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Catchy dance tunes turn up the summer heat

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PALTROW. Performed “Happy” in the 100th episode of “Glee.”

Steve Carell and Gru’s Minions were kept appropriately loopy by the theme song of “Despicable Me 2” throughout the animated feature’s shoot. Pharrell Williams’ Oscar-nominated ditty, “Happy,” is so relentlessly catchy that it got Meryl Streep, Amy Adams and Lupita Nyong’o unabashedly grooving to it at the Oscars last month.

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Rafael Rosell stands by his principles

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We always see Rafael Rosell in leading-man roles or provocative pictorials. But, the actor was a pleasant surprise when we finally met him and realized that there was more to him than his smoldering good looks and ripped physique.

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Gritty biblical epic breaks the mold

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Russell Crowe almost always delivers, especially when he doesn’t insist on singing in his films. His latest project, Darren Aronofsky’s gritty “Noah,” is a high-concept biblical epic cum art flick that breaks the mold of the cookie-cutter religious movies we grew up with.

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Appealing leads buoy up underwhelming teen romp

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REID, LUSTRE AND PARAS. Youthful vibe in “Diary ng Panget’s” romantic roundelay

The big leap of “Diary ng Panget” from page to screen has something going for it—its appealing cast, led by Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Andre Paras and Yassi Pressman. When we watched the film on its opening day, its “kilig” moments had its followers happily falling into a swoon, as its actors carried the weight of their characters’ woes lightly on their young, still-unaffected shoulders—and it doesn’t hurt that they’re easy on the eye.

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Kim Rodriguez finally fulfills her ‘lola’s’ dream

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RODRIGUEZ. No time for love—for now

Kim Rodriguez is only 19, but she has already portrayed lead roles in the drama serials, “Kakambal ni Eliana” and “Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw.” But, if you think GMA 7’s Pretty Young Thing has it easy, think again: “I live alone. I used to have my lola with me until she passed away in 2009,” Kim relates. “I’ve paid my dues. Nung una, nagta-talent ako—they would hire me as a passerby in crowd scenes. Then, I auditioned for a role in ‘Tween Hearts’—and the rest is history.”

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Protean musicality boosts Shakira’s latest album

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SHAKIRA (WITH RIHANNA, BELOW). Her music has as much soul as it has chart-topping spectacle

Shakira’s self-titled 10th studio collection—which debuts at No. 2 on Billboard 200 this week (her highest charting album to date)—gathers seemingly disparate elements that coalesce into a coherent fusion of themes, genres, eloquent singing and radio-hooking melodies.

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Chris Evans soars in ‘Captain America’ sequel

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EVANS AND REDFORD. Their superhero flick entertains as much as it engages

Chris Evans says that his laid-back personality is more similar to Johnny Storm of “The Fantastic Four” than Steve Rogers of “Captain America” and “The Avengers.” But, effectively mining the differences of those characters is key to his extraordinary success in Marvel’s immensely profitable superhero franchises.

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Ruben Studdard reinvents himself in ‘Unconditional Love’

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STUDDARD. Waxes cleverly chosen revivals that don’t sound like karaoke staples

Ruben Studdard calls “Unconditional Love,” his sixth studio album, the “recording that everybody expected from me when I won ‘American Idol’ in 2003.” Thanks to executive producer David Foster, the disc compiles cleverly chosen revivals that don’t “sound” like karaoke staples. In fact, it is Studdard’s most accessible—and best— album to date!

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TJ Trinidad’s lessons in selflessness

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TRINIDAD. “An actor is only as good as his last project.”

TJ Trinidad is grateful for the diverse roles that continue to come his way. We were moved by his performance as the doting husband of a schizophrenic, played by Agot Isidro, in Alvin Yapan’s award-winning MMFF New Wave entry, “Mga Anino ng Kahapon”—and he clinched the Best Supporting Actor prize for his stirring turn in the Cinemalaya entry, “Sana Dati.”

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Crucial juggling act for Kristoffer Martin

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MARTIN. Actors need a backup plan

Education doesn’t rank high on some young actors’ list of priorities. During a quick chat with a teenage star last year, we were taken aback when the giggly young actress casually admitted to us that she wasn’t keen on finishing her studies because, she reasoned, “I can already buy whatever I want from my earnings in show biz—so, why go to school?”

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When Ms Fey meets Miss Piggy

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FEY AND MISS PIGGY. Who will steal Kermit’s heart?

It isn’t easy being green—especially if you have a bunch of attention-seeking animated performers to manage. But, the resilience of Kermit the Frog (voiced by Steve Whitmire) is truly put to the test when his nasty doppelganger, Constantine (Matt Vogel), throws him into a Siberian gulag (run by the musical theater-loving Nadya, portrayed by Tina Fey) and takes his place as the leader of the Muppets.

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Exciting collaborators spice up Enrique Iglesias’ ‘Sex and Love’

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IGLESIAS. His smoldering good looks and Latino sensibility add zing and sizzle to his bump-and-grind repertoire.

Enrique Iglesias is hailed by Billboard as the King of Latin Pop—with good reason: The youngest son of crooner Julio Iglesias and Filipina socialite Isabel Preysler has produced 24 No. 1 Spanish-language singles so far on the magazine’s Hot Latin Tracks. His latest bilingual release, “Sex and Love,” is expected to boost that impressive haul further.

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