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.

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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?

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Yang Mi, Li Yifeng Fall in Love Like a Star

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Qingxue has finally found her Tusu again!

Yang Mi and Li Yifeng fall in love again in Tony Chan’s Fall in Love Like a Star 怦然星动.  If somewhat unconvincingly given her gorgeousness, Yang Mi plays the “plain” agent who falls in love with her client, the famous star played by Li Yifeng. The film  co-stars Dilireba, Zhang Yunlong, Chen Shu, and Wang Yaoqing. See a second trailer here.

Perfect for fulfilling the fangirl(or boy)’s fantasies of falling in love with their favorite star, celebrity romances seem to be  a popular theme lately.  In addition to this film, there are also two upcoming dramas (Above the Clouds with Chen Xiao and Yuan Shanshan, Rebirth of a Star 重生之名流巨星 with Ma Ke and Zhang Xinyu).

By the way, Yang Mi and Lu Han’s The Witness is currently airing in North America and Europe. Catch it if you can! Both films are produced by Yang Mi’s own workshop.

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Chen Xuedong, Zhang Yixing has an alien baby in “Oh My God”

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Showing you that married life is truly a prison.

OMG, a baby that fell from the sky?  Chen Xuedong, Zhang YIxing, Li Xiaolu, and Jiang Wen  star in a rare sci-fi comedy Oh My God 从天儿降. This first film from seasoned film editor Wei Nan is produced by Zhang Ziyi  with Guo Jingming as the art director. It’s set for a December release.

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Tribes and Empires: Storm of Prophecy begins the journey to a new world

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One of Chinese literature’s biggest mythical world is finally being brought to life.

An universe with its own stars and creation story,  the mythical land of Novoland 九州 (you may know it as the setting of City of Hopeless Love) is finally getting its first real TV adaptation with  Tribes and Empires:  Storm of Prophecy 九州·海上牧云记.  The novel by Novoland co-founder Jin Hezai is the first of a series of novels of  set in Novoland to be adapted on the screen.

The story follows the brotherhood of a imprisoned half-human half-spirit prince (Huang Xuan),  an abandoned son of a general (Shawn Dou), and the heir of a slaughtered tribe (Wei Daxun?)  as they uncover the secrets of their past and seek both revenge and justice for the ones they love.

The rest of the stellar cast includes Zhang Jingchu, Wan Qian, Zhou Yiwei,   Yu Haoming, Xu Lu, Zhang Jianing,  Kan Qingzi, Peng Guanying, Gu Xuan, Jiang Qinqin, Wei Daxun, Reyizha, and Wang Qianyuan.