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Drama Casting & News
Auditions for “Friend” pick up steam
by | October 12, 2008 | 10 Comments
It was announced a while ago that 2001’s successful film Friend, starring Jang Dong-gun and Yoo Oh-sung, is getting the television drama treatment by MBC (is this the golden age of the remake miniseries or what?). Now auditions are kicking off to fill out its lead foursome. The two main roles are already cast —... More »

Kpop News
EZ Hyoung for My Sassy Girl
by | October 12, 2008 | 15 Comments
All right, here’s some PR in action: A song from EZ Hyoung‘s newly released second album is being used to promote the U.S. version of the romantic drama movie My Sassy Girl. EZ Hyoung’s label Antenna Music is touting this as a big deal, that his song “Beatles Cream Soup” has been selected as the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Ki-woo joins “A Star’s Lover”
by | October 12, 2008 | 25 Comments
Lee Ki-woo (A Love to Kill, Someone Behind You) is joining Hallyu heavyweights Choi Ji-woo and Yoo Ji-tae in their upcoming romantic drama A Star’s Lover. The new SBS Wednesday-Thursday series will take over after Painter of the Wind wraps, and is written by Oh Soo-yeon (Winter Sonata, Autumn Fairy Tale, All About Eve) and... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Painter” delayed due to more injury
by | October 12, 2008 | 21 Comments
Here’s the gist. Park Shin-yang broke Moon Geun-young‘s nose and now Painter of the Wind production will be delayed as she heals. Ow. And this comes just after she injured herself falling down a well during filming just a week before. Hopefully, accidents don’t become a trend for the SBS drama. The details: On October... More »

Celebrity News
Cheering on runners in the Pink Ribbon Marathon
by | October 11, 2008 | 17 Comments
Stars Song Hye-gyo and Jang Dong-gun came out on October 12 in support of the “2008 Pink Ribbon Love Marathon” for breast-cancer prevention, cheering on participants and representing the event’s sponsor. Approximately ten thousand pink-shirted citizens participated in the marathon with an enrollment fee of 10,000 won each (approximately ten dollars); the proceeds will be... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden: Viewers up, paychecks down
by | October 11, 2008 | 21 Comments
The actors of MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama East of Eden, including star Song Seung-heon, are taking a pay cut — as much as 50% from their current pay rates. The drama boasts a large cast of name actors — Yeon Jung-hoon, Yoo Dong-geun, Lee Mi-sook, Jo Min-ki, Lee Yeon-hee, Lee Da-hae, Han Ji-hye, Park Hae-jin —... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Bum shows off his grown-up appeal
by | October 10, 2008 | 49 Comments
The October issue of fashion mag An An features a spread with rising star Kim Bum, displaying how nicely he’s continuing to grow into adulthood. The 19-year-old actor sure is a hot commodity right now — after surprising everyone with his grown-up intensity in East of Eden, he again got people excited with his casting... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 13
by | October 10, 2008 | 21 Comments
LOL, and I mean that literally: this was a laugh-out-loud episode, with a number of unexpectedly quirky-funny moments. A lot happened to move our stories along and close a few loops. I know that Conflict is at the heart of Drama, but I always cringe when my characters go through hell even though I know... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
PIFF goes out with a whimper
by | October 10, 2008 | 10 Comments
In stark contrast with its star-studded opening night, the 13th Pusan International Film Awards closed after nine days with a night much lacking in glitz or stars. Maybe it was just a lackluster year, or maybe Choi Jin-shil’s untimely death cast a pall over opening night, or maybe celebrities went up to Seoul to pay... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #51
by | October 10, 2008 | 20 Comments
  Open Thread #51 already? Considering that means I’ve had almost a year’s worth of open threads (and I hadn’t even started them until the blog had been going a while), I’m a little taken aback and how fast time has flown. (Also a little shocking is the recap index, and seeing how many recaps... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cain & Abel emphasizes brotherly strife
by | October 9, 2008 | 36 Comments
Urgh, confused yet again by the vaguery that is Doctor Stop aka Cain & Abel aka So Ji-sub‘s comeback drama. First called Cain & Abel, the drama had attached Jung Ryeo-won opposite So, but then undergone production delays and planning issues, losing both Jung and its original title. At one point the SBS president even... More »