Court Rejects Back-Pay Suit by Yoo Jae-seok 2015/11/04, Source,
A Seoul court on Tuesday rejected compensatory lawsuits filed by comedians Yoo Jae-seok and Kim Yong-man seeking payment for appearances on TV programs. Yoo and Kim joined the talent agency Stom E&F in 2005, but it went bankrupt and the two did not receive W600 million and W96 million they were owed in fees (US$1=W1,134),...More
[Guest Post] Celebrating Family Outing Part 1 - The Cast 2015/07/05, Source,
Seven years ago, an ambitious reality show called Family Outing appeared on Korean TV. Hosted by "The Nation's MC" Yoo Jae-seok (most may know him only as the guy with the bowl cut in PSY's recent videos), this variety show took outdoor reality to a level that is still trying to be reached. The show ran for nearly 2 years on SBS's 'Good Sunday' and had many of the same cast and crew members from the game show X-Man. What this show offered was more than just silly games and jokes, it was a travelogue of Korean villages and offered a glimpse into the Confucian-based society unheard of in America,...More
Happy Together Suzy's uncle fan 2013/11/14, Source,
Miss A Suzy's uncle fan Noh Gwang-gyoon showed off a note written by Suzy herself on the TV show "Happy Together 3".
He said, "This was last November. It was the final episode of a program and I was on set waiting. Suzy came over to my car. It was cute watching her wonder if she should come by the car or not. Then her manager came over and handed me a note from her",...More
Na Kyung-eun Wants to Swap Mic for Maternal Duties 2013/08/06, Source,
TV announcer Na Kyung-eun, who is equally if not better known as the wife of comedian Yoo Jae-seok, will wrap up rather than resume her career at MBC. The terrestrial broadcaster said on Monday that Na wants to quit so she can devote herself to taking care of her family and raising her son,...More
Lee Gwang-soo in SNS mess 2012/10/14, Source,
Lee Gwang-soo is suffering from Facebook impersonation.
King Kong Entertainment on the 14th announced, "There are many who impersonate actor Lee Gwang-soo on Facebook. Lee Gwang-soo doesn't use any kind of SNS except Twitter and Weibo. Be careful of impersonations!,...More
Why Psy and not JYP? 2012/09/21, Source,
By Jason Lim I just watched Psy perform live in New York City's Rockefeller Center on NBC's Today Show, a venue usually reserved for the most popular of international singers. I mean, you can't get much more mainstream than that in the U.S. Wait. And the song just hit No. 1 in iTunes in 17 countries across the world. Wait again. Psy was just parodied in Saturday Night Live, reaching the pantheon of international stardom. This is getting ridiculous. Next, they will be inviting him to the White House and Buckingham Palace. The problem is, for the life of me, I can't figure out why. I admit that the song is catchy, silly, and fun. Then again, there are a lot of catchy, silly, and fun songs out there,...More
KBS' Highest-Paid Stars Revealed 2012/08/28, Source, Sin Dong-yupSin Dong-yup was the highest-paid entertainer at terrestrial network KBS last year. Sin earned a total of W609.5 million (US$1=W1,137) as presenter of "Immortal Songs 2" and host of a talk show titled "Hello Counselor", according to data submitted by KBS on Monday to Democratic United Party lawmaker Jun Byung-hun of the National Assembly's Culture, Sports, Tourism, Broadcasting and Communications Committee,...More
From 'Gangnam' to US, video goes viral 2012/08/07, Source,
Korean pop singer PSY performs dance steps resembling horseback riding in the music video for his new song "Gangnam Style", which has spawned parody versions around the world. / Courtesy of YG Entertainment
By Rachel Lee Korean pop singer PSY's new song "Gangnam Style" is capturing the world's attention with its wacky music video. The title track of his sixth studio album has topped various online charts including Melon and Naver music for three consecutive weeks since its release on July 15. On YouTube, over 15 million clicks were recorded as of Monday for the song and comical video from the 34-year-old rapper, whose real name is Park Jae-sang,...More
K-celebrities now VCR1 2012/01/05, Source,
On December 21st, Lee Hyori had a fan signing in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul.
[Interview : Lee Hyori, Singer] "I created a calendar to promote the adoption of stray dogs, so please spread the word. I really hope that we can help many of them this winter". Lee Hyori took a moment to meet her fans and to promote her new calendar,...More
MBC Entertainment Award Ceremony -- not dramatic or fun 2011/12/29, Source,
"It seemed boring because it looked like it was giving everyone a prize, but it also looked like they were sharing the love, so it was good to see".
