Thursday, December 31, 2009

G-Dragon cries over his haircut

G-Dragon of Big Bang performed at the SBS Daejun Gayo Award Ceremony on the 29th and showed up with a new bowl-cut hairstyle. His “Heartbreaker” stage has been garnering interest because he had tears streaming down his face while performing. Netizens have been speculating that he was crying due to the fog machine, or because of his controversial debut album, which was met with plagiarism accusations, but I think he is just upset about looking like that guy from the Three Stooges. Maybe the fashionista requested his hair to look ‘edgy’ but ended up looking like his mom cut his hair with a literal bowl. He shaped things up later with “The Leaders”, in which he gelled up his hair into a slick Mohawk.

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Same jacket, such different results.

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G-Dragon performing Heartbreaker at SBS Daejun Gayo

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Drinking and Dancing Fools?

Maybe not. But, what do you get when you put two of the prettiest Kpopstars- the “My Fair Lady” actress and super sesshi Yoon Eun Hye and 2PM’s least beastly but still oh-so-cute Nichkhun- in the same Cass Beer CF?

From the early stills that have been released, it looks like there is a bit of smoldering chemistry between the two and some sexy moves… as well as some bad wardrobe choices (stylists-pleeeeeeeease stop putting Khunnie in glittery/lacy outfits!!). Poor clothing choices aside, I think Hottests/Khunnie fans are going to be in for a little heartbreak as one of Korea’s sexiest actresses/models shares the scene with their cutie-Thai.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Idol Boys Show Some Loving for the King of Pop

Michael Jackson

2009 was the year of the king of pop', Michael Jackson, untimely death. Kpop stars had shown their love for the hit-maker before, but decided to put on an even grander performance this time around. The hottest kpop idol boys took the stage and performed tributes of Michael Jackson's string of hits.

2PM initiated the tribute stage with Thriller, clad in tattered Heartbeat outfits.

Lee Seungi took the stage for Smooth Criminal, showing us the dance moves we didn't know he had!

Beast and MBLAQ took the stage yet again, but collaborated instead for MJ's Dangerous.

Finally, Super Junior took the stage with Billie Jean, without HanKyung, Kangin, and Kibum.

And all came together to close out the tribute with Beat It.

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[SBS Gayo DaeJun] 2PM doing ‘You’re Beautiful’ drama parody

2PM members did a parody on SBS drama ‘You’re Beautiful’ on SBS Gayo DaeJun on 29th December.

One epic and funny parody. Love it or not?

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Lee Seung Gi and Park Shin Hye for grand ‘wedding’ stage on SBS Gayo DaeJun

Wedding march will sound for singer Lee SeungGi and actress Park ShinHye.

Coming 29th December on SBS Gayo DaeJun, the 2 will have a grand ‘wedding’. They will be holding a joint stage and performing the proposal song ‘Will You Marry Me’.

The 2 have also been up preparing for the stage, practising their choreography together. Fans will look forward to the birth of the lovely couple for the show that day.

Meanwhile, for SBS Gayo DaeJun, 2PM will also be doing a parody on the drama ‘You’re Beautiful’ transforming as A.N.JELL. Also 2PM Nich Khun, 2AM JinWoon, SHINee Onew, Super Junior SungMin, BEAST YoSeob and MBLAQ Lee Joon will also transform as cut pet-dol.

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Thursday, December 24, 2009

C.N. Blue to debut in January

2nd F.T Island, C.N. Blue

C.N. Blue (Code Name Blue) dubbed as the second F.T. Island debuted in Japan back in August with their mini album titled Now or Never. Now it seems the group will debut in Korea in January.

The group is receiving a lot of attention lately because of Jung Yong Hwa's participation in the hit drama You're Beautiful.

Newsen is reporting that the C.N. Blue plans to debut in Korea in early January 2010 by releasing a mini album and MV. They also mentioned about plans to film their Music Video in Islan on December 24th and 25th and invited fans to participate in the filming. They want their fans to be in the music video as well and this is their way of showing appreciation to them for their support.

I think this group is going to be really popular, a lot of buzz about them before officially debuting.

