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"ATHENA" ("Athena : Goddess of War") is a spin-off series of "IRIS"
A drama of the battle between good and evil over the peace of Han-ban Island. "ATHENA" is a spin-off of "IRIS". Athena is the Greek goddess of war and the name of a terror organization that puts the whole world in danger in the drama.
Viki to Co-produce First Original Series 'Dramaworld', Homage to Millions of International Fans of Asian Dramas 2015/09/18,
Groundbreaking New Show Premieres Early 2016 In Partnership with China's Jetavana Entertainment, Korea's EnterMedia Contents, Third Culture Content
Viki, the global TV site powered by fans, today announced its first Viki Original series, "Dramaworld". A 10-episode comedy-drama set in Los Angeles and Korea, the groundbreaking new show is written in English and Korean specifically for the fast-growing global fan base of Asian dramas. The show-which stars an international cast, including Korean drama actor Sean Richard and Justin Chon of the "Twilight" series and cameos from K-pop and K-drama celebrities Choi Si-won, Han Ji-min -will begin filming late September in Seoul and will debut worldwide exclusively on Viki.com and later on partner sites in early 2016,...More
Im Chang-jung To Star In First Drama In 21 Years 2011/11/08, Source,
Actor Im Chang-jung will be making his drama come-back after 21 long years.
According to broadcasting sources on November 8th, Im will be starring in "Stroke of Luck" which is slated for broadcast next year. Im will play the main character Ji Oon-soo, who's your average office worker who dreams of change. Ji Oon-soo then experiences a stroke of extremely good luck and wins the lottery, going through the many following ups and downs,...More
Finecut sells Leafie to Italy, launches new films at AFM 2011/11/03, Source,
Major South Korean sales company Finecut has sold hit animation "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" to Mediterranea Productions for Italian-speaking territories at the Rome Film Festival's Business Street market. Mediterranea Productions plans to release the film in Italy on 50 screens with Italian dubbing.
South Korea's highest-grossing theatrical animation, "Leafie, A Hen Into The Wild" took in over 2.2 million admissions on release this summer in Korea. The film previously sold to Ex-USSR excluding Baltic States (CP Digital), Portugal (Lanterna De Pedra Filmes), Turkey (Horizon), Middle East (TDH), and Indonesia (Pratama). Finecut expects more sales to France and Germany during the American Film Market (AFM) which started yesterday,...More
Nominees For The 2011 Seoul Drama Awards 2011/07/20, Source,
The preliminaries for the 2011 Seoul Drama Awards (SDA)have been conducted and the results are out!
The organizing committee for the SDAs announced on July 20th at 11 AM, the results of the preliminaries through a press conference. Under the theme of "Drama Road", this year's SDA ceremony has been confirmed to cover 204 works from 37 different countries,...More
Lee drops lawsuit against Seo 2011/05/01, Source,
By Chung Ah-young
Actress Lee Ji-ah dropped the alimony and division of property lawsuit against ex-husband singer Seo Taiji Saturday amid controversy over their secret marriage and ensuing rumors behind the divorce. Seo released a statement on his website the same day for the first time since their past relationship was revealed 10 days ago.
"After I retired as a singer in 1996, I wished to live an ordinary life to marry and have children as Jeong Hyeon-chol (his real name) not as Seo Taiji. I wanted to protect the home and regular life that I had for the first time after retirement. Someday if my life settles and I have confidence about my life, I hope to tell it to my fans for the first time and receive their blessing", Seo said,...More
VCR1 weekly star scene 2011/04/27, Source, Show transcript
Next we bring you the week's juiciest entertainment news in "Weekly Star Scene".
: Of course, we have our special Dami in the studio with us!
What do the actor Jung Joon-ho, JYJ member Kim Jun-su and Hallyu star Kim Hyun-joong have in common,...More
Cyber mobs hunt for 'truth' about Seo-Lee scandal 2011/04/26, Source,
Singer Seo Taiji, left, and Lee Ji-ah, center, kept their marriage and divorce secret for 14 years, while the actress' romance with co-star Jung Woo-sung recently became public. / Korea Times file
Crusading for facts or collective terrorism? Websites are revealing personal information not only about Lee, but her family and friends.
