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Brian Tee Cast as Shredder in ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Brian Tee will play the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles villain Shredder in the next installment of producer Michael Bay’s reboot, Variety reports.

Tee will be replacing Tohoru Masamune, who played Shredder in the 2014 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Megan Fox returns as the Turtles’ good friend April O’Neil, alongside Will Arnett, who plays Vern Fenwick, a coworker who fancies April. As for first-timers, Stephen Amell will portray Casey Jones, a hockey mask-donning human vigilante, while Tyler Perry will play scientist Baxter Stockman.

Variety notes that Tee is no stranger to popular franchises, as his credits include The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift and Mortal Kombat: Legacy. He’s set for a busy 2015, as he’ll be appearing in Jurassic World as Takashi Hamada, and he recently finished filming a NBC drama pilot for Love Is a 4 Letter Word. Tee also recently appeared alongside Diddy and Lee Byung-hun in a Funny or Die parody trailer for Rush Hour 4 / Face-Off 2.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 is slated to hit theaters on June 3, 2016.

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Los Angeles Film Festival to Hold Gala Screening for ‘Seoul Searching’

by JAMES S. KIM | @james_s_kim
jamesskim@iamkoream.com

Seoul Searching has been selected for the Los Angeles Film Festival‘s annual gala screening.

Written and directed by Benson Lee, the coming-of-age indie film premiered to popular acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and screened at CAAMFest last month. The movie is loosely based on Lee’s own experiences at a Seoul summer camp in 1986. With an ensemble cast led by Justin Chon, Jessika Van, Esteban Ahn, Albert KongTeo Yoo, Byul Kang and Cha In-pyo, the John Hughes-inspired teenage romantic comedy and its director were the subject of KoreAm‘s February/March issue.

On the television side, the Festival will hold a gala premiere for the new MTV/Dimentsion TV series Scream on June 14.

The festival runs from June 10-18 in downtown Los Angeles at the Regal Cinemas at L.A. LIVE. You can find more information on passes and the full list of films screening at the Los Angeles Film Festival website.

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Megan Lee Wins Lawsuit Against Soul Shop Entertainment

by REERA YOO | @reeraboo
reera@iamkoream.com

K-pop star Megan Lee won the legal battle against her former agency, Soul Shop Entertainment, on Friday regarding the nullification of her five-year contract.

The Korean American singer filed the lawsuit against Soul Shop in November, claiming that she received unfair treatment and verbal abuse from Kim Tae-woo‘s wife Kim Ae-ri and mother-in-law, who serve as the agency’s management director and chief director, respectively. Lee also accused the agency of signing a contract tying her to the musical All Shook Up without her consent.

Soul Shop, however, denied these allegations and accused Lee of breaching her contract by participating in the final audition for Nickelodeon’s upcoming series Make It Popwithout notifying the label.

On Friday, the Seoul Central District Court ruled that Soul Shop cannot force Lee to engage in broadcast, film and musical stage activities against her wishes and cannot sign contracts in relation to promotions without the artist’s permission. It added that such acts were “an invasion of personal rights, personal autonomy and occupational freedom.”

The court also deemed some of Lee’s contract terms to be unfair. One such term gave Soul Shop the freedom to terminate the contract without giving any compensation to Lee, while requiring her to pay a large penalty fee for any contract violations, according to the Korea Times. Another term stated that Lee’s contract period would begin on the “day of her debut” and not the time of signing.

Soul Shop has expressed their interest in appealing the case. Meanwhile, Lee is preparing for the April 6 premiere of Make It Pop.

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The Hollywood Mamalogues: The Heart of an Actor

by AMY ANDERSON

Today has been a rough day. As some of you may know, Aubrey’s father and I haven’t been a couple since Aubrey was an infant, so we co-parent between our two homes. Her father’s house is in a neighborhood zoned for farm animals, and Aubrey recently acquired two pygmy goats as pets. They were sweet little, friendly goats that loved people. Just yesterday, Aubrey and her friend from across the street were walking them around the neighborhood like dogs.

However, when the girls went to check on the goats this morning, they found out that one goat had been killed by a coyote while the other had gone missing. The little female goat is still missing, and we’re hoping she jumped the fence during the attack and escaped. Needless to say, Aubrey is devastated and traumatized.

No one, especially not a small child, should have to see the massacred remains of their beloved pet. I just wish my daughter had been at my house last night, so she didn’t have to witness that terrible sight. But what’s done is done, and after a very difficult start to the day, we are moving forward.

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Aubrey is involved in a wonderful children’s theater group. It is a small community organization comprised of mostly regular kids who aren’t professional actors. Aubrey adores this place. The theater group is currently rehearsing the play Aladdin, Jr. for performances in December, with Aubrey playing the titular role of Aladdin. Today she has rehearsal from 12-4 p.m., but I assumed she would be too upset to go.

