Quick Movie Guide: Animated Films to Look Forward to in 2016

Norm of the North (Release Date: January 15, 2016)

Norm of the North was supposed to be released in 2012 but it has been moved to 2016. It tells the story of Norm, a polar bear and his three lemming friends who end up in New York City after their home in the Arctic starts melting. In New York, he became a mascot of a corporation who is responsible for what has happened to his homeland. The 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film—which is distributed by Lionsgate—stars Rob Schneider as Norm.

Zootopia (Release Date: March 4, 2016)

Zootopia

Zootopia is a computer-animated comedy-adventure film set to be released this March 4, 2016. It tells the story about a fast-talking fox named Nick Wilde who lives in the animal city Zootopia. The city is divided into four neighborhoods: Tundra Town, Sahara Square, Little Rodenta, and Burrowborough. When Nick gets framed for a crime he did not commit, he goes running. He is chased by Lt. Judy Hops, Zootopia’s best cop.

Kung Fu Panda 3 (Release Date: March 18, 2016)

Kung Fu Panda 3

Continuing Po’s Legend of Awesomeness, Kung Fu Panda 3 is set to be released theatrically this coming March 18, 2016. Supposedly, the third installment of the animated film is scheduled to be released on December 23, 2015 but they’ve pushed back the release date; according to 20th Century Fox, distributor of the sequel, they do not want to be caught together with George Lucas’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which will be featured on the big screen this December 18, 2015.

Finding Dory (Release Date: June 17, 2016)

Finding Dory

A sequel to Disney’s 2003 movie Finding Nemo, Finding Dory is an upcoming 3D computer-animated adventure comedy film coming to theaters this 2016.It has already been confirmed that Ellen DeGeneres and Albert Brooks will reprise their roles respectively as Dory and Marlin. After successfully bringing back Nemo, Dory is now living with Marlin and Nemo in the same reef. While accompanying Nemo in a school trip, Dory’s memories suddenly trigger. The event makes Dory go back to the place where she was born hoping she will be reunited with her family.

 

Games with Female Protagonists – Samus Aran and Yuna

Admit it—video games having male protagonists are becoming a bit cliché. Even the storylines that revolve around their lives are often overused variants of some original material. We often look for game titles that are unique in their own way which doesn’t center on a male character but on a female character instead.

Gamers are in bliss nowadays though: there have been numerous video game titles that have female protagonists in them. Some are even so popular that when you mention them, people have no trouble recalling what video game they star in. Below are just some of these well-known female characters. You may have played these two characters already in their respective games. But if you haven’t, then you should definitely check these games out if you have the time.

Samus Aran (Metroid)

Samus Aran of Metroid Prime

You probably have known this character since the reign of the Nintendo Entertainment System days. She is the main character of the science fiction action-adventure game series Metroid, which was created by Nintendo. She is a space-faring bounty hunter. Her iconic powered armor sports energy weapons and missiles. She completes missions given by the Galactic Federation while hunting endlessly for Ridley and the Space Pirates group as well as the Metroids (parasitic organism that drain energy).

Yuna (Final Fantasy)

Yuna of Final Fantasy

She is one of the female protagonists in the Final Fantasy franchise (specifically in Final Fantasy X and the remake Final Fantasy X-2). She appeared first in the game as a summoner to go on a journey to defeat Sin, a world-threatening monster. She is accompanied by her companions most especially Tidus, the male protagonist in Final Fantasy X. She later reappears in the remake (Final Fantasy X-2) searching to find him after two years of disappearance. She can also be found in other Square Enix games like Dissidia 012 Final Fantasy.

Quick and Easy Steps to Keep Your Skin Moisturized

Since our whole body is basically covered with skin, it is important that we take care of it properly. Keeping our skin moisturized is essential; nobody likes their skin flaky or dry. While there are many factors that can make our skin dry, there are still a lot of remedies to keep it hydrated. Keeping the skin moisturized will not only prevent it from drying and  flaking; it also helps prevent acne breakouts and achieve smooth, supple, and soft skin that everyone would surely envy. Make it a priority to keep your skin moisturized.

