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Film academy to Congress: Probe MMFF funds release

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LEO MARTINEZ

The Film Academy of the Philippines (FAP) has asked Congress to investigate the release of proceeds amounting to P82.7 million from screenings of Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) entries in previous years, and to stop some festival organizers’ “stonewalling.”

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‘X Factor’ champ ‘gives face’ to OFWs

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 photo, Rose Fostanes speaks to the Associated Press before a rehearsal of the X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. The 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Jonathan Catunao, engineer: “I followed the journey of ‘X Factor Israel’ winner, Rose Fostanes, not only because of her booming voice and down-to-earth disposition, but also because she ‘gives face’ to so many migrant Filipino workers. You truly had it your way, Osang!”

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MMFF feats indicate sound management of funds, says Tolentino

Chairman Francis Tolentino of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The “record-breaking” achievements of the latest Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) indicate proper handling of funds amid allegations that millions of amusement taxes have yet to reach intended beneficiaries, an official said Friday.

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MMFF denies fund mishandling allegations

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MARICHU-Maceda

The executive committee of the Metro Manila Film Festival denied Thursday the allegations of the Film Academy of the Philippines that the MMFF officials mishandled the earnings of the movie festival, which almost reached P1 billion.

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A really good try

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VICE Ganda’s most successful characterizations are as a man and woman.
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When we first heard last year that Vice Ganda was planning to star in a film that would require him to play a set of quadruplets made up of four genders (boy, girl, gay, tomboy) we thought it was a brilliant but risky move on his part.

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Actors ask court to order MMDA to release MMFF proceeds

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Chairman Francis Tolentino (INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO) and actor Leo Martinez (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO)

The country’s organization of movie actors asked on Wednesday the Quezon City court to compel the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), which organizes the annual Metro Manila film festival, to release some P82.7-million worth of proceeds from screenings in previous years to their rightful beneficiaries.

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Metro Manila film fest grosses nearly P1B

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After a two-week run in theaters nationwide, last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) broke all records as its eight official entries brought in nearly P1 billion in overall gross revenues, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced Sunday.

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Best wishes for Sharon

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Geraldine Acosta, businesswoman: “I have a strong feeling that Sharon Cuneta will surprise us this year. My wishes for her this year: I hope she wins the battle of the bulge, gets her dream role in a movie, topbills an original Filipino stage musical, and writes a book about her life. Belated happy birthday, Shawie —you will always be my Megastar!”

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Viewers nix product placements and tie-ups

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We join many viewers in noting with alarm the return of “commercial product placements and tie-ups” to both the big and small screens this season.

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Believability, total commitment, hallmarks of a memorable portrayal

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VIC SOTTO and Aiza Seguerra approach one pivotal scene in two different ways.

One of the more exceptional portrayals in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) was turned in by Aiza Seguerra in “My Little Bossings.” It serves as a sterling example of what constitutes good, sensitive acting on the local silver screen—and, contrastingly, it shows us why other portrayals were deficient.   Aiza scored with her performance, [...]

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MMFF 2013: A defining event for Filipino cinema

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WILLY Layug in “Dukit”: Rich in imagery of Filipino religiosity

One should take stock of the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) 2013, not just because of its main entries but also because of the full indie features that comprised the festival’s pre-event section called New Wave.

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Postscript to the Metro fest

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The annual Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) has become part of the Pinoy Christmas tradition. Sadly, it seems like the MMFF elicits more jeers than cheers. It’s unfortunate that the well-crafted films are overlooked because of the sheer hype that the top grossers generate.

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