January 12th, 2022

Former idols taking another shot at stardom on Sing Again 2

performance starts at 2:38

Sing Again 2, the second season of the hit competition/survival singing show for unknown or forgotten singers, has shared online some of the first-round performances that didn't make it to air and netizens were especially surprised to recognize Singer #1 (in line with the show's rules, all contestants are anonymous and referred to by numbers).

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Sources: 싱어게인 전체공개 1 2 3, SPOTV News, JTBC Entertainment 1 2 JTBC Voyage 1 2 3

Which forgotten faves would you like to see get another chance, omona?
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"Squid Game" earns three SAG award nominations


The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards are not the most illustrious of Hollywood’s many awards —that would be the Academy Awards. But the SAG Awards occupy a special place in the industry, as do various other Guild awards, like the Director’s Guild Awards and the ACE Eddie Awards for editors. As SAG notes on its website, “of the top industry honors presented to actors, only the SAG Awards are selected entirely by performers’ peers in SAG-AFTRA with 124,000 eligible voters.” Which makes Squid Game’s multiple SAG nominations even more impressive.

The Netflix show garnered three nominations: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor, for Lee Jung-jae as Seong Gi-hun, Player 456; Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor, for Jung Ho-Yeon as Kang Sae-byeok, the North Korean Player 067; and an overall award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Series.

Netflix has run a sizable awards campaign for Squid Game, including pop-ups in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Paris featuring K-pop DJ sets and chances to play the games seen in the show. For an awards swag bag, Netflix gave out dalgona cookies, which viewers might remember being obsessively licked in the show, alongside an HD projector and noise-canceling headphones.

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I drove past the popup in Los Angeles and had no idea what was happening but apparently Eric Nam was there dressed as a contestant lol

source: polygon

DREAMCATCHER: 5 Year Anniversary! “Chase Me” Debuted January 12th, 2017

Dreamcatcher celebrates their 5 year anniversary! They debuted with Chase Me on January 12th, 2017. They posed with the signature choreography moves for fans.

Revisit their debut under the cut!

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Credit: pink hot on tumblr

Source: Happyface Entertainment, @hf_dreamcatcher

Congrats girls!!! They’ve grown so much over the years and have achieved a lot 🥺 Share your favorite DC songs and memories of the group!
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Starbucks in crossfire of Korea's culture war

A new culture war is brewing in South Korea. At the center is Starbucks, after vice president of Shinsegae Group Chung Yong-jin -- the largest shareholder of the coffeehouse chain’s operation in the country -- shared several anti-communist posts on social media.

In recent weeks, the outspoken billionaire made headlines for using the hashtag “annihilate communism.” While he has gained support for his political statements, mostly from conservatives, some are threatening to boycott Starbucks over the support he has received from the far-right.“I’m going nowhere near Starbucks in Korea,” read one viral tweet alongside a screenshot of hosts from the far-right YouTube channel Hover Lab smiling with Starbucks merchandise.

Users have posted pictures of themselves getting a refund on gift cards, while others encouraged people to go to local independent cafes instead.

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source: The Korea Herald
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Samsung dispatches flights to bring back COVID-positive employees from CES

Samsung Electronics dispatched chartered flights to Las Vegas to bring home some 20 staff members and executives who tested positive for COVID-19 at the CES 2022 trade show, according to industry sources Wednesday.

The majority of the infected Samsung officials returned to South Korea late Tuesday night, while the remaining officials arrived around noon on Wednesday.

Most of the officials reported minor or no symptoms. After arrival, they were transferred to a quarantine facility for medical treatment.

All travelers returning to Korea are required to submit negative PCR tests within 72 hours before departure, or their boarding is denied by airliners, which is why Samsung sent chartered flights to Las Vegas.

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I miss Vegas so much.

source: The Korea Herald

"Our Beloved Summer" episodes 11 & 12 Discussion Post

Drama: Our Beloved Summer / That Year We (literal title)
Director: Kim Yoon-Jin
Writer: Lee Na-Eun
Network: SBS
Episodes: 16
Release Date: December 6, 2021 - January 25, 2022
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

CAST: Choi Woo Shik (Choi Woong), Kim Da Mi (Gook Yeon Soo), Kim Sung Chul (Kim Ji Woong), Roh Jeong Eui (NJ), Ahn Dong Goo, Park Won Sang, Seo Jung Yeon, Park Jin Joo, Cha Mi Kyung, Jo Bok Rae, Jeon Hye Won, Lee Seung Woo, Heo Jun Seok, Park Yeon Woo, Yoon Sang Jung, Park Do Wook, Ahn Soo Bin, Jung Kang Hee, Lee Seon Hee

PLOT: Years after filming a viral documentary in high school, two bickering ex-lovers get pulled back in front of the camera and into each other's life. Choi Woong seems naive and a free-spirited man, but he wants to have something for the first time in his life. For that, he shows what he holds in his mind. Kook Yeon Soo aimed to become the top student at her school, but she is now an adult who lives fiercely, adapting to her reality.

Drama info and image from: MYDRAMALIST and you can watch on NETFLIX

Glad I decided to watch this series. It makes me smile a lot watching the two leads!

"Ghost Doctor" episodes 3 & 4 Discussion Post

Drama: Ghost Doctor
Hangul: 고스트 닥터
Director: Boo Sung-Chul
Writer: Kim Sun-Soo
Network: tvN
Release Date: January 3, 2022 (ongoing)
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 10:30PM KST

CAST: Rain (Cha Young Min), Kim Bum (Ko Seung Tak), Uee (Jang Se Jin), Son Na Eun (Oh Soo Jung), Sung Dong Il, Tae In Ho, Park Chul Min, Lee Tae Sung, Kim Jae Yong, Seo Ji Young, Yoon Da Kyung, Ahn Tae Hwan, Ko Sang Ho, Myung Gye Nam, Yoon So Hee, Choi Seok Won, Lee Moon Soo, Han Seung Hyun

PLOT: Cha Young Min is a genius doctor, with excelling skills at surgery, but he is arrogant and selfish. One day, he gets involved in an accident and due to this, his spirit possesses another doctor's body, Seong Tak. These two doctors are complete opposites, with opposite personalities and medical abilities.

While Young Min is arrogant and cold-blooded, who only cares about his career, and doesn't care about any of his patient's personal stories, Seong Tak is the luckiest and richest resident doctor whose grandfather is the founder of Myung-shin hospital and mother is the chairman of the hospital. Never wanting to be a good doctor, he becomes possessed by a ghost doctor. (Source: AsianWiki, CJ ENM)

Drama information and image from MyDramaList
You can watch on VIU (available on specific regions)

Kim Bum is so fluffy cute and like his character a lot. The story is nice so far =)