157. Jurassic World, Jasmine Thompson, Catherine Pan, and Brain Pickings

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1. Movies…Dinosaurs Rule The Earth And The Movieways, Once Again!
Are High Heeled Shoes Faster Than The Swiftest Dinosaur?

It is company policy not to review any dinosaur movie until it reaches one billion dollars in sales. MetaCritic gave Jurassic World a 59 out of 100 rating. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 68 out of 100. The world gave Jurassic World $500,000,000 its first weekend and $300,000,000 its second weekend….and now 1 billion dollars in less than two and a half weeks. Jurassic III is now fighting with the theater turnstile counters to earn the title of fastest movie to a billion dollars. The July 4th holiday will add to Jurassic’s coffers.  Magic Mike and Arnold’s return as the Terminator will win the battle this week. Jurassic World is way ahead in the money war, however. As of July 6th, Jurassic World is in sixth place on the top grossing movie of all time list.

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The sound track for the movie contains a musical score and head biting crunchers that are subliminally driving the movie. Scientist told us so! Remember when popcorn sales went up thirty five percent because eat popcorn was flashed across the screen. Your eyes couldn’t pick it out, but your brain could. Democrats are rats blinking in the word democrats was another great slow motion subliminal treat that attacked our mind in political ads. Could music follow? Nah!

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 Chris Pratt is the hero in this one. It is his second billion dollar movie in a row. Guardians of the Galaxy was his first. Ron Howard’s daughter Dallas Bryce Howard, the savee will soon be advertising the shoe brand she wore in the movie. The shoes held up after countless attacks and sprints through the park. How fast is a dinosaur? American track hero Wilma Rudolph would be proud of all of Howard’s moves.

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2. Music…Scarlett Johansson Rocks With The Best Of Them.
Three Albums And Two Movie Soundtracks Add To Her Musical Resume!

Your July 4th holiday weekend listens might include one or more of our favorites for this week.

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 Scarlett Johansson can sing…and act. Not at the same time! Where did she find the time? She has been singing successfully, but somewhat hidden for the last eight years. She has three albums out with covers of everyone from Tom Waits to Peter Zorn. She has two movie soundtrack singing credits on her musical resume including Translation, a Woody Allen movie, in which she starred.  She is now performing with a group called The Singles. Their new song Candy features her soulful sound. Johansson’s earlier style changes on Translator, The Last Goodbye, and Yesterday Is Here show a surprising range of musical know how and creative song writing.

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Jasmine Thompson! You Won’t Let Her Go!

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Jasmine Thompson is a London based Chinese-English singer and songwriter. She doesn’t sound fifteen, if fifteen has a sound? Her new album Bundle of Tantrums is a nice follow-up to her covers of Passengers’ Let Her Go and Taylor Swift’s Everything Has Changed. Jasmine’s duets with Gerald Ko bring duet harmony to the forefront on her new titles. Listen to the originals by Swift and Passenger and then to Jasmine Thompson’s covers. A mental war of which is better will surely follow.

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Passenger’s original Let Her Go was featured at the 2014 Super Bowl. A billion viewers lead to the song winning The Best of Britain award in 2014. Watching Passenger perform their song All The Little Lights in front of an audience of 40,000 Holland candle holders adds to the Light’s romantic impact and introduces another romantic listen for the weekend.

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The recent break-up of Georgia Mooney, Stu Larson, Tim Hart, and lead singer Mike Rosenberg has sent Rosenberg out as a solo with a new album and rights to the group’s name (Passenger).

3. Art…Meishan Pan…Catherine Pan!
Catherine Takes You From Adult Faces To Children’s Illustrations!
Her Paintings Are Memorable!

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Philadelphia’s own Catherine Pan has created art that inspires light and deep thoughts. Here is a brief look at an art critics’ introduction to her work at a recent gallery showing.

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Meishan Pan By Caitlyn Shea

Meishan Pan creates striking, large scale paintings of the human face and body.  I was fortunate enough to view her work as it was being installed at Artspace Patchogue earlier this month.  Her powerful works have an immediate and strong presence in the gallery.  The paintings are left raw and unapologetically unframed.  Using a limited palette of black, white, and grays, human faces become the main focus of her paintings.  The facial expressions she chooses to portray run the gamut from tranquility all the way to pain and anguish. Allowing room for drips and splatters, Pan says her paintings are inspired by her memories.

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We like Catherine’s children’s drawings as much as Caitlyn Shea likes her portraits. More of Catherine’s work and the ideas that drive her art can be found at: http://www.meishanpan.com

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4. WatchMojo Leads The World In One To Ten Lists.
Your Movie Star Favorite’s Top Ten Movies Is Worth A Look!

