Sunday, December 30, 2007

Actor Jang Hyuk to Marry in June

[ photo credit to : yahoo korea ]

Jang Hyuk, 31, the popular actor of the movie "Windstruck," will marry in June and become a father in February.

SidusHQ, Jang's agency, announced Jang's nuptial through a press release Dec. 29.

Jang and his fiancee Kim, 33, first met at a fitness club in 2002, she was a Pilates instructor at that time. "2004 was a really difficult year for me, but she was with me. She supported me in my difficult times and I can't even find the words to describe how thankful and moved I am," Jang said in the press release.

They got engaged last June and Kim is expecting a baby in February. Their wedding ceremony will take place June 2 at W Seoul - Walkerhill, after Kim's delivery. "We already named the baby, Tae-hui. I hope the baby will be a open-minded person like the name," Jang said. "Tae" in Korean means grand and "hui" means happiness.

Jang, a Busan-native born in 1976, debuted in the SBS TV drama "Model" (1997). He also starred in the movie "Volcano High" (2001) and drama "Joyful Girl's Success Story" (2002).

He shot the romantic comedy movie "Windstruck" (2004) with Jun Ji-hyun, also known as Gianna Jun.

However, at the peak of his popularity, Jang was called to serve in the army, along with other famous actors
Song Seung-heon and Han Jae-suk. He had attempted to dodge the obligatory military service earlier. He was discharged in November 2006.

Jang made a successful comeback with
MBC drama "Thank You" (2007). He portrayed a lonely doctor living on an island who falls in love a single mom with a daughter who has AIDS.

Jang starred in his first Hollywood movie "Dance of the Dragon" with Singaporean actress Fann Wong and is currently shooting the SBS drama "Robber (Bulhandang)," which will air Wednesday.

By Kwon Mee-yoo

Staff Reporter

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source : koreantimes

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Cha Tae-hyeon became father within one and half years of marriage

Actor Cha Tae-hyeon became father of a healthy son. His wife, Choi Seok-eun gave birth to a healthy 3.6kg son on 26th December at one of hospitals in Kang-nam, Seoul. She had natural childbirth and both the mother and the child are well.


Thursday, December 27, 2007

Gong Yoo to Hold Last Fan Meeting Before Military Service

Coffee Prince’ star Gong Yoo is having his last fan meeting, on January 6th, before enrolling in the army. His agency SidusHQ said that they are holding this meeting as a means of thanking fans for their love and support. read more

source: asianbite

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Ryu Si-won Tops Japanese Record Chart

Singer/actor Ryu Si-won has topped a Japanese music album chart in the Asian category.

Ryu's fourth album "With You," which was released in Japan in May, was found to have topped the music chart according to the largest music record chain HMV's annual album sales rankings.

The singer's agency, Rs Company, said the feat attests to Ryu's success in Japan as a singer.

"With You" topped HMV's album booking chart when it was just released, and took the second spot on the Oricon daily chart. In June, the singer successfully gave a concert at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

Ryu is also popular as an actor in Japan. Since October this year he has been appearing on the TBS weekend drama "Woman Detective" opposite young Japanese star Yukie Nakama.

source: KBS global

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Solbi, Kim Sung-eun Nominated for 'Best Entertainer' Award

Actress Kim Sung-eun and singer Solbi will compete for the 'Best Entertainer Award' at the 2007 KBS Entertainment Awards on December 22.

Kim, a popular host of 'Happy Sunday - Immortal Music' and Solbi, a co-host for the third season of 'Happy Together' on KBS 2TV have been selected as candidates for the 'Best Entertainer Award.'

Kim has appeared in the film 'Magang Hotel,' the MBC drama 'Thank You' and the SBS Drama 'Gangnam Mothers.' She currently appears on 'Happy Sunday - Immortal Music' as a lovable tone-deaf host. Solbi has also attracted the media spotlight for her appearance on numerous entertainment shows.

source: KBS global

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Actress Ha Ji-won Helps Low-Income Youths

Actress Ha Ji-won has been helping the needy, including low-income youths, for the past year.

The Gangnam branch of Healthy Family Support Center said the actress has been taking an active part in the 'Smile Again Project' since December last year to help low-income and disabled children.

The center also said the entire budget for the long-term project was donated by Ha. It said the actress will be donating money every year for the project.

The project includes a custom-designed family support service that involves home-to-home cognitive verbal therapy, a project called 'Dreams Come True' providing money for education and extracurricular activities for non-disabled children living with disabled family members, a project entitled 'A Painting By Our Family' that involves family members visiting local community centers to paint their walls as well as a 'Happy Bank Account' to promote love and expression of love among family members

source: kbs global

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Korean actor at The 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Song Seung heon

Joo Jin mo

Daniel Henney

Kim Min jun

Lee Jun ki

Joo Ji hoon

Lee Min gi

photos credit to popseoul

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Korean actress at The 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards

Kim Tae hee

Kim ah joong

Son Ye jin

Lim Soo jung

Jeon Do yeon

Kim Ha neul

Kim Yun jin

Song Yun ah

Kim Hye soo

Lee Yo won

Jung Ryu Won

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Gong Yoo's new 2008 calendar

[ photo credit to popseoul]

Popular South Korean actor Gong Yoo will put a 2008 calendar featuring himself on the Japanese market next month, his management agency said Tuesday (Oct. 30).

