Singer-actor Park Yoo-chun snagged the rookie’s award at the 35th Blue Dragon Awards on Wednesday, brushing up a splendid start in his filmographic career.

The 29-year-old JYJ member won the rookie actor’s prize in recognition of his acting skills in his latest film “Sea Fog.”

When his name was called on by the emcee, the Korean heartthrob walked up to the podium in Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in central Seoul, and said, “Thank you. I am a bit confused to be called on to the stage, only a second after the ceremony began.”

“Working on my first-ever movie, I became aware that producing one film costs tremendous effort from a lot of people. It has taught me a lot. Thank you for this amazing award for my first film.”

In this year’s Blue Dragon Award, Park was one of the five nominees of the rookie’s award, including Kim Woo-bin of “Friend: The Great Legacy,” Ahn Jae-hong of “The King of Jokgu,” Lim Si-wan of “The Attorney” and Choi Jin-hyuk of “The Divine Move.”

The award is the fourth of Park’s rookie awards this year, already having swept the rookie actor’s award at the 51th Grand Bell Awards, the 15th Busan Film Critics Awards and the fourth SACF Beautiful Artists Awards.

KPOP Herald

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Hallyu star Kim Soo-hyun failed to choose a new project for the next year, leaning on the popularity that he gained from his latest drama “My Love from the Star.”

“We were offered a lot of scripts, but we turned all of them down because they were not the perfect match for Kim,” an official of Kim’s agency KEAST told reporters.

The comment comes after Kim dropped two drama offers “Frankenstein” and “The Night Walker,” that he originally picked as his next works.
Since the launch of “My Love from the Star” in late 2013, the 27-year-old actor has been away from the acting scene. The yearlong hiatus has surprised many critics, as Kim was active both on TV and in movies since his appearance in SBS’ “Giant” (2010).

This year, after “My Love from the Star” concluded on Feb. 27, Kim has only had a 60-second cameo appearance in film “Miss Granny.”

Critics say Kim is caught under so-called “jackpot pressure,” because he has never failed in his previous works. All his five works from 2011-2013 -- “Dream High (2011),” “The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012),” “The Thieves (2012),” “Secretly, Greatly (2013)” and “My Love from the Star (2013)” -- have been tremendous successes, making him a world star in less than two years.

With the actor planning to serve his military duty next year, his next project is likely to be his last until he finishes the two-year compulsory duty. The final performance will be the Kim Soo-hyun that the viewers would remember for at least two years -- hence the pressure.

The endless promotional calls and advertisement deals, both at home and overseas, may be distracting him from the acting scene, according to local ports. But considering the ever-ongoing acting career of another profuse hallyu actor Lee Min-ho, now as successful as ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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SM Entertainment, home to top K-pop musicians Super Junior and Girls’ Generation, said on Wednesday that it will hold global auditions between January and May next year in 28 cities of nine countries.

The international auditions will take place in countries such as Singapore, Canada, Indonesia, China and Kazakhstan in order to find the next big star. SM said it has added Russia and Mongolia to the list this year, too.

Auditions will also take place across Korea in five major cities, including Seoul, Jeonju, Daegu and Busan. The auditions in Seoul are scheduled to be held on Jan. 9 and 11 at Coex Artium, located in Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.

More detailed information about the worldwide auditions are available on SM Entertainment’s official website.

SM said it had 80,000 applicants for last year’s global auditions.

There are five categories in the applications for the auditions: singing, dancing, acting, modeling and composing.

Anyone is eligible to apply for the auditions regardless of nationality and age. Those who win will be eligible to sign contracts with the agency.

JoongAng Daily

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K-pop idol Jaejoong, a member of JYJ, will hold a fan meeting titled “2015 Kim Jae Joong J-Party” in Seoul on his 29th birthday, on Jan. 26, according to his agency CJeS Entertainment.

Before attending the Seoul fan meeting, he will hold fan events at Yokohama Arena in Japan on Jan. 21 and 22.

Through the events, the singer hopes to make special memories with his fans and celebrate his activities this year, including playing the lead role in the drama “Triangle” during the summer, the agency said.

He received the Best Actor Award at the 2014 Korea Drama Awards in October. The singer-actor’s next role will be as a South Korean agent in KBS’ drama “Spy,” to be aired in January.

“If this news (about the fan meetings) goes viral, we will be swamped with inquiries from his fans around the world,” the singer’s spokesperson said.

The tickets for the Seoul fan meeting will be available from 8 p.m. on Jan. 5, via online booking site Interpark.

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MBLAQ wil continue as a three-member team.

On December 16, MBLAQ′s agency, J.Tune Camp stated through a press release, "The company has gone through the process of discussion regarding Lee Joon and Cheon Dung′s contracts, and after long discussions between the company and the members, we decided to go our separate ways."

"Regardless of the two members ending team activities, MBLAQ will continue on. Early next year, the three members plan on releasing an album, as well as other solo albums and individual activities."

Lee Joon and Cheon Dung′s law firm, Hae Sol, stated in a press release on December 16, "“Lee Joon and Cheon Dung’s contract with J. Tune Camp and promotions with MBLAQ completely ended with the curtain call concert, which took place at the end of November."

The following is J.Tune Camp′s official statement:

Hello, this is J.Tune Camp.

First off, we want to apologize for causing confusion and worries to all the fans due to the sudden announcement.

The company has gone through the process of discussion regarding Lee Joon and Cheon Dung′s contracts, and after long discussions between the company and the members, we decided to go our separate ways.

The two members expressed they personally would like to focus on being an actor and musician, and we sincerely hope that they will be able to fulfill their dreams in a good environment.

