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Hollywood In London

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LONDON A new collection of portraiture from two seasoned hands, Terry O'Neill CBE and Bran Symondson, is to be presented by at the end of September. Sat Bal

The new collection is called 'Hollywood Re-loaded' and will be unveiled at Annabel’s, London, on Monday 30 September 2019. The name of the collection makes more sense on learning that it features reinvented Terry O'Neill's portraits of Hollywood icons - posing with guns.

Michael Caine, Brigitte Bardot and Roger Moore are all armed and bulleted fired by ex-Special Forces turned artist and reportage photographer, Bran Symondson, using the same gun as in each portrait.

Terry O’Neill said: “What Bran has done with my photographs is astounding.  He’s taken such time and consideration when creating his art – he really has transformed my photographs into something entirely his own.   It’s been a thrill for me to work with a young artist such as Bran, to listen to his thoughts and process.  And I can’t be more pleased with the results.”

Bran Symondson commented of his new space at the intersection of photographer and soldier that both,  “…are looking intensely for the moment.”

HOFA runs four international art galleries in London’s Pall Mall and Mayfair, Nammos Village in Mykonos and in LA’s West Hollywood. The exhibition will aptly make its début at Annabel’s, hangout of the stars and London’s VIPs, on the 30th of September. It will then move to the HOFA Gallery on Maddox Street on 1 October where it be on display throughout Frieze week till the 14 October, 2019.

Watch Bran's video here:

Avengers: Endgame set to top 2019

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LOS ANGELES Hollywood was abuzz with premiere excitement as Avengers: Endgame made its debut on Monday night with a stellar cast attendance. Data experts Applaudience have forecast the film to become the highest grossing of 2019 in the UK.


The Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed stars including Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr. , Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus (below) hit the red carpet too along with Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, who declared coupledom on the carpet.

In the UK, Good Friday weekend’s record temperatures didn’t do cinemas any favours: not a single film making over the £1m mark reports Applaudience. But as of this week 3.25% of the entire UK is said to have already purchased advance tickets with a mighty 1,177,613 tickets bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates.

Black Widow Scarlett Johansson at the LA premiere in metallic Versace

Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advance ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates.

Applaudience has confirmed that the film will top its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War's hefty £329m Box Office opening weekend in 2018.

Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional Statistics

Applaudience’s metrics using data mining software and sales analysis from the top 10 cinemas chains.

It reports that cinemas in the east of England have sold out of the greatest amount of in the UK, with 34.3% of the total, pre-booked.

This is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). Yet more rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total tickets available sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Planning to catch the film this weekend? Book ahead: 904 screenings up to 95% capacity and 2025 screenings across the UK are already listed as sold out.

Literary Agents - The Power Behind the Passion

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LONDON Few professions combine the tetra of talent that forms a successful literary agent. Sharp negotiation skills, a working knowledge of intellectual property, the juggling of New York/LA time zones - all wrapped up in a singular creative passion. And for around a 15% return on 100% commitment to their authors.

Here, we make visible three members of the invisible estate...  


Camilla Bolton

Senior Agent 

Darley Anderson Agency

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I have been here for 11 years and started as an office assistant and reader before Darley gave me the incredible opportunity to become an agent after three months at the agency. I specialise in fiction focusing mainly on crime, thrillers and suspense, although I do also take on a few women’s fiction and non-fiction projects if I fall in love with them.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

The key for our agency is that we sign authors with the belief that we will represent them for their whole careers. As an agent you have to obsessively love a manuscript, but it is also hugely important that we believe we can work with an author over hopefully many years and be the very best advocate for their work.

