[HanCinema's Idol Actors] Ham Eun-jeong and Yoona 2014/06/21, Ham Eun-jeong
Idols who go into acting often have limited choices to begin with. Smaller roles, music-related roles and other less challenging ones. Ham Eun-jeong has had a few drama and movie parts in the 9 years she has been working as an actress and having had the chance to act in different genres and roles, her skills have matured nicely due to that variety and consistency,...More
[HanCinema's Idol Actors] An Introduction to Idol Actors 2014/06/07,
For most involved fans of Korean pop music (K-Pop) and Korean dramas (K-Drama), it is common knowledge that these two were and still are the biggest forces behind the 'Korean Wave' or 'Hallyu'. With K-Pop making the start in the 1990s and dramas taking off around the early 2000s, they soon became a two-member powerhouse of cultural exports for South Korea.
Due to that power, and in a an effort to enhance their marketability, these two industries often collaborate. Kpop artists and other musical artists being featured in the soundtracks for dramas is common practice, but another form of that collaboration is the casting of idols in series. In a business sense, this is good for both parties. Musical artists get to promote their image and music to drama audiences and dramas get a boost in popularity and can sell better abroad, where these artists and K-Pop in general have a big fanbase,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Coffee House" 2014/05/31,
Try to name a few romantic comedies where the problems that keep a couple apart are based on their own issues, rather than an outside force or noble idiocy. Forget disapproving mothers in law and the leads deciding that, although no one is forcing them, they need to give up the person they like for a while, for reasons. 'A Witch's Love' would be a recent example and although shaky in its handling of the love triangle and female lead lately, a good one. 'Coffee House' is another,...More
T-ara Sub-Unit Set to Spread Wings with Debut Song 2013/04/24, Source, T-ara N4, a new subunit of the popular K-pop girl group T-ara formed by Jiyeon, Ham Eun-jeong, Hyomin and Areum, held a press conference at the shooting site of their first music video in Ilsan, Gyeonggi Province on Monday to build anticipation ahead of their debut. The group's management agency said, "Their new song can be enjoyed by people of all generations, as it also touches upon the nostalgic feelings harbored by older people",...More
K-celebrities now 1 2012/02/16, Source,
We go wherever the stars go! Here's the hottest entertainment news of the week! Let's go!
We're kicking off the week with an adorable kiss scene between two hot pop idol stars.
F's Luna locked lips with SS501's Kim Gyoo-jong in their first major acting debut, the TV drama "Go! Mrs. Go!",...More
T-ara: 'It Is Amazing to Be Besieged by Autograph Hunters in Europe' 2012/02/15, Source, Soyeon (25), Ham Eun-jeong (24), and Hyomin (23) of the girl group T-ara, which is enjoying incredible popularity with their songs "Roly-Poly" and "Lovey-Dovey", said, "We had just wanted to rank atop the music chart in the past, but now we are besieged by autograph hunters in Europe. It is amazing thing (laugh)".
T-ara finished their activities in Korea for a while after their appearance in the SBS TV music program "The Music Trend" on February 12, and they will leave to Japan on February 16. They will hold activities in Japan until March 3 with their third single album "Roly-Poly" in Japan. Soyeon, Ham Eun-jeong, and Hyomin came to Euljiro on February 13 to give an interview. Soyeon said, "We had been very busy for the last ten months without taking a break, but we feel satisfied as more people recognize us at this month. We had a full schedule every day for the past ten months, and sometimes we had nine different schedules on the same day and spent almost 22 hours for our activities. Our fans worried about us, saying, 'You have too much work'. But the interesting thing was that the group members did not sleep even though they were all very tired from heavy schedule. All of us tended to release our stress from works by talking to each other while we were moving in a car". Like Soyeon mentioned, T-ara had been extremely busy for the past ten months,...More
T-ara's Soyeon To Lead Group Following Hyomin
2011/12/07, Source, T-ara will be getting a new leader!
Former leader Hyomin is passing on the baton to Soyeon to lead the popular idol group. According to Core Contents Media, this leadership change will start up for the release of the girls' repackaged album single "Lovey Dovey", January 1, 2012. Soyeon is noted for her lead vocal skills and her strong sense of responsibility. She will be the fourth leader of T-ara, following Ham Eun-jeong, Bo-ram, and Hyomin,...More
JTBC took over 1-4th ranking on Sunday 2011/12/05, Source,
JTBC current affairs program "Exploration Code J" is aired every Sunday Night at 11:20PM. JTBC programs swept the 1 ~ 4th rank on the fourth. 3 of the programs managed to pull of 1% which is considered the 'point of success'. No other programs in other channels have done that yet.
