Afternoon Tea With Jimmy Choo At Mandarin Oriental, Munich


Mandarin Oriental, Munich is delighted to announce its fashion afternoon tea in collaboration with Jimmy Choo, one of the world’s most loved luxury brands. Jimmy Choo shoes and handbags are worn by style icons, celebrities, royalty, musicians and heads of state. From now through to 28 February 2014, guests can indulge in little fashion fantasy of their own with the Mandarin Bar’s Jimmy Choo Fashion Afternoon Tea. The tea set takes inspiration from Jimmy Choo’s Cruise 2014 collection and highlights the popular clutch Charlize and the stiletto Sunday. 

Jimmy Choo is a fashion label in the luxury segment with a wide range of products. Women’s shoes form the core of the large product choice along with bags, small leather goods, scarves, sun glasses, eyewear, belts, fragrances and men’s shoes. Jimmy Choo is part of Labelux GmbH, and is available in more than 150 of the most famous department stores in 32 countries. Continue reading

Tony Bennett Handpicks The Classics: Quintessential Career-Spanning Collection Set For US Release on January 28, 2014 on RPM/Columbia/Legacy Recordings

The Classics Available in Standard & Expanded Deluxe Editions
RPM/Columbia/Legacy Recordings will release The Classics, a newly compiled collection of twenty Tony Bennett recordings, each personally selected by the artist, providing definitive takes on “a song that sounds like it was written yesterday even though it may have been written 500 years ago or 50 years ago.”  Tony Bennett’s The Classics is available for pre-order now and will be in stores on January 28.

When approached to curate an anthology of classic recordings drawn from across his career, Bennett kept “two things in mind: choosing songs that exemplify to the highest degree a timeless quality, while selecting a performance of those songs that present them in a very immediate and ‘live’ approach. I feel that songs I selected for The Classics absolutely meet both of these criteria.”

The Classics opens in 1951 with “Because of You,” Tony’s first Columbia Records single and first #1 record, includes the “solo tracks that I felt most closely represented the highest level of musical craftsmanship that has been my mandate as I have built my recording catalog” and spotlights some of the finest of Bennett’s acclaimed duets, sung “with artists who I admire and have loved working with over the years.”  The Classics finds Tony Bennett sharing songs with Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, k.d. lang, Barbra Streisand, Juanes, Diana Krall, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Michael Buble, Lady Gaga, and Amy Winehouse.

The Classics is the latest Tony Bennett Legacy entry which has already enjoyed two highly acclaimed releases early this year:  the never before released, Bennett/Brubeck: The White House Sessions, Live 1962 and the much-anticipated Tony Bennett Live At the Sahara, Las Vegas 1964.  Additionally, Tony Bennett’s entire catalog was made available for the first time on i-Tunes this past fall. Tony Bennett’s The Classics is available in an expanded deluxe edition featuring ten additional tracks.

1. Because Of You
2. Just In Time
3. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
4. I Wanna Be Around
5. The Good Life
6. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
7. How Do You Keep The Music Playing
8. When Do The Bells Ring For Me
9. New York, New York – Duet with Frank Sinatra
10. Evenin’ – Duet with Ray Charles
11. What A Wonderful World – Duet with k.d. Lang
12. Smile – Duet with Barbra Streisand
13. The Shadow Of Your Smile – Duet with Juanes
14. The Best Is Yet To Come – Duet with Diana Krall
15. For Once In My Life – Duet with Stevie Wonder
16. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) – Duet with John Mayer
17. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duet with Michael Buble
18. The Lady Is A Tramp – Duet with Lady Gaga
19. Body And Soul – Duet with Amy Winehouse
20. Steppin’ Out With My Baby – Duet with Christina Aguilera

1. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
2. Because Of You
3. Cold, Cold Heart
4. Blue Velvet
5. Rags To Riches
6. Stranger In Paradise
7. Just In Time
8. The Way You Look Tonight
9. Put On A Happy Face
10. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
11. I Wanna Be Around
12. The Good Life
13. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)
14. Of I Ruled The World
15. My Favorite Things
16. How Do You Keep The Music Playing
17. When Do The Bells Ring For Me
18. New York, New York – Duet with Frank Sinatra
19. Evenin’ – Duet with Ray Charles
20. What A Wonderful World – Duet with k.d. lang
21. Smile – Duet with Barbra Streisand
22. The Shadow Of Your Smile – Duet with Juanes
23. The Best Is Yet To Come – Duet with Diana Krall
24. For Once In My Life – Duet with Stevie Wonder
25. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) – Duet with John Mayer
26. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore – Duet with Michael Buble
27. The Lady Is A Tramp – Duet with Lady Gaga
28. Body And Soul – Duet with Amy Winehouse
29. It Had To Be You- Duet with Carrie Underwood
30. Steppin’ Out With My Baby – Duet with Christina Aguilera

