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Friday, March 24, 2017
WE spent a few days in Hong Kong last week to catch the beginning of spring before we flew back to Manila and resumed our normal duties. We took this opportunity to check out the 2017 Hong Kong FilmArt, an annual event film people look forward to as it...
JUST when many were becoming anxious that the entertainment value of the hit GMA fantasy series Encantadia had started to plateau, the show unleashed one of its fiercest surprises recently by way of tapping A-list actress Eula Valdes to breathe life to the character of the evil goddess Avria. It...
I first met RS Francisco in 1990, a week after I watched the Manila production of M Butterfly. Francisco, then so dauntless and daring, was the talk of the theater scene for breathing life into the character of Song Liling, a Chinese opera diva leading a double life as both...
By Lindsey Bahr | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—The 89th Academy Awards got off on the right foot, with a song and dance, but ended with the most stunning mistake ever to befall the esteemed awards show when the best picture Oscar was presented to the wrong movie. Faye Dunaway...
Vince Tañada, the main man behind the Philippine Stagers Foundation, believes he’s on the first few weeks of his second lease on life. He has taken Katips, the musical he wroteabout the abuses of  Marcos’s martial law, on a Mindanao caravan, and they were set to perform at Saint Paul’s College in Surigao City when a 6.7-magnitude quake hit the...

All about love

IT’S officially the start of Love Week, and if you want to go with the flow, you’d probably have already made reservations for a special dinner, ordered those flowers for your significant other despite their sky-rocketing prices, or you already have all those Valentine show tickets on hand. There are...
MAYBE she is being too subjective, but teen sensation Liza Soberano unabashedly told the local entertainment press during a recent media huddle that she does not like abs in men. We reckon she has some personal bias saying this, because her onscreen partner Enrique Gil has gained quite a bit...
TODAY, the world—or universe, rather—will have a new queen. Eighty-six of the world’s most beautiful women are vying for the  prestigious title of Miss Universe, and only one will get to wear the crown. The all-important, three-phase preliminary competition of the pageant has already determined the 12 ladies who will advance...
Sandino Martin likes playing complicated characters. In the few years that he’s been in the acting business, he has given life to a confused teenager, a miner, a cadet, a nurse, a closet paramour and a troubled dog shooter. Some of these roles have even given him recognition. He bagged...
WELL-loved actors Ian Veneracion and Iza Calzado are starting the year with not one but two major opening-salvo projects. Their much-awaited romance-drama series A Love to Last made its debut on ABS-CBN channel last week. The new show is Veneracion’s follow-up to the very successful run of Pangako sa ’Yo,...
By Jake Coyle | The Associated Press IS Hollywood in the mood to party? On Sunday the movie industry will gather for the Golden Globes, which are regularly one of the most freewheeling and frothiest award shows of the year. Champagne will flow. Punchlines will fly. But the tone of this year’s...
By Joe Utichi ACADEMY Award-nominated actor Michael Fassbender has enjoyed a whirlwind career since breaking through as the star of Hunger, director Steve McQueen’s haunting profile of Irish Republican Army hunger striker Bobby Sands. It was only his third feature role, but Fassbender won a British Independent Film Award for...

Ogie takes another big leap

Sometimes, things don’t quite turn out the way you planned.  Most of the time, fate has other ideas for you, like in the case of Ogie Alcasid. Ogie was one of the prized talents of GMA, and then of  TV5.  And why not? Ogie is an icon, with almost 30...
Erik Matti’s Seklusyon took the lion’s share of the awards with eight, at the 42nd Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), which was held on Thursday night at the Kia Theater in Cubao, Quezon City. A horror thriller which explores good versus evil, Seklusyon won the Best Director plum for Matti...
By Lynn Elber / The Associated Press Actress Debbie Reynolds, the star of the 1952 classic movie Singin’ in the Rain, has died one day after the death of her daughter, actress-writer Carrie Fisher. Reynolds was 84. Her son, Todd Fisher, said Reynolds died on Wednesday. “She’s now with Carrie, and we’re all...
By Dave Itzkoff / New York Times News Service CARRIE FISHER, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movie franchise, died on Tuesday. She was 60. A family spokesman, Simon Halls, said...
THE box office results are in for the first day of the “revamped” 2016 edition of the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF)—well, for its Christmas Day opening day at least—and “leading” the 8 entries is Ang Babae sa Septic Tank 2: #ForeverIsNotEnough, the sequel to the 2011 film...
GMA’s commitment to producing child-friendly programs has been recognized once again by the Anak TV Foundation, with several of its shows taking home the iconic Anak TV Seal Award on December 10. Bannering this year’s list of Anak TV Seal awardees are the network’s public-affairs programs: multiawarded magazine show Kapuso Mo,...
INTERNATIONAL model and Mister World runner-up Fernando Alvarez is proud to call the Philippines his second home. After bagging an endorsement deal with the soap brand Psalmstre, Alvarez is bent on pursuing a career in the local entertainment scene when he comes back after the holidays. We got to speak...
By Cara Buckley / New York Times News Service OVER the past few months in New York, invitees of a specific sort have had a choice selection of star-strewn events to attend. There was a deluxe buffet hosted by Emma Stone at the Rainbow Room; tea with Marion Cotillard at Il Gattopardo;...