Why are horror films popular?

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Horror films are a strange thing. Why do people pay to be scared and to watch horrible things happening on screen? Some of the most famous and biggest films in history have been horror films – from Psycho to The Exorcist, to Friday 13th to the Blair Witch Project. Read more

Why Breaking Bad was so good

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I’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad and wow what an amazing series it is – for me it’s the best show ever – beats The Sopranos easily and even better than The Wire as well, which I really liked too. Here for me are the reasons it was so good. Read more

Best music releases 2014

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2014 has been a pretty good year for music, and here’s a list of my favorites.

Pharrell Williams – Happy

Seems like everyone likes this song. Pharrell can do no wrong at the moment, has been having phenomenal success in the past few years, Blurred Lines was massive too – I loved that song as well despite all the controversy about it. His stuff is often pretty retro but done in such a modern way – and great tunes and style.

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A Review of the Rachael Ray Show

The Rachael Ray Show is a well-known television program on the Food Network which stars Rachael Ray. The show is (and always has been) filmed at the Food Network studio in Chelsea, New York City, NY.

Rachael Ray became well known for her debut TV project in 1999 called “30-Minute Meals.” While many critics at the time felt that the 30-minute meals show didn’t include the time it takes to prepare the dish, it was still considered a popular program and it pushed Rachael to stardom. I asked my friend Suzy, who runs Culinary Dreaming, about the show, and she said that a lot of people trash Rachael’s show because they don’t understand what market she’s working in and who she is trying to help.

What’s the show about?

The idea behind the Rachael Ray show is to show busy moms (and dads) that they can get a fresh and healthy meal on the table quickly and they won’t have to resort to eating processed food or constantly dining out. She also teams up with different celebrities in every episode to talk about their achievements and cook tasty meals. These guests come from the top of the sports, media, business and entertainment industries. Ray would often asks tips about health and lifestyle, and always get an interesting response. Rachel is not a trained chef, and many people feel like it matters, but others do not care because her show is geared towards busy moms that want to get something healthy on the table quickly. Food Network has other shows that are geared toward those that want to know how to be an executive chef .

Rachael also has a talk show, which gives makeovers to guests and has musical guests — much like the Oprah Winfrey Show. However, cooking is still a passion of hers and is always highlighted at the end of every show. Occasionally, celebrity guests would drop by to help her cook, following the style she had with the 30 minute meals tv show.

Not Everyone is a Fan

While many critics appreciate her efforts to keep the show entertaining, there have been a number of viewers who have been put off with Ray’s constant yelling in each episode. Many depicted her acts as obnoxious, and some even go as far as demanding the show be removed from the network – others think he yelling is just enthusiasm. Others still think its a cry for attention.

Conclusion

While Rachel Ray covers a wide range of topics, in the end, it’s all about her great love: food. With years of food industry experience under her belt, Rachel Ray keeps her end by entertaining her guests and adding a bit of fun in the food preparation process. Currently, the show is renewed for the 2015-16 season.

Enjoy a Movie Marathon at Home

Everybody loves a movie marathon. It is very relaxing. When you have all the time in the world to spare, this is definitely the best activity to do. When you have a list of movies that are yet to be watched, this is the time to make it happen. Whether you are alone or with friends, you can still enjoy watching these movies are you are transported in a totally different world.

These movies are even more fun if you have the best snacks with you. Of course, you will just grab whatever it is that you can find on the fridge. You might have some chips, soda, leftover ice cream or some potato fries. However, if you want to spruce things up a bit for this movie marathon, why not prepare your own snacks? If you are inviting friends over or even a special someone for a romantic movie date, homemade snacks are perfect.

If this is your first time to prepare all the dishes by yourself and you don’t know how to use all cooking appliances at home, then don’t fret. You just have to use a rice cooker and you are good to go! Yes, with just a simple rice cooker, several snacks can be made. It all depends on how creative you are.

Popcorn

Obviously, any movie marathon won’t be complete without the ever-favorite popcorn! All you have to do is to wipe a little bit of oil around the rice cooker and allow it to heat up. After some time, you can pour the corn and close the rice cooker. Wait for it to pop and you’re done. Just make sure not to place a lot of corn at once or else they won’t pop. You also have to be careful not to overdo it.

