[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office 2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25 2012/11/25, HanCinema's Korean Box Office Review (2012.11.23 ~ 2012.11.25)
"Breaking Dawn: Part 2" once again struggle to surpass Jo Sung-hee's popular fantasy drama "A Werewolf Boy" as the battle for supernatural supremacy continued at the box office. "A Werewolf Boy" claimed some 550 880 admissions, and only narrowly dodged the big Hollywood hit which itself claimed 468, 965. Still admissions were lower this week with both these two powerhouses attracting half of what the weekend of the 24th bestowed upon them. Jo Sung-hee's film is also on the verge of overtaking "The Dark Knight Rises" as the fourth highest grossing film released in Korea this year. The latest Batman scored 6,396,528 admissions and currently "A Werewolf Boy" has stormed to 6,015,700 since its release at the end of last month,...More
Choi Soo-jong, Park Joo-mi Injured While Shooting Drama 2012/10/26, Source, Choi Soo-jong(left) and Park Joo-mi
Actor Choi Soo-jong fell off a horse and ruptured his right shoulder ligament while shooting a KBS historical drama in Gyeongju, North Gyeongsang Province on Wednesday. Choi's agency announced the news the following day, saying he "is still shooting the drama while receiving injections to kill the pain. But the battle scenes may have to be delayed as his shoulder is swollen to the extent that he can hardly even raise a sword,...More
[Guest Post] Top 4 Korean Actors on Television 2012/09/21,
Korean television is home to some of the most gifted actors in the world. Korean dramas, in particular, tend to put on display some of the best talents. And for those who want to watch Korean programming but live in the US, Direct TV offers international programming packages so you can watch the best shows and the top 4 Korean television actors,...More
The entertainment business: a statistical analysis of what happens after stars find trouble 2012/02/19, Source,
A mother with a large brood never has a peaceful day. It's the same for the entertainment business. There are drugs, drunk driving, violence, gambling, education fraud and more. The patterns for those stars who find themselves in trouble are similar. They take some time of to self reflect and return.
The period of self reflection differs according to the severity of the problem and the star's profession. Drunk driving can be seen as needing the shortest period of self reflection. The average turned out to be only about 6.6 months. Drug cases take more than 20 months to recover from. Only after about two years could stars come out in front of fans with their heads down,...More
Learn Which Residential Areas Are Hot Among The Stars 2011/05/11, Source,
The lives of celebrities never fail to intrigue the regular Joes out there. Much attention is paid to what they do, who they date, and where they live. Being that celebrities tend to seek out homes that are appropriate for their higher salaries in quiet neighborhoods where they can live out their private lives in peace, many coincidentally flock to the same buildings or areas.
For example, two very famous Korean star couples live in the same luxury-style villa in Samsung-dong of Seoul: comedian Lee Hwi-jae and his wife, and Korea's Brangelina, Jang Dong-gun and Ko So-young. Jang and Ko moved into Lee's building last April to live right beneath him. There are rumors that the two couples get together often due to their shared love for baseball,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "PRESIDENT" 2010/12/10, Source,
From left, KBS TV series "President" cast members Jay, Ha Hee-ra, Wang Ji-hye, Ha Hee-ra, Sungmin, Choi Soo-jong. [KBS]
"SBS TV series 'Daemul - Big Thing' bothers you, right?" This was the first question the production team for KBS drama "President" received at a press conference held ahead of the drama's premiere on December 15. It was not that hard to guess that question would come up sooner or later. After all, both dramas are about politics with both main characters striving to become presidents and to top it off, they will air on same day and time slot. This practically stole attention to the fact that it will be the first time in 19 years that actor Choi Soo-jong and actress Ha Hee-ra, married in real life, have come together as couple in the upcoming show as well, as president and the first lady, to be more precise. But Choi, who will play the role of Jang Il-joon assures that the two dramas "are entirely different dramas". So how will the two differ? "Daemul - Big Thing" versus "President" and President Seo Hye-rim (Ko Hyun-jung) versus President Jang Il-joon. Which candidate gets chosen will be up to the voters, no, the TV viewers,...More
Star couple shows presidential life 2010/12/10, Source,
Actor Choi Soo-jong, left, and his wife, actress Ha Hee-ra
By Han Sang-hee
The evening news these days has been quite a show, literally, with politicians throwing fists and chairs at one another regarding next year's budget. While it seems as if television doesn't need any more political drama, a new soap on KBS is aiming to captivate viewers with the man in the middle of the political chaos, discussion and controversy: the president,...More
Drama Tackles 'Presidency' 2010/08/26, Source,
A drama is about to tackle the topic of the presidency.
Korean dramas about politics and historical stories had featured the president mainly as a background character so far, but these days the president has been the protagonist of a few mini-series dramas in a row, and the president has suddenly stood out as a "popular job" in dramas.
