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Korean celebs charged with propofol abuse

By spcnet.tv on March 13th, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

Korean prosecutors on Wednesday formally charged four female celebrities, Park Si-yeon, Jang Mi-inae, Lee Seung-yeun and Hyun Young, with abusing propofol, a drug widely used as an anesthetic during surgery, reported Korean media.

Prosecutors said Park was the heaviest user of the four, receiving more than 180 injections of the drug at two cosmetic surgery clinics between 2011 and 2012, for surgical procedures that did not actually take place.

The authorities have also charged the doctors who illegally administered the propofol injections, and an artiste management agency representative who had obstructed their investigations.

Propofol is a fast-acting sedative which relaxes the user and gives the user a feeling of euphoria.

However, it has a number of side effects, and can affect the user’s respiratory and cardiac functions.

Propofol is the same drug that killed US superstar Michael Jackson, who died from an overdose in 2009.

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Actress Han Chae-young Expecting First Child

By spcnet.tv on March 7th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

The beautiful actress Han Chae-young has just announced happy news for her family. She’s pregnant with her first child!

After having tied the knot six years ago, she is currently about 11 weeks pregnant.

Han is filming the KBS drama “Advertisement Genius Lee Tae-baek”, but making sure to take extra cautions for her health.

BH Entertainment confirmed the happy news on March 5th, emphasizing that both mother-to-be and the baby are healthy.

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“Swordsman” for different audiences

By spcnet.tv on March 7th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment

Playing the role of Linghu Chong in the highly-criticised Yu Zheng-produced adaptation, “Swordsman”, actor Wallace Huo stated that he had been expecting the disapprovals since he first decided to take on the role.

As reported on Popular Asians, the Taiwanese actor, however, clarified that “Swordsman” is meant for a different audience, stating, “I am personally against adaptations that differed from the original, but despite its changes, I was quite impressed with the script. I believe that many younger audiences are not familiar with the original, so “Swordsman” is for them.”

When asked about the comments made by fans who wanted his character to choose Joe Chen’s Dongfang Bubai instead of Ren Yingying, Wallace stated, “I know many fans cannot understand why he doesn’t respond to Dongfang Bubai’s pursuits after everything she has done for him. But the ending is set, and nothing can change it.”
However, he agreed that Linghu Chong and Dongfang Bubai’s relationship was a fascinating one and that the two characters cannot have a simple ending.

The popularity of the Linghu Chong and Dongfang Bubai relationship also mirrored the relationship between the former lovers, Wallace Hu and Joe Chen, who became a couple through 2004′s Taiwanese drama, “100% Senorita”.
Wallace explained, “We were young back then. Many things have changed in the past few years. Both of us have experienced different setbacks and different matters, so we have both changed dramatically.”

When asked if Joe Chen remains to be his ideal type, he answered, “Not bad. She’s good, and a pretty girl,” but continued, “I like low-profile girls. I also like those who are forgiving, and someone who I can take out with and manage a house.”

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Park Si Hoo embroiled in 1bn won sex scandal

By spcnet.tv on March 4th, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

Korean actor Park Si Hoo, who previously starred in popular dramas like “The Princess’ Man”, spent almost 10 hours with Korean police on Friday, to assist with investigations into claims that he had sexually assaulted a female aspiring entertainer, reported Korean media.

The 22-year-old woman had earlier alleged that Park got her drunk at a bar, then took her to his home and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious on February 15.

The police announced over the weekend that they have received new evidence on the case from Park’s lawyers during their session with Park, in the form of message logs between Park’s accuser and her friend.

In one exchange which took place after the incident, the aspiring entertainer apparently expressed that she would attempt to play the victim when she went to the police, after her friend suggested that she ask Park for a 1 billion won (S$1.1 million) settlement fee.

However, the police pointed out that none of these exchanges have managed to prove that their sexual encounter was consensual as Park had claimed, adding that they would continue to investigate the matter.

