Thursday, April 5, 2012

"Jang Hyuk leaves congratulatory message for friend and bride-to-be Jun Ji Hyun" plus 19 more

"Jang Hyuk leaves congratulatory message for friend and bride-to-be Jun Ji Hyun" plus 19 more

Jang Hyuk leaves congratulatory message for friend and bride-to-be Jun Ji Hyun

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 08:49 AM PDT

Actor Jang Hyuk had a heartwarming congratulatory message for friend and bride-to-be Jun Ji Hyun.

During an interview with TV Chosun‘s ‘Entertainment in TV‘, Jang Hyuk detailed the people that he knew in the entertainment field. He revealed he became close to stars like Han Suk Gyu, Kim Suro, Sung Dong Il, Lee Da Hae, Jun Ji Hyun, and Gong Hyo Jin through film projects.

Jang Hyuk described Jun Ji Hyun as, “a star with a young girl’s heart, who gets really happy over the smallest things.” He went on, “I hope she lives happily. I hope she’s happy for a very long time with a good person besides her.”

Apparently, the two stars have been friends since his trainee days at Sidus. They worked together for the 2004 film ‘Let Me Introduce You to My Girlfriend‘.

Jun Ji Hyun will be marrying banker Choi Jun Hyuk on April 13th at 6PM in Seoul’s Shilla Hotel.

Source & Photo: Osen

JYJ to hold a large-scale fan fair!

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 08:24 AM PDT

JYJ will be holding their first ever large-scale international fan fair!

The group’s management agency, C-JeS Entertainment, released the following statement on April 5th: “JYJ will be holding their 2012 Membership Week for 4 days starting on June 28th in SETEC at Hak Yeo Ul station.”

This international fan fair is something put together specifically for the fans, and will take place after JYJ concludes their World Tour.

The representative went on, “This large-scale fan meeting has been specially created for members who will have an opportunity to see, hear, and experience everything related to JYJ through various events. This will be the first time a fan exhibition of this size will be attempted in Korea.”

The format for the fan fair is described as diverse. Not only will JYJ’s promotions and activities be explained in detail, JYJ’s photo books will be on display, and there will be a corner for JYJ’s preferred foods, as well as rides and other fun things to help fans create special memories with their favorite K-Pop group.

A multimedia display of encouraging messages from fans overseas will also be in place, as well as a Fan Art competition, a design contest corner, a display of gifts given to JYJ by fans, JYJ’s ‘trick art’, as well as sticker picture machines.

C-JeS Entertainment continued, “We also plan on holding a dance cover festival with teams competing from different continents. C-JeS Entertainment plans to invite the top dance teams from each country after a pre-screening process. All expenses will be paid by C-JeS Entertainment.”

C-JeS Entertainment representative Baek Chang Joo remarked, “JYJ fans aren’t limited to Korea or Asia. Because they have an extremely broad fan base, the desires of the fans are also very different. This fan exhibition will be diverse enough to fulfill all the requests by all their fans, all at once.”

“Because this fan fair will not be for profit, we will not be sell MD goods and the fan meeting will also be free of charge,” he continued. ”We are holding the festival as our way of giving back to the fans who’ve cheered on JYJ until now, and it’ll be an event where everyone will be able to clearly see JYJ’s global popularity and fan power.”

The JYJ members commented, “We’re so happy and excited that we’ll be spending 4 days with our fans at this festival. We’ll be sending our ideas for the fan fair whenever we have time, and be actively participating in the planning process in hopes of making our fans that much happier. We hope that through this event, we will be able to return all the support and love our fans have always given us.”

Source & Photo: TV Daily via Nate

SHINee’s Key looks dapper in his pilot uniform for ‘Catch Me If You Can’

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT

SHINee member Key shared a photo after his ‘Catch Me If You Can‘ musical performance.

