Announcements

Jeff ArmstrongAugust 21, 2017
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Bio-Synergy joins the list of sponsors for the 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 sponsoring the Best Reality Competition Show category.   Nominees include; Strictly Come Dancing, Britain’s Got Talent , Big Brother , Come Dine with Me, The Jump, Celebrity MasterChef, Love Island, Take Me Out, Britain’s Got Talent, Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest , Dance Dance Dance , Coach Trip and CelebAbility

Bio-Synergy is the leading health and fitness brand behind one of the best ranges of sport nutrition. Whether you’re preparing for an endurance event like a Marathon or simply looking to maximise your gym workouts, Bio-Synergy’s clean, effective and high quality range of nutrition and supplements is here to fuel your performance and help you #MAKEITHAPPEN.

 

The award-winning range includes everything from Whey Hey® Protein and Creatine to Body Perfect Capsules and Skinny Water. Whether you’re looking to lose weight, build muscle or enhance your performance, Bio-Synergy’s constantly evolving collection delivers the perfect solution no matter what your goal.

Since its launch 20 years ago, over 4 million passionate sports and fitness enthusiasts have chosen Bio-Synergy to achieve their goals and fuel their performance. Its protein and supplements have been used by many of the world’s most respected athletes and teams, in fact, Bio-Synergy has fuelled more Gold medals, PB’s and World Cup wins than any other brand!

The 7th annual National Reality TV Awards 2017 takes place on the 18th of September in London. Winners for the Best Reality Competition Show sponsored by Bio-Synergy as voted for by the public will be announced. For more information on Bio-Synergy. Click here


Lucy ColemanAugust 8, 2017
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Britain’s Got Talent, The Voice UK, Dragon’s Den, Love Island,  Take Me Out, First Dates, and Love Island are a few of the nominees announced today ahead of the the prestigious 7th annual National Reality TV Awards taking place next month on the 18th of September 2017 at the Porchester Hall in London.

The National Reality Television Awards is the only awards ceremony worldwide to re-define the sub genres that make up the whole industry of Reality TV with all categories nominated and voted for by millions of television fans.

Over 4.6 million submissions were received for this year’s nominations. Each year all nominations for the NRTA are submitted via the official NRTA website by the public between the 7th of  January till the 1st of August  and the public decide winners of each category by voting on the official NRTA website for their favorite shows, celebrities or participants. This year (2017) the National Reality Television Awards has partnered with broadcast partner, Sky Showcase  who will be broadcasting the event.

VooVix will be the official streaming partner for the NRTA’s. Exclusive highlights of the National Reality TV Awards 2017 will be streamed live on VooVix.com . The coverage supported by Sky Showcase will include live broadcast of backstage interviews with winners via Facebook Live.

The Best Television Presenter category sees a plethora of talent go head to head including; Paddy McGuinness for Take Me Out , Nick Knowles for DIY SOS, Bradley Walsh for the The Chase , Stephen Mulhern for Catchphrase , Susanna Reid for Good Morning Britain, Lorraine Kelly for Lorraine and Naga Munchetty for BBC Breakfast are among the list of presenters competing for this category. Whilst the Best TV Judge category sees;  Simon Cowell for Britain’s Got Talent, David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent), Danni Minogue (Let it Shine) go head to head with WIll i am (The Voice UK & Voice Kids) , Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den) and Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK).

Previous NRTA Best TV Judge winner Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den) commented “I have always supported the NRTA’s from the first ever awards show at the O2 over 7 years ago and it is amazing to see how far this has come as an awards ceremony celebrating not just the faces we see on our screens but the Producers, Directors and production companies who play an excellent part in delivering contents to millions of TV viewers each year”.

Swiss Luxury watch brand, Dechavel watches has been announced as headline sponsor for this year’s 7th annual National Reality TV Awards with a 3 year sponsorship deal worth 2.2 million pounds per year and will be gifting their Royal Champion 2017 watch which costs £25k per timepiece to winners of their sponsored categories.

Louis Thurbolt, Head of Marketing for Dechavel watches commented  “Our remit as a luxury brand is to invest in the TV, Sports, Music and off course the Fashion industry. We are very excited to partner with the National Reality TV Awards and are proud to sign up for the next 3 years as exclusive luxury watch sponsor. Congratulations to all the nominees and looking forward to celebrating together at the event in September”.

Find full list of the 2017 NRTA nominees here:

Best TV Presenter sponsored by Dechavel watches

Paddy McGuinness (Take Me Out)

Nick Knowles (DIY SOS)

Noel Edmonds (Deal or No Deal)

Bradley Walsh (The Chase)

Stephen Mulhern (Catchphrase)

Brendan Sheerin (Coach Trip)

Rylan Clark (BB)

Alex Zane (Rude Tube)

Caroline Flack (Love Island)

Paul O Grady (Blind Date UK)

AJ Odudu (Trending Live)

Susanna Reid (Good Morning Britain)

Lorraine Kelly (Lorraine)

Naga Munchetty (BBC Breakfast)

Best Docu-Soap 2017

Eden

Ross Kemp: Extreme World

Who do you think you are?

