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    Ta-da! This week, we offer a special DOUBLE recipe edition of “Lets Cook with Viki”  why, you ask? Because this weeks theme was inspired by this man:



    Vanness Wu, Taiwanese American Superstar
    Who is Vanness Wu? Hes an American-born Taiwanese singer who also has acted in a few of our favorite Taiwanese dramas, including “Autumn’s Concerto”and “Ti Amo Chocolate.” So of course, we thought, with autumn right around the corner — and our love for chocolate and Vanness chocolate abs  why not make this weeks theme chocolate? And since were talking about Vanness Wu, we cant make just one dish, we have to make two since hes doubly awesome!


    Alright, enough fan-girling, lets get cooking!

    As always, make sure your work space is clean and your hands are washed!

    For the Pot de Creme:
    • 5 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate chips
    • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
    • 1/4 cup sugar, plus 1 teaspoon
    • 2 large egg yolks (the whites can be saved for an egg-white omelette, perhaps?)
    • 4 ramekins or other small, oven-safe bowls
    • 1 high-sided baking dish or roasting pan
    Preheat your oven to 350º F and while thats warming up, go ahead and heat up the cream (but dont bring it to a boil), whisk in your sugar until its melted, and once thats done, go ahead and add your chocolate chips, making sure that it melts smoothly and evenly.

    Tip: When melting chocolate, do not use a plastic bowl. Instead, use a double boiler, or place a metal bowl filled with chocolate and cream over a bowl of gently boiling water. If absolutely necessary, you can use a microwave-safe bowl and simply microwave your chocolate to melt it.




    This next step can be a bit tricky, so I recommend reading through this thoroughly before trying  or at least looking up a video that shows what it means to “temper.” In a small bowl, whisk the two egg yolks together and slowly add a bit of the warm chocolate mixture to the yolks to temper them. Whisk the chocolate-egg mixture until it is well combined and then add it to the rest of the chocolate mixture  at this point, the chocolate should have a slightly glossy sheen to it.



    Next, pour your tempered chocolate mixture into the four ramekins. Place the ramekins into your high-sided baking pan, and fill the baking dish with water until it reaches a little higher than the halfway point on your ramekins.



    Bake your pot de creme for about 30 minutes in the 350º oven, or until the centers are still a bit jiggly. Remove from the oven and place the ramekins in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight.

    To serve:

    Garnish with whip cream (homemade or store-bought is fine) and a sprig of mint  its a great way to turn these small little chocolate custards into something that would impress anyone!





    For Super Fudgy Brownies:
    • 1 box of brownie mix (or you could make a tray of your favorite brownies)
    • 1 cup of sugar
    • 1/3 cup of milk or heavy cream
    • 1/3 cup of butter
    • 1 1/3 cups of chocolate chips


    Boil the sugar, milk and butter together for about 1 minute  stir occasionally and be sure that it doesnt burn. Once done, remove from burner and add the chocolate chips, stirring until everything has melted together. Then pour the mixture over your warm brownies and let everything cool down together  the fudge mixture actually sets as it cools down, and the longer you leave the fudge on top, the more the fudge and brownies mix together.

    Like this weeks edition of “Lets Cook With Viki”? Comment below and let us know what we ought to make next week!



    And heres one more image of Vanness Wu for you!



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  • 09/07/13--03:30: The Strong Side of Women
  • As women, we often hear complaints that we are temperamental, and we always change our minds at the snap of a finger. Women also have been portrayed as weak and very much dependent on men. Well, here are some examples from our favorite dramas that show that we are, in fact, strong and we can do perfectly fine on our own without relying on men!



    Cheryl Yang plays the role of Shan Wu Shuang, a career woman who has now become a top editor at iFound magazine, working hard to find news exclusives. The key to her heart was her boyfriend, but a misunderstanding between them led to a six-year fallout. Any other woman might have been emotionally crippled by the experience, but Wu Shuang stays strong to become her own woman she is today. 






    Famous Taiwanese model Sonia Sui stars as Xie An Zhen, a loving and patient wife to Wen Rui Fan (played by James Wen). But what appeared to be the perfect marriage wasnt so perfect after all. Disaster strikes when her husband falls in love with her cousin, but instead of backing down, An Zhen shows unbelievable strength in fighting for what she deserves. She then moves on from her failed marriage to a better future.










    Coming from Taiwanese pop girl group S.H.E, Hebe plays the role of Yi Sheng Xue, the daughter of the owner of 13th Street. Having grown up in a black triad family under the care of her bodyguards, she tends to come across as a little overbearing and boyish. From picking a fight to being composed while being tied up and dragged away, Sheng Xue is a tough nut, thats for sure!
      





