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Open Thread #61
by | December 12, 2008 | 30 Comments
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Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Myung-min replaces Kwon Sang-woo
by | December 11, 2008 | 45 Comments
When Kwon Sang-woo dropped out of the film My Love By My Side at the last minute, he gave no explanation and left the production in a lurch at crunch time. The role sounded meaty — his character suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition, and grows progressively debilitated... More »


Celebrity News
Alex hosts “Delicious Korea”
by | December 11, 2008 | 16 Comments
Is it me, or is this kind of… random? Clazziquai singer Alex is making his entry into the Japanese market, not in music but on television. And not just any television, but a food program. Beginning in February, Alex will be the host for a program called Delicious Korea [맛있는... More »


Celebrity News
Movies first, army second
by | December 11, 2008 | 16 Comments
Remember how Jo In-sung (A Dirty Carnival) had applied for the army’s entertainers unit? He’d undergone all the requisite physical and in-person exams and was ready to go if accepted; he was to enlist (avoiding regular active duty) on January 19. Now he’s just announced that he has delayed his... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Haneul is the Crystal Lady
by | December 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
Wow. There is, uh, some serious ugly going on here. I wasn’t much impressed with Kim Haneul‘s (On Air) handbag design collaboration with Swarovski Crystals, mostly because it was supposed to be a crystal-studded special-event sort of bag — to be auctioned off for charity — and Kim just basically... More »


Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 1
by | December 10, 2008 | 54 Comments
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about SBS’s A Star’s Lover. I approached it hesitantly, because (1) Hype often leads to disappointment, and (2) I know by now that series descriptions don’t really adequately portray the actual product. So it is with a bit of relief that I say:... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kang Ji-hwan injured on set
by | December 10, 2008 | 15 Comments
Oh noes! My Kang Ji-hwan, he iz hurtingks! Speaking of on-the-job injuries, on December 9, Kang was shooting a chase scene for his new film Civil Servant Level 7 in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood when the slippery ground caused him to fall. Ankle hurt, Kang was taken to a nearby hospital,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Wedding No. 2 is sadder than sadness
by | December 10, 2008 | 21 Comments
(I still think that the title for Kwon Sang-woo‘s new film A Story Sadder than Sadness is lamer than lameness.) This just-released still photo shows newlywed (and soon-to-be dad) Kwon and co-star Lee Bo-young posing in wedding attire for the inaugural shoot for their film, although the scenes aren’t for... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jung takes a beating for Iljimae
by | December 9, 2008 | 11 Comments
21-year-old Jung Il-woo has a lot on his shoulders, leading MBC’s Return of Iljimae after Lee Junki saw his SBS version meet with such success. To this end, Jung is throwing himself into his action role — enough to startle crew members with his level of commitment — and getting... More »


Celebrity News
Indie singer Yozoh takes on acting
by | December 9, 2008 | 8 Comments
Indie-pop singer Yozoh, who recently put out a solo album, has collaborated with fellow Pastel labelmates Humming Urban Stereo and Sogyumo Acacia Band in the past, and is known as the “Hongdae uljjang” — Hongdae referring to the club scene and uljjang referring to her pretty face. Yozoh is expanding... More »


Drama Casting & News
Princess Ja-myung, young and old(er)
by | December 9, 2008 | 11 Comments
Here’s a first look at the young Princess Ja-myung, by which I mean Lee Young-yoo (above left), the 10-year-old who got her start playing child roles in dramas like Bad Housewife. In the upcoming sageuk, she plays the young counterpart to Jung Ryeo-won‘s grown-up princess. The drama Princess Ja-myung focuses... More »