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Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 13
by | November 26, 2007 | 12 Comments
(Another) one of the things I like about Mixed-up Investigative Agency is that the band of treasure-hunting misfit friends has some good ideas, but so often, they’re just plain WRONG. One tricky thing in making a mystery come alive is in making each step believable and yet keep the viewers guessing. The difficulty, many times,... More »

Kpop News
Working child celebrities to the bone
by | November 25, 2007 | 19 Comments
Wonder Girls I suppose this makes Part 3 in my unplanned Child Stars series (Part 1, the Golden Age, and Part 2, the oversexing thereof). I’ve always wondered at the way these kids are (over)worked, and why their activities aren’t more regulated. There ARE laws, but as the article points out, they’re largely ineffectual. I... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 12
by | November 24, 2007 | 14 Comments
Two things have occurred to me while watching Mixed-up Investigative Agency, ideas that solidified in Episode 12. I’ll get to the second item later in the recap, but first is that nobody’s really a bad guy. Certainly, you have people who do more good than bad, and others who do more bad than good, but... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sneak peek: A different kind of Hong Gil Dong
by | November 24, 2007 | 43 Comments
Who’s excited about Hong Gil Dong?? The upcoming drama (the official title is “Kwae-do Hong Gil Dong,” which translates roughly to “Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong”) has been on my radar ever since it was announced because it’s the next project for screenwriters Hong Mi Ran and Hong Jung Eun, who wrote three series I... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Stepping into Jang Dong Gun’s shoes
by | November 23, 2007 | 11 Comments
Jang Dong Gun, Lee Seon Kyun Oh man. What a trip back to the old-school days of Korean drama. The Voice, aka Lee Seon Kyun, recently recorded an episode of the MBC talk-variety show Yoo Jae Seok and Kim Won Hee’s Let’s Play airing on the 23rd, wherein he shared a story about his acting... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #5
by | November 23, 2007 | 24 Comments
Raise your hand if you ate too much yesterday. Heh. So today’s Black Friday — busiest shopping day of the year. Who’s going shopping to get the most out of all the supposed deals? But it’s also Buy Nothing Day, which activists began in reaction to the rabid consumerism of the day. It’s an easy... More »

Celebrity News
Breaking the fourth wall: Stars and their homepages
by | November 22, 2007 | 14 Comments
Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Hyori With this generation so internet-savvy, and the stars living in an overwhelmingly wired society that analyzes their every move, it’s no surprise that more and more, celebrities are using the internet (Stars: They’re just like us!) to reach out to their fans — in affection, in exasperation, and in defense... More »

Happy Thanksgiving
by | November 22, 2007 | 10 Comments
Or, should I say, Happy American Chuseok? I’m thankful for a lot, many things related to this site and many things not. I’m thankful for one guilt-free eating day in the year, because everyone’s in it together today! Even the skinny bitches who normally sneer at food and sustenance and all that pesky caloric stuff.... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 11
by | November 21, 2007 | 4 Comments
One thing I find striking about Mixed-up Investigative Agency is how it’s able to convey such emotional intensity in its expressions of love — but not heart-fluttery romance, or in-the-moment passion. Rather, the deep-seated, time-worn bond between long-bygone (but no-less-remembered) loved ones and their survivors. The person may be gone but the memory of their... More »

Celebrity News
Shiny, bright new faces
by | November 21, 2007 | 14 Comments
“Legend”‘s Sujini, actor Lee Jia   “Which new talents shine most brightly in drama-land?” My Daily asked three experienced industry insiders (drama manager at KBS Lee Sung Joo; SBS’s drama department chief Gu Bon Geun; and MBC’s CP Jo Joong Hyun) to help in assessing some of the more notable new faces to pop up... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Song Hye Gyo’s Hollywood debut
by | November 20, 2007 | 41 Comments
Hallyu stars are increasingly trying to capitalize on their fame by traversing the cultural divide and attempting the Hollywood crossover. The latest to announce her intent to make the leap is one of Korea’s loveliest (and most famous) natural beauties, Song Hye Gyo. It’s just been announced that she will be soon heading to New... More »