GQ Names 20 Worst Sports Franchises Of All Time

“EVERY CLEVELAND FRANCHISE” TOPS THE LIST

October Issue on Newsstands Now

GQ has revealed its list of  “The 20 Worst Sports Franchises of All Time” in its October 2013 issue, on newsstands now. For the list, GQ considered any and all professional sports franchises—currently active or not—and identifies the top twenty most inventively awful, disappointing, and frustrating teams in sports history. From the disgraceful Los Angeles Clippers (#4) to the self-destructive New York Jets (#6) to the historically helpless Philadelphia Phillies (#14), the teams on GQ’s list are ones that have caused or continue to cause their fans the most agony. Topping the list is every sports franchise based in Cleveland, a city which—between the Browns, the Indians, and the Cavaliers—”last celebrated a title four years before LeBron’s mother was born.”

Actor Jeff Bridges appears on the cover of GQ's October issue.  (PRNewsFoto/GQ)

Actor Jeff Bridges appears on the cover of GQ’s October issue. (PRNewsFoto/GQ

The “20 Worst Sports Franchises of All Time,” as selected by GQ, are: Continue reading

Westone Introduces The All New W-Series Earphones, Designed For Music Lovers And Audiophiles

Westone, the leader in high performance audio and in-ear monitoring technology, announces the availability of the new W-Series. The W-Series 10, 20, 30 and 40 are the next generation of the acclaimed W-Series that bring superior sound for music lovers and audiophiles. Combining a state-of-the-art design with performance for all levels of audio lovers, the new W-Series is designed to continue the award winning success and acclaim of the Westone lineup while adding improved audio performance and an enhanced design for improved comfort, fit and user customization with the inclusion of two cables and multiple faceplates for users choice of colors.

Combining a state-of-the-art design with performance for all levels of audio lovers, the new W-Series is designed to continue the award winning success and acclaim of the Westone lineup while adding improved audio performance and an enhanced design for improved comfort, fit and user customization with the inclusion of two cables and multiple faceplates for users choice of colors.  (PRNewsFoto/Westone)

Combining a state-of-the-art design with performance for all levels of audio lovers, the new W-Series is designed to continue the award winning success and acclaim of the Westone lineup while adding improved audio performance and an enhanced design for improved comfort, fit and user customization with the inclusion of two cables and multiple faceplates for users choice of colors. (PRNewsFoto/Westone)

The W-Series features:

W10: single balanced armature delivers extraordinary detail and clarity in a compact ergonomic package.

W20: a professional tool with a dual driver balanced armature design with passive crossover that has the range and performance for all music.

W30: unmatched sound signature tuned by artists, the three-way crossover is matched to individual low, mid, and high frequency drivers to make the sound mix smooth and balanced across all frequencies.

W40: The premier 4-driver system with 3-way crossover that yields the finest audio available today from any earphone. Continue reading

SUJA ELEMENTS™ Non-GMO Cold-Pressed Smoothies Now Available Exclusively in WHOLE FOODS MARKETS Nationwide

SUJA CO. INTRODUCES NEW FRESH WELLNESS BEVERAGE LINE AIMED AT RAISING $1 MILLION FOR SELECT CHARITIES

Suja Elements(TM) is a new line of high-quality, functional fresh smoothies that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Six Suja Elements flavors are now available exclusively in Whole Food Markets in the U.S. Using cold-pressed organic juice as a base, Suja Elements incorporates blended fruits and some of the world's best superfoods like camu camu, bao bab, and chia. For every bottle of Suja Elements sold, 20 cents will be donated to a non-profit organization. (PRNewsFoto/Suja Co.)

Suja Elements(TM) is a new line of high-quality, functional fresh smoothies that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. Six Suja Elements flavors are now available exclusively in Whole Food Markets in the U.S. Using cold-pressed organic juice as a base, Suja Elements incorporates blended fruits and some of the world’s best superfoods like camu camu, bao bab, and chia. For every bottle of Suja Elements sold, 20 cents will be donated to a non-profit organization. (PRNewsFoto/Suja Co.)