Little Shot Of Horrors? Microscope Image of Carnivorous Plant Wins 10th Anniversary Olympus BioScapes Competition

A spellbinding photo of the yawning trap of a carnivorous plant has taken First Prize in the 2013 OLYMPUS BIOSCAPES DIGITAL IMAGING COMPETITION®, the world’s foremost forum for showcasing microscope images and movies of life science subjects. IGOR SIWANOWICZ, a researcher from the HOWARD HUGHES MEDICAL INSTITUTE, JANELIA FARM RESEARCH CAMPUS, Ashburn, Va., captured the eerily fascinating photo of the floating humped bladderwort plant. The confocal image was selected from more than 2100 entries to earn Dr. Siwanowicz $5,000 worth of Olympus equipment.

Open trap of aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba). The floating plant digests microinvertebrates that are sucked into its trap a millisecond after they touch its trigger hairs (hair bases are seen in the center of the domeshaped entrance). The traps also provide a microhabitat for singlecell green algae, predominantly desmids, visible here. The red in the image comes from chlorophyll's innate fluorescence. Confocal imaging, 100x. Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Farm Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, USA. First Prize, 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®.

Open trap of aquatic carnivorous plant, humped bladderwort
(Utricularia gibba). The floating plant digests microinvertebrates
that are sucked into its trap a millisecond after they touch its
trigger hairs (hair bases are seen in the center of the domeshaped
entrance). The traps also provide a microhabitat for singlecell
green algae, predominantly desmids, visible here. The red in
the image comes from chlorophyll’s innate fluorescence.
Confocal imaging, 100x. Igor Siwanowicz, HHMI Janelia Farm
Research Campus, Ashburn, VA, USA. First Prize, 2013 Olympus
BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition®.

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary, the Olympus BioScapes Competition is the world’s premier platform for honoring images and movies of human, plant and animal subjects as captured through light microscopes. Entries are judged based on the science they depict, their beauty or impact, and the technical expertise involved in capturing them. Entrants can use any brand of microscope. In addition to the Top 10 winners, 69 Honorable Mentions received recognition. Awardees came from 16 states of the U.S. and 22 other countries; competition participants hailed from 71 nations, making this year’s competition the most international to date.

BioScapes movies and images combine art and science to remind us of the wonders of the natural world and highlight vital work going on in laboratories,” said BRAD BURKLOW, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS FOR THE SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT GROUP OF OLYMPUS AMERICA INC. “They serve as an inspiration to young people seeking careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. For a decade, Olympus has been dedicated to bringing these amazing images and stories to the world.” Continue reading

Celebrate Valentine’s Day At Mandarin Oriental, Paris With A New Romantic ‘Love In Paris’ Package

The Mandarin Oriental, Paris is delighted to offer a new romantic package, inviting guests to celebrate Valentine’s Day in the City of Lights. The Mandarin Oriental, Paris has a premier location on Rue Saint-Honoré, surrounded by history and fashionable shopping. The hotel’s 99 luxurious rooms and 39 suites offer guests an eminently stylish Parisian experience, and are among the most spacious in Paris. An inner courtyard camellia garden provides outdoor dining and is a peaceful oasis in the city. Other dining choices, include the two-Michelin star signature restaurant, Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx, Camélia, The Mandarin Cake Shop and Bar 8, all under Executive Chef and Culinary Director Thierry Marx. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Paris brings relaxation in a peaceful, modern setting, and an indoor pool and a fully-equipped fitness centre complete the hotel’s leisure facilities.

Guests may spoil their Valentine with a luxurious stay at Mandarin Oriental, Paris, beginning with a chilled bottle of Champagne and a bed adorned with rose petals upon arrival.  Couples may then escape to the hotel’s spa for a relaxing treatment for two in a gorgeous couples’ suite, and can take home a “Belle de Nuit” candle gift as a memento of their romantic getaway. The ‘Love in Paris’ package is available from 1 February to 28 February 2014 and is priced from EUR 1,235 based on two sharing. Continue reading

Nick Graham Launches Fun, New Men’s Apparel and Accessories Line

All Event Images Photographed by Lev Radin 

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Designer Nick Graham attends Nick Graham pop-up shop at the Paul Kasmin Store in Chelsea on December 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 12: Designer Nick Graham attends Nick Graham pop-up shop at the Paul Kasmin Store in Chelsea on December 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

NICK GRAHAM IS TRULY ONE OF MY TOP FIVE FAVORITE PEOPLE IN THE FASHION INDUSTRYAs founder and Chief Underpants Officer of the ubiquitous JOE BOXER brand, Nick, in more ways than one, changed the face of men’s furnishings and fashion when he turned his underwear company into one of America’s most popular lifestyle brands.

Over the last decade and after haven sold JOE BOXER, Nick has worked with a diverse list of global retailers and apparel brands and has developed and launched numerous apparel brands with a distribution of over 10,000 stores in the United States.

When I last saw Nick at NYFW in September, he mentioned that he was launching a new line under his own name. On December 10, he launched the Nick Graham Men’s Line at a Pop-Up store in New York City, introducing the line to the press and customers alike. The new collection–entitled “NEW YORK”, focuses on the monochromatic use of black and white, Nick’s two favorite colors and a staple in the collection–will initially focus on the Men’s Apparel and Accessories market, and then branch out into other categories over time. The “NEW YORK” collection consists of shirt ($99.00,, underwear ($18.00,, Neckwear (Bowties, $59; Ties, $49; scarves, $150; pocket squares, $39;, T-Shirts ($29,, 3D jewelry ($75,, and Carryall ($39,

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 12: Designer Nick Graham and Santa Claus attend Nick Graham pop-up shop at the Paul Kasmin Store in Chelsea on December 10, 2013 in New York City.

NEW YORK – DECEMBER 12: Designer Nick Graham and Santa Claus attend Nick Graham pop-up shop at the Paul Kasmin Store in Chelsea on December 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo Credit: Lev Radin)

Over the coming year, Nick and Company will offer an evolving range of collections and expansive offerings of new and innovative Menswear products. To give you a sense of how this will play out, here is a glimpse into our future offerings:

Following “NEW YORK” is the “GILLIGAN’S ISLAND” COLLECTION: nautically-inspired prints and themes perfect for getting lost on a desert island. Get the yacht polished and grab your Mary Ann (or Gilligan). This will be followed in summer by the “DINNER PARTY AT BURNING MAN COLLECTION”, an explosion of color and prints worthy of an all-nighter on the Playa.

In celebration of Bermuda, he will offer what they call “BERMUDADA”, a pink and white collection to turn surrealists’ heads. Get your shorts ready, pirates! He will also be doing capsule collections around holidays and themes such as Valentine in the “I FELL IN LOVE AND ALL I GOT WAS THIS STUPID TEE SHIRT.” Collection

In other words, check in often at because there will always be new stuff going on.

The eminently quotable Nick Graham has the final word (as he should): “We’re happy to have you aboard our spaceship (or canoe), and if you do have some wacky, wonderful and inspired idea you’d like to see realized, let us know.”

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ring In The New Year With Mandarin Oriental, Boston

Five-Star Mandarin Oriental, Boston invites locals and visitors alike to raise a glass and celebrate the New Year in style.


Celebrate the New Year in true VIP style at Mandarin Oriental, Boston. An intimate, luxurious hotel, Mandarin Oriental, Boston combines classic New England elegance with refined Oriental touches to create one of the most distinctive hospitality experiences in the region.  Awarded both Forbes Five-Stars and AAA Five-Diamonds, Mandarin Oriental, Boston features 148 guestrooms and suites over 14 floors, delighting its guests with the finest facilities and service, innovative dining experiences and an unparalleled holistic Five-Star awarded spa.  A short, 15-minute drive to Logan International Airport, Mandarin Oriental, Boston connects guests to the city’s finest shopping, cultural venues and business institutions from its prime location in the heart of the chic Back Bay on Boylston Street.

