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Baobab Studios: VR’s Pixar!

A picture says it all - June 07, 2017

The future of animated cinema is perhaps hidden behind Californian start-up Baobab Studios. Described by Forbes magazine as “The Pixar of Virtual Reality”, it is at the forefront of animation in virtual reality and its latest project in production is likely to make a lot of noise. Its name: Rainbow Crow.

Presented on the sidelines of the 70th Cannes Film Festival, this animated RV series is co-produced by John Legend, whose voice is also that of the central character. Co-founded in 2015 by Eric Darnell (who used to work at Dreamworks and has directed the Madagascar saga), Baobab Studios is not a newbie. The start-up already has several successes to its name including the shorts Invasion! et Asteroids!.

The story of Rainbow Crow is taken from an Amerindian legend of the LenapesIt tells the story and the journey of a rainbow plumage bird that asks, in the name of its friends of the forest, the Great Sky Spirit to bring back the beautiful days after an everlasting winter. A beautiful story about nature and altruism that virtual reality should bring to the next level!

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Skydive from your sofa thanks to VR

A picture says it all - May 31, 2017

You’ve always dreamed of skydiving but the sole thought of being on a plane makes you dizzy? Well say thank you to technology! You can now feel like a bird in the sky from your cozy sofa and with your friends! American blogger Sara Dietschy faced her fear and took the jump… she also filmed it in VR for good measure. It all looks like an incredible experience that will no doubt be part of many people’s VR bucket list. Having said that, it’s still not as bad ass as doing the real thing 😉

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Wonder women who break the mold

A picture says it all - May 24, 2017

A wonder woman doesn’t need to have super powers, she does her best to push the limits and break the rules. That’s exactly what the three lead characters of The Day I Became A Woman by Iranian director Marzieh Meshkini do in the movie. Divided in three distinctive parts, each one of them tells the story of a woman at a different part of her life.

The first one, Hava, is almost 9 and must leave her childhood behind when her mother gives her her very first black chador. The second one, Ahoo, is determined to take part in a female biking competition even with her husband and the wise men of her town following her on top of horses and asking her to stop. Hoora, the third one is a older lady who after inheriting a lot of money goes to a shopping mall and buys everything she could never get before.

A true ode to Iranian women, the director paints a haunting and impactful picture and doesn’t omit the hardships and frustrations they endure. Released on International Women’s Right Day, The Day I Became A Woman is the story of three women fighting for freedom.

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Hava, Ahoo and Hoora © Hana Makhmalbaf

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When an orange and white droid is on the cover of Time Magazine

A picture says it all - May 10, 2017

On December 14, 2015, the day of Star Wars VII’s release of The Force Awakens, the main attraction was a droid named BB-8.
For the occasion, Time Magazine went super-modern and released – for the very first time – two different covers for its world edition. On one side the saga’s new mascot. On the other, his uncontrollable alter-ego, R2-D2.

The dual covers thing was a nod to the story of Episode 7 that sees the two droids having inside of their printed circuits the two halves of a map which leads to Luke Skywalker.

The moment you meet BB-8, you almost build some form of weird human connection. It has this really cute way of looking at you” said Marco Grob the photographer for most of the Times covers. His cuteness has seduced more than one viewer, starting with the fans, who all wanted a hold of his miniature replica and controlled by a smartphone application. This should tide us over until the December 2017 release of Star Wars VIII – The Last Jedi !

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BB-8 is on a roll ! © Time

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“W” FOR WATER !

A picture says it all - April 26, 2017

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Lady Gaga throwing her “W” up in the air, © Instagram

Initiated in 1993 by the UN, World Water Day aims at raising awareness about water-related issues and getting people, politicians and companies to do their part when it comes to that precious resource. In 2017, the running theme was “Why Waste Water?”

Once again, many celebrities have decided to take part in the “festivities”. What better way to spread the word than posting on their socials a picture of them forming a “W” (for “Water”) with their hands?
Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon, Cara Delevingne, Adele, Bono, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence and many others have urged their communities not to waste water but instead protect what is probably the most important resource for mankind.

Today, 1 person out of 3 doesn’t have access to clean water. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the average water consumption (all uses combined), per day and per person is 15 liters when it reaches 250 liters in the USA, Australia and Japan.

