Interesting Facts You Probably Haven’t Heard about the Movie Charlie’s Angels

If you are quite a movie buff, it would be impossible for you to miss McG’s debut film Charlie’s Angels. The action comedy movie was released theatrically on November 3, 2000 and has made a total of $264 million in the box office. Following its blockbuster success, a sequel Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle was released in 2003 which was also a big hit earning $259 million. Here are some facts about the movie and its casts that you probably haven’t heard:

The movie production team had a hard time finding the third Angel

Reportedly the movie production team had trouble finding the perfect actress to play the role of sophisticated Alex. Thandie Newton was supposed to portray the character but she had to back out the last minute because of a scheduling conflict. Other actresses who were offered the role of Alex are Angelina Jolie, Liv Tyler, Jada Pinkett Smith, Salma Hayek, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Lauren Hill. In the end, Lucy Liu became the third angel for the movie.

The Angels underwent rigorous training

The stunts executed by the Angels aren’t just mere acting; most of them were done by the Angels themselves. Prior to the filming of the movie, they had to undergo an intensive fighting training. Barrymore, Diaz, and Liu had to train for eight hours a day and five times a week for several months with kung-fu master Cheung Chan-Yuen from Hong Kong.

Drew Barrymore insisted on the “no guns policy”

Despite being an action movie, the whole film is not actually that violent. While the bad guys of the movie use guns as weapons, the Angels rely on their techie gadgets and martial arts skills. The reason why we couldn’t see the Angels using guns is because Drew Barrymore, one of the three angels and also the producer of the film, insisted the “no guns policy.” According to Barrymore, there is a lot of stuff to look forward in the movie that would make you not question why they aren’t using guns.

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Things to Consider before Buying a Manga

More often than not, some of do this: when we see a manga that has a beautiful and eye-catching cover, we immediately grab it from the shelf and buy it straight away. However, spur-of-the-moment purchases are usually bad investments. In all probability, we end up disappointed because though the cover looks awesome, the plot and the art inside might not be up to our standards. There’s a reason why the adage “never judge a book (in this case, manga) by its cover” has stuck around all these years.

There are many things that you need to consider before you buy a certain manga title straight away from a bookstore or manga shop. The sketches and art may grab your attention, but you would be surprised that it’s not what it seems to be. In fact, testimonies from many manga fans say that at one time or another, they’ve bought a manga but ended up inadvertently buying a manga which is beyond their age limit. Don’t let this happen to you.

For starters, you can simply take out the book, analyze the cover, then read the synopsis carefully. Remember that synopsis only tell you the gist of the manga in a nutshell. If you feel that you are contented with the synopsis provide by the front and back covers, then buy it straight away. If you’re still hesitant, give yourself time to analyze it more before you head out to the counter.

If you are in doubt about the contents about the manga that you plan to buy, it doesn’t hurt to ask the people inside the shop. Shop personnel would be more than willing to give you information about the volume you’re eyeing. Once you have all the necessary content and genre information that you need about the manga, and deem that’s interesting enough, that’s the time you should buy the volume.

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Romantic Manga Recommendations

Though Valentine’s Day is over, it’s never too late to enjoy your favorite romantic manga. If you are sick of the usual romantic movies and stories that you get around bookstores and on websites, then give these romantic manga a go:

Kaichou wa Maid-Sama! (Maid-Sama!)

This 18-volume manga series was published in 2005 and concluded in 2013. It tells the story of Misaki Ayuzawa who is the female student council present of a recently turned co-ed high school. While she is a strict class president at school, she secretly works part-time as a maid in a maid cafe. Her secret gets finally revealed after Takumi Usui (a boy who goes to the same school as Misaki) finds out about her secret part-time job.

Nodame Cantabile

Megumi “Nodame” Noda is a music student who is quite different from the other music students in her school and who’s on a level that’s all her own. Unlike other people who rely on notes to play the piano, Nodame plays by ear. Regardless of this difference (not to mention her happy-go-lucky and childish behavior), she can execute a beautiful piano piece with an accuracy that’s equal to a person who plays with notes. This has got the attention of Shunichi Chiaki, a male pianist who goes to the same music school as Nodame.

Fushigi Yûgi (The Curious Play)

Miaka Yuuki is an ordinary school girl who only wishes to pass the high school entrance exam together with her best friend Yui. Her life changes forever when they stumble upon an ancient book called the “The Book of the Four Gods” which transports Miaka to a different word where magic and ancient mystery dominate the land. As much as she wants to go home, she and a man named Tamahome has a unique connection that dominates worlds and time.

