Fitness, Films & Politics

One of the most versatile sports heroes of our time is Arnold Schwarzenegger who became one of the biggest sports icons in bodybuilding, then astounded fans as a Hollywood star and then he became the Governor of California!

Schwarzenegger believes strength never comes from winning, but that it is developed by your struggles. The sports/film star also strongly feel that it is the hardships you go through and the decision not to surrender that makes you a star. He believes the worst thing anyone can be is to be like everyone else.

Powerlifter, Professional Bodybuilder, Hollywood Film Star, Filmmaker, Investor Businessman, Investor, Politician, Philanthropist, Activist and Author Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger has served two terms as the Governor of California, while he entered Hollywood in 1970 as Hercules, although his big breakthrough came when he accepted the role as Conan the Barbarian in 1982, although he is most known by movie fans as the Terminator and his words, I’ll be back is still quoted by everyone. After his duties were fulfilled as Governor, he immediately started with the filming of the Expendables 2.

How did Arnold Become the Health & Sports Legend?

The most suited for the 30th Anniversary cover of Men’s Health was Arnold Schwarzenegger, he is unlike any sports icon and even though he has many fans due to his 21-inch biceps he also became the highest paid actor after filming Conan the Barbarian.  It was simply not enough for the actor who became a legend in Hollywood to be The Terminator and he also became California’s Governor.

His greatest talent is probably how he juggles his interests, Schwarzenegger won the title as Mr Olympia seven times, the Arnold Sports Festival attracts over 18,000 athletes yearly and according to the sports star, it all started with his father making him do push-ups before he was to have any breakfast.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Awards

The list of rewards for films Schwarzenegger received includes the 1992 MTV Movie Award for Best Male Performance in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 2014 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Documentary, 1977 Golden Globe for The Best New Star of the Year and the Empire Special Honorary Award in 2014. Amongst many other rewards he also received the Life Career Award in 1992 and the Laureus World Sports Award in 2003 for his tremendous contribution to society via sports.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Films

Schwarzenegger is perfect no matter the role he played and while fans love him as Terminator, he is also brilliant in films such as Kindergarten Cop. some of the top films include the 1984 box office hit The Terminator, 1987 Predator, 1990 Total Recall, 1991 Terminator 2: Judgement Day, 1985 Commando, 1993 Last Action Hero, 1994 True Lies, 1987 The Running Man, 1996 T2 3-D: Battle Across Time, 1988 Red Heat, 1986 Raw Deal, 2013 Escape Plan, 1988 Twins, 2000 the 6th Day, 1996 Eraser, 1996 Jingle All The Way, 1970 The Villian and 1993 Dave to only list a few of the over 40 movies starring Schwarzenegger.  

Who will win best picture at the Oscars 2019

The lead up to the 2019 Oscars is in full swing with it expected to be a ferocious battle over who will win the 2019 Oscar for Best Picture. As expected, several front runners are generating buzz. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced 347 films qualify to be nominated. However, only ten films will be nominated, and that is what makes it such an important part of the Oscars.

The 91st Oscars, the Oscar parties, the Red Carpet and awards ceremony will take place on the 24th of February. For movie buffs, it is the perfect time to tap into your knowledge of 2018’s best movies and which will get an Oscar nod as well as win the golden statue. The Oscars are one of the biggest events in the year for Oscar betting, and predictions on who will win and where best to place bets on the Oscars and this year’s nominees is a hotly contested subject 

While there are many top contenders for the Best Picture nomination, we look at the top four and what makes them worthy of the prestigious Best Picture award. Read on and discover what makes each a top contender.

A Star is Born

A Star is Born is one of the hot favorites at the 2019 Oscar to win Best Picture, and as the current front-runner, it does deserve all the attention it receives. The film offers everything a moviegoer wants including superb acting, and there is plenty more part of this film to make the audience go Gaga. It remains the film to beat at the box office as well as at the bookies, and I’m willing to predict that it is likely to take quite a few golden Oscar statues, which includes Bradley Cooper as Best Director and Lady Gaga for Best Actress odds. In addition to Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Sam Elliot has strong odds of winning the Best Supporting Actor Oscar.

