Monday, May 7, 2012

"Will Smith is a fan of the Wonder Girls" plus 19 more

"Will Smith is a fan of the Wonder Girls" plus 19 more


Will Smith is a fan of the Wonder Girls

Posted: 07 May 2012 09:12 AM PDT

On May 7th, actor Will Smith attended the perss conference for his movie, ‘Men in Black 3‘, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Seoul and made the reporters burst out into laughter over his comment on the Wonder Girls.

When asked who he thought was most like an alien, he replied, “I talked about this with my daughter and she thinks the Wonder Girls are like aliens.”

Will Smith remarked, “My wife and daughter are very interested in international music. They told me about Wonder Girls, and I am a fan. I’m very simple when it comes to my taste in music, and so I don’t know too much about K-Pop.

Wonder Girls members Hyerim & Sunye walked the red carpet and joined Will Smith on the stage at Youngdeungpo Times Square.

When asked why he was holding his world premiere in Korea, the actor replied, “I remember holding a successful promotional event for one of my movies 10 years ago in Korea. While working on this film in the States, there were a lot of talks about promoting in the world market. As Korea is one of the emerging film markets of the world, I felt that Korea would be most fit for our world premiere.”

He added, “This is actually my second time in Korea, as I previously visited the country during the World Cup in 2002. I’m here this time with my wife and daughter, and they’re both out enjoying Seoul right now. I’ve slept since arriving last night so I haven’t been able to enjoy Seoul yet, but I hope to meet a lot of people and feel it for myself.”

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Source: OSEN via Naver + Daum / Starnews
[Images credited as tagged.]

JB & JR to officially debut? JYP Entertainment reveals teaser for “JJ Project”

Posted: 07 May 2012 08:48 AM PDT

JYP Entertainment has revealed the teaser to their “JJ Project“.

On May 8th at 12:00AM (KST), JYP Entertainment launched a new website for the “JJ Project” at jjproject.jype.com along with an official Facebook Page and YouTube Channel. Additionally, a teaser video for the 1st Single Album “Slot Machine” was also revealed.

Although there’s no official word, one could assume that JJ could stand for JB and JR from Dream High 2.

Stay tuned for more updates and check out the teaser below!

INFINITE releases their new track, “Only Tears”

Posted: 07 May 2012 08:29 AM PDT

INFINITE is back with a fresh new ballad track!

Only Tears” was a song first performed at INFINITE’s encore concert back in April, and it is finally available for fans everywhere to enjoy. Though Sunggyu performed the song solo at the concert, the studio version of “Only Tears” produced by hit-maker Sweetune features the emotional vocals of all seven members. The song is a sad one that sings of a man who believes he is far from good enough to take care of the woman he loves, and the lyrical and romantic strings melody well accompanies the individual charms and appeals of the boys. The harmony of “Only Tears” is sure to stir the hearts of their loyal fans who have been eagerly awaiting their comeback.

Check it out below as we patiently wait for the release of their third mini album ‘INFINITIZE‘ on May 15th.

Source & Image: Melon
Tip: Jae

Big Bang releases their “Visit Korea” CF

Posted: 07 May 2012 08:11 AM PDT

Big Bang took part in the public campaign ‘Hello Korea‘ to encourage visitors to tour Korea, and their advertisement CF for the project has just been released!

In the campaign advertisement ‘Let’s Say Hello First!‘, the members take the initiative to reach out with a warm smile and cordially greet potential visitors in various languages.

Director Han Kyung Ah, of the marketing department remarked, "Popular idol group Big Bang’s friendly, approachable image pairs well with our campaign concept. We hope that through our partnership, visitors will warm up to the idea of visiting Korea.”

Top idol group Big Bang’s friendly welcome is sure to draw in more tourists. Check out the video below!

Image: StarNews

Intel Korea reveals teaser for “Make Thumb Noise” project with 2NE1

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:52 AM PDT

On May 10th, 2NE1 will start up their collaborative “Make Thumb Noise” project with Intel Korea.

Earlier today, a teaser for this project was shared through 2NE1′s official YouTube channel. Intel Korea’s official Facebook page also shared the video and stated that they are giving aways prizes to 20 people who leave comments or share the video. They will officially announce what the project is all about on May 10th, in the meantime check out the teaser below.

