Yang Hyun-suk, better known as the head of K-pop powerhouse YG Entertainment, announced that he has recruited Lee Chae-young, a contestant from SBS’s latest audition program “K-pop Star,” as a trainee.

The news was revealed yesterday, less than a week before the grand finale of this year’s “K-pop Star.”

As a judge on the program, YG can recruit finalists to the company, but as Lee was eliminated in a preliminary round, the news surprised many people.

Lee, who is now in the sixth grade of elementary school, made a splash in the earlier audition rounds when she sang “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. YG and Park Jin-young, who leads JYP Entertainment, were both impressed by her performance, which not only featured singing but also hip-hop dancing.

“YG apparently was paying attention to the 12-year-old girl, as she showed her potential as the next K-pop star,” said an official of the agency to local media yesterday.

Yang Hyun-suk has participated as a judge in “K-pop Star” since it first launched in 2011. In the initial season, he recruited Lee Hi, who finished as a runner-up in the competition. A year later, Akdong Musician, the sibling duo of Lee Chan-hyuk and Lee Soo-hyun, joined the company as the winner of season 2.

YG Entertainment noted that Chae-young will be trained under the YG system for at least three to four years before making her debut as a professional artist.

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After the success of her latest SBS drama series “Thrice-Married Woman,” actress Lee Ji-ah will appear on the late-night talk show “Healing Camp” on Monday to discuss her private life.

Her decision to appear on the talk show is sure to impress fans because she hasn’t been interviewed on a popular talk show since her debut in 2007. The 36-year-old actress managed to keep her private affairs a secret until it was revealed in a 2011 divorce lawsuit that she had been married to iconic rock star Seo Tai-ji for 14 years.

Media insiders speculate that she will be asked about her ex-husband, but SBS has not confirmed any details about the coming interview.

The episode in which she will feature, according to the broadcaster, will be aired by the end of the month.

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Actor Song Seung-heon will return to the big screen to play a Vietnam War hero in “Obsessed.”

In the film set in Vietnam in 1969, Song Seung-heon plays an elite military officer who gets embroiled in a forbidden love affair with a woman married to a subordinate officer. Yesterday, the film studio posted a 30-second video clip to tease the story, conveying a hint of R-rated plot.

Director Kim Dae-woo is known for writing many successful romance films, including “An Affair” (1998), “Untold Scandal” (2003) and “The Servant” (2010).

The film is slated to hit theaters on May 15

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They say that the Korean Wave is sweeping across the world. For many people in Korea, the term is so overused that they rarely pay attention to it anymore. But if one stops to think about the whole phenomenon, it doesn’t take long before the 27-year-old K-pop icon BoA comes to mind.

Having debuted in August 2000 at age 13, BoA has pioneered the path of Korean pop in the overseas market over the years. In 2002 she became the first Korean singer to top the Oricon music chart of Japan - which a lot of K-pop stars now seem to take for granted.

As her Hollywood debut film “Make Your Move” comes out today in Korea and tomorrow in the United States, the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, sat down with BoA.

Q. What is the film about?

A. The film follows a Korean-Japanese girl named Aya who moves to New York City to achieve her dream of being a dancer. Aya then somehow picks up a hint of romance with American tap dancer Donny, played by Derek Hough. People ask me if it was difficult to learn new choreography and dance it all through the film, but for me, acting in English was way harder.

How did you first decide to join the film?

I was asked to play in the film back in 2011, when I still did not have any thoughts about starting an acting career. But as the director came to my concert in Japan and asked me about the project, I thought that I could give it a go. And as it was a dance film, I had ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Yuen Wah has fallen on hard times as his monthly income is rumoured to be only $323

Hong Kong action star Yuen Wah's salary is said to be a mere HK$2000 (approximately S$323), putting him among the ranks of many other Hong Kong celebrities who live in poverty.

The 62-year-old has been trying to build his career in China for the past two years, but to no avail. Nowadays, he mostly participates in low-budget projects and cameos.

Although he undergoes rigorous 12-hour filming schedules whenever he accepts a project, his salary remains low, draining him both physically and mentally.

Netizens were appalled when they found that his endorsement fee for an online game was even lower than what a Weibo personality gets for writing a simple post.

Yuen Wah was part of the popular Peking opera troupe 'Qi Xiao Fu (Seven Little Fortunes), along with Jackie Chan and Sammo Hung, and made a career for himself with his exceptional martial arts skills. He was once the body double for renowned martial artist Bruce Lee, and the antagonistic characters that he played enjoyed popularity amongst the audience.

The actor clinched the 'Best Supporting Actor'¯ award at the Hong Kong Film Awards in 2005 after a successful turn in Stephen Chow's Kung Fu Hustle, but unfortunately, his income and paychecks did not increase significantly.

He once spoke of his sorrows in an interview, revealing the hardship that many lesser celebrities go through: 'Increase the price? Who's going to hire you if you increase the price, I'll take any project, it's fine as long as I can get by.'¯

Yuen Wah

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Many praised the Hong Kong actress' husband Max Zhang for his moving declaration at the Hong Kong Film Awards

Veteran Hong Kong actress Ada Choi's husband, Max Zhang, won the Best Supporting Male Actor at the recent Hong Kong Film Awards, and made a touching speech on stage which earned him praise from many.

