Spotlight: Park Yoochun, The Successful Idol-Turned-Actor Written by Joyce On September 3, 2014
With his boyish grin and smiley eyes, one would have expected Yoochun to always stick to the role of Prince Charming in rom-coms. Compared to thrillers and melodramas, rom-coms are much easier to navigate for an actor coming from the music scene. But instead, Yoochun has taken it upon himself to challenge his abilities beyond that of a mere flower boy, by selecting projects from a variety of genres such as action thriller Three Days, melodrama Missing You, and now, the at-sea film Sea Fog.
After four years in the acting industry, our resident JYJ actor has finally made his big screen debut in Sea Fog,opposite much lauded veteran actors
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So Ji Sub visited Singapore for the first time after an overwhelming success of his recent drama, the highly acclaimed "Master"s Sun." The open press conference at City Square Mall Atrium on August 21 drew a huge crowd of avid fans and supporters from places all over the world such as China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Indonesia.
Upon his arrival, Ji Sub was all smiles as he was welcomed with defending screams from his fans. Ji Sub started the press conference by greeting the crowd and thanked them gratefully for allowing the drama "Master"s Sun" to be so well-received.
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On the character he played in "Master"s Sun", he shared it is a total opposite of who he is in real life, "I am quite reserved
K-pop Takes on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Headfirst Written by Willis On August 25, 2014
The social media fad that has swept up awareness for the ALS disease — the ice bucket challenge has been gaining major press for how many people are taking up the bucket. More recently, it has become a growing occurrence among the K-pop elite, with celebrities and idols such as Yoo Jae-suk, Siwon, and Amber all taking part in this challenge. Let’s take a look at the origin of this social media campaign for awareness and donations, and see what K-pop has to offer it.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a debilitating disease that is a part of the Motor Neuron Disease (MND) category where “control muscles undergo degeneration and die.” People with this disease are usually expected to only live for 2 to 5 years after first experiencing symptoms, and there is no known cure for it
Lee Kwang Soo recently joined in on the ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; Lou Gehrig’s disease) ice bucket challenge with the help of fellow “Running Man” member Kim Jong Kook, after he was challenged by “It’s Okay It’s Love” costar Jo In Sung. He uploaded his video on Facebook on August 20, saying that “it’s an honor to be a part of such a meaningful campaign, and I hope that through it, many will gain hope and strength.”
Kim Jong Kook then made his entrance, pouring the ice water over Lee Kwang Soo’s head. “You’re doing a good thing!” he said.
Shivering, Lee Kwang Soo challenged three more to participate: speed skater Lee Sang Hwa, actor Yoo Yeon Seok, and of course, Kim Jong Kook, who subsequently kicked Kwang Soo and grabbed him by the collar in protest
In his acting, Kim had many issues, from control of his body language to convincingly emoting the things he had to convey. However, even if slow, progress was there. Despite this, he was still in the category of idols who some would wish stopped acting, his progress at the time not being nearly impressive and fast enough to show he would be getting anywhere fast.
All of this changed with "Triangle - Drama", where Kim showed considerable improvement and a glimpse at real potential to win his place in the acting industry. Despite the dismally messy show that it was and with little help from the writing, he gave his 100% to this character and it paid off. His performance was the sole saving grace of the series. If he can now show consistency, Kim Jae-joong will be here to stay.
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Actor Kim Dae-myeong is starring in the new tvN drama "Misaeng - Drama".
He stars as Kim Dong-sik in his drama debut.
"Misaeng - Drama" is based on an original web-toon. Jang Gre (Si Wan) who put everything on the line for the game of Go, fails to make it to the pro team and is put out into the real world.
Kim Dae-myeong takes on the role of One International deputy manager. He"s trusted by his superiors and is strict to his subordinates. He respects deputy department head Oh (Lee Sung-min).
Kim Dae-myeong voice acted in the movie "The Terror Live" in July last year. He also starred in "Broken" and "The Target" continuously. This is his first drama.
His agency claims, "Kim Dae-myeong is one who can be normal and extraordinary at the same time
Seo In Guk did a very convincing job of playing the goofy high school student pretending to be a corporate executive in "High School King of Manners." He did such a good job that when you finally meet his coldhearted older brother, also played by Seo In Guk, it"s easy to believe that he is played by another actor. His body language is different. He speaks differently. Even his face seems different. Seo In Guk"s eyes are bright and expressive when he plays Min Suk but flat and emotionless when the actor plays his older brother.
Seo In Guk nailed both roles but he is not the first actor to manage two roles in the same drama.
