Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show

Subaru of America teased motorsports enthusiasts at the New York International Auto Show with the debut of a 2015 WRX STI sedan prepared in Rallycross Supercar Trim, which they will enter in the RedBull Global Rallycross Championship this fall.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

The 2015 Rallycross STI was prepared by Vermont SportsCar, home of Subaru Rally Team USA.  External design cues include a custom widebody, an STI wing integrated with carbon fiber aerodynamic enhancements, and a classic rally car-style roof ventilation scoop. The 2015 Rallycross STI will feature a 600HP turbocharged Subaru boxer engine mated to a sequential gearbox with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2015 Rallycross STI will also feature an advanced rally-spec suspension. The car rides on Method Race Wheels, wrapped with the new Yokohama GRC spec competition tire.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

The RedBull Global Rallycross Championship recently announced NBC Sports Group as their television partner. Nine of the ten rounds will air on NBC, with encore presentations airing on NBCSN. NBCSN will also air the Rally America Championship, which Subaru has won the title seven of the last eight years. “We are excited about the collaboration between RedBull GRC, team stakeholders and NBC Sports Group, and look forward to a successful season.” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties, NBC Sports Group.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)



GRC tracks feature some of the most diverse and technical challenges in the world of motorsport. Between half a mile and a mile in length, they feature a mixture of dirt and tarmac, as well as various other obstacles. GRC cars feature 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive; nearly the same layout found in the Subaru WRX STI.

Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Bucky Lasek & Sverre Isachsen will begin their RedBull GRC season in the 2014 WRX STI, transitioning to the 2015 WRX STI this fall. David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, who compete in the Rally America Championship, may contend select RedBull GRC rounds for Subaru as well. The first Global Rallycross round will be held May 18 in Barbados, in conjunction with Top Gear Live, and will air on NBC May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Visit subaru.com/rally or redbullglobalrallycross.com for the full season schedule.

Jourdan Dunn is Tapped as the New Face for Maybelline New York

Maybelline New York announced today that London bred beauty Jourdan Dunn is their newest spokesmodel and will be joining an elite group of Maybelline models which includes Christy TurlingtonEmily DiDonato and a host of others.

Maybelline New York Announces Jourdan Dunn as Newest Spokesmodel.  (PRNewsFoto/Maybelline New York)

Maybelline New York Announces Jourdan Dunn as Newest Spokesmodel. (PRNewsFoto/Maybelline New York)

Jourdan’s look, style and positive energy are perfect for the Maybelline New York brand,” said Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President of Maybelline New York.  “She truly reflects Maybelline’s vision of global beauty.”

Jourdan was first discovered by a model scout while out with friends.  She was signed soon after and made her runway debut during the 2007 Fall New York Fashion Week.  As a featured model in British Vogue, labeled as a “new star” and named “Top 10 Newcomer” by style.com later that same year, Jourdan was on the road to success very early in her career.

Jourdan has since walked the runways for Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel, Alexander McQueenOscar de la Renta,Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Calvin KleinRalph LaurenLouis VuittonTom FordMarc JacobsAlexander Wang, Burberry, Lanvin, Hermes, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Balmain to name a few. She has appeared in the American, British, Paris, Italian, Japanese and Russian editions of Vogue. She has graced the pages of notable fashion magazines W, Numero, Allure, i-D, V, POP, and Dazed & Confused. She has been a part of various campaigns for ck Calvin Klein, CK1 fragrance, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Burberry Beauty, Gap, DKNY, H&M, Express, Aldo, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, Topshop, John Galliano and Benetton among others.

It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand,” said Jourdan. “I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up. The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive. To now be a part of that is a dream come true!”

When she is not modeling, Jourdan is a proud mother to her son Riley who was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.  This has led to Jourdan’s active involvement as the Parent Ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.  In addition to being a mother and philanthropist, Jourdan is a self-taught cook and hosts a lifestyle and cooking program titled “Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn.”  The show is available through Jay Z’s YouTube channel, Life+Times, and features a different celebrity guest each episode.

