Say the word “Italian” and the word “food” almost always immediately comes to mind. The Italians know how to cook and they know how to eat. This isn’t news to author Andrew Cotto, whose new novel, follows an American who travels to Italy and falls in love with just about everything there, including, of course, […]
feedproxy.google.com | 10/25/18
Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Falchuk are enjoying life as newlyweds.
On Friday, almost a week after the pair tied the knot, the actress posted a scenic shot from their honeymoon travels in Italy.
“Umbrian sunset,” Paltrow, 46, captioned the beautiful image of a pink sunset disappearing behind a valley of trees.
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The couple is no stranger to the European country, as they vacationed there together during summer 2015. As they enjoyed their Italian getaway, which included visits to Rome and Positano (on the Amalfi coast), Paltrow documented their trip on Instagram with scenic photos of shorelines and homemade pasta.
She has also previously shared her love for sunsets in the Umbria, which is referred to as Italy’s “green heart” for its abundance of forests.
Last year, the Goop creator shared a photo of herself from the green region, standing in the bright sunlight while holding a bottle of wine. “Last sunset in #umbria,” she wrote in July 2017.
Their honeymoon trip comes less than a week after Paltrow and Falchuk, 47, said “I do” in front of 75 family and friends at Paltrow’s Hamptons home on Sept. 29.
The wedding, which was “intimate and romantic,” brought in many of their A-list friends, including Jerry Seinfeld — who hosted a rehearsal dinner at their estate with his wife — Cameron Diaz, Benji Madden, Steven Spielberg, Rob Lowe, and Robert Downey Jr.
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“The whole wedding seemed very intimate and romantic,” a source told PEOPLE. “The friends that attended are all people that love them. Throughout the reception, guests laughed and you could tell everyone had a wonderful time. It was truly a beautiful wedding.”
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Just one day after the celebration, the Oscar winner confirmed their nuptials by posting a sweet, captionless photo of the couple holding hands while showing off their matching gold wedding bands.
In the image, Paltrow’s hand rested on top of Falchuk’s, as she tucked her pinky between two of his fingers.
The couple announced the exciting news of their engagement on the cover of Paltrow’s Goop Magazine‘s Sex & Love issue after dating for over three years.
In the spread, Paltrow, who first met Falchuk during a guest appearance on Glee in 2010, called her then-fiancé the “man I was meant to be with.”
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“Personally, at midlife, I have tried to accept how complex romantic love can be,” she said on why she was ready to tie the knot with the producer. “I have decided to give it a go again, not only because I believe I have found the man I was meant to be with, but because I have accepted the soul-stretching, pattern-breaking opportunities that (terrifyingly) are made possible by intimacy.”
Despite previously eloping with ex-husband Chris Martin in 2003, Paltrow told PeopleStyle in January that she was giddy thinking about what her nuptials would look like.
“I’m excited about everything!” she said. “I’ve never had a wedding before. So even though I’m 45, I sort of feel like a 21-year-old.”
people.com | 10/6/18
“Crazy Rich Asians” has been burning up the box office for two weeks straight. But producers of the sleeper hit aren’t the only ones cashing in.
Both Orbitz and Kayak tell TheWrap that travel searches for Singapore have exploded since the movie premiered earlier this month, with fans looking to soak in some of the island city-state’s real-life glitz and glamour.
Searches for Singapore on Orbitz soared a whopping 110 percent year-over-year from 2017, according to the site, with a 20 percent spike just since the movie’s August 15 release.
Meanwhile, Kayak said it saw a 41 percent jump compared to the same time period last year, and a 15 percent increase in the week since the movie’s premiere, a combination of the film’s success as well as recent added flight routes to Singapore, according to the site.
“They are significant increases,” Carey Malloy, Orbitz’s director of brand marketing, told TheWrap. “When you’re able to sit back and watch a story come to life it makes you want to go there and have the same experiences.”
Search data is the best way to understand trends attributed to specific moments in time, Orbitz said, because they tend to be the most accurate indicator of interest. People who are inspired by a best-selling book or blockbuster film may search a related destination at the moment, even if they book the actual vacation weeks or months later.
Orbitz said it’s seen notable spikes in searches for other movie-inspired destinations over the years, including New Zealand after the release of “Lord of the Rings” and Las Vegas following the success of “The Hangover” movies.
To monetize on the trend, the company has created a specialized page for people looking to recreate their favorite cinematic moments. Fans can explore “Avengers: Infinity War” movie locations in Atlanta Georgia or book a customized vacation to Lombardy, Italy, where “Call Me by Your Name” takes place (peaches not included).
