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"BoA Begins Radio Promotion Tour,"
Friday April 17, 2009 Korea




BoA, South Korea's top pop star, has embarked on a full-blown promotion tour of her songs through American radio broadcasts.

Following her visit to WDRE, a radio broadcaster in Long Island, Wednesday, BoA plans to visit famed radio broadcasters in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, Florida, Orlando, Miami and Seattle, according to Yonhap News.

While visiting broadcasters, she will have a string of interviews with famous DJs and introduce ``I Did It For Love,'' the flagship song of her U.S. debut album entitled ``BoA,'' and other songs.

Given that the radio is a key publicity means in the U.S. pop world, the forthcoming radio tour will serve a good occasion for BoA, 22, to get closer to fans in the world's largest album market.

Meanwhile, the music video of ``I Dit It For Love,'' directed by Joseph Kahn, has been unveiled at BoA's official Web site (www.boaamerica.com) and other American Web sites, Yonhap said. Kahn had made promos for Britney Spears, Chris Brown and Eminem and won the Best Video of the Year and Best Direction at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.

BoA released her U.S. album on March 17 amid high expectations that she will be able to reenact her success story in Japan in the United States.

The album contains 11 songs including "I Did It For Love" and dance tracks "Energetic," "Eat You Up," and "Look Who's Talking."

BoA's album ranked 127th on the Billboard 200 Album Charts announced on March 26. It was the first time that a Korean singer had entered the Billboard chart.

Source: Koreatimes
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"Taiwanese heartthrob has a compulsive aversion to dirt,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Taiwan




HE IS as handsome as they come.

But Taiwanese actor Dylan Kuo harbours a dirty secret.

The 32-year-old is so obsessed with cleanliness that he uses a piece of cloth to wipe his computer keyboard if a relative so much as grazes a finger across it.

An obsessive-compulsive disorder perhaps?

'Maybe so. But I haven't really thought about it that way,' he said, laughing.

It's no wonder that playing the role of an unkempt nerd in the 2008 Taiwanese idol drama Prince And Princess2 was a big challenge for him.

After all, this is a guy who has to brush his teeth every time he eats even the smallest morsel of food.

It's not surprising then that the must-have items in his bag are his toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

So imagine how much he had to adjust to his role of a 'slovenly dude' in Prince And Princess2.

For example, he had to slap on a big amount of greasy hair oil to achieve what Dylan called the 'the ah pek (old uncle) hairstyle'.

This was espcially tough for him as he's used to showering three times a day - once in the morning, once after hitting the gym and once before bedtime.

Borrowed clothes

Dylan said he also had to wear odd-sized, rumpled clothing, something which he couldn't find in his wardrobe.

So he resorted to borrowing these garments from his 'less than pristine' friends.

Said Dylan: 'I'm the kind of guy who never wears clothes twice without washing and these are my own clothes.

'Wearing other people's togs wasn't easy.'

To imitate the mannerisms of a nerd, he had to speak slowly and with a stutter, a far cry from his usual 'confident, low-pitched voice'.

Dylan said that his character resembled greatly an otaku - a Japanese term used to refer to people with obsessive interests, particularly anime, manga, and video games, usually at the exclusion of personal hygiene.

'These guys are so obsessed that they don't shower, they have dandruff and often have body odour.

'I happen to be the complete opposite of that,' he said.

Dylan revealed that he's most particular about how he smells.

Thus, he has to spray on cologne wherever he goes, even if it's a short five-minute trip to run an errand at the market or bank.

Said Dylan: 'I want people around me to associate me with a nice smell. Only then will I be comfortable, knowing that they are comfortable too.'

But he's not completely unlike an otaku.

The self-confessed shy guy likes to engage in what he terms 'solitary activities'.

On his rest days, he will go cycling and to the movies alone.

His favourite cinema in Taiwan has even reserved a 'lone' seat for him so that he wouldn't be disturbed by fans during the movie.

But the indulgence that tops his list?

