Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"2PM’s Chansung confirmed for ‘The Secret Lovers’" plus 19 more

"2PM’s Chansung confirmed for ‘The Secret Lovers’" plus 19 more


2PM’s Chansung confirmed for ‘The Secret Lovers’

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 09:30 AM PDT

Earlier this month, 2PM‘s Chansung was being considered for a role in the upcoming drama ‘The Secret Lovers‘. He has now been confirmed for the the role of Gong Do Ha on the show, which will be one of the main characters.

Gong Do Ha wins the affection of Choi Kang Hee‘s character, putting him in a love triangle along with Joo Won‘s character. On the surface, he is a gentleman and his sharp skills makes him an ace special agent, he also sports a handsome face and strong body. However, his character has scars on his body that suggest a darker past.

Chansung has been active in sitcoms and dramas such as ‘Unstoppable High Kick‘, ‘Jungle Fish‘, 'Kaitou Royale‘, and he will also have a chance to show off his taekwondo and judo skills.

JYP Entertainment said, “Chansung is working very hard and practicing for this role in the drama. Please look forward to actor Chansung.

‘The Secret Lovers’ will start airing in January 2013.

Block B to perform with British pop star Alexandra Burke for ’2012 H-Artistry’

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 09:01 AM PDT

Block B will be performing with British pop star Alexandra Burke.

On November 3rd, Block B will be attending the ‘2012 H-Artistry‘ concert held in Malaysia. The concert invites the hottest artists around the word, and includes acts such as Alexandra Burke, Havana Brown, and Starkillers. The boys will be holding a collaboration stage with Alexandra Burke, a British pop diva who debuted after winning ‘The X Factor Season 5‘ in 2008.

‘H-Artistry’ is a global music campaign that has been held all over the world, and has invited artists such as Ne-Yo, Flo Rida, Fatman Scoop, Kardninal Offichall, and Chris Willis.

INFINITE’s website posts ambiguous message

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 08:30 AM PDT

After posting various “mysterious photos” last week, INFINITE‘s official website has now posted another ambiguous message for fans to decipher.

On November 1st KST, INFINITE’s official website was replaced with simply the words “Solo Invasion“.

Some fans are thinking that it could mean the INFINITE members will have some solo activities or perhaps it’s related to the Next Big Thing teaser from last week.

What do you think “Solo Invasion” will be about?

Source: INFINITE’s Official Website

Brian Joo & Heather Park star in Broadway-style musical “Loving the Silent Tears”

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 08:12 AM PDT

Korean American singers Brian Joo and Heather Park collaborated with a team of Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy winners in the new US-produced Broadway-style musical, Loving the Silent Tears. The musical was held on October 27th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and raised $300,000 which will be donated to three organizations: Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS, Animal Defenders International, and Worldwide Veterinary Service.

More than 6,000 people were in the audience and the huge cast also featured Tony-winning Broadway stars, Grammy-winning pop music icons, and international stars: 2-time Grammy Award-winning music icon Jon Secada, Grammy winner R&B/pop star Jody Watley, Tony winner Debbie Gravitte, Tony nominee Patti Cohenour, and Emmy winner and Tony nominee Liz Callaway.

Also adding their unique voices were many top international singers: Grammy-winning reggae legends Black Uhuru, Arab singer Camellia Abou-Odah, French singer Flo Ankah, actor Junior Case, award-winning actor Luke Eberl, Vietnamese pop star Hồ Quỳnh Hương, Italian tenor Mark Janicello, award-winning Israeli singer Liel Kolet, Irish soprano Katie McMahon, award-winning Brazilian singer Fabiana Passoni, Persian superstar Siavash Shams, and Chinese platinum pop star Kay Tse.

In a statement, Brian said, "I've never imagined to be a part of a production of this caliber. Music has always been the main reason for who I am and to be able to perform and share the stage with these many talented artists is like meeting the Supreme Master Ching Hai herself. I am honestly more humbled than ever before, and cannot wait to see where this night will go. Let the journey begin!"

