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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.

 

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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

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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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Happy Birthday IOM Malta!

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The 10th anniversary of Isle Of MTV in Malta saw the crowds wowed by Jess Glynne, Wiz Khalifa, Clean Bandit with a closing set from electro-house giant, Steve Aoki at Valletta’s Il-Fosos Square.  Sat Bal joined the revellers at Tuesday’s celebratory event (29 Jun'16)

Every year, at around this time, the lobby of the luxurious Grand Hotel Excelsior falls into a peculiar silence when a particular performer arrives. This time that honour fell to Wiz Khalifa and his Taylor Gang entourage. The rap star left the hotel’s receptionists fawning and guests pointing as he ambled past the spacious check-in area. That’s what a chart-topping single in 95 countries does for you.  

 

Wiz_Khalifa at Press Call

 

Later at MTV’s press conference (above) Wiz told us what he thought of Malta, particularly the Blue Grotto where he took that now infamous  smokin’ pic of himself: “It’s really tight and you should check it out!”

Bad-boy Wiz pointed out that the prospect of the audience going topless tonight was something we could check out too. "Maltese boobies?" asked Becca, helpfully. "Yeah those!" he beamed.

Moving back to music he also announced the start of his Euro tour and his tour excursions with Snoop Dogg, who was also a past performer at Isle of MTV.

In the background Josh and Mike Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats fame cooked up all manner of tasty nosh as the press call proceeded, tempting Jess Glynne  to a nibble.

On Isle of MTV show day hostess Becca Dudley (more of her later) invited the first of many to hit the stage. Local band Airport Impressions regaled the crowd - 70,000 of them according to Steve Aoki - with their rock and house set.

 

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Becca Dudley puts on a pre-stage pose for us

 

They were followed by UK’s Clean Bandit (below) who roused the audience with hits from the album New Eyes. The singalong with fans also included hits Rather Be and Real Love.  

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Sunset saw Jess Glynne emerge in a black satin two-piece with Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself ringing through the al fresco venue. Production values were MTV-high and the stage set shimmered to  tracks including Ain’t Got Far to Go and Hold My Hand. But the real show-stopper was her tribute I Feel For You to the late, great Prince.

 

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The drawls and deep bass lines of Wiz Khalifa then filled the air as he opened with global hit Black and Yellow and later the crowd-pleasing We Dem Boyz with 2011 smash Young, Wild & Free, ending his set.

 

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Of all tonight’s stellar performers we reckon it was DJ/producer Steve Aoki who truly got the crowd collectively buzzed – not least because of his carnival cake-throwing capers. Ten cakes were ‘served’ to splattered fans, signifying the event’s 10th birthday. Sweet, too, was his invitation to an enthralled  fan to join him in his DJ booth.  Snapchatting made Steve as party-inclusive as his tracks from Back 2 U to Can’t Go Home in the pyro and flame lit sky.

 

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Steve Aoki's carnival cake-throwing capers 

 

Judging by the elated crowd reaction this MTV partnership with the Malta Tourism Authority has more than shown its mettle.

 

Seema and co

MTV staffers living the work and the life.  Seema, Farah and Sharlotte take a bow!

 

It was a fitting 10th birthday close and then it was off to the afterparties to celebrate some more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Space Out at SGP

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“Two possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally mind-blowing.”  - Arthur C. Clarke. Welcome to the theme of the most surreal, dressy festival known to us.       (4 Apr’16)

Secret Garden Party is set to Sci-fi this summer at its idyllic home in the heart of the Cambridgeshire countryside with a new festival theme: Gardener’s Guide to the Galaxy.’ Revellers can expect an Intergalactic Mermaid School, Laser Wars and robots (of course). Since this is SGP we’ll wager that any aliens encountered will be of the friendliest kind, in continuing its 12-year ethos of festival bonhomie.

This year  SGP’s celebration of the outlandish will see the festival’s creative team launching a quest for the best performers at the event. Auditions will be held in mid-May. For info and applications go to:

http://goo.gl/forms/qYQkQxSGk5

The deadline for applications is 01/05/16

Keep your eye on social media for mood boards.

