Most Popular LCD TVs For Christmas

In this article, we will take a look at the most popular LCD TVs for Christmas. Of course, Sony and Samsung are among the top selling LCD TVs for Christmas, but there are other great deals out there that might just be better.

Televisions are drastically different today that they were just five years ago. Thus, when buying a new TV now, your decision making factors are different as well.

We use to ask several questions when buying a new TV: Will it fit well in my living room? Does it deliver great picture quality? Does it provide quality audio? Will it connect to my other home video equipment?

The questions that are asked now are very different. People are wondering things like, “Will the TV connect to the Internet?” and “Can I view the TV from all angles?”

These questions are different now because we have entered the world of LCD TVs. A few years ago, a war was waged between Plasma TVs and LCDs. LCD TVs have won the war.

Thus, let’s take a look at the top LCDs available this Christmas, how they differ, and what you should consider when buying your new LCD.

The two most popular LCD TVS right now above 50 inches are the Sony Bravia line and the Samsung Touch of Color line. Each of these offerings costs around $2000 and each provide outstanding picture quality and advanced features including an Internet connection (which allows you to download and watch movies immediately) and USB ports for direct play from USB devices.

However, there are other models that provide a larger screen and an outstanding picture if you do not need the extra bells and whistles like Internet connectivity that many people do not use.

The first on this list is the LG 55LH40 which is a 55-inch beauty and costs under $1,500. The second LCD television that you will want to consider is the Sharp AQUOS LC60E77UN 60-Inch LCD TV which comes in at under $2,000 (the same price as a Sony 52 inch model). Can you imagine watching the Superbowl on a 60-inch LCD television?

There is also a Sony Bravia Model, the Sony Bravia V-Series KDL-52V4100, which is 52 inches and currently priced for the Holiday season at $1,199. If you want the Sony name, and don’t require all the bells and whistles, this 52 inch offering from Sony is a great deal.

There is one certainty: Christmas is the absolute best time to get a new LCD TV. Manufactures drastically reduce prices because they know that they are going to sell a large amount of volume.

This Christmas, if you want all of the bells and whistles on your new LCD TV, choose the Sony Bravia or the Samsung Touch of Color. However, if you don’t need the Internet connectivity, choose one of the larger TVs mentioned above for a much better price!

Most Popular Dog Names – Tips and Ideas For Finding Perfect Puppy Names

Every year we see lots of lists published, from “Top 10” to “Favorites” to “Worsts” and beyond. One list that garners a lot of attention is the top baby names list for boys and girls, so it should come as no surprise there’s a list of most popular dog names as well.

According to the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company’s “official” list of most popular dog names for 2009, the name Bella came out on top for female dogs and Max topped the male dog names list. Combining both male and female names, Bella narrowly beats Max for the overall title. Maybe this has something to do with the Twilight movie saga? Hmm.

While this is a nice bit of trivia, it certainly gets you to thinking…how, exactly, do pet owners go about naming their dogs? Here are a few tried and true methods used to choose a name for that sweet little puppy or newly adopted shelter dog:

Descriptive – Lots of people choose names that somehow describe their new pet’s looks or mannerisms. Think “Spot” for a Dalmatian, “Frisky” for an energetic puppy, or “Blackie” for a Labrador Retriever (one of my favorite puppy names).

Character – Some people like to get to know their pet before choosing a name so they can match the name to the dog’s character. How about “Happy” for a cheerful dog or “Chipper” for a dog that yips a lot. If you have ever seen the movie, The Jerk, Steve Martin’s character picked an interesting name for his dog… but that’s not suitable for this article.

Environment – Some pet owners tailor names to their environment or location. For example, a family living on a street called Sunterra Court in a neighborhood called Sagewood Meadows named their two dogs “Sage” and “Terra.”

Humanizing – This is probably the biggest category of dog names because our society spends so much time humanizing our dogs in so many ways. That’s why we see names on the most popular dog names list such as Jake, Charlie, Toby, Lucy, Molly, Sophie and the like.

This is really just a quick snapshot of the huge variety of approaches pet owners take to choosing a name for their dog. What about you? How did you come up with your pup’s name? What special meaning does it have for you and your family? Visit the puppy names section of my website and share your secret.

If you want to have a bit of fun, the next time you’re at the dog park ask some of the other dog owners how they came up with the names they chose for their dogs. At the very least it will be interesting, and most likely it will be the start of some very enjoyable and entertaining conversations!

