Monday, July 16, 2012

"[NEWS] Justin Bieber takes fashion advice from your faves!" plus 24 more

"[NEWS] Justin Bieber takes fashion advice from your faves!" plus 24 more

[NEWS] Justin Bieber takes fashion advice from your faves!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:57 AM PDT

Justin Bieber was recently spotted wearing a brand that K-pop stars wear, so there were only two logical reactions to that:

1) Flip out on Justin Bieber for trying to infiltrate/leech off of K-pop.

2) Claim Justin Bieber was influenced by K-pop.

Superstar Justin Bieber is receiving attention for being seen sporting accessories that were made popular by K-pop idols from Korean luxury brand, MCM.


MCM isn't a Korean brand. It's a German brand with a Korean CEO that still uses a German designer. It's not like Justin Bieber was using Skin Food or something.

Justin Bieber is just one of the celebrities who wears MCM's accessories. MCM products have been seen wearing by Korean idols many times as their airport fashion since their outfit is always monitored by fans and medias.

So the connection that is trying to be made here is that the Hallyu Wave has even spread to influence America's top idol.

The problem is that it's like saying that SNSD endorses Intel, and since Eminem has a computer that uses Intel, SNSD has therefore left an indelible mark on the hip-hop map.

Source: article by IATFB at Asian Junkie

[NEWS] Open World Entertainment CEO Jang Seok Woo threatens victims!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:43 AM PDT

Open World Entertainment CEO Jang Seok Woo got himself in even more hot water recently for threatening victims of his alleged sexual abuse.

It has been revealed that Jang Seokwoo, CEO of Open World Entertainment, has been making threatening phone calls to the victims. Telling them that, "If you don't settle, we won't stop", Jang Seokwoo's side had been able to make various people sign settlements and have them retract their statements.

Upon discovering his acts, Jang Seokwoo was warned by the judge on the latest court date on June 29th. "Do not make threatening phone calls to the victims anymore. Coercing and threatening the victims is like injuring them twice. If the threats continue, there is no way that it won't affect the trials." In the previous trial, which happened early June, Jang Seokwoo was already warned not to contact victim A again.

Alrighty then. What a fucking piece of shit. Holy fuck.

Worse yet? It's working and it shouldn't even surprise you.

As earlier revealed, a few of the girls involved in the case have made a settlement with Jang Seokwoo's side and have withdrawn their accusations. It's been stated that over $10,000 was given out in settlement money. Upon hearing this, the victims were questioned and gave conflicting statements, saying that victim B only received $2,000. Victims C and D were said not to have received anything. The court added that, "Both sides' statements are entirely different so it is confusing. The confirmation of the money being given to the victims will be independently reported on and once again we will be able to stabling the truth."

Seems disgusting, right? But that's basically the system. Not saying it's right, but that's how it is.

It's like how in Japan, once you go to trial, you are basically fucked because they won't find you not guilty. In that same vein, wealthy people get away with a lot in Korea because they can basically pay hush money (they call it "blood money" but whatever) to victims in exchange for not having to go to trial. Happens a lot, actually.

Regardless, this shows why victims are hesitant to come forward and effectively demonstrates what a filthy industry the entertainment business can be at times, especially in regards to children and teens.

Source: article by IATFB at Asian Junkie

[NEWS] Block B Sweating Beads in Preparation to Attack!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:30 AM PDT

7-member male group Block B are sweating beads while intensively training in order to stand again in front of the public. In preparation for their new album, Block B is practicing singing and dancing together everyday, and they are working hard day by day for the fans waiting for them, soon they'll show a new image in front of everyone.

Source: Stardom Ent. News
Translated By: youngha @ BLOCKBINTL

[NEWS] Shinhwa’s Eric is one of T-ara’s ‘uncle fans’!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 08:15 AM PDT

Comedian Jang Dong-hyuk (he's the guy who's been MCing a few eps of Shinhwa Broadcast, eg the Olympics Channel and the School Channel) has revealed that Shinhwa member Eric is a fan of girl group T-ara.

