Monday, June 27, 2016

Shahrukh Khan to reprise Ilayathalapathy Vijay's role in the hindi remake of Theri

Actor Vijay's Tamil film Theri is rumoured to be remade in Hindi with Shah Rukh Khan reprising Ilaiyathalapathy's role and the film will be directed by Rohit Shetty.

Ilayathalapathy Vijay is still basking in the success of his latest Tamil film Theri, which has earned a whopping Rs 150 crore at the box office.
Now, the latest buzz is that Vijay's Theri will be remade in Hindi and is speculated that the project might be directed by Rohit Shetty.
Also, it is being rumoured that the Baadshah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan might reprise the role of the immaculate IPS Vijayakumar in the Hindi remake.
Rohit Shetty has had many successful collaborations with King Khan including films like Chennai Express and the recent Diwale.
Sreedhar Pillai, a film trade analyst, in a recent article published in The Hindu, stated that Rohit Shetty is likely to remake the Hindi version with Shah Rukh Khan playing the lead.
Rohit Shetty has officially announced his next with Shah Rukh Khan. Notably, SRK is currently shooting for Anand L Rai's next, where the actor is touted to play a dwarf.
Earlier, Vijay's Thupakki was remade in Hindi as Holiday: A Solider Is Never Off Duty, which was a super-hit at the box office.   
If the reports are true, it would be exciting to see the Dilwale actor in this out-and-out commercial entertainer.

Anushka Sharma, Shahrukh Khan to share screen space for the third time for Imtiyaz Ali's next

The speculation over the female lead in Shah Rukh Khan's film with Imtiaz Ali has been put to rest. The makers have announced that Anushka Sharma has been roped in for the plum role.

The film will mark the third time that Anushka Sharma will share screen space with SRK - after Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Jab Tak Hai Jaan. The film will see Shah Rukh play the character of a tour guide. However, details about Anushka's character in the film are still under wraps.

The movie is expected to go on floors by the end of July. A major chunk of the film will be reportedly shot at Budapest, London and Punjab. The feel-good film will chronicle the life of SRK's character as he undergoes a journey of self-discovery.
The music of the film will be composed by Pritam. The Red Chillies Entertainment production will hit the screens in 2017.
Apart from Imtiaz Ali's film, Shah Rukh is also expected to start shooting for his films with Aanand L Rai and Aditya Chopra. The projects will see the superstar play the characters of a little person and a warrior, respectively.

Ranveer Singh & Deepika Padukone headed for a split? Read the truth here

A few days ago, many stories claimed that all is not well between the celebrity couple Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone. But here is a good news for all those who were upset about their split. 

The two recently attended the IIFA awards together and were posing happily together for the shutterbugs. Later, Ranveer Singh posted a cute message for his lady love, which put all the break-up rumours to rest. He wrote, "Leela to my Ram... Mastani to my Bajirao... Best Actress to my Best Actor @deepikapadukone #IIFA2016 Koi Shaq?"

Not so long ago, a leading website had reported, "He (Ranveer) is hurt by the fact that she (Deepika) keeps denying their relationship. There is a communication gap between them as of now which hopefully will be resolved. Also long distance has naturally taken a toll on them. She has been busy shooting for XXX: Return of the Xander Cage in Canada while he's been in Paris with Vaani Kapoor filming Befikre."

When a leading daily, asked Deepika Padukone about the same she said, "There's nothing to respond to. As I said, I have never responded to such rumours and I don't plan to anytime soon. I have never commented on anything before, so I won't say anything now. He has been and will always be an important part of my life. That will never change."

Well, Ranveer Singh's recent tweet has cleared all our doubts and the couple is very much in love! Koi Shaq?

Lionel Messi quits international football: Barcelona star calls time on Argentina career

Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi has retired from international football following Argentina's Copa America defeat to Chile on Sunday.

