Dresses at the 44th Baeksang Arts Awards are long and flowy this year. Lots of chiffon.
The awards ceremony was held at Seoul on the 24 April. Guests started arriving on the Red Carpet at 5pm. Here are photos of the stars that i recognize.
The Hong Gil Dong Pair – Kang Ji Hwan and Sung Yuri. The pair took home the Popularity Award. Don’t you think Yuri looks a bit like Jennifer Lopez in this photo? [Click on the image to take a closer look]
Odd Couple - Kim Ji Seok arrived with Yoo In Young. Both co-stars in the KBS daily drama, Likable or Not.
Yoon Eun Hye shows some leg. She bagged the Best Leading Actress award for Coffee Prince
Kwon Sang Woo practices his cha cha on the Red Carpet. He took home the Popularity Award.
Jung Ryu Won in a bubble dress arriving with her escort. Who is he?
Han Ye Sul bagged the Best New Actress award for her role in ‘Miss Gold Digger’
Boob job revealed: I don’t know who she is, but is that a breast implant incision I see?
See…long and flowy ruled the Red Carpet. Best New Actress - Lee Ji Ah for ‘Legend’ (MBC)
Just kidding. The 24-year-old, who has been oh-so quiet lately, is set to perform at the Highlands in Hollywood, Los Angeles on May 2.
Se7en is set to preview three songs off his US debut album on May 2 in LA
Renowned producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins will be introducing Se7en before he takes the stage. Jerkins, who has worked with the likes of Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston produced the song Girls in Se7en‘s upcoming album.
Unlike his appearance at the Hiro Ballroom in New York in March, Se7en will be performing his songs live. Musicians from the US pop music industry have been invited to the event.
President of YG Entertainment Yang Hyun-suk as well as the YG staff will leave for Los Angeles on May 1 to attend the event.
Original Korean version: The hit drama stars (from left) Kim Sun-ah, Jung Ryu-won (seated), Daniel Henney and Hyunbin
GMA Network, one of the leading TV networks in the Philippines, has acquired the rights to make a local version of My Lovely Samsoon. The original version of the drama, which starred Kim Sun-ah and Hyunbin, was aired by the channel in 2006.
Singer/actress Regine Velasquez is set to portray the titular character Sam-soon, who is a 30-year-old patissier looking for love.
Kim Sam-soon: Velasquez (left) takes on Kim Sun-ah’s titular character in the remake of My Name is Kim Sam-soon
Tackling the role of Jin-heon (played by Hyunbin in the original) is Mark Anthony Fernandez.
Jin-heon: Mark Anthony Fernandez (left) portrays Hyunbin’s character in the remake
Supporting characters such as Hee-jin (Jung Ryu-won) and Dr. Henry Kim (Daniel Henney) goes to Nadine Samonte and Dr. Hayden Kho Jr. respectively. Uh huh, that Dr. Hayden Kho Jr is a doctor in real life!
Hee-jin: Nadine Samonte (left) tackles Jung Ryu-won’s role
What’s up, Doc?: I think I’d prefer Daniel Henney’s Dr. Henry Kim
examining me instead of Hayden Kho Jr.’s (left). Tee hee….
Filming of the Philippine remake is scheduled to begin on May 1st for a late July 2008 release. Filming location is in Baguio City.
So K-popped! readers, are you excited about the Philippine remake? Will you be tuning in to catch the show when it airs?
Medical test: A check to see whether Korea’s first astronaut is alright
In a rather rough landing, Yi So-yeon – South Korea’s first astronaut – returned to earth on the evening of April 19th.
The Russian space capsule carrying Yi and two other spacemen – Peggy Whitson of the US and Yuri Malenchenko of Russia – landed about 420km (260miles) off course in Kazakhstan. However, the 3 member crew was safe.
While waiting to be airlifted from the Kazakhstan steppe where they landed, Yi told SBS TV, “There was a shock during landing, and I’m having trouble with my sense of direction.”
She was also so exhausted that she could not walk by herself.
Twenty nine-year-old Yi, who is currently in a hospital in Moscow, will be undergoing various medical check-ups for about a week before returning to South Korea on April 28.
How many of you are currently watching the KBS daily drama Likable or Not / I Hate You but it’s Fine (미우나고우나)?
Do Baekho and Danpung beat the odds and get together at last?
If you are wondering whether troubled couple Baekho (Kim Ji-Seok) and Danpung (Han Ji-Hye) will end up together? Danpung needs to win the heart of Baekho’s grandmother and the couple needs to come clean with their parents. But it looks like the road they are on will lead to a happy marriage.
I was surfing and found this collage of wedding scenes on dramas and check out that picture on the middle left. It looks like they will have a garden wedding. I wonder if they show us their honeymoon in the drama too!
Rain hasn’t eaten rice since the end of last year and has been living on chicken breast, raw fish, sweet potatoes and salad.
The 26-year-old Hallyu star eliminated carbs from his diet to prepare for his first Hollywood lead role in Ninja Assassin.
“Because of his diet and training, he has lost about 12 kilograms,” a J. Tune rep divulged.
Hard work: Rain spends his days in Berlin training…alot.
The Energizer Bunny flew to Berlin, Germany on March 7 and has been busy preparing for his role ever since. He starts training for his action sequences at 6am and only stops after a good 10 hours of practice.
Ninja Assassin is an action flick produced by the Wachowski Brothers and Joel Silver.
Apart from that, Rain is set to have a fling with Hollywood in the upcoming Speed Racer, where he has a supporting role as Taejo Togokhan.
Is anyone reading this blog watching the SBS drama On Air? The drama which stars Kim Ha Nuel is currently airing in South Korea and is getting pretty high ratings!
Kim Ha Neul and Lee Bum Soo in a scene (SBS Drama, On Air)
The plot revolves around what goes on behind the scenes of a Korean drama production. You will get a glimpse of what the life of a lead actress (Kim Ha Neul) entails when the camera stops rolling. She would probably have relations with the producer (Park Yong-Ha) and scriptwriter (Song Yoon-Ah). Lee Bum-Soo plays one who trains the actors and of course there’s a love triangle in there somewhere!
30 year-old Kim Ha Neul might just have found the role of a lifetime. She will be much remembered for her portraying of actress Oh Seung-ah. Many fans have expressed their admiration for her portrayal of this role. People are even beginning to call her “Kim Seong Ah” off screen.
Kim says “I really like Oh Seung Ah. Although I’m an actress, I’m not good at expressing my emotions and behaviors. Oh Seung Ah is totally different with me. She is a straight person; she always says whatever on her mind. To portray this character effectively, before the filming starts, I had spent a lot of time to examine and analyze the character. I tried to find the best way to act.” [Asianfanatics] The drama is so well received that they will be adding three more episodes making it a 23-episode drama.
Fans of the R&B duo Fly to the Sky are very excited that the Recollection Album will be released on April 24, 2008. It’s a special cover album in tribute to the fabulous 90s.
Recollection contains the duo’s tantalizing covers of familiar hits such as Kim Dong Ryul’s Chi joong jin dam (Track 2), Panic’s Dal peng ee (“Snail” – Track 6), Park Ki Young’s Majimak Sarang (“Last Love” – Track 3), Cool’s Hanjang eh choo uk (Track 10), and Turbo’s Whe Sang (Track 4).