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Donna Tartt’s book for the decade


Because Donna Tartt only writes one book every 10 years or so, the arrival of any new novel by the American fictionist should be treated as a literary event by itself.

Posted: April 7th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Shelf Lives

A comfortable perch at Mt Cloud. EV Espiritu/Inquirer Northern Luzon

Paper cranes hang in the crisp morning air, held aloft by almost-invisible strings in the window. The light hits the rest of the room, where books stand next to more books. A comfortable wooden chair stands in the center. There’s a selection of books on Baguio against the wall, and a cove of children’s books in a corner.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

Producer says ‘Captain America’ sequel has something for everyone

CAP IN costume

Though he is one of Marvel Comics’ most iconic characters, Captain America is not the easiest concept to bring to cinematic life.

Posted: April 5th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

James Rollins’ science soldiers


The modern world is in danger. Armed groups plan attacks. Nature unleashes disasters. How does one deal with these problems all at once? James Rollins has the answer—Sigma Force, and you can brief yourself using their latest operation, “The Eye of God: A Sigma Force Novel” (William Morrow, New York, 2013, 410 pages).

Posted: March 31st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Marvel-ous 75!


It’s amazing, uncanny and mighty that Marvel Comics commemorates its 75th anniversary in 2014 with the “House of Ideas” having unleashed the likes of Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Iron Man and X-Men throughout that time and tracing its origins to 1939’s “Marvel Comics” No. 1. This year also brings the newest addition to the Marvel Studios cinematic universe: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The new movie, which has Chris Evans reprising his role as Steve Rogers, is a sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger.”

Posted: March 29th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

The book of Esther Grace Earl


Stunning in its cleverness and sadness, John Green’s 2012 young adult masterpiece “The Fault in Our Stars” won over audiences and led to Green’s first motion picture adaptation due out later this year starring Hollywood “It Girl” Shailene Woodley. The novel is about a brilliant teenager named Hazel Grace who has to deal with her impending death due to cancer and her irresistible romance with Gus—who also has cancer.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Man Booker Prize winner is big on greed and love


Finishing some oversized books can be a chore. Other books are so outsized that getting to that last page requires exertion. But then there are the rare heavyweights that turn getting to the end into achievement.

Posted: March 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

‘Doctor Who’s’ excellent fictional explorations


OF course, it’s a tricky question: “Who is Doctor Who?” The simple answer: “Doctor Who” is the longest running science-fiction television show in the world, though the series and its benevolent, alien, time-traveling protagonist, simply called “the Doctor,” are very much a proud British creation.

Posted: March 15th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Glory days

Among the cage stars in the book are (clockwise from top left) Marc Pingris, Japeth Aguilar, Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro (Contributed photos)

It was a step towards greatness. On Aug. 10, 2013, the Philippines rejoined the ranks of the world’s basketball elite, an achievement that resonated in a nation addicted to basketball. To do so, the team, known as Gilas Pilipinas, had to overcome the team that had emerged as its nemesis in international play through the years: Korea. Bucking the odds and in front of a frenzied home crowd, Gilas did just that, winning 86-79, ensuring the team of at least a second place finish and one of three slots to the basketball World Cup in Spain in 2014.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

The reign of Rodrigo Santoro

RODRIGO Santoro as Xerxes in “300: Rise of an Empire”

It was one of the more striking transformations in any personal filmography. In the 2003 ensemble film “Love Actually,” Brazilian actor Rodrigo Santoro played Karl, a handsome, sweetly shy tech guy in the early stages of an office romance with Laura Linney’s Sarah. Then, in a truly astonishing change, Santoro was unrecognizable but utterly unforgettable as the grotesquely pierced, inhumanly tall, power-mad god king Xerxes in the kinetic historical action epic “300.”

Posted: March 1st, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Super | Read More »

Mondays with Mitch Albom–in Tacloban


This bright morning, Mitch Albom will emerge from the cool shadows of an airplane and finally get a glimpse of what he came here to see—the ruined city of Tacloban in Leyte. And he has come not to sign books or sell them—he’s come to give them away.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

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  2. Noli Yamsuan, Cardinal Sin’s ‘official’ photographer: ‘I could smell the aftershave lotion of the Pope’
  3. Palawan favorite getaway of show biz celebrities
  4. Fashionistas flock to designer’s wedding
  5. Joe de Venecia visits the Queen Mother of Cambodia
  6. President Quezon was born here–and so was Philippine surfing
  7. A tale of two Priscillas: my mother Prissy and Chona Recto Kasten
  8. This is not just a farm
  9. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  10. Levine designs womenswear with help from fiancee
  1. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  2. Are your favorite malls open this Holy Week break?
  3. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  4. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  5. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  6. ‘Labahita a la bacalao’
  7. Boots Anson-Roa to wed in Eddie Baddeo
  8. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  9. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  10. This is not just a farm
  1. Mary Jean Lastimosa is new Miss Universe Philippines
  2. Did Angara ruin Pia Wurtzbach’s chances at Bb. Pilipinas?
  3. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  4. Manila in shock over model Helena Belmonte’s death
  5. Vinegar test helpful vs cervical cancer
  6. From Jeannie to mom of suicide victim
  7. San Vicente beaches hidden but not for long
  8. Borgy and Georgina are back; others are off–again
  9. Sen. Angara: I thought Pia Wurtzbach gave a good answer
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  • Acclaimed artist goes wild while on holiday
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  • ERC mulls over WESM price cap for May, June
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  • Epiphany
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  • From culinary desert to paradise
  • Response to China: ‘Usjaphil’
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