Cold in July

Set in Texas in the late 1980s, Jim Mickle’s gripping noir thriller Cold in July  features a distinguished cast including Don Johnson, Sam Shepard, and Michael C. Hall in his breakout film role.  Cold in July  is set for release across the UK on 27th June through Icon Film Distribution.

Cold in July

How can a split-second decision change your life? While investigating noises in his house one balmy Texas night in 1989, Richard Dane puts a bullet in the brain of low-life burglar Freddy Russell. Although he’s hailed as a small-town hero, Dane soon finds himself fearing for his family’s safety when Freddy’s ex-con father, Ben, rolls into town, hell-bent on revenge.

Michael C. Hall brings a shell-shocked vulnerability to his portrayal of Dane that contrasts perfectly with the grizzled badasses portrayed by Sam Shepard and Don Johnson. Directed with an excellent eye for the visual poetry of noir, this pulpy, southern-fried mystery is a throwback to an older breed of action film, one where every punch and shotgun blast opens up both physical and spiritual wounds. Twists and turns accelerate as the film reaches its inevitable destination: a gore-soaked dead end. Cold in July is as muggy, oppressive, and hard to shake as an east Texas summer.

COLD IN JULY will be released nationwide on 27th June 2014

Running Time: 109 min                Certificate: tbc


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Gumball 3000 in London 2014

Gumball 3000 biggest rally to date sees the motor rally return to London and shut down Regent Street for an all-day festival.

The event, which starts on June 4 and will celebrate its 15th year with 120 supercars driving 3,000 miles across two continents and five countries in seven days, via motor racing circuits, football stadiums and castles.

Gumball 3000 Calendar 2014

The Cult PR agency has been appointed to Gumball 3000 and will also be promoting the launch of Gumball’s new energy drink, as well as new collections for the lifestyle brand’s fashion line.

Previous celebrity Gumballers include Kate Moss, Kylie Minogue, Johnny Knoxville, Guy Ritchie, Billy Zane and Adrian Brody.

Miami provides the starting line for the rally, which stops for parties in Atlanta and New York, before heading to Edinburgh and then London where the first rally took place in 1999.

A Gumball Festival is being held in London’s Regent Street on June 8 and will feature extreme sports demonstrations; live music; celebrities; a kid’s zone and car displays. The rally then heads to Paris and Barcelona before ending in Ibiza.

Gumball’s founder ex-racing driver, designer and British entrepreneur, Maximillion Cooper met his fiancee, hip-hop singer, Eve, at the capital’s last Gumball rally and the pair will marry three days after this year’s race ends.

Gumball 3000 Miami to Ibiza

 Read more about Gumball 3000 here.


Origins By CafePod Launches Colombia Huila Single Origin Artisan Nespresso Compatible Coffee Pods

CaféPod coffee capsules brand has launched its Origins Inspired range: distinctive single-origin coffees that express the unique region, careful harvesting and terroir in every cup.

Colombia Huila

Colombia Huila

Launching with Colombia Huila (£2.99 for ten), the coffee capsules are made with high-quality Fairtrade Arabica beans slow-grown on the slopes of the Andes, which represents the best of small batch production.

The Huila region of South West Colombia is at an elevation of 1400-1800m. Farmers remove the fruit from the bean before fermentation for greater flavour clarity and acidity. The result is a balanced, complex and aromatic coffee with vibrant orange zestiness and a chocolate finish.

CaféPod capsules are compatible with all home-use machines produced by Nespresso, including Citiz, Pixie, Essenza and Lattissima and are available in WaitroseTescoAmazon and Ocado.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Unveils Oro Restaurant

The iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriani in Venice, Italy has reopened for the 2014 season with a stylish new restaurant overlooking the lagoon.

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Unveils Oro Restaurant New Dining Venue features Interior Design by Adam D Tihany and an Acclaimed Michelin-Star Chef

Belmond Hotel Cipriani Unveils Oro Restaurant
New Dining Venue features Interior Design by Adam D Tihany and an Acclaimed Michelin-Star Chef

Named Oro, which means ‘gold’ in Italian and loosely translates as ‘perfect’ in colloquial Venetian dialect, the 40-seat eatery was designed by Adam D Tihany, the renowned interior designer behind famous restaurants such as ‘Dinner’ by Heston Blumenthal in London. Tihany is also working on the new luxury suites which are part of the renovation of Belmond Grand Hotel Europe in St Petersburg.

Oro is headed-up by Davide Bisetto, the first Italian chef to be awarded two Michelin stars in France. Signature dishes include ‘Red Prawn and Spider Crab au Naturel with Pink Grapefruit Aspic, Citrus, Sant’Erasmus Cucumber Sorbet and Bloody Mary Water’ and ‘Sea Bass Drenched in Marostica Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a Garden of Lagoon Vegetables’.

The main dining room sits under a domed gold leafed ceiling embellished with a handmade Murano glass chandelier. Intricate details include Seguso chandeliers, fine Rubelli chair fabrics, three emerald green glass sculptures by Luciano Vistosi and blown glass candelabras by Venini.

Additional eye-catching elements include bronze sculptures by French artist Paulin Paris and a painting by contemporary Latin American artist Julio Larraz. Wrought iron custom chairs and stone-top tables with striped umbrellas furnish Oro’s terrace on the Rio San Giorgio, the perfect spot for an alfresco dinner.

