Did you know that more than two million people who live in a country as wealthy as the United States live on two dollars a day. For many of us of us that’s less than we spend on a daily cup of coffee. Today is a great day to balance out the karmic scales because it’s Donate a Day's Wages to a Charity day, celebrated on the second Wednesday of every May, which is today. Giving back to the community helps provide much needed relief to those who need it most.
John’s Hopkins Hospital opened in 1889 and its mission statement is to improve the health of the community and the world by setting the standard of excellence in medical education, research and clinical care. Diverse and inclusive, Johns Hopkins Medicine educates medical students, scientists, health care professionals and the public; conducts biomedical research; and provides patient-centered medicine to prevent, diagnose and treat human illness. This organization has helped further science by discovering of the genes responsible for breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and brain tumors. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is one of the largest non-profit organizations that dedicates its time to researching leukemia and lymphoma cancers. It’s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Their focus is blood cancers in all forms, from leukemia to Melanoma. Another great option is your local Children’s hospital are also a great place to donate, for example CHOC and CHLA.
Other charities include:
Endure to Cure,
Love Hope Strength,
Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation,
Curing Kids Cancer,
University of Colorado Cancer Center.
While distributing the films Ways To Live Forever, World Wide Motion Pictures has worked with these charities to bring awareness to childhood cancer. Anyone of these charities would be glad of your donation and it would go toward a worthy goal, of helping children.
Happy Nurses Day! Today is a day to appreciate those around us who work to keep us safe and healthy. They risk their lives to help us stay healthy and improve our health care. Nursing is one of the fastest growing occupations in the U.S. as well as being in high demand across the world. “According to a 2001 World Health Organization report, nurses and midwives can comprise between 50% to 90% of the number of health practitioners in many countries” (NursingLink). Thank your nurses for being in abundance to save lives!
Health care is especially important to those who battle serious illnesses. Movies such as Harry Potter, Meet the Fockers, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and Ways to Live Forever all include memorable nurses. The movie Ways to Live Forever centers around a boy with leukemia and how he and the people around him cope with it. This film is directed by Gustavo Ron and stars Robbie Kay as the young boy, Sam, fighting for his life to survive leukemia. In the movie Sam’s nurse, Annie played by Natalia Tena, acts as a friend and guidance for him. She rides her moped to take care of Sam at his house and keeps him company while answering any questions he has for her.
Often our nurses act as modest heroes. They don’t stand out and be recognized as much as our doctors but they still do a lot of work to help us out. May 12th 2015 is International Nurses Day so let’s take a minute to appreciate and recognize those who help us stay healthy.
Die hard Game of Thrones fans will be disappointed to learn that the characters of Rickon, played by Art Parkinson, and Osha, played by Ways to Live Forever, will not be returning in Season 5 of the HBO series.
The characters Rickon and Osha are somewhat ridiculed in the Song of Ice and Fire community. Well before the pair departed on their journey, fans created memes to represent how much of a minor character Rickon was in both the original novels and the TV series.
The show version did keep Rickon around somewhat longer, doubled his age, and gave him some more dialogue than the books. And while he and Osha take off at the end of A Clash of Kings, (which is basically the second season of the HBO show) never to be seen again. The show kept him around until season three, before sending them off - going beyond the wall to seek the three-eyed raven in Brann’s dreams. Also, author George RR Martin has not finished the next book in the series and the show needed to stretch things out for content.
At the Red Carpet Premiere of Dracula Untold, actor Art Parkinson was asked if he would be returning to the show.
Natalia Tena has been known in recent years from her roles in the Harry Potter film adaptations, as well as Robbie Kay's character's nurse in Ways To Live Forever.
It is not easy for comedians to transition from stand-up to big leading roles. However, comedian and actor Kevin James, better known for his role as Doug Heffernan in the sitcom, The King of Queens, was successful in getting several film roles alongside major actors.
