Various Photoshoots 3: Leading Ladies

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Summer films are upon us, and leading ladies are not only arriving in theaters but hitting the magazine stands in China, so let’s take a look them, and the mags themselves because these shoots were much nicer than the last set I posted. Wang Luodan, in her film debut does a small shoot for Elle, while Zhang Ziyi gets the cover. Other leading ladies are the usual crowd, Fan Bingbing in Harpaar’s Bazaar and Sun Li in L’Officiel,  in futuristic looking shoots. Jacqueline Li Xiaolu does Hotspot, my fav weekly magazine.  Also looking gorgeous are the contestants for Dragon TV’s show Dragon Angels, which promises future leading ladies.

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Pictures of Yan Kuan in “Mei Ren Xin Ji”

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This post is for the Yan Kuan lovers out there who commented on my only other post on him, and surprised me that people know him and love him despite not knowing any Chinese and not having subs for anything of his.  Since then, I’ve been paying more attention to his upcoming projects, and sadly there hasn’t been anything worth noting, not even this, Mei Ren Xin Ji, because he’s only a guest star, as a favor to his Shanghai Theatre Academy colleague Yu Zheng, the producer and scriptwriter of the series. But at least there are lots of nice pics with the lead actresses Ruby Lin and Wang Likun from his blog.

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“Mei Ren Xin Ji” and “Di Ren Jie” Concept Art

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Let’s indulge in one of my favorite aspects of the movie/drama making process which is the concept art (the non-CG concept art). There is a simple beauty in the sketches of the characters. A few strokes of a pencil, and it becomes the first visualization of a full-fledged character. “Mei Ren Xin Ji”  (translates roughly to Calculating Beauties) which is a 50 million yuan drama production revolving around three shrewd women, the much coveted lead role played by Ruby Lin, and two secondary female leads played byWang Likun (Infernal Lovers) and Yang Mi (Chinese Paladin 3).

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TV and Film versions of Di Ren Jie in production

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Fu Dalong as Di Renjie in the upcoming TV adaptation

While I have to roll my eyes at how certain things in China get filmed in abundance around the same time (two versions of Hong Long Meng, countless Jing Yong) , I’ll give this some slack because Di Ren Jie has innumerable stories to base on, and new productions keep adding new material. Di Ren Jie was a high-level official during the Tang Dynasty, under Empress Wu Zetian, exiled at one point by her, and then recalled, a fact that the movie version takes off from. He is credited with advising during her ruthless reign, bringing the Tang dynasty order and efficiency, and has been through several later media adaptations portrayed as a crime-solver.

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Super Girls, Elle photoshoot, and the first battle.

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This week’s Super  Girls news include the release of their MV, free MP3 downloads of the girl’s songs, some studio recorded and other live,  and the first of their weekly Elle photoshoot.

The competition:

Forget about the happy, the female and the voice. This is war, and judge Bao Xiaobo is one against many.

After walking out last time because he disapproved of Zeng Yike’s admittance into the top 20, Bao Xiaobo returns, vowing to help the other 9 girls left . He begins the contest by saying that he wants “voices with confidence, voices that doesn’t waiver, and voices that aren’t off key.” Yikes for Yike.

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EE Media goes on MV rage

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no, you did not accidentally venture into a forbidden website. This was too awstrucking to not put up.

Along with H4&Xun, Xu Fei also went to Changsha to advertise for Meteor Shower, including the fanmeeting and  Happy Camp. She sings the ending theme song, which will be her upcoming EP. Watch it here. Also recently released are Zhang Jie’s MV for “Overheard” , Yu Haoming and Zheng Shuang’s Meteor Shower/Qing Hua Tong Fang iMini MV, and part of the Super Girls 2009 MV. The first has a good song and a good MV; the second has a cute MV, a sweet song, but unfit voices;  the third had everything except someone who could mix the girl’s voices together.

Zhang Jie’s theme for Overheard

Hunan TV takes up foreign diplomacy

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If only the distribution of Hunan TV's viewers was like this.

After taking over entertainment from CCTV, Hunan TV seems to also be gaining increasing responsibility in foreign affairs in the TV world as it hosts everything from the CCP-KMT party forum to Chinese competitions for foreigners.

First up is the more entertaining competition. Chinese Bridge is a collaboration with the Chinese national Hanban committee. The preliminaries are hosted in various countries around the world, with the top winners going on Hunan TV for the finals, where they’ll make many Chinese ashamed at their lack knowledge of their own culture. Present at the opening ceremony of Chinese Bridge are , of course, the five boys who bridged cpop and  kpop and the four boys who hopefully will do even more for bridging Chinese entertainment and the rest of the world.

H4 without Xun:

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Singing Competitions Boosts Singer Huang Ling’s Popularity

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New singer Isabelle Huang Ling has gotten a steady stream of free publicity through competitions after her debut. On season four of Taiwan’s One Million Star her song Itch (Yang) was sung by Connie Kan, 3rd runner up season, and then in Supergirls 2009 one of the front-runners Yu Kewei, sang Itch as well.  Each time, people began looking for the original singer of the song, and were surprised at the quality of her debut album, whose songs were very unique, Chinese-styled, and different from the usual pop songs.

One of the interesting songs on her album: Red Weeping Eyes

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