Wow, a whole happy storm of interesting happenings! I’m so out of touch with all the BuBu gang aside from Loverboy, but why is everyone suddenly appearing on my dash?
It was just a day or two ago when the official news of Loverboy is picked as the leading man (founding emperor of Later Han Liu Xiu) in an anticipated popular novel adaptation by Ruby Lin’s production company (and of course starring the ladyboss as the leading lady empress Yin LiHua herself) and today, they have the ceremony marking the official start of filming with the press widely covering the event. It’s not even an industry secret Ruby has eyes on Loverboy playing her on screen OTP for the better of 3 years+, they were even snapped having dinner by a rare nice CN paparrazzi writeup in 2010. As with ALL Cdrama adaptation of popular novels, the drill is to throw every casting rumor on the wall and let the fanwars kick start. Wallace Chung’s fans want Wallace to be Liu Xiu, Jimmy Lin’s fans think he’s most befitting, and another forerunner Luo Jin’s fans have been jabbing Loverboy left and right since the drama has its official leading man, heartbroken their bias is not cast as this dreamy dashing young king. I can understand their rage, Luo Jin’s most famous roles have all been well known Han emperors (Liu Bang, his son and successor Liu Ying in one of Ruby’s most famous work Schemes of A Beauty, then the last emperor of Western Han Liu Xie, ruling under the very tight leash of ‘puppeteer’ Cao Cao.) Of course, there is the other end where fans of the novel is cringing Ruby is too old for the heroine empress. I haven’t wholeheartedly cared for anything Ruby has done under her production company, it’s been mindnumbing shallow MarySue romances with a collection of mostly truly gorgeous man-vases. Loverboy missed the chance to work with Ruby, ‘thanks’ to TR’s ladyB’s meddling, or else he would be her OTP in Schemes of A Beauty. The role went to Sammul Chan, who was so bland. Schemes of A Beauty was already the better of the copycats following its surprising success, who knows what Loverboy can do with that role of a handsome, young, good king?! And knowing the aftermath of how it’s shot the then up and coming actors like YangMi, Sammul, Luo Jin and scene stealing Wang LiKun to bigger better things, I could only imagine what a game changer it would be for Loverboy circa 2010. Then when Ruby’s Qing Shi Huang Fei was in production, she wanted YH to be one of her himbos, Ruby got Wallace Huo and Yan Kuan, but just take a pause and think of the catatonia from gorgeousness brought upon if YH is also added on that roster?! Again TR could not ‘fit’ it in his schedule. IF you have been following Loverboy for a while, he’s done 1/3 of his workload in the years since LoCH(2006) till BBJX, that is 4+ years, than he did in the year after changing management, what schedule are we talking about now?!?! Fate had him playing a guy4/5 Prince13, and nailing it, rest is history, but a leading role in a mega-talk-of-town-hit, and its followup (even though it’s nothing but pretty faces walking around) beats the exposure of a supporting side character of a popular shoujo almost 2 years later any time (and what major time wasted *lesigh*).
Finally. They have been chummy on weibo for a while, and Loverboy has publicly playfully flirted (haha brownnosed) Ruby whenever he could, he’s not one to deny being around and working with a gorgeous lady for sure. More importantly he is the undisputed leading man in this drama. The chance of it to be seriously awesome is very slim, but Ruby has her clout, and this reads better than her usual himbo roles, I can trust Loverboy he can do this accession of the well-loved young king sleepwalking, how many times has he played real historical dashing princes and kings now and more so fictional variations of them princes?! He’s made a decent career out of doing nothing but them. I can trust him to elevate the material and possibly the best chemistry Ruby has ever shared with her leading man. They are so cute at the ceremony already:
Lolz, oh my loverderp, if you are going to wear a see-through white tee, go train yourself half the muscle mass of your TWcutie Eddie…and never steal undergarments from your grandpapa.
