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News bites: April 9, 2016


Ahn Jae-hyun, Gu Hye-sun

  • Theirs isn’t a typical meet-cute story, but at least Gu Hye-sun (32) and Ahn Jae-hyun (29) got more out of Blood than poor reviews. The two confirmed last month that they had quietly been seeing each other since the drama ended, and that they’ll tie the knot in a small family ceremony on May 21. [DongA]
  • The runaway success of Descended From the Sun isn’t slowing yet (in addition to the announcement of a Chinese remake, the rights to distribute the show were just sold to 32 countries). There’s a film version being discussed now, although production company NEW has dismissed the wild rumors that a movie would be ready for the Cannes Film Festival in May. A rep from NEW stated, “It’s true we are currently discussing a film version. However, because the drama is still airing, we haven’t even begun work [on a movie].” [Joy News 24]

  • TOP

  • Filming has begun on Chinese movie Out of Control. TOP’s been cast as a Korean Interpol agent opposite Cecilia Cheung, and the action film will be directed by Axel Sand (Fast Track: No Limits) and shot in Germany. [Yonhap]
  • Fans looking forward to the small screen comeback of Lee Young-ae will have to wait a little longer — the premiere of Saimdang, the Herstory has been pushed back from September to late November. While they’ve completed work on roughly 80% of the 30-episode drama, filming on the remaining episodes isn’t moving along at the desired pace. The show starring Lee in dual roles, a present-day lecturer and the titular Joseon-era writer/artist, will be released simultaneously in China and Korea. Producers are feeling the heat because in China, shows must be approved in their entirety at least three months prior to their broadcast date. [Sports Seoul]

  • Na Young-seok

  • Inspired by his Over Flowers series, Na PD has developed a new travel variety program called Around the World in 80 Days. Instead of kidnapping celebrities, this project gives everyday citizens the opportunity to travel the world, relay-style, with a total budget of 100 million won (roughly 87,000 USD). From a pool of online submissions (In Korea? Enter here!), teams will be selected to embark on different legs of the trip. The first group departs at the beginning of May and when finished, will pass on the remaining budget to the next team. Travelers will video themselves and the footage will be posted on tvN’s mobile service, tvNgo. In mid-October, in celebration of tvN’s tenth anniversary, the clips will be edited, combined and re-released digitally in condensed form. [Osen, DongA]
  • Awww, papa Sung Dong-il is reuniting with Answer Me 1994‘s Go Ara in Hwarang: The Beginning. He’s not playing her dad again, but a character who will perform a heroic deed. Filming has already started on the pre-produced drama, and it will air on KBS before the end of the year. [My Daily]

  • Sung Dong-il, Kim Mu-yeol, Im Joo-eun

  • Kim Mu-yeol (My Beautiful Bride) is heading back to the silver screen. He’s been cast as the lead in Made in Korea, a first directorial effort from Heo Joon-hyung, and he’ll start filming scenes in May. [Xports News]
  • Chinese web movie Season of Plastic Surgery, which stars Im Joo-eun (Empress Ki, Heirs) as a skilled Korean plastic surgeon in a loveline with Gao Ren, a top plastic surgeon in China and her partner in the beauty business, is available on Youku Tudou and has already surpassed 30 million views. [Sports Worldi]

  • Kim Jung-hoon, Park Min-ji

  • Park Min-ji (Cheese in the Trap) has been cast as the lead (quite a Cheese-boost!) opposite Kim Jung-hoon (Witch’s Castle) in daily drama Start Again (formerly known as I Am Young-ja). Kim’s the head of the planning division of a department store, a man raising his daughter alone after losing his wife. Park’s a med-school grad forced to give up her dreams of becoming an ob-gyn when her dad collapses. The youngest daughter in the family, she’ll find a job as a salesperson at the department store to help out the household, and she’ll become an authority in her chosen profession. Fighting for the affections of Park’s “alpha Cinderella” are Kim and the owner of the department store. Start Again will be written by Won Young-ok, directed by Park Jae-bum (A New Leaf) and will air at the end of May on MBC. [Xports News, Joy News 24]

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Congrats to Jaehyunnie & Hyesun!! Happy for this couple. ^^

Love SDI's addition to Hwarang! =)

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That picture of AJH and GHS made me laugh because they both look so unhappy lol. But I feel like both of them look unhappy by default, it's just how their faces look.