Cake

This might sound weird, but a rice cooker-made cake is now possible. You just have to use a simple batter of milk, flour, baking powder, eggs, sugar and other flavors you wanted and you are good to go. Just mix up all the dry and wet ingredients on a separate bowl and transfer them on the rice cooker. You can be creative with the frosting as well, but if you are fine with the plain cake, then this task is over in less than an hour. Doesn’t this fancy snack for a movie marathon sound nice?

Movie marathon like never before

Since you have prepared your own snacks this time, it becomes even more special. You will not just appreciate the movie, but also the type of food you eat. The best part is that you are only using a simple rice cooker. If you want to be even more successful next time, use the best Japanese cookers. If there are other appliances at home that you need to buy, read more about home appliances reviews at http://www.homecentric.org. Hopefully, you will make your movie marathon experience better than ever.

Why Does Everyone Love League of Legends?

If you haven’t heard lately, League of Legends has become one of the most widely played games in the world with over 67 million players logging on each month. These staggering numbers have shocked many in the industry that such a simple game could grow so quickly. In this article I will investigate what has led to the immense success of this game.

To start off, I must admit that League of Legends has become my favorite game recently and I am a prime example which supports the claims about to be made. I have found myself playing during the day and staying up late at night with a slight addition to the game. Fortunately for me, I don’t have to worry too much about business things such as my website, since I receive professional wordpress support from Bairkan. They take complete care of my website, so I can focus on more important things, such as my rating in the game. With that being said, let’s take a look at some features implemented by the developer of League of Legends, a small company named Riot.

The most obvious reason for the games explosive growth is that it is completely free to play and team based. This means that anyone can download the game and start playing the game in its entirety without ever having to pay a dime. And when you start asking friends to play with you, there is no apprehension to go ahead and download the game due to it being free to play. This is a common model for games these days and is known as the freemium model. The game offer in game purchases which can enhance the game itself, without altering how it plays. This keeps the competition level equal without having to pay to win, like some other games which are mostly found on mobile devices. The items for sale inside the game are pretty cheap and known as micro transactions. When you have millions of players, it doesn’t take much to produce a huge revenue for the company, even though the game is free.

Another aspect of the game that has the largest appeal to me is the competitive nature of the game. The style in which League of Legends is played is a tournament format where you are paired with other players to participate in a hour long 5 versus 5 battle. It is nice that an entire game can be played in an hour which makes it easy to sit down and start playing. Riot sponsors one of the largest ongoing tournaments in the world for eSports which has had many people dreaming of becoming a professional gamer. There are many teams that have earned their spots in the tournament and are being well paid. It is very competitive and hard to achieve this, as the gap in skill between an amateur and professional player is massive. An entire industry has grown out of this which is known is the elo boosting seen at eloboosted.com. Here, skilled players can increase the rating of someone’s account and be paid well for their time. This further increases the difficulty of the game as many are vying to become in the top tier of players.

These features of the game have invited and hooked many into spending countless hours playing League of Legends.

How Arnold Schwarzenegger Changed Action Movies Forever

When you think of action movies you probably think of huge explosions, witty dialogue, and muscled up actors playing iconic roles, right? Thor wouldn’t be Thor if Chris Hemsworth didn’t look like the larger than life superhero we have all come to love. Interestingly, if you look into the not so distant past, being a action movie star didn’t require bulging muscles and a mighty screen presence. One actor sort of changed all that.That actor, of course, is Arnold Schwarzenegger.

When Arnold emerged on the movie scene, he didn’t just send guys scrambling to find the best testosterone boosters or the best pre workout supplements in hopes of looking like him. He also changed the way movie studios sought after great action stars when casting their movies. After seeing Arnold saving the day in a movie, audiences were no longer going to buy the scrawny guy saving the day any longer. Plus, he changed movies in more ways than just requiring guys to hit the gym before taking on action packed roles. We’ll lay those ways out before you.

