Academy Announces 89th Oscars® Governors Ball Creative Team

oscarnews_homepage2Academy governor Jeffrey Kurland, event producer Cheryl Cecchetto and master chef Wolfgang Puck will return to create this year’s Governors Ball, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and SciencesOfficial Post-Oscar® Celebration, which will immediately follow the 89th Oscars® ceremony on Sunday, February 26. The Ball’s 1,500 invited guests include Oscar winners and nominees, show presenters and other telecast participants.

The theme of this year’s Governors Ball is ‘magical transformation.’ As they enter the Ball, guests will transition from a dazzling sea of red to a tricolor motif of eye-popping gold and red on an infinite blanket of white,” said Kurland. “The unique design of the space has been meticulously created to celebrate Oscar gold.”

As the chair of the Governors Ball, Kurland will oversee the décor, menu and entertainment planning, as well as design the attire to be worn by the evening’s staff. Kurland is an acclaimed costume designer whose feature credits include “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Radio Days,” “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Ocean’s Eleven,” “Inception,” “Beautiful Creatures,” “Tomorrowland” and, most recently, “Ghostbusters.” He received an Oscar nomination for Costume Design for “Bullets over Broadway.” This will be Kurland’s eighth year serving as Governors Ball chair.

Cecchetto, along with her Sequoia Productions team, will work with Kurland to manage every detail pertaining to the event, including décor, entertainment, food and personnel. Sequoia Productions’ clients include the Television Academy, G’Day USA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Westfield and the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. This will be Cecchetto’s 28th consecutive year producing the Governors Ball.

For the 23rd consecutive year, legendary chef Wolfgang Puck will set the stage with a Governors Ball menu pairing Hollywood glamour with culinary whimsy. Eric Klein, the new Wolfgang Puck Catering executive chef, worked alongside Puck to create more than 50 imaginative dishes, from one-bite hors d’oeuvres to small-plate entrees that will be passed throughout the evening. New menu items will include Moroccan spiced Wagyu short rib topped with a parmesan funnel cake; taro root tacos with shrimp, mango, avocado and chipotle aioli; gnocchetti with braised mushrooms and cashew cream; lobster corn dogs; made-to-order sushi, custom poke bowls and an array of shellfish; plus a selection of Puck’s signature dishes such as smoked salmon Oscars, chicken pot pie with shaved black truffles, and baked macaroni and cheese. The pastry team of Kamel Guechida, Monica Ng and Jason Lemmonier will offer a dessert menu brimming with innovative and playful desserts served at multiple dessert stations, plus the ultimate dessert buffet featuring Puck’s sought-after 24-karat-gold chocolate Oscars. Wolfgang Puck Catering CEO Carl Schuster will direct more than 900 event staff through the evening’s intricately detailed logistics to deliver guests a true restaurant-style hospitality experience.

The Governors Ball will take place in the Ray Dolby Ballroom on the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center® immediately following the Oscar telecast.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy

Oscar® Nominees Honored At Annual Academy Luncheon

oscarnews_homepage2Nominees for the 89th Oscars® were celebrated at a luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 6, 2017. The 89th Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26, live on ABC.

More than 165 Oscar® nominees came together at noon when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honors this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.86thOscars_Logo

Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Casey Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Isabelle Huppert, Viggo Mortensen, Ruth Negga, Natalie Portman, Emma Stone, Meryl Streep and Denzel Washington were in attendance at the pre-Oscars® event.

Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Mahershala Ali, Jeff Bridges, Viola Davis, Naomie Harris, Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Octavia Spencer and Michelle Williams also joined in the celebratory lunch.

All five nominees in the Directing category – Damien Chazelle, Mel Gibson, Barry Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan and Denis Villeneuve – attended as well.

