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News bites: April 17, 2013

Casting news galore! And do I mean galore:

  • Lee Soo-hyuk (Vampire Idol, Tree With Deep Roots) joins the cast of KBS’s revenge melodrama Shark. It’s the show that stars Kim Nam-gil as a man on a revenge mission against the family that destroyed his own. Again, I mean, since we’ve already seen Bad Guy. Lee Soo-hyuk helps out our heroine, Sohn Ye-jin, as they work on cases together; she’s a prosecutor, he’s a cop. He’s a nice guy and an eom-chin-ah, a word meaning the guy you want to bring home to mom. In a world full of vengeful plotters and anti-heroes, that means he’s headed for a world of hurt, right? [Source: Chosun]
  • Also cast in Shark: Moon/Sun’s Nam Bora, playing Kim Nam-gil’s younger sister. The drama had previously considered casting KARA idol Gu Hara; the role is of a pure-hearted and aegyo-filled character with a bright personality… until the drama crushes the joy out of her life, I expect. Okay, the description doesn’t specify doom in her future, but we’ve all seen dark revenge melos, right? Nobody leaves unscathed. [Source: My Daily]
  • It’s back to Hollywood for Bae Doo-na: Having worked with the Wachowski siblings once before in Cloud Atlas, she has signed on to another project with them, Jupiter Ascending. It’s a sci-fi flick starring Mila Kunis in the lead and co-starring Channing Tatum: “In a universe where humans are near the bottom of the evolutionary ladder, a young destitute human woman is targeted for assassination by the Queen of the Universe because her very existence threatens to end the Queen’s reign.” I can’t decide if that sounds awesome or terrible. [Source: Star News, IMDB]

  • Shin So-yool, Lee Sang-yoon, Yoon Seung-ah

  • Confirmed: Lee Sang-yoon (My Daughter Seo-young) will be joining MBC sageuk Goddess of Fire Jung-yi alongside Moon Geun-young, as was rumored. She plays Joseon’s first potter, he plays Gwanghae-gun, 15th king of Joseon. [Source: Chosun]
  • Maybe Yoon Seung-ah (Panda and Hedgehog) will have better luck with her newly announced role in SBS’s Empire of Gold. Brought to you by the same writer-PD combo as the hit drama The Chaser, the drama has already locked in several cast members from that show (such as Sohn Hyun-joo) and has been courting Lee Yo-won and Go Soo for the leads. While they have yet to confirm, everybody’s already labeling Yoon Seung-ah’s role as “Go Soo’s younger sister,” so either he’s really, really close to signing or we’re all jumping the gun. But Go Soo in another dramatic thriller? My favorite kind of Go Soo. Sadly, Yoon Seung-ah’s character does not share my love for him, because although oppa sent her to college and she pursued the life he wanted for her, “an incident” causes her to hate him. Sadness. [Source: Osen]
  • Good news: Im Joo-hwan (Tamra the Island) has a comeback project after completing military service! Bad news: It’s a daily drama. Boo. Slated for SBS, the project is Bravo My Life and as befits its daily-family genre, it’s all about understanding, healing, and warm family love. He plays a lonely guy with a mother who ran away and a con artist father who’s been in and out of prison. I love him, but a daily? Sigh. [Source: Hankook Ilbo]

  • Kang So-ra, Im Joo-hwan

  • Cast as Im’s co-star is Kang So-ra (Dream High 2). Huh. That’s an interesting choice for her, to go daily. No descriptions are out on her character, though it seems like she and Im Joo-hwan will be paired as leads. The PD did Rooftop Prince and the writer did Family Honor, so they’ve got a good handle on the genre. And I do understand the choice to do a show like this — Im Joo-hwan’s fresh outta army duty with two years of lost name recognition to make up for, and dailies get you in people’s living rooms and recognized by the public at large. But with their pacing and looser story-telling format, they just aren’t my bag. [Source: My Daily]
  • Also cast in Bravo My Life is Shin So-yool, who played the best friend in Answer Me, 1997. She’ll play the second daughter in a chaebol family and manager of publicity at the fashion company. It sounds like she’ll be the love interest of Im Joo-hwan’s stepbrother character, played by Choi Tae-jun (The Great Seer, Pace Maker). [Source: TV Report]
  • One more casting for Bravo My Life: child actor Kang Yi-seok (pictured below), who will play Im Joo-hwan’s childhood counterpart. Y’know, with the old guard of child actors growing into adulthood (Yoo Seung-ho, Lee Hyun-woo), it’ll be interesting to see who emerges with the new class, and I think Kang Yi-seok will be among them. At fourteen, he’s been in a bunch of dramas already (Five Fingers, Life Is Beautiful, Gourmet), and he’s always got a sassy charm. [Source: SBS E!]

  • Kim Sae-ron, Lee Young-yoo, Kang Yi-seok

  • Meanwhile, we can expect to see a crop of rising young stars in MBC’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Queen of the Classroom, starring Go Hyun-jung as a schoolteacher. And if you’ve gotta get a child actress, why not get the best? Anybody’s who’s ever seen Kim Sae-ron in action (Ajusshi, Can You Hear My Heart) knows how good she is, and she joins Seo Shin-ae and Kim Hyang-gi (two other precocious young actors) as a bookwormy model student in the rebellious sixth-grade class that defies their teacher. They cast Go Hyun-jung for her starpower, but this is a strong child cast; they just may run away with it.
    [Source: FN News]
  • Another classmate will be played by Lee Young-yoo (Swallow the Sun, More Charming By the Day), who plays the only daughter who grew up in a rich family and got spoiled rotten. No surprise, then that she’s grown up thinking everything has to be about her. Queen of the Classroom premieres in June, after When A Man Loves. [Source: Newsen]
  • Song Il-kook (A Man Called God) may be headed to the big screen: He’s received the offer for a movie titled Come Back to Busan Harbor and is reportedly considering it. It’s about twin brothers who live separate lives for many years, and one becomes a gangster while the other becomes a cop. Naturally, they fall for the same woman. Um, I already saw Sandglass, along with about 60% of the viewing public. [Source: Mk.co.kr]
  • Last but not least, here’s our latest look at Lee Jong-seok in sageukwear, as he’s filming the star-laden movie The Face Reader. Why couldn’t Sung Joon’s mane of not-quite-glory in Gu Family Book be this pretty? [Source: Review Star]

 
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ALSO: My Beloved is coming to the US! May 7th! That's RAIN, people. PERFORMING IN WASHINGTON DC.

yes, I scoped out travel arrangements. But I think I will be a grown up and not go.

TS, where are ya, girl?

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Come again??? More info!! Oppa is going to be here??? Ahh!!! Please don't say April fools..,

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He's going to a thing for President Obama because Korea's president Park Geun-hye is making her first offcial visit to the US. http://www.hancinema.net/rain-to-meet-president-obama-55052.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

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Thank you!!! Now to do research... Plane tickets... Security checks... I glad I don't live near these people all the time. I don't think I would turn sasaeng scary, but I would be a bit of a stalker...

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Wait wait, Korea can elect a female president, but we can't? Come on, America!

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He's MCing and the Special Guest for the 1st half of the Korean War 60th Anniversary Celebration in DC. CherKell sent me a link, I think it was from DF blog?

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For someone who pretty much has been shirking his duties even w/ the much easier entertainment division, don't think Rain/Bi is deserving.

Have a lot more respect for the entertainers who join as ordinary soldiers/marines/sailors and don't take the easy route in serving their time.

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What happened to being irresponsible?

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But I just did that. And I need a new couch and a new car and while they can be put off, for a while...the tax bill can't.

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Ahaha JoAnne... LOLOLOL
I trust you knew that what @Alua meant is Rain's not yours.. ^^

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No, I meant "JoAnne, go and have fun despite of it all!"

Though I see the tax bill is a tough one.

(For the couch... freecycle? Do you guys have that?)

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Wait what??? I actually live like in a really reasonable distance from there.....

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Rain only an Amtrak ride away from me? So tempting.

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Well that's just great, I'm 2 hours from there..oh, wait, I have an EXAM.

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Baby, I'm an ajumma, and not a huge Rain fan, but for a DC meetup, we can't do much better.

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OMG, I live in the DMV!!!! I'mma have to scope it out!

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ahhhhh oppa is coming here!???!!!!??????!!!!!

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Jupiter Ascending sounds a bit like Snow White.

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I was thinking the exact same thing...

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Im Joo Hwan and Lee Jong Seok are the 2 clients who get my attention here. For non shallow reasons at all...
The movie with Song Il Kook seems so cliche. I like the actor but... Meh.

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Why does the News Bites crack me up? Gotta love the style of your writing, Javabeans.

Alas, I'm not particularly looking forward to any of the stuff listed here since I've already got my plate filled with dramas.

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Same here, One heavy drama is enough for me but I wouldn't mind checking out Queen of the Classroom for Ko Hyun Jung and these talented child actors.

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Damn that child cast for Queen's classroom is look fantastic....heard Jin Ji Hee will also be in it...and all for a show that I wasn't even going to check out

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No one does bratty like Jin Ji Hee lol. I hope she is not going to be all sweet here.

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Agreed.

In doing "bratty" - she reminds me of a younger version of Yoon Young Ah/Han Ye In - who did such an awesome job of playing the "bratty" sister in "Coffee Prince."

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I LOVE Lee Jong Seok's sageuk hair. And yes, I totally second you on the not-so-awesomeness of Sung Joon's sageuk hair.

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+1

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i for one i'm actually excited for this Kang So Ra/Im Joo Hwan pairing in a daily. I haven't enjoyed a daily since new tales of a gisaeng so i'm looking forward to this.
I feel like Kang So Ra choosing Dream High after her (i thought) strong performance in Sunny was a terrible decision. Hopefully she will convince me to continue rooting for her carrier with this.

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That picture of Lee Jong Suk is really disturbing...

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You mean, he totally looks like a purrrrty girl? :)

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I thought he was one until I stopped being mesmerised by the hair and realised that's our Nam-soon!

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I totally didn't realize that's Nam Soon until you said so! Wow, did he lose weight, which changed the shape of his face?

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Shoot me, but I thought he was Hong Soo Hyun dressing up as a boy in Jang Ok Jung.

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Prettier, imo.

That's what disturbed me.

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haha funy but true

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Lots of actors who are all interesting, but not sure what to make of most of these projects.

Lee Soo-hyuk – meh. I mean, I like that it's dark and all because that does suit him well, but.... Korean revenge thingies just never work for me.

Bae Doo-na – hate the sound of that film, but I'm biased and I struggle to watch pretty much anything from Hollywood at this point. Sounds like a flick that will earn money (big names & eyecandy for everyone), but Bae Doo-na is too wonderful for this. I would to see her in something of substance. And knowing Hollywood, she's likely to be relegated to some cliché "Asian girl" role.

Im Joo-hwan – Can't they cast him in something, well, again, of substance? The story line doesn't sound too bad actually, but... a daily?

Lee Jong-seok – barely recognised him there! Does remind me do that I miss School 2013!

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i was looking forward to that film until i heard channing tatum got casted... seriously, i dont understand why that guy is popular.
on the other hand, the wachowskis usually bring strong ideas to their films and dont just glue together examples from screenwriting 101 with some stock characters.
they try at least, even if it might not work out perfectly.
i trust them not to go for a cliche-asian stereotype.

then again, after cloud atlas did not really do all that well they might be tempted to work towards something more of a commercial success...

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"..channing tatum got casted… seriously, i dont understand why that guy is popular."

Sex appeal? He's kind of hawt but sadly he's not a good actor. He's like the male version of Megan Fox.

I liked Cloud Atlas, the reviews were decent but yea it didn't do very well at the boxoffice.

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Channing Tatum... How can I explain his appeal... Charisma?? He is not a good actor, but you always end up liking him in the end. He has become a bit of joke in my family. My brother & I love "She's the man" we constantly quote it. It's such a ridiculous bad movie, but so funny. So maybe we just watch his new movies to mock him..

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Channing Tatum.... I think "Hollywood hunk" is your answer. That appeals to many and means $$$$ at the box office.

I haven't seen Cloud Atlas yet, though I've heard reviews were mixed – which doesn't put me off. More keen on reading the novel it's based on though, since that is supposed to be good (excellent?), and screen adaptations rarely outdo their source material. Still, I might watch it one day.

I don't think I've seen anything by the Wachowskis either, so I don't know what they are like at all. From what I heard about Cloud Atlas it did sound like they are interesting directors, but at the same time that synopsis for this doesn't intrigue me in any way at all yet. I'll keep an eye out for the reviews though.

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Never seen "the Matrix"? If you haven't then do!!! The first one was great, sequels suck..

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Nope.

You'd be surprised what I haven't seen. The things everyone has seen, starting from Startrek to Star Wars to Batman.

My main interest in seeing Matrix would be so I could see the legacy of Ghost in the Shell...

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I loved the 1st Matrix of the 3. I got curious and saw their 1st movie, "Bound"... oops! I should have read about it online 1st.

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You should see cloud atlas. It is quite good and very touching. I actually liked Bae Doo Na's role in it more than the others.

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Cliché "Asian girl" role or not, at least Asian actresses get more opportunities in Hollywood unless it involves martial arts - and even then, in The Matrix Series which relied heavily on Asian martial arts, all the "hero" characters were white and black with the one Asian male character being the cliché old Asian guy.

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im really excited for that sageuk-potter drama. i hope we see chemistry going on with geun young and her other half. :/

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Yes, me too. Even if the script is boring, I'll still watch it. Japan seems to have loved Korean arts for centuries and now the world is discovering what Japan has enjoyed for centuries.

I know a tiny bit of history on these 'cultural exchanges' just enough to watch this.

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mmmm soo hyuk playing happy nice guy? instead of dark, broody killer.. i'm so in!

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That was my response! Finally something he isn't all dark in (at least he won't be at the beginning...)...but it IS all revengey and melo, so I probably won't end up watching it. *Cue sadface and melancholy music*

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Im Joo Hwan! I hardly know thee and yet I love thee to pieces!
I am slowly working on Tamra the Island in between other shows I'm juggling, but there is something about this guy I just really like. But a daily! Will I have access/time???

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Watch "What's up"!!! Im Joo Hwa + Jo Jung-Suk + singing = awesones!

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On the list :) Though perhaps it should move up...I am in no way evil smiling right now.

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I have a question. Are daily shows often streamed and subtitled in the US?

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Yes online and often on TV but cable shows are NOT, you have to wait for Dramafever, Viki or fans like DarkSmurf and S2.

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So is Rain out of the military?

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He's going with 9 other celebrities as military representatives. I'm not sure how many non-celeb military people are going. It's because it's a memorial for the Korean War.

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Too bad I'm overseas in May. I hope someone or some TV network video tapes the show and uploads it.
Thanks for the info Mommai.

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They should send over only the celebrities who are doing real duty in the regular forces.

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Although people decry dailies for the length of them, catching them on tv sometimes is really nice and comforting...its like you are watching a family (in ridiculous but low budget) situations in real time. There is a nice consistency about the characters. Idk. It can be quite comforting....

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It can also be intense like Smile Donghae. That evil girl Sewa (Park Jung Ah) had me looking at the clock every day for the next episode.
PJA's perfomance swept me into Sewa's fear and stress of being caught in her evil lies for OVER 100 episodes!

I couldn't believe a daily could that intense for so long. We kept talking about it at the office everyday and the airport scene, everyone in the office was so tripped out on it.

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BAWWLLLS.. Still no news of Jung il woo

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Am also looking for any news about him. Where's he hiding after 1+ year with no projects other than fanmeetings?

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Completing university.. I guess that IS important. But Sjk was doing that AND working too :(

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Im Joo Hwan!! But a daily drama . . . Even if I did like watching daily dramas, I wouldn't have the time to watch it and it probably wouldn't get subbed or take a really long time to be subbed. I hope it does well though. I really want him to be really successful. He's such a talented actor.

Yay, a new project for Lee Jong Seok. He looks really good with that hair.

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I'm not quite sure about the projects... from the synopsis I only like queen of the Classroom but aww knowing about lee soo hyuk and im joo hwan new projects while thinking about jo jung suk's drama -that I need to start watching btw- bring back all my "whats up?" feels! btw, can someone tell me where in the world is Im joo Eun (the lovely Doo Ri in What's Up?, Wild Romance)?!! shes so awesome hope she stars in a drama asap!

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Im Ju Hwan!!!! Why are you not doing a saguek for me.... :( He should wear Hanbok full time....

I have never watched a daily..... I also can't imagine I will have time to, or that it will get subbed fast either (or at all)

Though maybe I can struggle through it raw in a bid to practice my very basic Korean.... (and not at all in a bid to watch Im Ju Hwan's face being lovely on my computer screen....)

Sigh... I just finished rewatching Tamra and now want to rewatch it all over again!

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The first picture got me hooked already! Can't wait until it comes out. =D

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Omg lucky woman. Channing tatum drools.

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Lee Soo Hyuk in Shark sounds good. I want him to continue to work hard. Lol, he seems to get cast in a lot of the darker stuff doesn't he? I don't mind.

Bae Doo Na! I love her and will be excited to see her in another American production. Cloud Atlas didn't get the best reviews but everyone loved her (I bet Jim Sturgess did tooo ;D LOL! I'm gonna stop...). I enjoy the Wachowschis, they always have high concept action stuff that's cool to watch even if it's not always the best. Their stories are definitely interesting but I wonder what role she'll be playing...the Queen, perhaps? That'd be awesome!!

There is so much news here ahhhh! O:

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I'm curious about her role too. I'm thinking that it's a small role. Jupiter project was probably started before casting Bae Doona for CA. So, I'm waiting to see if their next proj will be written with her in mind.

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Yeah, I remember hearing about it, but I don't remember them casting anyone early on. So, I wonder if they found a role that would fit her or maybe it's a cameo. Who knows?

But, she is wonderful and I hope she gets calls for much more than action movies/

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She said she has only a small role. It was in High Cut magazine

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wow....so much casting news!!!!

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is that seriously Lee Jong Seok's real mane? i pray to God it's actually a wig of some sort because otherwise it would be really disturbing for a man to look so beautiful. even Lee Jong Shin of CN Blue fame didn't look as pretty (pre cut + perm).

(and I almost thought he (LJS) was a she. are my eyes playing tricks on me?)

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Don't get all this "beautiful" talk.

He's a decent looking chap w/ a long hairstyle.

In no way does he look like a beautiful woman.

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Hmm. Because they doesnt want sung joon to look hawt in gu family (hes not the male lead) *boo to that. Anyway thanx for the many news!

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Wow, will Lee Soo-hyuk play a role where he actually smiles for once? I'll look forward to that. Totally forgot he was in Tree with Deep Roots.

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Every guy in Gu Family Book has pretty terrible hair and we haven't seen Kang Chi wolf out yet. Every mane of glory should really look like Yoo Seung Ho in Warrior Baek Dong Soo, but with a little less bang. I thought his was so pretty!

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Jo In-sung had the best mane of glory in The Frozen Flower. Yoo Seung-ho in 2nd place imo.

I think the guys hair in The Gu Family Book is a bit too short, Choi Jin Hyuk is the only one rocking it.

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yeah. sung joon's mane is something else.

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while koreans got to USA, one of my favorite bands goes to South Korea: http://www.jamiroquai.com/news;news/10421/Jamiroquai-Confirmed-To-Play-South-Korea-August-4th

quite awesome.

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I miss Bae Doo Na in kdramas.

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Thanks jb for your updates !

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after everything else it all boils down to one: LEE JONG-SEOK *sighs dreamily*

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Mine is Kim. Nam. Gil.

That is all.

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baek ji young is getting married with jung suk won

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Yes! I am happy for them =) Saw the news few hours ago!

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I play on watching Queen of the Classroom for those two young ladies alone! Shark? A given. Might bite on the daily, Bravo My Love. Starting to like dailies!

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Im Joo Hwan is such a charming and natural actor. I don't understand the drama scene in Korea. Is it considered less prestigious to appear in a daily drama?

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I don't think so! Daily dramas are more like sitcoms in America. They just run for longer and have more room to focus on story and characters (which is why they tend to have so many, I think) which works and sometimes doesn't work. They are usually family friendly...nothing bad about them, lol.

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Glad to hear that it won't hurt his career!

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I'm glad sung joon's hairdo is not that pretty. instead, it makes him look manlier.

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Im Joo Hwan, ugh..... I want a What's Up reunion(if ever in movie). keke

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Isn't Lee Young Yoo Bad Family's little Na Rim? She's so pretty now:)

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