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Chungmuro/Film News
Meet the Big Fat Korean Wedding
by | August 1, 2008 | 22 Comments
Here’s more info on the Hollywood debut project for Kang Hye-jung. The Korean article mistakenly refers to the title of the film as “Wedding Planner,” but I believe it’s actually Korean Wedding, to be co-produced by Korea’s CJ Entertainment and American Vertigo Entertainment and Lionsgate. Korean Wedding centers around an American man falling in love... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #41
by | August 1, 2008 | 10 Comments
  It’s AUGUST?? Where does the time go? What happened to all the awesome wonderful exciting productive things I was supposed to do this year? Better get on it. Her Space Holiday – “Famous to Me” (Hurtful Kid Mix). Her Space Holiday’s usual sound, as in the original version of this song, is more indie... More »

Celebrity News
Another star injured on the job
by | July 31, 2008 | 10 Comments
Lee Jia, lead actress for MBC’s upcoming classical-music-themed drama Beethoven Virus, collapsed while filming for the drama and was rushed to the emergency room on August 1. This came after spending the last two days filming in cold water during the hot summer. While shooting at a film studio in Kyunggi-do early Friday morning, Lee... More »

Celebrity News
Being a Good Neighbor more important than being a perfect one
by | July 31, 2008 | 7 Comments
Bae Doo-na, last seen in 2007’s How to Meet a Perfect Neighbor, is heading to Nepal for some charity work as part of the Good Neighbors program. From the UN Nepal site: Good Neighbors International launched its work in Nepal in 2002 with the objective of child care and community development. It is an INGO... More »

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 »