Go back to the enewsletter While the location for

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWhile the location for the highly anticipated Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) Welcome Event is being kept a mystery, today Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) has announced the theme of the event taking place on Monday 22 February.Celebrating all things Melbourne, the AIME Welcome Event, hosted by the MCB will ambitiously showcase ‘One Year in Melbourne in One Night.’Australian events agency EMG has been tasked to produce the event and bring to life Melbourne’s unique culture, vibe and spirit and reimagine it so it can be packed into one huge night of entertainment.Karen Bolinger, MCB CEO said this is a not to be missed event: “We have taken on a mammoth task to showcase one year in Melbourne in one night and we’re excited by what has been created.“Melbourne’s buzzing events scene, sophisticated food and wine and unique culture have been considered and combined to create what will be a truly memorable evening. We have listened to the feedback from guests in previous years so this year we have returned to a stand up cocktail event and taken this up a notch.“Thanks to our city-wide collaboration and our partner, City of Melbourne, we can provide a taste of what Melbourne has to offer as a business events destination.”Lord Mayor of Melbourne Robert Doyle said he looks forward to welcoming the delegates: “People love to visit Melbourne because there is such a diverse range of things to see, do and experience.“We are one of the most vibrant and sophisticated cities in the world and we look forward to showing our guests why we have been named the world’s most liveable city for five consecutive years.”The AIME Welcome Event is the precursor to AIME, which is owned by MCB and is the largest business expo in Australia. Taking place the evening before the two-day exhibition starts on 23 and 24 February, the AIME Welcome Event will be located within five minutes of the CBD and commence at 7pm with a cocktail dress code.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterWhether you’re an aspiring amateur snapper with a passion for wildlife or a professional papparazzo with lots of glass looking for that perfect photographic moment, the Jaci’s Lodges‘ photographic safari options guarantee an encounter with some of the most sought-after wildlife subjects.The ‘Terrapin Hide’ is a submerged photographic hide that is located in the Jaci’s Waterhole providing incredible water level photographic opportunities as the animals come down to drink at the waterhole. Accessed via an underwater tunnel which starts under the star bed, and due to the camp being fenced, it is accessible 24/7 without the need for a guide.In addition, Jaci’s Lodges has developed a specialised ‘photographic vehicle’, equipped with Gimpro game viewer mounts and professional level DSLR equipment. All guest’s need to do is book a seat and be willing to learn from one of the best photographic guides in South Africa.Acclaimed wildlife and nature photographer, Andrew Aveley, has joined the Jaci’s Lodges team as the resident photographic professional. Mr Aveley will guests on safaris, teaching them everything from basic operations of the equipment to aperture and composition, as well as being available to guests in the editing studio after photographic safaris. Andrew will be at Jaci’s Lodges for eight residency stints in 2016, with each residency ranging from 10 to 14 days.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter Conrad Hotels Resort

first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterConrad Hotels & Resorts has made its debut in the Philippines with the opening of Conrad Manila. Owned by SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation, a subsidiary of SM Investment Corporation and managed by Hilton Worldwide, the 347-room Conrad Manila is located at the forefront of the Mall of Asia complex, in the heart of the 42-hectare Bay City development, a destination earmarked as a shopping, leisure and business hub.The hotel sits atop the two-level S Maison, a high-end retail complex, and has direct connections via walking bridges to SMX Convention Center, the country’s largest convention space, and is adjacent to SM Mall of Asia, one of the country’s largest malls. Poised to be the venue of choice for business, social events and weddings, Conrad Manila offers four contemporary event halls and two sophisticated ballrooms, spanning more than 4000 square metres, which are fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual technology. For intimate al fresco parties, guests can also opt for The Veranda, an outdoor garden space overlooking the city.At Conrad Manila, all 347 guestrooms and suites are specially designed with an intuitive technology. Upon sensing motion in the room, the air conditioning switches from energy-saving mode to cool and the curtains in the room will automatically open with ambient lighting set to match the time of the day. Guests can instantly feel at home with a 42-inch flatscreen HDTV with an IPTV menu, Wi-Fi and wired internet access, Nespresso machine, Bluetooth-enabled entertainment technology and hydrotherapy rain showers. Suites and executive rooms offer picturesque bay or city views, with access to the Executive Lounge, and bathrooms that feature in-mirrored TV for an uninterrupted entertainment experience.Located on the third level of the hotel is the infinity swimming pool. Guests may also slip to the 24-hour Fitness Center or the Conrad Spa, which offers a variety of locally inspired treatments using organic ingredients. The spa has six treatment rooms with soaking tubs, a private sauna and steam facilities.The hotel has six restaurants and lounges, including a coffee bar, pool bar and in-room dining prepared by the culinary team led by Executive Chef, Thomas Jakobi. The restaurants and bar at Conrad Manila feature:Brasserie on 3, offering an eclectic mix of sustainable and organic dishes ranging from hearty to healthy dishes. The restaurant also features al fresco dining overlooking the bay, private dining rooms for intimate celebrations and an exclusive chef’s table, where diners can enjoy a special tasting menu with a curated selection of organic wines.China Blue by Jereme Leung, presenting a modern interpretation of traditional Chinese cuisine, artfully curated by Chinese celebrity master chef, Jereme Leung. A first for a Chinese restaurant in the Philippines to partner with a celebrity chef, China Blue by Jereme Leung takes Chinese dining experience to a new high with its authentic cuisine, modern interiors and floor-to-ceiling glass windows that offer panoramic bay views.C Lounge, inspired by the city’s distinctive culture and lifestyle, where guests can enjoy a wide selection of beers, liquors and locally inspired cocktails. With a laidback vibe during the day, it transforms into a sophisticated destination bar at night. Its al fresco area offers guests an awe-inspiring view of the Manila sunset.Conrad Manila offers the popular Conrad Concierge mobile app, which gives global luxury travellers the ability to customise details of their hotel stay before, during and after their visit via a smartphone or tablet. Whether it’s pre-selecting bath amenities or checking in while in transit from the airport, guests can access a variety of features by using the app.Conrad Manila also participates in the Hilton HHonors, the only guest loyalty programme where guests who book directly through www.conradhotels.com have access to benefits including an exclusive member rate that can’t be found anywhere else, free standard Wi-Fi and popular digital tools.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