Suja Co., known for its fresh fruit and vegetable juices and premium cleanses, is extending to the fresh smoothie category with the introduction of Suja Elements™. Co-developed and sold exclusively in Whole Foods Markets nationwide starting this month, consumers can experience this new line of non-GMO organic smoothies from the leader in cold-pressed High Pressure Processing (HPP) beverages. Suja Elements is high-quality, functional refreshment that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere with a retail price of $4.99 per 12-ounce bottle. Using cold-pressed organic juice as a base, Suja Elements also

Suja Elements(TM) is an exclusive line of refreshing organic and non-GMO fresh pressed smoothies developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market's grocery team. The line is available now at Whole Foods Markets throughout the U.S. For every bottle of Suja Elements sold, 20 cents will be donated to non-profit organizations including Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Teens Turning Green, Citizens for GMO Labeling, New Eyes and International Rescue Committee.  (PRNewsFoto/Suja Co.)

Suja Elements(TM) is an exclusive line of refreshing organic and non-GMO fresh pressed smoothies developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market’s grocery team. The line is available now at Whole Foods Markets throughout the U.S. For every bottle of Suja Elements sold, 20 cents will be donated to non-profit organizations including Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Teens Turning Green, Citizens for GMO Labeling, New Eyes and International Rescue Committee. (PRNewsFoto/Suja Co.)

incorporates blended fruits and some of the world’s best superfoods like camu camu, bao bab, and chia. And unlike all of the other smoothies on sale at the store, this drink is not heat pasteurized. Each of the six fresh smoothies offers vital nutrients and refreshing taste with no added flavors, colors or preservatives.

Suja has added an important social aspect to the new Suja Elements line, donating 20 cents for every bottle sold to non-profits that are a part of the Suja Elements Cause Collective™, including Whole Kids Foundation, Whole Planet Foundation, Teens Turning Green, Citizens for GMO Labeling, New Eyes, and International Rescue Committee. The company’s goal is to raise $1 million annually on behalf of the Elements Cause Collective.

Suja Elements has taken high quality, purpose driven products to a new level of excellence. This exclusive line of refreshing organic and non-GMO fresh pressed smoothies was developed in partnership with Whole Foods Market’s grocery team and each item donates a percentage of sales to a worthy cause. This new line is a great example of what we stand for and we are excited to be offering it to our customers,” said Errol Schweizer, Executive Global Grocery Coordinator for Whole Foods Market.

Six Suja Elements flavors, USDA Organic and Verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project, will be rolled out nationwide exclusively to Whole Foods Market this week: Continue reading

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits In America On View At The New-York Historical Society September 27, 2013 – March 9, 2014

 

George Peter Alexander Healy (American, 1813 –1894), Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931), 1879. Oil on canvas,  Overall: 68 x 43 in. ( 172.7 x 109.2 cm )frame: 93 x 64 in. ( 236.2 x 162.6 cm ), Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby

George Peter Alexander Healy (American, 1813 –1894), Emma Cecilia Thursby (1845-1931), 1879. Oil on canvas,
Overall: 68 x 43 in. ( 172.7 x 109.2 cm )frame: 93 x 64 in. ( 236.2 x 162.6 cm ), Gift of the Estate of Ina Love Thursby

 

Beauty’s Legacy: Gilded Age Portraits in America, a new exhibition on view at the New-York Historical Society from September 27, 2013 through March 9, 2014, will explore the critical and popular resurgence of portraiture in the United States in the period bounded by the close of the Civil War and the beginning of World War I. Known as the Gilded Age, the era was marked by unprecedented industrial expansion yielding vast personal fortunes. Today, the Gilded Age conjures visions of material opulence and personal excess, yet it also inspired a fascinating chapter in American cultural and social history. With the amassing of great fortunes came the drive to document the wealthy in portraiture, echoing a cultural pattern reaching back to colonial times. A brilliant generation of American and European artists rose to meet that demand.