On April 4th, Key shared the photo above via SHINee’s official me2day page and wrote, “‘Catch Me If You Can’! We just concluded our second performance today. Thank you everyone for coming! Try to catch me~.”

Key’s smile in the photo exuded confidence, and fans took note of how handsome he looked in a pilot uniform.

You could’ve just become a pilot,” they wrote. “You look so good in it,” along with, “Fighting! To a guy who continues to challenge himself!”

In related news, Key is acting in his first musical ‘Catch Me If You Can’, playing the role of expert con-artist named Frank.

Source & Image: SHINee’s me2day

Jang Nara in car accident, not badly injured

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 07:33 AM PDT

Singer and actress Jang Nara suffered a car accident on April 5th KST, but it’s being reported that the star is not badly injured.

Jang Nara’s agency Pure Entertainment told Osen, “Jang Nara was riding in the backseat of the vehicle when a driver came up from the side and crashed into the area of the car she was sitting. Thankfully, she wasn’t badly hurt, but she’s in a state of shock because of the accident.”

The representative went on, “After she’s finished with her schedule, her condition will be monitored to see whether or not she needs to go to the hospital.”

The star got into an accident on her way to an ‘M! Countdown‘ recording, but still attended a ‘Strong Heart‘ recording afterward.

Source & Photo: Osen

SISTAR to make comeback with global showcase on Youtube!

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 07:06 AM PDT

It’s been announced that SISTAR will be making their comeback with a global showcase!

The talented girl group is officially releasing a mini-album on April 12th, eight months after the release of their first album ‘So Cool‘. It seems this time, they’re returning with an international focus. SISTAR’s showcase will be accessible through Youtube in 41 countries.

Brave Brothers, who previously produced hit tracks like “So Cool” and “Ma Boy” for the group, worked with SISTAR for their upcoming new album as well. Many fans are looking forward to the upcoming single “Myself” as it’s also composed by the producer.

Stay tuned to allkpop for more information about SISTAR’s showcase!

Source & Photo: Money Today via Nate

allkpop TV Guide: Rooftop Prince Ep. 5

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 06:33 AM PDT

Official Synopsis: A prince from the Chosun era, Yi Gak (JYJ's Yoochun), along with his entourage, which includes Song Man Bo (Lee Min Ho), Do Chi San (Choi Woo Shik) and Woo Young Sul (Jung Seok Won), are catapulted 300 years into the future. As he attempts to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the princess he loved, he unexpectedly finds himself in the city of Seoul in the year 2012, where he comes across a woman who looks exactly like his beloved crown princess…

Ratings: MBC‘s ‘The King 2 Hearts‘ dipped slightly to a 13.5% rating, although it still retained its first place position. KBS‘s ‘Equator Man‘ was able to break into the double digits with the official beginning of its “adult arc” as it achieved a 10.2% rating. Meanwhile, SBS‘ ‘Rooftop Prince‘ dropped slightly in its rating with 11.2%. Although the drama battle was previously between MBC and SBS, the playing field seems to be leveling between all three dramas, leaving the top position up in the air.

Recap of Ep. 5: Shocking everyone in the hospital room, Prince Yi Gak tells his grandmother that he is Tae Young. Although Tae Mu (Lee Tae Sung) protests against Yi Gak, telling his grandmother that he is only a fake, Grandmother is happy to fill Tae Young’s vacant spot with Yi Gak. While Grandmother hastily takes Yi Gak back “home”, Park Ha (Han Ji Min) returns to Yi Gak’s servants to reveal that Yi Gak moved to a rich family and the three men need to find their own way.

Meanwhile, Yi Gak makes a deal with Grandmother. Yi Gak will give up his precious hair in exchange for Grandmother buying Park Ha’s rooftop room, preserving the only avenue he has to the Joseon era. Yi Gak returns to the rooftop room, where Park Ha returns ancient garbs to all the three men, ultimately freeing them from any obligations. Park Ha also returns the handkerchief Yi Gak thought Bu Young (Joseon double of Park Ha) had created but Hwa Young had given to Yi Gak as her own. Shocked, Yi Gak realizes the butterfly that flew away when he began to cry had reappeared on the handkerchief. Unnerved at his tears, Park Ha looks at Tae Young’s portrait of her with the butterfly that Tae Young had drawn.

