Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg Heralds a New Era in South Africa’s Most Vibrant City

Revitalized and reflagged landmark hotel re-opens this fall, and is now confirming reservations for December 1, 2014

Introducing the New Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Twenty years after the historic first universal elections in South Africa, the country’s largest city is experiencing its own rebirth as an important business center and a cosmopolitan destination with a wealth of leisure opportunities, and the new Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is at the heart of it all. The Westcliff was originally conceived as a stately enclave for an exclusive clientele when it opened in the late 1990s.  Under the guidance of Four Seasons and the vision of locally-based RSL Architects and JACKET INTERIORS, the former grande dame is getting a facelift and a new attitude in keeping with a modern African aesthetic, and reflective of the dynamic city that surrounds it.

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This is a really exciting time in Jo’burg – you can feel the energy and excitement,” says Sebastien Carre, who traveled the world before settling in South Africa as the Hotel’s new General Manager. “Even if you think you know the city, it’s changing so fast that it’s definitely worth another visit – and if you’ve never been here before, you are in for a very special treat.”

Indeed, the city’s renaissance is being led by a new generation of artists, designers and creative thinkers.  Johannesburg now boasts two separate fashion weeks, an array of funky arts districts, and just last fall the Museum of African Design – the first of its kind on the continent – opened its doors.  Founded on the gold and diamond trades, the city also remains a key centre for mining, banking, media, health care and a growing technology sector.

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Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is in the middle of the action, just minutes from major business centres and tourist attractions. With stunning 240-degree views across the city’s famed green canopy and the Johannesburg Zoo right next door, the Hotel is nestled among eight acres (three hectares) of lushly landscaped gardens cascading down a hillside that is also less than 30 minutes from two major airports, including the largest and busiest in all of Africa. Thus, Four Seasons The Westcliff is ideally positioned as a gateway for international air travellers to explore the Sub Continent and beyond.  Important game reserves are nearby, including Kruger National Park just five hours’ drive away, and 36 of South Africa’s top 100 golf courses are within an hour of the Hotel – some just minutes away.  Open air markets, art galleries, hip restaurants and more await.

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Long established with four properties in Egypt (two in Cairo, one in Alexandria, and one on the Red Sea – a resort once voted #1 in the world under Sebastien Carre’s leadership, and more recently with the opening of a resort in Marrakech, the first of three planned locations in Morocco, Four Seasons has recently entered Sub-Saharan Africa with the 2012 opening of Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, the first of three planned properties in Tanzania.  Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg is the brand’s first hotel on the African Sub Continent, with resorts in the Seychelles and Mauritius completing the collection – for now.

Africa is an important development market for Four Seasons, so travellers can look forward to news about more urban and resort locations in the future,” promises Carre.

With 117 guest rooms and suites scattered through nine low rise buildings amid beautifully landscaped gardens, terraces and fountains, the mood is almost residential; a welcoming respite from hectic business affairs and busy days exploring.

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And yet the environment within is closely connected to the pulse of the city, perhaps most notably with its extensive contemporary African art collection.  A carefully curated selection features paintings, prints, sculptures and mixed media by prominent artists including Helmut Starcke, Obie Oberholzer, Gawie Joubert, Saral Petrus, Diana Hyslop, Lehlogonolo Mashaba, Louis Olivier and the team of Arlene Amaler-Raviv & Dale Yudelman, among many others.

Business travellers will find everything at their fingertips, from in-room media hub, private bar and espresso machine to a 24-hour business center, round the clock laundry and multi-lingual concierge team.  Honeymooners,couples and friends enjoying a getaway will love the all-new Spa complex, two swimming pools and endless opportunities for golf and shopping, while families will appreciate the fully supervised Kids for All Seasons and the surprise inclusion of a home theatre in some of the Hotel’s suites.

For residents of the city’s prestigious neighbourhoods known as The Parks, Four Seasons The Westcliff is destined to become a social center with its five restaurants and lounges and day access to the Spa, as well as its gorgeous venues for weddings and other social functions.

The real difference that returning guests will notice is something they will feel rather than see, and that’s the caring, personal service for which Four Seasons is renowned all over the world,” says Christopher Rudolph, who grew up in Johannesburg, lived abroad and has now returned as the Hotel Manager at Four Seasons The Westcliff.  “I have always wanted to work with Four Seasons and return to the place I call home – now at last both dreams have come true.”

A New Dining Destination in Johannesburg

Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann

Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann

Five all-new restaurants and lounges are preparing to welcome both local and international guests with an array of options to enjoy the very finest cuisine, accompanied by the best wines of South Africa and the world.  The culinary team is presided over by Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann, a native of Germany and most recently of the three Michelin star L’Auberge de L’Ill in Illhaeusern, France.  Passionate about seasonality and local provenance, Chef Gieselmann is currently foraging the farms and markets of the city and surrounding countryside, acquiring the best possible ingredients on which to base his menus.

The Hotel’s showpiece restaurant will be View, conceived as a gallery of culinary art where Chef and his team will be at their most creative.  A dramatic interior opens to an elegant terrace, where couples, business associates and close friends will indulge in the finest seafood and meats at lunch and dinner.

The Hotel’s showpiece restaurant will be View, conceived as a gallery of culinary art where Chef and his team will be at their most creative

The Hotel’s showpiece restaurant will be View, conceived as a gallery of culinary art where Chef and his team will be at their most creative

Flames will boast an expansive terrace and sunset views.  As the name suggests, grilled specialties are on the menu, expertly paired with South African wines and local craft beers.  Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and cocktails will be served in addition to dinner.

Flames will boast an expansive terrace and sunset views.

Flames will boast an expansive terrace and sunset views.

As well as the larders, the wine cellars are also being stocked now, with the country’s best regional bottles being laid down.  Celebrating the marriage of the most interesting wines with the most delightful culinary creations isCellar Door.  This intimate venue will host wine tastings and other special events, and is available for private bookings for up to 20 guests.

For those on the move, Westcliff Deli is an easy drop-in spot for local residents and Hotel guests.  Accessed from the front drive, it will be a great place to pick up coffee and sweets, as well as gourmet sandwiches and salads to go.

Spa goers are welcome to stay in their post-treatment robes as they lounge poolside at Après-Spa, where wines, fresh juices and light cuisine can be enjoyed at tables or on comfortable loungers.  The casual atmosphere is also a great place to catch up with friends, or simply spend a quiet afternoon of relaxation in the sunshine.

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All New: The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg

Housed in a completely new building designed to the company’s exacting standards, The Spa at Four Seasons will be an oasis of pampering and well-being amid the serenity of the Hotel’s gardens.  Inspired by the nature that surrounds them, nine treatment rooms – including a couple’s suite – set the stage of expert massage, skin care and body treatments.  Full facilities for men and women – both Hotel guests and day visitors – including luxe change rooms, saunas and steam rooms, as well as the outdoor Après-Spa lounge. Continue reading

Delano Las Vegas Offers First Look At Elevated Hotel Experience

All-Suite Hotel Now Accepting Room Reservations for September 2014

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Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino September 2014. (Rendering)

Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, the new Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Sept. 1 (via delanolasvegas.com or by calling 877-632-5400). The Delano Las Vegas is a partnership between MGM Resorts International and Morgans Hotel Group and will replace THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Design teams from both companies collaborated to create the vision for all venues and suites. The teams were led by Joyen Vakil, senior vice president of design and development for MGM Resorts International and Verena Haller, senior vice president of design for Morgans Hotel Group.

The Morgans Hotel Group Co. is widely credited as the creator of the first “boutique” hotel and with being a continuing leader of the hotel industry’s boutique sector. The company operates Morgans, Royalton and Hudson properties in New York City, Delano and Shore Club in South Beach, Mondrian in Los Angeles, South Beach and New York, The Clift in San Francisco, Ames in Boston, Sanderson and St Martins Lane in London, and a hotel in Playa del Carmen, Mexico, with ownership interests or full ownership in several of these hotels. The company also has other property transactions in various stages of completion,

Delano Las Vegas - General Manager Matthew Chilton

Delano Las Vegas’ General Manager Matthew Chilton

including Delano and Mondrian hotels in Marrakech, Morocco; Hudson and Mondrian in London, England; Delano in Cesme, Turkey; and Mondrian properties in Istanbul, Turkey; Doha, Qatar and Nassau, The Bahamas.
 
Anchored by intimate yet energetic public spaces and sophisticated accommodations, the non-smoking, all-suite Delano Las Vegas boutique hotel is designed to appeal to the most discerning travelers from around the globe and guests will discover a blend of personalized service and effortless luxury coupled with unexpected elements of individuality and high-concept design. 
 
Delano guests will be wowed by the introduction of this very special destination,” said Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas. “Dynamic public spaces will serve as social hubs where guests will want to linger and socialize while the clean design of the suites will create a quiet escape.
 
Blending eclectic details to create an atmosphere that is playful and filled with energy, the stylish public spaces will be highlighted by a sleek new lobby featuring three distinct social spaces – a unique coffee bar, sophisticated lounge and café concept. Upstairs and away from the action, Delano’s 1,100 guest suites will provide a luxurious retreat.

Public Spaces

  • A Grand Arrival. As guests approach Delano Las Vegas’ expansive stone entry and wood-slatted gate, they will encounter an extraordinary divided boulder from the Nevada desert, certain to become a signature element of the hotel. Guests will venture down a striking walkway featuring colors and textures inspired by the layered landscape of the Mojave Desert, inviting them to drift further into Delano Las Vegas’ alluring escape.
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Delano Las Vegas’ expansive stone entry will feature a wood-slatted gate and an extraordinary divided boulder from the Nevada desert. (Rendering)

  • The Journey Begins. Entering through an oversized etched wooden doorway, guests will see an inviting pathway of stone surrounded by towering columns enveloped in Delano’s iconic white sheers and statement mirrors. At the end of the corridor, a stunning piece of artwork comprised of small rocks suspended from the ceiling with a sculpted opening will reveal a glimpse of what lies beyond. A sleek black reception desk highlighted by a golden patchwork art piece overhead will welcome guests.
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Leading to the lobby, guests will walk down an inviting pathway of stone surrounded by towering columns enveloped in white sheers and statement mirrors. (Rendering)

Delano Las Vegas - 3940 Coffee & Tea

Delano Las Vegas – 3940 Coffee & Tea

  • Sunrise to Sunset. Situated just off the main lobby, 3940 Coffee + Tea will provide guests with a space to meet and mingle from day to night. The bar will serve gourmet coffee and tea from Grand Avenue Specialty Coffee, a company dedicated to providing a superior coffee and artisanal tea experience. Fresh squeezed juices and breakfast pastries such as warm scones, savory and sweet crepes, and cronuts with house-made jams will be served throughout the morning. Each afternoon, a tea cart will offer the finest selection of loose-leaf tea served alongside traditional accompaniments like petite pastries and finger sandwiches.

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Tiger Jam Brings World-class Poker, Exclusive Golf and Headliner OneRepublic to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas

16th Annual Tiger Jam Rocks Las Vegas May 16-17

GRAMMY-nominated pop rock band OneRepublic will headline the 16th annual Tiger Jam at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, May 16-17. The two-day charity event hosted by Tiger Woods combines world-class golf, high-stakes poker, gourmet cuisine and exclusive VIP experiences into a star-studded weekend benefitting the Tiger Woods Foundation’s college-access programs.

The 2014 Tiger Jam will kick off Friday, May 16 when poker legend Phil Hellmuth teams up with Woods to host Poker Night presented by the World Poker Tour. For a $10,000 buy-in, participants will join Woods, Hellmuth, Poker Hall of Famer Doyle Brunson and other great players for an exclusive night of poker followed by a Pre-Jam Party at Moorea Beach Club at Mandalay Bay. Tournament prizes include a package with unique golf experiences, Pro-Am playing spots in premier PGA TOUR events and other exclusive items.

Prior to Saturday evening’s live concert, guests can participate in a morning golf outing at Cascata Golf Course before attending the VIP reception at Mandalay Bay. This exclusive pre-concert party will feature gourmet food and spirits as well as live and silent auctions filled with luxury items. Following a rocking performance from OneRepublic at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, the night will conclude with a post-concert party at the House of Blues.

We are excited to welcome OneRepublic to Tiger Jam for the first time in our 16 years,” Woods said. “This unique and entertaining event gives so much to my foundation, helping us grow our programs and providing even more young people with a shot at college.”

Tickets for the OneRepublic performance priced at $55, $85 and $125, not including applicable service charges, go on sale Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. and will be available at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino).  To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase atwww.mandalaybay.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Stuart Weitzman Launches The “Be Suede” Experience

Stuart Weitzman continues SWxYOU, its limited-edition customization series, with the introduction of “Be Suede,” exclusively on www.stuartweitzman.com. The program unites two of the season’s hottest trends – summer suede and the classic espadrille flat – giving shoppers the unique opportunity to reimagine this warm weather must-have by choosing from 15 shades ranging from bold shades of clementine orange, sol yellow and pimento red to soft neutrals including dove gray, haze tan and bisque cream. The flat is infallible this season, with the espadrille dominating fashion headlines. Both sporty and chic, this lightweight slip-on becomes instantly elegant when recast in supple suede, yet decidedly downtown when embedded with studs.

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

(PRNewsFoto/Stuart Weitzman)

Shoe lovers, brand loyalists and trendsetters alike are sure to “be suede” by this exclusive opportunity to choose, create and customize a luxe limited-edition espadrille, only from Stuart Weitzman.

