Sotheby’s Paris to Auction Private Collection of Vintage Martin Margiela

TREASURE TROVE: As prices for vintage soar, demand for one designer’s work shows no sign of flagging: Sotheby’s Paris said Tuesday that it would hold an exhibition and online auction this fall dedicated to Martin Margiela.
Nearly 220 items of clothing and accessories from a private collection will go under the hammer between Sept. 19 and Oct. 1. Among the top lots is a men’s vest assembled from playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s Artisanal collection. One of only five of its kind, it is estimated to fetch between 8,000 euros and 10,000 euros.

A waistcoat made with playing cards from Maison Martin Margiela’s spring 2006 Artisanal collection. 

Among the other rare items offered for sale are down coats from fall 1999, a linen jacket from the Stockman collection of spring 1997, and a top made of bow ties, also from the Artisanal line. The items will be on show from Sept. 20 to 25, coinciding with Paris Fashion Week.
Coming on the heels of two major Paris retrospectives last year — at the Palais Galliera fashion museum and Les Arts Décoratifs — the sale coincides with a double anniversary: the birth of Maison Martin Margiela in 1989 and the departure of its reclusive

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Agustina San Martin Talks Cannes Special Mention Winner ‘Monster God’

CANNES – An exploration of the ramifications of God, “Monster God,” from Argentina’s Agustina San Martín, took a Special Mention – an effective runner’s up prize – on Saturday night at this year’s Cannes Film Festival short film competition. It’s not difficult to see why, especially when jury president Claire Denis own films’ power resists […]



Game of Thrones: George R.R. Martin Debunks ‘Absurd’ Book Rumor

George R.R. Martin has shot down a suggestion that he has completed the final two books in the Song of Ice and Fire saga and has been withholding them until HBO’s Game of Thrones concludes.

According to Entertainment Weekly, several media reports have quoted actor Ian McElhinney, who played Ser Berristan Selmy in Game of Thrones up until season 5 in 2015, talking at a fan convention about the as-yet-unreleased books. “George has already written Books 6 and 7, and as far as he’s concerned there only are seven books,” he allegedly said. “But he struck an agreement with David and Dan, the showrunners on the series, that he would not publish the final two books until the series has completed.”

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Martin Grant Pre-Fall 2019

Martin Grant’s pre-fall collection was inspired by a bouquet of autumn leaves he received — hence the warm tangerine and forest green hues, which marked a departure from his usual understated color palette.
It heightened the Seventies vibe of a collection that was heavy on outerwear, ranging from a crisp-looking orange pea coat to a belted, checked wool trench coat. It was a new variation on the beige trench that Meghan Markle wore on her trip to Australia and New Zealand in October, prompting a flurry of interest in the brand.
“Particularly those styles that she wore, we saw a real surge and we had a lot of interest,” Grant reported. “Our online stores have sold out and they want to reorder more, and it’s still going on.”
The designer is taking it in his stride — his clientele already includes the likes of Cate Blanchett, Lee Radziwill and Middle Eastern royals, drawn to the fuss-free elegance of his creations. Among the new propositions this season: flared pantsuits, striped blouses with billowing sleeves, and off-the-shoulder dresses for day or night.
Grant also likes to include statement pieces for evening: in this case, a tent dress featuring a retro sunset print, which also found its

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Rémy Martin Partners With Don C

Rémy Martin is exploring product collaborations.
The liquor brand is introducing The Collector’s Series, which will feature capsule collections from various designers.
First up is the “Just Rémy” collection that is designed by Don Crawley, better known as Don C, who currently collaborates with Nike on sneakers and has his own line called Just Don.
“Rémy Martin has been a cultural icon for me and my community growing up on the South Side of Chicago, and I’m honored to partner with a brand that has been such a big part of my history,” said Crawley. “This project allowed me to effortlessly integrate my passion points and personal style to a collection that is unique to Rémy Martin. Throughout this creative process, our brands consistently remained inspirations to one another and this ‘Just Rémy’ collection is truly a one-of-a-kind showcase for both Rémy Martin and Just Don.”
The line, which will launch in Chicago later this month, will include the 1738 Sneaker Box, patterned with Just Don’s signature snakeskin detailing and featuring a bottle of premium Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal with branded “Just Rémy” sneaker laces.
“Rémy Martin is excited to present ‘The Collector’s Series’ and unite the world of luxury and lifestyle through collaboration,”

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Martin Luther King Youth Center Receive Tribute & Healthcare Help By Charles Myrick Of ACRX

ACRX Recognition Gallery: American Consultants Rx -As millions of Americans strive to deal with the economic downturn,loss of jobs,foreclosures,high cost of gas,and the rising cost of prescription drug cost. Charles Myrick ,the President of American Consultants Rx, announced the re-release of the American Consultants Rx community service project which consist of millions of free discount prescription cards being donated to thousands of not for profits,hospitals,schools,churches,etc. in an effort to assist the uninsured,under insured,and seniors deal with the high cost of prescription drugs.

The American Consultants Rx discount prescription cards are to be given free to anyone in need of help curbing the high cost of prescription drugs.

Due to the rising costs, unstable economics, and the mounting cost of prescriptions, American Consultants Rx Inc. (ACRX) a.k.a (ACIRX) an Atlanta based company was born in 2004. The ACRX discount prescription card program was created and over 25 million discount prescription cards were donated to over 18k organizations across the country to be distributed to those in need of prescription assistance free of charge since 2004.

