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SM Entertainment Announces the Male and Female Leads for Its Upcoming Drama “To the Beautiful You”

As we previously reported, SM Entertainment has refueled its plans to produce upcoming drama “To the Beautiful You,” a Korean adaptation to the popular Japanese manga “Hana Kimi.” SM Entertainment has finally unveiled the two male and female leads for the upcoming drama: SHINee’s Minho and f(x)’s Sulli. The series will be directed by “Boys over Flowers‘” Jeon Ki Sang.

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Tim to star in upcoming Korean-Indonesian drama project

Solo singer Tim is looking to join the ranks of Hallyu stars as an actor.

It has recently been revealed that Tim has been cast in a lead role for a Korean-Indonesian joint drama ‘Saranghae, I love you.’ The drama, which portrays the love story of a couple and falls under the romantic fantasy genre, is set in both South Korea and Indonesia and shows a love that blossoms between the two different cultures.

The drama, which was written, and will be produced by Indonesian director NOTO, will total 30 episodes. The drama will air this July on Indonesia’s biggest channel at 9 PM, and will be broadcast throughout all of Indonesia.

Tim will be playing the role of a top Korean singer named Young Min, and his co-star is said to be a popular Indonesian actress. The synopsis of the drama is that Young Min goes to Indonesia to clear up a misunderstanding his father has regarding Young Min’s mother, and the different events that happen while he is there.

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TEEN TOP hilariously parodies ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun’

TEEN TOP, who recently made headlines for their childhood photos, are gaining attention once again for their reenactment of Korea’s favorite drama ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun.’

While filming for Mnet‘s ‘The Secret Island‘, TEEN TOP was given a mission to transform into comedic characters and act out a parody of ‘The Moon that Embraces the Sun.’ Snapshots of the boys carrying out their mission have found their way online and have become a hot topic.

In the first photo, Ricky, who is dressed as Lee Hwon, seems to be giving it his all into his acting, while L.Joe shyly portrays Yeon Woo with his head bowed and face covered.

The other boys were more comedic in their reenactments, as in the second photo Changjo is seen with a pink plastic toy hammer in his hand, which seems to be at odds with his demure court lady costume; Niel portrays his version of Lee Hwon with a pig mask.

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‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ to air in 9 different countries

tvN’s new drama ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ is being aired in nine different Asian countries!

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CNBLUE’s Minhyuk cast for a new drama?

It was revealed that CNBLUE‘s Minhyuk is currently in talks to join the cast of the new KBS weekend drama, ‘You Who Rolled in Unexpectedly‘.

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Still photos of JYP trainee “JB” from ‘Dream High 2′ revealed

Still cuts of JB, the leader of fictional top idol group EDEN in the ‘Dream High 2‘ drama series have been revealed, earning the interest of netizens everywhere.

The still cuts are from a scene in which JB runs into his rival, Jin Yoo Jin (2AM‘s Jung Jinwoon). The passer-byers who caught a glimpse of JB’s charismatic gaze during the shoot reportedly could not take their eyes off of him.

JB is trying his hand at acting for the very first time through ‘Dream High 2′, and he is a talented JYP Entertainment trainee who won first place at the 5th JYP auditions. The JYP auditions are highly competitive, and it is one in which 2PM‘s Wooyoung who played the role of ‘Jason’ in ‘Dream High‘ had also claimed victory through the 1st JYP auditions.

JB who is starring in the drama using his real name and showcased a wide spectrum of talents including singing, dance, rap and acting. He also possess both adorable charms along with a tough, masculine charisma, tugging the hearts of fan girls everywhere.

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‘Dream High 2′ reveals its final poster

After teasing fans with two different posters, one with the main characters and the other with the full cast, KBS‘s ‘Dream High 2‘ has returned with its third and final cut.

Once again, the image features the six main characters: Kang Sora, 2AM‘s Jinwoon, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, T-ara‘s Jiyeon, and new actors JB and Park Seo Joo.

As with the first poster, four of the students were dressed in luxurious outfits, which belie a sense of privilege not found with Kang Sora and Jinwoon’s characters. In fact, Kang Sora and Jinwoon are seen in casual outfits, as if to emphasize their ‘underdog’ appeal.

The contrast between these two groups was further emphasized by the poster’s tagline, which read: The most problematic Kirin Arts High School students VS. The best idols“.

