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Archive for January, 2009

Stars’ siblings steal spotlight

Do celebrities come from a special family, where all of their siblings are talented as well? Fans who wonder have had the chance to get a glimpse of some celebrities’ family members through various programs. More are coming soon.

TVXQ's Xiah Jun-su, left, brought his twin brother to the program "Introducing Stars' Friends'' on MBC. (Courtesy of MBC)

TVXQ's Xiah Jun-su, left, brought his twin brother to the program "Introducing Stars' Friends'' on MBC. (Courtesy of MBC)

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Police have seized hard disks of computers and documents at Sidus HQ, the agency for star Jeon Ji-hyun. The Seoul Metropolitan Police on Monday seized the material when they learned that the star’s cell phone was being spied on. They are questioning three suspects including the head of a private detective agency on charges of copying SIM cards.

Jeon Ji-hyun (Chosun Ilbo)

Jeon Ji-hyun (Chosun Ilbo)

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Top actress Ko Hyung-jung surprised fans not only by appearing on a TV entertainment show for the first time in 15 years but also addressing rumors surrounding her shrouded personal life.

Yes, I underwent plastic surgery

Ko: Yes, I underwent plastic surgery

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The popular “1 Night 2 Days” corner of the KBS 2TV entertainment program “Happy Sunday” is up for a new wave of change.

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SS501 upbeat about Dual Hit

The five member male idol group SS501 has scored successes in both music and drama.

The title song of the group’s mini album released by only three of the members–Heo Young-seang, Kim Hyeong-jun, Kim Gyu-jong–and entitled “U R Man” has ranked as the top “Mutizen Song” in a SBS TV music program, while ranking number one for two weeks on the cable Mnet channel program “M! Countdown.”

SS501 (KBS News))

SS501 (KBS News))

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Actress Kim Tae-hee first spoke about the rumor surrounding her relationship with the son of a giant conglomerate. She appeared on Sunday’s Park Jung Hoon Show aired by KBS and candidly addressed the rumor.

Kim Tae-hee (Chosun Ilbo)

Kim Tae-hee (Chosun Ilbo)

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While other networks are busy with dramas about young trendy teen stars and affairs between spouses and celebrities, KBS is beckoning fans with warm and comical stories of families.

The cast of the drama “The Way Home” greet reporters at the press conference. The drama is expected to relate with the viewers with its down-to-earth plots and relations among family members. (Courtesy of KBS and Korea Times)

The cast of the drama “The Way Home” greet reporters at the press conference. The drama is expected to relate with the viewers with its down-to-earth plots and relations among family members. (Courtesy of KBS and Korea Times)

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Tom Cruise, who the Korean press praised for his gentlemanly demeanor and warm rapport with his fans following his arrival in Seoul on Friday, remained calm and serious at a press conference for his film “Valkyrie” at the Grand Hyatt Seoul yesterday.

Tom Cruise greets reporters at the "Valkyrie" press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul at 1 p.m. on Jan. 17. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)

Tom Cruise greets reporters at the "Valkyrie" press conference held at the Grand Hyatt Seoul at 1 p.m. on Jan. 17. (Park Hae-mook/The Korea Herald)

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DBSK on fame, censorship and work

Dong Bang Shin Gi released their fourth album last September. (JoongAng Ilbo)

Dong Bang Shin Gi released their fourth album last September. (JoongAng Ilbo)

 

Is it a covert intelligence operation? Or perhaps a film shoot?

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Actors Kwon Sang-woo, left, and Lee Bo-young walk down the aisle in a cathedral wedding scene for the film ``A Sad Story'' in Seoul.(Yonhap/The Korea Times)

Actors Kwon Sang-woo, left, and Lee Bo-young walk down the aisle in a cathedral wedding scene for the film ``A Sad Story'' in Seoul.(Yonhap/The Korea Times)

Newly wed actor Kwon Sang-woo was caught walking down the aisle once again ― this time with actress Lee Bo-young in the upcoming movie “A Sad Story” (working title).

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise will visit Seoul next Saturday [January 17] to participate in promotional events ahead of the release of his latest flick, “Valkyrie.”

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Actor and singer Choi Jin-young, younger brother of late actress Choi Jin-sil, appeared on the KBS “Park Jung Hoon Show” on Dec. 21, and spoke of his sister. “There were times when I resented her for passing on this huge burden to me,” said a tearful Choi.

Choi Jin-sil (left) and Choi Jin-young

Choi Jin-sil (left) and Choi Jin-young

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This piece of news is really awesome. Super Junior will perform as a whole group this year, which will surely delight all their fans. Super Junior’s popularity in South Korea has been eclipsed by their subgroups especially Super Junior M. Fans have been clamoring to see them perform as one group.

Super Junior has also confirmed that they will lauch their new album in March this year. Yay!

Super Junior's new album will come out in March 2009.

Super Junior's new album will come out in March 2009.

 

 

DBSK, Wonder Girls, Girls Generation and Big Bang have also big plans for 2009.

Here’s the complete article from the Korea Times about this good news:

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Iconic boy band Big Bang had a busy year in 2008, and the five-member group is staging a concert titled “Big Show” to celebrate the New Year and thank fans.

Big Bang will hold concerts dubbed ``Big Show'' Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Gymnastics Stadium, Olympic Park. (The Korea Times)

Big Bang will hold concerts dubbed ``Big Show'' Jan. 30-Feb. 1 at the Gymnastics Stadium, Olympic Park. (The Korea Times)

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BoA is postponing her debut as an actress because of her U.S. debut.

Singer BoA (23, real name Kwon Bo-a) says she is looking forward to performing in the U.S. along with Rain and Se7en, because–despite their different music styles–the three of them can cause a bigger stir in the U.S. pop market together rather than individually.

Boa, Rain and Se7en

Boa, Rain and Se7en

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Actor Chung Woo-sung will become the first Asian actor to star in a U.S. TV drama.

Chung Woo-sung (KBS Global)

Chung Woo-sung (KBS Global)

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Singer Lee Hyo-ri, 29, has been hospitalized due to dehydration and pneumonia.
Korean singer Lee Hyo-ri (Joong Ang Daily)

Korean singer Lee Hyo-ri (Joong Ang Daily)

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Rain has had a busy year but is about to wear a new hat: designer of his own clothing line.

Rain recently held a fashion show and showcase for the launching of his new clothing line Six to Five. (Yonhap/The Korea Times)

Rain recently held a fashion show and showcase for the launching of his new clothing line Six to Five. (Yonhap/The Korea Times)

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