There are few characters in the world quite so well known as the witch. From the time we are children we’re terrified and dazzled by the powers they possess. Whether it is the old crone and her broomstick or the beautiful good witch with her wand, everyone knows that no Halloween costume party is complete without some kind of witch in attendance.
But when did this fascination begin, and how has it evolved to become the current image of the Halloween witch? There are stories and legends involving witches that date back to medieval times when Europe was overrun with a great fear of witches. It was believed that these practitioners of magic were able to do things that were unnatural to affect other people or their property against their will. Many women were persecuted and tortured as witches. They were blamed for natural disasters or sicknesses that befell their villages and were consequently burned at the stake as punishment.
Generally, we’re told now that it was wise-women who bore the brunt of the fear and hatred of others. Women who had knowledge of herbs and healing techniques were often respected for what they could do, yet that respect often carried with it a certain degree of fear as well. Such magical arts were rarely understood by those who did not study them, so the witch’s abilities seemed supernatural, and anything supernatural was to be feared. Therefore when something bad would happen it was quite easy for that mild fear to turn to blame. As the religions of Christianity and Islam began to grow, it became widely accepted that witches were minions of the Devil, fooling people with their supposedly good works in order to later steal their souls.
Looking back on these claims now only increases the allure of the image of the witch, because it enhances the mystery surrounding who they really were and what they could honestly do. Were they truly innocents who were unjustly accused, or were they vicious, conniving women who enchanted and tricked people to get what they wanted? Did they really communicate with the dead or do the devil’s bidding? What control did they possess over the world around them? Could they defy gravity and fly on broomsticks across the moonlit sky? Which are just stories and which legends are actually steeped in truth? We are left with so many questions in regards to these figures that it is inevitable for a bit of fear to mingle in our perception of them.
This uneasiness with the idea of the witch has more or less molded the image that we hold today of the old woman with green skin and a long nose sporting a hairy mole somewhere on her face. It was common, even before movies began to portray witches in this manner, to depict them in stories as haggard old ladies with no teeth, hunched over, with scraggly hair. A story was always considered to be more frightening when the antagonist was ugly or otherwise repulsive. It is believed that the green skin of the witch actually evolved from the 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz”, in which the Wicked Witch of the West had a green skin tone, lending even more to her appearance the feeling of something unnatural.
Some might believe that witches are only associated with Halloween because they are scary, but this is not the case. In fact, it was witches and other pagans who are mostly responsible for bringing Halloween or All Hallows Even into existence at all. October 31st and April 30th are both celebrated by the pagans as holidays. The celebrations revolve around the changing of the seasons. Samhain, which is the pagan celebration that takes place on Halloween, is associated with death (and therefore fear) because it is the end of the summer. It signifies the time that the earth will be entering the cold season of sleep. Beltane, celebrated on the last of April, is the observance of the earth returning to life. Coincidentally, in some countries in Europe, like Sweden, children are known to dress up as witches on Easter, rather than Halloween and go from door to door trick or treating.
There is a great deal of history and meaning behind the current connection between Halloween and the witch. Even though the witch is no longer considered to be evil just because she is a witch, that small touch of doubt in her intentions is always enough to maintain a special spark of uncertainty that keeps us wondering. She is the perfect symbol for Halloween.
The movie is another creation with basic foundations on legends of Greek mythology. Percy Jackson the protagonist, soon found out that he is Poseidon’s son, ruler or primarily the god of sea and that of earthquakes. He also found out that the beings of the Greek Mythology considered as legends exists and has always been in existence, to include the monsters and Greek gods who lives in Olympus, which is now located at the Empire State Building’s 600th floor. Percy is always under attack by monsters for being one of the sons the “Three main gods”: the lord of the sky, Zeus, the ruler of the sea, Poseidon and the king of the Underworld, Hades who made a covenant after the Second World War not to have any offspring because they were unpredictable and very powerful.
There were other young demigods met by Percy who were friendly and there were also those who were hostile, who were also discovering their powers and ascendancy. Percy Jackson movie was actually an opportunity to give life and modern visual effects to the adventures of Greek mythology which in earlier times back in the 80s were considered to be primitive. The movie was intended to fascinate people of all ages, a combination of modern day setting and mythological creatures.
