Celebrity News
M.Street loses its lead singer to suicide
by | December 1, 2008 | 47 Comments
On December 1, the body of singer Lee Seo-hyun, lead singer of vocal pop group M.Street, was found in a recording studio. The death has been ruled as a suicide by hanging. The primary cause was deemed to be failed stock investments. One source explained that he had invested large... More »


Drama Casting & News
Seoul University opens its gates for Star’s Lover
by | December 1, 2008 | 11 Comments
Yoo Ji-tae and Cha Ye-ryun are shown here filming for A Star’s Lover at Seoul University, marking the first time a drama’s been shot at Korea’s top educational institution. A few productions have been shot at another top school, Yonsei University (Attic Cat, My Sassy Girl), but never before at... More »


Celebrity News
More strong females in Princess Ja-myung
by | November 30, 2008 | 6 Comments
I’ve mentioned two of the upcoming trio of Strong Female Leader sageuks — Empress Cheon-chu and Queen Seon-deok. Now let’s talk about the third, Princess Ja-myung. Jung Ryeo-won (My Girlfriend Has Two Faces) is headlining, and Park Hyo-joo, above, has been added as a noblewoman who was dragged from her... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Jung ready for the Marines
by | November 30, 2008 | 9 Comments
There are several different ways to serve out one’s mandatory military enlistment — some, like Eric, serve desk jobs, usually due to injury (or pulling of bureaucratic strings); others go into the air force, like Ohn Joo-wan; and others (Jae Hee, for instance) serve regular active duty. Singer and sometime... More »


Celebrity News
Share Happiness in Elle
by | November 30, 2008 | 12 Comments
Management company Yedang Entertainment has gotten a bunch of its star-clients into the December issue of Elle magazine under the photo-spread header “Share Happiness.” Included are East of Eden‘s Han Ji-hye (above), along with Lee Jung-jae (Disturbance In Her Barroom), Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes), and Kim Haneul (On Air),... More »


Celebrity News
Update on Jang Jin-young’s cancer
by | November 29, 2008 | 9 Comments
Jang Jin-young, who was diagnosed with stomach cancer in September, has spent the intervening time receiving treatment. She is now talking to press about her condition in her first interview since the diagnosis. In a phone interview with the MBC program News Who on November 29, the 34-year-old Jang said... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Peppermint losing viewers
by | November 29, 2008 | 5 Comments
Lee Hana’s Peppermint, the music-themed program that replaced the popular Yoon Do Hyun’s Love Letter, has dropped in the ratings since its premiere. The last episode of Love Letter drew a 4.7% rating, while Peppermint‘s premiere dropped to 4.3%. The second outing recorded a further drop down to 3.6%. Note:... More »


Celebrity News
Park Shi-hoo strips for Family Honor
by | November 28, 2008 | 32 Comments
Are you watching SBS’s Family Honor? No? Will this shower scene from an upcoming episode featuring Park Shi-hoo (Iljimae) change your mind? The weekend drama is enjoying healthy ratings (its last episode on the 23rd garnered a 21.1% rating, according to AGB Nielsen Media). This particular episode showcasing Park Shi-hoo’s... More »


Celebrity News
Star creates her own font
by | November 28, 2008 | 21 Comments
Cookbooks, essays, short story collections, photography books — stars are constantly looking to expand their brand. And now, Gourmet actress Nam Sang-mi has… her own font? The font was unveiled this month on cyworld, and is styled after Nam’s own handwriting. It’s described as “cute” and bright, like the actress... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #59
by | November 28, 2008 | 30 Comments
  Everyone (in the U.S.) have a good Thanksgiving? Anyone going Black Friday shopping? Personally, the thought of getting out at the crack of dawn to fight hundreds of crazed bargain-hunting fiends over marginally lower prices for crap I can’t afford anyway has never appealed to me. (That, and I’m... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Rae-won gets back to the kitchen
by | November 28, 2008 | 8 Comments
At least in a figurative sense. Before Kim Rae-won took on the role of a young chef in Gourmet, he was reputed to be a fair cook in his own right. Now he’s revealed his own cookbook: Delicious Fare by Kim Rae-won. (The Korean title plays with the character names... More »