Up close and personal with ‘Money Heist: Korea’ cast

SEOUL—We discovered the following about these South Korean actors of “Money Heist: Korea”: Yoo Ji-tae is a goofball. Jang Yoon-ju is a playful scene-stealer. Lee Hyun-woo bends over with laughter when he hears something funny. And Park Hae-su wants everybody to know that he’s not scary. The actors are part of the cast of “The …

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‘Halo-halo,’ ‘kwek-kwek’ and other things Hwang In-youp misses

Ten years ago, a would-be South Korean actor was “making tusok-tusok the kwek-kwek” in the streets of Davao. He loved the taste of deep-fried quail eggs coated with orange batter so much that it is still one of his favorite foods from the Philippines after all these years. That actor is Hwang In-youp and, last …

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Korean ‘Money Heist’: ‘They might seem similar, but are different dishes’

SEOUL—“Are you a professor?” a neighbor of Yoo Ji-tae once asked him. “I am not. I am an actor who plays the Professor in ‘Money Heist,’” Yoo answered. The neighbor was taken aback. He didn’t know that there was going to be a Korean remake of the hit Spanish show. Yoo laughed at the thought …

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The real magic used to create ‘Sound of Music’

It took a decade for the webtoon “Sound of Magic” to get its live series adaptation.  Show  director Kim Sung-yoon (“Itaewon Class”) was impressed by the original webtoon’s story that depicted the characters wavering between dreams and reality and how magic alleviated their hardships.  The original webtoon was written by Ha Il-kwon.  And Director Kim …

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Because of him: The life, hits and death of Keith Martin

This is the story of a song that was not supposed to be a hit, a surprise life in a different country and a death no one expected.In 2004, American singer-songwriter-producer Keith Martin’s song “Because of You” was everywhere. You heard it on the radio. People were covering it on TV. Singers were recording and …

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Year’s first toy convention is in Malolos on April 8-9

After a two-year gap due to the pandemic, the Malolos Toys and Hobbies Convention (Malcon) is set to bring back its pop culture stage on April 8-9 at SM Center Pulilan in Bulacan. Malcon is one of the Philippines’ largest toys and hobbies event that aims to gather once again toy enthusiasts, entertainment and gaming …

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Mission to ‘Mythspace’

Imagine “a new universe of possibility, with alien civilizations inspired by creatures from Philippine myth and folklore, presented in ways you could never have imagined,” explains writer Paolo Chikiamco. “We invite you to get a taste of space opera, Filipino style.” He is talking about “Mythspace,” the sprawling sci-fi epic he has been working on …

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Abanglupa swings their musical weapons against the tyrannical powers-that-be

Grindcore has never been an easy genre to get into, one must approach it sideways like a angry ghost or a beast with sight blinders. No sudden movements or the idea of it may disintegrate, sometimes it may just pounce and overwhelm. Likewise, Abanglupa is something that you dip your toes in in increments. The …

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Would you have your fortune told by Manix Abrera?

Manix Abrera really is out of this world. The cartoonist (who just turned 40, thus is an Aquarius) behind the Inquirer’s “Kikomachine Komix” strip boasts a style that can only be described as cute on acid, stories which depict the daily tribulations of students at a university (everyone pretty much agrees it is a stand-in …

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You can see John Cena in HBO’s ‘Peacemaker’

In 1966, Charlton Comics introduced a character called the Peacemaker created by Pat Boyette and Joe Gill. The first issue of his solo series stated he was “a man who loves peace so much that he is willing to fight for it!” He carried a pistol—among other high-tech devices of violence—was dressed in blood red, …

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Pinoys join forces for ‘Mazinger Z’

Let’s be honest: Voltes V, for a variety of reasons, is pretty much the Philippines’ national super robot, even having connections to having been pulled during martial law and returning after the 1986 revolution. But Voltes V was not the only mecha (piloted giant robot) on Filipino TV at the time. “Mazinger Z” aired every …

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‘Trese’ goes Pop!

After becoming a bestselling komiks series, an international graphic novel series, a Netflix Original Anime, a playable character in a mobile game and a forthcoming six-inch articulated action figure with all the right accessories, what else could a Kris-wielding, coat-wearing paranormal investigator want? If you are Alexandra Trese, the protagonist of Budjette Tan and KaJO …

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The Philippine International Comics Festival: The Evolution

The pandemic wasn’t able to stop Paolo Herras, the mastermind behind independent Filipino komiks convention and publisher Komiket, from pushing through with the first Philippine International Comics Festival or PICOF 2020 last year. Herras’ superpower is getting it done, no matter the situation and on the fly, PICOF 2020 became a virtual event, where “we …

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Super Random revisits the dance revolution of the ’80s and the ’90s

Dance is something that has long been identified with Filipino women. The only dance exclusively identified with men, for good or ill, was something we had to learn for cultural or field demonstrations. Yes, this is the bane of grade school or high school experience involving coconut husks and being half-naked, the maglalatik. Cut to …

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Men in pearls: Will it ever catch on with Pinoys?

