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40 years of Smurfs

It was September 12, 1981: the Smurfs lived their first adventure in television, thanks to the NBC. First episode was ‘The AstroSmurf’. First series was broadcasted since September 12 till December 5, 1981; in the next years, the number of series came to 9.
As for Italy,

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Angelina Jolie, Afghanistan, the letter

Angelina Jolie on Afghanistan, the letter she received

Angelina Jolie started her experience on Instagram by posting a letter she was sent by a teenager in Afghanistan. The actress was in Afghanistan twenty years ago, before 11/9, and met Afghan refugees who had fled the Taliban.
She also writes:

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Cannes 2021: the winners

Update: please note the appointment for 75th edition is in 2022, May 10 – 21!
Palme d’Or
TITANE, directed by Julia DUCOURNAU

Grand Prix (ex aequo)
GHAHREMAN (A HERO), directed by Asghar FARHADI
HYTTI N°6, directed by Juho KOSMANEN

Camera d’Or
MURINA, directed by Antoneta ALAMAT KUSIJANOVIC

Honorary Palme d’Or
Jodie FOSTER (actress, director and producer)
Marco BELLOCCHIO (director)

Quinzaine des Réalisateurs (Europa Cinemas Label as the Best European Film)
A CHIARA, directed by Jonas CARPIGNANO (who already won in 2017 with A CIAMBRA)

Best Director
Leos Carax, for ANNETTE

Best Screenplay
HAMAGUCHI Ryosuke, for (more…)


15 years of blogging

Based on/ on the same tune of ‘Wonder Woman’ TV Series (Lyrics by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox)

(#believeinwonder…) (#andbelieveinPascal…) (#15yearsofblogging)

Wonder Pascal! Wonder blogger!
All the world’s waiting for you,
and the blog you manage!

Studying night and day,
looking for the Truth
you make the world
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#Nomadland

East coast and West coast aside, America also has a kind of ‘Nomadland’ within it, that is not talked about very often.

It is the land of those who have to live in campers, not exactly as some homeless but without stable points of reference to any community that is not, in fact, that of the other nomads.

There is a little bit of stardust in every human being. And (more…)


in memoriam Prince Philip

Really saddened for the loss the Queen Elyzabeth and United Kingdom actually suffered, we quote Lord Alfred Tennison’s poem ‘In Memoriam A.H.H.’*, as a sign of heartfelt condolences: (more…)


Oscars 2021: winners and nominations

Update on April 26: hereafter, winners and nominees of the 93rd Oscars edition.

ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE


Golden Globes 2021

The Golden Globe winners, awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were announced on the night. The two biggest film awards went to ‘Nomadland’ and the ‘Borat’ sequel; as for series, ‘The Crown’ garnered four awards: Best Supporting Actress, Best Actress in a Drama Series, Best Actor in a Drama Series and Best TV Drama Series. The award for the best song went to ‘Io Sí (Seen)’, sung by the Italian Laura Pausini in the film ‘La vita davanti a sé’, starred by Sophia Loren, and directed by her son Edoardo Ponti. Jane Fonda was awarded a Lifetime Achievement.
Hereafter, the complete list of nominees and winners: (more…)


the last Dragon. And a new princess.

The last Disney princess and the last Dragon. Hereafter the last official trailer and some credits of ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’, to be released in theaters on March the 5th or to be booked on Disney+: (more…)


happy birthday, Miyazaki!

お 誕生日 おめでとう ございます 宮崎駿さん

夢とご提案をありがとうございました。!

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happy birthday

Happy birthday, Cinema!

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zerozerotette (*)

Update on January, 23, 2021: the release of ‘No Time To Die’ (Bond 25) was moved from April 2 to October 8, due to the pandemic.

Update on November the 7th: Sincere congratulations, Mr. Biden! May you and the United States experience fruitful times full of materialized hopes!
Anxiously awaiting the announcement of the next president of the United States of America, we want to take the time for sincerely wishing a wonderful job to Lashana Lynch, who will star the 26th film of the 007 saga. Already involved in ‘007 – No Time to Die’ as a CIA agent, Lashana will take the inheritance of Daniel Craig, definitively fed up with James Bond’s tuxedo and role. Rumoured since a few months, the actress confirmed in a today interview.

