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Adventures in concert promotion

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THE LETTERMEN signed autographs for fans until midnight. INQUIRER PHOTO

Which rock star jumped into a taxi cab upon arrival in Manila, not bothering to wait for the limo that would take him to the hotel? Which talents posted the biggest “challenge”? Which artists were “nice”? I found out from Renen de Guia, who dished about his experiences as a concert promoter for 35 years.

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Zach Braff recalls days as waiter

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LOS ANGELES—People had just seen Zach Braff’s film in LA. And who waited on them in a restaurant they went to afterwards? Zach himself. “Only in Hollywood,” the actor unintentionally mentioned this column’s name as he talked about his life and career in a recent interview at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. He’s [...]

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Jim Parsons likes contrast between ‘Normal Heart,’ ‘Big Bang’ roles

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JIM PARSONS (left) and Taylor Kitsch play activists in “The Normal Heart.” JOJO WHILDEN/CONTRIBUTOR

Jim Parsons welcomed the chance to play a character who “radiates warmth” for a change in “The Normal Heart,” in contrast to his “cold, analytical” geek in “The Big Bang Theory.”

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Hugh Jackman talks about next ‘Wolverine’ film and skin cancer

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IN THIS interview, the Aussie actor with a bandaged nose says he wants to make people more aware about carcinoma. RUBEN V. NEPALES

Hugh Jackman walked into a meeting room at the Ritz Carlton in Central Park with a small bandage on the right side of his nose. With the white strip on his face, he looked like he had been in a brawl. He cracked with a grin as he sat down, “I hope this finally puts to bed those nice-guy rumors, all right? That’s done.” Laughing, he jested about who he just had a fight with. “I won’t be doing any more press [tours] with Ian McKellen. That’s it.”

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This Godzilla stomps its way from… the Philippines!

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BRYAN Cranston (left) plays a dad to Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s character.

“Initially, the entire movie was set in the Philippines, starring an all-Filipino cast but…,” “Godzilla” director Gareth Edwards joked when I asked how the retelling of the monster’s tale came to begin in the Philippines. Yes, this 21st-century “Godzilla” starts in the Philippines—in a collapsed mine deep in the jungle.

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