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Girls’ Generation’s Yoona wants the best of both worlds 💖

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Singer-turned-actor Yoona is no longer just known as a member of girl group Girls’ Generation. After debuting on the silver screen in the espionage film “Confidential Assignment” (2017) and starring in the hit comedy disaster film “Exit” (2019) which garnered over 9.4 million moviegoers, Yoona has established herself as a bona fide actor.
 
Now she takes on the role of La-hee, a pure-hearted high school student and the first love of a country boy in the film “Miracle: Letters to the President,” which hit local theaters last week. The film is set in the rural Bonghwa County, North Gyeongsang, in the 1980s.
 
“This was the first pure, bubbly romance movie I have starred in,” the actor said during a recent video call interview will the JoongAng Ilbo, an affiliate of the Korea JoongAng Daily.  
 
“I didn’t feel particularly pressured that this is my first film since ‘Exit,’” said Yoona. “I only thought about what I want to do and what I want to show through this movie.”
 
The actor described “Miracle: Letters to the President” as “a film that heals you and fills your heart.” Bonghwa County, in which the story takes place, is a rural region in the southeast of Korea and was especially isolated until the 1980s as the town had no train station of its own.
 
In the film, a local high school student named Joon-kyung played by actor Park Jeong-min starts writing letters to the president, asking him to build a train station for the village. Joon-kyung eventually takes on the task himself and starts building a small station with the help of his family.  

The story is adapted from the true story of Yangwon Station in Bonghwa County with a sprinkle of imagination. Yangwon Station, which is known as Korea’s tiniest train station, is also considered to be Korea’s first privately funded station because the locals raised money and built it by themselves in 1988.
 
Director Lee Jang-hoon of the 2018 romance film “Be with You” and screenwriter Son Joo-yeon wrote the script together.
 
Yoona plays the bubbly high school student La-hee who is in the same class as Joon-kyung. She is the one who notices his hidden talent in math and volunteers to be his “muse” who helps him follow his dream.
 
“She’s the one who notices Joon-kyung’s extraordinary abilities and leads him to fulfill his potential,” Yoona said. “She’s adorable and pure but also daring. I tried not to overthink while acting, but simply portrayed the exact emotions I felt while reading the script.”
 
One of the movie’s memorable scenes is when La-hee directly asks Joon-kyung “Do you like me?” in a thick Bonghwa dialect, leaving him flustered. What sounds like a clichéd line in any romantic comedy was brought to life by Yoona’s delivery.
 
“People around me told me that La-hee is actually like me,” the actor said laughing. “I did act in many scenes thinking, ‘I would probably also behave like this in such situation.’ I found every part of La-hee adorable.”

Yoona said the most challenging part of the filming was the characters’ thick Bonghwa dialect.
 
“I’m familiar with the Gyeongsang dialect, but Bonghwa dialect was different,” she said. “All the lines were so difficult, so I was always asking the dialect coach for guidance, even for minor lines.
 
“I referred to recordings of the script by people from that region, then compared my accent to theirs. My grandparents are from Yeongju [in North Gyeongsang], so the dialect that I heard from them since I was young helped me a lot too.”
 
Yoona said the most memorable scene to shoot was a cute date with Joon-kyung.
 
“Park is friendly and comfortable to be with,” she said. “Thanks to that, we were able to get along with each other on set. I think our chemistry was good and that really shows in our characters. Park made an effort to get closer with me so we could have that chemistry.”
 
Her costar Park has said in another interview that Yoona “acts freely,” proclaiming himself to be a fan and giving her the nickname “the star in my heart.”  
 
“Park can handle all kinds of roles like an ever-changing chameleon,” Yoona said, and also gave him the nickname “Jeongmeleon,” a portmanteau of Jeong-min and chameleon.

“My fellow Girls’ Generation members told me their thoughts on the movie after watching it at the preview event,” she said. “Sunny said she enjoyed it and that the movie captures my cute side. Tiffany told me she cried her eyes out. Hyoyeon couldn’t attend because of another appointment on her schedule, but she says she is dying to find out what the movie is like.”
 
What does Yoona think is a better title for herself — “the center member of Girls’ Generation” or “actor?”  
 
