Oct 19 2014
K-pop trio JYJ successfully finished their Asia tour last month. Starting in Seoul, the trio then traveled to Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Taipei, Shanghai and Bangkok, attracting more than 100,000 fans.
The group is currently preparing for its tour of Japan in November and December, according to C-JeS Entertainment.
JYJ will hold concerts in Tokyo, Osaka and other major cities on its tour, “Ichigo Ichie,” or “Once in a Lifetime” in Japanese.
The group will also release its first digital single in Japan. The trio has yet to release an official album in Japan, though their Korean albums and hits have topped the Oricon music charts sans any promotion there.
Last month’s tour marked the first time Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun and Kim Jun-su have come together to perform as JYJ. Before then, the three entertainers were busy working on solo projects. Aside from performing as JYJ, the three work in musicals, on television and in film.
Oct 19 2014
TAIPEI: Taiwan authorities said on Wednesday (Oct 15) they have decided to defer their prosecution of actor Kai Ko, who was detained in Beijing in August for drug-related offences, Taiwanese media reported.
Prosecutors have granted Ko’s request to undergo voluntary drug rehabilitation at a hospital in Taipei at his own cost, instead of undergoing enforced drug rehabilitation, because he has "shown remorse and has been truthful with the authorities".
Ko will have to undergo periodic drug tests but will not be prosecuted and will be spared from having a criminal record if he stays clean for the next two years.
The 23-year-old actor had appeared morose and tired when he appeared in court on Wednesday afternoon, but left about two hours later looking cheerful and much more relaxed.
“Because of my mistake, I have put all the directors and actors who have worked with me under tremendous pressure, I am very sorry!” Ko told the gathered media after the court hearing.
Ko also posted a photo of himself smiling on his Instagram account later that day.
“The result is finally out! But no matter what! I must make myself better so the future can be better and better! I’m not just shouting a slogan… but I really want to work hard to make myself stronger!” said the actor in a message which accompanied the photo.
The majority of Ko’s legal troubles appear to be over, though the same cannot be said for his friend Jaycee Chan, the son of action star Jackie Chan.
Jaycee Chan, who was detained alongside Ko in Beijing, has been in the custody of Chinese authorities for about 60 days now, and faces the criminal charge of providing a venue for drug use.
Kim Woo Bin has been selected as the model of Italian cosmetics brand ‘Bottega Verde.’
Showing his unique and charming sides through his hit projects Friend 2 and The Heirs, Kim Woo Bin has become one of the most sought after stars in the world of commercials.
Director Kim Ki Jung (promotional team of Belport) stated, “Kim Woo Bin has been selected as the model since his chic but innocent charms go well with premium naturalistic brand Bottega Verde. As it’s a brand that may seem foreign to many consumers, we will be implementing aggressive marketing by through model Kim Woo Bin and commercials.”
Bottega Verde is an Italian naturalistic cosmetic brand making its debut in Korea and it will be available for purchase through retail store Belport.
Oct 19 2014
Autumn is often dubbed the season of ballads, and K-pop vocal quartet 2AM, well-known for sad songs like “Can’t Let You Go Even if I Die,” plans to re-enter the entertainment scene next month.
JYP Entertainment said yesterday that the boy group will release a mini-album with a title track written by famed singer-songwriter Cho Kyu-man. Cho created “I Will Give You All,” an all-time favorite ballad of many Koreans.
Although the four-member group released the mini-album “Nocturne” about a year ago, it did so without any promotions because each member was tied up with their own schedules.
When the previous mini-album was released, Lee Chang-min was performing for Homme, a duo group, Jo Kwon was acting in a musical and the other two members, Jinwoon and Seulong, were on separate TV dramas.
Oct 19 2014
It has been rumored that girl group 2NE1 will disband, but YG Entertainment said yesterday that this is groundless.
“It’s not true at all,” said a YG spokesperson.
The rumor began as Minzy, the youngest member of the group, changed her Instagram URL on Thursday from “minzy21mz” to “minzy_mz” and her profile from “official 2NE1 minzy” to “official minzy.”
Super-sensitive fans of 2NE1 thought the changes could signal something.
“The SNS is run by Minzy and the changes can’t be translated as the group’s breakup,” the spokesperson added.
After the breakup rumor, however, Minzy changed her profile and URL back to what they used to be and turned her Instagram to private.
“2NE1 is currently staying at Macau for their official schedule and they will come back with good music,” said the spokesperson.
Oct 19 2014
Boy group Super Junior will release a special edition album titled “This is Love” on Oct. 27. The album is an updated version of its seventh record, “Mamacita,” which was released in July.
The new mini-album will include three new tracks as well as 10 tracks from the previous work, including a newly arranged version of “Mamacita,” its title track.
The new record goes on sale on Oct. 27, but will already be available on Thursday at major music portals.
“Along with three new songs, a new music video will be shown to the public,” said a spokesperson from SM Entertainment, Super Junior’s agency.
This mini-album is the full Super Junior lineup’s first move after Sungmin, one of its members, announced Wednesday his plan to marry musical actress Kim Sa-eun.
