• Emma Stone

    Emma Stone

    The American actress is starring in Cruella, a prequel to 101 Dalmatiens, which focuses on the backstory of one of Disney's most famous and glamorous baddies: Cruella De Vil. The movie has been praised by American critics for its glamorous yet punk aesthetic, its scenario full of twists and turns as well as Stone's acting skills. Interviewed by The New York Times on how it felt to become Cruella, Emma Stone stated that she enjoyed portraying evil : “I loved the character of Cruella. I don’t mean I love the things that drove her, because she’s obviously a very sick woman, but I found the character very interesting” The movie will be released in France on 23 June.

    to star/tenir la vedette, le rôle principal - prequel/suite (d'un film) racontant les événements antérieurs à ce film - backstory/histoire, passé - baddy/vilain, méchant - to praise/faire l'éloge de - yet/cependant, et pourtant - twists and turns/ici, rebondissements - acting skills/jeu d'acteur(-trice) - to portray/incarner - evil/mal - character/personnage - to drive, drove, driven/ici, motiver, pousser - sick/malade, fou - to be released/sortir

    Publié le 8/06/2021
  • Lil Nas X

    Lil Nas X

    Young music prodigy, Lil Nas X, recently released his new single, MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name). It came out with a controversial music video where the singer dances provocatively with a man dressed as the Devil. Along with the song, he released 666 pairs of limited edition “devil” trainers supposedly containing a drop of human blood. The song and the merchandise shocked the Christian community and right-wing politicians in the U.S. Lil Nas X is openly gay, and responded that the song was a reference to the shame that still surrounds homosexuality in America – still labelled as “a sin” by some members of the religious community.

    to release/sortir (dans les bacs) - to be dressed as/être déguisé en - devil/diable - trainers/chaussures de sport - drop/goutte - blood/sang - shame/honte - to surround/entourer - to label/qualifier de - sin/péché

    Publié le 22/04/2021
  • Matthew McConaughey

    Matthew McConaughey

    What if Matthew McConaughey becomes the new governor of Texas? The 51-year-old American actor, famous for his roles in movies such as Dallas Buyers Club and The Wolf Of Wall Street, is now looking into a career in politics. In a recent interview, he declared that he was “seriously considering” a run for the upcoming election for governor in 2022. It is currently unclear whether McConaughey would run as a Republican or Democrat. Will he follow Arnold Schwarzenegger’s path, successfully transitioning from Hollywood to American politics?

    The Wolf of Wall Street/(VF) Le Loup de Wall Street - to look into/étudier de plus près - to consider/envisager - run/course, candidature - upcoming/prochain - currently/actuellement - pathchemin, voie, trajectoire

    Publié le 30/03/2021
  • Stephen King

    Stephen King

    Stephen King, famous author of The Shining and The Green Mile, is helping a brand new generation of writers. An elementary school just received a cheque for $6,500 from the author for its Author Studies Programme, after its students worked on a 290 page manuscript over four years. To salute their perseverance and craftsmanship, he decided to fund its publication. The next Stephen King may well be one of these young talents!

    The Shining/Shining, l'enfant lumière - The Green Mile/La Ligne verte - brand new/(tout) nouveau - to salute/saluer, rendre hommage à – craftsmanship/savoir-faire - to fund/financer

    Publié le 1/03/2021
  • David Bowie

    David Bowie

    It's been five years since the world learned of the death of David Bowie. He is universally considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. This January, weeks of tributes to the artist were organized around the world. Among them was an online performance of Lazarus, a musical based on his own songs and the last thing he produced before his death. Also, artists of all generations, from YUNGLUB to Boy George, took part in an online concert during which they performed Bowie covers, with all proceeds going to charity.

    greatici, grand - tributehommage - performanceconcert - musicalcomédie musicale - to performici, jouer - coverreprise (d'un titre créé par un autre artiste) - proceedsrecettes - charityorganisation caritative

    Publié le 1/02/2021
  • John Kerry

    John Kerry

    In 2016, John Kerry, Barack Obama's secretary of state, signed the Paris agreement. Who could have predicted that, four years later, he would have to do it all over again? Kerry has just been appointed as a “Special Presidential Envoy for Climate” by the Biden administration. His mission is to make sure that the US re-enters the international treaty, after Trump decided to withdraw from it at the beginning of his presidential term. In the U.S., Kerry is also a famous political figure: in 2004, he was the Democratic presidential candidate, but lost the election against George W. Bush.

