“Hayate the Combat Butler” tells the story of a rich, young girl Nagi Sanzen’in (starring Park Shin Hye) who lives in a beautiful palace and how her life changes after meeting Hayate Ayasaki(starring George Hu), who is employed to be Nagi Sanzen’in’s butler. The drama production team of “Hayate the Combat Butler” recently says that “Although the mansions in Taiwan are very expensive, but their outer appearances are not pretty enough for the drama.”
Due to that, the drama production team has decided to continue the filming in Kyūshū. (きゅうしゅう), JAPAN. The team also stated that they have gained support from the Nagasaki-ken Tourism Association 長崎観光連盟. (Nagasaki-ken is the capital city of Kyūshū), making the drama a co-production by Korea, Japan and Taiwan. The total cost of the drama production of “Hayate the Combat Butler” is estimated at $198,100 USD (=219,530.000 KRW)
The cutest thing is, hardworking leading actress Park Shin Hye has been learning Madarin Chinese, and she always tells her costars that “I will work hard on it.”
Hayate is currently filming in Taiwan, the estimated filming length is 3 months.
Taiwanese actor George Hu and Korean actress Park Shin-hye are already in their second week of filming for their idol drama collaboration “Hayate the Combat Butler”, and the pair are gradually developing into good friends. What has been surprising is that the best way the pair has been communicating with each other is through a series of pranks. Plus, with the addition of George’s bandmate Shao Xiang from Mandopop boy band Wu Hoo added to the cast, even Shao has been taking part in these pranks. With Shao not willing to be outdone, the newly added cast member of “Hayate” bribed George to pull another kind of prank on their Korean co-star, making Shin-hye cry out in response in her native Korean, “I’m going back home!”
Recently, Shin-hye has been dedicating herself heavily in studying Mandarin, where she has been seen diligently hitting the books. Furthermore, whenever she has the chance, Shin-hye would try to get in some language practice by kicking off a conversation with one of the film crew members in Mandarin. In addition, when Shin-hye has the time, she would also take her language textbooks to fellow co-star George so that her co-star could help teach the aspiring Mandarin language student. But since George has been in the United States throughout the year long prior to the filming of “Hayate”, Shin-hye’s Taiwanese co-star’s Mandarin skills are not that good either. So even though George readily agrees to help out her Korean co-star, in the end he still feels embarrassed as he laughs and says, “Studying with me probably isn’t good at all!” And although Shin-hye’s other Taiwanese co-star Shao is playing the part of fiancé to Park Shin-hye’s character, he himself doesn’t speak a word of Korean as he laughs and says, “My exchanges with Shin-hye are usually warm-hearted smiles.”
The Korean actress has been getting along pretty well with the rest of the cast, and with filming taking place at night for the past few days, even though Shin-hye is feeling a bit tired, she still expressed with dedication, “Everything’s completely okay. Everyone has been good to me, and I’m happy with the work.” George has also given huge thumbs up to Shin-hye’s acting during the course of their collaboration, giving huge praise to her by saying, “Once she gets goes up in front of the camera, she can completely immerse herself in character. It’s truly amazing!”
Picture of Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min from an online episode of “Naughty Kiss” [Group 8]
The online version of MBC’s latest drama “Naughty Kiss” being aired on YouTube is proving to be popular amongst both local and international fans.
According to a press release from the show’s promoter Group 8, the first episode of the YouTube version of “Naughty Kiss,” which was uploaded on Tuesday, received over 520,000 hits.
The show was also viewed by people from all over the world including Asia, North America, Europe, Africa, China and Japan, who have left over a total 3,400 comments underneath, the most number of remarks a video in the entertainment category to receive.
The online episodes show the married life of Baek Sung-jo (played by Kim Hyun-joong) and Oh Hani (played by Jung So-min).
The show also features English, Chinese, Japanese and Spanish subtitles provided by online community (www.viikii.net).
Fans who have seen the series online left comments saying, “Yaaay~Thank you for the subtitles!” “This show is too cute! This episode reminds me of when my hubby and I first got together…”
“The numerous hits and favorable reviews from fans for the drama shows that Korean content can compete in the global market,” Group 8 CEO Song Byung-joon was quoted as saying, adding that it is effective to see the different responses from the international fans.
“Naughty Kiss” (MBC) which finished its run last month had been sold to 12 countries before going on air and a total 11 countries in Asia including Japan, Thailand and Hong Kong.
YouTube version of “Naughty Kiss” will air every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and feature seven ten-minute long episodes for three weeks.
“Naughty Kiss” can be seen on its official YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/ytkiss).
