#StopExecutionsinIran: Hollywood against tyranny

Update on January, 9: Iranian director Jafar Panahi, imprisoned last July while protesting against the regime, will be the honorary president of the international jury of Bif&st 2023, which will take place in Bari (Italy) since 24 March to 1 April. “A precise choice by the director of Bif&st, Felice Laudadio – a note reads – in solidarity with the great director who with his masterpieces won countless awards at the Venice, Cannes, Berlin, Locarno, San Sebastian, Tokyo festivals, of which calls for his immediate release from prison, and in support of the Iranian people’s struggle against the vicious regime of the ayatollahs.” (⇐Ansa.it)

“Cate Blanchett, Jason Momoa, Samuel L. Jackson, Jada Pinkett Smith and Bryan Cranston are among more than 50 entertainment industry members publicly supporting calls to end Iran’s execution of protestors, jailed during the country’s 100 days of demonstrations around women’s rights. In a video message conceived, organized and produced by Iranian-American screenwriter Nicole Najafi, director, writer and producer Ana Lily Amirpour, and actress-writer Mozhan Marnò, the collection of entertainers are captured through photos holding signs featuring the hashtag #StopExecutionsinIran. “We stand with the people of Iran in their fight for freedom,” the video reads. “Thousands of protesters have been arrested. Some have already been executed. Many more are in danger. But the world is watching.”
The effort, which encourages viewers to make their own hashtag signs and post photos to their social media, took 10 days to complete, includes 52 Hollywood names and features La Femme’s, “Tu t’en lasses,” the use of which was approved by the band the same day the trio DMed them. Work on the over one-minute video began shortly after the first protestor executions, and sprung, in part, from conversations between Najafi and a Ukrainian organizer and friend coordinating for #ArmUkraineNow. The piece includes a mix of Hollywood talent newly invested in raising awareness and those who have been doing ongoing work around the women-led Iranian protests.
(…) In response, Iranians took to the streets where they have been met with nationwide internet blackouts, social media restrictions, teargassing, water canons, the use of live ammunition and executions, beginning with Mohsen Shekari’s, which the government alleged was tied to a protest-related crime. (As of late December, Human Rights Iran reported around 500 deaths associated with the demonstrations, with thousands more arrested and 100 protestors at risk of execution — sentences and arrests that are ongoing.)
(…) Getting accurate, (more…)

season greetings, Love and Thunder, Sweet child of mine…

naked Thor in comics, before Love and Thunder

Director Taika Waititi told the journalists that showing Chris Hemworth’s body in ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’ was a present to the audience. (For an antefact in comics, please find the picture at the end of the post…)

Why not, then, another season present based on Thor? On our little way, of course…


Based on/ on the same tune of ‘sweet Child of mine’*, by Guns N’Roses (Duff Rose Mckagan / Izzy Stradlin / Saul Hudson Hudson / Steven Adler / W. Axl Rose Rose), also used in the film ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’

How long have we been waiting for
this nice season – who don’t know? –
where everything is as fresh as the bright blue sky?
It is the time in which mercy and grace
go together, and the space
seems as if the stars could make your dreams come true…

Whoa, oh, oh
Whoa, oh, oh, oh

Should you be like Chris Hemsworth
or, who knows, even more,
or even nothing that compares to him, take your day as fool!
Get out of your warm safe place,
entirely naked as a child,
and (more…)

del Toro’s Pinocchio, an invitation to View

Few times in my life it happened to me to see such an esoterically courageous animation film
like Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Pinocchio’.
Carlo Collodi’s Bildungsroman, a holy monster of world literature,
was reborn in a skillful declination
that dissolved the original ingredients (Freedom, Distrust of power, Feelings)
and recombined them with originality and style.
I strongly recommend it for be seeing above all by adults,
as a new vision of the Life.
And (more…)

World Television Day 2022: What is TV Anymore?

80 years of Martin Scorsese!

