The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network  has announced the dates for the 87th OscarsThe Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar®Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due
Monday, December 29, 2014 Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT
Thursday, January 8, 2015 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT
Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET4 p.m. PT

Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”

This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.

The 86th Oscars on March 2, marked the return of host Ellen DeGeneres, and featured memorable musical performances by artists including Pharrell Williams and U2, a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” by Pink, and a star-studded, record-breaking selfie seen around the world.

The show drew an average audience of 45.4 million total viewers, delivering a 13.7 rating among adults 18–49 (Live+7), and reached 74.6 million viewers watching 6+ minutes, the best since 2004. The Oscars were TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership in 14 years. The show helped drive increases for the second consecutive year, marking a seven-year high for adults 18–34 (+3%); a nine-year high for teens 12–17 (+13%); and an eight-year high for kids 2–11 (+13%). Social media activity was particularly robust with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar® Sunday. Additionally, DeGeneres’s selfie became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.

Zadan and Meron’s feature film, television and theater productions have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy® Awards, two Tony® Awards, a Grammy® Award, five Golden Globes®, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the feature films “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray” (2007) and “The Bucket List” (2007). Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984). Continue reading

Conde Nast Traveler Announces The 2014 Hot List: The 33 Best New Hotels In The World


Every year, hundreds of great hotels open. We considered 510 this year alone, in 400 cities and 93 countries. The 2014 Hot List is a roundup of the magazine’s very favorite 33 hotels to debut in the past year. The 2014 Hot List is also the most selective ever, with just 33 Best New Hotels in the World. Hotels were considered according to the categories of the modern traveler: Beach, Design, Food, Family, Bargain, Over-the-Top, and Way-Out-There Hotels. Conde Nast Traveler’s 18th annual Hot List is the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world. This year, editors considered 510 hotels in 400 cities and 93 countries. 

Conde Nast Traveler Announces 2014 Hot List (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

Conde Nast Traveler Announces 2014 Hot List (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

The criteria includes (1) A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world (2) A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee and (3) A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are. The result is a list that takes you around the world–from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket–and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.

Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket
Salt House Inn, Provincetown

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
La Bandita Townhouse, Italy
Palihouse Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

Domaine de la Baume, Tourtour, France
Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Thompson, Chicago
The Vines Resort & Spa, Argentina
The Wild Rabbit, England
Zero George Street, Charleston

American Trade Hotel, Panama City
The Dean, Rhode Island
The Line, Los Angeles
The Marlton, New York City
Temple Hotel, Beijing

Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
Hotel B, Lima
Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
The London Edition, England

Aman Canal Grande, Venice

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives - 
Four Seasons Lion Palace, St. Petersburg
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Rosewood, London

Amano’i, Vietnam
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

To view the complete 2014 Hot List, visit


Kings of the Arena make a highly anticipated return to the most prestigious Beach Polo tournament in the world to commemorate a decade of world-class chukkers and champions

Team Raleigh's Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America's Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by / Mitchell Zachs

Team Raleigh’s Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America’s Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by / Mitchell Zachs

The Polo Life, LLC presents the tenth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place from April 24th to April 27th, 2014 between 20th and 22nd streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida, with the support of The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. This year marks the tournament’s Ten Year Anniversary for the production of the sport’s premium event by The Polo Life, based in South Florida.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

Women's Opening Party

Women’s Opening Party

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

Sunday pictures


The four-day, globally renowned weekend event, considered the most unique of its kind, features leading polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI takes place on Thursday, April 24th, featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. Last year’s winning team will not be back to defend their title as 2013 champions, leaving the door open for a number of top-rated challengers that include Maggie McNamaraTara LordiCristina HosmerLaura Willson and Tannis Marley’s entry from Kentucky that includes Cary Campbell and Posey Obrecht , among others.  La Martina, Eden Roc, 
FontaineBleau Aviation and E! Entertainment will all be Women’s Polo Cup team sponsors.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup X – a three-day men’s tournament celebrating its tenth year, starts on Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Six teams will include some of the world’s top-ranked players, including Beach Polo’s only 10-goaler, Matias Magrini, three time MVP John Gobin, Luis Escobar, Brandon Phillips, Juan Monteverde, Carlitos Gracida, Gringo Colombres and Guille Usandizaga.   La Martina, Metropolitan by COMO, The Raleigh, Comcast, Yellow Cab and Tommy Kato’s Merchant Hub will also sponsor competing men’s teams.  Continue reading

Avon’s mark. Launches Saint Barts Instant Vacation Beauty and Fashion Collection

mark., Avon’s beauty and fashion boutique brand, launches its Saint Barts Instant Vacation beauty and fashion collection featuring Brand Ambassador and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale. mark. launched its first Instant Vacation collection in 2005 and past destinations include Marrakesh, Ibiza and the Greek Isles.

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case

mark. Island Eyes Color Palette and Face Compact

mark. Island Eyes Color Palette and Face Compact

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray and Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray and Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion

The new Saint Barts collection features a new summer-perfect fragrance, chic maxi dress and beachy-pretty makeup. The campaign debuts in the mark. Magalog (magazine + catalogue) and online and features a full list of products:

The Saint Barts Instant Vacation Beauty Collection:
Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray: $24
Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion: $14
Island Eyes Eye Color Palette: $16
Island Beauty Face Compact: $16
That’s Beachy Texturizing Surf Spray: $14
Nail This Look Nail Color and Flip-Flop Set: $28

The Saint Barts Instant Vacation Fashion Collection:
Island Elegance Maxi Dress: $44
Glam and Roll Jewelry Case: $24
Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace: $20
White About Now Watch: $32
Glimmer and Gleam Bracelets: $26
The White Approach Belt: $18
Hang With Me Earrings: $20
Change Your Ways Dress: $36
Berry Stylish Sandals: $34
Get In The Shade Sunglasses: $18
Berry Breezy Blouse: $32
Keep It Together Bracelet Ring: $24
Get Packing Tote: $40

The Instant Vacation Sweepstakes:
To celebrate the Saint Barts Instant Vacation launch, mark. is hosting a product sweepstakes from April 21, 2014 through April 27, 2014. Fans can enter for a chance to win products from the new Saint Barts collection with a signed Magalog by Lucy Hale every day by visiting here. mark. is available through Avon Representatives or online at

(NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. ages 18 and over. Sweepstakes ends on April 27, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Avon Products, Inc. More details on the Sweepstakes and Official Rules are available here.)


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 or 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 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. 



Opening Film
Jean-Pierre DARDENNE,
Xavier DOLAN MOMMY 2h20
(Still the water)
Abderrahmane SISSAKO TIMBUKTU 1h40

(Wild Tales)



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.”

PARTY GIRL will be screened as the opening of Un Certain Regard, Thursday 15th May 2014Continue reading

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.



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.


(Invisible Spaces)
10’ Georgia
Simón MESA SOTO LEIDI 15′ Colombia United-Kingdom
(The Last One)
15’ Azerbaijan
(The Execution)
14’ Hungary

(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 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.


Max CHAN OUR BLOOD 25’ Hampshire College
Alejandro DIAZ
HOME SWEET HOME 10’ Supinfocom Arles
Reinaldo Marcus GREEN STONE CARS 14’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts
HAN Fengyu LAST TRIP HOME 25’ Ngee Ann Polytechnic
(A Radiant Life)
17’ Le Fresnoy


OH LUCY! 21’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia
Inbar HORESH THE VISIT 27’ Minshar for Art, School and Center
(Moonless Summer)
31′ Faculty of Dramatic Arts
Daisy JACOBS THE BIGGER PICTURE 7′ National Film and Television School
United Kingdom
György Mór KÁRPÁTI PROVINCIA 21′ University of Theatre and Film Arts
33′ Chung-Ang University
South Korea
22′ La Fémis
 17′ Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Annie SILVERSTEIN  SKUNK  16′ The University of Texas at Austin

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?


