Archive for May, 2011

10 Hot Guys with Dark Curls

Shallow post today. I was just thinking about how much I love guys with dark curls.

So I made a list of 10 famous ones.

1. Aidan Turner

You might recognise Aidan as Mitchell, the vampire in Being Human or as Rossetti in Desperate Romantics. He’s also going to play a dwarf in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit.

2. Kit Harington

Kit plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones. He also has a lead role in the Silent Hill sequel movie.

3. Oscar Isaac

You might recognise Oscar as Prince/King John in Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, as Blue in Sucker Punch, as Orestes in Agora, or maybe as Jose Ramos-Horta the future president of Timor-Leste in Balibo.

4. Anton Yelchin

Anton’s played a young Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, a young Chekov in most recent Star Trek, the title character in Charlie Bartlett, the American boyfriend in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac, the kidnapped kid in Alpha Dog. Yeah, Anton’s been in heaps of awesome things.

5. Ioan Gruffudd

You might recognise Ioan as Horatio Hornblower in the Hornblower movies, Lancelot from King Arthur, Wilburforce in Amazing Grace, Mr Fantastic in Fantastic Four, that dude in Sanctum. He was even in Titanic.

6. Eric Bana

Eric’s played Hektor in Troy, a Mossad agent in Munich, the dad in Hanna, Henry in The Time-Traveller’s Wife and a different Henry in The Other Boleyn Girl, Romulus in Romulus, My Father, Nero in Star Trek, um…the Hulk in Ang Lee’s Hulk, Chopper Reed in Chopper. He was in that movie The Nugget and he even had his own stand-up/sketch show titled Eric.

7. Robert Sheehan

You may recognise Robert as Nathan in Misfits, the dude who wasn’t Rupert Grint in Cherrybomb. He also played a hooker in the Red Riding Trilogy. I remember him as the geeky friend in Foreign Exchange.

8. Sendhil Ramamurthy

You may recognise Sendhil as Mohinder in Heroes or that spy dude from Covert Affairs. Yeah, while I do like the fair skin with dark hair contrast, there are hot non-white guys with dark curls as well.

9. Bret McKenzie

Bret plays Bret in Flight of the Conchords. He also played that random elf in Lord of the Rings.

10. Adrian Grenier

Adrian played Vincent Chase in Entourage. He also played the boyfriend in The Devil Wears Prada. I remember him best from the Melissa Joan Hart movie Drive Me Crazy.

Know any other hot famous guys with dark curls? Please let me know.

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I love Game of Thrones (spoilers)

I just finished watching Episode 4 of Game of Thrones.

Now I have loved the show since its first second (actually, long before, I’ve been following its production since early 2009), but until this episode, the show itself had not given me that feeling, you know the one, the type of excitement and adoration that should really be reserved for more important things than a tv show. I don’t know why the feeling has just hit me, after all, it’s not as thought the show has taken a jump in quality (its been superb from the beginning).

Maybe it’s because Fringe has ended (for now, not forever, thank you TV gods) and now I actually have room for GoT (since I’d probably give myself a heart attack if I had such fervour for too many shows at once).

So, what happened this episode?

Well, Samwell Tarly was introduced and like every other character in this show, he is played by an excellent actor who really nails the role. Seriously, this show is so well cast. I can’t think of one cast member I dislike. Earlier in the production I was concerned about sticking close to book descriptions and wanting the cast to feel like the characters I imagined, but now I just don’t care. For instance, I was really upset to hear that Jennifer Ehle had been replaced by Michelle Fairley, and while I do still think Jennifer would have been awesome, Michelle just kills the role.

Speaking of, I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Catelyn Tully-Stark, but I’ve always loved how she played that scene at the Crosswords Inn, and ever since HBO gave us all a glimpse of that scene so many weeks ago, cheekily cutting it off before the climax, I have been anxiously anticipating watching it in full and I’m happy to say that the show, and Michelle did not disappoint. I just love how even though the way Catelyn captures Tyrion is so completely awesome, storywise, her actions are completely stupid and have giant repercussions.

Now in the book, I was always delighted when Cat made poor decisions and basically vindicated my dislike for her, but show-wise, I already feel myself sympathising with her plight. Of course, I still love Tyrion. Peter Dinklage is brilliant in that role and as much as I’m excited for me, getting to watch him in that role, I’m so excited for him getting to play such a fantastic part.

