Exclusive: Elsa Hosk to Unveil Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’s Swarovski Look

The 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is set to be an even shinier and more extravagant spectacle than ever before. Not only is the brand jet-setting to Shanghai for the November show, it’s also celebrating the 15-year “Crystal Anniversary” of its partnership with Swarovski, the sole provider of crystal embellishments for the show. One million Swarovski crystals will take the runway, with Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk chosen to strut the special anniversary showpiece.
“This year’s Swarovski outfit is probably our most spectacular. The outfit has an incredible wing that is completely covered in brilliant multicolored stones,” said Monica Mitro, executive vice president, brand communications and events at Victoria’s Secret. “It is one of the heaviest wings we have ever made.” With more than 275,000 crystals, 200 yards of woven ribbon and pavé crystals, hand-beaded jewelry and a crystallized wing harness, the wings weigh in at 14 pounds. “The Swarovski anniversary look will be a major standout. It is an explosion of color,” Mitro continued of Parisian couturier Serkan Cura’s work. And stunning it is, with an astonishing 29 crystal effects and colors, ranging from Citrine Shimmer and Crystal Luminous Green to Fireopals, Topaz and Emeralds. The look includes a fiery-red

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Los Cabos: Oscilloscope and Northern Banner Snag U.S. and Canada to Canadian Docu ‘Grand Prairie’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LOS CABOS, Mexico – On the eve of the Los Cabos Int’l Film Fest, Oscilloscope Laboratories picked up U.S. rights, while Northern Banner snagged the Canadian rights, to upcoming 70 mm docu “Grand Prairie,” with the latter deal facilitated by acquisitions consultant Tom Davia of Cinemaven. “Experimental projects from emerging filmmakers can be a risk, […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Edie Campbell Pens Open Letter on Model Abuse

LONDON — “We have a problem: We operate within a culture that is too accepting of abuse, in all of its manifestations. This can be the ritual humiliation of models, belittling of assistants, power plays and screaming fits. We have come to see this as simply a part of the job.”
So says Edie Campbell, one of Britain’s best-known models and a vocal member of Cameron Russell’s online campaign to raise awareness around the harassment of models at the hands of photographers and members of the fashion industry.
In an open letter to the fashion industry penned for WWD, the 27-year-old admonishes mainstream media for their silence of the sexual abuse suffered by male models, which she describes as “more complex.”
To her point, a 2016 post on Facebook by male model Cory Bond represents a rare admission: “Inside the modeling business, I have been the victim of inappropriate touching, sexual assault and was drugged once in the course of my 19-year career. I haven’t spoken much about it out of fear of not working and doing the job that I love. You just want it to go away. But trust me, some men in power think that they can do whatever they want

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Film Movement Buys Neolithic Drama ‘Iceman’ for North America (EXCLUSIVE)

Film Movement has acquired all North American distribution rights to the drama “Iceman,” written and directed by Felix Randau, Variety has learned exclusively. “Iceman,” which premiered in August at the Locarno Film Festival, centers on the final days of an Alps dweller about 5,300 years ago. “Iceman” will have a multi-platform U.S. release in the […]

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AFM: Indie Sales Launches ‘Romulus and Remus,”Gangsta,”Paris Pigalle’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paris-based company Indie Sales is rolling into AFM with a slate headlined by Matteo Rovere’s “Romulus and Remus, The First King,” Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah’s “Gangsta” and Cédric Anger’s “Paris Pigalle.” “Paris Pigalle” follows an undercover investigation of the 80s Parisian porn industry. The movie stars Guillaume Canet, Gilles Lellouche, Michel Fau  and […]

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Exclusive: Indian Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee Is Going Global

HONG KONG — Much like the Indian weddings he often designs for, an outfit by Sabyasachi Mukherjee is a mélange of colors, intricate patterns and delight. Over the course of 16 years since he started his namesake couture label, the Kolkata native has become feted not just for his design sensibilities, but also for utilizing near forgotten arts-and-crafts traditions from around India.
On Nov. 2, Lane Crawford department store launched an exclusive collection of 29 ready-to-wear pieces from Mukherjee, a chance to get his aesthetic but in a more pared-down silhouette, accompanied by a display of 39 of his couture pieces. It is the first proper foray into East Asia for the designer, who is starting to make more noise globally.
Last month, he debuted a spikes-meets-sari collaboration of men’s and women’s shoes designed together with his friend Christian Louboutin. This most recent collaboration with Lane Crawford, however, was inspired by a visit to China Club, the members-only social establishment set up by the late David Tang.
“This is ready-to-wear with a sense of couture, all the finishings and labor-intensive [work] that couture requires, but in much simpler silhouettes,” Mukherjee told WWD, while visiting Hong Kong.
“What I like about here is that it has a certain sense

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EXCLUSIVE: N.E.R.D Comeback Rumors Fueled With New Fashion Collaboration

Rumblings of N.E.R.D’s impending album release will intensify with news that the experimental rock band — which includes Pharrell Williams, Shae Haley and Chad Hugo — is to release a new fashion collaboration.
The trio — largely dormant for the last decade — has collaborated with Illesteva on limited-edition sunglasses. They have designed oversize frames in four colorways. Each pair of glasses is embedded with a USB drive that houses exclusive short films directed by Christian Padron.
The glasses will launch at ComplexCon on Nov. 4, where the trio is scheduled to give their first live performance in three years.

N.E.R.D for Illesteva. 
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N.E.R.D for Illesteva. 
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N.E.R.D, founded in 1999, last released an album in 2010. Williams has since gone on to achieve a successful mainstream solo career — releasing the inescapable schoolyard song, “Happy,” in 2013 as part of the film soundtrack for “Despicable Me 2.” He has also concentrated on fashion, teaming with Chanel and G-Star Raw on assorted projects.
N.E.R.D’s Illesteva collaboration and ComplexCon performance no doubt add to evidence that the group is readying a musical return. Williams has repeatedly confirmed that the group is preparing a new album, though he’s declined to reveal a release date.
New N.E.R.D-centric marketing materials were plastered

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Mexico’s Machete Films, France’s Cine-Sud to Co-produce Federico Cecchetti’s Second Film (EXCLUSIVE)

MORELIA, Mexico — Mexican producer-distributor Machete Films and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion are co-producing Mexican-Italian helmer Federico Cecchetti’s next feature, “Letters from the Land of the Tarahumara,” which Cecchetti developed at the Cannes Festival’s directors’ residence Cinefondation last year. Cecchetti’s debut feature “Mara’Akame’s Dream” (“El Sueno del Mara’Akame”) won the Best First Mexican Feature Prize at […]

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Suki Waterhouse Leads Cast in ‘Bittersweet Symphony’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Production has wrapped on “Bittersweet Symphony,” a British film with Suki Waterhouse (“Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) starring as a musician who has just completed her first soundtrack to a Hollywood feature and who finds her personal life getting complicated. Poppy Delevingne (“Kingsman: The Golden Circle”), Craig Roberts (“Submarine”), Richard Elis (Benny & Jolene), Griffin […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Balenciaga’s Avenue Montaigne Store Opens Sept. 23

INDUSTRIAL CHIC: Balenciaga is to open a boutique Saturday on Avenue Montaigne, transporting the design concept of its minimalist Rue Saint-Honoré store to the tony luxury strip.
The Haussmannian space has been outfitted with industrial touches, such as warehouse conveyor rails, aluminum display tables and slick, gray flooring in resin. Flat benches with thin, khaki-colored velvet cushions contrast with the shell of an old fireplace, original molding and marks from kids who once drew on the walls.
Artwork by American street artist Mark Jenkins is scattered around the store, including the figure of a woman in an oversized, puffy jacket slumped against a smooth, white wall.
With the opening, the brand will count three stores in Paris. The new Avenue Montaigne address, to be Balenciaga’s new Paris flagship, is its second foothold in the golden triangle district, one of the French capital’s most exclusive neighborhoods.
Balenciaga has shuttered its men’s store on Rue de Varenne.
The label has a handful of other locations designed under the eye of its artistic director Demna Gvasalia, including in London and on Madison Avenue in New York.

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Inside the Secrets, Scandals and Legacy of ‘Full House’ From Creator Jeff Franklin (EXCLUSIVE)

September 22, 1987. Thirty years ago. Ronald Reagan was president, and “Full House” debuted on ABC’s worst night at 8 p.m. Friday, considered to be not a time slot, but rather a “death slot.” We barely made the Top 75. The reviews of the show were terrible — “cheesy, saccharine, mind-numbing” — and that was from the one… Read more »

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Exclusive: Haim to Perform at the Guggenheim International Gala 2017

The 2017 Guggenheim International Gala pre-party and gala are set for Nov. 15 and 16, with the pre-party kicking things off with a set by sister trio Haim.
The annual two-night affair, sponsored by Dior, marks the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s 80th anniversary. The pre-party, on Nov. 15, is the more casual, late-night event of the two, with the more formal gala taking place the following evening. The gala will honor artist Cai Guo-Qiang, as well as Guggenheim leader Jennifer Blei Stockman, who was president of the museum’s board of trustees president for 12 years. Dancer Daniil Simkin will perform an excerpt from his Works & Process-commissioned production “Falls the Shadow,” which features costumes by Dior artistic director Maria Grazia Chiuri.
 The gala will be co-chaired by Chiuri, Christina and Robert Baker; Valerie and Charles Diker; Wendy Fisher and Dennis Goodman; Phyllis and William Mack; Nancy and Howard Marks; Lauren Baker Pinkus and Scott Pinkus; Pilar Crespi Robert and Stephen Robert; Denise and Andrew Saul, and Sidney Toledano. The exhibit on display will be “Art and China After 1989: Theater of the World.”
Haim debuted their second album “Something to Tell You” earlier this summer, where it ranked in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Last year’s pre-party performer

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EXCLUSIVE – Madonna: ‘I want to reinvent pop tours’

After inventing the modern stadium pop show, the singer says she’s “exploring” smaller, low-key gigs.
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Fuse Preps U.S. Version of Fast-Paced British Celebrity Gameshow ‘Blink’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Fuse has ordered “Trivial Takedown,” a U.S. version of British pop culture gameshow “Blink” that the cable net promises will be “the fastest quiz on TV.” The show pits two celebrity contestants against each other in a head-to-head competition to identify music and pop culture icons. The format comes from British producer and distributor Zig… Read more »

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Toronto: Jean-Michel Basquiat Doc by Sara Driver Acquired by The Match Factory (EXCLUSIVE)

The Match Factory has picked up the international rights to the documentary “Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat,” the third feature-length film by the filmmaker Sara Driver. The pic will premiere in the TIFF Docs section at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival. Driver, who is known for her collaborations with Jim… Read more »

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Exclusive: Lizzie Tisch, Kim Kassel’s Suite 1521 Winds Down Operations

