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Dita set for Manchester

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

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Natalia Vodianova hosts Secret Garden Gala

GENEVA The Naked Heart Foundation attracted names and cash at The Secret Garden charity gala in the splendour of Coppet Castle.

Hosted by the non-profit charity’s founder, Natalia Vodianova with trustees Frederik Paulsen and Olga Litviniuk, guests included DJ Cassidy, Elsa Hosk, Petra Nemcova, Caroline Scheufele, Xenia Adonts and Alberta Ferretti among many others.

At the event on 13 June guests enjoyed Dom Pérignon cocktails with dinner by Michelin-star chefs, Philippe Chevrier and Domaine Châteauvieux.

Elsa Hosk, Natalia Vodianova and Rita Ora

Model and philanthropist Petra Nemcova presented the entertainment with performances by eight-year-old piano prodigy Elisey Mysin and the world-famous Menuhin Academy Orchestra.

Rita Ora was on form and primed guests for a set by DJ Cassidy after her performance.

A live and silent auction kept up the excitement, offering unique lots such as a meet-and-greet Elton John and exclusive shoes created in collaboration between René Caovilla and Chopard.

Natalia Vodianova and the gala committee

The black-tie gala was sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Chopard and raised over a million CHF for children with autism and to create play facilities for affected families.

Event production was by Britta Carpigo at Mosaic Events.

Natalia Vodianova had the final word on a successful and memorable night:

“The Secret Garden is a place that makes us remember the importance and invaluable effect of family - the perfect metaphor for Naked Heart Foundation where professional family support services are at the centre of everything we do. A strong, supportive and inclusive family life is essential for child development and providing the fertile ground in which a child can flourish, and it’s especially important for those with mental, physical or sensory disabilities. I’m delighted that the gala tonight raised much-needed funds for this crucial work, also bringing awareness of special needs and the importance of professional support for these children”

Pictures - Serge Outrush

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DJ Paul Oakenfold Plays Stonehenge Debut

WILTSHIRE: Stonehenge has hosted a world first with Paul Oakenfold's sunset set. Chris Page

chris@redcarpetmagazine.co.uk

 

Stonehenge, one of the world’s most famous and spectacular monuments played host to a unique world first experience when Paul Oakenfold performed a full sunset set besides the stone circle.

The world famous DJ, recording artist, producer and UK house music pioneer was invited to perform by Alon Shulman, MD at Universe, and given the honour of being the first ever DJ to play at the sacred site in Wiltshire.

Having the opportunity to play at the site, built 5,000 years ago, has been a “privilege” said Oakenfold for the experience. “I am so lucky to be able to share my music from such an iconic site.  The energy here is like nowhere else on earth, and this is reflected in my music. Despite having performed at incredible events and locations all across the globe, sunset at Stonehenge is by far THE most magical moment to have the privilege to experience.”

Oakenfold and Universe recorded their new album ‘Live at Stonehenge’ creating a ‘first of its kind experience’ for those 50 guests lucky enough to be a part of this moment in music history.

The event, conceived and produced by Alon Shulman, is part of his new ‘Origins’ concept that incorporates music, film and performance alongside incredible production. Shulman, commenting on the event, “Together, Paul and I wanted to create something completely unique.  Being known for our ground-breaking performances and collaborations it is fitting that our first special moment takes place at Stonehenge”.

 

Paul Oakenfold  (Pic: Alon Shulman)

“Alon makes the impossible possible” says Oakenfold “and his understanding and respect for the site is what has made this show so perfect”. The guests were treated to a surprise celebration of Paul’s world’s first when Paul was then joined in front of the stones for a full back to back set with the legendary Carl Cox.

As the custodians of Stonehenge, English Heritage cares for many of England’s most important landmarks. “We’ve been working very closely with Alon Shulman and the team at Universe on a number of innovative projects in support of English Heritage and the incredible collection of sites in our care” says English Heritage’s Director of Development Luke Purser. “We’re delighted with Paul’s enthusiasm for our work and that he has embraced the uniqueness of this site where he will be recorded his new album, and that proceeds from which will go towards the charity".

It bolsters  the list of unusual locations that the DJ has played at including the Great Wall of China and Base Camp on Mount Everest.

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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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Venice Film Festival Winners

VENICE - The Venice International Film Festival has presented its top award to a fantasy film romance between a mute cleaning lady and her amphibious lover. Lucy Kale

 

The Golden Lion award went to “The Shape of Water” directed by Guillermo del Toro (pictured). The film received virtually unanimous pro reviews from critics and all eyes are now on its British star, Sally Hawkins.

 

Javier Bardem, Fernando Leon de Aranoa and Penelope Cruz on the "Loving Pablo" red carpet 

Charlotte Rampling continued the British success theme, winning Best Actress for “Hannah” which tells the story of her husband detained on murky grounds. Best Actor went to Palestinian Kamel El Basha for “The Insult”.

Xavier Legrand won the Silver Lion for best direction of “Custody”. Veterans Jane Fonda and Robert Redford received lifetime achievement awards.

 

Jennifer Lawrence at the screening of her film "Mother"

New prospect Charlie Plummer won the Marcello Mastroianni Award, for the year’s most promising emerging actor. And old hand, Stephen Frears the director of “The Queen” was given the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award.

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Cannes Film Festival Closing Round-Up

And so another year of Cannes is in the can as the parties drew to a close and the winner of the all-important Palme d'Or was announced.

While The Meyerowitz Stories by director Noah Baumbach played out well, it was satirical comedy The Square that won the big prize, awarded by jury members including Jessica Chastain and Will Smith. It was directed by Swede Ruben Östlund and tells the story around an art installation in a gallery.

