Ninja Movies for the Stealth-Fighter Fans

If you were to choose, would you rather be a ninja or a pirate? Ninja, probably.

In case you’re not quite sure what they are, ninja or shinobi are a group of people who are shrouded in mystery. They are stealthy warriors whose identities remain unknown.

The ninja first appeared in Japan in the 15th century, apparently out of necessity because of a war that needed people to perform clandestine activities, assassinations, and intelligence gathering. However, they needed outside mercenaries to bring about such acts. Samurais, although known to kill, are bound by the samurai code, which limits their capacity in doing so. Ninja have the capacity for martial arts and various fighting tactics, can use camouflage, explosive, and different types of weapons—and yet their capacity for killing has been embellished so much that it became a sort of a myth.

Still, the fascination with these group is not lost on us, and many movies about them have been made, although there’s no certainty up to which extent they showed the truth. Here are some ninja movies that you may want to watch, though:

Ninja, A Band of Assassins (1962)

Based on a popular series of novels with a total of eight films in the franchise, this stars Raizo Ichiwaka and is about a rogue ninja named Goemon Ishikawa, who goes against a warlord who despises the practice of Buddhism. The plot is a bit difficult to follow, but it has a lot going on in it, which is safe to say that it’s fun to watch.

The Third Ninja (1964)

The gritty story resembles film noir and portrays a ninja and their techniques in a realistic manner, which is understandable as early Japanese ninja films were concerned with realism. The film is about a ninja who is sent out to assassinate a warlord. Three other ninja loyal to the said warlord found out about the plan and set out to put a stop on it.

Enter the Ninja (1981)

The film that gave way to ninja explosion in America has Franco Nero as a ninja, heading to the Philippines to visit a friend. Unfortunately, things weren’t smooth-sailing, as he ended up having to use his ninja skills to battle thugs and a former rival.

Originally starring Mike Stone, he was cut from the film because producers were not satisfied with his acting. However, due to the fact that Nero had no martial arts training, Stone was kept on to do most of the stunts.

Revenge of the Ninja (1983)

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Shane Kosugi plays a father who moves to America with his son to start over after his family was murdered by ninjas. He starts a doll shop with a friend, except that it turned out his friend was using the dolls to ship heroin. Due to the troubles the business brings, Kosugi must don his ninja garbs to kick some ass.

Shaolin vs. Ninja (1983)

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The film is a nonstop battle between Japanese ninja and shaolin monks, starring Alexander Lo. This is a fun film, mostly because of ninja and shaolin monks fighting—because what else would you need in a ninja film?

Pray for Death (1985)

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This Cannon Films entry is about a man from a ninja clan who decided to move to America because of his wife. They run a restaurant that is being used as a mob drop-off location, but when things go wrong, the mob goes after him and his family, forcing him to get back to his ninja roots.

The film has its moments, but when you really think about it, is it fair for a ninja to fight a mob? Sure, they’re menacing, but they’re not exactly masters of fight tactics.

Sakura Killers (1987)

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The story is flimsy and improbable, but it is about a pair of ninja attacks in the United States that lead to some important tapes, which led a couple of guys off to Taiwan to figure out what exactly is going on. They get a crash course in the art of ninja that instantly turned them into masters, thus the reason of the film being very unrealistic. The fight scenes are actually worth watching, though.

Legend of the Shadowy Ninja: The Ninja Dragon (1990)

Aliens, the Yakuza, and ninja in one film? That might be fun—except that production made it look like a bad TV movie. But if you like having aliens in a ninja movie, this is the one to watch, because well, how often do people think these go together in the first place?

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The Most Horrible Horror Remakes You Could Watch in Your Lifetime

There is nothing wrong with a few scares here and there, but lately, it seems that film studios are remaking more and more horror films, leading many to think that they are running out of ideas.

It’s not that they are, exactly, but considering that the main target for the genre are teenagers, it makes sense for studios to reboot so that newer generations can appreciate these types of horrors—especially the classics.

Not that constant reboots are necessary nowadays, Netflix is readily available for anyone who wants a good scare. Still, not all horror remakes are bad, it’s just that they never seem to be on the same standards as the originals.

Here are some remakes that you should skip watching—unless you ready yourself for a bit of disappointment.

The Stepfather (2009)

The original film from 1987 was filled with tension and suspense. Despite being a horror film, it is also playful due to its satirical approach, making it a good watch for any generation.

Unfortunately, the remake did not quite live up to that. It relied mostly on clichés and jump-scares that honestly, kids of this generation will not be too fond of watching. There’s just an overall feeling of deja vu, even for those who haven’t watched it yet, because it relies on the same old horror tricks over and over again.

