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Carlo Ledesma's 'The Haircut' wins at Cannes

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Negrense Carlo Ledesma 32, son of Gerry Ledesma and Ramona Coscolluela, won the Best Film Award and a 10,000 - euro prize from the Mini-Movie International Channel at the Short Film Corner of the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for his film "The Haircut".

The film, which tells the story of a barber who is confronted by a bald customer's request for a haircut, was directed by Ledesma who is based in Sydney, Australia. It was produced by Mel Lozano.

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Yam Laranas Directs Hollywood Remake of His Film 'Sigaw'

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Jesse Bradford has signed to star in "The Echo," a remake of the acclaimed Filipino thriller "Sigaw" being produced by Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment.

Yam Laranas, who co-wrote and directed "Sigaw," is directing the movie, which is being additionally produced by Shin Shimosawa, Tyler Mitchell and Will Wright.

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Movie Review: Daan Patungong Kalimugtong/The Road to Kalimugtong

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If you ever have the chance to watch the independent film Daan Patungong Kalimugtong, make sure you go watch it. (Or you might be better off buying a VCD/DVD copy if they are available because, as we noted in other movie reviews, digital Filipino films just do not translate well on big movie screens; they get overblown and lose much of their color.)

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More Lino Brocka Films Now on DVD

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In its search for the “best available copies of the classics,” Velasco said, Cinefilipino had tapped movie production companies (Regal), private collectors (Manny Veras) and government institutions (Cultural Center of the Philippines).

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Rica Peralejo Takes up Creative Writing at Ateneo de Manila

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BELIEVE it or not, Rica Peralejo is now an official freshman at Ateneo de Manila University.

“I am,” she tells us. “I have long been wanting to go back to school, take up creative writing. I just didn’t find the time.”

Now 26, the star of the forthcoming horror flick Tiyanaks from Regal Entertainment finally decided she’d earn a degree before she turned 30.

ISNAYP Bikol is now Online

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ISNAYP, the revolutionary media organization in the Bicol Region is now online! Revolutionary people's films about the armed struggle in the region's countryside can already be downloaded or watched directly from YouTube.

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Todo Sobre Torres: An Interview with Philippine Independent Filmmaker John Torres

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By Rowena Aquino

John Torres made a splash at this year's VC Film Festival with his experimental feature Todo Todo Teros.

Click here for APA's review of the film.

Interview with John Torres
Sunday, May 6, 2007
VC Film Festival, Los Angeles

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Standing ovation for 'Foster Child' in Cannes

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Standing ovation for Pinoy film in Cannes

By Ruben V. Nepales
Inquirer
Last updated 08:14am (Mla time) 05/26/2007

LOS ANGELES, California--"We had a ten-minute standing ovation during the official screening," Robbie Tan excitedly told us via text message about the reaction to "Foster Child," which he produced, after its official screening Friday evening at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes.

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Chiz wants tax relief for movie industry

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By Isah V. Red
If the ranking in the latest Comelec official tally of senatorial candidates would remain constant, at least, in the top six, Francis “Chiz” Escudero, could be sure to occupy a seat in the Senate in July.

No less than Lily Y. Monteverde is elated over Chiz’s election as the producer is banking on the new senator to give his assistance to the dying local movie industry.

In fact, while he was on the hot trail of his senatorial campaign, Chiz had urged fellow lawmakers to pass a law exempting the movie industry from taxes.

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Independent Daze

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The billboard announced the film of the slapstick comedian Palito, known for his corpse-like emaciation. The title of the flick is Enterpool: Senior Citizen in Action, which also stars a certain Mykell Chan, most probably a Jackie Chan knock-off. It is produced by Starboard Productions and directed by Perry de Guzman and Noli Villar. At a time when local films desperately come few and far between, a film like Enterpool offers reprieve, no matter if many merely scoff at it as a joke.