World's largest K-pop festival kicks off in Changwon

International fans of Korean pop music gathered in the South Korean city of Changwon for the final of this year's global K-pop singing and dance competition on Friday.   A total of 15 teams, who topped the preliminaries in the r...

Placido Domingo returns to Korea

With nearly six decades of expertise under his belt, legendary opera singer Placido Domingo feels like he has only recently reached his life’s goal.“Even in my 30s, I had always said that I dream of having a place where young ar...

[Box Office] Latest movie releases

Asura: The City of Madness(Korea)Opened Sept. 28Crime, noir. Directed by Kim Sung-suIn desperate need of money, corrupt cop Han Do-kyung (Jung Woo-sung) agrees to cover up the illegal dealings of avaricious Mayor Park Sung-bae (Hw...

Mary J. Blige explains why she sang to Clinton during talk

NEW YORK (AP) -- Mary J. Blige said she decided to sing Bruce Springsteen's “American Skin (41 Shots)” to Hillary Clinton during her recent interview because she was trying to get the Democratic presidential nominee to feel and ...

[Highlights] Arts and entertainment calendar

Exhibitions“Gathering Clouds”: Kukje Gallery is holding a solo exhibition of renowned artist Anish Kapoor until Oct. 30. The exhibition presents sculptures that are results of his exploration of materials and abstraction. On dis...

[Album Review] Jake Shimabukuro takes roaming ukulele to Nashville

Jake Shimabukuro“Nashville Sessions”(JS Records)Jake Shimabukuro draws sounds both traditional and innovative from his ukulele on “Nashville Sessions,” an adventurous, dazzling album.Using the instrument from his native Hawaii...

[Album Review] Beyonce tour programmer Kwiz brilliantly explores blackness

Kwiz“The Black Light Chronicles”(Rhythm Lab Music)It seems odd to describe the discussion of the black experience in America a “hot topic” -- after all, the examination of the African-American experience has been explored for ...

[Album Review] Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir delivers earthy solo effort

Bob Weir“Blue Mountain”(Columbia/Legacy and ROAR)The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, showing more than a little touch of grey at age 68, delivers a heartfelt and earthy solo record with “Blue Mountain.”It’s Weir’s first solo effo...

‘The Lovers and the Despot’ reveals story of Kim Jong-il’s private, kidnapped filmmakers

Lives there a film fan anywhere who doesn’t wish his or her country made better films, who couldn’t sympathize with Kim Jong-il when he’s heard to say, “There’s nothing new to our films. We don’t have any films that get into...

Small fish caught in ‘The Net’ of big ideologies

Controversial director Kim Ki-duk has veered away from the provocative in his latest psychological drama “The Net,” which centers on a North Korean fisherman who accidentally drifts into South Korean waters. Verbose, calculated ...

[Herald Interview] Making glitz without glamour

Director Tyler Rubenfeld traveled from New York City to Seoul to present his debut feature film in competition at a recent film festival. Noteworthy was that he made the trip to compete in the “No Budget” category -- the 64-minu...

Big Bang to release new album

Global K-pop icon Big Bang is gearing up for a new album. “Big Bang’s new release will be unveiled shortly,” member Seungri announced on his live-broadcasting channel “Hello Seungri” on Naver V Live + on Wednesday. “I can’...

Se7en gearing up for return

Singer Se7en has finally revealed details about his return to the spotlight.  “Se7en will be releasing a new album ‘I am Se7en’ on Oct. 14,” according to the singer’s management agency Eleven9 Entertainment on Thursday morni...

tvN attributes success over past decade to talent, investment

Over the past 10 years, tvN has slowly emerged as one of the best content creators in South Korea, producing numerous hits with viewership unseen for a cable channel.At a press conference Wednesday to mark the 10th anniversary of ...

[Herald Interview] Korean-American Aaron Yoo, surfing roles in Hollywood for over a decade

Korean-American actor Aaron Yoo has been building a low-key yet eclectic career since starting out in off-Broadway shows in the early 2000s. A University of Pennsylvania theater graduate, Yoo has gone on to play recurring characte...