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Candice Swanepoel tops 2014 Maxim’s Hot 100, see who made it on the top 10 list!

Victoria Secret model Candice Swanepoel  tops the 2014 Maxim’s Hot 100 List!

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The 25-year-old South African beauty bested actress Scarlett Johansson (No. 2), singer Katy Perry (No. 3) and actress Jennifer Lawrence (No. 5

See who made it on the top 10 list:

  1. Candice Swanepoel
  2. Scarlett Johansson
  3. Katy Perry
  4. Irina Shayk
  5. Jennifer Lawrence
  6. Zooey Deschanel
  7. Alessandra Ambrosio
  8. Jessica Alba
  9. Mila Kunis
  10. Cara Delevingne

 

Colin Farrell, Jessica Beil and Kate Beckinsale covers Maxim!

Colin Farrell, Jessica Biel, and Kate Beckinsale of the movie Total Recall are bold in black on the cover of Maxim‘s July/August 2012 issue.

Below are some highlights from the interview:

Kate on her secret skills: “Apparently, I’m very good at firing a gun without blinking, which is unusual. That’s why so many action characters have to wear sunglasses during shootout scenes. That’s my party trick.”





Jessica on fighting a woman: “Kate and I laughed about [fighting each other]. We never get to fight women in our movies, so we never had hair to deal with. I’d fake punch her, her hair would go flying and get caught in my button, and I’d be stuck to her head.”

Colin on his favorite body part: “The big toe on my left foot, because it survived an awful traumatic event nine years ago. I can’t remember [what happened], because I was blacked out, but it ended up with a lot of blood.”

Kate on not wearing panties: “Yeah, I don’t wear knickers. I mean, unless I’m wearing a very short skirt – or maybe if I’m going on a mountain expedition with extra layers. But no, I don’t like them.”

Bar Rafaeli tops 2012 Maxim’s Hot 100!

The supermodel Bar Rafaeli tops Maxim Magazine’s Hot 100 list this year !

Refaeli tells the magazine in its issue, on stands May 29, that she was “shocked that among all of these beautiful ladies, I’m number one.”

The top 10 was voted on by readers for the first time.

Below are the top 10 in the list:

  1. Bar Refaeli
  2. Olivia Munn
  3. Mila Kunis
  4. Katy Perry
  5. Olivia Wilde
  6. Jennifer Lawrence
  7. Emma Stone
  8. Megan Fox
  9. Malin Akerman
  10. Adrianne Palicki

 

Lindsay Lohan sexiness covers Maxim!

Lindsay Lohan made it on the cover of Maxim Magazine which was shot before she went to jail!

Here are some interesting highlight from the interview:

We know you’ve had a very trying week, and we want you to know that Maxim loves you. How are you feeling right now?

I am feeling strong. I’ve experienced a lot in my life, and my mom has given me a lot of faith. This too shall pass.

You just had your birthday. What are you hoping for from the upcoming year?

To focus on myself and my work and to move all press on me to focus on the work I do. Also, I’d like to do more work in India and travel to Malawi.

What is your advice to others about how to cope with adversity?

Stay true to yourself always. At the end of the day, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and be content with the choices you’ve made, and will make, in your life. Go with your gut!

Bagyong Ruby damages 13,000 homes and 22,300 partially damaged in Eastern Samar!

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

DOLORES, Philippines – Tropical depression Ruby weakened further on Tuesday as the storm crawled across the central Philippines, while rescue workers struggled in its aftermath to reach towns in central provinces where thousands of homes were wrecked.

Nearly 13,000 houses were crushed and more than 22,300 were partially damaged in Eastern Samar province, where Ruby (international name Hagupit) first hit land as a category 3 typhoon on Saturday, local officials said.

“Access is very difficult, roads are spotty. There are landslides, some are one-lane roads. In the inner barangays (villages), many of them are washed out by flash floods,” Richard Gordon, chairman of the Philippine Red Cross, told Reuters.

The typhoon weakened to a tropical depression on Tuesday with maximum winds of 60 kph (37 mph) near its center, as it made a fifth landfall over the Lubang islands, 150 km (93 miles) southwest of capital Manila. It is now moving west towards the South China Sea at 13 kph (8 mph).

More than 2 million people so far have felt the impact of Hagupit, which is Filipino for lash, with nearly 1.7 million fleeing to relatives’ homes on safer ground or packing in to evacuation centers across the central Philippines and south of the main Luzon island, the national disaster agency said.

The 27 people reported killed died in Iloilo province and on Samar island, including 12 residents in Borongan town in Eastern Samar who were swept away by raging waters and flash floods, the Red Cross’s Gordon said, citing initial reports from his field staff.

