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Interview with Angelina Jolie

Video script:
 Angelina Jolie, lovely to meet you.
 And you.
Can you tell me who or what Maleficent is? Who is she?
She is a  I think she was described in the original book as an ugly fairy.
That’s not really you though.
Well thank you.
00:19 So you had to ugly yourself up?
She’s a little  She’s not pretty. She’s something. Yeah, she’s somebody who, in our story, she was born to quite an  She’s quite on fire and aggressive about defending her land but all for good reasons. She kind of had a lot of good in her and she faces abuse and she turns and she becomes Maleficent as we know her.
She’s scary but she’s also quite alluring as well. So, I don’t know how much of that you wanted to come across. I know you had quite a hand in the costume. You were quite passionate about the way she looked. So were the horns and things your idea?
Well the horns are from the original. So much of her was just from the original and I think we just wanted to make sure  My big note to wardrobe and costume was to not basically turn her into somebody else and to give her new costumes. And we found these great men. We went online and found great leather-workers and people you did these more elegant fetish clothes and brought them in so they could play with her.
01:35 That was the first and last time you went to those kind of websites, as well I’m sure. Well, for ten years maybe. Now, the accent. You’ve done English accents before but this one is very, very Downton Abbey and quite wonderful.
Oh, thank you.
Now, how much of that did you do when you were, like ordering pizza. I’ll have a meatball marinara at Subway.
I studied great English theatre actresses and I just listened to the way they just enjoy words so much. The American voice is so flat and we don’t really, we don’t really enjoy language and so it was nice to have an accent for her that just indulges in everything she says and the way she says it as well.
Absolutely. Did you try to get into English traditions? I’m talking about Earl Grey tea or Radio 4’s Today program or Midsommer Murders. Have you seen that show? Or Johnathan Creek?
 No. No, should I?
I think you should. I think you’d like British TV, yeah. It’s funny.
 I like BBC.
It’s idiosyncratic and stuff. When you’re making a big Epic like this and there’s lots of special effects, I was asking Elle, do you cringe a tiny bit when you’re trying to act all epic when you’re surrounded by just a green screen in the background. Because it just feels very mechanical.
 I think one of the funniest things for me was that I couldn’t see my magic. So you kind of do this but you don’t know what you’re doing because you don’t know what’s coming out of your hands and they could put, like, little rabbits if they wanted to, so you don’t know. So that was weird, because you have no idea what’s 
03:15 And it’s silent, as well, isn’t it?
It’s silent and it’s empty and you’re whirling around a bunch of green something or, well, nothing really. You’re playing with nothing.
And, of course, your daughter Vivienne’s in it as well. Spectacular. Do you think she’ll get a bit diva-y in her next movie? Do you think she’ll want a trailer and-
Yeah, I think she was heading in that direction.
Did all your family come down and support you? Was it quite nice to see mummy and daughter?
–Yeah, yeah, they were there. Well they’re there on set basically everyday anyway, so. They home school so they’re there when I’m working and they have fun. But they find her very funny. Her siblings have seen it and they think she’s the funniest thing in the film.
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The Cinematograph — краткая история кинематогрофа — часть 2


                                       The Birth of Hollywood

By 1905, five-cent movie theatres called “Nickelodeons” provided an affordable (доступный) way for people of all walks of life to enjoy motion pictures. Whereas traditional theater was often associated, rightly or wrongly, with the upper crust (верхний слой) of society, cinema remained (оставаться) a working man’s art form. Regional film industries flourished across the world, with each enjoying modest (скромный) success. The First World War (1914-1918) produced some of the earliest examples of propaganda films to boost (способствовать росту) morale at home and overseas. But it wasn’t until the post-war economic boom of the 1920s that the film industry really hit its stride. (большой сдвиг)

The sun shines in Los Angeles, California for almost 80% of the days in a year. More sunshine means more shooting days (дни съемок) , faster productions, and lower costs. Little wonder, then, that LA became the home of a young industry on a seemingly (кажущийся) endless (бесконечный) upward trajectory. From 1912 onward, the Hollywood neighborhood became home to several movie studios: huge plots of buildings and land with stockpiles (резервы) of men and materials needed to mount (возрастать) massive productions.

The original Big 5 studios were Warner Brothers Pictures, Paramount, RKO (Radio-Keith-Orpheum), MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer), and 20th Century Fox. Each of the Big 5 owned expansive lots for productions as well as many theaters to exhibit films to the paying public. The second tier (ряд) of studios included Universal Pictures, United Artists, and Columbia Pictures. Lesser studios included Monogram, Republic, and the animation studio Walt Disney Pictures.


