German entertainment – Cake Maker Fri, 21 Jan 2022 09:54:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 German entertainment – Cake Maker 32 32 Tina Turner and her husband buy a sprawling US$76 million estate on Lake Zurich Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:12:48 +0000

GENEVA — Rock ‘n’ roll icon Tina Turner and her husband have reportedly purchased a 70 million Swiss franc ($76 million) estate with 10 buildings, a pond, stream, swimming pool and dock on the lake from Zürich.

The 82-year-old star’s husband, Erwin Bach, was quoted in the Handelszeitung daily as saying the couple acquired the 24,000-square-meter (260,000-square-foot) century-old property in the village of Staefa in September.

Bach said the purchase was a logical step as they both have Swiss nationality now and “feel very comfortable in Switzerland”. He added that “due to the pandemic and its consequences, we – like many other Swiss people – unfortunately refrain from travelling”.

According to reports from Switzerland, they will be close neighbors to Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer, who is also said to have considered the property before moving to another further east along the lake.

Turner, known for hits such as “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got To Do With It” and dynamic stage performances, married German music director Bach in 2013 after a long relationship. Born Anna Mae Bullock on November 26, 1939 in Brownsville, Tennessee, she has lived in Switzerland with him since 1994.

Turner and Bach rented a house in the town of Kuesnacht, closer to the city of Zurich, for years.

Federation Entertainment teams up with German executives to launch Glisk Wed, 19 Jan 2022 09:16:10 +0000

Federation Entertainment has further expanded its European footprint by moving to Germany with veteran executives Philipp Steffens and Julie Link.

Glisk, a production and talent management company focused on creativity, will focus on creating, producing, financing and distributing high-quality originals through a stable of independent studios.

Scripted and unscripted shows will be aimed at the German domestic market, and the company will also seek to produce international co-productions.

The new company sees Federation Entertainment teaming up with an experienced husband and wife team in Steffens, who recently created and produced TNT Germany The valley, and Link, who has held executive positions at Critical Content, Relativity Television and Splendid Studios.

Around the world in 80 days Producer Federation has grown at a rapid pace over the past year, having partnered with US studio Anonymous Content to launch a joint venture in France, opened up in the US through a new management and Animal Federation production and set up a UK operation run by two former eOne executives. He recently took a majority stake in French independent studio Robin & Co.

“Germany was the last major European country where the Federation had not yet established a solid presence because we were waiting to meet the right partners,” said Pascal Breton, founder and president of the Federation.

“Julie Link and Philipp Steffens are those partners. Julie and Philipp perfectly embody the balance between artistic excellence and an ambition to engage our ever-growing audiences, especially on digital platforms. We hope that our combined strengths will attract even more talent for our management activities and also to develop and co-produce a wide range of independent productions.

Breton added that “the Federation’s contribution to the gaps in development, pre-sales and distribution funding should allow Julie and Philipp and their partners to launch more productions in the years to come and we look forward to working with them”.

Steffens and Link said, “As husband and wife, we have wanted to work together for a long time and the past year has provided us with the perfect environment to make our dream come true.

“We want to be an incubator of great ideas and bring them to light by creating engaging and emotional content that travels the world. We couldn’t ask for a better partner than Federation Entertainment – ​​they have a real understanding of our goals and will be incredibly supportive as we are able to tap into the exceptional talent of the global network of independent studios.

Studio Legal in Berlin and Frieh and Associates in Paris handled the transaction.

The Cold Case team sheds new light on the betrayal of Anne Frank | Entertainment Mon, 17 Jan 2022 15:41:25 +0000

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A cold case team that combed through evidence for five years in an effort to unravel one of the lingering mysteries of World War II has reached what it calls the “most likely scenario.” of who betrayed Jewish teenage columnist Anne Frank and her family.

Their answer, described in a new book called “The Betrayal of Anne Frank A Cold Case Investigation”, by Canadian scholar and author Rosemary Sullivan, is that it could have been a prominent Jewish notary called Arnold van den Bergh, who divulged the secret annex. Frank family hideout from the German occupiers to save his own family from deportation and murder in Nazi concentration camps.

