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Olivia Lamasan’s box-office secret

“Starting Over Again” director Olivia Lamasan reveals her box-office secret: “Malaki ang input ng mga artista. I always tell them, ‘I don’t know everything. You’re here to help me figure out the best way to do things.’ When I was new, I was more controlling. I’ve reached a point in my career where I’ve realized [...]

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Alfonso Cuaron wins best director Globe for ‘Gravity’

SANDRA Bullock in “Gravity.”

Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron won best director Golden Globe on Sunday for spectacular 3D space drama “Gravity,” starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

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British director to do Fil-Am Olympic hero’s biopic

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Victoria Manalo Draves will be portrayed by actress Georgina Tolentino.  CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

An Oscar-nominated and Sundance award-winning British filmmaker will be working on a biographical film about Victoria Manalo Draves, the Filipino-American who was the first Asian-American to win Olympic gold medals for the United States.

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The surprising thing that Sofia Coppola remembers about the Philippines

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COPPOLA. Helms “The Bling Ring.” RUBEN V. NEPALES

Imagine, director Sofia Coppola still remembers how to sing the “Pambansang Awit” (the Philippine national anthem). We were floored when Sofia, speaking in her usual quiet manner, replied to our question on what she remembers about the Philippines when she and her family were there for the “Apocalypse Now” shoot: “I know the national anthem. I could sing it, but I won’t.”

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Kathryn Bigelow on being named ‘Hollywood’s ballsiest director’

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CAMERON’S former wife is winning acclaim for her thrilling followup to “The Hurt Locker.” ruben v. nepales

How does Kathryn Bigelow feel about Time magazine’s Richard Corliss proclaiming her as “Hollywood’s ballsiest director”?

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Acclaimed Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu dies

Koji Wakamatsu. AFP FILE PHOTO

Award-winning Japanese director Koji Wakamatsu, whose film career started in pornography and ended in acclaimed independent productions, has died after being hit by a taxi, an aide said Thursday.

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Courage and acceptance

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Marilou Diaz-Abaya

True-blue friends in the film biz are so hard to find that I count mine on fewer than 10 fingers. One of those digits “belongs” to Marilou Diaz-Abaya. She has permanent “ownership” because, through our decades-long friendship, she has brought nothing but light and laughter and a lot of good times into my life—due to which, my cup runneth over!

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INA Feleo

Actress Ina Feleo on the health condition of Marilou Diaz-Abaya, her director in the film, “Ikaw ang Pag-ibig,” for Star Cinema: “We shot the movie last year. Direk Marilou’s cancer was in remission at the time. The whole time we were working, wala siyang sakit. After she was done with editing, nagpa- check-up siya at [...]

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Lorenzo P. Tuells’ features were commercial and artistic triumphs

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TUELLS. Contributed to the popularity of Carmen Rosales and Rogelio dela Rosa’s screen tandem.

No movie director has been as “undervalued” as Lorenzo P. Tuells. For almost three decades, from 1930s to the ’50s, he held important positions in various studios like Excelsior Films and Lebran International, where he directed his first English movie, “The Spell,” in 1950. At Sampaguita Pictures, Tuells directed two versions – in English and [...]

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Long lines fetch 12 more screens for ‘Zombadings’

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LAUREN Young, Kerbie Zamora and Martin Escudero in “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington”

Director Jade Castro was both thrilled and tense, in an almost bipolar way, as “Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington” went on a commercial run. “I was excited to show our film nationwide, but I was nervous, too,” he told Inquirer. “I knew we had to make money on the first day or we’re [...]

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A Lav affair with Venice

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After a three-year absence, Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz is back in the circuit with his latest work, “Siglo ng Pagluluwal (Century of Birthing),” which will have its world premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival next month. Fest consultant (for South Korea/Southeast Asia) Paolo Bertolin relayed the good news to Inquirer Entertainment via e-mail: [...]

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Brocka, Bernal: Who was the better director?

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Funny how some cinematic controversies never seem to get settled. At a recent forum, two groups of young film lovers passionately debated once more the old (and we thought already cold) question, “Who is the better director, Lino Brocka or Ishmael Bernal?” To make things dodgier still, they asked us to help “settle” the issue, [...]

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