Hana Yori Dango Final television premiere

The following broadcast schedule has been decided for the movie 'Hana Yori Dango Final'~!!

24th December 2009 (Thursday) 7:55~11:18
The Best Christmas Eve Ever
Special TV Premiere 'Hana Yori Dango Final' Movie

Finally it goes on air, the complete uncut version and not only that, famous scenes from the drama series will also be aired!
Furthermore, Mao and Jun will give a beautiful Christmas message!!
Make sure you don't miss it.

Source: asianfanatics


Gong Yoo set to be released from military duties

Another upcoming army release! Get ready to welcome back Coffee Prince actor Gong Yoo — while fellow actor Chun Jung-myung was released today, Gong Yoo will be discharged on December 8. Both enlisted at the height of their popularity last year, and the fan love is still going strong as they prepare for the their returns.

Gong Yoo enlisted on January 2, 2008, when he was still riding high from the high praise he received for his role in Coffee Prince. While he’d had lead roles before, that was the one that garnered him a solid reputation as a strong actor. Already he is being targeted with “love calls” (calls of interest for possible projects) for his comeback project from as diverse genres as romantic comedies and thrillers.

As we have seen time and time again, there’s always a high level of interest in the first projects taken on by returning actors. Some jump right back into the fray, while others like Won Bin and Go Soo have taken their time. We’ll have to see if Gong Yoo falls into the former category or the latter.

source: OSEN,Dramabeans


No chance for 'Game On' glasses! Inoue Mao more in work mode than love mode?

The awards ceremony for the 22nd Japan Best Dressed Eyes Awards was held at Tokyo's Big Sight on 27th October. Actress Inoue Mao, actor Karasawa Toshiaki and Suzanne were among the 6 who were up on stage to receive the award.

Inoue who won in the Showbiz Field wore a black one-piece dress she chose together with the stylist to match her glasses. During her childhood, she used glasses regularly for about 10 years. "Putting on glasses feels like going back to my former self. Showing myself with glasses on in front of so many people is embarrassing."

The reporters asked if she liked men in glasses. "When someone who does not usually wear glasses puts them on, it makes my heart flutter," she replied. "When I go on a date, I choose fashionable glasses," she said, revealing the existence of her 'Game On' glasses. "Lately, I haven't had the chance to use those glasses though,"she added, a little disappointment in the romance department perhaps. Inoue, who has a starring role in a recently-opened movie, is looking increasingly radiant these days. It seems that rather than love, she will continue in work mode for a while.

On the other hand, Karasawa Toshiaki who won in the Sunglasses Field said of his unexpected win,"I don't see myself having the image of having sunglasses on but I think it's because I had them on all the time in the movie '20th Century Boys'."

Every year, well-known people from various fields who look good in glasses are chosen and given awards in different categories. The other prize-winners this year are Nagatsuma Akira in the Political Field, Yanai Tadashi in the Economic Field, Ishizaka Koji in the Cultural Field and Suzanne for the Special Prize.


Celebrity Sightings: Volume 216

★ Matsumoto Jun & Inoue Mao @ Ikebukuro
I saw Matsumoto Jun and Inoue Mao-chan! They looked like they were on very good terms and enjoying themselves. Female,34

★ Yamamoto Yusuke @ Roppongi
He was walking with an older woman. Yusuke-kun looked tipsy and the woman was mad at him. He's a blond now! Female,23

★ Mizobata Junpei @ Koichi
I saw Mizobata Junpei-kun filming for a movie. During break time, he was still giving handshakes, he's so kind. During filming, his attitude was serious. He gave a good impression. Female,16

★ Mizushima Hiro & Oguri Shun @ Fuji City, Shizuoka
Mizushima Hiro and Oguri Shun came to my hometown to film for the new Monday at 9 drama. They came to a local soba shop. Female,26