Jang Dong-hyuk was the MC for T-ara's commemorative fanmeeting for the inauguration of their official fanclub QUEEN'S held on 14 July, where he said, "I uploaded a photo that I took with T-ara in the waiting room on my Facebook page and Eric left a message telling me to tell Jiyeon that he's a fan of hers."

To that, Jiyeon replied, "Uncle Eric, please show lots of love to T-ara, and keep watching out for and support our activities. Thank you."

Jang Dong-hyuk then tried to prompt Jiyeon to say one of Eric's famous lines from the drama 'Phoenix', "Eric-oppa, because of you my heart is burning", but Jiyeon deflected the request and in a show of love for her fans, said that she had to get permission from QUEEN'S before she could do that.

Credits: Mydaily + Absolut Shinhwa

[INTERVIEW] Shinhwa’s Kim Dongwan sees great success at box office

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 07:57 AM PDT

The newly released Korean disaster film "Yeongasi" is the talk of the town, as it attracted more than 1.1 million viewers during its first box office weekend between July 6 and 8, topping even Hollywood blockbuster "The Amazing Spider-Man."

The success of the film wasn't always so certain, especially when Kim Dongwan, 33, a member of Shinhwa but an inexperienced actor, joined the cast. Even fellow cast member Kim Myung-min, 40, voiced concerns about his colleague, who he feared might have trouble on the big screen.

But as shooting began, Kim Dongwan worked hard to prove himself, assiduously studying his character to earn the approval of his colleagues, and later, audiences.

In the film, Kim stars as Jae-pil, a detective agonized with guilt for squandering the wealth of his brother Jae-Hyeok, played by Kim Myung-min, through a bad stock recommendation. But in a bizarre twist, a parasite epidemic gives the two a chance to bond. Together, they look for the source of the bug, which drives infected insects to the water so that it can breed, but leads to suicide when humans are infected.

The JoongAng Ilbo sat down with Kim Dong-wan recently to discuss his big break in the movie business as well as his thoughts on the unconventional horror-adventure film into which he put so much effort. The interview also touched on his roles as a TV host and K-pop idol.

Q. Your debut film "Spin Kick"(2004) wasn't a box-office success. What changed with "Yeongasi"?

A. When filming "Spin Kick," I only thought about myself. I exercised alone to build my muscles and I read the script alone to practice my lines. I later realized that team-work is of the utmost importance in filming a movie. This time, I've learned a lot from the directors and actors, getting along quite well with them.

Q. There must have been a lot of pressure on the set of this new film.

Indeed. Otherwise I wouldn't have started smoking again. If the film had failed at the box office, I knew I'd be up for criticism. People would have blamed me for the failure, and so I put every effort into my role for this film.

Q. How did you prepare to play an actor with such a broken character?

I visited crime scenes with a detective who graduated from a college of theater and film. He showed me that adjectives like "fashionable" and "cheerful" could actually be applied to detectives, and so even though my character is different, I learned not to stereotype his personality. I also learned from Al Pacino's detective roles because he is of a slight build - similar to my own.

Q. Do you look back at any particular scene with regret?

The fire scene. Kim Myung-min prepared a lot for the scene, but I was sort of absentminded at that time and ended up having to do the scene again later. I should have prepared more thoroughly for the first take.

Q. In your television show "Shinhwa TV" you play a very different role as a laughing stock of sorts.

On that show we just forget the camera is rolling when we're playing around with each other. We often have a difficult time watching the edited shows ourselves because of our antics. In the MT episode [aired on June 30], there's even a scene where we all take turns farting.

Q. How does that show differ from "Infinite Challenge"?

We don't have a host. We don't have a leader. So, we do almost anything we want. Choosing to work with JTBC was in line with this goal, too, since we didn't want to simply mingle with other celebrities. Just being with each other reveals our natural character. Min-woo is the silly one and Eric is the wild-eyed one. I'm the lax one.

