It may have been a big moment in veteran American director Woody Allen’s latest film — the kiss between Spanish actress Penelope Cruz and Hollywood star Scarlett Johansson.
But at a press conference last week marking the debut of the film Vicky Cristina Barcelona at the Cannes Film Festival, Cruz seemed rather underwhelmed by her romantic moment in the movie which is about two young American women, Vicky and Cristina, who come to Barcelona for a summer holiday.
“I don’t have a good answer,” said Cruz, explaining that she had been asked several times about the kiss. “I am still not inspired to give a good answer.” Scheduling meant that Johansson could not be in Cannes for the film’s launch.
The kiss between Cruz’s character, an emotionally charged Spanish painter called Maria Elena, and Cristina, played by Johansson, launches them into a three-way relationship with another Spanish painter, Juan Antonio, played by Spain’s Javier Bardem.
The story is a little more complicated as Juan Antonio has also had a fling with Cristina’s friend Vicky, played by British-born Rebecca Hall.
But Juan Antonio, Maria Elena and Cristina somehow find that together they are able to balance out each others’ emotions and meet their desires. For a brief period they build a rather harmonious relationship.
However, not even Allen, who both wrote and directed the film, believed that such a relationship would stand much of a chance of success off screen in real life.
Asked at the press conference whether he also adhered to what appeared to be an enduring male fantasy of life with two attractive women, Allen — now in his 70s — said, “It is hard to get a life with one person, but with two it becomes geometrically fatal.”(DPA)
1. inspired adj.
有靈感的 (you3 ling2 gan3 de5)
例: Rodney was inspired to finish the project himself.
2. emotionally adv.
感情上地 (gan3 qing2 shang4 de5)
例: I don't think Kathy is emotionally stable.
3. harmonious adj.
融洽的 (rong2 qia4 de5)
例: Those two have a very harmonious friendship.
4. geometrically adv.
幾何地 (ji3 he2 de5)
例: Speaking geometrically, Scarlett Johansson is dangerously curvy.
a. gave a detailed description of her kiss with Johansson.
b. denied kissing Johansson.
c. had little to say about her kiss with Johansson.
2. The three-way relationship in the film...
a. didn’t work at all.
b. worked for a period of time.
c. only lasted one night.
3. Allen thinks that three-way relationships...
a. probably wouldn’t work very well in real life.
b. have a good chance of success in real life.
c. are too expensive.
4. Who wasn’t at the opening of the film?
a. Woody Allen.
b. Rebecca Hall.
c. Scarlett Johansson.
A fling is a short, casual love affair. For example, “I envy Christian and Lily. What started out as just a fling has developed into a full-fledged relationship.”
Spring and summer are often put in front of the word fling to describe a short relationship during those seasons. For example, “There’s love in the air, and I’m in search of a spring fling,” or “After the semester ended, Blake went back to his hometown and had a summer fling.”
Naomi: What’s the deal with you and Giselle?
Ivan: Our relationship has progressed to friends with benefits.
Naomi: I think that’s a terrible idea. You guys have been friends forever, but soon you’ll end up having a big fight.
Ivan: Everything is fine now. We’ll see how things go.
Naomi: Don’t say I didn’t warn you.
friends with benefits 性伴侶
Friends with benefits are two people who have a sexual relationship but don’t consider themselves to be dating. For example, “Tom and Daisy are just friends with benefits. Neither one of them has time to be in a more meaningful relationship.”