Playful Kiss (also known as, “Mischievous Kiss and Naughty Kiss”) has started its first three (3) YouTube special episodes last November 2, 3 and today (4). So, if you missed their episodes. Here’s the links.
1. Morning of the newly Wed!
2. Fear of Injection
3. Making of Jr. Baek Seung Jo!
The next episodes will be on next week. Hope you’ll support their drama.
Source: ytkiss YouTube channel
With 1,046,718 copies sold in the US in the first week of release, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now album has scored SoundScan’s biggest single-week sales total since 2005 and is the biggest debuting country studio album in history.
Speak Now accounted for 18% of total albums sold this week, setting a new record for percentage of total sales in a single week. One out of every five CDs or download sales this week was Taylor’s Speak Now album, which was released on Big Machine Records.
Speak Now is just the 16th album in the SoundScan era to sell over a million copies in one week, and Taylor joins Whitney Houston, Norah Jones and Britney Spears as the only female artists in history to sell more than a million albums in a debut week. With 278,000 digital albums sold, Taylor broke her own record for most country digital albums sold in one week (set by 2008’s Fearless album), and Speak Now marked the largest debut album release total (all genres) at Target in the history of the retail chain. Taylor, who earlier this year won four Grammys –including Album of the Year– for Fearless, wrote the Speak Now album entirely by herself, and co-produced the project with Nathan Chapman.
Speak Now reached the iTunes #1 album position (all genres) within an hour of its release on October 25th, and the album’s lead single, “Mine,” is now Taylor’s sixth #1 hit, jumping from #5 to #1 at Country radio this week. “Mine” has reached #11 at Top 40 radio and is Top 5 at A/C and Top 10 at Hot A/C. The video for “Mine” is in its 10th week at #1 on CMT, and has also reached #1 at GAC, MTV and VH1.
The Speak Now track “Mean” is this week‘s Hot Shot Debut on the Billboard Hot 100, marking the third straight week Taylor has held Hot Shot Debut honors. Taylor is the only artist in the 52-year history of the Hot 100 to achieve this feat. And just last month, Taylor set a new Billboard record for Most Top 10 debuts on the all-genre Hot 100 in the history of the chart.
Speak Now’s sales and chart success is matched by the album’s critical acclaim. Rolling Stone awarded the CD 4 stars, writing: “People like to fixate on Taylor Swift’s youth, as if to say, yeah, she’s pretty good for her age. But that just begs a question: Where are all the older people who are supposedly making better pop records than Taylor Swift? There aren’t any.”
The New York Times calls Speak Now “the most musically diverse [album] of her career…. And it’s excellent too, possibly her best,” and the Associated Press hailed Taylor as “a country-pop Jane Austen.”
“Brilliant,” raved the Hollywood Reporter, and Entertainment Weekly writes, “What Swift does extremely well is tell a story: Speak’s 14 tracks are perfectly contained snow globes of romance and catharsis, whole cinematic narratives rendered in four-to six-minute miniatures.” Us Weekly dubbed Speak Now “another unrestrained grand-slam,” USA Today says, “when Taylor Swift speaks on her new album, you should listen,” and People wrote that the “songs play out like journal entries in which the country-pop phenom lets it all out in delicious, narrative-driving detail.”
Taylor plans to tour in support of Speak Now, and is currently slated to play 85 shows in 18 countries in 2011. Her 15-month, 107-date Fearless 2009 / 2010 Tour sold out arenas and stadiums in 88 cities in five countries spanning four continents.
Fans can take a look inside Taylor’s Speak Now album – from the recording, to performances, to the behind-the-scenes of release week – on Thanksgiving night, when NBC will air the one-hour primetime special “Taylor Swift – Speak Now.” The program will follow Taylor on her journey from New York City to Los Angeles through interviews, events, and all the in-the-moment experiences of a four-time Grammy winner releasing brand new music, as well as showcase multiple one-of-a-kind performances.
Source: Taylor Swift facebook page
Another star confirmed Taecyeon’s statement as Jang Geun Suk (Moon Geun Young’s drama partner in “Mary Stayed Out All Night”) stated, “I thought Moon Geun Young would only eat Yoplait yogurt but I was surprised because she was very good at drinking alcohol.”
However, Moon Geun Young attempted to explain the misunderstanding, as she denied, “I am not good at drinking but I hold onto my consciousness through will. Because I have a habit of returning safely, I always try hard to stay awake during drinking so I think it makes the other individual believe that I am good at it.”
Meanwhile, Moon Geun Young who recently made a comeback to the big screen after 5 months, will play the main female lead in the drama “Mary Stayed Out All Night”. The highly anticipated show begins airing on November 8th, so be sure to catch the first episode!