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Nominees for the 89th Oscars® were celebrated at a luncheon held at the Beverly Hilton, Monday, February 6, 2017. The 89th Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26, live on ABC. Seated: Joanna Natasegara, Burt Dalton, Dave Parker, Joi McMillon, Emma Stone, Matt Damon, Natalie Portman, Octavia Spencer, Kimberly Steward, Theodore Ushev, Mahershala Ali, Andrew Coats, Dustin O’Halloran, Justin Timberlake, Ruth Negga, Rafaela Niehausen, Joe Walker, Georgio Gregorini. First Row: Lou HamouLhadj, Sélim Azzazi, Gary Summers, Juanjo Giménez, Luke Davies, Anna Pinnock, Chris Scarabosio, Giacun Cadull, Timo von Gunten, Vincent Cirelli, Arrianne Sutner, Oliver Jones, Lauren Beck, Kevin O’Connell, Alan Barillaro, Mary Zophres, Sylvain Bellemare, Max Martin, Kahane Cooperman, Stephen Elliis, Osnat Shurer, Jordan Horowitz, Carla Hacken, Nancy Haigh. Second Row: Jake Roberts, Max Karli, Kim Magnusson, Dan Levine, Marc Platt, Richard Bluff, Dan Lemmon, Julie Yorn, Christopher Nelson, Andy Wright, Robert Mackenzie, Craig Hammock, Fred Berger, Pharrell Williams, Patrick Osborne, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adele Romanski, James Laxton, Bernard Gariépy Strobl, Michael Dudok de Wit, Taylor Sheridan, Kevin J. Walsh, Steve A. Morrow, Aaron Ryder, Alan Robert Murray, Daphne Matziaraki, Karl Johan Schuster, Hannes Holm. Third Row: Julie Goldman, Bub Asman, Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Aske Bang, Brad Schiff, David Linde, Damien Chazelle, Lucas Hedges, Stephane Ceretti, Adam Valdez, Caroline Waterlow, Nicholas Britell, Jeff Bridges, Ron Clements, Justin Paul, Gianfranco Rosi, Renée Tondelli, Thomas Newman, Marc Sondheimer, Ai-Ling Lee, Stuart Wilson, Brian McLean, Byron Howard, Angie Fielder, Clark Spencer, Barry Jenkins, Mildred Introu Morgan, Hal Hickel, Andrew R. Jones, Wylie Stateman, Gene Serdena. Fourth Row: Joel Harlow, Paul Hotte, Todd Black, Raoul Peck, Marcel Mettelsiefen, Jenno Topping, Viggo Mortensen, Chris Moore, Steve Emerson, Andy Nelson, Denzel Washington, Jess Gonchor, Alessandro Bertolazzi, Orlando von Einsiedel, Cara Speller, Robert Legato, Travis Knight, Eva von Bahr, David Permut, Love Larson, Guy Hendrix Dyas, Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Mel Gibson, Ezra Edelman, Mike Mills, Naomie Harris, Donna Gigliotti, Jeremy Kleiner, Neil Corbould, Claude Barras, Viola Davis, Greg P. Russell, John Gilbert, Richard Alonzo. Fifth Row: Martin Zandvliet, Linus Sandgren, Nat Sanders, Iain Canning, Greig Fraser, Kenneth Lonergan, Rich Moore, Justin Hurwitz, Isabelle Huppert, Tom Cross, Spencer Averick, Maren Ade, Denis Villeneuve, John Knoll, Roger Ross Williams, Jeffrey J. Haboush, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Shawn Levy, Dan Krauss, Ryan Gosling, Benj Pasek, John Musker, Bill Mechanic, Eric Heisserer, Kristof Deak, Patrice Vermette, Allison Schroeder, J. Ralph, Theodore Melfi, Howard Barish. (Photo Credit: Image Group LA / ©A.M.P.A.S.)

 

The Stories Behind The New Campari Red Diaries 2017 Campaign & Short Movie “Killer In Red” Are Unveiled

Clive Owen And Paolo Sorrentino Lead (R)EVOLUTION To Film For Campari Red Diaries 2017camparimenu

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film(starring Clive Owen and Caroline Tillette). Shot by Ale Burset.

Yesterday, Campari officially unveiled the full campaign and the many stories that make up Campari Red Diaries; a holistic (r)evolution to the late Campari Calendar – in Rome – the symbolic hub of Italian cinema. The first edition of Campari Red Diaries shines a light on the experiences and emotions that inspire bartenders to create and share their craft; bringing to life the powerful ethos that “every cocktail tells a story” while celebrating cocktails as a form of art and a powerful vehicle for expression. Captivating month by month, Campari Red Diaries 2017 harnesses the richness of storytelling with bartenders as the narrators. Killer in Red, the pivotal piece of the project, is a brilliantly executed short film written and directed by the Italian internationally-renowned award winner, Paolo Sorrentino and starring Hollywood actor, Clive Owen.

