Media, Entertainment, Sports
December 28, 2007
Legendary American Soprano Kathleen Battle and Superstar Chinese Pianist Lang Lang to Perform at International Opening of China's National Centre for the Performing Arts
Two of classical music's most beloved and acclaimed superstars, American soprano Kathleen Battle and Chinese pianist Lang Lang, will perform at the international opening of The National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing's brand-new state-of-the-art performing arts center. Both artists will appear in special gala performances on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day with the China National Symphony Orchestra led by the highly sought-after Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa, who is currently the music director of the Vienna State Opera, and featuring an appearance by Russia's leading violinist Vadim Repin.
Taking place December 31st, 2007, at 8 pm and January 1st, 2008, at 7:30 pm, the gala performances celebrate the eagerly anticipated international opening of the National Centre for the Performing Arts. Located in central Beijing, adjacent to the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square, the Centre is the new Chinese focus for the performing arts and an important foundation for the creative cultural scene in China. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 6:17 AM
December 24, 2007
Longines Ambassador Andre Agassi visits the Beaver Creek FIS Ski World Cup, Colorado (USA)
Ambassador of Elegance for the Swiss watch brand Longines, legendary tennis icon Andre Agassi visited the Beaver Creek FIS Ski World Cup race where Longines is the official Timing Partner. Agassi awarded winners of the Super Combined offering each a newly launched Longines Sport Collection watch. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:00 AM
December 17, 2007
mywaves Delivers Free Mobile Video via Nokia's Download! Content Catalog
mywaves, a mobile video destination for consumers, today announced that mywaves will be available in Download!, the Nokia content catalog available on a variety of Nokia handsets shipping this year and next. With the mywaves application, Nokia phone owners will be able to easily find and watch their favorite videos from around the globe, set up their own channels and be entertained on the go with the latest videos on the web. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:58 AM
Virgin America Teams Up With The Lakers
Photo: Actress Jessica Alba sits with Cash Warren as they watch the Golden State Warriors play the Los Angeles Lakers in their NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2007, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill).
SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 17 -- Virgin America is now a "Sponsor of the Los Angeles Lakers" for all of the superstar team's 41 2007-08 home games. Fans seated in Virgin America's courtside seats will get the "celeb treatment" with Virgin America gift bags and VIP service during selected games from Virgin America's courtside "flight attendants."
Launched in August 2007, Virgin America flies to San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Las Vegas, San Diego (starting Feb. 12, 2008) and Seattle (starting March 18, 2008). |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:27 AM
mywaves Socializes Mobile Video, Enabling Global Community to Connect and Discover New Entertainment on the Go
mywaves, a mobile video destination, today launched a major release of its free mobile video service that enables users to connect with their friends and the mywaves community, showcase their entertainment interests and share their favorites -- all from their mobile handsets. mywaves rolls out a completely new version of the popular mobile video service that's packed with an array of features to help its users discover content by connecting them to an international mobile community of people with a shared passion for entertainment. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:22 AM
December 12, 2007
Longines Conquest: the elegance of performance
The Longines Conquest appears as the expression of the sporting elegance of the brand. It is the result of detailed study into the aesthetic potential of the fixed bezel and cabochon, and is made of ceramic - an exceptional material associating "timeless elegance, a scratch-proof surface and uncommon hardness" - or of polished steel. A subtle blend of elegance and performance, the Longines Conquest also includes a series of technical features meeting the requirements of the most demanding sportsmen and women. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:31 AM
December 10, 2007
Maybelline New York Signs New Supermodel Jessica White
NEW YORK, Dec. 10 -- Maybelline New York announces that Jessica White, the stunning and elegant supermodel, has become Maybelline New York's newest spokesperson. She joins Maybelline New York's prestigious roster including Christy Turlington, Erin Wasson, Adriana Lima, Tomiko Fraser, Julia Stegner, and Zhang Ziyi.