Oxford Street revealed

Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

Katie Price: My Crazy Life

The Bionic Vet

Heir Hunters

Don’t Tell the Bride

Best Entertainment Show  sponsored by St. Moriz

The Only Way is Essex (Lime Pictures/ITVBe)

Made in Chelsea (Monkey Kingdom/E4)

Britain’s Got Talent (Fremantlemedia/Syco/ ITV)

Love Island (ITV2)

Dinner Date  (ITVBe)

Celebrity Masterchef (BBC 1)

Big Brother (Bazal/Brighter Pictures/Channel 5)

Take Me Out (Fremantlemedia/ ITV2)

The Voice  (ITV )

Let it Shine (BBC One)

Trending Live (4 Music)

First Dates (Twenty Twenty/ Channel4)

Best Dating Show 2017   sponsored by ONE Condoms

Love Island

Take me out

Dinner Dates

First Dates

Ex on the Beach

Celeb Go Dating

Naked Attraction

Dinner Date

Blind Date UK

Celebrity Personality of the Year

Lisa Vanderpump (Vanderpump Rules)

Alesha Dixon (BGT)

Susanna Reid (Good Morning Britain)

Ampika Pickston (Real Housewives of Cheshire)

Martin Kemp  (Let it Shine)

Ashley Roberts

Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent)

Trisha Goddard (BOOTS)

Piers Morgan (Good Morning Britain)

Sarah Harding (CBB)

Simon Cowell (BGT)

 

Best Business Show sponsored by Chelsea Monthly

Dragon’s’ Den

Secret Dealers

Four in a Bed

Escape to the Country

Flog it!

A Place in the Sun

Salvage Hunters

 

Most Inspiring TV Show

The Wright Stuff

DIY SOS

Dragons’ Den

First Dates

Eden

Binky & JP’s Baby: Born in Chelsea

Who do you think you are?

Escape to the Country

Voice Kids

 

Best Reality TV Judge

Gregg Wallace (Celebrity Masterchef)

Simon Cowell (Britain’s Got Talent)

Touker Suleyman (Dragon’s Den)

David Walliams (Britain’s Got Talent)

Danni Minogue (Let it Shine)

Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den)

Sir Tom Jones (The Voice UK)

Amanda Holden (Britain’s Got Talent)

Judge Rob Rinder (Judge Rinder)

Sarah Willingham (Dragons’ Den)

Gary Barlow (Let it Shine)

Will I  Am  (The Voice)

 

Best Television Chef

The Hairy Bikers

Lorraine Pascale

Nigella Lawson

Ken Ho

Mary Berry

John Torode

Ainsley Harriott

Simon Rimmer

Jamie Oliver

Nadiya Hussain

Gordon Ramsay

James Martin

Best Reality Competition Show

Strictly Come Dancing

Britain’s Got Talent

Big Brother

Come Dine with Me

The Jump

Celebrity MasterChef

Love Island

Take Me Out

Britain’s Got Talent

Me and My Dog: The Ultimate Contest

Dance Dance Dance

Coach Trip

CelebAbility

Best Reality Non-Competition Show   sponsored by Sebamed

The Only Way is Essex

Made in Chelsea : Ibiza

The Real Housewives of Cheshire

Dinner Date

Gogglebox

Geordie Shore

Ibiza Weekender XXL

Say yes to the dress

Tattoo Fixers

Reality Personality of the Year

Lauren Simon

Vicky Pattison

Leanne Brown

Charlotte Crosby

Ampika Pickson

Drew Pritchard

Olivia Attwood

Paisley Billings

Best Male Personality sponsored by DeChavel watches

ALex Mytton

Jamie Laing

Stephen Bear

Joey Essex

Chris Clark

James Diags

Drew Pritchard

Simon Rimmer

Best Game Show

Catchphrase

The Chase

Pointless

Tipping Point

Letterbox

CelebAbility

Ninja Warrior UK

Best Food Show  sponsored by Hungrynation.co.uk

Sunday Brunch

Celebrity Masterchef

Great British Bakeoff

Who’s Doing the Dishes?

Saturday Kitchen

Masterchef

Nadiya’s British Food Adventure

Best Female Personality sponsored by Lash Perfect

Megan McKenna (TOWIE)

Chloe Simms (TOWIE)

Sarah Willingham (Dragon’s’ Den)

Deborah Meaden (Dragon’s Den)

Amber Davies (Love Island)

Ampika Pickston (Real Housewives of Cheshire)

Montana Brown (Love Island)

Lydia Bright (TOWIE)

Rachel Riley (Countdown)

Chloe Meadows (TOWIE)

Katie Price: (My Crazy Life)

Olivia Wardell (Britain’s Next Top Model)

 

Best Performance (on a Reality TV Show)  sponsored by VooVix.com

Mo Adeniran (The Voice UK)

Issy Simpson ( Britain’s Got Talent)

Jess Folley (The Voice Kids)

Sarah Ikumu (Britain’s Got Talent)

Tokio Myers (Britain’s Got Talent)

Michelle John (The Voice UK)

The Mersey Girls (Britain’s Got Talent)

JB Gill & Chloe Gill (Dance Dance Dance)

DNA (Britain’s Got Talent)

Daliso Chaponda (Britain’s Got Talent)

Clara Hurtado (The Voice UK)

Jess Robinson (Britain’s Got Talent)

Best Male Personality sponsored by DeChavel watches

Pete Wicks (TOWIE)

Harley Judge (Love Island)

Dan Edgar (TOWIE)

Marcel Somerville (Love Island)

Paul Hollywood (Great British Bake Off’)

Jamie Laing (Made in Chelsea)

Matthew Wright (The Wright Stuff)

Fred Sirieix (First Dates)

Kem Cetinay (Love Island)

Chris Hughes (Love Island)

Best International Show  sponsored by VooVix.com

Vanderpump Rules

Real Housewives of Atlanta

Keeping up with the Kardashians

Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Shark Tank

Pawn Stars

Botched

#RichKids of Beverly Hills

Married to Medicine

Hardcore Pawn

Love & HipHop – Hollywood

Best Talk Show

Good Morning Britain

Loose Women

Big Brother’s Bit On the Side

This Morning

The Jeremy Kyle Show

John Bishop: In Conversation with….

