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Drama Casting & News
SBS’s Daemul on the skids
by | May 27, 2008 | 12 Comments
The high-profile (and high-budget) upcoming SBS drama Daemul (Big Fish), starring Go Hyun Jung and Kwon Sang Woo as a female president and a gigolo, is in danger of going bust. The series, originally planned for the second half of this year, has halted production. It’s having difficulty coming together; because of a rift between... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: May 26, 2008
by | May 26, 2008 | 16 Comments
Su Ae will have the distinction of being director Lee Joon Ik‘s first female lead actress after he made his name with male leads in The King and the Clown, Radio Star, and The Happy Life. In You’re Far Away [님은 먼곳에], she’s a woman who becomes a traveling performer during the Vietnam War in... More »

Celebrity News
Is Lee Jia who she says she is?
by | May 26, 2008 | 28 Comments
Suspicions are swirling around Lee Jia and whether her name and age and public persona are entirely faked by her agency. Age and name altering are nothing new to the biz, but it’s the strangeness of her agency BOF’s response that’s encouraging rumors. When asked whether her name and age were changed as part of... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ga In’s “little bro” makes his debut
by | May 26, 2008 | 24 Comments
New actor Jang Seo Jin caused a stir with his appearance acting in KBS’s variety show Cider for his role in That Guy, That Girl, aired on May 25, partly from his good looks but more because of his striking resemblance to actress Han Ga In, which earned him the nickname “Han Ga In’s younger... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 12
by | May 25, 2008 | 21 Comments
I love that picture of Dong Hwa. He’s so reserved most of the time that it’s particularly notable when he’s smiling, or expressing an emotion stronger than mild approval or mild distaste. I guess now that Jae Bin has spent the past episode imitating his brother, now it’s Dong Hwa’s turn to display some Jae... More »

Celebrity News
Song Il Kook tries being Iron Man for a day
by | May 25, 2008 | 30 Comments
Jumong and Lobbyist actor Song Il Kook participates in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon Asian Cup. Also participating was Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who was part of a team with actor Park Sang Won and Lee Jun Ha. The race comprises a 1.5km swim in the Han River, 40km cycling and a 10km marathon. Australia’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Iljimae (SBS)
by | May 24, 2008 | 105 Comments
SBS’s Iljimae isn’t necessarily BAD… if you don’t mind over-the-top, ham-fisted schlock. Perhaps that’s harsh, but I have a bad feeling about it — it’s like Hong Gil Dong but less realistic, which tells you a lot right there. The series starts off with grown-up Iljimae in an action sequence that is as ridiculously cheesy... More »

Drama Casting & News
Woman in the Sun rounds out the three-way ratings feud
by | May 23, 2008 | 36 Comments
Another Wednesday-Thursday drama (ratings) battle is shaping up, with three new dramas squaring off against each other. SBS’s Iljmae and MBC’s Spotlight have just started airing, and now KBS’s Woman in the Sun is readying to join them. The series stars Kim Ji Soo in her television return after four years away, as well as... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #31
by | May 23, 2008 | 33 Comments
  Well, I’ve been sick all week. (You know what the downside of being really healthy is? All your medicine is expired.) Bleh. Alls I know is, I’d better be back in fine drinking form by Memorial Day. Holiday weekend plans, anyone? SONG OF THE DAY Madeleine Peyroux – “Dance Me to the End of... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 11
by | May 22, 2008 | 31 Comments
Last Scandal is a great example of a successful romantic comedy in that despite what is a pretty familiar (and predictable) setup, the series manages to keep its entertaining energy going. I know a lot of people (particularly, ahem, of the male variety) look down on chick flicks and romance-centered storylines, but I think it’s... More »

Celebrity News
A gorgeous hanbok, an uncomfortable smile
by | May 21, 2008 | 27 Comments
Love the hanbok-inspired dress, hate the clown makeup and the cultural pandering. “Fashion designer” Nicky Hilton arrived in Korea to launch her clothing line in Korea. Well, at least Paris wasn’t with her. At Seoul’s Coex Intercontinental Hotel for a press conference, May 22, 9am. No tags for this post.... More »