SidusHQ said, "The '2008 Gong Yoo Calendar' will be available for purchase in Japan on Nov. 23, and the calendar will show both Gong Yoo's refined style and a range of looks including the more informal and personal."

The actor is best known in Japan for his role in the Japanese movie, "Like a Dragon," and his starring role in the hit Korean TV drama, "Coffee Prince Shop No.1," which was aired earlier this year.

The calendar will feature pictures of Gong on the streets of Seoul, capturing a sense of the season and showing a vibrant feeling of movement. A collection of these photographs will also go on sale in Japan late December.

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source: tour2korea

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Rain and Yun Eun-Hye Are China’s Favorite Hallyu Stars

According to recent surveys, singing sensation, Rain, and rising star, Yun Eun-Hye, were selected as China’s favorite Hallyu stars.

A Hallyu star popularity vote was cast on the 15th, on a Chinese website by the International Reelection Hallyu Channel ( Rain and Yun Eun-Hye took in an overwhelming number of votes, and were crowned as the top Hallyu stars of 2007.

A total of 15 male and 15 female stars were in the running, and on the morning of the 26th, Rain was bringing in 2,193,388 votes leaving the runner-up, Lee Jun-Gi, far behind in second place. Ju Ji-Hun at the time coming in 3rd place, proving to becoming an up-and-coming star.

Female Hallyu stars were swept away by actresses currently appearing in dramas. The heroine of the drama ‘Gung’, Yun Eun-Hye received a record 2,811,769 votes while Han Chae-Yeong and Song Hye-Gyo came in at 2nd and 3rd with 809,706 and 372,761 votes respectively. Currently on tour in Japan, ‘Asia’s star’, Boa took 106,414 votes, while sexy singer Lee Hyo-Ri received 84,725 votes, standing their ground at 4th and 5th places.

For the '2007 Hallyu Stars with the Most Potential’, netizens selected Super Junior’s Hangeng, and Gan Mi-Yeon, currently awaiting to make her debut in China, as their top picks.

The survey is to last until December 31st in the midst of critical times for Hallyu stars in China.

source: tour2korea

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Kim Tae-hee Honored with "New Currents" Award

Actress Kim Tae-hee wins yet another award - "Best New Actress"! An honor bestowed upon her by university students at the "New Currents Movie Star Awards"!

The New Currents Movie Star Ceremony is a part of the film festival held in PyungTaek; the THIRD annual Pioson film festival.
The "new currents" winners are voted on by surveys of 500 college students across Korea.

Though only in its third year, celebrities like Cha Seung-won, Park Si-yeon, Choung Kyung-ho, and Yoo Ah-in, showed their support for the film festival.

Kim Tae-hee is busy with the promotions preceding the release of her new movie, "Quarrel". The actress is the center of attention for press all across Asia!

source: rukorean

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Song Hye-gyo to Debut in U.S.

Actress Song Hye-gyo is to debut in the United States through independent movies.

Song has been cast to play a lead in director Sohn Su-beom's first full-length movie "Fetish." It's a psychological thriller about a woman who has unusual skills. Song will play opposite Arno Frisch, who played the lead in "Funny Game."

"Fetish" is a low-budget independent movie, but to Song it will serve as a springboard for her advancement to the U.S. because she will say 80 percent of her lines in English.

The movie's casting director, Susan Shopmaker, said she chose Song because she liked her Asian yet Western image. She added that the movie will reveal a new side of the actress.

Song's agency said the actress's role in the movie will hopefully secure her a spot in the global film industry.

source: rukorean

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Monday, November 19, 2007

BoA to Sing Original Soundtrack for Japanese Movie

Pan-Asian start BoA will sing the original soundtrack for a Japanese movie.

The Japanese daily Sankei Sports has reported that BoA will sing the OST for a movie slated to open March 15. The singer has so far dubbed a U.S. anime film in Japanese and performed an OST for a Korean movie, but it's the first time she will sing for a Japanese movie.

The daily said the movie's production firm chose BoA because she can fully express through song the relationship between the movie's main characters, a dog and its owner.

The newspaper wrote that the OST is a ballad song entitled "Be With You," which conveys the feelings of the dog toward its owner, such as "keep in mind that I also have a soul" and "spend time with me as much as possible."

