New York Film Critics Series Announces Launch Of Live National In-Theater Screening Series Moderated By Rolling Stone Film Critic Peter Travers

ALEXANDER PAYNE’S “NEBRASKA” TO PLAY OPENING NIGHT

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The New York Film Critics Series® (NYFCS®), one of the leading word-of-mouth screening companies, has announced they have partnered with Movie Theater locations throughout the U.S. to present a live, national, in-theater Screening Series. The events are moderated by Peter Travers, film critic for Rolling Stone Magazine, and ABC’s Popcorn. The Series presents interactive, in-theater; pre-release movies and big screen HD simulcast with the stars and filmmakers. The big screen events deliver 9-13 carefully chosen pre-release films per year to discerning audiences on a monthly basis. Each movie in the Screening Series is introduced live by Travers. Audiences then see award contenders prior to their release followed by live, High Definition Q&A between Travers, audiences and talent from the films. Each piece will bring the energy and VIP nature of prestigious, NYC screenings for nationwide audiences to interact with stars and directors via two way simulcast. This will not be available on the internet or TV.

The opening night will feature Paramount Vantage’s NEBRASKA, with live appearances by the film’s stars Bruce Darn, Winner of Best Actor, 2013 International Cannes Film Festival, and Will Forte (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE and MACGRUBER). After receiving a sweepstakes letter in the mail, a cantankerous father (Darn) thinks he’s struck it rich and convinces his son (Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune.  Shot in black and white across four states, Nebraska tells the stories of family life in the heartland of America.  June Squibb, Stacy Keach and Bob Odenkirk round out the cast.  Nebraska is directed by Oscar® winner Alexander Payne (THE DESCENDANTS, SIDEWAYS). The film opens in theaters November 15. The live event will be simulcast live from AMC EMPIRE 25, 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036. 8PM ET. www.nyfilmcriticsseries.com

Producer Mark Ehrenkranz, who will continue to program the series, commented: “Exclusive New York screenings with Peter Travers and live stars will now be intimately shared and enjoyed by film lovers everywhere in the comfort of their own neighborhood theaters. Unavailable in the past, filmgoers now have immediate access to personally chat with artisans to honestly discuss their work. The creators of the best independent films will now mutually interact with a nationwide audience to help spread the word and ensure that these films of high caliber continue to be made and distributed.” The prestige movies in the Screening Series might be followed by a regular theatrical run, or be available thereafter on VOD, DVD and other home entertainment vehicles.’

Travers is an American film critic, who has written for, in turn, People and Rolling Stone. Travers also hosts a celebrity interview show called Popcorn on ABC News Now and www.ABCNews.com. He’s best known for his basic writing style that eschews a more sophisticated analysis for an easy-to-read and often very opinionated form. According to www.efilmcritic.com, Travers is the nation’s most blurbed film critic. Peter has hosted the NYFCS for over 10 years. In addition to Rolling Stone Magazine, ABC-TV, Peter appears regularly on The Daily Beast, The Soho Apple Store, and CNN.

This is the first ever Live National In-Theater Screening Series which will entertain, educate, surprise, and refresh the spirit of true independent and foreign language filmmaking through provocative story-telling. The NYFCS® is dedicated to producing inspiring events in a collaborative environment and to nurturing the long-term success of movies. Featuring an energetic, creative, and experienced team, the NYFCS® exhibits socially and culturally relevant films with live world-class talent in the best independent theaters throughout the US.

The Screening Series will be produced and distributed by Ehrenkranz, who has 25+ years of experience with the NY Film Critics Series® as well as production/marketing/distribution at Pacific Arts, Pixie Productions, Really Cool Jobs®, Greyshack films, VideoLine® and Ingram Entertainment.