 

Best Social Experiment Show

Love Island

Big Brother

Naked Attraction

Gogglebox

Eden

Coach Trip

Just Tattoo of us

Celebrity Big Brother

Geordie Shore

Celebrities in therapy

Best Production Company

FremantleMedia UK

Avalon

All3Media

HatTrick

Shed Media

Endemol Shine UK

Pulse Films

Two Four

Voting is currently live @ www.nationalrealitytvawards.org/voting

Winners will be announced on the 18th of September 2017.


Jeff ArmstrongAugust 4, 2017
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Lexus underlines its commitment to cinema in a new partnership with one of the world’s leading film festivals.
The car brand has been announced as the main sponsor of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, taking place on the Venice Lido from 30 August to 9 September. This first-time partnership with one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals is a further illustration of Lexus’s commitment to cinema, as highlighted by the annual Lexus Short Films series and its collaboration with Luc Besson’s science fiction blockbuster, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.

The Venice Film Festival or Venice International Film Festival (Italian: Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia, “International Exhibition of Cinematographic Art of the Venice Biennale”), founded in 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world and one of the “Big Three” film festivals alongside the Cannes Film Festival and Berlin International Film Festival.

The film festival is part of the Venice Biennale, which was founded by the Venetian City Council in 1895. Today, the Biennale includes a range of separate events including: the International Art Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Music; the International Theatre Festival; the International Architecture Exhibition; the International Festival of Contemporary Dance; the International Kids’ Carnival; and the annual Venice Film Festival, which is arguably the best-known of all the events.

The film festival has since taken place in late August or early September on the island of the Lido, Venice, Italy. Screenings take place in the historic Palazzo del Cinema on the Lungomare Marconi and in other venues nearby. Since its inception the Venice Film Festival has grown into one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world.

The heart of the brand’s presence at the festival will be the Lexus Lounge on the Biennale Terrace. Here, two flagship models, the new LC coupe and LS saloon, will be displayed. In addition, an all-hybrid fleet of 40 Lexus vehicles will be provided for VIP and guest transfers during the festival.

Annette Bening, President of the Jury, will arrive at the festival in the brand new LS 500h hybrid.“We are proud to take part in such a prestigious event, capturing the attention of the world across 11 days,” said Luigi Lucà, Director of Lexus Italy. “We share many values with movie world. Just like actors and directors, we want to improve and refine our art every day, mixing style, elegance and attention to detail to convey unique emotions and create amazing experiences.”

The 74th Venice International Film Festival is scheduled to be held from 30 August to 9 September 2017


Justine PhilipponJuly 28, 2017
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We have asked our experts for other ways that we, ourselves, can support our health in the workplace…

1. Does the shoe fit?
You could spend less time sitting in traffic, or being cramped on a tube, by swapping public transport for your feet (or at least for part of the way), which can also help to up your step count. However, make sure your footwear fits properly to avoid discomfort. “Sore feet after even a short walk? This is a common occurrence for those of us who do not have correct fitting shoes, and this can put us off walking altogether. Be sure your foot has enough room in the toe box. There should be a thumbnails width (or about a half inch) between your toes and the end of the shoe. The shoe should be wide enough in the toe that your toes can move freely. Your heel should not slip, and the shoe should not pinch or bind, especially across the arch or ball of your foot,” explains Carnation Footcare Podiatrist Dave Wain (www.carnationfootcare.co.uk).

2. Opt for a packed lunch
Are you a regular at the local lunch hot spots near your work? Skip the lunch queues and start by making your own lunches; not only can this be much cheaper but you also know exactly what is going into your meals, rather than thinking the salad you purchased is healthy, before learning how calorific the dressing is.
“Making your own lunch gives you full control over what you eat and how much of each food group you consume, which can help especially when looking for lower calorie options. You can prepare sandwiches or salad bases over the weekend if you struggle to find time in the mornings,” suggests Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.
If you’re not sure what to add to your lunchbox to make a nutritious and filling meal, try the general rule of having the size of your clenched fist as your carbs and the size of the palm of your hand as your protein.

3. Curb your sugar cravings
If you’ve had a stressful meeting, have had to deal with a difficult customer or are struggling to get through your emails try to avoid the feeling that you ‘deserve’ a high calorie treat each time. Identifying your emotions and finding alternative ways to deal with them, as opposed to powering your way through the likes of endless crisp packets, can help you take back control of your eating habits. “This may take effort and time, as we often hang on to what is familiar, but if you stick to it, you will soon be reaping the rewards for a little thoughtful decision-making, retraining and application of willpower – with a little help from your Slissie friend,” explains Psychologist, Corinne Sweet.

Slissie (from £24.99, www.slissie.co.uk) is the first of its kind as it delivers curb-craving flavourings that instantly help you resist the temptation of sugary, calorific snacks. Once the flavours that contain aromas are detected by your tastebuds and olfactory receptors, messages are sent to the appetite control centres of the brain leaving users feeling their appetite has been satisfied. At the press of a button you can taste flavours such as, chocolate, vanilla and mint, making your brain think you’ve had that sweet treat without any nasty sugars being involved!

4. Don’t become a desk potato
Feeling snowed under at work? Make sure you still take a break and stretch your legs to help combat against stress. “Exercise is a great stress reliever. Take a brisk walk to stimulate anti-anxiety effects, this helps to clear your thoughts and feel more relaxed upon returning to the office,” suggests Cassandra.