People often ask me how to get kids into show business or if I think their kid has what it takes. I tell them my honest opinion: My kid is talented, but she’s not exceptional as I believe that all children have talents. Some kids are great at sports, some are gifted painters and others may have great interpersonal skills. My kid can sing and act well, but when it comes to other activities, she’s just a normal 7-year old.

When parents ask me for advice about getting their kids in the business, I usually say their child will let them know if acting or performing is a calling for them. You should be able to tell because they love it. They are interested in it. They want to do it in their free time. They can’t wait to do it again. If your kid doesn’t seem compelled to act or perform, then don’t waste your time and don’t fool yourself. You will know. Your child will tell you if you listen.

But I realize dishing out such simplistic advice is easier than living it. Even after three and a half years of Aubrey being an actor, I have moments of doubt. I wonder if she’s happy—if I’ve made a wise choice for her and for us as a family. Just as my child is not exceptional, neither am I, as a mother. I think most parents wonder if they’re making the right choices for their children, and I am no different.

Today, after several sad phone calls and texts, I was prepared to comfort a sad little girl at home for the afternoon. So when I asked Aubrey’s father if our daughter was going to go to theater practice, I was really surprised when he said she really wanted to go.

It’s true, there really are no people like show people. I think Aubrey knew she would find further comfort in a place she loves—the theater. This theater is a safe place for her and a place where she can be herself and show her feelings. So she went.

Her dad dropped her off at the theater, and shortly after, a fellow mom friend called to tell me that when she was dropping her daughter off, she saw Aubrey still crying her eyes out. Her sleeves were wet from repeatedly drying her own tears. Another little girl was comforting her and helping her to relax.

As much as it breaks my heart to think of her crying at play rehearsal, I know Aubrey chose to be there. She chose it because it’s a place where she feels love. And how lucky is she—are we—that she has found her people at such a young age?

Aubrey may never act again after Modern Family. Who knows? But for now, my little girl is an actor. Even though this morning has been fraught with sadness, I think we’re on the right track. Aubrey has the heart of an actor, and she’s where she wants to be.

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Amy Anderson is a Korean American adoptee, comedian and actress. She created and hosted the first Asian American standup showcase “ChopSchtick Comedy” at the Hollywood Improv. She has appeared on Comedy Central, VH1, AZN, and the Game Show Network. Her daughter Aubrey Anderson-Emmons plays the role of Lily on the Emmy-winning show Modern Family.

The Hollywood Mamalogues will be published online biweekly. Read the previous Mamalogue here

Photos courtesy of Amy Anderson.

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Sung Kang to Star in ‘Gang Related,’ Premiering Tonight on Fox

by JULIE HA

Actor Sung Kang, best known for his film roles in Better Luck Tomorrow and the Fast and the Furious franchise, will be gracing the cover of KoreAm’s June issue and talking about his latest project for the small screen. You’ll have to wait a few more weeks until you can get your hands—or eyes—on it, but you can catch Kang’s new TV series, Gang Related, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.

Kang plays Detective Tae Kim, part of an elite Los Angeles Police Department Gang Task Force. It’s his first role as a TV series regular, and the role was created for him by the show’s creator and executive producer Chris Morgan, who wrote several of the Fast and the Furious movies.

“[Chris] sees me as a quintessential alpha-male Korean,” Kang tells KoreAm’s Ada Tseng, “and what he wanted to do was to present a character that seems like he’s always brooding and pissed off, but humanize him with a dark backstory.”

The Wire’s Ramon Rodriguez, Terry Quinn of Lost fame and the Wu Tang Clan’s RZA also star in the Fox series.

Image via Fox.

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First-ever K-town Night Market Features L.A. Food Trucks, Live Entertainment

Seoul Sausage Company, founded by (from left) Chris Oh and brothers Ted and Yong Kim, is serving as the official food truck curator for the inaugural K-town Night Market.

by RUTH KIM

“Hi, my name is [insert your name here], and I’m a food truck addict.”

Admit it, we all get a little excited when one of these nomadic gastronomical mobiles parks itself around the corner and offers gourmet foods at a reasonable price. But what happens when the best of these trucks all gather together in a glorious, mouthwatering union?

The K-town Night Market is what happens. Taking place at the Robert F. Kennedy Community Schools in Los Angeles this Friday and Saturday, April 18-19, this inaugural event will feature some of the best food truck fare this city has to offer, headlined by Seoul Sausage Company, the Season 3 winners of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race.

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“We’re trying to bring that old night market to L.A., you know?” said Danny Park, one of the founders of the K-town Night Market. “We want to celebrate the diversity of Koreatown, but also celebrate Korean culture, too.”

