luni, 19 septembrie 2016

Shameless Trivia: 48 fun facts about the series!

Shameless is an American comedy-drama television series, remake of the British series which airs on Showtime. Let’s see some amazing facts and trivia about it! 1.The series depicts the dysfunctional family of Frank Gallagher, a single father of six children. While he spends his days drunk, his kids learn to take care of themselves. 2. The show’s producers sought to distinguish it from previous American working-class shows by highlighting how Frank’s alcoholism affects his family. 3. HBO began developing an American version of Shameless after striking a deal with John Wells in January 2009. 4. By October 2009 the development had moved to Showtime. 5. John Wells Productions filmed a pilot episode for the cable network in December 2009. 6. William H. Macy stars in the lead role as Frank Gallagher. 7. Also joining the cast were former Dragonball Evolution co-stars Emmy Rossum as Fiona and Justin Chatwin as Steve. 8. Paul Abbott, whose semi-autobiographical telescript became the pilot episode for the original UK version, is credited as an executive producer on the U.S. version. 9. In April 2010, Showtime green-lit the series with a twelve-episode order. 10. In late August Joan Cusack was cast as Sheila, a romantic interest for Frank, replacing Allison Janney, who portrayed the role in the pilot. 11. A preview of the pilot aired on December 12, 2010, after the Season 5 finale of Dexter. 12. The first season officially began airing on Showtime on Sunday, January 9, 2011. 13. It is filmed in the North Lawndale community area of Chicago and Burbank, California, at Warner Bros. Studios. 14. Before the cold open, a main character breaks the fourth wall and berates the viewer who missed previous episodes by identifying plot points relevant to the current episode. 15. Initial shooting of the second season began on July 5, 2011 and premiered January 8, 2012. 16. The series was initially set in Chicago’s Canaryville neighbourhood on the South Side, but as of season 6 the Back of the Yards neighbourhood was stated to be the location of the Gallagher household. 17. The theme song for Shameless is “The Luck You Got” by indie rock group The High Strung. 18. The majority of the music featured throughout the series is generally from indie rock bands. 19. The pilot episode made use of music from artists such as Cream, Spoon, Say Hi, 3OH!3 featuring Ke$ha, The Vines, The Moog and LMFAO. 20. The show has also featured music from Let’s Wrestle, The Eels, The Blue Van, Cake, Alien Crime Syndicate, and Freeplay Music. Music from The High Strung, Soho3, Say Hi and The High Planes Drifters can be heard multiple times throughout the show 21. The last episode of season one featured two songs by The Diner with the first being “Indie Dreams” and with “Sun and Soil” being the second. 22. In promotion for the second season premiere the entire cast of shameless sang their own version of a Christmas Carol “except this one dings grandma’s holiday turkey and suggests the best route home in case you partake in too much holiday cheer” entitled Shameless: Christmas Carol. 23. It can also be found on the special features of the season 2 DVD featurette. 24. The singer Marina and the Diamonds has also been referenced on the show, in a text by Debbie Gallagher. 25. Shameless premiered on January 9, 2011 in the United States, becoming Showtime’s highest-rated series debut on record across the network’s target demographic. 26. The first episode of the series generated 982,000 unique viewers, and was Showtime’s largest audience for a series premiere since Dead Like Me in 2003. 27. The fourth episode airing January 30, “Casey Casden”, posted 1.45 million total viewers, making Shameless the cable channel’s best-performing first-year drama. 28. Defying the usual downward trend following a premiere, the series built on its initial audience, becoming number one in its time slot among adults aged 18 through 49. 29. Subsequent episodes’ audiences fluctuated between a million and 1.14 million viewers. The March 27, 2011 season finale, “Father Frank, Full Of Grace,” drew an audience of 1.157 million. 30. The third season’s premiere episode, “El Gran Cañon” (airing January 13, 2013), drew 2 million viewers, becoming the show’s highest rated episode to date. 31. It has since maintained average ratings of just below 2 million viewers throughout the remainder of its episodes. 32. Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter said that “Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it’s going to be essential viewing”. 33. The show’s first season score on Metacritic is a 66 of 100, which is a generally favorable review. The second season score on Metacritic is a 76 of 100, indicating increasingly favorable reviews. 34. The first episode of the series, “Pilot”, was watched by 982,000 viewers, making it the network’s biggest turnout for a series premiere since Dead Like Me in 2003. 35. The episode airing January 30, “Casey Casden”, received 1.45 million total viewers, making Shameless the best performing first-year drama on Showtime. 36. Unusual for a TV-show, creator John Wells has a very strict policy of no scripts allowed on set. The actors have to know their lines by heart. 37. Ethan Cutkosky (Carl) asked to be written off for a few episodes at the end of season five because he was going to start high school and wanted to experience it properly. 38. Steve Howey, who plays Kev, spent the entire season three recovering from a torn Achilles’ tendon. 39. According to details written in the early script of the show’s pilot episode, Fiona Gallagher was originally supposed to be very average-looking and overweight, with rattier clothes and messy blonde hair; a huge contrast from the slender, brunette beauty Emmy Rossum. 40. Despite being in almost every episode since season one, Joan Cusack is still listed as a “special guest star” in the opening credits. 41. A unique presenting trademark is a main characters’ breaking the fourth wall at episode beginnings, inquiring as to why the viewer supposedly did not view the previous episode before recap flashbacks with unaired scenes. 42. The “Patsy’s Pies” restaurant that Fiona is shown working at is based on a real bar and grill called “Patsy’s”, located at Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. 43. During the show’s third season Emmy Rossum had the show’s script writers give Justin Chatwin a fake scene in which he told his father he was gay. The crew members revealed it was a prank on camera. He played a gay son to a homophobic father on Weeds. 44. The show goes twice to Chicago for a week to shoot exteriors, after filming every six episodes on Warner Brothers sound stages. 45. Prior to portraying Husband and wife on Shameless, Steve Howey and Shanola Hampton were in an episode of “Reba” together. (“The Steaks are high”). 46. William H. Macy is the only series regular to have ever written (in season 2) and also direct (season 5) an episode of the series. 47. Even though it was established that Veronica was almost barren, she actually got pregnant on season 4 because Shanola Hampton got pregnant. 48. Each child, aside from Liam, identifies with the behavioral roles of children of alcoholics. There is the perfect child or the hero (Fiona). There is the rebel or the scapegoat (Carl). There is the clown or the mascot (Lip). There is the lost child or the loner (Ian). And there is the caretaker (Debs).

