Actors Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho are leading the Hallyu wave.
The two have seen a meteoric rise in popularity in China following roles in the SBS dramas “The Heirs” and “Man from the Stars.” They are at the forefront of Hallyu’s advancement into China, which is fast becoming the new focus of Korean entertainment companies over Japan.
Kim Soo Hyun and Lee Min Ho’s popularity can be directly measured by their CF work. The two are currently competitive rivals in the Chinese CF market and can be said to be leading the industry. Companies have had to lay down extreme incentives and conduct under the table negotiations in order to sign the two actors. Competition is that intense.
Both actors currently command an appearance fee of around 2 trillion won (~USD$1
Lee Da Hae will be returning in a new drama, and the actress believes that her character will be completely different than that of Jun Ji Hyun‘s character in “Man from the Stars.” On March 27, the actress was present at the press conference for MBC’s upcoming weekend drama, “Hotel King.”
When asked if Lee Da Hae’s character in the drama will show the same clumsy personality as Jun Ji Hyun’s character Cheon Song Yi in “Man from the Stars,” Lee Da Hae clarified, “If you watch episode 1 and 2, you will understand that my character’s clumsy personality is displayed on purpose. My character is someone who has a secret due to the pain she has received from her father, so she is pretending to act clumsy and dimwitted. The character I play has a lot of emotions and many dark moments, so I had a difficult time trying to act out those emotional scenes
2AM‘s Seulong and VIXX‘s N will star in a drama together, and thankfully Seulong will be there to help out N through the filming of the drama.
On March 27, both Seulong and N were present at the press conference for MBC‘s upcoming weekend drama, “Hotel King.” During the press conference, the 2AM member stated, “When I look at N I feel like I’m looking at my past self, so it makes me want to help him and take care of him. He seems to be nervous, so I’ve tried to help him relax.”
In regards to his thoughts on N’s first drama, Seulong expressed, “When idols first starts acting they don’t know much, so it’s important to learn as much as you can from the experience. When I first started acting I learned a lot
Although he wasn’t officially a guest on the show, Kim Woo Bin surprised viewers by coming out on KBS’ Happy Together.
On March 27, Hong Seok Cheon, and other guests appeared in the ‘Bluff Special’ for Happy Together, where the actor said he had a big role in helping Kim Woo Bin come into the entertainment world.
Everyone around him on the set claimed he was lying, saying they don’t believe him and will only believe him if Kim Woo Bin actually confirms it.
Hong Seok Cheon called up Kim Woo Bin, who failed to answer.
However as the recording went on, Kim Woo Bin replied back in a test message, telling Hong Seok Cheon to call him when comfortable.
With the entire cast ready to hear Kim Woo Bin’s voice, Hong Seok Cheon called the actor, who answered with affection
Amongst heavy criticism from netizens, actor Lee Jong Suk apologized for the incident at the airport where he was captured on photo, looking very much as if he was ignoring a gift from his fan.
On March 28, the actor posted a letter of apology on his fan site, where he said, “I just finished my schedule, so I’m just now realizing what happened. First of all, I’m very very sorry for alarming everyone. It makes me sad because I feel this was in contradiction to things I’ve said and done in the past, and I’m scared that what I do now will just seem like a lie.”
He went on, “Regardless, it was completely my wrongdoing, so there’s no room for excuses, but I feel the need to say something to my fans. Because I am a main ‘product’ of our agency, there is some overprotection that I was concerned about, and there was some trouble during my schedule in Hong Kong, as well
SM released an official statement on the issue on the reports that SM Entertainment’s Lee Soo Man purchased a real estate in Los Angeles using a paper company.
Later on March 27, SM responded to the news reported through KBS by releasing statement titled ‘SM Entertainment’s official statement on KBS news report.’
SM stated, “When producer Lee Soo Man purchased real estate in Malibu along with POLEX Development, he took all the legal steps to register the real estate purchase abroad and after it was sold, he took the steps to report on the real estate disposal. At the time of acquisition, he reported on purchasing the real estate to the foreign exchange and tax authorities and transferred the fund by taking legal steps.”
It added, “Therefore, the news report claiming that he illegally transferred his wealth abroad is not true
After School"s Nana lived up to her title as the "second most beautiful face in the world" in unedited photos for "DHC
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Nana looked like the sexy girl next door in a simple white tank top with long, goddess-like hair. She kept her makeup simple as well to prove that her beauty doesn"t need any enhancements and gave a big smile to melt her chic image.
Nana is a busy bee these days with her promotions for Orange Caramel"s "Catallena" and as OnStyle"s "Style Log" MC and a fixed member on upcoming SBS reality show "Roommate".
You think someone’s popular, and then there’s Lee Min Ho popular. To put things into perspective, actor Lee Min Ho was offered 500 million won (about 470,000 USD) to make a cameo appearance in a Chinese drama. Not bad. NOT. BAD.
