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Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok recast
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
After an aborted first attempt to cast the role, Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, Fashion 70s) has been announced as MBC’s pick for the titular role in Queen Seon-deok, starring opposite Go Hyun-jung. Sung Yuri was named first to the meaty role of Shilla’s first queen, but there was enough of a backlash... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden cuts budget even further
by | December 18, 2008 | 16 Comments
MBC’s East of Eden has already cut its budget once by lowering the actors’ salaries, but it’s further cutting its production budget. Originally planned as a 25 billion won project (approx. $19 million) for its 50 episodes, it is now curtailing that amount to 18 billion won ($14 million). I wonder if the prodco is... More »

Drama Casting & News
KBS nominates (practically everyone) for acting awards
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
Like MBC before it, KBS has also released its list of year-end acting award nominees. And while Hong Gil Dong (above) wasn’t the most prominent drama featured among the contenders (that would have to be the daily drama Mom’s Dead Upset, which brought in a whopping four nominations just in the Daesang category), it’s the... More »

Celebrity News
Explaining Kang-mae
by | December 17, 2008 | 30 Comments
Kim Myung-min is one of those actors who is admired for his acting but doesn’t always get notice for the eye-candy factor (nor does he push that angle). But that doesn’t mean he can’t; here he’s shown in a picturesque spread for fashion magazine Singles rocking some period costuming (jodhpurs, woo!). An interview accompanied the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
An early look at Cell Phone
by | December 17, 2008 | 6 Comments
The teaser poster is out for the upcoming “Chaser-like” cell phone thriller called, well, Cell Phone. While I didn’t care for the U.S. film Cellular, the plots don’t look TOO similar; and though the story doesn’t sound all that exciting on first glance, it stars actors I do like: Uhm Tae-woong and Park Yong-woo. In... More »

Theatrical adaptation announced for A Star’s Lover
by | December 17, 2008 | 4 Comments
This seems… fast. I know there are a lot of expectations for SBS’s new drama A Star’s Lover, what with its big-name leads (Choi Ji-woo, Yoo Ji-tae) and high production values. But it’s only just started airing, and its ratings have been modest, at that (8.8% and 9.5% for episodes 1 and 2, respectively). Still,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Park Yong-ha interview in Marie Claire
by | December 17, 2008 | 6 Comments
Park Yong-ha (On Air) is gearing up for a fresh round of promotion, mostly on behalf of his upcoming thriller, The Scam. It’s not the only thing he’s working on, however; Park recently released an album in Japan and is preparing for a a concert tour at the end of December and beginning of January.... More »

Celebrity News
Rain works six to five
by | December 16, 2008 | 26 Comments
I’m sure a 6-to-5 workday isn’t what “Six to Five” means, but it sure seems like it, doesn’t it? Perhaps to give his project a kick-start, Rain recently posed for a spread for new fashion line Six to Five in preparation for the brand launch. The shoot took place over the weekend in the Philippines,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The 11th Director’s Cut Awards
by | December 16, 2008 | 10 Comments
Yet more awards, as we get deeper into December: this time it’s the 11th Director’s Cut Awards, which were presented on December 16. Awards were determined based on a vote cast by approximately 200 film directors. Actors Ha Jung-woo and Gong Hyo-jin won nods for their roles in The Chaser and Crush and Blush, respectively.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Junki’s hero role confirmed
by | December 16, 2008 | 25 Comments
There were some questions raised after preliminary news came out about Lee Junki‘s new drama series, but it’s official now: Lee Junki will be taking a (modern-day) hero role starring in the drama Unseen War [보이지 않는 전쟁]. (The series has a new title, but the plot is the same as before, when it was... More »

Celebrity News
Veteran actor passes away from cancer
by | December 16, 2008 | 31 Comments
On December 15, veteran television and film actor Park Kwang-jung passed away after suffering from lung cancer. The passing was not a surprise (to those close to the deceased); he was diagnosed earlier this year (and even filmed a drama, MBC’s Who Are You, after finding out about his cancer). Park recently put up a... More »

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