The two got to know each other when they performed in the musical “Three Musketeers.” They will tie the knot in December.
After releasing the mini-album, Super Junior will participate in “SM Town Live World Tour” in Shanghai, China, on Nov. 18.
Oct 19 2014
Korean Wave actor Jang Keun-suk has paid off the taxes he allegedly evaded, according to No Cut News, a local online news agency. But Tree J Company, Jang’s agency, released a statement yesterday correcting the news website.
“It is true that Jang was probed [by the national tax agency],” said the agency, “but he didn’t pay additional taxes at all.”
The news agency ran an exclusive story about Jang’s tax evasion yesterday and said the amount of taxes Jang hadn’t paid wasn’t that high and that the National Tax Service did not find evidence that he had intentionally avoided taxes.
The 27-year-old actor, who appeared in hit drama series “Pretty Man” (2013), is especially popular in Japan.
Meanwhile, the national tax agency found out that some other Korean entertainers working overseas evaded taxes, while investigating a man surnamed H who runs an entertainment agency that helps Korean entertainers advance into the Chinese show business.
Using multiple bank accounts with borrowed names, H turned out to be evading taxes. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office discovered that he is affiliated with some celebrities who also evaded taxes.
The film "My Love My Bride" got off to a good start, attracting more than 600,000 viewers in just four days after its release last Thursday.
It is a remake of the 1990 romantic comedy directed by Lee Myung-se, starring Park Joong-hoon and the late actress Choi Jin-sil.
The new version stars Cho Jung-seok and Shin Min-a, who play the leading couple
The remake cleverly mixed the original's cartoon-like fun with today's changed views of relationships and marriage.
The husband, who was an employee at a publishing company in the original, is now a community service center official who dreams of becoming a poet, and the wife, who used to be a full-time homemaker, is now an instructor at an art academy.
Shin said the film was a challenge for her, and it seems to have paid off.
"I've usually played dreamy characters that don't seem to exist in reality, but now I'm over 30 and I really wanted to play a realistic, ordinary woman. So I decided to take the role as soon as I read the script," said Shin. "Still I was nervous and worried because the original was a very popular and memorable film. I tried my best and all the staff worked really hard. I am so happy that the movie is receiving good response."
Cho said the film has increased his interest in getting married.
"I hope people feel the aura that only couples have watching our film. They go through all odds together and still walk together holding hands," Cho said. "I want to get married even more after filming. I want a woman who has natural charm and is faithful."
Oct 19 2014
Dayo Wong ends his 11 show concert series with a moving "torn baby' commentBest Actors Sean Lau and Wayne Lai show their support
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Dayo Wong Tze Wah two nights ago performed the final show of his stand up comedy concert series. Fellow TVB Best Actor Wayne Lai Yiu Cheung, Best Actor Sean Lau Ching Wan and Michelle Reis (Lee Ka Yun) showed their support. Wong Tze Wah was in great form as the audience responded enthusiastically. Near the end of the show, Tze Wah did not just leave like in previous shows. He said to the audience of over 10,000, "Every night I leave right after the show, tonight is the final show, I want to say a few more things before I go. I am a little sentimental. I started doing stand up comedy in 1990, I performed on the 97 Hand Over, then came the financial storm. In 2003 SARS came, whenever there was big trouble I was involved. With SARS the entire venue only had one person who just kept working without a medical mask. The person without a mask was me, so you can tell how badly I needed the money? The entire venue laughed with their mouth covered, while I just talked and talked. Then came another financial storm, and actual storms came during the performance and I didn't get to perform. Yet this time, Occupy Central! It's my turn again."
Wong Tze Wah was hesitant to discuss Occupy Central. He said, "I very honestly tell everyone, from the first day of Occupy Central I watched the television and immediately thought, 'Hmmm, this time I probably can't do ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Oct 19 2014
courtesy of on.cccourtesy of singtao.comCandy Yuen and Jessica C. promote ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB
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Jessica C. and Candy Yuen Ka Man yesterday promoted their film ZOMBIE FIGHT CLUB (SI SING) on the streets of Tsim Sha Tsui. The sexy JC felt that she was very clean and very feminine, she could be sexy and femininely dressed. She revealed that she has already seen the film earlier at the Macau premiere. "The more I watched the more I blushed and embarrassed I got. Because there were more nude scenes than I imagined, at the time I sunk lower and lower into my seat." Speaking of the male pedestrians' frequent shots of her chest, she said, "I am already used to it. Friends always said that she saw me on the streets. When I asked them what they saw, they said that they saw the bra I was wearing." Was she worried that someone may take advantage? She said that she has seen men harassing women on the streets. If she ran into this situation she definitely would yell at him with foul language.
Candy admitted that she was afraid of the crowd and said that she was not as brave as JC. She also said that she has been taken advantage of many times since childhood, mostly on her chest and her rear. She said, "Maybe because I don't have an assistant, they would suddenly rush over to attack. They would also stick to me like glue, but they are very fast. They would touch for two seconds and duck away, like it was a secret technique." Although sometimes she was taken advantage of, she felt that ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)