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Taylor Swift sells one million albums in 4 days and overtakes the record of the year

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Taylor Swift, whose new album ‘Reputation’, released on Friday, has already sold over a million copies across the Atlantic. The American singer thus overtakes British Ed Sheeran and his ‘Divide’ album.

It took her only four short days. Taylor Swift, has already passed the mark of one million copies sold across the Atlantic, according to the data from the company Nielsen Music, reported by Billboard.

This is the fourth time in a row that Taylor Swift (28) exceeds the symbolic threshold of one million copies sold in the first week, notes Variety. Her three previous opuses, Speak Now, Red and 1989, all reached over a million in the first week after their release. Such performances have never been achieved by any other singer  since 1991 and the implementation of the measurement of sales in the United States.

This sixth opus of the American singer thus becomes the best-selling album in the United States in 2017 in front of Ed Sheeran. The British artist was until now the record holder with 919,000 copies sold of his disc ‘Divide’.

‘Reputation’ marks a turning point in Taylor Swift’s career. She debuted in the country music before deviating towards pop, wanted to break this image. In ‘Reputation’, she stands out much more combative and incisive than in her previous achievements.

Yaël Rebrassier, IEJ 3F

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Cinema: Disney/Pixar releases their new movie « Coco »

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The next Disney/Pixar’s movie comes out on November 27th. It was directed by Lee Unkrich, a famous director at Disney, who also directed “Toy Story 3”, “Finding Nemo” and “Wall-E”. “Coco” is a movie which takes place in Mexico, more particularly  during “Dìas de los Muertos,” a party during which Mexicans celebrate their ancestors with pics, flowers and food on the graves of their ancestors. In fact, it’s a very happy day surrounded by family. The movie follows the adventures of Miguel, a little boy of 12 years old, whose dream is to become a musician. One day, he finds himself lost in the spiritual world of the dead and will have to try to find several  of his relatives and resolve a family mystery.

The team movie’s was present on November 14th in the iconic Parisian cinema “Grand Rex” for the preview. They explained that “we wanted you to travel to Mexico, we work a lot to recreate this festival’s atmosphere, we worked with the Mexican tourist office”. Another member of the team added: “It’s a real challenge to confront the public with the subject of death.” The bet is successful through the graphics which are very colorful. This movie will appeal to both children and adults.

 MERCIER Chloé IEJ2B

Leonardo Da Vinci, on sale at Christie’s

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7391190_65j9apga_1000x625 A painting by Leonardo da Vinci is expected to make a record sale today. It will be sold in a auction sale in New-York at the famous auction house Christie’s and experts believe it could become the most expensive painting ever sold.

The owner is the president of the football team AS Monaco, Dimitri Rybolovlev has one painting of the famous painter Leonardo da Vinci.

The painting representing Jesus Christ, is called  « Salvator Mundi » (« Savior Of the Wolrd »)  was painted between 1506 and 1513.

The masterpiece is promised to be sold for the cost of one hundred million dollars, a sum which most art experts consider overweening.

It’s unusual to see an renaissance painting to be sold in a modern auction sale. Indeed a Warhol is placed directly next to “Salvator Mundi”.

The state of conservation is low, as the painting is damaged by the time and few restaurations have been done.

In 1958, Salvator Mundi was restored and sold for only 45 £, since people believed that it was a copy by a disciple of Leonardo de Vinci. When people realized his authentic confection, the rating increased largely.

Dimitri Rybolovlev is selling thirty-seven of his paintings that he  had from a Swedish man Yves Bouvier. Rybololev is currently on judicial trial, being accused of pocketing capital gains, and Bouvier accused him of corruption. The price will be debated today, we’ll see if a record can be broken in the art dealing world.

 

Agnès Polloni IEJ 2B

 

Lord of the Rings : Amazon’s “precious” TV show

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What if the new Game of Thrones was distributed by Amazon ? The American delivery leader has announced its intention to be an important series diffuser. Amazon’s next TV show is going to bring us to Middle Earth, the company has paid for the rights of  J.R.R Tolkien’s universe.

