The Impressive Ways Actors Go from Fat to Thin for Movies

belly-2354_640We have seen actors who have gone through drastic weight loss just to fit in their roles for movies. Anne Hathaway for instance shed several pounds just to be the perfect Fantine for Les Miserables. We have also seen Chris Pratt go from the dad bod type in Parks and Recreations to a perfectly built body for his roles as superhero in different movies. Jared Leto has also become almost unrecognizable for his role as a dying man due to HIV in Dallas Buyers Club. All of their hard work has paid off though as they have either received an award for their performance or have gotten really massive box office returns.

This makes you wonder how you can also achieve the same results. You may not star in the next big movie, but you can simply do it to stay healthy. Also, you don’t need to go for dramatic changes like these stars. As long as you can shed off some pounds, it would be good enough. If you wonder how they have achieved such a feat, here are some of their shared secrets.

Extremely low calories

Before undergoing changes, they have seen a nutritionist first to check how much calorie intake they need to maintain their weight. Then, they are advised how much they need to lose should they want to meet their goal on a specific period of time. Those who have to really lose a lot of weight must drastically plunge their calorie intake. This is the key to losing weight. For instance, those who consume 3,000 calories per day have to go down to just 1,200 calories. Of course, it is gradual. For actors who are in a hurry, extreme changes are necessary.

Less physical activities

This is not necessarily advised but some actors who need to lose their muscles have to stop doing physical activities. There are activities that would help lose weight, but also build muscles at the same time. This strategy is perfect for those who want to look buff for movies. For those who are taking on the role of a really skinny guy, it does not work at all. If you are to simply lose weight but you wish to build more muscles, hitting the gym or dancing are advised.

Eat more protein

Protein-based diet is extremely important for those who are to build muscles. Joe Manganiello for instance has achieved his totally ripped abs for his role in Magic Mike following this diet. He drank more protein shakes and ate more beans and lean meat. He has also hit the gym more often than before.

Focus is the key

All of these stars have achieved their goals through different strategies, but one thing is common- discipline. All of them have to stay focused just to reach their goals. They tried their best to not get distracted or tempted no matter how difficult it is.

It only means that you can also do the same. You can start now by buying the best elliptical for home use. It is a good start on your way to a healthier and fitter body.

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What are Movie Stars’ Secrets to that Perfect Smile?


Having a perfect smile is essential in show business. People look up to celebrities when it comes to fashion and style. A great dress and perfect makeup couldn’t hide ugly teeth. This is why it is extremely important for movie stars to flash a huge smile with their sparkling, white teeth. Most of the big names in the business have great teeth and you can bet that not only do they pay their dentists regular visits, they also have the best electric toothbrushes that money can buy. You can also be just like them by doing these:

1. Be careful with what you eat.

There are foods that may contain ingredients that could damage the teeth. The rule of thumb is that if they are more acidic, then they increase chances of tooth problem. This is because erosion happens as acid reacts with the teeth. Therefore, you need to determine the acid content in your food before eating it.

2. Avoid alcohol.

Though most celebrities would admit that they are drinking, the truth is that most of them avoid it due to the effects on their teeth. Alcohol also turns into sugar. Just like all other sugary foods, alcohol can cause erosion which will ultimately damage the structure of the teeth. This applies to other sweet beverages as well, especially those that are high in sugar content. Try to drink organic juices and tap water instead.

3. Use teeth only for eating.

You might be guilty of using your teeth as a tool every now and then. You use it to open a plastic bag or even cut an object. This will not just weaken your teeth, but could even bream them. Your teeth work as a group. When eating, the stress is distributed among your teeth. Using them as a tool on the other hand places extra stress on one tooth and this could lead to problems.

4. Consult your dentist every now and then.

The problem with some people is that they only see their dentist when they have toothache. You don’t have to wait for a problem to happen before consulting your dentist. You need to visit every now and then just for oral inspection. You can also ask your dentist to clean your teeth to remove cavities and plaque. As always, prevention is better than cure.

5. Don’t rely on brushing alone.

Brushing your teeth is good. It strengthens the teeth and also cleans them. The problem is that you are only cleaning the surface. There could be tiny food particles left inside that you don’t notice. This is what causes bad breath and helps hasten the formation of cavities. This is why flossing is important since it helps clean everything, even those that get stuck in between the teeth. Don’t use regular toothpick though. Use dental floss only.

6. Be willing to pay the price.

With the advent of modern technology, transforming your teeth is not easy. There are a lot of cosmetic procedures that you can undergo to totally change your teeth. Veneers are getting more popular these days. Porcelain is placed over the fronts of your teeth to cover the not so pretty ones underneath. It can cost you a lot though. Each tooth could cost you a minimum of 750 pounds. Bonding is also another procedure that you can undergo. It is cheaper at only 350-700 pounds. It is just semi-permanent though unlike veneers. Teeth straightening is also possible without undergoing the usual braces. There is a modern technology that straightens your teeth in a much shorter period of time (about a month) and without the metals on your teeth. This could cost you around 8,000 pounds though.

