lunes, 14 de mayo de 2012


... that the Spanish photographer Samuel Aranda won the World Press Photo contest?

...that among native English speakers there are around 50 different accents and dialects?

Stars Who Make Weight Gain Look Good

These five celebrities packed on the pounds for a movie role with sexy results.

EverettMichelle Williams stars in "My Week with Marilyn"
My Week with Marilyn
Michelle Williams is earning raves (and tons of Oscar buzz) for her performance as Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film My Week with Marilyn. And talk about dedication to your craft: Since the tiny actress doesn't quite have Marilyn's legendary curves naturally, she packed on a few pounds for the role. 
"I wasn't watching what I ate, let's put it that way," Williams, 31, told People magazine at the movie's New York premiere (it hits theaters this Wednesday).
But the transformation didn't stop there. Williams watched Monroe's movies non-stop, studied her voice and perfected her famous wiggle, which she practiced by tying a belt around her knees, according to Newsweek. She also had to bleach her hair every few days, so it wouldn't show under her blonde wig, and spent hours in makeup each day.

The finished product? Bravo! Williams morphed into Marilyn with uncanny results (based on the sneak peek in the trailer). But she's not the first actress to gain weight for a role and looked hot doing it.
Here are four more stars  who looked even sexier with a little more meat on their bones:

Renee Zellweger, Bridget Jones

The rail-thin actress reportedly gained 28 pounds (by eating pizza and doughnuts) for her Oscar-nominated role as the weight-battling heroine in 2001's Bridget Jones's Diary. She then did it again for the 2004 sequel, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason. We don't know about you, but we thought she looked cute in those granny panties!

Amy Adams, The Fighter

For her Oscar-nominated role as a boxer's tough-but-sweet girlfriend in The Fighter, Adams didn't so much try to gain weight as put off losing the post-baby pounds -- at the director's request.
"He said, 'I want you to look like a girl who drinks beer,'" Adams told Parade magazine. And Adams did end up looking like a very sexy -- and very real -- girl next door. 


Talking Sport: MC Mary Kom
Follow sporting stories and learn English along the way.

At this year's London Olympics, women's boxing will be included for the first time at an Olympic Games. One boxer hoping to compete this year is MC Mary Kom. Today we join the Indian boxer in her hometown, Manipur, India. Join Natalie in this week's video to hear about Mary and learn the words 'intense' and 'feature'.

Join in the conversation! 
  • What do you think of women's boxing at the Olympics? 

  • Do you think it should be featured? 

  • What other sports do you think should be featured at the Olympic Games?


In this CNN report, Christine Romans asks how individual people can turn themselves into brands. She looks at how doing that might help folks make a name for themselves when they're trying to find a job.



CHRISTINE ROMANS, CNN BUSINESS CORRESPONDENT: It's not only the uber famous who can brand themselves. Digital media, Twitter and Facebook make it easy for almost anyone to create a brand. From skateboarder Tony Hawk... 

ROMANS: It's something that you started before everyone was trying to become a brand. 
TONY HAWK, PROFESSIONAL SKATEBOARDER: The first thing, you have to have something to offer, you know what I mean? I don't really believe in being famous just because you're famous. 
ROMANS : ...To chef Paula Deen. 
PAULA DEEN, CHEF: You know, you kind of have to reinvent yourself. You know, you have to keep things fresh. I did start this little lunch business called The Bag Lady, y'all. 
ROMANS: What about the average person? Could creating your own brand give you an edge? 
SAM CHAKO, JOB SEEKER: I don't know how to market myself to get employers to notice me. 
FORD R. MYERS, CAREER COACH: The market is too tough. Unemployment numbers are still high. Every candidate needs to find a way to stand out. 
ROMANS: So, how do you create your own brand? Career counselor Ford Myers has some tips. 
MYERS: Every candidate can identify what is their unique selling proposition or what is their special brand. Look through their own background, their own resumes, their letters of recommendation, their performance reviews and find what stands out. 
ROMANS: Leadership and management author Bill Taylor has a cult following. 
ROMANS : You walk into the boardroom... 
ROMANS: When you walk into the job interview, when you walk into your dining room... 
ROMANS: ...You are now a brand. 
ROMANS: Are we all becoming brands? 
TAYLOR: I think, you know, being a brand is not being flamboyant. It works for Lady Gaga. It wouldn't work for you in your organization. Being a brand, as everybody knows, when I meet Christine Romans, this is what she stands for, this is the impact she was trying to have.