★ Aiba Masaki @ Roppongi
I met Aiba-kun at Roponggi. I told him,"I went to the National Concert in the rain." He looked apologetic and said,"Thank you very much." Such a nice guy! Female,47

★ Aoi Yu @ cafe in Aoyama
I saw Aoi Yu at a cafe in Aoyama. She's really like an angel. She was eating a huge parfait by herself. Female,26

★ Ichihara Hayato & others @ Hanno Ginza street
I saw Ichihara Hayato-kun filming Saru Lock in my hometown. He's so cool~ Female,34

★ Nakajima Yuto & Ohgo Suzuka @ Harajuku
I saw Nakajima Yuto-kun and Ohgo Suzuka-chan enjoying themselves shopping! Yuto is so tall and his face is so small!! Female,14

★ Kikuchi Fuma @ Shinjuku Station
I saw Kikuchi Fuma from B.I Shadow walking at Shinjuku Station with a friend. He had a beige cardigan on. His back is unexpectedly broad but his face is really small. Female,15

★ Kimura Kaela @ Komazawa Park
I saw her jogging at Komazawa Park with her manager(!?). They looked like they were enjoying running. Female,12

★ Crystal Kay @ Kyoto Station
Crystal Kay-san was at Kyoto Station talking on the phone. No one else noticed her. Female,18

★ Domoto Koichi @ Suzuka Circuit
I saw Domoto Koichi-kun at the F1 Grand Prix in Suzuka Circuit. He was politely greeting the officials. Female,31

★ Nakama Junta @ Mint Kobe
I saw Nakama Junta-kun at Mint Kobe today. He was with a girl but they took different lines midway. Female,26

★ Nakayama Yuma & Uchi Hiroki @ Kyocera Dome
They were sitting at the specially reserved seats on the last day of Arashi's Osaka concert. They looked embarrassed when the MC introduced them. Female,24

★ Nishikido Ryo @ America Mura in Osaka
I saw Nishikido Ryo-san around Amemura in Osaka! He's surprisingly small. When I went to talk to him and it turned out to really be him, I was surprised! Female,14

★ Yabu Kouta & Inoo Kei @ LaQua
I dropped by LaQua and met JUMP's Inoo-kun and Yabu-kun. We shook hands. Both have such small faces and are so tall they stand out. Female,29

★ Okamoto Keito @ Hanzomon Kudanshita Station
He was in uniform and sleeping! Beside him was a friend☆. Female,14

★ Karube Shin-ichi @ Ikebukuro
My friend saw Karube Shinichi-san at Ikebukuro. She said he looked just like a normal old man, unlike on TV... Female,15

★ Sakura & Inoue Waka @ yakiniku shop in Sasazuka
Sakura-san and Inoue Waka-san came to eat at a yakuniku shop at Sasazuka!! Both of them looked so good!! They seemed to be good friends. Female,25

★ Yokoyama Yu @ Umeda Osaka
I saw Yokoyama-kun! He was with a tall girl who gives off the feeling of an 'Asian Beauty'. Female,26

Source: unleashthegeek


Josh Hartnett overshadowed by Japanese actor Kimura

BUSAN, South Korea : Josh Hartnett isn't having things all his own way at Asia's largest film festival. Every time the Hollywood star appears in public, the loudest screams are being directed at his co-star.

Hartnett is here at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival to promote his latest film, the thriller "I Come with the Rain", alongside fellow cast members Lee Byung-hun, of South Korea, and Japan's Takuya Kimura.

And Saturday during an appearance before 5,000 fans who had camped out all day at the city's famous Haeundae beach the fans cheered when Hartnett appeared. But they went ballistic as soon as they saw Kimura.

It was the same at a press conference for the film Friday and on the red carpet during Thursday night's opening ceremony.

"It's okay," said Hartnett. "He's a good-looking guy. And I know the ladies love him."

Kimura, a member of boyband SMAP, has become an idol throughout Asia thanks to his roles in Japanese television series including the wildly successful "Hero" where he played a cop who bends the rules.

