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‘The Nature of Love’ Unveils First Clip Ahead of Cannes Debut



In The Nature of Love by Monia Chokri (Sylvain’s Simple Comm.), a gorgeous French-Canadian woman in a sexless marriage turns her life upside down because of an affair with her contractor.

The film, which is being sold to customers in Cannes by Mk2 Films, will have its world premiere on Un Certain Regard on May 18.

Magali Lépin-Blondeaux is superb as Sophia, a 40-year-old philosophy professor in a stable but strained relationship with longtime partner Xavier.

When they buy a chalet to renovate, she meets a tall, jovial Sylvain (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) who arrives one day to quote the price of the refurbishment. The couple rush headlong into a passionate relationship, but as their romance continues, Sophia realizes that their backgrounds and interests make them far more different than she first thought.

Chokri previously directed My Brother’s Wife, which won the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize in 2019. Chokri, who is the director and writer, also stars in The Nature of Love, playing Sophia’s eccentric best friend Françoise, a tormented housewife. and a mother of young children who supports her friend’s illicit romance.

The Quebec native Chokri’s other directing credits include The Babysitter, which was nominated for four Canadian Screen Awards in 2022.

Most recently, Lepin-Blondeau starred in Xavier Dolan’s The Night Logan Woke Up and the cult favorite series Letterkenny. Her other works include Chokri’s “My Brother’s Wife”, “Restless River” and “Mercy for All”.

On the account of the Cardinal Dolan’s films “Tom on the Farm” and “Mommy”, as well as the TV series “Young Loupes” and “Beliveau”.

Check out the exclusive “Nature of Love” clip above.


Sesame Street Debuts TJ, First Filipino Doll, Within AAPI Month



PBS’ favorite children’s program, Sesame Street, featured its first Filipino-American doll on its Sunday edition.

In a segment about what it means to be confident, Kal Penn, Asian Excellence Award winner and former Obama administration official, told the new TJ doll that he had confidence when acting or speaking in front of people, and then asked TJ, how he showed his confidence.

“Well, I’m learning Tagalog,” he replied. “This is the language my Filipino family speaks and I have confidence in myself because I can always ask my Lola [grandma] for help when I don’t know a word.”

Ji-Young, a Korean-American doll who debuted on Sesame Street in 2021, appeared alongside TJ and Penn and said confidence can be found in the support of friends and family. She also showed off her chopping skills when she played the guitar and said she feels confident when she learns new songs.

TJ was the brainchild of Filipino-American animation director Bobby Pontillas, who general TJ’s Instagram sketch stating “I had an amazing opportunity to work with the geniuses at Sesame Workshop to create a Filipino doll for @sesamestreet! Meet TJ!”

“In terms of his look, I took him as the basis for the children of my longtime friends, Max and Matteo, thanks for the inspiration guys,” he continued. “I was lucky to work with master puppeteer Louis Mitchell, the most beautiful man on earth.”

He thanked the staff in Tagalog saying “Maraming Salamat” “Rosemary Espina Palacios @rosemvpmary for organizing this and bringing me in, Inan Shentu @aznshents for bringing TJ to life and everyone @sesamestreet for what happened!”

Rosemary Espina Palacios, Director of Talent Engagement, Inclusion and Content Development, Sesame Workshop, who is also a Filipino, posted a proud moment on Instagram, admitting that she “cried terribly” on set when they finished filming and that she knew her mom was watching and hoped she was just as excited.

“Welcome to Sesame Street, TJ! I am so proud to have helped introduce some of the Filipino representatives in the area and just in time for API Heritage Month to showcase the range to our diaspora,” she wrote. “His first part with @kalpenn and Ji-Young is all about self-confidence, and I personally feel that it can help break the stereotype of the exemplary minority.”

TJ is played by voice actor and puppeteer Inan Shentu, who is also general some rave selfies with Sesame Street’s newest doll.

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RHOM Star Gerdi Abraira Says She Has Breast Cancer, Asks Fans For ‘Empowerment’



The 45-year-old recently revealed she vacationed in St. Barts in March, “having spent time [her] life” when she received a call from her doctor about the results of a recent mammogram.

“I Have Breast Cancer” Reality TV Star posted on instagram on Wednesday, adding that her diagnosis weighed heavily on her and that it took “some time to process it all.”

Abraira, who joined the cast of RHOM in season 4, expressed her gratitude to her fans for their “caring gestures.”

She explained that she is “preparing for my upcoming surgery and then my treatment plan will come.”

While acknowledging that the process is “definitely intense”, she asked fans for “empowerment, not pity”.

Abraira also vowed to stay positive, using her signature phrase “guerdyfy” to inspire her followers.

“I will “cast out” this cancer, like everything else in my life,” she said.

The mom-of-two concluded her message by urging her fans to get tested regularly, noting how “lucky” she was that doctors caught the disease early.

“I was lucky that this breast cancer was detected at an early stage – it’s still scary, of course, but I have the love and support of others, and this is the only fuel that I need,” she added. “For those who do not undergo regular medical examinations, I urge. Your life depends on it.”

The TV presenter is married to Russell Abraira. Pair wife in 2002 and share two children Liam, 9, and Miles, 14.

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