William Chan, Ma Sichun are dark and gritty in Age of Legends posters

Filming has begun for upcoming crime action drama Age of Legends 橙红年代, an adaption of Xiaoqixiao’s novel of the same name.
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Devotion of Suspect X opens this weekend in U.S./Canada/U.K./Australia

You can usually tell who’s on the same side by the matching clothes.

The Devotion of Suspect X is one of three detective films airing this weekend, but viewers abroad will only have a chance to see one, so you should take it, if only so my local cinema will be motivated to air it next weekend.

The film stars Wang Kai, Zhang Luyi, Ruby Lin, and Ye Zuxin, and is directed by Alec Su. Screening information here

Weibo Wednesday: November 5, 2014

Hope everyone had a good Halloween last week! Some celebrities got in on the fun as well, though I haven’t seen any truly outlandish costumes yet. Here’s three of the cutest ones I saw — do you have any of your own to share?

Jimmy Lin with wife Kelly Chen at son Kimi Lin‘s school’s Halloween party. They’re dressed as a SWAT team. Excuse me while I express shock over the fact that they’re allowed to bring to fake weapons into a school. My workplace didn’t even allow lightsabers!

Jimmy Lin, wife Kelly Chen, and son Kimi Lin dressed up as SWAT officders for Halloween

夢想家林志穎: Happy Halloween day! 今天我们是“特警家族”参加Kimi学校的party,Kimi在台上看到爸比妈咪,表演的更加卖力边唱歌边跳起舞来了![嘻嘻]

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Cosmetology High injects humor and botox into the Tang

Bringing on the Tang dynasty grove.

Cosmetology High (formerly the Making of a Beauty)  is a surprising mix of humor and even some creativity, a refreshing change from producer Yu Zheng.   The trailer also confirms my suspicion that Yang Rong is amazing and deserves better roles.  The series co-starring Jin Shijia, Zhang Zhehan, Merat, and guest-starring a lot of pretty people airs on Sundays beginning next week.

“Incisive Great Teacher” to Air on June 4

Will the Longshi fanservice in Incisive Great Teacher cover up the bitter aftertaste left from Bu Bu Jing Qing?

If you’re like me, you’re totally bummed out at missing the first broadcast of Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁师), which aired on a city-wide channel last month and saw all of its YouTube episode uploads wiped out within the past week. Luckily, Dragon TV has picked the drama up for a satellite airing, which will begin on June 4.

Recently, Incisive Great Teacher unveiled some new montage posters showcasing leads (and real-life couple) Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi, along with supporting cast members Huo Zhengyan, Ye Zuxin, Gui Gui, and Yue Yueli. Interestingly, on the posters, these six characters are introduced in both Chinese and English, though the font is so tiny that it’s probably more for artistic effect than for practical purposes.

Dragon TV will broadcast three episodes of Incisive Great Teacher every weekday, with Saturdays and Sundays getting two episodes apiece. More posters behind the cut, including an angsty love triangle!

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Nicky Wu, Liu Shishi Turn from Silly to Serious in “Incisive Great Teacher” Trailer

Huo Zhengyan attempting to rise above his third wheel status when hanging out with Nicky and Shishi.

If you thought Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi‘s upcoming collaboration, Incisive Great Teacher (犀利仁师), was going to be nothing but romantic slapstick, the drama’s newest trailer might not change your mind… until two-and-a-half minutes in, that is.

The trailer quickly walks us through the drama’s set-up: Liu Aotian (Nicky Wu) is dispatched to become an wushu instructor at Hong Wen Academy in order to ensure that the school follows the emperor’s new edict allowing female students. He accidentally messes up a marriage-partner-seeking martial arts tournament set up by Lu Yufei (Liu Shishi), who chases him to Hong Wen Academy and becomes a teacher there as well.

