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Curb Your Enthusiasm Returns...

LOS ANGELES - Larry David is back on UK screens with a new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm in October. Abigail Parkin

 

HBO’s legendary comedy will fulfil fans with new portrayals of our ‘social assassin’ anti-hero on Monday 2nd October.

For now, HBO brings Curbers a range of merchandise from the show to whet fan appetite

Feast your eyes…

 

 

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MTV Music Week Announced Pre-EMA in London

LONDON - MTV is to prime music fans with its MTV Music Week events ahead of the big MTV EMA show at London Wembley’s SSE Arena on 12th November.

 

MTV Music Week traditionally heralds the arrival of the EMA with a sprawling series of events. In London, Music Week will set the scene from Wednesday 8th November to Saturday 11th November. The four-day fest will feature music events and industry panels designed to get fans closer to their favourite artists and influencers alike.

The House Of MTV, set over three floors at Hackney House in Shoreditch, will host performances, exhibitions and innovative talks from industry insiders to nourish the musical mind while a menu of food and drinks provides daily additional nourishment.

MTV Breaks, in partnership with VOXI by Vodafone, will provide advice on how to break in to the music and media industries with four days of talks and workshops inside the House of MTV.

We'll be posting more news as it arrives.  

Tune into MTV Socials and www.mtvmusicweek.co.uk  over the next couple of weeks for more.

 

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Viacom's Italian Job

ROME - Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has today announced its expansion in Italian TV with the acquisition of a free-to-air digital terrestrial frequency.

 

Channel LCN 49 was acquired from Scripps Networks Interactive in order to launch a local version of its Spike TV network. VIMN has also confirmed it has entered into a joint venture with De Agostini Editore for the kids’ TV channel, Super!which is also available free-to-air on digital terrestrial TV in Italy. VIMN now has a 50% stake in the channel.

“Our pay TV partnerships remain the priority for Viacom, but free-to-air distribution is helping us grow ratings and revenues in TV markets where free-to-air networks are predominant,” said David Lynn, CEO of VIMN. “Free-to-air channel launches have helped us significantly expand our reach amongst Italian TV viewers and we’re ambitious for future share growth in this valuable and important TV market.”

Raffaele Annecchino, head of VIMN Southern & Western Europe, Africa and the Middle East, added: “I’m pleased to confirm this latest step in our ongoing strategy to scale-up our business in Italy, which has the highest number of free-to-air channels of any European TV market and is the third biggest in terms of advertising revenues. These new free-to-air channels, combined with our strong distribution relationship with Sky, give us a great balance between free-to-air and pay TV in this market and allow us to reach all demographics with distinct and competitive offers.” 

Launching at the end of October, Spike Italy will target adult viewers with a mix of Viacom’s global TV hits alongside international acquisitions and local productions.

Viacom already owns and operates two free-to-air digital terrestrial TV channels in Italy – Paramount Channel and VH1. Since launching Paramount Channel in February 2016, Viacom has grown its average monthly reach in Italy by more than 19 million and is now approaching close to 30 million viewers each month.

The company has also expanded its local advertising sales operation, VIMN Pubblicita' and Brand Solutions, signing deals to represent TV channels owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, De Agostini Editore and Sony, as well as its own portfolio of 11 channels including MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and Nick Jr., which are all distributed on Italy’s leading pay platform, Sky.

 

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Venice Film Festival Winners

VENICE - The Venice International Film Festival has presented its top award to a fantasy film romance between a mute cleaning lady and her amphibious lover. Lucy Kale

 

The Golden Lion award went to “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro (pictured). The film received virtually unanimous pro reviews from critics and all eyes are now on its British star, Sally Hawkins.

 

Javier Bardem, Fernando Leon de Aranoa and Penelope Cruz on the "Loving Pablo" red carpet 

Charlotte Rampling continued the British success theme, winning Best Actress for “Hannah” which tells the story of her husband detained on murky grounds. Best Actor went to Palestinian Kamel El Basha for “The Insult”.

Xavier Legrand won the Silver Lion for best direction of “Custody”. Veterans Jane Fonda and Robert Redford received lifetime achievement awards.

 

Jennifer Lawrence at the screening of her film "Mother"

New prospect Charlie Plummer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award, for the year’s most promising emerging actor. And old hand, Stephen Frears the director of “The Queen” was given the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award.

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Hard Rock Plans Davos Hotel

DAVOS - Hard Rock International is expanding its hotel portfolio to the Swiss Alps with plans to open Hard Rock Hotel Davos. Chris Page

December 2017 is the anticipated opening date which will see the transformation the 130-year-old building which houses the recently renovated Spenglers Hotel. Hard Rock Hotel Davos honours  Dr. Alexander Spengler and Willem Jan Holsboer both pioneers in medicine and rail engineering,  respectively.

