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Win some, lose some for new TV-film stars

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JAMES Reid and Nadine Lustre got good notices in “Diary ng Panget.”

Many TV-film producers cast well-known actors in their projects to assure viewership by way of recognizable “face value.” Others, however, choose to be more daring and cast deserving newcomers in important roles. They do so as their “investment” in the future of local show biz, because new and younger stars are constantly needed to appeal to local TV’s primarily youthful viewership demographic.

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One surprise after another

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DINGDONG Dantes and Lovi Poe play besieged lovers

Maricel Soriano’s portrayal of the “wounded wife on the warpath” in “Ang Dalawang Mrs. Real” is currently the talk of TV town, what with Dingdong Dantes and Lovi Poe at the painful receiving end of her verbal and physical attacks.

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Successfully second-guessing ‘The Voice Kids’ voters’ verdicts

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LYCA’S edge is her “masa” projection, calling to mind the unique appeal of the Superstar.

When the six semifinalists of “The Voice Kids” were chosen last July 13, we decided to analyze each one’s “pro” and “con” factors in advance of their square-off on July 19 and 20, to second-guess who would proceed to the finals, where only four would compete.

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Why MMFF 2014 is fielding a predictable slate of sequels

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RYZZA Mae Dizon returns with “Bossing” sequel.

The Manila Film Festival was originally conceptualized as a showcase for the best movies that the Philippines’ film industry produced. Twelve days were set aside, during which only Filipino movies were shown in Manila theaters, to counteract the dominance of American movies on local screens.

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Even more grueling test of endurance

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“FEAR Factor” Photo from NBC

It had been months since we watched “Fear Factor,” so we were amazed to see it as an even more grueling test of endurance and willpower than ever, occasionally to the point of painful cruelty and even abject debasement.

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