Promo Round-up: Ancient Love Poetry

Xianxia romance Ancient Love Poetry stars Zhou Dongyu as a powerful goddess who sacrifices herself for the greater good in the first life, and Xu Kai as her protector over three lifetimes.

The drama releases 2 episodes every Thurs-Sat on Tencent / WeTV.

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Actresses suit up for Marie Claire Power Trip

Tang Yan, Zhang Yuqi, Ni Ni, Li Bingbing, Sun Li, Yang Mi, and Liu Shishi by Feng Hai. No photoshop other than lighting.

Marie Claire has become the first magazine to host a fashion event exclusively for women, and has invited actresses, models and influential female executives. The dress code for the night was black and white suits – who do you ship? (Hint: the correct answer is everyone X everyone)

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Chen Man gets her spark back with Zhou Dongyu

If you’ve noticed the lack of good photoshoots in the past month from major publications, it’s because all of the covers were by Chen Man and they were lackluster at best. After she hastily put out dull photoshoots for Li Bingbing, Zhou Xun, Ni Ni, and Sun Li one after another, I was starting to wonder if she’s planning to take her money and run soon.
Luckily there’s this photoshoot of Zhou Dongyu that perfectly captures her playfulness and is so crisply photoshopped that it reminds us Chen Man is still a master at her craft even using 50% effort. Glad to have you back, Chen Man!

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Red carpet round-up: 2020 Weibo Awards Ceremony

Another year of the Weibo awards, another year of marvelling at how great all the actresses look.

Select list of attendees: Angelababy, Huang Xiaoming, Bai Jingting, Bai Yu, Deng Chao, Sun Li, Dilraba, Guan Xiaotong, Lu Han, Kris Wu, Huang Zitao, Zhang Yixing, Jin Chen, Li Bingbing, Li Xian, Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haocun, Mao Xiaotong, Ni Ni, Zhao Liying, Song Qian, Song Weilong, Tan Songyun, Tang Yan, Tong Liya, Tong Yao, Wang Kai, Cai Xukun, Wang Yibo, Xiao Zhan, Yang Zi & Yang Mi.

The cast of Hi, Mom – Shen Teng, director Jia Ling, Zhang Xiaofei. The movie has topped $700M USD to become China’s third-highest grossing film ever.
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Ancient Love Poetry showcases amazing CGI in first trailer

The best CGI I’ve seen since 2018’s Ashes of Love. Phenom Films was responsible for the post-production of films Mojin: The Lost Legend and Ne Zha.

To be honest, I’m probably going to check out the first couple of episodes of Ancient Love Poetry for the special effects alone. Starring Zhou Dongyu and Xu Kai, the drama will focus on the 10,000+ year romance between two powerful deities and will stream on Tencent next year. [Extended Synopsis]

Friday Photos

September and October are traditionally the most high-quality fashion covers, but it seems like November is way, way better this year. Perhaps because the magazines don’t feel so pressured to have the biggest (safest) names bound by restraints, November covers so far are so much more modern in aesthetics.

Here’s a round-up of photos that caught our eyes recently. If you haven’t seen it yet, I also love Chen Man’s Zhao Wei photoshoot.

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Zhou Dongyu, Liu Haoran’s Moses on the Plain releases first teaser

Moses on the Plain 平原上的摩西 is produced by art house director Diao Yinan (Wild Goose Lake), and stars acclaimed young film actors Zhou Dongyu and Liu Haoran in the leading roles.

While probing into a taxi driver’s murder case, detective Zhuang Shu (Liu Haoran) discovers that his childhood friend Li Fei (Zhou Dongyu) is somehow involved, and that he may also have been a witness.

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