La Torre resort

Lounging on the terrace of the suite it's easy to appreciate that some 30 million euros were invested into InterContinental La Torre Golf Resort Murcia. Ahead is a sweeping panorama of lakeside retreat surrounded by an 18-hole, par-68 golf course and a strategy to attract even more than the 70% British business and leisure visitors who occupy the area. 

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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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MTV Aftershow parties

Behind the scenes at the 02 World arena nervous anticipation gave way to systemic efficiency as the formidable MTV EMA machinery moved into show launch mode with Green Day’s insistence that the capacity audience should "get off your fuckin’ ass." Red Carpet obliged, dividing our time between the show, backstage and artists. 

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MTV EMA Winners

In Berlin, Red Carpet watched U2 and Jay-Z (above) storm the Gate while Beyoncé emerged as the major winner of the evening at the 2009 MTV Europe Music Awards (EMAs) with three EMA trophies; Best Female, Best Song and Best Video - at Berlin's O2 World on 5 November. Sat Bal (9 Nov'09)

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Red carpet on MTVs red carpet

The MTV Europe Music Awards were broadcast live from Berlin's 02 World arena last Thursday on bonfire night. Red Carpet flew to the host city to review the event which was hosted, once again, by Katy Perry.

The dominant EMA theme was the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and U2's surprise performance with rapper Jay-Z at the Brandenburg Gate. Oh - and David Hasselhoff's sequinned jacket.
Naturally, events like this are about the music and the performers. 

Sat Bal spoke to them as the talent filed onto the red carpet. (9 Nov '09)

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The Spanish acquisition

We didn’t expect Alicante to enter Red Carpet’s lexicon of airports anytime soon but neither had we experienced the great strides in corporate and leisure hospitality taking shape in south-east Spain.Sat Bal took in the view from InterContinental's 5-star La Torre resort. (20 Oct '09)

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Story of O - 13

What happens when Hollywood’s elite wants to party for charitable reasons? Well, the location becomes Cannes at Festival time, the venue becomes a multi-million pound yacht and event management company GSP is enlisted to produce the party. Sat Bal hopped on board. (24 May'07)

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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