Watching Japanese drama series like Last Friends 'all at one go'.

He did admit that he would have enjoyed the series more if he had a 'special someone' to watch it with.

Dylan said that he has left his love life 'up to fate' but he wishes to meet a girl that 'possesses class, elegance and a pure nature'.

In his latest drama, Knock Knock Loving You, he plays a rich man's son who must give up his musical aspirations to head his father's company.

Two women fight over Dylan's character much to his amusement.

He said, with a laugh: 'I'm just relieved to be able to play a clean, 'prince-like' guy in this show.'

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"Jiro Wang possessed by 007, influencing Rainie Yang,"
Saturday April 18 2009, Taiwan



Jiro Wang (Da Dong) loves to act cool; while filming GTV/CTV's idol drama [ToGetHer] he especially to do the trademark gun-holding pose of 007 male lead James Bond, even influencing Rainie Yang who would automatically match his 007 pose when taking photos. On the contrary, Tiffany Hsu couldn't take it, saying, "Even when he was holding my hand when we were dancing, he would do the 007 hand gesture."

Tiffany Hsu couldn't take it

Da Dong and Rainie Yang act as a romantic couple in [ToGetHer] but in the drama, the appearance of Da Dong's ex-girlfriend Tiffany Hsu, puts their relationship to the test. However, offscreen, their relationship which started as strangers, improved as filming progressed. Usually when taking photos, they will muck around together. For example, Da Dong likes to do the 007 hand gesture when taking photos and Rainie Yang will match but she also said, "Even when he's holding my hand during filming, his hands are in the 007 gesture." Even when dancing, he does this, causing Tiffany to say, "When he's dancing with me in the drama, I really don't understand, why are his hands in that position when we're holding hands?"

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"Master biopic up for HK awards,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Singapore




HONG KONG - JOHN Woo's Chinese historical epic, a biopic of Bruce Lee's kung fu master and a documentary-like look at a working-class neighborhood are the top contenders at the Hong Kong Film Awards on Sunday.

The nominees reflect the past and present of Hong Kong's movie industry - once a major Asian filmmaking hub known for its local stories, but now increasingly geared toward the mainland Chinese market with historical and kung fu blockbusters.

Woo's US$80 million (S$120 million) two-part epic 'Red Cliff,' based on an ancient Chinese battle by the same name, is a prime example of the recent trend of films made with an eye toward mainland viewers.

Wilson Yip's action-filled biography of Bruce Lee's teacher Ip Man is another example, portraying the late martial arts master as a patriot who resists the Japanese occupation of his southern Chinese hometown.

The first installment of 'Red Cliff' is up for 15 prizes and 'Ip Man' is competing for 12 at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Both movies are nominated for best picture.

But another top contender harkens back to the locally flavored fare made in the former British colony known for its mix of Chinese and Western cultures.

Veteran filmmaker Ann Hui's 'The Way We Are,' which follows the life of a single mother in Hong Kong's Tin Shui Wai district, is a contender for best film, best director, best screenplay and best actress.

The other best picture nominees are Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow's sci-fi movie 'CJ7' and Gordon Chan's ghost thriller 'Painted Skin.' Woo and Yip are also up for best director, competing against Benny Chan for 'Connected' and Johnnie To, who was nominated for 'Sparrow,' a playful look at a pickpocket gang.

Former Cannes winner Tony Leung Chiu-wai received a nod for best actor for playing a Chinese general in 'Red Cliff.'

He faces off with action star Donnie Yen, who played Ip Man; Simon Yam in 'Sparrow;' Nick Cheung from the police thriller 'The Beast Stalker;' and heartthrob Louis Koo, who portrayed a gangster who struggles to give up a life of crime in 'Run Papa Run.'

