Sep 18 2014
South Korean boyband EXO members Tao, Sehun and Suho spent the recent Mid-Autumn Festival together on a holiday to Sanya, China. However, their vacation was interrupted by 40 stalker fans who followed them throughout the trip.
Frustrated, Tao took to Weibo to reprimand these fans. He wrote: 'Happy Mid-Autumn Festival. I really don't know what to say anymore. Following us from Korea to our destination? Fine. But now you are following us all the way to our accommodations. Don't go overboard!'
Tao's post drew both supportive comments and criticism. Some people agreed that 'stalker fans have no right to invade their idols' privacy', while others felt that the singer, as a public figure, should not publish such remarks. The 21-year-old deleted his post shortly after.
According to Hong Kong media, Tao was so angry that he got off the car and waved a wooden rod at the fans. Yesterday, a netizen who claimed to be an eyewitness of the event gave an account of the incident. 'The person who held the rod was a paparazzo. The photo [of the rod] circulating on the Internet was also taken by the paparazzo,' she explained.
Screenshot of Tao's Weibo post.
Hallyu actress Park Shin Hye made headlines for being seen visiting her friend Lee Eun Sung, the wife of controversial 90's singer Seo Tai Ji.
On September 15, several reports were released stating that actress Park Shin Hye was seen visiting her friend Lee Eun Sung in a postnatal clinic.
Lee Eun Sung is the second wife of 90's musician Seo Tai Ji, who was previously married to actress Lee Ji Ah. Following their divorce, Seo Tai Ji married Lee Eun Sung on June 2013, and they became parents on August 2014.
Due to the controversial nature of her friend's marriage and pregnancy, Park Shin Hye was lauded for staying by her friend's side regardless of the negative press surrounding her situation.
According to a representative from Park Shin Hye's agency, "Park Shin Hye and Lee Eun Sung have been friends since Park Shin Hye acted in 'Stairway To Heaven,' and Lee Eun Sung acted in 'Sharps.' They became close friends because of their similar ages."
They added, "Park Shin Hye is the type of person who maintains her friendship, and she still keeps in touch with Lee Eun Sung after all these years. We are aware of their close friendship."
Finally, they said, "We confirmed with Park Shin Hye that she indeed visited her friend Lee Eun Sung in the postnatal center, and although she did not discuss the trip in detail, she said that she enjoyed her visit, and she made wonderful memories."
Meanwhile, Park Shin Hye is confirmed to star in the upcoming drama "Pinocchio."
Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung showed explosive chemistry during first shoot for Tomorrow Cantabile.
KBS2’s upcoming drama Tomorrow Cantabile released photos of Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung on the first day of filming.
In the drama, Joo Won will be acting as the brusque and attractive genius musician ‘Cha Yoo Jin’ while Shim Eun Kyung will be taking the role of 4-dimensional, free spirited, genius pianist ‘Seol Nae Il.’ Having nothing in common, the two will develop as they begin to communicate with one another as musical partners.
Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung’s first filming took place on September 10 in Yeoju city. They filmed the scene where Cha Yoo Jin unintentionally spends a night over at Seol Nae Il’s house after getting drunk, leading the other students at their school to be suspicious of their relationship.
Despite filming early in the morning, Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung were full of smiles as they showed excitement for their first shoot.
Before they began filming, the two looked around the filming site in detail and kept their eyes fixed to the scripts as they continued to rehearse. They also checked the scripts with Han Sang Woo PD, discussing the flow of the story as they showed their passion to increase the quality of the drama.
Once the filming started, Joo Won perfectly transformed into Cha Yoo Jin from head to toe, with his brusque and chic charms and Shim Eun Kyung also acted out her character with comical actions and adorable facial expressions.
Acting opposite each other for the first time through Tomorrow Cantabile, Joo Won and Shim Eun Kyung showed great teamwork. When Shim Eun Kyung held Joo Won’s hand and looked at him with eyes full of aegyo, they showed off explosive chemistry.
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Bringing music, comedy, and acting into one place, SBS established the SBS Awards Festival for the end of 2014.
On September 17, SBS stated, “Expanding the three award ceremonies at the end of the year, SBS has established the SBS Awards Festival (SAF) bringing all of SBS’ contents to one place in a large-scale festival.”
Unlike the usual format of holding the SBS Gayo Awards, SBS Entertainment Awards, and SBS Drama Awards as it did each year, SBS will instead have the SAF, holding a mini concert, stage greetings from actors and entertainers, as well as many other spectacles for viewers to enjoy.
The SAF will take place sometime in December at Coex in Samsung-dong.
Han Ye Seul has signed a contract with Keyeast.
According to Keyeast on September 17, Han Ye Seul recently signed with Keyeast and will resume her acting career.
