Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Madonna #secretprojectrevolution

Madonna  #ArtForFreedom

Are you artistic? Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to change the world? Now the uber, iconic sensation known to fans around the world as Madonna is on your team!  


Secret Project: RevolutionA Film by Madonna & Steven Klein.

Just this week, Madonna premiered the 
“Secret Project: Revolution” 
 a Film by Madonna & Steven Klein! 

Madonna  #ArtForFreedom jail

"My goal is to show by the example of #secretprojectrevolution my creative commitment to inspire change in the world through artistic expression," Madonna said in a statement. "I hope my film and other submission to Art For Freedom will be a call-to-action and give people a place to voice their own creative expression to help fight oppression, intolerance and complacency." 
~ Madonna ~

Madonna & Steven Klein revolution of love facebook
 Madonna & Steven Klein invite you to start your own revolution of love.  We have created this platform to give people around the world an opportunity to answer the  QUESTION:


Express your personal meaning of freedom and revolution in the form of video, music, poetry, and photography. Join the revolution by submitting your ART FOR FREEDOM below, or by tagging your posts #ArtForFreedom


Madonna magazine covers

Madonna’s message is important! She is not the only one with concerns.  In early 2013 the United Nation’s Human Rights Council released a report that focused on “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity. 
United Nation’s Human Rights Council  “The right to freedom of artistic expression and creativity.

Although this report doesn’t focus on complacency it does focus on concerns:

“… growing worldwide concern that artistic voices have been or are being silenced by various means and in different ways.  The underlying motivations are most often political, religious, cultural or moral, or lie in economic interests, or are a combination of those.”  ~ United Nations Human Rights Council (14 March 2013) ~


Madonna history

Madonna is already in the cultural history books and will forever be there; an icon for the ages.  This moment, this day, this week, this month, this year may be your day to become a part of History!

More on #ArtForFreedom! Madonna being interviewed by VICE!

I will keep this page updated as the Art For Freedom Revolution Unfolds!

NEW UPDATE! -  October 02, 2013

Madonna Announces Art For Freedom Grants Program
Madonna has announced a grants program in coordination with Art For Freedom, the global digital initiative designed to fuel free speech, to address, respond and protest persecution around the world.

Take care and I will see you next week!


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Language Learning Section – Natural Language 
                                 Vocabulary Boost!

Vocabulary Theme: Creating Change 

Instructions: First, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each expression.  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context. Then ask a friend or classmate.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet. Now you can check your answers with the vocabulary ideas posted below.

commitment to =

inspire change =

artistic expression =

call-to-action =

give people a place to voice =

to help fight =

oppression =

intolerance =

complacency =

revolution =

#Art For Freedom =

UN =

growing worldwide concern =

artistic voices =

The underlying motivations =

political =

religious =

cultural =

moral =

lie in =

economic interests =

a combination =

Human Rights =

free speech =

initiative designed to fuel free speech =

to address =

protest =

persecution =

around the world =

Answer Ideas:

commitment to = the state or an instance of being obligated or emotionally impelled (a commitment to a cause).

inspire change = inspire: to cause (something) to happen or be created. change: to make (someone or something) different.

artistic expression = Art is the product or process of deliberately arranging symbolic elements in a way that influences and affects the senses, emotions,etc.

call-to-action =  Generally a business expression - 'A call to action' is the section of a marketing or sales message which tries to convince a person to perform a desired action immediately. It is words that urge the reader, listener, or viewer of a sales promotion message to take an immediate action, such as "Write Now," "Call Now," or (on Internet) "Click Here." A retail advertisement or commercial without a call-to-action is considered incomplete and ineffective. So, Madonna wants you to do something now!

give people 'a place' to voice = 'a place': create 'a space'. This place = Madonna's Art For Freedom Internet project. to voice: to voice one's thoughts = to speak/express your thoughts or to speak one's mind; or as Madonna says 'Express Yourself"!

to help fight = to help: to aid. fight: struggle against something.

oppression = (noncount noun) cruel or unjust use of authority or power.

intolerance = (noncount noun) the quality or state of being intolerant. intolerant: (adj) not willing to allow or accept something; not willing to allow some people to have equality, freedom, or other social rights.

complacency = (noncount noun) a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better; a complacent feeling or condition.

revolution =  (count noun) the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one but in this case the nuance is 'revolution': a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.

#Art For Freedom = Madonna's title refers to the idea of using art to create freedom.

UN = Abbreviation for The United Nations- Official Website Link http://www.un.org/en/aboutun/growing worldwide    concern = increasing global worry.

artistic voices =  (adj) artistic: relating to art or artists expression. voices: people expressing themselves.

The underlying motivations = underlying: (adj) beneath the surface; evident only on close inspection.    motivations: a force or influence that causes someone to do something.

political = (adj) of or relating to politics or government. politics: activities that relate to influencing the actions and policies of a government or getting and keeping power in a government.

religious = (adj) of or relating to religion. religion: an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods

cultural =  (adj) of or relating to a particular group of people and their habits, beliefs, traditions, etc.

moral = (adj) concerning or relating to what is right and wrong in human behavior

lie in =  is in; is within.

economic interests = economic: relating to an economy : relating to the process or system by which goods and services are produced, sold, and bought. interests: used when discussing what is the best or most helpful thing for someone or a some type of group.

a combination =  an act of combining two or more things. to combine: to bring together; mix.