In recent years he has worked alongside art-house movie directors Wong Kar-wai, for "2046", and Yoji Yamada on "Love and Honor".

For his part, Kimura said acting alongside Hartnett had been an "honour" and that he had been surprised to find the American just a "very good guy."

Haeundae is often described as the world's most crowded beach during the summer months, when it attracts up to 100,000 people along its narrow 1.5 kilometre (one mile) stretch.

And it looked a little like that Saturday, with thousands crowding the sand and sitting in the autumn sunshine waiting for a chance to see the stars -- and even have their questions answered during an "open talk" session.

Hartnett was again gracious when his first questioner ask how he rated local actors compared to those he worked with in Hollywood.

"It's always a pleasure to work with great actors and it is very difficult to compare Hollywood actors with Asian actors," he said.

"All I can say is that they are extremely dedicated to their craft."

"I Come with the Rain" is an atmospheric thriller from the celebrated Paris-raised Vietnamese director Tran Anh Hung, who won the Camera d'Or at the 1993 Cannes festival for "The Scent of Green Papaya" and the Golden Lion in Venice for "Cyclo" in 1995.

Hartnett said shooting the film had been a unique experience as it had taken him to the Philippines and Hong Kong, and had mixed the styles of all the international filmmakers involved.

"The reception from the fans has been great and it is nice to see so many people support a poetic film like this," he said. "These types of films don't get released in Hollywood too often these days and that's a shame."

For his part, director Tran had earlier said shooting the film was a "nightmare" due to the locations he had chosen but he was proud of the end product and in particular of his three leading men.

"When I am casting a role the most important thing is the humanity that comes with the actor and I think you can see that with these three guys," he said.

Source : Channel News Asia

Nodame Cantabile Side Story Manga to Launch in Japan

This year's 20th issue of Kodansha's biweekly Kiss magazine has announced on Saturday that a side story manga series based on Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile manga will launch in the 24th issue. The regular Nodame Cantabile manga series just ended in the same 20th issue on Saturday. The story centers on two music prodigies who find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe.

The first of two live action Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement) films will open in Japan on December 19, and the final television anime series will premiere in January.

Tsunami Umino (Kohkyu, tsunamix) and Yumiko Suzuki will launch their new manga Shokōjo and Fumetsu no Akko-chan, respectively, in the 21st issue of Kiss on October 24.

Source: Anime News Network


"Easy Fortune Happy Life" filming ends, Joe Chen and Roy Chiu flies to China

Roy Chiu (left) did not win Joe Chen in the series, but it might not be so in real life.

"Easy Fortune Happy Life" is ending its run but it seems unlikely that the relationship between Roy Chiu and Joe Chen will end with the series. Filming for the series ended yesterday and Roy Chiu is heading for Hengdian today for the filming of Mainland series "Strange Tales Of Liao Zhai 3". Following that, Joe Chen will go to Shanghai or Chong Qing to film a mainland series "Jia Qi Ru Meng".

"Autumn's Concerto", starring Ady An and Vanness Wu, will start airing on 4th October and "Easy Fortune Happy Life" has already ended filming. Following the typical story ending, female lead Joe Chen ended up with Blue Lan. As for Roy Chiu, who has always been there for her by her side, although he lost in the series, he won the lady's heart outside the series.

However, Joe Chan once said that she was the kind of person who will have to think through long and hard regardless of it being a (decision to) get together or break up. It took her n times to truly break up with her caucasian boyfriend Michael. Although she quite get along quite well with Roy Chiu, there was still a lot of tests to overcome. Previously, there was a scene in "Easy Fortune Happy Life" where ROy Chiu had to piggyback Joe Chen, who was blabbering under the influence of alcohol. She was talking and crying at the same time. Roy Chiu hooked her lefs to prevent her from slipping downwards and hurting herself. In the end, there was a red mark on his neck (from the pressure of her arms) and he nearly couldn't breathe.

