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Cannes Premiere- Solo: A Star Wars Story

CANNES: Solo: A Star Wars Story is the first film in the series to screen at the Cannes Film Festival since Revenge of the Sith over a decade ago. Chris Page

Disney ensured that it all went with a bang thanks to a sustained fireworks display that illuminated Cannes’ watery horizon. 

Stormtroopers were notably exempt from the strict Cannes premiere dress code but notably present on the steps of the Grand Theatre Lumiere awaiting director Ron Howard and the cast who arrived for Tuesday’s screening.

The Stormtrooper presence reasserted itself later when festival director Thierry Fremaux took to the stage and introduced the film to the audience. The end of the film was met with audience applause that was deemed ‘polite’ but there was a standing ovation for Ron Howard and star Alden Ehrenreich. The general feeling among film insiders was that the encomium was far more enthusiastic at the film’s Los Angeles premiere last week. Probably just as well that Solo’s status is “out of competition” in Cannes, thereby excluding it from any awards.

 

 Jennifer Connelly and Stormtroopers in coordinated wardrobe for the party at the Carlton Beach 

 

Solo wasn’t blessed with the smoothest of starts as Ron Howard acknowledged at kast week’s press call in LA. "I did come into [it] late," he said "It was a lot of work that [original directors] Phil [Lord] and Chris [Miller] had done. And unfortunately, with creative differences, there was this circumstance where they were not going to carry on.

In Cannes though it was business as usual with Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy and her Walt Disney film counterpart Alan Horn in town for the occasion along with cast members including Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Thandie Newton.

 

 

The film, released next week in the UK, portrays the infancy of space pirate Han Solo who later teams up with famed giant ape Chewbacca. It depicts Solo’s noble rise to handler of the Millennium Falcon, the craft originally piloted by Harrison Ford’s character.

After the screening, it was off up the Croisette to the Carlton Beach that had been transformed into an afterparty film set replete with the film’s most recognisable characters and, yes, more Stormtroopers. The party was a return to form for Cannes as champagne fizzed amid conspicuous sushi consumption.

 

Imagery courtesy of Getty/Lucasfilm Ltd

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Isle of MTV Malta Line Up Announced

 

MALTA: MTV and the Malta Tourism Authority have confirmed that global star Jason Derulo will be performing at Isle of MTV Malta 2018

 

He will be joined on Wednesday 27th June by pop sensation Hailee Steinfeld and tropical house DJ Sigala. Special guests Paloma Faith and Ella Eyre – join Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike for a star-studded night of outdoor live music.

News of the ticketed-but-free event was jointly announced today by MTV International and the Malta Tourism Authority.

Three years after his first performance at the summer festival, US singer/songwriter, Jason Derulo, famed for his chart-topping songs including ‘Talk Dirty’, ‘Want to Want Me’ and ‘Swalla’, will return to light up iconic Il-Fosos Square.

He will be joined by MTV EMA 2017 ‘Best Push Artist’ winner and Academy® Award nominated actress, Hailee Steinfeld, who took the global charts by storm last year with her platinum-selling single, ‘Let Me Go’.

Completing the line-up, DJ, record producer and remixer Sigala will take the stage at the historic Floriana Granaries for the first time, accompanied by double-platinum selling singer, songwriter and actress Paloma Faith (‘Lullaby’) and Brit Awards winner and newly announced MTV Staying Alive Foundation ambassador Ella Eyre (‘Came Here for Love’), while celebrated dance music duo, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, are set to close the show.

 

What they said...

 

“I’m so excited to be coming back to the beautiful island of Malta! Everyone showed me so much love when I was last over in 2015, so I’m humbled to be asked to perform at this year’s Isle of MTV. We’ve got a great show planned for June 27th, can’t wait to perform for you all!”

Jason Derulo

 

 

 

 

 

“I am incredibly excited to be performing at Isle of MTV Malta with Sigala! I’m part Maltese and have lots of family over there so it’s going to be a really special show for me!”

Ella Eyre

 

“I can’t wait to play this year’s Isle of MTV Malta event, and share the stage with the incredible Ella Eyre and Paloma Faith!”

Sigala

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Taylor Swift Raises Arizona

ARIZONA:  Taylor Swift lived up to her 10-time Grammy-winning reputation with a sell-out start to her reputation Stadium Tour.

