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

By 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


Park Si-hoo Fails To Appear For Police Questioning

By 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.



CCTV Footage Backs Rape Charge Against Park Si Hoo

By 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.



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

By 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.



Actor Park Si Hoo denies rape accusation

By on February 20th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

Park Shi Hoo

Hallyu star Park Si Hoo issued an official statement this morning, denying allegations by a 22-year-old woman that the actor had sexually assaulted her.

He wrote: ‘There are misrepresentations in the reports regarding this incident. I hope to explain the truth to the media and to my fans.’

According to the alleged victim, she got to know Park through her friends and the two had a drink together on February 15. She lost consciousness under the influence of alcohol, only to discover when she woke up that she had been raped.

Though Park admitted to sexual intercourse with the woman, he insisted that they were both willing parties and that he did not forcibly have sex with her.

The Queen of Reversals actor added that he would fully cooperate with the police and that he plans to counter-sue the woman for slander and for damages to his reputation.

Park rose to fame after acting in popular drama series such as Prosecutor Princess, The Princess’ Man and Cheongdam-dong Alice.



Actor Park Si-hoo Accused of Rape

By on February 20th, 2013 | Korean Entertainment

Actor Park Si-hoo has been charged with rape, Seoul police said Monday. The victim, a 22-year-old woman, met Park through a mutual acquaintance last Thursday night and drank with him in a bar in the trendy Gangnam district of southern Seoul.

Police said the woman claims to have lost consciousness and realized she had been raped when she woke up.

Police said they plan to summon Park for questioning. The handsome actor became famous in TV soaps including “Alice in Cheongdam-dong” and “The Princess’ Man.”



Grace Wong: “We slept in separate bedrooms!”

By on February 19th, 2013 | Chinese Entertainment, Hong Kong Entertainment

“Friendly Fire” actress Grace Wong recently denied claims of her supposedly ‘losing her virginity’ to her boyfriend during a vacation in Taiwan.

According to Jayne Stars website, the actress, who attended a wedding exhibition on 17 February, explained that she and her boyfriend had stayed in separate rooms during their trip, and denied reports of them sleeping together.

Grace also dismissed claims that she had reunited with her ex-boyfriend, stating that the man in question is someone she had known for quite a while.

The actress stated, “We just started dating, and we both share the same religion. God has helped us a lot.”
Speaking about her new found love, Grace revealed, “We’ve known each other ever since we were in the United States. We kept in contact through emails and telephone calls to ask about each other’s well-being. Ever since he became religious like me, we were able to further connect. He understands me a lot more.”

Asked if they were in Taiwan to meet his parents, Grace replied, “We went to meet his relatives and his priest. We slept in separate rooms, since both of us are against premarital sex. We take this very seriously.”
However, the 26-year-old revealed that she has no plans for marriage anytime soon, stating, “That is still far away. Right now, my priority is my career.”



Photos of Kim Bum from ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’

By on February 15th, 2013 | Uncategorized

Kim Bum’s management agency, KINGKONG Entertainment, has released a new set of photos on February 15th of Kim Bum from his SBS TV Wed-Thu drama ‘That Winter, The Wind Blows’.


“The Grandmaster” to release in US

By on February 11th, 2013 | Hollywood Movies, Hong Kong Entertainment

Director Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster” has been picked up by The Weinstein Company and will soon be seen across cinemas in the Western side of the hemisphere. broke the news that TWC acquired all the rights in the US and English-speaking Canadian territories from Annapurna as well as the rights to Australia, New Zealand and the UK from Wild Bunch.

“I am pleased to continue our long-time and multi-picture collaboration with TWC on “The Grandmaster”. With Harvey’s (Weinstein) expertise and his passion for this genre, I am confident that he and his team will reach new heights with “The Grandmaster” by cultivating hard-core action fans as well as exciting and pleasing those long-time fans of my films,” said Wong.

Weinstein returned the compliments, praising Wong as an extraordinary filmmaker.

“The Grandmaster” tells the tale of Bruce Lee’s legendary mentor, Ip Man, who crosses path with various Kung Fu masters during the Japanese invasion in the 1930s. The film stars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as the grandmaster as well as Zhang Ziyi, Zhang Chen and Korean actress Song Hye-Kyo.

The epic premiered in the Berlin Film Festival as the opening film on 7 February.


Edison wishes his exes happiness

By on February 11th, 2013 | Hong Kong Entertainment, Taiwanese Entertainment

Blissful with his current state of relationship, controversial actor Edison Chen has decided to spread the love and well-wishes all around, and hopes that his former lovers, Cecilia Cheung and Gillian Chung will have the same.
As reported on Jayne Stars website, speaking to the media at a promotional event recently, Edison Chen was asked about Cecilia and Gillian’s blooming relationships. The actor, who is currently dating his former JUICE employee, Ann Hong, clarified that he didn’t know about the news, saying, “I rarely read the news. I hope that each person, and not only the two of them, can happily find a person to love.”

Infatuated with his current love life, Edison added, “Finding someone to love mean more than money. I am not working in this industry caring about how much money I make. When I go home and there is someone there to accompany me, that is already a great joy.”

He expressed, “Money is only a figure. Happiness cannot be purchased with money.”

Having said that, the actor however, denied rumours of an upcoming wedding with his 22-year-old girlfriend. Asked if he considers Ann as a potential wife, the actor said, “I am not sure. It’s too early to tell and it’s unfair to ask me that.”
It has been five years since nude photos of Edison, Gillian and Cecilia rocked the entertainment world. Within the time span, Cecilia Cheung separated from husband, Nicholas Tse and currently has a new pursuer while Gillian Chung was able to make her comeback into the industry and is currently dating Korean movie producer, Kwon.