Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The preseason matters!Before the ball kicks off against Green Bay on Friday, make no mistake, the preseason matters — but the score does not. Far too many people — fans, media, players and coaches included — put too little importance on the game and too much on its outcome.It’s impossible for anyone other than the coaches to know the importance of one individual play. Cardinals’ coaches have spent so little time, if any, focused on what the Packers do. Coaching staffs go into preseason games with three major goals: stay healthy, get starters ramped up and decide on position battles. The catch for head coach Bruce Arians is combining the second and third goal at the same time. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling CardinalsI really want to see this team play physical football. Ken Whisenhunt is a very knowledgeable football coach but this team became very soft before the hiring of defensive coordinator Ray Horton. Following Horton’s hiring, only the offense was soft. Arians believes in running the football and throwing it deep. Power sets up finesse for Arians. I’m interested to see how long the team takes to transform. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Any one-on-one matchupI don’t care what the position is, any time there’s a CB vs. WR, RG vs. DT or RB vs. blitzing LB. If you win one-on-one, your coach doesn’t have cover for you if you’re a starter and you make the team if you’re at the bottom of the depth chart.Andre RobertsI’m watching to see if he catches the ball. Yes, it’s that simple for him.Michael Floyd, Daryl Washington, D.C. Jefferson, Paul Fanaika, Kevin Minter, Tyrann Mathieu, Jonathan Cooper, Alfonso SmithThis group has had outstanding camps but it’s only camp. Every player is either young, unproven or has self-inflicted distractions. How will they play this month and for the rest of this year?Rashard MendenhallMendenhall’s short-term goal is just show health, offensive knowledge and a little burst. The veteran’s long-term goal is to show last year was a rough comeback from injury and not a clear sign he’s old.Patrick PetersonThere are so many questions. How will he be used versus Green Bay and this year? How will offense affect his defense? Will he be used sparingly to not allow NFL defensive coordinators to see Arians’ plans during the preseason or will Arians play Peterson quite a bit to prepare him?center_img The most important aspect of NFL coaching is designing favorable matchups. In order to be successful at this aspect is to know your personnel’s strength and weaknesses, as well as your opponents. If you have a weakness at right guard, you must provide help in the form of double teams, snap counts and so on. In the regular season, it is your job as coach to cover for your players’ weaknesses. You can’t lie to yourself and hope the player gets smarter, stronger or more athletic. He is what he is. A player must be put in a position to succeed by his coach.The preseason is the exact opposite. The best way to educate your players (and yourself about your players) is to put them in situations where you have no idea how they’ll respond. This is why the score doesn’t matter. Call a play that puts a player in a challenging position and see how he does. Let him fail and coach him up. There’s no way for us as fans and media to know what the specific goal of a coach is on each preseason play call and for each preseason game.Since the score doesn’t matter, here’s what I’ll be watching:Carson PalmerI want to see his handle of the offense and his chemistry with his receivers. Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories – / 32 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The Arizona Cardinals have won three games in 2013, and one pattern has remained consistent. In all three victories, Todd Bowles’ unit has shut out the opponent in the second half.But Sunday’s blank job over the final 30 minutes of play against the Carolina Panthers had a different feeling to it.“The swag we had on defense,” said Calais Campbell when asked what was the key to the Cardinals’ defense in the second half of the 22-6 victory. “Everybody stayed together. So many guys made plays. If we play like that, man we can be scary.” “He’s the truth. Hands down, he’s the truth,” Dansby said of Washington. “I love having the opportunity to play next to him and to see that kind of speed and the football savvy that he has. He played well, real well today.Washington, though, was tad more low key when discussing his 2013 debut.“I didn’t even know what kind of game I had,” Washington said. “I wanted to come out here and play the best football I could. “I thought in the first half, individually, I started off slow. Once I got into my rhythm of playing the game and trusting the scheme, it made it a lot easier on me. I was able to perform well.‘Well’ is probably a little bit of an understatement, considering the Cardinals recorded a season-high seven sacks and kept Newton from scoring a touchdown — pass or run — for the first time this season.Regardless, the proof is in the pudding no matter what word is used to describe Sunday’s performance. With Daryl Washington in the lineup, the Cardinals’ defense is a force to be reckoned with. Campbell certainly had his hand (two sacks, forced fumble and safety) in the defensive dominance, but even he had to admit that the ‘scary’ part had a lot to do with the return of inside linebacker Daryl Washington.Washington, who missed the first four games of the season due to a league-imposed suspension, came back with a vengeance Sunday. The 2012 Pro Bowler had a team-high nine tackles, two sacks and a key red zone interception to start the fourth quarter.“That guy is special,” said Campbell. “I love playing with him, because there’s nothing he can’t do. He makes my job a lot easier, because people have to worry about him so much. They leave me alone sometimes. One hundred percent that guy is the best linebacker in the game right now.”Another member of the Cardinals’ defense who also benefited from Washington’s presence was fellow linebacker Karlos Dansby, who moved over to the ‘Mike’ position to make room for the former TCU standout.Dansby recorded his first two-sack performance since Sept. 2007 and sealed the victory with an interception of Panthers quarter Cam Newton late in the fourth quarter. center_img 0 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals have had much success against the St. Louis Rams since 2007, going 12-4 against their NFC West division rival since the start of that season and sporting a 3-1 mark under head coach Bruce Arians.Twice, they have earned victories against the Rams to clinch playoff berths during that span, with the first being in 2008 and the other coming in last season’s 12-6 win over the Rams in December. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, left, catches a 4-yard pass for a touchdown as St. Louis Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins defends during the second quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson) Arizona has clearly had the Rams number in recent years and that has led to much individual success from players like Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson.Fitzgerald has individual highs across the board against the Rams, totaling the most receptions (138), touchdowns (16) and team wins (15) against St. Louis than any other opponent. In fact, Fitzgerald’s 16 touchdown catches are more than any active player has against a single team during the regular season.Also, the first of the eight-time Pro Bowler’s 932 catches also came against the Rams on the first snap of the wideout’s career. Fitzgerald hauled in a 37-yard pass from Josh McCown on a flea flicker.Not to be outdone is Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, who has also had some memorable moments and strong numbers against the Rams.In eight career games against against the Cardinals division opponent, Peterson has six interceptions and three touchdowns, including a 99-yard punt return to win a game in overtime during his rookie season. Last season alone saw Peterson record three picks and a touchdown against St. Louis.The four-time Pro Bowler has also recorded 361 career punt return yards, which is more than double that of his next highest amount against an individual team. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelocenter_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 3 Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires If these are any indications for Sunday than that should mean very good things for the 3-0 Cardinals against the 1-2 Rams.last_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Top Stories The Arizona Cardinals signed running back Abou Toure to their practice squad Wednesday.The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Toure entered the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Tennessee-Martin. He was released on Aug. 31 after spending preseason with the team.In college, Toure ran for 1,647 yards and 10 touchdowns in two seasons (2013-14). His senior year was his best campaign, as he rushed for 1,138 yards and eight touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kentucky defenders Ryan Flannigan (33) and Jason Hatcher (6) stop Tennessee-Martin running back Abou Toure (24) for a loss in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Lexington, Ky., Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Garry Jones) Toure began his college career at Dean Junior College in 2011 and played at Utah State in 2012 before transferring to Tennessee Martin.The Cardinals likely brought Toure on board because their running back depth has taken a hit in recent days. Starter Chris Johnson was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated to Return due to a fractured tibia while Andre Ellington is battling turf toe. The team elevated Kerwynn Williams from the practice squad to the active roster, making him, David Johnson and Stepfan Taylor the only running backs on the team.last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >With a passion for good food and great company, Small Luxury Hotels of the World‘s diverse portfolio offers fine dining options for those special evenings away from home. The Farm-to-Table concept is a contemporary dining approach designed to highlight the significance of local food production and its strong connections between plate, people and community development. Foodies craving fresh fare can get a true garden-to-table experience in an array of destinations.There’s nothing quite as British as a cup of tea and no Cornwall holiday is complete without a visit to The Nare. Steeped in history, this seaside resort is the perfect place to relax while enjoying the coast and savouring a good hot cup of Tregothnan tea. For a ‘tea-rific’ experience, The Nare is offering private tours of the UK’s largest private botanical garden and only tea plantation at Tregothnan Estate in Cornwall. The Head Gardener acts as your guide discussing the fascinating history of the garden, its impressive plant collections, and exciting plans for the future. This exclusive garden tour takes approximately two and half hours, finishing with a cream tea in the Edwardian summer house. Prices start at £478 per couple and this includes accommodation for two in a Country View room; early morning tea, breakfast, afternoon Cornish cream tea; the private tour of the estate; and VAT at 20%.At Hotel El Convento in San Juan Puerto Rico, executive Chef Luis Castillo has revitalized El Convento’s distinctive rooftop garden, allowing him to incorporate home-grown fresh herbs and vegetables into the dishes he prepares. Guests can now join El Convento’s garden-to-table experience on a tour of the Mirador Herb Garden with the Chef himself, and of course, complimentary champagne refills. Following the tour, guests will enjoy a meal at signature restaurant Patio del Nispero using items picked straight from the garden. The Garden to Palate Package starts at $225 per night.In Belize’s Mayan jungle, the secret behind Ka’Ana Resort’s light but tasty dishes is revealed to be the flourishing organic garden produce grown on site for La Ceiba Restaurant. When the chef decides a dish needs some fresh cilantro, tomatoes, arugula or zucchini, they just pop outside to the hotel’s own mini-farm and pick the freshest produce available. Among the resulting dishes are San Ignacio Market Salad and Lobster & Arugula Pesto Fettuccine. A three-night all-inclusive vacation starts at $957 per person, based on double occupancy and is valid through to 17 December 2015.Bordeaux is well known for its sumptuous wines, and in addition to Les Sources de Caudalie’s incredible wine selection, guests can enjoy the hotel’s two starred chef Nicolas Masse’s kitchen garden just outside the Grand’ Vigne restaurant. As a result of the resounding success of the garden, the hotel owners have taken the farm to table theme a step further and have added in an orchard and a hen house. And in the interest of protecting these delicious organic eggs, 3 affectionate pygmy goats named Emilion, Estèphe, and Margaux have also taken up residence at the hotel who are sure to delight the residents and children visiting the hotel. Prices start at €280 per night.Some travellers may already think of New York City as an epicurean centre but The Quin is cultivating the ‘Farm-to-Fifth Avenue’ movement, partnering with Kerber’s Farm, whose wares are now carried at Bergdorf Goodman. Penthouse guests receive a curated Kerber’s Farm gift crate and have the opportunity to visit the farm – a family destination in Huntington, Long Island. Nick Voulgaris III, proprietor of Kerber’s, will leads tours of the kitchen in which all of its products are produced: its bee hive, chicken coops, organic vegetable farm, legendary barns, and more. Guests will have the opportunity to help pick peak-of-season produce and make their own preserves as well as enjoying a private picnic on the scenic grounds. The Penthouse Suite at the Quin starts at $15,000 per night, with luxury transportation and personal experience at Kerber’s Farm available at an additional fee.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Luxury cruise line Seabourn is offering Australians complimentary verandah upgrades on select Mediterranean and northern Europe cruises in 2016. One sale until 4 October 2015, the upgrades apply on more than 80 Europe departures in 2016, including:7-day Baltic cruise – aboard Seabourn Quest, from Stockholm to Copenhagen, departing 21 May 2016, priced from $6699* per person double occupancy13-day cruise – aboard Seabourn Odyssey, from Barcelona to Istanbul, departing 24 April 2016, from $9499* per person double occupancy11-day cruise – aboard Seabourn Sojourn, from Monte Carlo to Barcelona, departing 6 October 2016, from $9599* per person double occupancy*All fares are in Australian dollars, for new bookings only, per guest, double occupancy, and subject to availability.