Heather also stated, "It's an incredible honor to be included among such a diverse, talented, beautiful cast. I've been a personal fan of Jon and Jody since I was younger, as well as Black Uhuru."

"Loving the Silent Tears" told the story of an older, bereaved woman named Joy (played by Patti Cohenour from "The Phantom of the Opera") and an ambitious young man named Pete (played by Luke Eberl from "Planet of the Apes") who are both struggling in ways that we all could relate to. They go on magical train ride through 16 countries as they also embark on an inner journey toward peace.

"The musical's message is faith, compassion, gratitude, finding your way out of despair, and finding your inner peace and joy," explained the legendary Jody Watley.

When the train stopped at a beautiful Korean winter scene, Brian and Heather, in roles that simply represented their culture, performed a moving song titled "Singing Praise." Their song stood out as one of the softer and more ethereal songs in the whole show. The music was by Oscar and 2-time Grammy winning composer David Shire, who scored famous Broadway musicals like "Baby" and for movies like "Saturday Night Fever. Two-time Oscar-winning composer Al Kasha ("Seven Brides for Seven Brothers," "The Poseidon Adventure") was inspired to bring Supreme Master Ching Hai's poetry collection, "Silent Tears," into a musical medium. A team of eminent composers including Kasha and Shire set the poems to music, including 6-time Grammy winner & 2-time Oscar nominee Jorge Calandrelli ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), Emmy winner Doug Katsaros ("Footloose"), 2-time Grammy winner & Oscar nominee Henry Krieger ("Dreamgirls"), Tony and Emmy winner Don Pippin ("La Cage aux Folles"), and Grammy winner Nan Schwartz ("Harry Potter").

As Heather Park sang a line in English, Brian echoed her words in Korean; their voices were both clear and harmonious together. They were dressed in ancient traditional Korean costumes but with fantasy-like details.

Check out some photos from the special night below.

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Park Bo Young compares head size with Cultwo members

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:30 AM PDT

Actress Park Bo Young‘s head size has become a hot topic.

On the October 29th broadcast of KBS2‘s ‘Hello‘, Son Dam Bi, Park Bo Young, and Yoo Young Yi appeared as guests and listened to the dilemmas of viewers.

Before getting into the viewers’ issues, Kim Tae Kyoon stated, “Park Bo Young, how does it feel to have a small head?” He then said to himself, “It’s a feeling that I will never be able to experience,” which prompted Jung Chan Woo to say, “It must feel nice to be able to wear a polo shirt.

Lee Young Ja then suggested that they compare the heads of Park Bo Young and the Cultwo members. Cultwo’s Kim Tae Kyoon and Jung Chan Woo sat on either side of Park Bo Young, and the guests were astonished to see that the actress’ head was only half the size of the two comedians.

Jang Jae In stranded in New York by Hurricane Sandy

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 07:12 AM PDT

Singer Jang Jae In is stuck in New York because of Hurricane Sandy.

Jang Jae In traveled to New York on the 24th to work on her new album and to go on a little vacation. She was to return back to Korea on October 31, but as New York’s main airports are currently closed due to the hurricane, it seems she’ll have to rearrange her plans.

The singer is reported to have called her agency and told them, “Flights are being canceled constantly, and I cannot get a ticket for a new flight nor can I find a place to stay, so I have no idea what to do.”

The East Coast is experiencing strong winds, power failure, and floods as well as many other problems due to the hurricane. New York airlines have been canceling flights for October 30 and 31st, and tickets for November 1 are still unavailable.

Jang Jae In’s agency stated, “We’re planning for Jang Jae In to return as soon as we can get a plane ticket, and right now, we are focused on keeping her as safe as possible.”

Hopefully, she’ll return home safely!

Ji Sung opens up about his bed scene with Kim Ah Joong in upcoming film

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:52 AM PDT

Actor Ji Sung opened up about his bed scene with Kim Ah Joong.

