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October 9, 2015

Lucire TV on the red carpet: Helen Mirren, Lady Gaga, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Carey Mulligan

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Speaking on the red carpet at the première of Trumbo at the London Film Festival, Helen Mirren says that US culture is well known globally because of its film industry.
   The new film, about real-life US screenwriter and novelist Dalton Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman and Mirren herself, and directed by Jay Roach, depicts the Trumbo’s career and his blacklisting as one of the Hollywood Ten who refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in 1947. Trumbo won two Academy Awards while blacklisted, with one awarded to a front writer and another to his pseudonym.
   Mirren says, ‘Film is still used for propaganda. It’s an incredibly strong propaganda tool, which is why Hollywood, in the ’50s was so nervous. It was recognized obviously in the Second World War, film was used as a propaganda tool, and so there was a great fear of the use of film as propaganda, and indeed it still is.
   ‘The reason American culture is so well known throughout the world much more than any other culture is because of the power of the American film industry. We are very lucky in America in that it really, ultimately, the American film industry is just about money. It’s not about politics: they’ll just do whatever sells, and in a way that’s a good thing.’
   Other celebrities on the red carpet this week included Cate Blanchett, who arrived at the screening of her film Truth in Los Angeles, wearing a white Proenza Schouler cut-out dress, with a high neck. Rooney Mara, at the New York première of Pan, in which she plays Tiger Lily, also went for white in a mini-dress with velvet ruffles.
   Lady Gaga has made her acting début in America Horror Story: Hotel, wearing a glamorous, asymmetric Brandon Maxwell red gown with a thigh-high slit, and Carey Mulligan donned Chanel with plenty of glitter and ruffles for the Suffragette première on Wednesday.

September 22, 2015

Lucire TV: David Beckham launches his film for Belstaff, Outlaws, in London

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David Beckham’s film, Outlaws, in which he stars as the Stranger, a drifter and motorcycle stuntman (of course), is released today, but not before a screening and VIP event at la Bodega Negra restaurant in Soho, following a similar event in New York at the Back Room last Thursday.
   But hold tight, it’s not a Hollywood film in the traditional sense: it’s a promotion for Belstaff, although it does feature Harvey Keitel (Reservoir Dogs), Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice) and Cathy Moriarty (Raging Bull).
   He did ‘98 per cent’ of his own stunts in the film. The film was shot on location in México, and was written and directed by Geremy Jasper, and executive produced by Liv Tyler. It was produced by Belstaff Films and Legs (a Milk Media Company).
   Beckham, Moriarty and Jasper were present at the London event, joined by celebrities Jeremy Piven, Laura Whitmore, Emma Miller, Lilah Parsons, Rafferty Law, Doina Ciobanu, Lilah Parsons, Spencer Matthews and Hugo Taylor.
   Outlaws sees the Stranger ‘haunted by memories of a beautiful trapeze artist and hunted by a maniacal director seeking revenge,’ according to Belstaff.
   Beckham described it as ‘a lot of fun and very creative … and obviously having Harvey and Katherine and Cathy in there, it doesn’t really get better than that. I knew it was going to be fun which is one of the reasons why I agreed to do it.’