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide today announced its single largest addition of hotel rooms in North America since pre-recession with the signing of SLS Las Vegas on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and Sahara Boulevard.Owned by Las Vegas Resort Holdings, LLC, the three distinct hotel towers, encompassing more than 1600 guestrooms and suites, will be branded by the end of this year under Starwood’s recently launched Tribute Portfolio, while the 289-room ‘LUX Tower’ will be converted to a W Hotel upon completion of a renovation in 2016. The W Las Vegas conversion will include the addition of a W Living Room (the W brand’s take on the traditional hotel lobby), a dedicated entrance for W guests, nearly 14,500 square feet of new W-branded meeting and event space, signature Away Spa, FIT state-of-the-art fitness centre, and an exclusive outdoor WET pool deck and bar. The other two hotel towers, comprising 1324 rooms, will be operated as SLS Las Vegas, a Tribute Portfolio Resort.“SLS Las Vegas, with some 1600 rooms, is a milestone addition to Starwood, growing our total footprint worldwide by nearly half a percent with a single signing,” said Adam Aron, Chief Executive Officer of Starwood Hotels & Resorts on an interim basis. “This is a perfect example of what Tribute Portfolio was designed to do – bring the power of Starwood to great independent hotels, while giving our Starwood Preferred Guest members and global guests more access to sought after destinations around the world. It also allows us to debut our iconic W brand on the world famous Las Vegas Strip, an incomparable stage for the dynamic energy and vibrant scene of W Hotels.”W Las Vegas, truly a “hotel within a hotel,” will be managed by Starwood, while the remainder of the property, including the additional hotel towers, casino, food and beverage outlets, and nightlife venues, will continue to be managed under the direction of Scott Kreeger, the hotel’s President and Chief Operating Officer.“Everything is bigger in Vegas, and SLS Las Vegas is no exception,” said Kreeger. “With more than 1600 guestrooms, numerous bars, restaurants and nightlife venues, a world-class casino, and 80,000 square feet of meeting and event space, SLS Las Vegas is a standout property. We look forward to partnering with Starwood to soon debut the W brand, a terrific complement to the SLS and a fabulous addition to the Las Vegas Strip.”Designed by Gensler in consultation with Philippe Starck, SLS Las Vegas offers:1613 guestrooms, including 120 suites.Eight restaurants, such as Bazaar Meat by José Andrés and Katsuya by Starck.Three nightlife and entertainment venues.Two pools.80,000 square-feet of flexible indoor and outdoor meeting space.54,000-square-foot casino, including a William Hill sports book.“We have long wanted to increase our Starwood presence in Las Vegas, a much desired destination for our SPG members, who occupy 50% of our guestrooms on any given night,” said Allison Reid, SVP, North America Development, Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “The signing of SLS Las Vegas not only allows us to expand our footprint and give our members more options on the Strip but also speaks volumes to the power of Starwood’s brands and our industry-leading distribution, loyalty and sales platforms that will contribute to the success of this landmark property.”SLS Las Vegas will join Starwood’s four existing hotels in the market, which include The Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino & Spa, The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, Four Points by Sheraton Las Vegas East Flamingo, and Element Las Vegas Summerlin.Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletterBistro Guillaume is offering to take guests on the ultimate culinary journey to France this Bastille Day, 14 July. Diners can sit back in the iconic surrounds of Bistro Guillaume’s French provincial dining space as their tastebuds take flight with a three-course Bastille Day menu rich with French classics, plus delectable petit fours, tea and coffee.The exquisite menu has been expertly crafted by Head Chef, Robert Murphy and showcases favourites like French onion soup, twice-baked cheese soufflé, in-house smoked salmon or escargot persillade, and that’s just for entrée.For main, diners take their pick from Bistro Guillaume’s impeccable signature dish; leg of duck confit, or the char-grilled swordfish, Rangers Valley sirloin or mouth-watering rigatoni with braised lamb. Of course, tempting desserts are also offered, with a selection including lemon tart, profiteroles, vanilla crème brûlée or a pistachio soufflé.Go back to the e-newsletterlast_img read more

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Scenic has launched its 20172018 South East Asia

first_imgScenic has launched its 2017/2018 South East Asia River Cruising programme which includes a number of new Freechoice activities and Freechoice Dining options.Guests cruising the Mekong can now enjoy two new Freechoice activities in Siem Reap: a tethered balloon ride to experience spectacular aerial views over Angkor Wat, and for the more adventurous, a vintage Vespa tour off the beaten track. In Kampong Cham, new activities include a local folklore tour with a visit to Phnom Pros, and a tour of the eco village Cheung Kok which is being supported by a French NGO to develop a community based eco-tourism project. In Champasak, Scenic is offering a coffee plantation visit to the Boloven Plateau, known as the ‘Champagne of coffee’.Scenic Freechoice Dining options now include Square One at Park Hyatt Saigon and a Vespa foodie tour of Saigon by night, as well as the Cargo Club in Hoi An.Adam Burke, Journey Designer Asia, commented: “The changes in the 2017/2018 program provide our guests with more opportunities to discover the fascinating destinations they are visiting throughout Indochina plus more free time on board to enjoy the luxury facilities of Scenic Spirit. The highlights for the Mekong River cruise remain attending Phare Circus, and an Angkor temple dinner in Siem Reap.”Scenic is offering fantastic earlybird offers on bookings made by 30 April 2017. Guests can fly free on any journey to Indochina for 13 days or longer, or to Myanmar for 14 days or longer – saving up to $2980 per couple. Book either the eight-day Luxury Mekong or 11-day Luxury Irrawaddy river cruises and save up to $500 per couple. Plus fly business class from $3495 per person.last_img read more

