Announcing The 2014 Ava Gardner Festival

2014 Ava Gardner Festival, Scheduled for October 3-5, to Celebrate Ava as a Fashion Icon


Megan Fox and Jennifer Lopez claim their admiration; Marcia Gay Harden and Kate Beckinsale played her on the big screen. Today, nearly 25 years after her death, designers, stars, and fans continue to emulate the sultry elegance of Ava Gardner’s fashion style. Ava went to Hollywood in 1941, a beauty from North Carolina with her college threads and saddle oxford shoes, but just a few years later she graced hundreds of magazine covers, played on-screen sirens, and was coined one of the world’s most beautiful women. She had the glamour and style that photographers begged to capture and fashion designers clamored to dress. She is listed 25th among the American Film Institute’s Greatest Female Stars.

“The Fontana Sisters of Rome, Walter Plunkett of Show Boat-fame, Irene Lentz, Edith Head and Christian Dior are just a few to design costumes and personal clothes for Ava,” stated museum director Deanna Brandenberger. This year’s Ava Gardner Festival, October 3-5, will open a new exhibit entitled Ava’s Closet which will showcase the personal fashion of Ava Gardner. Friday night’s Fashion Fling will officially open the new Ava’s Closet exhibit with two new cases: one for evening wear and the other for Ava’s casual clothing and accessories. A reception with Sinatra-style entertainment by The Carolina Crooner, hors d’ oeuvres and beverages will provide the “fling” for the evening. Ticket prices are $25.00 person and the event is the museum’s annual fundraiser to support the operation of the museum.

On Saturday, October 4, festival goers will enjoy the new exhibits, a Heritage Tour, and FREE movie screenings of The Killers and Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean showing at 10am and 2pm respectively. Another tribute to John Huston, The African Queen will run on Sunday at 3pm. The tribute to John Huston follows the choice of the NC Museum of Art in Raleigh to show The Maltese Falcon on Friday, October 3 in their “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” film noir series. The festival organizers decided to continue film screenings all weekend for Huston fans.

Heritage tours on Saturday, October 4th will be held throughout the day beginning at 9am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. The guided tour will take visitors to Ava’s birthplace, to the Brogden Teacherage where she grew up, and to her gravesite at Sunset Memorial Park. All-day admission to the Ava Gardner Museum is $8, and heritage tour tickets are $15. On Sunday, October 5,the museum will have extended hours from 1pm to 6pm.

Meet special guest, Justin LeBlanc, season 12 Project Runway finalist and local designer from Raleigh who will speak about 3D print design and fashion with visitors to the museum. Justin will be at the museum Saturday, October 4 from 9-11am.

On Saturday, Oct. 4, the museum has partnered with the Clayton Piano Festival whose theme this year is classical music from the movies. The festival organizers are working with renowned artist and Clayton native, Jonathan Levin to pay tribute to Ava Gardner with a song from Show Boat and a selection of other musical influenced by Ava’s love of flamenco music. The festival will be held at The Clayton Center and begins at 7pm. Coffee and desserts will be served after the concert with a meet and greet with Azamat Sydakov, the featured pianist. Tickets are $20.00 per person plus fees/taxes and are available here.

To make the festival events easier to purchase, the museum is offering the Ava’s Closet Festival Package that includes Friday’s Fashion Fling, museum admission all weekend, one heritage tour pass, and one Clayton Piano Festival ticket for $75.00 per person. This offers a savings of 15% off the purchase of full ticket prices. To purchase your tickets, click here :

The Ava Gardner Museum is located in downtown Smithfield, North Carolina, at 325 E. Market Street and more information may be found on the museum website, or calling the museum at 919-934-5830. The museum is open Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm and Sunday 2pm-5pm with admission of $8.00 adults, $7.00 seniors, military, teens and groups, and $6.00 children 6-12.






