Major Earthquake in Japan: 'No More Bad News' 2011/03/15, Source,
People in the entertainment business have begun activities to help Japan while they have had to cancel their schedules in Japan.
As the massive quake that hit the northeast Japan caused heavy casualties, many people in the entertainment business including Hallyu stars are offering heartfelt condolences and consolation one after another. In addition, aid groups have begun activities to donate profits to the victims from the major earthquake by holding events such as the "Rock Festival", which will be held in front of the Hongik University. The host of the festival revealed that they would donate the entire profits from the event to the earthquake victims,...More
JYJ to Hold World Concert Tour 2011/02/28, Source,
Idol group JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun, and Kim Jun Su) will hold a world concert tour in ten cities in seven countries from April. Their agency C-JeS Entertainment made the announcement on February 25. The agency said, "JYJ will hold a concert tour entitled 'JYJ WORLD TOUR CONCERT in 2011' starting with concerts in five Asian countries including Thailand on April 2 to April 3, Indonesia, Singapore, and Malaysia, and five cities in North America: New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, San Francisco, and Vancouver,...More
Idol Groups Conflict with Agencies Over Contracts 2011/01/20, Source,
Following Dong Bang Shin Ki and Super Junior, Kara has become involved in an agency contract conflict for various reasons including profits distribution, which is projected to damage the Hallyu wave.
Star idol groups have requested to terminate their agency contracts one after another, and it is expected to make a large impact on the music industry.
Four members of Kara (Han Seung Yeon, Jeong Nichole, Koo Ha Ra, and Kang Ji Young) made the announcement on January 19 through their legal representative, the law firm Landmark, saying, "Kara's agency misused their authority and made members hold activities when they did not want to perform, and the agency desecrated their human dignity",...More
Local jazz pioneers, int'l stars round out January 2011/01/15, Source,
Seven of Korea's first generation jazz artists will perform a group show at the Seoul Arts Center Jan. 28, showcasing tracks from the soundtrack of the documentary / "Bravo! Jazz Life". Courtesy of In Production
By Ines Min
The country is to liven up with jazz this month, with a diverse lineup of international and domestic names making their way to Seoul. With the smooth beats of pop jazz artists and pioneering Korean names, prepare to groove into February with foot-tapping rhythm.
'The Miracle of Music',...More
Kim Jun to enter graduate school next year 2010/12/21, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Jun [Planet 905]
Korean heartthrob Kim Jun has been accepted to a graduate school at Korea's Hankuk University of Foreign Studies.
An official from Kim's agency Planet 905 told 10Asia over the phone on Tuesday, "Kim Jun will attend Hankuk University of Foreign Studies for graduate school in March of next year under the Department of Global Cultural Contents",...More
"The Love of Pygmalion" wins grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award 2010/12/20, Source,
"The Love of The Love of Pygmalion" [BeeTV]
Mobile drama "The Love of The Love of Pygmalion", which stars Korean actors Kim Jun and Kim Jae-wook, won the grand prize at 2010 Korea Contents Award today.
Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA), the host of the ceremony, announced in a press release Monday that "The Love of Pygmalion" won the grand prize under the digital content category during the 2010 Korea Contents Awards held at Nuritkum Square in Seoul,...More
Mourning Over Andre Kim's Death 2010/08/16, Source,
The late Andre Kim is talking with the actress Kim Hee-sun at the fashion show held in Seoul in 2001.
People in the entertainment industry were mourning over the news of Andre Kim's death while saying, "A great star in Korea has fallen".
The late Kim had been involved in the entertainment industry and formed close family-like relationships with many stars during his life. In particular, actors such as Kim Hee-sun, Cha In-pyo, Jang Seo-hee, Choi Ji-woo, Ryu Si-won, and Cha Seung-won had shared special affection for Kim and each other for a long time, and they had been loved by fans for appearing on the catwalk at Kim's fashion shows, and they looked deeply shocked by the news that Kim had passed away on August 12,...More
Kim Jun's "Pygmalion" most popular Japanese mobile drama 2010/06/07, Source,
Korean actor/singer Kim Jun for his Japanese drama "The Love of Pygmalion" [BeeTV]
Korean singer and actor Kim Jun's Japanese drama has remained the most-watched mobile show in Japan for two weeks straight, according to his agency Planet 905 on Monday.
Planet 905 announced in a press release that "The Love of Pygmalion", shown on mobile-exclusive broadcaster Bee TV, has remained the No. 1 drama amongst all shows shown on some 40 other channels in the country,...More
[INTERVIEW and PHOTOS] Actor Kim Jun 2010/06/07, Source,
Korean actor Kim Jun [Chae Ki-won/10Asia]
My name is Kim Jun. My given name is Kim Hyung-jun. When I began my acting career, I changed my name a bit. It isn't a big difference and easy to memorize but I got used to the name even more quickly because the members of T-MAX would always call me Jun, as if it were my nickname. My birthday is February 3, 1984. I came out in a lot of scenes with my co-star Kim Bum in "Boys Over Flower", who is five years younger than me. I had always been the youngest but I somehow ended up being the eldest so it was weird. (laugh),...More
[STAR DIARY] Lee Min-ho - Part 7 2010/05/04, Source,
Actors Lee Min-ho (right) and Ku Hye-sun in TV series "Boys over Flowers" [KBS]
Although the location shoot in New Caledonia was difficult, what shocked Lee Min-ho the most during the filming of "Boys over Flowers" was the car accident.
"I didn't have a driver's license but I had to shoot a driving scene. So I got my license in a rush and drove the car on a provisional license. And the car I was driving in the scene was a Lotus GP3". That is when last January, Lee Min-ho ended up crashing into a guard rail while shooting the driving scene for the show,...More
Kim Jun to make comeback in new TV series 2010/02/23, Source,
Korean singer and actor Kim Jun [Planet 905]
Korean actor Kim Jun will make a comeback to the small screen in a new TV series, his first since starring in last year's smash hit "Boys over Flowers", according to his agency on Wednesday.
Planet 905 announced in a press release that the actor will play the lead role in a drama tentatively titled "The Love of Pygmalion", to be co-produced by Korean and Japanese production companies.,...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
Andre Kim's Jewelry Line Dazzles 2009/09/15, Source, Designer Andre Kim has launched a jewelry line in his name, in collaboration with the jewelry maker Phaethon International to create the collection. / Courtesy of Andre Kim Jewelry
In the past, original soundtrack albums were just a little extra something that came with a television drama. Now, however, more viewers and drama makers are starting to realize their importance and potential.
One of the most popular drama soundtracks lately ha,...More
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