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first_imgMandarin Oriental, New York and Chicago-based co-owners Chef Grant Achatz and Nick Kokonas of the Alinea Group are delighted to announce the opening of The Aviary NYC in the USA summer 2017. The concept is Achatz and Kokonas’ inaugural hotel partnership and their first location outside of Chicago.Following the success of the award-winning Aviary in Chicago, The Aviary NYC will deliver a distinctive culinary approach to cocktails and service. Guests will enjoy an interactive experience, featuring an open kitchen where cocktails and small plates that complement the drink experience will be masterminded by chefs and bartenders.The Aviary NYC will reflect the core principles of the Chicago flagship while taking inspiration from the historically rich cocktail culture of New York City. Set on the 35th floor of Mandarin Oriental, New York, The Aviary NYC will comprise 90 seats and feature sweeping views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. An adjacent space, The Office, will provide a speakeasy-style cloistered and more private environment, with 40 seats. This will feature a world-class rare spirits collection, cocktails and an entirely different food menu from that offered at The Aviary.Tihany Design is leading the design concept for both spaces.“Given our location in the heart of one of the world’s premier culinary destinations, it is extremely exciting to collaborate with these talented restaurateurs and introduce The Aviary concept to Mandarin Oriental, New York,” said Susanne Hatje, GM.The Aviary NYC joins the Alinea Group of restaurants including Alinea, Next and Roister.The Aviary NYC at Mandarin Oriental, New York will open in the northern hemisphere’s summer 2017.last_img read more

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first_imgFollowing the massive success of Skyscanner’s 100 Best Travel Songs – we are now looking to compile the 100 Greatest Travel Books, and we need your help.Read a brilliant travel book? We’re looking for your suggestions.Rules:1. Book must be about travelling, a journey, a foreign country or living abroad2. Book must be available in English3. Must be truly a great read4. Please write 1-2 sentences explaining why it’s such a good book.Send us your book suggestions using one of the following methods:1. Join the Skyscanner Facebook page and leave a comment2. Email us at news@skyscanner.netPLEASE NOTE: we’re not talking Travel Guides – no Lonely Planet recommendations please!ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Related100 Greatest Travel Tunes? Send us your songs!100 Greatest Travel Tunes? Send us your songs!Stress-free holiday planning – the 10 steps you need to knowWant to take the stress out of holiday planning? Follow these easy tips and whether your dream holiday is the beach, a cosmopolitan city, or an epic road trip, you can even enjoy the research, booking and packing that will get you there. Imagine that!  1. Set your budget Photo credit: Christine Roy Your…How does Skyscanner work?Where do we get the prices we show? Which airlines and travel companies do we work with? How do you actually book travel through Skyscanner? These wonderful mysteries solved. May contain magic and unicorns.last_img read more

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first_img RelatedBlue Islands adds new Guernsey flightsExtra flights to Guernsey from Southampton Airport will be launched by carrier Blue IslandsAir Berlin to introduce new flights from Hanover and StuttgartAir Berlin will be launching new flights from Hanover and Stuttgart when its summer timetable comes into effectFlights to north Africa to be introduced by Air BerlinFlights to north Africa to be introduced by Air Berlin Channel Islanders will be able to travel on direct flights to Dusseldorf and Hanover from Guernsey next summer.This is thanks to airberlin, with Germany’s second-largest airline launching flights to the second-largest of the Channel Islands from Hanover on April 16th next year.The airline already operates flights to Jersey from Germany, with all its Channel Island services due to fly on Saturdays in a development that will appeal to leisure passengers.Flights will operate throughout airberlin’s summer schedule, which begins in the middle of April and draws to a close in September.Feeder flights to Hanover and Dusseldorf will be available from Berlin, Munich and Vienna.In September, airberlin accommodated more than 3.6 million passengers, an increase of 8.7 percent from the same month 12 months previously.Between January and the end of September, the carrier transported over 25 million customers on its route network; 2.9 percent higher than the corresponding period in 2009.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Maplast_img read more

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first_imgGermany is deservedly famous for its Christmas markets. However, there’s a lot more for cold-weather travellers than just this. Germany offers great outdoors in winter, with quirky attractions and things to do that will warm both body and soul. German travel experts from GermanyisWunderbar.com introduce 10 things to do in Germany during winter. Book your flights to Germany now! Ski BavariaGermany is only a little brother to the big siblings France or Austria when it comes to skiing holidays. This, however, makes it an insider’s tip for skiers open to something different, less crowded, less commercial and more cosy.Bavaria features the widest choice of slopes, with the Zugspitze in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany’s highest mountain. In south-west Bavaria, the Allgäu with villages like Oberstdorf and Oberstaufen is Germany’s largest skiing area with 500km of slopes, cosy mountain huts included. And there has already been lots of early snow this year!Christmas marketsGermany in winter is Christmas market country. From the end of November up until Christmas, it’s all about sparkling lights, Christmas trees, handicrafts, hearty food, sweet treats and mulled wine. One way to explore a variety of markets is a Christmas market cruise. On the Rhine, visitors can sample one or even seven markets in Cologne or make a short trip to Heidelberg, home of Germany’s oldest university where the market spreads across five different little squares. Christmas market cruises on the Danube start near Nuremberg, arguably Germany’s most famous Christmas market, but also well known historic cities like Regensburg and Passau on the Danube, both beautifully preserved, make enchanting picture perfect Christmas market settings.Black forest gourmet heavenEveryone feels more hungry in winter. Baiersbronn in the Black Forest is a real treat for every food lover, featuring seven Michelin stars divided up between three restaurants. Foodies will also enjoy the abundance of home-made products such as Black Forest hams, schnapps and honey or a visit to the local chocolate factory. Baiersbronn is also a top winter destination for skiing or hiking on a wide variety of special winter trails.Breweries of BavariaHere’s an idea: warming up in winter while sampling beers in Bavaria. Many breweries in the south of Germany have been turned into destinations for visitors, offering brewery tours and providing accommodation.Visiting breweries in Bavaria also comes with the added benefit of exploring some of Germany’s oldest and prettiest towns such as Bamberg where the Fässla brewery has been going since the 17th century. Just in case you’re worried, all of those places have lovely Christmas markets as well. Stollen sampling in DresdenStollen and Christmas in Germany go hand in hand. You could buy this special cake at your local Lidl but it’s much better sampled in Dresden where it was invented more than 500 years ago, its shape symbolising the baby Jesus. As things are done properly in Germany, there’s an official association of Stollen bakers and all of the 150 bakers are based in the Dresden area.The city on the Elbe is full of historic attractions and in winter, live revolves around the Striezelmarkt, one of