    Muscular arms and a body that smells like roast pork all day — these are not exactly the qualities a man looks for in a woman. But when Hu Shan Bao (played by Amber Kuo) meets Sun Wu Di (played by Nicholas Teo), who doesn’t seem to mind her masculinity or her smell, she is taken aback and decides to make him hers. Even though Shan Bao is used to facing rejection, she is the type of girl who gets braver with every obstacle she faces. After she takes a minute to console herself, she carries on with life like the strong person she is.


    Do you admire the fight in these ladies? Let us know what you think!

    Dramas are available to viewers in the Americas, most of Southeast Asia, Europe, Middle East, and to Qualified Contributors worldwide.

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    Evil knows no boundaries, especially when it comes to a mother-in-law (in dramas, at least)!

    These women want to be the Queen Bee, and they wont let anyone stand in the way of getting everything they want, including the undivided love and attention of their beloved sons.



    Heres our list of the top five evil mothers-in-law from our favorite dramas:

    1. Bang Young Ja  A Hundred Years Inheritance 

    In our recent blog post about The Most Terrifying Drama Villains, we already talked about the most evil mother-in-law to grace television dramas in recent history — Bang Young Ja (played by Park Won Suk) of the Korean drama A Hundred Years Inheritance. Although she was already included in our previous list, she still takes the No. 1 spot on this list. This woman could make any woman think twice about getting married for fear of inheriting a mother-in-law like her.



    2. Marcela Arismendi  Eva Luna

    Marcela Arismendi (played by Susana Dosamantes) is the type of evil incarnate that you hope never to cross paths with. The character from the Venezuelan telenovela slowly poisons her own husband so that she can claim their fortune for herself, tries to kill off her daughters boyfriends’ parents so that he will marry her daughter unfettered, and tries to get rid of the woman who threatens her daughter’s beauty. Watch the trailer below to get a taste of this intense telenovela!




    3. Fang De Rong — Autumns Concerto

    Fang De Rong (played by Linda Liu) is very persistent in making sure her son marries the woman she chooses in this popular Taiwanese drama. She drives her sons true love away and does her best to keep them apart and make sure that her memory is erased forever.




    4. Lee Jung Sook — Goddess of Marriage

    Lee Jung Sook (played by Yoon So Jung) is the quintessential snooty ultra-wealthy socialite who is condescendingly hostile to her two lowly daughters-in-law and wants to put them in their place. The two-faced woman smiles to the outside world like everything is just perfect and then whines and nags at her two daughters-in-law as if she alone carries the burden of educating them to become proper Cheongdam-dong (high-society area of Seoul) wives. Did we mention that the daughters-in-law have to begin breakfast preparations at 5 a.m. every day, despite working full-time jobs? Oh my!

    Heres the funny trailer for Goddess of Marriage, introducing the four main couples:



    5. Moon Boon Hong — Secret Garden

    Moon Boon Hong (played by Park Jun Keum) is the main protagonist Joo Wons mother in this Korean drama. She is the epitome of wealthy excess, always dressed in fur and bejeweled accessories. But it is her harsh condescension towards our hero, stuntwoman Gi Ra Im, that makes us cringe. Constantly insulting Ra Im for growing up raised poor, Mrs. Moon throws water in Ra Ims face and kicks her own son out of the house, just for being in love. With parents like that, who needs enemies?

    If these women dont make you shake in your shoes, we dont know what will! Is there another mother-in-law you think should have made this list? Let us know!




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    School is back in session! Get back into the academic mind frame with these shows that are all about school. From high school loves to sports rivalries, these series all make the grade and will make you want to hit the books again.


    Dear Brother

    This classic anime series tells the story of 16-year-old Nanako Misonoo, who attends a
    prestigious girls high school and falls into a world of female rivalry, love, chaos and heartbreak.
    She recounts her experiences navigating the minefields of this high-pressure school in a series of letters to a previous tutor she addresses as brother.



    Answer Me 1997 (Reply 1997)

    A group of five close friends who met in high school reconnect 15 years later to relive their youth during the late 1990s when the new K-pop and idols craze ruled their lives. Which two friends’ passionate idolization of K-pop stars turned into a genuine love for each other? Watch the series now and then get ready for the announced prequel Answer Me 1994 coming this fall!



    My Princess

    Every young girl dreams of becoming a princess when she grows up. But sometimes you have to be careful what you wish for. A college co-ed who is descendent from the last emperor of the Chosun Dynasty undergoes etiquette training to become a princess. See the trailer now.




    Bull Fighting

    A pickup three-on-three game of street basketball between two rival colleges determines who controls the neighborhood basketball court. Things get heated when the captains of the two rival teams both fall for the same girl.




    Innocent Lilies

    See the first trailer for the exciting new J-drama that will be coming soon about a group of young girls who come to learn the art of witchcraft at the White Witch Academy.

     

    We hope these shows put you in the right mindset to return to school. Let us know which is your favorite school-themed series!


