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Liza Soberano named world's 6th most beautiful face; Kathryn Bernardo is at number 80

Filipino-American actress and model Liza Soberano is the 6th most beautiful face in the world!

This is the best birthday gift the young actress has received so far! She landed 6th on the TC Handler's “The 26th Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Faces 2015," which was announced in a YouTube video on Dec 26 and has received over two million views so far.

Meanwhile, the only other Filipina to make it to the list is teleserye princess Kathryn Bernardo who landed the 80th spot.

The top slots went to South Korean singer and actress Nana Im Jin-Ah (for the second year running) at number one, Israeli actress and fashion model Gal Gadot at number two (for the second year running) and British fashion model Jourdan Dunn at number three.

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Country singer Craig Strickland found dead

Country music singer Craig Strickland was found dead days after he was declared missing, eonline broke the news.

His friend, Chase Morland, was earlier also found dead in Kaw Lake, Oklahoma.

The two went on a hunting trip last weekend. Morland even foretold of his death after posting on Twitter: "In case we don't come back, @BackroadCRAIG and I are going right through Winter Storm Goliath to kill ducks in Oklahoma. #IntoTheStorm."

On Sunday, a search was launched when a boat the two men were reportedly using for the hunting trip north of Tulsa, in Kay County, was found capsized in the early hours of Monday, according to Oklahoma's News9.

"Today we lost our brother, our best friend, our bandmate," wrote the country band Backroad Anthem, comprised of Toby Freeman, Eric Dysart, Josh Bryant, Brandon Robold and Isaac Sentr. "Craig was the most amazing person whose passion for life couldn't be matched."

"We can finally rest knowing that he is at Home in Heaven with his Father," wrote his wife, Helen Strickland, on Instagram.


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Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

by Susan Stamberg
National Public Radio

Title page of William Shakespeare's  First 
Folio, c. 1623. Wikipedia

One of the world's most precious volumes starts a tour on Monday, in Norman, Okla. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is sending out William Shakespeare's First Folio to all 50 states, to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death. Published seven years after he died, the First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays.

The Folger has 82 First Folios — the largest collection in the world. It's located several stairways down, in a rare manuscript vault. To reach them, you first have to get through a fire door ... (if a fire did threaten these priceless objects, it would be extinguished not with water — never water near priceless paper — but with a system that removes oxygen from the room).

A massive safe door comes next — so heavy it takes two burly guards to open it, and then yet another door, which triggers a bell to alert librarians that someone has entered. After that, there's yet another door and an elevator waaaay down to a vault that nearly spans the length of a city block, says Folger director Michael Witmore.

This is where the library stores tens of thousands of pieces of paper — folios, plus half of everything printed in England from 1473 to 1660 and much more. And there, propped open on spongy wedges to protect the binding, is the First Folio.

"If you had to pick one book to represent Shakespeare, this is it," Witmore says.

Two of Shakespeare's pals put it together in 1623, after he died. John Heminges and Henry Condell were fellow actors, who felt the plays should be collected in a single large volume.

They also added in 18 of Shakespeare's plays that had never appeared in print, explains Witmore. "Without this book we probably wouldn't have ... Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale ..."

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Day 7 MMFF Update: Total Gross Reaches P640 Million

Based on the latest figure, total box office gross of the Metro Manial Film Festival has already reached P640 million. Here's the official update from the MMFF Official Facebook page:
MMFF 7-Day Gross (December 25-31, 2015)P 640 MillionTop 4 Films (in no particular order)My Bebe LoveBeauty and the BestieHaunted Mansion#WalangForever
Posted by Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) Official on Friday, January 1, 2016

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Watch: Mark Wahlberg In Hawaii Showing Off His Bod and His Bad Tan!

Mark Wahlberg is in Hawaii vacationing with family but the dude needs to work on his tan! Mark has the worst farmers tan we’ve ever seen, according to TMZ.

