FILMMAKER MORGAN SPURLOCK AND ACTOR JOHN STAMOS DEBUT NEW FALL COMEDY SERIES “LOSING IT WITH JOHN STAMOS” EXCLUSIVELY ON YAHOO! SCREEN

Original Web Series Taking a Look Back At Celebrities’ First Time Launches This Week

From Executive Producers Morgan Spurlock and John Stamos, LOSING IT WITH JOHN STAMOS takes a hilarious look back at celebrities’ first times. With the help of some artistic re-imagining, viewers learn that the entertainers we know and love

John Stamos

John Stamos

lived the same awkward, embarrassing years we all did. The comedy series launches this week exclusively on Yahoo! Screen (http://screen.yahoo.com).

Featured guests include Michael Ian Black, Alan Cumming, Perez Hilton, Olivia Munn, Adam Pally, Michael Rapaport, Jeff Ross, Bob Saget, Matt Stone, Casey Wilson and more. LOSING IT WITH JOHN STAMOS is produced by Spurlock’s production company Warrior Poets.

LOSING IT WITH JOHN STAMOS is also available via Yahoo’s new mobile video app. Search for ‘Yahoo Screen’ in the App Store.

LOSING IT WITH JOHN STAMOS is also available via Yahoo’s new mobile video app. Search for ‘Yahoo Screen’ in the App Store.

Links to this month’s celebrities and their episodes:

Michael Ian Black http://yhoo.it/13AS2QE

Alan Cumming http://yhoo.it/17kVNua

Perez Hilton http://yhoo.it/18J3OIi

Olivia Munn http://yhoo.it/18574S4

Adam Pally http://yhoo.it/15Jzhbl

Michael Rapaport http://yhoo.it/1aY91AV

Jeff Ross http://yhoo.it/18PmrJF

Bob Saget http://yhoo.it/14yQGZe

Matt Stone http://yhoo.it/1856XWM

Casey Wilson http://yhoo.it/17Lnmxn

 

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Porsche 918 Spyder tops global debut with a Nürburgring lap record

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As the first vehicle to boast global road homologation, the Porsche 918 Spyder* has conquered the 20.6-kilometre lap around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in less than seven minutes. Achieving a time of exactly six minutes and 57 seconds, the super sportscar equipped with a hybrid drive shaved 14 seconds off the previous record. Wolfgang Hatz, member of the Porsche AG Board of Management in charge of Research and Development, had the following to say: “We promised a great deal with the 918 Spyder, namely to redefine driving pleasure, efficiency and performance. We have kept our word.”P01_0190_cymk

As is always the case with Porsche, the 918 Spyder is also leading the way for future generations as the latest in the line of super sportscars. It is currently making its global début at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Geneva, Switzerland. With its unique spread, the model blends maximum driving dynamics with minimal fuel consumption. By taking the Nürburgring record, the sportscar is demonstrating the enormous potential that lies in Porsche’s pioneering plug-in hybrid concept, and is underpinning the leading role the company enjoys when it comes to developing sporty hybrid vehicles. “The radical hybridisation of the 918 Spyder from the very outset is what made this lap record possible” says Dr. Frank Walliser, head of the 918 Spyder project. “The lap time on the Nordschleife is and remains the toughest measure of a super sportscar. Posting a time of 6.57 minutes, we achieved a result of which everyone in the development team and at Porsche as a whole is rightly proud.”

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, presents the 918 Spyder at the Volkswagen Group Night on the penultimate evening of IAA 2013

Matthias Müller, Chairman of the Board of Management of Porsche AG, presents the 918 Spyder at the Volkswagen Group Night on the penultimate evening of IAA 2013

Porsche redefined: A new super sportscar for a new decade

The 918 Spyder continues a long tradition of super sportscars at Porsche. Many of these vehicles have set technological benchmarks and have become the ultimate sportscars of their decades: the Carrera GTS, the first Porsche Turbo, the 959, the 911 GT1 and the Carrera GT. More so than any of its predecessors, the 918 Spyder is providing the key momentum for developing technologies for future vehicle concepts. The 918 Spyder features all the components that reflect the Porsche DNA in a format that is more powerful than ever before.

A unique combination of performance and efficiency

The 918 Spyder embodies the essence of the Porsche idea, combining pedigree motor racing technology with excellent everyday suitability, and maximum performance with minimum consumption. The début of the 918 Spyder at the IAA 2013 marks the start of a new chapter in the future of the hybrid drive. And the technology pioneers are not the only ones who are excited by this flagship project, as the 918 Spyder demonstrates the potential of the hybrid drive to a degree never seen before, achieving a parallel improvement in both fuel efficiency and performance without compromising on either. This is the idea that has made the Porsche 911 the most successful sportscar in the world for the past 50 years.

