Thursday, May 31, 2007

Honey Lee Places 4th at Miss Universe Pageant

Miss Korea Honey Lee was named the third runner-up at the 2007 Miss Universe Pageant held in Mexico City, Mexico. She is only the second Korean to reach the final five after Jang Yoon-jeong was the first runner-up 19 years ago at the 1988 Miss Universe Pageant held in Seoul.

Miss Universe title went to Miss Japan Riyo Mori. Miss Brazil and Miss Venezuela won second and third place, respectively, while Miss USA placed fifth.

Lee won the highest score of 94.58 points out of 77 entrants in a preliminary judging hosted by Global Beauties, a sponsor of the 2007 Miss Universe. Lee's spot among the top five was predicted by many when she received the fifth and fourth highest score in the swimsuit competition and photogenic category, respectively.

source: Kbs grobal

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Chae Rim to Play Lead in Chinese Drama

Actress Chae Rim, who made a successful TV comeback after a two-year hiatus with the hit KBS drama Dalja's Spring (which ended in March), has decided to take on the lead role in the Chinese drama The Mischievous Princess 2.

Chae will play the lead character 'Sadojeong' in the 30 part series love story between the princess of China's Su dynasty and the prince of the Tang dynasty, which leads Su to destruction.

An official at her management agency Olive Nine says Chae will "be able to once again grab the hearts of Chinese viewers," noting her large fan base secured through her previous appearances in Hong Kong and Taiwanese dramas.

The Mischievous Princess 2 will air across China next May. Chae and actor Ha Yong-jin will leave for China early next month to begin shooting.

source: kbs grobal

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Sunday, May 27, 2007

Kim Hee Sun in Love With Mystery Man

If we are to believe what Korean tabloids are telling us, then Korean beauty Kim Hee Sun is in love! Read more


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Rain Pays Tribute to Outgoing Manager

The K-pop superstar Rain has paid tribute to the role of his manager Park Jin-young in his stellar rise. Park “taught me to fish instead of how to eat fish. He taught me many things, including how to sing, but he always stressed the importance of standing on my own feet,” Rain told reporters.

Dressed in pink dress shirt and black suit, Rain was discussing the end of his contract with Park’s management agency JYP at a press conference before a concert at Japan's Tokyo Dome. Park “has taken care of me with great sincerity over the last few years. I thought I’d better give him some space,” Rain said. The singer will decide where to turn next once his world tour ends in June. He may either move to another management firm or set up his own independent company.

Rain is the first Korean pop singer to perform at the Tokyo Dome, which seats some 43,000. The concert has been thoroughly prepared, he said. “Stage equipment weighing more than 100 tons is used in the show. When the Japanese production suggested a concert at the Tokyo Dome, I actually doubted whether I could do it. I’ve heard many top Japanese artists played with less than half the seats filled at the Dome. I confess I was relieved that tickets have sold well.” Rain’s world tour started last October and is nearing the end. “The world tour was a great opportunity for me to test my shortcomings and transcend my limitations before entering the U.S. market,” he added. Asked about the recent parody of his music video on the popular U.S. satirical show “The Colbert Report,” Rain said it was an honor. “I’ve watched the program. I was surprised when I saw the show host imitating my music video. He chooses only world-class celebrities as his topic.” Rain was in good company: Madonna, Michael Jackson and Lindsay Lohan were also parodied on the show.

Recently, Rain got a foot in the door in Hollywood by being cast in a supporting role in "Speed Racer." “I met the Wachowski brothers, who created ‘The Matrix’, and I decided to play the role. To become a top star in Hollywood, I think it’s important to build a career by taking each step cautiously. This role is like a miracle for someone who doesn’t speak English very well.”

But Rain still shows great passion for music. “I’ve been writing down my ideas about music since I was a trainee. When I have more confidence in my music, I’d like to become a producer.”

