South Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun arrived in Nanjing, China via a chartered flight last Saturday, for the programme recording of Jiangsu TV's popular variety show Super Brain. According to media reports, the 26-year-old raked in NT$15 million (approximately S$620,000) for his appearance.
Jiangsu TV reportedly spent NT$29.6 million (S$1.24 million) in total, to invite the actor, whose popularity skyrocketed after the success of You Who Came From The Stars, to join the eight-hour recording.
Tickets to the show were said to be sold for as much as NT$24,000 (S$1000) per ticket in the black market. At the programme recording, 600 security guards were hired to maintain order and all attendees had to go through three rounds of checks before entering the studio.
Fans of 'Do Min Joon'¯ (Soo Hyun's character in the drama) burst out in screams when the actor showed up in a suave black suit and presented flowers to the female guests, Matilda Tao and Cecilia Cheung.
Meanwhile, Soo Hyun's fan-meet in Taipei on Mar 22 has also sold out.
Kim Soo Hyun and Cecilia Cheung.
Mar 04 2014
Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun may be enjoying skyrocketing popularity these days, but rumour has it that the 32-year-old is planning to exit the entertainment industry to focus on making babies.
As Ji Hyun has reportedly not received any new projects after You Who Came From The Stars, she hopes to resume her role as a dutiful wife and to continue the family line.
After tying the knot with wealthy banker Choi Joon Hyuk in 2012, Ji Hyun has been extremely protective of her husband and his family by keeping them out of the media spotlight. However, reporters still managed to find out about his daily life: the 1.83-metre tall chap works regular hours and plays basketball as a hobby.
Although Ji Hyun was said to have 'neglected'¯ her husband due to her long filming hours, the My Sassy Girl star appears to be in a good relationship with her mother-in-law. A close friend of Ji Hyun's mother-in-law recently disclosed that the latter often sang praises of the actress while chatting with her friends.
Mar 04 2014
The lead actor in 'My Love from the Star' now has a million-dollar price tag and hundreds of event invitations
My Love from the Star actor Kim Soo Hyun has reportedly been bombarded with invitations to go on shows and programmes.
According to his manager, Soo Hyun receives at least 100 event invitations a day. Soo Hyun has confirmed that he will be a special guest on Chinese science competition programme Super Brain, which originated in Germany, on the 8th of this month.
Tickets for Super Brain have reached NT24,000 (approximately S$1,000) for that day. Some say Soo Hyun's net worth has increased to NT29 million (approximately S$1.2 million), but the production unit has refuted the claims, saying that his net worth is inferior to that of the show's moderator and host, Mandopop singer songwriter Jay Chou.
However a source revealed that with Soo Hyun's rise to popularity, it would cost about NT15 million (approximately S$630,000) to invite him, which is NT5.1 million (approximately S$210,000) more than Korean star Lee Min Ho, who is just as popular in Asia.
He often wore clothes from Korean fashion brand Ziozia (for which he is the spokesperson) in the drama, and the fashion line's sales has increased by 50 percent this year, compared to last year. It is also rumoured that a Chinese fashion line has offered USD$1 million (approximately S$1.26 million) for him to be their spokesperson.
My Love from the Star chalked up sky high ratings of 28.1 percent on its final episode last week. Its production crew is said to be holding a celebratory party today. For now, Soo Hyun will be focusing on clearing his long line-up of commercials.
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Mar 04 2014
Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun from the popular Korean drama My Love from the Star was reportedly so busy with filming that her husband, Choi Jun Hyuk, had to play basketball alone to pass time.
Ji Hyun rose to fame after her stellar performance in the memorable Korean movie My Sassy Girl in 2001. She is currently enjoying a second wave of popularity from her most recent drama outing, My Love from the Star, which became so popular in Asia that it brought her career to another peak.
She married high-flyer banker Choi Joon Hyuk in 2012, who is tagged with a total net worth of NT1.1 billion (S$45.9 million). His mother and maternal grandmother are renowned fashion designers, while his father is a CEO in the steel industry.
Ji Hyun has always been protective of her husband's privacy, and tries to him keep out of the media spotlight. But reporters still found out a few details of his daily life: he goes to work at 7am and returns home at 5pm.
Two years ago, Ji Hyun revealed that when she is not busy filming, she would cook for her husband every day. She even went for cooking classes and picked up tips from her mother to whip up his favourite dishes.
2NE1 reached the first place of music charts as soon as its new title song ‘COME BACK HOME’ was released.
On February 26 at midnight, 2NE1 revealed a new song named ‘Come Back Home.’ It has been only a day since its rival Girls’ Generation released a new song, but 2NE1 soon dominated all the music charts.
Along with the title song, other tracks in the album are currently in Top 10. The 2nd place went to the group’s double title song ‘Gotta Be You’ so the girls' two songs are competing against one another for the 1st place.
According to 2NE1’s agency YG Entertainment, the new album was directed by YG’s leading producer Teddy and other affiliated producers. These song writers had made most of the hit songs of 2NE1 and other YG groups so fans showed high expectations toward this new album even before the release.