The ACRX cards will offer discounts of name brand drugs of up to 40% off and up to 60% off of generic drugs. They also possess no eligibility requirements, no forms to fill out, or expiration date as well .One card will take care of a whole family. Also note that the ACRX cards will come to your organization already pre-activated .The cards are good at over 50k stores from Walgreen, Wal mart, Eckerd”s, Kmart, Kroger, Publix, and many more. Any one can use these cards but ACRX is focusing on those who are uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicare. The ACRX cards are now in Spanish as well.

American Consultants Rx made arrangements online for the ACRX card to be available at where it can also be downloaded. This arrangement has been made to allow organizations an avenue to continue assisting their clients in the community until they receive their orders of the ACRX cards. ACRX made it possible for cards to be requested from online for individuals and organizations free of charge. Request for the ACRX cards can also be made by mailing a request to : ACRX, P.O.Box 161336,Atlanta,GA 30321, faxing a written request to 404-305-9539,or calling the office at 404-767-1072. Please include name (if organization please include organization and contact name),mailing address,designate Spanish or English,amount of cards requested,and telephone number.

American Consultants Rx is working diligently to assist as many people and organizations as possible. It should be noted that while many other organizations and companies place a cost on their money saving cards, American Consultants Rx does not believe a cost should be applied, just to assist our fellow Americans. American Consultants Rx states that it will continue to strive to assist those in need.

Martin Grant Pre-Fall 2018

Martin Grant just launched a capsule collection for men, so it was hardly surprising that his women’s pre-fall designs had an androgynous slant.
In fact, the designer only slightly tweaked some of his men’s styles — including a trouser suit and an oversize navy coat — to adapt them to the female form. Call it a 180-degree switch: It was his tuxedo design for French director Nicole Garcia that originally led to him creating a similar style for men.
Not that it really matters: Grant’s daywear has always been grounded in luxurious staples, such as this season’s check coat with a removable shearling collar, or a jumbo cord trench. “Quiet luxury — I mean, it’s very much about the fabrics, the textures, a very, very soft fabric feel,” he said of the collection.
A case in point was a fuzzy gray alpaca sweater that read like a very upscale spin on a sweatshirt. It came in a women’s size, but Grant suggested borrowing the men’s version for an even roomier fit. The more overtly feminine options were easy yet chic: lightweight denim pieces with topstitched details, a black jersey turtleneck dress and a cocoon-like camel cape coat.
Grant left the eveningwear for later: As

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Martin Grant Leaps Into Men’s Wear Amid Shift in Collections Calendar

PARIS — Martin Grant, whose razor-sharp tailoring has earned him fans including Cate Blanchett and Jennifer Connelly, is launching a capsule collection for men as part of a broader plan to switch the focus away from his main women’s collection and toward the pre-collection seasons.
Grant is set to unveil the men’s line, featuring between 15 and 20 designs, during presentations at his Paris showroom between Jan. 17 and 24.
Starting in July, the Australian designer, whose last catwalk show was held in October 2015, will resume runway presentations during Paris Couture Week showcasing his men’s designs alongside his women’s pre-fall collections and a smattering of couture.
He will present a few additions to the pre-collection to coincide with the main women’s ready-to-wear shows in March and October, but will no longer produce separate collections. Grant said the decision made sense, as pre-collections now account for 80 percent of his business.
“Logistically it’s much better for us, because it’s what the buyers want anyhow,” he told WWD during an exclusive preview of the men’s collection. “They’re putting all of their budget into the pre-collections, because they need the time to sell. For us, concentrating on that season gives us a longer lead time to develop the

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How Ricky Martin Found New Strength Within The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime StoryWith The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, his first significant TV role since his stint on General Hospital in the 1990s, singer Ricky Martin is playing a role in the story…

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Jonathan Martin Line to Relaunch After Seven-Year Absence

Jonathan Martin, the printed top and dresses resource that had its heyday in the Eighties and Nineties, is returning to the market for spring after a seven-year absence.
Owner Uri Harkham, who founded the line in Los Angeles in 1975, said he spies a need in the better women’s market for office-appropriate tops and dresses featuring custom prints and treatments. In addition, he has launched a high-end Italian silk line called Hark + Hammer that sells pieces for $ 200 to $ 300 direct to consumers online.
“People say, ‘What are you, nuts? There’s no customer,’ but when we launched Jonathan Martin in ’75, people also thought we were nuts. But we found our niche and it was really a privilege to be in this industry. I think it’s still relevant,” said Harkham.
Meant to retail in major department stores for $ 49 to $ 79, Jonathan Martin features monthly deliveries of flutter-sleeve tops and wrap dresses with details like front-and-back embroidery and custom print borders. Harkham said the line will be available in a plus-size range and that he hopes to re-create the partnerships he had with retailers such as Lane Bryant.
“I believe we can still serve the market, so this is why I’m coming back.