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Clive Owen, Star of the Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film, shot by Ale Burset

Campari is a contemporary and charismatic classic. The secret recipe, which has remained unchanged, originated in Novara in 1860 and is the base for some of the most famous cocktails around the world. Campari is an alcoholic spirit obtained from the infusion of bitter herbs, aromatic plants, and fruit in alcohol and water. With its vibrant red color, intense aroma and inspiring flavor, Campari has always been a symbol of intrigue and pleasure, which unfurls itself into a captivating drinking experience. These are the values that have made the Campari brand famous throughout the world as an icon of passionate Italian style and excellence.

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French/Swiss actress, Caroline Tillette, also known as ‘The Lady in Red’, Star of the Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film, shot by Ale Burset

Representing a step-change in the brand’s communication, Campari Red Diaries is a multi-layered campaign that celebrates cocktails as a powerful vehicle for expression by shining a light on the influences that inspire bartenders to share their craft.

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film. Shot by Ale Burset.

Set in a high-end bar, the typically Sorrentino-esque noir sees Golden Globe winner Clive Owen move from ordinary man to take on the guise of Floyd, a notorious bartender back in the early 1980s, as Clive’s character imagines the story behind the creation of the eponymous cocktail creation, the Killer in Red. The film moves between two time periods, brilliantly portraying the high-energy zeitgeist of the time using a cast of more than 170 and through the use of original costume from the era.

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The Killer in Red cocktail, shot by Ale Burset.

According to legend, Floyd has a talent for reading his clients and crafting them with the perfect cocktail for their character – as the story unfolds this so-called talent soon introduces him to the ‘Lady in Red’, played by French/Swiss actress, Caroline Tillette. Yet, as the story develops, the audience begins to suspect that the ‘Lady in Red’, is far more complex than Floyd could ever have expected. As with many of Sorrentino’s films, the film’s ending leaves the audience with the intrigue to draw their own conclusions, while reinforcing Campari’s ethos that every cocktail tells a story, with the bartender serving as the narrator.

Clive Owen, Killer in Red Star and Protagonist, comments: “Campari Red Diaries was a very easy project to say yes to – I loved the fact it was a short movie with a proper story as opposed to a commercial, while the fact it was being directed by Paolo Sorrentino was also a great attraction. I think Sorrentino is one of the best directors out there – an imaginative visionary.”

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Paolo Sorrentino, Director and Screenwriter of Killer in Red (Photo Credit: Ale Burset)

Paolo Sorrentino, Director and Screenwriter of Killer in Red, adds: “I am proud to have been involved in this Campari project for two reasons – mainly because of all the other incredible artists that had the privilege to work with the brand in the past – my name is now mentioned in the same breath as Depero, Fellini, and others, even if it probably shouldn’t. I am also proud because this project, at least in Campari’s intentions, is unusual – I like being involved in pioneering projects.”

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A scene from Campari Red Diaries’ Killer in Red Short Film. Shot by Ale Burset.

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Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore Introduces The Decadent Love Valentine’s Package

This Valentine’s Day, Surprise Your Spouse With A Getaway That’s As Pleasurable And Unique As It Is Entirely Unforgettable. There’s No Better Gift Than That Of A Cherished Memory.

Looking to “wow” a significant other this Valentine’s Day with an experience beyond compare? Search no further than Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore for the new Decadent Love Valentine’s Package, offering the ultimate in romance and luxury.

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The Decadent Love Package at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

The Decadent Love Valentine’s Package is available for USD 5,000 and includes the following:

  • Complimentary parking upon arrival at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore
  • Exclusive use of the Private Dining Room at Wit & Wisdom restaurant, and flawlessly adorned with linens, tableware, flowers, plush décor and live music, for that extra touch
  • Custom seven-course wine pairing menu, created by Wit & Wisdom Executive Chef Zack Mills, who will craft a gourmet menu to match the couple’s exact tastes and wishes
  • Overnight accommodations in a luxurious Four Seasons Executive Suite featuring floor-to-ceiling views of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour plus top-of-the-line amenities such as perfectly chilled Champagne, chocolate covered strawberries, rose petals on the bed at turndown, and personalized pillow cases to remind couples of their memorable visit long after departure
  • Sumptuous breakfast-in-bed the next morning, with late check-out guaranteed, so that guests can savor each precious moment à deux
  • Exclusive access to the Hotel’s one-and-only Romance Concierge, who is at the ready to assist with every romantic want or need, including arranging for rejuvenating Spa treatments at Baltimore’s best Spa*
  • The Hotel’s many complimentary amenities, including Wi-Fi, house car transport, twice-daily housekeeping service, 24-hour state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, and so much more

The Decadent Love Package at Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore must book by Friday, February 3, 2017. Contact the Hotel directly at 410 576 5800.