Black Panther

The Black Panther is expected to get the second highest number of nominations including Best Picture. It is also anticipated to get Oscar nods for Best Song, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling and Best Costume Design. It follows closely behind “A Star is Born”, but whether it stands favourably with voters is anyone’s guess. In the past, movies that predominantly feature black actors, have seen a certain degree of bias. However, it is expected to see a nod for Best Picture, a feat that many other movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe failed to achieve.

Bohemian Rhapsody

When it comes to Oscar betting, the contenders for best picture is always particularly interesting, and Bohemian Rhapsody is bound to be another strong competitor at the bookies. Based on the legendary rock band Queen and directed by Bryan Singer, it focuses especially on the life of Freddie Mercury, Rami Malek could very possibly win Best Actor. Bohemian Rhapsody is also a safe bet when it comes to betting on it to win Best Picture with odds showing it a serious contender.  Rami Malek is also showing favourable odds for Best Actor.

Green Book

Green Brook, directed by directed by Peter Farrelly, is based around an African American pianist as he travels around the American south with his Italian American driver/bodyguard. Having already won an award at the Toronto Film Festival, it was though that its opportunity of being nominated for the Best Picture category at the Oscars was limited due to its accuracy and representation of racism and the use of the “N” word within the film. Despite this, the movie proves that films of this nature can be produced and received by audiences who respect its relevance in history.

There is little doubt that each of those mentioned above are worthy of winning the Best Picture at this year’s Award show, but as with all award shows, only one will win which is what drives prediction analysts setting odds based on its overall popularity, ticket sales, value as a film and the quality of directing and acting.

Late January 2019 Film Releases


As everyone returns home and it’s time to get into the hectic schedules part of every year, several exciting films ensure hours of relaxation during the weekend. The film released during the second half of January again caters for all film devotees of all ages.

The Kid Who Would Be King – 25th of January 2019

Kings are noble and brave and have no fear as they have tons of battles to fight. In, The Kid Who Would Be King film there is a world of demons to battle, saving the world is part of your task and you need to fight an evil army. Released by Fox the fantasy adventure film offers adds a hint of comedy the kid growing up to be a king and it is Joe Cornish’ latest release, known for the film, Attack the Block.

The film tells the tale of bullied kids in a learning process of how to defend themselves and stand up for what they believe in. Alex part of the group believes he is a nobody, but that is until he stumbles upon the sword in the stone called Excalibur. His task is to unite his enemies and friends into knights and to meet and join Merlin, their goal is to beat Morgana. The cast includes Patrick Stewart, Louis Ashbourne Serkis, Rebecca Ferguson, Tom Taylor, Dean Chaumoo and Rhianna Dorris.

The Wild Pear Tree – 30th of January 2019

An official trailer was recently released by the Cinema Guild & Film Forum of this impressive masterpiece created by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, the Turkish filmmaker. Titled in Turkish – Ahlat Agaci or The Wild Pear Tree starts showing at the end of January in New York City, the Cannes Film Festival is where it premiered, then it moved to the New York and Toronto Film

Festivals and it is one of the big favourites of 2019.

The story picks up where Sinan a young writer returns to his hometown, he has to deal with his father and his family, while he struggles to believe that the writer’s dream could be possible. Dogu Demirkol in the lead plays Sinan, passionate about writing and literature and have always dreamt of becoming a successful writer.

Once he gets to return to the village that is his birthplace, he finally gets the chance to pour out his soul and heart into gathering the cash he needs to publish his work. The debts of his father catch up with him, and as with all films by Nuri Bilge, The Wild Pear Tree is a masterpiece.

Some of the other films by the Turkish filmmaker includes Climates, Winter Sleep, Three Monkeys, Distant, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, Clouds of May and Small Town. The cast includes Doug Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, Serkan Keskin, Bennu Yildirimlar, and Hazar Ergüçlü. Screenplay writers include Ebru Ceylan, Akin Aksu, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan. The Wild Pear Tree is released in several theatres in the United States on the 30th of January 2019.