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Robert B. Martin Jr. Plans Unconventional SAG-AFTRA Presidency Campaign

Robert B. Martin, Jr., is running for the SAG-AFTRA presidency in an unusual campaign — no endorsements, no fundraising, no attacks on other candidates, and no position on the contract ratification. His most notable roles were as the first teenager to be “call blocked” in a national ad campaign and as Billy Hillbilly in 1999’s… Read more »



Martin Grant Resort 2018

Martin Grant has come up with a solution for keeping armpits dry during a heat wave: air-conditioned sleeves.
Puff sleeves, leg-of-mutton arms and dropped armholes were just some of the hot-weather hacks the designer deployed in his resort collection, which featured breezy drawstring-collared blouses and cool djellaba styles that worked equally well for the beach and the city.
“I like the fact of mixing these ethnic influences with something that’s very clean and structured,” he said.
Grant worked with patterns including irregular stripes, dots and a coral-inspired print, the latter appearing on a belted black-and-white tunic dress. French workwear fabrics inspired a selection of outfits in light blue cotton poplin, including a wide-leg jumpsuit and a peasant blouse with puffed-up sleeves.
Eveningwear skewed toward Eighties styles, with items like cocktail dresses in mismatched polka dot patterns with major sleeve action. Grant also worked that voluminous shoulder into an emerald-green silk top that delivered climate control with a theatrical flourish.
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Martin Grant RTW Fall 2017

Martin Grant peppered his fall collection with masculine staples like trouser suits, trenchcoats and striped shirting, some of which had a Seventies flair.
To wit: an asymmetric black corduroy cape with skinny flares, or a white double-breasted tuxedo jacket with extrawide pants. Worn with a black fedora, they channeled David Bowie, circa his Thin White Duke period.
Grant introduced more unusual textures for day, including a shearling-like cream wool fabric that was used for items including a leather-trimmed jacket and a V-neck top; dressier pieces came in a slinky satin-striped fabric, such as a black puff-sleeve dress and a powder-pink pajama suit.
He went ultra-feminine for evening, with a one-sleeve cocktail dress in metallic Lurex or a black long-sleeve gown embroidered at the neck with a beautiful abstract floral motif rendered in tiny Japanese pearls, sequins and French knots.
It made for a grounded and versatile wardrobe that illustrated the designer’s skill at navigating the masculine-feminine divide. His recent red carpet credits prove it: At the César awards, France’s equivalent to the Oscars, French actress Nathalie Baye wore a midnight-blue velvet column dress, while director Nicole Garcia opted for a black tuxedo.

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Martin Scorsese’s Next Movie Is Heading To Netflix

Netflix has acquired its most prestigious title yet: a Martin Scorsese movie. 

“The Irishman,” a $ 100 million gangster flick starring Robert De Niro, was initially set up at Paramount, which released Scorsese’s previous movie, “Silence.” But with 12-year Paramount chief Brad Grey leaving the studio after a financially spotty 2016, Scorsese and his team opted to package the movie elsewhere, according to IndieWire.

“Scorsese’s movie is a risky deal, and Paramount is not in the position to take risks,” a source reportedly told IndieWire. “This way, he can make the project he wants.”

In other words, Scorsese’s team wants to work somewhere that executives won’t panic about box-office numbers. That’s presumably a response to “Silence,” which cost $ 46 million but earned only $ 7.1 million domestically after proving difficult to market to mainstream moviegoers.

First announced in 2008, “The Irishman” is an adaptation of the Charles Brandt book I Heard You Paint Houses, which follows mob hitman Frank Sheeren, who confessed to killing labor-union leader and organized-crime honcho Jimmy Hoffa. Steve Zaillian (”Schindler’s List,” “Gangs of New York”) wrote the script. 

“The Irishman” will mark Scorsese’s ninth movie with De Niro. It also stars Al Pacino and Joe Pesci, who have worked with Scorsese before, too. 

Even if the financials behind this decision seem logical, it’s a surprise move for a director known as a disciple of traditional cinema. Scorsese has long preached about his preference for shooting on film instead of digitally, the medium most directors opt for nowadays. Still, he hasn’t shied away from television, co-creating “Vinyl” and directing the “Boardwalk Empire” pilot for HBO.

‘‘Cinema is gone,’’ Scorsese told the Associated Press in December. ‘‘The cinema I grew up with and that I’m making, it’s gone. The theater will always be there for that communal experience, there’s no doubt. But what kind of experience is it going to be? Is it always going to be a theme-park movie? I sound like an old man, which I am. The big screen for us in the ’50s, you go from Westerns to ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to the special experience of ‘2001’ in 1968. The experience of seeing ‘Vertigo’ and ‘The Searchers’ in VistaVision.’’

Regardless, this is a boon for Netflix, which jump-started its original features with the 2015 Oscar hopeful “Beasts of No Nation.” At the Sundance Film Festival last month, the streaming service acquired more titles than any traditional studio, even snagging the festival’s strongest Oscar contender, the World War II race drama “Mudbound,” for a pricey $ 12.5 million

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Martin Grant Pre-Fall 2017

Oversized silhouettes — think masculine coats, extralarge shirts and flowing pants — were at the core of Martin Grant’s pre-fall collection.
The designer presented an array of terrific outerwear, from a sleek black wool trench to a cuddly shearling cocoon coat. They came in dressier fabrics for evening, with the trench done in retro-flavored burgundy velvet and the cocoon coat in dark brocade.
Tweed and corduroy riding skirts were paired with a fitted blazer or a furry alpaca bomber jacket for a casual take on city dressing. Trousers ranged from tweed canvas flares to luxurious silk velvet palazzo pants.
For warmer climes, Grant offered new variations on his signature shirtdresses, including a dusty yellow version that combined a buttoned-up long-sleeve top with a ruffled bottom. Classic blue-and-white men’s shirting was used to create generously cut shirts or a puff-sleeve blouse.
“I’ve been moving away a little bit from the more fitted, tailored silhouette that I’ve always done. Things have become a bit more oversized, so it just seemed to make sense,” he said of the masculine influences in the collection.
“Also, I think it’s almost a desire for me wanting to find a coat for myself, so I’m actually doing it in the women’s collection,”

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Coretta Scott King Was ‘Architect’ of Husband Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy, Daughter Says

Coretta Scott King has long been known as the powerful force behind one of the nation’s greatest civil rights icons, her husband Martin Luther King Jr. But she has also cemented herself as a legendary activist in her own right.