Hallyu contents expert Ma Seol said on the March 26 episode of SBS’s “Night of TV Entertainment,” “Lee Min Ho’s per episode pay in China is about 500 million won. But it’s to the point where if he’s not the main character, he can just do a cameo. One place even offered him 500 million won just to make cameo appearance.”
This episode of “Night of TV Entertainment” went on to shed some more light on the sheer scale of Korean drama popularity in China.
In the case of actor Kim Soo Hyun from “Man From the Stars,” one company increased their sales by 40% after using Kim Soo Hyun as a model, and for “Man From the Stars” costar Jun Ji Hyun, the clothes and accessories that she wore instantly became trending items
Meeting in the same drama again in eight years, Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae had nothing but good things to say about each other.
Lee Dong Wook and Lee Da Hae attended the press conference for MBC’s Hotel King on March 27 in Gangwon province and shared about meeting each other again in eight years.
Lee Dong Wook said, “When we filmed My Girl, we were busy with our own roles. It was my first mini series as the lead actor and Lee Da Hae was almost a new actress. Now, we can both be more considerate of each other. We’ve able to care for each other as well as for the staff members.”
“She’s very good at acting and it’s been comfortable acting with her,” said the actor. “In the beginning, there can be conflicts and disagreements. Sometimes it leads to the co-stars trying to stand out more, but there’s nothing like that with Da Hae
We are reminded once again that Lee Jong Suk is also a model as the actor posed for the British fashion and culture magazine, Dazed & Confused. The black and white preview photos showed the actor’s long arms and legs resting against the ground while staring at the camera. Although frequently seen in a fitted top, the recent photos depicted Lee Jong Suk wearing a loose, black, zip-up top that showed a bit of skin.
Whether laying down on his side or against a stool, Lee Jong Suk’s charismatic stare and comfortable pose was never lost as the actor displayed his professionalism on the set of the photoshoot.
The black and white photoshoot of Lee Jong Suk will be featured in the April issue of Dazed & Confused.
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After revealing eight confirmed members of its upcoming variety show, “Roommate,” SBS has officially announced that actor Lee Dong Wook and EXO‘s Chanyeol will round up the ten cast member team.
On March 27, SBS revealed its official line up for the highly anticipated variety show. Lee Dong Wook and Chanyeol will live with actors Shin Sung Woo, Seo Kang Joon and Park Min Woo, actress Hong Soo Hyun, After School’s Nana and 2NE1’s Park Bom, fighter Song Ga Yeon, and comedian Jo Se Ho.
“Roommate” is a variety show that will observe what goes on in a share house, a new form of accommodation that has recently gained popularity among young people
With a random Hollywood movie(?) playing in the background, Winner’s Kang Seung Yoon and Song Min Ho sang the new song Wild Boy for the Monthly Yoon Jong Shin project.
The music video was released on March 26, revealing the voices of Kang Seung Yoon and Song Min Ho who participated in the project due to Kang Seung Yoon’s close relationship with Yoon Jong Shin through Mnet’s Superstar K2.
The Monthly Yoon Jong Shin project showcases a new song written by Yoon Jong Shin and sung by a new singer every month. Previously participants include Kim Yeon Woo, Lee Sang Soon, Lee Jung, Jung Joon Il, Postino, Swings, Super Junior’s Kyuhyun, Clazziquai’s Horan, Park Jung Hyun, Jung In, and more.
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Lee Min Ho’s popularity in China is beyond what one would expect.
The March 26 broadcast of SBS’ One Night of TV Entertainment featured the popularity of Korean dramas and stars that have struck China.
Lee Min Ho started gaining popularity in the country starting with City Hunter in 2011 and caused a syndrome with The Heirs last year.
Advertisements featuring the actor can easily be spotted around Shanghai, including a street decorated with about 100 meters of Lee Min Ho′s face on both sides.
An expert in hallyu content revealed, “He was offered 500 million KRW (~460,000 USD) to act in each episode of a drama. Even if he can’t appear as the lead actor, they want him to appear as a cameo. Some places have even offered Lee Min Ho 500 million KRW to make a cameo appearance for just one day
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Actor Lee Jong Suk was spotted taking off to attend the Hugo Boss flagship store opening in Hong Kong via the Incheon International Airport, early Thursday morning on March 27.Photo credit: Newsen/Kim Chang Hyun Lee Jong Suk takes off with iced coffee in tow
Actor Lee Jong Suk was spotted taking off to attend the Hugo Boss flagship store opening in Hong Kong via the Incheon International Airport, early Thursday morning on March 27.Photo credit: Newsen/Kim Chang Hyun Lee Jong Suk jetsets in a red leather jacket and ripped jeans
Actor Lee Jong Suk was spotted taking off to attend the Hugo Boss flagship store opening in Hong Kong via the Incheon International Airport, early Thursday morning on March 27
Choi Daniel looks romantic in his unique suits that are perfect for spring time in the April issue of Ceci magazine. The first picture shows the actor laying down in an intricately patterned burgundy suit. He looks comfortable as he rests bare foot next to the heater.