At 16, Jessica was discovered in her hometown of Buffalo, NY and made the brave move to Paris. Within six months, she landed campaigns for Chloe and the Gap. Soon, Jessica was walking the runways for New York's top designers including Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Tommy Hilfiger. She also landed in the pages of Harper's Bazaar and Teen Vogue.
Jessica's big break to supermodel status came in 2003 when she was chosen for Sports Illustrated's famed Swimsuit issue. Jessica went on to model in the next four successive issues. This was a first in history for an African American woman. Jessica quickly made headlines and was deemed the new Iman by the international press.
In 2006, her supermodel title was solidified when she appeared on the catwalk of the famed Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.
Jessica has worked with the world's top photographers such as Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Craig McDean, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Lindbergh, Mario Testino, Inez and Vinoohd, Steven Klein, Mert and Marcus and David Sims.
Jessica will make her television and print debut for Maybelline New York in February 2008. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:57 AM
Suzuki Debuts Custom L-R-G Hayabusa
American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC), in partnership with Lifted Research Group, better known as L-R-G, and 2Wheel Tuner magazine has unveiled a fully customized 2008 Hayabusa sportbike at the Cycle World International Motorcycle Show (IMS) at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif. Designed by L-R-G and built by Nick Anglada of Custom Sportbike Concepts (CSC) of Winter Garden, Fla., the L-R-G Hayabusa blends the panache of one of the hottest urban brands in fashion with the iconic personality of Suzuki's fastest production motorcycle. The L-R-G Hayabusa is on display at the Suzuki booth through Sunday, Dec. 9 and would be featured on the January 2008 cover of 2Wheel Tuner. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:13 AM
December 1, 2007
Longines introduces its wedding collection
Photo: Longines Ambassador and 'Bride of the Year' Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
As the wedding season approaches and the to-be-brides prepare their trousseau, Longines, the prestigious Swiss watch company, introduces its wedding collection with Longines Brand Ambassador and 'Bride of the Year', Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The collection includes the Longines DolceVita in gold with diamonds and the Longines BelleArti diamond watch to match the traditional ensemble.
Photo: Longines DolceVita in black and white - opposites meet and match in style
The gold watch with diamonds of the Longines DolceVita collection blends the neat, trim lines of the 1930s with the glamorous 1950s in a stylish timepiece expressing enjoyment of life in the finest Italian spirit, with its inspired refinement and unique way with style. Longines designers and watchmakers have consequently given their inspiration free rein, trading the strict rules of geometry for a superior aesthetic freedom--resulting in a delightfully inventive, unfailingly stylish collection called Longines DolceVita.
Photo: Longines BelleArti, eternal feminism by Longines
The model of the Longines BelleArti collection with diamonds is a tribute in grace and elegance to eternal feminism. It pays homage to the extraordinarily productive period of the 1920s. This collection reinterprets the Art Deco movement through aesthetically pleasing and contemporary watches.
To showcase the collection to its patrons, Longines organized an exclusive photo-shoot with its Ambassador of Elegance, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan by fashion photographer Farrokh Chothia. Traditional red and golden wedding attires were specially designed by renowned designer Tarun Tahiliani. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 5:02 AM
November 27, 2007
Audi of America: Official Automotive Sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team
Photo: As part of the Team sponsorship, Audi will supply the U.S Ski team with vehicles, including the Audi Q7, in the United States and Europe across all its teams including alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined and ski jumping. (Audi of America, Inc.)
Photo: IN THE PHOTO: (l-r) Libby Ludlow (Bellevue, WA), Caroline Lalive (Steamboat Springs, CO) and Kaylin Richardson (Edina, MN) sport their new Spyder Team jackets highlighting new sponsor Audi. (Photo Credit: Audi of America, Inc./Doug Haney)
Audi of America, Inc. just announced that it is the official automotive sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team. The partnership includes sponsorship of both the Team and key U.S. events.
