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As Spring draws near, star actors Cha Tae-hyeon and Ha Ji-won will warm up the season with director's Kim Jeong-kwon's ("Ditto", "A Man Who Went to Mars") latest movie "Miracle of a Giving Fool", a heart drenching drama slated for release Feb. 28.
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Fact or Fiction? Cassiopeias on Guinness World Records



Reports that Cassiopeias, DBSK’s loyal fans, made it on the 2008 Guinness World Records as the largest fan group of an artist with 800,000 members started to spread early today, with many forums and bloggers reporting the “news.” But I have yet to see anything official confirming this glory to the Cassiopeias.

So is this fact or fiction?

If this is in fact true, then this is a huge slap on the face to the super mob aka Super Junior. They have more than twice the members and they failed to gather twice as many fans. No wonder the Elves have no weight with SM in their battle to prevent addition of new members in Super Junior.

And if this turns out to be fiction, we know who has the craziest fanbase out there.

So what do you think? Did Cassiopeias really get on Guinness World Records or is this just another case of fans gone wild?
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28-02-2008

Yoon Eun-hye is singing once again, in 3 years time. Ever since she left Baby Vox in 2005, she stubbornly concentrated in her acting career.

Recently, Lee Hyeon-do and a hip-hop singer Joo Seok are involved in producing a new hip-hop duo, Mighty Mouth's debut album. Their agency, 101 Entertainment Co., revealed that "Yoon Eun-hye participated in featuring a song in the album. She was still as good as she had been in the past, as a member of one of the most popular female singing groups in Korea".

This particular song, which Yoon Eun-hye participated in the featuring, is a cheerful hip-hop rhythmic song called " I Love You ", where the persona of the song complements her man with love and passion. Yoon Eun-hye sang about 50% of the melody component of the song and her voice was as sweet as it did in the past.

Yoon Eun-hye's involvement in recording the song came about from her friendship with Lee Hyeon-do. When he asked her whether she could feature a song for the duo, Yoon Eun-hye accepted the proposal with an ease, saying "I was a big fan of Deux".


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25-02-2008

To introduce Samsung Electronics' Anycall mobile phone model for the Beijing Olympic Games, singer Rain attended the "Press Conference for Samsung Advertisement Model, Rain" held in Beijing, China on February 21.

During the press conference, Samsung Electronics, the official sponsor of wireless technology for the Beijing Olympic Games, announced it had selected Rain as its publicity envoy. Fans also had a chance to meet the superstar in person.

Samsung Electronics described Rain as a young, passionate and ambitious person whose image well-matched that of the company. It added that the global company Samsung Electronics and trendsetter Rain will add "a special sparkle" to the upcoming Olympic games.

At the press conference, Samsung Electronics' Olympic theme song was revealed. The spectacular advertisement in music video format began shooting on February 22.

To help Chinese schools improve their gym facilities, Rain also took part in a hand-printing event which will collect proceeds to be used for public welfare by auctioning off the handprints.

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Korea looks to prove that the third time really is a charm when they finally get their own version of 'Hana Yori Dango' sometime in 2008.

The popular Japanese manga was first adapted to the television screen in Taiwan through a drama called 'Meteor Garden'. The successes of 'Meteor Garden' prompted Japan to also adapt the manga to the small screen in 2005. It was so popular in its short initial run that they ended up making a sequel. Now, in 2008, Korea will finally get its shot at remaking the popular manga into a drama.

The Korean company in charge of the considerable task of producing the drama is Group Eight. Their previous works include the dramas 'Goong: Princess Hours' and 'Fantasy Couple'. Due to those aforementioned previous works, the announcement of Group Eight as the production company was met by high expectations and great anticipation by fans.

The Korean version of 'Hana Yori Dango' is set to be 24 episodes at 70 minutes each. The tentative television premiere date is said to be sometime in the latter stages of 2008.
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Today’s most sought-after comedian Roh Hong-chul was attacked in front of his house by a mentally disturbed man on February 19th. A regular member of popular variety show “Infinite Challenge,” Roh was severely beaten up by a young man in his 20s, who ambushed him late at night as Roh was returning home from work. The attacker was obviously suffering from a mental illness, as he kept accusing Roh of hurting his parents. The 100-kilogram attacker was apparently suffering from schizophrenia. He was arrested on the spot, but not before leaving Roh with severe bruises, a cut in the left ear, and a broken rib. He was advised to stay hospitalized for three weeks, but came back home last Monday. Although Roh had his chest and abdomen taped up, he was all smiles and told the press not to worry about him.

During police investigation, Roh said he did not want his attacker indicted, but instead be referred to psychological counseling. Roh’s fans applauded him for being so considerate and lenient, particularly after footage of closed circuit TV near his home showed Roh putting his arm around the attacker and comforting him.

