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Thought of the Day: Video Games and the Human Heart

By Carla B.

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“One thing we must acknowledge as a leader in this field is our responsibility to shape our society. If you look where we’ve come, or arguably where we’ve fallen to, you have to ask yourself, what happened to our humanity and where did it go? In my new position, my focus is to return the spotlight to the gamers. I find that the single most important thing. And hopefully if we’re smart enough, we can remind our consumers to engage in balance, to remember what makes them human in the first place. In between missions of course. ” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate)

“Any ambitious man would dream of reaching the top. To deny that would deny my own humanity, I think. Andrew Kincaid was a god in his own world, and any god who is obsessed with his own power sets himself up for his own demise. And that power falls on his angels. Someone had to take up the reigns. All we can do is hope for a fresh perspective. Ultimately it’s up to us to enter this world, to take up that controller, to make those decisions. Ultimately it’s your quarter.” — Movie: Beta Test (Character Max Troy played by Larenze Tate)
 

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      Compassion and Empathy is something Humanity must not lose…

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Today, video games play a big role in many of our lives — as it is often the go to source of entertainment. It’s been proven that in a large number of American households  there is little fun time spent -aside from playing sports outside -without an X Box, Nintendo or Sony controller in the hand — and most recently, smart phones….and for good reason…?? As there is no denying that for many, video games can be incredibly fun to play. I still remember to this day how immersed I became in games such as Super Mario and Pac Man — all of which managed to preoccupy countless hours of my childhood. With the gaming industry capabilities consistently improving I find it interesting to explore just how big of a role video games play in our modern society and whether or not they are having any lasting effects on those who play them. According to a study released by statista in September of 2014, global video game revenues exceed $100 billion, with $6.1 billion of that being generated by video game sales in the United States alone.(1) These already staggering numbers become even more surprising when one takes into consideration the state of the US economy. How much of that $100 billion is being spent by families and individuals who cannot comfortably afford to buy that $59.99 game or that $349.99 system? In terms of time — which is arguably our most precious commodity -in 2013 the average US gamer over the age of 13 spent 6.3 hours a week playing video games -which is up from an average of 5.6 hours spent in 2012.(2) Violence, in some way shape or form has been a predominant theme in the world of video games for quite sometime. The numbers support the basis whereas the action and shooter genres, which account for a combined 51.9% of video game sales in the US in 2013. Even if masked under the intentions of playing a hero whose sole purpose is to destroy a series of “enemies” to save the world, violence is violence and gamers seem to love to engage in it virtually.

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So, it would not be presumptuous to add that many of the  video games we see and interact with today allow gamers to be as brutal as they like — within a very realistic scenario. Users can simply go up to someone — on any given street and attack them, use their vehicles to run a person down, and or even carjack them. Sexism, violence and hatred are the video game industries biggest proponents today. It seems the goal is to systematically desensitize and erode our natural empathy, our innate state of being — of oneness. Sadly, what we are seeing today are individuals being brutalized on any given street corner by someone — and passerbys simply standing by and doing nothing. In many of these cases there is hardly ever anyone coming forward to help. Why is this? Could all this violence that is engaged in virtually by so many of us worldwide be creating some sort of dark effect on us? And most importantly, is it desensitizing us? Why are we allowing this to happen? I can remember back in the day, before all this new technology arrived whereas our very own pocket communities banned together to assist one another in times of need. We sought out, maybe only **subconsciously— to be a service to others, our neighbors, friends and humanity as a whole. With this being said, I guess the only question that really needs answering is: What can we do to reconnect with our heart?? A 2011 study out of the University of Missouri-Columbia looked at the long recognized belief held by many scientists that playing violent video games can cause players to become more aggressive in their daily life. The researchers measured brain responses as they showed the participants a series of neutral and violent photos. The final stage allowed the participants to compete against an opponent in a controllable task that allowed them to choose how aggressively they would blast their opponent with sound. Researchers found that those who played a violent video game were more aggressive in their blast by comparison to those who played a non-violent game. Another study in the publication Social Psychological and Personality Science, found that aggression triggered by video games can last for up to 24 hours after the game is played -if the player continues to think about the game. The authors of the study noted that violent gamers often play for a lot longer than the 20 minutes they were allotted in this particular study, making it more likely that they let thoughts of it marinate within their mind habitually. Several authorities, including the US Supreme Court, the US Surgeon General, the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission all stand on the side of there being no causal link between violent video games and violent behaviour. Any theories to the contrary they state are a myth, and in response have compiled a list of research to support this stance. They do advise however that individuals -especially parents -make informed decisions about what they do and do not choose to expose themselves to. Each game is subject to a rating and suggested age range, and all major gaming systems are required to have programmable parental controls. As with so many other things in the world today, I’m finding that the best solution always lies within. When deciding whether or not to expose yourself to violent video games, observe how you feel when you play them. Scan your heart. Are they purely an entertaining experience that you are easily able to disconnect from? Or are they an escape that allows you to release frustrations, negative feelings and emotions? I’d also advise to look within when deciding whether or not play video games at all. Observe your behavioral patterns to see whether you are simply engaging in an available form of entertainment or if it has become a habitual decision. Be sure to be honest with yourself when analyzing this as well, as you won’t be doing anyone a favor by masking how playing as much as you do makes you feel. I personally do not think that video games are inherently good or bad. They aren’t for everyone, and there is a time and place for them for those who enjoy them. It’s up to us to decipher just how much and when that is, if at all. Ultimately, it should never be okay to advocate any kind of violence in video games — regardless of how the 1 percent spins it. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments.

