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A dashing, defiant ‘Da Vinci’

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TOM RILEY in “Da Vinci’s Demons,” on Fox

Italian visionary Leonardo da Vinci is a defiant and reluctant hero in the new drama “Da Vinci’s Demons,” created by David Goyer, screenwriter of “Man of Steel” and “Blade.”   An accessible merging of historical and fantastical exploits, the show depicts the innovator as an inquisitive but sometimes flaky fellow, able to craft some unheard-of [...]

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Like Elmo performing with late dad FrancisM

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ALL IN THE FAMILY (from left): Maxene, Saab, Arkin, mother Pia, Clara, Elmo and Frank. INQSnap this page to view the remastered “Kaleidoscope World Forever” music video! RODEL ROTONI

Most stars who belong to show biz families try to play down blood ties to avoid comparison with more famous relatives.   Not Elmo Magalona. The 19-year-old singer-rapper does not shy away from projects that are sure to evoke memories of his father, the late rapper Francis Magalona.   Elmo’s latest musical endeavor—a revival of [...]

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Girl power deftly plays ‘Game of Thrones’

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EMILIA Clarke plays Daenerys, a subservient wife who triumphantly leads a loyal army.

War between self-appointed kings and power-craving players continues to rage in the latest season of the fantasy-epic series “Game of Thrones,” HBO’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s hit series of books.   While it started as a seemingly male-dominated conflict, some female characters were influential, or continue to wield power behind the scenes, ably guiding [...]

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Wanderland 2013: Appeasing a country’s ‘Coachella Dreams”

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Most Filipino audiophiles and art enthusiasts can only dream of being part of West Coast America’s famous, and supposedly, coolest annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. But thanks to the folks at Karpos Media, we get the closest thing to it back home.

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Fact, fiction fuse in Cold War tale

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ERI Russell and  Matthew Rhys in “The Americans”

Often discomfiting, the Cold War drama “The Americans” is about two KGB agents posing as ordinary American spouses in the early 1980s.   Starring Keri Russell (“Felicity”) and Matthew Rhys (“Brothers and Sisters”) as Elizabeth and Philip Jennings, “The Americans” mingles fact and fiction, creating compelling scenarios set during the Reagan administration. The spy partners, [...]

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Awarded ‘barrio director’ has new hometown film

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GIL M. PORTES directs a scene in his latest indie film.

Director Gil M. Portes insists his latest indie film, “Bayang Magiliw,” is based on a true story that happened in his hometown of Pagbilao in Quezon province.   The lead character was really a vice mayor, “a very powerful one,” in his barrio, Portes says. The mayor was always somewhere else, so his next in [...]

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Half-Pinay Vanessa White jazzes up British girl band

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VANESSA White wants to revisit Boracay.

“It’s really flattering,” said Filipino-British singer Vanessa White, about being compared with vocal powerhouses Christina Aguilera and Mariah Carey.   White, 23, is the youngest member of the British girl band The Saturdays. She talked about her career and the group’s new reality series, “Chasing The Saturdays” during a recent teleconference with Asian publications.   [...]

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Media men, celebs to give cancer-stricken kids a V-Day treat

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CLIFF RICHARD at Araneta Coliseum

On Valentine’s Day Thursday, civic-minded celebrities, including media men, will spend time to cheer up cancer-stricken children at the Tahan-Tahanan facility of  East Avenue Medical Center (EAMC) in Quezon City.   The special program is part of the second year anniversary celebration of Tahan-Tahanan—a halfway home for pediatric cancer patients from 0 to 20 years [...]

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Farewell, ‘Rocker’ Reuter

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A WORLD War II veteran kisses Fr. Reuter’s hand during the 60th anniversary of Los Baños POW Camp in 2005. The priest was a survivor of the prison camp. RAFFY LERMA

I feel like a part of me has been torn away. Fr. James Reuter is gone. I am sure Jesus Christ prepared a choir of angels to welcome him and give him a big pat on the back for a mission successfully carried out.

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Canadian portrays Titanic’s ambitious metallurgist

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KEVIN Zegers

“This doesn’t deal with the sinking of the ship,” clarified Canadian actor Kevin Zegers, who stars in the History miniseries “Titanic: Blood and Steel.”

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How Ryan, Juday keep their individualities

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RYAN Agoncillo says jealousy spices up things.

Being married doesn’t necessarily mean doing everything with your partner or being together 24/7, said Ryan Agoncillo. The TV host-actor, just back from the Maldives where he and wife Judy Ann Santos celebrated their third wedding anniversary, believes that giving space is crucial to maintaining a sound relationship.

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Sharon: It was never about the P1-B deal

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CUNETA was generally upbeat when she met the press at the recent launch of her new program. But she turned emotional when talk shifted to the rift with her aunt, Helen Gamboa

Sharon Cuneta’s decision to jump ship and sign a five-year contract with TV 5 last November created a storm of criticism, with some people calling her an ingrate for turning her back on ABS-CBN, her home network for 23 years.

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