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Chungmuro/Film News
Boy Meets Boy in theaters soon
by | November 5, 2008 | 29 Comments
I’ve been talking about the short queer film Boy Meets Boy for a while now, and it’s finally being released. The nearly wordless short film, starring Kim Hye-sung (Unstoppable High Kick) and Lee Hyun-jin (Kimchi Cheese Smile) as 18-year-old high school students, is billed as a queer romance about first love, and bears the tag... More »

Drama Casting & News
U.S. remaking My Name Is Kim Sam-soon
by | November 5, 2008 | 81 Comments
My Name Is Kim Sam-soon (aka My Lovely Sam-soon), the super-popular 2005 drama that made Kim Sun-ah and Hyun Bin into household names, is being given the Hollywood treatment and remade as a U.S. television series. Hopefully Sam-soon will meet with better success as a remake than other Hollywoodified versions like My Sassy Girl and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
28th Critics Choice Awards names its top honors
by | November 5, 2008 | 20 Comments
The 28th Critics Choice Awards, presented by the Association of Korean Film Critics, awarded its top honors on November 5. The film A Movie Is a Movie (or Rough Cut), starring So Ji-sub and Kang Ji-hwan (above), was the big winner of the night, pulling in three awards total, two for its lead actors and... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread, election style
by | November 4, 2008 | 160 Comments
All right, I wasn’t exactly planning to do this, but since there have been a few scattered election comments in various threads, I figured, why not just have a place for us to all play, spazz, and rejoice (hopefully???) together? Have at it. I’ll start. I may just be THISCLOSE to feeling honest-to-goodness genuine hope... More »

Drama Recaps
The World They Live In: Episode 3
by | November 4, 2008 | 41 Comments
I will be useless for rest of today. Am glued to CNN. Free Starbucks voter coffee brings me up, wine calms me down. I feel like Judy Garland. SONG OF THE DAY IU – “Feel So Good,” by a new young (15-year-old) singer. [ Download ] Tags: Hyun Bin, Song Hye-gyo, The World They Live... More »

Drama Casting & News
Drama Concert showcases three stars, three performances
by | November 4, 2008 | 30 Comments
As part of the Korea Drama Festival, three actors gathered to show off their musical talents at the Drama Concert special boasting “three men, three different shades.” The three drama leading men were picked from the dramas on the three different stations, with Jang Geun-seok from MBC’s Beethoven Virus, Jang Hyuk from SBS’s Tazza, and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Preview event for Portrait of a Beauty
by | November 4, 2008 | 28 Comments
The film Portrait of a Beauty [미인도] held its press conference and VIP preview on November 4, and a bevy of VIPs showed up to catch an advance look at the risqué period film. It has attracted much comparison to the drama series Painter of the Wind (see trailer below), as both deal with the... More »

Celebrity News
Bae Yong-joon sings for The Face Shop
by | November 3, 2008 | 23 Comments
Get ready to hear Bae Yong-joon croon for cosmetics. He unleashes his singing and guitar-playing skills for the first time on TV in a special CF for makeup company The Face Shop. The CF commemorates the brand’s five-year anniversary, and will start airing on November 8. Bae traveled to Gangwondo last month to shoot the... More »

Movie veteran, theater newb
by | November 3, 2008 | 18 Comments
(My beloved) Lee Jung-jae‘s been in show biz for fifteen years now, starring in films like Typhoon, Oh Brothers and Il Mare, but he’s just now taking his first foray into theater. In December, he takes the titular role in Hamlet (the play, not the musical version). The play will perform at his own alma... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: November 3, 2008
by | November 3, 2008 | 21 Comments
Actor Go Soo, above, held his first Japanese fanmeeting on Saturday, and apparently the only news agency sent to cover it was Yonhap News, whose pictures uniformly suck. [Yonhap News] Koyote singer and actress Shinji (Unstoppable High Kick) was hospitalized on November 3 with acute kidney infection. Her manager reported that she had a fever... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
“Soonjung Manhwa” press conference: XOX
by | November 3, 2008 | 13 Comments
The cast was out to promote the film made from popular internet manhwa Soonjung Manhwa (i.e., shojo manga) on November 3 in Seoul. Well, most of the cast — the production press conference featured stars Chae Jung-ahn (Coffee Prince), Super Junior’s Kang-in, and Lee Yeon-hee (East of Eden), but was missing one of its leads,... More »