Skin Moisturizer

The first step to follow to avoid dry skin is to use body wash that suits your skin type. In finding the perfect body wash, always remember not to settle with a cheap one especially if you have dry skin. Check also the label of the body wash and see whether it contains essential ingredients that are good for the skin such as jojoba oil, olive oil, honey, or coconut oil. It is also much better if you patronize organic skin care products since they are proven to work magic on your skin.

Skin Moisturizing

Choosing the right moisturizer to apply on your body is also necessary since we all have different skin types. We have to remember that if we end up using a moisturizer that does not suit your skin well, it might give us harmful side effects. Do not forget to apply moisturizer after taking a bath to keep your skin soft and smooth all day long. It would be best also to take along with you a hand or body cream wherever you go. When deciding what moisturizer to use, going natural is always the best.

Most of all drink plenty of water every day to replenish what you’ve lost the whole day and to keep your skin hydrated. Pampering your skin once in a while to a beauty spa is also highly recommended in keeping your skin moisturized.

Dog Care Tips: How to Help a Dog Boost His Low Self-Esteem

Dogs, just like humans, also suffer from low self-esteem and they exhibit it by being shy and submissive. There are many reasons that can cause a dog to have a low self-esteem such as dog fears, phobias, and traumatic experiences from the past. When a dog has a low self-esteem he is usually weak-minded and unsociable but that doesn’t make him less adorable, instead it only means that you have to exert extra effort in order to help your pet boost his self-esteem.

Dog with Low Self-Esteem

As his human parent, it is your duty to make sure that you provide your pet’s needs and that includes helping him to improve his self-esteem. It is really necessary that you help your pet enhance his confidence because according to dog whisperer Cesar Milan, dogs who have low self-esteem are likely to show fear-aggressive behavior and develop an obsession that is far different from dogs who are dominant and energetic.

How to know if your dog has low self-esteem

It is very easy to spot whether a dog has low self-esteem. A dog who is insecure and critically shy usually means that he has low self-esteem. The pet usually stays away from company and would rather be sitting in the corner rather than befriending everybody it meets. Being unsociable is one of the many signs that your dog has low self-esteem and your pet definitely needs help from his human parent.

Pug with Low Self-Esteem

How you can help

Dogs with low self-esteem are in dire need of a pack leader who will tell them what to do and what not to do. That means you have to act as their pack leader and convey to them the rules, limitations, and boundaries. Having a strong pack leader will help them get better. Another therapy that will help dogs gain high self-esteem is letting them socialize more with other dogs. However, you must closely monitor the progress of your pet and make sure that he is doing well with other dogs.

Being a dog owner requires you not just to feed and groom him; you also need to pay attention to his other needs and make sure that he is happy, confident, and very sociable.

Keeping a Dozen Cats

Ever heard of the term “Crazy Cat Lady” before? If you have, then you probably know what it means. There are some people who take their love for and devotion to cats to a whole new level. Instead of keeping just one or two cats, they keep more. There are even those who have a dozen cats in their home.

There is nothing wrong with keeping a lot of pet cats in your home. The main concern here is how you’ll be able to take care of all of them equally. Here are the things you need to do before you decide to adopt more cats.

Taking Care of a Dozen Cats

Have Enough Room

One of the primary concerns for every cat lover is the space. You can’t just leave your cats outside! What if it rains? What if someone steals them? You need to keep them inside. Better yet, reserve a room for them in your house.

Enough Ventilation

If your house does not provide enough ventilation for a lot of cats, then it might cause discomfort for them. They may even have a hard time getting fresh air because of the house getting too crowded. Remember to have a lot of ventilation points for yourself and for your pets’ convenience while you are all inside.

12 Cats

Papers

There are some countries and areas that require documents and licenses for adopting certain pets. In such cases, you can’t just get an orphan cat and let it live in your house. Just to be sure, pay a visit to a local animal organization or any animal-related group to help you with the matter.

Litter Boxes and Scratch Posts

If you don’t have litter boxes inside your house, then expect your cats to pee and defecate practically anywhere they feel like it. If you really plan to adopt a lot of cats, provide more litter boxes where they can dispose their waste as well as scratch posts so they don’t destroy your furniture.

Advertising Your Manga

So you want to advertise your manga? That’s not a problem. Numerous publishing companies always do this especially when they plan to release a new book for manga stores and individual buyers. But sometimes we just don’t know where to start and what must be done when you advertise your manga. So here are some basic tips on how to advertise.