 

 

Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for You Were Never Really Here while Diane Kruger took Best Actress for In The Fade. The actress plays a wife who seeks revenge for her husband's death in a terrorist bombing.

Sofia Coppola become only the second woman to win the best director award at Cannes for The Beguiled. 

Elsewhere, Amfar threw the closing big party of the event sponsored by Moët & Chandon. Here are pictures from party...

 

Model Bella Hadid gamely pours the champagne on stage

 

 

Guests glam it up, just look at those shoes - hers, not his!

 

Valery Kaufman, Hailey Baldwin, Carine Roitfeld, Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk and Hana Jirickova

 

Shimmering at the gala

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Killing Of A Sacred Deer Premiere In Cannes

The film premieres and parties continue apace in sunny Cannes with the afterparty for The Killing of a Sacred Deer this week.

 

Attendees included Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic and writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Nikki Beach, the linchpin pop-up venue of the Cannes Film Festival, hosted the event and here's what we saw...

 

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan get joyous

 

Nicole and Keith Urban

 

Sunny Suljic and Raffey Cassidy at the party

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The Weekend In Cannes

Seems like just yesterday that we flew to Cannes for the hot-ticket premiere of Arnold Schwarzenegger's then blockbuster, Terminator 3. This time around in Cannes he's an all-at-sea conservationist. Sat Bal

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Michel Cousteau attended Nikki Beach for the Wonders of the Sea 3D press conference on Saturday. From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean-Michel Cousteau, his team and his children Celine and Fabien embark on a voyage to discover the ocean as never seen before and learn more about the threats that put our ocean at risk.

 

Schwarzenegger selfie

Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wonders of the Sea 3D is billed as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and tribute to the ocean, expected to attract and unite the general public around the need to protect the ocean.

Elsewhere, Mary J. Blige was out for the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories, the comedy starring Ben Stiller. Mary J. Blige wore a stunning Sautoir necklace and earrings from jeweller Avakian, with kite-shaped and pink diamonds matching her colour diamond cuff bracelet.

 

 

Avakian was also the choice of model Sara Sampaio (below) who wore a striking pair of earrings from the Gatsby Collection set with white enamel, pink tourmalines and diamond.

 

 

She matched it with a bangle from the Victory Collection set in white mother of pearl and diamonds for her arrival at the premiere of 120 Battements Par Minute.

 

Cannes blast from the past - Terminator 3 Party at Pierre Cardin's Bubble Palace villa.

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Wonderstruck Afterparty - Cannes Film Festival 2017

 

The 70th Cannes Film Festival is here and yesterday saw the cast of Wonderstruck attend the film’s afterparty at Nikki Beach, Cannes’ pop-up venue du jour.

It was a full house of talent yesterday with Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael and producer Christine Vachon all present at the party.

For Wonderstruck director Todd Haynes it looked like Cannes déjà vu after his lauded Carol competed for the prized Palme d’Or on the Croisette in 2015. The high anticipation around Wonderstruck, which premiered in competition yesterday, is due in no small part to the sterling screen debut of 14-year old deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds.

 

Julianne Moore and Millicent Simmonds brought close

Naturally it helps that the seasoned Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams led the film but as Todd Haynes told the press when he first saw Millicent Simmonds: “I just shivered.”

The film cleverly interweaves parallel narratives of a young deaf girl (Simmonds) and a boy called Ben (Jaden Michael) in 1920s Manhattan and 1970s rural Minnesota, originally sourced from novelist Brian Selznick. In doing so the film vacillates between colour and monochrome filming and audio and silence.

 

Selfie for Michelle Williams and Todd Haynes

The trick at any film premiere afterparty is to infuse the film into the event. Thus Danielle Pelland’s Brilliant Consulting Group and the production creatives behind the afterparty time-warped Nikki Beach into the 1920s. Cue: film reels lining the walls, antique bird cages and themed memorabilia party venue, with outsized floral fusion.

Not even the Nikki Beach staff were spared, with the girls in demure floral dresses and pearls-and-gloves for women and suspenders and hats for men. They dished out Nikki Beach canapés and a “Belle Époque” champagne cocktail from Perrier Jouët. Even the chandelier was a confection of champagne corks.

 

Child stars Millicent Simmonds and Jaden Michael

 

Julianne Moore arrived at the party in a white studded dress with a fringe-feathered neckline joined by navy-clad co-star Michelle Williams. Guests at Nikki Beach have Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Scarlett Johansson, so the week ahead at this iconic venue is looking pretty interesting.

 

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Bunga Bunga Launch

Sheridan Smith

 

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden launched last night with a headline performance by Sheridan Smith on 12 January. Abigail Parkin

The new live entertainment dining venue hosted guests including Lottie Moss, Donna Air & Joshua Kane who watched Sheridan Smith perform Don't Rain on My Parade and People.

 The event was staged in association with Martini and guests enjoyed cocktails such as Don Silvio Bunga Martini Rubino while rousing performances from the Man in the Balloon took place along with the Champagne Juggler and the Jersey Boys who played alongside the Bunga Boys.

Sheridan Smith wowed the audience in a gold wrap-around dress, in her first performance since her father passed away last year. Her ‘Daddy’s Girl’ tattoo, etched down her arm, made its public tribute to him.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden is the latest project from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling’s Inception Group, and boats a new address. BungaTINI on the ground floor is an authentic all-day family friendly Italian pizzeria and bar. However, look again and located in the far corner of BungaTINI is a secret door to a meat locker. Those brave enough to venture beyond the meat locker can expect  some of London’s finest acts. 

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