One of the first major Hollywood films was the Civil War epic Birth of a Nation, produced by DW Griffiths. With a runtime over three hours, the film was a monster. It was also controversial (спорный) for its overtly racist messages. At this time, motion pictures still lacked (не хватает) sound. Films often included title cards with written dialogue to explain important plot elements. Otherwise, stories were conveyed (передавать) visually. To set the mood for each scene, silent films were accompanied (сопровождать) by live music ranging from alone pianist to a full orchestra.

By the 1920s, Hollywood was the fifth largest industry in the United States. It was around this time that the area became known as Tinseltown because of the glitz (блеск, мишура) and glamor closely associated with the Roaring Twenties period. Movies made studio heads and producers extremely rich. The director developed into the most prominent (выделяющийся) “behind the scenes” production role, while the idea of “movie stars” brought many actors and actresses great fame and fortune. Following the First World War, European filmmakers like Fritz Lang, Alfred Hitchcock, and Jean Renoir arrived in Hollywood to collaborate (сотрудничать) with homegrown talent.

By the mid-20s, engineers from Warner Brothers-owned Vitaphone had developed a way to sync audio recordings with motion pictures. Movies now included what is considered diagetic (аутентичный) and non-diagetic sound. Diаgetic sound includes the sounds of the story’s physical world—specifically, dialogue and all sounds the characters can theoretically hear. Non-diegetic sound refers to sounds the characters would be unaware (неосведомленный) of, such as the film’s soundtrack.


The arrival of “talkies” put many silent era actors out of business, either because they lacked strong voices or they could not remember their lines. With sound to boost the story, directors could explore more complex angles (углы) and editing (монтажные) techniques. Cinematography, the composing of motion pictures, gained recognition (добиться признания) as a major form of art. Film crews organized and their hierarchy developed into the format we know today.

With the combined might of sound and picture to tell stories, cinema was entering a phase of unprecedented (беспрецендетный) growth as 1930 loomed closer. The film industry had survived infancy (ранняя стадия развития, младенчество) and was now moving into adolescence (подростковый возраст). Hollywood’s Golden Age was about to begin.


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The Cinematograph — краткая история кинематогрофа — часть 1


The film industry is a good reminder that art and business are more closely related than we might think. It’s also important to remember that without steady advances in science and technology, “the movies” would not exist. Now, nearly 130 years after the first film premiered to audiences, perhaps that three-way intersection of art, commerce, and science is what makes cinema so compelling.

Most historians consider the 1890s to be the birth of the motion picture. Photography had existed for several decades at this point, and two French brothers named Auguste and Louis Lumiere were instrumental in developing new techniques and processes to improve cameras and film stock. In 1894, the Lumieres were invited to Paris to witness a demonstration of the peephole kinetoscope, a new invention by the American Thomas Edison. The kinetoscope was a revolutionary camera that produced the illusion of moving photographs. This illusion is based on two optical phenomena:

Persistence of vision: The brain’s tendency to “retain images cast upon the retina of the eye for a fraction of a second beyond their disappearance from the field of sight.”

Phi phenomenon: The illusion of movement between images when they succeed each other rapidly.


Edison’s kinetoscope was groundbreaking, but it only allowed one person to view the moving image (via the “peephole”) at any given time. The device was also so huge that it could not be easily moved. The Lumieres envisioned film exhibition on a grander scale and set out to create their own motion picture camera. The result was the cinematographe, where we get the term cinema.

Filming 16 frames (pictures) per second, the cinematographe was lightweight, portable, and allowed the Lumieres to film scenes both indoors and outside. Because of its mobility, the cinematographe became extremely popular in Europe, Japan, Russia, and across the rest of the globe. The cinematographe’s success encouraged Thomas Edison and the Americans to design new cameras in order to compete.

Initially, movies were novelty items. Most “films” involved a single shot of something happening, like a train pulling into a station. These films were described as “magical demonstrations” mostly shown at vaudeville theatres, carnivals, and in circus tents. Audiences loved these shows, and there was a lot of money to be made for the exhibitionists.

By the end of the decade, there was a shift in thinking about motion pictures. Filmmakers began to explore the medium as a platform for storytelling rather than a “magical” gimmick. French filmmaker Georges Melies was one of the pioneers of multiscene films that introduced characters and narrative storylines. Melies was prolific—he is credited with making over 500 films.

