BEIJING: Action star Jackie Chan’s son Jaycee Chan has been formally arrested, announced Chinese authorities on Wednesday (Sept 17).

Investigations are ongoing, reported Chinese media. Chan has been charged with providing a venue for drug use, a criminal charge which carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

Jaycee Chan has been in police custody for over 31 days now. Taiwan actor Kai Ko, who was detained alongside Chan on Aug 14 and charged with drug consumption (a civil charge), was released at midnight on Aug 28.

Ko has reportedly decided to go back to school following his release, after holding tearful media conferences in China and Taiwan to apologise for his actions.


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Rumors based on Instagram postings have spread during the last few days concerning the alleged attempt to blackmail actor Lee Byung Hun. The rumors focus on an alleged relationship between the actor and one of the two women blackmailers. There is also speculation based on an Instagram posting by Lee Byung Hun's wife, actress Lee Min Jung.

The alleged blackmailers were said to have asked Lee Byung Hun for $5 million or they would reveal video footage of a conversation that he had with them. In this conversation, he reportedly discussed comments of a sexual nature. Lee Byung Hun reported the incident to the police

The two women were later identified as GLAM member and actress Dahee and model Lee Ji Yeon. The women claimed that the blackmail attempt occurred because Lee Byung Hun had a three-month relationship with Lee Ji Yeon and suddenly broke it off. The break-up, they say, prompted her to act emotionally.

Lee Byung Hun denied the relationship, saying the women were merely mutual friends of one of his friends. He said that he met them in June but became wary of their ongoing financial problems and decided not to see them again. He said that he never met Lee Ji Yeon alone.

However, Instagram photos surfaced in the past week that some say support the model's claim to a relationship. They show gifts that were supposedly given to her by the actor. They include a wine bottle from a South American winery he was known to visit and a phone model that he advertised for. Whether the gifts were actually given to her by Lee Byung Hun cannot yet be confirmed. Nor do the photos confirm the nature of their relationship. The account owner does say that every time "Lee Santa' comes over, he brings presents. When ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Hallyu actress Park Shin Hye made headlines for being seen visiting her friend Lee Eun Sung, the wife of controversial 90's singer Seo Tai Ji.

On September 15, several reports were released stating that actress Park Shin Hye was seen visiting her friend Lee Eun Sung in a postnatal clinic.

Lee Eun Sung is the second wife of 90's musician Seo Tai Ji, who was previously married to actress Lee Ji Ah. Following their divorce, Seo Tai Ji married Lee Eun Sung on June 2013, and they became parents on August 2014.

Due to the controversial nature of her friend's marriage and pregnancy, Park Shin Hye was lauded for staying by her friend's side regardless of the negative press surrounding her situation.

According to a representative from Park Shin Hye's agency, "Park Shin Hye and Lee Eun Sung have been friends since Park Shin Hye acted in 'Stairway To Heaven,' and Lee Eun Sung acted in 'Sharps.' They became close friends because of their similar ages."

They added, "Park Shin Hye is the type of person who maintains her friendship, and she still keeps in touch with Lee Eun Sung after all these years. We are aware of their close friendship."

Finally, they said, "We confirmed with Park Shin Hye that she indeed visited her friend Lee Eun Sung in the postnatal center, and although she did not discuss the trip in detail, she said that she enjoyed her visit, and she made wonderful memories."


Meanwhile, Park Shin Hye is confirmed to star in the upcoming drama "Pinocchio."

KDrama Stars

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Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung showed explosive chemistry during first shoot for Tomorrow Cantabile.

KBS2’s upcoming drama Tomorrow Cantabile released photos of Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung on the first day of filming.

In the drama, Joo Won will be acting as the brusque and attractive genius musician ‘Cha Yoo Jin’ while Shim Eun Kyung will be taking the role of 4-dimensional, free spirited, genius pianist ‘Seol Nae Il.’ Having nothing in common, the two will develop as they begin to communicate with one another as musical partners.

Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung’s first filming took place on September 10 in Yeoju city. They filmed the scene where Cha Yoo Jin unintentionally spends a night over at Seol Nae Il’s house after getting drunk, leading the other students at their school to be suspicious of their relationship.

Despite filming early in the morning, Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung were full of smiles as they showed excitement for their first shoot.

Before they began filming, the two looked around the filming site in detail and kept their eyes fixed to the scripts as they continued to rehearse. They also checked the scripts with Han Sang Woo PD, discussing the flow of the story as they showed their passion to increase the quality of the drama.

Once the filming started, Joo Won perfectly transformed into Cha Yoo Jin from head to toe, with his brusque and chic charms and Shim Eun Kyung also acted out her character with comical actions and adorable facial expressions.

Acting opposite each other for the first time through Tomorrow Cantabile, Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung showed great teamwork. When Shim Eun Kyung held Joo Won’s hand and looked at him with eyes full of aegyo, they showed off explosive chemistry.

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Bringing music, comedy, and acting into one place, SBS established the SBS Awards Festival for the end of 2014.