According to AGB Nielson Media Research on the 4th "TBC Memory Trip - Part 1" rated 1.345%,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "White: The Melody of the Curse": K-pop Horror and Bloody Criticisms 2011/10/22,
Behind all the glitz and glamour of the K-pop industry lies a darker truth. Where the competition is high and the fight for the spotlight is as cutthroat as it is with any capitalist industry. In "White: The Melody of the Curse", a struggling pop group battles the industry, each other, and a mysterious and deadly curse that torments whoever assumes to take the lead in the group.
"White", directed by Kim Gok and Kim Sun, is a K-pop horror film that suckles on all the dramatic stereotypes of the K-pop music scene. Inter-group rivalries, masses of screaming middle-schoolers, obsessive and cold managers, flashy stage performances, and much more is there to help frame the girl group's terrible tale of fame and misfortune,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.06.10~2011.06.12) 2011/06/13, Korean Weekend Box Office (2011.06-10~2011.06.12)
Off the back of a long weekend in Korea, "Kung fu Panda 2" remains this week's number one film with a total of a whopping 4,057,286 admissions. Dreamwork's film attracted just fewer than 500,000 excited moviegoers this past weekend as Koreans celebrated Memorial Day last Monday and headed to the cinemas.,...More
Most Anticipated Horror Queen For Summer of 2011? 2011/05/30, Source,
As the weather gets hotter for the summer season, Koreans are looking forward to cooling down by watching chilling horror flicks in the theatres.
Many newbie stars have emerged from a hit scary movie, and people are starting to wonder, who will 2011's most popular scary movie star be?,...More
"Romance Town" Seong Yoo-ri tells actors turned idols 2011/05/23, Source,
Actress turned original idol Seong Yoo-ri from the group Fin.K.L advised those younger idols who want to take a challenge in acting.
She is currently in the KBS 2TV drama "Romance Town" acting as No Soon-geum. She had been in several items after changing her career course to an actress but she always suffered from issues about her acting and such. However, she has showed development and progress in this drama and she is getting lots of attention.,...More
How Do Idol Group Members Get Paid? 2011/04/19, Source, With the plethora of idol groups out there on the scene, one can't help but wonder: how much money do these "kids" make? Sure they gain popularity through their respective groups, but it's a known fac,...More
"Dream High 2" hypothetical lead character? "Park Eun-bin vs Park Jin-young 2011/03/17, Source,
As the drama "Dream High 2" is believed to go into production, there are questions about who will be the new lead characters. There have been rumors about 'Sam-dong's brother' to 'Yang Jin-man as main role', and other various scenario's as well as the question if the cast from season 1 would exist.
It is known that KBS will start production of "Dream High 2" in timing of the next winter break and due to be aired next year. Previously a "Dream High" spokesperson talked about some possibilities to Seoul Newspaper NTN, "There haven't been any details formed. However, season 2 is being positively looked over".,...More
[REVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" - 1st Episode 2011/01/04, Source,
KBS series "Dream High" [KBS]
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KBS drama "Dream High" takes off at seven years from now, with singer "K", a graduate of Kirin Art School, appearing at the Grammy Awards ceremony. Chung Ha-myung (Bae Yong-joon), the director of Kirin High, reminisces on how all he did was strike a "break shot" (the first shot in billiards that scatters the balls). The problem with the first episode of "Dream High" was in those balls. The way Ko Hye-mi (played by Suzy), the so-called genius in vocal music, jeers at popular culture went beyond arrogance to make it seem forced and the scene where Jin-guk (Taecyeon) easily fights off the men who are after Hye-mi, several loan sharks including their boss (Ahn Kil-gang) who are after her father, or the overuse of slow motion was cliche enough to be seen in a scene of an online comic book,...More
"Athena" scores 3rd win on Monday and Tuesday nights 2010/12/29, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS' series "ATHENA" came on top of the Monday and Tuesday prime time slot, according to surveys by two media research firms on Wednesday.