Regardless of the two members ending team activities, MBLAQ will continue on. Early next year, the three members plan on releasing an album, as well as other solo albums and individual activities.

Thank you once again to all the people who have supported and cheered on MBLAQ. We ask you to continue the love and interest in the future.


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The prosecution has demanded three years in jail for model A and Glam′s Dahee for blackmailing Lee Byung Hun for 50 billion won.

On December 16 at 2:40 PM KST, the Seoul Central District Court held its third hearing for the ′Lee Byung Hun 50 Billion Won Blackmail Case′ with both model A and Dahee present, where the prosecution and lawyers both issued their statements. The prosecution and the lawyers both stated that they will not be questioning model A and Dahee, leading the hearing to reorganize everything that has happened in the case.

Regarding model A and Dahee, the prosecution stated, "Although they have admitted to the crime of blackmail, it is clearly the truth that they pretended to be in a relationship with victim, Lee Byung Hun, with no evidence and made monetary demands. They planned on extorting money even before meeting the victim," and "It′s already been confirmed that the victim refused this in mutually sent text messages."

"There was rarely a time when model A and Lee Byung Hun met alone. Also, we also came to the understanding that the defendants have called the victim in a belittling manner, and couldn′t find any truth in model A′s claim that she was dating the victim," said the prosecution. "The defendants only saw the victim as someone to get money from."

"Although it ended as an attempt, demanding a large sum of money such as 50 billion won while blackmailing with a private video that was filmed, we′ve come to the conclusion that the nature of the crime is wicked. They also didn′t show any sincere apologies while making claims that were far from the truth. Due to this, the victim and his families received much mental and material harm."

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A female staff died from a fire accident that occurred in the drama making site of JTBC’s “Slave Women,” local fire station said on Saturday.

The 35-year-old victim turned out to be one of the production staff surnamed Yeom. She failed to escape from the burning building that was one of the drama’s local settings in Jeongok-ri, Jeongok-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi Province.

The fire fighters found Yeom’s body from the second floor of the building, and transported it to the nearby hospital.

Due to heavy damages in the production facilities, JTBC decided to indefinitely push back the broadcasting of the second episode of “Slave Women,” originally slated for Friday night.

Launched on Dec. 12, the period rom-action drama is broadcast every Friday and Saturday.

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South Korean actors Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Min-ho might appear together on a Chinese television show, a local news outlet reported Sunday.

According to the reports, the names of Lee and Kim were written on the accidently-revealed guest list for the New Year’s special program of the Chinese broadcaster Hunan TV.

The list also included other K-pop idols such as a former EXO member Luhan, Super Junior’s ex-member Hankyung and After School member Nana.

The Chinese TV network admitted that it asked the aforementioned stars to appear on the show. “But we have yet to receive final confirmations,” said an official from Hunan TV.

The two popular actors are reportedly mulling over whether to star in the Chinese show.

Kim, 26, rose to stardom for his lead role in the SBS drama “My Love From the Star,” playing an alien who comes to Earth and ends up falling in love with big-name actress Cheon Song-yi, played by actress Jun Ji-hyun.

Lee, 27, also gained immense popularity after playing the lead part in the SBS teenage rom-com “The Heirs.” Lee earned high acclaim by playing Kim Tan passionate about his love for Cha Eun-sang, played by actress Park Shin-hye. The actor’s first lead-role film “Gangnam 1970” is to be released nationwide on Jan. 21.

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Actor Lee Sun-kyun has chosen a romantic-comedy film as his next project.

According to film industry insiders on Monday, the 39-year-old actor, who is currently shooting “Angry Lawyer,” has signed for “Love is Virus.”

In the romantic comedy, Lee will act out the role of a man who invents vaccines to counter a deadly virus that kills people who are not in love.

Since Lee has been appearing in a series of action films in recent years, he reportedly chose a romantic comedy for a change.

Lee is not new to this genre, though. With the 2012 hit “All about My Wife” and drama series “Pasta” (2010), he cemented his image as a romantic guy.

JoongAng Daily

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The music scene in 2014 was not heavily dominated by a single singer, unlike in previous years, but saw various genres of music being highlighted instead.

Listeners rediscovered music from the 1990s, for example, as singers from the era made their return to the entertainment scene.

And apart from idol singers who clothe themselves in sexy outfits and sing similar, upbeat dance music, new musicians with distinctive characteristics carved out names for themselves.

A month prior to the 2015 Golden Disc Awards, one of the nation’s longest-running music awards, Korea JoongAng Daily affiliate Ilgan Sports introduces two of the nominees.

Akdong Musician, also known as AKMU, have been deservedly nominated for musician of the year. When the brother-sister duo launched their first studio album, “Play,” in April it pushed aside music by veteran signers on major music charts because it is flawless.

The record’s eleven tracks were all written, composed and arranged by the brother in AKMU, Lee Chan-hyuk, and most placed high on major music portals’ best-selling lists.

Along with the title track “200%,” two more songs, “Give Love” and “Melted” also, became huge hits, making April a good month for AKMU.

One more surprising thing about the duo is that they are still teenagers.

Apink is one of the girl groups of the year because they have settled as a mainstay in the music scene.

Having started out in 2011, the six-member band was overshadowed by a sea of other girl groups who often adopt sexy image and outfits. But Apink have stuck to their philosophy by performing songs that remind people of first love.

The members’ music career began to bloom this year with the release of “Mr. Chu.” With the cute, upbeat dance song, the girl group grabbed awards from weekly music shows on domestic broadcasters KBS, MBC and SBS. They also advanced to ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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