2019 – January Film Releases


Every year starts with great excitement about the year have in store and film lovers do have lots of brilliant films to look forward to in 2019. The list of fabulous films scheduled for the year caters for superhero fans, action enthusiasts, and the long list of compelling films also features horror, comedy and several perfect for the romantic. With hundreds of releases spread across the next twelve months we list all the January releases first, so you won’t miss any of the latest releases.

Escape Room – Released on the 4th of January 2019

Critics describe Escape Room based on a deadly room creepy as hell, while the film released by Sony Pictures is perfect for those who enjoy horror films such as The Maze. Being trapped in fear most of the audience shares and once six strangers find themselves in the escape room the game takes on a whole different shape, it’s a matter of escape or dies. Actors in the film include Logan Miller, Taylor Russell, Nik Dodani, and Tyler Labine.
Escape Room is suitable for viewers over the age of 13 and genres include sci-fi, mystery and drama.

Replicas – Release Date 11th of January 2019

If you are one of the millions of Keanu Reeves fans, then your year are about to start on a high note as Reeves is the mad scientist in Replicas. The scientist is trying to figure out how to revive his family killed in an accident, eventually, he decides to clone them, although he has no idea how it will turn out. The whole idea of replicating his loved ones is as scary as it is exciting, and the cast includes John Ortiz, Thomas Middleditch, Alice Eve and Emily Alyn Lind.

A Dog’s Way Home – Releasing Date 11th of January 2019

A Dog’s Way Home offers 96 minutes of adventure and this family film takes the audience on 400-mile travel that the dog follows in search of its owner. The cast includes Jonah Hauer-King, Alexandra Shipp and Bryce Dallas Howard and is directed by Charles Martin Smith.

Glass – Scheduled for Release on the 18th of January 2019

The 129-minute film, genre classified as sci-fi, drama and mystery carry a PG of 13. Filmgoers get to meet David Dunn a security guard using his supernatural abilities to track down a disturbed man that has 24 different personalities. The cast includes Bruce Willis, Sarah Paulson and James McAvoy, while it is directed by Alex Billington.

An Acceptable Loss – Release Date 18th of January 2019

Originally the film An Acceptable Loss was titled The Pages, and the IFC Film premiered at the Virginia Film Festival. The film is based on the regret and betrayal of the whistle-blower tale regarding Libby a former US Security adviser threatened by her past. She needs to break the law and risk her life in order to expose a cover-up by the government. The film cast includes Jamie Lee Curtis, Alex Weismann, Jeff Hephner and Ali Burch.

Laurel and Hardy Comes to The Big Screen


Steve Coogan and John C Reilly bring Laurel and Hardy back since they believe the comedy legends have plenty to bring and that these characters are still relevant today. Stan and Ollie intend to provide thousands of fans with the opportunity reunite with Laurel and Hardy, that was most popular during the 1930’s.

Laurel and Hardy Film

The language used is dialed back accordingly to the current PG, and the humour touches subjects such as suspicious employment contracts, alimony payments and lovers of the comedy twins are bound to laugh away on the current day stresses once the two appears on the screen. This time the backstage perspective triangulated by Reilly and Coogan’s actor insights, note-perfect mimicry with some astonishing prosthetic added to the mix. The film is set during the final tour of Ireland and Britain back in 1953 when the popular appeal of Laurel and Hardy was waning, and at the same time, their friendship was not as strong. At the time the two comedy legends wherein, their sixties.

Laurel’s Shoes Not Easy to Fill

Thanks to Jeff Pope, Coogan was the one to fill Laurel’s shoes after the co-writer mentioned that he was busy with the script for Laurel and Hardy. At the time Coogan had too much pride to directly ask for a shot at the part, although he did tell many of his friends that he would love the part and how much he admired the double-act and word got to Pope, which made Coogan’s wish a reality.

Reilly Talks About the Scenes

Reilly says he could not help but break down during filming as the stuff written more than sixty years ago is as funny as it was then and with the exceptional and delicate humour timing, you could not help but feel the joy of being part of something this special. He says it might look like they all are having a great time, although it was actually hard work keeping a straight face.

