New York, Jul 2 (AP/UNB) — Twinkies, pizza, hot dogs, even cow brains. If it can be eaten, chances are Takeru Kobayashi holds the world record for eating it.
The 41-year-old competitive eater has no problem consuming 62 slices of pizza in 12 minutes, or 337 chicken wings in a half hour. But seeing himself onscreen in the latest ESPN "30 for 30" documentary series, is a little harder to swallow.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Kobayashi says that while he was "honored" to be a part of the documentary "The Good, The Bad, The Hungry," he was also a little perplexed.
"I don't know exactly what's happening," Kobayashi said.
Then, through his translator, Kobayashi was able to go into more detail about why he was so self-conscious.
"I'm so embarrassed when I see myself in the film that I can't even watch it," he said.
Premiering Tuesday, the documentary comes two days before the annual Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest that brought Kobayashi to prominence in the competitive eating arena.
The documentary shows the rivalry between the six-time champion and the current 11-time champion Joey Chestnut, who dethroned Kobayashi in 2007.
Holding 15 world records, the 128-pound Kobayashi explains his preparation for eating.
"I have to put something inside the stomach to make it expand, but it doesn't necessarily have to be food. I train with water. So, I'm not training for long periods of time by hauling food. I'm training with water expanding my stomach," Kobayashi said.
After a competition, it takes him about three days to recover.
"I feel so exhausted and so out of breath," Kobayahi said referring to his stomach being over-extended, and the toll it takes on him.
"When my stomach becomes very full with that amount of food inside, the organs in my body begin to shift places. So, for example, my lungs get shifted up, and they can't expand. They have no room to expand. So, when I breathe, I become very short of breath. That's one of the main things that happens right after eating," he said.
Another thing is getting sick. But he says it's not something that happens as much as people think. "If I'm going to be sick, it happens right after."
While he's eaten almost everything in competition from bunless hotdogs and rice balls to lobster rolls, one of the oddest is cow brains. He ate 57 of them, a total of 17.7 pounds. And did it in 15 minutes.
But there's one he loves to eat above all.
"I savor hot dogs," he said.
New York, Jul 1 (AP/UNB) — The HBO show "Euphoria" is personal for Sam Levinson, its creator and writer.
He drew on his own youth and struggles with addiction for the series.
The eight-episode show follows a group of suburban high school students as they try to construct an identity in a world saturated with social media.
There's plenty of ugly sex, full frontal nudity, and several disturbing and violent scenes. Other recent shows — like Netflix's "Sex Education" and "13 Reasons Why" — have explored the underbelly of teen life, but not like this.
It has sparked controversy, but its creator says it takes the lives of young people seriously and with empathy.
Honolulu, Jul 1 (AP/UNB) — About 500 people watched from the shore and the waters off a beach as family and friends held a memorial service to say goodbye to reality-TV star Beth Chapman, who rose to fame as the wife of "Dog the Bounty Hunter," the Honolulu Star Advertiser reports.
The service was held Saturday at Fort DeRussy Beach Park in Waikiki, the newspaper says.
Chapman, 51, died Wednesday at Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu after an almost 2-year battle with cancer.
The Star-Advertiser says that after a short prayer circle on a grassy stretch at Fort DeRussy Beach Park, a flotilla of outrigger canoes, stand-up paddle boarders, surfers and several large boats, including a catamaran, headed out in tribute. They were later joined by her husband Duane "Dog" Chapman and other family members.
Dhaka, June 30 (UNB)- American channel Showtime will on June 30 start airing Russell Crowe’s show The Loudest Voice, which will stream a day later on Hotstar. The show is based on the book called The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News – and Divided a Country by Gabriel Sherman. Here’s everything we know about it so far, reports The Indian Express.
The Loudest Voice will revolve around Roger Ailes, who was once upon a time the President of the Fox News Channel and who reportedly helped shape the rise of current US President Donald Trump. The trailer of the show was shared by Showtime with a description that read, “This seven-part limited series is about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.”
Perhaps one of the main attractions of The Loudest Voice is its star-studded cast. The show features Russell Crowe as Roger Ailes, Naomi Watts, Sienna Miller and Seth MacFarlane among others in significant parts.
The Loudest Voice will attempt to showcase the years when Roger had more or less become the unofficial main man of the Republican Party. It will also shed light on the multiple sexual harassment cases against him which ultimately resulted in his downfall.
The takeaway from the show according to Russell Crowe
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Russell Crowe, who portrays Roger Ailes, said, “Look, I’ve been very open about this stuff with different directors and with Alex (Metcalf, the series’ showrunner) and the other writers. It’s like, this can’t be pre-decided, you know what I mean? It’s living history, so we’ve got a certain responsibility. And sometimes you fall into the trap of, when you know the outcome, bending everything to the outcome. But nobody in the course of this knew the outcome, so you’ve gotta clean your own slate a little bit and be very fresh about how you see things.”
“What I want people to get out of it is that I want it to be new because they don’t really know. They know the name and they know the [politics] but they don’t know the man. They don’t know his history and how it all went — most don’t even know what he looks or sounds like,” the actor added.
Dhaka, June 30 (UNB) - Star Wars star Daisy Ridley says she has decided to not return to any of the social media platforms, reports The Indian Express.
The actor, 27, quit Instagram in 2016, following the abuse she received on her tribute post for the victims of gun violence in the US, and Facebook shortly afterwards.
“Cut off like a Skywalker limb. Also, when I want to see what my pals are up to, you can just Google it and go to Instagram,” Ridley told BuzzFeed News when asked if she would like to return to the photo-video sharing website.
The actor believes platforms like Twitter have allowed people a huge platform to air negative views.
“I honestly think now with social media and stuff… It’s great to have freedom of expression, but I do feel like people think opinions have so much weight.
“I don’t really think bad vibes should have the sun shone on them. Like, I don’t want to read your thing,” she said.
Ridley added that while social media is useful, “especially in places where terrible things are happening and they’re cutting off information”, she is not a fan of any of the platforms.