“We investigated over 30 suspects in 20 different scenarios, leaving one scenario that we like to call the most likely scenario,” said filmmaker Thijs Bayens, who came up with the idea for the case team. cold, run by a retiree. FBI agent Vincent Pankoke, to forensically examine the evidence.

Bayens was quick to add that “we don’t have 100% certainty.”

“There is no absolute proof because the betrayal is circumstantial,” Bayens told The Associated Press on Monday.

The Franks and four other Jews hid in the annex, accessible by a secret staircase hidden behind a bookcase, from July 1942 until they were discovered in August 1944 and deported to concentration camps.

Only Anne’s father, Otto Frank, survived the war. Anne and her sister died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Anne was 15 years old.

The diary Anne wrote while in hiding was published after the war and has become a symbol of hope and resilience that has been translated into dozens of languages ​​and read by millions.

But the identity of the person who revealed the location of his hiding place has always remained a mystery, despite previous investigations.

The team’s findings suggest that Otto Frank was one of the first to hear about the possible involvement of Van den Bergh, a prominent member of Amsterdam’s Jewish community.

A brief note, a typed copy of an anonymous tip-off given to Otto Frank after the war, names Van den Bergh, who died in 1950, as the person who informed German authorities in Amsterdam where to find the Frank family, according to researchers.

The note was an overlooked part of a decades-old Amsterdam police investigation that was vetted by the team, which used artificial intelligence to analyze and link records from around the world.

The Anne Frank House museum in the Amsterdam canal-side building that includes the secret annex welcomed the new research, but said it also left questions unanswered. The museum gave researchers access to its archives for the cold case project.

“No, I don’t think you can say a mystery has been solved now. I think it’s an interesting theory that the team has come up with,” museum director Ronald Leopold said. “I think they come up with a lot of interesting information, but I also think there’s still a lack of many pieces of the puzzle. And these pieces need to be studied further in order to see how we can value this new theory.

Bayens said the traitor hunt was also a way to seek an explanation for how the horror of the Nazi occupation forced some members of a once tight-knit community in Amsterdam to turn on each other. .

How did fascism get people “to the desperate point of betraying themselves, which is a horrible, really horrible situation?” he said.

“We went looking for an attacker and we found a victim,” Bayens said.

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Heidi Klum and Snoop Dogg have joined forces to release a dance single – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports Sat, 15 Jan 2022 19:25:45 +0000

(CNN) – Heidi Klum – model, TV host and now dance music star.

The 48-year-old German-American star has teamed up with hip-hop legend Snoop Dogg and released a single, “Chai Tea with Heidi.”

The dance track, produced by Weddingcake and released on Friday, marks Klum’s return to the music business 16 years after releasing his 2006 holiday hit, “Wonderland.”

According to Klum, Snoop Dogg — real name Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr. — was his first choice for a potential collaborator. In October last year, the mother-of-four hinted they were making music when she shared a photo of the couple in a recording studio with her 8.9 million Instagram followers to mark Snoop’s birthday.

“I’m a huge Snoop Dogg fan and thought I had to go big or go home,” the former ‘Project Runway’ judge told Britain’s The Sun newspaper on Thursday. “I contacted him about the idea and, to my surprise and delight, he invited me to come to his studio. I love a song that makes people want to dance and have fun…and Snoop helped deliver just that.

“Chai Tea with Heidi” from Rod Stewart’s 1983 classic, “Baby Jane”, with Klum singing the lines: “When I give my heart back, I know. It’s gonna last forever. Nobody tells me where or when, I I know it. It’s gonna last forever. When I fall in love again, I know. It’s gonna last forever.

The record also serves as the opening track for the 17th season of Klum’s modeling competition reality series “Germany’s Next Topmodel.”

The accompanying black and white music video was shot by famed photographer Rankin and sees Snoop lending his signature club track anthem while sporting a fur coat and sunglasses. Klum struts around in an array of form-fitting outfits.

