Top 20 Coolest Male K-Celebs Voted by Netizens

It’s finally time to move on to the boys on TvN’s summer special program “The List 2015“, the show has done two other lists so far both focused on women, Top 30 Hottest Females and Top 30 Most Beautiful Faces . This weeks list of “Top 20 Coolest Male K-Celebs” was done a bit differently to the previous two, being that it was created based solely on male votes, whilst the previous two were done by a mix of both men and women, however TvN also did a separate vote just for the women and so we have the Top 10 from that one to compare to the Top 10 from the male votes. Coming in at #1 for the guys is actor and director Ha Jung Woo (Assassination) who’s one of the top Korean actors of his generation and exudes charisma whether on the small screen, big screen or stage. For the girls All About Eve’s Jang Dong Gun comes in at #1, one of Korea’s original hearthrobs and most bankable stars, Jang Dong Gun is not only one of Korea’s beloved stars but is also one amazing actor and a constant mention during film festivals.

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EXO tops Forbes Korea’s “2015 Power Celebrity 40”

 Forbes Korea released their “Power Celebrity 40” list for the year 2014 at the end of last month, surprisingly SM’s super group EXO came in at first place despite the scandals that rocked the group throughout last year (with two members filing lawsuits and one member caught in the midst of a date with a label member), the group rose four places to take the number one spot, whilst last years #1 SNSD dropped down to ninth. There are two steps involved in determining the Top 40, the first step involves finding the Top 100 most searched people of the year based on data provided by Nate, the second step involves measuring that celebrity’s:

1. Sales – Estimated based on appearance fees, CF guarantees, album sales, etc. + reported overseas income
2. Media Exposure – Number of appearances in the top 3 newspapers, magazine covers
3. Television Exposure – CF model ranking and appearances on talk shows and variety shows
4. Ratings –  For MC’s and actors this is based on TV ratings, for movie actors it is the total audience number, Gaon digital and physical sales rankings for singers and competition results for athletes
The final list is the 40 celebrities with the highest average ranking across all four categories.

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APAN Star Awards 2014: Winners, Performers & Winning Fashion

The 2014 3rd APAN Star Awards (part of the annual Daejeon Drama Festival) was held a few days ago on November 15th and Jo In Sung was the big winner of the night for his performance in the critically-acclaimed It’s Okay, It’s Love, while two of his fellow castmates, Lee Kwang Soo and rookie actor Do Kyung Soo (D.O of EXO), also took home awards. To absolutely no one’s surprise, however, the show that earned the most nods was You Who Came From the Stars with a total of five – most notably Kim Soo Hyun winning the Actor Top Excellence award and both Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun taking home the Hallyu Star award.

That’s not to say the night wasn’t without a few eyebrow-raising surprises – Kim Hee Sun (while I love her) winning the Actress Top Excellence for Feature-length Dramas for Wonderful Season over Ha Ji Won (Empress Ki) was unexpected, to say the least. I didn’t expect Kim Hee Ae to win Actress Top Excellence for Mini-series over Gong Hyo Jin either, though I wouldn’t say Gong Hyo Jin was robbed in this case – both actresses are excellent. But what about Jin Se Yeon winning a popularity award for Doctor Stranger? At least the love was spread out across the dramas nominated?

The APAN Star Awards ceremony was broadcasted on tvN on November 19th from 6-7pm.

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Nominees Announced for the APAN Star Awards 2014

It’s awards season again, the time of year when top stars trot out to accept recognition for their work in TV/film/entertainment and impress (or shock) us all with their red carpet fashion choices. The list of nominations have been released for the APAN Star Awards 2014, which covers all dramas that aired on the Big 3 channels (SBS, MBC, KBS) as well as cable networks from October 1st, 2013 to September 31st, 2014. Along with the nominee roster is confirmation of the special guest performers who will grace the event, which includes Chen of EXO, Ailee, Red Velvet, T-ara and Dae Guk Nam Ah.

The APAN Star Awards is part of the Daejeon Drama Festival and a relatively new event – this year will mark the third time the awards have been held. This year’s ceremony will take place on November 15th (5:00-10:00 PM KST) at the Hall of Jeongsimhwa International Cultural Center, Chungnam National University in Daejeon. Despite its fairly new status, it’s an interesting way to see which dramas and its actors stood out most across the board (the network-hosted award shows every year are really an excuse for broadcasters to give everyone who gave them ratings a pat on the back).

With that said, the nominees this year are fairly obvious on the whole (in particular, Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun being nominated for You Who Came From the Stars and Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin for It’s Okay, It’s Love in the Top Excellence Actor/Actress categories), though not without its fair share of head-scratchers (like Kang So Ra and Jin Se Yeon both being nominated for Excellence Actress for Doctor Stranger – why that drama is even included on an awards list is beyond me). There’s also the Daesang to consider – last year’s Daesang was taken home by Song Hye Kyo for That Winter, The Wind Blows. I’d say it’ll come down to either Stars or It’s Okay, It’s Love for the big winners, but we won’t know until November 15th – in the meantime, what are everyone’s choices for each category?

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‘It’s Okay, It’s Love’ wraps filming

SBS drama “It’s Okay, It’s Love” has finally wrapped up filming this past Sunday (September 7th) after they started filming back in May, and whilst some of the cast had already shot their final scenes, it’s only fitting that the two actors to wrap up filming last were Gong Hyo Jin and Jo In SungContinue reading

Teaser Release & Press Conference for SBS It’s Okay, It’s Love

Despite the melo premise for upcoming SBS drama It’s Okay, It’s Love (it’s about characters with psychological disorders), the recent string of promotional material – particularly these quirky posters – pointed to the drama being more of a light romance. To say it created some confusion would be a serious understatement. It seems that despite original expectations it is the exact tone they’re trying to achieve, though, with the newest teaser from SBS continuing in that cheerful vein and the official website descriptions underlining a “happy, warm and inspirational” story of people with psychological disorders achieving understanding and acceptance. Ladies and gentlemen, I think we might have a sexy, warm and heartfelt summer romance on our hands. I can totally get behind that.

The previously reported OST theme song by Chen of EXO can also be heard for the first time in this trailer – it’s a sweet, breezy track in which he’s singing his confession of love, echoing the two leads’ own burgeoning relationship. Chen’s gorgeous, crystal clear vocals really capture the summery and romantic atmosphere of It’s Okay, It’s Love perfectly.

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