Happy birthday, Maestro Scorsese! Thank you for existing,
and special thanks for:
Raging Bull,
Taxi Driver,
The Departed,
The Irishman,
Gangs of New York,
Mean Streets,
The Aviator,
The Wolf of Wall Street,
Shutter Island,
King Comedy,
The Devil in the White City,
The age of Innocence,
The last temptation of Christ,


100 years of Disney: celebrations begun

The year of celebrations and initiatives that will lead us to the 100th anniversary of Disney has officially begun; although International Animation Day has just passed, we take it as inspiration to deal with that.
It was on October 16, 1923 when Walt Disney and his brother Roy presented for the first time what would become perhaps the most interesting reality in the world of entertainment, especially in terms of fantasy and inspiration. It all started with a Mouse and it was Mickey Mouse himself who kicked off the celebrations, as part of the London ‘Disney100 Debut’ event; Mickey Mouse apart, the preview of Disney 100 Years Of Wonder was hosted by TV presenter Emma Willis with famous faces such as Rachel Stevens, Andrea McLean and Kimberly Wyatt among the attendees.

Exhibitions, Hollywood Sound Orchestra concerts, dedicated merchandising, rich prizes and cotillions are planned throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Disney100: The Exhibition will be particularly suggestive; to be honest we do know something about since last October, from the official website d23.com: (more…)

the waiting Starman…

Frantic and multifaceted to the same extent that David Bowie actually was, ‘Moonage Daydream’ caught my attention last Tuesday night. Written, directed, and produced by Brett Morgen, ‘Moonage Daydream’ is a documentary, and more than a documentary. The White Duke is presented to you as an icon, as a star, as a versatile artist, hungry for every possible source of inspiration, and able to move from Music to Painting, from Cinema to Theatre and Dance.
Even apart from the David Bowie’s appropriate fresco, enriched by a soundtrack made up of both famous and unpublished songs, ‘Moonage Daydream’ also is an adventure into every possible element of pop culture, in a kaleidoscopic and philological rock experience.
There is a Starman waiting in the sky, no doubt. And


Emmy Awards 2022: the winners

The Television Academy tonight celebrated the 74th Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in television programming and individual achievement for the 2021-2022 television season.
(…) The 74th Emmy Awards was broadcast live from the Microsoft Theater in downtown Los Angeles on the NBC Television Network, hosted by Kenan Thompson and produced by Done+Dusted and Hudlin Entertainment. The telecast featured awards in 25 Emmy categories, plus the Governors Award, presented by top talent from some of television’s most acclaimed programs.
Hereafter, from the official website, the entire list of the winners: (more…)

Netflix thermae Romam ducunt (et Antinoum…)


A proud bath architect in ancient Rome starts randomly surfacing in present-day Japan, where he’s inspired by the many bathing innovations he finds.
Starring: Kenjiro Tsuda, Sanae Kobayashi, Chikahiro Kobayashi
(Netflix official website)

On Netflix since last February, ‘THERMAE ROMAE’ is a nice TV series. An excellent introduction to it is reproduced hereafter, from the website ‘Antinous and the Stars’:

birthdays in comparison (3)

Happy birthday, Ben Affleck! (pardon for being late…)
Happy birthday, Madonna!
Happy birthday, Taika Waititi!
Happy birthday, James Cameron!
Happy birthday, Spider Man!
Happy anniversary, Bronzi di Riace! (found in the sea on August 16, 1972)

Hercules live action & Hercules vs Thor: just a speculation

While we were carrying on our speculations, Disney and Marvel revealed at San Diego Comic-Con the films related to the phases 5 and 6 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 5 (2023-2024): ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania’; ‘Secret Invasion’ (Disney+); ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3’; ‘Echo’ (Disney+); ‘Loki season 2’ (Disney+); ‘The Marvels’; ‘Blade’; ‘Ironheart’ (Disney+); ‘Agatha: Coven of Chaos’(Disney+); ‘Daredevil: Born Again’ (Disney+); ‘Captain America: New World Order’; ‘Thunderbolts’; Phase 6 (2024-2025): ‘Fantastic Four’ (a reboot); ‘Avengers: The Kang Dynasty’ and ‘Avengers: Secret Wars’.
Do you all remember the old post in which I expressed the perplexity that too many Hercules could come up at the same time in our imaginary world and in cinemas? The reflection did not end there, it continued and hooked on the awareness that Marvel is part of the Disney empire, for some years now.
A hypothesis I had come up with could be this: (more…)

Cannes 2022: the winners

Claire DENIS
KORE-EDA Hirokazu
Short films
Jianying CHEN
Abinash Bikram SHAH
First Prize
(A Conspiracy Man)
directed by Valerio Ferrara
Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, Italie
Second Prize (more…)

16 years, and blogging again

Based on/on the same tune of ‘Believe it or not’ (Mike Post/Stephen Geyer),
the theme of ‘The Greatest American Hero’ (known in Italy as ‘Ralph Supermaxieroe’)

Look at what’s up everyday,
world is a little weird…
Sometimes I feel almost near to the sky,
sometimes I feel something else…

Believe it or not, I’m blogging again,
always aiming to keep me free,
should I be working as a boss or a star
who could it say?
It happens or not it’s just me!