The SWxYOU: Be Suede experience will only be available for a two-week window. A celebration of personal style, the customization option extends beyond the palette, and is comprised of three simple steps: 1) Choose the shade of suede 2) Select the metallic hardware tone 3) Opt to embellish the vamp with studs or keep it smooth and simple. Each pair will be meticulously handcrafted in Spain – the birthplace of the traditional espadrille.  Retail prices range from $298 – $335, with an approximate delivery period of 6 – 8 weeks.

 

2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show A High Design Hit

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The 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (ADHDS), March 20-23, annually held at Pier 94 in New York City, was (and is) a premier showcase for luxury products and cutting-edge designs from close to 400 brands. The four-day fair showcased the best in the home design and luxury market and features more than 300 exhibitors and close to 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, electronics, ceramics, stone and tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, and more. From product launches, theater programming, and special events, the show is (and was) a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers. Next year’s show dates are March 19-22, 2015.

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Show Floor (Photo Credit: SocilaShutterBug.com)

Show Floor (Photo Credit: SocilaShutterBug.com)

More than 40,000 attendees from across the globe took to the aisles to discover distinctive items for their projects, visit the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio for exciting seminars presented by Architectural Digest and The New York Times, and experience the Shops at ADHDS, a new curation of cash-and-carry storefronts, and the first-ever outdoor pavilion. Exhibitors noted the marked increase in attendance, including a remarkable 55 percent increase in the number of design trade attendees, and came away with productive leads from both discerning industry professionals and consumer visitors.

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Farrow and Ball Ltd.

Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher, Architectural Digest credits the show’s wide range of offerings for helping to set the tone for a successful weekend. “We’ve continued to innovate the show experience and programming by creating a showcase in step with industry trends,” he said. “This year, attendees experienced a wealth of great design—from of one-of-a-kind artisan pieces to new product launches from top manufacturers and design studios to important technologies leading the smart home revolution.”

A showcase of some of the finest home furnishings manufacturers and leading designers present their latest lines and projects. A wide range of exquisite offerings from around the world including contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets, decorative accessories, textiles, art and more. The juried MADE galleries showcase the work of craftsman, artists and designers of limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings. Internationally renown and newly emerging talent present unique, beautiful and imaginative works in a range of mediums. The largest collection of luxury and premium kitchen, bath and building products in North America. reFRESH offers international product debuts, innovations in technology, state-of-the-art design and culinary demonstrations from leading chefs. Appliances, cabinets, tile & stone, bath fittings & fixtures, windows, doors, hardware, security systems, smart home technology and more.  Continue reading

2013 Internet Ad Revenues Soar To $42.8 Billion, Hitting Landmark High & Surpassing Broadcast Television For The First Time

Marks a 17% Rise Over Record-Setting Revenues in 2012

Fourth Quarter/2013 Numbers Climb to $12.1 Billion, A 17% Surge in Revenues Over Same Time in 2012

Mobile Sees Year-Over-Year Triple-Digit Growth for the Third Year in a Row

U.S. interactive advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, according to the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report for the full-year, exceeding broadcast television advertising* revenues ($40.1 billion), for the first time ever. This momentous figure marks an increase of 17 percent from 2012’s landmark revenues of $36.6 billion. The report, unveiled by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) and prepared by PwC U.S., also reveals that fourth quarter revenues for 2013 came in at $12.1 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the $10.3 billion brought in during the same quarter in 2012. In addition, this total represents an uptick of 14 percent from 2013’s third quarter revenues at $10.6 billion.

Here are the results from the full year in comparison with last year’s numbers:

Full Year
2012
Full Year
2013
% $ % $
Revenue (Ad Formats)
Search 46% $16,916 43% $18,365
Classifieds and Directories 7% $2,430 6% $2,597
Lead Generation 5% $1,689 4% $1,749
E-mail 0% $156 0% $165
Mobile 9% $3,370 17% $7,084
Display-related
    – Digital Video Commercials 6% $2,330 7% $2,784
    – Ad banners / display ads 21% $7,721 19% $7,943
    – Sponsorships 2% $845 2% $766
    – Rich media 3% $1,113 3% $1,328
        Total display-related 33% $12,009 30% $12,821
Revenue (Pricing Models)
Impression-based 32% $11,709 33% $14,297
Performance-based 66% $24,093 65% $27,788
Hybrid 2% $768 2% $696

Other highlights include:

  • For the third year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising to $7.1 billion during full year 2013, a 110 percent boost from the prior year total of $3.4 billion. Mobile accounted for 17 percent of 2013 revenues, whereas it was 9 percent of revenues in 2012.
  • Digital video, a component of display-related advertising, brought in $2.8 billion in full year 2013, up 19 percent over revenues of $2.3 billion in 2012. As a result, it also increased its share to become the fourth largest format, directly behind mobile.
  • Search revenues totaled $18.4 billion in 2013, up 9 percent from 2012, when search totaled $16.9 billion.
  • Display-related advertising revenues in 2013 totaled $12.8 billion or 30 percent of the year’s revenues, a rise of 7 percent over $12 billion in 2012.
  • Retail advertisers continue to represent the largest category of internet ad spending, responsible for 21 percent in 2013, followed by financial services and closely trailed by automotive which account for 13 and 12 percent of the year’s revenues respectively.

“The news that interactive has outperformed broadcast television should come as no surprise,” said Randall Rothenberg, President and CEO, IAB. “It speaks to the power that digital screens have in reaching and engaging audiences. In that same vein, the staggering growth of mobile is clearly a direct response to how smaller digital screens play an integral role in consumers’ lives throughout the day, as well as their critical importance to cross-screen experiences.

Our survey confirms that we are fully in transition to the post-desktop era,” said David Silverman, Partner, PwC U.S. “Triple digit advertising revenue growth from mobile devices contrasted the more tepid 8 percent growth from traditional computer screens. This is simply a reflection of the change in how and where consumers are viewing their informationon the go!”

Digital marketing generates large reach and many possibilities to create impact across consumers’ purchase consideration processes, both critically important to advertisers as they seek marketing investments that have value ” said Sherrill Mane, Senior Vice President, Research, Analytics, and Measurement, IAB.

IAB sponsors the IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, which is conducted independently by the New Media Group of PwC. The results are considered the most accurate measurement of interactive advertising revenues because the data is compiled directly from information supplied by companies selling advertisements on the internet.

The survey includes data concerning online advertising revenues from Web sites, commercial online services, free email providers, and all other companies selling online advertising. The full report is issued twice yearly for full and half-year data, and top-line quarterly estimates are issued for the first and third quarters. PwC does not audit the information and provides no opinion or other form of assurance with respect to the information. A copy of the full report is available at: iab.net/AdRevenueReport.

The Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) is comprised of more than 600 leading media and technology companies that are responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States. On behalf of its members, the IAB is dedicated to the growth of the interactive advertising marketplace, of interactive’s share of total marketing spend, and of its members’ share of total marketing spend. The IAB educates marketers, agencies, media companies and the wider business community about the value of interactive advertising. Working with its member companies, the IAB evaluates and recommends standards and practices and fields critical research on interactive advertising. Founded in 1996, the IAB is headquartered in New York City with a Public Policy office in Washington, D.C.

Conde Nast Entertainment Unveils Second Phase Of Digital Expansion

Conde Nast Entertainment (CNE) today unveiled the next phase of its digital expansion at its second annual Digital Content NewFront (organized by the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB)** which is comprised of more than 600 leading media and technology companies and responsible for selling 86% of online advertising in the United States). CNE, which launched its digital video network in March 2013 with GQ and Glamour channels, has built the network into a growing force with eleven iconic branded channels inspired by storied Conde Nast titles, and nearly a billion views to date.  The next phase of the division’s digital expansion includes the addition of three new branded channels to its network – Bon Appetit, The New Yorker and Lucky – the production of over 100 new and returning digital series across all channels, and the creation of THE SCENE, the industry’s first platform devoted to curating and showcasing premium digital-first video content.  The announcements were made by Dawn Ostroff, president, Conde Nast Entertainment.

Conde Nast Entertainment logo (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Entertainment )

Conde Nast Entertainment logo (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Entertainment )

The company attracts more than 95 million consumers across its twenty industry-leading print and digital media brands:  Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Brides, Self, GQ, The New Yorker, Conde Nast Traveler, Details, Allure, Architectural Digest, Bon Appetit, Epicurious, Wired, W, Lucky, Golf Digest, Golf World, Teen Vogue and Ars Technica.

According to Ostroff, In just one year, CNE has set the industry standard for award-winning original video content that millions of influential millennials are watching and sharing. The addition of THE SCENE, which will feature content from all of our powerful branded channels and premium digital videos from leading traditional and digital media companies, will increase our reach to entirely new audiences.”

CNE’s digital video network has been widely recognized by the industry for the quality of its content including being honored with the company’s first Producers Guild of America Award, first Emmy nomination and fourteen Webby nominations this year. The network  is now widely available on over 25 platforms and devices including AOL, Yahoo, Roku, YouTube, Twitter, Dailymotion and Conde Nast’s brand sites.  Distribution is expected to continue to expand to more platforms and devices this year.

New CNE series debuting in 2014 include:

Allure
Cassandra To The Rescue – YouTube sensation Cassandra Bankson helps women tackle their insecurities and skin problems with makeup secrets and lessons in confidence.

Beauty Evolution – Top beauty insiders reveal the best moments – and not-so-best moments – of the most glamorous celebs on their journeys to becoming beauty icons.

Bon Appetit
I Effed It Up – Bon Appetit’s senior food editor, Dawn Perry, shares cooking techniques that will keep viewers from messing up their favorite dishes.

Cook Like A Pro – The country’s best chefs reveal the secrets to their most famous dishes.

Big Fat Weekend – Bon Appetit’s inimitable Andrew Knowlton bursts onto the scene of a new town in each episode and revels in the local food, drink and culinary indulgences.

Epicurious
1 Item 3 Ways – Viewers will learn how to take the seasonal food item of the moment and reinvent it in three unique and delicious recipes.

What’s In Your Bag? – Comedian Mike Kenton plays the most comically intrusive and revealing game with the residents of New York City – what’s in their grocery bags.

Epicuriousity – This visually lush and compelling docu-series explores the trends and personalities at the forefront of the artisanal food and wine movement in America.

Glamour
30 Things – From executive producers Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos, this series presents the must-haves and must-knows for women on the cusp of, and beyond, the age of 30.

Glamour Documentaries – The next installment in the award-winning documentary series that brought viewers Screw You Cancer.

Golf Digest
Shanked – Outrgeous and hilarious pranks have finally made their way onto the golf course in this new hidden-camera comedy series.

Hungover Caddy – An animated series that follows the antics and shenanigans of an unruly caddy at the fanciest of country clubs.

GQ
45 Second Man – GQ’s new animated series demonstrates how to do everything – in style – with invaluable insight and expertise.

Most Expensivest Sh*t – Whether in good taste or totally over the top, this series looks at the most outrageously decadent toys of the rich and famous – the most expensivest sh*t known to man.

SELF
Rachel’s Rules – Nutrition expert Rachel Beller dissects the shocking reality behind the foods people think are healthy, and how to truly eat smart.

Treat Yourself – This series shows viewers how to enjoy a delicious indulgence without going up in jean size – the ultimate treat for every healthy food lover.

Style.com
In The Mood For – With her unrivaled style sensibility and hilarious irreverence, fashion blogger Leandra Medine (aka Man Repeller) demonstrates how to wear the hottest looks of the moment.

Beauty Icons – Celebrity makeup artist Kayleen McAdams transforms herself from glam squad team member to Hollywood icon, making every glamorous feature accessible and easy to achieve for viewers.

Teen Vogue
Bryanboy Goes To College – On a cross-country college tour, popular fashion blogger Bryanboy meets chic and stylish college students in this series that celebrates street style at the top of its class.

Strictly Ballet – This series presents an unprecedented, never-before-seen look inside the School of American Ballet at Lincoln Center.

Get The Look – Teen Vogue’s Elaine Welteroth gives viewers the scoop on their favorite celebrities’ most iconic makeup moments straight from the source – speaking with their very own makeup artists who demonstrate how to achieve each look.

Vanity Fair
@VF Scandal – No one does scandal quite like Vanity Fair; this documentary series reveals the most salacious, scandalous and intriguing tales that exist, proving that when it comes to storytelling, it’s either Vanity Fair or it’s not.

Red Carpet Conversations – Red carpet footage like you’ve never seen it before – with irreverent lip reading that suggests a conversation between celebrities that you would never imagine.

Vogue
73 Questions – From director Joe Sabia comes a totally unique interview that takes us inside a celebrity’s home, where they’ll answer 73 very personal questions – on the spot.

Born Free – This gripping documentary series brings together top fashion designers with iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz as they embark on a quest to minimize the spread of HIV to children from infected mothers.

WIRED
Retro Grade – A gadget lab for antiquated and obsolete technology, this comic series offers tech demonstrations that viewers won’t believe were once possible.

Teen Technorati – Hundreds of thousands of dollars and a Thiel Fellowship await a select few teen inventors who are competing for the chance to develop their inventions.

