Friday, February 1, 2013

"Kim Hyun Joong’s drama ‘City Conquest’ rejected by KBS, producers considering legal action" plus 19 more

"Kim Hyun Joong’s drama ‘City Conquest’ rejected by KBS, producers considering legal action" plus 19 more


Kim Hyun Joong’s drama ‘City Conquest’ rejected by KBS, producers considering legal action

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 09:09 AM PST

There’s some drama surrounding Kim Hyun Joong‘s drama ‘City Conquest‘ as it has been rejected by KBS.

‘City Conquest’ gained much attention from all over the world because of its lead Kim Hyun Joong. The drama was expected to broadcast on KBS, but in a sudden turn of events KBS made the decision to reject airing the drama because it ‘lacked in quality’.

The sudden drop infuriated the producers of ‘City Conquest’, who responded, “KBS revealed that after they looking over the submitted plan and script, they decided that the content was not up to par and it was inadequate to be broadcast on public television. These are only excuses. We produced this in conjunction with KBS’ subsidiary, KBS Media, but they decided not to air it anyway. There aren’t any words of apology or explanation to the producers and the domestic and international fans who are waiting for this drama.

They accused KBS of having political reasons instead, saying, “We definitely heard them saying that the content is good and it has potential, but that it was not adequate to air because of the way violence was depicted, especially with the new turnover in government. When the time comes, we will provide the evidence we can prove ourselves with if necessary.

They continued, “KBS told us to change writers, edit the script, and even change a part of the cast. We did everything they required even though we were hurt from it, but we were told that the drama could not be aired. This is unreasonable.

However, KBS shot back that the claims were all false, responding, “We held 4 drama planning meetings because of ‘City Conquest’, and had continuously requested the producers to improve the drama. However, the plan and the script submitted in the most recent planning meeting were still not up to par. The drama also contains excessive violence, and was judged to be unfit for public broadcast. This is why we decided that we would not air it. In a report we issued them, the fact that the drama will not be aired if the script is not up to par is clearly outlined. The producers have asserted that we’re being political, and they also used an expression that defames the character of one of the high-ranking names of the drama industry. We will take strict actions against the producers because they are saying things that aren’t true.

Source: TV Report via Nate

Girls’ Generation to have their goodbye stages this week

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:39 AM PST

Girls’ Generation will be having their goodbye stages for “I Got A Boy“ this week.

It seems like the girls haven’t been back for that long at all, especially after their lengthy hiatus. However, it’s already been a month since the girls released their album on January 1st, and had their first comeback stage on January 3rd through ‘M! Countdown‘. The girls saw their first triple crown for the song last Thursday, and won 3 times on ‘Music Bank‘ as well.

It’s sad to see them say goodbye after only a month of promotions, but if tradition serves true, fans can hold out to the hope that the girls will be back soon with a repackaged album and a follow-up track.

Wonder Girls’ Sohee transforms into a cheerleader for ‘Reebok’

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 08:05 AM PST

Wonder GirlsSohee recently transformed into a cheerleader for sportswear brand ‘Reebok‘.

The pre-released photo shows Sohee perfectly pulling off the ‘cheerleader’ concept while donning a colorful tank top to match the running shoes as well as showing off her chic style through her dark makeup and long hairstyle.

Sportswear brand ‘Reebok’ will unveil three new colors added to the classic ‘GL 6000′ running shoe line on February 5th. The grey, blue, and red running shoes will be available for sale for the upcoming 2013 S/S season.

Sohee also took part in a CF for ‘Reebok’s ‘GL 6000′ where she had some fun participating in Powered paragliding, check it out below!

Lee Hi likely to release debut album in March

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 07:30 AM PST

It’s likely that rookie singer Lee Hi, who swept the K-pop scene with her debut single ‘1, 2, 3, 4‘, will release her debut album on March 1st.

According to a representative from YG Entertainment, the album recording and production, which CEO Yang Hyung Suk was directly involved in, have already been completed, and they are currently finishing up Lee Hi’s comeback music video.

The representative stated, “Lee Hi has finished recording her new songs. Because Yang Hyung Suk oversaw all the details and production, the whole process went faster than expected. Though the release date has been marked as March 1st, it’s possible that the album may come out sooner.”

