Yoon Eun Hye Closes Down New Fan Cafe After Online Harassment of People Close to Her

I’m finding Yoon Eun Hye‘s celebrity status in Korea perfectly described using the Chinese idiom the tall tree attracts the wind (樹大招風 shu da zhao feng). A famous person is more liable to be attacked than an unknown small fry, and that’s what best explains the crazy that just went down at Yoon Eun Hye’s just over a month old official fan cafe Amazing. Yoon Eun Hye posted a personal letter to her fan cafe last week to directly communicate with her fans why she is closing down the new official forum for her fan club.

Turns out for years now some of her fans (or dedicated anti-fans masquerading as fans) have been increasingly harassing her family, friends, colleagues at work, and even the staff on her acting projects. The harassment is of the doxxing variety where personal information is released, and reportedly people will then go to the places that people around her manage or frequent and harass them. It’s escalated after Yoon Eun Hye opened Amazing as the doxxing posts have continued from forums such as DC Gall and moved over to the new fan cafe. Continue reading

Kang Min Hyuk and Jung Yong Hwa Do Double Duty Hawking Fossil Accessories

It’s feels like so long ago that I got to watch Kang Min Hyuk onscreen, and then I checked the calender to confirm that Heirs premiered a year ago and since then he hasn’t done another drama. He has been busy with his primary music career as the drummer for the band CNBLUE, a day job that I can attest to him performing splendidly since I saw him live at KCON. So worth it! I’m still not a K-pop fan but I can see why so many folks are since the live performances are fantastically electric.

Despite not getting Kang Min Hyuk on my small screen recently, he’s doing a double duty endorsement campaign for the brand Fossil along with CNBLUE leader Jung Yong Hwa. The twos hawking Fossil watches and bags, none of which are fashionably memorable nor are the pictures very exciting as standalone offerings. It’s like taking good raw material and the doing nothing with it. Fans of Jung Yong Hwa are probably enjoying his first sageuk outing in The Three Musketeers, an acting gig that’s supposed to continue into 2015 as TTM has two more seasons coming up. Here’s hoping Min Hyuk picks a drama for 2015 as well so I can see his cuteness light up my screen soon. Continue reading

Chris Wang Confirms He’s Going to be a Baby Daddy with Manager Girlfriend

Chris Wang is one of those TW-actors who are pleasant to watch but never grip me. He’s all earnest pleasant lines without any hurts so good edges. He’s managed to build an impressive leading man career off of a second male lead springboard when he was in highly rated drama The Fierce Wife with Sonia Sui and James Wen. That happened by sheer dint of how godawful and toxic James’ character was as the cheating husband, and since then all of Chris’ dramas have done relatively well and he’s starred in a string of box office hits.

This past week SETTV launched a new Friday night drama Aim High with Chris and Lego Lee being the male leads and much as I love Lego I couldn’t get past the first episode. Not sure how this latest bombshell news will affect the drama but we’ll know in a few weeks – this past weekend Chris posted a personal letter and ultrasound picture on his FB page confirming the rumors that he was having a baby with his girlfriend of one year who is also his manager for the last five years. Chris explained in a heartfelt sincere plea to his fans to congratulate him on becoming a dad and finding the woman that he loves and wants to spend his life with. Continue reading

My Lovely Girl Episode 13 Recap

I don’t hate My Lovely Girl because that’s too strong a feeling for a drama so utterly incompetent. It’s basically handicapped and hating on the weak is not a particularly decent thing to do. At this point I think the screenwriter doesn’t know what the hell she’s writing. As a love story between Se Na and Hyun Wook the entire thing has fallen off a cliff as far as I’m concerned. Sure the narrative can end up with them together at the end of episode 16, but it won’t have gotten there by making the audience root for that pairing. Their relationship is unbalanced and wacked, and both of them act like immature twats when they are together or moping apart.

Only when sane mature characters like Hae Yoon and Shi Woo (adding on Sang Jin and Hyun Wook’s dad as well) push them to stop wallowing in misery does either of them stop acting like extras in Land of the Living Dead. What’s ridiculous is how dire both of them are behaving over what amounts to newly minted love that tanked, stuff that almost everyone experiences. They are acting like their world ended and if it’s that deep their love for each other then they need to fight for it. Instead they mope and then do nothing, the very ingredients to make the most asinine love story ever. Continue reading

MBC’s Mr. Back Looking Good with Hilarious New Teaser and Drama Stills

There are so many things to look forward to with the upcoming MBC drama Mr. Back (Mr. Baek), which actually starts next week in a sign that time isn’t just flying it’s evaporating before our eyes. The imminent arrival of Mr. Back works well also to reference the thematic narrative of an old man at the end of his life who reverse-ages and gets to relive his prime again. I hope the drama lets leads Shin Ha Kyun and Jang Nara have a great character arc together but doesn’t force the romance since inevitably he’s going back to being old again.

