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News bites: January 21, 2017


Kim Tae-hee, Rain

  • Them babies are gonna be beautiful: Congratulations to Rain and Kim Tae-hee, who first divulged to fans on January 17 that they were engaged, then made it official two days later by tying the knot in a small ceremony that included family and close friends (Kim’s BFF Honey Lee caught the bouquet). Both stars expressed gratitude to fans for their support via handwritten notes on social media. [Osen]
  • How I’d love to be a fly on the wall when the cast of tvN’s The Lonely Shining Goblin congregates for their reward vacation in Phuket, Thailand beginning February 6. As of this writing, Gong Yoo is expected to be there, while Lee Dong-wook is attempting to rearrange his schedule in order to attend. Better yet, could Na PD please kidnap them for another installment of Over Flowers (Goblin/Reaper Over Flowers? Supernatural Beings Over Flowers?) and more bromantic shenanigans? I’d settle for a ladies trip with Yook Sung-jae as the luggage boy as well. [TV Report]

  • Joo Won, Boa

  • Say hello to new celebrity couple Joo-won (Yong-pal) and Boa (This Week, My Wife Will Have an Affair). On January 18, their respective agencies confirmed the news (it’s official!) and the two are said to have bonded over mutual friends and an enjoyment of acting and golf. [Xports News]
  • He’s been keeping busy: Jang Hyuk (Voice, Beautiful Mind) is finalizing negotiations to star in Swordsman as a blind swashbuckler. Set in the 17th century during the Qing conquest of the Ming dynasty, the action film will be about blind swordsman Tae-yool, his daughter, and Tae-yool’s opposition to the Qing. Filming will begin in April after Voice wraps. [TV Report]

  • Jang Hyuk, Go Hyun-jung, Yoon Kye-sang

  • Screen queen Go Hyun-jung (Dear My Friends) has chosen a low-budget film for her next project, and in doing so will support director Lee Kwang-kook (a former AD for Hong Sang-soo), whom she’s worked with previously on the films Like You Know It All and Woman on the Beach. In his latest, Winter Guest Scarier Than a Tiger, Go’s been cast as a woman who became the novelist she always wanted to be, but she’s now crippled by writer’s block. She’ll run into her ex when he arrives as her designated driver one day, and having just been dumped himself, they’ll begin life anew. The male lead hasn’t been cast yet, but they’ll have to get cracking if cameras are to start rolling on schedule in February. [Joongang]
  • Joining the all-star cast of Golden Slumber is Yoon Kye-sang (The Good Wife). In the film about an average deliveryman (Kang Dong-won) who is incorrectly fingered for assassinating the prime minister, Yoon will play Kang’s good friend, but he’ll be put between a rock and a hard place as he’s also an agent tasked with bringing Kang in. The movie based on an eponymous novel by Kotaro Isaka also stars Han Hyo-joo and Kim Eui-sung (reuniting after W–Two Worlds), Kim Sung-kyun and Yoo Jae-myung (reuniting after Answer Me 1988, the latter as a chief of investigations) and Kim Dae-myung (Misaeng) and will begin filming this year. [Sports Worldi]

  • Chansung, Lee Min-ho, Kim Ji-suk, Lee Hee-joon

  • There’s been a confirmation and an addition to Housewife Detective, in which Jang Nara (One More Happy Ending) will star as a housewife who suddenly becomes a detective’s assistant. Her homemaker will support Chansung (Ms. Temper and Nam Jung-ki), confirmed as an assy detective comfortable staying a mere onlooker to other people’s problems or looking the other way when it comes to injustice. However, deep down he’s a pretty decent guy hiding a painful past. Lee Min-ho (Hwajeong) will play a pickpocket released from prison on parole after serving seven years of a 15-year sentence. Upon springing the cage, the ex-convict will be forced to make a choice to protect his cherished family. The pre-produced drama will begin filming this month and will be released simultaneously in Korea and abroad later this year. [Sports Chosun, TV Report]
  • They were cute together in Oh Hae-young Again, and my fingers are crossed Kim Ji-suk’s forthcoming cameo in Introverted Boss reunites him with Yeh Ji-won. [News1]
  • Lee Hee-joon (Legend of the Blue Sea) has scored the lead opposite Han Ji-min in Miss Baek. Loosely based on a true story, the movie will be about an unlikely friendship between a rough-and-tumble ex-con (Han) and a young girl who’s suffered from abuse. Lee’s a man who both sympathizes and cares for Han’s character, and in his own way, he’ll try to protect the former delinquent who’s now motivated to fight back against the world’s inequities. Filming will begin next month. [Xports News]