5. Set an alarm
“If you’re a bit of a desk jockey, set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around the office to get yourself moving,” advises Dave.

6. Replace your Americano for a green tea
Green tea is an excellent healthy mood booster. “It contains some caffeine, which gives you a bit of a lift, but also contains the amino acid theanine. Theanine which can have a relaxing effect and may help to relieve anxiety and mental stress, potentially by increasing your levels of serotonin, dopamine (responsible for reward and pleasure), and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA, which has a relaxant effect),” explains Cassandra.

7. Learn to say no
“If you feel the symptoms of stress coming on, learn to get your priorities right. There is nothing in your life right now more important than your health. Learn to say no if you feel that you have taken on too much. Being assertive is invigorating and empowering. It also helps to make lists of what is, or is not a priority, and to tackle the priority tasks first. This will help give you a sense of control over your life,” says Dr Marilyn Glenville, the UK’s leading Nutritionist, author of Natural Solutions for Dementia and Alzheimer’s (www.marilynglenville.com).

8. Get your veggies
Does your lunch lack vegetables? This can be a significant way of you adding calories to your diet, by filling your plate with other food groups, such as carbs. “Soups are a fantastic way of boosting your veg intake and using any odds and ends of vegetables in the fridge, especially those that are starting to look a bit limp and sad! Gently steam all vegetables, add lots of garlic, onions and herbs such as rosemary, caraway and thyme. Then blend in a food mixer or liquidiser. Serve hot or cold!” says Cassandra.

9. Make time for breakfast
“The old saying says that ‘breakfast is the most important meal of the day’ and when you have breakfast you are literally ‘breaking the fast’, this supports the idea that you shouldn’t skip breakfast. Sleeping causes your metabolism (fat burning capability) to slow right down and nothing gets it going faster than breakfast,” explains Marilyn.
“But always remember that just as important as having breakfast itself, it’s also vital to choose healthy breakfast options such as wholegrain cereals like porridge, organic ‘live’ natural dairy products like yogurt, organic eggs and fruit. Sugar-laden cereals will cause your blood sugar to rise sharply and drop quite quickly, making you feel more hungry quickly – you need something that will sustain you and keep you feeling fuller for longer,” adds Marilyn.

10. Spring clean your desk
It may not come as a shock to you that the technology you use every day is often swarming with germs. Your computer keyboard is 20,000 times dirtier than a toilet seat and your mouse is 45,670 times dirtier than a toilet handle.


Lucy ColemanJuly 28, 2017
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NetJets, a Berkshire Hathaway company, unveiled a new installation with artist Frida Fjellman in Basel to celebrate the start of Art Basel. NetJets has been an Associate Partner of Art Basel for sixteen years. Ahead of the Basel show opening, the private aviation firm chose to work with Frida Fjellman, a critically acclaimed Swedish Craft Artist, in creating an innovative installation on display at the NetJets VIP lounge in the Art Basel Collectors Lounge.

Frida Fjellman’s piece ‘Crystal Atmosphere’ commissioned by NetJets for Art Basel 2017

Frida Fjellman is one of Sweden’s most prominent Craft Artists. Her hyperreal creations in ceramic and glass blur the lines between the disciplines of Craft and Fine Art and transports the viewer into a dreamlike world of myths and fables. Frida was commissioned by NetJets to create deliver an eye-catching installation that complemented the notion of air travel along with recognising the company’s engagement with design and art.

Fjellman decided to reimagine the ceiling of the NetJets VIP lounge around the theme of a Crystal Atmosphere. The installation incorporates approximately 100 glass prisms of different sizes and colours that are all hung at different heights creating a dreamlike atmosphere where the visitor automatically becomes a participant among the glass crystals. Frida worked closely with the Boda Glass factory to create the installation. Located in the famous glass blowing town of Boda Glasbruk, in Småland, Southern Sweden, the region is known as the Kingdom of Crystal and has been producing glass since the 18th century. The installation took over two months to create and each individual prism was created by hand by the skilled master glassblowers of Boda Glasbruk, each of whom have over 15 years’ experience in the craft.

Frida Fjellman’s piece ‘Crystal Atmosphere’ commissioned by NetJets for Art Basel 2017

I was interested in exploring the almost magical sense of tranquility that you experience when cruising above the clouds – flying is perhaps one of the few oasis of calm in our increasingly interconnected digital society. Crystal Atmosphere was designed to impart a sense of calm to the viewer as well as to intrigue and fascinate, making the visitor reflect and take a step back from their everyday lives. I hope that this will be a memorable and unexpected experience for the guests. said Frida Fjellman

Philip Baer, Regional Vice President, NetJets Europe commented: “Art Basel in Basel is an annual highlight for our Owners, both in Europe and across the globe, many of whom are avid art collectors and enthusiasts. NetJets has supported Art Basel in Basel since 2002 and our long-running involvement is testament to the show’s continued position as the world’s leading platform for Modern and contemporary art. This year we wanted to take our partnership with Art Basel one step further and through our collaboration with Frida, NetJets continues to demonstrate its commitment to providing innovative and exceptional experiences for our customers”.

Every year NetJets creates a six-day event at Art Basel in Basel and Art Basel in Miami Beach with their VIP lounge providing owners with hospitality throughout the week, as well as access to the show during the VIP days. The aviation firm saw flight traffic to Basel increase around 19% between 2015 and 2016 and this year is expecting in excess of 90 flights.


