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The Korean Broadcasting, Film and Performing Arts Labor Union has gone on strike
in response to unpaid wages amounting to nearly 3.5 million dollars US. The discrepancy seems to stem from networks hiring outside production companies while only being required to pay for 50-60 percent of actual production costs, leaving employees at the mercy of middlemen. The cast and crew of finished series (Pasta
and A Man Called God
) have complained
of not being paid, so the strike gives these workers some leverage to be paid for their work. Although some series such as Playful Kiss
already have a buffer of filmed episodes to run while the matter is ironed out, other dramas, My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
in particular, tape much closer to their air date, and will probably be forced to go on hiatus. This summer's big hit Baker King Kim Tak Gu
narrowly avoided being shut down, with an agreement being reached only three minutes before the strike was announced.
When the dust settles and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho
returns, You're Beautiful
fans have a lot to look forward to: the return
! Jang Geun Suk
, Jung Yong Hwa
and Lee Hong Ki
have agreed to reprise their roles in a cameo on a t0-be-determined episode of the Hong Sisters
and Watanabe Ken
's upcoming special drama Hei no Naka no Chuugakou
marks a first for Japan--it's being filmed inside an actual Japanese prison
. Coming after the first public look
inside a Japanese execution chamber, is this a sign of increased openness concerning the nation's notorious prison system?
China's GTV has snagged Park Shin Hye
to co-star with George Hu
in an adaptation of the manga series Hayate the Combat Butler
, who says he's already adept at the butler part, is currently in training to beef up his combat skills. After meeting his new co-star, he described Park
as "very quiet, skinny, and very cute."
Know what else is skinny? Won Bin
's head. It's as small as a little boy's. This photo proves it
and has won Won
praise from those fans who care about these things. Hopefully he won't get a big head from all the compliments.
star Lee Byung Hun has confirmed
that he will not appear in IRIS 2.
His agent says that G.I. Joe 2
will take up most of his time for the foreseeable future, presumably meaning that Lee
has his eye on larger roles that will get him more of an international audience.
from the political drama Daemul
show Ko Hyun Jung
looking a bit dowdy in her role as President, especially sitting across from the well-styled Cha In Pyo
. As the article notes, perhaps a makeover is part of the storyline...
Finally, Lee Da Hae
is reportedly on a corn and sweet potato diet
. But is it supposed to help you gain weight or lose it? Either way, she released a few pics of her "cheating" by nibbling a few extra kernels.