Yang Hyung Suk previously stated that rather than focusing on the commercial value of the album, they’ll be focusing on the quality of the music. He also added that he believes it will surpass the popularity of ’1, 2, 3, 4′.

Are you looking forward to Lee Hi’s debut album?

Source: Osen via Nate

Actor Kim Seung Woo starts his own agency ’25113 Company’

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 07:06 AM PST

Actor Kim Seung Woo recently started his own agency, 25113 Company, following the expiration of his contract with Wellmade StarM.

A representative revealed, “Kim Seung Woo recently started his own 1-client agency ’25113′. His contract with the agency Wellmade StarM expired during the latter half of 2012. Kim Seung Woo’s new agency 25113 Company is run by his younger brother Kim Seung Joon and manager Lee Tae Young as co-heads. It was created two years ago for the entertainment business. Kim Seung Woo plans to carry out various activities in variety shows, films, and dramas this year.”

In other news, Kim Seung Woo is starring in the upcoming KBS 2TV drama ‘IRIS 2‘, which premieres on February 13th KST.

CNBLUE’s Jonghyun thanks fans for his award at the ’22nd Seoul Music Awards’

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 06:40 AM PST

CNBLUE‘s Jonghyun thanked his fans after receiving the ‘Best OST Award‘ at the 22nd Seoul Music Awards for the track “My Love” from the SBS drama ‘Gentlemen’s Class‘.

Jonghyun took to Twitter to write, “Hello. It’s guitarist Jonghyun! I received the OST award at the Seoul Music Awards^^ This award was given by the members of BOICE (fan club), right? ^^,” along with a photo with his trophy.

The photo shows Jonghyun looking dashing in a suit and tie while proudly holding up his OST award backstage at the event. Congratulations to Jonghyun on his first solo award!

Listen to the song below!

TVXQ releases “In Our Time” short PV

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 06:16 AM PST

TVXQ have released the short PV for “In Our Time“!

“In Our Time” is a track from the group’s upcoming sixth Japanese album ‘Time‘. The album, which includes 12 tracks and 2 bonus tracks, will come in four versions: a CD version, 2 CD+DVD versions, and a special BigEast version. ‘Time’ is scheduled for release on March 6th.

Check out the short PV for “In Our Time” below!

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Tip: Xesyre

SPEED to hold additional fan meetings in Gwangju and Busan

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:50 AM PST

Rookie group SPEED, who is receiving attention for their debut with title tracks “Sad Promise” and “It’s Over“, has added more fan meetings to their schedule following high demand from fans.

SPEED will hold additional fan meetings in Gwangju on February 5th and the Busan Power Station on the 6th. The group will also pay tribute at the national cemetery for victims of the Gwangju Democratization Movement of 1980, which their music videos touch upon.

The members shared, “Although the fan meeting was originally planned for around 300 fans, we will make sure to give autographs to as many people as possible.”

Jaejoong’s ‘I’ ranks #1 on album charts in Taiwan and Japan

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:25 AM PST

JYJ Jaejoong‘s first solo mini-album ‘I‘ ranked #1 on music charts in Taiwan and Japan, adding more to his list of chart-topping achievements.

C-JeS Entertainment stated on the 1st, “Jaejoong’s mini-album ‘I’ ranked #1 on Taiwan’s ‘Five Music‘s daily album chart and Japan’s music retail chain ‘Shinseido‘s weekly album chart. Within two weeks of its release, Jaejoong’s album ranked #1 on domestic and international charts. An exclusive store counter for Jaejoong’s album was available at Japanese retail site Tower Records, and the album sold out so fast that there is currently a shortage.”

Jaejoong recently sold out all 120,000 copies of his solo album and held his first solo concert, 'Your, My, and Mine', on January 26th-27th at the Ilsan Kintex in front of 16,000 fans, showcasing his popularity across Asia.

Yoon Si Yoon gets ignored by ‘Hippo’ the dog

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 05:00 AM PST

A photo of actor Yoon Si Yoon getting ignored by a dog has become a hot topic online

The dog Hippo became famous after appearing in the tvN drama ‘Flower Boy Next Door‘. When Park Shin Hye showed endless affection for it, it responded back just as enthusiastically. However, as a male dog, he is reported to treat the female and male actors very differently.

