Asterix and the Vikings
Asterix and the Vikings is a 2006 French-Danish animated feature film, written by Stefan Fjeldmark in collaboration with Jean-Luc Gossens, directed by Stefan Fjeldmark and Jesper Møller. The film is a loose adaptation of the story from the graphic novel Asterix and the Normans, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo; the plot concerns Asterix and Obelix trying to train the nephew of their village's chief, only to find themselves rescuing him from a tribe of vikings who believe him to be a Champion of Fear. The adaptation of the novel's story included new characters, anachronist references about modern technology, while the film makes use of cover versions of pop songs, such as Get Down on It by Kool and the Gang, Survivor's Eye of the Tiger, Super Freak by Rick James; the original French cast included the voices of Roger Carel, Jacques Frantz, Lorant Deutsch, Sara Forestier, Pierre Palmade, Marc Alfos. The English dub of the film involved the voices of Paul Giamatti, Brad Garrett, Sean Astin, Evan Rachel Wood, Greg Proops, John DiMaggio.
A succession of raids leaves a tribe of Vikings without anyone to fight against them. The tribe's adviser, concludes that their enemies have all fled, stating that "fear gives you wings"; the Viking's chief, misinterprets his adviser's words and declares they must find a "Champion of Fear", believing that if the tribe were to become great cowards, they'll be able to fly and become invincible. Cryptograf, secretly wishing to seize power from Timandahaf, goes along with it and declares that they'll find who they seek within Gaul. While en route, Timandahaf is shocked to learn that his daughter Abba snuck aboard disguised as a man, after he refused to take her with him. Despite being angry, he reluctantly keeps her among his crew. Meanwhile, in the rebel village of the Gauls, the villagers welcome the arrival of chief Vitalstatistix's nephew Justforkix, to be trained to be a man; however his nephew is more interested in chasing girls, using a bird to send messages to them, is a vegetarian, much to the dismay of Obelix, who can't get him to try wild boar.
Both he and Asterix decide to train him to be a warrior, but have little success because of his pacifist nature and his refusal to drink any of the village's magic potion, which gives the villagers their super-human strength. When the Vikings arrive near their village, Cryptograf explains to his stupid son Olaf that he could claim Abba as his wife if he were to capture the Champion, thus putting him next in line as the tribe's chief, with his father secretly calling the shots; when Olaf captures Justforkix, after witnessing his cowardice and Obelix find themselves having to rescue him before his father visits their village. Travelling to Norway, the pair attempt to rescue Justforkix. However, he refuses to leave after having fallen in love with Abba; when the vikings test Justforkix's flying skills by throwing him off a cliff, Cryptograf secretly rigs up a rope to him that causes him to be suspended in the foggy air. Fooled into believing he is the Champion, the Vikings rush off to Olaf's wedding ceremony, leaving Justforkix to be rescued by Asterix and Obelix before the rope breaks.
Although they prepare to take him back to Gaul, Justforkix secretly takes some magic potion, swims back to the Viking's village. Despite the risk, Justforkix rescues Abba, managing to fly by making an improvised hang-glider from a ship's mast and sail. While Crytograf and Olaf are shunned for their deception, the Vikings travel back to the Gauls' village to celebrate the wedding of Justforkix and Abba; when Cacofonix decides to sing during the ceremony, the Vikings experience real fear and make a run for it. When Asterix asks him what fear is good for, Getafix explains that we can only be courageous when we have some kind of fear to overcome. Critical reaction to Asterix and the Vikings was mixed, with much praise on the animation and voice acting, but with criticisms on the film's script; the movie is based on Asterix and the Normans, but there are some elements from other Asterix books: As in Asterix and the Great Crossing and Obelix travel on a boat to the land of Vikings. Some other elements from this book include the Viking party, joke about Obelix supply for the journey.
