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Celebrity News
Ha Ha Hot or Duck Duck Goose?
by | October 16, 2008 | 21 Comments
Sometimes you look at a picture and you know it’s off, but there are just so many things to comment on that you can’t articulate any of them. Yeah, this ad for Converse featuring its new brand models, Choi Kang-hee (My Sweet Seoul) and boy-bander Kim Hyun-joong (of SS501), is one of those instances. Converse... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 15
by | October 15, 2008 | 33 Comments
Love & Marriage reminds me of the exchange in Clueless — Cher: “He said you gave him a toothache.” Tai: “How’d I do that?” Cher: “It’s an expression. It means he thought you were sweet.” If this drama were a type of candy, all my teeth would have fallen out by now. SONG OF THE... More »

Celebrity News
Mina’s French Diary
by | October 15, 2008 | 15 Comments
Like Go Ara before her, Shin Mina (Devil, Go Go 70) lets cameras capture her recent trip to France for cable channel O’live Style. The program is called Mina’s French Diary and was filmed over a two-week period (August 20 through September 3). Similar in format to the other travel diaries broadcast by O’live (i.e.,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Production hopes for speedy recovery for “Painter” star
by | October 15, 2008 | 9 Comments
After Moon Geun-young fractured her nose in filming for Painter of the Wind, drama production slowed to a halt as their star was forced to take some time off and recover. Now production is hoping their star will be ready to get back to work as early as October 17. On October 15, a rep... More »

Drama Casting & News
Vineyard Man enjoying renewed popularity in Thailand
by | October 15, 2008 | 33 Comments
Television drama ratings have been released for the month of September in Thailand, and six of the top ten series are Korean dramas. AGB Nielsen Media, a media research company, released the numbers, and the 2006 KBS trendy drama The Vineyard Man, starring Yoon Eun-hye and Oh Man-seok, came out on top. Although its initial... More »

Drama Casting & News
There’s no accounting for Personal Taste
by | October 14, 2008 | 62 Comments
And to think, we almost had Joo Ji-hoon (Devil) and Yoon Eun-hye (Coffee Prince) back together in Personal Taste [개인의 취향], playing a straight guy masquerading as a gay guy to live with a straight girl (who harbors a crush on her gay friend but thinks he’s playing for the other team). Now, not only... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 14
by | October 14, 2008 | 35 Comments
This episode probably shouldn’t be taken with too much seriousness, because it felt like everyone regressed for a moment into adolescence and acted like a bunch of kids. It almost seemed like the actors were having a bit of fun — and while it wasn’t, uh, realistic, it was cute how they joked and played... More »

Drama Casting & News
No drama at the 2008 Seoul Drama Awards
by | October 14, 2008 | 41 Comments
Lame, lame, lame. I’d kind of figured that the newish Seoul Drama Awards would be bland (it’s their third year) based on the voting and nominees, so the results weren’t as disappointing as they would have been if I’d taken the Seoul Drama Festival seriously. As it was, there was a total lack of drama.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Press day for Boys Don’t Cry
by | October 14, 2008 | 13 Comments
Lee Wan (Insoon is Pretty) and Song Chang-eui (Golden Bride) promoted their new film, Boys Don’t Cry, on October 14 at a somewhat unusual location for movie press conferences: an indoor pojangmacha (streetside food tents) in Seoul’s Cheongdam-dong neighborhood. The film takes place in 1953 following the Korean War and two youths who lose everything... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Vampire priest thirsts for love in “Bat”
by | October 13, 2008 | 24 Comments
It wouldn’t be a Park Chan-wook film with a simple, straightforward plot, would it? In Bat [박쥐], or its English title Thirst, Song Kang-ho (The Good The Bad The Weird, Secret Sunshine, The Host) re-teams with one of Korea’s foremost directors, Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) — as a vampire. After five months... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
22 Days to a more grown-up Yoo Seung-ho
by | October 13, 2008 | 14 Comments
Speaking of young boyish actors who have been growing up rather well, let’s add 15-year-old Yoo Seung-ho to the mix. (The guy shot to fame in last year’s Legend playing Yonsama‘s childhood self.) The teenage actor has been cast as the lead in the thriller 22 Days, which is being adapted from the novel of... More »