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Celebrity News
Ahn Jae-hwan found dead in apparent suicide
by | September 8, 2008 | 65 Comments
Sigh. So 2008’s really not been a good year for the celebs. Actor Ahn Jae-hwan (Secret Lovers, Entertainment News), 36, was found dead on the morning of September 8 in his car. The death has been tentatively ruled a suicide. Apparently, the body was found to have been “severely decomposed,” indicating that the suicide occurred... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kingdom of Wind aims young with some idol faces
by | September 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
I’ll admit I haven’t paid much mind to KBS’s upcoming sageuk (and manhwa adaptation) Kingdom of Wind because, well, I never cottoned on to Jumong and felt no particular thrill to see Song Il-kook back in his old-fashioned threads playing Jumong’s grandson. But I will say I’m a little surprised at the casting of two... More »


Celebrity News
Looking at the world through star-colored lenses
by | September 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
Note: What they’re talking about in this article is a step up from the ubiquitous “sel-ca” photos, or “self-taken” photographs, that we see online everywhere. A lot of the photos in question do feature the celebs themselves, but this is referring more to the trend of stars becoming amateur photographers, publishing books and putting their... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
The next Chaser-like thriller fills out its cast
by | September 7, 2008 | 7 Comments
Remember the new Chaser-like stocks-‘n’-bonds thriller that was announced starring Park Yong-ha? (Title: 작전, or Jakjeon, or Scam — as in, a stock scam.) The third leg of the main trio has been announced; starring alongside Park Yong-ha and actress Kim Min-jung (New Heart) will be Park Hee-soon (Seven Days, pictured above). Park Hee-soon has... More »


Celebrity News
What is the sound of one foot cycling?
by | September 6, 2008 | 3 Comments
Is it an imminent pratfall? Let’s just say I hope her other foot found the pedal, and quickly. Singer Bada participates in the Seoul Rally bike race. September 7, Seoul. (No helmets or protective gear, Bada? Reckless or just really, really confident?) Tags: Bada... More »
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Celebrity News
tvN’s World Special “LOVE”
by | September 6, 2008 | 5 Comments
Actors Shin Hyun-joon and Bae Doo-na were sent earlier this summer to do some charity work abroad via cable channel tvN’s world special “LOVE” (their phrasing) documentary program. I’d mentioned this before Bae Doo-na set off for Nepal, but now that she’s gone there and back, we can see for ourselves what the trip entailed.... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
16th Chunsa Film Festival
by | September 6, 2008 | 19 Comments
Another film festival, another red carpet. On September 6, the city of Icheon was host to the 16th Chunsa Film Festival, which found its red carpet walked by film and TV stars and capped off the night with an awards ceremony. Honors were handed out actors including Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser, a big winner that... More »


Theater/Musicals
Taking to a different stage
by | September 5, 2008 | 8 Comments
I love Horan. Not only is she a great singer for electronica group Clazziquai as well as indie band Ibadi (not the strongest vocals, but lovely all the same), she’s smart and literate (she put out a collection of essays, served as book columnist for a magazine, and hosted an educational book program on television).... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #46
by | September 5, 2008 | 44 Comments
  What’s cookin’? (Not me, that’s for sure. You know what the worst part about experimenting with cooking is? You have to EAT your failures… each bite… mocking you…)   SONG OF THE DAY Jenny Owen Youngs – “Fuck Was I.” Despite the somewhat harsh title, this is actually a really lovely song. I first... More »


Drama Casting & News
A potential comeback for Hallyu’s Queen Goddess of Melodrama
by | September 5, 2008 | 20 Comments
After a rather disappointing “comeback” last year with the overproduced (and under-thought-out) action drama Air City, Hallyu (and sob) queen Choi Ji-woo just might be back on television by the end of the year. December will see the start to a new SBS series, Oh! My Goddess!, to be produced by Olive Nine. (Note: Some... More »


Drama Casting & News
Playing both sides of the gender coin
by | September 4, 2008 | 8 Comments
Early stills released for The Painter of Wind all featured a much different look from its star — different because so far we’ve mostly seen Korea’s Little Sister Moon Geun-young cross-dressing as a young man, in order for her character to pursue painting. Now we get to see her in her female finery in these... More »