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    Were always cooking, eating and spending time in the kitchen coming up with delicious new recipes for you to enjoy. Of course, these recipes are perfectly paired with your favorite dramas!


    But this week, weve decided to hit up a spot that a few fans have mentioned to us — K-Pop Korean Restaurant in San Francisco, California! Known for creating fun, fresh and flavorful Korean cuisine, K-Pop Korean Restaurant was a worthwhile dining experience! After all, who wouldnt want to eat delicious Korean food while watching their favorite K-pop idols dance on screen?

    Before we head off to K-Pop Korean Restaurant, lets watch a few of our favorite K-pop music videos to put us in the right frame of mind for Korean food!







    Dancing yet? Good, now lets head out to eat some delicious Korean food!

    Located on 499 Castro Street in San Francisco, California, K-Pop Korean Restaurant served up some delicious food for us, including ...

    Soon Dobu  Jigae  a soft tofu stew served with rice and yummy mushrooms. We loved how the spiciness was just right!


    Ojinguh Bokkum and Mandu  stir fried spicy squid and rice, served with Korean dumplings. The mandu (dumplings) were served with a very yummy dipping sauce that really brought out the flavor of the mandu!


    Dubu Kimchi  a kimchi and pork stir fry served with delicious tofu on the side. The presentation of the dish was as beautiful as the dish tasted — a perfect mix of kimchi and pork!


    Dol Sat Bi Bim Bap With Beef  rice served with assorted vegetables and beef served in a very hot stone bowl. The bi bim bap had a very generous amount of beef and a wide assortment of vegetables to enjoy with the toasty rice!


    And of course, while we were there, our favorite K-Pop music videos were playing on large television screens in the restaurant the whole time!

    The owner, Nam Kim, served us a brand of Korean rice beer, known as Saeng Makgeolli  a very fresh-tasting beer made with uncooked, unsterilized rice. This means that the beer has a short shelf life of only about 10 days, but it also means that its very fresh when drinking!

    Kim also talked to us about how makgeolli is a very popular drink among college-aged students in Korea, where they often drink it in large bowls, rather than in a glass.


    After we finished our meal, we met with Chef Kevin, who has 17 years of cooking experience! Born in South Korea, he grew up in the family restaurant business, eventually moving to San Francisco, California, and working at K-Pop restaurant!


    While we spoke with Chef Kevin, we had the honor of watching his incredible cooking skills as he quickly whipped up a deep-fried shrimp dish served with a delicious honey-based sauce.


    Looking for something to do this Friday night? Visiting San Francisco soon and looking for something fun and exciting to do? Then why not stop by K-Pop Korean Restaurant, say hello and eat some ultra-yummy Korean food!

    K-Pop Korean Restaurant is located at:

    499 Castro Street,San Francisco, California94114
    (415) 252-9500FacebookMenu

    Thanks so much, KPOP, for hosting us, and a very big thank you to Nam Kim and Chef Kevin for serving us a delicious meal!

    Got another restaurant or recipe that youd like us to make on Lets Cook with Viki? Tell us below in the comments!

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    From fast-paced dance tracks to cutesy hair-tossing numbers, there is nothing we have yet to see from these highly popular Korean singers. Korean pop music, or K-pop as we affectionately know it, has been a huge part of Viki’s music library and has received much love from the community. Today, we introduce to you to five of Viki’s most-loved female Korean vocalists!







    Roly-Poly, Cry Cry and Bo Peep Bo Peep”  which of these songs do you not know? This six-member girl group has plenty of hit singles, and they continue to bring their fans more of these catchy tunes. Famous for their dramatic music videos, the members of this group have been acknowledged for their acting chops. What else would you like to see from them?








    This girl group has made its way up from the initial shy and adorable rookie image to the now confident sexy goddesses you see on stage. Although faced with some member changes in just their first year, the group has persevered and continues producing quality music for its fans. The recent comeback with “Female President” caused quite the uproar with the sexy, revealing outfits spotted in the music video. Which image do you think is better suited to these girls?





    3. IU





    Also known as Lee Ji Eun, IU has blossomed from a meek guitar player who did covers like 2PM’s “Heartbeat” into the outstanding and well-loved singer-actress she is today. Dubbed the “nation’s little sister,” this 20-year-old has received much attention for her sweet voice and adorable looks.






    4. Davichi







    Gentle-looking women who turn into divas belting out impossibly high notes on the stage, the pop duo of Lee Hae Ri and Kang Min Kyung show why
    they have been dubbed the “Queens of Ballads.” Having only been in the industry for about five years, they have already claimed several awards, such as the prestigious Bonsang Award (awarded to Top 10 selling artists) at the 19th Seoul Music Awards and the “Best Vocal Performance Group” award at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards.  