Its lack of clever approach made it a subject for comparisons and snarky critic remarks. Among the most common problems being the uninteresting characters, slow-moving plot, and over-all mediocre production.

Poltergeist (2015)

It has a good director and a solid cast, but somehow, the Poltergeist remake never managed to live up to its name. It played the film too safe so that it strayed from any sort of recommendation. The few risks that they did take on the movie somehow managed to reduce its overall quality. It took on the same path to the original but, in doing so, managed to become nothing more than its less-than-enjoyable copycat.

When a Stranger Calls (2009)

The original film got mixed reviews from critics, but in the end, it managed to earn cult status, thanks mainly to its opening. The game between the mouse and the home invader is eerie enough, thanks to its subtlety. The film managed to grab attention for its first 20 minutes—the rest was just a tiring game, leading many to think that the studio should have made it into a short film instead.

However, the unnecessary remake chose to extend the 20 minutes of interest from the original film and extended it into a full-length movie, giving producers the chance to throw in every horror element imaginable at the same time, the lead managed to fail in engaging the audience into the story.

Right now, the best way to enjoy When a Stranger Calls is to watch the first 20 minutes of the original film—and then turn it off right after.

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

A classic in the slasher genre, this film holds quite a charm for movie-lovers regardless of the blood and gore that came with it.

The original film had enough twists and turns so that there’s never a dull moment, and it kept the audience up on their tippy-toes wondering what’s coming next. Its cult status also made Freddy Kreuger one of the most recognizable horror villains of all time, thanks to his unique methods of murder.

Unfortunately, maybe because exactly of Freddy’s iconic status, the 2010 remake did not do justice to the original—without the playful nature of Freddy Kreuger, the villain is just dark and lackluster, making him just another generic baddie in slasher film history.

The Wicker Man (2006)

You haven’t seen a ridiculous horror film until you’ve seen The Wicker Man, and that’s saying a lot, considering how many ridiculous films there are these days. In fact, it was so ridiculous, it could pass for a comedy instead of horror—the Scary Movie franchise had more suspense than The Wicker Man did.

Overall, there’s nothing remotely horrific about it, it’s not scary, suspenseful, or unsettling—but it didn’t seem to be striving for comedy either. This fact is most of all disturbing, considering that the original was playfully strange and shocking, while the only shocking thing about the remake is its utter lack of horror elements. But then again, they did have Nicolas Cage in a bear suit, so that’s horror enough.

What other horror films do you think should be included on this list?

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Movies You Didn’t Know Were Supposed to Be Sequels

Screenplays are the backbone of films—all great movies start off with good scripts, and it’s up to everyone else to make them bigger than life. Putting a good script on the back end is wasteful, so many producers find them to have them repurposed or recycled—like movies that are supposed to be sequels to others. Here are some of them that you’d be surprised were not stand-alones:

Die Hard (1988)

Based on the novel by Roderick Thorp called Nothing Lasts Forever, Die Hard was supposed to be a sequel of The Detective, which was adapted into a film starring Frank Sinatra in the 1960s.

When people are asked who initially played the role of John McClane, they’d automatically assume it was Bruce Willis in Die Hard, but in fact, it was actually Frank Sinatra in The Detective. Steven E. de Souza, screenwriter for Die Hard admitted, however, that the sequel was initially offered to Sinatra as well, but he said, “I’m too old and too rich to act anymore,” which was why the film landed on Bruce Willis’s lap instead.

Predator (1987)

Rocky IV was not supposed to be the end of the franchise. There had been a joke around Hollywood for Rocky to fight a space alien in the fifth installment, and screenwriters Jim and John Thomas went on to take it seriously. They started with the script for Predator, which was originally titled Hunter and producer Joel Silver ended up liking it so much, he picked it up for 20th Century Fox in 1985. However, he cast Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan “Dutch” Schafer instead of Sylvester Stallone due to their previous work dynamic before on Commando.

Colombiana (2011)

The success of Leon: The Professional brought Luc Besson and his partner, Olivier Megaton, thoughts for a sequel called Mathilda. However, there have been a lot of roadblocks, including the fact that Natalie Portman’s star rose in Hollywood. Besson’s rocky relationship with the Gaumot Film Company also pulled the project behind—they owned the rights for The Professional, so he and Megaton had to turn Mathilda into Colombiana instead.

In an interview, Megaton said, “Ten years ago, we decided to make Mathilda, which was the Professional sequel, but we couldn’t do it because of the evolution of a lot of things. Luc tried to do this movie again and again—he proposed it to me 12 years ago. But when we decided to change the script and to make another movie with a revenge story like Mathilda, he had to give up everything about Mathilda.”

