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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…)


World Digital Library: #stayathome for a reason more

Unesco opened World Digital Library

Unesco opened the World Digital Library:

“We know many of you are home and the walls are closing in.
So… get to know the World Digital Library: free access to thousands of books, documents & photos from all countries and cultures.
Check it out here Rightwards arrow https://wdl.org/en/
#QuarantineLife #StaySafe #COVID19″

Unesco opened World Digital Library

Unesco opened World Digital Library

The World Digital Library includes over 20 thousand documents, including texts, images, maps, recordings, and it is available in seven languages.
It is not an exquisitely literary library, but (more…)


Zaki, Giulio… and the street art

laika's street art on zaki e regeni 2

Egyptian student Patrick Zaky works at the rights group as a gender and human rights researcher, and he is attending a master’s degree in gender studies at the University of Bologna, in Italy. He is currently held in Egypt, he has been tortured, and the entire international community must be aware of the situation, in order that Zaki could get back to the freedom as soon as possible.

A mural by street artist Laika appeared some days ago near to the Egyptian embassy in Rome, showing student Patrick Zaky being comforted by Giulio Regeni, the Italian murdered in Egypt in 2016:

laika's street art on Zaki and Regeni 1

                           (Laika’s authorization granted; in the balloon: ‘this time everything will go fine’)

The mural was cleared, and Laika made another one,
in which a weird silhouette seems going to erase it once again…

(more…)


#worldradioday2020

worldradioday2020

“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 (more…)


#givePascalabirthdaydream

‘Show myself?’, 
based on/on the same tune of ‘Show Yourself’
(Idina Menzel, Eva Rachel Wood, from ‘Frozen 2’ soundtrack)(4',22'')


Every hand of yours is hailing,
and not since today...
Something is familiar
like a dream I can reach but not yet hold
I can sense you there
like friends I've always known...
I am standing
and  (more…)

Australia, the fires and the victims: how to help

Australia, how to help? The Hemsworth brothers, P!nk, Nick Kyrgios, Kylie Jenner, Kylie Minogue, and Leonardo DiCaprio have been wonderful but they are not the only ones who can lend a hand the firefighters, the victims, the wildlife.
According to ‘the Sun’,

“there are lots of ways to donate to those who need help. (more…)


golden globes 2020, nominees and winners

The 77th annual ceremony of the Golden Globes was held yesterday, January the 5th, with comedian Ricky Gervais hosting for his fifth time. Hereafter nominees and winners: (more…)


“magnificent” wishes to all…

Based on ‘Renaissance’,
opening theme of the TV series ‘I Medici’, by Skin, feat. Paolo Buonvino

I am told I’m able with the words I spill
whenever it is to express an opinion, or to blog

These days there’s a banal melody, I want to say something different,
I usually manage to do it…

I see the shine in the next year(s)…
But will you see the glory in my epiphany?
Let me turn on these blackened hearts…

Let me show you one last time
Let me show you one last sign
You can find it
I CAN SAY THAT I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
But if they let me
I CAN MAKE ANOTHER WORLD FOR US
Let me fight all for you
Make this vision all brand new
I can fight them
I CAN SAY THAT I CAN WIN IT ALL
Come with me and I will make my best untold

LET ME DO THIS…

(more…)


european film awards, the winners

The Ceremony of 2019 European Film Awards took place today, December 7, in Berlin.

Hereafter, the complete list of the winners: (more…)