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Try seeing their latest pic in his Instagram, they look so young and full of love!

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can I know their official accounts?

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Jaehyun: http://instagram.com/aagbanjh
Hyesun doesn't have one.

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The cat pictures are amazing :D A cat lover can't do anything wrong in my book. Congratulations to both!

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what are you laughing for? -_-

Congratulations AJH and KHS. have a wonderful life ~~!!

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Lol I said why I laughed, because they look so grumpy (especially AJH) for a picture used in a news bite about their marriage. I never said I think they ARE unhappy, but the picture itself is just kind of funny.

I'm not trying to drag them by saying they look unhappy, I feel like AJH probably has Resting Bitch Face, which I also have. People always say I look sad/mad when I'm just walking down the street.

I feel a connection with them now! It's a good thing!

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That feel when default face is either sad or mad lol ,i know that feel pretty well.

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Me three. People always think I'm about to cry when I'm just spacing out.

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Happy for our Milky Couple!! Congratulations for the upcoming wedding!! ?❤️?

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congrats to the visual couple 'AhnGoo'

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Lol angu

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I'm so happy for Gu Hye-sun and Ahn Jae-hyun ! congrats congrats ! Na Young-seok new program sounds really interesting most definitely going to watch it.

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Congratulations to the happy couple. Didn't watch their drama but I'm happy for them nonetheless. *wisheveryOTPgottogetherIRL*

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Not the best picture of the couple. The best one is the one by Dispatch! They sure looked very happy there!
Congrats! All the best to the happy couple !

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Na Pd!!! the new show sounds awesome! a non-celeb show, cool!

Finally, I hear something about Im Joo Eun! but, a chinese web drama . . . well where can I watch it?
I miss Im Joo Eun in my screen!

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Maaan I wish I were in Korea so I could apply for Na PD's show. I wonder if they'd even accept a non-Korean~ I mean, I'd totally be willing to pretend to speak Korean worse than I do for comedy's sake :p

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Kim Mu-yeol <3.

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Kiara ~

I know that feeling, hahaha! Our "Beautiful" Banker.

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Yes bring him back!

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Me too! *warm fuzzy feelings*

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Kim Mu-Yeol is a Greek God and love, please come back with a drama by the end of the year, please!

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Gem ~

I agree. It usually takes much longer for international audiences to have access to fully subtitled kfilms. I also wish he gets a role in a good drama this year.

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Coverage news for AhnGoo couple is full of blessing and good wishes hope this trend will continue for future public relationship hihi Congrats for the couple ?

Excited for Start Again, am i the only one? It's daily drama so i doubt i'll watch but Park Minji deserves the lead role. Also i always have soft spot for Kim Jung Hoon (blame the classic Princess Hours feelings) altho watching I Need Romance reaaally makes me hate him lol

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Congratulations!!!

This gives me an urge to see blood now.... is it bare able or really really bad..?

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I liked blood and I'd watch it again too. But I might be in the minority!

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I like Blood , I think it has a unique way of looking at vampires and has a cute love story. It's just that people prejudged it without even finishing the drama and of course people got in the bandwagon of negative idea about Ku Hye Sun. I think the only thing they don't criticize about her is the way she breathes. Poor girl! But she must have done something good to get all the more important blessings. In short, Blood is great!

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Lol!! +1

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And every fan's hopes of Lee Minho and Gu Hyesun revealing they've always loved each other goes out the window! Seriously, though, I'm very happy for them.

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This is soo true!! They have their own love, but still shippers will always be shippers!! I was crazy for them too in BOF!!

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Lee Min Ho is not even worthy of the good her. I don't know why they always associate her with him! Thank God she's getting married to a great guy, that will put an end to all this connection with Lee Min Ho.

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And what's wrong with being associated with Lee Min Ho. He is a great guy. You are acting as if he is some murderer and she absolutely mustn't be linked with him.

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Suzy can have him to herself, though he did not even mention her when he got an award. Instead, he thanked his fans and his dog.Lol!

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I had a high-key crush on AJH when he was a model, (home screen& lock screen of all my devices; saved HQs of his scanned photoshoots, etc; His face & height & proportions are so !!! & the boy just photographs so well, it hurts).

Anyway, I feel weirdly excessive happiness over this wedding news, lol. I wasn't even this happy when my crush asked me out on a second date, lol.

