The record-breaking success of Deadpool will surely have many side effects, the most obvious of which being a sudden uptick in curse words spouted by Spandex-clad protagonists. For genre fans who’ve spent recent years obsessing over the arcana of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, though, the film serves as a reminder that there’s more to Marvel than the MCU. Marvel Studios, to its likely chagrin, isn’t the only studio raking in dough from Marvel Comics properties; it’s just the one whose business plan most closely resembles a supervillain’s world-domination scheme.For those who’ve forgotten that vast swath of the imaginary universe that falls outside the view of Asgard and S.H.I.E.L.D.: Here, ranked from best to most grievously un-best, are all the features based on Marvel Comics characters. (Spoiler alert: Only half of the top ten are standalone Marvel Studios productions.)
Single-hero pictures offer one kind of thrill, but Joss Whedon’s rollicking,bantery ensemble movie delivered something bigger: a giddy group dynamic one might imagine to be impossible for teammates who fly separately through the chaos, battling the forces of destruction. It captured the energy of a classic team comic while doing right by the diverse individual plotlines that team contained.
Where Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man fulfilled every pimply nerd’s fantasy of super-powered liberation, the Iron Man embodied by Robert Downey, Jr. understood the next phase of adolescence, in which a fanboy desires not just supernatural abilities but panache. Director Jon Favreau was the right man for this job, with one foot in the fantasy world of Zathura but a strong ear for contemporary swagger.
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With the WWII origin story out of the way, filmmakers didn’t stop to wallow in the culture shock of their frozen super-soldier’s 21st century awakening. They gave the square-jawed hero a hell of a conspiracy to face down, one that slyly encouraged viewers to question the kind of vastly powerful authorities another costumed hero might blindly obey.
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X-Men beat it to the screen by two years, but with its gimongous box office take and certified pop appeal, the first of five (and counting) live-action Spider-man features launched the superhero genre into its current stratosphere. As light on its feet as Tobey Maguire’s web-head himself, this fast and funny origin story holds up over a decade later, especially in comparison to Marvel’s CGI-serious reboot
– Hollywood Reporter
Big News as the honorable mayor of Tampa Bob Buckhorn pictured above with James Marvell acknowledges Marvell’s late dad Sal and the song ‘Tampa, The Perfect City For Me’ Currently at #1 in Cigar City! and #2 on AirplayExpress Top20
They say it all starts with a song…the acoustical video version shows how James Marvell and his dad Sal first rehearsed the song “Tampa,The Perfect City For Me” prior to recording it at a West Tampa studio with well-known Cuban producer Mike Baluja. The Marvell original has stayed at #1 for three weeks in Tampa, Florida. Sal was 100 years old when he joined his son to record the bilingual Latin Hit.
Little did anyone realize it would get recognized by the honorable Bob Buckhorn mayor of Cigar City who has acknowledged both Marvell’s dad Sal and this classic AirplayExpress release topping #1 on the Music Tampa Bay FM Top 40. James Marvell is thankful to DJs world-wide who are downloading the song for airplay.
Folks wanting to help keep AirplayExpress Artists ‘Sal & Marvell‘ in the Top 10 can Vote once daily from any computer or device around the globe by going to http://www.musictampabay.com/
To view this video tribute to the great city, “Tampa The Perfect City For Me” which also shows James and his dad on the day when James picked him up to record the song with well-known Tampa writer/producer Mike Baluja just click on the link below thank you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJLhO_9gWZA
Everyone can listen to the acoustical rehearsal version of “Tampa, The Perfect City For Me” in the video by clicking the link below.
Chris Stapleton swept the 58th Annual Grammy Awards on Monday at Los Angeles’ Staples Center
with two wins for Best Country Solo Performance and Best Country Album for Traveller
In the media room backstage, he spoke on his wins, giving advice to struggling artists and sharing his thoughts on being upgraded from “Grammy nominee” to “Grammy winner.” “It’s a life-changing thing for sure,” he tells Taste of Country of becoming a Grammy winner. “I’m sure this will amplify things to some degree, I’m not sure to what degree, but we’ll find out.” When asked the highlights of writing his album Traveller, Stapleton told the media room that the songs accompanied on his Grammy-winning country album took place over a 15 year period. “Some of them, I may not remember the highlights,” he admits. “They’re all written with friends of mine and people I’ve come to hold dear as friends and brothers of music. Those are the memories.”
