Friday, November 15, 2013
Love it or hate it, the reviews are in and Sandra Bullock rocked her performance in Gravity and the accolades have now begun. While I personally found the film visually spectacular, and a strong argument to pay the $18 for 3D glasses, but Clooney I thought was yet again...being George Clooney (this time, in space!) which took away from the overall enjoyment of the film. Interestingly Robert Downey Jr. was originally slated for the "comic" relief in zero-gravity, before leaving the project.
The 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Academy Award®-winning actress Sandra Bullock with the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, at its annual Awards Gala. Each year the festival selects an actor and actress to receive this award. Matthew McConaughey will receive the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actor, which was previously announced. Presented by Cartier and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs .
“Sandra Bullock is the epitome of cinematic talent and versatility,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In her latest and arguably most demanding role as first-time astronaut Dr. Ryan Stone in Gravity, Bullock faces the primal nightmare of being stranded in space with no apparent way of returning. Throughout the entire film, her determination to survive is masterfully portrayed. To this consummate performer who continues to captivate audiences with her artistry, it is our honor to present the 2014 Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, to Sandra Bullock.”
Past actress recipients of the Desert Palm Achievement Award, Actress, include Halle Berry, Marion Cotillard, Anne Hathaway, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Naomi Watts and Michelle Williams.
Gravity stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in a Warner Bros. Pictures film directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalski (Clooney) in command. But on a seemingly routine mission, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed by space debris, leaving Stone and Kowalski completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. The only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Sandra Bullock won an Academy Award® for her portrayal of Leigh Anne Tuohy in the true-life drama The Blind Side. This year, in addition toGravity, Bullock also starred opposite Melissa McCarthy in the smash hit buddy cop comedy The Heat. She has also recently starred in such diverse projects as the drama Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, the romantic comedy The Proposal, and the Oscar®-winning Crash. In addition to her Oscar®, Bullock has received numerous awards and nominations for her acting work, including a Golden Globe, two SAG® Awards, two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, four MTV Movie Awards, an American Comedy Award, ten Teen Choice Awards, and four People’s Choice Awards for Favorite Female Movie Star.
About The Palm Springs International Film Festival
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees annually for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries. The Festival is also known for its annual Black Tie Awards Gala, honoring the best achievements of the filmic year by a celebrated list of talents who, in recent years, have included Ben Affleck, Javier Bardem, Cate Blanchett, Danny Boyle, Bradley Cooper, George Clooney, Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, Helen Mirren, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron and Kate Winslet.
The Awards Gala of the 25th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival is presented by Cartier and sponsored by Mercedes Benz and Entertainment Tonight. The City of Palm Springs is the Title Sponsor of the Film Festival. Presenting Sponsors are Wells Fargo, The Desert Sun and Spencer’s. Major sponsors are AARP, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Wessman Development, Bank of America, Wintec, Regal Entertainment Group, Windermere Real Estate, Eisenhower Medical Center, Guthy-Renker, Integrated Wealth Management, PalmSpringsOasis.com, Ocean Properties, Panavision, Chihuly and Telefilm Canada.
For more information visit www.psfilmfest.org
Saturday, September 7, 2013
S/S Fashion Week kicked off in style, and while many are showing a subdued lip (so far), which highlight the subdued hues of some collections like Jason Wu, both Rag and Bone and Helmut Lang have taken a decidedly different take and offer up a bold, matte lip for a blast of Spring Red's and Orange. While not for everyone, I think this one will have strong a strong resonance for women looking for a little brightness after a long grey winter.
Revlon Global Artistic Director, Gucci Westman, focused on clean luminous skin and paired it with a subtle eye, strong brow and bold lip, to compliment the Rag & Bone Spring/Summer ’14 collection.
“This look focuses on textures with a matte lip and luminous skin, but it's not about being sweet; she's still a cool rag & bone girl,” says Westman. “This is the first time rag & bone has ever done a lip look like this. We decided to go with a bold lip because it fit so well with the clothes this season. There is a lot of shine to the collection, as well as pastels, so I really wanted the lip to pop. The lip color was inspired by the World Cup in Brazil and the eye look was inspired by what your eyes might look like the morning after going to bed with your makeup on.”
We even see Helmut Lang taking the bold lip deeper and redder here for Spring
Prediction: While it's too early to tell at Day 2 of #NYFW, I think it's safe to say It's going to be a colorful, and clean Spring 2014 for women. Stay tuned.
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Vanity Fair's new series "decades" celebrating their 100-year history is a fun capture of the moments that were...ten decades, ten directors. It will be interesting to see how they go back beyond the obvious stand-out's like this one for the 60's by Bryce Dallas Howard... wonderful to see all the familiar faces, June Lockhart? Chaka Khan? Awesome!
Monday, July 22, 2013
There's something to be said for a summer break, slowly but surely I'll be back next month, in the mean time, this came across the transom...some very cool items, enjoy!
Christie’s has just announced their next online-only auction, Gentlemen’s Luxury Accessories, Barware, Sports, Travel and Leisure, which features works from Tiffany, Hermès, Cartier, Asprey, Bulgari, Dunhill (below), Fortnum & Mason amongst others. The collection of refined and vintage pieces for men of all ages includes cocktail shakers, hip flasks, cigarette cases, aviation models, and much more: HERE
The only-online format for Christie’s gives collectors at all levels an opportunity to bid on these exclusive pieces which include a `President' briefcase in the classic `Monogramme' canvas and golf bag from the 1960s by Louis Vuitton and an unusual French `traffic lights' desk compendium by Hermès (below).
Featuring works by prestigious international makers such as Tiffany, Hermès, Cartier, Asprey, Bulgari, Dunhill, Fortnum & Mason amongst others, this collection comprises refined and playful vintage objects that are much coveted luxury items for men of all ages, including cocktail shakers, jiggers, hip flasks and ice buckets, humidors and cigarette cases, gaming boxes, clocks, car mascots and aviation models.
The selection of elegant home décor is highlighted by an art deco cigar box by Asprey & co, London, 1927 (estimate: £8,000-12,000); a large and unusual `bi-plane' desk companion by F. Reichenberg, 1920s (estimate: £8,000-12,000); and a zeppelin airship travelling cocktail shaker set (above), by J.A. Henckels (estimate: £6,000-8,000). With over 64 lots ranging from £250 to £25,000, the entre sale is expected to realise in the region of £190,000.
As a complement to Christie’s exclusive sale of luxury vintage barware and other fine boys’ club accessories, they talked to some of the world’s best barmen about their favorite recipes — some classic, some with a modern twist. Alessandro Palazzi (above, courtesy of Dukes), of the Dukes Hotel, in London, talks here about the martini that inspired Ian Fleming, and why the best martinis are neither shaken nor stirred:HERE
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2013 that totaled £2.4 billion/ $3.68 billion. In 2012, Christie’s had global auction and private sales that totaled £3.92 billion/$6.27 billion making it the highest annual total in Christie’s history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £465.2 million ($711.8 million) in the first half of 2013, an increase of 13% on the previous year, and for the third successive year represents the highest total for the period in both company and art market history. Images from http://www.christies.com/