The natural bounty of South Australias Kangaroo I

first_imgThe natural bounty of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island is at the heart of new tours from Kangaroo Island Odysseys (KOI), which officially unveiled the new tour selection during a sumptuous lunch at Bei Amici at Sydney’s Darling Point on Thursday 27 July.Guest speaker, Nick Hannaford, owner of LifeTime Private Retreats, one of the island’s premier accommodation  options, introduced attendees to the natural delights hosted by his island while chef Felix Rutz used KI produce to create a feast.The new KIO ‘Kangaroo Island Food & Wine Tours’ invite guests to spend three days indulging every sense and sampling the best of Kangaroo Island fresh produce and wines, starting on selected dates from September 2017.All seasonal KIO Food & Wine tours are fully inclusive, including return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island and all Adelaide airport transfers.Explore the island with a private tour guide in luxury, air-conditioned 4×4 vehicles in small groups of up to 8 guests, with accommodation at the opulent Lifetime Private Retreats or Sea Dragon Lodge.Specialising in handcrafted accommodation, Life Time Private Retreats, on the North Coast, offers four holiday houses nestled into a coastal location and surrounded by Kangaroo Islands’ natural beauty. Luxury houses include The Sky House, The Cliff House, The Settlers Homestead and Sheoaks.Sea Dragon Lodge is set on a seafront estate at the eastern end of the island, on the Dudley Peninsula, with a private beach to explore and wildlife at the doorstep. Sea Dragon Lodge features eco-friendly villas and a three-bedroom lodge.KIO Food & Wine tours have been developed to highlight the best food, wine and nature-based experiences available during each of the four seasons. All seasonal tours are different with a choice of tours for Summer/Spring, Autumn and Winter.Tours visit the islands most beautiful beaches like Emu Bay, Stokes Bay and Vivonne Bay and an array of attractions.Experience a personalised vineyard and winery tour at ‘The Islander Estate Vineyard’, Bay of Shoals Wines or Dudley Wines, taste locally distilled gin and spirits at KI Spirits, sample a variety of delicious cheese and yoghurts at the Island Pure Sheep Dairy, stop in at Island Beehive for a tour and honey tastings, sample KI’s freshest oysters at the Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster Farm Shed and enjoy a half-day fishing charter.Dining experiences are ones that will be remembered for a lifetime with Lifetime Private Retreats catering partners, ‘Hannaford and Sachs’, showcasing Kangaroo Island’s best seasonal food in a range of outdoor settings and stunning coastal locations around Snelling Beach Middle River.Some ‘Hannaford and Sachs’ experiences include, ‘The Beach House Taverna BBQ Banquet’, a seafood barbecue dinner cooked over hot coals and featuring some of KI’s freshest, most mouth-watering produce.The ‘Shearers Feast’, is a night to remember, dining in elegance under the candlelit ambiance and eclectically decorated Hannaford family’s 80-year-old shearing shed, built from sugar gum trees and old corrugated iron. The night starts with drinks and a spot of Croquet on the lawn before sitting down to a three-course feast that showcases produce from both the sea and land.At the Enchanted Fig Tree dine underneath the boughs and leaves of a massive, ancient fig tree planted by the early settlers more than 100 years ago, which now form enchanting rooms with ceilings of swaying leaves and dappled light! Tables are set up to feature a fig inspired brunch menu, created straight from the pages of a fairy tale book.Other dining experiences on the tour include Kangaroo Island’s unique ‘Table Surfing’ dinners.  Join local island producers, farmers or home cooks in their own homes or farms for a home-cooked meal just as they would prepare for their friends and family.For wholesome, fresh and uncomplicated food and farm stories, join local chef and farmer, Tony Nolan, at his ‘Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen and indulge in a three-course gourmet dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast visits Emu and Stokes Bay; ‘The Islander Estate Vineyard’ for a personalised vineyard and winery tour, Island Pure Sheep Dairy for Cheese and yoghurt tastings; KI Spirits for a taste of locally distilled gin and Island Beehive for a tour and honey tastings. Enjoy lunch at The Rockpool Café and at Tony Nolan’s ‘Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen’ and brunch at The Enchanted Fig Tree. Dinners by Hannaford & Sachs include ‘The Shearer’s Feast’ and ‘The Beach Taverna BBQ Banquet’ and a three-course dinner at Sunset Food & Wine.3 Day Sensations of Kangaroo Island Summer Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person and includes all activities and meals, return flights from Adelaide to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers and two-night’s accommodation at Lifetime Private Retreats.Spring 2017 departure dates for the Sensational Summer/Spring tours include Saturday 9 and 23 September, Friday 13 and 27 October and Saturday 11 and 25 November. 2017 and 2018 Summer tour dates include Friday 8 December 2017, Saturday 20 January and Friday 9 and 23 February 2018.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast visits the picturesque beaches at Emu and Vivonne Bays’, ‘The Islander Estate Vineyard’; KI Spirits; tastings at Island Beehive; morning tea and gallery experience at Rustic Blue Gallery and Café; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and venture out on a half-day fishing charter. Meals include ‘Where the Wild Things are Breakfast’; lunch at Tony Nolan’s ‘Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen’ and dinners include the ‘Shearers Feast’ and ‘Table Surfing Dinner’ at a local farm.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – North Coast is $2708 per person departing from Adelaide and including return flights to Kangaroo Island, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula visits the idyllic beach at Island Beach; KI Spirits; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yoghurt sampling; Bay of Shoal Wines for tastings and a savoury platter; try honey at Island Beehive; enjoy a half day fishing charter; indulge in a gourmet lunch and cellar door tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, dinner at Sunset Food and Wine and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Autumn Tour – Dudley Peninsula is $2314 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and two nights’ accommodation at Sea Dragon Lodge.2018 departure dates for the Awesome Autumn tours include Saturday 3 and 17 March, Friday 13 and 27 and 12 and 26 May.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour – North Coast includes a half-day fishing charter; morning and afternoon tea at Emu Bay; a visit to ‘The Islander Estate Vineyard’; tasting at Kangaroo Island Spirits; cheese and yogurt tastings at Island Pure Sheep Dairy; tastings and a savoury platter at Bay of Shoal Wines and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm.  Join Tony Nolan for lunch at his ‘Latitude 36 Farm Kitchen’ and enjoy ‘The Fire Feast’ dinner by local Chef, Rachel Hannaford and “Table Surfing Dinner” with locals.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour – North Coast is $3102 per person departing from Adelaide and includes return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Lifetime Private Retreats.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour – Dudley Peninsula Tours includes a half day fishing charter; visits KI Spirits to taste locally distilled Gin; Island Pure Sheep Dairy for cheese and yogurt tastings; and a tour and tastings at Kangaroo Island Shellfish Oyster farm. Enjoy a gourmet lunch and tastings at Dudley Wines Clifftop Cellar, and mouth-watering private breakfasts and dinners at the Sea Dragon Lodge with local Kangaroo Island wine.3 Day Kangaroo Island in Winter Tour – Dudley Peninsula is $2,504pp per person departing from Adelaide return flights to Kangaroo Island, Adelaide airport transfers, all activities and meals and accommodation for two nights at Sea Dragon Lodge.Departure dates for the 2018 Wonderful Winter tours include Friday 8 and 22 June, Saturday 14 and 28 July and Friday 10 and 24 August.last_img read more

