All eyes are on Cha Seung Won and Lee Yeon Hee to see if they′ll appear in a drama together.

Cha Seung Won and Lee Yeon Hee have been offered roles in MBC′s new Monday-Tuesday drama, Hwajeong (tentative title).

Cha Seung Won′s agency, YG Entertainment told Newsen on November 27, "Cha Seung Won is positively looking into the role in Hwajeong."

Lee Yeon Hee′s agency, SM Entertainment also carefully stated, "We′re still looking into it."

Hwajeong, which was also tentatively called, Brilliant Politics and Princess Jung Myung, is a melodramatic fantasy sageuk. The drama is scheduled to broadcast in spring of 2015.


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G-Dragon expressed his respect towards YG Entertainment’s head producer Yang Hyun Suk.

Big Bang’s G-Dragon attended the roundtable interview on November 25 in a café in Mapo-gu and shared thoughts on his musical career path.

Having officially debuted as Big Bang with the single album Bigbang in 2006, G-Dragon has a tremendous number of fans. On top of group activities, he has made consecutive hits with Heartbreaker in 2009 and Coup d’etat last year, proving his abilities as a soloist.

Music affiliates in and out of Korea have recently been focusing on G-Dragon’s global influence and unusual career path. It is because G-Dragon has been promoting all over the world, communicating with popular pop stars from different countries, not just settling down with his activities in Korea. Interest has been gathering, therefore, on whether G-Dragon, who has been promoting as an artist above being a singer, will begin the second stage of his life as a producer, training his junior singers.

When asked if he has any plans to carry out activities as a producer like Yang Hyun Suk, G-Dragon answered, “I’ve been watching him since I was young, but I don’t think I can do it. It really is not an easy job.”

Yang Hyun Suk has been leading YG, which houses globally popular groups such as Big Bang, 2NE1, Epik High, Akdong Musician, Lee Hi, Winner, iKON and more, increasing the status of K-pop around the globe.

G-Dragon said, “I think (Yang) Hyun Suk hyung is exceptionally good in that field,” adding, “Even when I’m just working on albums, I make fans wait and can’t release albums on time but how could I produce someone else?”

G-Dragon continued, “It could be possible if I learn more, have more time and come across an opportunity. But looking at Yang Hyun Suk ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Kang Nam, one of the most recognized up-and-coming boy group singers who frequents many talk shows and variety TV shows, rolled up his sleeves to raise awareness about the treatment of multiethnic families in Korea.

The 27-year-old vocalist of the boy group M.I.B., which stands for Most Incredible Busters, was born to a Korean mother and a Japanese father.

Kang starred in a video campaign organized by the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family to raise awareness of the discrimination multiethnic families face.

In the video campaign, which highlights the positive nature of being from a multiethnic family, Kang said he could speak two different languages because of his background.

“I came to Korea when I was 24, and it was hard to adapt to Korean culture at first,” he added, “but I tried to overcome it by mingling with [Korean] friends by asking things that I didn’t understand.”

JoongAng Daily

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Teen Top’s entertainment agency sued four Internet users who spread rumors about the six-member boy group in early October, according to a report by the entertainment news outlet OBS on Wednesday.

“TOP Media filed a lawsuit against four Internet users who defamed the boy group and the entertainment agency by saying that the entertainment agency hoarded the albums of the boy group [as a way to manipulate the album charts],” the report said.

The rumor first surfaced when the boy group topped the charts on the KBS weekly music show “Music Bank” in September with “Missing.”

After Teen Top was crowned No. 1 on the music show, some Internet users began to post messages saying that the boy group’s entertainment agency had stockpiled its mini-albums.

An official from Gangnam Police Precinct told OBS on Wednesday, “The case is still ongoing and the two parties haven’t met with each other yet.”

JoongAng Daily

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Girl group T-ara will hold its first solo concert in Korea on Christmas Day, according to its agency.

Having debuted in 2009, the girl group has performed numerous solo concerts in China, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, but it has never held a solo show in Seoul.

“Dear My Family” will be held at Coex Auditorium, Samseong-dong, southern Seoul, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Dec. 25.

“Since the girl group wanted to communicate with their fans, we chose a concert venue that has about 1,100 seats,” said Core Contents Media in a press release on Wednesday.

The six-member girl group had been leading a stellar career after its debut by producing many hit songs such as “Roly Poly” and “Bo Peep Bo Peep” until it was involved in a bullying scandal in 2012.

