Arnold Schwarzenegger is showing off his cooking skills online by sharing his recipe for an 80,000-calorie steak and egg sandwich. The Terminator star and former California Governor is a big fitness fan, but he cast his health concerns aside during a recent outdoor taping of YouTube.com series Epic Meal Time to demonstrate how to whip up his larger-than-life creation, using the surface of an M47 tank as his frying pan.
In the video, he says, "We have the tank right now, ready to cook. The steak and egger sandwich, yummy."
He then proceeds to crack a large ostrich egg on the side of the tank and begins to build his mega-sandwich, which includes 13,215 calories-worth of cheese, 32,215 calories in bacon, mounds of ground steak, and bread containing 9,840 calories.
The entire sandwich contains an astounding 78,583 calories and 4,172 grams of fat.
Actor Mark Wahlberg has dropped 61 pounds (27.7 kilograms) for his new role in The Gambler. The Lone Survivor star slimmed to just 135 pounds (61.2 kilograms) to play a literary professor with addiction issues in the new film.
He tells People magazine, "I started at 196 and got down to 135... I began with a liquid diet. Then I completely changed my training programme and gave up wine, bread and pasta. Now I'm eating small portions of protein throughout the day and jumping rope a lot."
The Gambler is set to hit theatres next year (15), and could land Wahlberg an Oscar nod - Matthew McConaughey just won gold for playing an emaciated AIDS victim in Dallas Buyers Club.
The Who rocker Roger Daltrey is convinced he knows the reason for his small stature - he blames World War II food rationing for his stunted growth. The diminutive singer stands at just five feet five inches (1.68 metres) and is known as one of the tiniest frontmen in rock, but he was born in 1944 and blames his paltry diet during the war years for his height.
Daltrey tells Q magazine, "I wish I'd... (Robert Plant's) legs and his height... Robert grew up when there was food in the parlour. I was born in 1944, and '45 was the worst year of the war for food - even the bread was half chalk. Look at anyone born in '44 in the working class. We're all short."
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In 2009, Chris Pine put the world on notice. His performance in Star Trek put him on the map as a potential leading man. Sure, he had played small roles in TV and movies before, but the sci-fi spectacular solidified him in Hollywood. He was an up-and-coming star. Pine has had some time and so far, he's been so-so.
Teaming up with Denzel Washington in Unstoppable helped. That movie was a potential train wreck, but in the end, everything worked out. The day was saved and Pine had another hit to add to his resume. Since then, there have been more misses than hits.
This Means War should have been a lot better. People Like Us didn't have a lot of impact. Rise of the Guardians was acceptable. Pine only lent his voice to that one. Which brings us to his last two films. Star Trek Into Darkness gets more hate than it should. Tell the fanboys to relax. They're never satisfied. And now we have Pine in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Mixed reviews, probably forgettable.
It's time for Pine to step up. He can't rely on being an up-and-coming star anymore. That time has passed. Playing Captain Kirk is his bread and butter. Everything else though, we need to question. Is this movie worth seeing? Is Pine a legit leading man? Once those questions are answered and if they're met with a strong no, then Pine must evaluate himself. Take a back seat, share the spotlight. There's nothing wrong with a supporting role. Eventually, Star Trek sequels will run dry and it doesn't look like Denzel will be jumping over any trains from now on.
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Monday morning saw a heap of news involving the Weinstein brothers and their former golden goose Miramax. Deadline reports that, in short, Hollywood kingpins Harvey and Bob have signed a deal that will allow them to dig up old properties and revive them in new forms. This means sequels, reboots, and reimaginings for a lot of their past Miramax hits. In ascending order of madness, we have mention of...
- Rounders 2 — a follow-up to the Matt Damon poker flick that is reaching for Robert De Niro as the central villain.- A "series transfer" for Flirting with Disaster, an early David O. Russell movie that saw Ben Stiller on a quest to find his biological parents. This could easily be transformed into an episodic comedy (though we're not saying it should).- A Shakespeare in Love sequel, which, we guess, would involve the Bard's continued forays with romance as he explores the creative folds of his mind.- And finally, the most bewildering announcement that the showbiz news circuit has coughed up lately, another series adaptation: this one of the movie Good Will Hunting.
