Saturday, December 11, 2010

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox: Episode 3

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox > Episode 3 [Watch it]
Dae-woong rushes to assure Hye-in that Mi-ho isn’t his girlfriend, but she doesn't look too pleased at his clumsy insistence, either. Hye-in leaves and Dae-woong chases her trying to explain with enough half-truths to mollify her: He went to the countryside for a few days and Mi-ho accommodated him in her home. Mi-ho had followed him back to Seoul to escape her strict grandmother, which he didn’t realize till she was already here. He feels sorry for her because she knows nobody here, and she did help him out while he was in the countryside. Hye-in sighs that Mi-ho took advantage of his soft-heartedness.

Meanwhile, Byung-soo clucks in disapproval at Dae-woong’s disgraceful treatment of Mi-ho (his girlfriend) in front of his noona. Mi-ho, being from a previous era, doesn’t immediately grasp the meaning of “girlfriend”, but she guesses that the word signifies “the one you want for a mate”, and that Dae-woong’s reaction means “he has no intention of taking me as his mate.”
Dae-woong is happily escorting Hye-in to lunch when Mi-ho approaches. Hye-in’s easy attitude soon becomes pettish in the presence of a rival. Dae-woong hurries over to Mi-ho to tell her to stay away for a while, while while he goes out to lunch. But she gets straight to the point: “Do you like her? Are you going to mate with her?” He protests and asks if she’s jealous. Touching his chest, Mi-ho tells him he can’t carry her fox bead and “share his ki [energy]” with another woman, “because that hurts my fox bead.”

He asks for a definition of “sharing ki” and gets back the answer: “to mate.” She won’t allow him to go off with Hye-in, especially since she can see that he was ready to not only share his ki but practically give her his entire soul. Mi-ho decides she’d better go with him, or he’ll have to give back her bead. Not really much of a choice, is it? She simplifies the choice: “If you go, you die.”

While the two are having their discussion, Hye-in, tired of waiting, drives off, ignoring Dae-woong who chases after her car. He tries to look for the silver lining in being ditched: it would have been more embarrassing to tell Hye-in he couldn’t go with her, so it’s better that Hye-in left him behind first. Mi-ho perks up at this admission that he wasn’t going to follow her.

He barks at her in annoyance, but Mi-ho replies in a hurt voice that she’s just trying to save him, emphasizing: “I want to save you from dying, so I’m giving you my really precious fox bead.”

Upon hearing that, he feels a stab of remorse and exasperatedly says that he’s upset because his pride has taken a hit. Soon, Mi-ho’s hungry again, but decides not to tell him as she thinks that asking Dae-woong for more meat will just make him more angry with her.

On the bus, Dae-woong sits as far from Mi-ho has possible, casting sidelong glances as she literally salivates over an ad for a meat restaurant. She looks at him pathetically, but he pretends not to see and texts Hye-in an apology message.

Mi-ho watches the a mother-daughter pair seated in front of her: the mother tells her cute daughter that she just wants to “eat her up.” Upon hearing that, Mi-ho wonders why a woman would want to eat her own child. When the girl looks over at her, Mi-ho jokes that she might eat the girl herself. Dae-woong, having seen Mi-ho raise the girl’s hand to her mouth as though to take a bite, panics and drags her off the bus.

Mi-ho insists that she was just copying the mother’s behavior, reminding him that she doesn’t eat people. Realizing that he over-reacted, and feeling abashed, he soon thinks otherwise when she tells him, “If I were hungry, would I eat a little dog? I’d eat something bigger like you.”

As a result of dragging Mi-ho out the bus in a panic, he left his cell phone on the bus. In a desperate attempt to get in touch with his phone, he asks strangers to borrow their phone, hoping that a stranger will pick up. While he’s busy pleading with them, Mi-ho takes off running after the bus. When he successfully connects to his phone, he gets Mi-ho on the line. Due to her her superhuman speed and hearing, she managed to track down the bus, and brings him his phone.

Dae-woong notices that she’s out of breath, and is a little surprised that a gumiho would experience the same physical reactions as a human. She then explains that since he has her bead, she feels the physical exertion more than normally. It’s not until this very moment that he understands that he bead is very important to her.

Mi-ho gathers him up in a hug and tells him to pay attention, and he’s able to feel the beads pull. He finally understands that she’s a different being — even the passing of time felt different. Mi-ho reiterates that he has the most precious part of her inside him, requesting that he treats it carefully and make sure it isn’t injured. He promises.

That evening, unable to accept his friends’ invitations to party, Dae-woong is stuck at home lamenting that while Mi-ho is with him, he can't do anything.

He sneaks out quietly to talk with Hye-in outside when she drops by while Mi-ho is napping. With a perceived rival now on the scene, Hye-in asks him to declare his feelings for her, giving him encouragement — holding his hand and embracing him — to pressure him into making his declaration.

Dae-woong is tempted and leans in for a kiss… until he imagines Mi-ho sternly reminding him he isn’t free to do anything of the kind. In his horror-fantasy, Mi-ho growls, “I told you not to mate!”... And he wakes up from this nightmare.

Mi-ho soon starts to understand the whole money = meat situation. The chicken restaurant near their place has a promotional deal: 10 proofs of purchase can be exchanged for a free meal. She currently has 8, so she heads off to a streetside trash can to find more.

On her way, she darts in front of a car, which bumps her. It’s Doo-hong, who calls out after her to see if she’s okay. Unconcerned with his calls to her, she finds a coupon in the trash, but it gets sent flying in the air when a gust of wind comes, so she leaps up among the treetops to retrieve it.

Doo-hong can’t believe his eyes when he sees Mi-ho leap in the air among the branches to grab the coupon. He has found the “real action” heroine he has been searching for!

It is audition day for Dae-woong and he asks Mi-ho for her opinion on shirts. She chooses the brown one exclaiming that it is the color of cows. Dryly, he holds up his other shirts in turn, asking, “So is this pig color [pink], and this one chicken [yellow]?”

Mi-ho agrees, and goes one step further to rate them in order of preference: first place is cow, second is pig, third is chicken. She urges him to choose the cow color, to which he retorts that he’ll wear “grass color” so as not to appeal to her appetite.

As Dae-woong leaves for his audition, Grandpa arrives and overhears his conversation with Mi-ho. His words (that he’d better do well in order to keep her in beef) have a different ring to Grandpa’s ears, particularly when Dae-woong declares that this is all “to support you.”

At first Grandpa is dismayed, but he recalls scenes from Dae-woong’s spoiled youth: his younger version announced that since Grandpa’s so rich, he has no need to find a way to support himself. Or when he ditched school, saying he could just set up his own billiard hall with Grandpa’s money. Or when college-aged Dae-woong asked Grandpa to set up his own management company, so he could become a star, declaring, “I don’t like difficult things. I want to hit it big!”

So in that context, Dae-woong working hard to put food on the table for his girlfriend isn’t SO horrible. In fact, Grandpa’s rather pleased at this transformation.

Doo-hong’s assistant prepares him for the day’s auditions and points out the leading choice for female lead, but he’s distracted by thoughts of his mysterious real action heroine from the night before.

Hye-in is auditioning for a supporting character with a lot of action scenes, but she overhears the assistant saying that the director wants to cast a rookie for the lead — something about long hair and a white dress.

On the way to the audition, Dae-woong notices that Mi-ho looks distressed. She explains that they’re passing over the river, which is upsetting since large bodies of water are her weakness. He can’t do anything about it, so he hugs and puts her hand on his chest — to put her closer to her fox bead.

She smiles as she rests her head on his chest, then wonders, aloud “Woong, what’s a couple?” He asks why, and she says, “People are calling us a couple” — her sensitive hearing has picked up on the comments of the other bus passengers. Dae-woong balks and pushes her away, so she decides, “It must not be a good thing.”

He fumbles for an excuse to keep her at arm’s length, saying it sure is hot, oh ho, she’d better stand away from him. Wouldn’t it be great if it rained and cooled the heat?

Mi-ho answers that for rain to come on such a clear day, she’d have to cry. Dae-woong asks in surprise if Mi-ho cries, and she answers yes: “When it rains on a clear day, it’s because I’m sad.” She pouts that she’s about to cry… because she’s so hungry. Dae-woong is in an amenable mood, and suggests they stop by for lunch on the way, bringing a smile to her face.

How does Dae-woong propose to feed her? Supermarket samples! Since she’s not human, he tells her she doesn’t have to worry about being judged for eating more than one sample, and urges her to eat as much as she wants. Eagerly, Mi-ho makes her way down the aisle, chanting, “Cow! Cow! Cow!”