The daily said the message of the song is intended not only for dog owners but lovers as well.

source:kbs global

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Jeon Do-Yeon Wins Best Actress Award at Asia Pacific Screen Awards

Actress Jeon Do-yeon, who received the Best Actress Award at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, has once again received a Best Actress Award, this time at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards, which celebrates films from the Asia Pacific region, was held for the first time this year in Gold Coast, Australia.

Ceremony organizers said Jeon defeated other strong candidates and received the award for Best Actress following a unanimous vote by a panel of judges. They added that the award has solidified her status as one of the leading actresses in the Asia Pacific region.

Jeon, who did not attend the ceremony due to film shooting, said she was very happy to be the recipient of the award and thanked the judges. She promised to work harder to improve her skills as an actor and make more quality films in the future.

The Asia Pacific Screen Awards will be broadcast around the world, including North America and Europe, on November 17.

source: kbs global

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Top 10 Highest Paid Korean Stars For 2007

1. Bae Yong Jun (He is a main stockholder in Key West . He has 30%)
(TV drama 5 billion + CF 5 billion + stocks 33.2 billion)
Sum of income: 43.2 billion won/ 46 million U.S. dollars

(world tour 10 billion + CF 5 billion + stocks 10 billion)
Sum of income: 25 billion won/ 27 million U.S. dollars

3. Boa
(album 15 billion + CF 3 billion + stocks 300 million)
Sum of income: 18.3 billion won/ 19 million U.S. dollars

4. Lee Hyori
(album 500 million + TV appearances 500 million, CF 4.5 billion)
Sum of income: 5.5 billion won/ 6 million U.S. dollars

5. Jeon Ji Hyun
(film 1 billion, CF 4 billion)
Sum of income: 5 billion won/ 5 million U.S. dollars

6. Yoon Eun Hye
(TV drama 340 million + CF 3 billion + new company contract fee 1 billion)
Sum of income: 4 billion won/ 4 million U.S. dollars

7. Yoo Jae Suk
(TV program 2.34 billion + CF 1.5 billion)

8. Kim Joon Hee
2+ billion Won (shopping website + TV program)

9. Park Myung Soo
(TV appearance 1.5 billion + individual enterprise income)

10. Yoon Jong Shin
(TV appearance 400 million + TV program 100 million + CF 800 million)


credit: CharlotteDarcy and kdramafanusa for translation

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Cho Seung-woo and Jung Ryu Won went to Beyoncé's concert together

There has been a speculation since June that Cho Seung-woo and Jung Ryu Won are a couple.
So far, they only confirms that they are friend from same church.

This time, people saw them together when they went to Beyoncé's concert with other friends.

source: rukorean

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Friday, November 9, 2007

Jang Dong-gun to Star in Hollywood Action Movie

Korean star Jang Dong-gun will star alongside Kate Bosworth in an upcoming Hollywood movie called "Laundry Warrior," due to start shooting in New Zealand on Friday. The movie is being produced by "Lord of the Rings" and "Matrix" producer Barrie Osborne and helmed by Korean Lee Seung-moo, according to entertainment industry newspaper Variety on Tuesday. Geoffrey Rush will also star with Bosworth and Jang. A Korean firm in charge of the movie's publicity also confirmed the news.

Previous reports said Jang would be working with
Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, but the PR firm said Zhang couldn't fit the movie into her schedule. The Hollywood actress was chosen for the leading role since the lead female character had changed, the firm said.

"Laundry Warrior" is a futuristic action-fantasy story about an Asian warrior's adventure in the American west. Jang plays the fugitive warrior who hides out in the badlands, where he encounters a town drunk (Rush) and a beautiful woman (Bosworth) who dreams of revenge for the abuse she suffered as a child.

Bosworth has appeared in "Superman Returns", "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!", "Beyond the Sea," and "Remember the Titans." Rush has starred in "Munich" and the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies. Variety said Jang "is the star of many of Korea's biggest grossing movies including 'Typhoon,' 'Taegukgi' and 'Friend.'"

source:Chosun Ilbo

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Cha Tae-hyun and his wife: when they were in high school.

Cha Tae-hyun revealed the picture which he took with his wife when they were high school students.

Cha Tae-hyun and his wife dated for 13 years and married in 2006.


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Friday, November 2, 2007

Kim Ah-joong Receives '2007 Elle Award'

Actress Kim Ah-joong has once again proven that she is one of Asia's hottest female stars. The 2007 Elle Style Award Asia, held in Hong Kong on October 26, presented Kim with an award in the 'Hot Face' category.

Each year, a panel of judges and fans hold a vote to pick their favorite celebrity for the 'Hot Face' category.

Upon receiving the award, Kim said it is an honor to be able to take part in an event attended by numerous stars that represent Asia. She also promised to work harder in the future.

The 2007 Elle Style Award Asia is held each year to present awards to artists and stars in the Asian region for their outstanding performance in their respective fields throughout the year

source:kbs global

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