miercuri, 27 iulie 2016

Top five places in the world to fall in love

Falling in love can be an exciting experience and wherever you find yourself when it happens, a romantic setting can definitely help point cupid’s arrow in the right direction.

When couples look back on their past history, it is always the places and experiences they shared together that shaped their relationships.  Planning a holiday that you are hoping will be romantic can be enormous pressure.  We at Escapist Traveller are here to help.  Whether it is seclusion or adventure you are after, here are Escapist Traveller’s top five places to throw caution to the wind and fall in love.


Kefalonia was featured in the Hollywood take of Louis de Bernières’ romantic novel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin. It was here that the young Italian officer, Captain Corelli, played by Nicholas Cage, fell in love with the beautiful Greek islander, Pelagia, played by Penelope Cruz, during the German and Italian occupation of Kefalonia in World War Two.

This breathtaking Greek Island of sparkling turquoise sea’s and picturesque villages has only around 32,000 inhabitants, so there are plenty of places for space and privacy to let love blossom.
The best beach on the Island is Myrtos Beach, spectacular, picturesque and enclosed by cliffs this beach has clear, blue water gently lapping against fine, white sand. It is the perfect suntrap and can get very hot but there is a beach bar, sun beds and umbrellas for hire. As Myrtos is in the north of Kefalonia it is set away from the more popular resorts, therefore it is more private and well worth a day trip.

Fiscardo is widely regarded as the most beautiful fishing village on the island. It was left untouched by the devastating Earthquake of 1953, which damaged many of the traditional and Venetian-style buildings of its neighbours. Beyond the rows of dainty fishing boats at Fiscardo Port, the early evening ambience is delightfully set by candle lit restaurants serving freshly caught seafood and local delicacies.

Stroll hand in hand around the many ancient monasteries and churches that pepper the island, or take a boat tour of the underground lakes and caves of Melissani and Drogarati to see incredible limestone formations. With its unique charm and magical vistas, Kefalonia is perfect for a romantic and relaxing escape.

joi, 21 iulie 2016

Top 12 Healthy ways to suppress your craving and eat less

12 Healthy ways to suppress your craving and eat less
Credit:Ask a Doctor

Concept hotel in the Swiss mountains with no Roof & Walls

WOW!! Check out this Swiss conceptual hotel with no roof, no walls and no standard hotel amenities that you would expect from a typical bed & breakfast. And if you decide to lodge in this outdoor hotel, the closest toilet to you is 10 minutes down the road.