Bickering and flirting ensue, with a rival love interest (Huo Zhengyan) making an appearance and even the students (Gui Gui and Ye Zuxin) getting in on the romantic atmosphere. But then Yufei accidentally starts a fire at the school, and then she discovers that her father has been ensnared in a trap designed by Aotian. Cue the angst!

Check out the trailer below for some fun-turned-angst-turned fun, as well as Wallace Huo‘s cameo, which seems to pay homage to a certain scene from Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心).

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“Bu Bu Jing Qing” to Air on April 22nd

“Neither time nor tide can keep us apart, be it in another world,” aka the regular state of mind of drama fangirls.

Fangirls (and fanboys) rejoice! Bu Bu Jing Qing (步步惊情), the long-awaited sequel to the 2011 time-traveling drama Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心), has an official broadcast date — April 22nd, which is in just a little more than a month!

On March 18th, Zhejiang TV reported on Weibo that Bu Bu Jing Qing would have an exclusive showing at the station’s China Blue Theater (中国蓝剧场). Sina Entertainment then contacted an insider and received confirmation that the series would begin airing on April 22nd.

Interestingly enough, Bu Bu Jing Qing will be broadcast on Zhejiang TV, instead of on Hunan TV like its predecessor. Earlier this month, netizens began buzzing over rumors that Hunan TV would begin airing Bu Bu Jing Qing on March 9th, but the news turned out to be untrue.

Known as the drama that brought Nicky Wu and Liu Shishi together, Bu Bu Jing Xin will see a reunion of the real-life and on-screen couple in the modern-day Bu Bu Jing Qing. The upcoming series also features returning cast members Ye Zuxin, Annie Liu, and Damian Lau, along with new cast members Sun Yizhou, Jiang Jinfu, and Chen Xiang.

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Weibo Wednesday: Relationships Edition

In addition to the three pairs mentioned before, also joining the relationship train are official acknowledgments of relationships for Zheng Shuang and Zhang Han, Jiang Xin and Ye Zuxin, Qiao Zhenyu, and Wang Luodan.

张翰: 小怪物回家啦乐得

Zhang Han finally posts a photo of him and Zheng Shuang together after their Meteor Shower days, showing the two of them visiting Disney World together. Although… you can’t really tell that they’re at Disney World. They could be at a random park, for all we know. At least get Mickey in the background next time, kiddos.

Finally going home, little monster! ;b So happy!  :D :D :D

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Nicky Wu,Liu Shishi collaborate (again) for “Incisive Great Master”

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If Nicky Wu was your teacher, how much less likely would you be to skip school? He and LIu Shishi are collaborating once again for Incisive Great Master, where he plays the pugilist-turned-teacher Liu Aotian, and she plays the “old maid” Lu Yunfei. They are joined by Huo Zhengyan, tenth-prince Ye Zuxin (a rich-boy student), and Gui Gui (the class representative). Nicky Wu himself is producing this drama. More stills are found under the cut!

Synopsis: Jianghu pugilist Liu Aotian becomes a teacher at the Hongwen School. Due to a misunderstanding, the “spinster” Lu Yunfei follows him to the school and also becomes a teacher. In between their constant bickering, they oversee the growth of their (sometimes zany) students. Slap, slap, kiss; romance begins to bloom between the duo, but Huo Zhengyan’s Nie Yuanxin enters the picture as another male teacher, and the third leg of the love triangle. At the same time, there is a more sinister plot biding its time within the Hongwen School…

“Bu Bu Jing Qing” stills are still in grayscale

“Excuse me, ma’am, I think you broke the grayscale-only dress code. ” – Zhao Chulun to Liu Shishi

Stills from Shanghai Tangren’s latest business intrigue idol drama starring Liu Shishi, Nicky Wu, Sun Yizhou, Jiang Jinfu, Ye Zuxin, Ye Qing, Annie Liu, Zhao Chulun, Zeng Yike and Chen Xiang.

Ye Zuxin showing off his curves; Liu Shishi frightened.

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