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Celebrity News
Ara for Etude House
by | September 12, 2008 | 18 Comments
Ara, who’s the current brand model along with Jang Geun-seok for Etude brand cosmetics, shows off what’s being touted as a new “smile with your eyes” ad campaign for the line. The marketing push capitalizes on women’s desires to look like Hyori, Sohn Ye-jin, Seo Min-jung, and other noted eye-smilers — with one magic wave... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok weekend
by | September 12, 2008 | 16 Comments
Geez, how fast time flies — I can’t believe it’s been nearly a full year since the previous Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, which is among the biggest holidays of the year. The actual day falls on Sunday, but the holiday weekend kicks off today, which means lots of traditional Korean foods and desserts (like the... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #47
by | September 12, 2008 | 37 Comments
  ‘Sup people. Weekend plans? I had a   >.... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 6
by | September 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
(1) I like this shot because it looks like a real-life watercolor. (2) I’ve noticed more recent drama series adopting an episodic format, where each episode contains its own “plot of the day” with shorter storylines. Although I particularly appreciate the kdrama template of telling the main story over the course of sixteen or twenty... More »

Celebrity News
Final trial starts in Song Il-kook’s reporter assault case
by | September 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
Just goes to show: don’t mess with a celebrity. Particularly one as rich and famous as Song Il-kook who doesn’t take kindly to be painted as a woman-beater. To refresh memories: A freelance reporter, Kim Soon-hee, accused Song of assault back when she was trying to approach him for an interview regarding his upcoming wedding... More »

Kpop News
Copyright troubles for Jang Nara
by | September 11, 2008 | 27 Comments
According to the Seoul Central District Court, the Korea Music Copyright Association received a request from an American songwriter that sales be stopped for Jang Nara’s sixth album “Dream of Asia.” She’s charged with infringing on copyright by recording a song without permission, “Mirage” [신기루], for which she also recorded its English version, “If You... More »

Celebrity News
Levi’s Lady Style’s new model Song Hye-gyo
by | September 11, 2008 | 21 Comments
Song Hye-gyo models a suspiciously elongated body line in her new Levi’s Jeans ads — suspicious because while she’s certainly known for her beauty, she’s also known for being super-short. A rep for the company explained, “Ms. Song recently wore our product while shooting her drama in Singapore, and paparazzi photos were buzzed-about by netizens.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Maybe Triple will be watchable after all
by | September 10, 2008 | 37 Comments
Wait, what in the hey-what-now? Yoon Kye-sang has been cast in the figure-skating trendy drama, helmed by the director of Coffee Prince, Triple? First, talented director Lee Yoon-jung managed to sway Lee Seon-kyun (Coffee Prince, My Sweet Seoul) into joining her for this latest drama venture, featuring a young and inexperienced new singer in her... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Wind” and “Virus” off to a neck-and-neck start
by | September 10, 2008 | 38 Comments
…and we’re off! KBS and MBC both premiered their new dramas today, one a sageuk starring Jumong star Song Il-kook (Kingdom of Wind), and the other a classical-music-based drama featuring White Tower‘s intense Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus). Both come highly anticipated, not least because we’ve got two big names going head-to-head. While KBS has had... More »

Celebrity News
A comeback program for Lee Young-ae
by | September 10, 2008 | 18 Comments
For being one of Hallyu’s top actresses, Lee Young-ae, also known as CF queen (others have laid claim to that title, but Lee Young-ae has approximately 240 CFs to her credit in 17 years), has remained out of the spotlight for the past three years. Her last film was 2005’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Han Ye-seul goes retro schoolgirl
by | September 10, 2008 | 6 Comments
Before she was a femme fatale, she was a schoolgirl. Han Ye-seul dons pigtails and a schoolgirl uniform to portray her character’s younger self in the upcoming drama Tazza. (Despite the clean face and the clothes, she still seems more like a grown woman in a costume than a genuine flashback. But we can’t all... More »