The historic luxury boutique hotel will continue to celebrate its musical moorings thanks to a team of design experts tasked to evolve the venue to the local music scene and the region’s art, style and culture.
“As Hard Rock continues to grow globally, the brand targets expansion in influential cities and
resort destinations around the world, especially in Europe,” said Dale Hipsh, senior vice president of
hotels for Hard Rock International. “Famed for its pristine climate, cultural offerings and vibrant
entertainment scene, Davos is a distinguished destination that draws in tourists from all over.”

The Hard Rock Hotel Davos is situated in the heart of the town, providing easy access to
popular attractions, close to the train station and nearby boutiques and dining options. The hotel
is also walking distance from ski lifts and museums, as well as the city’s convention centre.

 “We are very pleased to welcome the Hard Rock Hotel team in Davos,” said Alessandro Lardi,
president of the board of collaborator International Hospitality Service AG. “The high calibre of the Hard Rock International brand ensures that both Spenglers Hotel and Holsboer Residences – soon to run under the Hard Rock brand – will benefit from the professional expertise and unique music solutions that Hard Rock International offers, combined with style and the region’s culture.”

Andrey Yakunin, co-founder of VIYM, financial and hospitality consult on the deal,
added, “As a hospitality investor with a long-standing track record, I believe Davos provides unique
opportunities for both hoteliers and tourists, as it has a lot to offer to its business and leisure guests in any given season. Therefore, on behalf of our investors in this hospitality asset, I trust this franchise will allow both IHS and Hard Rock International to build a successful and profitable resort, attractive to new guests, including those already loyal to the Hard Rock brand.”

Hard Rock Hotel Davos will feature 111 lavishly redesigned rooms, including 31 serviced one to three bedroom apartments. In addition to three conference rooms for dynamic meeting space, an on-site, historic chapel will also be available for booking, containing a modern sound system, natural acoustics, fully functioning organ and adaptable lighting, ideal for banquets, weddings, private concerts and events.

The restaurant will provide a high-end lobby bar and sophisticated private bar, perfect for private dining and tastings. The hotel will also feature an exclusive rooftop bar for panoramic
360-degree views of the mountains and city.

Guests can enjoy signature brand offerings including The Sound of Your Stay® music amenity program with complimentary vinyl players and records or rock out on a Fender guitar during an in-room jam session, complete with an amp and head phones. Additionally, the property will boast a wellness centre, including a Body Rock® workout facility and a Rock Spa®, complete with the music-infused Rhythm & Motion spa menu, five treatment rooms and a yoga studio.

See: www.hardrockhotels.com.

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New Release Discards Old Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift has released new single “Look What You Made Me Do” today on iTunes and all streaming outlets. Lucy Kale

The single is the debut from the singer’s long-awaited and much anticipated studio album, Reputation (Big Machine Records).

  “Look What You Made Me Do” is something of a Taylor obituary and rebirth. It ends with the lyric “I’m sorry, but the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, ’cause she’s dead.”

The fresh start philosophy comes as Taylor Swift deleted her social media presence last week. Get acquainted with her new outlook here:

 

Reputation is available for pre-order now and out on 10th November, see: 

Look What You Made Me Do,”

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Design Awards Nominees

The Design Museum in London has announced its world awards shortlist of outstanding design. Lucy Kale looks at the nominees.

The 10th anniversary of the awards sees a fluid and provocative mix of design that spans the worlds of political unrest and fashion brands alike. Opening 18 October, this year’s nominees include a hijab designed by Nike and a clothing line by Kanye West for his Life of Pablo tour, both included in the Fashion category.

Supported by specialist insurer Beazley, the exhibition and awards event comprises 62 nominations across six categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Graphics, Product and Transport. Selected by a panel of distinguished international designers, curators and creatives, the awards showcase the most original and exciting products, concepts and designers in the world today. Previous winners have included the 2012 Olympic Torch, the Heydar Aliyev Centre by Zaha Hadid and Human Organs-on-Chips, a micro-device lined with living human cells to mimic the complex tissue structures of the human body.

 

 

Zaha Hadid Architects nominated for Antwerp Port House

This time, the Digital category features Pokémon Go, the augmented reality mobile game, which was a global sensation in July 2016. The recently knighted Sir David Adjaye has been nominated in the Architecture category for his National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. DixonBaxi’s TV graphics design for the English Premier League, with an estimated viewer reach of 4.7 billion people worldwide, has also claimed a Digital nomination.
  
Strong trends for activism and protest see a nomination for Pussyhat, made and worn in protest of President Donald Trump’s sexist remarks. Wolfgang Tillmans’ Remain Campaign for the Brexit referendum also features as does  IC4Design’s Finding Her ad which highlights low levels of gender equality in Egyptian professions.

Elsewhere, nominations include the world’s first 3D printed self-driving bus, the Olympic refugee flag and Me & EU by Nathan and Sam Smith, a collection of postcards written and designed by UK-based creatives to be sent across to, and stay connected with, Europe. Better Shelter, a flat-packed refugee shelter created with IKEA, was named the Beazley Design of the Year in 2016 and this year has seen further designs that attempt to raise awareness and improve the lives of those impacted by global displacement. The Refugee Nation Flag for the Olympics designed for the first ever Olympic refugee team follows the theme.

