Hallyu actor Lee Min-ho recently shared his thoughts about jumping into Hollywood.

During an interview with KBS Entertainment Weekly on Thursday, Lee said that now does not seem like the right time for his Hollywood debut.

But he added, “I would gladly make an effort if given the chance to branch out to the American film industry.”

Regarding his recently released film “Gangnam 1970,” he said, “As the movie is my big-screen debut, I’m highly concerned about the public’s expectations. I just hope the film does well.”

“If I were to win any prize, I would like to take the Best New Actor award,” Lee joked.

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Lee Jong-suk said in a recent interview that he tried to learn from other actors, such as Kim Woo-bin, Kim Soo-hyun and Lee Min-ho.

Lee Jong-suk, an actor who won the acclaim for his lead role in the SBS drama “Pinocchio,” told a local media outlet that he closely followed of other actors. Lee said he watched most of their dramas and tried to learn from them.

“I was slightly puzzled with the enormous popularity of ‘Pinocchio’ in China. As the drama features the lives of reporters, I didn’t regard it as very exciting,” the 25-year-old heartthrob said.

He added, “I was also surprised it has been viewed 10 billion times on Youku Tudou.”

Lee, however, dodged the question when asked about his advantages over fellow actors, saying “That is a tough question.”

Lee has been catching up with the delayed schedules since the end of the hit series.

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Singer-turned-actor JYJ′s Kim Jae Joong showed his unending faith in his fans.

Through the fashion magazine, Harper′s Bazaar, Kim Jae Joong showed off his dreamy charms during the shoot, while showing his honesty during the interview.

Kim Jae Joong is currently appearing in the Friday/Saturday KBS drama Spy, as Kim Seon Woo, a member of the National Intelligence Service with sharp eyes but full of cuteness as a son. Forced in a dilemma, where he must go after his spy mother without having her know, Kim Jae Joong is carrying out the drama with much tension.

The photo shoot was carried out in a portrait concept, capturing Kim Jae Joong′s mysterious and sexy aura. In front of the camera, Kim Jae Joong oozed with charisma, while coming off very friendly and easy going in front of the staff.

During the interview, Kim Jae Joong expressed his gratitude towards his fans, saying, "There are times when I even hate myself, so I wonder if there are people, other than my fans, who still perfectly embrace me. As I receive that love, I naturally gain full faith in them."

"I don′t necessarily want to sacrifice myself for anyone, but if I had to give up a bit of myself, it would be for them."

The full interview and pictorial will be included in the February issue.


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Sitting down with fashion magazine Singles, Song Jae Lim talked about his recent popularity as well as his image.

Featured in the February issue of Singles, Song Jae Lim participated in a very honest interview, titled, ′Song Jae Lim′s Real Face.′

With his playful and sexy image on We Got Married, the interviewer noted surprise at his quiet and sincere image.

Regarding this, Song Jae Lim answered, "Of course, the image shown on We Got Married is me. It′s just one of my many images. As We Got Married is a variety program, there′s a different theme with each shoot. When we talk about sincere topics, I become sincere. When we talk about simple topics, I get playful."

He continued, "The image shown on We Got Married isn′t 100 percent me. That′s because broadcasts only show fragments and snippets. In a private setting, depending on the area and my mood, I become quite different. When I talk about work, I become very rational, while during a fun setting with alcohol, I get very talkative."

When asked if he predicted that he would become popular from We Got Married, Song Jae Lim answered negative.

"I went in not expecting a thing. My partner is a huge reason why [it turned out well]. When I go into a variety program, I let everything go and begin," said Song Jae Lim.

"Ever since the beginning, people have been very clear on whether they like or dislike me based on their first impressions of me and my actions. People who hate me will hate me even if I lift a spoon, and people who like me will like me even if I sit still. That′s why I let everything go, without trying to create an image and decided to go with the flow of that moment."

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The return to screen of entertainers with a dark past doesn't seem easy, especially it involves sexual scandals.

Singer Isu, former member of vocal group MC the Max, suffered a setback from returning to a music program after a six-year hiatus due to fierce opposition online that it was too early to let a sex offender re-appear on screen.

Isu was charged in 2009 for buying sex from a teenager while working as a public service worker. He appealed that he didn't know the girl was a teenager and was suspended from indictment.

He had kept out of the public eye until recently when he received an offer from MBC's "I Am a Singer Season 3" to appear as a regular cast. "I Am a Singer" is a music program where singers compete with each other in front of a panel audience. The third season of the program will start Friday.

Isu's appearance on the program, however, was abruptly cancelled on Jan. 22, a day after the first recording of the program. MBC announced the cancellation of Isu's participation in the program through a press release without notifying the singer.

Isu's agency opposed the decision in a press release. "We find it extremely regretful that we were informed of the decision when the recording was complete and without prior consultation with the singer involved," said Music & New.

"We accept the public sentiment that it may be too early for Isu to resume his appearance in public."

Cyber space heated up once again after the abrupt cancellation announcement by MBC on Isu's appearance. Netizens criticized the broadcasting company for its hasty decision to recruit him in the first place.

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After Girls′ Generation′s Taeyeon′s accident, the Seoul Music Awards organization committee made an official apology.

On January 23, the Seoul Music Awards organization committee posted an official apology on its official website regarding the accident that happened a day before.

The following is the apology letter.

We sincerely apologize for Taeyeon′s accident.

On January 22 at the 24th Seoul Music Awards, held at the Olympic Park Gymnastics Stadium, Taeyeon, member of SNSD′s unit group Taetiseo, was hit with an unexpected accident while leaving the stage. Regarding this, we deeply apologize to Taeyeon, her members, her agency, and fans.