 

The songwriter, musician and producer kicked off the tour in Glendale, Arizona on Tuesday night. With special guests Camila Cabello and Charli XCX she played to a capacity crowd of 59,157 fans at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

The Taylor Swift reputation Stadium Tour will play 53 shows encompassing 36 cities spanning seven countries and four continents in seven months in 2018.

Production values were predictably high as last night's opener saw Taylor Swift perform over two hours across three separate stages in the stadium giving ample room for her to switch between electric guitar, piano and acoustic guitar. The main stage ran to a height of 110 feet tall featuring a 172’ x 40-foot video wall that curves and continues into the floor. 

The 24-song set featured several songs from the record-breaking reputation album, including, new takes on many other fan favorites from previous albums. 

The show comes to the UK and Ireland in June. General ticketing and on-sale information is currently available at TaylorSwift.com.

 

The tour is produced and promoted by Live Nation and S.J.M. Concerts in the UK, MCD in Ireland, and the Messina Touring Group (MTG) and AEG Presents in North America.

See the video clip from the opening night:

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Cheetah Uncaged In New York

NEW YORK: One of the world’s rarest racing cars is set to be auctioned off in New York. Lucy Reid

Guernsey’s Auction House will be presenting the Cheetah at the auction block on May 10th. The General Motors racing car, of which only 23 were produced, will ensure that the winning bidder ends up owning the rarest of animals.   

And it’s not just a pretty face: the Cheetah set the record of 215 miles per hour at Daytona in 1964 and challenged the domain of Ferrari and Ford’s Cobra. Performance aside.

Guernsey’s Auction House will be selling the Cheetah at unreserved auction with the boast that the car has only had a single owner since 1965. That one careful owner is an undisclosed Ohio gentleman approaching his 80th birthday. Built in 1963 his car was one of the first Cheetahs ever made, its fuel-injected Chevrolet Corvette engine clocking that 215 mph record.

It’s all in a day’s work for Guernsey's Auction House whose 40-year span claims representation for the largest auction in history - the ocean liner S.S. United States. Associated names and events conducted include those of John F. Kennedy, Princess Diana, Elvis Presley and The Beatles. 

On May 4-5 Guernsey’s prepares the Cheetah for display at Lime Rock, the renowned race course in Connecticut. It will then be delivered to 93rd Street and Park Avenue in New York City for viewing May 10th from 10am until the 6pm auction. 

 

See more at: www.guernseys.com  

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MTV Presents Plymouth Headliners

 

Day Two headliners of MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds have now been announced. Take a bow, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra…

The Heritage Orchestra will be conducted by Jules Buckley to present a two-hour set that will see their ‘Ibiza Classics’ show entertain both dance and classics fans. The successful blend has sold out venues across the UK including the O2 Arena in London.  

Day Two of MTV Presents takes place on Friday 27 July and is the only South West performance of the year.

Pete Tong is well known to the MTV audience, a veteran BBC Radio 1 DJ for over 25 years and leading ambassador for electronic music. He started working with the 65-piece Heritage Orchestra and conductor Jules Buckley in 2015. They’ve since released two albums – ‘Classic House’ and ‘Ibiza Classics’ and taken the show on a global road. 

Fans can look forward to the 90s with Plymouth Hoe’s sea as backdrop to a full festival light show.  

Pete Tong said: “I’m looking forward to bringing the Ibiza Classics show to Plymouth with Jules Buckley and the Heritage Orchestra. It’s our only South West tour date and we’re going to make it a night to remember.”

The show will also feature guest vocalists, TBA. MTV Presents continues brand’s tradition of partnering with tourism and councils to promote host cities to music fans.  

Amanda Lee, marketing manager at Plymouth City Council, said: “This show is going to be truly spectacular and we’re thrilled to be able to give music fans in the South West the opportunity to see such a unique, world-class act. There’s nowhere else in the world quite like Plymouth Hoe, so the views combined with the music mean this is going to be an unmissable event!”

Day One of Ocean City Sounds on Thursday 26 July will see indie titans Bastille perform a full 90-minute set, supported by Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI. Day One will be part of the ‘MTV Presents’ series – which will also include Gibraltar Calling and Varna Beach in Bulgaria. A highlights show ‘MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds’ will be broadcast on MTV in August.

