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Confluence of mixed emotions

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RAIKKO Mateo had to mouth “grown-up” dialogue.

The final telecast of “Honesto” earlier this month was a confluence of mixed emotions for us. We felt sad for Joel Torre, whose originally just jovially larcenous character had to transmogrify himself into a really evil super-monster in order for the series’ rapidly escalating and complicating plot and subplots to “satisfyingly” hit the required heights of clangorously concluding conflict and crisis!

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‘Eat Bulaga’s’ competitive counter-moves make witty waves

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FROM left: “Foreignoy” Visayas winner Christian Arno Williams from England and finalists Richard Hwan from Hong Kong and Karan Singhdole from Punjab, India eat bulaga facebook page

While we were watching the grand finals of “It’s Showtime’s” “That’s My Tomboy” tilt recently, we wondered what GMA 7’s “Eat Bulaga” was doing to compete with the admittedly popular special event. So, we tuned in to “Eat”—and found that, among other things, it had whipped up its own special competition for the nonce, and it too was a unique and viewer-drawing lulu:

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Stars call attention to themselves in creative ways

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SANDRA Bullock in a scene from “Gravity,” for which she got an Oscar nomination. AP

An old saw in show business goes this way: “You’re only as good as your last performance.” Another time-tested truism: “Stars don’t care what you say about them, as long as you spell their names right.” A third old chestnut wraps things up with: “Nobody ever went hungry underestimating the intelligence of the average show biz fan.”

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For the least of these, our brethren

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EWAN McGregor hiked for days to deliver vaccines in the Himalayas. www.unicef.org.uk

Quite a number of celebrities have lent their names to important advocacies to make the world a better place, especially for the poorest of the poor. But, we daresay that few have given as much of their time and energy as Ewan McGregor for the Unicef immunization project called the Cold Chain Mission.   Last [...]

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From troubled youth to new ‘king’ of Hollywood

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Leonardo DiCaprio. AP FILE PHOTO

In our view, one of the biggest winners at last week’s Golden Globe Awards was Leonardo DiCaprio, star of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The TV-film tilt had other major and “upset” victors, but Leo stands out because his Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) award symbolizes the apex of his difficult, career-long self-transformation, from a sensitive to even troubled child actor to the veritable King of Hollywood he has become today.

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A really good try

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VICE Ganda’s most successful characterizations are as a man and woman.
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When we first heard last year that Vice Ganda was planning to star in a film that would require him to play a set of quadruplets made up of four genders (boy, girl, gay, tomboy) we thought it was a brilliant but risky move on his part.

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Three culinary divas find the kitchen too hot to handle

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Three weeks ago, “kitchen goddess” Nigella Lawson shocked her fans by admitting that she was an occasional cocaine user. They were surprised because her cool and beautiful public persona was so seemingly perfect that it brooked or betrayed no negative possibilities at all to mar the glacially lovely façade of her signature screen image.

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For oldtimers only

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CONTESTANTS of “Pinoy Henyo”

As the telecasting year draws to a close, we note a more competitive energy (if not frenzy) on noontime shows, especially in their efforts to “one-up” each other by way of the innovative regular game portions or talent and personality tilts that their respective brainstormers are able to think up.

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Frenetically ‘colorful’ development distracts from rom-com leads’ portrayals

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BEA ALONZO and Enrique Gil

Bea Alonzo turned in the best performance in “Four Sisters and a Wedding,” so we looked forward to her solo female lead portrayal in Mae Czarina Cruz’s “She’s the One,” with Dingdong Dantes costarring.

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Tribute to a fallen character–and star

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THE CAST of the high school musical drama “Glee” said goodbye to Finn Hudson, the beloved singer-quarterback, while paying tribute to Cory Monteith (extreme left photo), the late actor who had portrayed him, in a much-anticipated episode. AP

When “Glee” star Cory Monteith died a few months ago due to drug-related causes, the hit show’s many fans were left shocked and bereft. His costars felt the unexpected loss even more, especially his real-life love, Lea Michele. That early, people were already wondering how the series would deal with the loss of its lead actor and the departure of the central character he portrayed.

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Finding our own voice–and identity

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It’s interesting to note that noontime TV rivals, “Eat Bulaga” and “It’s Showtime,” conducted recently contests that both highlighted Filipinos’ penchant for impersonation—“Eat” with its “Ikaw at Echo” sing-alike tilt and “Showtime” with its “Kalokalike” contest.

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New features on ‘Ellen’ hit viewers’ sweet spot

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ELLEN DeGeneres got her own star along Hollywood Boulevard last year.  AFP

Now that she’s been hosting her hit talk-variety show for a full decade, Ellen DeGeneres and the members of her think tank have to really stretch their creativity “muscles” to think of new ways to keep viewers interested. Familiarity does breed, perhaps not contempt, but boredom—so, it’s time to hustle!

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