Happy Chinese New Year!

Here’s my favorite performance of the CCTV Sping Festival Gala, a theatrical spectacle set atop Mount Tai that almost looks like an Olympic Torch Lighting.  The three song performance features Huang Xiaoming, Wallace Chung, Jerry Yan, Xia Li’ao,   and Li Yundi.


Huang Xiaoming: “Respecting Your Wife is a Traditional Chinese Virtue”

Huang Xiaoming: “Respecting Your Wife is a Traditional Chinese Virtue”

As the headliner of Nirvana in Fire II <琅琊榜之风起长林>, Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) has a lot of weight to carry on his shoulders. Despite playing only a supporting character, Xiaoming’s role as the drama’s poster boy is putting him at the center of criticism and discussion. “It’s a lot of pressure,” he said.

But yet, Xiaoming’s short-lived appearance in Nirvana in Fire II is the reason why he must do well in the role. His satisfying performance as “Xiao Pingzhang” has gotten praise from all fronts, and even the producer expressed that Xiaoming’s convincing portrayal of the role may be because Xiaoming himself finds resemblance in Xiao Pingzhang. “His responsibility to his household, his love for his family… it’s all exactly like his role. He has a natural feeling of duty to his family.”

In an interview, Xiaoming remarked that he did find many similarities with Xiao Pingzhang. Although he has no siblings like his character, Xiaoming is the oldest of his family’s generation with younger cousins. “I definitely feel like I should be responsible for them. I’d scold and take care of them. This is definitely the same attitude that Xiao Pingzhang has towards Xiao Pingjing.”

The discussion then came to the topic of marriage, and on the show, Xiaoming’s wife is portrayed by Tong Liya (佟丽娅). Xiaoming drew a lot of inspiration from his real life into the role. He and his wife, Angelababy, have been married since 2015. Their son was born in January 2017.

“In a marriage, the man should be accommodating,” he said. “Your wife shows temper because she is your wife. She won’t show it to other people. There is nothing you can’t accommodate.”

The interviewer joked, “Perhaps being scared of the wife is a traditional Chinese virtue.” Xiaoming shook his head, “I am not scared of my wife. I respect my wife, love my wife. That, I think, is really the traditional Chinese virtue.”

Source: Ettoday.net

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

Huang Xiaoming Helps Liu Haoran Carry “Nirvana in Fire II”

Huang Xiaoming Helps Liu Haoran Carry “Nirvana in Fire II”

Huang Xiaoming (黄晓明) may be headlining Nirvana in Fire II <琅琊榜之风起长林>, but the true star of the show is 20-year-old Liu Haoran (刘昊然), who plays the story’s central character.

Nirvana in Fire II takes place a generation after the original 2015 hit series, in the era where Prince Jing’s son is the Emperor of Liang and the kingdom is guarded by the Changlin Army. The Xiao House, guardians of the Changlin Army, are betrayed, and the successor Xiao Pingzhang (Huang Xiaoming) is injured. While investigating the case, Pingzhang and his younger brother Pingjing (Liu Haoran) are poisoned, but Pingzhang forgoes his opportunity of retrieving an antidote for his kingdom. The weight is now on Pingjing’s shoulders to protect his kingdom and bring honor back to his family.

Huang Xiaoming’s early death in the series is surprising to many, as the actor has been headlining the sequel since it was first announced. Although the backstory of Nirvana in Fire II seems to be like a reboot of the original, Nirvana in Fire II places more emphasis on solving mysteries rather than political battles. It’s a different take on the Nirvana in Fire world, but whether or not it would carry as much influence as its predecessor remains another mystery to be solved.

Source: 1, 2

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

The Years You Were Late releases stills, adds Yin Tao as female lead

I commented in an earlier post that The Years You Were Late was sounding a lot like Yin TaoFeather Flies to the Sky, and funnily enough, she was soon confirmed as the female lead opposite Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love).

Huang Xiaoming plays Mu Jianfeng, an upright soldier who becomes a businessman after retiring from the military. Despite the change in career, Mu Jianfeng still sees himself as a proper soldier, and doesn’t back down in the face of hardship.

Yin Tao plays Mo Li, a fearless and beautiful young soldier who desires freedom and doesn’t like to take the rules seriously. Mo Li and Mu Jianfeng are separated when the latter travels south to search for new business opportunities, and both of them eventually settle down with new partners.

Qin Hailu (White Deer Plain) plays Zhao Yiqin, the charming girl next door who falls in love with Mu Jianfeng. Cao Bingkun (The Battle at the Dawn) plays a disabled businessman who values money above all else, though Zhao Yiqin’s appearance eventually thaws his cold heart.

