THE ADDAMS FAMILY Trailer - loved them then, I’m sure to love them again!

Get ready to snap your fingers! The Addams Family is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about this creepy and kooky clan. You may think your family is weird but the outlandish, bizarre, and completely iconic Addams Family, will have you thinking again.

Cast: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll with Bette Midler and Allison Janney.

Director: Conrad Vernon and Greg Tiernan
Producers:  Gail Berman, Alex Schwartz
Executive Producers: Andrew Mittman


Wellington Presents Highball, NZ’s First Spirits and Cocktail Festival

From the team that brings you Visa Wellington On a Plate and Beervana, the Wellington Culinary Events Trust has announced the launch of New Zealand’s first dedicated spirits and cocktail festival, Highball.

Held over two days on 11-12 May 2019 at Wellington’s historic Embassy Theatre, Highball is an immersive celebration of cocktails and spirits, where people can explore fine distills, rare exports and other libations, presented by local and international distilleries, as well as the best of Wellington’s cocktail bars and talent.

Highball is partnering with Liquorland to showcase 16 regional and international distilleries, including House of Angostura, Glenfiddich and Johnnie Walker, as well as Kiwi craft spirits producers, like Reid & Reid, Denzien Urban Gin Distillery, Thomson Whisky and Sacred Spring.

Festival goers can learn directly from 14 local and international cocktail and spirits experts at the Highball Seminar Series on topics such as the history of cocktails, Tiki culture and the many different ways spirits can be used as ingredients to enhance your beverage of choice.

In true Wellington style there will gastronomic delights from some of Wellington’s best restaurants and local live musical acts for all to enjoy.

Sarah Meikle, Wellington Culinary Trust Chief Executive, says Wellington is the perfect home to New Zealand’s first cocktail festival. “What better city to host New Zealand’s first cocktail and spirits festival than Wellington? We’re gaining an international reputation as one of the world’s great culinary cities and established two very successful annual food and beer festivals,” she says.

“We thought it was high time we added cocktails and spirits to this line-up. It’s the perfect way to recognise and celebrate the cocktail and spirits industry, the talent within it, and also offer something new and exciting for the public to get behind.”

The festival launches with the inaugural New Zealand Spirits Awards on the Friday of Highball weekend (10 May) and is followed by the first annual Wellington Cocktail Week, showcasing the capital’s rich and colourful cocktail scene with a series of events, special menus and masterclasses in restaurants, bars and cafes.

Robert Brewer, Chief Executive of industry body and Highball supporting partner, Spirits New Zealand, says Highball is a wonderful opportunity to bring the best of New Zealand’s spirit producers and talent together with its international counterparts to consumers.

“We’re also pleased to see there is a strong component of spirits education; using spirits as an ingredient in an informed way and enjoying spirits in a socially responsible manner.”

Tickets for Highball go on sale on 25 March at www.highball.co.nz.

Source: Highball


QUEEN + ADAM LAMBERT Heading to Australian Stadiums in February 2020!

The soaring success of the film Bohemian Rhapsody, the highest grossing music biopic of all time, has proven that the love for Queen remains as strong as ever. Lifelong Australian fans and new converts will be thrilled with the news that Queen original band members Brian May and Roger Taylor are teaming up once more with longtime frontman Adam Lambert on lead vocals and returning to Australia in February 2020 for 6 giant stadium shows with a brand-new, spectacular production.

Produced in Australia by TEG Dainty, the epic 6 date Rhapsody Tour is set to run from February 13 to February 29, 2020 with an all-new stadium concert experience, the tour dates are:

Thursday 13 February – Brisbane – Suncorp Stadium
Saturday 15 February – Sydney – ANZ Stadium
Wednesday 19 February – Melbourne – AAMI Park
Sunday 23 February – Perth – Optus Stadium
Wednesday 26 February – Adelaide – Adelaide Oval
Saturday 29 February – Gold Coast – Metricon Stadium

Announcing their Rhapsody Tour of Australia Roger Taylor said: “We are ready for Australia and raring to get back with our new show.”

