Korea’s leading girl group Girls’ Generation took first place in SBS’s live music program Inkigayo yesterday with their latest release “Mr. Mr.”

“We are so grateful and also surprised,” Hyo-yeon, one of its members, said when the winner was announced.

The runner-up was 2NE1’s “Come Back Home,” which took first place in last week’s episode. In third place, “Some,” a collaboration between So-you of Sistar and rapper Junggigo, has appeared to have won over the adoration of the public for its easy-to-follow melody and empathetic lyrics about a couple that has just begun dating.

“Mr. Mr.” - from the nine-member group’s fourth mini-album that was released Feb. 24 - was produced by the American production team The Underdogs, which has worked with artists like Beyonce, Chris Brown and Mary J. Blige.

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Korean actor Lee Min-ho has seen a steady rise in his popularity in Southeast Asia, especially in the Philippines, his agency Starhaus Entertainment said yesterday.

On Friday, Lee hosted a “Fun Meet” - a promotional event in which he greets fans - at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Manila, Philippines, for the clothing brand Bench, for which he models. More than 15,000 people packed the venue to see him.

According to local media, throngs of people who weren’t granted admission were gathered outside the coliseum hoping to catch a glimpse of the star.

Lee visited the Philippines before in 2012, though local response was much smaller by comparison.

On the webpage of local broadcaster ABS-CBN in the Philippines, the “Fun Meet” event was selected as one of the Must-See programs. Photos from the event were also posted there.

The 26-year-old actor rose to stardom in 2009 after the KBS megahit “Boys Over Flowers.” His following increased after the release of the SBS drama “The Heirs” (2013), after which Lee became one of the most prominent Korean Wave stars.

He was recently cast in the Korean noir film “Gangnam Blues,” along with actor Kim Rae-won, which starts filming in April.

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Andy, who has halted all the activities and appearances due to his gambling controversy last year, has surprised the fans with his appearance at the concert.

On 23 at the Seoul Olympic Stadium, Shinhwa held their 16th anniversary concert titled, “Here”, and after the encore performance Andy appeared on the stage.

Andy said, “I’ve hesitated because I didn’t have courage to stand here, in front of you. But I did just because I wanted to apologize. To the fans and the members of Shinhwa, I’m really sorry.”

Min-woo added to that, “Our six of us will never be apart, and we will come back this October with our new album.”

Shinhwa’s concert was held for 2 days, on 22~23, and about 27,000 fans have attended.

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Super Junior-M (SJ-M), a Chinese sub-unit of Korean band Super Junior, hosted a press conference Saturday in China for their upcoming mini-album “Swing” amid high expectations, according to local media.

The press conference was held in one of the theaters located in the Central Business District, one of Beijing’s main districts, where more than 70 Chinese media outlets and 150 reporters arrived to cover the events. About 400 fans invited to the conference beforehand were also on the scene.

The group discussed their upcoming itinerary in China and showed a music video for the mini-album’s lead track “Swing.”

The event was broadcast live through a Chinese video site IQIYI, which more than a million fans streamed to catch a glimpse of Super Junior-M.

When the press conference was over, the group performed “Swing” for the first time on one of CCTV’s live music programs.

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Eleven years after it captivated the world with its quintessential Korean flavor, the drama “Dae Jang Geum” is coming back for a sequel. But industry insiders wonder whether actress Lee Young-ae and this series can reignite their old magic, or if they will be outdone by the latest mega-hit “My Love From the Star.”

Back in 2003 “Dae Jang Geum,” which is also commonly known as “Jewel in the Palace,” became a pioneering Korean drama for winning over Chinese fans, and then rest of Asia and much of the world. If Lee accepts MBC’s proposal for a new series, the drama will also mark Lee’s return to the spotlight for the first time since getting married in 2009.

For now, it looks like Lee is interested, and MBC confirmed to the JoongAng Ilbo on Thursday that preparations are being made for the drama to air in October. While Lee has been asked to resume her role as Jang-geum, the rest of the cast is still undecided.

Lee’s representative also confirmed the details with the JoongAng Ilbo.“We received the synopsis from Kim Young-hyun,” said the spokesperson, referring to the writer of the original series who is also returning for the sequel. “While we haven’t said yes we are leaning toward the affirmative.”

The sequel will take over the Monday and Tuesday night drama time slot at 10 p.m., currently taken by “Empress Ki.”

Scheduled to return as a 36-part series, the drama will show Jang-geum’s new life as a mother, wife and teacher, and the new challenges she faces.

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Angered Chinese netizens have threatened to kill both Chapman and his wife, Kristal Tin

Hong Kong actor Chapman To has come under fire by Chinese netizens for voicing his support against Taiwan's trade pact with China, with some threatening to kill both him and his actress wife Kristal Tin.

Chapman's outspoken support for Taiwan and Hong Kong regarding the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement has attracted the ire of Chinese netizens, resulting in verbal fights online between the actor and his naysayers.

Some netizens have called for Chapman to 'get out of China and not come to China to make money'¯.

Chapman responded by taunting netizens to try 'stop [him] from coming to China if [they] can'¯, and even spouted vulgarities in retaliation.

On Saturday morning, the 41-year-old actor posted photos of those who threatened him on the Internet and lamented that all the unreasonable netizens were born after 1990, further angering his anti-fans.

'Be careful that Kristal Tin doesn't die together with you!'¯ they threatened.

