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Jared Leto and Darren Aronofsky to re-team for adaptation of ‘Adrift’

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Washington [US], January 29 (ANI): Twenty years after helping launch each other’s film careers with ‘Requiem for a Dream’, Hollywood stars Jared Leto and Darren Aronofsky, are all set to re-team on a new project, which will be an adaptation of the supernatural horror short story ‘Adrift’.
According to Deadline, one of 2021’s first big packages is coming together as Leto has attached himself to star in ‘Adrift’, with Aronofsky on board to direct. Jason Blum will produce the film through his Blumhouse Productions along with Leto and Emma Ludbrook via Leto’s production company Paradox, as will Carla Hacken.
The film will be based on a short story by Koji Suzuki, who also wrote ‘The Ring’. Aronofsky and Luke Dawson will pen down the script. Leto had identified the project and he and Ludbrook pursued the rights of the story for ten years before bringing it to Blum and Aronofsky.
The story is set in the dead calm of the open sea, where a fishing boat discovers an abandoned yacht with a strange distress call. A deckhand agrees to take lone control of it while it’s towed into port, but soon he discovers why the rest of his more experienced crew members call it a “Ghost Ship.”
As per Deadline, while the project is expected to land, it will not be Aronofsky’s next film as he is set to direct A24’s ‘The Whale’ with Brendan Fraser in March. Leto himself currently is working on ‘The Little Things’ for Warner Bros., starring opposite Denzel Washington and Rami Malek. (ANI)

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Study uncovers association of greenhouse gas emissions with dietary guidelines among countries

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Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): A study drove by the Nutrition Journal, involving seven countries discovered that greenhouse gas emissions associated with national dietary guidelines advocating a healthy diet vary greatly between countries, with US guidelines having the largest carbon footprint and India having the smallest.
The variations result from differences in recommendations for and consumptions of individual foods within the six main food groups – protein foods, dairy, grains, fruits, vegetables, and oils/fats.
Diego Rose, the corresponding author said, “Many countries provide recommendations about foods that people should eat for a healthy diet and previous simulations have shown that if the public were to eat according to their government’s recommendations, their diets would be both healthier and have a lower carbon footprint.”
Rose added, “However, for the US the opposite has been shown; greenhouse gas emissions were simulated to go up if people followed dietary guidelines. This anomaly prompted us to investigate how dietary guidelines vary between countries and the consequent implications for greenhouse gas emissions.”
To investigate differences in greenhouse gas emissions associated with different dietary guidelines, a team of researchers at Tulane University compared the dietary guidelines and food consumption patterns of seven countries: Germany, India, the Netherlands, Oman, Thailand, Uruguay, and the United States.
The authors found that the carbon footprint of India’s dietary guidelines was comparatively low, with the recommended diet associated with the equivalent of 0.86 kg CO2 per day, compared to the US’s with 3.83 kg CO2 per day.
The carbon footprint of the US dietary guidelines was found to be about 1.2 times that of the Netherlands (equivalent to 2.86 kg CO2 per day) and about 1.5 times that of Germany (equivalent to 2.25 kg CO2 per day).
The US vegetarian dietary guideline, while much lower than the main US guideline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions (equivalent to 1.80 kg CO2 per day), was still over twice that of India’s largely due to the high US dairy recommendation.
The authors also found that the principal difference between the dietary guidelines of the various countries was the wide range of daily recommended amounts for each food group, particularly protein and dairy foods.
Daily recommended amounts of dairy foods ranged from 118ml per day for Oman to 710ml per day for the US. The greenhouse gas emissions associated with these two recommendations were equivalent to 0.17 and 1.10 kg CO2 per day, respectively.
The greenhouse gas emissions associated with the protein food recommendations ranged 0.03 kg CO2 per day in India to 1.84 kg CO2 in the US, for recommended amounts of 75g per day and 156g per day, respectively.
Guidelines also varied in terms of which foods were included in each food group. Protein food recommendations in Germany and Uruguay only included animal proteins, the US and Thailand recommended a full spectrum of plant and animal protein foods, whereas India recommended just plant proteins. The US vegetarian guideline recommended plant proteins, as well as dairy and eggs.
Brittany Kovacs, the lead author said, “As there is great variation in the global warming impacts of these individual foods, which foods people consume and how much of them has an impact on the carbon footprint of dietary guidelines. For example, consumption of beef, mutton, and lamb in Uruguay accounts for 31 per cent of protein foods, whereas in Germany it is only 16 per cent.
“Thus, our calculated greenhouse gas emissions for Uruguay’s protein food recommendation is 53 per cent higher than Germany’s, despite the fact that both countries’ quantity recommendations for protein foods as a food group are about the same.”
Rose added, “The US Vegetarian guideline is almost identical in recommendations to the main US guideline, except for the protein group – which recommends legumes, soy, nuts, and seeds, as well as eggs – resulting in an overall carbon footprint that is less than half.”
The authors caution that the study only considers a single environmental impact of diets, greenhouse gas emissions. Other environmental impacts, such as land and water use, should be considered when evaluating the overall impact of a diet. The study is restricted to the daily quantitative recommendations of seven countries’ dietary guidelines, which may limit its generalizability to other countries.
Kovacs said, “These findings hold insights for future development of dietary guidelines and highlight the importance of including sustainability considerations, such as reductions of protein food and dairy recommendations and/or the inclusion of more plant-based substitutions for animal-based products.
“By including more sustainable, yet still health-based, considerations into dietary recommendations, it is possible to influence the environmental impacts of the larger food and agriculture sector in various countries and worldwide.” (ANI)