Popular CNE series being renewed for 2014 include:

Glamour: Dressed to Kill, Elevator Makeover, The Single Life, Why Do Guys?, My Glamour Do

GQ: America’s Bartender

SELF: Girl vs. Sweat, Which is Worse?

Teen Vogue: Besties, Breakfast with Bevan, Get the Look, My Room Makeover: College Edition, Outfit of the Day

Vanity Fair: Vanity Code

Vogue: Vogue Weddings: The Dress, The Fashion Fund

WIRED: Angry Nerd, Codefellas, Design FX, The Window, What’s Inside

Further details on other new series and original programming will be announced closer to their launch dates. Teasers for the upcoming content can be found at their channel links below.

Allure’s Video Site: http://video.allure.com
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Epicurious’ Video Site: http://video.epicurious.com
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RUSSIA’S YELLOW CAB CLAIM THE 2014 LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP

Russia’s Yellow Cab team defeats The Raleigh team from Pakistan to claim the championship trophy

TEAM LA MARTINA CLAIM THE SOUTH BEACH WOMEN’S POLO CUP

Fifty-two chukkers of Polo on the beach ended with a flourish on Sunday afternoon as the Yellow Cab team representing Russia (Tyler Garber, Tavi Usandizaga and Sebastian Merlos) scooped an impressive 12-5 win over The Raleigh team representing Pakistan (Bash Kazi, Juan Monteverde and Brandon Phillips) in the final of the 2014 La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup.  MVP Sebastian Merlos set the pace for Russia’s Yellow Cab with nine goals, including a two-pointer from one end of the arena, to lead all scoring.  

Russia's Yellow Cab winning team: Tavi Usandizaga (left) Tyler Garber and Sebastian Merlos (credit:  Mitchell Zachs)

Russia’s Yellow Cab winning team: Tavi Usandizaga (left) Tyler Garber and Sebastian Merlos (credit: Mitchell Zachs)

Earlier in the day, the Merchant Hub team, representing Brazil (Tommy Kato, Pelon Escapite and Luis Escobar) won the Carl Fisher International Challenge Cup in an 8-5 win over the La Martina team, representing Argentina (MZ Kazi, David Tafuri, Carlitos Gracida and Tommy Biddle). Pelon Escapite took MVP honors with teammate Luis Escobar’s “Geevo” being named Best Playing Pony.
 
In the opening match of the day, the Metropolitan by COMO team, representing USA (lance Vetter, Guille Usandizaga and John Gobin) registered a 9-6 win over the Eden Roc team, representing Mexico (Jason Crowder, Mariano Gracida and Weston Gracida) in the final of the Fleischman Memorial Cup.

The tenth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup opened on April 24th with a long hot day of hard fought matches during the La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI as women’s teams battled it out to claim the prestigious title.

La Martina (Scarlet Davenport, Maggie McNamara and Laura Willson)  (credit: Mitchel Zachs)

La Martina (Scarlet Davenport, Maggie McNamara and Laura Willson) (credit: Mitchel Zachs)

The eight teams of women, consisting of players from all over the world, competed in two divisions of play for the sixth consecutive year with the team from La Martina (Scarlet Davenport, Maggie McNamara and Laura Willson) taking top honors in Division One with a 2-1 win over the Eden Roc/Cheeki team (Kaila Doud, Slaney O’Hanlon and Lynn O’Connor). Doud was named MVP while Laura Willson’s “Little Joe” received Best Playing Pony honors.
 
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Now on View: The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, a major retrospective that explores the life and work of the exceptionally gifted, deeply tormented sculptor who defined the heady atmosphere of the Second Empire in France (1852–1871), is on view at the Metropolitan Museum through May 26. The first full-scale exhibition in 39 years devoted to Carpeaux (1827–1875), it features about 150 works including sculptures, paintings, and drawings, which are organized around the major projects that the artist undertook during his brief and stormy career. Major international loans that have never before traveled to the United States, or have not been here for decades, come from the Musée d’Orsay; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Valenciennes (Carpeaux’s birthplace); the Louvre, Petit Palais, and other French institutions; and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen. Important loans also come from the Getty in Los Angeles and from private collections. 

Ugolino and His Sons (an important work in the Metropolitan Museum's permanent collection)

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie) Ugolino and His Sons 1865–67 Saint-Béat marble, H. 77 3/4 x W. 59 x D. 43 1/2 in. (197.5 x 149.9 x 110.5 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Josephine Bay Paul and C. Michael Paul Foundation Inc. Gift, Charles Ulrick and Josephine Bay Foundation Inc. Gift, and Fletcher Fund, 1967

Carpeaux is best known today for a single masterpiece, Ugolino and His Sons (an important work in the Metropolitan Museum’s permanent collection), yet he was a multifaceted and prolific artist. A sculptor of emotion, both grand and intimate, he was drawn to extremes from Michelangelo to Watteau while retaining respectful admiration for his peers in French sculpture. A precursor to Rodin and a host of other early modern sculptors, he imbued his work with strong movement and visceral drive. He strove for anatomical realism in all media, but especially in his marble sculptures and busts, which seem to capture flesh and blood in stone.

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux evokes the ambitious public monuments he created through groupings of drawings and vibrant preliminary clay models and traces the evolution of such masterpieces in marble as Ugolino and his Sons and the Musée d’Orsay’s Prince Impérial with his Dog Nero. Carpeaux sketched his surroundings constantly and had a genius for portraiture. Ravishing portraits of celebrities and friends, and wrenching ones of himself and his wife Amélie, are on view along with poignant drawings of an astonishing variety of subjects and techniques. His dramatic, highly independent paintings, barely known during his lifetime, are also be on display.

The exhibition probes overlooked works to reveal not only the darkness and despair of his troubled existence, but also his cruelty towards his wife. Carpeaux, who was plagued by serious physical maladies and violent mood swings throughout his life, was only 48 when he died. Despite this, he was extraordinarily productive, accomplishing a vast body of work sustained at the highest level of quality.

Carpeaux was born 1827 in Valenciennes (also the birthplace of Jean-Antoine Watteau), the son of a mason and a lacemaker. He was accepted into the renowned École des Beaux-Arts in 1844 where he worked fervently to win the prestigious Prix de Rome. Carpeaux finally won the prize for sculpture in 1854, then moved in 1856 to Rome, where he found inspiration in classical antiquities and the Italian masters, especially the works of Michelangelo. Ugolino and His Sons, rendering a scene from Dante’s Divine Comedy, was completed in plaster in 1861, the last year of his residence at the French

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie) Self-portrait or Engagement Portrait 1869 Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 ¾ in. (40.5 x 32.5 cm) Musée des Beaux Arts, Valenciennes

Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux (French, Valenciennes 1827–1875 Courbevoie)
Self-portrait or Engagement Portrait
1869, Oil on canvas, 16 x 12 ¾ in. (40.5 x 32.5 cm), Musée des Beaux Arts, Valenciennes

Academy in Rome. It created a sensation and brought Carpeaux many commissions. Upon his return to France, Ugolino was cast in bronze at the order of the French Ministry of Fine Arts and exhibited in the Paris Salon of 1863. The Metropolitan’s marble version was completed in time for the Universal Exposition at Paris in 1867. Various preparatory sketches of Ugolinoin different media are on display in the exhibition along with the monumental marble.

Upon his return to Paris, Carpeaux established himself in artistic and society circles and was appointed the art tutor of the only child of Emperor Napolean III and his wife Eugénie, Louis-Eugène-Napoléon-Jean-Joseph Bonaparte, the Prince Impérial. Carpeaux proposed to the Emperor and his wife a portrait of the young Prince Impérial and created a standing portrait in marble that shows the boy, about eight years old, with the Emperor’s dog Nero, a gift from the Russian ambassador. The portrait of the crown prince was rapturously received and reproduced in different sizes and media such as bronze, plaster, terracotta, and biscuit.  Even after the fall of the Empire and the early tragic death of the crown prince—who was killed by the Zulus in South Africa in 1879—the Sèvres porcelain factory continued to sell his portrait under the title Boy with a Dog. The Musée d’Orsay’s marble and the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek’s silvered bronze of The Impérial Prince and His Dog Nero are on view side by side with other versions of the work.

In 1863, Charles Garnier, the architect of the new Paris Opéra, commissioned four sculpted groups by four artists to decorate the façade of the building. Carpeaux’s group celebrates the theme of dance. Over a three-year period, he produced hundreds of sketches and models before deciding upon a composition of naked women encircling the spirit of dance. When The Dance was unveiled, it caused a scandal. The public was so shocked by the realism of The Dance that it was proclaimed pornographic. A bottle of ink was thrown against the sculpture and its removal from the Paris Opéra was demanded. However, the war of 1870 and the fall of the Second Republic, followed by the death of Carpeaux in 1875, eventually put an end to the controversy. Today The Dance is considered one of the 19th century’s epic works.

Carpeaux still retains a strong hold over the imagination, particularly in his native country, where he has held pride of place in the museum of his birthplace in Valenciennes and in the galleries of the Musée d’Orsay ever since it opened in 1986.
The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux is organized by James David Draper, Henry R. Kravis Curator in the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum, and Edouard Papet, chief curator of sculpture at the Musée d’Orsay. The exhibition is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Gail and Parker Gilbert Fund and the Diane W. and James E. Burke Fund. The exhibition was organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Musée d’Orsay. Following its presentation at the Metropolitan Museum, The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux will be on view at the Musée d’Orsay in Paris from June 23 until September 30, 2014.
The exhibition is accompanied by a richly illustrated catalogue written and edited by James David Draper and Edouard Papet with contributions from Elena Carrara, Nadège Horner, Laure de Margerie, Jean-Claude Poinsignon, and Philip Ward-Jackson. It is published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press, and is available in the Museum’s book shops (hardcover, $65). The catalogue is made possible by the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Foundation and the Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, Inc.
An audio tour, part of the Museum’s Audio Guide program, is available for rental ($7, $6 for Members, $5 for children under 12).
The Audio Guide is sponsored by Bloomberg.
Met Museum Presents will hold two events in conjunction with the exhibition—Sculpting Sound: The Music of Carpeaux’s Circle with Susan Graham, mezzo-soprano, on April 26; and Friends and Demons: The Life and Work of Carpeaux, a presentation by curator James David Draper, on May 14. For more information about Met Museum Presents please visit: http://www.metmuseum.org/tickets
Additional information about the exhibition and its accompanying programs are available on the Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org.

Food Network Star Returns For Tenth Season With New Cast Of Contenders

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Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay Back as Mentors/Judges in Season Premiere on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm ET/PT

Food Network‘s long-running competition series Food Network Star is back for a tenth season in June, with Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay leading the charge to discover the next promising face in food television. The twelve new contenders are put to the test in a season filled with unique competitions challenging their kitchen and on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Alton, Giada and Bobby’s footsteps and helm their own show. The show’s exclusive web series Star Salvation also returns, giving one eliminated contestant the opportunity to rejoin the on-air competition, which culminates in an audience vote to determine who wins the ultimate prize – their own show on Food Network.

The Selection Committee Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown at the reveal of the Star Challenge "Please Try This At Home" as seen on Food Network Star, Season 10.

The Selection Committee Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis and Alton Brown at the reveal of the Star Challenge “Please Try This At Home” as seen on Food Network Star, Season 10.

 

Shot in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, Food Network Star season ten kicks off with a one-hour premiere on Sunday, June 1st at 9pm ET/PT, and the winner will be named in the season finale on Sunday, August 10th at 9pm ET/PT. In the season premiere, the contestants are welcomed to Los Angeles for their Star-making journey by the mentors/judges, who invite the cast to their own red carpet premiere party that very night at a Hollywood studio backlot. Each finalist must present themselves to a select group of tastemakers, and prepare their most impressive party bite for the challenge judges and Food Network executives Bob Tuschman and Susie Fogelson.

Upcoming episodes feature a Cutthroat Kitchen competition, viral video challenge from YouTube Space LA, visit to Knott’s Berry Farm, Las Vegas buffet and pool party-themed challenges and an on-camera appearance on Rachael Ray. Guest stars include Food Network personalities Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Jet Tila and Ray.

The finalists are: Luca Della Casa (San Antonio); Emma Frisch (Ithaca, NY); Nicole Gaffney (Atlantic City, NJ); Loreal Gavin (Indianapolis); Chris Kyler (Stafford, VA); Kenny Lao (New York); Christopher Lynch (New Orleans); Lenny McNab (Debeque, CO); Aryen Moore-Alston (Memphis); Sarah Penrod (League City, TX); Reuben Ruiz (Miami) and Donna Sonkin Shaw (New York).

Web series Star Salvation returns for a second outing on Sunday, June 1st and goes live just after Star’s east coast airing.  Available exclusively on http://www.FoodNetwork.com/Salvation and hosted by last season’s Food Network Star winner Damaris Phillips and Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian, the six-episode web-only culinary contest gives eliminated finalists a chance to re-enter the competition. In a nod to the show’s tenth season, two fan favorites from past seasons return in the premiere Salvation challenge to battle the first eliminated finalist. The winner will re-enter Food Network Star on Sunday, July 13.

Moroccanoil® Launches Body Collection In Barneys New York Nationwide

Moroccanoil® announced today the launch of its Body collection at Barneys New York flagship stores nationwide, as well as on http://www.Barneys.com. Moroccanoil’s official presence will be in the apothecary area of the retailer’s cosmetics department, and will include the entire 10-SKU body lineup, with new innovations arriving in fall 2014. During the two week launch phase, Moroccanoil will be positioned in all promotional areas of the cosmetics department, as well as within visual windows and product vitrines.