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Apartment for Rent in CDO City – Apartment Hunting Guidelines

It’s not every day we search for an apartment to rent, and when we rent an apartment, we are likely to live in it for at least a few months. This is why it is important to choose the unit you rent very carefully. In a place like Cagayan de Oro (CDO) where there are numerous options in terms of rental property, the task of choosing the right apartment can be a bit overwhelming. But if you know how to go about the process, apartment hunting can also be a lot of fun.

Tips on Choosing an Apartment for Rent in CDO City

To make sure your apartment hunting experience is more fun than stressful, you may want to bear the following tips in mind:

1. Create a spreadsheet

It is always a good idea to make a list of every little thing you want in an apartment unit so that when you check potential rentals, you won’t overlook anything that you might later regret not checking. It is also a good idea to prioritize the items on your list according to which ones you deem more important. It would be even better if you created a spreadsheet so you can easily mark off the features that are present in each apartment you check. This makes it easier for you to compare units after inspecting them.

2. Do your research

As mentioned earlier, the number of options can be overwhelming when you’re looking for an apartment for rent in CDO City simply because the city abounds in rental properties. This is why it is important to do some research and narrow down your options once you’ve identified what kind of apartment you want to rent. If you’re coming to CDO to work, for example, you could start out by doing research on which areas are safe and not too far from your workplace so you can limit your apartment search to those areas.

Next, you could do some research on which of the areas you have identified has the most number of rental properties priced within your budget. Setting a budget beforehand ensures that your rent doesn’t eat up too much of your income. You may also want to check the amount of traffic going to your workplace from each of the areas you identified. Once you have considerably narrowed down your options, you can start visiting and inspecting potential apartments.

After inspecting the unit and marking off the features on your list that are met, you may want to walk around the neighborhood to get a feel as to how comfortable you’ll likely be in the area. You may also want to talk to current tenants when the landlord is no longer around so you’ll get an idea as to what it’s like to live in the apartment complex. This will also give you an idea as to what kind of people your would-be neighbors are.

3. Negotiate the terms

When you’ve finally chosen an apartment to rent, talk to the property owner or manager again to negotiate the terms of lease. For example, if there are amenities included in the rent that you’re sure you won’t be able to take advantage of, see if you can get a discounted rate. Or if you aren’t sure how long you’ll have to stay in CDO, ask if you can sign a lease agreement renewable every three months instead of every year.

Questions to Ask

One of the most important things you should do when you talk to an apartment owner or manager is to ask the right questions. You need to make sure that whichever apartment unit you choose to rent, you won’t regret doing so. That is why you need to know as much as you can about the unit, the apartment complex, and the neighborhood before signing a lease agreement. Here are a few questions you’d do well to ask:

1. How old is the property? Has it ever undergone any major renovation or remodeling?

An old building is also likely to have old walls, old floors, old ceilings, and old facilities. This could mean the structure is no longer as sturdy and safe as it once was. But that isn’t always the case, which is why you should also ask if there have been major renovations done recently. Who knows, the building may be old, but perhaps the management has recently replaced the windows, put in new plumbing, repaired the ceilings, and repainted the entire building.

2. How long has the apartment unit been empty and how long did the last tenant live there?

If a particular apartment unit has been on the market for long and the last tenant only lived there for a short period, then there might really be something wrong with the unit. And even if the landlord does not give you a definite answer, the question will still have served its purpose. After all, why should the landlord avoid answering a pointed question if there is nothing wrong with the unit, right? The manner in which a landlord answers such direct questions also tells you a lot about his character. You certainly wouldn’t want to live in an apartment with a landlord you aren’t comfortable with.

3. Who’s responsible for maintenance and repairs? For pest control?

If you are renting a small apartment from an individual owner, you will most likely have to handle the issues of repairs and pest control on your own. If you are renting a luxury apartment run by a management company, then you probably just need to call management whenever your unit needs repairs and/or you have complaints regarding pests. Still, it wouldn’t hurt to ask, either way. Whatever answer the landlord gives you, it is advisable to have it specified in the contract.

Choosing the right apartment is indeed very important, especially since there is a contract involved. Although you may not get everything you want, making a careful selection at least assures you of finding a unit you won’t regret spending money on.

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Portable Herbal Vaporizer – A Quick Guide

The dangers of smoking have been discussed so much that it seems as if people are being offered new ways to quit smoking and healthier alternatives to the habit every single day. There are those who say quitting cold turkey is still the most effective strategy, but let’s face it: it’s almost impossible for people to achieve that goal. Nicotine gum and nicotine patches became quite popular several years back, but many people slipped and went back to smoking because they missed the “social experience” associated with smoking.