By Lee Hyo-won
As Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah's secret marriage and now public divorce are making headlines, online communities are feverishly seeking "the truth" on their relationship,...More
Jung Woo-sung Reportedly Having Hard Time 2011/04/25, Source,
Actor Jung Woo-sung canceled his birthday party and drank with the chief director of his agency instead.
Star actor Jung Woo-sung, who has been directly hit by the stir caused by "Seo Taiji and Lee Ji-ah", spent his 38th birthday in shock and sorrow on April 22. An old friend and the chief director of Taurus Film (to which Jung Woo-sung belongs) named Kim Yeon Hak posted his writings on his Twitter account on April 22 at around midnight, "I drank with my old friend (Jung Woo-sung) whom I have spent time together for the past 24 years. I just want to say that time goes fast",...More
Mystery Deepens Over Seo Taiji's Secret Marriage to Lee Ji-ah 2011/04/22, Source, Seo Taiji (left) and Lee Ji-ah
The actress Lee Ji-ah is suing music legend Seo Taiji for W500 million in alimony and half of his W5 billion fortune (US$1=W1,080). According to her lawsuit, the two secretly married in the U.S. and divorced later on. Lee claims they divorced in 2009, but Seo says they parted ways back in 2006.
The timing of the separation is at the center of controversy, since a person can claim for alimony up to three years after divorce. The reasons for the divorce and lawsuit remain unclear,...More
Seo Taiji in divorce suit 2011/04/21, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo, Lee Hyo-won
Seo Taiji's divorce is creating a stir as the singer, thought to be single, is rumored to have been married to actress Lee Ji-ah. Lee's real name is Kim Ji-ah.
According to legal sources, a woman known by her surname Kim began divorce proceedings in January, asking for alimony and division of property amounting to about 5 billion won. The second hearing was on Monday, with four attorneys on Seo's side and three representing his wife,...More
Soo Ae, No. 1 actress to pull off a dramatic change 2011/03/31, Source,
Actress Soo Ae was chosen to be the one actress that might go along with a dramatic change.
With the release of movies "Paris, the Days We Loved" and "Emmanuel Vear" in which she dramatically exposes herself, a survey under the title, 'Which Korean actress could pull off a complete change?' was carried out. The first place was given to Soo Ae.,...More
Jeong admits dating Lee Ji-ah 2011/03/21, Source,
By Kwon Mee-yoo
Actor Jung Woo-sung, 37, admitted dating actress Lee Ji-ah, 30, who starred as his counterpart in the recent drama "ATHENA".
"I am having a good time with this new friend after filming the drama", Jeong wrote on his website on Sunday. He also admitted his love for Lee while meeting his fans on the same day. "Lee and I have things in common and I want people to wait and see our relationship", he said,...More
Money, ambition and love blend in 'Midas' 2011/02/22, Source,
A scene from the new SBS drama "Midas" / Courtesy of SBS
By Kwon Mee-yoo
SBS aims to reign the local drama scene again with money, ambition and love all intertwined in the series "Midas".
The drama will examine people's thoughts on money and desire, rather than feature normal happenings of everyday life,...More
Super Junior Choi Si-won son of conglomerate CEO 2011/01/06, Source,
Super Junior member Choi Si-won [Asia Economic Daily]
Idol group Super Junior member Choi Si-won's father has belatedly been found to be the head of Boryung Medience Co., Ltd., a company affiliated with major Korean pharmaceutical firm Boryung Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd.
Choi's father Choi Ki-ho, 57, was appointed as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Boryung Medience on January 3, making him one of the two CEO's jointly leading the company engaged in the development and marketing of maternity and baby healthcare products,...More
BoA tweets about heading off to Hollywood 2011/01/05, Source,
Korean songstress BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop sensation BoA has given fans an update on her recent life, posting a comment on her official Twitter account about her guest appearance on SBS' "ATHENA" and about her upcoming movie.