Henry Augustus Loop (American, 1831 –1895), Fannie Fredericka Dyckman and Mary Alice Dyckman, 1876. Oil on canvas,  Overall: 52 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. ( 132.7 x 102.2 cm )frame: 72 x 59 in. ( 182.9 x 149.9 cm ), Bequest of Fannie Fredericka Dyckman

Henry Augustus Loop (American, 1831 –1895), Fannie Fredericka Dyckman and Mary Alice Dyckman, 1876. Oil on canvas,
Overall: 52 1/4 x 40 1/4 in. ( 132.7 x 102.2 cm )frame: 72 x 59 in. ( 182.9 x 149.9 cm ), Bequest of Fannie Fredericka Dyckman

Organized for the New-York Historical Society by guest curator Dr. Barbara Dayer Gallati, the exhibition will feature sixty-five portraits selected from New-York Historical’s outstanding holdings. The sitters—ranging from famous society beauties to powerful titans of business and industry—left lasting legacies that contributed to the cultural and economic growth of the nation. Beauty’s Legacy also takes its cue from a series of three important portrait loan exhibitions mounted in New York in the 1890s that were organized for charitable purposes by the city’s social elite. A number of paintings in Beauty’s Legacy were featured in those historic displays and will be installed to evoke the late-nineteenth-century viewing experience. Continue reading

14th Annual Latin GRAMMY® Nominations Once Again Reflect A Diverse Blend of Established and Emerging Talent from Across the Latin Music World

JAVIER GARZA, ILLYA KURYAKI & THE VALDERRAMAS AND CARLOS VIVES LEAD LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS WITH FIVE EACH

EDGAR BARRERA, ANDRES CASTRO, JULIO REYES COPELLO, ALEJANDRO SANZ, AND CAETANO VELOSO EACH GARNER FOUR

LATIN GRAMMY® RECIPIENTS TO BE REVEALED ON NOV. 21 WHEN THE 14TH ANNUAL LATIN GRAMMY AWARDS® AIR LIVE ON THE UNIVISION NETWORK FROM THE MANDALAY BAY EVENTS CENTER IN LAS VEGAS

The Latin Recording Academy® announced nominations for the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® at a press conference attended by national and international media at the Avalon in Hollywood, Calif. The event was streamed live at www.LatinGRAMMY.com (and is now available as video on demand), and was hosted by The Latin Recording Academy® President/CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr., and Univision television personality Chiquinquira “Chiqui” Delgado. Artists reading nominations this morning included nine-time GRAMMY® winner Natalie Cole, Latin GRAMMY® winner Aida Cuevas,

The Latin Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Latin Recording Academy)

The Latin Recording Academy Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Latin Recording Academy)

bachata artist Leslie Grace, singer/songwriter Gaby Moreno, two-time Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter Draco Rosa, singer/songwriter Syntek, and five-time Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY winner Julieta Venegas. The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards, set for Thursday, November. 21 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, will be broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8 – 11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central). (For a complete list of nominees, media credentialing instructions and more information, please visit The Latin Recording Academy’s newly designed website and its social networks on Twitter and Facebook.)

Once again, it’s gratifying to see the Latin GRAMMY Awards process produce a broad cross section of diverse and impressive nominees across multiple genres,” said Abaroa Jr. “This year’s nominations truly reflect an exceptional and talented creative community that embodies some of the highest levels of excellence and artistry in their respective fields. With such a group of talented musicians, this year’s Latin GRAMMY telecast will undoubtedly be memorable.”

Best Urban Performance has been added in the Urban Field, bringing the total number of categories to be recognized at the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards to 48 in 18 Fields. Following is a sampling of nominations, featuring a diverse array of musical styles, artists and creators (or professionals), as well as some of the most prominent names and brightest newcomers in Latin music: Continue reading

New Documentary Examines Health Risks in the Adult Film Industry

SHORTS & SANDALS ENTERTAINMENT RELEASES NEW DOCUMENTARY, RISKY BUSINESS: A LOOK INSIDE AMERICA’S ADULT FILM INDUSTRY

"Risky Business: A Look Inside America's Adult Film Industry" examines the social, psychological, and economic impact of performing in adult films. What makes people decide to become adult entertainers, what are their experiences in the business, and how do they manage their lives once they exit the business? The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment. More information at RiskyBusinessTheMovie.com.  (PRNewsFoto/Shorts & Sandals Entertainment)

“Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry” examines the social, psychological, and economic impact of performing in adult films. What makes people decide to become adult entertainers, what are their experiences in the business, and how do they manage their lives once they exit the business? The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including workplace health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment. More information at RiskyBusinessTheMovie.com. (PRNewsFoto/Shorts & Sandals Entertainment)

Shorts & Sandals Entertainment released on DVD this week a new documentary film, Risky Business: A Look Inside America’s Adult Film Industry, that examines the social, psychological, and economic impact of performing in adult films. What makes people decide to become adult entertainers, how do they go about entering the business, what are their experiences in the business, and how do they deal with career options, finances, and relationships once they exit the business? The documentary also examines proposed regulations that would address current industry issues, including occupational health and safety, such as mandatory STD testing and condom use, and job discrimination once performers decide to leave the industry and pursue conventional employment. Continue reading

Michelin Reveals New York City’s 2014 Bib Gourmands

MORE RESTAURANTS THAN EVER MAKE MICHELIN’S ESTEEMED LIST OF QUALITY DINING AT A GOOD VALUE

One week prior to the highly anticipated launch of the MICHELIN Guide New York City 2014, Michelin released its coveted list of New York City’s Bib Gourmand restaurants.

Michelin’s Bib Gourmands are selected by Michelin’s esteemed and anonymous food inspectors and represent

Michelin logo. (PRNewsFoto/MICHELIN)

Michelin logo. (PRNewsFoto/MICHELIN)

restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves.

In the 2014 edition, 138 New York City restaurants, which include a diverse range of 31 cuisine types across the five boroughs, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, compared to 126 last year.  While the famous Michelin stars remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

Michelin’s anonymous inspectors regularly dine across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island to make their choices for the Bib Gourmands and the other selections in the MICHELIN Guide New York. These local inspectors are trained to scrupulously apply the same time-tested methods used by Michelin inspectors for many decades throughout the world. This ensures a uniform, international standard of excellence.  As a further guarantee of complete objectivity, Michelin inspectors pay all their bills in full. Continue reading

Works By Leonardo Da Vinci On View At The Morgan Library & Museum This Fall

EXHIBITION INCLUDES LEONARDO’S CODEX ON THE FLIGHT OF BIRDS AND THE HEAD OF A YOUNG WOMAN—NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN NEW YORK

Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin

October 25, 2013–February 2, 2014

The genius of Leonardo da Vinci—draftsman, painter, scientist, inventor—continues to captivate us almost five hundred years after his death. This fall, the Morgan Library & Museum (www.themorgan.org, 225 Madison Avenue, at 36th Street, New York, NY 10016-3405) will present a unique opportunity to encounter this great Renaissance master.

Leonardo da Vinci was born in 1452 in the small town of Vinci. Apprenticed in Florence, he moved to Milan around 1482, where he worked at the court of Ludovico Sforza. He returned to Florence around 1500, moved back to Milan a few years later and, on the invitation of King Francis I, eventually settled in France. He died in Amboise in 1519.

The exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, will feature a spectacular group of works by Leonardo from the Biblitoeca Reale, Turin, including one of his most famous manuscripts, the Codex on the Flight of Birds, and his wonderful Head of a Young Woman, both on view in New York for the first time. They will be presented together with a selection of other drawings by Leonardo, featuring the scientist as well as the artist. The exhibition will also include works by Leonardo’s followers and the Morgan’s Codex Huygens, a Renaissance manuscript recording lost notes by Leonardo. Leonardo da Vinci: Treasures from the Biblioteca Reale, Turin will be on view October 25, 2013–February 2, 2014.

We are delighted to offer New Yorkers the rare opportunity to see this selection of works by Leonardo,” said William M. Griswold, director of the Morgan Library & Museum. “The Morgan is well known for its superb collection of Italian Renaissance drawings, so this exhibition is particularly apt. We would like to thank our colleagues at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, for their assistance in organizing the show, and we are especially pleased that it coincides with the Year of Italian Culture in the United States.”

