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Drama Casting & News
Setting sail from the World They Live In
by | October 5, 2008 | 31 Comments
Song Hye-gyo and Hyun Bin shoot their upcoming drama The World They Live In in this just-released still photo The drama also features actors Cha Soo-yeon (Nowhere to Turn) as Hyun Bin’s old girlfriend, Bae Jong-ok (Heavenly Beauty Park Jung-geum), Eom Ki-joon (Kimchi Cheese Smile), Daniel Choi (Golden Apple), and Seo Hyo-rim (Insoon Is Pretty),... More »

Celebrity News
Suicide of transgender Jang Chae-won belatedly revealed
by | October 5, 2008 | 21 Comments
Jang Chae-won, pre- and post-op Another suicide is now just coming to light, having been overshadowed by the suicide last Thursday of famous actress Choi Jin-shil. This time the victim is transgender entertainer Jang Chae-won, 26, who passed away at home on October 3. Seoul police gave a statement on October 6, saying, “Jang Chae-won... More »

Drama Casting & News
And Makino (in the Korean Hana Yori Dango) is…
by | October 5, 2008 | 122 Comments
…Gu Hye-sun??? Erm. Okay. Don’t get me wrong, I like Gu Hye-sun (of hit family drama Pure 19, sageuk King & I, and fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo). A lot. I think she’s one of her generation’s more promising actors. She can do vulnerable, and she can do inner toughness. She can cry. She can... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 11
by | October 5, 2008 | 24 Comments
Sorry for the (relative) lateness of the recap! I’ve had, shall we say, a busy week. :/ SONG OF THE DAY Lim Jeong-hee – “사랑의 반대말” (The opposite of love) [ Download ] Tags: Kim Ji-hoon, Kim Min-hee, Love & Marriage... More »

Celebrity News
Premiere’s Rising Stars 2008
by | October 4, 2008 | 10 Comments
On October 4, the Premiere Magazine-sponsored “Rising Star” awards ceremony was held at the Pusan International Film Festival to name its, well, rising stars. Ha Jung-woo and Su Ae won for their performances in their recent films (thriller The Chaser and period war piece You’re Far Away, respectively). Ha said, “I’d like to become an... More »

Kpop News
DBSK both hot and on fire
by | October 4, 2008 | 12 Comments
(At least figuratively?) U-Know Yunho and Micky Yoochun light up the stage (top pic) with the rest of their DBSK groupmates at the 2008 Asia Song Festival. October 4, Seoul World Cup Stadium. Tags: DBSK, singers... More »
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Celebrity News
Choi Jin-shil’s death spurs talk of cyber slander laws
by | October 3, 2008 | 40 Comments
“Last Scandal” co-star Jung Jun-ho, actress Choi Ji-woo If there’s something to take away from the overwhelming attention and the number of entertainers who came to pay their final respects to deceased Choi Jin-shil, it’s that she was much-respected and much-loved by many colleagues over the entire length of her 20-year career. People are also... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
More PIFF red carpet at APAN’s Star Road
by | October 3, 2008 | 14 Comments
I foresee this may start getting repetitive, but here’s another red carpet from the Pusan International Film Festival (we saw opening night’s red carpet yesterday). This time, the event was the Asian Pacific Actors Network (APAN) Star Road. It seemed some of the stars who were at opening night were noticeably absent at this event,... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #50
by | October 3, 2008 | 22 Comments
  What a weird, crazy, hectic week. Hope you’re all keeping well. TGIF. SONG OF THE DAY Carla Bruni – “Le Temps Perdu” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #49 Open Thread #48 Open Thread #47 Open Thread #46   No tags for this post.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Pusan International Film Festival’s opening night
by | October 2, 2008 | 51 Comments
It’s kind of unnerving how all the news right now is either Choi Jin-shil‘s sudden death or the 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), and sometimes while looking through the news listings, it’s easy to confuse the two based on the thumbnail images. (Given the timing, as far as I can see, there were no... More »

Celebrity News
More on Choi Jin-shil’s suicide
by | October 2, 2008 | 88 Comments
This is all very sad, particularly because Choi Jin-shil seems to have been very depressed, but not to the extent that anybody around her could have foreseen such dire actions. (Sports Chosun has a lovely collection of photos over the years chronicling Choi Jin-shil’s career.) The police have ruled Choi’s death a suicide — while... More »