The songstress wrote on her webpage today saying, "'ATHENA'...I'm going to be leaving now...I'm going to concentrate on preparing for the movie^^Oh yeah!!",...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
Stars Born in Year of Rabbit 2010/12/23, Source,
As the year 2011 is the year of the rabbit, many star actors who were born in the year of rabbit – year 1951, 1963, and 1987 – are making a fresh resolution to make a new leap forward next year. Let's take a look at those stars who were born in the year of the rabbit and have actively been performing in the various fields of broadcasting, movies, and music,...More
[INTERVIEW] Child actress Kim Yoo-jung - Part 1 2010/12/22, Source,
Actress Kim Yoo-jung [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
It has become awkward to call Kim Yoo-jung a 'child actress'. Other than the fact that she is young, her experience and acting skill she displays on the small and big screen easily surpasses that of adult actors.
In MBC TV series "Dong Yi", she held onto the attention of viewers in the show's early stages playing the young version of Dong Yi (Han Hyo-joo), in KBS drama "Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho" she showed the pitiful state her character is in as the weak one who holds deep sorrow within as well as being the protagonist of the tragic melodrama, and in MBC's "Flame of Desire" she extraordinarily pulled off the double role as the young versions of Na-young (Shin Eun-kyoung) and Hye-jin (Seo Woo) who are venomous to the point they are naughty. Hence Kim could be regarded one of the most impressive actors of the year,...More
SBS "Athena" leads for 2nd week on primetime chart 2010/12/22, Source,
SBS series "ATHENA" [SBS]
SBS series "ATHENA" scored the highest among Mondays and Tuesdays prime time TV series for the second week in a row but saw a considerable drop in its ratings.
According to data by Total National Media Statistics (TNmS), spy-action thriller "ATHENA" posted an average rating of 20 percent this week, a 6.5 percent plunge from its previous two episodes,...More
TVXQ to release music video for song from SBS drama 2010/12/20, Source,
Korean duo TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean idols TVXQ have released the music video to a song from SBS drama "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Monday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the song and music video titled "ATHENA" from the soundtrack to the show of the same name was unveiled today on various online music websites including MelOn, Dosirak, Bugs and Cyworld,...More
TVXQ's new single ranks No.1 on pre-order charts in Japan 2010/12/16, Source,
Male duo band TVXQ [SM Entertainment]
Korean boy band TVXQ's new single has received the most pre-orders in Japan, according to their agency SM Entertainment on Thursday.
SM revealed in press release today that TVXQ's new album, set to go on sale in Japan on January 26, took first place on the daily and weekly pre-orders list of HMV Japan, a major online shopping and information sites for music, DVD, games and others goods,...More
TVXQ to sing soundtrack for "Athena" 2010/12/15, Source,
Teaser image for TVXQ's upcoming release set for January 5, 2010 [SM Entertainment]
TVXQ will take part in the soundtrack for new SBS TV series "ATHENA", announced the drama's promoter Vidan Co on Wednesday.
Film marketing company Vidan stated through a press release that boy band TVXQ will sing a soundtrack to spy thriller "ATHENA", joining the list of big names in the Korean music scene including Park Hyo-shin, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Brown Eyed Soul, who have already sung and released soundtracks to the new show,...More
[REVIEW] SBS series "Athena" 2010/12/14, Source, Jung Woo-sung in SBS series "ATHENA" [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
SBS TV series "ATHENA", Monday & Tuesday 9:55 P.M.
Efficient change of shape and the structure in order to adapt to the environment is called evolution. That is why new SBS action series "ATHENA", the spin-off to KBS series "IRIS", has evolved somewhat from its predecessor. Contrary to earlier expectations that the drama would start off by boasting its large scale, the opening was rather uneventful, laying forth the missions to be accomplished. Then came the action scenes skillfully arranged to gradually intensify and overall, heightening the tension,...More
Goodbye 'Giant'... Best viewer rating was 38.2% 2010/12/07, Source,
SBS Mon-Tue drama 'Giant; ended recording its own best viewers rating.