The actor appeared on the October 30th broadcast of SBS’ Strong Heart‘ where Ga In shared that after she filmed her first bed scene for Brown Eyed Girls‘ “Abracadabra“, she cried.

Ji Sung then shared, “I can relate to her feelings after her bed scene,” and opened up about his experience. He continued, “I filmed a bed scene for a movie that is about to be released.  It is supposed to be a Hollywood style romantic comedy called ‘My P.S Partner‘, and in it I have a bed scene with Kim Ah Joong.

Because I consider film as art, I stayed true to the script, but when it came to filming the bed scene, it was very difficult. I spent a lot of energy, and it felt like I had been filming for two days.

Ji Sung added, “After filming, I was a little hazy.” He also pointed out that Shin Dong Yup had been paying very close attention since the topic of bed scenes came up, bringing laughter to the studio.

Boyfriend releases Hyunseong’s 1st album teaser photo

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:36 AM PDT

Starship Entertainment has released Hyunseong‘s teaser photo for Boyfriend‘s upcoming first album!

Boyfriend announced their return to the K-pop scene with a group teaser photo earlier today. The agency described the photo as the 'Janus' pictorial, possibly referring to the mythological Roman god of beginnings and transitions.

Starship Entertainment revealed to allkpop that fans will be able to "meet a Boyfriend you've never seen before. Boyfriend will show you a charisma that is different from other ordinary manly concepts through their stage."

Check out the teaser photo of twin Kwangmin/Youngmin, and stay tuned for updates on Boyfriend's November 8th comeback!

Tip: Andrei Cain

Lee Hyori reveals her eco-friendly vegetarian menu

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:31 AM PDT

Lee Hyori revealed her vegetarian brunch menu.

On October 31, Lee Hyori shared the below picture of her meal and tweeted, “Brunch.”

The shared picture showed Lee Hyori’s vegetarian meal of red bean porridge and two vegetarian side dishes.

Lee Hyori is well-known for her eco-friendly, vegetarian lifestyle as well as her stance on meat and animal rights. She previously shared, “I don’t oppose eating meat, but there are animals that are painfully raised to meet the demand for it. Also, grains that are not available for starving children are being used as livestock feed to fatten up the animals. After thinking that eating too much meat isn’t right, I’ve been trying to reduce my intake.”

Netizens commented, “It’s good to see Lee Hyori practicing her vegetarian lifestyle in her daily life“, “The menu looks good, should I try it too?“, and “Lee Hyori’s vegetarian menu must be the secret to her body“.

Yoo Sae Yoon’s appearance as host on upcoming ‘SNL Korea’ canceled

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 06:09 AM PDT

Comedian Yoo Sae Yoon‘s upcoming appearance as a host on tvN‘s ’SNL Korea‘ has been canceled according to his agency.

A staff member at ‘SNL Korea’ announced on the 31st that Yoo Sae Yoon would host the November 17th broadcast. The staff member stated, “As a natural born comedian, we hope that his many comedic talents will work well with Shin Dong Yup and the rest of the crew… We are also trying to get Yoo Sae Yoon’s gag team members Jang Dong Min and Yoo Sang Moo to participate in some way as well.

However, Yoo Sae Yoon’s agency announced on the same day that he would be unable to appear, stating, “Yoo Sae Yoon will not be appearing on ‘SNL Korea’. It’s difficult as it’s at the same time as his appearance on E Channel‘s ‘Solid Family‘ and [he's busy with] other scheduled events.”

In related news, Yoo Sae Yoon will appear on the November 29th episode of MBC‘s ‘Knee Drop Guru‘.

IU, Ga In, and Suzy to appear on ‘Go Show’ + BTS photos

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:48 AM PDT

There has been high anticipation for the upcoming episode of ‘Go Show‘ after photos of IU, miss A‘s Suzy, and Brown Eyed Girls Ga In backstage were revealed.

