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HEARD: Very villainy

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Mylene Dizon on her villain roles on TV: “Portraying a villainess allows me to show my crazy side, play around and experiment. It helps that I have good directors who tell me when I go overboard.” Marinel R. Cruz

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Let a hundred creative flowers bloom

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QUEEN Latifah (right) looks awed by yoyo prodigy Alex Hattori    photo:queenlatifah.com

Thanks to TV program hosts like Oprah Winfrey and Ellen DeGeneres for guesting precocious child performers on their shows, thus reminding everyone that all talented kids should be encouraged to develop their creative abilities.

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Letterman hangs up his trusty ol’ mic

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David Letterman threw his legions of decades-long-addicted viewers for a loop early this month when he announced that he had decided to hang up his trusty microphone and retire as a talk-show host. He wasn’t the first late-night TV icon to do that (Jay Leno beat him to it last year and has been replaced by Jimmy Fallon), but Letterman’s retirement was still breaking news, because his small-screen persona is idiosyncratically unique unto itself.

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Discovery network cancels Everest jump

In this May 18, 2013 file photo released by mountain guide Adrian Ballinger of Alpenglow Expeditions, climbers make their way to the summit of Mount Everest, in the Khumbu region of the Nepal Himalayas. AP/Alpenglow Expeditions, Adrian Ballinger

The Discovery Network is canceling a daredevil’s planned jump off the summit of Mount Everest in a wing suit next month following the avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Friday.

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Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts

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As we feared, the “Mini-Me” kiddie tilt on “It’s Showtime” sometimes turns out to be less than spot-on because the child talents don’t really look and act significantly “like” the celebrities they say they’re patterning themselves after.

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Believing in this mermaid

CURTIS (LEFT) AND DE LOS REYES. Topbill competing mermaid series. 
illustration by Nastasha Verayo

“Dyesebel” star Anne Curtis reacts to critics who say she doesn’t deserve the role: “I can’t please everybody. Criticisms come with the territory. I heard the same thing when I did ‘Kampanerang Kuba’ and ‘Dyosa.’

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A nutty finale for ‘Scandal,’ TV’s craziest show

This image released by ABC shows Tony Goldwyn, from left, Scott Foley and Kerry Washington in a scene from "Scandal." The popular series ended its third season Thursday, April 18, 2014. AP

“Scandal” is arguably the nuttiest show on the air. But there’s a method to its madness, demonstrated every week with OMG intensity.

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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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