My other favourite cast members:

Kit Harington. So, I find him extremely attractive on a physical level, so there’s that. He’s also playing one of my favourite characters, which only makes me love him more because he plays the role so well. I would have hated it if Kit had screwed up Jon. Loving characters I hated in the books is awesome, but hating or being disappointed in characters I loved in the books is plain unacceptable.  Of course, it’s not just the actor that brings a character to life (as much as I blame Chris Pang for ruining Lee in the film version of Tomorrow When the War Began, I blame the director and writers more), but we’re lucky everyone involved in this production is extremely talented.

Harry Lloyd. I remember when I first took notice of Harry, in a very superficial way, when he played Will Scarlett in Robin Hood. Since he seemed to do little else in that show but stand in the background looking hot, I assumed he couldn’t act. Then I saw him in Doctor Who. I am dumbfounded to this day that the writers of Robin Hood never gave this talented actor anything to do. So, anyway, I was stoked when I heard that Harry had scored the role of Viserys. I knew he would kill it, and he does. You have to respect anyone who can pull off Viserys’ ‘wake the dragon’ lines without melodrama.

Another actor who has made a character way more attractive than I imagined while reading the book is Aiden Gillen. I’ve never watched The Wire (I hear it’s great, but it’s never really seemed like my thing); the only thing I remember seeing Gillen in was an episode of Poirot. I enjoyed him in that, and I could easily see him playing Littlefinger. He has the perfect appearance for the role, though less smarmy and weaselly and more handsome than I imagined.

Maisie Williams. When I watch this girl, I forget that I’m watching a show. All I see is Arya. She’s such a natural. I also love her hairstyle. I look forward to watching her grow up on screen.

Actually all the kids are great. Jack Gleeson as Joffrey is not as handsome as I imagined, but geez does he act the part. Sophie Turner as well. I was worried about her seeming a little fake, but in context it totally works for the character. What teenage brats.

Miscellaneous Comments (as if this whole post wasn’t ill-structured from the start):

  • I can’t help it, but everytime I see Robb Stark (Richard Madden) I picture his head replaced by Grey Wind’s. This troubles me.
  • I’m loving all the new scenes. Like Jaime and Jory, and war stories with Barristan, Robert and Jaime. I loved getting to see Jaime basically living his day-to-day life. That is, his shithouse job being a door guard. Also loved getting to see more Theon this ep. I’m sure all the non-book viewers were wondering who this dude was.
  • I love how the random redheaded whore named Ros from the first episode has been made into a true character. Too bad she didn’t get to deflower Jon Snow (though I’m kinda happy he’s a virgin for reasons that trouble me a little). I wonder who’ll play the lucky Ygritte (well, somewhat lucky).
  • I always thought the whole ‘the seed is strong’ investigation thing, and the phrase itself, was one of the weakest parts of the book, and I’m finding it true for the tv show as well. Nice to see Gendry though. Shame about him and Arya. I was one of the ones who thought that they might hook up in the book. Clearly the show is not heading that way.
  • I’m not a fan of Bran’s endless dreaming in the book, but I don’t mind so much in the show. Mostly because it’s cut short for time. Also, love Old Nan.
  • It was nice to finally see Ghost this episode. More Ghost please.
  • Also, where was Ser Loras at the tournament? I hope they’re not cutting his joust with The Mountain that Rides.

Anyway, I’d better end my ramblings and go do something else. I’m so looking forward to the next episode. I can’t believe we’ll be halfway through the season. So happy the next book is out soon (I’ll be less happy if Brienne is dead) and that the show is getting a second season.

Kkotboda Namja: A Detective Story, Chapter 3 Part 4


Kkotboda Namja: A Detective Story

Chapter 3.  The Usual Suspects

Part 4: Chu Ga Eul    

Detective Song Woo Bin  

5 Jan.

1450 hours. Chu Ga Eul enters and bows respectfully. Too respectfully. I remind her that we’re cops not royals and she blushes. She looks up, sees Yi Jeong, and does a double-take. I feel personally insulted. Yi Jeong turns and I see his bruised eye. I feel better.

The girl’s cute, in that rustic sort of way. Stark difference to the dolled-up Miss Jae Kyung. Yi Jeong pulls out a chair and the girl seems grateful to sit down. I sit by her side on the table and Yi Jeong takes the seat opposite. Our presence makes the girl uncomfortable. A feeling exacerbated by our close proximity, and while Miss Ga Eul doesn’t yet warrant the use of intimidation tactics, I don’t move from my position.

‘Miss Ga Eul,’ Yi Jeong starts, ‘thank you for coming in. I understand that you were personally acquainted with Yun Ji Hoo as well as being his employee?’