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RELATED: The Heart Chakra and its meaning for the human body My prayers and hopes today, right now… is for us all to take a step back, look within and exude our true power in light and love. Connecting with our heart is what we should be doing…not disconnecting from it….regardless of what life experience we may be working through. We must not lose our humanity. Peace and blessing, Namaste. Thoughts? Please share below in the comments. SEE ALSO: The Universal Law of Freewill

Our Truth is not Out there…. it is Within.

**Subconscious: acting or existing without one’s awareness: subconscious motive. noun. 2. (psychoanal) that part of the mind which is on the fringe of consciousness and contains material of which it is possible to become aware by redirecting attention Compare preconscious (sense 2), unconscious

Sources: (1) http://www.statista.com/topics/868/video-games/ (2) http://time.com/120476/nielsen-video-games/ (3) http://www.statista.com/statistics/189592/breakdown-of-us-video-game-sales-2009-by-genre/ (4) http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/16/100-best-selling-video-games-of-2013-revealed-4265929/ (5) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/05/110525151059.htm (6) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/09/100920094620.htm (7) http://www.theesa.com/facts/violence.asp

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Evolution, Ascension & Duality in Consciousness – Video

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“There are two wolves who are always fighting. One is darkness and despair. The other is light and hope. The question is: which wolf wins?”  –
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“Beloved masters, the collective consciousness of humanity is striving to acknowledge the extreme duality that permeates the Earth. Each and every person, at some level, is fighting the battle to attain greater Self-awareness, which must include embracing both the Light and shadow side of Self while endeavoring to return to an accepted range of duality and polarity. Each of you must recognize and claim your shadow side, your symbolic demons within, so that they, too, may embrace the Light of transformation. Human suffering is the result of rigid thinking, a sense of superiority and judgment of others, which lead to separation rather than unity and tolerance for opposing viewpoints. Can you accept the premise that your negative thought forms are also seeking release? They are rising to the surface of your consciousness, seeking illumination and truth, just as you are. You must take responsibility for what you create, moment to moment. Negative thoughts and actions result in distorted creations and chaos.

It is important for you to understand that your physical vessel was encoded for the return to the higher vibrational, more rarified realms of Light from the inception of your earthly embodiment experiences. Also, as humanity evolves, growing in wisdom and becoming more aware of the science and the intricacies of Ascension, there have been many adjustments to the process over the past several hundred years. Some initial Ascension procedures have been discarded and others, more advanced requirements, have been added.

In the past, Ascension was possible for just a select few.  Only those who came to Earth to be examples and wayshowers, and who were spiritually advanced, were allowed into the inner sanctums of the mystery schools. The secret doctrine was only given to those who were considered to be the strongest and most dedicated disciples. The lessons, tests and challenges were strenuous, and many perished during the process or did not attain their goal for many lifetimes. That has now changed, for time is running out for the Ascension of the Earth and humanity into the next level of awareness, and many Divine dispensations and much assistance are being offered to those who are striving to meet the challenges and tests of Ascension.