 

At the Barneys Manhattan location, shoppers will be invited to come “Discover the Original” and take home a beautiful sachet of the brand’s best-selling Hydration products—Moroccanoil Hand Cream and Moroccanoil Body Souffle. The location will also be offering a special gift—deluxe-sized Moroccanoil Body Buff and Moroccanoil Body Souffle—with any product purchase during that period.

An essential component to the Body line’s growth and awareness strategy, the addition of Barneys New York to Moroccanoil’s distribution network marks the first commercial channel–and an important step– for the brand, further advancing its profile and position within the prestige beauty marketplace.

Launched in 2012, the Moroccanoil Body line is a curated collection inspired by the landscapes and cultures of the Mediterranean and combines the highest quality ingredients for a complete head-to-toe pampering experience.  The one-of-a-kind formulas are ideal for promoting optimal skin nourishment and balance to instantly transform and restore skin’s vitality.  From rich creams to dry oils, each product is further infused with signature scents of the Mediterranean to transport the senses, and leave the body and mind refreshed, relaxed and revitalized.

Moroccanoil hair care products are available at fine salons and online at Moroccanoil.com. Moroccanoil Body is available at luxury spas, Barneys New York stores nationwide, online at www.Barneys.com and Moroccanoil.com. For more information, visit us at Moroccanoil.com.

The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

April 29 – November 2, 2014 (weather permitting)

Installation Location: The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden

American artist Dan Graham (born 1942, Urbana, Illinois) will create a site-specific installation atop The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Roof Garden—the second in a new series of commissions for the outdoor site. Comprising curves of steel and two-way mirrored glass between ivy hedgerows, Graham’s structure is part garden maze, part modernist skyscraper façade. Set within a specially engineered terrain designed in collaboration with the Swiss landscape architect Günther Vogt (born 1957, Balzers, Liechtenstein), the work—titled Hedge Two-Way Mirror Walkabout—will be both transparent and reflective, creating a changing and visually complex environment for visitors. The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt will be on view from April 29 through November 2, 2014 (weather permitting). A variety of education programs will also take place in conjunction with the exhibition.

Dan Graham (b. 1942, Urbana, Illinois). Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000. Installation view from Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

Dan Graham (b. 1942, Urbana, Illinois). Two Different Anamorphic Surfaces, 2000. Installation view from Wanås Foundation, Knislinge, Sweden

For the past 50 years Graham has engaged his interest in architecture and the way it structures public space through a multidisciplinary practice that includes writing, photography, video, performance, and—beginning in the 1970s—sculptural environments of mirrored glass and metal.  He calls these hybrid structures “pavilions” after the ornamental buildings that decorate 17th- and 18th-century formal gardens—architectural fantasies inspired by the ruins of classical antiquity.

Graham’s pavilions similarly invite romance or play, but their forms and materials have a more contemporary source: the gleaming glass facades of modern office towers.  For the artist, the mirrored cladding of a corporate headquarters symbolizes economic power and sleek efficiency; it also provides a certain camouflage, reflecting the world around it as it shields what happens inside from prying eyes.

With this signature material, Graham’s pavilions also transform observers of the work into performers within it, and, through the sight of their own reflections, make them acutely aware of their own viewership.

The artist’s pavilions likewise respond to their specific sites. The Museum’s Roof Garden, where the idyllic expanse of Central Park confronts the tall buildings of midtown Manhattan, is both of the city and at a certain remove from it.  The evergreen plantings that edge the parapets also reminded Graham of the shrubbery that often demarcates private property lines in the New Jersey suburbs of his youth. Graham’s collaboration with Günther Vogt further illuminates the site’s multilayered references—historic gardens, public parks, contemporary corporate architecture, and the suburban lawn—as its pavilion engages the viewer in a historic and complex mirror-play. For Vogt, landscape architecture is a heterogeneous field that unites different aspects of design with natural and social sciences.

We are thrilled to present this extraordinary new commission,” stated Thomas P. Campbell, Director and CEO of the Metropolitan Museum. “For decades, Dan Graham has created work that challenges viewers to think in new and thought-provoking ways about the streets and cities they traverse every day. In his reimagining of the Met’s roof, visitors will discover a picturesque landscape that is at once unexpected and familiar.”

Born in Urbana, Illinois, and raised in Winfield Township, New Jersey, Dan Graham lives and works in New York City. Graham has been investigating the relationship between architectural environments and those who inhabit them since the late 1960s. His diverse practice, which encompasses writing, photography, video, performance, and the creation of sculptural environments, has influenced generations of artists. Graham’s glass pavilions have been realized in sites worldwide, particularly in Europe. The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt is the artist’s first major site-specific commission in New York City since his 1991 installation, Dan Graham: Rooftop Urban Park Project at Dia Center for the Arts. Graham has had retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Whitney Museum of American Art, and Walker Art Center (2009–10); Castello di Rivoli Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Turin (2006); Museu Serralves, Porto (2001); Museum of Modern Art, Oxford (1997); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (1993); Kunsthalle Berne (1983); and the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago (1981). He has participated in Documenta 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10 (1972, 1977, 1982, 1992, and 1997). Among the numerous awards he has received are the Coutts Contemporary Art Foundation Award, Zurich (1992), and the French Vermeil Medal, Paris (2001). He also was honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, in 2010.

What Dan creates is a new form of quixotic landscape architecture that combines nature and community within a city environment,” said Sheena Wagstaff, the Museum’s Leonard A. Lauder Chairman of Modern and Contemporary Art.  “It is work that draws paradoxically on formal 18th-century Northern European gardens, while also referencing the glossy sleekness of corporate skyscrapers and the American suburban vernacular.”

Over the past 10 years, Günther Vogt of Vogt Landscape Architects, Zurich, has designed a wide variety of public and private outdoor spaces in Switzerland and Europe. These include the grounds of the Allianz Arena in Munich; the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Tate Modern, and the Olympic Village in London; and the FIFA headquarters and Masoala Rain Forest Hall in Zurich.  Vogt is professor of landscape architecture at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) in Zurich and on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. His survey Miniature and Panorama: Vogt Landscape Architects, Projects, 2000–2012 was published in 2012 by Lars Müller, Zurich.

Several other related projects by Dan Graham will be on view in the Museum’s modern and contemporary art galleries (Lila Acheson Wallace Wing for Modern and Contemporary Art, Second Floor, Galleries 917 & 918, Installation Dates: April 28–November 2, 2014) to complement the artist’s Roof Garden installation. The works include videos, photographs, and another, smaller pavilion—Triangular Solid with Circular Cut-Outs, Variation K (2011–14).

Triangular Solid with Circular Cut-Outs uses the familiar two-way mirrored glass of the skyscraper in an intimate, gazebo-type structure. Its form relates to both the moon gates of traditional Chinese gardens—round apertures designed to frame a particular view—and the mirrored walls of Rococo pavilions that reflect and amplify the effects of sunlight or candlelight. Also on display is a model of the triangular glass pavilion Double Exposure—Graham’s 1995 proposal for an exhibition in Germany, which was installed at the Serralves Museum in Portugal in 2003. One side of Double Exposure is a color transparency of the landscape directly outside. From inside the pavilion, the viewer confronts a curious doubling of vision that references, in part, 19th-century panoramas and other precursors of modern cinema. The videos on view explore other pavilions, and the photographs—mainly snapshots taken when Graham revisited the New Jersey suburbs of his youth—capture the extraordinary breadth of the artist’s interests.

In conjunction with the installation, the second in a new series of books considering the annual Roof Garden projects has been published. The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt features an essay by Ian Alteveer, Associate Curator, and an interview with the artist by Sheena Wagstaff, Leonard A. Lauder Chairman, both of the Museum’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. The 64-page paperback is published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and distributed by Yale University Press ($9.95).

The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt and its publication were conceived by Sheena Wagstaff and curated by Ian Alteveer, in consultation with the artist. The exhibition is made possible by Bloomberg, with additional support provided by Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon B. Polsky.

The installation will be featured on the Metropolitan Museum’s website at www.metmuseum.org.

Sandwiches, snacks, dessert, and beverage service—including espresso, cappuccino, iced tea, soft drinks, wine, and beer—will be available at the Roof Garden Café daily from 10:00 a.m. until closing, as weather permits. A martini bar will also be open on the Roof Garden on Friday and Saturday evenings (5:30–8:00 p.m.).

More Than 4,000 People Will Join The Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer At PurpleStride Chicago Walk/Run On April 26th At Chicago’s Lincoln Park

Thousands will run and walk to raise funds and awareness for pancreatic cancer, the fourth leading cause of cancer death in the United States, at PurpleStride Chicago 2014 on April 26, 2014PurpleStride Chicago will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the national organization creating hope in a comprehensive way through research, patient support, community outreach and advocacy for a cure.

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network logo.  (PRNewsFoto/Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network logo. (PRNewsFoto/Pancreatic Cancer Action Network)

PurpleStride Chicago is meant as a day of hope and inspiration for people who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer as well as a tribute to people who have passed away from this terrible disease,” said Kelli Steckbauer, Chicago resident and volunteer for the Chicago Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. “Money raised helps fund personalized support for patients, their families and caregivers, as well as supporting research that will hopefully lead to better treatment options to increase survival for pancreatic cancer patients. We are proud to join tens of thousands of people across the country who are taking part in more than 50 PurpleStride events this year. We all share one common goal – to end pancreatic cancer.”

This year, more than 46,000 Americans will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and more than 39,500 will die from the disease. Pancreatic cancer has one of the lowest survival rates of all major cancers – 73 percent die within one year of diagnosis and the five-year survival rate is just six percent. Pancreatic cancer is anticipated to move from the fourth to the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States by 2020.

All those who would like to join the fight against pancreatic cancer are invited to attend the event, which will take place at Lincoln Park- Montrose Harbor, Grove 16 – 4400 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60640.  Participants have their choice of walking, running, or running a timed race on a course along the beautiful Lake Michigan.  The event will include live music and other family friendly festivities throughout the day. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with opening ceremonies starting at 9:45 a.m. To register, visit www.purplestride.org/chicago.

We are deeply committed to supporting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network in its effort to double the survival rate of pancreatic cancer by 2020 and providing real hope to those who have been touched by this insidious disease,” stated “Charlie’s Angels” Team Captain Jennifer Odegard. “We are striding for the people who are bravely fighting this disease and for those who have lost their battle. We are striding for my husband, Chicago Police Department Officer, Charles Odegard, who served with the CPD for 21 years. Due to the lack of early diagnostic tools, he was simply diagnosed too late and lost his battle at the young age of 48. I am appreciative every day for the support we received from Charlie’s fellow officers and the City of Chicago during his journey with this disease. Like a true brotherhood, they fought with Charlie to the end holding fundraisers in his honor and being there for any emotional support needed. Now, on April 26th, many more of our family members and friends will come together again to honor and remember Charlie at PurpleStride Chicago.”

To learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and the Chicago Affiliate, visit www.pancan.org.

The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Launches the Hotel Industry’s First Fully Branded Jet

As it becomes even more increasingly difficult to stand out in the high-income, beyond luxury market, the sky is literally the new limit as the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts group reimagine luxury hospitality with the introduction of the Four Seasons Jet, the industry’s first fully branded private jet experience.

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An idea of extending the famous Four Seasons hospitality and to reimagine the future of luxury hospitality lead the company to create private jet journeys that focused exclusively on stays at Four Seasons properties worldwide in 2012. Beginning in February 2015, the Four Seasons Jet will transport 52 guests on highly customized, bespoke journeys, offering discerning travelers a distinctly Four Seasons travel experience from the moment they book their trip. Four Seasons in-flight staff, including a dedicated on-board concierge, will coordinate with local Four Seasons concierges in each destination to ensure that the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience is nothing short of extraordinary.

With the words “Four Seasons” on the fuselage and the iconic Four Seasons logo on the tail, the completely retrofitted Boeing 757 will feature interiors and exterior design customized by the company’s team of design experts, setting the stage for a travel experience like no other.

Taking our legendary service to the skies is a natural extension of what we’ve been doing in our hotels for more than 50 years,” says Susan Helstab, Executive Vice President Marketing, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. “The Four Seasons Jet showcases the unforgettable people and experiences that make Four Seasons unique. It speaks to our pioneering spirit and the aspirations of today’s modern luxury traveller in an imaginative new way.”

Guests can look forward to individually handcrafted leather flatbed seats, globally inspired cuisine and signature Four Seasons service – on board and on the ground. Global in-flight Wi-Fi keeps guests and staff connected, so that spa treatments, tee times, private excursions and more can be arranged “on the fly” to augment each thoughtfully planned itinerary. Travelers will also have access to exclusive experiences available only to Four Seasons Jet passengers.