Minority Report (2012)

Total Recall was based on short stories by Philip K. Dick. When the first film became a box-office hit in 1990, TriStar Pictures wanted to make a sequel and was looking to combine Total Recall with Minority Report.

However, the screenplay, which was supposed to show Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character stopping crime before it happened on the Red Planet, never saw the light of day because Carolco Pictures, which owned the rights to both stories, went out of business. The 20th Century Fox swooped up the project and enlisted the talents of Steven Spielberg at the helm and Tom Cruise as the lead.

Solace (2015)

New Line Cinema wanted to make a sequel for Se7en, so they pulled a story called Solace from Ted Griffin, who also wrote “Ocean’s Eleven.” The sequel, which they were supposed to call Ei8ht was about a psychic who helps the FBI find a serial killer. New Line wanted to change the psychic character to Morgan Freeman’s Se7en character, Detective William Somerset, but director David Fincher was not enthusiastic about it. He said, “I would be less interested in that than I would in having cigarettes put out in my eyes. I keep trying to get out from under my own shadow.” He later added, “I don’t want to do the same sh*t over and over.”

New Line Cinema went on with the project despite not having Fincher on board, but they used Solace under its original title and characters, and not based on the plans they had for Ei8ht.

Films can be as fluid as companies want them to be, and in each of these cases, they made the right call in going on with the projects despite their initial plans of being sequels to other films. The scripts were good, and they deserved their corresponding blockbuster success being under the shadow of the original installments.

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Actors with the Biggest Paychecks for Single Performances

Hollywood is a very lucrative business, especially when films speak for themselves. The bigger the star, the higher the paycheck. It makes sense, though, as bigger stars tend to bring in more audiences, taking into account the strength in their fans’ numbers.

Of course, even in a film filled with big stars, there are those that are paid more than others. While this seems unfair, it’s how the film industry works. Not everyone can have the lead role, after all. How producers compute these things is up to them, but here are the highest-paid actors for individual films:

Keanu Reeves—The Matrix Reloaded ($126 million) and The Matrix Revolutions ($70 million)

Not everyone can negotiate big deals with Movie Execs, but Keanu Reeves was able to make a deal for the Matrix sequels—so much so that he made $50 million more for Matrix Reloaded compared to its predecessor, The Matrix Revolutions (where he got a $70 million paycheck and is also one of the top-billed performances in films). This amount put him on the top spot as the best-paid actor for a single role. What’s even more interesting is that he didn’t keep the mind-boggling paycheck for himself—a significant chunk of it was given to the production staff, because he felt they deserved it.

Bruce Willis—The Sixth Sense ($100 to $120 million)

Who in the world does not know Bruce Willis? One of the biggest action stars of the modern world, it was interesting that he ended up working for an  unknown director when he worked with M. Night Shyamalan in The Sixth Sense. However, with a $14 million deal and a whooping 17 percent of the profits, he definitely made a lot of money for this horror film, which has since become a cult classic.

Will Smith—Men in Black 2 ($100 million)

Almost always expected to appear in summer blockbuster hits, Will Smith returned to the Men in Black series with his “typical” $20-million paycheck. However, he managed to negotiate a deal for backends, which raised his haul significantly due to the $600 million blockbuster profits and $60 million home video sales.

Tom Cruise—War of the Worlds ($100 million); Mission: Impossible II ($75 million); and Mission: Impossible III ($76 million)

Known for his roles in the Mission: Impossible film franchise, who would have thought that Tom Cruise would forgo upfront pay for War of the Worlds? He seemed to have a good sense of business, though, because he exchanged the paycheck for 20 percent of the profits. With the film soaring high as a blockbuster hit, the actor ended up taking his biggest pay for a single film, with $100 million to his name.

This is not the big pay that Katie Holmes’s ex-husband has—he also got $75 million for Mission Impossible II and another $76 million for Mission Impossible III.

Sandra Bullock—Gravity ($77 million)

Whether or not gender gap pay is real in Hollywood, it’s weird that only one woman made it to the list. Still, the money Sandra Bullock got from Gravity is not a joke. With a $20 million upfront fee, plus gross profits and syndication rights share, she managed to take in staggering earnings from his film—and an Oscar nomination to sweeten the deal.

Tom Hanks—Forrest Gump ($70 million)

One of those with amazing staying power in the business, Tom Hanks’s performance as Forrest Gump brought many to tears. The story of how he got such a massive paycheck was a bit lopsided of a deal, though. After he filmed most of the film, the studio got a budget concern that led to a cut in costs, the actor’s pay included. He had to give back about half of his expected salary but agreed to a 10 percent return in profits instead, earning him the whopping amount. What’s even more shocking than a company cutting costs at almost the end of production? Hanks was only supposed to earn $10 million. Now that’s a blessing in disguise.

