2016 Holiday Gift Guide: New Inspiring Holiday Gifts From illy For Passionate Coffee Lovers

Give the gift of inspiration to passionate coffee lovers and fashion enthusiasts this holiday season by sharing extraordinary illy coffees and accessories including the new Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection and illy Heritage Collection cup sets.illy-logo

The Trieste-based Italian roaster is serving up its newest gift guide for the holidays, hand selected to create extraordinary coffee moments to delight each person on your list. The illy Holiday Gift Guide for 2016 includes many new items including the X9 Anodized iperEspresso capsule machine in NEW colors – Deep Red and Silver/Black, an exclusive illy Art Collection cup set in collaboration with fashion house Emilio Pucci, crystal espresso cups with etched coffee flower design, the new Extra Dark Roast blend, and a six espresso cup set celebrating the storied illy logo, and more.

illy Extra Dark Roast


illy Extra Dark Roast

It’s not often a new roast is introduced from illy, known for its scientific and artful approach to all things coffee. This illy Extra Dark roast is a bolder approach to its world renowned blend of 100% Arabica from the best coffee growers around the world. The intense aroma of illy Extra Dark Roast offers enticing notes of toasted bread, caramel and a finish of dark chocolate. Available in illy’s iconic pressurized 250g can optimized to ensure freshness and with optimal grind for at-home drip coffee and French Press preparations. Price: $15 for a 250g can

illy Coffee Flowers Cup Set

The “cup with a cult following” has released a special crystal addition of its sought after cups. Illy, known for its unparalleled commitment to quality, has designed a cup using Luxion – the cutting-edge crystal glass made from the purest raw materials. With a translucent appearance, it’s easy to admire the simplistic beauty of coffee including the frosted coffee flower etchings that evoke thoughts of nature and the journey from bean to cup. These cups fulfill every coffee-lover’s dream, transforming a cup of espresso into an extraordinary, experience. Price: $55 set of two espresso cups in gift box

illy X9 Iperespresso Machine

illy introduces its X9 iperEspresso capsule machine in new colors Deep Red and Silver Black. Sleek and modern in its elliptical shape and annodized finish, the X9 delivers the exceptional taste of illy’s unique blend of aromatic, smooth and balanced coffee with a single touch. Iconically designed with form and functionality in mind, the espresso machine features an aluminum body and chrome-finish top that makes a stunning addition to any kitchen. Price: $279 – Available in chrome, deep red, and silver black

Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection

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Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection (PRNewsFoto/illycaffè)

Sip, savor and be inspired. The Florentine-based fashion brand and the Trieste-based coffee company have partnered to create a special collection of cups. Part of illy’s revered Art Collection, the cups draw inspiration from 6 of Emilio Pucci’s “Cities of the World” exclusive, hand-drawn scarf prints depicting scenes from global metropolises, including one designed by the Marquis Emilio Pucci in 1957. The Emilio Pucci illy Art Collection features six different prints portraying illustrations of Florence, Rome, Milan, New York, London, and Paris. illy Art Collection cups are signed and numbered, and are available in limited quantities. Price: Espresso cups -$150 set of six Mugs – $55 set of two/Cappuccino cups – $175 set of six, coming late 2016 Continue reading

10 Live Action Shorts Advance In 2016 Oscar® Race

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 live action short films will advance in the voting process for the 89th Academy Awards®. One hundred thirty-seven pictures had originally qualified in the category.

The 10 films are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their production companies:

  • Bon Voyage,” Marc Wilkins, director, and Joël Jent, producer (Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduction)
  • Ennemis Intérieurs,” Sélim Azzazi, director (Qualia Films)
  • “Graffiti,” Lluis Quilez, director (Participant Media, Euphoria Productions and Ainur Films)
  • La Femme et le TGV,” Timo von Gunten, director (arbel gmbh)
  • Nocturne in Black,” Jimmy Keyrouz, director (Columbia University)
  • The Rifle, the Jackal, the Wolf and the Boy,” Oualid Mouaness, director (Tricycle Logic)
  • Silent Nights,” Aske Bang, director, and Kim Magnusson, producer (M & M Productions)
  • Sing (Mindenki),” Kristof Deák, director (Meteor Filmstudio)
  • Timecode,” Juanjo Giménez, director (Nadir Films)
  • The Way of Tea (Les Frémissements du Thé),” Marc Fouchard, director, and Matthieu Devillers, producer (Existenz, BlackBox and P904)

Members of the Short Films and Feature Animation Branch viewed all the eligible entries for the preliminary round of voting. Short Films and Feature Animation Branch members will now select five nominees from among the 10 titles on the shortlist. Branch screenings will be held in Los Angeles, London, New York and San Francisco in December.86thOscars_Logo

Nominations for the 89th Oscars® will be announced on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.

