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Established leading men compete for supremacy

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These are interesting times for Piolo Pascual, Jericho Rosales and John Lloyd Cruz. They’ve established themselves as the “maturing” TV-film leading men to beat, so it’s instructive to see what the new entertainment season will bring for them.   Right off the bat, Piolo has set the competitive bar with his huge hit, “Starting Over [...]

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KC Concepcion admits she has a crush on Paulo Avelino

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KC Concepcion and Paulo Avelino

“Matagal ko nang crush si Paulo (Avelino),” KC Concepcion admitted Tuesday night in a television interview with Boy Abunda and Kris Aquino.

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The downside of social media

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FABIE. Pinoy performers need not seek greener pastures abroad.

Kristina Vitug, Twitter follower: “I have been comparing actors’ tweets on the Internet, but I’m more amazed and amused at readers’ reactions to what they share. Bashers and hecklers’ comments can be cruel and humiliating. Many of their comments verge on indecency, vulgarity and obscenity. This is the downside of social media. Whatever happened to good manners?”

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Instructive insights from ‘Starting Over Again’

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Despite our previously stated notes on scripting flaws in “Starting Over Again,” we congratulate the makers of the film for grossing P300 million after only a couple of weeks in release. This is a signal indication that the mainstream movie industry is slowly but surely climbing out of the rut that it’s inhabited for over a decade now.

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Piolo Pascual on skipping V-Day

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Actor Piolo Pascual, said to be dating fellow ABS-CBN artist Shaina Magdayao, prays love will come again: “I know it will happen at the right time. I didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day. It only becomes a big deal to me if I’m with someone… I’m actually more emotional during Christmas time, when I really long to be with someone special.” Marinel R. Cruz

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Escapism in Pinoy films

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SALVADOR. Fresh and classy.

Lilia De Luna, university professor: “It has been dispiriting to watch movies that reflect the preoccupation of producers to provide entertainment through slapstick comedies and romantic farces. The focus is on actors with huge fan bases at the expense of quality and plot.

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Scripting issues deflect high-flying rom-com’s upward trajectory

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PASCUAL AND GONZAGA. Belatedly introduced complication comes too late.

Olivia Lamasan’s “Starting Over Again” begins with a back story that shows lead characters played by Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga happily and even giddily in love for several years—until they break up! Why their romance ends isn’t made immediately clear, and is even kept vague until much later in the film.

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For the one that got away

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IZA CALZADO shows power of restrained acting.

We at the Cinema Evaluation Board gave “Starting Over Again” a  grade of B. Toni Gonzaga and Piolo Pascual are quite an engaging tandem. Iza Calzado showed the power of restrained acting. I enjoyed the film though the appearance of other male celebs in the latter part somehow lessened the impact of the story.   [...]

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Piolo Pascual, Toni Gonzaga to grace US premiere of ‘Starting Over Again’

GONZAGA AND PASCUAL. Maturing acting chops.

Fresh from a recent fan-packed Manila premiere with a record-breaking opening day gross of P25 million, the Philippines’s “Ultimate Heartthrob” Piolo Pascual and actress-singer-host Toni Gonzaga will fly almost 8,000 miles to meet their fans in the San Francisco Bay Area for the U.S. premiere of the romantic comedy, “Starting Over Again.”

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Piolo Pascual: I’m happy being with Shaina

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“I don’t want to preempt [love],” said actor Piolo Pascual of the reason he refused to discuss the real score between him and fellow Kapamilya artist Shaina Magdayao.

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What should stars do for an encore?

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DOMINGO. Needs to make up for lost traction.

As we start a new entertainment year, we wish only the best for stars who, in 2013, enhanced their careers with inspired and savvy moves. What should they do for an encore? Last year, Eugene Domingo distinguished herself by winning thespic honors both here and abroad. But, she concluded the year with yet another “Kimmy [...]

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Piolo plans to spend Christmas with ‘Yolanda’ victims

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Actor Piolo Pascual plans to celebrate Christmas with the survivors of Supertyphoon “Yolanda.”   He says: “My family wants to go there (Tacloban) on or before Christmas to personally visit them.   “I’m grateful for the success [of the recent Sunpiology race]. It rained but none thought of leaving. There was a free concert afterwards. [...]

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