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"There’s no accounting for Personal Taste"
October 14th, 2008 // by javabeans




And to think, we almost had Joo Ji-hoon (Devil) and Yoon Eun-hye (Coffee Prince) back together in Personal Taste [개인의 취향], playing a straight guy masquerading as a gay guy to live with a straight girl (who harbors a crush on her gay friend but thinks he’s playing for the other team).

Now, not only will these two not be appearing in the drama together, the entire drama production has fizzled.

The drama had been in the pre-production stages, but PD Kim Sang-ho (Fantasy Couple) explains that the reason for this project’s demise was due to a difficulty in casting. Yoon Eun-hye pulled out of the project while the scripts were being written and they were unable to recast. Furthermore, Joo Ji-hoon’s involvement in the project was greatly “exaggerated” by the press.

Bummer. The drama, which was to be based on the novel of the same name, sounded like farcical fun in the making. Maybe I’ll just have to read the book instead.

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"Personal Preference" cancelled, withdrawn from planning stage ; Yoon Eun Hye's rejection played a big part, Tuesday October 14, 2008 Korea



source: http://ent.jknews.co.kr/article/news/20081014/5473194.htm
credit: smr05 @ soompi YEH thread

"Personal Preference" cancelled, withdrawn from the planning stage "Yoon Eun Hye's rejection played a big part"

It has been revealed that the MBC drama "Personal Preference" has been cancelled. This drama became a hot topic when the possible casting of actress Yoon Eun Hye as the main lead actress was released.

Today on the 14th, PP's Kim SangHo PD revealed that the production of PP was cancelled. Saying, "We decided to abort it during the planning process" and that, "there were a number of reasons but we went through rough casting negotiations due to the excessive media coverage of the cast news which were released before official casting confirmation was done."

Kim PD also added that YEH was the one whom they most desired as their lead actress, but unfortunately they were in a situation where they were unable to proceed with the casting once they received rejection from YEH's side.

PP is a drama based off the romance novel of the same name, written by author Lee Saein. This drama was to be plotted around the life and instances of a frivolous lady who's after a gay room mate and the happenings between the two characters.

In addition, the actor to play alongside YEH was speculated to be YEH's partner from "Goong" Joo Ji Hoon, however Kim PD confirmed that, "I have neither met nor contacted Joo Ji H'oon's reps [regarding this]

The drama "Personal Preference" was meant to have been taken up by Kim Sangho of "Fantasy Couple" and acted out by lead actress of "Coffee Prince" Yoon Eun Hye, which had brought about hot attention.
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Eye Candy : "Kim Hyun Joong,"
Wednesday October 15, 2008 Singapore




HE is the leader and most popular member of Korean boy band SS501.

But in the upcoming Korean version of the manga-adapted drama Meteor Garden, heart-throb Kim Hyun Joong will play second fiddle for once.

He has been cast as Rui Hanazawa, the most brooding member of the F4 bullies to be played by Lee Min Ho (Tsukasa Domyouji), Kim Bum (Sojiro Nishikado) and Kim Joon (Akira Mimasaka).

Min Ho's hot-temptered character is the main male lead who falls for a feisty girl (Koo Hye Seon), but she is actually carrying a torch for Hyun Joong's character.

In real life, though, Hyun Joong, 22, is arguably the most famous of the F4 cast.

Debuting in 2005 as part of SS501 (pronounced double S 501), he has since embarked on solo acting projects (Nonstop 5, Can Love Be Re-feeled) and released a solo digital single titled Thank You.

Despite his pretty good looks, he is known to be a tough guy who doesn't mince his words.

Earlier this year, the 1.8m-tall Hyun Joong gritted his teeth and coped with a serious leg injury so as not to affect the band's jam-packed work schedule.

But his condition worsened, and when other members started to fall sick or get injured as well, there was talk of the band taking a hiatus.

Last week, it was announced that SS501 would continue as the three-member outfit Triple S instead.

Its management company, DSP Entertainment, said Hyun Joong and another member, Park Jung Min, would focus on acting instead.

