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Busan Facetime: Actor Choi Woo-shik Looks to Make a Hollywood Leap

Busan Facetime: Actor Choi Woo-shik Looks to Make a Hollywood Leap
South Korean actor Choi Woo-shik’s career spans indies (“Set Me Free”) to hit mainstream films (“Train to Busan”) to international productions (“In the Room”) but it’s Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja,” which bowed at Cannes and is screening in the Biff’s Korean Cinema Today — Panorama section, which put Choi on small and big screens worldwide in the Netflix film that also stars Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano and Steven Yeun.

You first rose to fame with Kim Tae-yong’s “Set Me Free,” for which you earned multiple awards including actor of the year prize at the Busan festival in 2014. Have more opportunities arisen for you ever since?

Yes, thankfully. Until “Set Me Free,” I had to pass auditions to [get] roles but fortunately, these days there are quite a few roles that I am offered directly. Yeon Sang-ho and Bong Joon-ho had approached me for “Train to Busan” and “Okja,” respectively, [telling
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Star-Packed Busan Festival Opens Under A Cloud

Star-Packed Busan Festival Opens Under A Cloud
The 22nd edition of the Busan Intl. Film Festival got under way Thursday under a deluge of pouring rain. That felt like another burden for a festival that has suffered plenty of late.

Indignities vented against the festival by a right-wing government, that itself was booted out of power earlier this year, include budget cuts and the ousting of former festival director Lee Yong-kwan and former deputy director Jay Jeon. And in May, co-founder and lead festival programmer Kim Ji-seok died suddenly while on festival business in Cannes.

Despite the ongoing issues, the red carpet had more stars and especially local figures.

Notable Korean filmmakers such as Jang Sun-woo (“Lies”), Kwak Kyung-taek (“The Classified File”), Jeon Soo-il (“El Condor Pasa”) and Kim Tae-yong (“Set Me Free”) walked the red carpet along with their cast. Star actors included Moon Geun-young (“Glass Garden”), Son Ye-jin (“The Last Princess”), Kim Jae-uck (“Butterfly Sleep”), Cho Jin-woong (“The Handmaiden”), Ahn Seo-hyun (“[link
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Choi Wooshik on Joining the International Cast of Okja

Choi Wooshik’s outstanding performance in 2014’s haunting, heartbreaking Set Me Free not only won him the Busan International Film Festival Actor of the Year and the prestigious Blue Dragon awards, it also gained him a place in the incredible international cast of Director Bong Joon-ho’s Okja, as a rebellious avatar for Bong’s message to today’s youth. In his first overseas interview, Choi told me about his days on the Okja set, working with Us stars, Steven Yeun and Paul Dano, and the possibility of future western projects. The Lady Miz Diva: Please tell us how you came to Okja? Choi Wooshik: There was this movie called Set Me Free. It happened to be that one of Director Bong’s assistants said, “Oh, there...

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Cannes: Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Booed During Technical Glitch and Netflix Logo at First Press Screening

Cannes: Bong Joon Ho’s ‘Okja’ Booed During Technical Glitch and Netflix Logo at  First Press Screening
Bong Joon ho’s “Okja” was booed at its Cannes Film Festival press screening on Friday after a technical issue caused the film to be projected in the wrong aspect ratio for several minutes at the start of the movie. Boos were also heard when the Netflix logo appeared on the screen prior to the glitch. The screening at the Lumière Auditorium proceeded normally after the issue was resolved.

Read More: Netflix at Cannes: Pedro Almodovar Will Give ‘Okja’ a Fair Shake

“This incident was entirely the responsibility of the Festival’s technical service, which offers its apologies to the director, his teams, the producers and the audience at the showing,” Cannes said in a statement. Netflix was not immediately available for comment on Friday.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Ahn Seo-hyun star in the monster film, which was co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats
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‘Okja’ Trailer: Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or Contender Introduces the World’s Most Adorable Beast — Watch

‘Okja’ Trailer: Bong Joon Ho’s Palme d’Or Contender Introduces the World’s Most Adorable Beast — Watch
In advance of its splashy bow at Cannes this week, Netflix has released the first full trailer for its much-anticipated Bong Joon Ho monster joint, “Okja.” And it’s adorable.

Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins, Paul Dano, and Ahn Seo-hyun star in the monster film, which appears to marry the concerns of corporate greed (care of Swinton’s character) and charming inter-species friendship (the eponymous beast and Ahn) into one glorious mash-up of humor and terror as only Bong could create.

Read More: ‘Okja’ First Look: Jake Gyllenhaal Makes His Debut in Bong Joon-ho’s Monster Movie Adventure

Co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), “Okja” tells the story of Mija, a young girl who lives in the deep woods of the Gangwon Province of South Korea. Mija will do everything in her power to prevent a powerful company (led by Swinton, naturally) from taking her best friend,
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Mary J. Blige Tears Up While Talking About Her Personal Drama: 'Every Day Is a Process'

Mary J. Blige Tears Up While Talking About Her Personal Drama: 'Every Day Is a Process'
Mary J. Blige is on an emotional journey, but she has no regrets.

The 46-year-old singer, who split from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs, last year, is opening up about her personal life, and the therapeutic process of recording her new album, Strength of a Woman.

Related: Mary J. Blige Recalls 'Breaking Point' in Her Marriage to Kendu Isaacs: 'I Had to Save Myself'

"Every day is a process because it's a lot that's going on. But, there's a lot of light in all this darkness," the singing powerhouse told Power 105.1 host Angie Martinez during her iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater in New York City on Tuesday.

Katherine Tyler for iHeartRadioKatherine Tyler for iHeartRadio

At one point in her chat with Martinez, the Grammy winner was almost brought to tears when referencing the "hurt" and "betrayal" that led to her breakup with Isaacs.

"You found out you [weren't] what this person wanted, for all these
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Finecut closes sales on 'House Of The Disappeared'

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Finecut closes sales on 'House Of The Disappeared'
Sales agent also announces deals on One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing and Operation Chromite.

South Korean sales company Finecut has announced a raft of deals from the European Film Market (Efm) and Hong Kong Filmart led by Yunjin Kim-starrer House Of The Disappeared pre-selling to major Asian territories including Japan (New Select) and the Philippines (Viva Communications).

Other titles that Finecut has closed sales on include One Step, The Age Of Shadows, The Wailing, Operation Chromite, The Net, Misbehavior and The World Of Us.

Lim Dae-woong’s mystery thriller House Of The Disappeared, which also stars K-pop group 2Pm member Ok Taec-yeon, also pre-sold to Taiwan (Long Shong International), Vietnam (Red Pictures) and Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei (mm2 Entertainment). The film is still in post-production with a local release set for April 5.

Directed by Juhn Jai-hong (Poongsan, Beautiful), music drama One Step starring K-pop group 2NE1 member Sandara Park locked deals to Thiland
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New Teaser Trailer for Bong Joon-ho’s Okja Hints at the “Animal in All of Us”

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"I took nature and science, and I synthesized." Since 2013's Snowpiercer, we've been eagerly awaiting Okja, the next film from Bong Joon-ho, and ahead of its premiere this June on Netflix, the first teaser trailer for the movie has been unveiled.

"From visionary Director Bong Joon Ho, this grand global adventure follows a friendship too big to ignore. Meet Mija, a young girl who risks everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja. Following her across continents, the coming-of-age comedy drama sees Mija’s horizons expand in a way one never would want for one’s children, coming up against the harsh realities of genetically modified food experimentation, globalization, eco-terrorism, and humanity’s obsession with image, brand and self-promotion."

Okja reteams Joon-ho with Snowpiercer co-star Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) and also features Jake Gyllenhaal (Life), Paul Dano (Swiss Army Man
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‘Okja’ Teaser Trailer: Tilda Swinton Battles a Beast in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Monster Movie

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‘Okja’ Teaser Trailer: Tilda Swinton Battles a Beast in Bong Joon-Ho’s Netflix Monster Movie
Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for Bong Joon-Ho’s anticipated fantasy film “Okja,” starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lily Collins and Paul Dano. Watch the trailer below.