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#ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN trends on Twitter worldwide as Alden Richards celebrates birthday

Alden Richards turns 23 today and fans are just so ecstatic the hashtag #ALDUBHappyBAEdayALDEN is trending on Twitter worldwide at 1.5 million tweets! Here are what AlDub fans have to say on the birthday of the cute hunk.

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Music legend Natalie Cole dead at 65, read the reactions of netizens

Natalie Cole

Soul singer Natalie Cole, the daughter of jazz legend Nat 'King' Cole who found success in her own right but struggled with substance abuse, has died at age 65, reports said Friday, AFP reports.

According to celebrity gossip site TMZ, Cole died at a Los Angeles hospital from heart failure. Representatives for the singer could not immediately be reached on New Year's Day.

Cole is the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole. She carved out her own success with R & B hits like "Our Love" and "This Will Be" before triumphantly intertwining their legacies to make his "Unforgettable" their signature hit together, AP writes.

Her family was devastated over the loss the iconic singer. A statement from her son Robert Yancy, and sisters Timolin and Casey Cole, reads:
"Natalie fought a fierce, courageous battle, dying how she lived ... with dignity, strength and honor. Our beloved Mother and sister will be greatly missed and remain UNFORGETTABLE in our hearts forever." 
 Meanwhile, long-time friend and fellow music icon Aretha Franklin was shocked after hearing of Cole's death. In a statement, she said:
"I had to hold back the tears. I know how hard she fought. She fought for so long. She was one of the greatest singers of our time."
Her career success highlighted by soaring achievements, including 9 Grammys and 30 million records sold worldwide, was equally matched by her battle over drug addiction and health issues. She rose to musical success in the mid–1970s as an R&B artist with the hits "This Will Be", "Inseparable", and "Our Love". After a period of failing sales and performances due to a heavy drug addiction, Cole re-emerged as a pop artist with the 1987 album Everlasting and her cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac". In the 1990s, she re-recorded standards by her father, resulting in her biggest success, Unforgettable... with Love, which sold over seven million copies and also won Cole Album and Record of the Year honors  at the 1992 Grammys.

Here are some reactions of netizens on Twitter:

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Watch: Miss Colombia Offered Crown and a Million Dollars to Do Porn

Miss Colombia Ariadna Rodriguez may have not won the title of Miss Universe but she may get something more lucrative – a contract with porn giant, Vivid. According to TMZ, Porn King Steven Hirsch offered to pay her a whopping $1 million to make movies for and represent Vivid Entertainment.

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Here's the big winners at the 2015 MMFF awards night

The participating movies at the 2015 MMFF.

Nilalang emerged as the biggest winners at the recently held 41st Metro Manila Film Festival awards night, bagging the honors for best editing, best film editor, best cinematography, best festival sound, and best festival musical score.

Meanwhile, Jericho Rosales and Jennylyn Mercado received the top acting plum for best actor and best actress for their roles in Walang Forever. 

The best supporting actress and actor went to Maine Mendoza and Tirso Cruz III, for the films My Bebe Love and Honor Thy Father respectively.

Here is the complete list of winners for the 41st Metro Manila Film Festival.

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Best Actor: Jericho Rosales ("Walang Forever")
Best Actress: Jennylyn Mercado ("Walang Forever")
Best Picture: "Walang Forever"
Second Best Picture: Buy Now, Die Later
Third Best Picture:  “My Bebe Love”
Best Supporting Actress: Maine Mendoza ("My Bebe Love")
Best Supporting Actor: Tirso Cruz III ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Child Performer: Krystal Brimmer ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Director: Erik Matti ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Story: "Walang Forever"
Best Screenplay: Paul Sta. Ana ("Walang Forever")
Best Festival Editing: "Nilalang"
Best Film Editor: Jason Cahapay ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Cinematography: Pao Orendain ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Sound: Ditoy Aguila ("Nilalang")
Best Musical Score: Jessie Lasaten ("Nilalang")
Best Festival Original Theme Song: "Tao" by Armi Millare ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Make-up Artist: Ryan Panaligan ("Honor Thy Father")
Best Visual Effects: "Nilalang"
Best Festival Production Design: "Buy Now Die Later"
Best Float: "Buy Now, Die Later"
FPJ Memorial Award for Excellence: "Walang Forever"
Gatpuno J. Villegas Cultural Award: "My Bebe Love"

