James Reid and Nadine Lustre to star in a new movie this summer + more things you might have missed today

A Nancy Drew TV show, NPC endorses Grace Poe, and more.

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(SPOT.ph) Busy day, Spotters? We quickly recap 10 things you might have missed while you were off the radar.

 

1. James Reid and Nadine Lustre to star in new movie this summer

OTWOL may be over, but you don't have to wait too long to see James Reid and Nadine Lustre back on your screens. This time, they're set to do a new movie called This Time, about two childhood friends who only meet every summer. "They see each other during the summer. And they have this short romance...and then [my character] leave[s] again," explained Reid. The two were filming a scene on Sunday, February 28, at UP Diliman's Palma Hall. The film is set for release on April 2016.

 

2. Vatican newspaper praises Spotlight, says it's not "Anti-Catholic"

A day after Spotlight's big Best Picture win at the 88th Academy Awards, a news story from Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano praised the film for its "courage to denounce cases which must be condemned without any hesitation. And it does so in detail, on the basis of a documentation substantially serious and credible." A separate editorial from the paper also dismissed claims that the film was "anti-Catholic." Spotlight recounts the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the Catholic Church's massive child sex abuse scandal and their decades of systematic cover-ups.

 

3. A modern Nancy Drew is coming to TV

Your favorite female detective from your childhood is now all grown up and headed to TV. CBS is reimagining the classic character as a modern NYPD detective who "investigates and solves crimes using her uncanny observational skills, all while navigating the complexities of life in a modern world." Person of Interest and Fairly Legal star Sarah Shahi is set to star in the role. Earlier, the network reportedly announced their search for a "diverse actor" to play the character; Shahi is of Iranian and Spanish descent.

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4. A-list celebrities buy Girl Scout cookies at the Oscars

Chris Rock didn't just use his Oscars hosting stint to skewer Hollywood's diversity problem; he also sold Girl Scout cookies to help his daughter out. A team of scouts sold over 13,000 boxes to Tinseltown's most elite celebrities, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tina Fey, Matt Damon, and even Vice President Joe Biden (who presented during the show). All in all, Rock's daughter's troop earned a staggering U.S. $65,000 in one night.

 

 

5. Ice cream-filled donuts are another reason to visit Prague

Prague is often a go-to destination for those bitten with the travel bug, but a store in the famous Czech Republic capital is giving us more reason to book a trip. Prague's Good Food Cafe and Bakery put a new twist on the traditional Czech favorite, trdelník. Instead of just grilled pastry dough topped with sugar and walnuts, their dessert is a cinnamon sugar-covered donut filled with sweet sauce (chocolate or otherwise) and stuffed with vanilla ice cream. Yum!

 

6. Young boy's story on "special plants" leads to arrest

An eight-year-old boy in Vermont, U.S.A. was telling stories about how his mother’s boyfriend has a green thumb and how the latter’s plants are "special medicine" that can cure all sorts of ailments. The boy related that a number of people would drop by their house for the so-called medicine. Upon hearing the story, Police Detective Jennifer Frank thought that the plants sounded suspiciously like marijuana. When the police dropped by their house, they discovered "two grow rooms" beside the boy’s bedroom. The mom's boyfriend, Steven Mann, was cultivating more than 25 marijuana plants and will get up to 15 years in prison if convicted. 

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7. Gabriela clarifies: We are against womanizing

Women's party list Gabriela recently drew flak after its congressional representative, Rep. Luz Ilagan, said that voters should look past the womanizing of presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte. In a Facebook video, Gabriela Rep. and Chairperson Emmi A. De Jesus said Gabriela Women's Party has "communicated" with Ilagann to "clarify" any misunderstanding. "As the national chairperson of Gabriela Women's Party, I would like to reiterate our position that we are against womanizing and view this as an affront on women and women's rights," she said.

 

8. NPC endorses Poe, Chiz

The country's second largest political party, Nationalist People's Coalition, has formally named Sen. Grace Poe and Sen. Chiz Escudero as their choice for president and vice president in the 2016 elections. "These candidates represent the best hope for unified push for sustainable development," said Nationalist People's Coalition (NPC) President Giorgiddi Aggabao. "In other words, these candidates most embody our party's manifesto that every Filipino is important and that every Filipino must be served equally well regardless of station and status."

 

9. 10 Things You'll Only See in the Philippines

Some say Filipinos are the greatest imitators, but we beg to differ. From a pair of gargantuan shoes to the popular jeepney, here are 10 things we can call our own.

 

10. 10 Flavored Lattes You Have To Try

Now that the holiday madness of collecting planners is over, you can explore other coffee shops that offer kookier and more fun options. Think butterbeer right out of the pages of Harry Potter or your favorite bar of Choc-Nut in a cup.

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