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Park Shin Hye revealed to have donated $48,000 for Sewol ferry tragedy relief

By in News posted Oct April 23rd, 2014 No comments
It"s been belatedly revealed that Park Shin Hye donated 50 million won (~$48,100 USD) to relief for the Sewol ferry tragedy.


SEE ALSO: Park Shin Hye revealed to have had a difficult time during the Lotte Duty Free event



A rep from Hope Bridge Nationwide Disaster Relief Association, an NGO acknowledged by the South Korean government for disaster relief, told Newsen about the generous donation on April 23, "Park Shin Hye sent the money to Hope Bridge Nationwide Disaster Relief Association"s collection account in her name, but we didn"t know it was the celebrity Park Shin Hye at first. We later found out. A manager from her agency did not let us know she donated. I think they didn"t want it to be known." 

S.A.LT Entertainment also stated that like the rest of the nation, Park Shin Hye was very saddened by the tragedy and decided to donate on her own

‘K-Pop Star’ Contestant Han Hee Jun Donates 10 Million Won to Sewol Tragedy

By in News posted Oct April 23rd, 2014 No comments

SBS ‘K-Pop Star’s Han Hee Jun has joined in on the continuous donations.

Han Hee Jun gained much attention after rising to the Top 6 in the recently concluded K-Pop Star season 3. He especially touched the hearts of many viewers byshowing his many efforts to let go of his American Idol title and meet eye-to-eye with the Korean audience.

In all of this, Han Hee Jun has moved the public once again. He has donated 10 million won to the families of the victims in the Sewol sinking accident, as well as canceled his April 19 fanmeeting to pay his respects to the victims.

Han Hee Jun’s US agency spoke with Newsen on April 23, saying, “Han Hee Jun donated 10 million won to the families of victims.”

“The donation is a collection of the money from Han Hee Jun’s appearance fees and profits from events

BoA on Acting and Her First Film, “Make Your Move”: “I Want to Build My Filmography and Grow as an Actor”

By in News posted Oct April 21st, 2014 No comments

In a recent interview with Daily Sports, BoA opened up about her first major acting stint in the Hollywood film “Make Your Move.”

-Because you speak English well, it seems the movie dialogue would’ve been pretty easy for you.

“It was actually really hard. There’s every-day English, and there’s script English. Not only does the pronunciation have to be accurate, the emotion has to be there, too. There was also a lot of pressure because previous Korean actors who did Hollywood movies were very good at English. I thought that at the very least I should have a command of English such that I’m not embarrassed. Before filming, I even had pronunciation lessons.”

-You must’ve felt a lot of pressure because your film debut was through Hollywood

BoA Was Startled By Paparazzi When She Filmed Kiss Scene On Street

By in News posted Oct April 20th, 2014 No comments

With her first Hollywood film Make Your Move about to premiere, BoA shared her thoughts on having starred in her first film.

In a recent interview with Newsen, BoA said, “Even though I showed my acting previously through KBS 2TV’s Looking Forward to Romance, my actually first project is Make Your Move. So my first kiss scene was not with Im Si Wan, but was with Derek Hough.”

She continued, “Before I started filming I received some acting lessons. I took them with Derek Hough. So we ended up practicing the kiss scene once, because the teacher asked us to. Practice definitely made a difference. So I wasn’t too nervous during filming. I was more distracted by many things.”

“You’ll see in the movie that Derek Hough and I have a kiss scene on the street

The number of Korean moviegoers drop severely in light of the Sewol incident

By in News posted Oct April 20th, 2014 No comments
The Sewol sinking has hit the movie industry as well.
The number of moviegoers on Saturday the 19th, as compared to previous weekends and previous years, has been cut severely. Last week on the 12th, almost 500,000 people were watching movies, including Hollywood movies such as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and Korean movies such as "Wandering Blade". The number is already small, because "Captain America" has been out for some time, and April is not the peak season for movies.