After a four-year run, Suite 1521, which hosted members-only trunk show events, is winding down its business.
The company was cofounded by Kim Kassel and Lizzie Tisch, longtime friends who set out to reinvigorate the personal shopping experience.
“We’re canceling all of our fall events and we are going to stay open through our shipping period, which will probably be March,” Kassel said on Tuesday. “We have fall and resort orders to ship. We will be fulfilling all of our commitments to our designers and fulfilling all of our orders to our clients.”
The company occupies a 4,000-square-foot showroom and offices at 980 Madison Avenue in New York.
Tisch said the partners couldn’t pinpoint a specific reason for the closing and there were many factors at play. “We had a real specific vision for the business, and it was all about the experience and we tried a number of different avenues. When we really sat down and started to think about how hard we’ve worked over the past four years and where this is going, we just came to the conclusion that after four years, that it would be the best decision for both of us and our team to close,” Tisch said. In addition

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Haugesund: Sisters’ Tale ‘Miami’ Gets World Sales Deal with LevelK (EXCLUSIVE)

HAUGESUND, Norway — Portraying “The Good Son” (“Hyvä poika”) in her 2011 feature, which won top prizes at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Mons International Festival of Love Films, adding a Jussi, Finland’s national film award, Finnish director Zaida Bergroth is now reuniting two sisters in her third feature, “Miami.” It will have… Read more »

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Lionsgate Takes U.K. Rights to Feature Documentary About Notorious Gangster Freddie Foreman (EXCLUSIVE)

Lionsgate has taken the U.K. rights to “Fred,” a new feature documentary about notorious London gangster, and one-time Kray twins associate, Freddie Foreman. Salon Pictures (“Churchill”) is producing the project and principal photography started this week in London, and will then move to the U.S. East Coast. Foreman’s team approached Salon after seeing its work… Read more »

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Locarno: Fandango Closes Raft of Sales on ‘Loves That Cannot Belong to This World’ (EXCLUSIVE)

LOCARNO, Switzerland — Fandango Sales has closed multiple deals on Italian director Francesca Comencini’s romantic dramedy “Stories of Love That Cannot Belong to This World,” ahead of the film’s world premiere Sunday on the Locarno Film Festival’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. The Rome-based sales unit of producer Domenico Procacci Fandango shingle has sold “Stories of Love” to… Read more »

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Exclusive: Natalia Vodianova’s Fabulous Fund Fair Comes to New York

Natalia Vodianova’s star-studded annual Fabulous Fund Fair is coming for New York.
Vodianova’s Naked Heart Foundation will throw its fourth annual Fabulous Fund Fair this October, and for the first time the charitable bash will be held in New York. AmfAR is a first-time partner with the Naked Heart Foundation for the Halloween-themed event, which will take place on Oct. 28. Aside from the Halloween timing, the event promises to be “inspired by” artist Jeff Koons.
The first Fabulous Fund Fair was held in London in 2015, usually during London Fashion Week. A typically celebrity- and model-heavy event, guests have included Stella McCartney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Doutzen Kroes, Liv Tyler, Lara Stone, Baptiste Giabiconi, Toby Huntington-Whiteley, Yasmin and Amber Le Bon, Justine Skye and Corinne Bailey Rae.
Karlie Kloss played cohost with Vodianova for this past February’s event, which raised $ 585,000. Tickets and more information, including location, for this fall’s New York event will be released in the coming months.
Vodianova founded Naked Heart, which benefits children with special needs, in 2004.

Karlie Kloss at the February 2017 Fabulous Fund Fair. 
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EXCLUSIVE: Sir Anthony Hopkins Fronts Brioni Ads for Fall

MILAN – Further shaping the new course of its communication strategy, Brioni has tapped another legendary actor to front its fall ads: Sir Anthony Hopkins.
The black-and-white portraits were lensed in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris. Hopkins follows Samuel L. Jackson, who was also photographed by Harris for the brand’s spring ads.
The new campaign will break in airport billboards in Rome, at Milan’s Malpensa, and in Beijing on Sept. 1. It will then be rolled out in business and financial newspapers in Japan, Germany, the U.S. and U.K., including The Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The New York Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Nikkei Business Publications, as well as related newspaper supplements, such as T Magazine and WSJ. Magazine.
Brioni’s claim is “Tailoring Legends since 1945” – the date the company was founded in Rome – and the polished, sleek photos emphasize the house’s tailoring expertise.
 

Sir Anthony Hopkins in the Brioni campaign for fall 
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The Welsh actor, an Academy Award winner for portraying Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs,” has been playing the role of Dr. Robert Ford in in the critically acclaimed HBO television series “Westworld” since 2016.
Last month,  Hopkins wore Brioni at the premiere of “Transformers: The Last Knight” at

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Winner Grace VanderWaal to Return for Live Results Show (EXCLUSIVE)

“America’s Got Talent” season 11 winner Grace VanderWaal is returning to the NBC show for the first live results episode on Aug. 16. The 13-year old will be joined by other AGT graduates and success stories, including season 9 winner Mat Franco, who performs his Magic Reinvented show nightly at the newly renamed Mat Franco Theater at Las Vegas’ LINQ Hotel… Read more »

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Mexico’s Piano Bows Foreign Film Distribution (EXCLUSIVE)

Having carved out a reputation for its distribution of edgier Mexican fare, Piano Distribution, the auteur art pic distribution operation of Julio Chavezmontes’ production house Piano, has moved into international acquisitions, picking up Mexican rights to two high-profile Cannes titles: Ruben Ostlund’s 2017 Palme d’Or winner “The Square” and Rungano Nyoni’s first feature “I’m Not… Read more »

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Kevin Spacey Playing Author Gore Vidal in Netflix Original Biopic (EXCLUSIVE)

ROME – Oscar winner Kevin Spacey is playing writer Gore Vidal in a new Netflix original biopic, “Gore,” which is in production in Italy. U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move… Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Jonathan Anderson Takes a Tartan Turn for First Uniqlo Collection

LONDON — Jonathan Anderson was thinking “universal and quirky,” for the first J.W. Anderson collaboration with Uniqlo, a mash-up of urban, collegiate and military-inspired looks and basics in oversized proportions, tartan and stripes.
The 33-piece collection for Uniqlo’s LifeWear, which was first revealed in March, will launch on September 19 in the U.K., followed by other markets. The collection is for men and women with pieces including a duffle coat, an oversized striped turtleneck with ties around the wrists, a crewneck sweater with an abstract fish floating across the front, a tartan down jacket and a matching padded tote.

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“The point of doing this collaboration was that I believe in democracy in fashion,” said Anderson. “What I hope will be achieved is that any age demographic can pick up and find something within the collection to relate to. Doing something with Uniqlo means you come up with a wardrobe which is universal and quirky.”

Jonathan Anderson 
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Anderson also responded wholeheartedly to the Japanese idea of “reducing something to its essence. It can be culturally, textile, or silhouette-driven, but it’s about the

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‘Fifty Shades’ Franchise Veteran Dana Sano to Head Film and Television at Republic Records (EXCLUSIVE)

“Simply stated, her track-record speaks for itself,” said Avery Lipman.

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Watch ‘American Idol’ Alum Haley Reinhart Cover ’60s Classic ‘The Letter’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Rich Sommer, Tiera Skovbye to Star in Horror Movie ‘Summer of ’84’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Mad Men” star Rich Sommer and Tiera Skovbye of “Riverdale” are starring in the horror-thriller “Summer of ’84” with production beginning Wednesday in Vancouver, Variety has learned exclusively. Brightlight Pictures and Gunpowder & Sky are the production companies. Matt Leslie is producing with Jameson Parker and Shawn Williamson from Brightlight Pictures alongside Cody Zwieg who… Read more »

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Influential Media Buyer Mediavest Spark Takes on New Name (EXCLUSIVE)

What’s in a name? On Madison Avenue, it won’t be the venerable corporate moniker Mediavest. The influential agency, one of the industry’s first stand-alone media-buying shops, is renaming itself as part of an ongoing effort by parent Publicis Groupe to recalibrate its media assets.  Currently known as Mediavest Spark after the French ad company’s Publicis… Read more »

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Film Republic Picks Up Karlovy Vary Competition Title ‘The Line’ (EXCLUSIVE)

London-based sales agency Film Republic has picked up the international rights, excluding Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Ukraine, to the Slovak-Ukrainian coproduction “The Line,” which has its world premiere in the competition selection at the Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival. The first official co-production between Slovakia and Ukraine, “The Line” tells the story of a… Read more »

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Gay Thriller ‘B&B’ Scheduled for Fall Release by Breaking Glass (EXCLUSIVE)

Breaking Glass Pictures has acquired North American rights to Joe Ahearne’s thriller “B&B” from Hummingbird Films, Variety has learned exclusively. The film stars Tom Bateman, Paul McGann, Sean Teale, Callum Woodhouse, and James Tratas. “B&B” plans a limited theatrical release followed by a DVD/VOD release in October. “B&B” held its world premiere at the London… Read more »

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Elvis Presley Manager Biopic ‘The Colonel’ in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

Spencer Proffer, Steve Binder, and Joe Berlinger are developing a feature film about Elvis Presley’s manger Colonel Tom Parker. Production is slated for early 2018. Parker, who died in 1997 at age 87, arrived in America as a 20-year old undocumented Dutch immigrant, and took great pains to hide his past. Before leaving Holland, he… Read more »

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How Hollywood Got Hacked: Studio at Center of Netflix Leak Breaks Silence (EXCLUSIVE)

“Hello Rick.” “Hello Jill.” Larson Studios president Rick Larson and his wife and business partner, Jill Larson, didn’t recognize the number that sent them these two short text messages via their personal cell phones two days before Christmas last year, so they simply ignored them. “We didn’t really think much of them,” said Jill Larson…. Read more »

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William Jackson Harper’s Thriller ‘They Remain’ Bought by Paladin (EXCLUSIVE)

Paladin has acquired domestic theatrical rights to horror-thriller “They Remain,” starring William Jackson Harper and Rebecca Henderson, Variety has leaned exclusively. Philip Gelatt directed “They Remain” from his own script, adapted from the 2010 short story by Laird Barron. Will Battersby produced through his Reno Productions. Gelatt re-teamed on “They Remain” with Reno Productions, which… Read more »

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‘Composer’ Scored as First China-Kazakhstan Co-Production (EXCLUSIVE)

Music drama, “Composer” has been set as the first film to shoot using a newly signed co-production treaty between China and Kazakhstan. The treaty was signed in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev. A start of shooting ceremony was attended by the Chinese SAPPRFT minister Nie Chenxi… Read more »

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Céline Debuts Exclusive Maxfield Pop-up Shop for Fall Collection

Céline and Maxfield on Thursday night debuted a pop-up shop at the L.A. retailer featuring an early selection of fall merchandise that will be exclusive to the tony boutique for the initial rollout through June 11.
Among the ready-to-wear items on display in Tommy Perse’s one-of-a-kind Jean Prouvé “Nomade” house, which has become a de facto museum for several of Maxfield’s European designers — taking “experiential” retail to a rarified level — are a satin-back crepe wrap dress and blouse in lipstick red and off-white; a fluid jersey dress with leather trim, and a pink shearling coat.
Leather goods include the Bowling bag, luggage and classic bags in crocodile and new Clasp bag styles Cabas, Soft Medium, and Flap. Exclusive styles for Maxfield include the Compact Trotteur in plum and the Frame in red with jade contrast.