Larger Than Life Personality

Not only did Arnold bring a physically larger than life aspect to movies, but he also brought a larger than life attitude to his movies as well. He shaped the parts he played with action man having a physique to back up his part, plus the magnetic attitude that made his character likable, witty, and funny. You see this today in movies like Marvel’s The Avengers and pretty much any move that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is in.

Funny & Strong

It’s not surprising if you’ve ever heard Arnold talk to understand just how funny of a guy he is. This is something along with his muscular physique that he brought into his movies. This was a unique aspect of an action star when Arnold came along, as previous ones, for the most part, were always brooding and super serious. But by bringing a little humor to an otherwise very serious genre, he opened up action films to a whole new audience who otherwise probably wouldn’t have had much interest in these types of movies.

Cool Catch Phrases

There were always catch phrases or quotable lines in movies, but none have ever been delivered as cheesy and fantastic as Arnold has done it. Perhaps it’s the Austrian accent, maybe it’s the fact that he’s a giant man, or maybe it’s a combination of both. One thing’s for sure and that is Arnold made catchphrases cool. While nobody has delivered them as memorably as Arnold did with “I’ll be back,” or “Hasta la vista, baby,” movies today still chase after those memorable catch phrases made so famous by Arnold.

Big Muscles

Of course, Arnold changed the way that action movies are made because of the fact he was, and in many ways still is, larger than life in the physical sense. When being casted for his first big movie, “Stay Hungry,” the director told Arnold he had to lose 80 pounds because he was too big on screen and literally dwarfed his co-stars. Producers and directors had never seen such a giant a man and many weren’t sure exactly what to do with him. It became obvious that he would do well in action movies and let him flex his muscles, so to speak.

The Life of a Roadie

Ever since I was a kid, I dreamt of having a job in the music industry. As my musical tastes matured to punk rock in my teenage years, I discovered, in myself, a knack for becoming a part of the punk rock culture by attending local shows and helping to promote and support my friends’ gigs. Being a part of the punk rock scene was what brought on the idea of combining my love for music with my passion for travelling and possibly turning it into a serious career.

After graduating from college, I decided to gain some more firsthand experience in the music industry by working for friends who produced concerts – I learnt loads about the inner workings of the live music industry. This ‘internship’, so to speak, allowed me to get comfortable with many different jobs inside the music industry and led me to becoming a crew member for several bands as they hit the road.

The biggest misconception about being a ‘roadie’ is the assumption of outsiders that all we do is party with the band, chase after female fans and get high on drugs. The truth is that it is a lot more complex and not nearly as attractive as it is made out to be.

People often overlook the day to day living and travelling conditions of those who are in this line of work. Contrary to the picture that Hollywood paints, there isn’t an abundance of business class flights or rides in shiny black limousines. Most of the bands I have worked with travelled in a passenger van with a trailer to carry the luggage and gear. There wasn’t a luxurious bus with personal mini-televisions and reclining seats and there were certainly no frequent stops for R & R. We had to pee in empty water bottles on the road because the entourage couldn’t stop so that a few of us could take care of our business. At the end of the day, we would cram into a single hotel room – and most of us would be sleeping on the floor. Thankfully, this particular problem I was able to solve thanks to a recommendation from a friend about www.thesleepjudge.com, a website that listed excellent portable air mattresses that even a roadie could afford as well as other sleep aid products! The concept of privacy was thrown out of the window (along with a television a couple of times!) and arguments could turn sour pretty fast. I managed to stay out of the worst kind of trouble by being considerate towards the people around me and staying mindful of my surroundings.

I know that many of the people in my line of work don’t like being referred to as ‘roadies’ but I have no qualms, especially since when I tell people about my job, it sounds a lot cooler than it really is and some of them even buy me a drink so they can inquire whether I know about their favorite band!

Life on the road accompanying a band definitely has its crazy upsides that most music fans would envy – but it isn’t the cakewalk it’s portrayed to be.

TV Show Arrow

From children’s entertainment to successful television programming: The TV show Arrow and the evolution of comic books in the media.

Currently Arrow is in its 3RD season and going strong. With over 2 million viewers tuning in every week it’s no wonder that it continues to captivate its audience with the tales of Oliver Queen’s adventures in Starling city and his ongoing fight against the corrupt powers that run the city from the shadows. While allusions to Batman are easy to make the character of the Green Arrow is anything but.

