James Bond Actor Sean Connery Dies at Age 90

Sir Thomas Sean Connery has died at the age of 90, according to his family. The Scottish actor was famed for his portrayal of James Bond, having originated the role of the British secret-agent 007 in ‘Dr. No’ in 1962. He went on to star in five subsequent James Bond films, ‘From Russia With Love’ (1963), ‘Goldfinger’ (1964), ‘Thunderball’ (1965), ‘You Only Live Twice’ (1967), and ‘Diamonds Are Forever’ (1971). Connery died at his home in the Bahamas.

We are devastated by the news of the passing of Sir Sean Connery. He was and shall always be remembered as the original James Bond whose indelible entrance into cinema history began when he announced those unforgettable words: “The name’s Bond… James Bond” — he revolutionised the world with his gritty and witty portrayal of the sexy and charismatic secret agent. He is undoubtedly largely responsible for the success of the film series and we shall be forever grateful to him.

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The actor was born to a working-class family in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1930. He became interested in acting in the 1950s after working backstage at a theater, and secured his first film role in 1957 in ‘No Road Back’. He was reluctant to star in the film adaptation of Ian Fleming’s James Bond series, but the movies proved to be one of the most iconic film franchises of all time.

When you think of Sean Connery, you automatically think of the most iconic movie car ever: the Aston Martin DB5 Touring. The DB5 was introduced in 1963 and made its star turn in Goldfinger the following year. Even though it ended its on-screen time with a crash, the DB5 forged a connection between Bond and Aston in the public consciousness. The car has appeared in six other 007 films since then.

After stepping away from the Bond series, Connery worked with directors such as Alfred Hitchcock and Steven Spielberg. At the peak of his career in 1988, Connery won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie ‘The Untouchables’ (1987). His repertoire also includes many other well-known films such as ‘Marnie’ (1964), ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ (1989), ‘The Hunt for Red October’ (1990), ‘The Rock’ (1996) and ‘The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ (2003).

Later in his career he was offered the role of Gandalf in the famous trilogy ‘Lord Of The Rings’ (2001 – 2003), but he ignored this offer. He admitted in an interview that he did not understand the script. Nor would he return in the fourth ‘Indiana Jones’ movie of 2008.

He retired from acting in 2003, Connery enjoyed himself very much with recording the James Bond film in 2005 and said he would like to do it again, but it never happened again. There were also rumors about a role in ‘Skyfall’ (2012), but this role eventually went to Albert Finney. A longtime supporter of Scottish independence, Connery was knighted in 2000.

‘The Man Behind The Make-Up’ a Documentary Short Film Featuring the Extraordinary Life and Influence of Legendary Makeup Artist, Jerome Alexander

For more than 50 years, Jerome Alexander has brought out the beauty in women by teaching them to become their own makeup artists. ‘The Man Behind The Make-Up’ documentary short film chronicles his life, career and how he changed the beauty world forever.

Every woman deserves to feel beautiful.

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Jerome Alexander Cosmetics is releasing a documentary short film, ‘The Man Behind The Make-Up’ on August 22, 2020 to honor its charismatic founder, innovative makeup artist & teacher, Jerome Alexander. Jerome is a beauty legend who has continuously changed the beauty industry for over fifty years. Through his work as a celebrity makeup artist, Jerome Alexander instinctively knew how to make women feel beautiful and he sought to empower women across the globe to create their own best look.

This documentary short film portrays Jerome as an iconic figure whose influence had a direct impact on the global beauty industry. He got his start selling handmade ladies wigs in the 1960’s when big hair and waves were the rage. In the 1970’s, Jerome naturally transitioned into the world of beauty and cosmetics, where he further discovered that the average woman lacked the training and specifically the tools to apply makeup.

One of his biggest contributions to the industry was in 1976 when Jerome conceived the revolutionary idea of developing professional cosmetics brushes and applicators for home use. He then integrated these tools into ‘cosmetic kits’ with makeup palettes so women had the makeup and tools necessary to apply their own makeup just like a professional makeup artist.