Dong-joo is also in the store, watching Mi-ho. With a smile, he thinks, “You must be enjoying human life, Ms. Gumiho.” And although he didn’t say it aloud, Mi-ho hears his comment and looks around for the source of the voice. He continues, “You’ve been locked up for a long while — the world has changed a lot, hasn’t it?” He tells her not to worry, as he isn’t intending to hurt her right now… although that suggests he does intend to at a later date.

He challenges her to try finding him, curious to know if she’ll be able to pin him down in the crowd. Following her senses, Mi-ho wanders up to the department store level, where she meets eyes with Dong-joo. The sight conjures up a long-buried memory of her past incarnation, and she makes her way toward him.

Mi-ho can feel their connection but doesn’t recognize who he is, and asks if he was the one who called her. He confirms it. She touches a hand to his face, then decides, “You’re not human, either.”

In turn, he raises a hand to her face and says, “And you’re not the girl I knew, either.” He explains that there was another supernatural being who looked like her, and she asks if that makes him one, too.

Mi-ho supposes that even so, she’s probably stronger than he is, but he contradicts her — while she’s missing her bead, he’s stronger than her. In fact, she has been weakened so much that she can’t recognize his true nature, and if he tried to capture her, she wouldn’t be able to resist.

Mi-ho displays her childlike faith in Dae-woong, assuring Dong-joo that her bead is nearby and safe. Shrewdly, Dong-joo asks if she really trusts Dae-woong not to run off or ditch her. He gives her one piece of advice — don’t trust humans. As he leaves, he promises he’ll come find her later.

Dae-woong is heading up to the cosmetics counter to primp while Mi-ho eats her fill, On his way there he runs into Hye-in. She has changed into a white dress and got hair extensions in hopes of fitting the director’s idea of a female lead. She greets him enthusiastically.

Remembering Mi-ho’s warnings, Dae-woong tries to disentangle his arm from Hye-in’s naturally, but she notices. When she suggests that they head to the audition together, he hastily makes up an excuse for her to go without him. She doesn’t understand why he’s playing hard to get, but she gets upset at his reaction.

Shortly, Dae-woong returns to the meat counter to retrieve Mi-ho, she’s upstairs in the clothing department. There, Hye-in sees her and guesses that Dae-woong had pushed her aside because of Mi-ho.

Hye-in approaches Mi-ho and offers patronizing comments about Dae-woong leaving without her. Mi-ho can sense otherwise and is confident that he’s nearby, looking for her, and cheerily contradicts her. Hye-in counters, “He stood you up. Are you saying I’m lying to you?” Mi-ho doesn’t register her snideness and replies simply, “Yes. There he is!” and points to Dae-woong off in the distance. Mi-ho adds without an ounce of irony, “You must be a liar!”

That riles Hye-in’s temper, and she takes a menacing step toward Mi-ho, who sidesteps her easily. This misstep sends Hye-in sprawling to the ground, coffee spilling all over her white dress. Dae-woong comes rushing to her side, and Hye-in blames it all on Mi-ho. She plays it up, acting the aggrieved party, saying this dress was specifically needed for her audition concept.

Dae-woong jumps to set things to rights, urging Hye-in to go ahead to her audition. He’ll find a replacement dress, then bring it with him. He even calls aunt Min-sook for an emergency transfer of funds.

After buying the dress, he races to the audition building, where Doo-hong presides over matters, displeased with the applicants. Hye-in had actually already decided against the white dress, having heard that the director had a specific girl in mind, and auditions for the part. By the time Dae-woong gets to the building, however, everything has ended. Worse than failing to come through for Hye-in, he missed his own chance at the audition.

Over the phone, he hears that Hye-in made her audition, and tries to say that it’s okay hat he missed his, although he clearly feels horribly disappointed. In all this excitement, he hasn’t even thought about Mi-ho, but thanks to her gumiho senses, she tracks him down to the lobby where he sits in dejection.

She doesn’t understand that he blames her for all this, starting with the meat and the spilled coffee — Hye-in had made it seem like Mi-ho pushed her and ruined her dress on purpose, and Mi-ho hadn’t protested. With grim determination, he leads her away and arrives at a tourist ferry docked at the Han River.

She doesn’t like it, feeling uneasy to be surrounded by so much water, and pleads to go somewhere else. But Dae-woong tells her firmly that this is where he wants to eat dinner. He leaves to go on a bathroom break, while Mi-ho anxiously stands alone, trying to play down her fears. When the food is set out, she helps herself to the dinner spread.

Being surrounded by water dulls her gumiho senses, leaving her feeling defenseless, but she doesn’t want to protest because Dae-woong is in such a bad mood, so she meekly waits. Hence, she can’t sense Dae-woong exiting the boat. She only notices when she looks out to the pier and sees Dae-woong speeding away from her.

Starting to panic, she cries out after him but he doesn't stop. Dae-woong doesn’t feel proud of himself, but he tells himself firmly that he doesn’t care what happens to her, that she’s the reason nothing’s working out for him.

On the boat, Mi-ho huddles off to the side, shivering. She realizes, “He abandoned me and left. And after he promised.”
Tears start to fall from her eyes, just as the clear skies suddenly cloud over and rain starts to fall. The rainfall stops Dae-woong in his tracks, realizing what this means: “Mi-ho is crying.”.... 

Fahrenheit sends temperature rising in Singapore

MSN Entertainment

Posted ImagePopular Taiwanese boy band Fahrenheit drove away the cold and rainy weather when they touched down in Singapore to promote their latest album, Super Hot.

At the media conference, interaction and chemistry between the four members were significantly better than before. Calvin Chen was still full of eloquence, Jiro Wang and Aaron Yan bridged sentences with experience and Wu Chun occasionally told jokes.

In their latest music video 'Super Hot', the band generously showed off their well-toned bodies. During live performances, they pulled and tugged at their shirts in bid to show off their manly sides. When asked how the group would flaunt their charismas, all four believed that having inner beauty is essential.

Calvin expressed that it had been five years since the formation of Fahrenheit. Fans have not only witnessed their growth throughout the years, but are also starting to understand the individual charisma each member possesses.

Aaron, however believed that a man should have a goal, while Wu Chun thought sincerity was the most important factor.

Aaron Yan dishes advice for preparing a bed scene

MSN Entertainment

Posted ImageWhat does it take for one to prepare for a bed scene? For Aaron Yan, all it took was five simple steps.

In his recent drama Gloomy Salad Days, the story described Aaron and co-star Serena Fang falling in love with each other during their past lives.

On the day of the shoot, the singer-actor dived straight to the set of the drama after completing overseas commitments and filmed his first bed scene for the drama. While it might have looked like an easy scene, Aaron was actually stressed out.

"I didn't know where to put my hands, or how much body contact we should have," said the idol.

The director Zero Chou however told Aaron to "give himself to Serena Fang".

Aaron undertook the scenes responsibly and even came up with five steps of preparation, namely "brushing teeth, putting on perfume, doing push-ups, wearing swimming trunks and taking in a bit of alcohol".

Apart from brushing his teeth for at least 10 minutes in order to retain the freshness of his breath, he even sprayed on perfume, which was said to excite female hormones. The actor demanded Serena to grade him and his co-star gave him "face", by replying "not bad" shyly.

As the singer-actor also wanted to look great on television, he did a couple of push-ups before the actual filming.

He explained, "I wasn't sure which part of my body was going to be revealed, so I trained up my back and arm muscles."

Furthermore, Aaron wanted to wear only underwear for the scene, but added an extra pair of swimming trunks after the production crew warned him about accidentally exposing more than he should.

Lastly, to relax his nerves, Aaron drank some alcohol before the shoot, only to fall asleep while the director was adjusting the camera. She shook him for a period of time before he woke up.

"I wanted to just take away my nervousness initially, but I guess I ended up being too relaxed," said Aaron in embarrassment.

Aaron's courage boosted after this experience, claiming that he would "take more clothes off the next time".

Fahrenheit shows no jealousy as they go their separate ways

Source: Chinatimes
Translated by: fufu @ CpopAccess

In regards to rumors about the group being on bad terms and news of them disbanding, Fahrenheit responds, “We’re used to it, so we might as well not respond. A group will always go through these sort of things.” It is a fact that the popularity of each member is different, but all four members express, “This is good competition. We will only know what’s good and bad when there is comparison.” They emphasize that they won’t be jealous of each other even when they work as solo artists in the future. Fahrenheit will be releasing their 4th album in August and after that, they will have only one more album left to complete their contract.

