Hu Ge, Wallace Huo show off their bromance for Harper’s Bazaar


This is probably one of my favorite men’s photo shoots yet. Harper’s Bazaar has taken to a snowy field to remind us that we were pretty lucky Chinese Paladin 3 put Hu Ge and Wallace Huo onto the same screen. I can’t decide who’s prettier. Look below the cut for more pictures. (P.S. They should have brought their fur coats).  Continue reading

0kuo0 in 2015: The Verdict

I know this comes a bit late but I wanted to at least finish or try to finish some stuff before I give suggestions.  I have avoided doing this in the past since I don’t really like ranking dramas.  I find that my opinion of them changes depending on what I am feeling like but I also realize that people try to read these posts as reference for what to watch.  Therefore, these are relatively “ranked” by my personal level of enjoyment… which may be inaccurate sometimes since I do click through dramas if I get impatient and may miss something good or critical…

Murder Mystery/Of Monks and Masters (侠僧探案传奇)

The top three would have to be one of the three major successes of the year for me.

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Dilraba for Harper’s Bazaar

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Actress Dilraba designs her own sunglasses as a part of a charity campaign for Harper’s Bazaar. She is currently filming a romantic comedy with Guo Jingfei called 21 karats 21克拉, just finished another one (Proud and Prejudice 傲娇与偏见), and will be playing a fox spirit  opposite Gao Weiguang (finally!)  in the upcoming drama version of  Three Lifetimes, Ten Thousand Kilometers of Peach Blossoms 三生三世十里桃花.
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Revive: Superstar has a five-star teaser

Finally, a teaser

Finally, a teaser that isn’t just a smash-up of spoilers.

Based on the book of the same name, Revive: SuperStar  重生之名流巨星 tells of a struggling actor’s reincarnation as an younger artist (Ma Ke) and his path to stardom.  On the way he is helped by his agent and lover (Xu Haiqiao), a seasoned actor  (Pong Nawat), a female actress who fakes a relationship with him ( Zhang Xinyu), and one who fakes a marriage with him (Han Chae-young).

I love that they actually put effort into the teaser, and the cinematography is a huge step-up from most idol dramas.   Unfortunately, I’m going to guess this is going to be the second drama after Nirvana in Fire to break up the canon couple and force the male lead to have a heterosexual one.    Neither is it the latest one, since that honor goes to Ma Ke, Qiao Zhenyu, and Zhang Xinyu’s Song of Phoenix.

idarklight’s 2015 in dramas

Despite a weak first six months, 2015 produced some of the best dramas in years. Here are some of my top picks. What are yours?

Best Make-up and Styling: Empress of China: Wu Zetian

As the woman with probably the  most outfits in drama history, Wu Zetian’s stylist also does a great job of making Fan Bingbing look gorgeous in all outfits and ages, many of the stylings being based on history.

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Best production design: Nirvana in Fire

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Jing Boran, Luhan co-star in “The Lost Tomb”

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Jing Boran and Luhan versus Li Yifeng and Yang Yang, how can I ever pick between them!

Soon-to-be costars Jing Boran, Luhan pose for the cover of GQ. The two will star in The film version of The Lost Tomb, with Jing Boran playing Li Yifeng’s role in the net series and Luhan Yang Yang’s role. So far all the films and dramas in the two major tomb-raiding series have flopped, but this cast is so pretty I can’t help but still look forward to it.

Photo cr: fashionmodels@Weibo

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Going to the bathroom together is the first step of being bff’s.

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Ma Tianyu plays baby Jin Dong in grave-robbing drama

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So much must’ve happened for the happy-go-lucky Ma Tianyu to grow up to be the equally pretty but much more somber Jin Dong in the drama version of grave-robbing series The Ghouls 鬼吹灯. That, and a lot of acting school.   Chen Qiao’en plays the female lead (previously portrayed by Yao Chen and Shu Qi).   The drama is set to begin filming next March. No information on which books it  will cover, nor whether the main character will be changed into a decent person as in the drama version of The Lost Tomb.  Come on,  Jin Dong, you just produced a drama about protecting cultural artifacts, you can turn this drama around, right?

source: Weibo