Sep 20 2014
Anthony Wong angered by TVB's arrangements
Friday September 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Though claiming he was not motivated by money when deciding on making TVB's upcoming series "Lord of Shanghai", movie star Anthony Wong was infuriated when he was asked to pay for his own accommodation in Shanghai for the on-location set of the upcoming series.
According to On CC News, the actor recently expressed his displeasure upon finding out that he had to pay the incremental difference due to his decision to check into a five-star hotel.
Anthony allegedly did so after finding out about TVB's policy in booking rooms. Reportedly, TVB only book rooms at three- and four-star hotels for on-location shoots, and will not pay for the accommodations of the artiste's personal assistant.
Anthony, who was used to better accommodations, expressed his dissatisfaction not only for the fact that he was given a cheap 'mosquito-infested' room, but also because he could not share the room with his female assistant and therefore needed another room that he must pay for himself.
Upon checking into a five-star hotel for his own convenience, Anthony was told that he will have to bear the incremental difference.
"I am staying in Shanghai for more than a month and it would cost me over HKD 70,000. How can I bring that much money with me to travel?" said the actor.
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Sep 20 2014
Raymond Wong's condition is improving
Friday September 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Raymond Wong's assistant recently confirmed that the TVB actor, who was recently diagnosed with Behcet's Disease, has been discharged from the hospital on 18 September.
According to Oriental Daily News, the actor's condition has slightly improved and he was allowed to leave after nearly two weeks of hospitalisation.
Reportedly, Raymond's condition was quite worrisome when he was first admitted. Aside from not being able to eat or drink, the actor had to depend on saline drips and needed assistance to move around.
However, his assistant Ms. Lee recently assured that Raymond's condition is slowly getting better each day. He is now allowed solid foods and can walk without any help.
Ms. Lee also stressed that though Raymond was diagnosed with Behcet's Disease - an autoimmune disease that can lead to inflammation throughout the body, he was lucky to only suffer from throat ulcers and blurriness, unlike known severe cases where vital organs are at risk of damage.
No information has been revealed as to when the actor will return to work. Raymond had already withdrawn from the upcoming pirate drama "Cheung Po Tsai" due to his illness, and was replaced by Tony Hung.
Friday September 19, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Apple Daily
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net/forums
Michael Tse, who is 47 years old this year, has been married to his wife, Tina for 8 years. According to sources, the couple finally successfully got pregnant, and the baby will be born next spring. Yesterday, the newspaper reporter called Michael to confirm the news. At first, he was hesitant and said: "Umm...." But in the end, he was unable to resist his happiness and personally admitted: "Yes, pregnant for more than 10 weeks now. Don't want to say yet, you can see how I've been low-key about it, because the elderly in the family said they don't want to be so high-profile about it yet."
Avoided talking about wife doing artificial insemination
Previously, there were reports saying that Tina's pregnancy chances were low because her fallopian tube is blocked. It was rumoured that Tina had tried artificial insemination twice before, but unfortunately failed. Asked if this time it was a success through artificial insemination? Michael said: "Don't listen to the magazines. The bottom line is I will not say anything yet. My family wants to wait until the baby is a little older, because at 10+ weeks, it is not stable yet. When (the pregnancy) is more stable then we will tell everyone. You can see that I didn't even post (the news) on Weibo, the most important thing is to wait for the pregnancy to be more stable."
