Drama Casting & News
Plagiarism controversy hits Pied Piper
by | April 24, 2016 | 59 Comments
[Hey folks, we’d like to introduce tineybeanie to you all, whom we’re excited to have joining us to cover news and updates from dramaland. We hope you’ll all give her a warm welcome and enjoy the added coverage! ‘Cause sometimes more is just better. –javabeans] On the 21st of April, tvN revealed that it was... More »

Drama Casting & News
The rise and fall of Cheese in the Trap
by | February 25, 2016 | 1,392 Comments
By now, you’ve probably already heard plenty about the brouhaha surrounding Cheese in the Trap, which we haven’t commented on too much here—mostly because the controversy started off at a relatively low rumble with claims that were, for the large part, difficult to substantiate or confirm. But I’ve been keeping an eye on the developing... More »

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52nd Daejong Film Awards
by | November 20, 2015 | 114 Comments
Oh man, you guuuuuuys, grab your popcorn and settle in, because this year’s 52nd Daejong (Grand Bell) Film Awards were an unmitigated hot mess, and it is so entertaining. The ceremony for Korea’s longest-running film awards was held on Friday, November 20, but to get the full context for the unprecedented disaster that was the... More »

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Daejong Film Awards under fire for attendance requirement
by | October 18, 2015 | 49 Comments
The Daejong Film Awards (or Grand Bell Awards) has found itself in a spot of controversy leading up to its upcoming ceremony in November, having announced a recent change in its rules. Per the change, awards will not be given to winners who do not attend the ceremony — they will instead be given to... More »

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Age of Feeling (and others) still struggling to pay actor salaries
by | April 20, 2014 | 70 Comments
Good gravy, the behind-the-scenes troubles just won’t quit for Age of Feeling, which wrapped several weeks ago but is still attracting criticism for failing to pay all its actors and staff. This is a problem that the show had encountered mid-run, and at the time the production had hastened to insist that payments would be... More »

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Yeo Jin-gu dealt a blow by Fist Fighting
by | April 10, 2014 | 92 Comments
I feel really bad for Yeo Jin-gu (Potato Star 2013QR3, Hwa-yi) – he’s been let go from the blockbuster production Fist Fighting, and his reps are hopping mad. The movie, a futuristic martial arts thriller which will be written and helmed by director Park Kwang-hyun (Welcome to Dongmakgol), has been mired in issues since we... More »

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Golden Time writer puts foot in mouth, insults cast
by | November 14, 2012 | 148 Comments
javabeans: So, did you read this news? *passes story along.* *waits for spit-take reaction.* girlfriday: *SPIT TAKE* javabeans: Because it’s crazy, right? To be the writer of a successful television drama (in this case, scriptwriter Choi Hee-ra of MBC’s medical series Golden Time), and then give an interview bashing all your stars and calling them... More »

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Yoochun’s fans demand firing of his co-star
by | November 1, 2012 | 355 Comments
File this one under the What The Fuck Files of Dramaland. There’s a tempest brewing in the teapot of I Miss You, the upcoming MBC melodrama starring Yoochun and Yoon Eun-hye. You may have heard of the show? Perhaps once or twice, or okay, practically daily as the drama gears up for its launch next... More »

Drama Casting & News
Eunjung quits Five Fingers in the wake of T-ara’s scandal
by | August 21, 2012 | 280 Comments
So this is big news: With the T-ara scandal still going strong in K-poplandia, idol-actress Eunjung is quitting her new drama Five Fingers, which just premiered 3 days ago. Wow. I knew the brouhaha was causing lots of concern for T-ara’s members’ projects, but never did I think the drama would actually drop her over... More »

Drama Casting & News
Drama Special under fire for lesbian content
by | August 7, 2011 | 158 Comments
KBS’s Drama Special, an anthology series of one-act (aka single-episode) dramas, is into its second season now, and its latest installment has become a target of netizen controversy. Today’s (August 7) episode is titled Daughters of Bilitis Club and is peopled entirely with lesbian characters, its title borrowing from the American lesbian rights group Daughters... More »