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Blurred lines

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lea salonga

It’s strange, this job. A performer gets up on stage and basically commits emotional seppuku in front of a lot of people. There’s the emotional roller coaster within the context of playing a role and, in the process, taking an audience for the ride.

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Actor makes his Mark again

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MARK Gil and Cherie Gil in “Mana”

We at the Cinema Evaluation Board gave “Mana” a grade of A. A production of De La Salle-College of St. Benilde for its 25th anniversary, the movie delves into the internal dynamics of powerful families and their deep, dark secrets.

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Will Cranston and Paul win their first Globes?

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MASLANY. Nominated for her portrayal in “Orphan Black.” Photo by Ruben Nepales

Will the final season of “Breaking Bad” give Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul their first Golden Globe trophies? Bryan and Aaron, up for Best Actor in a TV Series-Drama and Best Supporting Actor, respectively, have not won since their series debuted in 2008.

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Ironing out theater world’s ‘wrinkles’

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We were shooting the breeze with some of the country’s best veteran theater people last month, and the talk got around to what they wanted most to change about the way things are.

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Too ‘nice’ for their own good?

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When we direct new talents, we sometimes stump them when we observe that they’re talented and hardworking and all that, but they’re too “nice” for their own good. Some actors get really antsy at that remark because—hey, what’s wrong with being nice?

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Acting coaches’ erratic mentoring scored

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How do you teach children to become good actors? Judging from the many lousy juvenile performances we catch on the tube, so-called acting mentors and coaches are generally doing a deficient job, “infecting” their young students with wrong-headed notions.   As a result, most child actors concentrate on looking good, projecting porma and cuteness, playing [...]

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Eugene Domingo on the art of acting

Eugene Domingo.   AP FILE PHOTO

Eugene Domingo, star of “Status: It’s Complicated” and best actress in the 26th Tokyo International Film Festival (for Jun Robles Lana’s “Barber’s Tales”), talks about the art of acting: “I make sure that the roles and characters I take on are something I haven’t done before, or something I haven’t done recently. I avoid being in the same genre over and over again… If I feel that the timing is right, and the role is something new for me, I’ll do it.”

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For some stars, bigger challenge beckons behind the camera

GARCIA, Eddie. Directing is a 24/7 job.

Most Actors love the perks and cushy comforts of stardom, so they don’t want to trade them in for the arduous ordeals that go with TV-film direction.

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Jessica Sanchez is Frida Romero in “Glee”

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Jessica Sanchez. Photo by ELTON LUGAY

Scoot over, Sunshine Corazon. Frida Romero is the new “frenemy” in “Glee” as Jessica Sanchez steps into the TV series as the lead singer for a rival glee club.

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Whatever happened to actor Jaime Blanch? He’s in Watertown of all places

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Jaime blanch and daughter Sofia

Remember Jaime Blanch, the Filipino stage actor who appeared in the movie “Dolzura Cortez” with Vilma Santos years ago? He lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, the city that was effectively shut down as a manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect no. 2 Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, came under way.

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From kiddie to sexy

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Zaijian Jaranilla may be hanging on to his career as a juvenile actor despite the imminent threat of “galloping adolescence,” but other young actors were more realistically made to “graduate” from a kiddie TV show last month.

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Mentors as tormentors

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Some actors were shooting the breeze last week, and opinions clashed and sizzled as they compared notes on their directorial mentors—and tormentors—and what they had learned from them.

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