Drama Casting & News
Fans are spitting mad at Tamra’s curtailment
by | September 3, 2009 | 49 Comments
Im Joo-hwan When MBC announced that Tamra the Island was getting cut and ending early, they pissed off fans and even spurred them to publish a large ad in a daily newspaper protesting the decision. (As I said before, the ratings are low but this is a mania drama, meaning... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Myung-min sets up campaign for sufferers of ALS
by | September 3, 2009 | 14 Comments
As you may know, Kim Myung-min plays a man suffering from ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, in his latest film, My Love By My Side [내 사랑 내 곁에]. Kim Myung-min is now acting to raise awareness of the illness, and the Naver portal site has set up a corner... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Won Bin makes surprise visit to film set
by | September 3, 2009 | 41 Comments
It’s not unheard of for movie stars to visit other film sets in support of friends, but the unannounced arrival of Won Bin on the set of the new film Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi Battle came as a surprise, particularly since Won Bin is known for lying low and... More »

Drama Recaps
My Fair Lady: Episode 5
by | September 2, 2009 | 59 Comments
I think My Fair Lady is starting to ease into its stride. There are still rough patches, but on the whole the plot moves briskly and there are a good number of laughs in this episode. (Side note: I’m surprised so many people seem to hate Yoon Eun-hye’s hair. I... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Mother will get a U.S. theatrical release
by | September 2, 2009 | 14 Comments
Looks like director Bong Joon-ho‘s most recent film, Cannes entry Mother (starring Won Bin and Kim Hye-ja), will be getting a theatrical release in the U.S. American film distributor Magnolia Pictures has bought the rights for a North American run, and announced on August 31 that the release will happen... More »

Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground’s press conference day
by | September 2, 2009 | 21 Comments
Lee Yoon-ji, Jung Yun-ho, Go Ara, Lee Sang-yoon Heading to the Ground is nearing its air date, and held its production press conference on the afternoon of September 2 at Seoul’s Hyatt Hotel. The MBC series stars U-Know Yunho (aka Jung Yun-ho) in his acting debut, along with Go Ara,... More »

Kpop News
Attention: SS501 fans in Malaysia
by | September 2, 2009 | 40 Comments
If you’re in Malaysia and a fan of kpop group SS501 (and/or Boys Before Flowers‘ Kim Hyun-joong), you may be interested in a last-minute fan signing event to be held on Thursday. Fan Kiongna informs me that the fan signing was just put together and confirmed by Warner Music Malaysia;... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Jin-young was secretly married
by | September 1, 2009 | 28 Comments
Perhaps to ease the sad news of losing 35-year-old actress Jang Jin-young to cancer yesterday (Korean time), the press has been highlighting the fact that Jang left this world having enjoyed a fulfilling career and, as it is now being reported, love life as well. News is circulating that Jang... More »

Drama Casting & News
Tamra gets shortened to 16 episodes
by | September 1, 2009 | 80 Comments
Geez, what is MBC’s deal? First they butchered Strike Love’s ending — which already had a more fleshed-out ending filmed — and now they’re cutting their low-rated but well-received weekend drama Tamra the Island. According to Group Eight, the drama’s production company, “We received the report from MBC that the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Style criticized for excessive product placement
by | September 1, 2009 | 37 Comments
I stopped watching Style a while ago (I couldn’t take it anymore, it got on my nerves), but I’m still keeping an eye on the news about it, since it’s holding steady in the ratings in the mid-upper teens. (It hasn’t yet broken 20%, and has recently slipped into second... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Jin-young takes a turn for the worse passes away
by | September 1, 2009 | 69 Comments
UPDATE: Jang Jin-young has passed away on September 1, at the age of 35. This is very sad. Actress Jang Jin-young (Singles, Lobbyist) had announced last September that she was diagnosed with stomach cancer. She stopped all acting activities to focus on treatment, and a few months later seemed to... More »