26th Magnolia Awards

Congratulations to Tao Hong for winning Best Supporting Actress! I absolutely loved her in A Little Reunion.

Even though the Magnolia Awards tend to favor actors/directors/dramas in the Shanghai circle, it is the awards show I enjoy watching most because the winners are usually worthy recipients. By all accounts, The Thunder winning Best Drama and Best Screenwriter was probably the biggest surprise of the night. A Little Reunion, Joy of Life and The Longest Day in Chang’an also took home two awards each.

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THE9 releases debut EP SphinX shoot

I love it. It’s bold and somewhat risky, but they all look so good. Youth With You 2’s debut group THE9‘s first EP, titled SphinX, will reportedly have a mythology X outer space theme (hence Xu Jiaqi’s alien ears). chose a decidedly girlcrush route for a group of women with equally bold personalities.

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Promo Round-up: Love and Redemption

Xianxia romance Love and Redemption stars Huanrui’s latest star Cheng Yi as a cursed disciple who keeps on getting tortured (I’ve lost count of how many times he’s coughed up blood in all the trailers) and Yuan Bingyan as an ordinary disciple who doesn’t understand the concept of love.

The 59 episode drama premieres on Youku tonight.

Full insert song by Zhou Shen, insert song by Cheng Yi

Opening by Liu Yuning & Ending by Ayunga and Yu Kewei
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Peng Xiaoran, Jin Han begin filming period romance Jun Jiuling

Peng Xiaoran (Goodbye My Princess) plays an intelligent princess who specialises in medicine in Jun Jiuling 君九龄. After her family is murdered, she takes on a new identity and begins her own secret investigations in an attempt to unravel the political conspiracy. Jin Han (Royal Nirvana) plays her childhood sweetheart and future love interest Zhu Zan.

Based on Xixing’s novel of the same name, the drama is written by Li Mingchao (Buliangren) and directed by Xie Ze (Legend of Fuyao).