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Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen

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SCENE from “Son of God”

Happy Easter, dear readers! On this special day, I bring you the story of the couple behind “Son of God” and “The Bible.” He’s the Emmy-winning producer of “Survivor,” “Shark Tank and “The Voice.” She’s a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress best known for playing an angel in “Touched by an Angel.”

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Depp has high hopes for ‘Pirates 5’

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DEPP (right) with Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany in “Transcendence”

“If I was given the news that I was going to be smoke in about five weeks, I would celebrate every day. I would celebrate with the people that I love,” actor Johnny Depp said in reply to a question as to what he would do if he ends up in a similar situation with his scientist character in “Transcendence.”

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Emma Watson discusses realistic depiction of childbirth in ‘Noah’

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WATSON. Compelling performance. Ruben V. Nepales

“It’s amazing how many YouTube videos there are of natural births. I watched plenty of those,” said Emma Watson, whose evolution as a fine actress continues in Darren Aronofsky’s epic, “Noah.” In a far cry from her iconic Hermione Granger role, Emma, as Ila, the adopted daughter of Noah (Russell Crowe), gives birth in one scene and delivers a riveting monologue toward the film’s end.

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A ‘transcendent’ chat with Johnny Depp about Amber Heard and the ring

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DEPP plays a terminally ill scientist who uploads his mind to a computer in “Transcendence.” Photo by Peter Mountain

LOS ANGELES—The man—our Captain Jack Sparrow, Mad Hatter, Tonto and Edward Scissorhands—is in love. In our years of interviewing Johnny Depp, the dude has always been cool and open, but in our most recent chat, he was even more candid about the new love in his life. He is engaged to be married to Amber Heard, who costarred with him in “The Rum Diary.” Sporting the unique fashion style that only he could pull off, Johnny wore a vintage 1950s jacket, striped shirt, with his favorite accessory, a bandana, this time dangling from the right pocket of his ripped, faded baggy jeans.

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Meet the CEO of the Affleck-Garner home

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Jennifer Garner looked radiant during the interview. RUBEN NEPALES

Jennifer Garner plays a capologist, or a salary cap executive, for the Cleveland Browns in director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day.” So, in our recent chat, the talk veered toward who the capologist is in the home she shares with actor-director Ben Affleck and their three kids.

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A chat with the ‘Son of God’

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ruben-diogo Diogo Morgado

“Are you kidding me?” the “Son of God” star asked aloud. We wouldn’t kid the Son of God if it were really Him. We asked Diogo Morgado if he ever imagined that someday he would play Jesus. The Lisbon, Portugal native starred in History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible,” 2013’s highest-rated cable show, and the movie, “Son of God.”

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Chris Evans on starting ‘Avengers 2,’ retiring

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“Everything!” Chris Evans exclaimed when we asked what he was looking forward to about shooting “Aven-gers: Age of Ultron,” in our chat before he left for the set in South Korea. “It’s nice to see those guys again—the whole crew. It’s nice to know that you are making something good. I have been part of plenty of movies where you start filming and you [wonder], is this going to be good? It’s not easy to make good movies. If it were, there would be a lot more of them.

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Pinoy DP on shooting ‘Pele’ biopic in Brazil

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A SCENE from the coming “Pele,” Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s film on the younger years of the soccer legend, which was lensed by Matthew Libatique, first Filipino to get a major Oscar nomination— in 2011, for “Black Swan.”

In this conclusion of my column on award-winning director of photography (DP), Matthew Libatique, I share his thoughts about his Filipino roots and lensing “Pele,” the film focusing on the Brazilian soccer legend’s younger years, from his boyhood to his first World Cup victory in 1958.

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Tina Fey talks about her new TV show after ‘30 Rock’

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FEY. Portrays feisty Russian guard in “Muppets Most Wanted.” RUBEN V. NEPALES

“It’s been a very restorative, slowly paced year,” Tina Fey said, looking relaxed indeed one recent Sunday afternoon. “It’s been a little over a year since we stopped ‘30 Rock.’ I did these movies for a few weeks at a time. Then, we started developing the show for Ellie (Kemper). Now, we’re actually about to shoot the pilot.”

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Fil-Am lenses epic ‘Noah’

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OSCAR nominee Matthew Libatique’s first concern was, “How are we going to deal with the water?”

In his first collaboration with director Darren Aronofsky since their acclaimed worldwide hit “Black Swan,” Oscar-nominated Fil-Am cinematographer Matthew Libatique is winning praises in early reviews of the epic “Noah.” “Compelling” and “astounding” are among the adjectives used to hail Matthew’s cinematography that lives up to the epic scope of Darren’s take on the biblical story.

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Depeche Mode’s founding member speaks out about Paco Larrañaga

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LOS ANGELES—Martin Gore, a founding member of Depeche Mode (cited by the British Q magazine as “the most popular electronic band the world has ever known”), supports the call to release Paco Larrañaga, who is serving a life sentence in a prison in Spain for the rape and murder of the Chiong sisters, Jacqueline and [...]

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Pinoy filmmaker to make docu on Fil-Am R&B icon

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Sugar Pie’s old record “Down in the Basement”

If all goes well, Kanakan-Balintagos’ (formerly known as Auraeus Solito) planned documentary should be a compelling one.

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