You Me At Six today announce the tour of 2015! You Me At Six along with co-headliners, the American pop punk giants All Time Low, will play 5 of the biggest UK venues in February 2015. The dates kick off in Cardiff on 9th February, and culminate with a huge homecoming show at London’s O2 Arena on 14th February. Tickets go on sale next Friday 29th at 9am from, or

Commenting on the most exciting tour of the year, frontman Josh Franceschi said: “We can’t wait to hit the road with All Time Low. It’s the tour we know our fans want, and we are so excited to be doing a full arena tour” and All Time Low’s frontman Alex Gaskarth added “We’ve never managed to hit up the UK with the hometown boys in You Me At Six, so this is going to be a really amazing experience. I think the fan-bases will come together and make the shows unforgettable.”

Full tour dates are:
9th February: Arena, Cardiff
10th February: LG Arena, Birmingham
12th February: Hydro, Glasgow
13th February: Phones 4 U Arena, Manchester
14th February: O2 Arena, London

Also announced today, You Me At Six will release a very special edition of their album available on CD/DVD on the 20th October. The album will include 5 acoustic studio recordings with a string quartet, produced by Stephen Street, and a further 5 songs filmed live from Dean Street Studios. The special edition will also include an exclusive poster booklet, with a lucky few signed by the band.

You Me At Six recently premiered their new single, the huge rock anthem Room To Breathe. The video for the track can be viewed here. The video was shot across 48 shows around the world and was directed by Tom Welsh. The song is currently A-list at Radio 1 in the UK, Daytime radio at Triple M in Australia and top 5 at rock radio in North America making it the bands first truly Global hit single

Room To Breathe is the fourth single to be taken from Cavalier Youth, the band’s fourth album and most successful yet. Cavalier Youth stormed to the top of the UK charts upon release and debuted at #1. It has since been certified Silver, and is quickly approaching Gold.

Following their Reading and Leeds Festival appearances this weekend, the British five-piece are heading back Stateside in September for a headline tour that is almost sold out. The same month, they also have a run of dates in Australia and South East Asia. This year alone, they are set to play to a staggering 1/2 million people.

Cavalier Youth was recorded in LA and produced by Neil Avron (Fall Out Boy, Linkin Park). Avron encouraged them to broaden and stretch their musical horizons – and the band display next-level musicianship on the #1 record. Cavalier Youth shows off the band’s new confidence and excitement, and has lead them to arenas, to fulfilling their dream of playing high up the bill at Reading and Leeds, to having a smash hit single, and to breaking America.

You Me At Six are Josh Franceschi (Vocals), Max Helyer (Guitar), Chris Miller (Guitar), Matt Barnes (Bass) and Dan Flint (Drums).

For more information, please check out their website, Twitter :  Facebook, Instagram or YouTube.


We are very pleased to confirm that Bombay Bicycle Club have announced their biggest tour yet and will be coming to Leicester, Manchester, Wolverhampton and Newcastle before their London Earls Court show.

Tickets go onsale Thursday 21 August @ 09:00am –



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Support from: Peace (main support) and Sivu (first on)

Tickets, costing £24, go on sale at 9am on Thursday 21 August from:

Leicester / Manchester / Wolverhampton / Newcastle / London:


Plymouth / Bournemouth:

Taking Hollywood : Seductive, dangerous, utterly compelling


This is an Exclusive Feature for The Luxury Channel

RossGerardTaking Hollywood : Seductive, dangerous, utterly compelling.

We were delighted to accept an invitation to London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge to meet Mr L.A. himself Ross King, best known as the top Showbiz Correspondent on Good Morning Britain, a man we are accustomed to seeing grilling A-List Celebrities on the red carpet from the Academy Awards, The Grammys to the Golden Globes. He was joined by writer and childhood friend Shari Low who over the last decade, has written up to thirteen novels which have been published in the UK and internationally, including those written under the pseudonyms Ronni Cooper (Rock Chicks and Manhattan) and Millie Conway.

They told us exclusively about their new collaboration – “Taking Hollywood – One Fateful Night. A Lifetime of Lies. The Ultimate Scandal”, which took less than a year to put together! Having been friends for so many years, there was a lot of ease working with each other to the extent that they even came up with the pseudonym “Shari King” – to use as the name of the writer for the book.

