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Novelty quickly overstays its welcome in ‘X Factor’ musical

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ERIVO (RIGHT). Expressive face and pristine pipes.

“The X Factor’s” ability to turn talented unknowns into full-fledged stars is undeniable—so, “I Can’t Sing: The X Factor Musical” (at the London Palladium), the West End musical comedy it inspired, was on top of our list during our theater-going trip to the United Kingdom last summer.

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Media giants join forces for two new Asia-geared cable channels

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KEVIN Spacey and Robin Wright play a powerful couple in “House of Cards”

Top European TV network RTL has joined forces with seasoned American mass media company CBS, creating cable channels for Southeast Asia: RTL CBS Entertainment and RTL CBS Extreme.

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Stars greet 2014 with a really big bang

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SANTOS. Signal sign of encouragement and approval.

Right off the bat, 2014 is turning out to be a happy, hyper-happening show biz year, with the new entertainment season’s “big bang” celebration being paced by Vilma Santos’ Best Actress award at a film festival in Bangladesh for her performance in “Ekstra,” her first indie outing.

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PH celebrates as Rose Fostanes wins Israel’s X Factor

Rose Fostanes. AP FILE PHOTO

Celebrations broke out in the Philippines Wednesday after a Filipina who has spent nearly half her life as a caregiver overseas won Israel’s first “X Factor” competition.

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Rose Fostanes X-Factor win is ‘victory of Filipino people’ – Palace

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 photo, Rose Fostanes speaks to the Associated Press before a rehearsal of the X-Factor Israel in Tel Aviv. The 47-year-old Filipino caregiver has emerged as the newest star of Israeli reality television, putting a human face on the thousands of foreign workers who toil away in menial, back-breaking jobs in this country. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

The Palace on Wednesday congratulated Filipino caregiver Rose Fostanes for winning X Factor Israel and bringing pride to the country.

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