Chen Xuedong plays Guo Jingming, falls for Zheng Shuang in Rush to the Dead Summer

Could Guo Jingming finally have a decent TV adaptation of his novels? The trailer so far seems lovely, and casting of Zheng Shuang, Chen Xuedong, Bai Jingting, Xia Ziting and Chai Biyun is perfect.

Rush to the Dead Summer follows the main lead Lu Xiaosi (Chen Xuedong). Xiaosi  is an introverted but talented illustrator who began publishing under a pseudonym in high school. He  finally made it big in college and started his own publishing company, only to be caught in accusations of plagiarism. As if afraid you can’t figure out that this story is about him, Guo Jingming made the main lead’s name (小司) literally being a homophone of his own pseudonym (小四).

This is the second time Chen Xuedong will play Guo Jingming, the last time being when he played Zhou Chongguang, an annoying writer who would never turn in his writings in time, in Tiny Times 1/2/3/4. We get it, guys, you guys are soulmates.

Being a Guo Jingming story, there are also a lot of love triangles. Xiaosi is joined by the extroverted and sunny bff who will literally die for him Lu Zhihang (Bai Jingting), the perfect(ly dull) female lead Lixia (Zheng Shuang) who he dates, the spunky Yujian (Xia Ziting) with dreams of being a rockstar and a love triangle of her own , and the vain Cheng Qiqi (Chai Biyun) who also likes Xiaosi.

 

Motion capture animation L.O.R.D. releases trailer

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Those puppy eyes almost make me want to  forgive them for everything.  gif :小介鹿里

Guo Jingming and China’s first motion capture animation film L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasty) finally released its first full-length trailer. It stars Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You know, if the CGI isn’t that great, you could’ve at least chose good voice actors to make up for it …

L.O.R.D. cast takes over the Cosmos

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Four of them are by Chen Man, four by Wu Ming.  Can you tell which one’s which?

L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasties) may have delayed its opening night to September, but they released their first magazine cover in time for June with a whooping 10 different Cosmos covers for you to chose from.

Featuring director/writer Guo Jingming with actors Fan Bingbing, Chen Xuedong, William Chan, TF Boys’ Wang Yuan, Amber Kuo, Aarif Lee , and Lin Yun,  the ten covers are shot by  Chen Man and Wu Ming.  Which ones are your favorites?

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More importantly … I downloaded and uploaded all the photos via Python! Yay, me!

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Fashion Friday: Men’s Fashion Week

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“But leave it to Wang Kai and Chen Kun to bring a lighter touch to the week. … With fancy footwear and a double-breasted jacket, Kun elevated the baggy, 1980s silhouettes made popular in American Gigolo.” – Vogue.com

As a string of men’s fashion weeks concludes this week, here’s a round-up of some of the looks. We have Kris Wu Yifan in London,  Chen Kun, Wang Kai, Sheng Yilun, Chen Xuedong  in Milan, Yang Yang, Jing Boran in Paris. In particular of note is Kris Wu Yifan, who is the first male actor of Chinese descent to walk the runaways for a high-end fashion show (Burberry).

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In addition to appearances at shows, most of them also took some time for street style photoshoots, so you can expect more in the coming weeks.  So, which looks are your favorites?

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I spy … a lot of spies in 2016

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To get an idea of the extent of communist infiltration at the time, the head of the KMT’s central intelligence agency was at one time a communist mole. The character whom Ming Lou was modeled after in The Disguiser? A five-sided agent.

As idol actors try to prove their worth, many of them are looking toward espionage dramas.   Li Yifeng, Zhao Liying,  Liu Shishi, Hawick Lau, Zhou DongyuZhang RuoyunChen Xuedong,  Lu Yi, Qiao Zhenyu,  and Ady An Yixuan are just some of the latest spies in the drama world.

Espionage dramas have long been turning points for many actors, most recently Jin Dong and Wang Kai in The Disguiser.   While usually more reserved for veteran actors, the specialty is now in vogue for the young and beautiful.   Set mostly during the Sino-Japanese war, a period is known for their classy outfits and intrigue-filled politics,  espionage dramas are perfect for multi-layered characters and acting if one can handle it.

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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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China’s New Variety Show ‘Real Hero’ To Air July 10th

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Which one of those is not a noun?

Real Hero 真心英雄,’ China’s newest variety show to air July 10th, is a spin-off off of South Korea’s ‘Infinite Challenge’ and ‘X-Man’, where a team of celebrities are given strenuous physical and mental challenges to complete in a short amount of time. Watching the trailer, it seems that the challenges include diving through a pool of plastic balls, parachuting into the sky, a giant tug of war, hamster ball fighting, wrestling, and lots of good ‘ol variety show style drama.

This season’s team features Chen Xuedong, Joe Cheng,  Zhang Jie, Zhu Yawen, Tong Dawei, and Yang Kun,  with Guo Jingming as a guest star in ep 1. The theme of this show, according to the show creators at Jiangsu TV,  is to show the audience what it takes to be a real hero, and how we can be them in our everyday lives.

Take a look at the trailer for the show:

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“The Last Supper” of Tiny Times full of mysteries

Guys, this is how you make movie posters. 

Why are Yang Mi’s knees chained? Who is Guo Biting’s knife pointing at? Why is there blood on Xie Yilin’s mouth?  Can you decipher this poster?

The poster for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End should be put in textbooks about posters.   Titled The Last Supper, the poster, conceived by the director Guo Jingming himself,  contains clues for the viewer to guess the ending of each character in the film finale.  Fans have already started researching the original painting to try and find comparisons.   Can you figure out all the hints?

The film stars Yang Mi,  Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Chen Xuedong, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Shang Liao, and Vivian Dawson.

Some suspicious parts compiled below:

  • There are ten people and ten candles on the floor, and all but one of the candles are burning out. Do they symbolize the lifespan of the characters?
  • Why are Lin Xiao’s legs chained to the ground?
  • Who is Nan Xiang’s dagger pointed at and why?
  • Tang Wanru’s lips have red around them. Wine or blood?
  • Nan Xiang’s hands are on Gong Ming’s legs. What is their relationship?
  • Why is Gu Li’s holding a wig?  Is it a sign she will have and survive cancer?

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“L.O.R.D.” Guo Jingming wants to shape Chinese sci-fi, fantasy, animation

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Gathering up the faces of China’s biggest fandom isn’t just a commercial ploy for Guo Jingming, but also  necessary to insure the success of the launching of an industry.

China’s most ambitious animation project to date, Guo Jingming’s Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (L.O.R.D.) is not only  China’s first motion capture animation film and first Western fantasy film, it’s also going to be made using exclusively Chinese animation teams in little over a year. The plan is one of many moves he’s made as a part of his aggressive entrance into the fields of Chinese science fiction and fantasy literature, film, and animation.

Unlike the other Chinese animation projects that are produced by one company, Guo  wants to shake the entire industry up, working with a dozen Chinese companies to simultaneously develop characters and backgrounds. Guo Jingming reportedly even gave a few million RMB to the primary team Original Force, just so they would upgrade their software instead of using foreign companies.

Human models for the ambitious project include Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You can tell Guo Jingming went straight for the biggest fandoms with this cast to insure his project succeeds.

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