Read More: ‘Okja’ New Photos Introduce Lily Collins’ Character in Bong Joon-Ho’s Upcoming Film

Co-written by Joon-Ho and Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”), “Okja” tells the story of Mija (played by South Korean actress Ahn Seo-hyun), a young girl who lives in the deep woods of the Gangwon Province of South Korea. Mija will do everything in her power to prevent a powerful company from taking her best friend, a massive beast named Okja. “It’s a very shy and introverted animal. It’s a unique animal that we’ve not seen before,” the director told Entertainment Weekly.

This trailer offers a first glimpse of Okja, a large creature with big brown eyes, while Swinton’s character
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What Is the Best TV Theme Song for a Show Airing in 2016? — IndieWire Critics Survey

What Is the Best TV Theme Song for a Show Airing in 2016? — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the best TV theme song for a current show that aired in 2016?

Alan Sepinwall (@sepinwall), HitFix

If we’re talking pre-existing theme songs of shows that aired in 2016, then the obvious choice for me is “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” whose funky ’70s cop show riff often provides the biggest joy I get out of my viewing week, especially when paired with all those great visuals (Gina dancing, Charles injuring himself). In terms of theme songs brand new to this year, I go with one that I actually had to make an effort to watch with each episode: “Luke Cage.” Another ’70s throwback, it perfectly sets the mood for everything that follows,
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Good News: You Never Have to Stop Listening to The Get Down's Incredible Soundtrack

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If you've recently binged part one of The Get Down on Netflix, you're more than likely aware that the hip-hop epic has some of the best original music to hit TV in some time. Baz Luhrmann's mesmerizing series has an incredible cast and some truly mind-blowing visuals, but the heart of the show undoubtedly lies in its excellent soundtrack. Songs like "Set Me Free," "Be That as It May," and other tunes from artists like Nas and Janelle Monáe are only available to stream via Apple Music, but Spotify has all of the classics from Wild Cherry; Earth, Wind & Fire; and more. Check out some of the best music from The Get Down below, but be warned: it'll be in your head for weeks.
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Review: ‘The Get Down’ Season 1 Will Change the Way You Binge Netflix

Review: ‘The Get Down’ Season 1 Will Change the Way You Binge Netflix
Many filmmakers who transition to television describe the switch as a simple one, usually using a phrase to the effect of, “It’s just a 10-hour movie.” They pretend — and I do mean pretend — that the only difference between what they made for the cinema and what they’re doing for television is the literal length of time they have with the characters.

This, however, is a lie; a lie often innocently told to toss aside a question with a much more complex answer, but still a lie. For the truth is, TV seasons aren’t just longer movies. They’re not novels, either (another popular, but only slightly more accurate simile). They’re TV shows, and they’re designed that way… that is, until “The Get Down.”

Read More: Review: ‘The Get Down’ is the Baz Luhrmann Movie You’ve Been Waiting For Since ‘Moulin Rouge!’

What first strikes you is the length.
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Did Nero Just Tease A New Ep?

In a mysterious Tweet yesterday, UK electronic trio Nero seem to have teased an upcoming four track Ep. The group released their sophomore album Between II Worlds last fall to critical acclaim, coming four years after their self-titled debut, so the idea of new material in such a short time is an exciting prospect.

The cryptic message the group shared on social media appears to allude to the tracklist of a four track Ep. “Different Story,” “Set Me Free,” “Still Going,” and “Just Us” are listed in the Tweet, following by the words “coming soon.” While the band doesn’t explicitly state that these are song names, it seems likely that they could be just that.

Different Story

Set Me Free

Still Going

Just Us

…coming soon

— Nero (@NeroUK) June 30, 2016

While we don’t have much to go on at this point, fans will no doubt be thrilled at the
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Diplo Enlists James Van Der Beek For Comedic Mad Decent Block Party Trailer

Diplo hasn’t found himself in the electronic music community’s good graces of late, but at least he can still poke fun at himself. The ever-prolific “Set Me Free” producer has released announced this year’s Mad Decent Block Party tour dates via a trailer in which he’s played by Dawson’s Creek star James Van Der Beek.

While the choice of Van Der Beek makes for a head scratcher considering that the actor looks nothing like Diplo and hasn’t been relevant in ages, his tongue-in-cheek portrayal earns the latter some respect points. During the whimsical day-in-the-life scenarios, members of his team are depicted as resenting him behind his back.