I c a nip*
The drama is 长歌行 Zhang Ge Xing, based on the novel 秀麗江山 (‘beautiful’ country; a wordplay on Liu Xiu 劉秀/Han emperor GuangWu, founder of the Later/East Han dynasty and his empress Yin LiHua 陰麗華) I have not read the novel, which is of another time traveling heroine, this time to a pivotal time for House of Han. The drama will skip the whole time traveling shenanigans *PHEW*. I do not know if the title 长歌行 has anything to do with the poem/song from 漢樂府 (Music Ensemble of Han), on time and tide wait for no man. Wind is the characterization of Liu Xiu is quite a dreamboat, he is considered one of the capable and kind Han king, and of course in the novel, Gorgeous. Empress Yin was a renowned beauty, quoted in later prose and writing as the yardstick of attractiveness. The drama will be 55+ episode, with an extended cast, there will be a tangent on the brotherhood of the 28 YunTai Generals 雲台二十八將, spinning folklore, they are the keepers of the 28 mansions (constellations) reincarnated on earth. So there is hope this may not be just the good old *yawwnnnnzz* chickflick. Imo Ruby and YH look lovely together and they have already had a warmup of playing husband and wife in their cameos for Young Detective Dee. I do not mind Ruby if she’s allowed to stay within the box of what she can do, yes it’s typecasting but at this point of her career (and considering her limited abilities), be grateful to have a niche at sth she’s pleasantly ok in, and be content with it. The major quibble I have with Ruby is she needs to stop playing teenage princess. She looks younger than her age and still pretty, but when she’s forcing it playing a 16 year old, she would always try too hard and be insufferable. If they are serious, they must use young actors, that goes for Loverboy, too.
Moving on, too bad he can’t attend the press junket for the movie with Simon Yam and Ying Er today, because he can just walk out with this outfit and hair and SLAY ME!
This is how he looks in the movie playing a cop. The movie is renamed 制服/A Chilling Cosplay. Again, hope of this watchable if you are not a fangirl of anyone in it: nil.
*he’s not wearing anything inside that jacket, and he is sooo skinny and I must be slightly blind thinking if I get my hands on this pic in HQ, I’ll make it my wallie because this is just toooooo damn gorgeous.
Or it’s the black wall doing things to me:
Loverboy also did a livechat Q&A for the TianYa forum (he’s voted one of the 4 new beauties of TianYa), charming everyone’s socks off with his shameless sharp-tongued funneh.
Some of his best one liners (tbh, every answer is GOLD) :
我用赞我者昌，黑我者天必诛之的心态看。 My stance on the matter is: those who like me will prosper, those who don’t…will be obliterated by the wrath of Heaven! -YH on how he regards reading praises or jabbing on public forums like Tianya.
‘你那么美、你那么美、你那么美、你那么美美美美〜’的旋律在脑海中反复回荡。 (fr LeeHom’s Mei) ‘You are so beautiful, you are so beautiful, you are so beautiful, you are so be-beau-beau-ti-ful~’ keeps ringing in my head. -on what’s going on in his mind after learning he’s ‘won’ the title of the new 4 beauties. *<________<*
我比较接受狂、拽、酷、炫、屌之类的形容词…… I’d much prefer crazysmexycoolsparklingBAMF – on if he’s against being called ‘beautiful’.
DNA. -on what is his most beautiful body part. *lemme just reference DNA is 基因 in chinese, 基, the character alone = gay; 因= reason/cause.* I’m pretty sure Loverboy is doing a clever double entendre here, coming out of his silly closet. *I KID!!!!*
不担心，大不了演个现代美男吓死你们。 I’m not worried, worst comes to worst I could try out a role as a modern handsome man and scare you ALL! – on whether he’s worried he would be labeled as a period-pretty only.
美丽可爱认真敬业真诚。 BeautifulCuteSeriousProfessionalGenuine -on his opinion on ShiShi as his fans seems to like them together a lot.
