Celebrity News
Ladies keep their cool with Samsung
by | August 28, 2008 | 24 Comments
Samsung Electronics unveiled some new appliances at its new-product presentation on August 28 at its headquarters in Seoul. Some of the machines being launched include newfangled washing machines and kimchi refrigerators, which boast the ad-buzzwordy “3E” strategy — or emotion, ecology, and energy saving. Sounds like pretty mundane business, if... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 2
by | August 27, 2008 | 21 Comments
Stlil cute, still funny, and still pleasantly watchable. Episode 2 continues the light-hearted fun of Episode 1, and I freely admit indulging in at least one extended giggle fit. I think the chemistry works between the couple, and I find them well-matched. I hate watching an otherwise good romantic comedy... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
A new (but not improved) look
by | August 27, 2008 | 27 Comments
An asymmetrical shawl-cardigan to match his asymmetrical (braided) hairstyle, tight jeans, a dangly earring, a sad piece of neck bling… Erm, so maybe not So Ji-sub‘s best look. So Ji-sub and co-star Kang Ji-hwan were on hand on August 27′s press conference and showing of the movie A Movie Is... More »

Celebrity News
Calvin Klein’s new It Girl
by | August 27, 2008 | 13 Comments
Here’s a twofer: Shin Mina exudes a “modern” and “sexy” image in the pages of September’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She also gets into a pair of designer Calvins as the new brand model for Calvin Klein Jeans, advertising its new “silver omega” denim line. The line apparently premiered at... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kicking off promotion for Modern Boy
by | August 27, 2008 | 4 Comments
Kim Hye-soo and Park Hae-il have a new movie coming out, and it looks gorgeous (speaking purely aesthetically). Modern Boy held its promotional press conference in Seoul on August 27 and, despite its name, takes place in bygone years. 1937, to be exact. The period film is directed by Jung... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Posters for a Sad Dream
by | August 26, 2008 | 27 Comments
The promotional posters for director Kim Ki-duk‘s new film are out featuring stars Lee Na-young and Odagiri Joe. The title Bi-mong [비몽] draws its meaning from the two characters 悲 (sad, “bi”) and 夢 (dream, “mong”); the subtitle on the poster reads, “A sad love that exists through dreams.” In... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 1
by | August 26, 2008 | 40 Comments
In a nutshell: flawed but cute. In a somewhat larger nutshell: There are definite weaknesses and some contrivances, but it’s been a long time since a first episode made me actually wish I could watch the second right away, rather than giving me reservations or a “wait and see” feeling.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
One fine day with My Dear Enemy
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
“Cannes queen” Jeon Do-yeon reteams with “Chungmuro’s blue chip” Ha Jung-woo in a new movie (they’d previously both acted in the drama series Lovers in Prague), directed by Lee Yoon-ki (Ad-lib Night). While the direct translation comes to “A Fine Day” [멋진 하루], My Dear Enemy has been selected as... More »

Celebrity News
Another car accident, a broken neck
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
Gah! As if the recent spate of celebrity accidents and deaths (RIP) weren’t enough, we have another. Model-turned-actor Im Joo-hwan (M, Arang) was in a car accident on the morning of August 26 on the way to work. He was riding with his manager, heading to the set location of... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Eden,” “Marriage” off to shaky starts
by | August 25, 2008 | 16 Comments
With a special broadcast kicking off the East of Eden extravaganza, eyes have turned to the upcoming Monday-Tuesday ratings rivalry, although Tazza won’t be making its debut until Gourmet ends in a few weeks. Oddly enough, Eden chose to air a one-hour special on Monday, and plans to air both... More »

Kpop News
Back in action: Kim Jong-kook in Japan
by | August 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Singer Kim Jong-kook recently completed his mandatory military service and is now back to recording. He also held his first Japanese fanmeeting on August 24 in Tokyo at Showa Women’s University. At the three-hour event, Kim introduced a hip-hop singer Joosuc, who’s been active in the Hongdae rap scene, and... More »