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Hoopnotica

The market is flooded with DVDs that make promises about weight loss and burning calories. While many help you get a good work out, they often have the same tried and true exercises. How many downward dogs and burpees can you do before getting bored?

Hoopnotica offers a twist on the traditional fitness DVD with a series of hula hoop related work outs. It’s fresh, challenging and a lot of fun for those who have never hooped before.

“Hoopnotica Hoopdance Beginning Level 1” includes several exercises that are unique and enjoyable, albeit mostly instructional. Essentially, you have to get the hang of the moves before starting a full-blown work out.

The great part is that the DVD includes detailed instruction so you learn how to do each exercise correctly. It takes a little practice to get the moves right. If you’re still struggling with some of the techniques, the DVD includes a trouble shooting guide.

Learn how to hoop on your waist as well as your hips. After you’ve conquered the basics, you’ll learn to perform halos and corkscrews. After even more practice, you’ll be passing and floating the hula hoop, creating a rhythmic sequence that will make your friends and kids want to join in on the fun.

Plus, it makes you look and feel sexy. Who doesn’t want that?

*The company recommends purchasing a hula hoop from them to ensure it’s the correct weight and size for the optimal workout.

Photo Credits: Hoopnotica

VIFF 2013

Looks like the old man has been busy judging by the vast number of reviews that have been coming down the pike. So fresh from a cinema filled weekend at the “Vancouver International Film Festival” (for more info go to http://www.viff.org) here’s my dad Michael Coleman with the good and bad on everything from violence to paperclips – enjoy!

CINEMA OF OUR TIME

VIFF 2013

“Dormant Beauty” – A political examination of how divided Italians are about the issue of euthanasia, “Dormant Beauty” is a grueling experience. From the jumbled and unrelated multi-threaded story lines to the bleak dark cinematography, audiences can count on either falling asleep or tuning out. Handled with little flair, the emotionally heavy subject and films’ message ends up getting lost in the quagmire – this beauty will make you dormant. 1/5 stars

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“The Future” – Showing damaged people moving forward in their screwed up lives can be powerful, but in “The Future” it’s just plain dull. With disinterest creeping in slowly, “The Future” makes the mistake of losing the audiences’ attention with poor direction, music that irritates and shots that act as filler. Both pretentious and convoluted, not even the great Rutger Hauer (he gets the star here) could save it this one. 1/5 stars

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“Fanie Fourie’s Lobola” – Despite Mandela’s ideals, racism and South African life are forever linked, but the stereotypes and daily behaviors of it are skillfully handled in this delightful Romeo and Juliet themed film. When a white Afrikaner man meets a black Zulu woman the sparks fly and he must pay a lobola (aka dowry) to her father. It’s their love that keeps you interested in getting to the happy ending that Shakespeare’s wasn’t. Do they get there? See the modern twist on the dowry of old. 4/5 stars

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“Miss Violence” – Right from the shocking opening sequence, “Miss Violence” traps you in a whodunit web and then peels away the layers of its dysfunctional family story with skill. Starting subtly by appearing mundane, it wonderfully builds to a mind numbing conclusion that lingers. A brilliant depiction of man’s inhumanity to man, “Miss Violence” is a must see for those with a strong stomach. 5/5 stars

CANADIAN IMAGES

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“Chi” – What is it like to die of cancer? Anne Wheeler’s doc is a moving depiction of the life force – or chi – being sucked out of her friend, Babz Chula. And while chi is the ying and shows itself in flashes of energy, determination and resilience in the spirited Chula, it’s the yang that creeps forever forward to its inevitable conclusion. A real tear jerker handled with style, compassion and mostly love, “Chi” is a fitting tribute. 4/5 stars

DRAGONS & TIGERS

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“Anatomy of a Paperclip” – A more unique film this year you will not see. At first “Anatomy of a Paperclip” is repetitious to the extreme, but this clever, quirky and ever weird film eventually wins you over for one reason – Tomomatsu Sakae in brilliant Buster Keaton-esk deadpan performance. Plagued with bandits, a bullying boss at the paperclip factory, fickle women, kanage juice and a butterfly fantasy, Sakae’s contributions captivate – you can’t take your eyes off him. 3/5 stars

Stay tuned to Starpulse.com for more reviews and fest coverage via Michael Coleman from the “Vancouver International Film Festival.”

