Celebrity News
Kim Rae-won heading to army, not drama
by | July 10, 2009 | 51 Comments
Aw, I knew this was coming, but I hadn’t realized that Kim Rae-won (so wonderfully expressive, so sincere) had been seriously considering a drama role in the upcoming soccer series Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩, working title], which he will now be declining. Kim has announced his enlistment date,... More »


Drama Recaps
City Hall: Episode 1
by | July 9, 2009 | 121 Comments
(Note:  much gratitude and thanks must go to 0timelost, cleown, and mead33 @soompi, for their tireless efforts to edit my drafts, create screen caps, edit, do layout work, edit some more, comment, and then do more editing.  They didn’t want full credit, but since I am writing the recaps, I... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Hyun-joo featured on Partner OST
by | July 9, 2009 | 16 Comments
Who knew that Kim Hyun-joo could sing? She’s currently the star of the current KBS drama Partner, and now also makes her singing debut with a track for the series soundtrack titled “Promise” ["약속"]. In the drama, she plays the newest lawyer at a firm who clashes with one of... More »


Drama Casting & News
More character stills from Style
by | July 9, 2009 | 40 Comments
I was looking at these new stills for the SBS drama Style, and all I could think was: What, they couldn’t spring for an actual set? What’s with the dull blue backdrop? Psst producers, bluescreening is a technique toward an end, not an end in itself! (It’s a relatively small... More »


Kpop News
Kim Joon unveils his solo effort
by | July 8, 2009 | 39 Comments
Boys Before Flowers star Kim Joon (or Kim Jun), also known as the rapper of three-member pop group T-Max, is about to launch his first solo song. On July 7, he released the teaser video for his upcoming single, “준비 OK” — the title literally translates to “Ready OK” but... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Preview screening for horror movie Chaw
by | July 8, 2009 | 12 Comments
Just watch, I’ll bet that after all the razzing I’ve done about Chaw [차우], it’ll put me to shame and turn out to be a hit. It’s just that I can’t get past the dubious-sounding premise of a wild, people-killing boar going on the rampage near a small village that... More »


Pop Culture & Society
A new Miss Korea is crowned
by | July 8, 2009 | 63 Comments
The new Miss Korea has been crowned, and she is Kim Ju-ri, a 21-year-old studying at the Bolshoi Ballet school in Russia. The Miss Korea Pageant took place on the evening of July 8 at Seoul’s Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and was hosted by former Miss Korea finalist... More »


Drama Recaps
Triple: Episode 7
by | July 7, 2009 | 66 Comments
I am really liking this drama. I wonder if those who are disappointed in Triple were expecting something more trendy, something more Coffee Prince-ish. It doesn’t have the angst or intensity of Coffee Prince, but I’m not disappointed with Triple at all. Rather than comparing to CP, I get more... More »


Drama Casting & News
New figure skating drama Can’t Lose with Moon Geun-young
by | July 7, 2009 | 18 Comments
I’m a little surprised at this, but not in a bad way: Rumors are swirling that Moon Geun-young will take the lead in a new figure-skating-themed drama series, Can’t Lose [질 수 없다]. (Her management confirmed that she is considering the role but hasn’t made a final decision yet.) I’d... More »


Drama Recaps
The Man Who Can’t Get Married: Episode 1
by | July 7, 2009 | 66 Comments
First of all, much thanks to Javabeans for letting me commandeer her site so I could post these recaps and putting up with all my questions. Second, I have to say that I’m really enjoying this show much more than I expected. I am watching the show ahead of where... More »


Drama Casting & News
Swine flu interrupts production for Swallow the Sun
by | July 6, 2009 | 21 Comments
Eep! The team working on SBS’s new big-budget Wednesday-Thursday drama Swallow the Sun has been hit by swine flu as four crew members have tested positive for the illness. With only a day (and a half) left before its July 8 premiere, the production has been advised by health officials... More »