Photoshoot Round-up: Bazaar Icons

A round-up of perfectly photoshopped (or not) pictures of the stars ahead of the Bazaar event tonight. Which look(s) do you like the most?

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Married with kids: Wu Qian, Zhang Yujian

This Weibo post from Zhang Yujian confirms the open secret that he is married to I Only Like You costar Wu Qian, and that the two have a daughter. Congrats to the couple!

The actor is visibly annoyed that he was forced to make the announcement because the paparazzi wouldn’t leave his family alone (as anyone would be), but reactions were mixed given his handling of the rumours over the past year:

We dated, married, and now have an adorable child – steps were taken to ensure all legal procedures were completed. It’s okay if you reproach me, because I don’t know you, and don’t have to tell you anything. I only want my kid to have a normal childhood – you really shouldn’t have taken pictures of my daughter and revealed her name. It is her parents’ fault that she wasn’t protected well enough. Her mother is also very upset. Make sure this doesn’t happen again.

Mulan Getting an Oscars Nod for Best Costume is a Joke, so Here’s A List of Period Dramas in 2020 that had Better Costumes

In the past decade, costume designers of Chinese period pieces have tried recreating artifacts, revitalizing traditional textile printing methods, built entire hand-embroidery departments, experimented with a variety of Western fabrics and silhouettes for fantasy and sci-fi costumes, but Disney’s live-action Mulan is here to remind that Hollywood still thinks of them as rednecks with neither aesthetics nor skill.

I should probably be happy that Nomadland and Minari are getting so much recognization, but when I saw the Academy Awards nominations all I could think about was how ridiculous it was that Bina Daigeler got nominated for Best Costume for Mulan. Her costumes are so atrocious that most Chinese people can’t even tell if they were poorly made because she wants to offend Chinese people on purpose, or because she didn’t care enough to make something inoffensive (probably a mix of both). To make it worse, the live-action Mulan was nominated for awards by both the Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards and the Costume Designers Guild Awards, so even the “professionals” think so poorly of Chinese traditional clothes that they think Mulan’s costume designer is good.

Due to both popularization of hanfu as an everyday garment and more types of dramas being made, costume designers of Chinese period pieces have gone through so many different trends, diversified the types, and improved the quality of their costumes in recent years. They’ve tried recreating artifacts, revitalizing traditional textile printing methods, built entire hand-embroidery departments, experimented with a variety of Western fabrics and silhouettes for fantasy and sci-fi costumes. Yet Disney’s live-action Mulan is here to remind that them that most in the West still thinks of them as rednecks with hand-me-down aesthetics leftover whose best costumes look like 1980’s TVB leftovers.

So, in honor of the Chinese designers who get so little recognization I can’t find their names for most of the dramas, I looked through the list of Chinese dramas that aired in 2020 to make a list of period dramas with better costumes than Mulan.

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Red carpet round-up: 2020 Weibo Awards Ceremony

Another year of the Weibo awards, another year of marvelling at how great all the actresses look.

Select list of attendees: Angelababy, Huang Xiaoming, Bai Jingting, Bai Yu, Deng Chao, Sun Li, Dilraba, Guan Xiaotong, Lu Han, Kris Wu, Huang Zitao, Zhang Yixing, Jin Chen, Li Bingbing, Li Xian, Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haocun, Mao Xiaotong, Ni Ni, Zhao Liying, Song Qian, Song Weilong, Tan Songyun, Tang Yan, Tong Liya, Tong Yao, Wang Kai, Cai Xukun, Wang Yibo, Xiao Zhan, Yang Zi & Yang Mi.

The cast of Hi, Mom – Shen Teng, director Jia Ling, Zhang Xiaofei. The movie has topped $700M USD to become China’s third-highest grossing film ever.
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Zheng Shuang becomes the first artist to be publicly blacklisted by regulators

Zheng Shuang

Controversial actress Zheng Shuang, best known for her roles in Meteor Shower, Mural and Love O2O, has been condemned and banned, in writing, from future onscreen appearances by television and film regulator NRTA (formerly SARFT). The actress has been making headlines over the past few days for the use of surrogacy in the US (China has a de facto ban on all forms of surrogacy) and allegedly planning to abandon her children, who are currently in the US with her ex-husband.

The regulators have their own double standards when it comes to blacklisting artists, though this is the first time they have published an official editorial. Her upcoming dramas A Chinese Ghost Story (opposite Hou Minghao) and Masked probably won’t be able to broadcast unless they use AI to replace the actress, much like what The Message and The Glorious Era did after Zhao Lixin was quietly blacklisted.

Photoshoot round-up: Douyin Star Night

Guan Xiaotong

Studios have released perfectly photoshopped pictures of their stars ahead of the broadcast of Douyin’s event (although it probably isn’t getting the level of attention it would like at the moment…). Catch the stars on the red carpet now at Youku.

Red carpet compilation: Ladies & Gents

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Producer-screenwriters Guo Jingming, Yu Zheng publicly apologise for plagiarism

L-R: Yu Zheng, Guo Jingming. Image source: Sina Finance

Well isn’t this an entertaining way to end 2020. Popular author / screenwriter / director Guo Jingming‘s second novel Never-flower in Never-dream was found by the court to have plagiarised Zhuang Yu’s In and Out of the Circle in 2003, yet has never admitted or apologised for plagiarism until today. Guo published a Weibo post at 12am describing it as an “unhealable wound” he was “loathe to face”.

Guo Jingming had offered to pay Zhuang Yu all the royalties he earned from selling Never-flower in Never-dream or alternatively if she didn’t accept his offer, he would donate all his profit to charity.

Zhuang Yu accepted his apology, though suggested they create an “Anti-Plagiarism Fund” using all the royalties from the sale of the novels in question instead. Guo Jingming has accepted her offer to create “the fund”.
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Stars attend Tencent awards show in Nanjing

Most of the stars that have had or will have shows broadcast on Tencent attended the event. The actresses have my utmost respect today – it’s currently 2 degrees Celsius in Nanjing. Which look do you like best?

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Stars brave the cold for GQ event

Yang Yang showing up like a mob boss

GQ is my least favorite top fashion magazine in China, but they always put on a good show for their annual Men of the Year event.. With the Harper’s Bazaar Gala gone with its last editor Su Mang, GQ put up a show rivaling Cosmo to compete for the top fashion event of the year. Which event had better looks?

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