Celebrity News
Daniel Henney surprises Jung Ryeo-won with flowers
by | January 30, 2009 | 30 Comments
Daniel Henney made a surprise visit to friend Jung Ryeo-won to give her some flowers and well-wishes before she shot an ad for her new gig — she’s the new brand model for Biotherm cosmetics (Henney, meanwhile, has been brand model for Biotherm Homme for the past four years). Pictures... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #68
by | January 30, 2009 | 65 Comments
  Hey folks, apparently I am nominated for a “Golden Klog” award (that’s for Korean blog) over at Korea Sparkle in the “Best Blog About Korean Pop Culture” category. (I had no idea there were so many Korea-related blogs out there; it’s kind of funny that the only ones I’ve... More »


Drama Casting & News
Triple to follow Cinderella Man
by | January 30, 2009 | 28 Comments
Yoon Kye-sang, Min Hyo-rin, Lee Seon-kyun Figure-skating drama Triple has been pushed back a couple times, but now it’s finally officially on the schedule: It premieres June 10. Triple will show sixteen episodes and follow Kwon Sang-woo‘s Cinderella Man on Wednesdays and Thursdays on MBC. It stars Yoon Kye-sang (Who... More »


Celebrity News
Jo In-sung’s last fanmeeting
by | January 29, 2009 | 15 Comments
…before enlisting in military service, that is. Some stars choose to head off to their mandatory two-year (more or less) army duty with a bang, and some choose to go quietly. The 28-year-old Jo In-sung (Frozen Flower) is choosing a fanmeeting in Japan as his last official event before his... More »


Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 14
by | January 29, 2009 | 48 Comments
How does a drama take such a sharp turn? Well, I bet some people can argue that this drama has been growing slower… and s..l..o..w..e..r… for weeks now. But I seem to recall thinking just two or three weeks ago that things were actually getting more interesting. And then… nothing... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Min-ki sings for Oishii Man
by | January 29, 2009 | 23 Comments
Lee Min-ki (Romantic Island, Mixed-up Investigative Agency) is about to come out with his next movie, the Korea-Japan joint production Oishii Man, which co-stars Ikewaki Chizuru (Josee, the Tiger and the Fish). The film follows a musician in a slump (Lee), who travels to a small town in Hokkaido, Japan,... More »


Celebrity News
Rain expands his brand to a luxury cafe
by | January 28, 2009 | 28 Comments
Singer-actor (-model-entrepreneur-businessman) Rain is adding yet another title to his string of multihyphenates: Café owner. A space was bought last year in the upscale Cheongdamdong neighborhood and is located in a shopping district; the soon-to-be “luxury cafe” takes up approximately 1024 square meters and occupies two stories. Not content to... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Byung-heon is Storm Shadow
by | January 28, 2009 | 23 Comments
Lee Byung-heon is only one of a fairly large cast for the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, but he gets his own rather spiffy-looking promo poster. He plays the character of Storm Shadow in his upcoming role. Technically Lee is making a dual Hollywood debut, although I’m not... More »


Drama Casting & News
News bites: January 28, 2009 (Boys Before Flowers edition)
by | January 28, 2009 | 74 Comments
Gu Hye-sun, Lee Shi-young There’s kind of a glut of Boys Before Flowers news these days, isn’t there? On one hand, I don’t want to wear myself out and get BBF fatigue before the series is even half over, yet on the other hand, I AM interested. So my compromise:... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 8
by | January 27, 2009 | 216 Comments
Ratings continue to rise; this episode posted the highest numbers thus far (25.9%), widening the gap between now-second-place East of Eden (21.8%). Just to clarify, I know what generally happens in the original story, but when I’m talking about this drama, I don’t care so much what’s supposed to happen,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Joo Ji-hoon makes a love serenade
by | January 27, 2009 | 57 Comments
Fans may have known that Joo Ji-hoon (Antique Bakery, Goong) could sing — and I suppose if he’s heading a musical he must have some skills — but this is my first time hearing the model-actor’s voice, and it’s pretty nice. Joo Ji-hoon serenades Shin Mina in their upcoming film,... More »