The family of late literary legend Gabriel Garcia Marquez is considering releasing an unpublished manuscript the author chose not to print while he was alive. An excerpt of We'll See Each Other in August, which has been published in Spain's La Vanguardia newspaper, follows a woman's annual pilgrimage to her mother's island grave, and dates back to 2004, when the Love in the Time of Cholera author penned his last novel, Memories of my Melancholy Whores.
The Colombian writer, a Nobel Laureate, died at his home in Mexico City earlier this month (Apr14), aged 87. Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos presided over a tribute to the beloved novelist on Tuesday (22Apr14) in Bogota.
Beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez was mourned by thousands at a public memorial in his adopted Mexico on Monday (21Apr14). The writer, best known for his book One Hundred Years of Solitude, passed away at his home in Mexico City last Thursday (17Apr14) at the age of 87 and he was later remembered at a three-hour open tribute in the city.
The service was held at Mexico City's Palace of Fine Art and was attended by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexican leader Enrique Pena Nieto, who both offered tributes, as well as Marquez's widow and two sons.
The venue was filled with yellow flowers and at the end of the ceremony, attendees threw yellow paper butterflies into the air - a reference to the writer's most famous book and favourite colour.
Prior to the service, thousands of devotees lined up to pay their respects as they walked past an urn of Marquez's ashes. The procession continued after the memorial, which was preceded by a private funeral in Mexico City last week (ends20Apr14).
Stars including Forest Whitaker, Lena Dunham, Shakira and Eva Longoria have paid tribute to beloved Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez following his death on Thursday (17Apr14). The writer passed away at his home in Mexico City, Mexico at the age of 87 following a series of health battles, and his death has triggered an outpouring of grief among the showbiz community.
Many stars took to Twitter.com to share their favourite quotes from Marquez's work and tributes also came in from U.S. President Barack Obama, who said "The world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favourites from the time I was young."
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos referenced the writer's most famous work, One Hundred Years of Solitude, in a tribute posted on Twitter.com, writing, "One Hundred Years of Solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time."
Oscar-winning actor Forest Whitaker shared a quote from Marquez in his own Twitter tribute, writing, "It's enough for me to be sure that you and I exist at this moment - Gabriel Garcia Marquez - RIP, you will always exist in our hearts," while Girls star Lena Dunham adds, "I once made out with someone purely because I thought he might be related to Gabriel Garcia Marquez. What a beautiful writer - RIP."
Eva Longoria shared her favourite Marquez novel with fans, One Hundred Years Of Solitude, and added, "My heart hurts today with the loss of the great Gabriel García Márquez. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. RIP."
Other stars to pay tribute to the novelist include fellow Colombian Shakira, who wrote an open letter to the late author: "Dear Gabo, you once said that life isn't what one lived, but the life one remembers and how he remembers it to retell it... your life, dear Gabo, will be remembered by all of us as a unique and singular gift, and as the most original story of all. It's difficult to say goodbye to you, with all that you've given us! You will always be in my heart and in those of all who loved and admired you. Shak."
Actress Daryl Hannah, model Christy Turlington and musician Flea have also shared their condolences and memories of Marquez's work.
America's leader President Barack Obama and one of his predecessors Bill Clinton have joined the authors and celebrities around the world paying tribute to Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died on Thursday (17Apr14). The One Hundred Days of Solitude writer, a Nobel Prize winner, died in Mexico City, aged 87, and the literary world is mourning his passing, but political leaders have also released statements honouring Marquez.
Obama writes, "With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favorites from the time I was young... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come."
And Clinton, who previously called the author his "literary hero" adds, "From the time I read One Hundred Years of Solitude more than 40 years ago, I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty... I was honored to be his friend and to know his great heart and brilliant mind for more than 20 years."
Meanwhile Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos offers, "A thousand years of loneliness and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time!"
Tributes from Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and literary heavyweights Ian McEwan and Mario Vargas Llosa, who famously feuded with Marquez, have also been posted online.