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All Six Leads of “Dream High 2” Appear in Second Teaser Video

Following the release of its last official posters earlier today, KBS drama “Dream High 2” has released its second teaser video featuring all six main leads. Park Seo Joon, JB, T-ara’s Jiyeon, Kang So Ra, 2AM’s Jinwoon, and SISTAR’s Hyorin all make brief appearances in the 47-second video that was released just a few hours ago.

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‘Dream High 2′ reveals full cast in new poster

On January 15th, KBS 2TV’s upcoming teenage drama ‘Dream High 2’ shared a new poster with all 16 of its cast members.

As reported earlier, the students of ‘Kirin Arts High School’ were revealed to be actress Kang Sora, 2AM‘s Jinwoon, T-ara‘s Jiyeon, and SISTAR‘s Hyorin. Joining them are new names JBPark Seo Joon, Yoo So Young, Kim Ji Soo, Ailee, Jr, and Jung Yeon Joo.

Meanwhile, the teachers will be played by J.Y. Park, Kim Jung Tae, Kwon Tae Hyo, Choi Yeo Jin, and After School‘s Kahi.

The drama team has also revealed some new character profiles, such as ‘Park Soon Dong’ (Yoo So Young) and ‘Park Hong Joo’ (Kim Ji Soo). Park Soon Dong is a dorky girl who believes that she can communicate with ghosts, while ‘Park Hong Joo’ is a poet who’s perfect in every way, except for his face.

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‘Dream High 2′ reveals official poster

Dream High 2‘ has just unveiled its official poster!

The main cast were divided into two groups, which many interpreted to mean that one group is more privileged than the other. The bottom group is comprised of 2AM‘s Jinwoon and actress Kang Sora, who were hinted to be characters from a rough background (see here and here for still-cuts from their introductory scenes) earlier.

Meanwhile, the other group is comprised of SISTAR‘s Hyorin, T-ara‘s Jiyeon, and two male rookies named JB (JYP Entertainment) and Park Seo Joon (KeyEast Entertainment).

The haughty looks they toss at Jinwoon and Kang Sora (who volley with scowls of their own) seem to lend credence to the theory that their characters are talented, but arrogant.

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‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ releases second teaser featuring INFINITE’s L

Back in December, we reported that INFINITE‘s L would be starring in a new tvN mini-series called ‘Shut up Flower Boy Band‘. tvN has already released a first trailer, and now they’ve followed up with a longer video.

The trailer begins with the thought, John Lennon once said, ‘The Beatles are more famous than Jesus.’ We’re neither special nor famous — we just do want we want to do.

The video then kicks into high gear with scenes of loud rock performances at indie houses, hoodlum shenanigans, and other vignettes into a young boy’s carefree lifestyle.

Check out the trailer below!

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‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band’ releases character cuts of INFINITE’s L

INFINITE‘s L has been cast in tvN‘s new flower boy-themed drama, ‘Shut Up Flower Boy Band‘, and character cuts of his new image were released today!

L’s always been known for his chic look, so pulling off his character (who has the nickname ‘ice prince’) was no problem at all. Dressed in black and white, he’s seen posing confidently with a guitar, giving the aura of a successful band leader.

Netizens commented, L, he is the leader of band fashion,” and “Can’t wait to see him act!”

L stated, “Every moment I’m on set with the hyungs is really fun. I’ve been practicing the guitar diligently since being cast for the role so I hope that our fans can look forward to the drama.”

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‘Dream High 2′ releases new still cut featuring six students

A new still cut featuring the six leading members of KBS’s upcoming drama, ‘Dream High 2‘, has finally been unveiled!

Aside from Jung Jinwoon and Kang Sora, who are seen facing the viewer, the rest have their backs turned towards the audience to raise anticipation for what’s to come.

The ‘Kirin Arts High School’ uniforms have undergone a few changes, like the use of red and checker patterns. Fans already know that Jiyeon and Hyorin are the remaining two girls, but word on who the two boys at the side are has not been revealed.

Producers are purposely keeping their identity a secret to exclusively reveal at the drama’s production conference.

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Big Bang’s T.O.P. in discussion for upcoming drama, ‘Celebrity’

Big Bang‘s T.O.P. has announced plans of making an acting comeback through a casting offer from an upcoming drama tentatively titled ‘Celebrity’.