Melies was a major influence on Edwin S. Porter, an American filmmaker whose 1903 film The Great Train Robbery was a runaway success. Porter had achieved realistic continuity editing, which is the practice of framing and cutting a motion picture to appear seamless. The goal of continuity editing is to trick the audience into forgetting they’re watching a series of still photographs and instead allow the film’s story to captivate viewers

great robbery

Even though cinema was in its infancy, its boundaries were constantly expanding thanks to the creativity and scientific genius of its early adopters. Now that movies could tell stories to large audiences, artists and businessmen realized the opportunities of a motion picture industry. Production studios sprang up everywhere in France and across the world. But no region was to become as important to the development of the burgeoning film industry as a sleepy Los Angeles suburb: Hollywood, USA.


to exist — существовать

perhaps — возможно

nearly — около

compelling — привлекательный

to consider — считать, учитывать

to improve — улучшать

invention — изобретение

Persistence of vision — инерция зрительного восприятия

beyond — посреди

to retain — сдерживать

disappearance — исчезновение

sight — взгляд

allowed- разрешенный

to envision — представлять

set out— выставлять

to encourage — вдохновлять

Initially — первоначально

to involve — вовлекать

gimmick — уловка, ухищрение

narrative — сюжетный

prolific — плодотворный

to achieve — достигать

seamless — бесшовный

to trick — жульничать

boundaries — границы

opportunities— возможности, шансы


оранжевый цвет -существительное

зеленый — наречие, предлог

синий — глагол

фиолетовый — прилагательное

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Greatest cities throughout history — Jericho: the world’s largest city in 7000 BC


Jericho has existed for over 10,000 years, earning the title of being the oldest city in the world. While 2,000 people may not seem like many now, that was the population in Jericho in 7000 B.C., when Jericho was the largest city in existence. Having that many people in one location was a feat because, at that time, having too many people in one place often meant running out of vital resources like food and water.

However, Jericho’s location between the Dead Sea and Mount Nebo created a natural irrigation system from the Jordan River. This system allowed the citizens to grow the crops needed to sustain Jericho’s people without worrying about overpopulation. In fact, the agricultural surplus allowed others to move from the fields and specialize in other areas, such as politics and religion. Merchants and artisans likely also developed in Jericho.

Although the city did not have it when it was first established, Jericho was well-known for its surrounding wall. The wall reached about 15 feet wide and over 10 feet high, and it had stone towers that were about 25 feet high. The wall was built for protection against enemies and, presumably, to help prevent flooding. It was sloped as well, which made scaling it very difficult.

This wall was also the feature of a well-known biblical story in the book of Joshua. The story goes that the Israelite people had just crossed the Jordan River and entered the land of Canaan. They believed that this land was promised to them by God, but the city of Jericho prevented them from taking it. In the story, the Israelites simply had to walk around the wall chanting and blowing trumpets for several days and the wall would fall. They did this, and the wall fell, and they took the city, burning it and its inhabitants to the ground. The story also states that Joshua “cursed” anyone who would try to rebuild the city. Nonetheless, the population of Jericho is about 19,000 as of the early 2000s.


feat — подвиг, искусство;

vital resources — жизненно важные ресурсы;

natural irrigation system — естественная система орошения;

to sustain — подкреплять, поддержать;

overpopulation — перенаселение;

Merchants — торговцы;

established — утвержден, установлен;

presumably — предположительно;

prevent flooding — предотвратить потоп

scaling  -вычисление размеров, взвешивание;

blowing trumpets — дудеть в трубы;

inhabitants — жители;

Nonetheless — тем не менее.

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Фразовые глаголы — Phrasal verbs

Сегодня мы поговорим о фразовых глаголах.

Фразовые глаголы, которые состоят из обычного глагола и предлога, довольно часто употребляются как самими носителями языка, так и теми, кто только изучает тонкости английского.

Легче всего их изучать либо по темам (путешествия, финансы и т.д.), либо отдельно каждый глагол. Главное не зубрить их списком, а используя визуальные таблицы стараться понять логику их образования и запомнить, что часто они имеют два значения — прямое и переносное.

Еще один секрет запоминания фразовых глаголов заключается в его соответствии с обычным глаголом и тоже на английском — например, go back — return, get off — leave и т.д. А еще лучше запоминать наоборот, зная обычный глагол пытаться найти аналог фразового. И составить свои предложения-ассоциации. Лучше письменно.