Disregarding the threat, Chapman laughed that there is no need to worry as Hong Kong is a lawful place. He added cheekily, 'My wife's assistant is so fat, she'll be able to protect her if something happens.'¯

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Sunday March 23, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

Yesterday Linda Chung attended an Ocean Park children charity event. Linda appeared in a bright red dress, showing off her beautiful long legs and performed a few songs to her crowd of fans who were all there to support her. Although Linda does not know how to swim, she still enjoys the underwater world. She went scuba driving twice and expressed she does have intentions to learn swimming to prepare for emergencies. Asked if she'll ask rumored boyfriend Philip Ng to teach her? She expressed he doesn't know how to swim either.

Linda just returned to HK from her trip to Vancouver to visit family. She disclosed she was there for 3 weeks and took the opportunity to recuperate her health. She said: "I want to be a successful woman, so I must have a balance lifestyle. There is a good balance between work and family. (How can you be successful if you're not married?) I believe I can do it. (Any plans?) Not sure! (Proposed several times?) No." To prevent the media from asking more questions about her love life, Linda changed the subject and expressed she experienced 5 hours of turbulence on her way back to HK.

When Linda started telling the story, she was still frightened. She said the plane was shaking nonstop: "Even the glass broke from all the turbulence and the water spilled everywhere. I was really scared, so I wrote my will on the napkin. I wrote Mum, Dad, sister, brother and friends, I love you all. I hope we all can really cherish ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Koni Lui Pregnancy Rumor: "I Can Announce in April"
Sunday March 23, 2014 Hong Kong
Source: Oriental Daily
Translated by: aZnangel @ http://asianuniverse.net

After 31 year old Koni Lui married her husband Dickson Wong in 2011, she always talked about her desires to have a baby and it had always been rumored several times that Koni was pregnant. Yesterday Dickson posted a photo of two cats and made his own dialogue for them. He wrote: "Fat Lion: 'Hey, I'm going to be a big brother soon!' Flying Tiger: 'Who told you?' Fat Lion: 'I eavesdropped on my dad, so it should be true right?' Flying Tiger: 'Fattie, I told you to use your brain, it is getting another master!'" The fictional dialogue implied there will soon be a new member in the family. Koni replied to her husband: "What are those two doing, trying to retaliate? They're eavesdropping on their dad..." But, a few days ago Koni had already wrote on Weibo: "Some things you want to say it, but cant..." Perhaps the couple is in a hurry to announce to the world of the good news?

Yesterday Koni accepted a telephone interview and when the reporter congratulated her, Koni laughed out loud and said: "Thank you for the concern. If I have anything good to announce, I will. (When?) Soon! In April, I can do it. My husband is very naughty, he likes to joke around, but he did compliment me for having a better figure." Asked if its because she hasn't passed three months in her pregnancy and she feared it will be sensitive for the baby if she said it? Koni laughed, but ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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You Who Came From The Stars actor Kim Soo Hyun was greeted by some 300 reporters and over 1,000 fans at the airport when he arrived in Taiwan for his fan meet last weekend. The restaurant where he dined at on Friday was also swarmed by members of the public who wanted to catch a glimpse of 'Do Min Joon'¯ (his role in the drama).

Unlike Do Min Joon who is a man of few words, Soo Hyun displayed his real-life bubbly personality at the press conference in Taiwan on Friday. The affable actor not only greeted the media in Taiwanese dialect, he also tickled the crowd with a mispronounciation of 'beef noodles'¯ in Chinese.

As it was his first overseas event, the 26-year-old was so nervous that he suffered insomnia the night before. However, he showed no signs of lethargy as he burst out laughing each time the host Mickey Huang called him 'Do Min Joon'¯. Soo Hyun was spotted giggling so hard that he almost teared and had to tell himself to calm down.

While sharing his filming experience, Soo Hyun, who is left-handed, revealed that he had to use the chopsticks with his right hand in the drama, upon the director's request. 'It's so difficult to eat with my right hand! There were times when I just wanted to dig in with my left hand!'¯ he exclaimed.

Soo Hyun shed tears during his fan meet in Seoul two weeks ago, causing many to believe that the actor has been under 'too much stress'¯ following the success of You Who Came From The Stars, which also stars actress Jun Ji-hyun. At the press conference in Taiwan, Soo Hyun clarified that he cried because he was moved by everyone's support. 'I ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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The "Asian Film Award Special Awards Ceremony took place last night. Donnie Yen Chi Tan and Carina Lau Ka Ling received Outstanding Asian Actor Award. Japanese star Chiaki Kuriyama and Korean star Kim Nam-Gil received "Rising Actors of Asia Award". Ka Ling was very happy to receive the recognition. "It gives me the motivation to perform even better professionally, but I won't increase my production rate. Sometimes giving much more may not guarantee success, but success definitely requires giving."

Ka Ling was one of the Asian Film Award jury members. Lately she have watched many films and already voted. Speaking of her husband Tony Leung Chiu Wai's nomination with THE GRANDMASTER (YUT DOI JUNG SI), Ka Ling said,"I would be fair and objective, normally when I watch movies with Wai Jai I still wouldn't flatter him." As for how Wai Jai performed in THE GRANDMASTER, Ka Ling said that she did not need to talk about it. She had confidence in Wai Jai. Nowadays even without an award he would not be accused of not knowing how to act, but the award would also be able to encourage the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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