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Pertinent significance boosts new film-TV projects

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Justin Bieber

For months now, we’ve been wondering when the hit US TV series, “The Bible,” will finally be shown in the Philippines. Now comes the answer: It’s a Holy Week attraction on ABS-CBN, and should get good viewership due to the pertinent significance of the season.

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MTRCB reaches out to filmmakers

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VILLAREAL. Establishes framework for cooperation.

Last April 2, we were at the MTRCB to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which aims to establish a framework of cooperation and platform for dialogue between the Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI) and the government agency.

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Appealing leads buoy up underwhelming teen romp

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REID, LUSTRE AND PARAS. Youthful vibe in “Diary ng Panget’s” romantic roundelay

The big leap of “Diary ng Panget” from page to screen has something going for it—its appealing cast, led by Nadine Lustre, James Reid, Andre Paras and Yassi Pressman. When we watched the film on its opening day, its “kilig” moments had its followers happily falling into a swoon, as its actors carried the weight of their characters’ woes lightly on their young, still-unaffected shoulders—and it doesn’t hurt that they’re easy on the eye.

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A chat with the ‘Son of God’

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ruben-diogo Diogo Morgado

“Are you kidding me?” the “Son of God” star asked aloud. We wouldn’t kid the Son of God if it were really Him. We asked Diogo Morgado if he ever imagined that someday he would play Jesus. The Lisbon, Portugal native starred in History Channel’s miniseries, “The Bible,” 2013’s highest-rated cable show, and the movie, “Son of God.”

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Chris Evans soars in ‘Captain America’ sequel

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EVANS AND REDFORD. Their superhero flick entertains as much as it engages

Chris Evans says that his laid-back personality is more similar to Johnny Storm of “The Fantastic Four” than Steve Rogers of “Captain America” and “The Avengers.” But, effectively mining the differences of those characters is key to his extraordinary success in Marvel’s immensely profitable superhero franchises.

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Too similar for comfort

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WOODLEY. Does she have what it takes to make her own mark? AFP

Only a few film seasons ago, new movie star Jennifer Lawrence grabbed the show biz spotlight by topbilling hits like “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Lining’s Playbook,” even winning acting citations and awards.

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Tina Fey talks about her new TV show after ‘30 Rock’

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FEY. Portrays feisty Russian guard in “Muppets Most Wanted.” RUBEN V. NEPALES

“It’s been a very restorative, slowly paced year,” Tina Fey said, looking relaxed indeed one recent Sunday afternoon. “It’s been a little over a year since we stopped ‘30 Rock.’ I did these movies for a few weeks at a time. Then, we started developing the show for Ellie (Kemper). Now, we’re actually about to shoot the pilot.”

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Mila Kunis jokes about engagement with Tatum

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Mila Kunis joined her co-star Channing Tatum to promote their movie “Jupiter Ascending” at CinemaCon but deftly deflected questions about her reported engagement to Ashton Kutcher.

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Shailene Woodley talks about ‘Divergent’–and Jennifer Lawrence

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WOODLEY. Has a good head on her shoulders. Photo by Ruben V.  Nepales

We got on with the question right away when we recently interviewed Shailene Woodley: How does she feel about being compared to Jennifer Lawrence? “I feel that comparison always leads to despair—all of our insecurities, lack of confidence always come from comparisons when you were a kid,” the star of “Divergent” answered. “You’re constantly comparing yourself to someone else. In this industry, it’s inevitable that people are going to be compared. If they’re going to compare me to anybody, Jen is who I would choose. She’s incredible!”

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Eternal bleeding, poultry electrical wiring and other boob-tube booboos

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HOST: Is this new medicine for the blood safe to take? Guest: With the advice of your doctor, yes. If you do it on your own, however, you could be prone to eternal bleeding. (Yikes, we definitely don’t want that!)

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Canines and criminals rule

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“MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN.” Looks at dogs in a bracingly new way

Our moviegoing adventures begin with the animated feature, “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” a film for dog lovers, if ever there was one.

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‘Teleserye’ may need to rethink its values

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GANDA. Was his performance better than Joel Torre’s?

Ina Cusi, televiewer: “The scriptwriters of the new teleserye,’ ‘Ikaw Lamang,’ should rethink the values they want to impart to young viewers. Where on earth can you find a child as vindictive and scheming as the one playing the rich son of Tirso Cruz III? And, a love triangle involving kids? Really now.”

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