Huang Xiaoming, Qin Hailu play a married couple in upcoming drama

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Huang Xiaoming bowed out of modern idol drama Here to Heart to film this, and was replaced with Zhang Han.

The Years You Were Late 你迟到的许多年 stars Qin Hailu (White Deer Plain) as a soldier turned telephone operator, and Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love) as her estranged husband who later becomes an entrepreneur.

The drama is a loose adaption of script writer Yan Geling’s Buyu Cottage, and aims to provide a realistic depiction of the lives of everyday people during the economic reforms of the 1980s. It’s sounding a lot like Yin Tao and Zhang Yi’s sleeper hit Feather Flies to the Sky, so here’s to hoping this drama can replicate the former’s success.

The 30 episode drama is directed by Lin Ke, and started filming a week ago.

Sheng Yilun reporting back on the Republic’s biggest actresses

Dear Chinese producers: I will come up with English titles for you for free if you fire your current ones.

Sheng Yilun is the youngest by a lot in “Shanghai Picked Flowers 十里洋场拾年花
“, a series that focuses on female celebs in the Republican era, except the main lead is male. Sheng Yilun plays a reporter reporting on all the happenings in the Republican Shanghai world of romance, and intrigue. The posters are nice, and the premise and cast seems promising, let’s hope they don’t botch it.

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Historical epic White Deer Plain gears up for release

White Deer Plain 白鹿原 is based on Chen Zhongshi’s critically acclaimed novel of the same name and chronicles the feud between the Bai and Lu families during a time of political upheaval. Zhang Jiayi (The Young Marshal)He Bing (Anti-Japanese Hero Qi Jiguang) and Qin Hailu (Shopping Queen) lead the older generation, while the main characters from the younger generation will be played by Zhai Tianlin (Legend of Nine Tailed Fox), Lei Jiayin (Red Star Over China) and Li Qin (Love O2O).

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Wallace Huo’s thriller movie Hide and Seek sets premiere date

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Wallace Huo’s previous films haven’t made any splashes with the audience – let’s hope this one will turn things around.

Wallace Huo is definitely moving full steam ahead with his film career – Hide and Seek is just one of three movies he has filmed this year, while his other projects The Great Escape (starring Zhou Xun) and Reset (co-starring Yang Mi) are in the final stages of post-production.

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Looking forward to Upcoming Chinese films in 2014

Ge You and Jiang Wen as showmasters in the movie, Gone With the Bullets.

Ge You and Jiang Wen as show masters in the upcoming movie, Gone With the Bullets.

The year is almost a quarter over (I know!), but 2014 is a really exciting year for Chinese film and it would be a waste not to take a look at all the great stuff that’s going to be released soon. This year, as some have noted, will be the year of big director comebacks, from Red Cliff’s John Woo to Zhang Yimou and many others. (Thanks to Mookie for everything about this post, I’m just here to spread the word.)

(Also, you’ll soon realize that Huang Xiao Ming does not rest… I believe he has at least 4 films this year alone, excluding dramas!!)

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Yu Zheng Selects Michelle Chen as Little Dragon Maiden

Yang Guo might end up being prettier than Xiaolongnü in the upcoming Return of the Condor Heroes adaptation…

Ben Affleck may be the next Batman, but guess who the next Xiaolongnü (Little Dragon Maiden) is going to be? Producer-screenwriter Yu Zheng finally announced who he’d selected to play the female lead in his upcoming adaptation of Return of the Condor Heroes (神雕侠侣). Amid heavy speculation that the role would go to Angelababy, Guo Biting, or even Yuan Shanshan, Yu Zheng decided on the one name no one would have thought of: Michelle Chen.

The revelation led to much criticism online. Although Michelle shot to fame after starring in the 2011 Taiwanese romance film You Are the Apple of My Eye (那些年,我们一起追的女孩), many netizens feel she lacks the physical characteristics requisite to portray Xiaolongnü. “The string on which Xiaolongnü sleeps will be crushed by her weight,” some wrote.

The hashtag “Yu Zheng, get out of the entertainment industry” soon became a hot topic on Sina Weibo, but like always, Yu Zheng has stuck to his guns. “I dare to guarantee that after Michelle’s costume photos are released,” he said in an interview, “no one will say she doesn’t look like Xiaolongnü.”

Now that the photos have been released (there’s another one behind the cut), you can take a look and decide for yourself. Does Michelle Chen fit your image of one of the most ethereal beauties in the wuxia universe?

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The “androgynous gala” reflects changing attitudes on gender boundaries

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“When the two rabbits walk-side-by-side, can you tell who’s male and female?”  – CCTV taking  a lesson  from China’s most famous cross-dresser, Mulan.

Remember back in the days when Li Yuchun was widely criticized for being androgynous, and Western media like the Times even used her as an example of the state’s disapproval of such phenomenon?  Yet if you watched this year’s Spring Festival Gala, nicknamed the “gender-bending gala” by netizens, you would’ve never guessed that was ever an issue.

There’s the now staple performer Li Yugang, a man who is rarely not in a dress, and is dressed up as the moon goddess this year.  Actress Qin Hailu’s skit features  a high-powered female exec with a slick short hairdo and a black suit while her male employee dons a long wig, a pouty voice, and addresses everyone by “dear.”
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