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News bites: April 5, 2008

  • On the April 4 broadcast of MBC’s Section TV, Lee Da Hae listed Taiwanese actor-singer-producer Jay Chou as an actor she’d like to work with. Asked why she chose him, she explained, “The first thing is personality. I wonder if we’d be a good match.” I’m sure she means that strictly professionally.
  • Duo Mighty Mouth shot to fame with some help from Yoon Eun Hye with their debut song “I Love You” (listen here), and now they’re featuring the much-hyped new singer and JYP protégé JOO. I guess they have a thing for pretty girls with weak vocals?
  • Popular comedian and Infinity Challenge regular Park Myung Soo is getting married tomorrow (April 6) and spent the week leading up to the big day undergoing wedding prep — on the air. The other four hosts (Yoo Jae Seok, Jung Hyung Don, Noh Hong Chul, Jung Joon Ha) carried out the “Making Park Myung Soo the No. 1 Bridegroom Project” — massages, makeovers — in its full gag-laden glory on the variety show.
  • Speaking of weddings, Andy and Solbi, who act as a married couple in the “We Got Married” segment on MBC’s Sunday, Sunday Night, are attracting notice for their onstage duet performing his new “Love Song” on MBC’s Music Core.
  • Kang Ta, who just began his military service, revealed in a recent interview that he’d considered a nose job, even going so far as to have a doctor’s consultation, but decided against it thinking even minor nose work would lead everyone to believe he’d had his whole face plasticized. He acknowledges that some people still believe he’s had work done, but affirms he’s never laid a knife to his face.
  • And here’s something especially interesting! Rock/pop singer Lee Juck‘s short story is being produced as a full-length animated film by the Korea Film Academy. The source material, “Jeh Bool Chal’s Story” [제불찰 씨 이야기], was included in Lee Juck’s short-story collection (pic at right) Fingerprint Hunter [지문사냥꾼], and is described as a satirical piece about a man (Jeh Bool Chal) who is so ignored by people that he shrinks to a small enough size to enter a person’s ear. I love surreal fiction like this — reminds me of Haruki Murakami’s metaphysical short story “The Elephant Vanishes.” And I love literate musicians — first it’s Horan, and now Lee Juck — combining two of my mostest favoritest things in the world.

 
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ooo jay chou! ^_^
well thats a surprise. i didnt expect lee da hae to pick him as an actor she'd like to work with. that would be really interesting to see. haha, i do think she has a little crush on him.

her comment surprises me more tho, jay's personality is well known NOT to be his strong point.

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you a Murakami fan, javanbeans? i'm reading The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle right now.

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I love Murakami. Some of his works are a little less genius than his others, but he's brilliant overall. I enjoyed The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle, but really, his masterpiece has got to be Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. It's just as surreal and textured as his other works, but it's the most focused and cohesive. If you like Wind-up Bird, I highly recommend you read Hard-Boiled.

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i must say that im delighted to hear that andy and solbi have performed on stage because ive seen the show "We've got married" and it is just ADORABLE, become one of my top ace korean shows to watch ( for those who are interested in watching a little bit of it go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtz-_fwh5mY&feature=user - with subs )

for those that want to watch the performance of andy's love song with solbi (not sure if its the MBC one though) : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etKz0YAm7W8

To sum it up i am just overly happy with glee than i really should be .......

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I love Jay Chou as a singer...but I have only seen The Secret movie he directed and acted in, but it would be interesting to see these two work together. I honestly cannot see it happening but who knows.

Javabeans I love your subtle yet so not subtle humor "I guess they have a thing for pretty girls with weak vocals?"....totally makes me snicker:)

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PMS is getting married!! Ah, I get all my k-ent. news from you....thanks!

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Jay is so sexy in that pic.

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OMG LOL

at the "pretty girls with weak vocals" comment

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Oh geez, I just had to comment cuz Jay is really FINE in that picture :)

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i love andy and solbi! they're so adorable together!

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Just an observation, lately, Dramabeans writing and commentaries is starting to get a lil bit Popseoulish.
That's not meant as a compliment.

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For those of you complaining that I've been getting Popseoulish (and that's not directed to just Claudia, I've seen several comments of the kind):

(1) You must not have been reading this site for long. Take a look at the back entries.

(2) I'm not doing anything differently, I don't "tailor" my writing style to suit a trend, I write what interests me and what I think. It's been like that from the start.

(3) Popseoul and I are friendly. We don't have the same approach to things but there's no need to pit sites against each other.

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On the contrary, I've been reading your site for long.
And I've been one of those readers who has admired your writing since last year.
That's why no offense, but I do see the slight change in writing.

Not pitting your site against Popseoul, just stating my opinion.
I mean this is afterall a public blog right? Just like you think you can write what you think, as an avid reader of your blog, I can also openly express my thoughts about your writing. I apologized if my frank remark has offended you in any way.

I still like reading your blog and will continue on checking for new updates everyday

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I've been watching Andy and Solbi for a while. And yes, they are ridiculously adorable. I'm pretty sure it's scripted (either all or some), but it doesn't make it any less cute. So far, I'm really liking this new show, the concept is rather fresh, and the approach is really good too.

Sarah, to be fair, I do see a little change in your snarking style. It's not as if you're becoming mean or anything, but somehow I feel that recently your snarking is more...heartless, shall I say. It's like you used to criticize things that matter, and now, while sometimes you still do that (for example, the Jo Hyun Jae article), but you have also taken to criticize stuff that's not really necessary. Don't get me wrong. It IS fun to read, but just a bit more 'entertainment rags' kind of thing.