According to AGB media Research, the last episode of "Giant", which aired on the 7th, recorded 38.2% national viewers rating. The first episode recorded only 10% and average rating was 21.9%,...More
[PREVIEW] SBS TV series "Athena" 2010/12/03, Source,
Official poster for SBS TV series "ATHENA" [Taewon Entertainment]
"I don't want "ATHENA" to merely surpass "IRIS". I want it to stand up to comparison in the global market", production company Taewon Entertainment chief Jeong Tae-won said of the difference between KBS TV series "IRIS" and its spin-off "ATHENA" at the press conference for the latter held on November 30. But it is impossible not to compare the two to explain what sort of drama "ATHENA" is since it is based on the sucess of "IRIS", as well as the trial and error it went through, and the story itself takes off where "IRIS" left off,...More
Lee Ji-ah says did not use double for action sequences 2010/11/30, Source,
Actress Lee Ji-ah takes part in the press conference for upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" held at the Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on November 30, 2010. [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has said she has not used a body double for any of the action scenes in the upcoming SBS TV series "ATHENA" so far.
The remark came on Tuesday during a press conference for the action-packed drama which is a spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster series "IRIS" as she responded to a reporter's question on shooting her action sequences,...More
'ATHENA' revealed blockbuster-like posters 2010/11/16, Source,
Two blockbuster-like posters of drama 'ATHENA”, which will be on air in December, are released.
The posters that were released on 17th show how big this blockbuster spy drama will be. This is the first poster shoots that mobilized a helicopter.,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Oh Chang-suk 2010/11/03, Source, My name isOh Chang-suk. My grandfather was the one who came up with my name. I was born on June 2, 1982. I have one older sister and one younger sister but that by no means meant that I had a girly childhood -- we rather grew up like guys working out, fighting and then having to write letters of apologies to each other. (laugh) I am currently majoring in industrial design at Sejong University. I became really burnt out after spending 15 hours a day working on projects for over a year and half. I grew a beard just like Robinson Crusoe, slept on a fold-out bed and washed my hair in the bathroom sink. (laugh) On top of that, design is something that you have to put every inch of yourself into and it becomes really tough if there's an error on your computer while you are working since all your work gets deleted. I used to look out the window watching people go to work while drinking a cup of coffee from the vending machine. I felt that I wouldn't be happy if I began working for a company because it is harder than being a student,...More
Soo Ae: 'I Want to Show a Strong Image' 2010/10/15, Source,
The name of actress Soo Ae has always been followed by words such as "graceful" and "pure". But she does not seem to really like those modifiers according to an interview she gave at a hotel located in Sogongdong on October 14.
Soo Ae said, "I do not want to be defined as a 'graceful' actress even though I suppose I have to appreciate those modifiers. I just began my career as an actress and I still have a long way to go",...More
[PREVIEW] KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" 2010/09/28, Source,
From left, upcoming KBS TV series "The Fugitive Plan B" main cast Rain, Lee Na-young and Daniel Henney pose during a photocall of a press conference for the drama held at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Gee-woo (played by Rain), an international investigator who has his smirking eyes hidden behind sunglasses, receives a request by Jini (played by Lee Na-young) one day to seek out Melchidec, a questionable character. Mutual trust is most important in an investigator-client relationship but for a certain reason, the two end up not trusting each other. And as soon as he accepts her request, Gee-woo, accused of killing his own colleague, starts being chased by detective Do-soo (played by Lee Jung-jin),...More
Spies, in sleek black suits, plotting revenge and, of course, tangled up in a love triangle — add in some of the hottest actors in the local entertainment industry, and you have yo,...More
Cha Seung-won returns to Korea for health reasons 2010/09/16, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Taewon Entertainment]
Actor Cha Seung-won, who departed for Japan over the weekend to film upcoming TV series "ATHENA", has returned to Korea following a deterioration in his health.
