The nominees for the 2015 Korea Drama Awards were announced earlier today (September 9th) and competition is fierce for who will win the Daesang and Top Excellence awards. MBC’s popular drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” is the most nominated drama, lead actor Ji Sung is nominated for the Daesang, whilst lead actress Hwang Jung Eum is nominated for Top Excellence Actress, the drama itself is also nominated for Best Drama. The 2015 Korea Drama Awards will be held on the 6th of October 2015 at Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province. Continue reading
Following last weeks “Top 30 Sexiest Female K-Celebs” list is this weeks “Top 30 Most Beautiful Female K-Celeb Faces” list as voted by netizens. Topping the list this week is actress Kim Tae Hee (Yong Pal) who is known for her flawless and small face, coming in second is Lee Young Ae of Dae Jung Geum fame, followed by Jeon Ji Hyun (You Who Came From The Stars) whom also came in at third on last weeks list. Other celebs who made last weeks and this weeks list include Son Ye Jin (Shark), Han Go Eun (Goddess of Fire) and Shin Min Ah (Arang and the Magistrate). Continue reading
Media portal Dispatch reported earlier today that “Pinocchio” leads Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye have been dating for four months.The report details that the two started a relationship back in January following the end of the filming for their drama “Pinocchio” (wait hang on that makes no sense, I think the report means that they started courting in January then and if they’ve only been officially dating for four months that means it got serious in March). Continue reading
Anyone going through Pinocchio withdrawals? Well don’t despair because Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk appear to be racking up photoshoots together since the ending of the drama(the two are currently the faces of outdoors brand Millet together), the latest shoot in question took them to London for InStyle Korea and boy does Park Shin Hye look even more gorgeous than when I posted about her last photoshoot with Ceci, like wow what is she doing these days because she looks absolutely stunning. The two also sat down for an interview where they talked about their impressions of each other, working together and their futures as actors. Continue reading
For Ceci magazines current issue, Korean actress Park Shin Hye was whisked to Thailand for a photoshoot at the scenic Koh Chang, her shoot will grace the cover of the March issue in Korea, China and Thailand (I have no idea what she has been doing recently but she is practically glowing in all of the photos). The photoshoot incorporates playful and flirty clothes along with sporty shoes and patterns and she rocks every single look whether it’s an off shouldered top paired with short shorts and heels or a pattered dress paired with sneakers. The actress recently completed filming of highly popular drama “Pinocchio” in which she starred opposite Lee Jong Suk and is due to embark on her upcoming fan-meet tour “Dream of Angel” very soon. Continue reading
Another crop of dramas have come and gone in what’s largely been a far more promising second half of the year, as far as high quality shows are concerned. Unfortunately I don’t have time to talk about them all (perhaps later, after I’ve dealt with this irritating business of life outside of dramas and completed the recaps of the final episodes of the rolicking-good-fun The Three Musketeers), but the two standouts for me have been tvN’s Liar Game and OCN’s Bad Guys.
What I thought I would weigh in on with my brief first impressions is SBS’s Pinocchio, the recently-premiered drama from the PD-writer team behind I Hear Your Voice. The drama hit two-digit ratings with Episode 4 nationwide (10.4%) last week, but worth noting are the insanely highly online viewership ratings (34.1% – its competitors Mr. Back and The King’s Face are coming in with 14.1% and 7.3% respectively on that front).
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.
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?
SBS upcoming drama “Pinocchio” finally secures its male lead, Lee Jong Suk will be working once again with the team behind “I Hear Your Voice” which was highly popular when it was airing, and earned both Lee Jong Suk and his co-star Lee Bo Young numerous awards, hopefully “Pinocchio” will do just as well. Jong Suk will star as reporter Choi Dal Po alongside Park Shin Hye who confirmed her participation at the beginning of the month. Continue reading
Park Shin Hye (The Heirs, Heartstrings) is set to star as a woman who can’t lie in, in upcoming SBS drama Pinocchio. Continue reading