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Herbie Hancock memoir set for Oct. 28 release

In this Monday, Sept. 30, 2013, file photo, Herbie Hancock arrives at the LA Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Hall 10th Anniversary Celebration at Walt Disney Concert Hall, in Los Angeles. AP

Publisher Viking announced Thursday that the Grammy-winning musician’s book, titled “Herbie Hancock: Possibilities,” has a release date of Oct. 28. The memoir will be co-written by Lisa Dickey, who has also worked on books by Jane Lynch and Cissy Houston.

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Appealing leads buoy up underwhelming teen romp

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REID, LUSTRE AND PARAS. Youthful vibe in “Diary ng Panget’s” romantic roundelay

The big leap of “Diary ng Panget” from page to screen has something going for it—its appealing cast, led by Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Andre Paras and Yassi Pressman. When we watched the film on its opening day, its “kilig” moments had its followers happily falling into a swoon, as its actors carried the weight of their characters’ woes lightly on their young, still-unaffected shoulders—and it doesn’t hurt that they’re easy on the eye.

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Faulkner classic rekindles fire in James Franco’s belly

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FRANCO. Less is more.

James Franco’s decision to act in and direct the screen adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” is brave. The classic 1930 novel’s stream-of-consciousness style and complex narrative structure provide a challenge that has rekindled the fire in the actor-director’s belly.

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Authentic youth buoys up new ‘Romeo and Juliet’

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BOOTH AND STEINFELD. Cast as Romeo and Juliet, respectively, in latest adaptation of Shakespeare classic.

One of William Shakespeare’s most popular plays, “Romeo and Juliet,” has been performed for centuries all over the world, and has had at least five film versions.   George Cukor led off in 1936 with an acclaimed “filmization” that remains viewable despite the passage of many years.   In 1954, Renato Castellani directed Laurence Harvey [...]

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Joyce Ching’s ‘8 Secrets’

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My father suggested Bo Sanchez’s book “8 Secrets of the Truly Rich” to me. It has taught me that life is not just about becoming wealthy.

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