Wu Chun, the rising movie star
Wu Chun not only sings, stars in dramas and movies, but also owns a fitness center. Aaron Yan compliments, “He has his thoughts on things and is a person with principle.” Although Wu Chun loves to eat, he still manages to keep a fit body, but Jiro Wang reveals, “One time when we were promoting in Singapore, I asked him to save me two ribs, but in the end, I only saw leftover bones.” Just several days ago at their autographing session, when they spoke of food, Jiro made fun of Wu Chun, and called him a “pig” saying, “You pretend to be a ‘pig’ (play dumb) and swallow a tiger (this year is tiger year).”

Jiro and Aaron are the two who are most interested in music, and they plan to release an EP this year. Jiro will reunite with his five-member band, Dong Cheng Wei (東城衛), from highschool, “This was a promise we made in high school. We must stand on stage together.” He promises that he will introduce Dong Cheng Wei to the fans with the aid of his popularity.

Aaron learns Jazz theory and guitar
Aaron is currently working hard on learning Jazz theory and guitar, and is expected to release his solo album this year, containing five songs. Other members express their support: Calvin Chen says that he will be the MC at his press conference, while Wu Chun and Jiro want to attend as special guests to help promote. Furthermore, Aaron’s other wish is to obtain a driver’s license, “Everyone says that a boy cannot become a man without a driver’s license. I’m already 24.”

Calvin dreams of becoming a host
Calvin on the other hand, has recommended himself to TV networks to become a host. Wu Chun comments, “He’s a sunny boy that knows how to tell jokes, so hosting definitely wouldn’t be a problem. I hope that I can be on his variety show one day.” Calvin will give himself two years time to pursue his dream as a variety show host. He expresses that his pay is not an issue. In addition, he is open to talk about sex and/or hot topics such as scandals and rumors, “As long as it has been communicated with the guest and we both know what the limit is.” But gossips or hot topics both require the interviewer to press for, thus, Calvin replies that he would use phrases like “surveys indicate,” or “netizens want to know,” type of format to open discussions and not affect his guests' emotions while also keeping his viewers interested.

Selina Tries Wheelchair Excitedly Cries

Translated by Cmiley @ Asianfanatics

Since the explosion with burns from the accident, it has been over a month and a half for artist Selina, she has continued to treatment at the hospital for debridement, skin grafting, rehab and other treatments. Ren Ba’s latest article includes happy news shared on his blog, suffering for 45 days; Selina yesterday for the first time is able to touch the ground with her feet trying to sit on the wheelchair.

Yesterday Selina was observed for the 3rd time of her recovery from skin grafting, Ren Ba quoted what the doctor said: “Although there are still some skin that needs to be repaired, but it’s quite optimistic of the results from the skin grafting.” Besides good progress from the skin grafting, Selina has never left her hospital room since the accident on Oct 22nd, so finally after the incident of 46 days she is able to try her first attempt to bending her knees on the wheelchair.

Ren Ba expressed, Selina originally relied on the nurse to carry her to the wheelchair, at the end she was able to hold her pain and with the aid of the nurse to try to put her legs on the ground, then slowly sat down in the chair.

Holding the pain and using strength to sit in the wheelchair, Selina’s face was flushed red, Ren Ba said once she firmly sat in the chair, at that moment she excitedly cried. Ren Ba feeling full of sadness said to Selina, “Child, you’ve worked hard the past 45 days!”

Another article with additional news about Yu Hao Ming
Source: YAM

But when Selina is trying her first steps since her injuries, the also injured Yu Hao Ming is rumored that his recovery is not as optimistic. The Hunan TV station that invested in the production of "I have a date with spring" earlier said Yu Hao Ming will be attending the New Years events, and on the 6th they said again, he has been discharged from the hospital, but is unable to attend. The staff from the management company said privately, his recovery has not been satisfactory, they are preparing to transfer him to Hong Kong for treatment. His official fan club has also stated "he still can not bend the arm, the face is still red and swollen, preparing to transfer him to a more professional recovery hospital for treatments."

S.H.E cuts concerts and postpones album

Source: UDN
Written by: Zahra on 12/06/2010 @

With Selina still in the hospital, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that S.H.E's activities have been affected. Though Selina has been in the hospital for around 40 days and has slowly been recovering, she will not be able to get straight back to work. With last half of this year originally planned for their individual work, this incident has not affected the group's plans too greatly.

However, the two planned Mainland concerts in Shanxi and Hangzhou for February and March of next year have been canceled losing S.H.E around $6,000,000 TWD. Advertisements and commercials that have been renewed will only be featuring Hebe and Ella. In addition, they had originally planned to release their next group album during summer of next year. Since Selina will most likely not be able to do any recordings for a while, the album has been postponed.

According to their record company, there is no telling whether Selina will be able to return home by next year's Spring Festival. While her first three skin grafts went well, there is still much more to go, including training her facial muscles. Though she has cried out in pain from moving her wrists, Selina is still making progress on the healing front. Let's wish her the best and hope that the rest of the treatment process goes well!

S.H.E's Selina Jen finally able to speak to media

Thursday December 2, 2010 Taiwan

Taiwan pop trio S.H.E's Selina Jen addressed the media for the first time on Thursday via an audio recording, since being hospitalized 42 days ago for the severe burns she suffered during a filming accident, reported Taiwan media.

Prior to this message, Jen's father and fiance Richard Chang had always responded to media queries on her behalf.

"Hi, it really is me. Now that I have been taken off the morphine (a narcotic that acts as a strong painkiller), I am more lucid, can use the phone and speak to people normally.

"Previously, I don't even remember what I said to people, it's actually quite funny," said Jen, who sounded the same as before in a 22-second recorded message released to the Taiwan media.

Jen later sent an SMS to the various media outlets and assured her fans that she was recovering well.

"I know you are very concerned about me. The most painful period has passed," Jen said in her SMS.

According to a statement from Jen's record label HiM International Music, doctors say that the 29-year-old singer's rate of recovery is "better than expected", with new skin growth observed on the site of her burns.

The statement also said that Jen has been doing exercises to help train her facial muscles and had been advised by doctors to drink more milk to help her skin heal.

Jen suffered severe third-degree burns to 41 per cent of her body in October when the explosives put in place for an explosion scene in Jen's new drama "I Have A Date With Spring" detonated prematurely.

Ariel Lin casts aside Golden Bell, challenges Golden Horse again with her return to the big screen

Source: UDN
Translated by btzigane @
By Chiang Chi-leng
Golden Bell Queen Ariel Lin is not worried about the Golden Bell curse. Seven years after her 2003 movie, Love Me If You Can, Golden Horse Best Actress nomination, she is once again filming a movie, Love Sick (temporary title). She will be partnering with her shi-di (company junior), Chen Bolin (Wilson Chen), acting as sweethearts.

After venturing and competing in the music industry, Ariel was worried that her acting skills might get rusty and carried a book on acting with her, filling the scripts [I guess this means the acting book contains a lot of scripts/plays] with her writing [probably her side notes/comments], hoping to return and re-discover the feeling of filming a movie, and once again challenging the Golden Horse award.

Ariel's acting skills have received affirmation, leaving a deep impression on many directors. As production of the idol dramas, Extravagant Challenge and Coffee Prince Taipei, had been stalled because of script and casting problems, her management company said (Ariel) had some free time until next year so she decided to accept the movie offer. The storyline is still very confidential.

Sources said the movie will be helmed by a Hollywood-based Chinese-American director who specializes in shooting short films and commercials. Chinese investors have gone all the way to Taiwan to sincerely invite her [to participate in the movie]. Moreover, there are quite a few foreign production team members, which made Ariel feel that it’s all going to be very fresh [i.e., working with this new team] and finally agree [to join the film]. She hopes to create new sparks with the new team. Her new partner, Chen Bolin, will play a Prince Charming. This will be the first time that the two will play lovers on the big screen.

Love Sick will begin shooting at the beginning of December. In past years, Ariel had always celebrated her birthday with fans, but this year, she chose to celebrate it with her mom and younger brother; the family took the time to take a trip to Taipei Zoo to enjoy simple, every day happiness. When she was filming a commercial in Shanghai, Ariel treated her manager and colleagues to a big sluice crab feast, replenishing their strength before work – very considerate of her.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lee Seung Gi raises awareness for “The 8th Letter of Angels – Happiness”

Lee Seung Gi joined photographer Jo Se Hyun’s “The 8th Letter of Angels – Happiness” photo exhibition event that is co-run with the Social Welfare Society.

