SINGAPORE: Very often, people think that celebrities lead carefree lives, but Taiwan actor-singer Aaron Yan says that they actually lead a life filled with constraints.

“You have to watch what you say and consider a lot of things before speaking. In the entertainment industry, you can’t just do what you want,” said Yan.

That’s also why he loved playing Lu Tian Xing, an arrogant advertising genius who falls for the lovable Tao Le Si (Tia Li), when he disguises himself as the easy-going Xiao Lu to work in her advertising agency, in the new drama Fall in Love With Me.

“Lu Tian Xing is cocky, a little bit like Tony Stark (in Iron Man). I like playing Lu because I can be free. I’m not under anyone’s control. As Tian Xing, I can make sarcastic remarks or freely insult people. Not that I want to do that in real life of course! I just like the feeling of being free!”

The affable 27-year-old star said playing the warm, optimistic Xiao Lu had also been a very interesting experience.

“Unlike the old me, Xiao Lu is a positive person. He won’t let failure get him down. I used to be easily affected by negative things that happen in my life. Xiao Lu’s positive outlook on life rubbed off on me. I’m more positive now,” explained Yan, flashing a dazzling smile.

He added that he has changed a lot since he first made his showbiz debut about a decade ago.

“In the past, I knew what I wanted to achieve but I didn’t know how to work towards it. I’d complain about not getting to sing the good songs, or not getting picked by producers for roles I wanted. I blamed other people, but I didn’t reflect on it and prepare myself so that I could go ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Kim Jun-su, a member of the boy group JYJ, is building a hotel on Jeju Island, which will open its doors to guests next month.

“Kim dreamed about constructing a special hotel while travelling on world tours as a member of JYJ,” said Kim’s agency, CJes Entertainment.

The agency added that the building will include an outdoor venue to host concerts and events, as well as an outdoor pool that will be open throughout the year. The overall design is inspired by the romantic architectural style of the Tuscany region in Italy.

The Jeju Toscana Hotel is also named after the Italian region. It was built in Seogwipo in an area larger than 20,000 square meters (4.9 acres), has four stories above ground, 61 guest rooms and four villas with private pools. The hotel plans to add about 200 more rooms in the future, too.

“With the proceeds from the hotel, I want to support people in need, by maybe providing money for heating or air-conditioning,” the singer said. “I feel like my dream has come true as I really like the design of the new hotel, and I think this is the new challenge I’m taking.”

JoongAng Daily

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Seo-hyun of Girls' Generation graduated from Dongguk University with a degree in theater.

In a graduation ceremony held in Seoul on Thursday, Seo-hyun received a special award for successfully completing her studies with outstanding results, and for promoting the school here and overseas through the spread of her fame and K-pop. She entered the school in 2010.

Meanwhile, she will soon meet her fans as a member of Taetiseo, the unit group of Girls' Generation, which debuted in April 2012.

Chosun Ilbo

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 The star agencies of Korean actors Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye said Thursday that they were still undecided about accepting SBS’ offer to star the new drama “Pinocchio.”

“We did get an offer (to star in ‘Pinocchio’) but ‘Pinocchio’ is one of the many works being considered,” Lee’s agency Wellmade Entertainment told a local news outlet.

Similarly, Park’s agency Salt Entertainment said, “We received an offer and are looking into it. … Nothing is for sure at the moment.”

“Pinocchio” portrays the toils and romance of news reporters on the social news desk.

The drama will air from November, following the conclusion of SBS’ two Wednesday-Thursday evening dramas -- “It’s Okay, That’s Love,” starring Jo In-sung and Gong Hyo-jin, and the upcoming “My Lovely Girl,” starring singer-actors Krystal of f(x) and Rain.

Korea Herald

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Bridging the fashion and Kpop worlds together, YG Entertainment and fashion brand Louis Vuitton have held hands.

On August 20, YG Entertainment announced that the company has received an investment from Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)′s private equity fund group, L Capital Asia.

YG Entertainment explained that in order to obtain the working funds of 61.5 billion won, it will issue new stocks to increase capital for L Capital Asia.

For future development and business advancements, YG Entertainment decided to issue new stocks to increase its capital.

The issued stocks equal to 1,359,699 preferred shares, which is priced at 44,000 won each, and amounts to a 8.3 percent equity stake in YG Entertainment.

As the private equity fund of LVMH, L Capital Asia mostly invests in companies in Asia.


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Shortly after the return of formerly enlisted K-pop star Lee Teuk, the members of Super Junior are not only gearing up for their upcoming “Super Show 6” series, but will also be dropping their seventh full studio album “Mamacita” next month.

According to a press release from SM Entertainment on Thursday, Super Junior will be dropping its new album on Sept. 1, more than two years after the release of the group’s previous “Sexy, Free & Single” sixth album.

Although last year the group released two J-pop EPs, the upcoming album will mark the act’s first local release since the single “Spy,” which came out shortly after Super Junior’s sixth album in 2012.

The group is slated to perform its newest singles prior to the album’s release via KBS “Music Bank” next week on Aug. 29, followed by performances on MBC’s “Music Core” and SBS “Inkigayo” on Aug. 30 and 31, respectively.

Officials at SM Entertainment also unveiled a teaser image of the group, where the 10 members sport Wild West attire, dressed in vests and cowboy hats.