Roh’s attack brought to light the seriousness of leaking celebrities’ personal information, which could threaten their safety. In Roh’s case the attacker apparently found out where he lived by searching his address on the internet. Oftentimes internet users ingeniously find ways to access celebrities’ cell phone numbers, graduation photos and even their resident registration number. And such intrusion into their private lives and personal information is condoned under the name of curiosity. Internet users sometimes even use personal information to guess at passwords and hack into the mini homepages of such famous Korean pop singers as Hwisung or BoA. Also some people disclose celebrities’ cars or photos from the past on the internet, leaving those celebrities vulnerable to malicious comments. Actress Jung Da-bin and singer Yuni, who committed suicide, were unfortunate victims of cyber attacks. The latest attack on a celebrity demonstrated how urgent it is to control online disclosure of personal information and protect the private lives of public figures.

Celebrities are constantly exposed to the danger of stalking or attack by mentally unstable fans. Late last year actress Lee Seung-shin, wife of singer Kim Jong-jin, was beaten by her husband’s deranged fan while watching his concert. She sustained a cut to her head, which required five weeks of treatment. In October 2006 Yuno Yunho of idol group TVXQ was hospitalized after drinking a bottle of juice spiked with super bond.

The problem is that most of these celebrity attackers are delusional. They often think that celebrities on TV are talking to them or hurting them and act on their impulses. Also celebrity stalkers and attackers tend to be repeat offenders. They are given light sentences or released when they are found to be suffering from a mental illness. They come right back to harassing or stalking celebrities, and there really is no way to stop these crazed fans from approaching public figures. So celebrities are left to their own devices to protect themselves. Nonetheless, they all call for a systematic and institutional protection program.

In the meantime, the entertainment news program “TV Entertainment” was criticized for airing the entire footage without blurring the attacker’s face. The program’s bulleting board was flooded with critical postings about not protecting the suspect’s identity and rights. The program will be reviewed by the Korean Broadcasting Commission around mid-March.
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TV producers chose MBC’s “Infinite Challenge” and “Coffee Prince” as the year’s best variety show and TV drama.

At the 20th Korean Producers’ Award held Thursday at the SBS Open Hall, “Infinite Challenge” was honored with the best TV entertainment award. The reckless challenges faced by six comedians recorded the highest ratings and awareness among all the variety show programs on TV. Also “Coffee Prince,” last summer’s biggest drama hit starring Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yu, won the best TV drama award.

Other awardees include KBS’s “Tea Road” for the best TV documentary, and Kang Ho-dong for the best show host, Wonder Girls for the best musician, Kim Myung-min of the “White Tower” fame for the best performer, and Kim Dae-hee for the best comedian.

Hines Ward Joins a Variety Program 2008-02-27

NFL superstar Hines Ward of the Pittsburg Steelers joined the filming of the variety show program “Line Up” in Seoul on Tuesday.

Ward joined the “Line Up” team, composed of six comedians. The team members are divided into two groups to vie against each other in games and given tasks. In Tuesday’s filming the task was to learn the basics of American football from Ward.

When asked whether he knew of any “Line Up” members, Ward answered “Kim Yong-man,” the co-host of the show. Ward found some of the members quite good at American football. For instance, he applauded comedian Yoon Jung-soo for picking up the skills quickly during training, even calling him “Hines Ward Junior.” Ward also said that singer-comedian Boom had a physique perfect for a football player. The Hines Ward special of “Line Up” will be aired on March 1st.

BoA Again Tops Oricon Chart 2008-02-28

World star BoA rose to the top spot of Japan’s Oricon daily album chart with her sixth regular album “The Face.”

Released simultaneously on February 27th in both Korea and Japan, BoA’s newest album climbed to the top on the very first day of its market release by selling over 22 thousand copies.

This is the seventh time that BoA’s album topped Japan’s premier daily album chart. “Listen to My Heart,” her debut album in Japan released in March 2002, first reached No.1 on Oricon, followed by her second Japanese album “Valenti,” third one “Love & Honesty,” fourth album, “Outgrow,” fifth album “Made in Twenty,” and the compilation of her best hits “Best of Soul.” Four of her single albums - “Shine We Are,” “Do The Motion,” “Tomorrow of Nine Colors,” and “Winter Love” – also finished No.1 on the Oricon daily single chart.
source:http://world.kbs.co.kr/english/entertainment/enter_bbs_list.htm

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300 people cast in "20th Century Boys" movies
Sun, March 2, 2008 (4:16pm EST)
The trilogy of "20th Century Boys" live-action films (directed by Yukihiko Tsutsumi) is set to be one of the biggest undertakings ever in the Japanese movie industry. The project not only has a budget of 6 billion yen, but it was revealed on Sunday that it will feature a cast of 300 people.

