A look at 2AM in Malaysia

So you didn’t score invites to the MTV World Stage’s after party? Neither did we :-P.

But fret not folks, as there are many kind-hearted people out there who share good things…such as these exclusive shots of the 2AM boys during their interview with local entertainment glossy KLIK Magazine.

Q&A: The 2AM boys are interviewed by an MTV VJ from Korea

A little bird informed us that KLIK Magazine was the only mag that interviewed them. During the session, the boys talked about their stint in Wild Bunny. They were so excited relating their experience on the show that Kwon and Seulong couldn’t stop laughing.

Meanwhile, Changmin who speaks perfect English, asked for local food recommendations. The boys also autographed some merchandise, which will be given away in KLIK Magazine’s next issue.

Autograph, please: ‘Where shall I sign my name?’

Spell: ‘C-h-a-n-g-m-i-n…yeah, that about sounds right.’

To Malaysia: With love from 2AM

The following day, the 2AM boys squeezed in a photo shoot and some shopping at the Petronas Twin Towers.

Apart from that, American rock band Boys Like Girls met 2AM and have dubbed them Korea’s Boyz II Men. Below is a pic of the band with the Korean singers as posted on Twitter.

Twitterific: Boys Like Girls meets 2AM

At the MTV World Stage’s after party, 2AM sang 5 songs including Ne-Yo’s Sick and Chris Brown’s With You. They wrapped up their mini-showcase with One Candle. Watch the videos below:

This Song

So Sick

One Candle

Pics credit: KLIK Magazine

2PM not coming to Malaysia, 2AM to perform at after party

Confession of a Friend by 2AM

Learn Korean on YouTube

Want to learn Korean? I’ve come across a video series on YouTube called Let’s Speak Korean! You can view the playlist at this link. There are a total of 64 videos that are about 10 minutes long each. They are a good primer for those not familiar with Korea and its culture.

Episode 1 of Let’s Speak Korean

Please also check out our Mind Your Korean series where Liz blogs and shares her experiences in learning the basics of the language.

ETPFEST 2009 kicks off this weekend

ETPFEST 2009 kicks off tomorrow! ETPFEST, the summer rock festival started by South Korean rock veteran Seo Taiji featuring Limp Bizkit, Keane and Nine Inch Nails.

Nine Inch Nails!! I’m very jealous. I’m just a 2 hour flight away from Seoul, but it’s 2 hours that’s over my budget. *Sigh* Maybe next time.

Other bands in the line up are Japan’s Boom Boom Satellites and Fade, and South Korea’s very own, GumX, Pia and Seotaiji Band.

Music video of My Bed by Pia.

Are you going?

Rain to star in Enter The Dragon remake

Even before his latest Hollywood flick graces cinemas worldwide, rumour has it Rain (Jung Ji-hoon) has snagged a role in the remake of Enter The Dragon. Our boy has all his projects lined up, hasn’t he?

KaPOW! Will Ninja Assassin Rain show Bruce Lee how it’s done?

Perhaps inspired instead of remake would be a better term as the new movie will be a noir take on the 1973 kungfu classic. And besides, I can’t imagine ANYONE remaking a movie that was entirely Bruce Lee.

The new film entitled Awaken The Dragon tells the story of a lone FBI agent who is led into the dark, bloody world of underground martial arts and fight clubs as he pursues a rogue Shaolin monk. Kurt Sutter, the film’s writer and director, explains, “I wanted to set it in these underground fight clubs where the action is really raw and expose the brutality of Shaolin kung fu. This will be more Raging Bull than Crouching Tiger in its viciousness.

At the moment, it is too early to tell which role Rain has been set to play. We will be sure to look out for further updates.

If this news is true, Awaken The Dragon will be Kurt Sutter’s directorial debut and Rain’s third Hollywood film.

Source: Latino Review, Slashfilm

GDragon's Heartbreaker artwork teaser

Album artwork from his first solo release Heartbreaker is out! Big Bang member G-Dragon is looking mighty androgynous with platinum blonde hair and holding the apple of Eve. This boy will break many hearts across the gender spectrum. MiiiaOW… what a playa! The album features 10 tracks that highlights the artiste’s unique style.

More pics after the jump…

So, what do you think about the new look? Hot or not?

Pic credit: AllKpop

Mother to be submitted for 2010 Academy Awards

Bong Joon-ho’s film, Mother, starring hallyu heartthrob Won Bin has been selected for submission to the 82nd Academy Awards in 2010. Mother is a story about a mentally handicapped boy who is framed for murder, and his mother’s struggles to clear his name. The film has been set to compete in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

According to the Chosun Ilbo, Mother was among six films considered for submission. Bong’s film was finally selected for “artistry of the film, the influence of the distributor, the reputation of the director and the level of recognition of the film“.

Congratulations! We’ll hope for all the best!

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Source: The Chosun Ilbo

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Wonder Girls at Teen Choice 09!

Wonder Girls sashayed down the “green carpet” at Teen Choice 09
wearing matching dresses but each wearing unique hairdos.

JYP is taking his Wonder Girls places all right! The five Korean teens officially walked down their first US Red Carpet event at the Teen Choice Awards 2009. The smashing award show was held at Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Los Angeles California.

Who else were at the party? Miley Cyrus, cast of Twilight (Robert Pattison, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed and Kellan Lutz) and FOX’s new comedy series GLEE (Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz, Chris Colver, Amber Riley and Kevin McHale) will appear on the show too!

