Celebrity News
Kim Haneul is the Crystal Lady
by | December 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
Wow. There is, uh, some serious ugly going on here. I wasn’t much impressed with Kim Haneul‘s (On Air) handbag design collaboration with Swarovski Crystals, mostly because it was supposed to be a crystal-studded special-event sort of bag — to be auctioned off for charity — and Kim just basically... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 1
by | December 10, 2008 | 54 Comments
I wasn’t sure how I would feel about SBS’s A Star’s Lover. I approached it hesitantly, because (1) Hype often leads to disappointment, and (2) I know by now that series descriptions don’t really adequately portray the actual product. So it is with a bit of relief that I say:... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kang Ji-hwan injured on set
by | December 10, 2008 | 15 Comments
Oh noes! My Kang Ji-hwan, he iz hurtingks! Speaking of on-the-job injuries, on December 9, Kang was shooting a chase scene for his new film Civil Servant Level 7 in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood when the slippery ground caused him to fall. Ankle hurt, Kang was taken to a nearby hospital,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Wedding No. 2 is sadder than sadness
by | December 10, 2008 | 21 Comments
(I still think that the title for Kwon Sang-woo‘s new film A Story Sadder than Sadness is lamer than lameness.) This just-released still photo shows newlywed (and soon-to-be dad) Kwon and co-star Lee Bo-young posing in wedding attire for the inaugural shoot for their film, although the scenes aren’t for... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung takes a beating for Iljimae
by | December 9, 2008 | 11 Comments
21-year-old Jung Il-woo has a lot on his shoulders, leading MBC’s Return of Iljimae after Lee Junki saw his SBS version meet with such success. To this end, Jung is throwing himself into his action role — enough to startle crew members with his level of commitment — and getting... More »

Celebrity News
Indie singer Yozoh takes on acting
by | December 9, 2008 | 8 Comments
Indie-pop singer Yozoh, who recently put out a solo album, has collaborated with fellow Pastel labelmates Humming Urban Stereo and Sogyumo Acacia Band in the past, and is known as the “Hongdae uljjang” — Hongdae referring to the club scene and uljjang referring to her pretty face. Yozoh is expanding... More »

Drama Casting & News
Princess Ja-myung, young and old(er)
by | December 9, 2008 | 11 Comments
Here’s a first look at the young Princess Ja-myung, by which I mean Lee Young-yoo (above left), the 10-year-old who got her start playing child roles in dramas like Bad Housewife. In the upcoming sageuk, she plays the young counterpart to Jung Ryeo-won‘s grown-up princess. The drama Princess Ja-myung focuses... More »

Celebrity News
Mucha Jewelry red carpet
by | December 9, 2008 | 16 Comments
The event that took place on December 8 at Seoul’s Villa De Bailey sure was a mouthful to say: 2008 Mucha Jewelry Charity Bazaar and Korean Jewelry Awards. While “Korean jewelry award” sounds rather strange, the event was designed to allow celebs to donate pieces of their own jewelry for... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ye-seul makes a bad situation worse
by | December 8, 2008 | 69 Comments
The netizen flame war has just taken a turn for the weirder, mostly because Han Ye-seul doesn’t know how to stop when she’s ahead. The Tazza actress was on the receiving end of a surprisingly large amount of backlash after she apologized online (sufficiently, I thought) for a perceived insult... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Jo Sung-min concedes in the custody war
by | December 8, 2008 | 23 Comments
Jo Sung-min is officially ending the ugly custody battle for his and Choi Jin-shil‘s children. He gave a press conference to announce that he is giving up all claims to the children and leaving them to the care of their grandmother (Choi’s mother). Choi’s family’s lawyer was also present. Jo... More »

Drama Casting & News
From the set of A Star’s Lover
by | December 8, 2008 | 35 Comments
Only two days from its premiere, SBS’s A Star’s Lover invited press to one of its filming sites on December 8 for a preview of the new Wednesday-Thursday drama. The drama’s production press conference already took place last month with the main cast. This time, lead actors Choi Ji-woo, playing... More »