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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 5
by | January 20, 2008 | 63 Comments
Another good episode! The episode moved fast and solidified the conflicts on all sides. What really works with the story setup is that there aren’t just two sides, good and evil, right and wrong. There are multiple parties all angling for power or status or self-preservation — Gil Dong, his father and brother, Chang Whe... More »

Celebrity News
They’re A-list for a reason
by | January 19, 2008 | 20 Comments
Jang Dong Gun This isn’t too different from the Hollywood system of things, if you substitute “talk show circuit” for the Korean variety programming mentioned below. You know, if an actor or personality appears on Letterman, Conan, or any of the other late-night (or early-morning) programs, chances are they’re hawking something, whether it’s a new... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #13
by | January 18, 2008 | 34 Comments
Phew, exhausted — have spent the past few days in a manic burst of early spring cleaning. I love things ordered but my natural state veers toward The Clutter (far be it for me to defy inertia and therefore science and nature and god). Amazing how much stuff we accumulate, isn’t it? I’m not a... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding bells on the horizon?
by | January 17, 2008 | 11 Comments
Hmm, wedding bells may be near at hand for the openly affectionate couple Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun. Although they’ve been dating for a while (reportedly since they costarred in late 2006 as lovers in, duh, Lovers) and fans have wondered if and when the couple would officially get hitched, 35-year-old Lee Seo... More »

Celebrity News
Catfight takes two actresses to the police station
by | January 17, 2008 | 22 Comments
Ha! Granted, Newsis as a source can be a bit iffy, but it’s just too funny: Two popular actresses were taken to the police station and charged with assault after a hair-pulling brawl in a bathroom. Police revealed on the 17th that two actresses, Ms. A (38) and Ms. B (36), had been arrested and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Why is Bad Love so bad?
by | January 16, 2008 | 113 Comments
I gave up watching KBS’s over-the-top melodrama Bad Love because from what I saw, it was horrible. And yet, part of me thinks it could’ve been a lot of fun to watch even despite — or because of — how ridiculously bad the series is. Alas I don’t have twenty hours to commit to unabashedly... More »

Celebrity News
Yoon Eun Hye gets crafty
by | January 16, 2008 | 34 Comments
Perhaps looking to follow in the footsteps of fellow actors Jung Ryeo Won and Park Jiyoon, actress Yoon Eun Hye has expressed a desire to put together her own exhibition of photos and drawings. Another case of a spoiled star indulging a vanity project? Well maybe, but maybe not. Yoon Eun Hye’s rather well-known for... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 4
by | January 15, 2008 | 39 Comments
Ooh, Episode 4 was good. It was fast-paced, had romantic developments on more than one front, incorporated several action segments, and dug into the political intrigue. All that and while moving forward multiple story lines. It catapults us from what has been somewhat scattered (albeit entertaining) setup material right into the heart of the conflict.... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: January 14
by | January 14, 2008 | 22 Comments
Park Jin Hee juggles two handsome leading men (Jo Han Seon and Lee Ki Woo) in her upcoming romantic comedy, Time of Memory and Loss. Maybe the casting can inject some humor and spark into a tired formula: an awkward old maid cannot forget an unrequited love of her past, which prevents her from moving... More »

Drama Casting & News
Oh Ji Ho as a single father
by | January 13, 2008 | 32 Comments
Hard-bodied actor Oh Ji Ho has been cast in his next role — as a single dad, in the KBS2 drama Single Papa in Love. Oh costars with Kang Sung Yeon, who also appeared in the film The King and the Clown and the drama Let’s Get Married, in the drama about a man raising... More »

Celebrity News
You haven’t made it till you’ve got anti-fans
by | January 13, 2008 | 20 Comments
I’d like to sit down for coffee and girlchat with actress Moon Sori. Or knock back a pint of beer, since she seems cool like that. Perhaps there’s a belief that you haven’t really made it as a celebrity till you have anti-fans. Hey, in Hollywoodland, you know you’ve made it when you’ve been satirized... More »