Drama Casting & News
2008 MBC Acting Awards
by | December 30, 2008 | 146 Comments
MBC hosted its awards ceremony for the 2008 Acting Awards on December 30. Let me first reiterate that I think these end-of-year broadcast-station awards are mostly meaningless. That said, this year’s Daesangs were TOTAL WEAKSAUCE, MBC. Top honor (the “Daesang” grand prize) went to… Oh, you mean it was split... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 6
by | December 29, 2008 | 23 Comments
Mari is starting to grow on me. I was prepared to merely put up with her (didn’t love her, didn’t hate her), but I actually liked her in this episode. Choi Ji-woo still kinda pushes the cute factor too hard sometimes, but while I usually find it annoying, I thought... More »

More bloggy growing pains
by | December 29, 2008 | 10 Comments
  Just a quick note. I’ve been putting this off for ages, but I think I’ve gotta finally do it: I’m disabling audio replays on old posts — to start with, posts more than a year old. Maybe six months. The site has been growing recently and although I’m probably... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Grump Reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of... More »

Celebrity News
Legal issues resolved for Lee Junki
by | December 29, 2008 | 13 Comments
Actor Lee Junki (Iljimae) has made nice with his former management agency, Mentor Entertainment. Both parties have come to an agreement following some unpleasant recent disputes. In September, Lee had been sued by his former management company for violating his contract, to a tune of 500 million won (approx $400,000)... More »

Celebrity News
Schedule cleared and absolute rest prescribed for Hyori
by | December 29, 2008 | 11 Comments
Following a post-concert collapse, pop singer Lee Hyori has canceled all her year-end activities. She had been found unconscious at home on the 26th and taken to a hospital. She was found to be suffering from pneumonia and malnutrition, which follows a period of overwork as she spent two months... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Witterings on 2008 Dramas [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2008 | 49 Comments
[And thus begins the year-in-review series for 2008 dramas! This'll be a four-part series, and I'm honored to have three lovely bloggers -- Sevenses, thunderbolt, and Dahee_Fanel -- offering up their reviews in addition to mine. Hope you enjoy! --javabeans] Year in Review – 2008 – In which I practiced... More »

Celebrity News
Kwon-Sohn couple spotted at Yiruma concert
by | December 28, 2008 | 37 Comments
Guess the high-profile couple is back from their Australian trip: newlywed Kwon Sang-woo and his expecting wife, Sohn Tae-young, were seen in Seoul on December 28 at a concert for songwriter-pianist Yiruma. (She sure doesn’t look six months pregnant, does she?) The connection isn’t entirely random, either; Yiruma married Sohn’s... More »

Celebrity News
Shin Eun-kyung not responsible for ex-husband’s misdeeds
by | December 28, 2008 | 11 Comments
Well, thank goodness for justice (for once?). The court has ruled that that actress Shin Eun-kyung (Bad Couple, Mom’s Dead Upset) is not liable for her ex-husband’s debts. Shin Eun-kyung had been married for three years to an entertainment company CEO, Kim Jung-soo. However, perhaps due to business troubles, Kim... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ji-hye does fashion five ways in In Style
by | December 28, 2008 | 11 Comments
East of Eden‘s Han Ji-hye poses in glamorous fashions for her feature in the pages of January’s In Style magazine. In the accompanying interview, Han said, “Rather than dressing in a showy way, I think finding your own fashion style that fits the time and place is the most important... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 5
by | December 27, 2008 | 21 Comments
Episode 5 had more of a comedic tone than the previous episodes; it lost a bit of its dreaminess. I didn’t mind it so much, although I preferred the tone established previously, and hope that this shift is a temporary thing. I don’t want the quality that drew me to... More »