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Unesco World Heritage German town utilized in Wes Anderson’s ‘Grand Budapest’

PRODUCTION design sketch for the film

Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” recreates what appears to be Eastern Europe between the two world wars and is easily set to be the director’s most visually appealing work to date.

Posted: April 14th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

The sea has become man’s dumping ground

EL NIDO is home to five endemic species of mammals, and was declared a protected area in 1992.

All of life began in the ocean, supposedly in a primordial stew created by deep-sea hydrothermal vents that were spewing mineral-rich water from the earth’s crust. It is the lungs of the earth, with phytoplankton that produces oxygen and recycles carbon dioxide.

Posted: April 1st, 2014 in Headlines,Health and Wellness,Photos & Videos | Read More »

In ‘Winter Soldier,’ Captain America is transported to hippie era–and wow!

A SCENE from the film

Just when Steve Rogers, the chemically enhanced Captain America, is settling down peacefully in his town and coping with contemporary society after coming off a different era, the law-enforcement agency called S.H.I.E.L.D., of which he is a part, is attacked.

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

‘300: Rise of an Empire’: Ancient history becomes fantasy-action movie

SCENES from the movie.

The movie “300: Rise of an Empire” may be the follow-up to the hit 2007 fantasy-action movie “300,” but it takes a totally different turn.

Posted: March 3rd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Walt Disney vs ‘Mary Poppins’ author in ‘Saving Mr. Banks’

EMMA Thompson as P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks asWalt Disney in themovie

It is an unlikely clash: the charming Walt Disney with the curmudgeon author of the well-loved children’s classic “Mary Poppins.” But it makes for a gripping tale.

Posted: February 24th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Coming-of-age novel ‘Geography Club’ now a movie

ALEX Newell, Cameron Deane Stewart, Nikki Blonsky and Ally Maki

Based on Brent Hartinger’s acclaimed best-selling Young Adult novel, “Geography Club” is a fast, fresh coming-of-age movie that tells a real and powerful story unfolding in every high school around the country—a story of kids hiding their true identities in plain sight, even as they feverishly pursue their hearts’ desires.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

‘RoboCop’ remake closer to reality

SCENES from “RoboCop”

In 2028 Detroit, after a cop was maimed and mangled in a line of duty, a multinational conglomerate called OmniCorp sees an opportunity to test their prototype on the victim to turn him into part-man, part-robot crime-fighter.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Jackie Chan bites off more than he can chew in ‘1911’

JACKIE Chan takes on producing, directing and acting credits for “1911 Revolution.”

The historical theme, imposing title, big Asian celebrities, and the drum roll that accompanied Jackie Chan’s 100th-film promotions all contrived to make an epic out of “1911 Revolution,” but what eventually appeared on the big screen didn’t quite fit the scale.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Shangri-La Plaza hosts Chinese film fest

“SNOWFALL in Taipei”

Shangri-La Plaza in Mandaluyong City is host of the 8th Spring Film Festival of Chinese movies from Jan. 24 to Feb. 2.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

Black, white and red at the Globes

ARMANI PRIVÉ BEST Actress Cate Blanchett is consistently Best Dressed. AFP

You nailed it or were you an epic fail? Impolite social media wasted no time in answering that as the stars walked the red carpet of the Golden Globes last Monday.

Posted: January 16th, 2014 in Fashion and Beauty,Headlines | Read More »

‘Secret Life of Walter Mitty’ gets an update

BEN STILLER in “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”

In the 2013 film adaptation of “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Ben Stiller plays a regular employee who, seeing his life fly past him, often retreats to the fantastic world of his imagination. Unbeknownst to him, this would lead him to a real adventure of his own.

Posted: January 12th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

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  2. Lover’s quarrel linked to hunger – study
  3. Encounter with a ‘Mangkukulam’
  4. ‘Kamias’ for fever, ‘siling labuyo’ for headache–first aid in the kitchen
  5. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  6. Summer treat for your aspiring astronomers
  7. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  8. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. ‘Heaven is for Real’: Nonfiction book on life after death reaches screen
  1. Dominique–Gretchen and Tonyboy Cojuangco’s daughter–now an endorser
  2. Why is the lifestyle set now afraid to wear jewelry–before Kim Henares?
  3. Marcos grandson to wed beautiful Rocha scion
  4. France makes work beyond 6 p.m. illegal
  5. Sarah Geronimo and Matteo Giudicelli sing ‘All of Me’–and we all swoon
  6. South Koreans crave Asia’s smelliest fish
  7. Ever heard of HydroBob?
  8. How Vitamin B can be a remedy for ‘manhid’ and neuropathy
  9. 90 percent of Filipino households don’t practice proper toilet hygiene, sanitation
  10. Prince William fuels speculation of second royal baby
  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
  10. Ex-Givenchy model fights for ‘Yolanda’ survivors


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  • Sports

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  • Ginebra’s new import Freeman arrives, makes PBA return vs ROS
  • Lifestyle

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  • Weaving ‘palaspas’ a tradition kept alive in Tayabas City
  • Finalists announced for best translated books
  • Entertainment

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  • Deniece Cornejo posts bail—report
  • Miley Cyrus hospitalized, cancels US concert
  • Otaku Summer Jam 2014: Summer’s hottest J-rock/Cosplay event
  • Business

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  • I-Remit teams up with Lakhoo for remittances from Oman
  • Megawide nets P1.4 B in 2013
  • Longer TRO sought on rate hike
  • Technology

  • Smart phone apps and sites perfect for the Holy Week
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  • Filling the digital talent gap
  • SSS to shut down website for Holy Week
  • Another reason to quit social media this Holy Week: your safety
  • Opinion

  • We may never know
  • Couple of things
  • Mommy D’s magic
  • Stop bizarre and bloody Good Friday rituals
  • Holy Week taboos
  • Global Nation

  • Netizens welcome Japan’s visa-free travel plan
  • Visa-free travel by Filipinos to Japan still a proposal
  • Visa-free travel to Japan could boost tourism
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  • US Embassy closed on Holy Thursday, Good Friday