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Drama Casting & News
Seo In-gook as incognito prince in King’s Face
by | October 27, 2014 | 48 Comments
I did honestly wonder if The King’s Face would ever make it to production; it was touch and go for a while there with plagiarism accusations hanging in the air and injunctions filed, but cameras are rolling on the set of the new KBS fusion historical drama. Lead actor Seo In-gook joined the drama’s shoots... More »


Drama Casting & News
Who wants to be a Pinocchio
by | October 27, 2014 | 82 Comments
javabeans: Hey, have you seen this? Here, watch the teaser for Pinocchio. girlfriday: That… was the lamest thing ever. javabeans: Wasn’t it? I just had to share. girlfriday: Twenty-four seconds, please. javabeans: Er? girlfriday: That’s the time you now owe me. javabeans: Hey, I can’t be held responsible for all the bad suggestions of mine... More »


Drama Recaps
Misaeng: Episode 3
by | October 26, 2014 | 122 Comments
Hey guys, I’m just filling in for today, but I’m happy to pick up an episode of Misaeng, which is fast becoming one of my favorite shows of the year. It’s clear now why the original webtoon is so beloved—this show takes the most mundane minutiae of office life and turns it into something universal... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Joo-won’s ugly duckling transformation in Fashion King
by | October 24, 2014 | 54 Comments
I’m pretty sure this movie is going to be one big crock o’ crazy, but I’m planning to watch it for the visual shock alone. Will you get a load of Joo-won? It’s a little hard to adjust when I’m already so used to seeing him as a very poised classical music student in Cantabile... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Yoon Eun-hye and Park Shi-hoo courted for romance melodrama
by | October 24, 2014 | 151 Comments
A new Korean-Chinese-Japanese co-production film is in the works — a romance melodrama called After Love — and offers are currently out to Yoon Eun-hye (Mi-rae’s Choice) and Park Shi-hoo (Alice in Cheongdam-dong) to costar. Both actors are considering for now, but prospects look favorable that they’ll sign on. All that’s known about the premise... More »


Drama Casting & News
First script read for Pinocchio’s newbie news reporters
by | October 23, 2014 | 72 Comments
We’re finally off and running on Pinocchio, the newest drama from the PD-writer team behind I Hear Your Voice that’s getting ready for a November broadcast on SBS. The cast of city desk reporters gathered for the show’s first script read, led by stars Lee Jong-seok (Doctor Stranger) and Park Shin-hye (Heirs). The coming-of-age drama... More »


Drama Casting & News
Grandpa Shin Ha-kyun goes back to his youth in Mr. Back
by | October 23, 2014 | 25 Comments
So it turns out that the title of MBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama really IS Mr. Back (we’ve been calling it Mr. Baek until now). I guess I should’ve known the punny title would win out — it is dramaland, after all. The fantasy romantic comedy stars Shin Ha-kyun (All About My Romance) as a 70-year-old... More »


Drama Casting & News
The ladies of Legendary Witch get incarcerated
by | October 22, 2014 | 28 Comments
MBC’s newest weekend drama Legendary Witch premieres this weekend, and the premise is actually really intriguing, and not your standard weekend family fare. Han Ji-hye (Full Sun) stars as the heroine who gets wrongly imprisoned and bonds with a group of women while in jail. They get out and band together to start a bakery... More »


Drama Casting & News
Chun Jung-myung offered lead in tvN rom-com Heart to Heart
by | October 22, 2014 | 24 Comments
Coffee Prince’s PD Lee Yoon-jung is gearing up for a January premiere for her first drama over at cable network tvN, a romantic comedy called Heart to Heart. The offer is currently out to Choi Kang-hee (Level 7 Civil Servant) to headline, and now Chun Jung-myung is being courted to be her leading man. He’s... More »


Drama Recaps
Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 4
by | October 21, 2014 | 186 Comments
Our hero learns the hard way that assembling an orchestra and being given a chance to conduct is just the beginning of his journey, and that there’s an entire component to leading an orchestra that never occurred to him before—the people playing the instruments, and all of their very human foibles and individual problems. For... More »


Drama Casting & News
Ji Chang-wook leaps across skyscraper rooftops for Healer
by | October 21, 2014 | 42 Comments
Oh I guess we’re in for a lot of high-flying action in Ji Chang-wook’s new drama Healer. This is just a B-side version of the title sequence for the show, but it’s still our first glimpse of the series, and I can tell you this much — Ji Chang-wook is NOT just “an errand boy,”... More »