Asked about his wife's condition? Michael said: "There is bound to be morning sickness for sure, but not too serious." Asked if he has stopped working to take care of his wife? He said: "Of course not, I need to earn more milk powder money. I always do chores, and definitely need to do them now even ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 19 2014
Source: Wacow @ Blog163 / SingTao
Translated by: Chloe.C @ http://asianuniverse.net
Line Walker - 使徒行者 (EPS 11-15) - 27 PTS (Peaking at 31 PTS)
All That Is Bitter Is Sweet - 大藥坊 (EPS 1-5) - 23 PTS (Peaking at 28 PTS)
Come Home Love - 愛.回家 (EPS 595-604) - 24 PTS
Shades of Life - 我們的天空 (EP 08) - 17 PTS
Walk the Walk, Talk the Talk - SUNDAY扮嘢王 - 24 PTS
Queen Feast - 女皇的盛宴 - 21 PTS
Scoop - 東張西望 - 20 PTS
Street Sorcerors 2 - 街頭魔法王2 - 17 PTS
(Nielsen TAM: 1 point represents 64,920 viewers)
- The Communications Authority Bureau received 2 complaints on "All That Is Bitter Is Sweet"; many scenes with rats in the show which made viewers uncomfortable
- "Line Walker" received 4 complaints, saying the drama has quite a lot of violent gun shooting and bomb scenes, way past the PG rating.
Although actor Lee Byung Hun was the victim in a blackmail attempt that he reported to police, the surrounding publicity resulting from the scandal has prompted a petition to remove him from TV ads. The petition also cites his BH Entertainment labelmate actress Han Hyo Joo, whose family is involved in a separate controversy.
Lee Byung Hun's scandal began on Aug. 20 when he reported a blackmail attempt by two women, later identified as GLAM singer Dahee and model Lee Ji Yeon. The women asked for $5 million or they would release video footage of the married actor having an inappropriate conversation about sexual preferences.
Lee Ji Yeon's attorney later claimed that the blackmail attempt was an emotional reaction to Lee Byung Hun wanting to break off their three-month relationship. He denied that he had a relationship with her and claimed that he only met the women because they knew a mutual friend. After a police search found the smartphone that the conversation was recorded on, both women were arrested and charged with blackmail.
The actor issued an apology for any responsibility he had in creating the scandal and causing his family pain. He married actress Lee Min Jung in a lavish celebrity wedding last year.
Despite his apology, the publicity is still having a negative effect on the actor's career.
A few days after the arrest a petition with a reported 4,000 signatures was posted on the site Daum Agora. It stated that while the petitioners could choose not to see movies and dramas, which featured the actor, they could not avoid seeing him on television in advertisements. The petition requested that he be suspended from all advertising activities.
According to an article in 10Asia, some of the commercial production companies have responded to the petition by halting his ads. Others are still ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 19 2014
Kwon Sang Woo has left his agency.
According to multiple broadcasting affiliates, Kwon Sang Woo recently ended his contract with Bell Actors Entertainment, which he was affiliated with for the past six years. It has been reported that Bell Actors and Kwon Sang Woo′s decision was mutual.
Kwon Sang Woo’s availability has been spreading quickly among affiliates in the entertainment industry. As a hallyu icon who is still popular in many Asian countries, Kwon Sang Woo has reportedly been contacted by numerous large sized agencies for a new contract.
About this, one affiliate stated, “Kwon Sang Woo is an actor who has his unique acting style, which has already proven its value in terms of box office success. As an actor who is popular in Japan and other Asian countries, it has been said that many agencies overseas have been sending him love calls as well.”
Since debuting through drama Delicious Proposal in 2011, Kwon Sang Woo has starred in numerous hit projects, such as Stairway to Heaven, Dae Mul, Yawang, My Tutor Friend, Once Upon a Time in High School, Pain and more, becoming a top star in Korea.
Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee have been confirmed for Pride and Prejudice.
MBC’s upcoming drama Pride and Prejudice confirmed the casting of Choi Jin Hyuk and Baek Jin Hee and began the production process.
Pride and Prejudice will depict the story of ‘loser prosecutors,’ who try to fight for innocent, poor, and powerless people by using love, laws, and principle as their weapons.
The drama will be directed by Kim Jin Min PD, who also worked on Time Between Dog and Wolf and God of War, and written by writer Lee Hyun Joo, who wrote School 2013.