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Jesus Christ you people are demanding.

its a blog, let her do what she wants.

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I do agree with the other two, but lets not touch on that anymore, it is still your blog.
@ deeta, I think I saw on coolsmurf's blog saying that We Just Got Married is surprisingly unscripted. How true the news is, I'm not too sure. I'm not entirely convinced though, considering I find CrownJ's and SIY's marriage life rather scripted. But if its true, then I must say they are on a rather creative path down the korean variety shows area.

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@wat.the - Hey, thanks for the youtube links! Andy and Solbi are very cute together. XD

Claudia C - I respect your opinion, and here is mine. Dramabeans has much more wit and class in her writing than Popseoul, even when she is being snarky. Both blogs are entertaining reads, but for different reasons.

And I'm not directing this at Claudia C, but if you're a YEH fan, lighten up okay? I adore YEH but don't consider myself a fangirl and I find that 'pretty girls with weak vocals' remark by Dramabeans spot on. hehe. The scary thing about fandom (and I'm not just talking about YEH fans) in general is that the fans get way overprotective over their idols and perceive a slight where none is intended (Popseoul excluding, haha). Sometimes the snark is deserving, and only goes to remind us that stars are imperfect human beings like ourselves.

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Felicity, I absolutely agree, Dramabeans is definitely more witty and classy in writing than Popseoul, which is why I had to voice out my opinion that she should stick to her original style of writing more (which is what made me love this site in the first place), cause I've noticed the slight change. It has been bothering for a little while now. And yes, this is her blog and she is entitled to write whatever she pleases. But I guess the observation from us stems from the fact that she has been spoiling with nothing but THE best writing method and entries, so it is just human nature to look for the same continuity.

As for YEH, I am neither a fan nor an anti. My comment in regards to Dramabeans has nothing to do with her.

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You can't satisfy everyone. The best you can do is write what you want--how you want. And to that I applaud Sarah for she's done that since day one.

So now here comes my completely irrational side I guess. So for the readers who dislike this "change" in writing style, what exactly do you want done? Do you want her to just acknowledge that she might have changed or do you want her to revert back to some style you preferred in the past? I mean....other than leaving a comment JUST to leave a comment, did you expect something out of it? If she does supposedly write the way you want/expect her to write, then this wouldn't be a personal blog anymore would it? I feel that too many people approach this blog as some objective, journalistic source rather than what it is: a personal blog of a fansubber with multiple interests and even more opinions. If you enjoy what she says, by all means stick around. If you don't, then so be it. I simply don't understand the purpose of these types of comments.

Anyhow, yay...news bites! I miss these!

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I fully back you up Choram. I still do not understand the purpose of these types of comments. I think this site has always been Sarah's own personal blog site and she writes whats she's interested, and you read and enjoy whats she writes...make sense to me. No point in telling her its out of her NORM.
Dont change a thing Sarah....you keep up the beautiful work you are creating.

And on the side ... YOU ARE FUNNY AS HECK!! *peace

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I would give anything to see Lee Da Hae and Jay Chou collaborate on a project!

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One other thing is that I think it's really cool that Lee Da Hae mentioned another Asian artist as someone she would like to work with.

Because in these types of interviews, some celebrities try to act more "sophisticated" and name some Hollywood actor. So it's nice to see her giving respect to another Asian artist.

Let's have some more of this pan-Asian unity :)

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what "change" in writing style? i've been stealthly (if that's even a word!) reading this blog probably about as long as many of you and i don't see this change. can't the writer have a witty opinion on her own site without being compared to other blog sites? these comparison comments are getting rather annoying.

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i love the new Mighty Mouth Song, featuring Yoon Eun Hye!!!!!!
she sounds beautiful!!!!!!

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Perhaps Lee Da Hae is only going for his "bad boy image".

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news bites! yummy :D lots of goodies in movies & music to look forward too! ahem.. i'm also surprised so many ppl have been commenting on the "change" in writing style.. i thought the wittily snarky remarks peppered throughout the posts were javabeans' trademark.. "they must have a thing for pretty girls with weak vocals".. oh my goodness.. rolling from that one.. although i don't think JOO & YEH are really that pretty.. cute and boyishly handsome maybe? anyhoo.. IMO one of the virtues of dramabeans has always been that realistic bite that's not afraid to laugh at things.. please don't stop!

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The only change I see is Sarahbeans working harder than before to feed our need for more recaps, more news, and more music. Her writing style has not changed one bit since she started this blog. And even if there's a change in style, so what? Writing isn't meant to be static. Let this blog evolve however you please, Sarah. It's your blog.

I also think it's unbecoming to criticize Popseoul here, whether directly or in a veiled way. Why praise the Dramabeans blog and in the same breath put down another blog?

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Been busy lately, finally saw this post.

Hmm. Well, I would only say that I hope you'll continue to find joy in blogging. That you still feel a kick out of turning on the computer and start another blog entry. That you still find it worth the time and effort to keep dramabeans.com on the net. Cause i appreciate the work that you put into this place. And would feel the loss if it is gone.

As always, thanks!

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Javabeans, I actually bought Hard-Boiled with Wind-Up Bird, so i'm really glad for the recommendation.

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HY,JAY CHOU

I VERY LIKE U
SORRY,I CAN'T ENGLISH(REALY).
I'M INDONESIAN PEOPLE.

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