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Fil-Am manages director of potential hit franchise

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DYLAN O’Brien and Kaya Scodelario in “The Maze Runner”

Wes Ball, whose “The Maze Runner” is earning good buzz and is expected to be a hit when it’s shown in the United States starting Sept. 19, has a Filipino-American manager, Peter Cayetano McHugh. The nephew of the late Sen. Rene Cayetano is also producing Disney’s “Ghostopolis,” with Hugh Jackman attached to star; and Universal’s “Prosthesis” with Arvind Palep as director.

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Ben Kingsley eager to play emperor who built Taj Mahal

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KINGSLEY. Voices villainous character in “The Boxtrolls.” photo by Ruben V. Nepales

It’s taking years before cameras finally start rolling, but Sir Ben Kingsley recently told us that he’s still set on making a dream project come true through his production company, SBK Pictures. “On our slate is (a film on) the building of the Taj Mahal by Shah Jahan, who was the Emperor of India at the time,” said the actor who won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for playing Mohandas Gandhi.

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My time-lapse, delirious trip home

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FROM left: Francis Libiran, Celeste Legaspi and Ricky Davao party at the Pen. Photo by Ruben V. Nepales

When I reminisce after every trip back home, it always seems like a fast-moving time-lapse film, a delirious collage of food, faces of family and friends, and places. Flashing every now and then across the images of my most recent homecoming, like subtitles on the reel, are these two lines: “May reklamo ka? Itawag sa LTFRB (Do you have a complaint? Call LTFRB).”

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Nick Jonas takes a ‘big, bold step’ in solo career

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JONAS. Costars in gritty drama series.

Taking what he calls one of his “big, bold steps” as a solo act since the Jonas Brothers split last year, Nick Jonas tackles a costarring role in a TV series that requires him not only to act, but also to be good at mixed martial arts.

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Pattinson, Redmayne help Golden Globes org give grants

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ROBERT Pattinson and Eddie Redmayne met as struggling actors in London

Robert Pattinson and Eddie Redmayne laughed together a lot (they are longtime pals). Channing Tatum hammed it up for a selfie with two guests. Nick Jonas asked if the Philippines’ San Miguel Beer was available in the United States. These were some of the sidelights at the recent Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) grants banquet at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills.

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