We have explained that each Soul, before incarnating into a physical vessel, is given an allotment of Adamantine Particles of Life for personal use throughout their lifetime. If a person’s allotment is used with loving intention for the greatest good, then the flow of Full-Spectrum Light will continue throughout his/her lifetime.  However, when a person becomes unloving, negative and embittered, the access to the Sacred Heart and the God Particles of Life is no longer available.  Thereafter, he/she can only access the Half-Spectrum Light, or the Primal Life Force substance, which can be re-qualified and used in either a positive or negative way.  Remember, Adamantine Particles of Creator Light can only be activated and used with loving intention for the highest good.

A young child’s heart center is open wide and the God Particles flow freely, unimpeded. However, how long the child’s heart center stays open depends on the love and nurturing they receive from their parents and those around them.  Many dear Souls have placed an etheric shield of protection over their heart center so that the pain and suffering will not affect them so drastically. Thereby,  they close the door to their Sacred Inner Sanctum where their God Particles of Creation are stored.

Along with the allotment of Adamantine Particles that were placed in each person’s Sacred Heart Center, a smaller allotment was also placed within each of the major chakra centers of the physical body. The largest portion was placed at the Root Chakra, which the ancients called the Kundalini, the coiled serpent of fire, or the Sacred Fire.

There is an accelerated planetary initiation now in progress, and it is affecting everything on the Earth Plane, especially sentient Beings. There are much fear and trepidation as the collective consciousness of humanity undergoes the dramatic changes that occur at the closing of one Age and the beginning of a more advanced era. Especially, when much of what was considered to be of vast importance on the earthly plane slowly changes or disappears. As these drastic evolutionary changes take place, they will not affect you if your Energetic Signature is of a higher, more balanced frequency. There is also a great sense of anticipation and excitement for those who have learned to stay centered within the Sacred Heart. There are many probable futures before each of you, and it is important that you stay centered in the Still Point of the present moment. You may be led to change course several times as you slowly move into the fluidity of the Higher Dimensions; however, if you allow your Sacred Heart and your Higher Self to Light the way, you will never be led astray. The time lines of the future lead to higher, more stable ground, away from the imbalanced spectrum of duality and the distorted reality of separation.

You are in the process of integrating the many Fragments of Self you have created while in physical embodiment. in preparation for a reunion with the many Facets of your Soul family, both on the Earth and in the many Dimensions throughout the solar system and galaxy, and eventually throughout this Sub-Universe and beyond. There must be a reunification with Self, and a return to your center of power, which resides within your Sacred Heart. Once you make the connection with your OverSoul/Higher Self, and begin the process of reuniting with all the Facets of your God Self (I AM Presence), the urge to reunite becomes a magnetic force that cannot be denied.

Your Soul, which is composed of Creator Essence, is your conscious guide and companion while in the physical vessel.  For a long time the Soul has been only a faint whisper for most people, for the ego-desire personality is very strong and has held a dominant position within. The initiation process begins when you slowly make way for the Soul to assume its proper place as director of your life, which eventually allows the Higher Self to take charge of your journey back into the realms of Light. Gradually, the Column of Light, which contains your Life Line to the Creator, begins to widen until eventually it is the width of the crown of your head. That is when you tap into the flow of your Divine I AM presence, and the Creator Particles of Love/Life begin to flow through and from you. This wondrous, luminescent Sacred Fire gives you access to your treasures stored in heaven—an unlimited source of Creator Light as long as it is charged with your Love Light and used for the greatest good.

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The River of Life has a multitude of tributaries throughout this Sub-Universe, and many of you, as you tap into your Sacred Mind and learn to stay centered within the Sacred Heart, are becoming conduits for the Adamantine Particles of Creator Consciousness.  First, you must attune the Pineal and Pituitary Glands to your Higher Self, which begins the process of dissolving the membranes of Light that guard the Sacred Mind.  Your Sacred Mind makes the connection with your Sacred Heart, and once the activated Adamantine Particles of God Consciousness begin to flow from the Sacred Heart to the Sacred Mind; the process of illumination accelerates. The Creator Light flows through the Crown Chakra and enters the Pineal Gland, promoting cellular awareness as it activates the Pituitary and Hypothalamus Glands and courses through the brain structure into your Sacred Mind.  It then flows down into the Sacred Heart where the particles of Creator Light are further activated through your loving intention. These activated God Particles of Light are now ready to assist you in creating anything you desire as long as your intention is for the greatest good. The voice of your Higher Self becomes clearer, and the nudgings of your Sacred Heart, called your intuition become stronger.