SEE ALSO: Suspension of variety programs and dramas to continue throughout the weekend


However, this week the numbers dropped even more. Moviegoers watching "Captain America" has dropped by about half, with the same happening for "Wandering Blade". The total number of moviegoers reached a little over 330,000, about half of the number of moviegoers compared to the same period in previous years, and a severe drop compared to last week as well

Celebrity Chatter of the Week – IU, Lee Seung Gi, and More

By in News posted Oct April 20th, 2014 No comments
preview nextview 1/7 preview nextview It was a roller coaster kind of week with so many up and down events with words that made us hold our stomachs in laughter as well as swallow our tears in grief.

Check out what happened in this week′s Celebrity Chatter.


”I really like it. I really like that feeling of having a crush. It’s not important whether or not he accepts my heart, but I was happy to have someone to like this much.”

IU shocked a large male population when she said on radio that she actually confessed to her crush in 2013. Although she wouldn’t reveal what the results were, IU seemed fairly satisfied with just the feelings of having a crush.


”I wanted to run away multiple times a day.”

Who knew that Lee Seung Gi was experiencing the lowest point of his career as an MC on SBS’ Strong Heart

BoA’s “Make Your Move” Movie Review and Premiere Coverage

By in News posted Oct April 19th, 2014 No comments

Soompi covers BoA’s highly anticipated “Make Your Move” featuring “Dancing with the Stars” dancer Derek Hough!

Certainly without a dull moment, “Make Your Move” kicks off high energy, never once missing a chance to showcase its overwhelmingly talented stars. With a starkly different image than that of her old school idol persona, BoA plays an independent, adventurous, and effortlessly sexy Aya, a Zainichi Korean woman set on following her dreams with her fusion hip-hop Taiko group COBU. It is when Donny, played by Derek Hough, shows up and takes her head on in a club tap dancing battle that her world is pulled asunder. “Make Your Move” is a modern-day Romeo & Juliet (but much happier and definitely not sleep-inducing), jam packed with familial drama, intricate dance sequences, and a soundtrack appealing to all audiences

8 Artists with that ‘Unique Voice’

By in News posted Oct April 19th, 2014 No comments

Korea is completely inundated with singers from the pretty idols and talented dancers to the indie artists and OST stars. However, amongthe Korean artists I know, the names that immediately flood my head when I hearthe phrase "unique voice" form a much shorter list. Much like the "it factor", it"s a bit hard to quantify but when you hear it, you just know that there"s something special there.


Keepin mind that this list is solely based on my opinion and the artists are who I deem to have unique voices. Also, I"mlimited to the scope of artists that I"ve been exposed to so I apologize in advance for notincluding your favorite artist!


Kim Yoon Ah

Let"sstart with Kim Yoon Ah. If you don"t know already, Kim Yoon Ah is the leadsinger of alternative rock band Jaurim

BoA reveals how she was cast for ‘Make Your Move’ and compares singing and acting

By in News posted Oct April 19th, 2014 No comments
BoA, who made her debut at the young age of 13 and will be turning 29 (Korean age) this year, opened up about her recent transition into an actress.


SEE ALSO: BoA cancels interviews and VIP premiere of "Make Your Move" in light of the tragic ship incident


BoA revealed that she had no plans on being an actress until she was suddenly handed the opportunity to star in "Make Your Move", "When I was busy with my singing career, the director came all the way to Japan and handed me a script. He saw my video on YouTube and thought that it would be good if I pay the lead role of Aya. I was also suspicious and thought, "Why a movie suddenly?" I have a lot of similarities with the character and her love for dancing, so I accepted it to show a lot of things through the movie. It started out as a dance movie, but it opened my eyes to acting

2014 Summer Internships Now Available!

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments
Summer 2014 Internship

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If you"re looking to expand your resume and interested in the Entertainment Media Field, we"re looking for interns to join our staff for the Summer of 2014. If you are a responsible individual who is able to work independently and possess strong communications skills, then we want you!


- Must be able to intern out of our Edgewater, New Jersey office.