After M.I.A. spoke out last year on Diplo’s controlling behavior during their relationship in 2004, he didn’t do himself any favors by calling Edm “a really lame culture” in a recent Billboard interview. At this point,
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Bong Joon-ho’s Okja begins filming; Lily Collins, Steven Yeun and more join cast

Filming is now underway in South Korea on acclaimed director Bong Joon-ho’s (Snowpiercer) new film Okja, with the director adding multiple actors to the Netflix original film, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed.

Okja is co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank) and tells the story of “young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named ‘Okja’”.

With filming beginning, Bong has added Lily Collins (Love, Rosie), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Shirley Henderson (Filth), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Devon Bostick (The 100), Byun Heebong (The Host), Yoon Je Moon (Mother) and Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) to the cast. Jake Gyllenhaal (Demolition), Tilda Swinton (A Bigger Splash) and Paul Dano (Love & Mercy) were previously announced

Okja is set for release in 2017 on Netflix, as well as having a limited day/date release in select cinemas in the Us,
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Filming Begins on Bong Joon-Ho’s Okja, Steven Yeun Joins the Cast

Those who have been eager to see another movie from Bong Joon-Ho after climbing aboard The Rattling Ark in 2013’s Snowpiercer will be happy to hear that his next film, Okja, has begun filming in South Korea with a cast that includes Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and The Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun.

Yeun, who plays Glenn on AMC’s The Walking Dead, also recently signed on to star in Joe Lynch’s new action horror film, Mayhem. Fans can see Yeun in Okja when it debuts on Netflix in 2017, with a limited theatrical release also planned in the Us. For more details about Joon-Ho’s latest film, we have the official press release:

Press Release: Seoul, South Korea (April 23, 2016) – Netflix announced that principal photography began yesterday on its feature film Okja in Seoul, South Korea. From director Bong Joon Ho (Snowpiercer, The Host, Mother), Okja is produced by Plan B,
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‘Okja’: ‘Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Lily Collins & More Round Out Cast Of ‘Snowpiercer’ Follow

‘Okja’: ‘Walking Dead’s Steven Yeun, Lily Collins & More Round Out Cast Of ‘Snowpiercer’ Follow
Principal photography has begun in Seoul, South Korea, on Netflix’s Okja, Bong Joon-Ho’s anticipated follow-up to Snowpiercer, starring Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano. Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Lily Collins (To The Bone), Devon Bostick (The 100), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother) and Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) round out the cast. Written by Bong and Jon Ronson (Frank), Okja
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Bong Joon-ho Finalizes Cast For Monster Movie ‘Okja’ as Production Begins

Continuing in the world of sci-fi following his post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer, writer-director Bong Joon-ho has now begun shooting his follow-up, Okja. Backed by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Netflix, we now have the finalized cast. Toplined by Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Paul Dano, the “bold, global adventure” will be led by Seohyun An, playing Mija.

Co-written by Frank‘s Jon Ronson, it follows “a young girl who must risk everything to prevent a powerful, multi-national company from kidnapping her best friend – a massive animal named Okja.” “With Okja I want to show the beauty that can exist between man and animal, and also the horror between them,” the director says.

Rounding out the cast is Devon Bostick (The 100), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Byun Heebong (The Host), Shirley Henderson (Anna Karenina), Daniel Henshall (The Babadook), Yoon Je Moon (Mother), Choi Wooshik (Set Me Free) and Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead
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Dyro And Loopers Break Loose With “Set Me Free”

Dyro‘s made a name for himself as one of the most respected artists in electro house, and the title track from his new Ep sees him as deserving of such accolades as ever.

On “Set Me Free,” the DJ/producer has collaborated with fellow Dutchman Loopers to add a measure of wonk to the production. After all, the track blends Dyro’s masterful production style with the bass house elements that have found themselves an increasingly prevalent component of mainstream electronic music. The metallic buzz of each reverberant wobble complements the anthemic vocals to an unexpected degree, and each part of the arrangement rings out with a masterful crispness.

As far as the rest of the Set me Free Ep is concerned, Dyro fans can stream or download it here. In the meantime, listen to the lead single of the Ep above and tell us what you think by
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