Dec 19 2013
The MBC drama “Goddess of Fire, Jung Yi” ended its run in October, but many of the actors and crew who worked on the popular series, including actress Moon Geun-young, have reportedly not been paid.
According to local media reports, the production company behind the series, KPax, has been late with many payments.
As Moon was the top star of the series, her late payments reportedly total more than 100 million won ($95,100), although Moon’s agency, Namoo Actor, is saying they think the delay is just temporary and expect KPax to pay up eventually.
Because “Goddess of Fire” was an unusually long series - 32 episodes instead of the usual 16 or 20 - Moon’s salary was even higher than usual.
Other actors from the drama, including Lee Sang-yoon and Kim Bum, are also said to be talking with the production company about receiving their late salaries.
KPax is reportedly in a dispute with MBC over who has the lucrative overseas licensing rights to the series and plans on using the money it earns from international sales to fulfill its late payments to the cast.
KPax has also said fixing the crew’s late payments is a top priority.
Popular South Korean actress Song Hye-kyo is currently filming for John Woo's The Crossing in Taiwan, where her male translator is garnering attention for bearing an uncanny resemblance to Winter Sonata star Bae Yong-joon.
According to media reports, the ladies in the production team have been especially affectionate towards the 25-year-old Korean translator, who is 1.8m-tall.
After days of filming in the cold winter weather, Hye-kyo finally had some time off last weekend. The actress made use of her rare break to visit a friend living in an apartment on Zhongxiao East Road. Hye-kyo was also spotted to be surrounded by security guards wherever she went '“ a clear indication of her superstar status in Taiwan.
Although Lee Hom is reportedly residing in the same building, the singer was away in China for a concert that day, dismissing rumours of a meet-up between the two.
Dec 04 2013
Singer Rain has started filming the Hollywood movie “The Prince” in the United States.
According to his agency yesterday, the global star of the 2009 film “Ninja Assassin” has left Korea on Saturday. He will play a character named Mark, who is said to be a close acquaintance of Bruce Willis’s character.
In the action thriller, directed by Brian Miller, fans can expect to see some eye-catching action scenes by Rain, according to local media reports yesterday.
The star is coming back to Korea temporarily on Friday to work on his upcoming album. It is said that he will be traveling back and forth from Korea to the United States so that he can work as a singer and actor at the same time.
The star has previously announced that he will release a new album on Jan. 6. He is also going to be making a comeback on the small screen through a reality show on cable channel Mnet that filmed his everyday life.
Nov 29 2013
The five members of BIGBANG finally unite for its January concert, ‘2014 BIGBANG +a IN SEOUL.’
BIGBANG officially announced that the group will hold Seoul concert in January 2014, which is almost a year after its last concert, ‘BIGBANG ALL-LIVE GALAXY TOUR: THE FINAL.’
BIGBANG members have separately continued on their music work this year. G-DRAGON successfully finished his world tour; Daesung focused on his Japan tour concerts; Seungri released solo album in Japan. TOP also spent his 2013 very busy as releasing solo single and movie.
At the January concert, the members will sing BIGBANG’s hit songs and their single album as well. BIGBANG will captivate the audience with special performances that show the group’s past, present, and future.
Meanwhile, ‘2014 BIGBANG +a IN SEOUL’ will be held for 2 days from January 25 to 26 at Seoul Olympic Gymnastics Arena.
Nov 25 2013
On November 25, Han Ye Seul’s agency rep talked with enews, saying,
On the reports that say they met at a gathering and usually date in the early mornings, the agency confirmed that it was the truth.
The two both grew up in the US, and despite their different occupations as actress and music producer, the two eventually became a couple after having similar atmospheres.
They usually dated in the early hours of the morning according to Teddy’s lifestyle.
Teddy is a well-known producer. After debuting as a 1TYM member, he transformed into a producer, writing songs for YG Entertainment’s Big Bang, 2NE1, Se7en. He also helped produced the solo albums of G-Dragon, Taeyang, T.O.P, and CL.
With people saying that anything Teddy touches is bound to be a success, Teddy’s works have become immensely popular.
Han Ye Seul debuted in 2001 in a super model competition before becoming an actress. She showed her refreshing charms through many productions such as dramas, Fantasy Couple, Tazza, Spy Myung Wol, and movies, Penny Pinchers and Miss Gold Digger.
BIGBANG’s T.O.P is attracting a lot attention by sweeping music charts with his song ‘Doom Dada’ that seemingly would not appeal to the public.
It's quite rare for such a song to rank high on charts, because songs that appeal to the general public normally dominate music charts. A song this difficult to understand and peculiar maintaining its top position for more than a day is indeed bizarre.
