187. Allied, Fantastic Beasts, Langston Hughes, And The Rolling Stones

Let’s Talk Philadelphia Wishes You The Happiest Of Holidays!

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Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Best Picks For The Week!

1. Movies…Here are our top five movie picks to start your holiday season!

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A. Allied…If your wife is a good kisser and bears you many fine sons and daughters, who cares if she may or may not be a spy for the other side!
Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard bring passionate love-making, a baby, and suspense to a classic spy tale. No! This movie coupling did not break up Brad Pitt’s marriage!

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Allied is the perfect movie choice for a general movie audience looking for a different fare. However, if you really enjoy The Americans (Keri Russell), Homeland (Claire Danes), or Designated Survivor (Kiefer Sutherland) and haven’t reached your maximum spy quota for the month, you will smack your lips and say thank you after this tale. Allied’s story chronicles the world of espionage in World War II from 1942 to just before the invasion of Normandy in 1944. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard make a great killing team while eliminating Germans in a picturesque Casablanca and a great parenting team in London as the war rages around them…sometimes with their help, sometimes without their help.

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Don’t let the Brad Pitt haters stop you from seeing this movie. Robert Zemeckis does not make flack. Pitt and Cotillard shine together while making war and little car love. The pair would make a great movie team with George Clooney in a future Oceans 14!

The action in Allied is first rate, as is, the dress, locales, history, and mystery.
Add this enjoyable  first rate movie to your viewing list and bring some friends to the cinema with you. Maybe they’ll share their popcorn.

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B. Rogue OneStar Wars brings a new movie series to their deep space battles.
Felicity Jones exudes woman power and ferociousness to expand the franchise.

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C. La La Land…It is can’t miss love scenes, dancing, and singing to brighten the movie screen and the holidays. Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have won multiple awards at the pre-Oscar, international movie festival circuit, already, for this gem! Are you ready for them to sing and dance their way into the creative art’s side of your brain?

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D. Loving…Bigotry and cruelty try to destroy a Virginia interracial, married couple.
Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tell this powerful and wrenching true story.

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E. Sing…If you like animals and have watched American Idol, The Voice, Duets, or Britain’s Got Talent, this cartoon musical will have you entering your favorite pet in next year’s singing championship. A movie starring Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly, and Seth MacFarlane is a movie fanatics cup of hot chocolate.

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This animal singing competition is two blocks short of hysterical! You will have a hard time determining who likes the movie more…the attending kids or their parents?

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2. Movies 2…Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them!
Harry Potter Nine Scores Big!
Eddie Redmayne And A Suitcase Full Of Creatures Enchant!
The Colin Farrell Vs Eddie Redmayne Magical Wand Duel!

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Fantastic Beasts cost 180 million dollars to make and grossed 250 million dollars in its first week in theaters here and abroad. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series has great interactions between humans and strange creatures. JK Rowling has, almost, out done herself in this one as humans, lovable creatures, monsters, and beasts fight for New York City, its underworld, and, then, world supremacy.

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JK Rowling wrote FBAWTFT in 2001. She used the name Newt Scamander as her pen name. Rowling indicated that, though the story takes place 70 years before Harry Potter, Fantastic Beasts has all the elements of Harry Potter and more.

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Comic Relief is an organization and charity that helps children throughout the world. 80% of the purchase price of the book Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them has been donated to this group. The book has raised over 20 million dollars for Comic Relief and their humanitarian efforts across the globe. Pick up a copy of the book before or after seeing the movie. Your help is greatly appreciated!

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3. Music…The New…Justin Timberlake And The Tennessee Kids!

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How We Discovered This Week’s Selections!

You have just arrived home after your favorite team’s latest loss (Packers 27-Eagles 13). You don’t drink, smoke, do drugs, or participate in a wild sex club…the bowling alley is closed! What do you do for a pick-me-up? This time, our choice was music!
Justin Timberlake’s 2020 World Tour
was just released on Netflix. The tour’s 16 shows in eight cities ended in Las Vegas with Jonathan Demme directing and orchestrating the two hour video finale for Netflix. We thought Beyonce’s show in front of 75,000 people in Philadelphia this year was the best we have ever seen. Au Contraire! Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids sing his songbook and dance to precision choreography non-stop for 90 minutes. Move down one Beyonce.

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Music…The Old…Robson And Jerome…British Cover Duo Revisited!

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The Rolling Stones new album will be out on December second. The album is their 25th, but first in ten years. It is titled Blue And Lonesome. The album features covers of artists like Eric Clapton that influenced them from throughout their long music career. Rod Stewart and Tony Bennett have made millions of dollars singing old classics on their five most recent albums, too…and are a good listen after this one.

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However, our choice this week for your listening pleasure is the greatest Cover Group of all time…Robson Green and Jerome Flynn. These two English gents were friends and actors that just decided to record a couple of songs. Immediately upon release, the duo ruled England and world record play circa 1975. They were one of Simon Cowell’s first discoveries. Their three hit singles and two smash albums were number one in six countries. Until recently, their cover of If I Can Dream held a 40 year old record for the longest time on Britain’s top ten and number one playlist. Green and Flynn’s singing career was brief, but they still are acting in major productions from Game Of Thrones to English detective series to recent war epics.

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Your day will go ten times smoother after listing to Robson and Jerome’s renditions of these three classics on YouTube or at the ITunes store. You will forget last night’s Eagles loss like a dropped pass in The Super Bowl end zone.

If I Can Dream
Unchained Melody
I Believe

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4. Poetry…Langston Hughes Loves Rain And Snow!
What Is Poetry For The Season?
Does The Silence Of Snow Warm Your Heart?

Every time rain wipes out a perfect weekend, we put Langston Hughes’s poem April Rain Song on our office bulletin board. Our first 5 inch snowfall of the season precipitated (get it…precipitated?) this week’s office contest. Our task is to take Langston’s format for April Rain Song and change it into a tribute to snow.

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This short snow poem exercise is a perfect challenge for an office, a teacher’s 2-12th grade classroom, or for your family at home. Try it on your own and then share the challenge with a friend.

December Snow Song

Let the snow caress you
Let the snow cover you like your favorite coat
Let the snow’s mystical music enchant you
The snow makes foot-printed paths across your street
The snow paints a magical picture of white on your rooftops
The snow brings memories and dreams of the past
and I adore the snow.

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5. Here Is Let’s Talk Philadelphia’s Weekly Call-Out For Articles!
We Can Help To Introduce/Feature Your Next Project!

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Now that your winter travels are about to begin, do you have a destination you can share to enlighten a worldwide reading audience? Do you have a topic that can be featured on this column or can you contribute two creative paragraphs on your favorite technologies, multi-media, movies, books, comics, art, music, games, educational news, museums, travel sites, or a personal favorite for our column? Don’t be afraid to let your creative self fly into any area except politics and religion. We do not go there!

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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 Philadelphia’s discussions.

Thank you for adding your work and expertise to this column, as many others have done for each issue!

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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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