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In the shadow of a pandemic, the Danish queen celebrates 50 years on the throne | Entertainment News Fri, 14 Jan 2022 07:27:00 +0000

By JAN M. OLSEN, Associated Press

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Denmark’s 81-year-old Queen Margrethe has so far escaped COVID-19 and is fully vaccinated. But the pandemic is once again spoiling an important holiday for the popular monarch.

In 2020, he killed public celebrations for his 80th birthday. Now two days of grand celebrations for his 50th anniversary on the throne of Europe’s oldest ruling monarchy, which were due to begin on Friday, have been postponed until September.

Margrethe will, however, lay flowers at her parents’ grave at Roskilde Cathedral, west of Copenhagen, where the Danish royal family has been buried since 1559. Earlier, she is due to meet the government and attend a reception in parliament.

Postponed jubilee events include being cheered on by thousands from the balcony of Copenhagen’s Amalienborg Palace, a ride through the capital in a horse-drawn carriage, a gala at the Royal Theater and a festive banquet.

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On January 14, 1972, her father, King Frederik IX, died after a short illness. The following day, a red-eyed 31-year-old Margrethe stood on the balcony of Christiansborg town center castle and was officially proclaimed queen in front of a crowd of thousands.

Throughout her reign, the Queen traveled the kingdom and made numerous visits abroad.

Last year, she visited the Danish autonomous territories of the Faroe Islands and Greenland. She also traveled to Berlin for the centenary of the 1920 reunification with Denmark of the southern part of the Jutland peninsula which had been under German rule.

When she has a break from official duties, Margrethe – the second longest reigning monarch in Europe after Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II – paints, draws, illustrates books, creates church textiles and embroiders. She also created costumes and sets for several ballets in Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen’s downtown amusement park.

Born on April 16, 1940, a week after Nazi Germany began occupying Denmark during World War II, the little princess became a beacon of hope for many Danes during the war years.

It took a vote to make her queen, however. In 1953, the Danish Constitution was amended following a referendum in which more than 85% of the participants voted in favor of female succession.

Previously, the Danish throne had only been descended through the male line, but the rise of feminism and the fact that Frederik and the Swedish-born Queen Ingrid had three daughters but no sons had swayed public opinion.

The Danish constitution grants Margrethe no real political power, but she clearly knows the law and knows the contents of the laws she is called upon to sign.

“My main and most important task is to be Queen of Denmark and head of state,” she said in a recent TV interview. “But I’m grateful to be able to express myself artistically as well.”

One of his latest projects is collages for a film by Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August, which adapts a story about a fairytale kingdom. The film is expected in 2023.

Her popularity has increased in part due to her outspokenness in her annual New Year’s Eve televised speeches, where she spoke about being less “selfish”, integrating strangers and fighting loneliness.

In 2014, 82% of respondents to a poll opposed the abolition of the monarchy.

Ten years ago, celebrating her 40th anniversary on the throne, Margrethe reflected on her role and the future of the Danish monarchy, saying: “You don’t work to keep a job, you work to keep your country”.

“You give your life to your country,” she said. Margrethe has repeatedly rejected the suggestion that she should abdicate in favor of her son, Crown Prince Frederik.

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Mark Ruffalo, Hugh Laurie Join Netflix’s WWII Thriller ‘All the Light We Can’t See’ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:29:58 +0000

Hollywood actors Mark Ruffalo and Hugh Laurie have joined the cast of an upcoming Netflix thriller set in the midst of World War II, “All the Light We Can’t See”.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, “All the Light We Cannot See” follows Marie-Laure as she crosses paths with Werner, a German soldier. The film is a four-part adaptation of the novel of the same name by writer Anthony Doerr. Actress Aria Mia Loberti will play Laure, a teenage girl blind to a dark secret, in the series.

Daniel LeBlanc, Laure’s father and main locksmith at the Paris Natural History Museum, will be played by Ruffalo. He is caring and determined to give his daughter as much independence as possible while protecting her from the Nazi occupation.

Etienne LeBlanc, Daniel LeBlanc’s uncle, will be played by Laurie. Etienne LeBlanc is a strange and reclusive hero of the First World War who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and directs underground radio shows as part of the French resistance.