It was proven when Hippo completely ignored Yoon Si Yoon no matter how much attention he poured onto the dog. The stark difference in the way the dog treated each actor caused fans to chuckle.

Sadly, the well-loved Hippo will no longer be appearing on the show after the 8th episode, which was aired on January 29th.

Catch ‘Flower Boy Next Door’ every Monday and Tuesday at 11PM KST.

Park Bom comments on her heel falling off during the ’22nd Seoul Music Awards’

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:37 AM PST

2NE1‘s Park Bom updated fans on how she felt about her recent mishap on stage during the ‘22nd Seoul Music Awards‘.

Park Bom tweeted, “Kekekekeke Today was reallyㅠㅠ a special day!!! kekekeke I was very, very surprised!!! One foot felt free all of a sudden keke. I think this will also be one precious memory. kekeke My members’ faces were flustered but funny.. kekeke I could have also been flustered.”

“Looking at me and saying it’s all right..Let’s have fun.. As if she said that… As if she was somehow giving me strength… Leader Chae Rin (CL) kekeke When I asked her, she said that in case I might do something weird kekeke So she was watching over me kekekeke She said keep posting the story kekekeke.”

“I don’t know how they took a photo of this kekeke When we gather together, we’re giving each other eye contact~~.”

During the awards ceremony, 2NE1 commanded the stage as usual with their hit song “I Love You“. However, Park Bom’s heel fell off mid-performance, and she quickly solved the problem by taking off her other heel as well, leaving her to dance barefoot for the rest of the performance. Park Bom was later praised for her professionalism during the stage by continuing to perform with charisma as if nothing happened.

Check out 2NE1′s performance below!

Lee Kwang Soo compares Song Ji Hyo to a “weed”

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 04:11 AM PST

At a press conference for their upcoming film, ‘Maritime Police Marco‘, actor Lee Kwang Soo described fellow ‘Running Man‘ cast member Song Ji Hyo as someone who’s like a “weed.

“Song Ji Hyo is faster than anyone else, like a viper,” he said at the press conference. “Like the character Lulu from the movie, she solves her problems herself instead of waiting for anyone to show up. She’s like a weed, surviving anywhere she is.”

Song Ji Hyo herself didn’t deny this somewhat strange analogy, saying, “I usually try to figure things out for myself before asking anyone else for help.”

The upcoming animated film ‘Maritime Police Marco’ revolves around an eponymous monkey who sets out to save Monkey Island and his first love, Lulu, from the evil grasp of Commander Carlo from another game world. The film will hit theaters on February 14th.

Jackie Chan to appear on a future episode of ‘Knee Drop Guru’

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:46 AM PST

Action star Jackie Chan will appear on MBC‘s ‘Knee Drop Guru‘.

According to station representatives, Jackie Chan will be visiting Korea on February 18th to promote his movieChinese Zodiac‘. After completing his promotional schedule, he will film for an episode of ‘Knee Drop Guru’.

It has been revealed that the staff at ‘Knee Drop Guru’ has been trying to get the star to appear on the show for a few months now. Now that Jackie Chan has time to visit Korea, he accepted the offer.

Jackie Chan will be the third foreign guest to appear on the show after the Hollywood directors The Wachowskis and Japanese singer/actor Kusanagi Tsuyoshi.

Jackie Chan has been very friendly to his Korean fans. He’ll be discussing his famous actor friends, former Korean girlfriends, and how he appeared as an extra before his Korean movie before he got famous. He’ll also be mentioning his friends Kwon Sang Woo and Yoo Seung Jun and why he asked them to be a part of his movie.

‘Chinese Zodiac’ will be released in Korean theaters on February 28th.

CNBLUE wins ‘Music Bank’ K-Chart + performances from February 1st!

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:22 AM PST

KBS' 'Music Bank' is back with another fun and exciting show that was chock-full of amazing performances!

The MCs for tonight's episode were After School's UEE and actor Lee Jang Woo.

Aside from the usual stages, Super Junior-M, SISTAR19, ALi, DMTN, and 4men held their comeback stages.

