Drama Casting & News
Press day for The Painter of Wind
by | September 17, 2008 | 25 Comments
The last of the new Wednesday-Thursday dramas premieres next week, when SBS’s historical drama The Painter of Wind joins The Kingdom of Wind and Beethoven Virus The two headliners, Moon Geun-young and Park Shin-yang, commanded the attention at the September 17 production press conference. They star as painters in this... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 7
by | September 16, 2008 | 20 Comments
Park Ki-woong (Kyung-hwan), above, is still an uneven actor, being rather green. He’s prone to overexaggeration, but he does have the funniest facial expressions in the drama (almost all of them sulky, angry, or frowny). I’d like to see him work on his subtlety and line delivery, because sometimes he... More »

Celebrity News
Go Soo in Men’s Health
by | September 16, 2008 | 12 Comments
Actor Go Soo, recently discharged from his military duty, bares his six-pack for October’s issue of Men’s Health. He spent four days in late August in Thailand shooting for the spread. His rep from HB Entertainment explained, “Till now, Go Soo has had more of a pretty boy image. However,... More »

Celebrity News
No wedding for Jeon Ji-hyun, either
by | September 16, 2008 | 11 Comments
Speaking of weddings that won’t be happening, rumors started spreading on September 16 about a potential Jeon Ji-hyun wedding to a Korean-American living in San Francisco, but were quickly quashed by the actress’s management. Apparently the rumors originated at an American website frequented by women gyopos (i.e., Korean-Americans), where first-hand... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding plans off, drama plans on
by | September 16, 2008 | 10 Comments
Almost-38-year-old actor (39 by Korean standards) Jung Jun-ho had announced his wedding plans following the successful finish of his last drama, the romantic comedy series The Last Scandal of My Life. Well, the whirlwind romance is over and the wedding is off. The couple had initially intended to marry this... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 2
by | September 15, 2008 | 46 Comments
Omg so tired. At what point does a midterm stop being a midterm? (And how is it a midterm if I have 3 in one term??) I know that what they’re doing onscreen isn’t what it actually looks like, and many times it’s even off sync, but I think you... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Iljimae: A review
by | September 15, 2008 | 86 Comments
[I’m happy to feature another review from guest blogger and kdrama watcher extraordinare, Dahee Fanel! Hope you enjoy as well. --javabeans] Have you ever felt the urge to throw something at your T.V. screen? Something heavy, but that can still fit fairly comfortably in your hand? Something like, oh, say…A... More »

Celebrity News
Heading to China for his drama comeback
by | September 15, 2008 | 20 Comments
At the end of this month, Kim Jae-won (of the “killer smile”) begins work on his comeback effort headlining a Chinese drama, and offered up a bright Chuseok greeting to his fans before his departure: “Did you eat a lot of songpyun [rice cake]? I am taking on a new... More »

Kpop News
Overworked singer needs a break
by | September 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
“I’ll return after taking a break for a while.” Clazziquai vocalist Alex is putting a halt to most of his broadcast appearances, he explained. He’s been worn out from overwork — promoting his solo album, appearing on MBC’s We Got Married, radio DJ-ing, and doing Mnet’s M Countdown program, among... More »

Drama Casting & News
Continued failure to cast Korean “Hanadan” keeps super-idol boys’ hopes alive
by | September 14, 2008 | 48 Comments
There’s no real new info in this report (well, not about the points we care most about, i.e., casting), but I’m sure people are curious as to the progress of this drama, its production, casting, etc. In short: Stuff is still in limbo, but at least the drama has a... More »

Celebrity News
Singing stars Jang Yoon-ju and Lee Hana
by | September 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
Now, this is something I’ll be looking out for: Actress Lee Hana and top model Jang Yoon-ju will be displaying their musical skills in an upcoming cable program called Jang Yoon-ju’s 29 on Mnet. Lee appeared on Jang Yoon-ju’s 29 to converse with the model about acting, music, and marriage.... More »