“A detailed assessment is now ongoing…It’s a long trek (to the villages), it’s like Yolanda all over again,” Gordon said, referring to the local name of super typhoon Haiyan, which last year killed thousands of people in the same areas of central Philippines.

The death toll monitored by the Red Cross is way above the official count of the national disaster agency, which counted three dead so far.

Bank employee Arnalyn Bula told Reuters how howling winds had pounded the walls of her aunt’s two-storey concrete home in Dolores town in Eastern Samar, where her family sought shelter.

“Our kitchen was wrecked. Around us, our neighbors’ homes were flattened like folded paper,” said Bula, 27.

The privately run National Grid Corp, which operates the country’s main transmission lines, said nearly 2 million homes across central Philippines and southern Luzon remain without power.

Despite the toll and damage, there is relief that Ruby has not brought destruction on the scale of Haiyan, which totally or partially damaged more than one million houses in the same areas of the central Philippines.

Learning lessons from Haiyan, which left more than 7,000 dead or missing, authorities had launched a massive evacuation operation days ahead of the storm, emptying whole towns and villages in coastal and landslide prone areas.

Typhoon Hagupit intensifies, stronger than ‘Pablo’!

Source: ABS-CBNNews.com

MANILA – Typhoon Ruby (international codename Hagupit), already classified by the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) as a super typhoon, continues to intensify and is now packing 195 kph winds and gusts of up to 230 kph, weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

PAGASA senior weather forecaster Chris Perez said Ruby is already stronger than Typhoon Pablo (Bopha), which hit the country last December 1-9, 2012.

Pablo had maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gusts of up to 220 kph.

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Track of typhoon ''Hagupit'' (local name: Ruby) by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Track of typhoon ”Hagupit” (local name: Ruby) by the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

The JTWC said Hagupit was packing one-minute maximum sustained winds of 287 kilometers per hour (155 knots) and gusts of 351 kph (190 knots) as of 8 a.m. Thursday (Manila time).

The Hawaii-based weather bureau, however, said Hagupit’s one-minute winds could hit 315 kph (170 knots) and gusts of 379 kph (205 knots) by December 5, Friday, at 8 a.m. (Manila time).

The JTWC said Hagupit could maintain this wind strength until December 6, Saturday, at 8 a.m. (Manila time).

Super typhoon ”Yolanda” (international codename Haiyan) also had 315 kph winds in November last year.

PAGASA weather forecasters, however, said Ruby is too close to the Philippine landmass and may not reach “Yolanda” intensity winds.

“There is no indication na ma-ri-reach yung Yolanda. Malapit-lapit na siya, mukhang hindi mangyayari na aabutin niya yung strength ni Yolanda,” PAGASA acting administrator Vicente Malano said.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), meanwhile, has categorized Hagupit as a violent typhoon, the highest in the weather bureau’s classification of cyclones.

SIGNAL NO.1, SAMAR LANDFALL

Philippine state weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, raised public storm warning signal number 1 over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat.

PAGASA said as of 11 a.m. Thursday, Hagupit was spotted 860 kilometers east of Surigao City.

The state weather bureau said Hagupit — – which was locally named ”Ruby” after it entered the Philippine area of responsibility today – was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.

It should be noted that PAGASA measures the wind strength of a typhoon at an average of 10 minutes.

PAGASA said Hagupit has slowed down and is now moving west northwest at 20 kph.

PAGASA said Ruby is expected to be 395 kms east southeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar on Friday morning.

On Saturday morning, Hagupit will be 30 kms northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Hagupit will make landfall over Samar area before noon Saturday.
By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 20 kms south Southwest of Romblon.

According to PAGASA, an estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 – 20 millimeters per hour (heavy – intense) is expected within Hagupit’s 700- km diameter.

PAGASA said Hagupit was still too far to affect any part of the country.

HAGUPIT TRACK

The JTWC said Hagupit was maintaining a ”west-northwestward trajectory under the steering influence of the subtropical ridge.”

This means that Hagupit was heading towards the Philippines as its upward movement was being blocked by the subtropical ridge, a large belt of high pressure in the northern hemisphere that is referred to as an anti-cyclone system.

”Expect favorable sea surface temperatures, along with continually favorable upper-level conditions to allow the system to slowly further intensify,” the JTWC said.

In the JTWC model, Hagupit is seen heading slightly north and towards Luzon, avoiding a direct landfall over the Yolanda-hit region of Visayas.

The JTWC said both models provided by the Coupled Ocean/Atmosphere Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS) and Global Forecast System (GFS) have been consistently showing Hagupit moving ”poleward” due to the weakening of the high pressure system.