The 29-year-old put his shootout spot-kick over the bar as Argentina lost a second straight Copa final on penalties.
Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the first half as they played out a goalless draw over 120 minutes at MetLife Stadium, but Lucas Biglia's effort was saved from 12 yards and Francisco Silva dispatched the winner. 
Messi has won four Champions League titles, eight La Liga crowns and countless individual awards at club level, but has only managed World Cup and Copa runners-up medals on the international stage.

"The national team is over for me," he told the Argentine network TyC Sports after Chile beat Argentina for the Copa America title. "It's been four finals, it's not meant for me. I tried. It was the thing I wanted the most, but I couldn't get it, so I think it's over."
Argentina, who also lost to Germany in the 2014 World Cup final and Brazil in the 2007 Copa final, have now gone 23 years without a major trophy. 
Messi was named Player of the Tournament at the last World Cup and scored a record 55 international goals for the South American nation.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Love can improve your overall health says recent study

Those who have been in love can tell you how good it feels. But the benefits of love are many than just the feel good factor. For those entering adulthood, the quality of your romantic life can affect your health, according to a recent study. The University at Buffalo-led research team found that high-quality relationships are associated with better physical and mental health.
Researcher Ashley Barr said that health benefits begin to accrue relatively quickly with high-quality relationships and supportive contexts, adding ‘And then we see detrimental effects from low-quality relationships – particularly, those low-quality relationships that last a long time.’ Over the last few decades, the transition into adulthood has been extended, according to Barr. 

Younger people today are waiting longer to get married than those in previous generations and they’re waiting longer to finish school. During this period, they’re moving in and out of relationships. Using the Iowa Youth and Families Project, a sample of all-white youth coming from two-parent, married families in rural Iowa, Barr said that about one-third of the sample experienced relatively large changes in their relationships over a two-year period.
‘We took into account satisfaction, partner hostility, questions about criticism, support, kindness, affection and commitment,’ said Barr. ‘We also asked about how partners behave outside of the relationship. Do they engage in deviant behaviors? Is there general anti-sociality?’ Barr noted that the longer people are in high-quality relationships, or the faster they get out of low-quality relationships, the better their health.

Women who work for more than 60hrs a week, at risk of life-threatening diseases

Women who work 60 hours or more per week during the bulk of their careers have been found to be at high risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis, says a study.

Women who work 60 hours or more per week during the bulk of their careers have been found to be at high risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis, says a study. 
Women — especially women who have to juggle multiple roles — feel the effects of intensive work experiences and that can set the table for a variety of illnesses and disability,’ said lead author Allard Dembe from the Ohio State University. 
The risk begins to climb when women put in more than 40 hours and takes a decidedly bad turn above 50 hours, the study found. 
The researchers found that women who worked an average of 60 hours or more over three decades had three times the risk of getting diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis than those who worked 40-hour weeks.
People don’t think that much about how their early work experiences affect them down the road,’ Dembe said. ‘Women in their 20s, 30s and 40s are setting themselves up for problems later in life,’ he added. 
Men with tough work schedules appeared to fare much better, found the study published recently in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
In the study, the researchers interviewed 7,500 people and analysed the relationship between serious disease and hours worked over a 32-year period. 
Women tend to face more pressure and stress than men when they work long hours because they undertake the lion’s share of family responsibility, an earlier study suggested.
Moreover, work for women may be less satisfying because of the need to balance work demands with family obligations, Dembe added. 

Saturday, June 25, 2016

24 years of shahrukh khan: From bollywood's famous villain to the king of romance

He started out as a young boy from Delhi who dreamed of becoming a household name in a country full of superstars. Twenty-four years after he made his debut in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan today embodies the rags-to-riches story. His tale of struggle up the ranks, without any big names backing him, is one that is often retold.

It has been 24 years since the release of Shah Rukh Khan's first film Deewana (1992) - where he played a supporting role opposite Rishi Kapoor. What bagged him a role in this star-studded film was his performance on television shows - namely, Fauji andCircus.
While Shah Rukh Khan was first noticed for his performance in Deewana, it wasBaazigar (1993) that established him as a force to be reckoned with. His portrayal of an unstoppable antagonist in the Abbas Mastan-directorial helped him land the role of an obsessed lover in Darr (1993) directed by Yash Chopra - a film where he overshadowed 1990s superstar Sunny Deol.

