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MTRCB reminder: Only rated ‘G’, ‘PG’ movies can be shown in PUVs

MTRCB chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal: Only wholesome movies  FILE PHOTO

The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) is making sure that only “wholesome” movies will be shown in public utility vehicles (PUVs) during Holy Week.

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Pokwang to star in new TFC family rom-com ‘Ms Edsa Woolworth’

POKWANG file photo

After winning international critical acclaim for her powerful performance in the drama, “A Mother’s Story,” which garnered 18 FAMAS nominations in 2012, actress-comedienne Pokwang will star in TFC@theMovies second film offering, “Ms Edsa Woolworth.”

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Raya Martin film in UP

Raya Martin wins Best Director for “How To Disappear Completely”. INQUIRER file photo

Raya Martin returns to his alma mater UP Diliman, with “How to Disappear Completely.” The film debuted at Locarno (Switzerland) and was shown in Hamburg (Germany) San Diego (California) and Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

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Lars von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’ thoughtful, terrible

Film Review Nymphomaniac

Lars von Trier’s four-hour “Nymphomaniac,” which is being released in two “volumes,” is a sexual odyssey that could be described as thoughtful, provocative, ridiculous, comically deranged, electrically composed, occasionally beautiful, unforgettable and terrible.   It’s all of the above: a cinematic orgy from one of the movies’ most talented and most brazenly tasteless filmmakers.   [...]

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Teen sci-fi franchise ‘Divergent’ debuts with $56M

This photo released by Summit Entertainment shows, from left, Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Ben Lamb, Zoe Kravitz, and Jai Courtney, in a scene from the film, "Divergent." The film releases on Friday, March 21, 2014. AP

To go with “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” Lionsgate now has a trio of young-adult franchises with the box-office leading “Divergent.”

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‘Noah,’ revival of Bible epics, finds rough seas


In the beginning of their work together on “Noah,” director Darren Aronofsky made Russell Crowe a promise: “I’ll never shoot you on a houseboat in a robe and sandals with two giraffes popping up behind you.”

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Genre fest aims to spur film industry’s growth

PRESENT during the recent FDCP-initiated Genre Script Presentation and Awarding Ceremony were (from left) FDCP Executive Director Ted Granados; winning scriptwriters Hector Fernandez, Jose Eduarte, Ed Lejano Jr. and Agustin Sugatan Jr.; FDCP Chair Briccio Santos; winning scriptwriters Edgardo Vinarao, Reuben Canoy, Jerome Zamora, Juvy Galamiton and Mario Mendez Jr., and FDCP Executive Director Miguel de la Rosa.

Aimed at “enlivening and accelerating the growth of the industry,” the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) recently organized a film-financing meet that was attended by representatives of local and foreign production outfits, announced FDCP chair Briccio Santos.

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Turkey bans ‘Nymphomaniac’ for sex scenes

Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers wearing a paper bag over his head that reads, "I am not famous anymore" on the red carpet for the film “Nymphomaniac” at the International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin on. 9, 2014.  Turkey's Islamic-rooted government has banned "Nymphomaniac" from theaters for its extensive nudity and no-holds-barred sex scenes, drawing accusations of censorship.  AP

Turkey’s Islamic-rooted government has banned Danish director Lars Von Trier’s controversial movie “Nymphomaniac” from theaters for its extensive nudity and no-holds-barred sex scenes, drawing accusations of censorship.

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Kenya celebrates first-ever Oscars win

Lupita Nyong'o accepts the award for best actress in a supporting role for "12 Years a Slave" during the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, March 2, 2014, in Los Angeles.  AP

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o was hailed as a national hero on Monday for stunning Hollywood in her big-screen debut and scooping the best supporting actress Oscar for her role as an abused servant in “12 Years a Slave.”

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Key quotes from Oscars night


The following is a list of key quotes from the 86th Academy Awards held Sunday at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood:

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Academy Awards in numbers

Preparations continue on the red carpet during rainy weather for the 86th Academy Awards in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, for the Awards night on Sunday, March 2. The  red carpet measures 500 feett (152 meters) long and 33 ft wide. AP

Here are some details about the Oscars and the 86th Academy Awards show, in numbers.

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Prize created to honor late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman

HOFFMAN in “Capote,” for which he won an Oscar in 2006

An annual prize will award $45,000 to a playwright in honor of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this February from a suspected heroin overdose.

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