INTUITION is the ability to understand a concept or certain information immediately, without conscious reasoning. Your Higher Self speaks to you via your intuition and, eventually, clears the pathway to your God Self and the wisdom stored within the cosmic records. Your intuition also gives you signals via a feeling of something being right or your truth, or a feeling of dread or discomfort when something is wrong or not in alignment with the Light / truth.

INSPIRATION is the process or quality of being inspired, such as when a sudden timely or unusual idea, sometimes about something that you were not aware of before, pops into your mind.  Channeling or messages from your angelic guides and teachers often lead to inspired concepts or awareness of things beyond the realm of your knowing. Intuition is validated via the mind first and then through the heart, whereas inspiration is validated through the heart first and then through the reasoning processes of the mind.

Your perception of time and space is rapidly changing as you learn to focus more on the moment instead of vacillating between the past and the future, with only moments of concentrated awareness of the present. Feelings of separation, isolation and judgment are being replaced by a sense of unity consciousness, which will eventually lead to a sense of oneness with all Creation. As time accelerates and the frequencies of Divine Light become stronger and more compelling, it is important that you reflect on what has taken place, the challenges you have met and overcome, the gains you have made, and the obstacles that you must surmount in the future. As the boundaries of your reality become more defined, and you allow much of what you thought was important to slowly change or fade into the past, you must become wiser and more discerning in your choices. When you cling to people or things which no longer fit in your new reality, the sense of being out of harmony becomes more pronounced.  By stating, “Thy will be done,” gives your Higher Self permission to increase your intuitive abilities, which include knowing almost instantly when you have made right or wrong choices.  By doing so, you can quickly rectify any actions that veer you off the straight and narrow Path of Ascension.  You, as faithful followers of the Light, must be ever vigilant in your thoughts and actions to be sure that you are always in alignment with your new, upgraded Divine Blueprint.

As the Vanguard Sentinels of Light, you have the ability to overcome or neutralize the negative thought forms of many thousands of people who are still functioning within the restraints of the Third- and lower-Fourth-Dimensional illusion. You are in the process of building a firm foundation for the future of all humanity. Your inner strength and wisdom will serve you well if you stay centered within your Sacred Heart as you become a master of Self and a conveyer of the rarified particles of God Consciousness.

Believe it or not, there were some advantages in the withdrawal of a major portion of your manifestation abilities in the past.  We have told you that the Red (exoteric or physical plane color) of the First Ray of Divine Will and Power to create was mostly withdrawn after the Earth and humanity sank into the density of the Third- and lower-Fourth-Dimensional environment. That was done so that humanity would not destroy itself during the age of extreme duality. That period is swiftly coming to a close as humanity awakens, and regains the ability to integrate more Spiritual Light. As you move forward into the upper Fourth and the lower Fifth Dimension, your physical body will become more radiant as the Creator Light begins to shine forth more strongly from within.  Remember, you were brought forth from the Sacred Heart Core of the Supreme Creator as a White Fire Seed Atom conscious Being, from which comes the saying, “made in the image and likeness of God.” The Light of the Creator contains energy, intelligence and everything necessary to create worlds without end, in order to fulfill the Divine plan for Creation. You are being given an opportunity to become a cocreator of the highest order; however, you must step out of your comfort zone and reclaim your birthright.

SHINE ON, my faithful Ones, and as your circle of influence radiates farther and farther out into the world, one day the circles of Light will overlap and your combined illumination will burst into pure God Light and surround the world. Follow the path of Light, beloveds; the time of the grand reunion is at hand. You are loved profoundly.” — I AM Archangel Michael.

Source(s): Spiritlibrary.comAwakeningOurTruth

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A Cursory Look at Sci Fi Movies and Artificial Intelligence – A.I.

By Carla B.

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There has been no shortage of Super Hero/Humans/Hybrids in Science Fiction films, they are everywhere. Captain America, Spider-man, Superman, The Fantastic Four, Thor, Lucy, Will Caster, and you can now add Ava to the list. “The world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl,”….??

