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After the mess of the Hugo that lead to big names like George RR Martin calling foul, The Three Body Problem became the first Chinese novel to be successfully nominated for best novel for both of Sci-fi’s biggest awards, the Hugo and the Nebula. The novel by Liu Cixin, translated into English by the equally brilliant Ken Liu, is currently in the process of being made into a film. Other than leads Zhang Jingchun and Feng Shaofeng, Tang Yan and Du Chun are also rumored to join the cast.
Congrats to Liu Cixin! Also, duo Nebula and Hugo winner Ken Liu just published his first full-length novel,The Grace of Kings (it’s in English!), an epic of its own set in a Han-dynasty alternate universe. I highly recommend you to check it out.
M.I.C. Boyband vs M.I.C. Girlband, who’s prettier?
M.I.C. boyband is so amazing that they’re the best in every competition they enter, be it music or dance or even Peking opera. For pop-Chinese Opera crossover show Guo Se Tian Xiang, they trained under Hu Wen’ge, a third-generation disciple of the master singer Mei Lanfang. As usual, they had the best programs on the show. Full mp3 versions for download here.
Their arrangements really made the show for me. M.I.C. became heavily involved in designing their own programs, and had learned so quickly that by episode 6, they were able to design the entire performance, including the opera parts, by themselves. This is exemplified in their cover of Wang Leehom‘s Mistake in the Flower Fields 花田错, where even Yaoyao’s rap blends flawlessly into opera. Compare it with Zhang Yuan’s version last season and see how much more coherent this version sounds. Xiaoxin’s last line sounds like it could’ve came from Hu Wen’ge himself:
Next is their most artistically Peking Opera performance, featuring the opening scene comes straight from the actual Opera itself. It was praised for being one of the most professional acts on the show. Continue reading →
Chen Xiang as Tinghao, 17. Fierce fighter but child-at-heart, he’s a ray of sunshine to Baicao. He’s born in a family of Taekwondo masters. He was like brothers with Ruobai, but hates Songbo Academy.
I can’t believe Yang Yang‘s finally getting a modern lead!!!! This has been such a great year for some of my favorite underrated actors, including all three of the male leads here.
Drama Whirlwind Girl 旋风少女, which started filming this week and is scheduled for a summer release, stars Hu Bingqing, Yang Yang, Chen Xiang, Bai Jingting, Tan Songyun, and Zhao Yuanyuan. As the third drama by author Ming Xiaoxi to be adapted, this is the youngest cast yet, with the entire cast 15+ years younger than that of Summer of Bubbles.
On a side note, the fact that Hunan TV picked Hu Bingqing who has almost no previous work indicates a strong likelihoodQin’s Moon, for which she’s the female lead, will air soon since Whirlwind Girl already has a scheduled air date in June for Hunan TV’s Sunday/Monday weekly slot.
Suitcases , the preferred method of timetravelling.
Traveling reality show Divas Hit the Road released posters and cast of Zheng Shuang, Jing Boran, Yang Yang, Ivy Chen, Xu Qing, Ning Jing, and Mao A’min. A set of photos of the crew pillow-fighting in London was also released after a fanvideo of them circulated.
Ivy Chen and Yang Yang clearly did not communicate on the theme of the photo.
Zhao Wei by photographer Chen Man for Marie Claire. I think this is one of the few times where I actually like the cover photo more than the other ones. Her first drama in forever, Tiger Mother and Kitten Father with Tong Dawei, will air on May 3rd. Continue reading →
Which one hurts more? A knee kick or this alternate reaction?
I cannot tell you how happy I am someone has finally said the correct reaction to kabe-don 壁咚, the Japanese term for the act of cornering someone against a wall that has been immensely popular in China lately, with everyone from Yuan Hong to Li Yifeng to Wu Yifan doing it for promotions. What ever happened to a relationship built on love and respect?
Finally, in an interview, Zheng Shuang became the first celeb to say no, she would not be happy if someone kabe-don’ed her. When asked what she would do if someone did, she said “I would kick him to hell ( 我会踹他上西天)”. Another reason why I love this woman so much.