Manwhile, 2NE1 will air rehearsal of its upcoming world tour ‘ALL OR NOTHING’ at real time on portal website Naver tonight.
they're slaying slaying cos it's a great album! i especially love Come Back Home, Gotta Be You and Happy
Feb 28 2014
Photos showing the South Korean heartthrob at the gambling table has created much online buzz
A series of photos, which showed South Korean actor Lee Min Ho at the gambling table in a New Zealand casino, recently surfaced online and created a stir among his fans.
While some fans have expressed their disappointment about his action, Min Ho's agency quickly clarified that the actor-model was recently in Queenstown, New Zealand for a commercial shoot and that he had visited the casino 'just for fun'¯.
'The photos were taken inside a licensed casino, and the bets ranged from KRW 10,000 to KRW 20,000 (approximately S$12 to S$24),'¯ said a representative. 'Min Ho is definitely not a problem gambler.'¯
The company also hoped that the public will not be misled as some of the reports were exaggerated. 'He went there with the local staff purely for entertainment,'¯ the rep added, while emphasising that The Heirs star does not have a habit of gambling.
Feb 25 2014
The South Korean actor has a history of heart problems which might be triggered by his hectic work load
South Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun has reportedly been overworking, ever since he joined management agency Keyeast Entertainment, which is established by Winter Sonata star Bae Yong Joon, in 2010.
Under Keyeast, the You Who Came From The Stars actor shot to fame following the success of dramas Dream High and The Moon Who Embraces The Sun, and Korean film Secretly, Greatly.
Thanks to Soo Hyun's immense popularity, the company's share price rose sharply as the actor beat A-listers such as Cha Seung-won to the top honours at awards ceremonies, and landed numerous endorsement deals within a year.
However, the heavy work load has also triggered health issues for the 26-year-old actor, who has a history of heart problems. Two years ago, Soo Hyun was rushed to the hospital after suffering a heart attack due to the long filming hours.
While speaking to the media after he was discharged from the hospital, Soo Hyun disclosed that he originally had to undergo an open heart surgery, but went through a minor procedure instead. 'I am very healthy now,'¯ he assured.
Reports also claimed that Soo Hyun has shown symptoms of irregular heartbeat since young and that he had a heart operation when he was in high school. The actor also reportedly takes medicine with him to work every day, in case of emergencies.
Bae Yong Joon and Kim Soo Hyun
Feb 15 2014
The South Korean actor is being wooed to participate in a movie directed by Carina Lau
South Korean actor Kim Soo Hyun's popularity has soared across Asia, following the success of drama You Who Came From The Stars which is currently airing in Korea. Word has it that the 25-year-old is being highly sought after to take part in a new Chinese film called Summer's Desire, which will be directed by Hong Kong movie star Carina Lau.
According to media reports, Hong Kong company Filmko Entertainment is currently in talks with both artistes and if the plans come into fruition, it would be Soo Hyun's first venture into the Chinese film industry and Carina's maiden directorial work.
Reports also stated that Soo Hyun's company is keen to explore the Chinese market and that the Moon That Embraces The Sun star is very interested to act in a Chinese film, should the script be suitable.
Carina, who is currently in London, responded to the rumours during a phone interview with Hong Kong reporters yesterday. 'I have been thinking of filming a movie in my own perspective,'¯ she said.
The actress also revealed that she has read the novel, which the movie would be based on, and found the storyline to be 'pretty interesting'¯. However, Carina is still considering taking up the offer as she is preoccupied with other assignments.
In addition, Chinese-Canadian actor Shawn Dou and Chinese starlet Zhang Yu Xi will also reportedly be cast in the movie.
Feb 12 2014
G-Dragon’s DVD of his solo tour landed in the No. 3 slot yesterday on the daily Oricon chart.
The DVD, titled “One of a Kind the Final in Seoul + World Tour,” consists of the concerts the Big Bang member held in 2013 at the four major domes in Japan as well as the 27 other performances he held in 13 cities around the world.
Meanwhile, the popular American entertainment channel Fuse TV highlighted the “bromance” and friendship between G-Dragon and his fellow Big Bang member Taeyang. The bond between the two received in-depth coverage and included the story of G-Dragon’s production of Taeyang’s single “Ringa Linga.”
Daesung also announced that his solo album will be released in Korea in four years. His latest album “Cotton Candy” was released in 2010.
Feb 12 2014
Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Lee Seung-gi might appear in the new SBS drama series tentatively titled “You’re Under Siege,” according to local media reports.
“The two actors are seriously thinking about taking the role in the drama. It is in the final stages, but nothing is certain yet,” said an official yesterday from HB Entertainment, the show’s production company.
The drama is written by Lee Jung-suk, who also took part in KBS2’s “Ojakgyo Family.” It will be produced by Yu In-sik of SBS’s “Giant” (2010), “History of the Salaryman” (2012) and “Incarnation of Money” (2013).
If they take the roles, Lee will reportedly play Eun Dae-gu, an intelligent rookie detective, and Cha will play a hot-blooded chief detective.
The drama is scheduled to air in late April, following “Three Days,” which is set to start on March.