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‘Ensemble’ casts come to the fore

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KETCHUP Eusebio scores as the lead character’s best buddy in “Dream Dad.”

In the past, interest in TV-film performance was limited to individual portrayals. These days, however, the focus has expanded to include “ensemble” or group portrayals. On the big screen, movies with big, all-star casts featuring many cameo roles, like “Love, Actually,” “New Year’s Eve,” “The Player” and “The Longest Day,” have even been cited for group portrayals.

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‘Hawak Kamay’ opts for ‘miraculous’ conclusion

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PIOLO Pascual in “Hawak Kamay”

Some weeks ago, when many problems and crises beset the characters of “Hawak Kamay,” we wondered how the series would end, and volunteered the hunch that the show would opt for a “miraculous” resolution of its many “impossible” crises.

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‘Rigodon’ of players for drama series’ Book Two

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CHRISTOPHER de Leon will be engaged in a thespic fight in this soap opera.

When “Ikaw Lamang” launched its “Book Two” recently, it was a good move on the production’s part to extend Jake Cuenca’s character, with Christopher de Leon stepping into his shoes as his more mature personification—because their acting styles are similar, they’re both floridly over-the-top!

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Is Lyca Gairanod the new Nora Aunor?

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NORA Aunor, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” grand champ. DON RAPADAS

For many years now, TV-film producers have been eagerly searching for “the new Nora Aunor,” a child singer-actress from the “wrong” side of the tracks, whose golden voice and dusky Pinay looks would captivate the fiercely empathetic masses and propel her to genuine superstardom. Many eager aspirants have tried to do exactly that, with varying levels of success.

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As long as the role calls for it

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JASON Segel (left) and Cameron Diaz in “Sex Tape”

Cameron Diaz’s frisky new starrer, “Sex Tape,” excited moviegoers—but stirred up a contentious debate over how far movie stars should go to “do full justice” to the racy and graphic roles assigned to them. Diaz herself said that those occasionally randy “requirements” didn’t faze her one bit, they were “all in a day’s work.”

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