    This four-member girl group’s popularity skyrocketed with the “proud dance” in Abracadabra, which inspired thousands of parody videos and dance covers. The dances reappearance in Psy’s song Gentlemen” sparked yet another wave of interest in the Brown Eyed Girls. Although it debuted with sweet love songs and ballads like “LOVE,” the girl group moved on to more powerful tunes like “Sixth Sense” and “Kill Bill” after the the success of Abracadabra.One of the longest active girl groups so far, this group promises to provide us with many more hits. Also, we would like to wish Je-A (September 18th) and Ga In (September 20th) an early “Happy Birthday”!



    Are these artists your Top 5? Let us know if you think we should have included anyone else!

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    In a previous blog, we shared our picks for the Top 10 Hottest K-Drama Kisses. There are many types of kisses that seem to happen again and again in dramas, but today were going to focus on one of the most entertaining and unrealistic kisses imaginable: The Oops! Kiss.” 


    Whats an Oops! Kiss? Check out Moon Geun Yeong and Park Shi Hoos demonstration from Episode 9 of Cheongdam-dong Alice.


    Park Shi Hoo and Moon Geun YeongOops! Kiss in Episode 9 of Cheongdam-dong Alice.
    The Oops! Kiss is unintentional, unexpected and an important turning point in any dramas story line. Writers love to force characters into awkward, close contact in order to stir up romantic tension. Without the Oops! Kiss” in Taiwanese drama Smiling Pasta, who knows how long it would have taken pop star He Qun (played by Nicolas Teo) and restaurant worker Xiao Shi (played by Cyndi Wang) to get together? Luckily, their fates collided in Episode 1.  


    Nicolas Teo and Cyndi Wang’s accidental kiss in Episode 1 of ‘Smiling Pasta’

    Some Oops! Kisses are more unbelievable than others. In Episode 2 of You’re Beautiful, Go Mi Nyu (played by Park Shin Hye), disguised as a boy, collapses on top of her bandmate Hwang Tae Kyung (played by Jang Geun Suk). She not only invades Tae Kyungs personal space but also cuts his lip and even throws up on him during the unintentional kiss. This may go down as one of the most painful and embarrassing accidental kisses in K-drama history!

    Go Mi Nyu remembers her disastrous kiss a day later, in Episode 2 of Youre Beautiful.
    Whats the most memorable or outrageous Oops! Kiss youve seen in a drama?

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    Like any other self-respecting video site, we're using video to shamelessly promote ourselves--specifically, our awesome volunteer community, our diverse mobile apps and our unique viewing experience. :-)


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    Are you ready for the action-packed fantasy series Innocent Lilies? The Japanese series, starring the lovely and talented ladies of J-Pop idol group Dempagumi.inc, is coming exclusively to worldwide audiences on Viki! Make sure you favorite the Channel to get a notification when new episodes are uploaded.

    Innocent Lilies (白魔女学園), directed by Koichi Sakamoto (stunt coordinator and director of Power Rangers” and director of Kamen Rider) and written by Reiko Yoshida (writer of K-ON” and Girls und Panzer), tells the story of a group of girls who attend a witch training school known as the White Witch Academy. The series promises a ton of action, horror and sexy moe” scenes! It'll be one of those things that you just wont want to miss.

    I had the incredible fortune to meet the beautiful ladies of Dempagumi.inc at Japan Expo and talk to them about their experiences filming the series. They were so much fun to talk to, and, of course, incredibly cute  the experience made me look forward to the series even more!



    Youve only got a few more hours to wait until the series is released. In the meantime, check out the sexy, action-packed trailer!


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    We all love our fantasy, head-over-heels in love romantic dramas. But, sometimes, we need a change of pace. Or perhaps romantic comedies arent your thing. So we came up with a list of our favorite dramas that are not focused on romance as a central story line. Here are our favorites.



    IRIS

    This drama is a fast-paced action thriller about a South Korean secret agent accused of being a terrorist. Along the way, he teams up with a North Korean secret agent as they work together to uncover the truth behind who may have framed both of them.




    Doctor-X

    This Japanese medical drama tells the tale of a beautiful, yet headstrong female surgeon who isnt afraid to change the rules of the game, even if it means speaking up when everyone else is afraid to talk.



    Darna

    This Philippine fantasy drama chronicles the story of a super heroine named Darna as she attempts to take down her arch nemesis, Valentina!



    Falling Skies

    A recent American sci-fi series directed by the legendary Steven Spielberg, Falling Skies tells the story of life after a post-apocalyptic alien attack renders Earth into nothing more than a survival of the fittest!



    Two Weeks

    This suspenseful Korean drama centers on a man who is falsely accused of murder shortly after discovering that he has a daughter suffering from leukemia and he alone can save her. Can he keep himself alive and stay out of jail for two weeks until his daughters surgery date?