On his future as an actor, Hyun Joong told fans during an online chat in April that he would like to try 'funny and interesting roles'.

YUMMY FACTOR: 3 out of 5

by CHANG MAY CHOON
http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/show/story/0,...,180125,00.html?
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"Sin-ae's photoshoots for orphans and anorexic children,"
Thursday October 16, 2008 Korea




Its like Sin-ae should live inside the photos as her characters. She is so charismatic and talented in modeling!



Her transformations in each costume is shockingly gorgeous.

This star is also a goodwill promoter. She is giving her profit from this photoshoot to orphans and children with anorexia

She also baked and designed her cookies and cakes at the goodwill event. She will be modeling for these events until the end of this year.

Sin-ae will be starred in the new drama, "Queen Cheon-choo" which will be released this November.

source: hancinema
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"Movie star Son Ye-jin at press conference for new movie"
2008/10/14




Son Ye-jin is greeting her fans and the press introducing her new film, "My Wife is Married".



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"Han Ye-seul, Hollywood calls her!"
2008/10/14




Top star Han Ye-seul is being called from Hollywood! This is a fortunate dilemma for her!

She has been in the PIFF this month where foreign producers from around the world came and asked her to consider coming to their company. However, Han is currently filming the drama "Tazza" so she could not make any time yet.

America's major studio even brought her a scenario of a movie for her too look over. The costarring actor is also a well known star around the world.

Among many stars, Han was more wanted because of her ability to speak English fluently. Her great beauty and charisma also brought attention from Hollywood producers. In addition, through the movie "Miss Gold Digger" and drama "Fantastic Couple", her bold and attractive character was well set. The perfect Asian actress that is needed in Hollywood would be Han Ye-seul at this moment!

Her company people say that they are seeking the right moment and time for her to enter Hollywood.

Many actresses who enter Hollywood mostly go independently from companies. And if Han does enter Hollywood, she will be following Kim Yoon-jin becoming another Asian top star!


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Maggie Q: "Good Hollywood roles rare for Asians,"
Wednesday October 15, 2008 Hong Kong




By MIN LEE
Associated Press

HONG KONG (AP) — Despite landing roles alongside Tom Cruise and Bruce Willis, Maggie Q says Asian actors still have a hard time getting good roles in Hollywood movies.

The 29-year-old actress, whose full name is Maggie Quigley, told The Associated Press in an interview Tuesday that 90 percent of the scripts she receives are written for Caucasian female characters.

"The first part of it is going into a room (for an audition) and trying to quell this stigma that people have about Asians only doing certain kinds of roles and Asians only being looked at a certain way," Quigley said. "You run into these stereotypes a lot."



She was speaking after a press conference in Hong Kong to promote the video game "Need for Speed Undercover," which features a character she portrayed.

Quigley said American filmmakers are confused by her biracial background. Born in Hawaii to an American father of Polish-Irish descent and a Vietnamese mother, the actress first made her name in the Hong Kong film industry.

"They think, 'Wow, what is this? There's this girl. She's Asian, but she's not. ... They're really not sure where to put me," Quigley said.

She described competing for roles in Hollywood as a "battle."

"It's a struggle. You got to win roles. You really got to fight for them. When I left Asia and went to the U.S., essentially I was starting over. It's very hard. It's a lot of work," she said.

Quigley's credits include "Mission: Impossible III," starring Tom Cruise, and the fourth installment in the "Die Hard" series, "Live Free or Die Hard," starring Bruce Willis. She also appeared in "Deception" alongside Ewan McGregor, Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams.

Quigley is currently shooting Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang's "The Warrior and the Wolf," which is about the friendship between two generals in ancient China traveling near the Silk Road.
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"It’s better to forgive, but Choi Jin Shil’s brother won’t,"
Wednesday October 15, 2008 Korea




The brother of actress, Choi Jin Shil, posted on his cyworld about the person who had spread the rumors about his sister, only known as “Baek”. He said that he will never forgive her for Choi Jin Shil’s death.

Right at the end of September, Police officers charged Baek with spreading the rumors, but so far, nothing was done about it. Just after Choi Jin Shil’s death, she argued with her tormentor.