Harrison Ford—Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull ($65 million)

If you’re the star of two of the biggest franchises of all time, you probably won’t want to settle for small paychecks – and bringing the iconic Indy back would require the studio to bring back its star as well. However, Lucasfilm did not have enough budget to give Ford an attractive offer, so he was given part of the profits instead—which translated roughly to $65 million.

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Movies to Look Forward To in 2018

Why would we need to know what’s coming out two years from now? It’s too early in 2016 to even start thinking about the 2017 movies, let alone 2018, isn’t it?

But there are seriously a lot of them, and most of their source materials are good. If you’re not convinced, here is a list of upcoming movies that will make you want to look forward to the next two years:

The Flash

Release Date: March 16

The CW Television series with Grant Gustin has been making waves—and audience love it to bits. However, the Glee alum isn’t going to be playing the flash in the film due to complicated rights issues, so taking his place will be Ezra Miller, that Patrick dude who starred alongside Logan Lerman and Emma Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Release Date: March 23

If you haven’t heard of the story of Peter Rabbit and how he went against the wishes of his mother, then you better go back and look for your childhood somewhere inside your closet. The animated tale will finally get its well-deserved break on the big screen. This classic should be watchable for adults who grew up with these stories to share them with the younger generation.

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1

Release Date: May 4

The story will center around Thanos (played by Josh Brolin), and although the rest of the original Avengers cast may be used, they will probably not be the main heroes as Marvel is already transitioning to the next generation of heroes. The film directors did say that the two-part series will feature 67 characters in all, which is a gigantic number for superhero films, to be honest.

The Lego Movie Sequel

Release Date: May 18

Okay, so movies about toys have been making their way in films for a while now, but the original film was shockingly good—even one of the best releases from 2014, so of course there will be a sequel. You have to admit, the song “Everything Is Awesome” automatically plays in your head whenever you think about your Legos. Maybe you should get out your box and recreate the scenes from the movie.

The Untitled Transformers Bumblebee Film

Release Date: June 8

Yes, it is another Transformers film. While there’s really nobody who is a big fan of Michael Bay films, the franchise is one of those things that can get so bad, but it’s still so good to watch, if only for the entertaining explosions that the director seems to never tire of.

Also, Bumblebee is one of the best Transformer aliens out there—he’s cute, he’s loyal, and he’s funny. This will be another one of those guilty pleasures, but let’s just hope they get him a great new owner. Would you really want to have Shia LaBeouf or Mark Wahlberg make another appearance in the series?

Toy Story 4

Release Date: June 15

Andy’s already off to college, but it seems that Disney is still squeezing another story out of the toys. This time, it seems that they will be on a mission to save Bo Peep, who has gone missing. Tom Hanks is still part of the film, so there’s that to look forward to.


Release Date: July 27

For comic book fans, Aquaman has always been some sort of a joke. However, when they announced Jason Momoa for the titular role, men and women alike put the film in their must-watch lists. The Hawaiian actor looked dangerously handsome as Khal Drogo in Game of Thrones, so everyone is expecting that he can bring the same kind of masculinity and heroism to Aquaman. Also, that body.

The Jungle Book

Release Date: October 19

Wait, didn’t they just release the movie? Well, yes, but that one was directed by Jon Favreau, while this one has Andy Serkis at the helm. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, and Serkis himself as the voice of Baloo, this may even be better than the 2016 release.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2

Release Date: November 16

The first one hasn’t even been released yet and we’re already talking about the second one? What makes WB think that the first will even be a success before they went on to announce the second film?

Because it’s based on JK Rowling’s wizarding world, that’s why. You have to admit, Potterheads are very invested in that universe, so you’d know they will watch all the films the same way they watched all eight from the original series—repeatedly. They’ll do the same with this one.

There are several others worth mentioning as well, such as Avatar 3, Star Wars: Han Solo Anthology Story, and Jurassic World 2 to name a few.

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Interesting Films Based on Video Games

Original screenplays make for interesting films, but if a studio wants to earn a lot of money for a single release, they usually turn to other sources like books and existing television shows and turn them into the next Hollywood blockbuster. Another source of inspiration? Video games.

There have been a lot of them over the years—and a lot of them made profit due to their already existing fan base, which is a good thing, considering how low their average Metascore is. Yet, video gamers love watching their favorites on the big screen, and here are some of the ones that are rather fun to watch, no matter what critics say.