Also… David Beckham, Zac Efron, Megan Fox, Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Morrison, Keke Palmer, Alexis Bledel, Chace Crawford, Leighton Meester, Ellen DeGeneres and Ashley Tisdale…

Congratulations to the girls!

Video credit: POPSTAR

We want NOBODY but YOU!

Gorgeous gals…

Source: Teen Choice Awards

Pics credit: Soompi Forums

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Wonder Girls is opening act for Jonas Brothers
JYP does everything!

Lee Byung Hun at the G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra Los Angeles Premiere

Do I look like Storm Shadow? LBH poses in front of
Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood, CA.(6 August, 2009)

Although Lee Byung Hun is popular in Asia, what am i saying – Japanese women practically worships the ground he walks on. Yeah he’s THAT popular! Fans in America have just been introduced to Lee Byung Hun for the first time in G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. He plays Storm Shadow – a baddie, in the movie.

Lee Byung Hun fits into the Hollywood role comfortably

Here are some excerpts from Mania.com‘s interview with the actor who admits the world of Joe vs. Cobra is all new to him.

“It didn’t show in Korea. I had no idea about G.I. Joe when I first got the script,” Lee said, admitting he was a little hesitant to take the part. “I had a lot of time to discuss the character Storm Shadow with [director] Stephen Sommers and [producer] Lorenzo di Bonaventura.”

Lee also revealed that his first friend in Hollywood (that was before he got really chummy with the gorgeous BARONESS Sienna Miller) is Ray Park, the man who plays Snake Eyes in the movie.

“He was my first friend in Hollywood actually,” Lee said of Park. “In the movie we are hating each other but in real life we’re really good friends. We took a lot of time to practice the choreography and training before the production.”

Will Lee be in the next G.I. Joe movies? He confirmed for us that he’s signed to play Storm Shadow in additional films if the studio calls for it.

“This was my first try to be a comic book character, so that’s why I hesitated a little bit to commit to this production,” Lee said, adding that, while high-octane superheroes may be popular in America, this kind of movie is new to him. He’s not thinking in terms of the next superhero (or villain) he’ll play. “I’ve doing more realistic characters and projects, so I don’t know.”

He’s already working on his next project in Asia (drama IRIS!), but would consider doing another American film if the right project comes along. We asked him if there’s a particular director he’s interested in working with.

“There are a lot of good actors and directors in the states I think, but I’d really like to work with director Cameron Crowe. I like his work.”

Bonus pics of Sienna Miller (Baroness), Channing Tatum (Duke), Marlon Wayans (Ripcord), Rachel Nichols (Shana ‘Scarlett’ O’Hara) & Ray Park (Snake Eyes).

Source: Byung Hun Lee talks G.I.JOE

Pics credit: Zimbio, Asia Economy Korea

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (2009)
G.I. Joe Rise of Cobra press conference in Seoul
IRIS drama sneak peak
Lee Byung Hun in Japan & Discovery channel

More Lee Byung Hun!

G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra (2009)

What’s poppin:

Lee Byung-hun…and the fact that sexy oppa, along with Sienna Miller, makes being a baddie so, so good.

C’mon, how can it NOT be good when a G.I. Joe, who is suited up in an expensive high-tech suit giving him superhuman strength STILL eats the dust of the very human bad guy as they run through Paris? Bwah ha ha ha ha….

The ONLY reason K-popped! rushed to the cinema — weaving in and out of Friday evening rush hour traffic — is because Lee portrays Storm Shadow in G.I. Joe: TRoC. And boy, the 39-year-old Hallyu star sure doesn’t disappoint!

He’s suave, he’s full of charisma and he’s molten lava hawt (and he almost made me go Rain, who?).

Lee Byung-hun easily shifts from being a Hallyuwood star to a Hollywood actor and his trump card is his mastery of the English language.

It’s undeniable that Lee is oh-so comfortable with the language and there isn’t any cringing, trying-too-hard-moments when he flawlessly delivers his lines in the flick.

As the cool as cucumber ninja Storm Shadow, Lee is a smooth criminal – deliciously unfazed and oozing malice.

Storm Shadow (left) to Baroness: ‘Yeah, I’m not taking
any chances with the A(H1N1) flu virus around. I
go out protected.’

As for the movie itself…well, let’s just say G.I. Joe: TRoC isn’t action movie gold. It has a very cartoon vibe to it. I can picture 10-year-olds gaping in awe and wonder at the out-of-this-world gadgets and machinery on display in the show.

It’s every little boy’s military fantasy come to life and there’s no big surprise here since the Joes are based on Hasbro’s action figures.

My advice: Don’t take this CGI-laden flick seriously. Especially so when you have an air fight with lines such as: “Bogey at 10 o’clock!”, which is instantly followed by “Oh no, I’m hit, I’m hit!”.

Electrifying: ‘When you said I needed a buzz, I didn’t know you
meant getting fried by lightning!’

Nonetheless, G.I. Joe: TRoC entertains. And for fellow K-popped! friends, the bonus comes in watching one of Hallyuwood’s biggest stars fitting in and doing well in a Hollywood production.

이병헌 오빠, 화이팅!

The plot:

Black vs. White: Who says bad guys can’t wear white?

Nanobots and high-tech gadgetry take centre stage as the Joes takes on an evil organisation that is led by a notorious arms dealer.

Watch it:

It has been showing in Malaysian cinemas since Aug 6.

Pics credit: IMDb.com