Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Highlights from Athena’s showcase

The production of Athena held a showcase on August 30 at Seoul’s Lotte World’s Garden Stage, where the main cast talked about the process of training for the drama’s action scenes, filming in Italy, shared behind-the-scenes stories, and showed a making-of video. Below, you can watch the video of highlights that was featured at the showcase.

Jung Woo-sung

Su Ae

Cha Seung-won

Lee Jia
Kim Min-jong
Choi Siwon

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Cast of 해결사 @ VIP Premiere

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Star @ Lee Jung Jin''s VIP premiere of 해결사

Yoo Seung-ho to return to small screen in October

Korean actor Yoo Seung-ho will be returning to the small screen in October as the male lead in an upcoming drama.

An industry source told Sports Today over the phone, "It has been confirmed that Yoo Seung-ho has been cast for the new MBC weekend drama tentatively titled 'You Only Love a Girl Once in Your Life.'"

The official added that the show's producer will make an official announcement in early September.

"Girl," to also star Korean actress Shin Eun-kyoung, is a 50-part series about the legacy of a son of a conglomerate family. It is written by famed scenarist Jung Ha-youn, whose works include "The Last Empress," "La Dolce Vita" and "Sindon."

Yoo made his debut at the early age of 10, starring in the MBC TV series "Daddy Fish" (2000) and his film debut in "The Way Home" (2002). He has appeared in numerous dramas including "Love Letter" (MBC, 2003), "Queen Seon-duk" (MBC, 2009) and "Master of Study" (KBS2, 2010) and movie "Don't Tell Papa" (2004) and "Unforgettable" (2008).

He recently released a digital single with Korean songstress IU titled "I Believe in Love," which has fared well on various music charts since its release in early August.

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New 2PM song, sans Nichkhun

When Korean boy band 2PM released the song “Fly To Seoul” on Monday, one member was noticeably absent. The cover featured just five of the band’s six members.

According to the group’s management company, JYP Entertainment, Nichkhun, the missing band member, could not participate in the making of the song because of his responsibilities as a spokesperson for Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism.

The song - an upbeat tune that highlights the city - was written by songwriter Super Changttai.

Last July, 2PM was selected to promote Seoul in Southeast Asia. Other representatives include actor Lee Byung-hun for Japan and the Wonder Girls for China.

Meanwhile, 2PM is getting ready for a concert on Sept. 4 and 5.

By Hannah Kim Contributing writer

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Hyun Joong at MK press conference by Yes

awesomly taken pics by the shutterbag of YES, thanks thanks, *thumbs up*

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Friday, August 27, 2010

SS501 Kim Hyung-joon joins Kang Ji-hwan agency

K-pop idol group SS501 member Kim Hyung-joon has signed with actor Kang Ji-hwan's agency S-Plus Entertainment, making him the third member of the five-man band to join a new talenthouse.

S-Plus made the announcement through a press release on Friday, saying the firm "will provide its unstinting support to Kim Hyung-joon so he may pursue his activities in all fields of entertainment including singing and acting beyond Asia."

Also, addressing constant rumor and speculation that his group will disband after each member goes their own ways, S-Plus stated that "one thing to make most clear is that Kim's signing with the company does not at all mean a breakup of SS501."

S-Plus explained that being able to sustain his activities as a member of the band was one of the first issues Kim raised while negotiating on the contract. "The company respects Kim's opinion 100 percent...... We will emphasize once again that Kim will first and foremost actively take part in his activities as a member of SS501."

The other members who have signed with new agencies -- Kim Hyun-joong with KEYEAST and Park Jung-min with CNR Media -- as well as their new reps, have all stated SS501 will not disband.

Top Hallyu star Bae Yong-joon is a major shareholder of KEYEAST and CNR Media is a firm set up jointly by major Taiwanese drama producer Comic-Ritz and Korea's ROY MEDIA.

Other members Heo Young-saeng and Kim Kyu-jong too have yet to make a decision.

SS501 has been one of the most popular bands in Korea and in several countries in Asia since forming in 2005. Their contract with DSP Media ended in early June.

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[PHOTO] SS501 Kim Hyun-joong at Mnet "20's Choice"

Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong arrives at the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010.
Boy band SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong gives his acceptance speech after winning an award at the 4th annual cable music channel Mnet's "20's Choice" ceremony held at the River Park pool of the Sheraton Grande Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, South Korea on August 26, 2010.

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