Building on Audi's global commitment to skiing, as the title sponsor of the Audi FIS Alpine World Cup, Audi of America will be the official automotive sponsor of the U.S. Ski Team, supplying vehicles to the U.S. Ski Team in the United States and Europe across all its teams including alpine, cross country, freestyle, nordic combined and ski jumping.
In addition to the Team sponsorship, Audi will be the title sponsor of the women's Audi Aspen Winternational FIS World Cup in Aspen, Colo., Dec. 7 - 9 where Olympic champion Julia Mancuso and World Championship medalist Lindsey Vonn will be among the favorites.
Audi of America, Inc. offers a line of luxury vehicles that include the Audi A3 sport compact; the sporty A4 sedan, Avant and Cabriolet models. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:27 AM
CAPITOL/EMI: John Lennon iTunes Video Album to Debut December 4 at Starbucks
HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Capitol/EMI Music Marketing and iTunes will release a new "John Lennon Video Album" on December 4 at Starbucks locations nationwide USA. The "John Lennon Video Album," the iTunes Digital Release card format's first music video release, features 21 of Lennon's music videos.
The collectible cards, distinguished with a silver-toned photo of Lennon, may be redeemed on the iTunes Store for a collection of music videos which includes "Imagine," "Woman," "Happy Xmas," "(Just Like) Starting Over," "Nobody Told Me," "Mind Games," two versions of "Working Class Hero" and others, many of which are available digitally for the first time. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 6:54 AM
November 22, 2007
WALT DISNEY PICTURES: ENCHANTED
Photo: Patrick Dempsey, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Amy Adams.
In Celebration of ENCHANTED being made in New York, Walt Disney Studios, Bob Iger, Dick Cook and Commissioner Katherine L. Oliver host a Special NY Screening of 'ENCHANTED' at the Ziegfeld theater. (Walt Disney Pictures) |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 9:55 AM
Leona Lewis' Debut Album Spirit
"The Fastest Selling UK Debut Album Ever"
On Sunday, November 18, Leona Lewis' debut album Spirit went straight to number one as well as becoming the UK's fastest-selling debut album of all time. The previous UK record was set by the Arctic Monkeys, who sold 363,735 copies of Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not in January 2006. This week Spirit sold a 375,872 copies.
According to J Records/Syco, "On its first day of UK sales, Spirit sold over 130,000 copies. On average it worked out that Leona was selling an amazing 200 albums per minute. These unprecedented sales have bucked the recent trend of CD sale slumps and already industry experts are predicting that Spirit could go on to sell over a million copies before the year ends in the UK alone."
Spirit is scheduled for release in the U.S. on March 18th on J Records/Syco and will be preceded by "Bleeding Love," which is set for release on January 14th. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:52 AM
November 17, 2007
Hayden Panettiere Selected as the New Face of Dooney & Bourke
Continuing with the mega successful introduction of his trend collection over the past five years, designer Peter Dooney introduces a new collection targeted to today's young consumer with the introduction of The Hayden Bag.
To symbolize the spirit of the collection, Dooney & Bourke has collaborated with actress Hayden Panettiere, currently starring in NBC's hit show Heroes, as this season's guest designer for their upcoming national ad campaign. The campaign is set to debut in December.
As a Dooney & Bourke face, Panettiere follows in the footsteps of leading ladies Mischa Barton, Lindsay Lohan and Emma Roberts. For the current season, Panettiere began by describing what she envisioned: a large leather shoulder bag with puffy pleats, a buckle closure and great style. In Dooney & Bourke's design studio in Florence, Italy, Peter Dooney along with the design team, were able to transform Hayden's ideas into the limited edition Hayden Bag.
According to Dooney & Bourke, they have, for thirty years, built their reputation as a leader in the accessories market with their commitment to superior materials, expert craftsmanship, and classic styling. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 12:02 PM
November 15, 2007
CONCERT FOR DIANA, THE ACCLAIMED LIVE EVENT OF 2007, SET FOR DVD RELEASE
The double DVD contains over 5 1/2 hours of viewing, including personal play list options and a behind the scenes documentary.