He gives credit to Park for getting him where he is today. “If Park hadn’t made songs for me, I wouldn’t be here. I was lucky to work with Park. I am happy with every step I’ve been through.” So what drives him? “I want to win the war against myself, because if I fall, hundreds of staff working with me would stumble.”

source: Chosun Ilbo

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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Hyori Without Makeup

she is so pretty without makeup
credit to>>Jisungie@soompi forum

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Actor Lee BH Cast in Global Film

Heartthrob actor Lee Byung-hun is expected to play a starring role of a Hong Kong gang boss in a new film by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung called “I Come with the Rain," which could mark his global debut.

The movie is a thriller about a former L.A. policeman who is traumatized after killing a serial killer who had been disfiguring dead bodies into art pieces. The story involves events in Asia where the policeman is hired to go find a Chinese billionaire's missing son.

The gang chief Lee will portray operates a large drug nextwork and plays a key role as one of the two close associates to the lead character.

Filming will begin July 9 including a ten week location shoot in LA, the Philippines and Hong Kong. It will be produced in English for worldwide release next year.

source: kbs global

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Rain Cast in Hollywood Film

Korean singer
-actor Rain will take part in "Speed Racer," a new film by Andy and Larry Wachowski of "The Matrix" fame. Rain will play a talented rookie car racer who struggles to save his family business. He will join the filming in Berlin for two months after he finishes his world tour in June.

Rain's agent said that
Rain personally visited Berlin in April to meet with the Wachowski brothers. At the meeting, the directors of the Matrix series showed Rain some materials for the film and Rain was reportedly very impressed with its ingenuity and techniques.

Speed Racer" is based on a popular Japanese animation titled "Mach Go Go." The animation has been aired in the U.S. as well.

The May 31st press briefing of the film is expected to be attended by more than 100 media outlets worldwide, as well as Joel Silver, the producer of the Matrix series, and a number of big Hollywood celebrities.

said that he considers himself a novice actor since this is his debut film in Hollywood, and that he will take one step at a time.

source:kbs global

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Japanese Drama with Korean Actor Tops Ratings

The popularity of Korean actor Ryoo Si-won has become evident in Japan, as he has rescued a TV drama from dismal ratings by making a guest appearance. The NHK drama "Dondo Hare," guest starring Ryoo for a week between April 30th and May 6th, has soared to the No.1 spot in drama ratings and second in overall ratings.

Dondo Hare" had been suffering dismal ratings since posting only 14.9% in its first episode, its worst performance ever. But the drama soared to the top during the week Ryoo guest starred, demonstrating the star power of Ryoo in Japan.

Ryoo appeared in "
Dondo Hare" as a Korean actor who had once studied in Japan and now returns to Japan to find the love he had left behind. His romantic performance evidently thrilled Japanese fans.

It was Ryoo's first performance in Japanese, but he proved he was a veteran actor by performing naturally in fluent Japanese. He thanked his Japanese fans and promised to work even harder as an actor.

source: kbs global

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Jang Dong Geon, Bae Yong Joon and others awarded at the First Annual Hallyu Awards

The Korean Entertainment Industry Society selected Jang Dong Geon, Bae Yong Joon, and 21 others to be awarded at the first Hallyu Awards.

In the star category, Jang Dong Geon and
Jeon Ji Hyeon (movie), Bae Yong Joon and Lee Young Ae (drama), Rain and BoA (music), Kim Nam Cheol (game) and others were awarded.

In the production planning category, Director Bong Joon Ho (movie), Production Director Yoon Seok Ho (drama), SM Entertainment CEO Lee Soo Man (music), NCSoft CEO Kim Taek Jin (game) were selected while Kim Kwang Soo of Mnet Media (drama), JYP Entertainment CEO Park Jin Young (music), Nexon CEO Kwon Joon Mo (game) were awarded under the marketing category.

Also, in the corporation category, SidusHQ CEO Jung Hoon Tak and CJ Entertainment CEO Kim Joo Sung (movie), CEO Kim Jong Hak of Kim Jong Hak Productions (drama), SM Entertainment CEO Lee Soo Man (music), and Webzen CEO Kim Nam Joo (game) were awarded.

The special contribution award was presented to Designer
Andre Kim, Jump CEO Kim Kyung Hoon, A-com International CEO Yoon Ho Jin, and others.


