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News bites: January 3, 2016

  • Park Bo-gum will hold his first fan meeting on the day Answer Me 1988 concludes, January 16, at KBS arena, a space which fits 3,000 people. There are whispers some of his 1988 castmates might show up (although between it and I Remember You, he was the clear breakout). [TV Report]
  • While writer Park Ji-eun has received several lucrative offers (some that would initiate her into the 10 billion won club) since coming off of the success of You From Another Star and The Producers, she’s turned them all down and joined Jeon Ji-hyun’s agency Culture Depot, making good on their mutual promise to work together again. (Together, they gave us our best character of 2014!) After several long chats with Jeon, she’s verbally entered a contract to write for the agency, and the print version is currently being hammered out. Park is planning on a new show for the latter half of 2016, and there are rumors that Jeon might star in it as her post-childbirth comeback project. However, Jeon’s baby is due in February, and the agency was sure to temper rumors by saying it would be a very early comeback for the actress, she’s more focused on films these days than dramas, and that she wouldn’t rush to make a collaboration happen, especially since she and the writer will be working together “under one roof” going forward. [Munhwa]

  • Kim Yoon-seok, Shim Eun-kyung

  • Veteran actor Kim Yoon-seok has been cast as the lead in Will You Be There, a film based on an eponymous novel by French writer Guillaume Musso. Kim will play a surgeon who obtains magical pills that allow him to travel to the past, which he’ll use to save his previous lovers from death. The movie will be produced by Lotte Entertainment and directed by Hong Ji-young (Marriage Blue). Filming begins in March. [Osen]
  • Aww, yay! Shim Eun-kyung (Cantabile Tomorrow) has signed up for her first indie movie. She’s been cast as the lead in King of Walking, about a high school girl who was born with terrible motion sickness and thus is forced to walk two hours each way to and from school. (I’d have given up the first day!) Through chance she’ll begin preparing for a race (er, walk), and the friend she makes at the athletic club and the actual training for the competition will help her find her path in life. The movie will be directed by Baek Seung-hwa and begins filming in March. [Sports Chosun]
  • Rude Miss Young-ae fans, prepare for a shift. Head writer Myung Soo-hyun, who’s been with the show for ten seasons, has called the fourteenth season her last. Lead actress Kim Hyun-sook, Ra Mi-ran and other long-time cast members threw her a farewell party, and the assistant writers will step it up for the fifteenth season, which will air in the latter half of the year. [Sports Worldi]

  • Sulli, Kim Jong-kook, Hwang Sun-hee

  • It’s been confirmed that Sulli (Fashion King) is joining Kim Soo-hyun, Lee Sung-min, Sung Dong-il and more as a rehabilitation therapist in the upcoming action noir film Real. A CJ Entertainment source said, “[We’re] predicting that [she’ll] show a completely new allure,” which made me wonder if I should be reading between the lines — but that role went to Han Ji-eun (Coin Locker). Real begins filming this month. [Asia E]
  • They love him in China, and Kim Jong-kook is positively considering a leading role in an upcoming Chinese sageuk drama that will blend romance and modern elements. Between Running Man, solo concerts, advertisements and appearances on Chinese variety programs, he’s already popular there, and while he would need to tweak his packed domestic schedule to make it happen, I’m sure he’ll try his best to please his Chinese fans. (As he does in his recent music video — boy does Turbo’s comeback throw me way back into the late ‘90s!). [TV Report]
  • There’s been a late addition to One More Happy Ending: Hwang Sun-hee (Masked Prosecutor) will play an ob/gyn and the ex-wife of Kwon Yul in the show that premieres January 20 on MBC. [Osen]

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I also read somewhere that Lee Jong Suk's going to be starring in a Chinese drama soon alongside Zheng Shuang.

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How i wish i can go in park bo gum's fanmeeting.. Omg, i just love him ^·^ … <3

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Awwwww....... stars are surely lightning your path right now, Bo-gummie!!!!! Is it too much to ask for Seo In-guk to be among the attendees?? Or maybe joining on the stage singing one song or two??

Even though I haven't officially watched Answer Me 1988 (waiting for the wrap up so I don't need weekly suffer), I have been watching Taekie's parts in Youtube, and boy .... you couldn't be more adorable and cute than you are rite now. I'm not joining the guessing games but I sincerely hope the series give you the well-deserved girl/omma/motherly girl/girly omma at the end. I don't think my life can taek it if you're left alone.. hics..hics.. no caring soul has a heart to do that, right? right, writer-nim?

