Apr 24 2014
Actress Nam Sang-mi is set to co-star in the upcoming television drama “Joseon’s Gunman” opposite actor Lee Jun-gi.
The new drama is expected to start airing on Wednesdays and Thursdays on KBS in June, following “Golden Cross.”
This is the first reunion in seven years for the two stars who also appeared together in the 2007 drama, “The Time of Dogs and Wolves.”
In the new drama, Lee will play the last swordsman of the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910) who goes on to become a hero after he embraces the use of a Western rifle.
Apr 24 2014
Kim Jae-joong of the K-pop group JYJ will return to the small screen in “Triangle.”
The new drama is expected to air after the current MBC drama “Empress Ki” ends in May.
The first official teaser for “Triangle” was released showing Kim, who plays one of the three brothers, along with actors Lee Bum-soo and Im Si-wan. The drama depicts the story of the three who meet each other again 20 years after being separated at a young age. Kim’s character is depicted as a third-rate gambler in the drama. His last drama, “Doctor Jin” in 2012.
Co-starring actresses include Baek Jin-hee, who recently concluded her role “Empress Ki.”
Apr 24 2014
Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon, famous for starring in “Winter Sonata” back in 2002, is heading to the Chinese variety program “Take You to the Star,” according to local reports yesterday.
Bae will appear on the first episode of the program, where he will talk about his past work and acting principle.Actor Kim Soo-hyun, of the megahit drama “My Love From the Star,” will also appear on the first episode.
The rest of the five-episode program will shed light on Korea’s entertainment industry by showing interviews with Korean actors and revisiting classic dramas.
Industry insiders are speculating that Bae’s recent decision to appear on the Chinese variety show implies that he is intent on entering the Chinese market in the future.
Previously, the program confirmed the appearance of Song Seung-heon, Kwon Sang-woo and Kim Hee-sun.
Actress Ha Ji-won has joined the list of celebrities who have donated W100 million (US$W1,039) each to help the victims of a ferry which capsized last week, according to the Community Chest of Korea on Monday.
"Ha was especially saddened by the fact that most of the victims were teenagers," her management agency said, adding that the actress hopes her donation can help the bereaved families in some small way.
The 15th Jeonju International Film Festival has canceled its main red-carpet event and various street performances in line with the somber mood across the nation after a ferry tragically sank off the southwest coast last Wednesday.
"As a way of extending our sympathy and condolences to the victims of this tragedy and their families, we will scale down the film festival," a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
The Sewol was carrying over 470 passengers when it capsized in the waters off Jindo on April 16. About two-thirds of those on board are feared dead, with about 150 still missing as of Wednesday.
"The major events we decided to cancel have been organized for over a year by our hardworking staff. But as the nation is in a state of mourning we feel duty bound to show our support for the families in the face of such a massive loss of life," the festival staffer said.
The opening ceremony on May 1, a red carpet event scheduled for May 7 and receptions following the opening and award ceremonies have all been axed. Street performances were supposed to be held throughout but have also been canceled. The film festival will run from May 1 to 10.
While the entire nation is swept up in the tragic Sewol ferry sinking, Leessang's Gil was caught drinking and driving.
The 37-year-old rapper had his license revoked after being caught drinking under the influence in the Hapjeongdong area of Seoul on April 23rd at around 12:30 AM KST. His BAC was reportedly at 0.109%.
Gil issued an apology, stating that he would take some time off to reflect on his disappointing actions, especially actions that come at such a sensitive and somber time.
Shortly after, the production team of the variety show "Infinity Challenge" announced that Gil would be leaving the program that he had been a long-time regular cast member on. The network apologized for the negative news during a time of mourning and further explained that Gil was the one to announce his departure from the show for a period of self-reflection.
All future episodes yet to be aired with Gil will be edited to not trigger any more negative reactions. The program will continue with just six members for the time being.
After he shot to fame as 'Professor Do'¯ in hit drama You Who Came from the Stars, Korean heartthrob Kim Soo Hyun has been shuttling all over Southeast Asia for fan meetings and numerous work commitments.
His schedule is nothing if not jam-packed. In a span of two days Soo Hyun attended Samsung's promotional event for the Galaxy S5 in Beijing last Friday, made appearances at a Hyundai car show in Beijing, and attended an event for a skincare brand in Vietnam on April 21.
