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Brillante Mendoza to hold master class in France

Award-winning director Brillante Mendoza will share his knowledge in filmmaking to French and Filipino film enthusiasts in Paris, France on Nov. 19. The master class is in partnership with Caffe Veloce Production, led by Stephane Triffault and Vladelyte Valdez-Ramos, as part of the P-Noise Filipino Film Festival on Nov. 18 at the Club de l’Etolle. “It’s a great pleasure having this partnership with Stefan because this is an opportunity for us, especially for filmmakers like me, to expand (our horizons) more by showing more of our films in the world, especially in France,” Brillante said. The Avant Premiere of his film “Ma’ Rosa” will be held there just before the regular screening on Nov. 30. “It would be great for French people to discover Philippines,” Stephane echoed. “We would like to help Filipino people …

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Star Magic Ball 2016: Like diamonds in the sky

No less than 300 Star Magic artists and ABS-CBN executives gathered at the prestigious annual Star Magic Ball in Makati Shangri-la Hotel last Oct. 22. Among them were top stars Piolo Pascual, John Lloyd Cruz, Jericho Rosales, Bea Alonzo, Xian Lim, Kim Chiu, Sam Milby, Gerald Anderson, Maja Salvador, Zanjoe Marudo, Jodi Sta. Maria; and the hottest love teams of Daniel Matsunaga and Erich Gonzales; Liza Soberano and Enrique Gil; Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla. They offered a toast for Kapamilya executives Gabby Lopez and Freddie M. Garcia. CJ Navato, Kristel Fulgar, Bailey May, Ylona Garcia, Darren Espanto, and Alexa Ilacad performed a Carole King medley for Gabby Lopez; while Martin Nievera, Richard Poon, KZ Tandingan and Jona serenaded Freddie Garcia with a Tony Bennett medley. Jason Dy performed “I Won’t Give Up” …

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The breakup list

Following the announcement of the cancellation of Denise Laurel’s engagement with basketball player Sol Mercado comes news about other celebrity couples who have broken up. The on and off relationship of Jake Cuenca and American model Sara Grace Kelley is off again, and the actor said it’s “final this time.” The couple first called it quits in December 2015. They reunited early this year. While some say love is sweeter the second time around, it wasn’t the case for Jake and Sara. In an interview with PEP, Jake said conflict of interests, among others, led to the breakup. “Ayoko na. Sinubukan namin. I can say it didn’t work out. She will always have a special place in my heart. I know she feels the same way. But ano, eh, conflict of interests. Distance is …

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Kris Aquino, Bimby, visit James Yap’s baby

Kris Aquino and son Bimby have finally visited Michael James, the firstborn of James Yap and Michela Cazzola, on Saturday, Oct. 22. It happened weeks after Kris revealed to media how Bimby allegedly only found out through Facebook that his father's girlfriend is having a baby. Michela gave birth last August. “I was afraid of how Bimby would react over his new sibling. Thank you Lord na okay siya. Okay si Bimb, he’s in a good place. Kasi I’ve been discussing it with him. I’ve been saying, ‘Please tell me when you’re ready. Let’s make a call, let’s be the ones to call them and say, ‘Hey, I’d like to meet my brother.’ And then Bimby said, ‘Okay, mama, I’ll tell you when.’ "It’s not about you, eh. It’s about your child. It’s …

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A1 recalls their favorite moments in PH

It has already been more than a decade since British-Norwegian boy band A1 released their songs, such as “Like A Rose” and “Everytime,” but many Pinoys still know the lyrics by heart. This is how A1 members Christian Ingebrigtsen, Mark Read, and Ben Adams remember Filipinos. “A lot of people here know our songs. They have some sort of relationship to our songs. (They are used) in weddings or some sort of special occasion. That’s the biggest moment for us songwriters, that our songs mean so much to someone,” Christian said at their press conference for their “Here We Come-Back!” shows last Oct. 23 at the KIA Theatre; and at IEC Pavilion in Cebu City today. Mark added: “We were walking on the streets and people started singing our songs. And that’s amazing. …