The accident occured after Taeyeon and her members performed Holler upon receiving a bonsang. As they were exiting the stage, the lift, installed on the stage floor, suddenly fell. The signals of the production stage team didn′t match, and the lift dropped about one meter from the 1.8-meter high stage, causing Taeyeon to stumble and fall into the space. Seeing this, Taetiseo members, Tiffany and Seohyun, as well as the backdancers, pulled Taeyeon back up onto the stage. The stage production team explained, ′The event was getting delayed, so in the process of hurrying things up, a mistake happened.′

Following the accident, Taeyeon came down from the stage with the help of the members and was sent to the hospital to get examined. After a close examination, she was told, ′There aren′t major injuries, but her muscles around her waist are a bit startled.′

On January 23, a high ranking Seoul Music Awards organization committee member contacted Taeyeon′s agency, SM Entertainment′s rep once again and deeply apologized to Taeyeon and the members, and promised to cooperate with follow-up actions that need to be taken.

SM Entertaiment replied, ′Taeyeon′s injuries are not that severe, but thank you for your concern.′

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Actor Lee Min-ho’s first feature film “Gangnam Blues” topped the daily box office upon its release Wednesday.

According to the Korean Film Council, the action-noir film set in the 1970s opened at 684 theaters nationwide and attracted about 152,500 moviegoers on the first day of its release, pushing aside another hit film, “Ode to My Father.”

Unlike “Ode to My Father,” which is rated PG-12, “Gangnam Blues” is rated R.

In “Gangnam Blues,” Lee plays the role of Jong-dae, an ambitious yet impoverished youth who lives through a time when the nation was under a city redevelopment project.

The film, directed by Yoo Ha, is also the finale of a trilogy that illustrates the history of Gangnam, which has now has become synonymous with wealth.

The other two movies that are part of Yoo’s “Gangnam” trilogy are “Spirit of Jeet Kune Do: Once Upon a Time in High School” (2004) and “A Dirty Carnival” (2006).

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The original creator of the TV drama “Hyde, Jekyll, Me” accused the screenwriter of “Kill Me, Heal Me” on Wednesday of plagiarizing his work.

“I was the first to come up with a story about a woman who falls in love with a man who has multiple personalities,” Lee Chung-ho, the creator of the cartoon series the drama is based on, said on his Twitter account.

Lee also described that “Kill Me” was the result of “stealing.”

Both the Wednesday-Thursday drama series center on male protagonists who are suffering from multiple personality disorders.

Actor Ji Sung of “Kill Me” has seven different personalities while Hyun Bin, pictured below, of “Hyde, Jekyll, Me,” an adaptation of Lee’s web cartoon series, has two starkly different personalities.

Lee’s webtoon was first published in 2011.

“The planning stage for our drama series began about a year ago,” MBC, the broadcaster behind “Kill Me,” told the Korean news agency Edaily on Thursday.

“And last fall, we came to realize that there would be another drama similar to ours. That was when we heard about the webtoon series [of Lee].”

The production team of “Hyde” released a statement on Thursday that said Lee’s Twitter message is his own personal opinion and does not reflect the stance of the whole production team.

The first episode of “Hyde,” which aired Wednesday, has been greatly anticipated because it features actor Hyun.

The last drama Hyun starred in was “Secret Garden” in 2010.

It earned 8.6 percent of the nationwide viewership rating, slightly lower than “Kill Me, Heal Me” at 9.5 percent, which airs in the same time slot.

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Despite a recent romantic scandal for actor Hong Jong-hyun, Hong and his fictional love counterpart Yura, a member of girl group Girl’s Day, will keep appearing in the reality TV show “We Got Married,” in which celebrities pair up and experience imaginary marital life.

Sun Hye-yun, a producer of the TV show, did an interview with a local Internet news agency Mydaily on Friday and said, “Hong said he is not in a relationship. We have no plans to postpone a scheduled shoot next week for Hong and Yura.”

On Thursday night, some local news agencies reported that the 25-year-old actor is dating Nana, a member of girl group After School.

The news outlets added that the two have been dating each other for seven months and they could develop their relationship further. The two both began their careers as fashion models.

But both Hong and Nana have denied the romantic rumors by saying they are just friends.

Celebrities who star in reality shows like “We Got Married” sign contracts to confirm they are single and will not be seeing someone during the production of the show.

But one of the show’s previous stars, actress Oh Yeon-seo, walked off the show in 2013 after photos of her with actor Lee Jang-woo were published by a local news agency.

The actress was appearing in the reality TV show paired up with Lee Joon, a member of K-pop boy group Mblaq.

“We Got Married” first began airing in 2008.

The Saturday prime time reality TV show is considered a rite of passage for gaining stardom for newbie actors, actresses and singers.

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Actor Kim Young-kwang of the drama series “Pinocchio” and Sandara Park, a member of girl group 2NE1, will pair up for a new online drama series, according to Kim’s agency.

Web drama “Dr. Mo’s Clinic” is a joint project by Korean and Chinese production companies. It is slated to be unveiled in March.

The show will be televised through Naver TV Cast in Korea and will air on Youku in China, the nation’s largest video-streaming website.

Each episode will be between five and 20 minutes long.

Since online dramas are usually seen on smartphones, they are often called mobile or web dramas.

In the joint venture, Kim will play the role of Mo Yi-an, a psychiatrist who runs his own clinic. A romantic comedy unfolds when he begins to counsel a lovelorn woman named So Dam, played by Park.

Park has played supporting roles in a few films in the past, but this is the first time she has acted in a lead role.

The mobile series will be directed by Kwon Hyuk-chan, who has produced hit dramas including “A Gentleman’s Dignity” (2012) and “Secret Garden” (2010).

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