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

Exploring Nature: Leonardo’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

The exhibition will show two sides of Leonardo. The first section—Exploring Nature—will revolve around Leonardo’s famous Codex on the Flight of Birds (ca. 1505/6), which demonstrates Leonardo’s extraordinary ability to move seamlessly between art, science, and nature. In addition to architectural sketches, designs for machines, and various diagrams, most of the thirty-six pages of this notebook are devoted to detailed observations on the flight of birds. In both the text—written in Leonardo’s characteristic mirror script—and the accompanying drawings, Leonardo carefully analyzed the movement of birds, how they keep their equilibrium, steer their flight, and manage to ascend, descend, and dive. Leonardo’s interest in the flight of birds was largely motivated by his desire to build a machine that would allow man to fly. Presented alongside the Codex on the Flight of Birds will be additional works by Leonardo, including a charming sketch of insects, drawings on the anatomy of the horse, studies of the human body, as well as the Morgan’s own drawing by Leonardo with two machine designs: a device for bending beams and a maritime assault mechanism.

Leonardo da vinci'’s Head of a Young Woman

Leonardo da Vinci’’s Head of a Young Woman

Making Art: Leonardo da Vinci’s Head of a Young Woman

The second section of the exhibition—Making Art— features Leonardo’s Head of a Young Woman, a drawing praised by the legendary connoisseur Bernard Berenson as “one of the finest achievements of all draughtsmanship.” The celebrated study, which served as the model for the angel in Leonardo’s famous Virgin of the Rocks will be shown together with further drawings by Leonardo and his followers, the so-called Leonardeschi. Of particular note are works by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Leonardo’s most talented pupil, as well as Francesco Melzi and Cesare da Sesto. Continue reading

THE PAW PROJECT OPENS IN NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES

VETERINARIAN DIRECTS ACTIVIST DOCUMENTARY TO INSPIRE CHANGE AND PROTECT CATS AND DOGS FROM UNNECESSARY PAIN AND SUFFERING.

THE PAW PROJECT, a documentary directed by Dr. Jennifer Conrad.

http://www.pawprojectmovie.com/

THEATRICAL SCREENING INFO.

September 27- October 3: New York (IFC Center)

October 18 – 25: Los Angeles (Pasadena Playhouse 7

October 19 & 20: Santa Monica (Laemmle Monica

National roll out to follow NY, leading into LA

If you are an animal lover, then this is the film for you. In the United States today, six out of ten pet owners consider their pets to be family members. Today, 36,117,000 households have a pet cat in the home. (“U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics.” U.S. Pet Ownership Statistics. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 July 2011.) Currently, approximately 25% of these cats are declawed. While many cat owners are unaware of the true nature of this surgery, they are never told that it is an amputation of the last toe bones in a cat’s paw; and it actually does more harm than good. More than half of American households have at least one cat, and majority of them consider their cats to be members of the family. Over twenty million, or one-quarter of all cats, are declawed by veterinarians who promote the procedure as a quick and easy means to protect household furnishings from unwanted scratching. But vets rarely explain that declawing requires the surgical amputation of the last bone in the cat’s toes and the fact that declawing may result in permanent disabilities and behavioral changes, such as increased biting and litter box avoidance. Declawing is illegal and considered inhumane in most of the world. So, why is declawing so common in the United States?

Dr. Conrad and the bobcat

Dr. Conrad and the bobcat

Dr Ken Jones

Dr Ken Jones

Declawing is a series of bone amputations. Declawing could more accurately be termed “de-knuckling” because it is not merely the removal of the claws. In humans, fingernails grow from the skin, but in cats and many other animals, the claws grow from deep within the bone; therefore, the last bone of each of the ten front toes is amputated so the claw cannot re-grow. In the process, the tendons, nerves, and ligaments that normally enable function and movement of the paw are severed. An analogous procedure applied to humans would be cutting off each finger at the last joint.

Declawing, also known as onychectomy (än-ik-ek-tō-mē), is major surgery and a potentially crippling procedure that robs an animal of its primary means of defense. Declawed animals may be at increased risk of injury or death if attacked by other animals. They are also deprived of their normal, instinctual behavioral impulses to use their claws to climb, exercise, and mark territory with the scent glands in their paws.

