Saturday, April 19, 2008

Big 4 Actresses, Television U-Turn 'War of the Stars'

The comebacks of four top actresses are drawing attention. The actresses include Kim Ji-soo, Son Ye-jin, Kim Seon-ah, and Kim Hee-seon.

Their breaks have been at least two years and at most three years. Kim Ji-soo and Son Ye-jin have focused on movies, and Kim Hee-seon and Kim Seon-ah have been taking breaks while searching for a comeback project.

Kim Ji-soo is coming back in May with KBS drama "Woman of the Sun". It's been three years since MBC drama "Age of Hero" in 2005.

Kim Ji-soo plays Shin Do-young, an announcer who holds a secret of her birth. She has the looks, knowledge, and skill, but always feels burdened by the secret of her birth.

Son Ye-jin's comeback work is
MBC drama "Spotlight", which will start in May. It has been two years since SBS drama "Alone in Love".

Son Ye-jin plays Seo Woo-jin, who begins as a reporter and moves up to become an anchor. This drama will be playing at the same time as Kim Ji-soo's drama "Woman of the Sun", and a competition is inevitable.

Kim Seon-ah, who has been struggling with bad rumors, was cast as the main female role for "When It's At Night",the drama after "Lee San". It's been three years since her popular drama "My Name is Kim Sam-soon".

Kim Seon-ah plays Cho-hee, who works at the security department for cultural artifacts. The male character is played by Lee Dong-geon, who recently lost his brother to an attack. After acting with Hyeon Bin, she will be acting once again with a younger man.

Kim Hee-seon is also planning to come back from resting after marrying Park Joo-young, the second son of RakSan Group, last October. It is a drama hoping to air in the first half of the year.

It's been two years since her SBS drama "Smile Again". After her marriage, there were rumors about her retiring, and fans couldn't hide their gladness at the news of her comeback.

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KBS Drama at Advantage After General Elections

The KBS 2TV Drama "Three Fathers, One Mother" (Writer Cho Myung-joo, Producer Lee Jae-sang) saw positive effects from the General Elections.

"Three Fathers, One Mother" reached record ratings of 11.9% yesterday (TNS Media Korea Survey), ranked second in its time-slot and pushed past the 7.9% ratings of the MBC drama "Who Are You." The SBS Drama "On-Air" has held a constant rating of 20%, but faltered slightly at 19.4% last night.

"On-Air" and "Who Are You" broadcast at 10:10 p.m., ten minutes later than their scheduled time due to special programs concerning Korean astronaut Lee So-yeon. "Three Fathers, One Mother" began at 9:58 p.m.

The increase in ratings for "Three Fathers, One Mother" was determined to have started a day earlier on the 9th during the 18th General Elections of Korea. All the other TV dramas in the same time-slot were cancelled due to the special General Election broadcasts, which is when the KBS drama rose from low single-digit ratings to 14.5%.

"Three Fathers, One Mother" is a light-hearted TV drama about a woman who's impregnated by one of three sperm donors, and it stars Eugene, Cho Hyun-jae, Shin Sung-rok, and Jae Hee.

source: KBS Global

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Bae Yong-joon Cited the Most Influential Entertainer

Actor Bae Yong-joon was selected as the most influential figure in the Korean entertainment industry by film magazine Premier. Bae took first place in the list of 100 most powerful figures in Korean entertainment compiled by TV producers, filmmakers, musicians, and agents.

Bae has been chosen for his role in launching the Korean Wave, or hallyu, with his performance in “
Winter Sonata” and “Legend of Four Gods.” Also recognized was his entrepreneurship in a variety of hallyu-related businesses.

Coming in second place on the list was TV director Kim Jong-hak, who worked with Bae in “Legend of Four Gods” and heads the Kim Jong-hak Production to make an average of ten TV dramas a year. Several management agency heads were in the top tier of the list, suggesting where the real power lies in the entertainment industry. Others on the list include singer/producer Park Jin-young at seventh place and world star Rain on 20th spot. Immediately following Rain is popular show host Yoo Jae-seok, reflecting his immense power in variety shows. Other influential celebrities

source: KBS WORLD

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Hard times for Yoon Eun-hye? Growing pains of becoming a big star

Yoon Eun-hye has fallen in a happy dilemma, for she is becoming popular after the success of "Coffee Prince".

She is not doing a drama or movie right now but is so busy with commercials that she hasn't found time to recharge as an actress. It seems she's resting after her drama but truthfully, she is spending at least twenty days in a month for promotions. For this month, she has filming for Basic House and JoinUs, and a commercial for v=b in April.

She is a model for many clothing brands, and although she received proposals for alcohol, tire, candy, and fast food commercials, she refused because it did not fit with either her image or her busy schedule.

"Coffee Prince" has gained much popularity in Japan and China, and there are requests for her to visit or have promotions there. But she is so busy in Korea that it is impossible to have three free days. The media press of Japan, who has become tired of waiting, requested press coverage of Yoon Eun-hye in Korea, and are planning to go in April.

It has been a while since she became the first choice for dramas and movies. Because of this, there are rumors that the pay must be 50,000 dollars per drama episode, and it is leaving her company speechless.

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Dennis Oh will appear in drama East of Eden

Popular Korean-American actor Dennis Oh will make his appearance in MBC's special drama East of Eden. This marks his return to the small screen since drama Witch Yoo Hee at the beginning of 2007.

In East of Eden, Dennis will play as a casino player from Australia, then gradually becomes a steady support for the lead male character (played by Song Seung Hun).

Currently, Dennis is filming a movie outside Korea. After receiving this script, he will have to fly back regularly. However, he says that he will try his best to not disappoint audience's expectations.

This big project East of Eden is scheduled to be aired in September in Korea.

English Translation: hongkonga1@KST_CICHLID

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