Short Film Best Picture: "Mumu"
Best Animation Film: "Momento"
New Wave Animation Special Jury Prize: "Lights Lights"
New Wave Full-Feature Special Jury: "Toto"
New Wave Full-Length Best Supporting Actress: Bibet Orteza ("Toto")
New Wave Full-Length Best Actor: JM De Guzman ("Tandem") & Francisco Quinto ("Ari")
New Wave Full-Length Best Director:John Paul Su ("Toto")


Golden Globes 2014: And the winners are...

Here are this year's big winners at the 71st Golden Globe Awards.

Motion Picture (Drama and Comedy)
Best Picture (Drama) - 12 Years a Slave
Best Picture (Comedy/Musical) - American Hustle
Best Actor (Drama) - Matthew McConauhey (Dallas Buyers Club)
Best Actress (Drama) - Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Best Actor (Comedy/Musical) - Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Best Actress (Musical/Comedy) - Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actor - Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle.

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When Icons Bid Adieu: Screen Legends Who Died in 2013

The passing of 2013 also meant good-byes to a number of the already-handful screen legends we have today. 

Deanna Durbin (December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013) 

Deanna Durbin
Deanna Durbin wowed Depression- and World War II-era moviegoers with her “sweet, soprano voice” and for her depiction of the ideal teenage daughter in films such as Three Smart Girls (1936). In 1938, together with Mickey Rooney, she was honored with a Juvenile performer Academy Award for her “significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth …” Deanna walked out from Hollywood by 1950, still at the height of her career. She remained a recluse until her death. 

Esther Williams (August 8, 1921 – June 6, 2013) 

Esther Williams
Dubbed as the “Million-Dollar Mermaid,” Esther Williams wasn’t just a popular star of the 1940s, she was also an accomplished swimmer. She was one of the biggest box-office stars of the 1940s, appearing watery MGM extravaganzas, such as Bathing Beauty (1944), Neptune’s Daughter (1949), Million Dollar Mermaid (1952) and Jupiter’s Darling (1955). 

Elliott Reid (January 16, 1920 – June 21, 2013) 

Elliott Reid (with Pat Conway)
Character actor Elliott Reid had his share of fame after playing the role of Ernie Malone, private detective who spied on Marilyn Monroe's character only to fall in love with Jane Russell’s role in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953). 

Barbara Lawrence (February 24, 1930 – November 13, 2013) 

Barbara Lawrence
Barbara Lawrence is perhaps best-remembered for portraying the role of Gertie Cummins in Oklahoma! (1953) in which she got into a catfight with Gloria Grahame’s role. 

Eleanor Parker (June 26, 1922 – December 9, 2013) 

Eleanor Parker
Dubbed as the “Woman with the Thousand Faces” for her versatility, Eleanor Parker was hugely praised for her ease in portraying various characters in drama, comedy, or horror. She earned the raves of critics for her Oscar-nominated performances as a prison inmate in Caged (1950), a detective’s wife in Detective Story (1951), and Marjorie Lawrence in the biopic Interrupted Melody (1955). However, her most unforgettable role was a supporting one, as the marriage-minded baroness in The Sound of Music (1965). 

Peter O'Toole (August 2, 1932 –December 14, 2013) 

Peter O'Toole
Considered one of the best English actors of his generation, Peter O’Toole earned overnight fame with, in the words of New York Times, “a hell-raising streak” of a performance in Lawrence of Arabia. The performance earned him his first Oscar nomination and he continued his career with seven more nominations for the following films: Becket (1964), The Lion in Winter (1968), Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1969), The Ruling Class (1972), The Stunt Man (1980), My Favorite Year (1982) and Venus (2006). Together with Richard Burton, he held the record of having the most Oscar nomination for best actor without a single win, although he was honored with an Honorary Oscar in 2003. 

