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Screen Actors Guild Awards

LOS ANGELES It was all smiles at the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards with a roll call of Hollywood names in attendance at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020. Laura Booth

Brad Pitt and former wife Jennifer Aniston (below) crossed paths, and smiles, backstage after winning awards. He: best supporting actor for his part as a stuntman in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood. She: best actress in The Morning Show.

Wifey opts for vintage Dior by John Galliano

Briton, Phobe Waller-Bridge also toasted success in LA with best actress in for Fleabag.

But it was South Korean film Parasite that happily confounded pundits by winning the best ensemble cast award, ahead of Hollywood's biggest stars. Its SAG award sets it up as a big prospect for the Oscars next month.

(L-R) Meryl Streep (standing), Zoë Kravitz, Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, and Laura Dern (standing)

Picking up his statuette, Brad Pitt joshed that he would have to update his Tinder profile with news of his SAG Award. Of his role as Cliff Booth he joked: 'It was a difficult part - a guy who takes his shirt off, gets high and doesn't get on with his wife. It was a big stretch...'

(L-R) Margot Robbie, Zoë Kravitz, Meryl Streep, and Charlize Theron

Best supporting actress went to Laura Dern for Marriage Story putting her in pole position for an Oscar. Scarlett Johansson (below) shimmered in a teal Armani Privé gown for her outstanding female actor in a leading role award in Marriage Story.

Elsewhere, Peter Dinklage was crowned best actor in a drama series for Game of Thrones, while Tony Shalhoub won best actor in a comedy series for The Marvelous Mrs Maisel.

The Irishman star Robert De Niro picked up lifetime achievement award and picked up the rhetoric on Donald Trump's 'blatant misuse of power' adding, 'But we're in such a dire situation and it's so deeply concerning to me and so many others, I have to say something. '

Robert De Niro accepts the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award from Leonardo DiCaprio

... and gets congratulated by old pal Al Pacino

Renée Zellweger (best actress) wears Maison Margiela with Jennifer Lopez in a Georges Hobeika black gown - and $9 million of Harry Winston jewellery inc 73.55 carat (count 'em!) diamond necklace set in platinum

Cliff Booth and Leonardo DiCaprio, maybe

Charlize Theron and Quentin Tarantino. Definitely

Pics : Getty Images

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Tewkesbury Park Goes Gatsby

COTSWOLDS Luxury hotel, Tewkesbury Park is set to hosting an extravagant three-dayer to welcome in 2020. Abigail Parkin

A decadent afternoon tea and prosecco welcome awaits guests arrriving 30th December followed by a bracing gin tasting experience with the family-owned Chase Distillery.

Expect the whole field-to-bottle process, and some of their award-winning brands. Then it’s a hearty, locally-sourced, three-course dinner, dished by  the talent of the hotel’s head chef and team.  

New Year’s Eve promises relaxation and revelry at Tewkesbury Park with a leisurely breakfast followed by guests’ own choices of fun. These include the on-site spa, hot tub and barrel sauna, and the 18-hole golf course in expansive greenery.

The highlight to 2020 sees a Great Gatsby themed night with champagne and canapé reception in the party-ready Cotswold Suite. A five-course feast with the pick of local produce, live band and dramatic fireworks display is set for the stroke of midnight.

On the first day of January guests can relax with a soothing bubbles brunch  and the cosy fire before heading home.

Prices for two-night/three-day retreat from 30th December - 1st January 2020 start at £675 based on two people sharing and includes all mentioned meals, drinks, receptions and entertainment.

Other food and drink, as well as golf and spa treatments are charged extra unless stated within the programme. Guests wanting to book an extra night at the hotel can take advantage of a discounted rate. 

Tewkesbury Park also offers a one-night New Year package.