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.


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

2015 Nissan Murano and Versa Sedan Debut at 2014 New York International Auto Show

Nissan’s all-new 2015 Nissan Murano made its world auto show debut today at the New York International Auto Show. The halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the dramatic new Murano embodies Nissan’s new design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights and the unique “floating” roof. Murano’s breakthrough exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan’s popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept’s refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. All-new Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014.

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan’s popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept’s refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. All-new Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014.

2015 Nissan Murano
Also making its North American debut today was the new 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan, the best-selling vehicle for four years in a row*** in the highly competitive sub-compact segment.

Most prominent of the changes is the bold new front-end treatment anchored by larger headlights, a more substantial looking fascia and standard chrome plating on the grille – all of which strengthen the family ties of the Versa Sedan with the Nissan stable mates – Sentra, Altima and Maxima. The new Versa Sedan goes on sale today at Nissan dealers nationwide.

2015 Nissan Versa Sedan

2015 Versa Sedan.

2015 Versa Sedan.

Both new 2015 models were revealed at a press conference led by Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer and Nissan North America, Inc. Chairman, Management Committee and Executive Vice President José Muñoz.

“In the past three years, Nissan has completely transformed its product portfolio, grown global volume by more than one million units, strengthened the brand to being the fastest-growing automaker on the Interbrand Top 100, resulting in the shake-up of entire auto industry segments,” said Palmer. “Murano helped create a new segment, and the latest version, debuting today, redefines that segment.”

Added Muñoz: “We have ambitious growth targets for the Nissan brand, and these goals are supported by increasing consumer demand for our newest products. In the last 12 months, Nissan brand sales were up nearly 15 percent in the U.S. due to positive customer response to new vehicles like Versa Note, Pathfinder and Rogue. Now with the new Murano coming this fall, we expect this momentum to continue as we’re poised to set even better numbers for 2014, including increased market share.”

In addition, Nissan demonstrated its new, highly innovative Smart Rearview Mirror that utilizes advanced camera technology to enhance the driver’s view behind a vehicle. For its first U.S. showing in New York, it is installed in the all-new 2014 Rogue at the Nissan display. Housed within a structure of a traditional rearview mirror, the Smart Rearview Mirror allows the driver to switch between a traditional rearview mirror and an LCD monitor, depending on the driver’s preference.  The camera projects a clear image – a wider and clearer view than a standard mirror – onto the monitor for a better view, as well as a more comfortable driving experience.

Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Palmer. “This mirror technology reinforces Nissan’s commitment to improving the everyday driving experience with advanced systems and technology, such as Electric Vehicles, connected and autonomous driving cars.”

* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and $810 USD destination charges.  Dealer sets actual price.  Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

** Starting price comparison based on 2014 and 2013 manual transmission models on manufacturers’ websites.  All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax title license and options.  Dealer sets actual price.

*** According to IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. New Vehicle Registrations – non-luxury traditional sub compact segment, CY2009 – CY2013

Crystal’s Bicycle Adventures Pave New Ways To See Europe

In 2014, the Crystal Cruises’s luxurious ships will sail 23 European voyages of 7 to 14 days, with shorter “Crystal Getaways” and extended combination cruises also available.  As such, Crystal Cruises is expanding its roster of active, immersive experiences ashore with 16 Bicycle Crystal Adventures in 2014.  Throughout Northern and Western Europe and the Mediterranean, travelers can now enjoy some of the world’s most striking architecture, charming villages, spectacular seaside views and historically profound sites, often best – and sometimes only – accessed on bicycle. With all the details of the bicycle Crystal Adventures arranged by Crystal’s staff and expert partners ashore, including helmets, bottled water, refreshments in most locales and terrain-appropriate bikes, prices for bicycling excursions in Europe will range from $89 to $249 per person.

Bicycling in Copenhagen, a city whose ambition is to be the world's leading bicycle city by 2015.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Bicycling in Copenhagen, a city whose ambition is to be the world’s leading bicycle city by 2015. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Offered with May-September voyages aboard Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity, the half- and full-day excursions combine fitness with new, intimate perspectives on favorite destinations such as:
 – Malta – A 12.5-mile route travels through countryside only accessible by bicycle and along the western coastline toward the highest point in Malta, the Dingli Cliffs – dramatically sheering straight down to the Mediterranean Sea and providing spectacular panoramic views.
Tallinn – Guests will seemingly cycle back in time as they ride to the Baroque palace and summer home of Peter the Great, and around the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the city’s Old Town, complete with ancient walls, cobblestone lanes and 16th century architecture – including a pharmacy that has been in business since 1422.
Copenhagen – In one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities, guests can truly experience the sites as the locals do, including a winding, five-mile ride through a forest en route to a 500-year-old amusement park (the world’s oldest), Bakken, where they’ll have time to play and explore.
Bordeaux/Bassens – Along a nine-mile combination of flat and hilly roads in the quaint village of Saint-Emilion – whose entire wine “jurisdiction” is a UNESCO World Heritage Site – where guests will enjoy views of beautiful chateaus and expansive vineyards of such premier estates as Chateau Angelus, Figeac and Cheval Blanc.
Barcelona – An invigorating five-mile ride through the city’s bustling streets affords the opportunity to admire the profoundly impressive architecture of the cathedrals and other icons, while also enjoying performances from street artists that liven up the La Rambla boulevard.
Guernsey/St. Peter Port – Along a six-mile stunning coastal path, travelers can marvel equally at L’Ancresse and Pembroke beaches and the Le Dehus Dolmen, home to Neolithic-era tombs that resemble a miniature Stonehenge.

With Crystal’s 2014 European voyages, bicycle adventures are also offered in Valencia and Mallorca, Spain; Corfu, Greece; Dubrovnik, Croatia; Helsinki, Finland; Holyhead, Wales; Kotor, Montenegro; Skagen, Denmark; St. Tropez, France; and St. Petersburg, Russia.

Many guests have become increasingly interested in more athletic pursuits that allow them to enjoy a destination in a more up close and personal way,” says spokesman John Stoll, vice president of land programs.  “The bicycle excursions not only foster personal connections with the scenery and surrounding cultures, but also with each other.  Each cycling group builds a special camaraderie as they share these experiences.”

Until April 30, 2014, all-inclusive “Book Now” cruise fares for the line’s European sailings start at $1,730 per person.

IFC Films Presents GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA, A Film by Nicholas Wrathall

Film to Opens at IFC Center & Lincoln Plaza in NYC on May 23, 2014 and at the Nuart in LA on June 6, 2014
IFC Films will theatrically release the acclaimed documentary GORE VIDAL: THE UNITED STATES OF AMNESIA in New York on May 23rd and in Los Angeles on June 6th, with a concurrent national release. This is Gore Vidal’s last word and testimony.
After a triumphant premiere at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival where it was a critical and fan favorite, the film has had equally triumphant screenings at film festivals and arthouse/independent film houses around the world, including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Young At Heart – Seniors Film Festival (Sydney, Australia), Sonoma International Film Festival, Cleveland International Film Festival, Filmfest – Washington DC, Independent Film Festival Boston, FRAMELINE37 - SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL LGBT FILM FESTIVAL, MARTHA’S VINEYARD FILM FESTIVAL, OUTFEST LOS ANGELES, Melbourne International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Fabulous Independent Film Festival Florida, FILM FESTIVAL OF COLUMBUS, Lisbon LGBT Festival, 19th Athens International Film Festival, Aspen Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, PORTLAND GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL, Zurich Film Festival, 57th BFI London Film Festival, New Horizons International Film Festival Poland, United Nations Association Film Festival, The Ojai Film Festival, Palm Springs International Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, and the Salt Springs Film Festival.

