Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to Host Jim Jarmusch Film Festival From the Academy Film Archive and Ennio Morricone in Rare Public Conversation in March

This month, The Academy of Motion Picture arts and Sciences will host legendary film composer Ennio Morricone in a rare public conversation with writer/director Quentin Tarantino; Academy Award-winning actress Tilda Swinton in a Q&A moderated by Henry Rollins after a special screening of her new film, “Only Lovers Left Alive” (written and directed by Jim Jarmusch); and a series highlighting other films by Jarmusch, a seminal figure in American independent cinema, all drawn from the Academy Film Archive. Tickets will go on sale at 11 a.m. February 28, $5 General admission is $3 Academy members, LACMA Film Club members and students. All the screenings and special events will be at the Bing Theater (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles).

Jim Jarmusch: DOWN BY LAW

March 7 | 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

Writer/director Jim Jarmusch’s third feature is a stylish and mordantly comical take on the classic prison drama. Small-time pimp John Lurie, loafing disc jockey Tom Waits and excitable Italian tourist Roberto Benigni wind up sharing a jail cell on the outskirts of New Orleans Parish after each commits, or is set up to commit, crimes of varying degrees of pettiness. Benigni – with his handy notepad of American idioms such as “buzz off” and “I scream, you scream, for ice cream” – is an electric foil to laconic Lurie and Waits. But despite their differences, this trio of misfits bands together and breaks out. Working for the first time with Jarmusch, cinematographer Robby Müller (“Paris, Texas,” “The American Friend”) graces the film with masterful black-and-white imagery. Whether framing lone figures on the desolate streets of the French Quarter or shadow-latticed swamplands, the sumptuous look of “Down by Law” pays homage to the Southern Gothic while infusing it with beatnik wit. Bookended by a pair of smoky Waits gems and scored by Lurie with noirish moods, “Down by Law” remains a cult classic of idiosyncratic comedy.

1986, 107 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Tom Waits, John Lurie, Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Ellen Barkin, Billie Neal and Rockets Redglare.

Raised in Akron, Ohio, and a student of Nicholas Ray in the NYU Film School, Jim Jarmusch has written and directed 11 features over three decades. Jarmusch’s body of work is one of the most singular in the American independent scene. Cinephilic and deliberate, Jarmusch’s films combine wry humor, modernistic compositions, languorous edits and cross-cultural characters to render the itinerant drift of life’s outliers and vagabonds. A member of the no wave band The Del-Byzanteens in the early ’80s, Jarmusch has also begun writing and recording with Dutch lutenist Jozef van Wissem and his own band SQÜRL.


March 7 | 9:45 pm | 30th anniversary Buy Tickets

Piddling New York City gambler John Lurie unwittingly plays host to his wayfaring Hungarian cousin, Eszter Balint, in his cramped studio apartment. He introduces her to such touchstones of American life as TV dinners, Monday Night Football and Chesterfield cigarettes…not to mention his unflappable sidekick, Richard Edson (Sonic Youth’s original drummer). But after Balint splits for Cleveland to live with Aunt Lotte (Cecillia Stark), Lurie and Edson decide to use their poker winnings for an impromptu road trip to the Midwest and beyond. Punctuated by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s “I Put a Spell on You” and crisply shot by future director Tom DiCillo (“Johnny Suede,” “Living in Oblivion”), Jarmusch’s minimalist comedy swept awards throughout international film festivals: winning a Special Jury Prize in Sundance, the Camera d’Or in Cannes for best first feature (Jarmusch’s true debut, the short film Permanent “Vacation,” was little seen outside New York), and the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

1984, 89 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with John Lurie, Eszter Balint, Richard Edson and Cecillia Stark.

Jim Jarmusch: DEAD MAN

March 8 | 5 pm Buy Tickets

Johnny Depp is a man lost in the sublime and surreal American frontier in Jim Jarmusch’s ‘acid Western.’ Landing in the town of Machine to start a new job at Dickinson Metalworks, Cleveland accountant Depp winds up with a slug in his chest and a group of bounty hunters on his tail. Led by a Native American who goes by the name Nobody (Gary Farmer), Depp embarks on a mystical journey through the woods and, perhaps, yonder to the afterlife. Along the way, a cross-dressing Iggy Pop and gun-toting Robert Mitchum (in one of his final screen roles) pop up. Scored by Neil Young in varying shades of electric guitar fuzz and splotch, “Dead Man”was hailed by The Village Voice’s J. Hoberman as “The western Andrei Tarkovsky always wanted to make….a visionary film.”

1996, 121 minutes, black and white, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Johnny Depp, Gary Farmer, Crispin Glover, John Hurt; Robert Mitchum and Iggy Pop.


March 8 | 7:30 pm Buy Tickets

In a tumble-down Memphis hotel run by rock ‘n roll royal  Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (with bellboy Cinqué Lee, brother of Spike Lee, in tow) three stories unfold: a pair of Elvis-obsessed Japanese tourists make the rounds of the King’s hometown, a woman stranded en route  to Italy is met by an apparition, and a greaser (played by Joe Strummer) goes an all-night bender that turns perilous. “A meditation on nighttime and transience, on rhythm-and-blues and the city of Memphis, that comes camouflaged as a deck of three stories. Like its predecessors, it mixes high and low comedy, sadness and high jinks, and extracts a subtle, limpid beauty from the rawest of materials”—Luc Sante.

1989, 110 minutes, color, 35mm | Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch; with Masatoshi Nagase, Youki Kudoh, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Strummer, Steve Buscemi and Cinqué Lee. Continue reading

Discover Lancôme’s New Hypnotic Eyes Collection

As spring is quickly approaching, there’s no better time to let your natural beauty shine forth. According to the experts and the trends from the runways of the world’s fashion capitals, matte, velvety textures are trending this upcoming season replacing the dewy, glowing look and for eyes specifically, using shades that are neutral and not too shiny create a flattering, natural look. Lancôme is taking your nude look to new heights with its three NEW mesmerizing matte eye shadow palettes and five eye shadow singles.


Lancôme National Makeup Artist, Darais knows a thing or two about creating an alluring eye look. “Women are always in search for more matte and neutral eyeshadow shades as they’re known to hide the wrinkles and lines around the eyes,” he says. Need a great tip to getting that ultimate natural look? Darais notes “Cohesive looks are more natural. When using more than one color together make sure the transition has been blended together.

The complete Hypnotic Eyes Collection reveals lush lashes and smoky lids with perfectly groomed eyebrows.

NEW Shadow Palettes (Available in Beige BruleeFrench Nude, and Chocolate Amande): These silky shadows glide on smoothly to define, contour, and highlight eyes, leaving a coveted matte finish ($50)

NEW Shadow Singles (Available in Café Crème, Golden Amande, Cinnamon Sucre, Smoldering Cocoa, and Éclair): Swipe on the most hypnotic shades that bring out the best in every skin tone ($20)

Hypnôse Mascaras: Bring lashes to their fullest and most dramatic heights with Hypnôse mascara in Black, Hypnôse Drama in Excessive Black, and Hypnôse Star in Noir Midnight ($27.50 – $28.50)

Le Crayon Poudre in Taupe: This dual-ended brow pencil and brush shapes, shades and grooms brows in seven perfectly polished, natural looking shades ($25.50)

Artliner Precision Point EyeLiner in Noir: Add drama to your hypnotic presence with this precision point liquid eyeliner pen ($30.00)

Cils Booster XL: Give lashes an extra large boost with a sweep of this innovative mascara base that enhances the lengthening and thickening benefits of your favorite Lancôme mascara ($24.50)

These products are available beginning March 2014 at Lancôme counters nationwide and at


111th American International Toy Fair Expands Exhibit Space and Grows Global Attendance

Toy Fair 2014 Records 5% Spike in Total Attendees Visiting from 94 Countries

An energetic crowd of nearly 26,500 toy professionals from 94 countries flocked to New York City last week to participate in the largest toy marketplace ever held in the Western Hemisphere.  Owned and operated by the Toy Industry Association (TIA), the 111th American International Toy Fair (Toy Fair 2014) boasted a record-breaking 414,060 net square feet of exhibit space and welcomed an 11% surge in international buyers, an 8% rise in exhibitors, and a 5% spike in overall attendees, bringing total attendance to 26,493 for the Feb. 16-19 show.

A snowstorm that hit the New York City-area on the Thursday before Toy Fair opened did little to dampen the spirits of 1,153 exhibiting manufacturers, distributors, importers and sales agents, who showed up on-time to fill the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with hundreds of thousands of eye-catching playthings – including e-Connected toys, outdoor ride-ons, customizable arts & crafts, classic board games and everything in between.

Nearly 10,000 buyers from more than 5,000 retail outlets were in attendance, including buyer delegations from 22 of the nation’s Top 25 Toy Sellers, such as Amazon, Costco, eBay, Target, Toys”R”Us and Walmart. The top five countries represented by the most buyers were Canada, Mexico, the U.K., Japan and Russia; notable increases in buyers from Malaysia, Taiwan, Nigeria and South Korea were also recorded.

New York City is reclaiming its position as the toy industry’s international center of gravity,” said Carter Keithley, President and CEO of the Toy Industry Association. “Mass retail buyers, independent toy store owners, licensors and many others reported a highly successful, highly productive and very upbeat Toy Fair.  Buyers from across the country and around the globe were writing orders.  Many buyers and media reported that they spot more trends and are introduced to more diverse and highly innovative product lines at our North American show than at any other toy trade event.” Continue reading

Four Seasons Hotel LA at Beverly Hills Partners with Hollywood Swag Bag for VIP Guests During Oscars

Hollywood Swag Bag joins forces with Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills to bring gifts into the rooms of the VIP guests and talent.

Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills Guest rooms sell out months in advance for the festivities of Awards Season and the unique gifts provided during each Awards Season give the VIP’s another reason to return, beyond the impeccable service and amenities of the hotel.

Each year Lisa Gal Bianchi, CEO of Hollywood Swag Bag, pulls out all stops to bring fabulous cutting edge products in front of a very anticipated audience. “We like to keep the bags looking and feeling luxurious, and prefer to introduce the talent to new products that they might not have heard of before. For each person that acknowledges their swag through social media, Hollywood Swag Bag will give back to a charity of their choice.”

This year guests will be receiving a gorgeous silver sequined bag from Founder of Trumpette, Jon Stevenson will also include his cutting edge men’s socks, as well as Trumpette Baby Socks. Featured in the bag Alial Fital limited edition men’s polo shirts. Made in the USA, designed by former NFL quarterback Gibran Hamdan. Lilly Melgar from General Hospital has recently launched an amazing line of skincare products. Scentual By Lilly is offering their candles and body butter.

Nicka K New York is providing ABSOLUTE HOT TOURMALINE PRO 4000 hair dryers. Dickinson Brands Inc. is adding their witch hazel towelettes. Oakland, California brand Mr. Espresso wants to share their amazing organic & fair trade Neapolitan Espresso for those who need a little pick-me-up during the festivities. Pure Madness Chocolate encourages everyone to try their famous bars of chocolates with unique flavors such as Hawaiian as well as Dark Spice. Sweet Jane Paperie has included custom gifts from their luxury line of fabric invitations and The guests will also receive a 2-night stay at The Salamander Resort and Spa in Middleburg, VA.

To avoid a fashion faux pas Edith’s Inc. included The Bezi Bra Discs. Vaseline is sending along its new products, Spray and Go Moisturizer as well as MEN 24 hour Moisture Spray Girly Go Garter is offering its clever leg purse that holds money, phones and cosmetics. Check them out at

Gorgeous shell bracelets by Villa Cocoa have come all the way from Australia. Drink Neuro is assuring all get restful sleep. Food Should Taste Good is adding its signature Sweet Potato Chips, and Seasnax is adding their amazing seaweed Larabar will ensure hunger be kept at bay during the ceremony. Jennifer Ormond is sharing her children’s book Baby’s Binky Box

Women’s legs will be in tip-top shape in 9 minutes with Greek Island Labs Adonia Organic’s Leg Tone Serum Skintimate Shave Gel will then insure female recipients put their best legs forward. Gift certificates are being offered for a non-evasive procedure by the new cutting edge Strawberry laser liposuction. Beverly Hills Psychics are offering a free reading Last but not least a favorite product is the Skinny Forever Gum. This gum will control their cravings and appetite for up to 3 hours!

Lisa Gal Bianchi CEO and founder of Hollywood Swag Bag and Hollywood Baskets an exclusive 5 star gift basket company catering to the entertainment industry is currently seeking investor or business-acquisition opportunity. Serious inquiries only to Hollywood Swag Bag prepares celebrity gift bags for red carpet and charity events. 1-800-379-8219

Hollywood Baskets, Hollywood Swag Bag is not in any way associated with The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, or The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Absolut Karnival Takes Carnival by Storm in Trinidad and Tobago

Absolut is proud to announce that the world-renowned vodka will be unveiling its newest flavor and bottle, Absolut Karnival, at one of the world’s most prominent carnival celebrations in Trinidad and Tobago. The passion fruit and orange blossom-flavored limited edition Absolut Karnival will capture the transformative energy of Carnival.

Get Your Taste of Absolut Karnival. (PRNewsFoto/The Absolut Company)

Get Your Taste of Absolut Karnival. (PRNewsFoto/The Absolut Company)

Inspired by carnival and launched in a big way, Absolut will be participating, or “playing mas” as it is known locally, in Port of Spain for the first time with the bottle’s exclusively designed characters. The Absolut Karnival Cocktail Truck that features the distinct shape of the Absolut bottle will be strutting down the parade route with one of the island’s most revered bands, Harts.

The alignment with Harts joins one of the island’s most premium bands with the premium vodka brand. The family owned band that has been around for more than 50 years and has won Carnival five times is welcoming the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck for the first time.

Absolut unveils the newest Karnival bottle design, featuring artwork by the Brazilian graphic novel artist and writer Rafael Grampa. The five characters symbolize freedom, spirit, smoothness, style and happiness; elements that are vital to the joy and celebration of carnival. All five characters, along with stilt walkers, will be playing mas on Carnival Monday, March 3 and Tuesday, March 4 with “masqueraders” and Absolut personnel will be handing out complimentary samples. Look for the Absolut Karnival Cocktail truck playing mas with Harts and get your taste of Karnival.

The Absolut Company has the worldwide responsibility for the production, innovation and strategic marketing of Absolut Vodka, Malibu, Kahlua, Wyborowa, Luksusowa and Fris. Absolut Vodka is the world’s fourth largest premium spirits brand. Every bottle of Absolut Vodka is produced in Åhus, southern Sweden. Malibu is the number one rum-based coconut spirit in the world, sold in more than 150 countries. Kahlua coffee liqueur is the world leader in its category. The head office is located in Stockholm, Sweden. The Absolut Company is a part of Pernod Ricard, which holds one of the most prestigious brand portfolios in the sector. For additional information on Absolut Karnival, artist Rafael Grampa, and Absolut products, please

American Crew Unveils 2014 Trends In Men’s Hair Care

American Crew, the professional leader in men’s grooming, debuts the hottest trends in men’s haircuts and style. Much like the bold patterns and color-blocking combinations that will rule men’s fashion and provide a wide range of style options for Spring/Summer 2014, men’s grooming in 2014 is all about versatility.

The Independent Collection from American Crew. Top line: Hamilton; middle: James; bottom: Ezra. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

The Independent Collection from American Crew. Top line: Hamilton; middle: James; bottom: Ezra. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

How do you comb through to find your best style? American Crew, the company that has set the male grooming standard for 20 years, debuts their annual collection. Taking inspiration from “retro” shapes, edited to have a markedly modern flair, the Independent Collection features three new cuts – Ezra, Hamilton and James – each styled in three ways.

American Crew is the professional leader in men's grooming, setting the standard for men's grooming products. From R-L: American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Firm Hold Styling Gel, 3-IN-1, Forming Cream, Fiber and Pomade. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

American Crew is the professional leader in men’s grooming, setting the standard for men’s grooming products. From R-L: American Crew Daily Moisturizing Shampoo, Firm Hold Styling Gel, 3-IN-1, Forming Cream, Fiber and Pomade. (PRNewsFoto/American Crew)

Gone are shorter haircuts that limit style options; 2014 is the year to be a bit more bold, play both sides of the fence with your style and keep your options open,” said Craig Hanson, American Crew Creative Director. “It starts with the cut, and by keeping hair longer, men can take advantage of all the choices they have for their style.

Take inspiration from these 2014 cuts and styles to form your own, individual look:

James: Not your father’s comb over, nor is it Christian Bale’s in American Hustle, this cut and subsequent styles take the uber-groomed look of the 50s and pairs it with blow-combed styles from the 70s to give hair an exaggerated look of fullness with a sculpted shape. Get the look with American Crew Pomade, a water-based formula that offers smooth control to any style.

Ezra: Go to new lengths and defy gravity with this 80s-inspired style that is as tall as it is bold. Get the look with American Crew Firm Hold Styling Gel that has a non-flaking formula that provides all-day hold. Once dry, finish the hair with American Crew Fiber to thicken, texturize and increase fullness of the hair, with a matte finish.

Hamilton: This cut is both relaxed and rugged, and a modern take on the characteristic 90s hairstyles. Hamiltoneasily goes from day to night, or can be easily changed to fit any mood. Get the look with American Crew Alternator, a styling and finishing spray that uses polymer based technology for all-day control while allowing hair to remain flexible for styling and adjusting.

American Crew, the professional leader in men’s grooming, is the brand that defines men’s style, hair care and grooming trends. The American Crew family of grooming products delivers everything needed to create and care for men’s styles including products in the hair, body, shave, style and fragrance categories, available exclusively in salons, barbershops and authorized retailers. For more on the best styles, cuts, products and to locate an American Crew salon or American Crew products, visit

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, “Raging Fire,” Monday, March 3rd

Phillips To Perform On “AMERICAN IDOL XIII” Thursday, March 6th

Platinum selling recording artist and AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips will return to the IDOL stage to perform his new single, “Raging Fire,” on Thursday, March 6th (8:00-9:00PM ET LIVE/PT tape-delayed) on FOX. Written by Phillips, and recorded in New York City with production by Gregg Wattenberg, “Raging Fire” will be available for digital download and streaming via digital subscription services on Monday, March 3rd.  “Raging Fire” is the first single off Phillips’ sophomore album which will be released this spring on 19 Entertainment/Interscope Records.

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, "Raging Fire," Monday, March 3rd. (PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records)

Phillip Phillips To Release New Single, “Raging Fire,” Monday, March 3rd. (PRNewsFoto/Interscope Records)

Following his Idol performance, Phillips will headline his first tour of Canada.  The 15 city tour kicks off March 8thin Halifax and makes one U.S. stop in Waukegan, IL on March 18th.  Click here for a complete list of tour dates.

One of the biggest singles of 2012, the quadruple-platinum “Home” announced Phillip Phillips as a singer/guitarist of both rare authenticity and massive pop appeal. Centering on the American Idol season 11 winner’s rich, raspy vocals and masterful guitar skills, “Home” served as the lead single from The World from the Side of the Moon – a platinum plus-selling album that debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on the Billboard Rock Album chart upon its November 2012 release. Phillips’ widely acclaimed debut also features the platinum single “Gone, Gone, Gone” and the Phillips’ penned “Where We Came From,” as well as a host of numbers that flaunt the 23-year-old Georgia native’s songwriting chops. Phillips spent most of 2013 on the road  – with Matchbox 20, headlining  a college tour and he brought his rootsy brand of rock-and-roll to arenas around the country as the opening act for singer/songwriter superstar John Mayer’s Born and Raisedtour. Phillips took a break from recording his sophomore album in New York to perform at the NFL Tailgate Party at Super Bowl XLVIII.