Before entering the main restaurant, guests will pass through the sophisticated ‘Enoteca, La Via Della Sete’, which boasts a wine collection of over 1,000 select labels. The focal point of the room consists of a large bar counter decorated with intricate mosaics and a glass enclosed wine cellar. Here, guests can enjoy an aperitif before dinner or order from the full Oro menu in a more casual setting.

Prices at Belmond Hotel Cipriani start from £609 per night, including taxes and breakfast, based on two sharing a Double Garden View Room with Balcony. For further information or to make a booking, please call the Belmond UK Reservations team on 0845 077 2222 or visit BELMOND.COM.

Read more about truffle hunting in Italy here. Read about DINNER here.

Anatomicals: Look You’ve Got Chocolate All Over Your Face Anti-Stress Mask

You’ve resisted an Easter feast.  Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. Indulge your addiction without as much as a calorie passing your lips with the Look You’ve Got Chocolate All Over Your Face Anti-Stress Face Mask from Anatomicals.

This cocoa anti-stress mask aims to leave you calm, relaxed and radiant. The skin healing properties of Dead Sea salt combined with the moisturising benefits of cocoa and shea butter will leave skin softly scented with the aroma of cocoa, de-stressed and glowing.

Maybe you’ll look good enough to eat.

Look You've Got Chocolate All Over Your Face

Look You’ve Got Chocolate All Over Your Face

Directions for use: Enter quietest room in the house. Lock door. Soak face with a moist, warm cloth. Blot dry. Apply contents, avoiding eyes. Allow 10-15 minutes to dry, then soften with a cool, wet cloth and wipe off. Use twice a week, or whenever the need for a quick chocolate fix occurs.

99p (15ml sachet)

Buy from Morrisons, Asda, Tesco, Superdrug and more.

A Homeless Man, A Woman Reluctant To Be Painted By Her Son And A ‘Fabulous Fashionista’… 25th Anniversary BP Portrait Award Shortlist

Three artists have been short-listed for the twenty-fifth anniversary BP Portrait Award 2014 at the National Portrait Gallery, London. Their sitters are a homeless man in Germany who earns money by cleaning car windscreens, an American woman who was reluctant to sit for a portrait painted by her son, and the Bath-based grandmother and model featured in Channel Four’s Fabulous Fashionistas.

One of the world’s most prestigious art competitions, the First Prize was increased last year by £5,000 to £30,000 making the prize one of the largest for any global arts competition. The winner also receives a commission to paint a portrait for the National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection worth £5,000, to be agreed between the Gallery and the artist.

The Second Prize winner will receive £10,000 and the Third Prize winner £8,000. While the competition is open to everyone over the age of 18, for the seventh year there will be a BP Young Artist Award of £7,000 for the work of an entrant aged between 18 and 30.

This award winner and the other prize-winners will be announced on the evening of Tuesday 24 June 2014.

The portraits go on display to the public at the BP Portrait Award 2014 exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 26 June to 21 September 2014.

The three artists shortlisted for the 2014 BP Portrait Award 2013 are Thomas Ganter for Man with a Plaid Blanket, David Kassan for Letter to my Mom and Richard Twose for Jean Woods.


The three artists shortlisted for the 2014 BP Portrait Award 2013 are Thomas Ganter for Man with a Plaid Blanket, David Kassan for Letter to my Mom and Richard Twose for Jean Woods.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, Sunday: 10am – 6pm (Gallery closure commences at 5.50pm) Late Opening: Thursday, Friday: 10am – 9pm (Gallery closure commences at 8.50pm) Recorded information: 020 7312 2463 General information: 020 7306 0055 Website: Underground: Leicester Square/Charing Cross

Land Rover partnership with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

Land Rover, the British brand synonymous with adventure, has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin GalacticThe partnership was announced against the backdrop of Space Ship Two, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle.


The partnership will see Land Rover vehicles become part of daily life for the Virgin Galactic team and for all ‘Future Astronauts’, the space experience will now begin with Land Rover as they arrive in New Mexico for training, and continue to the moment they drive from the space terminal building to the waiting spaceship.  Land Rover will base a fleet of vehicles at the Virgin Galactic test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at its astounding operational New Mexico base, Spaceport America.

Revealed alongside Space Ship Two was Land Rover’s Discovery Vision Concept, a vision of Land Rover’s future family of Discovery vehicles. The concept car previews dynamic new design and an array of world first technologies. The vehicle uses augmented reality technology to display a ‘see-through’ view of the terrain ahead, making the front of the car ‘virtually’ invisible from inside the cabin.  Gesture Control allows you to open the doors, operate the indicators or turn on the headlamps simply by moving your hand, while Laser Referencing projects visible markings, symbols and imagery onto the ground to aid low-speed or tricky manoeuvres


Space Ship Two, will remain on display at Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum for the public to view between from 15th to the 22nd April.   It will sit alongside other game changing artefacts including the first ever space shuttle Enterprise, the prototype NASA orbiter that paved the way for the space shuttle programme and the record-breaking and revolutionary supersonic passenger airliner, the Concorde.

The Discovery Vision Concept will be on display at the New York Auto Show, which opens on Wednesday 16th April.