There has been a lot of heated discussions on who should play the lead female character of “Nodame” in the Korean remake of the hit 2006 Japanese drama “Nodame Cantabile” after YoonA of Girls’ Generation was named as one of the actresses being considered for the part. Most people are unhappy with the casting, while there are some who see the potential in the young idol/actress. The reaction was unlike any for casting news for this drama. Joo Won, Dohee, and Bae Yoon Sik have already been confirmed for the drama.
It is hard to remake such a popular drama, both a ratings and critical hit, let alone fill the shoes of an actress who has made the role so iconic. Japanese actress Ueno Juri played the role of Megumi Noda (nicknamed Nodame) when she was 20 years old, winning the ”Best Lead Actress” at the 51st Television Drama Academy Awards in Japan for her highly praised portrayal
EXO’s Xiu Min and Chen shared how they feel about getting invited to perform for the opening ceremony of 2014 Incheon Asian Games.
On July 1, a press conference was held for 2014 Incheon Asian Games in Millennium Seoul Hilton Hotel.
Xiu Min and Chen, who attended to represent EXO, stated, “We didn’t even imagine that we would be performing for the upcoming opening ceremony but we feel very honored. We want to show EXO’s awesome performance through this opportunity.”
They continued, “We’re happy to be representing Korea on a global stage. We will do our best so that not only Koreans but all Asians can become one.”
Meanwhile, the press conference was attended by chairman Kim Young Soo, chief manager Im Kwon Taek, director Jang Jin, EXO’s Xiu Min and Chen, Korean classical musician Ahn Sook Sun, violinist Richard Yongjae O’Neill, cellist Song Young Hoon
K-Drama Feature: Makjang
Love it or hate it, K-Dramas are rife with makjang
, the Korean term for over the top or ridiculous subplots and coincidences that keep the viewers tuning in week after week. A drama doesn"t have to be terrible or illogical to be makjang
, it could be extremely well-acted or tug at your heartstrings.
Despite the negative connotations, does it truly have to be a bad thing? There are some great dramas that are simply amazing to watch, but when you try and sit down to describe the plot, it seems to get, well, laughable. To wit, here are just a few entertaining dramas that have absolutely preposterous storylines (WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD):
Three brothers are separated at a very young age as a result of their parents" death. A lovely overused trope that they play up here
Boy band BEAST has uploaded a tracklist for the group’s forthcoming mini album, set to for release on June 16. The image was released on BEAST’s official Facebook page.
The album will contain a total of seven tracks, and its lead single will be titled “Good Luck.” Other songs included are “We Up,” “Dance With U,” “History,” “Sad Movie,” “Not Anymore” and “To You Tonight.”
Cube Entertainment, the talent agency which represents BEAST has been keeping fans guessing about the new comeback, recently announcing that a ballad track would be also be released ahead of the album. In addition, teaser images and two videos have also been uploaded to the Internet as fans’ anticipation continues to grow.
The new album will represent the first new material released in Korean since 2013′s “Hard to Love, How to Love” album, which contained the hit single, “Will You Be Alright?“
MBLAQ’s G.O. won the New Actor award from The Musical Awards.
The award ceremony, originally scheduled to take place on June 2, was canceled to show respect for the sunken ferry victims. Instead, the list of winners was posted on its website.
The Musical Awards celebrating its 8th anniversary this year, first launched in 2007 as the Korean adaptation of the Tony awards. G.O. is the second idol to ever receive the award, following JYJ’s Kim Junsu. G.O.’s winning of the award signifies the spotlight shed on him as the rising idol star turned musical actor.
Musical Seopyeonje starring G.O. is a project depicting the resentment and misery of Koreans based on pansori and has proven its popularity and quality by being performed for the third time
Music label AOMG CEO and artist Jay Park released his new song, “Taekwondo,” on the music streaming site SoundCloud, early morning on June 1.
The explosive rap track produced by new singer-producer GRAY runs for a total of 3 minutes and 50 seconds. The whole song is in English wherein Jay Park likens his music to the Korean martial art Taekwondo and raps about being determined and not stopping and “neva ever ever ever turning down.”