‘No,’ she says. ‘Technically, I was working under my friend Bom Chun Sik, as a favour. He in turn was hired to cater for the Yuns for one night only. Therefore, Mr Yun cannot strictly be called Chef Bom’s, or my, employer.’

‘Are you a lawyer?’ I ask. I smile down at her, but she doesn’t even glance my way.

‘No, I teach kindergarten.’

Yi Jeong smiles, not his ladykiller beam, but a genuine one. I can see the rustic girl amuses him. ‘Are you so pedantic with your students?’

The girl’s brow crinkles. I think my boy has misjudged his audience. ‘I would hope that the lead investigator on a murder case would not consider a witness being as honest and truthful as she can be as being pedantic.’

Yi Jeong’s smile drops. ‘I apologise Miss Ga Eul.’ Sensing that the girl will no longer yield to the soft approach, he changes tactics. ‘May I take it from your words that you witnessed the murder of Yun Ji Hoo?’

Having had her pedantry turned back on her, the girl is chastened. ‘I am sorry, Detective So. I should have used different words. I did not witness the murder of Yun Ji Hoo.’ She fidgets with her hands in her lap and pulls her skirt further down her thighs, which are disappointingly covered with opaque tights anyway. She still doesn’t look at me, but neither does she face Yi Jeong.

Chu Ga Eul goes on to tell us how her friend, Bom Chun Sik, asked her to fill in for an employee who was off sick. Yi Jeong asks if it was difficult to act in a service capacity for a childhood friend – meaning Geum Jan Di, who had attended school with Chu Ga Eul.

‘No. Even though Jan Di-yah had married well. She remained my same friend.’ Chu Ga Eul smiles affectionately when speaking of her friend.

‘So, you and Geum Jan Di remained close after the wedding?’

‘Of course.’

‘Did Geum Jan Di and Yun Ji Hoo have a happy marriage?’

The question confuses Ga Eul. ‘Of course. They were soulmates. Jan Di is heartbroken.’

I see Yi Jeong grimace at the mention of soulmates.

‘So, you’ve seen Geum Jan Di since we informed her of her husband’s death this morning?’

‘Yes. I was with her when I received the call asking me to come to the police station to give a statement.’

It has been over four hours since we spoke to Geum Jan Di. More than enough time for her to conspire with her friend to conceal the truth – if she hadn’t already, and if she was guilty of course.

‘So you don’t believe that Jan Di…’

‘Jan Di did not kill Yun Ji Hoo.’ Shy Chu Ga Eul seems to have disappeared. ‘I don’t know what happened to Ji Hoo sunbae, but Jan Di loved him. She would never, never, hurt him.’

‘And what did she feel for Gu Jun Pyo?’

‘Gu Jun Pyo is best friends with her husband and Jan Di is…friends…with him as well. That is all.’ She finishes firmly.

‘All right Miss.’

Chu Ga Eul settles the moment her friend’s honour is no longer being questioned, but any hope of her previous geniality is gone.

‘If you do not believe Geum Jan Di capable of murder, how about Gu Jun Pyo?’

‘I don’t know,’ she says. ‘I don’t know him very well. I’ve only met him twice. I know he cares for Yun Ji Hoo very deeply. He was very against Jan Di marrying his friend at first. He’s a bit of an elitist snob and considered Jan Di to be a gold-digger, but he came around. It’s hard to think badly of Jan Di. She’s so pure and loyal.’

‘You don’t like Gu Jun Pyo.’

‘I never said that Detective So. It’s true that in our interactions he didn’t make the greatest impression, but I know he’s been a good friend to both Jan Di and Ji Hoo-sunbae.’

Yi Jeong opens his mouth to speak. I can tell he’s going to continue to push Chu Ga Eul so I step in. ‘How well do you know Ha Jae Kyung?’ I ask.

The girl blinks. Did she forget I was in the room? Aish.

‘I…see her often at Chun Sik’s porridge shop. She’s…very lovely.’

‘Miss Jae Kyung said that you overheard an argument between Gu Jun Pyo and Yun Ji Hoo?’

‘I did,’ she says, ‘Not very much. I just heard them shouting Jan Di-yah’s name, and I heard someone shout ‘saranghae’.’

‘Did you see or hear anything else that might help us solve Yun Ji Hoo’s murder?’

