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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 »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 9 & 10
by | July 23, 2008 | 21 Comments
(Not as much food porn today.) After 10 episodes, we’re nearly halfway through the drama, and I think I can safely say at this point that while I am liking Gourmet, I don’t love it. I probably won’t grow to love it, either, but the acting is strong and I like seeing what fictitious food... More »

Kpop News
Tim’s momjjang project
by | July 23, 2008 | 19 Comments
Balladeer Tim is following in buddy and fellow management-company-mate Sohn Ho-young‘s footsteps in embarking upon a “momjjang project” (“momjjang” meaning hot bod). To this end, Tim’s recently started his goal toward bulking up his naturally thin frame by joining a gym and accepting the advice of self-professed fitness buff and ex-G.O.D. rapper Sohn (to right),... More »
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Celebrity News
Promoting civic duty
by | July 23, 2008 | 2 Comments
  Actor Lee Kyun (Dasepo Naughty Girls, Hello Franceska; real name Yang Sang-mo) is acting as PR rep for military enlistment while serving his term himself. On July 23, he participated in a “conversation with junior recruits,” sharing his personal experiences with the young men who’d arrived to undergo their initial physical examinations (to determine... More »

Oddly named innovations
by | July 23, 2008 | 13 Comments
I know this post is off-topic, but brings us this lovely image of a newfangled device being called a “scissor bike.” I don’t know about you, but those are two words that, when put together, conjure up some pretty unfortunate images, but oddly it’s very apt (the bicycle folds upon itself for ease of... More »