[Weekly Up & Down] K-pop Scene Covered with Controversies vs. ‘Seobok’ Bravely Confirms Its Release in Theaters

#More People Thoughtlessly Swap Stories About Irene

Credit: SM Entertainment

Red Velvet’s Irene is suffering from over-the-line malicious comments. After editor/stylist A shared a post exposing one celebrity’s abuse of power on her Instagram on October 21, Irene and her agency SM Entertainment admitted the allegations and issued an apology. Though it was a shock, the controversy was expected to end when A, who received a direct apology from the idol, deleted her post. However, reckless criticism and speculation against Irene are spreading like wildfire. The media is continuing its “witchhunt-like” reports, taking the lead in finding fault with Irene.


#South Korea Submits ‘The Man Standing Next’ to the 2021 Oscars


The Man Standing Next has been selected as South Korea’s entry for the International Feature Film category of the 93rd Academy Awards. The judges explained their choice, saying, “It is an attractive film featuring a rather dark side of the history of South Korea, which made rapid leaps in post-war economic growth and is now leading cultural trends. Lee Byung Hun, who is well-known in the U.S., also showed outstanding performances.”


# TVXQ’s Changmin Ties the Knot

Credit: SM Entertainment

TVXQ’s Changmin became the first married man in the group. On October 25, he married his fiance, who he has been dating publically. The wedding was originally scheduled for September 5 but was postponed once in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. After the singer made the surprise announcement about his wedding, fans from all over the world have been sending their congratulatory messages.


# GOT7’s Youngjae Embroiled in Controversy over School Violence

Credit: JYP Entertainment

One netizen A alleged that GOT7’s Youngjae used to be a school bully. On October 20, A posted a lengthy writing titled “I am revealing one idol who used to be a school bully” on an online community. A, who identified himself as a victim, claimed that he was in the same class as Youngjae in high school and added that he used to beat him up for no particular reason and even extorted money. Later, JYP Entertainment stated that they have met with the writer, but he could not provide any evidence to support his allegations and stressed that they will be taking firm legal action against groundless rumors.


#‘Call’ to Be Released on Netflix & ‘Seobok’ Confirms its Release in Theaters in December

Credit: Netflix, CJ Entertainment

Call, which drew attention with the meeting of rookie director Lee Choong Hyun, Park Shin Hye and Jeon Jong Seo, eventually chose to go to Netflix after indefinitely delaying its release since the spread of COVID-19. On October 20, Netflix announced that it will unveil the film Call exclusively worldwide on November 27. It has been reported that besides Call, Night in Paradise, Space Sweepers and Wonderland are also in talks with Netflix. Meanwhile, Seobok, starring Gong Yoo and Park Bo Gum, confirmed its release in December, aiming for the year-end peak season.


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