Tae Mu attempts to prove Yi Gak is impersonating Tae Young, bringing in a geneticist for a DNA test. As Yi Gak attempts to escape the situation, Tae Young’s cellphone drops out of his pocket, revealing a photo of Tae Young and his grandmother as the background, seemingly confirming his identity as Tae Young. The family hopes that the cellphone might be the key to finding out what exactly happened in America two years ago, sending an alarmed Tae Mu and Yi Gak on a mission to crack the password. However, Yi Gak drops his cellphone in the car ride, giving Tae Mu the opportunity to destroy the cellphone with a rock. However, when Se Na enters the room, he quickly drops it into a shopping bag that Se Na’s mother takes away.

After Yi Gak brings his entourage to Grandmother’s home, he announces his theory that he is the reincarnation of the supposedly dead Tae Young and must thus uncover the relationships among the dead Tae Young, the dead princess, and her lookalike. While the three servants prepare a ceremony for Man Bo’s dead mother, causing havoc in the house with women and men fainting everywhere, Yi Gak goes to Park Ha’s house with whipped cream and soju where Park Ha reveals her forgotten past and lost memories. The next day, Yi Gak and his courtiers go to Park Ha’s for a commemorative photo, making Park Ha slightly disappointed that they are letting her go so easily.

After going through the sacrilegious process of cutting his hair, Yi Gak rushes to the rooftop room only to find it empty. He catches sight of Park Ha in a bus and rushes toward it, almost getting killed by a truck. Taking note of the beach billboard because Park Ha had told Yi Gak that an image of the beach is her fantasy image, he rides in the truck and yells out for Park Ha. Going into the bus, he tells a surprised Park Ha that she doesn’t have to go anywhere far now that he has a “beach” for her.

The two sit together, watching the “beach” peacefully when a truck interrupts the moment by honking, causing Park Ha to jump into Yi Gak’s embrace.


kdramacrazy's Thoughts:

[Note : This post reflects the opinions of the author, and not necessarily those of allkpop.]

Such an excellent synthesis of hilarity with the tense and exciting development of the main conflict plot line. The conflict of the chaebol family with the grandmother, Tae Mu, and Tae Young is moving forward effectively, becoming more entertaining rather than stagnant during moments of frustration with the characters. The swerves and unpredictable turns in the conflict, starting from the DNA test to the cellphone, employ the potential of the ultimate conflict and pose a new question: When will Yi Gak be revealed as an impersonator?

In addition, I love how the script is utilizing little details and integrating them all together to create a thread connecting two different times, the Joseon era and 2012. The butterfly and the cellphone sneak back in as clues to the enigmatic conflict. Throwing in my speculation, Tae Young’s character is not yet thrown in the trash bin or flung in with the dead. Although Yi Gak believes that he is the reincarnation of Tae Young, revealing the biggest secret of the relationship between Tae Young-Yi Gak and possibly Hwa Young-Se Na this easily and early on in the drama leads me to think that the writers are hiding the true secret. Whether Tae Young is biding his time somewhere, or there’s a more convoluted mystery up the writers’ sleeves, the puzzle only becomes more intriguing. (Speaking of miniscule details being merged into the plot: it’s cute that Lady Mimi is using the comic book images of the entourage and Park Ha for her webtoon.)

When Yi Gak dragged Park Ha out of the bus, I responded with applause and a smile of happiness. It was a nice development of the loveline. Seeing how Park Ha truly missed the men, and how they were the ones who could stop her from leaving to America also revealed the growing relationship between Park Ha and her “children”. I cannot wait to watch the love blossom between the two, since sparks are flying already, and I hope the writers will continue to integrate the funny anachronistic moments of Park Ha being introduced to modern dating customs.