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I think I'd actually die of happiness if Seo In-gook showed up at his fanmeeting - he'd be doubly perfect for it, as Park Bo-gum's drama hyung AND a predecessor as lead of the original Answer Me!

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but it would make me even sadder that I can´t attend it :-(

how to convince my employer that it would be very educational for a maritime museum employee to attend this meeting... um... can anyone find something maritime that would justify me asking to be sent there... quickly now!

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Sure. You go to South Korea by ship... and study the beauty of the water along the way. So maritime-theme. hehehehheheh...

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excellent! haha

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You know how Min hides his victims' bodies in a crate and have it shipped, then thrown away in the middle of the sea? Very serious maritime-y case.

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also a great idea. I can say I am studying the best ways to drop bodies into the ocean. who knows...might come handy some day.

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Right. So somebody needs to send a MEMO to In-Guk's agency saying that his presence in this fanmeeting is a MUST.

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Have you heard about SBS is trying to score Park Shin Hye for Doctor? I haven't seen it on your side...

It' very different different with her previous roles. What do you think?

You reported all minor news but ignore that one... I didn't know DB doesn't like her

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Lolwut? How is a rumour/unconfirmed-casting a more major news and report-worthy than solid, confirmed casting(s) (or in this case not even casting. Just a one-sided pursuit)?

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Dramabeans has reported on un-confirmed casting rumors before though. Go back read, especially any of the News Bite sections.

They reported that Seolhyun was being considered for With God, even though it was unconfirmed and she ended up not taking the offer.

(I'm not saying the site is biased, but it's very common for them to write on casting rumors LOL...)

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At that time, she was considered, but in the end she was dropped from the casting

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You basically just repeated what I said in my earlier post.

Whether she was dropped or simply rejected the offer is neither here nor there. The point is that DB reports on casting rumors all the time, so it's surprising that PSH casting news was left out considering it's been going around for awhile now.

But okay.

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I know that Dramabeans has reported on unconfirmed-possibly-happening-since-there-are-talks-but-ultimately-still-unconfirmed castings before but that's not my argument. I think the common misconception is that Dramabeans reports EVERYTHING in drama land, which it obviously does not and so whether the site reports on rumors of a drama possibly considering her or not indicates nothing regarding their thoughts about her.

My issue is with the very unique logic-train displayed in the last line where Right calls the above news "minor" implying that Park ShinHye's rumor is more major than what has been reported here (which I don't agree with - see original comment) which then suddenly leaps into the accusation that "DB doesn't like her". Uh? Maybe I'm sensitive because this is the sort of thinking that starts mud-slinging.

And anyways, awcoconuts could just be sitting on the news until more information comes up (which would then make Rights "accusation" not-so-cute.

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K.

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It's her blog, she can write whatever she wants really...

You can always bring that up in open thread or in comments if you want people to know?

Like how I want everyone to know that apparently SK viewers really LOVE Splash Splash love and they strongly demand a second season.

Let me spread this joy to you all *squeeeee*

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I can live without a second season of SSL because the two episodes we did get were so perfect, but I demand that Yoon Doojoon and Kim Seul-gi be cast together again as romantic leads! Maybe if I type it often enough, the Force will heed my prayers and make it happen....

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I agree that it might be difficult to do another season that is just as magical as the first, since it was wrapped up so nicely. But please Drama Gods, give Doojoon and KSG another rom-com together! This is the first time I've wanted two actors to be paired up so badly that I'm constantly checking to see if they have lined up next projects. Maybe it's because, compared to the drama norm, two episode simply doesn't give enough time for viewers to satisfy themselves with the characters' chemistry and then slowly let them go.

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*holds your hand and pogo's*

*drawing applebutt sigil on floor*

Let's do the Kdrama God Ritual.

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It's really amazing that we're not the only ones clamouring for them to be together again. But with their sizzling chemistry and a great demand, there's a high possibility of them being in another project! (Hopefully not SSL 2 though, the drama ended nicely)

C'mon drama gods, hear our prayers!!

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OHHH how i wish i can attend Bogum's first fan meeting, that would be such a dream. But speaking of Bogum, have you guys heard of the rumors stating Bogum is part of a religious 'cult'? People on instiz and pann were talking about it and saying that the head pastor of that church is very controversial hmmm. This makes me worried.