...That's pretty weird. For the three Americans who haven't seen Good Will Hunting, it tells the story of (once again) Matt Damon, as a 20-year-old orphan, impoverished Bostonian, and all-around dillhole with a genius intellect, most notably for complex mathematics. He spends most of his time causing mayhem with fellow dillholes (of the non-genius variety) Ben Affleck, Casey Affleck, and Cole Hauser, until his mental stamina is discovered by a haughty MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgaard) who insists that his old pal (Robin Williams) refurbish the troubled young Damon's psychological state of being so that he can put his intelligence to good use. In the end, everything works out rather neatly. The poor-but-smart Mr. Hunting finds an outlet for his talents, gets in touch with his latent childhood traumas, and even meets a nice lady in the process (Minnie Driver). The sort of self-contained story that made for the bread and butter of '90s cinema.
So how on Earth are they going to turn this picture into a series? Some hefty bastardization is in order...
The Session-by-Session Route: Each week, we'll examine the psychological progress achieved by young William Hunting as he undertakes regular therapy sessions with Dr. Robin Williams. I mean Sean. Kind of like The Sopranos, with a different (albeit similarly egregious) mistreatment of the letter "R". Potential episodes: "Will Hunting's Daddy Issues," "Will Hunting and the Naked-in-High-School Nightmare," "Will Hunting vs. the Rorshach."
The On-the-Road-to-Skyler Route: At the end of the movie, we see Will take off out of Boston in the new car just bequeathed unto him by three friends who, unlike himself, actually don't have high paying jobs lined up. Without so much as a goodbye, he zooms down the road to "see about a girl" ... in other words, to reunite with Skyler, who at this point resides in California. Maybe we'll see the sequel as a series of sorts, with Will taking on a cross country journey to make amends with his lost love, getting himself mixed up in goofy adventures along the way. Potential episodes: "Will Hunting Takes Manhattan," "Will Hunting in the Bayou," "Will Hunting's Sheboygan Adventure."
The Just-Hangin'-'round-with-Chuckie-and-the-Fellas Route: This is probably the worst idea of the bunch... and yet, so many a film and TV program has been made of it. In this incarnation, Will and his Southie pals would spend their time drinking, cursing, watching little league games, beating up other kids in the park, going down to the bowling alley. Think of it as an even more nihilistic Seinfeld, with less money and a good deal more maim. Potential episodes: "Will and Chuckie Rob the Shaw's," "Morgan's Get Rich Quick Scheme," "Cole Hauser's Sheboygan Adventure."
The Original Thriller-esque Route: For those of you who have read up on the story behind the production of Good Will Hunting, for whatever unfounded reason, you might know that the script was originally a thriller about G-men who pursued Will for his mathematic gift. So, maybe something like that would work as a series, and we'd see Will taking on Jason Bourne-like adventures as he avoids the long arm of the American government. Potential episodes: "Will Goes Incognito," "Will Meets Carrie Mathison," "Will Finally Realizes It's Time to Serve His Country and Sells Out Entirely."
Which of these Good Will Huntings would you most like to see?
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British actress Melanie Hill is recovering in hospital after undergoing hip replacement surgery. The 51-year-old star, who has appeared in long-running U.K. TV shows including The Bill, Holby City, Bread, and Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, underwent the operation at a medical centre in England on Friday (13Dec13).
She later took to Twitter.com to post a photo of herself smiling and giving a 'thumbs-up' gesture from her hospital bed.
In a series of messages on the microblogging site, Hill writes, "Wonderful! A brand new hip and I didn't feel a thing. Doing my Physio... Thanx (sic) for all your lovely supportive messages. I'm doing great... And sacked the bedpan off already."
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The BBC has released a new trailer for the upcoming season of Sherlock, which features the long-awaited return of the show's eponymous sleuth, but it seems like Sherlock’s return isn’t a cause of celebration for everyone at 221B Baker Street. Apparently, the various characters of Stephen Moffat’s modern day retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories have been waiting just as long as we have to figure out how Sherlock survived his sacrificial leap at the end of Season 2. A whole two years has passed by since Sherlock's "death" and an angry looking and newly-mustachioed John Watson isn’t interested in how Sherlock did it (and that "how" better be pretty darn fantastic considering we’ve been waiting two years to find it out) but wants to know why he did it. Watson has moved on in his life, and it doesn't look like he needs Sherlock's brand of disruption mucking things up for him yet again.
