I Am A Singer All-Stars: Season One vs Season Two

Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.

Finalists from both seasons of I Am A Singer return to the stage to duel it out, with a surprise twist.

Have I just not been paying attention all this time, or are those sponsored beverages a lot more prominent in this episode? I don’t even know what they are. But I want to drink them.

This special episode pit the finalists of the first I Am A Singer 我是歌手 season against the recently concluded second season finalists. Season one finalist Huang Qishan, who appeared in last week’s finale, was absent in this episode and was instead replaced by Laure Shang. (Oh, I’m sure she had a very good reason for not being there.)
Just to note, some performances have not been uploaded onto HunanTV’s official YouTube channel. We’ll try and work our way around that.

The format differed slightly from previous I Am A Singer episodes. Instead of the usual free-for-all sing-off, season one and season two singers were paired together and went head-to-head in solo rounds. Some match ups were good. Some could have been better. The show started with a good one. Continue reading

Yang Mi and Deng Chao go for the “stupidest, but also most touching romance” in Breakup Guru

Yang Mi is supposed to be a left-over lady in this film. This poster is a little unconvincing.

We’re still waiting for a broadcast date for Ancient Sword, but in the meanwhile, Yang Mi‘s more romcom movies seem to be going well – Tiny Times 3.0 is slated to come out on July 17th, and her other upcoming movie with Deng Chao in the Break Up Guru will come out on June 24th. This will be Deng Chao’s first directorial work, adapted from a stage play of the same name. Asides from Yang Mi and Deng Chao’s main characters, you can also count on seeing Sun Li, Liu Yan, and Liang Chao in cameo roles. (Gulinazha should have a small role as well). Yang Mi plays a “leftover lady” (a Christmas cake) who makes a living selling DVDs; meanwhile, Deng Chao’s character lives off of women. They meet in an accidental “hero saves the damsel in distress” scenario, and from then on, embark on what is advertised as the “stupidest, yet most touching love story in history.” Look under the cut for some more stills!  Continue reading

I Am A Singer finale duets revealed (all the rumours were wrong)

Seven singers have been invited to perform with the seven I Am A Singer finalists. Some of them have appeared on the show before.

Seven singers have been invited to perform with the seven I Am A Singer finalists. Some of them have appeared on the show before.

Xie Ziming 谢子明, an entertainment magazine editor and Bibi Zhou’s I Am A Singer agent for this week, leaked the list of celebrity guests for the show’s final round on his Weibo account yesterday. Basically, none of the rumours we had heard were correct.

The "singing helpers" guest list for the finals is said to be: JJ Lin, Khalil Fong, Zhang Jiayi, Julian chen, Shin, Huang Qishan, Tan Weiwei. It seems like an odd little "intrusion." How they correspond to the seven singers is still unknown, but we do know that Friday night's show will be on the air for three hours, almost as long as the Spring Festival Gala. Who will @Bibi sing with? (I really have no idea.)

The “singing helpers” guest list for the finals is said to be: JJ Lin, Khalil Fong, Zhang Jiayi, Julian chen, Shin, Huang Qishan, Tan Weiwei. It seems like an odd little “intrusion.” How they correspond to the seven singers is still unknown, but we do know that Friday night’s show will be on the air for three hours, almost as long as the Spring Festival Gala.
Who will @Bibi sing with? (I really have no idea.)

To the disappointment of some fans, the revelation quashed earlier rumours of possible appearances by Jane Zhang and Wang Leehom. Later reports paired the guest singers with the I Am A Singer finalists. Continue reading

Zhang Hanyu is decked out gorgeously again for Princess of Orchid Hills

Kuo, I think you mentioned that it seems the stylist liked light colors? They love those of us at Cfensi a lot, and decided to prove us wrong…

Did you think that Zhang Hanyu‘s peacock costume was stunning? There’s more to come. Here’s to a stunning wedding photo shoot from The Princess of Orchid Hills. One wonder who she’s dressed out for: at some point, she marries Yuwen Yong and becomes his empress. There won’t be a shortage of romantic entanglements here; the number one beauty of the Western Qi is Xiao Luoyun (played by Wang Jiexi), the fiancée of the very adorable Prince of Lanling (Andy Yi Chen). Coming on with an unrequited love for Yuwen Yong is Hua Yihan‘s Yan Wan – and on top of that, we’re throwing in the Mongolian Princess Ashina, played by Theresa Fu

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American embassy: terrorism is an “meaningless act of violence”

idarklight:

I didn’t want to spam Cfensi with my anger, but I needed to vent … here are are a series  posts on American reactions to the recent terrorist attack in Kunming if anyone’s interested, mostly focusing on the media.

