Archive | October, 2011

Javier Bardem confirms he is next Bond villain

16 Oct

By Chris Engelhardt

Javier Bardem confirmed he will be the next James Bond villain. Credit: Facebook

After months of speculation and rumors about who would play the villain in the next James Bond picture, Spanish actor Javier Bardem confirmed during an interview on Nightline with Christiane Amanpour that he will be filling the shoes of the next antagonist in Bond 23.

“I am very excited,” Bardem said. “My parents took me to watch the movies and I saw all of them. So to play that is going to be fun. They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details.”

The Nightline interview focused on Bardem’s involvement with a charity to help West Saharan refugees. Check out Bardem’s interview below:


Gabriel Medina wins Quiksilver Pro France

15 Oct

By Chris Engelhardt

Gabriel Medina, of Brazil, won the Quiksilver Pro France this week.Credit: Facebook


After 34 of the world’s top surfers came together in France this week for the Quiksilver Pro France, the eighth of 11 events on the Association of Surfing Professionals’ World Tour, Gabriel Medina, of Brazil, was crowned the winner of the event Wednesday.

Medina, 17, beat out Julian Wilson, 22, of Australia, on a day that brought three to four foot waves at La Graviere in southwest France. Medina posted a final surf score of 17.00 to surpass Wilson,  who scored a 16.10, to win the Quiksilver Pro France, a contest that brought a slew of challenging conditions, from inconsistent waves to inclement winds.

“This is the best feeling ever,” Medina said after the contest. “I beat some great guys on the way to [the] final and I’m very stoked now. I want to thank all my friends and family and God for their support. It has been an amazing week for me. . . . It doesn’t seem real.”

He added: “Julian [Wilson] is an incredible surfer and I know he wanted to win very badly. I knew I needed a big score on that final wave and I had to throw everything I had to get it. I’m very happy right now.”

Wilson built momentum throughout the final round, landing two solid scores, and said that though he didn’t win top prize, he was proud of his performance. “Everything feels good and I’m very happy to be here on the podium,” Wilson said. “It’s been a great event for me and congrats to Gabriel [Medina] for his incredible run here in France.”

After the competition, officials determined that the 2011 ASP World Title cannot be decided at the next event, which will be in Portugal, and will go to at least San Francisco.

To check out photos as well as video footage from the competition, visit the Quiksilver Pro France website.

Die Hard sequel, Taken 2 get release dates

14 Oct

By Chris Engelhardt

Bruce Willis will reprise his role as John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard. Credit: Facebook

Bruce Willis will be kicking ass and taking names once again.

Entertainment Weekly confirmed Wednesday that A Good Day To Die Hard, the fifth installment of the Die Hard saga, will be released on Feb. 14, 2013.

And Willis won’t be alone. EW also confirmed that Liam Neeson will reprise his role as the vicious, no-nonsense father Bryan Mills for Taken 2, which will hit the big screen on Oct. 5, 2012.

The Die Hard franchise will celebrate its 25th anniversary next year.

The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. getting 3-D re-releases

6 Oct

By Chris Engelhardt

Beauty and the Beast is one of four Disney classics coming out in 3-D. Credit: Facebook

Following the major box office success of The Lion King 3D, which, to date, has grossed an impressive $79.2 million, Walt Disney Studios announced Wednesday that it will re-release four more of its classic films in 3-D in 2012 and 2013.

According to a press release on Disney’s website, a 3-D version of Beauty and the Beast will arrive in theaters on Jan. 13, 2012. The same year, Disney will re-release Finding Nemo on Sept. 14.

In 2013, Monsters, Inc. will hit the big screen again on Jan. 18, and The Little Mermaid will take moviegoers under the sea in 3-D on Sept. 13.

Common misconceptions surrounding weight training for weight loss

4 Oct

More reps and extra cardio may not always help shed pounds

By Ronald Poveda

“Common misconceptions surrounding weight training for weight loss” is the first part of a two-part series.

Credit: Ronald Poveda

It’s autumn, and along with the rise in the floods of people crowding the subways to get back to school, the interest in getting in shape and keeping healthy goes up as well. This, of course, is especially true for those who are trying to make up for broken promises of “getting in shape for the summer,” or trying to improve for  next summer. But this rise in interest is also true for those who typically partake in weight training religiously.

Unfortunately, misinformation and misconceptions have a nasty habit of derailing people from the proper path to their individual goals—whether those goals may consist of losing weight, building slabs of muscle or both. Novices may think that it’s just as simple as avoiding “bad” diets, exercising as frequently as possible and hoping for the best. However, definitions of “good” diets and “adequate” exercise vary, and can even potentially derail an individual just as quickly.

With that said, here are several exposed misconceptions and suggestions derived from successful experience and the wealth of information that exists out there in the world of fitness surrounding weight training.

Misconception 1: When training with weights, perform sets with low weight and high amounts of repetitions in order to effectively burn fat

Resistance training in general consumes a good percentage of calories, especially in conjunction with cardio sessions. However, one doesn’t have to limit oneself to lower weights and higher reps. Compound exercises, such as the bench press, the deadlift and the squat, effectively help burn fat, since these exercises recruit many more muscle groups than just the chest, back and legs, respectively. Thus, they help burn more calories, especially when lifting heavy.

Joe Wuebben, senior editor for Muscle and Fitness magazine, cited in his article “3 Reasons You’re Not Ripped” that one of the top reasons that someone isn’t “ripped” is because they do not incorporate enough heavy lifts in their workouts. One proof of concept is powerlifter Mariusz Pudzianowski, who is a world-level competitor.

Powerlifter Mariusz Pudzianowski. Credit: mv4, via Flickr

In an interview with Muscle and Fitness Magazine, Pudzianowski states that breakfast alone consists of 10 eggs and two to three pounds of bacon, and along with adequate supplementation throughout the day, he consumes pork chops, sauerkraut, steaks, potatoes and even chocolate to maintain his energy level. Yet, he retains a bodybuilder’s physique.

Misconception 2: You need to do as much cardio as possible in order to lose weight

While cardio is essential to effectively burn off weight, one must be careful in how they carry their regimen out. Working on cardio most of the time may cause an imbalance—this may result in the loss of muscle and fat tissue, since the calories, carbohydrates and nutrients that one consumes and burns during cardio training are important to maintain a certain level of muscle.

According to an article by Angelique Millis, a certified fitness expert and journalist in her field for, a suggested exercise session of 30 to 90 minutes is adequate, around three to five times per week, especially if one chooses to combine cardio and weight training. This rule of thumb is also subject to what one is training for, as well as the fitness goal that one is trying to achieve.

Without the practice of safe exercise and health habits, one may find that they have had enough sore days to garner a IFBB trophy, but end up stuck right where they started, without any significant progress. You might even tear a muscle or two, simply because you thought performing burnout sets several times in a day would help you uncover that stubborn fat layer covering that most-likely weakened muscle (let’s see you try and get back on the routine after that setback). These are only a few of a number of misconceptions surrounding weight training for losing weight, but misinformation that those aspiring to remain fit and healthy should be aware of.

Ronald Poveda is a contributing writer for, a  fitness enthusiast with a focus in weight training and a graduate student at Polytechnic University, where he is working toward a Ph.D in mechanical engineering. Next week, he focuses on dietary supplements and whether they aid in effective health, and whether the use of exercise machines and additional cardio exercise do—or do not—aid in body mass.