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Stroke Survivors with Irregular Heartbeat May Have Higher Risk of Dementia

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Stroke survivors who have an irregular heartbeat called atrial fibrillation may be at higher risk of developing dementia than stroke survivors who do not have the heart condition, according to research published in the March 8, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Atrial fibrillation affects more than two million Americans, and it is more common as people age. About 15 percent of strokes occur in people with atrial fibrillation. The heart’s two upper chambers do not beat effectively in the condition, resulting in an irregular heart rhythm.

The research analyzed all of the available studies where people with atrial fibrillation were compared to people without atrial fibrillation and followed to determine who developed dementia over time.

A total of 15 studies were analyzed, with 46,637 participants with an average age of 72. The research found that stroke survivors with atrial fibrillation were 2.4 times more likely to develop dementia than stroke survivors who did not have the heart condition. About 25 percent of patients with stroke and atrial fibrillation were found to have developed dementia during follow-up.

“These results may help us identify potential treatments that could help delay or even prevent the onset of dementia,” said study author Phyo Kyaw Myint, MD, of the University of East Anglia in Norfolk, U.K. “Options could include more rigorous management of cardiovascular risk factors or of atrial fibrillation, particularly in stroke patients.”

Myint noted that the research on whether people who have atrial fibrillation but have not had a stroke have any greater risk of dementia was not conclusive.


The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 22,500 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy. For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit



March 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Top 10 New Rap Albums – March 2011

This month sees the arrival of two eagerly anticipated rap CDsLasers and Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang. What’s more, Big Sean finally gets famous while Curren$y revs up the engine on his Jet-rap assault.

10. Reks – ‘Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme’

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Believe it or not, the self-named Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme is REKS’ third album. He dropped his first disc, Along Came The Chosen, in 2001. He was a green-eyed 18-year old back then. Now older and wiser, REKS seeks to make his name known with the arrival ofR.E.K.S.. Production lineup includes top shottas like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Hi-Tek, Alchemist, Nottz, Sha Money XL, Sean C & LV, Fizzy Womack and Statik Selektah.

Release Date: March 8, 2011

9. CunninLynguists – ‘Oneirology’

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Kentucky-based trio CunningLynguists serves up more of its signature cornbread-and-greens rap. Oneirology, the group’s 5th LP, features newcomers Big K.R.I.T. and Freddie Gibbs.

Release Date: March 22, 2011

8. Zion I & The Grouch – ‘Heroes in the Healing of the Nation’


West Coast hip-hop veterans Zion I & The Grouch dazzled with their first collaborative LP, Heroes In The City of Dope. The trio returns for its follow-up album Heroes In The Healing of The Nation. Amp Live handles production on the sophomore disc, with Eligh contributing one track. The album also plays host to a bevy of guests, including Freeway, Mystic, Fashawn, Eligh, and Casual.

Release Date: March 22, 2011

7. Big Sean – ‘Finally Famous’

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Big Sean’s journey to his debut has been a long and rewarding one. He met Kanye in 2005, signed to G.O.O.D Music in 2007. Sean also increased his visibility by gracing several GOOD Friday songs. He won’t be waiting in Ye’s wings for much longer, as his Finally FamousLP finally drops this month.

Release Date: March 29, 2011

6. Curren$y – ‘Muscle Car Chronicles’

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Muscle Car Chronicles finds Curren$y rhyming over live instrumentation courtesy of folk artist Sean O’Connell, as well as drumming by The Mars Volta’s own Thomas Pridgen. The New Orleans MC is planning an assault of music this year. FollowingMuscle Car Chronicles, Spitta will also release Pilot Talk III and the Alchemist-produced Covert Coup EP this year. Covert Coup hits iTunes on April 19th, just in time for Smoker Nation to mark 4/20 holiday.