With an angelic baby in his arms, Lee Seung Gi impressed the staff on set by personally stopping and calming the baby every time he cried. Despite his busy schedule with his many variety programs and advertisement filmings, he was said to have made extra sure that he had time to lend a hand for this meaningful event.

One representative on the set commented, “This is the third time Lee Seung Gi has joined this event after his participation in 2007 and 2008. He was touched with the event’s effort to raise societal awareness for adoptions, and aggressively worked to help out. He even asked questions about the babies he took photos with in the past and truly gave his all.”

The exhibition also includes photos of other celebrities, like Kim Min Joon, Lee Mi Yeon, Park Kyung Lim, Lee Min Jung, Yoo Ji Tae, Lee Byung Hun, Lee Seung Gi, Kim Ah Joong, Kim Ok Bin, Yoon Si Yoon, Jang Geun Suk, and many more.

The event will run from December 15th to the 20th at the Insa Art Center.

Source: JoongAng Daily via Nate
Photos: Photographer Jo Se Hyun’s Twitter
Credits: allkpop

Overwork and frequently dry cough, Kim Kim Hyun Joong smiled when being addressed as ‘pretty boy’

Kim Hyun Joong loved natural theme, as TheFaceShop spokesperson, towards the theme of the product he endorse: Natural Story, Kim Hyun Joong revealed as long as your heart and body are maintain natural, you are able to go through the busy life in a relax way. “I must exercise every morning, other than for health, having a bath after exercise, can effectively made the body and heart felt more refreshing and happy. “

Kim Hyun Joong was busy with the promotional activities for the brand his endorse during these period, the travelling and changed in weather, made his body starting to feel unwell, during the press conference, he frequently dry coughing and drank water, his szmile was obviously reduced, from far, media could see that his eyes were fill with red bloodshoot. Towards skincare maintainance, Kim Hyun Joong revealed he will bath and maintain the cleanliness of his face before sleep, after that will apply toner and moisturizer.

When asking what is his opinion as the world most beautiful man? He showed his 4D thinking: “I most like to care about whitening and do mask.” Kim Hyun Joong seems to have reservation over the pretty boy address and used his smile to go through the question.

Asking him whether if he is trapped in an island, there’re only TheFaceShop products and guitar, which item would Kim Hyun Joong choose to take with him? Fulfilling his duty as a spokesperson, he smiled and said: “Of course I will bring TheFaceShop (product), in this case I can earn more money and buy more guitar.” He stopped for a while and continued to say: “Of course if there’s no way (to leave the island), then have to choose the guitar, since the guitar could continue to make me happy.”

Kim Hyun Joong arrived on time with full beige suit, starting from the beginning of the press conference flash lights have not stopped flashing till the end, throughout the press conference media were on full alert to capture Kim Hyun Joong’s expression. When Kim Hyun Joong appeared, his smiles have obviously reduced, eyes filled with red bloodshots, big eye bagged, looked like he’s really too overwork.

It was known that Kim Hyun Joong was too tired during this period, his body was started to show sign of unwell, frequently dry cough and drank water during the press conference. Once getting familiar, Kim Hyun Joong gradually started to smile, beauty flower boy’s smile is really charming!

When a reporter addressed him as the world most pretty boy, he was so shy that he lowered down his head and smile, looking really cute. While the host was asking a question using english, Kim Hyun Joong made used of the free time while the translator translating it to korean, took up the news script on the table to read, was he trying to pass time?

TheFaceShop Malaysia’s representative presented a gift to Kim Hyun Joong, he was really interested and examining it front and back, looking really funny.

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Show Luo reveals truth behind his 'Cyber-sex' scandal

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TAIPEI: Taiwan singer Show Luo revealed the shocking truth behind his 'Cyber-sex' scandal last year, during an appearance on a talk show with his mother on Monday, reported Taiwan media.

Luo got into trouble last year when a girl claimed the star took his shirt off and started chatting her up when they conversed via webcam. The girl produced footage of the incident and Luo admitted to it before issuing a tearful apology on the same talk show after the news broke.

At the time, Luo claimed he was "just trying to make new friends" and "was set up" when he let his guard down. However, the popular singer surprised everybody on the talk show set Monday when he dismissed everything that happened as untrue almost a year after the incident.

"My mum has always taught me 'No matter how poor your family background is, we don't steal or rob and eat our rice with dignity. If you haven't done anything, you have to speak out'," said Luo when he explained the whole incident.

Luo pointed out that he actually did nothing wrong and his admission of guilt was simply a calculated move to make the whole scandal go away more quickly. "If I didn't admit I was guilty then, everybody would think I was making up excuses, so I shouldered the blame," said Luo, who expressed that taking the blame for something he didn't do tormented him for the longest time.

According to Luo, the footage had been doctored to frame him. "At home, I never wear a shirt. But I felt it was not appropriate [to go shirtless on webcam] and put on a vest.

"In the end, the order of the events was reversed [in the footage provided by the girl] so it looked as though I was already wearing a vest and took it off," said the 31-year-old singer.

Perhaps the biggest shocker is Luo's revelation that it was no girl he was chatting with on webcam that fateful day, but a guy who was infatuated with him.

- CNA/ha

SS501 Greets “Debut 2000 days, We Are Still One”

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On 28-Nov, 5-member male group SS501 had their 2000 days of debut and expressed their thankfulness to their fans.

SS501’s magnae HyungJun wished for the best for 5 members through his own twitter account “It's 2000 days already~ I pray for all 5 of us to work hard and be filled only with even happier things”.

In addition he said “And Green Peas who have always walked beside us , thank you ^^ Mansae Mansae Mansae” conveying his thankful message to the fans. Lead vocal YoungSaeng said in a cute manner congratulating their 2000 days “Today is already 2000days?? Time flies~~~” and “You and I, we are all (growing) old together~keke”

KyuJong also expressed his thankfulness with the flood of fans’ congratulatory messages “Thank you!! Let’s congratulate each other!!!^^”

With an upcoming album release, JungMin expressed ”It's 2000 days! I am with this guy HyungJunnie while he posted (tweet?) himself keke Thank you to those who have given us love beyond that in these 2000 days !!^^”

In addition, JungMin watched HyungJun’s musical play ‘Café-in’ and left a supportive message “Will be looking forward to it! Strive on!^^ Please give lots of love to Café-in!”

Meanwhile, SS501 ended their contract with their initial agency DSP Media in June and members signed with different agencies.

Korean “Beast idols” 2pm finally debut in Japan

Korean “Beast idols” 2pm finally debut in Japan. Approximately a thousand of fans waited for their arrival at Haneda Airport (Tokyo International Airport)

On December 6, korean “beast idols” 2PM has held an official press conference. There are a hundred of fans waiting for them since 8 a.m at the airport and the number has increased to a thousand by the time they arrive which is around 10 a.m. The fans welcome them with the holler “2PM! 2PM!”

During the conference, Nichkhun thanks fans for going to Korea to show their supports. He excitedly says that he wants to do many things in Japan and asks for more supports from the fans.

Back in September 2008, 2PM made a debut and released『Hottest~2PM 1st MUSIC VIDEO COLLECTION&The History』on November 24, 2010. Followed by 『01:59PM ~JAPAN SPECIAL EDITION~』which is to be launched this December 8 and platinum showcases will be held at Hokoku Hall on the same day.

Chansung expresses his desire to do activities in Japan “the most important is to make ourselves known overnight. That’s showing each member’s character”. And the member who’s called the beast idol, Taecyeon, enthusiastically says “the name “beast idols” was first called in Korea so from now on, we’ll try to show strong and manly stage performances”


Last hope of F4 2010 reunion is dashed

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After The Little Tiger's reunion on CCTV's annual Spring Festival Celebration program for their twentieth year, there were rumors and speculation that perhaps F4 would also reunite on the show for their tenth anniversary. While that plan to bring together Jerry Yan, Vic Chou, Van Ness Wu, and Ken Chu didn't fall into place, CCTV gave it one more shot by mailing out formal invitations in hopes that the four would attend the New Year's Eve celebration in Shenzhen on the 21st this year. Alas, Vic thought that the New Year's Eve celebration would actually, you know, be on New Year's Eve (the 31st), and so he had already made vacation plans for the 21st.

Unlike in Taiwan, Mainland's CCTV holds their New Year's Eve party earlier. On the night of the 20th, they hold the red carpet event, a press conference, and the dress rehearsal. Then on the 21st, they officially film the show. Had the reunion of F4 been successful, they would have been Taiwan's sole representatives.

