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Tune In And WatchApril 27th - May 3rd 2014. Volume 2, Issue 17
  
 
In The Lens
SPIDER-MAN 2 FACES WEB OF
HEROS AT THE BOX OFFICE

The web-slinging hero enters the fray just ahead of a super-hero pic onslaught in competition to win the largest fan boy audiences.

While the sequel was expected to be a massive hit with its May 2 US debut, Spidey will have a limited window to save the day among the crowded field of super hero films. Notably Captain America, which opened domestically on April 4th and X-Men: Days of Future Past which is set for May 23rd.

Warner Bros. remake of Godzilla which hits theaters on May 16th also is expected to draw legions of young males and could be one of the movies to beat this summer. Another heavyweight fanboy-targeted sequel, Transformers: Age of Extinction is also on tap, but its June 27th opening should give the other super heros a few weeks to breathe.

There very well may be hero fatigue. Expect a web of intrigue.
MRS. DOUBTFIRE SEQUEL IN THE WORKS
A sequel to the 1993 hit Mrs. Doubtfire is being developed which would reunite director Chris Columbus with Robin Williams.

Doubtfire starred Williams as a struggling actor and recently divorced father of three who, in order to be closer to his children, takes on the persona of a Scottish nanny, Euphegenia Doubtfire.

Hilarity, misunderstandings and family love ensued. Williams won a Golden Globe for best actor while the movie took the Globe for best comedy.

A sequel was in the works since 2001, but the project was on the inactive list for years. It became active again earlier this year and it's too soon to predict if all the elements will ultimately come together.

But Columbus and Williams are attached and hopeful about the outcome.
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ULTIMATE HOTEL
CONCIERGE CHALLANGES

With the recent release of The Grand Budapest Hotel featuring Ralph Fiennes as the concierge, this underappreciated vocation is finally getting widespread attention. Here, illustrations of just how far topknotch concierges will go to satisfy guests more unusual requests.

Two Dogs Say I Do
The head concierge of a famed Beverly Hills hotel reports that a guest who bred dogs decided two of her collies should be wed there. Luckily the concierge knew a judge who would officiate. Then the catering team prepared a dog-friendly cake and special treats. Customized outfits were procured; the groom wore a tux and bow tie while the bride was in traditional white.

Organized in three days at a cost of $15,000, it made the Beverly Hills concierege something of a go-to guy for canine-related inquiries. But he drew the line when asked to recommend a canine cosmetic plastic surgeon.

Animal Magic
According to the general manager of a famed hotel in St. Moritz, a guest wanted to give his wife a special birthday present. He and his staff suggested she would be more impressed if the gift was something unpredictable. So they arranged for her to be sent an elephant.

A circus was touring Switzerland at the time and the concierge and team enlisted the elephant trainer to bring the animal to the hotel. The incredibly surprised wife had an hour-long audience with the elephant before it rejoined the circus.

Agreed: there's nothing the world's best hotel concierges can't do!
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MET GALA: THE GUEST LIST CRACKDOWN

Anna Wintour Wants More Exclusivity And That Means White Ties and Ball Gowns

Intentionally, this year's May 5th Metropolitan Museum Gala and Costume Exhibit theme, Charles James Beyond Fashion (1906-1978) is diametrically opposed to last year's raucous and rakish Punk. Considered one of the few true American couturiers, James perfected the art of the ball gown.



Simply put, that's the way Conde Nast's artistic director Anna Wintour wants it. For the official opening of the newly renovated and renamed Anna Wintour Costume Center, Miss Wintour wants more exclusivity and high fashion. Then there's ticket prices. Raised from $15,000 to $25,000 per person.

Vogue sent out informative emails for gentlemen to be dressed in white tie and tails. That means black tail coats and top hats. Monocles and canes not required.

While there's no mandate for women, Charles Jamesian ball gowns are expected to stun---and make walking up the Met's main staircase a challenge.
 
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Cyrano De Bergerac

CYRANO DE BERGERAC with JOSE FERRER 

Based on an original play by Edmund Rostand, this classic romantic adventure comes alive with a stunning Oscar-winning performance by Jose Ferrer as the dashing hero whose large nose stands in the way of pursuing his love for the beauteous Roxanne.

 

Classic Romantic Adventure
Running Time: 112 Minutes
Director: Michael Gordon
Starring: Jose Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince

Snows of Kilimanjaro

SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO with GREGORY PECK 

Based on an original story by Ernest Hemingway. this Oscar-winning film tells the story of a writer (Gregory Peck) who, gravely injured in a hunting trip, reflects on lost opportunities and lost loves. Only with the love of is current wife Helen (Susan Hayward) can Harry begin to look at the more positive aspects of his life and regain his will to live. 

Romantic Drama
Running Time: 117 Minutes
Director: Henry King
Starring: Ava Gardner, Susan Hayward, Gregory Peck

Target Of An Assassin

TARGET OF AN ASSASSIN with ANTHONY QUINN
An ailing African leader is admitted to a hospital where a male nurse kidnaps him. But it turns out that things aren't exactly as it seems to be. As the unknown assassin plans to strike, the militant black president discovers that the only person he can trust is a white man. 

Thriller
Running Time: 105 Minutes
Director: Peter Collinsen
Starring: John Phillip Law,
Anthony Quinn

The Lady Vanishes

THE LADY VANISHES with MICHAEL REDGRAVE 

An Alfred Hitchcock thriller tells the tale of a rich young playgirl traveling through Europe by first class rail. While en route, she realizes that a wealthy elderly lady has vanished.

 

Drama
Running Time: 90 Minutes
Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Starring: Margaret Lockwood, Paul Lukas, Michael Redgrave

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