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Oscar Wilde according to Rupert Everett (2): just a blurb

Rupert Everett the Happy Prince

In Rupert Everett ‘The Happy Prince’, the precise atmosphere of the times and the precise Oscar Wilde’s spiritual mood are precisely and scrupulously recreated.
The dialogue between Love and Death, a quite powerful reading key for the entire Victorian Age, seems a useful silver thread of the Irish novelist’s final season, and Everett managed to (more…)


2001 a space odyssey: 1968 – 2018

In my humble opinion,
it represents the continuous dialogue
between Finite and Infinite,
Relative and Absolute…

2001 a space odissey

2001 a space odissey


the sea-god who laughs

Guillermo del Toro’s ‘the Shape of water’, recently watched in an Italian theatre, brought me to do a comparison with the Victor Hugo’s novel ‘the Man who laughs’, often quoted in this blog (and in many works of art as well).
In both the masterpieces, two “different” people (more…)


Bafta 2018, nominees and winners

(winners in bold)

FELLOWSHIP
SIR RIDLEY SCOTT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA
NATIONAL FILM AND TELEVISION SCHOOL (NFTS)

BEST FILM
CALL ME BY YOUR NAME Emilie Georges, Luca Guadagnino, Marco Morabito, Peter Spears
DARKEST HOUR Tim Bevan, Lisa Bruce, Eric Fellner, Anthony McCarten, Douglas Urbanski
DUNKIRK Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas
THE SHAPE OF WATER Guillermo del Toro, J. Miles Dale (more…)


2018 edition of Berlinale Film Festival

2018 edition of the Berlinale Festival will be held since February 15 till February 25: (more…)


Steven Spielberg ‘The Post’: the most important quote

“In the First Amendment, the Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to fulfill its essential role in our democracy.

The press was to serve the governed, not the governors.”

(more…)


we are the (Pasqual?) world

Based / on the same tune of ‘We are the world’ (1985 – 86),
a song and charity single originally recorded by the supergroup United Support of Artists (USA) for Africa in 1985,
written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and produced by Quincy Jones for the album ‘We Are the World’.

In any time we are to feel a certain call,
and the world must come together as one!
Pasqual day is important
like no day at all
to celebrate him, and to (more…)


Oscars 2018: full list of nominees and winners

Update on March the 5th, winners in bold:

BEST PICTURE
‘Call Me by Your Name’
Peter Spears, Luca Guadagnino, Emilie Georges and Marco Morabito, Producers
‘Darkest Hour’
Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten and Douglas Urbanski, Producers
‘Dunkirk’
Emma Thomas and Christopher Nolan, Producers
‘Get Out’
Sean McKittrick, Jason Blum, Edward H. Hamm Jr. and Jordan Peele, Producers
‘Lady Bird’
Scott Rudin, Eli Bush and Evelyn O’Neill, Producers
‘Phantom Thread’
JoAnne Sellar, Paul Thomas Anderson, Megan Ellison and Daniel Lupi, Producers
‘The Post’
Amy Pascal, Steven Spielberg and Kristie Macosko Krieger, Producers
‘The Shape of Water’
Guillermo del Toro and J. Miles Dale, Producers
‘Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri’
Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin and Martin McDonagh, Producers
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE (more…)


Lucifer and… another devil…

Is Lucifer gay or straight? In Italy (and in France) we use to say ‘arguing about the sex of the angels’ when speaking of something that has not practical consequences and in which it is virtually impossible to come to a conclusion. (In English we could say ‘how many angels can dance on the head of a pin?’).
What about the sex of the Fallen Angels, e.g. Lucifer? (more…)


Golden Globes 2018: the winners

Best actress in a limited series or television movie

WINNER: Nicole Kidman, Big Little Lies
Reese Witherspoon, Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange, Feud: Bette and Joan
Susan Sarandon, Feud: Bette and Joan
Jessica Biel, The Sinner

Best supporting actor in a motion picture (drama)

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Armie Hammer, Call Me by Your Name
Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water
WINNER: (more…)


Coco, a pentagram of feelings, between Life and Death

My season holydays could have never ended better than going to the cinema for DisneyPixar’sCoco.
No film could ever make me move too, much less to cry, I was almost sure. ‘Coco’ managed to do it.
Shining colours, astonishing features, and an incredibly huge job done with animation are nothing compared to (more…)


Liberty: how long to fight again?

Last December 26 Chinese human rights activist and blogger Wu Gan was sentenced to eight years in prison for “inciting subversion of state power” and to five years of deprivation of political rights, according to the court in the northern city of Tianjin where the sentence was pronounced.
Wu Gan, 45 years old, also known as ‘Super Vulgar Butcher‘, formerly a soldier and security guard, began his activism a decade ago, and he is currently well known for using irony and humor in his campaigns; according to Chinese official media, he was accused of (more…)


season greetings and… a magic flying carpet!

Based /on the same tune of ‘A Whole New World’,
song by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga
from the album ‘Aladdin: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’
Label Walt Disney, Composer Alan Menken, Lyricist Tim Rice, Producer(s) Alan Menken, Tim Rice

Every year, as you know,
my Good Star makes me inspired,
filled with noble spirit
and creativity…

Every year, as you know,
I’m used at season greetings
by composing special lyrics
or making parodies…

And a whole world
like the one you’re dreaming of,
now it rises and, by shining, (more…)


happy birthday, Uncle Scrooge!

Paperone Uncle Scrooge as a child (Don Rosa)

Update on December 14: a good way to celebrate Uncle Scrooge! the Walt Disney Company bought a part of 21st Century Fox: films, cable tv, international activities!

Paperone Uncle Scrooge as a child (Don Rosa)

Paperone – Uncle Scrooge as a child (a Don Rosa comic strip; the official creator of Scrooge McDuck was Carl Barks…)

One of the most important anniversaries of 2017 is that one of Uncle Scrooge McDuck, known in Italy as ‘zio Paperone’ and ‘Paperon de Paperoni’. According to different sources (e.g. Don Rosa), the richest duck of the world was born in 1867  in Glasgow, Scotland (an was a Templar!) or  in Klondike, according to Guido Martina (Klondike is rather to be taken just as the land in which uncle Scrooge started to build his prosperity, by gathering golden nuggets).
His first appearance in TV was in ‘Scrooge McDuck and Money’ (1967); the first comic strip he appeared in was (more…)


birthdays in comparison

Happy birthday, Martin Scorsese! (pardon for being late…)
Happy birthday, Ridley Scott!
Happy birthday, Iris! (an Italian TV channel)

As for Iris, Italians only: (more…)


a volte ritornano (14)

Le ‘Ducktales’, avventure di Paperon de Paperoni e parentame già in auge negli anni Novanta, tornano nella televisione italiana oggi, su Disney Channel, alle 19.45. Saranno in onda ogni domenica, per venticinque episodi venticinque e storie completamente inedite: Paperone, stavolta anche Paperino, Qui, Quo, Qua, il maggiordomo Archie, Archimede Pitagorico, Jet McQuack, la Tata Bentina Beakley con la nipote Gaia dovranno affrontate nemici storici quali la banda Bassotti, Amelia e Cuordipietra Famedoro.
E le Ducktales escono anche in cartaceo, si badi! Le disegnano gli italiani Luca Usai e Granfranco Floro, con la supervisione di Marco Ghiglione, in Italia ogni settimana con Topolino. Con riguardo al nuovo stile grafico della serie, piú “spigoloso” di quella storica, il citato Floro ha dichiarato*: (more…)


world tv day 2017

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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:

(more…)


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…)


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