Source: Straitstimes
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"Da S acts as queen, put on a drip at filming location,"
Friday April 17 2009, Taiwan




The idol drama [Summer of Bubbles] starring Da S, Peter Ho and Huang Xiao-ming is currently busily being filmed in Taiwan. Da S has the big responsibility of being the female lead in the drama and producer Peter Ho has been treating her extremely well; besides special hair and make-up artists, she also has an assistant holding an umbrella for her at any time. Employees of the drama have revealed that Da S who has been very dedicated, filming projects successively, even invited her family doctor to the filming location to examine her and put her on a drip.

Da S, who recently switched over from filming a movie, has wonderful acting skills and looks. In order to secure her to act in [Summer of Bubbles], Peter Ho was willing to accepted all of the conditions Da S put forward, without asking any questions. As a result, Da S complimented Peter Ho as the most generous producer she had ever met, not reducing anyone's payments and furthermore, looking after the cast members.

Recently employees revealed, Da S was like a queen on the set; on an ordinary day, she would have assistants holding an umbrella for her, fixing up her makeup and even the family doctor arrived at the outdoor set to examine the queen.

According to reports, because Da S has been rushing the filming of successive projects, as well as filming advertisements elsewhere, her physical strength hasn't been holding up and she got a severe cold. Because there was no way she could go to the hospital to be examined, she had no choice but to invite her family doctor to the set to put her on a drip.

Her assistant Xiao Xuan said, "Da S was worried about affecting the progress of the drama so she hoped her doctor could give her an injection before filming again. Unexpectedly, the director sympathised with her and actually said [let's] stop work for the day, but she hastily refused. That's why until now, she hasn't recovered from her cold and is still coughing."

[Summer of Bubbles] supervisor 辛誌諭 Xin Zhi-yu said, "I'm really touched, she is really very professional. Rumours about us finding people to hold umbrellas for her was a misunderstanding, they're people from her own company!"

Source: UDN
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"Artistes come together for the environment,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




Over 20 celebrities come together for the photoshoot of an upcoming environment campaign.

The campaign named ‘CLEAN_air, water and the city’ is jointed organized by stylish casual wear Jack&Jill and also Vogue fashion magazine. It seeks to raise awareness of how human activities pollutes our air and water. It also promotes an improvement in city environment.

Each photos have a subtle environmental message in it.

KARA, Ukiss, New singer Cheong Rim, Actress Park Shi Yeon, Kang Hye Jung, Lee Si Yeong, Model-actor Lee Cheon Hee, MayBee and Bani, Actor Lee Seon Gyu, Seo Hyo Rim, Model Min Seok. Oh Yeon Seo, Gagman Heo Kyeong Hwan.

This photoshoot will be featured in the May issue of Vogue magazine.

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"Park Bo Young Can’t Shake Lee Min Ho Off Her,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




Actress Park Bo Young appeared on SBS Night TV Entertainment recently as she talked about herself Lee Min Ho and their friendship. She expressed, "No one is concerned or talks about me. They are always talking about KBS2TV Boys Before Flowers character Goo Joon Pyo or Lee Min Ho. So far, I have acted in 3 shows with him, EBS Secret Campus, SBS Mackerel Run and the movie Our School E.T.

She also revealed something funny between them, "Lee Min Ho had treated me to dinner after he won the Best Newcomer Award at the 45th Baeksang Arts Awards. But it wasn't like that in the first place as I was going to give him a treat. But I did a U-turn and took his wallet, and so he had no choice but to treat me instead."

Park Bo Young has enjoyed big success for her role in the movie Speed Scandal (highly-recommended if you haven't) with Cha Tae Hyun and Wang Suk Hyun. She is currently taking a short break from her entertainment life as she becomes a student again. She expressed in despair though, "If I go to school now, I get recognized easily and they will start to snap pictures of me secretly." She also talked about the future, "I would like to act as a bad girl. If not, a backstabber role is also fine with me."

