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happy birthday, BBC!

To educate, inform, and entertain
Nation Shall Speak Unto Nation
Two BBC official mottos

One of the 2017 anniversaries is related to the BBC, ‘British Broadcasting Corporation’, the historical British agency for public Radio and Television. (UK people and tabloid often call it ‘auntie’, or ‘Beeb’; other public broadcasters in UK are Channel 4, S4C, Channels 3 and 5, but they are held by private companies). Officially considered one of the most authoritative Media Company in the world, BBC also manages BBC NEWS, a very important journalistic website in English and other languages. Only based on a license fee, BBC is definitively free of commercial issues; it gathers advertising only for BBC World and abroad channels. BBC publishes web content with a Creative Commons License.
According to BBC official history, (more…)

Olympic dignity to videogames: what about blogging?

The International Olympic Committee recognized videogames as having the same dignity as the sport specialties commonly present at the Olympic Games. The videogames seem to require, they say, the same use of the reflexes and the same promptness requested within the traditional sports. This is not the place to discuss; a question, however, spontaneously arises: why not to raise, then, to the Olympic dignity the activity of those ones who update a blog with six different pages open together? The management/updating of a web diary/ magazine presupposes:
Il Comitato olimpico internazionale ha riconosciuto ai videogiochi la stessa dignità delle specialità sportive tradizionalmente presenti ai Giochi. Richiederebbero, i videogiochi, lo stesso uso dei riflessi e la stessa prontezza richiesti dagli sport tradizionali.
Non è questa la sede per discutere nel merito ma una domanda ci sorge spontanea: perché non elevare a olimpica dignità, a questo punto, anche l’attività di chi aggiorna un blog con sei diverse schermate aperte? Gestire un diario o una testata on line presuppone:


International Animation Day 2017

The International Animated Film Association (French: Association Internationale du Film d’Animation, ASIFA) is an international non-profit organization founded in 1960 in Annecy, France, by the Canadian animation artist Norman McLaren; there are now more than 30 chapters of the Association located in many Countries of the world.
In 2002, Asifa, also a member of UNESCO, proclaimed the October 28 as the International Animation Day (IAD), as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation.
This day (more…)

Emmy Awards 2017

The 69th Emmy Awards were broadcast on September 17, 2017, live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on CBS.
Hosted by Emmy Award Winner Stephen Colbert and produced by White Cherry Entertainment with executive producers Glenn Weiss, Ricky Kirshner and Chris Licht, the telecast featured 27 awards, presented by celebrated performers from television’s most acclaimed shows including Anthony Anderson, Alec Baldwin, Carol Burnett, James Corden, Viola Davis, Edie Falco, Anna Faris, Jane Fonda, Allison Janney, Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Seth Meyers, Jim Parsons, Lily Tomlin and Reese Witherspoon.

Hereafter the complete list of winners: (more…)

web and knowledge

*“When wireless will be perfectly applied the whole earth will be converted into a huge brain, which in fact it is, all things being particles of a real and rhythmic whole. We shall be able to communicate with one another instantly, irrespective of distance. Not only this, but through television and telephony we shall see and hear one another as perfectly as though we were face to face, despite intervening distances of thousands of miles; and the instruments through which we shall be able to do his will be amazingly simple compared with our present telephone. A man will be able to carry one in his vest pocket”.

Nikola Tesla, 1926

*“I think it is human nature, we have always had a wonderful side – and a dark side – and (more…)

Frozen at Broadway

Frozen 2’, as a film, will be released on November 27, 2019, a little gift foreseen for this Christmas a part. The Muse of Theater, however, will give us another surprise on February 22, 2018: (more…)

the importance of being Leonardo…

According to the film historians and what is commonly told, when the mother of Leonardo DiCaprio was pregnant with him, she looked at a Leonardo da Vinci’s painting in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and felt a kind and gentle kick in her womb, then she decided to call Leonardo the little one responsible of the kick.
NOMEN OMEN, Ancient Romans said. The major Paramount recently bought at an auction the rights to realize a film on Leonardo da Vinci, drawn from Walter Isaacson’s book, and Leonardo DiCaprio will (more…)

Zuckerberg as a President and other (Facebook) demons

What relation may be between Facebook and the White House? More than one could presume… These days everyone of us is strictly apprehensive about the relationships between North Korea and US, and the hope is for nothing of terrible. However, some people already try to foresee the future, the future President of United States, e.g., or those ones who will run for.  (Please note we already dealt with this subject in a previous post, ‘the White House in 2020 – Communication to Power?’).
Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of a 2 billion users worldwide platform, and the 52% of American people, according to the polls, tries to keep themselves informed searching in Facebook pieces of information. The Big Brother of social networking planned a trip in 30 States “to better know the Americans”, starting from Iowa, in which primary race starts first every four years, and meeting the Ford workers in Detroit, that was fundamental for the election of Trump.
He officially said: (more…)

Desalination: saline water for human consumption

We live in times of aridity and global warming. All the possibilities to increase the amount of drinkable water must be considered and desalination, in my humble opinion, deserves our best attention. As for the subject we want to treat here, desalination is the procedure of extracting minerals from saline water (seas, oceans…) in order to obtain water suitable for human consumption or irrigation. (There also is, e.g., soil desalination, but it is a definitely different issue). (more…)

music composer Seiji Yokoyama died

Seiji Yokoyama died last 8th of July, at the age of 82 years, suffering from pneumonia. It was (more…)

CETA: made in Italy in danger?