Things I’m looking forward to based on the latest drama stills and second uproarious teaser: Shin Ha Kyun giving 150% in his physical performance paired with nuanced acting, Lee Joon knocking my socks off for the first time in not only being good at acting but looking mighty handsome doing it, and one of dramaland’s favorite elder statesmen daddy actors Jeon Kuk Hwan (Evil Yeon Chul in Empress Ki, Evil Chairman Dad in Dr. Stranger) fake wheedling “hyung-nim, aigoooo” to Shin Ha Kyun’s character and being the evil villain he’s so good at doing. Continue reading

Ariel Lin Gets Engaged at Star-studded Banquet in Taipei

We all know how quickly fame and fortune can flee, especially in the entertainment industry with a lot of temptation and a fickle audience as consumers. That makes Ariel Lin’s reign as one of Taiwan’s top actresses and entertainers all the more impressive. She’s got both mass market popularity with her dramas and win plenty of critical acting awards for her performances (two Golden Bell Best Actresses, one for They Kiss Again and the other for In Time with You).

Her 32nd birthday was on October 29th and the date was also chosen for her star-studded engagement banquet to boyfriend non-celeb Charles Lin. In attendance was a veritable who’s who of Taiwan entertainers, including almost all her famous costars like Hu Ge, Bolin Chen, and Daniel Chan (Joe Cheng and Feng Shao Feng couldn’t make it). The engagement party had over 500 attendees (50 banquet tables worth) as Ariel and Charles got engaged in front of their elders and then celebrated with their friends and family. Continue reading

Pinocchio Unveils Second Teaser and More Lee Jong Seok Stills

Contrary to how the public sees the fictional character of Pinocchio, the K-drama version has been quite the tease with a veritable lockdown on stills and spoilers until the floodgates opened last weekend. I think it’s going to end up helping rather than hurting the drama if the final product is actually good. The undeniable fact is that a good quality drama will gloss over all pre-airing quibbles, the same way that a piece of crap drama erases any great promotional fanfare.

There are new Lee Jong Seok characters still out that remain firmly showing us the before era, not exactly a standard childhood sequence since both Lee Jong Seok and Park Shin Hye are playing their characters as high school students. Since his mop of a hairstyle is only during that period of time, and apparently is purposely done because his character is pretending to be an idiot with a low IQ, I’m fine with it. In the second video teaser there is a very stirring swirling vibe, all sunsets and piggyback rides and hair blowing in the wind. I like it even if it doesn’t tell me much. Continue reading

My Lovely Girl Episode 12 Recap

My Lovely Girl jumped the shark with episode 12. Maybe SBS did the drama a favor by preempting an episode last week so the end of this episode isn’t what the audience holds onto for an entire week. Tomorrow we’ll see the fall out from the big secret finally being revealed, but this story has officially shanked the OTP pairing by showing me a grown 30 year old man running away with his new girlfriend to keep an inconvenient truth from reaching her ears. Good one, Hyun Wook. I would rather any other trope be placed on the table than the lame running away option which we all know is basically dragging scene filler.

The ordinary uninspired parts of MLG worked up until now because there was a noticeable lack of makjang behavior. People pushed and pulled to keep some secrets and acknowledge hard truths, but always in a thoughtful way that left the main characters easy to root for. Hyun Wook has always been the runaway type as evidenced by his missing for three years stint after So Eun died, but it rankles me that he’s not learned from the past mistakes and once again repeats the same immature behavior with Se Na. Even worse is his reason, to keep her happy because once the truth comes out she’ll be hurt. That’s nonsense, she’ll be hurt but it’s not something Hyun Wook has a right to decide for her whether she should know or not. Continue reading

Korea’s Fashionable Best and Brightest Out for 2014 Style Icon Awards

The 2014 Style Icon Awards took place in Seoul yesterday and I’ll admit this whole excuse for celebs to get dressed up would have bypassed my interest but for Kim Soo Hyun winning yet another award there. I can’t believe his year of winning every single award even managed to transcend over to style and fashion categories. This recently created annual fashion award is held by Mnet and this year is in conjunction with Korean skincare brand Tony Moly.

The award celebrates influential style and fashion icons in Korean entertainment for the year and is awarded by a magical algorithm of panel selections and public voting. I say magical because at this point every since award coming out of Korea is a joke in terms of selection integrity. Check out the full list of winners below as well as the actors and actresses contingent on the red carpet. Since this was a night of style one would think all the attendees would be looking their best. Most did look eye-catching while a few were epic fails. Continue reading