Alicia Vikander in 'Ex Machina.' -- Image credit: A24 /DNA Films

Something to ponder. What would you do if you could access 100% of your brain’s potential processing power? Something to think about, indeed.

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The video below by Makalesi, an independent researcher of the occult and other esoteric knowledge explains how the concept of Artificial Intelligence aka A.I. — is a reoccurring concept that has been covered by both, the big and small screens.

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In the segment Makalesi also details how social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Yelp and LinkedIn…. plays an intricate part in the grand scheme of things…along with search engines.

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What are your thoughts? What are we being prepared for is the real question. Share with us in the comments below.

Oh Yeah Baby! Hollywood Hunks – Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale To Star In New Film

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Variety has revealed plans for Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale to star together in The Big Short. Sources tell the outlet that the threesome, (pun intended) have come on board to Paramount and Plan B’s adaptation of the movie, in-which Adam McKay is writing and directing.


From left to right: Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. - Image credit: Getty

The film tells the story of the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s that led to the financial crisis of 2007-2010.

Pitt will produce the film with his partner in Plan B productions, Dede Gardner.

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Pitt, who is repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment, was last seen in “Fury.” The WME-repped Bale was last seen in “Exodus: Gods and Kings” and will shoot the Travis McGee pic “The Deep Blue Goodby” this spring, reports Variety.

Gosling just wrapped production on the Warner Bros. thriller “The Nice Guys.” He is repped by Anonymous Content and LBI Entertainment.

Are you planning on seeing the film? Share in the comments below!

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The Director Behind The Blockbuster Film ‘Selma,’ “Ava DuVernay”

Published by EOTM News Editor on January 3rd, 2015 - in Entertainment News, Film Festivals, Film News, Movies

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Ava DuVernay was first a very successful publicist and when she saw Michael Mann filming his famous movie “Collateral”, she finally realized that all she ever wanted to be was a film director. She then found her place of work behind the camera and started an even more successful career.

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When she saw some of the Hollywood actors in the “Collateral” set, such as Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith, she realized that her head was full of stories that should be told and full of people’s stories that could be a lesson for many people. That was the moment where Ava DuVernay started writing movie scripts. The firstmovie DuVernay made was a documentary on hip-hop called “This is the Life” and after that she did two successful drama movies – “I Will Follow” and “Middle of Nowhere” and both got recognized at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 as the best directing movies. DuVernay’s latest movie is telling a story about Martin Luther King Jr. entitled“Selma” and Ava could be the first black woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. The director says that she does not think about the Oscars and that the only think she cares about is for her movie to become accepted and successful and that her people realize the importance of it.

Selma is a movie, which talks about Martin Luther King, played by David Oyelowo, and the right to vote back in 1965. At that time, Martin Luther King was trying to carry out a procession from the town of Selma all the way to Montgomery in Alabama. There was a police intervention involved and many people were victims of the event and also of the political involvement. DuVernay tried to depict this part of Martin Luther King’s life, the moment where he was the most successful and the strongest. The movie is also focusing on King’s personal and inner problems and the relationship with his wife Coretta played by Carmen Ejogo. Duvernay expects the movie to be a true success and she is happy to be sending a message to her people and to the rest of the world.  was first a very successful publicist and when she saw Michael Mann filming his famous movie “Collateral”, she finally realized that all she ever wanted to be was a film director. She then found her place of work behind the camera and started an even more successful career. When she saw some of the Hollywood actors in the “Collateral” set, such as Jamie Foxx and Jada Pinkett Smith, she realized that her head was full of stories that should be told and full of people’s stories that could be a lesson for many people. That was the moment where Ava DuVernay started writing movie scripts.

The first movie DuVernay made was a documentary on hip-hop called “This is the Life” and after that she did two successful drama movies – “I Will Follow” and“Middle of Nowhere” and both got recognized at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 as the best directing movies. DuVernay’s latest movie is telling a story about Martin Luther King Jr. entitled“Selma” and Ava could be the first black woman nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director. The director says that she does not think about the Oscars and that the only think she cares about is for her movie to become accepted and successful and that her people realize the importance of it. Selma is a movie, which talks about Martin Luther King, played by David Oyelowo, and the right to vote back in 1965. At that time, Martin Luther King was trying to carry out a procession from the town of Selma all the way to Montgomery in Alabama. There was a police intervention involved and many people were victims of the event and also of the political involvement. DuVernay tried to depict this part of Martin Luther King’s life, the moment where he was the most successful and the strongest. The movie is also focusing on King’s personal and inner problems and the relationship with his wife Coretta played by Carmen Ejogo. Duvernay expects the movie to be a true success and she is happy to be sending a message to her people and to the rest of the world.

