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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MV Round-Up: Cry Me a Sad River OST

With four memorable songs, anti-bullying film Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河 might have my favorite original song list for a film since  Tiny Times.

Don’t Cry by Sunnee is sung from the viewpoint of one survivor of bullying to another.   You can watch another version of the MV that shows victims of bullying taking off the names they were called.

“I’m sorry” takes seconds to say
but “It’s okay” may take forever

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Depressing trailer and posters for movie version of Cry Me A Sad River

Trailers and stills have been released for the movie version of Cry Me A Sad River 悲伤逆流成河. Unlike the drama version, the film seems like it’s going to be a relatively faithful adaption of Guo Jingming’s source novel, which delves into bullying/peer victimisation, rape, teen pregnancy STD’s, and suicide. The movie has cast completely new actors Zhao YingboRen Min, Xin Yunlai, Zhang Ruonan and Zhu Danni as leads.

Translation of selected excerpts: (1)(2) | Teaser  | Theme song by Rocket Girls’ Sunnee | Insert song by Ren Suxi

 

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Joe Cheng star in TV adaptation of Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties

One major plus for the TV series: the actors will actually look like humans

The TV adaptation of fantasy Legend Of Ravaging Dynasties 爵迹·临界天下 has already been filmed and released its first trailer. The people will definitely look more real than the film version, so  already a plus.  It’s shot partly in New Zealand, so  the landscape will also look way better. The script is Bai Yicong (Candle in the TombThe Lost Tomb) , who is a hit or miss.  The whole cast hasn’t been announced, but Joe Cheng and Zhang Ming’en should be playing the main duo of Yinchen and Qiling.  Huang Mengying also plays a role.

L.O.R.D. 2 posters will definitely be better than the film

I don’t know enough about art but William Chan looks like half-Middle Earth elf and half-Catholic church.

L.O.R.D.  was such a let-down that I can’t believe it’s getting a sequel, but at least the posters are pretty.   Here’s posters of four of the leads – Fan Bingbing, Kris Wu, Chen Xuedong, and William Chan. Not sure whether the rest of the cast will return.

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Translation Tuesday: Cry Me A Sad River Pt. 2

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In just a hour, her father told her, “don’t come to look for me again.”
Her mother told her, ” After you die, don’t come looking for me.”
Yi Yao patted her stomach and asked, “are you stupid? why did you come looking for me?”

Part 2 of translations of selected parts of Cry Me a Sad River 悲伤逆流成河 by Guo Jingming. Part 1 here.  Both translations were done like five years ago, so don’t judge, but feel free to comment on errors.

 

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Chen Xuedong plays Guo Jingming, falls for Zheng Shuang in Rush to the Dead Summer

Could Guo Jingming finally have a decent TV adaptation of his novels? The trailer so far seems lovely, and casting of Zheng Shuang, Chen Xuedong, Bai Jingting, Xia Ziting and Chai Biyun is perfect.

Rush to the Dead Summer follows the main lead Lu Xiaosi (Chen Xuedong). Xiaosi  is an introverted but talented illustrator who began publishing under a pseudonym in high school. He  finally made it big in college and started his own publishing company, only to be caught in accusations of plagiarism. As if afraid you can’t figure out that this story is about him, Guo Jingming made the main lead’s name (小司) literally being a homophone of his own pseudonym (小四).

This is the second time Chen Xuedong will play Guo Jingming, the last time being when he played Zhou Chongguang, an annoying writer who would never turn in his writings in time, in Tiny Times 1/2/3/4. We get it, guys, you guys are soulmates.

Being a Guo Jingming story, there are also a lot of love triangles. Xiaosi is joined by the extroverted and sunny bff who will literally die for him Lu Zhihang (Bai Jingting), the perfect(ly dull) female lead Lixia (Zheng Shuang) who he dates, the spunky Yujian (Xia Ziting) with dreams of being a rockstar and a love triangle of her own , and the vain Cheng Qiqi (Chai Biyun) who also likes Xiaosi.

 

Ice Fantasy posters, thoughts so far?

… and so… the fellowship of ice and fire begins…

Ice Fantasy posters this week. What are your thoughts of the episodes released so far?  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet… despite thinking that there are certain advances that have been made in terms of production, I have a really hard time actually sitting through this drama and resisting the urge to click through scenes once I reach my limit… >.<

More stills below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy reveals character posters

There was a date on a poster so let’s hope they hold through.

Character posters from Ice Fantasy this today… since I have a butt-load of other images that have been released and the release date as of now is set for July 24th.  Starring Feng Shaofeng, Ma Tianyu, Victoria Song Qian, Xu Jiao, Zhang Meng, Wang Duo, and Madina Memet, this is turning out to have some of the most diverse range of costume “looks” I have seen lately in a drama.

More stills below the cut.

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Ice Fantasy promises to burn up the summer with new posters

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All the costumes and styling scream Chinese Lord of the Rings.

I swear Ice Fantasy’s promotion rounds have been going on since forever, so here’s to hoping it will live up to expectations when it airs on July 24th (2 episodes each on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday). Based on the bestselling novel by Guo Jingming, the adaption stars Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song Qian, Ma Tianyu and Zhang Meng.

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