The Academy To Celebrate Oscar Night® In New York And London

The Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences will host live Oscar® viewing parties in New York and London for its members and invited film industry guests on Oscar Sunday, February 26. The Oscars®, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will be televised live by the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy-2

Oscar Night London, supported by Rolex, will take place at Soho’s Ham Yard Hotel to view the 89th Oscars at a two-tier screening venue. Guests will enjoy a midnight feast, complete with espresso martinis, and will watch the Oscars telecast streamed live on the big screen, from red carpet arrivals through the announcement of the Best Picture award.

The iconic Rainbow Room in New York City will be the setting for the only East Coast event hosted by the Academy on Oscar Night. From the 65th floor of 30 Rockefeller Plaza, surrounded by stunning panoramic views, guests will be able to watch the live Oscars telecast while enjoying an inspired menu by Executive Chef Jim Botsacos.

The 89th Oscars will be held at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood and also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

11 More Stars Set To Present At 89th Oscars

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Producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced the third slate of presenters for the 89th Oscars® telecast. Hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the Oscars will air live Sunday, February 26, on the ABC Television Network.

The presenters, including past Oscar® winners and nominees, are Amy Adams, Riz Ahmed, Javier Bardem, John Cho, Dwayne Johnson, Felicity Jones, Leslie Mann, Janelle Monáe, David Oyelowo, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron.

No matter who you are or where you live, movies bring us together,” said De Luca and Todd. “Through indelible, fearless performances these extraordinary actors help make it happen. We are thrilled to welcome them to the 89th Oscars stage.”

Adams received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “American Hustle” (2013). Additionally, she has earned four nominations for Actress in a Supporting Role for her work in “The Master” (2012), “The Fighter” (2010), “Doubt” (2008) and “Junebug” (2005). Her notable credits also include “Arrival” (2016), “Nocturnal Animals” (2016), “Big Eyes” (2014), “Her” (2013) and “Julie & Julia” (2009). Adams will next appear in “Justice League.”

Ahmed appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) and “Nightcrawler” (2014). Additionally, his credits include “Jason Bourne” (2016), “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (2013), “Ill Manors” (2012), “Day of the Falcon” (2011), “Centurion” (2010) and “Four Lions” (2010).

Bardem won an Oscar for Actor in a Supporting Role for “No Country for Old Men” (2007). He has been nominated for Actor in a Leading Role twice, for “Biutiful” (2010) and “Before Night Falls” (2000). Bardem starred in the Oscar-winning films “Skyfall” (2012) and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” (2008). Other notable credits include “The Counselor” (2013), “Eat Pray Love” (2010), “The Sea Inside” (2004) and “Mondays in the Sun” (2002). Bardem will appear next in “Escobar”, “mother!” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Cho’s credits include the Oscar-winning film “Star Trek” (2009), as well as the Oscar-nominated films “Star Trek Beyond” (2016) and “Star Trek Into Darkness” (2013). Additionally, Cho’s film credits include “Identity Thief” (2013), “Total Recall” (2012), “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist” (2008), “Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle” (2004) and “American Pie” (1999). He will next appear in “Gemini.”

Johnson appears in the Oscar-nominated film “Moana” (2016). His recent feature credits also include “Central Intelligence” (2016), “Furious Seven” (2015), “San Andreas” (2015), “Hercules” (2014), “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” (2013) and “Pain & Gain” (2013). Johnson will appear next in “Baywatch,” “The Fate of the Furious” and “Jumanji.”

Jones received an Oscar nomination for Actress in a Leading Role for “The Theory of Everything” (2014). She also appeared in the Oscar-nominated films “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” (2016) and “The Invisible Woman” (2013). Jones’s feature credits also include “A Monster Calls” (2016), “Inferno” (2016), “Breathe In” (2014) and “Like Crazy” (2011).

Mann’s feature credits include the Oscar-nominated films “ParaNorman” (2012) and “Rio” (2011). Additionally, she has appeared in “The Comedian” (2016), “How to Be Single” (2016), “The Other Woman” (2014), “Rio 2” (2014), “This Is 40” (2012), “Funny People” (2009), “Knocked Up” (2007) and “The 40 Year-Old Virgin” (2005). Mann will next appear in “The Pact.” Continue reading

Cynthia Erivo To Take The Stage At The Governors Ball On Oscar® Sunday

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration, on Sunday, February 26. She will entertain the Ball’s 1,500 guests, which will include Oscar® winners and nominees, show presenters and performers, and other luminaries.

