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‘Metro Manila’ tops British indie awards

JOHN Arcilla (foreground) and Jake Macapagal star in the British production.

Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was declared the surprise winner at the British Independent Film Awards, bagging three major honors: best British independent film, director and achievement in production. Filipino actors John Arcilla and Jake Macapagal (nominated for best supporting actor and most promising newcomer, respectively) attended the event held in London on Sunday night.

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Filipinos headline 3 films nominated for Oscars

Briton Sean Ellis, second from left, writer-director of ‘Metro Manila’ - Britain’s nominee to the Oscar Awards’ best foreign language film, poses with his actors, from left, Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla and Althea Vega, prior to the premier screening at a cinema in Taguig City on October 3. AP

Filipinos get top billing in three foreign language film nominees in no less than the prestigious Academy Awards.Britain’s nominee as best foreign language film for the Oscars features an all-Filipino cast and a story that traces the sacrifices and hopes of an impoverished family from the countryside that tries its luck in the dark and squalid ghettos of Manila.

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John Arcilla spectacular in ‘Metro Manila’

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JOHN Arcilla in “Metro Manila”

John Arcilla is like family to me. His late Auntie Erly was one of my mom’s “loyalists.” John was also the acting coach of my dala-gay, IC, during his child actor days. That’s why I’m mighty proud of John, who’s making waves in the international scene.

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Tail Tales

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My pet Chow Chow Drake is two years old. I got him from a breeder I found online. He’s pretty high-maintenance. He has to shower twice to thrice a week and needs to be brushed constantly so his fur won’t get tangled. I take him to the vet once or twice a month—to check on how he’s doing, or for his regular shots. He gives me pure happiness and a sense of contentment, and valuable training on how to take care of fragile living things, like future children! Pets are always at the door to meet you when you arrive home. Pets keep you company when you’re lonely. Plus, pets always seem content with their lives—that’s incredibly infectious. Drake eats only dog food—it’s tried and tested. I don’t want him to acquire allergies. But sometimes I give him doggie treats. Bayani San Diego Jr.

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The Philippines, Pinoys in coming Oscars race

JM RODRIGUEZ in “Metro Manila”

The Philippines and Filipino actors are featured in two foreign films vying for the Oscars. British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” was chosen to represent the United Kingdom in the Academy Awards’ best foreign language film category of the Oscars. Shot in the Philippines, “Metro Manila” top-bills Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega, JM Rodriguez and other Filipino actors. It won the audience award at the last Sundance fest.

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‘Metro Manila’ wins at Sundance Film Festival

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British filmmaker Sean Ellis’ “Metro Manila” wins the World Cinema Dramatic Audience Award at the Sundance film fest which ends in Utah Saturday (Sunday Manila time), according to Filipino actor John Arcilla who attended the event.

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‘Bourne’ red carpet preem Sunday night

JOHN Arcilla

Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy,” the Hollywood action thriller filmed in the country early this year, will have its grand Philippine premiere at the Resorts World Newport Performing Arts Theater tonight. Some of the Filipino actors who are in the film’s cast have been invited to grace the event.

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A word from that ‘amazing’ Filipino actor in ‘Bourne Legacy’

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JOHN Arcilla, second from left, with his Hollywood “fans,” Rachel Weisz, Jeremy Renner and Tony Gilroy.

Stage and movie thespian John Arcilla couldn’t contain his excitement when he learned that Hollywood director Tony Gilroy had praised him and other local actors cast in the action thriller, “The Bourne Legacy.”   Arcilla told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that he received good feedback from Gilroy right on the set when the movie was [...]

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Filipino actors in ‘Bourne’ share valuable insights

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JOHN ARCILLA

John Arcilla, one of the few Filipino actors in the cast of “The Bourne Legacy,” said he came to the set of the Tony Gilroy spy-thriller expecting to be star-struck and intimidated by lead actors Rachel Weisz and Jeremy Renner. He was surprised that he felt neither.

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A ‘Bourne’ legacy

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PRODUCER Pat Crowley (right), with actors John Arcilla (in suit) and Lou Veloso, distributes school kits to children in San Andres.

The children of San Andres in Malate, Manila, will remember Rachel Weisz not only for spending time in their neighborhood to shoot the film “Bourne Legacy,” but also for an act of generosity seen to make their days happier. The actress donated funds for the renovation of a playground at the San Andres Sports Complex, [...]

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John Arcilla: No starstruck actors on ‘Bourne’ set

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IÑIGO Vicente Bautista del Rosario, Bong Revilla and Lani Mercado’s third apo

John Arcilla could barely contain his excitement after he made it to the cast of “Bourne Legacy.”

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