Jeff ArmstrongJuly 24, 2017
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THE BFI LONDON FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS FOR 61STEDITION

4-15 October 2017

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The BFI London Film Festival in Partnership with American Express® returns from 4-15 October 2017 for its 61st edition. The Festival sees hundreds of new UK and international films screened at more than fifteen locations for the UK’s leading, and most prestigious, film event.

With screenings and events open to the public as well as film industry professionals and talent, the Festival presents the first opportunity for audiences in the UK to see the very best in popular and independent cinema from across the globe. Located at the heart of the world’s most vibrant cultural city, LFF is one of the only major film festivals to be staged in a film production capital, giving it a distinctive appeal for filmmakers and audiences alike.

The Festival brings some of the biggest names in film to the city, as well as providing a showcase for the very best in emerging talent, giving audiences new experiences in film and a chance to get close to the stars and filmmakers. While some films will premiere at the LFF and go on to mainstream release in cinemas and awards success, others will receive their only big screen presentation at the festival, adding to the unique sense of discovery and a one-time only opportunity for audiences to see a film.

LFF is a social experience for all film lovers with a range of ticket options available to the public, including £5 rush tickets for the under-25s, to over 200 screenings, separated into themed strands of Love, Debate, Laugh, Dare, Thrill, Cult, Journey, Create, Family, and Treasures so that people of different ages, cultures and interests can find the films for them.

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 13: Rachel Weisz and Colin Farrell attend ‘The Lobster’ – Dare Gala, In Association With Time Out during the BFI London Film Festival at Vue Leicester Square on October 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images for BFI) *** Local Caption *** Rachel Weisz; Colin Farrell

Last year’s 60th anniversary edition reached a record-breaking London attendance of 184,700, an 18% increase on the previous year. A further 9,300 people accessed Festival screenings through simultaneous UK-wide presentations and online. The Festival programme included many films that later received significant awards success such as Barry Jenkin’s Moonlight and Damien Chazelle’s La La Land. The Festival also plays an important role profiling new British talent such as director Hope Dickson Leach’s The Levellingand William Oldroyd’s Lady Macbeth. The BFI’s major project Black Star – focusing on the achievements of black actors – was launched at the LFF with significant films including Amma Asante’s Opening Night gala A United Kingdom and Mira Nair’s inspirational true story of a young Ugandan chess champion Queen of Katwe, and the Black Star Symposium headlined by actor David Oyelowo who delivered a powerful and rousing speech about diversity in film.  Films from across the globe were also featured at the Festival, with titles such as Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman and Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper presented to London audiences.  At the Festival’s award ceremony, Michael Fassbender presented the BFI Fellowship to filmmaker, screenwriter and Turner prizewinning artist, Steve McQueen, and last year’s winner for Best Film was Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women.

This year’s Festival programme will feature hundreds of new UK and international films exploring a diverse range of topical, thought-provoking and agenda-setting themes.

The 2017 Festival will open with the European Premiere of Breathe, the directorial debut of Andy Serkis on Wednesday 4 October.

Adventurous and charismatic, Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield) has his whole life ahead of him when he is paralysed by polio whilst in Africa and given just months to live. Against all advice, Robin’s wife Diana (Claire Foy) brings him home from hospital where her devotion and witty determination inspire him to lead along and fulfilled life. Together they refuse to be limited by expectations, dazzling others with their humour, courage and lust for life.

There will be a live cinecast of all the excitement from Leicester Square and simultaneous screenings taking place at cinemas across the UK.

The acclaimed talks series LFF Connects returns with leading international talent in film, television, music, art, games and creative technologies delivering insights into the creative process and discussing their art forms’ intersection with film.  Previous participants include Christopher Nolan, Louis Theroux and Black Mirror co-creators Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones.  Also returning is the career-focused Screen Talks with previous participants including Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, Paul Verhoeven, Ben Wheatley and Park Chan-wook.

The 61st BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express® takes place from Wednesday 4 October-Sunday 15 October 2017. The full festival programme will be announced on Thursday 31 August 2017 at ODEON Leicester Square.

BFI Members’ priority booking opens 10:00am 7 September.

Tickets go on general sale at 10:00am 14 September.


Johana BaldellaApril 13, 2017
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TOYOTA FT-4X CONCEPT: TOYOTA’S “RUGGED CHARM” SUV DEBUTS AT THE NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

 

It’s only natural that if your work confines you to the city, you feel an urge to get away from the urban environment whenever you can, whether it’s to go climb a mountain, or simply enjoy a great view. Toyota has picked up on this mood among millennial-aged professionals to produce its new FT-4X Concept (Future Toyota – Four-Wheel Drive Crossover), which made its world debut today at the New York International Auto Show.

Dubbed a four-wheel drive “toolbox,” it has been penned by Toyota’s Calty design centre in California. Its styling is defined by the theme of “Rugged Charm,” while its capabilities are “casualcore” rather than hardcore, making the FT-4X suitable for any kind of outing, any time.

Kevin Hunter, Calty President, introduced the concept: “The Toyota FT-4X is not simply a concept where style meets function; it is a thoughtful, charming and engaging experience that adds real pleasure and convenience to the journey. We focused on how a crossover vehicle can add fun and value to casual adventures both in and out of the city.”

Casualcore exploration

The Toyota FT-4X Concept’s “casualcore” quality addresses the growing popularity of unplanned, spur-of-the-moment trips among young urban people, whether its dinner on the beach, heading into the country for a run or a walk, camping under the stars or time spent shooting the breeze and listening to music with a group of friends sitting on the tailgate of your vehicle. It’s the kind of get-away that can be inspired by social media, moving on from “liking” a digital snapshot to going somewhere to create your own.