One suggested alternative that has gained popularity in recent years is vaporizing. Perhaps the biggest reason for the growing popularity of this alternative and its success in helping people quit completely lies in the fact that it does not take away the social aspect of the smoking habit. It is also being hailed as the healthy way to enjoy the high and other benefits provided by whatever weed or herb you choose to take in. When you smoke, you burn the weed/herb and therefore release toxins along with the weed/herb’s active ingredients. With vaporization, the weed/herb is heated only to the point of stimulating the active ingredients without releasing any toxins.

Choosing a Vaporizer

The growth in popularity of vaporizing as a smoking alternative has also paved the way for the development of a wide range of vaporizers. There are now so many options that the task of shopping for the ideal vaporizer can be quite overwhelming. For one thing, you’ll have to decide whether to get a desktop or portable herbal vaporizer. If you plan to use the device only on a few occasions within the comfort of your home, then a desktop version may be the ideal vaporizer for you. However, if you need to use it for medication purposes several times each day, then a handheld model may be your best bet.

Ascent Vape

You will also have to decide whether to get a butane-powered or battery-powered device. Butane-powered devices are generally ideal for those who are constantly outdoors, without easy access to electrical outlets. Other factors that need to be considered include warm-up duration, heating elements, efficiency, design, price, and warranty. Note that there isn’t a single vaporizer in the market that can be considered “the best.” What’s best for you will depend solely on what you need.

Benefits of Using a Portable Herbal Vaporizer

As mentioned earlier, vaporizing is considered a healthier alternative to smoking, and there are many good reasons for this. Aside from the fact that it helps you avoid the harmful toxins that are typically released when you smoke, vaporizing also reduces the risk of damaging lung tissue primarily because the vapor you inhale is a lot cooler than smoke. Vaporizing also provides you with a purer and more concentrated form of whatever substance you choose to vaporize. This means you are able to get the most out of the substance.

Scientific tests have also identified vaporization as the fastest way of bringing herbal substances into your bloodstream. Therefore, if you plan to use a portable herbal vaporizer for aromatherapy purposes, you’ll be glad to know that this is the quickest way for you to experience the desired effects and enjoy the offered benefits. You may also want to note that technological advancements have integrated digital precision into most vaporizers, which means dosage and temperature are now more accurate than ever, thereby protecting you against the risk of excessive intake.

Aromatherapy Ingredients

Vaporizing is known as the quickest way of bringing the active ingredients of aromatherapy herbs and other weeds into your bloodstream. Flickr.com photo by CINNAMON VOGUE

Heating Elements

When you dig up information on vaporizers, you are bound to notice that there’s a lot of talk about heating elements. Brands tend to advertise their vaporizers as having the “best available heating element,” among other things. Now, you might wonder, “Why does the heating element matter?” Well, the heating element is indeed an integral part of any vaporizer, as it regulates the temperature of the substance you choose to vaporize or the air that passes through that substance. You’ll want your vaporizer’s heating element to be as precise as possible to make sure it is exactly as hot as you want it to be.

Here are the different types of heating elements and what they have to offer:

  1. Aluminum

Some of the most popular (and expensive) brands of portable vaporizer feature aluminum heating elements. This material is said to be the most precise because it responds to temperature changes very quickly. Critics of this heating element have cited health risks such as an increased risk for Alzheimer’s. However, experts have already debunked this argument, pointing out that the aluminum heating block does not emit any substance that may be inhaled by the person using the vaporizer. A device with well-designed aluminum heating element is therefore safe enough.

  1. Ceramic

This is the most commonly used type of heating element. Those who swear by ceramic heating elements argue that it is the cleanest (and therefore healthiest) heating element currently available. To a certain extent, this claim is indeed true. Ceramic has the ability to withstand extremely high temperatures before it starts changing into gas. Other types of heating element turn into gas at much lower temperatures.

If you do choose to go for a vaporizer with ceramic heating elements, make sure the heating element is of excellent quality. As a general rule, cheaper devices have exposed wire or solder in its ceramic heating element, which can emit harmful toxins. It may be a good idea to choose a device that’s priced at the upper end of your budget range.

  1. Glass

Where heating elements are concerned, glass basically has the same characteristics as ceramic. However, only one vaporizer is currently using glass heating elements. If you choose this type of heating element, therefore, you won’t have much of a choice.