This was the speech made by Park Mi-seon, who was awarded the grand prize at the MBC Entertainment Award Ceremony. This event was held in the Ilsan MBC Dream Center on December 29th and was boring, as it lacked dramatic tension or a witty emcee,...More
Oh Jeong-se gets married to childhood friend after 19 years 2011/10/17, Source,
Actor Oh Jeong-se is getting married to his childhood partner after 19 years of being in a relationship.
He made an appearance on MBC's "Nollowa" on the 17th and was asked if he was still single to which he replied, "I have been married for 5 years. I married by partner from grade 6 after 19 years of being in a relationship".,...More
Weekly star scene 2011/09/22, Source, It's time now to take a look at the five hottest issues in the Korean entertainment industry this week with "Weekly Star Scene!"
: We have our one and only, special Dami in the studio with us. Hello Dami!
[Reporter : ] : Hi Da-un! Hi Sean!
: What do you have for us today[Reporter : ] : Well, our first story concerns top comedian 강호동, who has announced to his fans that he will be leaving the entertainment industry. For his fans, this was very surprising and yet unfortunate news,...More
Star TV Host Bows Out Over Tax Fiddle 2011/09/14, Source,
Kang Ho-dong leaves a hotel room after a press conference about his alleged tax evasion in Seoul last Friday.
One of the major news stories that rattled Korea during the Chuseok holidays was popular TV show host Kang Ho-dong's announcement that he would withdraw from all the shows he is hosting and take time out for self-reflection,...More
Will Kang Ho-dong leave '1 Night, 2 Days'? 2011/08/12, Source, By Chung Ah-young
Popular show host and comedian Kang Ho-dong, 41, has hinted that he may quit KBS variety program "1 Night, 2 Days", shocking the entertainment scene.
KBS confirmed Thursday that it is true that Kang expressed his intention to leave the program. The broadcaster released a statement saying that he wants to step down from the show but nothing has been decided.
"The show is a very popular entertainment program widely loved by the public. As Kang has a strong attachment to the program, we hope he will make a wise decision for the show and the fans", the statement said,...More
Korean wave is shaking up North Korea 2011/06/24, Source,
The Korean wave has been sweeping the world from Southeast Asia to Europe and further to South America. This is no exception in North Korea. The wave has been confirmed to have been creeping into the country believed to be impenetrable.
"South Korean thrillers, Iris and Athena are very popular there", said Free North Korea Radio. "The hair style of actress Song Hye-kyo from the soap opera, "All In", is in vogue in Pyongyang, but the North Korean authorities are reinforcing its regulations", said Daily NK.
News outlets handling news about North Koreans are delivering reports on the South Korean wave in the North through sources from the reclusive country,...More
Kim Yu-na's TV Show Struggles in the Ratings 2011/06/01, Source,
Kim Yu-na /Courtesy of SBS
Figure skating champion Kim Yu-na is having a tough time with her first reality TV show, "Kiss and Cry" on SBS, which posted the lowest ratings among the evening variety shows in the highly competitive Sunday evening slot.
According to ratings researcher TNmS, last Sunday's episode of "Kiss and Cry" had an average viewer rating of just 8.1 percent, down 2.4 points from the first show on May 22,...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
[Star ESI 3] Male celebs... "I was pretty one time..." 2011/05/01, Source,
Only women can be pretty? Men would be disappointed to hear that. Kim Hee-cheol, Jang Geun-seok, Lee Joon-ki and more have been called "prettier men than women" for dressing up as women on TV or in movies. The pictures are of men that make women jealous.
★ Unchanging appearance
They say "Sandalwood is fragrant even in seed leaf". Jang Geun-seok is the one and only male celebrity who is from the "Pretty Child Contest". His smile from then is hard to distinguish if he is a boy or a girl. There is a reason for stealing 'nunas' (elder sister) hearts. The term 'pretty' is well suited for him.,...More
Popular 'Running Man' Television Show Brings Back Childhood Memories 2011/02/16, Source,
Do you recall playing tag with your friends back in childhood? Do you remember the moments of thrill before shouting "FREEZE!"? Now I think back, 'where' was not the big question, but 'with who' was. 'Running Man' is a show which relates to those childhood memories, and enables the audience to sympathize with the child-like humor generated from watching the show'.Running Man' is the first segment of Weekend entertainment show 'Love Sunday!' The program was first aired on June 27, 2010, replacing ex-popular TV series 'Family Outing 2'. Yoo Jae-seok, much-celebrated host, firmly stands at the center and leads a group of celebrities through various missions and games,...More
Comedian breaks down science of humor 2011/02/14,
Comedian Lee Yoon-suk's new book "The Science of Laughter" goes all the way back to primitive times to find the basis of laughter.