The Most Popular Animated Movies

The film industry has become a popular source of entertainment. Initially, the films were only watched during free time. Now, however, they have become a regular part of our lives. This can be attributed to the efficiency and diversity of modern filmmakers. They have certainly devised effective techniques to keep the public engrossed and captivated. Conversing regarding the factors that make a film popular, it can not be denied that a movie can not succeed if it does not have a positive visual appeal. Captivating visual effects and high-quality graphics are what charm spectators and, thus, make a film popular.

Graphics are particularly important in animated films. This is because these films are thoroughly based on graphics and can not possibly succeed without appealing visual effects. In fact, it is amazing how some animated movies are praised and remembered more than the usual movies with real-life performers. Here are some animated movies that have been very popular in recent years.

Even if you do not watch a lot of movies, you would probably be familiar with Toy Story. This has been one of the most popular animated movies. The movie, which has three parts, describes the life of toys. It describes how toys are living beings, though humans do not realize it. The movie is a common favorite among children as well as adults.

Another popular animated movie is The Iron Giant. It is based on a book, which describes the story of a robot. In fact, the movie was made because of the immense popularity of the book. It was presented as a cartoon movie and it is an undeniable fact that the graphics of the movie, paired with the perfect sound effects, made it extremely popular. Another cartoon movie that has been immensely popular among children is Despicable Me.

As for classic animated movies, Metropolis is a common favorite. The movie aims at describing the conflicts that can occur between two different parts of the society. The movie is full of amazing visuals, because of which it is considered as the best classic animated movie. Also, when talking about old animated movies, no one can forget Mickey Mouse. The character is one of the best ones introduced by Walt Disney. It has been over 70 years since the movie was released and, yet, it is popular and unforgettable. Even after several decades, the character remains a favorite among children.

Top 5 Most Popular Martial Arts Actors Born in the UK Or USA

Whenever there is action, that means that there are not only car chases, explosions, shootings and guns but also fists, punches and roundkicks. Many of the martial arts actors in the Funny Action Movie genre master a huge collection of deadly techniques, which they use in close combat scenes.

In fact, most of these martial arts actors used to compete in official tournaments at the very dawn of their acting careers and then they used the fame gained to establish themselves in the cinema industry. More or less (in most cases more) the martial arts are taking a huge part in their lives.

What a better way to become an action star when there is a real, heart pounding action in your life, right?

Here is a list of the top five martial arts actors a.k.a. killing machines, who can terminate you with their bare hands. These machos have a proven record in the real life fighting world and they based their movie careers on the martial arts knowledge.

1.Bruce Lee (1940-1973)

A lot of things were said and written about probably the most influential figure in the martial arts movie industry. Where exactly the fiction meets reality can sometimes be difficult to determine but one thing leaves no doubt- Bruce Lee had kung fu in his blood. The man was breathing martial arts.

Many people don’t know that Lee Jun Fan (as his real name was) was an accomplished cha-cha dancer and championship winner. Officially, he had only five years of formal martial arts training under the guidance of another legend- “Sifu Yip Man”.

Yip Man taught Bruce the art of wing chun kung fu- a self defense technique from close range combat. By the way, if you haven’t seen the three Yip Man movies starring Donnie Yen, you definitely might want to check them out. Believe me it is well worth your time.

Because of his hot temper and the police issues he had in Hong Kong, his parents suggested him to try his luck in the United States where he was initially born.

While he was living in America, Lee opened a kung fu school and eventually became associated with many key figures in the U.S. martial arts scene. Soon he was noticed by famous Hollywood producers. The rest is a history.

His genuine talent and unbelievable speed has established him as a leading authority in the mixed martial arts and cinema scenes.

Among the most memorable movies, revealing his magical martial arts techniques are “Enter the Dragon”, “The Way of the Dragon” and “Fists of Fury”. And yes, those are great funny action movies.

2.Michael Jai White (1967)

3rd dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate, 3rd dan Black Belt in Goju Ryu,3rd degree Black Belt in Kyokushin, 2nd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo, 1st degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do. Do you still wonder why Michael Jai White takes part in this prestigious martial arts actors list?

If you still do, then let me tell you that the muscular build international box office sensation has eight black belts in eight different martial arts forms. Pretty impressive, isn’t it? The man is no joke at all.