YG Entertainment revealed, “T.O.P. has plans of pursuing his acting career this year so we’re currently looking over several different drama and movie offers. We’re steering the discussion for ‘Celebrity’ in a positive light, but that is just one of many we’re considering.”

T.O.P. was rumored to be in discussion for ‘Love Rain‘ and ‘Absolute You‘ last year, but he’s decided to wait it out for ‘Celebrity’, a drama that handles the various scandals in the entertainment industry. A girl that becomes betrayed by her idol boyfriend debuts as a celebrity herself to get revenge but falls in love with another top star.

T.O.P. himself will be playing the role of a perfectionist named Jung Soo Hyun, a man that falls in love with ‘Ban Hana’, the girl that becomes betrayed by her former love.

 

Source + Photos: Sports World via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop


Original ‘Dream High’ cast to cameo in ‘Dream High 2′

 

Fans of the first season of KBS‘s ‘Dream High‘ can rejoice, as the original cast has promised a cameo appearance in ‘Dream High 2‘!

2PM‘s Taecyeon, Wooyoung, miss A‘s Suzy, T-ara‘s Eunjung, and IU have revealed that they will be making a special appearance in the sequel to lend their support to the series. They’ll be taking on minor cameo roles to add a bit of spice to each episode.

The original ‘Dream High’ was known for incorporating an impressive line-up of cameo appearances made by the likes of Kim Hyun Joong, Super Junior‘s Leeteuk, Eunhyuk, 2PM‘s Nichkhun, Chansung, and Dal Shabet.

A representative of the drama stated, “We’re preparing a list of cameos that will be as impressive as the first season. There’s still about a month left until the broadcast so we’re trying to keep everything under wraps.”

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Heo Young Saeng releases “The Words On My Lips” OST for Fermentation Family

On December 27th, Heo Young Saeng teamed up with a famous music director, Park Sun Joo, to create “The Words On My Lips” OST for JTBC‘s drama Fermentation Family.

The Words On My Lips” is about a man who wants to confess his love but is filled with fear and regret.

Heo Young Seang’s sweet voice matches well with the song’s sad melody.

Check out “The Words On My Lips” below:

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Jung Il Woo finalizes casting for MBC’s ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun’

With actor Jung Il Woo in the midst of finalizing his casting for MBC‘s new drama, ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun‘, the cast dove into their first script reading.

On December 26th, a representative stated, On Christmas day, Han Ga In, Kim Soo Hyun, and Jung Il Woo held their first script reading at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan.” According to the representative, the script reading took off to a positive start, with each actor eager and anticipative of the upcoming drama.

Jung Il Woo will be getting into a deadly love triangle with Han Ga In and Kim Soo Hyun, who not only plays the role of the King, but also his stepbrother.

Commenting on his casting, Jung Il Woo stated, “I felt pressured, especially since I had such little time to recover from the ending of my last drama. Still, I loved the plot of the drama and I felt charmed by my character, which aided in my decision to join the cast. I’ll be using the love I received in ‘Flower Boy Ramyun Shop‘ to work even harder and show better acting through ‘The Moon That Embraces the Sun’. Please look forward to it.”

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‘Dream High 2′ releases girl group poster ft. Jiyeon, Hyorin & Ailee

A poster featuring the girl group of ‘Dream High 2‘, HershE, was released as it is made up of T-ara‘s Jiyeon, SISTAR‘s Hyorin, and rookie singer Ailee.

HershE is a mysterious 3-member girl group that transferred to Kirin Art School, in which the group and male idol, Eden will have a bloody battle with Kirin Art School students.

Jiyeon, Hyorin, and Ailee will showcase a dynamic and powerful dance group, as they will attract the male students’ attention with their stunning looks.

As Jiyeon is being named as one of the most successful idol actresses, she will play Liam, who aspires to be the ‘Queen of the Cannes Festival’. Hyorin, with her powerful vocals and role as the leader of SISTAR, will act as the leader, Nana, who has a fresh personality. Meanwhile, Ailee will play the beautiful and talented Ailee, who often displays a disrespectful attitude as a bluff.

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Supernova’s Geonil’s casting in new KBS drama brings in Hallyu fan support

Supernova‘s maknae Park Geonil has been cast for the upcoming KBS drama special, ‘Amore Mio‘.