Source & Image: Intel Korea’s official Facebook page
Tip: tatang

Hello Venus promotes their upcoming debut by passing out special balloons

Posted: 07 May 2012 07:07 AM PDT

Pledis Entertainment is known for pulling no stops when it comes to brewing up unique promotion ideas for their artists.

For their upcoming girl group debut, they’ve come up with a balloon event to celebrate Hello Venus‘ debut! With just three days left until the debut date draws, the members headed out to the streets of Kangnam to pass out white and green balloons with their logo and information printed on them.

Hello Venus’ official Twitter wrote, “We handed out balloons with Hello Venus printed on them at Kangnam station today~ ^_^ Here’s a photo with the balloons ^^V (We’ll take a prettier one tomorrow <3 Please wait for us!”

Considering the flood of debuts lately, it’s important to stand out amongst the crowd, and it seems Hello Venus is surely on the right track.

Source + Photos: Hello Venus Official Twitter
Tip: jamapower113

Busker Busker successfully completes their ‘Youth Bus’ concert in Seoul

Posted: 07 May 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Busker Busker has successfully concluded their first solo concert at Yeonsei University starting May 4th through the 6th!

The trio performed all of the songs from their debut album, including their other hit remakes like “Tokyo Boy“, “Seoul People“, and “Livin’ La Vida Loca“, all of which were fan favorites from their days as ‘Superstar K3‘ contestants. They performed a total of 20 tracks live to the cheers of their audience.

Leader Jang Bum Joon stated, “I’m not used to such a reaction, but it feels so great. We’ll all work hard so please continue to enjoy our music.”

Drummer Brad also revealed that he had married his girlfriend of six years. On the final day of their concert, Jang Bum Joon announced, “I have some amazing news to share today. Our Brad has gotten married today. They’re now legally married.”

Towards his wife in the audience, he jokingly stated, “Nuna, you’re an ajumma now. Brad is also an ajusshi.”

Concluding the concert, Busker Busker expressed, “Thank you so much for coming today; we’re truly happy. It’s now time for us to visit our fans in the suburbs.”

Busker Busker will be focusing on their suburban tour in the coming months.

Source + Photos: Kyunghyang via Naver

Girls’ Generation’s Seohyun visits Ock Joo Hyun on the set of ‘Elizabeth’

Posted: 07 May 2012 06:42 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Seohyun made a surprise visit to the musical performance set of senior Ock Joo Hyun!

On the morning of May 6th, Ock Joo Hyun tweeted, “Seohyun came to watch as soon as ‘Music Core‘ finished. It made my heart warm up and my nose twitch with tears.. I will always support your worry-filled youth.”

Looking as close as ever, the senior and junior hug each other tightly, putting their friendship on display for all. Ock Joo Hyun is currently playing the role of Elizabeth in the musical ‘Elizabeth‘, and is seen in character behind-the-scenes.

Netizens commented, “Beautiful two goddesses“, “I miss Ock Joo Hyun“, and “I’ve seen ‘Elizabeth’ twice already and it’s truly an amazing work.”

Source + Photos: Ock Joo Hyun’s Twitter

2AM renews their contract with ‘BHC Chicken’ for the third year in a row

Posted: 07 May 2012 04:37 AM PDT

2AM has renewed their contracts with ‘BHC Chicken‘, making this the third consecutive year they’re models for the brand.

Although several popular idol stars like Girls’ Generation, SECRET, IU, and Super Junior have modeled for chicken brands, 2AM is actually the first to maintain a contract for this long of a time period.

Representatives of ‘BHC Chicken’ revealed, “2AM’s healthy image fits well with our brand so we decided to renew their contract.”

Not only will 2AM be filming a new CF for the brand, but they will also be doing volunteer work for charities under the brand’s name. Filming for the CF was completed on May 1st, and it will begin airing on the 10th.

Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver

Shinhwa to hold special fan signings to thank fans for their support

Posted: 07 May 2012 03:28 AM PDT

To thank fans for their unchanging love and support over the years, Shinhwa has announced that they will be personally thanking everyone through a fan signing.

The special fan signing titled ‘Thanks Edition‘ will be held in three different record stores with two members each, paired as the following: Eric and Minwoo, Dongwan and Hyesung, and Jun Jin and Andy. The ‘Thanks Edition’ fan signing is a direct response to the complete sell out of the special edition of their 10th album, ‘The Return‘, in addition to requests for more copies.

A representative of Shinhwa Company expressed, “This fan signing was actually thought up and planned by the Shinhwa members themselves to show their gratification for their fans’ support.”