Honored with the title Man of the Year by the popular “Black Belt” magazine in 2014 and inducted into the International Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, Michael Jai White is allegedly the most accomplished, highly trained action star in America.

Michael also often does comedy and drama movies which makes him a pretty versatile artist.

I strongly suggest that you check out Blood and Bone, Never Back Down: No Surrender, and Undisputed 2: Last Man Standing.

3. Chuck Norris (1940)

Don’t worry, he is in the list, don’t rush to kill me, please.

By the way, did you know that Chuck Norris has already been to Mars and that is why there are no signs of life?

OK let’s get serious here.

It is just impossible not to include in the list the first ever Westerner in the history of the Tae Kwon Do, honored with the rank of 8th degree Black Belt Grand Master title.

During his impressive martial arts career, Carlos Ray Norris has won numerous tournaments. His name is also in the Martial Arts History Museum’s Hall of Fame. He was several times on the cover of the Black Belt magazine and in 2000, Chuck Norris has been given the Golden Lifetime Achievement Award by the World Karate Union Hall of Fame.

He also has a rich and successful military career with many different medals and honorary awards.

In his movies, he is rarely even wounded and he kicks tough asses for breakfast.

In case you have missed to watch the legendary on screen fight between Chuck and Bruce Lee in the funny action movie called “Way of the dragon”, please watch it. It is superb.

Another legendary actioners (the list is huge) starring Chuck Norris are “The Delta Force”, “Missing in Action” and lately “Expendables 2”.

4. Steven Seagal (1952)

You surely remember how brightly The Master of Aikido shines in “Under Siege” and “Above the Law”. Steven can easily break your arms like if they are toothpicks.

Lord Steven, as one of his nickname is, holds a 7th degree black belt in Aikido- a Japanese martial art which teaches how to harmonize your moves to your opponent’s body motions (or attacks). The idea of this martial art form is to defend yourself without hurting your attacker.

Well, at least in his movies, Steven Seagal doesn’t follow this rule because all of his opponents die painfully.

What is interesting about this iconic actor is the fact that he is the first ever foreigner to open a dojo in Japan where he is a respected Aikido instructor.

Steven is also a well-known musician who travels the world with his band and some time ago he was a Reserve Deputy Chief in Louisiana Sheriff’s office.

5. Scott Adkins (1976)

The most complete fighter in the world “Yuri Boyka”, a.k.a. Scott Adkins was born in the United Kingdom in 1976.

He holds a black belt in kickboxing, which he achieved when he was only 19 years old. His spectacular martial arts skills come from knowing ninjutsu, judo, Karate, jujutsu, wushu, Krav Maga, capoeira and Jeet Kun Do. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty impressed!

Scott Adkins is mostly known for his stunningly beautiful and complex fight choreography in the smashing hit “Undisputed 2: Last man standing” and the followed sequel” Undisputed 3: Redemption”.

The fans are impatiently waiting the fourth installment of the franchise and the third with Scott starring in it. The direct-to-video movie is coming on 17th January 2017 in the U.S.A. (“Boyka: Undisputed IV”). All of the four movies were shot in Bulgaria.

Scott’s heart stopping martial arts skills have gained him mainstream success and roles in various mainstream blockbusters like “Expendables 2”, “Doctor Strange”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and many others.

So here it was the list of the TOP FIVE American or United Kingdom born martial arts actors. Stay healthy by not messing around with these tough nice guys.

Famous Cars – The 10 Most Popular Cars on TV and in Movies

Cars are rarely the star of the show, but there are always cars that steal the spotlight and take the glory for themselves. Here are 10 of the most popular cars on TV and in movies, cars that are legends in their own right:

Aston Martin DB5 – This 1964 car was featured in the James Bond movie “Goldfinger”, and it was the car that made headlines as the perfect James Bond car. Since that day and up until just a few years ago, James Bond only ever drove the Aston Martin – a top car thanks to its 282 HP engine, 4 liter, 6-cylinder engine, bulletproof glass, machine guns, and radar (the last three don’t come with the regular car).

DeLorean DMC-12 – Marty McFly and Doc Brown drove through time in this 1981 car, and you will find that it’s definitely a car that belongs on this list. Its engine is a hybrid that uses nuclear and electric power, the doors are gull-wings, the car actually runs on trash and can fly! The manual transmission had 5 speeds, the car ran in rear-wheel drive, and it was the first car with a flux capacitor.