“What we know of my father really came from her resilience, her determination, her faith, her courage,” Bernice King, the youngest daughter of Martin and Coretta, told ABC NewsRobin Roberts in an interview that aired Monday on Good Morning America.

“She used to say that this family is called. We grew up hearing that a lot,” she added, calling her mother the “architect of this King legacy.”

Scott King died of ovarian cancer in 2006 — nearly four decades after King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Now, Scott King’s experiences and legacy are chronicled in a posthumous memoir called My Life, My Love, My Legacythe book is based on hours of never-before-published interviews.

“I believe Martin was chosen. I believe I was chosen. And I say to the kids, ‘this family was chosen as well,’ ” Scott King said in the memoir penned by journalist Barbara Reynolds.


Scott King stood alongside her husband during the civil rights movement, but suggested in one of the unheard interviews that she would not live in his shadow.

“I said, ‘Well you know, I love being your wife and the mother of your children. But if that was all that I did, I would go crazy,’ ” she said when recalling a conversation with a friend.

And her strides were not lost on King Jr. who at one point declared: “A wife can either make or break a husband. My wife was always stronger than I was through the struggle. In the darkest moments, she always brought a light of hope.”

The couple’s daughter, Bernice, recalled a 1956 incident in which their home was bombed while King Jr. was away.

“Mother was the one who first experienced the manifestation of a threat,” she said. “She had to first come to a resolve that ‘I’m willing to risk the loss of my own life before even him.’ ”

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Bernice said she hopes that those who read her mother’s memoir will come to know that “Martin didn’t make Coretta Scott King. When they met she was prepared.”

“I honestly believe, in a different kid of way, she did greater things. Probably because she lived longer,” Bernice told Roberts of her mother. “Also because she had the insight to see who he really was, and articulate it in a way that an entire world could embrace regardless of your background.”

My Life, My Love, My Legacy (Henry Holt and Co.) will hit bookstores across the nation and online on Jan. 17.

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J.J. Martin Launches First Clothing Collection

TEST PATTERN: J.J. Martin can add a new line to her résumé: fashion designer.
The journalist and vintage fanatic on Thursday night held a cocktail with retailer during Milan Fashion Week to mark the launch of a collection of dresses made with Italian manufacturer Mantero Silk.
For her first outing under the label LaDoubleJ Editions, she opted for a short-sleeved A-line style that hits just above the ankle, available in eight archival patterns dating from the 1910s to the Eighties.
“I’m a big maximalist. I love print, I love pattern, but I think you kind of need it in really simple lines,” said Martin, sporting one of her own creations in a bold pattern called Confetti.
“Basically, what we wanted to do was create the easiest, most fail-safe silhouette that literally looks good on every woman, and you’ll have no problems with those areas that every woman is concerned about: the hips, the butt, the stomach. You can have as much dinner as you want, you still fit in the dress,” she added.
Available exclusively on her Web site,, and, the dresses retail for $ 480. Further collections are already in the works.
“We’re going to keep the silhouettes very simple. I do not

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Martin MSP-3200 SP 80/20 Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings Set

Martin MSP-3200 SP 80/20 Bronze Medium Acoustic Guitar Strings Set

Gauge: .013″.056″Martin SP acoustic guitar strings are ideal live, in the studio, or wherever maximum string life is desired. Due to the development of an industry leading ultra-high quality steel core, Martin SP strings resist breakage better than average strings. In addition, both the core wires and the plain strings are plated with a smooth, acoustic bronze finish. Though this golden bronze finish does enhance the beauty of any acoustic guitar, its purpose is much more functional. The bronze coating prolongs brightness, string life, and superior tonal quality to meet the high expectations of demanding musicians. 80/20 bronze offers the player the acoustic brightness and crystal clean sound any musician can appreciate.

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Martin MSP-7050 SP .011.052 SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

Martin MSP-7050 SP .011.052 SP Lifespan 92/8 Phosphor Bronze Custom Light Acoustic Guitar Strings

At C.F. Martin & Co, they design their strings like they design their guitars – with maximum performance, exacting tone, and playability in mind. They know that musicians demand strings that will perform on stage or in the studio or wherever your music takes you. Martin SP Lifespan strings take Martin’s legendary quality even further, by giving your guitar exceptional tone, clarity, and response that lasts. Treated with Martin’s Cleartone proprietary formula, SP Lifespan strings repel dirt and oil and play like new, long after conventional strings wear out. Treated with Martin’s Cleartone proprietary technology for a longer lifespan than regular strings Custom Light gauge .011, .015, .023, .032, .042, .052 92/8 phosphor bronze provides a classically expressive tone

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Chris Martin Performed Coldplay Song At Beau Biden’s Funeral

Chris Martin paid tribute to Vice President Joe Biden’s son Beau Biden, who died of brain cancer last week, during his funeral Saturday.

Martin volunteered to perform at Biden’s funeral service in Wilmington, Delaware, when he found out that the former Delaware attorney general was a big Coldplay fan, according to a White House official. Martin performed an acoustic version of Coldplay’s “Til Kingdom Come” near the end of the service. Afterwards, Martin hugged the vice president and his wife, Jill Biden.