The 26-year-old will be resuming his promotional activities for skincare brand BEYOND in Hong Kong today, and has been paid TW$39 million (approximately S$1.65 million) to do so.
Numerous fans were waiting to welcome their idol when Soo Hyun touched down in Hong Kong at night yesterday. However, the actor did not pause to interact with his fans and only bowed to acknowledge their presence before he left the scene hastily in a vehicle.
Before he checked into the presidential suite at The Mira, a hotel located in Tsim Sha Tsui, the management team booked two whole floors in order to ensure that he would not be disturbed.
Soo Hyun is slated to appear at a fan meeting today, after which he will do a store visit in Causeway Bay. To ensure his personal safety, the Hallyu star has 150 security personnel escorting him around during his five-minute visit to the store.
Soo Hyun is said to be pocketing an estimated TW$876 million (approximately S$3.7 million) in earnings from his stopover in Hong Kong.
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Apr 20 2014
Korean TV channels are canceling entertainment shows to show their condolences to the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster that happened Wednesday morning.
Public broadcaster MBC yesterday decided to cancel all of its weekend entertainment shows, including live music program “Music Core” and reality shows “We Got Married” and “Infinite Challenge.” They were originally scheduled for today.
MBC will instead screen the documentary film “Hello?! Orchestra” at 5 p.m. The rest of the agenda will be used to deliver the latest breaking news.
Sunday reality shows “Dad, Where Are You Going?” and “Real Men” on MBC are also being postponed, but the weekend drama “Jang Bori Has Come!” and “Hotel King” will air as usual.
Music programs of other public broadcasters such as KBS’s “Music Bank” and SBS’s “Inkigayo” will not be aired, and cable channels Mnet and tvN are halting shows such as “M Countdown,” “Grandpas over Flower,” “SNL Korea” and “Comedy Big League.”
“It is an unwritten rule in the business to not broadcast entertaining shows when such a big tragedy happens,” said one industry insider. “It was a similar situation in 2010 with the Cheonan case.”
Apr 18 2014
When one is asked to define Cha Seung-won as an actor, the first thing that comes to mind is the 2011 megahit romantic-comedy “Greatest Love.” Cha’s character Jin Dok-go helped shape his reputation as the “King of rom-com,” but at the same time, Cha seemed thirsty for change.
Yesterday, a 30-second teaser video clip of Cha’s new film “High Heel” was revealed on YouTube. Dressed in a classic black suit, the 43-year-old hinted that his new work will be an action film.
In the film, Cha teamed up with celebrity filmmaker Jang Jin, who he worked with in the 2007 film “My Son.” Jang also wrote the recent play “December: Unfinished Song,” which follows Korea’s legendary folk singer Kim Kwang-seok’s story. He also produced Saturday Night Live Korea from 2011-12.
In the film Cha will play a detective who encounters a mysterious situation.
In addition, he will also be back on the small screen in SBS’s new drama series “You are Surrendered.” By no coincidence, he plays a veteran police officer at Gangnam Police Precinct in southern Seoul, where he will guide the fledgling detectives Lee Seung-gi and Go A-ra.
While “High Heel” will be released in the latter part of the year, he will first return to the television by the end of April.
Apr 18 2014
Super Junior-M, the Chinese-language subunit of veteran K-pop idol group Super Junior, won three major awards at the 2nd Yin Yue Tai V Chart Awards held in Beijing on Tuesday.
The awards are organized by Yin Yue Tai, an online video-sharing website, considered to be the Chinese equivalent of YouTube.
Super Junior won the awards for best Korean performer and best Korean group, while Super Junior-M won Chinese album of the year.
“Thank you for your support,” said the group in a statement. “We hope to show you our best in our coming albums as well.”
Super Junior-M is comprised of Super Junior members Sung-min, Eun-hyuk, Si-won, Dong-hae and Kyu-hyun, along with ethnically Chinese members Zhou Mi and Henry. It is focused on the Chinese market.
They celebrated their awards by singing their latest songs “Break Down” and “Swing” at the award show.
In addition to Super Junior-M, another K-pop group to win on Tuesday was Exo, which took home the award for Korean album of the year, for “XOXO: Kiss & Hug.”