Adam Lambert said: “We have a brand-new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs and we are excited to reveal the show to Australian fans!”

With Brian May adding: “This is a great opportunity. Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever and got us our best notices ever. So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious! Watch out, Australia! “

Paul Dainty, President and CEO of TEG-DAINTY said: “With the enormous success of the highest grossing music biopic of all time – Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen’s popularity in Australia is as huge as it gets, we can’t wait to bring Queen + Adam Lambert back to Australia with this brand new stadium production and watch them bring their iconic songs to life.”

The Rhapsody Tour will debut a brand new larger-than-life production. Set designer Ric Lipson says: “Queen + Adam Lambert’s Rhapsody tour will, once again for them, expand the parameters of what a live music experience can be. This new show promises to be their most spectacular yet, an innovative and interactive celebration of the continued power of Queen’s music.”

Tickets go on sale from www.ticketek.com.au on Monday 15 April with staggered on sale times from 10.30am AEST. A Telstra Thanks presale starts Wednesday 10 April, with staggered times from 9.30am AEST and is open until Friday 12 April. Go to www.telstra.com/queen for further details including local market times.

Source: Teg Dainty


Kendall Jenner flies into Australia for 24 hours and then jets back out

It wasn’t so much breakfast at Tiffany’s but champagne, diamonds and a famous Jenner at one of the hot tickets on the Aussie social scene.

While Tiffany & Co. unveiled its new flagship store in Sydney on Pitt Street, all eyes were on special guest, model and TV personality, Kendall Jenner, who flew into Sydney Thursday morning. She even made a tracksuit looked chic while arriving at the airport.

As she walked along the red carpet, Kendall told media “there is a lot I love about Australia…the atmosphere reminds me of home”.

 

She was dressed in a short yet oversized bubblegum pink outfit matched with a silver necklace and white heels.

Ms Jenner, 23, is dating Australian basketballer for the Philadelphia 76ers and GQ Australia cover star Ben Simmons (who unfortunately didn’t jump out of a big blue signature Tiffany box) while security around the mega model was tight.

As one of the 5 ‘K’-named daughters of “mum-ager”, Kris Jenner, Kendall (with 107 million Instagram followers hanging on her ever move) is the older sis to fellow model Kylie (with a mere 131m followers) and is half sister to Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian. You couldn’t make this stuff up.

Kendall was joined by CEO Alessandro Bogliolo, A$AP Ferg, Lara Worthington, Jesinta Franklin and Victoria Lee who all celebrated what is deemed Australia’s best Tiffany store.

The famous and virtually priceless Tiffany yellow diamond, recently worn by Lady Gaga to the Oscars, also had its own security and will stay enshrined in the new store for the next few weeks so the public can have a good ogle.

The flagship store takes up 1,800 square metres and will become the ultimate luxury shopping destination in Australia. From the unique facade design to its gracious interiors, the store echoes the company’s global reputation and 182-year history that includes Sydney, where Tiffany first opened a store in 1994.

In fact, the store will be one of the top ten flagships worldwide and is of great international importance to the brand.

450 of the country’s social set made up the guest list including Eva Galambos, Jessica Mauboy, model Cameron Robbie, Carmen Hamilton, Amanda Shadforth, model Victoria Lee, Soho House executive Markus Anderson and every major lifestyle magazine and fashion player in town.

The launch was a visual spectacular with lot of colour although the starting post was black, as guests wandered down the “black” carper. After drinks in the style-fuelled store, guests made their way downstairs to an unconventional location under the store, which had been painted ‘Tiffany’ blue.

For the first time, the store also featured a large permanent assortment of Tiffany ‘High Jewellery’ with pieces being among the world’s most precious and exceedingly rare creations.

Guests swamped the Tiffany “style studio” with dedicated stylists offering more interactive browsing of jewellery in open displays, with photo opportunities and a Tiffany try-on studio where guests tried on one of the store’s most dazzling jewels.

