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Celebrity News
Rising Stars
by | October 1, 2007 | 32 Comments
For the 12th annual Pusan International Film Festival, Premiere Magazine chose its nominees for the third round of their “Premiere Rising Star Award,” based on the actors’ activities in the recent past and their potential for future success. In addition to the existing category of male and female rising stars, the following new categories were... More »

Celebrity News
Alpha girls
by | September 30, 2007 | 29 Comments
According to the following article, actress and brainiac (and I say that with affection) Kim Tae Hee has toppled sultry star Kim Hye Soo as Korea’s foremost “alpha girl.” This comes as a result of a poll conducted by cable channel On Style — I think these surveys are mostly crap, but they generate some... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sequel Mania
by | September 28, 2007 | 40 Comments
(The lovebirds of Bad Couple and Bad Family)   I find the following article (indented stuff in dark blue font is the translated article; the rest are my comments) particularly interesting because I’ve thought this topic over a lot in the past, and pretty much completely disagree — not with the article’s logic, but the... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Maybe not such a great idea
by | September 27, 2007 | 28 Comments
(Emcee and actress Hyun Young with Canadian panel participant Julien Kang)  With the success of the talk/variety show Chatting with Beautiful Women, which I briefly mentioned here, producers were quick to jump on the money train and slap together a male counterpart for a Chuseok special program called (what else?) Chatting with Beautiful Men. But... More »

Drama Casting & News
You mean they don’t do it just to confuse us?
by | September 26, 2007 | 5 Comments
  “The Surprising Reason Behind Drama Title Changes” The upcoming, vastly expensive SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama Lobbyist, starring Song Il Kook [Jumong] and Jang Jin Young, has confused many viewers — because until recently, it was widely referred to as Angel. After deliberating over the two titles, deciding between the potentially overly feminine “Angel” and the... More »

Celebrity News
Overseas love for Kang Ji Hwan, and not just from me
by | September 25, 2007 | 55 Comments
  I love Kang Ji Hwan. Not merely because he’s both adorable and sexy-hot (not necessarily a combination easy to come across), but because he’s the type of actor who stands out no matter what he’s doing — whether it’s period romance (Capital Scandal), fluff romantic comedy (Exhibition of Fireworks), or tragic tearjerker melodrama (90... More »

Celebrity News
Eun Sae prefers Han Sung to Min Yub
by | September 25, 2007 | 10 Comments
While we’re still in the Chuseok spirit (although it’s no longer Chuseok day in Korea at this hour), here’s another actress decked out in her Chuseok garb. (Because of the holiday, there doesn’t seem to be much drama news to report, other than various actors and celebrities being asked about their holiday plans and such.... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok!
by | September 24, 2007 | 38 Comments
  Tomorrow is Chuseok, also called Hangawi, which is the Korean version of Thanksgiving and one of the largest (perhaps the largest) holidays in the Korean calendar. That means a break from work, lots of traditional food, including the customary Chuseok songpyun dduk (a type of sticky pounded-rice cake with a sweetened sesame center), family... More »

Drama Casting & News
Insoon Is Pretty (for a killer?)
by | September 23, 2007 | 16 Comments
The upcoming KBS Wednesday-Thursday drama Insoon Is Pretty is one I’m keeping my eye on. This is Kim Hyun Joo‘s (above left) comeback drama — although it bugs me that the word ‘comeback’ is misused an awful lot, thrown around to describe anything from a true comeback to merely a star’s next project (summer 2007’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
High Kick movie
by | September 21, 2007 | 14 Comments
Hm, maybe my Spidey sense was tingling with the whole Unstoppable High Kick thing. Apparently it’s being made into a movie! …which I honestly can’t picture, but sure, okay. Frankly, I can’t imagine forking over ten bucks (or should I say manwon) to see an extended version of the sitcom. Unless they go for something... More »

Kpop News
Actors acting for free?
by | September 20, 2007 | 11 Comments
  Is it too cynical of me that my second thought after hearing this news (the first being the requisite “Aww”) was, “This is probably just for the publicity”? Well, no matter. This time, I’ll believe people are good and nice and all that crap. Today I take the blue pill. Apparently actress Park Shi... More »