Thursday, May 28, 2009

Rain's hot photoshoot

The cosmetics brand Nature Republic's model Rain has been shooting the commercial film for the launching.

He is taking the mysterious and strong image in a monochrome photo.

The slogan is "from earth" and the filming has been in New Zealand. Doesn't Rain look so masculine?


Sunday, May 24, 2009

Actress Yeo Woon-kye, 69, Dies of Lung Cancer

Actress Yeo Woon-kye, who had been battling lung cancer, passed away around 8 p.m., Friday, at Incheon Catholic Medical Center. She was 69.

In 2007, the veteran TV personality had been diagnosed with kidney cancer while shooting the SBS drama "King & I", but continued taking on her signature feisty grandmother roles. She had apparently recovered, and the husky-voiced actress had been starring in the ongoing "Janghwa and Hongryeon" (KBS2).

She had to quit the show however due to pneumonia, which was later determined to have been a side effect of cancer metastases. The kidney cancer had apparently spread to her lungs and Yeo was checked into an intensive care unit earlier this month. According to local reports she is said to have lost consciousness a few days ago and had since been on life support.

Yeo stepped into the world of acting while she was a high school student and continued her passion as a literature major at Korea University. In the 1950s and `60s she was known, along with other veteran actors including Lee Soon-jae as the original stars of "daehakgeuk" or amateur student theaters.

In 1962 she made her professional debut as part of a theater troupe and then moved to TV. She is famous for having assumed "grandmother" roles since her 20s, from "Toji" (1986) to "Jewel in the Palace" ("Dae Jang-geum - 2003).

A ceremonial funeral hall for Yeo will be set up in Yonsei University Severance Hospital.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Kwon Sang-woo opens up a coffee shop!

Actor Kwon Sang-woo has opened his own coffee shop, "TEA'US"!

He is tasting his own brand of coffee as he is being interviewed in this picture.

Kwon has opened this coffee franchise which is expected to be a big business with a few of his best friends.

Fans, let's go and help his business!


Yeo Woon-kye fighting lung cancer

Yeo Woon-kye, an actress who has been working hard all these years as an actress has been fighting lung cancer.

She has been placed in the ICU recently and is being cared for.

Yeo has been suffering with her health conditions since 2007 but with her successful surgery she was able to act.

The actress has debuted in 1962 and has hits such as "My Name is Kim Sam-soon", "Dae Jang-geum", "Mapado" "Mapado 2" and "War Of Money".

Let's hope that this great actress will recover and be back on the screens!


Sunday, May 10, 2009

Actor Park Shin-yang Wins Legal Battle

Actor Park Shin-yang won his lawsuit against a drama production firm for a performance fee.

The Seoul Central District Court ruled Friday that the drama production agency should pay 386 million won ($306,700) to Park for starring in four additional episodes of the hit TV drama "War Of Money" in 2007.

The 41-year-old filed the suit against the agency last December after it refused to pay the contracted fee for the additional episodes.

The agency alleged Park tried to capitalize on the drama's high popularity by asking for too much money. It also claimed the fee he had received per regular episode be equally applied to the additional episodes because they are part of the drama.

In 2006, Park signed a contract with the company worth 45 million won per episode of the drama, initially made up of 16 episodes. As the drama enjoyed high popularity, the company decided to film four extra episodes. Park agreed to appear in the extra productions in exchange for 155 million won per episode.

Judge Park Gi-joo said in the ruling, "The two contracts are independent cases, meaning the first one cannot influence the second contract. The new fee set three times higher than original one is legally acceptable".

Since last December when the suit made headlines, Park has come under fire for demanding too much money from penny-pinching drama production agencies. Corea Drama Production Association banned Park from appearing in any dramas produced by members of the association for an indefinite period.

Following the decision, about 5,600 overseas fans issued a joint protest statement to denounce the decision.


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Farewell, my darling, I'm off to serve my country

Lee Jin-wook bid farewell to his fans and long-term girlfriend as he went off for mandatory military service this Wednesday. The 28-year-old actor, who postponed enlistment last year because he was appearing in SBS-TV's "City of Glass" drama waved to 100 well-wishing supporters at the 306th draft in Uijeongbu, Gyeonggi.

