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Plucky portrayals boost MMFF’s fearless indies

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PADILLA IN “M.” Experience trounces enthusiasm.

Experience trounces enthusiasm in the Best Actress race of the 2014 Metro Manila Film Festival’s New Wave category. Zsa Zsa Padilla doesn’t let the dawdling pace of Zig Dulay’s otherwise well-meaning “M. (Mother’s Maiden Name)” slow her down.

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Anna Kendrick is pitch-perfect in ‘Into the Woods’

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KENDRICK. Portrays Cinderella in screen version of well-loved stage musical. RUBEN V. NEPALES

While Anna Kendrick sings in “Pitch Perfect 1 and 2” and “Into the Woods,” she said that her experience in these films couldn’t be more different. “I sang pop music in ‘Pitch Perfect,’ and that was so much fun,” said the actress in an interview at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

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Only In Hollywood: Stars from Baker to Cumberbatch–on Christmas

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Benedict Cumberbatch: “The real treat is being with family.”ruben nepales

For Benedict Cumberbatch, Christmas means a rare time to pause and relax with his family. For Simon Baker, it will be a day on the beach because his holidays are usually spent back in Australia, where it’s summer at the end of the year. For Tim Burton, it used to be “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—that was how he decorated for the Yuletide season. Here, they and other celebrities share their plans, memories or thoughts about Christmas.

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Viewfinder: Spouses and other strangers

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Jamie and Doug get hitched in “Married at First Sight.” photo: www.fyi.tv

Arranged marriages used to be common in Asia, but times have changed, so it strikes some viewers as a bit unusual that a new show has made it to the TV screen that focuses on three couples who get married without the benefit of courtship, falling in love, etc.

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Traffic!

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Just out of curiosity, I went on an online lyric site to see if there existed a song titled “Traffic.” I found one by the Stereophonics with two lines that seem to totally apply:

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