Guan Xiaotong, Dylan Sprouse Star in Turandot

I feel like I watched both of them grow up.

Guan Xiaotong and Dylan Sprouse (the non-Riverdale brother from The Suite Life of Zack & Cody) have begun filming the Zheng Xiaolong (Empresses in the Palace) film adaptation of opera Turandot.

Deadline has the synopsis translated, and it seems like the major change is the princess’s cruelty got blamed on a magical curse. Co-productions tend to be huge messes so I’m not having high hopes.

Described as a fantasy romance, the plot follows Princess Turandot (Xiaotong), who is cursed by a mysterious power emanating from three Mazovian bracelets that were given to her as birthday gifts. These bracelets’ life-draining effects cause the princess to becomes cruel, and gradually she loses her humanity.

Foreign princes who come to court her must solve three riddles — one for each bracelet — and only then will she be freed from the power of the bracelets. In the event any of the questions is answered incorrectly, the attempted solver would be put to death. One day, Calaf (Sprouse), an ordinary citizen, risks his life to answer the riddles to save her and inadvertently uncovers his own extraordinary past.

Barbie releases Guan Xiaotong doll

The next time people tell you Chinese people are short, you can show them this to-scale photo.

As a part of International Women’s Day, Mattel released 17 dolls of prominent (young) women around the world.  In China, volleyball player Hui Ruoqi, dancer Tan Yuanyuan (inconsistency in translation is so annoying), and  Actress Guan Xiaotong were the ones chosen.  It appears they’re not currently out for sell yet, but maybe you can buy one in the future.    I’ll probably pass on this one, but I’m so ready for all the merch  for the live-action Mulan (if it ever gets made).

National Treasures come alive in new CCTV program starring Tony Leung, Wang Kai and more

National Treasure 国家宝藏  will showcase 27 historical artifacts from 29 different museums across the country with the help of “protectors” (listed below), who will then present the story behind each piece in a short stage performance.

Actors / hosts featured: Zhang Guoli, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Wang Kai, Liu Tao, Li Chen, Duan Yihong, Wang Gang, He Jiong, Ma Su, Qin Hailu, Chen Xiao, Jackson Yi Yangqianxi, Liu Yijun, Guo Tao, Lei Jiayin, Guan Xiaotong, Sa Beining, Cai Guoqing, Ren Zhong, Ning Jing

Theme song: A Thousand Years in One Glance 一眼千年 – Na Ying

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Teens take over fashion magazines

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Teenagers take over the covers of fashion this year. Photographed by Chen Man, these youngsters have already shown that they’ve got both fame and the looks for the job.

On the cover we have actors Liu Haoran (19, Chinatown Detective), Chen Feiyu (17,Secret Fruit ), Ouyang Nana (17,Secret Fruit), Guan Xiaotong (19, The Left Ear), Yi Yangqianxi (16, TF Boys), and post-teens Xia Chun (24, Port of Call), Wang Jia (25), and Dilraba (25). Which group had the best photoshoot?

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23rd Magnolia Awards

The turnout rate for the actors was pretty embarrassing this year – Zhang Yi was the only Best Actor nominee who attended the event, and ended up winning the award as well. His costar Yin Tao also took home Best Actress, though I’ve read great reviews about their performances in Feather Flies to the Sky, so there was no controversy surrounding the wins.

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