Promo Round-up: Crocodile and the Plover Bird

Traditional culture meets sustainability in this architecture-themed drama

Crocodile and the Plover Bird 鳄鱼与牙签鸟 stars Zhang Tian’ai as Li Nan’en, a small town girl on exchange in France who has a passion for traditional Chinese culture and buildings. Chen Bolin costars as Zhou Erwen, a stone-faced genius architect who is an advocate for high-tech sustainable architecture. The series airs two eps weekdays on Hunan TV. You can watch it on Youtube here.

Extended synopsis here. Playlist of trailers:

(more…)

Promo Round-up: King of Blaze

King of Blaze tells of the three-lives-three-worlds romance between gods Zhongtian (Chen Bolin) and Fengjian (Jing Tian). The first part runs for 28 episodes and focuses on the leads’ romance on their home planet and in the ancient Tang dynasty, while part 2 is set in the modern day and has a total of 33 episodes.

2 episodes will be released every Monday to Thursday here beginning tonight.

(more…)

Weibo Wednesday: June 3, 2015

Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announce relationship
李晨: 我们

The biggest news this week? Fan Bingbing and Li Chen announcing last Friday that they’re in a relationship. The two got close while filming The Empress of China (武媚娘传奇), though they didn’t portray a couple in that drama. This is the first time in her 19-year-long career that Fan Bingbing has publicly admitted that she was dating someone.

Their fairly low-key approach to announcing that they were dating — they simply uploaded a photo of them on Weibo with the caption “Us” — has been replicated throughout the Weibosphere in the few days since. Most of the usage has been tongue-in-cheek, such as Jiro Wang with the Incredible Hulk and a random netizen who somehow got actor Lee Pace to hold up fake marriage certificates with her.

Anyway, congratulations to Fan Bingbing and Li Chen, and I hope they don’t let all the rumors about their past relationships drag them down.

(more…)

“Du Lala” Movie Sequel to Reunite Ariel Lin, Chen Bolin?

I spent way too long picking a picture of Chen Bolin for this… :P

Director-actress Xu Jinglei‘s 2010 workplace rom-com movie Go Lala Go! (杜拉拉升职记) appears to be gearing up for a sequel, tentatively titled Du Lala’s Wedding (杜拉拉追婚记). The cast has yet to be finalized, though Ariel Lin, Chen Bolin, and Vic Chou are all rumored to be attached to the project.

Du Lala’s Wedding will tell the story of 30-year-old Du Lala, now a confident and capable HR manager, and her desire to settle down with Wang Wei (the male lead from the first installment). However, the arrival of Chen Feng, a new romantic pursuer, and Qu Lao, her new boss, causes her plans to spin out of control.

The Du Lala sequel is scheduled to begin filming in May, according to the news source (which is an unverified Weibo account, so I’d take this all with a grain of salt). The film will be produced by New Classics Media, the company behind movies like Love is Not Blind (失恋33天) and Caught in the Web (搜索), as well as the upcoming drama The Imperial Doctress (女医·明妃传).

New Classics Media Chairman Cao Huayi recently confirmed that his company is indeed preparing to film a sequel to Du Lala starting May, but they’re still negotiating with potential cast members. Should Ariel and Bolin choose to take the roles, this will be their third reunion following their immensely popular 2011 idol drama In Time With You (我可能不会爱你).

The novel Du Lala’s Promotion has previously been adapted into a TV drama starring Wang Luodan, a movie starring and directed by Xu Jinglei, a stage play starring Yao Chen, and an Internet drama starring Xie Nan. (This last one was produced by New Classics Media as well.) The story tells of Du Lala’s arduous eight-year journey through career difficulties and romantic upheavals.

Source

Miss Granny releases trailer

005yUnvhgw1elwo96xpyfj31kw10otyk

They might just be 6 years apart in age, but Yang Zishan will be playing Luhan‘s granny in comedy Miss Granny when a visit to the photographer’s returns the main character’s looks back to her 20’s. And things get even weirder when Luhan’s best friend (Chen Bo-lin) begins to fall for his granny…

The film by director Chen Zhengdao is set for a January 2015 release.  Watch the first trailer below: