ACADEMY RESCINDS ORIGINAL SONG NOMINATION FOR “ALONE YET NOT ALONE”

On Tuesday night, the Academy’s Board of Governors voted to rescind the Original Song nomination for “Alone Yet Not Alone,” music by Bruce Broughton and lyric by Dennis Spiegel. The decision was prompted by the discovery that Broughton, a former Governor and current Music Branch executive committee member, had emailed members of the branch to make them aware of his submission during the nominations voting period.

No matter how well-intentioned the communication, using one’s position as a former governor and current executive committee member to personally promote one’s own Oscar submission creates the appearance of an unfair advantage,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President.

The Board determined that Broughton’s actions were inconsistent with the Academy’s promotional regulations, which provide, among other terms, that “it is the Academy’s goal to ensure that the Awards competition is conducted in a fair and ethical manner. If any campaign activity is determined by the Board of Governors to work in opposition to that goal, whether or not anticipated by these regulations, the Board of Governors may take any corrective actions or assess any penalties that in its discretion it deems necessary to protect the reputation and integrity of the awards process.

An additional nominee in the Original Song category will not be named. The remaining nominees in the category are:

“Happy” from “Despicable Me 2”
Music and Lyric by Pharrell Williams

“Let It Go” from “Frozen”
Music and Lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

“The Moon Song” from “Her”
Music by Karen O; Lyric by Karen O and Spike Jonze

“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Music by Paul Hewson, Dave Evans, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen; Lyric by Paul Hewson

The members from each of the Academy’s branches vote to determine the nominees in their respective categories – actors nominate actors, film editors nominate film editors, musicians and composers nominate song and score.

During the nominations process, all 240 voting members of the Music Branch received a Reminder List of works submitted in the Original Song category and a DVD copy of the song clips with film and song title only (additional information including composer and lyricist is not provided).  Members were asked to watch the clips and then vote in the order of their preference for not more than five nominees in the category. A maximum of two songs may be nominated from any one film.

Academy Awards® for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar® Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscars, produced by Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Swarovski Announces Its Autumn/Winter 2014 New York Fashion Week Swarovski Collective Designers:Rodarte, Prabal Gurung, SUNO, Wes Gordon, and Brandon Sun

 Swarovski has announced its line-up of Swarovski Collective designers who will be showcasing their Autumn/Winter 2014 collections during New York Fashion Week. Selected for their creative flair and ability to demonstrate exquisite

Brandon Sun crystal sketch for the Autumn/Winter 2014 Swarovski Collective.  (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

Brandon Sun crystal sketch for the Autumn/Winter 2014 Swarovski Collective. (PRNewsFoto/Swarovski)

craftsmanship with crystal, the Collective designers receive financial support as well as the opportunity to experiment with Swarovski’s extraordinary crystal range. Founded in 1999 by Nadja Swarovski following a collaboration with Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, the Swarovski Collective has grown to support over 150 designers in producing some of the most avant-garde fashion looks of the past decade.

Putting our crystals into the hands of creative talents always seems to inspire and results in the most extraordinary experimentation. Members of the Swarovski Collective continue to amaze us with their ability to fuse crystal so imaginatively into their collections. This season is no exception and we are thrilled to welcome some exciting new talents into the program for Autumn/Winter 2014,” says Nadja Swarovski, Member of the Swarovski Executive Board.

Designers this season include Collective veterans Rodarte, Prabal Gurung, SUNO, and Wes Gordon as well as Brandon Sun, who is partnering with Swarovski for the first time. Sun crafted a successful career at both J Mendel and Oscar de la Renta before presenting his first collection in 2012. He commented: “I am honored to be partnering with Swarovski. I always choose to work with the finest materials, whether fur or fabric, and Swarovski offers the best one can use for embellishments.”

Swarovski has brought us so much over the past few years, it’s impossible to summarize all it means. The crystals have helped to elevate our designs to another level, adding a new dimension to the collections,” stated SUNO designers Erin Beatty and Max Osterweis.

Jim Beam® Partners With Mila Kunis For Its First-Ever Global Marketing Campaign, Make History™

World’s #1 bourbon kicks off its 2014 “Make History™” TV ads with long-term brand partnership

 Jim Beam®, the world’s #1 Bourbon, and award-nominated actress Mila Kunis are teaming up to “make history” in 2014 and beyond. Kunis joins the Jim Beam family as a global partner and spokesperson, and will play a leading role in Jim Beam’s new Make History™ multi-media brand campaign that will reach more than 100 markets worldwide. Make History™ is the first-ever global marketing campaign for the iconic American brand, which traces its history to 1795. The television campaign featuring Kunis will premiere in the next few months in the brand’s largest markets, including the U.S., Australia and Germany.”Jim Beam has been making history by producing the world’s finest bourbon through seven generations of family distillers, and this partnership truly signifies a new era for the brand – an era in which we push boundaries even further, attracting new fans across the globe and continuing the great growth we’ve enjoyed on the brand,” said Kevin George, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Beam Inc. “Mila’s love of bourbon, her appreciation for the authenticity of our brand, her warm personality and her global relevance to our Make History™ campaign make her the perfect partner. Anyone would want to share a Jim Beam with Mila. We love that about her, and couldn’t be happier to have her join the Jim Beam family.”

Jim Beam(R) Partners with Mila Kunis.  (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

Jim Beam(R) Partners with Mila Kunis. (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

The Make History™ campaign will premiere three new television commercials featuring Kunis in the U.S. in mid-February and will roll out in markets worldwide over the next few months. Kunis will also be featured in retail materials and content on Jim Beam’s website, www.jimbeam.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/JimBeamUS) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/jimbeamofficial).

As a fan of bourbon and a huge proponent of making history, I am thrilled to be the newest member of the Jim Beam family,” said Kunis, who has spent time in Clermont, Ky., with Jim Beam’s seventh generation Master Distiller, Fred Noe, immersing herself

Mila Kunis and Fred Noe.  (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

Mila Kunis and Fred Noe. (PRNewsFoto/Beam Inc.)

in the heritage, traditions and craftsmanship of “America’s Native Spirit.”

Jim Beam’s TV advertising campaign was created by FutureWorks, a partnership between three independent agencies who lead Jim Beam creative efforts in key markets: StrawberryFrog (New York), The Works (Sydney) and Jung von Matt (Hamburg). In the U.S., the ads will appear across multiple media properties, including Turner Sports/BleacherReport, NBA telecasts, FXX, Spike, History Channel, AMC, Food Network and ESPN networks, as well as in media properties across the globe.

The U.S. campaign will feature Jim Beam’s full portfolio of brands, including Jim Beam® White, Jim Beam Black®, Devil’s Cut®, Jim Beam® Honey, Jim Beam® Maple, Jacob’s Ghost® Aged White Whiskey, Jim Beam® Signature Craft and Red Stag by Jim Beam®. To view a video of Kunis’ visit to the Jim Beam Distillery, visit: http://youtu.be/MC_35SsHANM. And for more information on the world’s #1 bourbon, please visit www.jimbeam.comwww.facebook.com/JimBeamUS or http://twitter.com/jimbeamofficial.

New KINKY® Blue Launches Nationwide

KINKY® Blue joins KINKY® Liqueur just in time for Valentine’s Day

A fusion of super premium vodka distilled five times with tropical and wild berry flavors, KINKY® Blue provides a fun new drink option for consumers. The highly anticipated release of KINKY® Blue follows the successful 2011 launch of the brand’s flagship product, KINKY®Liqueur — one of the hottest spirit brands in America, which blends super premium vodka with the flavors of mango, blood orange and passion fruit. KINKY® Blue was released in New York and Massachusetts this month and is now available nationwide. The sweet taste profile and bright colors of KINKY® Blue and KINKY® Liqueur make them the perfect adult beverages for Valentine’s Day. At 17 percent alcohol by volume (ABV), both products can be enjoyed alone over ice, but they also serve as a great foundation for any Valentine’s Day specialty cocktail.

KINKY® was created by Crosby Lake Spirits, a Twin Cities-based beverage development and packaging company. Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), a leading global information and insights provider, named KINKY® Blue the number one innovation brand of 2013. Its launch is supported with a national advertising campaign through print and social media.

We’re thrilled that KINKY® Blue is now available in all 50 states,” said Jessica Reckinger, marketing manager, KINKY®. “No other drink is this fun and flirty, and can be enjoyed for a variety of occasions — especially an indulgent and playful holiday like Valentine’s Day.

Here are just a couple of options sure to make even Cupid blush:

Man Hater Martini
1 oz. KINKY® Liqueur
1 oz. vodka
3 oz. cranberry juice
1 lime wedge

Mr. Right Now
1 oz. KINKY® Blue
2 ½ oz. Risata® Pink Moscato
2 oz. vodka
2 oz. cranberry juice

Available in two varieties, original KINKY® Liqueur and KINKY® Blue, KINKY® is a fusion of super premium vodka and fruit flavors. With an alcohol by volume (ABV) content of 17 percent (34 proof), KINKY® Liqueur is available at liquor stores and major retailers nationwide. KINKY® Liqueur is owned by Crosby Lake Spirits, St. Paul, Minn., and distributed by wholesalers throughout the United States. For more information visit, kinkyliqueur.comFacebook.com/kinkyliqueur or follow on Twitter@KinkyLiqueur.

Joyce Foundation Announces 2014 Joyce Award Winners

Four African American Women to Lead Innovative Performing Arts Projects in the Midwest.

Four African American women will contribute to vigorous dialogue through theater, dance and classical music arts across the Midwest, thanks to generous grants from the Joyce Foundation. The prestigious Joyce Awards recognize artists of color who collaborate with nonprofit institutions by awarding them $50,000 to commission thought-provoking works of art, which aim to strengthen cross-cultural understanding by bringing diverse audiences together.

Throughout the Joyce Awards’ 11 years, we have been so proud to support over 35 community-oriented arts projects to diversify and engage audiences and artists,” said Ellen Alberding, the President of the Joyce Foundation.  “This year’s endeavors bring strong voices to the table and showcase the incredible artistic talent of these four women, and we’re excited to be part of the process.

An anonymous national panel of cultural organization and business leaders selects winners based on artistic merit, quality of work and community engagement in the artistic process. This year’s panelists included leaders from stalwart institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Theatre Communications Group, the Southwest Latino Art Council and Ariel Capital Management. Winners include artists from Minneapolis, Cleveland and Detroit.

2014 Winners:

Camille A. Brown collaborating with DANCECleveland to create, Black Girl, a powerful dance and music composition that will depict the complexities of carving out a positive identity for African American females in urban American culture. Brown and her dancers will interview communities of African American women, both young and old, in Cleveland and other parts of the country. Their struggles and triumphs will be incorporated as spoken text during the performance. Combining history and musicology with the fantastical approach of imagery in “Alice in Wonderland,” this work will shed light on feminism, patriarchy, stereotypes and beauty. The piece will premiere in New York and tour the country in 2015.

Lynn Nottage commissioned by the Guthrie Theater to stage a premiere production of Reading Play, a play she began writing after interviewing the people of Reading, Pennsylvania, named the poorest city in America in 2011. Nottage’s engagement with the community will include classes and public Q&A sessions with places of worship, diversity groups, nonprofits and Minneapolis schools. Participants will explore the themes of poverty in Reading Play juxtaposed with the city’s own struggles with poverty. Additionally, the Guthrie Theater will offer $2 tickets for public assistance programs and human services agencies when the play premieres in 2015.

Jessie Montgomery will work with Detroit’s Sphinx Organization to compose, produce and perform “Banner!” a tribute to the 200th anniversary of the “Star Spangled Banner.” With the goal of reflecting diversity in American society and culture, the composer will draw influence from rock, jazz, and folk music. “Banner!” will premiere in October 2014 and perform nationally through the Sphinx Virtuosi Tour, which reaches more than 10,000 people a year. As a member and leader of the Sphinx Virtuosi, Montgomery will expand the reach of “Banner!” through special performances for schools, community centers and churches in underserved areas in each city, as well as Detroit.

Tracey Scott Wilson will work with the Pillsbury House Theatre to write Prep, a play about a group of teachers changing their students’ test scores to receive yearly bonuses. Racial and sexual tensions arise as the teachers try to cover their transgressions. To weave Minneapolis’s own racial tensions into the performance, Scott Wilson will interview residents from a local conflict that pitted white dog owners against longtime African American residents. For one year, the two groups battled over the proposal to place an off-leash area in a park named for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Like her other works, Scott Wilson’s goal is to spark a real conversation about race—devoid of political correctness and off-limits topics. Production is planned for the fall of 2015.

Additional information for each artist and their partnering organization is available on the Joyce Foundation’s website. Since 2003, the Joyce Awards is the only program supporting artists of color in major Midwest cities.

We are so excited to bring these four talented women and artists to the Midwest,” said Angelique Power, The Joyce Foundation’s Senior Program Officer for Culture. “They will continue the Joyce Awards’ tradition of strengthening cross-cultural understanding in the Great Lakes region.”

American Heart Association and Macy’s “Go Red” for Women’s Health This February

The founding sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women® movement, Macy’s continues to help raise awareness and funds for the fight against heart disease

Programs include Macy’s annual Wear Red Sale, exclusive red dresses from Calvin Klein, Kensie, and XOXO, plus Go Red Total Makeover events in select markets

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As the American Heart Association’s founding national sponsor of Go Red For Women, Macy’s will provide its customers with merchandise, promotions and select in-store events this February, all fashioned to bring awareness and funds to the cause of women’s heart health. Over the past decade, Macy’s has proudly raised $46 million dollars through the generosity and commitment of Macy’s associates and customers, which has helped to fund research and education credited by the American Heart Association with saving 627,000 women’s lives.

The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement has been impacting the health of women for 10 years. More than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, but the fight is far from over. Now is the time to shout louder, stand stronger and demand change. It’s time to come together in a movement that is not just FOR women, buy BY women. It’s time for women to Go Red. Visit http://www.GoRedForWomen.org for more information or call 1.888.MY.HEART. The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement is nationally sponsored by Macy’s with additional support from our cause supporters.

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Macy’s annual Wear Red Sale, along with a collection of exclusive red dresses by Calvin Klein, Kensie, and XOXO, which benefit Go Red For Women, will help make this February’s American Heart Month more fashionable than ever. Customers will find these limited-edition red dresses in select stores and on http://www.macys.com in time for National Wear Red Day on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014.

Macy’s has been a proud national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement since its inception in 2004. As more than 70 percent of our customers and associates are women, we believe in the importance of funding research that can make a difference in fighting the number one killer of women – heart disease,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “Since 2004, through efforts including our Wear Red Sale, exclusive red dresses that benefit the cause, and in-store events, we have raised $46 million for Go Red For Women to fund the life-saving research that the American Heart Association credits with helping save 627,000 women’s lives.” Continue reading

G-SHOCK Debuts A New Series Of WINTER G-LIDE – GLS-8900 Just In Time For The Winter Games

Casio G-SHOCK is back with an impressive assortment of the WINTER G-LIDE GLS8900 Series. Emphasizing superior functionality and performance, the recent G-LIDE collection is designed for athletes specializing in winter sports including snowboarding, cross-country and freestyle skiing– and their fans.

The technology showcased in the WINTER G-LIDE GLS8900 is ideal for athletes  competing in cold weather environments due to its impressive ability to function  in sub-zero  conditions.  A low temperature resistant LCD that can tolerate temperatures to  -20C means that G-SHOCK WINTER G-LIDE is suited for athletes and the spectators cheering them on.

To further support athletes’ performance, the GLS8900 series comes equipped with twin 1/1000 second stopwatches; capable of measuring elapsed times, split times, and 1st & 2nd place times, in addition to a full auto Super Illuminator LED light for high visibility under low-light conditions.  Five daily alarms, 12/24-hour time formats and 48-city world time help keep training regimes in check.  In addition to all these impressive features, the WINTER G-LIDE comes with G-SHOCK ‘s legendary 200M water and shock resistant structure.  All this makes for a winning combination for any winter sport athlete or enthusiast.

Available is an array of colors, WINTER G-LIDE timepieces are sure to stand out, whatever the environment.  The series comes in four color-ways including: teal, black, magenta, and gold yellow, each with matching resin band and titian detailing along the inner bezel.

We are thrilled to continue to grow our popular WINTER G-LIDE series,” said Shigenori Itoh, Chairman and CEO of Casio America, Inc, “The superior athletes of the winter games personify everything CasioG-SHOCK stands for: Toughness, precision & performance.  As these athletes prepare to race against the clock, we wish them all great success.”

The WINTER G-LIDE GLS8900 men’s watches will retail for $110, available this January at select fashion boutiques, key jewelry stores, the G-SHOCK Soho NYC store and www.g-shock.com.

Miles At The Fillmore – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 4CD Box Set To Be Released March 25

MILES DAVIS’ MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 – INTRODUCING BITCHES BREW-ERA MILES TO FILLMORE AND ROCK AUDIENCES OF GRATEFUL DEAD, NEIL YOUNG, STEVE MILLER, SANTANA, AND MORE – CELEBRATES MILES DAVIS’ AND BILL GRAHAM’S TRIUMPH

Four-CD box set presents four nights of historic performances at legendary Fillmore East in New York, in their complete unedited form for the first time

Over two hours of previously unissued music, including bonus tracks recorded at Fillmore West in San Francisco

1970 band comprised Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Dave Holland, Jack DeJohnette, Airto Moreira, and Steve Grossman

Fillmore 1970 performances contributed significantly to Miles’ induction into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame – the only jazz artist and only solely instrumental artist ever inducted

Available everywhere March 25, 2014 through Columbia/Legacy

Miles Davis’ historic four-night stand at promoter Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East in New York City, June 17-20, 1970, is presented in its entire full-length unedited form for the first time as MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3. The four-CD box set will be available everywhere on March 25th through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. Please go to: http://smarturl.it/miles_fillmore_amzn.

At one of the most crucial moments in jazz and rock history, two months after the release of Miles’ groundbreaking double-LP Bitches Brew in April 1970, he was beginning to discover – and be discovered by – the burgeoning rock audience that came of age in the late 1960s. Miles, inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006, the only jazz artist and only solely instrumental artist ever inducted, had started listening to the funk of James Brown, Sly & the Family Stone, the Chambers Brothers, and Jimi Hendrix, not to mention the Beatles. Bitches Brew was a turning point for jazz and rock. Bill Graham had a long history of presenting jazz artists at the Fillmores (Charles Lloyd, John Handy, and Roland Kirk among them) but it was Miles who carried rock audiences to a new plateau.

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MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3

In October 1970, Columbia Records released the 2-LP set Miles Davis At Fillmore, which consisted of performances culled from the four nights of shows at the Fillmore East (where Miles opened for fellow Columbia artist Laura Nyro). At that time the shows were edited to fit the LP format. The full unedited shows are now presented for the first time yielding 100-plus minutes of previously unreleased music.

The three additional bonus tracks add another 35 minutes of music, released here for the first time, recorded in April 1970, at the Fillmore West in San Francisco (where Graham put Miles and band on a bill with the Grateful Dead and Stone The Crows). MILES AT THE FILLMORE – Miles Davis 1970: The Bootleg Series Vol. 3 now contains 135 minutes of previously unreleased music.

The extensively researched 36-page booklet that accompanies the box set contains a number of specially written pieces. These provide a context for Miles’ musical transformations in the turbulence of the Fillmore rock epoch, as the psychedelic era of the late-1960s segued into the politically-charged intersection of the anti-war movement, Black Power, and the rise of funk:

  • An eloquent and authoritative 2,200-word first-hand account by Carlos Santana (as told to author Ashley Kahn), examining Miles’ complex place in the pantheon of jazz, funk and rock, and his intriguing relationship with Bill Graham during the near two-year span that Miles played shows at the Fillmores;
  • An introductory Producers’ Note written by reissue producers Richard Seidel and Michael Cuscuna, providing a concise overview of Miles’ Fillmore period and the project itself, its correlation with the original Columbia double-LP, especially the additional 100 minutes of unreleased music from the shows, and 35 minutes of unreleased music on the bonus tracks;
  • An illuminating 2,500-word chronologic essay by Cuscuna, who was also a first-hand witness (as a disc jockey on New York’s influential WPLJ-FM) to Miles’ development at the time, further underscoring progressive underground FM radio and the late-’60s rock generation’s discovery of Miles at this crucial turn of his career.

With the release of his groundbreaking double-LP Bitches Brew on Columbia just two months earlier in April 1970, Miles was front-page news around the world. He was leading a quintet lineup that included Chick Corea on electric piano, bassist Dave Holland, and drummer Jack DeJohnette (all of whom had been at the core of the Bitches Brew sessions recorded in August 1969), plus two members who had played on studio sessions since November, 1969 and then joined the touring band in February and April of 1970 respectively – tenor and soprano saxophonist Steve Grossman, and percussionist, flutist and vocalist Airto Moreira. Continue reading

Arista/Legacy Set To Release The Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection on March 31, 2014

11-CD Definitive Library Box Houses All 10 APP Studio Albums Plus First-Ever Release of The Sicilian Defence, The Alan Parsons Project’s Notorious Experimental Fifth Album

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Arista Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release The Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection on March 31, 2014. An 11-CD box set, The Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection covers the APP’s complete history from 1976-1987, marking the first time all 10 of the group’s art rock studio masterpieces–including the 1976 debut, Tales of Mystery and Imagination: Edgar Allan Poe (from 20th Century/Mercury/Universal) alongside nine Arista classics from 1977’s I Robot through 1987’s Gaudi–have been assembled under one roof.

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The Alan Parsons Project – The Complete Albums Collection offers fans and collectors a chance to finally experience The Sicilian Defence, the notorious never-released fifth APP album. Taking its name from a series of opening chess moves, The Sicilian Defence was an aggressive musical response to stalled contract negotiations.  Composed and recorded over an intense three day marathon session at Super Bear Studios in France (during the same period Eve was made), The Sicilian Defence is a complex and challenging work, full of atonality and dissonance.  Delivered to Arista in March 1981, the masters were locked away and the controversial recordings unheard for three decades.  While an edited version of one of the album’s tracks, “Elsie’s Theme” was included as a bonus track on an expanded edition of Eve, The Sicilian Defence is being released for the first time in its entirety for this collection. Continue reading

Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen Introduces Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE™ and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK™

Now Available Exclusively in All North American SEPHORA Stores

 

After unprecedented demand during the sneak peek pre-sale in December 2013, Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE™ and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK™, the two exquisite new fragrances for the fashion brand launched by Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen, are now available for sale in all North American SEPHORA stores.
Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE

The Elizabeth and James NIRVANA fragrances were developed by Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kendo for SEPHORA and Batallure Beauty. The fragrances, created in tandem with Firmenich include Elizabeth and James NIRVANA WHITE, an alluring floral musk with notes of peony, muguet and musk, and Elizabeth and James NIRVANA BLACK, a sensual, woody scent with notes of violet, sandalwood and vanilla. The architectural lines, rich gold accents and distinctive texture of the bottles, designed by Ashley and Mary-Kate, are stylistically inspired by a vintage keepsake and mirror the design elements seen throughout the Elizabeth and James brand.

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA

Under Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen’s creative direction, the two women’s fragrances were developed to reflect the celebration of intimacy as well as individuality.

Everyone wants to experience their nirvana,” stated Mary-Kate Olsen. “Ashley and I understand everyone’s nirvana is different so we’re asking our Elizabeth and James girl, ‘What is your nirvana?’.”

Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

Elizabeth and James founders and designers Ashley Olsen and Mary-Kate Olsen

Our nirvana is reflected in the juice, bottle, packaging and campaign imagery for Elizabeth and James NIRVANA and we’re excited to share it with the SEPHORA client,” said Ashley Olsen.

Elizabeth and James NIRVANA fragrances are each available in three different sizes – 30 ml ($55), 50 ml ($75), and a rollerball ($22), exclusively available at all SEPHORA stores andSephora.com.

STATEMENTS REGARDING THE PASSING OF FORMER ACADEMY OF MOTION PICTURE ARTS AND SCIENCES PRESIDENT TOM SHERAK

The following is a statement from the Sherak family regarding the death of former Academy President Tom Sherak.

“To the entertainment community,

With broken hearts we want to share with you the news that Tom Sherak passed away today after a long 12 year battle with prostate cancer.  He died at home surrounded by his family giving him hugs, kisses, and love.

Tom is, was, and always will be, our loving husband, daddy, papa, brother, friend, and “Go to Guy.”  He blessed this earth for 68unnamed incredible years, and he will be missed every single day.

Tom lived his life as an open book.  He opened his heart and let the world in, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him knew first hand the power of his love.  He gave everything he had to help others, regardless of whether or not he knew them.  Tom is a true hero in our lives who has a star on the sidewalk and wings to fly.

We love him so very much.”

The Academy is deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved former president Tom Sherak.

Sherak joined the Executives Branch of the Academy in 1983. He served three terms on the Board of Governors, from August 2003 through July 2012, the last three as President.

He was most recently named Los Angeles film czar by Mayor Eric Garcetti to support local film production and serve as a liaison between state lawmakers and the entertainment industry.

Sherak’s remarkable five-decade career has seen him at the pinnacle of motion picture marketing, distribution and production at companies including Revolution Studios, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.

He was founder and chairman of the MS Hope Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting the needs of the Multiple Sclerosis community.

His passion and tireless energy impacted the Academy in countless ways – especially his support of our new Academy Museum of Motion Pictures.

Statement from Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Academy President

In the more than 30 years I’ve known Tom, his passionate support of and excitement about the motion picture business, the Academy, his family and friends never wavered. He was truly larger than life, and he will be missed.”

Statement from Dawn Hudson, Academy CEO

He was my mentor and my friend.  I learned from him, I laughed with him, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time we shared together.  He had a huge influence on the direction of our Academy and on me personally.  I will miss laughing with him most of all.”

Valentine’s Day Lasts All Winter in Door County, WI

Special getaway packages offer couples a chance to reconnect on Wisconsin’s scenic peninsula

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

A couple enjoys a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride through the woods in Door County, Wisconsin during the annual Nature of Romance promotion. Photo courtesy Mike Roemer/DoorCounty.com.

In Door County, Wisconsin, the spirit of Valentine’s Day lasts all winter long. Door County is a bucolic peninsula that juts out into Lake Michigan in Wisconsin’s northeast corner.  Named one of the Top 10 Vacation Destinations in North America byMoney magazine, Door County features 300 miles of shoreline, 11 lighthouses, 5 state parks and 19 county parks. It is known for its natural beauty, artistic offerings and outdoor recreation opportunities.
The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

The sun rises over Lake Michigan at Whitefish Dunes State Park on a crisp winter morning in Door County, Wisconsin. Capture Door County photo courtesy Markos Berndt.

Now through the end of March, Door County offers couples a chance to escape into the pampering luxury and scenic beauty of Wisconsin’s peninsular jewel with more than twenty specially priced romantic getaway packages for two.
Each of these Door County Nature of Romance packages includes two nights’ lodging at one of Door County’s renowned resorts, inns or B&Bs. Choose from among accommodations that include in-room fireplaces, four-poster canopied beds, water views, whirlpool tubs and indoor swimming pools. Continue reading