'The fact that people accepted me positively makes me feel lucky. I think that there is no better way of staying healthy than laughing out loud'.『웃음의 과학』낸 박사 개그맨 이윤석
By Byun Sun-goo
Comedian Lee Yoon-suk, often called by his nickname "Korea's weakling" due to his frail-looking physique, released his first book "The Science of Laughter" late last month,...More
Find The Hidden Jokes and Puns In Korean Dramas 2011/01/10, Source, These days, there's more to drama watching then drooling over the good looking characters and getting immersed into the intricate plots. There's now the fun of looking for the hidden messages or puns that the writers and directors are throwing into the mix. Drama viewers have been enjoying the art of deciphering these hidden codes. All in all, it's been creating a closer relationship between the viewers and the creative minds behind each project: directors, writers, producers, and of course the actors,...More
Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize once again at MBC Entertainment Awards 2010/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-seok [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-seok won the grand prize for the second consecutive year at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night.
At the awards ceremony held at MBC's Dream Center located in Ilsan, Gyeong-gi Province, Yoo was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee for MBC's variety shows "Infinite Challenge" and "Come Over", making it his seventh award during a year-end program,...More
Lee Kyung-kyu wins grand prize at KBS Entertainment Awards 2010/12/26, Source,
Comedia Lee Kyung-kyu [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean comedian Lee Kyung-kyu won the grand prize at the KBS Entertainment Awards held over the weekend.
At the awards ceremony held at KBS' Open Hall on Saturday, Lee was awarded the top honor for his role as emcee of KBS variety show segment "What Makes A Man", part of entertainment program "Happy Sunday", which is one of the most-watched shows in the country,...More
'Infinity Challenge' hosts photo exhibition 2010/12/07, Source,
Photos featuring the hosts of MBC's program "Infinity Challenge" will be on display this month in various venues around the country. / Courtesy of MBC
By Han Sang-hee
The seven funny men from the hit television show "Infinity Challenge" are inviting viewers to brave the chilly temperatures to enjoy a free photo exhibition,...More
Actor Park Hae-jin suspected of shirking military service 2010/11/28, Source,
Actor Park Hae-jin [10Asia]
Korean actor Park Hae-jin is embroiled in controversy after being suspected of evading Korea's two-year mandatory military service by falsely reporting of suffering from mental conditions.
Debate had been mounting since early last week after police stated they are planning to investigate into the neuropsychiatry department of a hospital in Korea's city of Daegu in the North Gyeongsang Province on charges of providing false medical reports declaring draft evaders unfit for military service,...More
[INTERVIEW] Super Junior's Shindong, Leeteuk, Eunhyuk - Part 2 2010/09/29, Source, Leeteuk [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: Shindong (Sin Dong-hee), your dress up show is also popular. You recently even pulled off actress Sin Min-ah's look from SBS TV series "My Girlfriend is Gumiho". I'm sure even the preparation that goes into isn't an easy job so what would you say are the difficulties you experience if there are any? Shindong (Sin Dong-hee): I actually had dressed up a lot since a long time ago -- so much that there were almost nothing I hadn't dressed up as. I used to dress up once a day when I used to host a show on cable channel Mnet. But dressing up as someone isn't just about dressing up like them. There is a large amount of pressure that comes from the fact that you need to express yourself to be exactly like that person while doing it so that it's also fun and what I was worried about a lot was whether the onlooker would enjoy watching me do it,...More
Park Hwi-soon "guarantees high ratings" for "Hot Brothers" (2) 2010/05/25, Source, Park Hwi-soon (left) and Lee Gi-kwang [MBC] Q: Putting Park Myeong-soo, Kim Goo-ra and Tak Jae-hoon is a new combination. How does it feel? Park Myeong-soo: It is always difficult to create a new picture and new laughs. That is why the union of a new cast members is important. These days, doing the show with Kim Goo-ra and Jae-hoon has brought a new source of humor because they can make you laugh by just saying something. I hadn't worked with the younger cast members before either, but I think a lot of things will change depending on how the older guys do on the show. Kim Goo-ra: The viewers have already pegged us as the strong, funny characters. While I was shooting the fourth episode, I realized that the key issue was how much each person contributes to the show. In the case of "Daemang" on "Sunday Sunday Night", the segment had outstanding cast such as Kim Yong-man and Sin Jeong-hwan. But "Hot Brothers" is different. I appear on the segment with these guys but I am on a different level compared to them, in terms of salary and circumstances. I thought -- for the first time that I have been doing variety programs -- that I should start taking other people into my consideration,...More
Lee Hyori's new album sweeps online music charts 2010/04/13, Source,
Album cover of Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" [Mnet Entertainment]
Pop sensation Lee Hyori's fourth album "H.Logic" has skyrocketed to the top of online music charts in just a day of its release.