“I don’t want to miss out on either,” she said. “I’ll try my best to become a center among the actors as well then.”

4 mn read Singer-turned-actor Yoona is no longer just known as a member of girl group Girls’ Generation. After debuting on the silver screen in the espionage film “Confidential Assignment” (2017) and starring in the hit comedy disaster film “Exit” (2019) which garnered over 9.4 million moviegoers, Yoona has established herself as a bona fide actor. Now she takes […]

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BTS rocks the U.N. with words of encouragement 🤩👍

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The members of BTS spoke at the United Nations Monday encouraging the youth of the world to be hopeful through the pandemic and look toward the future.
 
As special presidential envoys for future generations and culture, they offered their words of support at U.N. headquarters, New York, for the Sustainable Development Goals Moment a day ahead of the opening of the 76th U.N. General Assembly.
 
The event was livestreamed on the U.N.’s YouTube Channel, with 1 million viewers tuning in to the K-pop act’s speeches.
 
President Moon Jae-in introduced the band as an “exceptionally outstanding group of young men who are connecting with youth around the world.”  
 
The band spoke for a total of seven minutes, with each of the seven offering their own word of wisdom and encouragement.  
 
“Even though it feels like I’m ready to move forward, the world seems to have stopped altogether, and it feels like we’ve lost our way,” Jungkook said. “There were times we’ve felt that way.”
 
“That’s why I heard that people refer to those in their teens and 20s as ‘Covid’s lost generation,’” RM said. “Because they’ve lost their way in a time when they need the most diverse opportunities and trials. But can we really define them as lost because they’re going on paths that can’t be seen by grownup eyes?”
 
“In that sense, I think the title of ‘welcome generation’ is much more suitable for them than the lost generation,” Jin said. “In the sense that they’re moving forward saying ‘welcome’ instead of fearing change.”
 
The members went on to emphasize that it’s the choices of young people that matter in the end despite the circumstances. The band revealed all seven members have been fully vaccinated to go to New York.
 
“I think of the vaccination as a kind of a ticket to come to this place to meet our awaiting fans,” RM said.
 
After their speech, a special performance video of “Permission To Dance,” the band’s latest hit English-language single, was aired. It showed them singing and dancing along to the song in the General Assembly Hall and around other parts of the U.N. headquarters.  
About an hour after their appearance, the number of viewers dropped to fewer than 50,000 as fans left the livestream.
 
The K-pop act sat down for an interview with ABC News to talk about the its new role as Korea’s presidential envoys for public diplomacy. The interview will begin airing on Friday on “Good Morning America.”

2 mn read The members of BTS spoke at the United Nations Monday encouraging the youth of the world to be hopeful through the pandemic and look toward the future. As special presidential envoys for future generations and culture, they offered their words of support at U.N. headquarters, New York, for the Sustainable Development Goals Moment a day ahead […]

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Blackpink’s Lisa helps build cultural complex in her home province 🥰

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Singer Lisa of girl group Blackpink will support a program to help improve education for young people in her hometown in Thailand.
 
Led by her agency YG Entertainment and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, the program plans to build a 160 square meter (1722 square feet) cultural complex at Non Suwan Phitthayakhom School in Buriram Province. The foundation reported that it will also be providing multimedia equipment such as computers and projectors and will establish a K-pop dance academy with local instructors.
 
The school originally held after-school traditional dance classes but was reported to have struggled to resume them due to poor classroom conditions.
 
Lisa is said to have sympathized with the purpose of the program and opened an online fundraising account to collect donations.
 
“I hope children can freely roam around and dream in a better educational environment,” she said. “I want to encourage and support their precious dreams.”
 
Buriram Province, where Lisa was born, features in her first solo single “Lalisa,” which was released on Oct. 10. The music video for the song garnered 73.6 million views in the first 24 hours of its release and set a new world record for most views within the first 24 hours of release by a solo artist.