For fans in Korea, be sure to check it out on May 9th starting 7:30 p.m. KST.

Source + Photos: OSEN via Naver

JYJ’s Yoochun thanks fans for visiting his father’s burial

Posted: 07 May 2012 02:22 AM PDT

JYJ‘s Park Yoochun has given his appreciation to fans who visited his father’s burial and kept him company.

On May 5th, the idol tweeted, “Returning, after visiting my father [grave]…I sincerely thank the numerous fans who stopped by and left items to keep my dad company..^^ Thank you.”

Park Yoochun’s father who suffered from a chronic illness passed away on March 14th in 2012.  The star ended up canceling many of his activities due to the sudden death.

Fans and followers expressed, “It’s nice to see this strong relationship between him and his fans“, “I’m sure your father went somewhere happy“, and “Stay strong“.

Source + Photos: JYJ Park Yoo Chun’s Twitter

 

Second video teaser for IU’s ‘Spring of a Twenty Year Old’

Posted: 07 May 2012 01:29 AM PDT

Another teaser has now been posted on Loen Entertainment's official Youtube channel. While the first teaser featured IU blowing a tune tentatively into a recorder, in the second teaser we can see IU casually being interviewed.

Furthermore, Loen Entertainment has set up a special page on their official Youtube Channel, that features the movie clip for "Twenty Year Old Spring".  The page also features a map that displays the route of the journey shown in the music video, which attracted much interest from fans through this unique feature.

IU's 'Spring of a Twenty Year Old' single will be released on May 11th.

IU shows off her cute club dance skills

Posted: 07 May 2012 01:00 AM PDT

IU recently showed off her clubbing skills.

On May 6th’s airing of SBS‘ ‘Inkigayo‘, IU danced with her fellow MCs, KARA‘s Hara and Nicole, for the show’s clubbing day concept.

On the episode, the three MCs excitedly did the shuffle dance in their clubbing outfits.

After dancing for a few seconds, IU cutely settled down her co-MCs by saying, “We should stop and MC now.”

After seeing IU’s club dance, the netizens commented, “IU is so cute” and “IU is good at shuffling.”

Check out the MC cut below. The dance occurs around 0:30.

 

Source+Picture: Star News via Nate

B.A.P. releases ‘POWER’ MV behind-the-scenes footage

Posted: 07 May 2012 12:08 AM PDT

B.A.P. made a comeback with their second album ‘POWER‘ last week, and now making-of footage from the music video set has been released!

The boys of B.A.P. manage to look like fierce warriors in a space-age setting in authentic-looking flight jackets. The clip also gives more insight on their impressive choreography.

Check out the special behind-the-scenes look below, and stay tuned to allkpop for more exclusive BAP content.

Thanks to PandaaLove for the tip.

TaeTiSeo releases making of clip for the MV of “Twinkle” + special album promo

Posted: 06 May 2012 11:46 PM PDT

After the release of the mini album a week ago featuring members, TaeyeonTiffany, and SeohyunGirls' Generation's sub unit, Taetiseo, have released their music video making for "Twinkle"!

"Twinkle" is a medium tempo dance track featuring a '70s/'80s vibe with a catchy melody, and shows off the powerful vocals of the three members. The three girls look quite lovely and are having fun while filming for the music video.

The girls have also released a special album promotion clip.

Alex keeps a promise he made with his fans four years ago

Posted: 06 May 2012 11:25 PM PDT

Singer/actor Alex has been revealed to have kept a promise he made to his fan four years ago.

Back in March, Alex visited the wedding of one of his fanclub members and sang a congralatory song. The fan has been a longtime member of his official fanclub since it was established four years ago.

Long ago, he had promised, “I’ll present a congatulatory song to the first fanclub member to get married.” After completing his promise after all these years, he expressed, “I’m glad to have been able to repay at least some of the love and interest that my fans have given me.”

Not only that, but he had also made another promise at his solo concert last year by suggesting a proposal event. He had stated, “If anyone in the audience gets married, I will sing the congratulatory song for you.”

True to his word, he was seen performing at a wedding in Incheon on May 6th.

In related news, Alex collaborated with Horan for a duet OST track released on May 5th.