With a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and an A on CinemaScore, “Crazy Rich Asians” has earned acclaim both as a fun rom-com and as a rallying cry for Asian-Americans looking for more representation in media. Based on Kevin Kwan’s best-seller, the movie stars Constance Wu of ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” as Rachel Chu, a Chinese-American economics professor who travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nick Young (played by Henry Golding), to attend his best friend’s wedding and meet his wealthy family.
“It’s been a great advert for Singapore, it was pretty well portrayed,” Singapore’s consul general in San Francisco, Darryl Lau, told TheWrap. “We certainly hope this movie will get more people to go to Singapore.”
The Singapore Tourism Board partnered with Warner Bros. on the movie’s promotional activities and hired New York-based public relations companies Edelman and Bullfrog + Baum to help sell the island.
The film could double as a commercial for Singapore’s most luxurious hotspots, which are peppered throughout, from high-end boutiques on Asia’s most famous shopping street, Orchard Road, to the world’s largest infinity pool and the Lion City’s famous outdoor stalls selling a medley of Asian street cuisines, known as “hawker centers.”
While it’s too early to quantify tourism arrivals, the tourism board believes the movie is creating what it calls “destination awareness.”
“We have received feedback from our tour operators and travel agents that they have seen a spike in enquiries about Singapore, with increase in bookings as well,” Kershing Goh, regional director, STB Americas, told TheWrap.
Considering the film has just opened in theaters recently and the fact that the city is considered a “long-haul” destination, with an almost 20-hour flight from New York City, the early increases in inquiries are a good sign, according to city officials.
“This bodes well for us,” Goh said.
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www.thewrap.com | 8/30/18
Despite his massive success as a songwriter, Ed Sheeran has managed to keep his personal life away from the spotlight.
But in a new documentary, the 27-year-old “Shape of You” singer gives peeks into corners of his world that he usually keeps tightly under wraps — including his family, his relationship with fiancée Cherry Seaborn and his creative struggles — all through his cousin Murray Cummings’ camera lens.
“It kind of came by surprise,” Sheeran told PEOPLE exclusively on Monday about the film, available now on Apple Music. “Murray had all the footage. It wasn’t something that I planned but I’m excited to get it out and see what people think — well, see what the fans think. I don’t really care what anyone else thinks!”
It’s clear from the film the star is a perfectionist when it comes to his songwriting, and his standards may be some of the highest in the business. At one point, he’s heard telling his team he doesn’t want to be the “male Adele,” but rather “be Adele.”
“A lot of people call out the competitive side of me, but if you’re a basketball player, you should be better than LeBron James,” he explains. “You can’t just be like ‘Oh, I’m happy in my lane.’ You have to aim for the top. I don’t think any artist will do what Adele’s done. I don’t think I could do what Adele’s done, but if you don’t aim there then you won’t get there.”
Despite breaking multiple records with his albums and selling out tickets to his world tours over the years, the Grammy winner doesn’t foresee himself ever losing his competitive streak.
“I make music for me, but when it comes to a career, what is the fun of not ?” he says. “People get very confused with me as competitive because they think I’m making the music for that and to get bigger, but it’s just work ethic.”
Currently in the midst of another sold-out tour for his album ÷, the singer — who took a year-long break in 2016 — has learned to take more time for himself and his loved ones.
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“It’s quite weird being a touring ‘celebrity’ because people assume you’re living the best f—ing life in the world, but you don’t really get to live any life because you work the whole time,” he says. “I got to the end of and I was like ‘F—, I’m 25 and haven’t really lived. I needed to have a year off and spend it with friends and family and Cherry and actually become a human being rather than a touring celebrity.”
Now, the star makes sure to fit in some play in between tour stops — like when he recently traveled to Napa Valley and dined at upscale restaurant The French Laundry.
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“ bumped into Sam Smith there randomly! We were sat on the same table and went out for a drink after that. It was really weird because it’s such a small restaurant, so to bump into someone that you know really well, it was good,” he says about his quick getaway with Seaborn, 26.
Seaborn — whom the star is fiercely protective of — provided footage from her travels to Australia, Italy and Fiji with Sheeran for the documentary and is seen supporting her future husband during the recording of his most recent album.