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"After School’s Yoo So Young Hospitalized,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




It was revealed today that After School member, Yoo So Young (23) had fainted on the morning of 18th April due to fatique and overwork. So Young was subsequently hospitalized for treatment and observation. That was the reason why you only saw 5 members of After School performing Diva on MBC Show! Music Core this afternoon. After School had made their comeback a week ago with their latest single Diva and begun their busy broadcast schedule. In addition to performing, the After School members have been putting in at least 3 - 4 hours of training daily so that their performance can be as perfect as possible. But as always in such cases, Yoo So Young will make a speedy recovery with a full day of rest and rejoin her members tomorrow afternoon for their SBS Inkigayo performance.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWXJIrc4Nd0&feature=player_embedded

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"Lee Min Ho for Pepsi vs Kim Hyun Joong for Coke,"
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




CocaCola and Pepsi has chosen the two main actors of the Drama " Boys over Flower" as their models.

CocaCola's new saida ( T/N : i think it means carbonated soft drink in korean..) Dynamic kin was released on the 17th. They has chosen actor Kim Hyun Joong and actress Park Shin Hye as the faces for the new drink

Earlier on the 15th, rival company Pepsi's new diet saida 'Pepsi Nex' was released, and the company has chosen LEE MINHO and the past Mi.Ko.(미.코 Miss Korea) Lee Honey as their models.

Kim Hyun Joong signed 6 months contract for the CocaCola's model agreement, and Lee Minho as well has signed a 6 months contract with Pepsi. Lee Minho's CF for Pepsi Nex will be released in MAY.

CocaCola's Brand manager Lee Ji Hyun rep. said " the soft and polished up image of Kim Hyun Joong, and refreshingly sexy image of park Shin Hye matches well with the Refreshing taste of the DYNAMIC KIN saida, and through this we believed it was appropriate to chose the two models to represent CocaCola's new saida.

Pepsi's Rep said " We are working very hard to raise the Pepsi Nex's market share in Korea by using fast attack strategy, and so we used Boys Over Flower's main face Lee Minho as the model just like the other two asian countries BOF models."

Just like the two characters in the drama, Pepsi and CocaCola has been long rivals. Through this new model deal, they have brought the drama's rivalry to reality. It'll definitely create more interest among the people.

It will be interesting to see how well the two saida companies will use the marketing strategy with these two rising stars.

Source : Hankyung
translation by misshakissh @ soompi.com
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"Wheesung's WHEESHOW in Tokyo was a success!,"
Saturday April 18,2009 Korea




Wheesung had his first solo concert in Japan. ‘Super Live Concert 2009-WHEESHOW in Tokyo’ was held on April 12 at C.C. Lemon Hall in Tokyo.

Wheesung brought all the equipment and staff required for the performance from Korea so that the Japanese concert would be the same as the Korean one. He sang about 20 songs including “With Me”, “Love is Delicious”, and “Insomnia”.

The 2000 fans at the concert fervently watched the performance, standing from the first song to the encore. A representative of the performance agency in Japan said that after the performance about 90% of the audience responded in a survey that this was a performance they wanted to watch again. The rep also added that they are in discussions with Wheesung’s agency about holding more performances in different Japanese cities such as Osaka because the feedback from the concert was better than expected.

The concert will be aired in June on Mnet Japan.

Credit: KPculture
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YounHa, “I didn’t go for plastic surgery. We just made amendments to the photos”
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




YounHa speaks up about criticisms that had arose saying that she had undergone plastic surgery.

YounHa was on KBS Star Golden Bell on 18th April where she said, “After photos of me appeared on the internet, many people had called me and asked ‘How much exactly did you pay for it (plastic surgery)?’. I didn’t undergo plastic surgery but we did made some changes and adjustments to my photos.”

“I just wanted my photos to turn out pretty, hence with this truth broadcasted, I think many people will be disappointed with the ‘fake’ makeover. Even when I look at the photos, I also thought I looked like a different person.”

MC Ji Seok Jin also said, “When I saw the photos I thought they were pretty and I was full of anticipation, but now that I look at her face, she looks the same from before.”

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"Ju Ji Hun will hold fan meetings in Japan,"
Saturday April 18,2009 Korea




In May, Joo Ji Hoon (Ju Ji Hun) will hold fan meetings on May 15 and 16 in Osaka and Tokyo, respectively. The Tokyo event will also serve as a birthday party, since Ju’s 27th falls on the same day.