After Darr and Baazigar, filmmakers flocked to Shah Rukh, offering him roles with shades of grey. Another film which won him an award for the best actor in a negative role was Anjaam (1994).
Interestingly, Bollywood's 'King of Romance' earned his nickname only after Aditya Chopra approached him to play the lead in his debut film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge.
His contemporaries and the industry as a whole were shocked at Chopra's choice. Shah Rukh himself was sceptical about taking on the role. Close friends, including Ratan Jain - the producer of Baazigar - warned him not to do a romantic film as the audience would not accept him in such a role.
Aditya Chopra and Yash Chopra somehow convinced Shah Rukh Khan to come on board for the film. The rest as they say, is history.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fifa 17 - New engine, New story mode and 5 more key additions

This, of course, happens every year. The producers at EA Sports in Vancouver have to travel the world evangelising the latest Fifa title to journalists who are used to being told that this is the most exciting, innovative installment the series has ever seen. And then we’re shown a new heading mechanic.

But this year, there are two genuinely game-changing additions, and a whole host of supplemental tweaks, updates and evolutions. Of course, marketing and sponsorship remain a big part of the pre-release hype, so we know that Fifa 17 will have four ambassadors to help with its authenticity: James Rodriguez, Eden Hazard, Anthony Martial and Marco Reus. Apparently they’re not just faces on the box – they’ve been consulted about new additions to the game. We’ll see.
That’s not the big news, however. Here are the seven key additions to the Fifa squad.

Fifa gets Frostbite

Frostbite is a game engine developed by EA Dice, the studio behind the graphically impressive Battlefield series of first-person shooters. It’s the technology used to build many of EA’s recent and forthcoming releases including Battlefield 1, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst and Mass Effect: Andromeda – and now it’s powering Fifa.
“We’ve been working on this transition for over two years – it was a massive undertaking,” said the producer, Aaron McHardy, during a recent demo of the game. “It allows authentic, true-to-life action; we’re one step closer to making the game look real. Frostbite comes with a brand new rendering engine and a new toolset, allowing us to really bring the visuals to life.”
The obvious result is more expressive lighting and animation during matches, but that’s not the only upshot of the move. While previous Fifa titles used a specific football simulation engine, Frostbite is a more general purpose tech, meaning that Fifa 17 can move away from the pitch and into completely different locations – just like a first-person shooter or action adventure.

There’s a new story mode called The Journey

McHardy calls this “the biggest new Fifa mode since Ultimate Team”, and it’s certainly the most intriguing. The Journey is basically a role-playing adventure, set within Fifa, with the player taking on the role of rookie signing Alex Hunter as he starts his career with a club of your choosing. Between matches there are scenes from Hunter’s life, as he fights his way into the first team alongside friend and rival Gareth Walker. At key decision points, you have to guide what Alex does and says – is he going to be a modest team player or a cocky upstart? How will he react when he’s sent out on loan? These choices shape the narrative and affect Turner’s relationships with his manager and squad mates.
Furthermore, everything you do during matches has an effect on the plot. Get sent off and the manager calls you in to his office to explain yourself; score the winning goal in a tense league match and you star in an ego-boosting post-match interview with a television pundit. Throughout the mode, you earn ‘Trait Points’ which can be used to improve Hunter’s attributes in 15 areas such as shooting, passing, defending and dribbling. Also training in specific skills will affect the player’s development.
Apparently, the Fifa development team consulted Dragon Age creator Bioware on the logistics of narrative-based games and also spoke to professional players such as Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford, to get the feel and content of the story right.