Resident Evil

Paul W.S. Anderson has had a successful run with adapting games to films, serving as a producer and writer for the Resident Evil franchise. While critics were not too impressed, his adaptations—which are not exact adaptation to the games—still got a lot of action, adventure, and Milla Jovovich, making it a hit with the fans.

Mortal Kombat

Before Resident Evil, Anderson made a simple, uncluttered film based on Mortal Kombat. Keeping the game’s story intact in this one, the film is a fast-paced, entertaining adaptation full of fight scenes—pretty much the same as it is with the game.

Tomb Raider

There isn’t a lot to go on about the Tomb Raider series, but the cast, which includes Angelina Jolie, have been brilliant in their roles. Directed by Simon West, Lara Croft made over $270 million for its first film alone.

Final Fantasy

The franchise had some of the most loyal fans in the world. Not only do they invest in the games, they also invest in every spin-off industry that Square Enix ever milked, including books, CDs, figurines, merchandise, and even energy drinks. The films have not fared so well, though. Spirits Within only managed to rack up $85 million despite its $137 million budget.

Max Payne

The video game from Remedy is one of the most amazing ones in the industry. Action sequences that come one after the other, satirical humor, and bullet-time gunplay made it a groundbreaking piece of entertainment. The film, meanwhile, was categorized as a neo-noir action-thriller starring Mark Wahlberg as Payne himself. Despite its loyal following and great cast, it only made $85.4 million in the box office. Considering the budget was only $35 million, Dune Entertainment and 20th Century Fox made a decent profit from it just the same.


Hitman wasn’t a big business success. It took itself too seriously and overused slow motion to look stylish. Luckily for them, Timothy Olyphant, who was cast as the lead, did justice to the stoic pragmatism of Agent 47. Its first film, which came with a $24 million budget fared pretty well, making $100 million in the box office.

Street Fighter

There have been several adaptations to Street Fighter, but the 1994 adaptation starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Raul Julia, and Kylie Minogue may just be the most famous among them all. It wasn’t too faithful to the plot of the video game; however, it does provide for some comedic relief, making it quite a success as far as video-to-film adaptations go. Unfortunately, the follow-up film released decades later did not fare so well. Changing Chun-Li’s character to a Chinese-American was just the beginning of everything that fans and critics found wrong with it. It only garnered a total of $12.8 million in the box office.

Prince of Persia

Who would have thought that Jake Gyllenhaal will play the character of Prince Dastan? It’s a fun film, and with Jerry Bruckheimer as a producer, it’s pretty much a sure hit. The film had a lot of Persian sand, sorcery, and swordplay that is typical of the video game, but the fact that it didn’t take itself too seriously made it quite enjoyable to watch.

Super Mario Bros.

The film took a darker approach, which was the reason it was rejected by the audience. With killer mushrooms, dragons, and kidnapped princesses held hostages in towers, you’d think it’s going to be more of a family-oriented show. Critics and fans, even the actors ended up slamming the film, with director Bob Hoskins himself admitting that it was one of the worst projects he ever did.

There have been a lot of other video games that have been turned into films. Most of them don’t really fare well with the critics, but that does not mean that we wouldn’t have fun watching them anyway. Which adaptations did you like best?

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Hollywood History: What We Know About the Beginnings of the Oscars

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award for Best Actor during the 88th Oscars—a great feat, but not so much if you know that the first ever to get one of the golden statues was a dog.

The Beginning

In 1929, an 11-year-old German shepherd named Rin Tin Tin supposedly got the first real award—and not for nothing either. Back then, silent films are giving way to talkies, and the dog, who starred in 27 films, was one of the most popular and profitable stars in Hollywood.

However, MGM head Louis B. Mayer decided that giving the dog the first award with its gold-plated 13.5-inch statuette glory would give the wrong impression. This is why even though Rin Tin Tin got the most votes for best actor in the first round of voting, the Academy did a second round, especially noting that it is for human contenders only.

Is this a myth or a form of urban legend? Not really. Rin Tin Tin’s biographer and New Yorker staff writer Susan Orlean confirmed the story.

This is not the only controversy that the Academy faced. In fact, it has been plagued with controversy for most of its existence. For instance, Walt Disney still holds the record of having the most Oscars, with 26 awards to his name—not company—while Alfred Hitchcock was never recognized for his contribution in the film industry, except for an honorary statuette in his honor.

Still, no matter their politics and controversy, the Oscar is still coveted by most, if not all people, in the film industry, and it has since 1929.

The Designer

Little has changed about the Academy Award statuette since its first appearance in the ceremony presided over by “King of Hollywood” Douglas Fairbanks at the Spanish Colonial-style Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel.