Data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS) and AGB Nielsen Media Research revealed that "ATHENA", a spin-off to KBS' blockbuster hit series "IRIS", posted average viewership ratings of 18.8 percent and 18.2 percent, respectively, both dropping by one percent compared to a week ago,...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "Dream High" 2010/12/28, Source,
Casts from KBS series "Dream High" : Starting from left JOO, Wooyoung, Eom Gi-joon, Taecyeon, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyeon-I, Ham Eun-jeong, Lee Yoon-ji, IU etc., [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia
Co-produced by Bae Young-joon of KEYEAST and Park Jin-young of JYP Entertainment and starring members from idol groups 2PM, T-ara and miss A and female singer IU, it is obvious what KBS TV series "Dream High" wishes to be -- a drama which shows how the 'dream factory' really works along with the hardships young trainees go through to become a star, a drama about young people, and a drama where idols stars are the main characters. "Dream High" shows where it is headed to from the beginning with the story starting in the year 2018 with a man named 'K' from Korea sweeping the Grammy awards to become a world star and Jung Ha-myung (Bae Young-joon), the director of Kirin High School of Art, reminisces on the time when he himself was a freshman at the school,...More
Still images released for upcoming drama "Dream High" 2010/12/20, Source,
KBS drama "Dream High" [Holym (KEYEAST and JYPE) & CJ Media]
Still images of upcoming KBS drama "Dream High" were released today, according to a press release by Holym Co. and CJ Media on Monday.
The drama, a joint production between major entertainment agencies KEYEAST, JYP Entertainment and CJ Media, released two group photos that feature the main cast of the drama set to go on air next year,...More
T-ara takes 1st place on comeback stage 2010/12/10, Source,
Girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Girl group T-ara won the top prize on this week's Mnet music show "M! CountDown" on Thursday.
The girls, who made a comeback to the local music scene for the first time in almost a year, took first place with title track "YAYAYA" from their second mini-album titled "Vol.2 Temptastic" released December 1,...More
Release date of T-ara's new album pulled up to Dec 1 2010/11/30, Source,
Album jacket of T-ara's second mini-album [Core Contents Media]
The release date for girl group T-ara's new album has been changed again, pulled up to tomorrow instead of December 3, their agency Core Contents Media said through a press release on Tuesday.
The date had originally been set for November 29 but Core Contents had revised the date last week,...More
T-ara album release date delayed to December 3 2010/11/25, Source, T-ara album jacket for second mini-album [Core Contents Media]
The release date for girl group T-ara's new album has been pushed back to December 3, according to their agency Core Contents Media on Thursday.
A press release by Core Contents stated that the album will go on sale in early December instead of the original date which had been set for November 29,...More
T-ara to make comeback next month with 2nd mini-album 2010/11/22, Source,
Korean girl group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean female idols T-ara will make a comeback to the local music scene with their second mini-album next month.
Core Contents Media announced through a press release on Monday that they will reveal the group's title track and music video for the song whose title is translated into "Why Are You Like That", on Mnet and popular video portal site GomTV tomorrow,...More
T-ara to become 7-member group 2010/07/16, Source,
Newcomer Hwa-young and original member Jiyeon of girl band T-ara [Core Contents Media]
The forewarned "big changes" for Korean girl band T-ara have been revealed: they will be adding a new member to their current six-person line-up and member Boram (Jeon Bo-ram) will become the group's new leader.
According to their agency Core Contents Media on Friday, the leader position in the group will be transferred from Eunjung (Ham Eun-jeong) to Boram (Jeon Bo-ram) and a seventh member will be brought in,...More
T-ara to go through "big changes" says agency 2010/07/09, Source,
Korean pop group T-ara [Core Contents Media]
Korean girl band T-ara, who recently sparked rumors of feud among members, will soon be going though "big changes", according to their agency Core Contents Media on Friday.
Core Contents Media said in a press release that agency head Kim Kwang-soo will be releasing an official statement regarding the future activities of the group on July 23, adding that no other comments will be given before then,...More
T-ara, Choshinsung wrap up joint-concert in Japan 2010/06/04, Source,
Korean girl band T-ara promoting restaurant chain "Skylark" in Japan [Core Contents Media]
Korean pop groups T-ara and Choshinsung have successfully wrapped up their joint concert in Japan, according to a press release by their agency Core Contents Media on Friday.
