22nd Magnolia Awards

Congratulations to the big winners of the night!

The Magnolia Awards is held in conjunction with the Shanghai Television Festival, home to one of East Asia’s biggest television markets. Magnolia Awards is recognised as one of the most prestigious television awards alongside the Golden Eagle and Flying Apsaras, though it cannot seem to make up its mind on the number of categories (the current format began last year).

Full list of nominees, winners and red carpet pictures are below the cut.


The Legend of Miyue nears end

There are a number of problems for me in this drama, including plot holes, exaggerations that make me question realism, stereotypes about “nomadic” life that contradict what I am reading here (seems like the Yiqu were a bit more settled than depicted although surprisingly, the love affair seems to have actually happened so I can’t argue with that), and characters bent on short-term gratification that again make me question realism.

The Legend of Miyue has a couple more antique stills as it nears the end of its broadcast.  Starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, and Alex Fong, the drama has picked up pace near the end but I still feel there are problems with this drama that keep it from being what it could be.

More stills below the cut.


Compulsive Legend of Miyue post

Probably something close to what my face looked like after watching the clip below.

The Legend of Miyue has certainly been the next “it” drama, despite my worries about another scheming-heavy drama following Nirvana in Fire.  Starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc., I was also beginning to worry about how this drama seems too similar to The Legend of Zhen Huan with the three males interested in the female lead, being about the harem, having repeat cast members, etc. but I feel that the story development and characters have developed in such a different way as to make such comparisons a bit unreasonable.  Here’s to the developments thus far… and this gem I found in what seems to be the beginnings of another series of memes and parodies of this drama.

More stills below the cut.

Music Monday: December 14, 2015

Good Morning Beautifuls!! Nothing is better than starting the day with cute babies and a good song =) This week’s lineup includes some familiar faces, some all-grown-up baby-faces, and some heartbreaking OSTs.

But first Grace Jie Jie’s daddy Gary Chao (曹格) wants to tell children of the world that Life Is Beautiful (美丽人生). Both of Gary’s children, Joe and Grace, are featured in this MV. Aren’t they just precious? <3


Antique stills for The Legend of Miyue

We haven’t seen much of this costume in released materials so it goes on top. :)

The Legend of Miyue has released antique stills for Sun Li.  Starring Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc., more eye-candy for those who are keeping up with this new hot commodity (also because they are pretty and I lack self-control).

More stills below the cut.

Obligatory Legend of Miyue release post

Character overload… and stills… stills overload… stills diarrhea…

The Legend of Miyue will be releasing on November 30th.  Starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc., more intrigue coming to you soon while we debate how female protagonists seem to be so lucky with men despite having to survive in the confines of the palace… but Liu Tao has wicked stills looking evil.

More stills and goodies below the cut.

Cartoon characters for The Legend of Miyue

When you can’t over-scheme, counter and conquer with your cuteness.

Cute character stills for The Legend of Miyue have come out.  Starring Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, and Alex Fong, it is nice to see contrasting funny and lighthearted pictures for what looks to be another political drama going thick on the scheming.

More stills and other promotional goodies below the cut. (more…)

The Legend of Miyue releases more stills

At this point, screw the historical accuracy/historical anachronisms debate and just enjoy the pretty…

More stills!  More stills for The Legend of Miyue have been released.  Be prepared for a sneak peak of the costuming for Sun Li, Liu Tao, Huang Xuan, Jiang Xin, Ma Su, Gao Yunxiang, Alex Fong, etc.  Also, here’s to hope of 2015 being a year where more period dramas get their release dates.

More stills below the cut. (more…)

Weibo Wednesday: January 7, 2015

Happy 2015! A quick round-up this week — I expect that the next Weibo Wednesday will be several weeks from now, so enjoy your fill while you can.

Gao Yuanyuan, as posted by Mark Chao
HERO趙又廷: 別差評了 this is my wife

Mark Chao used the last few hours of 2014 to post a photo of his wife, Gao Yuanyuan. The couple officially got married at the end of November. Also of note is that Mark’s post was #1314 on his Weibo, which is significant because “1314” sounds like “all my life” in Mandarin.

Don’t criticize her. This is my wife.