Title track "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" has taken over the No. 1 spot on all music charts, while other tracks on her record have entered the top 50 of several online music charts including Melon, Dosirak and social networking website Cyworld.
On the web-based charts of cable music channel Mnet and music provider Bugs, the entire record listing successfully broke into the top 30 slots,...More
[REVIEW] Variety show "Family Outing" 2010/02/08, Source,
Season 1 finale of variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
"Family Outing" - Final episode, SBS TV (Sunday, 5:10 PM)
The family's last trip was no different from any other. The family members still played games, continued to play the game of love sticks in the hope they might avoid the dreaded early morning chores, huddled in a single room to go to sleep and made breakfast when they woke up. Except for the fact that they presented the production crew with red bean noodles, which would be their last breakfast together, it was the routine morning viewers had gotten used to seeing on the show.,...More
Jo Kwon becomes newest member of "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/19, Source,
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon [Asia Economic Daily]
Boy band 2AM member Jo Kwon has decided to join the new cast of SBS variety show "Family Outing", becoming the latest in a string of celebrities who have agreed to appear in a revamped season of the program.
A source close to Kwon said, "We have talked with the producers of the show and he has been set to appear as a regular in the second season".,...More
The final line-up for the second season of the popular show "Family Outing" (SBS) has been revealed.
The first season garnered fans with stars including top comedian and host Yoo Jae-seok and singers,...More
2PM's Taecyeon also cast for "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean boy band 2PM member Taecyeon [JYP Entertainment]
Korean idol group 2PM's Taecyeon has become the latest celebrity to join the new cast of variety show "Family Outing", according to one of the show's producers on Friday.
"Taecyeon has decided to appear on the second season of 'Family Outing'" said SBS entertainment producer Nam Seung-yong in a phone call with Asia Economic Daily. He added that they are "planning to cast one or two more people" but added that it is "too early to say who they will be".,...More
Kim Hyun-joong declined offer to appear on "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Leader of boy band SS501 Kim Hyun-joong has turned down the offer to appear in the new season of SBS variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency DSP Media on Thursday.
An official at DSP told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that although Kim did receive the offer, he had "decided not to take on the show due to his conflicting work schedules and other issues".,...More
Yoon Sang-hyeon verbally agreed to join "Family Outing" season 2 2010/01/07, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyeon verbally agreed to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing",, according to his agency MGB Entertainment.
An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Wednesday the actor has "given a verbal agreement to do the show with the producers of the show".
However, the official went on to say, "But it literally is only a verbal agreement, not a commitment. We didn't sign the contract yet. We'll have to see what happens in the future".
The agency had explained yesterday that "nothing has been set" after news broke out that Yoon was considering to appear on the second season of "Family", one of the most popular variety programs in Korea which will soon end its first season run.,...More
Yoon Sang-hyeon considering new season of "Family Outing" 2010/01/06, Source,
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyeon [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actor Yoon Sang-hyeon is reportedly considering to appear in the new season of variety show "Family Outing", according to his agency MGB Entertainment. An official at MGB told Asia Economic Daily over the phone Tuesday that Yoon has been asked to appear on the show's second season, but also explained that they were "baffled the news had been printed in the media". "Yoon Sang-hyeon is scheduled to work in Japan and looking into new projects so nothing has been set", the official said. "But he is discussing the matter on a positive note". The entire cast from the first season of "Family", including the show's host Yoo Jae-seok and singer Lee Hyori, are set to leave the show.,...More
"Family Outing" to shoot final episode next week 2010/01/06, Source,
Scenes from variety show "Family Outing" [SBS]
Producers of SBS variety show "Family Outing" have announced that they will close the show, with shooting of the final episode set to take place on January 11. The producers explained on Tuesday that they "chose to bid farewell" and that former regulars on the show -- such as Lee Cheon-hee, Park Ye-jin and Park Si-yeon -- will be joining the final shoot. "The producers and Family [cast] members will do their best to the end, as we have always done", the show's creators were quoted as saying. "We thank our viewers for their overwhelming love and we ask for your continued support for the Family members".,...More
Yoo Jae-seok, Lee Hyori share grand prize at SBS Entertainment Awards 2009/12/31, Source,
Korean entertainers Lee Hyori (left) and Yoo Jae-seok at SBS Entertainment Awards [SBS]
Korean entertainers Yoo Jae-seok and Lee Hyori shared the grand prize at the year-end SBS Entertainment Awards, held at SBS' Open Hall on Wednesday.
