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2PM member snags drama role

2PM’s Hwang Chan-seong  (황 찬 성) has landed a role  in MBC’s 2013 drama “The  Secret Lovers”, which also boasts Joo  Won (주 원) and Choi  Kang-hee (최강 희) in its lineup.
The program, based on the 2009 film “7th  Grade Civil Servant” starring Kim  Ha-neul( 김 하늘) and Kang  Ji-hwan (강 지 환), revolves around the complicated love lives of secret agents in  a government agency.
Joo and Choi are the leads and will play the role  of ex-lovers who broke up never having known each others’ identities.
Hwang  Chan-seong’s character is named Gong Do-ha (공 마-하) , and as one of the top  agents, he boasts some impressive taekwondo and kendo skills and is one of  Choi’s potential love interests.
Before Hwang  Chan-seong is set to dominate the airwaves at home, the boy band member  and his group will endeavor to win over more Japanese fans with a new release  this month and a tour early next year.
On Nov. 14, 2PM will launch its fifth EP, “M asquerade”. In  addition, the group will embark on a Japanese arena tour next year starting Jan.  11.

By Carla Sunwoo

Source: Korea Joongang Daily   http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2961597



Korean Unicef chooses Kim Hye-soo

Actress Kim Hye-soo (김 혜 수) has been picked as a goodwill ambassador by the Korean
division of Unicef.  The worldwide children’s aid organization yesterday
emphasized Kim’s continuous good work and interest in looking out for children
living in poverty. She will appear in advertisements and at events.  Kim
has taken part in various initiatives and volunteer programs hosted by Unicef
Korea and has accompanied the organization abroad.  Unicef is active in
recruiting celebrities from entertainment, sports, fashion and the arts to help
promote the organization’s work. The Korean committee has selected actors Ahn
Sung-ki (안 성 기), Lee Byung-hun (이병헌) and Won Bin (원된 빈) among others as goodwill ambassadors.

Meanwhile, figure skater Kim Yu-na and conductor Chung Myung-whun are
global goodwill ambassadors, representing the organization to the whole

Kim’s current movie “The Thieves” continues to break box-office

By Carla Sunwoo

Source: Korea Joongang Daily  http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2958670



Korea Broadcasting Awards Winners Include Kim Soo-hyun and Kim Jun-hyun

Actor Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) and comedian Kim Jun Hyun (김 준 현) were both honored this year for the 39th Korea Broadcasting Awards.

The chairman of the Korea Broadcasters Association, Kim In-kyu, announced that after the round of preliminary decisions and deliberation on July 10-20th, KBS’s Hong Sa-hoon was chosen to receive the news Writer Award, and EBS’s Kim Hyung-jun for the Producer Award.

Actor Kim Soo Hyun (김수현) and comedian Kim Jun Hyun (김 준 현) both received awards on July 24th from ‘The 39th Korea Broadcasting Awards‘.

Kim Jun-hyun was honored with the Comedian Award for his roles in KBS’s “Gag Concert”. Kim Soo-hyun won the Talent Award, following his success in the drama “The Moon That Embraces The Sun”. Singer Park Wan-gyu (박 완 규) was honored with the Singer Award.

This was in addition to 24 other recipients in 24 other categories.

From this pool of people will come the winner of the ultimate Daesang Award, which will be announced on September 3rd at the Awards Ceremony at KBS Hall.

Source: KBS http://english.kbs.co.kr/Entertain/KpopNews/view.html?No=19266



Kim Myeong-min confirmed to return to TV in “The King of Dramas”

Korean actor Kim Myeong-min (김명민) has finally signed the deal to star in upcoming SBS television series, “The King of Dramas” (드라마의 제왕), says his management agency, MM Entertainment. The drama series will serve as Kim Myeong-min’s comeback project to the small screen after 4 years.

“The King of Dramas” is set against a backdrop of a broadcasting company where Kim Myeong-min plays the role of Anthony Kim, a genius CEO who is known to possess the “Midas touch” as everything that he undertakes succeeds. For him, fame and fortune are of the utmost importance. Other cast members that have yet to be named are the arrogant and difficult top actor and the warm-hearted rookie writer.

Helmed by director Hong Seong-chang (“You’re Beautiful”) and written by Jang Hang-joon (“Sign”), “The King of Dramas” will premiere in SBS in 5 November, taking over the Monday-Tuesday 9:55 p.m. timeslot previously occupied by Lee Min-ho’s “Faith”. Filming is expected to commence in September.