In "Phantom," So Ji Sub plays the police detective Kim Woo Hyun. When he dies in a fire, an avenging hacker named Park Gi Young is badly burned and has plastic surgery to look like Kim Woo Hyun
Jung Ga Eun, who played a meddlesome Kingdom Mall employee in the horror rom com "The Master"s Sun," is once more the subject of dating rumors. This time the rumors say that she is dating a non-celebrity. She is allegedly dating the second oldest son of a company chairman at a small conglomerate. He is two years younger than she is. It is said that the two met in February through mutual acquaintances and have frequently been seen together, often playing golf.
According to her agency, the rumors are not true. The two did meet and play golf together but they only played once. And they are not a couple. Not yet anyway. They are just getting to know each other.
It"s not the first time that the actress, model, disc jockey and online dress mall entrepreneur has been the subject of dating rumors
Viewers who saw the episodes of "Fated To Love You" that Wang Ji Won dances in, might wonder if the drama"s producers had to use a body double. But it"s actually Wang Ji Won dancing in those scenes. She trained as a ballerina with the Royal Ballet School in England, studied dance at the Korea National University of Arts and was a member of the Korea National Ballet in 2009.
She did not start acting until 2012 when she appeared as Kim So Yeon"s frenemy in "I Need Romance 3."
Many k-drama actors began their careers as singer or models. But Wang Ji Won is one of the few actors who really had no idea they would become entertainers.
Lee Jin Wook, who will play a prince in the upcoming drama "Three Musketeers," attended college with a view toward becoming an engineer
The "Infinity Challenge" cast will reportedly team up with the producer team that seems to be everywhere these days, Duble Sidekick, for their cheering song for the "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil
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Multiple broadcast insiders told Sports Seoul on May 28 that in light of Gil"s drunk driving incident, his cheering song will be substituted with Duble Sidekick"s: "The "Infinity Challenge" members" "World Cup" cheering song "Victory", which was composed by Gil, was substituted with Duble Sidekick"s song... The recording was recently completed, but the song title has not been decided yet."
The cheering song, created by Duble Sidekick, will be played during South Korea"s match against Russia and Algeria during the "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil"
Kim Jong Kook, who has been under a one-client agency, has signed with the subsidiary of "Running Man"s production company Urban Works Media
, Urban Works Ent.
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Urban Works Ent. stated on May 8, "Kim Jong Kook has decided to join Urban Works Ent. to work under better conditions under the condition that there is no contract fee and he would be able to work with his original agency staff."
"Starting with his activities "Running Man", "Asia Fan Meeting", "Strength of Love Public Concert", and more, Kim Jong Kook signed with us based on the trust that he established with Urban Works Media... With the recruitment of Kim Jong Kook and Soya into Urban Works Ent., which used to be primarily an actor management agency, we will newly establish a music business, and we plan to recruit more artists in the future
"s newest singer Eddy Kim
has been on a role lately, dropping three MVs for his mini album "The Manual
" as well as promoting on music shows. In an interview with 1totheK
, he reveals even more details about himself.
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A self-proclaimed "Push & Pull" novice, Eddy Kim is actually a sweet and calm guy. However, underneath his warmness are 6-pack abs of steal which he shyly shows during the interview.
In addition, Eddy explains that he wants to be an all-around entertainer, sings the acoustic version of "Push & Pull" live, plus tells the story behind how he received pocket money from actor Oh Kwang Rok.
Find out all that and more in the above video with English subtitles
Many actors and actresses dream of walking the Hollywood red carpet, and it has become a reality for actress Soo Hyun Kim.
Actress Soo Hyun (Claudia) Kim, who was cast for the new Hollywood film “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” stepped onto the Hollywood red carpet for her first official schedule as a member of the Avengers cast.
On March 14, she posted on her Twitter, “It’s actually happening..!” with a photo of herself posing for the press at the premiere of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” in Los Angeles. She was invited to the premiere as a member of the cast of the upcoming Avengers film, in which she will star next to big names such as Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson
In an earlier episode of KBS2TV’s “1 Night, 2 Days,” the members expressed their New Year resolutions for 2014. Among the goals, actor Kim Joo Hyuk had said that he wanted to quit smoking in 2014, stirring agreements from the other members. However, the members never would have thought that a future episode would require them to film for two full days without smoking. The March 9 episode of “1 Night, 2 Day” followed the members on a no-smoking trip, with each member being closely monitored, even being followed by a staff to the restroom. Out of all six members, actor Cha Tae Hyun was the only one who did not smoke; thus to be able to fairly implement the rules for the next two days, the actor’s friend and smoker, singer Hong Kyung Min, became a special guest for the no-smoking episodes. So what were the rules? The members were not allowed to smoke, and if they were caught smoking, they would have to fully submerge in to the icy cold ocean water
Jewelry band "Stonehenge" released a picture from their new advertisement featuring actress Shin Min Ah. In it, she looks like a happy bride excited for her wedding day as she smiles prettily at the camera while holding a bouquet.