A big part of my job is working very closely with authors editorially and nurturing them from the outset so they are equipped and ready to work with editors. Once we have deals in place – we purposefully keep hold of the world rights so we can submit directly worldwide - we then support authors, manage and strategise their careers, maintain positive relationships with publishers and negotiate the very best terms and advances for contracts. Overall, day to day, our approach is definitely one of supporting and protecting our authors now, whilst being very aware of the market and strategising how their future careers will flourish.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019

The book market is continuously changing and this year has been harder for paperbacks to secure shelf space, but then hardbacks are definitely holding their worth. The ebook market fascinates me as readers tend to be far more genre loyal as opposed to the author loyalty you find with printed books. So we need to work with authors and publishers to find new ways to ensure an author’s presence is sustained.

Every year there are challenges but the key for us is ensuring our represented authors have all the support they need, whilst as an agency we are also very focused on discovering new talent and future bestsellers. When you have an amazing manuscript with characters and plot that blow you away then it shouldn’t matter if it’s being called a challenging year; as an agent you need to have unwavering belief and determination that there is always a way to ensure the manuscript will become a novel that readers will love. So our outlook is extremely positive and we’ve got some amazing books being published in 2019.

What were your highlights for 2018?

We’ve had a phenomenal year with Lee Child dominating the world and at the agency we’ve had five books at No 1 in the UK and four at No 1 in the US. Overall in just the UK and US, fourteen of our authors have been chart bestsellers, including ten books on the Sunday Times bestseller list and eight on the New York Times bestseller list. Two of my authors reached the remarkable milestone of having sold over a million copies so this has also been incredibly exciting. Another huge work highlight for me personally was having both B A Paris’ Bring Me Back and Catherine Steadman’s Something In The Water on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time. I’ve also sold four debuts with a fifth looking like it’s about to go under offer, so it’s been a thriving year for new talent.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

There is an amazing independent bookshop in central London called Goldsboro Books that specialises in beautiful collectible hardbacks so I always tell people to visit here for stocking-filler gifts. For particular titles, Past Tense by Lee Child is phenomenal (and competing to be my favourite Reacher book so far) and You Were Gone by Tim Weaver is a genius mix of an amazing hook, incredible protagonist and beautiful storytelling. If you’re looking for really fresh voice driven titles then the debut You Don’t Know Me by criminal lawyer Imran Mahmood has received huge acclaim, and G X Todd’s Defender and her Voices series has been compared to King’s The Stand so she is definitely an author to watch.

Angharad Kowal Stannus

Founder 

Kowal Stannus Agency 

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I spent the first 10 years of my career on the publishing side in NY at Simon & Schuster as director of rights, specialising in the international markets. In 2008 I switched to the agenting side and moved to London where I opened the UK office of literary agency Writers House. In 2017 I had the pleasure of going out on my own and opened the Kowal Stannus Agency.

Big picture publishing has always held a fascination for me, whether it’s through business with publishers in countries all over the world, or being able to offer my clients the knowledge that comes with having been on both sides of publishing and agenting spectrum. A background in rights –
selling translation, film and television, merchandise, or what have you – also trained me to think about books as a gateway to many different things. During my career I’ve been privileged to represent an incredibly diverse list of authors and illustrators such as: Stephen Hawking, Nora Roberts, Neil Gaiman, Michael Lewis, Rachel Renee Russell, Karen Rose, Christopher Paolini, and Natalia and Lauren O’Hara, to name just a few. So much so that I’ve purposely chosen not to specialize in any one genre; KSA represents fiction and nonfiction for adults and children.

Having a wide view of all publishing markets makes me more valuable in this world of intellectual property, and certainly makes my job more fun.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

In this world of ever-tightening budgets, editors have less and less time to edit, and therefore won’t acquire something that needs more than a fair amount of editorial work. As an ex-publisher, I know just how busy they are. A manuscript has to be loved not just by the editor, but by the many other gatekeepers working with that editor. That’s where your agent comes in. I provide editorial comments and support, and usually my advice is less about the creative and more about the commercial, or helping clients to think about the bigger picture. It’s also about supporting my clients across publicity, marketing, branding, the development of their website, etc. But the most important thing is a good relationship and respect.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019?

