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The happiest thing in the word is to find lyrics that you love only to find out someone's already translated it.

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:

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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

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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.
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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.

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Yang Yang, Chen Xiang battle it out for love and Taekwondo

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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 XiangBai 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 likelihood Qin’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.

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Divas Hit the Road releases promos

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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.

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Ivy Chen and Yang Yang clearly did not communicate on the theme of the photo.

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Zheng Shuang: Kabe-don me? I would kick him.

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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.

I believe she gets kabe-don’ed multiple times by Hawick Lau in the upcoming May series Cage of Love. In the meantime, you can watch her and Ivy Chen pillow fight Yang Yang and Jing Boran in Divas Hit the Road beginning on the 18th.