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About Ricardo
Photojournalist based in Lisbon, Portugal.

Graduated in Photojournalism from Cenjor - Professional Training Center for Journalists in 2017.

In the same year, he started working as a stringer for Global Media Group, publishing his work in the groups' national newspapers, namely: Diário de Notícias, Jornal de Notícias and TSF Online.

In 2018, he completed an internship at Público, covering topics such as politics, economy, environment, culture, art and travel for the newspaper's daily issues and weekly supplements. 

Magnum Photos Portfolio Review and Canon Student Program at Visa Pour L’Image 2017 Nominee.

Participant of Narrativa 2018/2019 Masterclass by Mário Cruz.
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WYD: 'Airport to hotel transfers are the most requested, but there are tours from all over the country. We have groups of 40, 50 or 200 people'

11 Jul 2023  |  expresso.pt
Luís Cabaço Martins, president of the National Association of Passenger Transport (ANTROP), reports that bus rental companies could not meet all requests for the World Youth Day event. Public transport companies that ensure Carris Metropolitana service in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area are considering service reinforcement during the event as announced by the Government.

'Sunset: Mystery of the São Cajó Necklace' with trailer for the premiere in cinemas

01 Jun 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The Portuguese television series 'Pôr do Sol,' a parody of traditional telenovela formats, aired its first season in 2021 on RTP1 and was later available on RTP Play and Netflix. Its second season, with 20 episodes, aired between August 22 and September 2, also on RTP1, with the last episode simultaneously shown in nine NOS cinema theaters across Portugal. The series creator, Manuel Pureza, discussed the surprise success of the first season and the exceeded expectations of the second. The upcoming film will continue the saga of the São Cajó necklace, a family heirloom of the Bourbon de Linhaça family for over 3,500 years, and aims to be a quality film rather than a television production shown in cinemas.

Bastions: New Korean animation with BTS soundtrack

12 May 2023  |  centralcomics.com
Crunchyroll announces the premiere of the Korean animation series BASTIONS, produced by Thymos Media, featuring opening music by BTS. The series, divided into five parts, will stream on Saturdays starting May 13. BASTIONS follows a group of rookie superheroes competing for popularity, who become absolute heroes after exposing an environmental villain and saving Earth. The series merges K-Pop and animation, with original songs by BTS, Le Sserafim, and solo artists Heize and AleXa. Asa Suehira of Crunchyroll highlights the series' cross-border appeal and the excitement around BTS's first group project since their album “Proof”.

The 'House of Disney+' arrives in Lisbon

10 May 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The Walt Disney Company celebrates its 100th anniversary by opening the 'House of Disney+' in Lisbon, Portugal. This nearly 200m2 space at the Centro Colombo features seven themed rooms inspired by popular series and films from the Disney+ streaming service. Available from May 11 to 22, the exhibit includes areas dedicated to 'Encanto', 'Peter Pan and Wendy', 'Anatomia de Grey', 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever', 'The Mandalorian', and more. Luís Fernambuco, VP General Manager of The Walt Disney Company Portugal, emphasizes that the event showcases the diverse, high-quality content available on Disney+.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023: The Winners

09 May 2023  |  centralcomics.com
The MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023, broadcasted by MTV Portugal, celebrated top cinema and television stars. 'The Last of Us' won three awards including Best Show, Best Hero, and Best Duo. Jennifer Coolidge received the Comedic Genius Award and Most Frightened Performance for 'The White Lotus'. 'Stranger Things' won two awards, with Joseph Quinn recognized for Breakthrough Performance and the cast for Best Kick-Ass Cast. Despite Hollywood writers' strike-related changes, including Drew Barrymore's withdrawal and the red carpet cancellation, the event was memorable with surprising moments and talent recognition.

Box Office: the Guardians of the cinemas

08 May 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The weekend saw the release of Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 3, which attracted over 64,000 viewers in Portuguese cinemas, surpassing the debut of Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania but falling short of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Super Mario Bros. The Movie, now in its fifth week, has accumulated over 380,000 viewers. The Ukrainian animation Mavka: The Forest Song also performed well, drawing 11,836 viewers. Other notable releases include Beau Is Afraid, Simone – The Journey of the Century, Yoon, Vadio, Saint Omer, You Have to Come and See It, and The Strange Comedy of Life. Overall, 119,489 tickets were sold in Portuguese cinemas over the weekend.

Star Wars Day to celebrate on Disney+

04 May 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
Star Wars Day, celebrated globally on May 4th, is marked by Disney+ with exclusive Lucasfilm premieres. The day, originating from the phonetic association of 'May the 4th' with the franchise's classic line 'May the Force Be With You,' features activities, product launches, and fan events. George Lucas, inspired by various historical and cinematic sources, faced initial skepticism about Star Wars, except from Steven Spielberg. Disney+ offers the entire Star Wars saga, animated series like 'Star Wars: Aventuras dos Jovens Jedi' and 'Star Wars: Visions,' and other original series such as 'The Mandalorian' and 'Andor' to celebrate the occasion.