Jourdan will make her Maybelline New York debut in print and television advertising campaigns in April 2014.

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson

Grounded in the philosophy that everyone possesses their own natural beauty and has the power to make that beauty shine through, Garnier embraces the inherent self-confidence and beauty of acclaimed writer, producer, actress, mother, wife and leading funny-lady Tina Fey.

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Garnier USA, a subsidiary of L’Oreal USA, announces Tina Fey as the new spokesperson for Garnier Skincare. Fey, who has been the face of Garnier Nutrisse hair color since 2011, now expands her relationship with Garnier in a new advertising campaign launched this month. Following the success of her campaign for Garnier Nutrisse hair color, the company felt it was a natural choice to expand Fey’s involvement into additional product categories.

Fey’s endorsement will span the entire Garnier Ultra-Lift skincare line, including moisturizers, serums and eye products. The campaign will focus on a line of new, standout anti-aging products, including Ultra-Lift Transformer, an anti-age skin corrector that fights wrinkles while restoring firmness, and Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, a natural, pro-retinol formula that continues the battle against aging as you sleep.

Tina Fey has been an enormous success for us,” said David Greenberg, President of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie. “Tina’s personality, beauty and approachability resonate with our consumer and we are thrilled to keep her in the Garnier family.

The campaign will debut to consumers in April 2014, with the launch of national TV and print advertising across major media outlets. Garnier products are available at drugstores nationwide.

The press conference for the 67th Festival de Cannes, during which the 2014 Official Selection was announced, took place on Thursday, 17th April in Paris. 

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IN COMPETITION

Opening Film
Olivier DAHAN GRACE DE MONACO 1h43
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Olivier ASSAYAS SILS MARIA 2h03
Bertrand BONELLO SAINT LAURENT 2h15
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN WINTER SLEEP 3h16
David CRONENBERG MAPS TO THE STARS 1h51
Jean-Pierre DARDENNE,
Luc DARDENNE
DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT 1h35
Xavier DOLAN MOMMY 2h20
Atom EGOYAN CAPTIVES 1h53
Jean-Luc GODARD ADIEU AU LANGAGE 1h10
Michel HAZANAVICIUS THE SEARCH 2h29
Tommy Lee JONES THE HOMESMAN 2h02
Naomi KAWASE FUTATSUME NO MADO
(Still the water)
1h50
Mike LEIGH MR. TURNER 2h29
Ken LOACH JIMMY’S HALL 1h46
Bennett MILLER FOXCATCHER 2h10
Alice ROHRWACHER LE MERAVIGLIE 1h50
Abderrahmane SISSAKO TIMBUKTU 1h40
Damian SZIFRON RELATOS SALVAJES

(Wild Tales)

1h55
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV LEVIATHAN 2h20

 UN CERTAIN REGARD

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard.  It follows The Bling Ring by the American, Sofia Coppola, which was presented in 2013.

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard

Produced by Elzévir Films and distributed by Pyramide Films, Party Girl shows the life of Angélique, a 60 year-old night club hostess who still loves men and enjoys partying, but now as the senior member on staff, feels she has reached the end of the line. On an impulse, she agrees to marry her regular client, Michel. The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. With total realism, the lead role is played by the real-life Angélique.

The three co-directors met at Fémis, where they studied screenwriting and editing and began their collaboration. They produced short films that amassed awards at several festivals: Forbach (Cinéfondation Second Prize, Festival de Cannes 2008 and Grand Prix at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival),  C’est gratuit pour les filles (Semaine de la Critique 2009 – César Award for Best Short Film, 2010), and Demolition Party (2013).

With its mission to discover new talents, Un Certain Regard will provide excellent exposure for a collective first work that is innovative both in its form and its subject. The choice reflects the wish of Pablo Trapero, President of the Jury for Un Certain Regard 2014, “to present a passionate selection of established masters, young talents and new forms of cinema.”