Release Date: March 15, 2011

5. Travis Barker – ‘Give the Drummer Some’

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Your favorite rapper’s other favorite drummer makes his hip-hop debut with Give the Drummer Some. Barker’s rap cronies gave him plenty, with Game, Swizz Beats, Lil Wayne, and Rick Ross all lending rhymes to the lead single “Can A Drummer Get Some.” The album also includes guest turns from the Cool Kids, RZA, Raekwon, Kurupt and the Clipse.

Release Date: March 15, 2011

4. Pharoahe Monch – ‘W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)’

The oft-delayed Pharoahe Monch album gets its day in the sun this month. W.A.R. will be issued on Monchichi’s own label also named (yup, you guessed it) W.A.R. Media in association with Duck Down Music.

Release Date: March 22, 2011

3. Wiz Khalifa – ‘Rolling Papers’

Wiz Khalifa - Rolling Papers© Atlantic
The title alludes to more than just his fondness of Mary Jane. “It’s bigger than that,” Wiz told a gang of fans on UStream. The album’s title refers to his success in securing a release from former label Warner Bros. “I sort of got my ‘rolling papers’… and I was able to leave and I was able to do my thing,” adds Mr. “Black & Yellow.”Rolling Papers features Rick Ross, Too $hort, Snoop Dogg and Curren$y.Release Date: March 29, 2011

2. Raekwon – ‘Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang’

Raekwon - Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang© Ice Water

You may be forgiven for thinking that the Chef emptied the pantry on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2Shaolin vs Wu-Tang finds Raekwon whipping up more treats for Wu fiends. Rae also sprinkled some exotic ingredients to spice things up. If he strikes the perfect balance between that good ol’ Wu sound and the not-so-Wu sound, Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang should score him some new converts.

Release Date: March 8, 2011

1. Lupe Fiasco – ‘Lasers’

Lupe Fiasco - Lasers© Atlantic

Lupe has been looking outside his window for inspiration lately. Lasers sports collaborations with new allies Trey Songz, Skylar Grey (“Words I Never Said”), and MDMA. It’s available in three packages: standard, deluxe, and premium. Deluxe includes a Lasers t-shirt, pre-release MP3 downloads of “The Show Goes On” and “Words I Never Said,” and, of course, the Lasers CD. The premium package gets you the disc, the shirt, the MP3s, a sew-on patch, and a lithograph all for a measly $50.

Release Date: March 8, 2011


March 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Alex Pettyfer as Number Four in 'I Am Number Four'Alex Pettyfer as Number Four in ‘I Am Number Four’

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British actor Alex Pettyfer stars as Number Four, one of nine aliens hiding out on earth following the destruction of their planet by their mortal enemies (the Mogadorians), in I Am Number Four. Accompanied by his friend/mentor Henri (Timothy Olyphant), Number Four moves around the US trying to keep one step ahead of the Mogadorians who have tracked the escapees to earth. After one narrow escape, Number Four (who changes his name to John Smith to blend in) and Henri wind up in small town in Ohio.


John’s supposed to keep a low profile, but for the first time in his life he finds himself really connecting with a member of the opposite sex. Falling in love with Sarah (played by Dianna Agron), a pretty and popular student at his new school, puts John at risk as his alien powers are growing and he’s next on the Mogadorians hit list (they have to kill each of the nine in order and Numbers One through Three are now dead). Complicating matters is a smart, geeky alien-obsessed student named Sam (Callan McAuliffe) who knows there’s something different about John…

When Pettyfer sat down with a group of journalists to discuss I Am Number Four at the film’s LA press day, his arm was covered in tattoos. Before getting into the nitty gritty of the making of the first film of what could possibly be a franchise for DreamWorks Pictures, Pettyfer explained the tattoos and how he’s been trying to get rid of them.

Alex Pettyfer I Am Number Four Interview

Are the tattoos on your arm permanent?Alex Pettyfer: “No, it isn’t. It was for a movie I finished two days ago, and I apologize for not taking it off. I was in the shower yesterday morning before I did press, scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing. I was like, ‘Why is this thing not coming off?’ And then as you see, I’ve tried to attack it again this morning.”

What is it a tattoo of?

