January 31, 2013

Christian Dior couture opens Sydney CBD store

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Christian Dior couture opens Sydney CBD store...

Australia is now home to yet another exclusive luxury brand.

Christian Dior couture chief executive Sidney Toledano is delighted to have cracked the competitive Sydney market.

Today marks the opening its first flagship boutique in Australia in Sydney. The multi-level store is designed to replicate Dior’s renowned boutique on Paris’s Avenue Montaigne.

The boutique is located in the former Louis Vuitton store on the corner of King and Castlereagh streets.

In recent months, Chanel, Canali, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Miu Miu, Salvatore Ferragamo, Gucci and Bottega Veneta have either set up for the first time in Australia, opened in more locations, or revamped existing stores.

The brand's CEO Mr Toledano appeared unfazed by recent reports of China’s economic slowdown.

“The world has changed over the last three or four years and the centre of gravity of the global economy is moving towards Asia . . . We are developing our business in this part of the world,” he said.

In December, Dior reported that sales for the half year to October 31 were up 18 per cent at £632 million ($954 million) and said margins had improved.

The luxury French label’s history in Australia goes back to 1947, when David Jones reproduced four garments designed by Christian Dior as part of its “Paris fashion for all” line.

Since 1999, Dior has opened small boutiques in DFS Galleria in The Rocks as well as David Jones in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

The bottom level of the store stocks Dior’s complete range of bags and accessories while the first floor houses ready-to-wear clothing by creative director Raf Simons, as well as an array of shoes, jewellery and watches.

There is a salon on the third floor, accessible only by lift, for VIPS looking for a more exclusive shopping experience.

Men have access to a dedicated Dior Homme boutique, which has a dedicated entry off King Street. Suits, sportswear, denim, leather goods, accessories and footwear are spread across two levels.

“There is a big demand in the world for very high quality, innovative product and brands with real history. The new generation, and in this part of the world I notice even more, they want to know what the history of the company is,” Mr Toledano said.

“They go to the store and want to see it, feel it, understand it ... We want every member of our staff to know all the information so the customer understands what we do. This is our global, long-term strategy.”

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January 29, 2013

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters Australian Premiere

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Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters 3D movie premiere; Sydney, Australia...

Hansel & Gretel enjoyed its Australian red carpet premiere tonight at Event Cinemas, George Street, in front of a news media pack of dozens, hundreds of Australian fans, and dozens of security to help control all of the excitement.

"Hansel & Gretel" is a 3-D action flick that reimagines the fairy tale characters as gun-toting badasses played by Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton.

The $50 million film arrived nearly a year after its originally release date. It's off to a decent start with numbers and buzz, but has attracted quite the mixed popcorn bag of reviews. Most fans have rated it with a CinemaScore of "B". Approval rating is 18%.

Here in Australia Paramount Pictures has got right behind the project, and one would think is hoping that the Australian market will generally be more positive and receptive to the film than its friends in the United States and Europe.

If you are a big Hansel & Gretel fan, you will likely want to see this movie. If not...


After getting a taste for blood as children, Hansel (Jeremy Renner) and Gretel (Gemma Arterton) have become the ultimate vigilantes, hell bent on retribution. Now, unbeknownst to them, Hansel and Gretel have become the hunted, and must face an evil far greater than witches...their past.



Actors: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton
Director Tommy Wirkola
Producer: Kevin Messick


Jeremy Renner as Hansel
Cedric Eich as Young Hansel
Gemma Arterton as Gretel
Alea Sophia Boudodimos as Young Gretel
Famke Janssen as Muriel
Pihla Viitala as Mina
Derek Mears as Edward
Robin Atkin Downes as Edward (voice)
Thomas Mann as Ben
Peter Stormare as Sheriff Berringer
Rainer Bock as Mayor Englemann
Bjørn Sundquist as Jackson
Monique Ganderton as candy witch
Zoë Bell as tall witch
Joanna Kulig as redhead witch
Ingrid Bolsø Berdal as horned witch
Thomas Scharff as Hansel and Gretel's father
Kathrin Kühnel as Adrianna


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters official website

YouTube: Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters - Mini Trailer 2

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January 27, 2013

DJ Pauly D plays at The Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney, Australia

DJ Pauly D plays at The Big Top, Luna Park, Sydney, Australia...

Last night DJ Pauly D and guests delighted fans at Sydney's Big Top, in the heart of Luna Park, Sydney, Australia.

DJ Pauly D, (Paul DelVecchio) is an American television personality and disc jockey.

Most of the world knows him from being a housemate on MTV's reality TV show Jersey Shore.

Over the past few years, hard working Pauly D has really matured as a DJ and he sure knows how to put on a show and entertain the masses. Various music news outfits event has Pauly D rated in their world's top 10 DJ's, so this largely proves that his substance excels his considerable style. For the past few years he's being playing over 100 gigs per calender year, which explains why he just keeps getting better.

Over 1500 Australian fans attended the concert which was comprised of mainly teenagers (70% girls, 30% guys).  There was even a few 30+ Italian tourists in the crowd, so maybe Pauly D is also contributing to the Australian entertainment tourism dollar.

The guys has loads of charisma and really got into the groove.  Great choice of hot numbers and he made certain to have lots of his good looking girls and guys in the stage backup, to compliment the coolness seen in his reality TV shows.