Park, who was mobbed by reporters when he left the police station on Friday, did not comment on the investigations, only saying that “the truth will prevail”.

Overseas broadcasters have reportedly put negotiations over the purchase of the broadcasting rights to Park’s latest drama serial, “Cheongdamdong Alice”, on hold, in light of the controversy surrounding Park’s sexual assault case.

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“Bu Bu Jing Qing” filming has started

By spcnet.tv on March 4th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

The sequel to 2011′s top drama, “Bu Bu Jing Xin”, entitled “Bu Bu Jing Qing” has begun filming in Tianjin since 2 March.
According to Jayne Stars website, its production company, Tangren recently confirmed the news after the release of “Bu Bu Jing Xin” alternate ending recently.

In a recent interview, Tangren producer Karen Tsai revealed, “Although the modern-day “Bu Bu Jing Qing” will integrate elements of business competition, the main plot will still revolve around love.”

Earlier, Nicky Wu, Cecilia Liu, Ye Zuxin, and Damian Lau were confirmed to appear in “Bu Bu Jing Qing”. However, actor Kevin Cheng has announced that he will not be returning for the drama due to conflicting schedules.

Meanwhile, no official news has been announced regarding Lin Gengxin’s participation in the sequel, as the actor is currently mired in a dispute with his management company, Tangren.

It was also rumoured that mainland Chinese actor Sun Yizhou – known for his role in the “iPartment” series, may be joining the team as well.

“Bu Bu Jing Xin” recently released an alternate ending, in which the modern version of “Fourth Prince” (Nicky Wu) is revealed to be the driver of the car that crashed into Zhang Xiao (Cecilia Liu) and sent her back to the Qing Dynasty as “Ruoxi”.

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Forbes Korea’s Top ‘Power Celebrity 40′ List 2013

By spcnet.tv on February 28th, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

Here’s Forbes Korea’s Power Celebrity 40 list for 2013:

Columns from left to right:
2013 rank / 2012 rank / Name / Profession / Sales / Media / Broadcast / Professionalism



*All data based on 2012

*Based on “2012 People Search Rankings” from Nate, 100 nominees were selected from the fields of film, drama, variety, music, and sports. Then sales, frequency of media appearances, variety activities and professionalism were researched.

1. Sales: Annual salary, donations, income from album sales, broadcast & advertisement appearance fees.
-Guarantees from the production agency and advertising companies are also considered.
-Production company’s share (of income), taxes and other expenses are not calculated.
-Only published/revealed income from Japan, China, US, etc. are reflected.

2. Media appearance frequency (celebrity’s influence)
-Number of times appearing in main daily newspapers Joongang, Joseon and DongAh etc.
-Cover appearances on the magazines Movieweek, Cine21, Women’s Joonang, Women’s DongAh, Women’s Joseon, Ceci, Vogue and AstaTV
-Number of times on Daily Sports front page and search ranking

3. Broadcast activities (fame/reputation)
-CF model ranking from advertisement info site “TV CF”
-Number of times appearing in talk shows, variety programs as guests

4. Professionalism (differs by occupation)
Actors and MCs: TV program ratings
Film actors: number of film viewers
Singers: Gaon album sales and combined digital sales
Athletes: competition results
*Awards received at various award ceremonies also included

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Park Si-hoo Fails To Appear For Police Questioning

By spcnet.tv on February 26th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

Actor Park Si-hoo, who has been charged with raping an aspiring starlet, has again failed to present himself for questioning by police. He had been summoned for 7 p.m. on Sunday.

“At around 6 p.m., an hour before he was scheduled to appear, Park’s lawyer informed us that he wouldn’t show after all,” a police spokesman said.

Park also got a new lawyer on Sunday, who told police the actor now wants the investigation to be handled by the precinct that has jurisdiction over the trendy Cheongdam-dong area of southern Seoul, where his home and the bar where he drank with the alleged victim drank are located.

