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Venezuela’s president blames telenovelas for crime

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during his annual state-of-the-nation address to the National Assembly in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. AP

President Nicolas Maduro has a new villain as he campaigns to bring down Venezuela’s spiraling crime: telenovelas. He accuses the TV soap operas of spreading “anti-values” to young people by glamorizing violence, guns and drugs.

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‘Am only collateral damage in Heart’s ‘riff’ with her parents’—Escudero

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Sen. Chiz Escudero and his girlfriend Heart Evangelista are caught in this photo apparently having no cares in the world except for their love for each other. On Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Evangelista’s mother, Cecile Ongpauco, claimed the senator was “manipulating” her daughter to go against her family.  FACEBOOK PHOTO

A painfully hesitant Sen. Francis Escudero refused to make a categorical comment on his relationship with actress Heart Evangelista after INQUIRER columnist Ramon Tulfo said in his recent “On Target” piece that her parents frown on the senator’s alleged uncouth (bastos) behavior.

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First mother role for Jennica Garcia at 23

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JENNICA Garcia (right) with mommy Jean

Jennica Garcia, at 23, had no qualms of taking on a mother role for the first time.

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Kapuso child star a diabetic at 8

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MONA LOUISE Rey cries on cue, but off-cam, she is really a cheerful girl.

Child star Mona Louise Rey, a juvenile diabetic, admits she once asked God why He was making her suffer.   Mona, 8, youngest of four siblings, is the only one in her family diagnosed with the illness. “I’m used to it now, and I can inject myself with insulin,” she told the Inquirer recently. “I [...]

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New TV shows vie for viewers’ patronage

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ROACH. His six-episode reality series is impressive and inspiring.

Many TV shows have ended their run on the tube, so viewers have a lot of new programs to sample. For one thing, it’s interesting to note that quite a number of new morning shows and newscasts have started telecasting.

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Victims of their own success

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What is it about acting in teleseryes that compromises and ruins the work of even the best actors we have?

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Powerful personality hassles visiting artist’s entourage

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It’s the big buzz these days. Powerful Personality was irked with Visiting Artist, who had incurred the ire of not a few vociferous locals.

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Gael Garcia Bernal on Diego Luna, ‘Zorro’ remake

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BERNAL. Teams up with Will Ferrell in “Casa De Mi Padre.”

“YOU saw him? Did you ask him?,” Gael Garcia Bernal excitedly asked when he learned of our interview with Martin Scorsese.

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Hoping against hope

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WHEN TV5 announced that it had scored a casting coup and gotten “American Idol” fave David Archuleta to topbill its new soap, “Nandito Ako,” we hoped that the team idol would be able to make the key transition from singer to actor with distinction. Ever since it started telecasting, we’ve occasionally watched the series to [...]

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Creators aim for the world at US ‘telenovela’ summit

Creators of telenovelas — the dramatic Latin American incarnation of soap operas — from 22 countries gathered this week in Miami to champion their genre as “more alive than ever” as they aim for new markets in Asia, eastern Europe and even Afghanistan.

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Melodramatic plot twists hobble Nora Aunor’s miniseries

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AUNOR. Her character’s reformist initiatives lack dynamism.

By the time you read this, Nora Aunor’s comeback starrer on TV5, “Sa Ngalan ng Ina,” shall have ended its five-week run. We’ll have to watch its last three episodes (this is being written on a Tuesday) to sum up the entire miniseries and its cumulative quality and impact more completely, but we can share [...]

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‘Telenovela’ mush heads for the big screen

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MONTES AND BERNARDO. A study in contrasts.

In Jerry Lopez Sineneng’s “Way Back Home,” Kathryn Bernardo and Julia Montes are “little lost turtles” swimming in a sea of melodrama and mush: Joanna (Bernardo) and Jessica (Montes) are estranged sisters brought back together by implausible circumstances—but, a mother’s “lukso ng dugo” instinct, with the help of a lullaby, can’t be wrong, right? Well, [...]

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