The Medium Frame bag in jade & bright red shiny smooth calfskin is exclusive to Maxfield. 

There is also a selection of shoes including mules, sandals, heels and boots, and jewelry. Retail prices range from $ 300 for small leather goods to $ 29,300 for crocodile luggage.
“Maxfield has a particular affection to the house of Céline, their teams and Phoebe Philo’s designs. Sarah Stewart, our buying director, systematically makes

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EXCLUSIVE: Vlone to Show During Paris Men’s Fashion Week

It’s an interesting week for 25-year-old Harlem native A$ AP Bari to reveal he’s showing Vlone — his highly sought-after streetwear line — during Men’s Fashion Week in Paris.
It’s the same week Gucci has come under fire for a jacket Alessandro Michele presented at his Cruise 2018 show, which looked very similar to a piece Dapper Dan, another designer from Harlem, created in 1989 for Olympic gold medalist Diane Dixon. Dapper Dan, whose real name is Daniel Day, spent the Eighties outfitting celebrities in his custom pieces, which he made by printing luxury logos onto different fabrics. Critics were upset that Gucci wasn’t transparent about the reference. They later acknowledged his influence in an Instagram post.
“I feel like nobody should hate on what somebody gets inspired by,” said Bari, who is a member of the A$ AP Mob collective. “But it’s sad that it takes 20 or 25 years for them to be inspired by Dapper Dan when he could have been a designer for Gucci. Why didn’t Louis Vuitton give him an opportunity to design for them?”
Bari, who has no formal fashion training, is a reflection of how things are slowly shifting and brands are starting to work directly with streetwear designers.

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YouTube Expands E3 Live Coverage to Two Days Under Multiyear Pact (EXCLUSIVE)

YouTube is returning to E3 this year, expanding its live-streaming coverage of the game expo to two days — and broadcasting for the first time in 4K Ultra HD — under a multiyear deal with producer Geoff Keighley. “YouTube Live at E3” will stream live worldwide on Sunday, June 11, and Monday, June 12, at… Read more »

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Sundance Selects Nabs ‘Let the Sunshine In’ With Juliette Binoche (EXCLUSIVE)

Sundance Selects has picked up all North American rights to “Let the Sunshine In” following its debut at the Cannes Film Festival this week. The dramedy stars Juliette Binoche as a middle-aged artist and divorced mother, following her attempts to find romantic fulfillment. It earned strong reviews at the festival. Variety’s Guy Lodge called the… Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Charles Cohen Buys Harrys of London

NEW YORK — Charles S. Cohen is expanding his men’s fashion portfolio.
The billionaire commercial real estate developer who purchased a majority stake in Savile Row tailor Richard James in March, has now bought Harrys of London. Terms of the deal for the U.K.-based footwear and accessories label were not disclosed. Harrys was acquired from Palladin Consumer Retail Partners, a Boston-based private equity firm that has owned a majority stake in the brand since 2014.
Following the playbook he established with Richard James, Cohen will assume the position of chairman of Harrys but will retain Steven Newey, Harry’s chief executive officer, to run the business on a day-to-day basis. At Richard James, Sean Dixon, cofounder and managing director, has remained with the label in that role.
“Harrys of London has been a brand I have supported and respected for a long time, bringing a unique mix of luxury, contemporary craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology and design,” Cohen said in an exclusive interview. “I am excited to have this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to partner with the brand and work closely with Steven and the rest of the team. We see huge potential for expansion across the U.S., London, Asia and the Middle East, and I am eager

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ESPN to Debut Fantasy Football Weekday Show With Matthew Berry (EXCLUSIVE)

ESPN is upping the ante on fantasy sports — which has been a massive traffic driver online — with a new half-hour fantasy football show hosted by Mathew Berry, set to launch on TV and online ahead of the next NFL season. “The Fantasy Show,” to run Monday through Friday, will feature Berry, a noted… Read more »

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Cat Movie ‘Kedi’ Sold to Multiple Countries by Oscilloscope (EXCLUSIVE)

Oscilloscope Laboratories has closed multiple territory deals for Ceyda Torun’s documentary “Kedi,” which follows the lives of various cats that roam the streets of Istanbul, as well as the humans who interact with them. Attesting to the drawing power of feline films, the movie has grossed $ 2.5 million in the U.S. since it opened in… Read more »

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Stephen Colbert Grills Trump In ‘Exclusive Interview’ On First 100 Days

Many artists and legislators told HuffPost that they were not fans of Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office, but that’s just fake news unless the president weighs in.

So what does Trump think?

In his “exclusive and totally not-edited conversation” with the president, Stephen Colbert attempts to get Trump’s take.

From NAFTA to an “unsuspecting woman’s behind,” Trump touches on all of it. 

The president even sums up his first 100 days in just four words: “It’s hurting the country.”

Wow, we thought he was going to go with, “Fantastic, fantastic, fantastic, fantastic.”

“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” airs weeknights at 11:35 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Fathom Events Launching Bollywood Film Series (EXCLUSIVE)

Fathom Events is bringing the “Best of Bollywood” to U.S. movie theaters beginning in July. Fathom announced Monday — the opening day of CinemaCon — that it plans to screen at least two Bollywood films this year and as many as six next year as part of what it’s touting as the first-ever Bollywood classic… Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE: Brioni Confirms Fabrizio Malverdi as New CEO

PARIS — Brioni has charged Fabrizio Malverdi, its new chief executive officer, with accelerating the international expansion of the elite Italian tailor following a period of turmoil, WWD has learned.
Brioni parent Kering said Malverdi, most recently ceo of Agent Provocateur, would assume the management helm on April 18 and report to Jean-François Palus, Kering’s group managing director.
This confirms a report in WWD on Feb. 28 that Malverdi was in line to succeed Gianluca Flore, who exited the role last month.
Malverdi is perhaps best known for his stints as managing director of Dior Homme and as ceo of Givenchy, where he accrued expertise in the high-end men’s wear market.
At Brioni, he will be tasked with repositioning the brand and bringing stability. The company has been in a state of flux after going through two creative directors in less than a year, confounding some customers and retailers. Issues linked to positioning, pricing and communication also weighed on the brand, as did a rationalization of its workforce at its headquarters in Penne, Italy.
Flore, a former Bottega Veneta executive, joined Brioni in November 2014 and handpicked Brioni’s former creative director Justin O’Shea, a women’s retail executive who had no design experience. O’Shea abruptly departed the

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EXCLUSIVE: Givenchy Confirms Clare Waight Keller as Next Couturier

NEW YORK – Clare Waight Keller, Givenchy’s next artistic director, is to show her first collection for the French house during Paris Fashion Week in October and has been tasked with propelling its roots as a Fifties couture house further into the modern age.
“She has this great ability to break the rules and innovate without making a revolution,” said Givenchy chief executive officer Philippe Fortunato, who confirmed the hire exclusively to WWD. “Her very focused approach will help the brand in building the ongoing momentum we have – and taking it to the next level.”
An official announcement is expected later today, detailing that her creative responsibilities include women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories collections as well as couture. May 2 is her start date.
Waight Keller becomes Givenchy’s sixth couturier and the first woman at the creative helm, thrusting the former Chloé designer into the haute spotlight as Givenchy marks its 65th anniversary this year.
The fact of having for the first time a woman envisioning the brand, designing for women and men, is unique for the house. That by itself will give it a different angle and a different point of view from the past.
In a statement, Waight Keller said founder

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British actor Daniel Kaluuya says being black has lost him roles.
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Exclusive: Brioni Taps Samuel L. Jackson for Spring Ads

MILAN —  Brioni is going back to its tailoring roots by tapping legendary actor Samuel L. Jackson to front its sophisticated spring ads in a strong move away from the recent campaign portraying members of Metallica.
In the polished and sleek black-and-white images, Jackson strikes a pose by mostly looking straight into the camera.

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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Most recently, the American actor wore a blue velvet Bespoke Brioni suit at the Academy Awards and a suede blouson and cashmere sweater by the Italian brand at the Independent Spirit Awards. By choosing Jackson, Brioni underscores its longstanding link with Hollywood, from the on-screen James Bond character to actors ranging from Denzel Washington to Michael Keaton, to name a few.
Jackson, who has been featured in movies including “Pulp Fiction,” “Star Wars,” “Django Unchained” and “The Avengers,” was photographed in Los Angeles by Gregory Harris.

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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The campaign is part of a wider project titled “Tailoring Legends” — portraits of international leading men from different industries each with their own interpretation of the brand.

 

Samuel L. Jackson in Brioni’s ad campaign for spring 
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The shift in communication comes as the men’s wear company is going

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Exclusive: Calvin Klein Hosting God’s Love We Deliver Summer Party at Hamptons Home

Calvin Klein is set to host the annual God’s Love We Deliver Midsummer Night Drinks June 10 at his palatial Southampton, N.Y., waterfront home.
This will be the first time the designer has hosted the fund-raiser at his 10-acre seaside property, upon which he constructed a modern glass structure for a reported $ 75 million.
“It didn’t take much convincing since Calvin is such a strong supporter of the cause,” intimated a committee member of GLWD, which prepares and delivers nutritious meals to people living with advanced stages of HIV/AIDS in the New York area. “We’re all just thrilled to see the house,” added the insider.
On March 9, the organization raised $ 1.5 million at the Love Rocks NYC benefit concert at the Beacon Theatre. Emceed by Bill Murray, the sold-out show featured performances by Joe Walsh, Jackson Browne, Mavis Staples and Michael McDonald, among others.
“Play ‘Free Bird,’” shouted one rowdy concertgoer at GLWD President Karen Pearl’s speech ahead of a musical set that concluded with a rousing, yet predictable, rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends,” featuring a house band led by “Late Show With David Letterman” alums Will Lee and Paul Shaffer.