CEO Yang Geun Hwan from Keyeast stated, “We’re happy to be working with actress Han Ye Seul, who has dynamic charms and is actively promoting in various fields. Using Keyeast’s strengths and experience, we will fully support Han Ye Seul’s activities in extensive projects.”
Han Ye Seul debuted through a supermodel competition in 2001 and starting with the 2003 sitcom Nonstop 4, she has starred in numerous dramas, such as Forbidden Love, Couple or Trouble, Tazza, Will It Snow for Christmas? as well as movies Miss Gold Digger, Penny Pinchers and more.
Keyeast currently houses Bae Yong Jun, Kim Soo Hyun, Im Soo Jung, Joo Ji Hoon, Jung Ryeo Won, Hong Soo Hyun, So E Hyun, Park Seo Joon, Lee Hyun Woo, Park Soo Jin and more.
Sep 17 2014
One of singer-actor Park Yoo-chun’s fan clubs, Blessing Park Yoo Chun, recently opened a library named after the celebrity on an island in South Jeolla, local media said yesterday.
The Park Yoo Chun Library on Heuksan Island is the second of its kind after the fan club founded its first in Jangsan-myeon in the same province last year.
Blessing Park Yoo Chun, a group composed of Park’s fans above the age of 30, raised 10 million won ($9,661) and contributed 6,600 books, Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, reported yesterday.
Founded in 2010, the club has since been involved in various humanitarian activities, such as giving 10 million won to a pediatric cancer patient and donating 150 million won for the needy, Ilgan Sports wrote.
The library on Heuksan Island will also include a mini-theater and a study room, Ilgan Sports added.
Park, 28, is a member of the K-pop trio JYJ, which released its newest album in July, titled “Just Us.” The album sold close to 17,000 copies during its first week and topped music charts in Japan, like Oricon and Tower Records. JYJ is currently on their Asia tour, “The Return of the King.”
Sep 17 2014
The agencies of actress Gong Hyo-jin and actor Lee Jin-uk announced the couple’s split four months after the actress acknowledged that they were dating, local media said.
Gong’s agency, Soop Management, was quoted by Ilgan Sports, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily, as stating through a press release: “We verified that the two recently broke up. We hope you understand it’s difficult for us to look into precisely when and why they’re no longer together for privacy matters.”
Lee’s agency, Will Entertainment, also announced the split through a press release yesterday, according to Ilgan Sports, which read, “We checked with Lee and heard he and Gong recently decided to remain as co-workers.”
The official announcements were made after rumors of the breakup spread on the Internet yesterday morning. Local media was flooded with reports from “close friends” of the ex-couple who claimed the two were too busy and were going through “personal issues.”
Sep 17 2014
Title track “Holler” from Taetiseo, a subgroup of Girls’ Generation, ranked at the top of music charts at home and abroad just days after the group released its mini-album.
Taetiseo is composed of three members from Girls’ Generation: Tae-yeon, 25; Tiffany, 25; and Seo-hyun, 23.
After the new album kicked off Tuesday at noon on online music websites, the title track ranked No. 1 yesterday on eight local music charts, including Naver Music and Daum Music. The song also got to fourth place on the iTunes Album Chart in the United States.
The group will perform “Holler” tonight at 6 p.m. on cable channel Mnet’s “M Countdown.”
The achievement comes after the group’s previous mini-album, “Twinkle” (2012), reached a similar record worldwide, proving once again the solid foothold Girls’ Generation has established globally.
Vocal group NOEL joined hands with producer Choi KyuSung.
The 4 crooner group has been chosen as the runner for Choi KyuSung's second project album, Acoustic Project #2. Sunset. At noon on September 16th, NOEL released the title track 'Late Stories.' The new title track is based on an acoustic pop beat with impressive guitar melody and gives an impression as if the listeners are listening to an old pop song.
Producer Choi, who gained recognition as a producing team named Black Eyed Pilseung, is in charge of this 'Acoustic Project.' The project is being processed with four different themes. Last June, 4MEN's Shin YongJae and DAVICHI's Lee HaeRi released the first project album, 'I Feel So Empty Without You.'
Meanwhile, producer Choi's project team Black Eyed Pilseung produced many hit songs including SISTAR's 'Touch My Body' and TEENTOP's 'MISSING.'
Sep 17 2014
Sure U-KISS is well known in Korea, but the group has definitely proven their popularity overseas as well. With that said, the group will be holding a European concert tour, with their first stop in Russia.
According to U-KISS's reps, the group will start off the tour at Moscow's Izvestiya Hall in Russia on September 22nd and continue on for 10 days, with stops also in England and France. A concert is planned for The Forum in London, England on September 24th and then the La Cigale in Paris, France on the 28th.