But maybe it's just the 'secondhand happiness' that happens when someone you like is really happy too. Those Dispatch pictures of him smiling at GHS!! I hate that it would seem like I support Dispatch & what they do (I don't!), but I hope idol couples get similar pictures taken in a similar way, so that maybe entitled fans would feel a surge of 'secondhand happiness' & leave only messages of support for their idols.

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Congrats to the happy couple I love them together

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omg GHS is getting married!! Geum Jan-Di really grew up.
Their children are going to be gorgeous wow.

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Oh dear. Should I watch a daily drama? I like both actors quite a bit. They are like over 150 episodes right?

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Watch a daily drama at your own risk of insanity - cursing, viewer tantrums, hair pulling & addictive watching. Be advised that at times it makes other makjang dramas look like child's play especially with the nonsensical. The synopsis always appear appealing like a tasty appetizer but the actual taste of the whole meal is completely different.

The heroine is likely to go through feats that makes her applicable for sainthood and although the synopsis gives the impression that she is somewhat smart in the first place also she is never rich, she later goes on to make decisions that makes the stupid person looks intelligent. These shows have acts of crimes which are prosecutable yet they will rarely if ever see the light of day in court much less the so called police station. There is so much done to the victim/prey by the predator/s, yet there is so much secrets kept of these sins for the so called sake of a loved one. There is many "forgiveness", "betrayal", "forgetfulness", "ineffectiveness" & "blame game" to name a few. It would be same regarding the various villains/predators and just about everyone is connected. Also the hero and heroine will have to go through so many trials/tests of their love its a wonder/miracle to know that it was a relationship in the first place & that they are supposedly meant to be together.

All I stated so far is the base foundation of a daily drama (30-53 mins) - 120/150 episodes. All of this dragged on madness will surprisingly either make you become an addict, question yourself as why did you start watching this in the first place/ if you are "completely pabo". So future daily drama viewers you were forewarned. I have relegated myself to the pabo list as of late as I have just restarted watching them, but in a way its easier to view the clips and read the comments of the episode at soompi so I do not consistently watch them and lessen the insanity factor of wanting to pull my hair or cuss a few choice words.

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Hahaha I love this comment. So true! I think the one exception is Be Strong Geum Soon. I loved that show all the way through to the end, despite some serious angst. It wasn't perfect but the cast was so great and the writing was reasonable for a daily.

I Live in Cheongdamdong was totally amazing but I got to like ep 60 and lost access to the drama :(

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Er I say,isn't that the same for weekend dramas? It's only 30 min anyway. I just fast fw the scenes that I don't like.

I don't actually know where people get daily dramas videos since I use torrents. And since the conversations are always basic it is actually easier viewing than some of the complicated ones on the weekdays.
@Laica- I actually have the whole ILiCDD on my external HD. No subs though heard the subber's blog got deleted. Sometime during the whole Reply 1997 debacle. And the copyright laws infringement.

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Haha your description had me laughing so hard! I don't think I'd ever dare to watch a daily drama, it sounds pretty insane and with my completist nature I might just end up watching all 150 episodes for no other reason than "oh, but now I started this and even though it's only been five minutes of episode 1 and I already want to tear my hair out, I have to finish what I start" lol!

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Heol! Can't stop laughing on this. It's like as if daily dramas are deadly. ???

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Not really. sometimes it is around 100++ and lesser than 150 episodes.

If you are not really choosy, and.not really mind with repetitive stories, you can have it a go. I am not really watching daily dramas but if it has my fav actor, I will watch. For now I am enjoying Heaven Promise.

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Fangirl moments very rarely happen for me, but oh dear goodness, did anyone hear the news about Jong Joon Young and Jinwoon being cast on the same new variety show?? I'm fangirling so much right now, it's ridiculous, I don't even usually leave comments on dramabeans, but I really wanted to confirm if this is for real or not?

