After starring in a Korean drama and a Hollywood movie, singer BoA will be making her Korean silver screen debut in the movie “Big Match” with Lee Sung Min, Lee Jung Jae, and Shin Ha Gyoon.
“Big Match” will be about a video game come to live, as an martial arts star, played by Lee Jung Jae, must put himself actually in the video game to save his brother, played by Lee Sung Min. He will be going against a genius game developer, played by Shin Ha Gyoon. BoA will play a mysterious woman with a unreadable face in the video game, and play an important role in the film.
Actors Kim Eui Sung, Park Doo Shik, Son Ho Joon, Bae Jung Woo, and Kim Yoon Sung have also been cast in the movie.
“Big Match” will begin filming next year
It’s been recently revealed that the model-turned actor, Kim Young Gwang will be enlisting in the army, serving as public service worker.
On December 5, Newsen spoke with Kim Young Gwang’s agency, who stated, “Kim Young Gwang will be enlisting in mid-December and will serve as a public service worker. He has currently completed filming for his upcoming movie, Boil Youth. He won’t able to participate in movie promotions in January, but will do his best in the army.”
According to Korean laws, Kim Young Gwang will be serving as a public service worker as his father was a level 3 man of national merit after serving in the Vietnam War.
The agency staff said, “Kim Young Gwang’s father is a Vietnam War veteran, who passed away due to the aftereffects of the war when Kim Young Gwang was in elementary school
Big Bang’s Seungri successfully held his promotional event for upcoming Japanese mobile drama Yubikoi Kimini Okuru Message.
Seungri attended the event along with his co-stars in the drama, Miori Takimoto, Kanata Hongo and drama director Kentaro Ohtani on December 4 at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan.
The Big Bang member acts as the Korean study abroad student ‘Seungho’ in the drama, which is about young people who express their love through text messages.
At the promotional event, Seungri made fans cheer loudly when he sang the drama OST Sorani ekagu omoi, or The Feelings Painted in the Sky, which he wrote himself.
The track was also included in his first Japanese solo album LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE released in October
In an unexpected placement, Girls’ Generation‘s “I Got a Boy” ranks at number five in the “Top 10 Songs of the Year” list by the prestigious American weekly news magazine Time. Time Magazine has run a “Top 10 of Everything” feature since 2008, ranking everything from news stories to t-shirt worthy slogans.
Time magazine wrote about the group and song, “The nine-woman South Korean group Girls’ Generation is a ridiculously effective hook machine, and a major phenomenon in Asia, whose biggest pop acts make One Direction and Katy Perry sound like audience-alienating avant-gardists. If you like songs that do everything at once, go straight to YouTube and call up the over-the-top video for this monomaniacally charming hybrid of bubblegum, dubstep and hard rock, whose Korean lyrics are sprinkled with incongruous English phrases (“Ayo, stop, let me put it down another way”)
We’re launching the 2013 Mwave Korean Drama Awards, where you guys vote for the best dramas, the best actors/actresses and more! We’ll be rolling out different categories every single Tuesday this month - read about the nominees in our news section, then go vote in our poll section!
Go Ara, known as one of the top beauties amongst the beauties in SM Entertainment, managed to truly transform for her biggest hit yet, the currently airing Reply 1994. Though a simple haircut and baggy clothes wouldn’t seem to make quite so drastic of a difference, somehow, Go Ara transformed from being a veritable beauty to being a total country bumpkin.
Of course, in her efforts to look prettier for her crush, she does manage to clean up a bit - and her scenes set in present time show a much more presentable image, but we have to say, the unpretentious look has done wonders for Go Ara’s career
Sure, it’s a pretty timeworn formula to make your blockbuster action movie about a super spy who’s been left to fend for himself in a strange land, but hell, I’ve seen the Bourne trilogy more times than I can count, so it’s not like I’d say no to slick, pulse-pounding thrills. Plus, Gong Yoo. His new movie The Suspect has released posters and an official trailer as it gears up for a December premiere, and it looks like all the crazy stunt work pays off. He looks BADASS.
The new action thriller from director Won Shin-yeon (Seven Days) stars Gong Yoo as an elite North Korean agent who gets abandoned by his country and loses his wife and daughter on top of it all. He ends up in South Korea, keeping his head down with a job as a designated driver, when one day he ends up framed for murder and on the run
EXO, who recently announced they will be releasing a special winter album titled “Miracle in December,” is once again making a surprise announcement!
EXO will be pre-releasing the title song of the album, also titled “Miracle in December,” early on December 5, four days before the full album release offline and online on December 9. The Korean version will be sung by D.O, Baekhyun, and Chen, while the Chinese version will be sung by Luhan, Baekhyun, and Chen. The lyrics are written by Yoon Sara. It is arranged by Don Spike.