There were also custom installations created exclusively for the store by nine up-and-coming and established Australian artists including Lisa Cahill, Anna Wili Highfield and Gemma O’Brien.

As one of the world’s most popular “influencers”, Kendall recently responded to her involvement in the ill-fated Fyre Festival.

The music festival — which enlisted a whole crew of highly paid models to promote it — was the subject of a fascinating Netflix documentary and created a huge stir, with people losing major bucks, when the whole event was deemed a disaster, before it even started.

But there was no talk about that at the launch, with the media being tightly reigned in when it came to asking questions.

As one of the highest-paid models, Jenner was reportedly paid $500,000 to attend the Tiffany event and also shot a Vogue cover in her 24-hour Sydney stay.

By Melissa Hoyer


Nick and Nora's to Open at 80 Collins in Melbourne

Award-winning boutique hospitality company The Speakeasy Group (Eau de Vie, Mjølner, Boilermaker House) are bringing their glamorous cocktail and Champagne bar, Nick and Nora’s, to Melbourne. Nick and Nora’s is unapologetically indulgent and befitting of the prestigious 80 Collins address.

As the latest in a host of curated concepts to announce their partnership with 80 Collins, Nick and Nora’s Champagne and cocktail bar aims to play host to legendary soirees, complete with art deco flourishes encompassing the opulence and glamour of post prohibition America. With a nod to the eponymous fictional crime fighting duo of the roaring 1930’s, Nick and Nora’s will embody the decadent spirit of the era.

A five-metre-long climate-controlled display will hold an enviable collection of Champagne, with over 400 bottles from the region’s most highly regarded houses, including rare and hard to find vintages and formats.

“We pride ourselves on pushing boundaries to create world-class, memorable and exciting drinking and dining experiences. Nick and Nora’s brand combined with the 80 Collins Street address will do exactly that.” Sven Almenning, co-owner of The Speakeasy Group

“Nick and Nora’s champagne and cocktail bar is a seamless addition to the existing community of establishments at 80 Collins. The precinct is a multi-dimensional experience-led development animated day and night. Nick and Nora brings an exciting new energy to night-time Melbourne and will sit comfortably in this world class address.” Daryl Stubbings, Director – Australian Investment Manager, QICGRE

The Nick and Nora’s co The Nick and Nora’s cocktail list was created with the group’s signature flair, exemplifying a period of excellence in bartending. The bar menu is divided into intriguing lists from Femme Fatale for Martinis to Hollywood Starlet for Champagne Cocktails and The Snitch for Sours.

A canape-style snack menu will be on offer focusing on premium oysters, the finest caviar, artisanal cheese and charcuterie. The art deco styled venue includes three separate balconies and five distinct event spaces (two with private balcony access), making Nick and Nora’s an alluring choice for celebrations and gatherings.

80 Collins redefines the boundaries between work, retail and hospitality. This once-in-a-generation landmark development connects to the vibrant and tenacious culture of Melbourne, whilst amplifying the city on the world’s stage.

As custodians of this unparalleled location, QICGRE have created an offering that reflects the multi-dimensional nucleus of culture and commerce that Melbourne’s east has become. Recognising the evolving tastes of the Melburnian audience, Nick and Nora’s at 80 Collins sets a standard of excellence that aims to harness and project a legacy establishment to a global audience, adding to the city’s acclaimed hospitality credentials.

Comprising more than 90,000m2 of commercial space including a future-focused 43,000m2 premium grade office tower that will sit above the restaurant and retail podium at 188 metres; a significant refurbishment of the 180-metre-high existing tower; 255 room boutique hotel; international luxury, beauty and lifestyle brands; new food and beverage concepts and co-working spaces.

Scheduled for completion in 2020, 80 Collins is a new standard in commercial space, setting a benchmark for premium and sustainable workspaces in Melbourne and reflecting the long-term view of QICGRE to create enduring mixed-use developments that harmonise with their environments.

Source: Nick & Nora’s