Only in China does the audience vote on whether the lead should have an abortion.
Once again spearheading innovations in TV, Hunan TV made another bold move by streaming the finale of their latest weekly series, Love’s Maternity Unit 爱的妇产科, live. Not only was the filming streamed live, the ending was based on live voting by fans as the finale was being aired. The first part of the 2-hour-finale was pre-filmed. Meanwhile, the final climax, the main character (Zhu Dan)’s decision to give birth to a child at huge risk or to have an abortion, was live steamed, with her final decision being based on the voting.
The show is the first of a series of unconventional series by Hunan TV to air during its unconventional slot. Coming up is a multi-serial series, “The Queen has arrived 女王驾到,” which includes four independent chapters by four directors centered around four independent women. Following that will be another rarity – a modern musical series with over 50 original scores in addition to covers. This is concluded by another film-while-you-go sit-com.
You may have heard the four official Chinese versions or the 25-language version of Frozen’s “Let it Go”, but have you heard China’s latest trending version – the fanmade version compiled by 括号君 from netizens singing in a small sample of 26-dialects all loosely falling under Chinese ? Also I love the mainland film version of Love is an open door if you haven’t heard it.
How many versions can you understand?
A lollipop makes everything better.
If you don’t succeed once, try again. Several years after two non-hit modern musicals, Hunan TV is not ready to give up. Their latest musical series, Song of Battle 唱战记, will be yet another musical. The school-based musical will include over 50 original songs as well as many covers from coproducer ee-Media, the company best known for its music. The series stars Wang Yaoqing as a teacher seeking revenge, Qin Lan as the friendly sidekick, and Huang Yida, Chai Biyun, Fu Mengni, Ou Hao, and Xie Binbin as the students.
The posters are surprisingly bleak, but the leaked stills seem to make this still an energetic musical drama. More posters below the cut.
Lamborghini or Huang Xiaoming? Angelababy got both for her birthday.
Huang Xiaoming, Angelababy go official for her birthday when he surprised her with a new Lamborghini with him inside. It’s okay, Jo. You can take my place to cry in the bathroom after Wang Leehom got married.
More photos below the cut.
Fan Bingbing, in 1/260 of the outfits she has for this series, demonstrating that literacy really is the key to changing your social status.
If you were rich and gorgeous, what else would you do other than pour 300 million RMB (other than investing in 75 more Dad? movies) onto a series with 260 costumes so you can cosplaying the last Empress reagent of China (the latest one being you, of course)? Fan Bingbing certainly did. Although the spending for her upcoming series series, The Empress of China 武则天, might be a little over extravagant, I’m certainly not complaining given how pretty these stills are.
More stills below, where she’s gorgeous even in peasant outfits!
True love not only melts icy kingdoms, but also box office records.
If you thought a month was fast for breaking box office records, Beijing Love Story 北京爱情故事 is here to prove you wrong. The Chen Sicheng- film used the double holiday on Friday to their advantage to take in 120 million RMB on opening day, breaking the previous record for highest box office for a 2D film made by “Dad, where are we going?” just 15 days ago.
The romance (plotwise unrelated to the series of the same name) stars newlyweds Chen Sicheng and Tong Liya as well as Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Yu Nan, Wang Xuebing, Wang Qingxiang, Siqin Gaowa, Ouyang Nana, and Liu Haoran. As with the series, Chen Sicheng is both the director and head scriptwriter. For those of you in North America, the film is currently showing major cities across the US and Canada.
Listen to the pretty theme song by new 2013 favorite Xiaoke below:
Happy Valentine’s Day and Lantern Festival, everyone!
As Zhang Liang finally fulfills his promise to call on the Tian family, the two families (both celebrating wedding anniversaries as well) are a perfect excuse to wish everyone happy holidays for this day of love and family. Continue reading