This weird hotel creation offers spectacular views – 6,463 feet above sea level in the middle of the Swiss Alps. If you’re afraid of heights, this is NOT for you!...

It comes with a cosy looking double bed, with bedside tables and lamps. Plus, you get your own butler to welcome you with a drink and a breakfast basket in the morning.
For the cost of £191

World's Most Terrifying Tourist Attraction Shut Down [PHOTOS]


The world’s most terrifying tourist attraction has been shut down after frightening photos emerged of tourists balanced on a raft feeding meat - to crocodiles.

The young holidaymakers clambered aboard a make-shift cage kept afloat with plastic barrels just inches from the 10ft long killer reptiles.

They used canes to dangle lumps of beef over the jaws of the reptiles - which then leapt from the water to snatch their lunch.

Pictures taken by shocked motorcycle-taxi rider Jon Nok show hundreds of crocs circling the raft in a pond used for crocodile farming at the Elephant Kingdom in Chonburi, Thailand.


The images viral after he posted them on Twitter - sparking police and government officials to rush to the attraction.

    Jon, 40, said: ‘I’ve bee a taxi driver for more than 20 years and never seen anything like this before.
    ‘It looks so dangerous I just had to take a picture. The tourists were all Chinese and some of them were scared, others were enjoying it.
    ‘People have been shocked to see that this happens.’

joi, 21 aprilie 2016

Top 9 signs you'll never be rich

Contrary to popular belief, "Everyone has the same opportunity to acquire wealth," says self-made millionaire Steve Siebold. But is wealth in the cards for you?
To help you evaluate that, we've rounded up nine red flags to watch out for. While no one can predict the future, the following choices most likely won't accelerate your path to riches.

You put too much emphasis on saving — and not enough on earning

Saving is crucial to building wealth, but you don't want to focus so much on saving that you start neglecting earning, which is what rich people focus on.

"The masses are so focused on clipping coupons and living frugally they miss major opportunities," Siebold writes.

There's no need to abandon practical saving strategies. However, if you want to start thinking like the rich, "Stop worrying about running out of money and focus on how to make more," Siebold advises.

Some experts say that "it's not about how much money you make, it's about how much you keep," but this shouldn't be an excuse to disregard earning completely. To keep money, you have to earn it in the first place. A common thread among millionaires is that they develop multiple streams of income and have smart savings habits.

duminică, 10 aprilie 2016

HOW You Can Use Google Calendar to Coordinate Meetings?

A MAJOR CHALLENGE with any #worksquad is making sure you’re all available for meetings at the same time—especially if you’re working in various time zones. Google Calendar makes it a little easier. This tip requires everyone on your team to apply the same settings to their calendars, but it’ll ensure your meetings don’t fall prey to schedule dysfunction.

This tip does involve each person on your team making their calendar public—at least to other members of the team. This may feel like an invasion of privacy, but there’s a way to do it without broadcasting your every move.

How to Create a Shared Calendar in Google Calendar

Go to and find the “My calendars” menu in the left column.

Click the box with the downward-pointing arrow next to “My calendars.” Select “Create new calendar” from the drop-down menu.

After you fill in a name and description for your calendar, you have several sharing options. You can make the calendar public and accessible via Google searches by checking the “Make this calendar public” box. If you do, it’s probably a good idea to also check the box next to “Share only my free/busy information” to keep your schedule details private.

Better yet, you can share the calendar only with certain people. Enter each email addresses in the “Share with specific people” field, and click the “Add person” button to add more invitees. You can also adjust the privacy settings for invitees with the “Permission settings” drop-down menu for each email address you invite.

That will create a shared calendar that your entire team can view and add to, but individual team members will likely have their own calendars. They’ll need to take a few extra steps for the best collaboration features.

How to Share Your Google Calendar With Others

To make your own calendar visible to the rest of the team, find the “My calendars” menu.
Click the box with the downward-pointing arrow next to your personal calendar. Select “Calendar settings” from the drop-down menu.