ARGENTINA’S FREDDO COMES TO MIAMI BEACH’S LINCOLN ROAD

This premium helado, an ice cream-gelato hybrid, open its flagship store on Miami Beach at 610 Lincoln Road in September/October 2014.

An Argentinean cult favorite, Freddo’s success for more than 45 years lies in its uncompromising commitment to the highest quality ingredients – from fresh hormone-free milk, pure cane sugar, fruits and the finest natural and raw ingredients. Freddo’s helados are completely free of trans fats, and devoid of artificial flavorings, colorants, preservatives or added vegetable fats.

Thirty flavors will debut at the South Beach store when it opens next month, including dulce de lechechocolatecreamsorbet and light flavors. Among the most popular specialty flavors are Grand Dulce de Leche – helado with whole almonds, pecans, golden raisins and caramel; Zabaione and Green Apple sorbet. Customers can enjoy their Freddo in a cup or cucurucho (waffle cone). Also on the menu will be Freddinos – Freddo’s combination of creamy helado blended with coffee; TriFreddo – a unique blend of three layers of artisanal helado with up to three toppings or syrups; Smoothies – a refreshing combination of fruit sorbet with fruit syrup and artisanal helado; and Sundaes– two helado flavors combined with up to three delicious toppings or syrups. For those who want to share their Freddo with friends and family, to-go quart size (32 oz.) packs will be available for purchase.

                                    

The store - located in the heart of Miami Beach’s world-famous shopping and dining mecca, Lincoln Road – will boast outdoor café seating for 30. Plus, a sleek modern interior and clever wall mounted illustrations that explain the artisanal process behind the creation of the helado to Miami locals and visitors.

Get the full scoop this fall at 610 Lincoln Road, more information at: www.freddo.com

VENICE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - Venice Days Spotlight:

Larry Clark’s THE SMELL OF US

The Venice International Film Festival (Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica), is organized by La Biennale di Venezia, one of the world’s most prestigious cultural institutions. The Venice International Film Festival in held on the Venetian district of Lido, a popular beach resort, and runs from August 27 to September 6. 

The 2014 Venice International Film Festival will showcase its official selections of international competition and first premiering feature films in its “Venezia 71” section. Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), the independent film section modeled on the ‘Directors´ Fortnight´ of the Cannes Festival, is one of the festival’s sidebar sections.

Here’s a selective look at one of the indie films officially selected for the 2014 Venice Days.

Larry Clark’s THE SMELL OF US

Genre: Drama

Country/Language: France/French, with English subtitles

Cast: Lukas Ionesco, Diane Rouxel, Theo Cholbi, Hugo Behar-Thinieres, Rayan Ben Yaiche, Adrien Binh Doan, Maxime Terin, Valentin Charles, Niseema, Dominique Frot, Philippe Rigot, Valerie Maes, & Jean-Christophe Quenon.

In 1993, following a successful career as an exhibited & published art photographer, Larry Clark made his directorial debut with the music video for “Solitary Man” by American singer-songwriter Chris Isaak. Two years later, he directed his first feature-length film, “Kids”, which established him as one of the most controversial and influential directors of our time.

I’ve wanted to make a film about French youth since I went to Cannes with my first film KIDS in 1995. I met some French teenagers and I invited them to the premiere of KIDS. I ended up hanging out with them and photographing them while in Cannes and learned about teenage culture in France and even went to their homes and met their parents and had dinners with them. I knew then I could make a film in France about youth and that I was interested.”, shares Larry Clark, American filmmaker, (MARFA GIRL, BULLY, KIDS)

Synopsis:

In Paris, a crew of skate kids meets up every day at The Dome, behind the Museum of Modern Art, to skateboard, goof off & get stoned as they ignore the smart crowd of art lovers. Bound by complicated family ties, they have become inseparable. Nevertheless, boredom, the lure of easy money and the anonymity of the Internet all will have a role in tearing their tightly-held world apart.

