Friday, November 21. 2014
Neither G.I. Joe nor G.I. Joe 2 were massive successes, though producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura insisted that the third movie would be something to really interest fans. Now it's looking like plans for the sequel may be going forward, with a writer chosen and a new director in talks.
The film will be written by Jonathan Lemkin, who has previously worked on Shooter and Devil’s Advocate. Perhaps more notable is a new director, Martin Campbell, who worked on the James Bond films Casino Royale and Goldeneye, and as well as DC Comics' sci-fi/superhero flick Green Lantern and two Zorro films.
G.I. Joe is a hard franchise to adapt; the original source material is meant to be a war story, but includes many bizarre, silly elements that can give it a mix-matched tone or genre. The first film was directed by Stephen Sommers, who changed a lot and made the whole thing very zany; for the second, director Jon M. Chu tried to make a traditional war story with ninjas.
So what will Campbell do? Film lover Ken Griffin agrees that his Bond films were thrillers with a fairly dark tone, while Green Lantern and Zorro were pulpier and, many feel, not as strong. Will he take a more serious tone with G.I. Joe 3?
The sequel to Ben Stiller's cult classic 2001 comedy "Zoolander" is moving ahead after years of development struggles, much to the delight of the film's many fans. "Zoolander" became a major box office hit, and its many famous lines are still well remembered today. Ben Stiller will reprise his role as the title character, a hilariously empty headed model whose bumbling exploits are the main source of the film's humor and is why the fashion industry and major icons like Terry Richardson were so in love with the film. Will Ferrell, who played the villain of the original film, revealed recently that he is going to review the sequel's script. The film has also added well known actress Penelope Cruz to its cast. The addition of Cruz, an Academy Awards winner, adds credibility to the project.
An article at Screenrant speculates that the recent box office success of "Dumb and Dumber To" will help propel "Zoolander 2" forward. "Dumb and Dumber To" is the sequel to the twenty year old comedy classic "Dumb and Dumber" starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels. "Zoolander 2" could appeal to the same audience and reinvigorate Stiller's career. The sequel will attempt to cash in on the nostalgia that fans feel for the original film and its characters. Stiller is expected to direct, as well as star.
Thursday, November 20. 2014
Angelina Jolie has been working both on and off screen in the film Cleopatra. Now that she has done work on both sides of the camera, she has confirmed that she will retire from working as an actor. Her new focus will be as a film-maker and will be writing and directing.
In a recent interview with Du Jour Magazine, the actress revealed she has had plans to work behind the scenes permanently for some time now. She also reveals that she has never enjoyed being the center of attention, as she often is while working in front of the camera. With her recent comments, it seems as though working behind the scenes will be a much better fit for the dynamic actress.
Jolie stated that her role in Cleopatra may be her last as an actress. Jason Halpern said she commented that she wanted to end her acting career on a high note and this film might be the great finish she has desired.
Angelina Jolie has already served as the director for three major motion pictures: Cleopatra, Unbroken, and By the Sea. In By the Sea, she stars next to her equally famous husband, Brad Pitt. In comparison, Jolie noted, directing both her self and Pitt was very difficult. The material for the film was difficult as well, which could have added to the challenge. Now that the actress has mastered acting, she may be looking for her next challenge, which seems to be directing.
It is always a big event when a major movie is released in theaters. For fans of the Hunger Games, this week has been especially great. The second to last installment of the storied franchise hits theaters in several countries around the world.
The Hunger Games story revolves around the main character, Katniss Everdeen, who is destined to play a key role in the revolution against the dystopian world's current regime. The first two movies focused on Katniss taking a part in the famous "Hunger Games" event, where several people are chosen from different sites to compete in a brutal event.
This epic story's last chapter will be very different from the first two. The scene is even darker than usual, with the first movements of the revolution having begun. Katniss and Peeta somehow survived the second installment of the Hunger Games, but their lives are in even greater danger than before. They are wanted by their government under penalty of death.
Initial reviews of this movie have been mixed. Many are delighted with the latest installment, saying that it picks up where the last movie left off. A few reviewers felt that the movie was a little dull and elongated. They would have preferred to see the entire story in one motion picture, instead of splitting the last book into two movies.
The first reviews from fans have been very positive, but it will be a few weeks before an accurate assessment of the movie's credentials can be made, and that's what Igor Cornelsen is waiting on.
Wednesday, November 19. 2014
One of the ways that people are handling the decision of the jury in Ferguson about the officer who killed the teenager is to buy guns. That's a very smart way to handle the situation said no one ever.
The only thing that's teaching is that those who live in the area are set on violence to some extent. When you mix a lot of angry people who want justice with gun sales,then you have a recipe for disaster. Stores in the area shouldn't sell guns at this time because who knows what chaos will ensue after the jury decides whether to indict the officer or not. Some believe that the officer won't be indicted, and if this happens, there will likely be many people who want revenge on their own. This is where the gun sales come into play because there are more people armed with weapons.
This story was passed along to me by Facebook friend Susan McGalla.