“Taking Hollywood” is set in the contrasting worlds of Scotland and LA, the action revolves around three main characters, Mirren, Zander and Davie, childhood friends from Scotland who have all made it big and are living the dream in Hollywood, but there are dark secrets behind how they got there. It is such a rollercoaster read and really does take you on a journey to the gritty inside world of fame, celebrity and all the glamour behind tinsel town, all that is LA . Ross said, “Look, Shari and I really wanted to write a book that we would read ourselves, something that we believed in and something that everyone can enjoy”.
One of Ross’s best friends from his early days in Scotland is Hollywood Superstar Gerard Butler who has endorsed the book, so it is no surprise that people may wonder if the characters Davie, Mirren or Zander are based on people he rubs shoulders with daily in Hollywood? Indeed people they know? Shari and Ross both agree that some of the stories in there really did happen, characters are elements of different people including themselves, we will all just have to read the book to find out more, and can even look forward to a sequel.
To top it all, they have also garnered support from acclaimed writers like Jackie Collins and Martina Cole who said “It’s a glam, edgy thriller. Just the way I like them”

The book is released mid August in the UK, available at all good bookstores and also on Amazon :



Photo Gallery: Kaiser Chiefs

Kaiser Chiefs have announced a full UK tour for January and February 2015.

The Leeds band’s tour begins in Liverpool on January 31 and wraps up with two previously announced arena shows at London’s O2 Arena (February 13) and Leeds’ First Direct Arena (14).

As previously announced, the band will also join Foo Fighters in playing the closing party of the inaugural Invictus Games on September 15. They will then play a tour of South Africa with Foo Fighters in December.

The band have also announced that ‘My Life’ will be the next single taken from this year’s Number One album ‘Education, Education, Education & War’. ‘My Life’ will be released on September 22.

Kaiser Chiefs will play:

Liverpool Arena (January 31)
Dundee Caird Hall (February 2)
Edinburgh Usher Hall (3)
Newcastle Metro Arena (5)
Wolverhampton Civic (6)
Nottingham Arena (7)
Plymouth Pavilions (9)
Bournemouth BIC (10)
Brighton Centre (11)
London O2 Arena (13)
Leeds First Direct Arena (14)

Tickets go onsale at 9am on Friday (August 15). To check the availability of Kaiser Chiefs tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.





“The Gaucho” (1927) Screening And Panel Spotlights Actor Douglas Fairbanks And Production Designer Carl Oscar Borg

“The Gaucho” (1927) Screening And Panel Spotlights Actor Douglas Fairbanks And Production Designer Carl Oscar Borg
Presented By The Art Directors Guild Film Society And American Cinematheque


Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque present Douglas Fairbanks’ remarkable swashbuckling adventure fantasy THE GAUCHO (1927), spotlighting the Production Design by Carl Oscar Borg on Sunday, August 24, at 5:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre. This rarely seen film will be presented in 35mm on the Cinematheque’s newly installed screen with live accompaniment by pianist Cliff Retallick. This will be the season’s final program of the “Production Design’s Forgotten Treasures” Film Series 2014, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter.

A special panel discussion featuring Fairbanks expert, Professor John Tibbetts of the University of Kansas and special guest Patricia Ward Kelly, widow and biographer of Gene Kelly, will explore the relationship of film design to dance and stunt choreography, as well as Douglas Fairbanks and Gene Kelly as filmmakers, and their influence on the evolution of American film. The panel will be moderated by Production Designer John Muto, Film Society Founder and Co-Director.

“THE GAUCHO is unique among Fairbanks’ swashbuckler films in both tone and look – it is a darker fantasy, tragic yet somehow more rugged and realistic,” said Muto. “Much of the film takes place in a magnificent white city, set high in the Andes. The enormous set, built from scratch was totally the creation of supervising art director Carl Oscar Borg. The enormous, blocks long, multi-story city was designed specifically for Fairbanks to confound an entire army with his vigorous stunt work.”