“Rugged Charm” persona

Rugged Charm places value on simplicity, capability, durability and Toyota heritage. It also takes into account compact, sturdy dimensions and the provision of a wealth of tactile grips, handles and controls that give the user a satisfying sense of a mechanical reaction to their input.

“You can really tell we had a blast designing the FT-4X because it looks fun to use and fun to drive,” said Ian Cartabiano, Calty Studio Chief Designer. “I love this idea of mechanical satisfaction because while we’re living in today’s digital world, we took something that’s based on physical movements and made that a large part of what this vehicle is.”

The designers took an unconventional approach to their work, starting with the rear of the vehicle rather than its nose or profile. This acknowledged how the target Gen Y explorers make the tailgate or hatch of the car the centre of activity.

For the exterior, the stylists applied an “X” theme throughout the car’s Toyota New Global Architecture C-platform: for example, a door handle is located at the centre of a vertical, bowed X, at the widest point of the vehicle. This places driver and passenger within the broadest area, creating a natural protective zone. A similar bowed X shape can be seen in the rear hatch design, again with the door handle centrally located.

 

 

 

The concept is fitted with 18-inch wheels and custom 225/55R18 Goodyear All-season tyres. It stands 1,623mm tall, measures 4,249 long and has a 2,639mm wheelbase.

The rear Multi-Hatch can be opened horizontally, in Urban Mode, or vertically, in Outdoor Mode. Urban Mode splits the hatch in half for easy kerbside loading when space is tight. Outdoor Mode opens the hatch upwards in one piece. The door’s design has a satisfying mechanical touch, a rotating handle that’s turned to select the opening mode and which is deep-set so that it’s easy to operate when wearing thick gloves.

The flat roof is reinforced so that big items can be carried, with tie-down hoops located at each corner. Power outlets are integrated into the base of the tie-downs for use with camping or roof rack accessories.

Generous approach and departure angles ensure that FT-4X can tackle both on and off-road conditions – capability that is reflected in the black-painted wheel arch mouldings. A vertical window above the offside rear wing pays homage to the design of Toyota’s Xtracab pick-up and original 4Runner SUV, with removable glass that can be replaced with tinted or opaque options.

Sculpted rocker panels enhance underbody protection and durability when venturing off the beaten path. And whenever the FT-4X does find some heroic scenery, a GoPro® HERO5 Session™ camera built into the driver’s side rear-view mirror can capture it all.

The X theme is captured in the front design, too. A classic, extra-large Toyota emblem is set dead-centre, flanked by LED headlamps. The horizontal orientation of the grille, headlights and bumper nods to classic Toyota FJ Cruisers and pick-up models of the past.

Multi-tool cabin

The cabin has been conceived as a large open space fitted with easily accessible storage for all kinds of kit. Areas are colour-coded: blue for closed and orange for open storage. The inside of the hatch features two boxes, one warm, one cold, to warm or cool items as required.

The cabin is divided into three zones: Clean Zone, where the driver and front passenger sit, with rugged floor mats and sills inspired by Japanese sunoko slotted wood flooring; Wet Zone, with all-weather mats where damp or muddy kit can be stowed just behind the front seats and below the rear bench; and Rear Cargo Zone.

The Rear Cargo Zone has a completely flat floor with a concealed deep storage compartment accessed by sliding the floor section towards the Rear Multi Hatch (doing this transforms the floor into a tray). Extra space can be gained by folding the rear bench and there are plenty of red tie-down hooks to hold items in place.

 

 

 

An ultra-compact The North Face® sleeping bag fits neatly between front passenger seats, and functions as an armrest that is strapped atop an extra-large dividing console. The console can fold upward, revealing additional storage capacity for medium-sized gear. Its breathable, high-grip, hybrid mesh surface allows for wet items to dry quickly, and its bungee cord lattices keep small items in place.

Clever touches abound: the interior lighting can be removed and used as a torch; the side and rear door handles can serve as ad-hoc water bottles; and the armrests are fitted with USB ports and large rotary window switches. The centre dome light can be taken out to use as a locating light or beacon. The multimedia audio system can also be removed and is designed with an extra-large handle grip. There is no traditional navigation screen; instead there is a mobile phone mount immediately above the cylindrival digital instrument cluster, the thinking being that owners will download apps for both navigation and off-road instrumentation.

Drivetrain

The FT-4X has been designed potentially to run with a small-capacity four-cylinder engine. It features mechanical four-wheel drive and selectable low-range transmission, reinforcing its always-ready character. The sophisticated MacPherson strut front and double wishbone rear suspension design is engineered to cope with driving over rocks and potholes.


Johana BaldellaApril 12, 2017
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 A-COLD-WALL*  |  Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY  |  COTTWEILER  |  Halpern

Kiko Kostadinov  |  Liam Hodges  |  Marta Jakubowski  |  Molly Goddard  |  Nicholas Daley  

Paula Knorr  |  Phoebe English MAN  |  Richard Malone  |  Sadie Williams  | Wales Bonner

One to Watch – Richard Quinn

 

The British Fashion Council (BFC) today celebrated the fifteen emerging designers who will receive NEWGEN support for the year ahead. Following the announcement of a new format, NEWGEN sponsorship is now awarded annually to both menswear and womenswear designers who will show at either London Fashion Week Men’s or London Fashion Week. This new format is focused on celebrating the incredible pool of emerging menswear and womenswear talent in London. NEWGEN offers designers the time and support to hone in on critical business skills to futureproof their businesses. Britain leads the way when it comes to nurturing and developing young talent, from early education through to helping designers establish their brands on a global scale.

