Mermaid star Lin Yun for PC Lady

005yYQOntw1ernzepdbc3j316o1kwan3Star of Stephen Chow’s upcoming movie Mermaid 美人鱼,  new actress Lin Yun, recently did a stunning shoot for PC Lady. She will also co-star next to Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, Aarif Lee (Rahman), Yan Yikuan, and TF Boys’ Wang Yuan in upcoming 3D motion capture film Legend of Ravaging Dynasties.  I’m impressed by how well she’s been doing in all her photoshoots, what do you think?

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“Soul’s End” by A-mei concludes Tiny Times OST

Let me and you sing one more song. In soul's end,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you'll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.  - Guo Jingming

“Let me and you sing one more song. In the End of Souls,  time continues to march forth. I will head toward a new journey, but you’ll always remain in the flames of youth, left in that curtain of fiery red.”    – Guo Jingming

Tiny Times is not only China’s most profitable franchise, but it also has one of the best and biggest original soundtracks.  The first three films so far have 19 original songs. It’s also one of the few Chinese films with good, original English songs.

The latest addition is A-mei‘s theme to the finale,  Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End.   t The singer’s reported to have cried while recording this song. Listen to all the songs from the series in the playlist below.

Each film has at least two theme songs by big name artists like Sodagreen, Zhou Bichang, Jolin Tsai, Wu Yifan, and now A-mei. In addition, since the first two films had eeMedia as a main investor, they had an OST with many eeMedia artists like Yu Kewei, Wei Chen, Liu Xin, and Fu Mengni.  The rest of the OST is mostly done by the less famous but much more fun team of Singaporean musician Terry Tye Lee (who produced many songs for M.I.C. boyband and Vanness Wu), featuring artists like Julia Wu and Gao Kaiwei. What’s your favorite song?

The Great Shaolin releases trailer

Three cheers for a period drama that doesn’t involve the palace as much.

The Great Shaolin has released a trailer.  Starring Zhou Yiwei, Guo Xiaoting, Guo Jingfei, He Saifei, Shi An, Dong Yanlin, Zhang Zhixian, Fan Yutong, and Feng Jiayi.  This drama is set in the Ming dynasty.

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“Bu Bu Jing Xin” Movie Reveals First Look at Princes

Ivy Chen and Tony Yang in Time to Love/Bu Bu Jing Xin

I’m sorry, even Tony Yang can’t pull off the Qing queue that well.

The movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (新步步惊心), officially titled Time to Love, unveiled a new trailer and some new stills recently, with the highlight being our first close-ups of Tony Yang and Shawn Dou, who play Fourth Prince and Fourteenth Prince respectively.

Unlike the previously released preview, which suggested that female lead Zhang Xiaowen (Ivy Chen) traveled back in time after a failed suicide attempt, the new trailer shows her accidentally slipping in the bathtub and awakening in the Qing Dynasty as Maertai Ruoxi. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of her burgeoning romances with the logical and reliable Fourth Prince and the romantic and fun-loving Fourteenth Prince.

Time to Love opens in theaters on August 20, just in time for the Qixi Festival (sometimes referred to as “Chinese Valentine’s Day”). Trailer and more stills below.

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Zhang Han, Park Min-young face the Braveness of the Ming

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Finally, a male timetraveller! I thought those became extinct in 2011 when Gong and BBJX came out.

For all my love of  female leads, it’s kind of exciting to finally get a male protagonist in a timetravelling internet novel adaptation, partly because all the female leads  used their knowledge to juggle princes rather than  the world.   Croton Media (Boss & Me) and Juxin Media is set to adapt  Braveness of the Ming  锦衣夜行, and has released its concept posters today, announcing its cast of Zhang Han, Park Min-young (City Hunter), Jones Xu Zhengxi, and Wei Qianxiang. Zhang Han would’ve been my top choice for this role, the rest of the cast is pretty,  and Croton has never failed me yet,  so I’m definitely psyched.

Music Monday: May 18, 2015

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Here to make Monday a little easier =)

Brighten your Monday up with a fun tune from Aarif Rahman, a cute family zoo song from Fan Weiqi, a powerful rock ballad from A-mei,  songs of friendship from  RTA Xu Hao X Zhu YuanbingMa Haisheng and M.I.C.‘s Tan Jianci.

A-mei sets fire to the patriarchy in her epic song and MV Matriarchy 母系社會

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Chen Xiao and Yuan Shanshan to star in new drama Love, Up in the Air

“Another point for heteronormativity! A fake gay lover is 100% the only way to ignore your wife! “

Source: Yu Zheng’s Weibo
I thought it couldn’t get any worse when Yu Zheng decided to make Lv Zhi and Xiang Yu lovers…but he continues to shock us all. No doubt inspired by Love Across Time, Yu Zheng is also putting together a “story within a story” drama (sans the time travel). Welcome to Love, Up in the Air 云巅之上, where Yuan Shanshan is an aspiring actress (Jian Xi) pitted against Chen Xiao’s cocky A-list celeb. (Oh yeah, she’s also looking for her birth mother in Beijing).

According to the synopsis, archaeologists find the grave of Dong Xian  in 2016, and within it, the truth behind Emperor Ai of Han’s “passion of the cut sleeve.” A famous director reads about the findings and decides to film a movie based off of this story, selecting the big name Tang Fei (Chen Xiao) and the new face Jian Xi (Yuan Shanshan) to play the lead roles. Tang Fei is a guy; Jian Xi is a girl – how do Dong Xian and our meta-story come in? Continue reading

Wang Leehom, Jing Tian, Shawn Dou tapped for coproductions

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Does Blake Lively’s dress look familiar? It’s by Lawrence Xu of Fan Bingbing’s Dragon Robe dress.  She should’ve worn this to the Met Gala.

Co-productions aglore! Other than three co-productions with India, a slew of co-productions with Korea, a couple co-productions with the U.S..  were also recently announced.  Wang Leehom, Jing Tian, Shawn Dou have been announced for the bioepic of Pearl S. Buck starring Juliette Binoche  .

Shawn Dou, who’s actually Canadian, has also been announced a short Sci-fi film Log Out with Blake Lively of  Gossip Girl fame. The film is one Adrien Brody‘s new China-focused company.

 

More abs and suits from Tiny Times 4.0

You’re the one, Neo!

As the person who started the whole release-a-character-poster-a-day game, Guo Jingming can always be counted on with more gorgeous photoshoots than you can imagine (seriously, the musical had better photoshoots than most dramas). Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 released yet another photoshoot of its male cast of Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao, this time with shirts on (occasionally).

P.S. Did you know the first two Tiny Times are free on Hulu and Netflix? The fourth is expected to air in theaters in North America. Continue reading