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S. Korean singer Rain to debut in Chinese film industry

SEOUL, March 4 (Yonhap) -- South Korean singer and actor Rain has been cast in a Chinese film for the first time, his management agency said Tuesday. Rain will play a talented young painter who falls in love with a woman in a melodrama directed by Gao Xixi, one of China's most famous movie directors, Cube DC said. Rain is one of the most popular male celebrities in South Korea and a well-known star in other Asian countries, and has appeared in several TV series and films, including two American action flicks: Speed Racer (2008) and Ninja Assassin (2009).

Fashion disaster? Downpour douses Oscars red carpet

By Mike Davidson LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The most glamorous of all runways, the 500-foot-long Oscars red carpet, might be a fashion disaster on Sunday. A rare heavy rain storm on Friday in Southern California has soaked parts of the red carpet laid down on Hollywood Boulevard, where movie stars and Tinseltown powerbrokers will make their grand entrance to the Academy Awards, film's highest honors.

K-pop singer Rain to showcase new album in Beijing

SEOUL, Feb. 19 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop singer Rain will showcase several new songs in Beijing next month, his management agency said Wednesday. Rain will appear before some 9,000 fans in China during his single showcase event scheduled for March 28 at the National Stadium in Beijing, Cube Entertainment said. It will be the first showcase to be staged by the singer in a Chinese-speaking country since the release of his sixth full-length album "Rain Effect." The album's two major tracks -- "30 Sexy" and "La Song" -- have topped local TV networks' K-pop programs.

TV special unleashed the trauma of Korea's divided families

Thirty years ago, South Korea's state broadcaster KBS decided to help reunite families separated by the chaos of the Korean War, and put together a live TV special with a 95-minute time slot. The programme ended up over-running; not by hours, days, or even weeks, but by four months. "Does Anyone Know This Person?" was the title of the special -- a seemingly innocuous question that KBS producers hoped might jog a few memories and, maybe, help bring some broken families back together.

K-pop icon Rain makes comeback with new album

South Korean singer Rain, known as the "King of K-Pop", on Thursday released his first album for four years as part of a long-awaited comeback after mandatory military service. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, released online his sixth album entitled "Rain Effect" as well as music videos for its double title numbers "30sexy" and "La Song". The album is his first since he finished 21 months of military service -- mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean men -- in July last year. The 31-year-old composed the songs and wrote the lyrics.

K-pop icon Rain makes comeback with new album

South Korean singer Rain, known as the "King of K-Pop", on Thursday released his first album for four years as part of a long-awaited comeback after mandatory military service. Rain, whose real name is Jung Ji-Hoon, released online his sixth album entitled "Rain Effect" as well as music videos for its double title numbers "30sexy" and "La Song". The album is his first since he finished 21 months of military service -- mandatory for all able-bodied South Korean men -- in July last year. The 31-year-old composed the songs and wrote the lyrics.

Singer Rain to release new album this week

SEOUL, Dec. 31 (Yonhap) -- Pop singer Rain will release his first album in nearly four years this week, his management agency said Tuesday. "Rain Effect," the sixth full-length album by Rain, is set to hit shelves on Thursday, four days earlier than scheduled, Cube Entertainment said. The singer originally planned to release the album on Jan. 6, but had to change the schedule after the filming of the Hollywood movie "The Prince" was rescheduled, the company said.

K-pop singer Rain to hold concert tour of 4 Japanese cities

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Yonhap) -- South Korean pop icon Rain will hold a concert tour in four Japanese cities next month, his management agency said Tuesday. The "2013 Rain Zepp Tour: Story of Rain" will begin with performances in Nagoya on Nov. 14-15 and will also take him to Fukuoka on Nov. 17-18 and Osaka on Nov. 20-21 before his shows in Tokyo on Nov. 25-28, according to Cube DC. "Visitors will be able to see the brilliant history of Rain who marks the 11th anniversary of his debut this year in the shows," the company said in a release.

K-pop star Rain to hold first concert in Japan

South Korean pop icon Rain will visit Japan next month for his first concert tour after being released from military service, his agency said Tuesday. The "2013 Rain Zepp Tour: Story of Rain" will begin with performances in Nagoya on November 14-15, Rain's management agency Cube DC said. The tour marking the 11th anniversary of Rain's debut will also take him to Fukuoka, Osaka and Tokyo, it said. The 31-year-old K-pop star was released after completing 21 months of mandatory military service in July.

South Korea rejects preliminary casino license for Caesars, Universal

SEOUL/HONG KONG (Reuters) - South Korea has rejected preliminary casino licenses for two international bidders, a Caesars Entertainment and Lippo Limited consortium, and Kazuo Okada's Universal Entertainment. The surprise move could stall plans for casino development as a means to attract tourists. The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism confirmed to Reuters on Friday that both requests for licenses were rejected. A ministry spokeswoman was not able to provide a reason for the rejection.
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