The "mother of F4", Angie Chai, has deemed it "Mission Impossible" to bring the four together due to their different management companies. And since Vic will be doing promotions in Tokyo for "Black and White" near the Spring Festival date next year, chances are slim that the four will be able to reunite for the occasion. However, it can't be completely written off yet. Perhaps Hunan TV, who has offered to provide them with planes for transfers for Hunan TV's Spring Festival show, will be able to finally bring them back together again. Even Jerry's manager has stated that the four have a consensus on reuniting, but it will all depend on their schedules.

In the meantime, we can look forward to other big names coming to the CCTV New Year's Eve party, such as the Four Heavenly Kings consisting of Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung, Leon Lai, and Aaron Kwok.

Lin Chi-ling crowned top-earning model again

It has been a busy year for Taiwan's top model Lin Chi-ling as she pockets more than TWD$1 billion in earnings.

Ranking Taiwanese models according to their annual incomes, the country's top model Lin Chi-ling dominated the chart for the seventh time in a row. Her income for the year was estimated to be more than TWD$1.6 billion (approximately S$7 million). Coming in second and third were Sonia Sui and Bianca Bai respectively. In fourth position was Patina Lin, followed by Tiffany Hsu in fifth.

Lin Chi-ling reportedly generated more than $1 billion from her endorsements of 12 different products, which cost more than $10 million each. On top of that, the model received a paycheck of more than $10 million for the production of Japanese drama series Moon Lovers. After the addition of income from appearing at events in the later half of the year, her win on the chart was expected.

On the other hand, Sonia Sui, who shot to fame with Taiwanese drama series P.S. Man, was reported to be earning an average amount of $150,000 per episode for the drama The Fierce Wife, which she is currently filming. She also received a $7 million paycheck for the movie Make Up. Additionally, Sonia generated $20 million from endorsements and other activities.

Coming in third, Bianca Bai, co-star of Sonia Sui in P.S. Man, also took on a movie role in Kingfisher, which paid her $4 million. She also earned an additional $15 million from endorsements and other activities.

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Barbie Hsu Joins 'My Kingdom'


Newlywed actress Barbie Hsu has chosen her acting job over honeymoon and joined the set of the action film "My Kingdom" ("Da Wu Sheng") in Shanghai, Web site reports. Hsu registered to marry wealthy restaurateur Wang Xiaofei on November 16 in Beijing, surprising celebrity gossip watchers as she only met Wang two months earlier.

In "My Kingdom", Hsu joins Wu Chun ("14 Blades") and Han Geng for a 1920s tale of two brothers' quest for fame, love and revenge. The film will be the screen debut for pop star Han Geng, the former backbone of the boy band Super Junior.

Musician-turned-filmmaker Gao Xiaosong is directing the film, with kung-fu veteran Sammo Hung choreographing the action scenes. The story was penned by Zou Jingzhi, who also did Zhang Yimou's "Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles" ("Qian Li Zou Dan Ji").

Hollywood veteran Andre Morgan, who is producing the film, told "The Hollywood Reporter" that the project had come together after four years of preparation.

"We are excited to finally bring this very fresh story to Chinese audiences," Morgan was quoted as saying.

The film is slated for release in the summer of 2011.

Ikimono Gakari to take a break in 2011

Ikimono Gakari vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka (26) announced on Wednesday night that her weekly radio show "Ikimono Gakari Yoshioka Kiyoe no All Night Nippon" will be ending with its December 21 broadcast. More importantly, she apparently confirmed that the band will be taking a break from performances during the first half of 2011.

A rumor was published in newspapers last month that the band would be going on hiatus for the first half of 2011, but the band and their record label issued public denials at the time. The band's leader, Yoshiki Mizuno, previously said that the members had discussed focusing on writing new songs, but that they would continue with their live activities.

It is now being reported that Ikimono Gakari will indeed be focusing on writing, but will not be doing any concerts or live performances. The length of the "hiatus" has not been decided, but a source says that it will be half a year at most, and that the band will fully resume activities by July. Their performance at Kohaku Uta Gassen on December 31 has been declared as their "last" for now.

The timing of the decision seems odd, given that they are currently at their peak with their recent best album "Ikimono Bakari ~Members BEST Selection~" getting certified by the RIAJ as reaching 1 million copies shipped. However, Yoshioka said, "We've run too far so we would like to take a rest. Please forgive our selfishness."

Ikimono Gakari has three more concerts left in their current tour, beginning with one on Thursday. It is expected that they may deliver more details to their fans at those shows.


The Sims 3: Traits Guide

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The Sims 3 traits enable your Sims to have personalities that are unique and diverse, which can be interesting as well as entertaining. Sims in the game can have a maximum of 5 traits, which are further divided into 4 categories: mental, physical, social and lifestyle. There are 7 stages in a Sims life: baby, toddler, child, teen, young adult, adults and elder.

When your Sim is in a good mood while pregnant, you can select 1 trait for the baby when it is born, else it is selected randomly. As babies, toddlers, children and teens grow; they will be given traits based on their happiness (if they are happy enough you will be able to choose the trait for them, else the traits are most likely to be randomly assigned). However, when you are creating a young adult, adult or senior Sim in the create Sim mode, you have the opportunity to give them the traits you prefer before starting the game.

There is a wide range of traits that you can choose for your Sims: to be brave, cowards, heavy sleepers or slobs. Each of the traits will impact your Sims in regards to their lives, socialization, happiness, choices, skills and careers. There are metal traits like artistic, genius, green thumb and neurotic, or physical traits like heavy sleepers or slobs. Traits determine/affect how quickly your Sims skills develop, what they enjoy and how they relate to other Sims, greatly impacting their social interactions. There are also social traits like charismatic, dislikes children, good sense of humour and no sense of humour.

It would be good to note that a Sim cannot have opposing traits (e.g. great sense of humour and no sense of humour). Hence, choosing one trait could render its opposite obsolete. There are also traits that deal with lifestyle such as angler, frugal, kleptomaniac and vegetarian.

Each trait opens up different social interactions for your Sim and will affect the speed and success of learning a skill. For example, a Sim who is a workaholic will be very upset if they miss work, while a loner can last longer than Sims without any socialization. A flirtish Sim would be able to use different romantic interactions far sooner into a relationship than other Sims, and their flirting will usually be well-received. And an artistic Sim can paint and play the guitar much better than others.

Finally, the traits that a Sim’s has will help determine their lifetime wish. A Sim may want to grow the perfect garden if he/she has a green thumb, or raise a big family if family-orientated. In addition to selecting traits for you Sims, you are also able to select your Sim’s favourite food, colour and music. Voices of your Sims can also be adjusting via pitch to further enhance your Sim, making it a unique and interesting character.

Here is a list with descriptions of some personality traits:
  • Absent-Minded: Often get lost in their own thoughts and forget what they are doing or where they are going.
  • Ambitious: like that name suggests.
  • Angler: Enjoy fishing and will be more successful at getting more... Read more>>

Mary Stayed Out All Night

Mary Stayed Out All Night is the manhwa-adapted Korean drama that gets the heroine tangled up in not one but TWO contract marriages. The female lead is Moon Geun-young, while the other two male leads are Jang Geun-seok and Jung-in Kim Jae-wook.

The story revolves around Moon Geun-young’s character named Wee Mae-Ri (or Mary), who the daughter of a failed businessman and falls into a love triangle with an indie-band singer Kang Mu-Gyul (Jang Geun-seok) and a perfect chaebol (Kim Jae-wook).

Mae-Ri’s father has been failing in all of his business ventures due to his gullible character. This time he has fallen prey to several scammers, landing him and Mae-Ri in a mountain of debt. The first episode starts off with the debt collectors arrive to demand repayment, Mary tries to fend them off with a lie, while Dad escapes through a window.

At 24 years old, Mae-Ri’s only a semester shy of university graduation, but she has had to take a leave of absence from school because she cannot afford the tuition due to her family situation. Furthermore, she’s been avoiding her friends because she can’t spend money on entertainment. Sso it is a rare occasion that’ll bring her out to meet them. However, she decides to drive her friends for some cash when they call her to meet up. The trio decide to hang out, since they haven’t seen her in ages, and they decide to try the clubs in Hongdae, which is where Mae-Ri meets Mu-Gyul, the lead vocalist of an indie band, when she accidentally hits him with the car. Not knowing who he is, and fearing that he would claim damages from her, she insists that he sign a contract to say confirm that he is not seriously injured. However, Mu-Gyul assumes that she is a persistent fan, when she starts to stalk him to get him to sign... Read more>>

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Korean Drama Sypnosis: I Am Legend

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The Korean drama, I am Legend, revolves around Jeon Soel-hee and her life in an all ‘aujumma’ band. Seol-hee is married to Cha Ji-wook), a cold, distant attorney who never makes any mistakes. His only mistake, he claims, was to marry her, and he finds every opportunity to remind her. They had gotten married when Seol-hee was a lowly clerk at his law firm. The rumor at that time was that she got pregnant and used that as an excuse to get married, landing herself a “bight catch”.