Vaporizing

Although vaporizing is commonly touted as a healthy alternative to smoking, note that it’s not just tobacco and cannabis that you can vaporize. You can also use your portable herbal vaporizer for herbs such as chamomile, eucalyptus and mint, lavender, sage, and thyme, among others. Any weed or herb you normally use for aromatherapy sessions can, in fact, be used for vaping sessions as well. On days when you want to let go of stress, therefore, your options can go beyond an aromatic bath or massage; you can spend some time vaporizing so you’ll have a truly relaxing sleep.

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Things Learned from Reading Yaoi

Funny but there are some yaoi manga that would teach you a lesson or two if you take them seriously—you might not even know it! Here are just some of the basic ones. It doesn’t matter if you’re a diehard fan of the genre or you are just the typical otaku who is looking for some other content to read about.

Love Happens to Almost Anyone

Gintoki and Hijikata

We are human beings so obviously, we have the right to fall in love (regardless if they love you back the same way or not). At one point, you can’t really help it (gender preferences aside since our generation’s quite different now) because whether you like it or not, there will come a time when you have to share your life completely with someone else. These scenarios are often present in yaoi manga (whether it’s subtext or plain obvious in the plot).

It’s Not All about Sex

When people hear the word yaoi, people would say that the plot is just about two men having sex with each other. No! That’s not all true. There are some stories under this particular genre that don’t have any sexual situations in them. Just because it has a yaoi plot, it’s not all about sex.

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Reminders

While it’s true that yaoi is all about homosexual relationships between men, you should not always pay attention to this genre all the time. Though you may be a fangirl to this “hardcore” genre, it’s still advisable that you read other manga genres to have an unbiased perspective of things. It’s not that we are trying to diminish or avoid your cravings for yaoi, it’s to let you know that besides this awesome of genre; there are still other stories that might get you hooked. Read through reviews and recommendations from other people if you don’t have a clue on what to read next. You’d be so glad that you did. Happy reading!

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Quick Movie Updates: Highly-Anticipated Movies for the Upcoming Years

2015 is undeniably a great year for movie buffs. With a lot of exceptional movies set to release this year, we can’t help but ask: “Are there still great movies left to look forward to in the coming years?” Definitely! Here are some of the highly-anticipated films for 2016 and beyond:

Finding Dory (Release Date: June 17, 2016)

Finding Dory

The upcoming 3D animated film Finding Dory is a sequel to Disney’s 2003 movie Finding Nemo. Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will reprise their roles as Dory and Marlin in the film. After successfully finding Nemo, Dory is now living with Marlin and Nemo in the same reef. However, a school trip triggers her memory and makes her decide to go back from where she was born to get reunited with her family.

Avatar 2 (Release Date: December 25, 2017)

Avatar 2

The highest-grossing film of all time is back! After eight years, James Cameron’s hit sci-fi film will return for a second installment. Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, and Sigourney Weaver will reprise their roles in Avatar 2. The movie was set to be released in 2016 but James Cameron has delayed the release to 2017. After Avatar 2, Cameron is planning to release two more sequels for the film.

Alice in Wonderland 2 (Release Date: May 27, 2016)

Alice in Wonderland 2

Tim Burton’s successful live-action remake of the classic animated movie Alice in Wonderland became a massive success when it was released in 2010. This coming 2016, the second installment of the movie will be released with Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, and Helena Bonham Carter reprising their roles. The filming started in August 2014.

Other films to look forward for the upcoming years are How to Train Your Dragon 3 (2018), Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017), Pacific Rim 2 (2017), and Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 (2018).

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Movie Scoop: Julie Andrews’ Journey – From West End to Broadway to Hollywood

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Julie Elizabeth Andrews is a British award-winning actress, singer, author, and theater director who has enchanted the world with her acting and singing prowess. Featured in several musical movies including Marry Poppins (1965) and The Sound of Music (1995), Andrews first started her career as a stage actress in West End. Being gifted with a wonderful voice and exceptional acting skills, she made her solo debut Je suis Titania performance at the London Hippodrome in 1947. It was part of the musical show called Starlight Roof. Gaining success and popularity through appearing into different musical plays and TV series, Andrews became Princess Badroulbadour in the musical Aladdin in West End.

When she was 19 years old, Andrews flew to America and made her debut in Broadway portraying the role of Polly Browne from the successful London musical The Boy Friend. After The Boy Friend, Andrews portrayed the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady. Her Broadway performance made her become popular and led her to become a film actress. In 1957, Andrews appeared in the Rodgers and Hammerstein TV musical Cinderella. After that, she has been featured in several TV shows.