Go back to the enewsletter According to the latest

first_imgGo back to the enewsletterAccording to the latest findings from global luxury travel network, Virtuoso, Australian families are travelling further afield in the pursuit of memories to last a lifetime and experiences that transform their daily lives. The 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report surveyed affiliated advisors to determine where, why and how families are travelling this summer. Recurring destinations among the results included Iceland, Cuba and Antarctica, all of which are considered “unconventional” family destinations.“Australians live in a destination the rest of the world wants to visit, so we were curious to see where they head for their own holidays,” Virtuoso Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch says. “For a country where almost 60% of the population has a passport, it’s no surprise Australian families are travelling together and seeking out some of the most interesting and unusual destinations on offer.“The next generation of travellers are primed to explore the world, seeking out genuine human connections andways to experience [local cultures] and a sense of the unique. Virtuoso travel advisors are there to help guidethese global citizens so that they get the most from their adventures, ultimately creating family memories of alifetime.”The 2019 Virtuoso Luxe Report shows that millennials have been bumped from their perch as the most influential generation, with Generation Z (those born from 2000 onwards), set to comprise nearly one-third (32%) of the global population of 7.7 billion in 2019. Millennials will represent 31.5%. One study puts Gen Z’s buying power at over US$500 billion.Generation Zers | Image credit: STORES Magazine“They may be young, but Gen Zers have strong opinions and exert considerable influence over travel decisions,” Virtuoso said. The Top 5 ways Generation Z Impacts Family Travel were by;Influencing others’ choices via word of mouth, social media and reviewsInvolving themselves in planning tripsLooking for highly visual locations and activities that highlight their exciting lives on social mediaPersuading others to embrace their desire for more active experiencesSeeking out unusual destinationsVirtuoso Analysis: Gen Zs have a great deal of clout over family and peer travel decisions. Worldlier at an earlier age than previous generations, they were born with a passport in hand and are determined to explore. The more off-the-beaten-path, the better, as social media factors significantly into their drive for more unique experiences.Top 10 Family Travel TrendsActive or adventure trips                                6. Ocean cruisingBeach resort stays                                            7. Cultural immersionMulti-generational trips                                  8. Touring (guided or private)Celebration travel                                            9. Educational tripsMother/daughter or father/son trips          10. Passion-point travel (art, movies, sports etc.)Virtuoso Analysis: Adventure trips rose to number one from third place last year, bolstered by travellers’excitement for active experiences. Sun-and-sand travel has fallen from the top spot, but remains popular for family togetherness and as a means of disconnecting. Travel with multiple generations, the leading overall trend in Virtuoso’s 2019 Luxe Report, is third on the family-specific list.Family trips are perfect for celebrating milestones such as birthdays and anniversaries and bonding over shared experiences. Skip-Gen travel is also on the rise, with grandparents eager to educate, explore and leave a lasting legacy with their grandchildren, while working parents stay behind back home. Tours, particularly private ones tailored to a family’s interests, help transform trips into educational experiences, helping create the next generation of global citizens. Nanuku AubergeTop 10 Hottest Family DestinationsFiji                            6. U.S.A (Los Angeles)Italy                          7. EnglandHawaii                     8. New ZealandThailand                  9. IndonesiaJapan                       10. VietnamVirtuoso Analysis: Italy is a firm favourite, but Australian families are travelling far and wide in search of a holiday. While families love to extend their reach as far as the U.K. and U.S., for shorter-haul escapes they are exploring closer to home, including Asian and Pacific destinations on their must-see lists. Idyllic islands like Fiji and Hawaii figure prominently on the list for families looking to unwind together.Top 10 Unconventional Family DestinationsIceland                          6. ChinaIndia                              7. MoroccoCuba                              8. Costa RicaGalapagos Islands      9. CroatiaAntarctica                    10. RwandaVirtuoso Analysis: Exploring new destinations is the top travel motivator in the Luxe Report, and seeking unusual places is a Gen Z priority, so it’s no surprise families are searching for lesser-known and more remote parts of the world. In particular, pristine destinations such as Iceland, the Galapagos Islands and Antarctica are trending. The desire for authenticity and deep cultural and nature-based interactions is driving families to places such as India, Cuba and Rwanda.Travel advisors from Virtuoso-affiliated agencies in Australia shared their viewpoints in the 2019 Luxe Report,uncovering the year’s most significant trends.Lead image credit: Essential Costa RicaGo back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

Related Kiss Flights to launch two new holiday rou

first_img RelatedKiss Flights to launch two new holiday routes from BristolKiss Flights will launch its first cheap flights to Tenerife and Sharm el Sheikh from BristolBristol Airport Arrivals & Departures | Live Flight InformationGet Bristol Airport arrivals and departures information with Skyscanner’s flight status board. Find cheap flights from Bristol Find Airport Hotels Download our app To find departure status, cancellations and delays on the flight board above. Simply scroll through today’s departures and arrivals or search for a flight number to check…Cheap flights to Cancun will commence from BristolPassengers will be able to travel on cheap flights to Cancun and Orlando from Bristol International Airport this summer. Bristol International Airport is to begin offering local beers at its newly refurbished mezzanine bar.The recently rebranded Bar Zero9 will now serve three beverages from the Butcombe brewery, including Butcombe Bitter, Cold Filtered Blond and Ashton Press Cider.Passengers awaiting departing flights from the airport will be able to relax in the new bar with a choice of locally produced drinks with views over the departure lounge and airfield.Nagesh Shikram, SSP UK Bar manager at Bristol Airport, said: “Being able to enjoy a pint of Butcombe while relaxing before a flight is another point of difference for Bristol International compared to larger airports outside the region.”Bristol Airport received another boost recently after Ryanair announced that it will be launching a new route to Grenoble on December 20th.The airline will offer the service on a weekly basis departing on Saturdays. Ryanair will also be re-introducing weekly flights to Turin on the same day.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

Skyscanners football fan Nick reports on the fo

first_imgSkyscanner’s football fan, Nick, reports on the forthcoming big matches and how to get to them.As an impartial English football supporter, I think I speak for many of us, when I say Barcelona should do the decent thing and not bother turning up at the end of this month. Given we are filling 75% of the available spots, if an English team doesn’t win the Champion’s League once again, then it means only one thing: that Barcelona are better than we are. As we all know, football is a game of two halves – except in this competition where it is two games of four halves – and consequently there is plenty of travelling having to be done by all fans.Barcelona v Chelsea – 1st Leg 28/04 – 2nd Leg 06/05After a peaceful night against Liverpool, Chelsea fans will no doubt be looking forward to the calm and friendly atmosphere of the Nou Camp in Barcelona. Frank Lampard will have to be at the top of his game again if Chelsea are to worry Barça, and if the likes of Henry and Messi are on form, then this is not going to be much fun for the boys in blue. The absence of the new millennium’s Spice Boy, Ashley Cole, compounds their threat, and there will be a big hole in defence which Barcelona will be sure to exploit. The team spirit shown by Chelsea in the second half against Liverpool though, means that they should nevertheless still be a force to be reckoned with.Find cheap flights to Barcelona from any of the London airports with Air Europa, Air France, British Airways, Iberia, KLM, Lufthansa, Luxair, Spanair or Swiss. Manchester United v Arsenal – 1st Leg 29/04 – 2nd Leg 05/05Two great masterminds of the Premiership era go head to head in what is bound to be a much-anticipated semi final, though Arsene Wenger seems to have grown out of the mind games at which Sir Alex still excels. Technically, both sides are very strong going forward, but with an injury list building at Arsenal and United’s creaky defence, the winning team will be, as any great pundit will tell you, the one that concedes fewest goals. United fans will be hoping that no penalties are involved over the next little while and we look forward to some imaginative FA Cup-based songs from Gunners’ fans.Find cheap flights to Manchester from London City, Gatwick or Heathrow with bmi, British Airways, Lufthansa or VLM Airlines. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World CupFootball hater’s guide to the South Africa World CupFans favour in-flight top-flight football, reveals SkyscannerSpurs and Wigan Athletic fans most willing to pay extra not to miss the game.Going, Going, Gone – the search for cheap flights to MoscowGoing, Going, Gone – the search for cheap flights to Moscowlast_img read more