*Additional fees apply for Spa treatments.

 

In The Mood For Love At Four Seasons Hotels And Resorts In Europe, Middle East And Africa

Romantic Offers And Adventures Across The Region For Sweethearts This February

Love is in the air at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts across Europe, the Middle East and Africa this Valentine’s Day with exclusive offers and adventures that are sure to set hearts racing. Sweethearts can choose from exclusive one-couple-only experiences in Dubai or meet the “Romantic Seven” of the animal kingdom in Serengeti, or even spend a sweet getaway at the brand new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square. Read on to discover more romantic inspiration from hotels and resorts across the region.

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Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre

Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre Take a leap into love with an exclusive one-couple-only experience at the beautiful rooftop pool at Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre this Valentine’s Day. Surprise a loved one at the most romantic time of day – sunset – with a private rose petal-covered swimming pool and enjoy dreamlike lengths in the warm waters together, gazing at the city’s spectacular skyline as fairy lights twinkle and a playlist personalized to that special someone’s favorite songs provides the perfect background music. The bar team will also custom-prepare a favorite cocktail to ensure that this special evening at the seventh-floor pool really is a romantic seventh heaven.

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A private rose petal-covered swimming pool, part of Valentine’s Day Package at Four Seasons Hotel Dubai International Financial Centre this Valentine’s Day

Available for one couple only on Valentine’s Day, the package includes private access to the Hotel’s rooftop swimming pool brimming with rose petals, dinner for two with drinks pairing at the pool terrace, and a one-on-one consultation with the Hotel’s in-house music director to tailor a playlist. Pricing available on request.

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Create a Personal Love Potion to get that loved one’s heart racing this Valentine’s Day at Hendricks Bar at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.

Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach – Create a Personal Love Potion to get that loved one’s heart racing this Valentine’s Day at Hendricks Bar at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach. The chemistry starts when a tailored concoction is made – with love, of course – by an expert who will help guests design and tailor a cocktail to their love’s tastes, and have it named after them. Once perfected, this special beverage will appear on the menu at Hendricks Bar throughout the month of February 2017 with a dedicated message and description. The Personal Love Potion experience is exclusively available for one couple only and includes a one-on-one consultation with a mixologist, a dinner pairing for two at Hendricks Bar, and the inclusion of the Personal Love Potion in the Hendricks menu for the month of February 2017.

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Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square – What could be more romantic for sweethearts this February than being amongst the first guests to experience one of London’s most anticipated new openings of the year? Guests at Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square this Valentine’s Day will also have the opportunity to be some of the first to dine at La Dame de Pic, the first restaurant of renowned Michelin three-star Chef Anne-Sophie Pic to open outside her native France. Both the Hotel and restaurant will open their doors on January 26, 2017; so there couldn’t be a better place in the UK capital for couples to cement their love for each other this year than at the city’s newest Four Seasons hotel. And with a special Introductory Offer of 20 percent savings on room rates, that romantic getaway just got even sweeter. Continue reading

Anheuser-Busch Announces Line Up For Super Bowl 51

Leading Super Bowl Advertiser, Anheuser-Busch, Commits To Four Spots And Three Minutes Of Airtime To Spotlight Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob Ultra And Busch

Anheuser-Busch has officially announced its return as the exclusive category advertiser for the 2017 Super Bowl, marking its 28th consecutive year in the big game. The national brewer will feature four of its brands, bringing back last year’s advertisers Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA, and Super Bowl newcomer – Busch.4422-ab_logo_stacked_4c-10-5-11

Anheuser-Busch is scheduled to have at least three full minutes of advertising in this year’s game, complemented by a robust digital strategy. Furthermore, several of this year’s Anheuser-Busch’s Super Bowl commercials and campaigns will be released on digital platforms prior to the FOX broadcast on Feb. 5.

The Super Bowl has become one of those increasingly rare cultural moments in time when consumers anticipate and talk about the commercials as much as the event itself,” said Marcel Marcondes, vice president of marketing at Anheuser-Busch. “For Super Bowl 51, we are not just creating ads for the game, but kicking off strategic creative campaigns for the year. For that reason, we’re debuting new work that we believe will resonate before, during and long after game day.”

