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Malaysia, Indonesia ban biblical epic ‘Noah’


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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Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger

Muslim men display a banner during a protest demanding the cancellation of the Miss World pageant, in Jakarta, Indonesia on September 6. AP

A glittering final to the Miss World beauty pageant takes place on the Indonesian island of Bali Saturday under heavy security as Muslim hardliners threaten fresh protests at the venue.

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Security tight at Miss World crowning in Indonesia

Indonesian police officers patrol around the venue of the Miss World competition in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia, Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013. The Miss World final will be held later in the day after weeks of protests from Muslim hardliners and warnings that extremists could attack the pageant. AP

Security is tight ahead of the crowning of Miss World on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali, where the event was moved following protests by Muslim hardliner groups.

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Pinoy jazz in Indonesian fest

BAIHANA, composed of three young women,  in a pre-departure gig  RICHARD A. REYES

This past weekend, Pinoy jazz superstars graced the World Youth Jazz Festival at the Jungle Land Theme Park in Bogor, near Jakarta, Indonesia.   The Filipino guests were jazz keyboard icon Boy Katindig and Baihana.   Baihana is a trio of talented women who are beginning to get noticed in international events. It is composed [...]

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Dingdong Dantes’ surprise gift to Marian


Actor Dingdong Dantes treated girlfriend Marian Rivera, who celebrated her 29th birthday on Aug. 12, to a three-day vacation at the posh Amandari Resort and Spa in Bali, Indonesia.

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Aerosmith drops Indonesia show over security fears

This Nov. 2, 2012 file photo shows, from left, Tom Hamilton, Brad Whitford, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform on NBC's "Today" show in New York.  AP

Aerosmith canceled a show in Indonesia after authorities there said they had foiled a bomb plot targeting the Myanmar embassy.

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Maguindanao film wins in Indonesia fest

“Cartas de la Soledad”

Maguindanaoan filmmaker Gutierrez Mangansakan II’s “Cartas de la Soledad” was chosen best Asian film at the just-concluded Jogja-Netpac Asian Film Festival held in Indonesia. Netpac stands for the (international) Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema.

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Visceral thrills explode in exceptional actioner

UWAIS. Topbills exhilarating police procedural from Indonesia.

Forget “Expendables 2. If it’s nonstop action you like, the movie to watch doesn’t have Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger and other aging Hollywood action heroes in its cast: Gareth Evans’ exhilarating “The Raid: Redemption,” which begins its Manila run next week, is the best action movie we’ve seen in years—and it’s from Indonesia!

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Bright feathers in their caps


Just in time for its 33rd anniversary, “Eat Bulaga” has come up with its latest and most surprising coup—it’s the only Filipino TV show to have its format “exported” to and franchised in Indonesia!

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Lady Gaga’s Indonesia concert cancelled – organizers

Indonesian Islamic hardliners chanting "go to hell Lady Gaga" stage a protest outside the US embassy in Jakarta against US pop diva Lady Gaga's concert here. AFP PHOTO / OSCAR SIAGIAN

Pop diva Lady Gaga’s show in Indonesia was cancelled Sunday, with the promoters saying the security threat was too serious after Islamic hardliners threatened “chaos” if she entered the Muslim nation.

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Indonesian police consider toned-down Gaga show

Muslim men shout slogans during a rally against US pop singer Lady Gaga's concert that is scheduled to be held on June 3, outside the US Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 25, 2012. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth.  AP PHOTO/DITA ALANGKARA

Police in Indonesia, after refusing a permit for Lady Gaga to perform in Jakarta, said Friday they were considering an offer from her local promoters to tone down the pop superstar’s racy show.

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Lady Gaga refuses to tone down her shows—manager

Muslim protesters throw shoes at a defaced poster of US pop singer Lady Gaga during a protest against her concert that is scheduled to be held on June 3, in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, May 24, 2012. Lady Gaga might have to cancel her sold-out show in Indonesia because police worry her sexy clothes and dance moves undermine Islamic values and will corrupt the country's youth. The writing on the poster reads "Lady Gaga is a prostitute and Satan worshipper. AP PHOTO/TATAN SYUFLANA

SINGAPORE—Pop superstar Lady Gaga would rather cancel dates in her world tour than make changes to appease censors and religious groups, the US singer’s manager said Thursday as controversy dogs her in Asia. Troy Carter said that in any case, nothing would appease the religious hardliners who have denounced Lady Gaga in South Korea, Indonesia [...]

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