Cai Yao joins the cast of female spy ensemble film 355

The official Instagram of 355 the movie has added Super–Vocal star Cai Yao into its nine-people follow list, which had previously included the five female leads Fan Bingbing, Jessica Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Diane Kruger, and Lupita Nyong’o in addition to Sebastian Stan, Edgar Ramirez, and director Simon Kinberg.

I’m probably one of the two people who watch Chinese entertainment but haven’t watched Super Vocal, so I don’t know much about him, but he is 20-years-old and 193 cm. Here’s him performing English song Over the Rainbow.

The film’s official Instagram also posted a behind-the-scenes look at preparations for the film. Filming reportedly begins this or next week.

Tang Yixin, Zhang Ruoyun wedding photos

Embroidered on Tang Yixin’s dress is “Love you as love life”, which they also have tattooed on their ankles.

After over ten years of being in love, Tang Yixin and Zhang Ruoyun finally held their fairytale wedding this weekend at the Adare Manor in Ireland. Joining them were bridesmaids Li Qin, Shen Mengchen, and Victoria Song Qian, groomsmen Liu Haoran, Jing Boran, and Guo Qilin, and emcee Ma Sichun. Jing Boran caught the bouquet but gave it to Ma Sichun. Not sure what’s the proper superstition here, so we’ll have to wait and see which one of them gets married first.

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Wedding News: Zhang Ruoyun and Tang Yixin

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Rom-com couple Zhang Ruoyun and Tang Yixin will finally tie the know on June 27th. The two met ten years ago when Zhang Ruoyun was driving and stopped at a traffic light. Tang Yixin was crossing the street and Zhang Ruoyun immediately fell in love. The two have been together ever since. Tang Yixin’s stage name is even a couple name with  Zhang Ruoyun (艺昕 and 若昀 both have 艹 and 日).  Congrats!

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Spirited Away posters from Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang

“Life is a train that goes in one direction.”

The voices of the Chinese dub of Spirited Away –  Zhou Dongyu, Jing Boran, Peng Yuchang, Wang Lin, and Tian Zhuangzhuang – posed for a set of posters inspired by their animated counterparts. The film will receive a belated wide release in theaters in China on the June 21st. FYI, it was previously available online/via DVD, not banned as some headlines seem to imply.

Artistic posters for the Chinese release of Spirited Away by Zao Dao and Huang Hai.

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“I only want to be your supporting actor” – the story of Zhang Yunlei and Yang Jiulang

“When I was in the Intensive Care Unit, he promised me … ‘ In the future, whatever makes you happy, whatever you want to do, go do it and  I’ll follow you.’ ” – Zhang Yunlei

Yang Jiulang kept his word.  According to a director of a variety show,  in the two years since Zhang Yunlei came out of the ICU, Yang Jiulang completely molded himself to fit Zhang Yunlei.

He would wheel him around in a wheelchair off stage and be his crutch on stage.  He would stay up until 3am waiting for word that Zhang Yunlei got home safely from filming.   He doesn’t even hand Zhang Yunlei water without first unscrewing the cap. He almost never sings but knows the lyrics to every song Zhang Yunlei sings on stage.  If Zhang Yunlei wants him to sing, all Zhang Yunlei has to do was to stop mid-sentence and look to the left, and Yang Jiulang will finish his sentence without missing a beat.

From love at first meal, two miraculous comebacks, learning to walk three times,  to plenty of foreshadowing and climaxes, the story of singer-comedian Zhang Yunlei and his partner Yang Jiulang unfolds as if it were a carefully constructed drama. Zhang Yunlei’s life story is a miracle in itself, but the story of their journey together is a fitting parallel plot.

*warning* Because they’re comedians, everything they say is a lie or a hyperbole.   I will try to stick to off-stage interviews here, but I hold no responsibility for recounting lies they fed me.

“If fate be willing, we will be together “

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25th Magnolia Awards

Unlike the mess that was the 29th Golden Eagle Awards, the Magnolia Awards were more sensible and predictable, so kudos to the judges (director Gao Xixi, actress Ma Yili, screenwriter Chen Tong among others) for judging based on merit.

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Friday Photos

Li Yifeng and Chris Hemsworth buddy agent movie at a watch event.

Posters, stills, photoshoots, and random photos that caught my eye this week.

Gao Weiguang and Brie Larson  at a fashion   event.


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Celebs become playgrounds for cartoon figurines

Celebrities become human landscapes for miniature figures in this photoshoot for a Vogueme event photographed by Oliverjune.  Whose is your favorite?   Liu Haoran, Li Yifeng, Victoria Song Qian, Justin Lin Yanjun,, Dong Youlin, Dilraba, Wang Yibo,, Xiaogui, or Zeng Shunxi?

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Australia to host Zhang Yunlei, Yang Jiulang’s first overseas headlining events

You might not be able to tell by his talk or gait, but Zhang Yunlei has lived with 108 iron nails inside his body for two years after surviving a 20m (65 ft) fall (he was drunk). The nails were only removed a month ago.

One of last year’s biggest breakout pop idols, xiangsheng comedian, Ping opera, Peking opera , xiaoqu, etc. artist  Zhang Yunlei and his partner Yang Jiulang will finally be headlining their first international event this year.  The pair will be at the Melbourne Convention Centre on September 23, The Star Event Centre in Sydney on September 29, and in Auckland on the 26th. 

Tickets for Sydney are already on sale through Wechat (QR code below), and tickets for Melbourne go on sale at noon local time on April 20th here. Tickets for Auckland go on sale on the 23rd here.

The closest thing xiangsheng has gotten to a concert. 

 

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Sinology Sunday: Tang Dynasty Funeral Address for a Donkey

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A painting by China’s most well-known donkey artist, Huang Zhou 

This  Funeral Address for Donkey 祭驴文 from the Dunhuang Library Cave made me tear up, so here’s the translation.

The scroll is dated to be from the 7th to the 10th Century and is currently at the British Library. See the original  here.

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