SBS TV's new drama "Daemul - Big Thing", which will begin airing from October, and KBS 2TV's new drama "President", which will begin airing from December, are stories of politicians who run for the presidency. Both dramas will focus on the process to run for the presidency, and the stories happening after being elected as the president will be unfolded as well,...More
Choi Soo-jong: 'I Fight War Every Week' 2010/06/10, Source, Choi Soo-jong: "As I am filming a war drama, I have to fight a war every week and there are always battles. And because the actors have to fight for their lives in many battle scenes, I am always acting desperately".
Actor Choi Soo-jong is coming back to TV dramas as squad commander Lee Hyun Joong in the remake drama "Comrades", which was loved nationwide in the 1970s. During the production presentation held at KBS International Conference Hall on June 9, Choi Soo-jong said, "When we filmed a battle scene in which shells are bursting and bullets are flying, it was very frightening,...More
The Korean War (1950-53) has unfortunately been dubbed "The Forgotten War" overseas, but for Koreans the deep scar it left behind is still sorely fel,...More
"Korean Ghost Stories" wins gold at New York Festivals 2010/05/06, Source,
Korean director Kim Jung-min at the New York Festivals [KBS] KBS TV series "Korean Ghost Stories - The Curse of the Saijin Sword" has won top honors at the 2010 New York Festivals - Television & Film Awards, according to a press release from KBS on Thursday.
The festival which opened at the American Airlines Theatre in Manhattan of New York on Monday, revealed that the series won the gold world medal under the category of TV Movie/Drama Special,...More
Kim Nam-gil to visit Japan for charity event next month 2010/03/30, Source,
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Kim Nam-gil will be visiting Japan next month to appear at the 3rd "Korea-Japan Friendship Festa", according to his agency Star J. Entertainment on Tuesday.
Star J. explained in a press release that the actor has recently decided to appear for free on the show, which celebrates the 45 years of normalization of diplomatic relations between the two countries,...More
The tiger may well be Korea's most beloved animal throughout its history. The country was once dubbed the "nation of tigers" as it has mountainous areas that provi,...More
Korean Guidebooks Available at Natural History Museum in New York 2009/07/24, Source, A Korean-language guidebook will be available to visitors of the American Museum of Natural History in New York from Aug. 1. Seo Kyoung-duk, a visiting professor at Sungshin Women's University said the museum decided to provide the 50,000 guidebooks in a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary,...More
The late actress Choi Jin-sil, 40, was a quintessential star whose girl-next-door image had once elevated h,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Go Ara, Swiss friend! 2008/08/19, Source, Actress Go Ara has been appointed as the '5th Swiss Friend' to promote friendly relations between the two nations.
Swiss Ambassador Christian Hauswirth was at the ceremony appointing the actress for amity between Swiss and Korea.,...More
New KBS horror series fails to frighten 2008/08/06, Source, There is nothing like a bit of hair-raising horror to chill a hot summer night. KBS' latest series "Korean Ghost Stories" - a spin-off of the cult classic of the same name - promised to bring audiences a bit of bone-chilling relief from the heat. But it looks like the new series may disappoint.
His entertainment company, Soft Land, has revealed on the 27th, ",...More
Stars circle back to theater spotlight 2008/02/18, Source, Last year, a number of successful male actors returned to the stage after spending years on both the small and big screens. The list of actors who returned to the theater includes Choi Min-sik, a veteran actor who garnered international acclai,...More
The blockbuster film "D-War" topped the nation's No. 1 search engine Naver's most searched keyword list again last week, showing that people are still interested in the monster movie 26 days after its release. ,...More
Children Come First for 'Gangnam Mother' 2007/07/27, Source, Hyeon Min-ju is the main character in the SBS soap "Catch a Gangnam Mother". She comes from Seoul's affluent Gangnam area, south of the Han River, but she accompanies men at a bar in heavy make-up and a miniskirt to earn money to send her son to private tutoring institutes. Working at a hostess bar,...More
One of the most conspicuous phenomena of 2006 was the "going-solo" trend among former boy band and girl band members. In fact, this year's K-pop scene has been crowded with what seems like an endless procession of "first solo albums".
Seoul will hold its first international television drama awards festival on Aug. 29.
The first Seoul Drama Awards (SDA) will be organized by the Korean Broadcasters Associations (KBA) and sponsored by the nation's major broadcasters _ KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS _ a,...More
Big-budget historical dramas popular 2006/07/10, Source, Seoul Broadcasting System's epic drama "Yeongaesomun" garnered over 20 percent of viewing rate Saturday with its first episode that depicted the historical battle between Goguryeo (37 B.C.-A.D. 668) and China's Tang Dynasty (618-907) at Ansi Castle.
This is the first of 100 episodes that will dra,...More
Foreign Correspondents to Visit KBS's Drama Production Center 2005/04/12, Source, Members of the Seoul Foreign Correspondents Club will visit KBS's Drama Production Center in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on the afternoon of Apr. 12. The foreign correspondents' visit to the KBS's drama production center has been arranged to allow them to cover a Korean television drama whose genre has,...More
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