Joe Chen, Chen Xiao in Queen Dugu

Joe Chen (Candle in the Tomb) plays the titular Queen (Empress) Dugu Qieluo, and Chen Xiao costars as her husband Yang Jian, later the Emperor Wen of Sui, in upcoming historical Queen Dugu 独孤皇后 (formerly The Unique China Queen).

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The Unique China Queen releases first images

More posters and promotional materials below the cut.

The Unique China Queen 独孤皇后 has released its first images.  So far, the only confirmed cast seems to be Joe Chen but at least there’s images and posters to stare at.

More and (WARNING!!) spoilers at the bottom of the post.

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Wang Kai fields sexist question about “leftover women”

Dear reporter: If you don't have anything important to ask, don't.

Dear reporters: If you don’t have any good question to ask, don’t.

While attending a charity event this week, master Wang Kai gracefully responded to a WTF question from a reporter following a couple of questions about a potential relationship with Stay With Me co-star Joe Chen Qiao’en.  Props for him for giving such an eloquent answer, because I would’ve just been shocked someone just compared my friend to leftovers to my face. Full interview here.

Q: Would you two talk about relationship problems? You know a lot of people are saying Chen Qiao’en is a famous “leftover woman”, and recently there’s been a lot of celebrity “leftover women” getting shotgun weddings, what are your thoughts? 

Wang Kai:  “Leftover women” isn’t necessarily derogatory. In today’s society, I think it should be complimentary. Because you’re excellent enough, because you have a higher standard, so you might be in a relationship later. But that’s not a bad thing. The relationship that’s right for you will just come later.

Note: “Leftover women 剩女” is a recently coined term to deprecate unmarried older women, comparing to leftover food. Chen Qiao’en actually had a drama, SOP Queen 胜女的代价, which trie to reclaim the term for career-focused women.

Joe Chen, Hu Bingqing go head to head in dramas on Empress Dugu


Aside from the subject matter, the other thing both dramas have in common is horrible English names.

Joe Chen (Destined to Love You) and Hu Bingqing (The Legend of Qin) have been tapped to play the lead role in separate dramas that both taking inspiration from the life of Dugu Qieluo, wife to Emperor Wen of Sui.

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Stay With Me releases dubbed sneak-peak


How can we be together if you’re dubbed by someone else?

Not enough of Wang Kai in Ode to Joy?  We’re less than two months away from his upcoming series, Stay With Me! The series managed to steal the coveted Hunan TV summer slot, and before the Olympics, too, so at least we know the guys at Hunan TV like it.   Here’s a sneak-peak of the show from Mango TV, although it’s not an official trailer.  Also, don’t worry,  Wang Kai is using his own voice for the actual series, although co-stars Joe Chen and Qiao Renliang won’t.

Happy Easter/Paris casting call from Stay With Me


Chen Qiao’en looking adorable as a queen or a princess.

Spring is coming, it’s the perfect time to fall in love with this new set of much chirpier photoshoot from Stay With Me. This set of posters actually has nothing to do with Easter other than the pastels, but happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it!

Btw, the script is confirmed to be by Xu Ziyuan (WuXin: Monster Killer, yay!)  and Qian Jingjing (Destined to Love You and Cage of Love, urgh) .

Also, the cast will be filming in Paris next week.They’re looking for a male to read Oscar Wilde, some extras of Chinese origin, and Caucasian male thugs if you’re interested.

Chemistry off-screen, too!

I can’t decide if this is super adorable, if he’s trying to strangle her, or if she’s using his arm as a pull-up bar.

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Joe Chen, Wang Kai love and torment in new posters

 What kind of fashion designer would chose murder by stabbing? Think of the clothes that would get ruined!

Is it an issue that I  already ship this on-screen pair from the photoshoot video alone?

Chen Qiao’en and Wang Kai look stunning in the first posters for Stay With Me 放弃我抓紧我 that actually feature the two together.   We’re already seeing tons of chemistry between the leads from behind-the-scenes. This photoshoot was done the first day the actors met, and all that was going through my head for the second half of the video was “kiss already!”

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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

Huang Xiaoming’s “Cruel Romance” to Air March 3

Is it really that romantic to lay your head on your significant other’s shoulder? At least Huang Xiaoming isn’t playing piano like Hawick Lau was whenever Tang Yan did that to him in Lady & Liar.

The Republican-era romantic drama Cruel Romance (锦绣缘华丽冒险), starring Huang Xiaoming and Chen Qiao’en, has finally gotten an air date. The series will be broadcast on Hunan TV starting March 3, after The Legend of Fragrance finishes its run.

Based on the novel The Fate of Jinxiu (锦绣缘), Cruel Romance has been highly anticipated by fans of Huang Xiaoming and Chen Qiao’en, who had a brief collaboration in the movie Breaking the Waves (激浪青春). The drama is helmed by Taiwanese director Lin Helong, who is mostly known for Taiwanese idol dramas like Devil Beside You, Wish to See You Again, and Love or Bread.

Cruel Romance recently released its opening theme song, simply titled “Fate” (缘), which is sung by Huang Xiaoming. I usually like his songs because he tends to get good songwriters, but he’s definitely straining his voice in this one. *sigh* The lyrics were penned by the drama’s producers, Huan Yue and Huang Bin (who is also Xiaoming’s manager).

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