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Nobu’s Autumn Opening

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BARCELONA Iconic Nobu Hotels is set to open in Barcelona this September in a bid to attract leisure and business travellers with an eye for quality. James Church  

Nobu Hotel Barcelona offers panoramic views over the city in the charming neighbourhood of Eixample. Located near Plaza de España, a walk away from high-speed rail links and the Fira de Barcelona conference centre, guests also have easy access to the Montjuic Olympic area, the cruise ship terminal and Barcelona – El Prat International airport.

In short, the designer hotel offers a luxurious base from which to discover the Catalan capital. It has 259 rooms, tailored meeting and event spaces.

Naturally the world-class Nobu Restaurant is here along with Kozara – a Japanese inspired tapas bar that looks out over the city and the sea.

Indulgences include an Omakase tasting menu with a bottle of wine, complimentary with a two-night stay in a Sake, Umi or Nobu Suite. To complete the experience, breakfast for two is also complimentary.

Rates starting from 250€ per night, including breakfast for two.

Dita set for Manchester

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MANCHESTER Dita Von Teese is set to fly in from LA for the grand launch of Whiskey Down, Manchester’s new late-night cabaret venue on Saturday 27th July. Sat Bal

Whiskey Down is pushing the plane out to allow the burlesque star to unfurl at  Manchester’s new luxurious night-time venue in what the organisers claim will be “Dita’s most intimate show in years.”

“Dita (is) by definition the world’s biggest name in burlesque, her shows are legendary experiences and always visual, fashionable & super glamorous,” said Whiskey Down MD Aaron Mellor. “We are really pleased she is able to join us for our Manchester opening.”

Limited edition tickets (100) will be available to purchase online from today. Private tables and luxury booths are also available to hire. As well as an intimate performance, guests will be treated to a signing and photo opp with Dita herself. 

The “super luxe playground” of Whiskey Down launched in Manchester on the 20th July and is split across two floors, with the first floor housing an adult cabaret stage and opulent leather booths, dark woods, floor to ceiling bookcases and a world class selection of whiskey and gins. A naughtier basement floor is fitted with themed rooms for party bookings and private dances.

Taking influence from venues such as The Box in London and New York, Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge in Paris, the space is aimed at both men and women seeking a night of intrigue, secrecy and sexuality as an art form. 

Buy tickets on Skiddle here

To book private tables and luxury booths email Sarah@whiskeydown.co.uk 

M: 07930 668874

Lion King Royal Premiere

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LONDON Real royals converged with star royalty at 'The Lion King' premiere in London last night. The yellow carpet at the Leicester Square premiere paved the way for Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, and Prince Harry. Abigail Parkin

The international star attendance was led by Beyonce, who voices Nala in the film, and her husband, Jay Z. Parenting advice was apparent as the US couple warmly congratulated the British royals on their first child.

Beyonce stepped out in a gold custom Cong Trigown with a high-leg slit. Royal refinement saw Meghan Markle (above) attend in a more demure black, full-skirt dress by Jason Wu with Aquazzura slingback pumps with crystal detailing and clutch bag. 

Keegan-Michael Key, Florence Kasumba, Seth Rogen, Elton John, Lebo M, BeyoncŽ Knowles-Carter,
Pharrell Williams, Sir Tim Rice, Billy Eichner, Jon Favreau and Hans Zimmer attend

The star quota included Pharrell Williams, Elton John and Jon Favreau, the director of the new Disney film.

The film screening took us to the African savannah where a future king is born. Simba idolises his father, King Mufasa, well aware of his own royal destiny. But Scar, Mufasa’s brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. Thus commences the battle for Pride Rock ultimately resulting in Simba’s exile. With a pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his.

Beyonce and Elton John in a clinch at the European premiere

“It’s such a beloved property,” said director Favreau (‘The Jungle Book,’ Marvel Studios’ ‘Iron Man’). “Disney has had tremendous success with the original animated version and then the Broadway musical. I knew that I had to be very careful with it. I felt a tremendous responsibility not to screw it up. I wanted to demonstrate that we could be respectful of the source material while bringing it to life using mind-blowing techniques and technologies.”

Pharrell Williams goes shorts-chic in Leicester Square's sun

The technology far outpaced the original film with a blend of live-action filmmaking techniques and photoreal computer-generated imagery. Environments were designed within a game engine; state-of-the-art virtual-reality tools allowed Favreau to walk around in the virtual set, scouting and setting up shots as if he were standing in Africa alongside Simba.

Beyonce and Jay-Z on the yellow carpet
Pharrell Williams consorts with David Furnish and Elton John

According to the director, the performances breathe life and humanity into the story. “The casting allows for interpretation while maintaining the spirit and personality of the classic characters,” he says. The all-star lineup includes stars from film, TV, theater and music, bringing back to the big screen iconic characters that audiences have long treasured—but in a whole new way.

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.

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