Following the group’s televised promotional performances, Super Junior will hold three concerts from Sept. 19-21 in Seoul as part of the official launch of the act’s “Super Show 6” world tour.

The world tour also marks a special feat for the veteran K-pop stars, as the upcoming Sept. 21 performance in Seoul will be the international Super Show concert series’ 100th show since it first launched in 2008.

The Super Show series has thus far included three Asia tours and two world tours, attracting more than 1.3 million K-pop fans in total.

The upcoming Super Show 6 three-day Seoul run will be held at the Indoor Stadium at Jamil Sports Complex. After their local performances, the members will head to China, Japan and Taiwan as well as other ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The Taiwanese actor is willing to cooperate with relevant authorities to prove his innocence


Taiwanese actor Chen Bo Lin, who is a good friend of both Jaycee Chan and Kai Ko, has been widely speculated to be embroiled in the drug case that is reported to involve at least 120 celebrities. In response, Bo Lin's company stated that the artiste is willing to cooperate with relevant authorities to prove his innocence.

After news of the drug case broke, Bo Lin expressed concern for his buddies on Weibo: 'Everyone makes mistakes. I pray for the best.'

Apart from taking up the Ice Bucket Challenge, the In Time with You star has since kept a low profile. Bo Lin, the ambassador of a Chinese green tea brand, was scheduled to attend a fan meet in Hefei, China this weekend. However, the organiser has pulled the plug on the event quoting 'unforeseen circumstances'.

The official announcement read: 'Due to unforeseen circumstances, the fan meet originally planned to be held at Hefei Anhui Grand Theatre on Aug 23 has been cancelled. We deeply apologise for any inconvenience caused.'

While speaking to reporters, a representative from Bo Lin's company said that recent reports and public pressure have taken a toll on the artiste's well-being. 'We hope the media will refrain from excessive speculation. Thank you for the concern,' he added.



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Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun Joong has been accused of domestic abuse and assault by a lady claiming to be his girlfriend. An acquaintance of the woman claimed, 'They have been dating since 2012' and had no problems with their relationship until this May, when she claims to have been assaulted due to 'woman problems', implying that a third party may have been involved in their relationship.

According to Korean media Dispatch, she was hospitalised for two weeks in May after sustaining injuries to her face, chest, arms, buttocks and back after he hit her with his fists and feet. Two months later, she was attacked once again but this time more severely, with fractures to her right ribs causing her a six-week hospital stay.

The woman, who is yet to be identified, shared that from May to July, the vicious circle of him hitting her, apologising and her forgiving him has been repeated but she finally decided to sue him as the situation has since worsened.

Hyun Joong's alleged girlfriend has submitted evidence to the police to prove their relationship and the extent of her injuries. The police have yet to make a statement but if convicted, the maximum sentence he will face is seven years in prison and a US$10,000 (S$12,500) fine.


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Taiwanese actor Kai Ko receives the highest penalty for celebrities and will be banned from China


According to Taiwan media reports, Taiwanese actor Kai Ko finally met his family members in the detention centre after his 14-day detention, his parents, brother and manager Angie Chai visited him yesterday.

Kai and his mother hugged and cried, while his father told him to take responsibility and face the matter bravely. The 23-year-old apologised repeatedly to those who were present and was sorry for letting his family, company, sponsors and fans down. Kai was also worried that his saga will affect movie earnings (Tiny Times 4) and the reputation of his company.

A Chinese character 'Zheng', which means upright, was written by Kai on the wall of the detention centre, a method he uses to count the number of days he has left in the detention centre.

In addition, The State Administration of Radio Film and Television of China has announced that Kai will be banned from the China media industry. Insiders revealed the ruling set by authorities to be the harshest for celebrities and may therefore end their showbiz careers.

It is said that Chinese movie Tiny Times 4, who features Kai as one of the male leads, will remove his parts in the film before releasing it in cinemas. As filming has already ended and Kai has a considerably large role in it, writer-director Guo Jingming has yet to make a response on this matter.

Co-starring as Kai's girlfriend in the movie, Amber Kuo clarified through her manager that she has not received any news and will continue to work as usual.

Besides the movie, Kai faced pull-outs from more than 10 endorsements including KFC China. Due to contractual terms, another chewing gum company will investigate the matter before deciding on Kai's endorsement.


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On Wednesday, Japanese-Taiwanese actor Takeshi Kaneshiro took on the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness and funds for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig's disease.

In the video, the 40-year-old did not utter a single word and expressed his thoughts via subtitles. His manager later explained that Takeshi used water from a dehumidifier for the challenge, so that clean water would not be wasted. With hopes that everyone would take initiative to care for the less fortunate in society, the actor chose not to nominate any celebrity.

At the same time, many artistes around the globe have also taken part in the charitable cause. Dressed in an extravagant fur jacket, Hong Kong actress Carina Lau was complimented by netizens on her poise, even after getting drenched by a bucket of ice water.

Another celebrity who gained widespread attention for the Ice Bucket Challenge is Hong Kong singer-songwriter G.E.M Tang. As the 23-year-old wore a white t-shirt, the bikini under her top was 'exposed' after she got soaked with water. The video on YouTube earned over 650,000 views in less than 24 hours.




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