“Miracle in December” is said to be about the sadness and longing of parted love. The “miracle” comes when the man develops the ability to fill the world with images of his parted lover, but sadly, he cannot actually bring her back
JYJ‘s Jaejoong has been killing the music charts in China.
C-JeS Entertainment said, “Kim Jaejoong has taken the number one spot in the ‘gold’ program on a Chinese music specialty channel, CCTV15. The program airs three times a week for thirty minutes, and shows the most popular Korean music. Jaejoong’s song ‘Just Another Girl’ has been number one for three weeks straight. Moreover, he’s been number one on Yinyuetai’s weekly music charts for four weeks straight.”
CCTV is a huge Chinese performance station with about 22 channels and 1,000,000,000 viewers. CCTV15 is one of those 22 channels, and relays information about a variety of music.
Jaejoong’s first solo album “WWW: Who, When, Why” was released on October 29, and has been a hit even since before its official release
Running Man: Episode 173 Recap by Drama Beans
Bellies stuffed, the cast readies themselves for a post-dinner mission on this MT (short for “membership training,” an overnight trip where schoolmates or co-workers play games, eat, and drink a-plenty) with guests Ryu Hyun-jin and Suzy.
Their task is to find (or steal) the pillows hidden in the basecamp and return to their sleeping quarters to stake their claim to one of six spots. Last week’s winnings equate to each member’s allotted time for the game, which means the Betrayal Trio only have about thirteen minutes.
Losers’ punishment: washing dishes. But at least this means everyone gets to sleep indoors? Haha: “I already assumed that I’d be on dish duty.”
Ji-hyo is lucky enough to find one right away, and how cute is Suzy stopping to snap a photo of a stray goose after she finds hers? Gary’s just a tad too short to reach his, an opportunity a much-taller Hyun-jin gleefully takes advantage of
EPISODE 13 RECAP
by La Petite
Se Joo walks into the meeting room, introduces himself as Miranda’s grandson who inherits her blood and money but there is one thing that cannot be inherited and that is a challenging mind. He delivers an ambitious speech of his plans for making YBS into a media station that keeps challenging itself and into a media conglomerate that is recognized worldwide.
Mi Rae tries to get a grip of herself in the ladies after getting officially rejected by Shin, Writer Bae walks in and queries her regarding her Christmas date. Meanwhile, PD Lee wakes up from his little drooling nap (yes, there is drool on the desk) and sees Se Joo looking down on him, frowning. LOL. PD Lee obviously has no idea and continues to mock Se Joo but changes tone straight away and shuns Se Joo aside when the vice director enters the office
For a recent shoot of MBC’s We Got Married, the idol couple was seen dressed up in traditional Korean wedding gowns for a marriage ceremony.
While SHINee′s Taemin and A Pink′s Son Na Eun have been virtually ′married′ for some time now, the two recently held a traditional Korean marriage ceremony for the show.
Upon seeing ‘his wife’ dressed in a traditional wedding dress, Taemin commented with a big smile, “You look like a girl from a noble family who I can’t even dare to look at!”
The couple decided to invite their friends to the wedding ceremony. Taemin chose to invite his friends since the time he was a trainee, EXO’s Kai, Su Ho, and one non-celebrity friend, while Son Na Eun decided to invite another member of A Pink, Jung Eunji.
Known as one of Taemin′s best friends, Kai decided to give a congratulations speech to the couple
Big Bang‘s Seungri had a sweet kiss scene in the Japanese drama “Yubikoi, Kimini Okuru Message.”
“Yubikoi” is about young adults and how text messaging plays in their love lives. In the drama, Seungri plays the Korean foreign student, Han Seung Ho who is staying in the home of actress Takimoto Miori‘s character, Miu. Han Seung Ho wants to message his first love in Japanese, but because his Japanese is weak, he enlists the help of Miu to write the texts. Through this relationship, the two end up falling for each other.
Seungri also shared his thoughts on his kiss scene. “Because it is my first kiss scene, I was nervous. However, Takimoto was very cool. Because this was an important scene, I thought we would practice but we got an OK quickly
Back in the summer of 2012, many fans were excited to learn about the release of Junsu’s (XIA‘s) new English single album, “Uncommitted.” The album opened a new understanding towards the singer’s ability to digest and express different musical ranges. Many have wondered about the American producer behind the English song “Uncommitted”. The question might have occurred again this past summer, when the same producer of “Uncommitted” had worked with Junsu to create the song “Incredible,” the Korean and English title song featuring Quincy Brown in Junsu’s second solo album.
American producer Bruce “Automatic” Vanderveer, CEO of InRage Entertainment, is the mastermind behind “Uncommitted” and “Incredible,” two completely opposite styled songs that managed to fit perfectly with Junsu’s vocals
Taking on some acting, Big Bang’s Seungri puckered up for his first kiss scene.
The Big Bang member is currently filming the Japanese smartphone drama Yubikoi, which will be exclusively revealed through the entertainment app, UULA.