Due to the gossips, Seol-hee’s mother-in-law is embarrassed, and is always nervous when someone asks about Seol-hee’s past. Being extremely image-conscious, she orders Seol-hee’s to keep her mouth shut at events, least she loses ‘face’. As a result, Seol-hee may appear to be he elegant wife to a fancy lawyer and the eldest daughter-in-law to his highfalutin family, but in reality Seol-hee’s subjugated to her mother-in-law’s trademark frosty words and disdainful sneers. Henve, Seol-hee hee has learned to bow her head respectfully and say, “Yes, Mother” to every decree, even if it’s delivered with a direct insult.

Seol-hee family issues does not end there, she also has a rocky relationship with her younger sister Jae-hee. Jae-hee is angry with her sister for living an empty life. They had gotten into an argument because her sister’s words hurt Seol-hee, who did everything she could to raise her sister after their parents died, to put Jae-hee through medical school... Read more>>

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sungkyunkwan Scandal Will Not Continue To A Second Season

KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal has been continuing to record high audience ratings and on the 19th, their audience rating went up to a 14.3% nationwide.
CP Kwak Kiwon has also said that Park Yoochun’s acting skills have considerably improved and the CEO of the drama’s production company has also said that he has exceeded their expectations.

The drama has received much love from fans and they have been requesting that the drama continue onto a second season. However, producers have said that they will not be pursuing a second season because of the plot obstacles they will face.

Fans believe that because the drama only covers the first half of the original novel, the drama could easily go onto a season 2 by continuing the plot. CP Kwak Kiwon has said that “it is possible but there are absolutely no plans to continue to a second season. Main plotlines in the drama are not existent in the novel and if we go into a season 2, there is the problem that the relationship between Lee Seonjun and Kim Yunhee will be cut.

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Girls Generation Accused Of Lip-Singing In Taiwan

They may have dominated Korea and rocked Japan with their recent debut, but some fans in Taiwan were not too impressed with Girls Generation's latest appearance there.

According to a Taiwanese entertainment news channel, the popular girl group was speculated to have lip-sung during their second live concert in Taiwan on the 17-18th. The Taiwan Taipei Arena was jam-packed with 24,000 fans, demonstrating yet again how popular the nine-membered group is overseas.

The entertainment media source reported that although the music and members' voices continued to stream out of the speakers, when the cameras zoomed in on each of their faces, you could see that some of the girls weren't even bothering to lift up and sing into their mics.

The girls of Girls Generation don't have to worry too much though. It appears that they had fans that were more than understanding. Some expressed, "it's hard to sing and dance live" and "I doubt they were really lip-syncing!". Of course there were a bunch that were on the more critical side, saying "what a waste of money" and "why go see them in concert when you can hear the exact same thing on their CDs".

As for domestic fans in Korea, they can look forward to the group's comeback on October 29th.

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Japan's Oldest Actress Dies

Japan has lost its oldest living actress. Nagaoka Teruko died of old age at her home in Tokyo in the early hours of October 18. She was 102. Best known for her role in the hugely popular NHK drama series "Oshin," she had an eight-decade career as a theatrical producer, stage and TV actress and narrator.

A native of the northern city of Morioka, she went to study in Paris in 1928 after graduating from the Toyo Eiwa Women's University. On her return to Japan two years later, she and her first husband formed the Teatoru Comedie theater group. Her husband died in 1937 and amidst growing militarism Nagaoka was forced to close down her theater group. She later joined the Bungaku Company, where she produced plays including those written by the up-and-coming Mishima Yukio. While continuing to produce, she made her formal debut as an actress in 1951 and made most of her 30+ movies in the 1950s. She left the theater group in 1971 and focused on stage readings of the Bible and the works of Miyazawa Kenji (1896-1933). She continued this work until recently.

Written by Hashida Sugako, "Oshin" was a massive TV hit from April 1983, and told the life story and struggles of a farm girl in northern Japan. The role of Oshin was played by three different actresses, including Tanaka Yuko (55) and Otowa Nobuko (1924-94), while Nagaoka played her employer. Aired for a year in the morning time slot, the series had an average audience rating of 52.6% - unthinkable today - and peaked at an even more impressive 62.9%, both records for a drama series that will probably never be broken. The series has been shown in dozens of countries worldwide and is considered Japan's most successful ever drama export.


Rainbow's belly button dance is allowed on 'Dae Mul', but not on 'Inkigayo'?

The bulletin boards became hot after Rainbow's appearance on 'Dae Mool' with the belly button dance which became restricted from broadcasts after the program aired.

On the past 20th, Rainbow has appeared on SBS 'Dae Mul' as by-election supporters and has danced the belly button dance to catch the peoples attention. The belly button dance was a choreography from Rainbow's hit song 'A', they lift their shirt and show they belly button and they received an intellectual saying that it was 'obscene' , Since they couldn't promote 'A' properly, they have stopped the promotion.

After the broadcast, people have told the following to the producers on the bulletin boards such as"I don't know the determinations of the broadcast banning", "'Dae Mul' is rated PG-15 just like SBS Inkigayo', People said 'I was really confused when I was watching the drama with my child', 'If the broadcast goes on fire, won't the drama too?', 'If you cannot change the choreography, can't you work on the clothes?' and etc...

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Mike He Enjoys Being Less Popular; Signs New Management Contract With HIM

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Mike He’s management contract with TVBS ended back in September of last year, and he has been his own manager ever since. During the year, Mike has received 15 different contract offers from different management companies including some in Japan and the Mainland – an agency even guaranteed a sixty million (TWD) bonus. But Mike revealed that he has a strong sense of insecurity, so he waited until he could sign with a management company that he can trust.

After much negotiation, he decided to go with HIM; He explained that HIM has not only showed their ability in managing with commercials, dramas, and music records, but most importantly, he felt the trust towards the company as it had once managed his good friend and actor Dylan Kuo. Manager Ying Hui-Ling of HIM expressed, “HIM is an all-round management company. (We’re) very happy to be working with Mike He.”

Mike has just accepted the male lead role in GTV’s upcoming drama, “美樂。加油” (roughly translates to Mei Le, Go). Besides work, he expressed that he is a stay-home guy that likes surfing the web and playing video games during his spare time these days. His dramas in the last two years haven’t been doing well in ratings and the media pointed out that his popularity is declining, but he said optimistically, “To be honest, I care more about whether I have work to do or not. I’ve been working continuously and I’ve even renewed an endorsement contract.” He also added, “There are less people recognizing me on the streets now with my popularity declining, (so) I can walk around more freely.”

S. H.E’s Ella nurses a broken heart

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Singer escapes to New York after tacitly admitting that her boyfriend two-timed her. Nothing beats the pain of having your boyfriend two-time you and having to admit that he did, which was exactly what happened to Ella from Taiwanese girl band S.H.E.

During her appearance for fellow member Hebe's post concert celebration, she admitted to the reporters that she met a "bad person" and that they have not been in contact for a long time when asked about her boyfriend Tommy Chao, a chief executive officer of a finance company. Tommy, who was secretly dating Ella for more than a year, was seen picking up a sexy lady and checking into a hotel. The singer-actress was working in China at that time.

Word has it that they broke up after the incident, but Ella has remained tight-lipped about her personal life. She would be flying to New York for a study tour at the end of the month. Ella will be hitting the big screen for the first time next year when she returns from the states.

Rain's innocence to be proved through "all means possible"

Singer and actor Rain's agency J.Tune Entertainment has vowed to take all forms of action necessary to prove that the 28-year-old superstar is being falsely accused of holding gambling debt.

The move comes after a Korean-American named Andrew Kim stepped forward on Monday to say that he has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Rain because he has failed to pay him back 150,000 dollars he borrowed for gambling three years ago.

Kim also said Rain has a "heavy gambling habit" and also met with a immigrations officer to obtain a green card in the U.S. which would exempt him from serving Korea's two-year mandatory military duties.