Choi Jin Hyuk will be acting as the male protagonist ‘Gu Dong Chi,’ a high school graduate, who becomes a prosecutor after passing the bar exam at a young age. He encounters ‘Han Yeol Moo’ when she comes to work as a junior examiner under his command.
Having acted as a sweet and romantic guy in Fated to Love You, Choi Jin Hyuk will be acting as a soft hearted but sharp-minded genius prosecutor in his new project.
Choi Jin Hyuk shared, “I’m happy to be greeting you as genius prosecutor ‘Gu Dong Chi’ from Pride and Prejudice. I think he wil be a new and charming character. I ask for your love and support.”
Baek Jin Hee will be acting as the passionate examining prosecutor ‘Han Yeol Moo.’
Having acted as the villain in Empress Ki and the girl who is loved by two men in Triangle, Baek Jin Hee will be showing her easy-going and boyish charms through the upcoming drama.
Baek Jin Hee said, “I’ve been preparing to film with an excited and happy heart as I will be acting opposite Choi Jin Hyuk, who is one of the most popular actors these days. Even though this is my first time acting as a ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Sep 19 2014
A U.S. version of “My Love From the Star” could be broadcast in the near future as ABC has bought the rights to remake the much-loved Korean drama.
Moon Bo-mi, head of HB Entertainment, confirmed yesterday that news reports about a possible remake were true.
“ABC has been preparing for a remake of this Korean hit,” Moon said, adding that she “very much appreciates that the Korean television drama could be reproduced into an American drama.”
Moon said she wants to maintain a “cautious stance over the issue until the season order early next year,” and she also stressed that she will work hard so that numerous seasons of the hit drama could be produced in America.
On Thursday, the Hollywood Star exclusively reported that ABC’s take on the drama is “described as an epic supernatural love story about a world-famous actress, Lark, and her anti-social neighbor, James, who happens to be from another planet.”
According to HB Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, which produced hits like “Breaking Bad,” has been confirmed for the remake. Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain will reportedly pen ABC’s version and are said to be currently writing a screenplay for the pilot. Moon and Park Ji-eun, the drama’s original writer, will participate in part as executive producers.
One of the biggest domestic k-pop events, the 2014 Hallyu Dream Concert will be taking place on September 28th at 6 PM KST. The festival will be held at the Gyeongju Civic Stadium in North Gyeongsang Province, featuring some of the biggest names in k-pop.
This year's hosts for the spectacle will be Goo Hara of KARA, Dasom of SISTAR, and Seo Kang-jun of surprise. The lineup includes EXO-K, SISTAR, 4minute, KARA, VIXX, SECRET, BAP, BTOB, T-ara, Block B, Dal Shabet, Crayon Pop, Ailee, BESTie, GOT7, Red Velvet, Topp Dogg, F.Cuz, Dick Punks, HALO, Boys Republic and LU:KUS.
Sep 19 2014
Actress Lee Min-jung is reportedly living separately from her husband, Lee Byung-hun, who is currently involved in a scandal with an actor and a model, according to local media yesterday.
Lee Min-jung is at her parent’s house in Gangnam District, southern Seoul, and will stay there for the time being, said a report by Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.
“[Lee] usually visits her parent’s house after finishing a work project,” the actress’s agency said, according to Ilgan Sports.
“We don’t know precisely when she will return, but we assume it will probably take a while.”
The agency warned not to pay “too much attention” to the actress’s location.
Two women are under investigation for allegedly threatening to release a video clip of Lee, 44, drinking with them and using lewd language in exchange for 5 billion won ($5 million).
One of the suspects turned out to be Da-hee, 20, a member of the girl group GLAM. The other, 25, is reportedly a model.
Lee posted a handwritten apology on his homepage on Sept. 6, which read: “Regardless of whether it was intentional, or whether I was threatened, this is all due to my imprudence from the very beginning.” He added, “I will do my best to no longer disappoint my wife and family, who are now in so much pain.”
The couple tied the knot last August.