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Jeon Ji-hyun in another drama collab with writer Park Ji-eun of YFAS??? How I wish it this would happen. . .

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oh yeah i heard about that too and im also pretty worried about bogum :/ i heard the head pastor of that church brainwashes his followers and i kinda freaked out when i saw the videos of the church's services. i didnt get what they were saying but yeah it's pretty scary...

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i was replying to jojo btw☝?️

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Then I wish that his star rises so high that he has no time for church. Yay for him and yay for us!

I clicked the link to the video and though I didn't watch it, the Korean comments made me giggle... hehheh...

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Can you help me translate some of the comments? Tried to read it with my below-average Korean skills and didn't manage to catch on what they were saying LOL

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My Korean isn't that good either but there's the usual cursing, talk of Park BoGum not going there/ not coming up (in the video?)/ when is he coming up in the video and then there's a sudden fervent praising in English for the priest, lol.

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@minky what video do you see, can you give the link?

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here's the link to the video: http://www.instiz.net///go_link.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fyoutu.be%2Ffc3TC4iUlKI

the church is called Jesus centered church if im not mistaken

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It just looks like a Evangelistic church to me. I'm not religious, but I've been to churches with family and seen people speaking in tongues and getting the spirit and so forth. Not that the video doesn't look weird, but it just doesn't look particularly unusual to me.

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Yeah the video IS creepy, but definitely not that unusual. Nonetheless, the thing that worried me is not the video, but the reputation of the pastor. He's got a massive following of people and if he's manipulating them like what was said on the korean sites, then that's very worrying.

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Woah. It reminds me of the documentary Jesus Camp.

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Anybody can translete the Korean word? If it just speaking in tongues and about holly spirit, it is not cult. It's just Charismatic Christian. For Protestan and Chatolic Christian or other religius it's maybe weird and creepy, but it is not cult, just they have their own way for doing their serve.
The problem is the pastor's messages, if he twist the messages from the Bible.

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I mean if his messages is for peoples follow him and serve him as god, now... that's a problem.
But if he just do some exorcist and miracle healing and so on, i don't think it's unusual or devil's cult.
Some religius people have that gift, and peoples who not understand get scare and judge them.
We really need to know what he said or teaching to that peoples to sure.
I also go to church like this, we have some miracle healing happen in our church, but they keep teach us to just put our hope and faith in Jesus, not human. Even someone with miracle gift from God, still can do mistake or sin. There is nobody perfect as long as we still life in world, but that doesn't mean God can't use them who still not perfect to make a miracle.

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Looking at the website for "Jesus Centered Church," it's about praising God. I wonder if people think the pastor is like the TV evangelists that tell viewers to send all their money?

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well, isn´t any religion just a cult though? if you believe in something that is obviously not real just because others believe in it, that´s a cult. all that miracle healing, cmon. if you think a little with...[redfox swallows up a remark that might be taken the wrong way], it is a hoax. actually, ordinary religious swindlers are harmless. it gets serious, when they mix up the cult beliefs with law and apply it against human rights.

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"Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people". Karl Heinrich Marx
Religion is so useful in our neo-"liberal" socioeconomic system, the same way it helped capitalism before; it gives hope to billions of people in order to cope with poverty and misery everywhere on this planet. That's why it can never become obsolete, unless in a perfect society (Plato's "Utopia").

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It's like the Born Again churches here in the Philippines. They have their own way of worship. It's not really as creepy as you think. As far as I know, they give 10% of their earnings to their church and they don't have any religious statues inside their church.

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Seems like the stars are aligning for Jun ji-hun and Lee Min Ho. his also linked with Park Ji-eun's upcoming drama which means if Jun Ji-hun is ready to go around april then this could come into existence.

I would love to see Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji-hun in action drama

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Kim Jong Kook acting? Wut. And in a saguek too? This is gonna be interesting...

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I hope we get that Park Ji-eun/Jin Hyuk writer/PD collab he mentioned, someday soon! And if it's with Jun Ji-hyun, that's even better!

(but please get her a competent leading man who can actually match her as an actress, don't just cast some pretty-boy Hallyu actor with more star power than acting skill)

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Kim Moo Yul is a beautiful man with acting skills and who can also rock in action roles.

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yeah, I wouldn't mind him or Park Hae-il with her. But neither of them really do dramas that frequently.

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I'm hoping Kim Moo Yul will stick around for one more drama.

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Park Hae-il I don't think will do a drama in the near or far future :(.

