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Friends: a brief return 17 years after the farewell

May 27 is a special date for the fans of Friends, one of the most famous sitcoms in the world, which is preparing for a brief return with a reunion of the six protagonists. The "episode" will be broadcast shortly, simultaneously between the United States and other nations, including Italy. 17 years after the farewell, an episode entitled "The One Where They Get Back Together" arrives. However, it must be specified that it will not be a real episode in which we will see how the life of the six characters so dear to us has become. Rather, it will be a real reunion of the cast, to remember together and re-act the most famous scenes of the series. Jennifer Aniston (Rachel Green), Courteney Cox (Monica Geller), Lisa Kudrow (Phoebe Buffet), Matt LeBlanc (Joey Tribbiani), Matthew Perry (Ch...

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Oscars 2021: intimate and in-person ceremony

After the flop of virtual events such as the Grammy Awards and the Golden Globes which recorded an audience fall, the producers of the Oscars 2021, Steven Soderbergh, Stacey Sher and Jesse Collins have announced that the Academy Awards ceremony will take place in person, but with very specific rules.  Therefore no zoom, no casual outfit and no historic red carpet for the long-awaited "night of the stars" that has been postponed by few months due to the coronavirus. All the actors and directors who obtained a nomination have received the official invitation to participate in the ceremony scheduled for Sunday 25 April. The event, which this year will be held in an "intimate" form, had to reduce its attendees in order&n...

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The thousand faces of Lupin, the gentleman thief who continues to fascinate millions of people

It was 1907 when the adventures of Arsène Lupin, the character invented by the French writer Maurice LeBlanc, began to circulate in the form of short stories, obtaining such a positive response as to push the author to create an entire series dedicated to him.  There was a cinematic transposition of the story with The Teeth of the Tiger by Chester Withey already in 1919, between 1948 and 1949 there was the comic version and it was in 1971 that the first television series starring the gentleman thief came out. In 2021, the character of Lupin returns to fascinate with the modern reinterpretation of the French TV series published on Netflix, which kept more than 70 million viewers attached to the screen. However, not everyone knows that Arsène Lupin is inspired by a real person. His name ...

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The Carnival of Venice 2021 will be a streaming event

When in February 2020 they had to interrupt the most anticipated event of the year in one of the most visited cities in the world, due to the pandemic, most people thought “we'll make it up next year”. Then February 2021 came and, although with slightly brighter prospects thanks to the arrival of the vaccine, Venice is still not ready to host the millions of tourists it used to welcome for its Carnival.  There are many people involved in the organization of the Venice Carnival. It is not just a city festival, it is also a very important event for the economy of the city. CNA Turismo e Commercio (the Italian organization representing craft enterprises) had estimated a turnover of 260 million euros for the year 2020, many of which went up in smoke. Last February there was no time to...

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David Copperfield’s everlasting success

“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. To begin my life with the beginning of my life, I record that I was born (as I have been informed and believe) on a Friday, at twelve o’clock at night. It was remarked that the clock began to strike, and I began to cry, simultaneously". This is how the character of David Copperfield, the alter ego of one of the most popular authors of English literature, Charles Dickens, introduces himself to the world. In the preface of the 1867 edition, the writer himself says: “Of all my books, I like this the best [...] but, like many fond parents, I have in my heart of hearts a favourite child. And his name is David Copperfield". After all, the novel is also conside...

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The Queen’s Gambit: a new Neflix series set during the Cold War

Shortly after its release on the streaming platform, it immediately settled among the most watched TV series of the moment. A miniseries about chess set between the 1950s and 1960s, so realistic that many have wondered whether the story was real or not. Credit also goes to a meticulous attention to style, set design, costumes and the details of the story itself. Suffice it to say that the chess games seen are not simply inspired by real ones, they are the careful reproduction of real games played in the past. For these, producers hired real experts in the field such as Garry Kasparov, a chess champion, and Bruce Pandolfi, one of the most important chess coaches.  It is inspired by the 1983 novel by Walter Tavis bearing the same title of the original series: The Queen's Gambit, whi...

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