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A court offered mediation to ex-EXO member Luhan and SM Entertainment in an effort to reach a compromise before their court battle, it was belatedly learned.

The Seoul Central District Court decided last month to send the Luhan case to an arbitration panel just as it did for a similar case filed by former EXO member Kris.

In October, Luhan filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to nullify his exclusive contract with the management agency. The Chinese member has not returned to Korea since he left for China last month.

The court’s mediation offer would involve making a compromise prior to their official legal battle. If the judge thinks that both sides can come to an agreement, he or she can send the case to the arbitration department. Unlike other general hearings and trials, the arbitration proceeding allows the two parties to discuss the disputed issue more freely. If the two sides reach an agreement, the deal legally takes effect, just like a court ruling.

But it is unclear whether the two sides will be able to strike a deal. In the Kris case, the Chinese member and SM Entertainment stopped short of reaching a compromise in July.

KPOP Herald

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Han Ye Seul and Teddy are contiuing their loving relationship.

Actress Han Ye Seul and YG Entertainment′s composer and producer Teddy have been dating for about a year and a half.

Regarding the floating rumors that Han Ye Seul and Teddy have broken up, Han Ye Seul′s agency affiliate stated on November 26 that there is no problem between the two.

It was revealed that on days when she doesn′t have filming schedules for SBS′ Birth of a Beauty, she enjoys going on dates with Teddy. They were recently spotted by fans in Hongdae, enjoying a night date. A photo of Han Ye Seul and Teddy was spotted on the messenger service background on her phone as well.

Han Ye Seul and Teddy confirmed that they were dating in May 2013.

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Posters of "Criminal Designer" and "The Tailors" (Lotte Entertainment / Showbox)
Kim Woo-bin and Park Shin-hye are set to compete at the box office, as both have movies coming out on Christmas Eve.

Kim appears in “Criminal Designer,” about a group of tech-savvy outlaws aiming to steal 150 billion won ($140 million) from Incheon Customs Agency within 40 minutes. Kim plays the role of Ji-hyuk, the leader of the group.

Park stars in period film “The Tailors” deals with a story in “Sanguiwon,” a place inside the palace that tailors the formal clothes of Joseon era kings. Park’s character is a queen who lives a warlike life. She is immersed in a love-triangle with characters played by Yoo Yeon-suk and Go Soo.


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 The one-year modeling fee of hallyu stars Lee Min-ho and Kim Soo-hyun is expected to double in a year thanks to their skyrocketing popularity in Asia, according to a news report Wednesday.

Edaily reported that earlier this year, Lee and Kim received about 2 billion won ($1.8 million) each for a two-year contract for a single brand-modeling contract with advertisers.

But less than a year, the management agencies of the two stars are pushing to raise their one-year contract fees to about 2 billion won each.
Lee and Kim have gained rising popularity since their television dramas hit China and other Asian countries this year.

Kim shook up the Asian continent through SBS’ hit drama “My Love From the Star” while Lee cemented his top position through “The Heirs.”
The modeling fees being sought are reportedly the highest amount received by Korean celebrities. The daily said top actress Lee Young-ae, who starred in the “Jewelry in the Palace,” receives about 800 million won as a one-year modeling fee for a single brand.

She is followed by actors Jang Dong-gun, Rain (Jung Ji-hoon), Jun Ji-hyun, Song Hye-kyo, Lee Seung-gi and figure queen Kim Yu-na, who earn about 600 to 700 million won annually per contract through modeling.


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Hallyu star Lee Byung-hun repeatedly denied allegations that he was in a relationship with a model.

Lee’s refutation came during a closed-door court hearing on a blackmailing case on Monday, which lasted nearly three hours.

It was the second trial hearing on the scandal involving Lee, model Lee Ji-yeon and girl group GLAM member Dahee. Earlier, Lee sued the two women, claiming that they demanded 5 billion won ($4.7 million) in return for not disclosing a videotape of him having a lewd conversation with them.

During the second hearing, Lee confronted the two women for the first time since the case was brought to the police in August. He did not attend the first hearing. According to news reports, the actor denied model Lee’s allegations that the two were in a relationship.

When the model defendant presented one of their KakaoTalk conversations to prove that they were in a relationship, the actor reportedly struck back, saying, “It was a joke” and “I do not recall.”

After attending the hearing, the actor left the courtroom with a horde of news reporters and photographers waiting outside. Upon leaving the courtroom, the actor said, “I have been truthful and sincere about my witnesses at the court, and will wait for the court’s decision accordingly.”

The blackmailing scandal became known to the public when actor Lee turned to the police on Aug. 28. Model Lee and singer Dahee, aged 24 and 20, respectively, were arrested by the police on Sept. 1 and attended the first court hearing on Oct. 16.

The scandal broke out nearly 15 months after actor Lee married actress Lee Min-jung in August 2013.

