A-listers return to small screen after completing military service

A number of A-list actors are on their way back to the small screen to resume their rule of the show business world, having finished their mandatory military duty.

From early on, the year 2019 has seen a succession of young actors with massive selling power completing their mandatory national defense service of around two years.

Arguably the most notable is Kim Soo-hyun, whose roles in TV series such as "Moon Embracing the Sun" (2012) and "My Love from the Star" (2013), as well was the film "The Thieves" (2012), made him a household name.

Actor Lee Min-ho named as promotional envoy for Korean language education institutes

 The government said Tuesday it plans to designate South Korean actor Lee Min-ho next week as a promotional ambassador to promote overseas institutes, established by South Korea, that offer foreigners Korean language courses and Korean culture activities.

The culture ministry and the Seoul-based King Sejong Institute Foundation are scheduled to hold a ceremony in Seoul next Tuesday to mark the designation of Lee, an icon of "hallyu," or the Korean wave, as an envoy for the state-run King Sejong Institute.

Singer-actor Park Yoo-chun given suspended sentence for drug use

A local court sentenced Park Yoo-chun, an actor and former member of boy band JYJ, to 10 months in prison on Tuesday, suspended two years, for using an illegal drug.

Suwon District Court in the city of Suwon, south of Seoul, also ordered the disgraced entertainer to pay a fine of 1.4 million won (around US$1,203) and issued probation and treatment orders for him.

"Drug-related crimes should be harshly punished due to severe addiction and harmful effects on individuals and society," presiding judge Kim Doo-hong said in the ruling.

Married through mega-hit drama series, Song-Song couple come to much-rumored divorce

It took less than four years for the top stars Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki to fall in love through a mega hit drama series, get married in a wildly publicized wedding ceremony and come to a surprising divorce that set off a whirlwind of rumors.

The management agencies of the actor and actress said Thursday they filed for a court-mediated divorce a day earlier to end their marriage that started in October 2017.

Song Hye-kyo, Song Joong-ki taking legal steps for divorce

Top-profile Korean star couple Song Hye-kyo and Song Joong-ki are taking legal steps to part ways, two years after their much-celebrated marriage, the latter's management agency said Thursday.

A law firm representing the actor Song Joong-ki filed for court mediation for his divorce from the actress Song Hye-kyo with the Seoul Family Court on Wednesday.

"I decided to start a court mediation procedure for my divorce from Song Hye-kyo," the actor said through his management agency, Blossom Entertainment.

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