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A Christmas ‘tail’–or, how Brutus got his yummy Noche Buena

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In the old Yuletide tale, the storytelling goes this way: “’Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Well, in our story today, there are lots of mice to be found scrounging around—and even a cat, constantly and frantically chasing after them!

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Niko and Flash go missing at Noche Buena

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Niko was no fun anymore. He didn’t want to play tug or fetch or even chase after the cat. All he wanted to do was sleep and have his tummy scratched once in a while. He was a lazy, old dog—so lazy he couldn’t even be bothered to lift his head when Dad brought home a new puppy and the twins nearly burst everyone’s eardrums with their shrieks.

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Viewers reminisce about TV shows they miss

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EVANGELISTA. Made “Y Speak” stimulating.

Do you have a favorite local TV program that’s been canceled? Shows are often pulled, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have fans—here are some local TV programs that some viewers would love to see back on the air again.

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Soderbergh’s drama explores the world of male strippers

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CHANNING Tatum. Photo by RUBEN NEPALES

Channing Tatum himself said it best—“Women go to male strip clubs to watch their friends’ faces turn red and to have a night of camaraderie with their girlfriends.” This seems to apply to women who go to watch a movie about male strippers, as well, judging by the delighted shrieks of female viewers at a recent screening of “Magic Mike.”

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Cynthia Alexander moves to Seattle

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ALEXANDER. Says goodbye—for now.

for now, anyway. After holding a string of farewell concerts dubbed the Send-off Series across the metro in the second half of June, the singer/songwriter is now in Seattle, her new home base.

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Viewers extol luminaries who inspire them

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ABAYA. Her great films explore issues that many viewers wouldn’t otherwise take the time to understand and be involved in.

THESE days, you’re more likely to see headlines of local celebrities behaving badly than not. So it’s time we zero in on personalities whom viewers consider inspirational.

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True test of talent happens after competition

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‘I HAVE NOTHING’ This is the song that could win everything for Jessica Sanchez when text and Internet voters select this season’s “American Idol.”  Jessica belted out the Whitney Houston song in the first of three numbers Wednesday. The fate of Jessica and the other finalist, Phillip Phillips, will be known Thursday. WWW.AMERICANIDOL.COM

Here’s the thing about “American Idol”—it’s not really a singing contest. Sure, there are contestants, and they sing, and there are judges, and they seem to make judgments about the performances. But we all know that they don’t really have a lot of say as to who gets to walk home with the prize. It is something of a popularity contest, because whoever gets the most votes wins, but that’s not the only thing that it’s about, either.

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Viewers extol ‘inspirational’ celebrities

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GARCIA. Larger than life.

IN Philippine showbiz, everyone seems to be trying to out-misbehave each other. However, there are a few “inspirational” celebrities out there who people still have a genuine admiration for.

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Screen version buries ‘Lorax’s’ message beneath the fluff

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“THE LORAX.” Tackles greed and environmental destruction.

“THE LORAX” isn’t the cheeriest tale in the Dr. Seuss canon—but, since it’s all about the effects of greed and environmental destruction, you can guess why. It’s far from grim, though; it can’t be, not with all those whimsical illustrations of tufty-headed Truffula trees and Seuss’ deliciously playful, lilting language (“At the far end of town/where the Grickle-grass grows/and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows/and no birds ever sing excepting old crows…/is the Street of the Lifted Lorax”).

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Cab drivers talk about their favorite radio programs

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TULFO. Fearless.

RADIO is the taxi driver’s constant companion. Most have it on for 24 hours. But, what is it that they enjoy listening to?

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UP alumni go caroling

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BRILLIANT voices boost the spirits of patients and their caregivers.

Caroling in the Philippines has become just another form of begging, something that writer/director and UP alumnus, Behn Cervantes, is “sick and tired” of.

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‘Memories on Two Strings’ shines the spotlight on the ‘hegalong’

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DE LEON. No musical inhibitions.

Can you produce an album’s worth of material if your main instrument only has two strings? Composer Diwa de Leon answers the question with an unequivocal yes through his upcoming album, “Memories on Two Strings.”

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