"Not even one percent [of what Kim has said] is true but we feel extremely wronged because what he is saying is being accepted as the truth and it’s ruining the trust Rain has worked to instill in the public for the past ten years,” J.Tune CEO Cho Dong-won told Asia Economic Daily's Sports Today during an interview late on Tuesday.

Through their legal representative, J.Tune had issued a prompt response which curtly dismissed all allegations made by Kim, but it has done little to quell the heated debate surrounding one of Asia’s hottest celebrities.

“Both Rain and I are angry over the malicious arguments [made by Kim] but also just over this situation we’re in where the public is half-doubting us,” Cho went onto say.

Then overcome with emotion, a Cho close to tears affirmed that J.Tune “will not stay quiet about this anymore” and “take every legal measure, including filing a counter lawsuit and take all means possible, even if it may have to be an international investigation.”

“By no means is Jung Ji-hoon related to any of this. He's a sound person. I will make sure to reveal the truth," Cho said resolutely.


Taiwan star Show Luo denies STD rumours

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TAIPEI: Taiwan singer-actor Show Luo denied rumours that he had contracted a Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) through a post on his micro-blog account on Tuesday, reported Taiwan media.

"I am not sure if the media did not explain things clearly or if the person who originally started these rumours has begun circulating them again, but I have recently received calls from my friends who got concerned. I had to explain to them individually!

"I can only say that I hope Heaven will forgive the person who came up with these fabrications. My fans can rest easy! I am healthy! I take good care of myself!" wrote Luo.

Luo reiterated that he was fine when questioned by reporters.

"If I had an STD, I would walk abnormally, but my gait is very normal," Luo mused.

With the Golden Bell Awards (the Taiwan equivalent of the Emmys) just days away, some believe that the rumours were an attempt to hurt Luo's chances of winning the coveted Golden Bell Best Leading Actor award this year.

Luo was nominated for the honour after impressing the judges with his performance in the drama "Hi My Sweetheart" opposite Taiwan singer-actress Rainie Yang.

However, Luo's manager Jiang Cheng Jin remained skeptical that the circulation of the rumours were deliberately timed.

"It probably isn't, but I hope the person who started the rumours will be punished by Heaven," said Jiang.

- CNA/ha

Armless Pianist, Liu Wei win 'China's Got Talent' - [Video]

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Armless Pianist, Liu Wei has not been held back by the lack of hands and arms. He plays piano, and quite well, with his toes. Liu Wei took China by storm, winning China's Got Talent, and now he is quickly becoming an international phenomenon.

Liu Wei, the 23-year-old armless pianist performs with his toes, won the reality show by singing James Blunt's song "You're Beautiful" and accompanying himself on the piano. Oh, by the way, Liu Wei can sing, too. He beat out a 7 year-old stand-up comic to win the competition.

Liu Wei lost his arms when he was just 10. He accidentally touched a high-voltage wire while playing with friends. By the age of 18, he had started playing piano with his toes. Liu Wei is a self-taught pianist.

"China's Got Talent" is a spin-off of the popular British show, "Britain's Got Talent" which was developed by Simon Cowell. It was BGT that brought us Susan Boyle. Now we have a Liu Wei, taking the world by storm, making great music, with his feet!

Check out armless pianist, Liu Wei's, winning performance - You're Beautiful [Eng Sub]

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Super Junior Shindong stirs speculation about marriage

Super Junior member Shindong has stirred speculation that he may soon get married to his girlfriend.

While talking about a conversation he had with top Korean actor Jung Woo-sung, Shindong said on yesterday's episode of SBS variety show "Steel Heart" that Jung had told him he wants to attend Shindong's wedding.

"He said that he really wants to be at my wedding and that he hopes it's on a day that doesn't conflict with his schedule," the singer remarked.

Host Kang Ho-dong asked if that means the date of his nuptials will be anytime soon, to which the boy band member replied, "Coming soon."

In May, the singer had taken the public by surprise when he proposed to his girlfriend through a secret code in their fourth full-length album "BONAMANA." "Nari, let's get married, I'm proposing to you, I'll love you, forever," the code read.

He then proposed to his girlfriend on national television, saying "The one thing I most realized since meeting you is that my heart aches when you are not with me. I felt that I was always happy when you are with me. I want you to be happy with me forever. Marry me.”

However, an official from SM Entertainment denied a wedding was imminent. “The two families haven't arranged a formal meeting with each other yet because of their schedules. Shindong and Jung Nari (his girlfriend) are not planning on getting married right now but they want to get their approval," explained the official.

Shindong made his debut in the 13-member boy band Super Junior in 2005, releasing numerous hit records and songs including "Sorry, Sorry," "It's You," "Rukkugo" and "BONAMANA."

Outside of his singing career, Shindong has appeared on various entertainment programs as well as hosting his own radio show.


My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox: Episode 2

My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox > Episode 2 [Watch it]
As Mi-ho takes back her healing fox bead Dae-woong slumps to the ground. A dark black smoke surrounds him and e starts to deteriorate quickly. Mi-ho hovers above him, a little sad to let him die, but starts to leave saying that she saved him, but he tossed her away, so she doesn’t know him anymore. However, she has a flash back to the pig incident, remembering that he came back for her and tried to protect her from what he thought was a very scary pig. So she returns, saying that since he came back for her once, she’ll do the same.

Soon it is morning and Dae-woong wakes up in a daze. He is startled to see Mi-ho staring at him. He runs and hides. Mi-ho muses to herself that she’ll have to scare him to make him stick to her side. She watches with amusement as Dae-woong tries to action-sequence himself out of there, failing hilariously. Mi-ho even offers to 'help him".

He end up getting stuck in mid-air right above her. Just at this juncture, his grandfather calls and he drops his phone in his attempt to answer it. Mi-ho peers at the phone curiously, and hearing a voice, she answers. Grandpa asks where Dae-woong is, and Dae-woong responds with grunts and heavy breathing as he tries to hold onto the rope. Mi-ho replies in a matter-of-fact tone: “Dae-woong? Is on top of me.”

Mi-ho tells Dae-woong to come down now, but he insists he rather stay the way he is than get eaten up. She threatens to go get him down herself, and Dae-woong scoffs that she can’t pluck him like an apple. So Mi-ho demonstrates another of her gumiho powers, flying up to retrieve him.

She lands on top of himand Dae-woong acknowledges that she’s a gumiho. Dae-woong: “Okay. You’re a gumiho. Since you plucked me, you can eat me.” Mi-ho: “Can I really eat you?” Dae-woong: “You can eat me. But just know this. If there are gumihos in the world, then there must be ghosts too. So I’ll come back as a ghost and get my revenge!” He braces himself for death with false bravado, not listening to her question of why he never asked to be saved.

She says, “Okay, but if you asked me to save you, I would have let you live…” Immediately, Dae-woong gets on his knees and begs for his life.

Dong-joo the gumiho hunter, manages to figure out Dae-woong's his aunt. He pretends to be Dae-woong’s friend and asks to confirm Dae-woong’s cell number.

At the rooftop room above the action school, while Mi-ho chomps down on some chicken, Dae-woong apologizes for not being able to get beef at such a late hour. He reconfirms the fact that until she can safely retrieve the fox bead that saved him, she has to stick by his side.

He tries to figure a way out of it, but is scared back when he sees her tearing at the chicken bones with zeal. Mi-ho: “Dae-woong-ah, while you have my fox bead, I can’t let you go. You’re MINE.” She smiles, pleased with herself, while and Dae-woong laughs nervously. He starts calling her Gu Mi-ho-sshi, being polite out of fear.

He goes inside and decides that for the time being if he won’t try to eat him he keeps her well-fed with beef. He comes upon a movie costume of armor and wears it for protection. Mi-ho wonders if she’s really that scary, since all she did was save him. Dae-woong says that still, what if she sees his exposed liver and gets hungry? 
Offended she retorts: “Have you ever seen me eat a liver? Have you seen me scoop out someone’s liver and eat it?” Dae-woong replies that she is a gumiho, after all….to which she just sighs and gives up. Mi-ho: “Fine. I’m a gumiho. Watch your liver.” And with that, she goes to sleep.

Dong-joo, the gumiho hunter finds Dae-woong’s information easily online, and smiles to himself that it’ll be an easy hunt. He reveals a wall of gumiho-related information and takes out a mystical knife with ancient carvings. He wonders why the gumiho ran away to become human, instead of staying put where she belongs.

Dae-woong sleeps in his suit of armor outside. Mi-ho watches over him, saying that she had fun today because she got to be with him. She’s happy that while her fox bead heals him, she gets to stay by his side longer. Noticing mosquitoes hovering above him, she gleefully catches them all, telling the sleeping Dae-woong that neither the mosquitoes nor she will eat him tonight, She looks out at the city from the rooftop, and marvels at how beautiful the world has become.

