning as part of your make-up routine may not exactly be your vibe, but we guarantee some of your friends would agree to try this.

It's like an extreme form of contouring, how did they even think to try this?

It can't be denied that the videos are incredibly entertaining to watch, regardless of whether or not you'd try the trend yourself.

The rest of the world can now witness the glory of this magic, we owe Youtube and Instagram our lives for this.

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How much would you turn down to maintain the integrity of your family business?

For global business woman Phuong Tran and her home-grown Vietnamese company THP Beverage Group, it was $2.5 billion dollars. Yup, just think of how much guilt-free online shopping you could do…

An unimaginable sum, but for Tran and her father, allowing Coca-Cola to acquire controlling interest in their valued family business, no sum was worth it.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Watching her father, Dr. Tran Qui Thanh, reject such an incredible amount of money that most could never even dream of has shaped Phuong Tran’s entire legacy from that day on.

Her philosophy revolves around the lessons learned from attempting to compete with giants, and face them down.

Since Tran and her father turned down the astounding offer, they have grown their business to full flourishment and have spread their company to over 16 countries including China, Australia and Canada.

She has now written her debut novel, Competing With Giants, and aims to inspire businesswomen around the world.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Her first book involves Tran, as Vice-President of THO Beverage Group, weaving her advice from her father alongside her own insights into a rich tapestry which divulges fascinating facts on the changing global business landscape as well as the incredible origin story of her own company.

According to Tran, David can indeed compete with Goliath, and even outperform him. “We proved that nothing was impossible.”

Western style multinationals are now being incentivised to devise of new strategies to compete with the emerging Asian market.

“To western countries, the Asian market is a big piece of pie with robust growth in new economies. The world needs to know how an Asian business runs and how its business culture is formed. That’s the story that I wanted to tell in the book.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tran will travel to Ireland to launch Talent Garden Dublin’s Innovation School on October 30th and will share her vast expertise by delivering an exclusive lecture free of charge.

She will join the faculty at the Innovation School to share her knowledge with Talent Garden’s Innovation School students across Europe in the coming months.

Talent Garden’s Innovation School is a highly-regarded digital skills boot camp model with a proven track record in giving it’s entrepreneurs the skills they need to succeed.

Tran will focus specifically on granting expertise to the Innovation School in the areas of female and family entrepreneurial business, through Skype calls, online chat forums and podcasts.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She will join the commendable faculty at the Innovation School, which boasts employees such as Jen Stirrup, a data strategist and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, and Steph Locke, one of only 58 people globally recognised with Microsoft’s AI MVP award.

Innovation School Director Ruth Kearney comments on the school’s aims: “Put simply, we are in the business of developing great 'digital talent' and bringing about a digital cultural and mind-set within organisations.”

The exciting event is free to attend, but places are limited so register early to avoid disappointment. Gets your tickets now from Eventbrite or check out www.talentgarden.org for more information.

The Innovation School is also launching two courses for November;

Executive MINDSET (23rd November): a one-day masterclass on leadership outlooks aimed at CEO’s and senior managers.

Data Science in Practice Informing Real Business (29th & 30th November) for IT professionals, scientists and software engineers.

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Ryan O'Shaughnessy's heartfelt performance earned Ireland a spot at this year's eurovision final, however the dancers that accompanied him on stage have stirred up some controversy in certain parts of the world. 

According to reports, Ireland's entry, which depicted a same-sex love story, was edited out by a Chinese broadcaster. 

Mango TV has been airing the Eurovision Song Contest in China for the past three years, however some changes were made ahead of this year's semi-final broadcast. 

 

COME ON IREAND!!!

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As well as completely removing Ireland's performance, the television station also refused to feature Albania's entry due to a regulation which bans anyone with tattoos from appearing on TV. 

Introduced in January this year, the rule states that "that programs should not feature actors with tattoos [or depict] hip hop culture, sub-culture (non-mainstream culture) and dispirited culture (decadent culture)”.

Meanwhile, the Russian commentator ignored the theme of Ireland's performance and instead told viewers that the song was about "true male friendship."

Despite the controversy, Ryan's backing dancers, Alan McGrath and Kevin O'Dwyer, say that have been overwhelmed by the support they have received so far. 

Speaking about the experience, Alan said: "It's an incredible feeling. You can't even remember it after you come off stage, it's that breathtaking. The feeling is overwhelming, you just go into your own little world for the three minutes on stage."

Ryan O'Shaughnessy represents Ireland in the final of the 2018 Eurovision this Saturday at 8pm on RTE One, marking the first time in five years that Ireland have made it to this stage of the competition.  

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Justin Bieber has now joined Lady Gaga and Oasis on a list of artists who are banned from touring in China.

The Canadian popstar, whose questionable behaviour has made as many headlines as his hits, became the subject of scrutiny in recent days when a fan contacted the Beijing Municipal Bereau of Culture asking why her idol hadn't visited the country in recent years.