特别过瘾。欣姐演戏太赞了，完全带着我入戏，把我刺激的一愣一愣的，虐惨了。 Extremely fun. bigsisXin is such a terrific actress, she leads me into every emotion, I was beyond tantalized, and traumatized. – On his thoughts on working with JiangXin ie our ‘Consort Hua’ in Hua Xu Yin ie the drama I NEED LIKE NOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!
肥肉吃多了嫌腻，瘦肉吃多了嫌柴。最好综合着来。 Too much fatty stuff is greasy, too much lean meat is like chewing twigs, the best is to serve ’em all mixed up – On whether he prefers pudgy ladies in RL as his cameo in Longmen Express is paired up with the cute and chubby babe.
I really need to see this Q&A if there is a vid. I hope at least he would have a moment like this:
Totaly adorable and cute but embarrassed with his own shenanigans, in need of a hole to hide in.
I’ve just read a rumor I’m totally going to will it away by ignoring: the YZ production for 寂寞空庭春欲晚/Lonely Spring Court/Night of the Spring is defrosting. I can’t wait to see Tong LiYa and Loverboy (playing the dreamy poet Nalan romancing on my screen, I get the tingles just imagining the pretty. But alas we have Hawick as emperor KangXi (I’m so terribly allergic to him particularly his mouth while linereading -__________-) and it never ends well fighting for a lady with the king. But it’s 2 pretties against 1, I can persevere. BUT Yuan ShanShan is now slated for girl2, hence the ‘OTP’ of YH. Again, I refuse to accept this fkingFunk. YuZit, I’ll come quash you in person, I WILL!
Speaking of ShiShi, she is busy filming 犀利仁師/ Incisive Great Teacher with Nicky in WenDian along with Prince 10 Ye ZuXin. This is the third time the trio is working together:
They held a presscon the exact day as the ceremony for Beautiful Country at Elephant Mt. The same quip I have with Ruby applies to Nicky even more. Stop the obsession of younging yourself up! Yes, you look 10 years younger than your age, but if a 30yo Ye ZuXin is spotting an age and period appropriate hair, and yours have modern bangs! or I’ll let it slide is of a young adult barely legal. ‘Tis wrong. I love how ShiShi is looking though, there is a glow and twinkle in her eyes, I bet is attacking a role she likes in an outfit she would’ve handpicked if she’s living in that period. imo she has a very different aura than her early days playing gentile damsels, her best fit of a role is actually her Yan San Niang in Strange Hero Yi Zhi Mei, ie closer to her RL persona and this is like she’s revamping that role! The chance of this being watchable for me is nah. This is from Nicky’s production and everything they have produced are, to put it politely… filth flarn filth flarn filth, because what the funk is 古裝校園勵志懸疑喜劇 (period-school-motivational-mystery-comedy) Synopsis reads as though GTO, Queen’s Classroom, Detective Dee had a threesome an they breed a bizarro offspring with a big side of silly ( HAHAHA and now, somehow I kinda wanna check it out for the crazy, plus if this is not taking itself too seriously and it’s slapstick mindless funny, totally up my alley) I am again odd in not really feeling too hot of innate chemistry between Nicky and ShiShi in BBJX, I ship the characters but it’s not because of their decent (imo not terrific) job. It was nothing terribly magical sparks-a-flying for me. The true test of whether they are brimming with that elusive IT is with BuBuJingQing, and this bickering lovehate duo here. If they do, then all the dating rumors sparking some ugly fanwar are at least ‘deserving’ somewhat even though I am the captain obvious in saying this has been TR’s fav ad tool since the sun started setting in the West.