Reservations aboard the new Four Seasons Jet are currently open for the following trips:

  • Around the World, February 2015 – Beginning in Los Angeles and concluding with a celebratory dinner in London, this 24-day, 9-destination journey explores dynamic cities, exotic islands, architectural wonders and awe-inspiring natural environments. Highlighted by an only-by-private-jet stop at the Taj Mahal, all accommodations will be at Four Seasons hotels and resorts.
  • Backstage with the Arts, April 2015 – In the company of like-minded travellers who share a passion for the arts, guests will visit six cities and spend 16 indulgent days filled with backstage visits to Europe’s most stunning museums, outstanding performances at Teatro alla Scala in Milan and the Estates Theatre in Prague, exquisite dinners and a private gala in the Pavlovsk Palace outside St. Petersburg.
  • Around the World, August 2015 – Epic is the word to describe this globe-circling expedition through nine destinations, including stays in three of the newest Four Seasons hotels, plus the brand’s very first safari lodge in the Serengeti.  From the Forbidden City in Beijing to the medina in Marrakech, the pristine waters of the Maldives to the excitement of the world’s largest fish market in Tokyo and a final, glittering dinner in New York, it will be 24 days no one will ever forget.

Each journey includes air travel and ground transportation, planned excursions, all meals throughout the trip and luxurious accommodations exclusively at Four Seasons.

The decision to offer one-of-a-kind trips aboard a custom-designed Four Seasons Jet reflects an understanding of our guests’ evolving needs and preferences,” continues Helstab. “It recognizes their desire to pair adventure and discovery with the luxury of a fully immersive Four Seasons experience.”

The Four Seasons Jet, including accompanying staff and crew, is also available for private charter. To learn more visit fourseasons.com/jet

Create New Memories at the Hotel Lancaster in Paris Where Luxury Meets Elegant Glamor

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Located a mere stone’s throw from the Champs Elysées in the heart of the fashionable so-called Golden Triangle, the Hotel Lancaster radiates an intimate luxury. It is housed in a 19th century townhouse, which was recently fully refurbished, giving a contemporary twist to classic materials such as wood, leather and velvet, combining just-picked flowers with antiques, paintings and period furniture (including Louis XV and XVI) acquired by Emile Wolf, the legendary Swiss hotelier, who transformed the townhouse into a hotel in 1925.

At the Lancaster hotel customers are each welcomed as privileged guests, it has always done its very best to build its reputation around the exceptional quality of its service, the availability and discretion of its staff, and last, but by no means least, its warm and
friendly approach to customers.

The Lancaster recently achieved a one year of complete renovation of all the rooms, suites and corridors; The aim was to create refined and refreshed spaces that strengthened the origins of the hotel and paid tribute to the history that helped build the reputation of the Lancaster. The building which today houses the Lancaster was originally built in 1889 as a private townhouse by Mr. Santiago Drake del Castillo – who descended from Spanish nobility – who had acquired the premises 10 years earlier from the Prince and Princess de Hennin. In 1925 the building was sold to a Swiss hotelier, Emile Wolf, who decided to start a process of enlargement and transformation on the flat-house. Between 1925 and 1925 the four-floor townhouse became an eight-floor luxury hotel. During the period of conversion that took until 1930, Emile Wolf and his executive housekeeper, daughter of a highly reputed antique dealer, scoured the auction houses of Paris for furniture, antique clocks, paintings, chandeliers and other furnishing to equip and decorate the hotel. Until today the wealth of Louis XV and XVI furniture as well as the attention directed to the decoration details add an inimitable Parisian chic to the hotel.

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‘Terrasse du Lancaster’

With 43 rooms and 14 suites overlooking both the street and the courtyard, the property has a residential yet regal feel sure to refresh visitors coming in from the whirl of excitement of the Champs Elysées and neighboring attractions.

The newly decorated Lancaster hotel uses materials that are elegant, yet comfortable. Classic materials such as velvet, wood and leather are combined with more contemporary touches including nickel, one-way mirrors and glass. Fabrics with dimmed and faded patterns have been used in favor of solid colors so the woodwork of the dressers and bedside tables catches the eye. The modern additions are inspired by designs of the 1920s and 1930s with a strong Art Deco feel. Lighting fixtures play a key role in the Hotel’s decoration concept and white bed linen also plays a part in accentuating the unique decor. Chairs and armchairs have been reupholstered using more technical fabrics that upgrade the frames and emphasize the color combination chosen for each room: Parma pink, blue, bronze, and champagne.

The new corridors are lined with specially designed bronze-colored carpets with black borders. Designer Tai-Ping Maison wanted to create the illusion of a path of golden sand, leading from one room to the next, inviting guests to explore the different corners of the hotel.  Each door number is adorned with a fresh flower, cut from the hotel’s garden. This lovely touch is integral to the Lancaster’s identity which has always been associated with flowers.

These gems have been renovated, ensuring the timeless elegance and style of the hotel continues to greet guests today. The solid oak herringbone parquet, so typical of 19th century Parisian chic, has also been lovingly restored.

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Many famous and distinguished guests have paid a visit to the Hotel Lancaster over the years. A favorite haunt of the 1930s “A” list, Marlene Dietrich called it home for three years. No less than Russian artist Boris Pastoukhoff, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo and Robert Capa have all graced the hotel with their presence. More recently, Jane Fonda, Emma Thompson and Pedro Almodovar have chosen to make the hotel their Parisian pied-à-terre.

Its cosy yet glamorous vibe has no doubt had something to do with its attraction. Indeed, when guests cross the threshold, they leave the bustle of Paris behind them. They can unwind in the courtyard garden, whose lush plants from five different continents create an enchanting environment.

The delightfully intimate, understated and contemporary restaurant “La Table du Lancaster” is an exquisite one-Michelin-star restaurant. The inspired seasonal menu at La Table du Lancaster, crafted by Julien Roucheteau, highlights vivid and unforgettable flavors; the menu is declined around the origin of the product. “Colors and favors of the soil”, “From the river to the lake”, “Winds and tides”, “Pasturelands and farmyards” offer a walk through French land and the world.

Once guests walk through the elegant entrance to the hotel, they enter a calm and tranquil space, away from the bustle of Paris. In the ‘Terrasse du Lancaster’ as regulars call it, plants from five continents flourish – Australian palm trees are complimented by a Japanese-style flowerbed with pebbles, whilst oak trees and teak woodwork decking create a grounded, solid feel.  During the summer, the “Terrasse du Lancaster” is decorated with streamlined tables and chairs made of striking and unusual woods. With the soothing sounds of the fountain, guests can relax and escape from the flurry of activity at the Champs Élysées.

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Hotel Lancaster in Paris: Where Stylish Luxury Meets Glamour

Hotel Lancaster in Paris: Where Stylish Luxury Meets Glamour

Guests may also take advantage of the bar’s new gourmet match: a glass of superb wine the head sommelier has paired with delectables from Paris’s fine delicatessen Da Rosa.

Whatever they choose, guests are sure to leave Hotel Lancaster with memories of an unforgettable stay – one filled with grandeur and a touch of glamour.

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THE 18th ANNUAL ROOFTOP FILMS SUMMER SERIES ANNOUNCES FEATURE FILM LINEUP

Rooftop Films has announced the feature film lineup for the 18th Annual Rooftop Films Summer Series presented by Industry City. This year’s series will feature more than 45 outdoor screenings of the best in new, independent, and foreign films, each screened against the backdrop of New York’s stunning skyline. This year’s series kicks off at Industry City in Sunset Park with some of the most exciting new short films from around the world on Friday, May 16th, followed by a special sneak preview of Gillian Robespierre’s upcoming A24 release Obvious Child on Saturday, May 17th.

Brookfield Center

Brookfield Center

Old American Can Factory

Old American Can Factory

The 2014 Rooftop Films Summer Series continues through the summer, with screenings each week in a variety of exciting and picturesque outdoor locations and the full feature film slate includes documentaries about mushroom hunters in search of human connection (The Last Season), no-budget trailer park filmmakers (Giuseppe Makes A Movie), untouched corners of endangered rainforest (Forest Of The Dancing Spirits), and idiosyncratic jazz legends (The Case Of The Three-Sided Dream); bold, mind-bending fiction (R100, The Infinite Man, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night); and sneak previews of the most exciting festival hits of the year, including razor-sharp comedies(Obvious Child, The One I Love, Skeleton Twins, Appropriate Behavior, Ping Pong Summer, The Trip To Italy) and powerful independent dramas (10,000KM, Cold In July, Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter). Additionally, Rooftop Films will be presenting the World Premiere of Adam Newport-Berra’s powerful feature film debut, Thanksgiving.

This is a tremendous year in independent cinema,” says Dan Nuxoll, Program Director for Rooftop Films, “and I am particularly impressed by how many of the year’s breakthrough works are also tremendously entertaining films. Many of the films in this year’s Rooftop slate technically exist within the boundaries of traditional mainstream genres, but the brilliant ways in which the filmmakers explore and upend those categories make these films thrillingly engaging. It will be a fun summer on the roof.”

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It is Rooftop Films’ goal with each event and each season to re-imagine their festival and reinvigorate their community. Therefore, with live performances, audience interaction, and enhanced themed events at amazing new venues, Rooftop turns each film screening into an unforgettable event. This summer, Rooftop Filims’ enhanced special screenings will include live performances by renowned musicians, mushroom hunting on the world’s largest rooftop soil farm, ping-pong tournaments, and drag performances.

All shows include live-music before the screenings and most include filmmaker Q&As and complementary after parties. The Summer Series will also include over 13 programs of short films, and there will be additional feature films and special events announced shortly. The full schedule including locations and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.

In addition to Presenting Sponsor Industry City, Rooftop Films is also pleased to announce their Signature Sponsors: New Amsterdam Spirits who are generously sponsoring Rooftop’s famous after parties; Talenti Gelato, who will be providing gelato pops to guests at select events; and AT&T, who will continue to support Rooftop Films for a third straight year.

Rooftop Films 2014 Summer Series Feature Films Line-up

10,000KM (Long Distance) (Carlos Marques-Marcet | 99 min.) Special Sneak Preview

Part of Rooftop Films SXSW Weekend

Separated by 10,000 kilometers, Alexandra and Sergi must rely on virtual communication to keep the flame of their relationship alive. But with their realities no longer shared and the touch of one another gone, the technology that has supposedly brought the world closer together may just tear them apart.

Appropriate Behavior (Desiree Akhavan | 82 min.) Special Sneak Preview

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience. Continue reading

Blondie To Release 40th Anniversary Double-Disc Package–GREATEST HITS ALBUM PLUS A BRAND NEW COLLECTION OF SONGS– May 13, 2014

 2014 marks Blondie‘s 40th Anniversary as a band. In celebration of this amazing milestone, the bandwill release a special double-disc package entitled Blondie 4(0) Ever on May 13, 2014 via NOBLE ID/ESMG which will include an incredible collection of new songs entitled Ghosts of Download, and an album entitled Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits, featuring brand new studio recordings of the band’s biggest songs. The iconic Andy Warhol “Debbie Harry” portrait is the cover art for the greatest hits album.

Blondie 4(0) Ever includes "Greatest Hits: Delux Redux" & "Ghosts of Download" (PRNewsFoto/Blondie)

Blondie 4(0) Ever includes “Greatest Hits: Delux Redux” & “Ghosts of Download” (PRNewsFoto/Blondie)

For the last four decades, Blondie has become and still remains a true national treasure; one whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art. From an irreverent Lower East Side punk outfit to bona fide international ambassadors of New York cool, Blondie will forever be synonymous with that punk spirit that lives somewhere in all of us. Their chart-topping success, fearless spirit and rare longevity led to an induction into the Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2006 and more than 40 million albums sold worldwide to date. As we look back at the band’s storied career, it makes Blondie’s current vibrancy that much more stunning as they enter their 40th year.

Undeniably one of the most trailblazing and influential bands of our time, Blondie – pioneering frontwoman/songwriter Debbie Harry, guitarist/conceptual mastermind Chris Stein and powerhouse drummer Clem Burke, along with newer band mates Leigh Foxx (who has been with the band since ’97), guitarist Tommy Kessler and keyboardist Matt Katz-Bohen – kicked off their 40th year in NYC’s Times Square for Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. They followed this up with an electrifying performance on Super Bowl Boulevard ahead of Super Bowl XLVIII and buzzed-about performances at SXSW. Most recently Debbie Harry surprised Coachella crowds when she appeared during Arcade Fire‘s set to duet with Regine Chassagne on Blondie’s 1979 hit “Heart of Glass” and Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains).”Rolling Stone said: “Harry was totally badass, her glam charisma and luscious vocals a high point…” The performance set the blogosphere ablaze and was unanimously said to be one of the top moments from the festival. With a world tour in the works, there is no doubt that 2014 will continue to be a whirlwind anniversary celebration for Blondie.

The ever-prolific band began working on new material right after the release of 2011’s critically acclaimed LP Panic of Girls.  The result is their 10th studio album and most collaborative to date, Ghosts of Download, which promises to offer some of the most infectious and memorable songs of Blondie’s catalogue. Produced by Jeff Saltzman, it’s an exhilarating mix of dance-floor-ready sounds, with more than a little pop radio flavor stirred into it and a few surprises along the way.  “A Rose By Any Name,” is a cool electronic pulse of a duet for Harry and Beth Ditto of the Gossip. “Drag You Around” and “Backroom,” a sly tale of after-hours vampire group-groping, boast reggae grooves, while a cover of Frankie Goes To Hollywood‘s infamous eighties anthem, “Relax,” is turned into a slow, echo-chambered secular prayer before morphing into a more familiar thumping acid-house beat. Other album guests include downtown New York City club fixture Miss Guy (on “Rave“), Columbian Cumbia/hip hop/R&B group Systema Solar (“Sugar on the Side“) and Oakland-based Panamanian rappers Los Rakas (“I Screwed up“).