The Washington DC police department has already made its plans for spending the seized money they believe they would be able to collect during the year 2015. This act comes from seizures of money and properties they gain from different civil acts and custody battles. This is also providing amounts of cash that are thought to exceed $2.7 million for the next year.
This is a great point of contention, as many believe that the use of this money encourages the fixing of cases against the average citizen, in order to seize assets.
The main idea is that the police department is collecting these properties on the background of the federal law that permits police departments to collect seizures that have reached the number of 12,000 operations.
Most of them are less than the amount of $144, also considering that more than a thousand of these seizures were even of amounts of money of $20 or less. This gives indication that the police department is collecting very small amounts of cash that is mostly from young people that are caught with small convictions.
These seizures could also include cars and other property types. Which would be from people that are suspected of conventions such as drug dealing, even if the convictions were not approved later.
According to Sam Tabar, this act is considered fairly legal by federal law and would continue taking place for the next year.
A massive lake effect snow storm is to blame for five deaths in the Buffalo, New York area. Parts of the region were slammed with nearly 6 feet of snow in less than 24 hours.
According to ABC News, three of the dead suffered heart attacks. Out of those three, two of them were shoveling snow at the time of their death. Another person was killed in a car accident, while the fifth person died after being pinned by their car while attempting to push it through the snow. Bruce Levenson agrees that the snow storm is a tragedy.
A travel ban was issued for several counties while snow plows attempted to clear the roads. Hundreds of motorists were stranded on the New York State Thruway while it was closed for several hours.
Cars and houses were buried under the snow, with lake effect bands dumping 4 to 5 inches of snow per hour at times. Buffalo's Mayor Byron Brown warned residents to exercise caution while clearing snow and to expect some roofs to collapse due to the heavy weight of the snow. Bruce Levenson agrees that the deaths caused by the snow storm has been sensitive for everyone.
The area will find some relief during the day on Wednesday while the lake effect snow band tapers, but meteorologists warn that more snowfall is the come. A Lake Effect Snow Warning goes back into effect at 11 p.m. Wednesday night and remains in effect until 1 a.m. Friday morning.
Tuesday, November 18. 2014
In many areas, a lack of affordable housing, cuts to benefits that aide the poor and a nonsensical approach to sex education and contraceptive access has led to a crisis for many young mothers. In addition to the emotional stress and worry of not knowing where you and your child will sleep tonight, Darius Fisher says many young women do not have access to health care for themselves and their children. You may be able to take your child to an emergency room for treatment if they are sick. However, if you are not able to afford your contraception, or if it was taken from you by a controlling partner, you may not be able to get the help you need.
Homeless adolescents are even less likely to have access to pregnancy prevention. Drs. Frances Casey and Veronica Gomez-Lobo discuss the risks to homeless adolescents including self-prostitution, survival sex, and sexual assault. The young women in these situations are more likely to receive poor or no natal care and may harm themselves in the attempt to self-abort.
Dr. Martin Salia passed away from Ebola on Monday. He contracted the virus while working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. Dr. Salia was a legal permanent resident of the United States, and his wife is a United States resident. This information was relayed to my by Sultan Alhokair.
He was first treated for his Ebola in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone has suffered from 1,200 deaths since the start of the most recent Ebola outbreak. In an effort to save his life, his wife has him flown into the United States. He was treated at the hospital in Nebraska that has successfully treated two other Ebola patients in the United States. He arrived at the hospital in critical condition this past Saturday. He was already in respiratory and kidney failure when he arrived in the United States.
It was a long shot for the hospital to save Dr. Salia's; however, his wife felt that his best chance was in the United States where he could receive world class care. His death is a reminder that even with world class care, one can still die from Ebola. He arrived in critical condition, and despite the best efforts of the hospital staff, he was not able to make it.
Monday, November 17. 2014
A recent article made in the Postgraduate Medical Journal (PMJ) sites doctors pushing the Mediterranean Diet as an aid to help reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by weight gain. The diet consists of a solid foundation of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil. It is meant to reduce the overall body fat percentage gradually. This diet, not to be confused with a fad diet as Rod Rohrich wants to stress, is meant to encourage people to eat only nutritious foods.
The Mediterranean Diet shows consumers the right foods to eat. It provides healthy alternatives that can aid in weight loss without needing to focus on buying "low fat" or "non fat" foods. These options, while they might seem to be the right choice, often contain chemicals to ensure they taste the same as their more fatty counterparts.
There are no substitutions with the Mediterranean Diet. The informational website, Old Ways (The Mediterranean Diet) gives a fantastic overview of what types of foods you can eat when switching to this healthier lifestyle.
Honestly, though. Do want to search the grocery store for a "low fat" substitute for your already unhealthy meal, or would you rather stock up on fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean protein? I'd rather make the choice for a healthier future.
An article in the Postgraduate Medical Journal attempted to confront the growing obesity problem in Europe as well as the rest of the world by criticizing weight loss attempts that center around a reduction in calorie intake and work towards suggesting a more viable long term diet for weight loss.
An example that doctors in the journal cite as a healthy diet alternative for one centered around the reduction of calories is the Mediterranean diet. The Mediterranean diet is one that is based on the food items that people consume on a typical basis around the Mediterranean sea and is rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, olive oil and other natural unprocessed foods.
