About idarklight

idarklight is too greedy and likes just about everyone and everything, especially if they're pretty, talented, and/or underrated.

Feng Shaofeng, Zhang Jingchu, Tang Yan, Zhang Han confirmed for The Three Body Problem

three-body-cover

Would you turn your planet to an alien race to save it?

Sci-fi epic The Three Body Problem has recently announced its cast, including Feng Shaofeng, Zhang Jingchu, Tang Yan, Zhang Han, and Du Chun.   Feng Shaofeng plays a nano-materials scientist uncovering the truth behind the mysterious organization aimed to change the world order;  Zhang Jingchu the younger astrophysicist who first made contact with the alien species Trisolarans and who heads the Earth Trisolaran Organization(ETO) ; Tang Yan and Zhang Han both also play scientists, but of opposite camps.

I know, I’ve said this a gazillion times, but read it! It’s only been about a century since a Chinese sci-fi novel’s been published in English.  Plus, Liu Cixin is involved in like five other sci-fi films right now and you don’t want to miss out on the sci-fi craze.

Words from our great ETO leader, let the universe shine for you:

Tiny Times finale set for Summer 2015, Kai Ko out

46d7df02gw1ergyfh47udj20rs17mq9i

All I want is you,  Jianxi and Gu Yuan. Tiny Times 4.0 must be the only film in the world to screen with both initial male leads cut out.

Originally set for last winter, Tiny Times 4, Soul’s End 灵魂尽头 has finally decided to move on without Kai Ko, instead releasing the film this July with him cut out.  The first set of character  posters was released today, featuring the five remaining male leads  – Chen Xuedong, Vivian Dawon, Ren Youming, Lee Hyunjae, and Jiang Chao –  shirtless.

Director/producer/writer Guo Jingming is currently co-producing Oh My God 从天儿降 with Zhang Ziyi starring Chen Xuedong, Zhang Yixing (Lay), Li Xiaolu.  He has also announced plans for to direct a motion capture computer-animated  feature of his fantasy epic, Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹.

In other Tiny Times news,  Tan Jianci (Jianxi) of the musical was hospitalized last night, and had to undergo surgery this morning for a broken palm.    Fellow M.I.C. member Xiaoxin flew in last week to take care of him.    Get well soon, Tan Jianci!

Continue reading

Jane Zhang, Na Ying, Huang Xiaoming sing for “You’re My Sunshine”

704_1602565_669543

Love doesn’t settle.

Film You’re My Sunshine released three theme songs this week in anticipation for their April 30th release- You’re My Sunshine by Huang Xiaoming, You’re My Sunshine in English by Jane Zhang, and Silence by Na Ying.    The film is so scary that both of the other youth films originally set for the May holidays, Ever Since We Love and The Left Ear, have moved up their release dates to avoid it.

Na Ying and Huang Xiaoming signing to each other in black and white, and making it seem like this movie is really about Huang Xiaoming and Angelababy:

Continue reading

Disney’s Mulan Dream Cast

Since everyone online is doing dream casts of Disney’s live action Mulan , I figured we should do one, too.  Who would you nominate? To get you started, here’s mine:

1641ac64034f78f039959ceb7b310a55b2191cbc

Mulan: Ni Ni

  • She’s gorgeous  #Cfensi, # Ni Ni, #Gorgeous + Beautiful
  • She rides on whales and kisses lions, so  she’s clearly a Disney princess.
  • She’s in the right age group (sorry, Ming-na Wen and Lucy Liu)
  • Her English is good
  • It’ll answer jjss08’s questions about how she would look in hanfu
  • She’s only the most photogenic Chinese actress ever

Continue reading

Top U.S. sci-fi awards recognize The Three Body Problem

Eliminate human tyranny! The world belongs to Trisolaris!

Eliminate human tyranny! The world belongs to Trisolaris!

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.

Best of M.I.C.’s pop-Peking opera crossovers

M.I.C. Boyband vs  M.I.C. Girlband, who's prettier?

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

Centertainment Chinglish mini quiz

Does your favorite singers want to “Bang the world” or be your “Super Daddy”?

Take the mini quiz and find out how well you understand the wonderful Chinglish world of our favorite c-entertainment stars. Or just  take the poll because we’re curious.

Continue reading