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Why Kate Upton loves Boracay

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KATE says her family has a fun dynamic. photo by RUBEN NEPALES

“It was my first-ever Sports Illustrated (SI) shoot,” said Kate Upton, perky as she is lovely in person. The model who has 1.35 million followers on Twitter alone was telling us why Boracay, an island paradise in the Philippines, was special to her. “It took two boat rides to get there after the plane ride. It was so beautiful; I loved it.”

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‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office

Captain America: The Winter Soldier. FILE PHOTO

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” stayed strong at the North American box office, muscling out the competition to retain top spot for the third week running, industry estimates showed Sunday.

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Singer Chris Brown’s bodyguard on trial in DC

Chris Brown AP FILE PHOTO

A man accusing singer Chris Brown and his bodyguard of punching him in the face is trying to “get rich” as a result of a bloody nose, a lawyer for the bodyguard said Thursday.

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Whoopi Goldberg debuts as marijuana columnist

This Wednesday, March 26, 2014 photo provided by ABC shows, from left, featured guest co-host, attorney Sunny Hostin, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters and Gerald Schwartzbach, on "The View," during the career celebration all season featuring “The Year of Barbara,” a look back at many of her most notable interviews, originally featured on ABC’s “20/20." Walters plans to make her final appearance on "The View" on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. (AP Photo/ABC, Lou Rocco)

Oscar-winning actress, comedienne and talk-show host Whoopi Goldberg sang the praises of marijuana inhaled through a pocket vaporizer on Thursday as she made her debut as an online pot columnist.

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‘X-men’ director accused of sex assault on teen boy

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A lawyer for “X-Men” director Bryan Singer on Thursday dismissed as defamatory claims that the filmmaker sexually assaulted a former child model and aspiring teenage actor.

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Jay Z to bring Made in America music fest to LA

Jay-Z, also known as Shawn Carter, left and Mayor Eric Garcetti clasp hands as they announce the Made in America Festival from the steps of City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles. AP

The Budweiser Made in America music festival is coming to Los Angeles, but who is performing and how the city will manage the two-day concert are still mysteries.

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‘Hunger Games’ top winner at MTV Movie Awards

Josh Hutcherson poses with his best male performance award and movie of the year award for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" in the press room at the MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, April 13, 2014, at Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. AP

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” earned the prize for best film at Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, besting even top Oscar winner “12 Years a Slave.”

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Depp has high hopes for ‘Pirates 5’

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DEPP (right) with Rebecca Hall and Paul Bettany in “Transcendence”

“If I was given the news that I was going to be smoke in about five weeks, I would celebrate every day. I would celebrate with the people that I love,” actor Johnny Depp said in reply to a question as to what he would do if he ends up in a similar situation with his scientist character in “Transcendence.”

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Captain America fights way to top of North American box office

This image released by Marvel shows Robert Redford, left, and Chris Evans in a scene from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." AP FILE PHOTO

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” conquered the North American box office in its debut weekend, becoming the top-earning movie so far this year, industry estimates showed on 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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Meet the CEO of the Affleck-Garner home

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Jennifer Garner looked radiant during the interview. RUBEN NEPALES

Jennifer Garner plays a capologist, or a salary cap executive, for the Cleveland Browns in director Ivan Reitman’s “Draft Day.” So, in our recent chat, the talk veered toward who the capologist is in the home she shares with actor-director Ben Affleck and their three kids.

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Pinoy DP on shooting ‘Pele’ biopic in Brazil

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A SCENE from the coming “Pele,” Jeff and Michael Zimbalist’s film on the younger years of the soccer legend, which was lensed by Matthew Libatique, first Filipino to get a major Oscar nomination— in 2011, for “Black Swan.”

In this conclusion of my column on award-winning director of photography (DP), Matthew Libatique, I share his thoughts about his Filipino roots and lensing “Pele,” the film focusing on the Brazilian soccer legend’s younger years, from his boyhood to his first World Cup victory in 1958.

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