    Scandal: A Shocking and Wrongful Incident

    When a son learns that his father is actually his kidnapper in this Korean drama, his entire world turns upside down as he struggles to come to terms with who he really is, as well as what his life really means.



    Warrior Baek Dong-Soo

    This epic historical Korean thriller depicts the life of the legendary folk hero Baek Dong Soo and the obstacles he endures before he can become Chosuns most legendary swordsman!



    Like these dramas and looking for even more kick-butt adventures? Then check out VikiAction & Adventure section for all your favorite fast-paced and exciting dramas!

    If youre having trouble viewing any of these dramas in your country, why not become a QC (Qualified Contributor)? QCs have the special privilege of watching videos from any country as a thank you for all their hard work! Check it out here.



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    Music is no longer just about the tunes and rhythms. Chart rankings are gradually taking their place as an indicator of music appeal and quality. We have stepped into an era where chart rankings  be they sales, downloads or fan votes  determine the popularity of a song or artist. Let’s take a look at some of these chart toppers that have blown the industry away since their release!


    GotyeSomebody That I Used to Know


    Gotye and Kimbras bodies are painted with stop-motion animation

    Despite releasing multiple albums since 2003, Belgian-Australian singer-songwriter Gotye only shot to fame after the release of “Somebody That I Used to Know” in 2011. This signature song sold more than 13 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling digital singles of all time. At the prestigious 2013 Grammy Awards, Gotye took home Best Pop Duo/Group Performance and Record of the Year.


    Bad Meets Evil
    Lighters


    This scene in the MV was praised by music critics worldwide
    Taking many by surprise, the hip-hop duo Bad Meets Evil took on a different genre with the release of “Lighters.” Featuring Bruno Mars, this song incorporates alternative hip hop with a pinch of soul. The album Hell: The Sequeltopped the charts in the United States and Canada.

    Rich Lee, who directed the music video, also directed Bad Meets Evil member Eminem
    s music video for Not Afraid.


    RihannaUmbrella




    “Umbrella” swept charts after its release in 2007, marking a breakthrough for Rihanna’s career. This chart topper won awards at the 2008 Grammy Awards and secured a spot on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Chris Applebaum, the director of the music video for Umbrella, also directed her hit single SOS.

    Recently, Rihanna began the Asian leg of her Diamonds World Tour and will end with a bang at Singapore’s F1 Grand Prix this weekend.



    Ne-Yo
    Closer







    Following the success of
    So Sick” in 2006, the American R&B singer managed to clinch his second UK No. 1 single with “Closer” in 2008. Scoring high as Ne-Yo’s most successful single in Europe, the song reached No. 60 on Rolling Stone’s“100 Best Songs of 2008.”



    Justin Bieber
    Baby


    Justin Bieber and Ludacris, who is featured in the MV
    Capturing the hearts of his Beliebers, this 19-year-old sings of young love and wooing girls, with the ever-so-addictive chorus of “baby baby baby oh”! Dubbed the 2010 version of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” this song became Bieber’s highest charting song in the United States.



    Duffy
    Mercy





    Co-written by the diva herself, this soulful pop tune has achieved worldwide chart success. Remaining in the UK Charts for more than a year, “Mercy” eventually became the best-selling single for this British singer-songwriter with a whopping 536,000 copies sold.



    These tunes gained almost unanimous positive reviews from critics peaked at the top of the charts. Which song do you think truly deserved its spot?



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    We all have our favorite moments from music videos and movies. And dont you get super excited when you see those favorite moments reenacted in other videos? We do, too! Weve found some fun K-pop videos that pay homage to other great and iconic moments. Check it out!

    Brown Eyed Girls: “Kill Bill”

    The lovely ladies of Brown Eyed Girls werent subtle with their homage to the 2003/2004 Quentin Tarantino film Kill Bill. From the iconic whistling, to the integration of the films music, to the costumes and use of color, not to mention the title of their music video, the members of Brown Eyed Girls put together a fun and sexy music video that we cant help but to watch over and over again. Wed like to think that Mr. Tarantino would be proud and flattered by this great tribute!





    We love T-ara (who doesnt!?), but we especially love this song because we just cant sit still when its playing the fierce choreography, and bouncing cameras and bodies make us wanna jump right in. The girls are sexy and radiate confidence. But doesnt the intro of this video remind you of something? Need a hint? Check out the cartoon hand that reaches out. The 1986 song Take on Me by Norwegian pop group A-ha has a very similar hand reaching out, bringing a woman into a new world. We love T-aras modern take on the cartoon-inspired video.




    Girl’s Day: Oh! My God

    We love the confidence, sexiness and determination in this song. The five members light up the room with their energetic dance, beautiful legs and hot outfits. We also think that this video references 
    a bit of Pink’s music video Get the Party Started they go to a super cool club in colorful 90s-inspired clothes and show off some fun dance moves. Dont you just love the colors and hot moves?




