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 »

Kpop News
Hyori gets some old-school backup
by | December 20, 2008 | 15 Comments
Kpop girl group Fin.K.L‘s been disbanded for several years now, but its members all reunited to support former member Lee Hyori‘s first solo concert on December 18. Fin.K.L was quite popular in its own right back in the day, but the group’s members have all gone on to greater success... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ji-min in Numero
by | December 20, 2008 | 8 Comments
With her drama Cain & Abel set to air in February, we’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Han Ji-min; these photos come from her spread in January’s issue of Numero Korea magazine. Her photos were taken just before she left to join the rest of the production shooting... More »

Celebrity News
Japan tags Kim Bum as a Hallyu up-and-comer
by | December 19, 2008 | 9 Comments
This is a bit of a step up for Kim Bum (East of Eden). After all, he has got a lot of buzz going around him these days, but he’s still very new for this kind of attention. On December 21 and 29, Kim will be featured in a two-part... More »

Drama Casting & News
City Hunter comes to U.S. television (maybe)
by | December 19, 2008 | 10 Comments
This seems a bit… odd. Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) has been cast in a Korean-Japanese co-production… of an adaptation a Japanese manga… in a multi-season drama series… for his American television debut. (Nothing wrong with the concept, of course, but talk about multiple layers of risk!)... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #62
by | December 19, 2008 | 24 Comments
  Hello, Friday! You know the drill.   SONG OF THE DAY The Fratellis – “Creepin Up the Backstairs” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #61 Open Thread #60... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Executioners is next for Yoon Kye-sang
by | December 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yoon Kye-sang is starring in a new movie with Jo Jae-hyun — Executioners — which ought to finish filming early next year in time for Yoon’s next series, Triple (which I am hoping will be as fangirly-OMG-awesome as it sounds. I mean, ice skating plus Yoon Kye-sang, Hong Gil Dong‘s... More »

Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok recast
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
After an aborted first attempt to cast the role, Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee, Fashion 70s) has been announced as MBC’s pick for the titular role in Queen Seon-deok, starring opposite Go Hyun-jung. Sung Yuri was named first to the meaty role of Shilla’s first queen, but there... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden cuts budget even further
by | December 18, 2008 | 16 Comments
MBC’s East of Eden has already cut its budget once by lowering the actors’ salaries, but it’s further cutting its production budget. Originally planned as a 25 billion won project (approx. $19 million) for its 50 episodes, it is now curtailing that amount to 18 billion won ($14 million). I... More »

Drama Casting & News
KBS nominates (practically everyone) for acting awards
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
Like MBC before it, KBS has also released its list of year-end acting award nominees. And while Hong Gil Dong (above) wasn’t the most prominent drama featured among the contenders (that would have to be the daily drama Mom’s Dead Upset, which brought in a whopping four nominations just in... More »