Earlier during the ceremony, President Barack Obama gave an emotional eulogy, praising the former attorney general. “Beau Biden was an original,” Obama said at the St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church. “He was a good man, a man of character, a man who loved deeply and was loved in return.”

Joseph “Beau” Biden III was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2013, three years after suffering a minor stroke. He died at age 46.

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Martin Limited Edition HSMD Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Sitka Pruce w/HMS Design, High Gloss Finish

Martin Limited Edition HSMD Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar, Sitka Pruce w/HMS Design, High Gloss Finish

This Limited Edition model features an HMS Dreadnought printed on a Sitka spruce top with Martin’s Vintage Tone System (VTS). The HMS Dreadnought was the largest battleship of the British Royal Navy and serves as the inspiration behind the name of the Dreadnought sized guitar. Other features of this 12-fret Dreadnought model include genuine mahogany back and sides, East Indian rosewood headplate and a black ebony fingerboard and bridge. This guitar is truly a unique instrument that will be cherished by guitar enthusiasts for years to come. The new Martin Vintage Tone System (VTS) uses a unique recipe that is based on the historic torrefaction system. The VTS acts much like a time machine in which Martin can target certain time periods and age the top/braces to that era. This focused method allows Martin’s craftsmen and women to recreate not only the pleasing visual aesthetics of a vintage guitar, but also reproduce the special tones previously reserved for vintage instruments. Specifications: Model: LE-HMSD 2015 Construction: Dovetail Neck Joint Body Size: D-12 Fret Top: VTS Sitka Spruce w/ Printed HMS Dreadnought Design Rosette: Old Style 18 Top Bracing Pattern: Standard “X” Scalloped Top Braces: Solid Sitka Spruce 5/16″ Back Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany Back Purfling: Style 18 Side Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany Endpiece: Tortoise Color – Brown Binding: Tortoise Color – Brown Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron Neck Material: Solid Genuine Mahogany Neck Shape: Modified V Nut Material: Bone Headstock: Slotted/Square Slots/Square Taper Headplate: Solid East Indian Rosewood/Small Old Style Heelcap: Tortoise Color – Brown Fingerboard Material: Solid Black Ebony Scale Length: 25.4″ Number of Frets Clear: 12 Number of Frets Total: 19 Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4″ Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4″ Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 – Green Abalone Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss Finish Top: Polished Gloss Finish Neck: Satin Bridge Material: Solid Black Ebony Bridge Style: Pyramid Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4″ Saddle: 16″ Radius/Compensated/Bone Tuning Machines: Waverly Nickel Side Mounts w/ Butterbean Knobs Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Medium Gauge (MSP7200) Bridge & End Pins: Black Pickguard: Tortoise Color Case: 540 Geib Style Interior Label: Signed by CFM IV – Numbered in Sequence Electronics: Optional

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Martin OMCE Mahogany Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar

Martin OMCE Mahogany Orchestra Acoustic-Electric Guitar

The OMCE Mahogany Orchestra acoustic-electric guitar offers a comfortable venetian cutaway, modified low oval neck and Fishman electronics. Constructed of solid FSC Certified mahogany back and sides with solid FSC Certified European spruce top finished in a polished gloss. This certification ensures that the wood used to make the guitar is harvested responsibly with very little effect on the environment. Delivers exceptional projection and playability, paired with battery-free onboard electronics for optional amplification. Specifications: Model: OMCE Mahogany Construction: FSC Certified Mahogany Blocks/Simple Dovetail Neck Joint Body Size: 000-14 Fret Cutaway Top: FSC Certified European Spruce Rosette: Style 28 Top Bracing Pattern: Hybrid “X” Scalloped Top Braces: FSC Certified European Spruce 5/16″ Back Material: FSC Certified Mahogany Side Material: Solid Certified Mahogany Endpiece: Grained Ivoroid Binding: Grained Ivoroid Top Inlay Style: Multiple Black/White Boltaron Side Inlay: Black/White/Black Boltaron Back Inlay: Black/White/Black Boltaron Neck Material: FSC Certified Mahogany Neck Shape: Modified Low Oval Nut Material: Bone Headstock: Solid/Square Taper Headplate: FSC Certified Mahogany Heelcap: Grained Ivoroid Fingerboard Material: Black Richlite Scale Length: 25.4″ Number of Frets Clear: 14 Number of Frets Total: 20 Fingerboard Width at Nut: 1-3/4″ Fingerboard Width at 12th Fret: 2-1/4″ Fingerboard Position Inlays: Old Style 18 – Bone Finish Back & Sides: Polished Gloss Finish Top: Polished Gloss w/ Aging Toner Finish Neck: Satin Bridge Material: Black Richlite Bridge Style: Belly Bridge String Spacing: 2-1/4″ Saddle: 16″ Radius/Compensated/White Tusq Tuning Machines: Chrome Enclosed w/ Large Buttons Recommended Strings: Martin SP Lifespan Phosphor Bronze Light Gauge (MSP7100) Bridge & End Pins: Bone w/ Black Dots Pickguard: Delmar Tortoise Color Case: Z30BU Molded Hardshell – Slate Grey Interior Label: 2 Labels – 1 FSC Mixed Source, 1 w/ Model Name Electronics: MiSi Simple Jack

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Dont Talk To Me About Heroes Photographers Project Men’s Smiths (1) By Martin O’Neill Music T-Shirt (Black) (XX Large)

Dont Talk To Me About Heroes Photographers Project Men’s Smiths (1) By Martin O’Neill Music T-Shirt (Black) (XX Large)

