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Solenn in shorts

“Da Possessed” star Solenn Heussaff says doing short films is challenging. “We have to tell the story in 10 minutes. We have to get in character quickly.” She has two shorts so far: Peque Gallaga’s “Bayi sa Aparador” and Borgy Torre’s “Transit Visuals.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Special section in LA fest for Filipino films

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JOEL Torre in “Kabisera”

Five full-length feature films from the Philippines, products of the Cinemalaya and Cinema One fests, have earned raves on the website of the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival.

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Missing Xian

KIM CHIU. Inquirer file photo

Kim Chiu says she misses working with screen partner Xian Lim. “We both felt sad, but we’re mere employees and have to follow orders. Our bosses promised we’d have a movie together this year. I hope fans will continue to support Xian. He is a talented actor.”

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Awarded TV couple brings Jesus’ life to the big screen

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SCENE from “Son of God”

Happy Easter, dear readers! On this special day, I bring you the story of the couple behind “Son of God” and “The Bible.” He’s the Emmy-winning producer of “Survivor,” “Shark Tank and “The Voice.” She’s a Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress best known for playing an angel in “Touched by an Angel.”

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Minnie Driver plays devastated mother to a stillborn child

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THE ACTRESS with Paul Adelstein

“I wanted the film to be incredibly human, incredibly real—in the movie, there are no villains,” Sean Hanish, who directed the Lifetime movie “Return to Zero,” said in a recent conference call.

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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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