 

Tickets are on sale now for £25 per day and there is an event pass offering access to both days for just £45. VIP tickets are also available, offering an exclusive viewing area, food and drink and VIP toilets. All tickets are subject to a £2.50 booking fee.

 Online now at: www.oceancitysounds.co.uk

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Time Flies At IWC 150th Anniversary

 

GENEVA: IWC Schaffhausen celebrated its 150th birthday and the launch of its Jubilee watch collection with a glittering gala night. Abigail Parkin

 

The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva saw some 800 guests join the party last night.They included IWC brand ambassadors and global stars such as actors Cate Blanchett, Dev Patel, Bradley Cooper and James Marsden, as well as sports personalities Valtteri Bottas and David Coulthard.

 

Cate Blanchett on the press carpet

 

IWC took the opportunity to show off its Jubilee collection comprising a total of 27 limited-edition watches from the Portugieser, Portofino, Pilot’s Watches and Da Vinci families.

 

 

The event was hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly with performances by Aloe Blacc, jazz drummer Eric Harland and singer Ronan Keating (headline pic) met with rousing applause. Brit Award winner Paloma Faith (above)  joined the musical throng fresh from the UK number one success of her album “The Architect”.    

 

John Helliwell of Supertramp and Aloe Blacc visit the IWC booth

 

A specially designed industrial booth at the SIHH paid homage to IWC’s since 1868 while presenting its Jubilee collection for viewing.

 

Blogging sensation and writer Kristina Bazan

 

The highlight feature of the trade fair booth was a gigantic time machine with digital display discs inspired by timepieces such as a Pallweber watch.

 

Model Adriana Lima 

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UAE Claims ‘Largest Aerial Firework Shell’

UAE: New Year went off with a bang and firework display record on Ras Al Khaimah and Al Marjan Island in the UAE.

The celebrations took the Guinness World Records title for the ‘Largest aerial firework shell.’ Hundreds of thousands of visitors attended the New Year’s Eve event which was designed by Phil Grucci, CEO and creative director of Fireworks by Grucci for Al Marjan Island.

The event was verified by an adjudicator from Guinness World Records and the bid for the ‘Largest aerial firework shell’ was officially recognised. The award was presented to Eng. Abdullah Al Abdooli, MD of Al Marjan Island and Phil Grucci.

Eng. Abdullah Al Abdooli, MD of Al Marjan Island, said: “The 2018 Ras Al Khaimah New Year’s Eve Fireworks by Al Marjan Island was a spectacular success that welcomed visitors from around the world and cemented the reputation of the emirate as a must-visit destination for New Year’s Eve galas. Adding to the pride of Ras Al Khaimah and our nation, the event is a true testament to the joint efforts of various governmental entities, which ensured a safe and seamless celebration.”

 

 

This previous title set by the Kounosu fireworks festival in Sitama, Japan in 2014 was comfortably beaten with Ras Al Khaimah reportedly deploying over twice the firepower. Its largest aerial firework shell propelled some 1,100 metres into its orbit.

The dazzling display lasted 10 minutes and was set to action from 120 sites. Highlights included the shell packed 390 comet stars of size 100 mm each flowering into white, red and green, to recreate the colours of the National Flag.

Starting with a 10-second pyrotechnical countdown to welcome the New Year, the audience was first greeted with a canopy of glittering chrysanthemums followed by the four islands of the Al Marjan Islands lit in a monochrome.

The prelude to the Guinness World Record bid featured an array of silver and gold with the dramatic fireworks powered by the exclusive SkyEtching technology of Fireworks by Grucci.  

Preparations for the celebration started in early 2017 with the expansive area of Al Marjan Islands serving as a perfect template for a spectacular show. While it took over 600 hours to design the show by Phil Grucci, another 70,000 man-hours went into transitioning the design with a team of 40 experts including programmers, producers, pyrotechnicians and documentarians working on the project. The firework components for the aerial shell were hand-crafted exclusively by Grucci in their factories in New York and Virginia over a two-month period.

Phil Grucci said: “Our brief was to deliver a 'Beyond a Journey' design and to fabricate and display this amazing marvel in fireworks. The inspiration of the design was the unique natural resources of Ras Al Khaimah and the natural beauty and expansive space of the Al Marjan Island with a sense of celebration to welcome in the new year 2018. With the event, a performance art, we wanted to highlight the feeling of harmony and peace and the excitement and celebration of what Al Marjan Island is and is set to become. We are delighted to secure this honour for Ras Al Khaimah, which takes its New Year's Eve celebration to the next level.”