The Golden Door Establishes Professional Advisory Team On Health To Guide Guests Along The Cluttered Path To A Healthy Lifestyle

The Golden Door (www.goldendoor.com), the famed destination spa, has established a Professional Advisory Team on Health (PATH) to curate the areas of nutrition, exercise physiology, longevity, skin health and stress management. These nationally-recognized advisors include luminaries of publishing, academics, television personalities and award-winning authors.

We are establishing our first ever Advisory Team because of the critical importance of nutrition in the Body, Mind and Soul triumvirate,” says Kathy Van Ness, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager of the Golden Door. “We are continuing Golden Door’s tradition of innovation within the spa industry by assembling this unprecedented collection of experts. The combined knowledge of our high-caliber Team will provide our guests with the best possible nutritional guidance as well as advice on heart health, beauty, fitness and overall wellness.

Golden Door.  (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door Properties, LLC)

Golden Door. (PRNewsFoto/Golden Door Properties, LLC)

In addition to serving as an ongoing resource to the Golden Door, members will be making themselves available to Golden Door guests through special programming throughout the year. The PATH members are:

Joy Bauer MS, RD, CDN – Nutrition and health expert for NBC’s TODAY show and monthly columnist for Woman’s Day magazine.

Annette Shafer – Author, The Wine Sense Diet and owner of Nourish Napa Valley.

Alyse Levine MS, RD – Founder of Nutritionbite LLC, a top ranked nutrition consulting practice based in Los Angeles.

Len Kravitz, PhD – Program Coordinator of Exercise Science and Research at the University of New Mexico.

Kathie Davis – Co-founder and Executive Director of IDEA Health & Fitness Association.

David S Finn, MD – Medical Director of the Mass General Medical Group at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Dr. Debra J. Rose, PhD – Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Fullerton, and Director of the Center for Successful Aging.

Dr. E. Lee Rice, DO, FAAFP, FAOASM – Founder & Chief Executive Officer of the Lifewellness Institute.

Dr. Judith Orloff, MD – Assistant clinical professor of Psychiatry at UCLA and author of the New York Times bestseller Emotional Freedom.

Dr. Rachelle Amini Robinson – Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

Dr. Tomer Anbar – Director of the Global Pain Institute and Founder and first Director of the Multidisciplinary Pain Rehabilitation Program at Scripps Health.

Dr. Ava Shamban Extreme Makeover dermatologist and Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the UCLA-Geffen School of Medicine.

Deborah Madison – American chef, cooking teacher and author of Vegetable Literacy.

Dr. Judith Reichman – Attending physician in gynecology at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Helping to coordinate the efforts of the prestigious Team will be the Golden Door’s in-house nutritional expert, Susan Piergeorge, a registered dietitian and nutritionist with over two decades in nutrition counseling, health promotion, food industry and culinary experience. She possesses a Professional Culinary Certificate and is also the author of the book Boomer Be Well! Rebel Against Aging Through Food, Nutrition, and Lifestyle.

The good news for our guests is that there is a wealth of information available regarding healthy eating – the bad news is that there is a wealth of information available regarding healthy eating,” says Ms. Piergeorge. “The data, studies and opinions vary widely and create a confusing information overload. The goal of our Professional Advisory Team is to help boil down all the information, separating the wheat from the chaff, or given all the confusion about wheat itself, perhaps I should say ‘separating the wheat from the wheat.'”

“Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New” at the Museum of Modern Art

December 21, 2013–April 21, 2014

Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor

During a career spanning half a century, Ileana Sonnabend (1914–2007) helped shape the course of postwar art in Europe and North America. Both a gallerist and a noted collector, Sonnabend discovered and championed some of the most significant artists of her time. Among the many important works that Sonnabend owned is Robert Rauschenberg’s Combine painting Canyon (1959), which the Sonnabend family generously donated to The Museum of Modern Art in 2012. In celebration of this extraordinary gift, Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New explores Sonnabend’s legendary eye through selected works of art that she presented in her eponymous galleries in Paris and New York.

