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4 year-old does 1,500 push-ups in 40 minutes. Speaking for myself, I can probably eat about 1,500 French fries in 40 minutes. [BuzzFeed]
In reality television news, a Kate Gosselin dating show is in the works. Hair-plug sporting, Ed Hardy wearing sunburnt d-bags need not apply. [Just Jared]
Speaking of the Gosselins, the Gosselin kids are getting $200,000 for “Kate Plus 8″. Meanwhile, papa Jon Gosselin gets $70,000 not to appear on the show. [NYDN]
You can pay $4 to throw a live chicken to lions for feeding at a wildlife park outside of Beijing. Fork over $60 and you can chuck in a live goat. Bet that new Harry Potter them park in Orlando doesn’t sound so exciting now. [AFP]
Guess who wasn’t so hot on K-pop star Rain winning an MTV Movie Award for “Biggest Badass Star”? His 2008 dance battlin’ nemesis, Stephen Colbert. [Colbert Nation - thanks, Hau!]
The Daily Beast put together a nifty slideshow recapping bloggers getting in trouble with the law. From a loyal DISGRASIANtern to her two lady blogging bosses: be careful! [The Daily Beast]
Rain turns the ripe old age of 27 today, and I wish I didn’t have to tell him that he’s in for a friggin’ doozy of a year. Not so young anymore–not really old and wise, a person at 27 has only an internal misery, bout of identity confusion, and fragmented sense of self with to wallow in (um, so I hear) for about 365 days. Welcome to adulthood, homey. Oy.
So I wish him the best. Thankfully, he has those new, yummy muscles of his to console him and keep him warm.
Actually… maybe I need summa dat too.
On an Australian radio show last week, Transformers 2 star Megan Fox announced that she’d like to date Korean mega-pop star Rain.
“There’s this Korean Justin Timberlake named Rain. And I’m really on this situation right now, I’m trying to fix this up,” she said.
Seeing as how Rain said last year that he loves “sexy women,” especially Megan Fox, it’s a match made in heaven, right?
Coincidentally, Megan made this announcement right after the Seoul premiere of the Transformers sequel (where she wore a much talked-about, partially see-through dress.) In Korea, which Transformers director Michael Bay called “a huge emerging world market” and where the movie will open a week earlier than in the States. Where, as it so happens, the first Transformers killed at the box office (as it did in all of Asia). So her aligning herself with the hugest pop star in Asia? Definitely not a marketing ploy, merely a coincidence.
Ain’t love just so random and sweet?
There is something so appealing about producer/singer/songwriter/Internet phenom David Choi, even if you’re not typically the type to body-rock to soft country beats, swoon to a gentle harmonica lick, or sit around a campfire hanging on to every last tongue teaser of a gentle man’s sentimental-albeit-sensual, soft lyric (à la John Mayer, Jack Johnson, et al.).
There is a universal quality to Choi’s warm, lovey appeals, yet his distinctly smoky voice and occasional dabbles in twinkly amusement, along with his adorably forlorn mug, yank him edgewise of the smarmy pack.
Oh, we know what you’re thinking: What’s up, Johnnys-come-lately? I’ve been down with Sir Choi since ’04, yo! He’s won a zillion contests! He’s covered your favorite Britney song! We know, we know. Our friend Slanty tipped us off to his genius late last year, and reader Bobby sent us a note this week reminding us that we’ve slacked on showcasing the guy.
But you know, it’s never too late. And since it’s been raining for three days in LA–casting a luxuriously stormy gloom over the city that’s just perfect for staying in, gazing out the window, and melting into acousta-ballads–what better time to talk about a Choi than now?
Melt with us here.
The unthinkable is happening, folks: it’s raining in Southern California. Which means that anything outside of the house is a mess of tumult and wet chaos, from work-hooky to car wreck rubbernecking to mudslides to spoiled outdoor lunches! Most Angelenos know better–when it rains, we simply stay indoors all day, all cozy in cashmere blankets and designer pajamas, gazing out of the window while acquainting our ears with the unfamiliar sound of wet drops on our sundecks.
It’s also a good time to pull out our sleepiest, sappiest, drippiest, droopiest of favorite records–the only miserable champs willing to limp through such an unordinary day alongside us. For me that usually means Bessie Smith on vinyl, or Mark Kozelek on plastic. But today, it’s all about Rachel Yamagata, whose presence and throaty voice are both so pretty, so very pretty. And whose newest sad song, “Elephant” just seems so right as I’m indulging myself for one very rare rainy day.
Filed under: Beautiful Ladies, Bessie Smith, Ladies Who Rock, Mark Kozelek, Race Mixing is Cool, Rachel Yamagata, Rain, There'll Be Sad Songs to Make You Cry--Love Songs Often Do, Weather In Los Angeles?