Joe Chen kept apologising, "My hand just kept pressing at his neck, I'm really sorry." Roy Chiu, who carried the heavy chested girl, didn't feel that it was heavy at all. Instead, he said, "She is actually quite light." Today, he will depart for Hengdian to film "Strange Tales Of Liao Zhai 3". What's coincidental is that his ex-girlfriend Rainie Yang has also acted in a chapter of "Strange Tales Of Liao Zhai 1".

Source : udn.com
Translated by karened @ http://asianfanatics.net


Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile Manga to End on October 10

This year's 19th issue of Kodansha's Kiss magazine has announced on Friday that Tomoko Ninomiya's Nodame Cantabile manga will end in the next issue on October 10. The story centers around two music prodigies who find themselves on parallel paths in Japan and later Europe.

The first of two live-action Nodame Cantabile Saishū Gakushō (Nodame Cantabile: The Final Movement) movies based on the manga will open on December 19, and the second film will open next spring. The third anime series will premiere in Japan next January.

30 million copies of the original manga's 22 compiled book volumes have been published so far. Ninomiya had confirmed on her personal blog on June 21 that she would resume her Nodame Cantabile romantic comedy manga in Kodansha's biweekly Kiss magazine on July 25, after putting the manga on hold in June due to acute appendicitis. She added on July 7 that she planned to draw new manga installments in the next three issues. She had previously written that she will end the manga soon.

Source: Anime News Network

Shin Hyeon-joon beats up his agent?

Actor Shin Hyeon-joon has been arrested for harrassing his agent!

Shin is currently being sued for the violence commited to his agent.

More interrogation and specifics about this is being proceeded by the Seoul police.

Not much information is being told so we must wait and see what the real story is. It is known that the agent who sued Shin has turned off his phone and is rejecting all contacts.

Source: hancinema and nate

Relationship rumours about Joe Chen circulate; Ming Dao: 'Isn't the male lead Blue Lan?'

Ming Dao has been filming in Mainland China for some time, unaware that good friend Joe Chen had broken up with her foreigner boyfriend. Yesterday he returned to Taiwan to promote his new drama "Happy & Love Forever" 幸福一定強 and when he heard that Joe Chen's new relationship rumours were with Roy Chiu, he had an expression of shock, "Isn't she filming with Blue Lan though? This change is too fast!"

Ming Dao has achieved a lot in China; his earnings have already risen to $90,000 RMB per episode (almost $40,000 TWD). Although he earns the most among the cast members, he has been paired with newcomers in his several dramas and almost every scene relies on his "teaching". When he was filming "Happy & Love Forever", it was previously reported that he claimed teaching newcomers was very tiring, asking producer Luo Fa Ping, "Next drama, look for a #1 (experienced) girl and I'll be willing to act for a lower price."

He is most satisfied with his collaboration with Joe Chen but having not returned to Taiwan for a long time, he wasn't even aware that Joe Chen had broken up with her boyfriend. Yesterday as soon as he heard about the recent situation of the relationship, he looked very surprised, "No way! They were together for so long!" He expressed that travelling all around China, he just didn't have the time to contact his good friend. Then hearing about Joe Chen and Roy Chiu being ambiguous towards each other, he almost didn't drop his jaw, "Isn't the drama's male lead Blue Lan?"

Currently Ming Dao is everywhere in China, as long as his name is on it, even before the drama starts filming, its copyright can be sold. Like "Happy & Love Forever" had a broadcasting channel before a production crew was found and filming could begin, working backwards. Yesterday Ming Dao revealed that it is scheduled to broadcast in April next year. The drama's spokesperson Chen Yan Ping revealed that originally when Ming Dao was cast for "Happy & Love Forever", there were concerns of people's popularity, that relationship rumours would circulate but in the end, no such thing happened. Ming Dao is never late and never leaves early, he's even willing to teach the newcomers how to act.