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Akshay shares glimpse from ‘Ram Setu’ script reading session with Jacqueline, Nushrat

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Akshay Kumar has finally begun work on his much-awaited film titled ‘Ram Setu’, on Saturday.
Revealing the star cast of the film, the actor shared a new behind-the-scenes picture from his upcoming film, which shows him sitting with his co-stars Jacqueline Fernandez, Nushrat Bharucha, and other crew of director and producer at the script reading session of the film.
The ‘Padman’ star captioned the post: “he team that preps together excels together! An extremely productive script reading session with the team of #RamSetu this evening. Can’t wait to begin filming this one.”
Actor Akshay Kumar will be reportedly shooting for his next film ‘Ram Setu’ in Uttar Pradesh’s holy city of Ayodhya.
According to the Chief Minister’s Office, the superstar has asked for permission to shoot in the city for the film from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
Kumar had announced the film on November 14, last year and had also extended his Diwali greetings to everyone through the film.
The 53-year-old actor took to Instagram to share first look posters of the film that saw him in a messy hair avatar walking by a seaside while the background sees a faint picture of Lord Rama walking in the same sea.
The film is being directed by Abhishek Sharma and is being produced by Aruna Bhatia and Vikram Malhotra. (ANI)

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Study uncovers high fat diets may lead to greater risk of heart attacks

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Washington [US], March 6 (ANI): A study led by a team of researchers from the University of Reading uncovered that consumption of high-fat diets may over-activate destructive heart disease protein, increasing the risk of a heart attack.
In a paper published in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, researchers looked at the effect of feeding mice a high-fat diet on oxidative stress levels on heart cells.
The team from the University of Reading found that cells from the mice had twice the amount of oxidative stress, and led to heart cells being up to 1.8 times bigger due to cardiac hypertrophy which is associated with heart disease.
Named first author Dr Sunbal Naureen Bhatti, from the University of Reading said, “Our research shows one way in which a high-fat diet can cause damage to the muscle cells that make up our hearts.
It appears that a switch happens at a cellular level when the mice were fed on a high-fat regime which causes a normally harmless protein, Nox2, to become overactive. The precise nature of how the Nox2 protein goes onto cause oxidative damage and set off destructive hypertrophy is still being researched.”
“We are really just scratching the surface of how the protein Nox2 responds to diets, but our research clearly demonstrates that high-fat diets have the potential to cause significant damage to the heart,” Bhatti added.
The researchers focused on a key protein Nox2 which believed to be associated with increasing oxidative stress in the heart. The study found that the mice fed a high-fat diet had twice the amount of Nox2 activity, which also led to a similar amount of reactive oxygen species (ROS), a free radical that is associated with pathological damage of the body.
To check whether Nox2 was involved in causing the cardiac stress, the team compared the results with mice bred specifically to ‘knock out’ Nox2, stopping the protein from activating at a cellular level. The ‘knock out’ mice were also fed a high fat diet, but showed little or none of the same raised levels of oxidative stress.
In addition, the team used three experimental treatments which are known to reduce Nox2-related ROS production and found that all three showed some promise in reducing the effect of ROS in damaging the mice hearts.
The mice that were fed high-fat diets received 45 per cent of their calorie consumption from fat, 20 per cent from protein and 35 per cent carbohydrate. (ANI)

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Here’s what Jennifer Aniston’s ’11 11′ wrist tattoo mean

