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At the Noodle Cart: Korean edition [October 2020]


안녕~ ^^ We’re slowly closing in on the year, and so far we’ve had another somewhat turbulent year in the South Korean entertainment circle. Let’s see what the month of October brought for us this time.


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  • Former FIESTAR member Jei (31) and her non-celebrity boyfriend tied the knot on October 9, 2020. ~ Instagram
  • Former GOOD DAY member Song Hee Jin (25) and her non-celebrity boyfriend tied the knot on October 10, 2020. ~ Instagram, Soompi
  • BewhY (27) announced he will tie the knot with his non-celebrity girlfriend of 8 years. ~ Instagram, Soompi
  • Former RAINBOW’s member Ji Sook (30) and Lee Doo Hee (37) tied the knot on October 31, 2020. ~ Naver, Soompi

  • Former 2NE1 member Sandara Park donated 30,000 masks to sick children through CELEBe, which were then given to the Korea Children’s Incurable Disease Association, WE START, and the Korea Pediatric Cancer Foundation. ~ Naver
  • All proceeds from the song “Don’t Touch Me” sang by the project group Refund Sisters, created through the variety show How Do You Play? (MBC), will be donated to various charity organizations. ~ Naver
  • Kim Yoo Jung has become the 229th patron of ChildFund Korea’s Green Noble Club, after donating at least 100 million won (~ $88,511), thus becoming the youngest member to have joined the club. ~ Naver
  • SEVENTEEN’s Hoshi donated 23.1 million won (~ $20,370) as a scholarship for the Maseok High School’s students in Gyeonggi Province. ~ Naver

  • SHINee’s Key got discharged from the military on October 7, 2020.  ~ Naver
  • 2AM’s Jung Ji Woon got discharged from the military on October 7, 2020.  ~ SportsSeoul
  • EXO’s Chen enlisted in the military on October 26, 2020. ~ Naver, Soompi
  • KARD’s J.Seph enlisted in the military on October 5, 2020. ~ Instagram
  • THE ROSE’s Lee Ha Joon enlisted in the military on October 12, 2020. ~ Instagram, Soompi
  • VIXX’s N got discharged from the military on October 7, 2020.  ~ Instagram
  • BLOCK B’s Park Kyung enlisted in the military on October 19, 2020. ~ Naver
  • PENTAGON’s Hui announced he will enlist in the military on December 3, 2020. ~ Naver
  • Crush announced he will enlist in the military on November 13, 2020. ~ Naver, Soompi
  • Former B.A.P’s member Jung Dae Hyun announced he will enlist in the military on November 17, 2020. ~ Naver



  • House of Hummingbird won Best Film, Jung Ji Woo won Best Director for Tune in for Love, Lee Byung Hun won Best Actor for his role in The Man Standing Next, and Jung Yu Mi won Best Actress for her role in Kim Ji Young: Born 1982, at the 2020 Bui Film Awards, which took place on October 22, 2020, in Busan. ~ Rest of the winners, Naver
  • When the Camellia Blooms won Best Asian Drama, Kim Eun Hee won Best Screenwriter for Kingdom: Season 2, Mo Wan Il won Best Creative Award for The World of the Married, Joo Ji Hoon won Best Actor for his role in Kingdom: Season 2, and Kim Hee Ae won Best Actress for her role in The World of the Married, at the 2020 Asia Contents Awards, which took place online on October 25, 2020. ~ Rest of the winners, Naver
  • The Man Standing Next won Best Film, Im Dae Hyung won Best Director for Moonlit Winter, Lee Byung Hun won Best Actor for his role in The Man Standing Next, and Jung Yu Mi won Best Actress for her role in Kim Ji Young: Born 1982, at the 40th Korean Association of Film Critics Awards. The physical ceremony took place on November 11, 2020. ~ Rest of the winners, Naver
  • TVXQ’s Yun Ho and actress Go So Young received commendations at an event for Savings Day. Yun Ho was awarded the presidential commendation and Go So Young was awarded the prime ministerial commendation. ~ Naver
  • Winners of the 2020 Korean Popular Culture & Arts Awards, which was held on October 28, 2020. ~ Naver, Naver
  • Parasite won Best Film, Lee Byung Hun won Best Actor for his role in The Man Standing Next, and Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won won Best Screenplay for Parasite, at the 14th Asian Film Awards, which took place online on October 28, 2020. ~ Rest of the winners, Naver