Among the tracks on the Deluxe Redux: Greatest Hits disc are the groundbreaking rock-disco hybrid “Heart of Glass,” the equally influential hip-hop fantasia “Rapture,” the stalker-love song “One Way Or Another” and the lilting calypso “The Tide Is High.” It’s a thrilling journey back to when Blondie pushed punk onto the dance floor and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring hits along the way.

Blondie 4(0) Ever Tracklisting:
Greatest Hits Album
    1. Heart of Glass
    2. Dreaming
    3. Tide Is High
    4. Maria
    5. Sunday Girl
    6. Hanging on the Telephone
    7. Rapture
    8. One Way or Another
    9. Call Me
    10. Atomic
    11. Rip Her to Shreds

Ghosts of Download
    1. Sugar on the Side
    2. Rave
    3. A Rose By Any Name
    4. I Want To Drag You Around
    5. Winter
    6. I Screwed Up
    7. Relax
    8. Take Me In The Night
    9. Make A Way
    10. Mile High
    11. Euphoria
    12. Take It Back
    13. Backroom

The album is available now to pre-order on iTunes, Amazon and Best Buy.Fans who pre-order the physical package through Amazon or Best Buy can choose amongst the Standard, Deluxe or Vinyl LP options. The Standard package (Amazon, Best Buy) is the 2-CD set. The Deluxe package (Amazon, Best Buy) includes the 2-CD set, a DVD of Blondie’s 1977 CBGB performance, a replica vintage poster and 5 postcards of Chris Stein photos. The Vinyl LP package includes both albums on vinyl plus a DVD of Blondie’s 1977 CBGB performance.

Fans who pre-order the digital album via iTunes and Amazon will receive three additional Ghosts of Download bonus tracks with the album. The iTunes pre-order also exclusively comes with an instant free download of the new song “I Want To Drag You Around.

2014 ‘Pictures of the Year’ Photo Exhibit Opens April 25, Only at the Newseum

Credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum

Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Credit: Sam Kittner/Newseum

On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open “Pictures of the Year,” an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013 (and  the result of an ongoing partnership between the Newseum and POYi, which began in 2011 when the Newseum exhibited winners of the 2010 competition). The photos are a selection of the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world. Nikon is the exclusive sponsor of the 2014 “Pictures of the Year” exhibit (see winners list here), which will be on display through Sept. 1, 2014.

Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth. Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance

Impoverished African migrants crowd the night shore of Djibouti city, trying to capture inexpensive cell signals from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. For more than 60,000 years our species has been relying on such intimate social connections to spread across the Earth.
Credit: John Stanmeyer, Freelance

Visitors will see images from some of 2013’s biggest news stories, including the war in Syria and the Boston Marathon bombing, along with lighter moments such as Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipping over the wall of Boston’s Fenway Park as he tries to catch a grand slam during the American League Championship Series.

Magnus Wennman , Aftonbladet, "MERULLAH" Merullah is blind and lives with his family next to the Swedish military base in Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan. Every day, he listens when their heavy vehicles roll past. He feels the earth shaking. He would like to get to know them, but they stay behind their walls or passes by. - If they came here, I would tell my story for them about the goat and the lion. 2014, his neighbors, the foreign militaries, pack up and go home. What follows in their footsteps, no one knows.

Magnus Wennman , Aftonbladet, “MERULLAH”
Merullah is blind and lives with his family next to the Swedish military base in Mazar-e-sharif, Afghanistan.
Every day, he listens when their heavy vehicles roll past. He feels the earth shaking. He would like to get to know them, but they stay behind their walls or passes by.
– If they came here, I would tell my story for them about the goat and the lion.
2014, his neighbors, the foreign militaries, pack up and go home. What follows in their footsteps, no one knows.

The exhibit also features photographs taken by New York Times photographer Tyler Hicks moments after Islamist militants stormed a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, killing 67 people in a four-day siege. The photos won first place in the POYi News Picture Story/Newspaper category, and on April 14, 2014, Hicks was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news photography for his photos of the attack.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Freelance, "The Kiss" In 2013, as nine additional states in the USA made gay marriage legal, it has become the civil rights issue of our time. The national conversation in the week leading up to the Super Bowl was fueled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver making homophobic comments and a player on the opposing team in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo showing support and bringing attention to marriage equality and anti-bullying. In a gay bar in San Francisco, the moment the 49ers won the NFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl two men kiss in celebration.

Deanne Fitzmaurice, Freelance, “The Kiss”
In 2013, as nine additional states in the USA made gay marriage legal, it has become the civil rights issue of our time. The national conversation in the week leading up to the Super Bowl was fueled by San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver making homophobic comments and a player on the opposing team in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo showing support and bringing attention to marriage equality and anti-bullying. In a gay bar in San Francisco, the moment the 49ers won the NFC Championship game to advance to the Super Bowl two men kiss in celebration.

The mission of POYi is to extend the reach of photojournalists through educational public exhibitions and to engage citizens worldwide with great documentary photography. POYi is a program of the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute. Through exhibitions and workshops, POYi serves those photojournalists who chronicle the news events, political trends and social issues facing our world. Now in its 71st year, POYi continues to recognize and promote excellence in photojournalism.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press Pablo Cesar Cano, right, lands a punch against Ashley Theophane in the eighth round during a welterweight fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

Mark J. Terrill, Associated Press
Pablo Cesar Cano, right, lands a punch against Ashley Theophane in the eighth round during a welterweight fight, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Las Vegas.

To kick off the new exhibit, on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM,  award-winning photographers Barbara Davidson, Patrick Smith and Tyler Hicks will take part in Photo Day at the Newseum, offering professional advice to visitors and revealing the stories behind their photographs. Continue reading

CRAIG ZADAN AND NEIL MERON RETURN TO PRODUCE THE 2015 OSCARS®, ACADEMY ANNOUNCES KEY DATES FOR THE OSCARS®

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the ABC Television Network  has announced the dates for the 87th OscarsThe Academy Awards® presentation will air live on ABC on Oscar®Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Key dates for the Awards season are:

Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due
Monday, December 29, 2014 Nominations voting begins 8 a.m. PT
Thursday, January 8, 2015 Nominations voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar nominations announced
Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar Nominees Luncheon
Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting begins 8 a.m. PT
Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting ends 5 p.m. PT
Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. ET4 p.m. PT

Motion picture, television and theater producing team Craig Zadan and Neil Meron will return to produce the Oscars for a third consecutive year, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced today. The 87th Oscars will air live on the ABC Television Network on Oscar® Sunday, February 22, 2015.

We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Craig and Neil back to produce the Oscars again in 2015,” said Boone Isaacs. “Their showmanship has elevated the show to new heights and we are excited to keep the momentum going with this creative partnership.”

This year’s show reached viewers of all ages and set social media records, proving that Craig and Neil are masters at tapping into the zeitgeist and capturing the hearts of movie fans around the world,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson.

We are delighted to work with Cheryl, Dawn and the Academy to produce the Oscars for a third time,” said Zadan and Meron. “We’re proud of the show’s success over the last two years and are eager to embark on another entertaining show to honor this year’s motion pictures.

The 86th Oscars on March 2, marked the return of host Ellen DeGeneres, and featured memorable musical performances by artists including Pharrell Williams and U2, a tribute to “The Wizard of Oz” by Pink, and a star-studded, record-breaking selfie seen around the world.

The show drew an average audience of 45.4 million total viewers, delivering a 13.7 rating among adults 18–49 (Live+7), and reached 74.6 million viewers watching 6+ minutes, the best since 2004. The Oscars were TV’s most-watched entertainment telecast in 10 years and attracted the biggest viewership in 14 years. The show helped drive increases for the second consecutive year, marking a seven-year high for adults 18–34 (+3%); a nine-year high for teens 12–17 (+13%); and an eight-year high for kids 2–11 (+13%). Social media activity was particularly robust with more than one billion impressions generated on Twitter and 25 million interactions happening on Facebook on Oscar® Sunday. Additionally, DeGeneres’s selfie became the most retweeted photo of all time with 32.8 million views.

Zadan and Meron’s feature film, television and theater productions have earned a total of six Oscars, 11 Emmy® Awards, two Tony® Awards, a Grammy® Award, five Golden Globes®, two Peabody Awards, five GLAAD Awards and two NAACP Image Awards. For film, they executive produced the 2002 Best Picture winner “Chicago,” which won Oscars in six of the 13 categories in which it was nominated. Their credits also include the feature films “Footloose” (2011), “Hairspray” (2007) and “The Bucket List” (2007). Zadan also produced the original “Footloose” (1984). Continue reading

Conde Nast Traveler Announces The 2014 Hot List: The 33 Best New Hotels In The World

MAY HOT LIST ISSUE ON NEWSSTANDS APRIL 29, 2014

Every year, hundreds of great hotels open. We considered 510 this year alone, in 400 cities and 93 countries. The 2014 Hot List is a roundup of the magazine’s very favorite 33 hotels to debut in the past year. The 2014 Hot List is also the most selective ever, with just 33 Best New Hotels in the World. Hotels were considered according to the categories of the modern traveler: Beach, Design, Food, Family, Bargain, Over-the-Top, and Way-Out-There Hotels. Conde Nast Traveler’s 18th annual Hot List is the definitive guide to the best new hotels and resorts in the world. This year, editors considered 510 hotels in 400 cities and 93 countries. 

Conde Nast Traveler Announces 2014 Hot List (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

Conde Nast Traveler Announces 2014 Hot List (PRNewsFoto/Conde Nast Traveler)

The criteria includes (1) A sense of place: a hotel that celebrates where it is in the world (2) A sense of personality: a hotel where it feels like every decoration has been hand-chosen by a person, not by a committee and (3) A sense of intuition: a hotel where it feels like your needs are considered before you even know what they are. The result is a list that takes you around the world–from Kenya to Los Angeles, St. Petersburg to Phuket–and speaks to the passions and habits of the modern traveler.

BEST BEACH HOTELS OF 2014:
Andaz Maui at Wailea, Hawaii
Mukul Resort, Nicaragua
Nizuc Resort & Spa, Cancun
Point Yamu by Como, Phuket
Salt House Inn, Provincetown

BEST FAMILY HOTELS OF 2014:
Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
La Bandita Townhouse, Italy
Palihouse Santa Monica, Los Angeles
Ritz-Carlton, Aruba

BEST FOOD HOTELS OF 2014:
Domaine de la Baume, Tourtour, France
Park Hyatt Siem Reap, Cambodia
The Thompson, Chicago
The Vines Resort & Spa, Argentina
The Wild Rabbit, England
Zero George Street, Charleston

BEST BARGAIN HOTELS OF 2014:
American Trade Hotel, Panama City
The Dean, Rhode Island
The Line, Los Angeles
The Marlton, New York City
Temple Hotel, Beijing

BEST DESIGN HOTELS OF 2014:
Ace Hotel, Los Angeles
Hotel B, Lima
Hotel d’Angleterre, Copenhagen
Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai
The London Edition, England

BEST OVER-THE-TOP HOTELS OF 2014:
Aman Canal Grande, Venice

Cheval Blanc Randheli, Maldives – 
Four Seasons Lion Palace, St. Petersburg
The Chedi Andermatt, Switzerland
Rosewood, London

BEST WAY-OUT-THERE HOTELS OF 2014:
Amano’i, Vietnam
Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland
Segera Retreat, Laikipia Plateau, Kenya

To view the complete 2014 Hot List, visit http://www.cntraveler.com/hot-list

LA MARTINA MIAMI BEACH POLO WORLD CUP CELEBRATES ITS TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Kings of the Arena make a highly anticipated return to the most prestigious Beach Polo tournament in the world to commemorate a decade of world-class chukkers and champions

Team Raleigh's Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America's Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs

Team Raleigh’s Luis Escobar (Costa Rica) is chased by AMG Mercedes Team captain (America’s Most Wanted host) John Walsh Saturday at the AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup 2011 in Miami Beach, April 23rd 2011. Photo by MagicalPhotos.com / Mitchell Zachs

The Polo Life, LLC presents the tenth annual La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup, the world’s largest and most prestigious Beach Polo competition, taking place from April 24th to April 27th, 2014 between 20th and 22nd streets on the sands of South Beach, Florida, with the support of The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority. This year marks the tournament’s Ten Year Anniversary for the production of the sport’s premium event by The Polo Life, based in South Florida.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach April 22nd, 2011.

Women's Opening Party

Women’s Opening Party

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action and fun on Miami Beach, Saturday, April 24th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

Sunday pictures

 

The four-day, globally renowned weekend event, considered the most unique of its kind, features leading polo players from around the world competing in two tournaments for both men and women. The La Martina South Beach Women’s Polo Cup VI takes place on Thursday, April 24th, featuring eight women’s teams in a one-day series of round-robin championship matches. Last year’s winning team will not be back to defend their title as 2013 champions, leaving the door open for a number of top-rated challengers that include Maggie McNamaraTara LordiCristina HosmerLaura Willson and Tannis Marley’s entry from Kentucky that includes Cary Campbell and Posey Obrecht , among others.  La Martina, Eden Roc, 
FontaineBleau Aviation and E! Entertainment will all be Women’s Polo Cup team sponsors.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

AMG Miami Beach Polo World Cup action on Miami Beach April 22th, 2011.