An official with the show's producer explained that the model-actor flew back to Korea on September 13, a day after he had left for Japan, and is currently being treated for his illness,...More
Will 'Athena' Exceeds Popularity of 'IRIS'? 2010/09/01, Source,
The spy-action drama "ATHENA", in which actor Jung Woo-sung and actress Soo Ae will appear as the male and female protagonists, will be broadcast from this coming winter in December on SBS. The drama is a spin-off of the original "IRIS" drama and it is based on the original story of the KBS drama "IRIS", which had aired last year on KBS. "ATHENA" is very similar to the original "IRIS" as the production company Taewon Entertainment, which had produced "IRIS", will also produce this drama, and it has been equipped with an all-star cast and large-scale action and melodramatic storyline. But the backdrop of the drama has been expanded from the Korean peninsula and Asian countries into the whole world, and the relationships among cast members have become more complicated,...More
"Reign of Assassins" to open in theaters on October 14 2010/08/26, Source,
John Woo film "Reign of Assassins"
Upcoming John Woo movie "Reign of Assassins" will be opening in local theaters on October 14, according to the film's importer Sane Company Inc. on Thursday.
"Assassins", starring top Korean actor Jung Woo-sung and Chinese actress Michelle Yeoh, is about an ordinary postman (Jeong) with extraordinary martial arts skills. Yeoh will be playing a skilled female assassin and the two come together to fight off a gang and return the ashes of a mystical Buddhist monk,...More
BoA to make special appearance in TV series "Athena" 2010/08/11, Source,
Korean pop star BoA [SM Entertainment]
Korean pop star BoA will be making a special guest appearance in the spin-off of last year's blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to her agency SM Entertainment on Wednesday.
SM announced in a press release that in upcoming action drama "ATHENA", BoA will be playing the role of a top female singer who will be faced with a hostage situation by terrorists before her concert, while being protected by her bodyguard Jung-woo (played by Jung Woo-sung),...More
Kim Seung-woo joins TV series "Athena" cast 2010/08/03, Source,
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo in an official poster for TV series "IRIS" [Taewon Entertainment]
Korean actor Kim Seung-woo, who starred in blockbuster TV series "IRIS" last year, has joined the cast of its upcoming spin-off series "ATHENA", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon announced in a press release that the actor will be reprising his role from the original series, playing North Korea's top intelligence agent Park Chul-young who holds the key secrets to solving the mysteries left behind by "IRIS",...More
Lee Ji-ah graces cover of both Korea and China CeCi 2010/06/24, Source,
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah on the cover of fashion magazine CeCi [CeCi]
Korean actress Lee Ji-ah has simultaneously graced the cover of the July issue of a fashion magazine in Korea and China, according to a press release from KEYEAST on Thursday.
KEYEAST announced in a press release that the July issue of CeCi and CeCi China both featured Lee on the cover page of the magazine as well as a photo spread inside,...More
Drama 'IRIS' To Create New Hallyu Boom in Japan 2010/06/11, Source,
The action blockbuster drama "IRIS" has been spotlighted as it has broken new ground for Hallyu in Japan.
The drama has been recorded as the first Korean drama scheduled to be aired in prime time on Japanese terrestrial TV, and the flight route between Akita and Seoul--which was about to be eliminated--has been reinstated, as the place where the drama was filmed gained popularity as well. Also, many Japanese local governments competitively wanted to support the second season of the drama "IRIS" as soon as it became known that a second season would be produced. In addition, the OST concert of the drama was a great success. In this way, the drama has created great influence a little bit at a time,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 1 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Some say he is a ruthless producer. Some evaluate him as an intelligent businessman. Some consider him as a brother who knows what being loyal is about. After fearlessly stepping into Jeongmuro [where the history of Korean film started] in his early twenties as a film importer, he later placed his name on the power list of commercial film producers. He also was the chief of an entertainment company which sees large profits from importing major films such as "The Lord of the Ring" series by utilizing his innate business mindset and close relationship with Hollywood's major film studios.
