Drama Casting & News
“Wind” and “Virus” off to a neck-and-neck start
by | September 10, 2008 | 38 Comments
…and we’re off! KBS and MBC both premiered their new dramas today, one a sageuk starring Jumong star Song Il-kook (Kingdom of Wind), and the other a classical-music-based drama featuring White Tower‘s intense Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus). Both come highly anticipated, not least because we’ve got two big names going... More »


Celebrity News
A comeback program for Lee Young-ae
by | September 10, 2008 | 18 Comments
For being one of Hallyu’s top actresses, Lee Young-ae, also known as CF queen (others have laid claim to that title, but Lee Young-ae has approximately 240 CFs to her credit in 17 years), has remained out of the spotlight for the past three years. Her last film was 2005′s... More »


Drama Casting & News
Han Ye-seul goes retro schoolgirl
by | September 10, 2008 | 6 Comments
Before she was a femme fatale, she was a schoolgirl. Han Ye-seul dons pigtails and a schoolgirl uniform to portray her character’s younger self in the upcoming drama Tazza. (Despite the clean face and the clothes, she still seems more like a grown woman in a costume than a genuine... More »


Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 5
by | September 9, 2008 | 34 Comments
I’m liking Love & Marriage‘s quick pacing and brisk romance plotline — it’s not so speedy that it feels rushed, but it isn’t sluggish, either. Because, lord knows some dramas take forever working up the romantic tension between its main couple, dragging out the developments gra…du…al…ly. While that’s not always... More »


Celebrity News
Mourning Ahn Jae-hwan
by | September 9, 2008 | 33 Comments
I hope this is the last post of this kind I’ll be writing; it’s not a good thing when the topic of celebrity deaths starts feeling familiar. Stars — a whole ton of them from all aspects of the entertainment world — paid their respects to the deceased Ahn Jae-hwan... More »


Celebrity News
Singing the Blues of Colors
by | September 9, 2008 | 4 Comments
Kim Hye-soo may have merely portrayed a singer in the period film Modern Boy, but now she’s releasing a digital single, as did her co-star Jo Seung-woo. The music is modeled after the 1930s style, given the movie’s setting in that era. Four songs make up the single, including an... More »


Celebrity News
Lee and Igawa promote tourism, not romance
by | September 9, 2008 | 9 Comments
As always, netizens are always the first to jump to premature conclusions, aren’t they? Lee Dong-gun and Japanese star Igawa Haruka got bloggers and netizens worked up when images and video clips of the two stars appeared online, suggesting they were dating (she’s married). They’d been spotted together in areas... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 21
by | September 8, 2008 | 20 Comments
Oh, Bong-joo. You’ve made quite a swift decline over onto the dark side, haven’t you? And to think, at the beginning of the series I thought there was hope for you and your thick-headed, belligerent ways. Also, the romance takes two steps forward (and one step back). But hey, that’s... More »


Theater/Musicals
A return to Xanadu
by | September 8, 2008 | 11 Comments
Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin are taking the lead roles in the camp musical classic Xanadu (“We are in Xanaduuu~!”) in their musical-theater debuts. They put on a performance at the press rehearsal (i.e., dress rehearsal open to press) on September 8 with the rest of their castmates. However,... More »


Drama Casting & News
A black press day for Tazza
by | September 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
Tazza actors and crew (Jang Hyuk, Han Ye-seul, Kim Min-joon, Kang Sung-yeon) came out on the afternoon of September 8 for the drama’s production press conference, all decked out in black to observe the death of Ahn Jae-hwan, which they’d received word of just earlier that day. Apparently the actors... More »


Celebrity News
Ahn Jae-hwan found dead in apparent suicide
by | September 8, 2008 | 68 Comments
Sigh. So 2008′s really not been a good year for the celebs. Actor Ahn Jae-hwan (Secret Lovers, Entertainment News), 36, was found dead on the morning of September 8 in his car. The death has been tentatively ruled a suicide. Apparently, the body was found to have been “severely decomposed,”... More »