Other wonderful sets include a rustic cafe where Fairbanks dances an erotic tango with Lupe Velez, the Mountain Girl, who lives in a very well-appointed cave below. Elsewhere in the film, Borg convincingly creates the illusion of enormous mountain vistas and vast plains on the back lot, through the use of glass shots and perspective miniatures.

Fairbanks, the producer of his own epics, was well aware that the sets of his highly physical adventures had to not only be beautiful, it also had to be designed and built specifically to accommodate the action that was his trademark. Another great American performer who often paid tribute to Fairbanks’ work was actor, dancer and director Gene Kelly. Kelly acknowledged THE GAUCHO as an inspiration for certain elements of The Pirate (1948). A special clip reel featuring excerpts from Fairbanks’ swashbucklers, as well as Kelly’s work in The Pirate, The Three Musketeers (1954), and Singing In The Rain (1952), will explore this relationship. Douglas Fairbanks also had a special connection to the Egyptian Theatre as his film Robin Hood opened the theatre on October 18, 1922.

“The 2014 ADG Film Society/American Cinematheque Screening Series has been extremely well-received with the screenings of The Prisoner, Monsieur Verdoux, Dante’s Inferno and The Devils,” states Muto. “We look forward to continuing to screen unique films for anyone who loves great filmmaking in general and is fascinated by great film design in particular.”

Representing the ADG are Film Society Co-Chairs John Muto and Thomas A. Walsh, and Debbie Patton, ADG Manager, Awards and Events. Working with them are the American Cinematheque’s Gwen Deglise, Margot Gerber, and Grant Moninger.
General admission: $11. American Cinematheque members: $7. Students/Seniors with valid ID: $9. All screenings start at 5:30 PM 24-hour information is available at 323-466-FILM (3456).

For Information about the 2014 ADG Film Series: Art Directors Guild Film Series 2014
For Ticket Information: American Cinematheque Tickets – Egyptian Theatre

About the Art Directors Guild
The Art Directors Guild (IATSE Local 800) represents nearly 2,000 members who work throughout the United States, Canada and the rest of the world in film, television and theater as Production Designers, Art Directors, and Assistant Art Directors; Scenic, Title and Graphic Artists; Illustrators and Matte Artists; and Set Designers and Model Makers. Established in 1937, ADG’s ongoing activities include a Film Society; an annual Awards Banquet, a creative/technology community (5D: The Future of Immersive Design) and Membership Directory; a bimonthly professional magazine (Perspective); and extensive technology-training programs, creative workshops and craft and art exhibitions. The Guild’s Online Directory/Website Resource: Art Directors Guild; Follow ADG on Twitter: @ADG800; Facebook: ADG Facebook.

About American Cinematheque
Established in 1981, the American Cinematheque is a 501(c)(3) non-profit viewer-supported film exhibition and cultural organization dedicated to the celebration of the Moving Picture in all of its forms. At the Egyptian Theatre, the Cinematheque presents daily film and video programming which ranges from the classics of American and international cinema to new independent films and digital work. Exhibition of rare works, special and rare prints, etc., combined with fascinating post-screening discussions with the filmmakers who created the work, are a Cinematheque tradition that keep audiences coming back for once-in-a-lifetime cinema experiences. The American Cinematheque renovated and reopened (on Dec. 4, 1998) the historic 1922 Hollywood Egyptian Theatre. This includes a state-of-the-art 616-seat theatre housed within Sid Grauman’s first grand movie palace on Hollywood Boulevard. The exotic courtyard is fully restored to its 1922 grandeur. The Egyptian was the home of the very first Hollywood movie premiere in 1922. In January 2005, the American Cinematheque expanded its programming to the 1940 Aero Theatre on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica. For more information about American Cinematheque, visit the website: American Cinematheque. Follow the American Cinematheque on Twitter (@sidgrauman) and Facebook (Egyptian Theatre, Aero Theatre).


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Margot Gerber
American Cinematheque
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