Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok premieres in first place
by | May 25, 2009 | 18 Comments
Jung Ryeo-won (“Ja Myung Go”), Go Hyun-jung (“Queen Seon-deok”) Queen Seon-deok, MBC’s historical extravaganza, got off to a decent start today with a first-place premiere at a 16% rating. Ja Myung Go, already nervous, may as well be put on death watch. In most cases, a first-episode rating number isn’t... More »

Drama Casting & News
Animated Winter Sonata aims for fall TV broadcast
by | May 25, 2009 | 28 Comments
We first heard about the animated version of Winter Sonata being produced way back in 2007, and now the project is making more progress. Lead actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, who helped catapult the original kdrama to pan-Asian fame, began the voice work of dubbing the animated version earlier... More »

Celebrity News
MBC also bans Joo Ji-hoon
by | May 24, 2009 | 77 Comments
This isn’t really a surprise, nor is it really even necessary: following the KBS banning of actor Joo Ji-hoon and his partners in drug-crime (drug trafficker Yoon Seol-hee and funder Yeh Hak-young), broadcast station MBC is following suit. I say it’s not necessary because even without the ban, it’s unlikely... More »

Drama Casting & News
The men of Queen of Housewives
by | May 24, 2009 | 27 Comments
Choi Chul-ho and Yoon Sang-hyun The nice thing about a series like Queen of Housewives garnering such popularity is that you get some older actors, who have been in the business for a number of years but haven’t perhaps achieved star status, who now get to come into a late... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Thirst wins jury prize at Cannes
by | May 24, 2009 | 15 Comments
Director Park Chan-wook had won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2004 for Oldboy (the second-place award, below the Palme d’Or); this weekend, he won another award for his vampire horror movie Thirst as the festival closed on Sunday. The film starring Song Kang-ho (The Good, the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Brilliant Legacy leads the weekend pack
by | May 24, 2009 | 70 Comments
Moon Chae-won, Bae Soo-bin, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Seung-gi SBS’s Saturday-Sunday drama Brilliant Legacy [찬란한 유산, aka Shining Inheritance] is pulling in the highest ratings among the weekend dramas, with yesterday’s episode recording a 26.8%. It airs against KBS’s historical series Iron Empress (13.3%) and MBC’s Strike Love (4.1%, ouch). Meanwhile,... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Seon-kyun serenades his bride
by | May 23, 2009 | 65 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun (34) married his 33-year-old bride Jeon Hye-jin on May 23; the event was closed to the media but the couple has released official photos of the ceremony. The day was emceed by Lee’s good friends, actor Oh Man-seok and Hong Sung-bo, and featured a serenade by the groom... More »

Kpop News
Honey Lee performs fusion jazz
by | May 23, 2009 | 18 Comments
The talented Honey Lee — Seoul National University grad, classical music major, 2006 Miss Korea, 2007 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up — is taking her much-lauded skills at the gayageum (classical stringed Korean instrument) and using them for a fusion jazz performance. She’ll take the stage on May 27 and 28... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Da-hae’s old pageant photos
by | May 22, 2009 | 251 Comments
Lee Da-hae, in 2001 and more recently Lee Da-hae (East of Eden, Hello Miss) has been attracting some attention for recently discovered photos of her earlier days, given how different they look from her current appearance. These photos capture Lee Da-hae from a “Miss Chun-hyang” beauty pageant she had won... More »

Drama Casting & News
Open set day at Strike Love
by | May 22, 2009 | 15 Comments
I haven’t written (yet?) about the latest episodes of MBC’s baseball drama Strike Love [2009 외인구단], but I’m still watching, and I’m still enjoying it. This couple — Yoon Tae-young and Kim Min-jung — is probably the biggest reason I’m sticking with it, because they are so sweet and adorable... More »

Celebrity News
Veteran actress Yeo Woon-kye passes away
by | May 22, 2009 | 77 Comments
Oh, sad. Veteran actress Yeo Woon-kye passed away on May 22 after battling cancer. She had initially been diagnosed with cancer of the kidneys in 2007, and had seemed to make a full recovery. However, it was not long ago that she found out that the disease had traveled to... More »