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Cannes film festival launches race for 2014 Palme d’Or

Cannes Film Festival general delegate Thierry Fremaux, left, and Festival President Gilles Jacob, right, pose next to the poster of the Festival, at the end of a press conference to announce this years line up in Paris, Thursday April 17, 2014. AP

Movies by David Cronenberg, Jean-Luc Godard, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are among the films selected to compete for the top Palme d’Or prize at next month’s Cannes Film Festival, organizers said on Thursday.

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‘Maynila,’ ‘Weng-Weng’ in Udine; ‘Ekstra’ in Milan

VILMA Santos (center) in “Ekstra”

Lino Brocka’s digitally restored classic “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag” will be shown at the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy from April 25 to May 3. Also in the lineup is Australian Andrew Leavold’s docu “The Search for Weng-Weng”—which features the pint-size Pinoy James Bond. Six other Filipino films are in Udine (Sigrid Andrea Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot-to-Kill: Boy Golden,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift”).

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‘Purok 7’ in Italy, US

Carlo Obispo’s “Purok 7” competed at the Vittorio Veneto International Kids and Teens Festival in Italy (April 8-13). “Purok 7” will next be shown at the Julien Dubuque Film Fest in Iowa (April 23-27) and Fairmont Orchid in Hawaii (May 22-26); then in Salento, Italy, and Phoenix, Arizona. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Opening This Week

Directed by Joyce Bernal; stars Vhong Navarro, Solenn Heussaff, Joey Marquez, John Lapus, Joy Viado, Beverly Salviejo

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Film lab to hone skills of aspiring filmmakers

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“KAYAN Beauties”

To fulfill its mandate of “upgrading the craft of filmmaking in the country and to escalate it to a new level,” the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has tied up with a private movie production outfit to create the “Reality Film Lab,” a practical training ground for aspiring film practitioners.

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6 PH films in Udine

Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo

Six Filipino movies will be screened at the 16th Udine Far East Film Festival in Italy (April 25 to May 3): Sigrid Andrea P. Bernardo’s “Ang Huling Cha-Cha ni Anita,” Jun Robles Lana’s “Mga Kuwentong Barbero,” Chito Roño’s “Badil” and “Shoot-to-Kill: Boy Golden,” Jerrold Tarog’s “Sana Dati” and Siege Ledesma’s “Shift.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Stars’ career-making films recalled

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SUSAN Sarandon and Geena Davis in “Thelma & Louise” (1991)

Movie starlets wait a long time before they’re finally given their big break, by way of a hopefully “star-making” showcase that will establish their signature film persona so indelibly, that the careers they launch will span decades.

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Universal brings ‘Minion Mayhem’ to Hollywood theme park

Minion-Mayhem

Riding high on the global success of “Despicable Me,” the films’ makers have teamed up with theme park engineers to produce a tourist ride designed to immerse visitors in “Minion Mayhem.”

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Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic ‘Noah’

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Malaysia and Indonesia have banned the biblical epic “Noah,” joining other Muslim nations that forbid the Hollywood movie for its visual depiction of the prophet.

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Veteran US actor Mickey Rooney dead at 93

In this Sunday, March 30, 2014, file photo, entertainment icons Dick Van Patten, left, and Mel Brooks flank Mickey Rooney at Santa Anita Park, in Arcadia Calif. Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. AP

Mickey Rooney, whose long Hollywood career began as a child star in the 1930s, has died at the age of 93, US media reported late Sunday.

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12 Filipino interns in Van Damme film

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JEAN-Claude Van Damme. AP

The Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has sent 12 aspiring filmmakers to Guangzhou, China, for a month-long internship on the set of a Hollywood production featuring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme, FDCP chairman Briccio Santos announced during the weekend.   “They were picked by the council’s technical panel,” Santos told the Philippine Daily [...]

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Roller-coaster careers

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HILDA Koronel was a standout in Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.” This scene from the movie shows her with costar Bembol Roco.

It can be instructive to note how popular actors’ portrayals deepen or weaken through the years and decades. Some very fortunate or focused stars are amazingly consistent—for instance, when you look back on Hilda Koronel’s entire career, you can’t cite a really bad or “off” characterization.   She was a standout as early as her [...]

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