It’s official, The Lord of The Rings is making the switch from big screen to the little one. Amazon Video has paid the $200 to $250 million required to build a new story based on one of the most popular franchises in the world. We already knew for a while the company was negotiating with the writer’s heirs, but now we have information about the story of the incoming show. It will be a prequel of the eleven Oscar-winnig trilogy directed by Peter Jackson.

A representative of the Tolkien legacy, Matt Gaslor, talked about the Amazon’s commitment to literature. According to him, it’s the company which has mostly respected the original work, while the Tolkien Estate is really hard to please. For example, the Game of Thrones producers, HBO, didn’t manage to acquire those rights.  

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen,” said Amazon’s new head of scripted programming. Fans are now hoping for the best after the unpopular adaptation of the Hobbit distributed by the Warner Bros company.  

Quentin Bremand, IEJ 2B

Disney announces new Star Wars’s trilogy

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5 years ago, Disney bought the rights for Star Wars. Visibly, the society is not ready to give up the lode.

Three new episodes are programmed… while the three last are not even completed. Yesterday, the Walt Disney Company formalized the new Star Wars, and also announced the creation of a series. Are they wringing Star Wars ? 40 years have passed since “A new hope”, the first movie by George Lucas and until now, each movie has been an event.

However, Walt Disney is taking some risks with this announcement. The 8th and 9th episodes of the saga planned until 2019 have not even been released.  It could be a high loss of interest if the fans don’t appreciate it.

In 1999, The Phantom Menace marks the beginning of the second trilogy. The fans were already divided on this movie. The purists defended the idea that there is only one trilogy of Star Wars. Since 2015 and the release of   The Force Awaken the discussion is still the same and we the debate can’t be settled.

The “force” is the last hope for Disney.

Benjamin Cuneo, IEJ3EG2

 

Kevin Spacey : A descent into Hell

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Kevin Spacey is now going through a hard time. After his world wide successful series “House of Cards” being cancelled, it is now Ridley Scott that has decided to cut him out from his latest film. Recent accusations for aggression on minors are costing him his carrer.

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After Star Trek Discovery actor Anthony Rapp, who claims the actor sexually assaulted him when he was 14, it is the turn of journalist Heather Unruh. The woman accused Kevin Spacey to sexually assault her son in a seaside resort near Boston in July 2016 when he was only 18 years old. An investigation is underway.

These accusations are costing Kevin Spacey his lead role in the latest film he has played in, “All the money in the world”, directed by Ridley Scott. Indeed, the director decided to dismiss the actor by erasing all the scenes he was in, even if the film had already been shot and edited. He will be replaced by Canadian actor Christopher Plummer. The film could have offered Spacey a third Oscar. The International Emmy Fouders Award, which honors “an individual who crosses cultural boundaries to touch humanity”, is also canceled.

A descent into hell that never ends for the actor of “House of Cards”.

Maxime Lavandier, IEJ3EG1

Contemporary African art is coming to Paris

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This is an event that is greatly awaited by art lovers and curious people. The AKAA (“Also Known As Africa”) exhibition is back in Paris from November 10th to 12th for two days of festivities and artistic sharing.
In 2017, AKAA will bring 150 artists from 28 different countries. More than half of its 38 exhibiting galleries are new on the fair. The exhibition takes place at an emblematic place of Parisian art scene, “Le Carreau du Temple”.

This is the opportunity to discover the diversity and opulence of many talents in Africa. This year, five countries of Africa are represented for the first time (Senegal, Tunisia, Uganda, Angola and Ivory Coast) and four from Europe (Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Spain). Each year, the list of participants is extended, making this event an intercultural success!

Victoria Mann, the founder and director of AKAA, describes it as a “movement that influences and inspires the world by its capacity to innovate and create”. AKAA claims the expression of the cultural exchanges of an Africa without borders, a territory in motion and a continent that escapes from a single definition.

With 15,000 visitors in 2016, this year AKAA is expected to to gather at least the same audience as in its first edition. This new year should be just as successful.

Nadège Lapko, IEJ3E