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Award-winning singer-songwriter Cynthia Erivo is set to perform at the Governors Ball, the Academy’s official post-Oscars® celebration, on Sunday, February 26. credit: Benedict Evans.

A U.K. native, Erivo made her Broadway debut starring as ‘Celie’ in the critically acclaimed revival of “The Color Purple,” for which she received a Tony® for Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical and a Grammy® for Best Musical Theater Album. She recently performed at The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors, as well as the 2017 Grammy Awards, alongside John Legend during the show’s ‘In Memoriam’ segment. Erivo also is an accomplished songwriter, having written and performed the song “Fly Before You Fall” for the 2014 feature film “Beyond the Lights.” Her upcoming film projects include a starring role in “Harriet,” the Harriet Tubman biopic directed by Seith Mann, and co-starring opposite Viola Davis in Steve McQueen’s “Widows.”

The evening also will feature multi-platinum recording artist JoJo, five-time Emmy®-nominated music director Rickey Minor, and husband-and-wife deejays DJ M.O.S. and DJ Kiss showcasing an eclectic mix of musical genres.oscars2017_27x40poster_jimmy-2

The Governors Ball will be held in the Ray Dolby Ballroom at the top level of the Hollywood & Highland Center®.

Angry Orchard Taps Into Seasonal Flavors With Release of New Cider: Angry Orchard Tapped Maple

New Seasonal Cider Is Not-Too-Sweet, Made With A Touch Of Vermont Maple Syrup

Today, the cider makers at Angry Orchard announced the national release of its new seasonal hard cider Angry Orchard Tapped Maple, available now through April. Tapped Maple blends American culinary apples with a hint of maple syrup from Vermont maple trees for a not-too-sweet cider with a big, bright apple taste.

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Angry Orchard taps into seasonal flavors with new Angry Orchard Tapped Maple and limited release Angry Orchard Spiced Apple.

Because cider making follows a seasonal path alongside apple trees and harvest, cider makers are especially tuned into the seasons. At Angry Orchard‘s Cider House in the Hudson Valley of New York, the cider makers like to play around with adding seasonal ingredients to cider recipes to create unexpected, but seasonally appropriate, flavor combinations. For example, with Angry Orchard Tapped Maple, they took inspiration from the highly-anticipated late-winter tapping of maple trees to make something completely new. The base cider is made from culinary apple juice and is actually quite dry. The maple syrup – rich in flavor and natural maple sweetness – adds a delicate balance, and gives the cider a strong maple-forward aroma, and full, round mouthfeel. It’s a great flavor profile for the last days of winter leading into spring’s cool start.angry-orchard-apple-cider-logo-800x600

Like apples, not all maple syrup is created equal. The flavors can vary significantly from season to season and depending on production techniques,” said Ryan Burk, Head Cider Maker at Angry Orchard. “My team and I visited maple farmers from across the Northeast to dive deeper into the qualities that make maple syrup unique, then took those findings back to our Cider House to incorporate this natural sweetener into a dry cider we’d been working on. Ultimately, we found a nice combination with Tapped Maple.”

Tasting Notes from Angry Orchard’s Cider Makers:

Tapped Maple (5.0% ABV): Made from apples high in acidity, the dry cider base is then backsweetened – a common cider making technique that occurs after fermentation – with maple syrup to achieve the balance between contrasting flavors. This cider is made from a blend of culinary apple varieties from the renowned Pacific Northwest region including Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala and Pink Lady apples. Tapped Maple offers a flavorful contrast to dishes like southern fried chicken or pork tacos, but also pairs well with classic hearty desserts like bread pudding.

The seasonal experimentation also led to another new limited release cider in Angry Orchard’s Winter Orchard Sampler Variety Pack, Angry Orchard Spiced Apple. Spiced Apple combines a fresh apple taste with lively seasonal spices, much like a classic baked apple pie. A mix of culinary apples like Braeburn, Fuji, Granny Smith and Gala French, and bittersweet apples, such as Amere de Berthecourt, Beden, Medaille d’Or, Michelin, and Binet Rouge were used in the making of Spiced Apple.

