Jing Boran, Jiang Shuying, Zhang Ruoyun and more in Divas Hit the Road

Season 3 of Divas Hit the Road 花儿与少年: 冒险季 features a new and younger cast in Jiang Shuying, Bolin Chen, Guli Nazha, Zhang Ruoyun, Tony Yang, Song Zu’er (as Nezha in Lotus Lantern 2005) and Lai Yumeng (new actress who made her debut in Go! Goal! Fighting!), with Jing Boran as the only returning cast member.

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Tony Leung joins Bai Baihe, Jing Boran in Monster Hunt 2

Monster Hunt was a commercial success when it premiered last year, and now a sequel starring original trio Bai Baihe (I Belonged To You), Jing Boran (Love O2O) and cute white radish Hu Ba has started filming. This will be Tony Leung’s (The Grandmaster) first comedy in 14 years, and it’s likely he will be playing the main antagonist.

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Weibo Wednesday: June 3, 2015

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announce relationship

李晨: 我们

The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.

Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.

Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.

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“Bu Bu Jing Xin” Movie Reveals First Look at Princes

Ivy Chen and Tony Yang in Time to Love/Bu Bu Jing Xin

I’m sorry, even Tony Yang can’t pull off the Qing queue that well.

The movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (新步步惊心), officially titled Time to Love, unveiled a new trailer and some new stills recently, with the highlight being our first close-ups of Tony Yang and Shawn Dou, who play Fourth Prince and Fourteenth Prince respectively.

Unlike the previously released preview, which suggested that female lead Zhang Xiaowen (Ivy Chen) traveled back in time after a failed suicide attempt, the new trailer shows her accidentally slipping in the bathtub and awakening in the Qing Dynasty as Maertai Ruoxi. The trailer also gives us a glimpse of her burgeoning romances with the logical and reliable Fourth Prince and the romantic and fun-loving Fourteenth Prince.

Time to Love opens in theaters on August 20, just in time for the Qixi Festival (sometimes referred to as “Chinese Valentine’s Day”). Trailer and more stills below.

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Weibo Wednesday: February 18, 2015

Happy Lunar New Year! For some of us, it’s not yet February 19, but I guess that just means we’ll get an extended day of celebration. C: Treat yourself to one of Jimmy Lin‘s red envelopes featuring his son, Kimi~

Jimmy Lin with red envelope featuring son Kimi Lin

夢想家林志穎: 新年快乐[大红灯笼]发红包时间到啰![发红包][发红包][发红包]

Happy New Year. It’s time to pass out the red envelopes!

Most of our favorite celebrities are enjoying the holiday at home, which means not as many Weibo updates regarding the New Year. But here’s what some of them have been up to the past three weeks…

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“Bu Bu Jing Xin” Movie Unveils First Stills

Ivy Chen stars as Maertai Ruoxi in movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin.

Our first look at Ivy Chen as Maertai Ruoxi.

The movie adaptation of Bu Bu Jing Xin (新步步惊心) finally released its first set of stills, as well as a short preview, giving viewers their first glimpse of female lead Ivy Chen, who plays Zhang Xiaowen, a lonely young woman who accidentally time travels back to the Qing Dynasty.

The preview of the film, officially titled Time to Love, gives off an interesting fairy-tale-like atmosphere, complete with pretty lights and shiny carousels. Unlike the original novel by Tong Hua and the previous drama adaptation, Zhang Xiaowen’s trip to the Qing Dynasty appears to be triggered by a deliberate drowning in the bathtub, rather than an accidental traffic incident and electrocution.

Time to Love began filming in November of last year and recently wrapped up filming. The movie also stars Tony Yang and Shawn Dou, though still no word has been given on which characters they will portray. Currently in post-production, Time to Love is expected to open in theaters in the second half of 2015.

Check out the preview below, as well as more stills and posters behind the cut.

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Tang Yan Takes Over January with Double Drama Release

Tang Yan looking gorgeous in gorgeous dresses next to gorgeous men.

January marks the release of two highly anticipated dramas starring Tang Yan: My Sunshine (何以笙箫默) and Lady & Liar (千金女贼). My Sunshine will begin airing today, January 10, and is scheduled to finish its run near the end of the month, just in time for the premiere of Lady & Liar, which will start its broadcast on January 27.

Based off a novel of the same name, My Sunshine stars Tang Yan and Wallace Chung as ex-university-sweethearts whose paths have not crossed for seven years. The series recently unveiled its ending theme song, “Why Love” (何以爱情,) performed by Wallace Chung. It’s uploaded to Croton Media’s official YouTube channel, which will hopefully have episodes of My Sunshine available in a timely fashion.

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Weibo Wednesday: January 7, 2015

Happy 2015! A quick round-up this week — I expect that the next Weibo Wednesday will be several weeks from now, so enjoy your fill while you can.

Gao Yuanyuan, as posted by Mark Chao

HERO趙又廷: 別差評了 this is my wife

Mark Chao used the last few hours of 2014 to post a photo of his wife, Gao Yuanyuan. The couple officially got married at the end of November. Also of note is that Mark’s post was #1314 on his Weibo, which is significant because “1314” sounds like “all my life” in Mandarin.

Don’t criticize her. This is my wife.

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Weibo Wednesday: October 15, 2014

Zhang Han and nerdy Chen Qiao'en

陈乔恩: 閨蜜閨蜜王同鞋~生日大快樂內[蛋糕][蛋糕][干杯]這照片拿出來我也是醉了~義氣啊![哈哈]

In order to celebrate Zhang Han‘s 30th birthday on October 6th, Chen Qiao’en dug out this potentially embarrassing photograph.

Best friend best friend classmate Wang~ Big happy birthday. I’ll become intoxicated after taking out this photo ~ Loyalty!

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The House That Never Dies releases stills

Ruby has a nicer looking pom pom, but you shouldn’t get so depressed about it, at least you don’t have to hold yours???

Ruby Lin comes back for another horror film, this time The House That Never Dies. She’s reunited by one of her co-actresses from Bloodstained Shoes, Monica Mok; also joining the cast are Tony Yang (from the upcoming Lady and Liar) and Francis Ng,  In the early Republican era, Lu Dieyu (Ruby Lin) is a star courtesan, who falls in love with the third young master of the Huo family. She marries into the clan, but on the night of the wedding, the groom metamorphoses into the recently deceased second young master. Dieyu becomes with child soon afterwards, and with rumors of a ghost fetus spreading, the household becomes uneasy; before long, the family falls to ruin, leaving behind a shadowing mansion.

A hundred years passed and Xu Ruojing discovered the new avatar, the reincarnation of Dieyu, enters the old house. She begins to find the story of the past, and her presence awakens the resentment of formerly dormant ghosts…

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