Celebrity News
News bites: February 4, 2008
by | February 4, 2008 | 22 Comments
Singer-producer-actor M, also known as Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo, surprises fans with the announcement of a Valentine’s Day release for a mini-album, which follows his third solo album released last year, “Explore M.” Interestingly, the mini-album takes a departure from his usual hip-hoppy pop style, and boasts collaborations with some of... More »

Celebrity News
Sibling love
by | February 3, 2008 | 29 Comments
Lee Yeon Hee (right) and sis   Fans are always curious to note family resemblances between celebrities and their lesser-known siblings; every now and then you’ll catch wind of another star’s sibling being identified. Their pictures circulate on the internet, engendering audience response that generally falls into the “What great... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Modernizing the hanbok
by | February 2, 2008 | 63 Comments
I don’t really care about fashion much, and I don’t blog about it, but I saw various mentions on the interwebs of Canadian actress Sandra Oh‘s above tribute to the hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, which she wore to the SAG awards earlier this week. The look was deemed worthy... More »

Celebrity News
Daniel Henney’s new girlfriend?
by | February 1, 2008 | 58 Comments
Shh, listen. Carefully. Do you hear those grievous wails and that gnashing of teeth? That is the sound of fangirly hearts breaking. Read it and weep, ladies. Heartthrob Daniel Henney has been photographed with an unrecognized woman by paparazzi, and the resultant internet frenzy to identify the woman is ongoing.... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #15
by | February 1, 2008 | 43 Comments
Wow, I totally missed my blog’s first anniversary (sometime mid-January, although the actual start date’s a little hazy). I don’t really think it’s a big deal, except that it’s kind of weird to think that I’ve been at this consistently for a year now. It kind of feels like I’ve... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 10
by | January 31, 2008 | 50 Comments
The cliffhangers at the ends of odd-numbered episodes never bother me, because I can wait a day to find out what happens next. The ones at the end of EVEN-numbered episodes, however! They are another beast altogether. And I do mean beast.   SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt Mary... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 9
by | January 30, 2008 | 39 Comments
Episode 9 kicks off what seems to be phase two of the drama. The previous political intrigues and conflicts are still here, of course, but we introduce a few more elements and move forward into the next stage of the hero-making lore. Oh, and Gil Dong gets a haircut. He’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong finds fans in Japan
by | January 30, 2008 | 18 Comments
I could kinda guess Hong Gil Dong had carved out its niche of Japanese fans just from the increased site referrals here from Japanese sites and websurfers, but the following puts it into plain terms: Positive reaction to Hong Gil Dong in Japan: “A funky drama that exceeds expectations” The... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: January 29, 2008
by | January 29, 2008 | 7 Comments
SES lead singer Bada gave a performance as lead character Esmerelda in the musical Notre Dame de Paris on the 26th to positive reviews, particularly in the dance segments. Guess all that pop-star training came in handy. Ha Jiwon takes on a role as a pianist in the film co-starring... More »

Kpop News
Ivy resurfaces
by | January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments
Where’s pop singer Ivy‘s “Leave Britney alone” guy when she needs one? She’s had a pretty tough year, what with the allegedly violent and angry ex-boyfriend blackmailing her regarding an alleged sex tape that never materialized, and the subsequent airing out of the relationship’s dirty laundry, including accusations of cheating... More »

Celebrity News
Celebrity couple adopts again
by | January 28, 2008 | 9 Comments
Who else looks at celebrity power couple Cha In Pyo and Shin Aera and remembers the old-school hit drama they were in together back when they were both young new faces, Love Is In Your Arms [Sarang eul gudae eui poom ahn ae]? I think it’s rather amazing they’ve stayed... More »