Steps in the Dark: “Cannibal! The Musical” and “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders”

02 May 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The Passos Manuel in Porto continues its monthly 'Passos no Escuro' initiative with screenings of 'Cannibal! The Musical' by Trey Parker and 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders' by Jaromil Jires. 'Cannibal! The Musical' is a humorous take on the true story of Alfred Packer, a 19th-century American pioneer, while 'Valerie and Her Week of Wonders' is a folk horror film from former Czechoslovakia, exploring the transition to adulthood through surreal and disturbing imagery. Both films are presented in their latest restored versions with Portuguese subtitles, celebrating genre cinema and community experience.

Spider-Man: The Movie We (Unfortunately) Never Saw

28 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
In the early 1980s, Stan Lee believed Marvel characters could be successful in Hollywood, leading to a partnership with writers Ted Newsom and John Brancato. However, the rights to Spider-Man were owned by Cannon Films, led by Israeli cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus. Despite initial setbacks with other productions, Cannon acquired the Spider-Man rights in the mid-1980s. Various writers and directors, including Leslie Steven, Joseph Zito, and Barney Cohen, were involved in the project, which faced numerous script changes and financial challenges. Bob Hoskins was considered for the role of Doctor Octopus, and Scott Leva was involved as a stunt double. The project's budget escalated, and Cannon's financial constraints led to further complications. After Golan left Cannon, he formed 21st Century Films and continued to pursue the Spider-Man film. James Cameron was later brought on by Carolco, which led to legal disputes with Golan. The rights eventually went to Sony Pictures Entertainment, which produced the Spider-Man film with David Koepp adapting James Cameron's outline into a script, and contributions from Alvin Sargent and Scott Rosenberg.

Launch: 'Lore Olympus'

11 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
Rachel Smythe's 'Lore Olympus', a highly successful graphic novel from Webtoon, has been translated into Portuguese and is now available in bookstores. The story modernizes the genealogy of the Olympian gods, featuring characters such as Hades and Persephone in a tragic and complex love story. Smythe, a New Zealand native, has achieved recognition with 'Lore Olympus', including a New York Times bestseller status, an Eisner Award for Best Webcomic, and a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Graphic Novel and Comics.

Stranger Things in animation series

11 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
The Duffer Brothers are developing a new animation series for Netflix inspired by the Stranger Things universe, produced by their company Upside Down Pictures in collaboration with Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Eric Robles. A new play, Stranger Things: The First Shadow, will premiere at London's West End at the Phoenix Theatre, featuring characters from the Stranger Things world and set in Hawkins in 1959.

Box Office: Super Mario Bros. asserts itself in cinemas

10 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
Super Mario Bros. The Movie has had a successful box office debut in Portuguese cinemas, with 89,978 viewers including pre-premiere sessions. John Wick: Chapter 4, starring Keanu Reeves, holds the second position, while Astérix & Obélix: The Middle Kingdom debuted third. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves and Creed III also performed well. Overall, Portuguese cinemas saw a slight increase in audience numbers, selling 143,416 tickets over the weekend of April 6-9.

STAR WARS Celebration with many new features

08 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
The STAR WARS Celebration began in London, featuring a series of announcements about some of the year's most anticipated productions. Highlights included Disney+ series such as 'Star Wars: Ahsoka' and 'Star Wars: Skeleton Crew', as well as news about the upcoming film 'Indiana Jones e o Marcador do Destino'. Fans were entertained with surprises, including a parade of actors and Lucasfilm representatives revealing new information about ongoing productions. The teaser trailer for 'Ahsoka', starring Rosario Dawson and set after the fall of the Empire, was a notable moment. The series also stars Natasha Liu Bordizzo and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, with Dave Filoni writing and executive producing alongside Jon Favreau, Kathleen Kennedy, Colin Wilson, Carrie Beck, and co-executive producer Karen Gilchrist.

MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023: The Nominees

07 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
The MTV Movie & TV Awards 2023 nominees have been announced, with the event set to be hosted by Drew Barrymore on May 7. Fans can vote across 26 gender-neutral categories, with 'Top Gun: Maverick', 'Stranger Things', and 'The Last of Us' leading the nominations. New categories include Best Reality On-Screen Team and Best Kick-Ass Cast. The awards show will be produced by Bruce Gillmer, Wendy Plaut, and Vanessa Whitewolf of MTV, with Jackie Barba and Alicia Portugal overseeing production and Lisa Lauricella as Music Talent Executive.

New Trailers: Spider-Verse, Blue Beetle, and much more

04 Apr 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
New trailers released this week include Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, DC's Blue Beetle, and Robert Rodriguez's Hypnotic, featuring Ben Affleck. Chris Hemsworth returns in Tyler Rake: Extraction 2, produced by AGBO with Joe and Anthony Russo involved. Blue Beetle, starring Xolo Maridueña and produced by Safran Company, will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. All films are set for release in 2023, with Spider-Man and Tyler Rake being exclusive to cinemas and Netflix respectively, and Blue Beetle having an international release in August.

