After a long casting process, SBS finally announced yesterday the lineup of actors who will star in its coming drama “It’s Okay, It’s Love.”

The new series has attracted much of the industry’s attention because of its high-profile production team and cast.

Leading the series will be 32-year-old actor Zo In-sung, who most recently starred in “That Winter, the Wind Blows,” and 33-year-old actress Kong Hyo-jin, from SBS’s “Master’s Sun” (2013).

Over the past decade, the two celebrities have become beloved icons of Korean dramas, acting in many of the biggest hits and becoming stars around Asia.

SBS said that “It’s Okay, It’s Love” will be a light romantic comedy, with Kong playing a psychiatrist who falls in love with a novelist, played by Zo. The broadcaster said that the show will depict the humorous struggles of characters trying to overcome some minor anxiety disorders.

Kong emerged as the “queen of rom-com” through the 2003 drama “Sang-doo, Let’s Go to School!” which she starred in with singer and actress Jung Ji-hoon, better known by his stage name Rain.

Recently, the actress has enjoyed a string of hits and acclaimed performances, including the MBC dramas “Pasta” (2010) and “The Greatest Love” (2011), as well as “Master’s Sun.”

“I decided to join ‘It’s Okay’ because I have trust in writer Noh Hee-kyung. Actually, the first TV drama that I appeared on was the 2001 drama ‘Good Old Days,’ which was written by Noh,” said Kong yesterday through a press release.

The actress noted that there was one other reason that led her to join the new drama.

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Kim Jae-joong, of K-pop trio JYJ, has chosen to star in the new MBC drama “Triangle,” the broadcaster said yesterday.

“The production team, including the chief producer and writer, has already talked with Kim to share insights about the new drama,” said an official at MBC in a press release.

Local media reported that Kim will join veteran actor Lee Bum-soo and ZE:A member Yim Si-wan, who has emerged as a hot new star thanks to his performance in the hit film “The Attorney” (2013). The three actors will play brothers in the new drama.

“Though it might be risky to cast boy band members for the lead roles in a drama, we are quite certain that Jae-joong and Si-wan have proven that they are as good as any fledgling actors in the scene,” added MBC.

After joining his new agency, Jae-joong has been emphasizing the acting side of his career. In 2010, he starred in the Japanese drama “Hard to Say I Love You,” followed by the Korean drama “Protect the Boss” (2011) and “Dr. Jin” (2012), which also featured Lee Bum-soo.

JoongAng Daily

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Actress Lee Young-ae was appointed a member of an advisory board for a global campaign run by Gucci on March 8 to mark International Women's Day, the company said on Monday.

Lee is the first Asian actress to ever be named a board member for the "Chime for Change" campaign, which was created in February last year to "raise funds and awareness for projects promoting education, health, and justice for girls and women" around the world.

Other members include former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, founder of the Huffington Post Arianna Huffington, Madonna and Julia Roberts.

Chosun Ilbo

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The Chinese government will allow provincial governments to make their own decision in censoring movies that are shown in their theaters, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The move is the first step in relaxing China's notoriously stringent censorship of movies and TV shows.

Under the strict regulations, China only allows 34 foreign films to be shown in Chinese theaters each year.

At a recent meeting of the National People's Congress, key government officials criticized the strict regulations which make it hard for foreign movies to be shown in Chinese theaters, and the latest decision constitutes a concession.

At the event, Chinese officials bemoaned that China seems incapable of making a wholesome hit like the Korean soap "My Love from the Star," which has taken China by storm and sparked fads for anything from food to books.

Chinese media too have recently tried to figure out the success formula for Korean TV shows and other pop-culture exports. One daily reported that male stars come and go quickly in Korea, ensuring a wide range of stars that fit changing tastes to capture the public's interest.

In contrast, the daily said, most male stars in China are familiar faces in their 30s who debuted more than a decade ago, so it is no wonder that Korean heartthrobs, such as Lee Min-ho ("The Heirs") and Kim Soo-hyun ("My Love from the Star") have replaced them in the affections of female fans.

Despite the phenomenal success of "My Love from the Star" in China, the censorship policies mean the program has never officially aired on Chinese TV and has to be accessed online because regulations prohibit broadcasts depicting "superstition." The soap portrays a woman's relationship with a 400-year-old alien.

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It's been a long time coming, but fans of Hyunbin can finally look forward to a set date for the beloved actor's big screen comeback.

This is Hyunbin's first film since his his military release in December of 2012. The movie, "The King's Wrath", has been confirmed for a premiere date of April 30th.

The storyline will be about an assassination conspiracy and all those involved in it. The film is set in the Choseon Dynasty, revolving around King Jongjo. Hyunbin's castmates include Jung Jae-young, Jo Jung-suk, Han Ji-min, Kim Sung-ryung, Jo Jae-hyun, and Park Sung-woong.The director, Lee Jae-kyu, is the same man behind hit dramas like "Beethoven Virus" and "The King 2 Hearts".

Not only will this be his first movie since his military discharge, this is also his first historical movie ever.

KBS Global

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The action star stirs controversy once again after he is photographed 'cuddling'¯ up to singer Song Zu Ying.







Hong Kong action movie star Jackie Chan is no stranger to controversy and the actor made headlines once again when he was photographed 'cuddling'¯ up to famous Chinese folk singer Song Zu Ying during the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference on Sunday.

According to Taiwanese media reports, Jackie approached the seated Zu Ying from behind, pressed his face against hers and whispered to her, causing the latter to feel awkward.

The photos of them cheek-to-cheek went viral and Jackie was accused of taking advantage of Zu Ying.