Responding to the enquiry, the ministry made their stance on the Sorry singer clear, but allowed for a change in stance should future behaviour allow.

"Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," the bureau told the fan in a statement.

"In order to maintain order in the Chinese market and purify the Chinese performance environment, it is not suitable to bring in badly behaved entertainers."

"We hope that as Justin Bieber matures, he can continue to improve his own words and actions, and truly become a singer beloved by the public."

The ministry did not elaborate on what they constitute as 'bad behaviour', but the 23-year-old has had several run-ins with the law, dating back to 2013.

From reckless driving and driving under the influence to vandalism and resisting arrest, the singer's reputation has been marred by a number of incidents of antisocial behaviour.

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In a move which has caused considerable concern among their loyal fanbase, iconic makeup brand, NARS, has confirmed that they have decided to make the brand's products available in China.

As animal testing is mandatory for all cosmetics companies in China, NARS can therefore no longer consider itself a 'cruelty-free' brand.

Having faced a barrage of criticism for their turnabout, the French makeup and skincare brand, which was founded in 1994 by François Nars, addressed the controversy on Instagram.

 

We want you to know that we hear you. The global elimination of animal testing needs to happen. We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China. We have decided to make NARS available in China because we feel it is important to bring our vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region. NARS does not test on animals or ask others to do so on our behalf, except where required by law. NARS is committed and actively working to advance alternative testing methods. We are proud to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a globally recognized organization at the forefront of advancing non-animal methods in China and around the world. NARS is hopeful that together, we can work toward a cruelty-free world. For more on the good work IIVS is doing, see: http://bit.ly/2rVjnwV

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"We want you to know that we hear you," they began in the post yesterday.

"The global elimination of animal testing needs to happen. We firmly believe that product and ingredient safety can be proven by non-animal methods, but we must comply with the local laws of the markets in which we operate, including in China."

Offering an explanation for their decision, they continued: "We have decided to make NARS available in China because we feel it is important to bring our vision of beauty and artistry to fans in the region."

"NARS does not test on animals or ask others to do so on our behalf, except where required by law. NARS is committed and actively working to advance alternative testing methods."

Hoping to appease their fans somewhat, they concluded by offering an insight into the strides they hope to make in the field of cruelty-free testing.

"We are proud to support the Institute for In Vitro Sciences (IIVS), a globally recognized organization at the forefront of advancing non-animal methods in China and around the world. NARS is hopeful that together, we can work toward a cruelty-free world."

Their announcement and motivation for the decision has not gone down well on social media, with members of the public announcing they can no longer consider themselves customers.

"So animals' lives are less important than your 'vision of beauty and artistry'," wrote one.

Another added: "This is such BS! Selling out and abandonning ALL values simply for business and money hunger."

'Global elimination of animal testing needs to happen' so why are you allowing this to happen then?"

"Why not refuse to trade unless they change the way they test products? You can't excuse putting the colour of you lipstick over a life." wrote another.

NARS products will remain 'cruelty-free' in other countries.

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An explosion has hit the entrance of a kindergarten in eastern China.

Parents were waiting to collect their children, when the blast struck at 4.50pm at Chuangxin Kindergarten in Feng County, Xuzhou.

According to Daily Apple, 40 people have been rushed to hospital. Unfortunately there has been a number of fatalities. The exact number has not been confirmed.

Photos on social media show crowds of people laying on the ground, some of them covered in blood, after the explosion.

It is not yet known what caused the blast.

This is a breaking story. More to follow…

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Donations have been flooding in for the family of Lydia Daly-Shorten after she was badly injured in a fall in Guangdong, China on Saturday.

The Go Fund Me page was set up by friends to help the 26-year-old’s parents get to China to be by her side; she has been in the country teaching English since February of this year.

According to the donation page, Lydia is said to be in a stable condition but her family remain, of course, desperately worried for her.

Donations reached a staggering €11,210 in just one day, and in total they are hoping to raise €20,000 to get her family over.

People have been incredible generous, and Lydia’s father, Paul, took to the page to thank everyone for their support.

“We cannot express fully how amazing the support you all are showing for Lydia…thank you all from our hearts…” he wrote.

If you are in a position to help, you can donate here

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Lady Gaga is making headlines once again, and this time she has been banned from China…yes BANNED! 

Gaga met with the Dalai Lama, an exiled Tibetan spiritual leader, last week at the at the US Conference of Mayors in Indianapolis.

According to The Guardian, the pair discussed a number of topics, including yoga, charitable giving and mental health.

The Poker Face singer, who has an insane following of 17.5 million on instagram, then shared an image of herself and the Buddhist Monk on Monday in a move which sparked outrage in Bejing. 

 

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The Dalai Lama, who seeks autonomy for his Tibetan homeland, was exiled in 1959 after a failed attempt at an uprising against Chinese rule. 