Martin o’neill hails from manchester and has been a photographer since 1978. he started as a staff photographer on local papers in the manchester area before going freelance and working for clients as diverse as ok! magazine, the national lottery, the mail on sunday, ibm and the royal mail and locations as far afield as the united states, sri lanka and libya. latterly he has focused on wedding photography and has published two books of his reportage and documentary photographs (available from his website). but where does music come into all of this? well, we need to go back to 1979, when a series of small gigs was held at a little youth club in a place called bowdon vale, ten miles south of manchester. among the local talent appearing were the freshies, fast cars, v2. and joy division. martin took it upon himself to shoot these bands, convinced, that his photographs would help propel them all to stardom. alas, not one of his shots was used. anywhere! martin’s shots of the band rema

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What Martin Luther King, Jr. Was Like In College (VIDEO)

Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of the most important figures in American history, but only a relatively small circle of people really knew him. Among them was the now-86-year-old Lerone Bennett, Jr., who attended Morehouse College with King in the 1940s. Bennett, who later became an author, journalist and historian, appeared on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1989 along with several other of King’s close friends and opened up about what the civil rights leader was like before the rest of the world knew his name.

“I was a freshman. M.L., as we called him then, was a sophomore. He was an upperclassman, he didn’t talk to freshman back then,” Bennett joked on “The Oprah Show.”

Soon enough, the two became friends. Though he mentioned that King was, of course, a serious and brilliant student, Bennett also said that his friend had a more playful side that the public never truly saw.

“He was a lot of fun! He wore a great big, big-apple hat and draped pants,” Bennett said. “He was, in short, not the M.L. — the Martin — of history.”

This comment prompted Oprah to share a conversation she’d had with Maya Angelou about why it was so important to hear these lesser-known personal stories about great and prominent figures. “[Maya] was saying that oftentimes in history, we take heroes and we make them totally unreal to the children,” Oprah said. “She said one of the wonderful things about Dr. King was his sense of humor. And nobody ever talks about his sense of humor. So I’m glad to know he wore the big-apple hat!”

“He had a great sense of humor,” Bennett nods.

So, was it obvious to friends back then that this fun, brilliant man would become somebody of great importance? Yes and no…

“It was obvious that he was going to become a successful person. People who attend that school with M.L. will often ask, ‘Did you know then that he was going to turn the world upside down?'” Bennett says. “There’s an official answer to that, and there’s the truth. The official answer is, ‘Yes, of course we knew. Who do you think we were? Fools?’ The real answer is that we did not know then that he was going to turn the world upside down.

“The moral I draw from that is, I think, the best of all,” Bennett continues. “And that [is this]: There’s no way to tell about the mystery of the human personality. And that the next Martin Luther King, Jr., he or she may be sitting next to you.”

Related: “Selma” star David Oyelowo what made him feel equipped to play the iconic role of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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God Told David Oyelowo He Would Play Martin Luther King, But He Didn’t Stop There

David Oyelowo hasn’t been shy about discussing how God spoke to him in 2007 and said the actor would eventually play Martin Luther King Jr. in what would become “Selma.”

“The reason I’m talking about that is because I’m as shocked as anyone else may be that this British guy is playing Martin Luther King,” Oyelowo, who was born in England, said during a recent interview. “Certainly back then, in 2007, I had done none of the movies people have now seen me do now.”

At the time, Oyelowo — who has since starred in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Jack Reacher,” “The Help” and “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” — was a relative unknown. But it was another obstacle separating him from King that proved more difficult to overcome: Stephen Frears. Back then, the director was attached to “Selma” and didn’t think Oyelowo was right for the part. In the ensuing seven years, however, Frears left and multiple directors nearly stepped into his place (including Spike Lee and Paul Haggis). In 2010, Lee Daniels came onboard and, after working with Oyelowo on”Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” cast the actor as King. The tumultuous development process didn’t end there: Daniels dropped out because of scheduling conflicts. That’s when Oyelowo suggested another former collaborator: Ava DuVernay, with whom Oyelowo had made the 2012 indie film “Middle of Nowhere.”

“There was so much faith that had to be employed that this thing was going to happen,” Oyelowo said. “Virtually every day between that moment [when God spoke] to me and now, I did everything I could to make this thing happen.”

Now that it has, Oyelowo has received the best reviews of his career for playing King. The performance earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama, and it has Oyelowo in the middle of a crowded group of contenders vying for an Oscar nomination. “Selma,” meanwhile, stands as one of the year’s best films, a timely and insightful drama that says as much about Martin Luther King’s struggle to get equal voting rights in 1965 as it does about the Millions March in 2014.

Oyelowo spoke to HuffPost Entertainment about “Selma,” working with DuVernay and what it was like to meet King’s children.

You’ve talked about hearing a higher calling to play this role all the way back in 2007. Does that kind of connection with God extend through the production as well?
What I couldn’t have anticipated is how much I needed, to be perfectly frank, God’s help in the playing of it. Not least because this was a man of God. This was someone, if you’ve seen him giving those speeches, there is something flowing through him other than himself. He is flowing in his anointing. I needed that. I like to think of myself as a good actor, but Martin Luther King, I ain’t! If you’re going to go and shoot in Atlanta, in a historical church, with 500 people who are from Atlanta, you need a little help from above. So I definitely felt I had that.