    These K-pop girls sure know how to show power and personality. But did you notice the round chair they all sit in? It has a map of the world on the back of it with the text “The world is mine.” Combine the chair with group leader CL sitting in it with a kitten, and we cant help but think about James Bond villain Blofeld and the character Dr. Evil from the Austin Powers” series of films.The sexy members of 2NE1 might not be fooling us (their cat is way too cute to belong to a super villain), but they do a great job showing off their inner super powers.




    Do you know of a music video that we missed? Let us know in the comments!


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    Summoning all K-pop junkies! It is officially the month of the greatest comebacks. If you’re an avid fan, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on the following hot artists who are making a comeback this month!

    IU


    IU in You & I
    Leading the pack of artists planning a comeback this month is none other than Koreas little sister, IU. Returning to the music scene after her previous song You & I,” this 20-year-old shows a more mature side of herself, taking on a sultry R&B tone in her title songs. Are you ready for a grown-up IU?

     



    Block B in Nillili Mambo
    After a long hiatus, the talented boy group Block B is back with a brand new and upgraded image. With the capable Zico at the helm of the album production, Block B fans can expect nothing short of amazing. While awaiting their comeback, check out the group’s last title track, “Nillili Mambo”!




    T-ara


    T-ara in Sexy Love
    Be it dancing, acting or singing, the members of T-ara have it all. Having just promoted the groups subunit T-ara N4, these six ladies are finally back together as one. With their new song “No. 9,” composed by renowned producer Shinsadong Tiger and Choi Kyu Sung, T-aras members deliver sorrowful lyrics accompanied by a strong melody. Who’s excited?


    Nine Muses 



    Nine Muses in Ticket
    Coming out with its first full studio album, Nine Muses is back with a sexy and sophisticated image. Apart from an image teaser, the group also has released a mash-up of its previous hit tunes, along with a sneak peek of their new song “Gun.” See all of the new 11 tracks on October 14th!



    A number of other groups have been rumored to be making a comeback soon: Big Bang, Girls’ Generation, EXO, B2ST, Hyuna, 2NE1, Epik High, 4minute and SPICA. Which artist are you most excited about making a comeback?

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    From The Ugly Duckling, to Extreme Makeover, the concept of radical transformation has kept audiences attention for years. With a brand new look, our favorite heroes can gain self-confidence and accomplish their goals. Some choose to approach their first love, while others choose to take revenge on people who mistreated them in the past. But whatever they do, these transformed characters have our support as they meet lifes new challenges in style! 

    Lets take a look at some of the best makeovers in our favorite TV dramas.


    In this Venezuelan telenovela, Luisa takes on a confident new identity before approaching the family that ruined her life. See how her revenge plot begins in Episode 1 below.



    Luisa became Victoria to take revenge on the evil Montero family in Always on My Mind

    Jin Da Hua was always teased about her birthmark and protruding front teeth in this Taiwanese drama, but will she truly be happy when those traits are rectified?

    Jin Da Huas two faces in Princess’ Stand In
    Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose

    Makoto Mikis cheating husband cant believe his eyes when he sees his wife transformed into a beautiful supermodel in this Japanese drama. See Makoto Miki try out modeling for the first time in Episode 2:


    Housewife Makoto Miki becomes a fashion model in Holy Battle in Couleur De Rose.
    Coffee Prince

    Go Eun Chan, the tomboyish heroine of this popular Korean drama series, has a difficult time adjusting to her new outfits and personas. Even with fancy clothes and makeup, Eun Chans true personality comes out. Nice try!

    Go Eun Chan cant hide her tomboy style in Coffee Prince.
    These are some of the unforgettable transformations weve seen from around the world. Is your favorite drama makeover on this list? If not, tell us about it!

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    Many of our favorite TV stars actually got their start on stage! See these K-Pop stars who have crossed over into K-Dramas. We've listed some of our favorites below:

    Hwang Jung Eum In "Secret"

    Before she became the leading lady on the most popular Wednesday night K-Drama Secret, Hwang Jung Eum was in the K-Pop group Sugar in 2002. She left the group after two years to pursue acting and since then she has appeared in Full House 2, Golden Time, Incarnation of Money, and Can You Hear my Heart.

    Watch the trailer for on-air hit Secret below:



    Seo In Guk 

    This solo K-Pop singer has captured viewers' hearts with his sweet, earnest acting in Reply 1997 and Master's Sun.


    Seo In Guk as a high school student in 'Reply 1997'
    Jung Ryeo Won 

    The former member of girl group Chakra began acting over a decade ago. Since then she has acted in many shows like History of a Salaryman and King of Dramas. You can watch her in the new medical drama Medical Top Team, starring alongside Kwon Sang Woo and SHINee's Choi Minho.

