December 10th is the annual “Investor Day” of Disney Group, the world’s largest producer of home entertainment content. Although affected by the epidemic, Disney’s revenue this year has fallen off a cliff, and no movie has even made it into the top ten in the global box office. However, they have not only thrown out a series of new movies and dramas as usual, but the quantity and richness of their content are still far away. Far more than in previous years, it seems to be fully prepared to turn the tide.
In the next few years, Disney will launch 50 new works, including 15 movies and 35 dramas that will be put on the Disney+ platform, from Marvel Pictures, Lucas Pictures, Disney Animation Studios, and Pixar Animation Studios. And other subordinate film companies.
Among them, including 10 Marvel dramas, 10 “Star Wars” related dramas, 10 live-action or animated series, and 10 live-action or animated movies.
In the next few years, Marvel movies will continue to be the leading product of Disney. News includes: Christian Bale will join Thor 4 and star in the villain Gerr, the film is scheduled to be released on February 11, 2022.
“Ant-Man 3” is officially named “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania”, and the release date is to be determined.
“Captain Marvel 2” is scheduled to be released on November 11, 2022. Ms. Marvel, played by newcomer Iman Velani, will appear in the film.
The brand new “Fantastic Four” will be unveiled, directed by Joe Watts, director of Tom Holland’s version of “Spider-Man.”
Compared with the movie, the focus is on continuation, and the next Marvel series is intended to “bring the new with the old.” In addition to “Wanda Vision”, which is scheduled to be launched on January 15, 2021, “Rocky”, which will be launched in May 2021, will also be exposed for the first time.
And the lovely tree-person Groot in “Guardians of the Galaxy” will have the single-player drama “I am Groot”. “She Hulk” features the Hulk Bruce Banner’s cousin Jennifer Waters as the main character. She obtains the corresponding superpowers through Banner’s blood transfusion, but after transforming, she will not lose control and runaway like him. . The play will be starring Tatiana Maslani of “Orphan Black”.
The aforementioned Ms. Marvel will also own the single-player series “Ms. Marvel”. The protagonist of the story, Kamala Khan, comes from a Pakistani immigrant family, so this is also Marvel’s first film-based Muslim superhero.
In addition, three new dramas, “Secret Invasion”, “Ironheart” and “Armor Wars” are also planned.
In addition to Marvel fans, Star Wars fans will also be supported in the next few years. Patty Jenkins, the director of the two “Wonder Women”, switched from Warner to Disney’s embrace, and will shoot the “Star Wars” derivative film “Rogue Squadron”, which is scheduled to be released on Christmas in 2023. “Thor 3” director Taiga Widiti will also direct a new “Star Wars” movie, but the specific content and release time is unknown. The drama is even more overwhelming. The highly acclaimed “Mandalorian” will spawn two new dramas: “Rangers of the New Republic” and “Ahsoka”. Filming of the new drama “Ando” with Cassian Ando from “Rogue One” as the main character is currently underway, still starring Diego Luna. In addition, a single-player series featuring Han Solo’s old friend Lando Carrissin is also in preparation.
In terms of animation, the most eye-catching is undoubtedly the single-player film “Buzz Lightyear” dubbed by Chris Evans and the drama version of “ZOOTOPIA”.
In addition to the above list of new works, Disney also announced that its Disney+ subscribers have reached 86 million. It seems that the boss of Hollywood has not affected the development of follow-up content due to the huge loss this year, but is ready to take off and is ready to seize the theater chain and streaming media platform.
The UK will restrict the promotion of junk food since April 2022
The British government stated on the 28th that in response to public health issues, from April 2022, the government will prohibit restaurants from launching “buy one get one free” activities for high-fat, high-salt foods and sugary beverages, and restrict shops from targeting such foods promotion.
According to a Reuters report on the 28th, the British government stated on the same day that obesity is one of the public health problems faced by the UK for a long time. According to statistics, nearly two-thirds of adults in the UK are overweight, and one-third of primary school graduates face overweight or obesity problems. To solve this problem, the British government decided to ban restaurants from launching “buy one get one free” promotions for junk foods such as high-fat, high-salt foods, and sugary beverages from April 2022. In addition, stores will not be allowed to promote such products at checkout counters, entrances, and aisles.