  • Lee Sang-yub, Jung Hae-in, Lee Dong-hwi, Han Sun-hwa

  • While You Were Sleeping, the upcoming supernatural drama starring Suzy (Uncontrollably Fond) and Lee Jong-seok (W–Two Worlds), has added Lee Sang-yub (This Week My Wife Will Have an Affair) and Jung Hae-in (Tae-hee oppa in Goblin) as supporting leads. While their roles haven’t been described, both were present for the first script read held January 20. The latest from hit writer Park Hye-ryun and PD Oh Choong-hwan (Lee Sang-yub cameoed on Doctors and thus has worked with PD Oh before) begins filming next month and will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays later this year on SBS. [E Daily, Osen]
  • The slice-of-life workplace drama Radiant Office has also added a pair to support leads Go Ah-sung (Heard It Through the Grapevine) and Ha Suk-jin (1% of Anything): Lee Dong-hwi (Entourage) and Han Sun-hwa (Rosy Lovers). Lee’s a newly hired contract worker, and when he fixates on something (with the exception of his studies, lol) he’ll accelerate at frightening speed. His potential is severely underestimated, but he’s also got hopelessly low specs. He has no real job, no connections, no future, and to top it off, he’s nursing a broken heart. (I guess we’ll have to tune in to find out how he got hired as a contract worker in the first place.) Han’s been cast as a catty assistant manager of the marketing team. She spends the bulk of her salary on skincare and clothes, and she’ll try to use aegyo to gloss over the things she doesn’t know at the office. Radiant Office will take over the spot vacated by Missing 9 on MBC when it concludes in mid-March. [E Daily, Joongang]

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I wish everyone could attend in the vacation, including the cameo not so cameos in goblin.

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Indeed!! I wish for Sohyun and Minjae (if so this is his 2nd reward vacation after RDTK in Cebu) to go to Phuket as well. I'm happy for the entire Goblin cast and crew.

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RDTK cast is in Cebu? Whoa.

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First off, so happy for Rain and Kim Tae Hee, now that is a celebrity wedding, a bit low key and what's with the vintage pics but okay. It is so rare, usually it's a young woman getting narried to a much, much older Oppa so this is good.
Na PD, you must kidnap Gong Yoo, Lee Dong Wook and Yook Sung Jae, just the three of them pls. Send them to Spain.
Joo Won and Boa, that's great, too.
Now, for Honey Lee, I hope am wrong, really but I get this vibe that Yoon Kye Sang is not really keen on settling down. I know she is waiting for the proposal to happen but tine is tickin away.

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Congrat to Rain & Kim Tae Hee Couple and Joo Won & BoA Couple!!
I just saw goblin Kim Min Jae cast in while you were sleeping, all pretty male supporting cast jung hae in,lee sang yeob i like in one drama,looking forward!!

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I'll watch the hell of "Ahjussi over flowers" if Na PD does kidnap them. Hahaha... Just imagine Sungjae being the luggage boy to his samchons!

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I'll watch the heck out of it, really.

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Omg, I was so happy and excited for the cast and crew when I read about their reward vaca, but you guys are getting my hopes way up with this Na PD kidnapping idea! Gah, this is not good. That already sounds like a hoot to watch! I'd lose it if Na PD pull a Reply '88 and kidnap the boys! But I'd like for the girls to take part in it, too! I'd get such a kick outta watching the boys together, though. Their chemistry and rapport on and especially off screen is excellent!

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Omg, I was so happy and excited for the cast and crew when I read about their reward vaca, but you guys are getting my hopes way up with this Na PD kidnapping idea! Gah, this is not good. That already sounds like a hoot to watch! I'd lose it if Na PD pull a Reply '88 and kidnap the boys! But I'd like for the girls to take part in it, too! I'd get such a kick outta watching the boys together, though. Their chemistry and rapport on and especially off screen is excellent and so fun to watch! I have a feeling their rl bromance is very similar to their bromance on the show.

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Now that I truly wish Tvn production team or Na PD actually lurk dramabeans.
I really hope a Na PD can work with Goblin, Reaper, Credit card boy, Kim assistant with Euntak and Sunny. Can Na PD just kidnap them all and ship to an island for a week? Both Three meals a day or Boys over flowers will be just fine. * dreaming fangirling in a corner *.