Grandpa and Aunt Min-sook worry over Dae-woong. Grandpa bemoans the fact that while Dae-woong always caused all sorts of trouble, he’s never caused any girl trouble…until now. He tells her to cut off his credit cards. Min-sook wonders what on earth the girl said over the phone, and Grandpa says it’s not for her unmarried ears to hear. She leaves in a huff upset that he brought up the fact that she's still a single.

After Mi-ho eats her weight in meat, Dae-woong’s card gets declined at the restaurant so he’s forced to use what little cash he has left. She stops him to buy her a soda on the street.His coin gets stuck in the machine, so he starts kicking it, and she joins in. However, one swift kick from her and the whole vending machine comes crashing down, with the soda popping out. They grab it and dash away.

Dae-woong takes Mi-ho to school with him. She marvels at the university, having learnt from visitors to the temple that it’s a prestigious place where everyone wants to attend. She thinks Dae-woong’s pretty cool for going to one, which his fragile puffed-up ego enjoys very much. He tells her that people at university are very smart, so she’ll have to pretend to be human and not do anything to be detected. She promises to act human, and asks Dae-woong eagerly if she really looks human. She is please when he admits that she can pass off for a human, which pleases her 
He goes around to attempt borrowing from his friends. He assumes that it would be easy he has spent so much on them. But one by one, they lie that they’re broke. Mi-ho can smell the money in their pockets, so Dae-woong is doubly embarrassed to be confronted by the fact that his so-called friends aren't really friends...

Mi-ho wonders why he doesn’t believe her, and asks why he’s doing nothing when all his friends are lying to him. He tells her angrily that sometimes it’s better not to know things, and that pretending is less embarrassing. He snaps at her that she’s not human, so not to meddle in human things, making her pout.

She tries to follow him into the library, but he tells her she can’t go inside without an ID, so she can’t follow. She pouts again, telling him not to look down on her because she’s not human, He counters that he is afraid of her because she’s not human.

Inside the library, Dae-woong frantically researches the gumiho legend, looking for some way to make her leave him, thinking that it must be similar to exorcising a ghost. But he soon gets bogged down in all the ancient language and gives up.

Suddenly he remembers the temple and looks it up, finding a news story with the two scroll paintings side by side—the original, and the one with the missing fox. He then comes to the realization that he freed the gumiho by drawing the nine tails.

Outside, Mi-ho runs into one of Dae-woong’s lying friends. She returns his runaway basketbal at full-force aimed right at his head. Dae-woong asks her if she really is the fox from the painting. He remembers being so scared that night and making a mistake with his pen—and it turns out that the dot became a mole on her shoulder too.

Mi-ho offers that because he set her free, she gave him the thing that was most precious to her, as she puts her hand on his chest. She says to think of it like he’s taking responsibility for her.

His friends Byung-soo and Sun-nyeo burst in, only hearing the end of their conversation. Sun-nyeo runs off crying, taking the words to mean only what they could to normal people: she gave him her virginity, so now he has to take responsibility. while Byung-soo congratulates him.

He introduces Mi-ho to Byung-soo that her name is Gu Mi-ho, explaining that she’s staying with him for the time being because of extenating circumstances. Byung-soo seems to be Dae-woong’s only real friend, as he offers up the cash in his wallet to help him out, since he knows what being on the outs with Grandpa means.

Mi-ho overhears the conversation and asks Dae-woong why he called her Gu Mi-ho. He says that since she wants so much to be human, Mi-ho sounds nice and suits her. She beams, saying that she loves it when he calls her by her new name.

Dong-joo arrives on campus and distracts Dae-woong with a call to the administrative office. He awaits for Mi-ho to arrive with him, watching his mystical dagger for the glowy sign of gumiho-nearness. Dae-woong comes in alone, but once Mi-ho sits down nearby, the dagger glows and Dong-joo takes off running. Mi-ho senses something coming towards her…and she turns her head, and we cut back to Dong-joo running down the hall.

She takes off running after a chicken on a motorcycle. Dong-joo chases after her. He catches up, and as his dagger lights up in her presence, she turns to look in his direction, and he’s startled to see her face. Flashback to centuries ago, when he killed her the first time, and then held her in his arms, both of them crying as she faded away into ash. Back in the present day, Dong-joo convinces himself, with a tear in his eye, that she can’t be the same gumiho. No, he killed her by his own hand. She just looks the same.

Dae-woong tries to ask Mi-ho about the painting and where he can find the Grandmother Spirit that trapped her in there. She doesn’t want to give up any information, so he devises a foolproof plan: get her drunk and then she’ll talk!

Knowing her penchant for bubbly drinks, he shakes up the beer to make it extra foamy. He drinks maybe less than half of what she does, tossing his beer out while she isn’t looking, or playing rock-paper-scissors and telling her that scissors beat rocks, so she drinks. He even tries to teach her to crush the cans, which she does handily, but he struggles with.

Thinking that she’s probably drunk, he starts telling her how he feels really close to her now, and she’s much better to be around than his fair-weather friends. He says that she’s prettier than most girls, and that he was startled when he first saw her. She frowns, saying that she rather just be average-pretty.

He rolls out compliment after compliment, puting her on cloud nine. She wonders if they can be friends even if she’s not human. Dae-woong’s like, if E.T. can do it, so can we! She asks how they become friends, so he teaches her the E.T. handshake. She’s so excited that she does it over and over again. Dae-woong starts to feel a twinge of regret lying to her when she so clearly wants to be his friend. But that doesn’t stop him from getting to his objective. He starts asking her about her gumiho powers, and finds out that she’s weaker in her abilities because he’s got her fox bead, which must be the source of her power.

He asks if she’s got any weaknesses? Nope. Any fears? Yes—she says she’s afraid of large bodies of water, now that she doesn’t have her fox bead. He stores that tidbit away, wondering how he’s going to drop her in a lake somewhere.

In the following days, she demands cow for breakfast, lunch and dinner, day after day.

At the park, Byung-soo and Mi-ho play a guess-which-hand-the-coin-is-in game, which of course she wins every time. Byung-soo calls her “jae-soo-sshi,” which is a moniker for your brother’s wife, and what close friends call each other’s girlfriends or wives. Dae-woong sneers at that, but lets it pass, and wonders to himself if he threw her in a lake like this one, he’d probably end up dead.

Byung-soo tells him to stop feeding the carps so much because they’re rare fish, and Dae-woong says they’re not the rare kind, like the ones Grandpa raises. Another light bulb goes off— he goes home to steal Grandpa's expensive carp. He sneaks in and manages to catch one, but Grandpa catches him in the act. He takes off running, with Grandpa and Aunt Min-sook chasing behind, and then while he’s not looking, a truck comes screeching to a halt in his path.

Aunt and Grandpa scream, and the fish goes flying… At the hospital, where Grandpa begs the doctor to do something to save him. The doctor says nothing can be done. Dramatic music plays… And Dae-woong comes walking out, just a band-aid on his forehead, and we see that Grandpa was pleading with the doctor to save his fish.

Outside, Grandpa tells Dae-woong to come home, and he refuses, finally shouting out, “If I don’t stay with that girl, I’ll die,” which is a great use of a phrase that all love-addled teenagers say in earnest, except he actually means it literally. He asks for money so that he can stay with her and take care of her, and Grandpa is furirous that Dae-woong’s lost his mind over a girl.

Finally, Grandpa and Aunt tell him to bring the girl over, so that they can meet her, and decide if Dae-woong can marry her. Now it’s Dae-woong’s turn to freak out, insisting that he will not marry her. Grandpa slaps him in response. This action jolts all of them, as this the first time Grandpa has ever shown any really harsh discipline towards Dae-woong. Grandpa tells him to live however he wants to, and gets in the car.

As Dae-woong walks the whole way back with his hand on his cheek, reeling from the disappointment, Sun-nyeo runs into him. She informs him that she doesn’t want him living at the action school with his girlfriend, so she kicks him out. She adds that Hye-in came by and ran into Byung-soo and Mi-ho, at which he takes off running.

Hye-in meets Mi-ho, who is introduced as Dae-woong’s friend, but Hye-in reads between the lines and asks if Mi-ho's his girlfriend. Dae-woong runs toward them, telling Mi-ho not to say anything, but Mi-ho answers “Yes.”Just at this juncture Dae-woong arrives, declaring loudly that she is NOT his girlfriend...
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