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Hollywood studios deserve major credit for increasing the public’s awareness of mental illness and the silent suffering often faced by those afflicted. Leading actors from several successful 2014 films have masterfully morphed into character to showcase their delusional tendencies or other psychotic episodes. Michael Keaton’s powerful performance in “Birdman” provided audiences with a riveting illustration of bouts from auditory and visual hallucinations. In “Nightcrawler”, Jake Gyllenhaal’s emotionally troubled and socially awkward freelance cameraman role gave us a look into the off-kilter, dangerous menace to Los Angeles residents. Director David Fincher provided audiences with a brilliant depiction of a psychopath in the twisted thriller “Gone Girl”. And now comes a western movie, directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones, which chronicles the suffering and plight of women on the American frontier during the 1850s.
This true life story, about one of the world’s most brilliant minds, takes moviegoers on an emotional journey so meaningful that it can’t be captured on a chalkboard with a science formula. It’s a trip even more personal than just physicist Stephen Hawking’s many-worlds theory of quantum mechanics. Yes, ‘The Theory of Everything” covers Hawking’s dazzling, expansive mathematical mind as his frail body recoils from a deadly disease. However, it effortlessly illustrates how Hawking’s mind and body grew in opposite directions over time, affecting his relationships with friends, family and peers. No rapport is more compelling or influential to viewers than the one between Professor Hawking and his wife, Jane Wilde.
(BPT) - The new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of overhauling your entire diet, resolve to improve your health with simple tweaks to your everyday meal and snacking routine.
Canyon Del Oro High School senior Bridget Doucet finished her final season in cross country on top of the podium, winning the Division II State Championship. However, for any other runner, it may have been just the final race of her high school career, but for Doucet it capped off a marathon of not only becoming the best in her favorite sport, but also in defeating a yearlong battle against anorexia.
(BPT) - A remodeling project is one of the most invigorating lifestyle changes a homeowner can make. However, trusting a contractor with both your home and your money can feel overwhelming. Spare your time, money and sanity by following these steps for choosing the best remodeling contractor:
(StatePoint) Kids grow up fast. While some transitions are bittersweet, most parents are happy to say goodbye to diapers when the time is right. However, potty training can be frustrating for both parents and kids without an understanding of the process. Knowing your child’s unique needs is important, say experts.
Everyone faces setbacks in life. While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts.
(StatePoint) Everyone faces setbacks in life. While those personal obstacles can lead to disappointing outcomes, they can also be harnessed into personal motivators, say experts.
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This film provides the perfect mix of music and relationships, blending both with equal parts of raw emotion thrown in for good measure. Viewers looking for a splendid date night movie or an up-close view of the music industry’s research and development side of the house will find “Begin Again” a very satisfying summer soundtrack and film experience.
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This film is a deeply emotional roller coaster ride about life and unfinished business. It boldly takes on the subject of cancer and all of its painful side effects for a young teen, who is unwilling to yield to the deadly disease. “The Fault In Our Stars” refuses to be a movie solely about cancer and the pain it causes, instead focusing on relationships and living life to the fullest. Yes, pain demands to be felt; but it doesn’t need to be at the expense of friends, family and true love. The narrative triumphs because it doesn’t shy away from the lives that cancer affects while illustrating the strength to keep moving along in life. Such an emotional, touching journey is difficult to impart upon viewers through the big screen, but this film nails it.
Jon Favreau directs and stars in this delectable summer entrée about a talented chef attempting to follow his creative cooking instincts while balancing life’s demands outside the kitchen. Favreau’s character, Carl Casper, is a rising culinary star that must overcome setbacks on his journey towards the American dream. “Chef” showcases what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur; a belief in oneself, talent, risk and customer service. It marinates each of these into a solid story with added pinches of humor.
(BPT) - A teacher transitioning to a job in the corporate world. A stay-at-home mom rejoining the workforce. A baby boomer choosing a new career over retirement. There are countless individuals every day that carefully weigh the pros and cons of making a major career change. Are you one of them?
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WASHINGTON – Pam Simon said she remembers only part of what happened that January day in the parking lot of a Tucson supermarket.
By the second half of the season, news outlets were buzzing over the fact that on the Kansas Jayhawks’ roster was a freshman who was widely considered to be the future first pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft. It may have not seemed like big news to most. Freshman phenom, Andrew Wiggins, had been proclaimed the best amateur basketball player in the world for quite some time, and had been on NBA scouts’ radars since his high school years. What did raise eyebrows, however, was the fact that Wiggins was only projected to be the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The projected first pick basketball analysts were referring to was Joel Embiid, a little known 7-foot center who’s ceiling of potential was off the charts.
Hidden rocks can spell disaster for even the most skilled snowboarder. For University of Arizona alumna Alana Nichols, an icon of courage and excellence in Paralympic sports, that disaster came not just once, but twice.
The US Army's top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said.
(BPT) - Fifty-six percent of adults who completed home improvements in the past year spent $1,000 or more, according to The Scarborough Report. Next time you’re faced with a home improvement project, instead of wasting money throwing away fixable objects or hiring professionals for quick and easy repairs and improvements, keep these money-saving tips in mind. Here are five simple life hacks to help you throughout your entire home and trying one just might make you $40,000 richer!
What hasn’t been said about South Park? Known for their twisted humor and dark satire, the story of four potty-mouthed boys in South Park, Colorado has entertained millions of viewers and angered just as many others since the show began in 1997. Originally thought up as two animated shorts in the early 90’s by the show’s creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has come a long way since its cardboard cutout origins and VHS viral video days. Now the show holds some of the most consistently high viewership numbers of any basic cable program and remains one of Comedy Central’s most successful programs of all time.
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