Ming Dao also said, "Who said I would try to pick up the female lead in every drama, the rumours aren't true, I haven't done that to Annie Chen!" This made Director Yang Guan Yu argue back, "That's because Annie is too young so you can't." The director praised Ming Dao's acting, "Previously I always thought he couldn't act. I apologise to him for them, his acting really surprised me."

Source: UDN
Translated by catalie @ http://asianfanatics.net

Lee, Han Picked as Rising Ad Models

Singer-actor Lee Seung-gi and actress Han Hyo-joo have been picked as rising ad models for the second half of this year for their starring roles in the SBS-TV drama ``Brilliant Legacy,'' which ended its run at a viewing rate of 47.1 percent in July.

A survey of 1,625 people aged 16 or over living in Seoul and Gyeonggi Province showed that Lee and Han posted sharp rises in ranking, compared with the first-half survey. Brand38, a local brand consulting company, conducted the surveys.

Lee saw his ranking soar from 23rd in the first half to fourth. Han, who had not been ranked in the first half, came in at 17th.

In the latest survey, comedian Yoo Jae-suk and figure skater Kim Yu-na ranked first and second, respectively. In the first half, Kim and Yoo were first and second.

Girls' Generation, one of South Korea's leading pop idol groups, and boy band 2PM took third and seventh places, respectively, emerging from low rankings.

In contrast, traditionally high-placed actors such as Jang Dong-gun and Jeon Ji-hyun suffered sharp falls in their rankings.

Source: Korea Times

Actress Choi Ji-woo to receive President's honor

Korean Wave star Choi Ji-woo will receive the presidential commendation for promoting Korea's tourism, according to her agency on Thursday.

The actress will be awarded for her contribution in tourism at the 36th Tourism Day Celebration Ceremony on September 29, C, JW Company announced in a press release.

Korea Tourism Organization (KTO), the host for the event, selected Choi as the winner due to her contribution through KBS TV drama "Winter Sonata". The drama, a massive hit in Korea and also throughout Asia, has been bringing fans of the show into the country since its airing in 2002.

"Hallyu dramas are more than just cultural content - they bring about positive economic effects by bringing in money from overseas and increasing tourism," the Hallyu star was quoted as saying. "I hope many good dramas will continue to be produced."

Earlier this month, Choi was admitted into the Star Hall of Fame at the Seoul Drama Awards 2009.

The 34-year-old actress is scheduled to leave for Tokyo on Sunday to attend the premiere party for the animation version of "Winter Sonata". The event, to be held at the Tokyo Dome, will also be attended by her co-star Bae Yong-joon who provided voice-overs for the animation alongside Choi.

Source: asiae

Scissors-paper-rock with 小栗/Oguri

小栗旬/Oguri Shun appeared for the release event of his new movie『TAJOMARU』. The movie is about Tajomaru, who is a famous thief through generations. Associated with that, Scissors-paper-rock game was held with male audiences only. The winner was given 浪切の剣/Namikiri no ken(ken=sword) which was actually used in the movie with Tajomaru's name on. The winner of all was a guy who came with his wife living in Tokyo. He said he came because his wife asked, and got a chance to participate for the photo session with /Oguri and others. By the way, /Oguri who probably was into his character Tajomaru who never tried to abandon women, said to the winner, "be happy with your wife and make her happy" with smiling.

Souce: music japan plus


'CSI's' Jorja Fox returns

Sara Sidle is back from Costa Rica and on the case at "CSI."

Actress Jorja Fox will appear in five episodes, including the season premiere, in the CBS forensic series' 10th season, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

When last we saw the tenacious CSI, she was in Costa Rica, reunited with and kissing her fellow forensic honey, Gil Grissom (William Petersen).

Despite the characters' romantic relationship, however, there are no immediate plans for Petersen to return for episodes this season.