Alex Pettyfer: “It’s kind of tribal. It symbolizes everyone I killed.”

They’re from Now – can you say who you playing in that?

Alex Pettyfer: “I just play the leader of a gang. I’m just not a very nice man.”

So you’re killing people because they can’t grow too old, right?

Alex Pettyfer: “Yeah, we stop at the age of 25. There’s no such thing as money. Currency is time. When we’re 25, we’ve all got clocks on our arms and we buy and sell things with time, and time is always ticking down for us. So when we hit 25, we only have a year to live. There’s people that are millionairians and there’s people who live by 23 hours. It’s a very original script, and I’m very, very proud to be a part of it.”

Are you a sci-fi fan?

Alex Pettyfer: “Am I a sci-fi fan? I don’t categorize movies, which is weird. I just look for great stories. I Am Number Four is a great story about a guy, I think, he trying to find his destiny and trying to figure out who he is and his identity. And so I think that’s what was so compelling about the script, apart from D.J. [Caruso, the director] as well. I don’t really look for a script and go, ‘I need to do a thriller, so I’m going to do this.’ I just read scripts and look for the best possible story.”

What did D.J. Caruso put you through physically on the set? How much did you have to do?

Alex Pettyfer: “I did everything, and I did two months training beforehand. D.J. is a very hands-on director and is literally by your side every minute. He creates these phenomenal sets and kind of phenomenal situations and sticks you plunk in the middle, and you kind of don’t really realize that you’re in a movie anymore. You go, ‘Oh, sh-t! I better run for my life.’”

Did you get any injuries?

Alex Pettyfer: “I didn’t because we had a phenomenal stunt team. Brad Allan choreographed everything so well. He’s a zen genius. We had great people around us. I think the third act in the last 45 minutes of the movie is all down to D.J. creating this amazing world.”

John Smith is bonded forever supposedly with ‘Sarah’ [played by Dianna Agron] but he runs off with hot Number Six [Teresa Palmer]. Have you heard if anything might happen between Number Four and Number Six in the sequel?

Alex Pettyfer: [Laughing] “I think he should hit his head and get amnesia and just wake up with Six.”

So you don’t have any inkling of what’s going to happen if there’s a sequel?

Alex Pettyfer: “I will tell you a big secret. You’re the first to find out. Sam [Callan McAuliffe] ends up with Six. He gets out that little cafeteria knife, and oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yea. Two Aussies in one room, making love.”

Are you ready for more of these films?

Alex Pettyfer: “Yeah. Hopefully people will enjoy the movie as much as we enjoyed making it and, hopefully, we will get an opportunity to make a second one.”

Why was Teresa Palmer the only person you picked on during filming? We asked everyone else after she said you played a practical joke on her, and it seems she was your only target.

Alex Pettyfer: “She’s an Australian woman. [Laughing] I don’t know.”

So there’s this report on the internet that your mom and Channing Tatum’s mom are best friends…

Alex Pettyfer: “Oh, wow. Do you know who is my best friend? Paul Newman. In my mind Paul Newman is my best friend. My best friend with Paul Newman is so true…so is the Channing Tatum thing. There’s no connection [to Channing Tatum], sorry.”

But your mom is a model?

Alex Pettyfer: “No, my mom is an interior decorator.”

Where are all these stories on the internet coming from? So tell us the true story.

Alex Pettyfer: “In the beginning there were two people. [laughing]”

Your mom was never a model or TV presenter?

Alex Pettyfer: “I think she wishes. I think my dad wishes he was an actor. My dad is a builder and my mom is an interior decorator.”

But you were a model?

Alex Pettyfer: “I did a gig for Burberry once and it was a great experience. But no, I’m not a model. I want to be a model, it’s a lot easier than acting.”

How did you get into acting?

