Drama Casting & News
Main cast almost complete for Cain & Abel
by | October 20, 2008 | 14 Comments
Although the media is careful to say the details aren’t finalized, they are reporting that Han Ji-min (Capital Scandal, Yi San) is on the shortlist to fill out the main cast of SBS’s Cain & Abel. Either she is really close to being cast, or the media is jumping the... More »

Drama Recaps
Painter of the Wind: Episode 5
by | October 20, 2008 | 37 Comments
This episode had some aggravating scenes, which made me a little grumpy. But it also had some really beautiful scenes (GAYNESS!), and that pretty much balanced everything out. I will note, however, that I’m still waiting for a really stand-out episode from Painter, quality-wise. But good things come to those... More »

Drama Casting & News
Introducing “The World They Live In”
by | October 20, 2008 | 45 Comments
The anticipated new drama The World They Live In is set to take over the Monday-Tuesday prime-time slot for KBS. On October 20, the series starring Song Hye-gyo and Hyun Bin in their drama comebacks held its production press conference. Not only does this drama boast Song’s return to television... More »

Drama Casting & News
Fans flock to get a glimpse of Ji-woo-hime
by | October 19, 2008 | 11 Comments
We’re all protective of our favorite stars (to varying degrees), but the Japanese are particularly so with Choi Ji-woo, aka “Ji-woo-hime,” who’s been one of Japan’s favorite Hallyu stars since Winter Sonata. Currently, she’s working on the new SBS drama A Star’s Lover with Yoo Ji-tae and Lee Ki-woo, and... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Help a reader out: Seoul recommendations
by | October 19, 2008 | 64 Comments
Reader Sheryl is heading to Seoul soon and wrote in to ask for recommendations on great places to visit. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been to Seoul, I thought I’d open up the question to everyone here. Help a reader out! She writes: Any recommendations (sights, food places,... More »

Celebrity News
Um, no.
by | October 19, 2008 | 20 Comments
I know So Ji-sub is something of an iconoclast who does his own thing. But just because he’s talented doesn’t mean he doesn’t cultivate his image just as carefully as his more conventional peers, and I’ll go on record as disliking — nay, hating — his purposely aggro, cornrow-sporting, woman-choking... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Bum sings for Japan
by | October 18, 2008 | 27 Comments
Kim Bum‘s star is definitely on the rise, but I’m a little surprised he’s already holding fanmeets in Japan, which he did on October 18 to a crowd of 800. This event took place in Tokyo’s Harajuku Quest Hall, where he sang a few songs for fans: Hirai Ken’s “Hitomi... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 11
by | October 18, 2008 | 33 Comments
Only the one episode this week, due to a soccer game on Wednesday. The good news is that the ratings broke 20%. Alas, that this shiny, happy couple is no more. (On the other hand, this does break the trend of having Kang Mae here and weakening some people’s resolve.... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Hana’s first onstage performance as a singer
by | October 18, 2008 | 7 Comments
It’s well-known that actress Lee Hana (Women in the Sun) is a music lover who enjoys singing. She’s the daughter of a songwriter and had early aspirations to become a singer before switching to acting. She showed off her voice again on October 18, taking the stage in front of... More »

Celebrity News
Another celeb gets his army papers
by | October 18, 2008 | 11 Comments
Ryu Soo-young (18 vs. 29, Bad Couple) is a star who hadn’t been on my radar for upcoming army enlistment, but he’s getting ready to report for duty. His physical exam results indicated he was fit for active duty, so he’ll begin training on October 27 and serve for 24... More »

Celebrity News
November is magazine month for Rain
by | October 17, 2008 | 17 Comments
As (repeatedly) promised, Rain has begun launching his Korean comeback in earnest, and November’s a busy magazine month for the star, who’s gracing not one but two fashion covers. He shot spreads for the November issues of Esquire (above) and Harper’s Bazaar (below). With his fifth album — the awkwardly... More »