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PH docu competes in Taiwan

Joel Torrre delivers a crackerjack portrayal in “Kabisera.”

Filipino filmmaker Anna Isabelle Matutina’s “Magdalena” is competing in the Asian Vision section of the Taiwan International Film Festival, which will be held from Oct. 9 to 19. The docu, shown at the Wiesbaden (Germany) film fest last year, focuses on a traditional midwife who struggles to make ends meet and care for a pregnant daughter who’s afflicted with leukemia.

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Win some, lose some for new TV-film stars

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JAMES Reid and Nadine Lustre got good notices in “Diary ng Panget.”

Many TV-film producers cast well-known actors in their projects to assure viewership by way of recognizable “face value.” Others, however, choose to be more daring and cast deserving newcomers in important roles. They do so as their “investment” in the future of local show biz, because new and younger stars are constantly needed to appeal to local TV’s primarily youthful viewership demographic.

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PH filmmaker Lav Diaz wins Prince Claus Award in Netherlands

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Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz is one of the 11 recipients of the Prince Claus Awards this year.

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Cyber controversy caps Cinemalaya

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ADOLFO Alix Jr.’s “Porno”

It was called a “blunder,” “a misstep,” “a nightmare.” Only hours before its awards ceremony Sunday, Cinemalaya was rocked by controversy when past films were uploaded on YouTube.

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Woody ‘always disappointed’ with every movie he makes

Woody Allen.   AP FILE PHOTO

Throughout his long career, Woody Allen has been fascinated by magic, a theme he’s explored frequently onscreen: Playing a magician in “Scoop,” sending Owen Wilson on time travel in “Midnight in Paris,” pulling Jeff Daniels out of a movie screen in “The Purple Rose of Cairo.”

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