Fan Bingbing to star in China’s first Motion Capture feature

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Motion-captured goddess Fan Bingbing? WANT

Fan Bingbing is the first actor confirmed for director  Guo Jingming‘s next ambitious project, a motion capture feature film of his fantasy series Legend of Ravaging Dynasties 临界·爵迹.  The series, China’s bestselling Western-styled fantasy,  focuses  on stories of cavaliers and sorcerers set in an alternate realm of four kingdoms.

Just to get a feel of the extent of his ambition, the film is scheduled for Summer 2016 already.  It will be one of five films involving either him or people from his company set to be released within the next year.   From Yang Mi to Zhang Ziyi to Shu Qi to now Fan Bingbing, Guo Jingming has some of China’s biggest   actresses covered.    Guo Jingming maybe  new to film, but he might be  China’s most prolific producer yet.

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Can you count how many heads there are in the concept poster?

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

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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

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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!

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The Legend of Zu releases a trailer

Why hello… errr…. costar/boss-producer/individual-I-have-an-unhealthy-grudge-with…

The Legend of Zu, produced and starring Nicky Wu, has released a trailer.  Starring William Chan and Zhao Liyin in her second yet-to-be-released melodrama (certifiable simply by watching the trailer)… with her playing an immortal in an un-health relationship.  We can probably just conclude by saying things are complicated.

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

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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:

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Ban Shu Legend releases more character stills

Although we all hate on him, we have to appreciate the things that Yu Zheng does get right like having a bit more historically reflective costumes and props in his latest productions and keeping things from getting too flamboyant.

Ban Shu Legend has released more character stills, so that means Yu Zheng has deemed it safe to come out of his shell.  Starring Jing Tian, Zhang ZhehanLi Sheng, Li Jiahang,  Fu Xinbo, Li Xin’ai, and Deng Sha, the one thing that is for sure is that people will be watching the next drama he puts out very closely.

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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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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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Jane Zhang Announces World Tour With a Bang

Jane Zhang mysteriously dropped out of the ‘I Am A Singer’ competition right before the semi-finals, and the reason for it was unveiled on Jane’s Weibo yesterday.

记得上一次巡演我说过:“我也要做你们心里最棒的。”这依然是我努力的方向!#张靓颖bangtheworld#正式开启[hold住]十年,感谢最棒的你们一直“伴着我”!@张靓颖BANGtheWorld演唱会

记得上一次巡演我说过:“我也要做你们心里最棒的。”这依然是我努力的方向!#张靓颖bangtheworld#正式开启[hold住]十年,感谢最棒的你们一直“伴着我”!@张靓颖BANGtheWorld演唱会

Remember the last time on world tour, I said “I also want to be the best in your hearts.”This is the direction of my hard work! #janezhangbangtheworld# officiallytooktenyears, thank you to all of you guys for always being by my side. @janezhangBANGtheWorldconcert

Jane announced the kickoff of her 2015 world tour ‘Bang The World” yesterday, releasing two very eye catching promotional posters by Chen Man.sol Continue reading