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IF IT'S THE CANNES FILM FESTIVAL
(and it is) THE HOTEL DU CAP
IS THE PLACE TO STAY
For 125 years, the world's most celebrated artists, writers, film stars and politicians have strolled through the scented gardens of the Hotel Du Cap. The breathtaking luxury locale is perched on a rocky promontory in the Mediterranean midway between St.Tropez and Monaco.
It is the hangout of choice for the seen-and-be-seen crowd. Indeed "The Cap" as it is fondly termed, is currently thronging with A-listers during the 67th Cannes Film Festival now in full swing. This is the spot where Hollywood royalty, genuine royalty and hosts of movie notables gather to luxuriate in exquisite quarters for a fortnight, sip the Hotel's signature Bellinis in the bar, take tea on the terrace or jeroboams of Cristal in the Champagne lounge.
With everyone dressed to the nines, it's like a Vogue Magazine spread come to life. Watching stars such as Nicole Kidman and Jessica Chastain come down that iconic staircase is one of the fabulous sights at every Film Festival.
Luxury and tradition are alive and well here, with staff summoned by means of bedside consoles and gratis chauffer-driven limo transfers from Nice. There are modern amenities such as WiFi and cavier-stuffed minibars of course. But the most popular? Credit cards are now accepted at the once cash-only property.
And you'll need one since the least expensive rooms (not suites) go for $1200 a night and suites and villas---where stars like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stay--- priced at $12000 a night. But for once it feels worth it. Drive up to the grande entrance of The Hotel Du Cap and it's hard not to feel you've arrived.
FILM SET VOCABULARY
Movie sets---like most workplaces---have their own language.
If you've worked on a movie set, this verbal shorthand will be familiar. If not, should you ever need it, here's a 30-second tutorial in sound stage lingo.
Man Maker A term for a row of wooden boxes that height- challenged actors stand on to create the illusion of stature.
BDCU Short for "big deal close-up" when the more prosaic "extreme close-up" doesn't get the point across.
Number One is Walking meaning a film's star is on the way to the set from his or her trailer.
Last Looks The final moment a star can be de-linted, hair sprayed or patted down on-set by a hovering glam squad. If collar fuzz or lipstick smudge is missed at this point, the result can be disastrous on a 30-foot-high movie screen.
Point The Camera at the Money A maxim meant to get the attention of a director spending too much time on complicated camera moves at the expense of the actors' time. It means "quit fooling around and point the camera at the money." AKA the leads in a movie.
The Martini Shot The final shot of the day meaning that the next one will be in a martini glass. It's the traditional signal that on-set is winding up and it's time to warm up the ice cubes!
HUGO STRIKES THE RIGHT
CHORD WITH MUSIC-LOVERS
Chord's Hugo is a palm-sized example of the new generation of headphone amplifiers. And yes, it means another small box to schlep around. But that's a minimal price to pay if you can't be without the music you love.
Described as the world's most advanced portable headphone amp, it has a high quality built-in digital-to-analog converter. You can feed it digital source and Hugo will do the rest.
Palm-sized Hugo accepts five digital inputs, music files and everything from CD's to the highest resolution streaming or downloads. It can drive three pairs of headphones and you can connect it wirelessly from your music player as well as a PC or smartphone.
Hugo charges in two hours and plays for five. Comes in a gorgeous aircraft grade aluminum case. Plus, there's a plethora of lights to tell what's happening. And if that's not enough, Hugo has it's own color-changing lightshow in the form of Chord's signature "window" into the internal circuitry. Which, when you think about it, certainly amps up the thrill factor.
ROLLS-ROYCE: A FEAT OF CLAY
Even the highest of the high-end automobile starts off as a lump of clay. In fact, the clay modeler is a genius key to the whole process of car design.
Clay is to a car designer what muslin is to a couturier. Even today, when terabytes of data buzz around design studios of even the least expensive car makers, about 12 months of development of any new car is reassuringly analog. Centering around a full-sized non-virtual model of the car-to-be, rendered in the most pedestrian medium; clay.
The process begins with a sketch that encapsulates the story of the car, containing all the proportional information needed to prepare a full-sized two dimensional tape drawing. This is where the concept gets introduced to the reality of the mechanical components it will spend its life encasing.
Built on a frame of timber and coated with layers of Plastine, the clay will change constantly---a real time record of negotiations between design and the manufacturing process. The latest Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II was the result of this process, producing slim new headlights and fractional increase in the height of the bonnet to give new importance to how imposing the car appears.
Next, computer assisted surfacing is employed to speed up delivery of the clay and inform the cutting and shaping of the Rolls-Royce million dollar dies and stamps. A function that continues to be one of the industrial world's great handcrafted processes.
At Rolls-Royce, a clay model makes the leap from something expressed on paper to something one can walk around, reach our and touch. Fashioning a Rolls from clay beginnings is like what Michelangelo said of his masterpiece statue David,"it was always there in the marble." It was just his job to find it.
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THE COLD ROOM with
A young girl (Amanda Pays) vacationing in modern-day Germany with her family experiences events that occurred during the World War II era.
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Director: James Dearden
Starring: Amanda Pays, George Segal
DEAR MR. WONDERFUL with JOE PESCI
In his first starring role, Joe Pesci plays the owner of a New Jersey bowling alley and nightclub who dreams of making it big in Las Vegas. However, fate deals him another set of cards and he becomes a bigger man for it.
Running Time: 100 Minutes
Director: Peter Lillienthal
Starring: Tony Martin, Joe Pesci
THE GLORY BOYS with
Two ideologically disparate terrorists---one from the PLO, one from the IRA---meet up in London to assassinate a visiting Israeli nuclear scientist (played by Rod Steiger). An alcoholic ex-government agent (played by Anthony Perkins) is brought out of retirement to track them down.
Action Drama Thriller
Running Time: 139 Minutes
Director: Michael Ferguson
Starring: Anthony Perkins, Rod Steige
THE JESSE OWENS STORY with LEVAR BURTON
A biopic of the greatest of the modern Olympic athletes. Gold Medal track star and posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Jesse Owens---the African-American son of sharecroppers and grandson of slaves---who delivered a performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics when the world hovered on the brink of WWII that shocked the Nazis and gave hope to people around the world.
Running Time: 174 Minutes
Director: Richard Irving
Starring: Levar Butron, Dorian Harewood, George Kennedy
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