Q. Shinhwa is often called the ancestor of idol groups. How do you feel about that title?

We never expected to come this far. At first, we thought we'd be lucky to release a second album. Now I can safely see that we've been to the top.

Through all the ups and downs, though, our motivating mantra was "Who cares if we're on top or not? Let's just all be happy." I think that attitude brought us to where we are today.

Now, we're really a team. I'm only fully myself when I'm with my fellow group members.

One member quickly moves to fill a gap made by another who might be having a bad day. And this happens even before most of us notice.

Credit: Chung Hyun-mok []
Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] Singer Cho Gwan Woo stabbed but no danger to life

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 07:42 AM PDT

Singer Cho Gwan Woo has reportedly been stabbed by someone he knows, causing him serious injuries, but luckily he's in stable condition.

According to reports, Cho Gwan Woo was stabbed by someone he was working with at his own home at 1AM on July 15th in Ilsan. The acquaintance, "A", had stabbed Cho in his neck area with a soju bottle.

Cho Gwan Woo's representative revealed to Star News on July 16th, Cho Gwan Woo was hurt after the attack which came after an argument the singer and "A" were having. Cho Gwan Woo had to receive 100 stitches, but luckily there's no imminent danger to his life. Representative added that "A" was incredibly intoxicated and committed this crime without premeditated intent.

Investigations are going on, and a request for an arrest warrant for "A" has been filed.

Source: KBS World

[PICTURE] Official poster for ‘Arang and the Magistrate’ released

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 07:27 AM PDT

The official poster for the upcoming MBC fantasy-historic drama 'Arang and the Magistrate' has been released.

On July 16th, MBC released the official poster featuring the two leads, Shin Min Ah and Lee Jun Ki. The ethereal and romantic poster shows Shin Min Ah, as Arang the maiden ghost, floating in the air as Lee Jun Ki, as the magistrate Eun Oh, reaching out for her.

'Arang and the Magistrate' is based on a Korean folklore about a young woman ghost named Arang who comes before a magistrate and pleads for him to right her wrongful death. The drama will premiere on August 15th.

[PICTURE] Supernova releases album jackets for Japanese single “She’s Gone”

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 07:12 AM PDT

Following the success of 14th Japanese single "Stupid Love / Come Back to Me", Supernova (Cho Shin Sung) is expected to make another comeback in Japan this August with new Japanese single "She's Gone".

Ahead of the release, Supernova unveiled the album jacket covers for their next single. "She's Gone" will be released in four different versions; a Limited Edition A (CD+DVD), Limited Edition B, a regular CD version and a special Universal Music Store Ultra Limited edition.

The single will be released in Japan on August 29th.

[VIDEO] CHI CHI releases “Love Is Energy” MV making

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 06:57 AM PDT

Following the release of CHI CHI's third single "Love is Energy" and beginning their live promotions earlier this month, the girls are back with special making-of video for their latest music video.

On July 14th, CHI CHI's agency, Trophy Entertainment posted a video on its official Youtube channel. The 3-minute video features behind the scene highlights CHI CHI members from the filming of their latest music video.

Check out the clip below!

[NEWS] JYJ’s Junsu to embark on world tour

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 06:27 AM PDT

According to CJES Entertainment, JYJ's Kim Junsu (XIA) will be embarking on an world tour, covering Asia, North America, South America, and Europe.

Kim recently released his first solo album this year, and is currently on his Asia tour. However, he will be expanding those ambitions to a world tour soon after. With the success of his solo album in countries abroad even outside of Asia, expectations for the tour are high.

The plans consist of about 2-3 different cities per continent.

His current Asia tour include stops in Seoul, Thailand, Indonesia, Taiwan, China, with the finale stop in Hong Kong scheduled for next month.

Source: KBS World

[NEWS] Solbi battles depression during her 2 year hiatus

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 06:12 AM PDT

Singer Solbi appeared on KBS 2TV's 'Free Confidence' on July 16 and confessed that for the last two years she had been battling depression while flying under the radar.

The 27-year-old star said that the she had been seeking professional mental help to recover from various scandals and internet bullying.