Record Run 918 Spyder at Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder at Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder at Nürburgring

Record Run 918 Spyder at Nürburgring

In short, the 918 Spyder contains the genetic blueprint for the Porsche sportscar of the future. The 918 Spyder has been greatly influenced by its affiliations with motorsport. A number of the developments to the Porsche race car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 were used in the 918 Spyder – and vice versa. The structural concept, which is based on a rolling chassis (i.e. a chassis without bodywork), is standard for Porsche race cars. The design of the V8 engine is based on that of the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) race car, the RS Spyder, and the supporting monocoque structures and unit carriers are made from carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP). More importantly, however, the 918 Spyder is considerably more fuel efficient than any of its competitors. In fact, this plug-in hybrid combines the performance of a race car with an output of over 880 bhp with an estimated NEDC fuel consumption of just three litres per 100 km, which is lower than the majority of today’s compact cars. Drivers can therefore enjoy maximum driving pleasure and minimum fuel consumption.

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Hybrid drive enhances dynamic performance

The core message surrounding the 918 Spyder is that the Porsche hybrid drive offers uncompromising dynamic performance. The unique all-wheel drive concept with a combined combustion engine and electric motor drive system on the rear axle and a second electric motor on the front axle make this possible. This concept is based on Porsche’s motorsport development work for the successful 911 GT3 R hybrid. The additional, individually controllable front-wheel drive enables new driving strategies to be used for extremely high yet safe speeds through bends in particular. What’s more, the advanced “boost” strategy manages the energy of the electric drive so intelligently that the unrestricted total power of the 918 Spyder can be accessed simply by fully depressing the accelerator pedal for every burst of speed at maximum acceleration. In short, the 918 Spyder allows even drivers without motorsport training to experience the potential of advanced longitudinal and lateral dynamics. Continue reading

Lexus Collaborates with MADE Fashion Week, Coco Rocha and Giles Deacon to Create Live Holographic Fashion Experience during New York Fashion Week

“Lexus Design Disrupted” event features a unique convergence of artistry and technology

To celebrate the launch of its all-new 2014 IS performance sedan; Lexus created and hosted a MADE Fashion Week event debuting a first-ever live holographic performance art experience. The event, “Lexus Design Disrupted,” featured supermodel Coco Rocha and a bold retrospective from the archives of designer Giles Deacon in a creative concept inspired by the IS and the brand’s commitment to design and technology. Joe Zee, ELLE creative director and host of Sundance Channel’s special series “Revealing,” served as master of ceremonies. The IS incorporates Lexus’ new design language that seeks to attract drivers in a new way. Lexus Design Disrupted was an opportunity for guests to engage with Lexus through design, art, fashion, culture, music and technology.

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha performs at Lexus Design Disrupted event. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

By combining 3D holographic projection technology, 3D mapping and a choreographed narrative, Lexus, in conjunction with award-winning multimedia studio LEGS, created a visually stunning show designed to defy convention with the seamless integration of technology, fashion and performance art. The cutting-edge spectacle turned the stage into an illusionary world where 3D holograms interacted with their real-life counterparts to tell a metaphorical story of disruption as an inevitable phenomenon in nature. It echoed the emotion and independent spirit of the recently launched commercial campaign for the IS that challenges consumers to stand out from the crowd.

The story unfolded in three acts, tracking the beautiful heroine (Rocha) as she battled opposing forces on a path to independence from darkness to light. Through choreographed movement and creative expression, she breaks free from the dark, unleashing a surge of vibrant color as she ultimately finds her own liberation. Filmmaker and artist Andrew Thomas Huang of LEGS served as creative director for the show, which included the performance of choreography by Ryan Heffington and original compositions by rock band HEALTH.

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted.  (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Supermodel Coco Rocha at Lexus Design Disrupted. (PRNewsFoto/Lexus)

Lexus Design Disrupted reaffirms our focus on design and technology and the willingness to push boundaries,” said Brian Bolain, Lexus corporate marketing communications manager. “All of the creative people involved in this event, including Joe, Coco and Giles, ‘blend out’ and take everyday risks—something we at Lexus strive to do and celebrate.” Continue reading

Neiman Marcus Announces The Launch Of “the blog”

Neiman Marcus has announced a newly redesigned blog entitled, the blog ( www.blog.neimanmarcus.com), replacing the brand’s existing blog, NMdaily.