As the night market’s official food truck curator, Seoul Sausage, led by Korean Americans Chris Oh and Yong and Ted Kim, has lined up an impressive and eclectic list of food truck participants, including the seasons 1 and 2 winners of The Great Food Truck Race: Grill ’Em All and The Lime Truck, respectively. They will be joined by Jogasaki, Bowled and Beautiful, East L.A. Tacos, India Jones, White Rabbit Truck, Belly Bombz, Fluff Ice, Coolhaus and Carb&Nation. Food vendors Ramen Burger and Korean American Brian Huskey’s Table 13 (Huskey was featured on Bravo’s Top Chef) will also offer their culinary fare.

Appealing to more than just the sense of taste, the event organizers are also working together with Kollaboration and ElektroPR to present a variety of K-pop workshops and live music. Organizers said that the two-day event will be split to showcase more of the Korean performers on Friday, while Saturday’s stage will feature multicultural artists. The performance line-up includes Korean American rappers Parker (Dumbfoundead) and DANakadDAN, YouTube star Lydia Paek, hip-hop artist Scoop Deville and Detroit-born K-pop singer Chad Future, among others. There will also be merchandisevendors featuring L.A. clothing brands, art exhibits and a carnival area for guests of all ages.

Friday’s market begins at 4 p.m. and ends at midnight; Saturday’s market runs from 2 p.m. to midnight. For more information, visit ktownnightmarket.com or facebook.com/ktownnightmarket. The Robert F. Kennedy campus is located at 701 S. Catalina St., Los Angeles, CA 90005.

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Korean Network Bans Crayon Pop Song for Japanese Word

Crayon Pop in a music video for the group’s single, “Uh-ee.” Image via Chrome Entertainment

When it comes to Korean music, it doesn’t get any more traditional than “trot.” But as girl group Crayon Pop found out, it can take just one word to get a song banned from broadcast.

Last Thursday, South Korean network KBS confirmed it had banned “Uh-ee,” Crayon Pop’s latest single, for the use of a Japanese word, “ppikka,” which means “shiny” in Japanese.

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There is nothing inappropriate about the word, except for that it is Japanese in origin, according to the executives at KBS, which is well-known for being a conservative network.

“KBS notified us that ‘ppikka‘ is a vestige of Japanese imperialism and needs to be refined,” said Lee Sung-soo, an official at Chrome Entertainment. All other Korean television networks, however, approved the song.

The chorus of the catchy electro-pop song begins with “ppikka” and “bbunjjuk,” which is the Korean equivalent to “shiny,” as the girls sing about making sure they live their lives to the fullest, with shiny things. There is no reference to anything Japanese, and “ppikka bbunjjuk” is a commonly used term to describe something shiny—or someone who likes shiny things.

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According to Chrome Entertainment, the company has since changed the word to “bbunjjuk” and the band has re-recorded the song for KBS. Because Korea was under Japanese occupation between 1910 and 1945, the South Korean government used to have a policy of banning imports of Japanese culture, but no longer has such a policy. KBS, however, has a track record of banning songs and videos that it deems inappropriate, as it did last year with Psy’s “Gentleman” music video, which depicts the singer kicking a traffic cone.

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Friday’s Link Attack: NKorean Drones; Stephen Kim Sentenced in Leak Case; Lee Min-ho Meets President Park

North Korean crew missing after capsize off South
BBC

A Sixteen sailors were on board the Mongolian-flagged cargo ship that went down off the southern coast of South Korea.

Three of the crew have been rescued, South Korean officials said. A search was under way for the remaining 11 crew members. The vessel was heading from North Korea to China with a cargo of steel.

South Korea’s coast guard said 13 vessels and six aircraft were involved in the search. It is not clear what caused the ship, which sent a distress call in the early hours of Friday, to sink.

N.Korean Drone Snapped Photos of Cheong Wa Dae
Chosun Ilbo

A drone that crashed in Paju, Gyeonggi Province, on March 24 hovered above Cheong Wa Dae and took close-range photos of the facility, it was revealed on Wednesday.

Based on several photos the Chosun Ilbo obtained on Wednesday, the drone started taking photos near Paju along a pre-set route. It flew right above Cheong Wa Dae and Gyeongbok Palace at an altitude of 1.3 km.

Analysis of digital information contained in these photos shows that the drone photographed the Cheong Wa Dae compound and its vicinity while flying from northwest over the area.

Japan’s claims in grade school texts
Korea JoongAng Daily

The Korean government yesterday “strongly denounced” Japan’s plan to significantly step up claims to the Dokdo islets in the East Sea in elementary school textbooks and said it was trying to distort history once again.

Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology yesterday revealed that its textbook authorization committee approved fifth and sixth grade social science textbooks from four publishers that explicitly claim Takeshima, Japan’s name for the islets, as Japanese territory.