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“The more you adapt, the more interesting you are”

A picture says it all - April 12, 2017

Cooking shows have been a fixture of American TV for a long time. Although chef Julia Child, was already talking about French cuisine in her television shows and books in the 60’s, Martha Stewart’s arrival in the 90’s took housewife culture to a whole new level in the US.

Known for her cooking and lifestyle shows, Martha Stewart Living and later on Martha, she has become a successful businesswoman branching out into publishing, digital, ready-to-wear and even winery with her Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and is now at the top of a mutli-billion dollar empire.
Far removed from the cliché representation of the housewife, her most celebrated saying is a true testament to her life-story: “the more you adapt, the more interesting you are”

Still a very prominent figure in American culture, Martha keeps walking by her mantra as we can see with her latest Snoop Dogg-assisted TV show. In Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, the newfound besties are battling each other out with some refined food.
The show is a hit and many familiar faces like Robin Thicke, 50 Cent, Ashlee Simpson, DJ Khaled, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa or Seth Rogen have graced its stage already.

Adaptability really is the key, or so it seems!

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Apple Keynotes’ “One More Thing”

A picture says it all - April 05, 2017

It’s now a classic. Courtesy of Steve Jobs, “one more thing” is the iconic catchphrase that Apple’s big man always pronounced at the end of each keynote. If every Apple enthusiasts were waiting for that very sentence, it is simply because it always preceded a big announcement – like a new iPhone for example. And as this has become a highlight of the Apple keynotes, the phrase remained, even after the death of Steve Jobs. To this day, “one more thing” introduces the climax of the keynote.

See you in September, with even more things to say.

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Smiling Paint Pocket

A picture says it all - March 29, 2017

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Introducing the edgiest bucket paint in the world! It comes courtesy of London’s Springetts Brand Design Consultants. They’ve designed a very pop and very innovative packaging for the Dulux brand in a bid to make children paint their rooms by themselves; using vivid colors and easy to apply special paint.

Inspired by the visual language of the emojis, the pots have been colored with the same shade as the ones they contain, their handle turned into a broad smile and two small malicious eyes have been included for good measure. The reaction has been fantastic, so much so that the studio was awarded the Gold Pentaward for the Best Concept of 2016 at the ceremony for their packaging creation.

So, let us know, which color are you?

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The first European NBA cafe has opened its doors

A picture says it all - March 15, 2017

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Coffees, milkshakes and burgers… Welcome to the basketball mecca © NBA Cafe Barcelona

Everyone knows that Spain is a basketball nation. With players like Paul Gascol, Jose Calderon and Serge Ibaka mounting the sport’s ladder faster than anywhere else, scoring coveted places in the NBA, the ultimate win for the game. In a declaration of their love for the sport, it was Barcelona who scored an extra point, opening the first European NBA cafe.

Step inside and you won’t be disappointed. Fan or not, the world famous memorabilia, fan zone area, branded glasses, coasters and menus or round the clock game play is bound to leave you at least a little impressed. Feeling peckish? Try chowing down the NBA way with the Three Point Shot Hummus, the Dunk Carrot or the Alley-Oop Apple Pie!

When it comes to the main event, it’s a similar story. The surround screens broadcast NBA matches the whole day through, showing you the sweetest slam dunks up close and personal. Out of season? Relive basketball’s hall of fame with the greatest wins by Lebron James, Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry and Tony Parker.

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Laila Eloui, Egyptian actress and diva

A picture says it all - March 08, 2017

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A lesson in dance and loving life; thanks, Laila Eloui! © Copyright Pyramide Distribution

Whether she’s your oriental diva or untouchable icon, it doesn’t matter; Laila Eloui is the beating heart of Egyptian cinema. Starting her career at the ripe old age of 8, Laila Eloui has wracked up an impressive 70 films over the years, without even delving into the depths of her TV and radio careers.

From her first appearance in “Tgebha Keda Tgelha Keda Heya Keda” through crowd pleaser “The Destiny”, right up to “Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces”, she has covered every manner of role imaginable. Juggling her time between films, television series and the theatre, Laila Eloui’s appeal spans the generations, creating an aura that everyone wants to be a part of.

Director Yousry Nasrallah always sings her praises; “with a single move, Laila Eloui uncovers her star power, bringing with her a certain cinematic something”. There’s no doubt about it; the wily charms of Laila Eloui are limitless!

Trailer for Brooks, Meadows and Lovely Faces

 

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