Auburn Cat

Auburn Cat

Felines—whether house cats or big cats—can suffer pain, post-operative complications, serious health problems, psychological trauma that manifests itself in negative behavioral changes, and even death because of being declawed. Declaw surgery exposes cats to the risks of general anesthesia and complications of the surgical procedure, which include bleeding, infection, lameness, nerve damage, gangrene, extensive tissue damage, and death. Continue reading

KEITH HARING ALL-OVER INSTALLATION EXPLORES THE ARTIST’S USE OF UNCONVENTIONAL SURFACES, ON DISPLAY THROUGH NOVEMBER 13, 2013 AT THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Keith Haring and LA II (“Little” Angel Ortiz, b. 1967), Painted leather jacket, 1983, Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation Angel Ortiz (LA II) artwork © Angel Ortiz

Keith Haring and LA II (“Little” Angel Ortiz, b. 1967), Painted leather jacket, 1983, Keith Haring artwork © Keith Haring Foundation Angel Ortiz (LA II) artwork © Angel Ortiz

KEITH HARING ALL-OVER, An installation in the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture at the New-York Historical Society feature everyday items transformed by famed New York artist Keith Haring. Keith Haring All-Over (which opened last August) explores the artist’s use of unconventional surfaces: clothing, furniture and skin; as well as photographs and videos that document his process and passion for making ordinary objects into extraordinary works of art. Continue reading

Film Galas Galore at the 57TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS EUROPEAN PREMIERE OPENS THE 57TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

SAVING MR. BANKS EUROPEAN PREMIERE CLOSES THE 57TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL

THE 57TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL AMERICAN EXPRESS® GALA ANNOUNCED AS UK PREMIERE OF PHILOMENA

FILMS STARRING ACADEMY-AWARD WINNING ACTOR TOM HANKS TO OPEN AND CLOSE THE FESTIVAL

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips.Captain Phillips European Premiere Opens The 57th Bfi London Film Festival"

Tom Hanks stars in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips.Captain Phillips European Premiere Opens The 57th Bfi London Film Festival”

The 57TH BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL, in partnership with AMERICAN EXPRESS, has announced that this year’s Opening Night Gala will take place on Wednesday 9 October at the Odeon Leicester Square, with the European Premiere of Sony Pictures’ CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. It is directed by acclaimed Academy Award ® nominee Paul Greengrass (United 93, The Bourne Supremacy) and stars two- time Academy Award ® winner Tom Hanks (Forrest Gump, Philadelphia), both of whom2013 BFI Lonodn Film Festival Logo are expected to attend the Festival.

Captain Phillips is director Paul Greengrass’s multi-layered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates.  It is – through Greengrass’s distinctive lens – simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.  The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama’s commanding officer, Captain Richard Phillips (two time Academy Award® winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).  Set on an incontrovertible collision course off the coast of Somalia, both men will find themselves paying the human toll for economic forces outside of their control.  The film is directed by Academy Award® nominee Paul Greengrass, from a screenplay by Billy Ray based upon the book, A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy SEALs, and Dangerous Days at Sea, by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, and Michael De Luca. Sony Pictures release the film in UK cinemas on 18 October, 2013.

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures' "Captain Phillips", a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

L-r, Barkhad Abdi, Tom Hanks and Faysal Ahmed star in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips”, a high-stakes thriller based on true story of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by a crew of Somali pirates

Clare Stewart, BFI Head of Exhibition and Festival Director comments: “We are thrilled to be opening the BFI London Film Festival by welcoming Paul Greengrass – one of the great supporters of the BFI and British film – back to London for the European premiere of CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. Our Festival audiences will be captivated by Greengrass’s virtuoso filmmaking; CAPTAIN PHILLIPS is an intense, high-stakes drama, focusing on two men forced onto a collision course by global political forces much larger than themselves. Featuring spellbinding performances by Tom Hanks and four Somali-American actors (Barkhad Abdi, Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat M. Ali), we are excited to be presenting this film as our Opening Night Gala.”

Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the true story of one woman’s search for her lost son, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the true story of one woman’s search for her lost son, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the true story of one woman’s search for her lost son, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the true story of one woman’s search for her lost son, starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan

The Festival’s American Express Gala will take place on Wednesday 16 October at the Odeon Leicester Square with the UK Premiere of Stephen Frears’ PHILOMENA, the moving, funny and at times shocking true story of one woman’s search for her lost son. Stephen Frears, Judi Dench and Steve Coogan are all expected to attend the American Express Gala.