7. Be confident.

Having perfect teeth is just the first step in achieving a great smile. The next step is to flash those pearly white teeth with confidence. These celebrities also try to look authentic each time they step in the red carpet and smile. No matter what they are going through personally, they try to hide their feelings and project a different aura. This is what makes them outstanding.

Being a celebrity is not easy. People expect a lot from them. The good thing is that you can learn from them in order to improve yourself, especially when it comes to your personal hygiene. These stars look perfect, and you can be just like them.

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Why Was the Texas Chainsaw Massacre Such a Big Hit?


These days, we are blown away with the massive movie effects of films. It may seem quite difficult to comprehend at this age how a horror movie involving a lot of chainsaw sounds made waves and was such a big hit. But that is the primary characteristic of iconic movies that made a dent in global pop culture. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre possessed impeccable timing and a gutsy plot that is considered avant-garde at the time of its showing. To date, it is still lauded by movie critics as one of the most successful movie projects ever made more than 40 years after it hit the big screen.

First of Its Kind

The most glaring quality that this movie has is its daring to explore violent themes that no other movie before it has done before. These days, you will find the recurring subplot of a vehicle breaking down before a scary sequence of events. But none of these newer films have the same effect as that of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Still, they wanted to produce the same impact that Texas Chainsaw Massacre had, but they often fall short.

Pure and Unadulterated Gore

The endless killings of Leatherface in this movie is the rawest possible depiction of pure terror. Considering that the filming team mainly had to work with a single camera and a pretty limited set of venues, there was little budget required – in fact, the production team probably couldn’t even afford to use one of the best rated chainsaws as props because it was out of their budget! But they maximized the effect of scaring the audience in an unforgettable way. Limitless gore is one of its signature qualities; while some directors will flinch in shooting a 25-minute sequence of a screaming woman amidst the background of a chainsaw motor sound, it was not the case with this film. Even the musical score had this very eerie effect that can cause some serious psychological impact to the viewer.

Strangely enough, the fact that the actors were not big names at the time of filming was a helpful factor as well. The sounds were simple and creepy, and the actors were not distracting to the viewers. If you watch the film, you literally have nothing else to notice but the sheer terror of the story.

The success of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and its iconic status really shows that you do not have to have a large budget or flashy effects to make a spectacular hit of a movie.

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An In-Depth Review Of Blade 2


Blade 2 is one that a lot of movie buffs like me can associate to and this movie has an amazing mature approach to superhero concept movie when compared to the others in this genre that I have seen in a span of 10 years. The effects of the movie are sensible and practical rather than a lack of conviction.


The movie boasts of dinginess more than any other night movies that I can recollect. The movie’s plot revolves around the son and father relation with the backdrop of vampire slaying similar to first one in the series. This element is appreciable. It’s about how whistler becomes a surrogate father to Blade and how he continues his search for whistler due to the events of first series. Whistler is portrayed by Kris Kristofferson plays Whistler and as usual Wesley snipes is the badass hero Blade. Blade 2 has other impressive star cast such as Ron Perlman, Norman Reedus, Luke Goss, Donnie Yen and others.


Blade shines in this version, which has a crude illogical plot and proposition. Blade, who is an equal threat, seeks help rather than taking on their new arch-enemy themselves by the vampires, to destroy the new threat. The illogical thought makes you feel how did Blade get this inclination to help the creatures he has pledged his life for their destruction and he is even up to it. He also manages to get friendly with few new recruits, in the vampire camp.

Wesley snipes is a little out of shape in this version. The fights or is it the choreography that doesn’t seem up to the mark.


The problem with this movie is that it stands strong on style and loses its ground on substance. Sorry to disappoint fans but my movie parameters for this genre has changed. This heirloom is good but this movie which is of a comic book movie landscape. Though it works in the long run.

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Cinema Gives New Lease Of Life To Dementia Patients.


Have you heard of ‘Life more ordinary’ initiative? This project took shape after a screening of singing in the rain movie for the dementia patients and their family in 2013 at the Dukes -Lancaster. Alzheimer disease is on the rise as estimated by Alzheimer’s Society will touch one million people with the present living conditions in UK though the ongoing research is profound.

There is a devastating effect on a person with dementia; both physical and emotional as they face isolation. So out of box entertainment such as watching movies with loved ones brings the desired change in their life and gives an opportunity to bond and go back to their old memories. The impact of the initiative on the audience is discussed by Jonathan Lott, Film Programme Manager at The Dukes in Lancaster.

After a three year study undertaken by Age UK Lancashire that investigated the need to do such a life changing activity of watching a movie in a theatre with family and friends.


The aim of this tailor made Programme of movie watching, under partnership is as follows:
Decrease isolation and increase involvement.
Proper transportation for full attendance.
Appropriate atmosphere for the dementia patients and their family.

Most importantly provide a daily routine for the dementia patrons.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation came forward to fund the initial screening which further expanded to 6 months Programme which boosted the reach of the patrons to also include new workshops. This initial collaboration fortified into a project of three years.

