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Drama Casting & News
Life Is Beautiful cuts out gay vows, angers writer
by | October 25, 2010 | 309 Comments
SBS’s weekend drama Life Is Beautiful is perhaps most notable for the gay couple at its center, played by Song Chang-eui and Lee Sang-woo. The October 23 broadcast, however, edited out a key moment for them that has brought on a flood of viewer complaints and has angered writer Kim Soo-hyun, who, by the way,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Ji-soo’s DUI won’t keep her out of drama
by | October 22, 2010 | 16 Comments
Looks like KBS is standing by leading lady Kim Ji-soo, and will not be cutting her from her upcoming sageuk drama King Geunchogo despite the controversy over her drunk hit-and-run accident a couple weeks ago. The timing of the accident was uncomfortably close to the premiere of KBS’s new big-budget production, which had producers and... More »


Drama Casting & News
Drama in dramaland: Actress hit with backlash over casting comments
by | June 12, 2010 | 69 Comments
Oh Yeon-soo, Park Joo-mi Let this be a lesson to actors everywhere: Don’t shoot off your mouth, especially in public. Oh, and the Korean public hates when their celebrities boast, even if they didn’t intend to be arrogant. Also, Korean celebrities have really thin skin. (But we knew that.) Actress Park Joo-mi got herself into... More »


Drama Casting & News
Chuno fends off continued criticism
by | January 31, 2010 | 149 Comments
The bigger they are, the louder the criticism. That’s why I’d take the following with a teeny grain of salt, although it cannot be denied that KBS’s blockbuster hit drama Chuno is garnering a lot of criticism, much of it directed toward its lead star Lee Da-hae. When the drama first aired, there was a... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Byung-heon speaks out
by | December 13, 2009 | 113 Comments
After the story broke about an ex-girlfriend of Lee Byung-heon accusing the star of tricking her into a sexual relationship (which Lee’s side refuted as an attempt at blackmail and extortion), Lee has now responded personally. He posted his feelings in a December 13 message on his homepage, and while he didn’t address any of... More »


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 »