NEWGEN is a BFC initiative that supports the very best emerging talent and aims to build global, high end fashion brands of the future. The scheme offers designers financial support and showcasing opportunities. The BFC, with support from the NEWGEN committee, will deliver individual mentoring and business training to assist the designers as they develop their business infrastructure and skills. NEWGEN designers are identified by their creativity, strong design aesthetic and point of difference.

A-COLD-WALL*, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOYHalpern, Nicholas Daley and Richard Malone will receive NEWGEN support for the first time this year, in addition to existing NEWGEN designers COTTWEILER, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Phoebe English MAN, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Sadie Williams and Wales Bonner who all continue to receive support. ‘One to Watch’ support has been awarded to Richard Quinn, who will be given exhibition space in the LFW Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios this September. Designers Alex Mullins, Ashley Williams, Craig Green and Faustine Steinmetz now graduate from the initiative.

Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent, Chief Critic, VogueRunway.com and Chair of the NEWGEN committee commented: “To be able to select NEWGEN for both womenswear and menswear side by side this year has given the scheme a panoramic overview of London’s strength as a centre-point of young innovation. We have all been energised to see a surge of diverse talents from so many backgrounds whose focussed individuality inspires us. It’s a privilege to be able to join with so many mentors from the UK industry who volunteer to join together to put these designers on the proven fast-track to recognition and business success

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive British Fashion Council commented: “The new format of our NEWGEN initiative allows the BFC to be flexible in the support it offers emerging designers, and recognises the changing nature of fashion business and showcasing models. We want to empower these designers to build and strengthen their brands in close alignment with their creative vision. I am delighted as ever to welcome this year’s new designers to the initiative.”

A-COLD-WALL*, Charles Jeffrey LOVERBOY, COTTWEILER, Kiko Kostadinov, Liam Hodges, Nicholas Daley, Phoebe English MAN and Wales Bonner will show at London Fashion Week Men’s in June. Halpern, Marta Jakubowski, Molly Goddard, Paula Knorr, Richard Malone and Sadie Williams will show at London Fashion Week in September. Each of the NEWGEN designers will be allocated a dedicated pop-up showroom space within the Designer Showrooms at The Store Studios, taking residence after their show or presentation to host press and buyers appointments.

Since its inception in 1993, NEWGEN sponsorship has acted as a promotional launch pad for young designers including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane, Christopher Raeburn, Christopher Shannon, Erdem, J.W.Anderson, James Long, Lee Roach, Marques’Almeida, Mary Katrantzou, Nicholas Kirkwood, Roksanda Ilincic and Simone Rocha.

The NEWGEN committee comprises Sarah Mower MBE, BFC Ambassador for Emerging Talent (Chair); April Glassborow, Consultant; Barbara Grispini, Designer Brand Development Consultant, BFC & Curator, LONDON show ROOMS; Ben Banks, Founder, Fourmarketing; Caroline Rush, Chief Executive, BFC; Cassie Smart, Women’s Shoe and Buying Manager, Mathesfashion.com; Catherine Hayward, Fashion Director, Esquire; Charlie Porter, Journalist; Charlotte Whitehead, Senior Sales & Showcasing Manager, BFC; Katie Rawle, Senior Business Support Coordinator, BFC; Laura Burlington, Consultant; Laura Larbalestier, Womenswear Buying Director, Browns; Lulu Kennedy MBE, Founder and Director, Fashion East; Melanie Rickey, Consultant; Robert Johnston, Fashion Director, GQ; Stavros Karelis, Founder and Buying Director, Machine-A; Susanne Tide-Frater, Brand and Strategy Director, Farfetch and Terry Betts, Head of Business Development, Thread.

This year for the first time The Fashion Awards in partnership with Swarovski acted as a fundraiser for the BFC Education Foundation, with £400k of the £700k raised being used to support schemes including NEWGEN, BFC Designer Business Support and the BFC Colleges Council.

 


Jeff ArmstrongJuly 6, 2016
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Jess Glynne  rose to prominence as a featured artist on Clean Bandit’s single “Rather Be” and Route 94’s “My Love”, both of which reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in 2014. Her debut solo single, “Right Here”, reached the top ten the same year.

In 2015, she became the second British female solo artist after Cheryl to have five number-one singles in the UK, following her solo releases “Hold My Hand” and “Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself” and her feature on Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go”. Glynne’s debut album, I Cry When I Laugh, was released in 2015 and debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. Chelsea Monthly caught up with the songstress as she announced her exclusive competition for a lucky reader to win an opportunity to review her gig next week.

You are donating a percentage of your fee to charity ‘ Retraining of Racehorses (RoR)’, which is being matched by the Jockey Club Live. Why did you pick this charity in particular?
Firstly I love horses and have loved riding from a young age.  When I was first approached about playing these dates at racecourses it made me think about what happens to the horses that get injured or just too old to race anymore so I did some research and found out about the charity and the work it does. So when I agreed to the dates I said I’d do them if I could donate some of my fee to the charity. The Jockey Club kindly agreed to match my donation too, which is great.

Are you looking forward to shows at the racecourses- I imagine the set up is a little bit different from your normal shows, as you’ll have horse racing essentially being your support act?
Yes, never had horses as an opening act before. Looking forward to it.

Will you be placing a bet?
I’ll have a look at the runners and riders and see if any names pop out.