Alex Pettyfer: “I was at school. I had a big crush on a girl and I joined the media class because she was in it. I realized that I was two years younger than her and I wasn’t in the same class as her, and was stuck with it. I had to do it. I went on this school trip and I didn’t really care about acting or about media. I wanted to be a racing driver. I went to go to the toilet and walked into this auditioning room where Stephen Fry was and he must have taken a fancy. Him and the producer stuck me in this small TV movie called Tom Brown’s Schooldays, which was a great experience. I loved every second and realized that as long as this journey was going to go forward, I was going to go with it cause who doesn’t like playing dress up?”

How important is the music to this film?

Alex Pettyfer: “Is the music not amazing in this movie? It’s unreal. I watched the movie and I never realized how much music affects how you feel in that moment until I watched a D.J. Caruso movie.”

Can you talk about the dog in I Am Number Four? Were there several of them?

Alex Pettyfer: “It was five dogs. The main dog was called Scout. He’s an amazing dog. I tried to steal him.”

What do you hope people will take from this movie?

Alex Pettyfer: “Stand and fight for what you believe in.”

It was reported Clint Culpepper at Screen Gems said that he doesn’t want to go ahead with the Mortal Instruments film unless you sign on for the male lead. What’s it like for you to hear something like that? Are you close to signing on or is it something you’re interested in?

Alex Pettyfer: “He said he won’t do it [without me]? When did he say that?”

In mid-January it was reported he said that. Is that something you want to do?

Alex Pettyfer: “I’m a big fan of the books and I’m just trying to figure out what I’m doing next.”


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Inside ‘Hall Pass’ with Writer/Directors Peter and Bobby Farrelly

Jenna Fischer, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and Christina Applegate in Hall PassJenna Fischer, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and Christina Applegate in ‘Hall Pass.’

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Bobby and Peter Farrelly – the filmmaking brothers behind Dumb and DumberKingpin, and There’s Something About Mary – are back with another R-rated comedy, Hall Pass, starring Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, and Christina Applegate. Wilson and Sudeikis star as happily married men/BFFs who can’t seem to help but gawk whenever a pretty woman walks by. Their wives, played by Fischer and Applegate, decide enough is enough and issue the men a week-long ‘hall pass’. So, what’s a hall pass? It’s basically a week’s vacation from being married. The guys can do whatever they want, with whoever they want, and they won’t get in trouble. It’s one week off with no questions asked. What could go wrong?

Together for a press conference in LA in support of the New Line Cinema film, the cast and writer/directors Bobby and Peter Farrelly explained why hall pass may be a great idea for a comedy but a not-so-great idea to put into practice.

Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, Jenna Fischer, Bobby Farrelly and Peter Farrelly Hall Pass Press Conference

How did your involvement with Hall Pass come about?

Bobby Farrelly: “The original script was written by Pete Jones and when we saw it, we thought, ‘Wow, that’s a good idea for a movie. Hall Pass – a married guy gets a week off.’ Pete had written a really, really good script and from there we all kind of hopped in.”

Peter Farrelly: “It was hysterical. It was very funny, you laughed out loud ten or 12 times and we just thought this is something we’d like to get involved in. And then it was a long, long process rewriting with him because it is a real balancing act to make this movie work.”

“You know, one of the early problems with the movie was that the guys got the hall pass in the beginning and the women just bit their fingernails and waited, like, ‘Oh, I wonder what’s going on? What are they doing?’ And that didn’t work. I remember, and I apologize for repeating this, but my wife read it and she said, ‘I hate these f–king women.’ I was like, ‘Why?’ She said, ‘Because if you get a hall pass, I’m getting a f–king hall pass. This is bullsh-t!’ [She was] literally angry with me. So we’re like, ‘Okay, calm down.’ And we rethought it.”

Were you surprised this movie ends up being very pro-relationship and monogamy considering your character is the inciter?

Jason Sudeikis: “Was I surprised? No, I read the script. But before then, no. As I was reading it, I would say not necessarily surprised. I was hoping that that’s the lesson that would be potentially learned because I do believe in the idea of love and marriage and monogamy.”

Owen Wilson: “Valentine’s Day.”