The investigation has so far been handled by police in western Seoul, which has jurisdiction over the accuser’s home. The precinct declined and summoned Park again for questioning this week.

Meanwhile, another actor identified only by his surname Kim, who introduced Park to his accuser on the night of the alleged rape, has also been charged with raping the woman. Kim was also scheduled to report to police on Sunday night but did not show up.

Police said on Friday they are investigating whether Park spiked the woman’s drink at the bar where they first met, since CCTV footage suggests she suddenly fell unconscious after leaving the bar. Police collected samples of her blood and urine and handed them over to the National Forensic Service.

Earlier, the woman told police that she passed put and only realized she had been raped after she regained consciousness. She said she felt she became drunk unusually fast.

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CCTV Footage Backs Rape Charge Against Park Si Hoo

By spcnet.tv on February 26th, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

Surveillance camera footage casts doubt on actor Park Si-hoo’s denials that he raped a 22-year-old aspiring starlet.

The CCTV footage shows his accuser being carried on the back of the acquaintance who introduced them as they arrive at Park’s home in Cheongdam-dong, Seoul on the night of the incident.

According to police, the acquaintance stopped his car in the parking lot of the apartment complex at around 2 a.m. on Friday and is then seen carrying the woman inside.

The woman had earlier told police she passed out on the night in question and on regaining consciousness discovered she had been raped. Park claims the sex was consensual.

The three met at 11 p.m. on Thursday at a bar in the trendy Gangnam district.

Police also have surveillance camera footage from the bar where they drank. It shows the woman walking down the stairs unassisted. “She did not appear drunk when she left the bar and Park was merely escorting her so that she wouldn’t fall down,” the owner of the bar said.

That means she became heavily intoxicated during the 10-minute journey from the bar to the apartment. The woman apparently told police that she was surprised how quickly she became drunk, suggesting that her drink had been spiked.

Police have summoned Park for questioning on Sunday morning.

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Iris 2 deleted scenes revealed!

By spcnet.tv on February 25th, 2013 | Korean Dramas, Korean Entertainment

In the first clip, Lee Da Hae is seen fighting Im Soo Hyang in a 1-on-1 fight. Their fight was so intense that it was hard to imagine that they were actresses and not fighters. Compared to their toned down fighting scene in the broadcast, the deleted scene felt more impactful and intense.

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Im Soo Hyang makes her appearance as an assassin at the North-South Korea talks in the second clip. Besides showing her sexy charms, Im Soo Hyang also shows her brutal side, with viewers unable to turn their eyes away for even a moment.

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Here’s a nice bed scene.

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An interest torture scene.

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‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ edges ahead of its competition

By spcnet.tv on February 22nd, 2013 | Korean Dramas

SBS TV Wed-Thu drama ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ has set another personal best in its television ratings through its latest episode, and edging ahead of its competition in the same timeslot.

According to data released by Ac Nielsen Korea this morning, episode 5 of ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’ obtained a rating of 14.1% on February 21st. Compared to episode 4 which had 13.4% the day before, it was an increase of 0.7%.

In episode 5, Oh Soo (Jo In Sung) and Oh Young (Song Hye Gyo) heads to the beach for a two days one night vacation. To keep the promise that Oh Soo had made to Oh Young when they were kids, he brings her around the beach while riding a motorcycle. Alas, that day was the memorial day of Hee Joo, who was Oh Soo’s former girlfriend and the elder sister of Hee Sun (Jung Eun Ji). Despite making repeated calls, Jin Sung (Kim Bum) and Hee Sum are unable to get in contact with Oh Soo. Oh Soo doesn’t show up until the memorial day is up, and Hee Sun fumes in anger, “How can he forget the memorial day of my sister!”

Meanwhile, competing dramas like MBC TV ‘7th Grade Civil Servant’ and KBS 2TV ‘IRIS 2’ brought in ratings of 11.4% and 10.7% respectively.

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