With over 600 million views, Never Ever Expected (万万没想到) is one of the most successful online shows around. The mini-comedy drama is a collaboration with Youku and Wan He Tian Yi Company. Generally, each episode lasts for about 6 minutes. It is generally very funny (in a nonsensical way) and I thought it would be nice to introduce and share with you this production. Each episode is different but they have a few episodes dedicated to a special theme such as Chinese New Year. The starting song is very catchy and before you know it, you are actually humming it unconsciously!
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.
For the Holy Guiguzi, starring Duan Yihong, Qi Wei, Zu Feng, Xu Qiwen, Ni Dahong, Zhang Zhizhong, Wei Zhen, and Cecilia Yip, has recently dropped its first trailer. Set in the turbulent Spring and Autumn Period, the story revolves around the states of Wei and Chu, struggles of the ruling families, Wu Qi, vengeance, The Art of War, and a love story caught in between.
More posters below the cut.
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!
Fulfilling one’s dreams is a pretty common theme when it comes to music, but Jane Zhang is taking it one step further with her new single, “Mine Mine” (我是我的), and her Worldwide Dream Plan, which she kick-started by visiting Disneyland on February 18th. Following her visit to the Anaheim, CA theme park, Jane will travel to a different place each month for the entire year in order to fulfill a dream or take on an interesting challenge.
But there is a twist! Instead of focusing on her own dreams, Jane is inviting her fans to share their dreams with her through Sina Weibo or its short-video app Miaopai. To participate, fans have the option of posting a photo of themselves doing something similar to Jane while adding the hashtags #张靓颖梦想计划# (Jane Zhang’s Dream Plan) and #我是我的# (Mine Mine). Those who aren’t photograph-inclined can simply like, forward, or comment on Jane’s posts.
Participants will then get the opportunity to make a wish and let Jane fulfill their dream for them! Each month, 20 lucky winners will also receive a postcard handwritten by Jane herself.
Why sleep alone when you can kiss someone else? Tiny Times 3.0 cast celebrates Valentine’s Day with a poster series of the main cast about to kiss.
Posters feature Yang Mi, Amber Kuo, Kai Ko, Chen Xuedong, Bea Hayden, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Du Tianhao, and newcomers Vivian Dawson, Ren Youming, and Lee Hyunjae. Note that the posters may have nothing to do with the actual plot and most of those pairings do not exist in the book.
Huang Xiaoming and Joe Chen Qiao’en recently finished filming for Cruel Romance (锦绣缘·华丽冒险), a Republican-era romantic drama that takes place in Shanghai and tells the love story of country girl Rong Jinxiu (Qiao’en) and triad leader Zuo Zhen (Xiaoming). We still have a way to go until an air date is announced, although a cast member said on Weibo that he expected the drama to air in September. In the meantime, tide yourself over with an action-packed trailer and some newly released stills.
Not content with leaving the Tang dynasty after starring as Concubine Yang, Fan Bingbing continues in the Tang dynasty as Empress Wu in upcoming series The Empress of China 少女武则天, her first silver screen project since her last self-produced series, Madame Chin. She released her first stills on Weibo today.
Concubine Yang vs. Wu Zetian, who do you like her better as?
Combining swimming,wrestling, gymnastics, and dance, Sunshine in Me 骄阳似我 is the first series produced by actor Tian Liang. Lucky for us, as a diver, he has no qualms about showing flesh. Watch the
muscles sports themed posters of the leads, including host Yi Yi, Beijing-film-academy-alum-who-beat-up-Yu-Zheng Shen Tai, etc. below the cut.