Kpop News
Lee Yeon-hee sings for Super Junior
by | March 8, 2009 | 83 Comments
Well, I suppose it isn’t totally out of line, considering that Lee Yeon-hee, who is managed by SM Entertainment, was almost in Girls Generation back in her training days. But I admit I tire of singers crossing over as actors with mediocre acting skills, as well as the reverse, actors... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Dong-gun in Yokohama
by | March 8, 2009 | 26 Comments
Happy birthday, Jang Dong-gun! The Hallyu fave of movies Typhoon, Friend, and Taegukgi celebrated his birthday a day early, on March 6, with a group of 4,500 fans in Yokohama. (It was Jang’s 37th; he was born March 7, 1972.) The event had the usual video clip screening (tracing Jang’s... More »

Question: To post or not to post
by | March 7, 2009 | 76 Comments
With the recent death of actress Jang Ja-yeon, we can expect to see a flood of paparazzi photos of celebrities paying their respects to the deceased. Every time a celebrity suicide occurs, I feel conflicted about (1) the press’s intrusion and the media spectacle this inevitably presents, and (2) posting... More »

Celebrity News
Boys Before Flowers actress commits suicide
by | March 7, 2009 | 168 Comments
Oh, this is sad. Jang Ja-yeon, one of the Boys Before Flowers‘ Jin-Sun-Mi trio of Mean Girls, was found dead in her home on March 7. Her death has been deemed suicide. The police are still are still looking into the matter, but police have stated that after a first... More »

Alex takes on a musical
by | March 6, 2009 | 6 Comments
Clazziquai’s Alex is taking on a musical — the “third season” of the theatrical adaptation of the SBS drama On Air. Is that confusing? Basically, he’ll be headlining On Air: Season 3, wherein each “season” employs different actors but continues the story of the same characters. His character’s name is... More »

Celebrity News
Jo In-sung in Osaka and Tokyo
by | March 6, 2009 | 49 Comments
Whoa there, Jo In-sung. These photos from a recent Japanese fanmeeting are just begging for a caption contest, although with that Who-like hair, the thoughts that immediately sprang to my mind are perhaps best expressed in the words of Dr. Seuss. Like, for instance: From there to here, from here... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #73
by | March 6, 2009 | 46 Comments
  Friday again! SONG OF THE DAY Ray LaMontagne – “Meg White.” I always enjoy when musicians write songs about other musicians. The melody reminds me of The Beatles’ “Michelle” a bit, although this song’s more amusing. [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #72 Open Thread #71 Open Thread... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Hana added to Triple
by | March 5, 2009 | 34 Comments
And the cast just keeps growing. Lee Hana (Women in the Sun, Merry vs. Daegu Battle) is the latest addition to figure-skating drama Triple, which already has to its name actors Lee Jung-jae, Yoon Kye-sang, Lee Seon-kyun, and Min Hyo-rin. Her character is a figure-skating coach who was once a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Extension looking likely for Boys Before Flowers
by | March 5, 2009 | 42 Comments
A week after deciding against extending the series, now KBS is tentatively announcing plans to extend Boys Before Flowers by an episode, which means the drama would end on Tuesday, March 31, with Episode 25. They had originally intended to end on the 30th and air a special on the... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Happy endings: An adoption story
by | March 5, 2009 | 31 Comments
Adoptee Soo-hoon (Sonny) with actor Lee Wan Mea culpa. I admit I’ve looked upon celebrity involvement in charity promotion and public campaigns with a skeptical eye, as I did in the original post featuring Lee Wan, above, who participated (along with Kim Rae-won and Lee Junki) in a campaign to... More »

Celebrity News
Tae-yeon is pop art
by | March 5, 2009 | 19 Comments
Kind of random, but kind of interesting. Girls Generation (SNSD) singer Tae-yeon has been turned into a piece of pop art by Japanese artist Hideaki Kawashima. I’m not an art person, so I can’t tell you much about Kawashima aside from the fact that his work largely incorporates ethereal representations... More »