The US weather bureau, however, said the models provided by the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMF) and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (BFDL) show Hagupit continuing its westward track into central Philippines, indicating that the weakening of the high pressure system may not be pronounced enough to make the weather system re-curve and move towards southern Japan.

With the significant differences in the weather models, the JTWC said there is ”low confidence” in the accuracy of the extended forecast track of the Hagupit.

”There is low confidence in the extended forecast track due to the significant bifurcation in the models and the possibility of an alternate forecast scenario, with the system either significantly recurving east of the Philippines or tracking westward into the southern Philippines,” the JTWC said.

RED ALERT

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), meanwhile, has raised a red alert for Hagupit.

It said the typhoon ”can have a high humanitarian impact based on the maximum sustained wind speed and the affected population and their vulnerability.”

The GDACS said the population that could be affected by Category 1 (120 kph) wind speeds or higher is 800,000.

As of Wednesday evening, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and PAGASA said more than 44 provinces have been declared as critical areas. These provinces are expected to experience heavy to intense rains and strong winds.

56 ‘critical’ areas due to ‘Hagupit’ (Super Typhoon Ruby) Revealed!

Source: PhilStar.com

MANILA, Philippines – The government on Wednesday listed 56 areas considered as “critical” due to the threat of Typhoon “Hagupit.”

According to the list, which was shared on Twitter by state-run Panahon.TV, 44 areas are under alert level “C” and may experience heavy to intense rain and winds of 95-110 kilometers per hour (kph).

These areas would suffer heavy damage to agriculture, moderate to heavy disruption of electrical power and some large trees may be uprooted.

Areas under alert level “B” may experience moderate to heavy rainfall, winds of 30-60 kph and moderate damage to agriculture. Few large trees may be uprooted and some iron roofing may fall off.

Those under alert level “A” may expect also expect moderate to heavy rainfall and winds of 30-45 kph.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration PAGASA) spotted Hagupit at 1,543 kilometers east of Davao City at 10 a.m. today.

Hagupit was bearing maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gusts of 170 kph. It was moving west northwest at 30 kph.

PAGASA expects the strong typhoon to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday and make landfall over Eastern Visayas by Saturday.

In a televised press briefing, Defense Undersecretary Alexander Pama said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has been placed under red alert in preparation for the approaching typhoon.

LUZON

VISAYAS

MINDANAO

Alert Level “C”

Albay
Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Catanduanes
Marinduque
Masbate
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Palawan
Quezon
Romblon
Sorsogon
Aklan
Antique
Biliran
Bohol
Camiguin
Capiz
Cebu
Eastern Samar
Guimaras
Iloilo
Leyte
Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Northern Samar
Samar
Siquijor
Southern Leyte
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Bukidnon
Compostela Valley
Davao del Norte
Davao Oriental
Dinagat Islands
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Misamis Occidental
Misamis Oriental
Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Zamboanga del Norte
Zamboanga del Sur

Alert Level “B”

Batangas
Laguna
Davao del Sur
Maguindanao
North Cotabato
Zamboanga Sibugay

Alert Level “A”

Camarines Sur
Cavite
Metro Manila
Sultan Kudarat
Zamboanga City

Super Typhoon ‘Ruby’ has now entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility!

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical cyclone “Ruby” (international name “Hagupit”) has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility while the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) has classified it as a super typhoon.
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The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) spotted the eye of Typhoon Ruby at 942 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur or 1, 023 kilometers east of Surigao City.
Ruby is bearing maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph. It is expected to move west northwest at 25 kph.
Meanwhile, the JTWC said Ruby is packing one-minute average maximum sustained winds of 240 kph (130 knots) and gusts of up to 296 kph (160 knots).
The JTWC also sees Ruby to pack winds of 296 kph (160 knots) and gusts of up to 361 kph (195 knots) by December 5 and 6.
In a press conference yesterday, PAGASA said Ruby has a 75-percent chance to make landfall over Eastern Visayas on Saturday and cross the central Philippines. There is also a 25-percent possibility that it will recurve toward Japan.
The JTWC said Ruby will maintain a west northwestward trajectory under the steering influence of the subtropical ridge (STR). Within 48 hours, the super typhoon is expected to slow down.
JTWC forecast
According to the JTWC’s latest prognosis and graphic forecast, Ruby may turn poleward and be near the Bicol region and Southern Luzon by December 7 and 8.
“There is a high probability that the system will start to turn poleward into the weakness in the STR though TAU 96. However, beyond that, the elongated STR in combination with the lower-level northeasterly surge will contribute in pushing the system on a more westward track into Southern Luzon,” it said.
However, the Hawaii-based agency said that overall, there is low confidence in the said extended forecast track due to the significant division in the models.
There is also a possibility of an alternate forecast scenario, with the typhoon either signifcantly recurving east of the country or tracking westward into the Southern Philippines.
Rains over Bicol region, Eastern Visayas
In its 24-hour weather forecast, PAGASA said The Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will have cloudy skies with light rains.
Northeast monsoon continues to affect Northern Luzon while the regions of Cordillera and Ilocos will experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated light rains.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA has not raised any public storm warning signal over any area.