"Because I was having such a hard time coping with all the negative comments left by netizens, someone recommended to me a psychiatrist. I went, and while getting treatment for depression, fell in love with reading," said Solbi.

The entertainer confessed that she never used to read as a hobby, but it all changed when her therapist told her to go to a bookstore for homework.

"I went along just because I had to, but while I was there I became interested in reading." The singer said that she was touched by various inspirational books and now took to reading as a way of relieving stress.

Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’ breaks own record

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 05:57 AM PDT

The friendship between Jang Dong Gun, Kim Soo Ro, Lee Jong Hyuk and Kim Min Jong touched the hearts of the viewers.

According to AGB Nielsen Media Research on the 16th, SBS drama 'A Gentleman's Dignity' broke through 23.7 percent viewership ratings.

The four middle aged friends, Kim Do Jin (Jang Dong-gun), Im Tae San (Kim Soo Ro), Choi Yoon (Kim Min Jong) and Lee Jeong Rok (Lee Jong Hyuk) always come together and support each other as friends whenever there is trouble or need.

Kim Do Jin was at the airport for a business trip, Im Tae San was at a business dinner with a client and Lee Jeong Rok was arguing with his wife about their wedding ring before they appeared next to Choi Yoon, at the funeral home.

Choi Yoon said, "One line on my arm, another in my heart. You are the closets things to me in life and the luckiest things I've ever met on this planet."

The four also got together once again for Seo Ee Soo (Kim Ha Neul) who Kim Do Jin loved.

While Seo Ee Soo was in the bathroom crying as her mother was threatened by a son she had raised for 2 years, the four men arrived at the scene and claimed they were her brothers and threatened her step brothers.

Meanwhile, KBS 2 'Gag Concert' rated 21.2% and MBC 'Dr. JIN' rated 11.9%.

Source: hancinema

[NEWS] JYJ Junsu’s “Tarantallegra” No. 1 in Chile

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 05:41 AM PDT

JYJ member Kim Junsu's first solo album topped the Chilean music chart last week!

According to CJeS Entertainment on Friday, the singer's new album "Tarantallegra," released in May, topped the pop music chart on Chilean cable TV channel ETC-TV on Tuesday. "It's the first time that a Korean singer has been ranked in the top 10," said a spokesperson for CJeS Entertainment.

Junsu said he was thrilled by the accomplishment and feels the international appreciation of his music brings with it a "responsibility" to continue pushing forward.

"The fact that Chile is so far from Korea makes this so remarkable," Junsu said. "To think that I have fans who love me and my music over there - it makes me think I have a long way to go and a lot of responsibility on my shoulders."

The 25-year-old star said that he attributed his world tour to the subsequent success of his album abroad. Just days ago, the title track from the Hallyu singer's debut album was also successful in Europe, becoming the No. 1 song on the Asian Music Chart in Germany.

Source: JoongAng Daily

[PICTURE] ‘Haeundae Lovers’ releases romantic still cuts of Kim Kang Woo and Jo Yeo Jeong

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 05:26 AM PDT

The first romantic still cuts of Kim Kang Woo and Jo Yeo Jeong in the upcoming new KBS 2TV drama 'Haeundae Lovers' have been revealed.

During the poster shoot of the drama 'Haeundae Lovers' in Haeundae, Busan, they created a romantic atmosphere and foresaw a hot and cool romantic comedy.

With Kim Kang Woo as the elite prosecutor Lee Tae Sung and Jo Yeo Jeong as Ko Sora, many interested fans watched them at the poster shoot. In the scene where they get closer and closer to each others lips, everyone held in their breaths.

A spokesperson stated, "Kim Kang Woo and Jo Yeo Jeong showed outstanding concentration despite the confusion and crowd around us. They couldn't stop laughing even though they were so serious at one point."

Meanwhile, other than Kim Kang-woo and Jo Yeo Jeong are T-ara's Soyeon, Jeong Seok Won, Nam Gyuri and other supporting actresses and actors. 'Haeundae Lovers' will be broadcasted on the 6th of August after 'Big'.