На примере визуальной схемы, рассмотрим фразовый глагол COME.

come phrasal

И сразу проверим свои знания в упражнениях:

  1. We are going to the cinema tonight; would you like to —?
  2. The students want to organize a charity event and have — with some great ideas.
  3. My parents are —- for dinner tonight; I hope you don’t mind
  4. Our new colleague —- as an efficient and friendly member of staff.
  5. When she was told her son had had an accident, she fainted but soon —-.
  6. I —-an old friend while I was doing the shopping this morning. I hadn’t seen him for years!

1. How am I going to come ________ ( = find, get) all that money?
  up with
  up to

2. He came ________ ( = inherited) a lot of money when his grandfather died.

3. I’m pretty sure he was coming ________ me ( = flirting with me) last night.
  up to
  up with
  on to

4. My favorite singer is coming ________ ( = releasing) a new CD next month.
  out with
  out to
  up with

5. He came ________ me ( = attacked me) with a knife.

6. I think I’m coming ________ something. ( = I think I’m getting sick.)
  down with
  up with

7. She came ________ ( = regained consciousness) about half an hour after she passed out.

8. I came ________ ( = found, by chance) some old magazines while I was cleaning my room.
  up with

9. You have to come ________ ( = think of) a better excuse than that.
  through with
  up with
  around to

10. He came ________ as ( = made the impression of being) arrogant.


А по этим ссылкам можно послушать объяснение и примеры составления предложений с обычными и фразовыми глаголами:




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The Kiss of Life by Rocco Morabito

Pulitzer prize-winning photos


In 1967, construction workers JD Thompson and Randall Champion were conducting routine maintenance on electrical wires in New York City when Champion accidentally touched the low-voltage wire, which was running over 4,000 volts through it, at the top of the pole.

The electric shock stopped his heart, and he collapsed. His safety harness prevented him from falling to the ground, but he was not breathing. Co-worker JD Thompson was below him and hurried to provide mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

Because of the situation, he could not provide CPR. Thompson continued breathing for Champion until he could feel a pulse, then called down to onlookers, “He’s breathing!” Thompson unbuckled Champion’s safety harness and carried Champion down the pole to safety over his shoulder. He and other construction workers continued CPR on the ground, and Champion began to revive. The ambulance arrived shortly thereafter.

During this heroic act, the photographer Rocco Morabito had been nearby on another assignment when he heard people screaming. Seeing Champion dangling from the pole and Thompson attempting to revive him, Morabito quickly called an ambulance. Then he began to snap pictures of the dire situation. He took pictures from a close as well as distant view in an attempt to capture the moment fully.

One of these photos, entitled “The Kiss of Life,” won the Pulitzer Prize for spot photography in 1968. JD Thompson lived to be 64 years old, dying in 2002, while Randall Champion made a full recovery from his injuries and was still alive in 2014. Rocco Morabito died in 2009 at the age of 88.


routine maintenance —  типовое техническое обслуживание

electrical wires   — электрические сети

accidentally  — случайно

collapse  — срываться

safety harness  — ремни безопасности

prevent  — предотвращать

provide  — обеспечивать

resuscitation  — реанимация

unbuckle  — отстегнуть

CPR  — сердечно-легочная реанимация

dangling —  свисая

attempt  — пытаться

revive  — реанимировать

snap pictures — делать моментальные снимки

capture — захватить, поймать

spot photography — выборочная фотосъемка

recovery — выздоровление

injuries — повреждения, травмы

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Guernica by Pablo Picasso


Year: 1937
Type: oil on canvas
Dimensions: 349 cm × 776 cm (137.4 in × 305.5 in)
Location: Museo Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain

One of the most important painters of the 20th century, Spanish-born Pablo Picasso was already a famous name in Modernist and Cubist art by the time he released his masterpiece Guernica in 1937. An outspoken response to the violence of the Spanish Civil War in particular, the painting depicts Picasso’s interpretation and reaction to the bombing of Guernica in northern Spain. The 11-foot-wide oil painting on canvas speaks in grayscale about the horrors of war, especially those inflicted on civilians. However, interpretations of the painting’s meaning are oppositional, and scholars continue to debate.

Although Guernica is painted in Picasso’s highly cubist and abstract style, which is known for compressing the impressions of 3-dimensional visuals into a 2-dimensional space—essentially, “flattening” a cube into a square—many scholars agree on the overall subjects of the painting. In the center, a horse is falling after being pierced by a lance, which can be seen entering its back and exiting its stomach. Under the horse is a fallen soldier, perhaps missing body parts. On the left-hand side of the painting, a bull stands over and watches a mother cradling a dying child, and on the right-hand side of the painting hangs a floating female figure over a running figure and a person with outstretched arms.

