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idarklight believes that entertainment is a window to culture and a bridge to understanding. She secretly wants to brainwash the world through entertainment, but mostly spends her time looking at pretty things.

Luo Jin, Yuan Shanshan act out a romance of Mulan meets RoCH

I just really like this poster.

And apparently, the Butterfly Lovers?  We’re just glad Yu Zheng’s posters no longer look like this.

In a departure from the unexpectedly hilarious period comedy Cosmetology High, Luo Jin and Yuan Shanshan‘s chapter is a reversion back to the more conventional love tale, following Yuan Shanshan as the spoiled princess who decides to join the army for fun and falls for Luo Jin’s general.  Unfortunately for the pair, the prince of a neighboring country wants to marry her, and she must seek cosmetology help from Yang Rong and Jin Shijia’s characters to fake a ruined face.

But this being Yu Shanshan, not only do the pair get better posters than the actual leads, they get the better theme song by Zhang Jie and their own mini-MV below:

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Yang Mi returns post pregnancy

Yang Mi goes for a youthful look only three months after giving birth.

Despite two blockbusters and two TV series showing this summer, Yang Mi has been off the radar the entire summer while giving birth to a baby girl in June.   Only three and a half month later, she returns to the public eye for the Milan Fashion Show.

More photos of the actress for Sina below the cut, and a video of another shoot for Tencent here.

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Can you translate Cong Cong Na Nian?

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“Back in Time” not cool enough for Ni Ni?   Come up with you own!

The film version of Cong Cong Na Nian 匆匆那年 is calling for English titles with a reward! Can you come up with a better English title for the Zhang Yibai film starring Ni Ni (#beautiful), Eddie Peng, and Wei Chen?

Since we’re on the subject, what are some of your favorite English translations? Least favorites?  I nominate My Fair PrincessThe Last Supper, and upcoming drama All Quiet in Peking for the former and Love Yunge from the Desert, The Journey of Flower for the latter.

Vampires, angels, and minority representation in new film

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Your pick of translations: Waxing Crescent or Gathering Dusk?

As the first modern film produced by a big studio that stars both Uyghur artists,  Yu Zheng’s latest film will feature newbies and all 90hou Dilireba, Merxat, Yang Chengwen, Gao Yu’er, etc…  No news of the actual plot yet other than Twilight meets angels in a high school setting.

Because the actual title “Love Against the Light” sound too fancy for an obvious Twilight-imitating name, I’m debating an alternate translation of  “Waxing Crescent” or “Gathering Dusk”.  What are you thoughts?

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The Lost Tomb releases character posters

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Our darling  Yang Yang is finally going to make it and look at how hot he is!

After months of speculations,  Tomb-robbing series The Lost Tomb 盗墓笔记 finally revealed its cast. The H&R Century internet series, based on the second of the book series, follows the gorgeous cast of Li Yifeng, Yang YangKen Chang, Wei Wei (the snake-dragon from Ancient Sword),  and Liu Tianzuo as they explore the world of lost tombs across China.

Along with the film series of the same name, The Lost Tomb series is planned to be an eight-year endeavor, with one season released per year beginning next year. The project is co-produced by author Xu Lei (南派三叔).

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Cosmetology High injects humor and botox into the Tang

Bringing on the Tang dynasty grove.

Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty)  is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng.   The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles.  The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.

“Micro Times” goes back to school with character posters

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Potential cast for Yang Mi’s adaptation of Gossip Girl?

Welcome to Micro Times, the story of ridiculously rich students with nothing better to do with their lives other than date. Let’s be honest, we’re only watching because the cast of all fairly new actors is amazingly good-looking, and Yang Mi pulled in so many sponsorships (Maserati, Bvlgari, Dolce & Gabbana, to name a few) that Micro Times might have a bigger budget than Tiny Times.

Although the cast are never in uniform in the show (contrary to Meteor Shower world belief, college students do not wear uniforms), the cast put on school uniforms just to remind us how much idol dramas have improved  in fashion taste and budgets since then. Or maybe it’s just because they look good in uniform.

Individual character posters below the cut.

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Dilireba, Gao Weiguang for NetEase

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Can we agree that Yang Mi has really good taste? Dilireba and Gao Weiguang, two members of the gorgeous new Yang Mi workshop, were recently featured by NetEase in a cute Chinese Valentine’s Day photoshoot.

Dilireba is a current Shanghai Drama Academy student while Gao Weiguang is a Central Drama graduate.The two are most well-known in currently airing series Ancient Sword and co-star in Yang Mi-produced Micro Times. Dilireba will also be one of the episode leads for Yu Zheng’s upcoming The Making of a Beauty, and is set to star in Yu Zheng’s modern movie,  逆光之恋.

This face deserves to be above the cut.

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