Advertise Your Manga

Know Your Target Market

When it comes to talks on advertising, two words will always pop out: target market. Target market is like a majority of audience that you aim your manga at. For example, if the genre of your manga is shoujo, then of course your target market is mostly girls ages 10-18.

Stay on the Budget

The reason why advertising campaigns on certain products tend to fail is because they go overboard with the budget. This should be avoided at all times! If the upper management has allotted funds for advertising your manga then better stick to that budget. Cook up a solid plan so that the money used for the advertising materials are spent well.

How to Advertise Manga

Stay Positive

If your manga is good, then you definitely have no problem in getting a lot of readers to like it. Always keep a positive mindset. If it fails, you can always try again. Don’t be discouraged if the plans did not go well. If you feel that something’s not right, never hesitate to change the advertising strategy before it gets worse.

Conventions and Hobby Events

The best places to advertise your upcoming manga are obviously during conventions and hobby-related events. Majority of the attendees are otakus so better take that opportunity to make a buzz. Remember that before you go to the venue to advertise it, notify the event organizers ahead of time.

Conclusion

Advertising is a win-lose situation. We will never know what the final outcome would look like. But if you put your heart into it, good things will surely happen. Good luck!

Quick Movie Facts: Top 3 Highest-Grossing Film of All Time

Ever since motion picture was invented in 1891, movies have been a great part of our life.  Movies entertain us, influence us, and instill great values to us. Here are the top 3 highest-grossing films worldwide:

Top 3: The Avengers (2012)

The superhero film based on Marvel comics earned $1.518 billion after being released in May 4, 2014. The Avengers, which was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, was the first Marvel movie to produce $1 billion ticket sales; it was also the fastest film to generate $1 billion in North America.

The Avengers Film

Following its success, The Avengers is set to spawn three more sequels. The second spin-off, Avengers: Age of Ultron, is scheduled to be released this May 2015 while the 3rd and 4th installments will hit the big screen on 2018 and 2019 respectively.

Top 2: Titanic (1997)

The epic romantic disaster film which was directed by James Cameron was the highest-grossing film for 13 years before it was surpassed by Avatar in 2010, which, incidentally, was also directed by Cameron. Titanic earned a whopping $2.18 billion and was the first film to surpass the billion-dollar mark.

Titanic Movie

Aside from being a blockbuster hit, Titanic received a lot of accolades. As a matter of fact, the movie tied up with All About Eve (1950) for the most Academy Awards nominations. Titanic also tied up with Ben Hur (1959) for the most Oscars won by a single movie.

Top 1: Avatar (2009)

The highest-grossing film of all time which earned $2.80 billion in the box office is Avatar, a science fiction flick directed, written and co-produced by James Cameron. Avatar became the first film to surpass the $2 billion ticket sales worldwide.

Avatar Movie

The movie also received numerous recognitions including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, and Best Visual Effects in the Academy Awards. Following the success of the film, three sequels will be released starting from December 2017 to 2019. The movie sequels will still be directed by James Cameron.

Gaming Etiquette for Girls

Okay, so you’re a girl and you love video games so much. Some boys would praise you for that (just who wouldn’t, right?). But sometimes people take advantage of the amount of attention given them.  When male gamers encounter female gamers like you, most of them think that all women are well-behaved and well-respected people. While getting rowdy sometimes is good to add color to your life, in some situations, you would do well to conform to those expectations—especially if you’re in a very formal venue like game tournaments.

Gaming etiquette is important—everybody has to follow rules of conduct regardless what game you are playing. There’s more to playing video games than just tapping the keyboard or abusing a gamepad’s buttons.

Girl Playing Video Game

Respecting Other Gamers’ Preferences

Everyone has their own preferences and you don’t have the right to change those. Not all gamers are into RPGs. Even other popular genres aren’t exempt to this rule; some just can’t stand first-person shooters. If you meet a fellow gamer who doesn’t like the genres you play, it’s best to keep an open-mind or at least just respect his/her opinions.

Profanity

It’s alright to vent your frustration if you’re having a losing streak but it shouldn’t come to a point that you’ve to belt out invectives. Shouting profanity when you’re playing games in a public place sounds very unethical to say the least. It will turn people off, adds unnecessary stress, and marks you as someone unpleasant.