Fox was a regular cast member for eight seasons before her character Sara Sidle got job burnout and left. She appeared in various episodes in Season Nine.

The 10th season of "CSI" premieres on Sept. 24.

Source: Zap2it

Note: I am so excited with this news. I stopped watching CSI when they axed her and now I will start watching this TV series again. Welcome Back Sara Sidle. Will Grissom also come back?

Kim HyunJoong participated in 'Family Outing', showing his excellent skills

Korea popular group SS501's Kim HyunJoong participated in SBS variety show 'Family Outing' showing his excellent skills. This episode received wide attention due to the appearance of Kim HyunJoong who was diagnose with AH1N1 in Japan early this month.

In the program, there was a special dating moment for Kim HyunJoong and Lee Hyori picking vegetable together. On their way, while chatting with Lee Hyori and found out that he stepped on faeces, Kim HyunJoong said: "Last time when noona and I were in the same management company, there was once we had to take the same car with Fin.K.L, when going up the car, I also accidentally stepped on faeces."

Lee Hyori said: "Is it? No wonder, during that time there was definitely some unpleasant smell." Follow by that, Kim HyunJoong said: "Once I met noona, I will step on faeces." When he noticed that she was not very happy about that, he added: "Stepping on faeces will bring good luck!" showing his wits in reacting to situation.

On the other hand, absent due to his accident, BigBang member DaeSung, during his telephone conversation with Kim HyunJoong said: "I originally wanted to have a competition with Kim HyunJoong based on our looks." His words had caused all family members to convulse with laughters.

SBS will broadcast the continuation of Kim HyunJoong in 'Family Outing' on 27 Sept 2009.

Credit: http://china.ibtimes.com + (English translation) SS501UFO.blogspot.com

Recovering from H1N1...Voice Condition Check at Studio

SS501 Kim HyunJoong speedy recovery from H1N1 influenza and will be stretching into activities.

Kim HyunJoong went to a studio located in Gangnam Seoul on 19th to check his condition i.e voice, etc. Kim HyunJoong is warming up for the making of their new album planned to be released end of this month. Kim HyunJoong also went into discussions with the other SS501 members on this day regarding the activities planning, etc.

His company said “Kim HyunJoong is not back to the perfect condition yet, so he will not be doing any recordings. This is purely a condition check for him. Kim HyunJoong met with the members whom he haven’t seen in a while after he returned to Korea, they talked about what happened recently and showed a much healthier look of himself.”

Kim HyunJoong was diagnosed with H1N1 influenza on 8th and received medical treatment in Japan until he recovered and returned back to Korea on 16th where he is currently recuperating at home.

Credits : lalala@sportshankook.co.kr + SS601.com + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

Sarah Michelle Prinze and Freddie Prinze Jr. Have a Girl!

Sarah Michelle Prinze and husband Freddie Prinze Jr. are parents, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

The couple "welcomed their daughter Charlotte Grace Prinze on Saturday, Sept. 19," says a rep for the actress. "The family is over the moon."

This is the first child for the couple, who revealed that they were expecting back in April.

Freddie Prinze Jr. will star on the upcoming season of 24. Sarah Michelle recently changed her last name from Gellar to Prinze.

Source: People


Kim Getting Better From Influenza A

South Korean pop idol and actor Kim Hyun-jung is recovering from his contraction of influenza A (H1N1) in Tokyo, his manager said Wednesday.

Kim was quoted as saying, ``I am sorry to have surprised fans. I will make efforts to get better and meet with fans soon."

Kim, a member of boy band SS501, was confirmed to have been infected with the contagious disease Tuesday and is now hospitalized in Tokyo.

Kim's manager said, ``His fever fell overnight and his sore throat eased a lot. He sounded OK this morning.''

Kim was the first Korean celebrity to be diagnosed with the disease, which has already affected more than 6,000 people in South Korea.