In response, British Health and Social Security official Joe Churchill said, “We are introducing a series of measures to ensure that people can make healthy choices. Creating an environment that helps people eat healthy food more often will improve their health is of the utmost importance.”
The British government issued a new policy to deal with obesity in July this year, and for the first time proposed to implement measures such as restricting junk food advertising and promotional activities to reduce the domestic obesity rate. According to previous reports, British Prime Minister Johnson has criticized the taxation of junk food and said that he himself has a “liberal” attitude on reducing obesity. But after he contracted new coronary pneumonia and entered the intensive care unit for a while, his attitude towards obesity changed, and he began to control his weight and support the government’s restrictions on junk food.
Opening of the Humboldt Forum Museum, cultural relics plundered by the colonies have become a major issue
This Wednesday (December 16), the Humboldt Forum Museum in Berlin finally opened, and a new member was added to the famous Museum Island in Berlin. Since Germany has implemented a strict lockdown order from Wednesday, the opening ceremony of the museum was held online.
The opening of the museum can be described as twists and turns. Previously, due to construction progress issues, the opening time was postponed from September 2019 to the fall of 2020. Earlier this year, due to the outbreak of the new crown epidemic, German Minister of Culture Monika Grütters said in a media interview that he could not confirm that the fall could be made. Successfully opened. In early April, the museum site was hit by a sudden fire. The explosion of natural gas cylinders caused the building materials and the asphalt boiler to catch fire. Fortunately, the building itself was not damaged.
The most important European museum
For Berlin and even Germany, the official opening of the Humboldt Forum Museum is of great significance. Its construction cost more than 677 million euros, and it contains nearly 20,000 cultural relics. It has been called “Europe’s most important museum project.” It will be the sixth museum on Berlin’s “Museum Island” and is also called “Germany’s national card” by Monica Grütters.
The museum is named after the 19th-century German explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt, and his brother Wilhelm von Humboldt who co-founded the Humboldt University in Berlin, to commemorate their reform and modernization of Prussia Contribution. The official website of the museum states, “The Humboldt Forum Museum focuses on all the complicated history and culture in the world”, and it strives to “tell human stories from multiple angles”.
However, the names of the Humboldt brothers also remind people of the German colonial period in the 19th century. The museum’s main collections and collections are cultural relics from Africa, Asia, and Oceania outside of Germany, which were mainly acquired by colonists and expeditions at the time in German colonies.
Germany’s overseas colonies are mainly in Africa, mainly including German Togoland (now Ghana and Togo), German Cameroon, German East Africa (now Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, etc.), and German Southwestern Africa (now Namibia). In addition, many overseas expeditions in Germany have also joined the plunder of cultural relics in underdeveloped areas. The more famous is the large number of Kizil cave paintings stolen by the German expeditions in Xinjiang in the early 20th century.
For this reason, the establishment of the Humboldt Forum Museum has also attracted widespread controversy. Although the BBC said in a report that the new Humboldt Forum should showcase the global culture and become a symbol of tolerance and diversity in a reunified Germany.
The main collections of the museum come from the Berlin Asian Art Museum (Kizil Caves are mainly collected here), Humboldt University, Berlin City Museum, and the Museum of Ethnology. According to the official website, “these cultural relics came to Berlin through a network of merchants, collectors, colonial officials, and others.”
According to Paola Ivanov, curator of the Humboldt Forum’s African Collection, the Museum of Ethnology had only 3,361 African collections before Germany took part in the colonial looting. By the end of the colonial era, this number had soared to about 50,000.
The most controversial among the museum collections is a batch of bronzes from Benin that were originally in the Berlin Museum of Ethnology.
The Kingdom of Benin is located in what is now southern Nigeria. In 1897, the British army invaded Benin City and plundered thousands of works of art, including bronzes and ivory carvings, from the palace. Later, these works of art disappeared in various European countries.
