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Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child

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THE ACTRESS with Paul Adelstein

“I wanted the film to be incredibly human, incredibly real—in the movie, there are no villains,” Sean Hanish, who directed the Lifetime movie “Return to Zero,” said in a recent conference call.

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‘Community’ star happy with return of show’s creator

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DANNY Pudi (left) and Donald Glover

“To be honest, I didn’t know about [‘Doctor Who’ or ‘Dungeons and Dragons’]. But I’m learning while I’m shooting,” revealed “Community” actor Danny Pudi, somewhat stunning the gathering of fans during the recent meet-and-greet at the Fox office in Bonifacio Global City.

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Rising star challenged by multiple ‘Orphan Black’ roles

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TATIANA Maslany thinks sci-fi is not given enough credit for its social commentary.

Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany beat more established thesps like Juliana Margulies, Claire Danes, and Vera Farmiga, among others, in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category of last year’s Critics’ Choice Awards.   Maslany won for playing a con artist and several other characters (including a cop, an assassin, etc.) in the first season [...]

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Little bro’s nutty, cosmic capers

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“STEVEN Universe” tries to be subversive in a positive way.

The new animated series “Steven Universe” looks like the trippy amalgam of 1970s anime and ’90s oddball comedy cartoons, with disparate-looking characters mingling comfortably in one kooky world.

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Magic that makes a point

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ILLUSIONIST Andrew Mayne (right) amazes a volunteer.

“My magic is not about me, it’s about the people around me and what happens when the magic of experience is with them,” said self-styled “troublemaker” and illusionist Andrew Mayne during a recent teleconference. The celebrated magician is promoting his 13-episode Lifetime series, “Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne,” which starts airing at 10:10 tonight.

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‘Carrie’ grows up just fine in the ennobling Eighties

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TEEN Carrie, as played by Anna-Sophia Robb, is more interesting and is constantly evolving.

As evidenced by the first season of “The Carrie Diaries” last year, this prequel series to “Sex and the City” follows an altogether lighter, teen drama show format. It’s not as risqué as the half-hour sex comedy series, understandably, but what it lacks in adult situations and imagery, it more than makes up for in female-empowering scenarios.

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Self-aware, hazy ‘True Detective’

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MATTHEW McConaughey (left) and Woody Harrelson play uneasy partners in “True Detective.”

“True Detective,” the much-discussed new HBO Original series, recently wrapped up, concluding creator-writer Nico Pizzolatto’s first gritty and alluring crime baffler. (A “True Detective” marathon will air on HBO Signature on March 30, from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.)

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Abbamania enjoys performing ABBA’s ‘complex’ songs

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ABBAMANIA returns to Manila. FILE PHOTO

An Abba tribute group that has performed across the globe, Abbamania formed in 1998, its members originally from Poland, England, and Scotland—“mutually” drawn to the music of the 1970s Swedish pop group.

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‘Korra’ mythology expands tremendously with ’Book Two’

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"AVATAR: The Legend of Korra"

A sequel to Nickelodeon’s hit, acclaimed cartoon series “Avatar: The Legend of Aang,” “The Legend of Korra” boldly continues the saga of an element-controlling being who now lives life anew as a heroic teen girl.

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‘Suits’ star helps in typhoon relief

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YOUNG “Yolanda” survivors in Ormoc welcome the popular US television actor.

“Prior to this show, I wore suits only to funerals and weddings,” said “Suits” actor Gabriel Macht during his Manila visit last weekend. “Now, I try and wear suits for interviews, too,” he told the Inquirer. “[Otherwise] my personal style is basically board shorts, jeans, T-shirts and combat boots!”   Macht granted interviews Sunday morning [...]

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‘Girls’ won’t be ‘Sex and the City’

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“GIRLS” cast, from left: Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet, Allison Williams

“We were all in our 20s once and I don’t think we have a shortage of those stories,” said “Girls” executive producer Jenni Konner, explaining the source of its characters’ unending pratfalls to journalists during a roundtable interview.

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‘Naked and Afraid,’ castaways survive

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ALISON Teal (left) and Jonathan Klay find themselves sorely tested on an island.

Nude castaways are challenged to survive in the wilderness, forced to rely on their wits and a few crucial objects in the Discovery reality series, “Naked and Afraid.” Two strangers are partnered and evaluated before and after they embark on their three-week survival journey—there is no cash prize, but those who survive it are rewarded with “pride and a sense of accomplishment,” according to the Discovery website.

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