Dreyfus, Roman Polanski, and the anti-Semitism

The film ‘J’accuse’, in Italy ‘The officer and the spy’, by Roman Polański, starred by Jean Dujardin and Louis Garrel, is based on the Dreyfus affair, and takes the title from the article that the writer Émile Zola wrote to defend the innocent defendant.
It is technically perfect, artistically admirable and allows us to reflect on how much anti-Semitism there has always been in Europe and in the world.
As will be recalled from scholastic reminiscences, the Jewish population has been the object of prejudice, discrimination and persecution in all periods of history; in ancient times, the Jews were frequently subjugated and deported, in later periods, aided by some imperial constitutions, accusations of deicide and prohibitions relating to entire working environments, they were often vilified and marginalized. Even earlier, therefore, to arrive at the Shoah and the most known atrocities of the twentieth century.
The present blogger remembers having even found an anti-Semitic fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm
Il film ‘J’accuse’, in Italia ‘L’ufficiale e la spia’, di Roman Polański,interpretato da Jean Dujardin e Louis Garrel, si basa sul caso Dreyfus e mutua il titolo originale dall’articolo che lo scrittore Émile Zola scrisse per difendere l’innocente imputato.
È tecnicamente perfetto, artisticamente mirabile e consente di riflettere su quanto antisemitismo ci sia sempre stato in Europa e nel mondo.
Come si ricorderà dalle reminiscenze scolastiche, la popolazione ebraica è stata oggetto di pregiudizi, discriminazioni e persecuzioni in tutte le epoche della storia; nell’antichità, gli Ebrei erano di frequente sottomessi e deportati, nelle epoche successive, complici alcune costituzioni imperiali, accuse di deicidio e divieti relativi a interi ambiti lavorativi, sono stati spesso vilipesi ed emarginati. Ancor prima, dunque, d’arrivare alla Shoah e alle  piú conosciute atrocità del Novecento.
Chi scrive ricorda d’avere addirittura trovato una fiaba antisemita nella raccolta dei fratelli Grimm 

(more…)


Antinous, and a new-old religion based on him

Antinous

Antinous was the young man beloved by the emperor Hadrian. In my humble opinion, His name should be related to the two Greek words αντί (against) and νοῦς (mind, reason, understanding), and should mean “the nonconformist, the one who was born to oppose banality and conventions”. According to the history, He died falling into the Nile river, amid mysterious circumstances; in the version welcomed and purposed by Marguerite de Yourcenar, He is reported as a voluntary suicide in a ritual that was supposed to lengthen the life of the Emperor Hadrian.
Deified by Hadrian after His death, Antinous was sometimes identified with Bacchus or other Gods, and (more…)


international animation day 2019

international animation day 2019 official poster

(from ASIFA official website)

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 coordinates and helps promote IAD celebrations all over the world, putting the art of animation in the limelight in a global worldwide celebration of animation. In recent years, this unique event has been commemorated in more than 50 countries, on every continent of the world. (…)
Every day we witness the importance and beauty of animation in a variety of media. It spreads in commercial theatres – featuring 3D animation and special effects, on TV, publicity, music industry, cross media, internet, but, and most specially, it develops and grows as an art form, through shorts, multimedia and feature films, created by independent authors, artists, students, and children from all over the world.
Animation includes an impressive range of approaches, techniques and goals. Created by drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper and computer, working with multiple narratives and non-narratives, reflecting a diversity of themes and performances, presented on a variety of platforms. All of this confirms that ANIMATION is an extraordinary and powerful medium of art, cultural expression and communication. And, as a visual storytelling medium, animation can communicate across cultures without verbal language. It truly is a means for cultural connection.
ASIFA (more…)


desalination to obtain drinkable water

In a previous post, I dealt with desalination as an interesting way to fight drought and water resources scarceness, already in use, e.g., in Australia, where desertification is going on.
It is now wonderful to hear of a no profit organization, GivePower, that managed to obtain drinkable water from the Ocean, for the Kenyan people! It is calculated (by Unicef) that 2 billions of people in the world do not have access to the drinkable water, neither to drink, nor for washing nor to cook; the Kenyan village of Kiunga, the one we are speaking of, is in a particularly arid zone, and people needed to walk for an hour to reach the first usable well.
GivePower saved the situation and, what is wonderful, by using a solar-powered plant!
This is the path to walk on, and (more…)


to some couples with love

Adoptions, and international adoptions, should be significantly preferred to the assisted fecundation. From a spiritual standpoint, if nothing else. For the ones who can do it, of course, and as far as possible, given the problems with bureaucracy and the different laws of each Country. In USA, gay couples too can adopt*; honestly, in my humble opinion, to help the children of Syria, whose relatives die under the bombs, or the little ones of other unlucky Countries, would be wonderful. Distance adoption is not enough.
For a rich couple, taking into consideration an adoption should be even easier than (more…)


the universe and you, quotes in comparison

When you want something, the whole universe conspires for you to fulfill your wish*.