The fan meetings will be in advance of the Japanese premieres of two of Ju’s films, The Naked Kitchen (in June) and Antique Bakery.

On a related note, Ju has been cast as the male lead (opposite Kim Ji Soo) in the adaptation of Japanese hit novel and movie, Tokyo Tower.

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Talent Kim Shi Hyang, “Lee Min Ho was my boyfriend”,
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea




Kim Shi Hyang, who started out as a racing model but later became a broadcaster, revealed her special love relationship with Lee Min Ho.

She was on KBS2 variety show on 18th April when she revealed, “Lee Min Ho used to be my boyfriend.”

Kim Shi Hyang used to act alongside Lee Min Ho in movie ‘Our School’s ET’. And back then Kim Shi Hyang had acted as Lee Min Ho’s girlfriend in the movie.

She revealed, “We were in a love relationship 2 years back while we were filming for the movie. We were a pair of passionate lovers, we even rode the same motorbike as from in the movie.” rousing a wave of envy from the audience.

She also confessed, “I regretted not being close with Lee Min Ho.”

Netizens:

* “Like, what can you do now?”
* “She seriously didn’t think in the shoes of Lee Min Ho. She only thought that it is such a proud thing to be his girlfriend before.”
* “Yes she is pretty, she has a great body. But what can she do now.”
* “What the heck is this again?”
* “If I can be Lee Min Ho’s girlfriend, that would be great.”
* “Lee Min Ho just wants a taste of racing girls.”

Many netizens were quite angry that the reporter digged this piece of news out, just for news sake because of Lee Min Ho’s popularity now. Many also thought the reporter was an anti to Kim Shi Hyang.

source: kbites
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Oneday's 'Strong Baby',
Saturday April 18, 2009 Korea



Idol groups 2AM & 2PM have brought in quite a lot of attention among netizens for their noraebang video.

On the 4th in a video server site, the netizens have talked of the 22 second clip of the boys singing at noraebang. By this, it has caused the views to go up.

The video was at a noraebang for a birthday and that 2PM & 2AM decided to sing Seungri's ‘Strong Baby’ as they added in their own unique flavor with hand motions and all of them playing together.

Also, in the last portion of the video, one says “We're going to get attacked by Big Bang fans…” as he quickly turns off the music. When netizens saw this, they moreover saw it as a cute motion and said that the boys indeed know how to have fun.

Netizens have given a positive feedback for this because this showed a different side of just singers in their 20s that go on stage; these singers are just boys or girls and it is a time for them to be having fun in which the two groups 2PM & 2AM has shown.

source: Bestiz
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"Yoona expresses her "Will for Acting" by actually drinking during filming,"
Sunday April 19, 2009 Korea




Yoona expressed her overwhelming will for acting by actually drinking alcohol during her filming of MBC midweek drama, "Cinderella Man".

The scene where she drinks is during the part with Yoojin (Yoona) returns to Korea after studying abroad at EsMod Fashion School in Paris after her father's death. Yoojin starts working in the markets of the Great East Gate, running her parent's clothing store but situation turns bad when she is confronted with debts and eviction of the store. She sets up a street vendor with Oh Daesan (Kwon Sangwoo) and is crying and complaining to him about her situation. This scene can be seen on Episode 2 will air on the 16th.

The rumor states that Yoona voluntarily drank to fully bring out her emotions and mood required for the filming.

The staff who were present at the filming site complimented Yoona upon her strong will. After Yoona finished filming for that scene she said she doesn't understand why guys would drink this bitter Soju(alcohol), shaking her head in puzzlement.

"Cinderella Man" a story of the Prince and Pauper will air beginning at 9:55 on the 15th.

Credits: Joynews.com
http://joynews.inews24.com/php/news_view.p...g_serial=408044
Translation: k_Taevid @ soshified.com
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