Besides all of the hoopla over Sherlock's reappearance, the trailer teases an upcoming terrorist threat that's set to hit London, and it's up to Sherlock to save the city... which he'll probably do by noticing the bread crumbs on someone's jacket, or some dried mud on a shoe. Season 3 of Sherlock will premiere on January 19 on PBS.
British newsman Piers Morgan has finally revealed the real reason for his long-running feud with Madonna - he once hurled a bread roll at her during a celebrity dinner party. The CNN anchor and former U.K. tabloid editor has made no secret of his hatred for the Material Girl over the years, and even banned her from both his U.S. and U.K. shows in 2011.
He has previously remained tip-lipped about what caused the bad blood between the pair, but he has now revealed the bizarre reason behind the falling out.
Morgan explains that in 2001, he attended celebrity chef Marco Pierre White's 40th birthday party, where Madonna and her then-husband Guy Ritchie were also guests. Morgan claims the singer was irritated by the dinner's entertainment, late comic Bernard Manning, so he decided to throw a bread roll at the Queen of Pop.
He tells Britain's OK! magazine, "Madonna is pretty awful. She never forgave me for throwing a bread roll at her at Marco Pierre White's birthday. She was just being really obnoxious, not just to me, but generally. There was only 40 of us at this dinner party and she got annoyed because Bernard Manning started being offensive and that wound her up. She was with Guy Ritchie at the time and he'd been laughing his head off... I just picked up a bread roll and chucked it at her!
"I hate the phoney accent, the muscled arms, the stripping off in her mid-fifties... Everything about her is attention-seeking - I think her 15 minutes of superstardom has probably run its course."
What’s a dystopian novel without a post-apocalyptic world? In Panem, life is truly tough the further you live from the fashion-conscious Capitol. In case you needed a refresher, Panem is split up into 12 districts (we don’t talk about district 13) and a glittering and wealthy capital city.
Taking a page from The Colbert Report, this ongoing “Better Know a District” series will take a look at the districts that make up the brutal world of The Hunger Games.
Welcome To District 9: Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!
Industry: District 9 is known as Panem’s “bread bowl.” This district is best known for its amber waves of grain and its production of bread that residents are probably too poor to afford.
Notable Residents: District 9 is one of the districts least talked about in the books and films. None of the District 9 contestants in The Hunger Games are named, although Katniss does have a run-in with one tribute in the 74th annual Hunger Games. She and the District 9 tribute go for the same backpack, put the District 9 tribute ends up with a knife in the back courtesy of Clove. Ouch!
How Hungry? Like the other far-flung districts, District 9 is not very wealthy. The district is mostly made up of farms and factories for grain processing and storage.
Hunger Games Prospects: District 9 is probably one of the worst districts when it comes to prospects within the games. The tributes almost always die in the initial bloodbath on the first day. Since the district is far away from the Capitol, tributes aren’t afforded the training that career tributes enjoy. Even worse, District 9 is also more urban than some of the other outlying districts, giving them a distinct disadvantage in nature-filled arenas.
Which District is your favorite? Sound off in the comments!
Seth MacFarlane can do no wrong in the eyes of Fox. His juggernaut, Family Guy, leads the Sunday night lineup (sorry, The Simpsons has been watered down for quite some time) and American Dad is a strong supporting show. MacFarlane's Family Guy spinoff The Cleveland Show finished with 88 episodes and now Dads recently got the green light to return.
Dads hasn't been well received by some, citing racist and low-brow jokes. Had this been anybody else's show, it would be dead. Another casualty, maybe even a mid-season cancellation. But because MacFarlane is the mastermind behind Dads, Fox gives it life.
Perhaps Fox thinks it will catch on the same way Family Guy did. Look, the power of MacFarlane is undeniable. He turned water into wine with Ted, a movie about a lovable, foul-mouthed teddy bear. A talking bear was a unique idea and all of MacFarlane’s animated shows had that niche working in their favor.
Dads has no such element. Seth Green is the face of the show, but honestly, as a physical actor, Green hasn't had real success since playing Oz in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He has had guest appearances, but only for a few episodes (dude was a punk on Entourage). Green is a tremendous voice actor and has a ton of work to his credit. The microphone is his bread and butter; otherwise audiences end up with Greg the Bunny. Remember that show? Right, nobody does.
Fox must be hoping against hope that Dads emulates the Family Guy formula. Remember, Family Guy got axed then resurrected; not too many shows can make that claim. But it also had a strong following, something that Dads clearly does not.