China’s New Variety Show ‘Real Hero’ To Air July 10th

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Which one of those is not a noun?

Real Hero 真心英雄,’ China’s newest variety show to air July 10th, is a spin-off off of South Korea’s ‘Infinite Challenge’ and ‘X-Man’, where a team of celebrities are given strenuous physical and mental challenges to complete in a short amount of time. Watching the trailer, it seems that the challenges include diving through a pool of plastic balls, parachuting into the sky, a giant tug of war, hamster ball fighting, wrestling, and lots of good ‘ol variety show style drama.

This season’s team features Chen Xuedong, Joe Cheng,  Zhang Jie, Zhu Yawen, Tong Dawei, and Yang Kun,  with Guo Jingming as a guest star in ep 1. The theme of this show, according to the show creators at Jiangsu TV,  is to show the audience what it takes to be a real hero, and how we can be them in our everyday lives.

Take a look at the trailer for the show:

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Photoshoot Roundup: (belated) Happy Father’s Day!

Jia Yunxi is such a cutie – which isn’t surprising, given that her parents are Li Xiaolu and Jia Nailing (seriously, can you see the family resemblance?). Liu Ye’s half French, half-Chinese daughter Liu Nina is also adorable – you can find a photoshoot they did together under the cut. Her older brother Liu Nuoyi (age 4) will be appearing with their father for Season 3 of Dad, Where Are We Going? (look!). Look below the cut for more pictures! Continue reading

Music Monday: July 6, 2015

There’s only one song I liked this week, and it’s  the previously posted M.I.C.‘s Only One (see what I did there?).   Lorry recommends this Mandopop playlist  for non-mainland Cpop. Anyone else have recommendations?

Zhang Jie won last week’s vote  for the third week in a row with his duet for with Karen Mok for Monk Comes Down the Mountain.

Jane Zhang Announces Relationship with Boyfriend of 12 Years

Jane Zhang and Michael Feng announce relationship

During her Bang the World tour, Jane Zhang suddenly announced that she was in a relationship with Michael Feng (Feng Ke), the CEO of Show City Times, which is Jane’s management company. The two have been together for 12 years.

While in Changsha on July 4, Jane surprised everyone, including her boyfriend, with an unplanned announcement. “From when I was 18 years old to 30 years old, I haven’t been waiting,” she said, referring to her song “Finally Waited for You” (终于等到你), which she had just finished singing. “Because there is a person who has always been by my side.”

Jane then explained that she had originally wanted to go public with their relationship in 2005, the same year she competed in Super Girl (超级女声), but Michael was against the idea, because he didn’t want the news to negatively affect her nascent singing career. Now that 10 years have passed and she is nearing her 31st birthday, Jane felt that now was the perfect time to make her announcement.

“I don’t want to be alone anymore,” she declared. “You’ve all been with me in the 10 years since my debut, and so has this person. I’ve already thought it through. If you’re willing to marry me, then come on stage.”

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Throwback: Sun Li takes a swim for Elle

Cfensi is currently, gradually working on uploading posts from the dramaaddicts site to our current WordPress platform (you can find these recovered posts by looking at cfensistaff posts here). Most will be filed under their original publish date (example: idarklight’s Starry Night post), but some photo shoots are pretty enough to warrant a “re-run.” What were your favorite stars doing 2-3 years ago? 

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JUNE 10, 2012 | POSTED IN PHOTOSHOOT, TAGGED SUN LI

Lead actress of popular Qing drama Inner Palace – The Legend of Zhen Huan, Sun Li, recently made it onto the cover of Elle. She and husband Deng Chao recently celebrated their second anniversary (the two were married on June 7, 2010). Both are presumably busy taking care of their new son, but watch out Deng Chao’s new movie with Crystal Liu Yifei, The Four Great Detectives. Look under the cut for the rest of Sun Li’s aquatic shoot.
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Sinology Sunday: July 5, 2015

This week, we take a different look at Tang dynasty-inspired clothing from Mr. Chen’s Chinese Photo Studio 陳先生的復古照相館.  One of the things you will probably notice is the attention put into historical details.  For example, Tang dynasty China is famous for being one of the periods of time when having a fuller figure was valued as opposed to being thin which seems to be the ideal for a lot of Chinese history.  Also, the freedom of women in their dress (even “cross-dressing” if that term can be applied to this era) and attention to makeup (which brings up the point that maybe some makeup styles aren’t the most suitable for life today).  More pictures below the cut.

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Monkey King: Hero’s Back a surprise hit

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Mini monk. Even easier for monsters to eat.

Despite going against fan-based films Tiny Times 4 and Forever Young, the most anticipated film next week on Weibo is actually The Monkey King: Hero’s Return 西游记之大圣归来 (alternate translation:  CUG, can we give a round of applause for whoever came up with that?). The animated feature retells the classic tale with a new twist – the monk is now a child looking for a hero, and the Monkey King a ghost of his former self, having lost all his powers.   The animated feature  won tears with its MV by Kit Chan alone.

Photoshoot Friday: Pastels

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Li Yuchun looks like a rockstar, even with easter pink and green backgrounds; Bei’er is sweet and cute. Zhou Dongyu glows in hot pink, but she still doesn’t look like she’s aged in the past few years. Gao Yunxiang looks like he’s ready to go on a date – maybe with his wife, Dong Xuan? Look under the cut for more pictures.  Continue reading

M.I.C. comes back in ballad

I'm pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live.

I’m pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live. gif cr:Yama Dandan

After two years forever, M.I.C. boyband finally came back as a group for  Only One. The gorgeous future bass r&b song is once again produced by themselves.  This song is so much better than I expected, and really shows how much they’ve matured musically. It perfectly shows off their perfect voices (Yuehan and Yaoyao’s voices won my heart in this song). Even the MV is so clean and beautiful and not filmed while they’re drunk in a club.

The song will be released as a part of their album SOLO, which will be the gift item of their photo book. My inner Chinese music industry fan  died a little on the inside when I read that, and then pre-ordered two copies of their photo album in retail therapy even though I never buy photo albums.

But all the perfection of their voices and faces aside,  the real question is …  Does Tan Jianci have a U.S. driver’s license or can we blackmail them with this MV?
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