No twentieth-century figure has had a more profound effect on the worlds of literature, film, politics, historical debate, and the culture wars than Gore Vidal.  Anchored by intimate one-on-one interviews with the man himself, GORE VIDAL is a fascinating and wholly entertaining portrait of the last lion of the age of American liberalism.



Gore Vidal’s professional life spans more than 50 years of American politics and letters.  His return to America in 2005 marked the last great stage in his creative career and this film represents an extraordinary opportunity to share his view on America in the twenty-first century.  Featuring candid vérité footage of Vidal in his final years, the film explores his enduring global impact on art, politics, and everything in between.  His overview of the current state of the Republic and the health of US democracy is unique and incisive.

No other twentieth-century figure has moved as easily and confidently and had a more profound effect in the worlds of literature, drama, film, politics, historical debate, and the cultural wars than Gore Vidal.  He was a brilliant novelist, political essayist, literary critic, historian, scenarist, television pundit, political activist and candidate.  As a raconteur, lecturer, and platform performer, Vidal is rivaled only by Mark Twain.


Gore Vidal was born in 1925 with high political and social connections. His father, Eugene Luther Vidal, worked for the Roosevelt administration as Director of Air Commerce from 1933 until 1937. His maternal grandfather was the legendary blind Senator Thomas Prior Gore of Oklahoma, a Democrat who played an important role in Democratic politics for many decades. Gore Vidal’s mother, Nina Gore Vidal, was divorced in 1935, when Vidal was ten. She then married Hugh D. Auchincloss, a wealthy financier, who in turn divorced her and married Jacqueline Kennedy’s mother, thus establishing a connection between Vidal and the Kennedy clan that persisted through the presidency of John F. Kennedy.In 1943, after graduating from Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, he entered the Reserve Corps of the U.S. Army. After a brief training period at the Virginia Military Institute, he joined the Army Transportation Corps as an officer and was sent to the Aleutian Islands. He wrote much of his first novel, WILLIWAW, during a run between Chernowski Bay and Dutch Harbor. Suffering from serious frostbite and arthritis, he was sent back to the States, where he finished the novel while recuperating in a military hospital. In its tight-lipped, minimalist style, WILLIWAW reflects Vidal’s reading of Hemingway and Stephen Crane. This novel put Vidal on the map of young postwar novelists that included Norman Mailer, John Horne Burns, and Truman Capote.

By any standard, the postwar years were productive ones for the young Vidal, who published eight novels in succession between 1946 and 1954. These include THE CITY AND THE PILLAR, THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, and MESSIAH. THE CITY AND THE PILLAR is notable for reasons that go beyond its aesthetic qualities; it counts among the first explicitly gay novels in the history of American fiction. Vidal suffered the consequences of bringing a gay novel before a wide audience in 1948. Indeed, his next five novels were dismissed by the mainstream press. Among the best of these was MESSIAH, a prophetic novel that makes deft use of the modernist technique of the journal within the memoir — a form that Vidal would exploit to good effect in later novels.

After a period in Europe, where he traveled with his friend Tennessee Williams, he settled along the Hudson River in a mansion called Edgewater with his companion, Howard Austen. Among the many projects that occupied him during this period was THE JUDGMENT OF PARIS, one of his most compelling early novels.

Needing money to support his expensive establishment, he took on a variety of commercial ventures, writing a series of mysteries under the pseudonym Edgar Box. Unlike his serious fiction, these potboilers were very well received in the press.  However, these clever fictions did not solve their creator’s financial problems. Vidal then opted to make a more unusual move by entering the new medium of original drama for television.

At the time, many of the most popular programs were anthology shows, such as Studio One and Playhouse 90, broadcast live. Most serious writers in the ’50s shunned the medium, but Vidal seized the opportunity. In a few years, he was to write 20 of these dramas.  He scored his greatest success in the medium with an original fantasy, Visit to a Small Planet. He adapted Visit to a Small Planet for the Broadway stage, where it was an immediate hit.

Television dramatists like Vidal, Paddy Chayefsky and Rod Serling were public figures in the 1950s, and Vidal was asked to appear on the new talk programs like Today and The Tonight Show. His mellifluous voice, ready wit, gift for mimicry, and unexpected candor about sex, politics and every other subject made him a sought-after guest..

Film adaptations of Visit to a Small Planet, and Vidal’s Billy the Kid drama, Left-Handed Gun, were disappointments to him. He accepted an offer from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and was one of the last writers to be placed under long-term contract to any studio.  Vidal prospered in Hollywood, writing acclaimed screenplays for The Catered Affair, Suddenly Last Summer (based on a play by his friend Tennessee Williams) and J’Accuse. He also worked as an uncredited script doctor on the epic film Ben Hur, in exchange for which he was released from his contract. His earnings from television, Broadway and Hollywood had now freed him to write what he pleased without taking on other work. But just as he was prepared to plunge full-time into literary labor, ghosts of his Washington past returned to draw him back into the world of electoral politics.

Vidal observed the political world from the sidelines for many years, but this vantage did not satisfy him. He wrote a play, The Best Man, exposing the backstage intrigues at a presidential nominating convention. The play was a hit on Broadway, and was later made into a successful motion picture, the only film version of his work with which Vidal was entirely satisfied.

Meanwhile, Vidal had become friends with a Dutchess County neighbor, Eleanor Roosevelt, widow of the 32nd president. With the encouragement of the Kennedys and the Roosevelts, Vidal decided to challenge the incumbent Congressman from Dutchess County, a strongly Republican area. Although he lost the general election, he garnered more votes in the district than Kennedy, the party’s presidential candidate. Continue reading

L’Oreal Paris Announces Search For Women Making A Beautiful Difference In The World With First-Ever Women Of Worth Forum

To kick-off the ninth annual Women of Worth program, L’Oreal Paris will convene thousands of women, including Maria Shriver, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski and L’Oreal Paris Ambassadors Lea MicheleEva Longoria and Liya Kebede for the first-ever Women of Worth Twitter Forum.  This day-long discussion on April 16 will focus on the power of self-worth and its ability to propel women forward.

More than 40 years ago, L’Oreal Paris’ iconic brand philosophy “Because I’m Worth It” was launched to celebrate women’s worth and self-esteem. This signature phrase was brought to life when L’Oreal Paris established Women of Worth to honor women making a beautiful difference in the world through volunteerism.

L'Oreal Paris (PRNewsFoto/L'Oreal Paris)

L’Oreal Paris (PRNewsFoto/L’Oreal Paris)

In a recent study commissioned by L’Oreal Paris* on the power of self-worth, 81 percent of women agree that seeing other women give back inspires them to do the same.  The study goes on to find that those giving back themselves tend to enjoy a stronger sense of self-worth.  The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program shines a spotlight on amazing women who give back, helping to fuel a cycle of self-worth for all women.

STUDY FINDINGS has shown that:

  • Helping others is the number one driver of self-worth: 96 percent of women feel that helping others is a part of life that gives them self-worth.
  • The effect of giving back: Women who do give back through their charity involvement (such as volunteering time or money, being a member, managing or being on the board, or founding the organization) are particularly likely to have a strong sense of self-worth compared to those who are not involved.
  • Women fuel Women’s Worth: More than 90 percent of women’s self-worth role models are women they have a personal connection with.