Secret Invasion: Nick Fury returns on TV

03 Apr 2023  |  centralcomics.com
Disney+ has shared the trailer for Marvel Studios' espionage thriller 'Secret Invasion,' set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ on June 21. The series, part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, features Nick Fury uncovering a covert Earth invasion by shape-shifting Skrulls. Fury teams up with allies including Everett Ross, Maria Hill, and the Skrull Talos to thwart the impending Skrull invasion and save humanity. The cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Ben Mendelsohn, and others, with Emilia Clarke and Olivia Colman.

Box Office: John Wick faces Dragons and Thieves

03 Apr 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
John Wick: Chapter 4 continues to dominate the Portuguese box office, selling over 33,972 tickets in its second weekend, despite a 35% drop from its debut. Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, a new release, attracted nearly 20,000 viewers, marking a successful attempt to start a new saga. Creed III remains the third most popular film, nearing 150,000 tickets sold. Other notable releases include Posso Olhar Por Ti, Dear Alice, Code of Violence, Emily, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, No Dogs or Italians Allowed, Terra Que Marca, and Bholaa, with varying degrees of audience turnout. Overall, Portuguese cinemas saw a slight increase in attendance with 112,443 tickets sold over the weekend.

New trailers for Elemental, Trolls, and Ruby-Kraken

29 Mar 2023  |  centralcomics.com
DreamWorks Animation releases trailers for 'Ruby-Kraken Adolescente' and 'Trolls 3 – Todos Juntos!', while Disney/Pixar introduces 'Elemental'. 'Ruby-Kraken Adolescente' is a comedy about a shy teenager discovering her Kraken heritage, directed by Kirk DeMicco with voices from Jane Fonda, Toni Collette, Lana Condor, and Will Forte, releasing in Portuguese cinemas on June 29. 'Elemental', directed by Peter Sohn, is a romantic comedy set in a world where fire, water, earth, and air residents coexist, featuring voices from Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie, premiering on July 13, 2023. 'Trolls 3 – Todos Juntos!' continues the musical franchise with Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, set for an autumn release, featuring a star-studded cast including Camila Cabello, Zosia Mamet, and RuPaul Charles.

The 'déjà vu' premieres of 2023

24 Mar 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The film industry, particularly in Hollywood, has been leaning towards producing sequels, reboots, and remakes of past successes, a trend that continues into 2023. This strategy is seen as a safe bet by studio executives but also faces criticism for the lack of originality and the potential risk of industry implosion if these high-budget productions fail. The article lists numerous upcoming films for 2023 that fit this pattern, including entries from established franchises like 'Guardians of the Galaxy', 'Fast & Furious', and 'Indiana Jones', as well as adaptations and continuations of popular characters and stories such as 'Super Mario Bros', 'The Little Mermaid', and 'Spider-Man'.

Suzume premieres in Portuguese cinemas

22 Mar 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
Suzume, the seventh feature film by Makoto Shinkai, is set to premiere in Portuguese cinemas. The film, which has been successful in Japan, features a young girl named Suzume who embarks on a journey after finding a mysterious door that leads to various disasters. The film's character design, art direction, and animation direction are by Masayoshi Tanaka, Takumi Tanji, and Kenichi Tsuchiya, respectively. The soundtrack is a collaboration between Radwimps and Kazuma Jinnouchi, with Toaka providing vocals. Crunchyroll, in partnership with Sony Pictures and Big Picture Films, acquired international distribution rights and will release the film in Portugal on April 20. Suzume has received favorable reviews, being described as the best work of director Makoto Shinkai to date.

Oscars 2024 with New Rules and Predictable Titles

21 Mar 2023  |  www.centralcomics.com
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has implemented new diversity and representation rules for Oscar eligibility, inspired by the British Film Institute and BAFTA standards. Films must now meet two of four broad representation categories to be considered for Best Picture. The article anticipates potential nominees for the 96th Oscars, highlighting films like 'Air', 'Killers of the Flower Moon', and 'Priscilla', and noting the involvement of high-profile actors and directors. It also mentions the potential for Portuguese productions to be considered for Oscars.

Oscars: The Snubs of the 95th Edition

07 Mar 2023  |  centralcomics.com
The article discusses the notable snubs from the 95th Academy Awards nominations, highlighting Portuguese short films 'O Homem do Lixo' and 'O Lobo Solitário', as well as the work of Chilean cinematographer Claudio Miranda in 'Top Gun: Maverick'. It also mentions overlooked performances by Viola Davis in 'A Mulher Rei', Paul Dano in 'Os Fabelmans' and 'The Batman', Danielle Deadwyler in 'Justiça para Emmett Till', and others. The absence of female directors and Taylor Swift's work in 'A Rapariga Selvagem' and 'All Too Well' from the nominations is also noted.






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