Yoo, who won the same title yesterday at MBC, was so nervous and ecstatic that he could not carry on with his speech.
"I don't know how to express my gratitude", said Yoo in his acceptance speech. "This is too big of an award for me. I won a big award yesterday and I don't know if I should keep receiving these awards. Thank you so much, I can't think of what to say. Can Hyo-lee go first?",...More
Red carpets were rolled out for some of the most anticipated year-end award ceremonies, and top stars, including,...More
[FOCUS] 10 Awards - Top 10 Entertainment News of 2009 2009/12/30, Source, Top 10 News of 2009
Two former presidents and a king passed away. One wrong remark during an entertainment show took the entire country by storm. Such unbelievably enormous incidents were played out in unbelievable directions during 2009. Thus, the top ten news of 2009 selected by <10 Asia> may seem like the ten most incredulous news of the year. But one could say that what these ten news stories have in common is that they carry the flow of Korea's pop culture. Can you really believe that all these things happened within a span of one year?
News 1. Actress Jang Ja-yeon commits suicide
Actress Jang Ja-yeon [KBS]
On March 7, one little known actress wrote in her suicide note, "I am a weak, powerless actress. I want to be free from this pain" and killed herself. It was actress Jang Ja-yeon, who was appearing in KBS TV series "Boys over Flowers" at the time. The suicide note, which was 12 pages long on A4-sized paper, explained that she had been physically abused by her agency, forced to drink and provide sexual services. It also listed names of high-ranking executives in the industry, including a head of media company, television drama director and owners of business companies. People started calling the note "The Jang Ja-yeon List". The incident brought to surface how badly aspiring actresses and female celebrities in general have been violated and the ugly power of the media. But due to slow, passive investigation by the Korean authorities, the truth never came to light. Of all people who were under investigation, only two people involved in the incident -- former head of Jang's agency and former manager who exposed Jang's suicide notes -- were indicted and the suspects whose names were listed in the documents were all cleared of charges and let go. Was the death of Jang Ja-yeon a suicide or a homicide?,...More
Yoo Jae-seok wins grand prize at MBC Entertainment Awards 2009/12/30, Source,
Korean variety show host Yoo Jae-seok [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean entertainment show host Yoo Jae-seok won the grand prize at the MBC Entertainment Awards held last night. Yoo won the year's top honor at the awards, held yesterday at Seoul's MBC Open Hall, for the first time since last winning the same title in 2006. This is his fifth win overall at MBC's annual event. His rival Kang Ho-dong, who won the title at KBS Entertainment Awards on Saturday, did not win any awards at MBC but reportedly congratulated Yoo on his big win of the night.,...More
[ChanMi's star news] Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Jae-seok in commercial together 2009/04/25, Source, The hot fashion brand GIORDANO has picked Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Jae-seok as their models for this new commercial shoot.
It is for a campaign for which they are bringing humor and wit to this commercial film.
They seem very exited and vibrant in their facial expressions!
'CHEER U UP CAMPAIGN' is to give hope and happiness to the viewers who are suffering through the economic decline today.
This campaign commercial will be around the country starting May 6th.,...More
Boy band Big Bang seems to have it all, from loving fans, stylish fashion trends, easy-to-memorize songs and the members' distinctive characteristics. Now, the ambitious group is expanding their talents in ot,...More
Stars aligning for the Year of the Rat 2008/02/06, Apart from being famous worldwide, Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Al Gore and Zinedine Zidane have one other thing in common -- they were born in the Year of the Rat, according to the traditional zodiac system still widely used in Korea.
With the first day of the Lunar New Year tomorrow, rats, the first a,...More
According to AGB Nielsen Media Research, a media rat,...More
Born in the Year of the Rat 2007/12/31, Source, In the Year of the Rat, Korean pop culture is led by those born in another, in 1972. Coincidence or cosmic determination? Readers may decide for themselves. Known as the "president of culture" in the 1990s, Seo Taiji releasef his 15th anniversary,...More
Rain, Jeon Ji-hyeon Top on Fantasy Spouse List 2006/12/30, Source, A recent survey to uncover the number-one heartthrob for unmarried people shows that single men would most like to marry actress Jeon Ji-hyun and single women would sooner be hitched with singer Rain than any other man.
In the poll of 437 (217 men, 220 women) single members of the matchmaking fir,...More
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