< 1 mn read Singer Lisa of girl group Blackpink will support a program to help improve education for young people in her hometown in Thailand.  Led by her agency YG Entertainment and the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, the program plans to build a 160 square meter (1722 square feet) cultural complex at Non Suwan Phitthayakhom School […]

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IU celebrates debut anniversary with charitable donations 👍

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Singer IU made donations to the underprivileged and neighborhood Covid-19 screening clinics to celebrate the 13th anniversary of her debut, her agency EDAM Entertainment said Friday.
 
She mostly donated necessities such as clothes and food that amount to 850 million won ($722,000), with the help of eight brands she models for, including bedding company Evezary and shoe brand New Balance.
 
“IU wanted to donate daily necessities to people in need, for the anniversary of her debut,” EDAM Entertainment said. “She proposed the idea first to the brands and is glad to be able to do something meaningful.”
 
IU, who debuted in 2008, is well-known for her philanthropic activities. In May, to celebrate her birthday, she made a donation of 500 million won to many different organizations such as the Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation and the Korean Unwed Mothers Families Association.

< 1 mn read Singer IU made donations to the underprivileged and neighborhood Covid-19 screening clinics to celebrate the 13th anniversary of her debut, her agency EDAM Entertainment said Friday. She mostly donated necessities such as clothes and food that amount to 850 million won ($722,000), with the help of eight brands she models for, including bedding company Evezary and […]

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AleXa to hold signing event at Amoeba Music in L.A. on Oct. 2

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 AleXa is set to have a signing event at record store Amoeba Music in L.A. on Oct. 2, her agency ZB Label said Friday.
 
AleXa is the first K-pop artist to hold an offline event in America since the onset of the pandemic.
 
“We received so many requests from global fans [for a signing event],” ZB Label said. “So we decided to hold an offline event at Amoeba Music […] because it is like a shrine for music-lovers.”
 
Amoeba Music is the biggest offline record store in L.A. and is also a must-see tourist attraction.
 
According to ZB Label, AleXa and her staff members have all been fully vaccinated. AleXa will fly to L.A. on Sept. 27.
 
AleXa debuted with her first digital single “Bomb” in October 2019, after gaining popularity by appearing on Soompi’s audition program “Rising Legends” in 2016 and on Mnet’s “Produce 48” in 2018.

< 1 mn read  AleXa is set to have a signing event at record store Amoeba Music in L.A. on Oct. 2, her agency ZB Label said Friday. AleXa is the first K-pop artist to hold an offline event in America since the onset of the pandemic. “We received so many requests from global fans [for a signing event],” ZB Label […]

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Girl group WJSN’s Eunseo to star in KakaoTV’s upcoming series ‘Jinx’ 💜

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Girl group WJSN’s Eunseo will star in KakaoTV’s upcoming fantasy romance series, “Jinx” (translated), her agency King Kong by Starship announced Friday.
 
“Jinx” follows Kyu-han, played by boy band SF9’s Chani, who gets bad luck whenever he sneezes. Kyu-han tries to win his crush’s heart.
 
Eunseo is set to play the charming Se-kyung.
 
Eunseo debuted as a member of WJSN in 2016. She started acting in 2018 on the YouTube web drama series “Best Book Cafe” (translated).
 
“Jinx” will be released on KakaoTV on Oct. 6.

< 1 mn read Girl group WJSN’s Eunseo will star in KakaoTV’s upcoming fantasy romance series, “Jinx” (translated), her agency King Kong by Starship announced Friday. “Jinx” follows Kyu-han, played by boy band SF9’s Chani, who gets bad luck whenever he sneezes. Kyu-han tries to win his crush’s heart. Eunseo is set to play the charming Se-kyung. Eunseo debuted as a member […]

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Rolling Stone lists BTS’s ‘Dynamite’ among 500 greatest songs of all time 🤩

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BTS’s “Dynamite” was listed as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time by American entertainment magazine Rolling Stone.
 
“Dynamite,” which was the band’s first English single and its first to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ranked No. 346 on the list. 
 
“’Dynamite’ was a landmark, hegemony-shattering moment for the world-conquering South Korean group,” Rolling Stone said. “Their intertwined vocal talent, led by youthful standout Jung Kook, put over the track.”  
 
The magazine compiled the most recent list 17 years after its last which was published in 2004.   
 
Including “Dynamite,” 254 new songs made the list after taking into consideration survey answered by 250 artists, producers, critics and journalists.  
 