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Song Hye-gyo to Appear on Cover of Vogue Korea

Actress Song Hye-gyo will become the first Korean actress to appear on the cover of the fashion magazine Vogue Korea, to take place in the June edition.

So far, the magazine has published only the photos of world-renowned celebrities and models on its cover.

Song, whose
new movie "Hwangjini" will open June 6, is shown in an alluring pose in the cover photo, wearing a traditional Korean wig with one of her shoulders revealed.

During the photo shoot, Song impressed the French production crew every time she appeared in a new traditional Korean costume. The photo shoot's stylist and former fashion editor of Vogue France lauded the traditional Korean costume for its beautiful colors and the modernity of its layered design.

The June issue of Vogue Korea, including an 18-page photo spread of Song, will be published May 20 under the title "
Hwangjini in Paris."

source: kbs global

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Sunday, May 13, 2007

Kim Tae-hee Shakes Up Her Image in New Ad

Kim Tae-hee has a new commercial that's rapidly becoming popular on the Internet. The actress performs an unexpected dance scene in the new spot for LG Electronics' Shine TV Phone. The commercial had been talked about in the news before it was even broadcast and it has since became a hot topic among local netizens. read more and view clip

source: chosun ilbo

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Bae Yong Joon, avid reader 'Kami no Shizuku (Les Gouttes de Dieu)'

Bae Yong Joon is said to be an avid reader of 'Kami no Shizuku (Les Gouttes de Dieu)' and is interested in wine and wine production.

In a recently published interview with CEO Sohn Il Hyung of IMX, Bae Yong Joon's agency of Japan, he noted that Bae Yong Joon has a special interest in wine.

When Bae Yong Joon visited Japan on the 8th, he took four bottles of wine to where Bae Yong Joon was staying and discussed the origins of the wine, and that Bae Yong Joon has a great understanding of the winery process.

CEO Sohn Il Hyung says he does not drink too much but has become an avid wine taster because of Bae Yong Joon.

Last year, IMX also offered 1972 Colheita wine from Portugal to commemorate Bae Yong Joon's birthday.

An interview with Bae Yong Joon was also published in the recent manga magazine publishing 'Kami no Shizuku' where he says, "I do not usually read manga but I read all of 'Kami no Shizuku. I also do not like drinking too much but am greatly enjoying wine. I have wanted to try the wine that appears in the series but they are rather hard to find. As each wine has a story of its own like a movie, I truly think wine could have been a present of god."

He concluded the interview saying, "I am only an avid reader right now, but I subtly hope that one day I can work with the series in any way. I will support the original creators looking forward to many more moving episodes."

'Kami no Shizuku' is a manga series by Agi Tadashi and Okimoto Shuu about wine and has gathered much popularity in Korea as well.

source: Broasia

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Monday, May 7, 2007


Lee Jun-Ki

Kim Hee Sun

Sung Yu ri

Kim Rae Won

Lee Young-ae

Kim Tae Hee

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2007 Andre Kim Best STar Award Ceremony will be opened in Grand Hyatt Hotel in from that land ball room of that land Hyatt hotel at 0600PM on April 30th in Seoul. The star candidates for the awards are Lee Young Ae, Kim Hee Sun, Kim Tae Hee, Kwon Sang Woo, Park Hye Il, Lee Jun Ki...will be selected to the winners.

Detailed candidates:
Actress: Lee Young Ae, Lee Mi Young, Kim Hee Sun, Kim Tae Hee, Song Yun Ah, Lee Bo Young, Han Ye Seul, Han Eun Jung, Seong Yu Ri, Go Ah Ra.

Actors: Kwon Sang Woo, Park Hye Il, Cha Il Pyo, Kim Rae Won, Lee Jun Ki, Jo Hyun Jae, Yoon Gye Sang, Park Yong Woo, Shin Dong Wook, Jeong Dong Jin, Lee Wan

Sport Stars: Kim Young Ah, Lee Kang Seop

Singer: Soprano Cho Su Mi

Announcer: Hwang Su Keong, Oh Sang Jin

Credit : newsen,soompi

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Lee Ha-Nee Miss Korea Universe 2007

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