New active intelligence system

EA has improved the positioning technology so AI teammates make better, more incisive runs. A key part of this is that players now have a nuanced understanding of space. Before, they’d just automatically think that gaps nearer the opponent’s goal are the best to run into, and that they should stay away from spaces where teammates are. In Fifa 17, they may put on the brakes to create gaps behindincoming defenders rather than automatically heading forwards; they may also get in close to teammates to pull defenders out of position. “Your teammates are going to work hard,” said McHardy. “They’ll make more runs that are better and more specific to what your side is trying to achieve. There won’t be as many defensive stalemates.” AI players will also make longer runs, even if it means slipping out of position, and they’ll use diagonal runs depending on the incoming passing angle.
In our short hands-on session, AI players definitely looked busier, signalling their intentions and bobbing in and out of the 18-yard box. It was difficult to work out from a few matches, however, if this will result in genuinely useful runs, or if the animation will be obvious enough to flag up more complex intentions.

New attacking techniques

Fifa 16 added a ‘pass with purpose’ function that let midfielders perform a zippy forward pass along the ground. That idea has now been extended into keeper throws, through balls and, most importantly, shooting. With the new driven finishes and downward headers system you can build up the power of a strike by holding the button, then tap it again to keep the ball low.
The idea is to allow those low, turbo-charged Steven Gerard-style shots into the corners. But during the hands-on, we discovered that it’s also useful for powering a shot while your back is toward the goal, then quickly turning and letting loose a powerful strike.

Set-pieces are being re-written

A new freekick mechanic lets you move the player around in front of the ball, providing a range of new possibilities including the ability to strike it with the outside of the foot. The camera also stays behind the player so that you can properly judge the trajectory of the strike. Penalties too have been overhauled, with a new kicking mechanic and the ability to vary the run up; you can approach at a slow pace like Neymar, or even curve your run to mislead the keeper.
Elsewhere, corner kicks have been “completely rewritten” according to McHardy. The taker now gets an aiming reticule that provides greater accuracy, and you can also switch control to the receiving player to put them in a better position. “We’re seeing more scrambles in the box now,” said McHardy. “We’re seeing goals like the one Ramos scored in the Champions League final, with the ball played in from a distance, a little flick on, then someone gets a toe to it right in front of the keeper.”
Finally, throw-ins now allow your player to run a short distance up and down the touchline, and to perform a fake throw to mislead opponents.

Physical play has been overhauled

The players now feature a new “pushback” technology, which governs their sense of balance during skirmishes with opponents. Instead of using two-player canned animations for these tussles, the system apparently utilises real-time physical interactions, meaning that every contact is unique and has realistic outcomes for the character models involved. For example, the player on the ball is able to push back on an opponent, gaining extra balance in the process and fending off their tackle.
Okay, this sounds similar to the old player impact engine but McHardy says it offers a new level above the basic collision detection, making physicality much more a part of the control system. Now physical controls are all on the left trigger replacing the discreet shielding and jostling mechanics from previous titles. Also, there’s a new shielded dribbling system, which gives you 360-degrees of movement while shielding the ball. Shoulder-to-shoulder tackles, step ins and seal outs are all on that trigger too, and they’re contextual, so whether you have the ball or are trying to get it, the system knows and responds correctly.
That useful left trigger also allows players to control and bring down contested long distance balls rather than automatically heading. “Up until now, if the ball was in the air, as long as one player pressed header, both had to go in and head it, you weren’t able to bring the ball down to your feet. It brings a whole new element to our in-air play. If you have a big string player upfront, you can take advantage of that and try to bring the ball down to start the attack from there.”
It’s now also possible to collide with goalkeepers – and if you do it hard enough they’ll sometimes drop the ball, although this will likely result in a freekick rather than a sneaky scoring opportunity.