Joan Fontaine (October 22, 1917 – December 15, 2013) 

Joane Fontaine
Throughout the 30s, Joan Fontaine managed to play lackluster parts until her performance in The Women and Gunga Din (both 1939) gave her to opportunity to somewhat showcase her acting prowess. However, her most stellar—and near Oscar-winning moment—came when she played as the haunted second wife in Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca (1940). She won the Oscar for another Hitchcock vehicle, Suspicion (1941), and saw her career thrive in Jane Eyre (1944), The Constant Nymph (1943), for which she earned her third Oscar nomination, A Letter From an Unknown Woman (1948), Ivanhoe (1952); and Island in the Sun (1957). Fontaine’s personal spat with her sister, Olivia de Havilland was also the talk of Hollywood to this day.  The two never fully reconciled.

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Alicia Rhett, Oldest Surviving Gone with the Wind Actress, Diest at 98

Alicia Rhett. Image: Wikimedia
While a lot of damsels-in-distress would go heed to the call of stardom, Alicia Rhett was an exception. Instead, she chose to follow what she wanted most in life: pursue a life in arts and become Charleston's most avid lover. She did not lack the beauty, said Bill Trawick, CEO of the Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community in Charleston, where she has lived since 2002, until she died January 3, 2014. But she had innate passion for privacy, one thing that she could not have had had she become a Hollywood celebrity.

Rhett was born in Savannah, Georgia, on February 1, 1915. Her mother was Isabelle Murdoch, who moved South from Liverpool, England. Her father was Edmund M. Rhett, an American army officer and engineer based in Savannah. Her father died during World War I, prompting Alicia and her mother to move to Charleston, South Carolina, where she worked as a theater actress.

While performing in The Recruiting Officer in 1936, Hollywood director, George Cukor spotted her while scouting for actresses to portray Scarlett O'Hara for the film Gone Wind the Wind. Margaret Mitchell wrote the best-selling novel, but David Selznick bough the film rights. Rhett's beauty and charm was noticed by Cukor. While she failed to grab the role of Melanie, which she auditioned for, she was eventually offered to play the role of India, sister of Ashley Wilkes. This was the first and only motion picture role that Rhett ever played. After Gone with the Wind, she left Hollywood and forevermore turned her back from the movie world.

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Amy Adams: Hollywood’s Princess Charming

Amy Adams. Image: Wikimedia

There’s no question that Amy Adams is considered every moviegoer’s darling with her charm and sunny disposition which she imbues both on and off screen.

Born Amy Lou Adams on August 20, 1974 in Vicenza, Italy, Adams got her first taste of performing for a crowd when she joined her school choir during high school while training as a ballerina. After high school, she entered the musical theatre scene. 

When she was 18, she was working as a Gap store greeter to support herself while acting on community theatres. She later on worked as a hostess in Hooters before launching a career on stage in dinner theaters. Adams later admitted that only reason why she became an actor was because she "needed a job."

"I graduated high school and I didn’t have a skill set and I didn’t want to go to college. I needed a job. This is what I could do. And I like it, but it can be very painful. You feel so vulnerable all the time on set, so exposed," she explained.

In 1999, she made her screen debut in the 1999 black comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous, which was followed by a slew of guest appearances on TV and small roles in B-movies. 

Her first major role came when she grabbed the part of Brenda Strong in Catch Me If You Can (2002). Her breakthrough came next in indie flick Junebug (2005). There, she played the role of the young, gay and garrulous pregnant woman named Ashley Johnsten. Her performance was strong enough to earn her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

The pressures of initial success of course had their toll on Adams' life. In an interview with Elle UK, she confesses: "I choked. I felt this pressure to suddenly be this level of actress that I wasn’t confident enough to be. I did a series of really bad auditions, I let the nerves get the best of me."