At a press conference to promote his upcoming birthday concert yesterday, Jackie said he was surprised by the strong online reaction to the photos. He explained that he is fond of leaning his face against his friends' and the matter was blown out of proportion by the media.

He also expressed that there was no need to make a mountain out of a molehill as he and Zu Ying are both used to such intimate behaviour due to their close relationship.

So will 'close friend'¯ Zu Ying be at his 60th birthday concert in Beijing on April 6, where big stars such as Wang Lee Hom and Kim Hee Sun are expected to grace the event?

Jackie explained that he did not extend an invitation to the folk singer as the concert had already overrun due to the large number of guests. However, he hopes to invite different groups of friends to each of his birthday celebrations.

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Canto-pop star Aaron Kwok has reportedly been offered a whopping RMB$30 million (approximately S$6.17 million) by Zhejiang Satellite TV (ZJSTV) to appear on the judging panel of Chinese dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance, said Hong Kong media.

Many Chinese TV shows have been known to spend big money to get popular Hong Kong stars to make appearances. China's Got Talent invited Chow Yun Fat to be a judge for the hefty price of RMB$50 million (S$10 million), while The Voice of China offered RMB$30 million and RMB$40 million (S$8.23 million) to Heavenly Kings Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung respectively. However, both Yun Fat and Jacky declined the offers, while Andy remains undecided due to scheduling difficulties.

The second season of So You Think You Can Dance will air April 19, following a change in its Chinese title from Wu Lin Zheng Ba to Zhong Guo Hao Wu Dao. The production team has been angling for Aaron to take the judge's seat since the first season, but was unable to resolve scheduling conflicts. Determined to succeed this time round, they purportedly made three trips to Hong Kong to meet with Aaron and even offered him a large pay cheque as a show of their sincerity.

When contacted about the reports, Aaron's manager Siu Mei expressed, 'The production is very sincere about inviting Aaron to be their spokesperson and the person-in-charge has made many trips to Hong Kong, so we are really touched. Aaron personally hopes to play a part in the promotion of dancing and the discovery of new talented dancers.'¯

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Monday March 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Mingpao
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net





Yesterday Karena Ng attended a Japanese brand event, and when reporters mentioned she was spotted with boyfriend Raymond Lam hand-in-hand shopping for handbags, asked if Raymond bought her many handbags? Karena laughed: "I haven't counted. Aside from handbags, he gave other gifts too." Karena expressed she enjoys buying handbags and will choose to carry different ones to different events. In her collection, she a combination of inexpensive and expensive handbags. Asked how she spent White Day? She said: "I went to eat sushi with my boyfriend. We love Japanese food, but there wasn't any special celebration."

It was said Raymond has recently turned into a "insulator" while filming for TVB new series Line Walker to avoid rumors with his co-stars Charmaine Sheh and Ankie Beilke. Karena said: "I didn't order my boyfriend to isolate himself. He and Charmaine are good friends and partners of many years." When speaking of her road to marriage? Karena expressed she and Raymond are too busy with their work, thus does not have any plans yet. A friend counted how many times there were marriage rumors this year, she said its been rumored they're getting married about 10 times already.

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Aimee Chan Spent 3 Months Coming up with Aiden's Chinese Name "Chan Chi Yip"
Monday March 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Mingpao
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net





Yesterday Aimee Chan and Jan Lamb were invited to McDonald's "National BREAKFAST Day" event. The two threw on their aprons and gave out free ham and egg sandwiches to the citizens standing in line. As a first time mother, Aimee expressed she's still not used to waking up early and her son Aiden is slowly learning words, such as "Goo", "Ba" and "Ma". She never thought her little baby could understand his Chinese name and say "Good".

Aimee disclosed Aiden has finally been given a Chinese name, and she took initiative to write it down to show to the media. She said: "Aiden's Chinese name is 'Chan Chi Yip' (陳梓燁). Chi is a type of building made of a special type of wood, which represents Aiden will be successful when he grows up. Yip means magnificent and brilliant. I hope his life will shine." Aimee laughed and said her Chinese isn't so good, so she will have to practice more on writing her son's Chinese name. "I studied design, I don't want my son's name to be too common and I wanted the Chinese character to look beautiful when written. Our whole family participated in coming up with the name. We also had to test out different Chinese pronunciations, so we spent 3 months jumping through hoops before making the final decision." When speaking of Aiden's Chinese name has quite a bit of strokes in it, Aimee joked her son is very behaved, so she believes his future teachers won't punish him to rewrite ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Shirley Yeung - An Angel & A Devil
Monday March 17, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: SkyPost
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net





In the past year, Shirley Yeung's image has hit rock bottom after the news broke out that she became an unmarried mother and its still a mystery who the father of her baby is, thus she was frozen by TVB. During her exclusive interview with [SkyPost], Shirley answered all questions positively and with dignity. "Women can strive to be stronger. Being a single mother is not a problem at all. Since the Heaven made arrangements for you to walk down this path, then let's see how this mother that I am can take on different roles, and be a father too." Perhaps, it is me (reporter) who underestimated Shirley's strength or maybe its just too difficult to hear what's really in the bottom of her heart!

Wilson Chin directed a new film called Black Comedy, he disclosed for this film, he wanted to tell a story about an angel and a devil. "An angel is not necessarily always righteous, nor is a devil always evil. Sometimes, its the opposite. This is just like a person with good intentions, but ends up making things worse or someone does something bad to help others. There are a lot of gray areas in life." Just like Shirley Yeung, she debuted 13 years ago, but to her 2011 was definitely a black comedy.

Life is Much Happier with a Baby

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