In the 1980’s and 1990’s, Jerome went on to become a household name with his acclaimed book, ‘Be Your Own Makeup Artist’, and many television appearances as a beauty expert on national TV shows including Johnny Carson, Mike Douglas, Oprah and Regis & Kathie Lee, to name a few. He expanded into DTC advertising and was one of the first beauty experts to sell products through a worldwide network of home shopping shows like HSN and QVC. Often referred to as ‘The Man Behind The Makeup’, Jerome truly believed that every woman can be their own makeup artist and in his own words, “every woman deserves to feel beautiful”.

Fast forward to today, Jerome is still a fundamental, creative part of Jerome Alexander Cosmetics. His latest bestselling innovation, AirBrush Foundation, is a multitasking formula infused with the Jerome Alexander Skincare Makeup™ proprietary blend of active ingredients that delivers immediate results and long-term anti-aging benefits. It utilizes professional airbrush technology to give women youthful, flawless skin. Stay tuned for Jerome Alexander’s next big launch of affordable, highly effective skincare products which exemplifies his famous tag line, “products don’t have to be expensive to work!”

To watch the documentary short film , visit: themanbehindthemakeup.com, and come into the beautiful world of Jerome Alexander.

Michael Alago, Who the F**k Is That Guy?

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Record label executive, photographer, and author, Michael Alago takes readers through this amazing journey that is his life.

‘Who the Fuck is That Guy’? The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago tells the astonishing story of a gay Puerto Rican kid growing up in a Hasidic Brooklyn neighborhood, who got on the subway one day and began a musical odyssey that helped shape the musical landscape across N.Y.C. and around the world.

Alago grew up in Brooklyn, New York, in a large, spirited, and devoted Puerto Rican family. Through his early passion for music, art, theater, and photography, he soon found himself rubbing elbows with many downtown NYC scene makers, from Stiv Bators to Jean Michel Basquiat, Cherry Vanilla and Wayne County to Deborah Harry and Robert Mapplethorpe. As an underage teenager going to Max’s Kansas City, CBGB, and various art galleries, Alago also began running The Dead Boys fan club.

A few years later, he became the assistant music director for legendary nightclubs the Ritz and the Red Parrot. At age twenty-four, he began a storied career as an A&R executive at Elektra Records that started with signing Metallica in the summer of 1984, changing the entire landscape of rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal. Alago continued to work in A&R for both Palm Pictures and Geffen Records. He was thrilled to executive-produce albums by Cyndi Lauper, Public Image Ltd, White Zombie, and Nina Simone.

“Recording with the incomparable Nina was my finest hour”, says Michael, who worked with Simone on her final album, the critically acclaimed ‘A Single Woman’. 2010 saw Alago team up with Cyndi Lauper on her Grammy-nominated album ‘Memphis Blues’, for which he acted as A&R executive.

In the late 1980s, he was diagnosed with HIV, which manifested into full-blown AIDS ten years later. He survived to continue his music career, but in 2005, he left music to pursue his other love: photography. Alago went on to publish three bestselling books: Rough Gods, Brutal Truth, and Beautiful Imperfections with German-based publisher Bruno Gmünder. He has since overcome his longtime addiction to drugs and alcohol.

In his clean and sober life, he has reconnected with his family, continues to be a working photographer as well as record producer, and only through the grace of his 12-Step program is he able to live this big, beautiful life.

In 2017, a documentary directed by Drew Stone and produced by Michael Alex on Alago’s wildly successful career in music was released in theaters and on Netflix, entitled ‘Who the F**k Is That Guy?’ The Fabulous Journey of Michael Alago.

 

 

 

 

You are not alone

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‘Mi hermano – My Brother’ tells the story of Alberto, a young Spanish gay man who lives in Berlin a very different life than the one he led in his Castilian town with his conservative family. But after a call, he must return there to face the tragedy and his own lies that he built to get away from his family.

I like to think that the book he wrote at the end for his brother is real, published and available to purchase. It would be a beautiful dedication to all those who experienced the same all over the world.

So so beautiful and touching and poignant and meaningful. A beautiful and much needed story about our youth! Brilliant….. he wrote an ending for his brother that the 15 year old should have had if it weren’t because of the horrible parents.

You are not alone!

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with Álvaro de Juan, Marta Belaustegui, Jeff Frey, Flora López en Fernando de Juan.