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Shia LaBeouf Storms Out of ‘Nymphomaniac’ Press Conference

Actor Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers, with a paper bag over his head that says 'I am not famous anymore' on the red carpet for the film Nymphomaniac at the International Film Festival Berlinale on Sunday. Photo credit: Axel Schmidt/AP

Shia LaBeouf Storms Out of Press Conference (via AP Video)

Shia LaBeouf stormed out of press conference in Berlin for Lars Von Trier’s controversial new movie ‘Nymphomaniac.’ The 27-year-old actor left after answering a question about the explicit sexual content in the film. (Feb. 9)

 

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Hollywood’s biggest stars honored at Palm Springs International Film Festival

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Some of the Hollywood’s biggest stars were in Palm Springs this weekend for the opening of the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

Michael Buckner/Getty Images for PSIFF Honoress included actors Lupita Nyong'o, Elisabeth Rahm, Amy Adams, Tom Hanks and Shea Whigham.

The gala celebrating its 25th year, announced winners in advance and was not televised.

Hollywood’s newest star Lupita Nyong’o, of “12 Years a Slave” made her rounds, joined by her co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor. The actress was the recipient of the Breakthrough Performance Award for her role in the film.

Lupita Nyong’o walking the red carpet of the Palm Springs International Film Festival on January 4th -- Getty Image

Meryl Streep was given the festival’s Icon Award, Tom Hanks accepted the Chairman’s Award for his leading roles in “Captain Phillips” and “Saving Mr. Banks,” and Matthew McConaughey was honored for his lead role in “Dallas Buyers Club.”

“This is an amazing festival because there’s so many actors who are honored, and so many different categories, and I think the Icon one sounds the least alive but I’m happy to be receiving it,” said Streep.

Streep, who stars alongside Julia Roberts in “August: Osage County” is also up for Globe and SAG honors.

Yves Rocher : The Creator of Botanical BeautySandra Bullock, also nominated for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards for her performance as an astronaut in “Gravity,” delighted the audience by reading online comments about herself.

The actors from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba and Naomie Harris strutted their stuff at the high profile extravaganza as well. The duo presented U2 with the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, which U2 received for its members’ humanitarian work.

The awards gala also presented honors to Steve McQueen, Bruce Dern, Thomas Newman, the cast of “American Hustle,” amongst others.

Sandra Bullock arrives at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at the Palm Springs Convention Center on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, in Palm Springs, Calif. (AP Photo / Jordan Strauss/Invision)


The festival runs from January 2-13th.

Notably, many of the stars will reunite at the Golden Globes next weekend in Beverly Hills, and the SAG Awards the following weekend.

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Michael Douglas: HPV, the sexually transmitted virus caused my throat cancer

In a recent interview with the Guardian, actor Michael Douglas revealed that his throat cancer was apparently caused by performing oral sex.

Michael Douglas at the Behind the Candelabra premiere in Cannes. Photo credit: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

When asked whether he now regretted his years of smoking and drinking which was thought to be the cause of the disease, Douglas replied: “No… because without wanting to get too specific, this particular cancer is caused by HPV [human papillomavirus], which actually comes about from cunnilingus. I did worry if the stress caused by my son’s incarceration didn’t help trigger it. But yeah, it’s a sexually transmitted disease that causes cancer. And if you have it, cunnilingus is also the best cure for it.”

Autism SpeaksThis form of cancer is stage four and the actor endured an intensive eight-week course of chemotherapy and radiation. The treatment worked and Douglas is now more than two years clear of cancer.

HPV, the sexually transmitted virus best known as a cause of cervical and anal cancer and genital warts, is thought to be responsible for an increasing proportion of oral cancers.

Brad Pitt Says He’s the Happiest He’s Ever Been With Angelina Jolie

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Brad Pitt Says He’s the Happiest He’s Ever Been (via NewsLook)

Video News by NewsLook Actor Brad Pitt has revealed that he is the happiest he’s ever been in a new interview with Esquire magazine.

 

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