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Another Great Animated Movie From Disney For Both Kids & Adults Alike


Inside out, frozen, Up, Big Hero 6 and now Zootopia are some of the fun animated movies that I have enjoyed watching in recent years. The USP of the movies are clearly the adorable furry animals. Neither a kid nor an adult would resist these animated humanly animals. The feel of Zootopia is of a futuristic animal’s paradise with distinct background stories and personalities that makes it a hit.

Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) the bunny overcome with ambition becomes the first rabbit cop by defying all odds. By luck Hopps finally hops into Zootopia. Now the disturbance in her (Hopps) new dream career is Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). And there is the sly fox Mr. Wild. Jokes apart, the serious business is that Hopps who has a complex befitting to Napoleon is presumably a determined bunny, ushers Wild into justice of Zootopia. Wild helps her solve the case of missing Otter.

Hopps and Wilde work is precision to conclude the mystery.


The movie is fun and gripping. Zootopia as the name suggests is a movie which has a wide variety of animals who behave like humans that have cuteness in them. It has backdrops of Siberia, Dubai and NYC-LA set in the magical world of animals. There is a scene where Hopps gets into an electric train which traverses through different regions and climates. This is Zootopia for you-a combination of these.

Arguably, sloth Flash (Raymond S. Persi) who steals the show is the best animal character that is very slow at DMV check out which is the funniest scene of the movie. The movie shows animals of each variety has a different section in the city and the caricaturists vary in size too.


Movies such as these need a microscopic view to find any negatives. If there is any it would be the predictability of the chemistry between Hopps and Wilde and the other is the mystery in the plot is for audience above age 10 plus and kids younger than that would find it difficult to follow.


Zootopia has all that it takes to be a hit movie such as stunning visuals in a surreal world which you did want to visit some day. A lot of care and fine tuning also can be sensed in the way minor details are showcased by the filmmakers. It’s a clever Disney animated movie that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.

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Deserving Biker Movies – Top 3


The top 3 best motorbike movies of the 60s that have been entertaining us through ages are given below:

1. The wild one -1953
Johnny Strabler who is known to all as the Black rebel’s leader who hated cops -that grumpy guy. Marlon Brando has come to be an icon due to this movie .This movie is the benchmark to, then little-known motorcycle gangs in post-war era. In the movie real bikers were cast and dialogues of these were those which producer Stanley Kramer spoke with these extras.

bike12. The girl on motorcycle- 1968
Frustrated young housewife Rebecca Marianne Faithfull was cast, though she was not the original choice, as Rebecca a young frustrated housewife leaves. The house when her husband is still asleep in bed and meets her lover, Daniel, university professor (played by Alain Delon), who is into pipe smoking. Daniel presents Rebecca a Harley Davidson on which is goes in a psychedelic trip with a full body costume made of leather- you call it heights of 60s.

3. Stone
The movie has an iconic Australian cast that comprised Rebecca Gilling, Helen Morse and Bill hunter which was the first and last movie directed by Sandy Harbutt the television star.The critics dismissed the movie as damp squib at the time of release.Soon Stone became a big hit at home, because of its impressive and spectacular stunts. Though a low budget movie the stunts are plus point which go beyond the budget issue.


The Light Between The Oceans – One Of It’s Kind


I wanted to keep this movie as a surprise and experience all the emotions unleashed only in the theatre and it indeed proves to be the best movie minus the super hero factor. This movie is set in the 1920s Australia on an island and the story is about a lighthouse keeper and his wife whose life is transformed when they find a baby in a boat lost in the sea. Soon this happy change comes to a halt when they discover the truth.


Though, melodramatic this movie looks like one beautiful painting talking to you and you are automatically pulled into it. In the first look itself you can feel the mystery and you get spell bound to what follows. They say slow and steady wins the race – This belongs to that category, definitely won’t put you to sleep. I was in for lot of surprises which kept me on the edge and guessing.

You know what to expect when there is an ocean, an island, sunsets, storms and other simple breathtaking views in the movie-captivating. All thanks to the cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. The costumes were simple and in sync with the era detailed in the movie.

lit1Isolation of the protagonists is contemplative of the plot and the journey of them. The storytelling Derek Cianfrance, the director of the movie is exclusive. The Place beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine are other masterpieces of this director. And this movie is an emotional, lengthy movie with a humane touch which is appreciable.

Fassbender and Vikander have given Oscar worthy performances. This movie adds a feather to Fassbender’s film career and put him on the path of a legendary actor. His phenomenal character is mild and subtle and oscar winner Vikander’s character in this movie supports the spectacular display. She proved she can show vivid emotions ranging from grief to desperation and guilt. Alongside comes Rachel Weisz whose performance falls short.


The ending left me wanting for more as it was no was near a regular Hollywood type. The film might seem lengthy before you realize that whole plot deserves the time frame. Minor logical glitches like Fassbender and Vikander, who sound more British than the Aussies that they portray if that was what the audience were supposed to think.


The Light Between Oceans is a romantic suspense movie with some spectacular performances. It’s the story of parenting and parents and human emotions attached to adoption. If you don’t leave the theatre with some heavy feeling, no movie will.