Prices start at £375 based on two people sharing and includes access to the champagne reception with live band, the gala dinner, fireworks display, bed and breakfast/lunch, and access to the hotel’s leisure facilities.

visit www.tewkesburypark.com

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Rebel Way Secures $50M Financing

LOS ANGELES Rebel Way Entertainment made its financing announcement to herald the launch of the production company by the Globus father and son team. Lucy Reid

Producer and distributor Yoram Globus (pictured), former president of MGM and The Cannon Group, and son Ori have the thriller ‘Tension’ in production now. The film has been written by Scott Milam and directed by the SAW horror franchise director Darren Lynn Bousman.

Yoram Globus has famously empowered names such as Jean-Claude Van Damme and Chuck Norris, among many others. His films are household title with a roll-call including ‘Barfly’, ‘Runaway Train’ and ‘Superman IV’. Ori Globus joined his father inThe Globus Group’s production and distribution division and led Rebel Way Entertainment’s financing, slate, and talent signing. 

Tension, the film, is based on a live theatre immersive adventure called Tension Experience and follows the misfortunes of four friends in a game that goes wrong during an extreme immersive Halloween horror experience.  

Other Rebel Way projects include ‘The Boxer’, a film based on the novel ‘The Boxer's Story: Fighting for My Life in the Nazi Camps,’ a true story written by Nathan Shapow, Bob Harris and Mike Shapow.

Another true story feature film is also being adapted from ‘The Shadow of Truth’ documentary currently airing on Netflix, written by Ari Pines and Yotam Guendelman while ‘The Mark’ features a female-led cast and is set in a juvenile detention center.

‘Tarot’, ‘VR’ and ‘Reincarnation’ also join the development slate.  

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Glen Scotia's Whisky Highlights

CAMPBELTOWN Glen Scotia brings two luxury single malt Scotch whiskies for the connoisseur’s Christmas wish list. Sat Bal 

Glen Scotia 45 Year Old leads the charge at £3,800 an exclusive single malt limited to 150 bottles worldwide. Each bottle comes in a handcrafted walnut presentation featuring a delicate tile that’s engraved with the individual bottle number and tasting notes.

At 43.8% ABV the notes are:

Nose-

Bold coastal elements, sea-soaked basalt leads into thick fruit of ripe pineapple and crisp green apple before floral notes of rose, vanilla and toasted oak come through.

Taste-

Viscous oily mouthfeel coats the tongue. Caramel sweetness at first then juicy tropical fruit, with pineapple, mango and watermelon rounded by vanilla and honey.

Finish-

Long mouth-watering finish with sea-salt and lime citrus before warming cinnamon and ground ginger spice.

Distilled in 1973, the whisky matured in refill bourbon casks for over three decades before being finished in first fill bourbon under the watchful eye of master distiller, Michael Henry until bottling in 2019.

Next from Campbeltown distillery, ‘the whisky capital of the world’ is the Glen Scotia 25 Year Old at £275 a bottle.

Think seaside tang, orange and juicy red apples and caramel sweetness. The nose has hints of vanilla oak, with the subtle notes of sea spray and spicy aromatic fruits.

Glen Scotia 25 Year Old has been recognised for its distinctive flavours across the globe, scooping a Double Gold medal at the prestigious 2019 San Francisco Spirits Competition.

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Necker Island Now Booking

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Always wanted to go to Necker Island but without having to book the entire island? Well now you can, says Lucy Kale

Up until now, Sir Richard Branson’s home and private hideaway in the British Virgin Islands has mostly been available on the basis of exclusive use of the island. But its sought after ‘Celebration Weeks’ dates allows guests to book individual rooms on the island in hotel- style during selected weeks of the year.

The first available Celebration Week for 2020 is from the 3rd – 9th January for a 6-night stay. Or you can head off to Necker Island during later 2020 ‘Celebration Weeks’ dates  in September and October:
 

19th – 25th September 2020 (7-night stay – adults only)

26th September – 3rd October 2020 (7-night stay – adults only)

17th – 23rd October 2020 (7-night stay – family weeks)

24th – 30th October 2020 (7-night stay – family weeks)

For the first time, next year will also see the island become available for small group bookings.  From June 2020, small groups of between 8-15 will be able to book the island on a shared non-exclusive basis with rates starting from US $5,000, (£3,872 at today’s exchange rate) per room, per night. 