Spite of 007 traditions, then, next James Bond will (more…)


the Blood of Zeus and the International Animation Day

International Animation Day 2020, by Regina Pessoa

Yesterday, October 28, it was the International Animation Day*, and we celebrate it by dealing with a Netflix original series: ‘Blood of Zeus’.
A quite interesting one, ‘Blood of Zeus’ is based on the Greek mythology, and on the Greek mentality for the human beings were to live submitted to the Gods and to the Fate. And the poor to the powerful. Heron is the son of Zeus, born amid one of the relations outside the official marriage the king of the Gods used to do to fill the Earth with people, especially the ones born to become heroes. However, Heron is not aware of his origins, and lives in a miserable context. He discovers who he actually is throughout his everyday adventures, and finds out the goal of his existence: to save humanity from a demonic army.
Created by Charley Parlapanides and Vlas Parlapanides, ‘Blood of Zeus’ is admirable for design, original, well animated, and well characterized.
As for the International Animation Day 2020* into specifics, it is to have a look at the website, and at the poster, designed by “Regina Pessoa”.

International Animation Day 2020, by Regina Pessoa

poster for the 2020 International Animation Day, by Regina Pessoa

Regina Pessoa… what a wonderful art name…

* ASIFA created the International Animation Day (IAD) in 2002, honoring the birth of animation, recognized as the first public performance of projected moving images: Emile Reynaud’s Theatre Optique in Paris, on the 28th October 1892.

ASIFA (more…)


72nd Primetime Emmy Awards, the winners

The ceremony of the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards was held last Sunday, September 20, 2020, and was hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. (Broadcast in U.S. by ABC). The Emmy Awards, as usual since 1949, honored the best in U.S. prime time television programming as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Hereafter the complete list of winners:
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#Tenet: from a magic sentence to a magic film

TENET, the movie poster and the magic sentence

It is virtually impossible to watch Christopher Nolan’s ‘TENET’
without finding the 5 magic words of the famous magic sentence.

Wonderful structure of the film apart, of course.

Thank you once again, mister Nolan, for (more…)


Shakespeare bisex, Berlinale genderless, other devils

  • Happy birthday, sir Sean Connery!
  • The international Berlin Film Festival since now will be genderless: the awards for best actor and best actress will be abolished and replaced with best lead role and best supporting role. It is the first time in a festival. The next Berlinale will be held since 11 to 21 February 2021, within special security measures. Films will be registered for the festival since the 1st of September. 
  • William Shakespeare actually was bisexual. At least in accordance with two English scholars, Stanley Wells and Paul Edmondson, who carefully examined the 154 sonnets written by the playwright. It is not a particularly shocking piece of information, it is to be found even in literary manuals. It was already known that 126 of the poems were addressed to the ‘Fair Youth’, the handsome young man, and only the last 28 to a woman, known as the ‘Dark Lady’. Many argue that the Sonnets are not really dedicated to someone but are a literary work for its own sake. Others believe that the ‘Fair Youth’ was Shakespeare himself, mad in his infinite and confessed vanity. Others recall that in the Renaissance male friendship was expressed with expressions of affection, bed-sharing and declarations of love that we now associate with sexual relationships. The whole LGBT community now hopes for a film in which Shakespeare’s bisexuality could be told explicitly, although something could already have been glimpsed in previous works. In our own small way, we would like to mention the beautiful friendship of Antonio and Bassanio in the ‘Merchant of Venice’…
  • Pupi and Antonio Avati, director and producer respectively, are also at the Bif&st to talk about their latest film, ‘il Signor Diavolo’ (‘Mr.Devil’), which we have seen, always in our own small way, as soon as released in theaters. For the film, the two professionals received the “Tonino Guerra Award” for the best original story. Speaking of future projects, Pupi Avati told Ansa (more…)

