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Drama Casting & News
Choi Min-soo offered role of King Sukjong in Jackpot
by | January 29, 2016 | 43 Comments
Yaaaaassss. Choi Min-soo (Pride and Prejudice) would make an awesome King Sukjong, and he’s positively considering the role for SBS’s upcoming “faction” (fact + fiction, which is to say, totally fictionalized history) sageuk drama Jackpot. This makes sense because he starred in writer Kwon Soon-gyu’s 2011’s action sageuk drama Warrior Baek Dong-soo, but also because... More »


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Odds and Ends: Upturns and turnarounds
by | January 28, 2016 | 73 Comments
javabeans: We’re back with another Odds and Ends, and today, we have HeadsNo2 here with us, chatting about… you know… things. Odds. And ends. girlfriday: Say hi, Heads! HeadsNo2: Hi! I’m not helping here, am I. girlfriday: You may have noticed Heads’ byline on the site more, because she said she had more time and... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jackpot confirms Jang Geun-seok, courts supporting ladies
by | January 28, 2016 | 19 Comments
SBS’s gambling-centric sageuk Jackpot is busy casting, having secured Jang Geun-seok for its lead and adding a few more names to the casting pool with Yoon Jin-seo (Girl Who Sees Smells) and Choi Jung-yoon (Could We Love). Initial news was released a few days ago that Jang Geun-seok was considering, and he has now officially... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Eun-bin joins EXO’s Kai in web drama Choco Bank
by | January 27, 2016 | 65 Comments
Are web dramas the future of scripted content and Hallyu, or is the industry just trying to make fetch happen? It’s hard to say with SO many web dramas in production these days, but so few of them breaking out of the pack to be very memorable. Well, I don’t suppose I have any problem... More »


Celebrity News
Yoon Shi-yoon is back among us, hurrah!
by | January 26, 2016 | 68 Comments
Yoon Shi-yoon is back, and not a moment too soon! (What with the bevy of stars heading off for their two-year service soon, like Lee Seung-gi, Yoo Ah-in, Joo-won, Lee Min-ho… Aie, hold me.) He entered service quietly in April 2014, and served in the marine corps until his discharge on January 27. (I know... More »


Drama Casting & News
Moorim School cuts down episode count to 16
by | January 26, 2016 | 106 Comments
It’s only in its third week, but KBS seems ready to give up on its fantasy youth drama Moorim School, and is giving the show an episode cutdown from 20 down to 16. (Some outlets hedge that the broadcaster is in talks, but the majority report this as a done deal. Fans will probably want... More »


Drama Recaps
Cheese in the Trap: Episode 7
by | January 25, 2016 | 317 Comments
I do enjoy this couple so—they’re awkward and halting and sometimes make me cringe so hard in secondhand embarrassment, but they’re endearing as all get-out. In most dramaland trendies, I fall for the romances because they’re sweet, or chemistry-packed, or bolstered by heaps of funny, witty cuteness. In this case, however, I actually find the... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Oh Ji-ho, Yoon Jin-seo team up for quiet melo film Coffee Mate
by | January 25, 2016 | 12 Comments
Despite the title bringing to mind images of heaps of powdered non-dairy creamer, I found the movie Coffee Mate piquing my interest, and not just because of its casting of Oh Ji-ho (Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong) and Yoon Jin-seo (Girl Who Sees Smells) as the two leads. It’s the film’s plot description that captures my interest—or... More »


Drama Recaps
Neighborhood Hero: Episode 1
by | January 24, 2016 | 121 Comments
There was a burst of new content on cable this weekend, and Neighborhood Hero (also called Local Hero) was OCN’s offering, marking the channel’s shift to the twice-a-week format. They’ve had a number of successes in the once-a-week action thriller format—that’s been their bread and butter—but are trying something new with this Saturday-Sunday scheduling. Off... More »


Drama Recaps
Youths Over Flowers in Iceland: Episode 4
by | January 24, 2016 | 43 Comments
javabeans: The guys arrive at the base of a waterfall and decide to hike up to the top, and the show makes seem like this will be more of an ordeal than they’re expecting. In that they’re not expecting any ordeal at all. On the way up, they run into two Korean girl travelers, and... More »


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5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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