Home run! Pardon the baseball puns, but Jackie Robinson biopic 42 was No. 1 at the box office this weekend with $27.3 million. Fellow new release Scary Movie 5 came in second with $15.2 million, followed by animated family film The Croods with $13.2 million. In fourth place came action sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation with $10.8 million, and last week's No. 1, horror remake Evil Dead, rounded out the top five with $9.5 million. Disconnect also came out this weekend in a handful of theaters, earning $124,000.
Whether you're a sports fanatic or an indie movie lover or you just want to see True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard shirtless on the big screen, there's a movie for you hitting theaters this weekend. Check out pictures of the Jackie Robinson story, 42; Terrence Malick's latest, To the Wonder; tech thriller Disconnect; and last, but (maybe) not least, Scary Movie 5. Which will you be seeing?
Alexander Skarsgard was joined by his stylish costars at a screening for Disconnect in NYC last night. He wore a Calvin Klein suit as he posed for photos with a Gucci-clad Paula Patton and the beautiful Andrea Riseborough in a Proenza Schouler frock. Elizabeth Olsen and Winona Ryder also dropped by the screening, the latter of which cuddled up with director Henry Alex Rubin on the red carpet. The film, which opens on Friday, April 12, follows a group of unrelated characters who are all connected through their dependency on technology. Disconnect's trailer, which was released in March, earned a bit of buzz for Jason Bateman's turn in a dramatic role.
Alexander will have a full schedule as he heads into Summer. He has the premiere of What Maisie Knew, his new film costarring Julianne Moore, to look forward to in the Spring, as well as the return of True Blood on June 16. If you can't wait until Summer for more Alexander, check out the True Blood season six trailer that was released last week.
Those used to seeing Jason Bateman in comedy roles might be surprised by the trailer for upcoming dramatic thriller Disconnect. Bateman, Alexander Skarsgard, Paula Patton, and Max Thieriot play seemingly unrelated citizens who share one commonality: a dependency on technology. Though the Internet is meant to bring people closer, these people find their lives unraveling as a result of technology addiction. Eventually, their lives collide. Think Traffic, but with Facebook instead of heroin.
This trailer is a lot more intense than I anticipated, and I'm sufficiently intrigued. I'm afraid for everyone in this movie, even the kid who's cyberbullying other kids. I'll be curious to see how it all comes together in the end, but I'm thinking it can't be a happy finish. The movie will be released on April 12, and you can watch the trailer after the jump.
The results are not good. In terms of diet IQ, Americans definitely wouldn't be invited to join MENSA.
According to a recent survey conducted by the International Food Information Council (IFIC) only 11 percent of Americans knew the amount of calories they should consume daily to maintain a healthy weight. Hmmmm...They must not know about the FitSugar calculator.
More unsettling than our lack of knowledge was the disconnect between what we know to be healthy and how we live. While 90 percent of Americans say breakfast is an important meal of a healthy diet, only 49 percent manage to eat breakfast every day. Did you manage to eat breakfast today? Another startling disconnect was that 80 percent of folks surveyed knew what foods were considered heart-healthy, but just 42 percent actually ate those foods. The proven combination of exercise and healthy eating as a weight management strategy didn't rate all that high in the surveyed population
Susan Borra, the president of the IFIC Foundation, commented on the findings saying, “That concept of calories in, calories out isn’t quite making the consumer radar screen." Her advice is to take incremental steps daily toward lifestyle changes, because a couple of steps add up in the long run. Check out the IFIC's website for more information on: Your Personal Path to Health: Steps to a Healthier You! You can also find the details of the survey there too.
I love my Blackberry and my laptop, they make working so convenient. I check my e-mail during my morning commutes. I write on my subway ride home. I make phone calls walking to my house. I honestly don't have time to decompress before I walk through the front door to begin my life as a mom.
Did I write, "I don't have time?" I did, but it should really read, "I don't make the time to decompress." Cell phones have changed the way Americans live their lives after they leave the office. You can always be reached and you can always check your e-mail, or surf the web. It is difficult to chill out when it is so hard to stop working. Your work can just follow you home in your pocket.
Here's a thought - create some boundaries with your technology (I know I am trying to). Turn off the cell phone. Close the laptop. If you have a land line, take the phone off the hook. While you are at it, turn off the television too.
Now...light a candle and take a bath. Read a book. Catch up on all those back issues of the New Yorker that are piled up next to your bed. Go totally old fashioned and write a letter to your best friend living out of state. Put on some mellow music and stretch for half an hour. Just chill out. Don't be afraid if life feels too quiet at first. You will acclimate to the slower pace in 20 minutes, and hopefully you will relax.
I think of a night unplugged from my electronics like a mini vacation. Ahhhh....just thinking about it I can feel my heart rate slowing down.