David Beckham interview




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September 21, 2015

Revved up for fall: Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party

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Doris Bergman’s sixth annual Emmy Style Lounge & Party at West Hollywood Fig & Olive offered many of her familiar hallmarks, from a freshly prepared Mediterranean-inspired lunch (Cæsar salad, penne with shrimp, chicken with couscous) to ice cold Hint water to a bevy of respected talent (Emmy nominee Khandi Alexander [Scandal], Steven Bauer [Ray Donovan], Eric Roberts, Doris Roberts, Esai Morales, Shirley Jones, Elliott Gould, Jason Ritter, Rénée Taylor, Dot Marie Jones) and some of our favourite beauty, fashion and lifestyle products from Los Angeles and beyond.
   However, there were two new A-listers invited to the party that proved to be real showstoppers: the Maserati Ghibli and a bespoke, advanced McLaren 570S Coupe (not yet available to the public), escorted by the Auto Gallery. The regal purple 570S was as curve-hugging as the sublime Sue Wong dresses inside the restaurant courtyard, with both men and women clamouring to try the car on for size. While male celebs could consult with Art Lewin Bespoke Executive Clothiers for their Emmy look, the car’s tailoring, according to Car and Driver, includes a twin-turbo 3·8-liter V8, making 562 hp and 443 lb ft, mounted behind the driver, enabling it to hit 100 km/h in 3·2 seconds and a top speed of 328 km/h. Ceramic brakes, sequential seven-speed gearbox and an adaptive suspension round out the list of essential goodies.
   Local Fox 11 news presenter Christine Divine was also back to shine a spotlight on Wednesday’s Child, focused on placing children in the LA County foster care system in need of adoptive families. True to form, Bergman once again invited two lucky teens to experience her unique brand of the VIP treatment, in one of the most welcoming venues of pre-Emmys week.
   ‘In Los Angeles County, alone, there are over 35,000 children receiving child welfare services,’ points out social worker, Professor William Wong. ‘Gifts and monetary donations to the Wednesday’s Child Pre-Holiday Gift Drive [at this event] was overwhelming. Most importantly, the event sponsors and celebrity guests have provided examples to follow, giving the public permission to embrace our kids.’
   Single Dress and Roadkill Boutique offered casual attire for pre- and post-party lounging, while Twisted Silver offered lovely new pieces with a refined and ladylike ’50s–’60s look inspired by repurposed faux pearls, crystals and findings from the era. We also liked the new hair roots touch-up make-up from ColorWow, and were thrilled to see Kelley Weaver’s latest Purse Case designs be a hit with a crowd that could be as critical as the Shark Tank judges. Tekeen, new on the scene, is a tequila spirit infused with fresh fruit flavours such as pink grapefruit and passionfruit.
   Even with all of that star power, author Lacretia Palmer was the break-out star of the event, thanks to her charming-but-powerful children’s book Billy the Bully. While a variety of authors, including young adult novelist Judy Blume, have taken on the topic of bullying, what makes Billy the Bully effective is the fact that the bully himself is the story’s protagonist and his transformation from bully to conscientious individual is told from a first-person perspective. His steps towards redemption also shine a light on other issues, such as childhood hunger. Twiistii Hair Accessories, which have built-in wires for better staying power, were adorable, especially those with sports team prints.
   Other returning sponsors included NuBra, Personal Touch, Samiah Fine Clothing, Telic Footwear, My Saint–My Hero, Radar Watches, Model in a Bottle, My Dog Nose It and Timmy Woods Handbags.—Elyse Glickman, US West Coast Editor

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September 16, 2015

Naomie Harris, as Moneypenny, retrieves Sony’s Xperia Z5 in Spectre promotional tie-in

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Ever since Moneypenny was reimagined as a former field agent in the shape of Naomie Harris, one might have wondered if she would see action again in the world of James Bond. Thanks to Sony in its new spot for its Xperia cellphone, she has, in a 60-second film that sees her retrieve the Z5 model in London on Bond’s behalf, showing that she’s not fully content sitting behind the desk outside M’s office.
   Sony, whose products are often seen used by MI6 in the James Bond films–Sony’s own connection to MGM and Columbia Pictures, the studios through which the films are released, helps—has released its promotional tie-in to help fuel the buzz for Spectre, the 24th EON Productions James Bond film starring Daniel Craig, to be released on October 26 in the UK.
   Filmed in South Bank, the spot also shows off the Sony RX100 IV camera, which captures super slow-motion footage.
   Daniel Kleinman, who has created many of the James Bond titles as the successor to “gunbarrel” designer Maurice Binder, and whose own association with Bond dates back to 1989 when he designed the music video to the theme to Licence to Kill, directed the film, through Rattling Stick. In a release, Kleinman said, ‘The campaign film truly captures the excitement of the chase, being on a mission and taking the viewer on the journey, all set against an iconic London backdrop.’ Kleinman will design the titles for Spectre.
   Harris noted, ‘London provides the perfect setting for the campaign film. Ultimately, at the centre of Bond is Britishness, so it was really important that the ad was shot here. It is not your traditional commercial; it’s an action-packed mini-movie in itself.’
   Kazuo Hirai, President and CEO, Sony Corporation added, ‘Sony has been a proud partner of the iconic Bond films since Casino Royale [2006]. While both the Xperia Z5 and RX100 IV are action-packed and full of features, they are also real, everyday-life gadgets.’
   The Sony Xperia Z5 will be available globally from October.

