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William Skakespeare

Posted: April 24, 2013 in poetry
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O mistress mine, where are you roaming?
O stay and hear! your true-love’s coming
That can sing both high and low;
Trip no further, pretty sweeting,
Journey’s end in lovers’ meeting–
Every wise man’s son doth know.

What is love? ’tis not hereafter;
Present mirth hath present laughter;
What’s to come is still unsure:
In delay there lies no plenty,–
Then come kiss me, Sweet and twenty,
Youth’s a stuff will not endure.


26 April 1564 (baptised) – 23 April 1616

Little is known about Shakespeare’s early years. His father, John Shakespeare, was a glover and dealer in commodities and was a man of some standing in the local community. His mother,Mary Arden, was of higher social class. Shakespeare seems to have attended the local grammar school at Stratcord-upon-Avon, where he was born, but no records remain.

In 1582, Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway, who was eight years older than he was, and they had three children by 1594: Susanna, and twins Hamnet and Judith. However, he became a leading member of the newly formed acting company the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (who became the King’ Men at the acession of James I) and he remained with them for the rest of his career. In 1599 the company occupied the Globe Theatre in London and 1608 took over Blackfriars as a winter house. Shakespeare lived and worked in London, but this family remained in Stratford. Shakespeare produced most of his known work between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were mainly comedies and histories, genres he raised to the peak of sophistication and artistry by the end of the 16th century. He then wrote mainly tragedies until about 1608, including Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, and Macbeth, considered some of the finest works in the English language. In his last phase, he wrote tragicomedies, also known as romances, and collaborated with other playwrights.

Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616. He was a respected poet and playwright in his own day, but his reputation did not rise to its present heights until the 19th century. The Romantics, in particular, acclaimed Shakespeare’s genius, and the Victorians worshipped Shakespeare with a reverence that George Bernard Shaw called “bardolatry”. In the 20th century, his work was repeatedly adopted and rediscovered by new movements in scholarship and performance. Shakeaspeare’s plays are still performed with more regularity than those of any other playwright and film versions frequently appear.



From you have I been absent in the spring… (Sonnet 98)

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud-pied April, dressed in all his trim,
Hath put a spirit of youth in everything,
That heavy Saturn laughed and leaped with him,
Yet nor the lays of birds, nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odor and in hue,
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew.
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
 Yet seemed it winter still, and, you away,
 As with your shadow I with these did play.

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun (Sonnet 130)

My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun;
Coral is far more red than her lips’ red;
If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun;
If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head.
I have seen roses damasked, red and white,
But no such roses see I in her cheeks;
And in some perfumes is there more delight
Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks.
I love to hear her speak, yet well I know
That music hath a far more pleasing sound;
I grant I never saw a goddess go;
My mistress when she walks treads on the ground.
 And yet, by heaven, I think my love as rare
 As any she belied with false compare.

Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck (Sonnet 14)

 Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck,
And yet methinks I have astronomy;
But not to tell of good or evil luck,
Of plagues, of dearths, or seasons’ quality;
Nor can I fortune to brief minutes tell,
Pointing to each his thunder, rain, and wind,
Or say with princes if it shall go well
By oft predict that I in heaven find.
But from thine eyes my knowledge I derive,
And, constant stars, in them I read such art
As truth and beauty shall together thrive
If from thyself to store thou wouldst convert:
 Or else of thee this I prognosticate,
 Thy end is truth’s and beauty’s doom and date.

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day? (Sonnet 18)

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
 So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
 So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.


Sonnet 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget’st so long

 Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget’st so long
To speak of that which gives thee all thy might?
Spend’st thou thy fury on some worthless song,
Darkening thy power to lend base subjects light?
Return, forgetful Muse, and straight redeem
In gentle numbers time so idly spent;
Sing to the ear that doth thy lays esteem,
And gives thy pen both skill and argument.
Rise, resty Muse, my love’s sweet face survey
If time have any wrinkle graven there;
If any, be a satire to decay,
And make time’s spoils despisèd everywhere.
 Give my love fame faster than Time wastes life;
 So thou prevent’st his scythe and crooked knife.


Happy B-Day, Charlie

Posted: April 16, 2013 in cinema, movies
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Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, Knight Commander of the British Empire, was born on 16 April 1889, supposedly in East Street, Walworth, London, England. Chaplin died in his sleep in Vevey, Switzerland on Christmas Day 1977.


