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Open Thread #62
by | December 19, 2008 | 24 Comments
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Chungmuro/Film News
Executioners is next for Yoon Kye-sang
by | December 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yoon Kye-sang is starring in a new movie with Jo Jae-hyun — Executioners — which ought to finish filming early next year in time for Yoon’s next series, Triple (which I am hoping will be as fangirly-OMG-awesome as it sounds. I mean, ice skating plus Yoon Kye-sang, Hong Gil Dong‘s... More »


Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok recast
by | December 18, 2008 | 34 Comments
After an aborted first attempt to cast the role, Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, Fashion 70s) has been announced as MBC’s pick for the titular role in Queen Seon-deok, starring opposite Go Hyun-jung. Sung Yuri was named first to the meaty role of Shilla’s first queen, but there... More »


Drama Casting & News
East of Eden cuts budget even further
by | December 18, 2008 | 16 Comments
MBC’s East of Eden has already cut its budget once by lowering the actors’ salaries, but it’s further cutting its production budget. Originally planned as a 25 billion won project (approx. $19 million) for its 50 episodes, it is now curtailing that amount to 18 billion won ($14 million). I... More »


Drama Casting & News
KBS nominates (practically everyone) for acting awards
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
Like MBC before it, KBS has also released its list of year-end acting award nominees. And while Hong Gil Dong (above) wasn’t the most prominent drama featured among the contenders (that would have to be the daily drama Mom’s Dead Upset, which brought in a whopping four nominations just in... More »


Celebrity News
Explaining Kang-mae
by | December 17, 2008 | 30 Comments
Kim Myung-min is one of those actors who is admired for his acting but doesn’t always get notice for the eye-candy factor (nor does he push that angle). But that doesn’t mean he can’t; here he’s shown in a picturesque spread for fashion magazine Singles rocking some period costuming (jodhpurs,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
An early look at Cell Phone
by | December 17, 2008 | 6 Comments
The teaser poster is out for the upcoming “Chaser-like” cell phone thriller called, well, Cell Phone. While I didn’t care for the U.S. film Cellular, the plots don’t look TOO similar; and though the story doesn’t sound all that exciting on first glance, it stars actors I do like: Uhm... More »


Theater/Musicals
Theatrical adaptation announced for A Star’s Lover
by | December 17, 2008 | 4 Comments
This seems… fast. I know there are a lot of expectations for SBS’s new drama A Star’s Lover, what with its big-name leads (Choi Ji-woo, Yoo Ji-tae) and high production values. But it’s only just started airing, and its ratings have been modest, at that (8.8% and 9.5% for episodes... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Park Yong-ha interview in Marie Claire
by | December 17, 2008 | 6 Comments
Park Yong-ha (On Air) is gearing up for a fresh round of promotion, mostly on behalf of his upcoming thriller, The Scam. It’s not the only thing he’s working on, however; Park recently released an album in Japan and is preparing for a a concert tour at the end of... More »


Celebrity News
Rain works six to five
by | December 16, 2008 | 26 Comments
I’m sure a 6-to-5 workday isn’t what “Six to Five” means, but it sure seems like it, doesn’t it? Perhaps to give his project a kick-start, Rain recently posed for a spread for new fashion line Six to Five in preparation for the brand launch. The shoot took place over... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
The 11th Director’s Cut Awards
by | December 16, 2008 | 10 Comments
Yet more awards, as we get deeper into December: this time it’s the 11th Director’s Cut Awards, which were presented on December 16. Awards were determined based on a vote cast by approximately 200 film directors. Actors Ha Jung-woo and Gong Hyo-jin won nods for their roles in The Chaser... More »