Although the couple have been together for 11 years and are married with two children, Max has always been outshone by his wife, whose stellar performance in the Hong Kong TV industry often stirred talk that he is dependent on her to rise to fame.

Having started out in showbiz as a martial artist and stuntman, Max was often only known as 'Ada's husband', instead of being known in his own right.

On Sunday night, when he received his award and gave his thank-you speech, he declared: 'Some people say I have to depend on her (Ada) my whole life, but let me tell everyone, that's right. I'm dependent on her for a lifetime of happiness.'¯

Ada, who was sitting in the audience, was so moved by this speech that she started tearing up.

During an interview with the media later, Max told reporters: 'Many people don't know who I am, and they may say why Ada's husband is dependent on her? But now I don't really worry about such talk, because I believe that hard work can earn people's respect.'¯

When he was told that netizens were very pleased with his touching declaration on stage, he revealed that he had done many of these things for her. For instance, a year after they got married, on Ada's birthday, he actually secretly recorded a Cantonese rap and requested for the flight ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Stephen Chow's suspicious "Mermaid" open auditions in a hotel
Wedesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/stephen-chows-suspicious-mermaid-open-auditions-hotel-

An audition announcement for Stephen Chow's new movie, "Mermaid" has sparked questions from many when it was stated that it will be held in a hotel room.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, a man named Wang Soulian who claimed to be the production assistant director of the upcoming movie, posted the ad online, which read, "The Stephen Chow-directed film, "Mermaid" Beijing audition address: Hutu Hotel, Room 805."

It continued, "Production starts in Shenzhen in August, no roles has been cast. Actress audition requirement: no make-up during team meeting."

The note also stated that the production wants newcomers for an "innocent and cute" role and a "wealthy elegant heiress" character.

Not a few moments later, a man named Chen Zhenyu who claimed himself a business director of a Stephen Chow company, raised suspicions about the hotel room audition, but later posted again saying that the audition is real and urged people to come over.

However, no response has been made by Stephen himself regarding the true nature of the ad.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/sandra-ng-happy-compete-far-east-film-festival-

Hong Kong actress Sandra Ng recently expressed her delight at the selection of her movie, "Golden Chickensss" as one of the Hong Kong movies to be screened at the Far East Film Festival in Italy.

According to a report on HK Top Ten, the actress whose Lunar New Year comedy made over HKD 40 million at the box office back in February, revealed, "I have been invited many times before, but I was unable to come due to my busy schedule."

"But this time, I will go with director Matthew Chow to meet fans who support Hong Kong films," she said.

When asked what delighted her the most, Sandra said that she is happy to be able to participate with many other Hong Kong films, including Pang Ho-Cheung's "Aberdeen", Fruit Chan's "The Midnight After", and Wong Jing's "From Vegas to Macau".

The Far East Film Festival, to be held in Udine, Italy will commence on 25 April and end on 3 May 2014.

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/ron-ng-raymond-lam-deny-being-bullies-tvb-

Former TVB production assistant Ngai Man Ho, who recently sparked controversy by writing a tell-all book about the nature of work in TVB entitled, "TVB's Blood, Tears and Dirt", also wrote about two stars whom he nicknamed "Chok Fung" and "Chow Har Gor".

In the book, he said that the two stars were rude to other employees of lower ranks, with the former constantly using profanity while the latter once kicked a stunt actor out of their van as he was "too smelly". And though Ngai did not mention their actual names, a Next Media publication alleged that the two actors are Raymond Lam and Ron Ng.

However, as reported on Oriental Daily, both actors recently dismissed the allegation about their behaviour. Ron, who was contacted via telephone, joked, "If there are smelly people in the van, it would be Raymond and I. But we would always be the ones to exit the van first!"

Ron also said that they are very close with the action choreographers and stunt doubles as they grew up together, which made it absurd for him to do such a thing to a stunt actor. He then added that while he befriends all the TVB production assistants, he doesn't remember working with one named Ngai Man Ho.

Meanwhile, in regards of his supposedly profanity preference, Raymond said, "There is only one thing for me to say. I have been in this industry for ten years. Don't ask me about these things, but ask the other staff if I am the person that the writer alleged. I don't want to be a part of someone else's publicity."

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Wednesday April 16, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: https://my.entertainment.yahoo.com/news/wong-cho-lam-even-kiss-old-man-comedy-

Comedy actor Wong Cho Lam will do anything to get a laugh, even if it means kissing an old man in the name of comedy.

As reported on On CC, the actor who stars in the movie, "Black Comedy" alongside Chapman To, Kimmy Tong and Jim Chim, stated that his co-star Chapman suggested the scene to him.

"It was added at the eleventh hour. I really did kiss him and I have to thank Chapman To for that!" said Wong.

In the movie, Wong plays the role of a bitter policeman who hopes to improve his life and find a better girlfriend. Thus, he decides to sell his soul to the devil who is played by Chapman To, and thus comedy ensues.

When asked if he felt that his role is special this time around, Wong said, "This time the acting is a bit exaggerated and most of the scenes are funny. People love it when I do comedy, so I will continue to do just that."

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