Germany’s oldest Christmas markets. Or experience the city while cruising on one of the old paddlesteamers run by Sächsische Dampfschiffahrt who offer tours throughout winter.Narrow-gauge railways in the HarzCriss-crossing the Harz, the Harzer Schmalspurbahnen railways connect the cities of Wernigerode, Nordhausen and Quedlinburg in proper vintage style. The narrow-gauge railways are Europe’s longest historical rail network and feature steam locomotives for some good old huffing and puffing up the mountains.The trains provide a year-round service for the local communities and a trip in winter through the snow covered Harz mountains makes for a special travel experience. Just thought we’d mention it, Quedlinburg is not only a UNESCO world heritage site full of half-timbered houses but also features a delightful Christmas market.Nürburgring racing circuit and motorsport adventure landThis is something for the family (ok, for the boys): The Nürburgring in the Eifel, one of Europe’s most famous motor-racing circuits, has been transformed into an all-year motorsport themed adventure zone in recent years, perfect to animate those dark winter days. The ring°werk is a mixture of science/theme park and museum; there’s a cart track, backstage tours of the racing circuit are offered, and a number of hotels right next to the Nürburgring provide accommodation.Most importantly, racing enthusiasts can have a go for themselves on the Nordschleife circuit open to the public.Industrial tourism in the Ruhr areaThe Ruhr area is Europe’s unlikely Capital of Culture 2010 and trailblazer of industrial tourism. Germany’s former industrial heart has turned its obsolete blast furnaces and coal mines into spectacular visitor attractions. The most dramatic of the conversions is Essen’s elegant Zeche Zollverein coalmine, a UNESCO site attracting a million visitors per year. In the run-up to Christmas the site invites visitors to experience a special Christmas atmosphere: Industrial architecture meets seasonal events and a traditional Christmas market.Coffee & CakeThe German tradition Kaffee & Kuchen is experienced at its best in winter time when cosy cafés invite visitors to spend long hours indoors, drinking coffee and eating cake. Cafés come in different styles, some more old-fashioned, others very trendy. There are some famous and old-established ones like Café Niederegger in Lübeck or Zum Arabischen Coffe Baum in Leipzig. Some are local favourites in smaller towns to be discovered by the discerning travellers. Rest assured, sooner or later you’ll end up in one.Winter city breaksGermany’s cities are perfect for avoiding winter gloom with stylish hotels and restaurants, world-class museums and great shopping. In Berlin, seasoned travellers could go for a lifestyle tour to explore the trendy side of the capital . Couples looking for a romantic break will find Heidelberg a rewarding destination. And youngsters with little to spare can benefit from stylish budget accommodation anywhere in Germany. Last but not least and suitable for everyone: The Christmas markets. Just in case, you’d forgotten.____For more information on all the above, visit www.germanyisWunderbar.com, just launched by Wundermeisters Andrew Eames and Barbara Geier. The site features a competition to win a two nights stay for two in Oberstaufen in Bavaria.Ski picture © Andreas KasterReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Mapcenter_img RelatedIntegration tiles testTesting integration of tile information into news article12 days of Christmas breaksCheer yourself up with this seasonal selection of pre-Christmas breaks and escapes, at home and abroad.The 10 best Christmas holidays with kidsIf you can’t face another turkey dinner with the in-laws, why not get away with the family this Christmas? You could spend the festive season nosing around Berlin’s Christmas markets, skiing down Austrian slopes or lazing on a beach in Barbados.last_img read more

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first_imgNew York, New York – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magaznineTrump Hotel Collection – the only Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond Hotel with a Five-Star, Five-Diamond restaurant in New York – will celebrate its upcoming 15th anniversary by offering guests the (literally) dazzling Crystal Anniversary Package.Priced at $15,000, this multi-faceted package sparkles with signature elements and surprise touches:• Two nights in a one-bedroom Central Park-view suite• A 750ml bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal Brut Champagne• Rock Crystal Jewelry from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry, including the 16” Rose Gold Chain With Rock Crystal Center Stone, Long Rose Gold Rock Crystal and Diamond Drop Earring on Diamond French Wire, and 7.5” Rock Crystal and Diamond Chain Bracelet• A Shonbek Crystal Chandelier (the same design that was hand-picked by Donald J. Trump to grace each suite at the hotel)• A pair of Christian Louboutin “Fifi” pumps, cloaked in crystals, with a 100mm heel• Dinner for two at Jean Georges, the hotel’s three-Michelin-Star restaurant, including a bottle of premier Champagne• Breakfast for two daily at Nougatine“Crystal is the traditional 15th anniversary gift, and we certainly have our share of it here at Trump International,” explained General Manager Suzie Mills, who has worked at the hotel since its 1997 opening. “We’ve kept the romance alive for our guests for 15 years, and with this anniversary package, we are offering them an unforgettable experience with more than a little something to take home.”www.trumpintl.comlast_img read more

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first_imgChicago, Illinois – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazineWhen neither Old Spice, nor a Cohiba will cut it, give your dad something he’ll never forget: The Ultimate Fantasy Father’s Day Gift offers the perfect mix of flag football, fireworks and famed coaches on Chicago’s own Soldier Field.Thanks to collaboration between Soldier Field and The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc., one lucky dad and 17 of his friends will get to battle it out under the lights of the famed Soldier Field stadium. With its upscale special events expertise, The Meetinghouse Companies has partnered with Chicago’s premier special events venue, Soldier Field, to put together a once-in-a-lifetime, unforgettable opportunity for sports enthusiasts, football fans and dads of all ages.Your dad will be met by the valet at Soldier Field’s famous and exclusive Gate 0. Once inside the professional locker room, each guest will find his own locker adorned with a keepsake custom-engraved nameplate and personalized jersey. Add eye-black, some head-banging, get-you-pumped tunes and the legendary 1985 World Champions Steve McMichael and MVP Richard Dent—coaches for the day—to give a spirited pep talk, and then the fun really begins.As dad, his teammates, and the opposing team of nine guys all exit the tunnel, breaking through the dense fog curtain, fireworks explode all around. The 1985 World Champion offensive guard, Tom Thayer, announces each player’s name as his photo and stats are displayed on the stadium’s state-of-the-art video boards. With both teams on the field, the toss of a commemorative coin puts the game in motion.And so begins your dad’s real-life football