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 15 -- On July 1, 2007 at the new Wembley Stadium "Concert for Diana" was staged in front of an audience of 62,000 and beamed to a worldwide TV audience of many hundreds of millions in over 140 countries. The concert, organised by Prince William and Prince Harry to celebrate the life of their mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, on what would have been her 46th birthday proved to be a spectacular success -- with the UK TV viewing figure peaking at a massive 15 million. The entire concert, and many extra features, is captured on a two disc DVD which is being released now by Hip-O Universal Music Enterprises.
Last Summer's "Concert for Diana" featured a truly unique artist line-up, spanning a broad artistic spectrum ...from Pharrell Williams to the English National Ballet, with the criteria being that the artists invited were some of the favourites of the Princess and the Princes: this resulted in an intoxicating blend of rock, pop, rap, classical and musical theatre. The two disc DVD, filmed by Janet Fraser Crook, features all of the 21 memorable performances by many of the world's greatest musicians: Elton John, Rod Stewart, P. Diddy, Joss Stone, Bryan Ferry, Natasha Bedingfield, Fergie, Pharrell Williams, Lily Allen, Take That, Roger Hodgson of Supertramp, Tom Jones, James Morrison, Orson, Joe Perry, Kanye West, The Feeling, Status Quo, Will Young, Nelly Furtado and Duran Duran. In recognition of Diana's love of ballet, the English National Ballet gave a spell binding performance of an extract from Swan Lake, and the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals medley, packed with surprise guests Anastacia, Connie Fisher, Andrea Ross, Andrea Bocelli, Sarah Brightman, Josh Groban, Donny Osmond, Jason Donovan and Lee Mead, reflected the Princess's fondness for musical theatre. Star presenters included Kiefer Sutherland, Sienna Miller, David Beckham, Ricky Gervais, Dennis Hopper and Jamie Oliver.
The front cover of the DVD features one of the best-loved images of Diana, taken by Mario Testino at her last official portrait session. It is one of the photographs currently on show as part of Testino's exhibition in the State Apartments at Kensington Palace. Accompanying the DVD is a 20 page booklet which contains a photographic record of the events on July 1 at Wembley stadium. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 8:27 AM
Reminisce Magazine Releases 'The 1940s,' an Exclusive 3-DVD Collection of Video Memories of America's Heroic Generation
The editors of Reminisce magazine have released a three-set DVD tribute to the 1940s, a time of patriotism and heroism lauded in books and TV documentaries as one of America's greatest. "The 1940s" is a unique multimedia time capsule with exclusive video clips, photos and storytelling in the words of the people who were there. The DVD set was produced by the editors of Reminisce and The Memory Lane Company.
Editors of "The 1940s" combed through mountains of stories and thousands of feet of home movies from the 1940s submitted by Reminisce readers. The resulting 3-disk set tells a remarkable story through the words and images of everyday people, woven together into an entertaining portrait of America during a time of historic transformation. Topics include Front Lines, At Ease, Home Front, What We Wore, At Work, At Play, In Love, Driving, Shopping and At Home.
Photo: Pauline Mauck, pictured on the cover of "The 1940s" DVD set from Reminisce magazine, was a "Rosie the Riveter" who worked in a Republic Aviation P-47 plant in Evansville, Iowa during WWII. She posed on the propeller of one of the planes coming out of the plant and it became an iconic image during the war. Her husband, Leonard Mauck, fought in WWII. Their story is among hundreds of heart-warming personal recollections presented in "The 1940s" DVD set. (Reader's Digest Association)
Reminisce magazine, a part of the Home & Garden division of Reader's Digest Association, publishes the stories, photos and memories of its more than 1.5 million subscribers every month, and according to the publishers, "Provides a unique blend of nostalgia and celebration of what is great about America."
