According to Dr. Mark Rosekind, former NASA scientist and president of a company called Alertness Solutions, top-notch sleep can improve an athlete's performance by "as much as 30 percent." For journalists covering the Olympics, who can't draw on the added boost provided by being in shape, let's up that figure to an unscientific 50 percent.
Like so many luxuries in this life, getting permission to shoot a movie inside the Louvre is easier if you know the right people. For three months in late 2004, the Oscar-winning filmmakers behind "The Da Vinci Code," director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer, had pursued the official channels, filling out forms, pressing the relevant flesh and reassuring anyone who needed to hear it that they would leave France's national treasure exactly as they found it.
Like any classic film worth its salt, the original 1933 "King Kong" has its little unsolved mysteries. Most notorious is the missing spider-pit sequence. Co-directors Merian Cooper and Ernest Schoedsack's first cut of "Kong" featured a scene on Skull Island--the famous ape's jungle pied-a- terror--in which several men tumble into a chasm and get devoured by giant arachnids.
Zach Braff is expanding his thespian chops (and learning some barnyard epithets?) by voicing the title character in the animated "Chicken Little." He spoke to NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.Yes, but that doesn't sound funny.You're never offended when people offer you a gargantuan movie.No, I don't have a specialty in the area.Of course.
AUGUST WILSON, 60When a famous writer dies, it's a natural response, and a kind of homage, to visit the local bookstore and read up. Last week the playwright August Wilson, author of a 10-part cycle of works about the black experience in 20th-century America, succumbed to liver cancer.
Mandy Moore seems like a sweet girl, but she's wrecking "Entourage." It's not that she's a lousy actress. (She's OK.) It's not that she's unattractive. (That's definitely not the problem.) And it's not that she's a bad match for Vincent Chase, the series's faux-celebrity star. (He's naughty.
Last February, NEWSWEEK visited with Coldplay as it put the finishing touches on its third studio album, "X&Y," which will be released June 7. During breaks in the mixing process, three of the band members talked with Devin Gordon. (He caught up with guitarist Jonny Buckland a month later in Los Angeles.)Singer Chris MartinNewsweek: When did you start working on "X&Y"?Chris Martin: Pretty much as soon as the last one was done.
Many directors have said it's a pleasure working with the famously mercurial Russell Crowe. Ron Howard is not one of them. "Directing Russell is like shooting on a tropical island," he says. "The weather is going to change several times a day, but you're shooting there for a reason.
Q&A: Matthew McConaugheyMatthew McConaughey's perfect teeth and abs are currently costarring with his perfect girlfriend, Penelope Cruz, in the popcorn pleaser "Sahara." He chatted with NEWSWEEK's Nicki Gostin.Did you get sick of all the sand?Yeah, two months after getting back to the States I would still find sand in unexpected crevices.