The icon was designed on paper by Cedric Gibbons, the chief art director at MGM at the time, and then transformed into a sculpture by LA artist George Stanley.

Irish-born Gibbons was one of Hollywood’s most influential stylists and was possibly the only Hollywood designer back then who traveled to Paris in 1925 specifically to visit the Expositions des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, the center of Art Deco.

He was the one to create the “Big White Set” that is characteristic of many Hollywood Art Deco-style productions, ideal for musicals and song-and-dance spectaculars. His passion for Art Deco now lives on with the glittering appearances of the Oscar statuettes at the Academy Awards.

The Model

No model was used during the initial design process, but a woman named Dolores del Rio claimed that George Stanley had her friend Emilio Fernandez pose naked for the artist.

Fernandez was then a Hollywood film extra in his mid-20s, but while this added spice to the story, the style of the statuette was so abstracted that it can fit any young man as its model.

Still, Fernandez went on to become one of the big names in film. Besides being an actor, he was also named as one of the most prolific film directors during the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema just a little over a decade later.

The Name

Neither the designer, artist, nor rumored model was named Oscar, so where did the little golden statuette get the name?

Officially, the statuette is called the Academy Award of Merit, but everyone in Hollywood called it Oscar since as early as 1934. Oscar stuck, and eventually, even the Academy itself adopted the name in 1939.

There have been a few theories about the name’s origin, though. One of which is that Margaret Herrick, who, upon seeing the statue for the first time, said that it looked like her uncle Oscar.

Another rumor said that actress Bette Davis named it after her first husband, Harmon Oscar Nelson. However the statuette actually got its name remains a mystery today.

The Statue

The original Oscar was made of gold-plated solid bronze, cast, molded, and polished by the CW Shumway & Sons Foundry in Illinois. In the mid-1930s, the bronze gave way for tin, antimony, and copper (known as Britannia metal) plated in copper, nickel-silver, and top-coated with a 24-karat gold. Since then, it gleamed in its pure gold top-coat, beautiful in front of cameras as well as the mantel-shelves of its awardees. From 1982, the statuettes have been in the hands of RS Owens & Company in Chicago.

There had been several changes to the Oscar statuette over the years. The most distinctive one presented to Walt Disney with his second Honorary Award. His Oscar took the form of a wooden podium, where the traditional statuette stood on a flight of wooden stairs with the parading seven dwarves.

Between 1942 and 1945, all metals are in short supply, so like religious statues, these statuettes were made of painted plaster. Recipients, however, were able to trade them with their traditional counterparts once the war was over.

Mostly unchanging, however, the Oscars gleamed to attention throughout the decades and still remains to be the Holy Grail of Hollywood.

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Summer-Ready Body: Top Weight-Loss Tips from Models

Models like Miranda Kerr, Behati Prinsloo, and Cara Delevigne are gifted with slender bodies. As much as many wanted to look like them, it’s not that easy to achieve those slender sizes, and if you’re more petite than statuesque, well, that’s another problem altogether.

Fortunately, many models are open to sharing their diets, and here are some tips that could probably help you get that bikini body that you’ve always wanted.

Miranda Kerr

The Victoria’s Secret Angel says that eating healthy is important. She shared, “The first step is eating healthy. I predominantly eat organic when I can. I eat extremely healthy because when I do, I have more energy. I love spinach, avocado, lots of greens, and broccoli.”

Giselle Bundchen

For this supermodel, eating healthy is a start, but exercise is also important. Speaking about her exercise habits, she noted on the importance of exercise during pregnancy. She told Vogue, “I did kung fu up until two weeks before Benjamin was born and yoga three days a week.”

Lily Cole

This lovely model does not deprive herself from food that she likes, but maintains a healthy diet most days. She said, “I feel best when I avoid wheat, dairy, and sugar, but I regularly make exceptions.”

Adriana Lima

This model is one of the hottest ones in the industry—and she’s a mom! With all the energy she needs to run her household and walk the runway, Adriana Lima makes sure she gets the right nutrients. She said, “Everything starts with nutrition and what you eat. I really watch my portions and work out when I can—it is definitely hard with work and my two kids.” Still, she makes sure that she does not forget to take care of herself. Her exercise routines include boxing and jumping rope.

Frida Gustavsson  

Swedish model Frida Gustavsson loves her seafood, and that’s what she constantly eats to keep healthy. She shared, “I live in Sweden and we have good seafood, I tend to cook a lot of fish, preferably with oven-roasted veggies and a cauliflower mash.” As for her exercise routines, she claims to be “obsessed” with vinyasa flow yoga and Pilates.