Upon arrival on the set, the three popular female idols were met with high enthusiasm from the host panel, which includes actress Go Hyun JungYoon Jong Shin, Jung Hyung Don, and Kim Young Chul.

When the news of IU, Suzy, and Ga In’s guest appearances began to spread online, netizens commented, “Guests Ga In, Suzy, IU? I must see this!“, “‘Go Show’ is amazing. Suzy! IU! Ga In! Love them“, and “Those three? I’m really excited“.

This episode of ‘Go Show’ will air on November 2 at 11PM KST on SBS TV.

Boyfriend releases song teasers for Japanese singles “Dance Dance Dance” and “MY LADY”

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:27 AM PDT

Boyfriend, who recently announced their domestic comeback, have released song teasers for their upcoming Japanese ‘double single’ “Dance Dance Dance” and “MY LADY“.

Boyfriend’s second Japanese single, ’Dance Dance Dance / MY LADY’, will be released on November 28 in four editions: Limited Edition A (CD+DVD of “Dance Dance Dance” MV), Limited Edition B (CD+DVD of “MY LADY” MV), Limited Edition C  (CD), and a HMV Limited Edition (CD+photo book).

Check out the audio teasers below!

“Dance Dance Dance”

“MY LADY”

Tip: flowerz0524

AA (Double A) reveals 12th comeback audio teaser

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 05:08 AM PDT

AA (Double A) has revealed another audio teaser for their upcoming album!

AA previously announced they would be releasing numerous teaser videos for their comeback. The teasers will include previews of 12 songs, which will go untitled until the release of AA's new album.

After having revealed the first eleven audio teasers and bonus teasers, they have released the 12th one featuring member Aoora.

Listen to the teaser below!

A Pink’s Eunji received angry phone call from dad after kiss scene with Seo In Guk

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:51 AM PDT

On the October 30th episode of SBS‘ ‘Strong Heart‘, A Pink‘s Eunji featured as a guest and revealed how she received an angry phone call from her CEO and dad following her kiss scene with co-star Seo In Guk in the hit drama ‘Reply 1997‘.

Eunji shared, “First off, people around me were surprised by the kind of role I was given. I am a girl group member, I just turned 20 years old, and [it was unusual for me] to play a 33-year-old mature character. To put it simply, people around me were flabbergasted, especially by my kiss scene with Seo In Guk.”

She continued, “After watching that scene, my dad called in from abroad. He doesn’t usually make international calls, but he called and said, ‘What are you doing on the stairwell without my permission?’ and expressed his anger. I think he was shocked to see his daughter doing that in public. So I explained to him that she is ‘Sung Shi Won’ and I am Jung Eunji, but he replied, ‘Either way, that’s your face’.”

Check out the “stairwell kiss” scene that caused her dad’s reaction below!

Bada tears up after seeing Eugene and Ki Tae Young’s PDA

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:31 AM PDT

Singer Bada shed “tears” because of fellow S.E.S. member Eugene.

Bada shared on her Twitter on the 30th, “The beautiful maid who woke me up in the morning, cooked meals, and dried laundry for me 8 years ago!! Eugene~<3 Now she’s become another man’s wife, and she’s making me feel queasy ㅠㅠ~~ In this moment, I look sad~ keke,” along with the photo above.

The photo shows the married couple, Eugene and Ki Tae Young, displaying their affection for one another.

Bada also shared a happier snapshot of the three friends, tweeting, “Eugene ah~~~<3 Fighting~!!! ‘Bymomo‘ daebak daebak~!!!!<3,” showing her support for Eugene’s new shopping mall.

Netizens commented, “Then Bada should get married quickly”, “Eugene and Ki Tae Young look so happy together”, and “Someone please save Bada”.

Ga In tries to set Shin Dong Yup up with a girlfriend?

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 04:11 AM PDT

Brown Eyed Girls Ga In mistakenly tried to set up ‘Strong Heart‘ MC Shin Dong Yup with a girlfriend.

