Entertainment giant CJ E&M says it agreed a deal with U.S. television network NBC to make an American version of the hit reality show "Grandpas Over Flowers."

The hugely popular reality TV show is about the adventures of a group of elderly actors on an overseas trip.

The U.S. version will be retitled "Better Late Than Never" and is expected to debut early next year.

Chosun Ilbo

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Kim Hyun Joong reported to the Songpa Police Station on Sept. 2nd to answer charges that he assaulted his girlfriend.

The girlfriend, known only as "A" filed charges against him on Aug. 22. He was asked to report to the police station by the end of August but he was on a worldwide tour.  As the singer had a concert scheduled in China, the visit was postponed until early September.

A crowd of reporters was present when the singer and actor showed up at the Songpa Police Station. Kim Hyun Joong's lawyer and manager accompanied him and escorted him inside without stopping to answer any questions.

His testimony to the police no doubt refuted the charges against him. "A" claimed that the couple dated for two years. At first Kim Hyun Joong's agency, KeyEast Entertainment, denied the couple had only dated briefly but texts "A" provided disproved this. The texts dated back to 2012.

She also claimed that Kim Hyun Joong assaulted her on two separate occasions. The fights reportedly took place in May and July at the singer's home in Jamsil, Seoul. She claimed that both fights resulted in injuries that required visits to the hospital. KeyEast Entertainment, claims that the couple did indeed have a physical fight in May but that the second incident never took place.

The texts reported by the Dispatch discussed her injuries.

"I have no reason to be beaten," she texted and his response made it seem as if he was repentant.

"I am sorry that you were bruised and hurt," he reportedly texted. "I don't know why I did this to you."

"A" also supplied photographs and medical reports to substantiate injuries. While they prove that she was injured, there is no evidence to prove that Kim Hyun Joong inflicted these injuries. Despite the photographic evidence of her ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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K-pop idol group EXO has been chosen to model for luxury fashion brand MCM. A related shoot was taken with two different concepts - punk and dandy -- in which the idols posed in European styled outfits, each showing off a different charm.

MCM lauched an exclusive EXO online page (http://exo.mcmworldwide.com), where various events will be held throughout September. Presents that can be won through the site include items that EXO wore at the shoot, MCM’s luxurious iPad pouch and much more.

Korea Herald

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The National Tax Service has launched a thorough investigation into several Korean celebrities for possible tax evasion, a local paper said Wednesday.

The NTS’ Gangnam office is looking over at least seven wealthy celebrities’ income reports for tax loophole exploitation, the report said.

Speculations rose that the large-scale probe was targeting stars who own properties in Seoul’s posh Gangnam district.

“Tax investigation into celebrities is nothing new. It’s part of a bigger probe into rich real estate owners, and high paid businessmen,” an NTS official explained, refraining from providing details about the ongoing probe.

While rumors are running wild about who may be under the investigation, Hallyu actor Jang Keun-suk’s agency confirmed that the star was questioned for allegedly underreporting his income in China, estimated at worth 2 billion won ($1.9 million).

In 2011, Jang was listed as the youngest rich real estate owner in Korea after acquiring a building in Seoul’s fashion district Cheongdam, worth about 10 billion won.

The large-scale probe comes on the back of the news of actress Song Hye-kyo, who was slammed for her 2.5 billion won tax evasion fiasco.

Song, who owns real estate properties worth 10 billion won in the country and 2 billion won-3 billion won in the U.S., immediately apologized last month, saying that the violation was made by her accountant without her knowledge.

According to Chaebul.com, a website that tracks the wealth of the rich, entertainment powerhouse SM Entertainment CEO Lee Soo-man, YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun-suk and singer Seo Tae-ji ranked top three on the value of real estate holdings among Korean entertainment figures.

Actress Jun Ji-hyun, actor Song Seung-hun and singer Rain followed, with the total value of their properties ranging between 11 billion won and 13.1 billion won.

The tax probes come less than one month after the newly appointed National Tax Service Commissioner Lim Hwan-soo vowed ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Lee Dong Wook claimed that he will not be leaving Roommate.

During the press conference for KBS 2TV’s upcoming drama Iron Man on September 2 in The Raum, Yeoksam-dong, Lee Dong Wook brought up SBS’ Roommate.

With 2NE1’s Park Bom, Lee Sora, Song Ga Yeon and Shin Sung Woo leaving Roommate one by one, a lot of interest has been gathering on the status of the rest of the members on the show.

When asked a question about Roommate, Lee Dong Wook said, “I will keep going,” but did not go further into details.

Iron Man is a fantasy melodrama about a man named Ju Hong Bin (Lee Dong Wook) who sprouts his anger and suffering in the form of swords out of his body and a girl named Son Se Dong (Shing Se Kyung) who comforts his wounds with her warm heart.

It is set to air on September 10.