Listeners were all praises for Jay Park and his new track, commenting on his page saying, “It’s sick, man!! Beat it!,”As expected of Jay Park!,” and “dope beat!”
As of press time, it is not yet known whether the track “Taekwondo” will be in Jay Park’s new album
Sadly for fans, every year brings a new wave of Korean male celebrities who enlist to fulfill their mandatory duty of two years in the military. While many details are still unclear as of yet, there are a couple of big names who are definitely going to enlist this year, some who have already enlisted, and others who remain fuzzy, but are likely to go this year or in early 2015.
Check out the list below to keep updated on which of your favorite stars will be leaving for the army!
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Choi Jin Hyuk expressed his desire to do one more production before leaving for the army. He is currently in talks to join the Korean remake of "Fated To Love You
Producer Jung Hae Ryong explained why he thinks there are so many dramas about chaebols (the top tier of Korean society) during a press conference for his new KBS drama, “Big Man.”
During the press conference, held on April 28, Jung said that the targeting of chaebol and the recurring criticism of the economic class system shown in recent dramas reflect the current mindset of the working class.
Producer Jung expressed that the working class is constantly “waiting for new developments and questioning whether the current situation is the best,” and that there are more dramas being released that are trying to cater to such sentiment.
He also talked about how the genre of chaebol drama has started to pay more attention to details, with dramas not just telling a story of a prince falling in love, but focusing on portraying a realistic development of events instead
Former Big Mama member Lee Ji Young has released a single entitled “Miracle”. The song is the singer’s second solo release, and her first since Big Mama was officially disbanded in 2011.
The new release was made available for purchase and online streaming through a variety of Internet-based music sites at 12pm Korean time today. Music&New, the vocalist’s music agency, confirmed that both the lyrics and the music were penned by the singer herself, as was the case with many of the tracks on her debut album.
The new material is the long-awaited follow-up to Lee Ji Young’s debut “Something New”, released three years ago. The singer has remained active since then, however, mostly contributing songs for drama soundtracks, including MBC’s “Gu Family Book” and KBS’s recent “Beyond the Clouds”
If you ever wished you had a handy guide to K-Pop, a textbook for a “K-Pop 101″ if you will, then you’ll want to grab a copy of the new book, “K-Pop Now: The Korean Music Revolution.” Whether you’re new to K-Pop and could use an easy yet thorough guidebook or you’re a K-Pop veteran who needs help explaining to friends and family what K-Pop is and how awesome it is, “K-Pop Now” would be your go-to book.
“K-Pop Now” was written by Mark James Russell, a writer and K-Pop specialist who has written about the subject for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications. With his extensive connections and experience in the Korean music scene, Mark Russell is a reliable authority on what was, is, and will become K-Pop.
The book is full of useful information about K-Pop, and it features 34+ artists (males groups, female groups, and solo artists)
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
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
Lee Min Ho ranked number one as ‘2014 Asian god’ in China (as god is a term used to mean a male who seems to have perfect qualities).
According to the ‘2014 Asian god’ poll taken by Chinese entertainment press media, ddyule, between March 7 and April 6, Lee Min Ho earned 10,013,151 votes, being selected as the ‘Asian Male god.’
Kim Soo Hyun, who recently gained fame in China as the new hallyu wave star, took third place by earning 9,963,038 votes while EXO’s Kris, Lu Han, Lay and Tao also ranked their names in the second, fourth, tenth and eleventh spots, respectively.
The ‘Asian god’ poll is one of the most popular annual events in China supported by over 20 Chinese media outlets. The eleven finalists of the poll included two Korean actors, four Korean idols and five male celebs from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan
CNBlue is back in Japan with more music! Fresh from the success of their latest Korean single, “Can’t Stop,” the boys have just unveiled the music video for their upcoming Japanese release, “Truth.”
“Truth” is a pop rock track that reminds listeners of the band’s previous Japanese singles such as “One More Time” and “In My Head.” Taking off from their dapper looks in the “Can’t Stop” music video, the boys are sleek and sharp in their dark suits.