The concert, held June 3 at Yokohama Britz Hall, was sponsored by local restaurant chain Skylark as part of promoting their new Korean menu. The two groups have been advertising the food chain since last March,...More
On the set of SBS TV series "Coffee House" 2010/06/04, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" cast Park Si-yeon, Kang Ji-hwan and Ham Eun-jeong take part in a shoot on the show's set in the city of Paju of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Step by step, ooh baby~ Gonna get to you girl~ As New Kids On The block's hit song "Step By Step" plays in the background, actresses Park Si-yeon and Ham Eun-jeong swing their arms while stepping on the on the step machine. The always-chic Park Si-yeon is all smiles as she takes her steps to the rhythm of the music while Han Eun-jung, with a water bottle in her hand, appears to be closer to hopping rather than walking on the machine,...More
Kang Ji-hwan says "Coffee House" is adventure 2010/06/01, Source,
From left, SBS TV series "Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo and cast members Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jeong and Jeong Woong-in pose during a press conference on the set of the show in the city of Paju in Gyeonggi Province, South Korea on May 31, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
A collaboration of director Pyo Min-soo and scenarist Song Jae-jung. Even at first glance, SBS TV series "Coffee House" seems like a hybrid drama. And the show, which Pyo himself had said would be "between a sitcom and drama", revealed it contains characters who cannot be classified as being simply funny or serious -- Lee Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan) hides his fussy personality behind his gentle smile and Han Ji-won (Jeong Woong-in) believes he stands alone in the center of the world. That is why "Coffee House", now into its fifth episode, may be sort of a challenge that its crew and actors are taking on. They revealed what that challenge means for them and how they hope to be perceived during a press conference held at its set in the city of Paju in the Gyeonggi Province on Monday,...More
[REVIEW] SBS TV series "Coffee House" - Episode 1 2010/05/18, Source,
From left, director Pyo Min-soo, actors Kang Ji-hwan, Park Si-yeon, Ham Eun-jeong and Jung Woong-in of TV series "Coffee House". [photographed by Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
An ounce of romance, another ounce of comedy and three ounces of fantasy are what usually make up a romantic comedy. Thanks to viewers' fantasy that the main character of a drama 'does not have to worry about making a living and has looks good enough to get him by anywhere', Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), a young and good-looking free-spirited best-selling novelist who is so fickle that he will decide not to attend his own book signing event for no particular reason, regards an unproperly sharpened pencil as a more serious issue than a signing contract,...More
Kang Ji-hwan wants "to break Mon-Tues TV ratings record" 2010/05/12, Source,
Cast of SBS' "Coffee House" Kang Ji-hwan (left) and Park Si-yeon (right) [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
SBS' "Coffee House" is the second 'House' series from director Pyo Min-so and even in its production stage it is already causing a stir among the audience with its stars including Kang Ji-hwan's return to the small screen and the debut of T-ara member Ham Eun-jeong as the leading actress. Ham plays the role of Seung-yeon who is an amateur in life living with no set goals while preparing for the level 9 public official test and after she meets a perfectionist novelist Jin-soo (played by Kang Ji-hwan), decides to endure the pain in order to become a professional. Below are the excerpts from the press conference for the new drama "Coffee House" with Korean actors Kang Ji-hwan, Ham Eun-jeong, Park Si-yeon and Jeong Woong-in. 10: Could you explain a bit about the characters you will be playing? Kang Ji-hwan (Kang): I will be playing the role of Jin-soo who is a novelist. He is the most unusual and sort of four-dimensional type of character I have ever played before. I've been putting a lot of effort to give my character more personality by meeting with the director a lot of times since the planning stages of the drama,...More
Pyo says "Coffee House" is "in between sitcom and drama" 2010/05/12, Source,
"Coffee House" director Pyo Min-soo [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
Joint press interview with director Pyo Min-soo of SBS TV series "Coffee House" Director Pyo Min-soo described the characters in upcoming SBS TV series "Coffee House" as people who "are free from certain restrictions". As a matter of fact, all his previous dramas were too different and various to be put into a single category. While KBS TV series "Full House" and MBC's "What Star Did You Come From" were romantic comedies, KBS' "In-soon is Pretty" was a unique drama which told about a character growing up and "The World That They Live In" in many angles shed light onto the loves and heartbreaks that characters working at a TV broadcasting station experience. In "Coffee House", director Pyo Min-soo tries to "prove that this drama is different from previous ones" by bringing realistic elements of a sitcom into the show such as incorporating the actor's real-life personalities and props. Through female character Seung-yeon's (played by Ham Eun-jeong) transformation from an amateur to a professional working woman, Pyo tries to show a type of professional who is able to enjoy pain. At the drama's press conference held on May 10, the director shared his insight on how he tried to differentiate "Coffee House",...More
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