On November 28, a still photo of Seungri acting with actress Takimoto Miori was revealed, showing the two actors kissing.
“I was really nervous because it was my first kiss scene. Before going into filming, I brushed my teeth three times,” said Seungri. “But Takimoto was so cool about it. Everything finished a lot sooner than expected, so I felt a bit unfortunate.”
In the drama, Seungri plays a Korean home stay student, who moves into Miu (Takimoto Miori)’s house.
The drama will begin on December 4.
Photo Credit: UULA
Former T-ara member Ahreum has opened up about rumors of her being sick through a series of Instagram posts.
On November 27, she posted, “I will reveal the truth behind the rumors of being sick that surrounded me. No one knows but the son that my aunt never had possessed me for a bit.”
She claimed that she is an actual person who goes through the things in the past drama, “Master’s Sun” and that she has known about the existence of ghosts since middle school. She also claims to have saved a friends life through a seance in the past.
She continued, “Ghosts are precious superstitions. When we die, we become ghosts too so why are you afraid of yourselves! Today will pass and tomorrow will come so let’s just smile and hold hands in a circle.”
Ahreum also confessed her inner pain by saying, “If I were to keep being depressed and not cool, I would have already died! Although it does hurt because I can’t die since that’s just who I am
It has been confirmed by a Korean-American news outlet that Ailee (Lee Ye Jin) did, in fact, file a police report at the Palisades Park Police Department after she was scammed into sending nude photos of herself to an alleged underwear company four years ago. A couple of weeks ago when the existence of these photos were made public, Ailee’s agency made an official statement regarding the photos of her pre-debut and also took legal action in order to find and take action against the perpetrator by hiring a U.S. lawyer.
As the photo of the Palisades Park Investigation Report shows in a report by a Korean-American news outlet, Ailee visited the police station in person on August 12, 2009 to request a formal investigation. The document shows part of Ailee’s Korean name (Lee Ye Jin)
Former “American Idol” contestant Han Hee Jun, who made it to the top 9 of the American audition show, is leaving that achievement behind and starting over as a contestant on “K-Pop Star 3.”
On November 24, Han Hee Jun appeared on SBS‘s own audition program, “K-Pop Star 3,” as a contestant and surprised everyone on the show. People did not expect to see Han Hee Jun on “K-Pop Star 3″ as he has already released an album in the U.S after gaining much popularity and support from his appearance on “American Idol.”
On challenging “K-Pop Star 3,” Han Hee Jun explained that he previously trained in Korea for two years and even auditioned for MBC’s survival audition program “The Great Birth
After getting to the Top 9 of American Idol, Han Hee Jun is starting over again, auditioning for SBS’ K-Pop Star 3.
On November 24, K-Pop Star 3 kicked off its new season with new talent as well as returning ones. Included in the bunch was Han Hee Jun, who surprised everyone by making an appearance.
Despite starting a career in the US, Han Hee Jun decided he wanted to be active in Korea, becoming a trainee for two years. But he was eliminated from MBC’s The Great Birth auditions, making him return back to America.
“But no matter how well things worked out for me, I’m a Korean person who eats Korean food, who talks about Korean, and whose first language was Korean, and yet, why don’t the Korean people know me?” said Han Hee Jun
Hyorin Vol. 1 – Love & Hate (Nov. 28)
02 One Way Love
03 Don’t Love Me
04 Stalker (feat. Mad Clown)
05 Massage feat. Dok2
07 Put on Heavy Lipstick (feat. Zico of Block B)
Purchase This Album
SISTAR’s Hyorin comes before fans as a solo artist with her debut album, “Love & Hate.” Korea’s top producers and musicians have taken part in the album such as Zico of Block B, Dok2, Kim Do Hun, and the Brave Brothers. There are a total of nine tracks in the album that are expected to blow away listeners.
2AM – Nocturne (Nov. 27)
01 Just Be Here
02 You’ll Regret It
03 The More I See You, The Prettier You Seem
04 To an Angel
05 Only You
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2AM returns after eight months with a new mini-album, “Nocturne
Running Man: Episode 172 recap by DramaBeans. Broadcast on November 17, 2013.
We pick up with last week’s hide-and-seek game against idol group EXO. With less than 20 seconds left before the switch, Jae-suk corners two idol boys in the elevator… then swiftly eliminates them both, tieing the game to 5:5.
As EXO prepares to hunt down the cast, Kwang-soo… pretends to be a mannequin? Haha. Is this the idea that nobody will notice if you hide in plain sight?
Kai heads back to his former hiding place thinking that no one would be hiding there, right? Wrong. He finds Suk-jin behind some boxes and eliminates him.
Guessing that hiding isn’t a safe tactic anymore, Kwang-soo switches places with his VJ. But his wall height is a dead giveaway, and gets promptly caught by Luhan