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Bombardier Jet Reveal

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GENEVA: Bombardier has revealed its Global 5500 and Global 6500 jets, the newest in its Global business jets range.

Bombardier’s reveal took place at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva and presented a positive portrayal of the Canadian company which was dogged by bankruptcy issues only three years ago.

The planes are powered by new Rolls-Royce Pearl engines and come with a new wing design and cabin interior. The Global 5500 has a range of almost 6,000 nautical miles making flights from Sao Paolo to Paris a breeze while the 6500 has a range of 6,600 miles.  The flight range of the new planes will be a challenge to rival Gulfstream which currently holds the distance trophy for long range  business jets.

A 13 percent increase in fuel efficiency helps the environment and  operational efficiency.  

Inside the 5500 and 6500, Bombardier’s Nuage (French for ‘cloud’) seats will cosset passengers.

The jets are expected to take to the skies by the end of 2019.

Cannes Premiere- Solo: A Star Wars Story

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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

Isle of MTV Malta Line Up Announced

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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

Taylor Swift Raises Arizona

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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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