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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Testing the waters

There’s always room in the acting business for those who want to test the waters. The advent of new local film festivals is giving more opportunities for newbies who might want to pursue acting as a career. In the action-packed film AWOL, there are several newcomers who caught our attention....
After its undeniably successful first season, GMA proudly brings back the hit prime-time series Alyas Robin Hood in a much more exciting second season this month. Dingdong Dantes returns as Pepe de Jesus, a former vigilante known as Robin Hood and is now a full-fledged lawyer that mostly takes on pro bono cases to...
THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) was established in 2002 under the Office of the President as the lead agency for film with the mandate of formulating and implementing programs and policies that will not only upgrade both the art and business of local filmmaking, but also...
THESE are exciting times indeed for our producer-friends Nando Ortigas and Eddie Rocha as they embark on bigger, braver, brighter projects for the future. We met Ortigas and Rocha during the early stages of production for the film Heneral Luna, now considered a history-making, game-changing venture that somehow altered the...
THE last time Celeste Legaspi held a solo concert was in 1987, 30 long years ago. “My last major concert was before we staged Katy ,” the legendary singer shared in one recent intimate chat with a select group of media. She was asked, “What made you walk away?” After contemplating...
Out of the nine films in the main competition section of this year’s Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival, at least half feature lead women characters. Multiawarded Angeli Bayani, a regular fixture in this annual festival, has never won the Cinemalaya Balanghai trophy. This year, she is in very strong contention for...
Thespian Bembol Roco is on a roll. By the time you read this, there might already be a new addition on the trophy shelf tucked somewhere in a small corner of Roco’s simple Quezon City abode that will serve as a constant reminder of how great an actor he is. Cinema...
Jett Pangan and Medwin Marfil are two of our favorite vocalists. Pangan is the frontman for the iconic band The Dawn, while Marfil does lead vocals for the group Truefaith. On July 22 both Pangan and Marfil will be part of a concept show, billed as The ’90s Live, at...
Enmity never been so deliciously served as in FX’s Feud. At the end of the fourth episode of this series, which chronicles the long rivalry between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, one gets this feeling he’s watching the two actresses reprise their battle against themselves and each...
FILIPINO filmmaker Paolo Villaluna froze for a few seconds when 2017 Shanghai International Film Festival Jury President Cristian Mungui announced his film had won the festival’s top prize. “For the humanism and universality of the story, for the simplicity of the style and realization, for the nonconformism with which it...
MEGASTAR Sharon Cuneta has just wrapped up the third leg of her 2017 US concert tour at the Alex Theater in Glendale, California, and she is more than pleased with the turnout of the crowd that set aside the summer heat to be part of her concert. Cuneta was in...
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...
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