Right after her death, Police Officers tried to do everything to cover up Choi Jin Shil’s death, whilst Baek tried to escape. Choi Jin Shil’s brother also added that Baek should face the public and be punished for what she has caused.

source: kojaproductions
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"Magician Jay Chou JieLun Wants To Make Taipei 101 Disappear!"
Date: October 15, 2008




Jay Chou JieLun has many nicknames: 周董 Chou Dong (President Chou), 周大導 Chou Da Dao (Big Director Chou), 周幫主 Chou Bang Zhu ("Master" of the Chou Clan); now, 魔術師 Mo Shu Shi (Magician) has been added to the list. He carries a deck of cards with him wherever he goes, "showing off" his "treasure" (the magic tricks) constantly; for his new album 魔杰座/Capricorn, he even specially designed a "standoff" between a magician and a joker; the effect was both amazing and mysterious. Rather amusingly, when the very pregnant 陶晶瑩 Matilda Tao ChingYing (陶子 TaoZi) asked him why magicians like to use doves in their magic tricks, Magician Jay answered with a different type of humor. Laughing, he said, "Because the other birds are too big; this kind is just the right size." After saying this, Jay felt his answer was a bit inappropriate, and he hurried to add, "Nah, it's because doves represent peace!"

Jay's new album has officially been released. Many people were intrigued just by looking at his "Magician" and his 龍戰騎士 [Long Zhan Qi Shi] [Dragon Warrior], etc... the feeling was very mysterious! His sci-fi style has already made people sit up and applaud-- to say nothing of the 11 visually and auditorially spectacular MV's he filmed (which, together, cost almost $20,000,000 NTD). All of these elements together combined to make Jay's album the year's best-seller-- even before its official release! When asked about his creative inspiration, Jay laughed and said that, after watching Batman: The Dark Knight, he thought the Joker was very "diao" (cool). "So, for this album, I specially "created" both a Magician and a Joker. Additionally, the Joker's attire and look changes many times. He even has smokey eyes! It's all in the hope that we can change everybody's prior attitude or impression of 'clowns' as an object of ridicule."

As for Jay's love for magic, now, wherever the "Heavenly King" goes, the people at his side must have a pack of poker cards ready to allow him to "show off" his tricks at any time. Seeing his eyes, brimming with confidence, his fast and speedy tricks, and hearing his newest pet phrase: "This trick will definitely make you go wild!", it's obvious that he's thrown himself into magic with the same passion and persistence he uses when he's creating music. He even handed his fans a "raincheck": "For my next trick, I will make Taipei 101 disappear! I'll have to ask you fans to wait and see!"

News Source: UDN, http://asianfanatics.net/forum/
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"Cutie Rainie Yang ChengLin Will Release New Album; Communicates Secretly With Qing Feng of Sodagreen"
Date: October 15, 2008




Rainie Yang ChengLin, the Priestess of Cute, has been "missing" for a year; her new album, 半熟宣言/Ban Shou Xuan Yan will be released on the 7th of November. Yesterday (October 14, 2008), her record company specially organized a "recording is finished" press conference for her at the recording studio. They celebrated the end of the "producing" segment of her new album.

At the press conference, Rainie first performed her new song 帶我走 [Dai Wo Zou] [Take Me Away], which serves as the ending theme for her drama 不良笑花 [Bu Liang Xiao Hua] [Miss No Good (The Bad Campus Belle)]. 蘇打綠 Sodagreen's 青峰 Qing Feng wrote the song specially for Rainie; she said that, the first time she heard the song, she felt really touched and that she tried very hard to interpret the song and express all the feelings and emotions it was meant to invoke. Thus, Rainie, who has just finished recording her new album, wished to thank Qing Feng especially for writing this song for her.

Because she doesn't know Qing Feng very well, Rainie signed on-line and visited Qing Feng's blog. Using her own account, she left a message of thanks for him. She was afraid that he wouldn't respond to her message because he wouldn't recognize her username; however, Qing Feng actually left a message for Rainie a week later! He said that he was looking forward to hearing her sing the song. His message made Rainie feel very happy!