And yay! Sexy Yoochun is back with a haircut (along with the three handsomely transformed men)!

Lee Hyori’s charms Jung Jae Hyung in 10 seconds?

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 06:03 AM PDT

Singer Lee Hyori reportedly charmed Jung Jae Hyung in 10 seconds, making him give up some of his belongings to sell for her charity bazaar.

The first broadcast of reality program On Style’s ‘Golden 12‘, which is airing on April 5th KST, will follow Lee Hyori while she prepares for her charity bazaar project.

On this episode, Lee Hyori had stylist Han Hye Yeon and photographer Hong Jang Hyun call actress Cha Yea Ryun and Big Bang member T.O.P to ask them to donate some personal items, which they gladly agreed to do.

Lee Hyori then called close friend Jung Jae Hyun and said, “I’m doing a show. I’m having a bazaar so give me something. I’ll go over to your house.” After hearing just three sentences, Jung Jae Hyung promised to hand something over. The whole process reportedly only took her 10 seconds. Responding to Lee Hyori’s boldness, Jung Jae Hyung said, “Okay!  I need to give things that are worth $8,845?

Jung Jae Hyung did not even ask why the charity bazaar was happening, who were participating, or for any other information, but decided to help out after one phone call from Lee Hyori.  Han Hye Young, Hong Jang Hyun, singer Bae Da Hae and other bazaar participants commented, “Truly a 10-second charisma.”

‘Golden 12′ is a reality show that will follow “socialtainer (socialite + entertainer)” Lee Hyori’s social life and cover the social issues advocated by the star.

Source: OSEN via Naver

2AM reveals Se7en’s “When I Can’t Sing” was originally meant for them

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 05:34 AM PDT

2AM revealed that Se7en‘s hit song “When I Can’t Sing” was originally meant for them.

The 2AM boys appeared on April 5th’s broadcast of YTN‘s ‘News and Issue – Issue and People‘. During the show, the anchor commented, “2AM has so many good songs, but I bet there are a lot of songs that you missed out on too.

The members replied, “JY Park‘s ‘Can’t Forget (If)’ that was featured in ‘Dream High’ and Se7en’s ‘When I Can’t Sing’ were songs that came to us first.

Member Changmin sparked viewers’ curiosity by revealing, “I’ve heard that the unreleased album has songs like that in it.

On another note, 2AM is currently promoting their single, “I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me“.

Source & Image: TV Report via Nate

Comedian Jo Hye Ryeon and husband of 13 years divorce

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 05:02 AM PDT

After 13 years of marriage, comedian Jo Hye Ryeon is getting a divorce.

Agency TN Entertainment, told Star News on April 5th, “Recently, she and her husband have filed for a mutual divorce.

Her agency went on, “They have had conflicts due to irreconcilable differences, and they’ve fought through it. However, in the end, the two decided on divorce. We have yet to ask about who is going to get custody of their children.

According to TN Entertainment, Jo Hye Ryeon will temporarily take a break from MBC‘s ‘Quiz to Change the World‘ and other TV programs.

Jo Hye Ryeon married her husband, Kim Hyun Ki, in December 1998. They have a son and daughter.

Source & Image: Star News via Nate

Shin Se Kyung and Yuri had an awkward relationship?

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 04:27 AM PDT

Actress Shin Se Kyung disclosed the special affection she has for her SBS drama ‘Fashion King.’

During the filming of ‘Fashion King’ held on April 4th, she met up with TV Report and commented, “I think this drama will become a special memory for me.”

She went on to comment on her relationship with her famous co-stars, “I am very close to my cast members. I am especially close with Yuri unni.  At first it was awkward between us, but we are a lot better now.

When asked, “Have you exchanged numbers?” she stated, “I don’t know [Yoo] Ah In oppa’s number. But we are [still] really close.

