Foxtel lifts the lid on the Foxtel Now box

Foxtel has unveiled its new Foxtel Now box, an affordable and easy to use device designed to stream the best choice of the world’s biggest new shows, live sport and complete seasons to consumers’ TVs.

The Foxtel Now box features a compact and sleek design and delivers seamless access to an incredible line-up of programming, streamed instantly, live or on demand. Foxtel favourites available to stream on the Foxtel Now box, with a Foxtel Now subscription, include Love It or List It Australia, A Place to Call Home, Gogglebox Australia, plus international hits Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Outlander, Shameless and all the most popular titles from powerhouses HBO, Disney, the BBC and more.

The Foxtel Now box, is a simple plug-and-play device that provides access to Foxtel Now in HD^ along with free-to-air channels via a built-in free-to-air tuner#. It also includes access to SVOD app Stan** as well as free-to-air streaming apps, ABC iview, PLUS7 and tenplay.

The box features built-in Chromecast functionality allowing viewers to ‘cast’ movies, music and photos from Android or iOS mobile devices, PCs or Macs straight to their TV. The Foxtel Now box offers customers access to a world of content, games, music and apps from the Google Play store as well as the ability to stream at 4K quality with compatible apps.

Foxtel CEO Peter Tonagh said, “After the success of Foxtel Now, we’re delighted to lift the lid on our incredible new Foxtel Now box. The sneak peek we shared at the Foxtel Now launch a few months ago created a huge amount of buzz and we are excited to announce the box’s arrival so quickly.

Foxtel Now has already proven to be a hit with customers, offering the most flexible and affordable way to experience the best choice in live sport, new movies, TV and complete seasons. With today’s launch, that experience gets even better.

“For the first time, Australians can watch Foxtel on their TV with a Foxtel designed set top box that is completely powered by the internet offering a no lock-in contract, affordable and flexible way to see Foxtel’s exclusive content both locally produced and from the world’s best entertainment brands. Self-installation is easy removing the need for a technician. Simply bring the box home and sign up to Foxtel Now to start watching.”

You can purchase the Foxtel Now box for $99 starting Friday November 10. It can be ordered directly from Foxtel at www.foxtelnow.com.au or via Foxtel’s eBay store, and will be available from other outlets in the near future.

Foxtel Now is Foxtel’s SVOD service, offering an affordable and flexible way to sign up and stream Foxtel, instantly, in HD^, live and on demand. Foxtel Now features flexible bundles so customers can sign up to Foxtel’s incredible content with the ability to cancel at any time.

Foxtel Now offers five entry level packs to match viewers’ interests including Drama and Pop packs priced at $15 per month each or $25 for both. Lifestyle, Docos and Kids packs are available at $10 per month each.

Foxtel Now’s Movies pack is available for $20 per month in addition to an entry level pack and the Sports pack is available for an extra $29* per month, meaning Sports lovers can now get access to Foxtel’s incredible sports programming for a little as $39 per month and movies for as little as $30 per month.

Foxtel Now comes with a two-week free trial. For more information visit: www.foxtelnow.com.au

Source: Foxtel


FIFTY SHADES FREED - Trailer Launch

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson return as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades Freed, the third chapter based on the worldwide bestselling “Fifty Shades” phenomenon.

Expanding upon events set in motion in 2015 and 2017’s blockbuster films that grossed almost $950 million globally, the new installment arrives for Valentine’s Day 2018.

Fifty Shades Freed is directed by Fifty Shades Darker’s James Foley (Fear, House of Cards) and once again produced by Michael De Luca, Dana Brunetti and Marcus Viscidi, alongside E L James, the creator of the culture-spanning blockbuster series. The screenplay is by Niall Leonard, based on the novel by James.

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Netflix release trailer and key art for The Crown Season 2

Strength comes through struggle in season two of The Crown, launching on Netflix globally Friday, 8 December.

Netflix has debuted the official trailer and key art for the new season. Remember, history was not made by those who did nothing.

 

The Crown, a Netflix original series, tells the inside story of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, as the fragile social order established after the Second World War breaks apart. Based on the award-winning play, The Audience, the series reunites creator/writer Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon) with director Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours) and producer Andy Harries (The Queen).

Beginning with soldiers in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces fighting an illegal war in Egypt, and ending with the downfall of her third Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan after a devastating scandal, the second season bears witness to the end of the age of deference, and ushers in the revolutionary era of the 1960s.

The Crown continues to chronicle the major political and global events that have defined and shaped the second half of the twentieth century – a series that is unprecedented in its scale, ambition and creative vision.

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FENDI STUDIOS launches in Rome, until March 2018

FENDI celebrates its long-lasting bond with the world of cinema through an innovative and surprising exhibition which explores in a digitally and immersive way the relationship between FENDI and the cinema, inaugurating during the Rome Film Fest.

Entitled FENDI STUDIOS, the exhibition will be held at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, the new headquarters of the Roman Maison, turned – for the occasion – in different cinema studios composed by a series of interactive movie stages including also a real cinema.

“Cinema has always been an important part of our family life and of our brand. Indeed, FENDI has always had a deep bond with Cinecittà. As part of the creative and artistic side of Rome, the Fendi sisters have been involved in collaborations which today can be considered groundbreaking.

Approached by world famous costume designers, such as Piero Tosi and Milena Canonero, they created furs and costumes for memorable cinema productions. We have worked alongside the greatest directors of yesterday and today, from Luchino Visconti to Wes Anderson, from Martin Scorsese to Giuseppe Tornatore, and we still continue to do so.

