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Kpop News
DBSK both hot and on fire
by | October 4, 2008 | 12 Comments
(At least figuratively?) U-Know Yunho and Micky Yoochun light up the stage (top pic) with the rest of their DBSK groupmates at the 2008 Asia Song Festival. October 4, Seoul World Cup Stadium. Tags: DBSK, singers... More »
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Celebrity News
Choi Jin-shil’s death spurs talk of cyber slander laws
by | October 3, 2008 | 40 Comments
“Last Scandal” co-star Jung Jun-ho, actress Choi Ji-woo If there’s something to take away from the overwhelming attention and the number of entertainers who came to pay their final respects to deceased Choi Jin-shil, it’s that she was much-respected and much-loved by many colleagues over the entire length of her 20-year career. People are also... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
More PIFF red carpet at APAN’s Star Road
by | October 3, 2008 | 14 Comments
I foresee this may start getting repetitive, but here’s another red carpet from the Pusan International Film Festival (we saw opening night’s red carpet yesterday). This time, the event was the Asian Pacific Actors Network (APAN) Star Road. It seemed some of the stars who were at opening night were noticeably absent at this event,... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #50
by | October 3, 2008 | 22 Comments
  What a weird, crazy, hectic week. Hope you’re all keeping well. TGIF. SONG OF THE DAY Carla Bruni – “Le Temps Perdu” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #49 Open Thread #48 Open Thread #47 Open Thread #46   No tags for this post.... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Pusan International Film Festival’s opening night
by | October 2, 2008 | 51 Comments
It’s kind of unnerving how all the news right now is either Choi Jin-shil‘s sudden death or the 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), and sometimes while looking through the news listings, it’s easy to confuse the two based on the thumbnail images. (Given the timing, as far as I can see, there were no... More »


Celebrity News
More on Choi Jin-shil’s suicide
by | October 2, 2008 | 88 Comments
This is all very sad, particularly because Choi Jin-shil seems to have been very depressed, but not to the extent that anybody around her could have foreseen such dire actions. (Sports Chosun has a lovely collection of photos over the years chronicling Choi Jin-shil’s career.) The police have ruled Choi’s death a suicide — while... More »


Drama Casting & News
Meet your Korean F4
by | October 1, 2008 | 319 Comments
What horrible timing following Choi Jin-shil’s shocking death, because now it’s hard to get that excited about news I/we have been waiting forever to hear, which is the announcement of the “F4″ guys in the Korean Hana Yori Dango, aka Boys Before Flowers. Although it was floated around that the casting would comprise mostly pop... More »


Celebrity News
Choi Jin-shil found dead, indicators point to suicide
by | October 1, 2008 | 136 Comments
The beautiful and talented Choi Jin-shil (age 40, most recently of The Last Scandal of My Life) has been found dead in her home in Seoul. According to police, her body was discovered at 6:15 am on October 2 and the reasons for her passing are under investigation. Police said, “We received a report that... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
These boys don’t cry
by | October 1, 2008 | 7 Comments
…but they do attend high-profile film festivals. Actors Lee Wan and Song Chang-eui of the film Boys Don’t Cry (director Bae Hyung-joon) are expected to attend the upcoming Pusan International Film Festival, including the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) event on the 3rd. In addition to those appearances, both actors will be on hand for... More »


Drama Casting & News
Getting ready to fight it out on cable
by | October 1, 2008 | 5 Comments
It’s a sibling twofer! First Uhm Jung-hwa, now her kid brother. When I first heard of Yoo Gun‘s new Fight Club-esque cable drama (titled Fight), I only had a mild interest. But now an additional actor has been cast, and he is one for whom I have a lot of respect: Uhm Tae-woong (Resurrection, Devil).... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Restoring masterpieces in Insadong Scandal
by | October 1, 2008 | 14 Comments
Actress/singer/lingerie entrepreneur Uhm Jung-hwa joins Kim Rae-won in the upcoming movie Insadong Scandal, which is set in the art world and takes a behind-the-scenes look at art restoration and reproduction. Although she’s taken on numerous acting projects in her 15-year career (previous screen roles include the drama Wife and the films For Horowitz and Singles),... More »