Individuality is a focus again

EA Sports wants Fifa 17 to reflect the variety of player skills and personalities in the real sport. Consequently, the game is using full-body performance capture on major players, as well as a new facial animation technology, which brings in more life and emotion to faces. There are going to be new skill moves, and new tackles including special high-skill tackles that only certain defenders are able to pull off. To increase the fluidity, both in terms of gameplay and visuals, there are three times as many animations as Fifa 2016, and the development team has reduced the number of first-touch errors.
“We’ve been working a lot on the fluidity of sprint dribbling,” says McHardy. “We want to make sure we bring back the edge of players like Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, players who have a lot of pace. Last year we felt we lost the edge of those players, we’re bringing it back, but we want to do it in a way that we don’t break that midfield build-up.”
There are plenty of questions remaining. EA says it will reveal more about the future of Ultimate Team and other modes later. The short hands-on that we were given certainly hints at a more graceful and multifaceted simulation, but everyone needs more time on pitch, and most elements are still being tweaked.
The big question is whether people are going to want a narrative campaign in a simulation. Electronic Arts tried this before with the Need for Speed series, and it was something of a disaster. But in terms of making the player feel more personally involved in the action, it may just work. Playing that rainy mid-week fixture against Hull may well take on a new dimension if you know your player will be sacked if they mess up. Or it could just be an annoying sideshow. At least no one can say this instalment is just a glorified stats update.

Small Asteroid discovered orbiting Earth

Photo published for Small Asteroid Is Earth's Constant Companion News @NASAJPL

A small asteroid has been found circling Earth as the two objects orbit the sun together.

Scientists say it looks like the asteroid -- called 2016 HO3 -- has been out there for about 50 years and isn't going away anytime soon.
"Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth's companion for centuries to come," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies.
Scientists think the asteroid is between 120 and 300 feet (37 to 91 meters) in diameter. It was found on April 27, 2016 by the Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii.
The asteroid is not going to hit us -- NASA says it never gets closer than 9 million miles (14 million kilometers) from Earth.
    So does this mean Earth has another moon? NASA says that because the asteroid is so far away it can't be considered a natural moon, or satellite. Instead, they're calling it a "quasi-satellite."
    "Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Chodas in an online press release.
    Our moon, by the way, is about 239,000 miles (384,000 kilometers) from Earth. Its diameter is about 2,000 miles (3,219 kilometers).

    This isn't the first time Earth has picked up an asteroid companion.
    "One other asteroid -- 2003 YN107 -- followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us," Chodas said.
    And some scientists think there could be other "mini-moons" orbiting the Earth -- some permanent and some temporary.
    In 2012, researchers using a super computer concluded "that at any given time there should be at least one asteroid with a diameter of at least one meter orbiting Earth."
    And there could be many smaller objects orbiting Earth as well.

    Monday, June 13, 2016

    Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

    Arguments over which superhero would win in a fight are as old as time itself. Cyclops vs Iron Man; Green Lantern vs The Flash; Hulk vs Deadpool; Spider-Man vs Wolverine; and, of course, Superman vs Batman. But what deciding on the single best superhero out of everyone? Students at the UK's University of Leicester have spent seven years researching and applying science to the debate to come up with an answer. To little surprise, it's Superman (sorry Batman).

    I'm not sure all this research and analysis really needed to take seven years, but the students involved came up with a detailed chart, which you can see below, comparing superheroes' strengths and weaknesses. In the end, Superman was identified as the "best-equipped" thanks to powers like high velocity motion, high energy output, super strength, ability to exert great force, ability to travel safely, and more.

    Superman is the best superhero says 7-year research study

    Batman, while many a fans' favorite, came in last place, largely to due to his non-super humanness. The Gotham hero has no actual powers, and suffers from critical weaknesses like unsafe means of travel and a high potential for his abilities or actions to harm himself.

    Iron Man, while also lacking powers of his own, ranks just slightly better thanks to his "protective exoskeleton." His inability to withstand high impact force is a big minus, along with his huge ego, of course.

    Other top-tier heroes that scored well but still came in under Superman include Wolverine, earning big points for powers like quickly regenerating health, exerting great force, and his reinforced skeleton; Thor, one of the few heroes with no listed weakness, comes close to Superman's score with similar abilities like explosive powers and high energy efficiency.

    Towards the middle we see the X-Men's Mystique, with her abilities to manipulate genes and disguise herself, while at the same time having the potential cause multiple diseases; Spider-Man find himself here as well, earning points for high velocity motion and "durable accessories," but getting docked for unsafe means of travel and the potential to harm himself.

