Ladies, do you know Bae Yong-joon? I can hear frantic screaming from some of his female fans already. Known as “BYJ” to many of his fans, this androgynous looking dude is apparently the hottest Korean soap star in Asia. He shot to fame with his dramatic role in ”Winter Sonata” six years ago and ever since then, he has enjoyed a fan base that covers a wide range of Asian female demographics, including middle aged single and married women who mob him at public events and vow to kill themselves if he gets married. Heck, Takeshi Kaneshiro doesn’t even get this kind of reaction from his fans and I consider him the best looking male movie star in Asia.
Okay, if you’re a Weezer fan like me you know that they came out with their new album June 3, 2008. I haven’t heard the whole album yet but Rivers Cuomo is a genius so don’t worry you won’t be disappointed. Unfortunately the song I was actually looking forward to was the BoA - Meri Kuri cover song that’s only featured on the Japanese version. What a disappointment. But nonetheless, I managed to find a way to hear the song.
500 artists from China, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined together on June 1, 2008 for a fundraising campaign for the Sichuan Earthquake victims. Although the artists gathered on stage at 2:00pm, the event didn’t begin till 2:28pm – the time the earthquake had hit Sichuan on May 12. The show lasted till 10pm (8 hours) raising $34,984,458. As a final performance, the various artists performed “Promise” a song written by Andy Lau to show the victims that they promise to continue to show their long term support. Not only was the song touching but the music video featured various clips of the earthquake victims and not to mention Jackie Chan singing.
Tila Tequila, no doubt the embarrassment of all Vietnamese Americans and the biggest Asian freak show this side of the planet after Bai Ling, has told Extra that, I quote, “ I was thinking about, like, retiring and, like, maybe adopting a few kids of my own and, like, moving somewhere really far away from Hollywood”. Bitch thinks she is Angelina Jolie.
New York – 06/03/08 - Ningin.com and the AAFilmLab to Form Media Partnership for the Fifth Annual 72-Hour Shootout Short Film Competition.
Ningin.com and The Asian American Film Lab (AAFilmLab) announced today the beginning of a media partnership to offer streaming videos of all the entries in the Fifth Annual 72 Hour Shootout. The Shootout, which takes place on June 20-23, is a nationwide competition where filmmaking teams are given a common theme at the start and have 72 hours to write, shoot, edit, and complete short films up to five minutes in length.
This exclusive partnership will create a special AAFilmLab branded micro-site operated in collaboration with the Ningin staff and the AAFilmLab leadership that will launch on June 16th.
The partnership reflects Ningin’s commitment to promoting all things related to Asian media, especially the works of independent Asian and Asian American filmmakers, by making compelling content easily accessible via its social application technologies and by exposing new audiences to these original talents.
For the first time, all Ningin users and guests of Ningin will be able to participate in the public beta testing of its high-definition video streaming technology.
Apparently Sponge Entertainment thought the Korean boy band well was drying up so they decided to announce a new boy band called “R-eal”. Hyphenating mid-word is such a typical Korean band name trend not to mention using an English word. So much for being original. Anyways like typical boy bands (*cough* Super Junior and their 13+ members), there are 5 band members: Yoon – 25, Jin Woong – 20, Chang Hyun – 20, Insuk – 20 and Sang Il – 18. It’s a step up from Shinee who has a bunch of jail bait members (14 – 18).
Ok guys, I usually don’t blog about anything that is not celebrity or food related but this is too good to resist. I came across these numbers on the latest issue of Brandweek magazine and I just want to share them with you. They are population and economic figures that show the growing importance of Asians as a consumer group in the U.S.