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`Tropa de Elite 2` chega aos Estados Unidos

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Depois de ter aberto os olhos de Hollywood com uma boa receptividade no Festival de Sundance e com José Padilha assumindo a direção do remake de “RoboCop”, o filme brasileiro de maior bilheteria de todos os tempos já tem estreia garantida nos Estados

Unidos. “Tropa de elite 2” chega aos cinemas americanos e canadenses em outubro. No começo de 2012, a produção chega ao mercado de DVDs, vendas digitais e vídeo sob demanda.

Os direitos de distribuição do longa foram comprados pela New Video, mesma responsável  pelo lançamento internacional de “Lixo extraordiário”. Lá fora, o filme vai chegar aos cinemas com o título “Elite squad: The enemy within”, sem nenhuma menção ao “2”, já que o primeiro filme da saga do Capitão Nascimento não chegou a ser lançado por lá.

Com o lançamento norte-americano marcado, “Tropa de elite 2” pode até sonhar em chegar ao Oscar 2012, já que este ano o longa não emplacou como o selecionado do Brasil para a disputa pela estatueta de melhor filme de língua estrangeira. Agora, se entrar no páreo, o longa de Padilha pode concorrer aos prêmios principais da Academia. Tudo depende de como for a campanha do filme por lá. Vocês acham que teria chance?


“BRIC in 2020″ Conference & Round Table

Brazil, Russia, India, and China commonly known as BRIC, together constitute more than 25% of the world’s GDP. These countries are projected to grow much faster than developed economies in the next 20 years.

The goal of this conference is to bring together experts on Brazil, Russia, India, and China to discuss social and economic issues facing these emerging economies and how these challenges will affect their political development. Speakers will discuss the implications of this world economic transformation both on domestic politics and on the international order. Is it meaningful to group these countries together? How will these countries use their growing economic power to influence global politics and economic order?

When: Friday May 13th – Saturday, May 14th, 2011, at The University of Chicago

Tomorrow: Brasil em pauta na University of Chicago

O Center for Latin America Studies, da Universidade de Illinois em Chicago, apresentará o seminário “Oil, Euphoria and Brazil’s Future: The Politics of Potential and Limitation”.

O palestrante será Norman Gall.

In English: Norman Gall, executive director of the Fernand Braudel Institute of World Economics, which is engaged in research, public debate and social action on Brazil’s institutional problems, with emphasis on education, energy policy and public finance. Norman received the 2010 Maria Moors Cabot Prize from the Columbia University Journalism School for his 50 years of reporting and research on Latin America.

Mr Gall is the editor of the Braudel Papers, a bi-monthly newspaper of research and opinion, published in English, Portuguese and Spanish.
He has been engaged in reporting and research on Latin America since 1961 with his work appearing in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Economist, among others. He has also been consultant to Exxon Corporation (1979), World Bank (1984-85; 1989-90), United Nations (1985), Technoplan (1993).

Será dia 31, próxima sexta-feira, às 17h30, na SS122 – 1126 E 59th St.
The University of Chicago
O evento é gratuito e aberto ao público.



Former Brazil VP Jose Alencar dies at 79

From Associated Press

Former Brazilian Vice President Jose Alencar died Tuesday after a long battle with abdominal cancer. He was 79.

The textile magnate shared eight years of government with Brazil’s first working-class president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who left office as new leader Dilma Rousseff was sworn in at the New Year.

With Rousseff and Silva on a trip to Portugal, interim president Michel Temer offered his condolences to Alencar’s family, calling the former vice president an example of perseverance and hard work for all Brazilians.

Some Brazilians wept at the steps of the hospital where Alencar had been treated over the years in his ongoing battle with cancer.

“He is a man who lives in the heart of all Brazilians,” presidential secretary Gilberto Carvalho said at a news conference.

The Sirio-Libanes Hospital in Sao Paulo said Alencar arrived on Monday in critical condition. According to the hospital, he died of multiple organ failure while surrounded by his immediate family.

He was sedated and without pain, according to a note released by the Antonio Carlos Onofre de Lira Galvao, head of the medical team overseeing his care.

Alencar underwent 17 surgeries, including one at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He had also been treated with an experimental drug at the University of Houston’s MD Andersen Cancer Center.

He won the respect of many Brazilians with candid talk about living with cancer and his promotion of preventive practices that lead to early detection.

Alencar, a multimillionaire businessman, was picked as Silva’s running mate in 2002 in a clear bid to win the support of bankers, ranchers, business leaders, military officers and foreign investors who feared the former trade union leader’s radical leftist past.

Like Silva, Alencar was raised poor; he was the 11th of 15 siblings. While Silva joined the labor movement and toiled as a lathe operator, Alencar built an empire of textile factories and amassed a fortune once estimated at about $200 million.

Silva went on to gain fame as a skillful union negotiator and became the leader of the ruling Workers Party. Alencar eventually turned to politics in the conservative Liberal Party dominated by evangelical Christians. He was elected to Brazil’s Senate in 1998.

Despite their different paths, Alencar was one of Silva’s biggest supporters in Brazil’s contentious political arena, standing by the president during corruption scandals that cost some of Silva’s closest aides their jobs.

He was not afraid to criticize Silva’s policies, however. Early in the president’s first term, he criticized the administration for maintaining interest rates of nearly 27 percent, saying they kept businesses from growing.

Alencar was born Oct. 17, 1931, in the small rural town of Itamuri in Minas Gerais state.

He left home at age 14 to work as a salesman in a dry goods shop and by the time he was 18, he had opened his own store.

In the following years he worked as a traveling salesman, opened and closed a pasta factory and worked as a textile wholesaler.

In 1967 he teamed up with a wealthy businessman in the cotton processing business and founded Coteminas, today one of the largest textile businesses in Brazil.

In 1994 he ran for governor of Minas Gerais but lost, and four years later he won a landslide victory to the Senate.

Alencar is survived by his wife Mariza Campos Gomes da Silva his son Josue Christiano and daughters Maria da Graca and Patricia.



Cinema latino no 27th Chicago Latino Film Festival

O Consulado-Geral do Brasil em Chicago apresenta a programação dos filmes brasileiros que estarão no 27 th Chicago Latino Film Festival.

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