Rainie was recently nominated for a Golden Bell Award (for Best Female Actress). Her record company came up with the very original and special idea of giving seven sexy red underpants-- to symbolize "good luck"-- to Rainie. They wanted Rainie to wear the underwear for the seven days directly before the Golden Bell Awards; this would bring her luck enable her to take home the big prize!

Included in the seven red undergarments were a lace thong and an adorable sports-type panty. Upon seeing them, Rainie's face turned red and her heart sped up. She laughed loudly and said that seeing the underwear made her eyes swim! She also said that she has never worn a thong before; she is afraid that they wouldn't be very comfortable. She revealed that she has received sexy underwear from both her fans and the crews of her various dramas before, but that she still hasn't worked up the courage to wear them yet. She is much more used to wearing her one-piece pajamas to bed; it's more comfortable. Rainie joked that, if she really wore thongs every day (for seven days) before the Golden Bell Awards, she would be afraid that her skin would become inflamed. If that were to happen, her walk on the red carpet would then be very strange!

Rainie's 小茉莉 [Xiao Mo Li] [Little Jasmine] (for the movie 刺青/Spider Lilies) was nominated for the Golden Horse Awards; this time, her performance in 換換愛 [Huan Huan Ai] [Why Why Love (Exchange Love)] earned her a Golden Bell nomination. Thus, the only "Golden" nomination Rainie is still missing is one for the Golden Melody Awards. Her record company specially made a replica of a Golden Melody Award trophy and presented it to her at the press conference. They hoped that her new album would be nominated in all sorts of categories at this year's Golden Melody Awards... including the biggest honor of all, Best Female Singer of the Year!

Rainie expressed that, actually, when it came to being nominated or winning the big award, she tried to keep very calm. That she was nominated this year made her really happy, but she doesn't think that she'll win the award. Furthermore, she thinks the chances of either 柯素雲 Ke SunYun or her own good friend Ariel Lin YiChen winning are quite good. As for the Golden Melody Awards, she laughed and said that being able to take pictures with a Golden Melody Award "trophy" right after wrapping up her recording made her very happy. Of course, she hopes that she will be nominated this year, but she is trying to keep up a calm composure regarding that as well. She said that it was possible that she wouldn't be nominated for another five years-- maybe!


"Rainie Yang ChengLin Afraid of Skin Inflammation: Does Not Like Thongs"
Date: October 15, 2008




To celebrate her Golden Bell nomination and the recording completion of her new album, Rainie Yang ChengLin's record company gave her seven red undergarments for good luck. They hadn't expected Rainie to say that, in addition to never having worn a thong before, she was afraid that wearing them for seven days straight would inflame her skin and make it red and swollen. She laughed and said, "I still prefer to wear my granny panties! Am I disillusioning my fans?"

Rainie said that, she had had two pairs of sexy underwear in the past. She said, "It had little polka dots on it, and it had ties on both sides. It was the type where, if you pulled the string, it would "open." But I never wore them, and, when I moved, I actually threw them out." She said that, even when it came to pajamas, she prefers the one-piece type. Additionally, she won't wear "invisible" underwear, even under her clothes. "It's very dangerous! If you start to swear, even a little, it will start sliding down!" When it comes to choosing her underwear-- bras and panties alike-- she prefers to remain conservative.
* Translator's Note: By "invisible" underwear, she probably means the type you tape to your body.

Rainie's new album, 半熟宣言/Ban Shou Xuan Yan, is scheduled to be released on the 7th of November. 帶我走 [Dai Wo Zou] [Take Me Away], the ending theme for Rainie's 不良笑花 [Bu Liang Xiao Hua] [Miss No Good (The Bad Campus Belle)], will be included. It was written by 蘇打綠 Sodagreen's 青峰 Qing Feng; she even specially went to Qing Feng's blog to leave him a message of thanks.