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Eun Ji Won gets outed

On the latest edition of Strong Heart singer/rapper Eun Ji Won gets outed’ by actress Heo Yi Jae and gag woman Shin Bong Sun. Heo Yi Jae who knows Ji Won well since they were once MCs together on a swhow, told MCs Kang Hodong and Lee Seung Gi, who also happen to be his cast mates on 1N2D, that Ji Won had lamented before of joining 1N2D, because “if it weren’t for 1N2D he could’ve been on Family Outing.” Family Outing just happens to be 1N2D’s biggest competitor on Sunday night, and its MC, Yoo Jae Suk is Hodong’s biggest competition as Korea’s top MC/comedian.

The looks on the faces of Hodong and Ji won are CLASSIC. Eun Ji Won tries to plead his case, but Yi Jae continues by saying that he had told her that Family Outing was better because there were females in the cast and they have nets for bugs? Bong Sun added fuel to the fire by adding that Ji WOn really likes Jae Suk and when he was on Happy Together he made a comment like ‘Hodong hyung should learn this (from Jae Suk).’ Ji Won is a dead man walking…

Eun Ji Won tries to clear up the situation by saying he never said that he WANTED to be on the show, he just wondered how it was different from 1N2D. Leeteuk offered to be Ji Won’s replacement on the next filming of 1N2D. You can check out the whole episode below (sorry no subs). You gotta watch Teuk Academy- you’ll die laughing, everyone does the Ga In nowadays… They also show a teaser for the next episode which will feature Daesung and Taeyang of Big Bang.

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Park ShinHye on a mission to spread some love in Nepal!

It is known that actress Park ShinHye has recently visited a village Tapatali in Nepal.

She is there to personally deliver fan-prepared stationery for children in the village. Even though by country policy, many children got the chance to go to school there, many facilities were still lacking for the children.

She also visited the homes of the needy and took care of a 12-year-old child’s sibling and their mother. In addition, she also went down to the quarry to help out workers who live in the slums, carrying the rocks and a big hammer with her small hand.

Park ShinHye even worn the Santa Clause costumes making Christmas happen in the village by giving out presents and taking photo – making this Christmas a special one for the kids who only know about Christmas through stories told by others.

She said, “Looking at the smiles of the children who live in such difficult situation, I wanted to spread more love so I joined this volunteering project. But I felt sorry about that because I felt I have received more love.”

S:Chosun Daily

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Lee Byung Hun can sing?

Destiny album

Despite all the recent controversies about Lee Byung Hun and his alleged ex-girlfriend, there a bit of good news we can finally hear! A compilation album titled Destiny (인연), which was released on December 10th, has been receiving a lot of attention from netizens. Why? Well, because of Lee Byung Hun's song!

Lee Byung Hun's three songs (Tears, Destiny and I Have A Lover) from his album To Me, which was released 10 years ago before he was enlisted to the military, was included in the compilation album. Lee Byung Hun's I Have A Lover is a narration of Won Tae Yeon's poem and it was a huge hit when it was released.

Now what is a compilation album? Well, it is a type of album that contains various songs from different artists, which have been already released in the past.

The compilation album Destiny contains Lee Byung Hun's song as well as other songs from popular artists such as Kim Bum Soo, SNSD's Taeyeon, Hwan Hee, SS501, Lee Seung Chul, Bobby Kim, T (Tasha), SHINee and Hwa Yobi. What's more interesting though is that the album also includes songs from other Hallyu stars such as Kwon Sang Woo's Love That is Never Meant To Be (이루어질 수 없는 사랑) from the movie Once Upon a Time in High School, Park Yong Ha's Like The First Day (처음 그날처럼) from the hit-drama All In, Park Shin Yang's Can I Love (사랑해도 될까요) from the hit-drama Lovers In Paris, and Ji Jin Hee's Pain Of Grief (그 아픔도 그 슬픔까지도) from the drama Spring Day.

The album consists of 2 CDs and one extra special package CD for the Japanese fans, which results in a total of 3 CDs.

I never knew Lee Byung Hun had an album released before! Surprising, yeah?

Lee Byung Hun's narration - I Have A Lover:

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Lee Byung Hun - Tears:

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Jang Geun Suk: The Original Goo Joon Pyo?

On the latest episode of KBS Shin Dong-yup and Shin Bong-sun's Champagne, it was revealed that Jang Geun Suk turned down an offer to play the rich meanie Goo Joon Pyo in the hit drama series Boys Over Flowers!

Jang Geun Suk explained that, as he was looking at potential projects, the two dramas that really caught his eye were Beethoven Virus and Boys Over Flowers. He wanted to do both but felt that Beethoven Virus had more to offer as a learning experience since many senior actors would be appearing on the show. With that in mind, he got a role in Beethoven Virus, and the role of Goo Joon Pyo eventually went to Lee Minho.