Academy Award ® winner Judi Dench plays the title role, with BAFTA winner Steve Coogan as Martin Sixsmith. The screenplay is written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, based on the book “The Lost Child of Philomena Lee” by Martin Sixsmith. Pathé release the film in UK cinemas on 1 November 2013.

Falling pregnant as a teenager in Ireland in 1952, Philomena was sent to the convent of Roscrea to be looked after as a “fallen woman”. When her baby was only a toddler, he was taken away by the nuns for adoption in America. Philomena spent the next fifty years searching for him but with no success. Then she met Martin Sixsmith, a world-weary political journalist who happened to be intrigued by her story. Together they set off to America on a journey that would not only reveal the extraordinary story of Philomena’s son, but also create an unexpectedly close bond between Philomena and Martin.

PHILOMENA was developed by BBC Films, produced by Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan and Tracey Seaward and Executive Produced by Baby Cow’s Henry Normal, BBC Films’ Christine Langan, Pathé’s Cameron McCracken and Francois Ivernel, and Magnolia Mae Films’ Carolyn Marks Blackwood. The Senior Executive representing the BFI Film Fund was Natascha Wharton.

Clare Stewart commented: “I am thrilled that American Express, returning as our Principal Sponsor with a renewed three-year partnership, have PHILOMENA for their gala this year heralding both their support of British film and on-going commitment to the BFI London Film Festival with a film of extraordinary potency and relevance. Stephen Frears demonstrates his customary flair for extracting brilliant performances and balancing cogent wit and deep pathos while Judi Dench and Steve Coogan adroitly navigate the tonal shifts between drama and humour and imbue their real-life characters with depth and dignity.”

"SAVING MR. BANKS" Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013. Ph: François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

“SAVING MR. BANKS”
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013. Ph: François Duhamel
©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

The 57th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express will close on Sunday 20 October (again) at the Odeon Leicester Square with the European Premiere of Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, the extraordinary untold story of how one of the most beloved tales of all time, Mary Poppins, was brought to the big screen. John Lee Hancock, Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are all expected to attend the Closing Night Gala. Continue reading

Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

December 11, 2013–April 6, 2014

Location: Galleries for Chinese Painting and Calligraphy

A major loan exhibition of contemporary Chinese art presenting works by 35 artists born in China will go on view at THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART, beginning December 11. Featuring  70 works in various media—paintings, calligraphy, photographs, woodblock prints, video, and sculpture—that were created during the past three decades, INK ART: PAST AS PRESENT IN CONTEMPORARY CHINA will demonstrate how China’s ancient pattern of seeking cultural renewal through the reinterpretation of past models remains a viable creative path. Although all of the artists have transformed their sources through new modes of expression, visitors will recognize thematic, aesthetic, or technical attributes in their creations that have meaningful links to China’s artistic past. The exhibition will be organized thematically into four parts and will include such highlights as Xu Bing’s dramatic Book from the Sky (ca. 1988), an installation that will fill an entire gallery; Family Tree (2000), a set of vivid photographs documenting a performance by Zhang Huan in which his facial features—and his identity—are obscured gradually by physiognomic texts that are inscribed directly onto his face; and Map of China (2006) by Ai Weiwei, which is constructed entirely of wood salvaged from demolished Qing dynasty temples.

Zhang Huan (Chinese, b. 1965). Family Tree; 张洹 家谱, 2001. Nine chromogenic prints; each 21 x 16 1/2 in. (53.3 x 41.9 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Zhang Huan (Chinese, b. 1965). Family Tree; 张洹 家谱, 2001. Nine chromogenic prints; each 21 x 16 1/2 in. (53.3 x 41.9 cm). Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Leonard C. Hanna, Jr., Class of 1913, Fund