Ferrari 250 GT – This 1961 car was featured in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and the cherry red exterior, Cameron-sized tonneau compartment, and wire grille definitely sets it apart from the rest. The car had 280 HP, a 12 cylinder engine of 3.0 liters, a four-speed manual transmission, and rear wheel drive.

Cadillac Ambulance – “Ghostbusters” made this 1959 car famous, even though it didn’t have the most prominent role in the movie. The car has 325 HP, a 6.4 liter V8 engine, and rear wheel drive. Don’t forget the sleek tail fins, the sires and flashing lights, as well as the ladder attached to the side!

Mini Cooper S – The movie “Italian Job” made this little 2003 car famous, especially when it showed the drivers plowing through the ample hallways of a palatial mansion. The little cars were central to the plot of the movie, and their 163 HP, 1.6 liter 4-cylinder supercharged engine and front wheel drive made them a car worthy to be driven by the thieves – not to mention the fact that they were 200 pounds lighter than the regular model.

GMC Vandura G-Series G-1500 – “The A Team” was a TV show that was incredibly popular in the 1980s, and this 1983 van was the car that made it possible for them to be the crack commando unit they were. The van had a V8 engine that could run up to 350 HP, as well as a fully automatic Ruger rifle loaded with 5.56×45 mm rounds. The black, red, and grey paint is still a signature in the world of cars.

Ferrari 308 GTS – The man with the mustache Tom Selleck made Magnum P.I. a show that thrilled generations, and his sleek car was just as memorable as his chest hair and short shorts. This car had an engine with 255 HP, and the TV show rocketed this car to fame overnight.

Volkswagen 1200 Beetle – Herbie the Beetle in “Love Bug” was a 1964 model of this car, and the little car that would piss oil on you as soon as race became a sensation. The car is made by the chief designer of Porsche, and the powerful little car is as practical as it is reliable.

Ford Lincoln Futura – Adam West is one of TV’s most famous Batman actors, and his Batmobile was the 1955 model of this car. The car is modeled after a mako shark and a manta ray, and its sleek looks are peerless.

Pontiac Trans Am – K.I.T.T. was the 1982 car that could talk to his driver – David Hasselhoff in his young days – and the car was built for power. It could go from 0 to 60 in.2 seconds, and its 8-speed manual transmission was supercharged for maximum power.

Most Popular Movie-Themed Slots

Branded slots have become quite trendy in the world of online gambling. It seems that players are bored with traditional online slots themes, and gambling developers have discovered that familiar brands make great replacements. Movie-themed slots are some of the most popular branded games, based on a wide range of both new and old films.

The Dark Knight is the latest movie-themed slots game to hit the online casino market. It was released in June 2012, and was immediately well-received by players. It seems that the timing of the game’s release was perfect, since it coincided with the release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises film.

The slots game is based on the second film in the Dark Knight series, featuring characters like Harvey Dent, the Joker and Commissioner Gordon. Graphics are taken directly from the film, giving the game a very realistic look. The Dark Knight slots also gained a great deal of attention because Microgaming linked the game to the Mega Moolah progressive jackpot network. Over the course of the past year, it was awarded the top prize twice.

The Lord of the Rings was another popular movie-branded slots game from Microgaming. Unfortunately, legal disputes between the Tolkien Estate and Warner Bros Studios forced the game to be pulled from the online casino market. During its time in the online gambling world, it was very popular. With a Mega Moolah jackpot and cinematic graphics, Lord of the Rings slots was a huge hit among slots players and fans of the fantasy series.

In the land-based casino world, another version of Lord of the Rings slots still exists. Designed by WMS Gaming, it is also a progressive jackpot game. Recently, it awarded a generous jackpot worth more than $7 million, and continues to attract a great deal of positive attention from players at brick and mortar casinos. This version of the Lord of the Rings slots has yet to be affected by Warner Bros’ legal issues.

Net Entertainment has also taken up the trend of developing movie-themed online slots. One of the company’s most successful branded games is Scarface, based on the classic gangster movie starring Al Pacino. The game features an interesting bonus sequence that emulates the final shootout in the film. Players assume the role of Tony Montana as they shoot down enemies and gain cash prizes. It is one of the more interactive bonus games out there, and is the reason that Net Entertainment’s Scarface slots game has become so successful.

Just about every online casino developer has created movie-themed slots. From science fiction films to blockbuster action movies, film-based slots cover a wide range of genres and eras.