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In the second of four retrospective articles, we recall some of the entertainment stories that caught our eye in 2015. We’ve left out a few of the more scurrilous stories. Also, a few sad deaths of people outside the entertainment industry. Entertainment Ode to My Father became the second-biggest box-office hit of all time, boosting […]

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Shin Meekyoung and T.O.P receive Prudential Eye awards

by Philip Gowman 31 January 2015
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London-based South Korean artist Shin Meekyoung won the 2015 Prudential Eye Award in the sculpture category, at a cemerony held in Singapore on 20 January this year. The Prudential Eye Awards were launched in 2014 by the Prudential Eye Programme, a partnership between Parallel Contemporary Art, Saatchi Gallery and Prudential – the collaboration which also […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: Tablo on the BBC, more on propofol, and Shinhwa’s comeback

by Saharial 27 January 2013
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For anyone up in the early hours of Friday morning, Tablo was being interviewed on the BBC about Kpop and what influences him. The interview can be found on the BBC website or YouTube for those of you who, like me, ware asleep at the time. Sadly the clips have been getting some negative comments […]

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Looking back at 2012: Hallyu and entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2013
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In the second of four round-ups of links to news which caught our eye in 2012, we focus on hallyu-related stories from around the world, some of the local entertainment industry stories plus a quick look at the film industry. UK. The Guardian put together an entertaining photoshop when London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed he […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: Sweet Dreams for Tiger JK

by Saharial 20 January 2013
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It’s been a quiet week in comparison to the first two of the year, but it looks like there is some interesting music on its way. Hip Hop legend Tiger JK, his wife Yoon Mi Rae (aka Tasha) and Bizzy are forming a new project group called MFBTY (‘My Fan Better Than Yours’), releasing an […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2012: Saharial

by Saharial 9 January 2013
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Thanks to a hectic work schedule, concerts and a rather filthy cold – I’m just getting down to reviewing my purchases for last year and in some cases – listening to them! The final list of five are as follows: Nell Vol. 5: Slip Away – released 10 April 2012 This 5th album is the […]

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BIGBANG at Wembley Arena: Fantastic, Baby

by Philip Gowman 15 December 2012
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The thudding of the bass speakers was turning my inside to soup as the shrieks of the fangirls were searing laser-like into my brain. And the concert hadn’t even started yet. I had brought a stiffening drink into the arena with me, but there was no chance to down it. As soon as the band […]

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It’s finally happening – BIGBANG are coming to London

by Philip Gowman 21 October 2012
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The CNBlue gig earlier this year was a treat, but you knew who many fans were really wanting to come. The rumours were persistent: BIGBANG would eventually visit London. It nearly happened last year but that unfortunate car incident got in the way. But now it’s happening: December 15 at Wembley Arena, according to their […]

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Big Bang win Worldwide Act category in MTV awards

by Philip Gowman 7 November 2011
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Big Bang win the inaugural Worldwide Act category in the MTV European Music Awards, Belfast. Those VIPs sure can round up the online votes! http://t.co/hT1zGi04

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Big Bang briefly the most tweeted about act for MTV awards

by Philip Gowman 6 November 2011
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Big Bang was briefly the most tweeted-about act for the 2011 MTV Music Awards #MTVEMA http://t.co/QH0dA9vS

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Big Bang reunited in Belfast

by Philip Gowman 5 November 2011
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Big Bang put aside Daesung’s car accident and G-Dragon’s marijuana controversy, and unite to take on Britney Spears in Belfast at the MTV European Music Awards: http://t.co/3AFOyCDQ

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Three outcomes of the London Riots

by Philip Gowman 11 August 2011
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Three Korea-related outcomes of the London riots this year: Big Bang will not be coming for the Thames Festival (though the guilty verdict on Dae-sung didn’t help either. # Third Window Films, great supporters of Korean movies, hit as Sony’s main CD and DVD replication centre is burnt down: huge amount of stock destroyed. http://on.fb.me/npACjW […]

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DVD release: 71 Into the Fire

by Philip Gowman 9 March 2011
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71 Into the Fire, by director John H Lee (이재한), is a film based on a true story which occurred in the early months of the Korean War, when the northern armies swept all before them until they reached the Busan perimeter. A group of 71 student soldiers are given the job of defending a […]

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LKL Critics’ Choice 2008: Saharial

by Saharial 5 December 2008
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Saharial presents her choices of 2008’s finest Korean albums. And they’re not all by Shinhwa.

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