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Celebrity News
In Style in summer
by | July 5, 2008 | 10 Comments
Go Jun-hee (the new stage name for the model-actress formerly known by her real name, Kim Eun-joo) poses for July’s issue of In Style. She’s been popping up in the news more these days, which means she’s probably about to start on a promotional round for her next project, which appears to be a stint... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Gu Hye-sun’s cheerful caretaker
by | July 5, 2008 | 16 Comments
The debut directing project for actress Gu Hye-sun — currently starring in KBS’s Strongest Chil Woo — now has a name, thanks to CEO Jung Seung-hye of Morning [아침] film studio. Jung had suggested the title The Cheerful Caretaker [유쾌한 도우미], which Gu Hye-sun liked and has now adopted. The short film tackling the subject... More »

Drama Casting & News
Popular vs. buzzworthy dramas
by | July 4, 2008 | 34 Comments
MBC’s When Night Comes, SBS’s Iljimae   The following article from OSEN takes a look at the difference between the types of dramas on the air these days. I find a lot of mainstream entertainment press to be oversimplified (I’m sure I’m just not looking in the right places), but it’s something to chew on,... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #37
by | July 4, 2008 | 32 Comments
  Happy Fourth of July!! May you all have too much to eat and drink, plenty of sun in which to bask (heed faux Vonnegut! Wear sunscreen), and lots of fireworks to watch. Me, I’m gonna have a nice, relaxing day that hopefully requires as little thinking as possible. Something tells me that shouldn’t be... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 7
by | July 3, 2008 | 16 Comments
Hmm. I didn’t really love the first half of Episode 7, although that wasn’t because it was bad. I think we’re just in that phase where plot setups start to bear results, and some of those can lead to uncomfortable moments. The developments are necessary, of course, and we get some nice acting amidst a... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Republic of Korea gets ready to lawyer up
by | July 3, 2008 | 28 Comments
The crew of MBC’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Lawyers of the Republic of Korea gathered on the afternoon of June 2 in Seoul’s Kangnam neighborhood for the show’s press conference. The drama centers around the world of divorce law (and the warring divorce attorneys on either side), in which Lee Soo Kyung (Soulmate, Golden Age of... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
A Movie Is A Movie
by | July 2, 2008 | 26 Comments
As briefly mentioned earlier, Kang Ji Hwan stars in a new movie with So Ji Sub. Wow. Two heartthrob stars who are actually strong actors, working together! Their film is titled A Movie Is A Movie and just wrapped filming yesterday, having begun shooting in May. Their final filming session actually began on June 30,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cain & Abel or Doctor Stop?
by | July 2, 2008 | 15 Comments
I was actually writing up So Ji Sub’s new movie (with Kang Ji Hwan!) and was looking to see what his next project was, and got wrapped up in trying to untangle THAT mess. (So Kang Ji Hwan will have to wait for the next post.) I’d been hearing about the high-profile drama Cain &... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 6
by | July 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Episode 6 was the first episode where I thought that rather than being entirely so-bad-it’s-good, there were parts that were pretty decent on their own merits. Not the entire episode, of course — Chil Woo wouldn’t be fun if it were played completely straight — but just enough to make this episode resonate (with me)... More »

Drama Casting & News
Song Seung Heon jumps East of Eden, south of balcony
by | July 1, 2008 | 12 Comments
Song Seung Heon grapples with a foe, leaps off a building and performs his own stunt wire work while shooting MBC’s upcoming epic drama (spanning multiple decades, from the sixties to the present), East of Eden, which premieres August 25. He films on location in Hong Kong. Tags: East of Eden, Song Seung-heon... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Tracking down exes with a flourish, also some magic
by | July 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Um… can Shin Dong Wook please rehire his hair stylist back from his Soulmate days? He hasn’t had a good haircut in years. Here he dons a mask and shows off a magic trick while recording for his new gig, as the new host of Mnet’s Chasing Your X-Boyfriend. July 1, Seoul, at the X-boyfriend... More »