Friday, 17 April 2015

The Daily: April 17

We scour the news so you don't have to

Written by Anna Price
Movie madness: selfie from the set of 'Beauty and the Beast' and teaser trailer for 'Suffragette' released
The filming for the new live-action movie of 'Beauty and the Beast' has gone underway, marked by a selfie taken by Josh Gad, who voices Olaf in 'Frozen'. The picture, which was shared via Instagram, shows Josh alongside Emma Watson (Belle), Downton Abbey's Dan Stephens (Beast), Luke Evans (Gaston) and Kevin Kline (Maurice). It was captioned 'Can't wait for you to be our guest', a nod to the very popular musical number from the original movie. Emma Thompson and Ian McKellen have also been cast as Ms. Potts and Cogsworth respectively. The film is set to debut on March 17th 2017 and is just one of the many animation re-dos that Disney has planned for the following years.

Additionally, the teaser trailer for the new women's rights film: 'Suffragette' has been released with Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Marie Duff and Meryl Streep depicting the women's fight to obtain the vote. This film will also make history as it is the first time a commercial crew has been allowed to shoot inside the Houses of Parliament. It is to be released on October 30th 2015.

Filmmaker and war artist wins Sydney peace prize
Australian activist and war artist George Gittoes has been awarded the 2015 Sydney peace prize, and has been recognised 'for his courage to witness and confront violence in the war zones of the world'. For over 45 years George has used painting, film and photos to record the conflicts in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe, covering every major conflict since the Vietnam War is an attempt to show that 'creativity is the opposite of war'. George has told the Australian Associated Press that he did not consider himself in the same league as previous winners, which included Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The winner spends half his year in Afghanistan mentoring local artists and will leave on Sunday for Jalalabad, where he has established and artist collective.

The colour 'blue' is the costliest to buy
The colour blue is apparently the most expensive colour to buy due to the fact that it is a relatively modern invention. The only ancient culture to have had a word for blue was the Egyptians, the only civilization that was able to produce a blue dye. The expense is furthered by the fact that blue rarely appears in nature; for example, there are very few blue animals, fruits or vegetables and the early artists' palette was restricted to earthy reds, browns, yellows and blacks. Blue only appeared when the Egyptians mined the lapis lazuli – a precious stone found in Afghanistan over 6,000 years ago. The scarcity of this stone meant it was greatly prized, hence associating it with the royalty of the time. Since then, through the ages and development of religion, the colour blue has remained expensive to produce and only associated with the great icons of the era. In the modern world, however, with the advancement of manufacturing methods, blue pigments became more available at a slightly cheaper price and created crazes within the artistic and fashion world. Nevertheless, the awe and appreciation of the colour will never cease and will continue to be the most expensive colour.

Fitness trackers discovered to be bad for health
According to GP Des Spence, fitness trackers are 'untested and unscientific', claiming that they increase stress levels as people worry about not having done enough steps or movement in the day. Apparently, fitness trackers encourage people to monitor every aspect of their health all day every day which can cause diagnostic uncertainty which can ignite extreme anxiety in people. This, of course, is mentally unhealthy suggesting that an obsession with physical fitness can be damaging for people's mental health. It is suggested that it would be better to have an app that reminds people to go for a walk, get some fresh air and enjoy the occasional treat without over-indulging either way. Balance is a cake in each hand after all.

Britain's favourite lunches revealed
A new survey has revealed that Britain's favourite lunch is a humble cheese sandwich, which in fact many people eat every day. After researching 2,000 office workers' eating habits, surveyors discovered that 32% of people indulge in the same lunch every day, with the average worker having done so for nearly 5 years. This is the equivalent of eating over 1,000 cheese sandwiches. The second most popular lunches are ham and chicken sandwiches, followed by salad. Lurpak, the company behind the investigation, also revealed that most Briton's start thinking about lunch around 10:00am with 12:30 being the most popular time for people to eat.



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