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Ricky Gervais’ past as a one-hit pop wonder in Manila

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THE BRITISH comedian, who stars in “Muppets Most Wanted,” says he’d like to perform in Vegas with Constantine, Kermit the Frog’s evil alter ego.

We got Ricky Gervais to talk, in our recent interview, about Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, who succeeded him as Golden Globe hosts. But first, we had to tease him again about being a one-hit pop wonder in the early 1980s in the Philippines. Ricky was half of the pop duo named Seona Dancing, which released two singles, including “More to Lose,” that clicked only in Manila. He also cowrote the songs.

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For the 4th time, Avril Lavigne rocks Manila

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It was Avril Lavigne’s fourth tour in Manila but nothing’s changed and she stayed youthful as ever—except she performed onstage with Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, her new husband.

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Grammy-winning band Phoenix performs in Manila

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Phoenix frontman and singer Thomas Mars says he and fellow band members are enjoying their first visit to the Philippines and are looking forward to their concert.

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Escape

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As I write, New Year’s Eve is just a few days away. I’ll be honest; it isn’t always my favorite time of the year, for very selfish, self-centered reasons.

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Film festival a respite from tragedy

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PARADE OF STARS.  Fans mob the float of the movie “Girl, Boy, Bakla, Tomboy,” which stars Vice Ganda, during the parade opening this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.  ALEXIS CORPUZ

Some of the floats seemed smaller, the designs a tad less striking than usual. But the crowd was as loud and star-struck as ever as their favorite celebrities rode past them during Sunday’s “Parade of the Stars,” which opened the annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

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K-pop group Infinite: No lip-synching at tonight’s concert

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No lip-synching, no vocal enhancements either—this was the promise made by the Korean pop group Infinite, whose concert will be held tonight (Sunday) at Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Neri Naig: I locked myself in my room for 2 weeks

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Beleaguered celebrity couple Chito MIranda and  Neri Naig pose for a photograph on a beach in this screenshot of an Instagram post of the Parokya ni Edgar frontman.

Neri Naig on Sunday revealed that she locked herself in her room for two weeks and just wanted to disappear, after learning that a sex video involving her and boyfriend Chito Miranda was leaked online.

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Brocka classic is as relevant as ever

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KORONEL and Roco (right) topbill “Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag.”

We’re happy to announce that, after Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” and Peque Gallaga’s “Oro Plata Mata,” film buffs will get a chance to watch Lino Brocka’s exceptional 1975 drama, “Maynila, Sa Mga Kuko Ng Liwanag,” next month—when its gorgeously restored version will be screened in local theaters.

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As good as gold

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Early this year, we were shocked to hear that the storied Philam Life building on UN avenue in Manila had been sold to SM.

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Slash headlines Smart Araneta concert May 4

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Hard rock guitarist Slash. AFP FILE PHOTO

Slash, the former lead guitarist of American hard rock band Guns N’ Roses in the ’80s and ’90s, will perform at the Smart Araneta Coliseum May 4.

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Journey’s Manila concert cancelled due to sluggish sales

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The Manila concert of American rock band Journey set this March has been cancelled, lead vocalist Arnel Pineda announced Friday, citing sluggish ticket sales.

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Psy’s Manila concert postponed

Organizers of Psy’s concert originally set Thursday at SM Mall of Asia Arena announced that “they have agreed to postpone the event to February 2013 due to logistical issues.”

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