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Police requested an arrest warrant for the two women charged with blackmailing A-list actor Lee Byung-hun on Tuesday.

Gangnam District Police Station said it took legal action against K-pop girl group GLAM’s Dahee, 20, and a 24-year-old woman only identified by her surname Lee, on charges of attempted threat.

Dahee and Lee have been under investigation for alleged blackmailing of the actor to reveal a video clip of the three exchanging lewd jokes unless they were paid 5 billion won ($5 million), police said.

The two women recorded the video on a smartphone when they were drinking at Lee’s place last month.

Lee reported the case to the police on Aug. 28, and the women were arrested on Sept. 1 around their residence.

Police searched the women’s homes and obtained the video, laptop and mobile phones in question. Both women partially admitted to the charges, police said.

GLAM’s label, Big Hit Entertainment, confirmed through a press release that Dahee was involved in the case.

“But we cannot reach Dahee now. We don’t know details (about the incident) as it is private,” the agency said. Dahee debuted as a member of GLAM in 2012 and starred in a cable TV drama.

Lee’s identity has yet to be revealed, but she reportedly works as a model.

Korea Herald

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Kangin, a member of the K-pop boy group Super Junior, posted a selfie he took with fellow member Leeteauk on his Instagram page on Sunday.

“Kangteuk~ (a combination of ‘Kangin’ and ‘Leeteuk’),” Kangin wrote in the caption.

The two are making sour faces and looking at the camera.

Super Junior recently made a comeback with its seventh studio album, “Mamacita,” released on Aug. 29. They will hold concerts in Seoul from Sep. 19-21 and stage an Asia concert tour.

Korea Herald

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South Korean actor Lee Joon-ki shared his feelings about wrapping up his drama “Joseon’s Gunman” on Saturday.

“I will do my best for our audience who has loved and supported ‘Joseon’s Gunman.’ I almost cried after reading the script for the final episode,” he wrote on Twitter.

In the period drama, Lee plays Park Yoon-gang, a hero who turned from the last swordsman into a gunman to avenge his deceased father and protect his love in the late years of the Joseon Dynasty (1302-1901).

The drama, first broadcast on June 25, made a splash at home, achieving the highest ratings among Wednesday-Thursday dramas in its time slot. Its average audience rating stands at 11 percent.

It also topped the daily and weekly charts of the Chinese video site QQ Video for five weeks straight, garnering about 8 million views a day.

The drama airs at 10 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday, with two episodes left to air.

Korea Herald

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Mainland star Tong Liya stayed in Hong Kong for almost two months to work with Louis Koo Tin Lok and Shawn Yue Man Lok on the Ringo Lam Lan Tung new film HUSTLE (MAI SING). She said, "I wasn't homesick, since (her boyfriend Chen) Sicheng visited too. However everyday after work everyone would go home and leave me alone at the hotel." Luckily her "bbf" Fong Ping and Alex Fong Chung Shun would occasionally have dinner with her. "They were very friendly, took me to have seafood and wanted me to try everything. They even made me forget about my skin reaction. I pigged out and the next morning I was swollen like a pig."

As for catching Director Lam's eyes, Yaya revealed, "Earlier in the year I was working on Tsui Hark's film. Director Lam sent a text message to Director Tsui and said that he looked forward to working with me very much. Such a famous director was actually worried about my mood!"


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0905-00282-054b1.jpg?t=1409866781569Anjaylia Chan and Evelyn Choi play bridesmaid and runaway bride0905-00282-054b2.jpg?t=1409866778526James Hung thinks award is less than the audience being able to relate
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Director James Hung Ling Ching and actresses Anjaylia Chan Ka Bo and Evelyn Choi Wing Yan are all relatively new in the Hong Kong film industry. Three stars of tomorrow recently worked together on the film THE SEVENTH LIE (DAI CHUT FONG YIN), James' first film as a director. Evelyn and Anjaylia played a runaway bridge and a bridesmaid in the film. This new team not only set off sparks but also won SEVENTH awards at overseas film festivals!

Chan Ka Bo, Choi Wing Yan and director Hung Ling Ching earlier spoke to the press. Anjaylia and Evelyn said that they were leads in the same segment of the film THE SEVENTH LIE. Anjaylia said, "My character was the bridesmaid. In the process I worked very hard in bringing back the bride Evelyn. On the surface I claimed it was for the bride's happiness, but actually I had other reasons deep inside."

Evelyn was also very curious about her character. "I played the runaway bride, the character had a lot of potential. As I worked I kept thinking why she wanted to run. Our segment was the only one with a happy ending." Director James was very pleased with their performance. "I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought they were two young idols. After becoming more familiar I discovered their interesting special qualities. Evelyn dares to love and hate so she has a lot of explosiveness. Anjaylia has a presence that is infectious and a lot of tension."

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