Drama Casting & News
A look at Iris’s supporting cast
by | September 22, 2009 | 44 Comments
Looks like each of the characters in the main cast of spy drama Iris [아이리스] is getting his/her moment in the spotlight. With a name like Lee Byung-heon in the cast, it’s no surprise he gets most of the attention, as does his CF queen leading lady Kim Tae-hee, but... More »

Celebrity News
Chae Jung-ahn in the Hot-Blooded Salesman
by | September 22, 2009 | 29 Comments
Finally, news of a new KBS weekend drama! (The historical series Iron Empress has occupied the slot for many months, and is finally heading to its close. I, for one, am happy to see another contemporary offering take its place.) The show to take that prime-time slot in October is... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cafe Noir earns praise at Venice International Film Festival
by | September 21, 2009 | 12 Comments
Cafe Noir is notable for being the debut film for its director, film critic Jung Sung-il. It is also now notable for drawing praise at its world premiere screening at the recent Venice International Film Festival (as the only selection from Asia). Cafe Noir was described by one of the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Stars of My Fair Lady deny dating rumors
by | September 21, 2009 | 89 Comments
Ha, these days it’s pretty common to get any and every onscreen couple issuing statements denying they’re dating in real life, even when I swear it’s mostly the product of wishful fan thinking or ‘shipping. Because, Yoon Eun-hye and Yoon Sang-hyun? Dating rumors? That seems so odd to me. Both... More »

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 »