Meanwhile, Kim Myung Min is currently enjoying the success of his latest movie, “Deranged” that has broken 2012 box office records in Korea and is scheduled for US and Canada release on 27 July.

Source: Kim Myung Min International http://kimmyungmin-international.com/kim-myung-min-confirmed-to-return-to-tv-in-the-king-of-dramas

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Kim Hee-seon to Return to TV After 6-Year Hiatus

Kim Hee-sun

Actress Kim Hee-seon (김 희 선) is returning to TV after a six-year hiatus to star in the upcoming SBS drama “Faith”, which is scheduled to be aired in mid-August. In the drama, Kim plays the role of a plastic surgeon who is abducted by a warrior, played by heartthrob Lee Min-ho (이 민 호), and taken back 700 years in time to his era.

The Chosun Ilbo interviewed Kim about her decision to return to TV and her future plans.  “Before I got married [in 2007], I often found myself spending whole weeks in front of the cameras filming TV dramas and commercials, without even having enough time to properly study the roles I was playing”, she recalled. “So there was a lot of criticism of my poor acting skills, and I decided to take a break. I wanted to seek out roles that I liked and take part in projects that I thought were more meaningful”.  She said that as her daughter was born in January 2009, she now has more time to focus on other things and get her career back on track.

“I found that I had more time to watch TV dramas by myself, after my husband went to work and my daughter went to kindergarten. And I suddenly got this feeling that I could succeed in those kinds of roles. Then I received a phone call from several agencies asking me if I wanted to appear in a drama, so the timing was perfect”.  On her future plans, she said, “I think I was too wrapped up in the glitz and glamour of being a celebrity before, but now I want to focus on becoming a more skilled actress”.  “I also used to be too preoccupied with worrying about what other people thought of me, so I refrained from expressing my true feelings. But now I want to show more of myself. I hope I can play some villainous characters, which I have yet to do”.

Source: The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition)  http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/07/14/2012071400343.html



Celebrity Couple Ready to Donate Tissues

Choi Soo-jong (left) and Ha Hee-ra

Celebrity couple Choi Soo-jong (최수종) and Ha Hee-ra (하희라) have agreed to donate their body tissue, the Korea Organization for Sharing Tissue said on Thursday. Having applied to the Korean Organ Donor Program in April last year, the couple now also want to donate their body tissue.  “Choi Soo-jong himself called us after being told about tissue donations in America and applied to register.” A KOST spokesman said, “Choi gently declined when we asked him to give an interview, saying that his good intentions might be misunderstood.”  Tissue donors agree to donate bone, cartilage, ligaments, skin, retina, heart valves, blood vessels, and other tissue after death. While about 865,000 people have signed up as organ donors in the event of their death, only about 86,000 pledged to donate tissue. Korea thus depends on imports for about 78 percent of tissue demand.  KOST chairman Park Chang-il said, “We can only reduce dependence on imports and readily treat patients who need tissue transplants if more than 20 per 1 million people donate their tissue, but there are no more than three tissue donors per 1 million people.”

Source: The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition)  http://english.chosun.com/site/data/html_dir/2012/07/13/2012071300917.html



‘Lost’ Star Daniel Dae Kim Meets Fans in Yeosu

Daniel Dae Kim

Star of the hit TV series “Lost” on ABC, Daniel Dae Kim visited Korea as a cultural ambassador for the U.S. Pavilion at the Yeosu Expo. Even though he claims to speak Korean poorly, Kim greeted his fans with a fluent accent, unlike the character he portrayed in the TV series that ran from 2004 to 2010.  Kim was born in the southern port city of Busan and immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two. He debuted in Hollywood playing a bit part in the 1991 movie “American Shaolin” and went on to play minor roles in other movies and TV dramas.  He got his big break playing the husband of Korean actress Kim Yun-jin in “Lost” for six seasons. He is now playing one of the main characters in the remake of the hit 1960s and 70s TV show “Hawaii Five-0” on CBS. Kim recalled that he was able to perform on the global stage for the first time in his 20-year acting career due to “Lost”. “It’s also because of ‘Lost’ that I got a chance to star in ‘Hawaii Five-0’,” he added.

