Lee Bo Young Takes Acting Hiatus as She’s Expecting a Baby with Husband Ji Sung

Awwwww, this is seriously the best K-ent news to come along in quite some time. Established and popular Korean acting couple Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung have confirmed that they are expecting a new baby arriving sometime in the summer of 2015. I love how that sounds like an upcoming blockbuster movie. The couple started dating in 2005 after costarring in Save the Last Dance for Me, a coupling made all the more meta-entertaining since he was the male lead and she played the crazy (batshit insane) second female lead.

They kept their dating life strictly private and never even confirmed they were dating until announcing the news of their Fall 2014 wedding right after Lee Bo Young wrapped I Hear Your Voice early last summer. They’ve been married for a little over a year now so the impending arrival of a baby continues to be perfect timing (she’s 35 and he’s 37) and fantastic news since I love them so much separately as actors and together as the sweetest couple in K-ent. I’m only sad Lee Bo Young is taking a hiatus from acting for now. Continue reading

Park Hae Jin Offered Swoony Male Lead in Drama Adaptation of Cheese in the Trap

Does Park Hae Jin ever rest? Apparently the answer is no as he’s now in talks to star in the drama adaptation of the fan favorite Korean webtoon Cheese in the Trap. He’s been offered the role of leading man Yoo Jung, by all accounts a beyond gushworthy romantic male lead character that has all the readers going ga-ga. The drama is being produced by the company that did OCN‘s God’s Quiz but it’s not clear yet which network Cheese in the Trap will be airing on or when it’s airing other than sometime in early 2015.

The story revolves around the life of a college student Hong Sul and her life on campus including run-ins with seemingly perfect sunbae Yoo Jung and good friend In Ho. It’s basically classic shoujo manga love triangle set in college and this particular webtoon is very popular and well-reviewed despite its less than original storyboard. The production explained that Park Hae Jin was offered the role because both the author and fans of the webtoon felt that he was the best choice to play Yoo Jung. Continue reading

Jung Il Woo in Talks for Blood as Yoo Yeon Seok Passes on Playing a Vampire Doctor

Now this is what I consider a surprising turn of events. KBS is close to locking down the leads of the upcoming vampire medical drama Blood from the same production team behind the network’s last Mon-Tues hit Good Doctor. I was expecting Yoo Yeon Seok to accept the offer for his first leading man role since it’s a prime time drama from an established production team with a good track record. After mulling it over for two weeks, Yoo Yeon Seok has passed on the role and KBS is now in talks with Jung Il Woo to play the vampire doctor who works at the oncology department of a major Seoul hospital.

Ji Jin Hee is also onboard to play the antagonist, a fellow vampire doctor who uses his supernatural bloodsucking and never aging ability for good rather than evil. The combo of Jung Il Woo and Ji Jin Hee is totally out of left field for me when the drama was first announced but I’m game to give it the benefit of the doubt. I’m surprised Jung Il Woo is willing to dive back into drama filming after recently wrapping the insanely stupid fantasy sageuk Records of a Night Watchman.One would also think he might be wary of a supernatural themed drama what with the ghosts and serpents in RoNW. Continue reading

Written and Video Preview for Episode 5 of Pinocchio

Loving Pinocchio is such a reassuring choice. It’s excellent so far without the need to accept qualitative lacking in hopes of the drama getting better down the road. It’s already delivering so I feel less like I’m settling. I’m don’t have a predilection for the dramas from any of the three prime time networks but it looks like SBS will have produced the most offerings in 2014 that I ended up watching. Some went to crazytown as much as dramas from either KBS or MBC so I’ll continue to hope and pray Pinocchio retains its warm dramatic intelligence.

New stills are out for episode 5 showing Dal Po wearing a suit likely already snagged a job as a newbie YGN reporter. In Ha is wearing a ginormous winter coat so I’m assuming it belongs to one of the guys around her. The written preview is also out and confirms that In Ha does realize she likes Dal Po but isn’t ready to accept it without a lot of inner struggle first. I also love that the story line moves forward with Dal Po and his long-separated hyung, and a fan snapped spoilery picture from last week’s filming shows us that scene-stealing grown up Chan Soo pops up into the story.  Continue reading

K-ent News Pundits Predict Who Will Win the 2014 Network Year End Drama Award Daesang

The K-ent news pundits have started speculating about the three prime time Korean network Year End Drama awards and which actor or actress will nab the coveted Daesang (Grand Prize). SBS had the best year thanks to once-in-a-decade type of buzzy hit You From Another Star, which technically started airing in December 2013 but the drama was not included in the 2013 SBS year end awards. That makes leads Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun front runners, and competing against each other, for the SBS Daesang.