    Jung Ryeo Won in her K-Pop Days

    Yoon Eun Hye

    This baby-faced beauty was once in a K-Pop group called Baby V.O.X. You can see her in the Korean film Afrika, and dramas Coffee Prince, and Goong (Princess Hours).

    Yoon Eun Hye in 'Goong (Princess Hours)
    Suzy 

    This lovely lady got her start in the popular all girl K-Pop group Miss A, but has gone on to star in several hit dramas including Big and Gu Family Book. Her strong stage presence has definitely carried over into her on-screen characters!

    K-Pop Star Suzy in 'Gu Family Book'



    Which stars would you like to see crossover next?






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  • 10/17/13--04:30: Top 10 Best Drama Couples
  • They go together like peanut butter and jelly, bacon and eggs, and chocolate and strawberries. These couples from our favorite television dramas have great chemistry, always look out for each other, and simply look great together.

    Here is our list of the Top 10 favorite couples from television dramas from around the world.

    1. I Hear Your Voice — Soo Ha and Hye Sung

    Although Soo Ha (played by Lee Jong Suk) is only 19, and Hye Sung (played by Lee Bo Yeong) is a decade older, he made a promise when he was a boy that he would always protect her from a dangerous killer. When he keeps his promise, even putting his own life at risk, what woman could resist that kind of love and devotion?





    2. Love Around  Zhou Zhen and Xiao Shu and Love, Now — Shi De and Yi Ru 

    What more proof do you need that a couple has great on-screen chemistry than starring in not one — but two — dramas in a row? George Hu and Annie Chen did just that when they starred together as a gangsters son who falls for a bubbly radio DJ in the 2013 Taiwanese drama “Love Around and as a CEO and advertising executive who meet on vacation in the 2012 drama Love, Now.



    3. Made in Cartagena — Watusi and Flora

    They say that if you can dance well together, then a couple is meant to be together. That is certainly the case for Flora (played by Carmen Villalobos) and Watusi (played by Khris Cifuentes), who set the dance floor on fire with their sizzling rendition of the Champeta, a form of tropical dance that originated in Cartagena, in this 2012 Colombian telenovela.





    4. Queen In Hyuns Man — Boong Do and Hee Jin 


    True love can traverse the time-space continuum and bring you to the love of your life, even if you have to travel 300 years in time to get there. Chosun Dynasty scholar Boong Do (played by Ji Hyun Woo) is transported to modern-day Seoul to meet actress Hee Jin (played by Yoo In Na) to help her prepare for a role of a lifetime. The chemistry was so good on-set that the pair became a true-life couple after the series!




    5. Wild Cat — Mario and Rosaura

    When you marry the man of your dreams, the road to happily ever after can be very bumpy indeed. But the enduring love of Rosaura (played by Marlene Favela) and Luis Mario (played by Mario Cimarro) shows that love cant be easily extinguished no matter how hard other women may try in this 2002 Venezuela telenovela, which was recently added to Viki.



    6. Masters Sun — Joong Won and Gong Sil

    You know that a man is meant for you when he can make all the ghosts around you disappear when he touches you. Cool and calculating retail CEO Joong Won (played by So Ji Sub) is a shelter from the scary world that surrounds the sweet, ghost-seeing Gong Sil (played by Gong Hyo Jin) in this 2013 Korean drama.




    7. Gu Family Book — Kang Chi and Yeo Wool

    Nothing says love like standing by your man even if he turns out to be half-beast. The fearless martial artist Yeo Wool (played by Bae Suzy) doesnt cower or desert Kang Chi (played by Lee Seung Gi) as he discovers his true identity and then struggles to become a real human in this 2013 Korean drama.


    8. Just You — Qi Yi and Liang Liang 

    Qi Yi (played by Aaron Yan), the CEO of a marketing design company, is uptight and fastidious. His employee and unexpected tenant, Liang Liang (played by Puff Guo), is peppy and happy-go-lucky.  The unlikely couple seem to be made for each other when they come together in this 2013 Taiwanese drama.


    9. That Winter, The Wind Blows — Oh Soo and Oh Young 

    In this 2013 Korean melodrama, a conman (played by Jo In Sung) takes on the identity of a dead friend, Oh Soo, and pretends to be the brother of a blind heiress in order to swindle her out of her money. But Soo falls in love with his pretend sister, Oh Young (played by Song Hye Kyo), and becomes her greatest protector.





    10. Eva Luna — Daniel and Eva



    When you look this good together, a couple can withstand any number of pressures to tear them apart. Eva (played by Blanca Soto) and Daniel (played by Guy Ecker) manage to make their relationship work despite a large number of misunderstandings perpetrated by those who want to break them up in this 2010 Venezuelan telenovela.

    Who is your all-time favorite drama couple? Share it with us in the comments below!