Today, he would turn 124. Happy B-Day, Charlie.

Click here to read Chaplin: a Life in Black and White Part 1.
Click here to read Chaplin: a Life in Black and White Part 2.


“Smile” is a song based on an instrumental theme used in the soundtrack for the 1936 Charlie Chaplin movie “Modern Times”. Chaplin composed the music, while John Turner and Geoffrey Parsons added the lyrics and title in 1954. In the lyrics, the singer is telling the listener to cheer up and that there is always a bright tomorrow, just as long as they smile.

A Song by Charlie Chaplin

Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile, even though it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
you’ll get by…

If you smile
through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow

You’ll see the sun come shining through
for you

Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be ever so near
That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile what’s the use of crying

You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you’ll just smile

That’s the time you must keep on trying
 Smile, what’s the use of crying?
 You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
 If you’ll just smile.

sung by Michael Jackson

Armed and dangerous

Posted: April 16, 2013 in humor

North Korea prepares massive attack with its weapons of mass destruction!

or alright, Kim… You earned your 15 minutes of fame, now be a good little boy and go to sleep…











Sara Montiel, the first Spanish actress to make it in Hollywood and best known for her roles in international blockbusters such as “Vera Cruz”, died today at home in Madrid, aged 85, her family said.


Sara Montiel also known as Sarita Montiel was born on 10 March 1928, in Campo de Criptana in the region of Castile–La Mancha in 1928, as María Antonia Abad (complete name María Antonia Alejandra Vicenta Elpidia Isidora Abad Fernández). After her unprecedented international hit in Juan de Orduña’s “El Último Cuplé” in 1957, Sara Montiel achieved the status of mega-star in Europe and Latin America. She was the first woman to distill sex openly in Spanish cinema at a time when even a low cut dress was not acceptable. Sara Montiel was the most commercially successful Spanish actress during the mid-20th century in much of the world. Miss Montiel’s film “Varietes” was banned in Beijing in 1973. Her films “El Último Cuple” and “La Violetera” netted the highest gross revenues ever recorded for films made in the Spanish speaking movie industry during the 1950s and 1960s. She also played the role of Antonia, the niece of Don Quixote, in the 1947 Spanish film version of Cervantes’s great novel.


Sara Montiel started in movies at 16 in her native Spain where she filmed her first international success playing an Islamic princess in the 1948 film “Locura de Amor” (“The Mad Queen”). Later she conquered Mexico, starring in a dozen films in less than five years. Hollywood came calling afterwards, and she was introduced to United States moviegoers in the film “Vera Cruz” (1954) co-starring with Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster, and directed by Robert Aldrich. She was offered the standard seven-year contract at Columbia Pictures, which she quickly refused, afraid of Hollywood’s typecasting policies for Hispanics. Instead she free-lanced at Warner Bros. with Mario Lanza and Joan Fontaine in “Serenade” (1956), directed by Anthony Mann, and at RKO in Samuel Fuller’s “Run of the Arrow” (1957), opposite Rod Steiger and Charles Bronson.





The unexpected success of “El Ultimo Cuple” (1957) turned her into an overnight sensation both as an actress and a singer. From then on she combined filming highly successful vehicles, recording songs in five languages and performing live all over the world. Among the films that kept her immensely popular during the 1960s and early 1970s were “La Violetera” (1958), “Carmen, la de Ronda” (1959), “Mi Ultimo Tango” (1960), “Pecado de Amor” (1961), “La Bella Lola” (a 1962 version of Camille), “Casablanca, Nid d’espions” (1963), “Samba” (1964), “La Femme Perdue” (1966), “Tuset Street” (1967), “Esa Mujer” (1969), “Varietes” (1971) and others.


In 2000, Montiel published her autobiography “Memories: To Live Is A Pleasure”, an instant best seller with ten editions to date. A sequel “Sara and Sex” followed in 2003. In these books Montiel revealed other relationships in her past including one-night stands with writer Ernest Hemingway as well as actor James Dean. She has been married four times: Anthony Mann, American Actor; Film Director, in Beverly Hills, 1957-1963, divorced. José Vicente Ramírez Olalla, Industrial Attorney, in Rome, 1964-1978, annulled. José Tous Barberán, Attorney-Journalist, in Palma de Mallorca, 1979-1992, Tous’s death. Antonio Hernández, Cuban Videotape Operator, in Madrid, 2002-2005, divorced. Sara Montiel passed away on this Monday, 8 April, at 85. The cause of death wasn’t revealed. According to “El Mundo” she died from a cardiac crisis. Vaya con Díos, divina Sara…

La Violetera, from “La Violetera”, 1958: . Los Piconeros, from “Carmen La De Ronda”, 1958: .