World Premiere screening, followed by Q&A: Aug.31, 5pm, at Palazzo del Casinò: Sala Perla

Other notable indie films in this section include the world premiere of Laurent Cantet’s RETOUR A ITHAQUE (Return To Havana) South Korean filmmaker Kim Ki-duk’s ONE ON ONE, Miranda July’s #8 SOMEBODY, and Shawn Christensen’s BEFORE I DISAPPEAR, based on the 2013 Oscar-winning short, Curfew.

If you can’t attend the bellisma festival in person, a selection of films making their World Premiere will also be available for online screening via Sala Web. The online screenings will parallel the festival’s regular programming for a five day period, and stream for 24 hours. Sala Web will be hosted on a secure site operated by Festival Scope (www.festivalscope.com) on behalf of the Venice Film Festival. 

 

Digital tickets for Sala Web screenings will go on sale in mid-August, via a dedicated box office accessible through the Biennale’s website:   www.labiennale.org.

BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL-MIAMI 2014 PREVIEW

After London, Montevideo, New York and Buenos Aires, the world-touring Brazilian Film Festival (BRAFF) 2014 hits the screens of Miami from August 16 through 24.

In Miami, the Brazilian Film Festival celebrates 18 years of showcasing the latest films made in Brazil by its vibrant and talented filmmakers. This 9-day festival of film screenings and special events will be held at South Beach area venues.

BRAFF 2014 Miami kicks off on Saturday evening, August 16, with “Back to the 80s” party at LMNT, an art gallery/space in Miami’s famous art district, Wynwood.

Special documentary feature screenings will be held from August 17 to 19 at the Miami Beach Cinematheque.  In this program, BRAFF 2014 will remember Vinicius de Moraes, one of Brazil’s most celebrated cultural icons, with the screening of Vinicius, by Miguel Faria Jr., on August 17.

BRAFF 2014 Miami competitive screenings will be held held from August 20 tot 24 at the Colony Theatre. Over 20 shorts and feature films will be competing for the Crystal Lens Award, (8/23), and the winners will be chosen by the audience.

This year’s program includes the international premiere of Golden Oldies 2, comedy directed by Hugo Carvana and last performance on the big screen by the late actor Jose Wilker.  

Wilker who became known internationally for his role as Vadinho, the husband who comes back from the dead to torment Sonia Braga in the movie Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands, will be remembered with a special tribute during the closing ceremony on Sunday, July 24 at the Colony Theatre.

Among the film stars who have confirmed their presence at the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, include Reynaldo Gianecchini, from S.O.S. Women Overboard, by Chris D’Amato, and actresses Regina Duarte, Never too Old to Meow, and Leona Cavali, Golden Oldies 2.

“Taste of Brazil”, another BRAFF Miami event highlight, will run from 08/16 to 08/24. The exquisite fine dining restaurants that will host Brazilian cuisine tastings include Toro Toro Miami, Orange Blossom, and 1826 Restaurant & Lounge.

For more info, call: 305-600-3347, or go to:  www.brazilianfilmfestival.com/miami/2014/

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Film Review: A MOST WANTED MAN

Starring the late prolific and favored actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, A MOST WANTED MAN is a contemporary spy thriller based on the best-selling 2008 book of the same name by John le Carré. Unlike the last film based on a Le Carré novel, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”, it is a well-paced and exciting espionage tale with an enjoyable two hour running time.

As always, Philip Seymour Hoffman delivered a great performance in the lead role of his last completed film, A MOST WANTED MAN.  Hoffman plays Gunther Bachman, a hard-drinking, chain-smoking and lonely team leader of a secret anti-terrorism unit based in Hamburg, Germany.  Unlike his bureaucratic and overzealous counterpart, Dieter Mohr (Rainer Bock), the head of the Germany’s domestic intelligence service, he is cautious and mindful as he is diligent in amassing information that can prevent the execution of a planned terrorist attack. 