The dog from the book makes a cameo. The scene when Asterix and Obelix dress up as Vikings "Asteraf" and "Obelaf", with Obelix unable to stop laughing about it, resembles the scene from Asterix and the Goths when the duo dress up as Romans "Asterus" and "Obelus". However, Obelix did find the names of the Normans hysterical in Asterix and the Normans, because they all ended in -af; the character of Cryptograf is similar to Prolix from the Soothsayer. The scene in which the Gauls attack a Roman camp for Justforkix's amusement is similar to a scene in Asterix in Corsica; the character Influenza, from the book Asterix and Caesar's Gift, appears during the party scene, dancing with Justforkix, at the end of the movie, serving boars at Justforkix' wedding party. The wig on Olaf's bride/menhir is in the form of Panacea's wig from Asterix and the Actress. In the Netherlands, the film has grossed a total of € 361,747; the Dutch name for the film is "Asterix en de Vikingen". Astérix et les Vikings on IMDb Asterix and the Vikings at Rotten Tomatoes
Sylvie Testud is a French actress and film director, whose film career began in 1991. She won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for Murderous Maids, the César Award for Best Actress for Fear and Trembling, the European Film Award for Best Actress for Lourdes, her other film roles include Beyond Silence, La Vie en Rose, French Women. She grew up in the La Croix-Rousse quarter of France; this was an area with many Portuguese and Italian immigrants. Her mother immigrated from Italy in the 1960s, her French father left the family. In 1985, when she was 14, she saw Charlotte Gainsbourg in her role of the complex young girl in L'Effrontée, a film directed by Claude Miller, identified with Gainsbourg, so took drama classes in Lyon with the actor and director Christian Taponard. In 1989, she spent three years at the Conservatoire. In the early and mid 1990s, she landed her first small roles in films like L'Histoire du garcon qui voulait qu'on l'embrasse, directed by Philippe Harel, Love, etc. directed by Marion Vernoux.
In 1997 she had great success in Germany with Caroline Link's Jenseits der Stille for which she learned German, sign language, the clarinet. In 1998 she had her first major role in French cinema playing Béa in Thomas Vincent's Karnaval. In 2000 she starred in Chantal Akerman's La Captive, an adaptation of La Prisonièrre, the fifth part of Marcel Proust's A La Recherche du Temps Perdu. In 2001 she won the César Award for Most Promising Actress for her portrayal of Christine Papin, one of the Papin sisters, in Les Blessures assassines; the story concerned a young servant woman found guilty of the murder, with her sister's help, of her employer's wife and daughter. In 2003, she published the autobiographical book Il n'y a pas beaucoup d'étoiles ce soir, with anecdotes of her day-to-day life as an actress; the French edition featured a cover designed by her sister Ghislaine. One of her most noted performances was as the star of the film Stupeur et tremblements, adapted from the novel by Amélie Nothomb, for which she was awarded a César and a Lumières Award for Best Actress in 2004.
She plays a woman struggling with the difference in culture between the Japanese business world and the western, Belgian world, from which she comes. In 2005 or 2006 she returned to her native Lyon, where she played the rôle of Edith in Philippe Faure's adaptation of Stefan Zweig's La Pitié dangereuse, she starred in 2007's two-time Academy Award-winning film La Vie en Rose, as Momone, Edith Piaf's best friend. In the 2008 film Sagan, she portrayed the writer Françoise Sagan, earning unanimous praise for her hauntingly accurate portrayal and for which she was again nominated for the César for best actress, she was made Chevalier of the Ordre national du Mérite in March 2009. She has a son, born on 15 February 2005, a daughter Esther, born in January 2011. In 2012, she participated in Rendez-vous en terre inconnue. Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters Sylvie Testud on IMDb Sylvie Testud at AlloCiné Sylvie Testud at Actricesdefrance.org CSOJ – Alain Badiou Sylvie Testud appears on French television's program Ce Soir in conversation with militant philosopher Alain Badiou.
