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Top sci-fi award awarded to The Three Body Problem

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 Astronaut Kjell Lindgren announced the award from the International Space Station.

At the Hugo announcements today, The Three Body Problem‘s author Liu Cixin and translator Ken Liu (himself a former Hugo winner for short story)   became the first Asians to win the prestigious Hugo award for Best Novel.  It is also the first translated book to win. This may be their first, but it may not be their last as the second in the trilogy, The Dark Forest  (translated by Joel Martinsen ), was released earlier this month.

Complementary stills from the film starring Feng Shaofeng, Zhang Jingchu, Tang Yan, Zhang Han below the cut.

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Ni Ni, Adam Brody star in Andy Tennant romantic comedy

This is great and all, but when are you going to star as Disney's Mulan?

It’s great and all that you’re shooting in New York, but when are you going to star as Disney’s Mulan?

And here’s something different. It already has its first production in the works:Manhattan Love Story, a romantic comedy starring Adrien Brody and Chinese star Ni Ni and directed by Andy Tennant (Hitch). Brody’s Fable House production company, itself a Chinese co-venture, will also produce, and the pic is set to start shooting next month in New York with a $15 million budget. Tennant wrote the script with Rick Parks and Brody.

Read more from Deadline.  I’m jealous of New Yorkers who’ll catch sight of her beauty.

Music Monday: July 13, 2015

We here at Cfensi don’t approve of blackbox voting, that’s why M.I.C. boyband’s Only One won this week as the only contender. It’s English-subbed, too!

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The Ghouls: Tower of Ghosts sets the mark for Chinese thrillers

For all my dislike of director Lu Chuan, this trailer looks epic.   The Ghouls: Tower of Ghosts 鬼吹灯之九层妖塔 stars Mark Zhao, Yao Chen, Tang Yan, Rhydian Vaugh, and Li Chen. It’s one of the best trailers I’ve seen for a Chinese action-thriller, and I think Lu Chuan might actually pull it off to make it a new benchmark for such films in China.

Which one are you looking forward to more? This one, or director Wu’ershan’s The Ghouls: Code of the Dragon 鬼吹灯寻龙诀 with  Chen Kun, Huang Bo, Shu Qi, and Angelababy?

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.

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.

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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Music Monday: June 27, 2015

This is the first time where the leader kept switching places. It went from Zhang Bichen’s Nianlun to M.I.C.’s theme for the drama that is still never going to air before settling on Zhang Jie‘s Truth.    Also, I really need someone to convince me that Wang Hao is not planning to host drug parties because everything about his store from their slogan to logo to the trap music screams Chinese-entertainment-ban-for-life.

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