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The blog upgrade was in response to shifts in the social media landscape.  Designed to showcase rich visual content, the blog offers options for full-screen viewing.  In addition, commenting is enabled and content can easily be shared via today’s most relevant social networks.  Updates from Neiman Marcus’ photo-centric social accounts including Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest will be displayed on the blog.  The new blog is more conducive to shopping, featuring editors picks and reviews with convenient links to e-commerce.

The editorial focus of the blog is style inspiration and the lifestyles of fashion insiders.  The editorial team, led by Jean Scheidnes, will continue many of the signature features including:

  • Conversation With (designer interview)
  • Ten Things (curated list of recommendations by a designer or fashion influencer)
  • Happy Hour (weekly cocktail created by the NM mixologist)
  • Out of Office (travelogue)
  • On Set (behind the scenes of a fashion shoot with top industry talent)
  • Street Style
  • Fashion Week coverage

A number of new editorial features have been introduced, including:

  • Inspired (homage to a celebrity or fashion influencer’s look)
  • NM Weddings (real weddings of NM brides)
  • Horoscopes (monthly horoscopes by Susan Miller of AstrologyZone)
  • The title, the blog, expresses the blog’s ties to Neiman Marcus’ iconic magalog, the book.

In addition to editorial content, the blog features a Press Room, where fashion editors and bloggers may access the brand’s latest press releases and photo assets for their own use.

Neiman Marcus, Inc. operations include the Specialty Retail Stores segment and the Direct Marketing segment. The Specialty Retail Stores segment consists primarily of Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman stores. The Direct Marketing segment conducts both print catalog and online operations under the Neiman Marcus, Horchow and Bergdorf Goodman brand names. Information about the Company can be accessed at www.NeimanMarcusGroup.com .

Rock in Rio 2013: Rock City makes final arrangements to be home to the greatest music and entertainment festival in the world

The festival has published the concert schedule for every artist who will be performing in Rock City – on the World, Sunset, and Electronic stages and on Rock Street – and gives tips on how to enjoy the event Rio de Janeiro

The 13th edition of Rock in Rio is just around the corner. With 12 editions held in Brazil (1985, 1991, 2001, 2011), Portugal (2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012) and Spain (2008, 2010, 2012), Rock in Rio is the largest music and entertainment event in the world. The festival has attracted 6,511,300 spectators, who have applauded 968 artists who have performed live at the event. A total of 980 hours of music has been broadcast/streamed to over a 1 billion viewers, in 200 countries, on TV and through the web. Rock in Rio has also broken records on social networks, and currently has over 9 million followers all over the world – the largest in the category of music festivals.

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Using music as a universal language that brings people together all over the world, Rock in Rio is a channel for conveying emotions and socio-environmental causes. One of its communication pillars is the social Project Por Um Mundo Melhor (For a Better World). Created in 2001, in Rio, the Project has benefited thousands of people in Brazil, Portugal, Spain and many other countries through funds from ticket sales and actions promoted with partners, totaling US$ 16.6 million. Planting 119,000 trees and building a school in Tanzania and a health center in Maranhao, Brazil, are some of the actions that have been carried out. Rock in Rio has also allowed 3,200 kids to complete elementary school in Rio; 760 solar panels have been installed in schools in Portugal; and 14 sensory rooms have been created in NGOs to care for mentally and visually impaired children, among other initiatives. In 2011, the actions of the “Por Um Mundo Melhor” Project had music as their main motto in order to support the education of the youth. By mobilizing the population and the project’s partners, 2,200 music instruments have been donated to more than 150 NGOs all across Brazil that work with music as an educational tool; 10 music rooms have been installed in the municipal public education system in Rio, 30 teachers have been trained using the methodology “The Step”; and 40 youths have been trained as luthier assistants (professionals specializing in making and repairing music instruments).

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Furthermore, since 2006 Rock in Rio has been committed to make up for 100% of the CO2 emissions from the event – a process audited by an external consultant – and to implement a broad waste management plan, in addition to having invested in an emission reduction plan that includes a sustainability plan for organizers, sponsors and suppliers, which has been improved at every edition and has been employed so far in all countries where the festival is held, and an award intended for honoring those partners with a more sustainable attitude in Rock in Rio was created.

The event, which is at its 13th edition, kicks off on Friday, September 13, 2013, and continues on September 14, 15, 19, 20, 21 and 22, in Rock City, a 150,000m2 area in Rio de Janeiro (Parque dos Atletas – Av. Salvador Allende, s/n).