The topic of this episode is "Faut-il réinventer l'amour?". Ms. Testud appears 46:18 minutes into the program and is in conversation with Badiou and the program host for about 24 minutes
MusicBrainz is a project that aims to create an open data music database, similar to the freedb project. MusicBrainz was founded in response to the restrictions placed on the Compact Disc Database, a database for software applications to look up audio CD information on the Internet. MusicBrainz has expanded its goals to reach beyond a compact disc metadata storehouse to become a structured open online database for music. MusicBrainz captures information about artists, their recorded works, the relationships between them. Recorded works entries capture at a minimum the album title, track titles, the length of each track; these entries are maintained by volunteer editors. Recorded works can store information about the release date and country, the CD ID, cover art, acoustic fingerprint, free-form annotation text and other metadata; as of 21 September 2018, MusicBrainz contained information about 1.4 million artists, 2 million releases, 19 million recordings. End-users can use software that communicates with MusicBrainz to add metadata tags to their digital media files, such as FLAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis or AAC.
MusicBrainz allows contributors to upload cover art images of releases to the database. Internet Archive provides the bandwidth and legal protection for hosting the images, while MusicBrainz stores metadata and provides public access through the web and via an API for third parties to use; as with other contributions, the MusicBrainz community is in charge of maintaining and reviewing the data. Cover art is provided for items on sale at Amazon.com and some other online resources, but CAA is now preferred because it gives the community more control and flexibility for managing the images. Besides collecting metadata about music, MusicBrainz allows looking up recordings by their acoustic fingerprint. A separate application, such as MusicBrainz Picard, must be used for this. In 2000, MusicBrainz started using Relatable's patented TRM for acoustic fingerprint matching; this feature allowed the database to grow quickly. However, by 2005 TRM was showing scalability issues as the number of tracks in the database had reached into the millions.
This issue was resolved in May 2006 when MusicBrainz partnered with MusicIP, replacing TRM with MusicDNS. TRMs were phased out and replaced by MusicDNS in November 2008. In October 2009 MusicIP was acquired by AmpliFIND; some time after the acquisition, the MusicDNS service began having intermittent problems. Since the future of the free identification service was uncertain, a replacement for it was sought; the Chromaprint acoustic fingerprinting algorithm, the basis for AcoustID identification service, was started in February 2010 by a long-time MusicBrainz contributor Lukáš Lalinský. While AcoustID and Chromaprint are not MusicBrainz projects, they are tied with each other and both are open source. Chromaprint works by analyzing the first two minutes of a track, detecting the strength in each of 12 pitch classes, storing these 8 times per second. Additional post-processing is applied to compress this fingerprint while retaining patterns; the AcoustID search server searches from the database of fingerprints by similarity and returns the AcoustID identifier along with MusicBrainz recording identifiers if known.
Since 2003, MusicBrainz's core data are in the public domain, additional content, including moderation data, is placed under the Creative Commons CC-BY-NC-SA-2.0 license. The relational database management system is PostgreSQL; the server software is covered by the GNU General Public License. The MusicBrainz client software library, libmusicbrainz, is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License, which allows use of the code by proprietary software products. In December 2004, the MusicBrainz project was turned over to the MetaBrainz Foundation, a non-profit group, by its creator Robert Kaye. On 20 January 2006, the first commercial venture to use MusicBrainz data was the Barcelona, Spain-based Linkara in their Linkara Música service. On 28 June 2007, BBC announced that it has licensed MusicBrainz's live data feed to augment their music Web pages; the BBC online music editors will join the MusicBrainz community to contribute their knowledge to the database. On 28 July 2008, the beta of the new BBC Music site was launched, which publishes a page for each MusicBrainz artist.