The series is written by Steven Knight, co-creator of “Peaky Blinders”, and directed by Shawn Levy, who also directed the film “Free Guy”.

The executive producers of the series will be Levy, Dan Levine and Josh Barry of 21 Laps Entertainment.

“All the Light We Cannot See” was released in 2014 and received wide critical acclaim, as well as a Pulitzer Prize and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction the same year. By deadline, the book has lasted more than 200 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, selling over 5.7 million copies in print, e-book, and audio in North America. , and 9.5 million copies internationally.

On the labor front, Ryan Reynolds and Ruffalo will be seen in Netflix’s “The Adam Project,” also directed by Levy and set for release on March 11.

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Germany’s first Radisson Collection hotel opens in the heart of Berlin

Radisson Hotel Group kicks off 2022 with the highly anticipated launch of his newly redesigned German Radisson collection flagship property in the heart of Berlin. The first bounty luxury way of life Radisson Collection Hotel in the country offers an exceptional hotel experience in an unrivaled location in Berlin-Mitte.

The Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin is proud to announce the completion of a complete twelve-month renovation, which included redesigning all rooms, a redesigned reception area and an exciting new design for the lobby, bar and restaurant. The famous AquaDom, the world’s largest freestanding cylindrical aquarium with 1,600 tropical fish, remains the centerpiece of the hotel lobby and has undergone a major modernization.

The hotel has 427 elegant rooms and suites spread over six floors. The interior design combines wood tones with subtle tones of gray and plum, accented by punchy artwork and sleek decorative accessories, which make the rooms feel both very contemporary and comfortable. Bathrooms feature the same dark wood tones with white marble tile, offering walk-in rainfall showers as well as soaking tubs in the Junior Suites. To select the rooms have a private balcony and overlook the river Spree with a breathtaking view of the cathedral and Humboldt Forum, or the Town Hall and the famous TV Tower. The 101 m² Nikolai one-bedroom suite on the sixth floor offers the ultimate Radisson collection experience with a living room overlooking the city, a dining room with kitchenette and a bathroom with a whirlpool tub. All rooms are equipped with large TVs with molded mirrors and an in-room espresso machine.

Under the aquatic AquaDom, the Atrium Bar is the meeting place, enjoy coffee and cakes, a wide range of expertly crafted spirits, beer, wine and cocktails, as well as a selection of small dishes throughout the day. The food and drink menus have a strong emphasis on local ingredients: breweries and distilleries have been selected in Berlin and the neighboring state of Brandenburg, while the food is sourced from suppliers in the region. In March 2022, the Balaustine restaurant will open its doors as the hotel’s main dining venue, offering dishes with Levantine flavors and flair, accompanied by Middle Eastern-inspired cocktails. In summer, the Balaustine Terrace overlooking the River Spree is the perfect place to have breakfast, lunch and dinner or just an evening drink outdoors.

Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin offers 2,750 m² of meeting space spread over 15 multifunctional meeting rooms on three floors. The exclusive event venue under the glass roof of the building – the DomLounge – offers spectacular panoramic views of the city and its surroundings. The light-flooded foyer of the downstairs meeting space and the variety of meeting rooms are the ideal location for functions for up to 550 participants. Heaven Spa, the hotel’s spa and wellness center, offers an indoor swimming pool, Finnish sauna and new state-of-the-art workout equipment, open to guests 24/7.

Berlin, the capital of Germany, is renowned for its combination of exceptional landmarks, vibrant cultural scene, long festive evenings, and relaxed atmosphere. Historic sites showcase the city’s history alongside its cutting-edge architecture. Berlin is an art lover’s mecca with over 170 museums, some of which can be found on Museum Island, a short walk from the hotel. There are many cultural venues with entertainment options to suit all tastes, making this ever-changing city one of Europe’s most exciting destinations. The new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport is easily accessible from the hotel by train or taxi.