Greenough Montana Reported by Elite Traveler th

first_imgGreenough, Montana- Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineLooking for the perfect last-minute summer vacation that combines luxury and an unforgettable adventure for the whole family? The Resort at Paws Up in Montana recently unveiled their new Moonlight Camp, taking glamorous camping, or “glamping,” to a whole new level.Moonlight Camp consists of six spacious canvas tents located at the foot of Lewis and Clark’s famous Lookout Rock and 100 yards from Blackfoot River. Guests have the option to choose between four two-bedroom tents, which are perfect for families, and two one-bedroom tents. Each luxury tent contains an en-suite bathroom, Paw Up’s signature Last Best Bed, gourmet meals prepared by a private camp chef at the tented dining pavilion, and a camping butler to ensure all your needs are fulfilled.The luxury ranch resort is located on 37,000 acres in the heart of Blackfoot Valley in western Montana and provides endless activities for the entire family to enjoy. Guests can choose daily activities from the largest menu of wildness activities in North America, including horseback riding, river floats, mountain biking, sporting clays, fly-fishing, cattle drives and ATV adventures.Rates for Moonlight Camp start at $1,025 per night based on double occupancy and include three meals a day for two people. Last-minute stays are still available before the end of the summer season. Moonlight Camp is open seasonally until September 15.www.pawsup.comlast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineHermes, the timeless designer of elite fashion and accessories, is paying tribute to their early days in the form of a “Leather Forever” special exhibition.Some of the pieces of note include a winged saddle in red, orange and yellow calfskin, combined with red and yellow crocodile. The Kelly bags are displayed in an oversized, neon Kelly sculpture—an eye-catching work in itself. Another attraction is Zouzou, the 1978 white rhinoceros made up of four white ostrich skins that has drawn praise from history’s most imaginative thinkers, including the late artist Salvador Dali.Hermes is auctioning off four new handbags designed especially for the occasion, with the proceeds donated to the Royal Academy of the Arts. The auction will conclude once each bag is sold to the highest bidder at the end of the month.“Leather Forever” debuted on May 8th and will be close on May 27th.http://lesailes.hermes.com/gb/en/leather_foreverlast_img read more

Geneva Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgGeneva, Switzerland – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineGulfstream Aerospace Corp.’s ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range Gulfstream G650 made its first trans-Atlantic crossing on May 12 en route to the 12th European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva. The aircraft flew 3,780 nautical miles (7,000 km) squawk-free and nonstop in just 6 hours and 55 minutes.“Customers are going to appreciate the tremendous capabilities and flexibility of this aircraft,” said Scott Buethe, senior experimental test pilot, Gulfstream. “Flying to Geneva in that amount of time surely qualifies as a city-pair record, so we have submitted the flight to the National Aeronautic Association to officially claim it. This is the second record we’ve set with the G650, the world’s fastest civil aircraft. The first was a 1,900-nm (3,545 km) sprint from Los Angeles to Savannah that we accomplished in just 3 hours and 26 minutes. On both flights, the airplane flew beautifully.”Buethe flew the aircraft from Washington, D.C., to Geneva, Switzerland, with Ahmed Ragheb and Rick Gowthrop, senior production test pilots, Gulfstream. Additional participants in the flight included David Chalk, flight test engineer.“The aircraft’s first trans-Atlantic crossing represents a milestone in flight test and certification,” said Pres Henne, senior vice president, Programs, Engineering and Test, Gulfstream. “And its squawk-free performance demonstrates that the aircraft is meeting the substantial objectives we – and our customers – set for it.”Serial Number (S/N) 6020 departed Dulles International Airport at 6:56 a.m. local time on May 12, weighing 88,500 pounds, 11,100 pounds below the aircraft’s maximum takeoff weight, and climbed directly to 43,000 feet (13,106 m). The aircraft cruised at Mach 0.90 to Mach 0.92 throughout the flight, landing in Geneva 6 hours and 55 minutes after takeoff.At 43,000 feet cruise altitude, the pressurization system maintained the cabin altitude at a comfortable 3,700 feet (1,128 m).The G650’s Saturday arrival in Geneva follows that of the super mid-size G280, which traveled the same leg in 7 hours and 45 minutes at Mach 0.80.The G650 will spend two days in Geneva as part of Gulfstream’s static display for EBACE. It will be joined by the super midsize G280; the large-cabin, ultra-long-range G550; the large-cabin, long-range G450; and the wide-cabin, high-speed G150.“We’re thrilled to have this aircraft here with us in Europe,” said Scott Neal, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing, Gulfstream. “It’s an opportunity for operators and customers to see this all-new aircraft up close and side-by-side with the other aircraft in the Gulfstream fleet.”The G650, which is undergoing flight test and certification for entry-into-service later this year, will leave Geneva after the static display closes on Monday, May 14, to return to Savannah in support of flight test.The G650 received a provisional type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Nov. 18, 2011, and is in the process of completing final certification tests with the FAA to support entry-into-service later this year.www.gulfstream.comlast_img read more

