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.)