Humble beginnings

It wasn’t that long ago that comic book heroes where the realm of Saturday morning cartoons and children’s toys. It wasn’t until the movies that were based on these iconic characters started to get darker that things started to change. Starting with Batman Begins people began to realize that you can balance the heroic antics of comic book characters with legitimate plot and production. Gone were the campy antics of the 60’s and the half hour toy commercials of the 80’s. Movies started making these characters real people beyond just a cape, some gadgets and/or super powers. Later movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor balanced enjoyable entertainment for kids with an engaging and adrenalin pumping story for adults. This theme would morph into modern television productions of classic super hero stories.

From Smallville to Arrow

Prior to live action comic book movies and TV shows becoming more serious storytelling, you had standard television fare in Smallville. Smallville was the story of a young Superman growing up and becoming the iconic hero we all know so well. While this TV show didn’t initially start out as more than a general TV show about a young Superman its success would lead to the creation of several other shows centered on other DC heroes. Combined with the success from such cartoons as Batman The Animated Series, Justice League, and Justice League Unlimited  these shows proved that there was a larger fan base beyond children that not only enjoyed these characters but wanted darker stories as well.

The success of Arrow

While the more mature content of Arrow takes the character out of the realm of children’s entertainment what ultimately resulted in the success of Arrow is the unique focus on the hero himself as he struggles with living his double life while maintaining his own personal integrity.  If the show didn’t have such a unique and engaging, also perfectly portrayed, character all the complex storylines and deep characterization wouldn’t bring in the 2 million+ views each week. In the end, the success of Arrow is its blending of a great character, terrific stories, and an all-around appeal for long time fans of the character and newcomers alike. With the continuing success of the show, fans can look forward to the ongoing adventures of our resident bow hunter for several more years to come. Will the series continue to grow and expand the on the comic book genre like its ancestors? Only time will tell, but from now it seems very likely.

Zumba Fitness World Party Xbox One Review

Keeping fit through console games has had a checkered history, to say the least. Majesco has now taken the fitness craze Zumba, and built a game around it called Zumba Fitness World Party. But is it any good for keeping you in shape?

I take a closer look at the game in the hope I can lose some weight before the summer starts.

The introduction to the game shows a number of Latin-American dancers having fun with Zumba and gives you an idea of what you are trying to mimic. The menu can instantly take you into the game, however I would like to point out some additional features.

There is a weekly report section that tracks your progress (or lack of progress). You are judged on the time played, energy used and the number of routines completed (per week). This is then nicely packaged into a score for you to beat the following week. The calorie burner seems to be a little generous compared to my treadmill, but maybe dancing burns more calories.

Another monitoring feature is the ability to set goals. This is excellent for the first month, but once you hit your personal best it’s difficult to keep improving. You also have the ability to contribute to the community with your goals, but unless you are part of a real Zumba class, I don’t see any advantages.

Let’s talk about the game itself. At the start there’s a tutorial mode that gives you demonstrations of each move or dance associated with Zumba. I thought this was great as I have never been to a Zumba class before. I found it helpful. If you are a Zumba class regular, you could probably skip this section and go right into game mode.

Before you start I would suggest you change into a sports outfit, e.g. shorts, t-shirt or a jogging suit and find a pair of workout shoes — this is a workout and you are going to get sweaty.

Game mode instantly gives you a speed option, depending on your ability to keep up with the instructor. The background is stationary, letting you focus on the video-imposed instructor. At this point all you need to do is follow the instructor’s advice and try to copy her moves (easier said than done).

There are additional modes you can change to, including class mode. This mimics a traditional Zumba class, but one mode I loved is creating a play list. You can dance to 10 or so different tunes. All you need to do at this point is select your favorite and get started. This aspect of the game is a good idea because I didn’t like a large amount of the music installed. The play list lets you avoid all the music you don’t like, creating a better gaming experience.

If you love to dance and want to get fit, Zumba Fitness World Party is a good option. But if you’re not really into dancing, the lifespan of the game is going to be limited.

