Anticipated Films For 2017

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Sundance Film Festival 2017

La Barracuda (Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin)
What It’s About: A strange woman comes to Texas to meet her half-sister and stake a claim to the family music legacy-one way or another.

For Akheem (Jeremy Levine and Landon Van Soest)
What It’s About: Beginning one year before the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, For Ahkeem is the coming-of-age story of Daje Shelton, a Black 17-year-old girl in North St. Louis. She fights for her future as she is placed in an alternative high school and navigates the marginalized neighborhoods, biased criminal justice policies and economic devastation that have set up many Black youth like her to fail.

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What It’s About: A crime drama set against the backdrop of Detroit’s devastating riots that took place over five haunting summer days in 1967.

Get Out (Jordan Peele)
What It’s About: A young African American man visits his white girlfriend’s family estate where he learns that many of its residents, who are black, have gone missing, and he soon learns the horrible truth when another frantic African-American warns him to “get out.” He soon learns this is easier said than done.

The Strange Ones (Lauren Wolkstein and Chris Radcliffe)
What It’s About: Mysterious events surround two brothers as they travel across a remote American landscape. What appears to be a simple vacation soon gives way to a more complicated and darker truth.

Where is Kyra? (Andrew Dosunmu)
What It’s About: Pushed to the brink after losing her job, a woman struggles to survive. As the months pass and her troubles deepen, she embarks on a perilous and mysterious journey that threatens to usurp her life.

Casting Jon Benet (Kitty Green)
What It’s About: The unsolved death of six-year-old American beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey remains the world’s most sensational child murder case. Over 15 months, responses, reflections and performances were elicited from the Ramsey’s Colorado hometown community, creating a bold work of art from the collective memories and mythologies the crime inspired.

It Comes at Night (Trey Edward Shults)
What It’s About: A father will stop at nothing to protect his wife and son from a malevolent, mysterious presence terrorizing them right outside their doorstep.

Lemon (Janicza Bravo)
What It’s About: A man whose blind girlfriend is leaving him, whose career is going nowhere and whose family is disappointed in him—Isaac Lachmann is 40. He doesn’t know how he got there. Things were supposed to work out differently.

Thirst Street (Nathan Silver)
What It’s About: A darkly funny neurotic thriller, Thirst Street tells the twisted story of Gina, an American flight attendant who falls in with a Parisian bartender on a layover only to find herself tangled in a web of deception, delusion and unrequited l’amour fou.

Whose Streets (Sabaah Folayan, Sabaah Jordan)
What It’s About: A nonfiction account of the Ferguson uprising told by the people who lived it, this is an unflinching look at how the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown inspired a community to fight back—and sparked a global movement.

Mudbound (Dee Rees)
What It’s About: In the post–World War II South, two families are pitted against a barbaric social hierarchy and an unrelenting landscape as they simultaneously fight the battle at home and the battle abroad. This epic pioneer story is about friendship, heritage and the unending struggle for and against the land.

 

Food & Dining Trends 2017

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Google, uberEats, Amazon Prime Now,Postmates, Grub Hub, Yelp are middlemen connecting restaurants and customers … collecting fees and personal information about who orders what, when and from which restaurants … valuable additions to what they already know about you.uberEats gets a limited menu to your curb in ten

minutes … by preloading food into drivers’ cars. Amazon’s Prime Now app gets entire
menus delivered in an hour (39 minutes in Seattle). Postmates Pop app promises 15 minutes in San Franciso.
Danger for restaurants: Suppose customers are craving barbecued ribs … and sites like
Amazon or Uber or Google gave them a dozen restaurants and gourmet shops near their
zip code … and suppose they included professional reviews of these producers, and suppose they ranked rib restaurants according to some mysterious algorithm that works against certain restaurants? Poof! Restaurants lose marketing control of their businesses.
Big Restaurants are all of a sudden dumping some artificial (and other bad for you) ingredients from their menus We’re looking at the “healthification” of fast and fast
casual food. A recent survey found that 36% of consumers worried about”chemicals” in their food … in another survey, 40% of consumers report it’s “very important” that foods use all natural ingredients, free of GMOs and artificial flavors or colors.
Panera Bread listed more than 150 artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives that it will send into exile by the end of 2016. McDonald’s is ridding its chickens of antibiotics used by humans. Chick fil A will take until 2019. Panera’s and Chipotle’s chickens are already free Those antibiotics … cheap ways of fattening animals … reduce their effectiveness in humans.
Subway over the next ten years will rid its meats of antibiotics and no longer use azodicarbonamide in its bread, a dough conditioner used in yoga mats and shoe rubber.
Dunkin Donuts will give the heave ho to titanium dioxide,a whitening agent used in paints.