On the October 30th episode of ‘Strong Heart’, Ga In stated to the two MCs of the show, “If I [win the 'Strong Heart' trophy], I’ll introduce you to two girlfriends.” Though Lee Dong Wook danced in happiness, Shin Dong Yup was a bit hesitant to express his joy.

Park Kyung Lim revealed, “Ga In asked me if Shin Dong Yup was married, so I told her that you had two kids.” Ga In then flushed with embarrassment and said, “I’m really sorry.

Shin Dong Yup brushed over the incident with a smile, joking, “It’s a bit disappointing, but what kind of woman is she?

Fan accounts of Park Ji Min make listeners laugh on ‘Cult Two Show’

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:50 AM PDT

K-Pop Star‘ singer Park Ji Min is receiving attention after some fans shared a couple of revealing stories about her eating habits.

Park Ji Min appeared as a guest on SBS E! TV‘s ‘Cult Two Show‘ and received various reports from fans who witnessed her snacking. One listener reported, “I saw Park Ji Min at a hospital in Gangnam, and she ate all the snacks and drinks that were on the table.”

The people in the studio erupted in laughter as another listener reported, “I saw Park Ji Min inhaling tteokboki (spicy rice cakes) without chewing.”

Park Ji Min defended herself by explaining, “Hospital snacks are delicious whenever you eat them. ‘Please help yourself’ was written next to the snacks, so I just did what it said.

Watch out for Park Ji Min’s appearance on SBS E! on November 1 at 9AM KST.

Lee Seung Gi to make comeback as singer with new mini-album

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:30 AM PDT

Lee Seung Gi will be making his comeback as a singer in late November!

A representative from Hook Entertainment stated, “Lee Seung Gi will be making a comeback with his 5.5 mini-album on November 22.“ The as-yet-unnamed mini-album is his first release since his 5th album ‘Tonight‘ last year.

Lee Seung Gi himself is reported to have asked Epitone Project to work with him on the upcoming mini-album. Though the album will feature the singer’s trademark ballads, it will steer away from the rock ballad genre to a more soothing sound.

He’ll also be holding the ‘Lee Seung Gi Hope Concert‘ at Seoul’s Olympic Park Gymnasium on December 1 and 2 KST.

f(x)’s Sulli updates fans with new long hairstyle

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 03:10 AM PDT

f(x)‘s Sulli updated fans with her new, longer hairstyle.

Sulli shared on me2day on the 30th, “My hair is long….,” along with the photo above.

Fans were left shocked by her transformation and guessed that she might be wearing extensions.

They commented, “Is that your real hair?”, “How can your hair grow so fast?”, and “You look pretty with short or long hair”.

Sulli recently wrapped up the SBS drama ‘To the Beautiful You‘, and her short hairstyle in the drama is reported to have caused a trend.

Do you prefer Sulli with long or short hair?

Byul reveals what she calls her in-laws

Posted: 31 Oct 2012 02:49 AM PDT

Singer Byul revealed that she calls her parents-in-law “mom” and “dad”.

On the October 30th episode of QTV‘s ’Woman Who Makes Porridge, Man Who Does Not Die‘, she and HaHa made their first appearance on television as a couple after announcing their marriage.

During the show, Byul stated, “Not too long ago I started calling my in-laws ‘mom’ and ‘dad’, and I am so happy about it. I always wanted to be loved by my in-laws. The fantasy that I had about my life and romance has become a reality.”

Byul said of her mother-in-law, “She is like my real mom. I think I have a great mother-in-law,” and expressed her thanks to HaHa’s mother for giving as much love to her as she does to her son.

She also mentioned that she rarely got to spend time with relatives during holidays or cook and share a meal with them.

The next episode of the show airs on October 31 at 11:00PM KST. Byul will attempt to make delicious dishes such as mixed noodles, rice balls, and seaweed soup.