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I don't think so either. Tbh, I was surprised Kim Moo-yul did a drama, even in a cable channel...

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Kim Jong Kook can't act, well he will be dubbed

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I'm so happy for BoGummy. I still remember his first interview before he broke out that he hopes one day when he's popular enough that he would be able to hold fan meetings. His wish came true and he truly worked hard for it! This noona is so happy and proud of him!!! :'D

As for him following a cult....man this reminds me of the first time I heard of Tom Cruise being a oart of Scientology. Seeing how a cult actually ruins his marriages (Nicole Kidman.... Then later Katie Holmes), I'm quite worried for him too :(

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Kim Jong Kook? Acting in a Chinese saeguk?

MESS.

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SEK's movie will definitely be on my list. I've suffered from terrible motion sickness almost my whole life and missed out on a lot of things- I hated getting in cars. Surprised it'll be her first indie though.

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Like pogo said, I'd rather they star in another drama together instead of SSL2. The 1st one was so good already, I don't think they can top it!! Unless they make it so Danbi actually stays in Joseon with the King!!! but then what's gonna happen to future Lee Doo?! He'd be the lonely one with a broken heart!! T.T

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Let's hope Kim Seul Gi will be in for Lets Eat 3 / Lets Drink!

Or a new drama by itself with this pair will be awesome - TVN has a history of loving Kim Seul Gi.

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JJH is way too overrated.

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+ 344589569

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I like her but not crazy about her like I do with Jeon Do-yeon.

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she does her job incredibly well, but she's unquestionably a charismatic leading lady who can headline huge productions, NOT necessarily someone meant for smaller, more stripped-down productions like the ones we know Jeon Do-yeon or Bae Doona for.

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oop that was me up there - the name field messed up!

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Ohh, Sulli with acting with that good of a cast? I don't really know what to think about that, she was terrible in The Pirates. Well, but maybe the role just didn't suit her...

Anyway, I'm so glad Park Bo-gum is doing the most of his newfound popularity! That boy deserves it, he really does have it all...

Hopefully, Kim Jong-kook doesn't overwork himself with all the stuff he has going on; fortunately Turbo doesn't perform on those weekly music shows.

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Kim Yoon-seok <3. Hardly disappoint just like Song Kang Ho and company.

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respectful correction re: Sulli: she wasn't in Fashion King. She was last (I think) in To the Beautiful You

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She was in Fashion King the movie with Joo Won (not the one with Yoo Ah In) - watched this movie halfway, a bit too bizzare and comical for my taste, so I cannot really comment on her acting. Heck I can't even comment on Joo Won's acting because his hair and the overall vibe / special effect distract me.

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oh, thanks for the correction! I was getting bad FK the drama vibes that I don't associate with Sulli

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I never go to any fan meeting before & weirdly never have any desire to do so even during my kpop craze but man... Park Bo Gum is tempting me... How awesome it is to be able gawking at him up close & personal~ It sure a good way to start 2016.

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xD kim jong kook in saegeuk? nothing against jong kook, since I love him n all the RM mmbers but he CANNOT act especially in this kind of genre- I still remember last year episode with all villainous actresses as the guest- there was a segment where they have to act and jong kook picked saeguk genre, the result was hillarious! XD

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Speaking of Park Bo Gum, there's a rumor going around that he's dating Jang Nara.

I'm not sure how legit this rumor is, but if it's true he will have stolen Seo In Guk's thunder AND won over the girl.

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I heard that Jang Nara rumor too. Honestly, if he is datig her, best luck to both of them.

He is seriously so fine....I can't blame Jang Nara. Oce the fangirls get ahold of this information though, shit's gonna hit the roof. He's the new guy that every girl likes, so I hope they don't give him hell.

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it would be so stupid. it is his personal life. it gets on my nerves so much when fans "punish" the celebrities and condemn them for their personal decisions. it has nothing to do with them.
somehow I don´t think it is true though. wasn´t Jang Nara away from Korea for a while? at least that´s how it seemed from her twitter account. so how would they be dating...?

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I do agree this is not true though. Park is very cute and handsome, made many girls fancy for him. But involing a close relationship is totally different. To be honest, I don't think many girls can accept boyfriend 10 years younger than herself. May be I'm too conservative.

I sincere hope Park does have a happy personal life. I will be happy for him if he has a close relationship with a good girl.

BTW, isn't Jang shooting a new drama "One More Happy Ending" with Jung Kyung Ho?

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