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HFPA’s Golden Couple Gets Sweet Downtown Write-Up

The real-life script bonding Hollywood Foreign Press Association members Ruben and Janet Nepales reads more like the rom-coms they both sometimes cover for their respective Filipino outlets. They first met in journalism school in 1976, but she thought he was a “nerd”; a few years later, they reconnected at a Paul Williams press conference and started dating; today, as husband and wife, they playfully compete on behalf of their native country’s top two newspapers for Tinseltown scoops.

All this and more can be savored in a breezy profile of the HFPA power couple by Downtown News city editor Richard Guzmán. The Nepales have been back in the city core for five years now, living in a Bunker Hill apartment complex after raising two daughters in the San Fernando Valley:

Ruben pens three columns a week dubbed “Only IN Hollywood” for the Inquirer. He is also a contributing editor for Balikbayan, a magazine published for Filipino expats in the United States and other parts of the world…

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CBC News Network Goes Straight to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association Source

Before and after the Golden Globes, one of the best sources of inside info about the 70th annual awards telecast remains, not surprisingly, the chairman of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Ruben Nepales and his wife Janet (also an HFPA voting member) beamed in very early PT time this past Saturday to chat on Canadian cable channel CBC News Network’s program News Now about the next day’s big awards show. And today, in his latest Inquirer column, Ruben shares this fascinating tidbit:

Now it can be told — the original plan was for Alec Baldwin and Tina Fey to co-host the show but that did not pan out (he reportedly declined). That’s when the Tina Fey-Amy Poehler combination was suggested. The idea was immediately met with excitement. The duo lived up to expectations and more.

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