The following internships are available:

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Under the guidance of our Senior Editor, Associate Journalists will research and create hip, funny and interesting content

Heo Jae Hyuk Apologizes for Instagram Photo, Claims He Did Not Know About Ferry Accident

By in News posted Oct April 17th, 2014 No comments

Model Heo Jae Hyuk recently became the center of heavy criticism from netizens with his recent post on Instagram. At 12:20 AM on April 17, the model posted a photo on Instagram of someone holding his breath in a tub full of water, fully clothed in black, with the caption, “A fun game.”

This was less than a day after the sinking of the Korean ferry off the southern coast of South Korea, which happened on the morning of April 16. Currently, 9 passengers have been reported dead with 179 rescued and 287 still missing. Upon receiving heavy criticism, the model deleted the photo, and posted an explanation on his Twitter and Facebook. He said, “It has been less than three months since I’ve come up to Seoul. While I’m living in Sangsu-dong, I don’t have a computer or a TV, so I didn’t have the chance to see the news

RELIVE IT: B.A.P Live on Earth 2014: New York

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments
On April 13th, the B.A.P boys touched down in New York for their 2nd ever concert in the Big Apple!


One of the staff members told me that there were girls waiting overnight, and I know some people who were there from the crack of dawn to see their boys up close. The doors opened at 6:30, and fans poured into the Best Buy Theater to get as close as they could.


Sadly enough, with so little space to breathe and move comfortably, I saw one girl getting carried out even before the concert started. Throughout the concert, the crowd had to part here and there to allow room for various girls to get carried out. All this even though the staff did their best to cool the audience down by fanning them, cranking up the AC, spraying them with cool water, and handing out water bottles continuously

Kara to Hold its First Fanmeeting After Member Departures

By in News posted Oct April 16th, 2014 No comments

With three members remaining, Kara’s Park Gyuri, Han Seung Yeon, and Goo Hara will hold an official fanmeeting.

After about five months, Kara will have its first official activity with the third anniversary fanmeeting, Kamilia Day, with Kara’s fanclub. The fanmeeting will take place on May 25 at the Bluesquare Samsung Card Hall in Seoul, and on June 1 at the Budokan in Japan.

As this is the first official activity after Nicole and Kang Ji Young’s departure from the group, the remaining Kara members plan on having an honest talk with their fans first at the fanmeeting. Especially since Kara is a group loved in Japan as well, the fanmeeting was organized for both countries.

Through this fanmeeting, Kara will have several programs and events planned out. The members will also express their gratitude towards the fans, who have stuck by Kara during this difficult period

Lim Kim and The Black Skirts Confirmed as New DJs for “After Club”

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

SBS Power FM radio program “After Club” earned two new DJs after the company’s spring reshuffle.

The two new DJs are none other than refreshing vocals Lim Kim and indie modern rock representative The Black Skirts.

Regarding the new position, Lim Kim shared, “I listened to the radio since I was very young so I even thought about hosting my own show. I’m really looking forward to ‘After Club’ since the program is pretty lax where one can freely interact with the listeners.”

Singer-songwriter The Black Skirts (Korean name: Jo Hyu Ill) stated, “It’s great that ‘After Club’ has seven different DJs with their own styles.”

“After School” is a radio program that uses music as its basis and has seven different DJs with different backgrounds from hip hop, electronica, rock, world music, among other genres

Pianist Yiruma Receives Standing Ovation During Sold-Out Concert in Singapore

By in News posted Oct April 15th, 2014 No comments

Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!

The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.

“Hi Singapore, hi everyone. Wow! This is really wonderful, it’s very scary. It’s scary, but it’s very exciting to be here in Singapore. Are there any Koreans here? Annyeonghaseyo! I’m composer and pianist Yiruma, it’s so nice to meet you. Thank You!”

“Xie xie (Thank you, in Mandarin), I started with the song called ‘May Be

Soompi K-Pop Dance Madness: And the Champion Is…

By in News posted Oct April 13th, 2014 No comments

And the battle is over! After a long and heated match between GOT7′s Mark and EXO’s Lay, the champion of Soompi K-Pop Dance Madness was finally crowned… and that winner is Lay. Congratulations to Lay and all EXO fans!