Previous Laurel and Hardy Films

The comedy team appeared in 106 Laurel, and Hardy films, which were released from 1921 up to around 1951 and these included around 34 silent short films, 45 short films with sound and 27 of the films had sound and was full-length feature films.

Laurel and Hardy Film Stan & Ollie

Many films right now are aimed at grabbing the attention of moviegoers, these include musical extravaganzas and superhero spectacles, although the late-career documentary of Laurel and Hardy is simply terrific and according to critics a very smartly told tale bound to be loved by old and new fans. The film offers brilliant performances, a remarkably moving script and director Jon S Baird focuses on the comic duo, sixteen years after their prime when the world thought they had retired to enjoy their fame and riches. The Sony Picture Classic offers 97 minutes of highly enjoyable entertainment and focuses on the last chapter of the Laurel and Hardy.

This Time the Film Cast Head Down the Aisle in Five Weddings and a Funeral


Hugh Grant and the rest of the Four Weddings and a Funeral cast reunited recently as this time he is a grey-haired man and the father of the bride. It is difficult to believe it is twenty-five years after the original film was made and this time Richard Curtis is producing a follow-up for one main reason and that is to contribute towards Red Nose Day.

What We Discovered Up to Now

Some of the pictures available currently, from the film set show Lily James in a bridal gown and Hugh Grant as the very proud father of the bride. At the end of the first film, Grant seen as Charles was a happily unmarried lad and had a baby with Carrie played by Andie MacDowell. While everyone is already counting down the days to another helping of truly amazing humour, Carrie or MacDowell was spotted in Islington during a film shoot at the church and during this shoot in the north of London others at the church included Duckface played by Anna Chancellor, the vicar played by Rowan Atkinson and Matthew played by John Hannah was also part of the same scene.

What makes it all interesting is that Kristine Scott Thomas was there too and is most remembered for her role in the previous film as the aristocratic Fiona. Her love in the 1994 film for Charles was unrequited, but there is hope as Emma Freud shared a photo from the set where Scott Thomas and Grant appear to share a very intimate moment and the caption indicates that it was quite a kiss.

Five Weddings and a Funeral

The line-up of actors that were present in the first film and again in the second is the boorish drunk played by Rupert Vansittart, as well as the unfortunate husband discovering all about the unfaithfulness of his wife, Simon Kunz. One of the cast members that will be missed no matter who replaces her is Scarlet played previously by Charlotte Coleman, she, unfortunately, died in 2001 after an acute asthma attack and was Grant’s flatmate in the first film. Other cast members back for the second film also includes David Bower, Sara Crowne, Sophie Thompson, David Haig and Mike Newell is back as the director. The vicar is played by Rowan Atkinson and as Curtis puts it, everyone is older but most certainly no wiser when it comes to the characters.

What fans can expect is that everyone will meet this time to celebrate the fifth wedding, and as with the first, not all that is planned to go as intended. The first film called Four Wedding and a Funeral massively increased the international success of Grant and Curtis. The whole film was shot in only thirty-six days and Mike Newell was in a blind panic. Hugh Grant was the 72nd actor who auditioned for the lead and got the part as he was the only one that made it seem funny.

The Mule


Alone, broke and staring the foreclosure of his business in the face, Earl Stone is forced to accept the only job available, which is a drug courier for the cartel in Mexico. By enjoying immediate success, he soon finds out that it is easy money and as he accepts larger shipments, he draws the attention of Colin Bates a DEA agent. What starts to weigh on Earl’s conscience is the mistakes he made in the past and he needs to decide to correct those mistakes before the cartel or law enforcement catches him.

The 88-year old Clint Eastwood stars as the main character in the Mule and also directed the film, which is a huge accomplishment at his age. The movie appeals to the most faithful fans of Eastwood and many loves seeing him return to what is called his personal comfort zone.

The Mule Inspired by A True Story

The Mule is inspired by the true events that are part of the life story of Leo Sharp, who was a 90year old man working for the Mexican cartel as a drug mule. Eastwood can be seen as Earl Stone and he is as charming as ever and there are lots of really funny moments in the film.