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Oh my!! the best idea i have heard in a long time, NA PD kidnapping our leads, i would watch the show is more i would watch it live without sub.

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only gong yoo too big a star to do that with

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my thoughts exactly. im trying to not keep my hopes up because gong yoo is way too huge a star at the moment to have time for a reality/variety show. but i would def watch something with sevretary kim and deokhwa, if yook sungjae's company would let him do something like that.

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I can already see how much riot they will be. Gong Yoo, Dongwook, and Sungjae are so much fun on and off camera. At this point, Korean viewers are wishing the same thing. I guess there's no harm in wishing (even if it is unlikely to happen).

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If i were sungjae, i would bring a small backpack that equipped with a pair or two clothes change, toiletries, korean survival food (as in gocuchang to go or such) and most importantly hidden money put randomly all over the bag pockets. Then i would bring the backpack whereever/whenever i go. Just in case.

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Haha, the price of success: living in constant fear of being kidnapped by Na PD with no money or underwear.

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Perhaps if we're desperate enough, the butterfly god would grant our wish? Everyone, let's close our eyes and prepare them lighters or matchsticks.

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Chansung's character sounds like Lee Junki's in Arang and the Magistrate. Sounds like a hoot!

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happy lifetime of happiness Kim tae hee x Rain! make a lot babies too.^^

aww....i hope lee dong hwi roles this time better in entourage. his roles description sound so depressing to me LOL.

it confirmed that kim min jae(nurse park/young wang yeo) has been added to while you are sleeping as Jong Suk younger brother... great, another potential bromance, as long its not as angsty as yoon kyunsang xj ongsuk pairing, i dont mind lol.

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Sounds like they're already mucking about with Golden Slumber quite a bit - initial info suggested a proper adap. In book (& original film) there isn't a friend/agent character. Interesting cast though.

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I'm just here to comment that I'll be in Phuket from the 7th of Feb and just daydreaming being able to spy on a topless Gong Yoo frocklicking on the beach.

Please do not burst my daydream bubble... I'll just continue my hopeless dream.

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Congrats to Rain and KTH!!
Yay for Joowon and BoA!!
Happy that JHI will be part of While You Were Sleeping.

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When my friend told me about the wedding, she's like almost crying. She's the fans of Rain, and I was like "why do you have to be really overacting? He's handsome, she's beautiful and they look adorable together. Think about their baby. They'll have cute baby twins or even triplets."

But... when I heard about Joo Won and BoA, I finally understand what she felt. I read the news in a bus and screamed spontaneous. NO WAYYY!!! I didnt realize until all people were looking at me! Really embarrassing!!

Well, I think I'll just have to wish them all the best...

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Again congrats my favourite couple Rain-Kim Tae Hee ?? I love them both together and individually, i hope they will make babies soon and join Return of Superman? Rain is good in variety show, anyway. Have a good time at Bali.

Lee Sang Yub - someone needs to give this guy a lead role already. ? I hope the role is interesting to watch.

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Now, I can't wait for them to have kids.

As for LSY, someone should really realize how good of an actor he is. I mean, he scared the hell out of me in Signal.

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Don't worry LSY has been working hard. His time to shine is definitely coming soon. Not to excited to watch him in this upcoming drama but i'll give it a glance.

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wow! nice to see lee min ho 1993 in dramaland again...this guy seriously need a lead role..

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So excited if both go ahsung and seokjin take the role. But hansunhwa kinda..
Anyway is janghyuk not tired at all? omg

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Oh PD Na, please kidnap Gong Yoo, Lee DOng Wook and Seungjae. Pretty please, I'll love you forever if you do.

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Lee jongsuk,lee sangyeob and jung haein in one drama ??
Wow

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YES PLEASE NA PD!! It's been a while since the last over flower series. Gong yoo and Lee dong wook are cheeky and funny personally and of course you have to add seungjae to be their toy ?

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I don't understand how in Housewife Detective a pickpocket can get 15 years, when in I Hear Your Voice the murderer got only 10. I didn't understand that 10 at the time, either. However, looking forward to these actors!

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never understood Korean law myself I remember in one crime drama, the police had to give warning to the guy they where investigating or anything found would not be used in court. But maybe they have some sort of three strike you out system like the US, ie the 15years he got would be his third offense?