The first and most important thing you should know about Paramount Pictures’ Thor is that it’s not a laughably corny comic book adaptation. Though you might find it hokey to hear a bunch of muscled heroes talk like British royalty while walking around the American Southwest in LARP garb director Kenneth Branagh has condensed vast Marvel mythology to make an accessible straightforward fantasy epic. Like most films of its ilk I’ve got some issues with its internal logic aesthetic and dialogue but the flaws didn’t keep me from having fun with this extra dimensional adventure.
Taking notes from fellow Avenger Iron Man the story begins with an enthralling event that takes place in a remote desert but quickly jumps back in time to tell the prologue which introduces the audience to the shining kingdom of Asgard and its various champions. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) son of Odin is heir to the throne but is an arrogant overeager and ill-tempered rogue whose aggressive antics threaten a shaky truce between his people and the frost giants of Jotunheim one of the universe’s many realms. Odin (played with aristocratic boldness by Anthony Hopkins) enraged by his son’s blatant disregard of his orders to forgo an assault on their enemies after they attempt to reclaim a powerful artifact banishes the boy to a life among the mortals of Earth leaving Asgard defenseless against the treachery of Loki his mischievous “other son” who’s always felt inferior to Thor. Powerless and confused the disgraced Prince finds unlikely allies in a trio of scientists (Natalie Portman Stellan Skarsgard and Kat Dennings) who help him reclaim his former glory and defend our world from total destruction.
Individually the make-up visual effects CGI production design and art direction are all wondrous to behold but when fused together to create larger-than-life set pieces and action sequences the collaborative result is often unharmonious. I’m not knocking the 3D presentation; unlike 2010’s genre counterpart Clash of the Titans the filmmakers had plenty of time to perfect the third dimension and there are only a few moments that make the decision to convert look like it was a bad one. It’s the unavoidable overload of visual trickery that’s to blame for the frost giants’ icy weaponized constructs and other hybrids of the production looking noticeably artificial. Though there’s some imagery to nitpick the same can’t be said of Thor’s thunderous sound design which is amped with enough wattage to power The Avengers’ headquarters for a century.
Chock full of nods to the comics the screenplay is both a strength and weakness for the film. The story is well sequenced giving the audience enough time between action scenes to grasp the characters motivations and the plot but there are tangential narrative threads that disrupt the focus of the film. Chief amongst them is the frost giants’ fore mentioned relic which is given lots of attention in the first act but has little effect on the outcome. In addition I felt that S.H.I.E.L.D. was nearly irrelevant this time around; other than introducing Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye the secret security faction just gets in the way of the movie’s momentum.
While most of the comedy crashes and burns there are a few laughs to be found in the film. Most come from star Hemsworth’s charismatic portrayal of the God of Thunder. He plays up the stranger-in-a-strange-land aspect of the story with his cavalier but charming attitude and by breaking all rules of diner etiquette in a particularly funny scene with the scientists whose respective roles as love interest (Portman) friendly father figure (Skarsgaard) and POV character (Dennings) are ripped right out of a screenwriters handbook.
Though he handles the humorous moments without a problem Hemsworth struggles with some of the more dramatic scenes in the movie; the result of over-acting and too much time spent on the Australian soap opera Home and Away. Luckily he’s surrounded by a stellar supporting cast that fills the void. Most impressive is Tom Hiddleston who gives a truly humanistic performance as the jealous Loki. His arc steeped in Shakespearean tragedy (like Thor’s) drums up genuine sympathy that one rarely has for a comic book movie villain.
My grievances with the technical aspects of the production aside Branagh has succeeded in further exploring the Marvel Universe with a film that works both as a standalone superhero flick and as the next chapter in the story of The Avengers. Thor is very much a comic book film and doesn’t hide from the reputation that its predecessors have given the sub-genre or the tropes that define it. Balanced pretty evenly between “serious” and “silly ” its scope is large enough to please fans well versed in the source material but its tone is light enough to make it a mainstream hit.