Natalia Vodianova

The Russian model said, “The only diet I have ever done is the blood-type diet. I have done it for five years now. The big contracts go to the healthy women—they need to have a sparkle in their eyes, and you can’t fake that if you’re unhealthy.” For those that are unfamiliar of the blood-type diet, no, she is not doing a vampirism thing.

Ashley Diana Morris

The Guess model said that it is important to stick it out during the first few weeks, as these are the most difficult ones to get through. She shared, “The biggest thing I have learned, and I tell anyone trying to lose weight, is the hardest part is getting past the first few weeks. Old habits die hard! It is frustrating at times to follow such a strict diet, but once the weight is off, it is pretty easy to maintain, and your diet doesn’t have to be as rigid.” But what does she mean by strict diet? No carbs for dinner, no dessert on weeknights, and egg whites over egg yolks any day.

Naomi Campbell

This supermodel believes that she doesn’t have to starve herself to be a model. She shared, “I don’t believe in starving myself. I’ve never done it, and I never will. I’m even more active when I’m juicing, doing both yoga and Pilates every day.” She emphasized on the importance of eating clean, starting her days with drinking hot water with lemon. As for exercise—she’s into intense yoga sessions.

Candice Swanepoel

The Victoria’s Secret model does not believe in dieting when she’s doing intense exercises. In fact, she said she eats more when she increases her exercise routines before she does runway shows. She said, “I do boxing. I do Pilates on the machine. I do a lot of lunges,” the model said. “I ran on the beach this year, which really tightens everything up.”

Stella Tennant

The British model seems to have summed up everything in one go when it comes to diets. She shared, “I think if you’re eating in a straightforward, balanced manner, then that’s the best way to be.”

Whose advice will you likely be following regarding your own diet?

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Oscar Winners Who Can Inspire You with Their Words

Winning an Oscar Award is one of the most coveted things for people in the film industry. Getting nominated is already such an honor, so winners are more than applauded, they are admired.

While Oscar winners are usually lauded for their skills, oftentimes, these winners are inspiring people for more than just their craft—they inspire people through their words, actions, and social responsibility toward others.

Here are some Oscar awardees whose words pierced their audience to the heart:

Leonardo DiCaprio (Best Actor, 2016)

“If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people.”

It took several Oscar nominations before the Revenant actor finally won his own little golden statue. However, he has been inspiring people with his work—besides being an actor and producer, he is also a representative on climate change for the United Nations and a champion for the environment via his own foundation.

Meryl Streep (Oscar Winner, 1980, 1983, 2012)

“Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else too.”

Her versatility as an actress draws people to her—her nineteen nominations, the most any has ever gotten, are proof of the mastery of her craft. She portrays strong, independent women in many of her films, but perhaps the most important lesson that Meryl Streep imparted on her fans and audience is that it is important to be compassionate toward others.

Halle Berry (Best Actress, 2002)

“This moment is so much bigger than me. It’s for every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened.”

The first black woman to win an award as Best Actress—and the only one since then to have ever gotten the award. While she is remembered as part of the X-Men franchise, she actually had more on her plate than just being a mutant. She is a serious actress, but also a film producer, former fashion model, and a “Woman of the Year” awardee from Hasty Pudding Theatricals for fighting against the Cabrillo Port Liquefied Natural Gas Facility proposed off the coast of Malibu.

Graham Moore (Best Adapted Screenplay, 2015)

“I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird or she’s different or she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. You do. Stay weird. Stay different. And then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

Who says only actors can inspire? Screenwriter and author Graham Moore is proof that even people from behind the scenes can inspire audiences directly or indirectly by the work they do, if they do it with passion.

Lupita Nyong’o (Best Supporting Actress, 2014)

“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

After her best breakthrough performance and following win in the Oscars, she used her voice and celebrity status to return to Kenya and advocate for elephants in the international conservation organization called WildAid. She is also involved in Mother Health International, an organization that is dedicated to providing relief for women and children in Uganda and other impoverished and war-torn countries and regions by creating birthing centers, feeling that bringing to light these issues is mandatory for her as an artist.

Shirley MacLaine (Best Actress, 1983)

“God bless that potential that we all have for making anything possible if we think we deserve it. I deserve this.”

Strong-willed and outspoken, Shirley MacLaine uses her celebrity status as an instrumental role for fundraisers in campaigns that she believes in. She was a key fundraiser and organizer for Geroge McGovern’s presidential campaign in 1972.

Hilary Swank (Best Actress 2000, 2004)

“I’m just a girl from a trailer park who had a dream. I never thought this would ever happen.”

She earned her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2007, and more than anything, her celebrity status showed that people who work hard enough for their dreams will eventually succeed. Swank has a rags-to-riches story as she went from living on a trailer park, to living in a car, to becoming the star that she is today.