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2014 Cannes Film Festival Short Films Selection Announced

While the Official Selection of feature films for the 67th Festival de Cannes will be revealed on Thursday 17thApril, the list of Short Films was unveiled in advance. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Abbas KIAROSTAMI, will nominate the prize-winners for the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection.

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THE 2014 SHORT FILMS COMPETITION 

This year, the Selection Committee received 3,450 short films, representing 128 production countries. Nine films will compete in 2014 for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Abbas Kiarostami, President of the Jury, at the Awards Ceremony of the 67th Festival de Cannes on Saturday, May 24th. And for the first time, an azeri and a georgian film will take part in the Short Films Competition.

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION:

Ran HUANG THE ADMINISTRATION OF GLORY 15’ China
Dea KULUMBEGASHVILI UKHILAVI SIVRTSEEBI
(Invisible Spaces)
10’ Georgia
Sato MASAHIKO, Ohara TAKAYOSHI, Seki YUTARO, Toyota MASAYUKI, Hirase KENTARO HAPPO-EN 13’ Japan
Simón MESA SOTO LEIDI 15′ Colombia United-Kingdom
Sergey PIKALOV SONUNCU
(The Last One)
15’ Azerbaijan
Petra SZŐCS A KIVEGZES
(The Execution)
14’ Hungary
Romania
Clément TREHIN-LALANNE AÏSSA 8’ France
Laura WANDEL LES CORPS ÉTRANGERS 15’ Belgium
Hallvar WITZØ JA VI ELSKER

(Yes we Love)

15’ Norway

 * The Italian film A PASSO D’UOMO by Giovanni ALOI was removed from the Short Films Competition because he has proved to break the regulation of this Selection.

THE 2014 CINÉFONDATION SELECTION 

The Cinéfondation Selection selected 16 films (14 fiction films and 2 animation films) among the 1,631 submitted this year by cinema schools from all around the world. This year sees a very significant broadening of scope of the Selection, with a 38% of the schools being selected for the first time and one country – Egypt – which has never previously been selected. Besides, more than half of the sixteen selected films (9) have been directed by women.

The three Cinéfondation Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony prior to the screening of the winning films on Thursday 22nd May in the Buñuel Theatre.

THE CINEFONDATION SELECTION:

Max CHAN OUR BLOOD 25’ Hampshire College
USA
Pierre CLENET
Alejandro DIAZ
Romain MAZEVET
Stéphane PACCOLAT
HOME SWEET HOME 10’ Supinfocom Arles
France
Omar EL ZOHAIRY THE AFTERMATH OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AT KILOMETER 375 18’ High Cinema Institute, Academy of Arts
Égypt
Reinaldo Marcus GREEN STONE CARS 14’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts
USA
HAN Fengyu LAST TRIP HOME 25’ Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Singapore
Meryll HARDT UNE VIE RADIEUSE
(A Radiant Life)
17’ Le Fresnoy
France
Chie HAYAKAWA NIAGARA 27’ ENBU Seminar
Japan
Atsuko HIRAYANAGI

 

OH LUCY! 21’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia
Singapore
Inbar HORESH THE VISIT 27’ Minshar for Art, School and Center
Israel
Stefan IVANČIĆ LETO BEZ MESECA
(Moonless Summer)
31′ Faculty of Dramatic Arts
Serbia
Daisy JACOBS THE BIGGER PICTURE 7′ National Film and Television School
United Kingdom
György Mór KÁRPÁTI PROVINCIA 21′ University of Theatre and Film Arts
Hungary
KWON Hyun-ju SOOM
(Breath)
33′ Chung-Ang University
South Korea
Léa MYSIUS LES OISEAUX-TONNERRE
(Thunderbirds)
22′ La Fémis
France
Fulvio RISULEO  LIEVITO MADRE
(Sourdough)
 17′ Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Italy
Annie SILVERSTEIN  SKUNK  16′ The University of Texas at Austin
USA

Grace of Monaco by Olivier Dahan to open the 67th Festival de Cannes

French director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco is to open the next Festival de Cannes. The world preview will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. Grace of Monaco follows on from The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann.