The Mule film is inspired by the true events of a man with a new job and his estranged family, Earl Stone is a horticulturist as well as a vet specializing in daylilies. The film catches up with Stone in 2005 when he does not attend the wedding of his daughter in order to attend a horticulturist convention. The film then picks up on his life twelve years later when Stone loses his farm as the main source of business have by then move to e-commerce florist, while at this point, he already lost his family.

Stone manages to find a new job as he heard that some guy pays good money if he is prepared to drive and this is the start of his drug-running days. While he is sceptical in the beginning, he starts to enjoy the money and the trips. He actually loves the travelling that takes him far away from his home and he gets to enjoy the sights and different foods and the entertainment. Although being a mule for the Mexican drug cartel or anyone else is never easy, not even for a guy like Stone enjoying the trips. With a bit of drama in the leadership of the cartel and two DEA agents closing in on him, it all starts to crumble, and Stone need to decide between his family and work.

The Mule is the testament of Eastwood’s Hollywood Staying Power

The Mule just shows once again how much staying power Clint Eastwood still has in Hollywood and even at quite an advanced age, he succeeded to get many moviegoers to wish for more of his films. The Mule started showing in theaters from the 14th of December and is bound to attract many Clint Eastwood fans.

The Nun


The Nun tells the tale of a priest that has a hunted past and a young nun that died in Romania. Directed by Corin Hardy the writers of this scary tale are James Wan and screenplay by Gary Dauberman, while it stars Jonas Blonquet, Taissa Farmiga and Demian Birchir.

How Scary is The Nun?

If you really want to know just how scary The Nun is, YouTube banned the trailer due to the fact that it traumatized people. Most feel the movie would be easier to watch if it was not based on the truth, and again the scary fact is that it is based on a real story, real horror and true events. If you cherish sleeping peacefully, The Nun is not really recommended for anyone who cherishes their ability to fall asleep easily but let me recap what it is all about and you can decide for yourself.

The movie follows a Sister Irene, a nun travelling to Romania, this whole trip is based on investigating a very creepy incident that took place at the monastery, which involved Valak, an entity. It is a prequel to The Conjuring, well a very disturbing one if you ask anyone brave enough to watch it. It’s a freaky film inspired by real events and based on the case files of Lorraine and Ed Warren, both demonologists.

The Nun – A Ghostly Experience You Won’t Easily Forget

The movie is also kind of based on Warren’s work, according to Spera, his parents come face to face with the phantom of the nun in the 70s, she was buried alive in the churches wall as punishment for her affair with a monk and she still haunts the place. Spera says Hollywood used bits and pieces of different events and combined them in The Nun.

James Wan, the director of The Nun says it was also inspired by the demon described by Lorraine Warren as a swirling tornado vortex, that haunted her home. Wan built visuals according to the decryptions of the demon as offered by the Warren’s. So, it immediately adds the question whether Valak is the real thing, and again if you hoped the answer would be no, you out of luck it is and if you believe in demons, you’ll be scared by this one. Even if you don’t believe in demons, none have ever taken the shape of a nun, it’s the demonic vision that will haunt you. In, The Lesser Key of Solomon dating back to the 17th century, Valak is described as mighty and appearing like a child that has wings, riding a two-headed dragon. He governs thirty-eight legions of spirits.

At the end, it is up to you to decide whether you want to watch The Nun or not, whether you want to believe that most parts are based on facts or if you’ll be able to just ignore that and see what the directors did with the story. But the warning remains, no matter how you look at it you might not want to ever enter a convent, you won’t like pictures of children with angel wings and two-headed dragons won’t ever be your thing!

Follow the Footsteps of Harry Potter

Everyone is familiar with the range of Harry Potter books turned into mega box office films, which entertained fans non-stop for an entire decade. Yet the fans still can’t get enough of the school of wizardry and thousands are keen to take the Harry Potter studio tours.

The range of films that kept fans entertained across ten years is based on the novels, of which the first was released in 2001 titled Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Thousands counted the days until the release of the second film in 2002 titled Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The next film in the series was released two years later in 2004 and was titled

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.


