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Music stars rock the Grammys red carpet

Singer Taylor Swift arrives at the 2014 HYUNDAI/Grammys Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala Activation + Equus Fleet Arrivals at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 25, 2014. in Beverly Hills, California.  CHELSEA LAUREN/GETTY IMAGES FOR HYUNDAI/AFP

Music’s brightest stars bared lots of skin on the Grammys red carpet in Los Angeles on Sunday, oozing sex appeal and taking fashion risks on the industry’s biggest night.

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Gravity,’ ’12 Years’ win big at Critics’ Choice

Amy Adams poses with the award for best actress in a comedy for "American Hustle" in the press room at the 19th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Barker Hangar on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)

“Gravity” soared with a record-setting seven Critics’ Choice Awards, but “12 Years a Slave” was named best picture.

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MMFF indies offer potpourri of cinematic styles and treats

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ISIDRO AND DELOS REYES. Topbill “Mga Anino ng Kahapon” and “Island Dreams,” respectively.

If we go by the quality of the three indies we saw last Wednesday in the five-entry New Wave section of the 39th Metro Manila Film Festival, movie buffs have something to cheer about.

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‘Battle’ of plugs for MMFF frontliners

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GANDA. Portrays four different characters—and genders.

As if we weren’t already being besieged by too many commercials, some TV shows are now devoting quite a lot of their airtime to plugging some entries to the year-end Metro Manila Film Festival.

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’12 Years’ and ‘Hustle’ top a varied Globes field

Heaping seven nominations on both the con-artist melodrama “American Hustle” and the grimly historical “12 Years a Slave,” the Golden Globes nominations set up a showdown of contrasts: comedy and drama, light and dark, white and black. The two films were validated as Academy Awards front-runners in the Globes nominations announced Thursday in Beverly Hills, [...]

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Filipino wins in New Zealand

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Auraeus Solito. inquirer photo

Filipino filmmaker won the International Indigenous Award at the recently concluded Wairoa Maori Film Festival in New Zealand. Solito presented his film “Busong” in the fest that supports, recognizes and celebrates “indigenous storytelling.” Winners each received a trophy crafted by Rakaipaaka artist Matthew Randall.

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Overload of vocal bombast

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MONZON-PALMA. Role model

“I find TV hosts’ overly dramatic way of talking annoying. Mel Tiangco always seems to be hosting ‘Magpakailanman,’ even when she’s anchoring ‘24 Oras.’ An overload of vocal bombast is also the style of Mike Enriquez and Noli de Castro, who sounds like he’s in a boxing ring. Even Jessica Soho is beginning to sound like a preacher in a pulpit. They treat television like radio, and undermine viewers’ intelligence and taste—it’s insulting.

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Zialcita deserves a retrospective

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ELLEN SANTAMARIA, businesswoman: “I am saddened by the death of director Danny Zialcita. I hope CCP would organize a retrospective of his classics, like ‘Nagalit Ang Buwan Sa Haba Ng Gabi,” “Palabra de Honor” and “Dear Heart.”

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Will we finally win the Miss Universe crown this year?

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TOGONON. Almost won the elusive title. AUGUST DELA CRUZ

The Philippines, like Venezuela, is addicted to international beauty pageants. In 1953, Armi Kuusela of Finland, the first Miss Universe, conquered the country when she came for a surprise visit.

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Understanding Nora Aunor

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AUNOR. Insights into what makes the Superstar tick—and click. ARNOLD ALMACEN

Throughout her decades-long career, Nora Aunor has been misunderstood by many—including herself! Since we’ve worked with her and think the world of her as a genuinely Filipino screen icon, we’ve taken the time to arrive at a number of insights into what makes her tick—and click.

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Reduce ticket prices, please

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REVILLAME. Gears up for ratings battle.

Gil Manalang, film enthusiast: “One of the reasons why our film industry is ‘alive’ only during the annual Metro Manila Film Festival and ‘dead’ in the months before it is the high cost of admission in movie houses. While I understand the present economic realities, perhaps film distributors, producers and theater operators can consider lowering the price of tickets to an affordable rate.

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Why I ‘turned down’ Virginia Mayo

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MAYO. Missed opportunity.

I remember one of Imelda Marcos’ film fests in the ’70s. She rushed the construction of the Film Center, hoping that the Manila International Film Festival would compete with Cannes, Venice and other international festivals. So, Hollywood stars were invited to grace the event.

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