Just like the light of a new day
I hope it’ll meet me from out of the blue
breaking me out of the spell I was in
making all of my dreams come true!

Believe it or not, I’m blogging again,
always aiming to keep me free,
should I be working as a boss or a star
who could it say?

Saint Seiya: an idea for an “Indian” saga

Saint Seiya next saga: what if Athena should fight against a god of the Hindu religion, e.g. the goddess Kali?

India is esoterically said as the mother of Egypt and grandmother of Greece, and the suggestions coming from its traditions are almost as interesting as some others ones…

It is a personal idea I had thanks to my passion for old religions and for Animated Films. Saint Seiya over all…



brands boycotting Russia, a creative edited the logos

McDonald logo edited by Russian creative

“Big brands are boycotting/leaving the Russian market to express opposition to Putin’s actions towards Ukraine. So I created a series of edits, what their logos would say if they could speak.”

Václav Kudělka

Source: https://www.boredpanda.com/brands-against-war-vaclav-kudelka/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic

brands boycotting Russia, a creative edited the logos


EFA and International Cinema for #Ukraine

Ukraine does not deserve to be forgotten, nor to be invaded, with understandable intentions. It is a sovereign State, it preserves free souls, free citizens, and various forms of beauty, from the Cathedral of Saint Sophia in Kiev to the Greek archaeological evidences of Sevastopol, from the museum of Odessa (that keeps, among other things, an original Caravaggio, and some Rubens, David, Guercino…) to a cinematographic one that, in these hours, deserves to be listened to with particular attention. Apart from the quite well known “Potëmkin staircase”. The EFA (European Film Academy) has promised support to its Ukrainian members, with particular regard to the artists who run the most significant risks precisely because of their open opposition to the Putin regime. All the EFA members in Ukraine received personalized correspondence co-signed by EFA President Mike Downey, Polish director Agnieszka Holland and EFA director Matthijs Wouter Knol, who expressed solidarity with their plight. A specific meeting of the Board is also planned.
Valentyn Vasjanovych, director of ‘Reflection’, that precisely reflects on the Russian torture of the Ukrainian people, said: (more…)

world radio day (2022)

Proclaimed in 2011 by the Member States of UNESCO, and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2012 as an International Day, February 13 became World Radio Day (WRD).
Radio is a powerful medium for celebrating humanity in all its diversity and constitutes a platform for democratic discourse. At the global level, radio remains the most widely consumed medium. This unique ability to reach out the widest audience means radio can shape a society’s experience of diversity, stand as an arena for all voices to speak out, be represented and heard. Radio stations should serve diverse communities, offering a wide variety of programs, viewpoints and content, and reflect the diversity of audiences in their organizations and operations.
Radio continues to be one of the most trusted and used media in the world, according to different international reports. The theme of the 2022 edition of World Radio Day is thus devoted to “Radio and Trust”.
On the occasion of World Radio Day 2022, UNESCO calls on radio stations worldwide to celebrate this event’s 11th edition and more than a century of radio.
This edition of WRD is divided into three main sub-themes: (more…)

Avatar 2. And 3, 4, 5… (2)

Can you remember my old post on James Cameron‘s ‘Avatar 2’ and the other sequels (2, 3, 4, 5)?
These days the interesting saga is newly talked about, and this is the place to deal with it.
Last September, speaking by video conference from New Zealand, James Cameron said:


slices of Golden globes between moustaches of Efa

The 34th European Film Awards ceremony was held, as anyone remembers, last Saturday, December 11, in Berlin. The nominations for the Golden Globes 2022, the seventy-ninth ones, were announced yesterday, in Los Angeles, by the president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Helen Hoehne; ‘The hand of God’ (È stata la mano di Dio) by Paolo Sorrentino, will attempt to assert the colors of Italy in the ‘Best Foreign Film’ category, in competition with ‘Compartment No. 6’ (Finland / Russia / Germany), ‘Drive My Car ‘(Japan), ‘A Hero’ (France / Iran), ‘Madres Paralelas’ (Spain). The award ceremony will take place on January 9, 2022.
Hereafter the list of nominations for the Golden Globes 2022, followed by nominated and winners of the EFAs 2021: (more…)

we’ll keep on fighting till the end

Update on November 26, an authentic ©Pasquale Curatola’s idea: being Freddie Mercury an immortal icon, and being the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ already done, what about a new biopic on Freddie based on a hologram, as done with Whitney Houston? Or, even better, an animated film? Producers! Directors! Get it on!

