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A woman in Florida started a pay it forward trend that lasted almost 12 hours and affected close to 400 people on Wednesday.
Starbucks Hosts Pay It Forward Chain
Wednesday morning, around 7 a.m., a drive-thru Starbucks customer bought an iced coffee and offered to pay for the person behind her. When the next customer went to pay for his or her caramel macchiato and was told that it had already been covered, he or she decided to continue the trend and paid for the drink of the next customer. Soon, the employees began keeping a tally and informing each new customer of the trend, saying they could either pay for their tab, which would then go towards the following customer, or cover the following customer entirely.
According to the St. Petersburg, Fla., Starbucks baristas, 260 customers had participated by 1:30 p.m., and 378 people took part in the pay it forward chain »
Little orphan Annie is set to return to the UK this Christmas season. Quvenzhane Wallis, famed for her role in Beasts Of The Southern Wild, takes on the part of the titular hero who has A Hard Knock Life in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Cameron Diaz). One day Annie has a fateful encounter with Benjamin Stacks (Jamie Foxx), a rich man running for mayor. Seeking a publicity opportunity, Stacks takes in Annie only to eventually develop real feelings for her. The heart warming tale first came to screens in 1982 and has built quite the following, especially following Jay-z’s use of the famous track It’s A Hard Knock Life. Other musical classics include Tomorrow, it’s easy to see why Chandler Bing had two copies.
The trailer for Sony’s remake keeps things both traditional while adding contemporary spurts to both the action, dance routines, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
What is the most important holiday? Christmas? Halloween? If you know what's good for you, you'll say Mother's Day; and this year Ms. Vampy and Dr. Gash have teamed up to bring you some pointers to help make the most of it!
Take these tips and use them as best you can... and Happy Mother's Day to all you mothers out there!
Ms. Vampy says: Put the Past in the Past-Sure, we are all a little effed up from our childhood, aren’t we? :) So, on Mother’s Day choose to live in the present and let go of the mistakes your mother or your sister made when you were growing up! Rather than allowing yourself to feel like that 12-year-old kid again, be an adult and come from a place of Love!
Dr. Gash says: Of course, it's always best to put negative things in the past and move forward, »
- Scott Hallam
You could say that the star of a movie puts butts in seats. Their name shines above the posters and on trailers, establishing a connection with a larger pre-existing fan base. But how does one reach such heights? Nobody is an A-Lister straight off the bat. It can take years of slogging away to acquire the appeal of someone like Brad Pitt or Tom Hanks as they’re can be the driving force behind a picture; the person the whole film and advertising campaign revolves around.
However, once in a while an actor will rise up and quite literally steal the show. They’ll put in a performance so inspired and well-crafted, the ‘intended star’ will cease to shine so brightly in comparison. All of a sudden, the public will take a vested interest in a new talent. All it takes is one performance; an opportunity only a »
- Dale Barham
One wasn’t expecting much more than headbanging cheap thrills from the new Bollywood action movie “Jai Ho,” in which Salman Khan, a.k.a. The Muscles from Mumbai (that sobriquet is our own invention), carries to a new level of slapdash vulgarity the blunt-force, post-”Matrix” style of action moviemaking that rules the roost now in Hindi cinema. When you set your sites that low, and still emerge disappointed two-and-a-half-hours later, that’s a sad day at the movies. Because Salman Khan is one the fabled Three Khans, Bollywood’s top film stars for over two decades, the earnings of “Jai Ho” are being measured against the recent huge hits of Shah Rukh Khan (“Chennai Express”) and Aamir Khan (“Dhoom 3″). At $3.5 million for its first two days of domestic release, about half what those record-breaking pics pulled in, “Jai Ho” is so far considered only an “average” hit.
- David Chute
Take any day in your life that you wish you had a helping hand. A day you may have forgotten your wallet, when you needed to pay for your bus ticket. A day your car broke down, when you had to go to an interview. What if a stranger gave you that helping hand? No questions asked and in return, didn’t ask for money or a favour. Just that you help another when the chance came to you. Would you? Jai Ho shows us how a common man that left his army life, takes on the fight to help humanity, and for a bit of masala, bashes a few bad guys along the way.
Based on the concept from Pay It Forward (2000), A. R. Murugadoss’ designed the power packed story for his film Stalin (2006). Being the remake season that it was (or is) the film’s bumper success made »
- Githa Vanan
Women obliterated barriers in Hollywood last year: Katniss Everdeen topped the domestic box office in the female-co-produced The Hunger Games: Catching Fire; Disney’s animated smash Frozen redefined the princess genre with Jennifer Lee as one of two directors at the helm; and two films from power producer Megan Ellison (American Hustle and Her) were just nominated for Best Picture.
But take one step back from the A-list and the picture isn’t so rosy. According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film’s Celluloid Ceiling report, 2013 marked a dismal year for women in behind-the-scenes jobs on the top 250 grossing movies. »
- Nicole Sperling
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