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At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever. And that’s not all! Each News Splash includes JaK’s Top Pick – a featured clip, episode, or trailer that we at JaK Wave want to share with you all! So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the Fever this week!
B.A.P files lawsuit over “slave contracts,” vocal coach backs claims
Over the Thanksgiving holiday, K-pop group B.A.P (Best Absolute Perfect) made waves in the industry when it was revealed that all six members were filing a contract nullification suit against their entertainment company, TS Entertainment.
UPDATE: TS Entertainment claims “forces” are trying to take B.A.P away
TS Entertainment has released their official press statement regarding the lawsuit B.A.P filed against them over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The press release, which was released on December 5 KST, began with TS explaining they had no idea of B.A.P’s intentions. They claimed the group asked for a break in October, which was granted, and then they recently confirmed wanting to resume their activities in 2015. The company went on to say as preparations and schedules for the new year were being made, all of a sudden on November 27, they heard through the media that the group had filed a lawsuit.
Love Cells and Doll House now available in the U.K., Australia, and the Middle East
If you live in the U.K., Australia, or the Middle East and have been wanting to watch the DramaFever Minis Love Cells and Doll House but didn’t know where to find them, good news! You can now find full episodes on DramaFever’s YouTube channel.
Both series are complete and ready to marathon, so go ahead and get started!
Kang So Ra’s MAMA red carpet look is a $30 H&M dress
Not only did Kang So Ra look fantastic at the 2014 Mnet Asia Music Awards, but it turns out she got her dress at a fantastic price! Her beautiful blue lace outfit may look like it’s from a designer brand, but it actually comes from H&M for just $30. Her affordable, yet stunning look is generating a great response from fans.
Gangnam Style has more views than YouTube can count
It has been two years since PSY’s 2012 song “Gangnam Style” became a crazy viral sensation, but the music video is still going strong and breaking records! After being the first video to hit 1 billion and then 2 billion views on YouTube, it has now gotten so big that it officially broke YouTube, stalling out their view counter because it had too many hits to count.
Watch Lee Byung Hun play a deadly robot in the new Terminator Genesis trailer
If you like the Terminator series and you like K-dramas, then Lee Byung Hun’s new movie is for you! The deadly robots are back, and this time Lee Byun Hun plays a convincingly creepy one. Watch the new trailer here!
Akibapop dojo in Tokyo opens door to subculture enthusiasts
On November 27, AKIBAPOP: DOJO, a culture school for subculture enthusiasts, held its first day of classes and meetings in the Akihabara district of Tokyo, paving the way for those who wish to learn, teach, connect, and collaborate with other otakus (anime, manga, and gaming fans) and aspiring creators from all over Japan.
WATCH: Highlights of DramaFever’s 5 Year Anniversary Bash!
Earlier this year, DramaFever invited hundreds of viewers to celebrate our 5 year anniversary with us here in New York City. If you weren’t able to make the party, you can still join in the fun with our highlight video below. Enjoy, and thank you for 5 fantastic years!
WATCH: Heechul zones out and gets left behind during Super Junior’s concert in Beijing
During Super Junior’s SUPERSHOW6 concert in Beijing, Heechul got distracted and forgot to get onto the platform with his fellow members. While everyone else was rotating on a raised circular stage, Heechul continued to sing their song “Evanesce” at the base by himself. Despite the mistake, he took it all in stride and in a very professional manner. However, some other Super Junior members couldn’t quite hide their surprise!
Why did Heechul “zone out” in Beijing concert?
Recently, Super Junior’s Heechul got distracted and forgot to get on a circulating platform with his fellow Super Junior members while performing at their concert in Beijing. (See DramaFever article with video HERE.) It’s possible that he was simply tired. However, there is a popular theory circulating among Chinese SJ fans that points to what Heechul was looking at as the reason why he “zoned out.”
DramaFever Actor Face-Offs: Kim Nam Gil vs. Joo Won
We’re back with Round 1, Match 3 of the DramaFever Actor Face-Offs! This time we’re pitting drama heavyweights Kim Nam Gil and Joo Won against each other.
Watch this video to see who won the previous match, and catch these two talented actors as they flaunt their acting chops! Then vote for your favorite in this poll on our Google+ community! Remember, you’d need to vote in the poll for it to count!
Love Snowpiercer? 10 other shows you should see
With the addition of Snowpiercer to the Netflix streaming library, an increasing number of people are discovering director Bong Joon Ho’s critically acclaimed film. The sci-fi action film boasts an impressive cast, including Chris Evans, Song Kang Ho, and Tilda Swinton. If you enjoyed Snowpiercer and are looking for similar titles from Korea, look no further! Here are 10 Korean film and television recommendations for fans of Snowpiercer. All of them are available with English subtitles here on DramaFever.
Japan named “number 1 brand” in the world
Whether or not we like to admit it, it’s nice to be number one. So given the fact that the U.S.-based company FutureBrand recently named Japan as the number one brand in the world, the country has to be feeling pretty good right about now.
SHINee takes selfies with Jack Black
Airport selfies! Globetrotting boy group SHINee ran into Hollywood actor and comedian Jack Black at the airport today. Following their brush with comedy, members Onew and Jong Hyun rushed to Twitter to share photos they took with the star.
