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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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All sorts of ‘selfies’

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We don’t really go for TV shows that just come up with predictable lists of “dissa” and “data,” but we sure were glad when we caught “Ang Pinaka” on GMA News TV recently, because it was unusually topical, drawing up a diverting list of different kinds of “selfies” that many people like to take of themselves.

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Crunch time for faithless, footloose Mr. Real–and his wives

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FROM left: Maricel Soriano, Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe

Now that some teleseryes have “cooked” their plot and character development to an appropriately hot-to-trot degree, they’re imminently headed for the sort of melodramatic confrontations that “deliciously” make TV fans’ viewing day.

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‘Transition’ series off to a good start

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“HAWAK-KAMAY” cast (from left): Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijian Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile and Nikki Gil

The first telecast of “Hawak-Kamay” on July 21 was an upbeat viewing experience for us, because the new series started its storytelling in the present tense, unlike many other local drama series, which just love to “start at the very beginning” (as the song goes)—two, even three, generations in the past to sluggishly establish the roots of the central conflicts that finally come to a head today!

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