  • Jung Hae In, Jang Seung Jo, Yoon Se Ah, and Jung Yoo Jin, have confirmed to star in Snowdrop (jTBC), directed by Jo Hyun Taek and written by Yoo Hyun Mi. It is set to begin airing in March 2021. ~ Naver
  • Kim Yoo Jung and Gong Myung are in talks to star in Hong Chun Gi (SBS), directed by Jang Tae Yoo, and set to begin airing sometime in 2021. ~ Naver, Naver
  • Kim So Hyun, Ji Soo, Lee Ji Hoon, and Choi Yoo Hwa, have confirmed to star in River Where the Moon Rises (KBS2), directed by Yoon Sang Ho and written by Han Ji Hoon. It is set to begin airing in March 2021. ~ Naver, Naver
  • Jung So Min and Kim Ji Suk have confirmed to star in Monthly House (jTBC), directed by Lee Hyung Min and written by Myung Soo Hyun. It is set to begin airing in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Lee Do Hyun and Go Min Shi are in talks to star in Youth of May (KBS2), set to begin airing in spring of 2021. ~ Naver, Naver
  • Kim Ok Bin and Lee Joon Hyuk have confirmed to star in Dark Hole (OCN), directed by Kim Bong Joo and written by Jung Yi Do. It is set to begin airing in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Lee Soo Hyuk is in talks to star in The One Day Destruction Entered the Front Door of My House (tvN), directed by Kwon Young Il and written by Im Me Ah Ri. It is set to begin airing in the first half of 2021. ~ Newsen
  • Lee Je Hoon is in talks to star in Deluxe Taxi (SBS), directed by Lee Yong Seok and written by Oh Sang Ho. It is set to begin airing in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Roh Jeong Eui, Bae Hyun Sung, UP10TION’s Lee Jin Hyuk, Woo Da Vi, Lee Jung Sic, Hwang Bo Reum Byeol, CLC’s Kwon Eun Bin, Jo Joon Young, Hwang Geon, and Han Do Woo, have all confirmed to star in Dear.M (KBS2), while Kim Sae Ron dropped out of the project due to a difference in opinion. The drama is directed by Park Jin Woo and Seo Joo Wan and written by Lee Seul. It is set to begin airing in the first half of 2021. ~ Naver, Naver
  • Lee Ga Ryeong, Lee Tae Gon, Park Joo Mi, Jeon Soo Kyung, and Jeon Noh Min, have all confirmed to join Sung Hoon to star in Marriage Lyrics, Divorce Composition (TV Chosun), directed by Yoo Jung Joon and Lee Sung Hoon, and written by Im Sung Han. It is set to begin airing in December 2020. ~ Naver
  • Lee Bo Young and Go So Young are in talks to star in MINE (tvN), directed by Lee Na Jung and written by Baek Mi Kyung. It is set to begin airing in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Kim Bo Ra is in talks to star in Love Scene Number (MBC). It is set to begin airing sometime in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Seo Ji Hoon, Noh Jong Hyun, Ahn Ji Ho, Seo Young Joo, Jung Woo Jin, Jeon Jin Seo, and Kim Yoon Woo, have all confirmed to star in Youth, directed by Kim Jae Hong and written by Kim Soo Jin. It is set to begin airing sometime in 2021. ~ Naver
  • CNBLUE’s Kang Min Hyuk confirmed to join Lee Min Ki and former AFTER SCHOOL’s member Nana, to star in Oh! Master (MBC), directed by Hyun Sol Ip and written by Jo Jin Kook. It is set to begin airing on March 21, 2021. ~ Naver
  • OCN officially confirmed the 4th season of Voice, with plans to air sometime in 2021. ~ Naver
  • Seo Ye Ji is in talks to star in Island (OCN), directed by Bae Jong and written by Jang Yoon Mi. It is set to begin airing in the first half of 2021. ~ Naver
  • Lee Min Ho confirmed to star in a global drama Pachinko (Apple TV+), that unfolds across Korea, Japan, and the United States. It is directed by Justin Chon and Kogonada and written by Soo Hugh. ~ Naver
  • BLOCK B’s P.O confirmed to star in Mouse (tvN), directed by Kang Cheol Woo and written by Choi Ran. It is set to begin airing in the first half of 2021. ~ JoyNews24



  • MONSTA X’s Shownu confirmed to be the 4th judge on CAP-TEEN (Mnet), which began airing on November 19, 2020. ~ Naver

  • The government is taking action to protect underage celebrities and trainees from unfair practices. ~ Read more – Soompi, Naver 
  • Two staff members revealed to have been injured on the set of The Penthouse: War in Life (SBS) during one fire scene where the flames grew unexpectedly bigger. Fortunately, the injuries weren’t that serious, and the two staff members reportedly returned to the set after two days. ~ Naver, Soompi
  • Former Girls’ Generation member Jessica’s debut novel “Shine” makes New York Times’ Best Sellers list. ~ New York Times
  • Late Goo Ha Ra’s ex-boyfriend Choi Jong Bum received a finalized prison sentence from the Supreme Court on October 15, 2020. The Supreme Court upheld his prison sentence of one year and still found him guilty of all charges as in the previous two trials, except for filming body parts without consent, stating that it could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that filming had taken place without Goo Ha Ra’s permission. ~ Yonhap News, Soompi
  • HIGHLIGHT’s Lee Gi Kwang and his agency Around Us won the first trial in his defamation case against the politician Kim Geun Tae. In April 2020, Lee Gi Kwang‘s agency took legal action against Kim Geun Tae for defamation due to the spread of false information over manipulating music charts by illegally acquiring and misusing regular citizens’ online accounts, with the agency lodging a claim for damages. ~ Naver, Soompi
  • Former B.A.P’s member Him Chan booked for drunk driving after running into guardrails near Hakdong Intersection in Dosan Road, Gangnam. ~ Naver, Naver, Soompi


I hope you enjoyed this month’s news snippets. If there’s anything that’s missing or you’d like to see implemented in the next month’s edition, please let me know.


Editors: BrightestStar (1st editor) & Jojo (2nd editor)





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