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Heard: Dream role, dream cast

Angel Aquino

Actress Angel Aquino on her drama series “Ikaw Lamang” on ABS-CBN: “I’m grateful to have been given a role I can call my own; Rebecca Marivelez is not as wicked as my costar Cherie Gil’s character (Miranda Hidalgo). Neither is she like Cherry Pie Picache’s [character, Elena Severino], who weeps buckets.” Marinel R. Cruz

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Pertinent significance boosts new film-TV projects

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Justin Bieber

For months now, we’ve been wondering when the hit US TV series, “The Bible,” will finally be shown in the Philippines. Now comes the answer: It’s a Holy Week attraction on ABS-CBN, and should get good viewership due to the pertinent significance of the season.

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MTRCB reaches out to filmmakers

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VILLAREAL. Establishes framework for cooperation.

Last April 2, we were at the MTRCB to witness the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which aims to establish a framework of cooperation and platform for dialogue between the Directors Guild of the Philippines (DGPI) and the government agency.

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Stephen Colbert to replace Letterman on late show

Stephen Colbert. AP FILE PHOTO

CBS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the “Late Show” next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy.

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Win some, lose some for new TV5 shows

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ALWYN Uytingco (left, with Vin Abrenica) is empathetic in “Beki Boxer.”  Photo from facebook page

At first blush, TV5’s new “action sitcom,” “Beki Boxer,” “smells” like yet another one of those loud, livid and “flaming” gay romps that are played mainly for exploitative cheap kicks—and shrieks. Happily, the new weekday show is turning out to be more than that.

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‘Game of Thrones’ draws huge ratings, crashes HBO app

Game-of-Thrones

The first show of the new “Games of Thrones” season drew HBO’s biggest audience since the finale of “The Sopranos,” data showed Monday after the broadcaster’s online app crashed under the strain.

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Ruffa Gutierrez unruffled by reality

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RUFFA Gutierrez with daughters Venice (center) and Lorin, who often hang out with the clan’s “newest member.”

  Like a true beauty queen, Ruffa Gutierrez very rarely gets ruffled by tough questions from media.   Until this curveball was thrown: “Is there a new addition to the Gutierrez family?”   Ruffa was momentarily flustered, but quickly recovered: “Is there?”   It’s Sarah   Actually, her mom-manager Annabelle Rama earlier referred to Sarah [...]

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Rising star challenged by multiple ‘Orphan Black’ roles

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TATIANA Maslany thinks sci-fi is not given enough credit for its social commentary.

Canadian actress Tatiana Maslany beat more established thesps like Juliana Margulies, Claire Danes, and Vera Farmiga, among others, in the Best Actress in a Drama Series category of last year’s Critics’ Choice Awards.   Maslany won for playing a con artist and several other characters (including a cop, an assassin, etc.) in the first season [...]

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Roller-coaster careers

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HILDA Koronel was a standout in Brocka’s “Maynila sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag.” This scene from the movie shows her with costar Bembol Roco.

It can be instructive to note how popular actors’ portrayals deepen or weaken through the years and decades. Some very fortunate or focused stars are amazingly consistent—for instance, when you look back on Hilda Koronel’s entire career, you can’t cite a really bad or “off” characterization.   She was a standout as early as her [...]

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Teleserye plots thicken–and ‘quicken’

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Anne Curtis makes a splash as the adult Dyesebel

The big news on “Dyesebel” late last month was the long-delayed, and thus much-awaited, appearance of the series’ adult stars: Anne Curtis, Gerald Anderson, Sam Milby and Andi Eigenmann. Previously, the new series bided its time and twiddled its thumbs with excessive focus on its child characters.

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Brutal training primed ‘Beki’ lead star

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Alwyn Uytingco lost a few pounds preparing for the series

Alwyn Uytingco is no stranger to gay roles, having tackled one in the popular “Ang Tanging Ina” film franchise. But the threat of being typecast worried him, the actor confessed, so he thought twice about accepting TV5’s offer to star in the drama-comedy series, “Beki Boxer.”

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Ex-Navy SEAL meets match in PH jungles

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Joel Lambert is a fan of the Philippines but not of its forests. “But the Scout Rangers were awesome. They were good fighters.”

Discovery Channel’s “Manhunt,” a reality series putting a new spin on the game of cat and mouse, stars Joel Lambert, former US Navy SEAL, as he visits various countries around the globe. He challenges different elite military and law enforcement tracking units to hunt him down within a 48-hour period. This tests Lambert’s vast evasion, misdirection and survival skills, while the local hunter force agents treat him as a criminal-like target to be contained and captured before he reaches his extraction point.

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