In the last five years pasta sales dropped 8% in Australia, 13% in Europe 25% in Italy. It isn’t a crisis here yet but pasta’s down 6% as Americans focus on proteins and shed carbs .or shun gluten  or subscribe to Paelo dining. Even carboholics have more nutritious alternatives  quinoa, chickpeas,lentils, spelt, barley, chia. So it looks like a trend.

Chefs will experiment with vegetables ribbons zucchini, asparagus, beets, sweet potatoes for example replacing pasta.
There’s a resurgence of Jewish food.
The (dash) signifies we’re talking about chef driven modern Jewish cookery  or even modern Jewish heresy  rather than heavyweight Eastern European dishes.
OBSESSING OVER FRIED CHICKEN
Shake Shack made headlines this year with a limited release of a fairly conventional Chicken Shack sandwich  and David Chang did, too, with an incendiary sandwich at
Fuku perhaps a nascent chain. They follow an emerging obsession. No longer just southern, fried chicken sandwiches have gone creative  and ethnic. In Fuku’s case you’re munching on a mammoth boneless thigh marinated in habane purée, buttermilk, and Changian spices, deep fried topped with some acidic vegetable Barbecue maven Mighty Quinn smokes its thighs before frying topped with fermented chilies garlic lime sauce on brioche with pickled cucumbers and pickled celery for crunch.
Chicken Flavor of the Year: Nashville Hot A cult favorite that’s spreading across
the country  meant to burn your lips for days on end. Like buffalo wings, Nashville
Hot Chicken is dunked in hot sauce after frying; but it ain’t plain old hot sauce
WHEN HEAT IS NOT ENOUGH
Piri piri peppers (African birdseye chili) gain notoriety as Nando’s Chicken chain
expands in the US the pepper blended with tamer spices, herbs, citrus peels used as bbq rubs or as bases for piquant sauces.

Spice of the year:Turmeric

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Haute Couture The Pinnacle Of Fashion

 

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Only 15 fashion houses that can call themselves haute couture. Fashion label Schiaparelli  was inducted into the elite ranks of Paris haute couture houses Tuesday.

The French Couture Federation said it was also adding the 41-year-old French designer Julien Fournie to its highly-prized register.

The designation is protected by French law and attributed exclusively by the ministry of industry to selected houses whose clothes are tailored to each client.

With its handmade pieces solely within the price range of the world’s richest women, haute couture exists only in Paris and is regarded as the pinnacle of fashion.

Only 15 fashion houses have the right to call themselves haute couture.

The others are Chanel, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Jean Paul Gaultier, Maison Margiela, Giambattista Valli, Franck Sorbier, Adeline Andre, Alexandre Vauthier, Alexis Mabille, Maurizio Galante, Stephane Rolland and Yiqing Yin.

Another 20 are regarded as “guest members” of the club.

Oscar de la Renta Designs Will Be On United States Postage Stamps

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  The United States Postal Service will release a series of 11 stamps featuring an Inez and Vinoodh–photographed portrait of Oscar de la Renta and individual homages to some of his signature designs. There are zoomed-in studies of his boldly colorful and artfully draped pink, green, and yellow taffeta ball skirts; a close-up view of blue pleated ruffles; and, of course, the intricate floral prints he was so celebrated for. Though the designer sadly passed away in the fall of 2014 at age 82, his house still stands proudly at the pinnacle of American fashion design. 

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Places that Are Off Limits

Chapel of the Ark of the Covenant (Axum, Ethiopia)

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This Ethiopian chapel has been rumored for centuries to be the final resting place of the Ark of the Covenant

Fort Knox US Bullion Depository (Fort Knox, Kentucky

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Svalbard Seed Vault (Norway)

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The vault holds multitudes of seeds in the case of global catastrophes destroys most of the earth’s crops. Currently, it holds about 864,000 distinct seeds and has the capacity to hold up to 4.5 million. It has 1/3 of the world’s most important food crop seeds inside of it.

The Mormon Church Secret Vault aka The Granite Moutain Records Vault (Little Cottonwood Canyon, Utah)

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Not far from Salt Lake City you can find Granite Mountain – which, ironically, is mostly composed of quartz monzonite. There’s a vault built 600 feet into the Little Cottonwood Canyon which is owned by the Mormon Church.The records stored are genealogical documents showing family history information. The microfilm archive increases by up to 40,000 rolls each year.

North Sentinel Island (The Andaman Islands, Bay of Bengal)

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There are approximately 50 – 400 Sentinelese on this island. They represent one of the last groups of humans who have rejected the modern world to continue their primitive way of life. .

