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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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Oscars backstage: Cool Jared, grateful Lupita

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JENNIFER Lawrence (left) pretends to snatch Lupita Nyong’o’s Best Supporting Actress trophy backstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theater.   Getty Images/AFP

“Does anybody want to try it out for size? You can. Here, pass it around.” With those words, Jared Leto handed over his Oscar Best Supporting Actor trophy to media folk gathered backstage during the recent 86th Academy Awards.

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Matthew McConaughey, from Globes to Oscars

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McCONAUGHEY plays an unlikely health crusader in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

Matthew McConaughey’s grin was priceless when he recently got back his Golden Globe trophy for Best Actor–Drama, this time with his name engraved on it. He looked at the nameplate with unabashed joy after Theo Kingma, president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which votes on the Golden Globes, presented the trophy to him. Then Matthew sat down, put the trophy on the table, and talked about his busy awards season, which culminates at the 86th Academy Awards (tomorrow morning, Manila time).

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Fiennes directs, acts in Dickens film

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AS DICKENS, the actor-director says, he wanted to show the literary figure’s vitality, totality.

The past year saw a bumper crop of good films, so several others didn’t get the attention that they deserve. One such film is Ralph Fiennes’ second directing work, “The Invisible Woman,” in which he also stars as Charles Dickens. In this follow-up to his directing debut, “Coriolanus,” Ralph fashions a lyrical, absorbing movie based on Claire Tomalin’s investigative biography of Dickens’ secret lover, Nelly Ternan, played excellently by Felicity Jones.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman: An Appreciation

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HOFFMAN in “Capote,” for which he won an Oscar in 2006

“I just wanted to be an audience member,” Philip Seymour Hoffman recalled, in one of our several interviews, his most fervent wish when he was in his pre-teens. Fortunately for us, Philip instead went on to audition for stage roles, leading to stunning performances in theater, television and film. He left us with that priceless legacy when he died in his native New York last Feb. 2—a shocking, saddening piece of news.

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‘Mrs. RoboCop’ Abbie Cornish tagged new Sharon Stone

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Abbie Cornish 2

How does she feel about being tagged as the new Sharon Stone? “My cheeks just flushed a little bit,” admitted Abbie Cornish, in a sexy black jumpsuit, upon hearing that question in our interview at the SLS Hotel. “I haven’t read that,” she said with a laugh. “You are getting a first-hand reaction. How do I feel about that? I don’t know. We have talked about Nicole Kidman and the comparison there. I don’t know, honestly. These things are compliments to me because Sharon Stone is a beautiful woman.”

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Fil-Am Oscar nominee ecstatic

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FILIPINO-AMERICAN Robert Lopez and wife Kristen Anderson have earned an Oscar Best Song nod for “Let It Go.” Photo by Ruben Nepales

“Pinch us!” exclaimed Filipino-American Robert Lopez, on the news that “Let It Go” (from “Frozen”), which the Tony Award-winning composer (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”) wrote with his wife, Kristen Anderson, earned an Oscar Best Song nod last Thursday morning. Robert and Kristen were among the film talents who woke up to learn that their names were among those announced as 2014 Oscar nominees by actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs in an early morning ceremony at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.

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All set for Hollywood party of the year–71st Globes

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THE STAGE is readied for the descent of the biggest stars. photo by Ruben V. Nepales

Will Jennifer Lawrence bring her new boyfriend, actor Nicholas Hoult, to Hollywood’s party of the year? Jennifer, a nominee, is one of the many stars expected to descend again on the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, this Sunday evening (tomorrow morning, Manila time) for the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

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Coming soon: Jolie’s villainous Maleficent, Tina Fey’s feisty prison guard

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“THE MONUMENTS Men” (from left): John Goodman, Matt Damon, George Clooney, Bob Balaban and Bill Murray

Angelina Jolie’s eagerly anticipated turn as the villainous Maleficent, Tina Fey’s feisty prison guard camping it up with Miss Piggy, Kermit and the entire Muppets gang, Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac” volumes 1 and 2, Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” explorers, the superhero gangs—X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy (with Fil-Am Dave Bautista as Drax)—are among cinema’s eclectic fare in 2014.

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Hollywood stars’ holiday memories

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PENELOPE Cruz says Christmas is a time for the entire family to bond.  photo by ruben nepales

May you have time to pause and enjoy time with your family and loved ones this Christmas! Several stars shared their holiday thoughts and memories with the Inquirer. One of them, Celine Dion, revealed that she and her family had Christmas dinner with her mother, Therese Dion, last October.

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Fil-Am composer a Golden Globe nominee

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AT THE nominations announcement (from left):  Miss Golden Globe 2014 Sosie Bacon, actors Olivia Wilde, Aziz Ansari and Zoe Saldana, and HFPA president Theo Kingma.

Filipino-American Robert Lopez and his wife, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, were among the people who woke up Thursday morning to find they had been nominated to the Golden Globe Awards. Robert, award-winning cocreator of “Avenue Q” and “The Book of Mormon”—whose father is part-Filipino—and Kristen nabbed a best original song nod for their powerful ballad, “Let It Go,” sung by Idina Menzel from the animated film, “Frozen.”

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Ron Burgundy’s back, thanks to Will Ferrell

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FERRELL as Burgundy, “America’s most trusted and beloved TV anchor” Photo from imdb.com

Ron Burgundy, “America’s most trusted and beloved television anchor,” is back, mustache and all, in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” The dapper, polyester suit-clad stereotypical 1970s male chauvinist even came out with a memoir, “Let Me Off at the Top! My Classy Life & Other Musings,” on the cover of which he himself penned the blurb, “I Wrote a Hell of a Book!”

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