Drama Casting & News
From sob princess to ab princess
by | June 22, 2008 | 34 Comments
Lee Da Hae is hitting the gym in preparation for her role in the high-budget drama East of Eden (Song Seung Heon, Yeon Jung Hoon, Lee Yeon Hee, Han Ji Hye). At 170 cm tall (about 5 foot 7), weighing a mere 47 kg (105 pounds) and known for her... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Shoo sheds name, expands resumé
by | June 22, 2008 | 9 Comments
Former pop singer of SES fame Shoo is joining her groupmates in branching out to an acting career (Eugene has appeared in several dramas, most recently Three Dads, One Mom, while Bada had a recent turn on the musical stage). She’s also ditching her stage name, Shoo, instead reverting to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kang Hye Jung heads West
by | June 21, 2008 | 28 Comments
Twenty-six-year-old movie actress Kang Hye Jung, whom I loved as the quirky Hana in last year’s underrated drama series Flowers For My Life, is prepping to make her (sigh, another one?) Hollywood debut. According to her management, YG Entertainment, she’ll be filming in Los Angeles later this year, but they... More »

Kpop News
Profile/Giveaway #2: YI SUNG YOL
by | June 20, 2008 | 152 Comments
First, I’d like to say that I know having lots of ads can be distracting on blogs. I’ve deliberated a lot on which ad blocks to use or not, and I’m never perfectly satisfied. But the ads are also why I’m able to give away free stuff like this, so... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #35
by | June 20, 2008 | 43 Comments
  Phew, I haven’t gotten out of town in a long while. I’m heading down to San Diego for zee weekend, and I have one singular goal: to spend as little of that time as possible sober. Woo, mojitos and sake! Erm, not together, of course. (Although…) What do y’all... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 4
by | June 19, 2008 | 24 Comments
Here’s my take on My Sweet Seoul: The story is unexceptional, the characters are average, and the problems are common and everyday. So far, there’s nothing about this series we haven’t seen before. And yet the show is very charming because it’s executed well, the credit for which goes to... More »

Kpop News
Welcome to the Jaurim family
by | June 19, 2008 | 10 Comments
Isn’t this adorable? Rocker, songwriter and Jaurim frontwoman Kim Yoon-ah poses with husband Kim Hyung-kyu and their eight-month-old baby son for July’s issue of Marie Claire. The article notes how Kim Yoon-ah displayed a different side at the photo shoot, ditching her glamorous onstage image to spend some simple, quality... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episodes 1 & 2
by | June 18, 2008 | 40 Comments
As I briefly mentioned, when I saw the premiere of Strongest Chil Woo, I thought it was pretty bad. Not mediocre or a little uneven, but god-awful. Episode 1 was a mess of bad direction, bad pacing, weird transitions, sloppy storytelling, and laughably similar plotlines to some recent other dramas.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Yoo Ji Tae travels the short-film circuit
by | June 18, 2008 | 5 Comments
Actor-director Yoo Ji Tae (Oldboy, Hwang Jini) has had a rather successful run with his recent short film Out of My Intention, which just won a special contribution award at the Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), in its Asian category. The Tokyo-based film festival is one of the biggest short... More »

Drama Casting & News
Posing pretty for When Night Comes
by | June 17, 2008 | 20 Comments
Stars of MBC’s When Night Comes were on hand on June 17 in Seoul for the press conference introducing their drama. Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Gun, Kim Jung Hwa, and Lee Joo Hyun were in attendance as their new series tries to take over from its predecessor Yi San’s... More »

Celebrity News
I Tarzan, you Elle
by | June 17, 2008 | 45 Comments
I guess everyone has an off day? Hot model (and tepid actor) Daniel Henney graces the cover of July’s issue of Elle, which also boasts a photo spread and interview within its pages. Henney shot his spread in Hawaii around the concept of “tough,” “sexy,” and “wild.” I hadn’t thought... More »