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Washington [Us], March 6 (ANI): American actor Jennifer Aniston finally gave a little sneak peek into her decision of getting the magical number ’11 11′ tattoo on the inside of her wrist.
The ‘Friends’ star has ’11 11′, the magical number inked on the inside of her wrist and for years, fans have speculated about what made the actor to get this number tattooed on her body in 2018.
According to E! News, much of her fans have guessed that the numbers signify the birth date of the actor that is February 11 or a tribute to her beloved dog ‘Norman’ who died in 2011.
According to a post shared by her friend Andrea on Aniston’s birthday, the predictions are rolling out to be close to the fact.
To wish her bestie on February 11, Andrea wrote, “Can’t wait to celebrate and make more magical wishes! 11 11,” on Instagram along with a post that features both of them having the same tattoo.
Recently, on Andrea’s birthday, Aniston wished her by sharing the same photo. Alongside the snap, she noted, “Happy birthday to my forever sister from another mister @andreabenewald. 37 years and counting. And the best is yet to come.”
E! News reported that when ‘The Morning Show’ star shared the first glimpse of her tattoo in the year 2018, a source disclosed that the magical number signifies the star’s birthday and late pet Norman’s demise year 2011.
Not only this, but Aniston also had inked Norman’s name on the inside of her foot.
It’s unknown if the actress has any more tattoos, as these are the only ones visible on her arms and legs. (ANI)

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Kareena Kapoor Khan recollects memories of completing 365 days on Instagram

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Kareena Kapoor Khan on Saturday commemorated her one year on Instagram by posting a montage of her pictures and videos from last year.
The ‘Jab We Met’ actor who welcomed her second baby on February 15 shared a quick edited clip on her Instagram account that features the many pictures and videos that she shared on the photo-sharing platform in the last year.
From her Diwali break, husband Saif Ali Khan’s birthday bash, her Himachal Pradesh’s trip to her recent pregnancy pictures, Kapoor included all in the short clip.
Taking it to the caption, she wrote, “Shall continue to have fun…,” using heart emoticons.

With the post hitting more than six lakh views within a few minutes of being posted, scores of fans chimed into her comments section and left heart and lovestruck emoticons.
While the fans are still waiting for a glimpse of the second baby boy, Bebo’s this clip marks her third post on the photo-sharing platform after the baby’s birth. The first being a promotional post for her husband Saif Ali Khan’s upcoming film, ‘Bhoot Police’, and the second was her sun-kissed selfie picture flaunting her traditional pout. (ANI)

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Sonam Kapoor digs out priceless childhood picture on sister Janhvi’s birthday

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI): Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor showered love over her younger sister and actor Janhvi Kapoor as she turned 24 on Saturday.
Sonam dug out a priceless throwback picture for wishing her cousin on the special occasion and posted it on Instagram.
The childhood picture of the duo sees the ‘Neerja’ actor holding the infant ‘Dhadak’ star while she sleeps on her lap.
The other two pictures in the series of the post are the throwback pictures of the sisters from an award show where both are seen hugging each other.

Alongside the post, Sonam penned a sweet note for the birthday girl and wrote, “My dearest Jaanu, wishing you nothing but lots of shine, sparkle and happiness. A total star, a bonafide diva and badass babe! Happy happy birthday my love. Miss you tones.”

Sonam Kapoor is the daughter of veteran actor Anil Kapoor, the younger brother of Indian film producer Boney Kapoor. While, Janhvi is the daughter of late legendary actor Sridevi, the second wife of Boney Kapoor.
Earlier, actor Arjun Kapoor, Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal and many others from the film industry wished the actor on her special day.
Meanwhile, on the work front, Janhvi Kapoor who is currently shooting for her upcoming Aanand L Rai helmed movie ‘Good Luck Jerry’ will be next seen in the horror-comedy drama ‘Roohi’, which is set to hit the big screens on March 11 this year. It also stars Rajkummar Rao and Varun Sharma in the lead roles. The film is based on the lines of the 2018 hit film ‘Stree’, which featured Shraddha Kapoor and Rajkummar Rao in lead roles.
On the other hand, Sonam Kapoor will be next seen in ‘Blind’, whose shoot kickstarted on December 28 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. It is a Bollywood remake of the 2011 released Korean crime-thriller of the same name, directed by Ahn Sang-hoon.
The movie is being directed by Shome Makhija and produced by Sujoy Ghosh, Avishek Ghosh, Manisha W, Prince Nahar, Sachin Nahar, and Hyunwoo Thomas Kim. ‘Blind’ is scheduled to release in 2021. (ANI)

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