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Archive for July, 2009

With 2PM on temporary break after their successful promotion of their “Again and Again” album, its members are busy with their own activities.
Nichkhun at the watch and jewelry fair (All photos by Tik of 2PMOnline)

Nichkhun at the watch and jewelry fair (All photos by Tik of 2PMOnline)

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2PM continues to reign in various music programs and this time, they won the “Only One Song” award for “I Hate You” on MCountdown on July 30.

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Girls’ Generation, one of South Korea’s top pop groups, showed its star power by selling more than 100,000 albums for three times in a row.

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As we reported here last week, Nichkhun of boy band 2PM has been designated as the official goodwill ambassador of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).

(Top) Nichkhun's poster promoting Thailand and (below) Nichkhun during the ceremony on July 29. (Photos by TAT and Sarangheyo.com)

(Top) Nichkhun's poster promoting Thailand and (below) Nichkhun during the ceremony on July 29. (Photos by TAT and Sarangheyo.com)

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Actor Joo Jin-mo shared an interesting episode with his close friend and top star Jang Dong-geon in an interview with the KBS2 Entertainment Weekly that aired Sunday.

Jang Dong-gun and Joo Jin-mo

Jang Dong-gun and Joo Jin-mo

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Smoke and flames put a bit of sizzle into the “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” press conference yesterday at the Shilla Hotel in Seoul. Background music blared. Flames shot up on screen. Clouds of smoke wafted up. “G.I. Joe” stars Lee Byung-hun, Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller – flanked by “G.I. Joe” director Stephen Sommers and producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura – emerged from the haze.

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The MBC period drama “Queen Seon Deok” (or “Queen Sun Duk”) posted its highest rating of 34.8% on July 28,  topping the ratings chart in South Korea.

Queen Seon Deok

Queen Seon Deok

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Singer Jun Jin’s tentatively edited music video of “Like a Fool” had been leaked prematurely, according to his representative. This music video had not been disclosed to the public even after Jun Jin released his latest song.

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In the second episode of “Wild Bunny”, 2PM members did a photoshoot resulting in sexy photos of Nichkhun and Jaebeom while Wooyoung and Chansung’s photos were hilarious that members kept laughing.

(From the top) Nichkhun, Taecyon and Wooyoung

(From the top) Nichkhun, Taecyon and Wooyoung

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Famous Korean chef Edward Kwon as well as actresses Kim Jung-eun and Keum Hyo-min and actor Jin Goo were named special kimchi ambassadors yesterday by the city of Gwangju, South Jeolla Province, that hosts a kimchi festival later this fall.

(From left) Chef Edward Kwon, Kim Jung-eun, Jin Goo and Keum Hyo-min

(From left) Chef Edward Kwon, Kim Jung-eun, Jin Goo and Keum Hyo-min

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The cast of the upcoming Hollywood movie “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” arrived at Gimpo International Airport in Seoul today as part of their promotional tour for the movie. 

Channing Tatum and Lee Byung-hun

Channing Tatum and Lee Byung-hun

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Rain is back in Asia.

The 27-year-old singer and actor held a global fan meeting for the first time in a year, greeting fans from all over Asia, who returned his smiles with cheers and tears.

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Rain

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The popular band Big Bang concluded its promotional activities in Japan on July 26 by staging a live performance at a summer event that was organized by Fuji TV in Odaiba, Tokyo. Three thousand out of some 10,000 fans were picked by lottery and invited to the event.

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Big Bang

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As part of the ongoing promotion to make Seoul a top tourist destination, organizers of the program “Infinitely Yours, Seoul” have come up with the latest videos on YouTube featuring Girls Generation (aka SNSD), Super Junior and TVXQ (aka DBSK).

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TVXQ

 

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Super Junior

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TV Ratings (7/20/09 – 7/26/09)

1. Glorious Heritage (SBS) — 45.9%
2. Queen Sun Duk (善德女王, MBC) — 31.7%
3. Sons of Sol Family Pharmacy (KBS2) — 31.4%
4. Good Sunday: Part 1 (SBS) — 31.7%
5. Happy Sunday (KBS2) — 22.7%
6. GAG Concert (KBS2) — 19.9%
7. Instantaneous Capture of the World (SBS) — 17.8%
8. Bobjo (MBC) — 17.2%
9. Soccer: Manchester UTD vs. Seoul (SBS) — 17.0%
10. Love to Anybody (SBS) — 17.0%
11. Swallow the Sun (SBS) — 16.5%
12. Come to Play: Yoo Jae Suk & Kim Won Hee Show (MBC) — 16.2%
13. VJ Commando (KBS2) — 15.9%
14. Unlimited Challenge (MBC) — 15.5%
15. Happy Together (KBS2) — 15.3%
16. Golden Fishing Ground (MBC) — 14.7%
17. KBS News 9 (KBS1) — 14.4%
18. All of us Cha Cha Cha (KBS1) — 14.2%
19. Two Wives (SBS) — 13.5%
20. Urgent Deployment SOS24 (SBS) — 13.3%
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For those who are guessing why Kwon Sang Woo is in the United States during a time when the divorce rumors are spreading, the answer is that he is making rounds to audition for films including the remake of the TV series “The Green Hornet”.

The original cast of Green Hornet (above) and Kwon Sang Woo (below)

The original cast of Green Hornet (above) and Kwon Sang Woo (below)

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Many events, organizations and public groups hire celebrities, both popular and up-and-coming, to act as spokespersons and goodwill ambassadors, and the reason is simple: They attract attention.

Stars use their popularity to help causes

Stars use their popularity to help causes

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Ninja Assassin has got one of those glorious titles whose few words pretty much sum up the film’s plot. That’s not to say those names tell you everything you need to know.

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Girls’ Generation and Super Junior will take part in the Asia Song Festival to be held in Seoul in October, representing South Korea.

Super Junior and SNSD

Super Junior and SNSD

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The collaboration between Son Dambi and After School produced the Samsung Haptic Amoled project, which, of course, is meant to promote Samsung’s new 3G phone with the latest technology.

Son Dambi and After School endorsing Amoled

Son Dambi and After School endorsing Amoled

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