fantasy—with all the bells and whistles. Just like a pro game, the scoreboard offers the crowd—each person playing can bring along four guests for support—in-game entertainment such as trivia, quizzes and little-known facts about both teams, the players and more.The half-time show is a major production, complete with professional singers and dancers to perform an incredible 15-minute Chicago Review. A breathtaking fireworks display will finish off the game, along with an exclusive photo shoot and ball signing with Dent, McMichael and Thayer completing this very special day on the field.After the game, enjoy a delicious gourmet “championship” meal, prepared by the stadium’s award-winning caterer, DNC’s Sportservice, alongside Coaches McMichael and Dent. Friends, family, and fans will have their own celebration too, in the Mezzanine level, enjoying a hearty stadium spread. The cherry on top is an exclusive, private VIP tour of Soldier Field.Each player leaves with a fabulous gift bag, including a personalized duffel bag, a personalized commemorative coin, a Wheaties cereal box with dad’s face on the front, a high-end cigar, a DVD of the history of Chicago’s own 1985 World Champion team and a gift certificate for a post-game sports massage.This gift of a lifetime is priced at $165,000; for an additional $20,000, you dad’s team can go up against a 1985 World Championship group of players.For more information, contact The Meetinghouse Companies, Inc.’s Robert Sivek at rsivek@meetinghouse.com or Kristy Buhr at 630.941.0600 ext. 256 / kbuhr@meetinghouse.com.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi, India – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineThe Park Hotels group, pioneers of the boutique hotel concept in India, is expanding its portfolio with the addition of the Apsara, The Park on Vembanad Lake and The Park Hyderabad.“Our three new properties successfully combine local culture and world-class design, affording guests a distinct travel experience in some of India’s most intriguing regions,” said Priya Paul, Chairperson, Apeejay Surrendra Park Hotels Ltd.In January 2010, The Park Hotels launched its first luxury lake cruiser—Apsara—a two-level, eight-cabin cruiser on Kerala’s Vembanad Lake. Designed with luxury and comfort in mind, the interiors combine elements of Kerala’s magnificent heritage with the quiet elegance of European yachting style.Each week, the Apsara boat sets sail on four-day/three-night itineraries that take cruisers through the waters of Vembanad Lake and the backwaters, replete with paddy fields and fruit-laden coconut trees, where guests can watch the day-to-day rural life of Kerala drift by. The boat will dock at The Park on Vembanad Lake (a brand new resort that recently opened as well) when it is not sailing.In addition to eight guest accommodations, the 28 meter Apsara has a crew cabin, galley, dining area (seating 24 people), saloon (with a capacity of 14), sundeck and panoramic forward-seating area (with comfortable corner sofas and tables). Cabins feature teak wood furnishings, LCD television, DVD player, double bed, desk and chair, mini-bar, safe, satellite receiver and private bathroom. The textural furnishing applied to the walls and ceilings of the interiors include veneer, rich leather, silk and natural cottons, plus marble in the bathrooms. The MV Apsara can also be hired on an exclusive basis for personalized sailing itineraries, offsite company meetings, and other special occasions.As a complement to the Apsara, the company unveiled The Park on Vembanad Lake, a sophisticated lakeside resort with 10 luxury rooms (four Deluxe Lakeview Rooms, four Luxury Lakeview Rooms, The Vembanad Room and The Vembanad Suite), a tented spa featuring Ayurvedic and international treatments, a gym, restaurant, two bars, a pool and adjacent deck and performance space.Also joining the collection this year is The Park Hyderabad, the new 270-room flagship hotel. The Park Hyderabad had a soft opening on March 1, 2010 and will officially open in June 2010. In March, the hotel debuted with about 100 rooms, The Veranda, Sicca Bar, Street Lobby, Hotel Lobby, Library Lounge, Ruby Lounge, pool deck, aqua pool and garden.The property is influenced by Hyderabad’s tradition as a design center and producer of precious stones and distinctive textiles—all reflected in the accommodations, a 3-D horizon pool, three restaurants, two lounges, two entertainment venues, and Aura Spa.The hotel’s unique exterior façade references jewelry settings and metal work found in the Nizam collection (one of the most valuable jewelry collections in the world). The interior space showcases local traditions of craftsmanship, patterning and style.The Park Hyderabad was designed by Skidmore Owings Merrill (New York) and Conran & Partners, U.K. The Park also commissioned a series of famous Indian designers to inspire the interiors including Tarun Tahiliani, Rohit Bal, Manish Arora, Jean Francois Lesage, Bharti Kher, Subodh Gupta, Rajiv Saini and Preksha Baid. Throughout the property, custom pieces were specially made—including chandeliers, textile installations, furniture and tableware—to celebrate and showcase Indian design trends.Reflective of its environmental consciousness, The Park Hyderabad is the first property in India to introduce all non-smoking guest rooms, plus the property is a certified LEED GOLD green building (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The internationally recognized LEED certification measures how well a building or community performs across metrics such as energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.For more information, visit < ahref="http://www.theparkhotels.com/">www.theparkhotels.com.last_img read more

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Demonstrating a dogged determination to treat all

first_imgDemonstrating a dogged determination to treat all guests like royalty, Trump Hotel Collection is rolling out the red carpet for four-legged jet-setters. The canine-conscious hotel brand, which represents the next generation of luxury hospitality, has unveiled generous pet policies at its iconic hotels in Chicago, New York and Las Vegas.“Trump Hotel Collection recognizes that, for our guests who have pets, Fido is far more than man’s best friend; he is a cherished member of the family,” said Jim Petrus, the brand’s chief operating officer. “As such, we are committed to providing our canine visitors as warm a welcome and as luxurious a stay as any other guest at our hotels.”At Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, pups will find their room outfitted with every amenity they need for a comfortable stay, including a plush dog bed, gourmet treats, a water bowl, and a fresh bottle of water to fill it. A rubber ball will provide hours of in-room entertainment, and with his owner’s help, Spot can order from a special in-room dining menu of doggie delights. For the dog about town, the hotel also provides a book on dog-friendly places throughout Chicago, access to an outdoor dog park around the new Trump Riverwalk area, and dog-walking services arranged through the concierge. No special cleaning fee is charged (a deposit is required for guests paying cash) and pets are limited to