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Black List, James Schamus Announce Winner of Emerging Screenwriter Talent Search (EXCLUSIVE)

The Black List and James Schamus’ Symbolic Exchange have selected Canadian Jason Young as the winner of their partnership to find an emerging screenwriter to write an original thriller. Schamus and the Black List announced last May that they were teaming up on the initiative for a project that would fall within the Writers Guild… Read more »

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Bangladesh Bans Irrfan Khan-Starring ‘No Bed Of Roses’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Bangladeshi filmmaker Mostofa Sarwar Farooki’s “No Bed Of Roses” (“Doob” in Bengali), starring and co-produced by India’s Irrfan Khan (“Inferno”) has fallen afoul of the Bangladesh administration and is effectively banned. Speculation has been rife in the Bangladeshi and Indian media that the film is a biopic loosely based on late Bangladeshi writer and filmmaker… Read more »

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Berlinale: ‘Sworn Virgin’ Director Laura Bispuri Set For ‘Daughter of Mine’ (Exclusive)

Italian director Laura Bispuri, whose transgender-themed “Sworn Virgin” was a 2015 Berlinale competition standout, will shoot Sardinia-set motherhood drama “Daughter of Mine,” about a young girl torn between her natural mother and her adoptive one. Germany’s The Match Factory is on board as both co-producer and world sales agent. Principal photography is scheduled to start… Read more »

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We have an exclusive thirty-second TV spot and brand new images for you today from The Marine 5: Battleground!

The upcoming WWE Studios-Sony Pictures Home Entertainment action-thriller features WWE superstars The Miz, Maryse Ouellet, Heath Slater, Bo Dallas, Naomi, and Curtis Axel.

In the James Nunn-directed movie, The Miz reprises his role as Jake Carter, an ex-Marine who served in the Middle East and is now saving civilian lives stateside as an EMT. Carter responds to an emergency call, which leads to him protecting an injured man from a biker gang. Carter will have to use his unique Marine skills to finish these bikers off before any more innocent blood is shed.

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Biopic About Comedian-Pianist Victor Borge in Development (EXCLUSIVE)

Danish producer Kim Magnusson is developing a feature film and TV series about iconic comedian-pianist Victor Borge with the writer/producer duo of Mette Lisby and Jesper Baehrenz. Borge, known as the “Clown Prince of Denmark” and “the unmelancholy Dane,” was renowned for his ability deliver jokes and sight gags while performing on the piano. Borge’s… Read more »

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Goteborg:’Force Majeure’ Director Ruben Ostlund on ‘The Square’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Swedish helmer Ruben Ostlund, whose latest film, the black comedy “Force Majeure” (pictured above) won the jury prize at Cannes’ Un Certain Regard and earned a Golden Globe nomination, privately unveiled a clip of “The Square,” his upcoming provocative satire, ahead of the movie’s pitching at Goteborg Film Festival’s work-in-progress showcase. Deep in editing, Ostlund… Read more »

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WWD EXCLUSIVE: Riccardo Tisci Has Exited Givenchy

Riccardo Tisci, who revved up and reinvented Givenchy in his own edgy image, has exited the French house after an electrifying 12-year tenure.
The French couture house confirmed his departure exclusively to WWD, noting that his last collections were fall-winter 2017 men’s wear and fall 2017 couture, which were paraded together at the National Library of France in Paris on Jan. 20.
Sources described the parting as mutual and amicable, the separation effective Jan. 31 following the expiration of his latest employment agreement.

Tisci invited friend and fellow designer Donatella Versace to pose for a 2015 ad campaign. 

Tisci’s departure is sure to intensify speculation he is heading to Versace.
WWD broke the news on Jan. 19 that the Milan-based house has been chasing Tisci, who has long expressed his admiration for the work of the late Gianni Versace and cultivated a close friendship with his sister Donatella, whom he invited to pose in a Givenchy ad campaign in 2015.
In light of Tisci’s departure, Givenchy will not stage a runway show on March 5 during Paris Fashion Week.
It is understood the fall-winter 2017 women’s collection will be designed by the studio and sold to retailers in Givenchy’s Paris showroom as usual.
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ESL Taps Fox TV Vet David Hill to Make eSports More Like Television (EXCLUSIVE)

Major eSports producer ESL has inked a partnership with David Hill — the former longtime Fox TV exec who launched Fox Sports in the U.S. — to give its video-game competitions television-style production values. Hill will work exclusively with ESL on special projects with select game publishers and sponsors to develop premium eSports events through… Read more »

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Disney Touts French-Speaking African Market With ‘Moana’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Marrakech, Morocco– The Walt Disney Company is set to expand its footprint across French-speaking Africa, kicking off with this week’s release of “Moana” – dubbed in Arabic — in Magrehb countries, including Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. “Moana” marks the first Disney movie dubbed in Arabic in French-speaking Africa. The company has traditionally limited the Arabic… Read more »

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Watch Daniel Try Gelato for the First Time on ‘Rectify’ (EXCLUSIVE)

“Rectify” protagonist Daniel Holden (Aden Young) had been sent to death row long before gelato became available on every street corner in America. And so in this exclusive clip of Wednesday’s episode of “Rectify” provided exclusively to Variety, Daniel gets to try some of the frozen confection for the first time, thanks to new friend… Read more »

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Exclusive First Look: Sports Illustrated Cover Girl Ashley Graham Returns to Bikinis for New Campaign

Ashley Graham had a breakout moment when she became the first size 16 model to pose for the cover of Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit issue in February. This week, the self-proclaimed body activist is back in a bikini, returning as the face of Swimsuits For All to support the brand’s new #MySwimBody campaign, and PeopleStyle has the exclusive first look. The campaign features four women of all ages and sizes alongside Graham, including Olympic hammer thrower Amanda Bingson.

“The #MySwimBody idea means, to me, that anybody has a swim body no matter what age you are, race you are, gender, or size—you can have a swim body,” Graham told us when she dropped by the People offices to discuss the empowerment campaign featuring Swimsuits For All’s latest collection. The campaign includes the images here, as well as a video featuring the five-some, all of which was shot on location in Puerto Rico. “It was so hot and there was sand everywhere,” she said.

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The campaign itself and its theme of self-confidence mean a lot to Graham. “It’s important to embrace every type of person,” she said. “There has only been one standard of beauty for so long within the fashion industry. There has always been a small lane that we as curvy women have had. Now fashion is finally caught up. Now, it’s getting wider and wider because a lot more women are asking for it.”

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This campaign comes at a time when the word plus-size is buzzing—in both positive and negative ways. Graham is opposed to the term. “For the last 16 years, I’ve been called a plus-size model and I’ve never really embraced the term,” she said. “I’ve just taken it for face value because that’s exactly what people just called me. Personally, I am not a fan of the word for myself because I think it just puts me in a box and it keeps me there.”

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“What I would like to do is not be labeled because I want to be in every single box and be embraced for who I am not because of the number inside of my pants,” she continued. “There is a group of women who love the term plus-size and because they love it, they should be called that. Everybody has a different take on it and I’m just happy to promote my body and different types of women.”

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It’s not just the campaign that has Graham promoting healthy body image, she also so through her own Instagram account by using inspirational hashtags. One is #BeautyBeyondSize. “The idea of Beauty Beyond Size is something that’s really important to me because it created an element and a whole world for women who normally wouldn’t post photos of themselves in bikinis in lingerie and in dresses. I just wanted to create a tribe and a safe place for women to go and be themselves. So beauty beyond size is for anybody who wants to show themselves off. It doesn’t matter what size you are.”

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Another is #ThickThighsSaveLives. “This one is exactly that my thighs are thick, they are luscious,” she said. “I got made fun of for them my whole life and now I’m being praised for my thick thighs and they have saved my life and I want to women to know that their thick thighs are saving their own lives.”

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And it’s those thighs and the rest of her body that she loves to show off in swimwear, from triangle bikinis to caged decorative two-pieces—and the more, the better. “Girls who are insecure about their bodies, girls who feel fat, girls who have cellulite, girls who have stretch marks on their body — those are all the things that I had as a kid and I never had a woman like me growing up to look at,” Graham told PeopleStyle previously. “I had my mother and that’s one thing, but to have somebody who has cellulite, who has things that jiggle, who has back fat and talk about how you can be a overcomer and not let society take you down for all of that. That’s real.”

So we had to wonder, what’s the secret to feeling like a sexpot in a swimsuit? She said it’s so simple: “The secret to feeling sexy in a swimsuit is put a swimsuit on and tell yourself ‘I’m sexy’.” Ready to try it?

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Warning: Mild spoilers ahead for Season 4, Episode 18 of “Nashville,” “The Trouble with the Truth.”

Just a heads up: never cross Juliette Barnes. 

From the moment young upstart Layla Grant appeared on ABC’s “Nashville,” she’s been gunning for Juliette’s fame, talent, and now her estranged husband, Avery. As Juliette has fallen on hard times (cheating on Avery, entering rehab, accidentally killing Jeff, etc.), Layla’s star has only risen, making her a major threat to the once untouchable country singer.

In this exclusive clip, Juliette (Hayden Panettiere) confides in longtime assistant Emily (Kourtney Hansen) about wanting to get Avery (Jonathan Jackson) back, until it becomes clear that Layla (Aubrey Peeples) is standing in her way. 

Well, it sounds like Juliette isn’t going to let her career or man go without a fight. 

“Nashville” airs Wednesdays on ABC at 10 p.m. ET. 

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EXCLUSIVE: Tony The Tiger Victim Of Food Terrorist Plot?

Is someone kidding around with beloved breakfast cereal mascot Tony the Tiger with a series of viral videos showing him helping a sex worker, a suicide bomber and a police officer who savagely beats a female suspect?

Or is a food terrorist trying to commit a cereal killing by making Tony look bad?

Kellogg Co. said it had nothing to do with what it called “offensive” videos posted this week showing its Frosted Flakes mascot behaving badly. Evidence uncovered by The Huffington Post suggests a well-known food activist, Jani Leinonen, may be involved.

The latest video shows a battered woman named Anna seated inside a California cafe.

“Last night I experienced the worst physical abuse of my life, for no reason,” reads a description of the video at tonyisback.com. “I feel so humiliated, betrayed, my whole body is aching. I am angry but I have not found the courage to fight back. I was so lost, but Tony came and encouraged me to go ahead with my plan to show people.”

Tony the Tiger, in the video, encourages Anna to go through with her “plan” by eating a bowl of sugary Frosted Flakes — “They’re grrrrreat,” he says in his trademark shout.

After eating a bit of the cereal, Anna stands up and shows she has a bomb strapped to her chest, which detonates as the video ends.

Actress Gina Ferranti shared a video still shot from the film on Instagram, The Huffington Post’s investigation shows. Ferranti lists the role on her acting resume, which identifies the director and production company responsible for “Tony.”

Neither Ferranti nor her agent replied to HuffPost’s inquiries. 

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Ferranti’s resume identifies the “Tony” director as Jani Leinonen, an artist from Finland who has been linked to a group of health-food activists called the Food Liberation Army.