One of his first film roles was in the movie Hitch, starring Will Smith, in which James happens to steal the show. In his next gig, Kevin partnered up with Adam Sandler for the movie, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry and then his most successful film to date was Grown Ups. As of now, James continues to play comedic roles, such as in Paul Blart: Mall Cop and soon to be out Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.
But in another of his upcoming projects, James showcases his talent by being in a more serious, yet playful family film, in the upcoming Little Boy as Dr. Fox. The plot concerns an 8-year old boy who is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father. The movie includes well-known actors that James will be sharing the screen with. This includes Michael Rapaport who plays a major part in the movie as the boy’s father, Ben Chaplin, Oscar nominee Emily Watson, Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson, and David Henrie.
The movie looks promising from the trailer, and 88% of Rotten Tomatoes users say they want to see the film. Hopefully this bodes well for Kevin James’ future career and that he will continue playing roles such as this one.
Be sure to catch the movie Little Boy in theaters April 24th, 2015, in limited release.
Ben Chaplin also stars in Ways To Live Forever. The movie is available on VOD and DVD, distributed by World Wide Motion Pictures.
April is a time for spring cleaning, April Fool’s pranks, and eating chocolate bunnies, but it’s also a time to appreciate that special someone in your life. April is officially Couple Appreciation month - it’s like Valentine's Day for thirty straight days.
Making a relationship last years or decades takes time and work. One of the biggest complains of couples in long-term relationships is that it’s lost the spark, and one party or both feels under-appreciated. After spending thousands of dollars on your wedding and honeymoon, some (men) may feel that all that needed to be expressed has been, but some (women) want more. Consistent and spontaneous signs of affections are key to keep a lasting, loving relationship.
From the simple morning rose or cup of coffee to romantic getaways, the range of affection and cost varies greatly. It’s often the simple things that have the greatest meaning. In pop culture, music and movies have celebrated the little things, like laying on beds together while shopping at Ikea (in (500) Days Of Summer), singing karaoke together (When Harry Met Sally), or giving jewelry as a gift (as in Pretty Woman). In Ways To Live Forever, young Kayleigh (Ella Purnell) takes Sam (Robbie Kay) to see the starry night sky from the local lighthouse, fulfilling one of his wishes to “go up and see the stars”.
There’s nothing like thinking about losing your loved one to make you hold on just a little tighter. In our modern society, technology has taken over our attention and taking the time to put them away and focus on your loved one is one of the easiest things to do and yet so hard to do. Television shows, movies, video games, social media and work are a few things that we put ahead of our loved ones’ needs. Take the time to love your special someone, and remember it’s the little things that count.
Take some on this World Health Day to further educate yourself on healthy diets. That Sugar Movie, directed by Damon Gameau, or Super Size Me with Morgan Spurlock are two eye-opening documentaries that show how unhealthy diets can affect your life. Income level affects what types of foods are around you and what you can afford. In the documentary Welcome to Eden you see the struggle of the poorest among us trying to live a healthier lifestyle but are being forced out by greedy individuals. After watching these two movies you will think twice about what you consume. Cheers to living a healthier lifestyle!
“The question has gnawed at humanity for centuries, how not to die.” This quote, from the film Ways To Live Forever is thought provoking, but unfortunately there isn’t a blueprint to actually Live Forever. However, there are plenty of ways to increase your quality of life and health. On this World Health Day take time to implement some simple healthy habits.
Drinking water right after waking up before eating anything can be beneficial to your health. This habit will increase your metabolism, rehydrate your body and flush out toxins. Your body is 72% water and is dehydrated when you wake up. Drinking a big glass of water when you wake up will get your body and mind ready to take on the day.
Along with water, having healthy eating habits is important. For most people this has ingrained in our brains since we were children but sometimes it is just to hard to resist a hamburger or the sweet chocolate Easter bunny. Perhaps if we really understood how our body uses different types of food we will be more likely to eat healthier.