The No. 1 in the newly updated list went to “Respect” by Aretha Franklin. “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy and “A Change Is Gonna Come” by Sam Cooke each ranked No. 2 and 3.  
 
According to the magazine, the new list covers a greater variety of music genres such as hip hop, modern country, indie rock, Latin Pop, reggae and R&B.
 
Meanwhile, the Seoul Tourism Organization announced Thursday that the teaser video titled “Your Seoul Goes On” in which the band features, has surpassed 67 million views between YouTube and its other social media channels.  
 
The video was created to console business owners and the tourism industry struggling due to the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic, and to support medical staff on the frontline battling the virus.  
 
The band is preparing to hold an online concert “BTS Permission to Dance On Stage” which will be livestreamed globally on Oct. 24.  

< 1 mn read BTS’s “Dynamite” was listed as one of the 500 greatest songs of all time by American entertainment magazine Rolling Stone. “Dynamite,” which was the band’s first English single and its first to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart, ranked No. 346 on the list.  “’Dynamite’ was a landmark, hegemony-shattering moment for the world-conquering South Korean group,” Rolling […]

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Coupang Play to air first original series ‘One Ordinary Day’ from November ❣️

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“One Ordinary Day,” a drama series starring actors Cha Seung-won and Kim Soo-hyun, will be exclusively available on local streaming platform Coupang Play sometime in November.
 
The eight-part series revolves around two men entangled in a murder case.  
 
Kim portrays a college student suddenly targeted as the primary suspect of the crime, and Cha as a lawyer, the sole person who believes that he is innocent.  
 
Producer Lee Myung-woo behind SBS drama series “Punch” (2014) and “The Fiery Priest” (2019) will take the helm of the series which is a remake of a 2008 British drama series “Criminal Justice.”
 
“It will be a series which directly challenges the irony of the criminal justice system,” the production staff said in a statement. “It’s a must-see series in an era where people put their comfort and interest first rather than rightness or justice.”
 
The series is the first original content from Coupang Play set for release.  

< 1 mn read “One Ordinary Day,” a drama series starring actors Cha Seung-won and Kim Soo-hyun, will be exclusively available on local streaming platform Coupang Play sometime in November. The eight-part series revolves around two men entangled in a murder case.   Kim portrays a college student suddenly targeted as the primary suspect of the crime, and Cha as a […]

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Time puts Youn Yuh-jung on its ‘most influential’ list 👍

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Actor Youn Yuh-jung, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for her role in “Minari,” was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2021.
 
Youn features alongside U.S. president Joe Biden, Apple CEO Tim Cook and fellow actor Steven Yeun, who also starred in “Minari.”
 
Youn was included in the “Titans” section of the list, which was revealed by the magazine Wednesday, while Yeun was in the “Artists” category.
 
The 74-year-old actor won an Oscar at the 93rd Academy Awards for her role of the grandmother Soon-ja in director Lee Isaac Chung’s “Minari.” She was the first Korean actor to receive an Oscar and the second Asian actor to win the best supporting actress award after Japanese-American actor Miyoshi Umeki for “Sayonara” (1957) at the 30th Academy Awards in 1958.
 
Youn has won over 40 awards for her performance in “Minari,” including best supporting actress awards at the 27th Screen Actors GuiId Awards and the 74th British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
 
“I’ve rarely met people with her level of confidence,” Yeun was quoted by Time as saying about Youn. “It feels like a confidence born from a deep sense of self.”
 
“It was a year in which I’ve received generous praise even though I’ve only done what I’ve always done,” Youn said through her agency Hook Entertainment. “I’m amazed to find that I’ve made it to the 100 list.
 
“I hope I was someone who’s had positive influence over people, and it’s an honor to see my name alongside people much greater than me.”
 
Since 2004, Time magazine has been publishing lists of the 100 most influential people of the year.

< 1 mn read Actor Youn Yuh-jung, who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar this year for her role in “Minari,” was included on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2021.  Youn features alongside U.S. president Joe Biden, Apple CEO Tim Cook and fellow actor Steven Yeun, who also starred in “Minari.”  Youn was included […]

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