「friends with benefits」是指有性關係卻沒有在交往的兩個人，例如：「湯姆和黛西兩人只是砲友，他們都沒有時間去經營更深入的關係」。
Microsoft is ending Internet Explorer support IE 瀏覽器走入歷史 學職場退休、辭職、下台英文 網路世代熟悉的Windows瀏覽器Internet Explorer（IE），因為近年使用者大幅減少，加上微軟推出的新瀏覽器Edge，在上周三停止技術支援，也代表IE正式退場、走入歷史。本次就讓我們來從國外相關報導學習如何用英文表達「退場」吧！ 退休、辭職、下台？ retire (v) 代表「退休」，相關名詞有retirement「退休」、retiree「退休人士 ，通常在屆齡退休時使用。 Mr. Schmidt’s retirement party will be held at the seafood restaurant next Friday. （施密特先生的退休宴將於下週五在海鮮餐廳舉行。） 另外，同樣是離開工作崗位，「辭職」是resign (v)，名詞為resignation。片語resign to 則代表「把…託付給、委託」的意思。 After Mr. Sutton’s resignation, Ms. Lambert took over his responsibilities. （沙頓先生辭職後，由蘭柏小姐接管他的職責。） She resigned her children to the care of her brother.（她把孩子交給她哥哥照管。） step down 退場、退位 而同樣是描述辭職的單字還有step down (v)「退場、退位、下台」，通常是表達政治人物（或高階主管）辭職、離開現有職務。 The CEO of QuaKing Inc. stepped down amid a scandal involving insider trading and money laundering.（QuaKing公司的總裁因身陷內線交易和洗錢的醜聞而下台。） 「退場」相似的字詞還有bow out (v)，bow 當動詞為「鞠躬」，注意發音為[au]，而名詞bow有「領結、弓」等意思，發音為[o]。bow out 根據字面可以解釋為「下台一鞠躬」，也就是「結束」的意思。 To most people’s surprise, McLaughlin, the defending champion, bowed out in the first round of the tournament. （出乎大多數人意料的是，衛冕冠軍麥克拉倫在首輪比賽就被淘汰出局。） phase out (v)也可以用來描述「漸漸退場」，而phase (n)單做一個單字時則是stage「階段」的意思。 The company will gradually phase out the use of fluorescent lightbulbs. （公司將逐漸淘汰螢光燈泡的使用。） 要描述產品被「移除」，或公司、軍隊「撤離、撤出」則可用withdraw (v)這個字。 Due to financial concerns, Parkland city decided to withdraw
Why you should always learn on an empty stomach 肚子餓了嗎？先去讀書吧！ Hunger is a sensation that every human being on the planet has experienced at least once in their lifetime. The signals of hunger — the sharp hunger pangs and grumbling stomach noises — often grow in __1__ until the thought of food overwhelms every other thought in our mind. So, it’s a bit surprising that researchers at Yale Medical School recently found that hunger can actually __2__. The research team had been studying the hormone ghrelin and the path it takes through the body. Ghrelin is produced by the stomach and is supposed to stimulate a part of our brain called
Musical ‘The Lion King’ is touring Taiwan again (3/3) 音樂劇《獅子王》再度來台巡演（三） A: Aside from “The Lion King,” two other fantastic musicals, “Cats” and “Notre-Dame de Paris,” also toured Taiwan earlier this year. B: “Cats” has been called one of the four greatest musicals of all time. A: And the other three? B: They are: “Les Miserables,” “The Phantom of the Opera” and “Miss Saigon.” A: 除了《獅子王》，今年曾來台的音樂劇《貓》、法文音樂劇《鐘樓怪人》也都蠻好看的。 B: 《貓》還被稱為四大音樂劇之一呢。 A: 那另外三部是？ B: 另外三部包括《悲慘世界》、《歌劇魅影》、《西貢小姐》。 （Translated by Edward Jones, Taipei Times／台北時報張聖恩）
Bonny went to Yummy Fast Food for her lunch today, and here is the receipt. Bonny 今天中午去「好吃速食」吃午餐，這是她的收據。 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - Yummy Fast Food 50 Water Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017 Tell us about your visit within 7 days. Enter the survey code below and win A-Mei Concert Tickets for free! Survey Code: 11098738749 More Information: www.yummyforyou.com 04/15/2019 12:15 PM Order 64 ITEM: 1 Medium Coke 1.89 1 Fish Burger 1.51 No Sauce 1 Large French Fries No Salt 2.50 ___________________________________ Take-Out