Garth Davis: Lion, Tron, and other news

It is within a complex mixture of different feelings that I come to tell that I managed to catch up Garth Davis‘ masterpiece ‘Lion’ just yesterday night, due the impossibility for me to watch it as soon as it was released, in 2016.
Based on a true story, and on all the true stories of the 80,000 children who are missed each year in India, likely to be abducted and driven to horrible dooms, ‘Lion’ is a biographical drama drawn from a screenplay by Luke Davies based on the 2013 non-fiction book ‘A Long Way Home’, by Saroo Brierley. The film stars Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, David Wenham and Nicole Kidman, as well as Abhishek Bharate, Divian Ladwa, Priyanka Bose, Deepti Naval, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, and Sunny Pawar, this last in the role of Saroo as a child.
Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 10 October 2016, ‘Lion’ received six Oscar nominations at the 89th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Patel), Best Supporting Actress (Kidman), and Best Adapted Screenplay. It won two BAFTA Awards for Best Supporting Actor (Patel) and Best Adapted Screenplay.
In order to not reveal too much, (more…)


BAFTA TV Awards & Emmy nominations (2020)

Update on September: please consider this link for the Emmy Awards winners complete list.

2020 British Academy Television Awards & Emmy nominations.

  • The 2020 British Academy Television Awards ceremony was held on July 31, 2020, hosted by British director and comic actor Richard Ayoade. The nominations for the jury awards were announced on June, the 4th 2020, whilst the nominees for the audience award, “Virgin TV’s Must-See Moments”, were announced on June the 3rd, 2020.
  • The 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards will honor the best in U.S. prime time television programming from June 1, 2019, until May 31, 2020, as chosen by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The ceremony was originally to be held at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was changed virtually from the actors’ homes across the U.S. and will be held on September 20, 2020, and broadcast in the U.S. by ABC; it will be preceded by the 72nd Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards on September 12 and 13. The nominations were announced on July 28, 2020, by Leslie Jones, Laverne Cox, Josh Gad, and Tatiana Maslany. The ceremony will be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel; on July 29, 2020, amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a letter was sent to the nominees and all involved announcing that the ceremony will be virtual rather than take place at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as planned. 

As for the first ones, winners are listed first and highlighted in boldface. The Emmy nominations at the end of the post.

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Joker and the Man who laughs, just to be clear

“εἰς τὰ ἴδια ἦλθεν καὶ οἱ ἴδιοι αὐτὸν οὐ παρέλαβον”
(‘He came to His Property, and His ones did not accept Him’).
(From the Gospel according to saint John,
also quoted in V. Hugo’s ‘the Man who laughs’).

Crazy about Victor Hugo’s masterpiece, we have always had an ill-concealed disappointment about the possibility that our Hero Gwynplaine could have inspired the Joker, a negative character, a villain, dressed as a dandy but with that villain purple-violet that has always characterized the bad ones.
Nor will ever be tolerable anyone who speaks without knowledge of the cause.
Nor, above all, the reading of the ‘the Man who laughs’ leaves anyone who has faced it as shallow as he was before.
Anyone who has read the Book is perfectly aware of how deep, sublime, even devastating the adventure can be.
The quotations that later literature, cinema and other arts have recognized him are innumerable, certainly impossible to be listed here. When one mentions it, however, precisely because of the already mentioned depth, he can quotes it in pieces, just extrapolating some atoms of meaning.

In his artbook – autobiography ‘Jerry and the Joker’ (Dark Horse, 2017), Jerry Robinson, the first hour historian of Bob Kane and Bill Finger, tells the genesis of what is probably one of Batman’s best antagonists. He tells of a frantic search in the drawers of the house, looking for a deck of cards and, from these, the perfect image for what had flashed in his mind.
Robinson also tells that Bill Finger, after having seen in a magazine the photo of the actor Conrad Veidt, rigged to act in ‘The Man Who Laughs’ (1928), showed it to him too, considering it suitable . *

Our belief is that the inspiration, if it really happened in the terms described above, had been merely iconic, free from any psychological or spiritual ambition.