There have been several different attempts to contact the people who live on the island but not all of these interactions have been successful. In the 60’s, lukewarm contact with the tribe was successfully made. In the mid 70’s, a Sentilese fighter shot a National Geographic film director in the thigh with an arrow – so things have been hot and cold, you could say.

White Gentleman’s Club (London, England)

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Located on St James’s Street in London, this gentleman’s club is the oldest and most exclusive in the city. It was founded in 1693 and has a list of impressive members.

Current members of the club include Charles, Prince of Wales, Conrad Black, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Tom Stacey. David Cameron used to be a member but renounced his membership over the club’s refusal to allow women. Queen Elizabeth II was allowed in for a brief visit but that’s been the only lady to have seen the hallowed walls that wasn’t employed there. Membership 85,000.00 a year and you have to be invited to get in.

Area 51 (Nevada)

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Area 51 – the storied location of secret military aircraft, high security, and UFO sightings. To this day, the main purpose of Area 51 – which is an outpost of the Edwards Air Force Base – is unknown. Most agree that the site is where the military tests secret weapons and aircraft that are still in development also known as black projects

Coca-Cola Vault (Atlanta, Georgia)

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Coca-cola really values its secret recipe – so much so that they have stored it in a huge, secret vault that you’re definitely not allowed into. The legendary formula for one of America’s favorite soft drinks is still highly protected.

The original drink was invented in 1886 and was one of many “cola” drinks on the market that purported health benefits. The formula for the drink was kept in the Guaranty Bank in New York from 1919 to 1925 and then moved to the Trust Company Bank where it was held until 2011.

Google Data Centers (various locations)

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Jiangsu National Security Education Museum (Nanjing, China)

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If you’re a Chinese citizen you’re allowed entrance into this museum but foreigners are strictly barred from entering. Why?

The museum allegedly houses sensitive spy information. Several halls show the history of Chinese security devices and practices throughout time – dating back to 1927 when communists fought against their Nationalist enemies.

Moscow Metro-2 (Russia)

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The Russian government currently refuses to confirm or deny the existence of Metro-2 which was codenamed D-6 by the KGB.

Allegedly, the story goes that Joseph Stalin had the Metro-2 built for the purpose of facilitating the travel of Russian secret services and heads of state. There are reportedly four lines that connect from a central location to KGB outposts.

Pine Gap, Australia (outside Alice Springs, Australia)

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 About 11 miles outside of Alice Springs lies a satellite tracking station jointly owned by the US and Australian governments.There are a huge number of employees who work at the facility: about 800. It seems must operations are overseen by the CIA. The location is crucial because it controls satellites that pass over countries America has a vested interest in like China, Russia, and the Middle East.

Room 39, North Korea (Pyongyang, North Korea)

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Known officially as the Central Committee Burea 39 of the Korean Workers Party, this organization is known to engage in illicit activities to keep North Korean heads of state pockets’ flush with cash. The estimated earnings of the organization are between $500 million and $1 billion thanks to its suspected involvement in counterfeiting, the drug trade, and insurance fraud on an international scale.

Because North Korea is practically cut off from the world, it’s been hard to track the organization’s activities and confirm any information.

Club 33 @ Disney World

Club 33 at Disneyworld is very exclusive

14 year wait list and 40,000 fee (initiation) and 27,000 annual fee

Bohemian Grove

California camp the most elite and powerful in the world only

Bohemian Grove is notorious

 

 

 

Bad News For Fashion Designers

 

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The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Samsung Electronics Co. over Apple Inc.and is seen as a major blow for fashion designers, and could potentially make it more costly for brands to protect their creations.

The court issued a unanimous ruling that basically said damages in a patent infringement case need not be derived from the profits of an entire product but could be based on the profits from an infringing component part covered by the patent.

Design patent experts said the ruling basically overturns decades of design patent protection and removes one of the biggest deterrents to infringers — infringement awards based on the total disgorgement of profits from the end product — further weakening the legal framework.

The case held such significant implications for fashion designers Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Nicolas Ghesquière, Dries Van Noten, Alber Elbaz, Sir Paul Smith and Chitose Abe of Sacai   signed onto an amicus brief in support of Apple.They were later joined in separate briefs filed by Tiffany & Co., Adidas AG, Jenny Yoo and Crocs. Charles Mauro, founder and president of Mauro New Media, a firm representing the designers in the amicus brief said, “It is going to make design protection for small manufacturers almost impossible and design protection for large manufacturers exceedingly complex, risky and expensive.