Ga Eul shakes her head. ‘I’m sorry. When I woke in the morning, Jan Di told me that Yun Ji Hoo had left in the night. I know she believed that to be the truth. Jan Di and Ji Hoo had fought the night before. She said it wasn’t serious, they were both simply overworked.’ She pauses. ‘I have been thinking about it, but I just can’t imagine how his death, his murder, might have occurred.’

Her voices trembles as she finishes speaking. She appears sincerely troubled by Yun’s death. Her eyes water and begin to drip with tears. Yi Jeong passes her his handkerchief. She accepts it. I wonder how Yi Jeong always seems to have a handkerchief on hand. Didn’t he give one to Geum Jan Di earlier?

‘Thank you for your honesty,’ Yi Jeong says gently. ‘I’m sure you wish to go comfort your friend, so we’ll end now, but please call us if you remember anything else.’

‘Thank you Detective So, Detective Song.’

Yi Jeong walks her out. When he returns I say, ‘That girl wears her emotions on her sleeve. If she was lying, she should be an actress.’

‘Please, she’s not nearly good-looking enough to be an actress.’

‘Yah,’ I say, ‘admit it. You thought she was cute. A prospect do you think?’

Yi Jeong acts nonchalant and gathers up the files from the table. ‘She’s a country bumpkin. Aish. I hate unsophisticated girls.’   

‘Thou doth protest too much brother,’ I say. I slap his back in a friendly gesture. ‘Just remember, no tampering with the witness while the case is open. Afterwards though, tamper away little buddy.’

Yi Jeong says nothing, but shoves me away.   

And you thought Chapter 3 would never end.

See F3 Reunite in…  

Chapter 4: The Best Friend

Kkotboda Namja: A Detective Story, Chapter 3 Part 3

Kkotboda Namja: A Detective Story

Chapter 3. The Usual Suspects

Part 3: Ha Jae Kyung  

Detective Song Woo Bin  

5 Jan.

1415 hours. Ha Jae Kyung, maid, smiles prettily as she enters. Her smile falters when it reaches me, and her expression reads as uncertain. She recognises me. My mind runs back through all the women I’ve known. I can’t find this Ha Jae Kyung.  

‘Have we met?’ I ask her.  

Her face immediately brightens. ‘Not until just now Detective Song.’ She takes my hand and shakes it warmly. She walks to her chair. I return to my spot near the wall and watch her mould her small, lithe body into the chair. Very nice.  

‘Miss Jae Kyung,’ Yi Jeong says.

‘Detective So!’ she gasps. ‘Are you all right?’

Yi Jeong blinks and touches his eye self-consciously. ‘I am fine Miss. Thank you for your concern. I’m afraid being a police detective sometimes brings me into contact with some unsavoury people.’

Jae Kyung’s eyes widen. ‘Did you catch them? The men who hurt your eye.’

Yi Jeong smiles and reaches across the table to take her hands in his. ‘Of course. I am very good at my job, among other things.’

Jae Kyung’s pale cheeks flush red. ‘I know. I’ve seen your work, your pottery. You’re very talented, especially to find time for your art when you must have to devote so much to your police duties.’

Man, another one. I need a hobby that makes the girls wet. Being able to take down men twice my side doesn’t seem to cut it anymore. Just last week a hottie left me for a weak stick who cross-stitches – and I don’t even know what that is.

‘Thank you Miss Jae Kyung. Can you please tell us how did you come to be on the Yun yacht last night?’

‘Chef Bom asked me to help him cater the evening. I’ve been working in his porridge shop the past few months, ever since I returned from living overseas. The food is delicious, but the customers just don’t come, so Chef is in a bit of a pickle financially. His friend, Chu Ga Eul, got him the job with the Yuns. He hoped that the Yuns would enjoy his food and invest in the porridge shop. I guess that won’t happen now.’

‘Don’t worry,’ Yi Jeong says, ‘a girl as pretty as you need not worry about finding another job.’

Jae Kyung giggles in that familiar girlish way. Yeah, my boy’s the Man.  

‘If you don’t mind, Miss Jae Kyung, why were you working for Chef Bom in the first place?’

‘I’m sorry?’ Her doll-like face crinkles with confusion, but her eyes are oddly fearful.

‘We know who you are, Miss Ha. You’re the daughter of the former president of JK Group, who fled Korea with his family ten years ago after being indicted for fraud and embezzlement. Your father escaped as a very wealthy man so I’m sure you understand why it’s hard to believe that you would return to Korea to work in a porridge shop.’