25 pounds.Canine travelers can take a bite out of the Big Apple at two Trump Hotel Collection properties: Trump International Hotel & Tower™ New York and the soon-to-debut Trump SoHo™ New York, opening Feb. 1, 2010. Bowls, biscuits, blankets and chew toys are provided at the brand’s midtown flagship hotel, while the SoHo property will include all of the above (in the form of a pet dinner set with croc embossed placemats, gourmet dog treats and plush bone toys) plus a dog bed inspired by famed photographer William Wegman and dog walking service arranged by the concierge. Both New York hotels charge a mandatory $250 cleaning fee per room per stay for canine guests, and limit size to 25 pounds.Trump International Hotel™ Las Vegas also welcomes dogs and their favorite humans to its soaring gold tower above the Strip. The hotel limits the family pet to 25 pounds and charges a mandatory $200 cleaning fee per room per stay.www.trumphotelcollection.comlast_img read more

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first_img by Michelle R. Smith, The Associated Press Posted Mar 8, 2018 10:56 am PDT Last Updated Mar 8, 2018 at 11:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email David Byrne sees world gone wrong on ‘American Utopia’ In this Feb. 16, 2018 photo, musician David Byrne poses for a portrait in New York to promote his album, “American Utopia,” which will be released on Friday, March 9. (Photo by Drew Gurian/Invision/AP) center_img PROVIDENCE, R.I. – David Byrne has some observations about American life these days, and it worries him. The former Talking Heads frontman and prolific artist sees people divided into camps, not talking to one another, with politicians on both sides representing moneyed interests, rather than the people.Something’s gone wrong, he said. Byrne’s new album, “American Utopia,” is about the longing people have amid fears and frustrations.“They’re all wondering, ‘Could things be done in a slightly different way? Is there a better way than the way we’ve ended up?’” he said in a recent interview with The Associated Press.The album’s lead single, “Everybody’s Coming to My House,” co-written with Brian Eno, is No. 5 on Billboard’s adult alternative songs chart, giving him his first Top 10 hit in 25 years. Last week he launched an international, 90-some city tour, which he calls his most ambitious since the shows filmed for the 1984 Jonathan Demme film “Stop Making Sense,” considered among the best concert films of all-time.And, he has started a website: ReasonsToBeCheerful.world, where he curates hopeful news about some possible paths forward.“American Utopia,” out on Friday, is Byrne’s first solo album in 14 years. It between those records his work included albums with St. Vincent, musicals about Imelda Marcos and Joan of Arc, books about urban bicycling and how music works, interactive art based on neuroscience and more projects.Producer Patrick Dillett, who has collaborated with Byrne for years and works on “American Utopia” — along with Eno and Scottish producer Rodaidh McDonald — said Byrne’s collaborative nature and openness to try new things is among the qualities that sets him apart.“He does a lot of things well, but he’s not doing them to be known for it. It’s a way of becoming a fuller person,” Dillett said. “He’s as well-formed and well-rounded a person as I’ve ever known. If I could be someone when I grow up, I would be him.”Byrne, who was born in Scotland but moved to the United States as a child and held a green card for most of his life, became a U.S. citizen in 2012. Asked why, he laughed, then made a confession.“I have been voting surreptitiously. I was under possibly the mistaken impression that green card holders could vote for all local candidates,” the 65-year-old said. “They just couldn’t vote for president. That was the impression I had. And then at some point when I went into my local elementary school to vote, and they said, ‘You can’t vote!’ I hope I’m not getting myself in trouble. But I truly believed that I was allowed to do that, and no one stopped me.”He said he finally decided to gain his citizenship so that he could fully participate in civic society.“That felt good,” he said.Byrne’s new website, named for the Ian Dury and the Blockheads song “Reasons to Be Cheerful, Part 3,” includes successful projects from around the world in areas such as sustainable energy and culture that could be adopted by other communities, he said. Byrne is fresh off a short lecture tour talking about the ideas, and said he was pleased by the questions he took at the end of each appearance.“People were genuinely engaged. They weren’t trying to change the subject and ask about a Talking Heads reunion or something like that,” he said. Byrne has repeatedly said there won’t be one.The website and album aren’t directly connected, but run parallel and “talk to one another in some ways,” Byrne said. He imagined people in a refugee camp when he wrote the song “Gasoline and Dirty Sheets,” for example.The album is “describing things the way they are, or the way I see them. Describing myself, and my own confusions and issues,” he said, adding that artists “can offer not just a litany of complaints, but some kind of hope and answers and another way of viewing things.”While there is excitement surrounding the release of “American Utopia,” some criticized the album because its two dozen collaborators are all men. Byrne said in an online post this week that he regretted it, calling the choice “negligent,” and saying that it doesn’t reflect what he has done in the past or his current live show.Byrne, who will perform at the Coachella and New Orleans Jazz festivals during his six-month trek on the road, said fans should not expect a “Stop Making Sense” redux.“Many people will expect to relive some experience from their childhood. No. I’m not a time machine. I’m not your personal time machine,” he said.But conceptually, the new tour is similar to “Stop Making Sense” in its simplicity.“(It) completely rethinks what you can do, what a band, what a show can be,” he said._____Online:http://davidbyrne.com/https://www.reasonstobecheerful.world/last_img read more

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first_imgJulia Roberts finds life (and her roles) get better with age by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 5, 2018 1:59 pm PDT Julia Roberts, left, greets Lucas Hedges as they attend the premiere of “Ben Is Back” at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) NEW YORK — Julia Roberts is sitting on a couch in a Soho hotel when Lucas Hedges bursts in and begins frantically searching for his phone, sending pillows flying.“This is what I say to Finn,” Roberts says, referencing one of her three children as she instructs her 21-year-old co-star. “Where did you go from here, honey?”Roberts’ motherly instincts play a big part of her latest film, “Ben Is Back.” Written and directed by Peter Hedges (“Dan in Real Life,” and the father of Lucas), “Ben Is Back” is about a son (Lucas) home from rehab for Christmas. The short visit resurrects past demons and present temptations for Ben, testing his mother’s anxious balance of trust and suspicion.It’s the second standout performance this fall for Roberts, who also stars in Amazon’s acclaimed conspiracy thriller “Homecoming” as a government-sponsored caseworker coaxing soldiers back into civilian life. It’s a more dramatic chapter for Roberts, the most quintessential of movie stars, who at 51 is stretching in new directions that are increasingly further afield from the frothier romantic comedies she built her career on.