    While all this research is highly subjective, the students involved did put a generous amount of effort into their theories and calculations, and their papers explore the physics involved in analyzing the powers and abilities seen on the pages of comic books.

    Friday, June 10, 2016

    Tesla Motors introduces two less costly Model S versions

    Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc said on Thursday it would offer two slightly lower-priced versions of its electric Model S sedan, starting at $66,000 in the US market.
    The current Model S starts around $76,000 and is often delivered to customers at a price of about $100,000.
    Prices are before tax incentives are applied.
    The new versions, the rear-wheel drive Model S 60 and the all-wheel drive Model S 60D, will have slightly less range than the Model S already sold. The Model S 60D starts at $71,000 in the US market.
    The newer models will have a range of more than 200 miles, Tesla said in a statement.
    The Model S 60 and Model S 60D will be sold with a battery pack with a capacity of 75 kilowatt-hours, but will be limited to a capacity of 60 kWh. Tesla said owners will have the option to get a software upgrade to allow the car to have a capacity of 75 kWh and the longer range it provides.
    Analyst Joseph Spak of RBC Capital said the upgrade option will cost $8,500 at purchase or $9,000 after purchase.
    A 60 kWh battery has an estimated range of 218 miles for the rear-wheel drive Model S 60 and 210 miles for the Model S 60D, Tesla's website shows.
    The upgrade to the 75 kWh battery pack will add about 40 miles of range to each model.
    Tesla in 2012 offered a 60 kWh Model S version priced starting about $70,000 but it was discontinued last year. Tesla says the two newer Model S versions offer more capabilities than the discontinued one.
    Tesla has said it will produce between 80,000 and 90,000 electric cars in 2016 and that it can make 500,000 by 2018. Most of those are expected to be Model S cars. In the first quarter, Tesla produced 14,820 vehicles, of which 12,851 were Model S and 2,659 were Model X sports utility vehicle.
    Tesla plans a new car, the Model 3, which is to be a more affordable sedan, starting around $35,000, to go to market in late 2017.

    Thursday, June 9, 2016

    Home Remedies to Control Bad Cholesterol

    Good cholesterol or HDL is useful for the development of hormones, appropriate use of food within the body, removal of bad cholesterol from the body, etc. 

    Bad cholesterol or LDL builds right up in the coronary arteries and obstructs the flow of blood. This in turn puts a pressure on the heart and results in strokes and heart diseases. 

    As a result, steps should be taken to control LDL and increase HDL. There are many home remedies for reducing bad cholesterol levels and controlling it. 

     ⦁ Make a paste of cilantro and mix it in water and consume it each day for about 30 days. 

    ⦁ Take a glass of milk. Add a clove of garlic to it and boil. Drink this for a day or two to reduce heart pain as well as to reduce cholesterol. 

    ⦁ Make a habit to eat a clove of garlic every morning. This procedure takes some time, but is very efficient in reducing cholesterol levels.  

    ⦁ Have dry fruits like almonds and walnuts daily. 

    ⦁ Add the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon of honey to a glass of warm water. Drinking this helps reduce cholesterol. 

    ⦁ Some researches show that routine workouts help reduce cholesterol levels. Two and a half hours of exercise every week works wonders for the body and raises good cholesterol levels. 

    ⦁ Drink sufficient water regularly. Water helps to flush out toxins and unwanted matter from the body. 

    ⦁ Avoid consuming ice-creams, chocolates, red meat, buffalo milk products, groundnut oil, fried food and junk food. 

    ⦁ Eat soy and soybean products along with green leafy fruits and veggies. 

    ⦁ Eat fish regularly. Fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It is healthy for the heart. 

    ⦁ Reduce the intake of butter and ghee and instead increase the consumption of olive oil. 

    ⦁ Last, but not the least, get rid of stress in your life. Meditate, go for long walks, spend some time alone and take care of yourself. These things help in lowering cholesterol levels.

