Casting call: Zombie Brother looking for English-speaking actor of Chinese descent

Channing Tatum-produced live-action zombie comedy Zombie Brother 尸兄 / 我叫白小飞, based on the manhua of the same namehas put out a new casting call.  Although they had a round of casting before, they’re doing another round with the addition of money from STX Entertainment.  The film is also coproduced by Tencent and Free Association.

They’re looking for a English-speaking male of Chinese descent ages 22-30 (or 35?) . Interested parties should   e-mail a  1 min video of introduction in English, a recent photo, and a resume to bai@popingcasting.com by Dec 21, 2018. Continue reading

Actress Kara Hui is still looking for her first love, an American soldier deployed in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War

I hope one day he’ll send me a picture, no matter how old, because I’ll still remember his face. And I would know he didn’t die, that he was still alive.”

Award-winning actress Kara Hui said in an interview last year that she’s still trying to find her first love, an American soldier deployed in Hong Kong during the Vietnam War. This reminds me of the story of actor Anthony Wong, who was able to find his Australian half-brothers online earlier this year thanks to a BBC report. Hey BBC, time to step up again.

“From ages 3 to 11, this girl ( you see here) lived in the red light district. I’ve seen every tragedy and joy of life. He was the first one to ask me how to say I love you in Cantonese. For a young girl, I think it was like a first love. It’s a bit tragic because he left Hong Kong the next day to Vietnam, maybe he got killed the day he arrived.” Hui said.

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Married: Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng

Zhao Liying and Feng Shaofeng announced on Weibo they were married today on her birthday. Her Weibo just said Official Announcement <3 while he replied “Happy birthday, Wife.”  The two will co-star in upcoming series The Story of Minglan, which released the following still after the announcement . Congrats to the couple!

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29th Golden Eagle Awards

Feather Flies to the Sky has been continuously collecting well-deserved trophies for the past year, and this time screenwriter Shen Jie and male lead Zhang Yi received top accolades. Zhang Yi shared the award with Li Yifeng, who won for his performance in popular espionage drama Sparrow. He has improved since then, so I guess the theme this year is encouragement?

 

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Casting Call: Tsui Hark’s Condor Heroes Trilogy

Legendary wuxia director Tsui Hark‘s Return of the Condor Heroes film Trilogy is having a global search for its two leads, Yang Guo and Xiaolongnü. The casting director is PoPing AuYeung and producer Shi Nansun.

They’re looking for :

  • 18 to 25-year-olds who turn 18 by March 2019 and are available from then to February 2020
  • Must be fluent in Mandarin
  • No acting experience required
  • Martial arts, gymnastics, dance, acrobatics experience a bonus

To apply, email condorcasting@gmail.com by October 24, 2018

  • Include your name/ role/ current city/ phone number in title (ex.  Liu Yifei/Xiaolongnü/Elizabethtown/000-000-0000 )
  • headshot taken on a cellphone without any filters nor PS
  • English or Chinese resume including current residence, contact info, and acting experience
  • a short video in mandarin introducing yourself (no longer than 1 min)
  • include any acting samples if there are any

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Chloé Zhao to direct Marvel’s “The Eternals”

Variety reports that director Chloé Zhao , who was rumored to be one of the options for Black Widow, has been chosen to direct the MCU’s “The Eternals” film. This is her biggest film yet, and I’m really excited because she sounds like a huge nerd in her interviews (she still writes fanfics online!).

Matthew and Ryan Firpo are on board to pen the script with Marvel president Kevin Feige producing.

Created by Jack Kirby, the story of “The Eternals” is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans, creating the super-powered individuals as well as more villainous off-shoots known as the Deviants.

She’s currently working on a Western for Amazon and some unknown film with Frances McDormand.  We’re never getting that Chinese sci-fi film she talked about, are we?   Continue reading

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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Sinology Sunday: 56 proposals across China

 

 

 

Couple  @三兽sanso and @小姬joy spent half a year traveling across China to take wedding photos in the style of all 56 officially recognized ethnic groups.  They usually asked locals  to help them get as authentic clothing as possible (some accessories they used are  family heirlooms, some are museum pieces) , although some are more  touristy costumes. They also said that given the choice, they usually opted for less religious clothing.

It’s really a pity that only like five of them are regularly represented in TV series. I would love to see more historical and modern dramas exploring their stories.

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