“I was against having her in the documentary just because I like to keep my personal life private, but I think it’s such a split second of it and it does just capture what she’s like,” he says about including his Duke-educated fiancée in the documentary. “It’s nice for people to see a little bit of that.”
people.com | 8/28/18
On Thursday, July 26, many Russians could see the phantom of the good old iron curtain falling between Russia and the West. The news came from the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Irina Tyurina. Last week, United Russia MPs proposed amending the federal law about the procedure to leave and enter the territory of the Russian Federation. In accordance with these amendments, the Russian Ministry for Foreign Affairs should hold mandatory accreditation of all companies rendering intermediary visa registration services to Russian citizens. In order to obtain accreditation, a visa issuance company is supposed to have representative offices in at least 20 regions of the Russian Federation, whereas the share of foreign participation in the authorized capital of the company should not exceed 20 percent. In addition, applicants should have certified technical means to process confidential information (including biometric personal data). The amendments also require at least three years of experience in collecting and processing documents for obtaining visas on behalf of diplomatic missions and consular missions.According to the press secretary of the Russian Union of Travel Industry, Irina Tyurina, none of existing operators can meet the criteria proposed in the draft law. For example, it is unclear how they should comply with the requirement of foreign participation. Presently, there are six companies that run visa service centers in Russia: VFS Global, GVCW - Greece, VMS - Italy, BLS - Spain, India, TLS - Great Britain, Switzerland, Belgium and Pony Express. The information on each of these companies is available to the public in the state register of legal entities.It is unlikely that these companies can be replaced with Russian ones: even if they meet all other requirements, Russian companies will not have three years of experience in rendering visa services. Needless to say that the adoption of amendments will trigger a mirror response from other countries. In this case, big plans to attract foreign tourists to Russia, especially after the World Cup, may not materialize.To make matters worse, residents of Russians regions will have to come to Moscow to get a visa to a foreign country. They will also have to spend many hours standing in long lines to visa departments of foreign embassies, as it was practiced during the 2000s. In a nutshell, all this is nothing but bad news that, if it becomes real, will complicate the lives of all Russian travelers. The news triggered countless "iron curtain" discussions in social media in Russia. The "iron curtain" has many holes in it as Russia has visa-free regime with many countries. Yet, the curtain would be very strong when it comes to a trip to Europe or to the States. Deputy Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Physical Culture, Sport, Tourism and Youth Affairs, Sergei Krivonosov, (United Russia) said that the Russian authorities, on the contrary, seek to minimize visa restrictions."At the initiative of the president, we are currently preparing proposals to simplify visa procedures. There are a number of countries that have already simplified the procedure to issue visas for Russian citizens. I haven't heard of the initiative that you're talking about. The State Duma's Subcommittee on Tourism (Sergei Krivonosov heads it - ed.) works to simplify visa procedures," the MP told Pravda.Ru. "We do want to make the procedure simpler, because we've had problems with bankruptcies of tour operators. We believe that an electronic visa can help. I am sure that there is no iron curtain of any type involved," Sergei Krivonosov added. Oleg ArtyukovPravda.Ru Read article on the Russian version of Pravda.Ru
www.pravdareport.com | 7/26/18
The designers behind the Dolce & Gabbana label have a reputation for getting mired in controversy. From anti-IVF and homophobic comments to insulting celebrities including Victoria Beckham and Selena Gomez on social media, the men behind the brand have a controversial past. But despite their past digs and hurtful comments, their fashion empire and huge runway shows continue to go on.
On Friday, the Italian label presented its Alta Moda Fashion Show in Como, Italy, where Naomi Campbell, Helena Christensen, Lady Kitty Spencer, Maye Musk and Ashley Graham were a just a few of the famous faces on the runway, but fans were not thrilled to see so many stars supporting the brand.
Last month the fashion brand came under fire after designer Stefano Gabbana made a nasty and unprovoked comment about Selena Gomez on Instagram. The Italian designer attacked the 25-year-old’s appearance in an Instagram comment writing that she was “so ugly.”
Fans on social media were quick to call out Graham and Campbell out for walking a show that supports Gabbana’s career. (Both models walked the brand’s previous show in April.)
Fans flooded Graham’s comments on her Instagram video from the catwalk writing: “You’re always so vocal and supportive of women being shamed for their appearance, yet, you walked the runway for a designers who SHAMES women all the time, not to mention is a racist….why?! My heart breaks a little- I feel you sold out today :(”
Another pointed out the designer’s behavior to Graham in a comment. “I’m completely disappointed in you, Ashley, for walking in this show. Their behavior toward women is not ok. SHAME.”
Campbell also received negative comments on her Instagram photo from the show. One Instagram user wrote: “So are we gonna casually ignore the fact @dolcegabbana is pretty unethical with their homophobic comments? And lets not forget that @stefanogabbana bullies young girls online calling them ugly. Love you Naomi, but this company sucks..”