Source: hancinema

[NEWS] Kim Hyun Joong kicks off filming for ‘City Conquest’

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 05:11 AM PDT

Filming has kicked off for Kim Hyun Joong's upcoming new television drama.

On July 10th, the first filming for upcoming drama 'City Conquest' was held at the Japan's Nikko Edomura theme park with Kim Hyun Joong, Nam Gung Min, Park Hyo Joon and Jung Yu Mi.

Nikko is a city known for its historical attractions, with many shrines and temples designated as World Heritage Sites.

'City Conquest' is about facing the illegalities and evil of our society based on the best selling manga of the same title by cartoonist Shin Hyung Bin. The drama is directed by Yang Yoon Ho from 'IRIS', 'Fighter of the Wind' and 'Holy Day' and it is written by Hwang Joo Ha.

Source: TV Daily

[NEWS] Park Ji Sung and Bae Doo Na deny dating rumors

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:56 AM PDT

Bae Doo Na did meet Park Ji Sung in London recently, but just as an old friend, not a lover, Bae Doo Na's representative stated on July 15th.

The statement was in response to rumors that the 32-year-old actress and 31-year-old Premier Leaguer are in a romantic relationship.

"It is true that Bae Doo Na met Park Ji Sung, but they are just old friends," a representative for the actress told local media outlets. "The meeting in London was so casual as friends as to leave no room for misunderstanding. We do not feel the necessity to explain."

One netizen posted on the Internet on Friday that Bae and Park were seen on a date in London on a rainy day, sharing an umbrella as they walked down the street.

The news spread like wildfire through social networking services. Initially, Bae's agency had denied the meeting between the two, saying Bae does not know Park personally. "They must have mistaken another person for her," the agency initially said.

Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] Lee Min Ho holds modern-day police shield with old warrior’s suit

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:41 AM PDT

Actor Lee Min Ho messes with time in the newly-released still cuts from upcoming SBS drama, 'Faith'.

The released photos showed Lee Min Ho dressed in his Joseon warrior suit while holding up a modern-day police shield. Taking on the role of Choi Woo, King Gongmin's loyal guardian warrior, Lee Min Ho doesn't fear death and is indifferent to everything but keeps his words.

Despite the hot weather, Lee Min Ho is wearing a heavily loaded warrior costume but never lost his smile and joy during the long shoot. A representative from the drama stated, "He is fully engaged in the shoot with good spirits even though under the hot weather."

'Faith' is another time-warping, historical fusion drama about the love story between a Goryeo dynasty warrior (Lee Min Ho) and a modern day plastic surgeon (Kim Hee Sun), who somehow meet through a strange twist in time.

The drama will premiere on August 13th.

Source: Nate

[NEWS] Ha Ji Won wants to work with Ha Jung Woo

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:26 AM PDT

Actress Ha Ji Won has her eyes set on Ha Jung Woo as her next acting partner.

"I want to act with Ha Jung Woo at least once," Ha Ji Won said during the interview with KBS 'Entertainment Report' on July 14th.

Ha Ji Won, a 34-year-old actress who won the 2010 Top Excellence Award from SBS, has starred in movies and dramas with many of Korea's heartthrob actors including So Ji Sub, Hyun Bin, Lee Seung Gi and Lee Seo Jin.

Ha Jung Woo, 34, made another impressive performance as a gangster in "Nameless Gangster: Rules of the Time," one of the biggest box-office hits this year.

The two are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, slated to be held in Bucheon Gymnasium, west of Seoul, on Thursday. Both were named to receive Pifan producers' choice awards last week.

"They are equipped with both perfect acting and box-office values and are on the path of completing impressive filmographies under their names," the Korean Film Producers' Association said.

Source: JoongAng Daily

[NEWS] ‘SBS K-Pop Super Concert’ confirmed for August in Los Angeles

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 04:11 AM PDT

The previously mentioned "SBS K-Pop Festival in LA", which was rumored to have been cancelled, is back and upgraded with a new name "SBS K-POP Super Concert in America"!