In 1965, Andrews had her breakthrough in the movie industry by her performance in Disney’s musical movie Mary Poppins. The movie was a blockbuster hit and earned 13 Academy Awards nomination and won five including Best Actress for Andrews. After Mary Poppins, Andrews starred in another musical movie The Sound of Music as Maria Von Trapp. The movie became the highest-grossing film of the year. For her portrayal as Maria Von Trapp, Andrews was again nominated in the Academy Awards as Best Actress but lost it to Julie Christie. Being active in the movie industry for almost 60 years, Andrews has appeared in many films and TV shows and has received a lot of accolades for her craft as an actress and singer. Andrews has won one Academy Awards, five Golden Globes Awards, three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Just last 2000 she was made Dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution and influence to the performing arts.

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Movie Facts: Most Popular Fictional Dogs in Movies

Dogs are not just good companions, guards, and playmates, but also exceptional actors. With so many movies featuring dogs, it would take forever to list down the names of all the loyal furry creatures that starred in their own flicks or played supporting roles in movies. Instead, we give you the three most popular fictional dogs in movies:

Lassie

Featured in ten films since 1943, it cannot be denied that Lassie is everyone’s favorite collie. Lassie is a female dog character taken from Eric Knight’s novel, Come Home-Lassie. Aside from being in films, Lassie has also been featured in a number of television series, radio series, books, and even toys.

Lassie Film

Lassie is also one of only three animals to be given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. With a lot of film remakes, the main plot of the movie has also been altered, with Lassie and her loyalty being the only things remaining constant. Since 1943, six trained collies have brought the character of Lassie to life in the movies.

Perdita and Pongo

Perdita and Pongo, the lovable Dalmatians in the 101 Dalmatians franchise, are also among the most beloved fictional dogs ever to be featured in movies. Based on Dodie Smith’s novel, The Hundred and One Dalmatians, Pongo and Perdita are the parents of 15 puppies that Cruella De Ville has stolen from their human parents’ (Roger and Annie) house.

Pongo and Perdita in 101 Dalmatians

The dogs made a frantic search for their puppies and even asked help from other animals to retrieve them. Perdita and Pongo proved to us that even animals can love their offspring unconditionally.

Fang

Rubeus Hagrid’s pet dog, Fang, in the Harry Potter movie series is also among the popular fictional dogs that made us laugh. Fang is an oversized boarhound dog that always escorts Hagrid to various places, including the Forbidden Forest.

Fang in White Fang

Fang may act cowardly, but whenever Hagrid is in danger, he’s always ready to rip to shreds anyone who plans to hurt his master. Just like many other dogs in a movie franchise, Hagrid’s dog also became famous for his love and loyalty.

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Magical Girl Franchises with Games – Winx Club and W.I.T.C.H.

Well, yes (unbelievably) they exist! Popular magical-girl themed games also dominate the gaming market. Though some produce these games just for the sake of continuing the franchise, others just produce them due to they think it’s a household name and it’s good marketing for the company who owns them. Regardless if the TV shows or movie series are done, these magical girl games continue to exist for the benefit of their fans.

Here are just some of these series and franchises that have their own games. You can look them up for their video game spinoffs for the different gaming platforms. You’d be surprised that these series might have two games or even more!

Winx Club

Winx Club is mostly being described by many as “an Italian version of Sailor Moon”. It was created by Iginio Straffi—Founder and CEO of the Italian animation studios, Rainbow S.r.l.

Winx Club Characters

Winx Club centers on the story of an ordinary girl named Bloom who finds out that she is actually a fairy from the world of Magix. She then finds friendship with the other fairies in the said dimension (Flora, Tecna, Stella, Musa, and Laila) to help her complete the bits and pieces of her past and restore the balance of the magical realm.

W.I.T.C.H.

Like Winx Club, W.I.T.C.H. is also a magical girl series produced in Italy but under an Italian publishing company, Disney Italia. It is a monthly comic book magazine series that ran from 2001 to 2012. It is a story of five ordinary girls who were chosen by the council of Kandrakar to protect the earth and other universal realms to bring back peace and order.

W.I.T.C.H. Characters

Aside from their guardian hero duties, the story also tackles about the girls’ normal lives like school, relationships, and family situations. The series title is actually based from the first initials of the five women protagonists namely Will, Irma, Taranee, Cornelia, and Hay Lin.

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