Amber Kuo sleeps on a bed of money in The Story of Xi Bao

“Love without material goods is just a fistful of sand that blows apart with the wind” – Amber Kuo’s famous Tiny Times quote seems to also be fitting for her new role.

Amber Kuo sleeps on a bed of money in the newest promos for The Story of Xi Bao 喜宝. Based on the book of the same name, the film follows Xibao as she chooses between love (Gao Ren) and money (Chang Kuo-chu) . First-time director Wang Danyang writes and directs. It’s set to be in theaters on October 16th.

Photographer Friday: Zhong Lin

Malaysian-born, Taipei-based photographer Zhong Lin (pinyin: Zhong Ling) is really one of my favorites. I love her whimsical style and bold use of colors that seem to bring fairytale settings to life. Her subjects always feel so filled with life, and each frame tells a story. Here’s a round-up of some of my favorite celebrity photoshoots by her.

Previous photographer round-ups: Chen Man’s Chinese steampunk, Luo Yang’s raw femininity, Xiaoming’s frames , Fan Xin’s people and their surroundings

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Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala red carpet round-up

Can you imagine how photogenic Jing Boran and Ni Ni’s babies would be. 

The guests at this year’s Harper’s Bazaar Charity Gala is a who’s who of Chinese actors this year.  Here are some of the stars on the red carpet, including  Zhang Ziyi, Carina Lau, Fan Bingbing, Li Bingbing, Yang Mi, Lu Han, Angelababy,  Yao Chen, Chris Li Yuchun, Ni Ni, Jing Boran, Zhang Ruoyun, Tang Yixin, Zhang Lanxin, Jiang Xin, Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Wang Ziwen, Li Xiaolu, Jia Nailiang, Ying’er, Aarif Lee, Zhao Liying, Qiao Xin, Zhang Yunlong, Zhang Binbin, Li Yundi, Chen Xuedong, Ruby Lin, Wallace Huo, Ady An Yixuan, Shawn Dou Xiao, etc.   There were a lot more stars (like Fan Bingbing’s boyfriend Li Chen, Angelababy’s husband Huang Xiaoming),  but their outfits were boring.

Clothes identification from : Starstylefashion@Weibo , clothes from the Bazaar Weibo or the star’s own Weibo’s (this is fair because both are PS’ed anyways) .

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Motion capture animation L.O.R.D. releases trailer

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Those puppy eyes almost make me want to  forgive them for everything.  gif :小介鹿里

Guo Jingming and China’s first motion capture animation film L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasty) finally released its first full-length trailer. It stars Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You know, if the CGI isn’t that great, you could’ve at least chose good voice actors to make up for it …

L.O.R.D. cast takes over the Cosmos

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Four of them are by Chen Man, four by Wu Ming.  Can you tell which one’s which?

L.O.R.D. (Legend of Ravaging Dynasties) may have delayed its opening night to September, but they released their first magazine cover in time for June with a whooping 10 different Cosmos covers for you to chose from.

Featuring director/writer Guo Jingming with actors Fan Bingbing, Chen Xuedong, William Chan, TF Boys’ Wang Yuan, Amber Kuo, Aarif Lee , and Lin Yun,  the ten covers are shot by  Chen Man and Wu Ming.  Which ones are your favorites?

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More importantly … I downloaded and uploaded all the photos via Python! Yay, me!

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Yang Yang, Amber Kuo bear the Olympic flame

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What better way to show the Olympic spirit with Yang Yang’s infectious smile?

In case you need a reminder it’s an Olympics year again, we have the ever so adorable Yang Yang and Amber Kuo as celeb torch-bearers in Athens to start the Olympic flame’s  journey around the world.

Who are you rooting at Rio 2016?   For those of you who were with us at the forum, I still remember us (mostly me) balling on the chatbox over Qiu Bo getting silver.  I think that’s definitely one gold I’m rooting for, although Chen Aisen is turning out to be a serious competitor for the gold this year. Also can someone update me on what’s going on with the gymnastics team? They seem to have done horrible at last year’s world championships.   (more…)

“The Last Supper” of Tiny Times full of mysteries

Guys, this is how you make movie posters. 
Why are Yang Mi’s knees chained? Who is Guo Biting’s knife pointing at? Why is there blood on Xie Yilin’s mouth?  Can you decipher this poster?

The poster for Tiny Times 4: Soul’s End should be put in textbooks about posters.   Titled The Last Supper, the poster, conceived by the director Guo Jingming himself,  contains clues for the viewer to guess the ending of each character in the film finale.  Fans have already started researching the original painting to try and find comparisons.   Can you figure out all the hints?

The film stars Yang Mi,  Amber Kuo, Bea Hayden, Chen Xuedong, Xie Yilin, Jiang Chao, Lee Hyunjae, Ren Youming, Shang Liao, and Vivian Dawson.

Some suspicious parts compiled below:

  • There are ten people and ten candles on the floor, and all but one of the candles are burning out. Do they symbolize the lifespan of the characters?
  • Why are Lin Xiao’s legs chained to the ground?
  • Who is Nan Xiang’s dagger pointed at and why?
  • Tang Wanru’s lips have red around them. Wine or blood?
  • Nan Xiang’s hands are on Gong Ming’s legs. What is their relationship?
  • Why is Gu Li’s holding a wig?  Is it a sign she will have and survive cancer?

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“L.O.R.D.” Guo Jingming wants to shape Chinese sci-fi, fantasy, animation

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Gathering up the faces of China’s biggest fandom isn’t just a commercial ploy for Guo Jingming, but also  necessary to insure the success of the launching of an industry.

China’s most ambitious animation project to date, Guo Jingming’s Legend of Ravaging Dynasties (L.O.R.D.) is not only  China’s first motion capture animation film and first Western fantasy film, it’s also going to be made using exclusively Chinese animation teams in little over a year. The plan is one of many moves he’s made as a part of his aggressive entrance into the fields of Chinese science fiction and fantasy literature, film, and animation.

Unlike the other Chinese animation projects that are produced by one company, Guo  wants to shake the entire industry up, working with a dozen Chinese companies to simultaneously develop characters and backgrounds. Guo Jingming reportedly even gave a few million RMB to the primary team Original Force, just so they would upgrade their software instead of using foreign companies.

Human models for the ambitious project include Fan Bingbing, Yang Mi, Chen Xuedong, Kris Wu Yifan, Amber Kuo, William Chan, Yan Yikuan, Aarif Lee,  Lin Yun, Wang Duo, and  TF Boys‘ Wang Yuan. You can tell Guo Jingming went straight for the biggest fandoms with this cast to insure his project succeeds.

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