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Celebrity News
News bites: October 20, 2008
by | October 20, 2008 | 24 Comments
Actor Lee Wan (Insoon is Pretty) revealed on a Yashimmanman episode taped on October 20 that Kim Tae-hee (above) doesn’t look so hot when at home and that she’s prettier onscreen than in person. Spoken like a true kid brother out to annoy big sis. East of Eden is killing in the ratings, with its... More »

Drama Casting & News
Main cast almost complete for Cain & Abel
by | October 20, 2008 | 14 Comments
Although the media is careful to say the details aren’t finalized, they are reporting that Han Ji-min (Capital Scandal, Yi San) is on the shortlist to fill out the main cast of SBS’s Cain & Abel. Either she is really close to being cast, or the media is jumping the gun again. She does seem... More »

Drama Casting & News
Introducing “The World They Live In”
by | October 20, 2008 | 45 Comments
The anticipated new drama The World They Live In is set to take over the Monday-Tuesday prime-time slot for KBS. On October 20, the series starring Song Hye-gyo and Hyun Bin in their drama comebacks held its production press conference. Not only does this drama boast Song’s return to television after four years (Full House... More »

Drama Casting & News
Fans flock to get a glimpse of Ji-woo-hime
by | October 19, 2008 | 11 Comments
We’re all protective of our favorite stars (to varying degrees), but the Japanese are particularly so with Choi Ji-woo, aka “Ji-woo-hime,” who’s been one of Japan’s favorite Hallyu stars since Winter Sonata. Currently, she’s working on the new SBS drama A Star’s Lover with Yoo Ji-tae and Lee Ki-woo, and as she’s filming in Kyoto,... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Help a reader out: Seoul recommendations
by | October 19, 2008 | 64 Comments
Reader Sheryl is heading to Seoul soon and wrote in to ask for recommendations on great places to visit. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been to Seoul, I thought I’d open up the question to everyone here. Help a reader out! She writes: Any recommendations (sights, food places, random music cafes) for a... More »

Celebrity News
Um, no.
by | October 19, 2008 | 20 Comments
I know So Ji-sub is something of an iconoclast who does his own thing. But just because he’s talented doesn’t mean he doesn’t cultivate his image just as carefully as his more conventional peers, and I’ll go on record as disliking — nay, hating — his purposely aggro, cornrow-sporting, woman-choking image as of late. No... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Bum sings for Japan
by | October 18, 2008 | 27 Comments
Kim Bum‘s star is definitely on the rise, but I’m a little surprised he’s already holding fanmeets in Japan, which he did on October 18 to a crowd of 800. This event took place in Tokyo’s Harajuku Quest Hall, where he sang a few songs for fans: Hirai Ken’s “Hitomi wo tojite” and Anzen Chitai’s... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Hana’s first onstage performance as a singer
by | October 18, 2008 | 7 Comments
It’s well-known that actress Lee Hana (Women in the Sun) is a music lover who enjoys singing. She’s the daughter of a songwriter and had early aspirations to become a singer before switching to acting. She showed off her voice again on October 18, taking the stage in front of a thousand fans at the... More »

Celebrity News
Another celeb gets his army papers
by | October 18, 2008 | 11 Comments
Ryu Soo-young (18 vs. 29, Bad Couple) is a star who hadn’t been on my radar for upcoming army enlistment, but he’s getting ready to report for duty. His physical exam results indicated he was fit for active duty, so he’ll begin training on October 27 and serve for 24 months. Ryu will give one... More »

Celebrity News
November is magazine month for Rain
by | October 17, 2008 | 17 Comments
As (repeatedly) promised, Rain has begun launching his Korean comeback in earnest, and November’s a busy magazine month for the star, who’s gracing not one but two fashion covers. He shot spreads for the November issues of Esquire (above) and Harper’s Bazaar (below). With his fifth album — the awkwardly titled “Rainism” — just released... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #52
by | October 17, 2008 | 30 Comments
  I can’t wait for this election to be over. I just want to vote already! Unless things go horribly awry and I am forced to look into Canadian work visas for the next four years. Gah, it’s October and I just saw Christmas decorations out in the stores. Yeesh, this year nobody’s got enough... More »