McDonald’s Japan Unveils New Crab Burger
It has been a busy week for McDonald’s. First the massive fast food chain announced that it was offering Hello Kitty-themed dolls in Korea. And now McDonald’s Japan is taking a turn at unveiling creative products with the release of a new crab burger.
7 K-dramas to introduce you to actor-idol group 5urprise
The K-pop group 5urprise, hailed as the first full actor-idol group to actually train in acting before their debut, just started the second season of their fun web series After School: Lucky or Not. Aside from the web series, many of the group members have also appeared in other dramas. Here are 7 shows to spark your 5urprise obsession:
Another manga comes to an end as final volume of Evangelion hits bookstores
As reported here on DramaFever, last month saw the conclusion of Shonen Jump Magazine’s long-running Naruto, which caused quite a stir among manga fans around the world. Just last week, another manga, this time one which started 20 years ago, officially ended with the publication of its 14th volume. The title of this manga is called Evangelion.
Nichkhun trends on Twitter after MAMA close-ups
NichKhun is the man! 2PM’s Thai Prince was MAMA 2014 royalty after the camera focused on him during his girlfriend’s acceptance speech.
His idol girlfriend Tiffany represented her unit group TaeTiSeo when they won K-pop Fan Choice Female at the 2014 MAMAs yesterday. When the time came for her to walk to the stage to give a speech, the camera team made sure they gave Nichkhun a few close-ups to get his reaction to her winning an award.
Could Lee Min Ho be headed for the military in 2015?
As we all know, a new year of military enlistment is approaching, and some of our favorite Idols and actors will be leaving us for two years. In the dreaded bowl of enlistment names is Lee Min Ho. Born June 22, 1987, the actor will be turning 28 in 2015. According to Korean law, the enlistment age range for all males is between 18-35.
The 9 most amazingly choreographed K-pop songs
There are so many reasons to love K-pop, and good dance moves are close to the top of my list. We expect our artists to be able to sing well, dance well, and look good, and the artists below do not disappoint! There are a lot of K-pop music videos out there with amazing choreography, but these 9 are my list of favourites (for now). Is there anything you think should be added to the list? Let me know below.
McDonald’s Korea unveils Hello Kitty-themed dolls
If it seems like Hello Kitty is everywhere these days, that’s because she definitely is, and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. This Hello Kitty fever has clearly spread to Korea in the form of these stuffed McDonald’s characters.
Saturday Night Live Korea creates funny viral parody of Interstellar
The hilarious cast of Saturday Night Live Korea is at it again with another parody that puts a silly spin on a hit movie. This time the target is Interstellar, and you’ll never see the twist at the end coming!
Warning: Minor movie spoilers and some explicit language
7 Ways YG Entertainment won in 2014
Let’s be real; the house that Yang Hyun Suk built wins every year. But 2014 felt like a monumental year for the K-pop powerhouse. YG stans unite; haters step back. Let’s take a look at ways YG Entertainment won in 2014.
The Ultimate Hello Kitty Christmas Gift Guide
Black Friday and Cyber Monday have come and gone, and some of us are still stuck wondering what to get our friends and family for gifts this year. It’s a known fact that Hello Kitty brings joy to the entire world and beyond, so why not give that special someone the gift of cuteness this year? Below is a list of 20 of the most awesome Hello Kitty gifts out there today.
Watch shrimp tempura get made in 3 seconds
Some commercials use catchy songs or colourful characters to grab your attention. But a recent viral commercial, sponsored by Japanese wireless carrier NTT Docomo uses what can only be classified as a shrimp cannon.
Learn mathematical equations by eating chocolate!
Ko Eun Su, a chocolatier in Seoul, created an extremely cute and sweet way to support students during their college entrance exams. He created boxed chocolates with math equations printed on them, which he sells in his shop, Piaf Artisan Chocolatier. Each box even comes with a small booklet that explains each equation!
Jaejoong confirmed to star in upcoming K-drama Spy
It’s official! Jaejoong has taken the lead role in the upcoming political thriller Spy. He’ll be tackling the role of Sun Woo, a character who is described as a genius national intelligence agent who works for the NIS (National Intelligence Service). Sun Woo’s mother, played by actress and Roommate cast member Bae Jong Ok, is a “former North Korean intelligence agent,” which makes the storyline even that much more interesting!
See Japan come to life in these Nintendo-style GIFs
GIFs are usually fun, quick clips of animals being silly or your favourite brief scene from a TV show or movie. So it’s super cool to see Tumblr user 1041uuuha creating something different with a series of Nintendo-style GIFs that show everyday life in Japan.
Kim Woo Bin films Running Man in Seoul’s first snow
Kim Woo Bin’s love is filming. The hot actor recently filmed an episode of SBS’s Running Man in the Myeongdong and Yongsan area. He and fellow actor Lee Hyun Woo both made an appearance on the variety show to promote their upcoming crime movie The Technicians.
According to media outlets today, the two friendly stars’ shoot took place during Seoul’s first snow.
Sadly, there will be no
JaK’s Top Pick
There is no Top Pick for this week, but be sure to come back next Monday for our next team recommendation for all you Drama-loving Wave Riders out there!
That concludes this week’s DF Wave News Splash!
Come back next Monday, when we will be once again sharing the best DF stories from the last 7 days!
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