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Drama Casting & News
Casting calls: Lawyers and gamblers
by | May 20, 2008 | 12 Comments
For some reason I can’t quite fathom, the news is full of reports of renewed denials that Lee Soo Kyung and Shin Dong Wook, who played a couple in MBC’s Soulmate two years ago, are NOT dating. I wasn’t aware that it was much of a question these days, so I smell publicity maneuver, although... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
John Woo casts Song Hye Gyo in big-budget period romance
by | May 20, 2008 | 34 Comments
Score! Song Hye Gyo made a surprise appearance at Cannes Film Festival on the 20th in conjunction with the announcement that she will be appearing in 1949, director John Woo‘s next film, he of the stylish Hong Kong and Hollywood action blockbusters (Mission Impossible II, Face/Off, Broken Arrow). Not only that, the screenplay was written... More »


Kpop News
Tablo and Tukutz hit by drunk driver
by | May 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yikes. Another celebrity car accident? This time it’s Tablo and DJ Tukutz who were in a car collision that left the car “half wrecked.” The two were riding in a taxi at 3am on May 20th in Seoul’s Kangnam neighborhood and were rear-ended at an intersection where their taxi was waiting to make a left... More »


Drama Casting & News
Korean-Japanese co-production Tokyo Showers
by | May 19, 2008 | 14 Comments
I think SBS’s upcoming joint Korean-Japanese production Tokyo Showers — buzzed-about as downtrodden singer Ivy’s comeback and acting debut — has the potential to go either way. I’m not expecting much of it based on the description, but it’s only four episodes, so it’s not much of a commitment either. The story is described as... More »


Celebrity News
New mom-to-be Kim Hee Sun
by | May 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Actress and newlywed Kim Hee Sun, married last October, has announced that she’s four weeks pregnant (a little early for the announcements, no?). In typical k-star fashion, she made the initial pronouncement on — what else? — her homepage. Kim Hee Sun’s last project was the 2006 drama Smile Again, although she has done a... More »


Drama Casting & News
A few more points for Chil Woo…
by | May 18, 2008 | 19 Comments
Hmm, they’re slowly winning me over with their cast… KBS’s new fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (or Choi Kang Chil Woo) seemed a little like another attempt at what they’d just done with Hong Gil Dong — funny, jokey, comedic historical. And while I enjoyed Hong Gil Dong for what it was, I can’t say... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Mad as hell over mad cow
by | May 18, 2008 | 23 Comments
Thirty thousand citizens gather for the “Candlelight Vigil Protesting U.S. Beef Imports.” Some sentiments: “I’m not anti-American. I wear Nike shoes, Adidas tees, and I eat McDonalds. But having been called a red Commie, I came out.” “I came because President Lee Myung Bak isn’t doing the right thing.” Celebrities in attendance included singer Lee... More »


Celebrity News
Stars raise awareness (about selves)
by | May 17, 2008 | 28 Comments
Okay, normally I’d choose to look on the bright side of something like this (there was this star campaign for domestic adoptions, for instance), but the timing — and the way the article frames the issue — is totally not even trying to hide the publicity spin. Five stars — Kim Rae Won, Lee Junki,... More »


Meta
Oldfish giveaway winners!
by | May 16, 2008 | 17 Comments
Dramabeans.com’s inaugural giveaway is now closed: Congratulations to winners smiley6yrl, Pickles, KTX, and Rokku! I’ve emailed the winners; if you are the person named and didn’t get the email, let me know. (smiley6yrl, I think your email bounced.) For those of you who didn’t win but would still like an album of your own, you... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Wandering the Han River
by | May 16, 2008 | 16 Comments
Now, this sounds like a movie I’d watch: Jung Ryeo Won, 26, (My Name Is Kim Samsoon, What Star Did You Come From) has been cast opposite Jung Jae Young (My Son, Welcome to Dongmakgol), 37, in the upcoming film Wandering Mr. Kim. The film has attached Kang Woo Seok, described as a “Midas touch... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #30
by | May 16, 2008 | 23 Comments
  I pretty much feel this every time an Open Thread rolls around, but thank god it’s Friday, yeah? Have you entered my free Oldfish CD giveaway yet? I’ll be closing the giveaway in a few hours — noon PST, to be exact — so I can pick winners and get those posted. So while... More »