Kpop News
Overworked singer needs a break
by | September 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
“I’ll return after taking a break for a while.” Clazziquai vocalist Alex is putting a halt to most of his broadcast appearances, he explained. He’s been worn out from overwork — promoting his solo album, appearing on MBC’s We Got Married, radio DJ-ing, and doing Mnet’s M Countdown program, among... More »


Drama Casting & News
Continued failure to cast Korean “Hanadan” keeps super-idol boys’ hopes alive
by | September 14, 2008 | 48 Comments
There’s no real new info in this report (well, not about the points we care most about, i.e., casting), but I’m sure people are curious as to the progress of this drama, its production, casting, etc. In short: Stuff is still in limbo, but at least the drama has a... More »


Celebrity News
Singing stars Jang Yoon-ju and Lee Hana
by | September 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
Now, this is something I’ll be looking out for: Actress Lee Hana and top model Jang Yoon-ju will be displaying their musical skills in an upcoming cable program called Jang Yoon-ju’s 29 on Mnet. Lee appeared on Jang Yoon-ju’s 29 to converse with the model about acting, music, and marriage.... More »


Celebrity News
Readying for his second Japanese fanmeeting
by | September 13, 2008 | 9 Comments
Kang Ji-hwan has had a fanmeeting in Japan before, but the one to take place on September 15 (his second Japanese fanmeeting) in Tokyo will be on a larger scale, with an attendance of 2,000. Apparently tickets sold out immediately, leaving fans who were unable to secure tickets to make... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Rae-won for L’Oreal
by | September 13, 2008 | 15 Comments
It looks like this trend toward bringing men into the wonderful wide world of makeup isn’t going away anytime soon — rather, it’s on the rise. Now we’ve got Kim Rae-won, flush from his success in the just-wrapped drama Gourmet, endorsing L’Oreal Paris’s men’s skincare line, as it was announced... More »


Celebrity News
Not quite ready for her close-up yet
by | September 13, 2008 | 21 Comments
We should have a drinking game. Every time a Korean article uses (or misuses) the term “comeback,” everyone downs a shot. Just don’t expect to see Kim Tae-hee making hers anytime too soon. The actress — quite possibly known as much for being a weak actress as she is for... More »


Celebrity News
Ara for Etude House
by | September 12, 2008 | 18 Comments
Ara, who’s the current brand model along with Jang Geun-seok for Etude brand cosmetics, shows off what’s being touted as a new “smile with your eyes” ad campaign for the line. The marketing push capitalizes on women’s desires to look like Hyori, Sohn Ye-jin, Seo Min-jung, and other noted eye-smilers... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok weekend
by | September 12, 2008 | 16 Comments
Geez, how fast time flies — I can’t believe it’s been nearly a full year since the previous Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, which is among the biggest holidays of the year. The actual day falls on Sunday, but the holiday weekend kicks off today, which means lots of traditional Korean... More »


Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 1
by | September 12, 2008 | 28 Comments
I expected it to be slightly more ominous and serious, but it’s really quite full of slapstick – mainly due to Lee Jia’s rather comic portrayals. It’s certainly dramatic, just not quite in the direction I was expecting… Also, many thanks to Luv for allowing me to mooch off her... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #47
by | September 12, 2008 | 37 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 6
by | September 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
(1) I like this shot because it looks like a real-life watercolor. (2) I’ve noticed more recent drama series adopting an episodic format, where each episode contains its own “plot of the day” with shorter storylines. Although I particularly appreciate the kdrama template of telling the main story over the... More »