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Friday, January 20, 2017
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;...
Christmas becomes visible to us through the crèche, the tableau attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi. Known by the more accessible term belen, the scenario is of a baby laid down on a crib the softness of which could only come from a stack of hay, not necessarily hygienic...

The men of the MMFF

FOR this breakthrough year of change at the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF), a few good men are certainly making the annual December filmfest more festive, fiery and fun. Saving Sally lead actor Enzo Marcos has transformed into somebody so different from the person he was 12 years ago when...
By Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO—A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, there were more stories than those of the Skywalker family. That was the idea Disney was counting on when it purchased George Lucas’s empire Lucasfilm for $4 billion in 2012, and the rights...
By Jake Coyle & Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press THE rising chorus for La La Land is suddenly missing a very conspicuous note. The 23rd annual Screen Actors Guild (SAG) nominations, announced on Wednesday in West Hollywood, California, included nominations for the leads of Damien Chazelle’s acclaimed musical, Emma Stone and...
Bagane Fiola surprised everyone during the recently held Quezon City International Film Festival with a work that was so unusual, it didn’t seem to belong to any kind of recognizable genre. Baboy-Halas is the title of the film, and it went on to win the plum for Outstanding Contribution...

Ronnie Alonte: Rising star

CYNICS might say he is a case of too much too soon, but rising star Ronnie Alonte just shrugs off anything negative thrown his way at this beautiful time in his young career. “I’m happy that there is a slew of wonderful projects falling on my lap, and one after...
BACK in 2010, British actor Theo James caused quite the stir when, as Turkish diplomat Kemal Pamuk, he showed up—uninvited—in the room of Lady Mary Crawley (Michelle Dockery) in Downton Abbey, which at the time was well on its way to becoming one of the UK’s biggest and best...
I WAS in grade school when Ms. Lolita Rodriguez taught me marital infidelity. My life coaches who were in the guise of aunts were always bringing me to moviehouses. My grandfather, it seemed, wanted me to be a chaperone in case my aunts were out on a date In one of...
By Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press Audiences came back for a second helping of Moana and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them this weekend. Both family-friendly films topped the post-Thanksgiving box-office charts, with Moana bringing in $28.4 million and Fantastic Beasts earning $18.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. Disney’s animated...