Jang Geun Suk seems to have no regrets, and said that Lee Minho portrayed the character well and that, if Jang Geun Suk had taken on the role, it might not have been as good. Perhaps Jang saw the success of Boys Over Flowers and decided to make it up by starring in You're Beautiful, another show with a large teen fan base.

Do you think Jang Geun Suk would have made a better Goo Joon Pyo? Or was Lee Minho the best choice? Conversation starts at 8:20.

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MizzJ ~ ^_^..i love both! Either Lee Min Ho Or Jang Geun Suk! They have their own personality..and being mean is one of the character that i think they're the BEST! Hoping they will be cast on the drama ASAP!...Expecially Min Ho..It's been a year after Boys Over Flower ended..want to see him again on drama...^_*

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

SS501 and KARA’s on ‘Initimate Note’ subbed!

Thanks to our writer Nulsaranghae, the full episode of SBS ‘Intimate Note’ recently featuring DSP artistes SS501 and KARA has been subbed!

Great episode with many fun moments from both groups. Go under the cut to watch them.

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Rain will celebrate Christmas in Las Vegas


We announced that Rain's Las Vegas concerts were 90% confirmed, but now it's turned to 100%!

On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, he will hold solo concerts at the Caesar Palace Hotel Coliseum in Las Vegas. The venue seats 3,000 people and he will perform all of his hit songs for his foreign fans.

He has already left on a plane today for Las Vegas and is prepared to hold amazing shows. But there is no time to waste for Rain because right after he is finished with his concerts, he is coming back to Korea to finish working on his latest Asia tour. He has already finished his shows in Hong Kong, Indonesia, and China. In January, he is going to Japan to do an encore performance in Osaka.

Rain sure knows how to keep himself busy!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

A.N.JELL to reunite for live performance


A.N.JELL will be reuniting once more for a live performance at the SBS 'Drama Awards.'

Although they are not a real band, they have garnered in a huge fanbase through the hit drama, 'You're Beautiful,' and they will be representing this drama with the performance.

Their performance will be 100% live, and it will be in celebration for the whole awards ceremony.

As well as the A.N.JELL performance by Jang Geun Suk, Park Shin Hye, Jung Yong Hwa, and Lee Hong Ki, representatives from the dramas 'Dream' and 'Style' will also get together for a special performance. More specifically, singer-turned-actress Son Dambi from 'Dream' and actor/dancer Lee Yong Woo from 'Style' will perform a hip-hop/jazz/sexy dance number as a couple.

Also, actress Lee Min Jung from 'Smile, You' will be getting together with singer Lee Seung Hwan to perform his song 'Sarang-Ha-Na-Yo' (사랑하나요). Lee Seung Gi will also be representing SBS' hit drama 'Shining Inheritance,' and he will perform the drama's OST 'The Person Living Inside My Heart.'

This award ceremony will go live on December 31st!

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Gong Yoo for Mind Bridge

He’s back! (Kind of.)

Recently discharged from the army, Gong Yoo (Coffee Prince) indicated that he wouldn’t choose his next acting project till the new year, but he’s back to work as CF model, as you can see in these new shots. He’s representing business casual brand Mind Bridge, alongside actress Lee Min-jung (Smile), who will endorse the womenswear line.

The shoot took place a mere 10 days after Gong Yoo’s discharge, on December 18.

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Press conference day for Chuno

The wait is almost over — KBS’s upcoming fusion sageuk thriller Chuno (aka Slave Hunters) is two weeks from its premiere, and held its production press conference on December 21.

All the actors from the main cast were present, led by the drama’s three main stars Jang Hyuk, Lee Da-hae, and Oh Ji-ho. The series will take over for IRIS’s Wednesday-Thursday timeslot in the new year, and Jang Hyuk said regarding that: “There are a lot of advantages that IRIS ended with high ratings. Also, because we have a completely different topic than IRIS, viewers will be able to feel a fresh, different appeal.”

Jang Hyuk has been in a sageuk before (2002’s Daemang) and said of Chuno, “There are advantages to being a sageuk. The characters are three-dimensional, and the plot is fresh. The subject matter is different from other sageuks — previous court dramas, biographies, or hero tales express one type of style. However, Chuno is able to show a diversity of colors.” That’s why he decided to take the drama, saying, “I found its mix of melodrama and action very appealing.”

