MARIANA VEGA GETS 2 LATIN GRAMMY NOMINATIONS

(MI BURBUJA music video from Mariana Vega)

The Venezuelan/Canadian singer, Mariana Vega, received nominations from MI BURBUJA (My Bubble) in the following categories:

▪ Best New Artist: Mariana Vega

▪ Best Contemporary Pop Vocal Album: “MI BURBUJA”, produced by Cachorro Lopez, Ocesa Seitrack/Sony Music 

LATIN GRAMMY Awards ceremony will be held in Las Vegas this November 20.

Watch video for “De Tu Voz”, filmed in Tepito in Mexico City: 

http://youtu.be/U9wBR6yQozw

Lyrics: 

Sólo con mirarte Ya lo vi venir No hace falta que hables 

Sé que vienes a decir Era de esperarse 

Desde el mes de abril Basta con tus ojos Basta con tu voz Con ver cómo cuesta 

Que termines la oración 

No te lo hare fácil 

Tienes mi atención Dolerá mucho más 

Al oírlo de tu voz 

Dime cómo sucedio? 

Si ella fue quien te busco? 

O será que fue el destino 

Quien allí los acercó? 

No me digas fue un error 

Tampoco pidas perdón 

Aunque sé toda la historia 

Quiero oírlo de tu voz 

Para ya decir adiós 

Sólo hay que mirarte 

No hace falta oír Ni hay que ser muy lista 

Para poder predecir Que hay que despedirse 

Que esto acaba aquí 

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ASTRID RIVERA, blogger and recognized “Influencer” joins the cast of Telemundo’s YO SOY EL ARTISTA

The renowned journalist, blogger Astrid Rivera was casted, along with other 99 influencers, on the new reality show, "Yo Soy El Artista", which airs every Sundays at 8 pm/7c on Telemundo, Telemundo International & Latin America through E! Entertainment.

Rivera , who is the creator of LatinBlah.com , one of the most prestigious internet portals in the United States, was identified by the television producers to participate in the first phase of this reality show.

Esta experiencia ha sido una de crecimiento para mi, el tener la oportunidad de ser uno de los pioneros en este formato de televisión es una bendición”, commented Rivera. “Ya se esta viendo los frutos que hemos cosechando durante anos en las redes sociales, súper feliz que una cadena tan importante como Telemundo reconozca y entienda que el trabajo que hacemos en el mundo digital es sumamente importante para su producto televisivo”.

The TV shows’ group of influencers are comprised of artists, musicians, publicists, bloggers, journalists & personalities from prestigious networks in the United States & Latin America. 

Compartir ese trabajo con otros 99 que vienen de distintos lugares, con diversos gustos fue increíble ya que podíamos diferir como equipo entre nosotros lo que hacia la dinámica una interesante”, said Rivera.

The term “influencer” is an already popular in the world of social networking & is used to identify those people who in one way or another have plenty of presence & credibility in social networks, and, not only have fans, but also know how to be entertaining.

Singers, Maffio, Angel & Khriz, Johnny Sky, Estephy, & television personalities, Claudia González, Alexandra Olavarria, Hector Rivera, were among those who accompanied Rivera for a 4-day tour in Orlando (Florida).

Yo Soy El Artista" premiered on Telemundo last Sunday, September 14 at 8 pm/7c & features Lucero as host, with Olga Tanon , Luis Fonsi , Boris Izaguirre , Chiquibaby & Mario Quintero as the show’s jury.

TASTE OF SPAIN:  Andalusia

Spain is a much-favored vacation destination, with diverse regions, such as Basque, in the North, and Andalucia, in the South, that offer a wide range of delicious culinary fare to explore.

Nevertheless, the cuisines of France and Italy are better known to gourmands than the incredible food and wines from their Iberian cousin. However, thanks to the Tourist Offices of Spain, or TURESPAÑA, U.S. “foodies” are discovering their gastronomical treasures that can be found locally.

The Spanish tourism bureau, from its South-East office in Miami, and the Andalusian trade agency, EXTENDA, and through the Miami Culinary Institute, recently hosted an interactive cooking reception to tout the flavors of Andalusia. Invited guests included fine dining connoisseur s and other important, local influencers.

The historical cities of Seville, Granada and Malaga as well and the famous beaches of the Costa del Sol, Costa de la Luz and Almería can be found in Andalusia (also known as Andalucía). The southern region’s diverse landscapes contribute to its variety in cuisine, such as the Jerez Sherries from Cadiz, the classic cured hams from Huelva and Cordoba, olive oil, and more.