 

Walt Disney reveals 2015 movies and release dates!

Walt Diney has announced its movie line up for the last quarter of 2014 and for the whole year of 2015.

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Big Hero 6: November 06, 2014

With all the heart and humor audiences expect from Walt Disney Animation Studios, “Big Hero
6” is an action-packed comedy-adventure about robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada, who learns to harness his genius—thanks to his brilliant brother Tadashi and their like-minded friends: adrenaline junkie Go Go Tamago, neatnik Wasabi, chemistry whiz Honey Lemon and fanboy Fred. When a devastating turn of events catapults them into the midst of a dangerous plot unfolding in the streets of San Fransokyo, Hiro turns to his closest companion—a robot named Baymax—and transforms the group into a band of high-tech heroes determined to solve the mystery.

Inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name, and featuring comic-book style action, “Big Hero 6” is directed by Don Hall (“Winnie the Pooh”) and Chris Williams (“Bolt”), and produced by Roy Conli (“Tangled”).

2015

Into the Woods: January 14

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.

Cinderella: March 11

The story of “Cinderella” follows the fortunes of young Ella (Lily James) whose merchant father remarries following the death of her mother. Eager to support her loving father, Ella welcomes her new stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her daughters Anastasia (Holliday Grainger) and Drisella (Sophie McShera) into the family home. But, when Ella’s father unexpectedly passes away, she finds herself at the mercy of a jealous and cruel new family. Finally relegated to nothing more than a servant girl covered in ashes, and spitefully renamed Cinderella, Ella could easily begin to lose hope. Yet, despite the cruelty inflicted upon her, Ella is determined to honor her mother’s dying words and to “have courage and be kind.” She will not give in to despair nor despise those who mistreat her. And then there is the dashing stranger she meets in the woods. Unaware that he is really a prince, not merely an apprentice at the Palace, Ella finally feels she has met a kindred soul. It appears her fortunes may be about to change when the Palace sends out an open invitation for all maidens to attend a ball, raising Ella’s hopes of once again encountering the charming Kit (Richard Madden). Alas, her stepmother forbids her to attend and callously rips apart her dress. But, as in all good fairy tales, help is at hand, and a kindly beggar woman (Helena Bonham Carter) steps forward and – armed with a pumpkin and a few mice – changes Cinderella’s life forever.

The Avengers: Age of Ultron: May 01

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure. Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.

Tomorrowland: May 27

From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s riveting, mystery adventure “Tomorrowland,” starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a dangerfilled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them— forever.

Featuring a screenplay by Brad Bird and “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof, from a story by Lindelof & Jeff Jensen and Bird, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

Inside Out: June 24

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy
Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Ant-Man: July 22

A scientist enlists a thief to safeguard his size-changing technology and also to create a superhero who will defend the world.

The Jungle Book: October 07

An orphan boy is raised in the Jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther.

The Good Dinosaur: November 25

Arlo, a 70-foot-tall teenage Apatosaurus, befriends a young human boy named Spot.

Super Typhoon ‘Ompong’ creates 50-foot waves in Philippine Sea

Source: PhilStar.com

MANILA, Philippines – Super Typhoon “Ompong” is not expected to hit the country but it has been creating extremely rough sea conditions in the Philippine Sea, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Based on NASA’s data, the typhoon was generating sea waves as high as 50 feet while moving slowly northward over the Philippine Sea.

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US Department of Defense also gave the same wave height data.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said earlier that “Ompong” will not make landfall over any part of the country but it is enhancing the northeasterly winds.

This has resulted in rough to very rough sea conditions over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Luzon and of Visayas, the weather bureau explained.

“Fisherfolks and those using small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards,” it said.

In its latest bulletin, PAGASA said Ompong was located at 890 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan bearing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 250 kph.

Heavy to intense rainfall amount (7.5 to 25 millimeters per hour) has been estimated within the 700-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.

Forecast to move at 9 kph, Ompong is expected to be at 830 kilometers east of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning.

Ompong will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday morning, PAGASA said.

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