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Mitoy Yonting wins some, loses some

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YONTING. Grassroots appeal

Mitoy Yonting’s debut studio recording, “Hanggang Wakas,” comes on the heels of other releases from “The Voice of the Philippines’” alumni, like Klarisse de Guzman, Paolo Onesa, Myk Perez and Janice Javier.

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Brave trio for stage adaptation of ‘Fatal Attraction’

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MCELHONE, BAZELEY AND DAVIS. Revive screen thriller about marital infidelity on the London stage.

It is not unusual for popular theater productions to take the big leap from stage to screen (“The Sound of Music,” “Chicago,” “Mamma Mia”), but it’s trickier for film classics to jump to the stage, like the visually enchanting but ultimately unsatisfying “Lord of the Rings” musical (which returns to the stage in 2015)—because actualizing their rabid followers’ high expectations is close to impossible!

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‘The Purge: Anarchy’ ups the horror ante

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GRILLO. Out to settle an old score.

What would you do if it were legal to commit heinous crimes over a period of 12 hours? Would you use it to settle old scores? Ethan Hawke’s character fell victim to this type of “cleansing” in James DeMonaco’s “The Purge” last year.

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Significant TV starrer for Dennis Trillo

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TRILLO. Cast as a barrio doctor in “Sa Puso Ni Dok.”

The most fully realized performance by any actor in the Director’s Showcase at this year’s Cinemalaya was turned in by Dennis Trillo, who delivered a thespic high-wire act as a disgraced cop who is as ruthless as an assassin as he is gentle as a much-abused son in Mike Tuviera’s exceptional action-drama, “The Janitor.”

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No-frills approach boosts Martin Nievera’s acoustic set

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NIEVERA. “Jamming”-inspired, no-frills approach.

If you’re used to watching Martin Nievera on TV struggle with notes that are already too high for him, his latest album, “My Acoustic,” will enable you to see—and hear—him in a different light. His renditions in the compilation recall the vocal magnificence and unforced allure of his early hits, like “The Best Gift,” “Meldy (Make A Smile)” and “Love for Real.”

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