M.I.C. Jianci, Li Xiangxiang head Tiny Times the Musical

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Can you guess who’s who?

It’s ridiculous how good-looking even the musical cast for Guo Jingming‘s  Time Times is.

The male cast features M.I.C. Jianci, Chinese Idol winner Li Xiangxiang, singer Li Weifeng (Coke Lee), BangBangTang ex-member Wu Sixian, lead of Jin Sha the musical Zhang Qiyuan, China is Listening Third Place Ayunga (he’s my bet for Gongming),  and Chinese Idol contestant Zhang Jie. H.I.T.’s Duan Huangwei will also be in this.

Female leads include Nan Quan Mama‘s Lara, Super Girl Pan Chen (the first actual Shanghainese to play a Tiny Times lead),  and a bunch of Chinese Idol  contestants like Liu Sihan.

Oh, and they also with you a Happy Chinese New Year:

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Holiday Wishlist by Bei’er

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Did you know the choreography for their song was mostly designed by Bei’er?

Bei’er‘s Holiday Wish List via Happy Camp and Youku. Also watch Lu Yi, Bao Lei, and Bei’er’s performance on the Spring Festival Gala below.

  1. When I grow really old, my parents still won’t be old.  When I’m old, they’re only 11. When I’m their age, they’re only 4. When I’m 100, they’re only born, and then they’ll grow up and give birth to me again, and we’ll continue to live together.
  2. Marry a prince
    He Jiong: Are there any princes on Where are we going? Daddy?
    Bei’er: My dad
  3. Always be with the prince and my parents
  4. I want my mom to say I have to wear long dress.
  5. My hair to grow longer all the time and can’t even be cut
  6. When I grow up, I can wear lipstick and climb mountains and go on Where are we going? Dad with the prince.


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“God of War: Zhao Zilong” wishes you a Happy New Year

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Chinese-Korean collab God of War: Zhao Zilong 武神赵子龙 released its first few stills hidden behind a New Year’s Greeting. The cast stars Lin Gengxin as Zhao Zilong, SNSD’s Yoona as made-up character, Gao Yunxiang as Lv Bu, Gulinazha as Diao Chan, Jia Qing, Kim Jeonghoon, and Zhao Hanyingzi.

I’m not sure how I feel about this at all given that the latest Korean collaboration has Zheng Shuang’s outfits looking like they came from Korea 300 years ago instead of Han dynasty China. …

Live on YouTube: CCTV Spring Festival Gala

For the first time ever, you can now watch the CCTV Spring Festival Gala live abroad on YouTube.

Watch it here at 8:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Beijing Time

Featured artists include Li Yuchun, G.E.M., David Tao, Lu Yi and family, Chang Chen, Wu Jing, Andy Lau, Karen Mok, Liu Tao, Yu Quan, Zhang Fengyi, Duan Yihong, Zhu Yawen, Phoenix Legend, Chopsticks Brothers, Na Ying, Sun Nan,Han Lei, Cai Ming, Pan Changjiang, Feng Gong, Ma Li, Wang Sheng, Miao Qu.  Full program here.

I Am A Singer Ep. 7: A pun about The One being number one

Tibetan Buddhist monks join Han Hong on stage in this week's I Am A Singer.

Tibetan Buddhist monks join Han Hong on stage in this week’s I Am A Singer.

I Am A Singer, this year, is sponsored by Honda and Oppo. So the singers drive up in their Honda cars which totally look like the Jeeps from Jurassic Park, and unbox their new Oppo smartphones. They watch the introductory video for the newest contestant, Korean singer The One, but none of them know who he is. Obviously they didn’t watch the first season. For shame.
The One’s “manager” on the show is Xiao Wu, the Korean member of Top Combine. He does most of the interpreting for him. Let’s hop straight into it.

Don't worry. The dinosaurs don't start eating people until after Newman shuts down the park's security system.

Don’t worry. The dinosaurs don’t start eating people until after Newman shuts down the park’s security system.


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Earlier in the competition, Jane performed Legend of a Hungry Wolf 饿狼传说 by Jacky Cheung. Everything about it was eerily similar to G.E.M’s performance of Lady Marmalade on last year’s show (especially the part where it actually segued into Lady Marmalade). Jane came second, but people were a bit iffy about it.

This time, Jane is singing a song that G.E.M recorded back in 2013. The similarities stop there, however. While G.E.M’s version was a demure, piano-only track, Jane’s arrangement features the whole band. Her voice harks back to her time on Super Girl. It’s powerful and free. It’s everythi- oh… and now it’s been jazzed up with trumpets. So not only did she not watch the first season of I Am A Singer, but she didn’t read my comments from last week’s episode either.

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Sing My Song: Ep 7 Semi-Recap, Spazzes and Rants

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24 hour timed composition.

Hey everyone, thanks so much for the support for my last post. I’m way too unhealthily invested in this show, and I really need an excuse to spazz and discuss with people, so I decided to do recaps! If you guys like it, I’ll keep doing it for the rest of the season :D

I’ll start with this week’s episode 7, which coincides with the first episode of the second round competition.

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Li Yifeng, Zhang Huiwen, Jiang Jinfu star in latest youth film

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Ancient Sword lead vs. Xuanyuan Sword lead, who would win in a pillow fight?

 

Li Yifeng, Coming Home‘s Zhang Huiwen, Jiang Jinfu, The Rooftop‘s Li Xin’ai, Yang Mi Workshops Zhang Yunlong, Tiny TimesDu Tianhao, and  Summer of Bubbles the film‘s Zhang Yuxi make a star-studded  cast for the latest youth-themed film – Bloom of Youth  栀子花看 2015.

Hoping to distinguish itself from all the other youth-themed films  reminiscing on the innocence of youth and first love, this film by He Jiong instead going the Disney channel route.  No longer will we see the young loves fall apart and meet years later only to find out the main girl has had an abortion (because seriously, birth control exists),   but instead  the young leads live out the fullest of their lives.

Filming started this month in Thailand.

Assort News in English

  • Daniel Wu cast in AMC loose adaptation of Journey to the West, Badlands. More here.
  • New York Times covers Liu Cixin here. I feel like everyone in the English speaking world who covers The Three Body Problem has only read the first three chapters of it because they keep saying it’s set during the Cultural Revolution .
  • Following First Grade, Hunan TV might move on to a reality show/documentary about Middle Schoolers with its adaptation of British program Educating Yorkshire. More here.
  • French adaptation of The Outlaws of the Marsh, 108 Rois Demons , releases trailer here.
  • Yang Mi receives Influential Woman of the Year at the 2015 Women’s Media Awards, an event co-hosted by United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). More here.
  • China Lion Group acquires Xu Jinglei’s Somewhere Only We Know and the film version of Running Man for Oceania and North America. More here.