The 89th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

32nd Film Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced


$75,000 In Grants To Be Awarded To Filmmakers, Including The 10th Anniversary Of Piaget Producers Award

Spirit Awards To Be Broadcast Live Exclusively On Ifc, Saturday, February 25, 2017 2:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM ET

Get Ready For The Most Eventful Awards Seasons Yet, Starting Now. Film Independent, the nonprofit arts organization that produces the Film Independent Spirit Awards, the LA Film Festival and Film Independent at LACMA, announced nominations for the 2017 Spirit Awards. The Awards are the primary fundraiser for Film Independent’s year-round programs, which cultivate the careers of emerging filmmakers and fi_spiritawards_primary_logopromote diversity in the industry. Film Independent President Josh Welsh presided over the press conference held at W Hollywood, with actors Jenny Slate and Edgar Ramirez presenting the nominations. Nominees for Best Feature included American Honey, Chronic, Jackie, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.

Now in its 32nd year, the Film Independent Spirit Awards is an annual celebration honoring artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality. The Spirit Awards recognizes the achievements of American independent filmmakers and promotes the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience.

Now more than ever, the voices of independent artists play a critically important role in our culture,” said Welsh. “The films we celebrate at this year’s Spirit Awards embody the diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision that we champion all year long.”

Moonlight was selected to receive the Robert Altman Award, which is bestowed upon one film’s director, casting director and ensemble cast (Director: Barry Jenkins Casting Director: Yesi Ramirez Ensemble Cast: Mahershala Ali, Patrick Decile, Naomie Harris, Alex Hibbert, André Holland, Jharrel Jerome, Janelle Monáe, Jaden Piner, Trevante Rhodes, Ashton Sanders ). The Altman Award was created in 2008 in honor of legendary director Robert Altman who was known for creating extraordinary ensemble casts.


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Best Feature (Award given to the producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)

  • American Honey (Producers: Thomas Benski, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Lucas Ochoa, Pouya Shahbazian, Alice Weinberg)
  • Chronic (Producers: Michel Franco, Gina Kwon, Gabriel Ripstein, Moisés Zonana)
  • Jackie (Producers: Darren Aronofsky, Scott Franklin, Ari Handel, Juan de Dios Larraín, Mickey Liddell)
  • Manchester by the Sea (Producers: Lauren Beck, Matt Damon, Chris Moore, Kimberly Steward, Kevin J. Walsh)
  • Moonlight (Producers: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Adele Romanski)

Best First Feature (Award given to the director and producer)

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  • The Childhood of a Leader (Director: Brady Corbet Producers: Antoine de Clermont-Tonnerre, Chris Coen, Ron Curtis, Helena Danielsson, Mona Fastvold, István Major)
  • The Fits (Director/Producer: Anna Rose Holmer Producer: Lisa Kjerulff)
  • Other People (Director: Chris Kelly Producers: Sam Bisbee, Adam Scott, Naomi Scott)
  • Swiss Army Man (Directors: Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert Producers: Miranda Bailey, Lawrence Inglee, Lauren Mann, Amanda Marshall, Eyal Rimmon, Jonathan Wang)
  • The Witch (Director: Robert Eggers Producers: Daniel Bekerman, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Jodi Redmond, Rodrigo Teixeira)

John Cassavetes Award – Given to the best feature made for under $500,000. Award given to the writer, director and producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.

  • Free In Deed (Writer/Director: Jake Mahaffy Producers: Mike Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel)
  • Hunter Gatherer (Writer/Director: Josh Locy Producers: Michael Covino, April Lamb, Sara Murphy, Isaiah Smallman)
  • Lovesong (Writer/Director: So Yong Kim Writer/Producer: Bradley Rust Gray Producers: David Hansen, Alex Lipschultz, Johnny Mac)
  • Nakom (Writer/Director/Producer: TW Pittman Director/Producer: Kelly Daniela Norris Writer/Producer: Isaac Adakudugu Producer: Giovanni Ximénez)
  • Spa Night (Writer/Director: Andrew Ahn Producers: David Ariniello, Giulia Caruso, Ki Jin Kim, Kelly Thomas)

Best Director

  • Andrea Arnold American Honey
  • Barry Jenkins Moonlight
  • Pablo Larraín Jackie
  • Jeff Nichols Loving
  • Kelly Reichardt Certain Women

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  • Barry Jenkins Story By Tarell Alvin McCraneyMoonlight
  • Kenneth Lonergan Manchester by the Sea
  • Mike Mills 20th Century Women
  • Ira Sachs & Mauricio Zacharias Little Men
  • Taylor Sheridan Hell or High Water

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  • Robert Eggers The Witch
  • Chris Kelly Other People
  • Adam Mansbach Barry
  • Stella Meghie Jean of the Joneses
  • Craig Shilowich Christine