These four textbooks will be used in classrooms starting from April 2015. All four say that “Korea is illegally occupying Takeshima.”

Kim Is Unafraid to Fly
Wall Street Journal

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un clearly doesn’t share his father’s fear of flying.

On Wednesday, North Korean state media showed Mr. Kim disembarking from an airplane at Samjiyon airport in the north of the country, a rare shot of the leader traveling by plane.

Mr. Kim took part in an “oath-taking meeting” of Korean People’s Army officers close to Mt. Baekdu on the border with China, according to the Korean Central News Agency. The officers were reportedly wrapping up a study tour of battle sites associated with Mr. Kim’s grandfather, Kim Il Sung, in the area.

Ex-State Department adviser Stephen J. Kim sentenced in leak case
Washington Post

A former State Department arms expert who leaked classified information to a Fox News reporter was sentenced Wednesday to 13 months in prison after a pointed courtroom debate about the Obama administration’s aggressive pursuit of unauthorized disclosures of top-secret information.

Stephen Jin-Woo Kim pleaded guilty in February to sharing classified information from an intelligence report on North Korea with reporter James Rosen, Fox’s chief Washington correspondent. Rosen was also targeted in the investigation by federal agents, who described him as a possible “co-conspirator” in a bid to search his personal e-mails.

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Occupational therapist John Hwang hangs with the homeless
Southern California Public Radio

By day, La Puente resident John Hwang works in Monterey Park as an occupational therapist. By night – and sometimes quite late into the night – he’s walking L.A.’s Skid Row,checking in with old friends and making new ones along the way.

“I’ve always been very intrigued by people living on the street,” says Hwang, “because if you live in L.A., you see them all the time.” He had no plans to document his visits when he started going out to Skid Row about a year and a half ago. Yet as he met more people, and heard more of their stories, he felt he needed to share them somehow.

Kim Soo Hyun Scores Coca-Cola China Endorsement Deal
KDrama Stars

Soon, China will be filled with Kim Soo Hyun’s face with a Coca-Cola product.
In a statement made by KeyEast Entertainment, Kim Soo Hyun’s agency, the actor has been chosen as Coca-Cola China’s latest ambassador and is set to shoot a commercial film this May. The actual release will be made late this year.

Kim Soo Hyun’s popularity is mainly attributed to his hit SBS TV drama “You Who Came From The Stars” which started airing in Korea in December 2013 and concluded last February.

It was also reported that the broadcasting rights of the TV drama was the most expensive ever for a Korean drama in China.

Korean Author Kyung-sook Shin On Literature and Geopolitics
Publishing Perspectives

The border with North Korea and its famous Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) must be one of the happiest and saddest places on the planet – happy because it is full of tourists having their pictures taken with the South Korean soldiers, who clearly enjoy the flattery (“Hey, he looking good this one!” josh their colleagues to each other over the tannoy); sad because it divides one people, brother from brother.

Newspapers in the west are full of the animosity between the two countries – all those stories of missile launches and military exercises on each side of the border. But when you visit, when you are there on the ground in this odd place, one doesn’t sense a raised fist; rather, an outstretched hand. The message, the signs, are all of peace and reconciliation. It is moving, even more so when one gazes out on the four-mile strip (two on each side of the border) that forms the DMZ itself.

The Walking Dead Relationships: Glenn and Eugene? Josh McDermitt Explains
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The Walking Dead may be a show centered around a specific group of people just trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, but there’s still time for our characters to have romantic relationships with one another, and boy do they ever! We’ve got Gleggie, which is the name for Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun) and Maggie Greene’s (Lauren Cohan) totally legit union, but we also have ‘ships like Richonne or Caryl, which advocate for pairings that haven’t happened on screen yet and may never even get to that point. Richonne is for Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) fans, while Caryl supporters are those that want to see Carol Peletier (Melissa McBride) and Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) enter into a relationship.

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Roof of Kim Jong-un’s Jerry-Built Luxury Villa Caves In
Chosun Ilbo

The roof of a luxury villa in Wonsan belonging to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed, apparently due to faulty construction.

A comparison of a photo of the villa taken by South Korea’s Arirang 3 satellite and an earlier image of the area on Google Earth shows a building in the compound with a collapsed roof.

One U.S. satellite image expert who analyzes photos of the luxury villas and government buildings used by the North Korean elite said the building appears to be an aquarium that was built in 2011.

Lee Min-ho meets President
Korea JoongAng Daily

Actor Lee Min-ho met with President Park Geun-hye yesterday at the third conference of the Presidential Committee for Cultural Enrichment, which looks at issues related to developing Korea’s cultural content.

Lee was invited by the committee and the Blue House because of his fame as a leading figure in the Korean Wave. The meeting was held at Bitmaru Broadcasting Center in Ilsan, Gyeonggi.

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