Since 2006, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth has recognized 80 inspiring women who have selflessly devoted themselves to causes at the local and national level, and have motivated others to get involved. The Women of Worth program is conducted in partnership with Points of Light, the world’s largest volunteer service organization. Through affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most.

Past honorees have been involved in a range of important causes from advocating for victims of childhood abuse and mentoring homeless youth, to helping break the cycle of poverty and empowering teens with disabilities.

The L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth program reinforces the importance of recognizing exemplary women who have dedicated their time to supporting the needs of others,” said Tracy Hoover, President, Points of Light. “Exceptional women everywhere are leveraging their time, skills, resources, and personal power to solve the world’s most pressing challenges and to inspire others to serve.

Starting on April 16, nominations for the 2014 Women of Worth program will be accepted at  The 10 women selected will be awarded $10,000 and one woman will be named the national honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 to further her philanthropic efforts.  All 10 honorees will be recognized in December at a star-studded awards ceremony hosted by L’Oreal Paris in New York.

To celebrate the call for nominations and to ignite a discussion on the dynamic role of self-worth among women today, L’Oreal Paris is inviting all women to join the Women of Worth Twitter Forum on Wednesday, April 16. Join the conversation by following @LOrealParisUSA and tweeting during one of the five scheduled chats (#WomenofWorth):

  • 9 a.m. ET: Women of Worth: Celebrating Extraordinary Women
  • 1 p.m. ET: The Worth Effect: The Power of Giving Back
  • 4 p.m. ET: Passion and Positivity: How Feeling Your Best Fuels Success
  • 8 p.m. ET: The Beauty of Worth: Achieving Happiness in Life, Work and Love
  • 9 p.m. ET: What’s Worth It: Charting Your Course & Realizing Your Dreams

Celebrating the intrinsic beauty and worth of all women is the heart of the L’Oreal Paris brand – and we are deeply committed to championing women who are going above and beyond to serve their communities,” said L’Oreal Paris President, Karen T. Fondu.  “Worth has a multi-dimensional role in a woman’s life – it’s more than just confidence or self-esteem – it’s the foundation of everything we can and will achieve.  The Women of Worth program was conceived as a way to demonstrate, through the achievements of incredible women, the impact of pursuing your passion and believing in your worth.”

For more information on Women of Worth and to learn more about past honorees,

*L’Oreal Paris’ study on Self-Worth was conducted online by Ipsos.  The study tapped 1,006 women ages 18-74 from all over the United States and was fielded in February 2014.


Woodford Reserve® Celebrates the Run for the Roses™ with Exclusive $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for Charity

In honor of the 89th anniversary of the Kentucky Derby®‘s designation as the “Run for the Roses,Woodford Reserve will offer an exclusive $1,000 Mint Julep Cup to raise funds for a good cause at Kentucky Derby 140. With proceeds benefitting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center,

89 exclusive rose-themed mint julep cups with a selection of uniquely handcrafted rose-themed ingredients will be available for purchase online beginning April 142014 marks the ninth year of the program with more than $354,000 raised for equine and humanitarian causes.

Woodford Reserve announces the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for charity at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of these exclusive cups benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Woodford Reserve announces the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup for charity at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014. Proceeds from the sales of these exclusive cups benefit Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. (PRNewsFoto/Woodford Reserve)

Consumers age 21 years and older can log on to purchase one of the Kentucky Rose or Royal Rose Cups. Each cup is presented in a box made from the same American oak as Woodford Reserve barrels and is lined with a custom silk fabric designed by the Connecticut-based lifestyle brand vineyard vines®, the Official Style of the Kentucky Derby. Online sale closes on May 1, 2014, at 12:00 p.m. E.T.

Founded in 2003 by former Boston Globe film critic Michael Blowen, Old Friends cares for more than 130 horses across three states, most of them stallions whose racing and breeding careers came to an end. They are the only Thoroughbred retirement facility that specializes in accepting stallions and so they take exceptional pride in their pensioned champions. At Old Friends, visitors can hear the stories of the horses while learning about racing and ways to help with Thoroughbred aftercare. (To make a contribution supporting Old Friends, please visit

Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center is very grateful for all of the funds raised and recognition gained from the Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup program,” said Michael Blowen, Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center President. “We appreciate the support to help us take care of the retired racing heroes here at Old Friends.”

There will be a total of 89 cups available for purchase online from April 14-May 1 at 79 Kentucky Rose Cups are available for $1,000 each on a first-come-first-serve basis and are individually numbered cups and hand-engraved with a gold-plated medallion of a Thoroughbred adorned in the traditional Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses along with the 2014 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw. Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

The Mint Julep Cup’s Special Ingredients
This year’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cup will feature uniquely handcrafted ingredients created in collaboration with Kentucky-based Bourbon Barrel Foods:

  • Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, the official bourbon of the Kentucky Derby
  • Ice infused with rose water
  • Mint julep simple syrup crafted by Bourbon Barrel Foods
  • Bourbon Barrel Foods hand-selected and candied rose petals


In addition to the 79 Kentucky Rose Cups, there are 10 Royal Rose Cups available for purchase online for$2,000 on a first come, first buy basis. These individually numbered cups are gold-plated and hand-engraved with a sterling silver medallion of a Thoroughbred adorned in the traditional Kentucky Derby Garland of Roses along with the 2014 Kentucky Derby date and Woodford Reserve logo and is accompanied by a gold-plated sipping straw. Any unsold cups will be available for purchase at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day.

( Purchase of  each cup does not include admission to Churchill Downs.  Purchased cups must be claimed by buyer or his or her proxy at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. For complete terms and conditions, go to

The 89 cups will be presented only on Kentucky Derby Day, May 3, 2014.

Woodford Reserve has also teamed up with vineyard vines® to create a custom fabric exclusively for the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup along with a collection of wearables for purchase with proceeds benefitting Old Friends Thoroughbred Retirement Center. The wearables include a limited quantity of bowties, neckties, pocket squares and scarves available for purchase at the Woodford Reserve Distillery or by calling 859-879-1940. Continue reading


Campari presents the new Art Labels limited edition, a modern reinterpretation of a number of works by Fortunato Depero, one of the most representative artists of the Futurist movement and an artist who had a long association with Campari.

Three collectible labels are the protagonists of the Campari limited edition and summarize three moments strongly related to the optimal consumption of the product: the preparation of a perfect cocktail, the pleasure of enjoying a Campari and its tasting.

The first label was inspired by a black and white ink sketch made on paper in 1928. It was a graphic study made for Campari, closely recalling aperitif time, revisited and re-colored, presented on a green background with the color red in strong evidence.

The second label on a yellow background depicts a collage dating back to 1927. The image takes up a sketch, the original of which is kept in the archive of the Galleria Campari collection, created by the artist with colored pencils. It represents the pleasure and passion of enjoying a Campari: the most evident detail of the portrayed character is his heart, which is colored as the liquid in the glass.

The third Art Label, which completes the collection, on a purple background, the only one already created in color, is a 1928 illustration created by Depero with the collage technique. The work depicts the iconic little man of Depero during the tasting of a Campari. The combination of colors has a particular impact and is also emphasized by the red liquid of the product.

Andrea Conzonato, Chief Marketing Officer, Gruppo Campari, commented: “The new Art Labels want to be a tribute to a great artist, Fortunato Depero, who worked extensively with Campari and produced truly unique works of art, connected with the brand by an unbreakable bond. Much of the artist’s production is kept at the Galleria Campari collection and is a piece of art history and of the company’s communications. The aim is to pay homage to the brand’s tradition and celebrate it in a new and original way by reinterpreting an art movement that still today is contemporary and very modern. Thus, Campari wants to present its consumers with a special collection that is a testimony to the strong innovative nature of the brand”.

