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 »

Kpop News
Jang Geun Seok rocks Black ‘N Jean, “Black Engine”
by | January 27, 2008 | 77 Comments
Seriously, if there’s one thing Korea knows how to do right, it’s branded entertainment. They did it with the Anycall series (Anyclub, Anymotion, Anyband), and many of their commercial ad campaigns and music videos are high-profile and large-scale, practically like mini-movies in and of themselves. This time, the male cosmetics... More »

Celebrity News
The brainiacs among us — stars with high IQs
by | January 27, 2008 | 42 Comments
After it became known that announcer Han Joon Ho is a member of Mensa — the group open only to those with high IQs (specifically, those who score above the 98th percentile on standardized IQ tests) — interest arose in the topic of celebrity IQs. For reference, the average IQ... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Han Ji Hye graduates to “romance queen”
by | January 26, 2008 | 18 Comments
Actress Han Ji Hye returns to the big screen in the upcoming dramatic love story Humming as a mature, pure-hearted “romance queen” — the kind of woman with a deep love for “only one man” who must prepare for their separation. Her recent projects have mostly been in television dramas... More »

Celebrity News
So not cool. Allegedly.
by | January 25, 2008 | 24 Comments
Jumong and Lobbyist actor Song Il Kook is being charged with violent assault of a female reporter. Denials and allegations have been flung back and forth — he hit her, no he didn’t, he never laid a finger on her — and the actor’s side is preparing to countersue. The... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #14
by | January 25, 2008 | 41 Comments
This week: People tell the truth for money (is that the only way to get that to happen these days?), American Idol is apparently under way again (I don’t really know; I’ve never seen a season through), Heath Ledger dies (RIP), and Ricky wins a challenge in Project Runway?! Something’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 8
by | January 24, 2008 | 43 Comments
First, the answer to the question I know you’re all dying to know (lol): Yes, I am calm again. I know it’s hard to believe, but I don’t actually haaaate Chang Whe — I can back off now that the knee-jerk rant has been exorcised. I still think he’s a... More »