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New Year - Twice?

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If seeing in 2016 once isn’t enough then here’s a chance to see it in twice in one night – in the world’s fastest private jet. Chris Page (1 Dec’15)

 

PrivateFly offers adventurers a bespoke private jet itinerary which encompasses a full night of celebrations until the stroke of midnight in Sydney. Then it’s time to do it all over again in Los Angeles!

The private jet booking service tells us that experiencing New Year’s Eve twice is only possible by moving eastwards across the International Date Line. With the time in Los Angeles 19 hours behind Sydney, you can visit both in one night - by minimising travel time and flying on a bespoke itinerary.
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“This is the ultimate in luxury ways to see in 2016, in two of the world’s most exciting party cities,” said Carol Cork, marketing director of PrivateFly. “The flight time from Sydney to LA in a Gulfstream G650ER is now just under 11 hours, so with the 19-hour time difference, you can gain eight hours of party time by flying eastwards.

“This unique flight experience is only possible by private jet, as the timings are so tight – and there are no airline schedules to fit the itinerary. With the world rotating at 1,038 miles per hour, no civilian aircraft can currently overtake time. But the Gulfstream G650ER is the world’s fastest and furthest private jet, with a range of 7,000 nm and a top speed of Mach 0.925, just under the speed of sound.”

PrivateFly’s suggested itinerary for 2016:

 20:00, 31st December 2015, Sydney: Get the (first) party started. Spend your evening in Sydney, celebrating at the city’s most exclusive party spots. You could join other VIP partygoers at NYE Party At The House – an exclusive VIP celebration at the Sydney Opera House. Or make a VIP table reservation at Sydney’s most prestigious nightclub, Marquee Sydney. Or for a more intimate celebration dinner, with a fabulous view of the fireworks, The Dining Room at the Park Hyatt Sydney has sweeping harbour views.

 

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Celebrate New Year 1

There’s plenty of time to see in the start of 2016, as you can party until past 1am and then make the short 12km drive from the harbour to Sydney Kingsford Smith airport, which offers 24-hour access for private jets. 

 

02:00, 1st January 2016, Sydney: Depart in your Gulfstream G650ER

Your Gulfstream G650ER long range jet will be waiting, ready for a 2am departure and there are no long waits at the airport – you can take off just minutes after you arrive. The G650ER is the fastest long range private jet in the world - the party aircraft of choice, offering sleek interior configurations which accommodate 8 to 18 passengers. 

During the 12-hour flight, dedicated partygoers can continue the celebrations, VIP style, with high-spec systems for music and video entertainment, fine wines, champagne and bespoke catering served by private flight attendants.  

Or if you’d rather rest and recharge the spacious G650ER cabin offers exceptional, luxury comfort, with the option of a double bed and bathroom with digital shower; floor-to-ceiling wardrobe and mirrored vanity; the latest bespoke lighting and temperature controls; and further ergonomic seating that fully reclines and swivels.

 

 19:00, 31st December 2015, Los Angeles: Start the party…all over again

While others have woken to sore heads back in Sydney, the night is still young in LA. You’ll land early evening – refreshed and ready to start all over again – at Van Nuys, LA’s exclusive private jet airport.

 Just a short drive away are the most exclusive nightspots of Beverley Hills. Cleopatra’s Ball attracts some of Hollywood’s hottest partygoers to the Egyptian Theater. Or dine at one of LA’s most exclusive restaurants, such as Spago, renowned for both its fine dining and its extensive wine cellar.

 12:00, 1st January 2016, Los Angeles: Celebrate New Year 2

So in 2016 for the second time, it’s been 24 hours since you started partying in Sydney.                                                                                                                

Flight cost: Whole aircraft charter cost £151,000 Sydney – LA (one-way). Or from £8,400 per person, based on 18 passengers travelling together. 

 See: www.privatefly.com

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