The organization was responsible for the Jan. 31, 2010, theft of a life-size Ronald McDonald statue from a McDonald’s fast food restaurant in central Helsinki, according to NPR.org. The kidnappers threatened to decapitate Ronald unless McDonald’s answered questions about the quality of its food and its work ethics. Finnish police identified Leinonen as a suspect and  jailed him for 30 hours, according to a report on the art news website we-make-money-not-art.com.

 Leinonen didn’t respond to a request for comment from HuffPost on Friday.

In her resume, Ferranti identified the company that filmed “Tony” as Route 1, a Los Angeles-based firm that provides production services. 

Route 1’s website says the company has worked with a number of well-known corporations, including Kellogg. Route 1’s show reel includes two commercials for Kellogg’s Special K products.

Route 1 recently shared a photo on its Facebook page that shows its ”amazing crew” with Jani Leinonen at the Malibu Pier.

“Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project,” the post reads.

Thank you Tero, Jani, Anti, and Jani #2 for trusting us with your amazing project…. and thanks to our amazing crew for your support!

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Route 1 didn’t respond to multiple requests for comment from HuffPost on Friday.

A Kellogg spokesperson, who replied to questions without providing a name, said Friday that the company has no relationship with Leinonen, but didn’t say whether it had worked with Route 1.

“As a company grounded in the values of integrity and respect, we recognize people’s right to creative expression,” the Kellogg spokesperson said in an email. “We also believe these videos are offensive and make light of serious issues that deserve real dialogue. Tony is a beloved icon and we will protect the integrity of our brands and our characters.”

 

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Red carpet darling Christian Siriano just launch a super-exclusive collection of wedding dresses inspired by gowns he designed for your favorite A-listers, and you have to see them. (He was behind Taylor Swift’s pink-ish golden gown in “Wildest Dreams,” Willow Shields’ high-low frock from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Los Angeles premiere, and the Kaley Cuoco wore to the People’s Choice Awards in 2013, to name a few.)

The Project Runway winner’s modern, sophisticated wedding dresses, which will retail for $ 3,500 to $ 10,000, will be sold exclusively at Kleinfeld in New York City. Here are three of our favorites.

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On Saturday, presidential candidate and Mexico’s favorite piñata Donald Trump made some particularly nasty comments about Senator John McCain over his POW experience. Trump said McCain is only a “war hero because he was captured.”

After considerable blowback, Trump remained firm, saying on Sunday that he will not apologize for the comments.

HuffPost has ALL CAPS EXCLUSIVELY ALL CAPS obtained Trump’s own personal military record for comparison:

 

 

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Exclusive: This Documentary on Plus-Size Models Will Change the Way You Think About Your Body

Plus-size fashion is having more than a moment, it’s on the brink of a revolution—and models are taking on a leading role.

From Ashley Graham‘s Sports Illustrated ad to Candice Huffine‘s Pirelli Calendar slot, the community has been on the fashion industry’s lips all year. In the midst of such pronounced media attention, producer and former model Jessica Lewis is getting ready to debut Straight/Curve, a documentary that delves into the world of plus-size modeling.

“This generation of models is ready to usher in a new definition of beauty—one that is all inclusive and supports positive body ideals and self acceptance,” said Lewis, who has spent over 15 years as a straight-size and plus-size model. “The fashion industry needs to be reflective and representative of the diversity that exists in present day society.”

Straight/Curve, set to release next summer, aims to examine and redefine the beauty standards put forth by the fashion industry, as they relate to the plus-size fashion. Most importantly, it will be talking about issues often pushed aside. Multiple people will be speaking about sample sizes and how adding a size 14 into circulation will help get diversely sized models in magazines. Agents will be talking about their move towards eliminating plus-size boards and placing all models together. Models will be talking about making plus-size inclusion a non-event in the media.

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Clockwise from top left: Eva Kay, Natalie Torres, Jessica Lewis, Sarah Hartshorne, and Sabina Karlsson being interviewed for Straight/Curve.

The film is the most insider look at the industry so far, going behind the scenes of New York’s plus-size fashion industry, with a focus on top models, agents, clients, and photographers. The trailer is already loaded with power players, but there are some top models being kept a surprise… So far, we know it will follow industry influencers, including Kate Dillon, Sophie T. Simmons, and Jennie Runk, among others (including this Glamour writer!).

Overall, Straight/Curve aims to expose the complex relationship between the fashion industry, mainstream media, and body image in society. “When, how, and why did size zero become the norm when two thirds of women are considered ‘plus-size’ sitting between a size 10 to 14?” Director Jenny McQuaile told Glamour. “Our documentary will examine this question. There’s always been a complex relationship between the fashion industry, the media, and body image and we’re finally making a film that will investigate that.”

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An Exclusive Peek Inside This Year’s Tony Awards Gala

Answer: Party at the Plaza Hotel into the wee hours!

Question: This Sunday at the American Theatre Wing’s Tony Awards, after the last circular medallion is handed out at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, what happens next?

For the fifth year, the nominees, presenters and other VIPs hightail it to the famous and historic Plaza Hotel for a Tony gala for the ages. “We’re the only event that takes over the entirety of the Plaza Hotel including the Todd English Food Court, the Palm Court and the Terrace Room. That makes it very special,” says Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, which presents the Tony Awards along with the American Theatre Wing.

This year’s theme is Marie Antoinette with shades of pink, flowers and crystal galore. “It’s very Versailles-looking, which certainly matches the decor of the Plaza,” says St. Martin. In fact, the shindig has been in the works for an entire year. As Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing explains, “The Tonys is June 7. On June 8, we begin planning next year’s Tonys.”

The glam Tony gala is a collaboration of 24 different businesses. So what can the partygoers expect at this year’s gala? For a preview of the big night (from 1,800 glasses of champagne to 1,500 pieces of shrimp), click on this story at Parade.com

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Dancing With the Stars Exclusive: Erin Andrews Picks Her Favorite Looks From Season 20!

Dancing With the Stars went big for season 20, and so did Erin Andrews. Not only did she take more fashion risks (jumpsuits and crop tops, anyone?), but she also ditched her Gisele-like extensions and cut her hair the shortest we’ve ever seen it. Before the first half of this week’s two-night finale, Erin exclusively talked to Glamour about her favorite looks of the season, and the reason behind that majorly chic chop!

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erin-andrews-crop-top-pantsuit“The two looks that I loved the most were two pantsuits, because that’s so me” Erin says. “I was so pumped to be able to do that in a fun way that was proper for the ballroom. Wearing a ball gown is great, but I feel more myself when I’m in pantsuit.”

erin-andrews-disney-night-2015“I really loved the yellow Prada we did for Disney night. It was just so perfect, and kind of like a Disney dress,” she says. “I stood in front of the [step and repeat] and started spinning around and it just felt so princess-y. The show was so magical that night.”


“A lot of people have been so sweet about [this Monique Lhuillier dress],” Erin says. “[People] said I either looked like a Disney princess of Glenda the Good Witch.”

erin-andrews-belted-dress-cream“The Stella McCartney one I wore the night of my birthday was a nice cream,” she says. “I cut my hair that day. We can all be honest, I’m obsessed with Gisele, but I was tired of the mermaid weave, and who was I really fooling with that whole thing after a while? I just wanted to change it up for a bit. It’s a different look and fun to play around with it.”

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“The red Dolce and Gabbana I wore for Latin Night I really liked. It was lace. We did a fun side ponytail.”

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“It’s been a major tease to be able to wear Martin Katz jewels this season because it’s the most gorgeous diamonds I’ve ever been able to wear,” she says. “I hate taking them off at the end of the night! The pictures and television don’t do it justice, but when I put it on in my dressing room, everyone gasps.”

“For tonight’s show, we originally weren’t into the dress I’m going to be wearing. But once I cut my hair, we tried it back on the other day and it looked great. I think for the finale, I’ve worn a little fancier, grander, ballroom gown, so we’ll probably do that again. Maybe the same color Rhianna wore to the Met Gala.” (Ed. note: Follow us on Twitter at @glamourmag for an exclusive first look at what Erin will wear tonight!)

So who does Erin think will win the special gold Mirrorball trophy tomorrow night? “Riker Lynch and Rumer Willis obviously have had the judges scores, but Noah Galloway is America’s sweetheart right now. People are pulling for him as they should for what he’s went through in his life and what he’s done for our country. I’m so excited. I’m honored that I got to know these three stars and everybody has been wonderful to work with. I think it’s going to be an emotional two nights.”

By the way, if you can’t get enough DWTS, check out our exclusive interviews and behind-the-scenes scoop here. And join us on Periscope tonight prior to the show as we broadcast from behind the scenes!

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A Conversation with The Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs

Mike Ragogna: Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles! is the latest yet oldest collection of material from The Bangles. Why did you choose to go back to this era for a new release?

Susanna Hoffs: Gosh, I don’t even remember, it’s been such a long time coming, but it’s something that we’ve wanted to do for years, really. It just became more apparent to us when we started re-learning and performing the songs. The thing that kind of sparked all of it was that last year we did a couple of shows with a few of the other bands that were part of the paisley underground scene that we kind of came up through in LA. We decided to just kind of make it thematically work for us that we would really focus our energies in those shows on playing the songs that we really did play during those years. It was very fun. That’s when we realized, “Wow, did any of us actually have copies of it? Where did we find them?” I, of course, was going to YouTube to re-learn the songs. It just kind of put the pressure on us to really actually make a commitment to seeing this through and tracking down the tapes which was quite an ordeal.

Then we thought, “You know, let’s throw in the very first single we did, that we recorded at Radio Tokyo in Venice, let’s see what we can find.” We came upon this set of demos, so we thought, “Why not?” and then a few live tracks came to our attention, so we just decided to make it an album instead of re-releasing the EP. We’re very excited about it, we’ve been performing those songs ever since and it really does fit perfectly with the mindset of The Bangles right now, which is reclaiming our roots and where we started. I have to say, there’s a sense of authenticity at the shows. We’re really playing clubs and everything’s coming together as a concept. The timing is perfect.

MR: Is it fun to be reunited through this circular way?

SH: Yeah! Obviously, the eighties was a very focused time for us, but then there was this break when we were all going off and having our own lives. We regrouped with some of us having children and then we regrouped at the end of the nineties and have been pretty much touring ever since, but very much under the radar. Not with necessarily a lot of focus. There were a couple albums, actually, that came out in the 2000s–in this century–and we’d do a bit of focus touring then, but we kind of go here and there. But now with this release on Thanksgiving day there’s a feeling that really fits with our focus of playing clubs and really playing to our loyal supporters and having this very intimate experience where we play in very small rooms. It really has a different feeling to it.

MR: By focusing on the roots, what the essence of The Bangles was at the start, it’s like a clarification for whatever the future brings for The Bangles.

