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Over 40 celebs join in Vogue Film photoshoot

 

Three generations of Chinese actresses.

It’s rare to get this many stars to do anything together, not to mention a photoshoot where everyone’s agent is probably fighting for a better spot, but Vogue Film has done it in conjunction with its gala this year. The photoshoots includes  some of the biggest actors, including Li Bingbing, Yang Mi, Angelababy, Liu Shishi, Tong Liya, Xin Zhilei, Tan Zhuo, Huang Xuan, Ethan Ruan, Zhou Yiwei, Zhai Tianlin, Han Dongjun, Xu Weizhou, Peng Yuchang, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, William Chan, Ma Sichun, Janine Chang, Sun Yi, Li Meng, Qi Xi, Lan Yingying, Chen Ran, Victoria Song, Ouyang Nana, Wu Lei, Chen Feiyu, Song Zuer, Yang Le, Geng Le, Li Chun, Zhang Xueying, Zhang Zifeng, and Chen Wenqi. Musicians Zhang Bichen, Li Yundi, Zhou Bichang and models Ju Xiaowen, Xi Mengyao, Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying (Bad Genius is amazing and I highly recommend it) , and Karlie Kloss also joined in the fun.

I was able to recognized 34 of the 42 without looking at the list of names, how many can you identify?

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Records of Nanyan Studio, Handsome Siblings, King of Blaze, An Oriental Odyssey drama stills update

Some stills from upcoming dramas, including The Legend of Fuyao, Records from Nanyan Studios, Handsome Siblings,  King of Blaze, The Patriot, An Oriental Odyssey, One and Another Him, and My Classmate from Far, Far Away. 

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Zhu Yilong, Bai Yu’s supernatural mystery series Guardian is out today

Guardian looks like the sleekest adaptation a BL novel by far.

Wow this has to be shortest announcement ever.  Supernatural mystery borderline-boy love drama Guardian 镇魂 announced on the 12th it was streaming on the 13th aka today. Except for the first day, three episodes will be out every Wednesday and Thursday for members. For non-members, watch one episode per day Mon-Sat on Youku here.

Guardian is an upcoming supernatural mystery web drama starring Bai Yu (Memory Lost) as the leader of the special investigations unit and Zhu Yilong (Border Town Prodigal) as a coldly logical professor who is later revealed to be the black robe messenger.

Videos: trailer 1; trailer 2; trailer 3BTS ; episode 1+2 previews

A shippy theme song by the male leads who are no longer overtly gay:

 

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Liu Yifei by Liu Zongyuan

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Liu Yifei is a performer of all types – ballerina, acrobat, singer, and guitar player  –  for this photoshoot by Liu Zongyan (who did her awesome modern Wuxia and  Mulan-like photoshoots).    She has recently finished filming Nanyan Studio with Jing Boran and has been training in New Zealand for the live-action Mulan (if you don’t read the comments, the male lead has been cast and I’ve given up my last sliver of hope this movie knows what it’s doing).

Video here, ignore the subtitles.

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Tong Liya back to the 90’s

Can’t tell if it’s a rundown motelor a futuralistic studio.

Tong Liya going retro, first in a 90’s shoot in  what looks like a rundown motel and then hiding her face in a garden.  Her time-bending rom-com How Long Will I Love U is currently doing great at the box office. Her upcoming drama The Patriot was released yesterday.


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In Youth cast at the amusement park

Zhang Yunlong, Liu Ruilin, and Huang Mengying all graduated from the same class (like twenty people who took every class together) at Beijing Film, while Daisi and Qiao Xin are a year apart from Central Drama.  Zhang, Liu, Huang, and Daisi all work for Yang Mi. 

Young, good-looking, and mostly already bff’s since so many of them went to the same college and works at the same company and have been in every other drama with each other, the cast of In Youth 趁我们还年轻 – Zhang Yunlong, Qiao Xin, Liu Ruilin, Daisy, Huang Mengying, and Huang Bojun are so adorable together.   The trailer was imo the cutest looking of the modern  trailer smorgasbord released last month.

Here’s a photoset of them at the amusement park, and a video of them being dorks (that makes me want to ship every combination of them) :

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Dilraba, Shawn Dou Star in Saga of Light

Shawn Dou plays Hou Yi, an archer who shoots down nine out of the ten suns to  save the world.

Dilraba and Shawn Dou star in The Saga of Light 日月, a rom-com retelling of the legend Hou Yi and Chang’e. Directed by Jin Yimeng, the film is the first I know of that puts them in semi-prehistoric gear rather than just hanfu.

Shawn Dou plays Hou Yi, an legendary archer who shoots down nine out of the ten suns to  save the world.   His reward was a pill of immortality that was instead eaten by his wife Chang’e (Dilraba), who became the goddess of the Moon. The film has just wrapped up filming and is set for a summer 2019 release.


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Live-Action Mulan Calling for Extras, to be Silk Road Extravaganza

Mulan’s Casting Call asks for extras of ancestries from across the Silk Road.

When they announced Disney’s live-action Mulan was moved to the Tang dynasty, I think many of us had suspicions (and I was definitely hoping) that the film was aiming to diversify its cast to include other races to recreate the melting pot of Tang-dynasty China.

The fillm has already announced Indian-American actor Utkarsh Ambudkar will join the cast of Liu Yifei, Gong Li, Donnie Yen, and potentially Jet Li.  The latest casting call for extras pretty much confirms there’ll be people from all across the Silk Road in the film (Aladdin and Jasmine cameo, please!). In addition to people who are fighters and riders, they’re especially looking for traditional Chinese calligraphers, dancers, drummers, and  traditional Chinese or Indian musicians, which means there’ll definitely be music and dance.   I’m a little concerned they’re not asking for Middle Eastern musicians because what Tang dynasty dance  party would be complete without the Sogdian Whirl.  Interestingly,  there’s no call for Southeast Asians even though Xana Tang, the actress for Mulan’s sister, is a New Zealander of Chinese-Vietnamese descent and there were definitely SE Asians in Tang-dynasty China.

I’m excited that they’re going to depicting a more diverse China that people don’t usually think about. I don’t think any of the other live-action Disney adaptations have done major cities,   so hopefully they’ll do Tang-dynasty Chang’an justice. That road Mulan’s army comes back on better be   150m wide and not one meter less.

Let’s Shake It is Filming Season Two

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The cutest alien in the Tang dynasty is coming back to Earth!

The most fun drama of 2017, sci-fi rom-com Let’s Shake It  颤抖吧,阿部!,   is getting a sequel, Let’s Shake It 2 : Trouble on Planet Duo 颤抖吧阿部之朵星风云.  The  first one was crazy hilarious and shippable, and probably one of my favorite dramas of 2017.     Plus, everyone’s voice acting was  perfect for their roles, which is pretty rare since most such dramas use dubs.

Not much has been said about the sequel or whether everyone will be back, but leads An Yuexi, Zheng Yecheng are definitely in it. The brother duo directors have been replaced with assistant director Wang Yan. It seems like there’ll be more aliens joining the cast. Maybe they’ll all go to Planet Duo?

P.S. While you wait, there’s another drama, My Classmate from Far, Far Away 同学两亿岁,  out that also features aliens from Planet Duo crash landing on Earth.

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For the peace of the universe!