The Campari Art Labels will initially be available in Italy from May 2014 and in the rest of the world thereafter.

Bacardi Expands Flavor Portfolio with Launch of BACARDI® Mango Fusion™

BACARDÍ® rum announces the latest addition to the brand’s flavored rum family, BACARDÍ® Mango Fusion(TM), a one-of-a-kind product that fuses the ripe flavor of mango with a recognizable hint of orange. BACARDÍ rum created the flavored rum category when it launched BACARDÍ Limon in 1995 and BACARDÍ Mango Fusion joins the lineup of flavored rums both on- and off-premise and is available in 750 ml size for a suggested retail price of $14.99, in addition to 50 ml, 200 ml, 375 ml, 750 ml, 1 liter and 1.75 liter sizes. BACARDÍ Mango Fusion is a BACARDÍ original flavor that’s great as a shot drink or mixed with fruit juices, lemon-lime soda or sweet and sour mix for a twist on cocktail favorites.

BACARDI(R) Mango Fusion  (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.)

BACARDI Mango Fusion (PRNewsFoto/Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.)

Select BACARDÍ Mango Fusion Cocktails:

Mango Fused:
1 part BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
3 parts orange juice
Pour ingredients over ice in a tall glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Mango Mojito:
2 parts BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
2 tsp. caster sugar
4 lime wedges
12 fresh mint leaves
1 part soda water/club soda
Spring of fresh mint to garnish

Gently press together the limes and sugar; bruise the mint leaves by clapping them between your palms, rub them on the rim of the glass and drop them in.  Next, half fill the glass with crushed ice, add BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM) and stir. Top with crushed ice, a splash of soda and a sprig of mint.

Chilled Mango:
1 part BACARDÍ(®) Mango Fusion(TM)
Mix in a shaker with ice and pour in a shot drink glass.


The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music, awarded on the recommendation of the Pulitzer Prize Board, were announced today by Columbia University.

The Pulitzer Prize Board made its recommendations for the 2014 prizes when it met at Columbia on April 10 and 11 and passed them to President Lee C. Bollinger. It announced that the awards would be presented at a luncheon on May 28 at Columbia
University. Randell Beck, Robert Blau, Joyce Dehli, Steven Hahn and Keven Ann Willey were re-elected to membershippulitzer_prize_medal_a_p on the board.

In any category in which board members have an interest due to the action of the various nominating juries, those members do not participate in the discussion and voting and leave the room until a decision is reached in the affected category. Similarly, members of nominating juries do not participate in the discussion of or voting on entries in which they have an interest.

The winners in each category, along with the names of the finalists in the competition, follow:



For a distinguished example of meritorious public service by a newspaper or news site through the use of its journalistic resources, including the use of stories, editorials, cartoons, photographs, graphics, videos, databases, multimedia or interactive presentations or other visual material, a gold medal.

Two Prizes of a gold medal each:

Awarded to The Guardian US for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.


Awarded to The Washington Post for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Also nominated as a finalist in this category was: Newsday, Long Island, N.Y., for its use ofin-depth reporting and digital tools to expose shootings, beatings and other concealed misconduct by some Long Island police officers, leading to the formation of a grand jury and an official review of police accountability. Continue reading

Eli Manning to Kick off March for Babies® in New York City

March of Dimes New York Division announced today that two-time Super Bowl MVP, Eli Manning, will lead the organization’s annual charity walk, on Sunday, April 27 in Manhattan. Manning, who serves as the NY Division’s Celebrity Chairman, will join thousands of New Yorkers for the 2014 March for Babies event; a 3.5-mile walk starting at 65th St. and Columbus Ave. and ending at 26th St. and Madison Ave. Rob Kindler, Vice Chairman & Global Head of Mergers & Acquisitions for Morgan Stanley, is the 2014 March for Babies Revenue Chairman; and is heading up the campaign to raise $3 million to support the Manhattan walk event.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. With chapters nationwide, and its premier event, March for Babies, the March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

March for Babies is March of Dimes largest annual fundraiser and was the nation’s first charity walk. Funds raised go to support research, community programs, education, and advocacy. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.and the walk starts at 10 a.m. For more information and to register, visit or call 212.353.8357.

It is an honor to support the important work March of Dimes is doing to improve the health of children and we will continue to work together for stronger, healthier, babies,” said Manning, who has worked with March of Dimes in New York City for the past 6 years. “March for Babies is a great event and gives everyone in our community the chance to make a difference in the lives of millions of babies.”

Premature birth costs the nation over $26 billion annually, and the cost to employers is estimated at$12.7 billion,” said Kindler, who is a March of Dimes “National Top Walker” and has helped raise more than one million dollars to support March for Babies. “We are starting to see a drop in preterm birth rates. By raising awareness of this health crisis within the business community, we hope to see a continued trend of improvement. There is nothing more important than giving babies a healthy start in life, and I look forward to helping the NY Division reach its 2014 revenue goal.

March for Babies sponsors include Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP; Greenberg Traurig; Innisfree M&A; Standard Motor Products; Latham & Watkins LLP; Viacom; Toyota; and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen and Katz LLP. Media sponsors are CBS2, WLNY10/55, WCBS Newsradio 880, fresh 102.7, CBS FM 101.1, WFAN Sports Radio, Time Warner Cable News NY1 and Noticias. National sponsors are Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, Sanofi Pasteur, United, Mission Pharmacal, and ActavisFor the latest resources and information, visit or Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Joe Zee Joins Yahoo as Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer for Yahoo Fashion

Yahoo has announced that Joe Zee will be joining the company as Editor in Chief and Executive Creative Officer of Yahoo Fashion.  As an award-winning fashion stylist, Joe has worked with the world’s top magazines, celebrities, fashion designers, fashion brands and photographers. Joe Zee is the Executive Producer and host of Sundance TV’s investigative special series, “Revealing,” and original fashion series, “All on the Line with Joe Zee,” where he has helped to jumpstart young designers’ tumblr_inline_n3z1pvCsbe1qhxx5scareers. He also designs and sells a clothing collection under the label “Styled By Joe Zee” on QVC, which reaches women in more than 100 million homes.

Zee is one of the most prominent voices in fashion, with a strong editorial voice but an accessible and friendly approach that helps demystify fashion and style for men and women everywhere and will lead the vision, creative direction and development of the new Yahoo Fashion digital magazine, where he will bring his sensibility of luxury fashion and “accessible cool” to Yahoo every day. He will also bring his style expertise and insider access to create video series, original programming, and special events for Yahoo’s upcoming fashion and beauty magazines.  Additionally, Zee will also assume the role of Editor at Large for Yahoo Beauty, as he will contribute regularly to Yahoo’s beauty coverage and collaborate with Bobbi Brown and her new team.

I have always embraced technology and innovation in everything I do — from making a magazine, to executive producing and hosting my television shows, to writing my books.  So, the chance to combine all of these passions at Yahoo during a period of tremendous innovation and transformation is a dream,” says Zee. “I’ve spent more than two decades speaking to women through magazines. What’s so exciting about Yahoo is that I can inspire and connect with hundreds of millions more women, and bring them the magic of the fashion world in ways they haven’t yet experienced.”

Prior to Yahoo, Zee spent seven years as the Creative Director at ELLE, where he ushered in a new redesign and penned a monthly column, “Style A to Zee.” Before that, he held several fashion editorial positions at W, Details, Vanity Fair and House & Garden.  He was also Editor in Chief of Vitals, a Fairchild publication. He co-authored the book The ELLEments of Personal Style (Gotham Books), and his second book will be published by Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in the Spring of 2015.