Since the 1960s, the Nigerian government has been committed to the return of these cultural relics. Under continuous appeal, the “Benin Dialogue Group” was formed by major European museums including the British Museum to seek a solution to this problem. In 2018, the team agreed to temporarily return a batch of the most representative works to support the Royal Museum of Benin, Nigeria, which will open in 2021.
In March 2020, following the recourse of members of the Royal Family of Benin, the British Museum of Bristol agreed to return a bronze in its collection.
The Benin bronzes in the Humboldt Forum Museum belong to this batch of cultural relics, about 180 pieces. The Nigerian ambassador to Germany, Yusuf Tugal, has appealed to the German government to return these artifacts. He said that on December 9, he had written “an official letter” to Grütters and Merkel, but did not receive a reply.
In response to this, a spokesperson for the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, which manages the Berlin Public Museum, stated that “no formal return request (from Nigeria) has been received”.
The famous French art historian Benedicte Savoy is an expert on looted artworks and was a member of the Humboldt Forum International Expert Panel. In 2017, only two years after joining the group, she left the group, partly because for her, the research on the sources of the works planned to be exhibited was too slow.
She told the German Süddeutsche Zeitung at the time: “I want to know how much blood has dripped on a piece of art.” She also said: “If this research is not completed, neither the Humboldt Forum nor the Museum of Ethnology should be opened. “
However, it was not until the end of 2019 that the museum added four full-time provenance research positions in its ethnology and Asian collection departments. These four individuals are responsible for tracing the source of thousands of works of art.
Once a colonial palace, now a museum
Ironically, the location of the Humboldt Forum Museum is also a building related to German colonial history. The predecessor of the building is the Berlin City Palace, which was once the palace of the Kingdom of Prussia and the palace of the German Empire. The German emperor who was the initiator and enjoyer of the colonial war once lived here.
At the end of World War II, the palace was bombed and later rebuilt by the East German government as the Palace of the Republic. It was later demolished due to carcinogenic problems caused by the use of a large amount of asbestos in the building. In 2013, the Humboldt Forum Museum was rebuilt here, and three of the façades restored the magnificent Baroque style of the city palace.
A Tanzanian living in Berlin, Mnyaka Mboro, told National Geographic magazine: “As Africans, we are asking – what do they want to show us when they rebuild this colonial palace? Do they want to show us that they are still in power?” He opposed the construction of the Humboldt Forum Museum. “I used to work in the basement of the Museum of Ethnology. You will find there are thousands of cultural relics that were taken during the colonial era. We Africans want to get them back.”
Officials are also responding to these controversies. Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller stated at the opening ceremony on Wednesday that the Humboldt Forum will be “a place to reflect on our history and our place in the world”.
Grütters told Deutsche Welle, “In fact,…the controversy over the colonial background is very good, and the Humboldt Forum Museum has also made some preparations. From what I know, I am very confident that I can survive this difficult Find a new entry point on the topic.”
As one of the most fierce critics of the Humboldt Forum Museum, Savoy expects that the Humboldt Forum Museum can make issues public and take controversies seriously. If so, she still believes in the museum’s “great potential.”
Chinese photographer shoot video of a bolide fireball meteor
The photographer squatted in the field at -40℃ and photographed “bolide fireball meteor”, which is the first time in China.
The Gemini meteor shower in the early morning of December 14 made many photography enthusiasts aim their lens at the starry sky and chose a good location for shooting. At 1:30 in the morning, a “crazy photographer” from Beijing, China, took pictures in China. The peculiar phenomenon of the rare bolide “Bolide”.
In the video, I saw a huge green meteor falling from the sky at an almost vertical angle, illuminating half of the sky in front of me. What’s more peculiar is that the light emitted by the burning meteor forms a halo around it, similar to the usual “solar halo” phenomenon. This spectacle caused by the bolide is the first time in Chinese records.
The photographer Niu Gan, who was squatting in Inner Mongolia, where the temperature was over 30 degrees Celsius below minus 30 degrees Celsius, photographed this phenomenon. He said that he can only describe this phenomenon by luck.