Guests visiting in 2020 will be among the first to see the fully completed Necker Island, following more than two years of reconstruction after Hurricane Irma.  The newly renovated Bali Hi complex has been beautifully restored to its former glory with the addition of private plunge pools and will be open from April 2020. 

Guests will be able to experience Necker Island better than ever before, while experiencing all the luxuries that come with staying on one of the most exclusive and idyllic islands in the world. 

Rates per couple during a ‘Celebration Week’ start from US $5,000 (£3,872 at today’s current exchange rate), per room per night.

The ‘bunkroom’ in the Great House that sleeps up to six children, additional rates from US $3,500 (£2,700 at today’s current exchange rate) per night.

Necker Island’s 74-acre estate rests in turquoise waters surrounded by coral reefs and fringed with beautiful white sandy beaches. 

Take it all in, from private tennis lesons with a resident professional coach and top-class water sports, to simply relaxing on the beach or enjoying the tranquillity of the island.

 See more at:  www.virginlimitededition.com/necker-island

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Kayls Debuts Single

LOS ANGELES ‘Drive Away’ is the debut single released today by Indie pop artist Kayls. And it’s here, below, for the delectation of our UK/Euro listeners.

Think shimmering pool lights, post-midnight trips in Ferraris across the Pacific Coast Highway , heartbreak and muffins. The track, produced by Bambor Leany, trips with pop melodies and hallucinogenic rogue beats.

“I want songs to be fun and rebellious like stealing a neon orange Lambo on a Sunday afternoon to go eat strawberry ice cream in a lime silk gown,’ said the LA-based artist. ‘I think there’s a huge void in songs right now and I want to fill it with magic mushrooms, candied violet perfume and 808s.”

We’d go along with that!

Bambor Leany, one of the few female pop producers in the industry, threw in the creative aggression and escapism to take her paradigm into a supra-structure of song that shakes off the current.

Expect more from Kayls with an EP planned for release in 2020.

Kayls’ creative splurge sees her design all of her promo-wardrobe, including that in the song’s forthcoming video.”  She co-designed her gold and ruby mushroom jewellery with Vogue-featured Jonne Amaya. 

Hell, her grandfather even performed with Sonny & Cher and opened for Dolly Parton!

So, take a listen here …

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MTV AWARDS EMA

SEVILLE The Spanish connection was strengthened in Seville which hosted the  2019 MTV EMAs following last year’s event in Bilbao. Last night’s EMA was opened by  omnipresent superstar Dua Lipa who led the way for a roll call of female award winners. Sat Bal

A huge yellow wall of dancers accompanied Dua Lipa in her debut global stage performance of “Don’t Start Now” at the show venue - the FIBES Conference & Exhibition Centre

Global Icons Green Day earlier played to thousands of hardcore fans in the legendary Plaza de España on Saturday night with an epic performance of their new single “Father of All” and punk classic “Basket Case.”

Dua Lipa opens the show

 “Best New” and “Best Push” nominee Mabel singing “Don’t Call Me Up.” The daughter of Neneh Cherry performed from atop a huge purple phone, complete with a solo dance break, lasers and violet lighting.

Surrounded by a cascade of lights, Niall Horan performed a dynamic version of “Nice to Meet Ya.”

MTV EMA Host Becky G teamed up with Akon for the first global performance of their  smash “Como No.” The duo rolled down the runway-like stage on gliding carnival floats.

Halsey's horseplay at EMA

Show host Becky G performed a medley of her hits surrounded by flames including “24/7,” “Sin Pijama” and “Mayores” on the stage, illuminated by glistening lasers and UV lighting.

Ariana Grande and Lil Nas X came away empty-handed, despite a clutch of  nominations.