Musical co-ordination came from by Dan Mullins of Fireworks by Grucci and ranged from Race to Dakar (performed by Marvine Bounds Gordy-Benoit Pierre Grey) and Caped Crusader (James Price).

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Fabricwood Wins World Interior Award

BERLIN: The World Interior of the Year has been awarded to Fabricwood by the Inside World Festival of Interiors at a gala dinner held at the Postbahnhof.

 

Fabricwood was developed by Produce.Workshop as an installation for premium designer furniture store Xtra in Singapore and it beat 78 finalists across nine categories to win.

 

Offices Winner:  Heneghan Peng Architects, Airbnb European Headquarters, Dublin, Ireland

 

The product combines the structure of lightweight plywood with the appearance of a terse fabric that stretches into a sail across interior spaces thanks to a traditional tailoring technique called ‘darting’. Produce.Workshop developed a ‘skin’ for the Herman Miller store that was moulded to its host – Xtra in a structure was made to resemble a tented bazaar.

 

 

Hotels Winner: Hypothesis, Ir-On Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

  

INSIDE World Festival of Interiors brings the global design community together to be inspired by the latest innovations in global interior design and architecture. The festival’s 2017 jurors – Marie Hesseldahl (Partner, 3XN), Eisuke Tachikawa (Principal, Nosigner) and Murat Tabanlıoğlu (Principal, Tabanlıoğlu Architects) - said the design was “a fresh approach to a project.”

 

Civic, Culture & Transport Winner: Perkins+Will, Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth, UK

 

Retail Winner: WZWX Architecture Group ROU by T HAM Concept Store, Taipei, Taiwan

 

Organisers have announced that Inside will be hosted in Amsterdam next year.

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Walpole Luxury Awards

LONDON: British luxury took the platform last night at the 16th annual Walpole British Luxury Awards. Hosted by the Oscar award-winning Catherine Zeta-Jones, CBE, it was a glittering celebration of winners that included Bentley, Chatsworth and Gucci.  (21 Nov’17)

 

The Dorchester, Mayfair set the scene for traditional and e-luxury brands amid a mingling of CEOs and creatives. Now in its 25th year, Walpole is in the vanguard of luxury brand promotion and cites the value of the sector to the UK economy at over £32 billion.

 

Walpole CEO, Helen Brocklebank said: “It’s never been more important to recognise the towering contribution British luxury makes to the UK. The brands and individuals we celebrate tonight add to the cultural and economic richness of the British Isles through regional job creation; the simultaneous preservation of, and innovation in, making and manufacturing skills; a strong focus on export and, of course, their overriding creativity, artistry and passion.”

 

 

 Catherine Zeta-Jones hosts the show

 

Walpole’s eye on the future is symbolised by the Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent. This award was presented to Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, House of Hackney, Seedlip and Tom Raffield - all cast by the judging panel as new British brands with the potential for global success.

 

 

 

Editor-in-chief of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & CountryJustine Picardie was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award as Harper’s celebrates its 150th birthday and Imran Amed, MBE was awarded the Leader in Luxury for his Business of Fashion and the visionary designer and craftsman and furniture maker, Mark Wilkinson OBE, was posthumously awarded the Walpole Honour.

 

 

Bentley wins Luxury Maker of the Year

 

Catherine Zeta-Jones, arrived wearing a stunning Temperley London dress with make-up by artist Charlotte Tilbury. Over 350 guests began the evening with a Laurent-Perrier champagne reception, in association with New West End Company and with afterparty at the Dovetail Agency Cocktail Club which included Glenmorangie, Gin Hub and The Lakes Distillery cocktails, and styling by House of Hackney and FBC London.

 

 

Charlotte Tilbury 

 

Winners were selected by judging panel from the luxury industry led by Michael Ward, MD of Harrods and Walpole’s chairman; Gillian de Bono, editor of FT How to Spend It; Hannah Rothschild, chair of The National Gallery’s Board of Trustees; Stefan Sielaff, design director at Bentley; Marcus Wareing, chef patron of two-Michelin starred Marcus; Henrietta Jowitt, deputy director general, CBI; and Tim Delaney, chairman of Leagas Delaney.