Jason Sudeikis: “But I was happy that it happened, and I like that the question will probably be bandied about. I feel like just the commercial alone probably causes some sofa discussion or pillow talk between couples of just like, ‘Would you do that? Would you ever? Honey, what would you do if I gave you that?’ And I think it could go either way, guys or gals, like the movie allows itself to do. I like that it posed that question because I think marriage is in an interesting place with a high divorce rate and people talking about the sanctity of gay marriage and all this rampant cheating going on with Tiger Woods and the internet and Chris Lees of the world, the senator – or whatever the hell he does for a living. I like that it posed that question and it doesn’t necessarily answer it. It only answers it for the characters involved.”

For the Farrellys, do you look back on the gross-out scenes from past movies and wonder how you can beat that – as you did with one scene in particular in this?


Peter Farrelly: “We don’t really do that. Actually, we’re not bashful about doing that, but that’s not our goal. At first we try just to create a character and a concept that we like so much that we can hang all our gags on. And in fact, something like that – that was the last thing we put in the entire script, really. We were just about to start shooting…”

Owen Wilson: “It wasn’t in the original script that I saw.”

Peter Farrelly: “No, we didn’t want to scare Owen away. At the very end, right before we started shooting, we sat down and we said, ‘Let’s go through this one more time and see if there’s some opportunities for jokes where there’s not anything now.’ And one of the writers had had an experience similar to this…I won’t get into who…and it just cracked us up, so we just decided to try for it.”

Bobby Farrelly: “Definitely, our wives play a big part in it, because they’re the first people who read it. And they’re very honest with us. So after that, the studio certainly is always thinking about the audience. They want to make sure it’s not gonna be, you know, just for the guys and not for the girls. But I would give most of the credit to our wives.”

Peter Farrelly: “[…]We were curious and we wanted to get women’s input. This is a guy concept, but the women win. Ultimately, it’s a chick flick. I mean, they win across the board. They get to do more than the guys do on the hall pass, and the guys come back humbled and trying to please them. And they have no repercussions from it, except for the immediate ones that they suffered along the way. But it has to be that way. This movie, for it to work, women had to really go for it.”

Owen, you just said it is a chick flick.

Owen Wilson: “Yeah. You would often say that to me that we’re making Mystic Pizza here. It beats the Traveling Sisterhood and Ya-Ya.”

Do you have to explain to the audience what a hall pass or fake chow is?

Owen Wilson: “I think hall pass people know. Fake chow I hadn’t heard before.”

Do you prefer movies with ensembles?

Owen Wilson: “It’s not necessarily like a plan. I think that maybe from growing up with brothers and those kind of buddy comedies I kind of relate to those, a lot of the humor in that. Maybe it’s just what I’ve responded to.”

Was there anything you read in the script that worried you?

Owen Wilson: “I think it more was, I’ve kind of known you guys for a little bit but obviously had never worked together, so it more kind of I always felt comfortable that we were kind of on the same wavelength sense of humor-wise. So I didn’t have that fear like, ‘Oh, these guys are going to be thinking something’s funny that I don’t think is funny.’ I didn’t really have that kind of fear that sometimes you have, like, ‘Geez, is this guy going to be on the same page with you?’ But then it always is kind of everybody has a different way of working. You’re kind of particular the way you direct. That was very specific with the way you kind of hear things. I like that.”

Jason Sudeikis: “I think I only heard a couple days before we shot the scene in the bathroom with the gal with the stomach trouble that it was just passing gas, and then they did a polish, a script polish, a little find and replace, remove ‘fart’ and put ‘shit sprayed on a bathroom wall.’ Spoilers! That was a surprise to me and I don’t think it was done for my benefit, but it was a shock. It wasn’t there when I initially had the script read to me.”

Jenna Fischer: “Well, my character didn’t have to do anything too crazy so there was nothing that took me by surprise. In general, when you’re a little kid and you daydream about what moviemaking must be like, what you’re daydreaming about is a Farrelly Brothers movie. Their set is so fun and so easy. It made me feel like how I’d always wanted to feel on a movie set, so it was just a total pleasure. And, luckily, I didn’t have to do anything too insane. So I think I got just the absolute best kind of experience.”

