Celebrity News
Strike Love’s chopped ending will get more development overseas
by | June 24, 2009 | 23 Comments
MBC’s weekend sports drama Strike Love unfortunately got cut off early due to flagging ratings — its initial 20-episode run was cut to 16, even though the production had by that point nearly finished filming all 20. That meant that the last week of the series was rushed to cram... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoon Sang-hyun storms the Lady Castle
by | June 23, 2009 | 86 Comments
Ohhhhhh! This was not expected! Queen of Housewives hottie Yoon Sang-hyun (the “thirtysomething Gu Jun-pyo”) has scored big with his follow-up project: acting opposite Yoon Eun-hye in the upcoming romantic comedy series Lady Castle. A lot of name actors had been mentioned as possibilities for this role — I’d heard... More »

Celebrity News
Yonsama and Ji-woo-hime together in Tokyo
by | June 23, 2009 | 32 Comments
Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, appearing together in Japan for a Winter Sonata-related event? Will the Tokyo Dome be able to contain the excitement? Choi’s management announced on June 23 that the pair would appear at a special event in Japan on September 29 in advance of the Japanese broadcast... More »

Ask javabeans…
by | June 23, 2009 | 176 Comments
Um. So I’ve been really bad with emails lately, folks. Well, I’m always prone to being bad with emails, but lately stuff is taking over my offline life and I’ve been really awful, and my inbox is overflowing, and I feel stressed out about that and guilty, but most emails... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Seo Woo takes on a Lolita role in Paju
by | June 23, 2009 | 33 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun, Seo Woo I guess the sexy schoolgirl is never going out of style, but the plot of the upcoming melodrama/romance film Paju [파주] seems like it may have an interesting take. Seo Woo (who won some awards for best new actress at the end of last year for... More »

Celebrity News
Joo Ji-hoon receives his sentencing
by | June 22, 2009 | 96 Comments
On the morning of June 23, Joo Ji-hoon appeared in court to receive his sentencing after pleading guilty to drug use of ecstasy and ketamine, and his fans can relax, since he got off pretty lightly. His punishment is six months of jail with one year of probation (a suspended... More »

Drama Casting & News
Prime-time battle of the ex-FinKL stars
by | June 22, 2009 | 14 Comments
Sung Yuri, Lee Jin Former ’90s pop group FinKL kick-started a couple acting careers, namely with Sung Yuri and Lee Jin, who are set to star in competing dramas this summer. (Fellow FinKL member Ok Joo-hyun has had a successful career as a musical actress, while Lee Hyori — well,... More »

Plans announced for Friend, the musical
by | June 22, 2009 | 7 Comments
Before the drama Friend, Our Legend even gets off the ground, announcements have been made for a musical version in the works. There’s even a new word to describe the trend of movie-turned-musicals (e.g., 200 Pound Beauty, On Air): the somewhat ungainly term “moviecal.” A representative from Friend‘s production company... More »

Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 20 (Final)
by | June 21, 2009 | 90 Comments
Ohhhhh, what a freaking great way to go out! I was afraid the ending wouldn’t live up to the series, especially with all the snippets of spoilers floating around… but I loved it. I can see why some might have wanted something different, but I thought it was quite fitting.... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Accidental Couple: A review
by | June 21, 2009 | 68 Comments
Once again, I’m thrilled to have Dahee Fanel guest-posting her thoughts on a drama — in this case, KBS’s recently ended Wednesday-Thursday drama Accidental Couple, aka Just Looking aka That Fool. It’s always a pleasure, Dahee! –javabeans   SONG OF THE DAY Judy Garland – “Over the Rainbow.” [ Download... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Jo Gwang-soo’s second queer film Friends
by | June 20, 2009 | 67 Comments
Lee Je-hoon, Seo Ji-hoo Director Kim Jo Gwang-soo added an entry to the small-but-growing category of Korean queer cinema with his short film Boy Meets Boy, starring rising pretty-boy actor Kim Hye-sung. He is following that with his second film, Friends? [친구사이?], which isn’t quite feature-length but clocks in as... More »