SEOUL — South Korean pop star Seungri arrived at court on Tuesday to await a decision on whether he should be arrested over charges including prostitution in a snowballing sex scandal. The 28-year-old singer from popular boy band BIGBANG and his business partner are accused of arranging sex services for potential investors and rich clients at a nightclub owned by the pair. Dressed in a sharp black suit, Seungri real name Lee Seung-hyun – quickly walked past a mob of reporters at the Seoul Central District Court, tight-lipped as he brushed off questions. Seungri – who announced his retirement from showbusiness in March as the scandal ballooned – has denied the charges. — AFP Photo Police investigations have shown that Seungri and his partner procured a dozen prostitutes for a group of Japanese investors in 2015 at their upmarket Burning Sun nightclub, according to Yonhap news agency. The pair also allegedly embezzled around 530 … [Read more...] about S. Korean court to rule on K-pop star Seungri’s arrest
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The Hanoitimes - Hai Phuong or Furie is one of the rare, authentic cinematic examples where execution trumps originality. Vietnamese actress to be star in US’s movie Star Wars Vietnamese actress climbs to International Movie Database top 50 popular celebs "Hai Phuong” or “Furie” has become the first Vietnamese film to be released in the US, receiving significant compliments from movie-goers and critics. Poster of Hai Phuong - Furie. Photo: Young Folks “Furie” debuted in Vietnam on February 22, 2019 and brought about VND135 billion (US$5.87 million) after two weeks. The box office is estimated to exceed VND150 billion (US$6.72 million) in the domestic market and makes the movie among the top three all-time box office successes in Vietnam. “Furie” has caught public attention amid the domination of romantic and comedy genres (rom-com) in Vietnamese theaters for years. Screening … [Read more...] about Why is a Vietnamese movie accepted in US, Canadian theaters?
Alpha King Real Estate Development on January 11 officially launched its Sales Operation Centre (SOC) and cultural hub called The Sense. The Sense will serve as a platform for the company to introduce its model housing units of Alpha City and its upcoming project – the Centennial. On top of that, visitors at the Sense can also immerse themselves in unique cultural experiences with a series of events, exhibitions and performances led by the Master of Senses. At the launching event, Alpha King has signed a partnership agreement with Kiwi Media, a media company of global reach, and appointed its chairman Kim Hyung Suk as The Sense’s ambassador. Speaking as the Master of Culture at The Sense, Kim Hyung Suk (Kim) said that he was delighted with the partnership between Kiwi Media and Alpha King. Alpha King signing the partnership with Kiwi Media and appointed its chairman Kim Hyung Suk as The Sense’s ambassador “I am also proud to be an ambassador of The … [Read more...] about Alpha King opens The Sense sale centre in Ho Chi Minh City
Local scene: Ouissam Mokretar, the French co-founder and a resident DJ of Ha Noi’s clubbing mecca Savage, will perform at Epizode. - Photo courtesy of the oganisers Viet Nam News by Peter Cowan Epizode festival returns to Việt Nam for its third year this week, not a moment too soon for the country’s reeling dance music scene. From December 28 until January 8 on Phú Quốc Island in the southern province of Kiên Giang, the annual festival will once again bring a world-class selection of techno and house DJs to some of the country’s most beautiful beaches. This time though, the festival arrives after a year of tragedy and controversy for Việt Nam’s dance music scene. Epizode press releases have referred to some artists as “DJ heroes”, which is fitting, as the country’s rave scene may need to be rescued. Tragedy It’s been a tough year for dance music in Việt Nam. On September 16, seven youths aged … [Read more...] about Epizode could be just what Viet Nam’s rave scene needs
Christmas came early for L Devine this year. Six weeks early, to be precise. In mid-November the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Whitley Bay was named on YouTube's list of ones to watch for next year, alongside BBC Sound of 2019listees Mahalia, Octavian, Grace Carter and Slowthai. Photo: L DEVINE Remarkable really, considering - unlike all of the above - she'd never even played a proper live gig. That all changed just two weeks later when, by popular demand, the newcomer - who doesn't use her full name, Olivia Devine, to avoid confusion with the porn star - made a short-but-startling two-song solo live debut at the Great Escape's First 50 showcase. The set included an intimate guitar rendition of her ode to young gay love, Daughter (see below), and an energetic performance of the title track from her new mixtape, Peer Pressure, where she was helped along by only a backing track and an on-stage hype woman astronaut. Just like Bez or Flavor Flav really - but in a space … [Read more...] about L Devine: ‘Girls can write about more than being sexy’