SH: Exactly! There is something about those songs. It’s odd because a lot of the people at these shows don’t actually know the songs that well, but they feel familiar. They’re really the first songs we ever wrote and performed and recorded, so they really capture this point in time that was very important in our history or evolution as a group. I think of all the stuff we’ve ever recorded, they represent who we were, what mattered to us, so much of our influences from the harmony groups like The Mamas And The Papas and The Beatles, and the pop, melodic sensibility that we were obsessed with mixed with a very energetic little bit of punk-inspired grooves. That is what we were attempting to put across with those songs: That energy, those harmonies, those melodies, the jangly guitars, there weren’t any keyboards then and we aren’t performing live with keyboards anymore, we really were a power pop garage band with tremendous sixties influence. That’s what those songs are.

But it was also part of the post-punk, post new-wave thing. We were past that, I don’t know what you call that era, but that’s what it was for us in 1982, 1983, 1984. It was a very interesting time. I hear influences of bands like The Jam, bands that were influential to me at that time. One of the things that brought The Bangles together was this obsession with Sixties music that we all had, we were all kind of young at that time. At that time we were very young to be obsessed with Beatles Music. The music that was happening for our generation was a little bit post all that. I really feel like those songs on the EP really, really were The Bangles and what The Bangles loved. I don’t know, I’m not finding the right words right now to express it, but I think you’re getting the idea.

MR: So that not only spring-boarded The Bangles forward, but was reflective of all the changes happening in music at the time.

SH: Definitely. I think the fact that we found other bands on the scene in LA, some of them were in the South Bay, The Salvation Army, who became The Three O’Clock, some of them were more east Hollywood bands, we found other bands who were simpatico and had the same obsession with sixties stuff. Psychedelic pop, everything from The Seeds to The Mamas And The Papas to The Beatles to The Byrds. We found other bands, and that’s how this paisley underground thing happened, because at the time there wasn’t a lot of that going on in LA, there was always a hard rock thing going on, and there was always the rockabilly scene, new wave was there but it was fading a little bit. I was playing Rickenbackers and twelve-strings and trying to channel the Byrds and then we suddenly found The Dream Syndicate, who were very garage-meets-Velvet-Underground. I was obsessed with The Velvet Underground, too. It was just fun, it was a fun time. We found a little way to surround ourselves with other bands that were interested in the same kind of music, and I don’t know that I’ve ever changed. It took us a few albums later to really break through as a band in terms of popularity, but it’s stuff that we were doing then when we were just kind of a popular local underground act that still to me represents who the Bangles are almost more than anything we ever did.

MR: At the time when your hits were popping, it was like, “Oh here’s this new band,” but you’d already been making music for years before that.

SH: We were definitely not an overnight happening. We were a band that performed a lot, opened for a lot of people, we opened for The English Beat, we opened for Cyndi Lauper, we were basically opening for other bands even when were starting to have radio hits and stuff like that. We were always slugging it out on the road and I think that’s a good thing. It’s harder for us to be on the road like that now, but that’s okay. That’s what the eighties were for us. We were just a hardworking band. It was a very compressed decade, when I think about how much we did and how many places we went.

MR: Do you feel like The Bangles were empowering to women?

SH: I think that we were just doing the thing that we were driven to do. We were a band that didn’t want to take “No” for an answer. Whenever we encountered this attitude that we were some sort of a novelty act we were always completely flabbergasted. We didn’t understand. “This does not compute! What are you talking about?” There’s been so many great female artists through the years, we couldn’t figure it out why, just because the band was four girls, that that would confuse people and suddenly turn it into a novelty thing. But now that I have some perspective and decades have passed, I feel more of an awareness now than ever that we were and are, I guess, an influence on other female artists in a good way. That’s just an incredible honor just thinking about that. It wasn’t our intention to go out there and wave a banner or anything. We were just doing what we had to do. We just had to do this thing. We had to create this band. That was what made us who we were, we were justa ll incredibly obsessed. We were obsessed with writing songs and saying this thing that we wanted to say. There was definitely something especially fun about collaborating with other women, for us. Being an all-girl band was important to the energy of it, to the spirit of it and to the art part of it, but it was sort of innate to it. It does feel really nice when people come up to us and say that it was an inspiration, because I was so inspired by female artists. I was crazy for Joni Mitchell and Bonnie Raitt and Linda Ronstandt, female singers, female guitar players, female musicians, that’s how I learned to sing, just singing along to their records. It was very important to me, so I guess I understand it, and it’s really flattering to me to know that we’ve inspired other women.

MR: When you were looking at the content of this album were there any revelations?

SH: I guess I’ve sort of already said a lot of this, but I think the revelation was that there was something very essential about The Bangles in that material. Something very real. When I sing “Real World” now, for example, I just sang it on Saturday night at The Troubadour, one of the revelations is, “Oh, we were so young.” It’s like a teenage love song. We may have been twenty one or twenty two when that song was written, and I’m a lot older than that now, but there’s a part of that looks back and has an out-of-body experience seeing the twenty one year-old version of myself writing it. The emotion is so fresh and so real for me that when I sing it it’s like an incredible treat, but it’s also kind of like looking back at an old picture and going, “That was me?” I still know that person, but she’s a lot older now, but I still know that! It’s really fun. It’s really fun to go back. When you sing a song it’s like the emotion in it comes right out. It’s like you’re feeling it. You have to feel it when you’re singing it because it takes you there. I believe songs are there to say things that are very difficult to say in life. I’ve always felt like songs are an outlet, and I think that’s why people make mixtapes and share them with people, because it’s like, “This is what I feel about you! These are the things that I feel and I don’t know how to express this! But the songs! Listen to that song! That’s it!”

So that’s the revelation for me as I grow older… Why we love songs. Why those of us that love music love it, and that those of us who are compelled to write it and sing it, why we do it is that these are the things that are hard to say in life to another person, and that’s why they connect us. In those songs that are on this record, that’s what I see. That’s what I feel when I revisit them. It’s been a really nice thing. The Bangles have been playing music together for thirty years, but these songs we have not performed for almost thirty years. In other words, these songs got parked back when we started making records for Columbia Records and things started exploding for us and we started touring and having songs on the radio. We stopped playing all of these songs. They just kind of got parked and they’ve just been waiting all of these years. They’re like little friends and we’re like, “Oh, let’s have a party again! Let’s do this!” So it’s very nice.

MR: This isn’t so much a reunion of The Bangles as it is a reunion of the young Bangles.

SH: Yeah, it’s a revisiting of material that holds the key to who The Bangles are. It’s like the architecture of The Bangles is inside these songs. Everything that mattered to us, the harmonies, the whole layout of it. And I forgot to mention that we worked with this incredible producer on the EP, Craig Leon, who produced the first Ramones record, and Blondie. I think it was possibly the first Blondie record. He was so wonderful. He was such a cheerleader and genius and just an incredible person to work with as our first experience. The single, “Call On Me” and “Getting Out Of Hand” was self-produced by the bangles, so that also represents who we were. We recorded that for thirty five dollars at a ten dollar an hour studio. We were in there for three and a half hours and boom, recorded, done, mixed, everything. I feel like this is the key to who The Bangles are in this.

MR: Did you ever look at the old stuff and think, “Oh God, I want to redo that one little thing right there”?

SH: Well, that’s true of everything. But not so much with this stuff for me, honestly. I think it’s like knowing when the painting is done. You never know when something’s done, and that’s the hardest part about doing anything creative; knowing when to walk away. I have that about everything I’ve ever done, but I’m trying to look at everything now as just the process more than anything, because you can drive yourself crazy if you keep tinkering with something, you can start to have diminishing returns and that’s what you don’t want to do, so there is a point where you just have to walk away. But no, I don’t feel that so much about this stuff, honestly.

MR: It does seem like at a certain point, artists are expected to focus on the product instead of the art when they’re very successful. I’m sure looking back at this earlier stuff is nice because it represents a time when that pressure wasn’t on for you.

SH: Exactly. That’s true, too. This stuff was made before we were signed to a major label. We were on a small label. Miles Copeland, who was our manager at the time’s label. It was Faulty Products and then it somehow became I.R.S. Records. There was way less pressure in terms of that, and we were young. We were young and kind of just blinded by our desire to conquer the world. You have to kind of have this almost stupid sense about things when you’re a young band because otherwise you would just give up. There’s so many obstacles in the journey of a band. This was just a very grassroots journey for us, we were a do-it-yourself band, we had a lot of energy. We still, amazingly, have energy. I’m grateful for that. We had this really fun show at the Troubadour. I’m very, very, very grateful. I can’t emphasize how grateful I am that I get to keep doing this. Believe me, it’s wonderful.

MR: Speaking of young bands, what advice do you have for new artists?

SH: Oh, my God. I guess I would say always try to follow your instincts above and beyond anything, there’s going to be a lot of outside input all the time. Open your mind to it, but there’s something inside you which is your instinct about anything and it can be very confusing, but I think that’s one important thing. Another important thing is just to keep track of the importance of the whole process over the outcome of things. That’s kind of something that I think about now, the gratitude of having the opportunity to continue to be a musician in the ever-changing landscape of how things are done and how much gets out there to the world. It’s the joy of the creation of it. I think that’s the thing that keeps it real.

MR: Susanna, how do you feel about The Bangle’s legacy?

SH: I feel very grateful that we can even talk about legacies. I don’t know how to have perspective on that, really. I think that what we’re doing with the release of Ladies And Gentlemen…The Bangles! Is a kind of way of going full circle and showing where we started, and the fact that we’ve kind of gone back to that essential place, the beginning where we were young and these were the first songs, there’s an authenticity for us in playing this music that feels very right for us now. It’s nice to have that retrospective, to be able to look back and see the music and be able to perform the earliest stuff along with the songs that people remember most like “Walk Like An Egyptian,” “Eternal Flame,” “If She Knew,” “In Your Room,” those songs that got played on the radio and had videos made for them, there is this nice sense of a body of work.

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Brandon Yeagley: Well, I can only speak for myself here and say that I am absolutely a fan of Mystery Science Theater and everything that Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett are apart of including their recent ventures in Rifftrax. I’m sure you’re referring to the resemblance in our name and the character Crow T. Robot, that is a good eye clever sir! 
 
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BY: Really, we just get in to a room and lock the door with a few inspiring ingredients then jam away. One of us brings a riff to the table and we build it into a song structure and just play around with it for a few hours until we are happy with it. If we can’t settle on something we usually scrap the idea or put it on the riff pile with the others. We like to keep things flowing in a genuine way.  We don’t have any conversations as to what kind of songs we want to right, we just let Crobot happen through collective influential excretion. That’s what we are all about. 
 