In addition to top models, the brand also had top pros in the hair and makeup world working behind the scenes at the show. Campbell tagged hairstylist Guido Palau and makeup artist Pat McGrath as the artists behind her runway look on Instagram.
Despite numerous controversial moments from the brand’s design duo, celebrities still flock to the Dolce & Gabbana shows and wear their clothing. (In 2015 Gabbana and Dolce, who are both openly gay, publicly voiced their opposition to IVF calling it “unnatural” and in April dissed Victoria Beckham on her birthday with thumbs-down emojis on Instagram.)
In 2017, the brand launched $245 “#BoycottDolceGabbana” T-shirt after controversy arose around their decision to dress First Lady Melania Trump.
And just last week Kourtney Kardashian posed with Domenico Dolce as she continues to her travels around the Italian coast.
people.com | 7/9/18
“The Bachelorette” was all about romance Monday night — and promoting the state of Virginia. However, not many viewers were up for the trip to the Old Dominion, even though VA’s official slogan is “Virginia is for lovers.” If fans were looking for somewhere a little more “traditionally” amorous, well, sorry.
Becca Kufrin and her boys headed to Richmond on the state tourism board’s dime and were probably a little too into the history-packed field trip, ’cause fans took to Twitter to call BS.
“No offense to the state of Virginia, but by week 6 of the Bachelorette these guys were definitely expecting to be in Italy,” one user tweeted. “This is the most low budget season I’ve seen. Only ONE randomly placed hot tub and no yachts yet!!!”
“I still can’t get over the fact that ABC took the bachelorette crew to freaking Richmond, Virginia,” another wrote.
OK, it probably didn’t help that this installment of the ABC dating series opened with a four-minute pitch for why Virginia is the best place ever to fall in love. Yeah, the pitch for the Commonwealth was pretty heavy-handed. And then Leo also said this, “Just like Virginia birthed the nation, I hope that it births a relationship that really lasts with Becca.”
See the Virginia haters’ best tweets below.
“The Bachelorette” airs Mondays at 8/7 c on ABC.
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www.thewrap.com | 7/3/18
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -The Italian government on Friday night bestowed the Ordine Della Stella D'Italia (Order of the Star of Italy), a prestigious national honour from the European Union state, upon the Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Concervation and Tourism, Mr Tshekedi Khama.
allafrica.com | 6/11/18
Belgian travel blogger 'Nils Travels' issued a lengthy apology after he posed for a picture on one of the site's ancient pillars. He said it 'was not my smartest decision'.
www.dailymail.co.uk | 6/7/18
Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American and Latin American rights to “The Happpy Prince,” an Oscar Wilde movie written and directed by, and starring Rupert Everett, the company announced Friday.
The film, which premiered last month in Sundance, also stars Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Colin Firth, Emily Watson and Tom Wilkinson. “The Happy Prince” screens Saturday as a special gala at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Everett plays the great Irish writer Oscar Wilde during his last days, with his body ailing and heavy, his mind spinning — but his flamboyant irony and brilliant wit very much intact. The film follows Wilde’s last travels through England, France and Italy.
The film was produced by Sébastien Delloye, Philipp Kreuzer and Jörg Schulze. It is a maze pictures and Entre Chien et Loup production in co-production with Palomar, cine plus Filmproduktion, Tele München Group, RTBF, Proximus and in association with BBC Films.
CAA represented the filmmakers in the negotiation. Beta Cinema represents the international rights.
Everett offered praise for Sony Classics co-presidents Michael Barker and Tom Bernard. “I am absolutely thrilled, particularly because Michael and Tom distributed my first film ‘Another Country,'” Everett said in a statement.
Sony Pictures Classics is planning a 2018 release.
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www.thewrap.com | 2/16/18
It’s impossible to say how tragic the situation might have been on Thalys train 9364 on August 21, 2015, had three Americans — Anthony Sadler, Alek Skarlatos, and Spencer Stone — not stepped in to intercept a terrorist sporting enough will and ammunition to cause countless deaths. But a few minutes of nail-biting, recreated heroism isn’t enough to justify the other 90-or-so minutes in Clint Eastwood’s dry salute of a movie, “The 15:17 to Paris,” which struggles to mix patriotism, friendship, God, and destiny into something meaningful.
Unlike the weighty punch of the director’s last couple of true bravery stories, “American Sniper” and “Sully,” the primary impression this effort leaves is that of an expensive memento.