KPOP Herald

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Nam Tae-hyun, a member of the new boy group Winner, apologized to his fans for speaking impolitely during a concert that took place on Nov. 22.

“I was talking to our fans as if I were talking to my friends, but if my comments offended some in the audience, I really apologize for it,” said Nam through online news outlet TV Report.

Winner participated in the concert “GS & Concert 2014” as one of the guests.

After the five-member boy group finished its performance, Kang Seung-yoon, the front man of the group, began to talk but his voice couldn’t be heard above the rooting fans.

That was when Nam told the audience, “He is talking” but he didn’t use honorific language.

“I wanted my fans to feel close to me, but I think I was wrong back then.”

Having started out in August, Winner debuted in the music scene with the title track “Empty.”

The boy group just finished its Japan tour and is working on its next album.

JoongAng Daily

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Actor Ji Sung and his actress wife Lee Bo-young are going to become parents.

According to Namoo Actors, Ji’s agency, “Ji is really excited to start a family.”

The two got married last September after seven years of dating. Lee is reportedly 10 weeks pregnant.

Both Ji and Lee led prolific acting careers even after they got married.

Ji starred in the drama series “Secret Love” last year and the film “Confession” this year.

Lee reached new heights after she appeared in the hit drama series “I Can Hear Your Voice” last year.

Lee has been taking some time off after “God’s Gift - 14 Days” came to an end in April.

The actress’s due date is around July.

JoongAng Daily

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Korea’s drama fans should remember Kim Sam-soon, a pastry chef from the 2005 MBC drama “My Lovely Sam-soon,” which won the hearts of many viewers for its frank and humorous depiction of older, unmarried women in Korea.

Screenwriter Kim Do-woo, who was behind the drama, will once again introduce another beguiling character, Illi, the lead female in the upcoming tvN drama “Righteous Love” who gets caught up in a scandalous love triangle with her husband and another man.

Kim teamed up with drama producer Han Ji-seung from 2006’s “Alone in Love.” Han is known for his stylish visuals and delicate emotional portrayals.

The famed duo said that they wanted to tell a story about love, but one that people haven’t heard before.

“I wanted to talk about an unconventional romance,” said Kim during a press conference for the drama at Times Square on Nov. 19 in Yeongdeungpo District.

“I didn’t consider my drama to be about unrighteous affairs but just wanted to offer something different to the viewers ... And then I thought if I gave a rom-com spin to the subject matter, it would be unlike any previous dramas.”

The synopsis roughly follows the coming-of-age story of the innocent and optimistic Illi (Lee Si-young), who marries her high school teacher Hee-tae (Uhm Tae-woong), whom she had crush on years ago.

However, while leading a stable married life, first love strikes again when she meets Joon (Lee Soo-hyuk), an alluring young carpenter.

Illi is confused by her attraction to both her loving husband and the charming young man.

Han, who has been searching for the right script for eight years, said “Righteous Love” caught his attention because it contained several opportunities to test his skills of dealing with sensitive subjects.

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Singer BoA will make her big screen debut in Korea in an action comedy. She previously appeared in the Hollywood movie "Make Your Move."

"Big Match" revolves around a martial arts star who tries to save his brother kidnapped by a villain named Ace.

In preparation for the film, BoA went to an action school and practiced boxing with male lead Lee Jung-jae, as she had to perform wild driving scenes.

At a press event for the movie in early November, BoA said she chose the film because she was attracted to her role. "I liked the strong character and wanted to perform stunts. It wasn't an easy decision, but I decided to give it a try."

"Although BoA is known for her flamboyance and girlishness as a famous young singer across Asia, I wanted to show her ordinariness and toughness in the film," the movie's director Choi Ho said.

"Big Match" is scheduled to hit theaters in December. Among the star-studded cast are Shin Ha-kyun, Lee Seong-min, Ra Mi-ran, Son Ho-joon and Choi Woo-sik.

Chosun Ilbo

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Chinese officials have pushed back the release in China of the Korean costume epic "Roaring Currents" to Dec. 12, the anniversary of the Nanjing massacre by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

The film, a rousing account of the astonishing victory over Japanese invaders by Admiral Yi Sun-shin, will open at 3,000 theaters across China on the eve of the anniversary, which is to be celebrated as a national holiday from this year.

Distributor CJ China on Tuesday said the subject of the film and the state of China-Japan relations made a late-November release date seem more appropriate, but Chinese officials wanted to push the date back.

Industry sources say Chinese officials may be hoping that moviegoers will be able to gain some sense of vindication in the face of Japanese atrocities by watching "Roaring Currents."

Chinese media reported the premiere date has changed to coincide with the start of school vacation.

"Roaring Currents" is the biggest blockbuster in Korean cinema history and drew more than 17 million viewers.

Chosun Ilbo

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