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Screen Actors Guild Awards

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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

Rebel Way Secures $50M Financing

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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.  

Necker Island Now Booking

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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

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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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