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Drama Casting & News
More cast members to leave Eden following Lee Da-hae
by | December 24, 2008 | 126 Comments
So, it looks like there is not going to be any kind of consensus on whether Lee Da-hae‘s sudden exit from East of Eden was unprofessional or not. Fans of the actress have been vocal in their defense, a much as others have been critical. Still, what’s clear is that Lee Da-hae’s exit is going... More »

Celebrity News
“Love Virus” marks Lee Jia’s singing debut
by | December 23, 2008 | 11 Comments
Lee Jia, a singer? The actress (recently of Beethoven Virus) released a video clip on her homepage, which shows her in the studio, rehearsing for the recording of her new digital single “Love Virus,” although she doesn’t actually sing in the clip. (Watch below.) The single will be released on online sites on Christmas Eve,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Winners collect their Golden Cinematography awards
by | December 23, 2008 | 19 Comments
With the winners of Golden Cinematography Awards already announced days in advance, there were no surprises at the ceremony on the 23rd. The winners came by to collect their statues and pose for pictures, and the event was generally a low-key affair. The event is in its 31st year, and are given by the Korean... More »

Celebrity News
This year’s CF queen
by | December 23, 2008 | 10 Comments
Kim Tae-hee (Fight) has taken over title of “CF Queen” from Lee Young-ae (Jewel in the Palace), at least according to the Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation. The group conducted a consumer survey of residents in metropolitan and urban areas, who picked Kim as the top advertising model of the year. Other celebrities who came in... More »

Celebrity News
Rain hosts, struts, sings, and dances at Six To Five launch
by | December 23, 2008 | 37 Comments
As previously mentioned, singer-dancer-actor-designer-CEO-“world star” Rain is coming out with his own fashion line, “Six to Five,” which he kicked off in style on the 23rd with a fashion show–launch party–mini concert. Trust Mr. Multihyphenate to give the same treatment to his big events. The launching party took place in Ilsan and was attended by... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 4
by | December 22, 2008 | 25 Comments
Episode 3 was a bit of a question mark for me — a slight dip but not a big enough one to make a definitive statement. It’s always appealing watching a cute romance develop, but plot-wise we were kind of treading water. I’m waiting for the drama to take a bigger step up or down,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Da-hae: simply tired, or irresponsible actress?
by | December 22, 2008 | 177 Comments
Lee Da-hae has quit East of Eden. Her decision comes without warning, and is so sudden that viewers have been caught completely off-guard and are wondering why. She posted on the show’s message board on the 22nd, “It was confusing to take on this character of Hye-rin, who even I can’t understand… As an actor... More »

Drama Casting & News
More from The Return of Iljimae
by | December 22, 2008 | 14 Comments
We’ve already seen one (gorgeous) promo poster for The Return of Iljimae, but with the premiere now imminent, we have a few more. Like the one before it, these new offerings also have that vaguely dreamlike, Final Fantasy-esque quality to it. Of course, the challenge comes in translating that quality into the series proper. The... More »

Celebrity News
Maestro puts out a classical music album
by | December 22, 2008 | 19 Comments
Capitalizing on his success as conductor “Kang-mae” in Beethoven Virus, Kim Myung-min is putting out a classical music album. Er, what now? No, Kim hasn’t suddenly revealed hitherto-unknown musical talent (though he professes to be a classical-music enthusiast). Rather, he’s “editing” a compilation to be put out by classical music label EMI Classics, which bears... More »

Drama Casting & News
Boys Before Flowers production press conference
by | December 21, 2008 | 42 Comments
We’re only two weeks away from the premiere of the much-anticipated Hana Yori Dango remake, Boys Before Flowers, and the cast came out on December 22 for the production press conference. Not much more to add to the already sizable pre-show buzz, so before we get to the photos, I’ll just say, once again: This... More »

Celebrity News
Moon Jung-hee back with new drama and engagement
by | December 21, 2008 | 6 Comments
Moon Jung-hee (My Sweet Seoul, Air City, Alone in Love) is back with a new drama, the upcoming sageuk drama Empress Cheon-chu, which will start airing at the beginning of January. She’ll also be preparing at the same time for her upcoming wedding, which she has just announced. The bridegroom is a U.S.-educated businessman, and... More »