This exhibition is a way of celebrating in a very innovative way a relationship based on affinities and nourished by the desire to experiment, to tell stories and to make dreams come true,” states Silvia Venturini Fendi, Creative Director for Accessories, Menswear and Kidswear at FENDI.

The natural passion between FENDI and the world of cinema is made up of glamour and creative dynamics. FENDI STUDIOS is an invitation to discover FENDI’s long lasting relationship with the cinema world, yet in a modern and contemporary way. Through decades, FENDI has manufactured several outfits, accessories and fur pieces for international movies, from Italian new wave to American blockbusters, from there the idea to feature those movies in one unique exhibition.

This costumes and accessories collection will be displayed and presented in the several rooms of this exhibition showcased at Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, which is itself linked to cinema history, theatre of movies like Boccaccio ‘70, Titus, Zoolander II, to name a few.

The exhibition invites the visitors to immerse into a digital experience where they can interact and reinvent the movies, by entering “into the scenes” and being themselves the protagonists, discovering at the same time FENDI’s iconic pieces.
They can take selfies and share in real time this unique experience.

A vintage Italian style cinema ticket kiosk welcomes visitors in this glamorous world followed by the Introduction wall that narrates the key phases of the exhibition. The different areas then define a multi-sensory path, composed by a series of interactive movie ‘studios’ that reflect the most iconic FENDI costume and accessory creations for the cinema world.

The first ‘studio’, Easy Riders, is inspired by famous car scenes, with a green screen and a real car, it lets visitors take action as Madonna in Evita, Tilda Swinton and in The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barbara Carrera in Never Say Never Again and Rebecca Romijn in Femme Fatale. In A Room with a View, using a giant mirror, you are projected in slow-motion into a New York City façade, as Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine, Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada, Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence and Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.

Palazzo della Civiltà Italiana, in the years filmed by Rossellini, Antonioni, Fellini and many others, is the star of The Palazzo of Desires together with the movie Titus featuring Jessica Lange, where visitors’ faces are projected into a scale model of FENDI’s headquarters. An infinity mirrored corridor captures the public while entering FENDI’s Adventures in Tenenbaumland ‘studio’, featuring iconic scenes from The Royal Tenenbaums with Gwyneth Paltrow.

The visitors then walk in Every Princess Needs to Rest, a comfortable lounge area featuring FENDI pieces of Sharon Stone in Catwoman, A Golden Boy and Basic Instinct 2, Monica Bellucci in How Much Do You Love Me?, Marisa Berenson in I Am Love, the Bond girls in Die Another Day, Gudrun Landgrebe in The Berlin Affair, Catherine Deneuve in Princesse Marie and Amber Kuo Cai Jie in the Chinese film series Tiny Times.

At the end of the digital experience path, the exclusive FENDI Cinema, a real movie theatre, will be showing the selection of movies featured in the exhibition, together with many others that go back to the relationship between FENDI and the cinema, as Marie Antoinette by Sofia Coppola, The Legend of 1900 by Giuseppe Tornatore, The Godfather Part III by Francis Ford Coppola, as well as the movie Making Dreams: Fendi and the Cinema by Antonio Monfreda and Patrick Kinmonth, produced by FENDI in collaboration with Cinecittà Studios in 2013, filmed in its spectacular movie sets by night starring iconic FENDI cinema furs.

For more information and movie theatre bookings please visit www.fendi.com.


A Derby Day rooftop breakfast at QT in Melbourne? Yes please

Kicking off spring racing celebrations in style, designer hotel QT Melbourne is hosting an exclusive Derby Day breakfast at The Rooftop at QT in association with Vogue and GQ, this Saturday, 4 November. 

A local landmark showcasing stunning views of the city skyline, The Rooftop at QT is the hottest venue in town and the Derby Day breakfast is sure to not disappoint building on the successes from last year’s event.

Celebrity guests and industry luminaries will ascend on the rooftop prior to Flemington indulging in a carefully curated race-day menu which has been created by the QT Melbourne culinary team, including an oyster bar, caviar tasting station, delicate pastry platform, grills from the Robata and roving canapés.

Guests will be sipping on G.H. Mumm NV, Pimms, Boags Premium and Capi Water.

A feature pastry station will be set up on grass imitating the finish line at Flemington and will feature champagne strawberries and cream, chocolate and mandarin pots, white chocolate lollipops, and mini croissants filled with raspberry and pistachio, all set to delight those looking for a sweet start to the day.

A Robata station spinning prawn skewers, scallops wrapped in pancetta and an open steak sandwich will provide a more substantial feed before a big day at the track.

Canapes from Pascale Bar and Grill will also make their way around the soiree, with guests offered miniature croque monsieur, smoked salmon with crème fraiche in a squid ink bun, and corn fritters was avocado and feta.

Rebecca Valance

Vogue and GQ are delighted to be returning to QT Melbourne for the second annual QT Derby Day breakfast on the stunning rooftop. It’s the perfect place to take in the atmosphere of Derby Day overlooking the Melbourne CBD, ahead of what is always a fabulous and fashionable day trackside”, said Edwina McCann, Editor-in-chief of Vogue Australia.

Edwina McCann

Liz Sunshine

Guests will include Stenmark Brothers, Rebecca Valance, Edwina McCann, Pia Muehlenbeck, Alyce Tran, Jasmine Yarbrough & Karl Stefonovic, Ruby & Lucy Brownless , Georgia Love & Elliot Lee, Nick Smith, Natalie Roser, Liz Sunshine , Dylan Alcott, Dan Anstey, Michael Klim and others.