If it goes to either one it’ll be Jeon Ji Hyun, both for her sunbae stature and the fact that her acting was leaps and bounds better than Kim Soo Hyun. However….the K-ent pundits are also predicting a possible upset of Jo In Sung winning the Daesang for It’s Okay, It’s Love. That would happen if the two YFAS leads cancel each other out and the fact that Jo In Sung’s performance for IOIL won more critical raves not to mention his drama aired more recently so is fresher on the mind over YFAS which feels almost like a last year drama. Jo In Sung is also riding on more recent award buzz nabbing the Daesang at the 2014 APAN Star Awards. Continue reading

Bu Bu Jing Xin C-movie Starts Filming with Ivy Chen, Shawn Dou, and Tony Yang

The rumored casting for the upcoming Bu Bu Jing Xin movie have been swirling around C-ent for the last month. Despite it being three years out since the C-drama starring Liu Shi Shi, Nicky Wu, Kevin Cheng, Yuan Hong, and Lin Geng Xin was a smash hit in China and beyond (and upped the careers for all involved), the underlying novel by writer Tong Hua remains quite popular so it’s no surprise to hear it got scooped up for a movie adaptation.

It’s like Pride and Prejudice has the beloved BBC version with Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle but there’s still enough love to go around a decade late with the movie version with Matthew Macfadyen and Kiera Knightly. There was the possibility of the drama cast reprising their roles especially with Liu Shi Shi and Nicky Wu both having a movie career but alas everything about the movie will be a different take including the cast. Filming starts next week with leads Ivy Chen, Shawn Dou, and Tony Yang. Strangely I’m quite onboard with this whole thing. Continue reading

Acclaimed C-actor Chen Jian Bin Nets Triple Win at Star-studded 2014 Golden Horse Awards

The 51st Golden Horse Awards took place last night in Taipei to celebrate the best of film in Greater China for 2014. It was an unprecedented triple win for Chinese actor-director Chen Jian Bin (who walked the red carpet in sunglasses heh), currently still best known around the world as Your Majesty Emperor Yongzheng from the blockbuster C-drama Legend of Zhen Huan. Chen Jian Bin won in every category he was nominated in – Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, and Best New Director. Talk about being King of the World. Well deserved, Mr. Chen Jian Bin!

On hand to celebrate his win was C-actress wife the gorgeous Jiang Qin Qin as well as his costars from the movie The Farmer (his Best Actor win) and Service in Paradise (his Best Supporting Actor win). Despite the awards being held in Taiwan, it was the Chinese mainland movies that took home most of the awards including Best Picture going to C-movie Blind Massage. Ethan Ruan‘s first post-military movie Service in Paradise also netted a Best Supporting Actress win for Regina Wan but overall the wins were pretty spread out. Check out the fashion parade below for more awards dressing eye-candy. Continue reading

Live-action Attack on Titan with Miura Haruma Poised to Destroy Summer 2015 Japan Box Office

This past summer box office in Japan was owned by the two Rurouni Kenshin movie sequels starring the increasingly hot Sato Takeru, but the industry is already predicting the upcoming domestic movie that will destroy next summer’s box office in Japan. I totally agree with the pundits that the J-movie that will lead the pack (by a mile) will be the big-budget action-packed long-awaited live-action Attack on Titan movie adapted from the blockbuster manga. I’m in the group that thought Miura Haruma was miscast when it was first announced he was headlining the live-action movie but now am pleasantly surprised.

The just released excellent official movie character posters for the main cast washes away most of my initial doubts and showcases Haruma as leading man Eren Yaeger in all his angtsy kickass intensity. I love it! Mizuhara Kiko as Mikasa is primed for a major career breakthrough beyond being G-dragon‘s girlfriend while Ishihara Satomi as Hans (snuggling her rocket launcher) is the stuff that makes me giddy. The only kicker is – and the reason fanboys and fangirls are freaking out – the most popular character in the manga that is Levi is NOT in the movie. I repeat -no Special Ops Squad Captain Levi. Let’s have a group cry now before ogling all the awesome movie posters below. Continue reading

Media Fixates on Han Hyo Joo Maybe Showing a Double Chin at Blue Dragon Handprint Event

When I came across multiple articles in various languages whether it’s the Korean media or the Chinese news portals or even the Japanese entertainment rags all focusing on one thing, I knew it was time to get my eyes checked. Either that or ask if anyone else thinks Han Hyo Joo got fat(ter) recently? Han Hyo Joo made a public appearance last week at a ceremony for the previous year winners of the Blue Dragon film awards for a hand print ceremony.

I found it bizarre and sets off all my sexist alarm bells that the biggest story to come out of that low key ceremony with lots of celebrated other award winners was how Han Hyo Joo was showing off a double chin. Seriously, that was the lead off article on many publications. I went and pulled up countless pictures of her at the event and not only is she not remotely fat, she doesn’t even look like she gained any weight from her usual svelte form! The only thing she evidenced for all the ladies to take note – a turtleneck is not flattering to the jawline. Continue reading