A rep from "Stonehenge" said, "This year, we plan on turning a new leaf to become a more expressive jewelry brand with the help of Shin Min Ah. In anticipation for the full-scale wedding season, we"ve prepared a variety of promotions with substance."
Shin Min Ah, meanwhile, will be playing the wife of actor Jo Jung Suk for their upcoming movie "My Love, My Bride."
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On March 5, The Walt Disney Company Korea revealed that actor Soo Hyun (Claudia) Kim has been confirmed for the Avengers sequel, “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” As her first official schedule since joining the cast of the film, Soo Hyun will attend the global premiere of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” in Los Angeles on March 13.
On landing the Hollywood film, Soo Hyun posted on her Twitter, “After a long wait, I’m so happy to be back with great news. I have a lot to do ahead of me, but for now, the words ‘Welcome to the Marvel Universe’ are amazing and kind of overwhelming. I was a fan of Marvel Comics, and if you really like something, looks like fate can make it happen.”
On Soo Hyun’s role in the film, other than that the actress has a substantial supporting role, Marvel Studios has yet to say anything
Actor So Ji Sub recently held a interview and photo shoot session with fashion magazine @Star1. He confirmed that he intends to keep his promise to make an appearance on MBC’s variety program “Infinity Challenge.”
It had been last year when the actor had a rendezvous with the “Infinity Challenge” cast members as they tried to invite him for the show’s “Introducing My Lonely Friends” special. The actor revealed he plans to keep his promise to appear on the show and said, “I didn’t make the promise just for show, so I’ll do it.”
So Ji Sub said during his interview, “I like slapstick comedy. I want to show some of my moves if I’m invited on the show. I promised I would go on the show, so as long as the concept is right, I’ll keep my promise.”
In connection to other variety shows, the actor said, “I think going on other variety shows other than ‘Infinity Challenge’ would be difficult, but I will take them into consideration
Si Ji Sub made a promise to appear on Inifinity Challenge again.
During a recent interview with star fashion magazine @star1, So Ji Sub talked about showing the ‘slap on the face’ gag when he attendedInifinity Challenge.
“I didn’t go on the show to pose like an actor, so that’s why I did those things,” said the actor. “I like slapstick comedy,so I think I will do the same thing when I go on the show again. If they invite me again this year, and the concept matches, then I will keep my promise to go on the show.”
He also confessed, “I don’t think I can go on any variety show other than Infinity Challenge. Usually when I go on a variety show, I feel like it’s not my place to be there.”
Meanwhile, Si Ji Sub’s photo shoot along with the interview were included in the February issue of @star1, which was released on January 21
Featuring rare variety appearances, MBC’ Infinity Challenge stole the spotlight during the weekend.
On December 14’s episode of Infinity Challenge, the cast members went off to find lonely friends for their ‘Introducing Lonely Friends’ holiday party.
While the members visited many of their single friends, the two that stood out were So Ji Sub and Lee Dong Wook, who rarely appear on variety programs. The two caught on immediately when Yoo Jae Suk, Noh Hong Chul, and Jung Jun Ha asked if they were lonely. Both actors claimed that they were not lonely but were forced to take an invitation.
Unfortunately, it looks like So Ji Sub and Lee Dong Wook will not be attending the ‘Introducing Lonely Friends’ party due to prior schedules, and because they are not lonely - whatever that means
Actors So Ji Sub and Lee Dong Wook showed different sides of their personalities as they appeared as guests on a special episode of the variety show “Infinity Challenge” titled “Introducing My Lonely Friends” that aired on December 14. On this episode, the hosts invited guests who they thought would most likely be lonely during the holidays.
Host Jeong Jun Ha first went to find So Ji Sub, so he gave the actor a call. So Ji Sup arrived to meet the hosts, and one of the first thing he said was “I’m not lonely. I’m never lonely.” The hosts laughed at this, as no one had questioned him if he was lonely or not. So Ji Sub would also do Macaulay Culkin impressions with Jeong Jun Ha and would be slapped by Noh Hong Chul in the episode