Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 21
by | September 8, 2008 | 20 Comments
Oh, Bong-joo. You’ve made quite a swift decline over onto the dark side, haven’t you? And to think, at the beginning of the series I thought there was hope for you and your thick-headed, belligerent ways. Also, the romance takes two steps forward (and one step back). But hey, that’s... More »

A return to Xanadu
by | September 8, 2008 | 11 Comments
Super Junior members Heechul and Kangin are taking the lead roles in the camp musical classic Xanadu (“We are in Xanaduuu~!”) in their musical-theater debuts. They put on a performance at the press rehearsal (i.e., dress rehearsal open to press) on September 8 with the rest of their castmates. However,... More »

Drama Casting & News
A black press day for Tazza
by | September 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
Tazza actors and crew (Jang Hyuk, Han Ye-seul, Kim Min-joon, Kang Sung-yeon) came out on the afternoon of September 8 for the drama’s production press conference, all decked out in black to observe the death of Ahn Jae-hwan, which they’d received word of just earlier that day. Apparently the actors... More »

Celebrity News
Ahn Jae-hwan found dead in apparent suicide
by | September 8, 2008 | 68 Comments
Sigh. So 2008′s really not been a good year for the celebs. Actor Ahn Jae-hwan (Secret Lovers, Entertainment News), 36, was found dead on the morning of September 8 in his car. The death has been tentatively ruled a suicide. Apparently, the body was found to have been “severely decomposed,”... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kingdom of Wind aims young with some idol faces
by | September 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
I’ll admit I haven’t paid much mind to KBS’s upcoming sageuk (and manhwa adaptation) Kingdom of Wind because, well, I never cottoned on to Jumong and felt no particular thrill to see Song Il-kook back in his old-fashioned threads playing Jumong’s grandson. But I will say I’m a little surprised... More »

Celebrity News
Looking at the world through star-colored lenses
by | September 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
Note: What they’re talking about in this article is a step up from the ubiquitous “sel-ca” photos, or “self-taken” photographs, that we see online everywhere. A lot of the photos in question do feature the celebs themselves, but this is referring more to the trend of stars becoming amateur photographers,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The next Chaser-like thriller fills out its cast
by | September 7, 2008 | 7 Comments
Remember the new Chaser-like stocks-’n’-bonds thriller that was announced starring Park Yong-ha? (Title: 작전, or Jakjeon, or Scam — as in, a stock scam.) The third leg of the main trio has been announced; starring alongside Park Yong-ha and actress Kim Min-jung (New Heart) will be Park Hee-soon (Seven Days,... More »

Celebrity News
What is the sound of one foot cycling?
by | September 6, 2008 | 3 Comments
Is it an imminent pratfall? Let’s just say I hope her other foot found the pedal, and quickly. Singer Bada participates in the Seoul Rally bike race. September 7, Seoul. (No helmets or protective gear, Bada? Reckless or just really, really confident?) Tags: Bada... More »

Celebrity News
tvN’s World Special “LOVE”
by | September 6, 2008 | 5 Comments
Actors Shin Hyun-joon and Bae Doo-na were sent earlier this summer to do some charity work abroad via cable channel tvN’s world special “LOVE” (their phrasing) documentary program. I’d mentioned this before Bae Doo-na set off for Nepal, but now that she’s gone there and back, we can see for... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
16th Chunsa Film Festival
by | September 6, 2008 | 19 Comments
Another film festival, another red carpet. On September 6, the city of Icheon was host to the 16th Chunsa Film Festival, which found its red carpet walked by film and TV stars and capped off the night with an awards ceremony. Honors were handed out actors including Ha Jung-woo (The... More »

Drama Recaps
Hometown of Legend: Episode 8 (finale)
by | September 5, 2008 | 13 Comments
Advice from the tired and extremely footsore: if most of your campus goes straight up and down, wear comfy shoes. Also, do not fall behind on your readings. Ever. Well, here we are at the end of the road. I expected it to be more Saw and Grudge-like (I admit,... More »