Maxwell K. Hearn, Douglas Dillon Chairman of the Metropolitan Museum’s Department of Asian Art, and curator of the exhibit stated: “A unique feature of this landmark exhibition is the way in which it positions contemporary art from a non-Western culture within an encyclopedic art museum. Instead of being presented by the Metropolitan’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art, Ink Art is curated by members of the Department of Asian Art and displayed in the Museum’s permanent galleries for Chinese painting and calligraphy, featuring artworks that may best be understood as part of the continuum of China’s traditional culture. While these works may also be appreciated from the perspective of global art, the curatorial argument is that, by examining them through the lens of Chinese historical artistic paradigms, layers of meaning and cultural significance that might otherwise go unnoticed are revealed. Ultimately, both points of view contribute to a more enriched understanding of these creations.” Continue reading

Bond No. 9 Celebrates 10 year anniversary and Launches Perfumista Avenue, Their first “New York Fantasy Neighborhood” Fragrance

Perfumes are all about dreams—and about the power of scents to make our dreams come true. At Bond No. 9, the New York-centric perfumery, the scent-makers had an ongoing dream of their own ever since the business got started in 2003. That dream was of a New York neighborhood where absolutely everyone wore fragrance—executives … professionals … careerists … bon vivants … singles … marrieds … mothers and fathers … shopkeepers … bank tellers … doormen … postmen … taxi drivers … bus drivers … even the pizza delivery guys.

Perfumista Avenue, Our First New York  Fantasy Neighborhood.  (PRNewsFoto/Bond No. 9 New York)

Perfumista Avenue, Our First New York Fantasy Neighborhood. (PRNewsFoto/Bond No. 9 New York)

By 2013, as the company’s 10th year rolled in, they have decided they couldn’t wait any longer for that dream to come true—in a manner of speaking. So as an anniversary gift to everyone, They designed a parfum for this fantasy street that was filled to the brim with perfume wearers–one that partakes of the best of all of New York: the elegance of the Upper East Side, the culturati atmosphere of the Upper West, the high-voltage energy of Midtown, the bohemian verve of Downtown and the Manhattan-ized parts of Brooklyn, and the lively dynamism of the outer boroughs. This imaginary thoroughfare, which they named Perfumista Avenue, hovers all around town.

While most of Bond No. 9’s 68 parfums are gender-non-specific, Perfumista Avenue, which arrived on-counter September 15, was formulated for women—and specifically for a New York breed of woman who is “stunning, bold, sexy, fearless, and daring; who knows what she wants, who is passionate, forthright, assured”. This customer looks the part too, dressing with style

Perfumista Avenue, Our First New York Fantasy Neighborhood (with ancilliaries)

Perfumista Avenue, Our First New York Fantasy Neighborhood (with ancilliaries)

and pizzazz. But while she may be polished and manicured, she’s a bit nonchalant too.

Furthermore, Perfumista Avenue (Top Notes: Davana, Nutmeg, Safran, Red Plum; Middle Notes: Rose Oil, Rose Water, Peonies, Jasmine and Bottom Notes: Patchouli, Sensual Musk, Modern Amber and Mate) was made for women everywhere who exhibit a New York state of mind. Super-strong and determined, this is an orientalist, leather-tinged blend that modernizes the breathtakingly fresh, ultra-feminine rose (New York State’s official flower). Here, rose is immediately perceived as a starting point, accompanied by lush and succulent plum. These give way to a series of overtly seductive animal notes: honey and musk, along with musk-like amber, and earthy patchouli. The overall effect is high-grade intoxication.

The Perfumista Avenue bottle is a perfect match for this forthright, spontaneous scent. For starters, its color: a strong, vivid magenta with a shimmering metallic cast. No everyday color, magenta contains a blend of two wavelengths: red, conveying, passion, power, and eroticism; and violet, associated with intuition and psychic powers. Mixed together, they promote optimism, a free spirit, and can-do-ism—even as magenta is also said to enhance dreams. To add to the hypnotic effect, the bottle is laser-etched with an overall patterning of the Bond No. 9 signature token. Hold it up to the light, and you see slivers of transparency and glimpses of the cascading perfume itself.

Perfumista Avenue be sold at Bond No. 9’s five New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, select Nordstrom stores, Harrods, and online at www.bondno9.com. Price: 100ml, $340; 50ml, $260; body silk, $160; candle, $150; pocket spray, $95.