Playa Bonita Republic Of Panamá – Reported by Eli

first_imgPlaya Bonita, Republic Of Panamá – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineStarwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. and developer Bern Hotels & Resorts have officially unveiled The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá, the first Westin to open its doors in the burgeoning destination. In addition to being ranked as the number one travel destination for 2012 by The New York Times, top travel outlets like Fodor’s and Travel + Leisure have also recognized Panamá as one of this year’s top emerging hotspots, noting the destination’s dynamic range of offerings, from rainforest adventures to cosmopolitan city escapes rife with cultural flavor and old-world charm.The gentrification of Panamá City’s renowned historic quarter, Casco Viejo, has contributed to the region’s panache; the once crumbling Unesco World Heritage Site has become a hotbed of art galleries, cafés and stylish boutiques. Just outside the city, experiential travelers can hike through the rainforest, visit indigenous villages, and snorkel waters off the golden shores of the Pacific Ocean.A luxury beach oasis, The Westin Playa Bonita Panamá breaks through traditional barriers of design to create an inviting juxtaposition of Panamá’s unspoiled landscape along with cosmopolitan appeal. Flanked by rainforest and a pristine stretch of Pacific shoreline just 20 minutes outside Panama City, the 100 million dollar Westin Playa Bonita is a secluded escape featuring 611 luxury rooms and suites, six fine dining restaurants, four bars and an ultra chic, open-air VIP Lounge on the 19th floor, which boasts panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, rainforest and Panamá Canal.Unprecedented in the Republic of Panamá, The Westin Playa Bonita also features 62,000 square feet of meeting and event space comprised of 22 multi-purpose spaces.“The unveiling of Panamá’s first Westin hotel is one of the most exciting developments the destination has seen in decades; one that is sure to redefine the country’s travel industry,” stated Herman Bern, President of Bern Hotels and Resorts. “The Westin Playa Bonita offers an exclusive luxury experience, which truly captures Panamá’s natural beauty and modern appeal. Featuring top-of-the-line accommodations and cutting edge amenities in the beautiful up-and-coming destination of Panamá, The Westin Playa Bonita will cater to a wide range of sophisticated international guests, whether they’re traveling for business or pleasure.”“We are delighted to launch our first Westin Resort in Panama, a destination that is seeing significant growth in both the tourism and business sectors,” said Osvaldo Librizzi, president of Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, Latin America. “The Westin Playa Bonita is a magnificent hotel and we are proud to have it join our portfolio of hotels in Panama. The hotel will feature Westin’s signature offerings and services which global travelers have come to expect and enjoy, and the opening of the Westin Playa Bonita will give travelers and Starwood Preferred Guests another perfect resort destination to discover and enjoy in the diverse country of Panama,” he added.www.westinplayabonita.comlast_img read more

Porto Cervo Sardinia – Reported by Elite Traveler

first_imgPorto Cervo, Sardinia – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe five-star Sheraton Cervo Hotel and the prestigious Pevero Golf Club in Costa Smeralda – Sardinia have designed an interesting initiative and special package to discover the beautiful island of Sardinia during the “Other Season”, from November until April.Autumn changes the soul of the Costa Smeralda that reveals a subdued side offering relaxing atmospheres, perfect for those who look for a regenerating stay whilst discovering this special Mediterranean destination and its unique excellences from a different point of view. Its beauty is even more authentic due to the pleasant silence that allows you to enjoy the essence of the Sardinian nature.The Pevero Golf Club and the Hotel Cervo have created a special golf package dedicated to all the green lovers who enjoy a challenge. From the 1st of November 2010 until 17th April 2011 golfers can play The Pevero Golf Club, one of the most impressive golf courses in the world and designed by the famous architect Robert Trent Jones Jr, whilst experiencing the luxury hospitality of the Hotel Cervo.Located in the heart of the Porto Cervo village, this charming hotel is open all year round and offers its guests unique gourmet weekends during which it is possible to experience fine cuisine prepared by some of the most appreciated Italian Michelin star chefs. Imagine the views of the winter sea and a cozy fire place all whilst enjoying an afternoon tea after a round of golf or tasting some of stunning local dishes the kitchen of the Hotel Cervo has to offer of course paired with a carefully selected glass of Sardinian wine.The golf package includes:• stay at the Hotel Cervo • breakfast and dinner at the hotel restaurant • green fee at the Pevero Golf Club • trolley, unlimited golf balls, cleaning and deposit for golf clubs • free access to the Cervo fitness gym as well as free access to the tennis courts at the Cervo Tennis Club.www.hotelcervocostasmeralda.comlast_img read more

Dallas Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler the Pr

first_imgDallas, Texas – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineRosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek has spent three decades as a trend-setter in the hotel industry, and it’s ushering in the new decade as a fore-runner in style and design. In its 30th birthday year, The Mansion debuts a dramatically redesigned property.The hotel’s 143 newly appointed rooms and suites and restyled lobby are unveiled this month and feature a stunning design concept, a collaborative effort of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts and Michael Booth, principal of the San Francisco-based interior design firm BAMO. When Caroline Rose Hunt turned the Sheppard King mansion into a world-class hotel 30 years ago, it was a leader in style and service. That same tradition continues today as the new design pays homage to the property’s storied, iconic history.“As the only Five Star, Five Diamond hotel in Texas, it’s important for Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to be the most timeless, refined property in the industry,” Managing Director Duncan Graham said. “Maintaining our tradition of awards and recognition is critical, and this stunning redesign sets the tone for the next three decades.”The sophisticated design begins with the lobby, as guests are greeted with custom, limed oak reception and concierge desks, providing a calming place for the eye to rest.Expanding on a concept centered on soft tones and cool colors, Booth was careful to keep the space refined, not too casual, and never trendy. The lobby furnishings and textiles are a careful juxtaposition of shapes, materials and color, and an elaborate layering of detail and styles reinforces the residential quality.The lobby is anchored by a pair of neutral-colored Michael Taylor sofas that boast refined curves. The look is punctuated by beautiful, lattice-backed occasional chairs by John Boone, and four elegant, art-modern club chairs with coral and white Fortuny fabric are the work of William Switzer. Also by Switzer, two exaggerated wing chairs in embossed yellow leather frame the original fireplace.Paying homage to The Mansion’s history, antique, stone-topped consoles original to the hotel were artfully restored and they take center stage in the new lobby design.The new color scheme is a soothing and warm palate that mixes buttery off-whites with light grays and sand colors, then adds The Mansion’s iconic peach color and coral, red, brown and black for furnishings and accents. Additional ranges of color are in the artwork, which purposefully contrast everything else in the spaces.Three decades ago, Mrs. Hunt was a leader in combining modern and traditional art displayed in a residential setting, and the same is true today. The Mansion’s art collection is an exclamation point to the interior design. Throughout the property – the restaurant, lobby and guestrooms and suites – stylish, colorful prints and original creations by Texas artists personalize each space.The lobby’s signature moment is in the hand-painted Chinese silk wallpaper by De Gournay. The pattern, custom painted to fit the lobby walls, is traditional, classic and compliments the platinum Brunschwig wallpaper in the Promenade. The seating areas are grounded by carpets in a modernized trellis pattern handmade in Thailand. They provide a contemporary counterpoint to the traditional wallpaper.The guest rooms are an extension of the lobby and dining spaces in both style and mood. Egyptian cotton sheets and residential furnishings in sumptuous fabrics set the standard in luxury. Calming, peaceful paint colors provide subtle continuity from the intimate, original home to the hotel rooms, and the look is pulled together with thoughtful accessories, art and attention to detail.It was important for the designers to carry The Mansion’s residential style throughout the property, and the look is achieved with detailed chairs and sofas, pretty lamps and furnishings one would find in the finest home. The spacious rooms are at once formal, without being fussy, and comfortable. A deliberate combination of fabric colors and textures and wood grains and finishes results in rooms that lead the industry in style and sophistication.“Those who have never been to The Mansion will feel like this is the legendary, iconic place they’ve always heard about, and those who’ve been coming for years will recognize it as the place they’ve always loved,” Booth said.The hotel redesign comes on the heels of the restoration of the historic Mansion Restaurant. In 2008, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek introduced the renovated Mansion Restaurant, which featured a mix of historic architectural details and modern art and lighting. In November 2009, Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon took the reins to lead the next generation of culinary excellence at The Mansion Restaurant.www.rosewoodhotels.comlast_img read more