"SBS K-POP Super Concert in America" has been confirmed to held at the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles on August 10th at 8PM PST. The large-scale event boats an awesome lineup which includes Girls' Generation, SECRET, SISTAR, CNBLUE, KARA, SHINee, MBLAQ, 2AM and 2PM.

Tickets for the concert will go on sale on Wednesday, July 18th, at 10 AM PST. Tickets can be purchased through the Home Depot Center box office, online at, or by calling AXS over the phone at 888-9AXS-TIX.

In addition, organizers for the concert opened an official Facebook page for the event, which shows several video messages from the artists inviting fans to the concert.

[NEWS] f(x) Sulli’s unusual eating habit draws attention

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:56 AM PDT

f(x) member Sulli's unusual eating habit has become a hot topic among netizens.

Recently on an online community board, several screen captures of Sulli from television show were posted with the title, "Sulli's unusual habit." In the photos, Sulli is seen sticking her tongue all the way out as she eats ice cream, noodles and spicy rice cake.

Netizens who saw the photos commented, "Sulli looks cute no matter what she's doing", "She eats like a little kid", "That is a rather unusual habit!" and more.

Source: Naver

[NEWS] 2NE1’s Sandara shaves her head for the fourth time

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:41 AM PDT

2NE1's Sandara Park revealed that she has shaved her head for four times already for 2NE1's "I Love You" comeback.

On July 15th, Sandara wrote, "Good morning!!! Shaved Dara's hairstyle for Inkigayo!!! Dara whose hair is long already!!! Why does it grow back so quickly? Already the fourth time shaving my head! So for today's Inkigayo broadcast, it's shaving Dara!!! See you all later!!!"

The attached photo showed a close-up view of Sandara's infamous half-shaved hairstyle being trimmed by an electric shaver.

Netizens commented, "You're so brave", "Do you still cry when you shave your hair?" and "Only Sandara can pull off something like this."

[VIDEO] Jay Park to launch new Youtube series “Jay Park TV”

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:26 AM PDT

Singer Jay Park plans to launch his very own reality series on Youtube to be titled, "Jay Park TV". The project will be bringing the fans more Jay Park's stuffs such as, "vlogs, webisodes, music videos, daily life, kickin' it with friends, acting stupid and all that.."

The talented singer also uploaded a video teaser for his upcoming Youtube project "Jay Park TV". Check out the clip below!

[PICTURE] 4Minute's Jihyun revealed sexy shoulder in latest selca!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:22 AM PDT

4Minute's leader updated fans with a new selca on Twitter.

She tweeted,"finished preparing for Singapore's performance".

She is seen posing cutely in the photo above,carving a sweet smile and reveals her sexy shoulder.

Fans praised her goddess-face,cute expression and her sexy shoulder.Like her new selca?

[VIDEO] Boom releases full MV for “Let Me Play” ft. Gaeko

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 03:11 AM PDT

Entertainer Boom has returned to his musical roots by releasing his new single "Let Me Play". After having his comeback stages on music broadcast, Boom finally released the full music video for the song.

"Let Me Play" is an addictive beat-heavy electronic dance track and was produced by Gaeko of Dynamic Duo. Yoo Hyun Sang, the godfather of Korean Rock, played the guitar for this song.

Check out the mV below!

[NEWS] Siwon and Donghae to visit Philippines in August!

Posted: 16 Jul 2012 02:57 AM PDT

Super Junior members Siwon and Donghae to visit Philippines once again.

Ben Chan, the founder and owner of Bench, one of the popular clothing brands in the Philippines confirmed that Siwon and Donghae of Super Junior will be in the Philippines either on August 14 or 15. He also said that SiHae management will be the one who will decide when the two members will go to the Philippines so he cant move the date.

Siwon and Donghae are currently the endorsers of Bench and Filipino fans were shocked to see the posters and the billboards of the 2 young men all around the Philippines.

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