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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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Roller-coaster careers

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HILDA Koronel was a standout in Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.” This scene from the movie shows her with costar Bembol Roco.

It can be instructive to note how popular actors’ portrayals deepen or weaken through the years and decades. Some very fortunate or focused stars are amazingly consistent—for instance, when you look back on Hilda Koronel’s entire career, you can’t cite a really bad or “off” characterization.   She was a standout as early as her [...]

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Teleserye plots thicken–and ‘quicken’

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Anne Curtis makes a splash as the adult Dyesebel

The big news on “Dyesebel” late last month was the long-delayed, and thus much-awaited, appearance of the series’ adult stars: Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby and Andi Eigenmann. Previously, the new series bided its time and twiddled its thumbs with excessive focus on its child characters.

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Competing ‘fishy’ tales compared

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CURTIS. Mines a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer

When we first heard that both GMA 7 and ABS-CBN were planning to launch a new teleserye about mermaids, we wondered what the hey was going on. Was this a case of great minds running in the same channels—or one network second-guessing the other so astutely that it could quickly act to neutralize the competition’s imminent advantage?

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