John Barrett Set To Expand Reach Beyond Bergdorf Goodman

John Barrett, the premiere New York City salon, announced that it will expand nationwide with six new locations across the country. The plans include two additional salons in ManhattanPalm Beach, FLWashington D.C.Dallas, TX; and Las Vegas, NV – locations in Manhattan’s NoHo neighborhood and Palm Beach are set to open later this year.

John Barrett, Chairman and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings. Legendary hairstylist, salon owner, and beauty industry icon known for his transformational work, approachable-yet-sophisticated take on beauty and his "simply chic" style. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

John Barrett, Chairman and Creative Director, John Barrett Holdings. Legendary hairstylist, salon owner, and beauty industry icon known for his transformational work, approachable-yet-sophisticated take on beauty and his “simply chic” style. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

The salon expansion and new product collection will increase brand reach beyond the current Bergdorf Goodman location and create fervent opportunities for the brand to grow in new directions.

John Barrett is a pioneer in the luxury, beauty and hair care marketplace and owns the premiere namesake salon that resides atop the global luxury destination Bergdorf Goodman.  Since transforming the family penthouse apartment in 1996 into one of the most sought-after beauty destinations in the world, Mr. Barrett’s approachable yet sophisticated take on beauty and his “simply chic” style has made him an industry icon. From runways to backstage, on set and at home in his salon, Mr. Barrett and his team are dedicated to providing the best service, talent and experience tailored to meet each client’s individual needs.

Growing the brand is an inevitable step for Barrett. His sole New York City location serviced more than 60,000 clients last year, up

James R. Hedges IV, CEO, John Barrett Holdings, Managing Partner of HD Partners, the private equity investment group funding the John Barrett expansion. Previously founder of LJH Global Investments, an alternative investment advisory firm that managed $3.5 billion in nontraditional investments, including hedge funds and private equity ventures. He is a noted author and is often called on by experts in financial industry for his expertise and commentary.  He is a recognized collector and investor in the contemporary art world. (PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

James R. Hedges IV, CEO, John Barrett Holdings, Managing Partner of HD Partners, the private equity investment group funding the John Barrett expansion.(PRNewsFoto/John Barrett Holdings )

6.7 percent over the prior year.  Perched atop the legendary Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan with a pristine view of Central Park’s lush greenery, the salon is a kingly setting for the Irish immigrant who grew up as the fifth of ten children in a small house in Limerick, and is now at the pinnacle of the hair game in New York - where it’s toughest to rise to the top. And now, Barrett is expanding his view – and his domain.

In the 17 years since opening the salon, Barrett has established a prominent roster of national and international clients, and is recognized as the mastermind stylist behind some of America’s most notable men and women in entertainment, business, politics and social spheres.

I have been fortunate with the success of my first location at Bergdorf Goodman.  It’s now time to add new cities and new faces to the circle of friends and clients I have been privileged to build up over the years,” says Barrett.

Barrett will also launch a line of premium products – including both staples and innovative, proprietary creations – bringing top-quality hair-care solutions to his ever-widening circle of followers. The product line will tap into a market expected to climb past the $10 billion mark by 2016.

Funding for the new enterprise comes from a private equity investment group led by investor James R. Hedges IV.  Previously founder of LJH Global Investments, an alternative investment advisory firm that managed $3.5 billion in nontraditional investments, including hedge funds and private equity ventures. Hedges has been a recognized leader in the hedge fund industry for two-decades, known for identifying prime investment opportunities and significantly scaling retail businesses.  Also a renowned art investor and collector, Hedges is one of Barrett’s longstanding clients and personal friends.

Very few in the industry have the standards, expertise and appeal to grow into a national brand,” Hedges said. “John absolutely does, as his business has continuously outperformed the salon industry. As a dedicated client myself, I am thrilled to help John scale his brand and bring his genius to new and fertile markets.”

All new locations will be helmed by proteges personally chosen and trained by Barrett to ensure that each salon retains the mix of his warm, personal touch and meticulous attention to detail.  Continuing Barrett’s commitment to nurturing the careers of America’s most talented hair stylists, each new location will also offer a trademarked training program for the best local hair-care professionals.

“My goal is to do all this by truly listening to my clients, exceeding the demands of the industry and capitalizing on my experience,” says Barrett. “Nothing excites me more than spreading the magic my talented staff and I have created at Bergdorf Goodman, far beyond Fifth Avenue.”

Further details on salon locations and personnel will follow later this year.



Experience an egg-ceptional Easter this April 2014 with treats and fun for all the family at Four Seasons Hotel Dublin, the city’s most luxurious five star hotel featuring an award winning blend of relaxed sophistication and flawless hospitality.


Surprise everyone with an Easter Family Getaway to Dublin featuring a two night stay and let the pampering begin. Easter packages start from EUR 275.00 per room each night, including bed and breakfast for adults and dinner on one night, complimentary dining for kids under 12 years for breakfast and dinner, and complimentary access to the V.I.K. Club (Very Important Kids’ Club) for young ones. This exclusive Four Seasons Hotel Dublin V.I.K. Club will welcome young guests daily from April 17-20 inclusive with a range of entertaining activities including Easter egg hunts, arts and crafts, painting eggs, cookie making and movie nights managed by a team of fully trained child-care professionals.

For those looking to celebrate Easter Sunday on April 20 with all the family, a specially designed Sunday Brunch will take place in Seasons with kids invited to a complimentary Design Your Own Egg event hosted by Chef Alberto Rossi. This will include an Easter egg decorating station complete with hand-made chocolate eggs, a huge selection of sweets, jellies and frosting together with pastry experts on hand to show the little ones how to make their ideas come to life.

  • Easter Family Getaway - Starts from EUR 275.00 per room each night for 2 night stay (includes bed and breakfast for adults and dinner on one night, complimentary dining for kids under 12 years for breakfast and dinner. Maximum occupancy in room is 3 people. Special rate for second room if additional room required. Over 12 year olds have EUR 50.00 room supplement per night). Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.
  • Easter Brunch - EUR 59.00 (EUR 25.00 for children) in Seasons on Sunday, April 20, 2014.

For reservations call 01 665 4000.


The Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts invites travelers to discover diverse cultures, learn new skills, journey through history, and see the world as they never have before – all in luxurious Four Seasons style. Always innovating, always imagining new ways to make travel more exciting and enriching, Four Seasons hotels and resorts have put together exclusive opportunities for exploration and learning that are as unique as their destinations.  They’re perfect for families – from moms, dads and children to grandparents, cousins and extended families – or friends travelling together, or couples getting away à deux to share the experience.

With every need anticipated and every detail attended to, guests have the freedom to fully immerse themselves in new adventures for mind, body and spirit that create unforgettable memories and lasting impressions for many years to come.

This year, custom itineraries and one-of-a-kind educational opportunities are as easy as booking a holiday withFour Seasons.  A few of the experiences* that will both astound and educate in 2014 include:


  • Fascinated by bats? While more than 100,000 trek to Lady Bird Lake’s Congress Bridge annually to see where 1.5 million bats make their summer home, only guests of Four Seasons Hotel Austin get all the goodies included in the Go Batty! Family Package.


  • Kids more interested in Bella and Edward than a vacation with family?  In Hungary, they’ll learn the legend – and gory truth – about Dracula in Vlad the Impaler’s castle prison, with the Twilight Tour from Four SeasonsHotel Gresham Palace Budapest.
Adult Male Elk and his herd - Grand Tetons

Adult Male Elk and his herd – Grand Tetons

  • Yearn for America’s wild romantic past?  In the majestic Rocky Mountains of Wyoming, Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole offers a full curriculum in its new Wild West Academy, with hands-on classes ranging from wildlife safaris and Shoshone lore to gourmet dinners under a sparkling night sky.