Sunday pictures

The La Martina Miami Beach Polo World Cup X – a three-day men’s tournament celebrating its tenth year, starts on Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th. Six teams will include some of the world’s top-ranked players, including Beach Polo’s only 10-goaler, Matias Magrini, three time MVP John Gobin, Luis Escobar, Brandon Phillips, Juan Monteverde, Carlitos Gracida, Gringo Colombres and Guille Usandizaga.   La Martina, Metropolitan by COMO, The Raleigh, Comcast, Yellow Cab and Tommy Kato’s Merchant Hub will also sponsor competing men’s teams.  Continue reading

Avon’s mark. Launches Saint Barts Instant Vacation Beauty and Fashion Collection

mark., Avon’s beauty and fashion boutique brand, launches its Saint Barts Instant Vacation beauty and fashion collection featuring Brand Ambassador and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale. mark. launched its first Instant Vacation collection in 2005 and past destinations include Marrakesh, Ibiza and the Greek Isles.

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case

mark. Glam and Roll Jewelry Case

mark. Island Eyes Color Palette and Face Compact

mark. Island Eyes Color Palette and Face Compact

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray and Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion

mark. Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray and Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion

The new Saint Barts collection features a new summer-perfect fragrance, chic maxi dress and beachy-pretty makeup. The campaign debuts in the mark. Magalog (magazine + catalogue) and online and features a full list of products:

The Saint Barts Instant Vacation Beauty Collection:
Saint Barts Soleil Eau de Toilette Spray: $24
Saint Barts Soleil Shimmering Body Lotion: $14
Island Eyes Eye Color Palette: $16
Island Beauty Face Compact: $16
That’s Beachy Texturizing Surf Spray: $14
Nail This Look Nail Color and Flip-Flop Set: $28

The Saint Barts Instant Vacation Fashion Collection:
Island Elegance Maxi Dress: $44
Glam and Roll Jewelry Case: $24
Sail Away Duo Charm Necklace: $20
White About Now Watch: $32
Glimmer and Gleam Bracelets: $26
The White Approach Belt: $18
Hang With Me Earrings: $20
Change Your Ways Dress: $36
Berry Stylish Sandals: $34
Get In The Shade Sunglasses: $18
Berry Breezy Blouse: $32
Keep It Together Bracelet Ring: $24
Get Packing Tote: $40

The Instant Vacation Sweepstakes:
To celebrate the Saint Barts Instant Vacation launch, mark. is hosting a product sweepstakes from April 21, 2014 through April 27, 2014. Fans can enter for a chance to win products from the new Saint Barts collection with a signed Magalog by Lucy Hale every day by visiting here. mark. is available through Avon Representatives or online at http://meetmark.com.

(NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C. ages 18 and over. Sweepstakes ends on April 27, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Avon Products, Inc. More details on the Sweepstakes and Official Rules are available here.)

 

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show

Subaru of America teased motorsports enthusiasts at the New York International Auto Show with the debut of a 2015 WRX STI sedan prepared in Rallycross Supercar Trim, which they will enter in the RedBull Global Rallycross Championship this fall.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

The 2015 Rallycross STI was prepared by Vermont SportsCar, home of Subaru Rally Team USA.  External design cues include a custom widebody, an STI wing integrated with carbon fiber aerodynamic enhancements, and a classic rally car-style roof ventilation scoop. The 2015 Rallycross STI will feature a 600HP turbocharged Subaru boxer engine mated to a sequential gearbox with Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. The 2015 Rallycross STI will also feature an advanced rally-spec suspension. The car rides on Method Race Wheels, wrapped with the new Yokohama GRC spec competition tire.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

The RedBull Global Rallycross Championship recently announced NBC Sports Group as their television partner. Nine of the ten rounds will air on NBC, with encore presentations airing on NBCSN. NBCSN will also air the Rally America Championship, which Subaru has won the title seven of the last eight years. “We are excited about the collaboration between RedBull GRC, team stakeholders and NBC Sports Group, and look forward to a successful season.” said Gary Quinn, Vice President, Programming and Owned Properties, NBC Sports Group.

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)

Subaru Debuts First 2015 Rallycross STI at the New York International Auto Show. (PRNewsFoto/Subaru of America, Inc.)



GRC tracks feature some of the most diverse and technical challenges in the world of motorsport. Between half a mile and a mile in length, they feature a mixture of dirt and tarmac, as well as various other obstacles. GRC cars feature 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and all-wheel drive; nearly the same layout found in the Subaru WRX STI.

Subaru Rally Team USA drivers Bucky Lasek & Sverre Isachsen will begin their RedBull GRC season in the 2014 WRX STI, transitioning to the 2015 WRX STI this fall. David Higgins and Travis Pastrana, who compete in the Rally America Championship, may contend select RedBull GRC rounds for Subaru as well. The first Global Rallycross round will be held May 18 in Barbados, in conjunction with Top Gear Live, and will air on NBC May 24 at 1:00 p.m. EST. Visit subaru.com/rally or redbullglobalrallycross.com for the full season schedule.

Jourdan Dunn is Tapped as the New Face for Maybelline New York

Maybelline New York announced today that London bred beauty Jourdan Dunn is their newest spokesmodel and will be joining an elite group of Maybelline models which includes Christy TurlingtonEmily DiDonato and a host of others.

Maybelline New York Announces Jourdan Dunn as Newest Spokesmodel.  (PRNewsFoto/Maybelline New York)

Maybelline New York Announces Jourdan Dunn as Newest Spokesmodel. (PRNewsFoto/Maybelline New York)

Jourdan’s look, style and positive energy are perfect for the Maybelline New York brand,” said Jerome Bruhat, Global Brand President of Maybelline New York.  “She truly reflects Maybelline’s vision of global beauty.”

Jourdan was first discovered by a model scout while out with friends.  She was signed soon after and made her runway debut during the 2007 Fall New York Fashion Week.  As a featured model in British Vogue, labeled as a “new star” and named “Top 10 Newcomer” by style.com later that same year, Jourdan was on the road to success very early in her career.

Jourdan has since walked the runways for Prada, Christian Dior, Chanel, Alexander McQueenOscar de la Renta,Miu Miu, Balenciaga, Calvin KleinRalph LaurenLouis VuittonTom FordMarc JacobsAlexander Wang, Burberry, Lanvin, Hermes, Givenchy, Valentino, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Balmain to name a few. She has appeared in the American, British, Paris, Italian, Japanese and Russian editions of Vogue. She has graced the pages of notable fashion magazines W, Numero, Allure, i-D, V, POP, and Dazed & Confused. She has been a part of various campaigns for ck Calvin Klein, CK1 fragrance, Yves Saint Laurent, Burberry, Burberry Beauty, Gap, DKNY, H&M, Express, Aldo, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Rag & Bone, Topshop, John Galliano and Benetton among others.

It is an honor to be a spokesperson for such an iconic brand,” said Jourdan. “I am proud to say that I am a Maybelline girl and hopefully I can make people feel the same way I did when I saw the advertisements growing up. The brand imagery is always beautiful and positive. To now be a part of that is a dream come true!”

When she is not modeling, Jourdan is a proud mother to her son Riley who was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia.  This has led to Jourdan’s active involvement as the Parent Ambassador for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.  In addition to being a mother and philanthropist, Jourdan is a self-taught cook and hosts a lifestyle and cooking program titled “Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn.”  The show is available through Jay Z’s YouTube channel, Life+Times, and features a different celebrity guest each episode.

Jourdan will make her Maybelline New York debut in print and television advertising campaigns in April 2014.

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson

Grounded in the philosophy that everyone possesses their own natural beauty and has the power to make that beauty shine through, Garnier embraces the inherent self-confidence and beauty of acclaimed writer, producer, actress, mother, wife and leading funny-lady Tina Fey.

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Garnier Announces Tina Fey as the New Skincare Spokesperson (PRNewsFoto/Garnier)

Garnier USA, a subsidiary of L’Oreal USA, announces Tina Fey as the new spokesperson for Garnier Skincare. Fey, who has been the face of Garnier Nutrisse hair color since 2011, now expands her relationship with Garnier in a new advertising campaign launched this month. Following the success of her campaign for Garnier Nutrisse hair color, the company felt it was a natural choice to expand Fey’s involvement into additional product categories.

Fey’s endorsement will span the entire Garnier Ultra-Lift skincare line, including moisturizers, serums and eye products. The campaign will focus on a line of new, standout anti-aging products, including Ultra-Lift Transformer, an anti-age skin corrector that fights wrinkles while restoring firmness, and Ultra-Lift Anti-Wrinkle Firming Night Cream, a natural, pro-retinol formula that continues the battle against aging as you sleep.

Tina Fey has been an enormous success for us,” said David Greenberg, President of Maybelline New York, Garnier and essie. “Tina’s personality, beauty and approachability resonate with our consumer and we are thrilled to keep her in the Garnier family.

The campaign will debut to consumers in April 2014, with the launch of national TV and print advertising across major media outlets. Garnier products are available at drugstores nationwide.

The press conference for the 67th Festival de Cannes, during which the 2014 Official Selection was announced, took place on Thursday, 17th April in Paris. 

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IN COMPETITION

Opening Film
Olivier DAHAN GRACE DE MONACO 1h43
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Olivier ASSAYAS SILS MARIA 2h03
Bertrand BONELLO SAINT LAURENT 2h15
Nuri Bilge CEYLAN WINTER SLEEP 3h16
David CRONENBERG MAPS TO THE STARS 1h51
Jean-Pierre DARDENNE,
Luc DARDENNE
DEUX JOURS, UNE NUIT 1h35
Xavier DOLAN MOMMY 2h20
Atom EGOYAN CAPTIVES 1h53
Jean-Luc GODARD ADIEU AU LANGAGE 1h10
Michel HAZANAVICIUS THE SEARCH 2h29
Tommy Lee JONES THE HOMESMAN 2h02
Naomi KAWASE FUTATSUME NO MADO
(Still the water)
1h50
Mike LEIGH MR. TURNER 2h29
Ken LOACH JIMMY’S HALL 1h46
Bennett MILLER FOXCATCHER 2h10
Alice ROHRWACHER LE MERAVIGLIE 1h50
Abderrahmane SISSAKO TIMBUKTU 1h40
Damian SZIFRON RELATOS SALVAJES

(Wild Tales)

1h55
Andrey ZVYAGINTSEV LEVIATHAN 2h20

 UN CERTAIN REGARD

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard.  It follows The Bling Ring by the American, Sofia Coppola, which was presented in 2013.

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard

PARTY GIRL, a first film written and directed by Marie Amachoukeli, Claire Burger and Samuel Theis, has been chosen to open the Official Selection of Un Certain Regard

Produced by Elzévir Films and distributed by Pyramide Films, Party Girl shows the life of Angélique, a 60 year-old night club hostess who still loves men and enjoys partying, but now as the senior member on staff, feels she has reached the end of the line. On an impulse, she agrees to marry her regular client, Michel. The film is a portrait of a free woman who has chosen to live on the margins of conventional society, and delves deep into a France that is often underrepresented. With total realism, the lead role is played by the real-life Angélique.

The three co-directors met at Fémis, where they studied screenwriting and editing and began their collaboration. They produced short films that amassed awards at several festivals: Forbach (Cinéfondation Second Prize, Festival de Cannes 2008 and Grand Prix at the 2009 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival),  C’est gratuit pour les filles (Semaine de la Critique 2009 – César Award for Best Short Film, 2010), and Demolition Party (2013).

With its mission to discover new talents, Un Certain Regard will provide excellent exposure for a collective first work that is innovative both in its form and its subject. The choice reflects the wish of Pablo Trapero, President of the Jury for Un Certain Regard 2014, “to present a passionate selection of established masters, young talents and new forms of cinema.”

PARTY GIRL will be screened as the opening of Un Certain Regard, Thursday 15th May 2014Continue reading

2014 Cannes Film Festival Short Films Selection Announced

While the Official Selection of feature films for the 67th Festival de Cannes will be revealed on Thursday 17thApril, the list of Short Films was unveiled in advance. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, presided by Abbas KIAROSTAMI, will nominate the prize-winners for the Short Film Competition and the Cinéfondation Selection.

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THE 2014 SHORT FILMS COMPETITION 

This year, the Selection Committee received 3,450 short films, representing 128 production countries. Nine films will compete in 2014 for the Short Film Palme d’or, to be awarded by Abbas Kiarostami, President of the Jury, at the Awards Ceremony of the 67th Festival de Cannes on Saturday, May 24th. And for the first time, an azeri and a georgian film will take part in the Short Films Competition.

SHORT FILMS IN COMPETITION:

Ran HUANG THE ADMINISTRATION OF GLORY 15’ China
Dea KULUMBEGASHVILI UKHILAVI SIVRTSEEBI
(Invisible Spaces)
10’ Georgia
Sato MASAHIKO, Ohara TAKAYOSHI, Seki YUTARO, Toyota MASAYUKI, Hirase KENTARO HAPPO-EN 13’ Japan
Simón MESA SOTO LEIDI 15′ Colombia United-Kingdom
Sergey PIKALOV SONUNCU
(The Last One)
15’ Azerbaijan
Petra SZŐCS A KIVEGZES
(The Execution)
14’ Hungary
Romania
Clément TREHIN-LALANNE AÏSSA 8’ France
Laura WANDEL LES CORPS ÉTRANGERS 15’ Belgium
Hallvar WITZØ JA VI ELSKER

(Yes we Love)

15’ Norway

 * The Italian film A PASSO D’UOMO by Giovanni ALOI was removed from the Short Films Competition because he has proved to break the regulation of this Selection.

