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September 10, 2019

 

With exclusive literary titles, new e-book service seeks revival of book reading


By Park Boram

 

SEOUL, Sept. 10 (Yonhap) -- Millie's Library, a new e-book service provider, scored an immediate hit last year upon the release of its exclusive Korean-language audio translation of "Sapiens," a global bestseller, read and recorded in famous Korean actor Lee Byung-hun's baritone voice.

 

The abridged and annotated audio version of the book, by Israeli author Yuval Harari, drew 15,000 new subscribers to Millie's Library within a week of its release.

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Boosted by that success, the e-book distributor has employed an army of celebrities, like film director Park Chan-wook, old-school K-pop star Kim Dong-wan and actress Ku Hye-sun, to present and increase the allure of books through their voices.

 

This year, Millie's Library further solidified its lead in the burgeoning e-book market, with the launch of the new Millie Original project under which dozens of young, rising star writers released new literary works exclusive to the mobile-app or e-book reader-based service.

 

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Last week, journalist-turned-novelist Chang Kang-myoung's new essay series kicked off its weekly 40-episode run exclusively on Millie's Library as the latest Millie Original title.

The essay series, whose first episode was released on Sept. 5, will hit Millie every Thursday with a new episode depicting the stories behind the podcast he operates with K-pop indie singer Yozoh.

 

It was the first non-fiction Millie Original title the company is publishing on its platform after 17 young Korean novelists unveiled their literary works in the experimental e-book project earlier in the year.

 

Cho Nam-joo, the author of "Kim Ji-young, Born in 1982," South Korea' first million-selling novel since 2009, released her latest book, "Do You Know Papa Bomnal," on Millie, becoming the first of the 17 writers to join the service's e-book publication project.

 

Including Cho, seven of them wrote under the Millie Original project's first novel series theme, "Landmark," followed by the second project "Monster."

 

Ten other novelists then took turns releasing a new novel every week under the theme, "Monster," for two months from early July, earning Millie rare recognition as a mobile literary publication platform. Among the authors are Djuna, Yun I-hyeong and the author of hit novel "Almond," Son Won-pyeong.

 

In another major program, Millie also engaged TV and YouTube entertainers, like singer Chang Ki-ha, or best-selling writers, like Lee Ki-joo, to share their reading lists and invite Millie users to share book reviews with a monthly subscription fee of 9,900 won (U$8.31) ,which comes with unlimited access to some 40,000 books and its original content.

 

"Chat Book" is another program available for access with the monthly subscription, a mobile chatting-inspired reading format that allows a new experience of reading to young readers accustomed to mobile conversation as a means of communication.

 

Such creative content pushed Millie's membership to some 1 million in less than four years since its launch in 2016.

 

By the end of this year, the company is also planning to expand its e-library to include nearly 50,000 titles and to have the biggest catalogue of best-selling and new books, according to Millie.

 

Millie's unusual success signals a major shift in the publishing industry and demonstrates the potential of e-books at a time when printed books are giving way to mobile video content as a means of disseminating information and spending leisure time.

 

"The vision of Millie's Library is to expand the common ground between reading and readers and to contribute to building the habit of reading," Millie's spokeswoman, Jeon Somee, said, adding that the company is seeking the revival of book reading.

 

"Millie is also preparing various special contents to help readers see reading as something familiar, that can be enjoyed on an everyday basis, and build their own habit of book reading," Jeon said.

 

 

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A recent interview with Park Jung Min (while promoting his new 2019 movie) on JTBC talkshow, '1st Row from the Corner of My Room'. He mentioned about working with co-star Lee Byung Hun in 'Keys to The Heart'. The segment highlighted some behind-the-scenes footage from the movie, our thanks to mistymorning for the gist.

 

Clips: AlatusDeus

 

 

1st Row from the Corner of My Room (JTBC, 8/9/2019)

 

PJM talked about movie's ad-lib and although veteran actress Youn Yuh Jung is known to dislike ad-lib, she laughed so much during LBH's breakdance scene. On the other hand, BH really liked the scene where his brother went pooping outside which he gave out many ideas for it.

 

Those scenes featured were all ad-lib and using BH's ideas The hosts were saying that the ultimate (big) person entertainment shows should seek is definitely Lee Byung Hun. While the hosts were talking about general entertainment shows, the Korean caption was actually begging BH to be in their show. :) Considering that the captions are added later by PD of the show, it indicated the production staff’s intentions. Or similarly, adding the things that the hosts thought but didn’t say out loud.

 

 

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Thanks to @mistymorning for the English translation of Byunghun's message. If not mistaken the actors would also be the judges in the audition. If BH is one of the judges, the audition would be even more nerve-wrecking than it already is. :sweatingbullets: So, lots of luck to the potential new actors! :lol:

 

Hello, I'm Lee Byung-Hun from BH Entertainment. Kakao M and Korea's biggest 6 agencies will hold Kakao M actor's audition. This is the first big audition, I'm looking forward to it too. Please all the people with potentials come forward, we're waiting for you. Don't hesitate and try! Hope to see you in BH.