Paulo Coelho

The universe has a way of leading you to where you’re supposed to be at the moment you’re supposed to be there.’

Agent High T (film ‘Men in Black: International’)

*original version in Portuguese: (more…)


an electrical advice: the Current War

If you have not done so yet,
please seriously take into consideration to see the film ‘The Current War’,
released these days in Italy as ‘Edison – L’uomo che illuminò il mondo’,

directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon,
starred by Benedict Cumberbatch, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Shannon, (more…)


Frozen 2, the second trailer

Frozen 2 official poster

Check out the official trailer for Frozen 2 now, and see the film in theaters November 22.
Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. In “Frozen”, Elsa feared her powers were too much for the world. In “Frozen 2” (more…)


Batman the Light

Batman the Light

Batman is our favourite superhero.
He does not have supernatural powers but he uses intelligence, courage, physical resources and technology.
In our humble opinion, it is not a banality, just considering that being a superhero is much simpler in the measure in which, for example, one can fly, shoot laser beams from the eyes or be physically indestructible.
(Do not get us wrong, please, others superheroes’ values and honesty are out of discussion…)
May 2019 marks Batman’s 80th anniversary; however, (more…)


#Bond25, #Oscars2020 and… other devils…

Update on June 15, 2020: ‘No Time to Die’ will be released in UK on November 12, on November 20 in USA
Update on August 20, 2019: ‘Bond 25’ will be titled ‘No Time to Die’.

Some important pieces of information on 007 next film (‘Bond 25’) and on the new rules for the Oscar Awards.

  • As for the first ones, it was already known that ‘Bond 25’ will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and starred by Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, José Alfredo Fernandez; to be released on April, 8, 2020, distributed by Universal Pictures. The event for ‘Bond 25’ (definitive title yet to be defined) official presentation has been set in Jamaica, one of the historical locations for 007 (1962’s ‘Dr. No’, the first movie in the franchise). As before announced, Bond 25 could be the last mission for Daniel Craig; Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnera, Ralph Fiennes, Léa Seydoux, Jeffrey Wright, Ben Whishaw are confirmed. New entries: Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek in the role of the villain. Sets will be located in Jamaica, Norway, London and Italy, probably in Matera.
  • As for the Oscars new rules, and the Foreign Language Film that becomes International Feature Film Award, hereafter the official communication from the official website:

(more…)


Earth Day 2019 in the world (in Italy too)

Update: on the occasion of the Earth Day, Corona and Parley for the Oceans publish ‘The Fish’, an animation video designed to raise awareness of the danger of plastic pollution for marine species, and promote engagement against disposable plastic, so as to protect our natural paradises and save animal lives. The video, created by the Oscar nominated artist PES, is available on his Youtube account, and at the end of the post.

Earth Day Network works year round to solve climate change, to end plastic pollution, to protect endangered species, and to broaden, educate, and activate the environmental movement across the globe. (…) Nature’s gifts to our planet are the millions of species that we know and love, and many more that remain to be discovered. Unfortunately, human beings have irrevocably upset the balance of nature and, as a result, the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. But unlike the fate of the dinosaurs, the rapid extinction of species in our world today is the result of human activity. The unprecedented global destruction and rapid reduction of plant and wildlife populations are directly linked to causes driven by human activity: climate change, deforestation, habitat loss, trafficking and poaching, unsustainable agriculture, pollution and pesticides to name a few. The impacts are far reaching. If we do not act now, extinction may be humanity’s most enduring legacy. Here are some quick facts on the current wave of extinction and additional information about this problem here. (more…)


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