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The construction work in Rock City has reached its final phase before the gates are opened to the public, on September 13. Currently, around 2,000 people are working in the 150,000m2 area. The program of Rock in Rio 2013 includes over 160 artists, in addition to amusement rides, stores, and restaurants. Overall, 91 hours of partying will be spent during the seven days of the festival – Rock City is open from 02 p.m. to 03 a.m. – for a 595,000-strong public (85 thousand per day). The organizers have published beforehand the concert schedule of every artist on their respective venues, so that the public can plan their day in Rock City (see annexed list). Continue reading

U.S. Men’s Shoemaker Allen Edmonds Launches Clothing Line

Coming off of back-to-back record sales years, Allen Edmonds Corporation announced the launch of a “curated” clothing and leather goods line to be carried through its retail stores and on its e-commerce site. Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds Corporation is a privately-held, U.S.-based retailer of premium men’s footwear, apparel, leather goods and accessories with a focus on American manufacturing. Allen Edmonds’ famous Goodyear welted shoes are handcrafted in Port Washington, WI using a 212-step production process. Consistent with the company’s heritage, Allen Edmonds remains committed to providing excellent products at exceptional value for style and quality conscience men worldwide. By partnering with like-minded US manufacturers, the company’s offering includes men’s clothing and accessory needs from head to toe. Allen Edmonds products are available at premier stores worldwide, including 45 company-owned Allen Edmonds stores across the United States, and online at www.AllenEdmonds.com.

Curated clothing from Allen Edmonds Corporation, an American Original

Curated clothing from Allen Edmonds Corporation, an American Original

Curated clothing from Allen Edmonds Corporation, an American Original

Curated clothing from Allen Edmonds Corporation, an American Original

This is all about great American styling combined with American manufacturing authenticity. We are proud of our design work with manufacturers in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Florida, California, Minnesota and Wisconsin who will be partnering with us on these products” said Allen Edmonds President and CEO Paul Grangaard. “For 91 years, Allen Edmonds has proven that world class shoes can be handcrafted in America.  Now we’re going to help show the world that it also can still be done in amazing clothing and leather goods.” Continue reading

Mack Weldon Partners with Raleigh Denim for Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

Mack Weldon Underwear hides its stripes in partnership with Raleigh

Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com), the New York based e-commerce company reinventing men’s basics, teamed up with Raleigh Denim for 2014 Spring/Summer New York Fashion Week. This year’s presentation featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh’s Spring/Summer 2014 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim’s blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear. The show took place on September 3rd at the Gramercy Park Hotel, where guests included Garrett Munce, Tyler Thoreson and

"Mack Weldon - Smart Underwear for Smart Guys.".  (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

“Mack Weldon – Smart Underwear for Smart Guys.”. (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Wendell Brown.

Mack Weldon and Raleigh Denim share a simple business philosophy: merge old school quality with modern day technology and design. With their focus on integrity and quality, both Mack Weldon and Raleigh have built loyal followings among fashion editors and customers alike.

Mack Weldon (www.mackweldon.com), based in New York City, is a designer and direct-to-consumer retailer of men’s basics. The company was founded in 2012 by Brian Berger and Michael Isaacman with a mission to reinvent men’s basics. Mack Weldon produces and sells a full line of underwear, socks, undershirts and t-shirts engineered to promote comfort, mobility, performance and functionality. Its simple and elegant e-commerce site features a more convenient shopping experience and volume-based pricing. The company has been featured in the New York Times, WWD, People Magazine, Men’s Health, and many others.

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year's Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation.  This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh's SS'14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim's blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear.  (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year’s Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation. This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh’s SS’14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim’s blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear. (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year's Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation.  This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh's SS'14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim's blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear.  (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year’s Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation. This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh’s SS’14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim’s blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear. (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year's Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation.  This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh's SS'14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim's blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear.  (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

Backstage photo of a model getting dressed at this year’s Mack Weldon / Raleigh New York Fashion Week presentation. This event featured Mack Weldon products tucked under, and complementing, Raleigh’s SS’14 line. Boxer briefs, trunks, undershirts and socks were subtly featured beneath Raleigh Denim’s blue jeans and button downs and Cole Hann footwear. (PRNewsFoto/Mack Weldon)

While it may seem strange to hide one’s products for a fashion presentation, it’s absolutely consistent with Mack Weldon’s strategy of “reinventing men’s basics“, according to Brian Berger, Founder and CEO of Mack Weldon. “Just as we skip cluttered department store shelves by selling direct to our customer, we avoid traditionally over-sexed underwear imagery by featuring our products in their ‘natural habitat’.” Continue reading