The movies are adapted from Naoki Urasawa's sci-fi manga of the same name about a man and his friends who try to save the world from destruction by a mysterious organization. An earlier announcement revealed that Toshiaki Karasawa is starring as the protagonist Kenji, while Etsushi Toyokawa and Takako Tokiwa play two of his friends, Otcho and Yukiji.

Because the story spans a period from the 1960s to the 2010s, many of the characters are being played by 3 people at different ages (elementary school, middle school to high school, adulthood). Counting only cast members with spoken lines, a cast of 300 actors and actresses are being assembled for the three films. Approximately 200 of them will appear in the first installment.

34 more names have been announced as part of the cast including Teruyuki Kagawa (as Yoshitsune) and Hitomi Kuroki (as Kenji's sister Kiriko). The full cast list :
Announced cast:
Toshiaki Karasawa - Kenji
Etsushi Toyokawa - Otcho
Takako Tokiwa - Yukiji
Teruyuki Kagawa - Yoshitsune
Hitomi Kuroki - Kiriko
Hidehiko Ishizuka - Maruo
Takashi Ukaji - Mon-chan
Hiroyuki Miyasako - Keroyon
Katsuhisa Namase - Donkey
Fumiyo Kohinata - Yamane
Kuranosuke Sasaki - Fukube
ARATA - Masao Tamura
Nana Katase - Mika Shikishima
Chizuru Ikewaki - part-time worker Erika
Mirai Moriyama - mangaka Kameda
Yu Tokui - convenience store employee
Miyako Takeuchi - Setsuko Ichihara
Yoriko Doguchi - Mitsuko Kido
Kenichi Endo - bloody man
Ken Mitsuishi - Yama-san
Shiro Sano - Yanbo-Mabo
Bengaru - Oriko president
Tomiko Ishii - Chiyo Endo
Raita Ryu - Cho-san
Renji Ishibashi - Manjoume Inshuu
Katsuo Nakamura - Kami-sama

Cast members in unknown roles:
Takashi Fujii
Hanako Yamada
Takahiro Suzuki (Taka and Toshi)
Toshikazu Miura (Taka and Toshi)
Atsuhiko Nakata (Oriental Radio)
Shingo Fujimori (Oriental Radio)
Fumiya Fujii
Naoto Takenaka
Tamotsu Ishibashi
Toshikazu Fukawa
Masato Irie

NEWS in more RUSS-K ads
Mon, March 3, 2008 (6:56pm EST)
Surf brand RUSS-K will again use NEWS as its CM characters for the next two seasons. Five new commercials, filmed in Hawaii, will start airing on the 5th.

This time, the group's members were not assigned specific lines. Instead, they were given outlines of the different scenes, and they ad-libbed the dialogue.
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Years active: 2003-present
Agency: Johnny's Jimusho
Members: Tomohisa Yamashita
Ryo Nishikido
Shigeaki Kato
Keiichiro Koyama
Takahisa Masuda
Yuya Tegoshi

Former members: Hiroki Uchi
Hironori Kusano
Takahiro Moriuchi


Jun Matsumoto, Junichi Okada, Karina in Pepsi CM
Mon, March 3, 2008 (6:29pm EST)
Jun Matsumoto, Junichi Okada, and Karina are the new image characters for Pepsi Nex. They will appear in new commercials for the drink starting on Tuesday March 4.


Crystal Kay sings Pokemon theme
Mon, March 3, 2008 (6:23pm EST)
The next in line of the "Pokemon" movies will have its theme song provided by R&B arist Crystal Kay. Titled "ONE," it will be her first tune for an anime film.
Producers have apparently been considering the singer since 2001, when she sang "LOST CHILD" for the "Satorare" movie. They finally decided to use her music for the upcoming 11th film, "Giratina to Sora no Hanataba: Sheimi," which opens on July 19.
Crystal Kay commented that she has been a fan of the Pokemon franchise since she was a child.
The release date of "ONE" has not been announced, but it will begin chaku-uta distribution on March 8, the same day that the movie's trailer enters theaters.

Singer hitomi makes TV drama debut
Sun, March 2, 2008 (6:52pm EST)
Singer hitomi will make her first appearance in a television drama this month. She is playing a part in the NTV special "24 Jikan Atatamemasu ka? Shippu Doto Konbini-den," which stars 8 Yoshimoto Kogyo comedians.
Announced last month, the drama comprises four stories set in a convenience store. hitomi will appear in the last segment as a woman who goes to the store trying to find anything to commit suicide with.
hitomi's first acting experience was a minor role in the 2003 movie "Life Is Journey," directed by actor Seiichi Tanabe. She then co-starred with Ryuhei Matsuda in last year's "Nightmare Detective" and also performed in a stage play.
"24 Jikan Atatamemasu ka?" airs on March 15.
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Choi Min-soo to Co-star with Robert De Niro 2008-03-18




Korean actor Choi Min-soo known for his charismatic personality is to co-star with world-famous Rober De Niro and Andy Garcia in a blockbuster titled “Street of Dreams.”

