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Passing the Miss Korea torch studded tiara
by | August 6, 2008 | 24 Comments
2007 Miss Korea Lee Ji-sun crowns the new Miss Korea, Na Ri. The 52nd Miss Korea Pageant took place on August 5 in Seoul, at which Na Ri was awarded the top prize. Additionally, the two Miss Korea sun (선) finalists were Choi Bo-in and Kim Min-jung. The four Miss Korea mi (미) finalists were... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hometown of Legends / Legendary Hometown
by | August 6, 2008 | 28 Comments
Summer is the season for chilly gothic and horror entertainment, so KBS takes the post-Women in the Sun time slot to launch its new horror series, Hometown of Legends, as its Wednesday-Thursday programming for the month of August. Or, should I say, new OLD series. There was an earlier version that aired in the late... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 16
by | August 5, 2008 | 9 Comments
A lot better than the previous episode, since all the stuff that was set up in Episode 15 starts to play out now. (Still no Zorro, Orroz, or fancy horse tricks, though. I’m being patient — they’re probably winding up for the big finish, with four episodes remaining — but I’d better have me some... More »

Celebrity News
(Probably) not a woman-beater after all
by | August 5, 2008 | 3 Comments
Way back in January, actor Song Il-kook had a run-in with a female reporter, Kim Soon-hee, leading to some pretty ugly allegations. Their confrontation reportedly arose when she asked the actor for an interview and he refused. While he stuck to his statement that he hadn’t touched her, that their shirt sleeves hadn’t even skimmed... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Haneul in Italy
by | August 5, 2008 | 9 Comments
A couple more photos have been released in promotion for the upcoming broadcast of cable program Kim Haneul’s Travel Diary in Italy, which airs on August 6 and 13 as an On Style and ETN joint production. Kim Haneul filmed the show back in April and traveled through Florence, Milan, Montalcino, and other well-known Italian... More »

Celebrity News
And another one bites the (army) dust
by | August 5, 2008 | 13 Comments
Jo Hyun-jae follows Jae Hee and Lee Ki-chan for army duty on August 5. I kind of love the image above, drawn up by fans depicting a combat boot shackled (with love!) to a traditional woman’s gomushin shoe. (The poster is one of many produced by his fan club Ever Jo Hyun-jae, and the words... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 15
by | August 4, 2008 | 8 Comments
This was an episode with a lot of maneuvering for future conflicts. That means that there are a lot of things going on, and we see lots of hints at what’s to come — but as an individual episode, it wasn’t as fun as I’ve come to expect of Chil Woo. It was necessary, yes,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Happy movie press conference day to you
by | August 4, 2008 | 9 Comments
Upcoming comedy film Baby and Me already had its media/press event on the 31st, but cast and crew gathered again on August 4 for a combined press conference and birthday party for 22-year-old lead actor Jang Geun-seok (born in 1987, he’s 21 by American standards). Fans gathered at the event held at Jongro’s Seoul Cinema... More »

Drama Casting & News
Taking time to cast F4
by | August 4, 2008 | 36 Comments
Much-anticipated drama adaptation Boys Before Flowers, aka the Korean Hana Yori Dango, is taking a little longer than anticipated to complete its casting. With the immense popularity of the preceding adaptations in Japan and Taiwan, it’s no surprise they’re taking particular pains in the casting process. A representative of production company Group 8 said in... More »

Celebrity News
Bye (again, and for real)
by | August 4, 2008 | 25 Comments
  Bye, Jae Hee. (Singer Lee Ki-chan, in white, enlisted for service on the same day, August 4.)   Tags: army duty, Jae Hee... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 13 & 14
by | August 3, 2008 | 14 Comments
Sometimes I’m amazed at how much story Gourmet can make out of a simple plot point or cooking competition — most of our plots thus far have centered on either the successorship competition or the beef battle. I’ve got no problem with cooking contests, and they offer opportunities for lots of food theorizing (whether or... More »