Directed by Lin Ke (A Unique Militiaman) and written by original author Yan Geling (Youth), the 30 episode drama is still in the midst of filming.

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Long trailer and new stills for The Wind Blows in Changlin

Screenwriter and novelist Hai Yan has teamed up with Daylight Entertainment again to produce The Wind Blows in Changlin, a sequel to 2015 hit drama Nirvana in Fire.

Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love) plays Xiao Pingzhang, son of Tingsheng, the Prince of Changlin and general of the Liang dynasty’s most powerful army. Just like their predecessors in the original, the Changlin army falls into a trap set up by corrupt officials led by Xun Baishui (Bi Yanjun), the empress (Mei Ting) and undercover spy Pu Yangying (Guo Jingfei). Pu Yangying tries to wipe out the Changlin army by poisoning all the water wells, and from the trailer, it seems like Xiao Pingzhang sacrifices himself to save younger brother Xiao Pingjing, played by Liu Haoran (Founding of an Army). 

The fate of the country is in the hands of a gullible child (Hu Xianxu) once the emperor (Liu Jun) passes away, and Xiao Pingjing must prove Changlin’s loyalty to the current ruler before they suffer the same fate as the Chiyan Army. He’ll be helped by his love interest Lin Xi (Zhang Huiwen), sister-in-law Meng Qianxue (Tong Liya) and loyal general Xun Feizhan (Zhang Bo).

The Wind Blows in Changlin will be airing sometime next year (or late this year, depending on Dragon TV’s schedule) as a weekly drama.

Xiao Pingzhang, oldest son of Tingsheng.

Meng Qianxue, grand-niece of General Meng Zhi and wife of Xiao Pingzhang.

Lin Xi, a physician with a mysterious background.

Xiao Tingsheng, Prince of Changlin, adopted son of Xiao Jingyan.

Xiao Yuanqi, an ambitious prince and rival of Xiao Pingjing.

Empress Xun, sister of corrupt official Xun Baishui.

Xun Feizhan, a loyal general and powerful martial artist.

Pu Yangying, Xun Baishui’s cunning adviser who is a survivor of the plague that wiped out the Kingdom of Yeqin.

Xun Baishui, a corrupt official who supports Xiao Yuanqi and wants the Prince of Changlin’s military powers for himself.

Mo Zihou, Xiao Yuanqi’s uncle and ally of Xun Baishui and Pu Yangying.

Xun Anru, an innocent and kind-hearted noble lady who is pushed into politics by her lover Xiao Yuanqi and ambitious father Xun Baishui.

Current emperor, son of Xiao Jingyan (appeared as a child in the last episode of Nirvana in Fire).

Xiao Yuanshi, crown prince and future emperor of Liang.

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Huang Xiaoming, Qin Hailu play a married couple in upcoming drama


Huang Xiaoming bowed out of modern idol drama Here to Heart to film this, and was replaced with Zhang Han.

The Years You Were Late 你迟到的许多年 stars Qin Hailu (White Deer Plain) as a soldier turned telephone operator, and Huang Xiaoming (A Life Time Love) as her estranged husband who later becomes an entrepreneur.

The drama is a loose adaption of script writer Yan Geling’s Buyu Cottage, and aims to provide a realistic depiction of the lives of everyday people during the economic reforms of the 1980s. It’s sounding a lot like Yin Tao and Zhang Yi’s sleeper hit Feather Flies to the Sky, so here’s to hoping this drama can replicate the former’s success.

The 30 episode drama is directed by Lin Ke, and started filming a week ago.

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Angelababy: “Self-Discipline is Key to Weight Loss”

Angelababy: “Self-Discipline is Key to Weight Loss”

Since marrying Huang Xiaoming (楊穎) in 2015, Angelababy (黃曉明) gave birth to their son, whom they affectionately nicknamed Little Sponge. Although the couple was spotted celebrating their two-year anniversary a few months ago, Angelababy lamented about the couple’s lack of quality time together. During an interview recently, the 28-year-old actress admonishingly scored her husband seven out of ten points due to his busy work schedule.

When Angelababy was pregnant, she did not gain much weight. Even though she was nine months into her pregnancy and ready for labor, her limbs were still very thin. After giving birth, she returned to her pre-pregnancy figure in no time. Many people felt that the pregnancy was a fraud due to her petite frame throughout her pregnancy period. Some even accused Angelababy of having the baby through surrogacy.

During an interview recently, Angelababy shared that her heaviest pregnancy weight was 119 pounds. She successfully lost 20 pounds after giving birth. The petite actress shared some weight loss tips, “To lose weight after giving birth, it is imperative to have self-discipline. Exercising helps to speed up your metabolism, but the most important thing is to eat less.”

Source: On.cc

This article is written by Huynh for JayneStars.com.