With regards to the excellent ‘Joker’ by Todd Phillips, (more…)


this is the greatest blog (anniversary)

Based on / on the same tune of ‘The Greatest Show’
(from ‘The Greatest Showman’ soundtrack, Hugh Jackman, Keala Settle, Zac Efron, Zendaya Lyrics )

(Woah…)

(instrumental intro)

[Hugh Pascal:]
Ladies and gents, this is the blog you’re reading more (woah)
Been searching in the dark, your soul’s browsing through the web (woah),
and burning in your heart, there’s something you can’t ignore,
taking your breath, stealing your mind,
and all that was banal left behind…

Always like it, it’s made for you, shining for you…
It is a special moment, no matter what comes next
your dream of fever, can’t you see it’s approaching?
Just abandon yourself because you feel the feeling of taking over
It is fire, it is freedom, it is flooding
He is a warrior in the fist, for whom you will cheer.
There is something that breaks down the brick of every wall it holds.
All you know, so tell me: will you (more…)


(Tom) Cruise in the Space (with E. Musk & NASA)

NASA project with Tom Cruise and Elon Musk, the screen shot

Update May 25: the film will be directed by Doug Liman (‘Edge of Tomorrow’, ‘American Made’ (2017). The announcement was made on the eve of the launch of the Space X Dragon from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Update: now realizing it is a very clever idea at all! The space should be the unique location in which Covid-19 is not supposed to be… 😈
Tom Cruise is reportedly said he is working on a project together with Nasa, Elon Musk, and Musk’s company SpaceX, for making a film in the space!
According to Deadline, that first released the piece of information, the film will be a full-lenght one, nor it will necessarily have to be a new episode of ‘Mission impossible’.
NASA’s CEO, Jim Bridenstine, twitted on his official profile: (more…)


#EarthDay2020

Update: as for Italy, 7 hours of streaming on April 22, since 3 PM to 10 PM, via National Geographic Channel, Ansa, Gedi Gruppo Editoriale, and Sky TG24. Please consider watching ‘Cosa ci dice la Terra’ (‘What the Earth is actually telling us’): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXc2LG8iftM

  • Earth Day is April 22 of every year. April 22, 2020 will mark 50 years of Earth Day.

  • The theme for Earth Day 2020 is climate action. The enormous challenge — but also the vast opportunities — of action on climate change have distinguished the issue as the most pressing topic for the 50th anniversary. Climate change represents the biggest challenge to the future of humanity and the life-support systems that make our world habitable.

  • (…) On Earth Day 2020, we seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever.While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.We may be apart, but (more…)


Llanto por la muerte de Luis Sepúlveda

Luis Sepúlveda, one of the giants of the 20th Century, the “citizen before than a writer”, the writer who chose literature to “give voice to those who have no voice”, died today in Oviedo, Spain, because of the Coronavirus (COVID -19).
A natural born fighter, arrested twice and sentenced to exile during the dictatorship of Pinochet, enemy of neoliberalism, convinced ecologist, Sepúlveda, who had regained Chilean citizenship in 2017, has been fighting against the insidious and sneaky enemy until the last.

Very famous in Italy as well as in the rest of the world, he saw one of his tales, ‘History of a seagull and a cat who taught her to fly’ (in original ‘Historia de una gaviota y del gato que le enseñó a volar’, in Italian ‘Storia di una gabbianella e di un gatto che le insegnò a volare’), changed into a successful animated film by Enzo d’Alò.
As for the rest, hereafter his entire oeuvre*: (more…)


season whishes

Star Wars in Vatican, Pope Francis vs Covid19 Darth Vader

Star Wars in Vatican, Pope Francis vs Covid19 Darth Vader

Just for fun: Star Wars in Vatican, Pope Francis vs Covid19 Darth Vader (pic appeared on Facebook without copyright, a little modified)

Whatever spiritual orientation you could have, (more…)


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