Celebrity News
This year’s CF queen
by | December 23, 2008 | 10 Comments
Kim Tae-hee (Fight) has taken over title of “CF Queen” from Lee Young-ae (Jewel in the Palace), at least according to the Korea Broadcast Advertising Corporation. The group conducted a consumer survey of residents in metropolitan and urban areas, who picked Kim as the top advertising model of the year.... More »

Celebrity News
Rain hosts, struts, sings, and dances at Six To Five launch
by | December 23, 2008 | 37 Comments
As previously mentioned, singer-dancer-actor-designer-CEO-“world star” Rain is coming out with his own fashion line, “Six to Five,” which he kicked off in style on the 23rd with a fashion show–launch party–mini concert. Trust Mr. Multihyphenate to give the same treatment to his big events. The launching party took place in... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 4
by | December 22, 2008 | 25 Comments
Episode 3 was a bit of a question mark for me — a slight dip but not a big enough one to make a definitive statement. It’s always appealing watching a cute romance develop, but plot-wise we were kind of treading water. I’m waiting for the drama to take a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Da-hae: simply tired, or irresponsible actress?
by | December 22, 2008 | 177 Comments
Lee Da-hae has quit East of Eden. Her decision comes without warning, and is so sudden that viewers have been caught completely off-guard and are wondering why. She posted on the show’s message board on the 22nd, “It was confusing to take on this character of Hye-rin, who even I... More »

Drama Casting & News
More from The Return of Iljimae
by | December 22, 2008 | 14 Comments
We’ve already seen one (gorgeous) promo poster for The Return of Iljimae, but with the premiere now imminent, we have a few more. Like the one before it, these new offerings also have that vaguely dreamlike, Final Fantasy-esque quality to it. Of course, the challenge comes in translating that quality... More »

Celebrity News
Maestro puts out a classical music album
by | December 22, 2008 | 19 Comments
Capitalizing on his success as conductor “Kang-mae” in Beethoven Virus, Kim Myung-min is putting out a classical music album. Er, what now? No, Kim hasn’t suddenly revealed hitherto-unknown musical talent (though he professes to be a classical-music enthusiast). Rather, he’s “editing” a compilation to be put out by classical music... More »

Drama Casting & News
Boys Before Flowers production press conference
by | December 21, 2008 | 42 Comments
We’re only two weeks away from the premiere of the much-anticipated Hana Yori Dango remake, Boys Before Flowers, and the cast came out on December 22 for the production press conference. Not much more to add to the already sizable pre-show buzz, so before we get to the photos, I’ll... More »

Celebrity News
Moon Jung-hee back with new drama and engagement
by | December 21, 2008 | 6 Comments
Moon Jung-hee (My Sweet Seoul, Air City, Alone in Love) is back with a new drama, the upcoming sageuk drama Empress Cheon-chu, which will start airing at the beginning of January. She’ll also be preparing at the same time for her upcoming wedding, which she has just announced. The bridegroom... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Golden Cinematography Awards names its winners
by | December 21, 2008 | 19 Comments
More awards! Now it’s the Golden Cinematography Award, given by the Korean Society of Cinematographers, who have chosen Ha Jung-woo and Park Jin-hee for top acting honors, for their respective performances in The Chaser and Shadows in the Palace. While the winners have been announced, the actual awards ceremony will... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Nara converts paydays into charitable donations
by | December 21, 2008 | 15 Comments
Jang Nara is turning a few paydays into charity opportunities, sending a total of 200 million’s worth ($156,000) of items to help the needy. Recently, Jang signed a contract to promote a children’s/junior’s clothing brand, Our Q, which is a deal worth about 100 million won. Instead of cash payment,... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 3
by | December 20, 2008 | 33 Comments
I won’t watch a drama purely because it’s pretty; conversely, a good drama that suffers in the aesthetics department won’t turn me completely off. I generally consider stuff like that to be icing on the cake (in a drama); it’s nice, but that cake underneath had better be tasty enough... More »