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‘Transition’ series off to a good start

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“HAWAK-KAMAY” cast (from left): Iza Calzado, Andrea Brillantes, Zaijian Jaranilla, Piolo Pascual, Xyriel Manabat, Yesha Camile and Nikki Gil

The first telecast of “Hawak-Kamay” on July 21 was an upbeat viewing experience for us, because the new series started its storytelling in the present tense, unlike many other local drama series, which just love to “start at the very beginning” (as the song goes)—two, even three, generations in the past to sluggishly establish the roots of the central conflicts that finally come to a head today!

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Two for the ‘maindie’ movie show

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TEEN idols Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla score a hit.

The recovering Filipino movie industry is coming up with more productions these days, most of them “indie,” but only a few of them manage to get playdates in local cineplexes, which continue to favor across-the-board releases of Hollywood blockbusters, like the “blanket,” near-total dominance of the new “Transformers” sequel in the last week of June.

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Successfully second-guessing ‘The Voice Kids’ voters’ verdicts

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LYCA’S edge is her “masa” projection, calling to mind the unique appeal of the Superstar.

When the six semifinalists of “The Voice Kids” were chosen last July 13, we decided to analyze each one’s “pro” and “con” factors in advance of their square-off on July 19 and 20, to second-guess who would proceed to the finals, where only four would compete.

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Attention-grabbing gambits on talk TV

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HOST Jimmy Fallon performed a crazy stunt with an A-lister. AP

TV hosts with daily or nightly shows are fully aware that familiarity breeds, if not contempt, then the constant bugaboos of predictability and consequent boredom. So, they literally stay awake at night thinking of unusual attention-grabbers to keep their shows’ regular viewers happy—and surprised!

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Philippine comedy after Dolphy

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DOLPHY chose an inviting, inveigling approach,  establishing a smiling, “winking” camaraderie with audiences.

King comic Dolphy is being lovingly remembered on his birth and death anniversaries this month, so he may no longer be with us—but, what do you know, he’s still very much around!

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