On August first the elegant Kempinski Hotel Adriat

first_imgOn August first the elegant Kempinski Hotel Adriatic on the Istrian coast will open its doors to welcome business and leisure travelers alike. Kempinski will be the first international luxury hotel group to be present in this up-and-coming and still relatively undiscovered region of Croatia.Located on the north-western coast of Istria, the beautiful seaside resort offers spacious accommodation with 165 rooms and 21 suites with a warm, Mediterranean feel and atmosphere. Private balconies or terraces overlook either the sea on clear days guests can even see Venice – or the landscaped gardens and golf course. Modern amenities such as complimentary high speed internet access, wireless LAN, touch screen IP phones, Bang & Olufsen TVs and HiFi equipment are available in all rooms.The hotel has 19 splendid suites, as well as two luxurious presidential suites on the property’s top floor, both enjoying a magnificent view over the sea. The spacious presidential suites are genuine private residences with a dining area, living room, a small study and a private roof terrace with Jacuzzi.Three restaurants with international and regional specialties are a constant temptation; the A la carte Dijana offers outstanding Mediterranean specialties, the Kanova restaurant, with its own terrace overlooking the Adriatic Sea, serves authentic Istrian dishes and Slice lists grilled dishes, healthy snacks and salads on its menu. Four strategically placed bars ensure that there is always a watering hole close by.A state-of-the-art business centre, one ballroom and two board rooms, plus a separate conference centre for up to 300 delegates cater for all business travelers’ needs. The Kempinski Hotel Adriatic has its very own chapel on site, which is beautifully set within lush gardens; the perfect spot to get married.Leisure travelers cherish the private beach and the endless possibilities of water sports. The Kempinski Golf Adriatic, the first 18-hole championship golf course in Istria, will ensure a challenging play for golfers at all levels. The Greco-Roman style Carolea Spa offers a perfect escape opportunity from the strains of everyday life. Spread over 3,000 sqm with one indoor pool with Jacuzzi and two heated outdoor pools, it comprises 16 treatment rooms, floating tank, ice cabin, Kneipp bench, relaxing areas with water beds, steam bath and various saunas (tepidarium, laconium, caldarium). For a more active workout, a fully equipped gym with state-of-the-art Technogym machines, personal trainer, weights and four tennis courts. Kids are perfectly looked after at the Kids’ Villa, with its all day long entertainment and attractive program. The villa also offers an exciting outdoor playground and own kids’ pool.www.kempinski.comlast_img read more

FILE In this May 21 2016 file photo Pauley Per

first_img FILE – In this May 21, 2016 file photo, Pauley Perrette attends “An Evening with Women” held at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Perrette says CBS has always been good to her and has always had her back, days after she said she suffered “multiple physical assaults” before leaving “NCIS” after 15 seasons. Perrette tweeted Tuesday, May 15, 2018, after CBS said that Perrette had “a workplace concern” more than a year ago, and the company took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) After assault tweets, Pauley Perrette of ‘NCIS’ thanks CBS by The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2018 12:31 pm PDT Last Updated May 16, 2018 at 1:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Actress Pauley Perrette thanked CBS for its treatment of her, days after saying she suffered “multiple physical assaults” without describing them before leaving “NCIS” after 15 seasons.“I want to thank my studio and network CBS They have always been so good to me and always had my back,” Perrette tweeted late Tuesday just after CBS issued its own statement.“Over a year ago, Pauley came to us with a workplace concern,” CBS Television Studios said. We took the matter seriously and worked with her to find a resolution. We are committed to a safe work environment on all our shows.”Neither Perrette nor CBS have offered any specifics on what happened to her or who was responsible. A CBS spokesman declined further comment Wednesday, and Perrette’s publicist did not immediately respond to an email seeking more information.The network on May 8 aired the final “NCIS” episode for Perrette’s character, Abby, drawing more than 15 million viewers who made it the second highest rated show of the week.Then over the weekend she sent a series of long, vague tweets saying she had been assaulted but has “refused to go low” and publicly air what happened.“It’s horrifying. I left. Multiple Physical Assaults,” Perrette said in the first of four tweets sent Saturday and Sunday on the subject. “I REALLY get it now. Stay safe. Nothing is worth your safety. Tell someone.”She went on to say there was a “machine” keeping her silent and feeding false stories about her, and that tabloid articles were telling “total lies” about her, again without giving specifics.“Maybe I’m wrong for not ‘spilling the beans,’ Telling the story, THE TRUTH,” she tweeted. “I feel I have to protect my crew, jobs and so many people. But at what cost?”last_img read more