Bachman finds the heavy-handed Mohr a detestable nuisance with a competitive dash to place the “terrorist” label and make arrests.  Also, appearing more like an enemy is the Germany-based CIA agent, Martha Sullivan, (Robin Wright).  Bachman’s extreme distrust and reluctance to share intel with the US spy stems from a past joint mission debacle which exposed his previous team, hence their demise.

 Bachman is as nurturing and protective and of his team as he is of his prized asset, a college student and only son of a prominent Muslim charity fund-raiser, Dr. Faisal Abdullah.

He and his team are currently tracking the movements of a heavily-bearded, Islamic Chechen man, who suspiciously arrived in Hamburg from Turkey without any identification.   The reticent young man is discovered to be Issa Karpov (Grigoriy Dobrygin), a recently release prisoner, and the surviving son of a wealthy Russian war criminal.

Issa retains the aid of a beautiful, do-gooder human rights lawyer, Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams). When she connects him with the banker (Willem Dafoe), whose institution holds his late fathers secret account of millions in ill-gotten gains, Issa becomes more nefarious suspect. Yet, the prudent Bachman withholds his rush to judgment.

 A MOST WANTED MAN was directed by Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn (Control, The American).  On working with Philip Seymour Hoffman:  “Despite any issues he was dealing with outside of the film, domestic or otherwise, the performance never suffered.”

I’m not sure where to start when looking at Philip’s legacy as it is overwhelming in its scope and depth. But that immediately tells you a lot about his choices. He was the best character actor I can think of, and if you look at just the smaller roles he occupied, then those performances alone set him apart from his contemporaries. His strength was a total immersion in the role and a lack of vanity. At the same time, he hated what he loved, that was his curse – he would tear himself to pieces over his performances”.  

“He was a giant of a man in every way imaginable and his demise is not only a tremendous loss to the world at large and to lovers of great art, but very much on a human level. He was 200% human, with all the struggles and flaws that     came with this – and that is where that great art came from, I like to think”.-­‐Anton Corbijn, THE GUARDIAN

2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK: PERONI Emerging Designer Series ~ Resort Wear Fashions

Peroni Emerging Designer Series, by Fashion Group Int’l, featured resort wear from 10 finalists, who showcased their Italian-inspired designs at 2014 Funkshion Miami Beach Week fashion show at SLS Hotel South Beach

Prior to the show, attendees shopped for Mulco watches  & Sugperga sneakers at the accessory cabana shops  & enjoyed complimentary Peroni beer.

2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK: PERONI  Emerging Designer Series ~Swimwear Fashions

Peroni Emerging Designer Series, by Fashion Group Int’l, featured swimwear from 10 finalists, who showcased their Italian-inspired designs at 2014 Funkshion Miami Beach Week fashion show at SLS Hotel South Beach

Runway models where accessorized with Mulco watches from the Swiss company’s ocean-motif Lush collection & Superga sneakers from the Italian company’s The Man Repeller collection for Spring.

Show attendees shopped poolside cabanas for these brands, and other vendors’ accessories, at the Funkshion pop-up boutiques.

POP-UP BOUTIQUES @ 2014 FUNKSHION MIAMI BEACH SWIM WEEK~SLS Hotel South Beach

2014 Miami Beach Swim Week, July 16-19 ~ Swimwear models adorned Swiss timepieces from Mulco's ocean-motif Lush collection, such as the Rubi/Silicon (pictured), & Italian-made Superga sneakers from The Man Repeller collection for Spring, while balloon sculptures by Balloon Expresso decorated the runway.

Fashion show attendees shopped for these accessories for themselves at the vendor’s pop-up boutiques, such as Miami-themed jewelry & live fashion sketches at Lil Miss Miami’s cabana booth.

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Hulu Original’s The Hotwives of Orlando Premieres on 7.15

A parody of one of the most popular franchises in reality television, the Hulu Original The Hotwives of Orlando, takes you inside the uberexclusive and glamorous world of six hot housewives livin’ large in Central Florida’s sexiest city, Orlando. 

The show follows a cast of ladies as they fight over pretty much everything except for their love of shoes, plastic surgery, and the pursuit of spending all of their husbands’ money.