"The 1940s" is the first in what is expected to be a series of history and nostalgia DVD collections produced by Reminisce and Memory Lane. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 7:49 AM
November 13, 2007
SHELL OIL COMPANY RACE WINNERS
Photo: In this photo released from Shell Oil Company, a student from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, IN drives a combustion engine vehicle in the 2007 Shell Eco-marathon Americaschallenge. The 2008 event will take place April 10-13 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. and will challenge student teams and their prototype vehicles to travel the farthest distance using the least amount of fuel. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 11:27 AM
Raymond N. Bickson, CEO, Taj Hotels, Named Corporate Hotelier of the World by HOTELS Magazine
MUMBAI, India, Nov. 13 -- Raymond N. Bickson, managing director and CEO of Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, has been named 2007 Corporate Hotelier of The World by HOTELS magazine. The award, determined by votes cast by the magazine's 62,000 readers in 170 countries, was presented yesterday during a reception at The Pierre in New York.
Bickson, whose hospitality career spans more than 30 years and four continents, joined Taj Hotels in January 2003 to oversee all luxury property operations. In July 2003, he was named managing director and chief executive officer of The Indian Hotels Company Limited, a division of India's Tata Group, with responsibility for all Taj Hotels management and operations of its hospitality and travel subsidiary companies. An American national, Bickson attended the Ecole Hoteliere Lausanne and advanced management program at Harvard Business School.
Established in 1903, Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is one of Asia's largest and finest group of hotels, comprising 59 hotels in 41 locations across India with an additional 18 international hotels in the Maldives, Mauritius, Malaysia, Australia, UK, USA, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Africa and the Middle East. Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces is part of the Tata Group, India's premier business house.
HOTELS magazine is a monthly business publication published by Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 11:19 AM
November 12, 2007
Lincoln's New Marketing Alliance With Hip-Hop Artist Common
Hip-hop superstar Common joins with the Lincoln brand to promote the 2008 Navigator model line.
Photo: Grammy winning artist Common on location in front of the legendary Regal Theater in Chicago for the 2008 Lincoln Navigator commercial shoot. (Lincoln Mercury)
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 12 -- American luxury brand Lincoln announced today a multifaceted marketing partnership with Grammy Award-winning performer "Common" to promote the 2008 Lincoln Navigator and other brand initiatives.
Through an exclusive partnership with Lincoln, Common will appear in national television broadcast, radio and print advertisements, primarily focused on the all-new 2008 Lincoln Navigator. The first of the ads, titled "Common," will debut nationwide USA on November 25 during NFL Sunday Night Football on NBC, and later appear on general market and urban schedules. The commercial spotlights the people, places and experiences that shaped his life in his hometown of Chicago. It segues to his present-day life as an enterprising, multitalented individual, continuing to reach higher, yet still deeply rooted in his community. The print and radio ads will premiere in 2008.
Lincoln will additionally work with Common in developing other online and offline cross-promotional and marketing programs across his diversified businesses, including the licensing of songs for creative executions for television and the Web, tie-ins with Common's books and hat lines, as well as alignments with his concert tour. Common will also perform and make personal appearances on behalf of Lincoln at auto shows and dealer events, and be an integral component of the annual multiple-city Lincoln Lounge events. |GlobalGiants.com|
Posted by Editors at 11:29 AM
November 9, 2007
Sony Ericsson reveals compact K-series phone, geared to the Web
The new Sony Ericsson K660 packs landscape Web browsing and dedicated shortcut keys into a classy looking handset targeting a young Web-savvy audience.
London, UK - Sony Ericsson has announced the launch of the K660, an HSDPA ('mobile broadband') enabled phone with clever features like illuminated shortcut keys that only become active when surfing the Net, and desktop tickers that provide regular updates from your favourite websites; all designed to make Web browsing on the move as simple and convenient as at your computer.
Sony Ericsson K660 --
• Web Optimised (Landscape Browsing and Shortcut Keys) for easy surfing
• HSDPA for fast surfing, email and download
• Google Maps for Mobile
Posted by Editors at 5:18 AM