Kim is considered one of the most successful Korean-American actors in the U.S. But he said it was tough for him in the beginning.  He said most writers did not have Asian actors in mind when they penned scripts, so it was tough to pass auditions. When they were looking to fill Asian parts, it was still grueling because he had to compete with a multitude of Asian and Asian-American actors.  He said this heavy competition and lack of demand explains the scarcity of lead roles for Korean-American actors, with Steven Yeun in “Walking Dead” and Aaron Yoo in “Disturbia” serving as the exceptions rather than the rule.  “There are no borders when it comes to talent, so Korean filmmakers will create completely new movies that show a Korean perspective on things”, Kim said, referring to Park Chan-wook directing the upcoming Hollywood film “Stoker”, and Bong Joon-ho directing “Snow Piercer”.  He said he enjoyed watching the Korean TV dramas “Winter Sonata” and “My Name is Kim Sam-soon”, while his favorite Korean movie is Park’s revenge trilogy, including “Old Boy”.  Kim plans to serve as a promotional ambassador for the Special Olympics. He said he became interested in the Special Olympics and was recently offered a position working as a promotional ambassador for the event. He expects to have his work cut out for him when Korea hosts the competition in Pyeongchang in 2013.

Source: The Chosun Ilbo (English Edition)


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Kim Nam-gil(김 남 길) does homework he’s held back for two years

First schedule, Japanese Fan Meeting

Actor Kim Nam-gil (김 남 길) who finishes his National Service duty on the 14th, starts the engine to Hallyu. He has been getting various love calls from movies and dramas as well as other entertainment programs. However, he needs to finish an old homework first. He has to meet his Japanese fans. He couldn’t even finish the second episode of the drama “Bad Man” when he joined the military service. NHK aired the drama and was agreat hit but he wasn’t there at various events. He is going to make it up to Japanese fans once he comes out.

He is planning on meeting with fans in various forms and come back as an actor at the same time. He is thinking hard between two dramas and a movie. He is also going to star in the SBS talk show, “Go Show” hosted by Ko Hyeon-jeong (코 현 정) whom he has starred in “Queen Seon-deok” with.

Source: DongA.com http://news.donga.com/3/all/20120702/47445823/5

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Kim Hyun-joong (김 현 중) set to begin filming

After selling the rights to a drama that hasn’t even gone into production, Kim Hyun-joong (김 현 중)  is finally set to start filming “City Conquest”.  A spokesperson for the drama said Friday the first location for shooting will be in Japan, starting on July 10 and continuing about two weeks.  “The filming will take place in Nikko and Edo Wonderland in Utsunomiya. Tochigi Prefecture has kindly promised to offer its full support, no doubt as the program is one that is gathering much attention overseas”, said the spokesperson.
Nikko is a city known for its historical attractions, with many shrines and temples designated as World Heritage Sites.  Other stars to take part in the drama are Nam Goong-min (남 궁 민), Kim Seung-woo (김 승 우) and Jeong Yoo-mi (정 유 미).  Earlier, Kim and his upcoming TV show made headlines when it was announced that four locales in Asia had signed contracts to purchase rights to the drama. By signing with Japan, China, Hong Kong and Taiwan ahead of time, Kim made 11.8 billion won (about $10 million).

By Carla Sunwoo

Source: Korea Joongang Daily  http://koreajoongangdaily.joinsmsn.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2955320

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Hwang Bo-ra (황 보 라) is the comical shaman in “Arang and the Magistrate”

Hwang Bo-ra has been cast for the MBC drama “Arang and the Magistrate”.

She takes on the role of ghost Arang’s (Sin Min-ah) assistant and psychic Bang-wool. She only has part supernatural power as she can hear the ghost but can’t see it.

Hwang says, “I am wondering how to express this character as she is only half supernatural. There are many heavy accented tones in my lines since I’m a psychic but I am not used to it yet. Kim Sang-ho the producer told me not to refer to anything for the character. “Arang and the Magistrate” is truly created by us and our style”.

“Arang and the Magistrate” is a drama based on the legends of Arang about a ghost wanting to know about her death and a magistrate (Lee Joon-ki) who can see ghosts, helping her out. Produced by Kim Sang-ho-I and written by Jeong Yoon-jeong, the drama casts are Lee Joon-ki (리 준 기) , Sin Min-ah (신 민), Yeon Woo-jin (아, 연 우 진), Yoo Seung-ho (유 승 호), Kwon O-joong (권 오 중), Hwang Bo-ra (황 보 라) and more.


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