While Stapleton says that it is hard to digest and be fully aware that he just won two Grammys, he thinks the realization will sink in “sooner or later.” However, he doesn’t make an album with the thought of receiving awards. “I don’t make records to win awards,” the singer asserts. “I make records to make records and hopefully make the records as good as they can be. That’s also what these awards hopefully represent and I think that’s the wonderful thing about the Grammys.” As for artists who have yet to achieve their dreams, Stapleton offers this advice: “Keep on dreaming!”
You are working out religiously, concentrating on exercise for your belly. So why are you still plagued by a roll of fat around your midsection? The answer probably doesn’t lie within your exercise routine. Chances are the problem is your blood sugar.
The reason is simple. When you consume refined sugar and the carbohydrates that quickly convert to sugar, your blood sugar levels shoot up. But just as it rises, blood sugar is bound to come down. Your pancreas releases insulin to help process the sugar. However, insulin sends a signal to your body to store belly fat.
Sugary food not only affects insulin, it also impacts your adrenal glands and stress hormones. This leads to more weight gain and the spare tire around your middle continues to expand. Studies have demonstrated that exposure to cortisol (the stress hormone) correlates to more belly fat in women.
Here are three strategies recommended by nutritionist Meghan Telpner:
1. Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast.
Your first meal of the day should include complex carbohydrates, protein and good fats. A good breakfast helps you feel full, and gives your body nutrients that will be slowly released throughout the day. I keeps your blood sugar stable.
To trim your belly, plan a low-glycemic meal to balance your blood sugar. Some examples might be poached eggs on a bed of steamed spinach or other greens, or a protein-fueled smoothie with fruit, greens, avocado, almond milk, protein powder, and hemp or flax seeds.
2. Keep your blood sugar regulated with smart snacks.
Whether you work in an office or you spend your day at home, snacks are a constant source of temptation. Baked goods, candy bars, and sugary lattes will cause your blood sugar to spike, then drop.
Here are healthy snacks to try:
An apple spread with nut butter
A mug of miso soup sprinkled with hemp seeds
Gluten-free whole-grain crackers with guacamole, hummus, or salsa
3. Practice meditation.
Exercise is important, and diet helps control your blood sugar. But both these methods are improved when you support them with mindful meditation. Research shows meditation reduces stress hormones, one of the main causes of belly fat. It also improves your sleep, lowers your blood pressure, and boosts your immune system.
Integrate these three strategies into your life, and watch your belly fat shrink away.
– American Patriot Health
This is love in the making. The love of God is not created—it is His nature. When we receive the life of Christ through the Holy Spirit, He unites us with God so that His love is demonstrated in us. The goal of the indwelling Holy Spirit is not just to unite us with God, but to do it in such a way that we will be one with the Father in exactly the same way Jesus was. And what kind of oneness did Jesus Christ have with the Father? He had such a oneness with the Father that He was obedient when His Father sent Him down here to be poured out for us. And He says to us, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21).
Peter now realizes that he does love Him, due to the revelation that came with the Lord’s piercing question. The Lord’s next point is—“Pour yourself out. Don’t testify about how much you love Me and don’t talk about the wonderful revelation you have had, just ‘Feed My sheep.’” Jesus has some extraordinarily peculiar sheep: some that are unkempt and dirty, some that are awkward or pushy, and some that have gone astray! But it is impossible to exhaust God’s love, and it is impossible to exhaust my love if it flows from the Spirit of God within me. The love of God pays no attention to my prejudices caused by my natural individuality. If I love my Lord, I have no business being guided by natural emotions—I have to feed His sheep. We will not be delivered or released from His commission to us. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by following your own natural human emotions, sympathies, or understandings. That will only serve to revile and abuse the true love of God. I would, O Lord, have all my thoughts and emotions and words redolent with love, perfect love to You, and through that to others.
“A third time he asked him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt that Jesus asked the question a third time.
He said, “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Then feed my sheep.”
John 21:17 NLT