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Purity® Vodka Takes Top Honor At The 2013 Spirit Masters Competition And Wins Unprecedented 3rd Consecutive Title Of Grand Vodka Master

PURITY VODKA, one of the most awarded ultra-premium vodka in the world, has won the PRESTIGIOUS 2013 GRAND VODKA MASTER AWARD from THE SPIRITS BUSINESS. Purity Vodka is the only brand to receive this extraordinary honor an unparalleled three years in a row.

Purity(R) Vodka named Vodka of the Year for 3rd consecutive year.  (PRNewsFoto/Purity Vodka)

Purity(R) Vodka named Vodka of the Year for 3rd consecutive year. (PRNewsFoto/Purity Vodka)

THE SPIRITS BUSINESS hosts several competitions throughout the year where medals are awarded based on blind tastings by a panel of leading spirit experts and trade journalists in multiple categories. Those brands who are awarded Gold and Masters’ Awards are then evaluated on a variety of levels and criteria for the year’s ultimate prize, the title of Grand Master.

Purity Vodka dominated the vodka category during 2013 with impressive wins at the Vodka Masters including three Masters’ Awards in the SUPER-PREMIUM, SMOOTH and MICRO DISTILLERY categories, and a Gold Medal in THE ORGANIC CATEGORY.  Purity Vodka was also named “BEST VODKA AND OVERALL SPIRIT” at the 2013 ASIAN SPIRITS MASTERS in addition to receiving high marks across all categories.

We congratulate Purity Vodka and Thomas Kuuttanen for winning the title of 2013 Grand Vodka Master. I am astonished how a small, hand-crafted brand as Purity Vodka is dominating international spirits competitions and for the third consecutive year becoming Vodka-of-the-Year. Purity Vodka has apparently cracked the code, and leads the industry toward a future where vodka no longer is a tasteless and odorless spirit, but equal with artisanal spirits with character and complexity,” said DAISY JONES, ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER OF THE SPIRITS BUSINESS AND ORGANIZER OF THE VODKA MASTERS.

THOMAS KUUTTANEN, MASTER BLENDER and creator of PURITY VODKA from Sweden added, “To be crowned the Grand Vodka Master in 2013 is a perfect ending to a remarkable year for Purity Vodka. It is obvious that consumers are steering away from industrial, neutral vodka and moving toward handcrafted spirits like Purity Vodka. Our ambition is to be the leader within the small, ultra-premium segment where quality always beats quantity.”


Celebrate The Year Of The Horse’s Arrival At The Excelsior, Hong Kong

Situated in the heart of Causeway Bay, the shopping centre of Hong Kong Island, The Excelsior, Hong Kong is only a five-minute drive from the city’s central business district and 40 minutes by MTR from Hong Kong International Airport. The hotel features five exclusive Executive Floors with a private lounge, a fully equipped business centre, a state-of-the-art Fitness Centre featuring advanced fitness equipment and dedicated spa facilities, as well as extensive meeting and banquet facilities. As such, The Excelsior, Hong Kong offers some of the city’s best panoramic views of the spectacular Chinese New Year fireworks display to take place on 1 February 2014. The hotel has prepared a celebratory accommodation package that allows loved ones and families to enjoy the most colorful festival in the comfort of the well-appointed guestrooms.

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Shinola Debuts The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch & Bicycle

The first in the Great Americans Series & launch of The Foundry collector’s club

Shinola ( introduces The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, created to honor the Wrights’ incredible contribution to America’s history of innovation and industry. This handcrafted timepiece is the first watch in The Great Americans Series— a collection of limited edition watches created to honor iconic American innovators and industrial pioneers. It’s a very special kind of American-made in celebration of those who helped make our country great.

Courtesy of Shinola.  (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, Courtesy of Shinola. (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

As makers of modern, handcrafted watches, bicycles, leather goods, and journals, Shinola is proud to be based in Detroit, a community-minded city with a strong manufacturing legacy. We built our watch factory within the College for Creative Studies in the former Argonaut building.

Each timepiece comes in a special custom gift box with a certificate of authenticity, leather card wallet, leather carrying case, and a hickory watch box. Also included is a leather-bound coffee table book that delves into the background and achievements of the Wright brothers, featuring rare imagery from the Wright brothers’ private collection.

Courtesy of Shinola.  (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

Courtesy of Shinola. (PRNewsFoto/Shinola)

Purchase of The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch also includes automatic membership into The Foundry: a private collectors club established exclusively for owners of limited edition Shinola wristwatches.

