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Celebrity News
The face of Hallyu
by | July 28, 2008 | 26 Comments
Coming off a great past year with two back-to-back hit dramas (Iljimae and Time of Dog and Wolf), Lee Junki has been selected as the face of Hallyu — at least for the upcoming 2008 Seoul Hallyu Festival as its spokesperson and PR rep. A rep for the festival explained, “Through projects like The King... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Spying femme fatale Park Shi-yeon
by | July 28, 2008 | 13 Comments
Park Shi-yeon (recently of dark drama La Dolce Vita) takes on the role of a spy in the new movie Dachimawa Lee: Bye, Villain! Take the Express Train to Hell [다찌마와 리: 악인이여 지옥행 급행열차를 타라], a comedic action spy film which from all appearances looks like a period Bond flick by way of Mr.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Bye-bye, Daemul
by | July 28, 2008 | 10 Comments
Stick a fork in it, Daemul is done. Over. Finito. After all its recent problems including the departure of its original PD, the high-budget SBS drama based on the popular manhwa has been removed from SBS’s upcoming lineup, and now its stars Go Hyun-jung and Kwon Sang-woo have been officially released. They are now free... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 11 & 12
by | July 27, 2008 | 10 Comments
On paper, some of the Gourmet storylines seem rather trifling. Cow hunts, beef taste tests, chef competitions, butchery challenges… But for some reason, even though some of the plots sound not-quite dramatically interesting, the episodes still manage to be really watchable. For this reason, I wouldn’t say Gourmet is an excellent drama, but it’s still... More »


Kpop News
Summer Vacation with Rain
by | July 27, 2008 | 19 Comments
As announced, supa-star Rain held his fanmeeting and birthday party (called “Summer Vacation with Rain”), at Olympic Hall in Seoul’s Olympic Park on July 27. The event commenced at 3pm, hosted by MC Kim Jae-dong, who made his TV debut around the same time as Rain’s singer debut. That familiarity made for a light-hearted time... More »


Kpop News
Byul’s Wanted date
by | July 26, 2008 | 8 Comments
More couples show off their relationships openly: On the 24th, solo vocalist Byul posted pictures on her personal homepage of herself with Jeon Sang-hwan of the R&B vocal group Wanted, which were reportedly taken back in September in Los Angeles. They look too cute. The couple met back in the summer of ’06 at church... More »


Celebrity News
Off to the Olympics in style
by | July 26, 2008 | 11 Comments
In anticipation of the upcoming Beijing Olympics, In Style’s August issue features this “Go, Korea!” spread with celebrities posing as athletes in support of Korea’s Olympic team. On the bike is pop singer Kim Hyun-jung; members of pop group Jewelry pose pose with handballs; former pop singer and now actress Jeon Hye-bin takes on the... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Songwriter Han Hyo-joo?
by | July 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Iljimae‘s Han Hyo-joo (also of Spring Waltz, As Much as Heaven and Earth) is expanding her repertoire to include songwriting and singing. The song she sings and helped write (as she was singled out as the lyric writer, presumably music credits belong elsewhere) serves as the theme song for the upcoming film Race On, Bicycle... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #40
by | July 25, 2008 | 5 Comments
  Holla. The Stills – “Gender Bombs.” I’m kind of ambivalent on The Stills — I like some shoegazer-y, Manchester-style dream-pop stuff but it’s not really my favorite genre. But they do have a few songs I really like; I was hooked on this one at the line, “Logic will break your heart forever.” ‘Cuz... More »


Celebrity News
New brides become new moms
by | July 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Add two more high-profile actresses to the list of the recently knocked-up. (Kim Hee-sun announced her happy news in May and is currently three months pregnant; comedienne Park Kyung-lim announced hers, due January 2009, last month; and frequent variety-show host Kang Ho-dong becomes a father in March.) “Queen of Cannes” Jeon Do-yeon (so called because... More »


Drama Casting & News
It’s a wrap for Iljimae
by | July 24, 2008 | 36 Comments
The cast and production team of SBS’s Iljimae gathered at Yongsan CGV today (July 24) to watch the finale of the drama together. The hit fusion sageuk premiered on May 21 to viewership ratings of 14.8%, which steadily climbed over the course of the drama’s run to end in the near-30% range. In attendance was... More »