New The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Trailer has Landed

Smaug and Beorn are still elusive, but we finally get to hear Smaug's growling voice, thanks to Benedict Cumberbatch. Out this December 13, 2013.

Christina Aguilera Unleashes 'We Remain' for Catching Fire Movie

Listen and sing-along to the heart-wrenching The Hunger Games: Catching Fire soundtrack by Christina Aguilera entitled We Remain and know why she's still the best.

Official Cover Art of The Heroes of Olympus: The House of Hades

Percabeth are in trouble deep down in the chasm of Tartaus. Will they be able to come out alive and save the world at the same time? Find out on October 8, 2013.

Vintage Photos: A Glimpse On The Past Of The City Of Love

A period where nothing's too expensive, the air and rivers were not polluted and gadgets, like cellphones and iPads, were unheard of. Simple living was the height of existence by then.

Spice Up Your October With The Walking Dead Season 4

The unfortunate gang of living humans is back. See these delicious stills and character portraits of this much-awaited season, premiering October 13, 2013.

Updates On Jeff Kinney's Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck

Diary of a Wimpy Kid all started with Greg Heffley's desire to write a journal and eventually a phenomenal hit. Now, author Jeff Kinney releases the eighth title in the series.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Tom Cruise Is Back As Ethan Hawke In Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

If you think we've seen the last of Mission: Impossible, or of Ethan Hawke for that matter, then think again. Since it's first release in 1996, the franchise is back for the fifth time around without showing any sign of stopping or slowing down. That's almost a decade of pure Tom Cruise machismo...

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation is directed by Christopher McQuarrie and stars Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg, Alec Baldwin and Rebecca Ferguson, among many others.

Watch the new trailer of Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation.


Synopsis

Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate – an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF.

Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation will hit cinemas on July 31, 2015.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

John Green's 'Paper Towns' Gets A Movie Adaptation, Trailer And Poster Just Landed

John Green is certainly having a fantastic decade. Two of his books have already been adapted: the first one is The Fault in Our Stars, and this next one is Paper Towns, which you can watch its trailer below.  As a bonus, you may ogle over this fantastic poster. And guess what... one of the main characters is Gus's best friend in TFiOS film!

Paper Towns

This Jake Schreier-directed movie stars Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Halston Sage, Austin Abrams, Jaz Sinclair and Justice Smith. The screenplay was written by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber.

Watch the new trailer of Paper Towns.


Synopsis

Paper Towns is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship -- and true love.

Paper Towns will hit cinemas on July 24, 2015.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Scientific and Meditative Impact of Plants and Flowers

Flowers
When you pick out a flower bouquet or evergreen plant and place it on the countertop or in a corner of your home, you may not realize how this simple action will positively affect your mood and overall wellbeing. What is behind this phenomenon? Researchers from the National Institute of Health attribute this mood enhancement to biophilia, the theory that humans have a special affinity for natural and living things, also called nature connectedness. The same scientists also emphasized that adding nature to your personal environment reduces stress, boosts attention and is generally beneficial for overall human health.

What is the impact of biophilic design in an environment?

By adding a plant or flower in your home or workspace there is a restorative effect that cannot be duplicated by manmade decor. As early as the 1950s, Abraham Maslow studied the impact of biophilic design in the workplace, documenting that the presence of natural elements in an employee's space could duplicate the same effects as an outdoor environment. Additionally, employees reported a 13 percent increase in wellbeing and productivity with the nature friendly design in their offices, per a study by Human Spaces. Although the theory is relatively new, evidence supporting the positive impact of nature-friendly indoor environments is growing.

Which specific plants and flowers boost your wellbeing?

According to a study in Psychology Today, houseplants help lower anxiety, decrease blood pressure, raise productivity at work and influence perceptions of space in a positive way. Specific plants that especially create this feeling include snake plants, Chinese evergreen and peace lilies. A snake plant filters the air by eliminating toxins and is a relatively easy to maintain; the Chinese evergreen also detoxifies the air and, with time, actually becomes more detoxifying. The peace lily is not only a beautiful plant, but it topped NASA's list for removing the common damaging elements of formaldehyde, benzene and trichloroethylene. Be advised that these plants might be difficult to find at a grocer, so call local nurseries or, more conveniently, order from an online flower retailer.

Other flowers with health benefits include roses (emit a calming scent that combats depression) and lavender (eases insomnia).

Does a biophilic design influence your ability to meditate?

Plants also have the potential to help the practice of meditation. People who meditate say that, because of larger surface areas, houseplants absorb noise and increase your clean oxygen intake. So instead of just one plant or flower, having a meditative garden in your space not only nourishes your mental state, but also improves your physical wellbeing. A meditation garden is an indoor sanctuary to the stresses from the workplace and many look at growing these gardens as a way to enhance nurturing aspects of their personalities by caring for something that will blossom.

We cannot underestimate the impact of biophilic design on our environments. In a hustle-bustle society of screens, everyone needs a place to retreat in a where there are flowers and plants to remind us of the peace and quiet found in nature.