Then he successfully wrapped up production of blockbuster drama "IRIS" last year and in June is set to start filming "ATHENA", a 20-billion won spin-off of the series starring top Korean actors Cha Seung-won and Jung Woo-sung,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 2 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: The scale of your overseas location shoots have become bigger too. Jeong Tae-won: Italy, Singapore, Japan, China... and we may go to New Zealand too. And we won't just shoot scenes for the beginning of the drama but we'll be going overseas midway too. We'll be filming more efficiently too because we've divided up the crew into three units. When team A is shooting in Italy, team B will be prepping in Singapore, while the last team will be in charge of doing the special effects and CG. There were several parts I realized I could shoot more effectively while making "IRIS" so I'm going to apply them as much as I can. And everything happened so quickly with "IRIS", there was no breathing space other than the scenes at the college in the first and second episodes, but there will be more humor in "ATHENA". I'll also have a lot of supporting actors positioned throughout the show.
Beck: When does "ATHENA" go into production?,...More
[INTERVIEW] Producer Jeong Tae-won - Part 3 2010/05/31, Source,
Producer Jeong Tae-won [Beck Una/10Asia]
Beck Una: You're well-known as being a producer who works closely with the actors. There are many actors who like you or you get along with and you run a management agency too. Jeong Tae-won: I always think of myself as their older brother. And that I should make the sacrifices for them first since I'm their older brother. But when I make new attempts, I expect them to engage in them for their faith in me rather than for the money. On the outside, Taewon [Entertainment] is perceived as a company which is overflowing with money but our organs are the only things that aren't held [as security]. (laugh) Every project is difficult in the beginning but the actors have always helped since they know their older brother is going to make a movie, not buy land, by making money. (laugh) Both "IRIS" and "71-Into the Fire" are also productions which would have been difficult to make without that trust. When a movie doesn't do well, the actors are the first people I feel sorry for. I wheedled them into doing it but I would leave a scratch in their life due to that film. It remains a debt in my heart. And I want to do whatever I can to repay that debt,...More
Kim Hyun-joong gets into car accident, ok for comeback 2010/05/18, Source,
SS501 member Kim Hyun-joong [Lee Ki-bum/Asia Economic Daily]
SS501 leader Kim Hyun-joong was involved in a car accident last week but he has suffered minor injuries, allowing his group to make their comeback to the local music scene as planned next month, according to their agency on Tuesday.
An official with DSP Media told Asia Economic Daily over the phone that Kim had gotten into the accident on Wednesday when a car he was riding in with an acquaintance collided into another car, leaving the singer with bruises and abrasions which would take two weeks to heal,...More
TOP says lived as 17-year-old for 6 months for "Fire" (1) 2010/05/12, Source,
From left, actors Kim Seung-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun), kwon Sang-woo and Cha Seung-won pose during a photo session of a press conference for film "71-Into the Fire" held at Imperial Palace Hotel in Seoul, South Korea on May 10, 2010. [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
In August of 1950, when the Korean War was well under way, a letter was found in the pocket of student soldier Lee Woo-geun who died while fighting in a battle to defend the Nakdong River. The letter, which the 16-year-old had failed to send off to his mother, read the following: "Mother, I killed a person. It was such a brutal death. Why do we have to go into war? I'm thinking frightening thoughts. I wish the war would end quickly and feel your warm embrace". Film "71-Into the Fire" starts with this letter. What leads the film is not its blockbuster scale which cost the production 11.3 billion won, nor its extravagant cast. The camera operates in order to shed light onto the existence of student soldiers who took part in the meaningless war yet have failed to be remembered for their sacrifice,...More
SS501 Kim Hyun-joong considering "IRIS" spin-off 2010/05/12, Source,
Korean actor/singer Kim Hyun-joong [Asia Economic Daily]
Korean singer-actor Kim Hyun-joong is in talks to appear in the upcoming action TV series "ATHENA", the spin-off to last year's hit blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
"Kim is a strong candidate for the drama but we are currently in talks with his agency and nothing has been set as of now", a representative from Taewon told Asia Economic Daily over the phone,...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 1 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
Actor Cha Seung-won never gets tired. He melted viewers' hearts through his role in SBS' "THE CITY HALL" last year and soon after played the stylish detective in movie "Secret - 2009". Then in order to play the role of Lee Mong-hak, he armed himself with sharp teeth and a long sword for film "Blades of Blood" which is set to open in theaters on April 29. A slew of other large productions starring Cha, including movie "71-Into the Fire" and drama "ATHENA" are also standing in line for release later this year. Below are excerpts from 10Asia's interview with Cha Seung-won.