“After an extensive creative design process and all the hard work that went into creating our flagship German hotel, we are delighted to launch the Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin. The hotel’s unprecedented location on the river right in the center of Berlin-Mitte, the new interior design with great attention to detail and our signature Radisson Collection level of service will make this hotel a must in the five-star hotel market in Berlin ”, says Oliver Staas, the hotel’s general manager.

With the health and safety of guests and team members as a top priority, the Radisson Collection Hotel, Berlin implements the Radisson Hotels Safety Protocol program. The deep cleaning and disinfection protocols have been developed in partnership with SGS, the global leader in inspection, verification, testing and certification, and are designed to ensure the safety and peace of mind of customers from check-in to check-out.



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Radisson Collection is an upscale lifestyle collection of iconic properties located in unique locations, providing immediate access to local culture. While the character of each Radisson Collection hotel seems authentic to its location, all offer the ultimate model for contemporary living – united by bespoke design and exceptional dining, fitness, wellness and dining experiences. sustainability. Designed for guests and locals alike, each Radisson Collection hotel is defined by the guests who visit them and by the personalized service of the hospitality team. Guests and professional business partners can enhance their experience with Radisson Collection by participating in Radisson Rewards, a global loyalty program offering exceptional benefits and rewards.

Radisson Collection is part of the Radisson Hotel Group, which also includes Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and prizeotel under a single Radisson Hotels commercial umbrella brand.

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Radisson Hotel Group is one of the largest hotel groups in the world with nine distinct hotel brands and more than 1,600 hotels in operation and in development in 120 countries. The Group’s global brand promise is Every Moment Matters with a Yes I Can signature! service ethics.

The Radisson Hotel Group portfolio includes Radisson Collection, Radisson Blu, Radisson, Radisson RED, Radisson Individuals, Park Plaza, Park Inn by Radisson, Country Inn & Suites by Radisson and Prizeotel united under a single Radisson Hotels commercial umbrella brand.

Radisson Rewards is our global rewards program that offers unique and personalized ways to create the memorable moments that matter to our customers. Radisson Rewards provides an exceptional experience for our clients, meeting planners and travel agents at more than 550 hotels in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia-Pacific.

Radisson Meetings offers tailor-made solutions for any event or meeting, including hybrid solutions that put guests and their needs at the heart of its offering. Radisson Meetings is built around three strong service commitments: Personal, Professional and Memorable, while delivering the brilliant foundation and being uniquely 100% carbon neutral.

The health and safety of guests and team members remains a top priority for Radisson Hotel Group. All properties in the Group’s portfolio are subject to strict health and safety requirements, as outlined in the Radisson Hotel Safety Protocol.

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]]> Virus-stricken Bayern Munich return with 2-1 loss to Gladbach Sat, 08 Jan 2022 17:13:20 +0000

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich jumps ahead of a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Mönchengladbach at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on Friday January 7, 2022 (AP Photo / Andreas Schaad)

Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich jumps ahead of a German Bundesliga soccer match between Bayern Munich and Mönchengladbach at the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany on Friday January 7, 2022 (AP Photo / Andreas Schaad)


Bayern Munich lost at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 as the Bundesliga resumed despite absences due to the coronavirus on Friday.

The first game after the league’s winter break was uncertain due to a slew of infections at both clubs, with Bayern particularly hard hit. League officials have decided the club have enough strength in depth to play.

“The league needs to know what they are doing,” said Bayern forward Thomas Müller.

Robert Lewandowski got Bayern off to a good start with their 20th league goal, but Gladbach responded with two goals in four minutes thanks to Florian Neuhaus and Stefan Lainer and held on for the win. Gladbach also won his previous meeting – 5-0 in the German Cup in October.

The Bavarian powerhouse was deprived of nine players due to infections – Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernández, Kingsley Coman, Alphonso Davies, Leroy Sané, Dayot Upamecano, Corentin Tolisso, Omar Richards and Tanguy Nianzou – while Bouna Sarr and Eric-Maxim Choupo -Moting are absent. at the African Cup. Leon Goretzka and Josip Stanišić retired due to injury.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann responded by calling in six players from the club’s second team and two 16-year-olds Arijon Ibrahimovic and Paul Wanner.

