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Let a hundred creative flowers bloom

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QUEEN Latifah (right) looks awed by yoyo prodigy Alex Hattori    photo:queenlatifah.com

Thanks to TV program hosts like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres for guesting precocious child performers on their shows, thus reminding everyone that all talented kids should be encouraged to develop their creative abilities.

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Letterman hangs up his trusty ol’ mic

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David Letterman threw his legions of decades-long-addicted viewers for a loop early this month when he announced that he had decided to hang up his trusty microphone and retire as a talk-show host. He wasn’t the first late-night TV icon to do that (Jay Leno beat him to it last year and has been replaced by Jimmy Fallon), but Letterman’s retirement was still breaking news, because his small-screen persona is idiosyncratically unique unto itself.

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Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts

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As we feared, the “Mini-Me” kiddie tilt on “It’s Showtime” sometimes turns out to be less than spot-on because the child talents don’t really look and act significantly “like” the celebrities they say they’re patterning themselves after.

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Radio’s values should be defended, upheld

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We’ve been listening to our trusty and hopefully not rusty radio much more after this month, to find out how the medium is faring in this age when television reigns supreme. The good news is that local radio stations are as busy as ever, and are not about to be rendered passé by TV’s current phenomenal popularity, since they’ve worked out an implicit arrangement of appealing to separate audiences.

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Stars’ career-making films recalled

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SUSAN Sarandon and Geena Davis in “Thelma & Louise” (1991)

Movie starlets wait a long time before they’re finally given their big break, by way of a hopefully “star-making” showcase that will establish their signature film persona so indelibly, that the careers they launch will span decades.

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‘Unsinkable’ stars show the way

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CURTIS  (LEFT) AND RAYMUNDO. Refuse to be counted down and out after their traumatic experiences.

Really terrible things happen, not just to you and me, but sometimes to otherwise seemingly invincible stars and starlets. These past weeks, what these exceptions to the impervious rule have had to endure has been unusually awful and freaky:

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Sam Woolf survives make-or-break week

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WOOLF. Was he “saved” because of his looks and charisma? AMERICANIDOL.COM

We’ve stopped watching the “overstaying” TV talent tilt, “American Idol” on a regular basis, but do try to catch it from time to time, just to keep tabs on its current progress.

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Pertinent significance boosts new film-TV projects

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Justin Bieber

For months now, we’ve been wondering when the hit US TV series, “The Bible,” will finally be shown in the Philippines. Now comes the answer: It’s a Holy Week attraction on ABS-CBN, and should get good viewership due to the pertinent significance of the season.

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Amazing images inspire televiewers

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amy purdy3

Televiewing is usually a predictable exercise in “been there, seen that,” but this past week has been bracingly different, with unusual and even amazing features that have impacted strongly on our consciousness.

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Preaching to the converted

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MORGADO. Unusually photogenic Jesus in “Son of God.”

First off, we’d like to make it clear that the Burnett couple should be praised for “daring” to come up with two religious productions, last year’s “The Bible” TV series and the current film, “Son of God.”

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Forgotten comedy icons deserve retroactive recognition

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danny kaye

Literally hundreds of stars have won our hearts on the silver screen, but only a few deserve to be remembered in a special way due to their unique appeal and achievements.

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Win some, lose some for new TV5 shows

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ALWYN Uytingco (left, with Vin Abrenica) is empathetic in “Beki Boxer.”  Photo from facebook page

At first blush, TV5’s new “action sitcom,” “Beki Boxer,” “smells” like yet another one of those loud, livid and “flaming” gay romps that are played mainly for exploitative cheap kicks—and shrieks. Happily, the new weekday show is turning out to be more than that.

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