NEW YORK NY – In a story Sept 13 about the dea

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – In a story Sept. 13 about the death of Marin Mazzie, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Mazzie met her husband at a defunct theatre company called En Garde Arts. The company was dormant for many years but restarted in 2014.A corrected version of the story is below:Broadway and West End star Marin Mazzie diesA three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse performances on Broadway in “Ragtime,” ”Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died at age 57By MARK KENNEDYAP Entertainment WriterActress and soprano Marin Mazzie, a three-time Tony Award nominee known for powerhouse Broadway performances in “Ragtime,” ”Passion” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” has died following a three-year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 57.Mazzie died Thursday at her Manhattan home surrounded by close friends and family, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley. Her death was confirmed by her publicist, Kim Correro.Tributes came from all across Broadway, including Harvey Fierstein, who wrote, “Beautiful, brave and inspiring. A glorious voice and an even better human being” and Michael Urie, who called Mazzie “luminous.” Actor Daniel Dae Kim wrote: “The lights of Broadway all shine a little dimmer tonight.”Mazzie’s broad career went from screwball comedy — in “Kiss Me, Kate” and “Monty Python’s Spamalot” on Broadway and the West End — to riveting, dysfunctional moms in “Next to Normal” and “Carrie.” She earned other Broadway roles in “Man of La Mancha,” ”Bullets Over Broadway,” ”Enron” and “Into the Woods.”She found out about her cancer diagnosis on the opening day of a concert production of “Zorba!” in May 2015 and refused to pull out. In one song, she sang: “Life is what you do while you’re waiting to die.”Mazzie later underwent a hysterectomy, a bowel resection because the cancer had spread and weeks of chemotherapy. She returned to Broadway a year later, replacing Kelli O’Hara in “The King and I.”“It’s very emotional for me,” she told The Associated Press in 2016. “I’m so anxious and excited and thrilled to be able to bring, in essence, a new me back to the stage with what’s gone on in my life.”The New York Times said Mazzie brought “a touch of brass” to the role of English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens. It praised her for a “husky quietness, and you hear the fragile heart beating beneath the stalwartly corseted form.”Mazzie was born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, in a home often filled with show tunes and original cast recordings. She attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo to study theatre, and her first job was in a musical at a dinner theatre in her hometown.A key moment in her life happened when she was 8 years old and saw a touring company of “Carousel” starring John Raitt. In the second act, Rockford was plunged into a blackout and the actors needed flashlights to finish the show.After it ended, Raitt came out and sang for the audience until it was deemed safe for everyone to go home. He sang for 45 minutes. “I will never forget that moment,” Mazzie recounted in “Making It on Broadway,” a book of Broadway stories. “To me, that was the magic of theatre. Every night is different. Every audience is different. I just love the magic.”Mazzie made her New York stage debut in the 1983 revival of Frank Loesser’s musical, “Where’s Charley?” Her big break came playing Beth in “Merrily We Roll Along” at the La Jolla Playhouse in California in 1985, the first production outside New York. La Jolla artistic director Des McAnuff later put her into “Big River” on Broadway, marking her debut on the Great White Way.She would work three times on Broadway with Brian Stokes Mitchell — “Ragtime,” ”Kiss Me, Kate” and “Man of La Mancha.” (They would also work off-Broadway in a concert version of “Kismet.”) One of her proudest accomplishments was originating a Stephen Sondheim role — Clara in 1994’s “Passion.”When “Kiss Me, Kate” opened on Broadway in 1999, Variety said “her pure and versatile soprano is Mazzie’s most marvelous attribute. When the show went to London, the Variety reviewer there said Mazzie was “blessed with a mouth that looks as if it could devour the Victoria Palace whole.”Mazzie was also a frequently booked singer at concerts across the country, playing Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and with the Boston Pops, New York Pops and the New York Philharmonic. Her off-Broadway credits include “Carrie” and “White Rabbit Red Rabbit.” She released the live album “Marin Mazzie: Make Your Own Kind of Music” in 2015.She met her husband, Danieley, in 1996 at the theatre company En Garde Arts while working on “Trojan Women: A Love Story.” They frequently took their love affair onstage, put out an album of duets, “Opposite You,” in 2005 and appeared together in the autobiographical cabaret show “He Said/She Said.” Mazzie and Danieley also starred in Los Angeles productions of “Brigadoon” and a Pasadena production of “110 in the Shade.”On TV, Mazzie appeared in “Without a Trace,” ”Still Standing,” ”Nurse Jackie,” ”The Big C” and “Smash.” Her off-Broadway roles included a revival of the musical “Carrie,” in which The New York Times said she “brings out an unexpected emotional delicacy in her character’s numbers.”She also is survived by her mother, Donna Mazzie, and brother, Mark Mazzie.___Mark Kennedy is at http://twitter.com/KennedyTwits Correction: Obit-Marin Mazzie story FILE – In this April 10, 2014 file photo, actress Marin Mazzie attends the after party for the opening night of “Bullets Over Broadway” in New York. Mazzie, who battled ovarian cancer starting in 2015, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, at her Manhattan home, said her husband, actor Jason Danieley. She was 57. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File) center_img by The Associated Press Posted Sep 17, 2018 2:41 pm PDT Last Updated Sep 17, 2018 at 3:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

NEW YORK NY – Tamara Jenkins has had time to co

first_img NEW YORK, N.Y. – Tamara Jenkins has had time to consider why there have been such long stretches between her movies. Her latest, “Private Life ,” starring Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a New York couple struggling with infertility treatments, comes 11 years after her last one, the Oscar-nominated “The Savages.”For Jenkins’ fans, such prolonged absences (it was nine years following her 1998 debut, “The Slums of Beverly Hills”) are a disappointment. For others, it’s a prime example of how the movie industry doesn’t value its female filmmakers like its male ones. For Jenkins, it’s more complicated.“When you’re in it, you’re like: Is it me or is it them? What makes that problem, in terms of myself?” Jenkins wonders. “When I was at Sundance people kept asking me that question. I kept saying, ‘Yeah, I know. I’m a loser. How is it possible 11 years went by?’ And then I looked around and I realized Patty Jenkins (‘Wonder Woman’) hadn’t made a movie and Debra Granik (‘Leave No Trace’) hadn’t made a feature for years. So I’m not alone.”Still, Jenkins adds, there are other factors, too. She and her husband, Jim Taylor (Alexander Payne’s frequent writing partner), had a kid in that time period — the experience of which eventually led her to writing “Private Life.” And then she’s meticulous — “novel-y,” she says — in her writing process; she estimates it took two years to write “Private Life,” some of that time spent at the upstate New York artists’ colony Yadoo (which also figures into the film).“It’s also a desire to not necessarily make any old thing. There are a lot of things out there that might be makeable but aren’t good. There are a lot of really bad movies,” Jenkins said in a recent interview. “And I never have had an easy time trying to get these things made. Like ‘The Savages,’ which took place in a nursing home, nobody wants to make that movie. This is different but, still, it doesn’t sound sexy on paper.”“Private Life,” which premieres on Netflix and in select theatres Friday, is indeed more than its synopsis. Hahn and Giamatti play downtown New York creatives reaching middle age and going through one fertility trial after another. But in Jenkins’ hands, “Private Life” is a caustically funny, painfully intimate, medicalized examination of, as she says, “a marriage in the middle.” Though much of the plot follows a struggle to conceive, it’s ultimately centred on the couple; Giamatti compares it to “Waiting for Godot.”“People ask me what it’s about and I say it’s a movie about marriage,” says Jenkins. “It’s obviously on a very specific journey that they’re on. But there was something so existential about that problem for them. It’s so primal.”As an on-screen couple, Hahn and Giamatti are remarkably attuned to each other, especially considering they didn’t know each other before the film. Jenkins set up a meeting at Giamatti’s Brooklyn home for the two to meet and get acquainted.“I feel something about this movie that I don’t feel about many things I’ve been in. I really love it, and a lot of it is those two women I got to work with,” Giamatti said by phone during a break from shooting “Billions.”“I wish Tamara was able to be more prolific. I don’t know how much it is her wanting to take that much time with something. I don’t think so. I think she’d like to be more prolific,” Giamatti adds. “But she’s incredibly devoted to the very singular thing she wants to do.”Hahn says that Jenkins during shooting is as passionate about a scene being acted as she was when writing it.“Tamara, as a director, she’s a channeler. She’s definitely feeling whatever you’re feeling at the same amount of intensity. She can’t help it. She will feel alongside of you,” Hahn says. “We both understood (Hahn’s character) Rachel on a pretty deep level. We kind of mind-melded.”Both Hahn and Giamatti have won raves for their soulful, connected performances, though numerous critics have called Hahn’s disarmingly naked performance her best yet.“It’s not lost on me that I feel most seen as a performer and as an artist by women filmmakers. That is for damn sure,” says Hahn, who’s currently prepping an HBO series directed by Nicole Holofcener.Jenkins, 56, has regularly turned pieces from her life into her films. “The Slums of Beverly Hills,” about a transient, lower-middle class Jewish family in Beverly Hills, was inspired by her own 1970s youth. “The Savages,” which starred Laura Linney (she was Oscar nominated, as was Jenkins’ script) and Philip Seymour Hoffman, chronicled two siblings dealing with an elderly parent with dementia. It too was partly autobiographical.Jenkins initially dismissed her own trials having a kid as decent movie fodder (“I was like: No way! I’ll never do that! Gross!”) only to eventually see the dramatic possibilities of a very common experience.“There’s the sort of famous thing that people say: Why don’t you just adopt? — ‘just’ in italics, like adopting is such an easy thing to do, like you can just walk out and get one of those kids over there,” says Jenkins. “If you’re trying to have a kid and it’s not happening the old-fashioned, regular way, all of the routes of having a kid are really complicated, morally and emotionally and economically and socially. It’s all very complicated.”One complication Jenkins would rather not encounter: another long wait until her next film.“The older you get, if you keep waiting 11 years until your next movie, it’s going to get really complicated with the walker and the back problem,” she says, laughing. “So I would like to pick up the pace in my own middle age.”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAP by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Oct 4, 2018 12:38 pm PDT Last Updated Oct 4, 2018 at 2:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email 11 years later, Tamara Jenkins returns with ‘Private Life’last_img read more