The latter follows in the 75th minute to become Bayern’s youngest player in the Bundesliga at 16 years and 15 days. Jamal Musiala was the club’s former youngest Bundesliga player at 17 years and 115 days old.

Forward Malik Tillman made his first league start, while Joshua Kimmich returned after a two-month absence due to complications from his infection.

“We had a lot of quality on the pitch,” said Müller, who regretted too many mistakes and a “bitter” defeat.

Bayern have shown no signs of a lack of players as they started intentionally amid the snowfall. Lewandowski was involved from the start and duly scored with a nice strike from inside the near post in the 18th minute.

But the visitors equalized with their first foray in the 27th, Neuhaus meeting Kimmich’s clearance attempt with a dropped kick past Sven Ulreich into Bayern’s goal.

Lainer got Gladbach’s second with a corner header from Luca Netz four minutes later.

Breel Embolo missed a good opportunity to make it 3-1 and Lewandowski hit the post from a narrow angle after passing a defender on the other end. Matthias Ginter cleared Müller’s effort on the rebound.

Sommer denied Musiala after the break when, once again, the home side made a better impression. Müller and Kimmich were the next to come close and Lewandowski hit the crossbar. It was as close as Bayern got closer.

“We were closer to victory,” Nagelsmann said. “We were stronger than the opponent and we still lost.”


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BMW reveals in-car cinema screen, digital art themes Thu, 06 Jan 2022 18:50:09 +0000 This week’s CES show in Las Vegas was as much about cars as it was home electronics, and BMW was the most creative exhibitor. First, the German automaker unveiled a car that changes color at the push of a button. Now he’s revealed an on-board cinema screen and themed digital art settings for his cars.

Color-changing automotive technology is unlikely to make its way to a sales lot anytime soon. But the other two entertainment options, according to BMW, will be in showrooms later this year.

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The BMW Theater Screen entertainment system uses a 31-inch wide, 8K ultra-wide display screen that folds away from the car’s roof on command. Passengers can adjust its angle to match the tilt of their seats. The screen uses a 32: 9 aspect ratio similar to many movie theaters.

It is combined with a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system. As the screen unfolds, the speakers play cinematic sound created by acclaimed Hollywood composer Hans Zimmer, who also created driving sounds for BMW’s new range of electric vehicles. Roller shutters rise above the rear windows to reduce glare.

BMW says it is “working with Amazon to fully integrate the Fire TV experience into the Theater Screen system.”

BMW has not revealed the price of the system or indicated which car will get it first. But, in a press release announcing the screen, he claimed that his upcoming iX 2022 electric SUV would be the first vehicle in the world to implement the full 5G mobile radio standard, which is likely a clue. 8K video streaming would likely require a 5G connection.

BMW Digital Art Fashion

The company has made it clear that the 2023 iX M60 will benefit from its other innovation first. It’s called Digital Art Mode, and you probably gathered what it is before you finished reading this sentence.

BMW created the fashion to mark the 50e anniversary of BMW Group Cultural Engagement, the division responsible for BMW’s famous Art Cars.

The system “provides an additional option for drivers to tailor their driving experience to suit their preferences and interests and to enjoy culture in their daily mobile life,” BMW said.

It projects moving digital art screens onto screens inside the vehicle and changes the cabin lighting according to the display.

The first theme released is called Quantum Garden. Designed by Chinese digital artist Cao Fei. BMW explains:

“Galaxies of visual spaces filled with dots, light beams and nebulae are constantly moving closer and further away from each other at varying speeds while growing and narrowing again and again. They express the mostly invisible but continuous bonds that connect people, groups and systems that affect each other even over great distances and in so doing also alter their surroundings.

BMW did not say whether Digital Art Mode would incur an additional cost. This could be a standard feature of its upcoming iDrive 8 entertainment system. We’ve asked for clarification and will update this story when we get it.