La Vie en Rose, from “Noches de Casablanca”, 1963: .

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Source: Wikipedia.


Legendary Film Critic Roger Ebert Dead at 70

Roger Ebert, the longtime film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times, died this Thursday. His passing comes just one day after publishing a note on his website that he would be scaling back work as he continued his battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. “We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away,” his wife, Chaz Ebert, said in a statement. “No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition.”

Few people have had more impact on the film industry than the Pulitzer Prize winning critic. A simple thumbs up – or thumbs down – became the legendary trademark of Ebert and his long time movie partner, Gene Siskel.


Roger Joseph Ebert was born on 18 June 1942, in Urbana, Illinois, and was an American journalist, film critic, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death. In 1975, he was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism. As of 2010, his columns were syndicated to more than 200 newspapers in the United States and abroad. Ebert also published more than 20 books and dozens of collections of reviews.

Ebert and rival critic Gene Siskel helped popularize nationally televised film reviewing when they co-hosted the PBS show “Sneak Previews”, followed by several variously named “At the Movies” programs. The two verbally sparred and traded humorous barbs while discussing films. They created and trademarked the phrase “Two Thumbs Up”, used when both hosts gave the same film a positive review. After Siskel died in 1999, Ebert began co-hosting with Richard Roeper. In 1999, he launched his own annual film festival called Ebertfest. In 2005, Ebert became the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

When post-surgical complications related to thyroid cancer left him unable to speak from 2006 on, he gained a sizable following online. Ebert died on April 4, 2013, after an 11-year battle with cancer.

Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times said Ebert “was without question the nation’s most prominent and influential film critic”, Tom Van Riper of Forbes described him as “the most powerful pundit in America”, and Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times called him “the best known film critic in America”.

Source: Wikipedia.


A Life that would give a “Thumbs Up” movie

In his heart of hearts, Ebert was a newspaper guy, long before he achieved fame and millions of devoted television followers.
As a child he wrote and published the Washington Street News. He delivered it to his neighbors along Washington Street in Urbana.
From high school and on to college, Ebert wrote. He tackled sports, news, columns and obituaries. It mattered not.
At the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, he was the Daily Illini‘s editor in chief.
Ebert joined the Chicago Sun-Times in 1966. Six months later he was reviewing movies. Nine years after that, he won the Pulitzer Prize, the first film critic to win journalism’s most coveted award.
The first movie Ebert saw was the Marx brothers’ “A Day at the Races.” Thousands more would follow. As his newspaper career flourished something happened that would change his professional life: television.
In 1975 Ebert and Siskel, who wrote for the Chicago Tribune, brought their movie reviews to the small screen in “Opening Soon At A Theatre Near You.”
The name was changed to “Sneak Previews” in 1978 and at its height it was seen in 180 public television markets and was, according to Television Week, “the highest-rated entertainment show in the history of public broadcasting.”
Siskel and Ebert fought and argued like brothers. It was part of the charm. But when Siskel died of cancer 1999, Ebert wept.
“I miss him all the time,” he said at the time.
The program continued with Richard Roeper, but like a good film an unexpected twist was about to occur: Ebert was diagnosed with thyroid and salivary gland cancer.
A 2006 operation left him speechless and a portion of his chin was removed.
Undaunted, Ebert wore his cancer like a Red Badge of Courage, never shirking from public view, often accompanied by his wife Chaz.
He continued to write.
He began to tweet, gathering more than 800,000 followers.
For more than five decades, Ebert’s reviews were weekly reading in as many as 250 papers across the country.
He earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, ensuring his memory among the immortal Hollywood legends he wrote about.
Now, as Roger Ebert might say, the script is complete.
And the balcony is closed.
As the final chapter of his life gently fades to black.


When film critic Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw to cancer, he lost the ability to eat and speak. But he did not lose his voice. In a moving talk from TED2011, Ebert and his wife, Chaz, with friends Dean Ornish and John Hunter, come together to tell his remarkable story.