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Lav Diaz’s ‘Norte…’ earns Spirit Awards nod

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Sid Lucero in “Norte”. CONTRIBUTED IMAGE

The Philippines’ entry to the Oscar and Golden Globe Awards’ best foreign film races, Lav Diaz’s “Norte, the End of History,” earned a best international film nomination in the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards. Honoring the best in indie cinema, the Spirit Awards cited “Norte…” and five other leading best foreign film contenders in the ongoing awards season.

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Film on young Pacquiao’s untold story

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Director Paul Soriano (right) reports that he got full cooperation from his famous subject Manny Pacquiao for the biopic, “Kid Kulafu.”

What were Manny Pacquiao’s childhood and teenage years like? How did the tough challenges he endured in Mindanao help make him the world boxing sensation that he is today? Director Paul Soriano promises to tell untold stories of Pacquiao’s struggles as a youth in his movie, “Kid Kulafu.”

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Julianne Moore on Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart

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MOORE. Generating Oscar buzz for her portrayal of a woman with Alzheimer’s disease. 
photo by ruben v. nepales

“It’s interesting because somebody just brought that up the other day,” Julianne Moore replied when I recently asked her in London about her experience working with the two most popular young actresses today in Hollywood—Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart. “This person said, ‘My gosh, you’ve worked with two of two young female leads in enormous worldwide franchises.’ What’s been interesting to me is that they’re both beautiful and talented. They’ve worn the mantle of their success very well.”

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’It’s amazing to find somebody you love’

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THE “SHERLOCK” actor voices the lupine character Classified (right) in “Penguins of Madagascar”  photo: imdb.com

LOS ANGELES—Benedict Cumberbatch’s body clock was out of whack. Having just arrived from London less than 24 hours before this interview at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, he had gone to bed at 10:30 the night before and woke up at 3:30 in the morning. Smiling, he said he’d had two breakfasts—“healthy” ones, he clarified.

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J-Law hopes to direct, maybe a sitcom, someday

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PHOTO BY RUBEN V. NEPALES

“I don’t want to change but people need to stop being such a–holes,” Jennifer Lawrence declared in a recent interview when asked if she remains genuine and unaffected amid all that she has experienced (including the nude photo-hacking scandal).

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