The keepsake vibe stems from the fact that Eastwood daringly cast the three heroes as themselves, a bid for Harold Russell/Haing S. Ngor non-professional naturalism as admirable as it was mistaken, since one mostly watches these close friends as stunt performers (Can they pull it off?) rather than blended-in parts of a strong narrative. Hoping they do well from scene to scene — for Anthony’s casual insouciance to spice things up, for Spencer’s polite intensity to disarm, for Alek’s quiet macho charm to land — doesn’t exactly put one in the right frame of mind to get swept up in a movie.
After an opening that follows the would-be criminal as he walks his roller toward the fated train, Anthony narrates an introduction to him and his friends, seen riding in a convertible like the stars of a music video, as the movie travels back in time to show how a pair of earnest white boys and a wisecracking black kid became friends at a Christian middle school in Sacramento in 2005.
The bond was of the marginalized and mischievous: young Spencer (William Jennings) and Alek (Bryce Gheisar) favoring camo-wear, war games, and pranks to any overt “coolness,” while Anthony (Paul-Mikel Williams) is the smooth-talker they run into on trips to see the principal (Thomas Lennon).
Spencer’s mom Joyce (Judy Greer) and Alek’s mother Heidi (Jenna Fischer) battle their religious community’s stigmatization of single moms. Joyce worries that her kid isn’t focused enough to succeed at anything, which leads to one of the more ham-fisted moments in Dorothy Blyskal’s screenplay: the young, military-obsessed Spencer kneeling at his bed, praying to God, “Make me an instrument of your peace.”
Though circumstance splits the trio up as children, they stay in touch over the next decade. Spencer, who transforms his youthful pudginess into a warrior-like frame, pursues his dream of becoming an Air Force pararescueman, carrying an eagerness to save the day that causes one instructor to roll her eyes. Alek joins the National Guard, learns about weapons, and briefly sees service in Afghanistan. Anthony’s goals, meanwhile, outside of scenes watching sports and teasing his friends, are mysteriously ignored.
But when they all decide to convene in Europe on a holiday — sightseeing in Italy, biking in Germany, clubbing and beers in Amsterdam — Eastwood flirts disastrously with vacation slide-show boredom in his attempt to portray the ordinary before the extraordinary. Crammed in are clunky teases to what lies ahead: Spencer musing aloud about life catapulting you toward a purpose, and a German tour guide barking, “You Americans can’t take credit every time evil is defeated.”
We get the fact that Hollywood usually makes everybody it dramatizes into hopelessly wittier and more interesting people than the real-life versions, and how sometimes correcting that glamorization is worthwhile, but these sequences take adherence to mundanity to a pulse-deadening extreme. I already assumed heroes ate gelato and used selfie sticks, but these drawn-out details don’t do much to set the scene.
By the time we reach the attack sequence, its realistic nerviness — from “Sully” vets Tom Stern’s fleet camerawork and Blu Murray’s editing — comes almost as a mood-altering relief: artfulness has arrived. There’s a casually physical authenticity to the quickness, the fear, the brutality, and the attention given a wounded passenger, that gives these tense minutes a heart-stopping believability.
It’s here that Eastwood the veteran flexes his muscles as a director not just of action, but also of people of action, and burnishes his status as a chronicler of the humanity surrounding such necessary violence. Whether you believe God put these (military-trained) regular Joes there (an idea the movie gently nudges) or subscribe to a faith in the sacrifice of good people whenever confronted with stopping harm, the depiction of the men’s clear-eyed reactions is a gripping account of unthinking valor.
But it’s a meander until then. If you’re looking for the type of curtain pullback on a harrowing event that Paul Greengrass crafted with “United 93” or “Captain Phillips,” or a philosophical character study along the lines of Eastwood’s “Sniper” and “Sully,” then “The 15:17 to Paris” is regrettably more a wading pool than an immersive dunk.
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www.thewrap.com | 2/8/18
[Ethiopian Herald] Tourism which is known as the smokeless industry has huge contribution to the economy of countries. It is an industry that could create jobs, generate foreign exchange and hugely supports the economy. According to World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) 2016 report, tourism has contributed USD 7.6 trillion (10.2 percent) of the world's GDP and created job opportunity for 292 million people, which accounts to 1 in 10 jobs created in the planet. European countries such as France, Spain, Italy and United King
allafrica.com | 12/22/17
With more than 43.2 million tourists a year, Italy is the fourth highest tourist earner, and fifth most visited country in the world, behind France (76.0 million), Spain (55.6 million), United States (49.4 million), and China (46.8). People mainly come to Italy for its rich art, cuisine, history, fashion and culture, its beautiful coastline and beaches, its mountains, and priceless ancient monuments, especially those from the Greek civilization and Roman civilization. Tourism is one of Italy's fastest growing and most profitable industrial sectors, with an estimated revenue of $42.7 billion.