Andy Warhol (United States, 1928–1987). Ileana Sonnabend. 1973. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, two panels. 40 x 80″ (101.6 x 203.2 cm). Sonnabend Collection, New York. © 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Andy Warhol (United States, 1928–1987). Ileana Sonnabend. 1973. Acrylic and silkscreen on canvas, two panels. 40 x 80″ (101.6 x 203.2 cm). Sonnabend Collection, New York. © 2013 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Renowned for her ambassadorial role in bringing new art across the Atlantic, Sonnabend was instrumental in introducing American Pop art and Minimalism to Europe and Italian Arte Povera to the United States. Sonnabend also sought out and supported some of the most noncommercial and challenging Conceptual, new-media, and performance-based art of the 1970s. The exhibition includes works by approximately 30 artists, including Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Robert Morris, Mario Merz, Vito Acconci, Mel Bochner, John Baldessari, and Jeff Koons. Ileana Sonnabend: Ambassador for the New reveals the astounding scope of Sonnabend’s taste and salutes her commitment to introducing groundbreaking art to the public.

Mario Merz (Italy, 1925–2003). Igloo Fibonacci. 1970. Copper, aluminum, and marble. 72 x 96 x 96″ (182.9 x 243.8 x 243.8 cm). Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Photo: Helge Mundt. © 2013 Fondazione Merz, Turin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Mario Merz (Italy, 1925–2003). Igloo Fibonacci. 1970. Copper, aluminum, and marble. 72 x 96 x 96″ (182.9 x 243.8 x 243.8 cm). Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg. Photo: Helge Mundt. © 2013 Fondazione Merz, Turin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923–1997). Little Aloha. 1962. Acrylic on canvas. 44 1/16 x 42 1/8″ (111.9 x 107 cm). Sonnabend Collection, New York. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein (United States, 1923–1997). Little Aloha. 1962. Acrylic on canvas. 44 1/16 x 42 1/8″ (111.9 x 107 cm). Sonnabend Collection, New York. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

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Holiday 2013 Entertaining: The House of CAMUS Unveils New ‘Family Legacy’ Cognac

CAMUS (pronunciation:  “Kah-moo”), the largest independent, family-owned Cognac house and 5th largest worldwide, is proud to announce their latest work of art, Family Legacy. Appropriately named, Family Legacy stands as a tribute to the combined experience of five generations of the CAMUS Family. It is a rich and sumptuous blend of five crus, married step by step in eight stages to create the exquisite offering.

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CAMUS has been managed by five generations since it was founded in 1863. Today, it is the world’s fifth largest Cognac firm, employs 500 people and is managed by 42-year-old President and General Manager Cyril Camus, who follows his forefathers’ philosophy of quality, tradition and innovation. CAMUS sells products in nearly every country in the world, including most international airports and on board many international airlines, with a network of over 200 duty-free partners, covering more than 4,000 shops worldwide. The brand successfully launched in the U.S. in 2010.

Family Legacy embodies what five generations of the CAMUS Family like to call: “the Finer Things in Life.” Five crus, each from Grande Champagne, Petite Champagne, Bon Bois, Fin Bois and the famous Borderies, are blended perfectly in eight consecutive steps to bring Family Legacy to life. The expression adheres to the ancestral rules of perfect blending – a legacy of past expertise recorded in the cellar master’s “cahier de coupe” for posterity since the 19th century. Aged in French oak barrels, each step takes approximately three months to ensure a perfect and subtle integration of all aromas. These five crus are blended from the youngest to the oldest to ensure the most homogeneous and delicate possible match. To reach its peak, Family Legacy must attain the perfect strength of 40.8% vol.

At the request of Cyril CAMUS, President and General Manager of CAMUS, a former decanter design created a few decades ago has been re-envisioned to house the amber hued, gold-flecked liquid. The enhanced bottle design maintains a nod to the House’s heritage, while featuring contemporary lines and finishes of modern elegance—a true expression of the brand’s Living Tradition philosophy. The luxurious bottle is finished with a multi-faceted crystal stopper.

