By Ruben V. 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.
By Nestor U. Torre
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.
By Oliver M. Pulumbarit
Young American-Canadian star Megan Charpentier is thrilled to star with viral sensation Grumpy Cat, the perennially “frowning” feline with over 7 million Facebook fans to date, in Lifetime’s live-action special, “Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever.”
Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” has received a nomination for best foreign language film at the 35th London Film Critics’ Circle. It’s up against “Ida” (Poland), “Leviathan” (Russia), “Two Days, One Night” (Belgium), and “Winter Sleep” (Turkey). Awards night is on Jan. 18.