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April 28, 2016

Morgan Freeman honoured at 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala by Film Society of Lincoln Center

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Jim Spellman

Morgan Freeman was honoured on Monday night by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, at its 43rd Annual Chaplin Award Gala, sponsored by Jaeger-LeCoultre.
   The Academy Award-winning actor follows other luminaries including Charlie Chaplin, for whom the award is named, and who was the first recipient in 1972, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Federico Fellini, Elizabeth Taylor, Bette Davis, James Stewart, Robert Altman, Martin Scorsese, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sidney Poitier, Barbra Streisand, and Robert Redford.
   Chaplin’s granddaughter, actress Kiera Chaplin, was present, representing her family. Daniel Riedo, Jaeger LeCoultre’s CEO, and Laurent Vinay, its communications’ director, represented their company. Other actors present included Robert de Niro and Helen Mirren.
   Freeman told Reuters, ‘I’m from a small town in a small state and when you start thinking about where you came from and looking back the first thing that comes to mind is the word luck.’
   In an earlier statement, Ann Tenenbaum, chair of the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s board, said of Freeman, ‘He is one of the most gifted actors of our time and his body of work has changed the film landscape. He is universally loved as an actor and as a humanitarian, and we are thrilled to add the Chaplin to the long list of distinguished awards he has already received.’
   â€˜Morgan Freeman is one of most highly regarded and beloved actors of his generation and we are excited to honour all of his achievements with the Chaplin Award, our biggest fundraiser of the year, which recognizes those whose mastery of their craft has made an impact on the art of film,’ said the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s executive director Lesli Klainberg. ‘Whether in a leading or supporting role, he brings a quiet gravitas to each of his memorable performances in such films as Lean on Me and Driving Miss Daisy to Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, Seven, Million Dollar Baby, and Invictus.’
   Freeman began his acting career in off-Broadway stage productions of The Niggerlovers and an all African-American production of Hello Dolly. Early TV appearances in The Electric Company followed, before he moved into film. He also has an extensive filmography in narration (The Long Way Home and March of the Penguins among it). In 2005, he won the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Million Dollar Baby, and received nominations for Street Smart, The Shawshank Redemption, and Invictus. He won a Golden Globe for Best Actor for Driving Miss Daisy in 1990. He received the Cecil B. de Mille Award at the 2011 Golden Globes and the 39th AFI Lifetime Achievement Award.
   Freeman is executive producer of Madam Secretary and host and executive producer of Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. He will soon be seen in The Story of God with Morgan Freeman on the National Geographic Channel.
   Upcoming films include London Has Fallen, Going in Style, Now You See Me 2 and Ben-Hur.
   Freeman co-founded the Frank Silvera Writers’ Workshop, which serves successful playwrights, is a member of the board of directors of Earth Biofuels, and a supporter of Artists for a New South Africa and the Campaign for Female Education.


Jim Spellman

April 26, 2016

The big reveal for HTC’s 10 smartphone in New York

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New York rolled out the red carpet for the big reveal of HTC’s newly and much awaited 2016 flagship smartphone earlier in April. Weeks before, the industry were enthusiastically anticipating the state-of-the-art HTC 10. Its sleek look, elegant structure and slightly oblique curves radiate with sophistication.
   The aluminium unibody Android stores up to 27 hours of power, thanks to the company’s PowerBotics component that enhances battery life. The up-to-date Qualcomm Snapdragon processor accelerates speed and connectivity with impressive graphics. Other innovations include their BoomSound Hi-Fi edition for stunning sound quality. Additional features include a rough textured power button, a concealed SIM card slot and volume control. A dual-tone LED flash, a laser autofocus, a back-illuminated sensor (BSI), front and back UltraPixel cameras with optical image stabilization (OIS) for pictures and selfies, permitting the photographer to evade the unwanted blur. The 12 Mpixel camera can capture moments in a flash (literally) in a speed of 0·6 seconds. Other features also include face detection and a self-timer. The scratch and damage-resistant glass covers a high-resolution 5·2-inch screen with 2,560 by 1,440 pixels, a whopping pixel density of 564 ppi. The metal body and rigorous glass front beautifully complement each other to provide a robust handset that can withstand scratches and scrapes.
   It is a delicate, elegant gadget with a fingerprint sensor, which can speedily detect the user unlocking the device in 0·2 seconds, and an easy-to-navigate touch-screen, all in the comfort of one’s hand. HTC 10 will officially be released in May and will be available in two shades, including grey and silver.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor


April 21, 2016

Beyoncé partners with three charities as part of the Formation World Tour

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As part of her Formation World Tour, Beyoncé has announced three charitable organizations that will partner with her own initiative, BeyGood.
   The singer wants to encourage fans to give to the three organizations, and demonstrates how easy it is to “pay it forward”.
   She proposes using one of three ways: online through CrowdRise, in partnership with United Way, to support the Flint, Michigan water crisis (where fans can qualify for winning VIP tickets to her tour); through their communities with United Way, with issues specific to each tour market; or on-site, after signing up with Global Citizen and Chime for Change, with opportunities to win tickets and upgrades on the tour.
   United Way will be present at very stop beginning with the North American leg. The first venue is Marlins Park, Miami, Fla. on April 27. Gucci’s Chime for Change, which BeyoncĂ© co-founded, and Global Citizen will have their programme in select tour locations, including Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Detroit and London. There are charity events in Houston, Compton (Calif.), and Detroit.
   Fans in Houston can give and support Rudy Rasmus and his Bread of Life initiative, combatting hunger in the city, and TurnAround Houston, to help create jobs. In Compton, the event will help Urban Education Institute, which works with youth through music and the arts. In Detroit, the event will celebrate the resourcefulness of the people of Flint and Detroit.
   Since the announcement of BeyGood, the initiative has claimed to have helped millions of people with employment, shelter and more. Tour dates are available at beyonce.com.

April 11, 2016

H&M launches M.I.A.’s ‘Rewear It’ to mark World Recycle Week; Olivia Wilde supports Conscious Collection

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Max Larsson

Olivia Wilde is the face of H&M’s Conscious Collection, and promoted it in New York last week alongside her friend Barbara Burchfield.
   She wore a lace skirt and matching blouse from the range, complemented by a Balenciaga leather jacket.
   Wilde and Burchfield co-founded Conscious Commerce, which she discusses in our video below. Her venture encourages companies to work in sustainability into their day-to-day operations, and says that H&M is a good ally, a company that proves that one does not need to sacrifice style for nobler aims.
   On a related note, H&M today (April 11) launches its campaign for World Recycle Week 2016, with a video entitled ‘Rewear It’, featuring British performer M.I.A., who also composed the song exclusively for the company.
   The video encourages people to recycle old or unwanted clothes. The Swedish giant says M.I.A. ‘personifies the conscious consumer with a social awareness.’
   Aaron Sillis choreographed the video, which runs for 3 minutes, 37 seconds and features a cast of music and dance artists and allies in sustainability, shot all over the world.
   H&M aims to collect 1,000 tonnes of unwanted or worn-out garments from its customers worldwide, through its 3,600 stores. It is part of the company’s goal to close the loop in fashion, recycling unwanted garments to create textile fibres for new products.
   â€˜World Recycle Week is about embracing important environmental issues such as the landfills, and highlighting a global movement,’ she says.

April 8, 2016

Hannah Ferguson in a Triumph-ant return, with spot aimed at new mothers

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Hannah Ferguson returns in a sequel to Triumph’s earlier animated promotion, Find the One. Find the One, Again sees the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model in both live and cartoon forms, this time following her character after giving birth to her first child.
   Two new characters, Luna and Jade, make their dĂ©but, with the premise being similar, although aimed at new mothers.
   Triumph says the new promotion helps women reclaim their shape and finding a perfectly fitting bra, and as with last year’s promotion, it is done with a fun, entertaining approach.
   The animation sees Hannah finding life overwhelming and her body confidence affected by the birth, and Luna and Jade encouraging her to find herself again.
   The new product being pushed is Triumph’s Magic Boost, with three bras, Push-Up, Lift-Up and Shape-Up.
   The score is by Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, performed by a professional orchestra and choir, with lead vocals by Broadway singers J. Elaine Marcos, Ta’rea Campbell, Betsy Wolfe and Leslie Kritzer. It was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York.
   The spot broke earlier this week on German TV, and will next be seen in Italy and Portugal (April 10), Switzerland (April 11), Poland (April 21) and Denmark (May 2).