Knowing full well that her immune system has become weaker, Rainie has recently begun seeing a nutritionist. "The doctor said that my blood is "hot," as though there are three fires burning within me." The nutritionist told her to be careful with her diet; the hardest habit she'll have to break is eating beef.
Translator's Note: "Hot blood" is a Chinese medicinal concept. It's extremely hard to explain >_<

Asked about her hopes for taking home the Golden Bell Award for Best Female Actress, Rainie replied, "Everyone has a chance, but it won't be me." She is "betting" on either 柯素雲 Ke SuYun or Ariel Lin YiChen. She clarified again that there is no "argument" between her and Ariel: "Ever since I was little, I've liked to wear the same clothes as my friend. I would definitely not care about someone's 'bangs being the same' as mine!" Her record company also gave her a replica of the Golden Melody Award trophy. She joked, "It's possible that I won't be nominated for another five years!"


News Source: Yahoo! (Taiwan), http://asianfanatics.net/forum/
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"Shin Mina’s French Diary,"
Wednesday October 15, 2008 Korea




Like Go Ara before her, Shin Mina (Devil, Go Go 70) lets camera capture her recent trip to France for cable channel O’live Style. The program is called Mina’s French Diary and was filmed over a two-week period (August 20 through September 3).



Similar in format to the other travel diaries broadcast by O’live (i.e., Ara’s trip to Japan, Han Yeseul in L.A., Han Hye-jin in Vegas), the program follows Shin Mina around as she tours the sights of Paris: she browses vintage goods at a flea market, heads to Montmartre, and visits the tomb of chanteuse Edith Piaf. She also ventures to the seaside resort of Deauville.

Mina’s French Diary airs in four installments, the first of which shows on October 18.



source: newsen
translations: dramabeans
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"Ha Ha Hot or Duck Duck Goose?"
October 16th, 2008 // by javabeans


Sometimes you look at a picture and you know it’s off, but there are just so many things to comment on that you can’t articulate any of them.

Yeah, this ad for Converse featuring its new brand models, Choi Kang-hee (My Sweet Seoul) and boy-bander Kim Hyun-joong (of SS501), is one of those instances.

Converse is selling… what, exactly? The ad says “down jumper” but the picture says “goose mothering skills.”

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"Vineyard Man enjoying renewed popularity in Thailand"
October 15th, 2008 // by javabeans




Television drama ratings have been released for the month of September in Thailand, and six of the top ten series are Korean dramas.

AGB Nielsen Media, a media research company, released the numbers, and the 2006 KBS trendy drama The Vineyard Man, starring Yoon Eun-hye and Oh Man-seok, came out on top. Although its initial run in Korea garnered low ratings (it was up against juggernaut Jumong), The Vineyard Man was the most-watched drama by Thai viewers last month. Thai and Korean ratings, while both recorded by Nielsen, are measured differently, but a general conversion puts Vineyard’s Thai numbers at about two to three times its Korean ratings.

Here’s the full top 10, which comprises six kdramas, three Chinese series, and one “foreign” other:

1. The Vineyard Man
2. Chinese drama Legend of the Demigods
3. Chinese drama Justice Pao
4. SBS’s 2007-08 sageuk drama King and I
5. SBS’s highly acclaimed 2006 series Alone in Love
6. Chinese drama The Sword and the Chess of Death
7. Angel Yr. 3 — perhaps they mean Whedon’s Angel?
8. MBC’s 2005 hit romantic comedy My Name Is Kim Samsoon
9. KBS’s 2006 mania drama Goodbye Solo
10. MBC’s daily drama Be Strong, Geum-soon


Via Segye.com, Joy News
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"Hwayobi Comeback with Untouchable,"
Wednesday October 15, 2008 Korea




Half of a “We Got Married” coupling, Hwayobi, comes back with another collaboration with Untouchable. Hwayobi was last seen early this year with her “Sunshine” album and Untouchable in 2007 with the EP “Ready To Shot: Absolute Power”.

The track “It’s Okay” which was released on 10th October in a digital single, showcases their second project after they worked together on her 6th album. This collaboration is a special couple song dedicated to Hwayobi and Hwanhee, and to be used on “We Got Married”.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HV8cuFWGiSg

source: seoulbeats
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