The youngest member, Hwayoung, was ousted from the girl group and instantly uploaded messages implying that she was bullied by the other members.

JoongAng Daily

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Chinese officials have pushed back the release in China of the Korean costume epic "Roaring Currents" to Dec. 12, the anniversary of the Nanjing massacre by Japanese soldiers during World War II.

The film, a rousing account of the astonishing victory over Japanese invaders by Admiral Yi Sun-shin, will open at 3,000 theaters across China on the eve of the anniversary, which is to be celebrated as a national holiday from this year.

Distributor CJ China on Tuesday said the subject of the film and the state of China-Japan relations made a late-November release date seem more appropriate, but Chinese officials wanted to push the date back.

Industry sources say Chinese officials may be hoping that moviegoers will be able to gain some sense of vindication in the face of Japanese atrocities by watching "Roaring Currents."

Chinese media reported the premiere date has changed to coincide with the start of school vacation.

"Roaring Currents" is the biggest blockbuster in Korean cinema history and drew more than 17 million viewers.

Chosun Ilbo

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Luhan, former member of K-pop boy band EXO, was named the most valuable male star in China on Thursday.

The Chinese idol received The Most Valuable Male Star Award at the 2014 Baidu Moments Conference, held by China’s largest portal site Baidu, in Beijing Thursday.

Luhan’s appearance at the event attracted the media spotlight in China as it was his second official event since he filed a lawsuit against SM Entertainment to terminate his contract.

Earlier, Luhan also appeared at the promotional event for his upcoming film ”Back to Twenty,“ less than a month after he waged the legal battle.

As Luhan accepted the award, he said, “It is thanks to all my fans that I can stand here today.”

The Most Valuable Female Star Award went to Chinese actress Li Bingbing.

The idol-turned-actor’s Chinese rom-com, “Back to Twenty,” a remake of the Korean film “Miss Granny,” is to be released in China on Jan. 15 next year.

KPOP Herald

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Lee Byung Hun has returned to Korea.

BH Entertainment, Lee Byung Hun’s agency, stated on November 21, “We’re making the announcement en bloc because we’ve received many inquiries. Lee Byung Hun entered Korea on November 21 at 6 a.m. (KST). We hope there are no misunderstandings in regards to his schedule.”

Having carried out his official and unofficial schedules in America, Lee Byung Hun will likely have no problem attending the trial on November 24, as he secretly returned to the country on November 21. During his stay with Lee Min Jung in America, Lee Byung Hun carried out his schedules as the honorary ambassador of California and wrapped up work for his Hollywood movie.

Lee Byung Hun’s agency previously stated, “We did not rearrange the schedules to avoid the trial on the 11th in the first place and have no reason to avoid it so we will definitely be attending the trial on the 24th,” adding, “Even if a special circumstance arises there is actually nothing more important than the trial right now. We will be attending after becoming familiar with information related to witness attendance.”

In September, Lee Byung Hun was the victim of attempted blackmail of 5 billion won by Glam’s Da Hee and model A. Da Hee and model A were arrested and charged for making a joint threat and the first round of trial was held on October 16, during which Da Hee and model A partly admitted to making a threat but also made new claims.

About this, the police requested Lee Byung Hun as the witness and the second trial was to be held on November 11 but when Lee Byung Hun gave a notice to not attend the trial due to his stay in America, it was postponed to November 24. On that day, Lee ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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Girls’ Generation (SNSD)’s former member Jessica will be making her first public appearance in Korea since leaving the group.

According to Dimaco on November 21, Jessica will be attending the photowall event for the fashion brand ‘Fendi’ taking place on November 25 in Lotte World Mall, Songpa-gu.

Apart from Jessica, actress Song Ji Hyo will also be attending the photowall event.

Jessica left SNSD as of September 30. Afterwards, Jessica gathered attention by attending an event in China but this will be her first time attending an event in Korea, about two months after she left the group.

Jessica has been focusing on running the brand ‘Blanc & Eclare,’ which she recently launched.


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Super Junior′s Shindong will be postponing his military enlistment.

On November 25, Shindong was scheduled to enlist at the Uijeongbu 306th Reserve Corp, but due to pain from a herniated disc, he will be postponing his enlsitment.

Following treatment for the herniated disk, he plans on enlisting as an active duty soldier for his country. The enlistment period wil be sometime in early 2015.

Before his enlistment, Shindong will focus on his treatments.


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