The Architecture category features some of the most established practices in the world today including Zaha Hadid Architects for their Antwerp Port House, Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré for his Lycée Schorge Secondary School and OMA’s Il Fondaco Tedeschi development in Venice, Italy.
 
Graphic nominees include the new branding for Wales Nation Brand and the Protest Banner Lending Library, a space where people can gain skills to make their own banners.
 
The Product category includes the world’s first translating earpieceRemolten – a furniture line made from molten lava – and ink made from air pollution.
  
A winner will be selected in each category and one overall winner will be announced on 25 January 2018.

 
Beazley Designs of the Year will be on display from 18 October 2017 to 28 January 2018.
 

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More Bond Bang for Your Buck

Daniel Craig doesn’t make announcements by halves. The confirmation that he will be back as Bond follows hot on the heels of new release Logan Lucky from production company Studiocanal. 

Craig’s 007 revelation bodes well for Logan Lucky which is directed by Steven Soderbergh (Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, Traffic) and stars Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katherine Waterston, Sebastian Stan, and Brian Gleeson.

The jaunty plot features Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) who’s from a blue-collar family from the hills of West Virginia which has been plagued with bad luck for nearly 90 years. After being fired from his job, and with his ex-wife (Katie Holmes) threatening to move out with their daughter, Jimmy decides he has to reclaim his family life back on track. Help comes from his brother Clyde Logan (Adam Driver) and his sister Mellie (Riley Keough).

There’s no typecasting here for Daniel Craig who plays an incarcerated explosive expert named Joe Bang who helps out with an audacious plan to steal $14 million from the Charlotte Motor Speedway on the busiest race day of the year.

LOGAN LUCKY opens nationwide across the UK on 25th August 2017.

Watch the TV spot here... 

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Welcome to Arena Birmingham

The Barclaycard Arena heralds in September with the name  ‘Arena Birmingham’ in a move to reflect the venue's location.

The Nooran Sisters (9 Sept), John Legend (20 Sept) and The Australian Pink Floyd Show (30 Sept) are scheduled to be among the first acts  to perform under the new brand name.

Barclaycard announced in 2016 that as part of a review of their sponsorship strategy across both Barclaycard and the broader Barclays Group, it planned to move away from long-term naming rights with the venue.

Managing director for the NEC Group Arenas, Phil Mead said: “Much of what we have achieved is down to the support of Barclaycard who have been an excellent partner since 2012, but we are now entering another exciting era with Arena Birmingham, as it’s transformed into a destination in its own right within the city.  The construction of the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Birmingham is already underway, we are a principle venue of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 bid, and will be hosting a roster of great events throughout the rest of 2017/18.”  

The Arena has become one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting and entertainment venues in Europe, staging everything from sports events to concerts, entertainment spectaculars, business conferences and exhibitions, benefiting from its position at the heart of the UK.  Alongside its sister venue, Genting Arena, the NEC Group Arenas provide the ultimate arena customer experience, attracting over 1.5 million visitors annually.

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August 4, 2017 Posted by admin in Events

Festival Drugs Amnesty

Safety rather than legal condemnation is the focus of a scheme which allows festival revellers to have their drugs tested to ensure that they don’t contain dangerous additives. Lucy Reid

The call to increase such testing comes from the unlikely quarter of the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) which says that the service “will help minimise the risk of serious health harm as a result of recreational drug use.”

The move follows fatalities at several UK festivals with RSPH reporting that ecstasy deaths in England and Wales are up almost six-fold from 10 in 2010 to 57 in 2015. The drug safety testing was piloted in the UK at the Secret Garden Party and Kendal Calling festivals last summer, with the support of event organisers, local police and public health authorities. RSPH said that around one in five users decided to ditch their drugs when the true constituents were revealed by on-site testing. Event organisers have also backed reports of drugs being laced with insecticides and other foreign bodies.

The result is that drug users have been offered an amnesty from legal retribution if they present their drugs to The Loop, the on-site service provider that administers lab testing of drugs under the banner, MAST: Multi Agency Safety Testing. Headed by ‘drug scientist’ Professor Fiona Measham MAST claims the full support of the police.

She said:“The Loop has been conducting forensic testing at events for a number of years, but before now, we’ve only tested drugs seized by police, dropped in amnesty bins or provided by paramedics as a result of a medical incident. In the past we have been able to use that testing information to inform on site services and for generalised safety alerts. Here at the Secret Garden Party we took a big step forward because for the first time we’ve been able to offer the testing service to individual users as part of a tailored advice and information package provided by a team of experienced drugs workers.”

The eminent sense of the initiative was applauded by Secret Garden Party’s ‘Head Gardener’ Freddie Fellowes who added: "I am thrilled that we are able to pioneer this service; harm reduction and welfare is a vital part of hosting any event and it's an area that for too long has seen little development or advancement."

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