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Drama Casting & News
“Painter” delayed due to more injury
by | October 12, 2008 | 21 Comments
Here’s the gist. Park Shin-yang broke Moon Geun-young‘s nose and now Painter of the Wind production will be delayed as she heals. Ow. And this comes just after she injured herself falling down a well during filming just a week before. Hopefully, accidents don’t become a trend for the SBS drama. The details: On October... More »

Celebrity News
Cheering on runners in the Pink Ribbon Marathon
by | October 11, 2008 | 17 Comments
Stars Song Hye-gyo and Jang Dong-gun came out on October 12 in support of the “2008 Pink Ribbon Love Marathon” for breast-cancer prevention, cheering on participants and representing the event’s sponsor. Approximately ten thousand pink-shirted citizens participated in the marathon with an enrollment fee of 10,000 won each (approximately ten dollars); the proceeds will be... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden: Viewers up, paychecks down
by | October 11, 2008 | 21 Comments
The actors of MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama East of Eden, including star Song Seung-heon, are taking a pay cut — as much as 50% from their current pay rates. The drama boasts a large cast of name actors — Yeon Jung-hoon, Yoo Dong-geun, Lee Mi-sook, Jo Min-ki, Lee Yeon-hee, Lee Da-hae, Han Ji-hye, Park Hae-jin —... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Bum shows off his grown-up appeal
by | October 10, 2008 | 49 Comments
The October issue of fashion mag An An features a spread with rising star Kim Bum, displaying how nicely he’s continuing to grow into adulthood. The 19-year-old actor sure is a hot commodity right now — after surprising everyone with his grown-up intensity in East of Eden, he again got people excited with his casting... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 13
by | October 10, 2008 | 21 Comments
LOL, and I mean that literally: this was a laugh-out-loud episode, with a number of unexpectedly quirky-funny moments. A lot happened to move our stories along and close a few loops. I know that Conflict is at the heart of Drama, but I always cringe when my characters go through hell even though I know... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
PIFF goes out with a whimper
by | October 10, 2008 | 10 Comments
In stark contrast with its star-studded opening night, the 13th Pusan International Film Awards closed after nine days with a night much lacking in glitz or stars. Maybe it was just a lackluster year, or maybe Choi Jin-shil’s untimely death cast a pall over opening night, or maybe celebrities went up to Seoul to pay... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #51
by | October 10, 2008 | 20 Comments
  Open Thread #51 already? Considering that means I’ve had almost a year’s worth of open threads (and I hadn’t even started them until the blog had been going a while), I’m a little taken aback and how fast time has flown. (Also a little shocking is the recap index, and seeing how many recaps... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cain & Abel emphasizes brotherly strife
by | October 9, 2008 | 36 Comments
Urgh, confused yet again by the vaguery that is Doctor Stop aka Cain & Abel aka So Ji-sub‘s comeback drama. First called Cain & Abel, the drama had attached Jung Ryeo-won opposite So, but then undergone production delays and planning issues, losing both Jung and its original title. At one point the SBS president even... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nominees for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards
by | October 9, 2008 | 42 Comments
Choi Su-jong of “Dae Jo Young,” Kim Haneul of “On Air” Nominees are out for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival awards, and the list is rather ho-hum. For example, the nominees for Best Drama are: Legend (MBC), Mom’s Dead Upset (KBS), Dae Jo Young (KBS), and Gourmet (SBS). At first I was disappointed in the... More »

Celebrity News
Tablo publishes a short story collection
by | October 9, 2008 | 20 Comments
Following in the footsteps of fellow musicians Lee Juck and Horan, Epik High’s Tablo is coming out with a short-story collection, to be published next month. “When the book is released, I’m sure people will ask, ‘Did Tablo really write this?’ In my university days, I was known as a literature geek.” The now-28-year-old refers... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cast of “I’m Happy” looking decidedly unhappy at PIFF
by | October 9, 2008 | 15 Comments
After a lackluster week, the Pusan International Film Festival (which has been called a bore this year by most media) screened its closing film on Thursday: Hyun Bin (My Name Is Kim Samsoon) and Lee Bo-young‘s (Queen of the Game, Mr. Goodbye) new movie I’m Happy. (But before we get into the movie or the... More »