At the cooking demonstration, the main presenters were a representative for the preeminent brand of Iberico hams, 5J Cinco Jotas, Jonathon Lane, the executive chef of Traymore restaurant of Miami’s Metropolitan BY COMO hotel, and a wine representative from Hidalgo Imports.

Before the program started, guests enjoyed passed canapé, or ‘pintxos’, of Ines Roasales salted, crispy olive oil-coated tortas with quince, Spanish cheeses and olives, paired with sparkling Agusti Torello Reserva Cava.

Next, patrons enjoyed an olive oil tasting, showcasing La Espanola’s Special Reserve, and a craving demonstration of Cinco Jotas Ibérico ham. Chef Lane paid tribute to these fine vendors’ fare with a plated appetizer of Pan con Tomate, La Espanola’s Special Reserve olive oil, and Cinco Jotas Ibérico ham, paired with La Gitano’s Manzanilla, a white Andalusian wine.

Next, Lane continued to impress patrons with his demonstrated preparation of a delicious morsel of olive oil-cured tuna, accompanied by anchovies, olives, and served with a glass of aromatic Los Aljibes’ Sauvignon Blanc and superior cuts of Ibérico ham sliced from the shoulder.

The programs’ appetizers concluded with a starter, directly from Traymore’s current menu, of perfectly grilled octopus with olives, potatoes, and a vibrant salsa verde, which was paired with a wonderful full-bodied red wine, Viña Real Crianza from Bodegas Cune.

This singular tasting alone educated the evening’s patrons to the simply prepared dishes, using seasonal local and organic foods, awaiting them at the seafood restaurant helmed by American chef, Jonathan Lane.

The cooking event concluded with a savory celery sorbet, spiked with a section of Ines Rosales Sweet Orange torta, and finished with a sweet and lusciously rich Alameda Cream from Bodegas Hidalgo.

WELCOME TO NIRVANA: Metropolitan by COMO ~ Miami Beach

The Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach, is an historic Art Deco hotel, newly re-imagined by the infamous Italian interior designer, Paola Navone, & reflects her  deep interest in a broad spectrum of cultures – particularly oriental ones.

The property was originally named The Traymore hotel, & became listed as an historic landmark by The Miami Design Preservation League. The building’s original façade, ground floor tiling & Art Deco architectural accents surrounding the exterior of the building are therefore required to remain in their original form.

The first U.S. property by the prestigious & iconic COMO Hotels and Resorts introduces:

  • The Gin Bar with 40+ imported gins from around the world
  • The serene Traymore Restaurant – offering contemporary seafood by Executive Chef Jonathan Lane
  • The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape spa, featuring Miami’s 1st Hydrotherapy Pool

An outdoor terrace leads to a private pool, exclusively for hotel guests, with poolside cabanas and bar, offering an outdoor à la carte menu. The hotel offers direct beach access & comfortable loungers for hotel guests on the sumptuous sands of South Beach, while boasting to be the only hotel in its zip code to have a private dock on the waterway, opposite the hotel & adjacent to Collins Avenue. 

To celebrate COMO’s first stateside opening, Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is pleased to offer guests an extended ‘Grand Opening Rate,’ with prices from $239 per night for a City Room when booked by September 30th, 2014.

Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach is located at 2445 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33140. Hotel reservations can be made online or by contacting the reservations team direct at res.met.mia@comohotels.com or by calling 305.695.3600. Further information on Metropolitan by COMO, Miami Beach can be found by visiting www.comohotels.com/metropolitanmiamibeach 

Watch the trailer for Jason Reitman’s MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN follows the story of a group of high school teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives.

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN in limited theaters starting October 1st and in theaters nationwide October 17th

NICK CAVE TO PERFORM IN NYC @ THEATRICAL RELEASE OF “20,000 DAYS ON EARTH”

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in association with Film Forum, have announced a special one night-only screening of 20,000 Days On Earth, the groundbreaking new film on celebrated rock legend Nick Cave.

The exclusive off-site screening will take place at the Town Hall in Manhattan’s midtown on Saturday, September 20th. 

The lyrical and inventive documentary showcasing the rock icon, will be followed by a rare solo piano performance by Cave to coincide with the opening weekend release of the film. 

In addition, the rock legend will be joined on stage by 20,000 Days On Earth directors, Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for a conversation with the audience.

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