Tasting Notes

Nose: Round, smooth notes opening into velvety, complex aromas of tangerine, violet and oak fading into labdanum (Mediterranean flower) notes reminiscent of haute couture perfume.

Palate: rich and generous nose, building on hints of creme brulee and dulce de leche within the soft, delicate and voluptuously fruity character of vine peach, ending with crisp tangerine. Some dried fruit notes offer dynamic, complex staying power to a balanced, lingering and elegant finish.

Available nationwide beginning in October, Family Legacy is priced at $1299 and comes housed in an exceptional decanter and contemporary gift box.

Crystal Cruises Wins 20th Year As Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Best Cruise Line

2013 Score is Highest of All Small, Midsize, and Large-Ship Cruise Lines

For a record 20th year, Conde Nast Traveler magazine readers have voted ultra-luxe Crystal Cruises the industry’s “Best Cruise Line” (Midsize).  Crystal’s winning score of 94.4 is the company’s highest since 2004, second highest ever, and highest overall score of all Small, Midsize, and Large-ship cruise lines.  Crystal significantly outranked its luxury peers in

Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.  (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

Conde Nast Traveler 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards. (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

almost all the voting categories, including Itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, and Design.  The line also bested its own previous top scores in the Service and Food categories, and tied its past personal best in Itineraries.  All Readers’ Choice winners and scores are listed at www.cntraveler.com/rca will be featured in the U.S. magazine’s November 2013 issue.

With ground-breaking enhancements to its vacation experience and $120 million invested in redesigns, while retaining the service, choices, and quality for which the line has been known, Crystal’s ratings have consistently climbed in recent years.

To earn this award once is an incredible achievement; to be recognized by discerning travelers for an unprecedented 20 years is astounding,” said Edie Bornstein, Crystal’s new president and chief operating officer, who joined the company today.  “While I have long admired Crystal from afar, it was only when I recently sailed that I fully grasped why this experience receives such consistent accolades.  Every single member of the Crystal team works incredibly hard to give discerning vacationers a Six-Star standard of luxury travel that is unwavering, while leading new developments within cruising.  I want to personally thank all of Crystal’s crew, employees, associates, and guests for their part in this humbling, momentous win, and look forward to leading the company into the next two decades of record-breaking awards.”

The Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards are among the most preeminent in travel, honoring the best hotels, airlines, cruise lines, cities, rental car companies, and islands from around the world.  Almost twice as many readers voted this year as last — a record 79,268 — ranking their personal experiences with cruise lines’ Itineraries, Excursions, Service, Food, Activities/Facilities, Staterooms, and Design.

The renowned Crystal Experience has been rated “World’s Best” more than any other cruise line, hotel, or resort in history.  The newest “Best” award is but the latest in a string of readers’ choice awards Crystal has won it its size category this year, including Conde Nast Traveler’s #1 and #2 cruise ships, Travel + Leisure magazine’s World’s Best Cruise Line and Service and Cruise Critic’s Best Dining, Entertainment, and Public Rooms. Continue reading

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Virgin and Child Forever Stamp at American Stamp Dealers Association Stamp Show

Holy Family Forever Stamp Reissued as Pane of 20 Stamps

The U.S. Postal Service unveiled two Christmas Forever stamps–including the new Virgin and Child stamp by Jan Gossaert features a detail of Gossaert’s 1531 oil-on-wood painting, Virgin and Child, from the collection of the Cleveland Museum of Art (as a booklet of 20 stamps)–during the American Stamp Dealers Association stamp show in New York. Also, the Postal Service announced the issuance of the Holy Family Forever Stamp in a new format as a pane of 20 stamps.