A private launch event to kick off the Great Americans Series and unveil the watch and bicycle was held at the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit–permanent location of the Wright brothers’ bike shop and childhood home. In working with the Wright family, Shinola was gifted a piece of original wing cloth from the Wright Flyer I. At the event, Shinola and the Wright family donated a piece of the original Wright Flyer I wing cloth to the Henry Ford Museum.

In tandem with The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch, Shinola is building 25 customized bicycles featuring The Runwell frame and fork with a jet-black finish, sleek bamboo fenders, and a bright headlamp.

The Wright Brothers(TM) Limited Edition Watch and Bicycle will be available for purchase on, and at the Shinola flagship stores in Detroit and New York City.

Legendary Actress Cicely Tyson, Civil Rights Hero Myrlie Evers Among 2014 Women of Power Legacy Award Honorees

Black Enterprise to Present Highest Recognition of Women’s Achievement at the 2014 Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm Insurance, in Boca Raton, Fla.

BLACK ENTERPRISE (BE) magazine will present its highest recognition of women’s achievement when it presents the Legacy Awards at the 2014 Women of Power Summit on February 26, 2014 in Boca Raton, Fla. The Women of Power Summit is the nation’s No. 1 executive development and leadership conference for women of color, annually attracting more than 700 corporate executives, professionals and businesswomen from across the country. The Women of Power Summit, hosted by State Farm Insurance, will take place February 26-March 1, 2014 at the Boca Raton Resort and Club.



The Women of Power Legacy Awards recognizes outstanding impact, achievement and leadership by women in business, the arts, education, government and other influential industries. Past Legacy Award recipients include luminaries such as the late National Council of Negro Women Chair and civil rights icon Dr. Dorothy Height; former Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Artistic Director Judith Jamison; Federal Express Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Cathy Ross and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders. In 2012, a Legacy Award was named for the late Barbara Graves, wife of Black Enterprise Founder Earl Graves Sr. and a former educator, to be presented annually for outstanding achievement and service in education and other areas of service to young people.

Honorees to be recognized at the 2014 Women of Power Summit Legacy Awards Dinner, hosted by PepsiCo, include:

Cicely Tyson, legendary award-winning actress, one of the greatest of her generation. Among her many achievements, Tyson was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress, and the Golden Globe Award for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder (1972). She starred in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974), for which she won two Emmy Awards. Throughout her career she has been nominated for nine Primetime Emmy Awards, winning three. She starred on Broadway in The Trip to Bountiful as Carrie Watts, for which she won the Tony Award, Outer Critics Award, and Drama Desk Award for Best Actress in a Play.

Valerie Daniels-Carter, Co-Founder, President & CEO, V&J Holding Companies. Along with her brother, John Carter, Daniels-Carter founded Milwaukee-based V&J Holdings as a holding company for ownership of franchised quick-service restaurants, beginning with a single Burger King franchise in 1982. Today, V&J holdings employees 4,000 people and owns 36 Burger Kings and nearly 70 Pizza Huts, along with several Haagen-Dazs, Coffee Beanery and Aunty Anne’s Pretzel stores (the last in partnership with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal). V&J Holdings is one of the nation’s largest black-owned companies, ranked at No. 33 on the 2013 Black Enterprise Industrial/Service 100 list. Miss Daniels-Carter is recognized among the nation’s most inspirational entrepreneurs.

Myrlie Evers-Williams, journalist, civil rights activist, former Chairwoman of the NAACP. Evers is the extraordinary civil rights activist and journalist who worked for over three decades to seek justice for the murder of her civil rights activist husband Medgar Evers in 1963. She was also chairwoman of the NAACP, and published several books on topics related to civil rights and her husband’s legacy. On January 21, 2013, she delivered the invocation at the second inauguration of Barack Obama. As chair of the NAACP, Evers is credited with restoring both the image and the financial stability of the nation’s most accomplished civil rights organization, earning the NAACP’s highest honor, the Spingarn Medal, in 1998.