 

Clip: BH Entertainment

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Another nice clip of BH at ANDAZ from Esquire. Posting along is a translated excerpt of Grazia q&a (clip posted earlier). Thanks to mistymorning for the gist.

 

Q: What is your main experiences in hotel and BH said he's too busy (filming & working?) to experience anything. He also mentioned that he would check out the spa/fitness facilities, while he's out for films or photos
 

Clip: Andaz Seoul Gangnam

 

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12/9 CHUSEOK greetings from BH Entertainment, thanks to mistymorning for the translation :)

 

BH moon has risen with full of happiness. Wish all of you a warm and great Hangawi just like the bright moon.

 

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Big thanks to @mistymorning for the translation of LBH interview. From SBS special program (aired 9/1) highlighting martial arts Director Jung Doo Hong. Gratitude to alatus_deus for the clip.

 

Lee Byung Hun said, his friends thought it was BH who got hit by the car. He said no, but they said 'oh he looks just like you'. So BH realized.. we do look alike.

 

During the Hollywood filming, they call BH Byung because it is hard to pronounce his whole name, and call DH Doo. Maybe because they can't differentiate Asian faces, sometimes they call BH Doo and DH Byung. "So frustrating" (BH joking and laughing). In the film, it's hard to differentiate between two, especially during action scenes.

 

Narration saying, even though BH sounds disappointed, he actually posted look-alike photos on his SNS. :lol:

 

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Wishing all friends and fans at Lee Byung Hun soompi thread :blush:

Wish in Hangul by mistymorning ^_^

 

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Some BHEnt highlight and info from Kakao M for the upcoming actor's audition. Thanks to @mistymorning for the wonderful translation. ^_^

 

Source: Kakao M

 

 

First KakaoM Actors' Audition - BH Entertainment Intro(duction) -

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BH Entertainment CEO Son Seock Woo (SSW) - "When we first started this company, we were thinking of the keyword 'Happiness'" 

 

For actors/actresses' growth, the most important thing is to plan with care/time based on trust

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Actor Lee Byung Hun - "I chose 'Mr Sunshine' by the recommendation from BH Entertainment CEO SSW"

 

Actor Jin Goo - SSW is the one who started my acting career. I owe him much in many things. He helped me out in the most important moments in my life. The reason I didn't give up on being actor is the trust I have in SSW

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Filmography of BH Entertainment actors/actresses

Lee Byung Hun, Han Jin Min, Kim Go Eun, Han Hyo Joo, Yoo Ji Tae, Go Soo, Jin Goo's works are listed

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Audition details

Age limit: Born between 2003 - 1984

If you pass it, you'll get contract with 1 agency

The audition is scheduled between Sept-9 ~ Oct-6

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We are all waiting ..  everyone is waiting.. av-4239.gif

 

Source: awesome_hyeminee (thanks to mistymorning for the translation)

 

The clip is exactly the same from Mr Sunshine ^_^

 

Caption: No news about the release of The Man Standing Next - which we're waiting for so long - and no instagram posts from Byunghun naeuri. My heart yearns for BH :(

 

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:w00t: Oh.. oh.. oh.. look at this :w00t: BH has never been on the cover of Marie Claire, has he? A very special edition indeed! :lol:

 

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Seems that it's a special BIFF issue featuring Chungmuro stars on the cover. It's most befitting that LBH is featured as he definitely highlights the BIFF as always.
 
Source: alatus_deus
 
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September 16, 2019

 

SONG Kang-ho and LEE Byung-hun to Take Flight in EMERGENCY DECLARATION aeroplane.gif
Superstars Team Up for THE KING Director HAN Jae-rim’s New Project

 

by Pierce Conran KOFIC

 

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Superstars SONG Kang-ho and LEE Byung-hun are set to team up for the fourth time in the upcoming aviation disaster drama Emergency Declaration (translated title) from The King (2017) director HAN Jae-rim. The project is described as a disaster film set on a plane.

 

One of Korea’s most beloved actors, SONG Kang-ho recently appeared in BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE, which became the first Korean film to pick up the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival this year. He also featured in the period drama The King’s Letters this summer.

 

LEE Byung-hun is known for both his major roles in Korea, which include KIM Jee-woon’s A Bittersweet Life (2005) and Inside Men (2015), and overseas, in Hollywood blockbusters such as G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and RED 2.

 

SONG and LEE previously shared the screen in PARK Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area /JSA (2000), and two films by KIM Jee-woon, The Good, The Bad, And The Weird (2008) and The Age of Shadows (2016).

 

Director HAN Jae-rim debuted in 2005 with Rules of Dating and went on the make The Show Must Go On (2007) and The Face Reader (2013), both with SONG, before making the prosecutor saga The King (2017).

 

Emergency Declaration is currently in pre-production and aiming to go before cameras early next year.

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September 19, 2019 :w00t:

 

Marie Claire x Lee Byung Hun BIFF Special Edition: Moments that Move Me

 

Source: Marie Claire Korea

 

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