  • Looking to kick up your fitness regime a notch or two?  Try muay thai – the Thai boxing discipline that means “the art of eight limbs.” It can be challenging, but under the guidance of a professional fighter at Four SeasonsResort Koh Samui, Thailand, it can be mastered by teens and adults of all ages and fitness levels.
Shakespeare's Globe Theatre and the City of London at night

Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the City of London at night

  • Want to bring all those school literature lessons to life?  Four Seasons Hotel London at Canary Wharf presents an unforgettable Shakespearean London Day with backstage theatre tours, a period cooking class, learning how to write a sonnet and more.

Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita


  • Love to make noise and dance?  Guests of all ages join in the fun as Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita introduces Sega dancing, embodying the remote island’s passion for music, colour and celebration.  Participants even make their own Ravanne Rhythm, with hands-on instruction in making a ravanne drum.

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Crystal Cruises Releases 25th Anniversary Worldwide Cruise Atlas For 2015/2016

 Luxury cruise specialist Crystal Cruises has released its comprehensive Worldwide Cruise Atlas for all of 2015 and early 2016, detailing the line’s 72 luxury cruises visiting all seven continents aboard the award-winning Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity.  The 175-page brochure, artfully designed to commemorate Crystal’s 25th Anniversary, is also filled with additional cruise planning tools, from info about onboard programming to exquisitely-appointed accommodations.  The “Destination Insider’s Guide” conveniently lists ports of call by country and is newly enhanced to include more local tips for destinations, boldly highlighting UNESCO sites in applicable locales.

The cover of the 2015-early 2016 Crystal Cruises Atlas.  (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

The cover of the 2015-early 2016 Crystal Cruises Atlas. (PRNewsFoto/Crystal Cruises)

Details of Experiences of Discovery(®) theme cruises, including hugely popular Wine & Food Festival and Jazz and Ballroom at Sea musically focused cruises, are also included in the comprehensive cruise guide.  The line’s exclusive “Boutique Adventures” and other shore-side highlights are also featured.

Throughout 2015 and into the first quarter of 2016, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity visit 235 ports in 75 countries, with 22 maiden calls in 2015 alone.  2015 highlights include:
– Nine immersive voyages in Asia, each with at least two overnights to explore Myanmar, China, Japan, Vietnam, Brunei, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Cambodia.  Optional pre- and post-cruise Extended Land Programs take guests further into the destinations.

 – Trans-Atlantic and Asia “Captain’s Cruises” May 4 (Crystal Serenity); April 11 and June 12 (Crystal Symphony), featuring veteran Crystal captains Glenn Edvardsen, Reidulf Maalen and Helge Brudvik, respectively, for special cocktail receptions, Q&A sessions and Crystal Adventures ashore in celebration of Crystal’s Silver Anniversary.
 – July European “Silver Anniversary” Chairman’s and President’s Cruisesrespectively hosted by Crystal’s chairman Nobuyoshi Kuzuya and president Edie Rodriguez, with specially planned celebrations and receptions.
– New routes in Western and Northern European and the Mediterraneanincluding Holy Land and North Cape/White Sea itineraries; both ships sailing the British Isles and more 7-day cruises than ever.
– A dozen round-trip sailings from favorite destinations like New York, London’s port of Dover, Monte Carlo, Singapore, Los Angeles, Montreal, and, for the first time, Copenhagen (for a new Baltic route).
Crystal Symphony‘s first-ever Brazil-focused holiday cruise from San Juan, with a New Year’s Eve overnight in Rio de Janeiro.
– A 77-day Grand Cruise, starting with Crystal Symphony’s December 19 “Brazilian Holiday” voyage, sailing from San Juan to Miami, cruising Antarctica, exploring Chilean fjords and the bustling cities throughout South America; offered in five segments.
– The “Silver Celebration World Cruise,” the line’s 20th World Cruise and first-ever full global circumnavigation, sailing round-trip from Miami on a 108-day journey.
– A new Trans-Atlantic route from Miami to Lisbon, overnight in Bermuda.
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H&M Teams Up With Alexander Wang for Their Next Design Collaboration

H&M announced yesterday during an event at the Coachella Music Festival, in Palm Springs, California, USA, that their next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. This partnership marks the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on the much anticipated designer collaboration.


The Alexander Wang x H&M collection will feature apparel and accessories for women and men.  Typical for his irreverent approach, Alexander Wang will propose a new take on the lifestyle product offering that goes beyond fashion.  The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014.


Alexander Wang says, “I am honored to be a part of H&M’s designer collaborations. The work with their team is an exciting, fun process. They are very open to push boundaries and to set a platform for creativity. This will be a great way for a wider audience to experience elements of the Alexander Wang brand and lifestyle.”

Alexander Wang is one of the most important voices in fashion today. He understands exactly what people want to wear and does it with an energy and passion that’s infectious. It feels incredible to be collaborating with him this year,” says Margareta van den Bosch, H&M’s creative advisor.

Hispanic Heritage Events Bloom In Philadelphia This Spring & Summer

Philadelphia not only celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month each September but Latino culture every day, all year long with colorful festivals, pulsating music, powerful exhibitions and more. Here’s a look at some of the happenings taking place this spring and summer:

Dancers performing the traditional Puerto Rican dance Bomba y Plena are accompanied by drumming and singing at the Festival de BambulaŽ. Produced by Norris Square Neighborhood Project, the festival celebrates the neighborhoodÕs arts and garden programs, which transform vacant lots into bright and vibrant places. Festivities also include authentic Puerto Rican foods, music, crafts and greening activities and displays.

Dancers performing the traditional Puerto Rican dance Bomba y Plena are accompanied by drumming and singing at the Festival de BambulaŽ. Produced by Norris Square Neighborhood Project, the festival celebrates the neighborhoodÕs arts and garden programs, which transform vacant lots into bright and vibrant places. Festivities also include authentic Puerto Rican foods, music, crafts and greening activities and displays.


  • For almost two centuries, baseball has transcended cultural differences and united minority communities on their path to understanding American values. Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American, on view at the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores how America’s favorite pastime has helped immigrants from all backgrounds become part of the American experience. The exhibit highlights how famous players—Sandy Koufax, Hank Greenberg, Ichiro Suzuki, Roberto Clemente and Jackie Robinson—broke down cultural barriers for Central and South Americans, Puerto Ricans and others of Hispanic descent; African-Americans; Asian-Americans; and Jewish people. Through October 26. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811,
El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia transports an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration to Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Modeled after the colorful parades and street fairs that mark Mexico’s military victory over invading foreign forces, Philadelphia’s festivities attract thousands of locals and participants from around the U.S. and Mexico. Many of the dancers don ornate costumes and oversized masks that were made in Mexico and represent historic figures and folk dramas.

El Carnaval de Puebla en Filadelfia transports an authentic Cinco de Mayo celebration to Washington Avenue in Philadelphia. Modeled after the colorful parades and street fairs that mark Mexico’s military victory over invading foreign forces, Philadelphia’s festivities attract thousands of locals and participants from around the U.S. and Mexico. Many of the dancers don ornate costumes and oversized masks that were made in Mexico and represent historic figures and folk dramas.


