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Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 24 (Final)
by | September 29, 2008 | 47 Comments
Instead of another foodpr0n montage, I thought it would be fitting to do something a little different for this last episode. Gourmet really has been, all along, more about execution than inventiveness (ordinary events, but depicted well), and this is once again exemplified in Episode 24. To wit: I could sum up the episode in... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: September 29, 2008
by | September 29, 2008 | 13 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, huh? Newlywed Park Eun-hye is returning to work following a recent miscarriage of what would have been her “honeymoon baby” (she wed in April). She plans to attend the upcoming Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), which screens her film Night and Day. Speaking of which,... More »

Celebrity News
Happy birthday, Hyun Bin
by | September 29, 2008 | 19 Comments
Hyun Bin just celebrated his birthday (his 27th) with a large-scale fanmeeting, hosted at the Dome Art Hall at the Children’s Grand Park in Seoul, on September 27 (actual birthday September 25). With approximately 2,000 fans present, the event took the title “2008 Hyun Bin Fan Meeting & Birthday Party — The Present… HYUNBIN” (what... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Secret agent man Kang Ji-hwan
by | September 28, 2008 | 25 Comments
Kang Ji-hwan really is keeping busy, making the most of this productive and successful time in his career. (He did back-to-back dramas, shooting Capital Scandal before launching himself directly into the eight-month-long commitment with Hong Gil Dong, after which he kept active promoting his recent film with So Ji-sub, A Movie Is a Movie (aka... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The current drama landscape: An overview
by | September 28, 2008 | 54 Comments
It seems we suddenly have a ton of new dramas out, and I was starting to feel a bit lost. So here’s a brief overview of the dramas currently airing, some of which I’m following regularly and some that I haven’t committed to sticking with yet. For the series I plan to keep watching, I’ll... More »

Celebrity News
Kwon Sang-woo weds Sohn Tae-young (finally)
by | September 28, 2008 | 63 Comments
After all the hullaballo, Kwon Sang-woo finally married Sohn Tae-young today (September 28), and I for one am glad, since we won’t be having to hear about it anymore. The couple gave a press conference prior to the wedding, as the wedding itself was closed to the press. Sohn Tae-young wore a Kenneth Pool gown,... More »

Hello again, Franceska
by | September 27, 2008 | 6 Comments
Remember the vampire sitcom Hello Franceska? The quirky three-season series that was made by Soulmate director Noh Do-chul starring Jung Ryeo-won, Lee Kyeon, and, later, Hyun Young? Well, now it’s been adapted for the musical stage, starring Choi Jung-won as Franceska (the musical actress, not the Kingdom of Wind star), which was played by Shim... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoo Gun’s Fight Club
by | September 27, 2008 | 8 Comments
Haven’t heard about Yoo Gun in a while. The actor from dramas Hello God and Bad Couple has signed up for a new cable series Fight [맞짱], which is pegged as a “real fighter drama.” The eight-episode series features Yoo as a hot-blooded fighter in a “fight club.” (Oh, that‘s new.) Still, it’s not really... More »

Celebrity News
Singing the Power of Love
by | September 26, 2008 | 21 Comments
Actor Lee Minki (Mixed-up Investigative Agency and Dal Ja’s Spring) is lending his hitherto-unknown vocal talents to a track with Korean electronica/pop singer Sheean in a collaboration with Japanese electronica/Shibuya-kei artist FreeTEMPO. The song, titled “Power of Love,” was released as a digital single today. Lee Minki managed to squeeze in recording time with Sheean... More »

Celebrity News
Speaking up for adoption
by | September 26, 2008 | 2 Comments
Nam Sang-mi joins others stars who have previously participated in the campaign to promote the adoption of handicapped children. As part of the campaign with Holt Children’s Services, Nam took her promo photo with a child afflicted with a brain injury who is partially paralyzed in one side. She said, “He can’t express himself through... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #49
by | September 26, 2008 | 31 Comments
  Just got my big fat election booklet in the mail! Have y’all registered to vote yet? You have until October 20 (at least in California) to be eligible to vote in the Nov. 4 election, but why wait? > > Register to vote! < < My credo: If you don’t vote, you officially waive... More »