Pain inspired songs – Do you need pain to create good music?

I recently read an article that speculated where creativity comes from. In singers, as we all know, the best artists sing from the heart. The problem is that if you want to sing from the heart, you’ll need to have had an experience worth singing about.

Love and creativity

Take Adele for example. She was a struggling singer until she went through a horrible breakup. While heartbroken she wrote a best selling album and rose to the top of the charts. While it cost her a relationship, she did gain fame. Painters and writers for centuries have confessed that they did their best work when in the darkest of depressions. So I’d like to know whether all this pain is really necessary to produce great artistic work. Many of the all-time bestselling songs are about love and heartbreak. These emotionally fuelled songs connect with an audience at a very deep level. Painful and sometimes pleasant experiences fuel the lyrics and the tone of these songs. I don’t believe a singer could sing these songs as well without actually going through the actual experience. It just wouldn’t be the same in my opinion.

Pain fuelled songs

It’s clear that songs about love and heartbreak sell well, but what about all those songs dealing with the edgier parts of life. Take Johnny Cash, who had multiple run ins with the law during his music career. He came up with some of his best songs while in jail. His lyrics and voice completely changed while he was going through difficult times. Can this again be accredited to his emotional pain? Or did the records sell better because he was such a high-profile “bad boy”?

To find an answer to this question, let’s look at another example. James Brown, frequently called the Godfather of Soul lived a life full of pain. Using a criminal background check service, I found out that he was arrested for domestic violence but despite not being jailed, he still went through plenty of emotional upheaval. During all that pain, he still made some great music. When looking at these examples, it seems to me that all these musicians with troubled lives make great music. There is of course no way to know whether the fame caused their trouble or vice versa.

Things become a little more clear when looking at the world of rap and hip hop, where the connection between crime and fame becomes even clearer. Biggie, Will Smith and Jay-Z are just some of the musicians that have long criminal records while being famous for their record breaking music. In this genre, the artist will take stories from their lives and rap about them. Fans of this type of music either relate to the story or are looking for some excitement in the lyrics taking them away from their boring lives.

So who’s your favourite artist? Has he or she been to prison or had any trouble with the law? Using the Internet you can easily find out whether they have. I found this Instant Checkmate review which will help you find out who has a criminal history among your favorite singers.

Gamer Problems

Hello again. I hope everyone is doing well this fine day. Everyone out there knows that I love my games. I am always on the look out for a game that will grab my attention. And I do not discriminate on what type of system either. So today I will tell you about a game that I have found and have been playing for a few months. I always like to play the game awhile before giving my opinion about it. I think it gives it me a better outlook on the game itself instead of the excitement phase of first finding it. Kind of gets me out of the honeymoon phase I guess. I am going to tell you about a smartphone game. It is an online multiplayer game. The one that I have been playing now around 8 months is called Clash of Clans by Supercell. It is a wonderful game. I am going to give you a quick rundown of the game today.

First, I would like to say the game is absolutely free! I mean you can spend money on it but you do not have to. But you are a leader of a little village of people. The goal of the game is to build buildings, earn loot, and make troops. Also you get to attack other peoples villages and take their stuff! How cool is that?!

There are many different types of buildings on the game. The most important one is called the town hall. Each time you upgrade your town hall to a higher level it will unlock more upgrades for your village. But your town hall is your heart and soul of the game. If someone attacks and destroys your town hall they automatically win that raid. So it is best to keep your town hall in the middle of your village away from others.

You also have resources in the game to help upgrade your stuff. You have gold and elixir. Gold will upgrade certain buildings. While elixir will upgrade other things. But how do you get gold and elixir? On the game you have gold mines and elixir collectors. Whatever town hall level you have you need to upgrade them to the max so you can have as much loot as possible. You also have defenses to help defend your base. There are archer towers, wizard towers, and cannons. You also have mortars too. When building your village it is smart to put these around stuff that you want to protect.

You also have army barracks. This is where you make troops to attack other villages. The very first troops you unlock is a barbarian. The higher level your barracks get the different kinds of troops are unlocked. If you want more of a variety of troops then use your loot upgrading your barracks first. That is what is so great about the game. You get to decide on everything that happens to your village. You focus on whatever you want upgraded first.

