Yu Zheng’s variety show Real Actor is all about improvisation

Screenwriter / Director Yu Zheng and mentors Zhang Jingchu, Francis Ng, Zhang Songwen

The first episode of Real Actor 演技派 is all about the fundamentals of acting, and runs through the auditions and evaluations of 30 up-and-coming actors in just over 2 hours. The scenarios Zhang Songwen gives the actors does a great job of revealing their strengths and weaknesses as they are forced to perform on the spot.

Francis Ng doesn’t mince his words but his honest opinions are definitely a breath of fresh air. Yu Zheng will probably have more to do in future episodes, as the final twelve actors will be competing for roles in his variety show-drama Royal Kitchen in the Qing Dynasty 紫禁城里的小食光.

Actors I’m looking forward to seeing more of include Wu Jiayi, Lamu Yangzi, Wang Yuwen and Fan Jinwei (their skit at 1:22:51 is adorable) and Zhang Lula.

Tencent’s new acting variety show releases stills of contestants

Peng Xiaoran (Goodbye My Princess) reenacting Chen Kaige’s Legend of the Demon Cat

Tencent’s upcoming big-budget acting variety show Attention, Actors 演员请就位 (lit.) has hired directors Li Shaohong (Palace of Desires, Dream of Red Mansions 2010), Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Legend of the Demon Cat), Guo Jingming (Tiny Times, L.O.R.D) and Zhao Wei (So Young) as judges who will assemble their own team from a group of 58 actors.

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The House That Never Dies releases stills

Ruby has a nicer looking pom pom, but you shouldn’t get so depressed about it, at least you don’t have to hold yours???

Ruby Lin comes back for another horror film, this time The House That Never Dies. She’s reunited by one of her co-actresses from Bloodstained Shoes, Monica Mok; also joining the cast are Tony Yang (from the upcoming Lady and Liar) and Francis Ng,  In the early Republican era, Lu Dieyu (Ruby Lin) is a star courtesan, who falls in love with the third young master of the Huo family. She marries into the clan, but on the night of the wedding, the groom metamorphoses into the recently deceased second young master. Dieyu becomes with child soon afterwards, and with rumors of a ghost fetus spreading, the household becomes uneasy; before long, the family falls to ruin, leaving behind a shadowing mansion.

A hundred years passed and Xu Ruojing discovered the new avatar, the reincarnation of Dieyu, enters the old house. She begins to find the story of the past, and her presence awakens the resentment of formerly dormant ghosts…

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Dad 2 starts airing!

Lu Yi
#How to play with your kids#

Do you like National Geographic but with cute kids in the scene? A Bite of China but with hotter chefs? Where are we going? Dad season 2 has it covered!

So far, I’ve already fallen for Duoduo from the trailers alone, and episode one only confirmed it. As the oldest, she acts really assertive and cool, but seems super nice and sweet on the inside. Bei’er is also a little angel, scared to see others being hurt, but although willing to help everyone and to share. Yang Yangyang is as shy as usual, and is especially cute when he was so happy to see Feymann come to visit, but then went Pokerface as soon as Feymann actually showed up. I keep getting Feymann and Joe confused …

Also, who would’ve thought the pretty boy Lu Yi was the jokester of the group?

What are your favorite moments of episode 1?

Dad 2 wanders into fantasy with new posters

Who needs Prince Charming when your dad is Lu Yi?

The second season to 2013’s number one variety show, Where are we going? Dad Season  will begin airing on the 20th and stars Francis Ng, Gary Cao, Huang Lei, Lu Yi, Yang Wei, and guest starring people like Yao Ming.

I think these hands down win best variety show posters ever. The quality of these posters, probably by ee-Media’s N13 Studio,  are better than most film posters nowadays.
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“Dad 2” reveals character posters, promo

With six kids, Dad 2 is trying to prevent unnecessary love triangles and going for a 1-1 pairing instead.
With six kids, Dad 2 is trying to prevent unnecessary love triangles and going for a 1-1 pairing instead.

Where are we going? Dad 爸爸去哪儿 season 2 recently revealed character posters and videos of its five new families –  Lu Yi, Huang Lei, Gary Cao, Francis Ng, and Yang Wei. In addition to the original families, the show has also confirmed Yao Ming as a guest star.  The series will replace Divas on the Go 花儿与少年 on Hunan TV on June 20th.


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“Dad 2” confirms cast

Yang Wei's son Yang Yangyang
“Today, my name is Yang Yangyang, and my zodiac is the wolf.”                   –  Yang Wei’s son Yang Yangyang

2013’s hit show “Where are we going? Dad” has confirmed its cast for season 2 – Gary Cao and twins, Yang Wei and son Yang Yangyang, Francis Ng and son, Huang Lei and daughter, and Lu Yi and daughter. The eleven cast members begun filming this weekend. Photos of the kids below.

In addition, the cartoon version of Season 1 begun airing last week.

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Tracing Shadow Trailer

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Jaycee Chan and Xie Na in Tracing Shadow

A recent article from the Shanghai Film Festival (where the Hua Yi stars coverged) talked about the Four upcoming Hua Yi “Blockbusters”, all very different in genres and styles. Two of them, I’ve already mentioned on this site. Feng Sheng/The Message and Tangshan Earthquake/Aftershocks. Despite their boring English titles, it’s clear that they were heavily funded. The third big-budget film from Hua Yi is Di Re Jie, which I’ll be talk about whenever there’s clearer pictures/footage of the cast but from concept art, it seems well-budgeted as well.

Of the three, the one that makes me question the “blockbuster” tag is Tracing Shadow , starring Jaycee Chan, Xie Na, and Pace Wu. But it’s the fun one.

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