 

 

The 2017 Walpole Winners: 

 

British Luxury Brand of the Year
In association with Laurent-Perrier

MATCHESFASHION.COM 
Luxury multi-brand retailer

The Brands of Tomorrow Award for Emerging Talent
In association with Mishcon De Reya

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare

House of Hackney     

Seedlip

Tom Raffield

Cultural Experience
In association with LONDON Advertising

Chatsworth

Stately Home

Luxury Maker Of The Year
In association with David Collins Studio

Bentley
Luxury cars

Luxury with a Heart
In association with G.F. Smith

Glenmorangie 
For the reintroduction of native oysters to the Dornoch Firth

 

Commitment to British Manufacturing
In association with Chapel Down

Johnstons of Elgin

Scottish Cashmere

Export Excellence
In association with Reed & Mackay

Jaguar Land Rover

Luxury cars

Digital
In association with Wearisma

Farfetch

Innovative luxury retail platform

Innovation & Creativity
In association with My Love Affair

Kingsman + Mr Porter

Bespoke clothing collaboration with luxury multi-brand retailer

 

International Luxury Brand of the Year 
In association with Times LUXX and STYLE

Gucci

Italian fashion label

Leader In Luxury
In association With Thoughtworks

Imran Amed, MBE

Founder and Editor-in-Chief, Business of Fashion

 

Lifetime Achievement
In association Elite Associates

Justine Picardie

Editor-in-Chief Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country

 

Walpole Honour

Mark Wilkinson, OBE

Designer, craftsman and furniture maker

 

 

 

The Background

Walpole is a unique alliance of 170 of Britain’s finest luxury brands, including Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Boodles, Harrods and Jimmy Choo. Walpole promotes, protects and develops the unique qualities of UK luxury.

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U2 To Perform At Trafalgar Square For MTV EMAs

LONDON: U2 is to perform live at London’s Trafalgar Square on Saturday night in honour of the 2017 MTV EMAs. (6 Nov ’17)

 

In turn, MTV is set to honour U2 with the Global Icon award at the EMAs on Sunday night. We will be at Trafalgar Square to capture the action and at the live show from The SSE Arena, Wembley .

Part of the multi-platinum, 22-time Grammy Award-winning band’s ‘MTV Presents Trafalgar Square’ performance will be broadcast on MTV channels worldwide during the live show from The SSE Arena, Wembley in London on Sunday, 12 November at 8:00pm

“U2’s impact on music, pop culture and social issues around the world has been tremendous,” said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Viacom, owner of MTV. “For over four decades and counting, they’ve entertained, influenced, and inspired fans around the globe and we’re thrilled and honored to announce that they are this year’s Global Icon.”

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, welcomed the MTV Presents Trafalgar Square event and said: “London is one of the live music capitals of the world, with an unrivalled music heritage. It is fantastic to host the EMAs in our city for the first time in 21 years. I’m delighted that Trafalgar Square will host this special MTV Presents performance – an iconic venue for an iconic band. I have been saying, loud and clear, that London is open to talent, creativity and business. What better way to showcase this than one of the world’s greatest rock bands performing to Londoners from all backgrounds, for free, in the heart of our great city?”

The 7000 -person event will offer free tickets via public ballot to Londoners and fans from across the country and around the world.  The ticket ballot is now live and closes at 10pm, Tuesday 7 November.  Fans can apply for the ballot via online.  Those successful will advised at 10am on 8 November by email, with a unique code and a link to obtain up to 2 tickets per person. 

Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton met at Mount Temple School, Dublin and formed U2 in 1978. Acknowledged as one of the best live acts in the world, U2 have released 13 studio albums and have sales in excess of 157 million. They have won numerous awards; including two Golden Globes, an Oscar nomination and the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience.

In 2005, U2 were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.Songs of Experience, the band’s hotly anticipated 14th studio album – featuring tracks ‘You’re The Best Thing About Me’ and ‘Get Out Of Your Own Way’ – will arrive on 1st December on Island Records.

Former recipients of the Global Icon Award include Ozzy Osbourne, Eminem, Whitney Houston, Queen and Bon Jovi.

The 2017 MTV EMAs is hosted by global pop super star Rita Ora.