The Fifth Element, the science fiction action film directed and co-written by Luc Besson that originally released in 1997, will hit theaters once again next month in celebration of its 20th anniversary.
Starring Bruce Willis, Gary Oldman, Milla Jovovich and Chris Tucker — the movie is set in the 23rd century, and its central plot involves the survival of planet Earth, which becomes the responsibility of a taxicab driver and former special forces major (Bruce Willis), and a young humanoid woman (Milla Jovovich).
Presented by Fathom Events and Sony Pictures, the re-screenings are a two-day event only (May 14 and May 17), which will display the film enhanced in 4K resolution. Those who attend will also be treated with an exclusive preview of Besson’s new space opera, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, which opens in July 21, 2017.
Following Lil Wayne’s ruthless legal battles with Cash Money Records over the rights over the fifth installment of The Carter series, he’s been hinting at deals with Roc Nation.
Last night he confirmed his alliance with Jay-Z’s record label during a performance at Slippery Rock University. “Is it cool if I just say it? Its the Roc. You know I’m a member of that team now,” Weezy said before throwing up the diamond sign.
Without even mentioning Birdman or Cash Money, the rapper proceeded to perform his smash hit “Lollipop”.
For most guys, starting from the bottom and working upward is a great strategy when training abs, because your lower abs tend to be more stubborn than the upper portion in terms of strength and definition. The idea, then, is to develop a routine that works every muscle group in your abs in tandem in order to provide the balance you need.
The collection of movements below accomplishes this quite nicely, starting with two movements that target your lower abs, followed by some oblique work, and a core-stabilization finisher. And since it’s impossible to train one portion of the rectus abdominis—your six-pack muscles—apart from another, your upper abs will get plenty of work, too, in this routine.
The Lower Ab Workout
Hanging Leg Raise
10 per side
Swiss Ball Plank
Hanging Leg Raise
Initiate each rep slowly to de-emphasize the hip flexors and keep tension on the abs. At the top, crunch your pelvis upward and hold for a second.
Place one end of a barbell in a corner, with weight on the other end. Holding the weighted end, wave the barbell from side to side in an inverted U-shape.
Lie flat on your back with your knees bent, holding a plate over your face. Bend at the waist and crunch up, hold for a second, then lower your torso until your shoulder blades touch the floor.
Swiss Ball Plank
Rest your elbows on a Swiss ball and get into plank position. Focus on keeping your entire body in a straight line from head to toe.
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“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34)
We can hear the anguish in Christ’s cry from the cross.
I have felt that kind of despair in my own life. Though God will never literally forsake me, I have felt forsaken, abandoned, betrayed by those I loved. I have questioned where God was in my pain. And I have wondered what good could ever come from my suffering.
Because of the cross, we who have felt that pain, who live with unanswered questions and sleepless nights, can unreservedly rejoice at Easter. Out of the worst evil imaginable, the sinless Son of God on the cross, God brought about the greatest good ever known.
Easter is a stunning reminder of Genesis 50:20, that what man means for evil, God means for good.
In my own life, through the lens of Scripture, I can see that God has brought the greatest good out of the hardest events. But I say that in retrospect. At the time, none of my suffering felt even vaguely positive.
Sobbing by my son’s tiny casket was devastating. Receiving the divorce papers in the mail was beyond heartbreaking. Hearing the doctor say that my body was deteriorating, and then watching it happen, was agonizing.
None of those trials felt redemptive. None of them could be celebrated. None of them even made sense. I never could have imagined that God would bring something beautiful out of my pain. I felt that my pain was deforming me. That I would forever be marred by it.
I was sure my best years were behind me — before “this” happened. When I laughed easily and often. When I wasn’t burdened with the memories of all that had gone before.
Pain Deepens Us
And yet somehow, even in those horrifying trials, God was doing something. Something extraordinary. Something I could have not have planned or foreseen. He was doing something in me that could not have happened any other way. It was strange and beautiful — wonderful and unexpected — the handiwork of God.
Out of the most crushing pain and terrible despair, God was bringing glorious triumph.
Instead of deforming me, my pain strangely deepened me. It increased my capacity for God. And for joy. It made me see the world through different eyes. Eyes of faith and not eyes of hopelessness. It helped me recognize that what I was going through was just a snapshot in time. One day my life will be totally transformed.
Does Evil Win?
While my circumstances will undoubtedly change one day, what changes most profoundly in my suffering is me. The very struggles that I thought would break me are what God used to purposefully shape me.
That shaping did not happen instantaneously. It took time and trust. At first it seemed like nothing was happening — nothing but disillusionment and defeat. It honestly felt like Satan was wrecking my life.
Similarly, to the disciples on that terrifying Friday, it must have seemed like Satan was victorious. Their Savior was crucified. Their dreams were dead. Their hopes had unraveled. Maybe evil really had won.
And then everything was silent for two long days. It may have seemed like nothing was happening — nothing but disillusionment and defeat.
But in the wisdom of God, when life looked darkest, it gave way to the dawning of the purest, most brilliant light.
God Meant It for Good
Easter Sunday reminds me that God’s perspective is infinitely greater than mine. Much of what is really happening is unseen. While it may look otherwise in the moment, Satan will never be victorious and evil cannot win. God always has the last word.
What Satan means for evil, God means for good. Always.
So if you feel forsaken and have no idea where to turn or what to do, trust that God is using that very struggle. If life looks like a hopeless mess and every day is a fight to survive, trust that God will one day gloriously prevail. And when he has, when you are on the other side, trust that God will have done an incomparable work in your soul.
Then you will have learned how to rely, truly rely, on God who brings beauty from ashes. Your life and walk with him will be more beautiful than you ever imagined. And somehow, through your pain, you will be transformed. And when you are, when you see how God has changed you, you will never want to go back to the way you were before.
You will understand that nothing can thwart God’s plans for you. What now appears to be evil will result in your eternal joy. And the staggering triumph of Easter will fall afresh on you.
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