It was not a game without hiccups: A slew of spam votes contaminated the poll results early on, winding up in a 95-to-5 score in favor of Lay. In fact, we received so much spam that it shut down the poll, rendering everyone unable to vote. In the end, we started over from scratch, opening a 24-hour lightning round to decide the winner. Without the influx of spam, we could see a less dramatic but consistent pattern, and in the end, EXO-M’s main dancer walked away with a clean 68% of the votes.

We began this contest to see which idol might be considered by most to be the best K-Pop dancer, knowing that the definition of “best” would be somewhat subjective

Actor Jung Suk Won Resolves Legal Issues with Ex-Agency

By in News posted Oct April 12th, 2014 No comments

Actor Jung Suk Won and his former agency have finally put an end to their legal battles, having reached an agreement regarding Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. The issue has been ongoing since last September.

In an exclusive report by news media outlet, Ohmynews, actor Jung Suk Won has finally negotiated an agreement with his ex-agency, Foresta Entertainment, in regards to Jung Suk Won’s request to leave the agency. Jung Suk Won had been with the agency since 2007 but began to have clashes in opinion about how best to proceed in the future. The disagreement culminated with Jung Suk Wow officially filling a contract cancellation request with the agency. The conflict was initially referred to the Korean Entertainment Management Association’s Ethical Justice Arbitration Committee, with the case eventually being handled by the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board under request from Jung Suk Won’s representatives

Yeo Jin Goo’s contract for ‘Kwon Bob’ terminated and Kim Soo Hyun also rejects role for the film

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments

Kim Soo Hyun has rejected the role for upcoming movie "Kwon Bob (Martial Arts)" following controversy about the production company"s sudden termination of their contract with Yeo Jin Goo for the role in question.


SEE ALSO: Yeo Jin Goo to star as the lead in Korean-Chinese project film "Martial Arts"


Yeo Jin Goo"s agency rep revealed that the actor"s contract had been suddenly nullified by the movie"s production company: "We were notified of the cancellation of our contract by the movie production company reps... Before he is an actor, Yeo Jin Hoo is a minor and a student. We hope that he doesn"t get hurt by this."


The sudden contract cancellation led to backlash by netizens and it was revealed that the movie production company reps offered the role in question to Kim Soo Hyun, who rejected the casting offer due to the sensitive nature of the situation

Kim Soo Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo Involved in Controversy About Casting for “Kwon Bob” Movie

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments

Earlier this year, actor Yeo Jin Goo was confirmed as the lead role in the large-scale $2 million-budget sci-fi fantasy film “Kwon Bob” (aka Martial Arts). However, a controversy has arisen concerning the distributor, CJ E&M, who offered actor Kim Soo Hyun the lead role while in the state of already having signed with Yeo Jin Goo, in conjunction with talks about Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the role.

A high-ranking official from Yeo Jin Goo’s agency said, “On the afternoon that the news on Yeo Jin Goo stepping down from the film was released, we met with the production company and decided to step down. If they had cancelled the contract before offering the role to another actor, we wouldn’t have been this upset. This was a huge blow to the young actor who has yet to even come of age

New Travel Guide Book “Oppa! Take Me to Korea!”

By in News posted Oct April 11th, 2014 No comments
Travel guide author Littlemisshoo has recently released her second book “Oppa! Take Me to Korea!” after achieving great success to her first book titled “Travel to Korea in KPOP/KDRAMA Style”. K-Drama fans who plan on visiting Korea for filming locations will not only find comprehensive information in the book but also photos and easy-to-follow maps.

Some of the locations listed in this new guide includes Café Illuso, which was featured in the drama “That Winter, The Wind Blows,” the shopping mall in “Master’s Sun,” and the fried chicken shop opened by Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young)’s mother in “I Hear Your Voice,” just to name a few.

 Many scenes in “Love Rain” were shot in Daegu.

Plan a trip to scenic Jeju easily with this guide book