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‘OTJ’ energized by savvy choice of subject

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ERIK Matti (center) directs Gerald Anderson (left) on the set of “On the Job.” reality entertainment

For years now, the Filipino action film, which lorded it over the local entertainment scene decades ago, has been practically extinct. On occasion, some efforts are made to revive it, although without much success.   But, the current film “On the Job” is doing better than expected at the tills, so if it continues to [...]

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Piolo and Gerald act against type

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ANDERSON AND TORRE. Determinedly realistic appeal.

Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson take a big risk by acting against type in director Erik Matti and screenwriter Michiko Yamamoto’s gritty cops-and-robbers thriller, “On The Job”—which polarized critics when it premiered at this year’s Cannes film festival. Pertinently, the “robbers” we’re referring to don’t just include petty thieves, but also bounty hunters and high-profile “goons” who carry badges and hold fancy titles that render them practically untouchable! Ring a bell?

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Piolo to lock lips with Eugene Domingo off cam?

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Due to his heavy workload, Piolo Pascual reluctantly bowed out of “Kimmy Dora: The Prequel Kiyeme”—the third and last installment of the “Kimmy Dora” franchise, which will be part of this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival.

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Gerald Anderson in a different league of acting

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GERALD Anderson and Joel Torre in “On the Job”

Looking back on his experience working on his latest movie, the crime thriller “On the Job,” Gerald Anderson couldn’t help feeling “blessed and lucky” that he was given a “rare opportunity” to be in the company of Piolo Pascual and Joel Torre—two actors in show biz whom he emulates.

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Flamboyant star kicked out of far, far country

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Karma recently caught up with Flamboyant Star. A highly-placed source told Rushes about FS, who was set to do a string of shows in an affluent far-away land.   Unknown to FS, the secret police made sure to watch the first show so no violations would be made against a very strict code of conduct. [...]

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Yes, I Cannes!

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Piolo Pascual on his coming trip to Cannes: “I don’t want to miss the world premiere of (Erik Matti’s) ‘On the Job.’ It’s a different feeling, walking the red carpet with your film’s delegation— like being an athlete in a global event.” Bayani San Diego Jr.

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Blasts from the past

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THATCHER. Principled policies and decisions.

Kudos to the GMA News Channel for having had the bright idea of recently replaying a special telecast of “Firing Line,” in which Teddy Benigno had the rare privilege of interviewing no less than British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, decades ago.

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Piolo, Gerald star in Matti’s Cannes-bound film

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PIOLO Pascual aims at the “core” of his assassin character. Photo from ORANGEMAGAZINETV.COM

There is a third Filipino film that will premiere in Cannes next month. Apart from Lav Diaz’s “Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan” and Adolfo Alix Jr.’s “Death March” in the Un Certain Regard section, Erik Matti’s “On the Job” was selected to be part of the Directors’ Fortnight, “a noncompetitive, independently programmed section that is held parallel” to the main competition of Cannes.

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Scenes from last Sunday’s Star Awards for Movies

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The red carpet had been rolled out as early as 6 p.m., or even much earlier. Photographers, cameramen and show-biz scribes roamed the lobby of the AFP Theater waiting for the first batch of celebs to grace this year’s 29th Star Awards for Movies, mounted by the Philippine Movie Press Club (PMPC) last Sunday.

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HEARD

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“Apoy sa Dagat” star Piolo Pascual on his son Iñigo: “Heartthrob sa school ’yun. Maraming mga babae sa States, medyo aggressive so nakakatuwa naman since he studies in a Christian school … Buti na nga lang medyo involved siya sa extra-curricular [activities], and siya mismo nagsasabi na kapag may mga ganung advances galing sa mga kaklase niya … bata talaga—siya rin ’yung natatakot, siya rin ’yung umiiwas.”

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John Lloyd Cruz’s girlfriend has the ‘hots’ for Piolo Pascual

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Piolo Pascual and Angelica Panganiban.

As if her boyfriend, blockbuster king John Lloyd Cruz, is not enough, actress Angelica Panganiban openly declares her desire for aging heartthrob Piolo Pascual, a report from INQUIRER Bandera said Wednesday.

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Ballroom brawl goes cyber

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ARA MINA hasn’t heard from sis.

Colorful Actress related to Rushes a shocking online skirmish between two society belles, Controversial Celebrity and Feisty Wife of Influential Personality.   CC and FW had a harsh exchange of words on a social networking site. Allegations of “gate-crashing” and “free-loading” were thrown around.   The reason, according to a mole, is a festering rivalry [...]

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