In nomine tuo, Freddie! Just five of your lyrics:


World Children’s Day (2021)

Update: of course, it is World Children’s Day for Unicef as well!

International days and weeks are occasions to educate the public on issues of concern, to mobilize political will and resources to address global problems, and to celebrate and reinforce achievements of humanity. The existence of international days predates the establishment of the United Nations, but the UN has embraced them as a powerful advocacy tool. We also mark other UN observances.
World Children’s Day was first established in 1954 as Universal Children’s Day and is celebrated on 20 November each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.
November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Since 1990, World Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the Declaration and the Convention on children’s rights.
Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals, as well as young people and children themselves, can (more…)

Cruz, Banderas, Almodóvar: Marriage Italian Style?

(…) “Penélope is the perfect image I have of motherhood,” says Almodóvar. “But she doesn’t come out of the Spanish tradition of motherhood. In Spain, mothers are usually depicted cooking and cleaning and are often seen as a little bit fat. Penélope emerges out of the Italian tradition of motherhood. She’s sensual and fiery like Anna Magnani or Sophia Loren.”

(…) Both Cruz and Almodóvar insist they aren’t finished collaborating. The director has flirted with the idea of remaking “Marriage Italian Style,” recasting Cruz and Banderas in the roles made famous by Sophia Loren and Marcello Mastroianni.

“It’s curious more directors don’t (more…)

#Eternals: sci-fi, myths, and religion

Chloé Zhao’s ‘Eternals’, as well as the Marvel comics it is drawn from, seems inspired by some anthropological suspicions.
Why old religions always foresaw catasterisms*?
Taken for granted creativity and imagination of prehistoric and ancient men, and cults of Nature a part, where did some myths come from?
Why so many prehistoric and historic handcrafts seem to be based on alien, extraterrestrial imagines?
Why in Mahabharata it is told of a weapon more powerful than thousand suns?
Why the Latin historian Tacitus (in Historiae**) wrote of a sort of battle in sky, while the temple of Jerusalem was about to be built down, and referred of a voice coming from inside: «Gods are leaving!»?
Was the word Elohim in the Holy Bible just another name for God or, given the plural form, did it mean many different divinities, as thought by some?
And what of the possibility that some discoveries throughout the entire history of humanity could have been inspired by people coming from other worlds?
Of course, scientists and academic professors are quite sceptical toward such approaches, and are more likely to take as possible solutions superstitions, optical illusions, (more…)

Saint Seiya live action, the cast and the latest news

“I have been often wondering what kind of sort the anime ‘Saint Seiya’ would have passed should it be treated by an American, perhaps in Hollywood, company.”

Pasquale Curatola, dealing with another film

Saint Seiya’ is going to get the wide screen as a live action film: ‘Saint Seiya: Knights of the Zodiac’. According to The Hollywood Reporter,

‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’ actor Mackenyu and Madison Iseman are leading the cast of Knights of the Zodiac, a live-action adaptation of the 1980s manga and anime series titled Saint Seiya being made by Toei Animation and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. Sean Bean, Famke Janssen, Nick Stahl, Diego Tinoco and Mark Dacascos are also in the firmament of the fantasy that’s coming off of wrapping production. Tomasz Baginski, the Polish animator and special effects wiz who has worked on The Witcher, is directing the movie that Toei is producing. (…) The project had been in development for years and suffered several production delays before finally shooting this year. Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken (10 Cloverfield Lane) wrote the most recent drafts.

Mackenyu is starring as Seiya (Seiya di Pegasus in Italy), the street orphan and the title hero of the franchise we know quiet well, Madison Iseman plays the role of Sienna (lady Isabel in Italy), the young girl in which the goddess Athena has decided to (more…)


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