Supposedly it's called "Hitmaker" and should air possibly this month - they're going to travel around Europe doing sports. Usually that premise wouldn't appeal to me at all, but the combo of very athletic, always fun and charismatic Jinwoon with lucky, but unathletic oddball 1n2d member JJY has me intrigued! (okay.. I admit it... I adore both guys and have always wanted to see them on a show together, so that's probably got a little something to do with it too... *ahem!* Moving on!)
I think it would be interesting to see how they'd behave around each other as JJY might be the hyung, but Jinwoon always act so proper and mature that he almost seems the older one. Also think they have very different personalities, yet some similarities like rock music, high IQ and a cheerful energy, so I feel like they're either gonna clash completely and endanger the entire show or be the bromance of the year lol!
Don't really know the other two members though (SuJu's Kangin and a model named Lee Chul Woo), but it seems like it's gonna be an all flower boy cast (well maybe except Kangin, he's a teeny tiny bit too old for that I think?), so that'll hopefully get it some good ratings and keep it from being cancelled after the 4 ep trialrun.

(Honestly, truly, I'm not usually like this! I don't usually fangirl! ... Well... *that* much. Okay.. so... A little perhaps... sometimes... you know, if it involves JJY.. or Jinwoon... or Kim Soo Hyun... Then I'm done for... *gives up on smart and above-being-shallow image and gives in to the fact that it's okay to fangirl sometimes*)

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Omg wow thanks for the info I didn't know! No wonder Joonyoung has been traveling so much!!

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Didn't know he'd been travelling much, but that might be for a different reason - as far as I know, they haven't filmed anything yet, but should be going to Germany soon *tries to break piggy bank to see if there's enough loose change for a train ticket*

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DOTS and the Cannes film festival all in the same sentence. Nothing is sacred. smh.

Also, i'm surprised park min ji got a lead role so fast, i kinda assumed she'd be offered more second leads.

but, are daily drama leads easy to come by? they seem pretty bottom of the barrel, are they even lower than a weekend drama?

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You are sooo wrong about daily dramas cast, but I'm too tired to even to even adduce all the names who acted or started their careers in them. On the contrary, since time and money are of essence in daily dramas, sometimes the casts can't afford to have time consuming untalented casts.
And Cannes has given Palme d'Or to some glorious sh... over the years and croisette usually welcomes all sort of bizarre creatures, so nothing sacrilegious there.

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no waaaayyy!!!
TOP and cecilia cheung both is my fave. so cant wait for their movie. im so in if there will be a loveline >.<
and there will be more than 30 version of DOTS??? wahhh... then there will be 30 more new countries to build. but to think we'll have 30 kinds of different marine (read: men. the best from each country) is sure very interesting ^^ <=at this point i dont really care about the story XD

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TOP is in Germany filming for the movie. He is the 'Agent Tom'. Haha. Recently from his pictures in IG, we can all see how tired he has become. I hope he doesn't overwork himself.

But the handwritten letter sent by Taeyang was so sweet. Its even sweet how Taeyang knew that TOP is the grandpa type to prefer letters over SMS. So he sent one, decorated with feathers too.

Aww. The bond is so strong.

Good luck Agent TOM. I love you.

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Congratzz AJH and GHS!!! I was like WTH? that was quick! but theres never too soon for love!
im soo glad to see news about Im Joo Eun! shes one of my fav actresses! Anyone knows where I can watch her movie?? I googled the title and didnt find it! I found Tudou's age but im so frigging lost! Hope someone translates it or recap it at least!

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When I read they were getting married I actually blurted something in Korean. I'm not sure what I said but it was along the lines of "boo you wah??"

It's such a surprise!

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LOL, I do that every once in a while- blurt out some phrase in Korean that has wormed it's way into my subconscious, and then pause to wonder what exactly I said XD

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Is she pregnant that's why they getting married so fast?
Really wondering why they easy to get married they just met for couples of months or one year then right away they getting married maybe because that looks you can't get away or they are so in love . Are they easy to get or maybe we have different point of view about marriage. Anyway, hope them to be happy, it just so surprising she is so talented I thought she will think careful about marriage because she is busy, she is not only an actor but director etc.so surprising they getting married right away. People say no matter how smart you are when it comes to love you fool, stupid and blindly in love. Sorry for judging them it just I really fastany GHY and LMH together but I should end it. And it just hurt liking someone who is getting married and seeing happy with better person the fact you don't have a right to hurt. You just hoping or wishing them to be happy then forget everything....

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Pregnant or no, it's none of our business! KHS and AJH are obviously so much in love! I am a fan but I have no business telling people I admire who to marry or to have relationships with! I admire them in a healthy way and I know how to draw the line! She knows what's best for her even when others didn't think so. Their lives are not for us to control! Find your own path, and find your own AJH. I think it's healthier for you.

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