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Celebrity News
Bye (again, and for real)
by | August 4, 2008 | 25 Comments
  Bye, Jae Hee. (Singer Lee Ki-chan, in white, enlisted for service on the same day, August 4.)   Tags: army duty, Jae Hee... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 13 & 14
by | August 3, 2008 | 14 Comments
Sometimes I’m amazed at how much story Gourmet can make out of a simple plot point or cooking competition — most of our plots thus far have centered on either the successorship competition or the beef battle. I’ve got no problem with cooking contests, and they offer opportunities for lots of food theorizing (whether or... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Jae-won to make his drama return
by | August 3, 2008 | 37 Comments
It’s been two years since he last acted in the drama Hwang Jini (and before that Great Inheritance and Wonderful Life), but the man with the killer smile, Kim Jae-won, has finally picked his next project (woot woot) — as the leading man of a Chinese drama. Set to start filming in late September, the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Go-go Shin Mina
by | August 3, 2008 | 5 Comments
Shin Mina startles fans with her transformation as a “sexy diva” in her latest role, trading her cute, warm image for a more blatantly sexy one. She dons a glittery, slinky dress as go-go girl Mimi in the 1970s film Go Go 70, about a band called the Devils who are active in the go-go... More »

Drama Casting & News
Trading one regret for the other
by | August 2, 2008 | 5 Comments
MBC’s Iljimae, formerly known as Lee Seung-gi’s Iljimae, has got its work cut out for it, following SBS’s recent hit with Lee Junki’s Iljimae. And that was even before Lee Seung-gi dropped out of the titular hero role in a move that had many disappointed with his replacement, teen heartthrob Jung Il-woo, who had shot... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The kiss that never was
by | August 1, 2008 | 12 Comments
Fans may be expecting young leads Nam Gyuri and Kim Bum to be locking lips when their upcoming horror movie Go-sa: Bloody Midterms releases on August 6, but they’re not gonna see it. The supposedly “hot” (yeah, right) kiss scene was cut from the final edit and not shown at the recent VIP premiere/press event,... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Miss Korea hopefuls walk the runway
by | August 1, 2008 | 8 Comments
Prospective Miss Koreas lined up on August 1 to participate in the 2008 Miss Korea Hanbok Fashion Show & Cultural Performance. The event, which took place in the Grand Ballroom of Seoul’s Namsan Hyatt Hotel, precedes the the 52nd Miss Korea Pageant, which kicks off on August 6. The reigning Miss Korea 2007, Lee Ji-sun,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Meet the Big Fat Korean Wedding
by | August 1, 2008 | 22 Comments
Here’s more info on the Hollywood debut project for Kang Hye-jung. The Korean article mistakenly refers to the title of the film as “Wedding Planner,” but I believe it’s actually Korean Wedding, to be co-produced by Korea’s CJ Entertainment and American Vertigo Entertainment and Lionsgate. Korean Wedding centers around an American man falling in love... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #41
by | August 1, 2008 | 10 Comments
  It’s AUGUST?? Where does the time go? What happened to all the awesome wonderful exciting productive things I was supposed to do this year? Better get on it. Her Space Holiday – “Famous to Me” (Hurtful Kid Mix). Her Space Holiday’s usual sound, as in the original version of this song, is more indie... More »

Celebrity News
Another star injured on the job
by | July 31, 2008 | 10 Comments
Lee Jia, lead actress for MBC’s upcoming classical-music-themed drama Beethoven Virus, collapsed while filming for the drama and was rushed to the emergency room on August 1. This came after spending the last two days filming in cold water during the hot summer. While shooting at a film studio in Kyunggi-do early Friday morning, Lee... More »

Celebrity News
Being a Good Neighbor more important than being a perfect one
by | July 31, 2008 | 7 Comments
Bae Doo-na, last seen in 2007’s How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, is heading to Nepal for some charity work as part of the Good Neighbors program. From the UN Nepal site: Good Neighbors International launched its work in Nepal in 2002 with the objective of child care and community development. It is an INGO... More »