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Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden completes its love geometry
by | June 5, 2008 | 27 Comments
MBC’s upcoming East of Eden looks to become the next big-budget, high-profile drama of the year, with recent cast additions of two lovely ladies to act as romantic interests for lead heartthrob Song Seung Heon: first, crying queen Lee Da Hae, and now Lee Yeon Hee. The story concerns the stories of two boys born... More »

Drama Casting & News
Promoting his drama with a come-hither stare
by | June 4, 2008 | 26 Comments
Is it just me, or does the cast of Strongest Chil Woo look like they just stepped out of the pages of a Sears catalog (come see the softer side!)? With a hangover? Such pretty ladies, such unflattering styling. Anyway, when I first heard about this upcoming fusion historical series, I was kinda tired of... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Hana displays her musical roots
by | June 4, 2008 | 22 Comments
Remember figure skater Kim Yuna‘s live singing performance? We have another non-singer (non-pro, that is) exhibiting some of her skills: This time, it’s Lee Hana showing off her pipes on a recent (June 3) episode of the KBS variety show Sang Sang Plus. (Her musical talents are well-known, as she’s displayed them in most —... More »

Celebrity News
Happy colors = happy smiles
by | June 3, 2008 | 8 Comments
Shin Mina looks positively radiant as she promotes her upcoming romantic action comedy film Mulim Girl [무림여대생], also starring Ohn Joo Wan and Yoo Gun. Everyone looks happy and upbeat, if a little vampiric (is that some harsh lighting or what?). Not vampiric in a negative sense, just the sense of looking like they haven’t... More »

Kpop News
Jun Jin’s video too hot for network TV
by | June 3, 2008 | 31 Comments
Shinhwa’s Jun Jin is one of the last members to make his solo debut (to date, Eric is the only one left without a solo album to his name, which I don’t believe he’s planning on in any case), and his debut single off his first album is causing a stir — not for the... More »

Celebrity News
Next up on the car accident roster: Lee Ji Hoon
by | June 2, 2008 | 11 Comments
I feel like I’m turning into the Star Accident Watch. Who wants to start a pool for the next celebrity fender-bender? The most recent incident involves Lee Ji Hoon, the busy actor and singer whose schedule is so jam-packed that he had no time to get a physical checkup after his car accident on June... More »

Drama Casting & News
So I guess it wasn’t really the LAST scandal of his life
by | June 2, 2008 | 18 Comments
Some good news, and some potentially worrying. MBC’s hit “ajumma Cinderella” drama The Last Scandal of My Life has been officially confirmed for a second season, to air on Wednesdays and Thursdays (moving from family-friendly weekends to prime trendy-drama territory) in October. Not one to mess with a good thing, the production is keeping their... More »

Celebrity News
Lovely lady, marketing miss
by | June 2, 2008 | 29 Comments
…as in misstep, I mean. When you pair the words “skin” and “food” in a product’s name, there are two ways to read the juxtaposition: “food for skin” and “skin for food.” Unfortunately, one of those evokes an image I really, really don’t want in a beauty product I’m using. Sung Yuri (Fin.K.L., Hong Gil... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 14
by | June 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Like I said, Episode 13 marked the darkest point in the series, which in the big picture isn’t even terribly dark, but it did sink Last Scandal into a pensive mood for an episode. But the producers certainly know where their success lies, and are quick to inject some humor and levity back into the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
From uljjang to actress to writer-director
by | June 1, 2008 | 20 Comments
Gu Hye Sun joins actors like Yoo Ji Tae in expanding her resume to film directing. Her debut project is the short film Gaze [시선], which starts filming on June 2 in Gangwon-do, and boasts a pretty large scale for this kind of work: approximately 50 crew members and name casting which includes sageuk actor... More »