Rami Malek explains how he dug deep to find Freddi

first_imgRami Malek explains how he dug deep to find Freddie Mercury by John Carucci, The Associated Press Posted Nov 1, 2018 10:11 am PDT Last Updated Nov 1, 2018 at 11:01 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Rami Malek says he identified with the immigrant side of Freddie Mercury while tackling the role of the legendary Queen frontman.The first-generation American spoke about his starring role at the New York premiere of “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Tuesday. The “Mr. Robot” star connected with Mercury’s outsider passion for success.“I set out to be an actor some, I don’t know, over a decade ago. I think something was possibly burning inside the both of us. We had aspirations to live our dream. And I’m getting a chance to do that right now in this very moment,” Malek said.While many aspects defined Mercury, including being one of the best vocalists to front a rock band, his flamboyant presence and a penchant for taking chances, Malek felt like he had to dig deeper to find the beating heart of the Tanzania-born Mercury, who arrived in London at 18.“In some way he became the Freddie Mercury superstar that overcame every obstacle imaginable to be the guy that we all know can command the stage, and hold us in the palm of his hand like no other,” Malek said. “My family is from Egypt. I’m a first-generation American. And somehow I thought there were strings that I could tether together with him.”Malek’s performance has more than impressed fans; it has impressed members of the band too. Current Queen lead singer Adam Lambert even feels the resemblance between the two is uncanny.“I love the heart that he brings to the role, the sensitivity. I love that the music of this band affects people in a way. And I know it firsthand, you know, being on tour with them for the past six years,” Lambert said.“You play one of these hit songs and just watching the audience light up and go through all their nostalgia and all of their memories that they’ve shared over this piece of music and they knew every word and they’re laughing and they’re crying and they’re dancing. That’s what you want, it really unites people. So I think the film is going to have that power as well,” Lambert said.And Malek has also captivated guitarist Brian May, who says the actor’s performance, “suspends disbelief.”“You believe he’s Freddie,” May said.Mike Myers, known for head-banging to “Bohemian Rhapsody” in his own film “Wayne’s World,” has an ironic cameo playing a record executive who tries to tell the band nobody will play the song on the radio.“I spent so hard fighting to get ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into ‘Wayne’s World’ that I thought there was unbelievable irony, and such a crazy honour,” Myers said.___Follow John Carucci at http://www.twitter.com/jacarucci___This story has been updated to correct the spelling of ‘Myers.’last_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Dec. 31-Jan. 6. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Wild Card: Seattle at Dallas, Fox, 29.38 million.2. “Golden Globe Awards,” NBC, 18.61 million.3. Rose Bowl: Washington vs. Ohio State, ESPN, 16.31 million.4. “Sugar Bowl Pregame,” ESPN, 15.02 million.5. Sugar Bowl: Texas vs. Georgia, ESPN, 14.07 million.6. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 12.8 million.7. “Wild Card Pregame,” Fox, 11.534 million.8. “Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Part 2” (Monday, 10 p.m.), ABC, 11.531 million.9. “Young Sheldon,” CBS, 10.95 million.10. “The Masked Singer,” Fox, 9.37 million.11. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 8.6 million.12. “Primetime New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, Part 1” (Monday, 8 p.m.), ABC, 7.97 million.13. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 7.59 million.14. “Hawaii Five-0,” CBS, 7.19 million.15. “God Friended Me,” CBS, 7.163 million.16. “The Big Bang Theory” (Thursday, 9 p.m.), CBS, 7.159 million.17. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.09 million.18. “The Big Bang Theory” (Wednesday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 6.87 million.19. “Titan Games,” NBC, 6.51 million.20. “MacGyver,” CBS, 6.42 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal.The Associated Press Nielsen’s top programs for Dec. 31-Jan. 6center_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 1:43 pm PDTlast_img read more

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first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Feb. 1, 2019, file photo, Offset of Migos performs onstage at the Capitol Records Super Bowl Party at the Masquerade, in Atlanta. Authorities say Offset is facing a felony charge of criminal damage to property after an incident with a fan at a suburban Atlanta retailer. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Sandy Springs Police confirm an arrest warrant was issued for the rapper, whose real name is Kiari Cephus. The report says the rapper’s accused of knocking a cellphone out of a fan’s hands as the fan recorded him recently at a Target store. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File) by The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2019 5:14 am PDT Migos’ Offset has charges in phone-slapping case dismissed SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. — Police in suburban Atlanta have dropped a felony charge against the rapper Offset, who was accused of knocking a cellphone out of a fan’s hands.Sandy Springs police Sgt. Sam Worsham told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday that “all parties involved were able to come to an agreement.” The property damage charge stemmed from an April incident at a Target, where 18-year-old Junior Gibbons said his $800 iPhone was destroyed after he tried to film the Migos member.Gibbons said he wanted the rapper born Kiari Cephus to replace the phone. Attorney Drew Fielding said Cephus client was being exploited.Cephus faces separate charges in a July 2018 traffic stop in Clayton County. Prosecutors there had asked a judge to revoke his bail following the Target incident, but that motion itself was revoked Wednesday.The Associated Presslast_img read more