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Pertinent significance boosts new film-TV projects

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Justin Bieber

For months now, we’ve been wondering when the hit US TV series, “The Bible,” will finally be shown in the Philippines. Now comes the answer: It’s a Holy Week attraction on ABS-CBN, and should get good viewership due to the pertinent significance of the season.

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Competing ‘fishy’ tales compared

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CURTIS. Mines a “private joke” for all of the “knowing” humor it can offer

When we first heard that both GMA 7 and ABS-CBN were planning to launch a new teleserye about mermaids, we wondered what the hey was going on. Was this a case of great minds running in the same channels—or one network second-guessing the other so astutely that it could quickly act to neutralize the competition’s imminent advantage?

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Screen classics deserve to be revisited

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“MAGNIFICO.” Still a viewable treat

Felipe Pustanes, businessman: “Maryo J. delos Reyes’ ‘Magnifico’ is a screen classic that deserves to be revisited. Jiro Manio’s performance was memorable, and I predicted a rosy future ahead for him. Sadly, fate has not been kind—but I’m hoping that he can still bounce back.

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TV-film standouts this month

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Anne Curtis. FILE PHOTO

The entertainment world is a constantly eventful, “happening” scene, but some standouts manage to call special attention to themselves. This month, they are paced by Anne Curtis, whose new teleserye, “Dyesebel,” is both literally and figuratively making waves on the electronic TV aquarium!

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In the swim–again

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CURTIS (LEFT) AND DE LOS REYES. Topbill competing mermaid series. 
illustration by Nastasha Verayo

Don’t look now, but the big news on local TV for the new telecasting season is—the return (for the nth time) of (ta-da!) the mermaid teleserye.

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Stellar transformations, successful and otherwise

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CURTIS. Her sassy antics on “Showtime” proved that she could be “one of the boys.”

A few show biz seasons ago, some stars initiated moves designed to shake up their flagging careers, and surprise and delight their fans with their energized portrayals. For instance, Anne Curtis used to be regarded as a relatively sophisticated and thus inaccessible luminary, until her sassy antics on “Showtime” proved to everyone that she could be “one of the boys.”

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Too many loose ends to tie up

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PADILLA. Should have known when to quit while he was ahead.

When a TV series is about to end, its producers often have a problem: To keep viewers interested and excited for months, its plot and subplots have become so complex-compound that, by the final telecast, it becomes difficult to make sense of all those intricate twists and turns, so that the show can end on a clear and satisfyingly logical climactic note.

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Fantasies fulfilled

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PANGANIBAN. Double the pleasure, double the fun?

People who wonder why teleseryes have been so phenomenally popular for years posit all sorts of theories to explain their unprecedentedly long reign.

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‘Dark’ possibilities make action-drama series viewable

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PADILLA. Topbills “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw” with Kris Aquino and Anne Curtis.

We made it a point to catch the first telecast of the new teleserye, “Kailangan Ko’y Ikaw,” because the possibilities of its combination of lead stars intrigued us.

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Andi Eigenmann comes into her own

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EIGENMANN. Uncommon depth and sensitivity.

Like its overachieving predecessor, “No Other Woman,” Nuel Naval’s “A Secret Affair” vivifies mainstream cinema’s disturbing penchant for scandalous behavior and infidelity-themed melodramas.

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Too mature for child actors

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MANIO. Second chance.

TESS Doce-Halili, writer and travel photographer: “I wish stars today would emulate the stars of yesteryears, who were the epitome of good manners, right conduct and proper behavior in public. They may not have led perfect lives, but at least they didn’t flaunt their disgusting lifestyles in public to generate publicity.”

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Let the real singers do the singing, please

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CHARICE. Edgy new look.

PATRICIA Albano, student: “Charice’s edgy new look has drawn a lot of flak. As she explained in interviews, however, even if she changed her looks, her attitude will stay the same. So, there. Let’s give Charice a break!”

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