Chungmuro/Film News
Good Morning President sells out at PIFF in 1 minute
by | September 21, 2009 | 8 Comments
Technically, 1 minute and 35 seconds. Such is the box office draw of one of Korea’s favorite actors, Jang Dong-gun. The warm and humorous Good Morning President is his first film in several years, and Korean audiences are eager to see Jang back onscreen, as he has been out of... More »


Celebrity News
Alex publishes an essay collection
by | September 21, 2009 | 14 Comments
Last year, Clazziquai singer Horan put out an essay collection; now her bandmate Alex is coming out with an essay collection of his own, a food-related book called Alex’s Spoon. (The tagline under the title reads, “A food diary of a sweet guy living a delicious life.”) This shouldn’t come... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Lee Chun-hee regrets quitting Family Outing
by | September 21, 2009 | 21 Comments
Actor Lee Chun-hee (aka “Chunderella”) was a fan favorite on the SBS sitcom program Family Outing, and it was to much disappointment that he chose to leave the show in June against the producers’ requests. Now he has come out and admitted, “I regret leaving.” Lee Chun-hee candidly expressed his... More »


Drama Casting & News
First fight between Chuno’s master and slave
by | September 20, 2009 | 27 Comments
Is Chuno looking better and better or what? The Joseon-era-set KBS drama, also translated Pursuing Slaves, has released its latest round of stills featuring its nobleman (Jang Hyuk) in pursuit of his escaped slave (Oh Ji-ho). These scenes were filmed on a two-day shoot over September 19 and 20 in... More »


Drama Casting & News
The business of kdrama extensions and cuts
by | September 20, 2009 | 46 Comments
Queen Seon-deok Yep, we as drama-lovers tend to have a love-hate (mostly hate, I think) relationship with drama extensions and, even worse, unexpected cuts. Even a good drama can be ruined in the end by unnecessary extensions — a long-running epic series may suffer less from adding episodes than a... More »


Celebrity News
Yonsama’s Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty
by | September 20, 2009 | 42 Comments
Bae Yong-joon, or Yonsama, has finally revealed the Korea-related book he has been preparing for many months, called Journey in Search of Korea’s Beauty. In order to gather information to incorporate into his book exploring traditional Korean culture, Bae Yong-joon spent over a year traveling the country to research various... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Shin Hyun-joon gets stitched up
by | September 20, 2009 | 13 Comments
Shin Hyun-joon (Cain and Abel) is taking on the part of a police detective for his latest movie, the thriller Family Picture, and has sustained an injury to his finger while shooting an action scene. I know, “finger injury” sounds mild, but the accident must have been fairly significant, because... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Rabbit and Lizard to release next month
by | September 19, 2009 | 18 Comments
Sung Yuri‘s film debut, Rabbit and Lizard, has finalized its movie release date and will premiere in theaters on October 22. Currently starring in the SBS drama Swallow the Sun, Sung has acted in numerous drama projects since making her transition from singer to actress, but this is her first... More »


Drama Casting & News
FT Island’s Hong-ki ready to return to acting
by | September 19, 2009 | 45 Comments
Lee Hong-ki is mostly famous for being a member of the popular pop/rock band FT Island, but he’s looking forward to returning to acting, which he’ll do in SBS’s trendy idol-star drama You’re Beautiful [미남이시네요], his first drama gig in five years. (He has made cameo appearances on dramas and... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jung Il-woo is confused with his character
by | September 18, 2009 | 69 Comments
The production of My Fair Lady held a press conference and open set day on September 18, where both Jung Il-woo and Yoon Eun-hye spoke frankly about struggling with their characters. Jung Il-woo plays “Tae-yoon,” a lawyer and chaebol who is pretty much the perfect man. But the actor confessed... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jeon Ji-hyun considers Korean remake of Zettai Kareshi
by | September 18, 2009 | 108 Comments
This is not finalized (so take with a grain of salt), but Jeon Ji-hyun‘s potential drama comeback just may come in the Korean adaptation of Japanese manga Absolute Boyfriend, aka Zettai Kareshi. The kdrama will be directed by PD Kim Min-shik of Queen of Housewives and Before and After: Plastic... More »