Actresses suit up for Marie Claire Power Trip

Tang Yan, Zhang Yuqi, Ni Ni, Li Bingbing, Sun Li, Yang Mi, and Liu Shishi by Feng Hai. No photoshop other than lighting.

Marie Claire has become the first magazine to host a fashion event exclusively for women, and has invited actresses, models and influential female executives. The dress code for the night was black and white suits – who do you ship? (Hint: the correct answer is everyone X everyone)

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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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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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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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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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Stars enter jianghu for Cosmo Glam Night 2020

All aboard the Ni Ni and Liu Shishi ship!

Cosmo Glam Night‘s photos took on the Fearless Jianghu theme, and they look pretty good. I just wish more actors had time to take these. Which looks are your favourite?

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Stars brave the cold for ELLE Style Awards

Below are some of the stars’ red carpet looks for the ELLE event – which ones are your favourite?

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Review: Liu Yifei is the only good part of the live-action Mulan

How is it that Chen Man’s photoshoot for Liu Yifei got a calligrapher to write out Mulan’s slogan – Loyal, Brave, and True – but Disney couldn’t seem to get one for the movie with their 200-million-USD-budget.

The original Disney’ Mulan wasn’t perfect, but you could tell that the people who worked on it poured their hearts into it through details. Yet films often reflect societal attitudes, and gone is the time when China was still a subject of wonder for many filmmakers in the West, when filmmakers were sometimes insensitive but at least interested in China. In the live-action Mulan, almost every aspect of the film seems to send the same message: China is the world’s second-biggest box office and we will use the minimum efforts it takes to give them what we think they want.

Disney’s Mulan is not a bad film, but it is a disappointing film. The basic story of Mulan is compelling, the scenery is beautiful if often obviously New Zealand, and its lead Liu Yifei is charming enough and did what she could with the role. Yet it’s very hard to watch the live-action Mulan and not judge it for what it could’ve been or see the lack of effort behind it. One expects a live-action to have the same humor and heart as the original, and it doesn’t. There isn’t a single change I can name that improved the story.

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Drama Review: A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower

“Now when you’re falling down, I’ll take you high. Come back around, just you and I.” – Theme song by Aila Gato & Philip Halloun

Helmed by three masterful directors, A Murderous Affair in Horizon Tower is one of only a handful of dramas in recent years that is truly female-centric and brave enough to tackle sensitive subject matter such as gender discrimination, domestic violence, rape, PUA and victim blaming.

The story begins with the death of coffee barista Zhong Meibao (Angelababy) in her apartment, and the brilliant opening sequence below introduces pretty much all the suspects.

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