The painting creates a feeling of intense anxiety—anyone looking at it instantly knows that whatever is being shown is painful. While Picasso claimed he simply painted the objects “for what they are,” art critics, fans, and scholars continue to debate. Whatever interpretation each makes, they all agree that some of Picasso’s most significant and moving elements are the use of grayscale, the positions of the figures, and the use of juxtaposed urban and rural images.


outspoken откровенный

violence насилие

depict изображать

canvas холст

inflict причинять боль

pierced пронзенный

lance копье

cradling убаюкивая

floating плавающая на поверхности

outstretched протянутый

intense anxiety усиленная тревога

claim требовать

significant знаменательный

juxtaposed сопоставимый

urban городской

rural сельский

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2015 in review

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Как поздравить с Рождеством и Новым Годом на английском

Сегодня канун Рождества у англо-говорящего мира и я хотела бы поделиться полезной информацией, связанной с этим важным для них праздником.

Как поздравить ваших зарубежных коллег, партнеров и друзей на английском языке, проявив и грамотность, и оригинальность? Предлагаю несколько вариантов таких пожеланий.

10 поздравлений с Новым годом на английском языке

Личные поздравления с Рождеством и Новым Годом на английском

Итак, начнем с личного поздравления. Здесь представляется широкий простор для полета мысли.

I wish you a merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. May all your dreams and wishes come true during these miraculous days!

Best wishes for a joyful Christmas season and a very happy New Year from Petrov family!

Christmas greetings and best wishes for the New Year! Let the coming year bring you only positive emotions and expectations!

Take all your care and love from the previous to the New Year and let it be doubled with the love of your friends and family!

May the dawn of New Year bring smile in your face and happiness in your life!

Корпоративные поздравления с Новым Годом на английском

Что касается корпоративных поздравлений, то тут следует быть по-сдержаннее. Пыл вдохновения нужно немножко умерить и подчеркнуть в пожеланиях деловые связи в новом году. В качестве примеров предлагаю Вам такие варианты.

I wish you a wonderful New Year filled with abundance, joy, and treasured moments. May the New Year be your best year yet!

I hope the New Year will be a year of great happiness and success for you. Have a wonderful celebration!

I wish you the best of business luck this happy New Year! With hope for further fruitful cooperation. Mr.X

Merry Christmas and warm wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year! May the coming year be as prosperous and profitable as the previous one!

Merry Christmas and happy New Year!    Thank you for your diligent work, timely support and reliable liaison! Hope for the same perspective in the New Year,   Mr. X.  


Как составить поздравление с Новым годом на английском языке

Как составить своё поздравление с Новым годом или Рождеством

Если вы хотите составить своё собственное поздравление с Новым годом или Рождеством на английском языке, то используйте рождественские слова и следующие конструкции:


Фразу «Желаю…» можно начать с помощью:


Wishing you a wonderful Holiday Season!

I wish:

I wish you a Happy New Year!


Конкретные пожелания можно начать с глагола may или let.

May the warmth and the joy of the Holiday Season be yours today and always.

May the New Year be rich with blessings!

Let all your troubles disappear, and all your friends be always near.

Наилучшие пожелания…

Наилучшие пожелания, как ни странно, переводятся дословно – best wishes (for) или sincerest wishes (самые искренние пожелания).

Best wishes for the holidays and for prosperity throughout the coming year.

Sincerest wishes for hope, happiness and peace during this Holiday Season and throughout the coming year.

Что пожелать?

To be healthy быть здоровым.
To have a lot of money иметь много денег.
To find a true love найти настоящую любовь.
To smile улыбаться.
To love and be loved любить и быть любимым.
To achieve success достичь успеха.
To be successful быть успешным.
To find a good job найти хорошую работу.
To spend time in a family circle проводить время в кругу семьи.
To be happy быть счастливым.
To have true friends иметь настоящих друзей.

Каких праздников пожелать?

angelic ангельский
blessed благословенный
candlelit освещенный свечами
cozy уютный
faithful верный
festive праздничный
generous щедрый
giving щедрый
golden золотой
gracious милостивый
happy счастливый
holy священный
jolly радостный
joyful радостный
joyous радостный
lavish роскошный
magical магический
merry счастливый
miraculous чудесный
sacred священный
seasonal сезонный
snowing снежный
snowy снежный
special особый
spirited одухотворенный
spiritual духовный
symbolic символический
white белый
wintry зимний
wondrous чудесный
yuletide святочный

Вот и я, желаю Вам только самого позитивного в будущем году!