VIFF 2013

Photo Credits: Photos Courtesy of Vancouver International Film Festival

Katy Perry

The mayor of Hartford, Connecticut blasted Dave Chappelle over his performance walk-out last Thursday night, telling him to “quit whining” following a gig in Chicago, Illinois where he blasted the city. Some might say he got racist, and he also called for North Korea to nuke the city. (story)

Katy Perry’s video for her latest single, ‘Roar’, has arrived, and the song has also knocked Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” from the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. (story)

Naomi Watts stars as Princess Diana in the new movie biopic “Diana”, and she dazzled on the red carpet for the film’s London premiere. (story)

Unfortunately, British critics are blasting the movie, calling it as awful as the car crash that took her life in 1997. (story)

Nobody can seem to get their Lamar Odom facts straight. The NBA star reportedly checked into rehab on Wednesday, but that story wasn’t confirmed and he reportedly fell off the radar. Now they’re saying he spent a day in rehab and left already. He’s also suppopsedly gone on a crack binge. (story)

Gina Gershon will be playing fashion icon Donatella Versace in a new movie, and she looks exactly like her — well, without all the weathering. Naturally, since we’re talking about Gina Gershon, it’s a made-for-TV movie that will air on Lifetime (you didn’t seriously think she’d land a leading role for a big Hollywood production, did you?) (story)

Jack Osbourne’s wife has reportedly suffered a miscarriage. The reality star’s wife, Lisa Stelly, announced that the couple was ecpecting their second child last month, but things took a turn for the worse last week. (story)

Justin Bieber‘s hanging around with Chris Brown now. This should be good. (story)

Everyone’s talking about the recent casting for “Fifty Shades of Grey”. No one likes who producers picked for the lead roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey. We came up with 10 stars who would be better in each role, both lists are based on who we’d want to see getting it on hardcore S&M style, of course:

Better Christian | Better Anastasia

Katy Perry

The Blacklist - Season Pilot

Harry Lennix is pulling double duty this September. The 24 and Dollhouse alum is one of the stars of NBC’s highly anticipated new drama series The Blacklist, and he’s also starring in a new star-studded film called Mr. Sophistication, which is out today. BFTV connected with Harry recently to chat with him about both projects, and how he became the veteran character actor we’ve come to know and enjoy.

On The Blacklist, Harry plays FBI Assistant Director Harold Cooper, the boss of newbie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone, from Law & Order: Los Angeles), who has a past with the master criminal that Keen has to work with. “I was excited to be asked to be a part of it,” he told us. “First of all, it’s got a masterful actor in James Spader. Secondly, the dialogue and the storyline is intriguing. I was very exciting about it. It’s a cut above most of the material that we get.”

While he couldn’t reveal too much about the show NBC is banking on as its next big drama hit, Harry did give us one hint that’s already got us curious. “To a large extent, we’re finding out who these characters are and what they’re going to be doing,” he said, before he revealed, “The longest-standing relationship on the show [is] between James’s character and my character. I think that’s rife with potential and possibility, and I’m excited as everybody else.”

He thinks the relationships are what’s going to separate The Blacklist from your garden-variety crime show. “You’re interested in the characters,” he continued. “There’s a great combination between procedural drama and interpersonal relationships and I think it’s uniquely positioned in that way.”

Here’s the trailer for The Blacklist.

Harry is a TV veteran, who’s best known to audiences for roles like Islamic-American activist Walid Al-Rezani in the sixth season of 24 and former cop Boyd Langton in Dollhouse. He’s also appeared on shows like ER, House and Emily Owens M.D. But none of these are his favorite small-screen part. “My favorite show was Commander in Chief,” he said, naming the ABC political drama for which he earned an Image Award nomination in 2006. “I played the Chief of Staff. I had a blast doing it. In a lot of ways, I wish that show was still on. I think it was ahead of its time in a lot of ways, and I don’t think it was given its just due.”

Playing authority figures like an FBI Assistant Director or the White House Chief of Staff is something Harry is familiar with both in television and film; he also appeared as a general in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Man of Steel earlier this year. Why does he think he keeps ending up in power? “I’m a tall fellow. I have a deep voice. I appear authoritative,” he theorized.

“Although in reality, in fairness to my career, I’ve played a number of parts. If you look at my work in feature films over the years, I’ve been in Spike Lee movies, [and] in my own film, I play a comedian who ruined his own career. I think that just the more popular films and TV series have me in more or less authoritative roles.”

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Sharknado

The people have spoken! Five thousand fans helped decide the title of the highly anticipated “Sharknado” sequel via Twitter, and the winner is – “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”

When the made-for-television film first aired on Syfy in July, only 1.4 million watched, but there were more than 5,000 tweets-per-minute about the B-movie on the night of its debut, grossing over 604,000 in total.

Buzz for the film was so intense, Regal cinemas even hosted midnight screenings of “Sharknado” on over 200 screens on Aug. 2.

The first film centered on Los Angeles where a tornado picks up a school of hungry sharks and sends them flying through the air. The man-eating storm wreaks havoc on a small town that becomes the site of a feeding frenzy.

Stars Tara Reid and Ian Ziering return for the sequel, which will be set in New York City and will air in July 2014.

