Celebrity News
Not quite ready for her close-up yet
by | September 13, 2008 | 21 Comments
We should have a drinking game. Every time a Korean article uses (or misuses) the term “comeback,” everyone downs a shot. Just don’t expect to see Kim Tae-hee making hers anytime too soon. The actress — quite possibly known as much for being a weak actress as she is for... More »

Celebrity News
Ara for Etude House
by | September 12, 2008 | 18 Comments
Ara, who’s the current brand model along with Jang Geun-seok for Etude brand cosmetics, shows off what’s being touted as a new “smile with your eyes” ad campaign for the line. The marketing push capitalizes on women’s desires to look like Hyori, Sohn Ye-jin, Seo Min-jung, and other noted eye-smilers... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok weekend
by | September 12, 2008 | 16 Comments
Geez, how fast time flies — I can’t believe it’s been nearly a full year since the previous Chuseok, or Korean Thanksgiving, which is among the biggest holidays of the year. The actual day falls on Sunday, but the holiday weekend kicks off today, which means lots of traditional Korean... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 1
by | September 12, 2008 | 28 Comments
I expected it to be slightly more ominous and serious, but it’s really quite full of slapstick – mainly due to Lee Jia’s rather comic portrayals. It’s certainly dramatic, just not quite in the direction I was expecting… Also, many thanks to Luv for allowing me to mooch off her... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #47
by | September 12, 2008 | 37 Comments
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Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 6
by | September 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
(1) I like this shot because it looks like a real-life watercolor. (2) I’ve noticed more recent drama series adopting an episodic format, where each episode contains its own “plot of the day” with shorter storylines. Although I particularly appreciate the kdrama template of telling the main story over the... More »

Celebrity News
Final trial starts in Song Il-kook’s reporter assault case
by | September 11, 2008 | 19 Comments
Just goes to show: don’t mess with a celebrity. Particularly one as rich and famous as Song Il-kook who doesn’t take kindly to be painted as a woman-beater. To refresh memories: A freelance reporter, Kim Soon-hee, accused Song of assault back when she was trying to approach him for an... More »

Kpop News
Copyright troubles for Jang Nara
by | September 11, 2008 | 27 Comments
According to the Seoul Central District Court, the Korea Music Copyright Association received a request from an American songwriter that sales be stopped for Jang Nara’s sixth album “Dream of Asia.” She’s charged with infringing on copyright by recording a song without permission, “Mirage” [신기루], for which she also recorded... More »

Celebrity News
Levi’s Lady Style’s new model Song Hye-gyo
by | September 11, 2008 | 20 Comments
Song Hye-gyo models a suspiciously elongated body line in her new Levi’s Jeans ads — suspicious because while she’s certainly known for her beauty, she’s also known for being super-short. A rep for the company explained, “Ms. Song recently wore our product while shooting her drama in Singapore, and paparazzi... More »

Drama Casting & News
Maybe Triple will be watchable after all
by | September 10, 2008 | 37 Comments
Wait, what in the hey-what-now? Yoon Kye-sang has been cast in the figure-skating trendy drama, helmed by the director of Coffee Prince, Triple? First, talented director Lee Yoon-jung managed to sway Lee Seon-kyun (Coffee Prince, My Sweet Seoul) into joining her for this latest drama venture, featuring a young and... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Wind” and “Virus” off to a neck-and-neck start
by | September 10, 2008 | 38 Comments
…and we’re off! KBS and MBC both premiered their new dramas today, one a sageuk starring Jumong star Song Il-kook (Kingdom of Wind), and the other a classical-music-based drama featuring White Tower‘s intense Kim Myung-min (Beethoven Virus). Both come highly anticipated, not least because we’ve got two big names going... More »