“Apple’s loss to Samsung reduces the value of design patents at the very moment when the fashion industry was starting to embrace them as an alternative form of intellectual property protection

The Court’s decision will probably take a huge chunk out of out of Apple’s award and the damages available in design patent cases generally, but the case is not over. The lower court will have to identify the relevant ‘article of manufacture’ — not necessarily the entire smartphone, but perhaps only certain components — and then decide what percentage of the infringer’s profits was attributable to copying patented elements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First American Designer To Showcase Fashions In Cuba Since Embargo

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Dominick was approached by Cuban Trade representatives after showing in New York Fashion Week wanting to help strengthen trade between Cuba and the U.S. in a non political forum. And what better way to accomplish this than through the arts.Kelsy Dominick is not only the first American designer to show in Cuba since the embargo, but she is also the first to ever show in Arte y Moda’s entire history. Given of our history with the U.S. it is even possible she may be the first American ever…we are honored to have her.”Arte y Moda is the largest fashion event in Cuba’s history. Standing for over 20 years, it has been acclaimed the highlight of Havana fashion and a global stage for inspiration. Many acclaimed artists and diplomats attend the event from countries all over the world.

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Sports photographer Neil Leifer, Is Auctioning His Best Photographs.

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The auction of photos Leifer owns taken by other photographers will be sold Friday in New York City by Guernsey’s. Pictures that Leifer took and owns will be sold Saturday.The piece expected to go for the most money is the shot taken at Ali-Liston II in Lewiston, Maine, in May 1965.

The 11-by-14 inch photo was made through the expensive dye transfer process and is signed by both Ali and Leifer. Ali wrote under the photo: “To Neil Leifer, Thank you for such a great picture.” The picture is mounted and comes with Leifer’s credentials for the dressing room, the weigh-in and the fight and the original envelope they came in.

The bidding for the piece started online at $160,000. There have not been any bidders thus far, but Guernsey’s president Arlan Ettinger said he believes the piece could sell for at least $500,000.Leifer was 22 at the time.

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Footwear News

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Nicky Hilton Rothschild, who is presenting Italian designer Rene Caovilla with a Hall of Fame award, arrived wearing Caovilla’s signature pumps with sparkly accents.

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Olivia Palermo is on hand to present Schutz designer Alexandre Birman with the Brand of the Year award. Naturally, she arrived in Schutz’s signature caged sandal.

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Ansel Elgort arrived with Designer of the Year Paul Andrew.

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On Tuesday night, Rihanna accepted her award for shoe of the year at the 30th annual Footwear News Achievement Awards. As the very first woman to win the award, we knew Rih would step out in something unexpected — but no one expected a baseball cap and velour.

Rihanna, of course, arrived in her Fenty Puma Creepers to accept the Shoe of the Year honor for the Creeper.

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Looking For A Brief Moment Of Solitude During Lunch Hour?

 

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Ichiran Ramen is a Japan-based restaurant chain famous for its unique dining style. Customers eat alone, partitioned into individual sections that separate them from other diners and the staff, and orders are taken by filling out a form, all in order to limit human interaction.

And now, there’s good news for New Yorkers: Last month, the foodie’s paradise opened a shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The chain believes that eating solo “helps people focus on their food,” as it “eliminates the need for exchanging saccharine pleasantries with servers or companions.”  by encouraging people to eat out by themselves, Ichiran is fighting the stigma that is often attached to solo dining.

Customers line up in front of a new ramen noodle restaurant "Ichiran" in New York on Oct. 19, 2016, waiting for it to open. It is the second overseas branch of the restaurant based in Japan's southwestern city of Fukuoka, known for its "Tonkotsu" noodle soup made from pork broth, after one in Hong Kong.

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Several precautions have been taken to ensure customers can avoid human interaction. There is no host at the restaurant – diners can walk straight inside and choose a booth. There is a button on each table that if pressed will signal a server to refill water. The paper menus are detailed – diners can indicate nearly a dozen different specifics to create their perfect bowl of ramen. Ichiran’s Brooklyn branch will feel different and exciting to many Americans. And in a loud, busy city where people are often looking for any brief moment of solitude they can find, Ichiran seems like it just might fit in.

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Nike’s Self lacing Sneaks

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Nike’s HyperAdapt 1.0 sneaker with new self-lacing technology — will cost $720 a pair

The first shoe, the HyperAdapt 1.0, will feature the signature adaptive fit, which senses when the wearer’s foot is in the shoe using a pressure sensor, and automatically tightens the straps until it senses resistance based on an “algorithmic pressure equation.

Interested customers can make appointments to see and purchase the shoe in person starting December 1. It will come in three colors: black, white, and a black/gray.