But Prince 10 is still strong and ridiculously adorbs with his RL OTP Consort Hua Jiang Xin:
D’awwwww! Story is Ye’s fans @JX on him laying a hand on his drama OTP GuiGui’s shoulder, JX then pouts @Ye on weibo haha to which Ye says JX’s skin is so dewy and glowing today along with a whole slew of the cutest emoticon giving her a red flower and a smooch. Again Hua XuYin, the DRAMA I NEED NOWWWWW, a little part of which is I can not wait for all the RL cuteness btw the pair and our meddling cuteImp 13.
Prince 9, the gorgeous Han Dong is also very busy popping up here and there. I think out of all the princes, he’s been most steadily working and I bet there must at least be a channel showing sth he’s in 24/7 in some parts of China. His first drama leading role 爱情悠悠药草香/ The War of Beauties just started showing *seriously can we stop using ‘war’ and ‘beauty’ these poor tired words in lazy combos for titles now?!* He’s playing a rich boy with many wives, and the wifeys fight, or as we call it, ‘not touching with a 10 ft pole’. He’s an appearance in King LanLing and it prompted a hilarious mashing of KLL and Swordsman (and also an outburst of Y HanDong is not KLL instead?! Y ANYONE is not KLL instead of FSF?!?!? To vent, many fans of the most pretty General in CN history have pitched in their dreamcast That include my HyunBinnie on the list and often Li JunKi, but if this is the OTP, I would soooo watch:
Although the life of King LanLing has been quite safe from the abuse of crappy dramatization (it’s long been considered impossible to cast someone so insanely beautiful he’s said to be prettier than any lady walking the earth then, AND macho a forbidden cut-throat war machine), but there are many RPGs and his fangirls have been churning out worthy gorgeous creations of him. So there is a general census of his appearance, in my head, he’s somewhat like the above fanart, ie nothing like what’s served. Or obviously this:
And when a drama makes yumama’s Swordsman looks good, that is a sure-in for the crown of my most shiteous shit. I can’t stand much of anything in it myself, sitting through just the warm spring scene, that includes Ariel and her too modern line reading and her OTTing when emoting and how brainless her character stuck with lines not making an iota of sense. Peeps are somehow watching and touching it with or without the 10 ft pole as all setting the bar even lower PoS will certainly attract eyeballs in cdramaland.
I just read a passing rumor Han Dong will be in some Duke of Mt Deer remake (not sure if it’s just silly game endorsement again or drama or webdrama or webmovie or just a commercial) but he would be Wei Xiao Bao!!!! ME LIKEY! He’s of course too pretty if being absolutely authentic, but from what I caught him doing in Swordsman, he could nail a charming pervy scoundrel with sparkles and fireworks!
Prince 14 Lin GengXin/Kenny Lin is off to play in movieland. To say I’m surprised how far he’s moved up just with a supporting role in BBJX is an understatement. To have a role, however tiny in a popcorn franchise that is not going to go away, Xin-chan, you have my vote of yum! in this overload of gorgeous! And maybe the best acting job of the bunch as well. Not that you can pay me to sit through this.
What’s more interesting to me is his upcoming pure romance movie with Zhou DongYu, I have a bias with the young lady, she is like a breath of fresh air. I’ve seen a bootleg copy of Gong the movie, she and ChenXiao (who is playing Prince13, yeah) joined hands in elevating the crap that is Yumama’s writing. They are so precious in it wading through the WTF.
I do not know what this is for:
imo 14, does not have the pretty for a serious period handsome boy, it’s more to do with his facial features not the refined perfection required under the scrutinizing, unforgiving lens of a decent historical, ie the same gripe I had with Ariel and FSF. But to make yourself a household name in Cdramaland, you must show your face in a period. He’s much more charismatic in a suit (D’uuhhh) for instance, even with questionable hair. I’m too lazy to factcheck, is he rumored to be in the drama adapt of To Our Youth that is Fading Away? This could be for Tiny Times drama (again is he in it?) but the hair is so 90s or earlier.
So this begs the question: what is our Prince8 Kevin up to other than Hua XuYin? I think he’s going to release an album?! *I’m so out of loop*