THE 2014 CINÉFONDATION SELECTION 

The Cinéfondation Selection selected 16 films (14 fiction films and 2 animation films) among the 1,631 submitted this year by cinema schools from all around the world. This year sees a very significant broadening of scope of the Selection, with a 38% of the schools being selected for the first time and one country – Egypt – which has never previously been selected. Besides, more than half of the sixteen selected films (9) have been directed by women.

The three Cinéfondation Prizes will be awarded at a ceremony prior to the screening of the winning films on Thursday 22nd May in the Buñuel Theatre.

THE CINEFONDATION SELECTION:

Max CHAN OUR BLOOD 25’ Hampshire College
USA
Pierre CLENET
Alejandro DIAZ
Romain MAZEVET
Stéphane PACCOLAT
HOME SWEET HOME 10’ Supinfocom Arles
France
Omar EL ZOHAIRY THE AFTERMATH OF THE INAUGURATION OF THE PUBLIC TOILET AT KILOMETER 375 18’ High Cinema Institute, Academy of Arts
Égypt
Reinaldo Marcus GREEN STONE CARS 14’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts
USA
HAN Fengyu LAST TRIP HOME 25’ Ngee Ann Polytechnic
Singapore
Meryll HARDT UNE VIE RADIEUSE
(A Radiant Life)
17’ Le Fresnoy
France
Chie HAYAKAWA NIAGARA 27’ ENBU Seminar
Japan
Atsuko HIRAYANAGI

 

OH LUCY! 21’ NYU Tisch School of the Arts Asia
Singapore
Inbar HORESH THE VISIT 27’ Minshar for Art, School and Center
Israel
Stefan IVANČIĆ LETO BEZ MESECA
(Moonless Summer)
31′ Faculty of Dramatic Arts
Serbia
Daisy JACOBS THE BIGGER PICTURE 7′ National Film and Television School
United Kingdom
György Mór KÁRPÁTI PROVINCIA 21′ University of Theatre and Film Arts
Hungary
KWON Hyun-ju SOOM
(Breath)
33′ Chung-Ang University
South Korea
Léa MYSIUS LES OISEAUX-TONNERRE
(Thunderbirds)
22′ La Fémis
France
Fulvio RISULEO  LIEVITO MADRE
(Sourdough)
 17′ Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia
Italy
Annie SILVERSTEIN  SKUNK  16′ The University of Texas at Austin
USA

Grace of Monaco by Olivier Dahan to open the 67th Festival de Cannes

French director Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco is to open the next Festival de Cannes. The world preview will take place on Wednesday 14 May, 2014, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals, in the Official Selection category, Out of Competition. Grace of Monaco follows on from The Great Gatsby by Baz Luhrmann.

The film portrays a period in the life of American Actress Grace Kelly (played by Nicole Kidman) who became Princess Grace of Monaco when she married Prince Rainier III (Tim Roth) in 1956, in what was dubbed “the marriage of the century”. An Oscar winner, she was already a huge film star, having worked with the very greatest (John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, Fred Zinnemann) and acclaimed the world over. Six years later, amid occasional difficulties in fulfilling her role, she was invited back to Hollywood by Alfred Hitchcock, to play in his new film Marnie. At the time, France was threatening to tax and even annex Monaco, the tiny Principality whose monarch Kelly had become. Was she still an actress? Was she really Princess of Monaco?

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Produced by Pierre-Ange Le Pogam, Uday Chopra and Arash Amel, who also wrote the screenplay, Grace de Monaco sees Nicole Kidman play the role of Grace, with Tim Roth as Prince Rainier. Their co-stars include Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Jeanne Balibar, Sir Derek Jacobi and Paz Vega, who plays Maria Callas. The film was shot in Scope 2.35 using Kodak 35mm film. The Director of Photography was France’s Eric Gautier and the 16-weeks shoot took place in Monaco, South of France, Paris, Vintimille, Gand and Bruxelles.

Born in 1967 in La Ciotat, Olivier Dahan previously directed La Vie en Rose (2007) which garnered Marion Cotillard the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008. Grace of Monaco will be released on the opening day of the Festival, Wednesday 14 May, in France and in several cities around the world. The opening ceremony will be broadcast to participating cinemas, with the kind cooperation of Canal+.

Grace of Monaco (2014). A Stone Angels and YRF Entertainment production. Co-production by TF1 Films Productions, Gaumont, Lucky Red, OD Shots, Ufilm, in association with Silver Reel – Ufund. Distribution in France: Gaumont. Internationales Sales: Lotus Entertainment.

2014 Cannes Film Festival Poster Revealed, 2014 Jury President Announced

Jane Campion to preside the Jury of the 67th Festival de Cannes

Hervé Chigioni and his graphic designer Gilles Frappier have based the poster design for the 67thFestival de Cannes on a photogram taken from Federico Fellini’s , which was presented in the Official Selection in 1963.

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In Marcello Mastroianni and Federico Fellini, we celebrate a cinema that is free and open to the world, acknowledging once again the artistic importance of Italian and European cinema through one of its most stellar figures.

The way he looks at us above his black glasses draws us right in to a promise of global cinematographic happiness,” explains the poster’s designer. “The happiness of experiencing the Festival de Cannes together.”

In his films, Marcello Mastroianni continued to encapsulate everything that was most innovative, nonconformist and poetic about cinema. On seeing the poster for the first time, Chiara Mastroianni, the actor’s daughter, said simply: “I am very proud and touched that Cannes has chosen to pay tribute to my father with this poster. I find it very beautiful and modern, with a sweet irony and a classy sense of detachment. It’s really him through and through!”

The Festival de Cannes thanks Gaumont, which owns the rights to the film. The 2014 Festival poster was designed by Lagency / Taste, Paris. The graphic charter of the 2014 Festival was designed by Bronx, Paris.

The New Zealand director, producer and scriptwriter Jane Campion is to preside the Jury of the next Festival de Cannes, which will take place from 14 to 25 May 2014.

Since I first went to Cannes with my short films in 1986 – Campion says – I have had the opportunity to see the festival from many sides and my admiration for this Queen of film festivals has only grown larger. At the Cannes Film Festival they manage to combine and celebrate the glamour of the industry, the stars, the parties, the beaches, the business, while rigorously maintaining the festival’s seriousness about the Art and excellence of new world cinema.”

Steven Spielberg will thus be succeeded by another film legend: Jane Campion is in fact the only female director to have won the Palme d’or, for The Piano in 1993, having already garnered the Short Film Palme d’or back in 1986, (for Peel) – a unique double in the history of the Festival de Cannes.

Jane Campion © Lisa Tomasetti

Jane Campion © Lisa Tomasetti

In the words of Gilles Jacob: “Once upon a time there was an unknown young director from Down Under who was no doubt proud enough that the Festival de Cannes was going to present even one of the three short films she had just finished. But they were shot through with such courage and humanity and captured such a unique world that the Festival refused to choose and – in a masterstroke – screened all three, marking the advent of a true master. Jane Campion had arrived, and she brought a whole new style with her. That led to Sweetie, The Piano and more recently Bright Star – that marvellous film, shot through, as ever, with poetry. You’ll hardly be surprised that amid such a welter of emotions, I’ve taken to calling her ‘My Lady Jane’

It is this world wide inclusiveness and passion for film at the heart of the festival which makes the importance of the Cannes Film Festival indisputable.”  Campion says. “It is a mythical and exciting festival where amazing things can happen, actors are discovered, films are financed careers are made, I know this because that is what happened to me!

Thierry Frémaux adds: “We are immensely proud that Jane Campion has accepted our invitation. Following on from Michèle Morgan, Jeanne Moreau, Françoise Sagan, Isabelle Adjani, Liv Ullmann and Isabelle Huppert in 2009, she is the latest distinguished name to grace a prestigious roster of female Presidents. Coming from a country and indeed a continent where film is a rare but powerful phenomenon, she is one of those directors who perfectly embody the idea that you can make films as an artist and yet still appeal to a worldwide public. And we are confident that her exacting approach will be mirrored by her Jury.”

I am truly honored to join with the Cannes Film Festival as President of the in Competition features for 2014,” concludes Campion. “In fact I can’t wait.”

Born into a family of artists, Jane Campion studied anthropology, then art, before turning to film, where her rise to success was meteoric. In the wake of her acclaimed short films, which culminated in a Palme d’or, she captivated international critics with Sweetie (1989), her first feature film, selected In Competition at the Festival de Cannes. After An Angel at my Table (1990), inspired by the works of Janet Frame, in which the theme of an extraordinary woman engaged in the painful quest to assert her identity had already been sketched out, she returned to competition in Cannes in 1993 with The Piano, which won the Palme d’or as well as Best Actress prize for Holly Hunter (starring opposite the unforgettable Harvey Keitel). A few months later, Jane Campion, nominated for Best Director at the Oscars, instead picked up the award for the best Screenplay.
Her subsequent works have featured several variants on female characters engaged in an intense yet often thwarted quest for fulfilment: Portrait of a Lady in 1996 with Nicole Kidman, Holy Smoke in 1999 avec Kate Winslet, and In the Cut (2003) with Meg Ryan. Continue reading

2015 Nissan Murano and Versa Sedan Debut at 2014 New York International Auto Show

Nissan’s all-new 2015 Nissan Murano made its world auto show debut today at the New York International Auto Show. The halo vehicle for Nissan’s expanding range of bold crossovers and SUVs, the dramatic new Murano embodies Nissan’s new design direction – including its V-motion front end, LED boomerang lights and the unique “floating” roof. Murano’s breakthrough exterior design carries into the interior, which offers an engaging social lounge feel through features such as the refined lower-height instrument panel, wide center console, advanced NASA-inspired Zero Gravity front and outboard rear seating, and the airy atmosphere created by the large windows and oversized Power Panoramic Moonroof.

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan’s popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept’s refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. All-new Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014.

2015 Nissan Murano resets the standard in the midsize crossover segment with breakthrough design, premium interior and purposeful technology. Third generation of Nissan’s popular flagship crossover symbolizes Nissan’s design-led product and brand renaissance. Murano styling delivers bold Resonance Concept’s refined intensity exterior and social lounge interior. Carries forward new Nissan design direction with V-Motion front end, boomerang lights, floating roof treatment and efficient aerodynamics. All-new Murano arrives in Nissan showrooms in late 2014.

2015 Nissan Murano
Also making its North American debut today was the new 2015 Nissan Versa Sedan, the best-selling vehicle for four years in a row*** in the highly competitive sub-compact segment.

Most prominent of the changes is the bold new front-end treatment anchored by larger headlights, a more substantial looking fascia and standard chrome plating on the grille – all of which strengthen the family ties of the Versa Sedan with the Nissan stable mates – Sentra, Altima and Maxima. The new Versa Sedan goes on sale today at Nissan dealers nationwide.

2015 Nissan Versa Sedan

2015 Versa Sedan.

2015 Versa Sedan.

Both new 2015 models were revealed at a press conference led by Nissan Chief Planning Officer and Executive Vice President Andy Palmer and Nissan North America, Inc. Chairman, Management Committee and Executive Vice President José Muñoz.

“In the past three years, Nissan has completely transformed its product portfolio, grown global volume by more than one million units, strengthened the brand to being the fastest-growing automaker on the Interbrand Top 100, resulting in the shake-up of entire auto industry segments,” said Palmer. “Murano helped create a new segment, and the latest version, debuting today, redefines that segment.”

Added Muñoz: “We have ambitious growth targets for the Nissan brand, and these goals are supported by increasing consumer demand for our newest products. In the last 12 months, Nissan brand sales were up nearly 15 percent in the U.S. due to positive customer response to new vehicles like Versa Note, Pathfinder and Rogue. Now with the new Murano coming this fall, we expect this momentum to continue as we’re poised to set even better numbers for 2014, including increased market share.”

In addition, Nissan demonstrated its new, highly innovative Smart Rearview Mirror that utilizes advanced camera technology to enhance the driver’s view behind a vehicle. For its first U.S. showing in New York, it is installed in the all-new 2014 Rogue at the Nissan display. Housed within a structure of a traditional rearview mirror, the Smart Rearview Mirror allows the driver to switch between a traditional rearview mirror and an LCD monitor, depending on the driver’s preference.  The camera projects a clear image – a wider and clearer view than a standard mirror – onto the monitor for a better view, as well as a more comfortable driving experience.

Smart Rearview Mirror will give our customers the best possible view no matter how tall the passengers in the back seat or how bad the road conditions,” said Palmer. “This mirror technology reinforces Nissan’s commitment to improving the everyday driving experience with advanced systems and technology, such as Electric Vehicles, connected and autonomous driving cars.”

* MSRP excludes applicable tax, title, license fees and $810 USD destination charges.  Dealer sets actual price.  Prices and specs are subject to change without notice.

** Starting price comparison based on 2014 and 2013 manual transmission models on manufacturers’ websites.  All prices are Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP).  MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax title license and options.  Dealer sets actual price.

*** According to IHS Automotive, Polk U.S. New Vehicle Registrations – non-luxury traditional sub compact segment, CY2009 – CY2013