Best Cinematographychildhood_of_a_leader_ver2

  • Ava Berkofsky Free In Deed
  • Lol Crawley The Childhood of a Leader
  • Zach Kuperstein The Eyes of My Mother
  • James Laxton Moonlight
  • Robbie Ryan American Honey

Best Editinghell_or_high_water_ver3

  • Matthew Hannam Swiss Army Man
  • Jennifer Lame Manchester by the Sea
  • Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders Moonlight
  • Jake Roberts Hell or High Water
  • Sebastián Sepúlveda Jackie

Best Female Lead

  • Annette Bening 20th Century Women
  • Isabelle Huppert Elle
  • Sasha Lane American Honey
  • Ruth Negga Loving
  • Natalie Portman Jackie

Best Male Lead

  • Casey Affleck Manchester by the Sea
  • David Harewood Free In Deed
  • Viggo Mortensen Captain Fantastic
  • Jesse Plemons Other People
  • Tim Roth Chronic

Best Supporting Female

  • Edwina Findley Free In Deed
  • Paulina Garcia Little Men
  • Lily Gladstone Certain Women
  • Riley Keough American Honey
  • Molly Shannon Other People

Best Supporting Male

  • Ralph Fiennes A Bigger Splash
  • Ben Foster Hell or High Water
  • Lucas Hedges Manchester by the Sea
  • Shia LaBeouf American Honey
  • Craig Robinson Morris from America

Best Documentary (Award given to the director and producer)i_am_not_your_negro

  • 13th (Director/Producer: Ava DuVernay Producers: Spencer Averick, Howard Barish)
  • Cameraperson (Director/Producer: Kirsten Johnson Producer: Marilyn Ness)
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Director/Producer: Raoul Peck Producers: Rémi Grellety, Hérbert Peck)
  • O.J.: Made in America (Director/Producer: Ezra Edelman Producers: Nina Krstic, Tamara Rosenberg, Caroline Waterlow)
  • Sonita (Director: Rokhsareh Ghaem Maghami Producer: Gerd Haag)
  • Under the Sun (Director: Vitaly Mansky Producer: Natalya Manskaya)

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The Whitney Installs 142 New Works From Its Collection In Its Portrait Exhibition

Portraits are one of the richest veins of the Whitney’s collection, thanks to the Museum’s longstanding commitment to the figurative tradition, championed by its founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney.


New Addition to The Whitney’s ongoing exhibition, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection: Shirin Neshat (b. 1957), Unveiling, 1993, from the series Women of Allah, 1993–97. Gelatin silver print with ink, 59 3/4 × 39 3/4 in. (151.8 × 101 cm). Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase with funds from the Photography Committee 2000.267 © Shirin Neshat; courtesy Gladstone Gallery, N.Y. and Brussels

Drawn entirely from the Museum’s holdings, Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection features 230 works made from 1903 to 2016 by an extraordinary range of some 170 artists, more than half of whom are living. The works included in this exhibition propose diverse and often unconventional ways of representing an individual. Many artists reconsider the pursuit of external likeness—portraiture’s usual objective—within formal or conceptual explorations or reject it altogether. Through their varied takes on the portrait, the artists in Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection demonstrate the vitality of this enduring genre, which serves as a compelling lens through which to view some of the most important social and artistic developments of the past century.

Floor Six of the exhibition predominantly focuses on art since 1960, while Floor Seven includes works from the first half of the twentieth century alongside more contemporary offerings.

Over the past two months, 142 new works have been installed in the exhibition, allowing the inclusion of many artists not on view when the first phase of the show debuted last spring. Organized in eleven thematic sections on two floors of the Museum, with works in all media installed side by side, the exhibition is considerably transformed from its initial installation and will remain on view through February 12, 2017.

Artists newly added to the exhibition include Cory Arcangel, Anne Collier, Grace Hartigan, Josh Kline, Kerry James Marshall, Shirin Neshat, Martha Rosler, Alison Saar, Lucas Samaras, Collier Schorr, John Sonsini, and Jonas Wood, while other artists, including Jasper Johns, Catherine Opie, Charles Ray, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol are represented by different works than before. Many iconic works from the collection by such artists as Alexander Calder, Arshile Gorky, Marsden Hartley, Edward Hopper, Alice Neel, and Georgia O’Keeffe, remain on view. (See complete list of included artists on whitney.org.)

Human Interest is curated by Scott Rothkopf, Deputy Director for Programs and Nancy and Steve Crown Family Chief Curator, and Dana Miller, former Richard DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Permanent Collection, with Mia Curran, former curatorial assistant; Jennie Goldstein, assistant curator; and Sasha Nicholas, consulting curator.