 

 

 

Here TV Premieres Season Finale of Now What?! Directed by Emmy-nominated actor/producer David Millbern

Here TV, America’s first and largest LGBTQ+ video channel, today announced the December 27th season finale of the Here TV original series Now What?!, created, written and directed by Emmy-nominated actor/producer David Millbern.

Searing with realism and playing in real time, these personal exposés begin at the moment of climax. Each episode reveals the unique nakedness of après sex pillow talk, which leads to the inevitable… “Now What?!”

Working with talented writer and producer David Millbern on scripted series such as Now What?! gives Here TV the opportunity to explore complex relationships that span sexual orientation. Now What?! touches on common personal experiences we all have, with the pause for introspection and growth.

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Now What?! stars Paul Galliano and was produced by David Millbern and John Mongiardo. All three seasons of the series were executive produced by Paul Colichman and Stephen P. Jarchow, who have produced and distributed more than 200 films and series including Academy Award-winners ‘Gods and Monsters’ and ‘Departures’.

Here TV launched in 2004, making it the world’s first SVOD LGBTQ+ video service, and is available on all major US cable operators including Xfinity, Spectrum, Cablevision, FiOS, U-Verse, Cox, as well Here TV where it can be viewed on all iOS and Android mobile devices. Here TV reaches millions of viewers each month and has produced Academy award-winning films in addition to receiving four Daytime Emmy Award nominations. Come into the beautiful world of Here TV.

Orpheus’ Song

 

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Two men from Berlin, one straight (Enis), one gay (Philipp), become workout buddies at their local gym, each spotting the other. The two hunks quickly fall into an intense friendship which Enis’ girlfriend Katrina finds fascinating but non-threatening.

When Philipp wins a trip to Greece, he invites Enis and the two have a great time. But during a hike in the forest, they become lost and tempers flare, escalating to a violent scuffle. A mysterious young man, Hercules, happens upon them and leads them to a magical underground cave. During the night, fueled by forbidden fruit Hercules has warned them from eating, passion ignites between Enis and Philipp.

On the next day – and every day thereafter – nothing between the two will be like it was before. Tor Iben’s erotic film is a modern day variation on the Greek myth that will quickly have viewers falling under its sensual spell.

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The movie is beautifully shot, the guys are charming, handsome and believable. What could have descended into porny cheese stays firmly on the side of a slowly simmering story of friendship turned into eye opening passion. The mixture is only odd in description, on screen, thanks to casting and director Tor Iben, it is touchingly well blended. 

Cast: Sascha Weingarten, Julien Lickert, Henry Morales, Kristina Kostiv, Murat Dikenci, Jasper Joseph, Wolfgang Reeb, Thomas Wiesenberbg.

 

 

 

 

Brad Pitt and Leonardo DicCaprio in new Quentin Tarantino Movie

 

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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will be the next comedy directed by Quentin Tarantino and has an absolutely all-star cast. The new Hollywood comedy starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio dropped its first movie poster. It will tell the story of two actors trying to make it in Hollywood.

The plot of the film will follow former star of a western TV series Rick Dalton (DiCaprio), former star of a western TV series, and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth (Pitt). They will be living in Los Angeles in 1969 struggling to make it in Hollywood. However, things get a bit quirky because of Ricky’s neighbor, Sharon Tate. The film will also feature Margot Robbie, Damien Lewis, Al Pacino, Emile Hirsch, and Dakota Fanning.

The poster stays incredibly true to the hippie Hollywood vibe of 1969. The two actors both look fantastic in their wardrobe and the car in the back keeps everything grounded in the decade. It is sure to be an intense but quirky movie as we’ve come to expect from Tarantino.

Tarantino’s ninth film, Once Upon A Time in Hollywood pays homage to the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood. Hitting US theaters on July 26 and UK theaters on August 14, this highly anticipated film is sure to be a wild ride!

 

 

 

 

Return of the masterpiece with the support of Chanel: Last year at Mariënbad

 

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In 1961, for the film L’Année dernière à Marienbad (Last Year at Mariënbad), a film that launched a thousand dissertations, and one of the most visually beautiful films ever shot, Gabrielle Chanel designed Delphine Seyrig’s dresses. With the support of French Maison Chanel, a restored version of the film is now being released. In collaboration with Studiocanel, Chanel has helped return this masterpiece to its original glory.