In 2020, “men in pearls” was all the rage, as Hollywood and music icons had taken to wearing pearls—not in the innocuous form of cuff links studs or a single bead in a leather bracelet, but strings of the ocean gems once associated with prim-and-proper, ladylike daintiness. Style arbiters declared men would keep wearing pearls. …

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Tomorrow X Together is PH Telco’s newest ambassador

It’s official! TOMORROW X TOGETHER (TXT) is Smart Communications’ newest endorser. The telco announced the collaboration on July 27. The fourth-generation Kpop act will be the faces of the Build Your Own Giga campaign. The campaign promises prepaid subscribers flexibility in their Giga promos. The group is composed of Soobin, Yeonjun, Beomgyu, Taehyun and Hueningkai. …

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Jun Ji-hyun shares her favorite scene in ‘Kingdom: Ashin of the North’

Actress Jun Ji-hyun revealed that she was a fan of the “Kingdom” franchise before she became part of the series. This is why the scenes that explain the origin of the resurrection plant are her favorite scenes from the special episode “Kingdom: Ashin of the North.” “Because my character Ashin is a woman who knows …

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TXT longs for connection in ‘The Chaos Chapter: Freeze’

Since their 2019 debut, TOMORROW X TOGETHER’s (TXT) ever-expanding narrative has always delved into the punishing realities of life. The boys have since made their mark as storytellers, weaving a whimsical world of adolescence with their debut trilogy “The Dream Chapter (TDC).” But for a group that has heavily banked on the promise of Tomorrow, …

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Choi Young-jae talks about the kimchi slap in ‘So Not Worth It’

GOT7’s main vocalist and heartthrob Choi Young-jae had an interesting moment in the sitcom “So Not Worth It.” (G)I-dle’s Minnie slapped him with a whole head of Napa cabbage that they used to make kimchi. This moment became a viral scene and was notoriously named the “kimchi slap.” But the talented idol said that it …

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The ‘Gundam’ movie set in the PH is finally here–and Jollibee is in it

After having its premiere moved around twice due to the pandemic and its release from the big screen to Netflix, “Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway” has finally debuted, and it was worth the wait, especially for Filipino Gundam fans. You see, the Philippines is the location of the animated film, a welcome convergence for the many …

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We chatted with Hyun Bin on Zoom—and here’s everything he told us

There are many things you can appreciate about interviewing Hyun Bin via Zoom. For one, you can freely stare hard at him without getting shy about it. It allows you to admire his sharp jawline, his gelled-up crew-cut hair and the generous smile that shows off his dimples. During Lifestyle’s one-on-one with him on June …

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Clash of the movie titans

They did it, they really did it. Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment got the greatest monsters of the East and the West and did it well. Gareth Edward’s “Godzilla” (2014) and Michael Dougherty’s “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (2019) set up the landscape for the Monsterverse by bringing into an epic, modern setting the Kaiju …

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Count down to ‘TRESE’–and catch the first five minutes

The Netflix Original Anime series “TRESE,” based on Budjette Tan and KaJO Baldisimo’s comic book, is almost here–the series drops midnight (12 a.m.) on June 11 Manila time–and we can can all count down to the historic premiere together. In case you have been living under an enchanted rock, catch the official trailer here: Can’t …

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Byeon Woo-seok of ‘Record of Youth’ wants to play a psychopath

He caught us off-guard when he shot the first question, in English: “Who’s that man behind you?” He was referring to the standee of another Korean actor behind this writer, which was partly visible on the screen. Byeon gave a hearty chuckle as I, embarrassed, pushed the standee out of sight. Byeon is the newest …

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A super book about the spectrum

Sometimes, the best comic books aren’t about superheroes. Sometimes, they’re about ordinary people in extraordinary situations told in an extraordinary way. And that is exactly what you get with “Doobiedoo Asks,” the semiautobiographical comic book from writer Bambi Eloriaga-Amago and artist Roland Amago. This gorgeous, entertaining, informative, funny and heartbreaking comic book revolves around the …

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Super Exclusive: Enter the twilight world of ‘TENET’

The most complex Christopher Nolan film yet Every film director Christopher Nolan has ever made has led to the making of “TENET.” It is not only how time works in his films (“Inception” and “Interstellar”) but how time is perceived by the audience (“Memento” and “Dunkirk”) that come together in “Tenet.” “As I like to …

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The kids are super all right in Netflix’s ‘We Can Be Heroes’

These days, superhero movies are all over the media landscape, most of them very serious but there was a time when superhero and adventure movies for kids were very popular, particularly those which featured youngsters using gadgets or their new powers to rescue either their parents or the world. These were often funny as well …

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Visprint is dead: All hail Avenida Books–How Nida Ramirez changed PH publishing

When Flornida “Nida” Gatus-Ramirez was in a freshman at the University of Santo Tomas High School, she would go to their family’s small printing press in Recto to wait for her father Nenido so they could go home together. What struck her then was “the very familiar scent of paper and ink,” she says. “I …

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The secret story of the Funko Pop! Voltes V

How do you combine two of the things that drive Filipino collectors absolutely crazy? By combining the collectible of the moment with a cultural property that’s been ingrained in Filipino pop consciousness since 1978. We are talking, of course, about the Big Boys Toy Store Exclusive Funko Pop! Voltes V figure, available—seriously—in the Philippines! In …

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‘Super Random’ asks why Spongebob can speak Filipino

If you’ve been watching Philippine free TV for the last half-decade, you’ll notice that all the American cartoons like “The Powerpuff Girls,” “The Transformers” and, yes, even “Spongebob Squarepants,” have now been dubbed in Filipino. Why? How is this being done and who is voicing them? Find out the vocal magic behind the dubbed cartoons …

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Get movin’ at Robinsons Malls, the country’s 1st mall chain with active lifestyle zones nationwide

Robinsons Malls takes malling to a whole new level as it launches active lifestyle zones in its malls all over the country. Malls aren’t just for shopping and dining anymore—now you can also skate, bike, jog, drift, race and enjoy more fun activities. Robinsons Malls has always been at the forefront of introducing new amenities …

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