Amarok – KDE audio player Banshee – multi-platform audio player Beets – automatic CLI music tagger/organiser for Unix-like systems Clementine – multi-platform audio player CDex – Microsoft Windows CD ripper Demlo – a dynamic and extensible music manager using a CLI iEatBrainz – Mac OS X deprecated foo_musicbrainz component for foobar2000 – Music Library/Audio Player Jaikoz – Java mass tag editor Max – Mac OS X CD ripper and audio transcoder Mp3tag – Windows metadata editor and music organizer MusicBrainz Picard – cross-platform album-oriented tag editor MusicBrainz Tagger – deprecated Microsoft Windows tag editor puddletag – a tag editor for PyQt under the GPLv3 Rhythmbox music player – an audio player for Unix-like systems Sound Juicer – GNOME CD ripper Zortam Mp3 Media Studio – Windows music organizer and ID3 Tag Editor. Freedb clients can access MusicBrainz data through the freedb protocol by using the MusicBrainz to FreeDB gateway service, mb2freedb. List of online music databases Making Metadata: The Case of Mus
Pédale douce is a 1996 French comedy film directed by Gabriel Aghion. Fanny Ardant won the 1997 César Award for Best Actress for her performance as Eva. Adrien works in an advertising agency in the day and at night he becomes the queen of a gay bar, run by her best friend, the seductive Eva; when Alexandre Agut, a major client of Adrien, wants to get to know him, he asks Eva to pose as his wife. Everything gets carried away. Patrick Timsit - Adrien Aymar Fanny Ardant - Evelyne, called Eva Richard Berry - Alexandre Agut Michèle Laroque - Marie Agut Jacques Gamblin - André Lemoine Dominique Besnehard - Riki Christian Bujeau - Dr. Séverine Boris Terral - Cyril A 2004's sequel Pédale dure with Gérard Darmon, Michèle Laroque and Dany Boon but he has received very negative reviews. Pédale douce on IMDb
Scott Tixier is an award-winning French jazz violinist and a recording artist. He is professor of jazz violin and alternative styles at the University of North Texas. Tixier was born in Montreuil and studied classical violin at the conservatory in Paris. Following that, he studied improvisation as a self-educated jazz musician and under Florin Niculescu Malo Vallois. Scott Tixier has worked in many genres, in the theater, film scoring, Broadway shows, for Sony Pictures, ARTE Creative, Dos Equis, Fisher-Price, America's Got Talent on NBC, with Zedd on the David Letterman Late Show on CBS, for Josh Groban, Harvey Keitel, Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Whoopi Goldberg, Marc Jacobs, Keith David, Pierre Palmade, Pierre Richard, David Ackroyd, NBA player Allan Houston, Christina Aguilera, Chrisette Michele, Doug E. Fresh, JR, Ariana Grande, Monica Dogra, he has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Roger Waters, Kenny Barron, John Legend, Chris Potter, Christina Aguilera, Anthony Braxton, Joss Stone, Gladys Knight, Natalie Cole, Wayne Brady, Chris Walden, Greg Phillinganes, Ray Chew, The Isley Brothers, Cory Smythe, Maceo Parker, Janet Cardiff, Siegfried Kessler, Tony Middleton, Lonnie Plaxico, Myron Walden, Clifford Adams, Helen Sung, Brice Wassy, Gerald Cleaver, Lew Soloff, Yvonnick Prene, Tigran Hamasyan, James Weidman, Marcus McLauren, Giada Valenti, Tommy Sims.
He played at Carnegie Hall, the Radio City Music Hall, Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center, the Golden Globes, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club, the Apollo Theater, the Smalls Jazz Club, The Stone, Smoke Jazz, Hammerstein Ballroom, Joe's Pub, Williamsburg Music Center, Prudential Center and the United States Capitol. When he was a teenager, Scott was invited to several master classes with some of the finest jazz musicians, including Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner, Steve Coleman. Scott Tixier has met and received letters of introduction from Jean-Luc Ponty, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Mark Feldman, Jacques Schwarz-Bart, Lonnie Plaxico. In 2008, he was endorsed by Corelli Savarez and in November 2011, he was signed by the American record label Sunnyside Records. In May 2013, Scott Tixier was the violinist for Harvey Keitel's 74th birthday. In 2014, featured on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the film John Wick, starring Keanu Reeves and Willem Dafoe. In 2014 and 2015, he performed with Stevie Wonder for "Songs in the Key of Life" performance tour.
