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Instructive insights from ‘Starting Over Again’

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Despite our previously stated notes on scripting flaws in “Starting Over Again,” we congratulate the makers of the film for grossing P300 million after only a couple of weeks in release. This is a signal indication that the mainstream movie industry is slowly but surely climbing out of the rut that it’s inhabited for over a decade now.

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Beleaguered personality parties scandal away

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XIAN Lim and Kim Chiu have made a habit of apologizing

Giddy celeb was stunned to bump into Beleaguered Personality at a high-society event. In spite of a tempestuous personal life, BP found the time to party!

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Deal-breakers hamper hit rom-com’s ability to delight

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XIAN Lim (left) evinces growth, while Kim Chiu is an energetic and antic performer.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim’s latest costarrer, Mae Czarina Cruz’s rom-com, “Bride for Rent,” is doing very well at the tills, making the stars’ love team one of the more bankable screen tandems this season. For us, however, the new production has a deal-breaker in Kim’s still thin and sometimes even whiny speaking voice and placement.

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Romance for hire

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LIM AND CHIU. Marriage is no laughing matter.

Kim Chiu and Xian Lim goof it up in Mae Czarina Cruz’s “Bride for Rent” where the attractive tandem turns a fraudulent wedding vow into a lifetime of commitment—but, that’s easier said than done. As the adorable married couples they interview attest, marriage is no laughing matter.

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Vociferous star notorious for ex-deals

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MAJA Salvador doesn’t see herself in latest man-stealing character.

Not that Vociferous Star is cash-strapped. Ever-so-enterprising VS has been asking for discounts when purchasing this or that property.

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Upstaging Anne

Kim Chiu

Kim Chiu, who started in show biz via a reality show, turns reticent when asked about the status of her relationship with Xian Lim: “We don’t owe you any of our personal lives (sic)…”

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Who is Xian Lim’s new leading lady?

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Popular actor and artist Alexander Xian Cruz Lim, more popularly known as Xian Lim, who got the attention and won the hearts of the viewing public is currently etching his name in the showbiz industry.

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Love on the rebound

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Kim Chiu and her new screen consort, Xian Lim, play initially mismatched lovers in Joyce Bernal’s latest rom-com, “Bakit Hindi Ka Crush ng Crush Mo,” based on Ramon Bautista’s “instructional” book on love—and how to survive its low blows.

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Insider sacked for harassing upstarts

LUCY Torres is a frequent flyer.

A well-placed mole confirmed a long-held suspicion in the biz. High-flying Insider was booted from major company after good-looking aspirants complained that HI tried to victimize them during an out-of-town sortie.

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Xian Lim, trombonist

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Something we didn’t know about actor-commercial model Xian Lim is that he is a classical piano player and a trombonist. The Philippine Daily Inquirer caught him rehearsing with trombone master Romy San Jose of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra for a Christmas special being produced by the Kapuso network. Marinel R. Cruz

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What goes up must come down

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LIM. Less-than-impressive followup TV-film portrayals.

It’s all part of the inexorable show biz cycle: Yesterday’s total unknown is today’s exciting find and flavor of the year—and then tomorrow’s relative disappointment and candidate for eventual oblivion.

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No influence peddling, says director

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MEGAN Young and Xian Lim

Frasco Santos Mortiz insists he never used his unique position as son of actor-director Edgar Mortiz and nephew of ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio to get to where he is now as a film and TV director.

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