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Kim Tae Hee is married.congrats unnie. please i want news of kim soo hyun

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Awww~! That was fast! I'm so happy for Rain and Kim Tae-hee! Power couple! So cute that Honey Lee caught the bouquet! I was so surprised to find out she's been dating Yoon Kye-sang for like, 7 years!

So happy and proud for the Goblin cast and crew! They totally deserve a vaca for gifting us with such precious material! Btw, does anyone know why Phuket, Thailand, seem to be the go-to destination for reward vacas? Anyways, last I read, it was already confirmed that the four main cast members were going? I hope that's true because I'm dying to see pictures and videos of them together irl, BTS!

A lot of Beanies mentioned how Gong Yoo might take a break after Goblin ends, so I hope being on a reality show like Na PD's can be considered a break? It's not, but now I really want it to happen! The fact that they have to tweak and change Dong-wook's busy schedule just for him to go on the vaca kinda tells me he probably won't be able to be in another show so soon and Sung-jae's always busy with his idol life and barely has time for anything, it seems, so sigh...

Anyways, happy happy news! Happy happy Goblin weekend!

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i heard that phuket has some sort of sponsorship with tvn.

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I am over the moon about this!!!!!! Rain has been my #1 k-crush since I fell into the paradise of dramas and k-pop five years go. I just love everything about him: his work ethic, his passion, his commitment, his humor and humility. Just look at how BTS and EXO were excitedly dancing along to his performance at the Golden Disc awards last week! And I LOVE how Rain and Kim Tae Hee handled this whole thing: the "proposal" song, the Instagram letters to fans, the quickness and privacy of the beautiful ceremony, the four+ years they spent together REALLY knowing they wanted to be together. It's all perfect. I've been smiling like an idiot all week when I think of them...now on Bali...those beautiful bodies in bathing suits under the hot sun. All the blessings in the world to both of them. Can you imagine those babies? Wow!

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Those are beautiful words, Lunatic4kd. They look great together.

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Rain was my first Oppa. But such is the fate of all fans. Le sigh.

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Me too. I missed the engagement announcement on the 17th so it was a complete & unexpected shock to my system to open this post & see that my beloved Oppa is officially off the market. I will send congrats their way but it's hard.

Not sure if this is grammatically correct, but here it goes anyway: Bi-oppa, na ajikdo saranghae.

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Honey Lee caught the bouquet? Oh, how fun!

Joo Won/Joa makes my heart smile.

Min Ho '93 with Nara eonnie!

Shy Boss just got a little more interesting alongside WYWS and Radiant Office.

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omg, im so excited to see more tae hee oppa!

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There goes my life's goal of being Rain's Noona Romance. Guess I'll go watch Ninja Assassin and weep.

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Totally non-related to the news: I know there are different trends in different places and in one place overtime, and even if I consider some of them ugly or weird, I can understand some people might like it. But the shiny make up is something that really makes no sense to me. When I saw the pics of Boa and her new boyfriend, that piece of news paled in comparison to her shiny face. Who can really think that type of make-up is truly flattering, and specially after seeing how it shows in photos?

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I know what you mean. I had major issues with Kim Hee Ae's overly moisturized face in Secret Love Affair. That and shiny don't make sense to me.

For BoA's photo, I think part of the problem could be the lighting. The color of her complexion didn't look good either.

Typically, I dislike celebs' photos on red carpet and publicity events. Maybe there are too many cameras and spotlights? Not to mention the over use of foundation that's too light or shiny make up like this one.

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Ahh so many Jang Hyuk so little time. Lol. JH in saeguk? With sword? Take it 10 million time. Hope it will be awesome like Chuno awesome in term of fight scene.

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"Way to go, Nam-doo! Lee Hee-joon (Legend of the Blue Sea)"

I have not seen this week's eps of the legend of the blue sea yet and I was not sure if Nam-doo character went to the dark side or sided with his friends and after reading this article I knew he did something good which took away the suspense of would he or would he not.

Please refrain from spoiling dramas on other articles.

Thank you.

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I still think JooWon are perfect for each other and just missed out on the timing to date, but I suppose I need to let that go now that they are both dating other people. I find it interesting that Joo Won ended up dating BoA, though, considering his type always seem to be sweet, innocent girls, and sexy danicing always seemed to make him uncomfortable. Guess not any more!

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Looking forward to Jang Hyuk's new movie! He hasn't acted as a blind man before.

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