National Treasures come alive in new CCTV program starring Tony Leung, Wang Kai and more

National Treasure 国家宝藏  will showcase 27 historical artifacts from 29 different museums across the country with the help of “protectors” (listed below), who will then present the story behind each piece in a short stage performance.

Actors / hosts featured: Zhang Guoli, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Wang Kai, Liu Tao, Li Chen, Duan Yihong, Wang Gang, He Jiong, Ma Su, Qin Hailu, Chen Xiao, Jackson Yi Yangqianxi, Liu Yijun, Guo Tao, Lei Jiayin, Guan Xiaotong, Sa Beining, Cai Guoqing, Ren Zhong, Ning Jing

Theme song: A Thousand Years in One Glance 一眼千年 – Na Ying

The 10 episode series will begin airing on December 3rd.

Tony Leung as Sima Guang

Wang Kai as Qianlong

Li Chen as Emperor Huizong of Song

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Fan Bingbing: “Li Chen and I Are Meant to Be”

Fan Bingbing: “Li Chen and I Are Meant to Be”

Last month, super couple Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) and Li Chen (李晨) made a public appearance together in Shanghai to attend a press conference for the 2018 Pre-screening Advertising Innovation Strategy. This was their first appearance after announcing their engagement.

The two were full of chemistry and love when they were getting interviewed together by the press. Bingbing referred to Li Chen as “my fiancé Li Chen” and exclaimed that she felt like everyone was already treating them like a married couple.

Li Chen proposed to Fan Bingbing on September 16, her 36th birthday. They shared the news on their respective social medias, and captioned their pictures with the words, “Us, forever.”

Bingbing also wrote, “I think my life is already perfect! I don’t need the stars in heaven. I just want happiness on earth! I am so happy and lucky! Thanks to all of you, who have been loving me all this time!”

Source: Sohu.com

This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.

The Advisors Alliance review: ep. 1 -4

Cao Pi: Here’s your sword back.
Guo Zhao: This (jade) isn’s mine.
Cao Pi: It was mine, now it’s yours.   #HowToGift101

Episode 3,  scene X:   Yang Xiu ,   the ambitious antagonist in the first few episodes, had just kicked off a dying Sima Yi into the river.  He is relieved, proud of what he has accomplished.

When he is left alone , he  turns to see his hands in the dimming night.  There’s blood on his hands.  He realizes what he has done, betraying his father’s trust and hope for a Han alliance, murdering at least two men.  He screams into the night.

The scene is representative of how The Advisors Alliance 军师联盟 has so far treated its characters – as complex and contradicting human beings.

With a rich set of characters, a fast-paced plot, thoughtful but colloquial dialogue, and just the right amount of romance and humor mixed in,   The Advisors Alliance is probably the best scripted ancient drama in the past couple of years.

The current romance plot, that of Cao Pi (Li Chen) and Guo Zhao (Tang Yixin), is  awww-worthy in each encounter, while the family bickering of Sima Yi (Wu Xiubo) and his wife ( Liu Tao) brings humor into the series.

 Other pros include on-point costume, set, cinematography, and music.  Other than the the ones mentioned earlier, Cao Cao (Yu Hewei ) and Xun Yu (Wang Jinsong) have also been  superb so far.  If I had to pick some flaws,  Cao Zhi’s acting is way off from how I think the script wanted to portray him,  and the actors who were dubbed over are a bit obvious compared to the ones using on-site recording.

This is only the first four episodes, and I’m already excited. Hopefully the rest of the drama will only get better, and  I’ll be looking forward to  new scriptwriter Chang Jiang’s next works –   another Three Kingdoms drama 三国机密 ,  and an upcoming Tribes and Empires  九州飘渺录 drama.

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Promo Round-up: The Advisors Alliance

The Advisors Alliance takes viewers to the ever-popular Three Kingdoms era, and this time the entire story will be told from Sima Yi’s (Wu Xiubo) perspective. Liu Tao (Ode to Joy 2) plays his fierce wife Zhang Chunhua while Janine Chang (Midnight Diner) plays Bai Lingyun, a spy from the Cao faction and Sima Yi’s concubine. Xiao Shunyao and Tan Jianci from M.I.C. costar as sons Sima Shi and Sima Zhao.

