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Celebrity News
Han Hyo-joo pitches in at Jamsil
by | July 31, 2008 | 26 Comments
Han Hyo-joo throws the opening pitch (“a faster pitch than other female celebrities”) for the Doosan–Lotte game. July 31, Jamsil Baseball Stadium, Seoul. Tags: Han Hyo-joo... More »

Celebrity News
That’s easy for HER to say
by | July 31, 2008 | 12 Comments
Actress Byun Jung-soo (The Last Scandal of My Life, Bad Couple) currently hosts her own “style variety” program, the Olive Show on cable channel Olive TV. This time, she’s posing semi-nude for her “O’Love Your Body Naked Project” (I’m mildly surprised that they pulled off an English-language pun without being Konglish-y for once. Still a... More »

Drama Casting & News
The new Madam Jung
by | July 30, 2008 | 14 Comments
First Han Ye-seul was cast in the drama version of gambling-related Tazza, supposedly in the Madam Jung role initially played by Kim Hye-soo in the film. Then the role was un-cast, with reps backpedaling to say that Han’s role was not certain. And then she was re-cast, but as a different character altogether. That means... More »

Celebrity News
Behold the power of Yonsama
by | July 30, 2008 | 22 Comments
Oh, brother. The current dispute between Japan and Korea over the naming of Dokdo (Korean name), aka Takeshima (Japanese), aka the Liancourt Rocks (American) has spilled over into Bae Yong-joon, aka Yonsama, issues. There are a bunch of bloggers who’ve already covered the Dokdo-Takeshima dispute, but those tend to get pretty heated and/or biased, so... More »

Celebrity News
Pretty boys grow into pretty men
by | July 30, 2008 | 49 Comments
Check out the latest photos of uljjang-turned-actor Kim Hye-sung (formerly of family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick, more recently of queer indie flick Boy Meets Boy), currently causing an online stir. These were posted recently on his cyworld page, the most recent ones uploaded yesterday, to lots of admiration for the pretty kid turned pretty young... More »

Drama Casting & News
Never say she didn’t suffer for her art
by | July 30, 2008 | 9 Comments
If you notice something strange about Lee Hana‘s appearance in the upcoming finale of her drama Women in the Sun, it’s because was recently hurt while filming. Furthermore, the injury was to her face — underneath her eye, to be exact. A scene shot on the 27th involved one character attempting to block another from... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 14
by | July 29, 2008 | 12 Comments
A good episode, with an even better ending. Maybe it’s Chil Woo‘s frequently kooky directing, or its seemingly low production value (it definitely doesn’t have the money poured into it that its competitors do), but I think the drama’s rather good plotting has been obscured by other factors. (Or maybe it’s just been that way... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kicking off Go-sa: Bloody Midterms
by | July 29, 2008 | 5 Comments
Not only were the cast and staff present for the press conference for upcoming horror flick Go-sa: Bloody Midterms, other celebs were also on hand for the “VIP event” on the evening of July 29 at Seoul’s Yongsan CGV Theater. The thriller stars Lee Beom-soo, ex-Seeya singer Nam Gyuri in her acting debut, Kim Bum,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jae Hee’s Mandate
by | July 29, 2008 | 15 Comments
With only one week left before Jae Hee enlists for active duty, he’s out promoting his latest film, Mandate. On July 29, he and the cast of the “fantasy thriller” Mandate: Mission from God assembled at the Catchlight in Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood for the film’s showcase. (Jae Hee was asked by reporters about the rumors... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 13
by | July 28, 2008 | 7 Comments
Some pretty good acting all around today. (Not from our series leads. But that’s to be expected?) Well, Yoo Ah-in (Orroz) is actually pretty good, doing a good job depicting repressed and intense. His scenes with Gu Hye-sun are solid, particularly when he’s acting injured — he gets the pained shudders and labored breathing down... More »

Celebrity News
The face of Hallyu
by | July 28, 2008 | 26 Comments
Coming off a great past year with two back-to-back hit dramas (Iljimae and Time of Dog and Wolf), Lee Junki has been selected as the face of Hallyu — at least for the upcoming 2008 Seoul Hallyu Festival as its spokesperson and PR rep. A rep for the festival explained, “Through projects like The King... More »