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Bud Light’s newly announced 2017 tagline is “Famous Among Friends.”

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  • Bud Light Bud Light, the Official Beer of the NFL, will debut a new :60 second Super Bowl spot as part of a larger campaign tied to Bud Light’s role in building friendships over beers. The Bud Light campaign, anchored by the brand’s newly announced 2017 tagline, “Famous Among Friends,” is handled by Wieden + Kennedy New York.
  • BudweiserBudweiser will draw inspiration from the story of its founder, Adolphus Busch, to celebrate the brand’s enduring ambition and hustle in pursuit of the American dream – 141 years and counting. The brand has aired 101 commercials in the Super Bowl. The Budweiser campaign is handled by Anomaly.
  • Michelob ULTRA – Returning to the game for its second consecutive year, Michelob ULTRA – the fastest growing U.S. beer brand – will continue to celebrate those who live both an active and social lifestyle. The new: 30 spot will continue the brand’s “Brewed for Those Who Go the Extra Mile” campaign for a second year, hoping to inspire consumers to feel that they can work out and still go out. The Michelob ULTRA campaign is led by FCB Chicago.
  • Busch – Joining the Super Bowl lineup for the first time is Busch, the leading beer franchise in the value segment. Busch will introduce itself to a new generation of beer drinkers, drawing on decades of equity as a brand that stays true to its name. The Busch campaign is led by Deutsch.

For more information on each brand’s campaign and creative, follow Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Busch’s social media channels leading up to the game for details.

Give the Gift of the Ultimate Culinary Experience This Holiday

All You’ll Really Want for Christmas is Food and Wine

Still looking for a unique, affordable and delicious gift idea this holiday? Give the gift of the ultimate Seattle culinary experience with tickets to the Seattle Wine and Food Experience (SWFE) weekend of events on February 24 – 26, 2017. The newly-expanded weekend features three events: POP! Bubbles & Seafood, Comfort (NEW) and the Grand Tasting. A total indulgence for foodies, thedownload weekend includes more than 300 of Seattle’s best chefs from gastro pubs to fine dining establishments, distillers, local cider and brew masters with more than 600 wines making this Experience the perfect holiday gift for the food and wine lover in your life.

The Seattle Wine and Food Experience, presented by Seattle magazine, brings the city’s vibrant culinary and beverage scene to life. The Weekend Pass ($220) is the best deal for that special foodie on your holiday shopping list. Need more convincing? Here are the top 5 reasons to attend each event:

POP! Bubbles & Seafood: Friday, February 24, 2017 at McCaw Halloysters-833x630-768x581

  • Champagne, Sparkling Wine, Cava, Cremant and more than 40 kinds of bubbles to sample
  • World-class seafood, including oyster bars, from 20 of Seattle’s best chefs
  • Saber-Off Competition featuring local celebrities and incredible tunes by DJ Dubreezy
  • The Callebaut Belgium Chocolate Lounge featuring bites from Seattle’s top pastry chefs
  • Dozens of Reserve Red wines from the region’s top wineries

Comfort: Seattle’s Best Feel-Good Foods and Crafty Brews: Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Fremont Foundryburgers-833x630-768x581

  • Comfort is the newest and coziest addition to the Experience
  • Mac & cheese, burgers, doughnut wall, fried chicken and many more comfort foods
  • More than 50 craft beers, ciders, bubbly and more to quench your thirst between tasty bites
  • Do-It-Yourself Bars: Hot Toddy, Bloody Mary, S’mores, Fry Bar and more
  • Rock out with your friends to tunes by DJ Branden Landon and take photos in the Shutterbus

The Grand Tasting: Sunday, February 26, 2017 at McCaw Exhibition Hallswfe_featured_std2

  • More than 500 wines, plus tastes from distilleries, beer and cider, Oh My!
  • Fare from 25 local chefs and 25 specialty food makers
  • Explore the Celebrity Modern Luxury Lounge for a chance to win a cruise!
  • Yakima Valley Craft Food and Beverage Exhibit
  • The Savor Experience from San Luis Obispo County
  • The Sweet Suite–Indulge to your heart’s content
  • The “Pearls” of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates with wines from Canon 13, Intrinsic, Mamma Mia and more
  • Taste from Nicky Farms exotic meats, Heritage Meats Butchery Block and Sustainable Alaska Seafood
  • Buy your favorite wine, beer, cider and spirits from the QFC product store benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier, Seattle****

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