On March 14th, Shin Se Kyung attended the ‘Fashion and Production Meeting‘ and stated, “I thought that I would get close to my cast mates quickly, but I think that because we are closer in age, it’s harder to get close.

She continued, “If we were further apart in age, I think it would be easier to approach them, but because we are close in age, I always think too much [before approaching them].”

Shin Se Kyung is currently playing the character of Lee Ga Young, a naturally talented designer, on ‘Fashion King.’

Source: TV Report via Naver

U-KISS’s Kevin and Hoon take a “couple” photo

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 03:54 AM PDT

Idol group U-KISS‘s Kevin and Hoon recently shared a heartwarming selca of the two members together.

On April 4th, Kevin tweeted the photo above and wrote, “With Hoon~ w/ Hoon Bunny.” The two U-KISS members pose closely together for the camera. Both sported the same light brown hair color, and their clear white skin was noticed by fans.

They commented, “I wish U-KISS would return soon,” “Your cuteness is melting me,” and “You two are so adorable!

In related news, U-KISS was scheduled to have a fan meeting on a cruise ship, Club Harmony, on April 3rd, but due to harsh weather and strong waves, the fan meeting had to take place on the shores of Jeju Island instead.

Source: Kevin’s Twitter

T-ara’s Hyomin says goodbye to her bob haircut

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 03:53 AM PDT

Fans can look forward to a new image change for T-ara‘s Hyomin as the singer has said goodbye to her bob style haircut, which she has been sporting for some time.

On April 5th, the singer wrote on her Twitter, “Last photo of me with my bob haircut. Goodbye now.”

The photo Hyomin posted of herself wearing a check-patterned muffler makes it obvious why she has stuck with this particular hair style for a while. Fans replied to her tweet by commenting, “Are you changing your hairstyle? This time, to long straight hair?” “You’re so pretty,” and “I’ll be looking forward to your new image!

Source: Hyomin’s Twitter

CNBLUE wins #1! + Performances from April 5th’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 03:23 AM PDT

Mnet's ‘M! Countdown’ is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances and special stages in commemoration of Shinhwa‘s 14th anniversary!

Jang Nara returned to the stage today to perform her newest release titled “I Only Think Of You“.

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between SHINee, Shinhwa, and CNBLUE, but in the end, it was CNBLUE who clinched the win tonight with "Hey You“!

Congratulations to CNBLUE for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!


Performers tonight included Na Yoon Kwon, CNBLUE, Busker Busker, Jang Nara, B1A4, John Park, NU’EST, BtoB, MC Sniper, Nine Muses, SPICA, Take Hyun, and Han SoA!

Check out the performances below:


< MC Sniper > *Comeback Stage*


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< Nine Muses >




< NU’EST >


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< Han Soa >


< John Park >


< B1A4 >


< Busker Busker >




< Na Yoon Kwon >


< Shinhwa + “Brand New” Special Stage >


SMASH takes the stage to perform Shinhwa’s “Wild Eyes” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 03:19 AM PDT

Continuing with today’s rush of special stages on ‘M! Countdown‘, the boys of SMASH volunteered to perform Shinhwa‘s “Wild Eyes“.

To commemorate 14 years of Shinhwa, Mnet decided to air a very special episode with a few special performances from SPICA, SMASH, and Shinhwa themselves.

Check out SMASH’s special stage below! Watch the rest of this week’s performances on ‘M! Countdown’ here.


SPICA performs Shinhwa’s “T.O.P” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 03:09 AM PDT

The extremely talented ladies of SPICA returned to the stage for today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘.

Along with their hot performance of “Painkiller,” the girls performed a special stage in order to commemorate Shinhwa‘s 14th anniversary.

Check out the girls as they perform one of Shinhwa’s most popular tracks, “T.O.P“! Watch the rest of this week’s performances on ‘M! Countdown’ here.