Reid told U.K. newspaper the Sunday Mirror about making the film: “I read it and I was laughing so hard because it was the most ridiculous movie I’d ever heard of. It was so insane.”

Sharknado

Photo Credits: Syfy

Kourtney Kardashian

A male model is suing Kourtney Kardashian, claiming he is the father of the reality star’s son.

Michael Girgenti claims he met Kardashian in 2009 during a photoshoot while she was on a break from her longterm boyfriend Scott Disick. Her son Mason, 3, was born nine months after the pair allegedly had unprotected sex in Glendale, Calif.

Girgenti filed a lawsuit at the Los Angeles County Superior Court demanding a DNA test to determine whether he’s Mason’s biological father. He seeks joint custody if he is Mason’s parent.

A hearing is scheduled in September.

Kardashian’s lawyer, Shawn Holley, wrote a letter to Girgenti, calling his allegations “false and defamatory.”

A representative for Kardashian previously insisted, “Since the… photoshoot, Kourtney never spoke with him, saw him nor met him again. Kourtney has never been alone with him, and Kourtney certainly has never physically/intimately been with Mr. Girgenti.”

Kardashian also has a daughter, Penelope, who turned one in July.

Photo Credits: PacificCoastNews.com

Miley Cyrus

MTV is developing an hour-long Miley Cyrus documentary that will air later this year.

The singer/actress invited cameramen to tag along while she was working on her new album. According to MTV’s president of programming, Susanne Daniels, the film will spotlight the star’s transition from “Disney princess to legitimate artist and fashion icon.”

Cyrus’ current single, “We Can’t Stop,” is No. 2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. She recently admitted that the song is about taking drugs at a party. She told London’s Daily Mail: “I don’t think people have a hard time understanding that I’ve grown up. You can Google me and you know what I’m up to — you know what that lyric is saying.”

The singer, 20, also just got naked for Marc Jacobs’ skin cancer awareness campaign. She posed completely nude for the “Protect the Skin You’re In” campaign, which features the star on a line of t-shirts.

Cyrus kicked off her showbiz career by starring in the Disney series “Hannah Montana” from 2006-11. She has since been working hard to prove she’s “grown up” and eschew her good girl image.

Photo Credits: WENN

Beyonce

Beyonce’s husband Jay-Z surprised her in Philadelphia, Penn., on Thursday night by joining her on stage and kissing her towards the end of her concert.

The rapper, who is currently touring with Justin Timberlake, took some time off to spend time with his sweetie.

Jay-Z snuck up behind his wife and hugged her, and the crowd went wild. Beyonce’s look of surprise and the tender moment they shared together prompted concertgoers to cheer for the super couple.

Beyonce’s tour has reportedly already made around $55.6 million. Her next show is scheduled for Monday, June 28, at The Staple Center in Los Angeles.

However, fans eagerly waiting for her next album may have to wait a little longer. Fans hoping for new music this summer or fall will probably have to wait until 2014. According to a recent report, the songs that the singer has already recorded have been scrapped.

Beyonce & Jay-Z

Photo Credits: WENN

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian has been rapidly losing weight in the four months following the birth of daughter North West, that fans have begun to question how she’s done it on Twitter.

“I’ve actually been doing the Atkins diet & luv it,” she wrote on Sunday.

Kim isn’t following the diet entirely though, she skipped the first two weeks, aka the “induction” phase, because she was nursing her baby. She also got the approval of her doctor to go on the diet.

“After she delivered her baby on June 15, she wanted an effective and balanced way to lose the baby weight, a spokeswoman with Atkins Nutritionals told New York’s Daily News. “She’d done Atkins before and knew it worked, so once she got the approval of her doctor, we connected her with our Vice President of Nutrition Colette Heimowitz, who counseled her directly.”

The diet focuses on a very low carbohydrate intake in favor of meat eggs dairy vegetables and fruit. By not eating carbs, which are converted to fat, the body burns stored fat instead.

Kim Kardashian

Homeland

Fans are eagerly waiting for the next riveting season of “Homeland” on Showtime, which will focus on the aftermath of the terror attack at Langley and prompt a massive manhunt for Nick Brody (Damian Lewis).

According to the network, “As Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin) begin to pick up the pieces of their shattered professional and personal lives, they are swept up in the political and media firestorm surrounding the terror attack and the subsequent search for Brody’s whereabouts.”

Spoiler #1: At the start of season three, Carrie and Saul will be on trial, testifying for the CIA about the terrorist attack. Executive producer Alex Gansa told TVLine.com, “The CIA itself is on trial.” The third season will center on “the cost that being an intelligence officer exacts on the people in that career,” Gansa added.

Amy Morton will play Erin Kimball, Carrie’s CIA appointed attorney.

Check out more spoilers from the upcoming season, which premieres on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 9 p.m. on Showtime…

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