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Pop Culture & Society
Pageant drama!
by | August 8, 2008 | 17 Comments
Ooh, more Miss Korea drama. (There’s always drama surrounding a Miss Korea pageant, isn’t there? Or, I suppose, any pageant.) First there was all that shrewish chatter that winner Na Ri wasn’t pretty enough. Now, Kim Hee-kyung, one of the recent finalists (Miss Korea mi, or 미), is facing some swift and harsh criticism now... More »

Drama Casting & News
Painting in the Wind
by | August 7, 2008 | 10 Comments
It might just be me, but I find it hilarious that Park Shin-yang sports glasses in his new role in the sageuk drama The Painter of Wind. No doubt glasses were in existence back in the Joseon era, but still, did they fear that adoring fans wouldn’t recognize Park without his trademark look? Anyway. We’ve... More »

Celebrity News
Pretty people looking… not so pretty, actually
by | August 7, 2008 | 51 Comments
I don’t usually comment on fashion, usually because I don’t care enough about what makes fashion “good” or “trendy” or “cutting-edge.” But I DO know bad fashion when I see it, and while I was scrolling through a bunch of the latest photos hitting the (internet) wire, I was taken aback by how uniformly bad... More »

Drama Casting & News
Red-hot and ready for a Love Marriage
by | August 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
Kim Min-hee poses in red for a scene in the upcoming KBS rom-com series Love Marriage. This recent shoot took place in a club in Seoul’s trendy Apgu neighborhood, wherein Kim wore clothing and accessories totaling a cost of 25 million won, or approximately $25,000. Apparently the fashionista actress handles much of the styling of... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 12
by | August 6, 2008 | 14 Comments
Sorry for the delay. I had no intention of dropping My Sweet Seoul, but I also found myself dragging my feet to keep watching. I’ve had a hard time working up the interest, even though I do think the drama is high-quality. Strange dichotomy, that. I wish I could like the series, I really really... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Passing the Miss Korea torch studded tiara
by | August 6, 2008 | 24 Comments
2007 Miss Korea Lee Ji-sun crowns the new Miss Korea, Na Ri. The 52nd Miss Korea Pageant took place on August 5 in Seoul, at which Na Ri was awarded the top prize. Additionally, the two Miss Korea sun (선) finalists were Choi Bo-in and Kim Min-jung. The four Miss Korea mi (미) finalists were... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hometown of Legends / Legendary Hometown
by | August 6, 2008 | 28 Comments
Summer is the season for chilly gothic and horror entertainment, so KBS takes the post-Women in the Sun time slot to launch its new horror series, Hometown of Legends, as its Wednesday-Thursday programming for the month of August. Or, should I say, new OLD series. There was an earlier version that aired in the late... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 16
by | August 5, 2008 | 9 Comments
A lot better than the previous episode, since all the stuff that was set up in Episode 15 starts to play out now. (Still no Zorro, Orroz, or fancy horse tricks, though. I’m being patient — they’re probably winding up for the big finish, with four episodes remaining — but I’d better have me some... More »

Celebrity News
(Probably) not a woman-beater after all
by | August 5, 2008 | 3 Comments
Way back in January, actor Song Il-kook had a run-in with a female reporter, Kim Soon-hee, leading to some pretty ugly allegations. Their confrontation reportedly arose when she asked the actor for an interview and he refused. While he stuck to his statement that he hadn’t touched her, that their shirt sleeves hadn’t even skimmed... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Haneul in Italy
by | August 5, 2008 | 9 Comments
A couple more photos have been released in promotion for the upcoming broadcast of cable program Kim Haneul’s Travel Diary in Italy, which airs on August 6 and 13 as an On Style and ETN joint production. Kim Haneul filmed the show back in April and traveled through Florence, Milan, Montalcino, and other well-known Italian... More »

Celebrity News
And another one bites the (army) dust
by | August 5, 2008 | 13 Comments
Jo Hyun-jae follows Jae Hee and Lee Ki-chan for army duty on August 5. I kind of love the image above, drawn up by fans depicting a combat boot shackled (with love!) to a traditional woman’s gomushin shoe. (The poster is one of many produced by his fan club Ever Jo Hyun-jae, and the words... More »