‘Parmesan’ is not “Parmigiano Reggiano”, as well as many Italian specialties are not those ones often sold in the supermarkets and presented as original Italian products. The quality of the ingredients, the nature, the particular pipeline, make a difference which is evident and which is not possible to hide. Made in Italy is Made in Italy and must be defended in any possible place.
According to Francesco Paolo Capone, General Secretary of Ugl workers union,

“The possible approval of the treaty with Canada, the Ceta, would not simply jeopardize many of our mainstream products, such as wheat, meats and cheese, and the southern territories already deserted by the crisis, but would disrupt the whole made in Italy”.

Capone asks for (more…)

Ron Howard between Picasso and Star Wars

Next seasons Ron Howard will be dealing with the genius of Picasso and the saga of ‘Star Wars’. The first season of ‘Genius’, seen in the world by 45 millions of people, was dedicated to Albert Einstein, as we clearly remember, and it is now the time to (more…)

Frozen 2 is coming… for Christmas, a little gift!

Everyone is eagerly awaiting ‘Frozen 2’, which will be released in November 2019.
Next November, however, just to break for a little the anxious waiting, Elsa, Anna, and Olaf will give us a present, conceived to accompany ‘Coco’, another DisneyPixar production, and to (more…)

Bob Dylan, the Nobel and the letter he wrote

“Sing in me, oh Muse, and through me tell the story.”
Bob Dylan, referring to the Homeric poems
“In a song, as well as in a human body,
verses are the inner systems, music is  the locomotor system”
Pasquale Curatola (me)

Bob Dylan is a wonderful artist and a very interesting person. His production is enormous and, different opinions on the Nobel prize a part, the level of his art is out of discussion. Just in the nick of time before the deadline to get the economic prize foreseen by the Swedish award, Bob wrote a letter, in which he says (more…)

another year of blog…

Another Year of Blog
(based on ‘Another Day of Sun’, original Motion Picture Soundtrack,
from the album ‘La La Land’, please to listen to while in reading)

Lyrics By – Benj Pasek, Justin Paul; Music By – Justin Hurwitz; Producer – Justin Hurwitz, Marius de Vries;
Vocals [Featured] – Angela Parrish*, Briana Lee, Marius de Vries, Nicholai Baxter, Sam Stone

[Intro: First Girl]
Ba-ba-da-ba da-ba-da-ba
Ba-ba-ba ba-da-ba-da-ba
Ba-ba-ba ba

[Verse 1: First Girl]
I read it every day,
I leave any occupation
I was involved in,
to stay on my best website and (more…)

Voilà Cannes 2017!

Update on May the 10th – Since 2018, movies in the official selection and competition at the Cannes Film Festival will have to have an initial destination for theatrical distribution in France.  Festival managers say so after the bitter controversy over Noah Baumbach and Bong Joon Ho, two films produced by Netflix: Cannes invited “in vain Netflix to accept that these two films” can reach French cinemas, and not the subscribers to the platform only. No agreement has been reached, the Festival says, hence the decision. Cannes “is pleased to welcome a new operator who has decided to invest in cinema, but wants to reiterate its support for the traditional way of displaying cinema In France and in the world.” In the recent days, the rumor of a possible exclusion of the two films was widespread, officially denied by the festival.
Update on May the 4th: the restored version of Michelangelo Antonioni ‘Blow Up’  will be screened during the Festival, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Grand Prix (now called the Golden Palm).  The restoration was done by the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’, Luce-Cinecittà Institute and Criterion, in collaboration with Warner Bros and Park Circus. The restoration was carried out in the Criterion laboratories in New York and ‘L’immagine ritrovata’ of the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’, under the supervision of the director of photography Luca Bigazzi. The ‘Cineteca di Bologna’ will be in Cannes with other restorations too: ‘Soleil O’, made in 1970 by Franco-Mauritanian director Med Hondo, ‘Lucía’, 1968 by the Cuban Humberto Solas, and ‘L’Atlante’ by Jean Vigo (1934), curated at the ‘Cineteca di Bologna’ new headquarters in Paris.