The key here is to keep calm and not take the entire thing too seriously. This is the reason why a lot of people get so frustrated when the game doesn’t go well. Keep calm and carry on.Beautiful Female Gamer

Don’t Take Your Gender as an Advantage

Just because you’re a woman, doesn’t mean that you have an advantage in the games you play. So when you’re playing a fighting game and your opponent’s a guy, never expect the opposite gender to go easy on you.

Mangas Published in the Weekly Shonen Jump

The Weekly Shonen Jump is so far one of the most popular best-selling manga magazines in Japan. It first started its publication and distribution in a semi-monthly basis during 1968-1969. Since then, the magazine has been releasing popular manga titles on a weekly basis with a total of 2,779,231 copies in circulation last 2013.

The magazine has been an avenue for manga artists to publish their works and build a starting foundation for their chosen career. Below are some of the popular and well-known mangas that were published in the magazine before getting their own releases.

Naruto

Naruto

This manga series was written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It was first published in a separate publishing company then later to the Weekly Shonen Jump in 1999. It did not gain international attention until its anime adaptation in October 2002.

The story tells about an orphan ninja named Naruto Uzumaki who, at first, is discriminated by the village of Konohagakure because of being the living prison of the Kyuubi, a dangerous creature that almost destroyed the village decades ago. The story has two central themes: Naruto’s belief in friendship and how he surmounts his difficulties to rise to the top, earning the adoration and support of his entire village.

Nisekoi

Nisekoi

Nisekoi or False Love is a weekly manga series written and illustrated by Naoshi Komi. It was first published as a one-shot then later serialized in the Weekly Shonen Jump beginning 2011. The manga is still ongoing with a North American English translation distributed by Viz Media.

Death Note

Death Note

Written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, it tells the story of a boy named Light Yagami who mysteriously finds a black notebook that has the words “Death Note” on the cover. When Light writes a name on it, the person who bears that name dies. While Light continues to “cleanse” the world and bring justice, his plans get spoiled by a childish yet intelligent teenage detective named L.

Romantic Movies Guide: Nicholas Sparks Movies That You Should Watch

Nicholas Sparks is undeniably the king of romantic novels. Starting 1996, he has captivated his readers all around the world and made them fall deeply in love with his stories. Sparks has written 19 novels and nine of them have already been adapted into films; another two of his works have already been set to screenplay adaptation. If you love romantic movies with unexpected endings, these Nicholas Sparks flicks are for you.

Safe Haven

Safe Haven (2013)

Safe Haven is a very timely story that would inspire you to take a second chance on love. The flick is a combination of romance and suspense that would surely enthrall audiences of all ages. Safe Haven, which stars Julianne Hough and Josh Duhamel, tells us the story of Kate, a young and mysterious woman and her struggle for a new life. She arrives in a small North Carolinian town of Southport and her arrival makes people curious about her past. She avoids making personal ties with people from the community but makes an exception after a series of events that make her befriend Alex—a widowed store owner with two children—and Jo, her plain-spoken neighbor.

The Notebook

The Notebook (2004)

The Notebook is a romantic drama movie that tells the story of ill-fated lovers who are separated because of social differences. The story—which stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams—takes place in Seabrook Island, South Carolina during the 1940s. The Notebook gives us an insight on how bittersweet it is to love and how fate sometimes gives you a second shot at love. After being separated for seven years, Noah (Gosling) and Allie (McAdams) reunite and they struggle to make their second chance at love a lifetime commitment. The Notebook—which was Sparks’ second published book that made him a New York’s best-selling author—is a box office hit.

A Walk to Remember

A Walk to Remember (2002)                       

A Walk to Remember is another hit movie adapted from Sparks’ book. It is a coming-of-age teen romantic flick which stars Mandy Moore and Shane West. The story is a typical bad-boy-falls-in-love-with-good-girl scoop but with a twist in the ending. Popular and rebellious Landon (West) meets conservative girl Jamie (Moore) and after being together for quite some time, their friendship deepens into love. This movie will definitely move you to tears so you better bring a box of tissue while watching.

Other movies that have been adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ books are Message in a Bottle (1999), Nights in Rodanthe (2008), Dear John (2010), The Last Song (2010), The Lucky One (2012), and Best of Me (2014).