Scheduled to air on New Year’s Day, Geonil will be playing the role of ‘Lee Jin Guk’, a shy and timid young man preparing to find work. He’ll also be the fiance to the lead roles’ daughter, ‘Mirae’ (played by CSJH‘s Dana).

Once Supernova’s Japanese fans heard the news, they flooded his fancafe and SNS accounts to show him their support. The KBS media team also revealed that they were receiving several requests to export the drama to Japan.

A representative stated, We were surprised to hear so many offers for the four-episode drama after we had revealed that Geonil was cast for a role. It was definitely an opportunity to be able to feel how popular Supernova is overseas.”

 

Source + Photos: BNT News via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop


Big Bang’s Seungri to cameo in ‘Light and Shadow’

Big Bang‘s Seungri has revealed that he will be making a special cameo appearance in MBC‘s 50th anniversary drama, ‘Light and Shadow‘.

Seungri will play the role of a trainee who dreams of becoming a star. Confident and full of pride, he calls himself the ‘man of Yeosu’ (his hometown), and wins everyone over with his smooth ‘satoori’ and witty commentary. Seungri is actually from Gwangju, in the same district, so the role should be no problem for him to pull off.

Seungri expressed, “This is my first time acting in a formal drama and I’m looking forward to it a lot, especially since the character I’m playing reflects who I am in real life. I’d love it if our viewers would have fun watching it.”

 

Source + Photos: W Star News via Naver

by VITALSIGN @ allkpop


A first look into Dream High 2′s script-reading

On December 17th, the cast of ‘Dream High 2‘ gathered at a restaurant in Kangnam to hold their first-ever script-reading together.

Although it was the first time that they met as the finalized cast, the atmosphere was friendly and positive, as if they were already in ‘character mode’. Since the first season was an undeniable hit, enthusiasm was rising high, and the excitement was said to be quite infectious.

Kang Sora stated, “I was a great fan of ‘Dream High’ so it’s an honor to be a part of the cast. I’m really looking forward to the first broadcast.”

2AM‘s Jinwoon also said, Maybe it’s because I’m surrounded by my peers, but I really can’t stop smiling. I think it’s going to feel like coming in to work with a group of friends.”

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Upcoming Drama “Flower Boy Band” Reveals Cast through First Teaser

tvN’s follow-up “Flower Boy” series has unveiled its first teaser that introduces its cast of characters. As reported earlier, “Shut Up: Flower Boy Band” is the second in the “Flower Boy” series that tvN is producing, after the successful “Flower Boys of the Ramen Shop.”

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MBLAQ’s Lee Joon to cameo in ‘Salaryman Cho Han Ji’

MBLAQ‘s Lee Joon will be making a cameo appearance on SBS‘s new drama, ‘Salaryman Cho Han Ji‘!

Lee Joon already filmed his scene on December 11th, playing the role of the idol boyfriend of Jung Ryeowon‘s character, ‘Yeochi’. Though the scene was of a lover’s spat, Lee Joon and Jung Ryeowon were able to quickly close the gap of their first meeting and comfortably deliver their roles. Lee Joon even took sel-cas with Ryeowon like a real boyfriend when she was off practicing her script.

Staff recount that when Lee Joon was asked to sound arrogant and greasy by the director, the idol immediately launched into a parody of actor Choi Min Soo‘s voice, calling out, “Yeochi-ya~~~~”.

The scene also required that Jung Ryeowon spray water on his face. Clearly showing hesitation in the act, the director asked her to go all out with the scene, asking her to slap his face with the water if she had to. Lee Joon went with the flow and made no mistakes or NGs, even throwing down his personal luxury sunglasses when asked.

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SNSD’s Yuri gets offered main female role in new drama, ‘Fashion King’

Rumor has it that SNSD‘s Yuri will be making her small-screen debut through the new SBS drama, ‘Fashion King‘!

The drama is scheduled to air its pilot episode in March of next year, and Yuri is considering the role of the female lead.

At this time, she is reportedly looking over SNSD’s schedule and seeing if she can move things around to take the role. Schedules should finalize around mid-to-end December, and Yuri is planning to attend the first film shoot to see how it feels.

‘Fashion King’ tells the story of a young man who began working at the Dongdaemun market, and makes it big in the fashion industry. The main role will be played by Yoo Ah In, who’s famous for his role in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal‘.

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