Many were hoping Choi Ji-woo Lee's girlfriend of two years, would show up at Uijeongbu to say goodbye, but the actress was nowhere to be seen.

Lee will serve for two years, leaving fans, and presumably Choi, anticipating his return in 2011.


Jae Hee in military service

Actor Jae Hee is doing well serving the country.

He said that he is getting bolder and more courageous through this experience.

Jae Hee has also been in a musical in the military service as an extra club that they have in the camp.

The actor misses his single mother so much after he has entered the military service last August.

Doesn't he look like he is from a model shoot even through it's just a picture of his daily life in the camp?


Friday, May 8, 2009

'Cyborg She' : My Sassy Girl-Turned-Robot

Director Kwak Jae-young urges viewers not to compare his Japanese movie "Cyborg She" to his previous production "My Sassy Girl". But the latter comes to mind when watching "Cyborg She". The robot-girlfriend in the film, played by Japanese star Haruka Ayase, is like an updated version of the "sassy girl", who was played by Jeon Ji-hyeon. This bizarre character seems to have no limits when it comes to eccentricity.

Jirou, played by Keisuke Koide, resembles the innocent boy who was played by Cha Tae-hyeon in "My Sassy Girl". His naive behavior, silly facial expressions and the way he responds to the erratic behavior of his girlfriend mimic those of Cha's character.

Though "Cyborg She" is a fantasy movie, its emotional aspect is in many ways similar to that of "My Sassy Girl". The female characters of both these movies are proactive in their relationships but don't want to invest their feelings, whereas the male characters are very dedicated to their girlfriends despite being kept under their thumbs.

"Cyborg She" is about a woman from a distant future who buys a cyborg – the spitting image of herself - at an auction. She uses the cyborg's memory to travel back in time using a time machine to the year 2007. She meets Jirou, a student, and falls in love with him, but disappears without notice the next day. One year later, she shows up in front of Jirou again, but this time she talks in a strange way and is unusually strong. The reason for this is that she is not a human but a cyborg. She brings Jirou a video message from his future self and the two decide to live together.

"Cyborg She" is a combination of the fantasy, melodrama, sci-fi, tragedy, action and comedy genres. Events that occur between Jirou and the cyborg are depicted in a comical and funny way, while the portrayal of their romantic relationship is reminiscent of a melodrama. The movie also contains scenes about the future and a powerful earthquake. Because too many eye-catching elements are included in the movie, its story flow is often interrupted.

Blending sci-fi with melodrama seemed to be a bad idea from the very beginning. The sad background music does little to move viewers, while the appearance of the human version of the robot-girlfriend only adds confusion to the movie, as her story is simply redundant.

The only thing that makes this movie attractive is the charm of its cast. Just as Jeon Ji-hyeon and Cha Tae-hyeon played a decisive role in making "My Sassy Girl" a hit, so too does the cast of "Cyborg She". Haruka Ayase perfectly plays a cute and vibrant robot, while Keisuke Koide skillfully portrays a naive and simple-hearted boy.

"Cyborg She" opens on May 14. Not rated.


Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lee Min-ho taking surgery

Boys Before Flowers actor Lee Min-ho, will be having a surgery in June.

He has an iron brace being removed from his leg which he had since his car accident in 2006. He had it put in his leg for fixing it.

Lee was planning to have the surgery to remove the iron brace in his leg in May, however with overflowing work schedule he had no time to cancel anything.

He will need 2 weeks of rest after this surgery.

He has recently been in Sydney for a photoshoot and now he will continue his work until June.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Poster for "Ninja Assassin"

Actor Jeong Ji-hoon aka Rain's first poster for Hollywood film, "Ninja Assassin" is released!

The film will be released this coming Thanksgiving Season in November.

Jeong looks so muscular and fit. Can't wait till the movie comes out!


Saturday, May 2, 2009

Coffee Prince made into a movie!

The hit drama "Coffee Prince" will be made into a film!

Sadly, Yoon Eun-hye nor Gong Yoo will not be in this film. The scenario is being made and cast being interviewed!

The filming will start this October and hopefully be released next year!