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Cop wins ‘Tough Enough’ competition

Beating other five male and four female finalists, 25-year-old police inspector Jester Calis was named the Toughest Pinoy in the final showdown of KIX’s “R U Tough Enough” challenge held at SM North Edsa recently. Hundreds applied in the nationwide search but only 10 finalists were selected. This includes Jester, workforce coordinator Alvin Dizer, fitness trainer Cesar Hinayon Jr., events host and rugby player Cassie Umali, businessman and former “Pinoy Biggest Loser” contestant Ralph David Tiu, marketing manager Lauren Lim, police woman Jennifer Gabriel, fresh graduate Gabriel Carreon, working student Ronie Ricones, and physician and coach Ian Banzon. “I expected the worst thing that could happen. The challenge was really hard and my competitors are really tough,” Jester said in an interview with Bulletin Entertainment. Each of the finalists went through five stations: …

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Andre and Mikee: Newest love team in town

After being paired with Barbie Forteza and Yassi Pressman in past projects, Andre Paras lands in the arms of newcomer Mikee Quintos, at least for now and only on TV. The two are already in the cast of “Encantadia” but they will work together as onscreen partners for the first time on GMA’s interactive romantic-comedy series, “Usapang Real Love (URL) presents Perfect Fit.” Their episode sees Mikee play Ella, a cellphone repair girl who pretends to be another person to get close with her crush Eugene (played by Andre). “I’m happy and excited,” Andre said in an interview. “We have good chemistry. Nakikita (niyo) naman (yun) kapag nasa ‘Encantadia’ kami. I know it’s going to be fun working with her kasi she’s super kulit din.” Mikee is grateful for the opportunities she’s been …

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JC de Vera, Laila Ulao mark career milestone at QCinema 2016

It’s sweet triumph for JC de Vera and Laila Ulao who each won their first acting award at the QCinema International Film Festival 2016 held Oct. 19. JC won as Best Actor for his performance as gay inmate in “Best. Partee. Ever.” Laila, on the other hand, bagged the Best Actress trophy for her performance in “Women Of The Weeping River.” “Parang mas nervous yata (ako) ngayon talaga, hindi ako makapagsalita. Very overwhelmed lang ako. Lahat itong hirap ko doon sa loob ng jail, ’yung 30 seconds na kiss, nag-pay off siya,” JC told reporters shortly after receiving his award. “Best. Partee. Ever.” is even more memorable for JC being his first indie film where he plays his first gay role ever. “Lahat siya surprise. Ito talaga very unexpected. Never ko naisip na darating …

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How to be Gee

From dancing to acting, hosting and even cooking, TV and online personality Gee Canlas continues to prove her mettle as a Jane-of-all-trades. The Communication Arts graduate from Miriam College started as dancer for the hip-hop group Philippine All-Stars. She was also previously known as Speedy Gee because of her ability to speak really fast. Gee has hosted “Music Uplate” and “Pilipinas Win na Win,” but is now more known as comedian following stints on “Loko Mo Ko High,” “I Laugh Sabado” and “A1 Ko Sa’yo.” “I feel na I can never be just one thing,” she said in an interview. “I like being productive. Gusto ko na parating natututo.” The multi-hyphenate star idolizes Emma Stone, who can be both sexy and funny; as well as Tina Fey, whom Gee finds “charming.” Cool on competition Gee is …

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Denise Laurel, Sol Mercado cancel wedding plans

Three years since their engagement, there are no more wedding plans for actress-TV host Denise Laurel and basketball player Sol Mercado. Following the triumph of Sol's team Baranggay Ginebra in PBA, Denise announced on Instagram on Thursday, October 20, that they are now "just friends." "I just want to thank all of you for your prayers right now and support. From now on Sol and I are just friends. I am happy for him and I have learned so much from him," Denise posted, which she later on deleted. It was in 2013 that the couple announced their engagement. However, in May, Denise said they are moving their wedding to 2017 because of several things they needed to settle, including their budget, busy schedules, and their future plans for their family. Saying that they …

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