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Stage One in the dock

Scenic solutions specialist Stage One went dockside for the recent naming ceremony of the superliner, Azura, the latest addition to the P&O fleet. Abigail Parkin (20 May 10)

 

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Claridge’s teams up with DvF

Diane von Furstenberg is no stranger to dynastic marriages and this June sees the fruits of her liaison with Claridge’s in Mayfair. Sat Bal (15 May 10)

 

 

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Somerset House cooks up Tom's Kitchen

Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens stars in his own right at Somerset House’s River Terrace Café which has now been transformed into Tom’s Terrace following Aikens’ partnership deal with contractor Compass Group. There’s also change at the existing Admiralty Restaurant now known as “Tom’s Kitchen at Somerset House”. Abigail Parkin (14 May ’10)

 

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NetJets in Foster care

As the 62nd Cannes Film Festival takes off this week so do the aircraft which will disgorge innumerable celebs, producers and party organisers at Nice Airport and the private jet stronghold of Cannes-Mandelieu Airport. Taxiiing into these ports will be private planes from the NetJets Europe fleet, a company which is on a creative high thanks to the recent design input of renowned architect Lord Norman Foster. Sat Bal (5 Dec '09)

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Terminator 3 Party - Cannes Film Festival

 

“I’ll be back,” he promised film fans across the globe in Terminator 2 and Arnold Schwarzenegger kept his word. Sat Bal joined Arnold and co-stars in Cannes at host Pierre Cardin’s futuristic villa.

The party reportedly cost £2 million and was organised MTV Networks Europe and Columbia TriStar pictures. MTV knows a thing or two about staging glitzy events as we’ve seen from its flagship MTV Awards and fashion designer Pierre Cardin’s Palais Bulles (Bubble Palace) was an inspired choice. We’ve never seen a home/venue like it – warrens of spacey rooms and swimming pools with waterfalls reminiscent of the sci-fi setting of the film Barbarella.

A-Listers at the party included Jerry Hall and Samuel L Jackson (who kindly lent us his car!). So tight was the security that even our media posse had to be escorted in by security to avoid people being mugged for their laminates and passes. Adrien Brody, star of The Pianist found that even stardom didn’t hold much sway with the burly security teams, though he made it into the party. Narrowly.

 

“It’s great to be here at this party,” Schwarzenegger told us at the event. “Since Terminator 2 this industry has grown so much. Just look around you. More camera crews and press than ever before and the public is here in such great numbers. And the film hasn’t even been released yet!”

Indeed, much has moved on in the 12 years since T2 crashed onto the big screen and T3 has resolved to capture the zeitgeist too. “There have been huge advances in visual effects which have become so sophisticated now,” continued the actor, who was reportedly paid $30 million for his T3 role. “The big difference between the two films is that we have used digital effects to create a very different type of film this time around.”

 

Revellers at the Bubble Palace

MTV Networks Europe pan-European events director Macky Drese told us: "Columbia Tristar briefed us on T3's content and commissioned a party themed around the film. We then employed various lighting and projection techniques to create an urban landscape to reflect the film. We also used animatronics plus a couple of Arnies in various states of destruction, all created by Oscar winner Stan Winston."

MTV enlisted Adrian Smith from The Design Stage as creative director for the event. He collaborated with UK events agency GSP.

Party guests schmoozed their way through 4,000 bottles of Mumm champagne and as many bottles of spirits, oblivious to the rigours of making T3. “It was very tiring to make this movie,” said Schwarzenegger. “Stunt scenes had to be done over and over again. I hurt my back and hip and had to have surgery on my shoulder. But I’m in great shape now and am looking forward to many more good years in movies.”

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is released worldwide July 2003