Source + Photos: Star Today via Naver

‘Invincible Youth 2′ criticized for the way they treat their guests

Posted: 06 May 2012 10:54 PM PDT

KBS‘s ‘Invincible Youth 2‘ has been under much criticism by viewers after the May 5th broadcast. The episode was a ‘Children’s Day‘ special with guest appearances made by Brown Eyed GirlsNarsha and Girls’ Generation‘s Taeyeon.

The cast members and guests were split into two teams as they battled it out and played numerous games in celebration of ‘Childen’s Day’.

In the end, it was Narsha’s team (consisted of Kang Ji Young, Yewon, and Narsha) that had to face the “great punishment” of feeding the hungry cow with the grass on their heads.

Narsha and Yewon were forced to sit on the chair in front of the cow as they awaited it to come and begin its meal. Shaking in fear, ‘adult-dol’ Narsha ended up crying as the cow had even pulled out a few strands of hair. She shouted, “The cow even pulled out my hair!” to which the cast members responded with laughter.

This wasn’t the only time guests on ‘Invincible Youth 2′ suffered from the punishment. CNBLUE‘s Yonghwa and Jungshin had guested on the previous episode in which they also had to come face to face with the hungry cow. The cast members and guests were also split up into two teams and played a pot-picking game. Only one pot had the sauces for their crab soup and the other pots contained punishments, waiting for the unlucky member to suffer. The punishments were spraying water, red pepper power, or salt on their faces, or getting hit with a toy hammer.

Although the games were meant to be for entertainment purposes, viewers were upset and dissatisfied with the new format of the program. Netizens and viewers expressed their disappointment in the show by leaving comments on the homepage such as, “You guys invite guests, but this is what you do to them?“, “Since when has ‘Invincible Youth’ become a program that only plays games and have punishments at the end?“, “Spraying water was okay, but chili powder and salt is just too much“, and more.

Do you think the show went to far?

Source & Image: Daily Sports via Nate

Go Soo feels safe after marriage

Posted: 06 May 2012 10:31 PM PDT

Go Soo made his first appearance back on TV as a married man on the May 5th broadcast of KBS2 TV‘s ‘Entertainment Weekly‘.

Go Soo married his wife Kim Hye Yeon, an art student, on the 17th of February this year.

On ’Entertainment Weekly‘ the interviewer told him that his face looks much brighter than before to which Go Soo replied “I think it’s because I gained weight“. The reporter said  ”I think you gained weight because you’re happy” causing him to laugh heartily. The interviewer also asked him what changed the most since he became married and Go Soo said “I feel safe now” and recommended the interviewer to get married too.

Go Soo also spoke of the incident in which a picture of him sleeping in a subway station similar to a homeless person caught the attention of many people. Go Soo explained, “I like to sleep outside. I still do it sometimes. I like to travel and sleep in tents.”

In other news, Go Soo is currently filming for the movie ‘Banchangkko‘ with actress Hwan Hyo Joo.

Source & Image: Osen via Daum

Lee Hyori visits her birthplace after 32 years

Posted: 06 May 2012 10:08 PM PDT

Korean diva, Lee Hyori recently revealed the countryside home, she grew up in.

On May 6th, Hyori tweeted, “The cottage house that I was born in.  They say that I left this house on my mother’s back when I was 2 years old.  It’s so interesting to come back here after 32 years.  Everything looks the same, just like in the photos.”

It appears that Lee Hyori recalled her childhood in light of Children’s Day, which is on May 5th in South Korea.  South Korea was still a developing country in the early 1980s, after the Korean War.  It wasn’t until the late 80s, that Korea started stabilizing and became a big economic power in Asia.

These cottage homes were very common back then, and some still exist today.  It’s amazing to see how much South Korea has changed, as they now hold almost one thousand sky scrapers in the country.

Source + Photos: Lee Hyori’s Twitter

Psy to distribute his song, “Father” free of charge on Parent’s Day

Posted: 06 May 2012 09:40 PM PDT

Singer, Psy plans on distributing his song, “Father” free of charge on Parent’s Day, which is on May 8th in South Korea.

On May 8th, “Father” will be available to anyone free of charge for 24 hours on Music websites.  ”Father” is a live recorded song that was performed at the ‘Summer Stand Wet Show‘ live concert, which attracted 25,000 attendees last summer.  This rock song contains the powerful sounds of guitars and acoustic beats, along with the chants of a 25,000 large audience.

According to Psy’s representative, “Starting with this free event, Psy plans to sing this song at the list of colleges that invited him for the whole month of May.”

Check out the track below!

Source + Photos: Osen