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During that seven year period from when you first read the script and now, was playing Dr. King something you thought about every day, or is that impossible?
The first thing I can say to you is that it’s very possible to think about playing Martin Luther King every single day for seven years. I’m living evidence of that. There is never going to be a time in your life as an actor where you’re going to go, “Oh yeah, I’m ready to play Dr. King now.” But between doing the work in quiet and then, the films that presented themselves to me, I prepared. Playing a Union solider in “Lincoln,” playing a preacher in “The Help,” playing a black fighter pilot in “Red Tails,” playing the son of a butler in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” who is in the Freedom Riders and becomes a Black Panther: these were all films in which I had to go study the history. Inevitably they were part of what informed playing Dr. King. Now, were they opportunities that were divinely presented to me or was I just continually drawn to that material because of what was going on in my head? That I can’t really say. But I do know that so many different aspects of my life went into what you see in the film. Plus, I was now the age Dr. King was when these things happened in his life. When I first read the script, I had two kids; when we shot it, I had four kids, like he did. There were so many things I matured into by the time I played the role.

Dr. King is, relatively speaking, a young man during the events of “Selma,” but he looks 10-15 years older than his actual age. How did you manage the physical transformation this role required?
Again, we’re back to the spiritual side of things. People like to talk about the weight gain and the voice, but that’s what we do as actors; that’s the first rung of what you need to do if you’re going to play someone like this. But it was the emotional and spiritual weight of what this man did and had to go through that was tough. At that stage in his life, to have spent 10 years under threat — and not only his life, but his kids’ lives, his wife’s life. Having all these people depend on him. Being a voice for the voiceless. Being someone who has seen people die because of this cause. And not just because racist people have killed them, but because he went to places where he tried to have racists act out in front of the cameras, and then people get hurt. In Selma, people died. That weighs on you. If you’re mentally placing yourself in that space, it does something to you physically. When I watch him, you can see there is a burden. You can see that he looks and feels older than he was. He was 36 at this stage. That is crazy. That had to be one of the things I tried to bring to it.

You recommended Ava to direct this film. Having worked with her on “Middle of Nowhere,” what surprised you about her transition to this kind of bigger material?
When we worked together on “Middle Of Nowhere” I saw her talent is undeniable. One of the privileges I’ve had in doing some of those films I mentioned is working with Steven Spielberg and other incredible directors. I was on the set with Ava, and she is just as good. I think the unique thing about her — and what she brought to “Selma” that was so incredible — was the ease with which she went into a film that was 100 times the budget of the last thing she had done. There were so many more people, so many more elements, it was much bigger in size, but she never panicked. She never shouted. She never threw a chair. She never compromised her vision. That went through the post-production side of things as well. To be a visionary, you have to be single minded. She has that without being, to be perfectly honest, an unpleasant person. That’s very rare! Often being single-minded is combined with being a bit of a nightmare to be around. She’s just not that.

It’s impossible to discuss “Selma” without mentioning how timely it is in its scenes of protest and police brutality. How do you think “Selma” fits in with the events that have occurred over the last month?
Well, we’re back to the divide, aren’t we? If you were ever going to have a moment in time when this film should come out in the 50 years since these events happened, it would be now. Not only would it be now, it would be now now. It would be this month. We would be having this conversation today. You can’t tell me between everything we’ve discussed already to when the film is being released to the fact that it’s a black woman who has made this — just in terms of where we are in history and how beautiful a thing that is — that it’s not divine timing. Whether you believe in that stuff or not, I truly believe the reason why this film is so pertinent for right now is that it shows this isn’t the first time. It shows that we are not a new generation for this and also how it was successfully dealt with. Peaceful protest. Strategy. Using the power of the image to bring the world together. That’s what happened in a sense.

Ferguson, I feel, was deemed a “black problem.” Eric Garner became an American problem. That’s the power of the image. Seeing him murdered onscreen has been the thing that has brought America and the world together to protest. Seeing Bloody Sunday on the Edmund Pettus Bridge is what brought the nation together, black and white, in 1965. The difference is that was about voting rights, and this is about police reform. There had to be federal intervention with voting rights; the federal government is stalling on intervening on this, to bring in independent bodies to police the police. It’s just clear that’s what is needed. No matter what they say about how difficult that is because it’s states’ rights. It was states’ rights with voting. It’s crazy how similar it is.

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“Selma” cast wears “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirts to protest the death of Eric Garner at the New York Public Library on Dec. 14, 2014

Did you get to meet anyone close to Dr. King in preparation for the role?
I met every one of his children and spoke with them. I actually became quite friendly with Dexter Scott King, his second son. I met Martin Luther King III. I actually didn’t meet Bernice King until the Friday before we were going to start shooting. I bumped into her at the King Center, if you would believe it — again, the divine! I was with a group of the actors who were going to be in the film, and she went up to everyone, deliberately leaving me to last. “So, who you playing?” she said. I was like, “Oh. My. Lord.” Dr. King’s voice is pretty deep, but I was like, in a high-pitched voice, “I’m going to be playing your daddy.” It was as bad as it could be. But by the time we finished our conversation, she ended up praying with me and giving me her blessing to play her dad. She and her elder brother saw the film recently and were very complimentary about it. She said mine is the best interpretation of her dad she’s seen. I will take it.

After seven years of having this role in your life, did you feel any letdown or hangover after you moved on to the next job?
There was no letdown. I was very happy to let this guy go. I wouldn’t say it was a burden, because I felt so privileged to do it, but there were moments where it was a real crossover. I stayed in character for the three months we were doing this. I, for one second, wouldn’t say I was him for that time, but I felt a little bit of what it may have been like. Just because you have to take it on. He lived through 13 years of that. I was very happy to walk away. I tell you that much.

