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Stellar cast buoys up ‘The Giver’

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THWAITES, STREEP AND BRIDGES. Costar in film version of dystopian thriller.

Meryl Streep shot some of her scenes in “The Giver” while she was filming Rob Marshall’s star-studded screen musical, “Into The Woods,” where she sings Stephen Sondheim’s brooding melodies as the vengeful Witch.

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Satisfying mix of feel-good tunes from Kris Allen

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ALLEN. His music conveys contentment.

You can’t blame singers for coming up with unconventional ways to drum up interest for their new albums: Two years ago, to promote “Thank You, Camellia,” Kris Allen invited his followers to an impromptu concert at the Santa Monica pier with a cryptic tweet: “Who wants to go to the beach and watch some guy play a couple of tunes? Hear he’s OK.”

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Dingdong Dantes gets ready to take the plunge

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DANTES. His key advantage has been frittered away.

Dingdong Dantes has always sounded like he has everything about his life figured out. If he is nervous about tying the knot with Marian Rivera on Dec. 30, it doesn’t show. When did he realize that Marian was the right woman to take to the altar?

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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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