Angry Orchard makes a variety of year-round craft cider styles, including Angry Orchard Crisp Apple, a crisp and refreshing fruit-forward cider that blends the sweetness of culinary apples with dryness and bright acidity from bittersweet apples for a balanced flavor profile. Angry Orchard also makes The Cider House Collection specialty ciders, as well as a variety of seasonal ciders.

Tapped Maple is now available in 6-packs and the Winter Orchard Sampler Variety Pack nationwide through April 2017. Spiced Apple is available as a limited release in the Winter Orchard Sampler Variety Pack through April 2017. Suggested retail price for a 6-pack is $8.99-9.99, and $15.99 – 18.99 for a variety 12-pack (price varies per market). 

To find where Angry Orchard hard cider is served near you, visit the “cider finder” at http://www.angryorchard.com/cider-finder. Cider lovers can explore the Orchard online at www.angryorchard.com/our-orchard and like the company on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @AngryOrchard.

The Business of Fashion: Tom Ford Names Brian Blake President And Chief Operating Officer Of Tom Ford International

Tom Ford announced today the promotion of Brian Blake to President and Chief Operating Officer of TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL. He will report directly to Tom Ford, Chief Executive Officer. His appointment is effective immediately. In addition to his role as President, Blake will assume the responsibilities of Tom Mendenhall who has left his position as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer to pursue other opportunities.

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Most recently Blake has held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Distribution and Manufacturing within the company. In his newly expanded role, Brian will oversee all business activities and operations for TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL.

Blake, a 40-year veteran of the fashion industry, has extensive experience in the luxury sector. Prior to joining TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL, Blake served as President and CEO of Gucci Worldwide, COO and Commercial Director Worldwide for Prada and Miu Miu and President and COO Worldwide for Burberry.

Tom Ford commented: “I have known and worked with Brian Blake for the past 27 years since we began our working relationship and friendship at Gucci in 1990. We have grown and developed together over that time and most recently worked closely together at TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL. Brian is a rare creature in our industry as he is highly analytical and practical yet also has tremendous people skills and is a proven leader. He has made many great contributions to TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL and I look forward to a new chapter in our growth and development with Brian at my side.”

Blake commented: “Since I joined TOM FORD INTERNATIONAL, I have had the privilege of working alongside an outstanding team of talented individuals who have significantly contributed to the growth of our company. I am honored to be part of this exceptional organization and look forward to working closely with Tom Ford as we continue to build our business and reputation as the world’s leading luxury brand.”

Tom Ford announced the creation of the TOM FORD brand in April 2005 and was joined in this venture by former Gucci Group President and Chief Executive Officer Domenico De Sole, who serves as Chairman of the company. In that same year, Ford announced his partnership with Marcolin Group to produce and distribute optical frames and sunglasses, as well as an alliance with Esteé Lauder to create the TOM FORD Beauty brand. In April 2007, his first directly owned flagship store opened in New York at ‪845 Madison Avenue and coincided with the debut of the TOM FORD Menswear and Accessory collection. In September 2010, during an intimate presentation at his Madison Avenue flagship, Ford presented his much-anticipated Womenswear collection. Presently, there are 124 freestanding TOM FORD stores and shop-in-shops in locations such as New York, Toronto, Beverly Hills, Zurich, Milan, Puerto Banus, Moscow, Osaka, Atlanta, Las Vegas, Baku, Dubai, Tokyo, Seoul, Montreal, San Francisco, Beirut, Hong Kong, Shanghai, New Delhi, Rome, London, Munich, Beijing, and Sydney.

Club Monaco Held All-Access Fashion Show, Introducing The New York Fashion Week Spring 2017 Collection, Available Now

For the first time at New York Fashion Week, the customer is the VIP as Club Monaco presented a full-scale fashion show not just for media, but for consumers. On February 10th, the lifestyle brand was the first to invite customers to view its new Men’s and Women’s Spring Collections at its global flagship store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. The pieces that walked the runway are now available to shop in every Club Monaco store and online, with select items available for the waitlist. In this unprecedented move, Club Monaco is joining the movement within the industry in giving the customer premier access to shop and experience the excitement of New York Fashion Week, thus bypassing the long wait for the designs to hit the sales floor six months later.