On the other side we have the Cao household, led by Yu Hewei (I Am Not Madame Bovary) as warlord Cao Cao and Li Chen (variety show Keep Running) as Cao Pi. Tang Yixin (Psychologist) and Zhang Zhixi (Three Heroes and Five Gallants) star as the latter’s consorts.

It’s hard to find good period dramas that offer a nice balance between political machinations and romance, so I’m hoping this one lives up to expectations. Part 1 (42 episodes) will begin broadcasting tonight. There is no concrete news regarding the schedule for Part 2.

Teasers: Liu Tao, Yu Hewei, Li Chen | Behind-the-scenes


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Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming are China’s Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple

Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming are China’s Highest-Earning Celebrity Couple



When one thinks of a popular celebrity couple, the first one to come to mind would probably be Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明), a couple so popular and well-known that they’ve become the main face of endorsements wherever they go.

And that’s not entirely untrue. According to a Chinese media report, Angelababy herself carries about 47 endorsements on her own. Though she is not China’s highest-paid actress—Fan Bingbing (范冰冰) is still on top—her combined earnings with her husband clearly puts them as the most profitable Chinese celebrities in the world.

Angelababy’s stay on the charts is impressive—despite having to take a hiatus for maternity leave, Angelababy’s exposure rate persisted throughout the year. The 28-year-old signed with Adidas and Dior only weeks after giving birth to her son “Little Sponge”, and on June 1, TAG Heuer announced Angelababy as its global ambassador.

In April 2017, a Chinese news outlet released a list of the 100 most-valuable celebrities in China last year. Out of the top 100, there were nine couples.

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing was 2016’s most valued and powerful celebrity, topping all charts across the board. Earning 244 million RMB, Fan Bingbing was not only the highest-earning celebrity, she was also the trendiest artist. Coming second place is Hong Kong action legend Jackie Chan (成龍), earning 168 million RMB. Number three is Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou (周杰倫) who, while earning more than Jackie with 181.5 million RMB, was a few places behind in terms of media exposure and mobile searches.

Angelababy and Huang Xiaoming were respectively the eighth and sixth highest-earning artists, but in terms of combined earnings as a couple, they earned more than Fan Bingbing and Li Chen (李晨). Angelababy and Huang Xioaming earned 314.7 million RMB, followed by Fan Bingbing and Li Chen at 287.6 million RMB. Third place was Yang Mi (楊冪) and Hawick Lau (劉愷威), earning 199 million RMB.

Another interesting note is that, of the nine couples, three of the female celebrities earned more than their male partners. Fan Bingbing’s 244 million RMB  was nearly six times the amount of Li Chen’s 43.6 million RMB. Yang Mi earned 124.8 million RMB, while Hawick Lau earned 74.2 million RMB. Cecilia Liu (劉詩詩) earned 50.9 million RMB, ahead of her husband Nicky Wu’s (吳奇隆) 18.1 million RMB.

Check out nine of the highest-earning celebrity couples below!

1) Angelababy (#8) and Huang Xiaoming (#6) — 314.7 million RMB
2) Fan Bingbing (#1) and Li Chen (#74) — 287.6 million RMB
3) Yang Mi (#12) and Hawick Lau (#40) — 199 million RMB
4) Sun Li (#21) and Deng Chao (#15) — 187.5 million RMB
5) Cecilia Liu (#44) and Nicky Wu (#63) — 119.9 million RMB
6) Carina Lau (#60) and Tony Leung (#52) — 114.1 million RMB
7) Ruby Lin (#95) and Wallace Huo (#39) — 103.2 million RMB
8) Xie Na (#99) and Jason Zhang (#68) — 74 million RMB
9) Zhang Ziyi (#94) and Wang Feng (#93) — 57.3 million RMB

Sources: 1, 2

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