You never seem to be waiting for me, but we kept meeting at every turn of the paths. Behind every bush, at the foot of each statue, near every pond. It is as if it had been only you and I in all that garden.

dir. Alain Resnais, L’Année dernière à Mariënbad (Last Year At Mariënbad)

To celebrate this achievement, the restored version of Last Year at Marienbad will premiere as part of the classic film section at the Venice Film Festival, where the original film was awarded a Golden Lion close to 60 years ago. The digitisation and restoration in 4k were conducted using the original negatives. The colour grading, an essential step, has faithfully restored the beauty of film’s original contrast and images.

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On release, the film’s delicate and elegant photography fascinated the public with its troubling intensity, the loss of temporal reference points, and the characters’ psychological games. The film invites the spectator to follow a train of thought through the corridors of the hotel that represent ‘the labyrinth that is the human brain’, as analysed by film critic Jean-Luc Douin.

Gabrielle Chanel always cultivated a close relationship with the art world. To Alain Resnais, François Truffaut and Luchino Visconti, her avant-gardist fashion represented a modern and forward-thinking world, and they would call upon her to dress their greatest actresses.

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Alain Resnais did not want Delphine Seyrig to wear specially created costumes, but rather a wardrobe tethered to everyday life, one that would evoke the allure of 1920s cinema stars, as well as a modern and timeless elegance and Gabrielle Chanel, who was already ruling the fashion world and still setting the trends for the 1960s, was the only one who could achieve this.

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Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel 

Delphine Seyrig would later explain that she appreciated Chanel because, by blending elegance and comfort, the designer enabled women to feel ‘as comfortable as men’, a subject dear to the actress who would become a fervent feminist in the 1970s.

Alain Resnais would use Delphine Seyrig in his next film as well, another French Cinema classic that initially wasn’t received well, but has grown in regard as time has passed.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria and Abdul, a film about the Queen and her Indian servant

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A new film starring Judi Dench details the inspiring true story of the Queen of England and her unique friendship with a servant from India. Watch the trailer here now…

Universal Pictures has released the first official trailer for its new biographical film, Victoria and Abdul. Directed by Stephen Frears, the movie is based on the real life events of Queen Victoria (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and puts the focus on her unexpected friendship with Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a servant from India.

How dare you look down on Abdul, I am the Queen of England, Empress of India. Abdul has risen on his own merit. He too was a servant. Now, he’s my friend.

When Abdul Karim, a young clerk, travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, he is surprised to find favor with the Queen herself. As the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.

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Queen Victoria at her desk, assisted by her servant Abdul Karim, the ‘Munshi’. Date: c. 1885

The must-watch trailer shows glimpses of a deep bond between the pair despite the disapproval of her close confidants.

Victoria and Abdul, which also stars Michael Gambon and Eddie Izzard, is scheduled for release on September 22, and you can probably bank on some kind of fall festival appearance. Watch the trailer below:

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Matthew Weiner’s Amazon Series Revealed: Russian Royals

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Nearly two years after America said goodbye to Don, Peggy, Roger, and the rest of the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce crew, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is finally ready to reveal his next project: The Romanoffs, an anthology series centered around people who believe themselves to be the modern-day descendants of the Romanov family.

Every single episode—and there will be eight—has a different cast, a different story and a different location. The thing that holds them together is that all of the stories involve people who believe themselves to be descendants of the Romanov [family].

Matt Weiner

Of course, the Romanov family was the last dynasty to rule Russia from 1613 until the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. In July of 1918, Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children and remaining loyal servants were executed, a slaughter that has, over the years, inspired conspiracy theories, including the myth that Nicholas and Alexandra’s daughter Anastasia survived the attack. Weiner’s unconventional of the Russian surname reportedly reflects both the pronunciation and how it was spelled up until recently.

We’re at a place in our history where people are looking for a close connection to their roots, and for some kind of revelation about who they are. There’s great debate about who is a Romanoff and what happened to the Romanoffs. The story for me is that we’re all questioning who we are and who we say we are.

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There’s no date set for the show, but Weiner hopes that the it will debut on Amazon in the spring of 2018. And as for whether we’ll see Weiner teaming up ‘Mad Men’ stars like Jon Hamm or Elizabeth Moss once again, he said, “I definitely would not rule that out”.