Most fans were very well behaved, but during the course of the concert there was about 5 incidents of drinks and rubbish being thrown onto the stage, and one young guy hit the fan barricade head first, and we understand he was attended to by medical. It's not like security was lacking, but with a crowd of 1000 + teenagers, some of whom had too much to drink, incidents are going to happen.

Pauly must have played about 100 tracks in his almost 2 hour performance. 'Gangnam Style', 'Most beautiful girl in the world' 'Dynamite' and lots of cool best of electronic dancefloor stuff.

He wore his popular headphones, and his Italian flag laptop computer artwork is something that needs to be seen to be believed.

"Big Jerry" Gialanella and Gary Beadle was also there, as was Australia's own multi talented entertainment industry star Johnny Ruffo.

This show was excellent value for money and judging by the way things went, expect to see Pauly D and friends back down under in Australia again soon.

Did we mention that over the past few years, Pauly D has pulled in over $11 million dollars, enough to earn him a top 10 place on Forbes’ first-ever top-earning DJs list.

On the music and his sound DJ Pauly D told media:

"If I wanted, I could play a f—ing .wav file and just stand there and fist-bump all night, and no one would give a shit,” also disparaging “button-pushers” while admitting to being one himself. The comments drew the ire of top DJs including members of Scandinavian trio Swedish House Mafia. Pauly D remains steadfast about his credentials.

“I’m definitely not a button pusher,” he says. “I use turntables. Yes, I use [DJ software] Serato on my computer that only holds the music, but I’m still controlled by vinyl, and I’ll never lose that art form. Because that’s what I love the most.”

Make no mistake, substance over loads of style is what this world leading DJ is all about - and having a hell of a good time, with party after party being just part of the core business.

Big congrats and thank you to DJ Pauly D, the promoter and all the team who made the event so awesome.

The DJ Pauly D promo read:

Presented by Killrockstar & Big Dog Entertainment.

“Yeaaah buddy !!!” here is the summer tour that you have all been waiting for as reality star DJ Pauly D from MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and “The Pauly D Project”, hits Australia as he fist pumps and dj’s his way around the country.

You would have to be living under a rock not know have heard of Pauly D. Born in Providence, R.I., Paul “DJ Pauly” DelVecchio is recognised for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV’s highest rated show, “Jersey Shore” which premiered in December 2009. Quickly a fan favourite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff "The Pauly D Project" , which chronicles his life as a celebrity DJ.

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In August 2011, DJ Pauly D announced a pending three-album deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records and G-Note Records. This deal was later confirmed by 50 Cent on December 1, 2011. He is also the first of the Jersey Shore cast to get his own spin-off show, The Pauly D Project.


Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio

Born in Providence, R.I., Paul "DJ Pauly D" DelVecchio is recognized for his musical talent as well as his reality star status on MTV's highest rated show, "Jersey Shore," which premiered in December 2009. 

Quickly a fan favorite, MTV announced Pauly as the first cast member to receive his own spinoff, which will chronicle his life as a celebrity DJ, set to air in 2012. 

In December 2011, rapper and mogul 50 Cent signed Pauly to his record label, G-Note records, to release new material showcasing Pauly's true craft. It was also announced in January 2012, Pauly will be working together with 50 Cent and SMS Audio to develop a full line of headphones.

On August 7, 2011 Pauly won "Choice TV: Male Reality/Variety Star" at the Teen Choice Awards after being nominated for the second year in a row.

Pauly received more recognition being voted the #8 Best DJ in America in 2010 and was nominated again in 2011. Pauly was also named one of VIBE Magazine's "Top 6 DJs Who Rocked 2011," but his notoriety did not come overnight. At the age of 16, long before his "Jersey Shore" fame, Pauly started as a DJ and that is where his passion remains.

In September 2011, Pauly DJ'ed for the iHeartRadio Music Festival alongside some of the biggest names in the music industry. Acts included: Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, The Black Eyed Peas, and Alicia Keys, to name a few.

In Summer 2011, Pauly joined the iconic Britney Spears on select dates of her Femme Fatale Tour, alongside Britney and Nicki Minaj.

Pauly has spent years honing his skills to fine art. His eclectic track selection, unique style and infectious personality captivate crowds around the globe. Pauly is now one of the most sought after DJs in the world.

His music library spans nearly every genre of club music and he has the exceptional ability to mix in and out of top 40 and house music, introducing an entirely new demographic to quality dance music. 

Also in 2011, The Palms Casino Resort announced that Pauly will be an exclusive resident DJ for Moon, Rain, and the Palms Pool solidifying his spot amongst the elite group of artists that have had residencies with the Palms.

Pauly has spent the past year working on a Miracle Whip commercial, his own mobile application with MEDL Mobile, an exclusive line of Tanning Lotions and Sunless Products with Devoted Creations and a partnership in the Dirty Couture clothing line.

Pauly supports many charitable causes, working closely with The Rhode Island Chapter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, and has worked with many great organizations such as The Boomer Esiason Foundation, Make-A-Wish Foundation, GLAAD, GLSEN, and DoSomething.org. 

This powerhouse DJ has been honored as one of US Weekly's hottest bodies and came in close second to Vin Diesel in People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive On Facebook" contest. Cosmopolitan Magazine chose him to launch their first iPad application.

In 2010, he released his first single with Universal Republic Records entitled, "Beat Dat Beat," which quickly climbed the charts, further establishing his place in pop culture. 

Pauly continues to tour the world DJing while holding down a Vegas residency.


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