September 15, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover previews Spectre cars, with Naomie Harris, Dave Bautista, David Gandy, Sonya Kraus

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As well as débuting its F-Pace SUV on its largest stand ever, Jaguar Land Rover has shown the vehicles it has supplied for the next James Bond film, Spectre, as part of the events for the IAA, the Frankfurt Motor Show.
   The Jaguar C-X75, resplendent in orange for the film, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the Land Rover Defender have appeared at Thurn und Taxis, with stars Naomie Harris and David Bautista as special guests at the Jaguar Land Rover Bond party on the eve of the reveal.
   Other celebrities present at the party included model David Gandy, German actor and brand ambassador Jürgen Vogel, Alexandra Maria Lara, Anja Kling, Hannah Herzsprung and Sonya Kraus, while British singer and musician John Newman provided the entertainment. Representing Jaguar Land Rover were CEO Dr Ralf Speth, design director Gerry McGovern and JLR Germany director Peter Modelhart.
   The C-X75, originally a show car, appears in the film as driven by Bautista’s character, Mr Hinx, and is involved in a moonlit chase against James Bond’s Aston Martin DB10, a vehicle created for Spectre.
   ‘To have the opportunity to be a part of an iconic chase scene in a Bond movie and to drive the C-X75 supercar was like a dream come true for me. It truly is a beautiful beast of a car that will go down in movie history,’ said Bautista.
   The Land Rover Defender and 550 PS Range Rover Sport SVR appear in major action sequences shot in Austria. The Defenders in the film have 37-inch off-road tyres, modified suspension and enhanced body protection.
   Kraus noted that the Range Rover SVR was her favourite of the three Bond cars on the stand: ‘Big and strong, I would take one away today!’ Herzsprung said, ‘I am a big fan of the James Bond movies, and of course Jaguar Land Rover. Both stand for British coolness, exceptional performance and a certain something—they fit perfectly together.’
   Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) worked on the Bond cars in association with the filmmakers. The C-X75 was prepared by SVO in collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering. SVO is also working on the six re-creations of the Lightweight E-type, announced last year.
   The company will show additional Spectre content through its social media channels, including behind-the-scenes videos on the design of the cars, a walk-around of the C-X75, and the stunt teams.
   Spectre premières in the UK on October 26.

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The cars

The Jaguar F-Pace First Edition, a limited edition of 2,000.

September 10, 2015

News in brief: British GQ hosts Men of the Year Awards; Proof eyewear arrives in New Zealand

