Celebrity News
Lee Byung-heon targeted for blackmail
by | December 9, 2009 | 128 Comments
Get ready for what will surely become another entertainment industry rollercoaster of scandalous claims: Lee Byung-heon, megastar and current lead in KBS drama IRIS, has been accused by a Korean-Canadian woman of sexual misconduct and slapped with a lawsuit. Lee refutes the claims and is fighting back. According to Lee’s management company, BH Entertainment, the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara on her new movie and its controversy
by | November 9, 2009 | 22 Comments
Bad news for Jang Nara: Her film company has decided to pull their recent film Sky and Ocean from theaters a mere twelve days into its run. The company says this is in response to the controversy the film has sparked, but no doubt the abysmal ticket receipts are also to blame. For being a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Iris and Chuno run into production disputes
by | October 14, 2009 | 18 Comments
With only a day before its airdate, the premiere of Iris was thrown into question as the drama’s production company, Taewon Entertainment, announced a dispute with its broadcaster, KBS. After a day of negotiations, the two sides did reconcile and come to an agreement, meaning that the Wednesday premiere of the high-profile action series will... More »

Celebrity News
Seo Woo caught fibbing about her age
by | September 10, 2009 | 30 Comments
Spunky Seo Woo (Crush and Blush) is the latest actor to be caught in a lie about her age (others: Sunwoo Sun, Lee Shi-young, Hyun Young), as it has been revealed that she is three years older than previously believed. She was thought to be 21 (or 22 by Korean count) and born in 1988;... More »

Drama Casting & News
Tamra will air complete version overseas, not at home
by | September 7, 2009 | 46 Comments
Despite fan furor, the decision to cut Tamra the Island down to 16 episodes still stands, but the MBC drama will be exported abroad with its 20 episodes intact. This mirrors the scenario for MBC’s similarly chopped Strike Love, which was cut to 16 in Korea but exported to Japan with all its original episodes.... More »

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 that the fans it has... More »

Celebrity News
Stars caught lying about their ages
by | April 19, 2009 | 51 Comments
Sunwoo Sun (“Queen of Housewives”), Lee Shi-young (“Boys Before Flowers”) For anyone who reads a famous star’s profile online and then feels bad about yourself — psst! They’re usually fake. Or, let’s say, “altered” from strict reality. For instance, not every Korean actress weighs less than 50kg. (Gasp, I know!) I’m sure a large majority... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Global Talk Show not quite as global as it thinks
by | April 18, 2008 | 27 Comments
Interesting. Another Misuda panelist in the harsh glare of the media spotlight. I don’t really follow Misuda (Chatting with Beautiful Women, aka Global Talk Show), for various reasons which I’ve mentioned before. But it’s a pretty popular talk show, and has managed to springboard its foreigners-in-Korea panelists to visibility, some even to acting roles or... More »

Celebrity News
More troubles for Ivy
by | March 3, 2008 | 37 Comments
Okay, I’ve gotta say this ticks me off on so many levels. Singer Ivy is being sued by the cosmetics company she was hired as brand model for, under the accusation that her scandal last year did the company considerable damage. Her “inappropriate personal life events” degraded the company’s public image and value, allegedly, and... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Maybe not such a great idea
by | September 27, 2007 | 28 Comments
(Emcee and actress Hyun Young with Canadian panel participant Julien Kang)  With the success of the talk/variety show Chatting with Beautiful Women, which I briefly mentioned here, producers were quick to jump on the money train and slap together a male counterpart for a Chuseok special program called (what else?) Chatting with Beautiful Men. But... More »