On September 17, SBS stated, “Expanding the three award ceremonies at the end of the year, SBS has established the SBS Awards Festival (SAF) bringing all of SBS’ contents to one place in a large-scale festival.”

Unlike the usual format of holding the SBS Gayo Awards, SBS Entertainment Awards, and SBS Drama Awards as it did each year, SBS will instead have the SAF, holding a mini concert, stage greetings from actors and entertainers, as well as many other spectacles for viewers to enjoy.

The SAF will take place sometime in December at Coex in Samsung-dong.


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Han Ye Seul has signed a contract with Keyeast.

According to Keyeast on September 17, Han Ye Seul recently signed with Keyeast and will resume her acting career.

CEO Yang Geun Hwan from Keyeast stated, “We’re happy to be working with actress Han Ye Seul, who has dynamic charms and is actively promoting in various fields. Using Keyeast’s strengths and experience, we will fully support Han Ye Seul’s activities in extensive projects.”

Han Ye Seul debuted through a supermodel competition in 2001 and starting with the 2003 sitcom Nonstop 4, she has starred in numerous dramas, such as Forbidden Love, Couple or Trouble, Tazza, Will It Snow for Christmas? as well as movies Miss Gold Digger, Penny Pinchers and more.

Keyeast currently houses Bae Yong Jun, Kim Soo Hyun, Im Soo Jung, Joo Ji Hoon, Jung Ryeo Won, Hong Soo Hyun, So E Hyun, Park Seo Joon, Lee Hyun Woo, Park Soo Jin and more.


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One of singer-actor Park Yoo-chun’s fan clubs, Blessing Park Yoo Chun, recently opened a library named after the celebrity on an island in South Jeolla, local media said yesterday.

The Park Yoo Chun Library on Heuksan Island is the second of its kind after the fan club founded its first in Jangsan-myeon in the same province last year.

Blessing Park Yoo Chun, a group composed of Park’s fans above the age of 30, raised 10 million won ($9,661) and contributed 6,600 books, Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, reported yesterday.

Founded in 2010, the club has since been involved in various humanitarian activities, such as giving 10 million won to a pediatric cancer patient and donating 150 million won for the needy, Ilgan Sports wrote.

The library on Heuksan Island will also include a mini-theater and a study room, Ilgan Sports added.

Park, 28, is a member of the K-pop trio JYJ, which released its newest album in July, titled “Just Us.” The album sold close to 17,000 copies during its first week and topped music charts in Japan, like Oricon and Tower Records. JYJ is currently on their Asia tour, “The Return of the King.”

JoongAng Daily

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The agencies of actress Gong Hyo-jin and actor Lee Jin-uk announced the couple’s split four months after the actress acknowledged that they were dating, local media said.

Gong’s agency, Soop Management, was quoted by Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, as stating through a press release: “We verified that the two recently broke up. We hope you understand it’s difficult for us to look into precisely when and why they’re no longer together for privacy matters.”

Lee’s agency, Will Entertainment, also announced the split through a press release yesterday, according to Ilgan Sports, which read, “We checked with Lee and heard he and Gong recently decided to remain as co-workers.”

The official announcements were made after rumors of the breakup spread on the Internet yesterday morning. Local media was flooded with reports from “close friends” of the ex-couple who claimed the two were too busy and were going through “personal issues.”

JoongAng Daily

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Title track “Holler” from Taetiseo, a subgroup of Girls’ Generation, ranked at the top of music charts at home and abroad just days after the group released its mini-album.

Taetiseo is composed of three members from Girls’ Generation: Tae-yeon, 25; Tiffany, 25; and Seo-hyun, 23.

After the new album kicked off Tuesday at noon on online music websites, the title track ranked No. 1 yesterday on eight local music charts, including Naver Music and Daum Music. The song also got to fourth place on the iTunes Album Chart in the United States.

The group will perform “Holler” tonight at 6 p.m. on cable channel Mnet’s “M Countdown.”

The achievement comes after the group’s previous mini-album, “Twinkle” (2012), reached a similar record worldwide, proving once again the solid foothold Girls’ Generation has established globally.

JoongAng Daily

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Vocal group NOEL joined hands with producer Choi KyuSung.
The 4 crooner group has been chosen as the runner for Choi KyuSung's second project album, Acoustic Project #2. Sunset. At noon on September 16th, NOEL released the title track 'Late Stories.' The new title track is based on an acoustic pop beat with impressive guitar melody and gives an impression as if the listeners are listening to an old pop song.  
Producer Choi, who gained recognition as a producing team named Black Eyed Pilseung, is in charge of this 'Acoustic Project.' The project is being processed with four different themes. Last June, 4MEN's Shin YongJae and DAVICHI's Lee HaeRi released the first project album, 'I Feel So Empty Without You.'
Meanwhile, producer Choi's project team Black Eyed Pilseung produced many hit songs including SISTAR's 'Touch My Body' and TEENTOP's 'MISSING.'

KBS Global

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