Are there any more Oscar winners whom you think are inspiring people with the words they say and the work that they do outside of Hollywood?

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ExploreTalent Tips: How to Write an Effective Acting Resume

Acting may be an art or your passion, but ultimately, if you decide to pursue it as a career, it is still going to be your work. As it is with other job openings, you will need a resume to list all of your achievements and experiences to date, and before you set out to sing as the next Eponine in that next audition, it is imperative that you can show your casting director that you have the chops to show off.

Therefore, you should prioritize your resume and headshot to ensure that you are marketable in the business. Take the time and effort on making your resume. Here are a few tips to get you started.

The Basics

Take note that an actor’s resume is vastly different from regular ones. While job experiences are highlighted, creating ones that will catch a casting director’s eyes will come with other requirements.

The distinct format of an acting resume is concise, highlighting only the most important points that casting directors are looking for. Each point is presented in sections to make it easier to skim through.

The most important sections are the header, experience, training, and skills. Details and credits should be itemized when they are related to acting auditions you are going to.

General Guidelines

Limit your resume to one page

Make it as comprehensive as possible to play up your best points, but limit it to one page so that you can put it on the back of your headshot.

Keep it simple

If you don’t like printing your resume on the back of your headshot, use plain paper in cream, light gray, or white instead. No, pink and scented will not impress your casting director.

Use standard fonts like Times New Roman, Georgia, or Arial in 10 to 12 point sizes to convey a more professional look. Larger fonts are only to be used in headings of sections. It is also okay to use capitals, italics, and bold fonts, but make sure that your font color is only black.

Make it easy to read

The best way to print information is by using left to right and top to bottom order. This way, you don’t have to let your casting director avert his eyes repeatedly from top to bottom, it will make them lose interest in your resume fast.

Maintain accuracy and consistency

Make sure to include information only if they are honest, accurate, and current. Add every new project or acting classes you went to. Even changes in hair color and weight should be taken note of. Make sure that these changes are printed properly, not marked using your own handwriting. Your fonts and punctuation should be the same all throughout so that your resume will not look like a slobby mess.

Minimize abbreviations

References to unions, college degrees, and states are easily recognizable; however, they are the only ones you are allowed to use in your resume. Otherwise, it will look like your resume was thrown together by a lazy person—not impressive.

Attach your headshot

Make sure that your resume is attached to the back portion of your headshot—whether you print it directly on the back or on a separate sheet of paper, make sure that both things will not be separated.

To make it safe, though, also print your name, contact information, and the name of the agent or agency you are affiliated with, to allow casting people to contact you.

The Sections


On your header should be your name in big, bold fonts so that it is visible from a few feet away, best to put it on the center. Your contact information, physical description, and union affiliations should follow.


This is where you write all your acting credits, whether film, television, theater, or even webisodes. Group each job under the category they fall under, but remember to prioritize each credit in each category depending on how impressive they are. There are different ways to list your experience in each category, as well.

Individual projects

Individual projects should be listed in three columns, with the title of the project on the left, information or role on the center, and production company on the right.


For theater, the role type on the center should be replaced with character name, and on the right column, the company, theater, or venue names are listed. The directors, if well-known, will be listed alongside the production company.


There are two types of roles for film: speaking and non-speaking roles. Specify the type of role you have. Under speaking are the lead, principal, and supporting roles. Under non-speaking are featured, extra, stunt performer, stand-in, body double, and stunt double.

Other Categories

Don’t forget other roles that could prove helpful, as well. Among the ones listed in the “other” categories that you can place on your experience section are industrials, voiceovers, print, or commercial roles. However, these are more appropriate for TV or film auditions, not stage theatricals.

If your list is long, you can also indicate “List to be Provided Upon Request” instead.


The training section will show whether or not you have adequate experience, so develop it as much as possible. Even when you’re already acting, you shouldn’t stop going to classes and workshops to improve your craft.

Formal College or University Education

Not all actors and actresses quit school. In fact, many successful ones like Emma Watson and Natalie Portman hold university degrees. The most recent one should come first and should be listed along with your major and name and location of school. If you are still studying, indicate your graduation date.

Related coursework can also be considered as a sub-category in this section, and you can detail the training you underwent while in college.


Grouped by type, you can specify your level of proficiency for each skill. Your hobbies are a good start, but dance, music, voice and speech, vehicles, athletics, weaponry or combat can all be included.

As long as you are honest with your credentials, your resume will speak for you, so don’t be lazy with it. Put it together properly to impress that casting director who could possibly give you your big break.

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