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    Calling all K-Pop fans! Show off your best dance moves inspired by your GALAXY Music artist INFINITE, and you can win your very own Samsung GALAXY Note 3 & GALAXY Gear! Hurry and join the Samsung Galaxy Music 'INFINITE Dance Fever' contest!


    INFINITE is one of K-Pop's hottest boy bands. Watch their new music video below:


    How to Enter:

    1. Watch the video above and watch even more music videos from INFINITE

    2. Submit a 30 second video showcasing your best dance moves inspired by INFINITE and Galaxy Gear

    3. Upload your dance video for a chance to win now until October 25th!

    The top 5 most liked videos will be considered by Samsung's panel of judges, so share your video & encourage your friends to like it!


    4. Winners will be announced by Samsung on October 28, 2013 and contacted by Samsung via email.



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    Yikes! Less than two weeks until Halloween, and you still havent figured out a costume yet! Also known as All Hallows’ Eve, the holiday is celebrated in the United States and many other countries in the Western world on October 31 by dressing up in costumes. If you still haven’t picked a costume, weve got you covered! Find inspiration with some of our favorite looks from television dramas!

    Boys Over Flowers

    Know four very sexy, very rich boys? Then why not go as Jan Di and the F4? All you need to do is have four boys drive expensive cars and have one boy act like Jun Pyo  curly hair and all. Break out into spontaneous fights throughout the evening, and you can easily pass as Jun Pyo and Jan Di!


    Innocent Lilies

    Here’s another great idea for a quick group costume: dress up as the students from the White Witch Academy! Grab an all-white school uniform (or a white skirt with a sailor shirt) and up to eight friends and youre all set to go! Bonus points if you can replicate all their haircuts and colors!



    The Magic Blade

    Looking for something totally epic? Dress up as Fu Hong Xue! Hes the son of a legendary Chinese martial artist who seeks revenge against his father’s killers! Plus, its a great excuse to wield a cool-looking sword for the evening!



    Falling Skies

    Looking to survive a post-apocalyptic Earth? Go ahead and skip washing your hair for a few days and dig out your grungiest-looking pants. If youre really dedicated, you can go ahead and skip showering altogether for a few days! Find a few friends and fight some alien bad guys together on Halloween night!



    We hope these suggestions help you to think beyond the zombie, minion or Miley Cyrus costumes that everyone else will be dressing up as this year. Heres to having a happy and safe Halloween!

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    Did you catch the premiere of the hot new K-drama, Basketball this week on Viki? The show airs every Monday and Tuesday, so add the channel to your Favorites and cheer on the Slam Dunk Team of volunteer translators!


    Here are five reasons we think you should check out the new series:

    Basketball As a Full-Contact Sport

    Old-school basketball was a free-for-all brawl-fest, as you can see from the hard-hitting trailer below. The former director of Slave Hunters/Chuno is sure to bring us the best in action scenes!



    Lots of Hunky Eye Candy

    We can already tell that this show will be full of athletic eye candy. In the first episode, you can spot cameo appearances by hunky stars Lee Jung Jin and Oh Ji Ho. And we cant resist the expressive eyes and ear-to-ear smile of lead actor Do Ji Han. Finally, our heros suave rival is played by former fashion model, Jung Dong Hyun.


    Increase Your Korean History IQ

    Basketball is based on the true story of Koreas first national basketball team, which made it to the 1948 Olympics in London. That means you can enjoy the drama while getting your Korean history education, too!

    A timed comment on the first episode: yay get to watch a drama + be productive by learning history LOL
    Girl Power

    Wonder Girls member Ye Eun (Yenny) plays a smart and kind-hearted best friend named Bong Soon. We hope to hear her sing, too!

    Wonder Girls' Ye Eun plays Bong Soon

    Historic Drama at Its Best

    If youre still depressed because Bridal Mask” is no longer on TV, then Basketball can rekindle your Japanese occupation-era angst. Watch Kang San grow up, find love, and inspire a nation while following his passion for basketball.

    Like Bridal Mask, Basketball takes place during Japanese imperialism.
    Watch the premiere here on Viki and let us know what you think!

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  • 10/25/13--01:41: Watch Viki without Ads!
  • We're happy to announce that one of the most requested features in Viki history--the ability to watch videos without ads--has finally arrived.

    Now you'll have TWO options for enjoying Viki:

    1. Pay just US$3.99/month to watch WITHOUT ADS on viki.com and most mobile devices; you can also watch in HD when available (exclusive content and more features coming soon!)
    2. Watch with ads for free (same as before)
    As most of you know, we buy the rights to stream the TV shows and movies you watch on Viki, which can get expensive; advertising helps us pay for these rights. We appreciate your patience while we worked on bringing you this new viewing option!

    Want to test out Viki Pass? Click here for your FREE 7-day trial!

    Cheers!
    The Viki Team

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