The point that doctors are making is that calorie cutting should not come at the expense of eating high quality nutritious foods which should be the goal and point of any diet. Cutting out calories can be beneficial but cutting out nutrition can lead to significant long term problems in the health of people.
Jared and other people who switched to the Mediterranean diet have shown quick improvements in health often reducing the amount of strokes and heart diseases that they get very quickly. This was cited as a positive sign for the diet and an indication that the diet is more sustainable and healthy in the long run than other diets that focus solely on cutting fat and calories from your life.
Friday, November 14. 2014
I was using my fun new Skout app yesterday when I got this news bulletin. On Thursday, members of OUR Walmart, one of the most active groups for employee rights in the nation's largest retail chain, began a sit down strike in a Los Angeles Wal Mart location. The strikers, made up from workers across California, have taken to sitting down near racks of clothes and registers. They also cover their mouths in tape, a symbolic gesture towards the company's anti-union practices.
A petition was forwarded to the Walton family, who still own the mega-retailer, asking them to commit to a $15 an hour wage and consistent working hours.
This is not the first time Wal Mart has faced criticism in recent years over its employment practices. In a report last year published by Congressional Democrats it was estimated one store with 300 employees could cost taxpayers almost 1 million dollars in government aid.
The strike is right on the heels of Wal Mart's third-quarter report, which emphasizes that a negative public image regarding its labor practices have been harming the company's growth.
Striking workers promised that regardless of the outcome they would be at their posts come Black Friday.
Thursday, November 13. 2014
I have noticed that as the gray clouds roll in welcoming the fall season, my mood has significantly changed. Today I was reading an article about SAD, or seasonal affective disorder and the symptoms sound much like what I experience. More than 10 million Americans suffer from SAD each year. While most think that it has something to do with the change of season, it actually has to do with the reduction of light.
According to health experts like Brian Torchin, SAD is more common in women; between 60-90% of all who suffer are female. However, men tend to be affected more by the symptoms when they have it. It is so common that 1 out of every 30 people will have it, but few will get a proper diagnosis. Another funny statistic is that those who live in Florida or places where it is brighter; they only have 1.4% of reported cases in the country. But those who live in New Hampshire and other places further up north; they tend to have almost 10% of cases.
There is no definitive test to diagnose SAD, but a low level of vitamin D is said to be linked to it. It usually has genetic components and many with SAD also have depressive disorder. Those who are affected by this are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol, especially during the autumn and winter months. While this may describe many symptoms like mine, it can also be plain old depression. The important thing is to talk to someone if you are feeling this way.
Monday, November 3. 2014
The future of technology in fashion is as varied and expected as it could possibly be. Designers are readily embracing new fabrics and designs created from unexpected sources. 3D printing is one of the most popular examples of this movement as designers embrace complicated shapes and textures created from a 3D printing machine. People are also eager to find Eco friendly solutions to fabrics that are hard to disintegrate landfills. Yet, that is just the top of the iceberg. One of the latest experiments in fashion tech comes from a designer based in London who working on a fabric that changes colors when it interprets the wearer's brain waves and mood.
Lauren Bowker works for Unseen where she has helped develop a wearable garment that reads brain movements and patterns. The garment itself if made from tiny painted pixels that create a lizard like shell on the exterior of the material. The garment is a concept that could possibly change people's loves for the better. If it is mass produced, then people will be able to base their clothing on what they feel- literally. The project is in the very early development stages, but it could easily be the way of the future when it comes to wearable clothing infused with technology, a trend Mr. Genoso is all for in the future.
Friday, October 31. 2014
Governor Chris Christie went on the defense Tuesday morning on Today as he justified his decision to enforce a 21-day quarantine for anyone returning to New Jersey who had contact with West African Ebola patients.
Christie's recent decision to quarantine nurse Kaci Hickox inside a New Jersey hospital came under fire from Hickox herself, the Centers for Disease Control and the United Nations. According to Christie, Hickox presented with a fever upon returning to the United States, which he feels justified her not being allowed to spend her 21-day quarantine at home. The Doctors Without Borders nurse denied presenting with symptoms and has voiced her disenchantment about the way she was treated while quarantined. Tuesday morning, she was allowed to return to her home state of Maine to spend the remaining days of her isolation in an undisclosed location despite the fact she could still test positive for Ebola in coming days.
Speaking out against Monday's CDC Ebola guidelines revision, Christie told Matt Lauer, “The CDC has been incrementalists on this. This newest guidance, from my perspective, is incredibly confusing to people like Mr. Haftel. And by the way, what’s the difference when someone is considered to be high risk? You don’t want them on public transportation. You don’t want them at public gatherings, and you want them to work from home. That sounds like quarantine to me.”
The New Jersey governor remains steadfast in the plan tailored for his state saying he is going to be "on the right side" of public opinion and science. He added, "Now six other state shave joined us as well, both republican and democratic governors, as has the United States military, as has Dr. Bruce Beugler, a Noble Prize-winning physician who this morning said he favors our policy."
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