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Radio’s values should be defended, upheld

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We’ve been listening to our trusty and hopefully not rusty radio much more after this month, to find out how the medium is faring in this age when television reigns supreme. The good news is that local radio stations are as busy as ever, and are not about to be rendered passé by TV’s current phenomenal popularity, since they’ve worked out an implicit arrangement of appealing to separate audiences.

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Stars’ career-making films recalled

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SUSAN Sarandon and Geena Davis in “Thelma & Louise” (1991)

Movie starlets wait a long time before they’re finally given their big break, by way of a hopefully “star-making” showcase that will establish their signature film persona so indelibly, that the careers they launch will span decades.

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Win some, lose some for new TV5 shows

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ALWYN Uytingco (left, with Vin Abrenica) is empathetic in “Beki Boxer.”  Photo from facebook page

At first blush, TV5’s new “action sitcom,” “Beki Boxer,” “smells” like yet another one of those loud, livid and “flaming” gay romps that are played mainly for exploitative cheap kicks—and shrieks. Happily, the new weekday show is turning out to be more than that.

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Roller-coaster careers

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HILDA Koronel was a standout in Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.” This scene from the movie shows her with costar Bembol Roco.

It can be instructive to note how popular actors’ portrayals deepen or weaken through the years and decades. Some very fortunate or focused stars are amazingly consistent—for instance, when you look back on Hilda Koronel’s entire career, you can’t cite a really bad or “off” characterization.   She was a standout as early as her [...]

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Teleserye plots thicken–and ‘quicken’

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Anne Curtis makes a splash as the adult Dyesebel

The big news on “Dyesebel” late last month was the long-delayed, and thus much-awaited, appearance of the series’ adult stars: Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby and Andi Eigenmann. Previously, the new series bided its time and twiddled its thumbs with excessive focus on its child characters.

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Which ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilt has the moxie

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LITTLE misses with their moms off-cam during competition   EATBULAGA FACEBOOK PHOTO

The ongoing noontime rivalry between ABS-CBN’s “It’s Showtime” and GMA 7’s “Eat Bulaga” heats up even more with the two shows’ newest regular tilts, which are strikingly similar: “Eat” has revived its “Little Miss Philippines” kiddie contest—with a new twist to it: The mothers of the little girls participating in the competition are included, so the girls are made to come across as “Mini-Me’s” of their moms!

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Antagonists abound in ‘Mira Bella’

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NEWCOMER Julia Barretto plays a  cursed teen

The new drama series, “Mira Bella,” has attracted more than the usual interest due to the fact that its title player, Julia Barretto, wears heavy makeup to look like—she’s made out of wood! That’s right, her skin bears lines and whirls indicating its “wooden” essence. Is she supposed to be the female version of Machete?

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Established leading men compete for supremacy

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Piolo Pascual

These are interesting times for Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales and John Lloyd Cruz. They’ve established themselves as the “maturing” TV-film leading men to beat, so it’s instructive to see what the new entertainment season will bring for them.   Right off the bat, Piolo has set the competitive bar with his huge hit, “Starting Over [...]

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Unusual, innovative TV contests

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“POGAY” contestant Alcar John “AJ” Fullido with hosts Karylle (center) and Anne Curtis 
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Interesting talent and personality tilts have become even more popular on noontime TV shows than they used to be, with current competitions favoring the unusual, innovative and controversial.

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Confluence of mixed emotions

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RAIKKO Mateo had to mouth “grown-up” dialogue.

The final telecast of “Honesto” earlier this month was a confluence of mixed emotions for us. We felt sad for Joel Torre, whose originally just jovially larcenous character had to transmogrify himself into a really evil super-monster in order for the series’ rapidly escalating and complicating plot and subplots to “satisfyingly” hit the required heights of clangorously concluding conflict and crisis!

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Even more grueling test of endurance

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“FEAR Factor” Photo from NBC

It had been months since we watched “Fear Factor,” so we were amazed to see it as an even more grueling test of endurance and willpower than ever, occasionally to the point of painful cruelty and even abject debasement.

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Reviews for rent

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Time was when TV-film publicists knew and respected the key difference between press releases and reviews. They did their best, and worst, to “sell” the production they were shilling so that viewers would patronize them in droves—but, they wouldn’t attempt to interfere with or otherwise influence the reviewing process that would kick in after the production started its run.

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