Although with some modern visual effects in the movie, it is considered to be average it didn’t remain long on cinemas. The way the story go did not really had an effect that would influence viewers to the extent of creating an impression that would last, something that people may want to talk about or generate much interest. Greek mythology is a great masterpiece by past creative writers and would have been much greater and accomplished a lot should the story have been given a classic touch. There is nothing wrong with mixing legends with contemporary imaginations of modern day writers; given the facilities we have today it is a clear manifestation of the advantage we have and this movie could have been more than what it had accomplished.
There have been many movies that were like Percy Jackson, it was all based on a book and the story may have gained much interest that it becomes best selling. However when you give life to a story fiction or non-fiction it becomes different. As what we see may not always be something that everybody perceives in what they read. It is always difficult to please everybody particularly in the field of entertainment; keeping the peoples’ interest aside from cinematography it is important to consider the flow of the story. How it went and connects with the theme, each situation of the film not only should it have significance it should also have the essential element which is to keep viewers’ interest on each part of the scenes. This may sound simple but it actually involves the actors’ portrayal of the characters they play, it is one of the biggest part which should be taken into account, actors’ way of taking hold of the viewers.
If Halloween is the holiday which celebrates the autumn season, and all the spooky associations that the end of the year, the shortening of the days, and the withering of summer’s life has, then Easter is in many ways its opposite. Celebrating the fresh life and brightness of Spring, Easter is a cheerful holiday, which most people think of in terms of colorful flowers, chocolates, brilliantly-colored Easter eggs, and, of course, that light-hearted icon of life’s renewal, the Easter Bunny.
Whether Americans are religious or secular, there are a lot of traditions that many families observe when Easter arrives. Making Easter eggs is one of the most popular traditions, and the one most recognizable. There’s no doubt that a colorful Easter egg, decorated in red, yellow, white, blue, black, and other vibrant colors in stripes, dots, and zig-zags, is a beautiful object and is a cheerful symbol of the time. Some people make their own Easter eggs, dyeing or painting actual eggs or egg-shaped forms bought from hobby and craft shops. This can be a lot of fun if everyone participates, and the eggs look great to those who made them, even if they wouldn’t win a beauty contest against a Faberge egg.
Alternately, many people buy pre-painted plastic Easter eggs. Many of these can be opened so they can be filled with chocolates and other treats, for the Easter egg hunt that often follows the painting or viewing of the eggs. The trade-off, of course, is that the eggs aren’t as unique as those you’ve made yourself.
Easter Egg hunts are an eagerly-awaited part of Springtime fun for many kids across America. Lots of families stage their own Easter egg hunts, with parents hiding eggs in every nook and cranny of the yard and house, and their children then enjoying a playful Easter Sunday searching for the colorful eggs. There are also official Easter egg hunts, of which the egg hunt at the White House is only the most famous. Schools, local governments, and churches all organize egg hunts for kids of various ages.
Americans also engage in Easter egg rolls — again, the White House’s is the most famous but not the only one. An egg roll is a fun competition where kids roll eggs over a lawn using long-handled spoons, sticks, or whatever other implement seems most useful for it. The federal edition of the event includes people dressed as the Easter Bunny and many speeches as well.
Special food is also used to mark the Easter holiday by Americans. Hot cross buns are a perennial favorite because of the cross symbol that is associated with Jesus and His resurrection, but there is also a traditional dish made out of baked ham, vegetables, and potatoes.
Since Easter is a major Christian holiday, many people attend dawn services specially arranged on Easter Sunday morning. At the opposite end of the scale from the spiritual, the sensual extravaganza of Mardi Gras is held during the Easter season in New Orleans and other American cities.