We met our producer Machine by accident at SXSW a few years ago. It was certainly serendipity at its finest. Machine, living on the east coast, had alarms set in his phone for Eastern Time and his phone sent him to our set mistakenly. When we finished playing, Machine approached us and exclaimed how badly he wanted to work with us, not knowing anything about us prior to this happy accident. 
 
With this said, it was a lot more of a comfortable situation when we entered the studio with Machine because we really understood each other before we started working together. We entered that studio a tight band with a unique spin on an old sound and evolved even more so when we left. Machine really upped our writing process and the awareness of our strengths and weaknesses. He is our fifth member in the studio bouncing ideas around. It was a pleasure working with him.
  
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BY: The state of rock and roll is situational. For guys like Gene Simmons, the guys who are worried about the money in everything of course are going to see rock ‘n’ roll as being dead because to them, a heartbeat runs off of cold hard currency. That’s just not the reality of things to the rest of us who just enjoy creating and playing music. Certainly, there aren’t as many people buying records than there used to be, but vinyl sales are projected to be up 38% since 2012. So there is hope that real music lovers are still making purchases, but that isn’t what keeps us waking up everyday to play music. That’s what keeps the business model alive and in turn whatever is in the public eye though, but not the quality of the music. 
 
Rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. There are a great number of real rock bands out there like Clutch, Graveyard, or not-so-known acts like New Jersey’s Only Living Boy that are testaments to the state of rock music and its immortality. It will never die and can only become seemingly dormant. But, I think the times they are a-changin’.  
 
MR: You guys are a quartet with pretty much the mandatory instruments rep’d. But did you ever consider electric fiddle like Jefferson Starship had or the occasional xylophone solo like Gentle Giant used?
 
BY: I’ve been working on my Kazoo skills for the next record or maybe a Theremin might be cool!
 
MR: Excellent! So if there was one song on the new album that would best represent what the band is all about, which one would it be and why?
 
BY: My go to nutshell Crobot song is “Skull of Geronimo.” It lays everything out there for you.  It’s everything Crobot is all about, in your face dirty groove rock!  There are a lot of influences in that one as well.   From riffs to the vocals to the fuzziness, our whole spectrum is displayed on that one. 
 
MR: Do you feel the band has a mission musically?
 
BY: We just want to be real. We get in to a room and jam whether it’s live or when we’re writing. We don’t use backing tracks live, we are really out there doing it and putting every emotion that is conjured up into the performance. That’s our mission statement. Our souls are our captains.
 
MR: Great answer. Brandon, what advice do you have for new artists?
 
BY: Smoke ’em if you got ’em and just keep doing what you’re doing. Eventually, something will give. Somebody will pay attention. If not, at least you enjoy doing what you’re doing, which makes everything incredibly easier.
 
MR: Where does Crobot go from here?
 
BY: In December, we’ll be heading out with Chevelle to support our new album Something Supernatural. Then, in February, we’ll be heading to the Bahamas on Shiprocked followed by a full-fledged European tour with Black Label Society, only to come back and tour North America with Volbeat and Anthrax. It’s going to be a great year for Crobot next year.  Not to mention, we’ll have our own beer, hot sauce, and rolling papers!  We’re certainly set for a fantastic voyage!
 
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A Conversation with The Griswold’s Chris Whitehall

Mike Ragogna: Chris, The Griswolds’ album Be Impressive has impressed quite a few critics and your single “Beware The Dog” got a lot of attention as well. Will having that kind of immediate positive buzz affect the band’s approach to its career or creativity?

Chris Whitehall: It’s been very flattering, all these reviews are gonna give us a big head haha. I don’t think it’ll change our approach to the band or being creative, we tend to ignore whats going on around us, especially when we’re trying to write songs.  

MR: The Griswolds worked with producer Tony Hoffer on Be Impressive. What was the process like? Any fun behind the scenes stories? 

CW: Probably one of my favorite experiences i’ve had so far, Tony was nothing short of a genius to work with and the best dude! Tony has produced some of favorite ever albums for some of the best bands out there like Phoenix, Beck and The Kooks. We were pretty star struck when we met him but as the recording process started Tony became like an extra band member and he’s one of our best friends now. He was a bit of prankster actually, constantly messing with us as we were trying to record the album. We worked with David Campbell to do the string compositions on the album, and Tony had us believing that we couldn’t look him in the eyes and we shouldn’t talk to him, etc. When it finally came to meeting David, we were really freaked out. Anyway, It turns out David is actually the nicest guy in the world, so kudos Mr Hoffer for one of many legendary pranks.  

MR: You’ve hit the Top 5 on Billboard‘s Emerging Artists chart and #1 several times on Sirius XM’s Alt Nation chart. What do you think it is about the music that’s resonating?

CW: I think a lot of it’s probably timing, it was summertime and we released a summery, up beat kinda song. I think the rest is just luck, you never really can be sure if your music is gonna be liked or disliked when you release it, and to this day I still have no idea what breaks a song. 

MR: What do you think makes a good song? What kind of expectations do The Griswolds have of the material and the recordings?

CW: We have really high expectations of ourselves when we write, we go over every little part of every song until we have written parts that we are 100% happy with. We write songs then go back and re-write it again and again until we’ve ironed it into something that gets us really excited. For The Griswolds, a good song is a catchy song that people will want to singalong to. We’re constantly trying to write hooks, I guess thats what makes a good song for us.   
MR: Does the group have a favorite current hit or recording by another artist or band, what is it and why is it a favorite?

CW: Everyone in the band is really loving “Bear Hands” right now, “Giants” is such a cracking tune! There’s something really addictive about that song, we always crank it in the tour van. The singer has a really iconic sounding vocal, that mixed with great big beats and clever synth lines has us all won over. 

MR: What advice do you have for new artists?

CW: Do it because you love it. Being in band is the best fun you’ll have, so just enjoy it. 

MR: Give us something embarrassing. I mean, really humiliating and don’t hold back, we’re all friends now!

CW: Earlier this year when we played Firefly Festival, we went and had a bunch of drinks at the festival and then our tour manager drove us home. We also had a young impressionable photographer in the van with us, she was doing a piece on “Tour Life with The Griswolds.” Anwyay, Dan and her were in the back of the van and he must’ve had a “few too many” because he projectile vomited all over the god damn van. It was the horrid and this poor girl was mortified! Haha… 

MR: Yeah, that works! What does the ideal future look like for The Griswolds?

CW: Well we just locked in a two-month tour around the States with Walk the Moon, that pretty ideal! After that, I guess we’d love to tour around the UK and Europe, then hit up some US festivals in the summer time. Ideally then, we’d come home to Australia and start writing album 2. 

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A Conversation with Great Caesar’s John-Michael Parker

Mike Ragogna: John-Michael, Great Caesar just released its debut EP. How did that project come together and how was the group “discovered”?

John-Michael Parker: I like to think that this EP provides a few snapshots of the multi-faceted Great Caesar sound–a sound that’s actually been in development for quite a while (the origins of the band trace back to high school). We brought in Griffin Rodriguez, who produced Beirut’s magical The Rip Tide in 2011, to capture that warm, anthemic sound of Don’t Ask Me Why, which was definitely the catalyst and anchor of all this. After that, we sought to showcase everything you’d hear at a Great Caesar show–from the raw, ripping solos to the sweet lyrical melodies–and, looking forward, we’re eager to create our first full-length album that will be less a series of snapshots and more of a cohesive musical narrative and statement. As for the other half of your question–folks have “discovered” us in many ways over the years, whether at a college party, on the NYC subway, or somewhere along our month-long cross-country tour this September. The biggest driver to our music, however, has definitely been Upworthy’s sharing of our music video on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of this year.

MR: The phrase “Great Caesar’s Ghost!” was used by Perry White on the old Superman TV series many decades ago. Was that the monicker’s inspiration or is it more like “All hail the Great Caesar”?

JMP: Much more the latter. In fact, it was a big day for us when Google searches for Great Caesar began to favor our group over the ever-frustrating (for us, at least) jam band bearing Perry’s phrase. Anyways, we took our name from a freshman year in-class reading of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Though it started out as one of those sixteen-year-old inside jokes that just stuck, I think that over the years we’ve actually really grown into it. There’s something in the ambition and grandiosity of Caesar that speaks to an aspect of our music, and once I began to study him in college, Shakespeare became a big influence on my writing and storytelling. 

MR: How would you describe Great Caesar’s sound and who are the group’s musical influences? And how much do you guys adore Arcade Fire and Beirut?

JMP: We adore them a lot. Also Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens, Broken Social Scene. I learned how to write songs by playing from the Easy Piano book of The Beatles’ 1, and a stroll through our back-catalog would show an evolution influenced by Reel Big Fish, Brand New, Dashboard Confessional, Dave Matthews Band, Damien Rice, roughly in that order. How would I describe our sound? Big. Dynamic. Emotional. Passionate. I’d like to think we sound like a band that’s been playing together for over a decade, and that loves each other and the music we’re making, and wants to share that with every audience we get to play for.

MR: What is the songwriting process like for the band and when creating a song, at what point do you know when it’s done?

JMP: I’m happy to say that our process is still evolving, and I’m eager to see what form it takes when we create our debut–and it really will be a debut this time–full-length album. For the most part, our songs are generally conceived of by an individual, and then run through the “Great Caesar” filter, which involves enrolling the other folks in the vision and the idea of the song, and letting everyone bring their own flare to their parts. Having said that, we’ve also experienced everything from a more-or-less group jam, which is how Bury Me really took shape, to compositions done note by note on sheet music–like on our new tune, “Sharks.” Ultimately, we’re just trying to get at some truth in our songs, and we’re open to seeing what form that takes over time.

MR: You released a video for the title track, “Don’t Ask Me Why,” which makes a big statement about equality. How did this come together and whose idea was it to take a strong social stand?

JMP: For the full version of this story, check out a talk I had the privilege of giving at The Feast, a NYC-based conference on social good that helped us launch the video. For the brief version… The song was in our repertoire long before our friend Alex Colby–a brilliant director–came up with the blazingly clear vision for this video. I told him we wanted to make a video that would change the world, and a week or two later he sat down and pitched it to us, pretty much shot for shot. Everyone in this project, from the dudes in the band to the dozens of filmmakers, actors, and crew, to the hundreds of backers on Kickstarter who made it possible, had their own reasons –personal and otherwise–for taking this stand for social justice and equality. For now, I’ll say this… What I think ran through this entire project–which is really still playing out today–was an excitement and an inspiration that came along with doing something big and bold and quite a bit unreasonable in the search for doing some good in the world. It’s been an honor to be a part of it all. 

MR: What are the creative dynamics of band mates and how can you just sit back and allow sax player Stephen Chen to also be in San Fermin? Is there no loyalty these days?

