Drama Casting & News
Another actor collapses on set
by | August 17, 2009 | 22 Comments
This is probably callous of me, but another actor faints on set and all I’ve got to say is: Ho-hum. It was belatedly revealed over the weekend that Kim Bum fainted on the set of his SBS drama Dream, and was released from the hospital visit after a brief stay and an IV drip. This... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Actress faces jail time for adultery
by | November 26, 2008 | 58 Comments
I hadn’t intended on posting about actress Ok So-ri‘s current adultery case, because South Korean law is one subject that I freely admit is beyond me. But the news has hit the international newswire, so here we go: The 39-year-old Ok, who enjoyed most of her popularity in the ’90s (her last film was 1996’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood to remake another Korean film
by | November 7, 2008 | 94 Comments
Hollywood is remaking Oldboy. Unlike other failed Chungmuro-to-Hollywood remakes, this one carries a lot more cachet — production is in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct, and Will Smith to star. Well, I don’t care and I’ll say: No. No, no, no no NO. Look. I didn’t really care that much about My Sassy Girl... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #43
by | August 15, 2008 | 87 Comments
  Fair warning: Rantiness ahead, but feel free to comment on non-ranty topics below! Phew, for one who hadn’t intended to follow the Olympics to any close degree, I spent the early part of the week unintentionally watching almost everything (TV has been left on while I tune in and out, but inevitably I find... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Point-counterpoint: In defense of Eun-soo
by | July 24, 2008 | 29 Comments
[Javabeans here. As I’ve mentioned several times in the past, I have a few issues with the otherwise charming SBS drama My Sweet Seoul, which has prevented me from enjoying the series as I probably ought. I expressed, in growing dissatisfaction, my initial disconnect with Choi Kang-hee’s acting, a growing frustration with the Eun-soo character... More »

Kpop News
Oh. No. They. Di’n’t.
by | July 13, 2008 | 71 Comments
Because it wasn’t enough to trot out fifteen-year-olds who can’t sing as sexually suggestive coquettes, now a nine-member “kiddie group” called Sweety is making its debut, with members ranging in age from 13 down to its 6-year-old “mascot.” (Btw, that’s eight girls, one boy. He be da pimp.) They’re being touted as a group with... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The next cog in the stereotype machine
by | May 13, 2008 | 25 Comments
Um. I know it’s hardly accurate to judge a movie based on a 30-second trailer, much less a few photo stills. But, erm, based on these stills of the upcoming action flick G.I. Joe… it looks kinda lame. Which is too bad, since, as usual, Korean fans are excited about the inclusion of another big-name... More »

Kpop News
Rain and Colbert: The dance(Dance Revolution)-off
by | May 6, 2008 | 40 Comments
Dance Dance Revolution! HA! Anyone who’s watched The Colbert Report for a while now will probably, like me, have anticipated some kind of shenanigans to come of Stephen Colbert‘s reported dance-off challenge with Rain in a battle to assert his kpop idol supremacy. After all, Colbert’s the guy who cultivated a mock rivalry with indie... 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 »