“Street of Dreams” is based on the true story about the first Asian-American mobster Montana Joe in the 1960s New York. Choi is to play the role of Montana Joe’s Korean friend Eddie. No one has been cast in the starring role of Montana Joe yet, but the production team plans to hold a worldwide audition to choose an actor of Japanese descent with the caliber and aura matching those of De Niro and Garcia. The script is written by Roger Towne who wrote award-winning “Chinatown” in 1975. It will be produced by Fred Roos, famous for “The Godfather: Part II” and “The Godfather: Part III.”

“Street of Dreams” is a 40 million dollar co-production between U.S.-based FR Productions, Korea’s Hyun Jin Cinema, and Japan’s Wides Japan. Hyun Jin Cinema announced that the filming is to start this winter and the movie will be released worldwide in summer of 2009.
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Super Junior`s Han Kyung to Carry Olympic Torch 2008-03-20




SM Entertainment Agency announced that there was an online survey done by Coca-Cola China, a public sponsor of the Beijing Olympics (http://www.icoke.cn), and Han Kyung of Super Junior was voted first place as carrier of the 2008 Olympics torch. After deliberations, the Olympics organizational committee sealed the deal.

"The [Olympics] committee chose Han Kyung because they recognized his part in the cultural exchange of China through his activities in Korea and the rest of Asia," the agency stated. "Han Kyung will be participating in the carrying of the Olympic torch in Beijing from August 6th to the 8th."

Han Kyung will be taking his solemn oath at the "Coca-Cola National Olympic Torch-Bearer Ceremony" as a representative of the Olympic flame on the 24th in China. The ceremony will be broadcast on CCTV-5 and Guangdong TV, the official Chinese channels for the 2008 Olympics.

Han Kyung stated, "I'm extremely pleased and honored to be a torch-bearer for the 2008 Beijing Olympics."

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Lee Byung-hun Completes First Day of Filming in 'G.I. JOE'
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On March 13, prominent Korean film and television actor Byung Hun Lee, one of Asia's top stars, completed his first day of principal photography as Storm Shadow in Paramount Pictures' action adventure "G.I. JOE." He joins the ensemble cast that includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Sienna Miller, Rachel Nichols, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans and Dennis Quaid.

As big in his native land as he is in other parts of Asia, including Japan, Lee started his acting career in 1991 with the Korean television drama "Asphalt, My Hometown." Since then, he has appeared in several television dramas including "Tomorrow Love," "Police," "Son of Wind," "White Knight 3.98," "Happy Together," "Beautiful Days" and "All In."

Among his feature film credits are Kim Jee Woon's "A Bittersweet Life," Park Chan Wook's "Three Extremes," "Everybody has Secrets," "Addiction," "Bungee Jumping of their Own"
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Madonna to Sing Theme Song for Takuya Kimura's Drama
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Pop star Madonna is now connected to one of Japan's biggest celebrities. It was announced on Sunday that she is providing the theme song for the upcoming Takuya Kimura drama series that will air on Fuji TV. This is reportedly the first time one of her songs will be used as the theme for a television series.

Production staff for the drama, titled "CHANGE," wanted a major international artist to do the theme song. Thinking they had nothing to lose, they made an offer last December to Madonna, who happened to be working on her new album, "Hard Candy." After hearing about the drama's story and seeing the staff's enthusiasm, she accepted the offer and created the ballad "Miles Away."

"CHANGE" stars Kimura as an elementary school teacher who gets thrown into the political arena and winds up becoming the Prime Minister of Japan. Eri Fukatsu co-stars as his secretary. Other cast members include Hiroshi Abe as Kimura's election planner, Rosa Kato as a campaign assistant, and Akira Terao.
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Hikaru Utada to Sing Theme Song for Fuji TV Drama 'Last Friends'
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Hikaru Utada is providing the theme for the Fuji TV drama "Last Friends." Last year, her "Flavor of Life" was used as an insert song in "Hana Yori Dango 2," but this will be her first actual theme song for a drama series since the 2002 release "Sakura Drops."

The song is a medium-tempo ballad titled "Prisoner of Love." It is one of the tracks on her new album "HEART STATION" that goes on sale this week.

"Last Friends" stars Masami Nagasawa, Juri Ueno, Eita, Ryo Nishikido, and Asami Mizukawa. The first episode airs on April 10.
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