[TV Report] The Entertainment Weekly episode that aired Saturday on KBS2 visited the site of a commercial shoot by one of the hottest girl groups these days, 2NE1. The four members shared stories of their lives and the accident of a broken trophy.
2NE1 is topping numerous music charts and flaunting its girl group power. One photograph they recently posted online attracted peculiar interest. It was a photo of eldest member Sandara Park frowning over a broken trophy. She dropped the trophy, which the group received during a music show, while singing an encore at the show’s end. She posted a picture of the trophy, broken into pieces, on her Internet blog.
She said on Entertainment Weekly that “officials of the program Music Bank helped us to glue the pieces together to have my trophy back as it was.”
2NE1 then talked about each member’s role at their home. Sandara is the entertainer of the group with her vivacious personality, vocalist Bom is known for her cute charm and youngest Minzy is the best cook. Last but not least, CL is the “mom.” The meticulous group leader is in charge of the overall cleaning and organizing of their living quarters.
Entertainment Weekly also interviewed Kim Myeong-min, Ha Ji-won, Chu Seong-hun and Jeong Hyeong-don. Kim talked about people’s response to his grueling diet he underwent to play the role of a Lou Gehrig’s disease patient in his new film. He lost 20 kilograms
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 “Yongsama.”
Kim Bum as PR ambassador for Korea Drama Festival
The organizing committee of the Korea Drama Festival has named actors Yoon Sang-hyun and Kim Bum as PR ambassadors for the 2009 Korea Drama Festival, which is slated for October 1-15 in Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province. Yoon played “Heo Tae-jun” in “The Queen of Wives” while Kim played “So Yi-jung” in “Boys Over Flowers.”
The two actors will publicize the Korea Drama Festival on various shows and will visit Jinju during the festival to meet with TV drama fans.
Yoon, whose popularity has soared since his appearance in “The Queen of Wives,” will attend the screening of the drama’s famous scenes on October 13 along with Seon Woo-seon, who played his partner in the drama. He will also tell the audience behind-the-scene stories about the drama.
Kim Bum and his drama partner Kim So-eun, who played “Chu Ga-eul” in “Boys Over Flowers,” will attend the Asia Star Night – Boys Over Flowers Special” on October 12 to tell interesting stories about the drama and screen its famous scenes.
The 2009 Korea Drama Festival will kick off October 11 for a five-day run and will include various ancillary events. The main events will be held at the Gyeongnam Culture & Art Hall in Chilam-dong, Jinju.
The organizing committee will hold the 2009 Korea Drama Awards, the Asia Star Night – Boys Over Flowers Special and the 4th Next-generation Actor Competition.
At the regular meeting of the board of directors back in March, former Executive Committee Director Kang Yong-shik became the director of the organizing committee, while Lee Sun-jae was appointed to the post of vice director. Former Vice Director Chang Han-seong now heads the Executive Committee.
Actor/singer Rain (real name Chung Ji-hoon, 27) has added Hong Kong to his Asia tour entitled “2009 Legend of Rainism.” The tour will begin on August 29-30 in Saitama, Japan. Rain will perform in Hong Kong on December 12-13, according to his agency, JTune Entertainment. Rain will visit Hong Kong for the first time in six months since his last visit in June for the “Six To Five” fashion show.
A person from JTune Entertainment said the singer’s tour schedule will be matched with the promotion of his Hollywood debut movie “Ninja Assassin,” which will open worldwide on November 25.
Rain is discussing plans to hold concerts in Seoul in October.
Here are the pics of SS501 1st Asia concert in Seoul.
Shy leader with a gentle smile..
Hot man with a cool body…
The latest hallyu star SS501 is going to launch their first Asia concert tour. Starting in Seoul on August 1st, the idol group is going to travel to Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, China, Malaysia, and Singapore for the next four months to hold a total of 15 shows.
The concept for the group’s latest tour is “persona.” True to the concert concept, each member is going to show his unique persona through individual performances. SS501 promises electrifying and unforgettable concerts. Their repertoire will include new adaptations of their old hits, and the first-ever releases of their newest songs and the music videos from their second regular album.
The first shows of the Asia tour will be held in the Olympic Park in Seoul on August 1st and 2nd.