Then only a year later it was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire hit movie theatres across the globe in 2005, while the next instalment was only released in 2007, this time titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, with Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince offering fans 2hours and 34 minutes of action in 2009. The two latest Harry Potter releases include the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 screened in 2010 and 2011.

The four most fan-visited places in London


Rich with Harry Potter themed places and activities to unbridled the inner wizard in every visitor, while the official studio guided tour takes fans on a visit to potion making and mixing cocktail bars and wizard-themed hotel rooms.

If you are a keen fan of Potter, then you’ll find London a magical destination, the official Harry Potter tour started in 2012 and enables all visitors to step onto the sets used in some of the films when the Diagon Alley, Great Hall and the Forbidden Forest was used.

The whole experience part of the Potion Room is themed and structured like the alchemy class showed in the films, it’s like wizardry and every guest gets a magic wand and wears a cloak. The experience includes creating an edible and/or drinkable potion, which is served as part of a tray filled with savory items or a tray covered in sweet treats.

Hotel rooms referred to as Wizard Chambers, in London the Georgian House Hotel offers a few rooms inspired by the range of popular Harry Potter books. Booking one of the rooms provides stayers to enjoy a night at Hogwarts! Each of the themed rooms features cauldrons, stone walls, stained glass windows and artifacts to ensure the whole experience has a Harry Potter feel to it.

To ensure the experience is as real as it gets, you could go for a night cup at the Wizarding bar called the Cauldron, it’s the bar every fantasy book devotee dreams off, all guests have to dress up in the robes and then receives a cauldron and they get to experiment and mix their own drinks.

Best Ever Christmas Movies Perfect for The Holiday Season

If it was up to of us, Christmas would be an all-year-round thing, half of the year because it was nearing, the other half of the year because it’s just been. There is that place where the ground is always covered in snow, it is here where Christmas never ends, and you get to snack and watch one great film after the next, allowing you to fill up on Christmas cheer. So if you need a bit of feel good, here are the best holiday-themed films:

Love Actually


The star-studded ensemble romantic comedy of Richard Curtis combines nine interweaved tales examining the intricacies of an emotion that connects all: love. Among the line-up of interesting characters surveyed is Hugh Grant as David, the truly handsome recently elected British prime minister who falls for Martine McCutcheon, a junior staffer. Laura Linney is Sarah, whose life is problematic due to her devotion to her mentally ill brother and then there is Alan Rickman portraying Harry, a wedded man attracted to his gorgeous new secretary.

A Christmas Tale


Arnaud Desplechin the French auteur crafts a spellbinding, straggling portrait of the reconciliation and togetherness of a dysfunctional family. This drama is all about the reuniting of a family at Christmas, and it is also at this time they learn about the leukaemia of their grandmother played by Catherine Deneuve. Her request to the family is to see if anyone including grandchildren are eligible as bone marrow donors. It causes quite a bit of friction in the family, mainly between her son Henri played by Mathieu Amalric and her daughter played by Anne Consigny. With all the trauma and drama, it also recalls the traumatic loss the family suffered when they lost their brother Joseph.

The Nightmare Before Christmas


The Nightmare Before Christmas is a malevolent and dark stop-motion fable produced by Tim Burton. It is based on the journey of Jack Skellingting who travels from Halloween Town to the less frightening town of Christmas. Viewers get to follow the catastrophic adventure of Skellinton in Halloween Town, where the pumpkin king is bored by the repeated routine of giving people in the real world a freight. The warm spirits and bright colours of Christmas-Town gives Jack Skellington a new lease on life, he wants this awesome town under his control, and he starts plotting straight away, he even kidnaps Santa and steps into his role. But it takes only a short while before Jack realises that all his planning is of no use in the amazing town of Christmas.

Apart from the three movies discussed above, we also strongly suggest films such as Home Alone, where a young member of the family is left behind by mistake. Instead of being bored over the Christmas period he becomes the security system and the burglars simply don’t stand a chance against his brilliant mind and plans.