New Virgin and Child Forever Stamp

Draped in purple and blue, the Virgin Mary supports her own head by leaning on one of her hands. According to art historians, this pose was an unusual way to depict the Virgin Mary in Gossaert’s time and may have been meant to evoke both sadness and contemplation by reminding viewers of earlier artistic depictions of ancient scholars, St. Joseph in Nativity scenes, and mourners at the Crucifixion. Supported by the Virgin Mary’s other hand, a curly-haired infant Jesus loosely draped in a white cloth looks to the viewer’s right and holds a bunch of red currants, which scholars have interpreted as foreshadowing Christ’s future suffering.

This is the second time a Gossaert painting has appeared on a U.S. stamp. In 2002, the U.S. Postal Service issued a Christmas stamp that featured a detail of Gossaert’s circa-1520 oil-on-panel Madonna and Child. Gossaert is credited with being one of the first artists to bring the innovations of the Italian Renaissance to northern Europe. Richard Sheaff served as art director for this issue.

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First issued in 2012 as booklets, the Holy Family stamp celebrates Christmas with a scene from the Nativity story that reminds us of the joys of the season: family, togetherness and the birth of Jesus. The stamp depicts Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and the baby Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky. Art director William Gicker, designer Greg Breeding and illustrator Nancy Stahl created this evocative image of the Holy Family.

The Virgin and Child by Jan Gossaert and the Holy Family stamps may be purchased at local Post Offices, online at www.usps.com/stamps or by calling 800- STAMP24 (800-782-6724). Additionally, the stamps are being sold on www.ebay.com/stamps. Forever stamps are good for mailing 1-ounce First-Class Mail letters anytime in the future regardless of price changes. Continue reading

Holiday 2013 Gift Guide: the Brookstone Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending system Turns Anyone into a Master Bartender

Brookstone’s App-Controlled Smart Bartending Makes the Perfect Drink Every Time

ANY DRINK. ANY SIZE. ALWAYS PERFECT.

Brookstone (www.brookstone.com), the multichannel specialty retailer and product development company, introduced the Brookstone Perfect Drink App-Controlled Smart Bartending system, (consisting of a smart scale, 750ml stainless steel shaker, 2 drink pouring spouts, 3.5mm cable and phone/tablet stand) available for pre-order today on www.Brookstone.com and in Brookstone stores starting October 18th for $69.99.

Brookstone Perfect Drink App-Controlled Bartending System.  (PRNewsFoto/Brookstone)

Brookstone Perfect Drink App-Controlled Bartending System. (PRNewsFoto/Brookstone)

A revolution in home bartending, the Perfect Drink smart scale and free app containing hundreds of drink recipes guides home bartenders with real-time pouring instructions. Choose serving size with Perfect Drink to make one drink or a party pitcher and watch as the virtual glass fills on the smartphone or tablet screen. The app senses the perfect pour, alerts when to stop and compensates for over-pouring by instantly re-adjusting the other ingredients.

Perfect Drink is easy to use and turns home bartenders into mixologists with its ability to save custom variations, create and save new drink recipes, and even generates a list of drinks to make with on-hand ingredients.

The system includes the following:

— Free app for iOS and Android(TM) with hundreds of recipes

— Choose the recipe and place glass (or pitcher) on the included smart scale

— Watch the virtual glass fill onscreen screen as liquid is poured

— Perfect Drink guides what to pour and when to stop

— Choose serving size from 1 to a pitcher

— Create and save your own variations

Perfect Drink is magic! It instantly turns you into an expert bartender, and make parties even more fun. You’ll be amazed how untitledthe virtual glass on your phone or tablet screen fills up as you pour each ingredient,” said Steve Schwartz, Brookstone Vice President of Merchandising & Product Development.  Schwartz added, “Perfect Drink is a must have, perfect gift for the entertainer in your life.”

Located in shopping malls and airports, the stores feature unique and innovative consumer products. Brookstone also operates an e-commerce business that includes the Brookstone catalog and www.Brookstone.com.