Originally posted on It it wasn't China ... :

Here’s the latest quote from the American embassy rewritten for 9/11:
The United States condemns this frightening and meaningless transportation accident on 9/11. We express condolences for the family of the victims , and express solitude to those affected by this tragedy.
 
The original Weibo  is used verbatim, except replacing Kunming with 9/11.
The United States condemns this frightening and meaningless act of violence in Kunming. We express condolences for the family of the victims , and express solitude to those affected by this tragedy.

The choice of the word 毫无意义 (meaningless) can be also translated as senseless, insignificant, or pointless, but the double meaning of the world is obvious to even one as poor at Chinese as I, and surely cannot escape any writer of diplomatic statements.

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Random news – UFO’s, robots, the Monkey King, and Zheng Kai

Zheng Kai, Rainie Yang for their teacher-student romance.

Film

  • “Baidu will establish a film company – Aquamen Entertainment – in LA.  …The first film will be a 3D animation Kong (Wu Kong) based on Chinese classic novel Journey to the West, combining science fiction, UFOs and robots. Budget is expected to reach US$40 million.”   More here.
  • Director Zhang Yibai begins filming That year 匆匆那年 starring Ni Ni the beautiful, Eddie Peng, Zheng Kai, Zhang Zixuan, Wei Chen. Film is based on the book of the same name.
  • Caught between three big films, Wong Jing’s The Ex-Files 前任攻略 (Han Geng, Zheng Kai, Wang Likun)  magically broke 100 million with only about 10% screen share.  The film won fans over with clever lines and a cute cast, except it’s so misogynistic that even the trailer wants me to rip up the script (trust me, at least the first  20 minutes of the movie that I endured is as bad as the trailer).
  • Black Coal, Thin Ice  白日焰火 wins big at the Berlin Film Festival. More here.

Drama

  • Speaking of Zheng Kai. After playing so many boy-next-door supporting actors, he’s finally getting his own lead, this time with actress Rainie Yang. The two  stars in  Love at not first sight 一见不钟情, based on the book of the same name and about contract living that  inevitably leads to love.

Celeb

  • Huang Xiaoming, Angelababy go official for her birthday when he surprised her with a new racecar with him inside.

Random news updates

Drama

  • Trailer for Tang Yan, Yang Rong,  Hawick Lau’s  The Lady & the Liar  here.
  • Zhao Liying, Hawick Lau’s  Secret of the wife to air on Hunan TV in March.
  • Following the Ancient Sword, Huanrui receives approval for another fantasy wuxia series, Kunlun 昆仑, based on the book of the same name.
  • Zhao Liying, Han Dong, and Zhou Fang’s Lovebirds series 错点鸳鸯·戏点鸳鸯 finally to air on satellite on the 20th. While part 1 is a bit all over the place, I’m a big fan of part 2′s Han Dong – Zhou Fang pairing.  After watching part 2 at least three times, I’m so excited for a HD version!

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Zhang/Tian Liang family reunion!

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

News round-up

Film

  • Former Marvel CEO, Shanghai Film Group  to create Terracotta super hero.
  • Production set for US-China coproduction The Moon and the Sun starring Fan Bingbing as a mermaid captured to the court of 17th century France.
  • Ann Hui’s The Golden Era releases posters. The bioepic on author Xiao Hong stars Tang Wei, Feng Shaofeng.

Celeb

  • Yang Mi is three months pregnant with Hawick Lau’s kid.
  • Tong Liya, Chen Sicheng  hold a traditional wedding on Happy Camp
  • Top Combine former member Li Mao joins Huace (New Duke of Mount Deer, Semi-gods and demi-devils) ,  stars with BBFF’s 70 in a self-made film Joker.
  • Lee Jinglei bakes cookies, I wish Wang Leehom was hugging me.

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