    Secretary of State/(équivalent de) ministre des Affaires étrangères - Paris Agreement/accord de Paris sur le climat (approuvé en 2015 et entré en vigueur en 2016) - to do, did, done it all over again/tout reprendre à zéro, tout recommencer - to appoint/nommer, désigner - envoy/émissaire, représentant (officiel) - withdrawal/retrait - term/mandat - to lose, lost, lost to/ici, perdre contre

    Publié le 5/01/2021
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

    Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 73rd wedding anniversary of couple of weeks ago. To commemorate the occasion, they shared a new official portrait of them looking at an anniversary card. The card was made by the two sons (George and Louis) and daughter (Charlotte) of Prince William and Princess Kate – three out of Elizabeth's and Philip's eight grandchildren. Though the couple has always been discrete about their union, Philip once said that "tolerance" was "one of the main ingredients of a happy marriage".

    wedding/mariage - a couple of/deux, quelques - grandchild/petit-enfant - once/ici, une fois - main/principal

    Publié le 8/12/2020
  • Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett

    Amy Coney Barrett has now officially replaced Ruth Baden Ginsburg at the Supreme Court. Contrary to her predecessor, who was liberal, Barrett is ultra conservative. Here are three ways in which she could influence the elections and politics in the United States in general:

    - Donald Trump continuously asserts that the result of the election may be rigged, due to the large number of people voting by mail. If he loses, he can ask for the results to be examined by the Supreme Court – which, at present, is mostly on his side.

    In response to her nomination, Democrats may try to appoint more judges to the Supreme Court in order for it to be more liberal. This decision would be controversial, as it would change the way American law is administered.

    Prior to her appointment, Barrett was confronted on her views by several politicians – including Kamala Harris. The judge has refused to acknowledge the danger of climate change and is openly pro-life. Commentators fear that she may try and reduce access to abortion and greater equality for the LGBT+ and black communities.

    supreme court/cour suprême, tribunal de dernier ressort aux É.-U. - liberal/progressiste - to assert/affirmer - rigged/faussé, truqué, manipulé - mostly/principalement, en grande majorité - to appoint/nommer, désigner - controversial/polémique - law/droit - to administer/administrer, appliquer - to confront sb on his-her views/s'opposer aux opinions de qqn - to acknowledge/reconnaître - pro-life/contre la légalisation de l'avortement - abortion/avortement, interruption volontaire de grossesse (IVG) - LGBT/= lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender

    Publié le 2/11/2020
  • Nancy Pelosi

    Nancy Pelosi

    Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, reacted strongly to Britain's most recent set of Brexit policies. When Boris Johnson declared that he would breach the E.U. withdrawal agreement if a trade deal wasn't secured soon enough in the Brexit negotiations, Pelosi warned that there would be ''absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing in Congress'' should Johnson breach international law. This is a significant threat, as pro-Brexit politicians have long claimed that Britain could rely on a strong alliance with the Americans once they left the European Union.

    speaker/président - set/ensemble, série - policy/politique - to breach/enfreindre, violer - withdrawal agreement/accord de retrait (ici, de l'UE) - trade deal/accord commercial - to secure/ici, conclure - to warn/avertir, prévenir - should/ici, si - threat/menace - to claim/affirmer, déclarer, prétendre - to rely on/compter sur

    Publié le 28/09/2020
  • Michelle Obama

    Michelle Obama

    The former first lady has released the first episode of The Michelle Obama Podcast. After discussing light hearted topics, such as the life of the Obamas during lockdown – where they apparently tackled 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzles – Michelle proceeded to open up about her mental health, asserting that the combination of lockdown, the U.S. racial divide and the complete laissez-faire of the Trump administration has led her to suffer from: “some form of low grade depression”. The news served as a powerful reminder that the current state of politics is affecting the mental health of many: according to USNews, one in three Americans have experienced symptoms of anxiety or depression in 2020 – three times more than last year.

    first lady/épouse du président des E.U - to release/sortir, diffuser - light-hearted/léger / topic/sujet - lockdown/confinement - to tackle/s'attaquer à - jigsaw puzzle/puzzle - to proceed/poursuivre - to open up/s'ouvrir, se confier - to assert/affirmer - divide/division, clivage - to lead, led, led/amener - low grade/léger, de bas grade - reminder/rappel - current/actuel

    Publié le 31/08/2020

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