How Joel Coen Used German Expressionism to Create a Black World for Shakespeare Tue, 04 Jan 2022 23:30:27 +0000
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When production designer Stefan Dechant (“Pinocchio”) got a surprise call to meet Joel Coen on a whim to discuss “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” his Shakespeare’s adaptation of Murder, Madness and chaos with Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand, Dechant immediately hooked.

The look and design were explicitly on display in a photo album Coen shared with Dechant, after the director spent a year refining his black-and-white vision with cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel. He shouted at German expressionism, with images from films (“Siegfried”, “La passion de Jeanne d’Arc”, “Sunrise”, “The night of the hunter”), of architecture (Casa Luis Barragan in Mexico City, with its square tower with two very black walls), photography (Hiroshi Sugimoto’s monochrome and fuzzy print of the Barragan house) and theater (modernist set designer Edward Gordon Craig uses large geometric blocks). Inspired by the plan, the chief decorator set to work on the very uncluttered building of the Shakespearean world, entirely shot on the sound sets of LA.

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“When we sat down, Joël had a very strong vision [for the look and choreography]: black and white, Academy ratio [1.37:1], German expressionism, and it was abstract, so he embraced the theater, but you never deny the cinema, ”Dechant said. It was a visual design that expressed Macbeth’s troubled state of mind after conspiring with his wife to assassinate King Duncan (Brendan Gleeson) and seize the Scottish throne. The decorations were therefore carved out of light and shade to adapt to Delbonnel’s lighting system. In addition, the arches were built on wheels and moved so that the camera creates a feeling of insanity.

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“You reflect the text as images and Joel has it all organized,” Dechant added. “He spoke of Inverness as the feeling of a castle [where Macbeth lives]. They were always block shapes and that’s where Casa Luis Barragan came in. Then he spoke of Dunsinane, which is the seat of the throne, as the place where you bring that verticality. The stairs in Inverness had the same layout as Dunsinane. It was intentional and was part of Macbeth’s psychology as well. Then, woven through all that repeats the imagery of the original text: birds, blood, night.

“We talked about Murnau and the creation of an artificial environment. We therefore considered the lake and marshes of “Sunrise” as a touchstone that influenced the grasses along the ruins. And ‘Night of the Hunter’ because Charles Laughton [as director] did the same: he looks at DW Griffith and then brushes aside the night scenes with the twinkling stars. These became the stars behind Duncan. I did some illustrations of the ruins and for me they were too real so I went deeper into this world of Laughton. [‘The Passion of Joan or Arc’ director] Carl Dreyer always talked about all you can pull off and having the actor there. “

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The sets were large and built in sections, and the production designer relied heavily on flat paints to create the settings. For him, it was a direct return to the multi-shot ingenuity of “Citizen Kane”. The opening sand beach with the Three Witches (played by Kathryn Hunter) quickly gave way to the recreation filming schedule of Birnham Wood Forest in Dunsinane, which spells the death knell for Macbeth. This posed one of the biggest challenges.

“In the throne room, these columns are the same distance as the trees in Birnham Wood,” Dechant said. “They are arranged to reflect the avenue of trees. So when Birnham Wood comes to Dunsinane, the doors open, the leaves come in and flood the ground. Originally, it was going to be that. But it was Bruno who had the brilliant idea of ​​bringing in the forest. So we introduced the matte paint on the sides.

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Another highlight of the design was the second encounter with the witches, which further sealed Macbeth’s tragic fate. “When the apparitions appear a second time, they sit on the wooden beams on the ceiling and there is only a decanter, a small potion and a glass,” Dechant said. “And the space accentuates the emptiness of Macbeth’s life during this ordeal.”

The final scene with a horseman returning to Scotland to fulfill the witches’ final prophecy was the only on-site tour to an LA ranch. It also turned out to be one of the most difficult, with the emphasis on matte painting. “We worked on this latest plan for three months,” Dechant added. “The matte painting has been reiterated. We turned a plate with the rider coming down. And when Joel decided to break that camera movement and take it a step further, it became his own thing. Bruno came up with the idea of ​​clouds passing through the grass, and we used “Citizen Kane” style multi-plane matt paints. Then it all came together.

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