Kim is reportedly nervous about being absent from the Seoul Drama Awards, which will be held in Seoul Friday. He is projected to win the Asian best actor award.

According to Japanese showbiz insiders, Kim visited a hospital in Japan Tuesday after suffering from a high fever.

He was given the antiviral drug Tamiflu and placed in an isolation ward, where he may stay for 15 days.

Kim gained international fame after starring in the KBS smash hit ``Boys Over Flowers'' as a handsome tycoon heir earlier this year. He went to Japan to promote the drama and was supposed to be there from Saturday through Monday.

Source: Korea Times


Tohoshinki Fans Set Highest Record Of Audience Applications at Music Japan Recording

Although a recording of Music Japan that is scheduled to be on the 7th of September predicted that there will be a lot of audience but it has actually created a new record by having the highest record of 70 000 requests to be audience.

“Indeed, there are quite a number of audiences who are THSK fans.”

The venue who can only hold 2 000 people has actually ten thousands of people registering to participate in.

The previous time, when it was the promotion for Stand by U, there was already 50 000 people. The number this time is also constantly rising.

The results for those who are chosen will be published on the 27th this month.

Source: [BY]
Translations: thesexy-orange@tohosomnia
Shared Kpop Jjang

‘My Fair Lady’ Makes Good Start

The new KBS2 drama “My Fair Lady” got off to a good start by topping the viewing chart among Wednesday-Thursday dramas with ratings of 17.4 percent.

There have been high expectations for the drama due to its star-studded cast, including Yoon Eun-hye, Yoon Sang-hyun, Jung Il-woo and Moon Chae-won.

The first episode featured an encounter between Kang Hye-na (Yoon Eun-hye), an arrogant heiress of a rich business family, and Seo Dong-chan (Yoon Sang-hyun), a poor man who used to live by seducing and deceiving women.

The two became involved in a minor accident due to a mistake made by Hye-na. But Hye-na, far from apologizing, treated Dong-chan with a haughty attitude. Becoming angry, Dong-chan refused to accept a settlement, which resulted in Hye-na receiving a court injunction to do public service work. She tried to get even with him by scheming to disappear and make it look as if he abducted her.

This prompted Dong-chan to use Hye-na to acquire a fortune. He entered her home by getting a job as her butler, shocking her, and the episode ended there.

In the second episode, Jung Il-woo appeared as Lee Tae-yoon, a human rights lawyer from a rich family who forms a love triangle with Yoon Sang-hyun.

Many viewers expressed their satisfaction, saying that the show has many comical elements that made the drama entertaining, while some were concerned about the actors’ performances. This has raised curiosity about whether the drama will be able to continue its good start.

Source: KBS

Kim HyunJoong, ‘with Tender Smile’, ‘Boys Over Flowers’ F4 Photobook

‘Boys Over Flowers’ F4 (Lee MinHo, Kim HyunJoong, KimBum, KimJoon) photo book ‘SOFF’ released in Japan will also be available in Korea.

This photo book was done during the broadcast KBS 2TV drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’ in Feb, breaking away from their busy schedules, it was filmed in an European-styled building in a place in Korea. This collection consists of 168 pages which not only includes photos of the members but also a video ‘F4 Special Video DVD’ will also be released, hurrying many of their fans to place purchase for it. It has been ranked 1st as soon as the pre-order started.

This photo book ‘SOFF’ is the last product that F4 members would come together for, since the stars were busy with their own activities after drama ‘Boys Over Flowers’, thus gaining even more attention.

F4 Lee MinHo, Kim HyunJoong, KimBum, KimJoon’s ‘SOFF’ photo book is currently available for pre-order in both Japan and Korea, and will be officially released on 5-Sep.