Since its release at noon on Nov 15, ‘Doom Dada’ has been on top of eight major music charts and is keeping its position. The rap is hard to follow, the song reeks of dreamlike ambiance, and the sound is simply strange. The music video is even more peculiar. Considering all these factors, a truly mind-boggling phenomenon is happening in the music world.
This strange event can be analyzed by looking at the changes in the tastes of the audience. The ‘public appeal’ aspect of the songs that topped music charts is important, and this concept usually contains mainstream taste, pattern and genre with an addictive hook. But it seems like T.O.P has created a whole new category of ‘public appeal’ with ‘Doom Dada’.
This came as a big surprise to the entertainment agency itself. T.O.P has repeatedly said that his new song has no public appeal, and the entertainment agency hinted from the beginning through a series of teaser images that this song will be a peculiar one. Their hints seemed as though they were not too caught up with the rankings, so his song topping charts is unexpected.
Until now, many thought that the value of an artist and the pursuit of public appeal went against each other. However, with ‘Doom Dada’, T.O.P successfully included all his true colors, and yet ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)
Stepping out as a solo artist, Big Bang’s T.O.P has marked his return with the new song DOOM DADA.
DOOM DADA has ranked number 1 on seven major music sites in Korea, namely Melon, Naver music, Olleh, Bugs, Mnet, Genie, and Monkey3, as soon as it was unleashed at noon on November 15.
This track is T.O.P’s first solo song in over three years since his last solo single TURN IT UP was released in 2010.
The Big Bang member, who participated in writing his own lyrics and co-composed the songs for his last album, continued to show off his talent by writing lyrics for DOOM DADA.
In this new track, T.O.P expresses his viewpoint on society with powerful and rather abstract lyrics.
T.O.P plans to put on the first performance of DOOM DADA at 2013 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on November 22 in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, the music video of DOOM DADA will be released on November 15 at midnight and the singer will join the rest of Big Bang members for a six-dome in Japan on November 16.
Nov 12 2013
After quite a music hiatus -- having been serving his military duties for two years and all -- Rain will finally be making his comeback as a singer!
According to sources on November 11th, Rain plans to release a new album sometime in the early part of 2013. He is currently working on the songs now, recording his album in a studio in Cheongdam of Seoul.
Rain has reportedly completed six tracks on the said album already, with a few having been written by Rain himself.
The multi-talented entertainer's last song release, "Busan Girl", was two and a half years ago.
Before his new album drops, Rain will be holding a tour in Japan for the month of November. The 2013 Rain Zepp Tour - Story of Rain will start off in Nagoya on November 14th, stopping in Fukuoka, Osaka, and Tokyo until November 28th.
The Big Bang members are promoting themselves one by one. After Seungri‘s Sexy “Let’s Talk About Love,” Daesung‘s romantic Japanese Single “I Love You,” G-Dragon‘s his music charts-topping “Coup De’tat” and Taeyang‘s recently released “Ringa Linga,” fellow member T.O.P is preparing for his own solo comeback. He released first first teaser image through YG Entertainment‘s official website.
T.O.P will be coming back with his solo track, “Doom Dada.” The teaser picture has a vintage western feel with T.O.P riding a motorcycle with a slightly creepy giant baby in the motorcycle side car. T.O.P.’s giant bow and his perfectly parted hair hints at a song that might be comical or tongue-in-cheek.
The teaser picture also announces the release date for “Doom Dada” as November 15, at noon.
After wrapping up their concert in Hong Kong last weekend, South Korean girl group Girls' Generation appeared at the airport yesterday night when Jessica was allegedly mistaken for a fan by a security guard due to the chaotic situation.
According to witnesseses at the scene, Jessica fell and hit her head on a railing after she was pushed by the guard. The 24-year-old reportedly laid motionless on the ground for a moment before her manager helped her up and carried her onboard.
Although Jessica was able to walk on her own after getting off the plane at Incheon Airport, she appeared to be weak as her movements were very slow.
In other related news, the Hong Kong concert organiser has refuted all reports which claimed that Taeyeon and Yoona had gone club hopping with Gillian Chung's ex-boyfriend Mr. K, also known as Tyler Kwon, at the renowned partying street Lan Kwai Fong. The two were said to be so drunk that they fell down the stairs into a back alley filled with garbage.
'The members checked into the hotel immediately after arriving in Hong Kong [last Friday],'¯ said a representative. 'And they never left the hotel after that.'¯
Tyler has also clarified on the incident via a microblog entry. In the post, he verified that the two girls pictured in the reports are his cousin and friend, and not Taeyeon or Yoona.
The post read: 'Happy Bday my favourite baby cousin! Was fun having you in HK (despite that one night), turns out you're famous here now. People think you're Taeyeon and your friend is Yoona! Lol. Anyway, hope you had a safe flight back; say hi to everyone back home for me!'¯
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