“With age comes more complexity of possible parts,” Roberts said in a recent interview. “You know, I’m happy and I have fun at home, so it would take a lot for someone to say: ‘Look, you can play this part where you’re happy and have fun.’ Well, I just do that at home!”It can take a lot to get Roberts away from home. Hedges at one point jokingly suggested shooting “Ben Is Back” in her backyard. She’s notoriously picky, generally acting in one film a year, and that’s become iffier considering, as she says, there’s “a whole lot of math” that needs to factor her kids’ school schedule and that of her husband, cinematographer Danny Moder. Roberts has, quite contentedly, largely withdrawn from the limelight. She knits. She plays Mahjong with girlfriends once a week. She will watch “Point Break” anytime it’s on TV.But she still wears the role of movie star about as comfortably as anyone ever has, and in person she is — to an almost disarming degree — precisely as you’d expect. She remains genuinely, breezily, unaffectedly herself, a quality that has made countless feel as if they know — really know — her. Roberts grants that the public’s impression of her is “probably relatively accurate,” something few who have graced so many tabloid covers in their lifetime can do. “I mean, I’m not interested in trying to seem cooler than I am or something,” she says.Still, Roberts, a four-time Oscar nominee and one-time winner (“Erin Brockovich”), is also indelibly linked to the ’90s and ’00s pre-digital movie era when stars, not superheroes, still ruled the box office. Times have changed; her breakthrough film, 1990’s “Pretty Woman,” is now a Broadway musical. Roberts recently had the out-of-body experience attending it alongside Barbara Marshall, wife of the film’s late director Garry Marshall.“I wasn’t prepared for how profoundly it made me miss Garry,” she said, choking up.“I wasn’t prepared for how all of the improvs that I created are in a Broadway book now,” she says. “People are saying things that I was just making up, just vamping.”And long before pay equality became an industry-wide concern, Roberts was among Hollywood’s highest paid stars. Asked about the #MeToo movement and Hollywood gender parity, Roberts replied, “You can never rest.”“You think that’s sorted and you come around a corner and then how is it not sorted suddenly? How is it not fair?” she says, noting a few advancements that hit home for her and her family: equal pay for women surfers and Manchester United launching a women’s team. “Things like this give me hope that our business can keep making strides, because every year that it’s ‘the year of the woman,’ you kind of go: Again? Let’s just have it always be the year of the artists. If we have to keep spotlighting the gender of this and the gender of that, we’re kind of blowing it.”Lately, Roberts has been trying some new things. She joined Instagram in June. “Homecoming” is her first foray into a TV series. Roberts insisted Sam Esmail (“Mr. Robot”) direct all the episodes and that all the scripts be completed before shooting began.She similarly helped shape “Ben Is Back,” pushing for Peter Hedges to cast his son, the in-demand breakout star of “Manchester by the Sea,” a tall task because Lucas has deliberately sought to establish himself outside of his father’s shadow.“When Julia read the script and met with me, I came with a list of actors that I thought would be good for the part, and Lucas wasn’t on that list,” Peter Hedges said by phone. “Before I could even share that list with her she said: ‘Lucas needs to play this part.’ I said, ‘One, I don’t think he’s available, and, two, I don’t think he would ever want to do a film with me.’ Once she signed on, she began a very persuasive and I think classy campaign. She made effort to let him know that she thought he should do the film with her.”It is, alas, hard to say no to Julia Roberts. The actress later invited Lucas to her Malibu home where she says he became part of the family, hanging out and taking her kids to the beach. Making “Ben Is Back” was for her less about channeling her own parental nightmares than fostering a relationship with her fictional son.“Spending time with Lucas meant that I had heart-space with him, and that is what I called upon and relied upon for the movie,” says Roberts. “Separation is important. Especially in the middle of the night when you’re playing a scene over and over again, you just have to have so much clarity about that jumping off point. I think that helps it be super clear and fair. I don’t want to drag my kids through this crap.”Like much of Roberts’ best recent work, including “Wonder” and “August: Osage County” (for which she received an Oscar nomination), “Ben Is Back” revolves around family, both on and off screen. While her next film, “Little Bee,” is a drama, too, Roberts hasn’t turned away from romantic comedies for good.“It’s just two delicious things put together,” says Roberts. “It’s like spending months wrapping a present for people. They’re really hard to make well, so I don’t begrudge their absence because I’d rather not see a bunch of really bad ones.”But “Ben is Back” and “Homecoming” have allowed Roberts to expand on the dramatic work she did with Steven Soderbergh (“Erin Brockovich”) and Mike Nichols (“Closer,” ”Charlie Wilson’s War”), who once said of the actress: “Her face is made by God to express thought and feeling.”What’s left for Roberts to prove? To her, that’s not the question.“I’ve never been in the proving business, but I do reside very humbly in the I-want-to-impress-you business,” says Roberts, noting her husband is at the top of that list. “I just remember the feeling of walking on the set everyday with my beloved Mike Nichols and thinking: What can I do in my work today that he’ll go: ‘I didn’t see that coming.’”___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Press AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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first_img by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 20, 2018 3:21 pm PDT BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Christian Bale says he wanted to meet Dick Cheney before portraying in in the new biopic “Vice” but that he was warned against it.Bale instead studied internet videos, photos and first-hand accounts from people who knew the former U.S. vice-president, many of which are still on his phone alongside photos of his wife and kids.Bale packed on some 40 pounds, wore fake teeth and added a couple of inches to his neck to complete his physical transformation that’s already earned him a Golden Globe nomination.Amy Adams plays Lynne Cheney and underwent her own transformation for the role, including the realization that she wasn’t just playing Dick Cheney’s wife.Both Bale and Adams say they want to refrain from making judgments about their characters and their politics.“Vice” hits theatres Christmas day.Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press In this Dec. 10, 2018 photo, actors Christian Bale, left and Amy Adams pose for a portrait to promote their film “Vice” at the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Rebecca Cabage/Invision/AP) How Bale and Amy Adams became the Cheneys in ‘Vice’ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emaillast_img read more

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