  • Taking place at the Please Touch Museum, the music-filled, dance-filled, fun-filled Día del Niño, or International Day of the Child, event keeps the entire family entertained. Kids can hone their kicking skills during a soccer clinic led by members of the Philadelphia Union, pose for pictures with the Eagles cheerleaders, get in tune with singer Jose Rico, get creative at the crafts table and test their meteorological skills at the Telemundo weather wall. April 5. Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181,
  • Movie buffs will want to mark their calendars for the third annual Filadelfia Latin American Film Festival, the region’s only film festival exclusively showing works by Latino and Latin American filmmakers and media artists. The festival kicks off with the 1943 classic Maria Candelaria and features other selections such as Pelo Malo/Bad Hair by Mariana Rondón and the Philadelphia premier of La Camioneta by Mark Kendall. April 25-27. Various locations. (215) 563-6417,
  • The works of artist Joel Garcia, on view in museums throughout Mexico and the U.S., take the spotlight at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. Traditions Transformed: The Folk Art of Joel Garcia features figures that are both ceremonial and decorative, including imaginative animals called alebrijes and icons of El Día de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). April 25-June 8. 1020 South Street, (215) 733-0390,
  • South Philly serves as a hub of Mexican immigration in the region, especially for those from Puebla, Mexico. Folks dressed in bearded masks, capes, headdresses and other traditional garb stroll along Washington Avenue and its surrounding streets to commemorate the Battle of Puebla for the 8thAnnual Carnaval de Puebla. April 27. (215) 253-3040

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Philly’s Bottle Shops Boast Thousands Of Bottles Of Beer On The Wall

Craft beer is big business these days, particularly in Philadelphia, a serious beer town gaining accolades for its suds scene from notable publications like GQ, Draft magazine, Forbes, CNN Travel and others. So what makes the Philadelphia region’s beer scene so great? The bottle shops, for starters. These shops offer hundreds if not thousands of specialty beers to try individually and in “mix-a-six” format (that’s a six-pack of beer with six beers of the drinker’s choosing). What’s more, many of these shops fill growlers of draught beer to go and offer food to accompany the bountiful beer offerings.

Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s can’t-be-beat bottle shops:

Center City:

  • The Corner Foodery – The king of the local bottle shop chain known as The Foodery, Rittenhouse Square’s The Corner Foodery features wood paneling, booth seating and gourmet hot sandwiches. More importantly, this popular spot stocks 650 bottles and numerous draughts available to drink on site or to take home. This location offers online ordering, while the original, more basic locations have as much, if not more, beer, deli-style food and a casual feel. 1710 Sansom Street, (215) 567-1500,; 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111; 837 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-6077; 6148 Ridge Avenue, (215) 238-6077;
  • Monde Market – This spot may look like a simple convenience store and take-out deli (with made-to-order breakfast sandwiches for a few bucks and change), but it offers one of the city’s best bottle selections. Rare finds are available here—and at prices that reflect the no-frills environment. 100 S. 21st Street, (215) 496-0564

South Philadelphia:

  • Beer Heaven – Locals don’t let the location in a South Philadelphia strip mall deter them from what may be the best craft-beer bargains in the city. The neatly stocked selections and clean layout provides a well-organized shopping experience for customers who spend less and get more in a wide array of 750 ml bottles from Europe and the U.S. 1100 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 271-5248,
  • The Bottle Shop – This relative newcomer on the hip East Passyunk strip looks like a take-out spot, but acts more like a bar with cold bottles lining the wall. Customers can hang out and drink their purchases, play Quizzo, sample draught beers and mingle with brewery reps during tap takeovers. The shop sells gluten-free beers and ciders, along with beer glasses, T-shirts and even onsies. 1837 E. Passyunk Avenue, (215) 551-5551,
  • Brew/Ultimo Coffee – This Newbold bottle shop has even more going for it than its impressive several-hundred-strong bottle selection: It’s owned by the same restaurateur who opened the iconic South Philadelphia Tap Room, and it’s the site of Ultimo Coffee, named the best coffee shop in the country by The Daily Meal. Patrons can grab a coffee from the barista, grab a brew from the cooler or sample free monthly tastings led by brewery reps. 1900 S. 15th Street, (215) 339-5177,

West Philadelphia:

  • Bottle Shop at Local 44 – One of Philly’s favorite bar ownership teams (Leigh Maida, Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly) opened one of the city’s most carefully curated bottle shops, right next to its destination beer bar/restaurant Local 44. Though the list is relatively compact at 500, managers take great care in selecting some of the world’s finest and rarest brews. Customers can drink a cask ale while they shop, and every Monday a brewery rep leads a happy hour tasting with discounts on bottles. What’s more, the quiet store stays open until midnight seven days a week. 4333 Spruce Street, (215) 222-CANS,

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SMIRNOFF® Vodka Banishes The “Velvet Rope” With The Launch Of New Campaign “Exclusively For Everybody”

Waiting in a standstill line that wraps around the block. Being at the mercy of the “bouncer’s discretion.” Blowing three months’ rent just to stand behind a velvet rope and hold a bottle with a sparkler. Sound familiar? Well, SMIRNOFF®, the world’s best-selling vodka, is here to remind people that fun nights out don’t have to be such a hassle. Exclusivity is out. It’s time to let everyone in. Introducing “Exclusively for Everybody” – SMIRNOFF’s new global marketing campaign.


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As the most awarded vodka brand in the world, SMIRNOFF has always been known for quality and is enjoyed responsibly in 130 countries around the world.  Additionally, vodka, at its core has always been the drink of the people; approachable and accessible for everyone. But somewhere along the way, the spirit became associated with exclusivity and pretension. As the leader in vodka, SMIRNOFF decided it was time for a change. While remaining rooted in promoting responsible drinking, the new campaign celebrates the brands belief that exclusivity for few is less fun than good times for all.


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We wanted to bring a fresh voice to vodka and break through some of the exclusive characteristics the category has come to be associated with.  SMIRNOFF was created to be enjoyed by everyone, from Czars andHollywood stars to you and your friends in the bar down the street. We want to celebrate that we’re there for good times, wherever and however they occur,” said Dan Kleinman, US Brand Director of SMIRNOFF.


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SMIRNOFF has created a digital film and six 30 second spots for the “The Party” which tells the story of two friends planning and hosting a party while poking fun at the elements that get in the way of honest, effortless good times. While house parties are always a good time for the many, SMIRNOFF recognizes that no party is complete without a safe ride home; that’s why one of the 30 second spots titled: Ride Home is dedicated to just that. Under the direction of the renowned Russo Brothers of Arrested Development and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, television superstars Alison Brie of NBC’s Community and Adam Scott of NBC’s Parks and Recreation play host to the epic house party. (Experience “The Party” now at


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When I read the script for ‘The Party’ I really liked the message and vibe that SMIRNOFF wanted to bring to the forefront,” said Brie. “A good time is always more fun when everyone is included and I think the playfulness of ‘The Party’ videos brings this to life.” Continue reading

Entertaining’s a Breeze with Spring Holiday Recipes from Olema Wines


As spring arrives across the country, winter-weary wine lovers turn their thoughts and menus to fresh, seasonal flavors and celebrating spring holidays. Olema Wines are here to help you set the table with recipes and pairings that are great for Easter, Mother’s Day or simply embracing the welcome change in the air. Olema Wines was founded by the owners of Amici Cellars in Napa Valley, who were looking to highlight the excellence of Sonoma County’s vineyards with wines that offer both serious winemaking and serious value.

Olema Wines co-owner Celia Shepard invited California Chef John Adamson to create recipes that would make hosting a spring gathering  a breeze—and be a perfect match for Olema’s bright, food-friendly wines.

Spring 2014 Holiday Pairing Recipes

Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir

Sauvignon Blanc

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