Halsey lit up the EMA stage in her own “Halsey World” setting for an intimate version of “Graveyard,” setting fire to her carousel horse.

Local hero and global sensation Rosalía, accompanied by 52 dancers against a pyramid of red chairs, gave a powerful flamenco/hip-hop hybrid dance number to “Di Mi Nombre.”

Liam G gets Rock Icon

NCT 127, the first K-Pop group to perform on the global MTV stage, delivered an electrifying performance of their hit “Highway to Heaven.”

The first-ever MTV EMA Rock Icon winner Liam Gallagher closed the show with a breathtaking performance of his new single “Once” and anthemic hit “Wonderwall” complete with string instruments and a band.

Backed by an all-female orchestra, pop phenomenon Ava Max delivered a unique rendition of her global hits “Torn” leading into “Sweet but Psycho” that ran the length of the EMAs’ runway-style stage. 

FULL LIST OF “2019 MTV EMA” WINNERS

BEST VIDEO

Taylor Swift                                   

BEST ARTIST

*Shawn Mendes

BEST SONG

*Billie Eilish                                      

BEST COLLABORATION

*Rosalía, J Balvin                             

BEST NEW

*Billie Eilish

BEST POP

*Halsey

BEST LIVE

*BTS

BEST ROCK

*Green Day

BEST HIP-HOP

*Nicki Minaj

BEST ALTERNATIVE

*FKA Twigs

BEST ELECTRONIC

*Martin Garrix

BEST PUSH

*Ava Max

BEST WORLD STAGE

*Muse               Bilbao, Spain 2018

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Gulfstream G700 Takes Flight

GEORGIA The Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., this week announced the unveiling of its new flagship, the Gulfstream G700 claiming it's ‘the most spacious, best-performing aircraft in the business-jet industry.’ 

Chris Page

The G700 blends proven ultralong-range, speed and performance with flight-deck innovation and cutting-edge cabin creation to offer customers an unprecedented aircraft experience.

Gulfstream President Mark Burns revealed a full-scale mock-up of the G700 and showed a video of the aircraft taxiing under its own power at Gulfstream headquarters at the reveal in Savannah.

‘This announcement is the biggest news in business aviation history and is the result of the investments General Dynamics made to develop Gulfstream technology for Gulfstream products,’ said Burns. ‘Thanks to our nearly 18,000 employees around the world, the G700 is continuing a long Gulfstream tradition: raising the bar for ourselves and the industry.”

Gulfstream also announced Qatar Airways as the launch customer for its new private jet which has a purchase agreement of 10 new G700 jets for its charter service, Qatar Executive. List price per jet is $75 million.

 “We are excited to be the launch customer of the G700, the largest business jet in the industry, and are looking forward to the aircraft joining our fleet,” said His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways. “Qatar Executive’s customers have extremely high standards, and this aircraft will help us meet their requirements by delivering unrivalled performance that complements our excellence in customer service.”

The G700 boasts business aviation’s largest cabin and can fly further faster than any competitor in the business jet industry. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Pearl 700 engines, the G700 can fly 7,500 nautical miles/13,890 kilometers at Mach 0.85 or 6,400 nm/11,853 km at Mach 0.90.

It features the Gulfstream Symmetry Flight DeckTM with active control sidesticks and the most extensive use of touch-screen technology in the industry.

The G700 cabin offers an extra-large ‘ultragalley’ with lounge or crew compartment, up to five living areas and a large, bespoke master bedroom with en suite master bath. The aircraft also features an all-new, Gulfstream-developed revolutionary circadian lighting system that can recreate sunrise and sunset across time zones.

With 20 panoramic windows and the Gulfstream cabin environment of 100 percent fresh air, low cabin altitude and whisper-quiet sound levels, the G700 promotes in-flight wellness and greatly reduces the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop. 

Design Innovation

On board, passengers can also enjoy six-place dining or conference space. The Gulfstream ‘Cabin Experience’ promotes and enhances wellness through 20 Gulfstream panoramic oval windows, the largest in the industry; the industry’s lowest cabin altitude, 100 percent fresh air and a whisper-quiet cabin.

