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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014 film)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is a 2014 American superhero film based on the fictional superhero team of the same name. It is the fifth film in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film series and the first in the reboot series, it features the main characters portrayed by a new cast, stars Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner, Danny Woodburn, Abby Elliott, Noel Fisher, Jeremy Howard, Pete Ploszek, Alan Ritchson and Tohoru Masamune, as well as the voices of Johnny Knoxville and Tony Shalhoub. The film was directed by Jonathan Liebesman and written by Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec and Evan Daugherty; the film was announced shortly before Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Peter Laird sold the rights to the characters to Nickelodeon in October 2009. The film was released on August 8, 2014, received mixed to negative reviews from critics for the plot, CGI effects, lack of character development. However, it was a box office success, earning $493 million on a $125–150 million budget and becoming the highest-grossing film of the series and the highest-grossing Nickelodeon Movie.

A sequel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, was released on June 3, 2016. April O'Neil, a local reporter for Channel 6 Eyewitness News in New York City, investigates a crime wave by a group of criminals called the Foot Clan. At a dock at night, she sees the Foot raiding cargo containers. After an unseen vigilante attacks the thieves, April notices a symbol left behind. April's supervisor Bernadette Thompson and her coworkers are oblivious to her story. While covering a charity event thrown by Sacks Industries, April expresses gratitude to the company's CEO Eric Sacks, her late father's lab partner. Frustrated by the vigilante, the Foot Clan's leader Shredder has the Foot Soldiers take hostages at a subway station in order to draw him out. April, at the scene, becomes a hostage herself. Four mysterious figures arrive, take out the Clan, free the hostages. April follows them to a rooftop and is shocked to see that the vigilantes are anthropomorphic mutant turtles, causing her to pass out.

When she regains consciousness, they advise her not to tell anyone of them. As they leave, April hears Leonardo's names. April returns to her apartment and remembers "Project Renaissance", her father's science experiment, which involved four turtles named Leonardo, Michelangelo, a mutated rat called Splinter. Unable to convince Bernadette of the Turtles' existence, April is dismissed, her coworker Vern Fenwick drives her to Sacks' estate. Sacks believes her and reveals that he and April's father had been experimenting on a mutagen created to cure disease, thought lost in the fire that killed her dad. At Splinter's behest, the Turtles bring April to their sewer lair. Splinter freed them into the sewers; the mutagen caused the five of them to develop humanoid attributes. Splinter took on the role of their father. After finding a book on Ninjutsu in a storm drain, he proceeded to teach himself the Turtles, in the fighting style; when April reveals she told Sacks about her discovery of the Turtles, Splinter informs her that Sacks turned on her father and killed him.

Shredder and the Foot Soldiers attack the lair, defeating Splinter and incapacitating Raphael while the other Turtles are captured. April comes out of hiding and she and Raphael plan to save the others. At Sacks' estate, he has the Turtles' blood drained in order to create an antidote to a deadly virus that Sacks hopes to flood New York with, believing he will become rich from people seeking his cure. Raphael and Vern storm the estate and free the other Turtles; the group escapes the compound in pursuit of Sacks. On a radio tower in the city and Shredder plant a device that will flood the city with the virus while Sacks is preparing to convert the mutagen to healing factor. April and Vern subdue Sacks in the lab. During the fight, the tower's support beams collapse; as the turtles try to keep it from falling and infecting the city, April confronts Shredder with the mutagen. In the struggle, the tower collapses and the Turtles pull April onto it with them, while Shredder falls to the street and is captured by the police.

Believing they are about to die, the Turtles confess their secrets, while Raphael gives an impassioned speech of his love for his brothers before they land harmlessly on the street. They vanish before the humans find them and return to the sewers, where they give Splinter the mutagen and he begins to recover. Sometime April meets with Vern, who tries and fails to ask her on a date; the Turtles appear in a special modified "Turtle Van", Michelangelo accidentally blows up Vern's new car with a rocket. As police respond to the explosion, the Turtles leave, but not before Mikey tries to serenade April with "Happy Together" by the band The Turtles, much to his brothers' annoyance and April's amusement. Pete Ploszek and Johnny Knoxville as Leonardo, the leader of the Ninja Turtles. Jeremy Howard as Donatello, the scientist of the Ninja Turtles. Alan Ritchson as Raphael, the aggressive member of the Ninja Turtles. Noel Fisher as Michelangelo, the childish member of the Ninja Turtles. Danny Woodburn and Tony Shalhoub as Splinter, a mutant rat, the adoptive father and sensei of the Ninja Turtles.