Updates on April 27 and 28: Official Selection is definitely completed with the following films: in competition ‘The Square’, directed by the Swedish Ruben Östlund, out of competition Roman Polanski ‘D’après une histoire vraie’; as for ‘Certain Regard’: ‘La Cordillera’, dir. by Santiago Mitre, ‘Walking past the Future’, by Li Ruijun; among the special screenings ‘Le Vénérable W.’, by Barbet Schroeder, ‘Carré 35’, directed by Éric Caravaca; among the kids screenings ‘Zombillénium’, directed by Arthur de Pins and Alexis Ducord. Among the celebrations, Cannes 70 foresees a homage to André Téchiné, with the presentation of his new film ‘Nos années folles’, and ‘Djam’, a Tony Gatlif film -concert, for the Cinéma de la Plage. Nicole Kidman, Jessica Chastain, Dustin and Lisa Hoffman, Diane Kruger, Milla Jovovich, Eva Longoria, Carine Roitfeld, Harvey Weinstein, Pedro Almodóvar, David Lynch, Vanessa Redgrave, Kenneth Cole (amfAR Chairman of the Board) and Milutin Gatsby (amfAR Global Fundraising Chairman) will be some of the supporters of the 24th amFAR Gala Cannes, which will take place on May 25. One of the most important charity events in the world, amFAR Gala Cannes is focused on the fundraising for the search on Aids.
Update on April 25: as for the Jury, director Pedro Almodóvar will be the president; the jurors will be  Jessica Chastain, Will Smith, the German director Maren Ade, the Italian director Paolo Sorrentino, the Chinese actress Fan Bingbing; the French actress and singer Agnès Jaoui; the Korean director Park Chan-wook; and the French composer Gabriel Yared. 
Updates on April 21:
* absent from the main competition, Italy conquers the opening of the Semaine de la Critique, the prestigious event taking place on the same days as the Cannes Film Festival (18-26 May) with ‘Sicilian Ghost Story’, directed by Fabio Grassadonia and Antonio Piazza, an Italian-Franco-Swiss co-production put at the opening the first time for an Italian film.
* Uma Thurman will chair the jury of Un Certain Regard; already a member of the jury directed by Robert De Niro in the 2011 festival, the actress recently joined the cast of Lars von Trier’s new project ‘The House that Jack Built’, next to Matt Dillon and Bruno Ganz. 
Update on April 20: as for the Directors’ Fortnight (in French ‘Quinzaine des Réalisateurs’), the separately organised selection that usually runs parallel to the official festival from 18-28 May in Cannes, these are the feature films: (more…)

Smile everybody! but…

A good smile is fundamental. If your teeth are not perfectly in order, clean and in good health, it means you are not as fine as you should. (And my dental hygienist always tells me so, spite of being aware of my wonderful smile).
This approach, more widespread in the United States and Anglophone countries than in the Latin world, especially reveals the best of its importance in mass media, adverting, cinema and television: good health a part, a nice smile makes the people glad to hear you and likely to trust you. According to the rumors and the gossip, some actors and actresses came to the surgery to make better what Mother Nature had not foreseen perfect. (more…)

World Press Freedom Day

American Gods (and beyond…)

“There are new gods growing in America, clinging to growing knots of belief: gods of credit card and freeway, of Internet and telephone, of radio and hospital and television, gods of plastic and of beeper and of neon. Proud gods, fat and foolish creatures, puffed up with their own newness and importance. “They are aware of us, they fear us, and they hate us,” said Odin. “You are fooling yourselves if you believe otherwise.”

Neil Gaiman, ‘American Gods’

American Gods’, the TV series, is broadcasted on Starz since April the 30th, on Amazon Prime Video since today, May the 1st. A very interesting experiment, among the most awaited of the season, ‘American Gods’ is drawn from the homonymous Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel and deals with religion, mythology, life. Throughout the history, many gods and many religions passed and, traditional divinities a part, many people consider money, success, technology and mass media likely to be venerated, even more than the others. Now (more…)

#earthday and #sciencemarch 2017

“Education is the foundation for progress. We need to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet. We need to empower everyone with the knowledge to inspire action in defense of environmental protection. (…) This Earth Day, We are launching an ambitious goal of achieving global climate and environmental literacy by Earth Day 2020. (…) This Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are co-organizing a (more…)

a good Resurrection…

Disney Rapunzel and Eugene, a crucial scene

Stargate and Interstellar actually

According to recent scientific discoveries, those people critic toward films such as ‘Interstellar’ or ‘Stargate’ will have a reason more to take into consideration the opportunity to (more…)

Avatar 2. And 3, 4, 5…

Man is a god when he dreams and a beggar when he thinks.
Friedrich Hölderlin

Avatar 2’ will be not released on December 2018; however, rather than a film only, Avatar’s lovers will have the astonishing possibility to watch five different chapters, which will be realized next years, since now until the 2023, and more. A saga. Director James Cameron, who had already announced a possible delay in the past, declared:
‘Avatar 2’ non sarà nelle sale a dicembre 2018; comunque, ancor meglio che un film unico, gli amanti di Avatar avranno la straordinaria possibilità di vedere cinque diversi capitoli, che saranno realizzati nei prossimi anni, da adesso al 2023 e oltre. Una saga. Il regista James Cameron, che aveva già annunciato in passato il possibile ritardo, ha dichiarato:


the White House in 2020: communication to power?

According to some US news media (Hollywood reporter, AOL, etc.…) Walt Disney’s CEO Bob Iger could run for US President in 2020.
According to CNBC, the candidates for the White House after these four years of Trump could be: (more…)


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