Owen Wilson: “There were more wrap parties on this movie than normal movies.”

Jenna Fischer: “It’s like a weekly wrap party.”

Jason Sudeikis: “On set gambling. More games were invented. You could have your own Olympics with the sh*t you guys do, with the birthday contest.”

Jenna Fischer: “There’s a dice game also with the giant dice that you found. Remember that giant dice game?”

Jason Sudeikis: “And it would be ridiculous stuff. There was the scene we shot outside, there was a basketball court. We had a basketball. ‘No, we’re not going to use the basketball. We’re going to use a football to try to throw a football into the basketball hoop.’ It’s like, ‘What the hell is going on here?”

Owen Wilson: “That kept us going for a while. I forgot about that one.”

Jason Sudeikis: “That’s where I made most of my money back.”

Owen, after becoming a father, did you have any moment where you realized you’ve grown up?

Owen Wilson: “Yeah, I think that definitely my character kind of has that, when he’s towards the end of the movie where he’s looking at the wedding picture and says to Richard Jenkins, realizes how special that was and what a good thing he has. Then Richard Jenkins remembers something else from the photo but, yeah, I guess that is kind of a little bit of the arc of my character, that he realizes what he has.”

Is there any real life merit to a hall pass?

Jenna Fischer: “It’s a horrible idea. Are you kidding? It’s a wonderful premise for a film; it’s a horrible practical idea in your life. Don’t do it!”

Owen Wilson: “All the guys are kind of just [nodding]. ‘Yeah, yeah, I agree.'”

Jason Sudeikis: “But it doesn’t have to be a week. It could be like four hours. It could be two days. Baby steps.”

Besides Applebee’s and Chili’s, where would you recommend someone go on a hall pass?

Owen Wilson: “Olive Garden.”

Jason Sudeikis: “Chuck-E-Cheese.”

Jenna Fischer: “Go to Bed Bath & Beyond. For real, there’s a ton of women there. Bed Bath & Beyond, Target. Go where women go. We’re all there. Cosmetics counter. The MAC counter at the mall. Whole Foods. The slutty women are at Whole Foods.”

Jason Sudeikis: “At the olive bar.”

Jenna Fischer: “The progressive liberal ladies.”

Owen Wilson: “The more wholesome ones go to Trader Joe’s.”

Jason Sudeikis: “Bring deodorant though, huh?”

What about to pick up dudes?


Owen Wilson: “Golf course.”

Jason Sudeikis: “Yeah, golf course. Strip clubs.”

Audiences see you as a party animal but in this movie you’re different. Did you enjoy it?

Owen Wilson: “I did. I think that one of the things that you guys had in mind when you talked about me playing the character was having a real look for the guy. I remember my older brother, who’s actually in the movie, coming to Atlanta where we filmed and just seeing me in my wardrobe and he just went, ‘You look so bad.’ Just putting on the clothes just made you feel like, ‘God, I’ve got no game.’ You really don’t feel, when you’ve got pleated jeans and kind of orthopedic type shoes, you don’t feel very sexy.”

How much improvisation went into shooting?


Owen Wilson: “I think there’s always, everybody was really comfortable trying to come up with stuff but it seemed like when I read the script I just thought it was really funny. That was always sort of… It’s nice when you’re working on something that you don’t feel like you’re having to change and try to come up with something. This we always had a good base and then from there you could kind of [improvise].”

Jason Sudeikis: “A real place – it came from a real place. You improvise what you know.”

If you could, what person would you use your hall pass on?

Jason Sudeikis: “1967 Raquel Welch? Can I use it that extensively? Can I use a time machine? Who am I kidding? I would take 1997 Raquel Welch. Who am I kidding? I’d take 2007. Not today though. Not now. Disrespectful. I’d take Helen Mirren now.”