Choi Daniel is man enough to wear a bright pink suit as he gives a wink to the camera in the picture below.
Compared to these eccentric suits, Choi Daniel wears a more formal and traditional suit in stills of his upcoming drama “Big Man.” He will be playing a ruthless business man for the drama.
“Big Man” will have their first episode on April 15 at 9:55PM KST on KBS2. The drama also features actors Kang Ji Hwan, Lee Da Hee and Jung So Min
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SBS has a new variety show in the works for Sunday nights, and they’re wrangling up a large cast of ten stars to headline. Among them are Lee Dong-wook (Mandate of Heaven) and Hong Soo-hyun (Would You Give Love Away), though reports are mixed about Lee Dong-wook’s availability given his drama commitments with the upcoming Hotel King, better known around these parts as My Girl 2. It’d be nice to have him back in variety on a regular basis, but for now he’s shot the first two episodes and is considering a long-term spot on the cast.
The new show, called Roommate, will be about ten celebrities shacking up together in a house. So… Real World with famous people? The thing I don’t quite get is, these people aren’t actually going to live-live in the house ’round the clock, are they? And if they’re just going to be visiting the house as roommates for one night out of the week, that doesn’t really count as living together
After School’s Jooyeon has been confirmed to be joining the cast of MBC Wednesday-Thursday drama “A New Leaf.”
According to her agency on March 26, “Jooyeon will play a friend, Lee Mi Ri, of the lead female character (Park Min Young).” Lee Mi Ri is bubbly and outspoken, shares a special connection with Kim Suk Joo (Kim Myung Min), and is expected to infuse energy to the drama.
Jooyeon had her first taste of acting in KBS 1TV’s “Smile Again,” and has followed up with roles and cameos in dramas such as “Jeon Woo Chi” and “Reply 1997.”
“A New Leaf” is about a star lawyer at a big firm who loses his memory and starts life anew. Kim Myung Min, Park Min Young, BTOB’s Minhyuk and Jooyeon have been confirmed for the drama, which is scheduled to air in mid-April, after “Cunning Single Lady
CNBLUE‘s Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jung Shin‘s rocker chic photo shoot has been revealed!
The CNBLUE drummer and bassist recently posed for the fashion magazine “Arena Homme Plus.” They shed their clean cut image that they normally carry and put on a wild, punk-rock image instead. From their hair styles, accesories, tattoos and outfits, Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jung Shin wowed fans with their transformation.
Both CNBLUE members are sporting monotone outfits and a variety of accessories such as cross earrings, funky chains, rings and bracelets. Their faux tattoos give a nice finish to their rocker/biker concept.
The photo shoot showed tone-on-tone fashion that men can comfortably wear for this spring season. The visual director of the shoot Park Man Hyun commented, “Kang Min Hyuk and Lee Jung Shin captivated the set by giving poses and showing attitude that were just as good as professional models
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8 preview nextview The stars were preoccupied with chicken, friench fries and more, and we have it all in today’s Twitter Roundup.
B.A.P’s Zelo tweeted a photo of his fresh new kicks, writing “#Nike Thank you!”
G.Na kicked it with a few friends, including 4minute’s Nam Ji Hyun, posting this photo on her Instagram on March 26.
Actor Son Ho Jun went at some chicken on the set of his upcoming movie, as he tweeted on March 26, “Waiting for filming to start.. I was hungry and just in the nick of time. I’ve been eating chicken nonstop these days.”
2AM’s Jin Woon tweeted a cheery photo with his fellow variety show costars on March 25, writing “Arrived in Dubai. Only halfway there.”
LeeSsang’s Gary ate like a champion on March 25, tweeting “One shot of french fries for my first meal
After School’s Juyeon has confirmed her appearance in MBC’s upcoming drama Reformation.
In Reformation, Juyeon will be taking the role of Lee Mi Ri, the friend of the main character Lee Ji Yoon, played by Park Min Young. Juyeon will be acting as a bright and fearless character, adding energy to the drama.
Juyeon has previously taken supporting roles in various dramas, including tvN’s Reply 1997, KBS 1TV’s Smile Donghae and more.
Reformation is about an ace lawyer living a new life after losing his memories due to an accident. The other cast members include Kim Myung Min, Park Min Young, In Gyo Jin and BTOB’s Lee Min Hyuk.
The first episode is set to air following Cunning Single Lady