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‘Birdman,’ ‘Boyhood’ to battle it out for top Oscar, pundits say

Los Angeles—Ahead of the 87th Academy Awards on Sunday night (Monday morning in Manila), Associated Press film writers Jake Coyle and Lindsey Bahr share their predictions for a glittering ceremony that could be a nail-biter.

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Actress Concepcion: I’ll fight for my son!

By Alvin I. Dacanay Actress and former beauty queen Alma Concepcion expressed anew her determination to fight for her 14-year-old son Richard “Cobie” Puno’s rights after lambasting her ex-partner Rodolfo “Dody” Puno, former executive director of the Department of Public Works and Highways’s Road Board and a member of the politically prominent Puno family, for failing to financially support their …

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Kenny G eyes traditional jazz radio, Hollywood

The biggest-selling instrumental artist of the modern era is recognized worldwide—particularly in China—for his smooth saxophone skills and trademark mop of curly hair. Sure, he’s long been a punchline for South Park and musical purists, but generally laughs off criticism with his own self-deprecating humor.

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Asia eyes Oscar glitz, glamour, even as its own films are absent

Louise Watt / The Associated Press Beijing—Asia will be tuning in to the Oscars and its glitz and glamour, even though the region’s films are missing from the shortlists.

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‘Fifty Shades’ of dissatisfaction

Review by Lindsey Bahr / The Associated Press Curious? One of the posters for Fifty Shades of Grey coyly asks.

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Insanity, trauma of war vividly remembered in fast-paced ‘Manila 1945: The Rest of the Story’

By Alvin I. Dacanay This month marks the 70th anniversary of one of World War II’s most brutal episodes: the Battle for Manila. In this conflict, which lasted from February 3 to March 3, 1945, United States forces shelled the Philippine capital to compel the remaining Japanese troops in the city to come out of hiding. They did, but at …

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ filmmakers remain unfazed by negativity

Derrik J. Lang / The Associated Press Los Angeles—It seems as though nothing can come between the Wachowskis. When the filmmaker-siblings are asked what incites the biggest spats between the duo best known for writing and directing The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski provide a non-verbal response: The brother and sister sweetly clasp each other’s hands and tap their …

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ is a soupy cosmic fairy tale

Review by Jake Coyle / The Associated Press Within the warped wardrobe of the Wachowskis latest sci-fi extravaganza, Jupiter Ascending, there are some fantastical feasts of intergalactic ridiculousness. Channing Tatum as a combination elf and speed skater. Space dinosaurs in leather jackets. A robed Eddie Redmayne as the universe’s overlord, who so gravely whispers his lines that you fear he …

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Smith predicted to win big at Grammys

Mesfin Fekadu and Nekesa Mumbi Moody / The Associated Press New York—Will Beyoncé reign as queen of the Grammys, or will the pop diva be dethroned by newcomer Sam Smith?

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Love, loss and longing in ‘Songs to Slash Your Wrist By’

Few Filipino albums capture the disorienting intensity of heartache as compellingly as Songs to Slash Your Wrist By (MunkeyMusic), composer/lyricist/musical director/actor/playwright Vincent de Jesus’s terrific, if underheralded, collection of 11 songs written over a 24-year period that were sung by some of the most talented vocalists in the Philippine music industry today.

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