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei spoke about the Dalai Lama, and his meeting with Lady Gaga, saying "There is a broad consensus internationally about what kind of person the Dalai Lama is and what he does internationally."

Commenting on her meeting with the world famous Monk on Instagram, Gaga wrote ' We must stay unified. Be Kind not only to your friends, but to your enemies.'

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But it doesn't look like everyone is on the same page as the star.

"After the relevant incident happened, if you look at comments on the Chinese Internet, their anger has welled up," Hong Lei went on to say.

The social media backlash was evident, with one follower commenting on the picture saying 'You don't love your Chinese fans at all. Maybe you will lose all of them.'

'This old man is a cheater, he wanted to split China,GAGA don't trust him' another fan went on to say. 

Following her meeting with the religious leader, the Communist party in China announced that Lady Gaga was to be put on a blacklist, and her entire repertoire was to be banned from the Chinese mainland.

Seems a bit extreme lads? 

While Gaga has never played a gig in mainland China, she has a massive fan base there, and has played in Hong Kong and Macau. 

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A lot of the time Kate Middleton almost seems a lot like the rest of us.

Well, a much, much richer and far more groomed version of our selves – but we like to think there's some common ground there. 

After all, when we see her bringing the dog for a walk, dragging around the kids, or doing the 'big shop' at her local supermarket, we feel we could probably be firm friends.

Then, on an evening like tonight, she reminds us that she's actually a royal princess and we've, well, we've got to get up and get the bus to work in the morning.

Yes, attending a royal banquet at Buckingham Palace, the Duchess Of Cambridge looked all sorts of regally amazing in a full-length red, custom-made Jenny Packham gown, chandelier earrings and a sparkling tiara.

Indeed, Kate's Papyrus tiara, also known as the Lotus Flower, was particularly striking. Once owned by the Queen Mother, it was also worn regularly by Princess Margaret.

In Britain, much has been made of the fact that this is only the third time EVER that the former Ms Middleton has worn a tiara (well, in public anyway). 

The other occasions were her wedding day back in April 2011, and an diplomatic event in 2013, also held at Buckingham Palace.

The 33-year-old wife of Prince William was there among a host of VIP and royal guests – including, of course, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip – to honour Chinese president Xi Jinping, who is on an official four-day visit to Britain.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla were not in attendance – meaning Wills and Kate were officially second-in-command for the evening.

It is believed that guests are dining on fillet of West Coast turbot and Balmoral venison – all washed down with plenty of vintage champagne.

Tonight is Mrs Cambridge's first big, glamorous night out following the birth of her second child, Princess Charlotte, in May.

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Yep, you read that right. 

It seem trends are getting weirder and more ridiculous by the day – but this one takes the crown. 

Plastic food clips are the new 'it' accessory in China – but we really hope it doesn't catch on here. 

So now if you want to wear a fried egg on your head, there's a clip for that. 

Want to make streaky bacon fashionable? There's an accessory for that too. 

You can even have a whole buffet in your do'!

Internet shopping site, Taobao, said that there's such a high demand for the clips that they are in the midst of producing more. 

Many Internet users are commenting on the products, saying the look like "cute" accessories. 

But really, we're just as confused as Britney right now. 

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Forbes has just released its annual list of oh-so loaded celebrities, entrepreneurs and canny business-folk – and suffice to say that it's all rather eye-wateringly wealthy.

All the usual suspects are there too from the entertainment world: taking the top spot in the highest-paid actress category is Jen Lawrence, who raked in €45.5m (gulp) last year alone.

Indeed, the rest of the Top Ten is pretty familiar – Jennifer Aniston, Scarlett Johansson and Angelina Jolie are all present and correct, as are Julia Roberts and Kristen Stewart.

But lo and behold taking the No.4 spot is one Fan Bingbing: a stunning 33-year-old Chinese actress who has endorsement contracts with the likes of Louis Vuitton and Chopard; who graces the front of Vogue, and who dominates Vanity Fair's International Best Dressed lists. 

Best known to folk in this part of the world for her role in X-Men: Days Of Future Past, she boasts a decade-and-half long career in the film industry and is a mega-star in her native China.

She also earned €18.5m in 2014 – hence her sky-high position on the Forbes list.

Growing up in Yantai, a province on the northeast coast, she is a graduate of the Shanghai Xie Jin Film And Television Art College and the Shanghai Theatre Academy.

She is currently dating Chinese movie star (and all 'round hottie) Li Chen, a 36-year-old whom she met on the set of The Empress Of China, a 2014 TV drama set during the ancient Tang dynasty era.

Over the last number of years, Fan has become something of a regular sight at the Cannes Film Festival – often wowing gathered spectators and photographers with her breathtaking gowns.

Here, SHEmazing! takes a look at her most incredible, utterly fabulous red-carpet attire. Make sure to follow Ms Bingbing on Instagram too.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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