You’ve had 5 No.1 singles and your debut album also headed straight in to the number 1 spot. For a debut artist, you’ve had an amazing couple of years; did you think it would happen this quickly, and this big for you?
No it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and I didn’t expect any of it, I just hoped and prayed for people to enjoy the music I was making. Being able to take my music around the world, through Europe, down to Australia and across to America has been insane and a real a dream come true.

Speaking of which, you’re playing Sandown Park Racecourse with thousands of people snapping up your tickets in a few short weeks and other courses are following suit. Are you surprised with the reaction you have been getting, as we can’t imagine you get to visit Surrey often?
I am always surprised and overwhelmed when I hear things like that. It’s never a normal feeling. They are not regular stops on tour but I’m looking forward to all of them.

Have you ever visited racecourses before or followed any races growing up? Any experience of horses?
I loved horse riding when I was growing up and used to go all the time. I have been to Ascot a couple of times, which was a laugh with my friends but race wise that’s about it for me.

Your performance at the Brits was spectacular, did this give us an insight into what we expect from a large outdoor summer Jess Glynne show? Do you have anything special planned for these dates?

Yes, the Brits was fun. I’m just finishing rehearsals now for all the summer shows coming up and I’m super excited! We’ve made some changes to the show and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned.

Can you give us an idea of your set list- have you noticed any songs fans react particularly well too? 
You’re going to have to wait and see.. I’m sure there will be a fair few songs in there that you will know.

Are you working on album no.2 yet? Anything you can tell us, who you are writing or working with?
I’m always writing – I keep all these ideas on my phone-and I’ve started writing a bit but it’s early days yet. When I’m not touring this summer and afterwards I will be back in the studio.


JESS GLYNNE PLAYS SANDOWN PARK RACECOURSE ON 13TH JULY 2016


COMPETITION TIME:

Chelsea Monthly in association with Phonaudio are providing one lucky reader plus guest an opportunity to review next week’s Jess Glynne concert at Sandown for Chelsea Monthly. To be in with an opportunity to win a pair of review tickets for Chelsea Monthly. Answer the question below,

What was Jess Glynne’s first ever commercial top 10 single?
Send your answers, together with your full name, contact number and date of birth to;
David@chelseamonthly.com

Deadline for the competition is 12pm , Saturday, the 9th of July 2016

Disclaimer: All applicants have to be over 18 or accompanied by an Adult. Tickets are review tickets only, no additional travel/accommodation costs are included.


Annie PalmerFebruary 14, 2015
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The world of social media is growing each year especially across Europe, Asia and other continents. Analysts have witnessed a rise of consumers flocking to social networks to fuel our basic need to connect, interact and share with others worldwide.

A brand new network has launched today with the aim of revolutionizing the traditional social network. Good Girls Club, is the world’s first ever magazine, television and social network focusing on just girls.

Girls generally shop more, and are often the higher percentage when it comes to recommending and sharing information via social media. Furthermore, females are responsible for at least 85% of the sales in our high-street shops. Hence, Good Girls Club represents that essential empowering gap in the market space for brands who were looking for a 100% access into the female market” commented Louise Gookey , Editor-In-Chief at Good Girls Club.

Gookey went on to add “Although the other traditional social networks are fantastic. As growth in any domain occurs, there is always a need for a more refined vehicle to drive forward innovation and change. We spent over 3 years researching, raising investment and developing Good Girls Club and what we found out was that many females on social network felt that they spent 90% of their time deleting unwanted messages from a select few members of the opposite sex who were using social platforms primarily to pick up dates and it could be annoying when you are simply looking for a neutral place to connect, discuss, share, interact, and find out about new trends”.

Thousands of members are signing up to Good Girls Club daily and this is set to increase in partly due to the recent announcement of their 3 year contract to sponsor the Best Actress 2015 category at the National Film Awards. Nominees for this category include;Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars” , Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Beyond the Lights” , Quvenzhané Wallis for “Annie” , Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy” , Cheng Pei Pei for “Lifting”Alicia Vikander for “Testament of Youth” , Keira Knightley for “Imitation Game”
Imelda Stauton for “Pride” , Dorothy Atkinson for “Mr Turner” , Thandi Newton for “Half of a Yellow Sun” .

The Good Girls Club social network is very unique in what it offers, there is a marketplace which gives users an opportunity to buy and sell merchandise and make money, a lottery system providing members an opportunity to purchase lottery tickets and take part in a weekly lottery ran by the GGC Network . Users can also create pages, post videos, and publish their own blogs which will be viewed by all members.

Brand new Vlogger on GGC, Christina Roshan Travis commented “I am quite excited to be doing my own daily Vlog show on Good Girls Club called #BeingChristina . I am about to go through a breast implant procedure not for cosmetic reasons but the beauty is that I will be vlogging daily giving members an insight to this sort of procedure exclusively via Good Girls Club as I feel the girls will relate candidly especially those girls who might be thinking of either to doing a similar procedure or not”.

Her comments were equally echoed by GGC Ambassador for Ireland, TV Presenter , Ashleigh Coyle who added “It’s unique to have our own take on things and i aim to bring content to Good Girls Club that showcases the empowering female success stories coming from Ireland. I believe young girls and females in general across the spectrum need inspirational outlets to empower creativity, innovation and success

Good Girls Club also release a quarterly 100 page magazine which with the first issue due to be released on the 28th of May 2015 at the GGC – Speakers Forum a quarterly event which is scheduled in May featuring great inspirational female role models and a diverse panel of female marketing executives from some of the worlds most successful brands.

To register, and snap up your profile on Good Girls Club.

Visit: www.goodgirlsclub.net



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