Human Rights = the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled, often held to include the right to life and liberty, freedom of thought and expression, and equality before the law.

free speech = is the concept of the inherent human right to voice one's opinion publicly without fear of censorship or punishment. "Speech" is not limited to public speaking and is generally taken to include other forms of expression.

initiative designed to fuel free speech =
initiative: an introductory act or step; leading action. designed to: created to.   to fuel: (idiomatic) alludes to causing a flame to grow larger; someone or something to move forward when fuel is added. 

to address = to speak to (a person or group).

protest = to protest: to show or express strong disagreement with or disapproval of something.

persecution = the act or practice of persecuting especially those who differ in origin, religion, or social outlook. to persecute someone (or group).  to treat someone (or group) cruelly or unfairly especially because of race or religious or political beliefs.

around the world = all over the globe/Earth.

Monday, 16 September 2013

JK Rowling is Back!

Harry Potter’s textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them -JK Rowling
Harry Potter’s textbook Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is about to come to life!  This extraordinary adventure is lead by the famous, magical zoologist Newt Scamander and fictional author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.  Newt’s adventure begins in the 1920’s or 70 years before Harry Potter.  New York city is the place where it will all begin.  The story is an extension of the magical world of the Harry Potter adventures and will be JK Rowling’s first screenwriting debut! 
JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book

For more detailed information here is J.K. Rowling's press statement regarding her screenwriting debut:  

JK Rowling Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Warner Bros. announced on 12th September 2013 that J.K. Rowling would be making her screenwriting debut with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the first in a new film series, which is part of their expanded creative partnership with J.K. Rowling.  The films will be inspired by Harry Potter’s Hogwarts textbook of the same name, and will feature the book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“It all started when Warner Bros. came to me with the suggestion of turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film.  I thought it was a fun idea, but the idea of seeing Newt Scamander, the supposed author of Fantastic Beasts, realized by another writer was difficult.  Having lived for so long in my fictional universe, I feel very protective of it and I already knew a lot about Newt. As hard-core Harry Potter fans will know, I liked him so much that I even married his grandson, Rolf, to one of my favourite characters from the Harry Potter series, Luna Lovegood.

As I considered Warners’ proposal, an idea took shape that I couldn’t dislodge. That is how I ended up pitching my own idea for a film to Warner Bros.

Although it will be set in the worldwide community of witches and wizards where I was so happy for seventeen years, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is neither a prequel nor a sequel to the Harry Potter series, but an extension of the wizarding world.  The laws and customs of the hidden magical society will be familiar to anyone who has read the Harry Potter books or seen the films, but Newt’s story will start in New York, seventy years before Harry’s gets underway.

I particularly want to thank Kevin Tsujihara of Warner Bros. for his support in this project, which would not have happened without him. I always said that I would only revisit the wizarding world if I had an idea that I was really excited about and this is it.” 

~ J.K. Rowling ~
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Best Wishes Wonderful Lady with your screenwriting debut! Looking forward to more of your sensational magical creations. 

See you next week!

Language Learning Section

Vocabulary Power!  Theme: Writer Talk

First, try to write down the meanings or ideas for each word (s).  Next, try to guess the meaning from the context of the words you didn't understand. Then ask a friend or classmate about the words that where difficult.  Finally, check out the expressions on the Internet.  However, the vocabulary definitions are below.

announced =

screenwriting debut =

creative partnership =

fictitious author =

turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film =

hard-core Harry Potter fans =

proposal =

an idea took shape =

ended up pitching my own idea =

prequel =

sequel =

extension =

Vocabulary Definitions

announced = : to announce - to make (something) known in a public or formal way : to officially

tell people about (something).

screenwriting debut = screenwriting: also called script-writing is the art and craft of writing scripts for mass media such as feature films, television productions or video games. It is frequently a freelance profession. debut: the first time an actor, musician, athlete, etc., does something in public or for the public.

creative partnership = a partnership, or relationship that is focused on making or thinking of new things : involving the process by which new ideas, stories, etc., are created

fictitious author = an imaginary or not real author. author: a person who has written something ; especially : a person who has written a book or who writes many books.

turning Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them into a film = to turn something into film - to make something into a movie.

hard-core Harry Potter fans = hard-core: very active and enthusiastic; the most active, committed, or doctrinaire members of a group or movement. fan(s): (countable noun) a person who likes and admires someone (such as a famous person) or something (such as a sport or a sports team) in a very enthusiastic way.

proposal = A plan or suggestion put forward for consideration or discussion by others; the action of putting forward such a plan or suggestion.

an idea took shape = [for something, such as plans, writing, ideas, arguments, etc.] to begin to be organized and specific.

ended up pitching my own idea = ended up: to conclude, turn out, become.  to pitch someone - to attempt to promote, sell, or advance someone or something.

prequel = [countable noun] : a movie, book, etc., that tells the part of a story that happened before the story in another movie, book, etc.

sequel = [countable noun]  : a book, movie, etc., that continues a story begun in another book, movie, etc.

extension = [countable noun] : something (such as an interest or activity) that develops from something else. Ex. Writing screenplays was a natural/logical extension of his career as a novelist and his longtime interest in film.

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