As for the winners, CNBLUE faced off against Girls’ Generation for this week's 'K-Chart', but in the end, it was CNBLUE who clinched the 'K-Chart' win with "I’m Sorry".

Congratulations to CNBLUE!

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Others who performed tonight include Kim Bo Kyung, Shinjae, Tiny-G, Hello Venus, SPEED, MR.MR, Nine Muses, VIXX, Phantom, Boyfriend, Moon Hee Jun, Baechigi, 2YOON, INFINITE H, CNBLUE, and Girls’ Generation!

Check out the performances below:

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Super Junior-M perform “Break Down” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:08 AM PST

Super Junior-M will be holding special performances of their latest single "Break Down" on Korean music programs.

As Super Junior's Chinese subunit, Super Junior-M haven't had many chances to meet with their fans in Korea, but they've prepared special performances for music programs this week. The group released a Korean version of "Break Down" as well.

Check out Super Junior-M's 'Music Bank' performance of "Break Down" below!

Soloist ALi returns with “Eraser” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 03:04 AM PST

Talented soloist ALi has returned with the release of her mini album, 'Eraser' ('Ziugae').

The MV for "Eraser" previously made headlines for featuring a top Hallyu actress, who has been revealed to be Choi Ji Woo.

In addition to the title track, the album features 4 other songs and its instrumentals, one of which is her pre-release track "Selfish" (which you can check out here).

Check out ALi’s comeback performance below!

DMTN return with “Safety Zone” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:47 AM PST

DMTN (formerly known as Dalmatian) have returned with their new title track, "Safety Zone"!

The group is now going by DMTN ('dee-em-tee-en'), which stands for the words "Desire, Motivation, Timing, Now." Member Daniel is said to have come up with the words that DMTN stands for himself, making the name even more special. Along with the new name comes a new digital single, which is a medium-tempo track by Duble Sidekick, who worked with the boys for "E.R".

Check out DMTN's comeback performance below!

SISTAR19 come back with “Gone Not Around Any Longer” on ‘Music Bank’!

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:41 AM PST

SISTAR19 have finally made their comeback with the release of their new single "Gone Not Around Any Longer"!

The subunit, consisting of vocalist Hyorin and rapper Bora, teamed up with producer Brave Brothers once again for their new title track. Director Joo Hee Sun, who also directed SISTAR's "Alone", also participated in SISTAR19′s new music video.

Check out SISTAR19′s comeback performance of “A Girl in Love” and “Gone Not Around Any Longer” below!

Comedian Kim Gi Ri makes an indirect apology to SECRET and their fans

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:27 AM PST

Comedian Kim Gi Ri apologized to SECRET and their fans.

On January 31st, Kim Gi Ri tweeted, “I love you SECRET. And I love Secret Time (SECRET’s fan club),” appealing to the girl group and their fans.

The indirect apology came after a mistake the comedian made as a presenter at the ‘22nd Annual Seoul Music Awards‘. During the show, comedian Kim Ji Min stated, “People say that you are a romantic no matter what you do, so show us your popularity by making a comment,” to which Kim Gi Ri replied, “SISTAR is sitting right in front of me. What can I do?

Sunhwa then held up the name SECRET, waving it around for the comedian to see. Realizing his mistake, Kim Gi Ri explained, “You know I said this to be funny, right?

Kim Gi Ri is a comedian on KBS2‘s ‘Gag Concert‘ and appears in the hit segments ‘Awkward Truths‘ and ‘Discoveries of Life‘.

‘Berlin’ rises to the top of the box office

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:04 AM PST

The film ‘Berlin‘ is already the most popular film at the box office.

According to the Korean Film Association, ‘Berlin’ was watched by 302,997 moviegoers on its opening day, January 31st KST. The total number of moviegoers amounts to around 713,000 people.

Competing film ‘The Present from Room 7‘ was watched by 236,000 viewers, a difference of roughly 65,000 people. 49.4% of all resale tickets for movies for this weekend were also for ‘Berlin’.

‘Berlin’ is an action movie that takes place in the city of the same name. The plot revolves around four people with secret missions who chase after and are pursued by one another. The movies cast includes top stars such as, Ha Jung Woo, Han Suk Kyu, Ryu Seung Bum, and Jun Ji Hyun.

Check out the trailer below!