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British GQ hosted its 18th annual Men of the Year awards, in association with Hugo Boss, with Diageo’s Cîroc Vodka providing the cocktails and prizes of magnum bottles at the Royal Opera House event on Tuesday. Cîroc also sponsored the Solo Artist award, won by singer Sam Smith, on the same day it was announced that he would perform the next James Bond theme song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for Spectre. Other guests at the event included David Gandy, Jourdan Dunn, Lewis Hamilton, James Bay, Keith Richards, Lionel Richie, Samuel L. Jackson, Elton John, Will Ferrell, Charlie Casely-Hayford, Sam Claflin, Emilia Clarke, Ella Catliff, Amber Le Bon, Yasmin Le Bon, Blur, Jason Atherton, Marc Newson, Jodie Kidd, Daisy Lowe, Erin O’Connor, Naomie Harris, Henry Holland, Nicholas Hoult, Paul Rudd and Oliver Cheshire. As well as the Cîroc cocktails (Cîroc Blue Stone, Cîroc Men of the Year and Cîroc Thyme Sour), dinner consisted of pickled beets, truffle ricotta, baby gem lettuce and pine nuts, followed by bream fillet with potato cake, marinated squid and heritage potato salsa, ending with a lemon and thyme cheesecake.
   Sustainable eyewear is in vogue now, and Idaho-based Proof eyewear is launching into the New Zealand market in time for summer. The Wood collection features sustainably sourced wood, including mahogany, walnut and bamboo; the Eco collection uses cotton-based acetate and sustainably sourced wood; and the Skate collection uses recycled Canadian maple skateboards. A portion of each sale goes to Proof’s socially responsible Do Good programme, which has provided tsunami relief in Japan, child soldier rehabilitation in Africa, and reforestation in Haïti. In 2013, Proof donated funds to build two eye clinics in India, and this year, they donated over US$12,000 in El Salvador toward community projects, and another US$12,000 went to the Nature Conservancy in Idaho. Proof’s New Zealand website is at

David M. Benett; JAB Promotions; courtesy Diageo

September 8, 2015

Sam Smith to perform title song ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ for James Bond film, Spectre

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English singer–songwriter Sam Smith has recorded the title song, ‘Writing’s on the Wall’, for the next James Bond film, Spectre.
   The song, composed by Smith with fellow Grammy Award winner Jimmy Napes, is being released by Capitol Records and will be available on September 25.
   ‘Writing’s on the Wall’ is the first James Bond theme song recorded by a British male solo artist since Tom Jones’s ‘Thunderball’ in 1965.
   ‘This is one of the highlights of my career. I am honoured to finally announce that I will be singing the next Bond theme song,’ said Smith. ‘I am so excited to be a part of this iconic British legacy and join an incredible line up of some of my biggest musical inspirations. I hope you all enjoy the song as much as I enjoyed making it.’
   Smith, in our second video below, called his new theme song ‘timeless’.
   Spectre will be released in the UK on October 26, and in the US on November 6. Daniel Craig stars as James Bond, with Christoph Waltz playing his nemesis. The film sees the return of the criminal organization, SPECTRE, which featured in some of Ian Fleming’s novels and many of the 1960s’ films, and 1971’s Diamonds Are Forever. Sam Mendes returns to direct after his successful outing in Skyfall.
   Smith’s début album In the Lonely Hour launched at number one in the UK and number two in the US, and scored four Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards.

September 2, 2015

Sofia Vergara launches second fragrance, with live appearance on HSN in October

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Parlux and Sofia Vergara have teamed up for a second fragrance, which the actress will launch live on HSN on October 22.
   The new fragrance, called Love by Sofia Vergara, follows from the original Sofia, and is an oriental, fruity fragrance, with top notes of mandarin, passionfruit and orange blossom, mid-notes of purple Andean orchid, magnolia, and Colombian coffee flower, and basenotes of amberwood, ambrette seeds and vanilla.
   The bottle is in the style of a multi-faceted emerald, as a tribute to Vergara’s native Colombia.
   The eau de parfum retails for US$55 for 100 ml and US$32 for 50 ml, and will be available across the US, and via, Perfumania and
   ‘I want my brand to reflect the many aspects of a woman’s life. Love is for the woman who truly enjoys being a woman … and loves who she is,’ said Vergara in a release.
   ‘Sofia is the ideal partner and a terrific collaborator. She knows what she likes, is open to new ideas and has a pulse on what women want today. Her innate charisma, passion and energy charges up a room as she has the ability to stir people’s creativity, passions and emotions,’ said Donald Loftus, president of Parlux Ltd.
   Vergara will share video footage via her social media channels in the meantime, and will introduce a Love by Sofia Vergara gift set when she appears on HSN next month.

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