The aircraft introduces revolutionary benefits to business-jet travel with the most advanced circadian lighting system in aviation. The Gulfstream-developed technology recreates sunrise and sunset through thousands of white and amber LEDs, gently coaxing passengers into their new time zone and greatly reducing the physical impact of traveling halfway around the world nonstop.

Safety And Performance

The G700 features the award-winning Symmetry Flight Deck and other new safety advancements. Along with active-control sidesticks and the industry’s most extensive use of touch-screen technology, the flight deck also comes standard with another Gulfstream award-winner, the Predictive Landing Performance System.

The system gives pilots advanced warning of potential runway excursions so they can adjust approaches or go around. The G700 Symmetry Flight Deck also comes standard with Gulfstream’s Enhanced Flight Vision System and Synthetic Vision on dual head-up displays.

The aircraft offers excellent takeoff and landing performance and can operate easily at weight-restricted, short-runway and high-altitude airports.

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The London Wing

LONDON This week sees the opening of an exclusive women-only private members’ club. The Wing opens in Fitzrovia, a stone’s throw from Oxford Circus. Abigail Parkin  

It’s safe to assume that the London debut is highly anticipated given The Wing’s huge waiting lists in America where founders Audrey Gelman and Lauren Kassan located the club  in New York, Washington DC, San Francisco, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Boston.  

The Wing London occupies a five-storey townhouse with interiors by in-house designer Laetitia Gorra. The Wing will provide a space for women to work, meet and socialise amid its pastel tones and hexagonal work tables. 

Given its pro-women concept the extensive library features female authors only and an all-women art gallery.

Brands are high-end with the beauty room stocked with Chanel products and a tea parlour offering Dashwood teas. The cafe and bar serves a menu devised by female chefs too.

There's also a checkerboard roof terrace from where guests can take a detached view of London's bustle. 

Founding members range from Emilia Clarke to Alexa Chung, so expect the  company to be of a certain calibre and creativity.  

The place to do so could be one of the club's many events. support groups for small business owners; business development and financial planning workshops; yoga classes with Jessica Skye; intros to coding and bike maintenance; and networking and community happy hours and breakfasts. 

Membership - from £170 a month or £1,836 a one year for one site

Full access membership - from £240 a month or £2592. 

See full specifics at  https://www.the-wing.com/spaces/london/

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Cats Get the Cream

LONDON Amatory Asylum brings its carnal carnival to the luxurious Wellington Club for Halloween. Lucy Kale

The mix of audience-immersive theatre, physical performance and dance party is brought to the Wellington by the House of Kittens; the theatre company that knows how to tell an erotic tale.

Amatory Asylum brings a rare collection of those stories to the night through conceptual dance and theatre pieces which aim to engage audiences in a new, liberated theatrical movement that puts wanton girl power at its core.

Guests will become medical observers in the surreal, sensual world of Dr Lili La Fleur, head of the Asylum and presiding physician of sexual psychological studies.

Elsewhere the Scientific-Humanitarian Committee will invite audiences to record the outré acts that they see in ‘inflammatory experimentation’ and psychosexual therapy.

Then head off to the annual Amatory Asylum Ball to mingle with the newly liberated ladies of the night.  

Founder and director Sophie Cohen is the high priestess behind it all and Amatory Asylum will be the first event set in the luxury of the newly reopened Wellington Members Club on Jermyn Street, one of the most daring and exciting private members bars in London. 

Expect 12 individual romance-to-kink performances lasting up to 16 minutes and performed across two floors.  

Dress Code: is Elegant, Medical, or Fetish - prizes awarded for best dressed.

When:  Halloween: Thurs 31st Oct & Fri 1st Nov

Doors: 8pm & Dancing till late

Tickets: General Admission: £35-40. Limited table reservations available

Buy:  www.houseofkittens.co.uk


Bookings via www.thewellington.club

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