Julieanna Richardson, Founder and Executive Director, The HistoryMakers, America’s largest African American video oral history collection. Richardson, who holds a J.D. degree from Harvard and once practiced corporate law, followed a unique path in heading up the largest national collection effort of African American video oral histories on record. With a diverse background in theatre, television production, and the cable television industries, she combined her various work experiences and her passion for history to conceptualize, found and build The HistoryMakers. The HistoryMakers is a national, 501(c)(3) non-profit educational institution based in Chicago, committed to preserving, developing, and providing easy access to an internationally recognized archival collection of thousands of African American video oral histories.

Marian Wright Edelman (Barbara Graves honoree), Founder and President of the Children’s Defense Fund. Edelman, an American activist for the rights of children and against the Second Amendment, was the first African American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar. She began practicing law with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.’s Mississippi office, working on racial justice issues connected with the civil rights movement and representing activists during the Mississippi Freedom Summer of 1964. In 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund as a voice for poor, minority and disabled children. The organization has served as an advocacy and research center for children’s issues, documenting the problems and possible solutions to children in need. To keep the agency independent, she saw that it was financed entirely with private funds. As founder, leader and principal spokesperson for the CDF, Mrs. Edelman worked to persuade Congress to overhaul foster care, support adoption, improve child care and protect children who are disabled, homeless, abused or neglected.

Each year, the presentation of the Legacy Awards at our Women of Power Summit delivers power examples to live by and ever-higher levels of inspiration,” says BLACK ENTERPRISE CEO Earl “Butch” Graves Jr. This year’s awards evening will again represent a perfect start to a powerful weekend for the hundreds of women who will gather for a weekend of meaningful purpose and professional excellence.”

“We are thrilled that we will have this opportunity to pay well-deserved honor to women who are gifts to the world,” says Black Enterprise Business Report television show Host Caroline Clarke, who along with Black Enterprise Editorial Director Sonia Alleyne, serves as a co-editorial director of the Women of Power Summit. “Their examples are proper tribute to the Legacy Award honorees before them, and powerful motivation for those to come.” Continue reading

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) Announces the 19TH ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for The 19th Annual Critics’ Choice Movie Awards. The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) is the largest film critics organization in the United States and Canada, representing more than 280 television, radio and online critics. BTJA is a branch of the BFCA.

Aisha Tyler will be this year’s host. Tyler, who is not new to the duties that come with hosting a show, serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” on The CW Network. Tyler is also currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk.”

“12 Years a Slave” and “American Hustle” tie this year with thirteen nominations each. “12 Years a Slave” has been nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong’o, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for Steve McQueen, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Best Score for Hans Zimmer.

The nominations for “American Hustle” include Best Picture, Best Actor for Christian Bale, Best Supporting Actor for Bradley Cooper, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, Best Acting Ensemble, Best Director for David O. Russell, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup, Best Comedy, Best Actor in a Comedy for Christian Bale, and Best Actress in a Comedy for Amy Adams.

“Gravity” also impressed with ten nominations for Best Picture, Best Actress for Sandra Bullock, Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Actress in An Action Movie for Sandra Bullock, Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie and Best Score.

“The Wolf of Wall Street,” “Her,” “Captain Phillips,” and “Nebraska” all received six nominations while “The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug” received five. “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “August: Osage County,” “Enough Said,” “Saving Mr. Banks,” “Iron Man 3,” and “Rush” received four nominations. Melissa McCarthy and Sandra Bullock were both nominated for their comic performances in “The Heat,” with two more acting nominations for Bullock for Best Actress and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “Gravity.” Jennifer Lawrence also has multiple acting nominations for Best Supporting Actress in “American Hustle” and Best Actress in an Action Movie for “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.” Christian Bale and James Gandolfini both also have multiple acting nominations.

Everyone acknowledges that 2013 has been a truly great year for films so our Critics’ Choice Movie Awards voters had an embarrassment of riches to choose from,” notes BFCA President Joey Berlin. “BFCA members have loved covering all these terrific films all year long and now revisiting them before we filled out our ballots.  And we’re thrilled to have the lovely and talented Aisha Tyler hosting our gala awards ceremony.  We can’t wait for January 16th, when the Academy Award nominations will be announced in the morning and so many of their honorees will then make their first public appearance as Oscar nominees on our Red Carpet.”

