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Miss U organizers unveil new crown

The Miss Universe Organization (MUO) presented last Friday the new crown that the next Miss Universe and her nine immediate successors will wear, a partial result of what will be a decade-long partnership between the Donald Trump-owned organization and Czech Republic-based jewelry company Diamonds International Corp. (DIC) that they entered into in July 2014.

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Mary Jean Lastimosa: Perseverance personified

By Alvin I. Dacanay Today, January 26, many Filipinos here and overseas will watch the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant to see if our delegate, 27-year-old entrepreneur Mary Jean “MJ” Lastimosa of North Cotabato province, succeeds in what her immediate predecessors failed to do: win the prestigious title that the Philippines last won in 1973.

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Film veterans favored to win at Screen Actors Guild Awards

By Alvin I. Dacanay Is Batman going to triumph over a 40-year-old “virgin” and Sherlock Holmes? Do everybody’s “friend” Rachel and June Carter Cash have a chance against Sarah Palin? Would a Birdman soar or a Boy further grow in stature? Is everyone going to check in at The Grand Budapest Hotel? Film fans will learn the answers to these …

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Onstage, onscreen: Bradley Cooper sets career sights high

Jocelyn Noveck / The Associated Press The actor’s recent success doesn’t surprise the dean of his former acting school; That would be James Lipton, host of Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, who auditioned Cooper when he was a student at Georgetown.

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72nd Golden Globe Awards ushers in award-show season; ‘Birdman’, ‘Boyhood’ vie for top honors

This morning, America’s awards-show season begins in earnest when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announces the winners of its 72nd Annual Golden Globe Awards at the posh Beverly Hilton Hotel in Hollywood.

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Jesus Christ, (a) Superstar!: Pope Francis as a ‘celebrity’

March 13, 2013, Vatican City—hardly the most auspicious day and place for a star to be born. Yet, a star—and a very brilliant and very unlikely one, at that—was indeed born, so to speak, in that location and on that date, when Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Argentina’s capital Buenos Aires and former Jesuit provincial of that South …

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