Invited guests Include: Katie Holmes*, Cipriana Quann, Drew Barrymore*, TK Quann, Jemima Kirke*, Afton Williamson*, Jeremy Piven*, Marcela Guitierrez*, Grace Coddington, Rachel Finninger*, Kate Bock*, Shaughnessy Brown*, Calu Rivero*, Darroch Putnam*, Gretchen Mol*, Mikey Putnam*, Eric Rutherford*, Alexandra Cronan*, Nick Wooster, Kyleigh Kuhn*, Kate Foley*, Gillian Zinser*, Chelsea Leyland*, Chloe Norgaard, Eleanor Lambert*, Alexa Reynen*, Danielle Savre*, and Aamito Lagum. (*indicates wearing Club Monaco)

Following the show, Club Monaco will bring The New York Fashion Week Collection on the road for customers around the globe. During the month of February, the brand will host a series of consumer events throughout the United States, Canada, the UK and Asia to celebrate the collection, including the following dates:

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Club Monaco Spring 2017 Fashion Show

North Damen, Chicago (1731 N. Damen Avenue) – February 16, 2017

SoHo, New York City (536 Broadway) – February 16, 2017

Columbus Avenue, New York City (211 Columbus Avenue) – February 16, 2017

Prudential Center, Boston (800 Boylston Street #175) – February 16, 2017

Collins Avenue, Miami (624 Collins Avenue) – February 16, 2017

Sloane Square, London (33 Sloane Square) – February 16, 2017

North Park Center, Dallas (8687 N. Central Expressway, Space R1-1448) – February 16, 2017

Georgetown, DC (97, 3295 M Street) – February 16, 2017

Rideau Centre, Ottawa (50 Rideau Street #308) – February 16, 2017

Robson, Vancouver (1040 Robson Street, #1034) – February 17, 2017

Lenox Square Atlanta (3393 Peachtree Road) – February 17, 2017

Beverly Drive, LA (401 N. Beverly Drive) – February 22, 2017

Grand Dame of Fashion Iris Apfel to Set Sail on Cunard’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week

Luxury cruise brand, Cunard, has announced fashion royalty Iris Apfel will join its line-up of fashion icons set to sail onboard Queen Mary 2 for the cruise line’s second annual Transatlantic Fashion Week (August 31 – September 7, 2017).

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Grand Dame of Fashion Iris Apfel to Set Sail on Cunard’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week

Following a recent $132 million remastering of the ship, Queen Mary 2 marks 176 years of heritage, echoing the height of British elegance and luxury associated with Cunard’s iconic fleet. Cunard’s Transatlantic Fashion Week will provide a rare and exclusive experience for discriminating guests, set within an art deco inspired interior.

At 95, Iris is a jet-setting celebrity known for her individual style and joyful flair. Featured in cutting-edge style campaigns for Macy’s, MAC, Kate Spade, Swarovski and other big-name brands, Iris has become renowned for her signature look of bold round glasses, oversized bangles and necklaces, and rich, flamboyant, colorful garments.

Over the course of Transatlantic Fashion Week, Iris will be presenting one Q&A session and will introduce a showing of ‘Iris,’ a documentary featuring fashion, creativity, and her soaring free spirit.

I’ve lived quite a life of fashion and can’t wait to experience style at sea!” said Apfel. “I look forward to being inspired by the elegance and glamor of the occasion and life onboard, especially the formal nights on my voyage across the Atlantic.”

Headlining Transatlantic Fashion Week 2017 is designer Julien Macdonald OBE, who is joined by other prestigious names in style including fashion historian Colin McDowell MBE and consultant to the international fashion industry Gail Sackloff OBE as well as top models from Storm Model Management.

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Now heading into its second year, the unique fashion voyage invites guests to enjoy the glamor of the world’s only sailing ocean liner, Queen Mary 2, while being treated to seven days of runway shows, dinners, and exclusive unveilings before sailing into New York for Fashion Week.

The announcement of Iris Apfel joining Queen Mary 2’s 2017 Transatlantic Fashion Week exemplifies Cunard’s continued dedication to delivering unique and surprising experiences to our guests,” said Josh Leibowitz, senior vice president, Cunard North America. “On themed voyages such as Transatlantic Fashion Week, guests experience a personalized sense of occasion while escaping and relaxing during seven days at sea.

For more information about Cunard or to book a voyage, contact your Travel Agent, call Cunard toll-free at 1-800-728-6273, or visit www.cunard.com.