Jang Nara says “I Only Think Of You” on ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 02:59 AM PDT

Actress-singer Jang Nara once again showcased her talented vocals with her comeback single, "I Only Think of You".

Jang Nara returned to the stage today on ‘M! Countdown‘ to perform her first comeback stage for her title track.

Check out her astonishing stage setup and performance below, and be sure to check out the rest of today’s performances here!


Lee Hyori’s casual style surprises fans

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 02:52 AM PDT

A picture of Lee Hyori in a casual, carefree outfit was posted by the star, attracting a lot of attention. Her sexy diva appearance is still visible, but she’s definitely wearing a more comfortable and relaxed style.

On April 4th, Hyori uploaded the picture with the caption, “Comfortable clothes are the best,” on her Twitter. The star is seen wearing a hip-hop cap, a scarf, a loose cardigan, and jeans, a style completely different from her usual fierce on-stage outfits.

Followers commented, “What kind of fashion is that,” “It looks good because Hyori is wearing it,” “I think she just wanted to be warm,” and “She has truly strange fashion sense.”

Source & Image: Lee Hyori’s Twitter

Jo Kwon takes a selca with 2PM’s Junsu

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 02:52 AM PDT

Jo Kwon of 2AM showed his brotherly affection for 2PM member and JYP Entertainment label mate Junsu.

On April 5th, Jo Kwon posted the above photos on Twitter with a caption that read, “Our Junsu Hyung“. Jo Kwon wore an adorable cat mask while Junsu treated fans to a little aegyo, puffing up his cheeks. The two idol stars look noticeably close with Junsu putting his arm around the younger 2AM member.

Followers left comments like, “Both of you are so cute,” and “I want that mask!

Source & Image: Jo Kwon’s Twitter

2PM’s Junho shows off his one-of-a-kind jacket

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 02:51 AM PDT

2PM‘s Junho uploaded a selca while wearing a special one-of-a-kind red jacket from a photoshoot.

On April 3rd, Junho posted the photo above with the caption, “During the photoshoot. There’s only one copy of this jacket in the world so far, and I’m wearing it. The color is so pretty,” on his Twitter. The jacket has not yet been released for sale to the public, and the 2PM member’s smile suggests that he’s excited to wear the unique item.

Fans commented, “When will that jacket be released?” “Because Junho wore it, it looks even better,” and “He outshines the jacket.”

Source & Image: Junho’s Twitter

4minute’s HyunA couples up with Yoo Ah In for ‘High Cut’

Posted: 05 Apr 2012 02:31 AM PDT

4minute’s HyunA and ‘Fashion King‘ star Yoo Ah In have coupled up for a pictorial that could only be imagined in fantasies for ‘High Cut‘ magazine!

Yoo Ah In put his experience as a model to use and combined his efforts with HyunA’s natural ease when it comes to style and mood. Photographer Kim Young Jun praised, “Yoo Ah In and HyunA were able to come up with great poses together. I’m highly satisfied with the end result of the pictorial.”

The couple posed for the 10th anniversary line of the clothing brand ‘10+ Jack&Jill‘. Yoo Ah In is actually HyunA’s college senior by one year, as they both attend Konkuk University as Liberal Arts majors.

On HyunA, Yoo Ah In stated, “It’s my first time meeting her today but I’ve actually listened to a lot of 4minute’s songs. I think I listen to them more than other girl groups. Whenever I go to Thailand, I always hear 4minute’s songs.”

HyunA also commented, “I was really shy meeting him for the first time. Because it was a couple photoshoot, I had to greet and converse with him, but we didn’t even have the chance to [talk] before we went in to shoot. He said, ‘Let’s go in’, and my face got all red. He has an aura about him that makes him seem as if he would look amazing even when taking random pictures in the streets. There’s a positive energy to him.”

Further cuts can be seen in the 74th edition of ‘High Cut’.

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Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Nate