    Warcraft movie review: A visual spectacle

    It can be hard to tell orcs apart at first. The fictional giants of the ''Warcraft'' video game franchise all have mean faces, protruding tusks and muscles so massive, they make The Rock look puny.
    It can be hard to tell orcs apart at first. The fictional giants of the ”Warcraft” video game franchise all have mean faces, protruding tusks and muscles so massive, they make The Rock look puny.
    So it may take a while for non-gamers to figure out who’s who in the battle of orcs and humans at the center of the ”Warcraft ” film, which complicates an already dense mythology. Once it becomes clear that there’s a civil war within the orc race about whether to eliminate or align with the humans, the big-screen adaptation from director and co-writer Duncan Jones is a little easier to understand.
    For anyone unfamiliar with the fantasy game’s characters and story lines, ”Warcraft” is little more than eye candy, a visual spectacle with a backbone of well-trod genre tropes. There’s just no way to become as invested during a two-hour movie as a gamer who’s spent years, maybe even decades, immersed in the rituals and traditions of the worlds of ”Warcraft.”

    Plus, the humanoid orcs rely on so much digital animation to come alive that at times the whole movie looks like a video game, which obviously suits the material here but can still take a little getting used to visually. (This critic’s screening was in IMAX 3-D.) And it is certainly a spectacle, with elaborate castles, armies of angry orcs and a villain who dramatically sucks the life from his victims, leaving them shriveled and deformed.
    Voiceover at the start of the film explains that humans and orcs have been at war for ages. The orc planet is dying, so they’re out to colonize new territory, which they access when their ruler, Gul’dan (Daniel Wu), uses his powers to open a magic portal. The escaping orc clans storm in and kill everything. One clan leader, Durotan (Toby Kebbell), is a rebel. He questions Gul’dan’s destructive approach and suspects he may be relying on evil forces, which, of course, he is.
    Orcs are invading the world of Azeroth when the leader of the humans, King Llane (Dominic Cooper), gets word of their imminent arrival. He turns to his top warrior, commander of Azeroth’s military forces Lothar (a smoldering Travis Fimmel), and top wizard, Guardian Medivh (Ben Foster), controller of Azeroth’s magical powers.
    They capture an orc-human hybrid, Garona (Paula Patton wearing disturbing prosthetic teeth), who serves as a bridge between the two species – and instantly catches Lothar’s romantic eye.
    Meanwhile, young magician Khadgar (Ben Schnetzer) endears himself to the operation when he discovers evidence of an evil force lurking in the human kingdom.
    Containing this powerful energy is ultimately the theme of film, as it is of so many fantasy, superhero and sci-fi stories. It’s like the Force or the Ring or the Infinity Gauntlet or the Allspark. Only the force in ”Warcraft,” called ”the fell,” is purely wicked, so evil it can consume the good – perhaps an allusion to Biblical notions of ”the fall.”
    The ”Warcraft” mythology is extensive and rich, as it would have to be to sustain five video games and a series of novels. That’s a lot of lore to pack into one movie, though this film is clearly set up for a sequel should the audience demand it.
    Without the franchise backstory, ”Warcraft” is a big-budget fantasy-action film with lots of large-scale, epic fight scenes between Mr. Olympia-sized aliens and regular humans. When an orc throws a horse at one point, it’s almost more painful than when a character dies, since the moviegoer’s connection with the characters is so superficial.
    As escapist summer fare, ”Warcraft” works because the action is ample and the orcs look cool, with pierced tusks and spiked armor evoking a ”Mad Max” aesthetic, even if it isn’t always easy to tell them apart.
    ”Warcraft,” a Legendary Pictures release, is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for ”extended sequences of intense fantasy violence.” Running time: 123 minutes. Two stars out of four.