Jae Kyung is clearly unsettled, but she takes a deep breath and speaks directly to Yi Jeong. ‘My father is a loving man Detective So, but one who has made many mistakes.’ She turns her doe eyes on me. ‘I do not wish to repeat his mistakes. I want to live an honest life, here, in my home country, and a private life as well. Do you understand?’

I understand. Jae Kyung knows who I am, my family. But she left Korea as a young girl, and only recently returned, so how can she know me?

‘I’m sorry for intruding on your private life Miss Jae Kyung. Please forgive me.’

‘Of course, Detective So. Please ask me any questions you think may help you solve Yun Ji Hoo’s murder. I want to help in any way I can.’

Her voice is as sweet as sugar, or is that the sweetness of Splenda I’m hearing?

‘Can you please tell us how you recognised Gu Jun Pyo when he boarded the Yun yacht last night?’

‘I read the papers,’ she says. ‘I’ve been away from home for so long. I tried to keep up to date as much as I could. Gu Jun Pyo, Yun Ji Hoo, even you Detective So and you Detective Song. I have read about all of you, and seen your pictures.’

‘I was in the paper?’ I ask.

‘Yes. In the society pages. The opening of your father’s club last April. And there were articles and pictures covering Detective So’s pottery exhibition last June.’

‘So the man you saw board Yun Ji Hoo’s yacht last night was Gu Jun Pyo.’

‘Yes.’

Yi Jeong continues. ‘Miss Jae Kyung, did you see either Yun Ji Hoo or Gu Jun Pyo after they entered the pool room that evening?’

Jae Kyung shakes her head. ‘No, but I did hear them.’ She lowers her eyes, as if reluctant to continue. ‘I went to ask if Masters Ji Hoo, or Jun Pyo wanted some supper, but I heard them arguing from behind the door and was afraid to enter. So I left.’

‘What were they arguing about?’

‘I tried not to eavesdrop. But I couldn’t help but hear some of it, when they raised their voices. Even Ga Eul, who remained in the kitchen, heard some of it. They shouted so loudly…I’m surprised that Chef and Geum Jan Di slept through it. Yun Ji Hoo was shouting his wife’s name, ‘why Geum Jan Di!’ he said. And Gu Jun Pyo said, ‘It’s always been Geum Jan Di.’ or something. Then Yun Ji Hoo said ‘Please Jun Pyo, don’t do this. And Gu Jun Pyo shouted ‘I love her’. And that’s all I heard.’

She stares at us expectantly. Yi Jeong thanks her for her cooperation and suspends the interview. I offer to walk her out, but strangely she declines. I watch her leave the room. There’s something about that girl, and I’m not sure which part of my anatomy is giving me that feeling.

‘Ha Ja Kyung’s story matches Chef Bom’s,’ Yi Jeong says, interrupting my thoughts, ‘and with her additional statements, it’s looking more and more likely that Gu Jun Pyo’s involved if not outright guilty.’

I sit on the table. ‘Fantastic.’ My tone is sarcastic, but Yi Jeong can tell I’m serious. I love to mess with the one percent.

‘Listen, maybe I should take Kim with me to see Gu Jun Pyo,’ Yi Jeong says. ‘I hear Gu has quite a temper.’

‘The murderous kind do you think.’

‘Maybe.’ He ignores my casual tone. ‘If he’s being fooling around with Yun’s wife, then he has motive and opportunity, not to mention the connections to clean up any mistakes made in the heat of the moment. I bet we won’t get anything useful back from forensics. If we have to go hard at Gu, it doesn’t matter if he’s our guy or not, he’ll swing back.’

I take his implication. If Gu comes after me, with my history…whatever, ‘I can handle myself. Besides, even Shinhwa knows to be cautious around a Song.’

Yi Jeong relents. He never expected to dissuade me; the rascal just likes to make sure I know when he’s right. ‘Well, before we visit your old school chum, let’s finish up with the other maid, Miss…’ he checks his pad, ‘Chu Ga Eul.’

SoEulmates will meet in…  

Chapter 3. The Usual Suspects
Part 4: Chu Ga Eul

Charles, Margot, Jordan and the Logies

Ok, Channel 9, this is Charles Cottier:

And this is Margot Robbie:

Both of the aforementioned people were nominated for Logie awards last night, but you wouldn’t know it from the telecast as the camera showed Ryan Corr during Charles’ nom, and Valentina Novakovic during Margot’s. Great job Channel Nine.

In other news, Jordan Rodrigues was looking very nice in a suit as he got up to accept the award for Dance Academy. A pic’s going up as soon as I can find one, but for now there’s this:

Bring on Dance Academy Series 2.