Wu Jinyan, Nie Yuan reunite in Beauty Hao Lan

How can you say you’re in love if you haven’t ran through a busy street to escape a villain?

Riding on the popularity of The Story of Yanxi Palace, Beauty Hao Lan / Legend of Haolan 皓镧传 has secured a November 15th release date. The Yu Zheng-helmed palace intrigue reunites Yanxi stars Wu Jinyan and Nie Yuan. They’re joined by Mao  Zijun, Ning Jing, Tan Zhuo, Tong Mengshi and Wang Lin.

English-subbed final trailer below:

 

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Photoshoot round-up: couples

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Here are some recent photoshoots of people being cute together,  featuring Ma Sichun X Jing BoranWu Lei X Chun Xia, Zhang Tian’ai X Huang Zitao, Zhao Wei X Alec Su,  Wu Jinyan Xu Kai, Zhang Yuxi Kenji Chen, and Zhu Zhiling X Li Gengxi.   Which couple has the most chemistry?
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Stars in the sky for Elle Anniversary Event

Look at these beautiful people attending a party for Elle China’s 30th birthday party.  The event is somewhere up high in Shanghai, but it’s not like you can tell from the photos since they just used two fake skies as a backdrop.

Guests include  Ni Ni, Li Yuchun, Yang Mi, Tang Yan, Angelababy, Song Qian, Bai Baihe, Liu Wen, Zhang Zilin, Wang Junkai, Lin Yanjun, Mao Buyi, Xu Weizhou, and the casts of Meteor Garden, The Story of Yanxi Palace, and Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. There are others at the event but I only included people who got an official photo from Elle and a few notable looks. Which ones are your favorites?

Elle Cover Girls. I like how Li Yuchun is just like, nope, not doing that weird heart thing.

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Wu Jinyan, Zhang Zhehan’s Zhaoge releases new trailer, stills to show off on-location scenery

Zhaoge is one of several stunning upcoming series shot on-location in Xinjiang. Others include Novoland : Eagle Flag, Ever Night: Dawn of the Empire, and Handsome Siblings.

Wow the cast of this Zhaoge 朝歌 has had done well since it started filming –   Li Yitong and Legend of the Condor Heroes,  Bai Yu in Guardian, Zhang Zhehan and Merxat in Legend of Yunxi, and then the current breakout hit of Wu Jinyan and Xu Kai in The Story of Yanxi Palace.

The Shang dynasty epic stars Wu Jinyan, Zhang Zhehan, Bao Jianfeng, Gillian Chung, Merxat, Xu Kai, Li Yitong, Puff Kuo, Jiang Yiyi, Hai Lu  , Bai Yu, Bai Lu, Chen Shu, Liu Min, Lian Lian, Deng Sha, Zhang Jianing, He Hongshan, and Liu Zhiyang.

Given their successes, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zhaoge airing soon.

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Promo Round-up: The Story of Yanxi Palace

The Story of Yanxi Palace features Consort Ling (Wu Jinyan) as the main character, and revolves around her rise to the top of the harem. Nie Yuan plays the Qianlong Emperor, and Qin Lan, Charmaine Sheh, Wang Yuanke and Zhang Jiani play the main consorts. The 70 episode drama airs tonight, and will release 2 episodes on iQiyi and Youtube every Thursday to Sunday. VIP members get an 8 episode head start.

Update Aug 6th: Thanks to the show’s popularity, iQiyi will now release two episodes every day except Monday.

Extended Synopsis | First teaser

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Yu Zheng joins in on the Qing Dynasty drama parade

First it was Gong vs. Bu Bu Jing Xin, then Gong II vs. Legend of Zhen Huan, and now this time it’s Yanxi Gonglue vs. Ruyi’s Royal Love in the Palace. Yu Zheng may have toned down on the bright colours, but his lawsuit with Qiong Yao doesn’t seem to have killed off his bad habits of plagiarism.

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“Beauty at the crossfires” brings arranged marriage back to Republican era

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Behind every great woman, there is a fighter and a thinker, and a bunch of supporting characters.

If you thought arranged marriages only works miracles in modern idol dramas, think again.   Based on another novel from the author of the Schemes of a Beauty 美人心计 ,   Beauty at the Crossfires 烽火佳人 finally brings happily-ever-after arranged marriages to a time period where they actually happen. Despite having their own lovers, Shu Chang and Sammul Chan‘s characters are forced into an unhappy arranged marriage. But as we all know in idol drama world, this means the beginning of a beautiful relationship as the two slowly cross the boundaries they’ve set for each other.  

This is also selling as one of the best-looking Republican era casts in a long time.   Other than leads Shu Chang, Sammul Chan, Qiao Zhenyu, and Shi Xiaoqun,  even the sidekicks (Li Zhinan! Su Qing!) are good-looking.

The series currently airs three episodes a week on Shenzhen/Anhui TV.  What do you think? How does it compare to its sequel, Tang Yan/Luo Jin/Sammul Chan’s “Gone with the Wind 乱世佳人”?

Weibo Wednesday: November 20, 2013

Apologies for the lack of normal Weibo Wednesdays in the past… month. If I could spend more time each day scrolling through Weibo for memorable posts, I definitely would, but unfortunately, that’s not what I get paid to do! But we do have a deluge of goodies from the past month, so full speed ahead!

井柏然: 我想和你好好的.必须得看阿2ni@倪妮V

Jing Boran showed his support for real-life couple Feng Shaofeng and Ni Ni‘s first feature film together, Love Will Tear Us Apart (我想和你好好的), calling it a must-watch. Jing Boran and Ni Ni will soon star together in Up in the Wind (等风来), a film about two unlikely friends’ search for happiness, which eventually leads them to Nepal. Up in the Wind opens in theaters on December 29th. Forever LOLing at the person trying to sneak a pic of Ni Ni with their Minion phone in this photo below.

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