Jenna Fischer: “I’m a newlywed. I don’t want a hall pass right now. I got nothing. I’m sorry. It’s true.”

Jason Sudeikis: “I’d use mine with Lee then.”

Jenna Fischer: “That would be not uncomfortable at all. That would be great.”

Jason Sudeikis: “That’s her husband.”

What’s happening with The Three Stooges?

Bobby Farrelly: “We’ve been working on it for about 10 years maybe longer. We finally just got it into pre-production. We are going to shoot it a little later this spring. Right now we’re diligently casting it, trying to figure out who the right guys are for it. It’s not an easy job because even great actors might struggle with those particular roles. We’re looking at everyone and we’ll probably have it cast in about a month or so. But we are going to make it and we’re very excited about it.”

Is that a passion project? Did they have a big influence on you?

Peter Farrelly: “No question, they had a big influence on us. We grew up watching them. We’d come home from school and watch them on TV and we’d laugh. These are guys from the 1930s and 1940s, and we just felt like that type of slapstick humor that they did was very timeless and funny, and we want to try to recreate it.”

Jason, was there a point on SNL you decided to start doing movies? How are you choosing?

Jason Sudeikis: “The decision came once people asked if I wanted to be in them, truth be told. Then the decision usually comes from being really fortunate to work with a lot of great people at SNL, continuing that streak of luck hopefully and work with more fun people, this table being one of them. Then Horrible Bosses, a lot of awesome fun people that I knew before working with them and working with them just became that much easier.”

What do you get to play in Horrible Bosses?

Jason Sudeikis: “I play a wonderful employee of one of the horrible bosses, one of the murderous employees. Yeah, specifically? His name’s Kurt. I’m an employee of Colin Farrelland I want to kill him.”


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All About Probiotics and Weight Loss

A type of “friendly bacteria” sold in supplement form, probiotics are sometimes marketed as natural weight loss aids. By consuming these live microorganisms, proponents claim, overweight people can correct bacterial imbalances thought to contribute to weight gain. While few studies have tested this theory, some research suggests that probiotics may help support weight loss.

The Science Behind Probiotics and Weight Loss

To date, there is very limited evidence of probiotics’ effectiveness in weight loss. The available research includes a 2010 study (published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition), which tested the anti-obesity effects of a probiotic strain called Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055). Every day for 12 weeks, 87 study participants drank about seven ounces of an LG2055-enhanced fermented milk or a fermented milk free of LG2055. Compared to the control group, those who consumed the LG2055-enhanced fermented milk showed a greater reduction in body weight and belly fat.

In another 2010 study (published in the journal Microbiology), scientists discovered that a specially-engineered strain of probiotics helped influence metabolism and beneficially alter body fat composition in a group of mice. Designed specifically for the study, the Lactobacillus strain contained conjugated linoleic acid (a fatty acid previously found to decrease body fat in humans). According to the study’s authors, these findings suggest that specialized probiotics may play a role in obesity prevention.

Probiotics may also promote weight loss in gastric bypass surgery patients, according to a 2009 study from the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery. For the study, 44 obese people who had recently undergone gastric bypass surgery were assigned to either a control group or to treatment with a supplement containing probiotics. Both groups also received standard care, nutritional counseling, and the support of weight-loss study groups, in addition to consuming yogurt (a natural source of probiotics). After three months, the probiotics group had experienced significantly greater weight loss compared to the control group.

Are Probiotics Safe for Weight Loss?

While supplements containing probiotics seem to be safe for short-term use, some people may experience side effects (such as gas and bloating). To increase your intake of probiotics without using supplements, look to naturally probiotic-rich foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, and miso.

Should You Use Probiotics for Weight Loss?

Due to the lack of supporting research, probiotics cannot currently be recommended for weight loss. However, some studies show that probiotics may help with other health conditions (including diarrheairritable bowel syndromeeczema, and gastrointestinal upset associated with use of antibiotics). If you’re considering the use of probiotics for weight loss (or any other health purposes), consult a health professional for help.


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