This interview has been edited and condensed.
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‘Sherlock’ Review: ‘The Empty Hearse’ Finds An Emotional Reunion For Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman In Long-Awaited Return

The most highly-awaited show of the year returned, and within one sharp, mind-boggling minute in the company of Sherlock and Co, it was all explained away… apparently.

We had a far-fetched (but possible!) combination of bungee rope, a Sherlock mask over a Moriarty body, a big grateful kiss for enamoured lab assistant Molly… oh, and Derren Brown???? Hang on a minute!

Ah, that’ll be one big nod to the conspiracy theorists everywhere, then. No one listens to their fans like writers Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat, and plays with them a little in return. According to Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock on the roof, there are 13 possible outcomes in total. So looks like we might have to wait for the truth for a bit longer after all…


Sherlock’s return was greeted with a welcome less warm than he would have perhaps liked

Cut to… Gatiss as weary Mycroft having to tap some numbers into his international speed-dial, brush up his Serbian, engage in some tiresome ‘field work’ to locate his errant little brother, and return him to his Baker Street fold.

And that, expectant viewers, was very much that. Two years’ worth of all our wondering, tucked into a drawer for the time being. Onward…


Mary (Amanda Abbington) had (almost) replaced Sherlock in Doctor Watson’s affections, but proved crucial to the restoration of their bromance

Into the up-to-date world of Dr Watson (Martin Freeman), complete with fiancee Mary (Freeman’s real-life partner Amanda Abbington) and moustache, moving on with his life, much to the surprise of Mrs Hudson (Una Stubbs) – “So soon after Sherlock?” she asked guilelessly.

But this was a light appetiser for the serious business of his reunion with the much-missed Holmes who, despite his big brain, managed to misjudge such concepts as how grief can turn to resentment when it turns out to be misplaced for two sad, lonely years. Sherlock got a much warmer reception even from DI Lestrade (Rupert Graves), and that was even after Holmes got his name wrong.


Benedict Cumberbatch was on fine form as the loner detective

Fortunately for fans, it wasn’t too long before Holmes and Watson were reconciled to combat an underground terrorism network operating on the underground network. From then on, it was all torches in dark tunnels, upturned collars and lots and lots of nifty editing as Holmes homed in on quite a bit of a bomb, and Watson continued to prove his peerless Everyman acting stripes, equal parts confusion, good intention, and deep indignation when said bomb turned out to have an off-switch. That Sherlock fella, eh? Such a wag.

Because of all of Watson’s understandable, brooding resentment for much of the 90 minutes, a lot of the real pleasure in this episode in fact came from the jollier exchanges between the Holmes brothers, with both siblings proving that absence makes the heart grow more competitive… who can deduce more accurately? Who can say more more words in one minute? Who can enunciate more c-c-r-r-i-sply? Wonderful stuff from both Cumberbatch and Gatiss.

A challenge to keep up with, a joy to watch – there’s a reason this kind of telly takes two years to make. But oh, how we’ve missed it, and oh, how it was worth the wait.

How DID he do it? Let us know your thoughts below, and what you thought of Sherlock’s big return…

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“I came because of Martin Scorsese,” Mexican director Amat Escalante said, explaining his reason for accepting a position as member of the jury at the Marrakesh International Film Festival, which will choose the winning Competition film this evening.

Escalante, the winner of the Best Director award at Cannes last season, was delighted that Martin Scorsese, president of the jury, had seen and liked two of his films, and moreover, seemed to know them “in photographic detail,” discussing them shot for shot with the younger director here in Marrakech. It was an honor to receive such enthusiastic appraisal from an esteemed veteran like Scorsese, Escalante told us.

“Being on the jury with Scorsese is great,” he added. “He is a good listener. He listens openly to our opinions. Listening to him discuss the films, I learn a lot too.”

It was also interesting to be on this jury for Escalante because everyone has “their own opinion, their own criteria. A film will touch one jury member for personal reasons, but not another.”


What were Escalante’s own criteria for choosing a good film?

“I like a film that will take me forwards and keep my interest, make me curious about what will happens next. I like a film with suspense.”

In his own films, he noted, he makes an effort “to make exceptional things happen—like people dying”—since “reality can be pretty boring.” Escalante’s own favorite movies are genre films, like Westerns and horror flicks.

Does it ever get stressful, trying to come up with a consensus with ten people?

“No,” laughed Escalante. “It’s after all just a movie.”

As for trends that Escalante–who has been on five juries in the last couple years—sees in contemporary films, he joked: “Well, there is a lot of vomit. Yellow vomit even.”

But on a more serious note, Escalante pointed out that social issues were at the forefront of the films he has seen.

His own masterful film Heli, which earned him Best Director award at Cannes, is the story of vulnerable bystanders getting in the way of a drug cartel in Mexico, with a much discussed graphic torture scene at the climax, including a penis burnt to a crisp. The film, he told us now, has been very appreciated in Mexico, as Mexicans know the reality of which the film speaks.

“Are you as hopeless about the future as your film?” a journalist asked.

“No,” Escalante leaned forward. ” Everything can change. It can change in Mexico. What is frustrating is that change is not allowed. The media has numbed and stupefied everybody so they will follow governmental orders. Two channels in Mexico basically control the country: control who will run for president, what people are going to buy. Even soap operas deliver messages. For example, now the president wants to privatize gas. So we have a soap opera star talking about how it would be good to sell petrol. If Mexico could be liberated from this media control, that would be a revolution.”
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