“Truth” will hit music stores on April 23. The single will come in different editions and will contain three new tracks including “Truth.” Meanwhile, the boys are currently promoting “Can’t Stop” in Korea.
Watch the music video here and follow us on Soompi for more updates!
With just a week to go before the first episode, SBS’ Angel Eyes unveiled new still cuts of Big Bang’s Seungri in uniform.
On March 31, Angel Eyes released new photos of Teddy Seo, Seungri’s character in the drama.
The first shoot took place on March 18 in Paju with the new recruitment ceremony, including Seungri’s character. Seungri easily received the okay sign from director Park Shin Woo for his flawless acting, speaking Konglish (Korean+English) mixed with a Chungchung-do accent.
Seungri plays a gyopo (Korean American) from Texas, who dreamt of being an EMT. Teddy Seo is a passionate and energetic young man, who grew up in the hands of his grandmother in Chungchung-do. He will be acting as Ku Hye Sun’s partner in the drama
A couple days ago, MBC’s “Section TV Entertainment News” aired a segment where a reporter told actress Yoon Seung Ah that she has a very small face- one that’s even smaller than actor Kang Dong Won. It is one of many features Koreans use to judge a person’s beauty and fans can easily hear reporters, the public, and even celebrities mention or gasp in awe complimenting how small one celebrity’s face can be.
I decided to compile a list of some of the smallest faces in Korean entertainment. There might be some celebrities you already know to have small faces, while there are some you probably never realized were small. I’m sure there are some more out there so please feel free to leave a comment below with additional small faces!
With his comeback coming up soon, Eric Nam, an old finalist of MBC‘s audition program “Birth of a Great Star,” just released some super cute and playful teasers, following up on the first teaser that was released on March 24.
After the release of the first teaser, there was a lot of speculation about Eric Nam’s new song, but with the addition of the two new teaser images, which look almost like an SNL parody, we’re getting a better look into the concept of the comeback. The images feature bold lettering that spells out “Making Me Crazy,” the singer posing with goofy and playful expressions against a bright, eye-catching background. We’re getting a better idea, but we’ll just have to wait and see what the Korean-American singer has in store for us!
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Guo Xue Fu revealed her initial concerns with working alongside Heechul for MBC"s "We Got Married - Global Edition" during the press conference on March 20.
She talked about how she prepared beforehand, "Because I was very nervous before coming here, I learned a little Korean from one of my members who knew how to speak it."
And then, she talked about her husband Heechul, "I worried because Heechul did not know how to speak Chinese. Also, I heard he was a very playful person so I wondered if he would bother me. It"s okay now."
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Heechul asked jokingly, "Is this a hidden camera right now? From hereon, I will really show you my scary side," making everyone laugh
Another round of stars’ responses to CN Blue’s new songs has been revealed.
SBS’s CN Blue comeback show Can’t Stop posted a video of Kim Woo Bin, Park So Hyun and ZE:A’s Kwang Hee listening to CN Blue’s new title track Can’t Stop and sharing their feedback.
“This hasn’t been released right? The beginning has a good feel to it,” started Kim Woo Bin. “It’s really good. I think they will definitely win the first place when they make their comeback.”
Park So Hyun commented, “I really didn’t expect this. It’s the style of music I like. It’s a title track that only CN Blue can pull off and I expect to get many requests for this song on my radio program.”
Finally, ZE:A’s Kwang Hee gave his response saying, “Both the melody and the lyrics have been written well
SM Entertainment and YG Entertainment have become the first entertainment companies to join the Federation of Korean Industries (FKI).
On February 11, FKI held a board meeting at the FKI Tower Conference Center in Yeouido, Seoul. During the meeting, they announced that 54 companies, including SM and YG, have been approved as members of the respected organization.
Considering that the number of new members has usually been between 8 and 9, the requirements for applying have seemingly been lowered, but despite this, SM and YG were the only entertainment companies to make the final cut, confirming that it is still challenging for firms representing the music industry to join.
SM and YG are also both listed on Korea’s stock market KOSDAQ