She eventually managed to pull herself through. Adams then hit her first commercial success after being cast as Princess Giselle in the colossally successful film Enchanted (2007). Her performance grabbed her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress.

In a press release interview, Adams revealed that we both "flattered" and "well little intimidated" about her character.

"Her [Giselle's] waist is a lot smaller than mine so I thought there'd be no late night Mexican food binges while shooting this. But I thought they did a really good job at capturing some of my quirks and my movements. I run pigeon-toed and she does too. Sometimes you get self-conscious because you know they're looking for what will define this character. I just think they're so wonderful. Like I said, I grew up watching those films and James Baxter's animation so it was a huge compliment to me to be animated by him," she explained.

In 2008, Adams scored her second Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations portraying a young nun, Sister James, in Doubt, opposite Meryl Streep.  

Amy Adams is highly regarded and well-lauded for her versatility. Her performances indeed varied from romantic comedies to serious dramas. However, she is still best remembered for her cheerful characters, something that moviegoers are always excited to see on screen.

In 2009, Adams was featured as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian. The same year, she was cast once again opposite Meryl Streep in Julie & Julia where she played the role of writer Julie Powell.

2010 was another banner year for her, as her role as Charlene Fleming in The Fighter scored her her her third Oscar and Golden Globe nominations, her second BAFTA nomination, and her fifth Screen Actors Guild Award nominations. The film, as well as Adams’ costars Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo (who won the Oscars for best supporting actress) also got critical nods.

In 2012, Adams rendered another Oscar-nominated performance for best supporting actress for her role as Peggy Dodd, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s coldblooded and control-freak wife in The Master.

In 2013, she was landed the role of Lois Lane in the 2013 Superman film Man of Steel.

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Lilet Never Happened: The Saga of Child Prostitution in the Philippines

Lilet Never Happened
Lilet Never Happened, a Dutch-Filipino production filmed in 2012, scooped the Best Youth Film honors at the 2013 Copenhagen International Film Festival.

The movie, entirely shot in Manila, centered on the plight of Lilet, a 15-year-old maladjusted Filipino-American street-girl who is prostituted by her mother and stepfather.

“Once upon a time there was a girl in the Philippines named Snow White. But one day, her mother and stepfather made her eat a poisoned apple,” opened the film trailers. Lilet aptly depicts the malady that forces helpless families to drive their family members to unheard-of activities—including prostituting their own children.

International social worker Claire entered the scene on a bid to rescue the young girl to safety but her efforts proved fruitless. Though Lilet was given many opportunities to redeem herself, she stubbornly chose the hard way. The film is based on interviews with Lilet, a little girl, who became Manila’s most famous child prostitute (

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Breaking Bad, Modern Grab Emmy Top Honors: More Surprises in this Year's Emmys

What could be more surprising in this year's Emmy Awards is the fact that it's so full of surprises! Best actor heavy weight contender Bryan Cranston lost the game, Downtown Abbey went home empty handed, the usual shoo-ins Claire Danes, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and "Modern Family", well, unsurprisingly won, and Breaking Bad finally took the top honors. After all has been said and done, Congratulations to this year's winners!
Breaking Bad, Best Drama Series

Best Drama Series
"Breaking Bad"

Best Drama Actor
Jeff Daniels, "Newsroom"

Best Drama Actress
Claire Danes, "Homeland"

Best Supporting Actor in a Drama
Bobby Cannavale, "Boardwalk Empire"

Best Supporting Actress in a Drama
Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad"

Modern Family, Best Comedy Series

Best Comedy Series
"Modern Family"

Best Comedy Actor
Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

Best Comedy Actress
Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep"

Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy
Tony Hale, "Veep"

Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy
Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie"

Behind the Candelabra, Best Miniseries or
Made-for-TV Movie

Best Miniseries or Made-for-TV Movie
"Behind the Candelabra"

Best Actor in a miniseries or movie
Michael Douglas, "Behind the Candelabra"

Best Actress in a Miniseries or Movie
Laura Linney, "The Big C: Hereafter"

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