The Characters of THE HOTWIVES

  • Alli (Dannah Phirman)

Crystal’s troublemaking friend. A wanna-be ‘hotwife,’ she’s always stirring it up, gossiping and giving bad news under the guise of “being a good friend.”

  • Amanda Simmons (Kristen Schaal)

She was a child star on local television - the Florida Prune Juice girl - until she hit puberty and they didn’t want her anymore. Now she’s looking to recapture that fame but her drug and alcohol problem make that difficult. She’s hopelessly single and always dating the wrong guy.

  • Crystal Simmons (Angela Kinsey)

A gorgeous, busty bible beater with a controlling husband, TJ (Seth Morris). She does everything in the name of God, including her breast implants. Superficial and petty, she can act ‘holier than thou,’ and is especially judgmental of her sister, Amanda.

  • Phe Phe (short for Phenomenon) Reed (Tymberlee Hill)

A successful lawyer, foot model and aspiring taxidermist, among other careers. She speaks her mind, but you’re not gonna like what her mind has to say. But hey, “She’s just bein’ Phe Phe.”

  • Shauna Maducci (Danielle Schneider)

A brassy Italian-American with anger management problems. She and her husband Anthony (Matt Besser) are going broke because she’s a shopoholic. She has a lot of kids and a very tumultuous relationship with her husband made worse by her rampant jealousy and the fact that he can’t stand her.

  • Tawny St. John (Casey Wilson)

A gorgeous, self-obsessed trophy wife. She married a wealthy older man, Phil (Stephen Toblowsky), that she thinks is dying. Well she hopes he is dying, anyway.

She may not have a job but she keeps busy with her charity parties, music videos and fashion products like her new line of eyebrow extensions.

  • Veronica Von Vandervon (Andrea Savage)

A sexy Brit with an eye for much younger men. She is an independent businesswoman and heiress to the Hot Holes Heavy Putting mini golf fortune. She’s all about class, sex, sophistication and sex.

SISSI FLEITAS – From Cover Girl To The Big Screen

Playboy cover girl –turned-actress Sissi Fleitas was most recently seen in the U.S. on Univision’s “Sabado Gigante”, on the jury of competition show “Viva la Diva”.

The Hispanic television star concluded the last week filming of her first English language film BULLPEN, with co-stars, British actor Gary Daniels & Mexican actor Luis Gatica.

The action film, BULLPEN, tells the story of a retired boxer, David , played by Gary Daniels , who is forced to fight for money. Eva played by Sissi Fleitas, is a former prostitute who David is madly in love, is kidnapped. To rescue her, he is forced to fight and do the will of criminals, unaware of Eva’s ulterior motives.

BULLPEN is directed & produced by Roger Ellis Frazier, (director of “The Line” & “Across the Line: The Exodus of Charlie Wright”).

Filmed at Fox Studios in Baja California, BULLPEN will have worldwide distribution in 2015. 

BULLPEN Teaser Video: http://vimeo.com/98624820

Romeo Santos’ Formula Vol. 2 Tour at NY’s Yankee Stadium ~July 11 & 12

Romeo Santos will become the first Latin artist to headline two shows at the grand new stadium, and the only Latin artist to perform at Yankee Stadium for the first time since the Fania All-Stars sung in the stadium 40 years ago.

El Rey De Bachata’s show was SOLD-OUT within the first time 24 hours since its announcement, so a second show has been added to meet the overwhelming demand of fans.

Beloved by fans, the “King of Bachata” celebrates the traditional Dominican sounds, infused with modern elements of R & B, hip-hop and pop for a new style that dominates today’s charts in Latin music.

His second solo album, with featured guest artists such as Drake, Nicki Minaj, Marc Anthony and others, # FormulaVol.2 debuted with the highest first week sales of any Latin album in the last 8 years, remained two months at # 1 on the list of Latin albums.

Romeo Santos “King of Bachata” concert tickets on sale at www.ticketmaster.com