Hot films, Fourth of July, trying out yoga

Jul 22 2013 - 8:55am


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Channing Tatum (left) and Jamie Foxx star in “White House Down.”
Columbia Pictures
Channing Tatum (left) and Jamie Foxx star in “White House Down.”

Hot movies, a holiday that celebrates the best of summer and a new exercise sensation are the topics for our latest installment of Trending With TX.

Screen hits

"White House Down" is incredibly gripping. With the gorgeous Channing Tatum taking the main role, who wouldn't keep focused?

This movie is quite fast-paced and completely thrilling. The relationship between Channing and his daughter (Joey King) is adorable, which really adds to the intensity of this PG-13 movie. Jamie Foxx adds some comedy to the mix in his role as the president, wrapping it all up into one good solid film.

Another fun summer hit is "The Heat," a hilarious mix of Sandra Bullock's best comedy with the antics of her partner Melissa McCarthy. If you want to see something that will keep you upbeat and laughing, I would highly recommend "The Heat."

-- Danielle Collier, Northridge High

Yankee Doodle Day

Something about the parades and the barbecues and the fireworks mean the Fourth of July has always been one of my favorite holidays.

My family and I usually wake up early and travel down to Provo to visit my grandparents and to watch -- usually, unless the weather is bad --hot air balloons be blown up and start to float away. Then, we get seats at the Provo parade -- sometimes, it requires sleeping overnight to get a good spot -- and afterward we do something to pass the time until dinner. This year we went to see a movie.

Finally, we have a barbecue, which is my favorite part of the day, because who doesn't love hamburgers and hot dogs? We then watch the Stadium of Fire's fireworks from my grandparents' backyard, which has a perfect view.

For me, the Fourth of July really can't get any better than that.

-- Olivia Andrus, Ogden High

Strike a pose

Have you wondered what to do with your summer yet? The answer is right in front of you and has taken the fitness world by storm. Beginning around 1000 B.C.E., with roots in Buddhism and Hinduism, yoga has been de-stressing and reenergizing people for thousands of years. Isn't it time that you tried it?

I find yoga a fun way to relax, de-stress, gain muscle and become more flexible. It is also a great excuse to take a nap on the floor. With more than 10 different styles of yoga -- including Hatha, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Lyengar, Bikram -- you can find the yoga for you, whether you like working out in a 100-degree room or you need something to do while watching TV.

Grab a friend and start a class. If classes aren't your style, hop online to yoga websites or YouTube instructional videos. Get off the couch and learn yoga this summer.

-- Sierra Bruggink, Weber High

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