Did something get lost in translasian during this interview with Time magazine or does Korean pop star Rain sound a lot like Patrick Bateman (as played by my boyfriend Christian Bale) in American Psycho?
When he asks the interviewer, “Do you know kimchi? It’s perrrfect. It’s amazing,” I half-expected him to bust out a chainsaw!
AllKPop.com discovered a rather obscene case of mistasian identity in last week’s People Magazine, in which a piece about our favorite pop star Rain featured a picture that was actually our boyfriend Rick Yune’s hot brother, Karl (Does that make him a Hot Karl? Yes).
Needless to say, the folks at AllKPop were annoyed (hence, the “All Asian look same?” comment). And so are we–DUDES, COME ON! HOW HARD IS THIS? WE ALL KNOW THAT KARL YUNE DOES NOT GLEAN HAIR INSPIRASIAN FROM MEG RYAN!!!
Filed under: Bad Hair All Around, Hot Asian Men, Karl Yune, Meg Ryan, Mistasian Identity, Photo Op Victims, Rain, Rick Yune, Speed Racer, Tabloids, US Weekly - Oops We Mean People Magazine, Useless Press
Funnily enough, Rain’s Jackson-like dance moves are losing their hypnotic effect on me.
He has, however, totally warmed through the cold candy shell of my icy heart–especially after this incredible dance-off with my hero, Stephen Colbert.
Now if he’d only quit with “The Rachel” hair cut and put those sexy nerd glasses back on, we could be married.
I’ve heard that actor Rick Yune (The Fast and the Furious, Die Another Day) has zero-percent body fat, which is pretty obvious, I guess, from looking at him. I’d be willing to believe that the guy is part of some superhuman species, except he did date Lisa Ling so…maybe not. Haven’t seen much of this beefcake lately, so I was glad to hear that he’s been cast in the next Wachowski-produced project about–da da da–NINJAS. Now, you may recall how I’m feeling about ninjas these days, but listen to the plotline of this action flick, which also stars Rain as…
“…a man brought up in an orphanage functioning as a ninja farm. The man turns his back on his tradition to make his way in the modern world, which brings him into conflict with a ninja (Yune) from the clan.”
I’m willing to make another exception to my no-more-ninjas rule, mostly because I’m psyched to see two hot guys swing from ropes and beat the shit out of each other.
Korean pop sensasian Rain showed up Friday at the ImaginAsian Center‘s special screening of Speed Racer looking nerdtastic! It’s a huge improvement from his artichokey, rent-boy look of yore. Well done, dude.
Speed Racer, in which Rain makes his Hollywood acting debut, opens May 9.
Pictured below is Korean superpopstar Rain, not performing at the Staples center to a screaming crowd of thousands this past weekend:
According to the LA Times, Rain’s much anticipated performance was cancelled just an hour and a half before the show was to begin, disappointing hordes of fans–many who had flown from across the globe. Obviously a huge number of Angelinos were deeply disappointed, including two girls named Jen and Diana that you may know pretty well:
The missed concert — for which 77% of available tickets were sold, according to Ticketmaster — could push back his efforts to establish his pop stardom in America by as much as two years.
“The local promoter didn’t set up everything,” Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, said through an interpreter Sunday. “When I came to the venue, the LED screen couldn’t be set up. I have rain falling in the concert — that couldn’t work. The stage wasn’t set up, there were no lights, no sound. I wanted to do a great show. But yesterday, I couldn’t get on stage.”
V2B’s Chief Executive Andy Kim, however, tells a very different story, insisting the tour’s original promoter, StarM, pulled the plug on the show after discovering the production would not be able to use Rain’s massive Korean-made LED screen — a central component of his stage show — because it didn’t conform to American electrical standards.
Oh, Rain. Jen and I understand what it’s like to not get what you want, exactly like you want it. And so, we have a few things for you.
This is a gift from me:
Korean music mogul J.Y. Park threw a party Wednesday to celebrate the opening of JYP Entertainment’s U.S. headquarters in New York City. Park, who launched Rain’s career and has produced for Mase, Outkast, and Will Smith, is collaborating with Dirty South Crunk Master Lil Jon on the debut album of 15 year-old Korean singer Min.
“Min’s style mixed with Lil Jon’s grimy beats is gonna be hot,” Mr. Park told New York Business.
Dirty South Korea! Korunk Juice! Throw It Up, ROK!
Here’s a picture of Park and Lil Jon from the party:
Lil Jon: YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAH!
JY: Min is going to be bigger than Britney. Bigger than Xtina.
Lil Jon: WHHHHHHHHHHHAT?!? WHHHHHHHHAT?!?
JY: Bigger than Rihanna.
Lil Jon: YEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAH!
JY: We’re taking over the music business, man.
Lil Jon: FUCK Y’ALLLLLL! YES Y’ALLLLLLL! YEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHH!