Thursday, September 15, 2011
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Because who doesn’t need a little more cute in their day? Actor Park Shi-hoo (Queen of Reversals) has started a twitter account, and uploaded the most adorable thing EVAR: candid pictures of him at home with his kitty Jami, who by all accounts is the luckiest cat in the world.
So… what you’re telling me is… when Park Shi-hoo isn’t out on his day job being hot all day long, he just sits around with his cat, being cute All. Day. Long…?
I mean, how can a guy that cute have a cat that cute? It’s like breaking the laws of the Universe, or at least a statistical improbability that two such beings could occupy the same space, let alone be FRIENDS. It’s possible I’m dreaming this. I’m gonna wake up tomorrow with a massive hangover and learn that this is what happens when you mix vodka with k-drama reruns, right?
It also appears that Park Shi-hoo takes Jami to the kitty salon, because that cat’s clearly been shaved. Do they sit side by side with matching capes to get matching haircuts? *Dying from cute overload*
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Thursday, March 10, 2011
For those of you who dearly wished You’re Beautiful’s “Shin-woo hyung” would get the girl, here’s the next best thing: Park Shin-hye and Jung Yong-hwa have been cast as the leads in an upcoming drama titled Festival.
The drama hops onto the bandwagon of music-related shows, described as a “youth melodrama” that centers around the “dreams, tears, and loves” of the students at an arts university, where students pursue aspirations in dance, song, acting, and literary arts. So…Dream High meets What’s Up, v.2.0? With a dash of Mary Stayed Out All Night, to boot.
Jung Yong-hwa plays Lee Shin, and was given the hearty yes as the male lead thanks to his background as vocalist and guitar for idol band CN Blue. Shin is the vocalist in a pretty-boy band (what a stretch!) who lives and breathes music, who’s enrolled in the applied music department at school. Contrary to his warm and protective Shin-woo fromYou’re Beautiful, Jung takes on a cold, proud character. You know he’s graduated to the big time when he transitions from the Kind Best Friend to the Darcy. (Sigh. Another one.)
Park Shin-hye once again plays a cute, lively character, Lee Kyu-won, who is enrolled in the classical Korean music department and comes from a long line of classical musicians. Her family is famed for its pansori talents, and she plays the stringed gayageum.
It’s a Pyo Min-su series, which means (in my book) that it’ll be well-paced, with cute moments and some humor; PD Pyo is the director who did Full House, The World They Live In, and last year’s Coffee House. I’ve liked all of his shows (okay, not so much Insoon Is Pretty) but haven’t loved any, so his name isn’t an automatic sell for me.
Festival is scheduled for a June 22 premiere on MBC, making it a Wednesday-Thursday drama.
Um…I’m WAY IFFY on this, for a couple reasons. First is because of the premise; I don’t necessarily think that all these dramas are copycatting each other, since it could be a coincidence/Zeitgeist thing. But while I have enough excitement in me for a What’s Up, I don’t know if I have enough to look forward to both The Musical and Festival as well.
Second is Jung Yong-hwa, whom I never really cottoned to in You’re Beautiful. Oh, I liked his character — who wouldn’t like a sweetie like Shin-woo, even if you were ultimately rooting for Tae-kyung? — but his acting? Eeeeek. To be fair, he had a good episode (the 13th), but really, that was more like a good 5 minutes. To carry a drama on his own? I suppose Playful Kiss is an instance of a second project showing an improvement from the first…but then, that’s not really a drama you want to compare yourself to when you’re hoping for success, is it?
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Is it just me, or is everyone in dramaland impersonating a yo-yo these days? At least Kang Ji-hwan is trying to STAY on a drama rather than leave one. Blockbuster 3D fusion sageuk medical drama (rah, that’s a mouthful) Faith has lost its leading man, not once, but twice, and it looks like bachelor number two is back again for another round.
Kang Ji-hwan is reportedly digging his heels in, trying to iron out his ongoing battle with the Korea Entertainment Producers Association, so that he can stick with Faith, which begins principal photography next month. He had originally announced leaving the production due to the contract dispute that’s been hanging over his head for the past year. It’s also been putting a damper on a certain co-blogger’s penchant for dramas starring the man in question.
Kang’s side claims that his contract dispute with his last management company was settled, but the Korea Entertainment Producers Association claims that he starred in Coffee House without clearance, and has since pushed for him to take a hiatus, prompting him to finally bow out of Faith late last year. The hilarious thing is, the Producers Association is claiming that they never forced him to quit Faith. But…are you still boycotting? ‘Cause I’m not good at math, but that doesn’t add up, from where I stand.
Faith‘s PD Kim Jong-hak (Legend) released a noncommittal statement that nothing could be announced officially because Kang Ji-hwan’s dispute hasn’t been cleared yet, though I can see a multitude of reasons why he’d want to hang on to Kang, not least of which is the 10 million won blown on pre-production with Kang as the star, including test shots and promotional materials.
The astronomical budget of 30 billion won is mostly going to be funding the special effects, which makes me think that despite its description as a drama about eastern medicine in the Goryeo era, that it’s going to be much more action-centric, a la PD Kim’s last drama,Legend.
Faith boasts a star-studded cast including Kim Hee-sun, Philip Lee, Kim Seung-soo, and Choi Min-soo, and begins filming in April.
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Whoa. What a…strange pairing? Well that would explain Lee Da-hae‘s recent exit from her film Coffee, that is if reports are true. Rumor has it that an interesting constellation of stars has recently gone overseas to Japan together to be courted by PDs for an upcoming drama (it’s a Korean drama, but they were flown to Japan to meet with producers):
Micky Yoochun, who has been drawing casting attention left and right since his successful debut in last year’s fusion-sageuk-meets-trendy-campus drama, Sungkyunkwan Scandal; perennial pot-stirrer and poster child for foot-in-mouth syndrome Lee Da-hae(Chuno); my ajusshi crush Kim Seung-woo (IRIS, Athena); and Kang Hye-jung (Flowers for My Life, Oldboy).
The MBC drama is called Goodbye Miss Ripley, and there’s not much info about it yet other than the title. The four actors were flown in to meet with producers, and their agencies are reporting that they’re considering the roles. It seems that once the media caught wind of all of them being flown overseas for the same drama at the same time, the speculation took an upturn. I do think it’s a curious situation, mostly because it’s kind of a weird grouping. Kim Seung-woo and Kang Hye-jung are serious actors…and well, the other two…
I actually really like Micky Yoochun, who did a good job in his first role as the socially awkward smartypants scholar in Sungkyunkwan, but then if you add Lee Da-hae into the equation, and then the other two…it’s some weird unbalanced frankenstein of a thing. Hm. Trying to imagine scenarios in which this might work…
Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. Hyun Bin (Secret Garden) entered the marines , to begin his two-year mandatory military service. He was sent off with lots of fans and the accompanying media frenzy, and shed tears of gratitude as he said goodbye and entered the base. And then about eight hours later, news broke that he had split with girlfriend Song Hye-gyo(Full House, The World They Live In).
The two stars met on the 2008 drama The World They Live In, and have been dating for roughly two years. Speculation about their breakup has been circling the media for almost a year, since both of them have spent the better part of 2010 completely entrenched in a myriad of projects, many of which were filmed overseas (Hyun Bin’s Late Autumn in Seattle, Song Hye-gyo’s The Grandmasters in China). But they’ve stayed quiet about the relationship for some time, and it was announced that Song Hye-gyo would not be accompanying Hyun Bin to the marine base.
It turns out that they purposely waited until after he entered the army to make the announcement public, so as to keep the public’s focus on their respective projects rather than their relationship. Personally, I think it’s a smart move. They’ve been dodging breakup speculation for a while, and if this news had broken even one day earlier, Hyun Bin’s entire army sendoff would’ve been about this, and not a tearful-but-happy goodbye.
Statements released indicate a mutual breakup due to busy conflicting schedules, and outside stress and pressure concerning their relationship status. Yeah, I’m gonna go ahead and say that it’s not unwarranted. But hey, you’re Hyun Bin and Song Hye-gyo. Whadduya gonna do?
This doesn’t come as a shocker since everything about their diverging careers screamedwe are broken up, and mostly what I’m taking away from all this is that Hyun Bin has got some seriously savvy management. He’s basically done every single thing right, just before his army duty. Hit drama? Check. Massive CF lineup? Check. Big sendoff? Check. Amicable split with girlfriend announced the day after so that every woman turns into a puddle of goo imagining how lonely and heartbroken he is, entering the army? Check.
We’ll miss ya, Binnie. See you in two.
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