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Monday, June 19, 2017
By Lindsey Bahr | The Associated Press LOS ANGELES—Wonder Woman fell to second place in its third weekend in theaters, but it’s still doing the heavy lifting for the otherwise lackluster summer box office. While many worn-out franchises and franchise hopefuls continue to struggle to find a significant North American audience,...

Britney dazzles Manila

Fans braved the traffic and tight security, as international pop star Britney Spears performed in Manila at the Mall of Asia Arena for the first time last Thursday night. People of all ages came in Britney-inspired outfits complete with wigs and high heels. Most of them have waited for Britney...

Milestones and memories

This June Maricel Soriano’s Ikaw Pa Lang ang Minahal turns 25. Aside from her breakthrough performance in Saan Darating ang Umaga?, this Carlitos Siguion-Reyna film is the most beloved of Soriano’s many big-screen triumphs. In 1993 the then-new Young Critics Circle  (YCC) handed out its awards for films shown the...

Nipped in the bud?

Talk of tinseltown nowadays is Maine Mendoza, the other half of the so-called AlDub love team (Alden Richards and Mendoza’s Yaya Dub), who easily won audiences with her wacky antics when their love team was still new and refreshing. To many, Mendoza is this generation’s funny girl. It’s a fact...
I’m not a professional book critic. In fact, my experience in critiquing books is only limited to tête-à-têtes with friends about the latest paperbacks we’ve read. I call them my superbook friends. Not because we’re profound readers but we like reading. This group informally started when we had a...
BOTH Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach and Megan Lynne Talde Young brought the highest beauty honors to the Philippines by bagging the most prestigious beauty titles. Wurtzbach gave the Philippines its third Miss Universe crown in 2015, while Young became the first Filipina to win the Miss World title in 2013. Looking...
EVEN now that the much talked about ABS-CBN drama The Greatest Love has ended, veteran actress Sylvia Sanchez is still reaping the fruits of the hard work she put in the show. For  what is considered to  be the biggest break in her acting career, Sanchez just bagged the KBP...
IN an ideal entertainment industry, TJ Trinidad would be the prototype of a male star worthy of admiration and emulation. There is an air of reticence about the guy, but don’t mistake that for aloofness. He’s an actor who works hard and delivers, and he’s not one to engage...

What is an Asean film?

Two of what I consider the most politically significant films made last year participated in a regional film concourse, called Asean International Film Festival and Awards (AIFFA). These films are Bor Ocampo’s Dayang Asu and Lawrence Fajardo’s Imbisibol. And the two films came home with two wins: Best Supporting...
WHY is the new album of Luke Mejares called Blackbird? “It all started as a joke among my closest friends. We have Asia’s Songbird Regine Velasquez; and there’s Asia’s Nightingale Lani Misalucha. So someone asked, ‘If you were a bird, what kind of bird are you?’ Tapos lahat sila replied...
LOOKING at Iza Calzado nowadays, one can readily see a woman of style and substance. The actress is in control of herself, her emotions and her decisions. Her demeanor exudes joy, fulfilment and happiness, without the unnecessary baggage that commonly hang on the shoulders of many personalities in the...
THERE are not many crossover classical artists in the country, and Al Gatmaitan is truly creating a niche for himself in the ever-evolving world of music.  Gatmaitan has just released his special three-track album on Spotify and iTunes, and he’s excited to share this work of love. “This album took...

Tough and tenacious

Barbie Forteza didn’t expect GMA’s Meant to Be, her latest foray into prime-time, would be a hit. “It was a pleasant surprise,” Forteza shared. A very light fare, many cynics thought Meant to Be would appeal more to the younger viewing market and would not do very well on...
Nonie Buencamino has been an actor more than half his life and he continues to surprise us with his many textured performances on film, television and the stage. Over the past few months, Buencamino has been providing a solid acting foundation in the widely followed ABS-CBN afternoon drama The Greatest...
THE film Manchester By the Sea doesn’t tug you at your heartstring; it draws you to listen to its stories. There you find the hearts and their capability to withstand pain and, maybe just maybe, nurture some hope One of these stories is that of  Lee’s. He is a janitor...
THE newest Asia ambassador for hair-care brand Pantene is GMA Artist Center star Gabbi Garcia, and she is the first Filipino to become the front woman of the brand. She stars in the latest Pantene TV commercial that will air in 10 countries, including the Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand,...

Her name is Lola

We’ve been seeing singer-actor Nyoy Volante on television quite frequently the past few months as one of the judges in a singing competition in a daily noontime show. We are happy that Volante is getting more and more exposure, and that his high level of musicality is getting noticed...

Marx & Matthias

Model-turned-actor Marx Topacio’s life suddenly took an unexpected turn after he landed the role of Azulan in the top-rating fantasy-drama series Encantadia on GMA. “It all happened so fast. Before I knew it, I was already in my costume and exchanging lines with the other cast members,” he volunteered when...
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...
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