This game is so addictive! It is so hard to let it go. Trust me. I know someone who is a Canadian hosted PBX provider. And they were visiting some family that lives in Florida. Well, they were walking across the street and someone driving was playing the game! Not safe at all!! And they actually hit my friend. Thank goodness they did not hit them hard. It would have been bad if we would have had to contact an accident attorney in Tampa. But check out the game!

Fergie Duhamel: Then and Now

I am a huge fan of the Black Eyed Peas. I have every album they have ever released and have watched concerts they’ve held in my area. For today’s post, I thought I’d write a piece on Fergie, the only female member of the group.

Fergie is one of the most popular female vocalists of the millennia. Aside from being the only female member of the award winning hip hop rock band Black Eyed Eyes, she has also released a solo album that also landed at the top of the charts in 2006. To top it off, she has also been very successful in her business ventures in the fashion industry.

Indeed, Fergie seems to have it all. However, like most celebrities who started in show business at a very young age, she also went through some dark and troubled times. Let’s take a closer look at how Fergie has managed to turn her life around over the years.

Early Life

Stacy Ann Ferguson was born on the 27th of March 1975 in Hacienda Heights, California. She started starring in TV commercials at a very young age. By 1984, she was signed to be a part of Kids Incorporated, a show based on a fictional musical group with the same name. Fergie left Kids Incorporated in 1990 but in the 6 seasons she was part of the show, she was able to sharpen as well as showcase her singing skills.

In 1992, Fergie joined Wild Orchid, an all girls singing trio that consisted of herself, fellow Kids Inc alumnus Renee Sandstrom, and Stefanie Ridel. However, Wild Orchid failed to reach stardom despite releasing 2 albums and fronting Cher’s Do You Believe Tour with Cyndi Lauper. After their label decided to not release their third album in 2001, Fergie decided it was time to leave the group.

Battling Drug Addiction

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2006 Fergie revealed that she struggled with drug addiction from 1993 until the early part of 2002. She believes that it was the stress and frustration she felt as Wild Orchid was struggling that lead her to start using drugs. On top of that, she said she also felt like she lost a sense of her identity because she was trying so hard to keep up with the image that the trio was built on. All that lead her to start partying where she learned to experiment with Ecstasy. Her experimental drug use eventually lead her to become addicted to crystal meth.

In a recent interview with Oprah, she revealed that her extreme paranoia when under the influence of crystal meth and her faith in God were what lead her to sobriety. She said that she’s been sober since the day she asked God for a sign in 2002.

Today, Fergie supports many addiction recovery movements and talks about her experience in hopes of inspiring drug addicts to live a life to sobriety.

The Black Eyed Peas

Shortly after she decided to become sober, she was offered the front man spot of the hip hop rock band Black Eyed Peas. In 2003, the band released the album Elephunk which carried the song that launched the band into stardom – “Where is the Love?”. From then on, the group has enjoyed continuous success from the succeeding albums and singles they released.

The Black Eyed Peas are still together to this very day despite the fact that its members have released solo albums over the years.

Personal Life

Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel in 2009 after 5 years of dating. It was then that Fergie decided to legally change her name to Fergie Duhamel. In 2013, she gave birth to their first child and named him Axl Jack Duhamel.

Style

Fergie is considered one of the most stylish women in the music industry. Her personal style is a mixture of sexy modernism and a little bit of funk. She has graced the red carpet wearing pieces made especially for her by top designers all over the world.

However, the most noticeable thing about Fergie’s physical appearance is how her teeth have improved since she first started singing with the Black Eyed Peas. A cosmetic dentist who specializes in veneers in Atlanta said that crystal meth addicts can never deny that they used the drug because the substance destroys teeth.

Looking at Fergie’s photos back in the early years of the Black Eyed Peas, it can be seen that her teeth clearly showed signs of crystal meth damage. But today, you can see her sporting a bright smile in every photograph. Gossip blogs have speculated that she got porcelain veneers in Altanta or from a renowned cosmetic dentistry clinic in Los Angeles.