Celebrity Schedules: Feb 2020 / Coronavirus Donation List

All dramas have ceased filming and work is sparse, so I’m going to use this opportunity to highlight the following celebrities for donating to efforts to contain the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. I know there’s a lot of uncertainties about whether donations are being properly used, but that doesn’t diminish the goodwill of the donators. If you chose to donate to anything, though, definitely do your homework and making sure that the money is actually well-spent.

The list is too long so I used google translate, feel free to leave corrections and additions in the comments.

(more…)

First stills for Chen Feiyu’s Legend of Awakening

 

Chen Feiyu has bowed out of Ever Night Season 2- Wang Hedi takes over the role of Ning Que, while Song Yiren will reprise her role as Sangsang.

Legend of Awakening is an upcoming fantasy drama based on Hudie Lan’s novel of the same name, and stars Chen Feiyu (Ever Night), Xiong Ziqi (One and Another Him), Cheng Xiao (Cosmic Girls) and Deng Enxi (Last Letter) as youngsters who are recruited and trained as warriors.

BTS

(more…)

Locked room mystery series pits Jin Shijia against Xiao Shunyao

I love how the first character of the title logo is shaped like a key.

Jin Shijia plays a locksmith recruited by the police to solve a series of locked-room mysteries in The Locked Room 上锁的房间, a loose adaptation of the  Kei Enomoto series .  Joined by police officers played by Chuo Ni and Chen Yilong, he’ll fight against  Xiao Shunyao in the latter’s first antagonist role.  The Youku exclusive  concluded filming this spring and is set for a  2019 release on Youku.

Trailer:

M.I.C. Tan Jianci, Xiao Shunyao sign acting deals with Wu Xiubo

Weird out by how brother-like the M.I.C. boys were, Wu Xiubo signed Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao on the spot to play his sons.

Wu Xiubo was such a big fan of his family in The Advisor’s Alliance that he signed management deals with all the main male characters.  That’s right, in addition to Wang Dong (who plays his brother and who you might remember opposite Dilraba in Diamond Lover),   Wu Xiubo’s two sons in the series –  M.I.C. boyband’s Tan Jianci and Xiao Shunyao- now have acting management deals!  Don’t worry, they’re still managed by Taihe music-wise.

During the press conference for the drama on June 8th, Wu Xiubo said that they had looked at many actors for the role of the brothers, but none of them had chemistry with each other.  Watching Jianci and Yaoyao eat before their audition, Wu Xiubo  was  struck by how close they were.  “Even by looking from the side, the way they ate and interacted with each other were so much like real brothers. I thought it was so strange,” Wu said.     He then gave them a script to read and hired them on the spot.  So happy to know that M.I.C. still loves each other (especially given the recent Top Combine fallout). 

Following playing Sima Zhao,   Jianci stars as the Emperor to the Sima family,  Cao Pi , in  Tangren’s new Three Kingdoms drama.  Meanwhile, post his Sima Shi gig,  Yaoyao  is currently filming an idol drama with Fan Shiqi.

Congrats, boys! Now please go record your group album already. IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS.

A kiss for you, a kiss for you, a kiss for all my sons!

M.I.C. makes your heart race with new MV

Don't drink and drive.
Jianci reminding you not to  drink and drive.

As the boyband with the most racecars per MV, M.I.C. boyband finally landed a car spokesperson deal with Lannia.    I’m Young and Possible (Although I keep wanting to sing “I’m Kim Impossible” )  is the third version of the song, following the album version and a magic school bus version .  The MV is so pretty that  I’ll forgive the fact that they haven’t released a new group dance song in three years.

In addition, Zhao Yongxin has recently released two other MV’s,  My Own Fault and duet Dying to See You, and Xiao Shunyao released a MV for his drama that may never air, 8848.

M.I.C. comes back in ballad

I'm pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live.
I’m pretty sure no other boyband in China could pull off this song live. gif cr:Yama Dandan

After two years forever, M.I.C. boyband finally came back as a group for  Only One. The gorgeous future bass r&b song is once again produced by themselves.  This song is so much better than I expected, and really shows how much they’ve matured musically. It perfectly shows off their perfect voices (Yuehan and Yaoyao’s voices won my heart in this song). Even the MV is so clean and beautiful and not filmed while they’re drunk in a club.

The song will be released as a part of their album SOLO, which will be the gift item of their photo book. My inner Chinese music industry fan  died a little on the inside when I read that, and then pre-ordered two copies of their photo album in retail therapy even though I never buy photo albums.

But all the perfection of their voices and faces aside,  the real question is …  Does Tan Jianci have a U.S. driver’s license or can we blackmail them with this MV?

(more…)

Weibo Wednesday: April 17-24

Celebrities flocked to Weibo this week in order to call followers’ attention to the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Ya’an on April 20th. Whether it was sharing ways to help, urging fans to donate their money or time, or simply posting words of comfort, a bunch of stars made noteworthy Weibo posts. We unfortunately can’t reproduce all of them, but hopefully we’ve gotten some of the more memorable ones.

Please keep the people of Ya’an in your thoughts!

何炅: 刚刚看到的图,和大家分享,我们为美丽的四川加油!

Not sure who first came up with the idea for this photo, but He Jiong posted it on his Weibo, along with a message of support:

I just saw this picture, and want to share it with everyone. Let’s jiayou for the beautiful Sichuan!

(more…)