Lee Da-hae said, “I feel excited each time, but since this is a large-scale drama, I felt even more nervous.” She plays a young woman who was born a slave, but is raised in a noble family after fleeing her owner’s household and hides her low birth. She initially is in love with Jang Hyuk’s character, but as the drama unfolds, she becomes more and more conflicted between him and Oh Ji-ho. She doesn’t appear in the drama’s first two episodes, which focus more on Jang and Oh, and shows up soon afterward.

Asked about the love triangle, Lee answered, “I’m happy to receive the love of both men.” Supporting actor Gong Hyung-jin chimed in jokingly, “Watching Lee Da-hae filming, it really looks like she enjoys the love triangle.” As this is her first sageuk, she expressed some concerns about getting down the dialogue and tone (sageuk dramas require a more deliberate, serious tone of dialogue delivery that often trips up the less experienced), “but I’m not uncomfortable at all now and am able to act comfortably.”

Chuno premieres on January 6.

Lee Da-hae always looks wonderful, but here she looks particularly stunning:

Jang Hyuk and Oh Ji-ho are the chaser and the chased; it’s a little odd seeing them with that hair in modern dress (it looks much better, imo, in the show’s stills):

I’m anticipating that Lee Jong-hyuk’s villain’s role will be portrayed with his usual charisma:

The supporting cast is rounded out by Kim Ji-suk, Gong Hyung-jin, and Han Jung-soo:

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1N2D rules Sunday night

1N2D is the King of Sunday night. The variety show hosted by MC Kang Hodong with members Kim C, Lee Su Geun, Eun Ji Won, MC Mong, and Lee Seung Gi has held the #1 spot in ratings for Sunday nights in Korea for the past 16 consecutive weeks. That’s four months straight, it’s average viewer ratings for each week has been over 30%. With falling ratings, numerous legitimacy ’scandals,’ and news of the impending departure of MC Yoo Jae Suk and Park Si Yeon, 1N2D has been able to dominate its biggest competitor SBS’s Family Outing.

1N2D debuted in August 2007, its members travel to different areas of Korea showcasing the areas’ natural beauty and its specialties. Along the way, members compete for money, food, accommodations, etc. by often hilarious and ruthless competitions. Many say that 1N2D has been able to pull away from its competitors because of its willingness to change up its concept. 1N2D’s Best Friends, Viewer’s and Global specials were highly rated and well received by viewers helping to attract a bigger audience.

Viewers also tune in to the show to see the ‘brotherhood’ of the members. You can see the closeness of the members by watching the show. Although they play dirty to win food, money, or sleeping arrangements, they almost always end up sharing – at least the food. I personally think the PD (and even viewers) enjoy seeing the members suffering while trying to complete missions, although it is funny watching the cast trying to outwit the PD. The fact that they often show Seung Gi talking to the camera while taking a shower probably doesn’t hurt with the ratings. I know you all secretly wish the camera will slip, but this isn’t live TV- they’d edit it out.

In the last episode, the cast is in the freezing cold wilderness of Gangwon and the PD makes them compete for building supplies to make a shelter. After failing several games/challenges to win food, Ji Won takes one for the team by volunteering to take off a piece of clothing for every time the team doesn’t get an answer correct for the next game until they won or he was naked. They kept getting answers wrong until Ji Won was down to his drawers wearing a box with his long johns around his ankles to win the food. Unfortunately, they lost the food when they bet it all on the next game and failed.

The rest of the episode was kind of scary because they get caught up in a snowstorm and have to hike out of the mountains. That’s a little much for the sake of entertainment, luckily they all made it back safely. Well, I guess no one can accuse them of being ‘fake.’ I wonder if any of the members were Boy Scouts- those survival skills, or ones learned from military service for the older members, must really come in handy for this show (someone has got to tell them of the wonders of duct tape, you can use it for everything).

For the new year, the show will welcome back the newly-off-of-military-duty former member Kim Jong Min to the fold. That’s got to be a pretty good Christmas present for him- being welcomed back to the #1 variety show in Korea. Check out the latest episode here.

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Jung YoungHwa is a sweet boy for High Cut

‘Towel Guy’ of SBS ‘You’re Beautiful’ Jung YoungHwa is recently featured for a photosoot on High Cut magazine.

This newcomer definitely is riding on some fame, being featured for several photoshoots and receiving calls for drama appearances after ‘You’re Beautiful’.

Go under the cut for the photoset.

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