In 2016 Tixier released a new studio recording for Sunnyside Records at Avatar Studios in New York and collaborated with award winning photographer Franck Bohbot who did the album cover photography. The new album featured Grammy Awards winner Chris Potter and Pedrito Martinez and was produced by Donald Brown. On August 15, 2016, two of the songs "Dig It" and "100,000 Hours" from the album Cosmic Adventure were featured on NPR for the show Morning Edition hosted by David Greene, during This Week in Politics. Morning Edition is among the highest rated public radio shows. On October 22, 2016 Tixier was performing with Kevin Spacey, Cassandra Wilson, Patti Austin, Andra Day, David Alan Grier and Lizz Wright alongside the Count Basie Orchestra at the Apollo Theater to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald. Cosmic Adventure was selected as "Best Albums Of 2016" by Downbeat Magazine On May 2017 Tixier was performing with Roger Waters for the release of Waters first album in 24 years Is This the Life We Really Want?.
The show was held at the Stephen Colbert Late Show on CBS In January 2018 Tixier performed with Chris Martin for Elton John at Madison Square Garden in New York City with special guests GRAMMY nominee Miley Cyrus, Kesha John Legend and special performance by Elton John In 2018 Tixier joined the Faculty of the University of North Texas as the first Professor for jazz violin and alternative styles creating a new program dedicated to improvisation with string instruments. Tixier has earned international recognition for his playing. Grammy Award winning bassist Marcus Miller says that Tixier "is making an international name for himself. I heard him in France and was struck by his individuality and his sound." Guitarist Pat Metheny says, " has found a place for himself within the elite community of New York jazz musicians, no small feat." In an interview with All About Jazz in 2010, violinist Mark Feldman called Scott "really up-and-coming and talented." Jean-Luc Ponty said "I have heard Scott's recordings, seen his live performances and I think that he stands above the crowd of current jazz violinists around the world."
In 2007, he was awarded the first prize of "Trophées du Sunside" in France. In 2008, Tixier moved to New York and has continued his career as both a sideman in the Lonnie Plaxico's band, Dave Douglas, Anthony Braxton, Numinous Ensemble and as a leader. In 2012, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 60th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2012, Scott Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 60th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2013, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2013, Tixier was nominated for the 2nd consecutive year Rising Star Violin in the 61st Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2015, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 63rd Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2016, Tixier was nominated Rising Star Violin in the 64th Annual Downbeat Critics' Poll. In 2013, Tixier was nominated Best New Artist by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll. Tixier was nominated Best New Artist by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll, his second album Cosmic Adventure received favorable reviews by the general press including The New York Times.
Bordeaux is a port city on the Garonne in the Gironde department in Southwestern France. The municipality of Bordeaux proper has a population of 252,040. Together with its suburbs and satellite towns, Bordeaux is the centre of the Bordeaux Métropole. With 1,195,335 in the metropolitan area, it is the sixth-largest in France, after Paris, Lyon and Lille, it is the capital of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region, as well as the prefecture of the Gironde department. Its inhabitants are called "Bordelais" or "Bordelaises"; the term "Bordelais" may refer to the city and its surrounding region. Being at the center of a major wine-growing and wine-producing region, Bordeaux remains a prominent powerhouse and exercises significant influence on the world wine industry although no wine production is conducted within the city limits, it is home to the world's main wine fair and the wine economy in the metro area takes in 14.5 billion euros each year. Bordeaux wine has been produced in the region since the 8th century.