Megan Fox as April O'Neil, a reporter for Channel 6 News. Malina Weissman as Young April O'NeilWill Arnett as Vern Fenwick, April's co-worker. William Fichtner as Eric Sacks, the CEO of Sacks Industries with ties to the Foot Clan. Tohoru Masamune as The Shredder

Domenico Distilo

Domenico Distilo is a filmmaker living and working between Rome and Berlin, Germany. He graduated in film direction from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in Rome with the film Unexpected, a documentary on the demand for political asylum in Italy, screened at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence and at the Berlinale, within the section "Forum" in 2006. In 2008, he won the national prize Premio Solinas for the screenplay of the feature film When elephants fight, written in collaboration with Filippo Gravino and Guido Iuculano. In 2009, he joined the production company Sciara, where he works as producer. In 2011, he directed two documentaries for RAI 3, the Italian cultural public channel: Urban extremes - Jerusalem, on the territorial conflict in Jerusalem and Romany imaginary - Minority artists, on Romany art in Hungary. Distilo's works focus on social issues, with a special interest in various forms of contemporary art. In his movie Deep time, he explored the boundaries between documentary and fiction with a story on archeology and the feelings that bound people to their past.

In 2018 his documentary Manga Do, Igort and the way of the manga won the audience award at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna. The film tells the journey of Igort, one of the most important Italian graphic novel authors, in the founding places of Japanese culture; the film follows a previous reportage, the secret landscape, which tells the story of Igort's search for the creation of his trilogy on the Soviet Union. In 2000 his short film Entrevias won the first prize at the Messina Film Festival In 2006 Unexpected won the first prize as best documentary at Alicante Film Festival and received the jury's special mention at the Arcipelago - Festival Internazionale di Cortometraggi e Nuove Immagini of Rome In 2008 the screenplay from When elephants fight won the first prize at the event Premio Solinas In 2011 Distilo won the Premio maestri del documentario at the Assaggi di realtà festival of Messina In 2018 Manga Do, Igort and the way of the manga was awarded the Audience award at the Biografilm Festival in Bologna A day in Rome, produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Tiburtina tells, Dialogues for Refugees, produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia CAM Selinunte, produced by Sciara The Calm and the Storm, Urban Extremes – Jerusalem, produced by Sciara Romany imaginary - Minority artists, produced by Sciara Deep time, produced by Sciara Igort, the secret landscape, produced by Sciara Manga Do, Igort and the way of the manga, produced by Sciara Entrevias, the scrivener, an adaptation from Herman Melville's homonym tale produced by Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia Laura in Lampedusa, produced by Rai 1 for the programme "Vivo per te - 150 anni della Croce Rossa", broadcast on the 25th of December 2009 The rope over the sea, a documentary with Adili Wuxiuer When elephants fight, movie Sciara production company's web site

Ginseng tea

Ginseng tea or insam-cha is a traditional Korean tea made with ginseng. While it is called a tea, ginseng tea does not contain tea leaves, it is a herbal tea infusion made out of the ginseng plant's root. Ginseng is a perennial herb derived from the aromatic root of Panax Ginseng Meyer known as Korean ginseng. Ginseng grows in shady forests that are damp, it is difficult to cultivate. It can take. Ginseng roots have been used in many Asian countries for more than 2,000 years. Ginseng roots have a twisted appearance that somewhat resembles the human body; the roots can be used fresh, however there are various forms which can be processed in different ways for different uses. Fresh roots can be processed into red ginseng by steaming and drying, or into white ginseng by a simpler process of air-drying. Ginseng roots are ground or powdered but can be soaked to make an extract or herbal tincture. Tea can be made from the grounded ginseng. Ginseng tea is traditionally prepared with Korean ginseng along with jujubes and dried Korean chestnuts.

These are decocted for several hours over a low heat, sweetened with honey, served with Korean pine nuts floating on top. Either fresh ginseng or red ginseng can be used. Ginseng tea can be found in a fine dry-powder packaged form or a dried grated form Ginseng was sought after in the ancient Asian world. During the Warring States period of China, the preparation of ginseng tea was associated with good health and high status. During the Ming Era, Li Shizen documented Korean ginseng tea in his “Great Compendium of Herbs”; the 21st monarch of the Joseon Dynasty, King Yeongju drank Geongongtang – a ginseng infused tea, to preserve his health. In the Annals of King Jeongjo, part of the Joseon Dynasty Annals, the term “red ginseng” was recorded; the popularity of ginseng reached the western world according to text written as early as 1274 referencing Marco Polo canonizing it in different forms such as syrups, roots, as a tea. During the Goryeo Dynasty, ginseng tea is documented as a way to strengthen the body of the user to resist stress-related illnesses or complications.

A medical professional should be consulted before taking ginseng. Ginseng may cause interactions with blood thinning and anti-coagulant medications such as dalteparin, warfarin, aspirin. Since ginseng can lower blood sugar levels, people with type 2 diabetes and those taking insulin or other medications that lower blood sugar, should be monitored if they start taking ginseng, it is not recommended to give ginseng to adolescent regardless of age. Insam-ju, Korean ginseng wine or liquor