Also announced this year is BFCA’s two year contract with Defy Media’s #1 digital entertainment news brand, Clevver, to become the first digital media partner for the 2014 and 2015 awards shows. The partnership expands the reach of the long-standing awards show by tapping into Clevver’s multi-platform digital network and significant online audience of young entertainment enthusiasts. As an official partner, Clevver will power the CCMA’s audience vote for the year’s “Hottest Star” award to be announced during the live broadcast. Fans can cast their vote Clevver will also participate in the two-hour live pre-show, delivering up-to-the-minute coverage and social media updates, as well as a “Clevver Lounge” backstage during the awards show where correspondents will gain backstage access to the evening’s winners.

Eligible films were released in 2013. The accounting firm of CMM, LLP tallied the written ballots.


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Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Inside Llewyn Davis
Saving Mr. Banks
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Amber Valletta is the face of H&M’s Conscious collections for spring

H&M is continuing its commitment to more sustainable fashion with two new collections – Conscious and Conscious Exclusive – in store from April 10, 2014. Both collections will star supermodel Amber Valletta, known for her interest in sustainability.

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The Conscious Collection contains key fashion pieces, each made with materials that are more sustainable, such as organic cotton, Tencel®, hemp and recycled materials. It will be available in all H&M stores that carry womenswear, as well as online.

I’m very excited to work with the H&M Conscious campaign, because we share the same values about sustainability. This collection shows that you can be as mindful about people and the environment as fashion conscious. I simply love the designs and the fact that all the pieces are made with organic, recycled and cellulose fabrics shows that you don’t need to compromise fashion for sustainability anymore,” says Miss Valletta.

For this year’s Conscious Exclusive Collection, H&M is working in collaboration with the sustainable fashion and design think tank Ever Manifesto, which shares H&M’s commitment to a more sustainable future for fashion.

The dramatic and intricately detailed pieces in the Conscious Exclusive Collection show what can be done with more sustainable materials, taking a mix of flamenco and bohemia as inspiration. Conscious Exclusive will be available in 150 selected H&M stores worldwide, as well as online.

It’s great to engage with a brand like H&M that’s already aiming to lead the industry in making sustainable fashion mainstream, especially with such an elaborate and innovative  collection. To be able to support their Conscious teams and to implement and inspire positive change is a really exciting experience,” say Elizabeth von Guttmann and Alexia Niedzielski, Ever Manifesto.

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Launch of First Application in New York to Track Organic Green Juices and Vegan Food

The application’s first market launch is in New York City to help promote healthy living in all boroughs

GreenHopping has launched its first IOS application in New York City; and unique in its market, the app is called GreenHoppingNYC. The application is designed for health conscious eaters who desires to maintain an organic and healthy diet in Green Hoppingthe city, and looks to inspire non-healthy eaters to reevaluate their food choices. GreenHopping is designed to track organic and non-organic “green juice” bars and stores in New York City. The application provides users an in-depth listing and locator of stores, juice bars and restaurants, categorizing each location depending on whether they offer bottled or freshly-pressed juices, smoothies, vegan, raw and gluten-free food options.

Given the rapid rate of market growth which resulted in a duplication of sales between 2004-2012, it is expected that the health conscious nutritional market continue to grow at a pace of between 4%-8% per year which would make it a 6 billion dollar industry by 2014 and a 10 billion dollar market by 2020, provided the trend does no accelerate, which it could. Major food giants are also acquiring market share, in an attempt to better suit consumer demands and as a result of its potential. Companies such as Campbell Soup, Starbucks and the founder of Shake Shack are rolling out programs that tap into this market.

GreenHopping seeks to promote the concept of looking at good food options not only as healthy, but trendy. “This is why the application also includes a “tip of the day” section, where users and influentials in the space can read about interesting cooking and diet tips, as well as vegetable and fruit facts,” says Catherine Cuello, GreenHopping’s founder and CEO. “After my health crisis in 2012, I was left with no option but to reevaluate my diet. Raw vegetables and fruits saved my life, and I hope to inspire others by raising awareness of the important role nutrition plays in our lives and health. I learned incredible facts about food, and its healing properties that never cease to amaze me,” she added. “I want to make healthy ‘mainstream’”.


Ms Cuello is originally from the Dominican Republic and moved to New York in 2010. She is passionate about food advocacy, labeling GMOs, and more organic produce availability. She holds a BA in politics, history and journalism from Coventry University, England.


Following the application’s New York City launch, GreenHopping will be launching into new markets shortly after, starting with Miami early 2014, and later in Chicago, Los Angeles and Dallas. Continue reading