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Thumbs up for Radio Star
by | November 10, 2008 | 4 Comments
The 2006 Lee Jun-ik-directed film Radio Star has been adapted for the musical stage, and stars an old-school kpop star sixteen years after his debut: Kim Won-jun, who enjoyed most of his popularity in the ’90s. The film starred Park Joong-hoon (Heaven’s Soldiers) as a has-been pop singer, with Ahn Sung-ki (May 18) as his... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Portrait of a Beauty looks to a Cannes premiere
by | November 9, 2008 | 14 Comments
The film Portrait of a Beauty opens November 13, but a more significant premiere on its horizon is a possible screening at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. According to production company Yedang Entertainment, a Cannes representative was an attendee at the recent VIP preview event, who had high praise for the film and extended... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
KBS replaces Love Letter with Lee Hana’s Peppermint
by | November 9, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yoon Do-hyun’s Love Letter is going off the air, but KBS is looking to fill the void with a new program, a live broadcast show to be hosted by Lee Hana (Women in the Sun). (Lee’s management explained that they are considering accepting the offer, and will make a final decision early in the week.)... More »

Musical 200 Pound Beauty set to take the stage
by | November 8, 2008 | 22 Comments
Song Chang-eui (Boys Don’t Cry) poses with pop singer Bada and musical actress Yoon Gong-joo (really, parents, gong-joo?) as they promote their new musical, the adaptation of sleeper hit 200 Pound Beauty. The 29-year-old Song plays a PD main character, while Bada and Yoon alternate in the lead female role originated by Kim Ah-joong. The... More »

Celebrity News
Jo Sung-min faces opposition from a citizens’ campaign
by | November 8, 2008 | 23 Comments
Jo Sung-min is a baseball player and sports commentator, but he’s probably most famous for being ex-husband to the deceased Choi Jin-shil, who is now causing a stir as he attracts the ire of the Korean public for the continuing battle to claim custody of his kids. Many have thrown their support behind Choi’s brother... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Yo-won in Vietnam
by | November 8, 2008 | 42 Comments
Like several actors before her (Bae Doona in Nepal, Shin Hyun-joon in Malaysia), Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee) is participating in tvN’s “LOVE” charity program, wherein celebrities travel abroad to help the less fortunate. To that end, Lee recently spent six days in the Ha Long Bay region in northern Vietnam with international... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Min-ki prepares for his Japan Fanmeeting ’08
by | November 7, 2008 | 22 Comments
(I thought of riffing on Lee Min-ki’s bird’s-nest coif here, but somehow he makes it work as edgy rather than silly.) On November 19 and 20, Lee Min-ki (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) will be meeting his Japanese fans once more for his Lee Min-ki Japan Fanmeeting ’08 (this is second such event; his first Japanese fanmeeting... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood to remake another Korean film
by | November 7, 2008 | 94 Comments
Hollywood is remaking Oldboy. Unlike other failed Chungmuro-to-Hollywood remakes, this one carries a lot more cachet — production is in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct, and Will Smith to star. Well, I don’t care and I’ll say: No. No, no, no no NO. Look. I didn’t really care that much about My Sassy Girl... More »

Celebrity News
Jung Jun-ho and Kim Sun-ah advocate for goodwill and cooperation
by | November 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
On November 7, Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life) and Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes) were named spokespersons for the Korean headquarters of GCS International in Seoul. GCS is nongovernmental organization (NGO) recognized as a special consultative body by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, whose name stands for its tenets “goodwill,... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #56
by | November 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
  What a week! What’s cookin’? (Now that the election is over, we can finally turn our attentions to more important matters! Like, say, fattening up for the winter. Bring it on, holidays.) SONG OF THE DAY Kings of Leon – “Revelry” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #55 (election edition) Open Thread #54... More »

Drama Recaps
The World They Live In: Episode 4
by | November 6, 2008 | 55 Comments
Er, not so thrilled with Episode 4. It wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t as strong as the previous episodes, in my opinion, and I think I have a pretty good idea why. More below. SONG OF THE DAY Horan (Clazziquai) – “Listen to My Heart” [ Download ] Tags: Hyun Bin, Song Hye-gyo,... More »