    Tuesday, June 7, 2016

    Tourism ban proposed at Goa beach to save turtle nesting sites

    The Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) has called for a complete ban on tourism activity at Galjibag beach in South Goa to protect the turtle nesting spots there.
    The GCZMA in its recommendations said that tourism activity including erection of shacks should be banned at Galjibag beach, which is one of the prime shorelines of the state.
    The authority has also proposed that fishing should be banned on this beach to protect Olive Ridley Turtles who arrive here to lay eggs.
    The directives are part of management plan for the protection of turtle nesting sites which was drawn following a National Green Tribunal (NGT) order.
    The locals had approached NGT seeking directions to protect Olive Ridley Turtles arriving on the beach annually to lay the eggs.
    The state government has already declared the site as protected area. The management plan by GCZMA mentions that the step is towards exploring the possibility of increasing the population of marine turtles in Galjibag area by protecting their nesting, feeding and wintering areas.
    The plan speaks about the various kinds of human interference activities as major threat to the nesting sites, while recommending short term and long term measures for its conservation and protection.
    The plan has also put a ban on speed boating and water sports activities in the area and has declared it as ‘No Boating’ zone.

    Powerful Homemade remedy to reduce Feet cracks in a week!

    Imagine you buy a pair of stylish shoes that you have been wanting to flaunt for a while now. You start to put them on and you notice these horrible cracks on your heels!

    You know for a fact that the ugly heel cracks will stand out, no matter how pretty your shoes are! 

    Heel cracks can be an instant turn off and can make you look shabby and unkempt. Covering your feet with socks to hide the cracks is no fun. 

    how to cure feet cracks naturally

    Also, cracked heels are a sign of poor health. They only go to show that we have not been following a healthy lifestyle and we haven't spent enough time in taking care of our feet. 

    Cracked heels can occur due to various reasons like dry skin, walking or running with the wrong kind of shoes, fungal infections, obesity, lack of hygiene, etc. 

    Cracked heels, if left untreated for a long period of time, can lead to serious skin conditions like psoriasis, so they need to be taken care of ASAP! If you are looking for a natural remedy to heal cracked feet, then you can try this homemade oatmeal and lemon scrub. 

    how to cure feet cracks naturally

    Recipe To Prepare The Scrub

    Ingredients Required: 

    Oatmeal - 2 tablespoons 
    Lime juice - 1 tablespoon 
    Salt - 2 teaspoons 

    The mixture of oatmeal, lime juice and salt acts as an excellent natural scrub that can help remove the dead skin layer present on your skin. 

    Many a times, cracks can occur when there is accumulation of dead skin on the heels, so scrubbing your feet using this homemade mixture helps reduce these cracks. 

    Lime juice is a natural cleanser that eliminates dirt and impurities present in these cracks, thereby preventing infection. 

    Also, lime juice comes with anti-inflammatory property that can heal the cracks at a faster rate. 

    how to cure feet cracks naturally

    How It's Done: 

    • Add the suggested amounts of ingredients in a bowl.  
    • Stir well with a spoon to form a mixture.  
    • Now, wet your feet with some warm water.  
    • Apply the mixture on the cracks on your feet.  
    • Massage gently for a few minutes.  
    • Leave it on for about 15 minutes.  
    • Rinse your feet with warm water when done.  
    • You can then soak your feet in a tub of warm water for 10 minutes.

    David Beckham is People's Sexiest Man Alive

    As they say in soccer: "Gooooaaaaaalll!"
    People magazine has selected Beckham, who's a former athlete, a father, model and husband, as this year's recipient. The announcement was made Tuesday on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" along with the unveiling of the magazine's cover heralding the honor.
    Beckham appeared on the late-night show via video wearing a mask and with his voice slightly altered as audience members asked questions in an attempt to guess his identity.
    "It's the best moment of my career," Beckham said, grinning. "I can't believe it."
    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the title, which is both eagerly awaited and debated by fans.
    Beckham, 40, is described as "a global superstar, devoted husband and down-to-earth dad of four" as well as a "humble British heartthrob" by the magazine. He and his wife, former Spice Girl and now fashion mogul Victoria Beckham, are the parents of four children and one of Hollywood's power couples.
    Despite decades of superstardom and scores of fans that he sends into a frenzy, Beckham told People, "I never feel that I'm an attractive, sexy person."
    "I mean I like to wear nice clothes and nice suits and look and feel good, but I don't ever think of myself that way," he said.
    The "Sexiest Man Alive" double issue with Beckham on the cover hits newsstands Friday.