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    BRITISH author J. K. Rowling has said she is “genuinely happy” with Johnny Depp’s casting in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film after fans called for his replacement over domestic abuse allegations. The US actor, who plays villain Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter spin-off, had been accused of physical abuse by his former wife Amber […]

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    CELEBRITIES joined, and entertained, thousands of fundraisers for the homeless sleeping rough in a Scottish park in frigid conditions overnight Saturday, in what organisers described as the biggest event of its kind globally. Around 8,000 people gathered in Princes Street Gardens in central Edinburgh to hear the likes of singer-songwriters Liam Gallagher and Amy MacDonald, […]

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    LOS ANGELES, United States — The Disney-Pixar animated comedy “Coco” showed serious staying power this weekend in North American theaters, holding to the top spot for its third week running while taking in an estimated $18.3 million, industry website Exhibitor Relations reported. The colorful film tells the story of Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez), a young Mexican […]

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    Pre-World War II. A handsome young man renting a room in a big house owned by two impoverished and lonely spinsters. Plus their depressed and recluse father, a once celebrated painter whose last masterpiece (the “larawan”) hangs in one corner of their rat-infested house in Intramuros, a symbol of hope and torment to the sisters. […]

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    EUROPEAN team OG proved to be too much for Filipino quintet TNC in the finals of the Mars DOTA 2 League, a multiplayer online battle arena video game, held in Macau on Sunday night. Despite being just a minor tournament, implications for qualification in TI8 were at stake, and OG did not just take home […]

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    SAUDI ARABIA on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a decision that could boost the […]

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    Cinemalaya 2013 Best Picture “Transit” indeed has marked a milestone in Philippine cinema for its quality of filmmaking never before seen in local independent films during its time. New Breed Director Hannah Espia explores the plight of OFWs in Israel through the story of one “TNT” Filipino family living in a tiny apartment in Jaffa, […]

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    LOS ANGELES, USA — Martin McDonagh’s black comedy crime story “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” scored the most nominations Wednesday for the Screen Actors Guild Awards, seen as a major bellwether for the Oscars. The movie received four nods in three categories — best ensemble cast, best lead actress (Frances McDormand), and best supporting actor […]

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    SALMA Hayek on Wednesday joined the scores of actresses to accuse Harvey Weinstein, alleging that the fallen Hollywood mogul sexually harassed her, subjected her to escalating rage and once threatened to kill her. “For years, he was my monster,” the Mexican-born star wrote in an essay published in The New York Times, detailing the torturous production […]

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    AT LEAST three women say that they were raped by hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons, who recently left his business empire following abuse allegations, The New York Times reported Wednesday. The 60-year-old hip-hop legend denied the rape accusations — which date back to 1988 — and voiced support for the growing movement of women speaking out […]

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    NEW YORK, USA — One of the world’s rarest records has resurfaced — several vinyl copies of Prince’s “Black Album,” which the eccentric pop legend had demanded destroyed 30 years ago. Recordmecca, a collector’s site owned by a former executive on Prince’s Warner Brothers label, on Wednesday was selling a coveted sealed vinyl copy of […]

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    The Metro Manila Film Festival is just around the corner, and one of the most anticipated entries is “Ang Larawan,” a musical film with a powerhouse cast. ANG LARAWAN: WHAT’S IT ABOUT? It’s a musical film set in Intramuros 1941, in a big house where two unmarried sisters in their 40’s, Candida and Paula, live […]

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    NEW YORK, United States — Just how much has America changed since Donald Trump’s election? Eminem, knee-deep in controversy a generation ago for misogyny and homophobia, is back as a self-styled moral conscience. The top-selling rapper in history rips into Trump on “Revival,” his first studio album in four years, in which Eminem openly muses […]

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    IT IS already the fairy tale of this year’s Oscars race: A little film about homeless children living in the shadow of Walt Disney World in Florida that threatens to turn the tables on the big-budget favorites. Director Sean Baker, who shot his last film on an iPhone, has scored a surprise hit with a […]

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    THE orchestra charges into the furious opening notes from the last movement of Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 14. A drum-set kicks in, giving way to a new melody. The violins are still in charge. But suddenly the theme isn’t Beethoven but a symphonic take on “On Sight,” the abrasive starting salvo of Kanye West’s “Yeezus” album. […]

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    THE Force of “Star Wars” dominated box office again as Disney’s release of Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with an incredible estimated $220 million in North America, the biggest opening in 2017 by far and the second biggest debut of all time. The opening of the eighth installment in the “Star Wars” saga […]

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