10: Your film "Blades of Blood" is awaiting release. It's already receiving a lot of hype because it's helmed by famed director Lee Joon-ik and stars yourself and actor Hwang Jung-min. How do you feel about this movie? Cha Seung-won: I think it'll do roughly well. Roughly. (laugh) Last night I dreamt that I was heading somewhere, walking on a field covered with snow. Snow means wealth. And when I climbed over a fence, I saw was an ocean. I woke up saying wow! (laugh),...More
[INTERVIEW] Actor Cha Seung-won - Part 2 2010/04/27, Source,
Korean actor Cha Seung-won [Lee Jin-hyuk/10Asia]
10: "71-Into the Fire" is in post-production right now. What was it like filming the movie? It must have not been easy -- I saw photos taken on set which basically seemed like ruins.Cha Seung-won: I didn't see a single woman on set the whole time we shot "71-Into the Fire". kwon Sang-woo, T.O.P (Choi Seung-hyun) and I thought 'Wow this is too much'. (laugh) You'll probably be able to tell from the photos but When you see the behind-the-scenes pictures all you see are men. 10: Maybe that's why Choi Seung-hyun received so much attention. (laugh) Cha: We all like him very much. There is no reason not to like him. He had a really tough time on set after having been an idol group singer. He would say hello at lunch, sit next to me and eat covered in make-up which makes him look messy. And when I ask him if filming is bearable, he would say he likes it. He's a really good guy,...More
"IRIS" season 2 starts pre-production 2010/04/20, Source,
Official poster for KBS TV series "IRIS" Season 1 [Taewon Entertainment]
Pre-production work for the second season of blockbuster TV series has kicked off amidst much hype and anticipation among fans, according to production company Taewon Entertainment on Tuesday.
Taewon explained in a press release that "IRIS" producers have started the casting process for the next season, even talking with agents for the actors from the first season such as Lee Byung-hun, Kim Tae-hee and Kim So-yeon and considering a new face to appear in the series as well,...More
Actress Soo Ae has been cast as a heroine in the upcoming,...More
Korean actress Soo Ae cast as female lead in "Iris" sequel 2010/04/09, Source,
Korean actress Soo Ae [Star J Entertainment]
Korean actress Soo Ae has joined the cast of upcoming action TV series "ATHENA", the sequel to last year's hit blockbuster drama "IRIS", according to the show's producer Taewon Entertainment on Friday.
"ATHENA", named after the Greek goddess of war strategy, will be about terrorist acts and threats against the Korean Peninsula and the whole world.
"Soo Ae will be playing Yoon Hye-in, the lead female character who is a double agent working for both the National Intelligence Service and as a spy for a secret organization", a producer from Taewon explained,...More
[ChanMi's drama news] Sequel to "Iris" cast? 2010/03/19, Source,
Greatest drama for this year, "IRIS" will be having its sequel "ATHENA" coming soon. There was a rumor that Ha Ji-won was picked for the new main character!
However, the company and the drama staff say nothing is determined.
All that is known is that she got the synopsis for the drama and was reading it over. She had finished the film, "Closer to Heaven" and had free time that many thought she would,...More
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