The historic part of the city is on the UNESCO World Heritage List as "an outstanding urban and architectural ensemble" of the 18th century. After Paris, Bordeaux has the highest number of preserved historical buildings of any city in France. In historical times, around 567 BC it was the settlement of a Celtic tribe, the Bituriges Vivisci, who named the town Burdigala of Aquitanian origin; the name Bourde is still the name of a river south of the city. In 107 BC, the Battle of Burdigala was fought by the Romans who were defending the Allobroges, a Gallic tribe allied to Rome, the Tigurini led by Divico; the Romans were defeated and their commander, the consul Lucius Cassius Longinus, was killed in the action. The city fell under Roman rule around its importance lying in the commerce of tin and lead, it became capital of Roman Aquitaine, flourishing during the Severan dynasty. In 276 it was sacked by the Vandals. Further ravage was brought by the same Vandals in 409, the Visigoths in 414, the Franks in 498, beginning a period of obscurity for the city.
In the late 6th century, the city re-emerged as the seat of a county and an archdiocese within the Merovingian kingdom of the Franks, but royal Frankish power was never strong. The city started to play a regional role as a major urban center on the fringes of the newly founded Frankish Duchy of Vasconia. Around 585, Gallactorius is fighting the Basque people; the city was plundered by the troops of Abd er Rahman in 732 after they stormed the fortified city and overwhelmed the Aquitanian garrison. Duke Eudes mustered a force ready to engage the Umayyads outside Bordeaux taking them on in the Battle of the River Garonne somewhere near the river Dordogne; the battle had a high death toll. Although Eudes was defeated here, he saved part of his troops and kept his grip on Aquitaine after the Battle of Poitiers. In 735, the Aquitanian duke Hunald led a rebellion after his father Eudes's death, at which Charles responded by sending an expedition that captured and plundered Bordeaux again, but did not retain it for long.
The following year, the Frankish commander descended again to Aquitaine, but clashed in battle with the Aquitanians and left to take on hostile Burgundian authorities and magnates. In 745, Aquitaine faced yet another expedition by Charles's sons Pepin and Carloman, against Hunald, the Aquitanian princeps strong in Bordeaux. Hunald was defeated, his son Waifer replaced him, confirmed Bordeaux as the capital city. During the last stage of the war against Aquitaine, it was one of Waifer's last important strongholds to fall to King Pepin the Short's troops. Next to Bordeaux, Charlemagne built the fortress of Fronsac on a hill across the border with the Basques, where Basque commanders came over to vow loyalty to him. In 778, Seguin was appointed count of Bordeaux undermining the power of the Duke Lupo, leading to the Battle of Roncevaux Pass that year. In 814, Seguin was made Duke of Vasconia, but he was deposed in 816 for failing to suppress or sympathise with a Basque rebellion. Under the Carolingians, sometimes the Counts of Bordeaux held the title concomitantly with that of Duke of Vasconia.
They were meant to keep the Basques in check and defend the mouth of the Garonne from the Vikings when the latter appeared c. 844 in the region of Bordeaux. In Autumn 845, count Seguin II marched on the Vikings, who were assaulting Bordeaux and Saintes, but he was captured and executed. No bishops were mentioned during part of the 9th in Bordeaux. From the 12th to the 15th century, Bordeaux regained importance following the marriage of Duchess Eléonore of Aquitaine with the French-speaking Count Henri Plantagenet, born in Le Mans, who became, within months of their wedding, King Henry II of England; the city flourished due to the wine trade, the cathedral of St. André was built, it was the capital of an independent state under Edward, the Black Prince, but in the end, after the Battle of Castillon, it was annexed by France which extended its territory. The Château Trompette and the Fort du Hâ, built by Charles VII of France, were the symbols of the new domination, which however deprived the city of its wealth by halting the wine commerce with England.
In 1462, Bordeaux obtained a parliament, but regained importance only in the 16th century when it became the centre of the distribution of sugar and slaves from the West Indies along with the traditional wine. Bordeaux adhered to the Fronde
Alexandre Jardin is a French writer, film director and winner of the Prix Femina, 1988, for Le Zèbre. 1992: Le Zèbre - Writer 1993: Fanfan - Director, Writer 1996: Oui - Director, Writer & Actor