April 6, 2016

New Zealand photographers examine human impact in New York City exhibition

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Above, from top: Andrew B. White: Single Tree Fog. Claire Price’s L’Enfer VI. Jonathan Pilkington: Piopiotahi 1 & 2. Nichola Clark: Merania.

With opening night tonight, the Ora Gallery at 51 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10011, is showing Anthropocene Vision: Photography by Four Artists, exhibiting works by four New Zealanders: Nichola Clark, Jonathan Pilkington, Claire Price, and Andrew B. White.
   The images show ‘nature and interiors that conceal—or reveal—vestiges of a human presence,’ noted the gallery. Anthropocene refers to our present era, one where humans have had a permanent impact on Earth. The works being shown attempt to ‘capture, influence, understand, and form a spiritual connection with the world we inhabit.’
   Each photographer covers a different part of the main theme, with Clark exploring land and belonging, looking at Hiruhārama, New Zealand and the Ngāti Hau people, Pilkington examining the relationship humans have with stone; Price studying how humans can manipulate and destroy nature; and White photographing Prospect Park in New York as he studies an urban park and the human presence concealed within his images.
   The exhibition runs till April 29.

March 23, 2016

In full bloom at the School of American Ballet

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Erin Baiano

Like music, dance is a universal language which is internationally celebrated. The School of American Ballet (SAB) held their lavish Winter Ball at Lincoln Center’s beautiful David H. Koch Theater in March featuring dinner, dance and fun, all for a good cause while indulging in the arts. An exclusive performance took centre-stage by the SAB students, with choreography by Peter Walker, who was chosen for the second consecutive year by the Artistic Director and Chairman of Faculty of SAB, Peter Martins. Their pliĂ©s, pirouettes and arabesques were delivered with such grace and poise as the dancers followed the beat of the music. As a group, they performed in harmony, while the solo performance was conducted with such elegance. The celebrated French jewellery brand Van Cleef & Arpels sponsored the gorgeous event, stunningly designed by Ron Wendt, who added a touch of sophistication to the ambiance with European elegance. Simplicity and glamour illuminated the room with white floral arrangements and long candlesticks serving as centrepieces. Fifteen-foot-tall gold and silver mobile chandeliers dangled from above the dining hall, adding a rich radiance to the setting.—Lola Cristall, Paris Editor










Erin Baiano

March 9, 2016

London calling: Henry London lands in New York

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A timepiece is just as enticing as jewellery. Henry London landed at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York to stir some British flair with a range of stunning, affordable watches, from modern and colourful to sophisticated and exquisite. Each collection pays homage to iconic locations named after London subway stations: Chiswick, Edgware, Finchley, Hammersmith, Hampstead, Harrow, Highgate, Holborn, Knightsbridge, Pimlico, Richmond, Stratford and Westminster.
   Founded by a duo, one of whom came across a 1960s watch at the Portobello Road Market, Henry London quickly obtained global success as it expanded to more than 20 countries. The watches themselves echo that found item, each with a 1960s sensibility, but they still look modern today. To provide a personalized touch, the wearer can add a custom engraving to the case with a choice of typeface. The line includes high-tech, stainless steel models and different calibres to choose from, for instance, three hands, with or without a date window. Many pieces have cambered crystal with domed glass, for a stylish, complex look. Chronographs are also an option, with elongated dauphine hands and dazzling sub-dials. The watches can be had with Milanese mesh bracelets, or pliable soft leather straps of varying colours with elegant buckles.—Lola Cristall, Paris editor









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