It’s no surprise that the entertainment market is incredibly competitive. The most important thing is to get the client’s work in the right hands, and provide the tools to know where in the market to place it. My outlook for 2019 is incredibly positive – I can’t wait to see some client’s new or debut
titles published, and to continue to add new voices and artists to my list. I’d love to add some more commercial fiction, and I’m still looking for the perfect love story.

What were your highlights for 2018?

Growing my client’s individual careers is always the highlight of the year. I’m also thrilled to have signed some fantastic new voices and stunning Illustrators, which you’ll be hearing about next year.
And I’m particularly pleased that Lauren O’Hara was chosen to illustrate Sophie Dahl’s first book for children, Madame Badobedah,due to publish next autumn, so look for it then.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

For a great gift for your daughter, as a family activity, or for someone who needs a little lift, I recommend Write A Letter by kindred spirit Jodi Ann Bickley. For pure escapism and to shake off end of year malaise, book 1 in Angus Watson’s new series, You Die When You Die. Or for the youngest ones, the gorgeous picture book, The Bandit Queen, by sisters Natalia and Lauren O’Hara.

Donald Winchester

Literary Agent 

Watson, Little 

Your career trajectory and current specialism?

I’ve been a literary agent at Watson, Little for five years, after a half-decade at AP Watt, and before that in editorial at Penguin. At Watson, Little (which incidentally is nearing its 50th anniversary), I look after a broad range of fiction and non-fiction. In fiction I tend to look for high quality writing in many areas – I am most readily seduced by a story that combines smart and compassionate writing with a playful approach to structure. Some of my favourite contemporary novelists include Sarah Hall, Edward St Aubyn, and Zadie Smith.

Approach to nurturing talent - debut and established authors...

Every author is different, and has different needs. My view is that an agent is there to serve their authors, to give them what support, feedback, and encouragement they need – while also negotiating the best deal for them on all fronts. This means a curated approach for each writer. I do a lot of editorial work with my authors – ensuring their work is in the best possible shape before an editor sees it.

Challenges currently facing the agency market and your company - and your outlook for 2019?

The general constraints of the market, where readers have an increasing array of entertainment options to choose from, remains an issue to those (like me) who love books above all! On the industry side, publishers’ eagerness to acquire non-traditional rights (often to the detriment of authors) will continue to be a challenge.

What were your highlights for 2018?

Cyprian Ekwensi’s brilliant Jagua Nana, the story of a bold and resourceful woman in revolutionary Nigeria, was published by Penguin Modern Classics this year. It is a real gem, by an unjustly neglected and prolific writer, but is also personally pleasing as its been brought back into print after several years.

And your tips on the stocking-filler titles for Christmas?

The familiar (Sally Rooney, Ladybird remakes, Michelle Obama’s autobiography) will be there but I’m also hoping people will make time for Pat Barker’sThe Silence of the Girls, Timothy Morton’s Being Ecological, and Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing.

Bumbu Rum Airs With Lil Wayne

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NEW YORK Bumbu Rum Co. is set to air a new interview series, "The Bumbu Room," in which celebs and their fans engage in a candidly Q&A. Rapper Lil Wayne takes the mic first in the series which premiered today on Billboard.  Lucy Reid   lucy@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

Bumbu Rum is owned by Sovereign Brands, a family-run, global wine & spirits company headquartered in New York and led by CEO Brett Berish. Bumbu is a craft rum brand from Barbados,  ranking high in the world order of critically acclaimed rums.

Following Lil Wayne’s debut, future pisodes of "The Bumbu Room" will star DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Dave East, and others. Prior to filming, each artist will announce their “Bumbu Room” participation on social media so that fans have the opportunity to submit their best questions.

In Episode 1, Lil Wayne weighs in on keeping multiple girlfriends, plastic surgery, Rihanna vs. Nicki Minaj, and Jordan vs. Kobe.

Click HERE to watch...

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