The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

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Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, Grace de Monaco sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier. Their co-stars include Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Sir Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega, who plays Maria Callas. The film was shot in Scope 2.35 using Kodak 35mm film. The Director of Photography was France’s Eric Gautier and the 16-weeks shoot took place in Monaco, South of France, Paris, Vintimille, Gand and Bruxelles.

Born in 1967 in La Ciotat, Olivier Dahan previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007) which garnered Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008. Grace of Monaco will be released on the opening day of the Festival, Wednesday 14 May, in France and in several cities around the world. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, with the kind cooperation of Canal+.

Grace of Monaco (2014). A Stone Angels and YRF Entertainment production. Co-production by TF1 Films Productions, Gaumont, Lucky Red, OD Shots, Ufilm, in association with Silver Reel – Ufund. Distribution in France: Gaumont. Internationales Sales: Lotus Entertainment.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Poster Revealed, 2014 Jury President Announced

Jane Campion to preside the Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes

Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier have based the poster design for the 67thFestival de Cannes on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s , which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963.

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In Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini, we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures.

The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness,” explains the poster’s designer. “The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together.”

In his films, Marcello Mastroianni continued to encapsulate everything that was most innovative, nonconformist and poetic about cinema. On seeing the poster for the first time, Chiara Mastroianni, the actor’s daughter, said simply: “I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It’s really him through and through!”

The Festival de Cannes thanks Gaumont, which owns the rights to the film. The 2014 Festival poster was designed by Lagency / Taste, Paris. The graphic charter of the 2014 Festival was designed by Bronx, Paris.

The New Zealand director, producer and scriptwriter Jane Campion is to preside the Jury of the next Festival de Cannes, which will take place from 14 to 25 May 2014.

Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 – Campion says – I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger. At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new world cinema.”

Steven Spielberg will thus be succeeded by another film legend: Jane Campion is in fact the only female director to have won the Palme d’or, for The Piano in 1993, having already garnered the Short Film Palme d’or back in 1986, (for Peel) – a unique double in the history of the Festival de Cannes.

Jane Campion © Lisa Tomasetti

Jane Campion © Lisa Tomasetti

In the words of Gilles Jacob: “Once upon a time there was an unknown young director from Down Under who was no doubt proud enough that the Festival de Cannes was going to present even one of the three short films she had just finished. But they were shot through with such courage and humanity and captured such a unique world that the Festival refused to choose and – in a masterstroke – screened all three, marking the advent of a true master. Jane Campion had arrived, and she brought a whole new style with her. That led to Sweetie, The Piano and more recently Bright Star – that marvellous film, shot through, as ever, with poetry. You’ll hardly be surprised that amid such a welter of emotions, I’ve taken to calling her ‘My Lady Jane’

It is this world wide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable.”  Campion says. “It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!

Thierry Frémaux adds: “We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female Presidents. Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her Jury.”

I am truly honored to join with the Cannes Film Festival as President of the in Competition features for 2014,” concludes Campion. “In fact I can’t wait.”

Born into a family of artists, Jane Campion studied anthropology, then art, before turning to film, where her rise to success was meteoric. In the wake of her acclaimed short films, which culminated in a Palme d’or, she captivated international critics with Sweetie (1989), her first feature film, selected In Competition at the Festival de Cannes. After An Angel at my Table (1990), inspired by the works of Janet Frame, in which the theme of an extraordinary woman engaged in the painful quest to assert her identity had already been sketched out, she returned to competition in Cannes in 1993 with The Piano, which won the Palme d’or as well as Best Actress prize for Holly Hunter (starring opposite the unforgettable Harvey Keitel). A few months later, Jane Campion, nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, instead picked up the award for the best Screenplay.
Her subsequent works have featured several variants on female characters engaged in an intense yet often thwarted quest for fulfilment: Portrait of a Lady in 1996 with Nicole Kidman, Holy Smoke in 1999 avec Kate Winslet, and In the Cut (2003) with Meg Ryan. Continue reading