Credits : entpress@maxmovie.com + SS601.com + (English Translation) xiaochu @ Quainte501.com

Lee Young Ae got married secretly in the States

The South Korean media reports that the main actress of the series and who stars in many more other series, Lee Young Ae, is married to a Korean entrepreneur who resides in the United States. Japan's Nikkan Sports quotes from the South Korean media, Lee Young Ae expressed through her lawyer that she's married to a Korean man who lives in the States. Her groom is 55 years old, and he's quite a well-known entrepreneur in the States. He graduated from the Faculty of Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is currently engaged in high-tech industries.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency revealed that Lee's husband's surname is Zheng (Jung in Korean). Lee got married in the States because the groom's family and relatives all live there, and after they got married Lee will live there also, although she would still continue her career in acting.

Source: http://ol.mingpao.com/cfm/star5.cfm?File=2...04/ma21752c.txt
Translation: ling gan @ http://asianfanatics.net

Bae Yong-jun's Public Appearance Draws Fans

Actor Bae Yong-jun has made a public appearance for the first time in a long while, drawing some 500 Japanese fans. He attended the wedding of his 10-year manager and BOF executive on August 21 at the Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul.

Wearing a black suit and black-framed glasses, Bae appeared with his hair tied neatly. He waved his hand to his Japanese fans, who had waited for him for hours. Looking slimmer than before, Bae said he had lost 10 kg and that his clothes didn't fit him. He also asked jokingly if he looked old.

Bae has been touring the nation since last year to write a book that introduces Korea to his overseas fans. "I lost weight because I have to take care of many things while writing a book. It was hard," said Bae. The actor's book, which is tentatively titled "The Beauty of Korea," will be published next month in Korea and Japan.

Bae's Japanese fans kept taking photos of him when he showed up at the hotel. Apart from Bae, they also showed great interest in the groom, Yang Keun-hwan, as well as other celebrities such as Lee Na-young, Lee Ji-ah, 2AM and Ryu Seung-soo, who also attended the wedding. Yang Keun-hwan is very popular in Japan as Bae's manager and he even has the Japanese nickname "Yangsama"

Source: KBS Global

Nakama Yukie and instant ramen

Nakama Yukie (29) and TOKIO’s Kokubun Taichi (34) appeared as guests at the announcement of Nissin Foods’ "Teaching what’s Delicious at the Kindergarten Caravan". Nissin Foods is the creator of the first instant ramen in the world, the "Chicken Ramen" that celebrates its 51 anniversary this year. Nakama and Kokubun also got the chance to make their own Chicken Ramen on stage and Nakama was clearly impressed with the little gadget they had as help to make the perfect noodles.

Kokubun isn’t a new name when it comes to Chicken Ramen, after all he’s been starring in their commercials for over 7 years now. "For Chicken Ramen you need about 120 noodles and they should be 50cm long. I looked that up on Yahoo!" Kokubun joked on stage and expressed his love for the Chicken Ramen. Nakama also talked a bit about the filming of the commercial. "It was really touching when we got to wear the New Year’s kimono for the commercial."

While making the noodles for the actual ramen, both of them really had a lot of fun experimenting with that little noodle gadget that made their eyes shine like that of little children. Afterwards they also did the eggs and added the boiling hot water to finish their very own chicken ramen. "I clearly remember how delicious it was when I ate it during my childhood. I always wanted to make a fun experience with creating the noodles for the ramen." She commented on stage.

The caravan with the literal goal of an "education about having a good diet is going to visit pre-schoolers until March next year and will show them how to make chicken ramen, will do some chicken ramen exercises with them and let them try out their ramen, of course.

Source: kawaiijoyuu


Leo DiCaprio is a Bad Boy Biker

Leonardo DiCaprio takes a bike ride around West London after leaving the private members bar, “Fifty” in Mayfair on Tuesday (July 14).

Also pictured below is Leo, 34, getting a little shy and covering up with his cap while walking in Brompton Road in London on Wednesday (July 15).

The Titantic star had a pending lawsuit filed against him by his neighbors regarding a newly built basketball court, however, that has now been dismissed. Leo’s all set to ball again!

Source: Justjared