The Easter Bunny is this season’s equivalent of Santa Claus — a good-natured rabbit who, in folklore and legend, lays colorful eggs to symbolize fertility and rebirth. The Easter Bunny is a pagan symbol from antiquity — the hare of the goddess Eostre — but has become a fluffy, amusing mascot for the year’s most lighthearted, cheerful holiday.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is one of the most anticipated movies of 2010. Based on wildly popular Prince of Persia video game the movie tells the story of Dastan, a poor street orphan in 6th century Persia. Dastan is adopted by the king of Persia after he displays courage in a fight which the king sees. The king doesn’t want his own children fighting over his throne so he adopts Dastan to take over the throne after him since he proved to the King that he is courageous and has a good heart. Dastan finds a friend and companion in the princess Tamina and they go on an adventure together to steal a special prize, the Sands of Time, from an evil Persian nobleman named Nizam. The Sands of Time was given to humans by the gods and with it a human can control time, so Dastan and Tamina are determined to get it for the King. In the movie version of Prince of Persia Dastan will be played by Hollywood favorite Jake Gyllenhaal. Tamina will be played by Bond girl Gemma Arterton and the evil Nizam will be played by legendary actor Ben Kingsley.
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time will be produced by veteran Hollywood producer Jerry Bruckheimer. Jerry first became interested in the Prince of Persia project after the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie, the Curse of the Black Pearl, turned out to be much more successful than anyone had thought it would be. Studio execs at Disney realized that there was a huge market for period action movies and started development to bring Prince of Persia to the big screen. The Prince of Persia video game is one of the most successful video game franchises in history and the storyline of the poor street boy Dastan raised to unbelievable wealth as the King of Persia’s adopted son is a great premise for an action movie so it seemed like a perfect fit for the studio. The actual filming of the movie didn’t take place until 2008 though because the studio was scrambling to finish the second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Originally no sequels to the Pirates of the Caribbean movie had been planned but after the wild success of the first film Disney quickly ordered two more to cash in on audience’s love for the characters and desire to see more of them.
Because the Prince of Persia movie is based on a video game there are plenty more storylines available if Disney again decides at the last minute to create sequels to the movie based on box office success. But, currently there are no sequels being planned for the Prince of Persia . However, if audiences love The Sands of Time as much as they loved Curse of the Black Pearl Disney may once again be working overtime to produce scripts and film sequels to keep fans happy and to keep the storyline of the Prince of Persia going.
Miley Cyrus is the daughter of 80′s one hit wonder Billy Ray Cyrus whose single “Achy Breaky Heart” was one of the most well known singles of the decade and is still used as a pop culture reference today. In 2009 Miley Cyrus was named number 29 on Time’s list of the most influential people in the world. Time magazine named her not just because as a teenager she made more than $25 million in one year but also because of the influence that she holds over teen culture and trends. She is known for setting fashion trends and influencing the fashion and purchasing choices of the millions of teen girls who watch her perform as Hannah Montana.
Miley Cyrus is most well known for playing secret pop star Hannah Montana who is a superstar singer by night wearing a blonde wig and with a smart, urban, starlet style and is a normal teenage girl by day going to school and having adventures with her friends. The show became a smash hit, and an album of songs from the show sung by Cyrus hit number one almost instantly. Miley does perform as herself and has released her own albums under her own name that have been wildly successful, with her single Party in the USA hitting number one almost immediately upon release. Disney announced this year that the Hannah Montana show would be ending in 2011 after just four seasons, but having performed as Hannah from the beginning, mounting numerous concert tours as her alter ego and starring in a feature film as Hannah Montana Miley Cyrus is ready to take a break and start following new opportunities.
The Hannah Montana feature film mirrored Cyrus’ own life and had the famous secret star wondering if she should choose to give up her stardom and return to a normal life or embrace her star status and delve more deeply into a musical career. Interviews with Miley Cyrus revealed that the star had grappled with those issues in her own life and had a tough time finding the right balance between performing as her alter ego Hannah Montana and retaining her own identity and goals.
Miley’s parents have tried to keep her grounded in normalcy so that she doesn’t fall into the trap of drugs and alcohol like so many other teen stars do when their shows end. Born and raised near Nashville, TN both of her parents have tried to instill in the star small town values despite her huge Hollywood success. Her godmother, another famous Tennessee native Dolly Parton, acts as a mentor and career advisor to Miley and Miley often speaks in interviews of her close relationship with Dolly. Hopefully Mily Cyrus will be able to make the transition from teen pop sensation to serious actress and musician without some of the blunders of other pop sensations like Tiffany, Debbie Gibson, or even Britney Spears. She has already proven that she has the talent to be a major player, only time will tell if she can build a lasting career for herself.