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Celebrity News
Song Il Kook gets hitched
by | March 15, 2008 | 72 Comments
Song Il Kook (Jumong, Lobbyist) is a bachelor no more. The 37-year-old actor married his bride in Seoul on the 15th in a mostly traditional ceremony (embellished with a few modernized twists to give it a “creative” fusion vibe). The event was closed to the public, although more than a thousand well-wishers were present at... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread # 21
by | March 14, 2008 | 40 Comments
  Happy White Day everyone! (Although I think more of us probably don’t observe the holiday than do.) In case you’re not familiar with the concept, White Day takes place a month after Valentine’s, on March 14; and since V-Day is when girls gift boys with chocolate, White Day is the reverse when boys return... More »

Kpop News
Horan, the bookworm author
by | March 13, 2008 | 15 Comments
Did you know Clazziquai vocalist Horan was a book lover? Well she is, and now she’s got a book coming out. But before you disparage her move outside her native kpop (or, k-alternative or k-electronica, rather), first consider the following: Her dream in younger days was in “serious” literary writing; in adolescence her attentions leaned... More »

Drama Casting & News
Notice: Hong Gil Dong postponed to next week
by | March 13, 2008 | 16 Comments
Quick update: In case you’re expecting Hong Gil Dong‘s Episode 22 today… you’ll have to wait. Apparently there’s a baseball game (a qualifying round for the Beijing Olympics) between Korea and Canada. With sports taking up the timeslot, Hong Gil Dong gets pushed to next week. That begs the question of what will happen to... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 21
by | March 12, 2008 | 57 Comments
Ooh. The plot takes an interesting turn! EDIT: Apparently this week will only show one episode due to a special sports broadcast on the 13th (Thursday). Episode 22 will air next Wednesday, the 19th. Boo! SONG OF THE DAY The The Band – “여자이니까” (Because I’m a girl) [ zShare download ] Tags: Hong Gil... More »

Celebrity News
A summer baby for Seo Min Jung
by | March 11, 2008 | 11 Comments
Seo Min Jung is pregnant! (She’s reportedly five months along and expecting in the summer.) The actress was married last August to a Korean-American dentist and has since removed herself from the entertainment sphere, living with her husband in New York. Seo is most well-known for her role as the cute and klutzy teacher on... More »

Drama Casting & News
Historical inaccuracy, or dramatization?
by | March 11, 2008 | 37 Comments
The following is interesting to me because I don’t know much of the Chosun background during which Hong Gil Dong takes place, and because I had this exact conversation with my parents in discussing the drama’s historical accuracy. On a separate level, there’s also the question of how many liberties one can take when dramatizing... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: March 10, 2008
by | March 10, 2008 | 23 Comments
As a promotional measure, looks like Yoon Eun Hye‘s collaboration with brand-new pop/hip-hop duo Mighty Mouth was a smashing success. They’ve shot up the music charts with “frightening speed” for a new artist, chasing #1 song “One More Time” (Jewelry) to land the #2 spot on Nate’s Top 100. (Song here.) Such is the power... More »

Celebrity News
The closest thing to a real Korean “world star”
by | March 9, 2008 | 33 Comments
Super(duper) Hallyu star Jang Dong Gun‘s recent fanmeeting (scheduled to coincide with his birthday, as many fanmeets do) reportedly attracted fans from — get this — sixteen different countries. Wow. I guess that’s a promising factoid to keep in mind when considering his upcoming role in the Hollywood flick Laundry Warrior (costarring Kate Bosworth and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Korea’s oldest film unearthed
by | March 9, 2008 | 9 Comments
Korea’s oldest film has been discovered. The Korean Film Archive announced earlier this week that Crossroads of Youth [청춘의 십자로], a black-and-white silent movie made in 1934 and considered a historical asset, has spent the last eight months in restoration. It predates the work previously known as Korea’s oldest existing film, 1936′s Delusion or Mimong... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Love serenade for Kim Jung Eun
by | March 8, 2008 | 29 Comments
Cuuute. On the 8th, actress Kim Jung Eun recorded the first episode of the new music talk program she hosts, Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate (the concept: comfort with an intimate, friendly vibe) on SBS. Making a guest appearance was boyfriend and fellow actor Lee Seo Jin, taking time off from his busy shooting schedule for... More »