JMP: Let me try not to be disloyal in answering this question! I’ll start with this… Each individual in this band is a unique person with unique musical, creative, and lifestyle needs, and we strive to make Great Caesar a vehicle through which those can be met while leaving space outside the band to meet the rest. So whether that’s our trumpet player who likes to sing a bit and play the melodica while seamlessly maintaining his full-time advertising sales job when we’re on tour; our drummer who likes to drum, sure, but also to write and sings folk songs, read JD Salinger, and paint; or our sax player who likes to take amazing solos, write brilliant songs, and sometimes tour and record with another sick band, what’s most important to us is that the experience of listening to Great Caesar approaches transcendence–seriously. And as long as our various other projects, from the musical to the otherwise, don’t get in the way of that–did you know that Great Caesar bass player, Adam Glaser, is a partner in Vanessa’s Dumplings and co-manages the Williamsburg store–we’re quite okay with them.  

MR: So musical multitasking works, groovy. What advice do you have for new artists, and feel free to elaborate a little because, as the song goes, the children are our future?

JMP: Be prolific, as a creator and performer! It takes a long, long time to really find your voice–whether that’s literal if you’re a singer, or figurative if you’re a songwriter or guitar player–and you’ll put out tons of retrospectively cringe-worthy material while you’re on the journey to finding that voice–or evolving it once you think you’ve found it. But every crappy song gets you one step closer to writing your big hit, and every sloppy show gets you one step closer to your headline tour, so put the time in, make lots of music, and do your best to be proud and shameless along the way. I say all of this as both an oft-cringed-at songwriter and performer and as a middle school teacher and high school Dream Director, so I’d like to think I have a bit of experience to speak from here: Take every opportunity you can to create new art and share it with the world, and, more importantly, every opportunity you can to learn about it and about yourself. 

MR: What advice would you give Great Caesar when you guys started and what’s the best advice you were ever given?

JMP: Play every show like it’s your last. I know that sounds super cheesy, and I don’t think anyone actually said those specific words to us, but here’s what I’m thinking… I think sometimes–especially during a long tour when you’re exhausted and homesick, or during that 1 AM set that’s way later than you’d hoped at a venue way further away than you imagined with some dude in the front row who is talking so loud and turning around and texting and throwing off all your tender moments–it’s easy to say f**k them and go through the motions, and to forget what an extraordinary privilege it is to share your music, your voice, your truth with the world. Every show gives you a chance to change at least one person’s life in some small way, and it’s a shame to let that go by because you’re sick of sharing a bed with your bandmate or pissed at the venue or frustrated with that dude in the front row. On our last tour, we had the chance to spend the day and play a show at the Marion Correctional Institution in Ohio. To say nothing of the graciousness of our hosts throughout the day, we received a standing ovation after every single song in the set, and were told later, by guys who would never set foot outside of that prison again in their lives, that our show was the closest thing they’d experienced to freedom in a long, long time. Sure you’re going to have your off nights, and sure the music industry–from your dreamed-of record deal to your little club’s sh**ty door deal–doesn’t always feel like the fairest thing in the world, but you have such a privilege and a power as an artist, and you should never take that for granted. 

MR: Is Great Caesar’s future so bright you’ve got to wear shades?

JMP: I sure hope so. But after these last few answers, this interview is making me feel like I might have a future in motivational poster writing if the band goes dark, so to speak.

MR: Okay, cough up one embarrassing thing about the band.

JMP: Well, a day in the van with us would shed some light on the different attitudes toward shame and embarrassment across our group, so I’ll stay away from that potentially controversial concept and leave you with something I hope is at least funny: on one of the particularly long drives during this last tour (I think it was from Grand Rapids, Michigan to Washington, D.C., we spent a few hours listening to a pretty good portion of the entire collected discography of Great Caesar, from the early jazz-trio days to the cringe-worthy live sets at Arlene’s Grocery when we first played there six years ago, to our “break-out hit” Snowflakes, written about my high school sometimes girlfriend / always loving and painful muse–and we cranked the volume and sang along to every note. It was one of the best parts of tour, and it was just us, singing and air drumming with each other, passing beef jerky and shouting at the top of our lungs. 

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A Conversation with Such Gold’s Ben Kotin

Mike Ragogna: Ben, Such Gold’s new album The New Sidewalk was produced by Bill Stevenson. What did the association bring to the mix?

Ben Kotin: Well, simply working with him turned some heads. When bands go into the studio to work with particular producers, fans expect a certain output from that collaboration. Based on the records that come out of The Blasting Room, listeners were definitely curious as to what that association would mean for the new record. People know The Blasting Room for a certain honesty and impact.

MR: Take us on a tour of the album’s creation, the songwriting and the creative process.

BK: Nate, Jon and I all had been hammering out riffs and structures for The New Sidewalk since Misadventures came out. We parted ways with our old drummer in early 2015 so I was actually hacking my way through writing drum parts until we employed our new drummer Matt Covey–formerly of hardcore mainstays Shai Hulud–back in March. Jon runs a studio in Brooklyn and we essentially recorded the entire record in full once through before we drove out to Colorado to work at The Blasting Room. Getting to know the arrangements in his studio before we went into do the real thing was invaluable. I wrote most of the lyrics during this stage as well.

MR: You guys tour often, do you take new material out and road test it?

BK: Not really. We write constantly on the road however. We started playing a rotating cast of songs from “The New Sidewalk” since we recorded it and are currently playing three live–“Faced,” “Engulfed in Flames,” and “Nauseating.”

MR: How did Such Gold come together?

BK: We all originally met through the Rochester music scene from playing in bands in the area through the years. Jon joined the band through our old guitarist Skylar and Matt joined through Jon, as they both lived in New London, Connecticut, for a time. 

MR: What are a couple of the crazier adventures you guys have had as a group?

BK: It’s hard to pinpoint just a few “crazy” stories, let alone ones that I would want my Mother to read. Being able to record at the Blasting Room this past May with Bill Stevenson, Jason “Swoll” Livermore, Andrew “Goatsmilk” Berlin, and Chris “The Baby Jesus” Beeble was easily the “craziest” experience of our collective musical career.  We can’t wait to go back.

MR: Such Gold is considered a pop-punk band. But wouldn’t a better word be “alternative”?

BK: We couldn’t care less what people call us. If you were to ask us, we’d say “Soft Alt Grunge Klezmer Banana ’57 Sound Melodic Hardcore Double Clap, Triple Trap Uber Trooper Banana Music.”

MR: Whew, cleared that up! So what kind of musical influences did you have growing up and which artists still excite you? Do any of them influence the creative process?

BK: Music that “rips” excites me. This hasn’t changed since I was a kid. Any band that pushes themselves to write intense and engaging music is cool, no matter what genre.  I’ll listen to Frank Sinatra and Dillinger Escape Plan within five minutes of each other. The only time a  particular artist enters our creative process, so to speak, is if something we are writing sounds too much like someone else.

MR: Has Such Gold thought about the future of the band, direction and career-wise or are you just letting the music and events shape what’s coming?

BK: We try to not to think too far ahead. We’ll keep on pushing ourselves to write cooler material and keep touring. Where those tours take us and with what bands is up to the cosmic void of the future as well as Rang, creator of orbs.

MR: Anything in the news got your attention?
 
BK: The moon isn’t real. Circuit City is an elaborate hoax. False Flag. Rocks are squishy but tense up when you touch them. 
 
MR: So what advice do you have for new artists?

BK: Practice your instrument. Get good at what you do on your own time.  Doing your homework for the sake of your craft will bring dividends to your band. Push yourself to write material that feels foreign or new to you. 
 
MR: What’s the best advice you and the band ever got?

BK: Nuno from A Wilhelm Scream told us recently, “If you’re lucky, people won’t like your band.” I know that sounds weird but it rings true.  Hope that your band doesn’t achieve renown based on fashion or topical sound, but rather on the merit of the material that you are writing and your ability to perform live. 
 
MR: What’s the future look like?

BK: As I place my hand atop the Time Cube and peer into its gelatinous surface, my vision blackens and I enter Catatonia. The sand on beaches are replaced with that of crushed peanut shells. Our band has changed our name to “Wild Stallion” and are amidst a worldwide amphitheater tour that is also a book signing for our most recent fiction cook book.  I’ve married Taylor Swift. I’ve had both my hands removed and replaced with hooks, which I got a great Groupon for.

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A Conversation with Jacquie Lee

Mike Ragogna: Jacquie, your debut EP, Broken Ones, was already a hit at iTunes. How did the project come together?

Jacquie Lee: Well, I was determined to make something of myself after The Voice and I needed people to see me as my own artist. That being said, I was extremely eager to release my own music. That’s how the idea of an EP came about.

MR: Was the recording process and songwriting a learning experience for you?

JL: Yes definitely. I drove myself crazy because I needed to get in a certain zone to evoke emotion when I recorded and I needed to be open and vulnerable with different writers to write magic. It was all very scary at first. I learned that being honest will get you places. Lying to try and not hurt anyone’s feelings won’t get you anywhere.

MR: Beyond Broken Ones, what is the Jacquie Lee Story up until now? Like what are some highlights everyone should know to catch up?

JL: Well, some things that were pretty cool were opening for Christina Perri and Tegan and Sarah during Fresh in the Park festival. That was my first show post The Voice where I was my own person and it was a big success. And I met a fellow Atlantic artist! The release of my EP hit top ten on iTunes and performing on The Today Show was also a really surreal experience.

MR: You appeared on The Voice and were the first runner up on Season 5. Radio Disney played your single “Broken Ones” and it quickly became one of the most requested songs. What do you make of all this Jacquie Lee fuss? What do your family and friends make of it?

JL: I’m extremely proud of it. I don’t take any of it for granted and I love my jacqattacks. I am so thankful for them. My family and friends are also very supportive of it all. They still don’t really believe it’s real to be honest.

MR: What kinds of activities do you do during your down time? Do you even have any down time? Do you miss being a “regular” person or has basically nothing changed on that end?

JL: I will say I am an avid Netflixer… Oh yeah, and I am still a senior in high school so a lot of my free time is dedicated to school. I don’t mind it though it definitely helps me feel normal and stay grounded.

MR: Now that you’re having some success, have you put yourself on a career plan or have you adjusted things with your music and creativity that utilizes this new position in life?

JL: I have a plan… I will do whatever it takes to achieve my dream. Hard work pays off and I plan on writing and touring to grow. My dream is to sell out Madison Square Garden one day.

MR: Do you have any particular charities that you participate in or are there any social issues that you align yourself with?

JL: I would love to support a charity that raises money for Cystic Fibrosis. It would mean a lot.

MR: What advice do you have for new artists based on your experiences to this point?

JL: My advice would be to dream big. If you never try you’ll never know

MR: What would an ideal future look like for Jacquie Lee?

JL: World tour. Surrounded by people who love and care.

MR: Favorite animal? Had to ask that, sorry.

JL: I’m going to have to go with a dog…
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