After listening to Scarlett Johansson’s music http://www.watchmojo.com has ten video clips of the movies they think would be Johansson’s ten best. The site has top ten video clips in every category from recording stars to books to television shows…and much, much more. The site sign-up encourages readers to hand in ideas that would make great top tens for the column. A video for every subject is an awesome task. Take a look at this awesome portfolio of work and be impressed in every category.

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5. Brain Pickings…Looking For Creative Ideas Throughout The World!
Maria Popova’s Creativity Search Is Better Than Your Sunday Paper!

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Maria Popova’s on line magazine Brain Pickings is a nice companion to your Sunday newspaper. An email in Brain Pickings subscribe to us box will bring the themes of books, movies, philosophy, history, critical thinking, problem solving, psychology, and the thoughts of the world’s greatest minds (living and dead) as an interesting add-on to your Sunday morning French toast. Popova calls the magazine her life long search for interestingness. We have found countless interesting in her life’s work.

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Last Sunday’s themes included the greatest graduation speeches of all time in video form, summer reading, and a week of creative thinking and challenging problems. There are two or three titles each week that will appeal to every reader. The column has 1.3 million readers and refuses to sell advertising space to the dozens of companies that are courting Brain Pickings for their huge potential advertising audience. Stay strong Maria Popova! This Brain Pickings column is a five star recommendation. Let us know where Brain Pickings appears on your enjoyment meter. We originally thought this column was written by Brian Pickings. We are not that great at spelling or reading words with reversible inner spellings.

6. Our Apologies To The Hot Dog Association of America!
We Had It Wrong Again! Who Would Have Known!
The Amazing Joey Chestnut Goes For His Ninth Straight Nathan’s Title.

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July fifth is a day that resonates in the stomachs of hot dog eaters throughout the world. We reported in a recent column that eight hundred hot dogs a minute are eaten throughout the United States in July and August. The American Hot Dog Association corrected us and reported that 700 hot dogs a second are eaten. A Second! We were only off by 42,000 hot dogs! If Chestnut wins another title, will will eat two hot dogs with mustard to celebrate. The rest of the country puts one billion pounds of onions, sauerkraut, tacos, cheese, and _______ on their hot dogs.

7. Your Thoughts! Our Column Quest!
The Search For Creative Contributors Continues!

Your ideas, creative column contributions, and future column suggestions should be sent to Tom Palumbo at tjpalumbo@aol.com. Please send a photo or two with your two-paragraph contribution. We’d love to display your art and photography in a personal section, as well as, throughout the Let’s Talk’s discussions. We did this with Catherine Pans’ work in this issue.

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Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column! Your varied ideas, experiences, products, and insights will surely bring a larger audience to the column and make the column’s content more interesting and far reaching. We hope you like the insights and contributions of dozens of readers from throughout five continents.



About tjpalumbo

Tom Palumbo is a nationally known and award winning author, teacher, technology designer, administrator, and grant writer. He has taught for thirty-five years in preschool through 12th grade classrooms throughout the quad state area. His ideas have made a difference in the way thousands of teachers, parents, and children read, write, do mathematics, use technology, and think creatively and critically. Tom’s twenty books on reading, writing, critical thinking, and mathematics have won four national book awards. 5,000 teachers and home schooling parents have matriculated through his graduate courses/lectures. 12,000 have signed up for his website. As Director of Pennsylvania’s Parent Information Center and New Jersey’s Citizen’s For Better Schools Resource Center, Tom received over two hundred commendations for his presentations to thousands of teachers, parents, and administrators throughout the Florida, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland area. Workshop participants receive idea loaded CD’s, access to hundreds of videos, PowerPoints, curriculum links, games, and lessons on his website, and an activity booklet filled with common core curriculum in line with local, state, and national standards. Instruction, on each of these resources, is presented during his presentation. Mr. Palumbo has over two hundred learning centers, bulletin boards, and project developers in reading, writing, poetry, literature, and math in make-it/take it item format that can, also, be part of any workshop program. Call or email Tom to set up a workshop for your organization. Tom Palumbo tjpalumbo@aol.com 215-262-9986 aimtjp.wikispaces.com
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One Response to 157. Jurassic World, Jasmine Thompson, Catherine Pan, and Brain Pickings

  1. Jennifer Witterick says:

    I know dinosaurs are a stretch, but gotta tell you that her running through the jungle in those shoes was the most unbelievable part to me. I have worn these shoes and they get stuck in soil. There is no way she could have worn them all day too! I’m with you on this.

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